APTN National NewsAPTN first told you the story of Evan Maud in December 2010.At the time Maud alleged the Winnipeg police took him on what is known as a “starlight tour” where police pick someone up and drop them off outside of city limits forcing them to walk back.An investigation determined the complaint was untrue and Maud was charged with mischief.Thursday, he made a public apology to police.
New Delhi: Afghanistan chief selector Dawlat Khan Ahmadzai Tuesday justified the unexpected sacking of ODI skipper Asghar Afghan ahead of the World Cup, saying the decision was taken looking at the long-term future of the team. The three-member selection panel led by Ahmadzai announced three captains for three formats last month, in a move that led to unrest in the team with star players Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi openly voicing their concerns over the timing of the decision. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: Rijiju”We realised that we can’t win the World Cup at this moment under Asghar’s captaincy or anyone else who would have been in charge. We made the decision not just thinking about this World Cup, we are thinking about the 2023 edition. “We will be getting 10 matches with full members and we feel it will provide perfect training for the new captain (Gulbadin Naib),” said Ahmadzai, who is a former Afghanistan fast bowler, in response to a PTI query. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai MastersAsked about the need for announcing split captaincy less than two months from the World Cup, the chief selector said: “Like you are expressing your concern to me, there were concerns expressed by the players (Rashid and Nabi) and the entire issue was handled professionally. “They felt it was not the right time to change captaincy but later understood that it was in the best interest of the team.” Asghar was the captain in all formats but now Naib will lead the team in the 50-over World Cup, Rashid in T20s and Rahmat Shah in Tests. Ahmadzai insisted Naib is the right choice to captain Afghanistan in ODIs. “The team members, including Rashid and Nabi, are now happy for Gulbadin. He is not a new man. He has been playing for 17 years and has captaincy experience at the first-class and U-19 level. “Asghar himself has said that Gulbadin is like his younger brother who believes that Asghar’s experience will come in handy in the World Cup. They are a united front now. Changes happen. Sri Lanka also changed their captain,” said Ahmadzai referring to Naib, who has played 52 ODIs and 38 T20 Internationals. On a lighter note, Afghanistan CEO Asadullah Khan, who was sitting alongside the chief selector, said: “M S Dhoni also plays under Virat Kohli.” Leggie Rashid is Afghanistan’s biggest star at the moment, having tasted success in leagues all around the world including the IPL. Asked why he was not chosen to lead the team in the World Cup beginning May 30 in the UK, Ahmadzai said: “Rashid is not ready for all formats but he is ready for T20. He is too busy playing (all around the world).” The team, which made its World Cup debut in 2015, is currently preparing in South Africa. The chief selector said the aim is to make the last-four of the mega event and surprise a few teams.
30 April 2008Marking the 60th anniversary of the Universal Postal Union (UPU) as a United Nations agency, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has highlighted the important role of postal services, especially at a time when hundreds of millions of people have relocated from their country of origin and are anxious to share news and resources with their relatives. Marking the 60th anniversary of the Universal Postal Union (UPU) as a United Nations agency, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has highlighted the important role of postal services, especially at a time when hundreds of millions of people have relocated from their country of origin and are anxious to share news and resources with their relatives. “You may be one of the smallest specialized agencies, but the work you are doing is key to the broader mission of our Organization,” Mr. Ban said on Monday while at the UPU’s headquarters in Bern, Switzerland. The Secretary-General said that the postal sector makes a well-known contribution to development, and pointed out that the UPU helps developing countries develop trade-related infrastructure and supply capacity, especially in Africa. “The capacity of postal services to provide information, goods and fund transfers can lend valuable support to the growth of small businesses in developing countries and help them to access markets in industrialized States,” he stated. The UPU is the primary forum for cooperation between national postal services. It establishes the rules for international mail exchange among its 191 members and makes recommendations on increasing the volume of mail, and on improving the quality of services. Each year, 5 million postal workers deliver over 433 billion letters domestically, and 5.5 billion internationally, as well as over 6 billion parcels.
TORONTO — Canada Pension Plan Investment Board announced a deal Friday to buy a Houston-based real estate investment trust for US$1.2 billion.Under the agreement, shareholders of Parkway Inc. will receive a total of US$23.05 per share, including a $4 special dividend to be paid before the deal closes.Parkway owns a portfolio of 19 office buildings in Houston.CPPIB says Parkway fits well with its long-term real estate strategy and gives it additional scale in the Texas city.The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter, subject to approval from Parkway’s shareholders.Private equity firm TPG Capital and its affiliates, which own 9.8 per cent of Parkway’s common stock, have agreed to support the deal.
Dozens of fake degree certificate websites have been shut down as part of a major crackdown on fraudulent university awards.It comes as the head of an investigatory body warns of the danger of “degree selfies”.Higher Education Degree Datacheck (Hedd) has identified 220 bogus higher education institutions universities which sell fake degree certificates and non-existent courses.Jayne Rowley, deputy chief executive of Prospects, said they are particularly concerned by what she termed the “Twitter selfie problem”. Graduates at Birmingham University line up for their group photograph to be takenCredit:Andrew Fox Student receives degree at Newcastle UniversityCredit:Newcastle University Any potentially illegal activity is referred on to Trading Standards or the police, if it is based in the UK. For overseas outfits, Hedd alerts the relevant authority in that particular country.Ms Rowley said: “Some are copycat websites, where they have a similar name to an existing universities, like Cambridgeshire University or Manchester Open University.“Some advertise ‘distance learning’ courses and send fake coursework assignments by email. People are being conned out of thousands, thinking they are actually studying.”While fake university sites in the UK tend to be individuals running them out of their homes, there are far more sophisticated operations overseas and in some cases are multi-million pound businesses.Last year a company based in Pakistan was shut down after allegedly making millions of pounds from selling fake university degrees. 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. “This plays into the hands of fraudsters,” Ms Rowley told The Telegraph. “If someone wants to copy the certificate, they will be able to tell what colour the certificate is, what it looks like, the Vice Chancellor’s signature and so on.”“In the summer we spent a lot of time contacting universities to tell students not to pose with their certificates and then put the pictures of social media.”Hedd, which was has received funding from the Department for Education since June 2015 to monitor and investigate potentially fraudulent operations, has so far been responsible for 40 bogus websites being shut down.
