first_imgLes ministres de l’énergie et de l’environnement du Canada ont conclu, aujourd’hui 4 novembre, une conférence réunissant les provinces et territoires ainsi que des experts en matière d’efficacité énergétique afin de discuter de façons d’aider les Canadiens à utiliser moins d’énergie grâce à la conservation et à l’efficacité énergétique. La conférence sur l’efficacité énergétique, commanditée par le Conseil de la fédération, a permis aux provinces et territoires d’apprendre au sujet des meilleures pratiques et des programmes d’efficacité énergétique fructueux qui ont été mis en place à l’échelle du pays. « Nous nous préparons en vue d’un autre hiver canadien imprévisible, et les provinces et territoires explorent des façons de sensibiliser les gens aux moyens d’économiser de l’argent par l’utilisation d’une moins grande quantité d’énergie, ce qui inclut le mazout domestique, » a dit le premier ministre Rodney MacDonald, hôte de la conférence. « Les frais de chauffage domestique constituent réellement un problème pour de nombreux Canadiens, et les provinces et territoires prennent des mesures innovatrices afin d’aider les résidents à réduire le fardeau sur leur budget et sur l’environnement. » Le premier ministre MacDonald a partagé certains succès et meilleures pratiques de la Nouvelle-Écosse, plus particulièrement l’engagement législatif de la province d’avoir l’un des environnements les plus propres et les plus durables au monde d’ici 2020, pris dans la loi sur les objectifs environnementaux et la prospérité durable (Environmental Goals and Sustainable Prosperity Act). La loi, proclamée en juin 2007, établit 21 objectifs ambitieux pour la province, variant de la réduction des émissions atmosphériques à l’adoption de nouvelles normes d’efficacité énergétique pour les édifices. Ces objectifs incluent la réduction des émissions de gaz à effet de serre à un niveau inférieur d’au moins 10 pour cent aux niveaux de 1990 d’ici 2020 et l’adoption de normes concernant les émissions de nouveaux véhicules d’ici 2020. La Nouvelle-Écosse a mis en place plus de 50 programmes et initiatives sur l’efficacité énergétique par l’entremise de Conservation Nouvelle-Écosse, notamment les programmes Heat Smart qui aident les gens à utiliser une moins grande quantité d’énergie pour le chauffage domestique, le programme REAP (Residential Energy Affordability Program) et un programme de remise pour le chauffage solaire. Les provinces et territoires ont partagé des meilleures pratiques dans plusieurs domaines variés, des maisons et édifices éconergétiques aux campagnes de sensibilisation du public. Des exemples d’initiatives fructueuses en matière d’efficacité énergétique domestique incluent les programmes pour maisons écologiques du Yukon, le programme d’efficacité énergétique domestique « Share the Warmth » de la Saskatchewan et les prêts pour l’efficacité énergétique à l’intention des clients à faible revenu de l’Île-du-Prince-Édouard. Le programme Climate Change Central de l’Alberta vise à sensibiliser les gens au sujet de l’efficacité énergétique et d’autres enjeux environnementaux clés. La présentation de l’Ontario a décrit la façon dont la conservation occupe une place prioritaire dans la planification pour les besoins futurs de la province en matière d’électricité. Plusieurs provinces et territoires ont offert des renseignements au sujet de programmes qui mettent l’accent sur le secteur industriel et sur l’efficacité énergétique au travail. Les meilleures pratiques incluent les bonnes pratiques de construction pour les installations du Grand Nord des Territoires du Nord-Ouest, la mise aux normes des édifices gouvernementaux du Nunavut, le gouvernement neutre en matière d’émissions de carbone de la Colombie-Britannique, la politique sur les édifices écologiques du Manitoba et le programme industriel du Nouveau-Brunswick. Le Québec a offert une présentation sur les succès de l’équipe d’efficacité énergétique de la province, alors que Terre-Neuve-et-Labrador a partagé sa stratégie visant l’amélioration de l’efficacité énergétique dans les édifices financés par le gouvernement par le biais de son partenariat en matière de conservation et d’efficacité énergétique. Une contribution sera versée à une agence de Centraide, au nom des présentateurs de la conférence, afin d’effectuer des mises à niveau visant à améliorer l’efficacité énergétique. Lors de la réunion du Conseil de la fédération qui a eu lieu à Québec en juillet, les premiers ministres canadiens se sont engagés à atteindre une augmentation de 20 pour cent de l’efficacité énergétique d’ici 2020 dans leurs provinces et territoires respectifs. Les premiers ministres ont adopté un plan d’action en cinq points pour atteindre les objectifs du pays en matière d’efficacité énergétique, notamment : Le premier ministre MacDonald fera rapport au Conseil de la fédération au sujet des meilleures pratiques partagées lors de la conférence et des progrès effectués relativement au plan d’action en cinq points au nom des ministres responsables de l’efficacité énergétique. Pour obtenir plus d’information sur les programmes d’efficacité énergétique en Nouvelle-Écosse, composez le 1-800-670-4636, numéro sans frais de la ligne ÉnerInfo de Conservation Nouvelle-Écosse, ou consultez le www.conservens.ca. Améliorer de 25 pour cent le Code modèle national de l’énergie pour les bâtiments d’ici 2011; Ajouter l’efficacité énergétique comme cinquième objectif de base du Code national du bâtiment du Canada; Augmenter le nombre de produits consommateurs d’énergie sujets aux normes minimales de rendement énergétique; Adopter des politiques sur les bâtiments écologiques pour la construction de nouvelles installations financées par le gouvernement, y compris des lignes directrices sur l’approvisionnement durable pour la consommation d’énergie et d’eau; Mettre en œuvre un mécanisme public ou privé permettant aux propriétaires de maisons d’avoir accès à des évaluations de l’efficacité énergétique de leur domicile et à de l’aide en ce qui a trait aux améliorations visant à augmenter l’efficacité énergétique.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: Hindustan Petroleum Corp Ltd (HPCL) on Thursday said it has installed country’s largest reactor at its Visakh refinery in Andhra Pradesh as part of the refinery modernisation project. As a part of the Visakh Refinery Modernization Project (VRMP), India’s largest full conversion hydrocracker unit (FCHCU) with a capacity of 3.053 million tonnes per annum is being set up. The licensor for this unit is Universal Oil Products (UOP) and the Project Management Consultant is Engineers India Limited (EIL), the company said in a statement. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepHPCL is expanding the Visakh refinery capacity from present 8.33 million tonnes per annum to 15 million tonnes a year at a cost of Rs 20,928 crore by July 2020. “The first and second stage reactors are the heart of this unit. The First Stage Reactor which is heaviest in India, with an erection weight of 1,646 tones (1,858 tones including internals), has a wall thickness of 254.5 mm and stands 55.6 meters tall. The Second Stage Reactor weighs in at 454 tonnes, has a wall thickness of 184.5 mm and stands 28.5 meters tall,” it said. Both the reactors, supplied by Larsen and Toubro Ltd were shipped via barge from vendor’s workshop at Hazira in Gujarat on March 22 and received at Vizag on April 24. “The second stage reactor was successfully erected on June 11, 2019. The first stage reactor with an erection was successfully erected on June 18. This is one of the heaviest reactors erected in a single piece in the Indian oil industry,” the statement added.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: Gulf carrier Etihad, which holds 24 per cent stake in Jet Airways, on Monday said it has decided not to reinvest in the airline due to unresolved issues concerning liabilities. Jet Airways, which shuttered operations on April 17, is undergoing insolvency proceedings and at least three entities have put in initial bids for the carrier. In a statement, Etihad said it declined to lodge an Expression of Interest (EoI) to reinvest in Jet Airways because of unresolved issues concerning the airline’s liabilities. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe deadline for submission of EoIs was August 10. While noting that it was “neither feasible for nor responsible of Etihad to reinvest in Jet Airways at this time, Etihad asserted that the decision does not affect its commitment to India. “Since then, Etihad has consistently and constructively sought and advanced solutions to help resolve Jet’s issues. But as a minority shareholder, Etihad has had limited capacity to secure required changes,” the statement said. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostThe national carrier of the UAE picked up 24 per cent stake in Jet Airways in 2013. Earlier this year, Etihad said it made a conditional expression of interest to reinvest in the Indian airline as a minority stakeholder, with an agreed partner, but unfortunately this did not materialise. “Etihad remained engaged in the process, but despite the endeavours of everyone involved, there remained very significant issues relating to Jet’s previous liabilities,” the statement noted. “Regrettably, in these circumstances, it was neither feasible for nor responsible of Etihad to reinvest in Jet at this time. This decision is unrelated to and does not affect Etihad’s continued commitment to India, the airline’s largest single market, and one which it has served for 15 years,” it said. According to the statement, Etihad flies between Abu Dhabi and 10 destinations in India, and is continually increasing the frequency of its flights, the size of its aircraft, the quality of its product and the international route connections it offers beyond its hub in Abu Dhabi.last_img read more

