TuneCore Launches New Social Media Management Tools For Musicians With Acquisition Of

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebook TuneCore, the leading digital music distribution and publishing administration provider, today announced the acquisition of JustGo and the launch of TuneCore Social, an all-in-one social media management and analytics tool for musicians that is free to use for all of its distribution customers in the U.S., Canada, UK and Australia markets. As part of the acquisition, JustGo’s Founder and CEO, Justin Golshir joined the company to lead the integration and help expand TuneCore’s artist services product offering. The addition of this product furthers TuneCore’s commitment to provide artists with the resources needed to grow their careers and get their music heard by more people around the world.In a recent survey of TuneCore distribution customers, the company found that a majority of its artists were less than satisfied with their own current social media capabilities. TuneCore Social addresses the high use and importance of social media for artists by helping streamline their digital presence into one easy-to-use hub, allowing them to better connect with their current fans, as well as gain new ones.“We talk to our customers every day so we can learn exactly what they want and need to be successful as independent artists,” says Scott Ackerman, CEO of TuneCore. “We know that social media is integral in helping our artists reach a wider audience, so acquiring JustGo was a natural fit. Offering this all-in-one management platform is a testament to our commitment to supporting our artists and helping them thrive in this ever-changing industry.” TuneCore is the first and only digital music distribution provider to offer such a comprehensive suite of social media management tools for artists. With TuneCore Social, artists will now have the ability to manage their entire social media presence within the TuneCore platform. TuneCore Social is integrated with major social networks including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, SoundCloud, YouTube and Mixcloud. TuneCore distribution customers will be able to post to their audiences across multiple networks simultaneously, as well as schedule posts in advance, which is extremely important for artists who are busy touring or recording. TuneCore Social also aggregates valuable analytics across the various social networks providing artists with unique insight about their content and digital audiences. TuneCore will continue to grow and develop the service, with plans to roll out additional features in the near future.“With JustGo our mission has always been to help emerging musicians grow their fan base and get their music heard around the world,” says Justin Golshir. “TuneCore strives to do exactly that through its vast portfolio of artist services and together we can achieve that shared mission on a much larger scale now with TuneCore Social.”About TuneCore:TuneCore brings more music to more people, while helping musicians and songwriters increase money-earning opportunities and take charge of their own careers. The company has one of the highest artist revenue-generating music catalogs in the world, earning TuneCore Artists $733 million from over 36.5 billion downloads and streams since inception. TuneCore Music Distribution services help artists, labels and managers sell their music through iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon Music, Google Play and other major download and streaming sites while retaining 100 percent of their sales revenue and rights for a low annual flat fee. TuneCore Music Publishing Administration assists songwriters by administering their compositions through licensing, registration, world-wide royalty collections, and placement opportunities in film, TV, commercials, video games and more. The TuneCore Artist Services portal offers a suite of tools and services that enable artists to promote their craft, connect with fans, and get their music heard. TuneCore, part of Believe Digital Services, operates as an independent company and is headquartered in Brooklyn, NY with offices in Burbank, CA, Nashville, TN and Austin, TX, and global expansions in the UK, Australia, Japan, Canada and Germany. For additional information about TuneCore, please visit www.tunecore.com or https://youtu.be/1Kuu_tZ1In0. Twitterlast_img read more


first_imgMandatory Credit: Photo by Brent N Clarke/Invision/AP/REX/Shutterstock (9671400an)Actor Ryan Reynolds attends a special screening of “Deadpool 2” at AMC Loews Lincoln Square, in New YorkNY Special Screening of “Deadpool 2”, New York, USA – 14 May 2018 Advertisement Facebook Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twittercenter_img Advertisement Login/Register With: The Deadpool star has signed on to develop an original series called Don’t, described as a “comedic physical game show” featuring families of four as they tackle a variety of mental and physical tasks for cash prizes.The only rule of the game is having to abide by the one thing they are told not to do, such as “don’t slip,” “don’t scream,” or “don’t laugh”. One member of the family will be eliminated from the team each time they fail to complete a challenge, until they are all wiped out.Reynolds will work on the show for U.S. executives at ABC, reports Variety. The new gig marks his return to the TV network after previously rising to fame as one of the stars of their hit sitcom Two Guys, a Girl, and a Pizza Place, which aired from 1998 to 2001.last_img read more

