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Major Program Addressing Its Stadium After Brutal Collision On Saturday

first_imgA general view of Bryant-Denny Stadium during the game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Tennessee Volunteers.TUSCALOOSA, AL – OCTOBER 24: A general view of Bryant-Denny Stadium during the game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Tennessee Volunteers on October 24, 2015 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Lost in the shuffle from last weekend’s college football games, one particular team had a frightening collision occur in the back of their end zone.While the majority of the audience was captivated by Alabama’s win over Texas A&M, the Crimson Tide had a freak accident take place on defense. When Dylan Moses was covering Aggies tight end Jace Sternberger, the Alabama linebacker slammed right into the padded gate.Here’s the play:Alabama security guard taking an arro—helmet to the knee pic.twitter.com/HD2aA6iic5— K Rool-9 ? (@bradisterrific) September 22, 2018Although Moses was healthy enough to return, he came out and admit that he’s still feeling sore from the collision.As for possible modifications to their stadium, Alabama head coach Nick Saban had his opinion on the play.From 247sports.com:“They’re going to try to do some stuff to the stadium there to shave that little corner off a little bit and pad it up a little better,” Saban said to kick off Louisiana-Lafayette week. “That was something that, after being here all these years, I never even really noticed that until that play. That is definitely something that we’re addressing.”There aren’t too many concerns for Alabama, but fixing their issues at Bryant-Denny Stadium will be imperative.last_img read more

Correction to Aug 18 story about Elections Canada rules on partisan activities

first_imgOTTAWA — In a story that moved Sunday, Aug. 18, about the federal laws governing third-party advertising during the election campaign period, The Canadian Press reported that any partisan activity — including advertising, surveys, or any kind of campaign costing at least $500 — would require a charity to register as a third party for the election. In fact, surveys are a separate issue under the Canada Elections Act and are not subject to the $500 limit.The Canadian Presslast_img

Environmental reviews of Ring of Fire mine running into trouble

OTTAWA — Just as the federal government strives to speed up environmental reviews of major mining and energy projects, approvals for the giant Ring of Fire proposal in northern Ontario are getting increasingly tangled.[np_storybar title=”Peter Foster: Ontario’s Ring of Bad Policy” link=”http://opinion.financialpost.com/2013/02/28/peter-foster-tony-clements-ring-of-bad-policy/”%5DLast week, Tony Clement announced that he would become the Federal government’s point man on the “Ring of Fire,” the area of the James Bay lowlands in Northern Ontario estimated to contain between $30 billion and $50 billion worth of mineral potential.Continue reading.[/np_storybar]On Monday, a key environmental group asked for provincial government mediation on how Cliffs Natural Resources plans to develop a giant chromite deposit in the fragile muskeg of the James Bay lowlands.The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society says Cleveland-based Cliffs is dramatically changing its plans for a mine without properly consulting with the public.“Several major alterations have been incorporated at the last minute and without the benefit of public scrutiny,” the Wildlands League chapter of CPAWS says in a letter to Ontario Environment Minister Jim Bradley.The letter says Cliffs is backing away from a long-term plan to do a combination of open-pit mining and underground mining, opting to stick with only open pit.It also notes Cliffs is considering only a single route — a north-south road that would be heavily subsidized — to transport chromite ore out of the area, instead of considering other ways such, as an east-west corridor that could link First Nations to much-needed infrastructure.At stake is the framework Cliffs has set up for Ontario regulators to examine the environmental implications of its proposal.The company wants to invest more than $3-billion to build a chromite mine and processing facility, but it needs approval from both federal and provincial environment officials first, through separate processes. Last summer, it released terms of reference for the Ontario process, asking for feedback from the public.Environmentalists and First Nations did indeed give their feedback, and not all of it was favourable.When Cliffs revised its plan and handed a final version to Ontario in January, the company did not incorporate any of the public’s suggestions, CPAWS charges.The environmental protection group’s request for mediation echoes concerns made last month by the Neskantaga First Nation, one of the bands located near the Ring of Fire.“Our constitutionally protected aboriginal rights and title and treaty rights are not appropriately addressed in the amended terms of reference,” the Neskantaga letter to the minister says.“Therefore numerous fundamental issues of concern arise on the amended terms of reference as submitted.”Ontario officials say they are considering the letters but say that Cliffs would have to agree to any kind of mediation.The federal process for the project is equally gummed up.First Nations have joined forces to challenge a federal decision to conduct a comprehensive study, rather than a full-fledged review that would include public hearings. The challenge has been trudging through the court system for more than a year.Last week, a Federal Court judge chastised the federal government and the mining company for dragging out the case, ordering them to comply with a new, tighter schedule.“These motions have had the effect of unnecessarily delaying this proceeding and the below timetable is set to ensure the expeditious hearing of this application and puts the onus on all parties to adhere strictly to the below timetable,” the judge wrote, setting out a fixed schedule that will wrap up the hearings this summer.The communities surrounding the Ring of Fire have a lot at stake.The area is one of the poorest and most remote, pristine regions in Canada. Cliffs’ mine and other projects under consideration could bring hundreds of jobs and billions in investment to a needy part of the country.But the effect on major rivers, precarious wildlife and carbon sinks that make up the muskeg are unknown.The federal government could decide any time that it wants to have a full-fledged public review of the Cliffs project and other proposals, said lawyer Judith Rae, acting on behalf of the Matawa First Nations.“They could say that any time. The chiefs are encouraging both Canada and Ontario to make the move, and put this into the right process and get going. Because the longer we wait around, the longer the project is in jeopardy.”A spokeswoman for Cliffs did not have any immediate comment on the requests for mediation or the court ruling last week.But a spokeswoman for Tony Clement, the federal minister recently given responsibility for the Ring of Fire, says there will be ample opportunity for public input and consultation.“There will be extensive consultations with the public and aboriginal groups to ensure a thorough understanding of all issues,” said Andrea Mandel-Campbell in an email.The complications come just a year after the federal Conservatives pulled out all the stops to make approvals and oversight of natural resource projects more efficient. That’s a point not lost on the First Nations and environmentalists who want to see a single — but thorough and public — review of Ring of Fire developments.“If the feds really wanted to streamline, they would have had a joint panel to begin with,” said Anna Baggio, director of conservation planning at CPAWS’ Wildlife League chapter.“The reason we need this process is because right now, the proponent, Cliffs, right now they are the ones who control everything. And all the information goes into a big black box.”Cliffs has said it wants to start production by 2016, but regulatory uncertainty has made the start date uncertain.The Canadian Press read more

Turbans are this seasons showstopping new look declares Duchess of Cambridges hatmaker