first_imgJorge Barrera APTN National NewsAssembly of First Nations national chief candidate Perry Bellegarde is questioning the timing of an Idle No More founder’s decision to raise “old myths” about his role in the Saskatchewan government’s decision to force off-reserve status First Nation people to pay provincial taxes 14 years ago.Sylvia McAdam, one of the founders of Idle No More, wrote to Bellegarde Wednesday asking him to explain his role in the 2000 decision by the NDP provincial government to end the provincial tax exemption for status First Nation people.Bellegard led the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations (FSIN) at the time.“I still do not understand how this came about and who consented to it,” wrote McAdam, in her letter. “At the time we were paying taxes, you were the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations Chief.”Bellegarde told APTN National News that the NDP government at the time, headed by Roy Romanow, unilaterally imposed the tax without consulting the FSIN.“There was no involvement of my side of this. I was not aware the NDP government was going to unilaterally change the policy, overnight,” said Bellegarde. “There was no consultation or consent. It was made without any dialogue.”The FSIN filed immediate court action against the Saskatchewan government as a result, arguing the tax breached their treaty rights. Successive leaders, however, did not follow up, said Bellegarde.Bellegarde said he’s been dogged by the “myth” he was in on the NDP government’s plans for years, but he never tires of refuting it.“I am happy to be a slayer of old myths,” said Bellegarde. “We have more important issues to deal with.”Bellegarde said he questioned the “timing” of McAdam’s question.“Look at the timing of it all and then you question the sincerity of dealing with the issue,” said Bellegarde. “She could have asked this seven or eight months ago.”Sylvia McAdam/FacebookMcAdam said the timing has everything to do with the election.“Why not now?” said McAdam. “If he is uneasy about questions…maybe he shouldn’t be running for AFN chief.”McAdam said she wasn’t speaking for Idle No More, but as a descendant of Treaty 6. She said her great-great-grandfather Saysewahum took adhesion to Treaty 6 in 1878.McAdam said she is worried that First Nation leaders are too willing to take a deal at the expense of rights.“I am concerned, as a treaty person, that whoever is going to be speaking to these has to be strong enough to understand that these treaty terms and promises cannot be surrendered or extinguished,” she said. “From the looks of things, half of the chiefs who are sitting at the termination tables are doing exactly that and I think all of us should be asking questions and demanding answers.”The Ontario government kept the exemption for status First Nation people in 2010 when it brought in the harmonized sales tax. Queen’s Park faced sustained pressure from Ontario First Nations.Bellegarde said Ontario chiefs had a heads up it was coming, which made all the difference.Bellegarde said his accomplishments overshadow the Saskatchewan tax issue.“I get things done at every level and I’ve demonstrated that. At the community level, local level, regional level, national, international level and I bring that experience, dedication and commitment to our rights, to bring about a change. That’s what I bring,” said Bellegarde. “I am very transparent, open and accountable.”The AFN election will be held in Winnipeg next week.Former interim AFN national chief Ghislain Picard, whose base is in Quebec, is also a candidate, along with former Treaty 3 grand chief Leon Jourdain.jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreraBellegarde Memo on Saskatchewan tax issue from 2010Download (PDF, Unknown)last_img read more

