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Republic of Korea UN rights experts urges adoption of antidiscrimination law

“As Korean society becomes more exposed to foreigners and migrant workers living in the country, it is important to continue addressing the issue of racism, xenophobia and discrimination,” the UN Special Rapporteur on racism, Mutuma Ruteere, said in a news release issued today.Mr. Ruteere, who completed his first official visit to the country earlier this week, noted that comprehensive anti-discrimination legislation would allow the appropriate institutions to play a more significant role in receiving complaints from victims, investigate and issue relevant recommendations for the Government to follow up. “Although I have not been informed of racist or xenophobic discourse and practices at the institutional level, I have been made aware that at the individual level, there have been isolated incidents of private acts of racism, racial discrimination and xenophobia,” he said. The expert recalled how a naturalized Korean woman was refused access to a public bath, as well as cases of taxi drivers turning in to the police customers who do not look Korean, and of shop attendants expressing derogatory attitudes to foreign customers. “Although these incidents may be isolated cases, it is essential for the Government to address the issue of racism and xenophobia through better education and awareness-raising,” he stressed. He also pointed to xenophobic groups that advocate the abolition of policy of support for multicultural families and who claim that the multicultural policy enacted by the Government discriminates against Koreans, as they are not entitled to similar social benefits and programmes. “After verification, I confirmed that no such discrimination exists and that ethnic Koreans are offered the same social benefits under the regular social scheme,” Mr. Ruteere said. “It is however important for the Government to dispel these myths and clarify the situation in order to prevent the proliferation of racist and xenophobic movements.” He encouraged the South Korean authorities to fight racism and discrimination through better education, as well as ensuring that the media is sensitive and conscious of the responsibility to avoid racist and xenophobic stereotypes and that perpetrators are punished where appropriate.He also called on the Government to improve legislation on employment in order to offer a better protection to migrant workers and their families, and encouraged the authorities to ratify the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families. Independent experts are appointed by the UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a country situation or a specific human rights theme. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work.Mr. Ruteere will present a final report on his visit to the Republic of Korea to the Geneva-based Council in 2015. read more

Whats Behind MLBs Bizarre Spike In Contract Extensions

While veteran stars including Nolan Arenado, Chris Sale and Mike Trout all signed massive extensions this spring, players with little major league experience made up the majority of the deals. Fourteen of the players — including reigning NL Rookie of the Year Ronald Acuna, who signed a $100 million extension last week, and fellow Brave Ozzie Albies, who signed a much-discussed extension Thursday — were so early in their careers that they were not yet eligible for salary arbitration, which generally requires a player to accrue three years of major league experience before becoming eligible to negotiate for significant raises. Eight others were at least a year shy of six years of service time, the amount required to become a free agent. In 2019 to date, players signing extensions have forfeited 51 combined arbitration-eligible seasons and 69 future free-agent years. The deals also include club options covering 25 seasons.Buying out the arbitration and free agency years of younger stars for the purpose of controlling and reducing payroll costs was a practice pioneered in the early 1990s by John Hart, then general manager of the Cleveland Indians, who watched great Pittsburgh Pirates teams broken up prematurely because of escalating player costs. While extensions had since become common practice, the activity had slowed in recent seasons as young stars like Bryce Harper and Manny Machado seemed intent on hitting the open market as soon as possible.So what’s behind the extension surge this spring? Why are MLB teams intent on avoiding arbitration and locking up young stars? It may be because arbitration wasn’t working to begin with — at least from the perspective of the teams.Under arbitration, a player and a team each puts forth a salary amount to a panel of arbitrators, who then must decide on one of the two figures. In the past two offseasons, players have totaled more wins than losses in arbitration cases against the owners — the first time that’s happened in back-to-back years since 1989-90. Through 2015, owners had won 58 percent of all arbitration cases, according to Forbes.This winter, Gerrit Cole ($13.5 million) and Trevor Bauer ($13 million) were among the six players to win their cases against their clubs. Arenado and the Rockies avoided a hearing, which is common practice, by signing a one-year, $26 million deal — a record for a player eligible for arbitration.“We’re going to be seeing $20 [million] and $30 million salaries regularly in arbitration,” one agent told us. “They [MLB teams] are going to try and push back on that. How do you do it? You pull those guys out of the system.“Every time the teams see a seam in the defense, they exploit the shit out of it and they are really good at it,” the agent said. “They are capitalizing on good players they have been watching through the draft, through the minor leagues, and who are represented largely by unqualified or under-qualified agents. The teams have scouting reports on agents the very same way they have on opposing hitters and pitchers. They have heat maps. They know our tendencies, they know who will go to arbitration, who won’t, whose business is failing and they need to vest their fees.”The agent noted that teams look at arbitration as an important battleground and have scores of analysts that compile data for these cases. By taking players out of the arbitration system, the teams not only cap earning potential for those players, but they also reduce salary comps for other players. Agent Scott Boras described the MLB’s aggressive approach with young players and extensions this spring as “snuff contracts” — or an attempt to snuff out future markets.Greg Dreyfuss, an associate general counsel for the union and the MLBPA’s director of analytics and baseball operations, also sees a link between the wave of extensions and players’ recent arbitration wins. The union and players have closed the data gap between clubs in making their cases. Dreyfuss says agents and players are educated on the market. While MLB payrolls remain stagnant, the records for largest arbitration salaries have been set in the past two years. The average salary of an arbitration-eligible player in 2011 was $2.73 million; that increased to $3.97 million this year, a 45 percent jump, according to analysis of MLBTradeRumors.com data.The total dollars and players in the arbitration system has jumped from $393.6 million and 144 players in 2011 to $789.6 million spread among 199 players this last offseason, growth in part due to the game trending younger — meaning that there will be more 20-somethings entering arbitration.“Nine of the 10 largest one-year contracts in the history of salary arbitration have come in the past two years, and overall, arbitration salaries have kept pace with the rise in industry revenue over a 10-year period,” Dreyfuss told FiveThirtyEight. “Recently a lot of really good players in that process have stood up and said, ‘No, I’m not just going to take what you give me,’ and they’ve fought for what they consider a fair salary. So, I do think there’s some correlation between players succeeding in arbitration and clubs wanting to take players out of that process.”While spending efficiently is always a goal for teams, how these clubs have handled free agency in recent winters may be a motivating factor in some players’ decision-making. Even Trout, the game’s best player, expressed reservations about entering the open market when he signed a record extension (which is also a bargain for the Angels) this spring.“I kind of saw what Bryce and Manny went through and it drew a red flag for me,” Trout said. “I talked to Manny and Bryce. It was a tough couple months in the offseason. They put it perspective in my mind.”Not all extensions are club-friendly. Drefyuss notes that there have also been a number of veteran players who have agreed to extensions that will pay them lucratively into their mid-30s.“Players agree to extensions for a variety of valid reasons, and there are any number of factors involved in their decisions,” he saidOne key decision a player must make when considering an extension is how much financial upside to concede for the sake of job and financial security. In dealing with future risk, teams face less downside than individual players do. While a team can absorb a poor contract, a player is one injury or decline in performance away from having his career trajectory significantly altered.Acuna and Albies look like future superstars, yet they signed deals that could potentially cost them nine figures in future earnings. White Sox top prospect Eloy Jimenez signed a six-year deal with two club options before he ever took a major league at-bat, limiting his financial upside. Those are the types of club-friendly deals that some on the players’ side have criticized. There is also an argument that individual players ought to consider not just themselves but their peers and future major leaguers when considering a long-term deal — and that they should wait until they are at least arbitration-eligible.“If guys aren’t going through the system, if all the young [stars] are signing before they get there, then we are not going to have those posts to hold on to,” the agent said of salary comps. “I don’t think this is teams trying to screw with the free agent market. They are trying to take the best young players out of the arbitration system.”Toronto outfielder Randal Grichuk, 27, said the Blue Jays began negotiating with him last month during spring training in the midst of the extension spree. He eventually signed a five-year, $52 million extension.“The way I looked at it was taking guaranteed money, setting my family up for life, it’s hard to turn down,” Grichuk said. “If I leave a few dollars on the table now, I’m going to just be finishing my 31 season [after his deal expires] going into free agency. If I produce well, I’m going to be young enough to make some more. And if I’m not able to, whether due to injuries, failures, anything happens, I’m still set for life.”Grichuk was into his arbitration years when he signed his extension, but he didn’t take issue with young stars like Acuna opting for financial security earlier along in the process.“He could have probably waited and got more, but it’s tough to talk negatively about a guy who just got $100 million and is set for life,” Grichuk said. “What’s the difference between $100 [million] and $200 [million]? His kids’ kids’ kids won’t have to work? … I think it’s one of those things where his life changes completely.”Neil Paine contributed researchCheck out our latest MLB predictions. On Feb. 13, 25-year-old ace Aaron Nola agreed to a four-year contract extension with the Phillies. A day later, 26-year-old Max Kepler and 25-year-old Jorge Polanco agreed to five-year extensions with the Twins. The following day, Yankees ace Luis Severino, who turned 25 a few days later, signed a pact with the Yankees. The deals marked the beginning of a historic spree of extensions.From mid-February through Thursday, 27 players had agreed to extensions worth a total of 132 years and $2.045 billion, according to data from the MLBTradeRumors.com extension database analyzed by FiveThirtyEight. There has never been a flurry of activity like this: March represented the most dollars ($1.126 billion) and years (58) awarded in contract extensions in a one-month period that we’ve seen. read more

