UPDATE: Police confirm a pedestrian was hit crossing at the 86 Street crosswalk early this morning.We will have more information as it becomes available.FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Early reports say a pedestrian was hit crossing at the 86 Street crosswalk early this morning. We will have more information as it becomes available. The northbound lanes on 86 Street are open and police remain on the scene, southbound traffic on 86th St is being diverted east (left) at 85 ave.It is advised to avoid this area if possible.If you have more information on this matter you can email; firstname.lastname@example.org
Freerice.com, the online game that allows players to improve their vocabulary while fighting world hunger by making donations to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), launched its Chinese-language version today.Chinese speakers seeking to improve their English and general knowledge can now test their vocabulary and expertise in the worlds of art, chemistry and geography, while helping to feed hungry children around the world, by logging on to Freerice China – which was launched by WFP and its partner, the Chinese game company Shanda Games.“Freerice has been a global phenomenon in English, French, Italian and Spanish and is now reaching a critical and influential part of the global population,” said Nancy Roman, the WFP Director of Communications, Public Policy and Private Partnerships.“China has more Internet users than any other country in the world – they are curious, ambitious and looking for ways to improve their mastery of English.”Shanda Games is no stranger to the fight against hunger. It also helped WFP develop a Chinese version of its award-winning computer game Food Force in 2006.On Freerice.com, players face increasingly difficult vocabulary questions and for every correct answer, they earn 10 grains of rice, which is donated to WFP and paid for by advertisers on the site. The website is also an innovative social media tool, giving players the ability to create online groups with their relatives, friends and co-workers.Originally launched in English in 2007, the online game had within a month raised enough rice to feed over 50,000 people for a day. According to its designer, John Breen, the programme started out as a simple word game to help his teenage sons prepare for their college entrance exams.The game attracts 1.3 million players per month and has raised almost 100 billion grains of rice, enough to feed 4.8 million people for a day in countries in need of food aid. 26 October 2011Freerice.com, the online game that allows players to improve their vocabulary while fighting world hunger by making donations to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), launched its Chinese-language version today.
The deceased fisherman was identified as K. Britso (21) from Thangachimadam. He was one of the six fishermen onboard a mechanised boat targeted by the Lankan navy, the reports said. Saran (37), the injured fisherman was rushed to the Government headquarters hospital in Ramanathapuram in an ambulance after the fishermen reached the fishing jetty here abour 20 minutes past midnight. The fishermen who set out for ‘night fishing’ Monday evening, were fishing on the high seas around 10 pm, when the Sri Lankan Navy allegedly opened fire. The Navy today denied claims it opened fire on a group of Indian fishermen killing one and injuring another.The Hindu newspaper reported that the Sri Lankan Navy had allegedly shot dead a 21-year-old fisherman and injured some others when they opened fire on fishermen from Rameswaram, who allegedly poached in Sri Lankan waters on Monday night. Navy spokesperson Lieutenant Commander Chaminda Walakuluge however told the Colombo Gazette the claims are not true.He said the Navy only arrests fishermen for poaching and will not open fire. Britso suffered a bullet injury on his neck and was profusely bleeding, the fishermen who accompanied him said. He succumbed to his wounds while being brought ashore, they said. The body of the deceased fisherman was kept at the government hospital mortuary.A tense situation prevailed at the fishing jetty as fishermen in the island gathered and shouted slogans against the Sri Lankan Navy and the Indian government for being ‘inept’.On Tuesday morning, Rameswaram fishermen refused to accept the body of Britso. With family members of the deceased fisherman, the fisher folk launched an agitation in Thangachimadam demanding explanation from the Centre and Sri Lankan government for the loss of life and lasting solution for the more than three-decade problem. (Colombo Gazette)
“This is going to be a huge task,” said Khaled Mansour, a spokesman for the World Food Programme (WFP), referring to the agency’s $1.3 billion, six-month operation in Iraq. “The main goal is to keep the public distribution system going – a system on which about 60 per cent of the Iraqi population heavily depend for their monthly food rations.”Speaking to reporters in Amman, Mr. Mansour also predicted that the WFP Iraq effort “could evolve into the largest humanitarian operation in history and bring about 1.6 million tons of food.”Thomas McDermont, the Regional Director for the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), cautioned that his agency’s work on behalf of young Iraqis would only succeed with adequate funding. “We are in need of financial assistance if we are to do our work properly.” Working with other UN agencies and international partners, UNICEF will focus its work in Iraq on water and sanitation, education, protection of vulnerable children, nutrition and health. The UN Development Programme (UNDP), which has been working in Iraq for more than 25 years, is preparing to help in the aftermath of the conflict, focusing on emergency infrastructure repairs, jobs creation and coordination of the effort to rid the country of landmines, according to the agency’s Christine McNab. “Reconstruction activities immediately after the end of hostilities must focus on basic humanitarian needs,” she stressed. Speaking for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Sten Bronee said that agency “must work to ensure that countries bordering on Iraq are able to receive any desperate Iraqis who may seek asylum.” Governments in the region already shelter more than half the more than 400,000 recognized Iraqi refugees in the world, and UNHCR is helping to prepare for a possible new influx.For its part, the World Health Organization (WHO) is working to cope with the medical impact of the fighting. “The conflict will increase the vulnerability of a large number of people and increase their health risks -people unable to access sufficient nutrients, clean water, air, sanitation, shelter or medicines,” noted WHO Representative Ala’a Alwan. In response, the agency plans to provide essential care to those in need.Speaking for the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), Ziad Rifai pointed out that “war or no war, more than 2,000 Iraqi women give birth every day.” He called on donors to support the agency’s bid to provide reproductive health care to all women affected by the conflict.