Dark matter: Out with the WIMPs, in with the SIMPs?

first_imgLike cops tracking the wrong person, physicists seeking to identify dark matter—the mysterious stuff whose gravity appears to bind the galaxies—may have been stalking the wrong particle. In fact, a particle with some properties opposite to those of physicists’ current favorite dark matter candidate—the weakly interacting massive particle, or WIMP—would do just as good a job at explaining the stuff, a quartet of theorists says. Hypothetical strongly interacting massive particles—or SIMPs—would also better account for some astrophysical observations, they argue.”We’ve been searching for WIMPs for quite some time, but we haven’t found them yet, so I think it’s important to think outside the box,” says Yonit Hochberg, a theorist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the University of California (UC), Berkeley, and an author of the new paper.Theorists dreamed up WIMPs 30 years ago to help explain why galaxies don’t just fly apart. The particles would have a mass between one and 1000 times that of a proton and, in addition to gravity, would interact with one another and with ordinary matter through only the weak nuclear force, one of two forces of nature that normally exert themselves only in the atomic nucleus.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)The infant universe would have produced a huge number of WIMPs as subatomic particles crashed into one another. Some of those WIMPs would then disappear when two of them collided and annihilated each other to produce two ordinary particles. As the universe expanded, such collisions would become ever rarer and, given the strength of the weak force, just enough WIMPs would survive to provide the right amount of dark matter today—about five times that of ordinary matter. That coincidence, or “WIMP miracle,” has made WIMPs a favorite of theorists, even if experimenters have yet to spot them floating about.However, Hochberg and colleagues argue that dark matter could also consist of lighter particles that have a mass somewhere around one-tenth that of the proton and interact with one another—but not ordinary matter—very strongly. Such SIMPs would pull on one another almost as strongly as the quarks in a proton, which cling to each other so fiercely that it’s impossible to isolate a quark.SIMPs can also provide just the right amount of dark matter, assuming the theorists add a couple of wrinkles. The SIMPs must disappear primarily through collisions in which three SIMPs go in and only two SIMPs come out. These events must be more common than ones in which two SIMPs annihilate each other to produce two ordinary particles. Moreover, the theorists argue, SIMPs must interact with ordinary matter, although much more weakly than WIMPs. That’s because the three-to-two collisions would heat up the SIMPs if they could not interact and share heat with ordinary matter.That may seem like a lot to ask, but those conditions are easy to meet so long as the SIMPs aren’t too heavy, Hochberg says. So the WIMP miracle could easily be replaced with a SIMP miracle, as the team reports this month in Physical Review Letters.Moreover, the fact that SIMPs must interact with ordinary matter guarantees that, in principle, they should be detectable in some way, Hochberg says. Whereas physicists are now searching for signs of WIMPs colliding with massive atomic nuclei, researchers would probably have to look for SIMPs smacking into lighter electrons because the bantamweight particles would not pack enough punch to send a nucleus flying.Compared with WIMPy dark matter, SIMPy dark matter would also have another desirable property. As the universe evolved, dark matter coalesced into clumps, or halos, in which the galaxies then formed. But computer simulations suggest that dark matter that doesn’t interact with itself would form myriad little clumps that are very dense in the center. And little “dwarf galaxies” aren’t as abundant and the centers of galaxies aren’t as dense as the simulations suggest. But strongly interacting dark matter would smooth out the distribution of dark matter and solve those problems, Hochberg says. “This isn’t some independent thing that we’ve just forced into the model,” she says. “It just naturally happens.”The new analysis “has the flavor of the WIMP miracle, which is nice,” says Jonathan Feng, a theorist at UC Irvine who was not involved in the work. Feng says he’s been working on similar ideas and that the ability to reconcile the differences between dark matter simulations and the observed properties of galaxies makes strongly interacting dark matter attractive conceptually.However, he cautions, it may be possible that, feeble as they may be, the interactions between dark and ordinary matter might smooth out the dark matter distribution on their own. And Feng says he has some doubts about the claim that SIMPs must interact with ordinary matter strongly enough to be detected. So the SIMP probably won’t knock WIMP off its perch as the best guess for the dark matter particle just yet, Feng says: “At the moment, it’s not as well motivated as the WIMP, but it’s definitely worth exploring.”last_img read more

Jwala Gutta slams BAI president

first_imgHours after winning India’s first women’s badminton gold medal in Commonwealth Games, doubles specialist shuttler Jwala Gutta lashed out at Badminton Association of India (BAI) president V.K. Verma for not even congratulating the winning pair that comprised Ashwini Ponappa apart from her. Second seed Jwala and Ashwini had pulled up a historic victory stunning top seed Singaporeans Sari Shanti Mulia and Yao Lei in straight sets at Siri Fort Sports Complex on Thursday. Jwala paired with Ashwini after splitting with her long time partner Shruti Kurian during the Indian Open Grand Prix in Hyderabad. Jwala said that it was time for a huge shake-up in the association. In fact, she did not mince any words while making obvious reference to the BAI president. “Our president who was sitting and watched the match, did not come to congratulate us. I was not really happy with the way our association is working. I would like to change a lot of things in the coming years,” Jwala said.Jwala recently made headlines when media reports claimed that she was dating the Congress MP from Moradabad and former India cricket captain, Mohammad Azharuddin, after the latter decided to contest BAI election.”This medal will silent my critics. This is my answer to them to whatever happened. I am very happy and everyone who has negative thoughts about me, I would like to say just shut-up now,” Jwala said.  – With agency inputslast_img read more