“Seven years of unbroken peace – the longest in decades – has allowed Liberians to begin to believe, to be optimistic about the future, and to day by day start taking charge and shaping the direction of their country,” Ellen Margrethe Løj, the Special Representative and head of the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), told the Security Council.“However, these positive developments are tempered by the fragile peace that relies heavily on the presence of UNMIL military and police,” she stated, adding that Liberia will continue to require substantial international support and assistance for the foreseeable future.Presenting Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s latest report on UNMIL, Ms. Løj stated that Liberia faces a number of “potentially destabilizing” security challenges arising from mob violence, ethnic and communal tensions, competition for natural resources, land disputes, sexual and gender-based violence and armed robbery. “Alarming rates of unemployment, including of youth and ex-combatants, raise further security concern,” she said.In his report, Mr. Ban noted that security institutions continue to make progress, but do not yet have the capacity to respond independently of UNMIL, especially outside the capital, Monrovia. “It is crucial that the development of the security sector becomes a main priority for the Government and the international community so that those institutions become independently operational, and are sufficiently resourced,” he wrote. He added that public confidence in the criminal justice system is still minimal, and improving its functioning will be the key to increasing its credibility. It is also vital to ensure proper follow-up of the recommendations of the country’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and to ensure that Liberia has a publicly accessible human rights institution.Both Mr. Ban and his envoy highlighted the fact that the 2011 presidential and legislative elections will be a critical milestone for Liberia and test the capacity of national institutions. The electoral timetable was announced on 27 August and voter registration is set to begin in January. However, Ms. Løj pointed out that the National Elections Commission will not be able to successfully organize elections without the international community’s support, adding that while considerable pledges have been made, more is needed.The Council set up UNMIL in 2003 to help the country restore stability and set up a democratic government after more than a decade of civil war. The Secretary-General has recommended that the mission’s mandate, set to expire on 30 September, be renewed for another year. 8 September 2010While the overall security situation in Liberia is stable, it also continues to be fragile, and further progress is needed in a number of areas to truly consolidate the peace, the top United Nations envoy to the West African nation said today. read more

“It is a remarkable story – not just in terms of renewable energy and climate change – but in partnership for development,” said Mr. Ban when he visited the Olkaria Geothermal Plant near the Kenyan town of Naivasha.He said the power plant was an example of how the United Nations, the World Bank, aid donors and the private sector are supporting initiatives and public policies that can help to reduce poverty and lay the foundation for a sustainable future.“In the past few days I have learned about the development of the biggest wind farm in sub-Saharan Africa – a project in Turkana [northern Kenya] that will generate more than 300 megawatts [of electricity].“Kenya’s Vision 2030 [economic development blueprint] also includes waste-into-energy projects, co-generation and feed-in tariffs, and ongoing work with UNEP [UN Environment Programme] and other partners to support the tea industry with small-scale hydro power,” said the Secretary-General.He said that although Kenya is not rich in oil, natural gas or coal reserves, the country has a wealth of “clean fuels” – from geothermal energy, to wind, solar and biomass. The country, he said, could generate 1,200 megawatts of electricity by 2018 by developing its geothermal capacity.The challenge is to integrate all the emerging components of a renewable energy economy into an efficient, modern distribution network, Mr. Ban said.He said UNEP and the Global Environment Facility are working with the Government, regulators and power companies to address power generation and distribution challenges.“Done efficiently and creatively, this can help to catalyze renewable energy not just in Kenya, but as part of the planned East Africa Power Pool. As Kenya – and many other countries – are showing, there is a growing menu of economically-viable choices for generating energy,” said the Secretary-General.He said next year’s UN Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, (Rio 2012) will be an opportunity to look further into how economies can be developed to generate decent employment in a “way that keeps humanity’s footprint within planetary boundaries.” 2 April 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said he was fascinated by how Kenya is tapping the volcanic heat of the Great Rift Valley to generate electricity, saying the East African country may be on the way to becoming sufficient in low-carbon and resource-efficient energy to power a “green economy”. read more

CALGARY — Cenovus Energy Inc. says it has agreed to sell its Palliser crude oil and natural gas assets in southeastern Alberta to Torxen Energy and Schlumberger for $1.3 billion.The cash sale is expected to close in the fourth quarter, subject to customary conditions.This is the latest in a string of assets the Calgary-based oilsands company has sold to reduce its $3.6 billion asset-sale bridge facility.On Sept. 25, Cenovus said it had agreed to sell its Suffield crude oil and natural gas operations in southern Alberta to International Petroleum Corporation for $512 million in cash.The company earlier announced the sale of its Pelican Lake heavy oil operations in northern Alberta for $975 million in cash to cross-town rival Canadian Natural Resources.In late March Cenovus announced the $17.7 billion acquisition of most of the Canadian assets of Houston-based ConocoPhillips, along with a plan to raise $3 billion by issuing new shares and the marketing of its Pelican Lake and Suffield operations.“Our strategy to optimize our portfolio by selling non-core assets and using the proceeds to pay down debt is firmly on track,” said Cenovus president and CEO Brian Ferguson.“We continue to target between $4 billion and $5 billion in announced asset sale agreements by the end of the year, and we remain committed to returning to our long-term debt ratio target.” read more

The Special High Court has decided to hear the case against former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa on the misuse of state funds, from December 4th.The case will be heard continuously from December 4th, the Special High Court said today. Last month, the Special High Court granted bail to Rajapaksa and six others in the case over the misuse of state funds for the D.A. Rajapaksa Memorial Museum.However the court imposed a travel ban on Rajapaksa and the six others accused in the case. (Colombo Gazette) read more

A Canadian soldier appeared in an Ottawa court today to face murder charges in connection with the death of his wife.50-year old Howard Richmond was arrested and charged with first degree murder on Friday.  He appeared in court via video link.The body of his wife, 28-year old Melissa Richmond, was found last Sunday in a ravine next to a shopping centre parking lot. She was found partially clothed and had been stabbed several times. Her funeral was held this morning.

