January Deadliest Month for Refugees

By Fatima DrarIfrane – In January 230 refugees died on their way to reach Europe via the Mediterranean Sea.The International Organization for Migration (IOM) estimates that 55,528 migrants and refugees crossed the Mediterranean to enter Europe during the first 28 days of 2016. The same organization recorded 244 deaths at sea for the same period. This is almost three times the number of refugees who died in January 2015. According to IOM, a survey of migrants and refugees revealed that 90 percent of those refugees were from Syria, Iraq or Afghanistan.For the first 28 days of this year, an estimated number of 55,528 migrants and refugees crossed the Mediterranean to enter Europe.The refugee crisis becomes increasingly deadly. Aljazeera reported on January, 22 that “at least 45 people, including 17 children, […] died after their boats sank near two Greek islands.”On day after this tragedy, Angela Merkel emphasized the need for a joint effort among European countries to solve this problem. read more

Lebanons reconstruction focus of talks between Ban Kimoon and French leader

Mr. Ban and Mr. Chirac discussed the results of yesterday’s donor conference on Lebanon, which is attempting to rebuild itself after last year’s war between the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) and Hizbollah, as well as the country’s tense political situation.During the conference yesterday Mr. Ban told participants that “political stability has to be the bedrock on which we consolidate economic recovery and reconstruction” in Lebanon, and he urged the nation’s neighbours “to fully respect its unity, independence and sovereignty. Lebanese democracy can only work if its leaders are free to make decisions and pursue reconciliation without fear of external pressure or interference.”Today the Secretary-General and Mr. Chirac also discussed an environmental conference scheduled to be held in the French capital next week, UN spokesman Farhan Haq told reporters.He said the two leaders talked about Côte d’Ivoire, the conflict in Darfur and the unstable situation on the common border between Darfur and neighbouring Chad and the Central African Republic (CAR).Mr. Ban, who is undertaking his first overseas trip since becoming Secretary-General on 1 January, heads now to Africa, where he will visit the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Ethiopia and Kenya in the week ahead.In the DRC, Mr. Ban will conduct talks in Kinshasa with President Joseph Kabila and other senior Government officials, as well as with peacekeepers and civilian staff of the UN’s largest mission. He will also address the National Assembly and make a brief visit to nearby Brazzaville, capital of the Republic of Congo, to meet with President Sassou Nguesso.The Secretary-General will then go to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, for the African Union (AU) Summit, where he expects to discuss the Darfur crisis with Sudanese President Omar el-Bashir, as well as confer with the continent’s leaders on the conflicts in Chad, Somalia and Côte d’Ivoire.Mr. Ban will end his African tour with a stop in Nairobi, where he will meet Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki, followed by a trip to the Netherlands, where he will visit the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the International Criminal Court (ICC) and the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague. While in the Netherlands, he will also meet with Queen Beatrix as well as the Dutch Prime Minister and senior officials.After that, Mr. Ban is scheduled to go to Washington for a meeting of the Middle East Quartet – the diplomatic grouping comprising the UN, the United States, Russia and the European Union – which is seeking a two-State solution to the Middle East conflict, with Israel and Palestine living side by side in peace. 26 January 2007The reconstruction of Lebanon and an upcoming international environmental summit topped the agenda during talks today in Paris between United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and French President Jacques Chirac. read more

Asian stocks plunge on USChina trade war worries

BEIJING — Asian stock markets plunged Friday after President Donald Trump’s surprise threat of tariff hikes on additional Chinese imports.Tokyo’s main market index fell 2.5% and Hong Kong’s benchmark lost 2.3%. Markets in Shanghai, Sydney and Seoul also declined.Trump’s announcement of 10% tariffs on $300 billion of Chinese goods, due to take effect Sept. 1, surprised investors after the White House said Beijing promised to buy more farm goods. That came as their latest round of trade talks ended in Shanghai.That added to investor unease following Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell’s suggestion Wednesday that the U.S. central bank had no plans for an extended cycle of interest rate cuts.“Markets are reeling after President Trump expressed his frustration with China’s stalling techniques,” said Stephen Innes of VM Markets in a report. “With the global markets on edge after Chair Powell’s communication failed so miserably, few traders have been willing to step in front of this steamroller.”The Shanghai Composite Index lost 1.8% to 2,858.04 while Tokyo’s Nikkei 225 declined to 21,014.62.Hong Kong’s Hang Seng fell to 26,935.26 while Seoul’s Kospi shed 0.2% to 2,001.09. Sydney’s S&P-ASX 200 retreated 0.3% to 6,768.70 and India’s Sensex was down 0.8% at 36,718.75. Markets in New Zealand, Taiwan and Southeast Asia also declined.On Wall Street, the benchmark Standard & Poor’s 500 fell for a fourth day, losing 0.9% to 2,953.56.The Dow Jones Industrial Average declined 1% to 26,583.42. The Nasdaq composite ended 0.8% lower at 8,111.12.The escalation in U.S.-Chinese trade tension comes after both sides resumed negotiations.In a series of tweets, Trump noted that while slow-moving negotiations have been “constructive,” China has not followed through on some prior agreements.Washington has imposed tariffs of 25% on $250 billion worth of Chinese goods over complaints Beijing steals or pressures companies to hand over technology. Beijing retaliated with tariffs on $110 billion of American goods, including agricultural products, in a direct shot at Trump supporters in the U.S. farm belt.Unlike earlier tariffs, which were meant to minimize the impact on ordinary Americans by targeting industrial goods, the new ones would affect a wide range of consumer products.Trump also expressed frustration the Fed isn’t cutting interest rates more aggressively.The Fed cut its key interest rate for the first time in a decade Wednesday, citing uncertainty over the U.S. trade conflicts.U.S. share price declines come despite unexpectedly strong corporate earnings.Oil companies Exxon and Chevron will report results on Friday. The government will also release its employment report for July on Friday.Qualcomm fell 2.7% after the chipmaker gave investors a surprisingly weak profit and revenue forecast because of problems in China. A ban on exports to Chinese tech giant Huawei hangs over the company.JAPAN-KOREA TENSION: Japan’s Cabinet approved removing South Korea from a list of countries with preferential trade status, stepping up pressure in a dispute over export controls and compensation for wartime Korean labourers. The decision increases controls on exports of dozens of products with possible military uses. It follows a requirement for approval of sales to South Korea of materials used in semiconductors, smartphones and other high-tech devices. South Korea’s government expressed “deep regret” and said it will respond.ENERGY: Benchmark U.S. crude jumped $1 to $54.95 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract plunged $4.53 on Thursday — its biggest drop in more than four years — to $53.95. Brent crude, used to price international oils, soared $1.43 to $61.93 per barrel in London. It fell $4.55 the previous session to $60.50.CURRENCY: The dollar fell to 107.12 from Thursday’s 107.35 yen. The euro weakened to $1.1080 from $1.1085.Joe McDonald, The Associated Press read more

