Government support for energy sector growth urgently needed says bank CEO

first_imgCALGARY – The CEO of the Royal Bank says the oil and gas sector is poised to deliver billions of dollars in new revenue to Canadian governments over the next decade by meeting growing global energy demand but it can’t do it without urgently needed support.Dave McKay, who has previously taken Ottawa to task over Canada’s lagging tax competitiveness with the U.S., says a new RBC study suggests that Canadian governments could earn an extra $195 billion in revenues between now and 2030 with the right kind of energy development.He adds that with support for advances in technology, the industry could reduce the growth of greenhouse gas emissions by a third in the same period.In a speech before a sold-out audience in the heart of the oilpatch in downtown Calgary, McKay says he supports carbon taxes if they help industry find new technologies to cut emissions.However, he wouldn’t comment later when reporters asked for his opinion of Ottawa’s announcement this week that it plans to return 90 per cent of its carbon tax to individuals with tax rebates while the rest will be parceled out to small businesses, colleges, schools and hospitals.The federal carbon tax on fossil fuels is to be imposed as of April 1 on four provinces — Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and New Brunswick — where governments have failed to adopt their own equivalent taxes.“While we support the principle of revenue-neutral carbon pricing, we’re concerned that too much is floated into general government spending, rather than be invested in cleaner and more competitive energy production,” McKay said during his speech.last_img read more

Online ad invites singles to pay 40 for Indigenous cuisine smudging and

first_imgBrandi MorinAPTN National NewsAn Edmonton meet up website advertising an evening of Indigenous cuisine, a course on how to smudge and wine has drawn the ire of people across social media.The online post that has since been removed from the single travellers site in Edmonton that offered an evening of “breaking bannock” to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday and learn about the Poppachase (sic) band in Edmonton.“Take part in a traditional smudging ceremony … smudging is a 2000-year-old tradition. Smudging helps combat negativity, clear the energy in the room and help restart anew,” the post advertised.A meal of bison stew, bannock, corn, and dessert was served – along with red, and white wine for $40.Many people expressed outrage that the sacred act of smudging would be paid for and go hand in hand with drinking wine.Conversations heated up online and the post was soon taken down.“There is no right or wrong in smudging. “since when is this an art”..tsk, tsk! Our culture is becoming white washed! And wine hmmm …” wrote one woman on Facebook.The Papaschase Band of Edmonton was said to have been associated with the event, a claim that Chief Calvin Bruneau denied.“It’s a very unfortunate incident,” he said. “One of our descendants is part of the singles group this event was organized for. They didn’t run it by me or an elder to see if it was ok.”Bruneau said that other than it being disrespectful to Indigenous culture, it was a mistake that should be forgiven.“They (organizers) don’t really know the culture, plus there was no harm intended. They just wanted to create an event to help the other singles learn some history and culture.”One First Nation man said the issue was very emotional to discuss online because of the constant appropriation and misconceptions about Indigenous culture. But he thinks it’s important to learn from it going forward.“We must be open and understanding,” said Martin Desjarlais. “Yes, it’s not the proper venue and we all know booze and ceremony/smudging don’t mix EVER. We must educate those who do not know proper protocols- non-native and native people alike in a good and respectful way.”Holly Teed, the woman listed in the event information to be the one to lead the smudging ceremony, is from the Papaschase Band. She said the event was posted by mistake.“I think it was blown out of proportion…I was raised in more of a white community so I did not know the protocol of smudging. If we are to have understanding and reconciliation then it has to be on both sides. Billi (event organizer) was only trying to help. We have apologized numerous times,” said Teed.APTN reached out to the event organizer for comment but received no response at press time.bmorin@aptn.calast_img read more

Applications for US unemployment aid fall to 49year low

WASHINGTON — The number of people seeking jobless benefits dropped last week to the lowest level since November 1969, a sign the job market remains strong despite the partial government shutdown, now in its fifth week.The Labor Department said Thursday that weekly applications for unemployment aid declined 13,000 to a seasonally adjusted 199,000. The four-week average, a less volatile figure, dropped 5,500 to 215,000.The tally of furloughed federal employees requesting unemployment aid jumped to 25,419, more than double the previous week. Those figures are tracked separately from other unemployment claims.Weekly applications for jobless aid are a proxy for layoffs. The data suggests employers are confident enough about the economy to hold onto their workers. The Labor Department was funded before the shutdown and is still releasing its weekly report.Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press read more

