A crash in Milton early this morning sent two people to hospital with serious injuries.OPP say it happened around 1:30 a.m. in the westbound lanes of the 401 near James Snow Parkway.A minivan drove into a construction zone and crashed into a parked vehicle. Both people in the minivan were trapped and had to be extricated by paramedics.Police say it is unclear what led to the crash.The OPP collision reconstruction unit is investigating.
MONTREAL — Canada won’t back down in its defence of Canadians against an increasingly assertive China, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Wednesday following another round of sharp criticism from the Asian country.The federal government is closely monitoring the protest movement in Hong Kong, where there are 300,000 Canadian citizens, Trudeau said in a speech in Montreal. The prime minister added his government has been “working tirelessly” to secure the release of two Canadians detained in China.“As a global community, we must recognize that China is a growing power and increasingly assertive towards its place in the international order,” Trudeau told the audience at the Montreal Council on Foreign Relations event.“But make no mistake: We will always defend Canadians and Canadian interests.”The prime minister said Canada will continue to engage in dialogue with the Asian power, but it won’t stop standing up for fundamental freedoms, including the right to peaceful assembly.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.“We do not escalate, but we do not back down,” he said.Trudeau’s speech came a day after Geng Shuang, a spokesman for China’s Foreign Ministry, told reporters Canada needs to “stop its wrongdoing before it’s too late.”Canada’s relationship with China is fraught with tension over Canada’s arrest of Chinese telecom executive Meng Wanzhou, and China’s subsequent detention of two Canadians, businessman Michael Spavor and former diplomat Michael Kovrig, allegedly for national security reasons.Trudeau said the government is working to obtain the release of Spavor and Kovrig, who were detained in China in December shortly after Meng was arrested at the Vancouver airport to face possible extradition to the United States.In a transcript published on China’s Foreign Ministry website, Geng said “China-Canada relations have encountered serious difficulties due to Canada’s arrest of Meng Wanzhou without cause.”He said Canada needs to “deeply reflect upon its mistakes, put itself in a right position, stop its wrongdoing before it’s too late, and exercise prudence in words and deeds on Hong Kong-related issues. Otherwise, it will cause greater damage to our bilateral relations.”The comments were just the latest rebuke from China. Liberals block hearings into scathing ethics report on SNC-Lavalin affair Liberals unhurt, Tories not helped by scathing SNC-Lavalin report: Poll Trudeau under pressure after Britain revokes citizenship of ‘Jihadi Jack’ On the weekend, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, in a joint statement with her counterpart in the European Union, Federica Mogherini, urged Chinese restraint in Honk Kong amid “a rising number of unacceptable violent incidents.”The next day Chinese officials accused Freeland of “meddling” in the country’s internal affairs.Trudeau’s foreign policy speech Wednesday was wide-ranging and detailed his government’s support for a “rules-based international order,” where countries co-operate by taking part in global institutions such as the United Nations, NATO and the G7.He boasted about his government’s success in signing trade deals with the United States and Mexico and with Europe and the Asia-Pacific region. Under his Liberal government, he said, Canada has become a world leader on advocacy for climate change as well as the rights of women, girls and LGBTQ people.Trudeau also made sure to take shots at the Conservatives, who he said envision a world where Canada “hectors from the sidelines” and “flirts with the forces of populism, whipping up fear and spreading misinformation.”Canada can punch above its weight on the international stage, he said, adding that its national interests are intertwined with its international commitments to “preserve peace and security.”
