New Delhi: The All India Football Federation President Praful Patel is set to become first Indian to be elected as a member in the FIFA Executive Council for a four-year term. According to AIFF sources, Patel is all but sure to be a part of the five FIFA Council members from the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) when the regional body holds its elections in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on April 6. The election will be for the term 2019 to 2023 and will be held during the 29th AFC Congress. “Out of eight candidates, five will be selected and Patel is sure to be one of them. He has 90 per cent chance of becoming a FIFA Executive Council member. It will be the first time an Indian will be in the top committee of the world body,” a top AIFF official told PTI. December 6, 2018 was the deadline for the member associations to submit their nominations. The AFC Electoral Committee carried out eligibility checks on the candidates running for the positions and the FIFA Review Committee conducted eligibility checks on candidates running for FIFA Council positions. The AFC Electoral Committee will be responsible for all tasks relating to the organisation, running and supervision of the elections. The FIFA Governance Committee will nominate representatives to monitor the running of the elections for FIFA Council positions. FIFA Council Members Candidates: Saoud A.Aziz M A Al- Mohannadi (Qatar), Khalid Awad A. Althebity (Saudi Arabia), Mariano V. Araneta, Jr. (Philippines), Chung Mong Gyu (Korea Republic), Du Zhaocai (China PR), Praful Patel (India), Mehdi Taj (IR Iran), Kohzo Tashima (Japan).
The railway track was also damaged forcing train services operating on the line to be temporarily suspended.Last month a train transporting fuel crashed into a herd of elephants killing four elephants along the Batticaloa railway line.The accident took place between Habarana and Palugaswewa on the Batticaloa line. Earlier this month three elephants were killed after being hit by a train along the Polonnaruwa-Batticaloa railway line. The elephants had been crossing the railway line when the train crashed into them. Two elephants were killed in two seperate train accidents last night and today.In one accident, a train crashed into two elephants killing one and injuring the other at Ambanpola. In the other accident, a train crashed into an elephant near Palugaswewa killing the animal. The train was travelling between Batticaloa and Colombo when the elephants had been on the track.At least three compartments of the train had derailed following the accident. The train derailed following the impact and some of the fuel tanks had overturned. (Colombo Gazette)
With parliamentary, provincial and district elections in Afghanistan just months away, the United Nations mission in the country has condemned any type of violence aimed at derailing the electoral process.An Afghan election worker was killed last Friday in the province of Uruzgan – the first deadly incident involving such workers this year, according to the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA).“By voting massively last year,” a UNAMA spokesman said, referring to 2004’s national elections, “the Afghan people have demonstrated how important it is for all of them to go and vote to rebuild – through elections – a democratic Afghanistan. This is the will of the people.”With UNAMA facilitation, Afghans are currently making preparations for parliamentary, provincial and district elections, scheduled for 18 September.
by The Associated Press Posted Apr 22, 2016 6:31 am MDT Last Updated Apr 22, 2016 at 3:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email This Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016, photo shows the sign on the McDonalds on 42nd Street near Times Square in New York. McDonald’s reports financial results Friday, April 22, 2016. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) McDonald’s US sales jump, boosted by all-day breakfast NEW YORK, N.Y. – McDonald’s said U.S. sales jumped in the first quarter as it raised prices, worked on improving service and benefited from the popularity of its all-day breakfast menu.Sales rose 5.4 per cent at established U.S. locations, marking the third straight quarter the figure has climbed.As part of its push to stage a comeback, McDonald’s CEO Steve Easterbrook said the company is sparing no detail in looking at ways to step up operations. He noted the company is even increasing the font size on receipts for special requests to ensure the orders are accurate.The most notable change, however, has been the company’s launch of an all-day breakfast menu in the U.S. last fall. The company also introduced a “McPick 2” value deal this year to draw the price-conscious customers it had lost after abandoning the Dollar Menu.The shake-up in its flagship U.S. market comes after McDonald’s conceded that it failed to keep up with changing tastes, and saw customer visits decline.Still, the chain is under pressure from intensifying competition. Burger King, Wendy’s and Taco Bell are introducing new menu items and deals, while Subway is going back to playing up the freshness of its sandwiches.McDonald’s also did not provide details on how much of its sales increase came from higher spending, versus an uptick in customer visits. The latter measure is considered a key indicator of a restaurant chain’s health.Easterbrook said only that customer visits were “positive,” but that he’d “like to see greater strength there.”The company, based in Oak Brook, Illinois, said it lifted pricing by more than 3 per cent in the U.S during the quarter.The company’s results also benefited from the closure of underperforming stores. That means those stores no longer drag down sales at established locations, a closely watched gauge. The figure measures only sales at stores open at least 13 months to strip out the impact of store openings and closings.The shuttering of underperforming locations also means McDonald’s domestic store base of more than 14,200 locations is set to shrink for the second straight year, following decades of expansion.For the quarter, McDonald’s said global sales rose 6.2 per cent at established locations. The International Lead unit, which includes established markets such as the U.K. and Australia, saw growth of 5.2 per cent.The High Growth unit, which includes China, saw sales increase 3.6 per cent.Profit rose to $1.1 billion, or $1.23 per share. That’s 7 cents better than analysts had expected for per-share earnings.Revenue was $5.9 billion, also topping Wall Street expectations.McDonald’s shares were up 38 cents at $126.17 in midday trading.