Jane Taylor has made hats for the Duchess of Cambridge Turbans are not unique to Sikhs, with senior Islamic officials, Hindu priests and people in some African cultures also wearing them. Historians suggest that Guru Gobind Singh told followers to wear the head covering, also known as a dastar, as a unifying symbol of Sikh faith but also to elevate them all to a level of nobility in the eyes of God. In modern society some Sikh men do not wear a turban, arguing that it is not mandatory, while some Sikh women have started to wear them, in a break with tradition.  Jane Taylor has made hats for the Duchess of CambridgeCredit:Zak Hussein/Corbis Ms Taylor, 36,  who makes hats for the Duchess of Cambridge, Sophie Wessex, Zara Tindall, Princess Eugenie and Lady Louise Windsor, told the Sunday Telegraph: “The Turban is a completely new look this season and a real showstopper. We have created ours out of buntal (a mix of straw and silk) but you can see fabric twisted versions as well. “Easily worn to cover your ears, it’s a chic and timeless headpiece that can be worn during daytime teamed with jeans and a white top for a comfortable style, or at a special evening occasion.”Some Sikh leaders embraced the trend, suggesting that it could normalise the turban so Sikhs themselves are “stared at” less.  It is traditionally worn as a symbol of religious identity, rather than a fashion statement.But according to the Duchess of Cambridge’s hatmaker, this year’s “showstopper” trend is set to be the turban.Jane Taylor, one of the country’s leading milliners, has declared the turban a “chic and timeless headpiece” that is “a completely new look this season”.The hatmaker’s prediction comes amid growing controversy around so-called “cultural appropriation” – where one culture adopts elements of another.Earlier this year, the fashion designer Gucci attracted criticism for sending supermodels wearing turbans down the catwalk.British Sikhs, including the BBC presenter Tina Daheley, attacked the brand for turning the religious garment into a fashion accessory at a time where Sikhs are still persecuted for practicing their religion, and subjected to racist attacks. Jane Taylor has declared the turban a 'chic and timeless headpiece' The Sikh Coalition  responded to the controversy by tweeting: “The Sikh turban is a sacred article of faith, @gucci, not a mere fashion accessory. #appropriation”The Duchess gets first pick of Ms Taylor’s new styles, which she holds for some years before releasing them to the public. It is not known whether she will choose to wear a turban this year.In the Western world, turbans are most commonly worn by Sikh men, who, following the teachings of the 10th and final Sikh Guru Guru Gobind Singh, do not cut their hair.  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. Ashish Joshi, the spokesperson for the Sikh Media Monitoring Group, “Overall, it’s a good idea because not long ago, wearing bowler hats was common – why not have a new look!“It moves the exoticism out of head gear – which could only be a good thing. If the turban becomes less unusual, Sikhs who wear turbans will not be stared at as much.”Lord Singh, who frequently represents the Sikh community in the House of Lords, said that although he is not offended by the fashion for turbans, “it would be nice if [the wearers] stood up for the principles that wearing the turban entails. They’d be welcome to get into Sikhism.”View latest offers from New Look Jane Taylor has declared the turban a ‘chic and timeless headpiece’Credit:Danny Martindale/ WireImage read more

Huge fire in Glasgow brought under control

first_img A FIRE AT a scrapyard in Glasgow in Scotland left 3,000 homes without power.The blaze broke out at Japanese Auto Parts on Helen Street, near Ranger FC’s Ibrox Stadium, at around 4.30pm yesterday. Source: Beth Edmonston/PA Wire/PA ImagesAround 50 firefighters were in attendance and the fire has now been brought under control but is still burning. By Órla Ryan Monday 6 Mar 2017, 8:57 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article We’re pleased to have restored supplies in #Govan ahead of schedule. Engineers given access to substation & altered the network from here— SP Energy Networks (@SPEnergyNetwork) March 5, 2017 Peter Heath, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service’s deputy assistant chief officer,told BBC News the fire engulfed “a building which is approximately 100 metres by 40 metres”.“At one side of the building that is on fire is an electrical substation which supplies a significant part of Glasgow and Govan area and at the other side there is a large storage facility.“Our activity in the last few hours have been ensuring that we protect these and we have been successful in that to date.”Read: Police pull over pensioner driving mobility scooter on busy UK motorwayRead: Homeowner says new Dublin city centre hotel would block his ‘right to light’ Source: Peter Heath/Twitter Source: Peter Heath/Twitter Source: Peter Heath/TwitterSome 3,000 homes were without power for a period of time. Scottish Power thanked customers for their patience. 12,215 Views http://jrnl.ie/3272670 Huge fire in Glasgow brought under control Some 3,000 homes were without power. Source: SP Energy Networks/Twitter Share17 Tweet Email 6 Comments Mar 6th 2017, 8:57 AM Short URLlast_img read more