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TSX tumbles, commodity prices slide amid Greek political turmoil by News Staff Posted May 8, 2012 5:03 pm MDT TORONTO – The Toronto stock market suffered a big triple-digit loss Tuesday as commodity prices retreated amid worries that Greece could run out of money next month.The S&P/TSX composite index fell 155.91 points or 1.3 per cent to 11,704.74 in a broad-based retreat, having recovered somewhat from a loss of well over 200 points earlier in the day. The TSX Venture Exchange declined 59.05 points to 1,338.37.The Canadian dollar fell 0.53 of a cent to 100.17 cents US after slipping below parity with the greenback earlier in the session, going as low as 99.77 cents US.Traders avoided risky assets after a prominent Greek politician called on the country’s two main party leaders to renege on their support for the multibillion-euro bailout that is keeping Greece afloat. Alexis Tsipras’ Radical Left Coalition came in a surprise second in Sundayâ€™s indecisive election and the country is struggling to form a new government.“The popular mandate clearly renders the bailout agreement invalid,” he said.Voters punished the two parties that have overseen the countryâ€™s harsh austerity measures and left no party with enough votes to form a government. Now, another election looks increasingly likely for the country, which is being supported by bailouts.But analysts warn that Greece could run out of money as soon as next month without a government to negotiate the next level of its financial bailout.U.S. markets also retreated but finished well off the worst levels of the day. The Dow Jones average came back from a 198-point plunge to close down 76.44 points at 12,932.09.The Nasdaq composite index slid 11.49 points to 2,946.27 and the S&P 500 index fell 5.86 points to 1,363.72.Commodity prices lost ground because if Greece canâ€™t stay solvent, it risks falling out of the eurozone, with potential knock-on effects throughout the global economy.As it is, the economies of many heavily-indebted eurozone countries are worsening as tough austerity measures adopted to rein in spending are crushing growth.“It highlights the bigger issue, which is that Europe has made some meaningful progress in addressing the capital issues of the banking system and reinforcing the banking system,” said Norman Raschkowan, North American strategist at Mackenzie Financial Corp.“But they havenâ€™t made the transition from the focus on austerity to the focus on growth and you canâ€™t cut your way to prosperity.”Shares sank nearly seven per cent on the Athens Stock Exchange on Monday, and dropped a further 3.6 per cent Tuesday.Commodities have also suffered in recent weeks because of indications of slowing economic performance in the U.S. and China.The TSX energy sector lost 1.12 per cent as the June crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange fell 93 cents to US$97.01 a barrel. It earlier went as low as US$95.52, its weakest level since late December.Crude has slumped about nine per cent since the beginning of the month on a deterioration of the global growth outlook. Canadian Natural Resources (TSX:CNQ) gave back 95 cents to C$30.69 and Suncor Energy (TSX:SU) was 45 cents lower at $29.77.Copper prices are also down sharply from May 1, losing 4.3 per cent. The July contract was down 10 cents to US$3.68 cents a pound on Tuesday. Copper is viewed as an economic bellwether as it is used in so many industries. The base metals sector gave back 2.16 per cent and Teck Resources (TSX:TCK.B) declined 81 cents to C$33.53 while Ivanhoe Mines (TSX:IVN) lost 45 cents to $9.90.Railway stocks fell alongside commodity prices and mining stocks, with Canadian National Railways (TSX:CNR) down $1.85 to $82.20 and Canadian Pacific Railway (TSX:CP) off 80 cents at $73.69.The gold sector was also lower as bullion prices backed off, down $34.60 at US$1,604.50 an ounce, the lowest close since Jan 3. Goldcorp Inc. (TSX:G) faded $1.53 to C$34.40 and Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX) shed 96 cents to $36.71.Blue chips also contributed to the negative showing with the financial sector down 1.2 per cent. Scotiabank (TSX:BNS) lost 57 cents to $53.02 and TD Bank (TSX:TD) eased $1.23 to $80.42.On the corporate front, Research In Motion (TSX:RIM) gained 25 cents to $12 as the BlackBerry maker hired two veterans from the mobile computing industry for the key roles of chief operating officer and chief marketing officer.There was also plenty of earnings news to digest.Food company George Weston Ltd. (TSX: WN) said first-quarter net earnings attributable to shareholders grew 18 per cent to $124 million from $105 million in the quarter a year earlier. Sales increased one per cent to $7.22 billion from $ 7.15 billion a year ago but its shares dipped $1.35 to $59.13.Molson Coors Brewing Co. (TSX:TPX.B) (NYSE:TAP) reported net income from continuing operations fell 3.9 per cent to US$79.4 million, or 44 cents per share. But underlying earnings rose to US$85.3 million, or 47 cents per share. Net sales were up 0.1 per cent to US$691.4 million. Its shares fell 61 cents to US$41.43 in New YorkYellow Media Inc. (TSX:YLO) plunged four cents or 40 per cent to six cents amid a first-quarter loss of $2.9 billion as the struggling directory publisher wrote down the value of its assets. The company also cancelled its annual meeting planned for Tuesday in Montreal after it said the number of shareholder votes received would not be enough to reach a quorum. Revenues were $289.1 million compared with $349.4 million for the first quarter in 2011. Excluding the one-time charge, the company earned $57.5 million.
