Nova Scotia Welcomes Contest Winner

first_imgiLove Nova Scotia contest winner Joerg Knoerchen is enjoying his grand prize vacation, and telling the world about it. Mr. Knoerchen arrived in Halifax late last week and is blogging on novascotia.com about his trip. Launched in July 2009, the iLove Nova Scotia contest generated great response from around the world as contestants submitted personal videos showcasing what they love most about the province. The winner of a $15,000 Nova Scotia vacation was selected through online voting. “We are thrilled to welcome Joerg to Nova Scotia,” said Percy Paris, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Heritage. “The province is using creative marketing opportunities like this to attract visitors from key markets to ensure our tourism industry continues to create good jobs and grow the economy.” Joerg and his wife Nicole, who live in Germany, worked with department staff to develop a Nova Scotia dream vacation customized to their likes and interests. The visit includes a wilderness experience in Annapolis Royal, a visit to Kejimkjik Seaside Adjunct and a tour of the Cabot Trail. “We are so excited to come to Nova Scotia and share our travel experiences with the world,” said Mr. Knoerchen. “I am constantly thinking about how to showcase the beauty of your picturesque province, its hospitality and the friendliness of the people.” Be sure to check out Joerg’s blog at www.novascotiablogs.com/content/i_love_ns/.last_img read more

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Canada keen to see Trans Mountain pipeline built get more oil to

first_imgOTTAWA – Canada will continue to produce oil and ship it across the country whether or not new pipelines are built, says the minister of natural resources says.Building pipelines just means it can be shipped more safely, Jim Carr says in a recent interview with The Canadian Press.Next week, Carr will play host to a major conference in Winnipeg looking at how Canada can and will adjust to a low-carbon energy world.However, he says, even as Canada adapts to that new world, oil resources will be extracted and will continue to be shipped.Getting more oil to the West Coast so it can be loaded on tankers and sold to China will be better for the country and getting it there on pipelines rather than rail cars is better for everyone, he says.The federal government’s approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline is under a legal microscope this week as Indigenous and environmental groups and British Columbia cities argue the process was incomplete and failed to take into account the impact the pipeline could have on everything from killer whales to waterways.The $7.4 billion pipeline project is being built by Trans Mountain, a subsidiary of Kinder Morgan, to more than double the capacity of an existing line between Edmonton and Burnaby, B.C.The federal Liberals gave the green light to the project last fall, after making changes to the review process that Carr said included more Indigenous engagement.“We approved it because more than 15,000 jobs will be created,” Carr said. “We approved it because we don’t feel comfortable sending 99 per cent of our oil and gas exports to one country, the United States.”Whether there was enough Indigenous engagement is one of the key questions that will be answered by a court case underway in B.C. this week.Carr said the government remains keen to have the line built. He said the judge will decide whether it can proceed, but the government believed the project was in the national interest when it approved it last fall and still thinks so today.“Nothing has changed that would alter our judgment on why it was approved,” Carr said.Next week’s Generation Energy conference in Winnipeg is a key moment for Carr in his tenure as natural resources minister, as his mandate letter calls for the creation of a national energy strategy. That includes working on energy security and making it easier to produce and transmit cleaner energy across the country.Carr said many key policies and solutions in Canada have come from similar conferences. He also said there is no battle between moving to a low-carbon economy and continuing to produce oil in Canada.“There are examples around the world where the production and distribution of conventional sources go hand in hand with investment in renewable sources of energy and that’s happening more and more now in Canada,” he said.-follow @mrabson on Twitter.last_img read more

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Moroccan Women Who Honored their Country in 2014

Taroudant – Following the list of the Moroccan Men who Honored their Country in 2014, Morocco World News is delighted to share with its audience the list of top women who are a source of pride to their homeland through their positive contribution and exceptional achievements, either abroad or at home. We deliberately made both lists into two separate articles only because these honorable names, who raised the flag of their homeland higher, are numerous to be included in one article.The list of Moroccan women who excelled in their respective fields and made international headlines in 2014 is as follows:Fatima Zahra Mansouri In addition to her illustrious ranking as the first woman in Forbes magazine’s list of 20 young powerful African women released early December, Fatima Zahra Mansouri, Mayor of Marrakech, honored on March as 2014 ‘Young Global Leader’ by Davos World Forum.According to Forbes, Mansouri has, “Significantly cut down on graft, and is widely credited with introducing transparency, accountability and efficiency within Marrakech’s 96-member city council.”Souad BelcaidAfter an extended experience teaching abroad in Massachusetts, Missouri, and Egypt, Mrs. Souad Belcaid returned to her home country, Morocco.Thanks to her dedication and devotion to the honorable field of teaching, the Moroccan teacher at the American School of Tangier has made it to the top 50 finalists early December, in an international competition to find the world’s best teacher.Belcaid is the only teacher in North Africa shortlisted for The Global Teacher Prize, a competition established by the Varkey GEMS Foundation with a grand prize of one million dollars, “to celebrate one outstanding teacher.”Bouchra BaibanouAfter she climbed on June Mont McKinley, the highest mountain peak in North America, with a summit elevation of 20,237 feet above sea level, the Moroccan mountaineer Bouchra Baibanou pursues her dream of being the first Moroccan and Arab woman to climb the seven highest peaks in the world. She waved the Moroccan flag on the many highest picks of the world.An engineer at the Ministry of Equipment and Transport, she has found great delight in ecotourism and nature.Ismahane ElouafiLast February, the English website Muslim-Science.com released a list of ‘Top-20 Most Influential Women in Science in the Islamic World’ featuring Moroccan scientist Ismahane Elouafi.Being the only North African woman included in this ranking dominated by Pakistanis, Elouafi, food safety champion, is among the eight scientists listed under “the shapers” category.Nadine HanafiMoroccan American Nadine Hanafi was honored in November at the United Nations headquarters in New York among the most successful young entrepreneurs in the United States.Nadine was chosen for being the founder and CEO of We Are Visual, a creative agency dedicated to eradicating mediocre presentations and empowering people to turn PowerPoint into a powerful communication tool that enhances their message rather than a design liability that puts their audience to sleep.Myriam BourhailLast July, Myriam Bourhail, a Moroccan high school student in Dumas city, surprised everybody after she received the highest Baccalaureate exam score in France. Scoring 21.03 out of 20 (799 points out of 760), Myriam honored herself and her home land after a year of devoted studying and hard work..After her amazing achievement in France, Bourahil have been received and decorated by the King Mohammed VI, during the feast of the throne held on July 30.Mariam Fatima ParéDespite the tragic accident that left her quadriplegic, Moroccan-born artist Mariam Fatima Paré did not give up her dream to become a professional painter, an art she loved ever since she was a little girl.The artist, 38, learned to paint wonderful drawings with her mouth and develop her passion for painting after a stray bullet struck her while driving nearly 20 years ago and left her paralyzed.Mariam, learned how to control a pencil using her mouth with the help of intense rehabilitation with her physical therapist.Mariama ZhouriMariama Zhouri, a Harvard scholar and passionate advocate of women and children’s rights, won, among other winners, the 2014 Quebec’ Arab Women’s Award (Trophée des Femmes Arabes du Québec).Originally from Salé, Morocco, Zhouri is currently working on her certification in management at Harvard University.Doha BadraneDoha Badrane is another example of successful and determined women who honor their country.After years of hard work and dedication, Doha Badrane, a Moroccan woman who lives in Italy, has been licensed to practice as a surgeon by the medical authorities in Italy making her the first Moroccan doctor to complete all of her medical studies in Italy.Doha Badrane defended her thesis in Medicine and Surgery about the monitoring of hepatitis A and the management of epidemics.Souhaila HayyatIn the footsteps of Bourahil, the Moroccan student Souhaila Hayyat from Bishop David Brown School in London received in August the Silver Award for her outstanding performance at the 2014 UK Junior Mathematical Challenge.The Moroccan student received a Silver Certificate from the UK Junior Mathematical Challenge in recognition of her outstanding performance in the mathematics competition.All these outstanding women have one point in common: they are highly educated. As George Washington Carver put it, “Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom.” © Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed read more