Ohio State redshirt junior forward Keita Bates-Diop shot 5-of-17 from the field in the Buckeyes’ 74-62 loss to Michigan on Feb. 18 in Ann Arbor. Credit: Jacob Myers | Managing Editor for ContentANN ARBOR, Mich. — The path to a Big Ten championship always seems to go through Michigan for Ohio State. The 2011-12 and 2012-13 teams suffered losses in Ann Arbor, Michigan, that ultimately dashed any outright regular-season conference title hopes.The same likely happened Sunday at the Crisler Center.After vanquishing the Wolverines in a 20-point comeback at home on Dec. 4, the eighth-ranked Buckeyes didn’t have the same formula for a victory against their rival the second time around, losing 74-62 to No. 20 Michigan, therefore falling a game behind first-place Michigan State in the Big Ten standings.In October, it isn’t likely many people predicted back-to-back road games against Penn State and Michigan in February to be the most challenging stretch of conference play for the Buckeyes. It was equally difficult at the time to foresee the position in which the team was in coming into this stretch — leading the Big Ten with four games to play.However small those odds were, that was Ohio State’s reality. But it has proved a burden for one of college basketball’s biggest surprise teams of the season.“If you’re a college player and you go into a couple games on the road against good teams, and you expect it to be easy, or you expect not to deal with some adversity — we haven’t had a whole lot of that through the Big Ten season, but everybody goes through that,” Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann said. “This is what we’ve signed up for. That’s what they signed up for when they signed up to play in the Big Ten. This is what we signed up for to coach in.”Back-to-back, double-digit losses in the home stretch of the season has put Ohio State in a position where winning its final games against Rutgers and at Indiana would not be enough to win the outright conference crown without a pair of losses from the Spartans and a loss by Purdue.Holtmann continued to stay quiet about the team’s prospects of winning the conference following his team’s latest defeat. But it’s clear there have to be adjustments moving forward when opponents get their second or third look at an Ohio State team that doesn’t overwhelm any team with athleticism, size or shooting.“If this beats us down, shame on us,” Holtmann added. “We’ve had a heck of a start and we got to figure out a way to make steps toward playing better.”Michigan is a sound defensive team with enough offense to possibly win the conference tournament in two weeks in New York, as well as make it past the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament. And Penn State has multiple NBA-caliber players, including potential Big Ten Player of the Year Tony Carr, and a legitimate shot to sneak into the field of 68 in March.Those losses are explainable, but they hurt nonetheless.“Like I said last [game] when we played Penn State, we’re either going to learn from it or it’s going to keep happening, and tonight it did,” senior forward Jae’Sean Tate said. “They came out more physical. They made the right plays and they got the win. It’s the same thing. We got to learn from this one.”Ohio State last swept Michigan in the regular season in the 2010-11 season, which featured arguably the best team the program has ever had and the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament. This season, everything had been going right for the Buckeyes. To think they were possibly about to achieve something that hadn’t been done since that team would’ve added to the lunacy of trying to explain this team’s successes.But there is a feeling that reality is now setting in for Ohio State.Teams are beginning to pressure junior C.J. Jackson and redshirt senior Andrew Dakich at point guard, a known weakness for the Buckeyes. With the exception of Tate, Holtmann said the team is struggling to play through physicality in the half-court offense, which starts with Big Ten Player of the Year contender Keita Bates-Diop, who has shot 9-of-28 from the field the past two games.It’s not the end of the road for Ohio State. It remains one of the best teams in the conference and deserving of a strong seed in the NCAA Tournament, but this stretch has been realized as a potential killer to a regular-season title.“We got to continue to have the same mindset,” Tate said. “Hope it works out. If it don’t, it doesn’t. At the end of the day, we’re just trying to look at the game in front of us.”
Hate crime has no place in London, Britain or anywhere else. The perpetrators of Friday’s attack in Croydon will be brought to justice. pic.twitter.com/qxNa0KiCSQ— Sadiq Khan (@SadiqKhan) April 2, 2017 “He has sustained serious head and facial injuries as a result of this attack, which included repeated blows to the head by a large group of attackers.”Chief Supt Jeff Boothe, Croydon’s borough commander, called it a “savage attack” and said it was only the intervention of passers-by and the arrival of police that stopped it being worse.He said: “A number of bystanders and eyewitnesses tried to intervene and say to the attackers that enough is enough.”By all accounts they didn’t actually stop until the sound of police sirens were heard in the background.”The Refugee Council said it was “disgusted” by the assault.Dr Lisa Doyle, its director of advocacy, said: “We hope the perpetrators of this appalling attack are swiftly brought to justice and we wish the victim a full and speedy recovery.”Mayor of London Sadiq Khan also condemned the attack: 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. Three 20-year-old men, a 20-year-old woman and a man and woman both aged 24 were arrested at addresses in Croydon late on Saturday on suspicion of attempted murder and violent disorder. Six people have been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder over a “savage” attack that left a teenage asylum seeker with a fractured skull and a blood clot on the brain.Four men and two women in their 20s are being held at a south London police station for questioning, Scotland Yard said.Neighbours claimed a group of up to 20 people watched on as the young man was punched and kicked.Government minister Gavin Barwell, an MP for Croydon, condemned the “appalling” attack, whichpolice are treating as a suspected hate crime. Mr Boothe said it was “only going to be a matter of time” before all the attackers were arrested. Police believe he was approached by about eight suspects shortly before the attack in Shrublands Avenue at 11.40pm on Friday.Det Sgt Kris Blamires from Croydon CID said: “It is understood that the suspects asked the victim where he was from and when they established that he was an asylum seeker they chased him and launched a brutal attack. When they established that he was an asylum seeker they chased him and launched a brutal attackDet Sgt Kris Blamires The attack happened outside The Goat pub in Croydon, south LondonHousing minister Mr Barwell, MP for Croydon Central, said: “I think most people in Croydon will be as appalled as I am that what appears to have happened is a young man who came to this country seeking sanctuary has apparently been targeted because of his ethnic background.”It’s an appalling crime and I hope the people responsible are caught quickly and receive the full force of British justice.”Diane Abbott, the shadow home secretary, suggested the Conservatives had failed to get to grips with hate crime.She said: “Sadly this is not an isolated incident but part of a sustained increase in hate crimes that this Tory Government is yet to offer any effective response to.” The 17-year-old victim, a Kurdish Iranian, was waiting at a bus stop with two friends outside The Goat pub in Croydon, south-east London, when a group approached them.After discovering he was an asylum seeker they chased him and launched a vicious assault, repeatedly kicking him on the floor and aiming blows to his head.The teenager suffered serious head and facial injuries, including a fractured skull and a blood clot on his brain, and remains in hospital in a serious but stable condition.His two friends escaped with minor injuries, Scotland Yard said, as officers were in the process of contacting the teenager’s next of kin. Detectives are investigating whether some of those involved had been drinking in the Goat, Mr Boothe said.The “close-knit community” has been left shocked by the ferocity of the attack, he added, and extra officers have been out and about to reassure people.He said: “This is not usual for the area, it is out of the norm. This is not Croydon, Croydon is a very diverse community – they celebrate their diversity.”He added: “Hate crime is something which we understand can be very, very divisive. Croydon is culturally diverse and we need to continue to celebrate that.”We are appealing to all decent people from whatever background they come from to help us identify the individuals that are involved in this isolated attack.”