Lack of funds threatens UN food aid to millions of vulnerable Afghans

“We are making this appeal to give us the best possible chance of plugging the looming gaps in supply,” said Louis Imbleau, WFP’s Country Director for Afghanistan. “Food security is the bedrock of development in this country – especially for the youngest and most vulnerable.”WFP’s operation in Afghanistan has a twin focus, providing lifesaving relief and emergency aid for immediate needs, including those stemming from conflict and natural disaster, and improving overall food security, in partnership with the Government.The agency lacks half of the funding it needs to assist 7.3 million Afghans across all 34 provinces this year, and if money does not come in soon a “critical pipeline break” in wheat is expected to occur in June, it stated in a news release. This will affect millions of people in Afghanistan, where wheat is the primary food staple and is used in rations for nearly all WFP operations, including food-for-work activities, vocational training and literacy programmes for women and other marginalized groups, and emergency food distributions. Supplies of vegetable oil and pulses will run short in July and August, the agency added.The funding shortfall will also mean that WFP will have to scale back school-feeding activities by half in June, affecting more than a million schoolchildren.“By August, without swift and robust support from the international community, WFP will have exhausted all remaining commodities and be forced to reduce or suspend some parts of the operation,” it stated.The agency is calling on donors to provide a rapid injection of funds so that it can begin procuring food locally and regionally to avoid a potentially devastating break in food supplies. 15 April 2011The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said today it urgently needs $257 million to continue providing food and assistance to over 7 million vulnerable Afghans, most of whom are women and children. read more

Acute funding shortages may hamper key operations UN food agency warns

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is facing severe funding shortages that could hamper two of its largest operations – in Afghanistan and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, the agency’s Executive Director warned today.Addressing WFP’s Executive Board in Rome for the first time since his appointment, James T. Morris said the Agency’s Afghan reconstruction programme has a 46 per cent budget shortfall. At the same time, a lack of donations for the operation in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea had stopped WFP from feeding 1 million people there this month.“We are extremely concerned that such high priority emergencies have fallen this far short on funding,” Mr. Morris said.WFP’s Afghanistan operation was launched last month to help some 9million people in the country rebuild their lives after three years of drought and war, but low donor response forced the agency to rely on pre-existing food stocks in April, while breaks in the food pipeline are now considered imminent.In the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, funding shortages, coupled with operational impediments, are also undermining WFP’s ability to cope with another major food emergency. In May, the agency will not be able to distribute food to over 350,000 elderly people and 675,000 school children.“We have already had to make some tough decisions,” said Mr. Morris, emphasizing the need for immediate pledges “because once a contribution is made it takes two to four months to get that food into the stomach of a hungry North Korean.”In this climate of funding shortages, Mr. Morris told WFP’s Executive Board that he would use his five-year tenure at the agency’s helm to expand fund-raising efforts, tapping corporations, foundations and individuals for contributions.He also appealed to the assembled representatives to support WFP. “As you have seen with Afghanistan and North Korea, we are falling short,” he said. “Poor and hungry people need your help.” read more

Structure of United Nations needs adjustment Bruneis Crown Prince tells General Debate

“In terms of the fundamental work of the United Nations, we see no need to undertake what our theme here describes as ‘adjustment,’ the Crown Prince and senior minister in his country’s prime minister’s office said in his remarks to the third day the 67th Assembly’s General Debate, taking place at UN Headquarters in New York, and referring to the Assembly’s theme ‘Bringing about adjustment or settlement of international disputes or situations by peaceful means.’“It is in the structure of the organisation that we see a need for some things to be ‘adjusted.’ The reason appears clear to many of those of us who are small both physically and politically,” he added. “We see it as a twentieth century structure designed to meet twentieth century realities.”Noting that media reports headline the “supposed defects, failures and setbacks” of the United Nations, the Crown Prince stated that the world body’s current structure appears “far too often to be the deep-seated cause of the headline news I referred to.”“We see it as a twentieth century structure designed to meet twentieth century realities,” he said. “It is personified in the sixty-four years of suffering by the ordinary people of Palestine and in all other desperate situations in which the root causes of conflict and confrontation are still buried in the last century.”He added, “Simply put…this must change. In our globalized world, we are all equally inter-dependent and equally responsible. But, like many other members of this Assembly, we believe that the current structure does not truly reflect this. As such, it needs adjusting so that ancient political fault lines are repaired.”The Crown Prince pointed to the approach of regional bodies, which operate from a basis of consensus, rather than compromise and confrontation, citing the example of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. “That is what we have accepted in our own region of Southeast Asia,” he said.In terms of the work of the United Nations, the Crown Prince flagged three areas which his country finds important, and in which the world body is helping create a “world in which the people it represents can look to a better future. One of hope rather than anguish, confidence instead of fear, and trust in the place of despair.” The three are: sustainable development, the ongoing efforts to achieve the anti-poverty goals known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the continued wide-ranging efforts of UN agencies and programmes, such as the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).“We observe an enormous contribution by the United Nations to the welfare of future generations,” he noted. “I would therefore like to express our deep satisfaction with the work of our United Nations agencies and international bodies.”Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah is one of scores of world leaders and other high-level officials presenting their views and comments on issues of individual national and international relevance at the Assembly’s General Debate, which ends on 1 October. read more

