APTN National NewsThe leader of the Enoch Cree Nation announced there may be unexploded munitions on their land.Part of their land was used as a practice bombing range during the Second World War.On Tuesday, Enoch’s chief called on Canada to investigate.APTN’s Keith Laboucan has this story.
WASHINGTON – The Federal Reserve is set this week to raise interest rates for a third time this year to prevent the economy from growing too fast. But with President Donald Trump’s trade fights posing a risk to the U.S. economy, the Fed may soon be ready to slow its hikes.Many analysts expect the economy to weaken next year, in part from the effects of the conflicts Trump has pursued with China, Canada, Europe and other trading partners. The tariffs and counter-tariffs that have been imposed on imports and exports is having the effect of raising prices for key goods and supplies and potentially slowing growth.An economic slowdown would likely lead the Fed to throttle back on its rate increases to avoid stifling growth. In that scenario, it might raise rates only twice in 2019 and then retreat to the sidelines to see how the economy fares.Compounding the effects of the tariffs and retaliatory tariffs resulting from Trump’s trade war, other factors could slow growth next year. The benefits of tax cuts that took effect this year, along with increased government spending, for example, are widely expected to fade.Still, some analysts hold to a more optimistic scenario: That momentum already built up from the government’s economic stimulus will keep strengthening the job market and lowering unemployment — at 3.9 per cent, already near a 50-year low. A tight employment market, in this scenario, will accelerate wages and inflation and prod the Fed to keep tightening credit to ensure that the economy doesn’t overheat.Any light the Fed might shed on those questions could come in the statement it will make after its latest policy meeting ends Wednesday, in updated economic and rate forecasts it will issue or in a news conference that Chairman Jerome Powell will hold afterward.The modest rate increase that’s widely expected reflects the continued strength of the U.S. economy, now in its 10th year of expansion, the second-longest such stretch on record. Most analysts also expect the Fed to signal that it plans to raise rates a fourth and final time this year, presumably in December. The Fed’s rate increases typically lead to higher rates on some consumer and business loans.Should neither Powell nor the Fed itself clarify expectations for the months ahead, it could be because the policymakers are sharply divided and are coalescing into two familiar opposing groups — “hawks” and “doves.”Doves focus on the Fed’s mandate to maximize employment and worry less about inflation. Hawks tend to concern themselves more with the need to prevent high inflation. One Fed board member, Lael Brainard, a leading dove, earlier this month surprised some with a speech that emphasized her belief in the need for continued gradual rate hikes.This week’s expected hike will be the Fed’s eighth since 2015, when it began tightening credit after having kept its benchmark rate at a record low for seven years beginning in 2008 at the height of the financial crisis.Even so, the Fed’s key short-term rate, a benchmark for many consumer and business loans, remains in a relatively low range of 1.75 per cent to 2 per cent. By its latest reckoning, the Fed estimates its “neutral rate” — the point where it’s thought to neither stimulate nor restrain growth — at around 2.9 per cent. Two more hikes this year and two in 2019 would lift the Fed’s benchmark rate to that level.In her speech, Brainard suggested that the Fed might eventually see a need to exceed the neutral rate — an unexpected observation from an official who has never been seen as a hawk. But Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Analytics, said Brainard’s suggestion doesn’t seem all that surprising given the economic circumstances.“She realizes that the economy is in a different place,” Zandi said. “We have had massive tax cuts and massive increases in government spending that were not even on the radar screen in early 2017.”The economy, as measured by the gross domestic product, is expected to grow 3 per cent for 2018 as a whole. That would mark the strongest full-year gain in 13 years. For the first nine years of the economic expansion, annual GDP growth averaged only around 2.2 per cent.The robust job market has helped make consumers, the main drivers of growth, more confident than they’ve been in nearly 18 years. Business investment is up. Americans are spending freely on cars, clothes and restaurant meals.All the good news has helped fuel a stock market rally. Household wealth is up, too. It reached a record in the April-June quarter, although the gain is concentrated largely among the most affluent.It’s that strength that has convinced economists that there will be little debate about raising rates this week.“For 2018, both the economy and the stock market are sizzling,” said Sung Won Sohn, chief economist at SS Economics, a consulting firm. “That means the Fed will stay with the four rate hikes they have indicated they will make this year.Next year is far less clear. Many economists worry that Trump’s combative trade policies could significantly slow the economy. Trump insists that the tariffs he is imposing on Chinese imports, to which Beijing has retaliated, are needed to force China to halt unfair trading practices. But concern is growing that China won’t change its practices, the higher tariffs on U.S. and Chinese goods will become permanent and both economies — the world’s two largest — will suffer.Powell has so far been circumspect in reflecting on Trump’s trade war. The Fed chairman has suggested that while higher tariffs are generally harmful, they could serve a healthy purpose if they eventually force Beijing to liberalize its trade practices.In the meantime, economists are divided over how many Fed rate increases are likely in 2019. Sohn foresees three. But Diane Swonk, chief economist at Grant Thornton, said she thinks the Fed will slow its pace to two hikes next year.“I think the higher tariffs will start to impact the economy,” Swonk said. “But I don’t think the Fed will signal any changes in its expected pace of interest rates at this meeting. The Fed will want to wait and react to changes in the economy.”