Column: What’s happening in the Central African Republic?>Read: Central African Republic is ‘on verge of genocide’> FIGHTING SWEPT THROUGH the capital of Central African Republic today, leaving nearly one hundred people dead and posing the biggest threat yet to the country’s new government.The UN Security Council authorised an intervention force to prevent a bloodbath between Christians and Muslims.Speaking from the Elysee Palace in Paris, French President Francois Hollande promised that the 600 hundred troops in the country will be doubled “within a few days, even a few hours”. He said the Central African Republic was “calling us for help,” and he “decided to act immediately.”The country’s prime minister welcomed the intervention while in Paris for a summit of dozens of African leaders hosted by Hollande.Witnesses and aid workers say at least 98 people are dead in Bangui after a day of clashes between the Muslim armed fighters who rule the country and a Christian militia who opposes them.Shrouded bodies lay in a mosque in Bangui, Central African Republic today. (AP Photo)An Associated Press journalist counted 48 bodies at a mosque in a northern neighborhood today. Separately, Doctors Without Borders confirmed at least 50 people were dead at hospitals they are running.The armed Christian fighters attacked the capital before dawn, in the most serious violence to hit Bangui since a March coup brought the Seleka rebel coalition to power. The former rebels are accused of committing scores of human rights abuses. The Christian militias who support the deposed president are implicated in massacres on Muslim communities.In Bangui, people scurried indoors, some seeking sanctuary in a church. Inside a Bangui hospital, dozens of people with gunshot wounds lay on the floor or on wooden benches, waiting for hours to see a physician. Underscoring the chaos, even the president’s and prime minister’s homes were looted.Seleka soldiers race through Bangui, Central African Republic. (AP Photo)The UN Security Council unanimously authorised increased military action by France and African troops aimed at restoring security and protecting civilians in the volatile former French colony.The Prime Minister Nicolas Tiangaye told The Associated Press that he sees France’s intervention as “very positively” and that he had wanted a “firm reaction from France”. He called for fast action “to put an end to this violence and these atrocities”.Tiangaye confirmed his house had been looted, describing the attackers as a group of Seleka who arrived in three pickup trucks.“It’s true, my house was attacked and pillaged,” he said, adding that his family was evacuated beforehand and were safe.The UN Security Council resolution authorises the deployment of an African Union-led force to Central African Republic for a year to protect civilians and restore security and public order. The AU force is replacing a regional peacekeeping mission whose presence has been mainly limited to the capital and a few northern cities.The UN resolution also authorises French forces, for a temporary period, “to take all necessary measures” to support the AU-led force known as MISCA, whose troop numbers are expected to rise from about 2,500 to 3,500.
RIM et Samsung attaqués pour un accès à des émoticônes…Varia Holdings accuse les fabricants de smartphones RIM et Samsung de violation de brevet. Plus précisément, c’est un raccourci offrant l’accès rapide aux émoticônes qui est en cause…Les firmes Research In Motion, Samsung et Varia Holdings vont se livrer à un procès pour des motifs insolites. En effet, Varia Holdings accuse Samsung et RIM d’avoir violé un brevet en faisant un raccourci vers ses émoticônes (ou smileys). Il n’y a donc pas de quoi donner le sourire ni à Samsung, ni à RIM…Varia Holdings compte bien se défendre devant le tribunal de Seattle au sujet d’une violation de brevet qui “entraîne l’affichage d’une liste d’émoticônes permettant une sélection par l’utilisateur”. Le raccourci en question, permettant de faire défiler les smileys à l’écran, serait donc utilisé par les smartphones BlackBerry, les Nexus Galaxy et Droid mais d’autres pourraient vraisemblablement rejoindre la liste… Enfin, Varia Holdings réclame (pour l’instant) le retrait de la vente de ces appareils. Mais pour l’heure, les firmes incriminées n’ont pas encore réagi.Le 22 mars 2012 à 09:06 • Maxime Lambert
Stay on target Which came first: the chicken or the egg?This causality dilemma—representative of an ancient folk paradox—has stumped scientists and philosophers for ages.Aristotle tackled the problem in the fourth century B.C.; Plutarch highlighted the question 400 years later; in the fifth century, Macrobius deemed the trivial query “one of importance.” Evolutionary biologists are still trying to settle on an answer today.According to new research from the University of Queensland and the NÉEL Institute, as far as quantum physics is concerned, the chicken and the egg can each come first.“The weirdness of quantum mechanics means that events can happen without a set order,” Jacqui Romero, of the Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems, said in a statement.“Take the example of your daily trip to work, where you travel partly by bus and partly by train,” she continued. “Normally, you would take the bus then the train, or the other way round. In our experiment, both of these events can happen first.”It’s called “indefinite causal order,” and it isn’t something we can observe in everyday life. To test their theory, lab-based researchers used a photonic quantum switch (which sounds like something the S.T.A.R. Labs team would think up).“By measuring the polarization of the photons at the output of the quantum switch, we were able to show the order of transformations on the shape of light was not set,” University of Queensland’s Fabio Costa explained.(Paging Barry Allen for clarification.)The most important thing to remember is that in quantum physics, cause and effect is not always as straightforward at one event leading to another.“This is just a first proof of principle,” Costa said. “But on a larger scale indefinite causal order can have real practical applications, like making computers more efficient or improving communication.”Their research was published in Physical Reviews Letters by the American Physical Society.Animals have a long history with physics—dating back to a 1975 paper “co-authored” by a cat. Check out these scientific breakthroughs that turned out to be totally bogus, and read more here.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Scientists Pull a ‘Doctor Who’ and ‘Reverse Time’ With Quantum ComputerHow to Cook Perfectly Fried Rice, According to Scientists