Derek Vanstone, senior aide to Harper, named Air Canada government liaison AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 19, 2012 4:02 pm MDT OTTAWA – A senior aide to the prime minister is taking a government affairs job with Air Canada, raising pointed questions about the strength of ethical rules that are supposed to guide the post-political actions of Parliament Hill staffers.Derek Vanstone, currently Stephen Harper’s deputy chief of staff, will become Air Canada’s vice-president of corporate strategy and government affairs in September, the Montreal-based airline announced Thursday.The hire was vetted by Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner Mary Dawson; both Air Canada (TSX:AC.B) and the prime minister’s office said they were well aware of the ethical obligations facing Vanstone as he moves into the new role.“Air Canada understands that there are a number of post-employment restrictions for Derek with respect to federal government relations,” said airline spokeswoman Angela Mah.“Derek will be fully compliant with these restrictions.”The hurdles Vanstone needed to clear to get the job include a five-year ban on becoming a registered lobbyist and a mandatory cooling-off period that prohibits involvement with any company with which he’s had significant government dealings.The commissioner’s office wouldn’t comment directly on the case, and declined to discuss even generally how an individual with direct access to the prime minister could accept a government affairs job without being in breach of the act.NDP ethics critic Charlie Angus called the appointment unacceptable.“What we are seeing here is again the old boys club, the revolving door,” Angus said.“It’s a nudge-nudge, wink-wink system that you have a senior adviser to the prime minister who will just happen to be now coming back as the man opening the doors for Air Canada. This is what Mr. Harper said he would clean up — and he hasn’t.”The Conservative government was first elected in 2006 on a promise to build a stronger wall between ex-political staff and Parliament Hill.A slew of legislation followed, governing the activities of those seeking private sector jobs that could connect them with the government.Deputy Liberal leader Ralph Goodale said it is too easy for both the PMO and Air Canada to hide behind the approval of the ethics’ commissioner’s office.“Being technically in compliance with the rules is not the same thing as being appropriate,” Goodale said.“This doesn’t pass the smell test.”Goodale said his party will be writing to Dawson’s office to request a detailed explanation for the ruling.“She should explain to parliamentarians exactly how this is OK,” Goodale said. “And if does fit within the law, most certainly there are exemptions or exceptions that should be plugged.”Dawson has raised issues with some of the provisions contained in the act before.“…Ensuring compliance with the act’s post-employment provisions remains a challenge,” she wrote in her 2010-2011 annual report.Her office acts in concert with the lobbying commissioner, who found earlier this year that another of Harper’s deputy chiefs of staff had broken the rules. Karin Shepard concluded that Keith Beardsley broke a five-year ban on lobbying that applies to former public office holders.Beardsley was turned in by Harper’s then-chief of staff Guy Giorno.A House of Commons committee recently recommended 11 changes to the Lobbying Act to make it stronger.Vanstone will have responsibility for Air Canada’s relationships with all levels of government as well as community and industry affairs, company CEO Calin Rovinescu said in a statement.“I am pleased to announce Derek’s appointment to this key corporate strategy, industry and government affairs role,” Rovinescu said.“His solid experience and track record in the private sector and at the highest levels of government will further strengthen the management team’s ability to execute our corporate priorities.”Air Canada has been engaged in an often bitter labour dispute with most of its unionized employees in recent months.The threat of a lockout of pilots and a strike notice from the mechanics and baggage handlers prompted the Harper government to intervene with back-to-work legislation in both disputes.A spokesman for the prime minister said Vanstone was not involved in that legislation.“Derek had no involvement with Air Canada on any aspect of Bill C-33 or any other legislation affecting Air Canada,” said Andrew MacDougall.“We wish Derek well in his new role — he will be missed.”The Air Canada Pilots Association said the appointment wasn’t surprising.“It’s been evident to us for some time that Air Canada and the Harper government co-ordinate very closely,” said ACPA president Paul Strachan.“This appointment confirms that absolutely nothing has changed,” Strachan said. “Certainly, it will present excellent opportunities for further co-ordination between the government of Canada and the national airline.”Strachan said Vanstone spoke on behalf of Flaherty’s office in 2009 when a special pension funding protocol for Air Canada was negotiated.He was also working with Flaherty when other private sector companies, including The Canadian Press, were granted longer periods to pay back their pension obligations.Vanstone will fill a role currently performed by Duncan Dee, who is taking early retirement. His departure, following 15 years with the airline, was announced on June 6.Dee has been Air Canada’s chief operating officer, a position that’s often seen as second-in-command to the CEO and a potential successor to whoever is the chief executive.McGill University professor Karl Moore said Vanstone’s appointment will benefit Air Canada.“He has wonderful contacts and knows how the government runs,” said Moore, an associate professor at McGill’s Desautels Faculty of Management.“It’s a win for Air Canada,” Moore said. “I don’t see any downside from an Air Canada viewpoint.”He said the unions also need to understand how the government operates and “how to appeal to it, which I think the unions are pretty good at, actually.”Last month an arbitrator decided in favour of the airline in the case of the mechanics and baggage handlers, putting in place a new collective agreement.The airline’s 3,000 pilots are still in the process of working through their dispute with a separate federal arbitrator. A decision is required by the end of this month.