___Dow surges 326 points on hopes for US-China trade talksNEW YORK (AP) — Stocks finished with broad gains on Wall Street Thursday, driving the Dow Jones Industrial Average more than 300 points higher. The buying spree gave the market its second straight gain after a wobbly start to the week. The S&P 500 is now on track for its first weekly gain in five weeks. The rally was spurred by fresh hope among investors that new talks between the U.S. and China set for September can lead to progress in the nations’ ongoing trade war. Bond prices fell, sending yields higher.___Backlash grows to Johnson’s suspension of UK ParliamentLONDON (AP) — Opposition to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s move to suspend Parliament is intensifying. The head of the Labour Party is vowing “to politically stop” Johnson from pushing through a chaotic no-deal Brexit. The tactic gave lawmakers little time to prevent Britain from crashing out of the European Union without an agreement Oct. 31. But a backlash has unified the disparate political opposition, bringing protests, legal action and a petition with more than 1 million signatures.___Thanks to consumers, US economy is rising steadily if slowlyWASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy slowed in the spring despite the fact that consumer spending, which accounts for about 70% of economic growth, accelerated to the fastest pace in nearly five years. The gross domestic product, the broadest gauge of economic health, grew at a moderate 2% annual rate in the April-June quarter, the Commerce Department reported Thursday.___Federal grand jury indicts woman in Capital One caseSEATTLE (AP) — A former Amazon software engineer arrested last month on charges she hacked into Capital One bank and more than 30 different companies has been indicted by a federal grand jury for not just breaking into the company’s computer system, but also stealing data for her own benefit. Paige Thompson faces wire fraud and computer fraud and abuse charges in the indictment announced Wednesday.___Best Buy 2Q profit beats estimates, but revenue missesNEW YORK (AP) — Best Buy Co. reported a sales shortfall for the fiscal second quarter and trimmed its annual sales forecast, blaming uncertainty surrounding an escalating trade war with China heading into the holiday shopping season. Shares of the retailer fell 8% in afternoon trading.___US proposing easing rules on climate-changing oil emissionsWASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to lift Obama-era regulations on climate-changing methane leaks from many oil facilities. The oil and gas industry says Thursday’s proposed rule will ease financial burdens on small oil producers. Environmental groups say the measure signals the Trump administration renouncing more of its legal authority under the Clean Air Act to fight climate-changing emissions.___Family’s web makes it hard to track cash from opioid makerStates suing Purdue Pharma for its role in the opioid crisis say its owners, the Sackler family, have withdrawn billions in profits. But where is the money now? A complex web of companies and trusts controlled by the family, partly offshore, makes it difficult to answer that question — and to determine how much money might be available for a settlement that could be used to battle addiction.___Deaths caused by drivers running red lights at 10-year highDETROIT (AP) — The number of people killed by drivers running red lights has hit a 10-year high, and AAA is urging drivers and pedestrians to use caution at traffic signals. A AAA study of government crash data shows that 939 people were killed by vehicles blowing through red lights in 2017, the latest numbers available. It’s the highest death toll since 2008 and 28% higher than in 2012. AAA isn’t sure why the numbers are on the rise or why they have increased at a higher rate than overall U.S. roadway deaths.___Average 30-year mortgage rates tick up to 3.58%WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. long-term mortgage rates ticked up slightly this week, yet they remain near historic lows. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday that the average rate on the 30-year loan rose to 3.58% from 3.55% last week. Mortgage rates have fallen sharply as a slowing global economy and tensions from the trade war between the United States and China have caused the interest rates on government bonds to tumble.___Timberland owner stops buying leather from BrazilNEW YORK (AP) — The owner of Timberland, Vans and several other shoe and clothing brands says it has stopped buying leather from Brazil as fires continue to destroy the Amazon rainforest in that country. VF Corp. says it won’t purchase leather and hide from Brazilian suppliers until it’s assured that the materials do not contribute to environmental harm. The current fires in the Amazon were set by those who are clearing the forest for cattle ranching and crops.___The S&P 500 rose 36.64 points, or 1.3%, to 2,924.58. The Dow climbed 326.15 points, or 1.3%, to 26,362.25. The Nasdaq gained 116.51 points, or 1.5%, to 7,973.39. The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks added 24.01 points, or 1.6%, to 1,496.72.The Associated Press read more

But the Fund, a unique global public-private partnership created three years ago on the initiative of UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, will take interim measures to ensure that funding for life-saving treatment and prevention activities such as condom procurement and distribution will not be disrupted during the suspension period. “The Global Fund remains committed to the support of efforts to combat the three diseases in Uganda and will provide all possible support to enable the quick resumption of full grant-funded activities in Uganda,” it said in a statement today.The move follows a review undertaken by PricewaterhouseCoopers of one of the grants, which revealed evidence of serious mismanagement by the Project Management Unit (PMU) in the Ministry of Health.The Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development, the principal recipient for the five grants, has been requested to come up with a plan by the end of October for restructured implementation arrangements for all grant-funded programmes. These arrangements will have to include the disbandment of the PMU.Of the $201 million granted over two years, $45.4 million has so far been disbursed.Last week the Fund terminated grant agreements with Myanmar totalling more than $35 million because it said its programme could not be managed effectively given new travel restrictions.Fund grants enable countries to scale up their fight against the three diseases in a sustainable way by strengthening health systems and paying for drugs, diagnostics, mosquito nets and other commodities. It has allocated $3.7 billion to 316 programmes in 127 countries: 56 per cent for fighting HIV/AIDS, 31 percent for malaria and 13 per cent for TB. Sixty per cent is spent in sub-Saharan Africa. A total of $1.4 billion has been disbursed to programmes so far. Fund-financed programs now support 220,000 people on AIDS treatment and have provided treatment for 600,000 patients with TB and 1.1 million patients with malaria. The Fund currently contributes a fifth of all external resources worldwide to fight HIV/AIDS, two-thirds of external resources for TB control and well over half of external resources to roll back malaria. read more

HALIFAX – Atlantic Canada needs a deal to reduce regulatory and trade barriers for areas as basic as the rules on trucks that carry goods around the region, says a report by an economic think tank.The Atlantic Provinces Economic Council released a report Monday saying a region with a market six times smaller than Ontario’s can’t afford barriers in trucking, liquor sales and other sectors.One restaurant owner told the researchers it was easier to purchase wine and beer internationally than from other Canadian provinces.The study says removing all trade barriers between Canadian provinces could create gains as high as 3.3 per cent of gross domestic product, while the gains would be more than double that for the Atlantic provinces at 7.6 per cent of GDP.The study points to priority areas, such as the transport industry, where the region still doesn’t have a standardized system to monitor carriers’ safety performance.“The trucking industry has been calling for a single carrier profile and safety rating system in Atlantic Canada since at least 2002,” says the report, in one of many examples of inconsistent regulations around the region.The trucking firms also note they sometimes require multiple permits to carry oversize or overweight loads around the Atlantic region, as the provinces haven’t come up with a single regional permit system.Meanwhile, spring weight restrictions vary from province to province on secondary roads, “impeding the efficiency of moving goods compared to normal driving times,” notes the study.The region also retains prohibition-era protectionism in alcohol sales, with Newfoundland and Labrador “not accessible to brewers from other provinces.”The market for alcohol in Atlantic Canada is large, with over $1 billion in sales, yet Newfoundland and Labrador only exports $7 million of its products to other Atlantic provinces, while Nova Scotia sells just $4 million of its products to New Brunswick.The Atlantic provinces have created a Joint Office of Regulatory Affairs and Service Effectiveness to improve the regulatory environment.The report says this has been a step forward, but says the region needs a comprehensive trade agreement with a dispute resolution system.“To be of value, an Atlantic trade agreement would need to have sufficient scope and power to address the majority of regulatory barriers,” it concludes. by The Canadian Press Posted Oct 25, 2016 7:53 am MDT Last Updated Oct 25, 2016 at 8:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Atlantic provinces need to shed trade, regulatory barriers, study argues read more