As part of the 25th edition of the Corporate Exploration Strategies (CES) study, SNL profiles each company budgeting at least $50 million for exploration. In 2014, these 39 larger players had budgeted a total of $4.33 billion and accounted for 40% of the $10.74 billion worldwide exploration total. Geographically, the larger players have allocated their budgets somewhat differently than the overall group of 1,961 companies. The top ten target countries for the larger players are the same as for the overall group. However, for the larger players Chile replaces Canada as the primary exploration destination, as their Chilean budgets account for a much larger share (12%) than the entire industry’s share (7%), reflecting the significant presence of major copper miners in the relatively secure Latin American country.This latest detailed report profiles 35 major mining companies, along with more concise profiles of four additional companies, one each from the other four categories — junior (Ivanhoe Mines Ltd.), intermediate (Philex Mining Corp.), government (China National Gold Group Corp.) and other (Sumitomo Metal Mining Co. Ltd.). These 39 larger players budgeted a total of US$4.33 billion and accounted for 40% of the US$10.74 billion worldwide exploration total.The top 10 explorers in 2014 include one copper producer (Antofagasta Plc), three diversified majors (Vale SA, Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton Ltd.), five major precious metal producers (Barrick Gold Corp., AngloGold Ashanti Ltd., Goldcorp Inc., Newmont Mining Corp. and Fresnillo Plc) and one diamond miner (OJSC ALROSA).Chile-based copper producer Antofagasta has the world’s largest nonferrous exploration budget in 2014 at US$249 million. Its allocation is 36% less than the US$390 million budgeted by BHP Billiton Ltd., the top explorer in 2013. On par with US$250 million spent in 2013, Antofagasta’s 2014 program is growth-oriented, with late-stage and feasibility work featured at 45% of the budget. A strong grassroots effort, budgeted at US$75 million, includes programs in the Americas, Europe, Africa and Australia.In second place, Vale is the largest explorer among the diversified majors; allocations of US$227 million are focused largely on Latin America and Brazil in particular, with an emphasis on late-stage work. Vale continues to challenge OJSC MMC Norilsk Nickel for the title of world’s top nickel producer; its output of 260,200 tonnes in 2013 was just 25,000 tonnes short of the 285,000 tonnes produced by the Russian miner. Vale also considers copper one of its core commodities, although production growth has been more gradual. Significant exploration expenditures are also directed to fertilizers in Brazil and Peru.Mexico’s silver-gold producer Fresnillo is third with US$225 million, comprising US$157 million for gold and US$68 million for silver. Formed through a spinoff of Industrias Peñoles SAB de CV’s precious metals assets, Fresnillo is the world’s largest primary silver producer and one of Mexico’s largest gold producers. Directed almost entirely to Mexico, Fresnillo’s budget is spread fairly evenly between all stages of exploration, with a slight emphasis on advancing several pipeline projects.Toronto-based Barrick Gold is in fourth place with allocations of US$220 million. Although the world’s largest gold miner has unsparingly trimmed its portfolio of mines and development projects, its 2014 budget is down 29% from last year’s allocation (only slightly more than the 26% global decrease), but is an increase from US$201 million actually spent in 2013. Barrick is directing about 50% of its exploration effort to North America, mainly toward its Goldrush discovery in Nevada, and 25% to South America, with a focus on Argentina and Chile.Rounding out the world’s top five explorers is Russian diamond producer ALROSA, with US$215 million for all stages of exploration, almost entirely in Russia. One of the world’s two largest diamond miners, ALROSA produces about 28% of the world’s rough diamonds by value, and holds about a third of the world’s total diamond reserves.In sixth place, London-based Rio Tinto’s 2014 exploration program emphasizes grassroots work, with this accounting for 64% of the total (minesite exploration is accounted for by individual operating units). Although its 2014 exploration budget is down about 20% year over year, the US$211 million allocation is up 15% from the US$183 million actually spent in 2013. Rio Tinto takes a long view regarding exploration, with horizons spanning 20 years or more. Its program is designed to identify low-cost, large-scale new operations, known as Tier 1 discoveries, embracing a broad range of commodities. The exploration group aims to recoup 100% of its greenfields expenditure through the sale of smaller, Tier 2 deposits.BHP Billiton dropped from first to seventh place as it reduced its exploration budget 47% to US$205 million. The company cut minesite expenditures by just 16%, while slashing late-stage work by 73% and grassroots programs by 59%. By maintaining strict financial discipline and increasing internal competition for capital, BHP Billiton intends to create a more capital-efficient organization. As it becomes more focused on its major basins, fewer projects will pass through its investment tollgates, and prospective returns for its favored projects will increase.The three remaining top 10 explorers are major gold miners, but the focus of each exploration program differs significantly. AngloGold Ashanti’s US$195 million budget favors late-stage development, while Goldcorp’s US$190 million allocation is focused on replacing ounces at producing mines. Newmont Mining’s US$186 million budget emphasizes brownfields work, although it has this year’s largest grassroots gold allocation at US$67 million. Nine of the top 10 explorers from 2013 remain on the list in 2014, although the rankings have shifted considerably. Joining the top 10 this year is Vancouver, Canada-based Goldcorp, its US$190 million budget down just 4% year on year. With three significant development projects coming online, Goldcorp’s production is expected to increase by as much as 50% over the next two years. It remains focused on exploration at and around its existing mines, with minesite work garnering 80% of the 2014 budget. Goldcorp performs only minimal early stage exploration — budgeted at US$18 million in 2014 — preferring to let juniors or joint-venture partners identify and advance grassroots discoveries through the pre-feasibility stage.Dropping from 10th to 13th place was Freeport-McMoRan Inc., with a 50% decrease in its 2014 exploration budget. Although it continues to favor near-mine exploration in the large mineral districts where it currently operates, its US$52.9 million grassroots budget emphasizes exploration in Europe, the Americas, Pacific/Southeast Asia and Africa.The largest percentage drop in allocations within the larger players came from Johannesburg-based Gold Fields Ltd. The company’s US$85 million budget, weighted heavily toward brownfields work almost entirely in Australia, was down by more than 53% year on year, lowering its ranking from 12th to 19th place. Gold Fields shuttered its Growth and International Projects division in November 2013, and announced a drastic cutback of its greenfields exploration portfolio. A highly focused prioritization process now ranks growth projects located at or near its existing producing assets.Newcrest Mining Ltd.’s US$78 million budget was down 51%, dropping it to 23rd place from 14th. Allocations were cut across the board, with the breakdowns by target and stage left largely unchanged. After the company booked an A$2.2 billion loss in fiscal 2014, Newcrest CEO Sandeep Biswas outlined three areas of focus going forward: operating discipline, free cash flow and profitable growth. According to Biswas, “Cash is king, and time is money, and these are the things that are being pushed throughout the organization.”Four companies with sharply higher budgets entered the “larger players” group in 2014 — Philex Mining (up 100%), Southern Copper Corp. (up 66%), Saudi Arabian Mining Co. (up 57%) and Oz Minerals Ltd. (up 25%). Lima, Peru-based Compañía de Minas Buenaventura SAA’s allocation increased by 66%, raising it to 14th place from 32nd.Other companies with increased budgets include French uranium giant AREVA SA (up 36%) and Ivanhoe Mines Ltd. (up 13%). Several companies dropped from the list due to dramatic cutbacks in their budgets, including Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. (down 85%), Sabina Gold & Silver Corp. (down 70%), Votorantim Industrial SA (down 64%), Cameco Corp. (down 53%) and Hochschild Mining Plc (down 46%). Together, the larger players contributed 40% of the worldwide exploration total in 2014, with gold representing 41%, copper 32% (41% base metals) and 7% each for diamonds and other targets, including silver, potash, phosphates and manganese. Two of the larger players, ALROSA and De Beers SA, accounted for 69% of worldwide diamond exploration. The 25 larger players with gold exploration budgets were responsible for 39% of worldwide gold allocations. In the middle, the group’s copper explorers accounted