Can you solve the chess problem which holds key to human consciousness

first_img“If you put this puzzle into a chess computer it just assumes a black win because of the number of pieces and positions, but a human will look at this and know quickly that is not the case,” said Sir Roger.“We know that there are things that the human mind achieves that even the most powerful supercomputer cannot but we don’t know why.“There is now evidence that there are quantum effects happening in biology, such as in photosynthesis or in bird migration, so there may be something similar happening in the mind, which is a controversial idea.“If we find out how humans differ from computers then it could have profound sociological implications. People get very depressed when they think of a future where robots or computers will take their jobs, but it might be that there are areas where computers will never be better than us, such as creativity.” Sir Roger Penrose  The original Bletchley Park crossword, published in The Telegraph in 1942 The original Bletchley Park crossword, published in The Telegraph in 1942 In 1942, codebreakers at Bletchley Park, released a similar crossword puzzle in the pages of The Telegraph in the hope of recruiting new cryptographers, which played a crucial role in helping the Allies crack Enigma and win the Second World war. Readers were asked to solve the puzzle in 12 minutes.The new chess puzzle is one of several which will be released in the coming weeks by the Institute in an attempt to crack the code of human ingenuity. James Tagg, inventor of the LCD touch screen who will lead the Institute said: “We are interested in seeing how the Eureka moments happen in people’s brains. For me it is an actual flash of light but it will be different for others.“This chess position is designed to show the difference between artificial intelligence (AI) and human intelligence (HI) and the nature of human understanding.“A human looking at it for a short while will ‘see’ what white must, and more particularly, must not do, and use very little energy to decide this.“But, for a computer, the puzzle requires an enormous number of calculations, far too many for even today’s supercomputers.”The institute is also hoping to develop new technology to improve the treatment of brain disease and anesthetics, develop a new type of telescope to detect dark matter and even resolve the Schrodinger’s Cat paradox, which suggests a cat in a box could be alive and dead at the same time. The chess problem as drawn by Sir Roger PenroseCredit:Sir Roger Penrose  It might look like a simple chess problem, but this puzzle could finally help scientists uncover what makes the human mind so unique, and why it may never be matched by a computer.75 years after Bletchley Park sought codebreakers in the Second World War by placing a crossword in The Telegraph, scientists are again inviting readers to pit their wits against a new conundrum to find the quickest minds.The puzzle coincides with the launch of the new Penrose Institute, founded by Sir Roger Penrose, emeritus Professor at the Mathematical Institute of Oxford, who shared the World Prize in physics with Professor Stephen Hawking in 1988 for his work on black hole singularities.The new institute, which will have arms at UCL and Oxford University, has been set up to study human consciousness through physics and tease out the fundamental differences between artificial and human intelligence.If successful, it could prove for the first time that the human brain is not simply a gargantuan supercomputer, but may exhibit quantum effects far beyond the realms of current imagining – a controversial theory that many scientists believe to be impossible.The chess problem – originally drawn by Sir Roger – has been devised to defeat an artificially intelligent (AI) computer but be solvable for humans. The Penrose Institute scientists are inviting readers to workout how white can win, or force a stalemate and then share their reasoning.The team then hopes to scan the brains of people with the quickest times, or interesting Eureka moments, to see if the genesis of human ‘insight’ or ‘intuition’ can be spotted in mind. The chess problem as drawn by Sir Roger Penrose Sir Roger Penrose  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Archéologie une magnifique mosaïque byzantine mise au jour en Israël