Senior midfielder Nick Diegel (15) attempts to stop an opposing player during a game against Robert Morris Feb. 1 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. OSU won, 11-7.Credit: Ryan Robey / For The LanternIn its final exhibition match of the preseason, the No. 9-ranked Ohio State men’s lacrosse team bucked a troubling trend.After falling behind in the start in each of their first two exhibition matches, OSU lit the lamp early and never trailed against Robert Morris Saturday, defeating the Colonials, 11-7.Junior midfielder Jesse King — who finished the game with two goals and two assists — got the scoring going for the Buckeyes when he found the back of the cage just 39 seconds into the contest.Sophomore midfielder Eric Rankel scored 19 seconds later for the Colonials, who went 8-7 last season, before the Buckeyes scored the next two goals to lead 3-1 after the first quarter.Continuing the momentum, OSU used goals from King and senior attackman Adam Trombley to go into halftime with a 5-3 lead.“We just wanted to come out and start fast,” senior goalie Greg Dutton said after the win. “Last week against Navy, we had a bit of a slow start, so the focus this week was to get guys going.”Dutton was one of the big reasons OSU was able to get out to an early lead as the Timonium, Md., native stopped six shots in just under three quarters of action.Trombley said it helps the offense when their goaltenders are playing well because it allows them to take a few more chances.After replacing Dutton late in the third with the Buckeyes leading 8-5, junior goalkeeper Cameron Stephens continued to stymie the Colonials offense as he made four saves of his own.“It helps our confidence knowing that if we turn it over, Dutton and Cameron will stop the shots and get the ball back to us,” Trombley said.OSU coach Nick Myers was impressed with how both goalies played.“I thought that the goalie position today was what we expect here at Ohio State,” Myers said. “Those guys really did their job. They made some saves they shouldn’t and they made saves we expect them to make. It was a really solid day in the cage.”Offensively, OSU spread the ball around as seven different Buckeyes tallied a goal with King, Trombley, sophomore attackman Gordie Koerber and freshman attackman J.T. Blubaugh tallying two goals apiece.Led by senior defenseman Joe Meurer, the Buckeyes defense held Robert Morris to seven goals, the lowest OSU has allowed in their three exhibition games, as well as forcing 17 turnovers.“I thought we were better today than we were last week and that is a small step in the right direction,” Myers said. “I’m happy with the improvement, but we understand there is still work to be done.”Up next for the Buckeyes is their regular season opener as they are set to hit the road for Baltimore, Md., where they take on future Big Ten Conference opponent No. 13 Johns Hopkins Sunday at 11:30 a.m.“Playing at Homewood Field is always a challenge,” Dutton said. “We look forward to the task at hand and we are going to prepare hard for them this week.” read more

first_imgIRANIAN FOREIGN MINISTER Mohammad Javad Zarif has denied US claims that the Islamic republic scuttled nuclear talks in Geneva, pointing instead to France as the culprit.US Secretary of State John Kerry said in Abu Dhabi yesterday that Iran had baulked at the Geneva talks, just as world powers were closing in on a deal to curb Tehran’s nuclear programme in return for sanctions relief.“The P5+1 was unified on Saturday when we presented our proposal to the Iranians… But Iran couldn’t take it,” said Kerry, who took part in the high-level talks.Zarif, on his Twitter account, alluded to comments by French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, who has been pilloried in the Iranian media after reports emerged that he scuppered a potential deal.“Mister Secretary of State, is it Iran which changed half the text of the Americans on Thursday and made contrary statements on Friday morning?” Zarif asked.Speaking late yesterday, Zarif, played down Kerry’s remarks.“If we want to be fair, sometimes these comments are made to address certain concerns, or those of the hosting country,” the foreign minister said.Fabius joined the talks on Friday and immediately issued a statement saying that while there had been progress in the talks, “nothing has been agreed yet”.The following day he was even less upbeat, saying “there is an initial draft that we do not accept.”“There are some points on which we are not satisfied,” he added, citing the “extremely prolific” Arak nuclear reactor and the question of uranium enrichment.The talks, which saw the foreign ministers of the P5+1 group — Britain, France, the United States, Russia and China plus Germany — rush to Geneva in hopes of finally concluding a deal with Iran, ended inconclusively early on Sunday.They will resume in Geneva tomorrow week.Diplomats insist a deal is close despite the lack of breakthrough at the weekend.Read: Rouhani vows to protect Iran’s nuclear rightsAlso: Iran nuclear talks hit a snaglast_img read more

first_imgBurnley are currently placed seventh but Sean Dyche insisted that the league position is not the only aspect that can measure the successful season of his side – he mostly enjoyed his successful search for the right players.It has been a long journey for Sean Dyche as he managed to get Burnley to the Premier League and he insisted that he enjoyed the process of building the team the most – and he can feel a huge satisfaction after these results.The talented coach spoke about his side’s season as he said, according to Sport BT:“The outside view of it is the league table and that sort of thing, but I’ve had brilliant times here for different reasons.”Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“Searching for the right team when I got here. It didn’t feel brilliant at the time, we weren’t winning every week, but when I look back it was enjoyable for me.”“The first promotion was amazing. Not just because we went up, but seeing the players right in front of your eyes, on a weekly basis, getting better and better for a whole season.”“Things like that was as enjoyable as what’s happening now. But on the league table, of course, everyone says this is your best.”“It is in many ways, but it’s not in others. There’s a balance, but inevitable that we are judged on a table and of course it’s enjoyable for me for that because as a manager that’s what you’re judged on.”last_img read more

first_imgWestern Area Power via Flickr CC BY 2.0High-voltage power lines being installed in Colorado in 2013. Similar electric infrastructure could be headed to new parts of West Texas.Huge new transmission lines could be coming to Far West Texas.Utility companies say almost 200 miles of high-voltage power lines are needed to serve the oil and gas industry. The project is still in its early stages, but it could face opposition. The state grid operator ERCOT recently endorsed the project, saying its own study agreed with what utility companies Oncor and AEP had found: that rural West Texas is using a lot more power.“They had new oil and gas customers that had come and said hey we have this new load that wants to connect to your system,” says Jeff Billo, ERCOT’s Senior Manager of Transmission Planning.The project calls for new high-voltage lines across five sparsely-populated counties near the New Mexico border.Oil and gas is an up-and-down industry, but Billo says growing oil production is still creating long-term power needs in these areas.“Once you have these wells on your system, once you have these processing plants, that demand does not go away,” he says. These huge lines would be the first of their kind for much of this region. So there could be a land battle brewing here.A spokesperson for the Public Utility Commission of Texas says it’s reasonable to expect some landowners won’t want these lines on their property. But utilities can use eminent domain to force their way through if necessary.The commission still has to approve the project. If that happens, ERCOT estimates it could be another four to five years before it’s finished. 00:00 /01:14 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share X Listen last_img read more