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China imports from US plunge in June amid tariff war

BEIJING — China’s imports from the United States plunged 31.4% in June from a year earlier amid a tariff war with Washington, while exports to the U.S. market sank 7.8%.Customs data on Friday showed China’s global exports sank 1.3% while imports fell 7.3%.U.S.-Chinese trade has weakened since President Donald Trump hiked tariffs on goods from China in a fight over Beijing’s technology ambitions. China retaliated with its own penalty duties and ordered importers to find non-U.S. suppliers.The Associated Press read more

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Middle East UN relief agency seeks 94 million to help West Bank

Launching the bid in Jerusalem, the Agency noted that over two years of violence, curfews and closures have had a “catastrophic” impact on the humanitarian conditions of the 1.5 million Palestinian refugees living in the area. Some 22 per cent of children are suffering from acute or chronic malnutrition, while unemployment now exceeds 50 per cent and over 60 per cent of the population is living on less than $2 a day.Thousands of Palestinian families have had their shelters demolished or destroyed, and the Agency warned of increasing signs that Palestinian society is teetering on the edge of ruin. “UNRWA is the largest humanitarian actor in the region and is the only organization with the kind of infrastructure able to have an major impact on the living conditions for Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank,” said the Agency’s Commissioner-General, Peter Hansen. “So rapid has been the humanitarian collapse that it will take an emergency programme of the scale we present today to prevent a complete breakdown in Palestinian society.”With $32.4 million, UNRWA hopes to launch the largest food aid programme ever seen in the territories. Around 222,000 families, comprising 1.1 million people, will receive regular supplies of iron-fortified flour, chickpeas, olive oil and other staples designed to provide a nutritional safety net for those worst affected by the crisisThe Agency also plans to create almost 1 million job opportunity days for refugees in Gaza and the West Bank in an effort to inject badly needed cash into the local economy and provide meaningful temporary employment. UNRWA will hire additional teachers, medical staff, labourers and others on short contracts to help it implement its humanitarian programmes and to provide breadwinners with much-needed income.The appeal also envisions a major rebuilding programme to replace or repair shelters that continue to be destroyed or badly damaged in Israeli military operations. Additionally, UNRWA aims to supply extra medicines, medical staff and mobile clinics for refugees cut off from health care by curfews and closures. In the education sector, a large-scale distance-learning project is planned to help children whose schooling is being disrupted by the long periods when they or their teachers cannot reach their classrooms.“It is my hope and my wish that the international community responds generously and urgently to help UNRWA help the Palestinians,” Mr. Hansen said. read more

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UN agency helps Afghanistan develop pioneering environmental legislation

Laws aimed at protecting Afghanistan’s wildlife, waterways and forests, believed to be the first legal conservation tools in the country, have been developed by the Government with assistance from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the agency announced today. “The Environment Act is the cornerstone for the development of an effective and integrated environmental management regime that secures environmentally sound sustainable development and use of natural resources, while still promoting economic and social well-being and development, Klaus Toepfer, UNEP’s Executive Director, said. “If we are to help deliver a stable future for this country and for countries across the globe, the environment must be factored into rehabilitation and future planning,” he added. “For the environment is not a luxury but the basis for economic development and livelihoods.”According to UNEP, over 80 per cent of Afghanistan’s population relies directly on the natural resource base to meet its daily needs, but two decades of conflict, exacerbated by a recent drought, have heavily damaged the country’s natural resource base. The new Environmental Act, developed in partnership with the World Conservation Union and international experts, consists of the frameworks needed to manage Afghanistan’s natural resources in a sustainable way, and to rehabilitate its damaged environment. The Act also clarifies institutional responsibilities and contains compliance and enforcement provisions. In other news from Afghanistan, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) announced today that 130 former officer and soldiers are graduating from the vocational training provided by the New Beginning Programme (ANBP) which aims to reintegrate ex-military into civilian life. The graduation ceremony for the training, which is provided by the non-governmental organization (NGO) World Vision, will take place Wednesday in Kabul.Finally, the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) is coordinating the provision of blankets and stoves to areas of the northern part of the country battered by heavy rains in the last few days. read more

