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News Article | May 4, 2017
Site: www.thefishsite.com

The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) and the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) hosted their annual Seafood Futures Forum at Seafood Expo Global in Brussels today. 2017 marks the 20th year of the MSC and the 7th of the ASC and the forum provided an opportunity for both to reflect on how safeguarding seafood for future generations relies on the power of partnerships between retailers, brands, producers and NGOs. Judith Kontny, international corporate social responsibility manager at Lidl, delivered the keynote speech at the forum. Lidl was one of the first large retailers to build sustainability into its procurement process and, as of January 2017, Lidl Germany only sells MSC certified products in their permanent, own-brand, fresh and frozen fish range. Lidl Germany also extended their ambition to include farmed seafood and will only sell products certified by either ASC or certified organic by January 2018. In her speech, Kontny explained that delivering on its commitments had required brokering new partnerships and that challenges remained in meeting consumer demand. “We want to make sure that the products we sell are available in the long term and this is why their origins are so important. In the years that Lidl has worked with the MSC and ASC, we have witnessed more and more fisheries and producers achieving certification, but delivering our commitment still presents challenges. For example, we are eager for more certified species, notably octopus and squid, and we believe more effort is needed to engage consumers in Eastern and Southern Europe in support of responsible and sustainable seafood,” Kontny said. Panelists at this year’s forum came from a range of MSC and ASC partners including Mars Petcare, Sanford, Simplot and Aqua Spark. All of these partners have made significant commitments to sustainability with Mars Petcare stating that by 2020 they will only use fish from sustainable sources in the production of pet food. 97% of Simplot’s John West Australia tuna products contain MSC-certified tuna, representing 43% of all canned tuna in Australia, and they have just launched the first ever MSC-certified canned tuna in New Zealand. A further example of partnerships driving positive change highlighted during the forum is the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission’s (IOTC) landmark decision on harvest control rules for skipjack tuna. The MSC acted as a catalyst for the process, which was led by the Maldives, supported by other Indian Ocean coastal states and the International Pole and Line Foundation (IPNLF). Together, they ensured that a framework was put in place for improved management of skipjack stocks. It was also widely supported by a number of retailers and brands, demonstrating the collective commitment to maintaining healthy skipjack stocks in the Indian Ocean, and benefiting all fisheries, including the MSC certified Maldives pole and line fishery. High profile commitments to the ASC from Hilton Worldwide and Sysco Corporation, one of the largest purchaser of seafood in North America to source its top five Sysco Brand aquaculture species from farms that are either ASC certified, in assessment or in aquaculture improvement projects leading to ASC certification, are but two of the many partnerships that are helping to drive even more farms to improve their environmental and social performance. Nicolas Guichoux, Global Commercial Director at the MSC, said: “Since this time last year we have seen 51 new fisheries certified and 27 recertified, with the volume of MSC-certified seafood globally standing at 9.5 million tonnes. Germany is the leading market for MSC labelled products but the fastest growth occurred in Australia, New Zealand and Spain, where volumes doubled, followed by the UK (up 50%) and Japan (up 33%). Sales have doubled in the Asia region though the volume is still much lower than in Europe.” “The next step for us is to increase the accessibility and relevance of the MSC program globally so that regions, particularly in the Global South, can also have the tools and knowledge to safeguard seafood supplies for the future,” he continued. Esther Luiten, Commercial Director of the ASC, said: “Over the last year, our still young programme has achieved significant milestones. We now have more than 1 million tonnes of ASC certified seafood in the market and commitments from Hema in the Netherlands, a partnership with Japanese retailer Kasumi Co. Ltd. and Carrefour, the second largest retailer in the world. The ASC is poised to respond to market needs with the introduction of new standards and strategic expansion to new regions, including China, Japan, Australia and the USA.” Watch a recording of the event on YouTube, and continue to follow the conversation on Twitter: #SeafoodFutures.

News Article | April 25, 2017
Site: www.cnet.com

Fans of the video game series Mass Effect love to dress up like their favorite characters. In the video "Cosplay Remix: Mass Effect," posted on Monday by YouTube channel Beatdownboogie, fans show off their elaborate costumes of characters from the game at various conventions. See cosplayers dressed as Mass Effect characters Commander Shepard (male and female versions); Kasumi Goto; Garrus; Liara; Jack; Samara; Tali; Salarian; Volus; Cerberus Assault Troopers; Thane Krios; Legion; Wrex; and others. The video also features a few celebrity cameos, including Mark Meer (the voice actor for Commander Shepard) and Rana McAnear (the model for the character Samara). The best part of the video isn't when the cosplayers pose in character, but when they're caught having fun in candid moments like drinking a beer or doing the can-can dance together.

Okahara S.,Hiroshima University | Miyamoto S.,Hiroshima University | Matsuzaki H.,Hiroshima University | Takahashi H.,Hiroshima University | And 6 more authors.
Journal of Arrhythmia | Year: 2011

We experienced 2 cases in which oversensing of a particular noise after the implantation of an implantable cardiac device was observed in the acute phase. These were unusual cases in which the noise exhibited a low frequency pattern and appeared several hours after the implantation, but disappeared within 1 week. Here we present these cases and the details of an experiment investigating the origin of the noise and the methods for its prevention. The noise in these cases led to pacing inhibition and could have induced an inappropriate shock due to oversensing, but its morphology and electromagnetic interference were atypical for a lead failure or myopotentials. The noise spontaneously disappeared from the analysis of the data stored in the device. In an experiment based on the Irnich model, in which it was assumed that blood invaded a damaged grommet, low frequency noise occurred which was similar to the noise in the two cases. We concluded that care must be exercised when handling grommets. © 2011, Japanese Heart Rhythm Society. All rights reserved.

