Arab nations should invest oil revenues in agriculture says senior UN official

4 March 2008The head of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today urged Arab countries to invest oil profits into boosting agriculture in their region, which has to tackle with such challenges as food insecurity, land degradation and water scarcity. “Investment in agriculture, from both domestic and external sources, remains low in most countries of the region,” Director-General Jacques Diouf told those gathered in Cairo for the 29th FAO Regional Conference for the Near East.He stressed the need for “ambitious policies” to address the decline in overall external assistance to the agriculture sector in the Near East region which has been falling since 1995.“It would also be desirable for the countries of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), which contribute 17 per cent of total regional aid to the agricultural sector, to increase their support by allocating more funds to agriculture,” he added.According to FAO, hunger and undernourishment are on the rise in the region, and some 13 countries are currently facing emergencies, caused by natural disasters, conflicts and trans-boundary animal diseases such as avian influenza and foot-and-mouth disease. In addition, the agency noted that water will be among the major challenges facing the agriculture sector in the years to come. “With less than two per cent of the world’s freshwater resources but 11 per cent of its population, the region’s food security is dependent on extracting extra output from each drop of water. Despite improved water use and more effective irrigation thanks to advances in technology, results remain inadequate,” he said.FAO is assisting countries in dealing with these and other issues, including through technical support, the provision of tools and seeds, and techniques to rationalize the use of water and land resources. read more

American clothing retailer Express to back out of Canada will shut down

TORONTO — Express Inc. says it’s closing its 17 Canadian stores in Alberta, British Columbia and Ontario.The American clothing retailer says it will discontinue its Canadian operations through its subsidiary, Express Fashion Apparel Canada Inc.Store closing sales will begin in the middle of the month.With only 3% market share, Canadian discount grocers have ample room to grow: reportHow Canadian retailers can give U.S. competitors a run for their money: CommentThe company’s CEO David Kornberg said in a statement that the challenging Canadian retail environment and unfavourable exchange rates prevented the company from meeting its expectations in Canada when it entered the market in 2011.Back then, the company planned to introduce more than 50 Canadian stores over five years.During the company’s last financial year ended Jan. 28, Express Canada recorded net sales of about US$34 million and contributed a US$6 million net loss to Express Inc.Express operates 635 stores in the U.S. and several locations in Puerto Rico.The Canadian Press read more

Fouryear sentence for Lankan guilty of smuggling migrants to Canada

His wife and six-year-old daughter, who was born in Canada, sat in the gallery near the prisoner’s box where Christhurajah was seated alongside an interpreter. Wedge cited two previous cases in which three Chinese men were sentenced to four years in prison for their part in bringing illegal migrants to the West Coast in 1999.Unlike in that case, Wedge said Christhurajah and his family experienced the same conditions as the other passengers on the cargo ship that had one hold and an inadequate number of washrooms for hundreds of people.“That’s an important distinction in my view,” she said of the 2001 sentences. “These Chinese nationals were not asylum seekers.” “Mr. Christhurajah was himself an asylum seeker, as were all of the other passengers,” Justice Catherine Wedge said during sentencing, adding they embarked on a “dangerous” journey aboard a dilapidated vessel that left Thailand six weeks earlier.“The evidence does not establish he was a mastermind or leader on the voyage,” she said. Wedge said the evidence showed Christhurajah was not out to make a profit but was one of the owners of the ship, was involved in arranging accommodation for some migrants in Thailand and also used a false name to conceal his identity.He provided migrants with bus tickets to get to Thailand, where they boarded the MV Sun Sea, and was seen using a satellite phone on the ship, she said, adding that while the evidence suggests money changed hands, there’s nothing to suggest Christhurajah received any of it.The Crown asked for an additional 11 years behind bars after time already served, saying the smugglers preyed on desperate people who paid thousands of dollars to escape Sri Lanka after a civil war that ended in 2009 when the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam were defeated by government forces. A mistrial was declared in Christhurajah’s first trial in January when a jury failed to reach a verdict but acquitted three other men who had been accused of human smuggling. Christhurajah, who has been out on bail since February, was found guilty by another jury in May. He was convicted in May of being involved in the smuggling of 492 asylum seekers, who arrived on British Columbia’s coast aboard the MV Sun Sea in August 2010. A Sri Lankan man found guilty of smuggling Tamil migrants to Canada won’t serve any more time in prison, despite being handed a four-sentence on Monday, CTV News reported.Kunarobinson Christhurajah, who has already spent seven years behind bars awaiting trial, smiled as he stood before a British Columbia Supreme Court judge. Wedge cited several letters of reference on Christhurajah’s behalf from people who had extensive contact with him while he was detained at the Fraser Regional Correctional Centre in Maple Ridge, B.C.She said they all establish there’s virtually no risk of Christhurajah reoffending and that his character and conduct suggest he was a model prisoner.A chaplain said in a letter that he spent hundreds of hours speaking with Christhurajah and people he interacted over seven years, and also observed the man’s behaviour and attitudes.A worker with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, which checks detention conditions and communicates with detainees, described Christhurajah as a “gentle, hard-working and articulate man” who was repeatedly identified as the most responsible participant in a work program at the facility, Wedge told the court.She said the worker wrote that Christhurajah’s most troubling concern was about his wife and child, adding he had no contact with his daughter for the first six months of her life.Christhurajah and his lawyer, Casey Leggett, declined to comment outside court. (Colombo Gazette) read more

UN report identifies reforms to help private sector flourish in developing world

Prime Minister, Paul MartinMr. Martin said one of the keys to reform was to create partnerships between governments, businesses, civil society organizations and others to stimulate private enterprise. He said entrepreneurship was on display in the world’s poorest countries, even at the village level, as people found ways to eke out a living despite the difficult circumstances. He said this “huge potential” could be harnessed domestically if the economy and regulatory environment is stable. “No one solution for economic growth, no one model fits all countries, fits all situations…Nevertheless what most developing countries do have in common is an entrepreneurial spirit that is strong and is local,” he said. Kofi AnnanMr. Annan welcomed the report, saying the UN has so far “only sporadically tapped the power that can be drawn from engaging the private sector” in developing countries. At a press conference, he said he was “heartened that the launch of the report will be followed by a plan of action and a set of initiatives, to be developed further as catalysts for actions on the Commission’s main recommendations.” Video of the press conference [1hr 6mins] From small measures such as cheaper fees for registering businesses to large steps such as liberalizing financial and capital markets, there are many potential ways to unlock the private sector in poorer countries, the authors of a landmark United Nations report said today. Canada’s Prime Minister, Paul Martin, and former Mexican President Ernesto Zedillo, co-chairmen of the Commission on the Private Sector and Development, presented their report – Unleashing Entrepreneurship: Making Business Work for the Poor – to Secretary-General Kofi Annan at UN Headquarters. Ernesto ZedilloMr. Zedillo said “go to any shantytown or village in a developing country and you will find small entrepreneurs working hard to provide for their families.” He added that such examples are normally constrained to largely operate “in very small markets…and consequently they are unable to harvest the rewards of productivity and competitiveness that stem from economic specialization in the wider marketplace.” The report, requested by Mr. Annan last year, also calls for governments to do more to enable private companies to flourish, including by providing better-targeted subsidies and tax incentives and legal systems for protecting property rights that are internationally regarded as credible. read more