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EU predicts blocs economy will fall farther recover more slowly as debt

EU predicts bloc’s economy will fall farther, recover more slowly as debt crisis kills growth AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Sarah Dilorenzo, The Associated Press Posted Nov 7, 2012 9:12 am MDT BRUSSELS – Europe’s economy is still reeling and unemployment could remain high for years in spite of the progress made in solving the debt crisis, the European Union warned Wednesday as it downgraded its forecasts for the 27-country bloc.The European Commission, the executive arm of the EU, on Wednesday revised its forecast for the economy of the entire region, saying that it now expected gross domestic product to contract by 0.3 per cent on an annual basis this year, rather than remaining flat as it predicted in the spring. It also said that the 17 countries that use the euro will contract, with GDP falling 0.4 per cent, against a previous expectation of a 0.3 per cent fall.But the most significant downgrades are for next year’s forecasts. The commission had expected the eurozone to find its footing in 2013, with 1 per cent growth. Now it predicts only a 0.1 per cent uptick. For all 27 countries in the EU, it forecasts 0.4 per cent growth, compared with 1.3 per cent last spring.The report also suggests that unemployment won’t start falling until 2014 — and then only slightly.“The ongoing post-financial crisis correction continues to weigh heavily on economic activity and employment in the EU,” the report said. “Yet, compared to the situation before the summer, over the last few months financial tensions have somewhat abated.”Official third-quarter GDP figures for the EU and the eurozone, which will show whether the region has entered recession, are due to be released on Nov. 15. A recession is defined as two quarters in a row with negative growth.The eurozone has made progress this year toward resolving its debt crisis, which has been dragging down economies throughout the EU and beyond. Countries that use the euro have slashed spending and promised to keep their deficits in check; they’ve vowed to better protect their banks by improving how they’re regulated and supervised; and the European Central Bank has put in place a plan to help countries struggling with high borrowing costs, the hallmark of the crisis and the reason some have sought bailouts.But those measures are still to be felt in the real economy. The unemployment rate across the eurozone is at a record high of 11.6 per cent, and it is 10.6 per cent in the wider EU. In the latest in a steady stream of job cuts Danish wind turbine maker Vestas, Swedish wireless equipment group LM Ericsson, and Dutch bank ING announced a total of almost 7,000 layoffs Wednesday. Eurostat, the EU’s statistics agency, also said retail sales in the eurozone shrank 0.2 per cent in September.Many economists have argued that, in solving one crisis by cutting government spending and raising taxes, politicians have exacerbated another — slow or negative growth. Meanwhile, tighter banking rules have hurt lending, the fuel economies need to grow.The commission Wednesday predicted that Germany, Europe’s largest economy, would eke out just 0.8 per cent growth in 2012, compared with its earlier forecast of 1.7 per cent. ECB President Mario Draghi warned Wednesday that the country is no longer insulated from the troubles in the rest of the eurozone and that “the latest data suggest that these developments are now starting to affect” its economy.In a speech given in Frankfurt, Draghi called on governments to back up the ECB’s plans to help countries with their borrowing costs by cutting debt and improving growth through cutting excessive red tape.“Across the whole euro area, governments are making determined efforts to reverse economic imbalances,” he said. “They are implementing reforms to redress the misguided policies of the past and to create sustainable long-term growth. It is a difficult road and there is still a long way to go. But the early signs are encouraging.”“Financial developments in Germany are the mirror-image of financial developments in the rest of the euro area,” Draghi added. “And this means that measures to ensure the stability of the euro area as a whole will also be to the benefit of Germany.”Greece has suffered the most from this vicious cycle and is now in its fifth year of recession. Many say it’s unclear how the country will ever manage to reduce its debts, spark growth and break the cycle. The new forecast expects Greece’s economy to contract 6 per cent this year and another 4.2 per cent next year. In the spring, the commission had hoped growth would be flat in 2013.___David McHugh in Frankfurt contributed to this article. read more

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Football Ohio State still eyeing the field for a safety