first_imgBani Thani  offers eye-catching and contemporary special occasion wear. The term denotes a pretty woman or a bride decked in traditional costumes. Creating a striking balance between traditional and contemporary fashion, ensembles from the Bani Thani collection are of sheer grandeur, ethereal charm and elegance. This season’s, creation at Sue Mue is deeply inspired by royal stories. The brand consciously demystifies regal designs and recreates things from the past into things very modern for the connoisseurs of today. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe collection is a celebration of timeless art brought to form, using highly-skilled traditional Rajasthani craftsmanship. The designs and motifs on the clothes stem from the techniques that have been dear to the heritage of the state. Beautiful ensembles bring together interesting patterns, embroidery and mirror work that is reflective of a pulsating mood. The supreme craftsmanship amalgamates Indian aesthetics in a modern language. Taking centre stage is gota patti, an embroidery that has been delicately sewn with zari, resham French knots and mirror work to create dazzling motifs and patterns.  Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveWhat you witness, therefore, is sheer magic on angrakhas, jackets, peplum blouses, cholis and a fabulous mix of bottoms to go with them. These include parallels, shararas, dhotis, churidar, ghaghras and the like.Over a 100 artisans and embroiders have put in more than 150 days of love and labor in crafting these exquisite ensembles. Regional silhouettes in luxe silks are available in rainbow tones ranging from Lava Red to Rani Pink and from Emerald Green to Imperial Purple. Classic Ivories and Ebony Blacks gloriously make their way into the colour palette. It’s a perfect fusion of rituals and vogue.  With evolving customer needs and market trends, Sue Mue with Roposo as the social media partner, now offers a blend of prêt and bespoke options both in traditional Indian wear, and Indo-Western fusion styles, looked after by the founders Narinder Mohan and Surinder Mohan’s daughter, Mohita Gujral. Her rich experience, combined with the commitment to keeping high standards in design, finish and fine fabrics, has made Sue Mue a celebrated brand known for its subtle style statements, superlative silhouettes and exemplary finishing. Mohita’s daughter Mahima is the third generation of the family to join the brand, and is designing the marketing strategy to take it to even greater heights.last_img read more