Make mine Darjeeling Locally identified foods promote sustainable development UN study finds

The report analyzes the economic impact of Geographical Indication registration in nine case studies: Colombian coffee, Darjeeling tea (India), Futog cabbage (Serbia), Kona coffee (United States), Manchego cheese (Spain), Penja pepper (Cameroon), Taliouine saffron (Morocco), Tête de Moine cheese (Switzerland) and Vale dos Vinhedos wine (Brazil). For example, it reveals that by registering Penja pepper – grown in the Penja Valley’s volcanic soil in Cameroon and the first African product to receive the label – local farmers have increased their incomes six-fold.“The process – from setting standards to registration and promotion – has benefited not only local farmers, but the whole local area in terms of revenues, productivity, the growth of other connected industries, and importantly, the inclusion of all stakeholders,” said  Emmanuel Nzenowo, from the Penja Pepper producers’ association.Gains from labeling surpass finances alone. The practice can also stimulate public-private sector dialogue, the report notes, as authorities are often associated closely with the registration and certification process.While each country defines its own laws for registering their labels, they are regulated and protected under the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights, an international legal agreement among World Trade Organization members.The report also recognizes potential pitfalls. Some small-scale or traditional producers may be excluded, for example, if specifications are overly complex.  Environmental impacts must also be weighed and minimized.  But overall, the study finds, geographic labeling has had significant positive effects on prices of the trademarked goods, whether  long-established or recently registered.“The unique linkages of these products with their natural and cultural resources in local areas make them a useful tool in the advancement of the Sustainable Development Goals, in particular by preserving a food heritage and contributing to healthy diets,” said Florence Tartanac, Senior Officer in the FAO Nutrition and Food Systems Division. Food products with trademarked geographical labels, which have specific qualities or reputations tied to their place of origin, already account for annual trade of more than $50 billion worldwide, according to the report, Strengthening sustainable food systems through geographical indications, by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.        The concept is not new: products from Bordeaux wine to Parmigiano cheese have had protected labeling for decades or centuries. But the idea is spreading and such products are taking off throughout developing countries and regions.     “Geographical indications are an approach to food production and marketing systems that place social, cultural and environment considerations at the heart of the value chain,” said Emmanuel Hidier, Senior Economist in FAO’s Investment Centre.“They can be a pathway to sustainable development for rural communities by promoting quality products, strengthening value chains, and improving access to more remunerative markets,” he added. read more

Kadris status up in the air Maple Leafs looking to regroup in

BROWSE Nazem Kadri | toronto maple leafs Nazem Kadri was actually doing a decent job of keeping his cool.There was the on-ice wrestling match that ended with the Toronto Maple Leafs centre getting punched in the face by Boston Bruins winger Jake DeBrusk.Kadri was then felled by a knee-on-knee hit — again from DeBrusk — that resulted in him limping off before he eventually returned to the fray.But a third incident in the Bruins’ 4-1 victory inside a deafening TD Garden on Saturday night that knotted their first-round playoff series 1-1 saw Kadri snap in yet another moment of post-season madness.After watching DeBrusk chase down Toronto’s Patrick Marleau and slam the 39-year-old into the curved glass at the end of the bench, Kadri unleashed a vicious cross-check to DeBrusk’s face, resulting in a major penalty and game misconduct.The NHL’s department of public safety tweeted it had offered Kadri an in-person hearing, giving the league the option to suspend him for more than five games.That session is set for Monday afternoon in New York, just hours before the Leafs and Bruins are scheduled to renew hostilities in Game 3 at Scotiabank Arena.“You have to play real hard and look after yourself, but you can’t cross the line,” Toronto head coach Mike Babcock said on a conference call with reporters Sunday. “Any time you do, you leave decisions in someone else’s hands and it’s not within your control.“In anything in life, you want to be in control and you’ve got to own everything. You’ve got to own your play, you’ve got to own your discipline, you’ve got to own what’s going on for you. In the end, Naz has someone else making a decision whether he’s playing or not.”Kadri, who was not made available to the media Saturday, was banned three games for boarding on Bruins winger Tommy Wingels in the opener of last year’s seven-game defeat to Boston.The 28-year-old has been suspended four times for a total of 14 games in his career, including that trio playoff contests. He’s also been fined on three occasions — twice for diving/embellishment and once for an inappropriate throat-slashing gesture — making this the eighth instance where he’s been tapped on the shoulder by the NHL to explain himself.And all four of Kadri’s previous suspensions also involved him targeting an opponent’s head, a no-no in today’s game.Babcock’s options as replacements for his third-line centre include Marleau and William Nylander, but neither scenario is ideal.“It’s disappointing for Naz, it’s disappointing for our team,” Babcock said. “We’ve just got to move on.”The Leafs will be looking to rebound Monday following a physical and emotional Game 2 that saw the Bruins come out swinging — literally and figuratively — following a sub-par performance in Toronto’s emphatic 4-1 victory in the opener.Boston hit everything in sight, jumping out to 3-0 lead in the second period before Kadri scored midway through the third, about four minutes before his cross-check on DeBrusk.“They had a push and we weren’t really ready for it,” Leafs defenceman Jake Muzzin said after the game in the visitors locker-room at TD Garden. “It’s our turn to come out with a push.”While the Leafs will be in tough minus Kadri, one of the team’s grittier options at a time of year when the games get harder and officials tend to let more go, they’re also in better shape than at this time 12 months ago.Boston outscored Toronto 12-4 in winning the first two games of the 2018 series, with Kadri driving the head of a vulnerable Wingels into the boards late in the opener after he hit Mitch Marner up high.This time around, the Leafs have Auston Matthews and John Tavares down the middle ahead of Kadri. Last spring, Tomas Plekanec and Dominic Moore — both no longer NHL players — lined up as options behind Matthews.Toronto got on top of Boston’s defence in Game 1 with its speed. It also kept the Bruins No. 1 line of Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron and David Pastrnak off the scoresheet at five-on-five.But the tables turned Saturday as the home side came out flying before a raucous crowd as the Bruins pressed hard in the offensive zone and took away the Leafs’ time and space.“Their level of urgency, as much as we talked about it and prepared for it, we didn’t match it,” Babcock said. “We made a couple of key mistakes early. We’ve got to be much better, we understand that, we know that.“Now we’ve got to do something about that.”But almost certainly without Kadri — and in all likelihood for an extended period of time. read more