Automotive Sector Morocco Aims to be Continental Leader

Rabat – Morocco has emerged as a new continental leader in the automotive sector.With free zones where corporate taxes as low as 8.75 percent have attracted several automotive giants, Morocco has overtaken South Africa in passenger vehicle production and is looking to become the home of Africa’s biggest motor industry overall.Plans to expand productionSouth African newspaper “Business Day” wrote that South Africa may be about to surrender its status as the home of Africa’s biggest motor industry. New investments are planned to increase automotive production in Morocco, the source said. Morocco’s current production is 376,826 vehicles, and the kingdom is aiming to increase its annual production to 1 million vehicles within 10 years, while South Africa is aiming for 1.2 million by 2035.“Renault, the original investor, has been joined by Peugeot-Citroen, while manufacturers from other countries are starting to take interest,” the paper pointed out. “Renault’s Tangier car plant is planned to have an eventual annual production capacity of 400,000 vehicles – nearly twice as many as South Africa’s largest.”Read Also: Renault Achieved 65 percent of Moroccan Ecosystem Expansion Goals in 2017Morocco entices investment with corporate welfareThe Moroccan government is offering investment incentives for automotive industries, including a five-year corporate tax exemption and a 25-year exemption if most production is exported. The government will also give VAT exemptions, land purchase subsidies, and rebates of up to 30 percent on investment costs.Some Moroccan politicians want to turn the country into a production base for the whole African continent, the newspaper added.Morocco has become a center for European exports thanks to its geographic location connecting Africa’s low labor costs to Europe’s purses. The low labor prices, regional stability, security, and competitiveness, along with the country’s industry policy and the government’s efforts to develop the sector are among the aspects that turned Morocco into an automotive hub.Morocco is determined to make the sector a growth engine of its economy, and the corporate benefits will encourage more manufacturers to invest in the country.By developing the sector, Morocco aims to raise the number of vehicles manufactured and exported from Morocco abroad from 400,000 to 800,000 by 2020, generating MAD 100 billion and creating 160,000 jobs.In recent months, Morocco has attracted several investors in both car components fabric and car manufacturing, namely, Nexteer, Gestamp, Ficosa and Fiat’s subsidiary Magneti Marelli. read more

American business group says loss of free trade with US would be

OTTAWA — A new report says potential changes to NAFTA and a loss of free trade with the United States represent the biggest concerns for a number of big American firms operating in this country.The American Chamber of Commerce in Canada says 38 per cent of the companies participating in its study said they believed that free trade was the biggest concern for their business.Other concerns included President Donald Trump (19 per cent) and Buy American policies (11 per cent).The report’s release on Monday coincides with the third round of talks between Canada, the United States and Mexico — which are working to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement.An agenda for the current round of negotiations, the first held in Ottawa, showed the environment, rules of origin for automotive content, agriculture and labour standards were to be addressed during this week’s talks.However, the AmCham report is based on findings of a Nanos Research survey conducted between March 15 and July 19, prior to the first round of talks that were conducted in Washington from Aug. 16 to 20.The survey also found, among other things, that 54 per cent of participants described Canada’s business investment environment as positive and 49 per cent expected the Canadian economy would strengthen over the coming six months. read more