Ajay Jayaram storms into Korea Open final

first_imgIndian shuttler Ajay Jayaram on Saturday continued his rampaging run at the Korea Open notching up a sensational straight-game upset victory over world No 7 Chou Tien Chen of Chinese Taipei to storm into the finals of the USD 600,000 Super Series event on Saturday.Long forgotten in the Indian badminton corridors, the 27-year-old Bangalore-based player on Sunday sent ripples in world badminton after prevailing over seventh seed Chen 21-19, 21-15 in a 43-minute mens singles semifinal match.Beaten twice this season to the same opponent at German Open and US Open, world No 32 Jayaram carried those scars as an armour into the match as he dominated the proceedings to eventually set up a summit clash with World No. 1 Chen Long of China.Jayaram possibly remembered his wins against Chen in Thailand and Japan in 2011 and 2013 when he took to the court as he opened up a 11-8 lead at one stage. The Taiwanese player turned the tables with a seven-point burst but the Indian was determined enough to stave off the challenge and soon pockted the game to lead 1-0.Brimming with confidence, Jayaram produced a more dominating show in the second game as he surged to 3-0 early on and then moved into the interval with a 11-7 lead. Chen once again clawed back at 12-12 and lead 15-14. However, Jayaram didnt allow him to come any closer as he reeled off six points to seal the match.Jayaram had reached the semi-finals of Malaysia Masters Grand Prix Gold, Swiss Open Grand Prix Gold and Russian Open Grand Prix this season. Among Indians, Kidambi Srikanth and Saina Nehwal won the mens and womens singles titles at the India Super Series this year.advertisementlast_img read more

IBASE: IoT gateways with TPM security

first_img Continue Reading Previous Arrow Electronics announces Artificial Intelligence Experience TourNext Würth: 3-axis acceleration sensor with preset functionalities IBASE announce the release of its AGS100T/AGS102T IoT gateways. Powered by Intel’s Apollo Lake Atom x7/x5 series, Pentium N4200, and Celeron N3350 SoCs, the systems enable seamless and secure data flow to the cloud in IoT-focused applications with enterprise-grade security, and easy manageability.The AGS100T/AGS102T compact fanless platforms offer maximum reliability and longevity support, featuring wide-range operating temperature of up to -40 ~ 70°C and dimensions of 160 x 110 x 44mm. Both models are suitable for space-constrained applications in harsh environments that require devices equipped with Trusted Platform Module technology.The rugged AGS100T features 4GB DDR3L-1866 DO-DIMM, a 64GB MLC industrial-grade mSATA SSD, dual display ports (DVI-I and DisplayPort), 4x USB 3.0, 2x GbE, 2x COM, a DC-in terminal block for 9V~36V input and over/under/reverse voltage protection. Expansion is available with a full-size Mini PCI-E, a 2230 M.2 E-Key socket for WLAN & BT, a 3042 M.2 B-Key socket for WWAN & SSD, an mSATA socket (Mini PCI-E), and a 2242 M.2 B-Key socket for mSATA SSD. The AGS102T has two extra serial ports for COM3/COM4 and GPIO 4-in & 4-out multi-purpose interface.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules last_img read more

Princess Dana Firas Of Jordan Named UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador

first_imgThe Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, designated Princess Dana Firas of Jordan as UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador in a ceremony at the Organization’s Headquarters last week.Princess Dana Firas of Jordan was designated UNESCO Goodwill AmbassadorCredit/Copyright: United NationsThe nomination comes in recognition of the Princess’s outstanding commitment to heritage protection and preservation as a pillar of sustainable development, her contribution to responsible tourism and community participation notably through her activities as President of the Petra National Trust and for her dedication to the ideals and aims of UNESCO.Her Royal Highness Princess Dana Firas of Jordan is the President of the Petra National Trust (PNT), the national nongovernmental organization dedicated to the protection of the heritage of the ancient Nabataean City in Southern Jordan that has been on the World Heritage List since 1985. The Princess also champions education, peace, human rights and sustainable development through activities involving the public and private sectors in Jordan and abroad.UNESCO Goodwill Ambassadors are an outstanding group of advocates who promote the ideals of the organization. They extend and amplify UNESCO’s work and mission and have generously accepted to use their talent and status to help focus the world’s attention on the work of UNESCO.last_img read more

Pragya to face charges for Babri remark FIR ordered

first_imgNEW DELHI: BJP candidate Pragya Thakur will be charged for saying she was “proud to be part of the Babri mosque demolition”. An election officer has ordered an FIR against her. Pragya Thakur, the BJP candidate for Madhya Pradesh capital Bhopal in the national election, had said in an interview to television channel TV9 over the weekend that she was among the people who demolished the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya on December 6, 1992, and she was “proud” of it. “We had removed a blot from the country. We had gone to demolish the structure. I climbed atop the structure and broke it, and I feel extremely proud that God gave me this opportunity. We will make sure that a Ram Temple is built at that site,” Pragya Thakur said. She was served notice for “creating mutual hatred or cause tension between different communities”, but unfazed, she said she “stands by” what she said.last_img read more