Addressing participants at the opening of the High-level Dialogue on Financing for Development, President of the General Assembly, John Ashe urged the international community to accelerate efforts to mobilize financial resources towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by the 2015 deadline and towards paving the way for a post-2015 development agenda.“Financing for development is the elixir – the lifeblood, if you like – that we need,” Mr. Ashe told Member States and representatives of institutions, civil society and the business sector.The overall theme of this, the sixth high-level dialogue on the issue, is “The Monterrey Consensus, Doha Declaration on Financing for Development and related outcomes of major UN conferences and summits: status of implementation and tasks ahead.” The Monterrey Consensus, adopted in that Mexican city in 2002, is a landmark partnership agreement for global development. It covered a number of topics, including domestic resource mobilization, foreign direct investment (FDI), trade, official development assistance (ODA), debt relief and systemic issues.It was followed in 2008 by the Doha Declaration, which emphasized, among other things, the need to urgently meet the agreed ODA target of 0.7 per cent of donor countries’ gross national income (GNI), and underscored the importance of strengthening the World Trade Organization (WTO) with special and differential treatment for developing countries.The current ODA is around 0.31 per cent of national income of developed countries, according to UN figures.Also addressing participants, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon encouraged all countries to fulfil their pledges and meet their development assistance targets. “For many developing countries, and in particular the most vulnerable, predictable levels of ODA remain critical,” Mr. Ban said, adding that he was “deeply concerned” about the recent decline in ODA.Mr. Ban also emphasized the private sector’s vital role in financing and investing for a more sustainable and prosperous world. “A strong financial commitment to human solidarity today will improve prosperity and security tomorrow,” he noted.The two-day event consists of a series of plenary meetings chaired by Mr. Ashe where ministers and high-level officials are making formal statements on behalf of their countries.In addition, participants are part of roundtables and an informal interactive dialogue on the reform of monetary and financial systems and implications for development; and mobilization of public and private financing; the role of financial and technical development cooperation.The informal dialogue is focusing on the link between financing for development and achieving the eight MDGs and advancing the post-2015 agenda. In a report produced by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) and released in July, the UN proposed a series of financial mechanisms to raise $400 billion annually for development needs, given the ODA declines as a result of to the global economic crisis.
Scott Dabinett, 32, captured amazing photos of the incident, which saw the pilot make an impressive landing without landing gear after flying back from the Duxford Air Show in Cambridgeshire.He said: “As soon as we saw the pilot was OK we all started breathing again. Everyone was shaking. The emergency guys were on the scene straight away and took control of the situation.”Mr Dabinett said the aircraft had taken off at 4.15pm and they waited one hour and 10 minutes for it to return. A pilot had a lucky escape after the last remaining Sea Vixen plane did an emergency landing at an airfield in Somerset on Saturday.The pilot walked away uninjured after the aircraft, known as the Foxy Lady, did a “belly-landing” on return to its base in Yeovilton. “The feeling between the few of us standing by was that this does not look good. On the final approach we all crossed our fingers and held our breaths whilst pointing our cameras at the Sea Vixen. As soon as she touched the runway the canopy was released and engines were shut down. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. the last remaining Sea Vixen plane doing an emergency landing at Yeovilton air base in Somerset Credit:Bav Media the last remaining Sea Vixen plane doing an emergency landing at Yeovilton air base in Somerset Credit:Bav Media “She slid up the runway very smoothly and under control. It was much quieter than I was expecting. Eventually she came to a stop. We kept waiting for movement from the pilot.”Sea Vixen XP924 “Foxy Lady” is operated by Fly Navy Heritage Trust Navy Wings.It first flew on September 23, 1963 and was delivered to 899 Squadron at RNAS Yeovilton on December 18, 1963.Retirement from active service sent her to Royal Naval Aircraft Yard at Belfast in August 1971.The aircraft was gifted to Naval Aviation Ltd in September 2014 and now operates from the Royal Naval Air Station Yeovilton.The Sea Vixen is an unusually configured aircraft that first flew in 1951. It was the first British two-seat aircraft to break the sound barrier when it achieved Mach speed in a dive during its operational testing phase in the early 1950’s. the last remaining Sea Vixen plane doing an emergency landing at Yeovilton air base in Somerset Credit:Bav Media He added: “The aircraft returned from Duxford and flew up the runway. We then heard radio communications between the tower and the pilot asking for visual of the landing gear.”The response was your undercarriage is clean, which means it is still up. After several more passes and discussion between pilot and tower and other emergency personnel, it was soon announced that this was going to be a gear-up belly landing.