Selfinflicted collapse chokes GOP effort to undo Obamacare

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., announces that he is abruptly pulling the troubled Republican health care overhaul bill off the House floor, short of votes and eager to avoid a humiliating defeat for President Donald Trump and GOP leaders, at the Capitol in Washington, Friday, March 24, 2017. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) by Alan Fram And Erica Werner, The Associated Press Posted Mar 25, 2017 9:00 am MDT Last Updated Mar 25, 2017 at 6:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Self-inflicted collapse chokes GOP effort to undo Obamacare WASHINGTON – House Republicans passed roughly 60 bills over the past six years dismembering President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul. Other than minor tweaks, they knew the measures would go nowhere because the Democrat still lived in the White House.With a bill that counted Friday, they choked. It was an epic, damaging, self-inflicted collapse that smothered the GOP effort.“We’re going to be living with Obamacare for the foreseeable future,” a flustered Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., told reporters after abruptly yanking the legislation off the House floor to avert a certain defeat. “I don’t know how long it’s going to take us to repeal this law.”The measure would have erased much of Obama’s 2010 law, eliminating its unpopular requirement that people buy coverage, ending its Medicaid expansion and trimming federal assistance to people to help pay medical bills. It represented the culmination of seven years of unsuccessful GOP attempts to craft a replacement bill the party could rally behind — a unity that ended up eluding them.President Donald Trump responded to the failure by repeating his dire predictions for Obama’s law. He followed up Saturday, adding a more optimistic twist: “ObamaCare will explode and we will all get together and piece together a great healthcare plan for THE PEOPLE. Do not worry!” the president tweeted.Vice-President Mike Pence sounded as though the repeal-and-replace effort would continue unabated, telling a group at a small business in West Virginia on Saturday that “we will end the Obamacare nightmare and give the American people the world-class health care that they deserve.” He acknowledged that “Congress just wasn’t ready. … We’re back to the drawing board.”While some parts of the Affordable Care Act have obvious problems, others are working well and have brought the country’s rate of uninsured people to a record low.With Trump serving alongside a Congress controlled by the GOP, the bill was the party’s first genuine opportunity to repeal Obama’s statute. Ryan shelved it amid defections from centrist Republicans who thought it went too far and conservatives who considered it too weak, plus solid Democratic opposition.Its rejection was fueled by nonpartisan congressional analysts concluding it would cause 24 million people to lose coverage in a decade and drive up costs for poorer and older people. There was also opposition from doctors, hospitals, consumer groups and AARP.One problem facing the GOP is repercussions from the party’s voters. For nearly a decade, they’ve heard countless Republican congressional candidates promise to repeal Obama’s statute, a pledge that became a centerpiece of Trump’s presidential campaign.“It’s a really good question,” Ryan said, asked how Republicans could face constituents after failing to deliver on years of promises. “I wish I had a better answer for you.”Democrats, loyal defenders of Obama’s law, were literally jumping for joy. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., removed her shoes and took a victory leap while meeting activists outside the Capitol.Obama’s statute has spread coverage to 20 million people and required insurers to cover numerous services and barred them from refusing policies to the very sick.Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., said that “at some point” lawmakers have to address the costs and availability of health care and said he was willing to work with the administration and both parties to do that. He issued the statement, he said, after a Friday night conversation with Trump.But top congressional Republicans mostly conceded the measure’s demise meant it was time to move onto other issues.Among them was Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., who has spoken repeatedly about how unraveling Obama’s law was a top priority for his chamber. In a statement, he expressed only gloom about the effort’s future.“Obamacare is failing the American people and I deeply appreciate the efforts of the speaker and the president to keep our promise to repeal and replace it, “McConnell said. “I share their disappointment that this effort came up short.”Two chief House authors expressed no taste for diving back into the issue.“D-O-N-E done. This bill is dead,” said Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., who heads the House Energy and Commerce Committee.House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady, R-Texas, said Republicans “are moving full speed ahead with President Trump on the first pro-growth tax reform in a generation.”But there was no easy path ahead. Retooling America’s health care system — it comprises one-sixth of the nation’s economy — is a multi-tiered puzzle.On the economic side, it involves refashioning how providers, patients and federal programs should interact. And a political balance must be struck between conservatives eager to erase Obama’s law and push the system toward a free-market approach, and GOP moderates wary that would strip coverage from some voters and drive up out-of-pocket costs for others.Earlier this month, Ryan thought he would find that balance.“We’ll have 218 (votes) when this thing comes to the floor, I can guarantee you that,” he said, referring to the House majority usually needed to pass legislation.Ironically, the outcome hewed more closely to a prediction by Ryan’s predecessor, former Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio. Boehner was forced out of office in 2015 largely by the hard-right House Freedom Caucus, the same group whose opposition was largely responsible for the crumpling of the GOP bill on Friday.Boehner said last month that while Republicans would fix some problems of Obama’s law, a repeal and replacement is “not going to happen.”He added, “Republicans never ever agree on health care.”___Associated Press writer John Raby in xxxxxxx contributed to this report. read more

WR Noah Brown suffers serious leg injury will miss entire 2015 season

Count yo blessings at all times NB I got bro ???— Corey Smith Jr (@dreamchaser_cj5) August 26, 2015 Sophomore wide receiver Noah Brown (80) walks across the field during OSU’s 2015 Spring Game on April 18. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead / Photo EditorOhio State football ended practice early Wednesday night after an injury to a player occurred. The media availability scheduled for later that night was also canceled.A press release from an OSU spokesman said that sophomore wide receiver Noah Brown suffered a left leg injury on Wednesday. According to the release, Brown will have surgery tomorrow at the Wexner Medical Center at Ohio State.He will miss the entire 2015 season but is expected to make a full recovery.Brown was not an integral part of the offense as a freshman, but as the year progressed, he slowly started to see the field more.He ended last season with just one catch for nine yards against Illinois on Nov. 1.Brown did, however, see considerable snaps against Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship Game and Oregon in the College Football Playoff National Championship Game with 23 and 20, respectively.The coaching staff was expecting Brown to have an increased role in the upcoming campaign, as they spoke highly of the transformation Brown underwent in the offseason during spring practice.Wide receivers coach Zach Smith said the Flanders, New Jersey, native was on a “different level” in the spring compared to the fall.The injury to Brown makes another dent into an already thin Buckeye receiving corp as redshirt senior Corey Smith, redshirt sophomore H-back Jalin Marshall and junior H-back Dontre Wilson are all suspended for the season opener against Virginia Tech on Sept. 7 in Blacksburg, Virginia.This marks the second consecutive year for the Buckeyes that a key player was hurt right before the season began as then-senior quarterback Braxton Miller suffered a season-ending injury last year.Brown’s teammates and coaches took to Twitter to extend their support: I’m not going to give up my faith, I know the Lord has something greater for you. Just a bump in the road we have to overcome together… NB— Mike Thomas (@Cantguardmike) August 26, 2015 This is not our plan… This is God’s plan. Have to have #Faith in His plan and stay true to Him – It will all work out in the end. ??— Zach Smith #Zone6 (@CoachZachSmith) August 26, 2015 On my mind in my prayers ?? NB get well soon. #80— Jalin Marshall (@JalinMarshall) August 27, 2015 read more