Genealogy site DNA used to help solve decadesold murder

RENO, Nev. — Forensic genealogists followed a trail built on decades-old DNA evidence to help determine the identity of a woman whose body was found near a Lake Tahoe hiking trail in 1982 and her killer, investigators said Tuesday.Washoe County Sheriff Darin Balaam announced he has closed the investigation into the shooting death of the victim identified for the first time publicly on Tuesday as Mary Silvani. She was born in Pontiac, Michigan, in 1948 and attended high school in Detroit before moving to California.Balaam said her killer was James Richard Curry, who was born in Texas in 1946 and served prison time for robbery there before he was arrested in California in January 1983. He says Curry confessed to a 1982 murder in Santa Clara and two killings in the San Jose area in January 1983 but killed himself in a Santa Clara jail before he went to trial. Curry also was a suspect in a fourth murder in the Santa Clara area but that victim’s remains were never found, authorities said.For decades, the victim was known only as “Sheep’s Flat Jane Doe,” named after the popular hiking trail where her body was found with gunshot wounds near Tahoe’s north shore just off the Mount Rose Highway above Incline Village.At a news conference in Reno on Tuesday, sheriff’s detectives, forensic scientists, and genealogists described a remarkable series of challenges they faced in piecing together evidence and tracing the extended family trees of hundreds of individuals based on DNA run through an online genealogy database called GEDMatch.Balaam said they involved the same techniques that were used to find a suspect in the “Golden State Killer” investigation last year. He said the 37-year-old cold case at Tahoe was solved through a combination of the DNA evidence, new advances in forensic genealogy research and old-fashioned detective work.“This is an incredible story,” he said. “This technology is absolutely fascinating.”Roadblocks along the way included the fact Curry was born out of wedlock and raised under a different name in the Dallas area. His DNA wasn’t in the FBI database because he was never convicted of the California murders, Balaam said.After identifying his biological mother in Texas, Balaam said Curry was eventually linked to the Tahoe killing through DNA obtained from the sexual assault kit kept in evidence since the body was found on July 17, 1982.Based on the GEDMatch results, the DNA Doe Project working with Indentifinders International was able to determine the victim was the biological daughter of a now-deceased couple in Detroit. They suspected it was Mary Silvani and were able to confirm her identity based on a set of fingerprints provided by Detroit police from a 1974 misdemeanour.“If everybody had not done their job as this went along, this case never would have been solved,” Washoe County sheriff’s Detective Kathleen Bishop said.Police said in January 1983 that Curry, who was the manager of a storage lot in Santa Clara, confessed to killing a couple who ran a rival storage facility in the San Jose area, Gerald Novoselatz and his wife, Sharon.Balaam said Curry shot the man at the Novoselatz residence, then kidnapped and sexually assaulted his wife before killing her elsewhere. While in custody, Curry confessed to fatally shooting Richard Lemmon Jr. of Bakersfield, California, and told detectives where to find his body stashed in the Santa Clara storage unit.Scott Sonner, The Associated Press read more

The bizarre price war cutting the cost of flights to Britains most

first_imgBarra’s airport is famous for its beach runwayCredit:GETTY £125inc. tax Ballintaggart FarmGrandtully, Perth and Kinross, Scotland Check availability Reaching the Hebrides by air has never been cheaper A spokesman for Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, the Outer Hebrides’ council, said it was seeking talks with all the airlines “to develop a clearer picture of what the announcement may mean for the longer-term sustainability of air services to the Western Isles”.Cameron Taylor, executive director of the Orkney Tourism Group, also welcomed more flights and lower fares but cautioned: “It is important for the air service to be sustainable and stable, and we would not wish commercial rivalries to create instability or uncertainty.”In Shetland, local tour operators hope the news might spark a tourism revival. Visitor numbers have declined in recent years, almost entirely because demand from the oil industry for staff accommodation has made it difficult for visitors to find a bed for the night.   Rock HouseEdinburgh, Scotland Loganair flies routes on behalf of Flybe from Scottish mainland airports, such as the Glasgow-Barra route which involves the famous beach landing on Tràigh Mhòr, along with services to Benbecula, Stornoway, Sumburgh and Kirkwall. The airlines’ managing director Jonathan Hinkles said the company “was extremely disappointed and surprised” at Flybe’s decision to split with it. Loganair says it will continue its routes and is adding additional Glasgow-Barra flights in peak season – in effect it is going head to head with its former partner – and larger aircraft on some Glasgow-Benbecula flights. The airline is also seeking a codeshare with Flybe, whose CEO Christine Ourmieres-Widener said the new agreement is a chance to offer “more choices and competitive pricing” in the region. £455inc. tax It’s so good you’ll want to keep this glorious Highland gastronomic hideaway a secret. Take a coo…Read expert review From £70inc. tax The best hotels in scotlandview all Rates provided byBooking.com 9Telegraph expert rating Inverlochy Castle HotelFort William, Highlands, Scotlandcenter_img From Under current arrangements passengers flying into Scotland on Flybe and onto the islands do not need to collect their bags and check in again for the connecting flights. Loganair says that baggage charges imposed by Flybe/Eastern Airways will erode any savings from cheaper tickets.The Barra route has been the subject of local criticism for regular delays due to routine maintenance while Flybe has also faced criticism over customer care. Similarly lower fares have been announced for the new alliance’s routes to Sumburgh on Shetland and to Kirkwall on Orkney.Ian Fordham, chairman of Outer Hebrides Tourism, welcomed the news, saying he hoped the “affordable” fares would lead to an increase in the number of visitors. “We hope the affordable fares will encourage more people to take a break in the islands, especially out of the main season and experience our unique landscape and culture,” he said. A heavenly 18th-century house hidden on Calton Hill with a courtyard garden to the front, a prett…Read expert review 9Telegraph expert rating The haunting stones of Callanish on LewisCredit:GETTY Around 218,000 people visit the Outer Hebrides a year, the vast majority – 80 per cent – by ferry. High airfares have meant that flights tend to be dominated by businesses on expense accounts. “The popularity of the Outer Hebrides has been growing dramatically over the past few years, and ferry capacity has been unable to cope at peak times,” said Fordham.The alliance between Flybe and Eastern Airways begins in September and follows a falling out between Flybe and Loganair, whose current franchise arrangement will stop at the end of August. Eastern Airways already flies the Aberdeen-Stornoway route. The haunting stones of Callanish on Lewis Barra's airport is famous for its beach runway Queen Victoria said she ‘never saw a lovelier or more romantic spot’ than Inverlochy Castle in 18…Read expert review A price war has broken out between airlines covering some of Scotland’s most remote islands, slashing the cost of flights between the mainland and the Hebrides.One-way fares between Glasgow and Stornoway on Lewis typically top £300 in high season, making the 60-minute journey one of the most expensive routes per mile in the world – but are now on sale for just £50 with Flybe and Eastern Airways, which have agreed an alliance and codeshare arrangement. 9Telegraph expert rating From Reaching the Hebrides by air has never been cheaperCredit:Credit: ScotImage / Alamy Stock Photo/ScotImage / Alamy Stock Photolast_img read more