What is Nama doing to help Corks housing crisis

first_img Wednesday 1 Feb 2017, 12:10 AM By Cormac Fitzgerald The Túath Housing offices in Cork city. Source: Cormac Fitzgerald/TheJournal.ieCork city In Cork city, the number of units offered to the council by Nama is lower than in the county – with the number of units accepted being lower again.Figures from the Housing Agency show that 502 units have been identified by Nama for use as social housing. Of these, demand was confirmed for 189 (with 138 being completed).A total of 313 properties are no longer being considered:178 were rejected by the council for the reason of sustainable communities135 were withdrawn by NamaA spokesperson for the council confirmed that it had initially sought to obtain the 135 units before Nama had later withdrawn them.Local Anti-Austerity Alliance councillor Fiona Ryan has criticised the council for rejecting properties on the basis of sustainable communities.She points to one example at Ashmount Mews estate on the eastern outskirts of the city.Nama offered 71 properties to the council to be used as social housing here, with 34 being accepted and 37 being rejected on the basis of a sustainable community not being available.Read: Nama offered a council 507 social housing units in Dublin – so why did it only take 65?The homes are managed by Respond – another Approved Housing Body. So far, 23 tenants have since moved into the area, with another 11 due to move in soon.For Ryan – who is a member of the council’s Housing Strategic Policy Committee – the reason for rejecting properties on the basis of sustainable communities acts as a barrier to housing people in need. Fiona Ryan believes a sustainable community policy acts as a barrier to housing people. Source: Cormac Fitzgerald/TheJournal.ieShe argues that of the over 4,700 people currently on the Cork City Council housing waiting list, many would love the chance to live at Ashmount Mews.“We’re in a housing emergency and I don’t think that it’s acceptable to be rejecting 37 houses or any suitable houses,” says Ryan.“Just on the basis of unfounded fears that an over-concentration of social housing will inevitably lead to issues.”Ryan says that investment in communities and proper services being offered were more important than “having a narrow look at income”.The concept around mixed tenancies and sustainable communities are an insult to people who have grown up in social housing communities.She states that she could easily draft a large list of people who would gladly move into the area.A spokesperson for Cork City Council said that the remaining properties in Cork were not accepted as they “would have not been in line with the principles of sustainable communities”.So, is Nama providing social housing?Finance Minister Michael Noonan last week said in the Dáil that Nama had just 173 properties in its portfolio that were currently for sale. Noonan said that many of these were already at the sale agreed stage or between tenancies.The Home Sweet Home campaign last month sought to highlight the issue of empty Nama buildings and how they could be used to address Ireland’s escalating homelessness crisis.However, rather than look just at how Nama currently offered social housing units to councils, the campaign also focused on vacant office buildings by taking over Apollo House. Source: SAM BOAL/RollingNews.ieA large part of the campaign was calling for Minister Noonan to use his powers to compel Nama to make buildings under it its control available for homeless accommodation.Under Section 14 of the Nama Act, the Finance Minister can give a direction to Nama to with carrying out its purposes that it must comply with.This direction applies in particular to a certain function of Nama, which is laid out in Section 2 of the Act, namely to “contribute to the social and economic development of the State”.This is what campaigners were calling on the minister to do. A letter delivered by campaigners to the Finance Department at the beginning of last month laid this demand out.However, the department responded by pointing out the units Nama has already offered to councils as fulfilling its social remit requirements.The department also pointed out that Nama plans to facilitate the delivery of 20,000 private units by 2020. Under Part V of planning laws, 10% of these will be required to be social.Meanwhile, while the sustainable communities model for councils not accepting potential social housing has come under criticism, it is a key tenet of the Housing Action Plan and is likely to remain in force.The Approved Housing Bodies, for their part, have welcomed Nama’s input putting forward properties to be acquired.Respond, Tuath Housing and Clúid all expressed satisfaction with the role Nama had played in bringing more social housing properties on stream.However, for campaigners, people on housing lists and those critical of the government’s Housing Action Plan – the problems with the State-run bad bank will remain.The selling off of assets to foreign investment funds (so-called vulture funds) and the vast majority of properties under Nama’s control going towards private ownership will remain points of major contention.*Sarah’s name has been changedRead: ‘It’s soul-destroying, like going for a job interview once a week and every time you don’t get it’Read: Nama offered a council 507 social housing units in Dublin – so why did it only take 65? With the occupation of Apollo House came loud calls for Nama to step up and focus its attention on solving Ireland’s current (and growing) housing and homelessness crisis. In the final installment of a special investigation, TheJournal.ie visits some of the most affected areas to examine if the so-called bad bank has been playing its part in providing social housing. Woodfield in Blarney. Source: Tuath housingSARAH* HAD GIVEN up on getting housed through Cork County Council when the letter came that an apartment was available for her family to move into.She had been on the waiting list for eight years with nothing coming up for her and her two young children.One day, “out of the blue”, she was told that a three-bedroom apartment had become available at the Woodfield estate in Blarney.The apartment was available through Túath Housing – one of the largest Approved Housing Bodies (AHBs) in the country.AHBs are licensed to provide and manage social housing. Their use has grown significantly in recent years as local councils significantly cut back on building social housing in the years following the economic collapse.“From getting the letter, I had an interview and was in the house within the two weeks,” Sarah tells TheJournal.ie from her home in Blarney.It’s a really nice place, I feel completely at home here.Túath acquired the 12 new apartments in the estate of Woodfield in Blarney through a leasing arrangement with Nama.Nama and social housing in Cork The occupiers of Apollo House in Dublin – who formed under the banner of the Home Sweet Home campaign – argued last month that buildings under Nama control should be repurposed as accommodation for homeless people and those in need.Nama has to date identified 6,941 properties under its control to be potentially used as social housing across the country. Demand was confirmed by local councils for 2,748 of these (meaning 4,193 are no longer being considered).Investigation: What is Nama doing to help increase social housing supply?The reasons for a council not taking up Nama property offers are varied. In many cases the demand for housing in a particular area just isn’t there. Nama also withdraws a number of the units it offers to be sold on the private market.In other instances, a too-large grouping of social housing in a particular area goes against guidelines for sustainable communities – that is, ensuring that too many social housing units don’t get built-in the same area in order to avoid social exclusion.The Housing Department defines it as “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”.This is a key part of the government’s Housing Action Plan, which states that sustainability is important in order to “avoid repeating the mistakes of the past”. Housing Minister Simon Coveney who launched the plan last year. Source: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ieCork is divided into two local authorities – Cork County Council and Cork City Council.There are currently 4,241 people on the social housing waiting list for Cork County Council.The council has to date been offered 806 units by Nama for use as social housing. Of these, demand has been confirmed for 322, with 307 being completed as of the end of last year.In total, 106 units were rejected by the council (only seven for the sustainable community reason), while 371 of the potential homes were withdrawn by Nama.At Woodfield in Blarney, the 12 units operated by Túath sit at the end of an estate made up of a mix of private and rented houses – the sought after sustainable community.The units are made up of two and three-bedroom homes, mostly for young families. There is also a large garden around the back of the complex. A bike shed set up at Woodfield House. Source: Cormac Fitzgerald/TheJournal.ieTúath places a lot of importance in the sustainable community model.Lisa says that her children fit right into the area. They play with the other children from the building, as well as the other children from the wider estate.“I could see us staying here long-term. It’s a lovely place – homely,” she says.The kids especially – they really enjoy it here. What is Nama doing to help Cork’s housing crisis? We look at how Nama does (and doesn’t) provide social housing in Cork. 32 Comments 15,198 Views Short URL Feb 1st 2017, 12:10 AM http://jrnl.ie/3214830 Children playing during the summer in Woodfield. Source: Tuath HousingTo date, Túath has acquired 446 homes through Nama. Of these, 316 homes (including the Blarney development) were acquired through the special purpose National Asset Residential Property Services (NARPS).Under this scheme, Nama takes direct ownership of properties and then leases them out to a local authority or housing body.In most of the cases (like in Blarney) the properties Nama takes control of are the incomplete units in unfinished housing estates (like ghost estates). With the collapse of the housing market in the late-2000s, many developments were left unfinished across the country.As well as Blarney, Túath has acquired houses across Cork county from Nama – in Mallow, Macroom, Passage West, Midleton and Douglas. Share Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Working in Clark County Hunter Decker forester Clark County Public Works

