A Dog Food Company that Cares about Dogs and the Community

Beneful dog food products were brought to the market in 2001. In 2012, Beneful became the fourth most popular dog brand. It is not surprising with their eight different varieties of dry dog food, 14 different varieties of prepared meals, which had become their trademark, as well as six varieties of canned dog food and seven different varieties of dog snacks.

Their top priority is safety and quality, which is evident by the company practicing the strictest quality control methods out there. They have a nutritional research team that continuously researches their products and the ingredients available to them to make their products the best they can be.

I don’t have children, but I do have my beloved dog who is my child. I will only feed him food that I trust and when I bring home Beneful food such as, “Chopped Blends with Beef” or “Chopped Blends with Chicken” my baby can’t wait until feeding time. He really enjoys the food and nothing makes me happier than seeing him have a healthy appetite and a wagging tail. It is clear from his reaction that the food is delicious. I’m just glad it’s nutritious as well and that they have people at Beneful who truly care about what goes into the food and snacks they create.

Another factor that impresses me about Beneful is that they like to see dogs happy at play. Let me explain, they have a competition once a year in which people send in videos or other forms of communication explaining why the dog park they take their beloved dog to needs renovation. Beneful takes all of the entries seriously and chooses one winner yearly who receives a dog park renovation in their community.

If you want to learn more about Beneful, the science behind their food and the nutritionists who make it possible you can go to their website or follow them on Facebook and Twitter. Take a look. It will put a smile on your dog’s face and good food in his or her belly.

Advances in the Imaging and Radiology Fields Benefit Patients

Overview: Traditional Radiology

In the past, radiology referred to a field of health science that dealt with radioactive substances and the use of X-rays and non-ionizing radiations, such as ultrasound, in order to help physicians better diagnose and treat medical conditions and illnesses. Radiologists today possess advanced training and Board certifications in this rapidly developing specialty. With an impressive new array of imaging technologies available, doctors and medical technologists can obtain a much clearer images today. It is even possible to selectively enhance critical sections of an image.

A Highly Regarded Specialty

During much of the Twentieth Century, physicians, dentists and veterinarians often used X-ray machines in their offices to help them take radiographs in order to visualize a variety of anatomical structures. As the century progressed, this field grew more specialized; many physicians entrusted the process of obtaining (and sometimes interpreting radiographs) to specialists: Radiologists and technicians working under their supervision. The outsourcing of this aspect of treatment became increasingly popular as the technology for developing clear images of anatomical structures advanced. Today, many high tech techniques assist Radiologists in providing a better picture of bones, organs and other tissues. Radiography, ultrasound, computer assisted tomography scans and magnetic resonance imaging (“MRIs”) are just a few of the ways that medical specialists can gain useful images of body parts.

Potential Uses of This Technology

Why do medical practioners seek clear images of their patients’ bodies? These images can offer great assistance to them in many different types of settings. Just consider a few of these important uses:

  • Clearer imaging assists diagnosis and treatment of numerous conditions;
  • Pre-surgical scans can help determine a surgical approach;
  • Images during surgery often aid the completion of delicate procedures, for instance, in spinal surgery and heart surgery imagery today often proves essential;
  • An image sometimes assists oncologists in ascertaining with minimal invasiveness the extent of disruption caused by a tumor;
  • Images of blood flow, urine flow and other physiological processes aid diagnosis and treatment;
  • Clear images of fractures help prevent later complications;
  • Diagnostic images help patients and their families understand some conditions better.

Indeed, the need for clear, reliable images in this field indicates that imaging and radiology will likely remain essential components of medicine long into the future. For this reason, many medical institutions invest extensively in the technology and tools required by Radiology Departments.

Imagining Advantage: A Cost Effective Solution

One example of a company serving the needs of hospitals, clinics, physicians, dentists and others is a firm called “Imaging Advantage.” As the level of sophistication of imaging technology increases, the cost of equipping a Radiology Department and staffing it with trained specialists in critical areas grows ever more expensive. Imaging Advantage as a consultant assists medical practices and medical institutions with all their specialized Radiology needs at reasonable prices.