Gary Lineker says it is a disgrace Chris Evans is paid more

first_imgThis whole BBC salary exposure business is an absolute outrage…I mean how can @achrisevans be on more than me?— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) July 19, 2017 The BBC has been forced to make public the names of 96 presenters and actors who earn over £150,000.While John Humphrys earns £600,000-£649,999, his Radio 4 Today colleague Sarah Montague does not make the list at all.Emily Maitlis of Newsnight, Louise Minchin of BBC Breakfast and the Radio 4 Woman’s Hour presenters Jenni Murray and Jane Garvey are also absent, yet men who do similar jobs are revealed to have larger salaries.Of the 96 names, only 34 are women – the majority in the lower salary bands. Happy BBC salary day. I blame my agent and the other TV channels that pay more. Now where did I put my tin helmet?— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) July 19, 2017 Previously, Mr Lineker told critics to blame his agent and the salary rates of other TV channels for the amount he is paid.Mr Lineker wrote: “Happy BBC salary day. I blame my agent and the other TV channels that pay more. Now where did I put my tin helmet?” Claudia Winkleman is the only woman in the top 10 highest-earners, according to salary details published today which lay bare a glaring gender pay gap. Lord Sugar, who presents The Apprentice on the BBC, sprung to Mr Lineker’s aid.He said: “You should not worry. You are in a market where presenters are paid at going rates ITV CH 4 pay more than the BBC. You have shown loyalty”. You should not worry. You are in a market where presenters are paid at going rates ITV CH 4 pay more than the BBC. You have shown loyalty https://t.co/BY54MsR1kj— Lord Sugar (@Lord_Sugar) July 19, 2017 Television presenter Gary Lineker has tweeted that he thinks it is a “disgrace” that Chris Evans is paid more than him.Mr Lineker, who is paid £1,750,000-£1,799,999 for his work with the BBC and is the broadcaster’s second-best paid star, said: “This whole BBC salary exposure business is an absolute outrage…I mean how can @achrisevans be on more than me?”Chris Evans is the BBC’s best-paid on the list, which doesn’t include those paid through production companies.He takes in £2,200,000-£2,249,999 per year for his work with the broadcaster. 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

Residents speak out against unaffordable South Florida housing

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – South Florida residents united, Thursday, to raise awareness of unaffordable housing.Residents from Little Havana, Little Haiti and Miami-Dade County held a rally to make their voices heard on housing that should be made more affordable. This group called on city and elected officials for immediate attention towards their communities.According to NAACP Housing Chair Daniella Pierre, developers have been building near public transportation areas, which will cause working-class individuals’ homes to become unaffordable.“We’re here today to raise awareness about the need for more  affordable housing now,” said Pierre. “Many residents have contacted the Miami-Dade branch NAACP and other community partners to raise concerns of being priced out of South Florida.”Residents have been rallying outside of developers’ offices and will continue outside the city commission meeting.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Mushfiq visits ailing Muktamoni

first_imgBangladesh Test captain Mushfiqur Rahim visits 12-year-old ailing Muktamoni at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) in the capital on Saturday. Photo: Collected Bangladesh Test captain Mushfiqur Rahim on Saturday visited 12-year-old ailing Muktamoni at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) in the capital.Muktamoni who has been suffering from a rare skin disease is currently undergoing treatment at the Burn Unit of DMCH.“Don’t worry. You will get well soon. Everyone is with you and praying for you,” Mushfiqur said, boosting the morale of the ailing child. Mushfiqur assured Muktamoni’s father of all-out cooperation for her treatment.Muktamoni recognised Mushfiqur Rahman, exclaiming, “I saw Mushfiq many times on television. I am so happy to have him here with me!”The Burn and Plastic Surgery Unit’s chief coordinator Samanta Lal Sen was present when Mushfiqur visited Muktamoni.Bangladesh’s star cricketer Mushfiq told Samanta Lal that he wants to always stand by such ailing children and persons.Muktamoni, from Satkhira, has been afflicted by the disease mainly on her right arm, the condition leading to her hand swelling up almost like a bee hive.Samanta Lal Sen was optimistic that the girl’s condition could be cured.last_img read more