Ohio State then-freshman safety Isaiah Pryor (14) takes down UNLV quarterback Armani Rogers in the third quarter of the Ohio State- UNLV game on Sep. 23. Ohio State won 54- 21. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThere’s safety in numbers.Or at least, there should be. Ohio State has an opening in its defensive backfield at the field safety position opposite junior safety Jordan Fuller. Despite having three people competing for the position, head coach Urban Meyer said he views the position battle as the No. 1 concern for his team exiting spring practices because no one has made any noticeable separation to this point.“We’re just not quite sure who that is,” Meyer said after the Spring Game. “[Defensive coordinators Greg] Schiano and Alex Grinch, we’re going to meet probably next Wednesday and they’re going to give me a depth chart and we’ll go from there.”One of the many positions vacated by a senior from last season, safety has not been a major debate for Ohio State in past seasons. Vonn Bell and Tyvis Powell, both now in the NFL, held the roles in 2015. Damon Webb and Malik Hooker were viewed as the clear starters in the 2016 season, and while Fuller split snaps with Erick Smith across the field from Webb in 2017, Fuller soon overtook Smith. Now, there’s three players — sophomores Isaiah Pryor and Brendon White, as well as redshirt sophomore Jahsen Wint — battling against one another for the opening. Pryor, the No. 8 safety in the 2017 recruiting class according to 247Sports composite rankings, entered the spring considered by many to be the favorite to grab the position. Meyer said on March 26 those were the only three competing for the spot, but also suggested freshmen Marcus Hooker — Malik’s younger brother — and Josh Proctor could put themselves into the fight as well.Almost three weeks after that, Schiano still refused to rule those two players out.“Around here, there’s no freshman, sophomore, junior. I mean, if you’re the best guy, you’ll play,” Schiano said after the Spring Game. “There’s a guy by the name of Hooker too that’s coming to town. Who knows? Somebody in his family played that position pretty well.”Hearing the coaches talk about the position battles for the upcoming year, it becomes apparent that the second safety position could be the last decided on defense. The coaching staff appears to have several players in mind for the two linebacker openings.But safety, a position that had an early frontrunner in Pryor, now might not have an answer until the end of the summer.“I know we [won’t] come out of spring with a clear-cut guy,” Schiano said. “The competition will continue into training camp and I’m confident we’ll have two guys that start that game that will be game-ready. It’s developing depth behind it that will be the challenge.”It remains to be seen how that depth will shake out. Even if Pryor separates himself from the rest of the pack, it is unknown how White and Wint will be as backup options.White was burned several times in coverage during Saturday’s Spring Game. And while Wint appeared to have a solid Spring Game performance, he is the only former three-star recruit of the group. There also is four-star safety Amir Riep, who despite coming in with lofty expectations, has not been mentioned as someone ready to start.Part of what has made Ohio State successful in the past with developing young members of the secondary was the ability to plug incoming freshmen onto special teams and have them gain in-game experience while waiting for their chance to shine. If Meyer’s concern over the group of safeties is warranted, some of the freshmen might be in a position where one injury could force them to play meaningful snaps, which is a less-than-ideal situation.But Schiano did not seem worried after the Spring Game. “I do feel we have guys that can play, but you would always like — it’s cleaner if you come out with a guy that established himself,” Schiano said. “It’s not that none of them show things. They did. It’s just none of them showed it that much more than the other that you can say, ‘That’s the guy.’”Regardless of if the talent necessitates the concern, it is not an optimal position for Ohio State. The Buckeyes will leave spring camp unsure who even the top two people are at a key position on the defense. Ohio State’s track record of developing players in the defensive backfield should provide belief that the void will be filled. There is typically safety in numbers. Yet, Ohio State will find more safety if it can narrow that number down to one sooner rather than later. read more

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Football Dwayne Haskins learns how to respond to adversity

Ohio State redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins (7) walks up to the field prior to the the start of the Ohio State-Penn State game on Sept. 29. Ohio State won 27-26. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorDwayne Haskins walked into Beaver Stadium like a heavyweight boxer walking into a ring. With a camera in front of his face, Ohio State’s redshirt sophomore quarterback threw punches, hyping himself up, displaying confidence. Ohio State hadn’t really seen this before from its starter, as Haskins carried himself in the same way Penn State redshirt senior quarterback Trace McSorley has done his entire career, and did against the Buckeyes on Saturday. After lining up for the first time in a shotgun set, Haskins showed that confidence, rolling out to the right and finding junior wide receiver Austin Mack on an outside curl route, giving him a quick first down and, seemingly, momentum. Haskins sped up the pace, getting to the 30-yard line for the second play. The ball was snapped and he quickly fired one towards redshirt senior Parris Campbell on the left side for a screen pass. The ball was dropped. The momentum was gone. Haskins started to slump.For the first time in his Ohio State career, Haskins faced adversity. He had the opportunity to define what his response to that adversity would be, what play-calling he would lean to in those times of high pressure. Against Penn State, the adversity did not begin because of Haskins. Reminiscent of Mack’s performance against TCU, Ohio State receivers dropped three passes in the first quarter, including a ball off the hands of redshirt junior tight end Rashod Berry that ended up being Haskins’ second interception of the season. With the combination of mistakes from Ohio State receivers and a consistent pass rush by the Penn State defensive line, a unit averaging 3.2 sacks per game, the confidence that Haskins came into the stadium with was not there. From there, Ohio State recorded five three-and-outs on its first eight drives. Offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Ryan Day said he had to encourage Haskins as he struggled in the first half. “It’s his first time going through it. Just talking to him, ‘Hey, you are playing good.’ I thought the ball to Rashod [Berry] was a good throw,” Day said. “I thought he was managing the game well even though it didn’t feel like it at the time.” Going into his final drive of the first half, Haskins completed 6-of-13 pass attempts for 36 yards and an interception.WIth a deficit to make up, Haskins was not going to go the route of former Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett: running the ball for an average of 5.6 yards per carry in last year’s win over the Nittany Lions. Instead, with what Day described as poise and maturity, Haskins threw a screen pass to J.K. Dobbins, watching as the sophomore running back ran 26 yards into the end zone for Ohio State’s first score of the game. This was the major part of the offensive adjustments made in the locker room during halftime. Haskins’ goal, Day said, was to take advantage of the blitzing front and use his accuracy and blockers, either from the offensive line or the wide receivers on the outside, to continue to move the ball downfield. That’s exactly what Haskins did. In the second half, he completed 15-of-23 pass attempts for 208 yards and two touchdowns, both coming off screens. After leading Ohio State to a 27-26 win over then-No. 9 Penn State, Haskins earned his second-straight Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week award and his third of the season. Haskins found his niche for moving the ball downfield when playing from behind: getting the ball into the hands of playmakers as quickly and as often as he could. “I know one thing that seems very comfortable is seeing those screens coming out of his hands so fast and seeing his pinpoint accuracy,” head coach Urban Meyer said. Day said Haskins’ confidence returned as skill players on the outside, like junior receiver Binjimen Victor and redshirt junior receiver K.J. Hill, got the ball, taking advantage of the open space and blockers down field to score. Victor and Hill both scored touchdowns for the Buckeyes in the fourth quarter to give Ohio State the win.Ohio State will not be facing as consistent of a pass rush on Saturday. Haskins will face an Indiana defense that has averaged two sacks per game, ranked No. 9 in the Big Ten. However, when playing from behind and under pressure, Haskins did not rely on himself. He brought in his supporting cast, involving everyone in what Meyer considered “the greatest drive in Ohio State history.” Moving forward, this is the formula that Meyer sees Haskins using when facing adversity. “We are throwing for 340 a game or something like that and we are winning games. That’s our job,” Meyer said. “We are taking care of the football and we are throwing the ball. We are utilizing some very good players and he’s a very good player.” read more