When Amazon announced the new Kindle Fire HD tablets last week, Bezos failed to mention one feature during his presentation which was later found buried in the press release: all Kindle Fire HD tablets will ship with Special Offers adverts as standard.What Special Offers means is each user will be presented with adverts on their Home and Lock screens. Typically these will be genuinely good offers rather than annoying adverts, and it acts as a way for Amazon to keep the initial cost of buying the tablet down. However, some users aren’t happy with the adverts and Amazon has decided to respond.Anyone buying one of the new Kindle Fire HD tablets will have the option to remove Special Offers from their device. It’s a choice that comes with a price tag though, and you’ll have to pay $15 to make it happen.The quick decision by Amazon to offer the opt-out demonstrates how important the Kindle Fire tablets are to the company, and how focused they are on keeping consumers happy. In reality I doubt many people will choose to pay the $15, but at least the option is there now if you want to keep your device ad free.Choosing $15 as the cost of going ad free also gives us some insight into how much Amazon thinks they are worth. Does every Kindle Fire user average out to about $15 worth of advertising? Or did Amazon just pick a price high enough to deter most from disabling them and choosing to buy a movie or some music instead?via ars technica
As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article https://jrnl.ie/4548946 By Michelle Hennessy 32,741 Views THE SPEAKER OF the House of Commons has said Prime Minister Theresa May cannot have another meaningful vote on the Brexit deal without changes.John Bercow said MPs from both sides of the house had expressed concern to him about the house being asked to vote repeatedly on the “same fundamental proposition”.He said the parliament’s rules state that a motion or amendment that is the same in substance as one that has already been decided by the House can not be brought forward again in that same session.Bercow told the House of Commons that he is of the opinion that the second meaningful vote on the deal, which took place on 12 March, was not in breach of this rule. He said it could be “credibly argued” that it was a different proposition as it contained a number of legal changes that the government considered to be binding and that were agreed with the European Union.However he added that the government can not now submit “the same proposition or substantially the same proposition” as was rejected on 12 March by 149 votes. He said it must be “fundamentally different”. Not different in terms of wording, different in terms of substance. This is in the context of a negotiation with others, outside the United Kingdom.That would be my initial feeling.Theresa May had been expected to call a third meaningful vote this week but this is now unlikely to happen. Bercow said this was not his final word on the matter. He said it was designed to signal to the government what will be required. Mar 18th 2019, 4:09 PM Image: PA Wire/PA Images Image: PA Wire/PA Images Monday 18 Mar 2019, 4:09 PM Short URL Share210 Tweet Email 61 Comments Theresa May cannot have another vote on Brexit deal without changes Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow said the parliament’s rules dictate that MPs can’t be asked to vote repeatedly on the same motion.
