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Trump denies disaster declaration for Dakota Access pipeline

first_imgThe Canadian Press BISMARCK, N.D. _ The Trump administration rejected North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum’s request for a “major disaster declaration” to help cover some of the estimated $38 million U.S. cost to police protests of the Dakota Access pipeline, a spokesman for the Republican governor said Thursday.Burgum publicly announced in April his letter to President Donald Trump seeking the disaster declaration to pave the way for federal aid. The governor was notified in May that the request was denied by the Federal Emergency Management Administration, Burgum spokesman Mike Nowatzki said. The governor’s office didn’t announce the denial until reporters asked about it this week.The denial was not unexpected because such declarations typically involve natural disasters, and not “civil-unrest-related disasters,” Nowatzki said.“It wasn’t a surprise to us,” Nowatzki said. “We knew it was longshot.”The state had 30 days to appeal but did not, he said.North Dakota’s costs resulted from about six months of protests against the $3.8 billion pipeline built by Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners to move North Dakota oil to Illinois. Hundreds and sometimes thousands of opponents camped on federal land in southern North Dakota, often clashing with police and National Guard soldiers who set up a staging area nearby that morphed into a small village. There were 761 arrests in the region between early August and late February.Burgum, in his 11-page letter to Trump, said the federal government bore “significant” responsibility for the costs because it failed to “enforce its regulations and maintain law and order on its property.”The state has borrowed money from the state-owned Bank of North Dakota to cover the law enforcement costs. It also is anticipating up to $10 million from a Justice Department grant, Nowatzki said.The state also has a longstanding offer from the pipeline’s developer to help the state recoup the costs.Energy Transfer Partners spokeswoman Vicki Energy said in an email to The Associated Press on Thursday that the offer still stands because “we know it placed a great burden on the state.”Nowatzki said Burgum has not yet dismissed the offer.“Everything is on the table,” Nowatzki said. “The governor believes North Dakota taxpayers should not have to foot this bill.”The long-delayed project was finished after Trump took office and called for its completion. On June 1, the pipeline began moving North Dakota oil to a distribution point in Illinois, from which it’s shipped to the Gulf Coast.North Dakota Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger said the pipeline “is already having a positive impact on state tax revenue because of the cheaper transportation.”Industry officials have estimated the pipeline could save shipping costs by more than $3 (U.S.) a barrel. Rauschenberger said it already has lowered shipping costs by about $2.50 a barrel (U.S.) for drillers.State tax officials estimate every dollar saved on the per-barrel shipping price means about $33 million annually in added tax revenue, a sum that in the long run would more than offset the law enforcement costs.news@aptn.calast_img read more

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UNICEF Morocco Has Highest Neonatal Deaths in Maghreb

Rabat – The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has unveiled a new report about the troubling issue of newborn deaths around the world on February 20. 2.6 million babies die before turning one month old, with 2 millions of them dying on the day of their birth. And another 2.6 are stillborn. How did Moroccan babies fare?The report started by highlighting the hardships that millions of mothers, babies, and health worker from a round the world go through.  “Imagine for a moment that you are about to give birth. You are at home, accompanied only by a few members of your family. You are in pain, but you have no access to a doctor, nurse or midwife. You know there is a real risk that both you and the baby you have been waiting to meet may not survive the birth. Even if you and the baby survive, you know that the coming days and weeks will be filled with danger,” read the reportNewborn’s death prevention is complicated given the fact that no single drug and intervention can be provided and requires a “system-wide approach”; however, the report maintains that the majority of these deaths could be prevented with a global commitment to newborn survival. “We are failing the youngest, most vulnerable people on the planet – and with so many millions of lives at stake, time is of the essence,” said UNICEFAdditionally, Millions of lives could be saved through basic services such as affordable healthcare, good nutrition, and clean water. All of which are out of reach for many.Morocco ranked fourth in the Maghreb region with a neonatal mortality rate of 17.8 per 1,000 live births. This is especially shocking given the fact that Libya ranked first with mortality rate 7.1 per 1.000 live babies, regardless of the country’s current circumstances. Morocco came one step above Mauritania where the rate is 33.7.Although newborn survival is closely linked to the country’s income level since high-income countries have an average newborn mortality rate 3.3 compared to a rate of 27 in low-income countries, it is by no means the only factor.For instance, Kuwait and the United States of America, both high-income countries, have newborn mortality rate of 4, which is slightly better than lower-middle-income countries such as Sri Lanka and Ukraine, where the newborn mortality rate is 5.Given the high numbers and the frequency in which newborn’s death happen, UNICEF refuses to see it as a mere statistic and insist that each and every one of these deaths is a tragedy that can and must be changed, and aims to save 16 million newborn lives by 2030. read more

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Wanted man discovered in trunk during traffic stop

A man wanted by Owen Sound Police was discovered in the trunk of a car during a traffic stop.Grey County provincial police officers stopped a vehicle on Hwy. 21 in the Township of Georgian Bluffs around 1:30 a.m. Feb. 11.During the stop, police discovered a man inside the trunk of the car.He’s been identified as Michael Vanwyck Jr., 30, of Meaford.He was wanted by Owen Sound Police and was arrested and turned over to them without incident.The driver was charged with operating a motor vehicle without insurance.She is scheduled to appear in court next month. read more

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Annan to call for full implementation of treaty against chemical weapons

In his remarks to the Seventh Session of the Conference of the States Parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention, which opens Monday in The Hague, Mr. Annan asks delegates to imagine what would have happened if weapons of mass destruction had been used in the 11 September terrorist attack on the United States.”We must continue to work towards the universality of the Convention, towards the total destruction of chemical weapons stockpiles and for a world in which cooperation in the peaceful uses of chemistry is fostered,” the Secretary General says in his message, which is scheduled to be delivered by Roman-Morey, Deputy Secretary-General of the UN Conference on Disarmament.The Secretary-General urges States that have yet not ratified or acceded to the Convention to do so without delay. The Convention, which entered into force five years ago, has 146 States Parties and an additional 19 countries that have signed it. read more

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National security concerns do not justify curbing press freedoms in UK say