A Brock University scientist says wine grapes are a “canary in the coal mine” for climate change’s impact on agriculture.New data from NASA shows Earth has just experienced the second-hottest March in the 137 years records have been kept. As climate change slowly moves the temperature higher, the agriculture sector is keeping a close watch.Gary Pickering says the vineyards sprawling across Niagara can serve as an early warning system for how increasing warmth is affecting agriculture. Wine grapes are good monitors of climate change impacts because of the “narrow geographic and climatic range required by most wine grape varieties,” Pickering says.Gary Pickering“Within these bands, baseline changes to any one of the key weather factors — such as heat units during the ripening season, absolute temperatures or rainfall patterns — can significantly affect grape and wine quality and sustainability,” says Pickering, a Biological Sciences professor who is also a researcher at Brock’s Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI) and member of the Environmental Sustainability Research Centre at Brock.Extreme weather events and dramatic temperature swings during the growing season can harm fruit quality, while extreme cold snaps during warmer-than-normal winters threaten the very survival of grapevines. Increased levels of CO2 in the air have the capacity to attract new strains of disease-carrying insects.By working closely with the research community, innovative Canadian grape growers and wine makers are identifying and working on solutions to these challenges.CCOVI researchers are pleased the federal government has allotted $70 million in its 2017 budget for discovery science aimed at tackling climate change challenges. That builds on the $30 million that was earmarked for similar research in 2016.“I’m very excited by the news,” said Pickering, who has been part of a diverse team of experts that researches early warning systems to combat damaging cold weather events, off-vine grape ripening to overcome variability in growing seasons, new types of wine and production methods, and better clone and rootstock combinations of varieties that will thrive in future conditions.“Increased frequency of extreme weather events looks to be one of the biggest challenges to the industry and it’s important that this fund be used to help support, maintain and even grow our grape and wine industry.”CCOVI director Debbie Inglis said the institute’s team of scientists are well-suited to lead and partner on projects that mitigate the effects of climate change on local vineyards and capitalize on new opportunities through innovate grape growing and wine making strategies.“CCOVI has long established itself as an innovator in the grape and wine industry, including research into climate change adaptiveness,” she said. “Our VineAlert program is a key example of this innovation, saving growers millions of dollars a year from the damaging impact of extreme cold weather events, and helping to ensure a stable grape supply.”CCOVI’s senior staff viticulturist Jim Willwerth, whose research focuses predominantly on freeze protection and improving grapevine cold hardiness, is one of the primary investigators, along with Inglis and CCOVI Professional Affiliate Kevin Ker, from the Institute’s innovative VineAlert program.It operates like an early warning system for grape growers, offering real-time temperature information about their grape buds’ ability to survive cold temperatures over the dormant season from October to April. This crucial information helps growers determine when protective actions such as wind machines are needed to prevent cold injury to the grapevines.The system was lauded by the Council of Ontario University’s Research Matters campaign as one of the top 50 most ‘game-changing’ research partnerships across the province.CCOVI also had climate change opportunities and challenges at front of mind in its annual lecture series, where fellows such as climatologist Tony Shaw discussed the evolution of Canada’s wine appellations as we undergo significant shifts in climate patterns.With more than 18,000 acres of planted grapes across the province and an economic impact of more than $4 billion, Willwerth said it makes sense to funnel research dollars into projects that help the grape and wine industry tackle challenges associated with a warming planet.“Environmental changes are going to impact not only grapevines, but winemaking production — the style, quality and everything that goes into that,” he said. “Understanding short-term weather events’ impact on plants will lead to innovative solutions for the future.”
Ivan Rodriguez.14997.8.235127.7+.086 PLAYERISOWRC+ISOWRC+ISO DIFF. THROUGH AGE 25AGE 26-29 Late-blooming power hittersLargest difference in isolated power (ISO) between appearances through age 25 and age 26-29, 1901-2017 George Sisler.096136.7.192160.0+.096 Rogers Hornsby.162162.6.300203.5+.138 Albert Belle.222118.0.323159.9+.100 Martinez isn’t the only recent player to go on an out-of-nowhere power spree — Jose Bautista, for instance, went from a light-hitting utility man early in his career to a fearsome, bat-flipping homer machine as he approached his 30s. Nor is Martinez the only exemplar of the fly-ball phenomenon sweeping across the game; from Daniel Murphy to Yonder Alonso, plenty of players have given their careers new life by way of an uppercut swing.But Martinez might be the best of the bunch.Because of his newfound affinity for fly balls, Martinez — who landed in Arizona via a midseason trade — has remade himself into one of the game’s most dangerous hitters. Over the past four seasons, Martinez ranks as the eighth-best batter in all of baseball according to Weighted Runs Created Plus, which measures how many