first_imgArchéologie : une magnifique mosaïque byzantine mise au jour en IsraëlSelon un communiqué de l’Autorité des Antiquités d’Israël, des archéologues ont mis au jour dans ce pays un vaste site byzantin comportant plusieurs infrastructures, dont un bâtiment orné d’une grandiose mosaïque.Une équipe de l’Autorité des Antiquités d’Israël (IAA), dirigée par le Dr Rina Avner, a découvert, près du Kibboutz Bet Qama (Israël), les restes d’un établissement de la période byzantine (4e au 6e siècle après J.-C.). Parmi les découvertes, un bâtiment principal et une grande salle d’environ 12 mètres de long sur 8,50 mètres de large.”Son plafond a été apparemment recouvert de tuiles. L’impressionnante entrée de la salle et la mosaïque à couper le souffle qui orne son plancher suggèrent que cette structure était un bâtiment public. La mosaïque, bien conservée, est décorée avec des motifs géométriques et ses coins sont ornés avec des amphores, une paire de paons et une paire de colombes picorant des raisins (…)”, explique un communiqué de l’IAA cité par Sci-news.En face du bâtiment, les archéologues ont également mis au jour des bassins, dont l’un orné de fresques, et un système de canaux et de tuyaux utilisés pour transporter l’eau. L’équipe est encore en train de déterminer la fonction de cet édifice public et de ses bassins, dont la construction a dû nécessiter des ressources considérables.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?”Le site, localisé le long de l’ancienne route qui courait au nord de Beer Sheva, semble avoir consisté en un vaste domaine qui comprenait une église, des bâtiments résidentiels, des celliers, une grande citerne, un bâtiment public et des bassins, entourés de terres agricoles . L’une des structures servait probablement d’auberge pour les voyageurs”, concluent les chercheurs.(crédits photo : Yael Yolovitch) Le 18 mai 2013 à 13:20 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Wings Over Homestead Air Show takes flight this weekend

first_imgHOMESTEAD, FLA. (WSVN) – The Wings Over Homestead Air Show will take off this weekend.Some high flying fun is ready to take off from Homestead Air Force Base, and a former Marlin is ready to take flight.Daredevil pilots are trained to thrill crowds with high flying stunts and amazing maneuvers. The show will feature the World Renowned United States Air Force Thunderbirds.During Thursday’s sneak preview, former Miami Marlin Jeff Conine got the chance to tag along for a high speed ride.Conine told 7News that he’s never flown in a plane like this before. When asked why he’s doing it, he said, “Are you kidding me? This is one of the best machines in the world.”The Golden Knights U.S. Army Parachute Team will also take flying leaps from planes to create spectacular demonstrations as they come down.One of many experiences with the armed forces — the former Marlin has already had. “I got to jump with the Army Golden Knights last year and we went over and trained with the Marines over in Bahrain,” Conine. “I went to visit the troops and I was in a nuclear submarine earlier this year with the Navy. So this is it man.” Spectators can also expect to see all kinds of aircraft ranging from bi-planes to supersonic jets.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

At least 16 Indian soldiers killed in Kashmir attack

first_imgMap locating Srinagar in Indian-administered Kashmir, where at least 12 Indian soldiers were killed Thursday. Photo: AFPAt least 16 Indian soldiers were killed on Thursday in Indian-administered Kashmir in the deadliest attack on government forces in more than two years, police said.Kashmir has been divided between India and Pakistan since independence. Rebels have been fighting for an independent Kashmir, or a merger with Pakistan, for 30 years.The attack, the biggest since September 2016, saw an explosion next to a convoy of 78 vehicles carrying almost 2,500 personnel from the paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), police said.Two blue buses carrying around 35 people each bore the brunt of the explosion around 20 kilometres (12 miles) from the main city of Srinagar on the main highway towards Jammu.”At least 16 people are dead. Given the condition of the vehicles hit, the toll could get much higher,” a senior police official told AFP on condition of anonymity.The Press Trust of India (PTI) news agency reported that more than 30 people were dead, and that many in the large convoy were returning from leave to active duty.Police said that it was an improvised explosive device (IED) while the CRPF said that the explosives were inside a car. Media reports said the explosive-laden vehicle was driven into the convoy.”It was a powerful explosion. The explosive was car-borne,” CRPF spokesman Sanjay Kumar told AFP.Speaking on condition of anonymity, another CRPF official said at least 29 troops were injured in the blast, which damaged a number of vehicles in the convoy.Unconfirmed photos showed the charred remains of at least one vehicle littered across the highway, alongside blue military buses as black smoke billowed upwards.Reports said that there were 350 kilos (770 pounds) of explosives used.Local media reports said the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed Islamist group had claimed responsibility.A spokesman for the group told a local news agency that the “suicide attack” was carried out by Aadil Ahmad, alias Waqas Commando, a known militant from the area.The last major car bombing, which killed 40 people including three suicide attackers, was also carried out by Jaish-e-Mohammed, in 2001. The target of that attack was the local parliament building in Srinagar.- ‘Not in vain’ -Prime minister Narendra Modi tweeted that the latest attack was “despicable”.”I strongly condemn this dastardly attack. The sacrifices of our brave security personnel shall not go in vain. The entire nation stands shoulder to shoulder with the families of the brave martyrs,” Modi said.The 2016 attack, the biggest in 14 years, claimed the lives of 19 soldiers in a brazen pre-dawn raid by militants on the Uri army camp.India blamed militants in Pakistan for that attack, and responded with strikes across the heavily-militarised Line of Control, the de-facto border dividing the nuclear-armed nations.India said the “surgical strikes” several kilometres (miles) inside the Pakistan-controlled side of the disputed territory were to prevent attacks being planned on major Indian cities.The operations remain a source of national pride for Modi’s government and were the subject of a rousing recent Bollywood film, “Uri: The Surgical Strike”.The biggest attack on Indian forces was in May 2002, when militants attacked an Indian army camp in Kaluchak in Jammu city, killing 34 people, including family members of soldiers.New Delhi accuses Pakistan of fuelling the insurgency that has also left tens of thousands of civilians dead and which has become increasingly bitter in recent years.Last year was deadliest in a decade, with rights monitors saying almost 600 people died, most of them civilians. Thousands more have been maimed in recent years by pellet-firing shotguns used by Indian forces.Pakistan says it only provides diplomatic support to Kashmiris’ right to self-determination.last_img read more

How the White House is courting evangelicals on its IsraeliPalestinian peace plan