Dont finish the course of antibiotics experts turn medical advice on its

first_imgDoctors must stop telling patients to finish an entire course of antibiotics because it is driving antimicrobial resistance, a group of eminent specialists has warned.Patients should be encouraged to continue taking medication only until they feel better, to avoid the overuse of drugs, experts from bodies including Public Health England and the University of Oxford are now advising.Current guidance from the NHS and the World Health Organisation says it is essential to ‘finish a course’ of antibiotics to avoid triggering more virulent forms of disease. Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, said: “Recommended courses of antibiotics are not random – they are tailored to individual conditions, and in many cases courses are quite short, for example for urinary tract infections, three days is often enough to cure the infection.“We are concerned about the concept of patients stopping taking their medication mid-way through a course once they ‘feel better’, because improvement in symptoms does not necessarily mean the infection has been completely eradicated.“It’s important that patients have clear messages and the mantra to always take the full course of antibiotics is well known – changing this will simply confuse people.” The Department of Health will continue to review the evidence on prescribing and drug resistant infectionChief medical officer Dame Sally Davies Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. But in a new article in the British Medical Journal (BMJ), 10 leading experts said the public health message is not backed by evidence and should be dropped. They claim it actually puts the public at greater risk from antimicrobial resistance.“Historically, antibiotic courses were driven by fear of undertreatment, with less concern about overuse,” said lead author Martin Llewelyn professor of infectious diseases at Brighton and Sussex Medical School.“The idea that stopping antibiotic treatment early encourages antibiotic resistance is not supported by evidence, while taking antibiotics for longer than necessary increases the risk of resistance.“We encourage policy makers, educators, and doctors to stop advocating ‘complete the course’ when communicating with the public.” Prof Jodi Lindsay, Professor of Microbial Pathogenesis, St George’s, University of London, added: “The evidence for ‘completing the course’ is poor, and the length of the course of antibiotics has been estimated based on a fear of under-treating rather than any studies. A group of specialists has called for a change in guidance to prevent people taking pills needlessly Credit: Mike Harrington Sir Alexander Fleming  However the Royal College of GPs said it was ‘concerned’ about allowing patients to judge for themselves when to stop taking medication, and argue it could cause confusion. A group of specialists has called for a change in guidance to prevent people taking pills needlessly  Chief medical officer Dame Sally Davies, also said that the message to the public should remain unchanged until there was further research.“NICE is currently developing guidance for managing common infections, which will look at all available evidence on appropriate prescribing of antibiotics,” she said.“The Department of Health will continue to review the evidence on prescribing and drug resistant infections, as we aim to continue the great progress we have made at home and abroad on this issue.”Yet many independent experts argued that changes to prescribing rules were long overdue. Fears that stopping antibiotics early could trigger more dangerous forms of disease date back to Alexander Fleming who found that bacteria quickly become ‘acclimatised’ to penicillin and patients who take insufficient doses may transmit a more dangerous strain to family members.In his Nobel Prize acceptance speech in 1945, Fleming warned: “If you use penicillin, use enough.” But in the BMJ article the experts argue that when a patient takes any antibiotics it allows dangerous strains of bacteria to grow on the skin and gut which could cause problems later. The longer the course, the more the resistance builds.In the UK, at least 12,000 people die from antibiotic-resistant bugs each year, experts estimate – more than die of breast cancer. “The evidence for shorter courses of antibiotics being equal to longer courses, in terms of cure or outcome, is generally good, although more studies would help.”Prof Mark Woolhouse, Professor of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, University of Edinburgh, said: “It is very clear that prescribing practices do need to change; there is every indication that current volumes of antibiotic usage are too high to be sustainable.“We need to start to use antibiotics more wisely before it’s too late.”Prof Peter Openshaw, President of the British Society for Immunology and Professor of Experimental Medicine, Imperial College London added: “Far from being irresponsible, shortening the duration of a course of antibiotics might make antibiotic resistance less likely.”Experts pointed out that for some diseases, such as tuberculosis, a long duration of antibiotics is vital. Sir Alexander Fleming Credit:Getty  It is very clear that prescribing practices do need to changeProf Mark Woolhouse, University of Edinburgh The specialists also warn that current guidance ignores the fact that patients often respond differently to the same antibiotic, with some needing longer courses than others.Commenting on the research Alison Holmes, Professor of Infectious Diseases at Imperial College London said it was ‘astonishing’ that doctors still do not know the optimum duration for taking drugs even though a long course raises the risk of bacterial resistance.“The ‘complete the course’ message directly conflicts with the societal messages regarding the changes needed in behaviour and attitudes to minimise unnecessary exposure to antibiotics,” she said.last_img read more

Rebels fire on US aircraft in South Sudan wounding three

first_imgTWO OFFICIALS HAVE told The Associated Press that two US military aircraft responding to the outbreak of violence in South Sudan were hit by incoming fire, wounding three US service members.The officials said the aircraft were heading to Bor, the capital of the state of Jonglei and scene of some of the nation’s worst violence over the last week.One of the wounded service members was reported to be in critical condition. Officials said after the aircraft took incoming fire, they turned around and headed to Kampala, Uganda. From there the service members flew on to Nairobi, Kenya for medical treatment.Both officials demanded anonymity to share information not yet made public. Both officials work in East Africa and are in a position to know the information.Read: Hundreds dead, 20,000 flee to UN bases following South Sudan clasheslast_img read more