runs a player generates per plate appearance.Early in his career, it would have been a pleasant surprise if Martinez had hit four home runs in a month. But after Martinez modified his approach, Monday’s accomplishment is just the latest signpost along his road to stardom. And with the red-hot Diamondbacks practically assured of making the playoffs, a national audience will have a chance to get acquainted with Martinez’s power stroke this fall.Check out our latest MLB predictions. Kirby Puckett.07186.0.182138.3+.111 Ken Griffey Jr..234141.9.321146.0+.087 Sammy Sosa.18396.7.273123.5+.090 In becoming the 18th major-league player to hit four homers in a game (and the second player this season), Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder J.D. Martinez did something rarer than a perfect game. But in accomplishing the feat, Martinez has also become the poster boy of one baseball’s biggest trends: the overnight fly ball-smashing sensation.Martinez began his career as a slap-hitting prospect for the Houston Astros — and to be charitable, he was not successful at it. Over his first three MLB seasons, Martinez had an adjusted on-base plus slugging that was 12 percent worse than average, accumulated negative 1.3 wins above replacement1Taking the average of Baseball-Reference.com’s and FanGraphs’s versions of WAR. and hit for very little power, belting just 24 home runs in 252 games. By 2014, Martinez was struggling so much that Houston released him.“I’m doing everything the coaches tell me,” Martinez told Travis Sawchik of FanGraphs in March about that period of his career. “I’m swinging down on the ball. In BP, I’m hitting low line drives everywhere. In games, it doesn’t play.”But the Detroit Tigers saw potential in Martinez, snapping him up a few days after his release. And Martinez repaid their faith by turning his career around, with the help of a new philosophy at the plate. He became one of baseball’s earliest fly-ball revolutionaries, reducing his ratio of ground balls to fly balls from 0.87 in his first three seasons to 0.64 in the seasons since. And the results were striking. Since 1901,2The first season of MLB’s modern two-league era. only Hall of Fame second baseman Rogers Hornsby increased his isolated power — which is slugging percentage minus batting average — more from his career average through age 25 to his average between the ages of 26 and 29 (Martinez was coming off his age-25 season when the Astros waived him): Jeff Bagwell.170138.4.284169.1+.115 Andy Pafko.114111.7.203132.2+.089 Tony Armas.12773.6.219105.1+.092 Damion Easley.09272.9.190105.5+.098 J.D. Martinez.13687.3.265145.8+.129 Gorman Thomas.16281.8.264129.5+.101 Todd Hundley.13667.0.251128.1+.115 David Ortiz.182101.5.288143.9+.106 Joe Adcock.15297.5.246138.5+.094 Gil Hodges.14796.4.244135.9+.098 For players with at least 750 plate appearances through age 25 and at least 1,500 from age 26 to 29.Sources: FanGraphs, Baseball-Reference.com Duke Snider.203124.0.306163.8+.103 George Foster.14898.0.258151.3+.110 Harry Heilmann.125118.3.216165.4+.092
There is limited understanding of the role played by the Salonika campaign in allied war strategy or the behaviour of Greece and its army in the conduct of the campaign. Over four hundred and fifty Australian men and women served in a variety of capacities in northern Greece between 1914 to 1918, yet little is known about their experiences in the Macedonian theatre of war.Australian women in particular played a significant part in the conflict with over 360 serving in British army hospitals near Salonika and on the island of Lemnos.As Australian troops were embedded in British units, nothing has been written thus far about their war experience in the malaria infested marshes of northern Greece.In this lecture, Dr Maria Hill will be discussing what my research in Australia, Britain and Greece, has revealed about the nature of the campaign.BioDr Maria Hill – President of the Society of Women Writers NSW, is a professional historian with expertise in military history, particularly the Greek and Crete campaigns of 1941.She has an Honours, Masters and PhD in History from the University of New South Wales and is the first Australian historian of Greek descent to write about these campaigns. Her book, Diggers and Greeks: The Australian Campaigns in Greece and Crete was shortlisted in 2010 for the Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards.She is the author of an award winning history teaching publication, Federation: Inclusion and Exclusion for the NSW Department of Education and training that earned her a State and a National Discovery Democracy Award as well as a Commonwealth Centenary Medal for her contribution to education.Formerly, a Visiting fellow at ADFA, a judge of the NSW Premier’s History Prize, Guest speaker and Workshop presenter at the Brisbane Writers Festival and Managing Editor of the Journal of Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism at Macquarie University. Currently she is conducting research for a new book on the Anzacs in Salonika 1915-1918.NOTE: This lecture will take place back at the Greek CentreLocation: Greek Centre, Level M, 168 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne Date: Thursday, 23 April 2015, 7:00pm Lecturer: Dr Maria Hill Entry: Free Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Greenpeace lance une campagne pour “sauver l’Arctique”Hier, à Rio+20, Greenpeace a lancé une nouvelle campagne pour sauver l’Arctique. L’ONG, soutenus par de nombreuses personnalités, souhaite en faire un sanctuaire vierge de forages pétroliers et de pêche industrielle.Greenpeace a lancé hier, à l’occasion du sommet Rio+20, une campagne destinée à sauver l’Arctique. “Actuellement, explique l’organisation, l’énorme espace autour des pôles nous appartient à tous, parce que la loi internationale le définit comme la haute mer”. Mais comme la température monte et que la glace fond, les Etats riverains de l’Arctique avancent des revendications territoriales sur le fond de la mer, “pour ouvrir la porte aux géants du pétrole”, rapporte l’AFP.