LONDON — The Latest on Britain’s exit from the European Union (all times local):10:55 a.m.Germany’s finance minister says Berlin still hopes for a regulated British exit from the European Union but that the country is also prepared for the possibility of a Brexit without a negotiated deal.Olaf Scholz, who is also the vice chancellor, was quoted by the Passauer Neue Presse newspaper Friday as saying that an unregulated Brexit would be bad for everyone, and hit the British the worst.But, he says, “we are preparing ourselves very carefully for both variants, the controlled and the uncontrolled Brexit. Both present us with challenges, but we can and will manage them.”___10:00 a.m.European Union diplomats are meeting to finalize the draft divorce agreement between Britain and the bloc, amid a warning from Spain that it will oppose the deal if it isn’t guaranteed a say over the future of Gibraltar.Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez tweeted that Britain and Spain “remain far away” on the issue and “if there are no changes, we will veto Brexit.”Spain wants the future of the tiny British territory at the tip of the Iberian Peninsula to be a bilateral issue between Madrid and London.Spain doesn’t have a veto on the withdrawal agreement, which does not have to be approved unanimously. But it could hold up a future free-trade deal between Britain and the EU, which would require approval of all 27 EU nations.The Associated Press
Rabat – The National Meteorological Directorate (DMN) issued today a weather alert for Monday and Sunday, stating that rain and thunderstorms are likely to hit some regions, including the Rabat-Salé province.A warning for strong thunderstorms on May 6 and May 7 was issued for Khenifra, Khouribga, Ifrane, Beni Mellal, Fqih Ben Saleh, Azilal, Kelaa Sraghna, Al Haouz, Chichaoua, Marrakech, Rehamna, Settat, Berrechid, Benslimane and Khemisset.The note added that local strong thunderstorms will hit from Sunday 10:00 p.m to Monday 12:00 p.m. the cities of Kenitra, Larache, Rabat-Sale region, Skhirate, Temera, Mohammedia, Casablanca, Nouacer, Berrechid, Ben Slimane, Settat, Khouribga, Khemisset, Khenifra, Fqih Ben Saleh, Kelaa Sraghna, Rehamna, Youssoufia, Safi and Sidi Bennour. Stormy showers will sometimes be accompanied by hailstorms and gusts of wind in the said provinces and will persist, the afternoon of Monday, on the reliefs of the upper and middle Atlas and their western plains, according to the note.DMN forecast on Saturday cloudy and rainy conditions throughout the country. Yesterday’s statement forecasted low-level clouds and rain showers in the east, Rif, and High and the Middle Atlas, with moderate winds.
2 February 2011Illicit trade in counterfeit goods and piracy of intellectual property not only cost global economies more than $1 trillion each year and put more than two million jobs at risk but threaten the lives, health and safety of consumers worldwide, a United Nations-backed meeting was told today. Over 800 delegates from intergovernmental organizations, governments, enforcement agencies and business from more than 100 countries convened in Paris to address the problem at the Sixth Global Congress on Combating Counterfeiting and Piracy, hosted by France’s Industrial Property Office (INPI) and chaired by the UN World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).The two-day meeting, co-organized by INPI, WIPO, the international police agency INTERPOL, and the World Customs Organization (WCO) in cooperation with the global business community represented by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), will discuss a full spectrum of issues ranging from pirated patents to potentially lethal fake medicines. “New research to be reported at the Congress will show that the total impact of this illicit trade in fakes is staggering, with more than $1 trillion in annual losses to global economies, governments and consumers and potentially more than two million jobs at risk,” ICC Secretary General Jean-Guy Carrier said, calling on all stakeholders to find new and creative solutions.“Counterfeiting and piracy continue to generate massive economic and employment dislocations at a time when governments are most hard pressed to maintain economic stability and create jobs,” he stressed.Highlighting the recent Operation Jupiter during which counterfeit goods worth more than $200 million were seized and nearly 1,000 people arrested, INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble cited the benefits of combining public-private sector expertise. “INTERPOL has steadily increased its efforts and resource commitment to combat counterfeiting and piracy producing tangible results worldwide, not least in protecting the public from potentially lethal fakes and counterfeits,” he said. Opening the meeting, WIPO Director General Francis Gurry said the Congress represents an outstanding opportunity for the public and private sector to come together and provide international leadership.“Under the theme of ‘Building Respect for Intellectual Property,’ this Congress addresses the overlapping social, economic and political dimensions of counterfeiting and piracy, and the need for targeted, integrated responses from a variety of actors,” he added.INPI Director General Yves Lapierre noted the devastating effects of the scourge both on the health and safety of consumers as well as the economy, while INTA President Gerhard Bauer said that in today’s interconnected world, these risks are no longer isolated to one country, region, demographic or economic class.“This is why the Global Congress on Combating Counterfeiting and Piracy is so important,” said Mr. Bauer.“It allows committed governments and organizations from all over the world to strengthen their coordinated efforts to combat counterfeiting, and to further educate the public on the economic, social and health risks posed by these crimes.”Overall, the Congress will seek to create a better understanding of the elements underlying the trade in illegitimate goods, and discuss sustainable solutions to end it.