SCHOCK IN SKOPJE Naumce Mojsovski out 6 months

One of the leading Macedonian players beside Kiril Lazarov, Metalurg’ playmaker Naumce Mojsovski (32) has suffered serious injury of knee ligaments on tonight’s match of SEHA GAZPROM SS league against RK Vardar 22:21 and first prediction speaks about six months break! The leading playmaker of Macedonian national team will miss Men’s EHF EURO 2014 in Denmark, where Macedonians had high ambitions to try to achieve the similiar success as two years before in Serbia, when they finished fifth. Macedonia handballNaumce Mojsovski ← Previous Story SECRET OF SUCCESS? Call the Danish coach! Next Story → SC Magdeburg sack Frank Carstens – Jungandreas is a new coach!

Two arrests over murder of woman who disappeared after party in 2005

first_img 3 Comments Share76 Tweet Email Friday 5 Apr 2019, 12:08 PM 46,662 Views Image: PSNI Apr 5th 2019, 12:08 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL Image: PSNI https://jrnl.ie/4578437 By Daragh Brophy A MAN AND a woman have been arrested in connection with the murder of a Co Down woman who went missing 14 years ago. Lisa Dorrian, who was 25 when she was last seen, disappeared after a party at a caravan site in Ballyhalbert on 28 February 2005.Her body has yet to be found, but police believe she was murdered.In a statement today the PSNI confirmed that its Major Investigation Team had made two arrests. “A 49-year-old man and a 34-year-old woman were arrested this morning in the Newtownards area on suspicion of murder,” Detective Superintendent Jason Murphy said. “They have been taken to Musgrave Serious Crime Suite for questioning.”On Monday, a fresh search was launched in the caravan park where Lisa was last seen alive and at a disused airfield nearby.  Two arrests over murder of woman who disappeared after party in 2005 Lisa Dorrian disappeared after a party at a caravan site 14 years ago.last_img read more

Mothering the masses

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Kathy Tsaples truly lives up to the name of her business. She really is a sweet Greek. And by sweet, I mean the embodiment of a hospitable, nurturing, mothering Greek. Her story is that of a woman’s courage to ensure her dream would become a reality. Two-and-a-half years ago, Kathy was diagnosed with cancer. Throughout her illness – the 18 months of chemotherapy and radiation treatments that meant her survival – one dream kept her going; to open a shop and serve nourishing, homely and beautiful Greek food. “I’m very passionate about authentic Greek food,” says Kathy, “the fresh ingredients, olive oil, seasonal vegetables. All I wanted to do was take it and be able to cook for families the way we learnt how to cook.” George Christopoulos of Belgian Beer Cafe fame, and a dear friend of Kathy’s, helped her make this dream come true.“George was able to open the shop and I was the person who cooks and presents the food and pastries.” Five months ago the dream was realised after the shop opened in at stall 702 at Melbourne’s Prahran Market. Sweet Greek Stall offers the best of Greek cuisine – from take-home authentic meals to spanakopites, tiropites, Greek sweets and even regional imports for homesick Hellenists – like the Ion chocolate range and mastica from Chios. Working from Kathy’s home-made recipe book, Sweet Greek Stall has its own production kitchen, where qualified chefs work with fresh produce to recreate these classic dishes. “I wrote a recipe book so the chefs follow that to a T. They source the freshest ingredients. There are no preservatives, no fillers, no chemicals, so that means we don’t have long dates on our food but that’s how we maintain the freshness of our foods and the integrity of it. “The food is exactly how I cook it here at home, the way my mum taught me – using lots of fresh ingredients, lots of spices, and cheese kefalotiri. We don’t take any short-cuts to create really beautiful food. One of the chefs couldn’t understand that the sauce of kokkinisto thickens naturally through the four-hour cooking process – he thought you must have to put cornflour in it.” Classic homely Greek dishes such as pastitsio, moussaka, kokkinisto, soutzoukakia with feta are offered in take-away containers, so you can microwave it or put it straight in the oven. “On Saturday’s we do yemista, we do soupes – all served in bulk on the tables, and people can buy in bulk freshly cooked.” A committed advocate for Greek food, Kathy won’t stop until everyone in Australia can pronounce kefalograviera. “Greek food is so good, with our olive oils, our spices and tomatoes – we need to put Greek food on the map and expose it. That’s why all the meals themselves will not be written in English, yemista are yemista! People will come in now and ask for yemista, I want them to learn to say the Greek foods like they’ve learned to pronounce other cuisines’ foods. We serve loukoumathes on the weekend, There is always a queue, and believe me, people know how to say loukoumathes!” The main driving force of this business venture, and what makes it as homely as it is commercial, is the ethos behind what Kathy is doing. She wants to be a surrogate mother to those whose situations might mean they’re missing out on nourishing food. “This way we can provide for busy mums and dads for their family. I have so many single people coming in to say it’s much more cost effective for me to buy two or three of these dishes than it is for me to go out and do my shopping. My whole dream was to be able to produce this beautiful food for busy mums, families, people who need it. I was a career woman, and in my day I would have loved to have had the option to buy home-made meals. I was lucky, I had my mother helping and cooking.”That’s what Kathy wants to replicate, coming home to a home-cooked meal made by your mum. “I love being this surrogate mother – to cook and to nourish them. I can’t imagine doing it any better than with Greek food.” Sweet Greek Stall Stall 702 Prahran Market South Yarra, Melbourne. Tel (03) 9826 0608last_img read more