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Selon l’ONG, la campagne qui vient d’être lancée implique déjà “100 personnalités du monde entier”. Les cents premiers noms sont inscrits sur ce que Greenpeace nomme le “rouleau arctique”. Lorsque ce rouleau comptera un million de noms, l’ONG ira le ficher sur les fonds marins du Pôle nord avec un “drapeau pour l’avenir” pour marquer l’endroit. Une opération à laquelle tout le monde peut participer : quiconque peut donc inscrire son nom sur ce rouleau en se rendant sur le site dédié www.SaveTheArctic.org. Parmi les premiers participants on retrouve ainsi les acteurs Emily Blunt, Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz, Hugh Grant, Jeremy Irons, Jude Law, Robert Redford, les hommes d’affaires Richard Branson, David de Rothschild, les réalisateurs Pedro Almodovar, Stephen Frears, les chanteurs Bryan Adams, Paul McCartney, Annie Lennox ou encore la styliste Vivienne Westwood. La campagne a été lancée le 21 juin parce que le cercle arctique connaît ce jour-là, le plus long de l’année avec 24 heures de soleil.umi Naidoo, directeur général de Greenpeace International souligne que “l’Arctique est l’objet d’attaques et a besoin qu’on agisse pour le protéger”. Pour lui, “une interdiction sur les forages offshore et la pêche non durable serait une grande victoire”, d’autant que l’exploitation pétrolière de l’Arctique pourrait “mettre en péril l’existence et la survie des peuples indigènes”, comme l’explique Rodion Sulyandziga, vice-président de Raipon (l’association des peuples indigènes du nord).Le 22 juin 2012 à 20:23 • Maxime Lambert
The one-minute TV commercial filmed at Cape Horn (plus eight shorter videos focused on the GE employees featured in the ad).Click the white “play” arrow on the block showing six workers’ photos.When General Electric wanted to put its work on display, the showcase included a stretch of the Columbia River Gorge a few miles east of Washougal.Cape Horn was where America’s sixth-largest corporation got its money shot in a nationally televised commercial starring eight employees of GE Transportation and a BNSF Railway locomotive they built.The one-minute commercial is part of the “GE Works” series, in which employees see the real-world results of their labor.BNSF Railway provided the eastbound freight train for the commercial, and also suggested the Columbia River Gorge as a possible location.“We also sent photos of Glacier and Stevens Pass,” said BNSF spokesman Gus Melonas. “When they saw the Gorge, they were sold because of the variety of the terrain: from the basalt cliffs, waterfalls and evergreens to the flat terrain east of White Salmon.“We heard from people from the East Coast who said, ‘We didn’t know areas like this existed in America,’” Melonas said.It was a wonderful location, confirmed Andy Goldberg, director of creative content for GE advertising in the United States and the United Kingdom.While the terrain was beautiful, Goldberg said, the Columbia River Gorge also was a wonderful canvas for capturing the image of a train more than a mile long.
Denali Park musher Jeff King competes in the 2015 Yukon Quest. (Photo by Emily Schwing, KUAC – Fairbanks)Jeff King won the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race back in 1989. He is also well-known on the Iditarod trail, having won Alaska’s other 1,000 mile sled dog race four times.This year, he returned to the Quest, but decided to scratch from the race after only 300 miles.This year, Jeff King signed up for both of Alaska’s 1000-mile sled dog races. Over the year’s he says he’s seen other dog teams improve after their first 1000-miler.“This one wasn’t going to make them stronger, this one was going to need recovery,” King said.When King left the Pelly Crossing checkpoint, temperatures were frigid – between minus 30 and minus 40 degrees. That was still the case when he reached the Stepping Stone hospitality stop.“After 16 hours, I fully expected to leave,” King said. “I also expected the temperature not to go down to the lowest I had seen since I had arrived and when I stepped out on the porch at 6 a.m., after having fed the dogs three times, food that was really intended for Scroggie creek and Eureka, it was 47 below zero.”When King first started running the Yukon Quest in the mid-1980’s, those temperatures were the norm, but King says that’s was never fun for him.“I don’t think fun is the word,” he said. “I think I shared the mentality of wanting to be the toughest and I wanted to know that I could endure and overcome these challenges.”But King says he’s changed after 40 years of working with sled dogs.“I love having a fast dog team that loves me and nothing anymore will tempt me into jeopardizing that,” he said.King is used to running teams that move down the trail between 8-10 miles per hour, but subzero temperatures slowed dogs teams to nearly half that as they approached Dawson City.“I don’t need another trophy; I don’t need another pay check,” he said. “I want to have fun and that was not fun.”King says his dogs are recovering well. He also says had the weather been warmer, the race’s outcome could be different.“I don’t expect any of the teams that make it the whole way to be very competitive again this year, would be my guess,” he said.King admitted that prior to the race, he confided in close friends that he planned to scratch if conditions hard on his dog team. He wouldn’t say for sure whether he would return for the Quest again in the future.