“The protection of national security secrets must never be used as an excuse to intimidate the press into silence and backing off from its crucial work in the clarification of human rights violations,” the Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression, Frank La Rue, said. “The press plays a central role in the clarification of human rights abuses.” Mr. La Rue and the Special Rapporteur on human rights and counter-terrorism, Ben Emmerson, requested further information from the UK on the recent detention of David Miranda, partner of Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald, who has broken several stories on surveillance activities carried out by various Governments.Mr. Miranda was detained at Heathrow Airport in London last month for nine hours under the UK Terrorism Act 2000, which gives police with the power to arrest and detain a person without charge for up to 48 hours if they are suspected of being a terrorist. British officials also destroyed computer hard drives at the Guardian newspaper.“It is clear that the revelations on the extensive mass surveillance initiatives implemented by some Governments need to be widely debated,” Mr. La Rue said. “The intimidation of journalists and newspapers questioning alleged abuses by intelligence bodies is certainly not a contribution to the open debate that needs to place.”Mr. Emmerson added that current assessments of the threat posed by terrorism in the UK have changed significantly over the past three years. “There should now be a debate on the extent to which the public in both States is prepared to tolerate official access to meta data,” he stressed.“The powers used in this case are currently under challenge in the European Court of Human Rights,” Mr. Emmerson said. “I urge the British authorities to review their operations to ensure that they comply fully with the UK’s obligations under the European Convention on Human Rights regarding the right to liberty and security, and the right to respect for private and family life.”Mr. La Rue expressed grave concern regarding the widespread use of mass surveillance in all regions of the world and its impact on human rights defenders and journalists’ activities.“National laws regulating communications surveillance are often inadequate or simply do not exist today,” he said. “Privacy and freedom of expression are interdependent rights – without adequate protection to privacy, security and anonymity of communications, no one can be sure that his or her private communications are not under States’ scrutiny.” read more

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Mens Basketball Ohio State faces toughest challenge of the season in Gonzaga

Ohio State senior forward Jae’Sean Tate (1) waits for the Buckeye offense to run in the second half of the game against Radford on Nov. 12. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOhio State (4-0) will face its toughest test of the season upon traveling across the country to Portland, Oregon, to play in the PK80 Invitational, starting with No. 17 Gonzaga (3-0) at midnight Friday morning.The Scarlet and Gray look to build off of an undefeated start to the head coach Chris Holtmann era, taking on some of the best basketball programs in the nation. Redshirt junior forward Keita Bates-Diop and senior forward Jae’Sean Tate have led the way for the Buckeyes, averaging 19.3 points and 10.0 rebounds, and 15.3 points and 7.5 rebounds, respectively.“It’s a great opportunity,” Bates-Diop said. “There’s a lot of great teams out there. There’s a chance you get to play them all in a three- or four-day stretch. It’s great for us.”Traveling more than 2,000 miles across the country and playing multiple games in a short time period might appear grueling, but not in the age of AAU tournaments. Tate said most of his teammates have previously played three to four games in a day, let alone a weekend.Tate expressed excitement at the opportunity to play against top-tier college basketball programs, but emphasized the importance of the team not getting ahead of itself.“I think it’s going to be the biggest stage we’ve been on in a while,” Tate said. “But we’re just prepping for Gonzaga. We’re just taking it one day at a time.”The Buckeyes need ample preparation to be ready for Gonzaga. The Bulldogs are coming off of a runner-up finish in the NCAA tournament and have consistently enjoyed success during head coach Mark Few’s 19-year tenure.Holtmann is well aware of Gonzaga’s sustained success. From what he’s seen, he said Gonzaga appears capable of making another deep run in the NCAA Tournament this season.“I think they’re just really disciplined. You can tell they’re a program that’s won at a really high level for a number of years because they don’t beat themselves,” Holtmann said. “They’re big. They’re talented. They’re well-coached. They’re one of the very best basketball programs in the country.”The Bulldogs have had the tall task of replacing Nigel Williams-Goss, Przemek Karnowski and Jordan Matthews, who were their top three scorers last season. They also watched sixth man Zach Collins taken 10th overall in the NBA draft by the Portland Trailblazers.However, Gonzaga has replaced its key contributors of the past with a mix of returning and new players. Returning to take on bigger roles are redshirt junior guard Josh Perkins and sophomore forward Killian Tillie. The duo is currently leading the team in scoring with 13.3 points, and 12.3 points, respectively.Freshman forward Corey Kispert and redshirt freshman guard Zach Norwell have already become critical cogs in the Bulldogs’ scheme. Kispert averages 11.7 points and 6.0 rebounds per game, shooting 54 percent from the field and 42 percent from behind the arc. Norwell has been a do-it-all sixth man, averaging 10.7 points, three rebounds, three assists and 1.7 steals in only 18 minutes per game.Gonzaga ranks No. 17 in the nation in scoring with an average of 94 points per game. Gonzaga has not relied on any one player in particular for production. Instead, the Bulldogs have counted on a balanced attack featuring six players averaging more than 10 points per game.Given the tournament style and prestige of the teams participating, including No. 1 Duke, No. 4 Michigan State and No. 9 North Carolina, comparisons have been made between the PK80 Invitational and the NCAA Tournament. Tate was asked if it felt like the Buckeyes were preparing for the NCAA Tournament.“Definitely,” Tate responded. “We play three games and no matter what — all three games — we’re going to have to come out and play. We’re going to have to be the best team we can be because every team in there on their best night can beat anybody in my opinion. We’re just going to prepare for the first one and keep the train rolling.”Beyond GonzagaIf the Buckeyes win, they will play the winner of the Florida-Stanford matchup. If Ohio State loses to Gonzaga, it will play the loser of the Florida-Stanford matchup.No. 7 Florida (3-0) averages 98 points per game and shoots better than 40 percent from the perimeter. Its leading scorers, redshirt senior guard Egor Koulechov and junior guard Jalen Hudson, average 20.3 points and 8.3 rebounds, and 18.0 points and 4.0 rebounds, respectively.Stanford (3-2) has struggled early, losing to North Carolina and Eastern Washington. The Cardinal only defeated Northeastern (2-2) by 14 points, whereas Ohio State defeated Northeastern by 25 points. Redshirt junior forward Reid Travis and senior forward Michael Humphrey average 21.2 points and 6.6 rebounds, and 12.2 points and 10.6 rebounds, respectively.“We feel like every game we play is an opportunity,” Tate answered. “Any game you lose is going to hurt. Any game you win is going to help you. So we’re just taking it one game at a time. As long as we keep stringing the wins together, I feel very confident that we’ll be in the tournament.” read more

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Lindo creek CoI being held in camera – Harmon