first_img 13 min read Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Shop Talk This story appears in the March 2011 issue of . Subscribe » Enroll Now for Free Shoppers on smartphones are nothing new, but there’s a growing possibility they’re no longer simply talking or texting. An increasing number of consumers are relying on their mobile devices to check product availability, identify nearby bargains and read reviews, too. Fifty-nine percent of adult mobile subscribers in the U.S. said they planned to use their handsets for shopping and event organizing during the 2010 holiday season–up 25 percent from 2009–according to a consumer study published late last year by the Mobile Marketing Association and Luth Research. Respondents cited searching for local stores selling a desired gift item and comparing prices as their most common mobile behaviors.”The fundamentals of commerce have not changed–I still want to buy the product I want at the price I want, it’s got to be in stock and I want fast checkout and fast delivery,” says Cathy Halligan, senior vice president of marketing and sales at PowerReviews, a San Francisco company that provides social commerce solutions (including customer reviews) to retailers and brands.”What has changed is the access to information. We’ve seen a 500 percent year-over-year increase in consumers using mobile devices to access product information. They used to look for that information through the desktop, but that’s very limiting. After all, you don’t carry your PC with you to the supermarket,” she says.Brands large and small are capitalizing on the trend, rolling out applications designed to enhance the mobile shopping experience. Check these out:Price Check by Amazon. This free comparison shopping tool enables iPhone users to check in-store product prices against items available on the web. Price Check gives consumers the option to scan a product barcode, snap a photo of the merchandise or speak/type its brand name to instantly receive prices from Amazon and rival online merchants. The app sorts prices from lowest to highest, incorporating Amazon shipping discounts when available. Price Check encompasses millions of products across a variety of categories, as well as mobile access to shopping features like customer reviews and product information sharing via Twitter, Facebook, text message or e-mail link.Google Shopper. Available exclusively for smartphones running Google’s own Android mobile operating system, Google Shopper lets consumers capture product information via their device camera. The application recognizes cover art on books, CDs, DVDs and video games, as well as most barcodes. In addition, users can speak the name of the product they’re looking to purchase. In response, Google Shopper supplies product recommendations, pricing comparisons and identifies local stores where the item is in stock, complete with contact information and driving directions. The app also saves each user’s search history, guaranteeing product and price information even when the Android device is out of network range.NexTag Mobile. Online shopping comparison site NexTag offers mobile solutions for iPhone, Android and BlackBerry smartphones, touting features like price comparisons spanning thousands of merchants, image recognition-based search, seller ratings and a wish list that users can share with friends and family. NexTag Mobile also offers a full complement of GPS-enabled tools, giving consumers the option of mapping the distance from their ZIP code or current location to a local merchant selling a scanned product. –J.A. February 22, 2011 This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. The idea first came to Cyriac Roeding in 1994. The German-born business and engineering graduate student was studying Japanese management theory at Tokyo’s Sophia University. “Everywhere I went, I saw people walking around with these clunky machines they called ‘mobile phones,'” Roeding says. “I said, ‘Wow, that’s the next big thing.'”The seed was planted, but the true form and scope of the idea remained elusive for more than a decade. In the meantime, Roeding pursued other successes. He founded a mobile marketing firm called 12snap. He served as executive vice president of CBS Mobile, where his interactive entertainment concepts were strong enough to win an Emmy Award nomination.Still, the big kahuna–the eureka moment, the one that captured lightning in a bottle–refused to reveal itself.”I have been looking for an idea that has the potential to become a really large company in mobile for 11 years,” Roeding says. “When I started 12snap in 1999, it was during the dark ages of mobile, when text messaging was still a geeky thing even in Europe. For years I’ve been trying out different mobile-use cases, looking for the one with a chance to become huge.”Roeding left CBS Mobile in 2008 and traveled the world for nearly two months. Everywhere he went, from New Zealand to Nepal, he saw people on mobile phones. With each successive stop, the idea took shape.”I wanted to develop a service where mobile meets the real world,” Roeding says. “Your cell phone is the only interactive medium you carry with you in a noninteractive physical environment, and that changes everything. It makes the offline world an interactive experience.”The idea finally achieved critical mass in September 2008, when Roeding arrived at his new gig as entrepreneur-in-residence with Silicon Valley venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. After poring over thousands of business plans submitted to KPCB’s iFund (a $200 million investment initiative created to ignite software developer interest in Apple’s then-fledgling iPhone) and finding nothing that crystallized his vision, he shifted his perspective from identifying a solution to pinpointing a problem.”The number-one challenge facing every retailer in America is getting people through the door,” Roeding says. “Conversion rates in the physical world are so much better than online–between 0.5 percent to 3 percent in the virtual world, and between 20 percent to 95 percent in the real world. So if foot traffic is so important, then why hasn’t anyone rewarded people for visiting stores? The answer is simple: It’s because nobody knows you came through the door.”So Roeding set to work on a smartphone-optimized rewards program offering customers discounts and promotions simply for entering retail stores–a model he describes as “the physical-world equivalent of an online click.” Meetings with big-box retailer executives followed. “They all loved the idea,” he recalls. “It was crazy. I still didn’t have a company, the technology, a team or even any funding. I only had a PowerPoint presentation.”With kickbucks, retailers design their own rewards.The idea–or shopkick, as it’s now formally known–launched last August, buoyed by $20 million in funding from KPCB, as well as venture firm Greylock Partners and Linked-In founder Reid Hoffman (also an investor in Facebook and Zynga). The startup’s eponymous mobile application delivers “kickbucks” rewards to all registered iPhone and Android users who enter a participating retail location. Kickbucks can be collected and redeemed across any partner store and turned into gift cards, discounts, song downloads, movie tickets, Facebook Credits or even charitable donations. As of late last year, shopkick spanned 1,100 individual U.S. retail outlets and 100 shopping centers with partners such as Best Buy, Macy’s, Target, Sports Authority, Crate & Barrel and mall operator Simon Property Group.”Shopkick transfers the online business model to the real world,” says Roeding, CEO of the Palo Alto, Calif.-based company. “We’re tackling a huge market with a big problem, and we’re offering them a solution that works.”Roeding speaks about ideas in a deeply reverential, almost spiritual, tone. “I love building companies,” he says. “I’ve always said that if the right people and the right idea pop up, I will drop everything to start a company. That’s why I came to the U.S. I wanted to build something.”Roeding’s entrepreneurial aspirations took a left turn when he landed in the entertainment industry, taking the helm of CBS Corp.’s fledgling mobile entertainment unit in 2005.”At that time Disney had 270 people in its mobile department and CBS had zero,” he recalls. “I met with [CBS executives] Nancy Tellem and Leslie Moonves and asked, ‘Why are you talking to me? I’m an entrepreneur. I’m not a big-company person,'” he says. “And Les said, ‘Because I want to turn this company into a company of entrepreneurs.'”Roeding left CBS Mobile after three years at the top. Along the way, he pioneered a mobile video news-alert program, produced mobile games based on the network’s prime-time hits and masterminded original made-for-mobile content across the three largest U.S. wireless carrier networks. Roeding also inked an early location-based mobile advertising partnership with Loopt, a still-growing mobile social networking startup that predates up-and-comers like Foursquare and Gowalla by several years.At first glance, it may appear shopkick is yet another variation on the location-specific check-in paradigm championed by those firms, but Roeding cautions that the app is not a social networking tool.”Our vision is to transform shopping into a personal, rewarding and fun experience for everyone,” he says. “Shopkick is an app that is built around the act of going out and shopping. It’s not about going out and letting your friends know where you are.”And unlike other location-enabled applications, shopkick doesn’t rely on GPS triangulation. “If you want to reward someone for walking in your store, you cannot use GPS,” Roeding says. “It’s way too inaccurate. There’s an error radius of about 500 yards, meaning I still don’t know if you’re inside the store, out in the parking lot or across the street at a competitor.”Shopkick instead incorporates a patent-pending device located in each participating store. The box, which costs retailers less than $100 and is roughly the dimensions of a paperback novel, plugs into any power outlet, emitting an audio signal that’s undetectable to the human ear but automatically picked up by a smartphone’s internal microphone. Because the signal’s range is limited to the perimeter of the store, users must physically enter the location to earn kickbucks. And as Roeding points out, because detection occurs via the mobile device, consumers retain control over the privacy of their presence information.Retailers determine how many kickbucks a shopper receives for entering their business. Roeding says each walk-in can earn as many as 100 kickbucks, with 875 kickbucks earning a $25 restaurant gift certificate, for example. Retailers can leverage the shopkick app to deliver special offers, like a discount on specific merchandise.The concept also extends beyond retail: In partnership with brands including Kraft Foods and Procter & Gamble, shopkick offers smaller rewards for scanning product barcodes, which extends the network to about 230,000 additional stores nationwide.Shopkick receives a small commission fee for each kickbuck a customer earns. “It’s essentially a cost-per-click equivalent, only we charge cost-per-visit,” Roeding says. If a shopper makes a purchase after using the app, shopkick claims a percentage of that transaction as well.Not only is the shopkick model different from services like Foursquare, its users are different.Cyriac Roeding”Eighty percent of Foursquare users are male and 70 percent are between the ages of 19 and 35,” Roeding says. By contrast, he notes, “55 percent of our users are female. Forty-nine percent of all users are aged 25 to 39, and 13 percent are 40 or older. Only 6.5 percent are 13 to 17. It’s the perfect shopper demographic.”Retailers credit shopkick with kicking their customer traffic into a different gear. Sporting goods chain Sports Authority has rolled it out to more than 100 of its U.S. locations. In late 2010 the chain doubled–and in some cases even tripled–kickbucks rewards to determine the potential effect on walk-ins. The promotion ultimately increased shopkick user walk-in growth 50 percent to 70 percent.”You have to innovate in retail to be relevant,” says Jeff Schumacher, Sports Authority’s chief marketing officer. “We looked at other applications, but we felt shopkick’s strategy was the best fit. Their focus is on driving frequency, and in retail, frequency is a powerful metric. Anything that incents the customer to come into the store more often is a win-win for us.”Schumacher declines to reveal how many Sports Authority customers actively use the shopkick application, but says the company is “quite pleased” with it. “We’re trialing shopkick in our major markets, which is where we see the greatest density of smartphones,” he says. “Our customers love it. Some of them are even asking for it in markets where we don’t have it. Feedback has been very positive.”Shopkick’s rapid growth corresponds with surging consumer interest in leveraging mobile technology to shop smarter (see sidebar on Page 33). Shoppers relying on mobile solutions to search for price and product information, check merchandise availability, compare prices at nearby stores, browse product reviews and even purchase goods accounted for $127 billion in consumer spending during the 2010 holiday season–which represents 28 percent of the $447 billion the National Retail Federation forecasts U.S. consumers spent over the period–according to a survey conducted by research firm IDC.”We’re seeing a fundamental shift in how consumers are accessing information at the point of purchase,” says Cathy Halligan, senior vice president of marketing and sales at PowerReviews, a company in San Francisco that provides social commerce solutions (including customer reviews) to retailers and brands. “Consumers now have access to product information while they’re standing in the store. They’ve never had that before. It’s a game-changer.”As of October, nearly 61 million U.S. consumers owned smartphones, up 14 percent from the preceding three-month period and translating to one out of every four American wireless subscribers in all, researcher comScore reports. And as smartphone penetration grows, the opportunity for startups like shopkick flourishes.”We made the decision to focus only on smartphones–it makes the most sense,” Roeding says. “There will be 150 million smartphone users across the U.S. by the end of [2011], and consumers who can afford to shop are overrepresented in that group.”His idea is growing, too. Shopkick is extending its platform into the small-business sector: At press time, the firm was planning to launch its SMB retail trials in the first quarter of 2011.”We’re very excited about moving into the small-business world,” Roeding says. “You could never join a national program as a local player before. It just didn’t work. But with kickbucks, the playing field is level.”He also plans to expand the core capabilities of the shopkick model. In conjunction with the annual Black Friday shopping frenzy, the company recently unveiled The 12 Days of Kickmas, a sweepstakes giving walk-in users a shot at winning one of a dozen daily prize packages, including a grand prize of 4.25 million kickbucks. Other initiatives are in the pipeline, and as shopkick grows and improves, retailer offers should become more sophisticated as well, with kickbucks awards and promotions eventually targeting consumers according to age, gender, geography, shopping frequency or purchase history.”Shopkick is about shopping, and not anything else,” Roeding says. “There are all kinds of things that shopping entails, and we want to improve all of them. It’s about making the in-store experience amazing. It’s not a tool. This is your world.”last_img read more