Secunderabad: A miniature of 54-foot Hanuman idol made of ‘panchaloha’ to be installed at Sitarampally of Siddipet district, was unveiled here at Tadbund Hanuman temple by the ‘peethadhipati’ of Tadbund Hanuman temple Durga Prasad Swamy on Sunday. On this occasion, the miniature idol was garlanded and special puja was performed amidst Vedic chants.Speaking on the occasion, Durga Prasad Swamy said it was an historic occasion in the Indian spiritual field. He said that the original idol would be installed at Sitarampally in a 50-acre premises and Hanuman temple would be built on the same place. Hanuman’s weapon mace would be made of small maces measuring six to 11 inches, he said. Also Read – Secunderabad: Major General N Srinivas Rao makes farewell visit to AOC Advertise With Us As many as 1,08,000 small maces would be required for making the giant mace and interested devotees can donate money for each unit which is made of panchaloha, he said. The donors’ names and their ‘gothras’ would be written on a plaque, he said. A Vedic school has been started at Kandlakoya under the aegis of the Tadbun Hanuman temple and there were plans to open another Vedic school at Adavi Sitarampally, he said.
Palestinian paramedics run in the smoke billowing from tear gas shot by Isreali forces during a demonstration along the border between Israel and the Gaza strip, east of Gaza City, on 25 May 2018. AFPPalestinians in the Gaza Strip will try to breach Israel’s blockade by boat this week in a fresh challenge to Israeli forces following weeks of deadly protests and clashes, organisers said Sunday.Few details were given on the plans, but organisers said the boat would depart on Tuesday at 11:00 am (0800 GMT) carrying patients needing medical care, students and job-seeking university graduates.The boat also brings “dreams of our people and their aspirations for freedom”, organiser Salah Abdul-Ati said in a press conference at Gaza City’s port on the Mediterranean coast.He called on the United Nations and other international bodies to protect the boat leaving from the enclave run by Islamist movement Hamas.Organisers said it would be the first attempt of its kind from the Gaza Strip.Its intended destination was not announced.Boats off the strip are generally limited to six nautical miles offshore, and the Israeli navy regularly fires warning shots at Palestinians who breach it.The boat would likely face long odds at making it past Israeli forces.The plan comes ahead of the eighth anniversary on Thursday of a deadly raid on Turkish-registered Mavi Marmara-part of a flotilla of six vessels seeking to break Israel’s blockade and enter Gaza.Nine Turkish activists were killed in the operation, and another died in hospital in 2014.Mass protests and clashes began on March 30 along the fence separating Gaza and Israel.At least 119 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire since the protests and clashes broke out, according to figures from Gaza’s health ministry.No Israelis have been killed during that time.Low-level demonstrations along the border have continued since protests peaked on May 14, when at least 61 Palestinians were killed as tens of thousands of Gazans protested the US transfer of its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.Israel says its actions are necessary to defend the border and stop mass incursions into its territory.It accuses Hamas, with whom it has fought three wars since 2008, of seeking to use the protests as cover to carry out violence.The Gaza Strip has been under Israeli blockade for more than a decade.Egypt has also kept its border with Gaza largely closed in recent years, but has opened it for the entire Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
Disable Google News notifications on Android by Martin Brinkmann on June 21, 2018 in Google Android – 5 commentsIf you operate an Android device regularly or from time to time you may have noticed that news headlines are displayed in the notifications area regularly.While any news app may display news headlines there, the most likely candidate for that on Android is Google News as it comes included on most devices alongside many other Google applications.I noticed these news notifications only recently and can’t really say what triggered their display. Maybe the upgrade to Android 8.x on the Nokia 5 device but it could have been something else as well.Anyway, Google News started to display headlines regularly in the notifications area and since I don’t find the feature particularly useful, I made the decision to disable the feature and write about it.Disable Google News notifications on AndroidFirst thing you may want to do is check whether it is indeed Google News that is responsible for the notifications. The application’s name should be displayed in the notification title so that you know which triggered it.You have two main options to deal with the notification. You can either configure the behavior in the Google News application or in Android’s notification settings.Tip: if you don’t use Google News, you could also consider uninstalling the application on your Android device as this gets rid of the notifications as well.Google News notification settingsOpen the Google News application on the Android device, tap on the profile icon in the top right corner, select Settings and tap on Notifications on the Settings page that opens.The page displays a variety of options to customize the application’s notification capabilities. You can toggle “get notifications” to turn off all notifications or customize the following options instead:Change the notification frequency from standard to low or high.Enable or disable breaking news, headlines, featured content, daily briefing, your interests, sharing, promotions and