Houstons Classical Music Community Receives National Recognition

first_img Listen X – / 4 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: The American Prize is a national competition that honors and awards cash prizes to the best in performing arts at the community, school, and professional levels.Among this year’s local winners and runners-up are Seven Lakes High School Symphony Orchestra and Sinfonia in Katy; the Houston Youth Symphony, along with its conductor Michael Webster; conductor Michael Isadore and the Dulles High School Honors Orchestra in Sugar Land; conductor Brad Smith of Houston’s Kinder High School for the Performing and Visual Arts; and the Texas Medical Center Orchestra.The American Prize seeks to recognize the excellence of performing artists from communities across the U.S. that might not otherwise receive national attention.  The Prize was founded in 2009 and is based in Danbury, Connecticut.Winners are selected based on submitted recordings.A complete list of winners and categories can be found here.center_img 00:00 /00:45 Sharelast_img read more

Living through craft

first_imgIndia has a diverse and rich craft tradition. Indian craft traditions are reputed all over the world and admired for their beauty, design, utilities and above all intricacy of craft. The Indian Handicraft industry is showing continuous and steady growth rate every year. To give further impetus to this important segment and to empower the artisans and craft persons Central Cottage Industries Corporation of India Ltd. a Govt. of India Undertaking, Ministry of Textiles, has organized Craft of living – An exhibition cum sale of exclusive artefacts that started on  February 18,  and will go on till February 28. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The exhibition was inaugurated by A.Madhukumar Reddy, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Textiles Govt. of India on February 18 at the Central Cottage Industries Emporium, Jawahar Vyapar Bhawan, Janpath, in the Capital. The exhibition comprises of diversified products and a large variety of items such as Wooden Panel, Antique Oil Lamps and Tanjore Paintings from Tamil Nadu, Marble Artefacts, Wooden Painted Artefacts, Pichwai Paintings and Handcrafted Furniture from Rajasthan, Dhokra Artefacts from Chhattisgarh and Venkatgiri Wall Hangings and much more shall be on display and for sale. The exhibition is sponsored by the Office of Development Commissioner (Handicrafts), Ministry of Textiles, Govt. of India. The exhibition cum sale will be open to the public till February 28. When: On till February 28Where: Central Cottage Industries Emporium, Jawahar Vyapar Bhawan, Janpathlast_img read more

Healthcare BPO Market by Products Types Future Demand Growth Revenue Opportunity

first_imgHealthcare BPO is the practice of outsourcing business operations by healthcare providers, payers and organizations. Healthcare BPO has several advantages, such as availability of skilled workforce at low cost, reduction in training and administrative costs, and high profitability for healthcare organizations, payers, and providers. In addition, healthcare BPO also improves the quality of patient care, while reducing the investment required for infrastructure. Get Discount @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-for-discount/2954794?utm_source=RK-HTN Contact us:Mr. Abhishek Paliwal5933 NE Win Sivers Drive, #205, Portland,OR 97220 United StatesDirect: +1-971-202-1575Toll Free: +1-800-910-6452E-mail: help@bigmarketresearch.com The report begins with a brief introduction and market overview, in which the Healthcare BPO industry is first defined before estimating its market scope and size. Next, the report elaborates on the market scope and market size estimation. This is followed by an overview of the market segmentations such as type, application, and region. The drivers, limitations, and opportunities are listed for the Healthcare BPO industry, followed by industry news and policies. By Market Players: Accenture, GeBBS Healthcare, Cognizant, Genpact Limited The report on the “Healthcare BPO Market” is a complete overview of the market, covering various aspects of product definition, segmentation based on various parameters, and the prevailing vendor landscape. It compiles in-depth information and research methodologies. It is also combined with relevant charts and tables to enable readers to get a better perspective of this global market. The Global Healthcare BPO Market is gaining pace and businesses have started understanding the benefits of analytics in the present day highly dynamic business environment. The market has witnessed several important developments over the past few years, with mounting volumes of business data and the shift from traditional data analysis platforms to self-service business analytics being some of the most prominent ones.center_img Get Sample Copy of this Report @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-sample/2954794?utm_source=RK-HTN Table of ContentChapter 1 About the Healthcare BPO IndustryChapter 2 World Market Competition LandscapeChapter 3 World Healthcare BPO Market shareChapter 4 Supply Chain AnalysisChapter 5 Company ProfilesChapter 6 Globalization & TradeChapter 7 Distributors and CustomersChapter 8 Import, Export, Consumption and Consumption Value by Major CountriesChapter 9 World Healthcare BPO Market Forecast through 2024Chapter 10 Key success factors and Market Overview About Us: Big Market Research has a range of research reports from various publishers across the world. Our database of reports of various market categories and sub-categories would help to find the exact report you may be looking for. We are instrumental in providing quantitative and qualitative insights on your area of interest by bringing reports from various publishers at one place to save your time and money. A lot of organizations across the world are gaining profits and great benefits from information gained through reports sourced by us. This report focuses on the Healthcare BPO in global market, especially in North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific, South America, Middle East and Africa. This report categorizes the market based on manufacturers, regions, type and application. For the future period, sound forecasts on market value and volume are offered for each type and application. In the same period, the report also provides a detailed analysis of market value and consumption for each region. These insights are helpful in devising strategies for the future and take necessary steps. New project investment feasibility analysis and SWOT analysis are offered along with insights on industry barriers. Research findings and conclusions are mentioned at the end.last_img read more