MIAMI (WSVN) – Surveillance video captured the moment a man stole a truck from a Miami home.The video shows a man as he broke into a Ford pick-up truck before driving off, early Thursday morning.The owners were asleep inside the home on Northwest 32nd Place and Sixth Street at the time of the theft.If you have any information on this theft, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Close Huawei P30 Pro First Impressions, a super camera smartphone with extensive photography skills Oppo has finally marked its entry into the premium smartphone segment in India with the launch of all-new Reno series. Oppo Reno and Reno 10x Zoom defy the existing rival flagships in India by offering some unique features exclusive to its new phones. The camera is clearly the standout feature in the new Reno 10x Zoom, but there’s more to it than meets the eye.Oppo Reno 10x Zoom edition is the premium edition while Oppo Reno is the affordable offering in the company’s flagship portfolio. The Reno 10x Zoom comes in two variants, 6GB+128GB and 8GB+256GB, priced at Rs 39,990 and Rs 49,990, respectively. Oppo Reno comes with a price tag of Rs 32,990 for 8GB+128GB configuration and sale of both phones commence from June 7 on Flipkart.Oppo Reno 10x Zoom is the showstopper despite both phones carrying several similarities. What differentiates the Reno 10x Zoom edition from the regular variant is the camera among other things. There’s a triple rear camera setup combining a 48MP Sony IMX586 sensor with f/1.7 aperture, a 13MP periscope-style telephoto lens and an 8MP super wide-angle lens.With this camera, Oppo Reno 10x zoom, as the name implies, offers 10x lossless hybrid optical zoom and up to 60x digital zoom. Last we heard of such high numbers was during Huawei P30 Pro review, which was famous for its moon shot using 50x digital zoom. Oppo’s new smartphone beats the invincible flagship’s popular feature, but we are yet to test the phone to draw a final conclusion.That doesn’t mean Oppo Reno 10x Zoom is any less impressive. It packs dual OIS to capture stable images, AI-based Ultra Night Mode 2.0 for clear night shots, HDR, noise reduction and portrait mode. All this while charging at least Rs 20,000 less than Huawei P30 Pro. Oppo Reno 10x Zoom launched in IndiaOppoOppo also boasts of video recording features in the Reno 10x Zoom, which supports 4K 60fps with OIS, three microphones to leverage features like audio zoom recording and 3D surround sound capture. There’s also an interesting design for the front pop-up camera, which swings from one side and looks like a shark fin. It houses a 16MP sensor. The pop-up design is something we haven’t seen on any phone and it’s interesting to witness the different innovations companies are exploring to obtain the highest screen-to-body ratio.Oppo Reno 10x Zoom features a 6.6-inch panoramic AMOLED display with 93.1 percent screen-to-body ratio and a naturally sleek and premium back. The attention to detail on the Reno 10x Zoom is pretty impressive, complete with an O-Dot ceramic point on the 3D curved glass back to protect the lens cover. The handsets boast an ultrasonic in-display fingerprint scanner, Dolby Atmos and Tri-cooling Control, which combines Thermal Gel, a Graphite Sheet, Copper Pipe Liquid Cooling, to effectively keep the temperatures down. Oppo Reno 10x Zoom launched in IndiaOppoOppo hasn’t really focused on the phone’s performance until now as it prioritised camera, design and affordability above all. With Reno 10x Zoom, everything changes. There’s a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset with ColorOS 6.0 that offers excellent gaming performance. Under the hood, there’s a 4,065mAh battery with VOOC 3.0 fast charging technology. The overall specifications of Oppo Reno 10x Zoom make a compelling choice for those who looking for a premium flagship at the right price. It poses an even bigger threat to OnePlus 7 Pro.Taking a page from OnePlus playbook, Oppo launched Reno smartphone to target budget shoppers. The downgrades customers must be willing to accept include Snapdragon 710 chipset, a 6.4-inch panoramic display, 48MP+5MP rear camera and a smaller 3,765mAh battery with VOOC 3.0. Given the price difference, it would make sense for buyers to go for the 10x Zoom edition, even if it is the base model.
ONGC workers |ReutersThe Narendra Modi government has asked the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) to sell its golf courses around the country. The response comes days after the Department of Investment and Public Asset Management (DIPAM) termed the fairways to be ‘non-core’ assets.In an assessment, DIPAM has identified two ONGC golf courses in Ahmedabad and Vadodara in Gujarat as prime locations that could fetch massive investments from real estate. The government responded to the assessment by asking ONGC to sell the assets. Representational Image |YouTubeBharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL) follows ONGC in the list having ‘non-core’ assets. BPCL’s Chembur sports club will also be sold after permission from the government.According to officials, there might be an outright sale or a joint venture to redevelop the land. The reason behind the monetisation of assets was the prime location of the fairways and the profit that the government can gain by developing real estate projects there.Here’s how monetisation of assets will be kept transparentWith an aim to rationalise resource utilisation in the public sector, officials from DIPAM, Niti Aayog, oil ministry and other departments took a unified decision to monetise the assets of ONGC and BPCL. The decision makers also stood firm that the proceeds will go to central public sector enterprises (CPSEs) and not the exchequer.”They are just looking at it as a real estate play and missing the larger purpose these facilities serve for the company,” reported Economic Times. The officials of CPSEs are reportedly not happy with the decisions.