for just over half of the total copper budget.Conventional wisdom holds that the major companies leave grassroots exploration to the juniors. It may therefore be surprising that the larger players contributed 40% of all greenfields allocations in 2014. A persistent financing drought has squeezed juniors’ budgeting to the point that the majors have become the biggest drivers of early stage exploration. Similarly, the larger players traditionally dominate minesite spending; in 2014, however, they account for only 51% of the near-mine work as their investors demand improved returns over growth. It is also interesting to note that the major players are responsible for just 32% of late-stage exploration and feasibility work.Geographically, the larger players allocated their budgets somewhat differently than the overall group of 1,961 companies. The top 10 target countries for the larger players were the same as for the overall group; however, for the larger players Chile replaced Canada as the primary exploration destination, as their Chilean budgets accounted for a much larger share (12%) than the entire industry’s share (6.6%), reflecting the significant presence of major copper miners in the relatively secure Latin American country.Two mature jurisdictions, Canada and Australia, garnered much smaller percentages (10% and 7.5% respectively) of the larger players’ budgets than the shares allocated by the entire industry (14% and 12% respectively), as junior and intermediate companies contributed a considerable portion of the exploration dollars spent in these countries. The United States also dropped in the rankings, although budgets by the larger players accounted for a greater share (8.4%) of the total than the share allocated by the group of 1,961 companies (7.1%). Russia moved up in the rankings, from eighth to fourth place, with 79% of its total allocations coming from larger major players. Conversely, China, where 56 companies with allocations of less than US$20 million contributed 53% of the total, dropped from sixth to 10th place.
The winners are Newmont Global and Improvements and Electric Pulse Breakage Technology as CEEC announces 2017 dual CEEC Medal winners. This year CEEC celebrates two outstanding publications, acknowledging exceptional research advances and outstanding leadership in operational improvement.In 2017, the winner of the CEEC Medal in the Technical Research category is Fengnian (Frank) Shi, Weiran Zuo and Emmy Manlapig for their paper titled Pre-concentration of copper ores by high voltage pulses. Part 2: Opportunities and challenges”, published by Minerals Engineering in 2015.In 2017, the winner of the CEEC Medal in the Operations category is Grinding Circuit Practices at Newmont by Aidan Giblett and Steven Hart, presented at the AusIMM’s Mill Operators Conference in 2016.The CEEC Medal is a prestigious annual award for the most outstanding published papers, articles or case studies profiling beneficial strategies for eco-efficient comminution and mineral processing.In 2017, nominations for the 2017 CEEC medal were submitted from a wide number of conferences and technical publications from around the globe. Nominations were impressive not only in terms of the record number of papers nominated but also in the quality of the papers. The CEEC Medal Evaluation Committee reviewed nominated papers assessing aspects such as applicability, supporting research and documentation, prospective impact, potential energy savings, and presentation style.This year the competition was extraordinarily high and the assessments very close, with nine of the 18 papers within close ranking to be potential winners. Although all papers ranked highly, Frank Shi and his team’s winning paper in the Technical Research category outlined an approach to preconcentrating copper ores by high voltage pulses which is a potential game-changer technology, with potential to transform the energy efficiency and productivity of mining and mineral processing operations. SMI-JKMRC are initiating a collaboratively sponsored research program with the objective of realising this potential.Equally, Giblett and Hart’s winning paper in the Operational category shared Newmont’s challenges and approach to improvement in grinding practices across 12 operations worldwide. This was an exceptional contribution to the global mining industry by sharing learnings, practical solutions applied to different situations and clear guidance on how to reduce risks and improve performance. This provides important insights for the global mining sector on effective operations, optimisation approaches and design and test work improvement that may significantly improve productivity and energy efficiency at other operations worldwide.CEEC also acknowledged the following exceptional shortlisted nominations. High Commendations were conferred to the authors of the following exceptional publication demonstrating excellence in the Technical Research category:C G Kelsey and J R Kelly for their paper titled Super-fine crushing – Pivotal comminution technology from IMP Technologies Pty Ltd, presented and published at International Mineral Processing Congress 2016 in Quebec City, Canada.High Commendations were conferred to the authors of the following exceptional publications demonstrating excellence in the Operations category:G R Ballantyne, N Clarke, P Elms, A Anyimadu and M S Powell for their paper Application of Research Principles to Identify Process Improvement at Sunrise Dam Gold Mine, presented and published at MetPlant 2015 in Perth, AustraliaA Giblett and M Daniel for their paper titled Global Mining Standards and Guidelines for Determining Comminution Circuit Efficiency, presented and published at The AusIMM’s 2016 Mill Operators Conference in Perth, AustraliaC Carrasco, L Keeney, T J Napier-Munn and P Bode for their paper titled Unlocking additional value by optimising comminution strategies to process Grade Engineering® streams”, published in Minerals Engineering journal 103-104 (2017), 2-10J –F Dupont, J McMullen and D Rose for their paper titled The Effect of Choke Feeding a Gyratory Crusher on Throughput and Product Size, presented and published at the 49th Annual Canadian Mineral Processors Operators Conference in Ottawa 2017.The for the 2018 CEEC Medal will open on October 15. Details on the process and requirements can now be found on CEEC’s web site.CEEC Director and Medal Evaluation Committee Chair, Dr Zeljka Pokrajcic stated: “Giblett and Hart’s paper is an outstanding example of approaches to successfully improve grinding performance in different mines, plants and locations, for a range of ore characteristics and circuit configurations. It serves as an inspiration to operators tackling operational challenges, and wanting to improve productivity and performance.“Shi et al’s work is a genuinely disruptive development that attacks many fronts: sizing, liberation, reduction, and downstream energy and productivity. It has potential to significantly change the way mining companies liberate valuable minerals. It has the potential to disrupt and significantly advance processing approaches and energy consumption.”“CEEC sincerely thanks all who nominated for the 2017 CEEC Medal. This year saw a record number of submissions with exceptional quality. We strongly encourage continued excellence demonstrated by all authors and groups working in the pivotal area of comminution and mineral processing. Finding and sharing solutions may transform future productivity and offer transformational energy efficient and sustainable minerals production for the world.”CEEC’s CEO Alison Keogh: “Although SelFrag and Shi’s team’s high voltage pulse particle breakage technology approach is early-stage, the impact if successful could be broad and far-reaching. Shi, Zuo and Manlapig’s outstanding publication outlines an exciting, potential industry-changing advance in energy-efficient comminution and mining.”“By supporting Giblett and Hart to share their learnings, Newmont is demonstrating leadership to the global mining industry, and a commitment to improvement, innovation and collaboration. Newmont via Giblett and Hart passes on experiences learnt by Newmont over the past 15 years, fostering collaboration and information sharing. Newmont’s willingness to share this information and collaborate deserves strong recognition and special mention.”“CEEC congratulates the medal winners and highly commended shortlisted nominees for publishing outstanding contributions to the industry. CEEC is proud to share leading advances and successful operational approaches to help global mining companies find the best solutions for their operations. Smart crushing, grinding and complementary technologies can improve costs, reduce footprint, reduce energy intensity and enhance productivity.”CEEC, a global not-for-profit company, is funded wholly by valued sponsorship from the mineral industry – Anglo American, Antofagasta Minerals, Ausenco, Barrick Gold, Bechtel, CITIC-HIC, CRC Ore, Donhad, FL Smidth, Freeport McMoran, Gekko Systems, Glencore Technology, Goldcorp, Hatch, Metso, New Gold Inc, Orica, Oz Minerals, PETRA Data Science, Sandvik, Steinert, TOMS Institute and Weir Minerals.
