New MRI Unit to Support Health Care in Cape Breton

first_imgA new MRI unit at Cape Breton Regional Hospital will mean faster and better quality scans for about 5,600 patients every year. “The MRI unit is a key diagnostic piece of equipment that gives our doctors critical information to help identify a course of treatment for our patients,” said Derek Mombourquette, Minister of Municipal Affairs, on behalf of Health and Wellness Minister Randy Delorey. “I am pleased government has approved the purchase of a new unit, ensuring Nova Scotians are able to receive care in a timely manner.” This will replace the existing MRI unit, which is the only one on Cape Breton Island. A second unit in Nova Scotia Health Authority’s eastern zone is used by patients at St. Martha’s Regional Hospital in Antigonish. An MRI is a medical imaging process that is widely used for medical diagnosis and determining the progress of disease, including cancers. “This is welcome news for our diagnostic imaging team and for our patients,” said Dr. Syed Zafar Ali, chief radiologist and medical department head for diagnostic imaging in Nova Scotia Health Authority’s eastern zone. “A new machine means newer technology that will help give us even better image quality and faster, more efficient scanning. It supports the work we do in diagnosing patients and helps to make sure our patients continue to get the appropriate follow up care or treatment.” A request for proposals will be issued in the next few weeks. The MRI unit will cost about $2.2 million.last_img read more

The Handmaids Tale shows whos truly free eh

first_img“You get something to eat?” a male social worker asks Moira (played by Samira Wiley), who’s just escaped into Ontario from repressive Gilead. “There’s a lot to go over, but I’ll walk you through it.” Advertisement Facebook Dazed with relief, she accepts everything he hands to her. “Here’s your refugee ID card,” he says. “Here’s a cellphone, paid up for the next 12 months. And you have $200 for cabs on there, just to get you started. Here’s $470 in cash. Your medical insurance card. Your prescription drug card. Here are some clothes. OK, what next?”She is still silent. In the former U.S., women have been repressed for so long she can’t process someone treating her as a human. “Do you want more to eat? A shower?” he asks. She shakes her head. “Or grab a book, find somewhere quiet?” His next words almost do her in: “Whatever you want,” he says. “It’s completely up to you.” The Moment: Canadian immigration The Show: The Handmaid’s Tale –  Season 1, Episode 10 Login/Register With: Advertisement It should be licensed by the Canada 150 folks, projected onto Rideau Hall, played on a continuous loop at every border crossing. It makes the true north look stronger and freer than any Heritage Minute could. At this crazy moment, it demonstrates how simple civility is an act of heroism.The Handmaid’s Tale aired on Bravo and is available on demand and on CraveTV.By: Johanna Schneller LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Moira’s (Samira Wiley) escape from Gilead and into Ontario makes the true north look stronger and freer than any Heritage Minute could, writes Johanna Schneller. Advertisement Margaret Atwood’s source novel and this miniseries were both written before Trump’s presidency. But events since January have refracted this story through a new lens, one in which women’s reproductive rights and immigration are under siege. This scene now plays like a gentle but pointed flip of the bird to our neighbours to the south. Twitterlast_img read more

Peruvian chief calls UN most powerful tool against global ills from terrorism

23 September 2010In the face of enormous global challenges, from terrorism to climate change, the United Nations is the essential forum for world cooperation, Peruvian President Alan García told the General Assembly today. “The first decade of this century was marked by the bloody attack of 11 September 2001 [by terrorists against the United States] and the worst economic crisis of the past 80 years,” he said on the opening day of the 192-member body’s annual session.“This shows that we are facing enormous challenges that demand concerted action and solidarity from the entire international community. Here therefore, in the most important forum on the planet, Peru reaffirms its willingness to cooperate with the United Nations and the other countries to confront the challenges of climate change, terrorism, extreme poverty, the economic crisis, drug trafficking, the arms race and xenophobia.”Peru, he said, is an example of “realistic, global, democratic and modern development,” attaining many of the UN’s anti-poverty Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) five years before the 2015 deadline, reducing poverty and improving nutrition, literacy, health and education.Turning specifically to spending choices made by South American States, Mr. Garcia voiced shock that, in the six years since the Union of South American States was founded to promote integration and trust, the 10 countries have invested $25 billion in arms purchases and $150 billion in other military costs – a sum sufficient to have lifted 50 million people out of poverty.“And in the next five years, if we don’t halt this arms build-up, we will spend a further $35 billion on arms purchases and $200 billion in other military costs, thus setting off an irrational race that will always find some reason to continue. But this absurdity that we are living in South America is unfolding with even greater seriousness on a world scale,” he said.“Producing harmful drugs is as grave as consuming them in rich countries, but equally grave is producing arms for impoverished countries to buy, thus holding back their development and justice.” read more