President Maithripala Sirisena has appointed a cabinet sub-committee to look into the fuel issue.Minister Duminda Dissanayake said that the sub-committee cabinet sub-committee will recommend solutions to address the issue. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe told Parliament today that a petrol shipment from India is scheduled to arrive in the country on Thursday apart from the shipment expected tomorrow. (Colombo Gazette)
Sentry Investments to pay $1.5M to settle charges of improper sales practices by The Canadian Press Posted Apr 5, 2017 3:48 pm MDT Last Updated Apr 5, 2017 at 4:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Sentry Investments says it will pay a penalty of $1.5 million to the Ontario Securities Commission to settle allegations that it engaged in improper sales practices by giving extravagant gifts to dealers selling its financial products between 2011 and last year.The Toronto investment firm says it has also agreed to pay OSC investigation costs of $150,000 and replace CEO Sean Driscoll — in January, it appointed president and chief operating officer Philip Yuzpe in Driscoll’s place.The commission says Sentry gave “excessive non-monetary benefits” to dealing representatives at a mutual fund conference at a Beverly Hills mansion in 2015 — including dinner, an open bar, Dom Perignon, jewelry and free golf, adding up to more than US$1,000 per guest.Sentry was also accused of providing gifts such as concert and sporting event tickets, including Montreal Grand Prix Formula One race tickets, as well as birthday, Christmas and baby gifts, to top sellers of Sentry products.In a news release, Yuzpe says Sentry accepts full responsibility and has hired a consulting firm to review and recommend improvements to policies, practices and internal controls.The OSC says Driscoll agreed to pay Sentry $100,000 in a reparation payment, is prohibited from acting as a mutual fund company director or officer for a number of years and must take a course on regulatory compliance.“We have learned from this experience and our company will be better for it,” said Yuzpe in Sentry’s statement.
Search teams looking for the missing plane of Emiliano Sala and Dave Ibbotson have narrowed their investigation to a pocket of sea just four square nautical miles in size, as they hope to recover the wreckage on Sunday.David Mearns, a renowned shipwreck hunter is leading the privately funded search in the Morven survey vessel, alongside an 80m long ship called the Geo Ocean III, brought in by the Air Accident Investigation Branch.According to Mr Mears, the AAIB has pinpointed an area of sea where the plane was last picked up on radar, around 24 nautical miles north of Guernsey, and the search vessels are due to arrive in the area early this morning.Speaking on Saturday at St Peter Port, Guernsey, Mr Mearns said of the footballer’s relatives: “The family are devastated and they are struggling with what’s happened. “What we are doing is trying to provide some answers for them.” “Two by two is a fairly small pocket of water so we should have a fair amount of confidence that we’re going to go out there and find it.”Mr Mears added that the teams will operate 24 hours a day, saying: “It doesn’t matter who finds it. It’s that it’s found.”Both Morven and the other search vessel have multi-beam echosounders and side-scan sonar, which can detect anomalies on the seabed.They will tow the sonar equipment at four knots in a grid pattern through area in a fashion Mr Mearns likened to “mowing the lawn”. If anything is detected, a remotely operated submersible fitted with cameras and lights will be sent down to identify if it is the Piper Malibu plane wreckage.The single-engine aircraft carrying the Argentinian forward left Nantes airport in north west France at around 7.15pm on Monday, January 20, and was en route to Cardiff, where Sala was looking forward to joining up with his new teammates.Just after an hour into the flight, pilot Dave Ibbotson, 60, asked air traffic control to reduce altitude from 5,000 ft to 2,300 feet.But a short time later the Guernsey coastguard was alerted after the aircraft disappeared from radar screens. After seat covers were from the plane were found to have washed up on a French beach last week, Mr Mears said: “The plane has clearly broken up, and that implies a hard impact on the water surface, so we know we’re looking for a plane that is broken and a debris field. 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. An initial search for the plane was abandoned after four days after nothing was found. Cardiff City players wore t-shirts bearing Sala’s face as they warmed up ahead of their match against Bournemouth on Saturday.Striker Bobby Reid opened the scoring and dedicated his goal to the Argentinian by holding up a picture of the footballer to the fans. David Mearns, right, with Emiliano Sala’s family, will lead the search on a vessel called MorvenCredit:Joe Giddens/PA