PORTLAND — A tornado struck an Oregon beach town Friday, sending debris flying and toppling power lines and trees as strong winds and heavy rain walloped the Pacific Northwest.Thousands of people were without power as utility crews in the region prepared for what’s expected to be an even rougher storm on Saturday.In Seattle, a 4-year-old boy and his father were injured by a falling tree branch. The Seattle Fire Department said the child suffered serious injuries and the father minor injuries. The Coast Guard and other agency officials near Port Angeles had made the first of several trips to rescue 40 teenagers and six adults who became stranded at an outdoor recreation camp after they lost power and downed trees blocked their way out.The tornado was reported on the northern Oregon coast. Tillamook County Sheriff Andy Long said it touched down in the city of Manzanita about 8:20 a.m. There were no reports of injuries.
News Behind The Board: Colombia’s Natalia Ramirez behind-board-natalia-ramirez-talks-opportunity-vision-and-mentorship Facebook The audio engineer and vocal tuning specialist discusses her path to the studio, working with GRAMMY-winning producer Julio Reyes Copello and moreJennifer VelezGRAMMYs Apr 12, 2019 – 5:24 pm Natalia Ramirez has worked on records by some of the biggest names in Latin music including Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony, Alejandro Sanz and more, but, as someone who began as an engineering student and was eventually taken under the wing of GRAMMY-winning producer Julio Reyes Copello, she’s never lost sight of how fortunate she’s been to have the chance to work with artists at that level. Behind The Board: Natalia Ramirez Talks Opportunity, Vision And Mentorship NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Apr 12, 2019 – 5:20 pm Behind The Board: Natalia Ramirez Email Twitter “When I was a student I never thought I would end up here in Miami in this recording studio with such a mentor, working with these artists,” Ramirez says in the latest installment of the Recording Academy’s Behind The Board. “Sometimes I think that it is super important to never take for granted all of those things and never lose sight of the big picture.”The Colombian native, who has also worked with Natasha Bedingfield, grew up around music. The daughter of a musician and younger sister to an audio engineer, she says she can’t think of herself without thinking of music and knew she wanted to do audio engineering after working on an intensive project with GRAMMY-nominated singer/songwriter Kany Garcia as a student. As a vocal tuning specialist, she uses her musicianship and engineering skills to keep the vocal tracks she works with feeling organic.”The challenge is always like what can I touch that is not gonna make it sound artificial or that is not gonna make it go away from the genre because you always want to respect what that particular [genre] is,” she says.To learn more about Ramirez’s career and techniques, watch the video above.Amanda Davis Is Getting More Women Of Color Behind The Mixing Board
Hundreds of people gathered on Anchorage’s Park Strip for the 2018 Women’s March. (Emily Russell/Alaska Public Media)From Anchorage to Unalaska, Kodiak to Cordova, Alaskans took to the streets over the weekend for the second-annual Women’s March. The march came on the one-year anniversary of President Donald Trump’s inauguration.Listen nowMarchers said they came out to protest the president’s agenda – even in a state that gave Trump 51% of the vote in 2016.On a clear, cold day in downtown Anchorage, civil rights activist Shirley Mae Springer-Staten belted into the microphone in front of her.At first, the crowd of hundreds was hesitant to sing along.“So your part is simply, ‘Turn me ’round.’ Can you say that back to me?” Sprinter-Staten asked?The crowd obliged.“That was a good start,” Springer-Staten said encouragingly.Events like this were held across the state. In Nome, people in fur-lined parkas marched down Front Street.In Nome, a group of 40 people marched down Front Street. (Photo: Gabe Colombo, KNOM)“I think it’s been a hard year for a lot of folks,” Nome resident Nikki Braem said. “Some of the events have been dismaying, but there’s hope,” Braem said.That idea of hope and positivity was echoed by Nome’s Marty Ruud.“My philosophy is that there’s more good people than bad people,” Ruud said at the march. “So people need to examine their conscience and vote their heart, and let’s turn this around.”Snow fell on the 140 people who chanted, “We’re here, we’re strong, we vote,” through the streets of Kodiak.Robin Corcoran carried the same sign she brought to last year’s march. It read: “Make America Kind Again.”“I think a lot of people who maybe thought that Donald Trump meant a change are seeing that it was a change for the worse,” Corcoran said. “So if we vote we can hopefully make a change.”Marchers in Unalaska went a step beyond that, with volunteers like Tammy Pound helping people register to vote.“I’m hoping that a lot more women run for office,” Pound said. “That’s how we’re going to get things done.”Marchers said they came out to protest the president’s agenda – even in a state that gave Trump 51% of the vote in 2016. (Emily Russell/Alaska Public Media).Before the 2016 election 1,000 people had contacted Emily’s List about running for office. The political action committee aims to get more pro-choice Democratic women elected. Since the election, that number has grown to 26,000 women.Rachel Lord was one of those women inspired by the 2016 election.“Last summer I decided to run for Homer City Council,” Lord told the crowd in Homer. “I realized that if I wasn’t willing to sit at the table others would be, and I believe in local government. I believe in the process. I believe in our democracy.”The biggest crowd to march in Alaska was in Juneau, where close to a thousand people gathered outside the state’s capital.“I think we had more people than we thought might show up with such little advance notice, and so many young people,” the march’s emcee Sara Hannan explained. “To women of the retirement age, it is good to see the baton being passed and the willingness to take up the fight.”The Women’s March in Sitka drew about 300 people. (Emily Kwong/KCAW)There was a similar shout out at the Women’s March in Sitka, which drew about 300 people to the streets.Organizer Kathy Ingallinera thanked everyone for coming out.“Especially the youth, the teenagers– it’s really important for you guys to get involved,” Ingallinera said.Back in Anchorage, the chorus of voices kicking off the march grew louder. There was a buzz in the air, like the women in the audience knew their voices were finally being heard.This story had reporting help from KNOM’s Gabe Colombo in Nome, KMXT’s Mitch Borden in Kodiak, KUCB’s Zoe Sobel in Unalaska, KBBI’s Renee Gross in Homer, KTOO’s Adelyn Baxter in Juneau and KCAW’s Emily Kwong in Sitka.