first_imgEmily McFarlan Miller emmillerwrites Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,President Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hold up a signed proclamation at the White House on March 25, 2019, in Washington. Trump signed an official proclamation formally recognizing Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)JERUSALEM (RNS) — President Trump is working on a plan for peace in the Middle East. And evangelical advisers like the Rev. Jentezen Franklin are getting the chance to weigh in on it.“It’s a very exciting time and a time truly when we need to be praying for the peace of Jerusalem,” said Franklin in a video he posted on Twitter after a White House meeting between prominent conservative evangelical Christians and Trump administration officials earlier this month.RELATED: Pompeo: All faiths will have ‘something to say’ on forthcoming peace planFranklin urged supporters to do all they can by praying and “being vocal” in support of Israel.  “The Bible says that we are to support Israel, we are to stand with Israel, and God will bless us,” Franklin said.  “I want to be part of that blessing, and I know you do, too.”That March 7 meeting is just one of a series of meetings, dinners, lunches and coffees the White House has had with evangelical leaders as it prepares to release its Israeli-Palestinian peace plan, according to author Joel Rosenberg, who said he has attended several of those events.The view from Mount Bental in the Golan Heights. President Trump recently recognized Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights. RNS photo by Emily McFarlan MillerMeantime, the White House has welcomed embattled Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for a meeting with the president and announced its recognition of the Golan Heights as part of Israel. And several U.S. officials have visited the Middle East, including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.A few of Trump’s evangelical supporters tweeted about the March 7 meeting, including pastors Paula White, who has attended many meetings and events at the White House and has been called the president’s spiritual adviser, and John Hagee, the head of Christians United for Israel, which Rosenberg described as the “Christian AIPAC.”White characterized the meeting as a “listening session.”“As in so many circumstances on so many issues, the White House wanted to hear directly from Christian leaders,” she told Religion News Service.“In this case, they brought together leaders who have a great deal of experience as it relates to Israel,” she said. “Many of these leaders almost consider the country a second home, and they know it inside and out. The White House wanted to hear their thoughts, and field their questions in order to make sure they fully understood their point of view on the prospect of peace.”RELATED: Why Trump’s recognition of the Golan Heights as Israeli territory mattersHaaretz reported the administration also has met about the forthcoming peace plan with analysts from a number of D.C. think tanks, leaders of other countries in the Middle East and former U.S. officials who have worked on past peace plans. The White House, which did not immediately respond to requests for comment for this article, also hosted a briefing for journalists from D.C.-based Arab media outlets in January and a phone call that was reportedly for faith-based media outlets ahead of Pompeo’s visit to the Middle East last week, according to the report.And the Jewish Telegraphic Agency reported Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law and senior Middle East adviser, and Jason Greenblatt, White House special representative for international negotiations, have “assiduously courted” U.S. Jewish organizations, as well.Author Joel Rosenberg. Courtesy photoBut evangelical Christian support for the plan is particularly important to Trump, according to Rosenberg, who counts Pompeo and Vice President Mike Pence, both evangelicals, as friends. The author lives in Israel and describes himself as “an evangelical Christian from an Orthodox Jewish heritage.”“President Trump is not like your normal politician, and therefore he is very sensitive to criticism or the potential of criticism by evangelicals with regards to a number of issues,” said Rosenberg. “Certainly, Israel and the Middle East is one of those topics.”The “basic calculus,” Rosenberg said, is if Trump unveils a plan evangelicals hate, they could turn on him — or at least not turn out as enthusiastically for his re-election next year. So it’s important to him to hear the concerns, hopes and input of evangelical leaders now.And Israel is important to many Christians. because, Rosenberg said, “It’s the story of the Bible.”“Anybody who’s really immersed themselves in the story of the Bible understands how central the story of Israel and the Jewish people are to God’s plan and purposes for all nations,” he said.Evangelicals may not agree with everything Israel does or with how peace ought to be made, but they largely share love and respect for and a desire to protect Israel and the Jewish people, he said.Palestinians clash with Israeli forces after a rally to mark the 70th anniversary of what Palestinians call their “nakba,” or catastrophe — the uprooting of hundreds of thousands in the Mideast war over Israel’s 1948 creation, in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, on May 15, 2018. Tensions were also elevated due to the opening of the new U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem early in the week. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)But not all evangelicals are interested in Israel, according to Daniel G. Hummel, a historian of U.S. foreign relations and religion whose book “Covenant Brothers: Evangelicals, Jews and U.S.-Israeli Relations” releases this summer.“And the ones that met at the White House — they’re handpicked or, at least, you know, they’re there for a reason,” Hummel said.Many evangelicals support Israel for theological reasons, the historian said. Some believe God’s covenant with Israel continues — that God will bless or curse those who do the same to Israel, as Franklin does, he said. Some believe Israel has a role to play in the end times.They also may support Israel for political reasons, as many conservatives tout the importance of a democracy in the Middle East to counter terrorism, he said.While the White House has been mum on details of the forthcoming peace plan, Trump reportedly has said, “I like two-state solution.”Hilik Bar. RNS photo by Emily McFarlan MillerAnd Hilik Bar, an outgoing member of Israel’s Knesset and chair of its caucus for a two-state solution, told a delegation of journalists traveling with the American Jewish Committee earlier this month in Tel Aviv, Israel, “I want to believe that we will be surprised” by the forthcoming Israeli-Palestinian peace plan, he said.For better or worse, Bar said, Trump has been adamant about keeping his campaign promises, from building a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico to moving the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.The Knesset member, who supported the embassy move, noted peace in the Middle East was one of those promises. Bar said he is optimistic the deal is not so “very, very pro-Israeli that it’s insulting to the Palestinians.”He believes a two-state solution would not only be good for Palestinians but a “necessity for Israel if we want to remain a Jewish and democratic state.” He’s been surprised to hear both Trump and Kushner, say publicly both sides will have to make painful concessions.Perhaps that will look like concessions of territory and an independent, demilitarized Palestinian state — but Bar won’t know until he sees it, he noted.“I hope to see the deal of the century soon,” he said. Khalil Shikaki. RNS photo by Emily McFarlan MillerKhalil Shikaki, a professor of political science and director of the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research, is skeptical. “There is absolutely no doubt that the Palestinian Authority will reject the plan. It will reject it out of hand. There will be no discussion about the plan,” he told the delegation of journalists in Ramallah, West Bank.“The Palestinians have already formulated their own conception of what the plan is all about, and they believe that it basically presents them with conditions that are absolutely unacceptable with regard to all of the most vital needs of the Palestinians.”Palestinian officials have refused to speak with the White House since Trump officially recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, according to CNN.For the Palestinian Authority to come to the table, Shikaki said any plan for peace would have to include ending the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories, finding a “just solution” for refugees and creating an independent Palestinian state. Shikaki also said that the borders between Israel and a Palestinian state would need to be along the same lines they were in 1967, though some Israeli settlements along those borders could be annexed into Israel in exchange for other land. East Jerusalem would have to be the capital of a proposed Palestinian state, and Muslim and Christian holy sites in the Old City of Jerusalem would have to fall under Palestinian rule.Holy sites in Jerusalem’s Old City, including the Western Wall and Dome of the Rock, on March 13, 2019. RNS photo by Emily McFarlan MillerThe vast majority of conservative evangelical Christians want peace in the Middle East, and they want to make sure Israel is not endangered, according to Rosenberg, the evangelical author. They also would balk at the idea of Israel giving up any of Jerusalem.He’s not sure that would win over Palestinians, he said, but he thinks it would appeal to other countries in the Middle East who do want to make peace.Several Middle Eastern countries have condemned Trump’s official proclamation this week recognizing the Golan Heights as part of Israel. Israel captured the land from Syria in the 1967 Six-Day War and annexed it in 1981, a move that has not been recognized internationally.But Rosenberg said he thinks the Trump administration’s forthcoming peace plan will include “a lot of very specific, very creative, very encouraging things that are not normally part of a peace plan.”And, he said, if evangelicals trust the president, they may be willing to give him some latitude, he said.“We need a conversation among evangelicals about … how should we respond if the administration rolls out a plan that we don’t agree with 100 percent?” he said. “Should our response be anger and frustration, or should we, again, trust the president that the plan doesn’t have to be 100 percent to our liking?”(Emily McFarlan Miller traveled to Israel and the occupied territories March 9-16 with a delegation of journalists sponsored by the American Jewish Committee’s Project Interchange. Interviews were conducted in Tel Aviv, Israel, and Ramallah, West Bank.) Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 Share This! Photos of the Week August 30, 2019 News • Photos of the Week By: Emily McFarlan Miller emmillerwrites News Tagsevangelicals Golan Heights homepage featured Israel Israeli-Palestinian conflict Israeli-Palestinian peace talks Jentezen Franklin Joel Rosenberg John Hagee Middle East peace occupied territories Palestinians Paula White Top Story,You may also like As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 Emily McFarlan Miller Emily McFarlan Miller is a national reporter for RNS based in Chicago. She covers evangelical and mainline Protestant Christianity.,Load Comments,For Israeli lunar lander, faith provides inspiration and challenges Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts Share This! 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Is The Race Between Ted Cruz And Beto ORourke Really This Close