PewDiePie Pulls $50,000 Pledge to Anti-Hate Group After Fan BacklashPolice Arrest Dutch YouTubers for Trespassing Area 51 Site The “Momo Challenge” is back: Police in the U.K. are issuing warnings to parents after the creepy digital game, which encourages self-harm and destructive behavior, reappeared on WhatsApp.Last year, the “Momo Challenge” rose to international fame after it spammed several social media platforms, including WhatsApp, Instagram, and Facebook. The hoax game, which encourages participants to engage in violent activities and was most likely created by hackers, unfortunately led to injuries and suicides among young students, and prompted law enforcement, schools, and communities to take action against it.Earlier this week, parents in the U.K. discovered the “Momo Challenge” again on WhatsApp and other social media platforms, CBS News reported. Police and law enforcement officials are aware of the viral game, and warned parents about its harmful consequences. Stay on target “Our advice as always, is to supervise the games your kids play and be extremely mindful of the videos they are watching on YouTube,” the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) wrote in a Facebook post. “Ensure that the devices they have access to are restricted to age suitable content.”U.K. schools, including the Northcott Community Special School in Hull, also cautioned parents about the “Momo Challenge” and how it can appear on social media platforms and online games, such as Fortnite.IMPORTANT: we are aware that some nasty challenges (Momo challenge) are hacking into children’s programmes Challenges appear midway through Kids YouTube, Fortnight, Peppa pig to avoid detection by adults. Please be vigilant with your child using IT, images are very disturbing— Northcott School Hull (@NorthcottSchool) February 26, 2019While police and schools are raising awareness on the creepy “Momo Challenge,” digital platforms, such as WhatsApp and YouTube, are also taking action to curb the game on their apps and websites.“Our Community Guidelines prohibit harmful and dangerous challenges, including promoting the “Momo Challenge,” and we remove this content quickly when flagged to us,” a YouTube spokesperson told CBS News.Even though the “Momo Challenge” won’t probably disappear anytime soon, it’s important for parents worldwide to know about the dangers of this game on their kids’ physical and mental health.If you want to talk to someone or are experiencing suicidal thoughts, text the Crisis Text Line at 741-741 or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. For international resources, this list is a good place to start.More on Geek.com:‘Momo Challenge,’ a Creepy Viral Game, Prompts Social Media WarningsWatch: Japanese Company Creates Traffic Safety Video for Cats Attempted Mummy Smuggling Thwarted at Cairo Airport
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Foreign minister AH Mahmood Ali. File PhotoForeign minister AH Mahmood Ali on Wednesday said the international community is much closer to Bangladesh than ever before over the Rohingya crisis which, he claims, an outcome of its diplomacy, reports UNB.”We’re working and the results are visible,” he told a press conference at the foreign ministry.The minister said there is no reason to think that China and Russia are against Bangladesh or in favour of Myanmar, making it clear that these two countries are with Bangladesh.Mahmood Ali said all the countries supported the Kofi Annan Commission’s report which means all the countries are with Bangladesh.”It’s not so easy,” the foreign minister said indicating that the solution to the Rohingya crisis will not come overnight.”We’re working to find a peaceful solution. We’ve kept nothing left. If necessary, we’ll send special envoys (to specific countries),” he added.Explaining progress over the Rohingya issue, Mahmood Ali said there had been no open meeting at the UN Security Council (due to opposition from members) in the past. Now such meetings on the issue are being held. This is also a progress.”The foreign minister said he will go to Myanmar after the home minister’s visit.He mentioned that two MoUs will be signed during the home minister’s Myanmar visit. “We’ll be able to resolve border-related problems [as well]. “Over 590,000 Rohingyas have entered Bangladesh since 25 August amid relentless persecution in Myanmar’s Rakhine state.Foreign secretary M Shahidul Haque and senior officials of the ministry were present at the press briefing.