Charlie Ergen is poised to get into the wireless phone biz as part of T-Mobile and Sprint’s merger getting the regulatory green light from the Justice Department.Ergen’s Dish Network entered into a $5 billion deal to acquire Sprint’s prepaid wireless businesses and a 14-MHz slice of spectrum in the 800-MHz band. That transaction was a requirement of the DOJ’s approval of T-Mobile and Sprint’s proposed $26.5 billion merger, announced Friday. The T-Mobile/Sprint tie-up combines the third and fourth biggest U.S. wireless carriers, and the new entity will serve around 80 million customers.The announcement clears a huge regulatory hurdle in the companies’ 15-month saga to win approval for the deal. T-Mobile and Sprint first announced their plans to merge in April 2018, and execs have argued that by joining forces they would be much better equipped to compete with industry leaders AT&T and Verizon. But the DOJ and the Federal Communications Commission were concerned the deal would reduce competition and sought to establish a “fourth” carrier — a role that now falls to Dish, whose core offering to date has been satellite TV. “Today’s settlement will provide Dish with the assets and transitional services required to become a facilities-based mobile network operator that can provide a full range of mobile wireless services nationwide,” Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim of the DOJ’s Antitrust Division, said in a statement.The companies involved are acting as if the deal is ready to roll forward — however, the T-Mobile/Sprint merger and the sale of wireless assets to Dish still face opposition from several state attorneys general. AGs from 13 states and the District of Columbia sued to block the deal in June. On Friday, the DOJ said it had the support of of five of the state AGs (from Nebraska, Kansas, Ohio, Oklahoma, and South Dakota).New York Attorney General Letitia James, for one, signaled that the legal challenges to the deal are not finalized. “The promises made by Dish and T-Mobile in this deal are the kinds of promises only robust competition can guarantee,” James said in a statement. “We have serious concerns that cobbling together this new fourth mobile player, with the government picking winners and losers, will not address the merger’s harm to consumers, workers and innovation.”T-Mobile and Sprint said they expect to receive final regulatory approval in the third quarter of 2019 and currently anticipate that the merger will close in the second half of the year.Under the terms of the deal, as approved by the DOJ, Dish will obtain Sprint’s Boost Mobile, Virgin Mobile and other prepaid businesses — representing 9.3 million customers total — and enter into a “mobile virtual network operator” deal with the New T-Mobile for seven years. Additionally, T-Mobile and Sprint must make available to Dish at least 20,000 cell sites and hundreds of retail locations. Dish will pay about $1.4 billion for the prepaid mobile business and roughly $3.6 billion for spectrum (the latter expected to be completed in three years), according to the companies. Dish is barred from selling or transferring the assets or MVNO agreement for three years. Related Critics Charge That T-Mobile/Sprint Merger Would Raise Wireless Bills, Questioning Dish’s Ability to Compete Popular on Variety “Our goal was to ensure that the DOJ’s concerns were addressed while enabling us to deliver on every aspect of the synergies we promised to unlock… and we did it,” T-Mobile CEO John Legere said in a statement. “It may have taken longer than expected by some, but today’s results are a win-win for everyone involved.”The DOJ’s thumbs-up on the deal comes after the department this week announced a broad antitrust investigation into big tech companies, which are widely presumed to include Facebook, Google and Amazon.For Dish, the entree into wireless phones comes after it spent some $21 billion to acquire wireless spectrum licenses over two decades. Previously, Dish has announced plans to deploy a 5G-capable network, focused on supporting narrowband internet-of-things applications, with the first phase scheduled to be completed by March 2020. On Friday, Dish announced that it had made new commitments to the FCC to use its spectrum holdings to deploy a nationwide 5G broadband network covering at least 70% of the U.S. population by June 14, 2023. If it fails to hit the deadlines, Dish will pay the U.S. government up to $2.2 billion.Analysts are bearish on Dish’s deal with T-Mobile/Sprint, which had previously been reported by the Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg. The problem: With Dish getting into the wireless business, its spectrum holdings will be valued as an operating asset — not, as some had anticipated, assets the company would sell to the highest bidder.“The biggest loser here is Dish Network, or rather, Dish Network’s investors,” MoffettNathanson analyst Craig Moffett wrote in a note Thursday. He downgraded Dish to a “sell” rating and set a $30 price target on the stock. Moffett noted that it will be extremely costly for Dish to build out a competitive 5G network, saying that “the idea that Dish might spend $10B (their own estimate on previous conference calls) and then somehow be finished is, well, just silly.”Ergen, Dish’s chairman, positioned the company’s foray into becoming a facilities-based wireless provider as akin to its launch into the pay-TV business in 1995, taking on cable TV. “As we enter the wireless business, we will again serve customers by disrupting incumbents and their legacy networks, this time with the nation’s first standalone 5G broadband network,” he said in a statement. T-Mobile and Sprint execs have claimed the “New T-Mobile” will invest nearly $40 billion to combine their respective spectrum, sites and assets to launch a nationwide 5G network and services sooner than otherwise possible. Deutsche Telekom will be the single largest shareholder in and will control the new company (with a 42% stake) alongside Sprint majority owner SoftBank Group (which holds 27%). Legere would become the CEO of the new entity.In May, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said he supported the merger after the companies agreed to stepped-up guarantees. Those included enhanced 5G buildout commitments — covering 97% of the U.S. population within three years of the closing of the merger and 99% within six years — and an agreement to spin off Sprint’s Boost Mobile. T-Mobile and Sprint also have promised that 90% of Americans would have access to mobile broadband service at speeds of at least 100 megabits per second and 99% would have access to speeds of at least 50 Mbps.In addition, T-Mobile and Sprint pledged that the combined company would roll out in-home 5G broadband within three years to at least 9.6 million eligible households, of which at least 2.6 million will be in rural areas.“I am pleased that the U.S. Department of Justice has reached a settlement with T-Mobile and Sprint,” Pai said in a statement Friday. “The commitments made to the FCC by T-Mobile and Sprint to deploy a 5G network that would cover 99% of the American people, along with the measures outlined in the [DOJ’s] consent decree, will advance U.S. leadership in 5G and protect competition.”T-Mobile and Sprint had already committed to not to raise prices for three years following their merger. The companies would face billions of dollars in fines if they fail to follow through on their commitments, according to the FCC’s Pai.Pictured above: T-Mobile CEO John Legere (l.) and Sprint executive chairman Marcelo Claure at a House Judiciary subcommittee hearing about their companies’ proposed merger in March 2019. Dish Loses 31,000 TV Subscribers in Q2 as It Gears Up to Enter Mobile Phone Business ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. 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Sony’s next generation console is going to be hitting shelves in the US on November 15th, with launch dates in 31 other countries to follow.It’s hard to call what has been going on between Microsoft and Sony this season a fight to see who has the best next generation console. Gamers around the world rejected Microsoft’s limitations for the Xbox One, throwing the PS4 into the spotlight for the last couple of weeks. As a result the console has seen over a million pre-order around the world, and not a single one of those people knew when the console was even being released. We knew that the holiday season was close and Sony had to announce at Gamescom this week, and right as their press conference was drawing to a close the date was officially announced.[Pre-order the PS4 from Amazon.]Sony’s press conference at Gamescom was filled with support for indie developers, quick jabs at Microsoft and their policy flip flops, and lots of talk about using the PS Vita with the PS4. It’s clear that Sony is really hoping that the ability to play PS4 titles through the PS Vita with remote play will be what causes their portable console to start flying off the shelves. It also helps that the mini console took a price cut with a promise to drop memory card prices as well. One thing that didn’t get announced at Gamescom was the highly rumored $500 PS Vita/PS 4 combo box, but that doesn’t mean it won’t pop up closer to launch.Sony also announced that there will be significant discounts on the digital versions of select PS4 titles if you have already purchased the game on PS3. Sone expects to make the complete list available closer to launch, but Watch_Dogs and the new Assasin’s Creed: Black Flag were high on the list. This is an interesting first for Sony, and a great way to encourage digital purchasing for the new console.Have you already pre-ordered your PS4, or will you be standing in line on launch day in the hopes of picking one up off the shelf? Sound off in the comments!