Countries must build on successes of decolonization Ban tells Caribbean seminar

“I encourage you to use this seminar to show how statements of principle can be transferred into action. Let us build on the many successes of decolonization,” Mr. Ban said in his message to the Caribbean Regional Seminar on Implementation of the Third International Decade for the Eradication of Colonialism.“Let us also retool and rejuvenate our methods of work and become true ‘enablers’ of the decolonization process,” he said in the message, which was delivered to the event by Diego Zorrilla, UN Resident Coordinator of Ecuador. Throughout the seminar, country representatives will focus on the role of the UN Special Committee on Decolonization in advancing the UN decolonization process. The committee, known formally as the Special Committee on the Situation with regard to the Implementation of the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples, was set up two years after the adoption of the Declaration by the General Assembly.The Declaration affirmed the right of all people to self-determination and proclaimed that colonialism should be brought to a speedy and unconditional end. It states that the subjection of peoples to alien subjugation, domination and exploitation constitutes a denial of fundamental human rights, contravenes the UN Charter and impedes the promotion of world peace and cooperation.More than 80 former colonies, comprising some 750 million people, have gained independence since the creation of the UN. The 16 remaining Non-Self-Governing Territories are home to nearly two million people.“Enhanced dialogue and communication among the Special Committee, the elected representatives of the Non-Self-Governing Territories and the administering Powers are essential,” Mr. Ban said in his remarks. In his address to the Special Committee in February, Mr. Ban suggested that it identify possibilities for change and promote priorities for decolonization, and the three-day seminar seeks to facilitate informal exchanges that will inform the Special Committee before it begins its forthcoming session, which starts on 10 June. read more

Demand for Britishbuilt CVs continues growth in August

Download CV manufacturing data for August 2015 as Word doc.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) UK commercial vehicle manufacturing posts strong gains in August, with volumes up 70.3%.Positive year for sector continues, with 61,595 CVs built so far in 2015 – a rise of 34.1%.Exports up 85.0% on the same month last year, with demand in the home market growing 59.6%.24 September 2015 The UK’s commercial vehicle manufacturing sector continued its recovery in August, posting a seventh consecutive month of growth, latest figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) show. Output for the month rose by 70.3% to 3,628 units, while year-to-date volumes were up 34.1% to 61,595.Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive said, “In stark comparison to last summer, when some plants took additional seasonal shutdown for retooling, this August saw CV manufacturers post impressive growth. It is particularly encouraging to see the industry continue to bounce back following a 2014 performance subdued by regulatory changes and industry restructuring. Fleet operator renewal patterns are now returning to normal, prompting strong gains in demand in both domestic and export markets.” read more

Brock in the News – July 1622

Zika outbreak: Possible case from Florida mosquito investigatedBrock’s top story of the week features Professor Fiona Hunter as she weighs in on the confirmed Zika virus found in Brazil mosquito and a possible case in Florida with a local mosquito: CBC, CBC The National, and The Globe and MailStudy to shed light on youth risk takingBrock researchers spearheading the Brock Healthy Youth Program received $1.43 million in funding from the Canadian Institutes for Health Research earlier this week, explaining to the St. Catharines Standard the impact of what their research could mean for parents of youth risk takers.Humane jobs are central to a humane economyLabour Studies Professor Kendra Coulter details in the Huffington Post that Canadian farmers and business are at the forefront of growing and selling ethical products. As practices for respecting animals continue, Coulter questions: Are Canadian workers also being respected?Wellesley should stay distinct, skip costly name changeNew name, new identity seems to be the objective of Wellesley Township as they consider changing the township’s name. However, Professor Zachary Spicer offers his insight as to why a name change isn’t necessarily the way to go: New Hamburg Independent read more