Offering an opportunity to art enthusiasts and critics to connect with works of renowned Indian artists, Dr Meenu Kumar, Founder Cosmo Arts India Gallery, is coming up with an artistic evening titled ‘Cosmic Voyage – A journey through Galaxy of Indian Art’. The art show which will be held at Indian Habitat Centre, aims to foster meaningful contemporary art and traditional Indian art forms.Artists showcasing their artwork are A Balasubramaniam, Alka Raghuvanshi, Dr Meenu Kumar, Satish Gujaral, Seema Kohli,JeramPatel, Jogen Choudhary, Justin Ponmany, T Vaikuntam,T V Santosh, MF Husain, to name a few. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfCommenting on the exhibition, Dr Meenu says, “In our manifested world where we are digitising and pacing with ever faster technology, an artist makes us pause with his creativity, dwells deeper, in the extremity of un manifested, where they are no more potent to visualise and comprehend the premise. The timeless ingenuity of the great art captures the richness of the soul.” “The great piece of art stands eternal in this cosmos with each stroke of creativity and curated with the life force as though imitating the authentic design of being by the Divine Forces. It is eventually amalgamated with spirit of the creator and observer both and is ecstatic,” she adds.
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 The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. 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 News | September 21, 2008 Early Aggressive Treatment Increases Survival for Many Brain Tumor Patients 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 | 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 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. Related Content Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD 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 | 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 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 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 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 September 22, 2008 – Early aggressive treatment with chemotherapy prior to radiotherapy may prolong survival for patients with anaplastic oligodendrogliomas according to new research from the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG) presented at ASTRO 2008. RTOG, an NCI-funded national clinical trials group, is a clinical research component of the American College of Radiology (ACR).Longer-term results of an RTOG study show that administering chemotherapy prior to radiotherapy increased survival for oligodendroglioma patients. Progression-free survival also improved for those receiving the neoadjuvant chemotherapy, a benefit most evident in those whose tumors have deletions of chromosomes 1p and 19q.“Our research, while providing some answers for patients with oligodendrogliomas, shows that longer follow-up and genetic profiles will be necessary to provide definitive answers for determining initial treatment strategies,” said Gregory Cairncross, M.D., of the University of Calgary Foothills Medical Centre in Calgary, Canada.RTOG 9402, a phase III study, enrolled 299 anaplastic oligodendroglioma patients from July 1994 until March 2002 at 104 academic and community facilities in the U.S. and Canada. Patients were randomized to receive either standard radiotherapy alone or four cycles of neoadjuvant chemotherapy using procarbazine, lomustine, and vincristine followed by standard radiotherapy. The unadjusted estimated five-year overall survival rate for all patients entered on the study was slightly better for those who received neoadjuvant chemotherapy (49 vs. 46 percent). The adjusted five-year survival rate is significantly different favoring the experimental arm (hazard ratio = 0.66; 95 percent confidence interval (0.46, 0.95); p value = 0.02). For progression-free survival, the unadjusted estimated five-year rate for all patients entered on the study was significantly better for those who received neoadjuvant chemotherapy (37 vs. 22 percent; p value = 0.003). The adjusted five-year overall progression-free survival was also significantly different favoring the experimental arm (hazard ratio = 0.57; 95 percent confidence interval (0.41, 0.79); p value = 0.02).Molecular analysis of oligodendrogliomas divides these tumors into two groups – those with deletion of both chromosomes 1p and 19q and those without. RTOG research has shown that patients with the deletions have a better response to treatment and overall survival. RTOG 9402 data reports that patients with the deletion had a median survival of 8.7 years vs. 2.7 years for those without the co-deletion (p For more information: www.rtog.org, www.acr.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 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
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Feature | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 19, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr DR Advances Promote Imaging of Whole Spine Recent advances in… read more March3, 2009 – Virginia Governor Tim Kaine has signed HB 1939 into law making Virginia the 24th state to license, regulate or recognize the radiologist assistant as a member of the radiology health care team.This statute, which takes effect on July 1, 2009, provides for the licensure of radiologist assistants as individuals who have met the requirements of the Board of Medicine for licensure as advanced-level radiologic technologists. While under the direct supervision of a licensed doctor of medicine or osteopathy specializing in the field of radiology, RAs will be allowed to:- Assess and evaluate the physiological and psychological responsiveness of patients undergoing radiologic procedures. – Evaluate image quality, make initial observations and communicate observations to the supervising radiologist. – Administer contrast media or other medications prescribed by the supervising radiologist. – Perform or assist the supervising radiologist who is performing any other procedures consistent with the guidelines adopted by the American College of Radiology, the American Society of Radiologic Technologists and the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. “We are excited that radiologist assistants will be licensed by the state of Virginia and able to assist radiologists with providing patient care,” said Christine J. 