No argument over favourites tag in chase for greatest cup of all

first_imgFOR JUPP HEYNCKES and most other people, a game of such dimensions is still all quite simple. If Bayern Munich play to their general ability, they win.At present, it’s difficult to disagree. Jurgen Klopp couldn’t.“We have to play to our utmost or we don’t stand a chance.”Up until now, Bayern have produced the best season ever seen in European football, breaking virtually every domestic division record and apparently confirming their rise with that crushing victory over Barcelona. As the notably spiky Thomas Muller purred in the pre-game press conference, it’s hard to say “whether there’s a weakness there”.Make no mistake. This is now undeniably the best team in Europe. Bayern would be the worthiest of champions, fulfilling the competition’s main aim of crowning the continent’s finest side.The very fact that doesn’t always happen, though, is the point. Bayern also know better than anyone else capricious nature of knock-out finals, which was something the charismatic Klopp made sure to reference in his own way beforehand.Both Muller and Philipp Lahm typically attempted to spin that into a positive. They believe the experiences of 2010 and, especially, 2012 will actually help mentally complete the team for the long-awaited culmination of a cycle. That it’s all been building to this final deliverance. Again, it’s hard to disagree. Bayern’s rise from a psychologically fragile outfit to the most commanding and imposing in Europe has been as stealthy as it has strident.“I think last year’s final won’t have a negative impact on tomorrow, only a positive one because we’re motivated,” Muller said. “We’ll be more attentive in our actions than in a standard scenario.”This, however, isn’t a standard Champions League final. It’s a showdown between two sides from the same country that, even unlike Real Madrid-Valencia in 2000 or Manchester United-Chelsea in 2008, comes at a genuinely important juncture in their rivalry.Coded messageThe details of the last two domestic seasons prove that. The transfer of Mario Goetze personifies it.Bayern can either fully display their unmatchable strength in German football or Borussia Dortmund can again expose that lasting weakness on the most exacting occasion. That’s what it comes down to.It will either be the ultimate victory or the ultimate response.It was also something Dortmund’s Sebastien Kehl emphasised on the eve of the game, with a potentially coded message to Robert Lewandowski too.“Of course it would be fantastic if we did manage [to win], just to show the players who think they might like to go down to Munich they’d be missing out on something.”That “something”, however, is the key.Or, as Klopp put it, “the other story”.“Our possible success is not based on the idea of spoiling things for Bayern,” Kehl added. “It’s just the biggest opportunity we’ve had so far in our lives as a team. We’re going to go into that match and win the cup, regardless of what the other side might stand to lose.“We can go for this greatest cup of all. This is the most fantastic story in the world.”His manager elaborated on the manner Dortmund have gone from the brink of bankruptcy to the greatest prize in the space of a decade.“Along comes a club that is pretty good as well, and has a pretty big following. The stadium could have been turned into a monument, but thanks to a few decisions from some clever people, it has risen from the ashes. That’s a good story.“We just have to take different decisions.”FreshThey’ve also taken a different route. Because, as callow as Dortmund may seem in comparison to Bayern and as much as the Goetze business encapsulates the different philosophies and directions of the club, the thoroughly fresh approach of Klopp’s side has actually forged a rather traditional path to this final.In the era of mega-rich super clubs either using the triumph to complete trebles or just compensate for domestic blips, Dortmund have done things like in the days of the old European Cup. They’ve won their title and gradually matured before pouring everything into the pursuit of the highest prize. They would be equally worthy winners in their own way. Even if they are not the best team on the continent, they have illustrated that potential to be. As such, it feels as much of a natural progression towards this point as Bayern’s.Except, in contrast to the manner Heynckes’s side have surged to the final, Dortmund have suffered. There was the late desperation against Malaga and the late defiance against Real Madrid.After that, it would be difficult for them not to feel the same sense of destiny as Bayern.“That’s why it’s a very special relationship and why it’s a bit more emotional for us,” Klopp said,” compared with a situation where success is pretty normal.”Heynckes has a word with Robben. Mike Egerton/EMPICS SportThat sense of destiny, though, is only as important as the degree to which it imposes on the fine details of the game; whether such belief lifts players to higher performance. The feeling, after the past season, is that Dortmund will actually need it more given the gap that has grown between the teams.Toe to toeReflecting that, Klopp has been the manager who has had to adjust his tactics in the last few meetings. Although both sides now play a similar pressing approach, if not quite to the same passing excellency as Barcelona, Dortmund know that going toe to toe could mean their aspirations being terminated.Klopp acknowledged this, but gave no clues as to how he would reshape the team in the absence of the injured Goetze.“We’ll probably have to stretch ourselves but it remains our tactical intention to bring them down to our level. Then we can beat them. We’ve always had to do more than Bayern Munich if we’ve wanted to win matches against them.”And then the sign-off, the one thing we know for certain about this game.“They’ve got their way. We’ve got our way.”Either way, the rest of Europe has a genuinely momentous final in store.Champions League final: Everything you need to know about the two teamsOpenly gay Rogers returning to football… with Robbie Keane’s LA Galaxy – reportlast_img read more

What a flash bulb looks like at 1052 frames per second

first_imgBefore the advent of today’s electric flashes but after the flash powders of yesterday, cameras used flash bulbs. These flashes basically created a small explosion within the glass of a lightbulb. Bulbs like this one, as you can probably guess from the violence of the explosion, were single-use.There is not a whole lot else to say about this one, except how awesome some things are when you slow them down enough.AdChoices广告This isn’t enough to get me to go back to using flash bulbs, but it sure does put my current on-camera flash to shame.via f stopperslast_img