Sixcess Buckeyes continue dominance over rival Michigan

Ohio State piled up 251 yards on the ground, forced five Wolverine turnovers, and left the blue-clad members of a crowd of 110,922 disappointed for the sixth consecutive season, as the Buckeyes beat Michigan 21-10 at The Big House.As a result, OSU clinched an outright Big Ten championship, while Michigan will spend bowl season at home for the second consecutive season.Michigan needed a victory to gain bowl eligibility, but took the wrong route to an upset, committing five turnovers.Freshman quarterback Tate Forcier, who promised earlier in the week that he would lead his Wolverines to a bowl game, threw four interceptions, including three in the fourth quarter.“He’s a young guy and he threw a couple balls he shouldn’t have,” OSU coach Jim Tressel said. “Turnovers and the rushing game are always going to be the key.”Forcier also handed OSU the game’s opening score when he fumbled the ball in the end zone on Michigan’s initial possession. Defensive lineman Cameron Heyward landed on the football in the end zone to give the Buckeyes the early 7-0 lead.“[Heyward] did a great job of getting on the ball,” linebacker Brian Rolle said. “Forcier dropped back to scramble and dropped it, but Cam did a great job covering it up and making sure it was a touchdown.”Ohio State pounded away at the Big Ten’s last-ranked defense with a three-headed rushing attack. Dan “Boom” Herron racked up 96 yards on 19 carries, Brandon Saine amassed 84 yards on 12 rushes and quarterback Terrelle Pryor totaled 74 yards on 19 carries.The Buckeyes eclipsed 225 rushing yards for the fifth straight game.“It’s really fun out there running the ball,” Saine said. “The offensive line is doing great, getting a lot of movement. With [Pryor] back there being able to do what [he] does, it really helps me and ‘Boom.’”Leading 7-3, Pryor faked a rollout to the right and handed to Saine, who cut back to the left toward a wide-open pathway to the end zone for a 29-yard score. The misdirection play appeared to throw off the Wolverine defense, and even surprised Tressel.“On Saine’s touchdown, our student intern put the wrong play up on the board,” Tressel said. “That was not the play we called. He called that.”Tressel said he couldn’t remember what the original playcall was supposed to be, but that it wouldn’t have worked as well as the misdirection mishap fared.Pryor committed the Buckeyes’ first and only turnover in the third quarter, when his pass sailed off the hands of Michigan cornerback Donovan Warren and into the grasp of senior linebacker Jonas Mouton.The Wolverines cashed in on the pick, driving 49 yards in eight plays for a touchdown. Forcier connected with running back Vincent Smith for 18 yards to cut the lead to 14-10.OSU bounced right back, though, with an 89-yard drive that culminated with a touchdown.After nine rushing plays and a sack, Pryor tossed a lob pass over the heads of Michigan linemen and into the hands of Herron, who sprinted into the end zone for a 12-yard score. Tressel had rushed out onto the field before the snap, trying to call timeout, but to no avail. The Bucks caught a break in taking a 21-10 lead.“[Pryor] did a great job on that drive, he just kind of took over,” Tressel said. “Rather than us trying to guess calling the plays, we just called read plays for him, and he decided who carried it. That was a great drive.”After falling behind by 11, Michigan failed to muster any offensive rhythm. The Wolverines’ final five drives ended with a punt, three interceptions and a turnover on downs.Senior safety Kurt Coleman nabbed two interceptions, both deep in OSU territory, ending a pair of Michigan scoring threats.“He’s a guy you always have to look for to make plays,” Rolle said. “One interception, I was like, ‘Did he catch that?’ He’s a guy who is always going to be around the ball once it’s in the air, and he did a great job of going up and catching it at the highest point and coming down with it.”Coleman and the rest of the Buckeye seniors will leave OSU having never lost to their rivals from up north.“The rest of their lives, they can be arrogant or whatever they want to be,” Tressel said.Since taking over as coach in 2001, Tressel has led OSU to victory in eight of the nine meetings with Michigan.The Buckeyes concluded their regular season schedule with a trio of critical November victories, having knocked off Penn State, Iowa and Michigan, and now await to learn the identity of their Rose Bowl opponent.“We knew when we looked at the November schedule that it was not going to be an easy thing, but our guys don’t back down from anything,” Tressel said. “When you’re undefeated in November, good things will happen over the holidays.” read more

POLAND Kielces easy first away win in new season

KielceKS Vive Targi KielcePolandPolish Handball ← Previous Story Women’s EHF CL 2013/2014 completed: FTC and Baia Mare in elite! Next Story → Pick Szeged “4 of 4”: Improving attack, confident victory In their first away match of the current season, Vive Targi Kielce defeated Piotrkowianin Piotrków Trybunalski 37:26. The match did not begin well for Polish Champions. Even though they were leading, their effectiveness left a lot to be desired – just like in their previous game against Górnik Zabrze. Kielce had quite a problem in attack and it kept this way during the entire match. Fortunately for Iskra, Venio Losert did well in their goal and kept saving the situation. Goalkeepers from Piotrków – Piotr Ner and Patryk Wnuk also played very well. Despite their problems, Kielce gained seven-goal advantage before the halftime. In the second half they did not play much better but still managed to enlarge the advantage and to win by 11 goals in the end. The top scorer for Kielce was Ivan Čupić (10).TEXT: Martyna Usnarska read more

Russia win Riga Council Cup 2015

Latvia Cup handballlatvia handballrussia Men’s 18th  international four-team handball tournament “Riga Council Cup 2015” this Monday was won by national team of Russia. Last year’s winner Latvia take a 2nd place.Tournament started on the 26th of December when Russia won Egypt (31:24), but Latvia dramatically lost to Belarus (26:28). Day later latvians took first win by outplay Egypt (29:24), but russians get second success in convincing victory against Belarus (34:24). On the last day of tournament Egypt won Belarus (27:24), bet Russia celebrated victory over home team Latvia (30:19).Russia national team finised tournament with 3-0 and deservedly get the winners cup. The rest of the teams concluded the tournament with one win and two losses, but better goal difference secured 2nd place to Latvia. 3rd finished Belarus, 4th – Egypt.Top-scorer of the “Riga Council Cup 2015″ was Ali Mohamed from Egypt (16 goals), but MVP trophy got captain of team Latvia Ingars Dude.Best players in each teamRussia – Dmitry ZhitnikovLatvia – Raimonds TrifanovsBelarus – Dzmitry NikulenkauEgypt – Ali MohamedTop-scorer – Ali Mohamed (16 goals, Egypt)MVP – Ingars Dude (Latvia)Results – table – list – Janis ParumsPhotos: Romualds Vambuts ← Previous Story Rnić buzzer-beater for 30:30 against Romania Next Story → Ortega leads Japan in January and talks with KIF Kolding! read more