The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. Video Player is loading.Mahadevappa Mahesh discusses trends in medical physics at the 2019 AAPM meetingPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 4:01Loaded: 4.04%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -4:01 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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Feature | March 25, 2015 FDA Updates Initiative to Reduce Unnecessary Radiation Exposure from Medical Imaging Agency cooperating with international effort to improve safety for patients and health workers Videos | Computed Tomography (CT) | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: New Advances in CT Imaging Technology Cynthia McColl… read more 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 1. Enhance the implementation of the principle of justification:FDA staff are participating in drafting the International Commission on Radiological Protection’s (ICRP) guidance on justification in medicine. FDA staff have also made substantial contributions to Federal Guidance Report No. 14 (Radiation Protection Guidance for Diagnostic and Interventional X-Ray Procedures), which discusses justification extensively and recommends the use of clinical decision support technology.2. Enhance the implementation of the principle of optimization of protection and safety:• Ensure establishment, use of and regular update of diagnostic reference levels for radiological procedures, including interventional procedures, in particular for children.FDA, in cooperation with the Conference of Radiation Control Program Directors (CRCPD), has conducted the Nationwide Evaluation of X-Ray Trends (NEXT) surveys for many years. The 2008-2009 survey of cardiac catheterization facilities resulted in publication of possible initial U.S. national diagnostic reference level (DRL) values for certain interventional cardiology procedures (Med Phys 2012; 39:6276-6286). The 2014-2015 survey of dental facilities will provide similar data for dental radiology.FDA has worked with the American College of Cardiology (ACC) to incorporate radiation dose data in procedure data submitted to the ACC’s National Cardiovascular Data Registry, and is working with the Society of Interventional Radiology to accomplish the same purpose. The goal is establishment of an infrastructure for development of national DRLs for the United States. FDA staff have contributed to National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements (NCRP) Report No. 172 on DRLs, and are also participating actively in drafting ICRP guidance on DRL development and use.• Develop and apply technological solutions for patient exposure records, harmonize the dose data formats provided by imaging equipment and increase utilization of electronic health records.As part of FDA’s Initiative to Reduce Unnecessary Radiation Exposure from Medical Imaging, FDA worked with industry (the Medical Imaging and Technology Alliance [MITA]), the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) and the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) to harmonize radiation dose data formats and encourage the automatic output of complete radiation dose reports from imaging devices through Radiation Dose Structured Reports.FDA staff participate in AAPM Task Group 246 (Patient dose from diagnostic radiation) to develop methods for recording organ dose in structured reports from CT scanners and fluoroscopes.3. Strengthen manufacturers’ role in contributing to the overall safety regime:• Ensure improved safety of medical devices by enhancing the radiation protection features in the design of both physical equipment and software and to make these available as default features rather than optional extra features.The agency is actively engaged with IEC and MITA to introduce safety features into the national and international standards for medical devices. These include CT Dose Check, access controls for CT devices, and a user quality control mode for fluoroscopy equipment, all of which were developed by industry with input from FDA.• Support development of technical solutions for reduction of radiation exposure of patients and health workers while maintaining clinical outcome.FDA held a public meeting in 2012 on Device Improvements for Pediatric X-Ray Imaging, and has continued to interact with industry and other stakeholders.The agency’s scientists are working with industry and other stakeholders to develop methods and tools for the evaluation of new technologies intended to reduce radiation exposure. The goals of this work are to ensure streamlined pathways to market, safe and effective new technologies and accurate information about product performance.• Enhance the provision of tools and support in order to give training for users specific to the particular medical devices, taking into account radiation protection and safety aspects; FDA provided advice on content and financial support for Image Gently’s educational project on Promoting Safe Use of Fluoroscopic Devices in the Pediatric Population, which developed online modules for technologist training. FDA also assisted in the development of Image Gently’s online modules for vendor-specific instructions and training on proper use of certain CT scanner features.In cooperation with the American College of Radiology (ACR), FDA conducted research demonstrating suboptimal implementation of the CT Dose Check features on current computed tomography (CT) devices, and published these findings (J Am Coll Radiol 2014;11:989-994) in an effort to promote use of this safety feature.• Reinforce the conformance to applicable standards of equipment with regard to performance, safety and dose parameters.The FDA has mandatory performance standards for most radiology medical devices. These help to ensure patient safety. In addition, FDA recognizes relevant IEC standards for these devices. FDA is an active participant in the development and revision of these IEC standards. Manufacturers may use conformance to these standards as a way to demonstrate device safety.• Strengthen cooperation and communication between manufacturers and other stakeholders, such as health professionals and professional societiesFDA works actively with industry (MITA), state regulators (CRCPD), European regulators (Heads of the European Radiological protection Competent Authorities [HERCA]), and professional societies (AAPM, ACR, American Society for Radiation Oncology [ASTRO] and ACC) to facilitate communication among the various groups on matters related to medical device safety and radiation safety.• Support usage of platforms for interaction between manufacturers and health and radiation regulatory authorities and their representative organizations.The FDA meets regularly with MITA to discuss matters of mutual interest and concern, and has an agreement with HERCA permitting discussion of matters of mutual interest. The agency has been an active participant in MITA’s development of CT and fluoroscopy safety standards, including National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) standards XR-25, XR-26, XR-27 and XR-28. In a coordinated effort with HERCA, MITA and COCIR (the European Coordination Committee of the Radiological, Electromedical and Healthcare IT Industry), the FDA is attempting to avoid duplication of effort in interactions between regulators and industry.4. Strengthen radiation protection education and training of health professionals.