offers, and new magazine notifications individually.Android notificationsThe second option that you have to deal with Google News notifications is to configure access to Android’s notifications system for the app.Long-tap on the notification to get started. This should display an option to toggle notifications for the app right there.You could also tap on “all categories” to open the configuration page in the Settings. There you can toggle notifications off completely or only different types of notifications.Closing WordsIf you use Google News but don’t want notifications, then you may want to disable or customize the notifications in the application’s settings instead of using Android’s options. You could configure both as well to make sure that nothing slips by.Android users who don’t use Google News may want to consider uninstall the application to remove it from the device to free up space and block it from download news in the background.SummaryArticle NameDisable Google News notifications on AndroidDescriptionFind out how to disable the notifications that the Google News application displays regularly on your Android device.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisement
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 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more 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 The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. January 22, 2010 – The quality of radiotherapy treatment across Australasia just got a boost. A team of radiation oncologists, radiation therapists, and medical physicists have signed a contract with a radiotherapy system manufacturer to provide other radiation oncology departments with training.The hospital will hold four IGRT courses in 2010, and there are plans to extend this accreditation to other advanced techniques such as intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) and RapidArc in the future.Led by Associate Professor Michael Back, director of radiation oncology at Royal North Shore Hospital’s in Sydney Cancer Centre, the team has been teaching these radiotherapy techniques to clinicians from other hospitals on an unofficial basis since 2007. “Now that the agreement with Varian Medical Systems has been formalized, the department will be able to provide far more support and instruction to other radiotherapy departments across New South Wales and the rest of Australia,”With the agreement, the Radiation Oncology Department at Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney has become the first in Australia to be formally accredited by Varian Medical Systems as a teaching facility for image-guided radiotherapy (IGRT). Prior to the advent of IGRT, radiation oncologists had to contend with variations in patient positioning and with respiratory motion by treating a larger margin of healthy tissue around the tumor. IGRT enables doctors to further minimize the volume of healthy tissue exposed to the treatment beam. Potentially, image data from IGRT tools like Varian’s On-Board Imager device will be used to note changes in tumor size and shape over a course of treatment, and make real-time adaptations to the treatment plan.For more information: www.varian.com and FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more 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 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 | January 22, 2010 Teaching Program Gives Radiotherapy a Boost in Australasia 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. 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 Oncology | July 31, 2019 Laura Dawson, M.D., FASTRO, Chosen as ASTRO President-elect The members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) elected four new officers to ASTRO’s Board of… read more
Share KINDERSLEY, Sask. — The owner and manager of a Saskatchewan travel agency has been charged with fraud.RCMP say they charged a 44-year-old woman after receiving more than 250 complaints about T & T Travel in Kindersley, Sask.The charges come after a 16-month investigation.In January 2016, a voicemail for the company said the business was no longer operating.A Facebook group called “Travelers Taken by T & T” describes itself as people who were not able to fulfill their travel plans because of the agency’s closure.The woman is to appear in Kindersley provincial court on July 4. Thursday, May 25, 2017 Saskatchewan agency owner accused of fraud after 250 complaints << Previous PostNext Post >> The Canadian Press Posted by
No related posts. *This information was updated at 11:01 am on Friday. A previous version stated the unidentified woman was Adams’s girlfriend. Facebook Comments The bodies of a 30-year-old U.S. man and an unidentified woman were found in a quiet Tres Ríos neighborhood east of San José on Thursday. Authorities discovered Benjamin Adams McCoy with a gunshot wound to the head inside the residential complex Omega. The woman’s body did not show any signs of physical violence but she was surrounded by drugs and syringes, according to sources at the Judicial Investigation Police (OIJ).The OIJ sources did not have any additional information about the woman, but neighbors said she was also an expat and had been in living with McCoy. A security guard at the complex told CRhoy.com that the couple had been living there for two months, and were always very friendly.“It’s a surprise because they were very quiet and nice people,” security guard Jader Ruíz told CRHoy.com. “I did not hear gunshots or anything, I can only say that they were foreigners.” Neighbors hadn’t seen the couple since Tuesday evening. The landlord, a Costa Rican woman, apparently encountered the bodies at 3 p.m. Thursday. She then alerted police, who say the case remains under investigation.