Shoot for the Cure game hits close to home for Brock player

Courtney McPherson can’t help but think of her mother when she sees one of the trademark pink ribbons.Now the starting centre for the Brock Badgers women’s basketball team, it was during McPherson’s high school years when her mother Kathy started treatment for breast cancer.“She found a lump,” McPherson, a Brock Recreation and Leisure Studies student, recalled. “Luckily, she reacted quickly and got a mammogram, followed by a biopsy.”Brock University will host its Shoot for the Cure game on Friday, Jan. 25 in the Bob Davis Gymnasium.Kathy’s first chemotherapy treatment came when McPherson’s high school girls basketball team, the Confederation Jaguars, were making their first run to the provincial championships in Cornwall.It was followed by many more hours of driving from the family home in Welland to Hamilton’s Juravinski Cancer Centre.With that experience in her memory, McPherson says she’s proud to be part of Brock University’s Shoot for the Cure fundraiser game the women’s basketball team is hosting Friday, Jan. 25 at 6 p.m. in Brock’s Bob Davis Gymnasium.The national Shoot for the Cure campaign has proven to be an overwhelming success since it was launched in 2007 with more than $1.25 million in donations to the Canadian Cancer Society’s breast cancer initiatives. The campaign includes all 47 U SPORTS women’s basketball teams.Successfully fighting cancer wasn’t easy for McPherson’s mother or anyone in the family, but they got through it together. As usual, Kathy will be in the stands cheering for her daughter Friday night.“My mom loves basketball. I remember seeing her in the stands every single game even though she just started chemo. We won the championship, and I believe it was because we had her cheering us on for every game,” said McPherson, who played for the University of Ottawa and Niagara College before coming to Brock.An estimated 26,300 Canadian women were diagnosed with breast cancer in 2017, according to the Canadian Cancer Society.“Cancer awareness is important to all members of society. It’s one of the worst diseases afflicting our country,” said Brock women’s head coach Mike Rao. “Anything we could do to stop the spread of cancer, we should do. It is our duty as students, athletes and coaches to contribute in these fundraising efforts.”Pink Badger T-shirts will be for sale to help raise money for the Canadian Cancer Society at Friday’s game and pink ribbons will be available for a small donation.Across the country, all U SPORTS schools will raise money throughout regular season games and other special events, with the funds being donated during a presentation at the 2019 U SPORTS Women’s Basketball Final 8 tournament at Ryerson in March.To those families dealing with a cancer fight, Kathy offered some pertinent advice:“Work together,” she said. “Maintain hope and continue to live.” read more

BORING SUNDAY Easy home task complete by Veszprem and Flensburg

3. Paris Saint-Germain Handba…4301135:116(19)6 4. SG Flensburg-Handewitt4202116:107(9)4 Hungarian MVM Veszprem and German SG Flensburg didn’t give special excitement to their fans in home matches at VELUX EHF Champions League Round 4. “Boring Sunday” is the title for today’s matches in Veszprem and FLENS Arena where home teams won new two points in their aims to fight for the TOP of Group A.Veszprem easily beat Turkish champions Besiktas MOGAZ 33:25 with their best shooter Momir Ilić in the main role with nine goals. The Serbian left back is back to the game after he was sent off in the last match in Zagreb. His compatriot from Turkish team, DARKO Djukic netted six goals.SG Flensburg beat RK Celje Pivovarna Laško 30:20 (13:10) to come to the position 4 after four matches. Anders Eggert scored eight goals for the winners, while Croatian right back Šime Ivić was the most efficient among Slovenians with four.PSG Handball smashed PPD ZAGREB 34:23 (18:8) earlier today.STANDINGS: 7. RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko410395:103(-8)2 1. MVM Veszprém4310109:96(13)7 5. HC Prvo plinarsko drustvo …420293:97(-4)4 2. THW Kiel4301118:96(22)6 8. Besiktas Jimnastik Kulubu4004100:135(-35)0 MVM VeszpremSG Flensburg 6. Orlen Wisla Plock4112102:118(-16)3 ← Previous Story SUPER PSG Handball smash Zagreb in 10 minutes Next Story → EHF CL: PICK Szeged win in Kolding – No winner in Elverum read more

Casper Mortensen to FC Barcelona Lassa – Valero Rivera goes back to

casper mortensenFC Barcelona handballValero Rivera ← Previous Story Kazan “Beach Handball” draw – how to become World Champions? Next Story → Egypt appoint David Davis FC Barcelona Lassa has reached an agreement with German Bundesliga club TSV Hannover-Burgdorf for the transfer of 28-year-old left-winger Casper Ulrich Bjerre Mortensen to the Catalan club. The 1.90 m tall Danish international will be signing for three seasons, through to 2020/21.Casper Mortensen, who had fantastic years behind with high point in 2016 when Denmark won Olympic gold in Rio, is TOP scorer of the DKB Bundesliga 2017/2018 season with 198 goals in jersey of TSV Hannover Burgdorf. He came to DKB Bundesliga in 2015 (Hamburg), while in Hannover is since February 2016.He began career at FIF Copenhagen (2000-2006) and FCK Handbold (2006) before turning pro for Ajax Heroes (2007-2009), FHK Elite (2009-2011); Viborg HK (2011/12); BSV Silkeborg (2012-2014), where he gained his first Champions League experience with 61 goals in 12 games and then SonderjyskE (2014/15).Rivera back in FranceMortensen joins Barça in the same week that it was announced that Valero Riverawill be returning to HBC Nantes after two seasons wearing the blaugrana shirt. When Barça play Teucro on Saturday 19, he will get the chance to bid farewell to the Palau Blaugrana.Source: FC Barcelona Lassa website read more