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SHUTTERSTOCKDoctors reviewed records of 1,100 patients diagnosed at Parkland and UTSW for the study.A new study seeking detailed information about the ongoing increase in liver cancer in the U.S. found racial and ethnic differences in the outcomes.Studies had already shown the rates of liver cancer among Blacks and Hispanics are nearly double that of Caucasians, and their mortality rates are also higher.However, Dr. Amit Singal of UT Southwestern Medical Center wanted to know more.“But those studies actually don’t have granular data on several factors that you would think would be important,” he said, “like liver function, tumor stage, and access to care.”Singal and other researchers studied records of 1,100 patients diagnosed at Parkland and UT Southwestern Medical Center (mostly male, about a third each white, black and Hispanic). They found racial and ethnic differences in outcomes: Blacks and Hispanics less likely than whites to get early diagnosis and curative treatment, and blacks less likely to survive.Singal says much of this stems from lack of access to screening for the disease. INTERVIEW HIGHLIGHTSLack of access to screening: We’re (doctors) trying to do more and more in a shrinking amount of time when we see patients, and sometimes when you take a look at the priority items that you have to take care of during that short visit, this falls off that list as you take care of other things.The other things is, particularly in patients with liver disease, these patients can be sick at times, and so as you take care of those more acute issues, you forget to do the screenings.The Hispanic Paradox: This is the first time this has been shown in liver cancer. When you take a look at the survival initially, it looks as if Hispanic patients have similar survival to Whites. However, when you account for several other factors, Hispanics actually had significantly better survival.We don’t know exactly why the Hispanic Paradox exists. There are several different theories. Some people think this could be related to different social factors like differences in eating habits, differences because of social support. Others believe this could differences in biological behavior between the race ethnicities. Diagnosis in later stages: Liver cancer is really driven by two different factors: The cancer and then there’s the sick liver in which it occurs. When you look at these different race and ethnicities, it seems like the prognosis is really being driven different factors. In Hispanics, it’s being driven by the liver disease, more so than by the cancer at times. Whereas in Blacks because the liver is healthier, it’s really driven by the cancer burden.Treatment in later stages: It’s important to consider and treat both of those factors. For example, the most common form of liver disease in blacks is underlying hepatitis C. We now have very effective therapies for hepatitis C, and so it’s very important that we are very aggressive in treating that underlying liver disease. For Hispanics, the underlying liver disease is more commonly related to non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. There are currently no effective therapies. Many companies are doing research to find effective therapies. If we can find something, this may be something that will improve prognosis in the future.Another reason for lack of care for Blacks and Hispanics: I think a lot of this relates to the overlap between race ethnicity and socio-economic status. Racial ethnic minorities tend to have lower socio-economic status which may limit their access to care.What Blacks and Hispanics can do to lower risk of liver cancer:Baby boomers born between 1945 and 1965, or those at risk for the disease, should get screened for hepatitis COtherwise, lead a healthy lifestyle: Eat a healthy diet and exercise to prevent fatty liver disease and liver cancer Share
Seton Home, which opened in 1981, according to its website, operates a facility in San Antonio.The Children’s Center Inc. Share Federal funding received in 2018 budget year so far: $0 Federal funding received in 2018 budget year so far: $49 millionBCFS Health and Human Services is the second-largest contractor operating in Texas. The group operates six facilities that may accept migrant children. It was founded in 1944, according to its website.At a Harlingen facility owned by BCFS, employees were alleged to have struck up “inappropriate relationships” with children in their care. Children complained of raw and undercooked food, and one child in late 2016 suffered an allergic reaction after a staff member gave the child a snack.In San Antonio, at another BCFS facility, a staff member last April helped arrange for a child’s family member to send the child money — but when the cash arrived, the staff member kept it. The year before, an employee gave children “inappropriate magazine pages” that depicted naked women, while a few months before, staff members were found to have failed to supervise their wards closely enough to prevent one child from “inappropriately” touching two others.Reached by phone, a receptionist for BCFS Health and Human Services said she had been told to direct reporters’ questions to federal officials at the U.S. Administration for Children and Families.Upbring Federal funding received in 2018 budget year so far: $3.3 million Southwest Key Programs, the private contractor operating a converted Walmart in Brownsville as a shelter for more than 1,500 children, is the largest operation in Texas authorized to take in children separated from their parents. Founded in 1987, the nonprofit says its mission is to “provide quality education, safe shelter and alternatives to incarceration for thousands of youth each day.”Inspectors found 246 violations at the group’s 16 facilities in the last three years, records show. On October 11, 2017, at a Southwest Key facility in San Benito, an employee appeared drunk when he showed up to work. A drug test later found the employee was over the legal alcohol limit to drive. Inspectors also found shampoo dispensers filled with hand sanitizer and bananas that had turned black. In two instances, children were made to wait before receiving medical care: three days for a child with a broken wrist, and two weeks for a child with a sexually transmitted disease.A spokesman for Southwest Key said the organization had worked to correct the problems identified by regulators. Of the list of violations, spokesman Jeff Eller said: “While it’s not inaccurate, it’s grossly unfair to say that without acknowledging that we acknowledged our mistakes and made immediate corrections.”BCFS Health and Human Services Upbring operates two facilities that accept unaccompanied minors and children separated from their parents by immigration authorities. The company was previously known as Lutheran Social Services of the South. It rebranded itself after implementing better protocols following the 2013 death of a 1-year-old girl at one of its foster homes.A spokesperson for Upbring said the rebranding was an effort to clear up confusion about the organization: “A more inclusive, dynamic, descriptive name was desirable and Upbring was settled upon in 2015.”Catholic Charities The Children’s Center Inc., based in Galveston, does not currently accept federal funds to care for unaccompanied minors, but it is licensed to serve up to 32 children, according to state regulators.Paul Cobler, Annie Daniel and Chris Essig contributed research.Disclosure: Jeff Eller, a communications adviser to Southwest Key, is a donor and former board member of The Texas Tribune. Upbring has been a financial supporter of The Texas Tribune. The Tribune is a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization that is funded in part by donations from members, foundations and corporate sponsors. Financial supporters play no role in the Tribune’s journalism. View a complete list. Federal funding received in 2018 budget year so far: $3.2 million St. Peter St. Joseph Children’s Home, which began as an orphanage in 1891, according to its website, operates an emergency shelter in San Antonio with a contract to house unaccompanied migrant children.Shiloh Treatment Center Inc. Federal funding received in 2018 budget year so far: $204.5 million