first_imgAmid the trees that cover more than half of the 6 square miles that make up Camp Bonneville, one might find Hunter Decker carefully tying a pink ribbon to the trunk of a Douglas fir.He’s marking boundaries within “thinning units” — where they’re removing trees to make room for the healthier trees to grow. And it’s also the season for identifying lumber for transmission poles: those tall columns of wood that support power lines.“Timber cruisers” were out on Camp Bonneville grounds on a recent sunny Wednesday morning, looking for ideal trees for future utility poles. Part of Decker’s job, in addition to permitting, is to set up timber sale auctions for Clark County.“We’re thinning the transmission pole trees right now. So, like the ones you see on the side of the road with the power lines — that’s what they’re keying into and we’re selling. They’re going to mark the trees to remove them, then I’ll come give my blessings,” Decker said.Steve Knight has been “cruising” for 20 years and was out looking for ideal timber with a newbie, Melynn Vandehey. They work with McFarland Cascade Holdings Inc., which has corporate headquarters in Tacoma.last_img read more

Environment Minister Dorsett visits oil spill site at Clifton Pier

first_img Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp October 4th, 2014Hon. Kenred DorsettMinister of the Environment and Housing RE: Oil Spill In Waters of New ProvidenceThe Government is aware of an oil spill in waters on the south western end of New Providence, near to Stuarts Cove and Albany. Government officials were on site at Stuarts Cove and Albany to assess the extent of the oil spill and its impact. I want to assure the general public that the Ministry of Transport and Aviation, the Ministry of Environment and Housing, the Department of Environmental Health Services, the BEST Commission and all other relevant agencies have been advised of this incident and dispatched. In addition, the Government has retained international consultants who are expected to arrive in the Capitol on Monday to assist in:1. investigating and confirming the source (s) of the oil spill;2. assess the impact of the oil spill;3. address the mitigation of this spill,4. advise on the preparation of an environmental management plan for the area5. make remediation recommendations.The Clifton area has been plagued with oil spills for many for decades. This Government is resolved and committed to address this vexing problem. END Related Items:albany, bahamas, clifton, dorsett, oil spill, stuarts cove Bahamian music legend gunned down at home in Turks and Caicoscenter_img Hurricane Jose Not A Threat to The Bahamas, For Now Bi-lateral talks with Bahamas to resume, UK gives green light to high-level TCI delegation Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

US Soy Leaders Visit Colombia to Study Potential of Free Trade Agreement

first_imgTwo U.S. Soybean farmers participated in a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) fact-finding mission to Colombia this week.Designed to learn more about the pending Colombia-U.S. FTA and increased opportunities for U.S. soy products, the trip included meetings with government officials, business leaders, union representatives and displaced workers that have been employed by social programs coordinated between the Colombian government and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).”This trip has really shown me the potential benefits of a FTA with Colombia,” Dennis Jaeger, an American Soybean Association (ASA) board member from South Dakota, said. “I wasn’t sure what to expect. I’ve been very impressed with Colombia and its people. They are very passionate about maintaining and improving their relationship with the United States through the free trade agreement. An FTA between the United States and Colombia would strengthen existing trade ties and create jobs in both of our countries.”The trip included two days in Medellin and two days in Bogota. The group received warm welcomes from everyone they met.”The Colombian government and its businesses have made great strides to include corporate social responsibility in their efforts to reintegrate the rural populations into the country. From what I’ve seen, Colombia’s economy will continue to grow and I see great potential for U.S. soy products. It is important to continue to have them as a strong trading partner,” Vanessa Kummer, a United Soybean Board member from North Dakota said.Colombia is a great customer for U.S. soybean products and a great ally to the United States. It is the largest market for U.S. agricultural products in the Americas outside of NAFTA. Without the agreement, U.S. agriculture could lose its dominance in the market. Colombia is finalizing an agreement with Canada and has already completed agreements with Chile, the Andean countries and MERCOSUR. The Colombian government has already indicated that more agreements will come.Over 90 percent of Colombia’s total exports to the United States, and 99.5 percent of its agricultural exports, already enter the United States duty free because of existing trade preferences granted to Andean countries under the Andean Trade Preference Act, as well as under the Generalized System of Preferences system. The Colombia TPA will eliminate duties on U.S. exports to Colombia to provide a more balanced trade relationship between the countries. Thus, this agreement assuredly is in the economic interests of U.S. workers, farmers, and ranchers.last_img read more

Wood Bison Bulls to Join Reintroduced Herd

first_imgA Nenana-based barge line will soon be hauling some unusual cargo.  Twenty-eight wood bison bulls are scheduled to travel on Inland Barge from Nenana to the Innoko River near Shageluk, beginning sometime during the next week.Download Audio:A larger group of cows and calves was delivered to the area by cargo plane earlier this year, and released into the wild on April 3 as part of a long-term effort to reintroduce the species to the wild in Alaska.Fish and Game biologist and pilot Tom Seaton is the Wood Bison Project Leader. He says that the males will be transported in the same shipping containers used to airlift the cows and calves, with some new modifications to make their trip on the barge more comfortable.“We increased ventilation by a significant amount. We now have air conditioning units and fans installed in there. We have a watering facility. If they still get a little bit warm in there after all that, we have misting that we can go from river water so we can keep the containers and the animals damp and cool them down if we have these really hot days. As you can see, we are having high 70s in May which is pretty amazingly warm.”The containers will also give each bull more space to move around compared to the set-up for the cows and calves. Bulls are considerably larger than cows, with some bulls measuring over 10 feet long and weighing over a ton.Two handlers will travel with the bison on the barge to monitor their conditions around the clock. The barge will not stop along the Yukon to deliver additional freight, as it normally would. Instead, it will be moving downriver as quickly as possible to minimize the time the bison have to spend in the containers.Once the barge turns up the Innoko River, Seaton will pilot a surveillance plane to figure out the best unloading site and communicate that information to the barge.“And right now the cows are mainly everywhere from 10 miles downstream of Shageluk on the Innoko to as much as 12 miles upstream from Shageluk. So we will find the best spot where it is safe for the bulls to unload, and it is also close enough to the cows that they can catch scent of the cows when they get off the barge and hopefully they will hook up over time.”The adult and juvenile bison were raised at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center in Portage from Canadian stock.The bulls will be transported by truck from Portage to Nenana, and then transferred to the barge. Inland Barge estimates that the trip to the offloading site will take about four days.last_img read more