first_imgThe Republican Party of Texas said a recent poll showed Democratic Rep. Beto O’Rourke within only two percentage points of Republican Sen. Ted Cruz.Is that a fact?Helping us get to the bottom of this claim is Gardner Selby of the Austin American-Statesman, headquarters for the fact-checking PolitiFact Texas project.Find out how this claim ranks by listening in through the audio player above. Sharelast_img

EA Sports UFC 3 is the Most Realistic Fighting Game of 2018

first_imgStay on target Xbox One already has 11 confirmed gamesEA lets you play Sports games early with $25 Season Ticket Mixed Martial Arts is a highly complex fighting style because it combines so many different disciplines. In the same vein, EA Sports’ UFC series is just as deep as the sport it’s emulating. EA Sports UFC and its sequel were hallmark titles that elevated fighting games. Now, EA hopes to completely revolutionize the series and the genre with EA Sports UFC 3.Previous UFC games were lauded for their realism and authenticity. While this was true at the time, they weren’t perfect. The biggest knock against the games was the fact fighters couldn’t move and strike at the same time. The games had great animation, but there were times when they felt somewhat stilted and unnatural. UFC 3 now employs brand-new technology that arguably makes it the most realistic fighting game on the market.Real Player Motion (RPM) Tech is the engine that makes the magic happen. Players can now strike while moving and create their own seamless combos. UFC 3 has over 5,000 new animations motion captured from actual league fighters. The differences aren’t just visual, either. Playing the game feels a lot smoother and more responsive than before. The fact you can freely move around and strike makes a world of difference. The extra animations add another dimension of strategy and competition.AdChoices广告Past EA Sports games (going as far back as 1999) captured motions by recording in pieces. The devs would then take this data and splice it together and attempt to make it all seamless. While the technology has improved over the decades, the transitions between animations were always apparent. Now with RPM, it is nearly impossible to tell when animations go from one to the next. What you get is a game that looks incredibly real. I actually had to take a second glance when I saw the teaser trailer. To quote Sammy Sosa: “It’s so real!”One of the things that makes MMA so exciting is its unpredictability. Unlike boxing, MMA fights can end in an instant if a fighter lands a critical blow. The same is true in UFC 3. Players must consider fighter position, stance, and exposure at all times. A well-timed punch can get you an immediate win. Conversely, missing a crucial strike can leave you open for a finishing blow. These factors were also important in previous UFC games. In UFC 3, their impact has been significantly heightened.UFC 3 has a massive roster of over 270 fighters. This includes new champions like Demetrius Johnson and legends like BJ Penn. Each fighter’s unique personalities have been captured to make each feel like their real-life counterpart. This not only includes the way fighters strut down to the octagon, but also how they fight. Players can execute the same combos of their favorite champions. This is about as close as you’ll get to being Georges St-Pierre or Connor Macgregor.UFC 2’s most-played mode was its career mode. Interestingly enough, this was also one of the community’s least favorite options. UFC 3’s G.O.A.T Career Mode takes things to another level by making what you do outside of the ring as important as what you do in it. Players have a set amount of time in-between fights. During that time, they must carefully balance when to train and when they’ll promote themselves and the upcoming bout. This is something real-life UFC fighters must also do. By making time for training and promotion, players will have a better sense of what it’s like to be an MMA fighter.Like any other real-world champion, you must earn your way to the top. In the World Fighting Alliance, players can knock out opponents to quickly gain the attention of UFC president, Dana White. On the flip side, they can decide to spend time honing their skills before getting a contract. As they progress, players can sign and resign unique contracts to earn more money. They can then use the Fight Cash to promote themselves or for performance-driven objectives.There are ten different gyms where players can train. Each one offers unique fighting discipline specialties and a roster of real UFC fighters. In gyms, players can learn and master new moves. One has the option of sticking with a specific gym or entering a new gym to learn additional movesets.Like real UFC fighters, players can create rivalries with other opponents. This helps build fans which in turn can help set or break records. Every UFC fighter has a unique personality, and this is no different for players. They can choose to be calm and cool or a relentless promoter. Players can interact with others and post content that helps increase their reputation worldwide.Players can see the biggest highlights of their career via the all-new Career Milestones. UFC programs like Bad Blood and UFC Minute (hosted by Megan Olivi) recount a player’s career with cinematic moments. This not only includes one’s best takedowns and knockouts, but also their pre-fight hype and rivalries. These moments are a real treat since they genuinely feel like actual content the UFC would deliver.There are a nice variety of game modes to indulge in. One of these is UFC 2’s Knockout Mode. Here, players can set the amount of strikes it takes to win. Grapples and ground game are disabled. Stand & Bang is more or less a straight up five-round kickboxing match that only has strikes and no ground game. Submission Shootout is the opposite since players get to show off their ground game skills using holds, ground-and-pound, and submissions to win. Tournament mode is made for groups of friends. Players choose a fighter and see how many foes they can defeat. The last man standing wins. Finally, Fight Now Custom lets players control every setting and slider from transition speed, submission speed, stamina, damage, grapple advantage, health recovery, and perks.Customization and personalization is a crucial aspect of UFC 3. Players can combine their create-a-fighter with real UFC fighters to create their own ultimate fighting roster. Thanks to the all-new Fighter Chemistry, it is possible to chase and pair-specific moves that give boosts to fighters. Ultimate Team Solo Challenges have updated single-player challenges that unlock in-game rewards. Ultimate Team Sets let players collect thematic items and trade them in for higher value items.UFC 3 is certainly a dense game when it comes to features and mechanics. Despite this, even folks who aren’t fighting masters can have a great time. Features like Practice Mode and Gameplay Hints teach players about the game’s various intricacies. The best and most unique learning tool is the Tutorial Videos. What’s cool about these is that they are created by the actual community. Hundreds or even thousands of videos could be accessible for those yearning to get deeper into what UFC 3 has to offer. If not, simply playing with one’s friends will satisfy the more casual crowd.EA Sports UFC 3 is set for a worldwide release on February 2, 2018, for Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Pre-ordering the Champions Edition gives players access to the game three full days before release, the choice of one current or former UFC champion in Ultimate Team, and 20 Premium Packs in Ultimate Team. For more information, make sure to check out the official UFC 3 website.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Blind quantum computing for everyone