Federal funding received in 2018 budget year so far: $2.6 million Federal funding received in 2018 budget year so far: $9.4 million Even as federal officials said they were working to reunite separated immigrant children with their parents, the number of children in Texas’ privately run shelters fell by only 88 between July 13 and Aug. 7.The Trump administration said it would reunify families separated under the now-paused “zero tolerance” policy, but new data shows the number of children held in privately run shelters in Texas remains higher than normal, and has fallen by less than 2 percent in the past month.More than 2,000 children have arrived at the 31 shelters licensed in Texas since April, when the U.S. Department of Justice first made public its hardline policy of detaining unauthorized adult immigrants — while their children were sent to private shelters — at the southern border.As a result, the shelters, which are funded by the federal government and licensed by the state, are operating at close to capacity, according to the Texas Health and Human Services Commission.The majority of sheltered children arrived in the U.S. unaccompanied. After April, an influx of children appeared to consist mostly of the more than 2,500 children who migrated with their parents and were separated under the zero-tolerance policy. The Trump administration has said nearly 2,000 of these children have so far been reunited with their parents, but others remain in shelters because their parents were deported.It is unclear how much of the continued growth is a result of the zero-tolerance policy. The data doesn’t distinguish between the two groups of migrants because, once children are separated from their families, the government considers them unaccompanied.To cope with the influx of children, the state-licensed facilities have asked regulators for permission to add more beds. The Texas Health and Human Services Commission may decide to grant shelters a capacity variance, which allows them to house more children than they would otherwise be allowed to.State officials have so far approved 14 facilities to increase their number of beds. As of July 13, there are 4,936 children in state-licensed shelters, which have permission accommodate up to 5,385 children, according to the health commission. That puts overall capacity at about 92 percent.Those shelters, licensed as child care providers, have a long history of regulatory inspections that have uncovered serious health and safety deficiencies.A Texas Tribune review of state records found that, over the last three years, inspectors have found 435 health and safety violations at the facilities, which can house anywhere from 20 to more than 1,500 children at a time. Of those, regulators coded 139 violations as “high” in severity and 166 as “medium high.”The facilities are required to provide basic care to the children of detained migrants, including medical care and at least six hours of daily schooling. Their inspection reports, though often light on details, paint a picture of the abuses that young children may face in a foreign environment where many face language barriers and a history of trauma from the journey to the U.S.Another shelter, a hastily built tent city in Tornillo, can house up to 360 unaccompanied children. But that facility, a federal installation overseen by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is not regulated by the state, officials said, so it is not reflected in the data.Counts of children on this page are current as of July 2018, according to the Texas Health and Human Services Commission.Southwest Key Programs Inc. Catholic Charities, which has worked with the federal government to resettle refugees since at least 1983, operates three shelters for unaccompanied children through its branch at the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston.St. Peter St. Joseph Children’s Home Federal funding received in 2018 budget year so far: $1.5 million Shiloh Treatment Center Inc. was first incorporated in 1995, according to the Houston Chronicle. It first began receiving federal funding to house migrant children in 2013. It has been dogged by allegations of abuse following the 2001 death of Stephanie Duffield, 16, at the center after she was restrained by staff, but the treatment center has been found to be in compliance with state requirements. Shiloh did not respond to a request for comment.Seton Home
ANNAPOLIS, MD – Governor Larry Hogan today announced Maryland’s coordinated efforts to support areas in the southeastern United States that will be impacted by Hurricane Irma this weekend. State agencies have rapidly assessed and readied resources and personnel to send to other states when requested.“I urge all Marylanders to prepare now for the potential effects of Hurricane Irma,” said Governor Hogan. “While we have the benefit of time, review your family emergency plans and ensure you have supplies on hand. As always, Maryland stands ready to support our friends and neighbors in states that will be dealing with the impacts from this major hurricane first.”The Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) continues to monitor this system and prepare for any hazards the State of Maryland may experience.“The most intense threats from Hurricane Irma are not predicted to hit Maryland at this time,” said MEMA Executive Director Russell Strickland. “MEMA continues to monitor requests for assistance in areas that expect to be impacted by Irma or are recovering from Harvey. We are actively working with our state and local partners to coordinate resource support available throughout the Maryland emergency management system.”The following State agencies are available to support states affected by Hurricane Irma:Maryland Emergency Management AgencyMEMA has staff ready to support local and state emergency operations centers in affected areas and teams available to conduct damage assessments and recovery operations.Maryland Military DepartmentThe Maryland Military Department is able to deploy a Helicopter Aquatic Rescue Team (HART) and search and rescue utility helicopters, aircraft and personnel.Maryland State PoliceThe resources of the Maryland State Police Special Operations Division are on stand-by to assist if requested to respond. Those resources include the Maryland State Police Underwater Recovery Team of divers and a rescue boat; trained search and rescue personnel; tactical paramedics, and a Mobile Field Force Team of troopers for law enforcement support.Maryland State Fire MarshallMaryland State Fire Marshal would be able to provide boats, drone, investigation unit personnel, fire protection engineers, and additional first response personnel.Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services SystemsMIEMSS has identified Advanced Life Support (ALS) Ambulance Strike Teams (AST) ready to assist. Each team has 5 ambulances and a leader with support/response vehicle, each unit staffed for 24/7 operations. MIEMSS has a staffed Medical Ambulance Bus with a supervisor and has personnel with vehicles to lead and support deployed Maryland EMS resources.Governor’s Office of Homeland SecurityThe Governor’s Office of Homeland Security has alerted all personnel to be available for staffing requests consistent with weather forecasts, response planning or actual occurrences.Homeland Security has proactively contacted counterparts in forecasted affected States offering assistance.Homeland Security personnel remain available to assist storm affected jurisdictions with personnel consistent with availability and type.Maryland Department of AgingThe Maryland Department of Aging has spoken with the Director of the Florida Department of Elder Affairs to offer our support and stands ready with Aging expert personnel to assist however possible. This includes providing training to shelter staff about older adults and assisting in relocating older adults back to their homes. The expertise available includes Certificated Information and Referral Specialists with Maryland Access Point, and Long-Term Care Ombudsmen services for individuals who live in long-term care facilities.The Eldercare Locator (1-800-677-1116or http://eldercare.gov) serves as a resource for older adults and long distance caregivers.Maryland Department of AgricultureMDA