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedLack of transparency, openness in Lindo Creek CoI should be rectified- Opposition leaderMarch 10, 2018In “latest news”Trotman heading Lindo Creek COI a Conflict of Interest says PPP/CJanuary 31, 2018In “latest news”Lindo Creek CoI postponed as daughter of massacre victim loses consciousnessMarch 15, 2018In “latest news” – Jagdeo says working behind the scenes defeats the purposeState Minister, Joseph Harmon on Thursday asserted that, despite reports that the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into the Lindo Creek Massacre has been postponed because of lack of willingness on the part of witnesses, “there is no shortage of witnesses.”State Minister, Joseph HarmonSpeaking to the media during a Post Cabinet Briefing at the Ministry of the Presidency, the Minister said that the CoI has resumed but all of the sessions thus far have been “in camera”- meaning the media was not invited to cover.“There’s no shortage of witnesses. I can say to you that they have already started hearings, which are in camera hearings and so there is already a body of evidence there before the commission,” he said.Further, he posited that last week, during the initial day slated for the CoI’s commencement, “there were some issues with respect to witnesses that are out of town.”However, he noted that this is soon to be rectified.“Certainly we would assist those persons with the transportation expenses to get to the commission. That is something that is contemplated. In fact it is part of the law in Guyana where witnesses have to be brought from various parts of the country to appear before a court so we will in fact embrace that practice and ensure that we get the persons to come to give the evidence before the Commission of Inquiry,” Harmon said.Opposition Leader, Dr Bharrat JagdeoMeanwhile, Opposition Leader, Dr Bharrat Jagdeo has expressed great “worry” at the “behind the scenes” operation of the CoI.“They’re working behind the scenes. I thought the whole idea of a CoI was to work in the open. Now I see the government, having failed on a few attempts to get requisite interest, or the necessary interest, the CoI has now reverted to working behind the scenes. Why do you need a CoI if you’re working behind the scenes…” he told media operatives during a press conference of his own earlier today.“Working behind the scenes with witnesses creates a huge cause for worry because they could really be prepping people to come and lie at the CoI. It’s very, very dangerous,” he explained.Moreover, Jagdeo maintained that he believes the decision to have a CoI into the Lindo Creek Massacre out of all the others that occurred prior to it, was “ill advised from the very beginning.”Commissioner of the  Lindo Creek CoI, retired Justice Donald TrotmanThe Lindo Creek CoI is the first of what the coalition Government has said would be a series of inquiries into the hundreds of killings which occurred during a crime wave that began in 2002.The People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) has expressed skepticism about participating in this CoI, highlighting that it was constituted along along partisan lines, with the sole Commissioner being the father of Government Minister and Leader of the AFC, Raphael Trotman.The PPP/C had even said that the inquiry should have started from the 1998 period.President David Granger however, rejected suggestions to extend the CoI’s focus to several years before 2008, when other major criminal activities had plagued the country.Sometime between June 12, 2008 and June 24, 2008, miners Cecil Arokium, Dax Arokium, Compton Speirs, Horace Drakes, Clifton Wong, Lancelot Lee, Bonny Harry and Nigel Torres were shot and killed, and their bodies burnt at the Upper Berbice River mining camp, which was being operated by Leonard Arokium. (Ramona Luthi) read more

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Wolff missed Olympic opening ceremony

← Previous Story Full schedule of Women’s Olympic Handball Tournament Next Story → Men’s U20 EURO 2016: Spain and Germany for the gold! andreas wolffrio 2016 handball The dream of all athletes to participate at Olympic opening ceremony wasn’t enough big for the German goalkeeper Andreas Wolff to change his life rhytm. The new goalie of THW Kiel missed last night at legendary Maracana stadium as he didn’t want to ruine his rhytm of sleeping.However, it looks strange, as Germany will play the first match against Sweden not today, but on Sunday. read more

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Stolen cars and cannabis worth €125000 seized at Dublin growing facility

first_imgTWO MEN HAVE been arrested following the discovery of a cannabis growing facility in Ballycoolin, Dublin 15.A number of stolen vehicles were also uncovered following the search of a business premises in Ballycoolin Industrial Estate.The operation began yesterday afternoon when Gardaí intercepted a van at Centrepoint Business Park, Rosemount Business Park, Ballycoolin, Dublin.15. Two men, one in his 30s and one in his 60s, were arrested.Both have been detained at Blanchardstown Garda Station under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984.Gardaí carried out a search under warrant at a Unit of Centrepoint Business Park, resulting in the recovery of the Hyundai Santa Fe and a VW Jetta believed to have been stolen in Navan on 18 April 2013. Three other cars, a motorcycle and numerous other vehicle parts were also discovered.In the upstairs of the premises Gardaí discovered a cannabis grow house, with 95 potted cannabis plants, a 7kg bag of suspected cannabis leaf, as well growing, lighting and housing equipment. The estimated street value is believed to be in the region of €125,000.The operation is ongoing and the area remains sealed off for a forensic technical examination.Read: ‘Sophisticated’ cannabis grow house found in CorkRead: Cannabis-based oral spray approved for use in Irelandlast_img read more

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Sport Ireland seeking urgent clarification on John Delaneys €100000 loan to the

first_img Image: Gary Carr/INPHO 35,101 Views FAI chief executive John Delaney. Tuesday 19 Mar 2019, 7:41 PM 3 Comments Subscribe https://the42.ie/4550918 Mar 19th 2019, 7:41 PM FAI chief executive John Delaney. Image: Gary Carr/INPHO SPORT IRELAND SAYS it is seeking “urgent clarification” surrounding details of a €100,000 loan provided by John Delaney to the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) two years ago.The statutory authority released a statement on Tuesday evening stating that it had not received any notification regarding a reduction in the association’s financial position.“Sport Ireland has written to the President of the Football Association of Ireland seeking urgent clarification from the Board of the FAI on media reports concerning a loan to the organisation by its Chief Executive, including the circumstances of the loan and its repayment,” the statement read.“Sport Ireland was not notified at any stage in 2017 about any apparent material deterioration in the FAI’s financial position, as per Sport Ireland’s Terms and Conditions of Grant Approval, and has sought additional clarification in relation to this matter.”On Saturday night, Delaney confirmed in a statement that he had provided a short-term loan to the FAI.“I am aware of stories circulating around this loan dating back to 2017,” he said.“I confirm that I made a once-off bridging loan to the Association to aid a very short-term cash flow issue.“This is the only occasion on which I provided the Association with a short-term loan.”A subsequent statement from the FAI tonight read: “The Football Association of Ireland has this evening received correspondence from Sport Ireland CEO John Treacy on behalf of Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Shane Ross.“The Association are currently preparing a reply to Mr Treacy and will respond at the earliest opportunity.”Comments closed for legal reasonsSubscribe to our new podcast, The42 Rugby Weekly, here: Share59 Tweet Email Sport Ireland seeking ‘urgent clarification’ on John Delaney’s €100,000 loan to the FAI The statutory authority is seeking an explanation for a loan provided by the FAI’s CEO two years ago. By Aaron Gallagher Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Real Madrid new signing Lunin delighted with move