Ohio State careful of possible trap game against Indiana

OSU coach Urban Meyer yells towards the referees after a penalty on the Buckeyes during the first half of the game against Rutgers on Oct. 1. The Buckeyes won 58-0. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorSince taking over the job in 2012, Ohio State coach Urban Meyer has had his team tested against perennial Big Ten bottom feeder Indiana and coach Kevin Wilson. Meyer’s first game against Wilson and the Hoosiers in 2012 ended in a 52-49 nail-biter that came down to an onside kick in the final minute after Indiana scored 14 points in under a minute. In 2014, Indiana had the lead in the third quarter before Jalin Marshall scored four touchdowns, and last season came down to the final play in a 34-27 victory.Indiana pulled off the upset at home against then-No. 17 Michigan State last week, giving the Hoosiers confidence heading into Columbus. After a Hoosiers win, Meyer said he believes Indiana might be quite the challenge to his team.“I think they got an excellent coaching staff and you can see some really positive, really good things on videotape,” Meyer said. “Their game Saturday, that was a great win for that program.”Indiana’s offense has given OSU trouble in the past, and that could be the same in this week’s matchup. But what compelled Meyer to make such a statement was the overhaul of the Hoosier defense. In the offseason, Wilson hired Tom Allen as the team’s defensive coordinator, who coached a University of South Florida defense that ranked first in its conference last season, allowing 19.6 points per game.The Ohio State offense has been nearly unstoppable in the early going this season, averaging 57 points and 576 total yards per game. Redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett is looking to add to his career passing touchdowns record that currently sits at 59, and has the opportunity to break the program record for total touchdowns responsible for, sitting just four shy of Braxton Miller’s record.Barrett didn’t play in last year’s victory over Indiana, but he vividly remembers the 2014 game that had OSU trailing in the second half. He said Indiana was one of the games of his redshirt freshman season where he took off his shoulder pads after the game and thought, “(I’m) glad that’s over.”“The first two series (Indiana) was in kind of base coverage, and then after a while they started they started throwing everything at us and it was like, ‘Woah my, where did this come from?’” Barrett said. “They always play hard against us and they’re going to come after us.”Although they will not acknowledge it, the Buckeyes have a game in two weeks in Madison, Wisconsin, that greatly affects the realm of college football and the state of the College Football Playoff. Meyer has always been a one-game-at-a-time coach, but to think OSU is not looking at the Wisconsin game on Oct. 15 would be naive. Oklahoma was seen as the Buckeyes’ first test this season, but Wisconsin provides a different style of play that Meyer and his team haven’t faced in 2016, and OSU has a history of being in close games at Camp Randall.One similarity between Indiana and Wisconsin is their rushing attack. Junior running back Devine Redding is averaging 103 yards per game on the ground, ranking second in the Big Ten behind OSU redshirt freshman Mike Weber. Redshirt junior linebacker Chris Worley played with Redding at Glenville High School in Cleveland, and complemented his downhill style of attacking the first line of defense.Worley said that the team needs to focus even more on Indiana this week than previous seasons because of a change in the Hoosiers’ offensive attack.“I think this year they’re more run-minded. The last few years, I believe they have been more of a passing offense,” he said. “It’s a little bit of a transition for them, but it’s something we have to get used to.”OSU has the pressure each week of donning a giant target on its back, one that every challenger wants to hit dead-center. While OSU has withstood that pressure thus far, Indiana has given the Buckeyes a scare in past years, and there’s room to believe that could be the same story on Saturday.“This is by far their best team,” Meyer said. “And that is being very respectful of the other teams we’ve played against. For four years in a row it’s been a swing as hard as you can.” read more

Urban Meyer adds familiar faces Voltolini Pantoni to administrative staff

New Ohio State head football coach Urban Meyer added two members to his coaching staff Monday, both of whom worked under Meyer during his coaching tenure at Florida. Brian Voltolini will serve as the program’s director of football operations and Mark Pantoni will serve as the director of player personnel. “I am really pleased that Brian Voltolini and Mark Pantoni wanted to be a part of the football program at The Ohio State University,” Meyer said in a press release. “I have spent considerable time working with each and I certainly appreciate the passion and the effort that both bring to their positions every day.” Voltolini, an Idaho native, has worked with Meyer dating back to 2001 when Meyer was coaching at Bowling Green and followed him to Utah and eventually to Florida. As director of football operations, Voltolini will manage the football program’s budget, scholarships, team travel, housing, camps and clinics. “Brian not only has a sharp awareness of what needs to be done for an efficient, fluid operation of a football program,” Meyer said in the release, “but he also has that keen sense of knowing what the program needs from an operations perspective. And I appreciate that greatly.” Pantoni, a Florida native, will mostly be involved in helping the program in its recruiting efforts. He spent the past five years working for Florida including the previous two years as the Gators’ recruiting program coordinator. During his time at Florida, Pantoni helped Meyer put on Friday Night Lights, a summer recruiting showcase in which invited players competed at night and under the lights. Friday Night Lights was considered an instrumental recruiting tool and many have speculated Meyer would bring a similar idea to OSU. “Mark has proven abilities at organizing recruiting efforts and in building relationships with prospects and their families,” Meyer said. “I have seen how well he understood recruiting in the state of Florida and nationally, and I am certain his efforts are going to be well-received in the state of Ohio. He is one of the hardest working people I have been around.” read more

Fundraiser for family of local woman killed in dive boat fire

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsCORONADO (KUSI) – Coronado restaurant Nicky Rottens is holding a fundraiser today for the Quitasol family who lost five of their loved ones in the tragic dive boat fire near Santa Cruz island.Nicole Quitasol worked as a bartender at Nicky Rottens before she tragically passed away. Now the restaurant is helping raise money for her family.The event is from 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at Nicky Rottens in Coronado. KUSI Newsroom Updated: 6:19 PM KUSI Newsroom, Posted: September 5, 2019center_img Fundraiser for family of local woman killed in dive boat fire September 5, 2019 Categories: California News, Local San Diego News Tags: Nicole Quitasol FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Politico Takes Next Step In Euro Expansion Buys News Site

first_imgReporting to editor-in-chief John Harris, Matthew Kaminski will head the day-to-day editorial operations as executive editor, overseeing a staff of more than 30 journalists in Brussels and in capitals across Europe.Product offerings will include a website, weekly newspaper, live events and a European version of subscription service, Politico Pro. The latter product, priced at $7,500, generates a third of the company’s revenues, according to a report by The Financial Times.Shéhérazade Semsar-de Boisséson, owner and publisher of European Voice, will become managing director of Politico’s European outlet and oversee business operations.”Our ambition is clear─to be Europe’s leading publication on politics and policy, with a newsroom that will be headquartered in Brussels and with a reporting team whose footprint will extend across the continent,” says John F. Harris, Politico’s co-founder and editor-in-chief. “This shared ambition is what makes the POLITICO-Axel Springer partnership such a natural team. And it is what made Matt Kaminski and Shéhérazade Semsar-de Boisséson such natural choices for this assignment.”It’s the latest move in string of recent expansions for Politico. The company has acquired and relaunched the Capital New York brand, and launched a print magazine since last fall. Politico and Axel Springer made their first major move since September when they announced they’d be partnering up to create a European version of the D.C.-focused political news and analysis site.The group has acquired European Voice, a website and weekly newspaper based in Brussels, and intends to relaunch the title in the spring with a new name: Politico. Terms weren’t disclosed.last_img read more