Garda who suffered PTSD after he was attacked by four men awarded

first_img Monday 19 Feb 2018, 5:12 PM By Ray Managh 36 Comments Feb 19th 2018, 5:12 PM Short URL Share277 Tweet Email3 A GARDA, WHO suffered “months of stress and anxiety” after four men attacked him in a dark laneway and one threatened to kill him with an iron bar, was today awarded €10,000 damages in a High Court garda compensation hearing relating to post traumatic stress injuries.Mr Justice Michael Twomey also awarded Garda James Fenton €5,000 damages for soft tissue injuries he suffered to his upper body in the attack.Barrister Brid O’Flaherty, who appeared with Hughes Murphy Solicitors for the 36-year-old Dungarvan, Co Waterford, garda, told the court he had gone to a house at Lemybrien, Co Waterford, in May 2011 where a man had been threatening people with a knife.Garda Fenton said he answered a 999 call alone after two women had called for help and he met them “in considerable stress” on a roadway at about five o’clock in the morning.They pointed out the house where the man with the knife was and had told him a third woman was in the house.He had left the two women in the safety of the unmarked garda car and walked down the driveway towards the house. Two men approached him and told him to “Fuck off, you have no warrant”.“They tore into me and one of them punched me in the nose causing a serious nose-bleed,” he said.A third man joined in the attack and a Pit Bull dog started biting and snapping at me. Image: Mark Stedman/RollingNews.iecenter_img Image: Mark Stedman/ OverpoweredGarda Fenton said he was overpowered despite striking two of them with his official baton which he lost when all of them had fallen into barbed wire in a ditch. While he was down one of them had taken an iron bar and told him they were going to kill him.“I believed them,” he said.And they kept kicking and punching me.After pepper spraying the man with the iron bar he had thrown it at him, narrowly missing the garda.He had kept pressing the emergency button on his radio and shortly afterwards the men ran off as garda reinforcements arrived from Tramore in a squad car.All four were arrested.Garda Fenton told the court he sustained injuries to his right collar-bone region, his nose and right elbow.He had been treated at Waterford Regional Hospital but afterwards developed Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, suffering anxiety, hyper-vigilance, flashbacks and sleeplessness. He had to have counselling.He said his recreational and professional parts of his life had been adversely affected.He had been working in the detective unit but had since transferred to the traffic corps. Recently he had passed his exams for promotion to Sergeant.Judge Twomey said the men had threatened to kill Garda Fenton and he had been genuinely in fear of his life. Awarding a total of €15,000 the judge said Garda Fenton had broadly recovered from his injuries.Read: Graham Dwyer’s case against the State argues his phone data should not have been collectedRead: Regency trial adjourned, case material presents ‘unprecedented conundrums’ Garda who suffered PTSD after he was attacked by four men awarded €15,000 in compensation One of the men also threatened to kill him with an iron bar. 22,918 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Ready to sign says Greece

first_imgGreece is ready to sign a Work and Holiday Visa agreement but is waiting on the Australian government to deliver the paperwork. In an interview with SBS’ Greek program this week, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Greece Akis Gerontopoulos, Minister responsible for the Hellenic Diaspora, said the Greek government is “ready to sign”. “From now on it’s an Australian issue – if Australia brings us the agreement we will sign it”. This is the second time within the past three months that the Greek government had made public its desire to speed up the signing of an agreement with Australia. As reported in Neos Kosmos in May, Federal Labor MP Maria Vamvakinou raised the issue in Greece during a meeting with Mr Gerontopoulos’ predecessor Kostas Tsiaras. The then Deputy Foreign Minister of Greece indicated to Ms Vamvakinou that the Greek government would be in a position to sign off the agreement before September 2013. Work and Holiday Visas will give the opportunity to approximately 500 young people between 18 and 30 to be able to work either in Australia or in Greece while officially they are on holidays. Apart from Work and Holiday Visa’s, Mr Gerontopoulos told SBS’ Greek program that he is sceptical about the future of the World Council for the Hellenes Abroad (SAE) stating very few people participated in the public dialogue of a bill drafted by former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Greece Dimitris Avramopoulos and former Deputy Foreign Minister Kostas Tsiaras. The anticipated bill is to attempt to restructure SAE which is an advisory body to the Greek government for issues that touch upon the lives of the Greek diaspora. “Only a few tens of Greeks abroad or their organisations commented in a two month period,” said Mr Gerontopoulos adding, “I am very sceptical because the response is not what I expected. It is better to delay the creation of a new SAE so that we can get as great a response as possible, so that more Greeks can participate” The Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs also addressed the issue of granting to the Greeks living abroad voting rights for the Greek elections. “I am clearly in favour of our diaspora obtaining the right to vote, however we have to proceed in such a way so that we can create an interest” he said, citing the example of Germany where from the approximately 400,000 Greek national who live there only 25,000 participate in the elections for the European Parliament. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Wilmington Fire Department Responds To 3Alarm Fire On Nassau Avenue with PHOTOS