first_imgReal Madrid have officially unveiled the signing of teenage goalkeeper Andriy Lunin in a reported €8.5m deal from Ukranian side ZoryaLife in the post-Cristiano Ronaldo era continues for Los Blancos this summer with Lunin becoming the second young player to be unveiled by the European champions in the space of just three days following 18-year-old Vinicius Junior’s arrival from Flamengo on Friday.For the services of Lunin, Real managed to fend off interest from Liverpool to secure the 19-year-old shot-stopper and he is expected to be the club’s new third choice goalkeeper for the season ahead.Lunin is a highly-rated youth prospect with over 50 first team appearances at club level to his name and he has already made his international debut for Ukraine.“Thanks to everyone in Madrid and especially to Florentino for giving me the opportunity to compete at the best club in the world,” said Lunin, according to Marca.“I am delighted to be working with the best and I also want to thank my family because, thanks to them also, I am here.“I am committed to giving my all with the hope of growing and doing my bit for Real to always be the best.“I identify with the values of this club, of work and perseverance, and I want to return those feelings to these fans and this club.”Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.?⚽ Andriy Lunin #WelcomeLunin pic.twitter.com/jOT27tn9xF— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadrid) July 23, 2018Real president Florentino Perez hailed the arrival of Lunin as another step towards their plan of building for the future.“Little by little we are laying the foundations of our team’s present and future,” said the Spaniard.“We want to incorporate the young talent that will shape the future, players who aspire to the maximum.“Lunin was wanted many teams but he wanted to be clear that he knew where he wanted to be. He has already shown why he is one of the great goalkeepers of the future.”last_img read more

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Another sink hole unearthed in Provo this time near Ianthe Pratt Primary

first_img Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #rainyweatheropensholeinroad, #sinkholenearIanthePrattPrimary Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, May 19, 2017 – Providenciales – The incessant rain has unearthed a deep and possibly huge sink hole or vertical cave near the Ianthe Pratt Primary school in The Bight and yesterday, the Ministers of Home Affairs and Public Works stumbled upon the problem.  Crossing Guard WC Stubbs was there and explained that it was he who put a large branch into the hole to prevent motorists and children from accidentally falling the deep dark hole, which is about a foot wide.  Magnetic Media spotted the scene and upon our inspection found that the hole was several feet deep and seemed to extend well beyond the area where the asphalt roadway had already fallen in.  The hole, said Stubbs has been there a week now and yesterday, Public Works was due to check it to determine what should be the next move.  S ink holes or underground caves can easily swallow up cars.    The nearby school is home to around 500 primary school aged children; Mr. Stubbs told Magnetic Media that during school hours he is watching out for them.#MagneticMediaNews#sinkholenearIanthePrattPrimary#rainyweatheropensholeinroad Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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Robben dismisses Bayern title talk

first_imgBayern Munich winger Arjen Robben has dismissed talks the club are title contenders this season.After their disappointing start to this campaign, Robben insists the Bavarians do not deserve to be talked about as contenders for the Bundesliga title.Bayern may have won the last six German league titles but the former Chelsea player says the team needs to be more consistent before they can contemplate making it a seventh consecutive title.The Bavarians have been the dominant team in German football for the last six years and ahead of this season, there was little or nothing to suggest it would be any different.The arrival of Niko Kovac from Eintracht Frankfurt as manager, has not delivered the results many hoped for, with Bayern sitting seven points behind leaders Borussia Dortmund after 11 matches.rb leipzig, bayern munichReport: Bayern are held by Leipzig George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Bayern Munich was held to another draw, this time by RB Leipzig.Bayern Munich finds themselves in the unfamiliar position of sitting third in the…A 3-2 loss to Dortmund just before the international break left Kovac’s men languishing in fifth place, and Robben insists they need to focus on winning games and not talks of a seventh consecutive title.“We are not allowed to talk about titles at the moment because we are just not good enough,” he said, according to FourFourTwo.While the pressure on Kovac seems to increase on a daily basis, Robben has been impressed with the new boss since his appointment in the summer.“He is very, very ambitious and works hard, but you have to say clearly that being Bayern Munich coach is not easy.”last_img read more

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MS Dhoni kept hairline fracture on his finger a big secret Report

first_imgIn what might come as shocking news to Indian cricket fans, former Indian captain MS Dhoni reportedly hid the fact that he had sustained a hairline fracture during the innings against New Zealand in the semi-finals of the ICC World Cup.According to an in.com report, Dhoni played with a finger injury in the World Cup and is yet to get it scanned.”Dhoni injured a finger during India Vs England match. However, he continued to be in the game even after the injury. The intensity of the damage is so high that it is speculated to be a hairline fracture. It’s hurting the former captain of India so much that he cannot even close his fist,” a source was quoted as saying in the report.Did not want this news to impact Army stint MS DhoniIANSOne believes that the former Indian captain kept the injury a secret because he did not want it to act as an impediment to his proposed stint with the Indian army. Dhoni opted to take a break from India’s tour of West Indies in order to serve in the Indian Army.”Dhoni wanted to keep this injury a big secret. He didn’t want any fuss around it. In fact, he has not even got it scanned by the doctors in order to avoid the beans getting spilt. The big reason behind this being the Territorial Army. He didn’t want the injury to get officially detected for obvious reasons, as he didn’t want to get disqualified for training,” the source added.If this report is to be believed, it might well end MS Dhoni’s career. The selectors have already clarified that they were looking at Rishabh Pant as a primary wicket-keeper batsman. Mahendra Singh Dhoni in Indian Army uniform.TwitterIt remains to be seen what will be the course of action once the former captain returns from his sabbatical and whether or not the selectors include him for the home season against South Africa.”He [MS Dhoni] is unavailable for this series. he has expressed his unavailability. Having said that, we had certain road maps till the World Cup. Subsequently, post the World Cup, we have laid down few more plans. We thought of giving as many opportunities to Rishabh Pant to see he is groomed. That’s our plan right now,” MSK Prasad told the press when he announced India’s squad for the West Indies tour.last_img read more