Cole blasts Ozils situation at Arsenal as a comedy sketch

first_imgFormer striker Andy Cole is bewildered by Unai Emery’s “strange” decision to not play Mesut Ozil at Arsenal.The German playmaker has only started half of Arsenal’s 26 Premier League matches this season amid struggles to force his way into Emery’s plans.In fact, Ozil has only featured twice for the Gunners in 2019 due to both fitness struggles and Emery’s decision to omit from matchday squads.Despite recovering from an illness this week and returning to training, Ozil was again left out by the Spanish coach for Arsenal’s 1-0 Europa League defeat to BATE Borisov in Belarus on Thursday night.And Cole, who started out his playing career at Arsenal before going on to star for rivals Manchester United, admits he can’t understand why Emery refuses to play someone of Ozil’s calibre.“It’s becoming a bit of a comedy sketch at the moment,” Cole told Sky Sports. “We know how talented he is.“The manager has decided maybe he doesn’t want him in the team, he doesn’t work hard enough or whatever, but sometimes when you have that luxury, I think some of the boys in the team would be prepared to work a little bit harder to get him on the ball to produce that magic.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“Arsenal over the previous years, when Wenger was there, did that. You’ve got to play your best players when you need them, and Ozil is one of Arsenal’s best.“If you asked [Alexandre] Lacazette and [Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang: ‘Do you want Mesut to play?’ they’d say yes all day long, all day long! It’s really, really strange.”On the other hand, former Celtic manager Neil Lennon expects there will be plenty of interest in the “divisive” Ozil should he leave Arsenal this summer.“You have a talent like that, and it might come down to man management,” said Lennon.“He has certainly been a divisive character over the last few years. He’s like Marmite, some love him, some don’t! For me, I love watching him play.“He does get criticised a lot for his work rate, or lack of work rate, but his stats are up there for distance covered with many other players. He will certainly find a place somewhere, because he’s got the game.”LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 29: Mesut Ozil of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Cardiff City at Emirates Stadium on January 29, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)last_img read more

Beach warning issued for increased bacteria levels after rainfall

first_img SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — San Diego County officials Thursday warned people to avoid swimming and surfing in the ocean for a few days due to potentially high levels of bacteria from rainstorm runoff.People should avoid entering oceans and bays for 72 hours following a storm, according to the Department of Environmental Health.Runoff from urban areas into bodies of water can contain large amounts of bacteria from animal waste, soil and decomposing vegetation. This is especially true near storm drains, creeks, rivers and lagoon outlets, according to the DEH.Precipitation is forecast to return to Southern California Friday night and end Saturday morning. Beach warning issued for increased bacteria levels after rainfall Posted: March 15, 2018 KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter March 15, 2018last_img read more

FACEBOOK FACEOFF Press the Like button soon

first_imgFollow this Live Blog on The Atlantic Wire for the latest on sales, prices, and other breaking news about the biggest initial public offering in history.SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — EDITOR’S NOTE — Facebook begins selling stock to the public today in the most talked-about market debut in years. Two Associated Press business writers are debating whether the stock is a smart buy.I doubted Mark Zuckerberg when I met him more than five years ago, shortly after he rebuffed several chances to sell Facebook for what was a fortune even then.He seemed confident to the point of being cocky about his ability to turn what started as an online hangout for college students into a digital commune for the entire world. Facebook had about 20 million users at the time.While listening to Zuckerberg pontificate on Facebook’s potential to become a more important communication channel than long-established media outlets, I wondered whether this then-22-year-old kid was deluded.last_img read more

NicheMarket BtoB Where Print Launches Continue to Flourish

first_imgJay DeWitt: Ratchet+Wrench’s sister publication, Fender Bender, serves the collision-repair industry. We have four regional editions of Fender Bender, and working with a lot of our advertisers—we have over 500 advertisers with Fender Bender—led us to the understanding that the auto-repair market had the same needs. The demographics of the people running those businesses are very similar to those running collision repair shops. They’re usually technicians turned owners. Advanstar and Babcox are in both of these markets. We know how they’re underserving the market in the collision-repair industry, and we knew they were underserving the mechanical market as well. Once we did research, it was a no brainer that there was a real need for a publication like Ratchet+Wrench in the space.FOLIO: Why a print magazine in 2012?DeWitt: There are a few reasons. Number one, the audiences we serve have been severely neglected by other media companies with outdated content. There are a few legacy publishers serving our readers and you can tell they are legacy publishers because the publications look and feel like “your grandfather’s magazine” without an eye to the here-and-now and future. We’ve set out to change that, giving them what they want and need, both in content and design. The second reason is we’ve noticed a “trim, trim, trim” mentality from our competitors. They aren’t investing in their properties, but rather appear to be on life support. To us, this is an opportunity. We are investing and will not compromise quality. Our readers and advertising partners deserve the best, and we’re committed to delivering that. It’s clear our competition isn’t committed to working hard to produce quality content and we’re ready to parlay on that. Lastly, our research shows that over 85 percent of our readers still prefer to receive their content in print. Although we’ll have a robust digital play, print still rules our markets.FOLIO: You’re starting with a circulation of 100,000. How many are subscribers as of now?  Also, you have more than 400 advertisers and 200 pages for this first issue. That’s pretty good. How did you do it? DeWitt: We’re 100-percent targeted media and we do have some subscribers. Since we’re in the b-to-b space, we want to have a 100-percent requested circulation at some point in time. Because of our synergies with Fender Bender, we started marketing several months ago that Ratchet+Wrench would come in July. As time moves along the goal is to be 100 requested. Did we “pre-sell” before issues hit the consumer? No we didn’t—it’s one thing to tell them this magazine is going to be coming for them and try to explain what it is, it’s another to have it in front of them and asking them to qualify at that time.On the advertiser side, we were able to leverage our connections from Fender Bender. We had several years of relationships with Fender Bender advertisers, and we used that to pre-sell them into Ratchet+Wrench. And we have a magazine that is profitable right out of the shoot. FOLIO: 10 Missions is a small, independent publisher. How do you plan to go up against your competitors—Babcox, Advanstar and others?DeWitt: We have no venture capital and no one to please other than ourselves. Advanstar is huge, and Babcox is quite large, and was once owned by venture capital—we’ve seen over the last few years that because they’re highly leveraged they’re not making investments in their brands. We’re continually making investments in our brands. We have dedicated editorial people on our products and a great deal of human capital. We’re also making investments in production, paper quality and other things of that nature, instead of cutting costs. The difference between an independent publisher and a big-box publisher is we’re able to narrowly focus on the audience that we’re serving. We don’t have a need to operate on pennies and we can be more dedicated to our markets. We’re focused on serving the reader and less concerned, with having to wake up and look at the bottom line everyday, though that, too, is a driving force. It’s been a key to us being successful over the last couple years.FOLIO: Talk about your digital strategy.DeWitt: Fender Bender is a BPA-audited title and we file a brand report with BPA. We’re not just sharing our print subscribers, we’re sharing all of our various channels to capture our total brand reach. We’re going to be very deliberate with Ratchet+Wrench and we’re going to walk before we run. The goal will be having a model similar to Fender Bender.We won’t be moving into the e-newsletter space right away because we have to build our audience file first. Eventually we will provide daily news updates online, a full archive of back issues, and we’ll break our site into what we consider strategy channels—various parts of the business that the audience wants to look at. Daily newsletters will come after we start our daily news updates, because we believe if you can’t do it right, don’t do it at all.As with Fender Bender, we’ll move Ratchet+Wrench into the HTML5 space in the fourth quarter. We have an iPhone and iPad app for Fender Bender, and we’ll also have that for Ratchet+Wrench. We’re taking a very deliberate, slow and steady pace. We know we need to build our audience before we can really move and leverage our digital business. With social networking, if you look at Fender Bender, we have a LinkedIn group that has in excess of 2,500 members. We’re the only media brand that has that type of group in our space, and we’re also the only one in the mechanical-market space. We add anywhere from 50 to 100 members a week to our professional collision-repair group. We’ve created a Ratchet+Wrench group for auto-care center pros that will be marketed in the magazine and online. With Fender Bender, we have almost 1,000 Facebook fans and we’ll be pushing the same for Ratchet+Wrench. We have our eye on a full audience experience but we know one thing has to come before another. In an era when the focus is overwhelmingly on digital media, a surprisingly robust number of print titles have launched in 2012—more than 130, according to MediaFinder. One of them is Ratchet+Wrench, a title that serves auto-care center owners and operators, and is published by 10 Missions Media.FOLIO: wanted to get at the psychology of a print launch in a digital age, so we checked in with Jay DeWitt, president of St. Paul, Minnesota-based 10 Missions Media, on his plans for Ratchet+Wrench, which will be published with a monthly frequency. The 13-year-old 10 Missions Media (formerly DeWitt Publishing) also publishes Fender Bender and expects revenue to exceed $3 million this year. FOLIO: How did you identify the opportunity to launch this magazine?last_img read more