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Can you tell when someone is lying? read more Advances in long-length digital radiography are creating opportunities for visualization during spinal surgery, as well as pre- and post-operatively. Image courtesy of Fujifilm Medical Systems Demand for ultrasound scans at U.S. outpatient centers could grow by double digits over the next five years, according to a speaker at AHRA 2019. A variety of factors, however, could cause projections for this and other modalities to change. Graphic courtesy of Pixabay 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 Videos | Computed Tomography (CT) | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: New Advances in CT Imaging Technology Cynthia McColl… read more A 3-D printed model (left) and a model constructed in augmented reality (right), both of a kidney with a tumor. 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Related posts:Obama to pledge $3 billion for new UN climate change fund China surpasses EU on per-capita pollution, pushes CO2 to record Hundreds of thousands rally worldwide over climate change After 11 days of talks, a climate agreement For 140 years, the Rockefellers were the oil industry’s first family, scions of a business empire that spawned companies called Exxon, Mobil, Amoco and Chevron. So it was no trivial matter when a group of Rockefeller heirs decided recently to begin severing financial ties to fossil fuels.“There is a moral imperative to preserve a healthy planet,” said Valerie Rockefeller Wayne, a great-great-granddaughter of oil magnate John D. Rockefeller, Sr. and a trustee in the largest charitable foundation in which the family still plays the leading role.On Monday, the foundation, known as the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, will formally announce plans to begin divesting itself of fossil-fuel stocks, citing concerns about climate change. The symbolic cutting of ties to a key part of the family’s heritage is being timed with the start of another symbolism-laden event: a gathering of world leaders to grapple with the environmental consequences of decades of fossil-fuel burning.U.S. President Barack Obama will join heads of state from more than 120 countries Tuesday at an unusual climate summit convened by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. The meeting in New York is aimed at persuading governments to do more to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases in the face of new evidence of an accelerating buildup of heat-trapping carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.The high-level gathering — the biggest since a troubled round of international climate negotiations in Copenhagen five years ago — is likely to underscore the diplomatic and political difficulties ahead as the governments seek to hammer out a treaty limiting global greenhouse gas emissions by late next year. The Obama administration separately faces tough negotiations with overseas trading partners China and India over proposed cuts in fossil-fuel burning, while also defending its climate policies against attacks from Republican opponents in Washington.But the perception of halting progress on climate politics stands in sharp contrast with an increasingly energetic movement that will be on display on the summit’s periphery. An unlikely coalition of groups — including corporate executives, philanthropists and urban planners — are in New York this week to showcase practical steps being implemented to address the causes of climate change and mitigate its effects.Entrepreneurs and businesses will promote technology breakthroughs that are making wind and solar power competitive with more traditional energy sources in some parts of the country. And investors and foundations with collective holdings in the tens of billions of dollars will formally join a global “divest-invest” movement that seeks to shift capital from fossil-fuel extraction to renewable energy. John D. Rockefeller, Jr., circa 1915. (U.S. Library of Congress/Wikimedia Commons)New participants in the movement, such as the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, say their decision reflects not only concerns about the environment but also a belief that renewables are becoming an increasingly sound investment at a time of growing uncertainty about the future of fossil fuels such as coal.“The action we’re taking is symbolism but it is important symbolism,” said Stephen Heintz, the president of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, which controls nearly $900 million in assets. “We’re making a moral case, but also, increasingly, an economic case.”The summit’s formal events are playing out against a boisterous backdrop that includes thousands of activists and protesters. On Sunday, a crowd estimated by organizers at more than 300,000 marched through central Manhattan in what was believed to be the biggest climate-related demonstration ever held. The massive rally, which was mirrored by smaller protests in other cities around the globe, drew not only environmental activists but also university students, labor groups, A-list Hollywood celebrities such as actors Leonardo DiCaprio and Mark Ruffalo, and politicians including New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, D.“Our mission is to make this a decisive moment and a turning-point moment, and I felt today that I was seeing history starting to be made,” De Blasio told reporters.But several key names are missing from this week’s summit. China, the world’s biggest emitter of greenhouse gases, will be represented by its vice premier, Zhang Gaoli, rather than President Xi Jinping. India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi likewise will skip the gathering, although he is expected to discuss climate change during an official visit to the White House this month. Several European governments are being represented by foreign ministers or other senior cabinet officers.The absences of the heads of state of some of the world’s biggest emitters of greenhouse gases has led skeptics of the U.N. climate treaty process to belittle the New York gathering as a meaningless exercise in public relations.