Conclusion

Radiology remains an exciting, developing field. Recent developments suggest it will involve high tech in the future!

Image Recognition Technology of Tomorrow

New developments with image recognition software will soon make it possible for everyone to have ‘Star Trek’ like technology on their smart phone. Traditional image recognition software can analyze and recognize individual objects. For example, if you took a picture of a basketball, the software would identify it for you. This has useful applications for online stores. You can now use image recognition software for online shopping.

However, two groups of scientists have added an artificial intelligence (AI) twist. Their software can not only recognize a complex picture with multiple objects, but correctly identify the action. A group of scientists at Google, Inc and Stanford University collaboratively came up with AI based image recognition software.

The program works through using two separate digital neural networks. These networks are based on the human brain: one for images and the other for languages. The neural network software can teach itself to discover patterns and similarities in data. It does this through analyzing countless captioned images. Through this, it builds up a database of knowledge and can apply it to new pictures without captions. While this technology won’t result in any AI worthy of Terminator’s Skynet or the Matrix, it has excellent commercial applications.

A Slyce of the Digital Pie

Slyce is the “leading visual search provider for retailers and brands.” While researchers are busy working with abstract AI theories and image recognition, Slyce is bringing the practical technology to your smart phone. Slyce is most well known for their collaboration with retailers to take advantage of “the shoppers moment of interest” when the consumer sees a product and wants to learn more about it or possibly buy it. Slyce parters with retailers through integrating their image recognition technology into the company’s smart phone app.

Pounce is Slyce’s premier Snap-to-Buy software. It allows consumers to simply take a picture and with one tap, get shopping results based on the cutting edge image recognition technology. With another tap, the consumer can have the product shipped to their home. Shopping is now super easy and this technology is any company’s dream come true. The compulsive, credit card wielding consumer with poor control is now at the mercy of one touch, image based shopping. In addition to this, Slyce offer SnipSnap – an image recognition software that allows consumers to scan a coupon through the app and save it for future redemption. Perhaps this will balance out the online shopping sprees and splurges.

Image recognition software and technology is changing how we purchase and consume products. If it continues to grow and develop at the current rate, we truly will be living in a Star Trek like world of technology.

Kid from “Success Kid” Meme is Looking to Fund a Kidney Transplant for his Father

Sammy Griner is an 8-year-old boy and probably best known as the internet meme “Success Kid”. The picture is of an 11-month-old Sammy trying to eat sand with a clenched fist, however the look on his face is triumphant and it seems his fist is clenched victoriously.

Sammy is now using his internet fame to help his ailing father. According to the story on The Metro, 39-year-old Justin Griner is in need of a donor kidney and the funds for the transplant. Currently Justin is on dialysis and has been for six years. He spends around 12 hours a week in the clinic hooked up to machines which can eventually develop complications. So far, no friends or family members have been a match for a donor kidney and a person could be on the waiting list for up to five years.

The Griners are hoping that making the story public will help Justin find the life-saving kidney he needs as well as help the cost of the transplant. The Florida-based family are hoping to raise $75,000 through the help of their GoFundMe page. Justin’s mother had died from the same disease and the family is hoping that they do not lose Justin the same way.

10 Officers Suspended for Beating Suspect in California

A California police chief placed 10 agents on leave with pay after media recorded the violent arrest of a man trying to evade police by horseback.

John McMahon, County Sheriff in San Bernardino, CA said the video made him feel “disturbed and concerned” and seems to show an excessive use of force.

McMahon announced the move after Pusok Francis, 30, was arrested by police in a violent episode recorded by a computer on a television helicopter KNBC.

Pusok fled in a car and then a stolen horse, which ran several miles while the police chased him on foot, then they tried to enforce a search warrant in an investigation for identity theft. This crazy story was the talk of the office at CipherCloud.