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first_img News | Focused Ultrasound Therapy | July 10, 2019 Insightec’s Exablate Neuro Approved With GE Signa Premier MRI in U.S. and Europe GE Healthcare and Insightec announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval and CE mark for Insightec’s… read more Related Content Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more Nationwide Childrens Hospital installs a new combined operative and diagnostic MRI suite. News | April 06, 2010 Children’s Hospital Opens Operative, Diagnostic MRI Suite April 6, 2010 – To optimize the use of its magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system, Nationwide Children’s Hospital is unveiling a new combined operative and diagnostic MRI suite. This unfixed MRI system can move between three different rooms, allowing physicians to utilize the machine for intraoperative MRI diagnostics and non-operative diagnostic imaging. One of a few MRI’s in the U.S. to be used this three-room design, the set up includes a central room for housing the magnet and two adjoining rooms, into which the magnet can be transported.The intraoperative MRI allows neurosurgeons to scan for the presence of a remaining tumor during a tumor-removal operation, reducing the chance of leaving a portion of tumor. In addition, the MRI suite is located near the operating room, which increases access for the anesthesia team as anesthesia is required for a pediatric patient undergoing an MRI scan. According to the hospital, due to the close proximity of the MRI to the operating room, the number of patients who can be seen during an eight-hour period is doubled and this additional system will increase volume capacity by 20 percent. The hospitals expects both radiology and neurosurgery patients to benefit from this combined MRI suite. For more information: www.nationwidechildrens.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Two brain metastases from primary lung cancer are contrast enhanced in the brain of a 61-year-old male. Speakers at AHRA 2019 will state that ProHance and other macrocyclic MR agents present a very low risk to patients. Images courtesy of Bracco Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 01, 2019 | Jeff Zagoudis, Associate Editor FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Medical Device Safety in MRI Environment The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a new draft guidance titled Testing and Labeling Medical Devices for… read more center_img News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 06, 2019 Canon Medical Introduces Encore Orian MR Upgrade Program Canon Medical Systems USA Inc. is helping to provide low-cost patient care solutions for its customers with the launch… read more Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. This release… read more News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more News | Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) | July 16, 2019 AAPM 2019 Features More Than 40 Presentations on ViewRay’s MRIdian MRI-guided Radiotherapy ViewRay Inc. announced that the company’s MRIdian System is the focus of more than 40 abstracts selected by the… read more Technology | Contrast Media | July 15, 2019 FDA Approves Bayer’s Gadavist Contrast for Cardiac MRI in Adult Coronary Artery Disease Patients The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Gadavist injection for use in cardiac magnetic resonance… read more Feature | Contrast Media | July 18, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr How To Manage Risk in the MR Suite Macrocyclic contrast agents have the best safety profile of all the magnetic resonance (MR) contrast media that are n read more News | Neuro Imaging | July 05, 2019 Delta T1 Maps Provide Quantitative, Automated Solution to Assess Brain Tumor Burden Imaging Biometrics LLC (IB) a subsidiary of IQ-AI Ltd., is highlighting a recently published study in the American… read morelast_img read more

Memorial Sloan Kettering Adopts MIM Software Radiation Therapy Solution

first_img News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more March 4, 2016 — MIM Software Inc. has recently collaborated with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK), nationally recognized by the National Cancer Institute and ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top hospitals for cancer care in the country.MSK will be using MIM Software’s radiation oncology solution as a software source for handling dose accumulation, contour creation, image fusions and deformable registrations, as well as a host of other clinical and research work. The software will be deployed at the main campus in Manhattan, along with all outpatient facilities that extend from Manhattan through the New York suburbs as well as New Jersey and Long Island.”In the ever increasing world of complex treatments for cancer, we are always looking to enhance our clinical workflow and advance the research we do,” said Sandra Fontenla, senior physicist-clinical coordinator for external beam at MSK.”Radiation therapy has become increasingly reliant on imaging for the safe and accurate treatment of cancer,” Fontenla continues. “Our goal is to accomplish faster and more precise image registrations to enable physicians to identify tumors more quickly and accurately.”For more information: www.mimsoftware.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more Related Content News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more News | Radiation Therapy | March 04, 2016 Memorial Sloan Kettering Adopts MIM Software Radiation Therapy Solution Software will be used to handle dose accumulation, contour creation, image fusion and other clinical and research work News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more News | Radiation Oncology | July 31, 2019 Laura Dawson, M.D., FASTRO, Chosen as ASTRO President-elect The members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) elected four new officers to ASTRO’s Board of… read more Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communicationslast_img read more