WikiLeaks Assange Offered Ecuador Residency Consideration

first_imgJulian Assange is a man without a home. The Australian-born hacker was rejected by Sweden after applying for permanent residency last month. He’s got a few things working against him, after all. First there’s the fact that governments all over the world hate him for his hand in creating Wikileaks, a site devoted to the release of classified information.And then there are those molestation and rape charges he was hit with in Sweden, back in August, after appearing at a seminar in Stockholm.AdChoices广告While plenty of countries wouldn’t touch Assange with a ten foot pole (except, perhaps, for the opportunity to prosecute him), Ecuador is ready to welcome him with open arms. The country has invited Assange to discuss documents. Its foreign ministry has also offered to reviewed a residency request “in accordance with the country’s current laws,” according to CNN.Ecuador is apparently looking to Assange to help shed some light on the country’s troubled relationship with the United States.last_img read more

Gladbachs vicepresidents ask for tranquility

first_imgBorussia Monchengladbach beat Bayern Munich 3-0 at the Allianz Arena just last weekend in the German BundesligaAfter Borussia Monchengladbach was able to beat Bayern Munich 3-0 at the Allianz Arena, Gladbach’s vice president Rainer Bonhof asks for tranquility.“For me, it’s a little too early to look too much into things. We’ve got off to a good start, but I’ve always said that it takes ten games to get a sense of how you’ll do that season,” he told the club’s official website.“We’re happy with where we are at the moment, but nothing more. I don’t want to downplay things, but the games in Berlin and Wolfsburg have shown that there’s still room for improvement. Those that think we’ll easily beat other teams just because we beat Bayern 3-0 have been warned.”“You have to give 100% every week in the Bundesliga, or you’ll find it hard against any side. Therefore, we need to take it one game at a time,” he added.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“We can enjoy the victory at Bayern for a few days, but we shouldn’t get carried away”“The team seems more stable compared to last season. For me, an important factor is that we have a squad with two players for almost every position,” he continued.“We’ve got competition for all the positions, which has a positive effect on how the team performed overall. Our new system has also been hugely successful for the team so far.”“No matter who’s in the starting line up or who comes on during the game, each player fits into the system well. We want it to carry on like this,” he concluded.last_img read more

Fabian Ruiz discusses all things Napoli

first_imgAccording to the Spaniard, he joined the Partenopei because he was advised by the legendary Italian manager’s son Davide AncelottiNapoli midfielder Fabian Ruiz has revealed how the son of Carlo Ancelotti, Davide Ancelotti, helped him get to the Italian Lega Serie A as part of the Partenopei.“At the start, I suffered an injury which held me back for three weeks and then it wasn’t easy to break into the team, my teammates were doing very well. I’m better now and I’m happy,” he was quoted by Football Italia.“It’s going really well with Carlo Ancelotti, he’s a great Coach. He’s calm and close to the players.”“He rarely gets angry, but on the pitch, I’m often close to his technical area and when he does… it’s dangerous!”Sacchi explains Sarri, Conte, and Ancelotti Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Arrigo Sacchi talked about how Sarri has a tougher time at Juventus than Conte at Inter; while Ancelotti’s “blood is boiling” at Napoli.Arrigo Sacchi…“Did his son recommend me? It’s true, Davide was engaged to a girl from Seville who he met in Madrid, and when he visited her he’d go to watch Betis and Sevilla matches,” he explained.“He saw me play on those occasions. When I met his fiancée, I thanked her.”“It’s a more direct and quicker style of football here, but now that I’m playing regularly I feel good. The players are strong, the quality is very similar and in the end, there is not a huge difference,” he added.“I’m learning the language little-by-little, it’s not as hard as it seems at the start.”last_img read more