first_img(Phys.org)—For the first time, physicists have demonstrated that clients who possess only classical computers—and no quantum devices—can outsource computing tasks to quantum servers that perform blind quantum computing. “Blind” means the quantum servers do not have full information about the tasks they are computing, which ensures that the clients’ computing tasks are kept secure. Until now, all blind quantum computing demonstrations have required that clients have their own quantum devices in order to delegate tasks for blind quantum computing. The team of physicists, led by Jian-Wei Pan and Chao-Yang Lu at the University of Science and Technology of China, have published a paper on the demonstration of blind quantum computing for classical clients in a recent issue of Physical Review Letters.”We have demonstrated for the first time that a fully classical client can delegate a quantum computation to untrusted quantum servers while maintaining full privacy,” Lu told Phys.org.The idea behind blind quantum computing is that, while there are certain computing tasks that quantum computers can perform exponentially better than classical computers, quantum computing still involves expensive, complex hardware that will make it inaccessible for most clients. So instead of everyone owning their own quantum computing devices, blind quantum computing makes it possible for clients to outsource their computing tasks to quantum servers that do the job for them. Ensuring that the quantum computing is performed blindly is important, since many of the potential applications of quantum computing will likely require a high degree of security.Although several blind quantum computing protocols have been performed in the past few years, they have all required that the clients have the ability to perform certain quantum tasks, such as prepare or measure qubit states. Eliminating this requirement will provide greater access to blind quantum computing, since most clients only have classical computing systems. In the new study, the physicists experimentally demonstrated that a classical client can outsource a simple problem (factoring the number 15) to two quantum servers that do not fully know what problem they are solving. This is because each server completes part of the task, and it is physically impossible for the servers to communicate with each other. To ensure that the quantum servers are performing their tasks honestly, the client can give them “dummy tasks” that are indistinguishable from the real task to test their honesty and correctness. The researchers expect that the new method can be scaled up for realizing secure, outsourced quantum computing, which could one day be implemented on quantum cloud servers and make the power of quantum computing widely available.”Blind quantum computing protocol is an important privacy-preserving technique for future secure quantum cloud computing and secure quantum networks,” Lu said. “Applying our implemented blind quantum computing protocol, classical clients could delegate computation tasks to servers ‘in the cloud’ blindly and correctly without directly owning quantum devices. It saves resources and makes scalable quantum computing possible.”In the future, the physicists want to make blind quantum computing even easier for clients by further reducing the requirements.”We plan to study more robust blind quantum computing protocols with fewer required resources and fewer constraints theoretically and experimentally,” Lu said. “We will also explore blind quantum computing for more application scenarios, such as multi-user blind quantum computing, publicly verifiable quantum computing, and secure multi-party quantum computing.” This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Blind quantum computing for everyone (2017, August 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-08-quantum.html Credit: CC0 Public Domain Developing quantum algorithms for optimization problemscenter_img Journal information: Physical Review Letters More information: He-Liang Huang et al. “Experimental Blind Quantum Computing for a Classical Client.” Physical Review Letters. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.119.050503 , Also at arXiv:1707.00400 [quant-ph] Explore further © 2017 Phys.orglast_img read more

Observations reveal gas stripping and enhanced star formation in the galaxy JO206

first_imgThe VLA Hi column density contours overlaid on the V-band image of JO206 from WINGS (V-band image from Moretti et al. 2014). Credit: Ramatsoku et al., 2019. Explore further At about 85 billion solar masses, JO206 is a massive “jellyfish” galaxy hosting an active galactic nucleus (AGN) and a member of the IIZw108 galaxy cluster at a redshift of approximately 0.049. The so-called jellyfish galaxies have one-sided tails seemingly stripped from the galaxy’s main body.In the case of JO206, astronomers have assigned the highest jellyfish morphological classification of 5.0 as it showcases the most recognizable tail of debris material that is apparently stripped from the main body. The stripped tail of material is thought to be the result of ram-pressure stripping due to the intra-cluster medium (ICM) of IIZw108.Studies of jellyfish galaxies, in particular the examination of star formation activity during the process of gas stripping, could be crucial in improving the understanding of galactic evolution in general. One method of such studies is the investigation of neutral atomic hydrogen (HI) in these galaxies.Recently, a team of astronomers led by Mpati Ramatsoku of the Astronomical Observatory of Cagliari in Italy used this technique to study JO206. The research was focused on the galaxy’s long tail of ionized gas and how this feature affects the interstellar medium, as well as star formation activity. The observational campaign was carried out using the VLA telescope as part of the GAs Stripping Phenomena survey (GASP).”As part of the ESO MUSE GASP survey, we have studied the HI gas phase of the prototypical ‘jellyfish’ galaxy in the sample, namely, JO206,” the astronomers wrote in the paper.According to the study, the neutral atomic hydrogen distribution in JO206 is perturbed and exhibits a one-sided HI tail from the optical disc. The tail extends over 293,000 light years and has an HI mass of about 1.8 billion solar masses. This means that the tail’s neutral gas mass currently constitutes about 60 percent of the whole galaxy’s HI mass.The research found that JO206 is generally undergoing an enhanced star formation activity compared to similar galaxies with the same stellar mass. JO206’s HI depletion time was estimated to be 500 million years, which is shorter than that of ordinary spiral galaxies observed to date.Moreover, the astronomers detected a strong correlation between the observed cold gas and ionized emission in JO206, seen both in the galaxy main body and the tail. “This indicates a strong link between the presence of cold gas and the recent star formation across all of the galaxy,” the scientists concluded.In addition, the study also found that that the star formation efficiency in the disc of JO206 is on average about 10 times higher compared to the tail for a given HI surface density. The researchers noted that in general, the inner and outer parts of JO206 have relatively higher star formation efficiencies compared to other galaxies in the literature.Summing up the research, the authors of the paper concluded that JO206, at its current stripping stage, still has fuel to form new stars along its tail and disc. “Comparing this galaxy with others in the GASP sample in different environments will clarify whether the environment played a pivotal role in the enhanced observed star formation or whether other specific physical conditions are responsible,” the astronomers wrote. Using the Very Large Array (VLA), astronomers have conducted observations of neutral gas in the galaxy JO206. Results of these observations provide important information regarding gas stripping and enhanced star formation in this galaxy. The findings are detailed in a paper published June 9 on arXiv.org. © 2019 Science X Network This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.center_img Citation: Observations reveal gas stripping and enhanced star formation in the galaxy JO206 (2019, June 19) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-06-reveal-gas-star-formation-galaxy.html Journal information: Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society Research provides insights into molecular gas in the massive spiral galaxy NGC 5908 More information: M Ramatsoku et al. GASP XVII. HI imaging of the jellyfish galaxy JO206: gas stripping and enhanced star formation., Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (2019). DOI: 10.1093/mnras/stz1609 , https://arxiv.org/abs/1906.03686last_img read more