first_imgLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedState Fire Marshal Cautions Smokers, Announces Improper Disposal Of Smoking Materials Caused Recent Woburn FireIn “Police Log”SELECTMEN NEWS: Board Supports Fire & Police Substation In North Wilmington; Town To Vote On Project In April 2020?In “Government”Selectmen Support Proposal To Hire EIGHT New Firefighters, First WFD Staffing Increase In A DecadeIn “Police Log” The jacuzzi WILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Fire Department responded to a three-alarm fire at 38 Nassau Avenue on Thursday morning around 3:30am.The house’s garage, and living room above it, were completely destroyed as a result of the flames. The rest of the 2-story home suffered smoke damage and minor water damage.“The crew made a really great stop from getting (the fire) into the house,” Wilmington Fire Chief Joe MacMahon told the Lowell Sun. “The house only has smoke damage and a little water damage.The cause of the fire remains under investigation, but officials believe the fire likely originated from a jacuzzi in the yard, located next to the garage.Firefighters knocked down the fire in approximately 3 hours. Hidden pockets of flames were located inside the ceiling above the garage, forcing firefighters to attack the flames from the roof.All four adults living in the house escaped before firefighters arrived. No injuries were reported.Below are photos from the scene courtesy of Kenny Robishaw:last_img read more

Skoda Vision iV concept debuts in Geneva with twin electric motors

first_img Mar 7 • New Peugeot 208 debuts i-Cockpit with 3D HUD Combo dashboard Tags 36 Photos Apr 17 • The 2020 Jaguar XE gets its first major visual refresh reading • Skoda Vision iV concept debuts in Geneva with twin electric motors • Volkswagen’s ID Crozz looks electrifying in red 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Skoda on Tuesday revealed the Vision iV concept at the Geneva Motor Show, offering a look at how the brand could use Volkswagen Group’s new MEB electric-car platform. The coupe-styled crossover isn’t the most attractive Skoda we’ve ever seen, but it does show off some interesting ideas for the design of future EVs.Enlarge ImageThe Vision iV shows how Skoda might use the VW Group’s MEB electric-car architecture. Skoda The Vision iV has an interpretation of Skoda’s usual grille design on the nose, with a full-width light bar between the headlights. There are no side-view mirrors, as they’ve been replaced by cameras, and Skoda has also nixed the door handles in favor of touch-opening doors. The shallow-angle rear window recalls the look of existing German coupe-crossovers like the Mercedes GLC-Class Coupe and BMW X4.Within the cabin, Skoda went for an ultra-minimalist look enabled by the unique design of the underlying MEB chassis. There’s a digital instrument cluster ahead of the steering wheel and a giant tablet-style infotainment display atop the dashboard. To make the car even more eco-friendly, many of the interior parts are made from recycled materials, as well as biodegradable wool and vegan vinyl fibers.Skoda Vision iV conceptEnlarge ImageThe inside of the Vision iV has smartphone connectivity and eco-friendly recycled materials. Skoda The mechanical core of the car consists of two electric motors rated for a combined 306 horsepower and able to get the Vision iV to 62 miles per hour in 5.9 seconds. With an 83-kilowatt-hour battery pack, the car has a claimed 310-mile driving range. It’s also able to be fast-charged to 80-percent capacity in just half an hour.Other modern touches include the use of smartphones as the car’s key, as well as a center console that can automatically wirelessly charge and wirelessly sync two smartphones. Skoda says the concept has Level 3 autonomous driving, meaning it can handle driving tasks on the highway but the driver must be ready and able to take control at any time. Because there’s no transmission tunnel, Skoda also says the car’s cabin has impressive back-seat and cargo room. And built-in monitors can track the driver’s eye movements and pulse to warn if he or she is too distracted or drowsy to keep driving.Although the Vision iV is purely a concept for now, Skoda will build its own vehicles on the MEB platform, so stay tuned over the coming years to see how many of this concept’s styling cues they incorporate. We’ve already seen what VW’s MEB-based cars will look like thanks to a variety of concepts, including the striking ID Crozz crossover. Share your voice Tesla Model 3: The one you’ve been waiting for 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better See All Mar 8 • VW is still ‘100 percent’ investigating a pickup truck for the US 0 More From Roadshow Post a comment Geneva Motor Show 2019 Geneva Motor Show 2019 Mar 7 • The Ferrari F8 Tributo is the last of the nonhybrid V8s Electric Cars Crossoverslast_img read more