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Sex among eukaryotes is far more common than once believed

first_img Citation: Sex among eukaryotes is far more common than once believed (2015, July 28) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-07-sex-eukaryotes-common-believed.html The paper, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, points out that sex in multicellular organisms is simply clonal cell propagation among physically linked cells. “Hence,” the researchers write, “from the perspective of cell lineage, sex in multicellular organisms is as episodic as it is in facultatively sexual unicellular eukaryotes.” The authors’ emphatic conclusion is that “sex is a ubiquitous, ancient, and inherent attribute of eukaryotic life.”Notably, the paper emphasizes that zoologists would be aghast at the absence of observed sex, while microbiologists are far more receptive to the lack of sex in protists. Many protist groups, including ciliates and green algae, propagate via sex, but direct observation of those processes is lacking for the vast majority. Indeed, there are entire lineages of protists for which no evidence of sex processes exists. However, the authors screened scientific literature to find individual “signs of sex” in eukaryotic lineages, including physical observation of cell fusion or nuclear fusion, genetic evidence of meiosis or recombination, or changes in ploidy levels over the life cycle.Among the individuals screened, Jakobida, Glaucophyta, and Malawaimonadida—putatively asexual eukaryotes— were all found to contain genes involved in gamete fusion and/or nuclear fusion. The authors suggest that sex among unicellular eukaryotes is likely to be far more common than currently believed, and the lack of evidence of sexual propagation attributable to the difficulty of microbiological observation. Highlighting this difficulty, they point out a famous example of a particular type of algae with two morphologically different life cycle stages, which had been wrongly considered to be two separate species. What we don’t know about protist life forms still vastly outweighs what we’ve discovered. “…(W)e still have a tendency to underestimate how widespread sexual practices are in the different eukaryotic groups,” the authors write. Further, genome sequencing now supports the fundamentally sexual nature of eukaryotes. The authors cite numerous examples of putatively asexual eukaryotes found to express genetic traits associated with sex propagation. Giardia intestinalis was assumed to be asexual until genomic inspection revealed allelic differences indicative of sex. “The list of eukaryotic species that lack strong direct evidence for meiotic sex, but that seem sexual, as suggested by the presence of these meiosis-associated genes, is growing longer and longer,” the authors write.There are numerous adaptive benefits to sex: It creates genetic variation, repairs DNA breaks, and prevents the accumulation of disadvantageous mutations. Sexual reproduction is also associated with species survival during adverse periods. Because of these advantages, the authors suggest, even asexual species overwhelmingly retain the option for meiotic sex propagation, even despite some of the disadvantages of sex for protists.The paper goes on to speculate on the possibility that the evolution of meiotic sex was a defensive response to DNA-damaging effects of reactive oxygen species, and considers the possible influence of endosymbiotic organisms like chloroplasts and mitochondria on the evolution of sex. (Phys.org)—For a long time, biologists have considered sex to be an inherent trait of multicellular life, while microbial eukaryotes were considered to be either optionally sexual or purely clonal. From this perspective, clonality in eukaryotes is seen as exceptional. However, a group of researchers Europe and Canada have recently published a paper examining this broad distinction more closely, and have suggested that it appears to stem from an improper comparison of unicellular and multicellular species. Explore further Sexual assaults less likely in neighborhoods where registered sex offenders live More information: “Sex is a ubiquitous, ancient, and inherent attribute of eukaryotic life.” PNAS 2015 112 (29) 8827-8834; published ahead of print July 21, 2015, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1501725112AbstractSexual reproduction and clonality in eukaryotes are mostly seen as exclusive, the latter being rather exceptional. This view might be biased by focusing almost exclusively on metazoans. We analyze and discuss reproduction in the context of extant eukaryotic diversity, paying special attention to protists. We present results of phylogenetically extended searches for homologs of two proteins functioning in cell and nuclear fusion, respectively (HAP2 and GEX1), providing indirect evidence for these processes in several eukaryotic lineages where sex has not been observed yet. We argue that (i) the debate on the relative significance of sex and clonality in eukaryotes is confounded by not appropriately distinguishing multicellular and unicellular organisms; (ii) eukaryotic sex is extremely widespread and already present in the last eukaryotic common ancestor; and (iii) the general mode of existence of eukaryotes is best described by clonally propagating cell lines with episodic sex triggered by external or internal clues. However, important questions concern the relative longevity of true clonal species (i.e., species not able to return to sexual procreation anymore). Long-lived clonal species seem strikingly rare. We analyze their properties in the light of meiotic sex development from existing prokaryotic repair mechanisms. Based on these considerations, we speculate that eukaryotic sex likely developed as a cellular survival strategy, possibly in the context of internal reactive oxygen species stress generated by a (proto) mitochondrion. Thus, in the context of the symbiogenic model of eukaryotic origin, sex might directly result from the very evolutionary mode by which eukaryotic cells arose.center_img Representatives of deep eukaryotic lineages without published evidence for sex thus far. (A) Picomonas judraskeda (Picozoa). (B) Andalucia incarcerata and another, thus far undescribed jakobid (Jakobida). (C) Ancyromonas sigmoides (Ancyromonadida). (D) Roombia truncata (Katablepharida). (E) Breviata anathema (Breviatea). (F) Telonema subtilis (Telonemia). (G) An undescribed malawimonad (Malawimonadida). Images courtesy of Petr Táborský (B), Aaron Heiss (C, E, and G), and Akinori Yabuki (F); A and D were adapted from refs. 118 and 120. (Scale bars, 5 μm.) Credit: PNAS 2015 112 (29) 8827-8834; published ahead of print July 21, 2015, doi:10.1073/pnas.1501725112 Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences © 2015 Phys.org This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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Controlling ice formation