Higuain to return to Italy

first_imgJuventus striker Gonzalo Higuain is expected to arrive in Italy today to decide his future, according to Calciomercato.Reports in the Italian press suggest that the Argentina international will arrive in Turin today to discuss his future with the club hierarchy.Both Chelsea and AC Milan are interested in the services of the former Madrid Man and the San Siro based outfit want him in part exchange for Leonardo Bonucci.It is understood that Higuain will arrive at Juventus with his brother who is also his agent as they seek to make a firm decision over where the player would be playing his football next season.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.Higuain wants a contract of 8million euros per year and is yet to agree personal terms with Milan but in the presence of Nicolas, his agent should speed things up.Chelsea are believed to be waiting in the background should the deal to join Milan fall through as Maurizio Sarri is keen on a reunion with the former Napoli hitman.Reports suggest Higuain would favor a move to England to join Chelsea and a decision over his future is expected in the next three days.last_img read more

MP favours killing rapists in gunfight

first_imgKazi Firoz RashidAn MP of Ershad-led Jatiya Party – an ally of ruling Bangladesh Awami League (AL) yet official opposition in parliament, Kazi Firoz Rashid, on Tuesday favoured killing rapists in law enforcers’ gunfights.“Gang rape can’t be stopped by executing them as per the existing law. People want justice immediately,” Firoz Rashid told parliament while speaking on the point of order.Calling for awarding Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) members for killing the rapist of a 9-year-old girl, the Jatiya Party MP also said militancy would not have been resisted in the country had there been no gunfights.The Jatiya Party led by prime minister Sheikh Hasina’s special envoy Hussain Muhammad Ershad has three members in the current cabinet.   In reference to the rape incident in a running bus at Dhamrai, Firoz said, “A female readymade garment worker got in a bus. Five people raped her on the bus when other passengers got down. Police seized the bus when locals, after hearing the screaming of the girl, informed the law enforcement. Yes, the rapists were arrested, but justice won’t be ensured.””A rapist had gone into hiding after raping a 9-year girl. A gunfight was taken place between the rapist and RAB members. Two RAB members were injured. The rapist was killed. This is what people want to see. These RAB members should be awarded,” he added.Firoz went on to say, “Everyday incidents of rapes will take place and you will resort to the law! This can’t go in this fashion. People want to see whether justice will be ensured right now.”Talking about Rupa killing after rape, the MP said the incident of raping of another girl on a running bus would not take place had a burning example been set up in case of Rupa killing.He said Rupa’s rapists were awarded death in the lower court, but they [rapists] would go to the higher court against the trial court verdict where there would be a discussion on law-point if the capital punishment would be retained.“And then there is Supreme Court [to take the final decision]. And then will come presidential decision. Nobody will notice when they [rapists] will be hanged,” he added.Addressing the government, he said, “How did you curb the militancy? Child militant, woman militant, juvenile militant and elderly militant – all the militants were annihilated in gunfights. Did you bring the militants to the law? Has justice been ensured as of today? Had there been no gunfight, militants wouldn’t have been wiped out.”Alleging procrastination in the justice system in the existing law, Firoz said, “One girl is being raped after another in running bus. Will you claim that there is rule of law in the country? This is not rule of law. This is rather misrule of law. You will take 10 years for sticking to the law. Nobody will notice even if one is executed after 10 years. Many will even go off scot-free using loopholes of the law.”The MP demanded introduction of summary trial to trying rapists.MP’s demand for killing the rapists in gunfights apparently lends credence to the allegation that the law enforcement agencies intentionally kill people in the name of gunfights and crossfire between the law enforcers and the accused. The law enforcers, however, have all along denied the allegation.last_img read more

Khulna Chhatra Dal president arrested

first_imgSharful Islam Babu, the president of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal’s Khulna metropolitan unit, was arrested early Friday.JCD is the student wing of opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP).Police said the student front leader is wanted in three cases, including that of subversive activities.”Acting on a tip-off, a police team raided Sonadanga central bus terminal in the city and arrested Babu,” said Sheikh Moniruzzaman Mithu, additional deputy commissioner of Khulna Metropolitan Police.last_img