Sec Moniz We Wont Be Obstacle to Alaska Gas Exports

first_imgSecretary of Energy Ernest Moniz is in Alaska this week. He says the Obama Administration wants to spur a project to export North Slope natural gas, and he says the No. 1 way his department can help is by staying out of the way.Download AudioUnderstanding that ultimately these are going to be some major private sector economic decision to be made, but we are determined not to be an obstacle in any way in that pathway. Getting Alaskan gas monetized is good for the Alaska (economy), good for the country and good for our international security obligations.Alaska’s oil producers applied to the Department of Energy last month for permits to export liquefied natural gas. The project will require an 800-mile pipeline, a liquefaction plant at Nikiski and other infrastructure. The companies haven’t committed to building the $50 billion system.Proposals to export gas from the Lower 48 are controversial because of concern they will boost the domestic price of fuel. Moniz says the Administration has already decided the Alaska project will be exempt from requirements to show the price impact on domestic markets.Moniz is one of four Obama Cabinet members visiting Alaska this summer.  The secretaries of Labor, Transportation and Commerce attended campaign fundraisers for Sen. Mark Begich. Moniz says he isn’t attending any fund-raising events on this trip.last_img read more

Hip Hop Celebrities Hold Great Debate on Black Issues at Town Hall

first_imgHip hop artists are usually expected to share thoughts on matters of the heart, relationships gone bad or strife in the neighborhood. None of these were topics of discussion, April 13, in the Lincoln Theatre at The Great Debate, a town hall gathering, one of the first events of the annual Emancipation Day Celebration in D.C.Hundreds of D.C. residents gathered to hear panelists’ concepts of how Hip Hop artists can address emerging social issues in education, employment, gun violence, drugs, prison reform and anything else that affects young people specifically and the Black community in general.The panel, moderated by TV reporter, producer, Robyn Murphy, included actress and recording artist Toni Blackman, hip hop artist MC Hammer, Public Enemy’s Chuck D, president of Russell Simmon’s; political correspondent Michael Skolnik and recording artist and founder of the Ladies First Women’s Empowerment Organization, Monie Love. Emancipation Day pays homage to the 152nd anniversary of the end of slavery for 3,100 enslaved Blacks who were set free by the District of Columbia Compensated Emancipation Act, signed into law April 16, 1862; the only act to pay slave owners to release their slaves.“[It] was the only time in our nation’s history where the federal government paid the slave owners $1 million to free the 3,100 people,” Orange told the AFRO.“We’ve traveled a very long way from April 16, 1862, to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue with President Barack Obama,” he said.However, even though the African-American race has traveled so long and overcome so much, there are still discrepancies that restrict the community and its youth that need to be addressed, such as the need for the Black community to have a strong sense of self.“I want other people to acknowledge and recognize their power and their value,” Blackman told the AFRO. “You don’t have to be Halle Berry or Beyoncé to be impactful and influential. You don’t have to run a multi-million dollar empire or be a hip hop mogul to be influential to young people. Young people care about people who care about them.”Panelists discussed the generational disconnect that faces Black youth, emphasizing the shift in Hip Hop music from teaching substantive messages on life to only entertaining.Love said today’s music no longer mentors young people.“We have to take accountability as artists,” she said.“It hurt my heart to see that these kids today do not have the amalgamated outlet to express their frustrations as we did in Brooklyn with Public Enemy,” Love said.Chuck D said rappers no longer rap about things they believe.“Spit what you believe to the core,” he said, likening the artists who create music to appeal to children as “virtual pedophiles.”Emancipation did not solve all the Black issues in America, according to Frederick Douglass; it only led the way to the work that had to be done.“Those slaves learned something that the rest of the country would soon learn – that emancipation is only the beginning, because just being free is just the start, the beginning of the end of slavery,” Murphy said.last_img read more

Six injured in Cancun boat collision

first_imgCancun, Q.R. — Six people were left injured after a boat collision in Cancun. The incident took place Friday at the Punta Sam maritime terminal.Emergency 911 received the call of two boats colliding at sea around 5:30 p.m. when they were returning from an excursion at Boca Inglesia. The boat that was reportedly hit was named Hamilton.Witnesses said that the clash occurred between Isla Mujeres and Cancun when a small boat lost its way and ended up hitting a ferry.Emergency services went to Punta Sam where they found a small boat and a handful of injured people. Three ambulances arrived to transport those who needed medical attention to hospitals.The reported injured included a 72-year-old captain, along with a 63-year-old passenger. The youngest reported injured was a 12-year-old girl.Police and firefighters also arrived. An investigation into the accident is underway.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Recap Snow causes disruption on roads across North Staffordshire and South Cheshire