is prepared to respond to requests to assist with intake of companion animals at pet-friendly shelters in an affected state.MDA is prepared to respond to requests to assist with animals in distress.Maryland Department of CommerceThe Maryland Department of Commerce is able to assist other states affected by Hurricane Irma by identifying hotel and motel vacancies in Maryland to accommodate those seeking temporary housing.The department will conduct economic impact analysis by identifying companies in affected areas and the number of affected people and employees.Maryland Department of DisabilitiesThe Department of Disabilities is prepared to support response and recovery operations in impacted states in the following ways:Technical assistance and support for assistive technologyEvaluate documents and websites for conformance to universal design and accessibility to assistive technology.Train emergency managers on the essential nature of information accessibility, and how to create social media that is accessible to all viewers.Assist public information/media officers, as requested, to remediate documents and social media messages for universal accessibility.Advise senior leadership and policy teams on emerging issues that impact people with disabilities and others with access and functional needs.Examine planning documents to ensure inclusion of the whole community.Identify and resolve issues that affect individuals with disabilities and others with access and functional needs.Guidance to ensure that response, sheltering, and recovery policies affecting people with disabilities are consistent and appropriate.Provide resource referral and information.The department’s partner organizations have inventories of DME such as wheelchairs, walkers, etc. available for short term loan in the event equipment is destroyed.Maryland Department of EducationProvide support and guidance to Local School Systems and families for the immediate enrollment of displaced students into Maryland Public Schools. The enrollment of students would need to be expedited with or without transcripts, student records, any specialized documentation of services including Special Education, etc.Work with the school systems regarding immunization requirements and temporary admission/retention. The MSDE would facilitate communication with the Maryland Department of Health.Provide support and guidance to student services personnel (Directors of Student Services, school counselors, nurses, psychologists, social workers, pupil personnel workers, etc.)Address the needs of students who are in crisis and who are experiencing trauma as a result of the displacement by collaborating with community partners, other Maryland State agencies, and school systemsCoordinate with appropriate offices to meet the needs of English Learners, migrant and homeless studentsCoordinate the collection of school supplies for students who are displacedWork with transportation in order to transport students to schoolsCollaborate with non-public schools as neededPost information on the front page of MSDE’s website to provide assistance and guidance to families regarding enrollment and resourcesMaryland Department of the EnvironmentEnvironment has HazMat response teams and inspectors with various expertise related to emergency and disaster response and recovery.Maryland Department of HealthThe Health Department’s Office of Preparedness & Response also coordinates the Maryland Responds Medical Reserve Corps, in which thousands of volunteers could be deployed in the event of a public health emergency.The Office of Preparedness & Response also has worked with State partner agencies such as Department of Human Services, the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems and the Maryland Emergency Management Agency to review procedures for accepting potential evacuees from storm zones.Maryland Department of Human ServicesThe Maryland Department of Human Services has human service, mass care, sheltering, and recovery workers prepared to deploy to affected states.Human Services has communicated with facilities and staff in case it was necessary to open disaster shelters and coordinated planning with the Red Cross.Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing, and RegulationFollowing the storm, the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation will offer unemployment and workforce resources and services to U.S. residents affected by Hurricane Irma, to include assistance with the intake of unemployment claims.Maryland Department of Natural ResourcesThe Maryland Department of Natural Resources has trailer-able boats and experienced operators, if needed. Our coastal resiliency and restoration teams have already been in contact with our sister states to discuss shoreline rebuilding and reconstruction. We have a team of water quality experts on hand to assist with monitoring and sampling post-storm.Natural Resources Police has equipment, officers and supervisors available to assist affected states and communities. They can help with boat deployments, mission control support, search and recovery/rescue missions and security.Maryland Department of Information TechnologyInformation Technology is capable of providing the following services to other states in the form of staff augmentation, hardware, and technical assistance in the following IT technical domains:GIS Services and Professionals (mapping and analyzing data, mapping disaster areas, this can be done from Maryland)Networking LAN/WAN Support (running cables, setting networks up in temporary facilities)Server and Storage (temporary use of of back end systems)End User Computing/Desktop Support (staff augmentation)IT helpdesk call centerDisaster Recovery Management – Assist in DR failover and ReconstitutionWeb applications and content managementMainframe COBOL ProgrammersMainframe zOS and DB2 supportRadio Technicians57 Handheld Radios P25 Motorola RadiosMaryland Department of PlanningStaff of the Maryland Historical Trust is available to assist State Historic Preservation Offices in the affected region by carrying out damage assessments and analysis of historic and cultural resources in communities affected by Hurricane Irma to determine the extent of damage and prioritize recovery operations. The Maryland Historical Trust is also available to provide guidance on repair, rehabilitation, and protection of historic and cultural resources as requested.Maryland Department of TransportationThe Maryland Department of Transportation would be available to assist by providing equipment and personnel in the following areas:Equipment and personnel for light debris removal, particularly along and adjacent to highways and roadwaysTechnicians to assist with signal light repairBridge Inspectors to ensure bridges and overpasses are not damaged by the storm or flooding conditionsThe Maryland Transit Administration is prepared to deploy assets from its police force in order to help with the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.Maryland Insurance AdministrationAs a member of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, the Maryland Insurance Administration has a team of trained insurance professionals available to provide help and support with insurance issues to sister state insurance departments that might be impacted by the storms.Maryland Public Service CommissionThe Maryland Public Service Commission continues to coordinate with the Maryland electric companies on their storm preparation efforts. All of the major Maryland electric companies continue to monitor the storm and are prepared for any potential impacts. They are also participating in regular calls regarding the provision of mutual assistance to areas impacted by Irma once the Maryland threat from Irma has subsided.Maryland State Department of Assessment and TaxationIf property is damaged by the storm, residents may qualify to have their property assessments reduced. Once it is safe to do so, SDAT assessors will distribute applications to affected areas encouraging residents to apply, and will also perform on-site inspections.If a storm occurs and residents qualify to have their property assessments reduced, SDAT will coordinate with local governments to ensure any corrected tax bills or refunds are issued in a timely manner.