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Duenas calls Spanish girls for OG Qualifications

Spanish NT coach, invites players for the Qualifications tourmanent for Olympic Games, who will be played in Guadalajara from 25 to 27th of May. Spain will have chance to qualify for London against Netherlands, Croatia and Argentina.Goalkeeper: Cristina González (Leon), Mihaela Ciobanu (Alcobendas), Silvia Navarro (Itxako)Backs: Andrea Barnó (Itxako), Macarena Aguilar (Itxako), Beatriz Fernández (Bera Bera), Marta Mangué (Zajecar/SRB), Nely Carla Alberto (Le Havre/FRA), Patricia Elorza (Castro Urdiales)Right wings: Carmen Martín (Itxako), Jessica Alonso (Itxako)Left wings: Eli Pinedo (Bera Bera), Vanessa Amorós (Alicante)Line player: Begoña Fernández (Itxako), Eli Chávez (Sagunto), Verónica Cuadrado (Randers HK) ← Previous Story Gorenje without Director – Ostrelic resigns Next Story → Montenegro against Sweden without Zarko Markovic Jorge DuenasMarta MangueSpanish handball read more

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Police appeals for information on Greeks mystery death on the Peninsula

first_imgVictoria Police set up an information caravan on the Point Nepean foreshore last week in an effort to collect new information about the death of Mavroidis (Blacky) Karpetis in December last year. Mr Karpetis’ body was discovered in grassland near Point Leo Road, Merricks at around 1pm on Christmas Day. The 78 year old Brunswick East man was last seen at his family’s Tootgarook holiday house on the afternoon of Tuesday, 23 December.Detectives from the Homicide Squad were working alongside local police to gather new information from both permanent residents and those with holiday properties in the area. Detective Senior Sergeant Stuart Bateson said police were urging one couple in particular to come forward. “On the morning of 23 December two people spoke to Mr Karpetis and his son-in-law about some windows they had left on the nature strip outside their property on Leonard Street,” he said. “Those people later returned to the property that same morning and collected the windows using a trailer. “Police are appealing for this man and woman in particular to come forward and we believe they may hold vital information for this investigation.” he added. A mannequin wearing the same style of clothing that Mr Karpetis had on at the time of his disappearance and subsequent death was also on display. A number of items belonging to Mr Karpetis have never been recovered, including a leather Esprit wallet, silver Tag watch, Samsung E250 mobile phone, a pair of sunglasses and a pair of shoes. “With the right information, solving a crime like this might only be one call away,” Det S/Sgt Bateson said. “Any information, no matter how small or insignificant you may think it is, could be crucial. “Investigators are asking that anyone who can assist with this case come to the information caravan or contact Crime Stoppers.”Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or visit www.crimestoppers.com.au Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Evacuation Order Lifted for Kenai Residents

first_imgDownload AudioThe fire management team lifted the evacuation order this morning for Funny River Road from Mile 7 to the end of the road. Homeowners near the road remain under an evacuation alert, which means they should be ready to leave again if the fire gets worse in that area. Residents of Funny River Road were evacuated over the weekend.Many left with just a few necessities and haven’t been back home since.Some are staying with friends or family in the area. Others have spent the past few days sleeping in shelters, RVs, or tents. A few local hotels opened their doors to the evacuees, like Hooligans Lodging and Saloon.last_img read more

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Interim budget 2019 Goyal mentions RBI action on stressed banks early in

first_imgThe central bank’s regulatory decision to remove three lenders from the prompt corrective action (PCA) regime has found a mention in the budget speech.Railway and Coal Minister Piyush Goyal, standing in for ailing Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, made mention of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) decision in the earlier part of his speech while presenting the interim budget for the 2019-20 financial year.Goyal mentioned the RBI action of removing from the prompt corrective action (PCA) framework the banks – Bank of India (BoI), Bank of Maharashtra (Mahabank), and Oriental Bank of Commerce (OBC) – as an instance of the Narendra Modi government’s promptness in taking corrective action in case of stressed banks.The RBI on Thursday removed from the prompt corrective action (PCA) framework the three banks that informed it of structural and systemic improvements they have made to meet the regulatory norms.The banks have told the RBI they would on an ongoing basis comply with the norms of minimum regulatory capital, net non-performing assets (NPA) and leverage ratio, a media report says.Their removal from the PCA framework will lift the restrictions on their carrying out normal business, particularly lending.The banks will be subject to close monitoring by the regulator.The central bank decision was based on a review of the banks’ performance December quarter (Q3).BoI and Mahabank have met the regulatory norms, including the capital conservation buffer (CCB) and have net non-performing assets (NPAs) of less than 6 per cent as per their third-quarter results, the RBI said in a statement.Mahabank has welcomed the RBI decision and said it would help the lender pursue a sharper growth trajectory. “We would like to thank the government for the recent capital infusion of Rs 4,498 crore and all our employees for their efforts to help us exit the PCA framework,” AS Rajeev, managing director and CEO, said in a statement. “As the bank steps out of the PCA framework, we aim to continue our higher growth trajectory and enhance lending to key sectors such as retail, agriculture and micro, small and medium enterprises.”The RBI took a lenient view of the OBC, though its net NPA was 7.15 per cent. The government’s infusion of more capital and the steps that the bank had taken to cut the net NPA to less than 6 per cent prompted the central bank to free OBC from the PCA framework.The RBI is sticking to the PCA framework norm to ensure the banks’ financial health. It helps banks, which are at the risk thresholds in areas such as capital, asset quality (net NPA), and profitability, to take timely corrective steps to restore financial health, a statement says.The central bank puts a lender under the PCA if the net NPA crosses 6 per cent, or it makes a loss for two consecutive years, or the capital adequacy falls below the 9 per cent regulatory requirement. Lenders in the PCA framework will face restrictions on big-ticket corporate loans, opening new branches, and hiring.The RBI had placed 12 banks under the PCA because of high levels of stressed assets and a poor financial profile. Apart from the three lenders now released from the PCA framework, the other banks were Mumbai-based IDBI Bank, Central Bank of India, Dena Bank, Corporation Bank, and Indian Overseas Bank, the Kolkata-based Allahabad Bank, United Bank of India and UCO Bank as also Dhanlaxmi Bank, a small South India-based bank, which is the only private sector lender in the PCA framework.last_img read more