first_img We pay for stories! Send your videos to video@trinitymirror.comSnow has brought disruption to motorists across North Staffordshire and South Cheshire this evening. The area saw its first real snow of winter so far, resulting in a number of roads being closed. Around eight vehicles were involved in a collision on the A525 near St Patrick’s Drive in Newcastle at around 8pm, resulting in the road being blocked – although this has now cleared. Elsewhere police in the Staffordshire Moorlands warned motorists only to travel if ‘essential’ due to heavy snow across the district, which led to a number of lanes becoming impassable – with police across the county later repeating the warning. A Staffordshire Police spokesman said:  “Weather warnings remain in place this evening with snow & ice affecting the Staffordshire region. Please avoid non-essential travel where possible.” Authorities in neighbouring counties reported a number of roads out of the area were closed – including a stretch of the A53 between Leek and Buxton on the Derbyshire side of the border, the A54 between Bosley and Buxton and the A537 Cat and Fiddle Road between Buxton and Maccesfield. However shortly after 11pm Derbyshire County Council reported all three roads had reopened. Stoke-on-Trent City Council, Staffordshire County Council and Cheshire East Council have all sent out their gritters this evening. Read MorePolice ask motorists in Moorlands only to make ‘essential’ journeys due to snow A Met Office Yellow Weather Warning for snow remains in force for much of the Staffordshire Moorlands until midnight. Updates as we get them on the live feed below. Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us @SOTLive or message us on our Facebook page. And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at StokeonTrentLive.23:33Chehsire Police advise motorists to take carePolice in Congleton are continuing to advise people travelling in the area to take extra care.A spokesman said:To any motorist travelling late tonight, please consider your speed, stopping distance and hazards as the weather is adverse and considerably changeable.” 23:12Roads reopen into Derbyshire – coounty council confirmA Derbyshire County Council spokesman said:The A57 Snake Pass will remain closed overnight due to iceThe other roads closed this evening, the A53, the A54 and A537, Cat and Fiddle, are now passable with care.It is going to be cold overnight so please take care if you are driving.We’re going to grit all primary routes in the Peak District and high level routes across the Derbyshire Dales again at midnight.” 23:10’Unexpected heavy snowfall in Moorlands”A Staffordshire County Council spokesman said:We’ve had unexpected heavy snowfall in the Moorlands this evening – our gritters have been out since 4pm to help clear blocked roads and will continue tonight. Please only travel in the area if absolutely necessary.” 21:46Not snow related, but…A50 Eastbound closed due to roadworks during the night between A521 (Blythe Bridge Roundabout / Draycot, Blythe Bridge) and A518 Derby Road (Water Bridge roundabout, Uttoxeter).Until 6am tomorrow… 21:45Cars had to pushed uphill due to the conditions (Image: Sammiee Holmes)21:44Longton town centre in the snow (Image: Sammiee Holmes)21:42Video courtesy of David Whittaker21:05Biddulph this evening…20:54Hi Ian, email with details of the location you’d like to see the grit bin & they can advise you. We had a last minute change in the forecast which clashed with rush hour but we’re out now & all night til the city’s roads are clear.— Stoke-on-Trent CC (@SoTCityCouncil) January 18, 201920:46 A54 Macclesfield Main Road closed due to snow from A523 (Bosley Crossroads, Bosley) to A53 Leek Road (Buxton). 20:40Heavy traffic due to earlier accident on B5066 in both directions at Jolpool Lane. All lanes have been re-opened.Accident was cleared at 8:15pm. Congestion not helped by the snow in the area. 20:34Weather warnings remain in place this evening with #snow & #ice affecting the #Staffordshire region. Please avoid non-essential travel where possible.Keep up to date with the latest weather via @metofficeUK and travel information via @HighwaysWMIDS or @HighwaysNWEST— Staffordshire Police (@StaffsPolice) January 18, 201920:32Hanley Road, Sneyd Green (Image: Kirsty Light)20:31A gritter spotted in Burslem tonight (Image: @howticklediam/Twitter)20:27A53 Leek Road closed, hazardous driving conditions due to snow between Flash Bar Stores (Knights Table Travellers Rest) and A54.Council confirm this road has been closed as of 5.55pm. 20:25Snow causing problems all over the region tonight (Image: Mike Mulroy)20:18Woodhouse Lane, Biddulph is now open. A big thank you to the local community who have snow ploughed the road. Please continue to drive carefully— Moorlands Police (@MoorlandsPolice) January 18, 201920:18Slow traffic due to snow on A53 Leek New Road in both directions from A50 Waterloo Road (Cobridge Traffic Lights, Hanley) to A5009 Baddeley Green Lane (Stockton Brook). 20:18Slow traffic due to snow on A520 Main Road in both directions from A53 Broad Street (Leek) to A522 Cheadle Road (Wetley Rocks). 20:18Heavy traffic due to earlier broken down vehicle on the slip road into the services on M6 Southbound at M6 (Sandbach Services). 20:18Drivers reportCobridge traffic lights is backed up to almost bet365 offices queuing over the flyover. Tailbacks throughout city centre.20:14Ford Green Road in both directions partially blocked, slow traffic due to accident around Station Crescent.Due to the slippery roads because of the snow, a number of cars have crashed, blocking majority of the road and are unable to move. 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Early Stereotactic Radiosurgery Improves Outcomes for Nonfunctioning Pituitary Macroadenoma Patients