Fire forces evacuations of climbers on Mount Adams

first_imgSix wildfires, including ones on Mount Adams and near White Salmon, are plaguing Washington.Mount AdamsFire Sunday night had reached more than 1,000 acres on the western flank of the mountain. It was moving toward the southern flank, said Ken Sandusky, public information officer for the fire.It is called the Cascade Creek fire.The fire was caused Saturday night by a lighting strike, Sandusky said. He works for the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.Efforts Sunday focused on getting climbers and hikers off the mountain. Officials used cellphones to tell them to get to the Williams Mine Trailhead Road or to the south end of Bird Lake.An estimated 50 hikers and climbers came off the mountain on Sunday. Sandusky said three or four “dedicated, passionate forest service employees are on the mountain (Sunday night) to make sure we get everybody out of there.”He added, “This is real rough and rugged country,” noting it was too windy to get smoke-jumpers into the area Sunday.The fire will be reassessed this morning. Roads closed Sunday were the 8031, 8040 and 020 between 80 and 8040 in the Cherry Flats.These trails were closed: South Climb Cold Springs 72 and 183; Morrison Shorthorn 16; Gotchen 40; Snipes 11; Crofton 73; Salt Creek 75; Stagman 12; Pineway 71; Cold Springs 72; and Lower Buck 38.No injuries were reported.White SalmonThe fire between White Salmon and Husum has burned 1,644 acres and is 60 percent contained, spokeswoman Mary Bean said Monday morning. Total containment is expected Thursday, she said.It is called the Highway 141 fire.Homeowners who were evacuated returned to their houses Friday.Rain on Saturday helped in the effort to quell the blaze but lightning strikes Saturday were worrisome, Bean said.Firefighters were doing controlled burns called “burnouts.” Bean said that was happening “so there’s no place for the fire to go.” “All we had (Sunday) was smoldering, creeping and isolated burning in interior pockets,” she said.Crew members working the fire total 638. Equipment on the fire includes seven helicopters, 12 water tenders, 23 wildland fire engines and six structure-protection engines.Crews on Monday will continue mop up work on the fire and will start to de-mobilize Tuesday, Bean said. There was no rain overnight Sunday, but skies were grey on Monday morning.last_img read more

Miami car crash witnesses aid driver passenger

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Good Samaritans lent a helping hand to two people inside of a car that, officials said, slammed into a building in Miami.According to investigators, the car went through a fence and slammed into an apartment building in the area of Northwest 17th Street and Third Avenue, Monday morning.Other witnesses joined the good Samaritans as they ran to render aid to the victims.“When we got down here the car started smoking from the inside and pulled them out to make sure they were safe,” said good Samaritan Gene.Paramedics transported the man and woman inside the vehicle to a nearby hospital.Police believe the driver was speeding and lost control.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

US Government Objects to Quebecors Reorganization Plan

first_imgThe U.S. government has asked a New York bankruptcy court to deny Quebecor World’s plan of reorganization because it releases third parties from environmental penalties and because the company owes unpaid taxes.The government’s motion, filed Wednesday, said Quebecor’s plan would release a “panopoly of non-debtors from a broad swath of potential liability,” including $150 million in Clean Air Act penalties, according to a Canadian Press news report. It also alleges that Quebecor owes more than $10 million in unpaid taxes.The third part non-debtors include the creditors’ committee, the syndicate committee, noteholders, debtor-in-possession lenders, directors, financial advisers and investment bankers. Other groups, including the Graphic Communications Conference and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, also are said to have filed objections to Quebecor’s plan.“Quebecor World received overwhelming support in the vote by creditors to approve the plan of reorganization,” the company said in a statement e-mailed to FOLIO:. “Objections to confirmation are not unusual and are typically addressed at the hearing on confirmation.” Earlier this week, Quebecor’s creditors approved the company’s plans of reorganization in the U.S. and Canada. Creditors also approved the members of Quebecor’s new board of directors, and named former R.R. Donnelley CEO Mark Angelson as chairman.Quebecor said it expects “many of the objections” to be settled before the company’s joint confirmation hearing, scheduled for June 30 in New York and Quebec’s Superior Court. The company said it also still expects to emerge from bankruptcy in mid-July.last_img read more

HBO Hacker Leaks 250000 Offer Memo from Network

first_img HBO Max Scores Exclusive ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming Rights’Game of Thrones’ Finale Script Explains Why Drogon Burned the Iron Throne Well, they probably should have seen this coming. It would appear that after an anonymous hacker got their hands on a massive amount of HBO data, including upcoming episodes of popular shows, HBO offered them a “bounty payment.” How do we know that? Because the same hacker leaked the memo, HBO sent.According to Variety, the message is dated July 27, and offers $250,000 to the hacker. The memo states that the money is part of a program involving “white-hat IT professionals” being rewarded for “bringing these types of things to our attention.” I guess putting out scripts for unreleased Game of Thrones episodes is one way to bring these issues to HBO’s attention.Variety’s sources tell them the memo was worded specifically to buy the network time. Rather than being confrontational, appearing to offer an olive branch allows HBO to fully assess the situation. The memo also asks that the ransom deadline set by the hacker be pushed back one week so the necessary amount of bitcoin may be secured.The message reads, “You have the advantage of having surprised us. In the spirit of professional cooperation, we are asking you to extend your deadline for one week.” While $250,000 in bitcoin is a lot of money to most people, it isn’t nearly the amount the hacker originally demanded. In their initial video to HBO, they requested “six months salary,” claiming to make $12 million to $15 million per year.While the memo appears to be more of a stalling tactic than a serious offer, HBO really shouldn’t be surprised that it got out. As there’s no statement from the network yet, we have to assume they at least considered this as a possibility, right? Leakers gonna leak. Just… please no Game of Thrones spoilers before Sunday night?Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetlast_img read more