first_img Researchers discover new material to improve de-icing (Phys.org)—Researchers have demonstrated that ice crystals will grow along straight lines in a controlled way on microgrooved surfaces. Compared to the random formation of ice crystals on smooth surfaces, the ice on the microgrooved surfaces forms more slowly and melts more quickly, which could lead to improved anti-icing and deicing methods. Ice formation is currently a major problem in a wide variety of areas, including solar panels, refrigeration systems, power transmission systems, and aircraft, and the new surface may help reduce ice build-up in these systems. Explore further More information: Ching-Wen Lo, Venkataraman Sahoo, and Ming-Chang Lu. “Control of Ice Formation.” ACS Nano. DOI: 10.1021/acsnano.6b07348 The researchers, Ching-Wen Lo, Venkataraman Sahoo, and Ming-Chang Lu at National Chiao Tung University in Taiwan, have published a paper on the surfaces for controlling ice formation in a recent issue of ACS Nano.”In the work, we demonstrated the control of ice nucleation and ice crystal growth kinetics by manipulating the local roughness scale,” Lu said. “The control of nucleation and the confinement of ice growth kinetics can improve anti-icing and deicing performances on a surface. We anticipate that the concept can pave the way towards the development of new engineered anti-icing surfaces.”The key idea behind the microgrooved surfaces is that ice crystals preferentially form, or “nucleate,” on the microgrooves. So by adjusting the shape and number of microgrooves, the researchers could control the formation of ice crystals on the surface. They showed that ice forming on a special V-shaped microgroove surface takes longer to cover the surface and melts faster compared to ice that forms on smooth surfaces. This is not the first type of anti-icing surface to be developed. In the past few years, researchers have been designing superhydrophobic surfaces in efforts to prevent ice formation. Since superhydrophobic surfaces repel water, they are also “ice-phobic,” exhibiting lower ice adhesion than normal surfaces. However, at very low temperatures most of these surfaces still experience frost formation. When frost accumulates and covers the entire surface, the surface loses its ice-phobic property. One of the advantages of the new microgrooved surfaces is that they can control ice formation due to frost. A surface that can reduce ice build-up has the potential to impact a wide variety of areas. The negative effects of ice include reducing the efficiency of solar panels and refrigeration systems, damaging the electrical insulation on power transmission systems, compromising aircraft safety, and harming agricultural crops. “One of the applications is to alleviate the icing issue on solar panels,” Lu said. “Icing and snow accumulation on the solar panels can deteriorate their energy conversion efficiency. Our future plan is to design a surface with full control of the ice formation process, including nucleation, crystal growth, and ice spreading.”Understanding and controlling ice formation may even help address the problem of melting glaciers.”In addition, the ultimate goal of the research is to have full control of the ice formation process,” Lu said. “The insight learned from this work might be applied to alleviate the adverse impact caused by global warming, for example, the loss of ice sheets.” Journal information: ACS Nanocenter_img Citation: Controlling ice formation (2017, March 24) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-03-ice-formation.html © 2017 Phys.org Ice crystals form along the microgrooves of the new surfaces. Credit: Lo et al. ©2017 American Chemical Society This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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Seven Essential Ways to Cut Your Tech Costs