Ikehara T.,Minamisenju | Tanaka E.,Fukasaku | Nagamura K.,Kagamiyama | Kojima S.,Fukasaku | And 3 more authors.
Applied Mechanics and Materials | Year: 2012

A Closed-Fitting-Type walking assistance device was developed. The combination of a flexible shaft with a worm gear was successfully adopted on this device to simplify its appearance and reduce its size. A hybrid control system on this device controls both torque and angle at the ankle and knee joints. As a result of walking that mounted a Walking Assistance Device to motor paralysis patient, the effect of support and the improvement of postural were achieved. © (2012) Trans Tech Publications, Switzerland.

Tanaka E.,Fukasaku | Ikehara T.,Minamisenju | Sakurai T.,Fukasaku | Suzuki T.,Fukasaku | And 3 more authors.
Applied Mechanics and Materials | Year: 2012

We have developed a prototype for a walking-assistance apparatus that serves as a next-generation vehicle or a movable neuro-rehabilitation training appliance for the elderly or motor palsy patients. Our prototype uses a novel spatial parallel link mechanism with a weight-bearing lift. Flat steps of the apparatus move in parallel with the ground; the apparatus supports the entire leg alignment (including soles of the feet) and assists walking behavior at the ankle, knee, and hip joints simultaneously. To estimate the walking phase of each leg of the equipped person, pressure sensors were attached under the thenar eminence and the heel of the sole and the pressure variation at each sensing point was measured. To determine the direction in which the equipped person is walking, a pressure sensor was attached to the flexible crural link. Motor palsy patients and those with muscle weakness can walk with the assistance of the apparatus. Patients who have ambulation difficulty can also use the apparatus with a weight-bearing lift that we developed. Using the apparatus with the weight-bearing lift prevents stumbling and enables input of walking movement to the brain motor area. The validity of the weight-bearing lift can be confirmed from the results of the measured % maximum voluntary contraction (MVC). © (2012) Trans Tech Publications, Switzerland.

News Article | December 22, 2016
Site: www.prweb.com

Catalyst Healthcare, the leading provider of pharmaceutical adherence solutions, has announced the appointment of Michael Halligan as Vice President of Sales. A knowledgeable sales management leader, Mr. Halligan brings more than 30 years’ experience in the software industry, most recently working with QHR Technologies where he led the sales of electronic medical records software as the Vice President of Business Development. Working closely with Catalyst Founder and CEO, Shane Bishop, along with recently hired COO, Ron Jost, Mr. Halligan will lead Catalyst’s sales approach as the Company continues to grow from the traditional long-term care space into the consumer-driven, patient-focused retail market of medication adherence technologies. “I have been very interested in the work that Catalyst is doing with their adherence technology and I am excited to be joining the team,” said Mr. Halligan. “It has been said that healthcare is the last industry to incorporate technology in a way that truly improves health outcomes. Many companies are investing money in medical mobile apps that only serve one aspect of healthcare, but with the MyMedTimes™ smart mobile app and spencer™ medication dispenser Catalyst is offering technology that benefits not only pharmacists, but also the actual end user – the patient. Catalyst is providing a whole ecosystem for medical adherence, and the fact that this complete offering allows direct communication between pharmacists and patients is going to change the landscape of medication adherence. This is really what has drawn me to Catalyst.” MyMedTimes™ is the only completely automated adherence app on the market. Fully integrated with Catalyst’s full suite of software, the app guides patients on which medications to take and when, and the interactive pharmacy dashboard allows pharmacists to monitor outcomes and to intervene with communication if non-adherence becomes an issue. The dashboard also provides data which the pharmacy can use to demonstrate they are tracking adherence and are managing patient compliance. The soon-to-be-released spencer™ advanced in-home medication dispenser is a smart, connected health hub that manages patient medication adherence and connects patients, caregivers and pharmacists via notifications and communications. “Michael’s experience with sales management in the software industry, and in particular with healthcare software makes him perfectly suited to Catalyst as we expand our offerings in the retail market with our pharmacy software and MyMedTimes™ smart mobile app,” said CEO Shane Bishop. “Michael will focus on the growing patient/consumer retail market of medication adherence, working primarily to integrate Catalyst’s solutions with assisted or independent living facilities. In addition to working with pharmacies to serve that particular market, Michael will also work directly with health insurance organizations to improve medical adherence from that standpoint. Michael is really the ideal fit for Catalyst and I’m extremely pleased to be welcoming him to the team.” Mr. Halligan is also highly experienced with analytics, reporting and data analysis, and plans to utilize this experience in his role at Catalyst. “With an established user-base, Catalyst will be in a position to promote the availability of data analytics,” said Mr. Halligan. “The assessment of data generated by Catalyst’s adherence solutions will be of great benefit to healthcare and health insurance organizations. We know there are trends in adherence and we will soon have the data to demonstrate a correlation between medication adherence technology and improvements in patient health.” In addition to the hiring of key staff members Michael Halligan and Ron Jost, 2016 has been full of exciting developments for Catalyst Healthcare. The company has collaborated with McKesson Canada, and also recently entered into a contract to provide its full suite of adherence solutions to Rubicon Pharmacies. As Rubicon serves both retail and long-term care, this contract significantly bolsters Catalyst’s position in the retail marketplace as the company continues strategic expansion of their full-service medication adherence solutions. About Catalyst Catalyst provides high-quality software to pharmacists, nurses and patients to ensure that people receive medications safely and efficiently. Our determination to accelerate medication adherence is based on a history of serving long-term care and retail patients. For more information, visit http://www.catalystrms.com. For more information, please contact: Catalyst Healthcare Kasumi Oda, VP of Marketing (250) 469-3411 Kasumi[dot]oda[at]catalystrms[dot]com

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