Stay on target Hubble Captures Saturn’s ‘Phonograph Record’ Ring SystemTonight: See Saturn at Its Best and Brightest for the Year NASA’s Cassini spacecraft revealed what appear to be giant dust storms on Saturn’s largest moon, Titan.The discovery, described in a paper published by the journal Nature Geoscience, makes Titan the third Solar System body—along with Earth and Mars—where dust storms have been observed.The meteorological phenomenon, common in arid regions (like North Africa and the Arabian peninsula), arises when a strong wind blows loose sand and dirt from a dry surface.Extraterrestrial gales, meanwhile, can extend so far as to encircle an entire planet, with wind speeds reaching as high as 60 mph.“Titan is a very active moon,” lead study author Sebastien Rodriguez, an astronomer at the Université Paris Diderot in France, said in a statement.“We already know that about its geology and exotic hydrocarbon cycle,” he continued. “Now we can add another analogy with Earth and Mars: the active dust cycle in which organic dust can be raised from large dune fields around Titan’s equator.”Discovered in 1655 by Christiaan Huygens, Titan is 50 percent larger than Earth’s satellite, and 80 percent more massive.Quite similar to our own globe, the planet-like orb is the only moon known to have a dense atmosphere and the only celestial body (other than Earth) where stable regions of surface liquid is known to still exist.This compilation of images from nine Cassini flybys of Titan in 2009 and 2010 captures three instances when clear bright spots suddenly appeared in images (via NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona/University Paris Diderot/IPGP)There is one important difference: Earth’s rivers, lakes, and seas are filled with water, while Titan’s liquid reservoirs are primarily methane and ethane.During the flow of these natural gases, hydrocarbon molecules evaporate, condense into clouds, and rain back onto the ground, according to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL).Titan’s weather becomes even more unpredictable around the equinox—when the Sun crosses the equator—as massive clouds can form in tropical regions, causing powerful methane storms, some of which the retired Cassini spacecraft observed during flybys.The equatorial brightenings seen in infrared images taken around the moon’s 2009 northern equinox were initially thought to be methane clouds. But researchers dismissed that and other theories (frozen methane rain, icy lavas), eventually landing on the explanation that the spots were actually clouds of dust.It takes more than a light gust, though, to kick up enough soot to be seen from space. Wind speeds would need to be about five times stronger than average estimates, suggesting the giant dunes covering Titan’s equatorial regions are still active and continually changing.Saturn’s largest moon made headlines this summer when researchers discovered that Titan has all the ingredients to produce life as we know it.You’ll want to hang this high-res image of Saturn’s moon on your wall, alongside Google Maps’ celestial imagery of the Ringed Planet’s satellites. Read more about Saturn and its moons here.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has hailed Victor Lindelof after the defender’s late tackle despite picking up an injury.Lindelof was probably the only player to escape the ire of his manager after United’s disappointing goalless draw against Crystal Palace.The Sweden international finished the game with a groin strain but was still seen committing into challenges as Manchester United tried to keep the scoreline at 0-0 towards the end of the game.United were disappointing once again against displaced Crystal Palace team who might wonder how, given the chances they created, they did not leave Old Trafford with three points.After questioning the character of some of his players, Mourinho has warned a repeat against Young Boys on Tuesday night could leave their hopes of making it to the UEFA Champions League second round on a knife edge.“I believe he is hurt,” said the United boss, according to Daily Star.Maguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“He was a brave lad, but he probably punished himself [in playing on after three substitutes had been made]. I don’t know how long he will be out, but he is a fantastic example.”“I thought we started really well but I think when you play to win matches, you don’t stop until you win.”“We were playing well but we gave them periods of time, periods to break and feel that they were in control.”“We were not intense. We lost the ball. We gave them time to breathe.”
Posted: September 10, 2018 Two men are in custody, suspected of targeting a US Border Patrol agent. Dan Plante, 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 SettingsSAN YSIDRO (KUSI) – A U.S. Border Patrol agent was shot at Sunday while sitting in his marked patrol car near the San Ysidro Port of Entry, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection said.It happened shortly after 2:15 a.m. about one-and-a-half-miles west of the border crossing, just north of the U.S.-Mexico border.The agent was not wounded and then drove to a safer location after the shooting, CBP officials said. Several bullet holes were found on the driver’s side of the vehicle.According to reports, the shooting appeared to come from the Mexican side of the border. CPB officials then contacted their Mexican counterparts about the attack.Mexican authorities took two people into custody.One was found with a handgun. The other person was released, the TV station reported.The FBI also was investigating the shooting. September 10, 2018 Dan Plante Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter
The money for the grant would come from the Alaska Transportation Alternatives Program through DOT. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享A biking group in Kenai and Soldotna is working with the Department of Transportation on obtaining a grant to build a bike trail on Beaver Loop Road. Boettger: “I’m working with the city planning department to get together a cost estimate and determine if any other permitting would be necessary for that.” Representatives from the BIK&S group spoke to the Kenai City Council at their meeting last week about the proposed trail. Ben Boettger told the council that the grant would require a partial match from the city: “I’m working on an application for a grant from DOT that would largely fund a trail from the Kenai Spur/Bridge Access intersection to the Beaver Loop intersection. I am working on writing the DOT grant on behalf of the Bikes group. If the City of Kenai were to be a sponsor of the project it would be a minimum 9.4% match.” The application to DOT is due by January 31. The city council is expected to introduce a resolution for the match at their meeting on January 16.
Niche Media Holdings, LLC announced that it’s expanding into the Austin, Texas market with a new magazine, AUSTIN WAY. The bi-monthly title will debut with a September issue and is targeting a 50,000-copy circulation.AUSTIN WAY joins a nationwide stable of regional titles at Niche Media, which includes GOTHAM (New York), BOSTON COMMON, VEGAS and more. This is Niche Media’s first new title since it introduced MICHIGAN AVENUE (Chicago) in 2008. And this is the company’s first attempt to tap into a Texas market.The new magazine will be targeted to an affluent Austin audience, and will be strategically distributed to local thought-leaders, cultural centers, hotels and high-profile events. “We are beyond thrilled to be going to Austin, a market that has inspired the nation with its growth over the past several years,” Niche Media president and COO, Katherine Nicholls says in a release. (To quantify the growth Nicholls mentions, Austin has nearly doubled its population since 1990 and is quickly approaching one million, according to U.S. Census data.) Speaking of growth trajectories, the company reports that it’s increased ad paging and revenues by more than 20 percent in the past four years throughout its portfolio of magazines.