14 ways to have the best gay romantic weekend getaway in Brussels

first_imgGrand PlaceThe Grand Place owns its boast as one of the most beautiful squares in Europe. Surrounded by opulent buildings and the city’s grand Town Hall, it is a must-see if you’re heading to Belgium.It’s also a prime people-watching spot.Food and DrinkBefore you go to Brussels, the one stop many people tell you to make is to have a beer at Delirium. Holding over 2,000 beers, there is ample choice for any booze connoisseur. We tried a Delirium Red, a cherry beer that is both tangy, fruity, sour and sweet. We also had a Guillotine, a blond beer that was both refreshing and not too heavy. It might be super popular, considering its likely the most famous bar in the city, but there’s a lot of space.But what is virtually completely unknown is Makafe – an out-of-the-way bar and restaurant tucked in the shopping arches near the Grand Place. Stay away from the greasy tourist traps and head here for a properly done waffle with luxurious chocolate sauce. If it’s a little chilly, the rum hot chocolate will warm you up immediately. A hidden treasure.What was once an upmarket ironmonger’s shop is now a unique brasserie: La Quincaillerie stuns with gleaming copperware and a green wrought-iron interior.With an impressive beer and wine selection, the food also does not disappoint. Try the famous vol-au-vents chicken and the seafood platter.Drag BarsWho knew Belgian drag was so good? With not a single whiff of Drag Race stardom, eleganza is the only way to describe the scene in Brussels. Painted to filth, lip syncs on point, and dance moves galore, these drag queens know what they’re doing.Boule Rouge is a two-level restaurant that becomes a cabaret-style cocktail and wine bar at night. Stay for the wild and varied performances, ranging from Eurovision classics to Je Ne Regrette Rien.Chez Maman, an intimate clubbing venue, is also a powerhouse for alternative drag. If you think LGBT nightlife is samey, then head here for a fantastic night.AntiquesSunday morning came and we were told we couldn’t leave Brussels without a trip to the antiques district.The Place du Jeu de Balle flea market, a daily sprawling market set in a square in the Marolles District, is a trove of treasures to be found. You can find everything from old car sets to vintage clothing to silverware to cut glass.There are a lot of shops around the area showcasing a lot of antiques and vintage with a lots of bargains to be had. Be sure to check out Stef Antiek, possibly the best shop on the street.I don’t know what I was expecting when it came to visiting Brussels. Sure I expected the classic culture of European city, but this one has a little more going for it than you might expect. It pairs the architectural romance of Paris, the varied nightlife of Berlin, and the relaxed vibes of Amsterdam. But it’s also so much it’s own place, and one that you’ll always remember.Accommodation generally given by The Hotel.Eurostar operates up to 9 daily services from London St Pancras International to Brussels with one-way fares starting from £29 (based on a return journey). Tickets to any Belgium station start from £35 one-way (based on a return journey). Fastest London-Brussels journey time is 2 hours. Tickets are available from eurostar.com or 03432 186 186.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . With my boyfriend, we decided to take a romantic trip for two.Getting to BrusselsConsidering we traveled in March, it was unfortunate timing a blizzard hit western Europe.St Pancras wasn’t exactly the happiest place in the world, as I spotted 30-year-old adults wearing Minnie Mouse ears sniffling about not being able to meet Goofy that day.But while our original train was canceled, we were thankfully put on one soon afterwards. While we were sadly separated, it was a short enough journey that the inconvenience wasn’t much bother to deal with.After all,the Eurostar from London to Brussels was probably also more reliable than going by plane. It’s also quicker than going to Paris.And considering we splashed out a little for Standard Premier seats on the way back, with its luxury seats and table service, the train definitely made up for the journey there.The HotelWe had absolutely no complaints about the hotel, conveniently named The Hotel.Staying on one of the top floors, the pristine standard deluxe room was dominated by a large and comfortable bed basking in the view of the city.It was exactly what we needed. But going beyond was the fact we had access to the Panoramic lounge. Inside you could sip free champagne enjoying the sights of Brussels and sample bites to eat from the talented chefs.Breakfast, a mix of continental and cooked buffet, was also delicious.Le PerroquetConsidering the snow was still blasting the city from every angle, we were unsure of where to go for a bite to eat.Using a little Googling, I quickly found Le Perroquet – a cafe/bar tucked behind the hotel.With an art nouveau style interior and a fondness for playing hip hop on the stereo, we loved dropping in for their pittas. If you’re looking for a place to go that serves booze and cheap dishes in a cool, quirky environment, this would be a place to go.CospaiaNever let it be said that Belgians don’t know how to do food. While you might think Brussels is all beer, frites, waffles and chocolate, Cospaia shows how excellent tastes can be.Utilizing seasonal ingredients and the best cuts of meat, I had a delicious steak while Ed had a duck in blackcurrant sauce.Wanting to at least try a dessert, we shared a Colonel. And we’re glad we did, considering it was a lemon sorbet drenched in vodka. Refreshing and inebriating – the perfect combination.La DemanceLa Demance is one of the craziest gay clubbing experiences in Belgium, if not Europe.With a big blowout party every month, the action takes place in mega venue Fuse.Showcasing half-naked men in harnesses, elaborate costumes, performers, light shows and an impressive DJ roster, it is the night nearly every gay Belgian waits for.While my thing is probably more of a chilled beer in a pub rather than all-night clubbing, it was definitely a fun experience.MuseumsUsing the Brussels card, granting free entry to 39 museums and discounts to tourist attractions, shops and bars, we wanted to see as much as possible on Saturday.We opted to head to Autoworld first, a warehouse of 250 vehicles of worldwide origins illustrating the development of vehicles over more than a century. Thankfully, dating a car nerd, I was able to get more information about the cars on display. While it’s great to just look at the machines, I’m the kind of museophile that likes reading the blurbs and missed that opportunity.The comic strip museum, celebrating iconic characters like Tin Tin and the Smurfs, had information in spades. If you want a nostalgia hit or to just learn more about French-language comic strips, it’s a fascinating experience.And we had to go to the Royal Museum of Fine Arts, the essential cultural center of the city. Six museums in one, it features everything from the religious art of the 15th century to the modern day. The Magritte Museum, presenting over 200 works by the most famous of Belgian surrealists, is extraordinary. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) 90,000 people came together in Brussels to celebrate Pride 2017After shooting: Puerto Vallarta Tourism safe for LGBT travelers?LGBTQ – eTurboNews (eTN)Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/14-ways-to-have-the-best-gay-romantic-weekend-getaway-in-brussels/ As a heartland of Europe, you might expect Brussels to just be an amalgam of cultures that feed off one another.But the Belgium capital has its own food, history, originality that makes it a prime city destination. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… GAYSTARNEWS-last_img read more