Continuing to give a helping hand to needy communities in Ladysmith

first_imgThe Project Cornerstone team once again reached out to the hearts of needy communities.This time around, co-ordinator Mr Bihaspat paid a visit to Roosboom Silithemba Halfway House, as well as a kiddies crèche in Watersmeet.The team distributed 50 lunch packs consisting of sandwiches with assorted fillings, fruit juice and fruit to the people gathered, as well as nutritious soup and bread to 80 people, sponsored and prepared by the Royal Hotel.An insightful message was rendered by Mr Bihaspat, entitled ‘God always tests you before He blesses you’. It was said that sometimes God’s tests come through people who ask you to do something impossible. Most of us don’t really know what to do when we’re confronted by an impossible situation.The solution: Don’t panic, then ask why. Ask for more time. Gather prayer partners. Pray to God for help and ask God for supernatural help. Begin to worship God and when you begin to do this, you move your focus off your problem and onto God.Also read: Lasec reaches out to those in needThe team also distributed booklets to enable communities to build a closer relationship with Jesus Christ.A passionate appeal is made to any interested individuals or businesses that would like to make a contribution to Project Cornerstone to please contact Mr Bihaspat or call at the Royal Hotel reception on 0366372176May you be blessed abundantly for your contribution to improving humanity.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsitelast_img read more