CyberKnife System Provides Excellent LongTerm Control of LowRisk Prostate Cancer

first_img Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more October 10, 2017 — Accuray Inc. announced that data from a prospective study of 230 men with low-risk prostate cancer showed 98.4 percent had local disease control 10 years after receiving stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) administered with the CyberKnife System, and toxicity was mild. The study titled, “Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy for Low-Risk Prostate Cancer: A Ten Year Analysis,” was published online in the Sept. 9, 2017 issue of Cureus.“This is a groundbreaking study — the first to report on the efficacy and toxicity of SBRT in the treatment of low-risk prostate cancer following 10 years of treatment. All patients participating in the study were treated with the CyberKnife System, which delivers extremely precise radiation treatments using unique, real-time image guidance and automatic motion correction. The study outcomes were excellent both in terms ofdisease control and tolerability, and were superior to long-term conventional intensity-modulated radiation therapy, based on results from other studies,” said Alan Katz, M.D., Flushing Radiation Oncology.Study participants completed their entire treatment in just five daily sessions, compared to conventional radiation therapy which typically takes 30 to 40 sessions. Additional 10-year outcomes showed:The disease free survival (DFS) rate was 93.7 percent, indicating there were no signs or symptoms of the cancer during the evaluation period;The median prostate specific antigen (PSA) value was 0.1 ng/ml. A low PSA value is associated with a reduced risk of cancer recurrence or metastases; andPatient-reported bowel and urinary function scores showed initial declines, which recovered to baseline where they remained throughout the remainder of the study period.The prostate gland can move unpredictably throughout the course of treatment, making the ability to track, detect and correct for motion critically important. Throughout the course of treatment, the CyberKnife System continually collects images to determine exactly where the tumor is, ensuring that clinicians deliver radiation exactly where they want it. The system detects the tumor motion and automatically adjusts the radiation beam in real time to match the motion of the tumor, giving clinicians confidence to apply smaller treatment margins and enabling higher doses and fewer treatments.For more information: www.accuray.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Image courtesy of Imago Systems Related Content News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more center_img Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more News | Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT) | October 10, 2017 CyberKnife System Provides Excellent Long-Term Control of Low-Risk Prostate Cancer Study is first to evaluate use of sereotactic body radiation therapy in low-risk prostate cancer 10 years post-treatment Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read morelast_img read more

Longevity mathematics Why you may not want to retire

first_imgRelated posts:Health officials testing first two cases of Ticos who could have the chikungunya virus Female Alzheimer’s researchers band together 7 things to consider before retiring abroad Is Costa Rica an affordable option for expats and medical tourists with Alzheimer’s disease? I’m currently obsessed with two questions: “How long do I have?” and “How will I use that time?”Not long ago I sat listening to some life advice from “one of the richest men on the planet,” as Forbes magazine describes philanthropist David M. Rubenstein, co-founder of the private equity firm the Carlyle Group. At a breakfast talk, Rubenstein, who is 65, told my college’s alumni association to approach the homestretch of our lives as if there were no tomorrow. At a time when others are asking him, “Can you make it up those stairs?” he told us to take them running. “It’s time to accelerate,” he said, “not slow down.”Rubenstein also reminisced about turning 50 and how he had congratulated himself then, with a self-knowing wink, on being “halfway there, with another 50 to live.” Now he says he does the math with a more realistic calculus. “Actuarially,” he said, “I know I’m supposed to live another 20 years, which will take me to 85.”His remark about speeding up through the final innings surprised me because many of my contemporaries in their late 50s and 60s are now choosing to retire. For the record, I’m 57 and counting. A 2014 Gallup Poll reported that the average retirement age is now 62, even though one in four retirees will live past 90, according to the Social Security Administration. Rubenstein clearly has no plans to follow the herd.Nor is he alone in taking this chapter at a full gallop. The recent deaths of “60 Minutes’ ” Bob Simon and New York Times reporter David Carr threw Rubinstein’s comments into stark relief.Simon, one of the most peripatetic journalists of any generation, enjoyed a blockbuster of a final chapter before he was killed in a car accident at age 73. Having crisscrossed the globe repeatedly, Simon completed his final “60 Minutes” assignment just hours before his death. Carr’s death from complications of lung cancer came the day after Simon’s. He was 58, and his footprint was everywhere — on Twitter, in print, even in the documentary “Page One” about the Times. Simon. Carr. Thanks to them, I’ve been running a new algorithm in my head, trying to figure out how many years I probably have left. Call it “longevity mathematics.”I’m just a few months younger than Carr, and there’s no doubt that I’m a lot closer to the finish line than to the start. With that perspective come two looming questions: “How long do I have?” and “How will I use that time?”As for the first query: I’ve been looking to new role models, those who bloomed or rebloomed in midlife. My idiosyncratic list includes novelist Frank McCourt, who taught at my Manhattan high school for decades before publishing the Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir “Angela’s Ashes” when he was 66. He lived another 13 years. Swimmer Diana Nyad, 65, finally succeeded in making the 110-mile crossing from Cuba to Florida on her fifth attempt in 2013. Then there’s Ruth Westheimer, now 86, whose energy and drive amazed me when we worked together to produce her Web site; she didn’t become the “Dr. Ruth” we know until her early 50s and is still dispensing sex advice to this very day. None of these individuals would qualify as “retiring,” in the literal or metaphoric sense of the word.Of course, not everyone’s final chapters will be filled with such accomplishments, nor do they need to be in order to be meaningful. My friends Rich and Jim, both septuagenarians, have spent the past decade globe-trotting and have logged visits to six of the seven continents. My former landlady-turned-BFF, 98-year-old Denise Kessler, has lived her last decades with the energy and drive of someone a third her age, involving herself in political campaigns, turning up at parties as one of the “Last Hurrah” cheerleaders, and leading a class in water aerobics.When Denise turned 90 and I feared the end might be near for her, I wrote a letter to let her know how she’d influenced me. “Others might have decided it was time to coast, but not you, my dear. It’s an example I try to emulate — never to rest in the static — but to dig in my roots, deep and wide, even when it’s not easy or when it’s scary or hurts.”But as much as I plan and hope to go cheering into my 90s, Carr’s unexpected death cut awfully close to home. There’s no math I can do, no heroes I can resurrect, to avoid this undeniable lesson about living: It’s finite. And we don’t know when it will end. As it turns out, Carr delivered his own valedictory in a commencement address to Berkeley’s journalism graduates last spring. He gave the students his version of the Ten Commandments, among them this: “Don’t just do what you’re good at. If you stay in your comfort zone, you’ll never know what you’re capable of.” Followed by this: “Do not be a bystander in your own life. You’ll miss everything.”This bit of wisdom reminded me of another Rubenstein aphorism: “Persist — don’t take no for an answer. If you’re happy to sit at your desk and not take any risk, you’ll be sitting at your desk for the next 20 years.”Note to self: It’s not too late to gun that engine, put the top down, floor the accelerator — and go.— — —Petrow writes the “Civilities” column for The Washington Post. Follow him on Twitter: @StevenPetrow© 2015, The Washington Post Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Obama Fields Housing Questions in Web Chat