first_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. October 13, 2008 Whether your business has just two people or two hundred, these tips can help you cut costs, save money, and let you focus on what’s really important: the bottom line.1. Use Open Source and Free SoftwareLet’s face it–when you’re trying to keep your business afloat, plunking down lots of cash for off-the-shelf software hurts like getting a cavity filled without Novocain. Thankfully, freeware and low-cost software can be a pleasant surprise in terms of robustness and functionality.While not as polished as Microsoft’s Office suite (but not as much of a memory or resource hog), OpenOffice.org is a free, open-source alternative with a full suite of applications for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, and databases that are compatible with Microsoft Office. Though OpenOffice apps let you do nearly anything you can do in Microsoft Office, interoperability between the two suites isn’t seamless. For example, if you use Word’s Track Changes feature, it can be difficult to later delete or modify your edits when you use the document in OpenOffice, and vice versa.Google Docs is another viable and free alternative to Microsoft Office–and has no software to download or install. Though it’s not nearly as full-featured as either Office or OpenOffice, its basic functionality and streamlined interface may be all you’ll ever need.Creating PDF files may be crucial for business, but spending $450 on Adobe’s Acrobat Professional is not. CutePDF is a free program that simply exports files to PDF. Just download and install it; from the target file, choose File.Print, and select CutePDF from the printer menu. (If you’re using OpenOffice or Google Docs, you won’t even need to install CutePDF–both let you export to PDF directly.)2. TelecommuteGartner Research predicts that by 2009, more than 25 percent of the U.S. workforce will telecommute. Telecommuting lets you save on gas costs, but you can also remain just as productive when working at home, thanks to tools that make it easy to connect and collaborate (almost as if you were in the office).Wikis make it simple to post text or documents so that a group can make comments or changes. Some wikis are free and public, while others are more enterprise-focused, with more robust security features. PBwiki offers three flavors: Business, Academic, and Personal. The site includes WSIWYG editing tools, storage space, SSL encryption, automatic notifications via e-mail or RSS, and controls on access. It also offers reasonable business pricing–it’s free for one to three users, $8 per month per user for 4 to 99 users, and $6 a month per user for 1000 to 4999 users.The aforementioned Google Docs is also telecommuter-friendly, offering an affordable and easy way to share files (and to keep tabs on changes). Once you’ve created a file in Google Docs, simply invite others to collaborate online. When you’re done, you can export the file to Word, Excel, PDF, or PowerPoint.If you cringe at the thought of setting up a VPN (virtual private network), services like LogMeIn Hamachi may just be your ticket to headache-free remote VPN access. LogMeIn Hamachi promises easy setup using peer-to-peer technology to let off-site employees access files. The service works within your firewall and costs just $5 a month for one user license.If your company doesn’t have, and doesn’t need, a centralized server, Central Desktop is a way to share documents online with virtually no setup. The site lets large or small groups easily share files, keep track of who’s checked out which files (or modified them), and set up separate desktops for multiple groups of users.The free plan gives you 25MB of space and supports two workspaces with five users each. The lowest paid plan is $25 per month for three workspaces, 10 users each, and 500MB of file storage. At the high end, $249 a month gets you 100 workspaces, 100 internal users (employees), and 100 external users (vendors, clients, or partners), 25GB of storage, and custom branding. An additional fee brings extra security and Web meetings.For more tips and case studies, check out PC World’s Telecommuting Resource Guide.3. Hold Online MeetingsWhy fly out to see a client when you can hold a meeting in cyberspace? Using free video conferencing software, such as Skype, you need only a Webcam, a PC, and an Internet connection–saving money not only on travel costs, but on long-distance as well. Skype does drop calls sometimes and can be staticky, so hold a few meetings before you drop your landline completely.If you’d like to upgrade to a more robust Web conferencing service, Cisco’s WebEx lets you share documents, supports up to four Webcams, and lets you run presentations from your desktop.GoToMeeting is another solution that offers VoIP, supports meetings with up to 15 attendees, and lets you give presentations, collaborate, or provide training from your desktop, saving money on travel costs and meeting space. Who doesn’t want to make presentations in their pajamas?For the more adventurous, Second Life lets you create an avatar for free and meet “in-world,” make video presentations, and hold virtual meetings or training sessions. You can also buy office space in Second Life if you’d like to set up a more permanent place for employees to meet and collaborate.4. Buy Refurbished HardwareWhile ripping open a box containing a shiny new computer is an unmatched thrill, saving your business a bundle is a close second. Buying refurbished (nearly new) hardware is a great way to get a deal.If you have your eye on a specific brand of computer, go to that manufacturer’s site to find deals on refurbished systems. But note that each vendor defines refurbished a bit differently. For instance, Dell sells three types of refurbished computers, all of which are tested and restored to factory specs: Certified Refurbished includes laptops and desktops that were returned to Dell and may have minor cosmetic dings or blemishes; Previously Ordered New means a PC that was shipped new, but the customer decided to return the system without so much as booting it; Scratch and Dent products may appear a bit more “worn” on the outside, but still work well and don’t contain dings or scratches on the palm rest or screen.The Dell Outlet store lets you search for refurbished Dell desktops, accessories, and laptops by price range; most of the items cost up to 35 percent below retail. For example, a Flamingo Pink Certified Refurbished Inspiron 1720 laptop with an Intel Core 2 Duo CPU, a 17-inch LCD, and a 120GB SATA hard drive was $879 on the Dell Outlet site. Price depends on whether the item has scratches and dents, whether it was ordered new, and other factors. And if you’re not happy with your purchase, you can return products within 21 days from the date of shipment, less a restocking fee if the product is not defective.If you’re a Mac devotee, Apple sells refurbished products through its online store. But don’t expect huge savings–some of the newer products are a mere $200 less than the retail price. However, in some cases, you can save much more. A recent look at the Apple Store revealed a refurbished MacBook Air (with a 1.6-GHz Intel Core 2 Duo CPU, a 13.3-inch glossy wide-screen display, 2GB of memory, an 80GB PATA hard drive, and a built-in iSight camera) listed at $1499, versus $1799 retail. A refurbished iMac (with a 2.8-GHz Intel Core 2 Extreme CPU, 24-inch glossy wide-screen display, 2GB of memory, a 500GB hard drive, and a built-in iSight Camera) was listed at $1599, versus $2299 retail.Apple’s refurbished products are covered by a one-year warranty, and you can buy an extended warranty as well. Apple’s refurbished products are “pre-owned,” but Apple’s site claims that each item undergoes a “stringent refurbishment process prior to being offered for sale.” Some products were returned, while others were brought back due to technical issues. To read the full list of refurbished tests and qualifications, visit Apple’s site.Amazon.com features a long list of refurbished computer resellers, and the site’s seller ratings let you immediately know what sort you’re dealing with. The sellers also report the condition of the equipment with a rating system: Good, Like New, Refurbished, and so on. Under Amazon’s A-Z Safe Buying Guarantee, sellers will let you return items if they’re defective.eBay also offers a wealth of deals. As a buyer, you’ll know immediately whether the seller is shady or reputable based on user reviews. Look for a seller with a large amount of positive feedback, at least 95 percent. Be sure to thumb through the buyer feedback to see the comments before you dive in and bid. Like Amazon, eBay backs buyers, and the community will boot anyone out if they aren’t on the level.Refurbished systems may not be under any sort of warranty, and the vendor may sell it to you “as is.” This can be a nightmare if, say, the operating system is simply installed on a new hard drive and the drive is stuck back into the computer. Be sure to ask questions of the vendor before buying.5. Cut Down on Printing CostsAccording to GreenBiz.com, you don’t have to spend money to be green. You can save on paper costs if you simply photocopy pages on both sides or use outdated letterhead for in-house memos. If your office currently passes out paper memos to employees, try posting the memos instead in a central location (such as a board near the water cooler) where people normally gather and will see it.Another money-saving tip is to use your printer’s draft mode to cut down on ink usage and replace cartridges less often. Draft mode is much faster and uses less ink. When printing e-mail and Web pages, check for a “printer friendly” option.Color print cartridges typically cost more, so printing in grayscale using only the black cartridge can save money, and you’ll replace your color cartridge less often. Most printers offer plenty of settings, so check your printer’s software to see what features can save money.If you rarely print, but your ink runs low anyway, this may be because your printer automatically cleans the print heads. To avoid this, print regularly (at least once a week) to avoid ink buildup.Watch the PC World video, “How to Save Money on Printing,” for more ideas.6. Outsource WorkMany businesses lack a full-time IT professional or have one very overtaxed person managing the network and systems. Or perhaps you have a Web project that needs finishing or a simple press release you’d like to have written, but don’t have the staff.Instead of hiring a headhunter (whose fees may run 10 to 40 percent of a new hire’s first-year salary) or a temp agency, use one of many freelance sites that address all sorts of job functions and don’t cost a dime. eLance.com is a sort of freelancer marketplace where contractors post r�sum�s, portfolios, references, and details about their work. Employers can post jobs or invite freelancers to bid directly. eLance tests freelancers on the site in their given skill areas to certify their skills and lets clients post feedback once jobs are completed.Guru.com is a similar service that lets you search through an available list of freelancers by category, receive bids, award work, view portfolios, and then pay for work once it’s completed. Each professional is reviewed by past employers and ranked according to feedback. The site offers a wide range of job categories–legal, programming, marketing, CAD, photography–and is free for employers.7. Use Virtualization Software Virtualization software offers many cost-saving benefits, such as consolidating servers and reducing backup and recovery time. And because you’re running fewer servers, you save money on your energy bill.Industry standard VMware’s offerings run the gamut, from suites for managing large data centers to VMware Workstation for running multiple operating systems on a single computer. By using VMware, you can test new operating systems or try out new software without risk. The VMware Player is available for free, allowing you to import backup images or share data.Microsoft’s free Virtual Server and Virtual PC (search at microsoft.com) allow you to test virtualization and try out the company’s Silverlight virtualization tool.Parallels is one of the better-known Mac-friendly solutions. Parallels software runs on Windows and Linux hosts, as well as on Macs with its Parallels Desktop for Mac product. (VMware has followed suit and now offers a Mac app, too.) Parallels offers desktop, server, and automation virtualization packages with pricing that’s more affordable than VMware.If you’d rather go the open-source route, FreeVPS is a viable alternative to the commercial software listed above. As with some other open-source software products, FreeVPS doesn’t provide official support, but full documentation is available on the Web site.While the economy may be uncertain, a combination of free software, free services, and a bit of savvy can help any business rein in tech costs. 11 min read Brought to you by PCWorld Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now »last_img read more