Nokia goes retro at MWC with Nokia 210 unveils 1 Plus 32

first_imgThe Nokia 1 Plus is also “simple,” but in another distinct way. While it does have a 5.45-inch touchscreen, an 8-megapixel camera and a quad-core processor, it runs Android 9 Pie, Go Edition. Android Go is a lighter version of the OS and its essential apps, which lets entry-level phones like this run Android smoothly, on a lighter memory footprint.With two storage options, the 1 Plus costs 89 euros (for the 8GB model) or 99 euros (16GB). That’s about $100 and $110; £80 and £90; or AU$140 and AU$160, respectively. Nokia 210, 1 Plus, 3.2 and 4.2 debut at MWC May 13 • Galaxy S10E vs. iPhone XR: Every spec compared See All Now playing: Watch this: Jul 9 • Killer cameras and battery life might meet their match in the Note 10 Tags reading • Nokia goes retro at MWC with Nokia 210, unveils 1 Plus, 3.2 and 4.2 phones too Comment Phones The Nokia 210. Sarah Tew/CNET Nokia didn’t just bring the five-camera-toting Nokia 9 PureView to MWC. The storied phone brand also introduced a whole slew of more affordable new phones on Sunday. These are the Nokia 210, which struts a familiar old-school design, and the midrange Nokia 1 Plus, Nokia 3.2 and Nokia 4.2.With its physical number keys, brick body and limited software capabilities, the Nokia 210 isn’t exactly the latest and greatest in hardware. But its purposefully classic look may be a good fit for those looking for a simple, user-friendly feature phone. It’s also super cheap, priced at 30 euros — that converts to about $35, £25 or AU$50. If you’re worried about being too off the grid, the Nokia 210 does have a few modern fixings. You can browse the web and post to Facebook, for example, on the Opera Mini browser. Nokia also included its signature game of Snake, albeit an updated version that’s not quite as nostalgia-inducing as the chassis.   Mobile World Congress 2019 1 1:49 • 57 Photos Nokia phones arrive in every shape and type Google Nokia Jun 29 • Galaxy S10 5G, OnePlus 7 Pro LG V50 ThinQ 5G: Why you shouldn’t rush to buy a 5G phone Mobile World Congress 2019 Jun 1 • The Nubia Alpha looks like either a house arrest bracelet or Batman’s phone 03-nokia-1-plusThe Nokia 1 Plus. Sarah Tew/CNET Nokia 1 Plus specs5.45-inch IPS display with 18:9 aspect ratio8-megapixel rear camera with autofocus5-megapixel front camera with beautification mode for selfiesPolycarbonate body with 3D Nano textured patternRuns Android 9 Pie, Go EditionMicro-USB for charging and file transfer1.5GHz quad-core MT6739WW processor8GB or 16GB of storage1GB of RAM2,500-mAh batteryBlue and red color optionsFinally, there are the Nokia 3.2 and 4.2. Both phones feature a teardrop-shaped notch on the front and a dedicated Google Assistant button that quickly launches the voice assistant. The Nokia 3.2 also runs Android One, another software solution from Google that allows cheaper phones for emerging markets to run Android. One is a trimmed down, stock version of Android, void of any fancy interface additions phone makers may add. The Nokia 3.2 costs 129 euros or about £115 and AU$205, converted. In USD the phone costs $169 f Nokia 4.2 – $199 (3/32); $169 (2/16) Nokia 3.2 – $169 (3/32); $139 (2/16)06-nokia-4The dual cameras of the Nokia 4.2. Sarah Tew/CNET As the most expensive phone of the group, the Nokia 4.2 features two cameras on the back, a 13-megapixel standard camera and a 2-megapixel camera that senses depth. It also features a fingerprint sensor and secure NFC for authorizing digital payments on Google Pay. Though it’s the priciest of the bunch, it’s still relatively affordable as far as midrange phones go. It costs 169 euros — around $190, £150 or AU$270.Nokia 3.2 specs6.26-inch display with 19:9 aspect ratio13-megapixel rear camera5-megapixel front cameraAndroid 9 Pie OnePower button includes notification light that pulsates for new notificationsSnapdragon 429 processor2GB or 3GB of RAM4,000-mAh batteryNokia 4.2 specs5.71-inch HD display with 19:9 aspect ratio13-megapixel rear camera with secondary 2-megapixel depth camera8-megapixel front cameraAndroid 9 Pie One  Snapdragon 439 processor16GB of 32GB of storage2GB or 3GB of RAM3,000-mAh batteryBlack and pink color options Share your voicelast_img read more

Giant Pumpkin Tips the Scales

first_img“One thousand, two hundred and eighty three pounds!”  the emcee shouted to the crowd, to thunderous applause.Listen now:A whopper of a pumpkin gets lifted onto a scale for weighing at the Alaska State Fair. Photo by Ellen Lockyer.That’s the sound of a winning giant pumpkin being weighed at the Alaska State Fair today in Palmer.   The best of three entries tipped the scale at 1,283 pounds.Pumpkin grower Dale Marshall of Anchorage took first and second place, because he grew all three entries in today’s contest. But the big, lopsided, orange pumpkin missed breaking the state record by a mere three pounds.  Marshall was philosophical about it.“Three and a half pounds would have tied it. It was J.D. Meckelson’s record down in Nikiski. I thought it was going to weigh a little bit more, but oh well. I thought I had him this year, yeah, I really did.”Marshall’s two other entries literally paled by comparison to the winner. The two white pumpkin entries weighed 780 and 753 pounds. The state fair runs through Labor Day.last_img read more

30th Anniversary Of Program That Delivers Thanksgiving Meals To Homebound Elders

first_imgWikimedia CommonsThe year 2018 marks the 30th anniversary of a program of the Harris County Area Agency on Aging that delivers thousands of meals to homebound older adults.The agency is a division of the Houston Health Department and the program is called Houston Meals for the Elderly. In addition to Thanksgiving meals, the agency funds several local organizations to provide home delivered meals throughout the year.Deborah Moore, assistant director of human services for the Houston Health Department, noted that “while appreciative of the delicious meal, these older adults also really look forward to the visit on Thanksgiving morning.”The agency delivered 3,000 meals last Thanksgiving and has a goal of 4,000 for its 30th anniversary.The meals will be delivered from 10 sites across Harris County. Sharelast_img read more