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Anushka Sharmas bikini picture leads to hilarious memes actress compared with VLC

first_imgAnushka Sharma’s bikini picture leads to hilarious memesTwitterAnushka Sharma started trending on social media as soon as she posted a bikini photo on Instagram, which led to series of memes.The actress posted the beautiful picture that showed her getting sun-kissed on a beach. She captioned the photo as, “Sun kissed & blessed”. Anushka is seen sporting an orange and white coloured bikini.Although there is nothing wrong with the picture, meme makers on social media started comparing her look with bizarre things like VLC player and construction cones. It is the colour of her bikini that gave them the idea of making such memes.Some even morphed her picture into other photos, giving it a hilarious turn. People like her husband Virat Kohli, other Indian cricketers, and even Prime Minister Narendra Modi became part of such memes. If that was not enough, some memes even compared her with fish and snake, as they found similarity in colour of the outfit.Considering the sport that she is, we are sure even Anushka will have a field day seeing the funny memes that flooded social media.Earlier, scores of memes had surfaced online in regard to her crying scene in Sui Dhaaga. Her expression in the scene gave fodder to the meme-makers to create hilarious GIFs and memes. Even then, Anushka was not offended, but enjoyed the limelight.”I thought the memes were hilarious. I kept sharing them with Varun (Dhawan), Sharat (Katariya) and my friends. It is a compliment that my character has been stuck in people’s head after they watched the trailer. Mamta has become a figure that everyone identifies with. Memes have become a common feature today. People actually dedicate time to make them. But in our case, it happened naturally and that too, on a huge scale,” she had told Mumbai Mirror.My ex:- what she thinks she is VS what she actually is!!#AnushkaSharma pic.twitter.com/Hugu1gy4Uk— Anudeep Royal (@AnudeepRoyal) August 20, 2019 Modi ji is chilling with #AnushkaSharma pic.twitter.com/djY9YQh6TY— Shark? (@imShariqueRizvi) August 20, 2019 Creativity at its peak #AnushkaSharma ?? pic.twitter.com/v3wnCjlrZK— Shark? (@imShariqueRizvi) August 20, 2019 Pic 1 older version of VLC Pic 2 Updated version of VLCbut this is damn hot ???#AnushkaSharma pic.twitter.com/FrPrn0ccM7— Mr.Vinnu?? (@111Vinodkumar) August 19, 2019 #AnushkaSharmaAnushka is everywhere ??? pic.twitter.com/MCyK6gVpD8— Pranjul Sharma (@Pranjultweet) August 19, 2019 here we go ? #AnushkaSharma pic.twitter.com/dCN85KycdW— Pranjul Sharma (@Pranjultweet) August 19, 2019 Work in progress. RT when you found #AnushkaSharma pic.twitter.com/5PCdOuH3t2— Saumen?? (@isaumen) August 19, 2019 #AnushkaSharma Pic 1 : Actress in Star Plus SerialPic 2 : Actress in Real Life pic.twitter.com/UfL8gM1wFH— it’s_me_.DK._? (@_branded_kamina) August 19, 2019 #AnushkaSharma almost same pic.twitter.com/BtJaTHOCRP— AkhilT_T (@akhilt_t) August 19, 2019last_img read more

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Former UH Student Sues Frat Says Hazing Nearly Killed Him

first_img Share A former University of Houston student says he spent days in the hospital and almost died because of hazing at his fraternity. The student, Jared Munoz, filed suit this week against Pi Kappa Alpha and 29 of its members, seeking $1,000,000 in relief and damages.Munoz says in 2016 he was forced to roll around in human waste, drink scalding hot beer, and was tackled which he says caused internal bleeding from a lacerated spleen.The lawsuit claims Munoz’s medical treatment cost $35,000 and described his injuries as permanent.The fraternity was previously indicted for the incident, though no members were charged. A Pi Kappa Alpha spokesperson did not immediately respond to News 88.7’s request for comment on the lawsuit.Last year, the University of Houston suspended the fraternity until 2023.“We take seriously our responsibility to train our fraternities and sororities to adhere to University policy and laws against hazing and the need to conduct themselves in a safe manner,” the university said in a statement issued in 2017.The University of Houston owns the license for Houston Public Media.last_img read more