Why PETs Clinical Potential Remains Beyond Reach

first_img News | Radiation Therapy | May 31, 2019 RefleXion Opens New Manufacturing Facility for Biology-guided Radiotherapy Platform RefleXion Medical recently announced the opening of its new manufacturing facility at its headquarters in Hayward,… read more News | PET-MRI | May 23, 2019 Study Explores Magnetic Nanoparticles as Bimodal Imaging Agent for PET/MRI Researchers from Bourgogne University in Dijon, France, showed that use of superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (… read more Image courtesy of MR Solutions. Related Content News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | June 07, 2019 Amsterdam University Medical Center Wins MR Solutions’ Image of the Year Award The Amsterdam University Medical Center has won MR Solutions’ Image of the Year 2019 award for the best molecular… read more News | PET-CT | June 19, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Install of uMI 550 Digital PET/CT United Imaging announced the first U.S. clinical installation of the uMI 550 Digital positron emission tomography/… read more Figure 1. A high-fidelity 3-D tractography of the left ventricle heart muscle fibers of a mouse from Amsterdam Ph.D. researcher Gustav Strijkers. News | PET-CT | May 08, 2019 United Imaging Healthcare uPMR 790 HD TOF PET/MR Cleared by FDA May 8, 2019 – … read more News | Computed Tomography (CT) | June 17, 2019 International Working Group Releases New Multiple Myeloma Imaging Guidelines An International Myeloma Working Group (IMWG) has developed the first set of new recommendations in 10 years for… read more Raza Alvi explains use of PET to image cardiac sarcoidosisVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 9:09Loaded: 1.80%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -9:09 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. Early detection of cancer lesions with the latest generation of PET/CT scanners supports improved patient management. Yet much of PET’s potential, particularly for following patients and as a component in PET/MR, remains unrealized. (Image courtesy of Siemens Healthcare and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville)Adopting medical technology because it is new or novel lost its luster a long time ago. It is little wonder then that positron emission tomography/magnetic resonance (PET/MR) has traveled such a bumpy road since the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cleared the first PET/MR product in 2011.  Viewed until then primarily as a research tool, the argument for its routine clinical use depended heavily on how this hybrid might spare patients exposure to ionizing radiation compared to its computed tomography (CT)-based cousin. Made at the height of concerns about patient radiation exposure, this argument made sense — but only if clinical claims for increased soft-tissue contrast compared to PET/CT could be validated. Mixed results have since surfaced.In a medical parody of “he said, she said,” peer-reviewed reports about improved tumor detection with PET/MR have been offset by similar claims favoring PET/CT. Underscoring the challenges faced by this relatively new hybrid is the added cost of PET/MR, as its installation demands architectural changes to accommodate not only the special requirements of the scanner itself but the non-ferrous ancillary equipment that goes with it.In the face of an underwhelming clinical argument for PET/MR, and in the context of the added costs associated with its installation, the question arises: Why choosePET/MR over PET/CT? This question is all the more viable when considering the potential of taking PET/CT to the next level.The latest generation of PET/CT scanners, bolstered by time-of-flight and point-spread function, can visualize more and subtler signs of disease. Moreover, these machines can more precisely measure standard uptake values (SUVs), adding credence to their role in quantifying what has long been a subjective process of interpretation.There are, unfortunately, challenges. While the increased precision possible with the latest PET/CTs helps in the first-time assessment of patients, it can be problematic in their follow-up, if those patients were previously examined on an older-generation system. Issues arise in the comparison of current exams to priors. Scanning patients on newer, more powerful PET/CTs can reveal lesions that were previously overlooked, giving the appearance that a therapy is ineffective or the disease has returned. This may happen when the latest images show lesions that were too small to spot on less powerful machines. Additionally, quantitative measurements may be higher because the latest equipment is more sensitive. Different protocols, some of which may be introduced with the availability of new equipment, may further skew interpretations.SUVs recorded prior to oncologic therapy may serve as baseline measurements for setting PERCIST (PET response criteria in solid tumors) thresholds for individual patients. Research has documented that an increase of 30 percent or more above the PERCIST threshold indicates poor patient response, suggesting that a change in therapy should be considered. Conversely, a decline of 30 percent or more indicates a likely positive effect and that the therapy should be continued.But an increase in standard uptake values due to the use of a more sensitive PET/CT can throw off the interpretation. There are ways to handle this “apples-and-oranges” dilemma but they are tough to implement.Guidelines developed by international organizations serving the molecular imaging community have laid out the process for adjusting SUVs to make them comparable. The staff at large academic medical centers may have the wherewithal to do it, but others may not.Software that can make the necessary conversions has been developed, but at present it has been validated for use only on generations of equipment made by the vendor of that software. The headwinds holding quantitative PET/CT back are a source of disappointment, to say the least, considering the potential of this hybrid through its SUVs to increase certainty and confidence in the management of patients. The frustration only grows when considering PET/MR.Although PET is positioned to play a major role in the coming age of value medicine, it can reach its potential only if the quantitative capability inherent in PET/CT or the clinical claims for his cousin PET/MR result in improved patient outcomes.  Until this happens, the extraordinary potential of PET will be on hold.Editor’s note: This column is the culmination of a series of four blogs by industry consultant Greg Freiherr on Where Molecular Imaging Fits in Managing the Cancer. The blogs, “How to Achieve the Quantitative Promise of PET/CT,” “Why the Use of PET/CT in Radiation Therapy Requires Thinking Outside the Box,” “Why Politics Will Define the Next Generation Scanners” and “Will PET/MR Ever be Adopted” can be found at www.itnonline.com/blogs.Greg Freiherr has reported on developments in radiology since 1983. He runs the consulting service, The Freiherr Group. Read more of his views on his blog atwww.itnonline.com. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 X-ray images such as the one on the left fail to indicate many cases of advanced bone destruction caused by multiple myeloma, says the author of new guidelines on imaging for patients with myeloma and related disorders. Image courtesy of Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. News | PET-CT | August 15, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Installation of uExplorer Total-body PET/CT United Imaging announced that its uExplorer total-body positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) system… read more News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 01, 2019 Bracco Imaging Acquires Blue Earth Diagnostics Bracco Imaging S.p.A. has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Blue Earth Diagnostics, a molecular imaging company… read more News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | June 05, 2019 BGN Technologies Introduces Novel Medical Imaging Radioisotope Production Method BGN Technologies, the technology transfer company of Ben-Gurion University (BGU), introduced a novel method for… read more Feature | Radiology Imaging | April 29, 2016 | Greg Freiherr Why PET’s Clinical Potential Remains Beyond Reach Videos | Nuclear Imaging | March 22, 2019 VIDEO: Utilization of PET For Evaluation of Cardiac Sarcoidosis Raza Alvi, M.D., a read morelast_img read more

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