• Prioritize radiation protection education and training for health professionals globally, targeting professionals using radiation in all medical and dental areasFDA has provided financial support and subject matter experts for an NCRP report, currently in preparation, on radiation protection in dentistry. Agency staff have served as co-authors of NCRP and ICRP documents on DRL use, radiation protection for fluoroscopy performed outside the radiology department and radiation protection in cardiology. They are also active participants in the development of other NCRP and ICRP documents on radiation protection in medicine. These documents are intended to educate health professionals in radiation protection and radiation management in medical and dental imaging.FDA participates in various professional organizations’ efforts in education and quality assurance for radiation therapy and nuclear medicine devices, including linear accelerators, brachytherapy devices, proton beams, single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) and positron emission tomography (PET) systems.• Pay particular attention to the training of health professionals in situations of implementing new technology.This is a particular point of emphasis in Federal Guidance Report No. 14 (Federal Radiation Protection Guidance for Diagnostic and Interventional X-ray Procedures, forthcoming), for which FDA made substantial contributions.5. Increase availability of improved global information on medical exposures and occupational exposures in medicine.• Improve collection of dose data and trends on medical exposures globally, especially in low- and middle-income countries, by fostering international cooperation.The agency is an active participant in the NEXT surveys, which collect radiation dose data for specific medical and dental imaging procedures in the United States. The 2014-2015 survey is collecting data on dental radiology in the U.S.The FDA and ACC have worked together to incorporate radiation dose data collection as part of the National Cardiovascular Data Registry. FDA staff participate actively in a number of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and World Health Organization (WHO) projects that are intended to provide information on patient and occupational exposures in medicine.FDA staff participated in IAEA’s ISEMIR (Information System on Exposure in Medicine, Industry and Research) project to develop a global database on occupational exposure in interventional cardiology.• Improve data collection on occupational exposures in medicine globally, also focusing on corresponding radiation protection measures taken in practice.FDA staff participated in the IAEA ISEMIR (Information System on Occupational Exposure in Medicine, Industry and Research) project on interventional cardiology occupational exposures, the results of which were reported in IAEA TECDOC No. 1735 in 2014. FDA staff have also participated in developing several ICRP documents that provide recommendations on reducing occupational exposures.6. Improve prevention of medical radiation incidents and accidents. Implement and support voluntary educational safety reporting systems for the purpose of learning from the return of experience of safety related events in medical uses of radiationFDA participates in AAPM, ASTRO, and American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) annual meetings and on specific subcommittees that evaluate safety concerns and appropriate use recommendations for radiation oncology. More recently, FDA has begun to participate in ROSSI (Radiation Oncology Stakeholder’s Safety Initiative). The agency is currently in discussions with MITA regarding the upcoming RT-2 standards that will address interoperability, quality assurance and certifications for radiation oncology.• Work toward inclusion of all modalities of medical usage of ionizing radiation involuntary safety reporting, with an emphasis on brachytherapy, interventional radiology and therapeutic nuclear medicine in addition to external beam radiotherapy. FDA currently reviews Medical Device Reports (MDR) of adverse events related to medical devices, including radiology devices. Many MDR submissions are required by regulation, but FDA encourages voluntary submission of these reports as well. These MDRs describe adverse events associated with, among others, fluoroscopy systems, CT scanners, radiation therapy devices — including linear accelerators, proton beam and brachytherapy devices — and nuclear medicine systems, including SPECT and PET systems.The FDA also has a reporting program, the Medical Product Safety Network (MedSun), through which it works with the clinical community to identify and solve problems with the use of medical devices. More than 200 hospitals provide voluntary reports of safety issues related to medical devices. Both MDR reports and MedSun submissions are included in FDA’s Manufacturer and User Facility Device Experience (MAUDE) database, which can be searched by the public.• Ensure prioritization of independent verification of safety at critical steps, as an essential component of safety measures in medical uses of radiation.The FDA works actively to promote safety through activities such as participating in the revision of the ACR guidance document on safe magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) practices and the revision of the ACR technical standard for management of the use of radiation in fluoroscopic procedures.7. Strengthen radiation safety culture in healthcare.• Establish patient safety as a strategic priority in medical uses of ionizing radiation, and recognize leadership as a critical element of strengthening radiation safety culture.FDA staff continue as primary contributors to the draft Federal Guidance Report No. 14 (Radiation Protection Guidance for Diagnostic and Interventional X-Ray Procedures). While this report’s intended audience is federal facilities, the recommendations represent safety practices important to all facilities.• Foster closer cooperation between radiation regulatory authorities, health authorities and professional societiesThe FDA meets regularly with industry, state regulators, professional societies and other stakeholders to improve communication among all interested parties and advance radiation safety and awareness in healthcare.The FDA said it has met with members of HERCA to develop a closer working relationship and promote convergence of regulatory efforts. FDA and HERCA have signed both a Memorandum of Understanding and a Confidential Disclosure Agreement to aid in these efforts.• Foster closer cooperation on radiation protection between different disciplines of medical radiation applications as well as between different areas of radiation protection overall, including professional societies and patient associations;FDA staff participate in meetings of professional associations of diagnostic radiologists, radiation oncologists, interventional cardiologists, medical physicists and health physicists to exchange information and foster cooperation among these specialists.• Support integration of radiation protection aspects in health technology assessment.The FDA consolidated its regulatory authority over radiology devices and radiation-emitting electronic products in late 2012. Programs were reorganized to bring together staff and functions related to premarket review, adverse event analysis, compliance and enforcement work and outreach efforts within a single office and division of the Center for Devices and Radiological Health. The reorganization streamlined operations and helped improve awareness of issues related to these devices in order to make better informed decisions across the lifecycle of this equipment. Problems are more readily identified and solutions are more rapidly implemented as a result of the new structure. Our current focus is assessing how to best manage adverse event reviews and incorporate a variety of sources of internal and external data into a signal management program.8. Foster an improved radiation benefit-risk-dialogue.