first_img 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 | Radiation Therapy | April 27, 2017 Early Stereotactic Radiosurgery Improves Outcomes for Nonfunctioning Pituitary Macroadenoma Patients Multi-center cohort study finds SRS earlier following surgery decreases risk of radiographic progression versus delayed radiotherapy treatment Image courtesy of Imago Systems Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD 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 | 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. 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Sheehan, M.D., Ph.D., FAANS, winner of the Leksell Radiosurgery Award, presented his research on stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) in patients with nonfunctioning pituitary macroadenomas during the 2017 American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) Annual Scientific Meeting, April 22-26 in Los Angeles.Stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) is frequently used to treat residual or recurrent nonfunctioning pituitary macroadenomas. There is no consensus as to whether SRS should be used early after surgery or if radiosurgery should be withheld until there is evidence of imaging-defined tumor progression. Given the high incidence of adenoma progression after subtotal resection, the study evaluated the effect of timing of radiosurgery on outcome.A multi-center study of patients with nonfunctioning pituitary macroadenomas who underwent partial resection followed by SRS from 1987 to 2015 was conducted at nine institutions of the International Gamma Knife Research Foundation. Patients were matched by adenoma types and radiosurgical parameters and stratified based on the interval between resection and radiosurgery. Operative results, imaging and clinical outcomes were compared across groups following early (SRS delivered <= 6 months from the time of resection) or late (SRS delivered > 6 months from the time of resection) radiosurgery.After matching, 222 patients met the study criteria and were grouped based on early or late SRS following transsphenoidal surgery. There was a greater risk of tumor progression in the late radiosurgical group over a median imaging follow-up period of 68.5 months. No significant difference in occurrence of post-GKRS endocrinopathy was observed. Thirty percent of patients without endocrinopathy in the early cohort developed new endocrinopathies during the follow-up period versus 27 percent in the late cohort. Fourteen percent of the early group and 25 percent of the late group experienced resolution of endocrine dysfunction since original presentation.Results of the study indicate that early SRS decreases the risk of radiographic progression of sub-totally resected nonfunctioning pituitary macroadenomas compared to expectant management followed by late radiosurgery. Delaying radiosurgery may place patients at increased risk for long-term adenoma progression. Early radiosurgery may be preferred in nonfunctioning pituitary adenoma patients with residual tumor after surgery and a life expectancy of five or more years.  The timing of radiosurgery does not appear to significantly affect the rate of delayed endocrinopathy.The author block included: Jonathan Pomeraniec; Hideyuki Kano; Zhiyuan Xu; Brandon Nguyen; Zaid Siddiqui; Danilo Silva; Mayur Sharma; Christian Iorio-Morin; Amparo Wolf; John Jane Jr.; Inga Grills; David Mathieu; Douglas Kondziolka; Cheng-Chia Lee; Gene Barnett; L. Dade Lunsford; Chih-Chun Wu; Chris Cifarelli; Tomas Chytka; Hesham Radwan; Jonathan Cohen; and Robert DallapiazzaFor more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 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 morelast_img read more

Lawyer of exdictator Ríos Montt is slain in Guatemala

first_imgGUATEMALA CITY – Unidentified gunmen on Wednesday shot dead an attorney for Guatemala’s former dictator Efraín Ríos Montt, who has been charged with genocide during the Central American nation’s civil war, authorities said.Francisco Palomo was driving in his car when gunmen unloaded a hail of bullets, striking him at least 12 times, and killing him in broad daylight in a busy commercial area of Guatemala City, said firefighters spokesman Raúl Hernández.Palomo, 63, was a former constitutional court magistrate, as well as a lead attorney for Ríos Montt, whose case is unique in that it marked the first time a former dictator was charged in a domestic and not international court.Now in his 80s, Ríos Montt, who ruled Guatemala with an iron fist in the early 1980s, was sentenced in 2013 to 80 years in prison for genocide and war crimes.But the country’s Constitutional Court threw out the conviction on procedural grounds and ordered a retrial. A policeman stands guard at the crime scene after Francisco Palomo, an attorney for Guatemala’s former dictator Efraín Ríos Montt, was shot dead in Guatemala City, on June 3, 2015. Johán Ordóñez/AFPOn Jan. 5, another court was to begin his trial but his defense had the judge, Jeannette Valdez, recused for having made public an opinion about genocide in a 2004 theses.Ríos Montt ruled Guatemala from March 1982 to August 1983, as the country struggled with a bloody civil war pitting successive rightwing regimes against leftist rebels.He and his former intelligence chief, José Rodríguez, are charged with ordering the army to carry out 15 massacres of Ixíl Maya indigenous people in Quiché, in northern Guatemala.During the war, indigenous Guatemalans were often accused of supporting the rebels.Some 200,000 people were killed or vanished without a trace in Guatemala’s 1960-1996 civil war, according to a 1999 U.N.-sponsored report. More than 90 percent of the human rights violations took place between 1978 and 1984.Ríos Montt’s lawyers say he was unaware of the army’s killings of indigenous people. Related posts:Guatemalan ex-police officers accused of assassinating Myrna Mack investigator to finally stand trial 26 lawyers have been murdered in Guatemala in the past 3 years Former Guatemalan police chief to stand trial for 1980 Spanish Embassy fire that killed 37 Guatemala high court paves way for new genocide trial against ex-dictator Ríos Montt Facebook Commentslast_img read more