Mourners Gather for Franklins Funeral Diva Dressed in Gold

first_imgBy JEFF KAROUB, Associated PressDETROIT (AP) — Organizers of Aretha Franklin’s funeral insist it will be a service, not a show.Yet the Queen of Soul’s final send-off on Friday certainly will encompass many elements, emotions and grand entrances that were hallmarks of her more than six decades on sacred and secular stages.And it boasts a lineup of speakers and singers that would rival any of the hottest revues, past or present.Pallbearers carry the gold casket of legendary singer Aretha Franklin after arriving at the Greater Grace Temple in Detroit, Friday, Aug. 31, 2018. Franklin died Aug. 16 of pancreatic cancer at the age of 76. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)To be sure, the funeral at Detroit’s Greater Grace Temple, which caps off a week of events that included high-profile public viewings and tribute concerts, comes with all-star speakers and performers. Among those offering words will be former President Bill Clinton, the Rev. Jesse Jackson and Smokey Robinson. Songs will be provided by Stevie Wonder, Ariana Grande, Jennifer Hudson, Fantasia, Faith Hill, Shirley Caesar, Chaka Khan and more.The street outside Greater Grace was filled Friday morning with pink Cadillacs — a nod to Franklin’s funky ’80s tune, “Freeway of Love,” which prominently featured the car in the lyrics and video. Her casket was carried to the church in a 1940 Cadillac LaSalle hearse that also took Franklin’s father, legendary minister C.L. Franklin, and civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks to their final resting places at Woodlawn Cemetery, where the singer will join them.Hundreds of fans lined up near the venue before dawn for an opportunity to get into the funeral.Franklin’s body arrived more than two hours before the service was scheduled to start. She was dressed in a sparkling full-length gold dress with sequined heels for her final outfit — the fourth outfit Franklin has worn during a week of events leading up to her funeral.Floral arrangements from such singers as Barbra Streisand, Sam Moore and Mariah Carey and the family of Otis Redding, whose “Respect” Franklin transformed and made her signature song, were set up in a hallway outside the sanctuary. Moore’s arrangement included a card that read, “You know I always adored and loved you to bits and pieces … Even when we would fuss.”Bishop Charles Ellis III of Greater Grace knows well of the boldface guest list and surrounding pomp and circumstance, but he has a higher mission in mind for the service that may well exceed five hours.“It is my goal and my aim to ensure that people leave here with some kind of spiritual awakening,” Ellis said. “This is not a concert, this is not a show, this is not an awards production.This is a real life that has been lived, that a person regardless of how famous she became no matter how many people she touched around the world, she still could not escape death. And hopefully, a lot of people here with money and fame and influence and friends and notoriety and wealth, hopefully they will think of their mortality and say there is something bigger than fame, there is something bigger than Hollywood, something bigger than being a recording artist and selling gold albums or what have you.”Of course, some get-down and lift-up need not be mutually exclusive.“I really believe that this … is going to be an eye-opening experience for everybody in the world watching,” said gospel artist Marvin Sapp, also among the scheduled performers. “We really celebrate because we really recognize that those we call the dearly departed, they wouldn’t want for us to cry and be sad and sorrowful. But they would want us to celebrate their lives because they transitioned from this life to a better one.”Sapp wouldn’t reveal what he will perform Friday, but said every song is one picked out by Franklin. Robinson also didn’t share what he will say, but that’s for a different reason.“I do not plan anything (with) someone I love like that,” Robinson, a Motown great who grew up with Franklin, told The Associated Press. “I love her. She was my longest friend.”Robinson said he will just make it “personal,” since he remained close with Franklin until the end. He said they “talked all the time,” the last just a couple weeks before she became too ill to speak.“We saw all of our other close friends go,” Robinson said. “We used to talk about that — we saw a lot of soldiers go.”Amid the sadness of these days, Robinson can find uplift — and believes Franklin’s legacy is secure. A new generation of singers like Grande who are inspired by the late Queen of Soul is just the beginning.“There are some girls who haven’t been born yet … who will be inspired by Aretha,” he said.Sabrina Owens, Franklin’s niece, told the AP she started putting thoughts to paper about events earlier this year as her aunt’s health failed. Since Franklin’s Aug. 16 death at 76, Owens said a close group she described as “Aretha’s angels” have “worked tirelessly” and have been guided by a single question: “What would Aretha want?”“After all she gave to the world, I felt we needed to give her an appropriate send-off that would match her legacy,” Owens said.___Associated Press writers Josh Replogle and Kristin M. Hall contributed to this report.___Follow Jeff Karoub on Twitter at and find more of his work at read more

What to Expect at SDCC 2019

first_imgStay on target Technically a show about comic books, the San Diego Comic-Con has been a celebration of all things nerdy in pop culture for 50 years now. Walk through the show floor and sit in on panels about blockbuster movies, beloved TV shows, new video games, and, yes, sometimes a comic book.This year’s SDCC kicks off tomorrow on Thursday July 18. And between now and then there’s still time for companies to announce what kind of presence (or absence) they’ll have at the show. For example, we already know that Warner Bros. isn’t bringing its upcoming slate of DC movies to Hall H. But we’re still expecting Marvel Studios to shed some light on plans for Phase 4, Disney+, and beyond.However, even now we already know a lot about what to expect from SDCC 2019. No one can realistically see everything on every day. But being aware of everything happening will at least give you some options if you get turned away or a line is too long. So if you’re heading to San Diego, you can start putting together your schedule now.What to Expect From the Marvel Cinematic Universe at SDCC 2019DC’s ‘Batman Experience’ Pop-Up Exhibition Is Coming to San Diego Comic-Con 2019Enter the World of ‘Pokemon: Detective Pikachu’ at SDCC 2019 Pop-Up ActivationHere’s What Lego is Bringing to SDCC 2019Top Movies and TV Shows Coming to SDCC 2019Hasbro’s Unicron SDCC Transformer Toy Almost as Big as Orson Welles‘Dragon Ball’ Aims to Set a Major Guinness World Record at SDCC 2019Marvel Posts ‘Dawn of X’ Teaser on Twitter Ahead of SDCC 2019Wednesday July 17While this preview night is lighter compared to the full show, you’ll still be able to catch a sneak peak at It: Chapter Two as well as some DC screenings for Batwoman, Harley Quinn, Teen Titans Go, Prodigal Son, and Pennyworth. Or you can just go to some cool parties to start off your Comic-Con right.Thursday July 18Thursday is chock full of great TV panels. You’ve got Van Helsing, The Order, Evil, Nancy Drew, Undone, Teen Titans Go, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, His Dark Materials, Undone, and Agents of Shield for the first time on the main stage.Beyond those, Marvel is holding a panel on its upcoming video games like bootleg Avengers and Ultimate Alliance 3. Robert Kirkman is hosting a Q&A following the final issue of the hugely influential Walking Dead comic book. Nickelodeon is holding a 20th anniversary birthday party for SpongeBob SquarePants also teasing the new movie. Speaking of 20th anniversary celebrations, Batman Beyond is getting one as well. And for world premieres you can check out the new Shazam documentary as well as the Five Nights At Freddy’s-esque horror reinvention of The Banana Splits.Friday July 19This will be a great day to yell at creators for killing the things you love. Not only are the main creative forces behind Avengers: Endgame holding their own panels (directors Joe and Anthony Russo as well as writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely) but the Game of Thrones panel is also on this day. Messy.For something more lighthearted, check out panels for DuckTales, She-Ra and the Princesses of Power, Veronica Mars, DC Super Hero Girls, and The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance. More mature panels focus on Preacher, Archer, Rooster Teeth, The Boys, Pennyworth, The Terror: Infamy, Carnival Row, Legacies, The Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead, and The Witcher on Netflix. Check out the world premiere of Batman Hush as well as Marvel panels centering around Spider-Man comics, 80 years of Marvel animation, and the upcoming Marvel Comics #1000.Saturday July 20Although there’s no panel for DC movies, check out panels for DC shows Arrow, Supergirl, The Flash, Batwoman, Black Lightning, and whatever is going on with the DC Universe streaming service. Other panels include The Expanse, Star Trek, Westworld, Snowpiercer, The Man in the High Castle, NOS4A2, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, Project Blue Book, and What We Do in the Shadows. Marvel Comics also has more panels: one about X-Men, one about Women of Marvel, and a talk with Editor-in-Chief C.B. Cebulski.And not to get you too hyped, but this is when you can expect to see whatever Marvel Studios is cooking up as well.Sunday July 21Following a 50th anniversary party, watch the world premiere of long-awaited sequel Scooby-Doo! Return to Zombie Island. Also check out the world premiere for Teen Titans Go vs. Teen Titans and try not to get pissed. And rounding out the panels are Riverdale, Mayans, Supernatural, and how to make comics the Marvel way. ‘Death Saves’ D&D Streetwear: Interview With Designer D…Wesley Snipes Says ‘It’s All Good’ With Marvel Studios’ ‘Blade’ Reboot Film last_img read more