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RayStation Selected for New Tennessee Proton Therapy Center

first_img Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD 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 | 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 Related Content News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more November 20, 2017 — Provision Healthcare has selected RayStation for external beam planning at the new Provision Cares proton therapy center in Franklin, Tenn., which is currently under construction. The center forms part of the Provision Cares Cancer Network.The center, which is scheduled to open in 2018, will be the first clinical ProNova proton system in the world, featuring superconducting magnets and advanced imaging capabilities. The new ProNova SC360 machine will be fully supported by both RayStation and RayCare, RaySearch’s new oncology information system, which will be submitted for U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance at the end of 2017.RayStation will be used for all external beam treatment planning at the center. The installation will feature a range of advanced functionalities, such as adaptive planning, deformable registration and fallback planning, which allows planning comparisons between modalities.David Raubach, vice president of business development at Provision Healthcare, said: “The plan from the beginning was to make this one of the most advanced proton treatment centers in the world from a technology perspective. We are delighted that RaySearch has partnered with us to provide full support for the first and only 360-degree compact system. And we are confident that the combination of RayStation and RayCare with the new ProNova system will provide a unique platform that will set the new standard for effective and efficient treatment processes.”For more information: www.raysearchlabs.com 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 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 | 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 The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. News | Treatment Planning | November 20, 2017 RayStation Selected for New Tennessee Proton Therapy Center RaySearch platform will handle all external beam treatment planning, fully supported by RayCare oncology information system (OIS) 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 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more News | Radiation Oncology | July 31, 2019 Laura Dawson, M.D., FASTRO, Chosen as ASTRO President-elect The members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) elected four new officers to ASTRO’s Board of… read morelast_img read more

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Get client savings increased commissions with Andersons South Pacific promo

first_imgGet client savings & increased commissions with Anderson’s South Pacific promo Travelweek Group Share Posted by Tags: Agent Incentives, Anderson Vacations, South Pacificcenter_img TORONTO — Both agents and clients win big with Anderson Vacations’ latest promotion on its South Pacific tours.In collaboration with Grand Pacific of New Zealand and Air New Zealand, the tour operator is offering savings of up to $1,200 per couple. Savings apply regardless of travel style, whether clients book a luxury escorted tour, an independent travel itinerary, a self-drive holiday, campervan rental, small-ship cruise or train journey.For agents, Anderson has announced several perks, including increased commissions until Sept. 30, a $100 Amazon voucher for the top booking agent, and a chance to win a spot on an upcoming fam trip. According the company, all this has been done to enhance its relationships with its travel agent partners.For more information go to andersonvacations.ca. Wednesday, July 18, 2018 << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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June 12 2019

first_imgJune 12 , 2019 You might also be interested in Limoneira completes Argentine citrus JV and land a … He added: “We now have varieties of Fall Creek that have already been planted, but that are also starting in production. and we have big expectations on it because it behaves properly for that market.”Likewise, Baya indicated that “There is a package of varieties that we really have a lot of faith that will be very good in that market and that will be appreciated for their flavor.”Regarding the availability of the Argentine blueberries in the next season from ABC, the committee indicated they should start in the northwest region of Argentina, including Tucumán and Salta in mid-August, then in the northeast region with fruit from Concordia and ending with supply from Buenos Aires in mid December.A stronger relationship with ChinaOne of the elements of the Argentine blueberry industry that stands out is the presence of the first secretary and agricultural attaché of the Chinese Embassy -Jiang Changshun – in Argentina.Recently, the producers of ABC and of the Association of Producers of Blueberries of the Mesopotamia Argentina (APAMA) met with representatives of the regional government of Tucumán. Changshun and the new Commercial Counselor of the Chinese Embassy, ​​XIA DI YA, joined these industry players as well. Together, these parties discussed the possibility of reducing tariffs for Chinese imports.In that meeting, XIA DI YA commented that “It is the first time that the Ministry of Agribusiness of China has sent an exclusive aggregate to Argentina.”Today we have more diplomats than ever in the country. We seek to raise the level of contact and communication in the economic sphere. China regards Argentina as a strategic country of commercial relations.”Meanwhile, the producers who attended noted: “We are very happy because the opening of China is the result of the effort articulated for a long time with the State and the public-private sector to reach a market with great potential. That represents a huge opportunity for our sector. “The added that they are planning “gradual” exports to China that “will be consolidated year after year” in order to see mid- and long-term results.In conclusion, the ABC and APAMA said: “We are aware that this market promises a great potential for consumption, but has, in turn, a lot of offer, making the business increasingly demanding and competitive. That is why it is imperative for us to do things well and work hard to reduce the import tariff that currently stands at 15%.” Argentina: Table grape exports from key region ‘lo … center_img Argentina could have a boost in its next export season to China, after the Asian country reduced its tariffs for the origin from 30% to 15%, said the Committee of Argentine Blueberries (ABC).Argentina sent its first shipment of blueberries to the Chinese market at the end of 2018. However, the move was considered an experiment because the nation dispatched only two air shipments.As such, this year will be the first campaign with what the AMB calls important volumes to this destination, which the committee emphasized it’s looking forward to.Federico Baya, president of ABC, commented to PortalFrutícola.com that the shipments for the 2019 season should start in mid-August. Until that date, the domestic market will be well supplied.The executive highlighted China’s potential consumption of blueberries, explaining that he expects it to be around 10,000 metric tons.He said that this year’s category exports would consist of 2/3 of Argentina’s production. Yet, though he noted this was a very high percentage, he added: ” I think that the country has to go little by little building [the market] to reach the point where China represents 20 or 25% of our production.”He continued: “It is a great challenge for the Argentine industry to have this market open (…) due to the remoteness of the market, the cost of freight and other various reasons.”Baya also indicated that the campaign will export by both sea and air freight.Selection of blueberries for exportRegarding the blueberries that Argentina will export to the Chinese market, the president of ABC explained: “There is a selection of those [varieties] that have a better post-harvest life.” Argentine apple campaign off to a positive start … Argentine cherry industry set for bright future …last_img read more

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