first_img Share August 7, 2013 442 Views Following a speech Tuesday night in Phoenix, in which President Barack Obama discussed his ideas for housing finance reform, the president today took questions from American citizens during a “”live discussion””:http://www.zillow.com/whitehouse/ hosted by “”Zillow””:http://www.zillow.com/ CEO Spencer Rascoff. [IMAGE]During the question and answer session Wednesday, Obama reiterated his stated goals to bring a gradual end to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, to bring private capital into the housing market, and to offer affordable housing options–both rental options and 30-year mortgages. Obama admitted that while it is the American dream to own a home, not all Americans are in a position to purchase a home. In particular, younger Americans with [COLUMN_BREAK]student debt may not be in a position to accrue more debt through a mortgage loan. In fact, Obama said one of the problems leading to the housing crisis was that many Americans who should have been renting were being offered mortgage loans. Obama plans to combat the housing dilemmas facing young Americans in two ways–by helping ensure affordable rental housing options and by reducing the cost of college. Money that for past generations would have gone toward a down payment on a house is now going to student debt, Obama said. Thus, helping reduce the cost of college will positively impact the housing market by allowing more young people to purchase homes instead of returning to their parents’ homes, he said. Obama also discussed plans for the future of housing finance, including scaling back Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac’s portfolios and encouraging private capital to enter the market. In most developed countries, the government does not have such a large role in the housing market, Obama said. “”We’re actually confident that the private market can step in, do a good job, and the government can be a backstop,”” Obama said, adding, “”In some ways it’s a return to earlier models.”” Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Barack Obama Fannie Mae Freddie Mac Investors Lenders & Servicers Service Providers Zillow 2013-08-07 Krista Franks Brockcenter_img Obama Fields Housing Questions in Web Chat in Governmentlast_img read more

Transformational Mortgage Solutions Announces New President COO

first_img January 20, 2018 903 Views HOUSING mortgage Movers and Shakers 2018-01-20 Nicole Casperson Transformational Mortgage Solutions Announces New President & COO Austin, Texas-based mortgage industry management consulting firm Transformational Mortgage Solutions (TMS) announced that it has named Beth Ozenghar its new president and COO. Ozenghar, whose mortgage career spans three decades, had been in the role of Senior Executive Advisor with TMS since 2016. TMS Founder David Lykken will retain the title of Founder and Chief Transformation Officer.“Beth Ozenghar’s depth of mortgage expertise, as well as her consultative temperament, makes her ideal to serve as President and COO of TMS, both for operating our business and serving our treasured clients,” said Lykken. “In this era of unprecedented industry disruption and opportunity, mortgage lenders need experienced guidance from a trusted advisor like never before, and with Beth serving as president, TMS is ideally positioned to deliver on that need.”While consulting with TMS for the last two years, Ozenghar also operated an independent mortgage advisory firm. Previously, she served more than a decade as VP of Correspondent Lending for AgFirst Farm Credit Bank, where she was responsible for its correspondent division’s operations, secondary marketing, underwriting, and servicing. Prior to that, she was VP Secondary Marketing at Second National Bank of Warren, and Secondary Marketing Manager at Signal Bank N.A.“I am thrilled with the opportunity to make a lasting difference in our industry as president and COO of Transformational Mortgage Solutions,” said Ozenghar. “David Lykken has built TMS into an amazing organization that helps mortgage businesses reach their highest potential by focusing on process improvement, people, and profitability. Understandably, earning his trust and confidence has been no small accomplishment.”center_img in Headlines, News, Servicing Sharelast_img read more