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Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a GE Cardiographe Dedicated Cardiac CT Scanner This is a quick walk around of the GE Healthcare Cardiographe dedicated cardiac CT system on display at the… read more News | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 06, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Improves Heart Attack Risk Assessment When used with a common heart scan, machine learning, a type of artificial intelligence (AI), does better than… 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 Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… 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 Related Content Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a Siemens Go.Top Dedicated Cardiac Scanner This is a quick walk around of the new Siemens Somatom Go.top cardiovascular edition compact computed tomography (CT) read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more 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. 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 News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more October 14, 2009 – Survivors and patients with cancers and heart disease, along with patient advocate organizations and physicians, today urged policymakers to enhance early diagnosis of deadly diseases by preserving access to advanced imaging, such as MRI and CT scans, in final healthcare reform legislation. Specifically, hundreds of rally participants expressed grave concern about the “triple threat” facing life-saving medical imaging services – drastic Medicare reimbursement cuts included in healthcare reform legislation, arbitrary changes to the 2010 Physician Fee Schedule and billions of dollars in excise taxes on imaging equipment – all of which would inhibit patients’ access to the early disease detection that diagnostic imaging delivers. A $40 billion excise tax on medical devices has the potential to have serious, systemic and long-term repercussions for the quality of American healthcare, as it will stifle the innovation of new imaging and cutting edge cancer-therapy technologies that can detect disease earlier, personalize disease treatment while preserving quality of life and deliver better outcomes with less radiation. In a letter to President Obama and Secretary Sebelius, 20 patient advocacy organizations wrote that they were gratified to hear President Obama point out in his recent address on healthcare that early disease detection makes sense because “it saves money, and it saves lives.” With that in mind, the groups wrote that “further deep reductions in Medicare reimbursements for diagnostic imaging would jeopardize the health of America’s seniors by delaying or precluding their access to the front-line tools that turn early detection into effective treatment and patients into survivors.”Knowing that new cancer cases in the U.S. are projected to rise by 45 percent over the next 20 years, with a “dramatic spike” predicted among elderly and minority populations (according to the Journal of Clinical Oncology), the groups also expressed concern in their letter that “limiting access to vital advanced imaging services will counteract efforts to identify and treat disease early, with the net result of increasing, rather than decreasing, overall healthcare costs.” “Twenty-eight organizations advocating on behalf of patients and seniors have now expressed support for access to diagnostic imaging by urging Congress and the administration to forgo another round of deep cuts to reimbursements,” said Andrew Spiegel, CEO of the Colon Cancer Alliance. In addition to today’s letter release, 15 patient advocate organizations wrote to Congressional leaders in July, saying: “We are deeply concerned that additional unwarranted cuts to medical imaging will hamper our fight against these deadly diseases.” Seven organizations signed both letters. “We know that early disease detection dramatically improves the chances of survival,” said Sheila Ross, special counsel, Lung Cancer Alliance and two-time lung cancer survivor. “If imaging reimbursements are further reduced and increased taxes are imposed on such technologies, in the end it will be the patients who will suffer the most.”The organizations that signed today’s letter are: American Federation for Aging Research, American Pain Foundation, Black Women’s Health Imperative, Brain Injury Association of America, California Consumers United, Coalition for Pulmonary Fibrosis, Colon Cancer Alliance, Connecticut Breast Health Initiative, David’s Fight, Emergency Coalition to Save Cancer Imaging, Gilda’s Club Quad Cities, Gregory M. Hirsch Memorial Foundation, Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Association, Kidney Cancer Association, Lung Cancer Alliance, Patient Advocates for Advanced Cancer Treatment, SemiColon, Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association, Washington State Prostate Cancer Coalition, and YES! Beat Liver Tumors.New Data Shows Effect of Past Cuts As the patient advocate organizations unveiled their letter, the Access to Medical Imaging Coalition (AMIC) also released a Moran Company analysis of 2008 Medicare claims data showing that the volume of advanced imaging is growing more slowly since the implementation of the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 (DRA). A previous Moran and Company analysis showed that Medicare spending on advanced imaging was reduced by 19.2 percent from 2006 to 2007 and volume of service grew by only 1.9 percent. Of particular note, the new analysis showed that from 2007-2008:• Use of CT, MR, PET and nuclear services grew by only 1.1 percent – even slower growth than the modest 1.9 percent growth from 2006 to 2007. • Use of mammography and DEXA (bone density screening to detect osteoporosis) both continue to decline in volume. Screening mammography volume fell nearly 30 percent (from 0.15 percent growth in 2006 to 2007 to -.20 percent), while DEXA volume in 2008 dropped 0.4 percent relative to 2007 (double the decline from 2006 to 2007). • Use of MRI decreased by -0.3 percent between 2007 and 2008 and the growth rate for CT volume was cut almost in half (4.2 percent compared to 2.6 percent). “Utilization of advanced imaging services continues to be slower in the post-DRA environment than in the prior period,” said Don Moran, president of the Moran Company. “Contrary to the assumption that advanced imaging spending is rapidly increasing, the 2008 data appear to confirm the deceleration of imaging cost growth first observed in the 2007 data. Policymakers may wish to consider this trend when considering changes to imaging coverage and reimbursement.” “MedPAC is ignoring imaging spending and use trends from 2006 to 2008 after the DRA went into effect,” said Tim Trysla, executive director of the Access to Medical Imaging Coalition. “It’s misleading and lacking in credibility for MedPAC to make policy recommendations while examining an environment that no longer exists. Policymakers must take into account the impact of the DRA and make public policy decisions based on up-to-date spending and use data.”Doctors Forecast Detrimental Impact of Additional Deep Cuts to ImagingRadiologists and cardiologists who joined patients at today’s rally said that they are concerned the proposed reductions to Medicare reimbursements, coupled with the excise tax and severe cuts already made in the last several years, will force them to make difficult choices that will deny seniors access to diagnostic services.Data collected by the Radiology Business Management Association (RBMA) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) underscores this concern. According to their recent survey, if reimbursements were reduced by half:• 36 percent of practices would consider limiting access to Medicare beneficiaries• 25 percent would consider dropping out of the Medicare program• 40 percent would consider consolidating service sites• 40 percent would consider closing their center “Another deep cut in reimbursements for diagnostic imaging will not only further curtail access to MRI and CT, but it will have the unintended consequences of curtailing access to all medical imaging including mammography,” said Dr. Steve Harms, a radiologist at The Breast Center of Northwest Arkansas in Fayetteville, Ark. Legislative Proposals to Further Cut Imaging ReimbursementsThe proposed Medicare cuts for medical imaging procedures would come by changing what is known as the utilization assumption – the amount of time that imaging equipment is assumed to operate during the hours a physician’s office or center is open. President Obama has recommended that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) dramatically recalibrate the reimbursement formula using a 95 percent utilization assumption for advanced imaging equipment instead. Legislation introduced in the U.S. House would change the utilization assumption to 75 percent for advanced imaging equipment. The current utilization rate CMS uses is 50 percent. According to data from RBMA, neither rural, nor urban, nonhospital diagnostic imaging providers operate equipment at rates anywhere near those levels. Rather, a recent survey shows that imaging equipment in rural areas of the country operates only 48 percent of the time an office is open, on average, while equipment in non-rural areas operates just 56 percent of the time. In other words, under these proposals, few centers that offer these life-saving scans will be reimbursed at the proper level. Regulatory Proposals to Further Cut Imaging ReimbursementsPatient access to diagnostic imaging is threatened not only via the legislative process, but also by CMS’s proposed revisions to the 2010 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS). In the fee schedule, CMS proposes dramatic cuts to the technical component of diagnostic imaging services. When combined with the effect of already-implemented imaging cuts and the proposed adjustments to the equipment utilization rate, these proposed new cuts would represent a total cut of approximately 60 percent over a five year period. “CMS’s rule would represent the most dramatic aggregate cut of any healthcare provider class within the Medicare program over the same period of time and will devastate access to appropriate imaging,” said Paul Freier, M.D., a noninvasive cardiologist from Illinois Heart and Vascular.For more information: www.rightscanrighttime.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Video Player is loading.GE Cardiographe cardiac CT scanner at SCCT19Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:38Loaded: 26.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:38 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Study Supports Elekta Gamma Knife for Treatment of Large or Complex Brain