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CES 2017 Tech That Will Save andor Ruin the World

first_imgStay on target CES Reinstates Innovation Award for High-Tech Sex Toy2019 Tech Trends Worth Getting Hyped About A new year means new technology, and for a concentrated dose of new technology look no further than the Consumer Electronics Show. Held annually in Las Vegas, CES is E3 for the tech journalism world. Instead of seeing new games every January we see new phones and computers and whatever new appliance we can make “smart.”Technology has always played a crucial role in the world. It’s one of the best ways to mark our progress (or lack thereof) as a culture. But these days, with the world seemingly on the brink, we’re more sensitive to the effects of tech than ever before. Tech can help or hurt, or maybe do both at the same time. To manufacturers, it doesn’t really matter of tech saves the world or ruins it. It just needs to have an influence. It needs to be important. When you’re the Next Big Thing, like a smart hairbrush or a VR Hypersuit or a laptop with three screens, the absolute worst thing to be meaningless.We’ve seen a lot of intriguing new tech in our ongoing CES coverage both here and on PCMag. Here’s just a sample of the products we think could redeem our planet or destroy it forever.Augmented Reality GlassesWhat Is It?From Snapchat Spectacles to Microsoft Hololens to new products in the works from Lenovo, ODG, and Vuzix, augmented reality glasses are the new virtual reality headsets.How It Will Save the WorldInstead of helping you escape to some virtual world, augmented reality enhances your perception of the real world around you, hopefully giving you the knowledge and motivation to save it.How It Will Ruin the WorldThe world shown by AR glasses may be more accurate than virtual reality, but it’s not accurate. By only showing you what you want to see, tech companies could leave you blind to problems they’d rather you not notice. It’s like They Live in reverse.A Smart Garbage CanWhat Is It?The GeniCan is a smart accessory for your dumb trash can. Plop it on and keep track of the groceries you throw out by holding barcodes up to the scanner. Now you can know all about your trash heap.How It Will Save the WorldThe GeniCan also lets you know when you need to restock certain food and helps you buy it, which is convenient. But more importantly, being aware of our waste could theoretically help us reduce it.How It Will Ruin the WorldDoes anything sound more like a parody nightmare of techno-capitalist hyper-consumption than a WiFi-enabled garbage can that tells you when it’s time to buy new things while you throw away old things?A Fridge What TalksWhat Is It?When it’s not making phones that explode, Samsung’s secret passion during these last few Consumer Electronic Shows has been intelligent refrigerators. The latest model is the Family Hub 2.0.How It Will Save the WorldThe Family Hub 2.0 takes the innovations of its predecessor and spreads them out across a wide range of refrigerators. Internal cameras keep track of food before it spoils while the touchscreen and app integration lets families learn and share all sorts of data.How It Will Ruin the WorldThe Family Hub 2.0 listens and responds to voice commands. I get why. It is a modern product after all. But something about talking to a refrigerator as if it were a person just doesn’t sit right with me. It’s like a bad prank call joke.Radiation-Proof UnderwearWhat Is It?Whether you’re a doomsday prepper or are just concerned about cell phone signals in your pants, men’s underwear lined with material like silver can shield sperm from (arguably) harmful radiation.How It Will Save the WorldAt this time it’s not a question of if the bombs will drop but when the bombs will drop. By preventing mass sterility from nuclear fallout, radiation-proof underwear from companies like Spartan could very well guarantee the survival of the human race.How It Will Ruin the WorldWithout the threat of mass sterility as a deterrent, radiation-proof underwear may, in fact, make us more willing to engage in nuclear war, which is pretty good way to ruin the world.Paraplegic ExoskeletonsWhat Is It?The Hyundai Medical Exoskeleton, or H-MEX, is a robotic leg brace that can help elderly or paraplegic people walk again and reduce the stress on workers’ legs while performing strenuous activity.How It Will Save the WorldFor people unable to walk, this tech could profoundly change their lives for the better. Technologically empowered human workers could also be a more ethical alternative to a fully mechanized manufacturing economy.How It Will Ruin the WorldRemember that scene from RoboCop 2 where the failed exoskeletons kill all those people?The 3-in-1 GraalphoneWhat Is It?No, it’s not some Steve Brule invention. The Graalphone is a peculiar new smartphone concept. The small Android phone can slot into a larger 3D screen, which can then connect to a hardware keyboard.How It Will Save the WorldTheoretically, this could be the phone for everyone since it functions in two sizes and can turn into a Windows 10 machine.How It Will Ruin the WorldAs cool as the Graalphone is in theory, watching it in action is pretty ridiculous. Seeing someone in the real world constantly fiddle with their phone like it’s a Transformer might be too much to handle.Carnival’s Ocean MedallionWhat Is It?The Carnival Ocean Medallion is wearable tech that gives you a “smart vacation” when taking a cruise on Carnival’s ships.How It Will Save the WorldCarnival uses data from the Ocean Medallion to make your vacation as comforting as possible. Letting housekeeping know when you’re gone, showing you the best routes to activities, and keeping restaurants open if you’re nearby are all really clever conveniences.How It Will Ruin the WorldBeing continuously monitored on a boat sounds like the perfect combination of Logan’s Run and Titanic.A Smart PanWhat Is It?SmartyPans is a smart skillet for your dumb stomach.How It Will Save the WorldUsing ingredient sensors and online data, SmartyPans can walk you through a recipe, track nutritional information, and connect you with other chefs. Better eating equals a better world.How It Will Ruin the WorldOf all devices to make “smart,” a pan isn’t the worst pick. Still, do you really want to turn something like your diet into another mass of data to farm?Gotta hear both sides.For more CES coverage, check out our pals at PCMag.last_img read more

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Saquon Barkley is more Reggie Bush than Ezekiel Elliott

first_imgAlso:– 5 reasons not to draft Saquon Barkley– Colin’s 10 Most Dominant Athletes of the Last 20 yearsGuests:Chris Broussard – FS1 NBA Analyst is in-studio discussing Westbrook’s bad 4th quarter decision making; why Kyrie’s knee injury is more serious than people are admitting.Matt Leinart – Fox College Football Analyst joins the show from the USC Pro Day on how it’s less of a circus than his USC Pro Day; if Darnold can do anything to make his stock drop; and why he thinks Baker Mayfield will succeed in the NFL.Rob Parker – FS1 Analyst joins the show to explain why he disagrees with ESPN’s ridiculous Dominant Athlete list.Joel Klatt – Fox Sports College Football Analyst joins the show from USC Pro Day to explain why Sam Darnold’s impressive performance in the rain locked up the #1 pick. Kyrie is wearing down without LeBron to lean onKyrie Irving left LeBron to be the man in Boston, but as the playoffs approach, he’s sidelined with a knee injury and has struggled recently when he has been on the floor.Colin thinks understands Kyrie’s desire to be the focal point of the franchise, but as he fades down the stretch it’s clear that life is a lot harder without LeBron to lean on. Heavy is the head that wears the crown, unless you’re the King. Saquon Barkley is more Reggie Bush than Ezekiel ElliottLeading up to this year’s NFL Draft, the top quarterbacks have been picked apart by scouts to the point where no one believes any of them is a sure thing. Penn State running back Saquon Barkley, however, has been the darling of the draft process and regularly referred to as the only ‘can’t miss’ skill position player at the top of the first round.Colin pointed out that Barkley may not be the guaranteed home run people thinks and looks more like a situational home run hitter like Reggie Bush than a 30-carry a game NFL workhorse like Ezekiel Elliott.last_img read more