5 Ways to Win Back an Abandoned Shopping Cart

first_img Register Now » Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. 4 min read Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals April 29, 2015 Companies lose $18 billion in sales every year from customers who abandon their online shopping carts. Between Black Friday and Cyber Monday alone, 79 percent of mobile phone shoppers ditched their carts, leaving a cringeworthy amount of money on the table. While shopping-cart abandonment strikes both large and small companies, it’s a much bigger concern for startups.Related: The Key to Converting Online Sales Leads: SpeedA quarter of online customers abandon their shopping carts because of complicated website navigation, and 21 percent ditch their transactions due to long checkout processes. Large retailers likely have the funds to address these problems. Startups, in contrast, often have limited resources, alongside their lower revenues. As more customers abandon their purchases, the lost sales create an unfortunate snowball effect: The rich get richer, and startups stagnate.But fear not: Applying these five simple, low-cost strategies will increase conversions and lower your number of abandoned carts: 1. Poll before you build.The best strategy for preventing shopping-cart abandonment appears early in the app-planning process. Before you build, research your customers to determine how they’d expect your app to work. Mock up the screens to put them in front of your customers before you build them. Knowing your customers and creating a user-friendly experience based on their expectations will undoubtedly increase sales.Continue communicating with your customers throughout the building process. Have them test your app’s features, and record their feedback. You’ll learn what’s most important to them — whether that means speed, efficiency, simplicity, security or all of the above.2. Simplify the checkout process.Avoid turning users off with complicated checkout systems. Some businesses make the mistake of asking customers for so much information that they decide to buy their goods elsewhere. Your customer should know how much work is left to complete his or her order. A clean interface with a short pathway to purchase will keep customers from getting frustrated.One simple way to cut the length of the checkout form is to allow a customer’s ZIP code to autopopulate his town and state. You can even automatically migrate the sign-up information you collected into the checkout form. That way, the fields are already filled out; the buyer just needs to confirm them.Related: How to Make Your First Ecommerce Sale (Infographic)3. Add security measures.A quick and easy transaction means nothing if it isn’t secure. Identity theft is a growing concern — more than 12 million Americans fall victim to it every year — and consumers are more cautious than ever. In fact, 17 percent of mobile shoppers abandon their shopping carts due to security worries.A good way to combat this is by using verification products and services that verify every transaction through a third party. These security measures ensure that all user information is encrypted and kept safe. Make sure your customers know that you encrypt their information. Customers who are nervous will look for security measures, and they’ll be less likely to ditch their purchases if they believe their concerns have been addressed.4. Send gentle reminders.One of the advantages of an app is that you can send push notifications to your customers. Use this feature to remind them that they have items in their cart, but be wary of antagonizing them. Program the app to send alerts only to users who selected high-value items or spent several minutes browsing before filling their carts.Push notifications can also be useful for providing purchase confirmations and tracking updates and informing customers of special offers.5. Encourage sales with discounts.Offer incentives to customers for making purchases through your app. Although discounts carry an initial cost, they can effectively grow your user base, boost customer satisfaction and jump-start your revenue if utilized correctly. Food delivery startup Caviar did just that by waiving its delivery fees for first-time customers. The company also offers a $20 credit to users who share the app and get friends to make purchases.These are five easy and inexpensive ways to improve your mobile experience and turn those abandoned shopping carts into sales. Listen to your customers from the get-go, and make sure they feel safe — soon, they’ll be clicking the “buy” button. Related: 4 Strategies to Stop Shopping Cart Abandonment on Mobilelast_img read more

Winter Olympics 2018 Bisexual ice skater Ireen Wüst tears up as she

first_img(Getty)In the same event as Radford, gay skater Adam Rippon made history for Team USA by taking a bronze medal after performing to Coldplay’s O and Arrival of the Birds by Cinematic Orchestra.But it was Radford who earned first place, taking the gold alongside teammates Gabrielle Daleman, Patrick Chan, Kaetlyn Osmond, Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir.(Getty)The 33-year-old, who also used Hometown Glory to win gold at the 2016 World Championships, posted on Twitter about breaking this huge barrier at the Pyeongchang Games.He wrote: “This is amazing!(Twitter/rad85e)“I literally feel like I might explode with pride. #Olympics #outandproud #”.Radford came out in the same year that he won a silver medal at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Winter Olympics 2018: Bisexual speed skater Ireen Wüst misses out on a medal in dramatic fashionIreen Wüst is first out athlete to win a medal in PyeongchangWinter Olympics 2018: All the LGBTQ Olympians to watch out forPINK NEWS- Bisexual ice skater Ireen Wüst has become the most successful speed skater in Olympic history.The Dutch speed skater teared up after winning the gold in today’s Women’s 1500m race – a record-breaking tenth Olympic medal.  eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) (Getty)Wüst, who is also a six-time world champion, married her partner Letitia de Jong in 2011.Since then, the youngest ever Dutch Olympics champions has won two golds and three silver medals at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi and another silver earlier in these Games.(Instagram/ireenw)Today, she made history in Pyeongchang, cementing her place as arguably the most successful Dutch athlete of all time.The 31-year-old finished ahead of Japan’s Miho Takagi and another Dutch skater, Marrit Leenstra, in the event.(Instagram/ireenw)Earlier today, Eric Radford became the first ever openly gay man to win a gold medal at the Winter Olympics.The Canadian athlete won gold in the team figure skating event after he and his partner Meagan Duhamel skated magnificently to Adele’s Hometown Glory.He followed in the footsteps of Australian diver Matthew Mitcham, who got a gold medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.last_img read more