E3 2019 Apex Legends gets new character Wattson and the insane LStar

first_imgNatalie “Wattson” Paquette can build her own defensive structures, a counter to the game’s typical aggressive characters. Her tactical ability involves electric fences for building defensive perimeters that damage and slow other players, while her ultimate ability, Interception Pylon, places an electrified pylon that destroys incoming ordnance and refills her teammates’ shields.Wattson’s story is that she and her father helped build the Apex Arena, and she’s considered the “kid sister” of the other Legends. That means she has a bit more lore in comparison to the other characters. Post a comment Originally published June 8, 10:30 a.m. PT.Updates, 10:37 a.m.: Adds Wattson tweet; 10:47 a.m.: Includes background info; 10:58 a.m.: Adds more ability info; 11:46 a.m.: Adds info on ranked mode; 11:56 a.m.: Includes more background info.; 2:05 p.m.: Adds more details about other press conferences. E3 2019 The new weapon of the season, the L-Star, can shatter doors and do big damage. Fans of the Titanfall series will recognize the weapon from multiplayer matches. Apex Legends season 2 also includes a ranked mode. It’ll be available only for the best players to compete against each other and will have its own rewards. There’ll also be some rebalancing weapons, including the Mozambique shotgun. Respawn Entertainment also announced a “double xp” weekend on June 7-9 where players will earn twice the Battle Pass and base experience points.The final montage video for Apex Legends gave a quick glimpse of a giant eyeball that’s teased as a “big thing” coming to Kings Canyon in Apex Legends season 2. The big press conferencesMany of the biggest announcements happen before the show even opens, during a weekend of press conferences from the industry’s biggest names. All except Sony, which this year said it won’t be holding a press conference during the show, nor will it have a booth.The rest, however, will still be planning big announcements just before the show. Saturday, June 8Electronic Arts — The game maker showed off 15 minutes of gameplay for its upcoming adventure game, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. It also announced new features for its free-to-download Apex Legends last-man-standing battle royale game, offering a new character and weapon to play with. The company also showed off a new paid update for The Sims 4, called Island Living, that brings the series to a tropical beach. Finally, the company did discuss drama over the mixed reviews for its Anthem action adventure game, saying it “learned a lot” and had more updates and features planned soon.Sunday, June 9Microsoft / Xbox — The gaming giant’s biggest news was Project Scarlett, its next-generation Xbox, coming in 2020. The new device is up to 4x more powerful, the company said, and like the next-gen PlayStation it’ll include a fast non-mechanical SSD hard drive, and it’ll be powered by custom innards built with the help of chipmaker AMD.  The company also announced that Halo Infinite will launch alongside Project Scarlett next year. Meantime, Microsoft is starting public tests of its Project xCloud streaming service in October, promising people the ability to play high end games on their mobile devices while away from home. While fans wait, Microsoft announced an update to its Xbox Elite Controller Series 2 as well as a slew of new games. And action star Keanu Reeves, fresh off the success of John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum, was on stage to announce his involvement with Cyberpunk 2077, which is coming next year.Bethesda — Bethesda kicked off its event with humility over the mixed response to Fallout 76, but quickly went back on the offensive. Fallout 76 got a new Battle Royale mode, Wolfenstein Youngblood received a new trailer and a co-op mode. We got a new game called Deathloop from the clever folks behind Dishonored and Bethesda introduced us to Orion, a piece of tech from ID Software designed to make game streaming better on services like Google Stadia. The lion’s share of attention, however, went to Doom Eternal, which looked fantastic in both single player and multiplayer.Monday, June 10PC Gaming Show — This annual PC Gaming Show is held at a theater a short walk from the Los Angeles Convention Center, but still draws a large crowd, filling the 1,700-person capacity Mayan Theater in downtown Los Angeles. Inside, the usual suspects, from Halo to Doom, were nowhere to be found. Instead, the crowd cheered for PC-centric games including Zombie Army 4, Baldur’s Gate 3 and Terraria: Journey’s End. (No, the game sequel problem isn’t any better on PCs.) The highlight was a brief on-stage appearance by legendary game designer Yu Suzuki, responsible for classic such as Hang-On and Virtua Fighter. His long-awaited Shenmue 3 is expected in November, 18 years after Shenmue 2. Ubisoft — The French gaming giant announced its next big dystopian hacking adventure game, Watch Dogs: Legion, launching March 2020. The new game is set in near-future post-Brexit London, where the economy is failing and government is breaking down. The company also announced a new television show, called Mythic Quest, that will launch on Apple TV Plus. And it celebrated the 10th anniversary of its Just Dance party games. Square Enix — 6 p.m. PT (9 p.m. ET)Tuesday, June 11Nintendo (livestream only) — 9 a.m. PT (noon ET) Aug 3 • E3 journalists see their personal info exposed by security flaw • More from E3 Watson will make her debut in Apex Legends season 2. EA/Respawn Entertainment EA Play, EA’s scheduled press event for E3 2019 happened Saturday morning, and the company devoted 30 minutes to Apex Legends season 2. Among other things, we learned the game will start July 2, with a new weapon, new skins, a ranked mode and the 10th Legend of the game, Wattson. See All 0 Aug 19 • Borderlands 3: FL4K, new endgame content and everything else we know Share your voice E3 2019 Tags Aug 28 • Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order trailer, gameplay footage and everything we know reading • E3 2019: Apex Legends gets new character, Wattson, and the insane L-Star weapon at EA Play How to preorder all the new games Watch every E3 video game trailer Nintendo recap: New Zelda sequel, Banjo-Kazooie, Luigi’s Mansion and more E3 2019: Complete coverage on GameSpot E3 2019: Complete coverage on CNET 17 Photos E3 2019: The most anticipated games of gaming’s most anticipated show Jul 26 • Doom Eternal: QuakeCon ‘Year of Doom’ keynote shows more ‘Battlemode’ action Electronic Arts (EA) Culture Gaminglast_img read more