Sofitel Macau At Ponte 16 – Exterior (night time) Sofitel Moorea la Ora Beach Resort – French PolynesiaSofitel Brussels Europe – Exterior Sofitel Wanda Beijing – Exterior Sofitel Hamburg Alter Wall – Exterior Sofitel Washington DC Lafayette Square – Exterior The results are in and travelers worldwide have spoken. Sofitel Luxury Hotels ranks high among globetrotter’s favorite hotels in the US, European and Asia, according to the 2010 TripAdvisor® Travelers’ Choice® Awards. Six Sofitel properties from around the globe received top marks in the annual awards listing, which is determined based on the millions of hotel reviews and opinions posted on tripadvisor.com™, as well as content from across the Web. In the Top 25 Hotels in the United States category, Sofitel Washington DC Lafayette Square ranked among the top ten hotels, receiving praise for its location and restaurant. In Europe, Sofitel Brussels Europe was honored twice, receiving top slots in the Top 25 Hotels in Europe and Top 25 European Destinations Chosen by Europeans categories. In Germany, Sofitel Hamburg Alter Wall ranked no. 16 in the Top 25 Hotels in Germany Chosen by Europeans category. Sofitel Luxury Hotel’s popularity truly spanned the globe, as two Asian properties additionally received recognition. Sofitel Macau at Ponte 16 was named one of the Top 25 Hotels in Hong Kong / Macau / Taiwan, while Sofitel Wanda Beijing, famed for its spa and numerous restaurants, received the no. 22 slot in the broader Top 25 Hotels in China category. In the South Pacific, Sofitel Moorea la Ora Beach Resort, beloved by romantic travelers worldwide, was named one of the Top 10 Hotels for Romance in South Pacific. “We are thrilled and humbled that six properties were honored this year,” said Robert Gaymer-Jones, COO of Sofitel Luxury Hotels. “The TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards are particularly meaningful to Sofitel, as they are determined by real travelers. It is a testament that our effort to provide travelers with outstanding accommodations and service is truly resonating with guests.”Now in its eighth year, the annual TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice awards honor the world’s best hotels, earning their distinction from those who know them best – real travelers. Unlike any other hotel awards program, TripAdvisor® Travelers’ Choice® winners are based on the millions of real and unbiased reviews and opinions about hotels on tripadvisor.com™ and content from across the Web. Featuring advice for travelers, TripAdvisor® welcomes more than 25 million monthly visitors, 15 million registered members and 30 million reviews and opinions. Source = Sofitel Luxury Hotels
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: S.P The increase in direct flights from China to New Zealand has attributed a 1.7 percent increase in overseas arrivals for the month of November compared to the same month last year. The New Zealand government reported the total visitor arrivals numbers reached 230,000 in November, which is the same month that China Southern Airlines began daily flights between Guangzhou and Auckland, China Daily reported. According to figures by statistics New Zealand, Australia maintained its place as New Zealand’s largest tourist market, with Australian visitor numbers rising 7.6 percent year on year. Tourism New Zealand Chief Executive Kevin Bowler said Australia accounted for about 44 percent of all visitor arrivals in the year to the end November 2011.Statistics also showed consistent growth out of Asian markets in November 2011, with the visitor numbers from China up 3,685, Malaysia up 1,320 and Singapore up 863 up from last year.”China Southern Airlines’ commencement of daily flights into New Zealand from November 1 will have certainly supported this outcome,” Mr Bowler said.”The steady upward trend we continue to see out of Asia is a reminder that this market is where continued focus is required.”China Southern Airlines, which carried more than 70 million passengers last year, began direct flights to New Zealand in April, and plans to announce an increase in capacity due to the demand.