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first_img Videos | Radiation Oncology | November 06, 2018 VIDEO: Personalizing Radiotherapy Using Genomic Markers of Radiosensitivity Genomics can be used to assess a patient’s radiosensitivity, which can be used to increase or decrease the radiation read more October 2, 2008 – DNA Direct Inc. said it will offer ColoSure, a reportedly simple test to screen for colon cancer. ColoSure tests a single stool sample for a DNA marker associated with colorectal cancer. ColoSure is reportedly the first clinical test available that looks for a DNA change in the vimentin gene, shown to be important to immunity and other important cell processes in the body. If the vimentin gene is hyper-methylated, or “turned off,” this could indicate colon cancer. A study published in the September 2008 issue of the American Journal of Gastroenterology shows that detecting methylated vimentin DNA in feces provided both high sensitivity (77 percent) and high specificity (83 percent) for detecting early-stage, curable colon cancers.DNA Direct’s personalized, Web-enabled report for recipients of the ColoSure test includes an overview of test results, a lab report and letter to bring to their physician, and recommended next steps. Reports also reinforce awareness of the signs and symptoms of colorectal cancer, and include an option to schedule a reminder for the patient’s next screening. Finally, the report includes a section on how ColoSure works, ways to change contributing lifestyle factors, a list of resources for patients and important facts about colorectal cancer.For more information: www.dnadirect.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Oncology Related Products | May 06, 2016 Study Finds Breast Cancer Adjuvant Therapy Benefits Vary Over Time May 6, 2016 — After breast cancer surger read more Feature | Cardio-oncology | May 13, 2016 | Dave Fornell Assessing Cardiotoxicity Due to Cancer Therapy Cardio-oncology is an emerging field that combines the expertise of both cardiology and oncology to assess and treat read more News | Radiation Oncology | February 01, 2018 ​ITN Celebrates World Cancer Day 2018 World Cancer Day takes place annually on Feb. read more News | Clinical Decision Support | October 27, 2016 New NCCN Imaging Appropriate Use Criteria Published for Eight Cancer Types October 27, 2016 — The National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) continues to build its library of appropriate use read more News | Radiation Dose Management | September 24, 2018 AngioDynamics to Acquire RadiaDyne to Expand Oncology Portfolio AngioDynamics Inc. announced an agreement to acquire RadiaDyne, a privately held medical diagnostic and device company… read more Javier Torres-Roca Explains Genomics in RadiotherapyVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 6:35Loaded: 2.47%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -6:35 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. Epsilon’s EchoInsight software helps analyze cardiac function by evaluating wall motion strain.  Technology | Focused Ultrasound Therapy | December 21, 2018 FDA Approves Exablate Neuro for Tremor-Dominant Parkinson’s Treatment Insightec announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved an expansion of the indication of… read more News | October 01, 2008 DNA Direct Introduces New Colon Cancer Test Related Content News | Interventional Radiology | July 03, 2019 Varian Purchasing Embolic Bead Assets from Boston Scientific Varian announced it has signed an asset purchase agreement to acquire the Boston Scientific portfolio of drug-loadable… read more News | Oncology Related Products | December 19, 2016 Clinical Study to Combine Chemotherapy Drug with MR-HIFU for Recurrent Childhood Tumors December 19, 2016 — Children’s National Health System and Celsion Corp. read more News | Ultrasound Imaging | September 12, 2016 Contrast Ultrasound Identifies Deadly Liver Cancers September 12, 2016 — Tiny microbubbles are being used to more effectively… read more last_img read more