5 held over Adnan murder in Ctg

first_imgPolice arrested five college students in connection with the killing of a student of Chittagong Collegiate School in the city’s Jamal Khan area on Thursday, reports news agency UNB.Among them, four 2nd year students of Hazera Taju Degree college – Sabbir, Fahim, Aabu Sayed and Arman-were arrested from Fatikchhari upazila of the district while Muntasir from the port city’s Badurtola area.A blood-stained knife which was used in the killing was also recovered, said officer-in-charge of Kotwali Police Station Md Jasim Uddin.On 16 January, Adnan Isfar, 15, a class-IX student of Chittagong Collegiate School and College, was stabbed to death by some youths in the city following dispute over a cricket match.At one stage of an argument, Isfar’s friends stabbed him, said the OC adding that the boy started running after being chased and collapsed at Jamal khan.Being rescued, he was taken to Chittagong Medical College Hospital where doctors declared him dead.The OC said they collected a video footage which showed the schoolboy was running in an injured condition while some others were chasing him.Following the incident, a case was filed with the police station.last_img read more

Get By Without Planned Parenthood One Texas Effort Stumbles

first_imgCarrie Feibel In pushing a replacement for the Affordable Care Act that cuts off funds for Planned Parenthood, Republicans are out to reassure women who rely on the major health care organization that other clinics will step up to provide their low-cost breast exams, contraception and cancer screenings.Texas is already trying to prove it. But one big bet is quietly sputtering, and in danger of teaching the opposite lesson conservatives are after.Last summer, Texas gave $1.6 million to an anti-abortion organization called the Heidi Group to help strengthen small clinics that specialize in women’s health like Planned Parenthood but don’t offer abortions. The goal was to help the clinics boost their patient rolls and show there would be no gap in services if the nation’s largest abortion provider had to scale back.The effort offered a model other conservative states could follow if Republicans make their long-sought dream of defunding Planned Parenthood a reality under President Donald Trump. Several states are already moving to curtail the organization’s funds.But eight months later, the Heidi Group has little to show for its work. An Associated Press review found the nonprofit has done little of the outreach it promised, such as helping clinics promote their services on Facebook, or airing public service announcements. It hasn’t made good on plans to establish a 1-800 number to help women find providers or ensure that all clinics have updated websites.Neither the group nor state officials would say how many patients have been served so far by the private clinics.The Heidi Group is led by Carol Everett, a prominent anti-abortion activist and influential conservative force in the Texas Legislature.In a brief interview, Everett said some of the community clinics aren’t cooperating despite her best efforts to attract more clients.“We worked on one Facebook site for three months and they didn’t want to do it. And we worked on websites and they didn’t want to do it,” Everett said of the clinics. “We can’t force them. We’re not forcing them.”Everett said that advertising she planned was stalled by delays in a separate $5.1 million family planning contract.Everett proposed helping two dozen selected clinics serve 50,000 women overall in a year, more than such small facilities would normally handle. Clinic officials contacted by the AP either did not return phone calls or would not speak on the record.The Texas Health and Human Services Commission, which awarded the funding to the Heidi Group, acknowledged the problems. Spokeswoman Carrie Williams said in an email that the agency had to provide “quite a bit” of technical support for the effort and make many site visits. She disputed that the contract funding has been as slow as Everett alleged.“The bottom line is that we are holding our contractors accountable, and will do everything we can to help them make themselves successful,” she said.In August, the state had lauded Everett’s pitch for taxpayer funds as “one of the most robust” received.Planned Parenthood and its supporters say the failures show the risks of relying on unproven providers to serve low-income women, and that Republicans’ assurances about adequate care are only political rhetoric.“Every time they try to relaunch one of these women’s health programs, without some of the most trusted providers in women’s health, every single time they come up short,” said Sarah Wheat, a Planned Parenthood spokeswoman in Texas. “And they show their lack of understanding and respect for what women need.”On Tuesday, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimated that 15 percent of low-income people in rural or underserved areas would lose access to care if Planned Parenthood loses funding. The analysis also projected several thousand more births in the Medicaid program in the next year.The Heidi Group is an evangelical nonprofit that started in the 1990s and is best known for promoting alternatives to abortion. It operates with a relatively small budget, taking in about $186,000 in grants and donations in 2015, according to tax records, and had not been doing patient care.State officials say the year-old women’s health program includes about 5,000 providers. Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers are banned from participation.Federal dollars comprise nearly half of the Planned Parenthood’s annual billion-dollar budget, and although government funds don’t pay for abortions, the organization is reimbursed by Medicaid for non-abortion services that it says the vast majority of clients receive. Missouri is planning to reject federal funding just to keep some of it away from Planned Parenthood, and Iowa is also considering giving up millions in federal Medicaid dollars to create a state-run family planning program that excludes abortion providers.U.S. House Republicans’ health care bill would freeze funding to Planned Parenthood for one year. House Speaker Paul Ryan has suggested other clinics will pick up the slack.“It ends funding to Planned Parenthood and sends money to community centers,” Ryan said last week.Democrats argue that other clinics are already overloaded and wouldn’t be able to meet increased demand.After Texas state funding was cut off to abortion providers in 2011, 82 family planning clinics closed in the state, a third of which were Planned Parenthood affiliates. A state report later found that 30,000 fewer women were served through a Texas women’s health program after the changes. Planned Parenthood now has 35 clinics in Texas and served more than 126,000 individual patients last year, including those seeking abortions. The state has provided no estimates of low-income women served by other clinics.Asked whether the Heidi Group would meet the patient targets in her contract, Everett said her own goal was to serve 70,000 women.However, “it’s not as easy as it looks because we are not Planned Parenthood. We are working with private physicians and providers,” Everett said after leaving a committee hearing this week at the Texas Capitol. She said the clinics she is working with are busy seeing 40 to 50 women a day. “They don’t have time to go out and do some of the things that we would really like to help them do. But we’re there if they want to. And we’re there when the need it. And we’re in their offices and we’re helping them.”She had been at the Capitol to support a bill that would require abortion clinics to bury or cremate fetal remains. 