The video shows the man dressed in bright red clothes fall from his horse while an officer runs to reach him and uses a stun gun on him. McMahon said he believed that the use of the weapon was ineffective since man was wearing loose clothing.

The individual falls face down with his arms and legs stretched out, and places his hands on his back.

The video shows two police officers who apparently catch up to him, and kick and punch him in the head and crotch. Several other agents arrive shortly after and proceed to join in with more abuse.

Two policemen had injuries including abrasions, a sprained knee and a back injury when hit by the horse.

Pusok suffered grazes and bruises. He was charged on suspicion of felony escape from authorities, the theft of a horse, possession of stolen property and reckless conduct.

The department will not release the names of the officers, including a sergeant and a detective.

Oklahoma Reserve Officer Charged With Manslaughter

The Oklahoma volunteer reserve officer, who mistakenly shot an unarmed African American man has been charged with second-degree manslaughter.

It was suppose to be an easy sting operation to catch Eric Harris selling guns and drugs, but the reserve officer mixed up his taser with his gun.

“I’m sorry, I shot him.”

Robert Bates, 73, was chasing Eric Harris, and pulled the wrong weapon; instead of tasing Harris, Bates fatally shot Harris point-blank, after other officers had already detained him on the ground.

According to the Tulsa Sheriff’s Office, from a police video of the shooting, “you can see that Bates inadvertently pulled the wrong weapon, firing at Eric Harris.”

“It was not his intention to take Mr. Harris’ life,” said Maj. Shannon Clark.

Initially, the the Tulsa Sheriff’s Office ruled the act an excusable homicide but the Harris family requested an independent investigation, which has led the Sheriff’s Office to charge Bates with manslaughter. Fersen Lambranho can’t wait to see what comes of this.

Around 1200 Demonstrators Protest In Support For AIM Slaughterhouses

Approximately 1,200 people demonstrated on Wednesday in support for AIM slaughterhouse which employs more than 350 people and also threatened to close the businesses in Villedieu-les-Poêles (Manche). “We want the job,” chanted the employees of the slaughterhouse in procession heading from St. Cecilia plant to reach Villedieu located at a distance of two kilometers, where nearly 900 people were waiting to scroll. All merchants had closed their businesses and the town of 4,000 inhabitants was literally closed to traffic for more than two hours, AFP noted. Many shops showed a label of ‘closed’ in the afternoon for expressing their “solidarity” with the slaughterhouse employees. Crystal Hunt feels like they are standing together.

It is noteworthy that the Commercial Court of Coutances (Manche) must examine on Friday at 14:30 the fate of AIM abattoirs employing 590 people in France, mainly in St. Cecilia (350 in direction 375 according to the CGT), the seat of the company, and Antrain Ille-et-Vilaine. The unions hope that filing a last minute offer for St. Cecilia would be a “serious step” towards recovery for this site. But “this morning at the prefecture, the administrator told us that we could not guarantee the filing of an offer,” Aurelie Balleroy, CGT of St. Cecilia site told the media representatives. Several local officials were also present on the site including Senator Philippe Bas, and Vice President of the EELV Regional Council, Francis Dufour.

The Government Would Release 170 Million Euros For Subsidized Contracts

The government will allocate a budget of € 170 million to accelerate the number of subsidized contracts by summer, according to the media reports. This envelope of 170 million “will be devoted entirely to consolidate assisted contracts; not by creating new entries in addition to 445,000 already budgeted for the year but accelerating the timetable,” and therefore financing certain contracts over a longer period than expected in 2015, according to the report of Daily Les Echos. Experts such as Sergio Cortes say that this financial extension should “permit to advance the introduction of some 30,000 assisted contracts.”