• Increase awareness about radiation benefits and risks among health professionals, patients and the public.FDA staff have participated in WHO’s Global Initiative on Radiation Safety in Health Care Settings since 2008, and serve on the Core Group of Experts. One of the goals of this initiative is to raise awareness of the safe use of radiation in medicine among health authorities, health policy makers, healthcare providers, patients and public.• Support improvement of risk communication skills of healthcare providers and radiation protection professionals, and involve both technical and communication experts, in collaboration with patient associations, in a concerted action to develop clear messages tailored to specific target groups.FDA staff serve on WHO’s Core Group of Experts and as contributors to WHO’s document on Communicating Radiation Risks in Pediatric Imaging to Support a Risk Benefit Dialogue.9. Strengthen the implementation of safety requirements globally.• Develop practical guidance to provide for the implementation of the International Basic Safety Standards in healthcare globally.FDA staff serve as members of NCRP scientific committees, ICRP working parties and WHO’s Global Initiative on Radiation Safety in Healthcare Settings, as well as consultants to the IAEA. These organizations develop reports and publications providing such guidance.• Further the establishment of sufficient legislative and administrative framework for the protection of patients, workers and the public at the national level, including enforcing requirements for radiation protection education and training of health professionals, and performing on-site inspections to identify deficits in the application of the requirements of this framework.FDA staff are active participants in drafting NCRP reports on radiation protection in dentistry, evaluating and communicating radiation risks for research involving human subjects, and administrative policies for managing substantial dose procedures and tissue reactions from fluoroscopically-guided interventions. FDA staff are also active participants in drafting ICRP documents on occupational protection issues in fluoroscopically guided procedures and diagnostic reference levels for diagnostic and interventional imaging.FDA staff participated in the revision of the Healing Arts portion of CRCPD’s Suggested State Regulations.FDA has developed and conducted a training course for FDA inspectors on special issues related to X-ray imaging devices. Sessions include a general equipment overview, a description of FDA mandatory and voluntary consensus standards and tips on issues to focus on in an X-ray equipment manufacturer inspection.For more information: www.fda.gov FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Videos | AAPM | July 29, 2019 VIDEO: Trends in Medical Physics at the AAPM 2019 meeting … 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. 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March 25, 2015 — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced its latest efforts in supporting the Bonn Call for Action, an international list of priorities for radiation protection in medicine for the next decade.In December 2012, the German government hosted the International Conference on Radiation Protection in Medicine: Setting the Scene for the Next Decade. The meeting —sponsored by the International Atomic Energy Agency and co-sponsored by the World Health Organization — resulted in a list of priorities for radiation protection in medicine for the next decade, called the Bonn Call for Action. The meeting was attended by 536 participants from 77 countries and 16 organizations, including FDA.The Bonn Call for Action is divided into 10 principal actions, each of which is considered essential for strengthening radiation protection over the next decade. Each action is further subdivided into several sub-actions. As a regulatory agency, FDA shares in the responsibility for strengthening radiation protection of patients and health workers with other national and international agencies, researchers, educators, medical institutions, professional societies and individual practitioners. All parties are important in identifying, advocating for and implementing solutions to improve radiation usage in medicine and strengthen radiation protection.Some of the actions proposed by the Bonn conference are outside of FDA’s role and authority. Many of the actions, however, are areas where FDA has made efforts and contributions. The following list of selected actions and sub-actions highlights areas where FDA is participating actively to implement the Bonn Call for Action. 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September 21, 2009 SUSTAINABLE WATER RESOURCE ENGINEERING Five students and two professors from Drexel University visited Arcosanti to prepare research materials for a class to be taught at Drexel this fall, entitled “Sustainable Water Resource Engineering”. The class, comprised of over 20 graduate and undergraduate students, will use Arcosanti as a case study and prepare design alternatives for “Critical Mass Arcosanti’, a population of approximately 500 people. Drexel University, located in Philadelphia, formed a new interdepartmental program, Drexel Engineering Cities Initiative (DECI) (http://www.drexel.edu/cities/), with a focus on “the engineering of cities, policy development, and the creation of environmentally sustainable urban habitats that function for people and society.” [Photo from left clockwise] Dr. Franco Montalto, Nicholas Kuzmyak, Chad Carreras, Dr. Eugenia Ellis, Kimberly DiGiovanni, Mengling Shen, and Alisha Goldstein. [photo: Anna Tran & text: Scott Riley] The students studied many aspects of our water system, and attended presentations from Foundation staff. Cliff Hersted presented materials on water rights and the Agua Fria Watershed, Tomiaki Tamura discussed the Lean Alternative, Kim Young Soo presented the 3D site plan and renderings, and Scott Riley provided information on wells, the water distribution system, and Arcosanti water use. Several Arcosanti residents and workshoppers attended three evenings of activities: two lectures provided by Drexel professors Franco Montalto and Eugenia Ellis, and a Town Hall on Water Use. The Cosanti Foundation and Arcosanti residents will continue to work with Drexel staff and students throughout the 11-week class. Anyone interested in further information is welcome to contact Scott Riley at email@example.com. Dr. Franco Montalto: Five students enrolled in this term’s Sustainable Water Resource Engineering class travelled this September for a one week field visit to Arcosanti, an experimental city located in the desert, one hour north of Phoenix, Arizona. The city, with population of just under 100, was designed by Architect Paolo Soleri in the 1970’s to test out his theory of Arcology – an integration of ecology into architecture. Soleri’s goal was that the city expand to house 5000 people, yet achieving that goal has proven to be a challenge. One of the major constraints has been water availability which, in the US Southwest, is constrained by precipitation variability, climate change, population growth, and a legacy of water rights regulations, not all of which have been fully adjudicated. Students in this fall’s Sustainable Water Resource Engineering class will explore these issues and propose design strategies for Arcosanti at population 500 (known by Paolo Soleri as Critical Mass). The course, co-taught by Dr. Franco Montalto and Dr. Eugenia Ellis, will feature readings and discussions addressing various components of the contemporary global water crisis (water wars, water privatization, climate adaptation, urban water challenges, etc.) The design project will become the forum for students to articulate a practical response to the question: “How can engineers integrate lessons from around the world into their everyday work, and to the technical solutions they propose?” [photo: Anna Tran & text: Scott Riley, Dr. Franco Montalto]
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