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first_img Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more News | Stroke | August 16, 2019 Mobile Stroke Unit Gets Patients Quicker Treatment Than Traditional Ambulance Every second counts for stroke patients, as studies show they can lose up to 27 million brain cells per minute…. read more Image courtesy of Imago Systems News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more Siemens Go.Top CT scanner at SCCT19Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:05Loaded: 15.14%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:05 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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The multi-year… read more Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a Siemens Go.Top Dedicated Cardiac Scanner This is a quick walk around of the new Siemens Somatom Go.top cardiovascular edition compact computed tomography (CT) read more News | July 26, 2012 CT Perfusion Imaging Identifies Best Stroke Patients For Endovascular Interventions July 26, 2012 — The Society of Neurointerventional Surgery (SNIS) 9th Annual Meeting opened with study results which show that patients presenting with ischemic stroke may be successfully treated with endovascular or minimally invasive therapy well beyond the eight-hour treatment window today considered standard by most neurointerventional practitioners. The multi-center study evaluated the use of computed tomography (CT) perfusion imaging, regardless of time from symptom onset, in selecting patients for endovascular treatment, a technique which utilizes devices or clot-busting drugs directly at the problem site in the brain to dispel clots and restore blood flow. CT perfusion imaging is used in combination with other imaging techniques to determine which areas of the brain are irreversibly injured from a stroke, and which areas are still alive, but at great risk.Study data collected from the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) in Charleston, Swedish Medical Center in Denver, Colo. and the University of Florida in Gainesville, show that out of 247 patients for whom perfusion imaging was used, 42.5 percent showed a 90-day modified Rankin Scale score (a measure of the degree of disability in people who have suffered a stroke) of 0 to 2 percent (considered a good functional outcome), which is comparable to results from all other significant trials to date which evaluated endovascular therapy conducted under eight hours. Notably, this latest study showed no significant difference in treatment outcomes between patients treated under eight hours (42.8 percent) and those treated over eight hours (41.9 percent). Additionally, immediately following treatment, restoration of blood flow was accomplished in 76 percent of patients, with a higher success rate in those treated over eight hours (81.1 percent) as opposed to those treated under eight hours (71.7 percent). All study subjects underwent mechanical thrombectomy, or treatment utilizing devices to re-open the affected vessel.Study data was collected from 2007 to 2011 from patients with a mean age of 65.9 presenting with an average score of 18 on the NIH Stroke Scale (NIHSS), a standardized measure used to clinically evaluate the degree of impairment of a stroke in such areas as consciousness vision, speech, movement, language and sensation. Anyone with an NIHSS score of less than 8 was excluded from the study. The overall mean time from symptom onset to treatment start was 8 hours, with an average time to treat of 4.8 hours in the group of patients treated under 8 hours, and 16.4 hours in the group treated over eight hours. The 90-day mortality rate for study subjects was 23 percent. The safety and efficacy data showed that utilizing an imaging based approach to patient selection is comparable to benchmark data established in all of the time-based clinical stroke trials to date.Currently, neurointerventional practitioners primarily use devices to restore blood flow in stroke patients as they can more immediately dispel the clot while drugs often take time to dissolve the occlusion and pose the added risks of bleeding. Treatment with devices is accomplished by maneuvering the instrument through a catheter inserted into the groin area and threaded through the arteries to the site of the clot. The first device utilized to accomplish endovascular stroke treatment was U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved in 2004, and since that time many other iterations have made their way into the neurointerventionist’s treatment arsenal.For more information: www.snisonline.org  FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Related Content News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more Image courtesy of UTHealth McGovern Medical School Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a GE Cardiographe Dedicated Cardiac CT Scanner This is a quick walk around of the GE Healthcare Cardiographe dedicated cardiac CT system on display at the… read morelast_img read more

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first_img 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 | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more 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 | 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 News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. Related Content News | June 02, 2015 Proton Therapy Has Fewer Side Effects in Esophageal Cancer Patients Study discovers significant differences from current radiation therapies 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 | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more Image courtesy of Imago Systems The treatment works well for many kinds of tumors, including those found in the brain, esophagus, lung, head and neck, prostate, liver, spinal cord and gastrointestinal system. It is also an important option for children with cancer and is expected to become an important option for some types of breast cancer. While most cancer patients are well served with today’s state-of-the-art radiation therapy technology, up to 30 percent are expected to have a greater benefit from the new form of targeted proton beam therapy.Located at the University of Maryland BioPark, the 110,000 square-foot, $200 million center is expected to treat about 2,000 patients a year.For more information: www.medschool.umaryland.edu FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 June 2, 2015 – New research has found that esophageal cancer patients treated with proton therapy experienced significantly less toxic side effects than patients treated with older radiation therapies. The research was conducted by scientists at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.Michael Choung, M.D., assistant professor of radiation oncology at the university, worked with colleagues at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, and the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Dallas to compare two kinds of X-ray radiation with proton therapy – a precise approach that targets tumors while minimizing harm to surrounding tissues.The researchers looked at nearly 600 patients and found that proton therapy resulted in a significantly lower number of side effects, including nausea, blood abnormalities and loss of appetite. The results were presented at the annual conference of the Particle Therapy Cooperative Group, held in San Diego.”This evidence underscores the precision of proton therapy and how it can really make a difference in cancer patients’ lives,” said Chuong.Patients with esophageal cancer can suffer a range of side effects, including nausea, fatigue, lack of appetite, blood abnormalities, and lung and heart problems. Proton therapy did not make a difference in all of these side effects, but had significant effects on several.The results have particular relevance for the University of Maryland School of Medicine, as this fall the school will open the Maryland Proton Treatment Center (MPTC). The center will provide one of the newest and most highly precise forms of radiation therapy available, pencil beam scanning (PBS), which targets tumors while significantly decreasing radiation doses to healthy tissue. This technique can precisely direct radiation to the most difficult-to-reach tumors.Proton therapy is just one of several new methods for treating cancer. Others include:Selective internal radiation therapy, a precision modality for treating patients with particularly difficult-to-remove tumors involving the liver such as those from colorectal cancers;Gammapod, a new high-precision, noninvasive method of treating early-stage breast cancer; andThermal therapies, the use of “heat” in treating a broad spectrum of malignancies. News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more News | 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 last_img read more