New year, new you, new passwords: A massive data breach leaked 772 million email addresses and 21 million passcodes.Dubbed “Collection #1,” the list was discovered by security researcher Troy Hunt, founder of the “Have I Been Pwned” (HIBP) service.“It’s made up of many different individual data breaches from literally thousands of different sources,” he wrote in a Thursday blog post.AdChoices广告The treasure trove of personal information, housed on the MEGA cloud service, totalled 12,000 separate files and 87-plus gigabytes of data.Hunt boiled more than 1.1 billion combinations of email addresses and passwords down a whopping 772,904,991 unique addresses and 21,222,975 unique key phrases.“This number makes it the single largest breach ever to be loaded into HIBP,” according to Hunt.The data has since been removed from MEGA’s servers, but remains in circulation on another popular hacking forum.Login credentials appear to have been hoarded over more than a decade, as some passwords and emails date back to 2008. The information, according to Hunt, comes from some 2,000 different sources.(via Have I Been Pwned)To find out if you were affected by the breach, enter your email address into Have I Been Pwned, and individual codes to Pwned Passwords (which anonymizes data to ensure HIBP can’t see the actual value of it).All 21.2 million passwords from Collection #1 have been added to the site.“My own personal data is in there and it’s accurate; right email address and password I used many years ago,” Hunt admitted.Hackers uses lists like these to gain access to users’ personal accounts, injecting breached username/password pairs to see where they fit. It’s a bit like finding a set of house keys on the sidewalk and testing each door until you identify a match. But much faster.One solution is to employ a password manager (Hunt is a longtime fan of 1Password).“A password manager provides you with a secure vault for all your secrets to be stored in,” he explained. “Not just passwords: I store things like credit card and banking info in mine, too. And it’s sole purpose is to focus on keeping them safe and secure.”Luddites, meanwhile, can to stick to an analogue password manager—i.e. pen and paper.Contrary to some headlines, Collection #1 may not be the freshest breach on the shelf.When security researcher Brian Krebs contacted the list’s alleged seller, he was steered away from the archive, which the anonymous hacker hinted is at least two to three years old.What’s worse, this is just a subset of a much larger helping of passwords “being peddled by a shadowy seller online,” Krebs said.More on Geek.com:Popsugar Plugs ‘Twinning’ App Photo LeakNASA Reveals Data Breach, Employees’ Personal Information at RiskHow to Lose Friends and Alienate People: Breach Personal Privacy Raspberry Pi Used to Steal 500 MB of NASA DataResearchers Discover Two More Cases of Facebook Data Exposure Stay on target
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 January 18, 2013 — Testing of a compact cancer treatment technology from ProTom International Inc. has demonstrated that the system achieves its design specification: delivering high-energy protons to isocenter at a beam intensity sufficient for standard clinical practice. The ProTom technical team measured stable and reproducible performance on the Radiance 330 proton therapy system at the McLaren Proton Therapy Center (MPTC) in Flint, Mich. This is the first time that ProTom has tested its compact system’s gantry beam optics design.“Measuring high beam intensities at isocenter indicates well-functioning integration among various subsystems of the Radiance 330 necessary for clinical implementation,” said Vahagn Nazaryan, Ph.D., senior vice president of physics for ProTom. “We delivered beam through the gantry and nozzle in the first of three gantry treatment rooms as part of validation and verification of our technical design. We are pleased that the system performed as designed and quickly achieved a dose rate sufficient for standard clinical practice.”“We are excited by the results of successful beam transport testing through our first gantry treatment room: these results were independently reproduced by our clinical physics team,” said Sung Park, Ph.D., chief physicist for McLaren Cancer Institute.Earlier in the summer, ProTom installed a new custom-designed radiofrequency quadrupole (RFQ) proton linear accelerator (linac) injector from AccSys Technology Inc. This upgrade has significantly improved accelerated proton beam intensities. The RFQ upgrade resulted in an increase in injection intensity, yielding in excess of several times the number of protons per cycle accelerated in the synchrotron, with further tuning and optimization ongoing at McLaren.“Both the ProTom and McLaren teams are to be commended for achieving this very significant result, which continues to validate that the system is performing as it was designed,” said ProTom CEO Stephen L. Spotts. “ProTom is focused on final validation and testing in order to secure all regulatory clearances necessary for clinical operation. It is my firm belief that our Radiance 330 system is not only the most advanced proton beam scanning system available but the most economical solution as well.“The Radiance 330 proton therapy system has not been cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for commercial distribution in the United States at this time.For more information: www.protominternational.com, www.mclaren.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 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 Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July. News | January 18, 2013 Compact Proton Therapy Technology Achieves Milestone of Beam at Gantry Room Isocenter News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more News | 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 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 Related Content 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 The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. 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 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 | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more News | Radiation 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
Carnival Corporation today announced it has signed a multi-billion dollar contract to build four next-generation cruise ships with the largest guest capacity in the world.The contract with Meyer Werft is part of a larger previously announced strategic MoU with shipbuilders Meyer Werft and Fincantieri S.p.A for nine new ships between 2019 and 2022.The four new ships will also feature a revolutionary “green cruising” design, being the first in the cruise industry to be powered at sea by Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG).The company said two of the ships will be manufactured for AIDA Cruises at Meyer Werft’s shipyard in Papenburg, Germany.Each of the four next-generation ships will have a total capacity of 6600 guests, feature more than 5000 lower berths, exceed 180,000 gross tons and incorporate an extensive number of guest-friendly features.Carnival Corporation chief executive officer Arnold Donald, said the contract is consistent with the company’s measured capacity growth strategy to replace ships with less efficient capacity.“We are looking forward to executing on the next step in our fleet enhancement plan, at a cost per berth in line with our existing order book, these new ships will enhance the return profile of our fleet,” Mr Donald said.“They are exceptionally efficient ships with incredible cabins and public spaces featuring a design inspired by Micky Arison and Michael Thamm and developed by our new build teams.”Each new ship will be specifically designed and developed for the brand and the guests it will serve, underscoring the company’s goal to consistently exceed guest expectations and provide first-time and repeat guests.As part of each shipbuilding company’s long-term strategic partnership with Carnival Corporation, additional new ship orders are being explored over the coming decade.Source = ETB Travel News: Lewis Wiseman
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