Minister hands over enhanced Aasara pension to beneficiaries in

first_imgSuryapet: Minister G Jagadish Reddy advised the leaders and workers of various parties to show their affection for their favorite leaders by planting saplings in their name.On Wednesday, along with District Collector Amoy Kumar, the Minister handed over the enhanced Aasara pensions to beneficiaries at a programme held at Kandagatla village of Atmakur (S) mandal of Suryapet constituency. Also Read – Parts of Hyderabad witness heavy rainfall Advertise With Us Speaking on the occasion, the Minister asked people to not to spoil the environment in the name of presenting bouquets to VIPs. Stating that plants play a key role in ecological balance, he called upon all sections of the society to take active part in Haritha Haram to improve the forest cover in the State. In this programme, Zilla Parishad chairman Gujja Deepika, local public representatives, TRS party local leaders, beneficiaries and villagers took part.last_img read more

Aid postponed amid relentless assault on Syrias Ghouta

first_imgRussian soldiers stand next to a truck on 8 March 2018, at the al-Wafideen checkpoint on the outskirts of Damascus neighbouring the rebel-held Eastern Ghouta region, as they wait for authorisation to allow UN and ICRC aid trucks to enter the rebel-held enclave. AFPAid agencies postponed a convoy of vital food and health supplies to Eastern Ghouta on Thursday, as the Syrian regime pressed a relentless ground and air assault against the rebel enclave.Dozens of people, including many children, were treated overnight for breathing problems and symptoms that medics said were consistent with chlorine attacks, which Western powers have repeatedly warned would not go unpunished.New air strikes on the town of Zamalka killed at least seven civilians, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, bringing the total number of dead in the offensive to more than 900.The aid trucks were meant to bring relief to war-weary civilians living under government siege for five years and now facing a deadly Russian-backed assault.The fighting has prompted international outrage, culminating in the UN Security Council demanding an immediate ceasefire, aid deliveries and evacuations.But with bombardment continuing, a joint convoy between the United Nations, International Committee of the Red Cross and Syrian Arab Red Crescent planned for Thursday could not go through.“The convoy for today is postponed, as the situation is evolving on the ground, which doesn’t allow us to carry out the operation in such conditions,” ICRC spokeswoman Ingy Sedky told AFP.It marks the second time this week that aid operations have been disrupted by military developments, with food deliveries cut short Monday due to bombardment.Ghouta is home to around 400,000 people under siege and is the last opposition-controlled zone on the capital’s outskirts.The Syrian army and allied militias began a fierce bombing campaign on February 18 against Ghouta, followed by a ground offensive.Breathing difficultiesThe campaign has so far recaptured half of rebel-held territory, according to the Observatory, a Britain-based monitor.Towns and villages have fallen in quick succession in recent days, with regime forces on the verge of cutting the remaining rebel-held territory into two isolated pockets.AFP’s correspondent in the town of Hammuriyeh saw motionless bodies lying in the streets on Thursday after a night of ferocious bombing.On Wednesday, volunteers from the civil defence group known as the “White Helmets” were seen trying to douse flames burning two men lying dead on the street next to a motorbike after a strike.Dozens of civilians were treated in the town for breathing difficulties late Wednesday, with medics reporting symptoms consistent with a toxic attack.Doctors at one facility treated at least 29 patients with signs of exposure to chlorine, according to the Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS), which supports hospitals in Eastern Ghouta.It said victims were suffering from shortness of breath, wheezing, and redness of the eyes.Several families were seen trying to reach fresh air late Wednesday on the roof of a four-storey building in Hammuriyeh, after air strikes on their neighbourhood.Parents had stripped their children down and were spraying them with water, fearing toxic substances had been absorbed into their clothes.“I’m going to suffocate,” two children screamed as rescue workers carried them down from the roof for treatment.‘Not authorised’ by SyriaRegime forces have been repeatedly accused of using chlorine on Eastern Ghouta in recent weeks, which both the government and Russia have staunchly denied.Government troops have imposed a siege on Eastern Ghouta since 2013, and deliveries of food and medicine to the zone require permission from all warring sides.The UN’s humanitarian coordination office (OCHA) in Damascus told AFP the convoy could not go through Thursday because it had not received permission from Syrian authorities.“Today, the UN and partners were not able to return to Douma in east Ghouta because the movement of the convoy was not authorised by the Syrian authorities due to security reasons,” said spokeswoman Linda Tom.The UN Security Council on 24 February demanded a 30-day cessation of hostilities but the resolution has done little to bring relief to civilians.Bombardment has continued and on Monday a long-awaited aid delivery was cut short after heavy air strikes.Nearly half of the food aid on the trucks could not be delivered, and the UN said Syrian authorities removed some medical and health supplies from the trucks.The UN’s top body met behind closed doors on Wednesday for three hours in an attempt to shore up the ceasefire.UN peace envoy Staffan de Mistura briefed the meeting and offered to help broker a deal with Russia to allow fighters in Eastern Ghouta to leave, a diplomat said.Rebel groups operating in Eastern Ghouta have so far refused to discuss evacuating the enclave and have been firing rockets and artillery into eastern areas of Damascus in recent weeks, leaving at least 32 dead according to the Observatory.last_img read more

Brysons Passion Keeps PG Countys Spring Sports Awards Swinging

first_imgBy Mark F. Gray, Special to the AFRODr. Rick Bryson has a passion for baseball, kids and athletes.  The Prince George’s County based podiatrist has worked tirelessly to bring attention to swing sports with little support.  Nonetheless, Bryson continues to spend his time and his money to bring attention to high school baseball and softball in a county where those sports have become an afterthought.The Prince George’s County High School Baseball/Softball Awards celebrated its fourth anniversary at Kentland Community Center in Landover honoring the top “swing sports” athletes throughout the county.  Thirty-five players representing public and private schools were recognized for their accomplishments on the diamond, in the classroom and community service.Prince George’s County baseball and softball players are joined by community leaders after the 2018 Awards Banquet at Kentland Community Center in Landover. (Courtesy Photo)When he started the unsanctioned event in 2014, Bryson was hoping to bring baseball and softball out from the shadows of more popular sports in Prince George’s County.  Football and basketball garner more attention, since the area is heavily recruited and many players leave to become accomplished college athletes and ultimately NBA and NFL stars; as a result baseball and softball athletes are given little recognition.“Programs like this capture something that showcases what happens when families get behind their kids,” Bryson told the AFRO.  “Most parents aren’t used to seeing this kind of exposure for their softball or baseball player.”This event was from the days where Bryson was actively involved with a barnstorming traveling youth baseball team that participated in tournaments throughout the mid-Atlantic region based at St. John’s United Methodist Church in Fort Washington.  The team was a collection of players who were passionate about the game and were looking for a chance to compete on an organized team that traveled like AAU basketball or track teams summer programs. His son Blake couldn’t play at T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria and didn’t have his dad’s passion for basketball so he had to make the sacrifice during the late spring and summer to satisfy his enthusiasm for baseball.“Most parents rely on high schools to provide athletes with a platform to compete in sports but if there’s not an opportunity you’ve got to make it happen,” Bryson adds.The awards banquet has grown without the benefit of major sponsorship or the official sanctioning of the Prince George’s County Athletic Association.  While Dr. Bryson’s tenacity and advertisements by elected officials in the souvenir program provide the budget, the banquet may not have survived had it not been for the Bowie Baysox. The Baltimore Orioles AA affiliate legitimized the event by giving it a venue for two previous years that projected credibility to the County’s athletic community.  More coaches have become involved in the process of selecting honorees and parents now see value in exposing their kids to America’s national pastime.“The event works because of the interaction with other entities in the community with the intention of preparing our kids in Prince George’s County for success,” said Bryson.  “Our growth has been helped by getting more support from the coaches as well. We are proving that.”This year’s keynote speaker was Jim Coleman, the president and CEO of the Prince George’s County Economic Development Corporation. Coleman, author of the book Cut the Crap and Close the Gap, used that as the basis for challenging this year’s group of honorees to return home from college with degrees and make a lasting impact on the future of the County. His challenge was for them to think about becoming millionaires in the most affluent African American county in the United States.“Our success is a function of interaction with other entities in the community with the mission of preparing [Prince George’s County] kids for success,” said Bryson.last_img read more