Take a look inside Body Worlds headquarters

first_imgBody world has become the largest travelling attraction on the planet, mainly because of the fact that one gets an opportunity to lay eyes on dead bodies. This is a place that takes the macabre to the next level.Source: BBClast_img

Negative Equity Lingers in Both Urban and Suburban Areas

first_img August 19, 2016 583 Views Negative Equity Lingers in Both Urban and Suburban Areas Share in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, Newscenter_img Five years into the recovery of the U.S. housing market, 12 percent of homeowners are still underwater, with the worst of it hitting Las Vegas and Chicago, according to new data from Zillow and  ATTOM Data Solutions.Negative equity was down from 12.7 percent in Q1 and from 14.4 percent last year, and did not discriminate between urban and suburban areas. Overall, negative equity was mostly even between urban and suburban areas, though large disparities favoring greater numbers of underwater borrowers did show up in Cleveland and Detroit, according to Zillow.According to ATTOM, there were almost 12.4 million equity-rich properties‒‒22.1 percent of the U.S. market‒‒at the end of Q2 2016. That’s up from a flat 22 percent from Q1 and from 19.6 percent in Q4 2015.”At its worst, negative equity touched all kinds of homeowners in all kinds of markets,” said Zillow Chief Economist Svenja Gudell. “Fast-forward a few years and the relative vibrancy of a given community and how it has performed over the past few years, and not necessarily its location in the city or suburbs, matters a great deal.”ATTOM’s Q2 U.S. Home Equity and Underwater Report identified 6.66 million seriously underwater properties, or 11.9 percent of all U.S. residential properties.“Rising home prices are lifting all home equity boats: bailing out seriously underwater homeowners and enriching homeowners who already have positive equity,” said Daren Blomquist, senior vice president at ATTOM. “Nationwide home prices reached a new all-time high in June on the heels of 52 consecutive months of annual increases. While that national trend is consistent in most markets across the country, there are still some local markets and sub-markets that have been largely left behind by the housing recovery and which still have a high percentage of underwater homeowners.”According to Zillow, all of the largest markets in the country now have negative equity rates below 20 percent for the first time ever. The highest rates were in Las Vegas and Chicago, both averaging just over 17 percent.ATTOM’s data, however, painted a worse picture among the 88 metros it studied. ATTOM found several metros to have underwater rates above 20 percent, most notably Cleveland at 27.5 percent and Las Vegas at 25.7. Chicago showed 22.5 percent on ATTOM’s report. Negative Equity Underwater Borrowers 2016-08-19 Seth Welbornlast_img read more

Poor banana and pineapple markets AbuGhazaleh sai

first_imgPoor banana and pineapple marketsAbu-Ghazaleh said that “nobody ever expected” the European banana market to be so poor during the second quarter, explaining that pricing had been the worst in 10 years.”It is really something that we cannot comprehend, it’s probably because of Ecuador. Ecuador shipped a lot more fruits during the second quarter into Europe all over the place that had really affected prices drastically all of a sudden. I mean, it’s just like overnight, prices just dropped and never kind of recovered,” he said.Meanwhile, he pointed out that the North American market had been severely oversupplied with pineapples during the quarter.”We saw 25% more volume coming into the market than a normal year,” Abu-Ghazaleh said.He added the company was doing “everything in our power” to make the second half of the year more successful than the first, and noted operations had been running more smoothly over the last few weeks.”We are taking precautions for next year or next season. Because usually one day, volume start ramping up by November, December, that’s when we start – the congestion starts at the ports,” he said.”We are taking actions hopefully to mitigate all this coming in the next season or next year. So I hope that this situation that we saw this year never happens again.”Mann Packing “meeting expectations”During the webcast, Richard Contreras, Del Monte’s chief financial officer and senior vice president, said that Mann Packing – which the company acquired in February – had contributed around US$12.8 million to the gross profit in the quarter.”It is meeting our expectations. It’s doing quite well in fresh-cut and in the prepared business, such as in nourish bowls and those products,” he said.”It’s a little bit behind on the commodity-type vegetables. But overall, it’s pretty much on track, it’s been a big contribution.”Headline photo: Shutterstock Mohammad Abu-Ghazaleh. (Photo: Del Monte)Del Monte’s chairman and CEO Mohammad Abu-Ghazaleh has described the Central America port congestion earlier this year as “the worst we’ve ever seen”.In a webcast on the company’s second-quarter financial results released today – which showed a 36% year-on-year drop in gross profit – he also said that European market banana prices over the period hit the lowest levels in a decade.Over the period from April through June Del Monte also faced increased costs for fertilizers and transportation and logistics, “largely due to trucker shortages, new regulations on drivers, higher fuel-cost and port delays”, he said.”While I’m pleased with our top-line growth and expansion activities during the quarter, our performance was negatively affected by congestion, delays and bad weather for 11 consecutive weeks at our loading ports in Central America – the worst we have ever experienced,” Abu-Ghazaleh said.The executive described the bad weather that caused the delays as completely unexpected, adding that “very poor port management” in countries like Costa Rica and Guatemala exacerbated the problems.”Both of these countries never had such a congestion and bad weather like we experienced in the last quarter, in the sense that ships used to wait for two, three days, four days sometimes to be able to load,” he said.”That meant for us, once we lose that slot, the ripple effect is tremendous, because we lose our kind of schedules coming into the discharge ports, which means – I can give you 10 different kinds of consequences of this.”We missed delivery to our customers. We have to ship fruit from other ports to be able to sustain our customer needs, which means off-port charges, which would translate in millions of dollars, as well as the quality was also affected by delays at the port.”Adding to the problems was poor weather along much of the U.S. East Coast during the spring months, which created further delays, he said. Fresh Del Monte: Lower banana profits contribute t … July 31 , 2018 Bananas in Charts: U.S. market supplies hit five-y … center_img Ecuador’s banana exports to EU fall in Q1 … Colombia: ICA confirms TR4 quarantine in effect on … You might also be interested inlast_img read more