first_img Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. News | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 23, 2019 Konica Minolta and Shimadzu to Co-market Dynamic Digital Radiography in the U.S. Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas Inc. along with Shimadzu Medical Systems USA announced a collaborative agreement to… read more Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. This release… read more Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more During the eighties and nineties — the heydays of radiology — sexism abounded on the RSNA exhibit floor. Gone today are the women who were stationed strategically along the periphery of vendor booths, hired from Chicago modeling agencies, instructed to reel in the heavily male prospects then hand them off to sales people. Gone also are the spandex-clad models who once adorned the X-ray and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) tables. The women in mammography videos are older than 22.But, while the most blatant instances of political incorrectness are have been vanquished, the staples of male domination in the radiology rank-and-file remain.Only about one in five of radiologists practicing today in the United States are women, according to a 2014 survey by the Human Resources Commission of the American College of Radiology (ACR), published in the February 2015 issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology (“Gender and the Radiology Workforce: Results of the 2014 ACR Workforce Survey”).Representation goes further downhill when it comes to women in leadership positions. Of radiologists who are chairs, presidents, vice chairs or board members of their radiology groups, only 15 percent are women, according to the ACR survey. Women come out on the short end even when compared as a group to men. The survey found that 17 percent of men are in leadership positions versus just 11 percent of women.If there is a bright spot, it may be in academia. The most recent ACR survey found that more women than men practice in academic/university environments. The authors conclude, however, that “the role of gender in this difference may be secondary to the benefits of a flexible schedule that allows for childcare and other family responsibility, or to a desire to contribute to the academic mission.”There may be a darker reason. Women radiologists may not be particularly welcome in private practice.This certainly was the case 40 years ago, when Carol Rumack, M.D., finished her residency. She recalls in an article published in the October 27 issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology, being told by the head of one search committee: “We have 20 men in our radiology group and we don’t want to hire any women. They get pregnant and quit. Therefore, we don’t interview women.”Since then, Rumack has done quite well. She is now a professor of radiology-diagnostics at the University of Colorado  Anschutz Medical Campus, specializing in diagnostic pediatric radiology, and past president of the ACR.One might suspect that conditions have improved in the past 40 years. Yet there is much to be concerned about.   As dismal as the results are from the 2014 ACR survey, it is sobering to note that they are  virtually unchanged from those obtained in a 2003 survey by ACR and published in the March 2007 issue of Radiology (“Women Radiologists in the United States: Results from the American College of Radiology’s 2003 Survey”). This survey found 24 percent of radiologists in training (residents and fellows) and 18 percent of post-training, professionally active radiologists were women. Most women are more concentrated in academia, according to the 2007 survey. And, women were less likely to own radiology practices than men “in situations where radiologists are likely to be practice owners,” according to the survey — 75 percent versus 91 percent.Put simply, the ranks of women radiologists have been at a virtual standstill for much of the past decade.This begs the question — when will the culture of radiology change? And what must happen for that change to take place? Editor’s note: This is the third blog in a series of four by industry consultant Greg Freiherr on The Evolution of Radiology. You can view the first blog in this series, “Radiology Faces Frightening New World,” here. You can view the second blog in this series, “Imaging’s Evolution Fulfills Patient-centric Destiny,” here. Greg Freiherr, Industry Consultant Greg Freiherr has reported on developments in radiology since 1983. He runs the consulting service, The Freiherr Group. 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News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 01, 2019 | Jeff Zagoudis, Associate Editor FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Medical Device Safety in MRI Environment The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a new draft guidance titled Testing and Labeling Medical Devices for… read more News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 06, 2019 Canon Medical Introduces Encore Orian MR Upgrade Program Canon Medical Systems USA Inc. is helping to provide low-cost patient care solutions for its customers with the launch… read more Technology | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 25, 2019 Samsung Announces New iQuia Premium Digital Radiography Platform Samsung has announced iQuia, a new digital radiography (DR) platform of premium products and technologies that improves… read more Related Content News | Radiation Dose Management | July 18, 2019 Low Doses of Radiation Promote Cancer-capable Cells Low doses of radiation equivalent to three computed tomography (CT) scans, which are considered safe, give cancer-… read morelast_img read more