first_img News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more Dong, P., Perez-Andujar, A., Pinnaduwage, D., Braunstehttp://10.3171/2016.7.GKS16881in, S., et al. “Dosimetric characterization of hypofractionated Gamma Knife radiosurgery of large or complex brain tumors versus linear accelerator-based treatments,” Journal of Neurosurgery. Published December 2016. DOI: 10.3171/2016.7.GKS16881 FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. Related Content Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more News | Radiation Therapy | January 25, 2017 Study Supports Elekta Gamma Knife for Treatment of Large or Complex Brain Tumors Results show Gamma Knife spares normal brain tissue and delivers higher target dose compared with linac-based radiotherapy platforms [i] Leksell GammaPlan V10.2 for the Perfexion Extend system[ii] Multiplan V4.5 for the CyberKnife VSI System January 25, 2017 — Elekta announced new data demonstrating Leksell Gamma Knife better spares healthy brain tissue and delivers a higher radiation dose compared to linear accelerator (linac)-based delivery methods. The results, evaluating patients undergoing radiosurgery for large or complex brain tumors, were published in the Journal of Neurosurgery.The study compared treatment planning capabilities of three radiosurgery delivery systems in 10 consecutive patients with single brain tumors who received treatment between 2014 and 2015 using volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT), a type of linac-based delivery. Radiotherapy data from these patients’ prior treatments were exported to the Gamma Knife[i] or CyberKnife[ii] treatment planning systems and re-planned for delivery with Gamma Knife, CyberKnife and VMAT modalities.Treatment replanning was conducted in a blinded and independent fashion. The three systems were compared in each patient and assessed for dose distribution, conformity index (CI, a measure of the relationship between treated target tissue and untreated healthy tissue), gradient index (GI, a measure of dose decrease outside the target area), distribution of the prescribed radiation dose, and the volume of normal brain tissue receiving a radiation dose of 15 Gy, 10 Gy or 5 Gy.Results show the three modalities had similar CI and a significant difference in GI (p<0.0002) favoring Gamma Knife. Significant differences were also observed for dose distribution, with Gamma Knife showing greater central target dosing compared with CyberKnife and VMAT. Among patients treated with Gamma Knife, significantly less healthy brain tissue received a dose of 15 Gy compared with CyberKnife or VMAT. Results were similar for Gamma Knife and CyberKnife at the 10 Gy and 5 Gy doses, and both were significantly lower than the VMAT group.“The results of this study demonstrate that the precise beam created by the fixed radiation sources of Leksell Gamma Knife results in significant tissue-sparing benefits to patients with large or complex brain tumors,” said Lijun Ma, Ph.D., DABMP, FAAPM, professor in the Department of Radiation Oncology at the University of California, San Francisco and senior author on the study. “Importantly, this benefit is achieved without compromising effective dosing to target tumor tissue.”The study also underscores the differences in dose delivered to healthy brain tissue that can result when similar doses are delivered to the periphery of the tumor. Prior studies have shown the dose delivered to normal brain tissue increases steeply as tumor target size increases. Study results suggest that Gamma Knife reduces the dose to healthy tissue when using hypofractionated radiosurgery to treat large brain tumors. The authors note that further studies investigating the normal brain-tolerable dose of hypofractionated radiosurgery are needed to determine optimal dosing and fractionation practices.With Elekta’s latest-generation radiosurgery system, Leksell Gamma Knife Icon, which includes stereotactic imaging and a new frameless motion management system, Gamma Knife treatment may be expanded to a broader range of brain lesions.For more information: www.thejns.org Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution... read more News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray's Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a... read more The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World's Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive... read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the... read more News | Radiation Oncology | July 31, 2019 Laura Dawson, M.D., FASTRO, Chosen as ASTRO President-elect The members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) elected four new officers to ASTRO’s Board of... read morelast_img read more

French bid to disarm African militias a challenge

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Related 7 flights for under £40Seven great autumn

first_img Related7 flights for under £40Seven great autumn break ideas – all with flights under £406 Flights for under £60Bring on the bargain flights, with this week’s handpicked selection of deals, all for under £60 return.Bargains of the week: Berlin | Faro | BarcelonaBargains of the week: Berlin | Faro | Barcelona Summer may be slowly slipping away here in the UK, but there is plenty of sun only a couple of hours away. This week’s bargains are all under £44 return! Berlin from £40Despite its size, Berlin is one of Europe’s most relaxing cities and is an ideal place to cycle around – discover quirky new neighbourhoods, an abundance of street art before stopping for a cool drink in the shade. Enjoy some jazz in the park at Tiergarten, or hang out by the river in one of many beach-themed bars. Find cheap flights to Berlin Asturias from £44Instead of heading to southern Spain, why not try the north? The Asturias region is home to Oviedo, the historic capital city of the Asturias region, and Gijon, a coastal town with its many fishing villages and beaches. For an even cooler experience, try the mountain range of Picos de Europa national park, 20km from the coast. Find cheap flights to AsturiasTrieste from £40The small city of Trieste, on the beautiful Adriatic coast of northern Italy, is part of the smallest province in the country. Trieste is close to the borders with Croatia and Slovenia, the latter surrounding the city to the south, east and north, and also boasts a unique history due to its prosperous seaport and links to the Austro-Hungarian Empire.Find cheap flights to Trieste ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more