“President Obama has pledged to be at the Summit. The leaders of China, India, Australia, Germany, Canada, among others, have better things to do,” Patrick Michaels, a climatologist at the Cato Institute, a libertarian-leaning think tank, wrote in a blog post last week.The Obama administration is seeking to use the summit to showcase its achievements in reducing U.S. carbon emissions while publicly urging other countries to do more. The White House will tout efforts to raise fuel-economy standards for the automotive industry and reduce pollution from coal-burning utilities, as well as more recent, voluntary initiatives to encourage investment in solar energy and phase out production of heat-trapping hydrofluorocarbons widely used in air conditioners.“We are taking the summit seriously, both to show the world that the United States is committed to leading the fight against climate change and to call on other leaders to do the same,” White House counselor John Podesta told reporters last week.While acknowledging formidable challenges in international climate negotiations as well as from a skeptical Congress, administration officials say they plan a more aggressive push in the weeks ahead. Adding urgency, the officials said, are new scientific findings that show record growth in concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, along with new evidence of changes in weather patterns and ocean chemistry. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration last week reported that, despite unusually cool weather in the eastern United States, global average temperatures over the summer were the highest since detailed record-keeping began in the 1880s, putting 2014 on a track for being the hottest year in historical time.“Across the country and around the world, people are grappling with drought and wildfires and severe weather,” Podesta said. “So we don’t have time to dabble in climate denial.” Land and ocean temperature departure from average in August 2014, with respect to a 1981-2010 base period. (NOAA/The Washington Post)The increased emphasis on climate change also reflects shifting political realities. While large majorities in the U.S. Congress — including nearly all Republicans and many leading Democrats — have voiced opposition to binding international treaties on greenhouse-gas emissions, opinion polls have showed growing concern over climate change in a year in which the Northeast continues to repair the damage from 2012’s Hurricane Sandy, while the country’s Western half wilts under epic heat and record droughts.“The administration is beginning to see a large political opportunity as the GOP appears stuck in what I call ‘climate nihilism,’ ” said Paul Bledsoe, a former Clinton White House climate aide now a senior fellow on energy at the German Marshall Fund. “On both political and policy grounds, they see a need to be aggressive and to prompt popular activism and international action.”The shifting politics is partially a reflection of a transformation in the priorities and tactics of environmental groups leading the fight for more aggressive climate policies. Once dominated by legal, legislative and regulatory strategists, the major environmental organizations have poured money into local politics while also attempting to broaden their base, encouraging people at local levels to engage in civil disobedience as well as fund-raising and legal action.The green movement was galvanized by the fight over the proposed Keystone Pipeline, as activists, led by Middlebury College Professor Bill McKibben, seized on the controversy to mobilize college students and encourage divestment to block construction of the proposed conduit that would transfer crude from Canadian oil sands to refineries in the Gulf of Mexico. Other major groups, such as the Sierra Club and the Natural Resources Defense Council, have increasingly promoted citizen activism to protest coal-burning projects. On the electoral front, the League of Conservation Voters plans to spend $25 million in this election cycle, five times more than it did in the 2010 midterm elections, with much of the money going to state contests.Key industries also have shown increased sensitivity to climate politics, agreeing in some cases to work with the Obama administration in adopting voluntary curbs on emissions. On Monday, the State Department will trumpet an initiative that commits companies to taking further steps to reduce methane emissions from oil and natural gas operations. In the 10 months since State Department officials first approached energy firms about its Climate and Clean Air Coalition Oil and Gas Methane Partnership, six have agreed to take part, including Southwestern Energy, the fourth-largest U.S. natural gas producer, as well as the British firm BG Group and Norway’s Statoil.“We believe that it’s much better that the companies are proactive,” said Helge Lund, chief executive of Statoil. “In that way, perhaps we’ll be able to impact the direction so we can have as rational and market-based solutions as possible.”The recent decisions by energy firms and elite financial organizations have helped reinforce perceptions of a cultural shift, even though the divest movement has not significantly altered the course of big oil and gas companies that remain convinced that the increasing appetite for energy in rapidly developing nations will outpace any increase in renewable energy. Still, on the eve of the U.N. summit, leaders of the divest-invest initiative prepared to release a long list of new participants in a campaign that now includes 180 institutions and local governments as well as nearly 700 individuals, collectively representing $50 billion in assets. Of the many additions, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund stood out because of historical ties to one of the world’s great oil empires.Wayne, the Rockefeller descendant now on the fund’s board of trustees, said her foundation would first divest its assets from industries involved in coal and tar-sands mining, followed by a more gradual disengagement from other fossil-fuel stocks. Some family members continue to hold stock in Exxon Mobil — a modern descendant of the Standard Oil company co-founded by her great-great-grandfather in the 1870s — and several have used their status as shareholders to launch proxy campaigns to encourage the company to adopt more environmentally friendly policies, Wayne said.“This is part of a natural progression for us,” said Wayne, who marched Sunday with her three children in the pre-summit demonstration in New York.Wayne said she felt certain that her famous ancestor would approve. In their lifetimes, both the Standard Oil founder and his son, the philanthropist John D. Rockefeller Jr., were ardent supporters of conservation causes, purchasing huge swaths of ranch land and donating them to the federal government to create some of the U.S.’ first wilderness preserves for future generations to enjoy.If the elder Rockefeller were alive today, she said, he would be “investing in alternative energy sources and renewables right now.”Steven Mufson covers energy and other financial news.© 2014, The Washington Post Facebook Comments