Ladysmith High School (LHS) congratulates the class of 2016 on their excellent achievement of a 99.4% pass, while at the same time honouring all the educators who contributed to their entire school career. They especially thank the staff for the conscientious dedication with which they prepared these learners for the final NSC examination and their future.Out of a total of 168 candidates who wrote the NSC examination, more than 200 subject distinctions were achieved. A total of 138 (82%) learners qualified for admission to a Bachelor’s degree. The school’s top achievers, with 7 A symbols each, were:GRACE SMYTHE (1st in District)KASHMIRA MAHADEW (2nd in District)KARISHMA RAMPERSADH (4th in District)ELAINA SILBYDr Joseph Shabalala Secondary School managed a 93% matric pass rate. Windsor Secondary School achieved an 85.63% pass rate in the 2016 NSC examination. The top academic learner is Mthokozisi Banda, who received 4 distinctions in IsiZulu, Mathematics, Life Orientation and Physical Sciences, as well as achieving the highest marks. He was followed very closely by Siyanda Mchunu with 6 distinctions in Physical Sciences, IsiZulu, Mathematics, Life Orientation, Accounting and Life Sciences.Ladysmith Secondary School’s (Lasec) pass rate was 85.5%, with the top achiever being Amatullah Suluwale with 6 distinctions.DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Why not join us there? WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite
News | PET-CT | June 19, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Install of uMI 550 Digital PET/CT United Imaging announced the first U.S. clinical installation of the uMI 550 Digital positron emission tomography/… read more Raza Alvi explains use of PET to image cardiac sarcoidosisVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 9:09Loaded: 1.80%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -9:09 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 | PET-CT | February 06, 2019 SPECIAL SUPPLEMENT: Examining the Value of Digital PET/CT Technological advancements in positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) offer both clinicians and pat read more June 18, 2008 – Concerned by the growing numbers of people using stimulant medications such as methylphenidate (MP)—either legally or illegally—to improve attention and focus, researchers used positron emission tomography (PET) imaging with the radiotracer fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) to assess the effects of the drug on brain function in the normal human brain.“MP is often prescribed appropriately for individuals with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), who are unable to focus their minds in order to perform everyday tasks,” said Nora Volkow, M.D., director of the National Institute of Drug Abuse in Bethesda, Md. “We wanted to better understand how the drug works in ‘normal, healthy’ people when they are performing a cognitive task, as well as when they are not.”The study comprised 23 healthy adults, who were tested at baseline and while performing an accuracy-controlled cognitive task (numerical calculations) and also when viewing cards with nature scenes. Participants were imaged both before and after receiving an oral dosage of 20 milligrams of MP. The PET FDG scans showed a significant increase in regional brain glucose utilization when subjects performed the cognitive task, but the increases were significantly greater when they did the task while on placebo as opposed to when they did the task while on MP. The increases in brain glucose metabolism induced by the task were almost 50 percent lower when they were performed with MP than with the placebo. In contrast, when MP was given in a neutral condition (no cognitive task), brain glucose utilization did not change, indicating that its effects are dependent on the context of administration.“The brain uses glucose as the main source of energy and increases its utilization in proportion to the level of activity. Therefore, the decrease in the amount of glucose required by the brain to perform the cognitive task with MP suggests that one of MP’s mechanisms is to make the brain more efficient,” said Volkow.The researchers noted that in those individuals who performed well without the stimulant, MP improved performance, whereas in those who performed poorly without medication (who were given a placebo), their performance deteriorated further upon receiving the drug.“The data suggest that the effects of MP are dependent on the individual’s performance, and since people take these medications in order to improve performance, they need to recognize that for some, performance will deteriorate,” said Volkow.In addition to deterioration of brain function efficiency, Volkow pointed out that inappropriate usage of these stimulants could lead to addiction. “While MP increased some participants’ ability to focus on a task, use of stimulant medications outside of their intended clinical applications could result not only in deterioration of performance, but also in addiction.”MP is a central nervous system stimulant. It has effects similar to, but more potent than, caffeine and less potent than amphetamines. It has a notably calming and “focusing” effect on those with ADHD. ADHD consists of a persistent pattern of abnormally high levels of activity, impulsivity, and/or inattention that is more frequently displayed and more severe than is typically observed in individuals with comparable levels of development. Most symptoms improve during adolescence or adulthood, but the disorder can persist or present in adults. Methylphenidate also is occasionally prescribed for treating narcolepsy.Because stimulant medicines such as MP do have potential for abuse, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has placed stringent, Schedule II controls on their manufacture, distribution and prescription. For example, DEA requires special licenses for these activities, and prescription refills are not allowed. Individual states may impose further regulations, such as limiting the number of dosage units per prescription.Scientific Paper 525: N. Volkow, National Institute of Drug Abuse; F. Telang, Y. Ma, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, all in Bethesda, Md.; G. Wang, J. Fowler, J. Logan, C. Wong, K. Pradhan, H. Benveniste, Brookhaven National Lab, Upton, N.Y.; J. Swanson, Univ. of Calif. Irvine, Irvine, Calif., “Methylphenidate Improves the Efficiency of the Human Brain,” SNM’s 55th Annual Meeting, June 14–18, 2008.For more information: www.snm.