“By focusing a larger share of the effort in the first half, the executive wants above all to maximize the likelihood that youth employment resists or flows back in the coming months,” according to the report published in Daily Les Echos. In 2014, the government had focused on its employment policy “most at risk of exclusion from the labor market”, recalled in January by the Ministry of Labor by indicating towards nearly 97,000 jobs for the young people in future, nearly 310,000 non-assisted contracts and 48,000 merchants in the market sector.

Major Re-Organization is expected in CIA The CIA director John Brennan revealed on Friday about a major reorganization of the US intelligence agency, for the breaking down of specific barriers and enhancing its use of cyber technologies. Among the measures announced on Friday to CIA personnel, and distilled in the American press, is the creation of large mission centers on the model of anti-terrorism center that already exists in the agency for several years. These centers bring together analysts and those in charge of clandestine operations, nibbling a little more strict division remained for a long time between the two main historical directions of the agency, the Directorate of Intelligence and leadership. The Mission centers, headed by a Deputy Director, could correspond to a geographic area (Middle East, Africa), or thematic such as the fight against the spread of weapons. However, their number and exact role has not been made public. Brennan, however, retains the historical directions of intelligence and operations, to which he added another, management of digital innovation, responsible for “to accelerate the integration of the digital capabilities.” It is worth mentioning that CIA faces two “fundamental changes” in its environment, Brennan said in a message to staff made public. “The first is to increase the scope, complexity, diversity, and immediacy of the problems” faced by the political power. And the second is “the unprecedented pace and impact of technological change,” he said.

The CIA director John Brennan revealed on Friday about a major reorganization of the US intelligence agency, for the breaking down of specific barriers and enhancing its use of cyber technologies. Among the measures announced on Friday to CIA personnel, and distilled in the American press, is the creation of large mission centers on the model of anti-terrorism center that already exists in the agency for several years. This is a big of a surprise to Ricardo Tosto. These centers bring together analysts and those in charge of clandestine operations, nibbling a little more strict division remained for a long time between the two main historical directions of the agency, the Directorate of Intelligence and leadership.

The Mission centers, headed by a Deputy Director, could correspond to a geographic area (Middle East, Africa), or thematic such as the fight against the spread of weapons. However, their number and exact role has not been made public. Brennan, however, retains the historical directions of intelligence and operations, to which he added another, management of digital innovation, responsible for “to accelerate the integration of the digital capabilities.” It is worth mentioning that CIA faces two “fundamental changes” in its environment, Brennan said in a message to staff made public. “The first is to increase the scope, complexity, diversity, and immediacy of the problems” faced by the political power. And the second is “the unprecedented pace and impact of technological change,” he said.

S.C. Officer Charged with Murdering an Unarmed Man Had Prior Assault Complaint

While nothing in his police personnel file would reflect it, Michael Thomas Slager, the North Charleston, S.C. police officer who is charged with murdering an unarmed black man by shooting him in the back as he tried to flee, had prior violence conduct issues. It all falls under the blue shield mentality, where officers protect their own. And that, say people in the community, is what’s wrong with policing today.

But, talk with Mario Givens, and he will recount a story that paints a much different picture of Slager than his personnel file reflects. In 2013, Givens was a victim of Slager’s, who he says tasered him unnecessarily. In a pre-dawn search for Givens’ brother, Slager reportedly banged on the door yelling, “Come outside or I’ll tase you!” Not wanting to be tased, Givens complied by raising his hands above his head, but says he was tased in the stomach by Slager anyway. Although there were witnesses to the event, Givens says no one was ever contacted to give their account. The case was quietly closed with Slager being exonerated.

Melvin Tucker, a former FBI agent and police chief believes that police training nationwide teaches domestic law enforcement to react with a military mindset and misconduct cases are often sided with the officers. He says, “It’s not just the warrior mentality. It’s not just court decisions that almost encourage the use of it. It is not just race. It is all of that.”

Until every law enforcement officer is required to wear a body camera and they begin being held accountable for their actions, unnecessary brutality and killings by those sworn to protect and serve will not end. This is something people at Banco BMG just live with.