After Weeks of Uncertainty Washington Declares Victory

first_imgBy Matthew Ritchie,  Special to the AFROThe tightest contest of the Maryland State Senate has finally come to a close. On July 6, weeks after the official primary election voting ended, Del. Mary Washington claimed her victory over the incumbent, longtime Sen. Joan Carter Conway, who had represented the 43rd District in the Senate since 1997. Washington announced her win on her Facebook page.Mary Washington is the new State Senator for the 43rd District, replacing longtime power broker Joan Carter Conway. (Courtesy photo)The difference in votes between the two candidates was slim, as Washington  defeated Conway by 492 votes in the 43rd District of East Baltimore. Conway was the chair of the Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee and a powerful member of the Senate. Washington’s victory and subsequent ousting of Conway represents an end of an era in Maryland politics.Conway had the support of the old guard of the Maryland Democrats, Senate President Mike Miller and Baltimore City Mayor Catherine Pugh. Following her defeat, Conway told reporters she will be fine. She had been quoted in the Baltimore Sun as saying, “There’s nothing going to change for Joan,” referring to herself in the third person. “Something will definitely change for Baltimore City.” Before the primary election, Conway had discussed the possibility of retiring from public service.Washington, who has been a member of the Maryland House of Delegates since 2011, looks to bring about distinct change and growth to the 43rd District. In statements made to the Baltimore Sun this past April, Washington made it apparent that she wants to reverse the tide of “backroom” deals in order to get her district the legislation that it deserves. Washington did not return calls to the AFRO.During her 7+ year tenure in the House of Delegates, Washington has established herself as a legislator, advocate, and a fighter. She continually went to battle for her district in order to provide affordable access to water, secure equal funding for Baltimore City schools in the face of rising inequality, and to shield families from foreclosure due to unfair tax sales.Washington’s win allows her to proceed with attempting to fulfill promises to the 43rd District that she made during her campaign.In terms of education, she looks to move forward with the “Kirwan Commission” formula in order to shift public education funding to increase support for schools that have high amounts of concentrated poverty and to promote racial equity. Another one of her education plans is to establish an emergency repair fund for school districts to fix schools with the most urgent needs.She also plans to focus her efforts on improving the communities within her district. She plans to advocate for funding for after-school programs and job training in her district, which she has cited as helping to reduce crime. Washington also wants to abolish mandatory sentencing and will lobby for police reform that is centered on civilian oversight.Economically, she plans to continue to support the movement to provide a living minimum wage at $15 per hour, a cause she supported as a member of the House of Delegates. Washington will also look to ensure that employers that have contracts with the state and large businesses will be required to provide health insurance to their employees.With there being no Republican candidate for the 43rd District, Washington will look to get right to work once she takes office in January 2019.last_img read more

Backpack PCs are officially a thing thanks to VR

first_imgYou won’t be able to fully enjoy the mind-blowing VR experience that’s headed your way soon simply by purchasing an Oculus Rift or Vive headset. You’re going to need a PC. One that you can strap on your back.Sure, you could just buy a VR-capable system that sits on your floor or desk, but why limit yourself with a tower-to-headset tether? Zotac already teased their vision of the perfect VR PC, which they stuffed into a backpack. Now two more major PC OEMs  — HP and MSI — are pitching their own interpretations.For HP’s first backpack PC, they’ve circled back to the Voodoo branding they acquired way back in 2006 (hard to believe it’s been that long, right?). The Omen X stuffs an Intel Skylake Core i5 or i7 processor, a whopping 32GB of RAM, and an Nvidia GPU into a plastic pack that weighs around 10 pounds.There are two batteries hidden inside the Omen X’s belt that provide power — one each for the GPU and the other for the rest of the system. They only last about an hour each, but they can be hot-swapped in the event that you get really wrapped up in your VR session.MSI’s backpack PC isn’t quite as sleek as the Omen X, but it does look like it’s been designed to stand on its own when you’re not using it which is handy. Whatever these things cost when they hit store shelves, you’ll probably want to get more use out of them than just strapping in for VR. The MSI will feature a “high-end” Core i7 processor and an Nvidia GTX 980 GPU. They’ll be showing off the system at Computex in Taipei, which kicks off on Tuesday.One thing no one’s announced about a backpack PC yet: a retail price. It’ll be interesting to see what they think we’ll be willing to spend for a cordless VR rig.last_img read more