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Computed Tomography (CT) | June 17, 2019 International Working Group Releases New Multiple Myeloma Imaging Guidelines An International Myeloma Working Group (IMWG) has developed the first set of new recommendations in 10 years for… read more News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 01, 2019 Bracco Imaging Acquires Blue Earth Diagnostics Bracco Imaging S.p.A. has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Blue Earth Diagnostics, a molecular imaging company… read more News | PET-CT | August 15, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Installation of uExplorer Total-body PET/CT United Imaging announced that its uExplorer total-body positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) system… read more
Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD Image courtesy of Imago Systems The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more April 13, 2016 — Focal Therapeutics, makers of the three-dimensional BioZorb implant used in breast conservation therapy, announced it has launched BioZorb LP. The new low-profile design expands the spectrum of surgical sites in which the bioabsorbable marker can be placed.Compared to the original BioZorb spiral design, BioZorb LP accommodates smaller surgical tissue sites. The marker has utility in smaller breasts, in peripheral areas of the breast and in locations with less surrounding tissue. Implantation of the marker after tumor removal helps to delineate the surgical cavity for radiation treatment and long-term monitoring.”Everyone understands the need for delivering more personalized, targeted and precise medical care,” said Alison Laidley, M.D., a Dallas breast surgeon with Texas Breast Specialists who was among the first physicians to use BioZorb LP. “These new designs allow me to offer the BioZorb marker to more of my breast cancer patients.”Breast conservation therapy (BCT) involves lumpectomy surgery to remove breast cancer, typically followed by radiation to destroy any remaining cancer cells. As with the spiral design, BioZorb LP is sutured into the tumor bed at the time of cancer excision. The LP model maintains the three dimensional aspects of the pioneering BioZorb spiral marker and similarly contains six titanium clips held in a fixed array.BioZorb serves as a communication tool between the surgeon and the radiation oncologist. Clinicians report that the marker helps provide more precise targeting of radiation treatment. It is also used to assist with monitoring the area of surgery over time. There is no other technology that marks the surgical site in this three-dimensional fashion.”Our radiation oncologists who oversee post-surgical radiation treatment have embraced this technology,” Laidley said. “We have also seen that patients support the idea of minimizing toxicity to surrounding healthy tissues during their radiation treatment.”The implant’s bioabsorbable material dissolves in the body over the course of a year or more, while the marker clips remain in place. Researchers have reported that after the device is implanted, the breast tissue surrounds it and begins to heal. The device can be used during oncoplastic surgery and reconstructive lumpectomy to help mark the surgical site as the breast’s shape and contour is maintained.The LP model is the latest product development from Focal Therapeutics. Both the spiral and low profile BioZorb markers are available in a variety of shapes and sizes.For more information: www.focalrx.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Women’s Health | April 13, 2016 Focal Therapeutics Launches BioZorb LP 3-D Implant for Breast Cancer Patients New low-profile version of bioabsorbable marker accommodates smaller surgical tissue sites News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more Related Content News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more
Goa, a 365 day holiday destination, nationally and internationally, is planning to launch new activities to promote adventure tourism in the country, said Nikhil Desai, Managing Director – Goa Tourism Development Corporation.“After the successful launch of white water rafting, hot air balloons and helicopter rides, Goa Tourism Development Corporation is planning to introduce new adventure activities like segway touris, hop on hop off tours, bungee jumping, motorized paragliding, horse riding trails, scuba diving etc,” he informed.New tourism infrastructure projects are also in the offing and those nearing completion will be inaugurated shortly. A new cruise boat jetty, multi level car parking project, construction of an Institute of Hotel Management, beautification of several tourism locations will be commissioned shortly. Five star resorts are proposed to be set up on GTDC properties at Miramar, Anjuna and Britona and a Theme Park at Mayem.Goa will continue its campaign as the most Preferred Holiday Destination. Goa Tourism is actively banking on the e-visa facility and reaching out to all the countries who have been brought under the ETV regime.The state is also promoting other tourism segments like eco tourism, heritage tourism, culture and cuisine, sports tourism, film tourism, adventure tourism, wedding tourism, medical tourism, monsoon tourism which are getting popular all across the globe.