Financial environmental questions plague Nicaragua canal project

first_imgIt isn’t looking good for Chinese billionaire Wang Jing and his planned$50 billion Nicaragua canal project. New financial, social and environmental concerns have cast doubt on the feasibility of the proposed interoceanic canal, and construction has now been delayed until March. Doubts continue to linger over whether the 278-mile canal will be built at all.Until June, Wang sat comfortably on the list of the world’s 200 richest people allowing him to pour more than $473 million of his own money into the canal project. But last week Bloomberg reported that Wang lost 84 percent of his fortune following major shifts in the Chinese stock market, making him the worst performing billionaire of 2015.Executives with Wang’s canal development company, HKND Group, insist that the company has other financing plans, but experts say Wang’s turn in fortune likely will affect the canal project.“Wang’s financial resources will impact how and whether the canal can and will be built,” Daniel Wagner, the head of Country Risk solution, a U.S.-based consulting company told The Guardian. “I would expect, given this year’s financial gyrations in China, that the government is also asking itself whether the canal is a viable proposition.” “No canal, no law” reads graffiti painted on a wall during a June 2015 protest against the construction of an interoceanic canal in Juigalpa, Nicaragua. AFPOne of the ‘most mismanaged environmental reviews’Adding to Wang’s woes are the controversial results of the company’s environmental and social impact assessment, which left a number of unanswered questions about the canal’s feasibility and potential consequences.ERM, the Britain-based environmental consultancy that conducted the ESIA, recommended further investigation into the seismic risk along the canal route and whether there is enough water to fill the canal. An executive summary of the 14-volume study was released to the public last week, and the Nicaraguan government announced that all the recommended studies must be undertaken, which will delay construction until March.Along with recommending additional studies, ERM also pushed HKND to host more consultations with indigenous groups that would be displaced by the canal and raised questions about the company’s plans to pass the canal through Lake Nicaragua.As the largest drinking water reservoir in Central America, Lake Nicaragua’s water quality is considered crucially important, and scientists have raised doubts about the lake’s ability to survive the dredging required for the canal.“This is the third year in the row that we have had a drought [in Nicaragua]. Climate change will affect Nicaragua and people are already struggling to find water,” Jorge Huete-Pérez, director of the Molecular Biology Center at Central American University, told The Tico Times. “So if you ruin the lake that will be very negative for Nicaragua.”For Huete-Pérez, an outspoken opponent of the canal project, the bigger problem with the assessment is not ERM’s conclusions, but the government’s failure to release the entire study for independent evaluation. The ESIA was completed in just a year and a half, and as of HKND’s official groundbreaking ceremony last December, no publicly known feasibility or impact studies had been completed.“What they have released are the conclusions and as scientists having a discussion just on the results is not very appropriate,” he said. “From the beginning they have said that the results would be environmentally positive, and they planned to build it before they even had those results. This shows that [the studies] are just a formality because they have to attract investors.”To date only four chapters of one of the study’s drafts has been independently reviewed. The review panel, assembled by Florida International University, pointed to 15 areas where they believed ERM did not have sufficient data to support their conclusions, referring to one part of the ESIA as “scientifically indefensible.” Sudeep Chandra, biology professor at the University of Nevada in Reno and a member of the review panel told news site Circle of Blue that it was one of the “most mismanaged environmental reviews” he had ever read.ERM blamed HKND’s aggressive schedule for most of the panels concerns, and the additional studies that set to be completed by March will address some of these issues.Related: Nicaragua official goes to Washington to justify massive canal project Facebook Comments Related posts:Costa Rican officials: We still have little information about Nicaragua’s Grand Canal plans Activists visiting Washington blast Nicaragua’s $50 billion canal project as ‘illegitimate’ US concerns grow over possible Nicaragua Canal land expropriation, ambassador says Secrecy still prevails as Nicaragua gets set to break ground on $50 billion interoceanic canallast_img read more

UN report warns of widening climate gap

first_img Comments   Share   “Yet the sobering fact remains that a transition to a low-carbon, inclusive Green Economy is happening far too slowly and the opportunity for meeting the 44 Gt target is narrowing annually,” Steiner said.The report confirmed scientific observations that the concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere is growing, not shrinking. On Tuesday the World Meteorological Organization reported that the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere reached a record high last year.Climate activists said the reports underscored the urgency in advancing clean technologies, such as wind and solar power.“The only way we are going achieve the necessary cuts in emissions is to move away from fossil fuels and towards a world of renewable energy,” said Kaisa Kosonen, climate policy adviser at Greenpeace.The Kyoto Protocol, the only international agreement to reduce the emissions of greenhouse gases from industrial countries, expires this year. Talks in Doha will focus on extending it for another term while negotiators work on a more comprehensive climate pact that would also include developing countries, whose share of global emissions is growing.___Follow Karl Ritter at http://www.twitter.com/karl(underscore)ritter Scientists say those emissions are contributing to climate change and that failure to contain them could have dangerous consequences, including rising sea levels inundating coastal cities, dramatic shifts in rainfall disrupting agriculture and drinking water, the spread of diseases and the extinction of species.Emissions levels, driven by the burning of fossil fuels, need to come down by 14 percent by 2020 for the world to reach a pathway that could keep the global temperature rise below 2 degrees Celsius, compared with pre-industrial levels, UNEP said. That’s the stated goal of U.N. climate negotiations, which resume next week in Doha, Qatar.But it won’t happen if countries don’t come ahead with more ambitious plans to cut emissions than what’s currently on the table.The U.N. agency said if no swift action is taken, emissions are likely to hit 58 gigatons in 2020 _ 14 gigatons too much to have a chance of limiting warming to 2 degrees. The projected gap is now bigger than it was last year and in 2010.UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner said that bridging the gap remains doable and that there are many “inspiring” actions at the national level on renewable energy, energy efficiency, protecting forests, and vehicle emissions standards. Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Top Stories center_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Patients with chronic pain give advice Sponsored Stories Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Associated PressSTOCKHOLM (AP) – A U.N. report on rising greenhouse gas emissions reminded world governments Wednesday that their efforts to fight climate change are far from enough to meet their stated goal of limiting global warming to 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 Fahrenheit).The report by the U.N. Environment Program, released just days ahead of a major climate conference, said the concentration of heat-trapping greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is up about 20 percent since 2000. 5 ways to recognize low testosteronelast_img read more