Stranded goldsmiths return from Iran

first_imgKolkata: Eleven goldsmiths from West Bengal, who had been stranded in Iran for the past several months, returned on Wednesday following intervention of the Centre. The youths from Hooghly, Cooch Behar, Howrah and Burdwan districts had gone to Iran in February but their travel documents were allegedly seized by their employer, a member of an NGO National Anti-trafficking Committee (NATC) said. The NGO had been trying to bring back the youths since mid-October. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life “We had informed the ministry of external affairs, Prime Ministers Office, West Bengal Chief Minister’s office, ADG CID and Embassy of Islamic Republic of Iran, New Delhi. Finally, their return was possible with the effort of all concerned as the company which had taken them to Iran agreed to pay their air fare following the intervention of MEA,” the NATC member said. “After reaching Iran in February 2018, things were fine in the initial months. But after two months, our salaries were stopped and we had no money to fend for ourselves,” Sheikh Moinuddin, a returnee, said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed The goldsmiths did not receive salaries for almost five months and had to do with little food, the NATC official said adding even their passports were taken away by the owner of the firm, where they worked. “We have been waiting for this moment. Thanks to the MEA and other authorities to come to our aid,” Sheikh Salim, brother-in-law of Sheikh Mounuddin said. Saheed Ali Sheikh of Pandua in Hooghly district, whose son Enamul was among the 11 members who returned, said it was a great relief to see his youngest son back. The 12 goldsmiths were rescued from Chabahar in Iran. While 11 of them returned, one is still stuck due to visa problems.last_img read more

7 Truths for Digital Context

first_img Consumers are becoming increasingly comfortable with tools that share data about them in order to automate an experience. Think of the data shared between Amazon’s Alexa and Google’s Nest to allow a consumer to turn up the heat by simply speaking a voice command. That kind of sharing is permitted by consumers because they value the ability of data sharing to close the gap between thought and action.These context-comfortable consumers also value the benefits they get from connected devices. They love the way that Amazon’s Echo, Apple TV and other very smart tools anticipate their needs. They share personal data willingly because they believe their lives will be better if they give permission to brands they trust.  Approximately 40 percent of consumers today are either high comfort or comfort consumers — and those numbers are growing. Interestingly, these consumers are not necessarily early adopters. Though they are more likely to be younger, Hispanic and African-American men, they don’t fit one demographic.And here’s the rub. While you’re busy working on your omni-channel strategy, you should know that consumers are moving on to the next thing — their own personal data ecosphere. The shift in consumer attitudes toward sharing data with connected devices is the most important shift in digital consumption since the advent of mobility. It is a big deal for marketers and innovators to be thinking about. Your brand will need to fit into a new smart world where app design is secondary to data experience design. Amazon has data. Fitbit has data. Your brand better have some data it can share with consumers too. That’s how you play in a world of context.Related: ‘Big Data’ Is No Longer Enough: It’s Now All About ‘Fast Data’Here are seven truths of digital context that you should be paying attention to.1. A context-aware speaker is not a speaker.The reason consumers will buy a context-aware device like Echo is because of its ability to do far more than serve up songs. The same will be true for your company if you are context-aware. The original job your brand was hired to do is an entry point. They expect you will do so much more now, because you have the data.2. Data design replaces app design.Sure, there will still be apps, just like there are still websites (and pay phones in airports). But increasingly, the consumer will come to expect tools that know them and share data with other tools to produce an anticipatory environment.   3. Get permission for more data types.You can only do more for your consumer if you have more types of data. Location, biometric, brand, environmental control and queue data — digital context is made smarter because of data types. The more you have, the better your tool.Related: Why Entrepreneurs Should Look Beyond Big Data4. Context-aware channels become queues.Consumers love to start things and then put them on hold. They multitask and love lots of choices. To manage that, you need a queue, and you need to learn how to manage things that are in the queue. All blockbuster tools have this knowledge. You do not want your brand kicked out of the consumer’s queues. 5. Your value proposition should be tied to a mode.When wearables and IoT-enabled products start coordinating data functions, the consumer will come to expect that the tools can anticipate the mode he or she is in. One of the best examples of mode design is running mode on Spotify. Try it. You’ll see what I mean.6. Curation and anticipation are linked.Smart tools try to anticipate what the consumer wants based on contextual cues. The biggest mistake Echo, Fitbit, Facebook, Apple or your brand could make is to try to use their smarts to anticipate exactly what you want. Consumers want you to present a set of options based on their context, but not try to give them exactly what you think they want.  Related: Traditional Search is Dying as Sales Organizations Make Way for ‘Context’7. Context-aware brands focus on positive engagement.Tools designed to create a smart home, car, store, city or travel experience that don’t understand principles of positive psychology and engagement will be rejected. You need to stop focusing on loyalty and start understanding positive engagement because consumer expectations for context go way beyond delivering the functional benefits and rewards you that your current business model is based on.Amazon, Apple, Google, and Facebook understand where digital context is headed. They are going to try to own the home environment. As a consumer, I wish them the best success! I look forward to capabilities they and others will create. As a marketer, I worry for most brands. I don’t think most companies understand just how big of a shift they need to make in order to play in the next marketplace. Just as mobility caught companies off guard, digital context catching companies by surprise. 5 min read Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Register Now » Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. June 23, 2016last_img read more