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first_img Technology | Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) | July 05, 2017 Varian Receives FDA 510k Clearance for Halcyon Treatment System Varian Medical Systems has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance for the Halcyon system,… read more News | Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) | July 03, 2017 First New York Metropolitan Hospital Treats Cancer Patients With Accuray Radixact System Accuray Inc. and Montefiore Einstein Center for Cancer Care (MECCC), part of the Montefiore Health System (MHS),… read more News | Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) | October 31, 2018 Hypofractionated Radiation Provides Same Prostate Cancer Outcomes as Conventional Radiation An analysis led by researchers at Philadelphia’s Fox Chase Cancer Center found treating localized prostate cancer with… read more The TomoTherapy HiArt treatment system integrates optimized planning, image-guidance and helical delivery. News | Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) | June 20, 2017 IUCT Oncopole Installs First Radixact Radiotherapy System in France Accuray Inc. announced that the University Cancer Institute of Toulouse Oncopole (IUCT Oncopole) in Toulouse, France,… read more RapidArc radiotherapy delivers a complete IMRT treatment with one rotation of the treatment machine. Photo courtesy of Varian Medical Systems. The TomoTherapy HiArt treatment system integrates optimized planning, image-guidance and helical delivery. News | Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) | October 25, 2017 UZ Leuven Treats First European Patient on Varian Halcyon Cancer Treatment System Varian recently announced an 80-year-old male with head and neck cancer became the first patient in Europe to be… read more Elekta volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT) is a new intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) treatment technique. 12PreviousNext Technology | Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) | April 24, 2019 Accuray Launches Synchrony Motion Tracking and Correction Technology for Radixact System Accuray announced the launch of its Synchrony motion tracking and correction technology to be used with the Radixact… read more News | Proton Therapy | July 30, 2018 IBA Completes Installation of Two Proteus One Proton Therapy Systems in Japan IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) announced that they completed the first two installations of the Proteus One proton… read more While faster treatment delivery times are driving many radiation oncology clinicians to adopt volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT) as their technique of choice, others are holding steadfast to traditional intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) systems. Over the last few years, two companies, Varian Medical Systems and Elekta, have each introduced tools that employ VMAT — RapidArc and Elekta VMAT, respectively. The VMAT technique has cut radiation delivery times significantly, from 10-15 minutes on traditional IMRT down to two minutes or less using VMAT treatment. With traditional IMRT, a complex sequence of fixed beams from multiple angles delivers the radiation. Whereas with the VMAT, it delivers the dose with a single arc during a single rotation of the linear accelerator. Simultaneously, all treatment parameters are modulated, including gantry position, gantry speed, multileaf collimator (MLC) leaves, backup-diaphragms, dose rate and collimator angle. What this reduction in time means for the clinician who uses VMAT is shorter patient visits, increased patient throughput and improved patient comfort.Elekta VMAT uses the ERGO ++ treatment planning system, which includes the Arc Modulation Optimization Algorithm for creating VMAT plans. It also has the capability to deliver the dose in multiple arcs while the gantry makes two or more rotations or partial rotations, which are more applicable to structures like the head and neck. Other advantages VMAT offers compared to traditional IMRT techniques include step-and-shoot and sliding window (dynamic) IMRT. For step-and-shoot, current IMRT treatments vary the monitor unit (MU) per degree by stopping gantry rotation during treatment delivery, which lengthens treatment time. Additionally, IMRT plans consist of several fields, or control points. VMAT has an unlimited number of fields. With sliding window (dynamic) IMRT, the gantry remains stationary at fixed angles. While this can provide minimal decreases in treatment time, this technique may be considered a less efficient use of MUs because the radiation beam remains on as dose is delivered through tiny field shapes. VMAT varies MLC leaves, gantry position and speed, and dose rate while the beam is on, creating greater dose conformance and faster treatment times, while using lower total MUs.“The speed is quite significant,” said Vivek Mehta, M.D., radiation oncologist, Swedish Cancer Institute who uses Elekta VMAT in his practice. “The patients are appreciative because they spend less time on the hard table and/or immobilized by a mask. The staff is appreciative of the fact that they are more likely to stay on time and complete their overall day without having to treat after hours.RapidArc is an IMRT system that also employs VMAT technology, enabling it to target radiation beams at a tumor, while making a single continuous rotation. Ghiren Shah, M.D., medical director, Cancer Care of Western New York, who uses the RapidArc system, noted, “It really has improved the efficiency in our clinic, improved workflow and improved patient comfort because instead of having to lie still there for 10-15 minutes, which is difficult to do when you’re in a room alone, it allows them to be on the table for one and a half minutes with our treatment. And it has greatly improved patient comfort. If we’ve cut out 10 minutes per patient – you can imagine that at a busy clinic – if we’ve treated 50 patients, that is 500 minutes a day or 8 hours.”The faster delivery time also means less radiation or ‘beam-on’ time for the patient, resulting in improved treatment and less motion artifact since the patient has to remain still for a much shorter amount of time. According to Dr. Shah, “Dose volume histograms have shown significant improvement in rectal doses for prostate cancer.” Even though he explained that on paper side effects show the potential to improve with VMAT, he believes that it is still too early to determine if there will be a clinical benefit in terms of a reduction in side effects. Because the machine is simultaneously controlling all parameters of treatment, he believes that VMAT is the most conformal dose distribution that can be created of any form of radiation available today.While VMAT offers faster treatment times, which directly affects patient comfort and throughput, many clinicians prefer TomoTherapy’s Hi-Art system for treating their patients, despite somewhat longer treatment times and a higher price tag for the equipment.Robert Miller, M.S., medical physicist, Meridian Park Radiation Oncology Center, and Normal Willis, M.D., medical director, Meridian Park Radiation Oncology Center, chose TomoTherapy’s Hi-Art system because of its universal application for many anatomical locations — including more complex areas like the spine — and for its ease in conducting IGRT along with IMRT. TomoTherapy combines integrated CT imaging with conformal radiation therapy to deliver sophisticated radiation treatments with speed and precision, while reducing radiation exposure to surrounding healthy tissue.“From a physicist’s perspective, TomoTherapy is a form of VMAT,” indicated Miller. “It is volumetric therapy, but it is doing it with multiple helical arcs that overlap and we can actually control that overlap. Whereas VMAT and RapidArc are maybe one, maybe two, maybe three arcs total. [TomoTherapy] is doing that but it is doing it many, many, many times. The treatment times can be significantly longer and the treatment times we’re talking about are 10 minutes versus maybe a 2 minute time on RapidArc or VMAT.” According to Dr. Willis and Miller, the longer treatment time is a result of the radiation beam being on longer in order to achieve a greater degree of definition and accuracy and to keep doses to surrounding tissues low. “As a physician, the main advantage to TomoTherapy is that you target the volume that you are trying to get your dose into through many different angles, while the machine goes around in these concentric, overlapping helical arrangements. Any one area of normal tissue gets very little radiation so we are able to keep the toxicity down really low in a lot of situations where we used to get a lot of toxicities,” said Dr. Miller.TomoTherapy is working to cut treatment times by applying the concept of accelerated hypofractionation to overcome tumor repopulation for non-small cell lung cancer, incorporating the technique into its conformal dose-delivering platform with helical IMRT and IGRT. Preliminary evidence demonstrated that this type of treatment schedule can safely be achieved along with better tumor control and possible survival improvement.While it is clear that VMAT techniques and TomoTherapy differ in radiation delivery speed, what is yet not clear is which treatment is more efficacious. That determination is left in the hands of each radiation oncologist.One success story with TomoTherapy at their clinic involved a patient who had a recurrence of endometrial cancer in one of her retroperitoneal lymph nodes following multiple treatment regimens and after being referred to three other radiation oncologists who viewed her condition as untreatable. Dr. Miller explained, “With Tomotherapy, we were able to outline the retroperitoneal lymph nodes that were abnormal on her CT scan and PET scan and to treat them with a great deal of accuracy and limit the dose to the normal adjacent small and large bowel to the point that she had absolutely no side effects during treatment and she continued to work full-time. She is now approaching two years with no signs of cancer.”For these two radiation oncology professionals, the extra 8-13 minutes are worth the time given the quality of treatment that they are able to offer with TomoTherapy. Dr. Willis stated, “We could get treatment times the same as VMAT by basically degrading the modulation points, the detail of what we do—something comparable to VMAT to reach comparable treatment speeds. But instead we chose to use the full advantage of helical tomotherapy, which is a more intricate, more involved way of treating.” Miller echoed this sentiment, “I can give you a 2-minute treatment on a plan, but it won’t be anything approachable to what TomoTherapy has the potential to deliver. VMAT and RapidArc are really designed from a gantry machine to compete with TomoTherapy. They do it in a very time effective manner.” For Dr. Willis, the extra time also affords the opportunity to give the patient the type of individual attention and care that he feels is also important to the overall treatment.In a Phase I trial, researchers escalated the biologically-effective tumor dose via hypofractionated treatment regimens using 25 fractions over five weeks instead of the traditional six to seven weeks or longer . In essence, the radiation dose is raised and delivered in less time. Preliminary evidence from a study conducted by Minesh Mehta, M.D., radiation oncologist and professor of Human Oncology at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health, demonstrated a 2-year survival rate of 46.8 percent for the 46 patients treated with this new technique compared to 21.5 percent from a database representing all clinical, surgical-pathological, and follow-up information for 5,319 patients treated for primary lung cancer. Lung and esophageal toxicities were also lower than expected in comparison to previously reported outcomes for dose-escalated studies. Overall, preliminary evidence demonstrated that this type of treatment schedule can safely be achieved along with better tumor control and possible survival improvement in a set of patients with non-small cell lung cancer compared to traditional radiotherapy techniques. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 RapidArc radiotherapy delivers a complete IMRT treatment with one rotation of the treatment machine. Photo courtesy of Varian Medical Systems. Feature | May 14, 2009 | Amy Ballard, director of research, Arkansas Urology The Need for Speed New techniques, such as VMAT and hypofractionation, reduce radiation treatment times. News | Radiation Therapy | March 26, 2018 Women Report Fewer Adverse Side Effects From Partial or Reduced Breast Radiotherapy March 26, 2018 — Radiotherapy treatment… read more Related Content News | Radiation Oncology | February 01, 2018 ​ITN Celebrates World Cancer Day 2018 World Cancer Day takes place annually on Feb. read more News | Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) | September 29, 2016 Cervical and Endometrial Cancer Patients Report Fewer Side Effects with IMRT Patients with cervical and endometrial cancer have fewer gastrointestinal and genitourinary side effects and experience… read morelast_img read more