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Samsung to Show Off Smart Glasses and Directional Speaker at CES

first_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Samsung today offered a peek at three new projects brewing inside its in-house idea incubator Creative Lab (C-Lab).The tech giant plans to show off the projects — a portable directional speaker dubbed Sound Ray (S-Ray), a device called GoBreath that can help people with lung damage, and a pair of smart eyeglasses with an accompanying app called Relúmino — at CES in Las Vegas next week.Samsung first showed off its Relúmino app at Mobile World Congress last year, and now the team behind it has developed a pair of smart eyeglasses that can “help people with vision challenges see images clearer when they are reading a book or viewing an object,” the company wrote in a news release.”The glasses work in conjunction with a smartphone, utilizing its processors and batteries, which makes Relúmino glasses light and comfortable to wear,” Samsung explained. “The smartphone processes images from videos projected through the camera of the glasses, and the processed images are floated into the display of the Relúmino glasses to help the wearer see things better.”Meanwhile, the GoBreath recovery solution is for those suffering from postoperative pulmonary complications. Developed by a doctor at the Samsung Medical Center, the portable device and mobile app aim to teach patients techniques such as inhalation, coughing and deep breathing.”Patients can refer to exercise guidelines and check how well their lungs have recovered through the app,” Samsung wrote. “GoBreath even offers a web and cloud service for doctors to help them monitor their patients’ recovery progress as well as provide reminders to practice.”Finally, S-Ray aims to let you listen to music or podcasts without having to wear uncomfortable earphones, or annoying others around you by playing music over a Bluetooth speaker. Existing directional speakers are “primarily stationary due to their size and price,” Samsung says, but S-Ray is “much smaller, lighter and portable…while maintaining the advantages of conventional directional speakers and/or earphones.”Besides those three projects, seven startups that have spun out of C-Lab will showcase newly released products that are hitting the market. Those startups include Linkflow, Kitten Planet, lululab, Kidsoft, Mangoslab, Innomdle lab and analogue plus.”Since launching five years ago, our C-Lab program has gained exciting momentum across Samsung, helping foster an innovation culture, and providing avenue for our creative, talented employees to pursue innovative new projects,” Vice President and Head of Samsung’s Creativity & Innovation Center Jaiil Lee said in a statement. “We will continuously introduce innovative projects through our C-Lab program.” Register Now » This story originally appeared on PCMag January 3, 2018 3 min readlast_img read more

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Compact car lands on roof in Playa del Carmen

first_imgIt was just before noon when police were called to the scene of a rollover along the federal highway in the municipality of Playa del Carmen. The accident happened near the resort of Xaman-Ha at kilometer 241. Police arrived to find the small car on its roof in the fast lane. They proceeded to direct traffic while paramedics arrived, however, the car’s two occupants were diagnosed with only minor bruises and were not transferred to hospital. Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — A gray compact car overturned along the Tulum-Playa del Carmen Federal Highway leaving the driver and passenger with only minor injuries. center_img There was no official cause of the rollover. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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first_img News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more News | 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 | 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 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 Related Content News | February 09, 2010 Hypofractionation for Breast As Safe As Standard Approach 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 Image courtesy of Imago Systems 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 February 9, 2010 – The chronic side-effects of radiotherapy for early breast cancer are not any worse when treatment is given in a lower overall dose in fewer but larger treatments, reported a study published in the Lancet Oncology.The study, partly funded by Cancer Research UK, was part of the 4,451 patient START 1 (Standardisation of Breast Radiotherapy Trials), which found that a lower total dose of radiotherapy, delivered in fewer, larger treatments is as effective at treating the disease as the international standard of a higher total dose delivered over a longer time.The new part of the START trial published used a questionnaire approach to assess the chronic side-effects of different radiotherapy doses for early breast cancer, as reported by women themselves. About half the women in the trial were asked to fill in questionnaires over a five year period before and after treatment to see if they had noticed changes to the breast such as hardness, swelling and sensitivity or if they had experienced any arm or shoulder problems including pain and stiffness. These 2,208 women also answered questions on perceptions of body image.The researchers found that long term side-effects were common for all the radiotherapy schedules with about 40 per cent of women overall reporting moderate or marked changes to the breast since treatment. Over time, breast symptoms and body image concerns did decrease.They also found that skin changes were significantly fewer in the treatments giving lower overall dose in fewer larger doses, with a similar overall pattern for the other side effects, which supports the use of delivering radiotherapy treatment in this manner for women who have had surgery for early breast cancer.Reference: Comparison of patient-assessed breast, arm and shoulder symptoms and body images after radiotherapy for early breast cancer was a five-year follow-up in the randomized Standardisation of Breast Radiotherapy (START) Trials, led by Penelope Hopwood, Judith Bliss, John Yarnold et al. These studies were coordinated by the Clinical Trials and Statistics Unit at The Institute of Cancer Research and funded by Cancer Research UK, the Medical Research Council and the Department of Health. For more information: www.thelancet.com/journals/lanonc FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more 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 last_img read more

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