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first_img 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 | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 05, 2019 Digital Health Devices Used at Point of Care May Improve Diagnostic Certainty A West Virginia-based rural medical outreach event showcased the use of point-of-care technology in an ambulatory… read more 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 August 26, 2009 – SuperSonic Imagine announced today the FDA has granted 510(k) clearance for its Aixplorer ultrasound system and will begin to market and deliver the device in the United States. Aixplorer offers MultiWave Technology, which is based upon interaction between conventional longitudinal waves and shear waves in tissue. The system consists of an all software-based architecture which provides both impeccable B-mode images and, for the first time, displays tissue stiffness or elasticity information using shear waves. As stiffness is an additional parameter which characterizes tissue, Aixplorer brings clinicians significantly enhanced diagnostic information.Aixplorer’s SonicSoftware, the power behind MultiWave Technology, has leverage the technology in the graphic games industry and the latest generation of multi-core processors to provide a complete ultrasound system with enhanced speed, accuracy and flexibility. The innovation is said to provide improved B-mode image clarity and an open door to new imaging modalities.Speed, accuracy and flexibility play a large role in what many regard as Aixplorer’s outstanding B-mode image quality. It brings fundamental improvements to traditional imaging by software that improves conspicuity, lateral and contrast resolution and delineation of structures to better characterize tissue. MultiWave imaging also supports TissueTuner, a tool to adjust the system’s parameters to accurately match the speed of sound in the tissue being imaged.While shear waves naturally exist in the human body, SuperSonic Imagine’s development of new MultiWave ultrasound technology produces images which leverage the interaction between longitudinal waves or B-Mode with shear waves. Aixplorer can generate, capture and compute shear wave velocity resulting in the bi-dimensional display of true tissue elasticity.ShearWave Elastography is different from conventional or strain elastography which relies on manual compression for palpation and is therefore subjective and operator dependent. Instead, ShearWave Elastography is user-skill independent as it does not rely on compression but is based on the simultaneous use of both ultrasound waves and shear waves to assess tissue stiffness. ShearWave Elastography uses remote palpation to provide an objective assessment of tissue stiffness in real time using color-coded mapping. In addition, results are reproducible and lesions can be monitored over time.Aixplorer is designed to offer the following:• lesion characterization through clarity, improved conspicuity, and better delineation of normal and abnormal structures• sharper borders and superior lateral and contrast resolution in different tissue densities from fatty to dense• simultaneous resolution while in B-mode, Color and Power Doppler• imaging in ShearWave Elastography displaying local tissue elasticity in real time• reproducible results that can be tracked over time• user skill independence• time-saving easy upgrades of software• easy reporting with software-integrated BI-RADS• intuitive ergonomic design for comfort and ease of useFor more information: www.supersonicimagine.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Aixplorer 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 09, 2019 360 Degree View of a Mitral Valve Ultrasound Exam on a Vivid E95 System A view of a mitral valve on a GE Healthcare Vivid E95 … read more Technology | August 26, 2009 FDA Clears Aixplorer Ultrasound with MultiWave Technology News | Ultrasound Women’s Health | July 11, 2019 FDA Clears Koios DS Breast 2.0 AI-based Software Koios Medical announced its second 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Technology | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | July 02, 2019 Philips Extends Advanced Automation on Epiq CVx Cardiovascular Ultrasound Platform Philips recently announced new advanced automation capabilities on its Epiq CVx and Epiq CVxi cardiac ultrasound… read more News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 26, 2019 Intelligent Ultrasound Group Collaborating With the National Imaging Academy Wales Artificial intelligence (AI)-based ultrasound software and simulation company Intelligent Ultrasound Group plc (AIM:… read more read more News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 31, 2019 Studies Confirm Clinical Value of ShearWave Elastography for Liver Fibrosis Evaluation SuperSonic Imagine announced the publication of the results of its prospective multicentric clinical study conducted in… read more Related Content The ScanTrainer transvaginal simulator is one example of Intelligent Ultrasound’s simulation technologies. 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 08, 2019 360 Degree View of an Echocardiography Exam on the SC2000 System This is a 360 degree view of a live cardiac echo demonstration for the Siemens Healthineers Acuson SC2000… read more 3D Auto RV application image courtesy of Philips Healthcare 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 11, 2019 360 Degree View of a Smartphone Performing a Cardiac Ultrasound Exam This 360 degree photo shows a basic, point-of-care cardiac echocardiogram being performed using a smartphone turned i read more last_img read more

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first_img 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 Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD 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 Technology | September 24, 2013 Elekta’s Monaco 5.0 Consolidates Treatment Planning Capabilities in One System New workflow and system architecture designed to improve processing speed, enhance planning productivity The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. 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 September 24, 2013 — Elekta has introduced Monaco 5.0, which consolidates support for clinically useful delivery techniques in a single treatment planning system, and features refinements to planning speed and precision.”This latest Monaco release brings together the best capabilities of Elekta’s treatment planning portfolio into a single planning system to achieve a greater level of convenience and clinical versatility for the radiation oncology team,” says Todd Powell, Executive Vice President of Elekta Software. “And, with a new system architecture, sophisticated treatment plans can now be developed with speeds often not attainable with previous planning systems.”Relying on an advanced Monte Carlo dose engine, Monaco is now a comprehensive treatment planning system, supporting the full breadth of radiation therapy techniques, including volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT), image guided radiation therapy (IMRT), and 3-D conformal radiation therapy. The system is equipped for advanced stereotactic therapies, such as stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) and stereotactic radiotherapy (SRT), with added planning support for specialized beam shaping devices, including circular cones. For more information: www.elekta.com/Monaco FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 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 Related Content 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 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 | 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 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 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.  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 | 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 | 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 morelast_img read more

Sydney Airport wins Skytrax global airport award

first_imgChris Evans accepts Skytrax awardSydney Airport wins Skytrax global airport awardSydney Airport voted Best Airport in Australia/Pacific Region as part of 2018 Skytrax World Airport AwardsAwards based on more than 13.7 million airport survey questionnairesAirports assessed on range of service and product performance indicatorsSydney Airport has been voted the top airport in the Australia/Pacific region by customers participating in one of the largest global customer satisfaction surveys.The airport was recognised at this week’s Skytrax World Airport Awards in Stockholm.Skytrax notes that its World Airport Awards assess customer service and facilities across 550 airports and are based on more than 13.7 million survey questionnaires completed by travellers of more than 100 nationalities.Sydney Airport CEO Geoff Culbert was delighted by the news.“To receive this level of global recognition makes me proud of the work the team has undertaken to improve the customer experience at Sydney Airport,” he said.“We’ve made significant improvements to meet the needs of our customers and to be recognised through this award is humbling. It also inspires us to continue to focus on making our customers’ experience easier and more enjoyable as they travel.“We’ve come a long way, but we still have more to do.”Highlighting recent customer initiatives, Mr Culbert noted that: “Over the last 12 months, we’ve implemented a range of measures to build on this experience for our customers; from improving wayfinding using technology and digital channels, to a more contemporary offering of food and beverages concepts and retail brands in our refurbished terminals.”Earlier this month, Sydney Airport also introduced automated check-in and bag drop zones in parts of the T1 International terminal, reducing the processing time for our customers.Mr Culbert also emphasised the continued role that innovation would play in the ongoing experience of customers at Sydney Airport.“The implementation of Chinese navigation app Baidu Maps, our partnerships with Google and Apple Maps, and the launch of our WeChat channel and Chinese-language website are all examples of how we’re creating a more meaningful experience for our international visitors,” he said.“This year will also see the introduction of biometrics processing, allowing passengers to check-in and board flights using their face as a boarding pass and passport.”Skytrax CEO Edward Plaisted said: “We congratulate Sydney Airport for their success in winning this important customer satisfaction award for 2018, amidst some serious competition particularly from airports in Australia. It demonstrates how much Sydney Airport continues to improve standards of customer service to be recognised as the Best Airport in the Australia/Pacific region.”The Skytrax award adds to Sydney Airport’s 2017 Capital City Airport of the Year award from the Australian Airports Association.ABOUT SYDNEY AIRPORTSydney Airport is Australia’s gateway airport, serving more than 43 million passengers a year and connecting Sydney to a network of over 100 international, domestic and regional destinations.Located just eight kilometres from the city centre, Sydney Airport contributes $30.8 billion in economic activity a year, equivalent to 6.4 per cent of the NSW economy. Sydney Airport is a major employer in NSW, generating more than 306,700 direct and indirect jobs, equivalent to 8.9 per cent of NSW employment. Some 29,000 of these jobs are at the airport itself.Source = Sydney Airportlast_img read more

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