Starwood announces Vistana Signature Experience

first_imgStarwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc announced a key milestone toward the planned spin-off of its vacation ownership business into a separate publicly traded company. Starwood Vacation Ownership (SVO), which will be named Vistana Signature Experiences, Inc upon completion of the spin-off transaction, has filed an initial Form 10 Registration Statement (Form 10) with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The spin-off will be effected through a pro rata distribution of the new entity’s stock to Starwood stockholders, and is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2015.Adam Aron, Starwood’s Chief Executive Officer on an interim basis said, “The filing is a pivotal step toward the planned spin-off of our vacation ownership business, which will allow us to continue participating in the timeshare industry while seeking to create stockholder value for both companies. The spin-off will also further advance our asset light strategy with the planned contribution of five Starwood-owned resort assets to create future timeshare inventory for the stand-alone company.”Following completion of the spin-off transaction, Vistana Signature Experiences will initially encompass nineteen vacation ownership resorts and three fractional residence properties with additional hotel asset inventory expected to be transferred from Starwood as part of the transaction. Owners will continue to enjoy privileged access to the industry-leading SPG program, providing a world-class portfolio of resorts for the loyal SVO owner base.“As we continue to work toward the successful launch of our company, we are pleased to unveil our corporate name, Vistana Signature Experiences, which will take effect upon completion of the spin-off,” said Matthew Avril, Chief Executive Officer-Elect of Vistana Signature Experiences. “This new yet familiar name builds on our 35-year history and recognised reputation for excellence. While our name is familiar, our new look represents the exciting future opportunities that exist for our owners, associates, guests and investors as we continue to deliver exceptional experiences that our travellers have come to expect.”last_img read more

Where Is Housing Growth Strongest

first_img Clear Capital Housing Growth West 2016-05-09 Ryan Schuette May 9, 2016 580 Views in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, Market Studies, News Where Is Housing Growth Strongest?center_img Housing continued a strong expansion period this year, with one region in particular boasting the most startling rebound figures, according to reports.According to Clear Capital, national housing growth achieved 0.6-percent growth quarter-over-quarter. The real-estate data and solutions provider reported the figures in a Home Data Index Market Report it released in May.Regionally, the West set the pace for housing growth, with a busy season contributing to 0.3-percent rise since April that brought growth figures to 1.2 percent, up from 0.9 percent.Indeed, of the 15 current best housing markets, nine are based out west. Seattle bested any single market with a 2-percent growth by quarter, reflecting a 0.2-percent growth over the last quarter.Along the same lines, housing market values in Portland, San Jose and Denver peaked at their highest levels since the Great Recession.Not every western market peaked this quarter. According to Clear Capital, Las Vegas achieved just more than half of the housing growth its markets last saw a decade ago.”Real estate market headlines have repeatedly documented the strong, potentially bubble-like recovery of the West over the past couple years, and this continued trend of performance doesn’t appear to be going away just yet,” Alex Villacorta, vice president of research with Clear Capital, said in a statement.Elsewhere, the housing market didn’t move the needle very far above past quarter-over-quarter rates.In the Northeast and Midwest, quarterly growth rates inched along at just 0.2 percent.“While the West as a whole has seen incredible performance since the lows of 2011, comparisons between individual markets like Denver and Las Vegas can be a sobering reminder of the devastating effects of the crash and that some markets still have a long way to go in terms of regaining lost value,” Villacorta added. Sharelast_img read more

Church service to be held in the north

first_imgA religious service is to be carried out on Saturday at the church of Apostolos Loukas in Spathariko in Famagusta in the north.The liturgy will take place on the occasion of the apostle’s name day which is October 18, the Constantia-Ammochostos bishopric said in a written statement.The organisation of the pilgrimage was made possible after authorities in the north approved the bishopric’s request, submitted through the UN.Those interested in attending may call church committee members Georgios Papapavlou at 99751215, Michalis Michael at 99620053 and Nicos Christou at 99634241.You May LikeUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndoAngels And EntrepreneursRobert Herjavec Announce Venture Could Make You RichAngels And EntrepreneursUndoEditorChoice.comIf You Have Any Of These 20 Toys Around, You Just Became RichEditorChoice.comUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more