The Pakistani military denied responsibility, saying in a statement that none of its troops had fired across the cease-fire line on Indian positions.The firing took place in Poonch sector, about 180 kilometers (110 miles) southwest of Srinagar, the summer capital of the Indian-controlled portion of Kashmir.Kashmir is divided between India and Pakistan. Both claim it in entirety and have fought two wars over the region since 1947.The longtime rivals signed a 2003 cease-fire accord that has mostly held. Each side occasionally accuses the other of violating it by firing mortars or gunshots across the “Line of Control” dividing Kashmir between them.India accuses Pakistan of arming and training Kashmiri insurgents who have been fighting since 1989 for Kashmir’s independence or merger with Pakistan, a charge Islamabad denies. More than 68,000 people, mostly civilians, have been killed in the fighting.Although the rebellion has largely been suppressed by Indian troops in recent years, public resentment against Indian rule remains deep and the resistance is now principally expressed through street protests.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like Men’s health affects baby’s health too Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation Comments Share Top Stories Sponsored Stories SRINAGAR, India (AP) – India’s army said one of its officers was killed Friday in an unprovoked firing from across the cease-fire line with Pakistan in disputed Kashmir.S.N. Acharya, an army spokesman, said it was not yet known whether the firing was from Pakistani troops or Kashmiri insurgents trying to infiltrate into Indian-held territory.The attackers used small arms and fired grenades that damaged an Indian army bunker and killed the officer, Acharya said. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement
FILE – This Aug. 17, 2007 file photo shows the interior of the Satin Dolls strip club, which served as the filming location for the Bada Bing strip club scenes for “The Sopranos,” series in Lodi, N.J. The club has been ordered to shut down as authorities investigate alleged real-life crimes. New Jersey Attorney General Christopher Porrino announced that Satin Dolls and another club owned by the same family must stop live entertainment this month and sell their liquor licenses by Jan. 3. (AP Photo/Mike Derer, File) by The Associated Press Posted Dec 7, 2017 1:06 pm PDT Last Updated Dec 7, 2017 at 2:00 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email LODI, N.J. – A New Jersey strip club that served as a favourite hangout for fictional mobsters in HBO’s “The Sopranos” has been ordered to shut down as authorities investigate possible real-life crimes.Scenes at the show’s fictional Bada Bing club were shot inside Satin Dolls in Lodi. On Thursday, New Jersey Attorney General Christopher Porrino announced that Satin Dolls and another club owned by the same family must stop live entertainment this month and sell their liquor licenses by Jan. 3.Investigators from the Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control allege that former owner Anthony Cardinalle continued to run the clubs despite being barred from doing so and that the clubs failed to account for large amounts of cash moving in and out.Earlier this year, they accused Satin Dolls of criminal solicitation of prostitution and lewd activity involving “audience participation.” Those charges are pending.“Illegal activity was glorified at the ‘Bada Bing’ in the fictional world of Tony Soprano, but it has no place in modern-day New Jersey,” Porrino said in a news release. “It’s time to shut it down.”A phone listing for Cardinalle rang unanswered Thursday.Porrino said the clubs have been under investigation for more than six years as the Cardinalles tried to retain ownership despite an order to transfer the liquor licenses to a third party.“The Cardinalles may have wanted to keep the business in the family, but that’s not how it works,” Porrino said. “Their continued flouting of Alcoholic Beverage Control laws cannot and will not be tolerated.”Anthony Cardinalle pleaded guilty in 2013 in a racketeering conspiracy linked to the Genovese crime family. In 1995, he admitted to evading taxes by not reporting cash income from clubs. Bada bing! New Jersey whacks ‘Sopranos’ strip club
A man arrested late on Wednesday in Dromolaxia in connection with the import of four kilos of cannabis was remanded in police custody for eight days on Thursday while police are still looking for another man.According to a police statement, around 5pm a 25-year-old resident of Larnaca picked up a package at a courier service in Dromolaxia which had arrived from Greece.Members of the drug squad who stopped him after he left found four kilos of cannabis in the parcel.It was addressed to another person and the 25-year-old told police he was going to hand it over to a 30-year-old man from Larnaca.In possession of the 25-year-old a mobile phone and two cards were found, one of which with the number that was written on the package as the recipient’s contact telephone number.The arrested man is believed to be part of a drug-trafficking gang. He gave the drug squad a number of explanations which will be investigated.Police will also search two houses in Dromolaxia and take statements from friends and family of the suspect and from the courier service. Europol will be asked for help with the case.An arrest warrant was issued against the 30-year-old who is wanted by police.You May LikeLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoYahoo SearchThe Early Signs Of Type 2 Diabetes. Search Type 2 Diabetes TreatmentsYahoo SearchUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
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