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first_img News | Artificial Intelligence | June 03, 2019 SIIM and ACR Host Machine Learning Challenge for Pneumothorax Detection and Localization The Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) are collaborating… read more Feature | Information Technology | June 27, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Smart Algorithm Extracts Data from Radiology Reports Radiology reports may contain information essential to figuring out a patient’s condition. read more Technology | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Shimadzu Medical Systems USA, a subsidiary of Shimadzu Corp., announced they have received U.S. Food and Drug… read more News | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 23, 2019 Konica Minolta and Shimadzu to Co-market Dynamic Digital Radiography in the U.S. Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas Inc. along with Shimadzu Medical Systems USA announced a collaborative agreement to… read more News | Radiation Dose Management | July 18, 2019 Low Doses of Radiation Promote Cancer-capable Cells Low doses of radiation equivalent to three computed tomography (CT) scans, which are considered safe, give cancer-… read more Video Player is loading.Sudhen Desai explains how deep learning might assist pediatric imagingPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 8:21Loaded: 1.95%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -8:21 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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News | Radiology Business | June 26, 2019 Konica Minolta Healthcare and the Emory Healthcare Innovation Hub Partner to Drive Innovation in Healthcare Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas, Inc. read more March 30, 2015 — Spellman High Voltage Electronics Corp. announced the expansion of its Monoblock series of X-ray sources with the introduction of the XRBC. Spellman’s Monoblock X-Ray sources eliminate problematic external high voltage cabling by integrating the high voltage power supply, the filament power supply and the X-ray tube into a single, easy-to-package unit.The XRBC Series is a compact, cost-effective 160kV @ 170/480-watt X-ray source that features a power factor corrected, universal voltage input and an analog interface along with standard Ethernet and RS-232 interfaces. The 170-watt version is convection-cooled while the 480-watt version utilizes a forced air cooled heat exchanger. These fully sealed units can be mounted in any physical orientation. XRBC Monoblocks can be provided with fan shaped X-ray beam geometry or a cone shaped X-ray beam pattern.Typical usages include component scanning and security applications. Spellman’s Monoblocks can be designed in a wide variety of geometries with beam shape, focal spot size and other critical parameters customized for particular applications.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | March 30, 2015 Spellman High Voltage Introduces XRBC Monoblock X-ray Source Unit integrates high-voltage, filament power supplies and X-ray tube into single machinelast_img read more

Irans historic bathhouses to turn into tourist attractions

first_imgIran’s historic bathhouses, known as ‘hammams’ in Persian, where patrons are rinsed and massaged beneath graceful archways and tiled walls, may soon disappear as interest in them diminishes. But business has declined as modern conveniences now allow showers and baths in most homes across the Islamic Republic. The few that remain, mostly in old neighbourhoods, largely draw day labourers and travellers.“Nowadays, there are only three or four public bathhouses in Tehran,” stated Mahdi Sajjadi, Head of the Tehran bathhouse owners’ association.Now, bathhouse owners like Gholam Ali Amirian, 70, who has spent four decades working in a hammam that is some 850 years old, fear the institution will dissipate like the steam from its heated pool. “Some 35 years ago, before the revolution, we had lots of customers. Five people worked here and we had over 50 customers a day. But now we have three customers a day on average,” informed Amirian.Sajjadi suggests that the government could turn the bathhouses into tourist attractions by offering low-interest loans to owners to renovate their aging interiors.last_img read more