Star Alliance takes Best Alliance title at Skytrax World Airline AwardsIn its 20th Anniversary year, Star Alliance has claimed the Best Airline Alliance title at the Skytrax World Airline Awards for the second year running. The Alliance’s prestigious Los Angeles Lounge also received the Best Airline Alliance Lounge Award for the third year in row.Accepting the award at the Paris – Le Bourget Air Show, Jeffrey Goh, CEO Star Alliance said: “This is an important accolade to receive in our 20th Anniversary year. It once again shows that our investment into a modern IT infrastructure is paying off, enabling the more than 440,000 member airline employees to provide customers with an even better Alliance travel experience. Our IT hubs are the foundation which will allow us to use digital technology to offer a more individual and a better Alliance travel experience going forward.”Star Alliance was the first airline alliance to receive the Best Alliance Award from Skytrax when the category was first introduced in 2005 and has since held the award eight times.The World Airline Awards are managed by international air transport rating organisation, Skytrax Research of London, UK. The latest survey was conducted between August 2016 and May 2017, attracting 19.87 million eligible entries with participants from 105 nationalities. The survey covered over 325 airlines, from largest international airlines to smaller domestic carriers, measuring quality standards for 41 Key Performance Indicators across front-line product and service factors in the airport and on-board environments.Complementing the Alliance awards, 13 Star Alliance member carriers received distinctions in 26 individual categories, with four achieving top 10 rankings in the Top Airline Category: Singapore Airlines (2), ANA (3), EVA (6) and Lufthansa (7). Star AllianceSource = Star Alliance
Since hitting a post-crisis peak annual pace of 5.79 million in June 2016, existing-home sales have not fared so well.Existing-home sales cooled off in August, dropping by nearly a full percentage point down to an annual rate of 5.33 million amid rising prices and declining inventory. And if forecasts turn out to be accurate, things might not get better for existing-home sales in the near term.The latest Nowcast from Ten-X suggests that existing-home sales will take another step backward, predicting they will fall in the 5.1 million to 5.44 million range with a target rate of 5.27 million. If this forecast comes true, this would be a 1.2 percent decline from the National Association of Realtors’ August figures and a 4.5 percent decline from Ten-X’s Nowcast from a year ago.Demand for residential homes has remained strong even though there has not been much to choose from. NAR reported that total housing inventory in August was 10 percent lower than the same time last year, with approximately 2.04 million units for sale.“The ongoing inventory shortage is putting a strain on sales growth, particularly as the resulting price gains erode affordability, but demand for housing remains elevated nonetheless,” Ten-X stated. “The labor market is adding jobs at a solid clip, unemployment is hovering at a low level, wage growth persists, and historically low mortgage rates are enticing homebuyers; all conditions that remain supportive of the housing market. Though foreign buying activity has cooled following economic uncertainty abroad, increased regulation, and contention with the strong dollar, US home sales have held at a high level to date.”While job growth has been solid throughout most of the year, it has not translated to greater home sales as of yet, according to NAR.“Healthy labor markets in most the country should be creating a sustained demand for home purchases,” NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun said. “However, there’s no question that after peaking in June, sales in a majority of the country have inched backwards because inventory isn’t picking up to tame price growth and replace what’s being quickly sold.”The low inventory may hold back home sales for the near term, but Ten-X believes that price appreciation will result in homeowners wanting to sell, which will create an uptick in inventory. Ten-X is forecasting a range of $227,300 to $251,200 for September’s median existing-home price, with a target of $239,268. This would be a year-over-year increase of nearly 8 percent from NAR’s figure and 5.1 percent from last year’s Nowcast. The August 2016 median existing-home sales price was $240,200, marking the 54th consecutive month of year-over-year home price appreciation.The decline of existing-home sales “could stimulate new home sales a bit, since one of the primary reasons for the dip in existing home sales appears to be the severe lack of inventory,” Ten-X Chief Marketing Office Rick Sharga said. “People who might normally have purchased an existing home may simply decide to look for a new home instead. Of course, new home inventory is still lower than average as well, but is at least trending in the right direction. Similarly, assuming that we see increased levels of household formation, we’re likely to see a corresponding increase in the number of renters—in both apartments and single family homes. If existing home sales continue to decline, mortgage originators will certainly suffer, as will the professional service providers who are typically involved in some aspect of the transaction—appraisers, realtors, inspectors, etc. A continuing decline in existing home sales could have an impact on the overall economy. The housing market’s gradual return to health has definitely been one of the bright spots in what has been an otherwise tepid economic recovery. If housing takes a turn for the worse, it may become a drag on economic growth.” in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News Existing-Home Sales Home Price Appreciation 2016-09-30 Seth Welborn Share Existing-Home Sales Outlook is Not So Pretty September 30, 2016 533 Views