Campfire bans backcountry restrictions lifted in BC as wildfire risk drops

first_imgWILLIAMS LAKE, B.C. – Restrictions on travel to British Columbia’s backcountry and bans on campfires were lifted in some parts of the province on Wednesday as improved conditions lowered the wildfire risk.Campfires were once again allowed in most areas of the Prince George and northwest fire centres while officials from the BC Wildfire Service say a ban prohibiting access to the backcountry in the Cariboo region was also scheduled to be rescinded by the end of the day.Kevin Skrepnek of the wildfire service said although calm weather conditions are expected to change in the coming days, forecasted storms shouldn’t be severe and will bring more rain.The restrictions were extreme and reflected the severity of a historic wildfire season that has seen more than 10,000 square kilometres of land scorched, Skrepnek said.Campfire bans in the northern parts of the province are rare, Skrepnek said, as was a ban on access to Crown land, such as lakes, forest service roads and recreational sites, in the Cariboo district, which has been hard hit by wildfires.“Putting the backcountry closure in place was a pretty extraordinary move and we were doing that to basically use every tool we had at our disposal to prevent human-caused fires,” Skrepnek said, adding the last similar ban was in 2003.“We believe that the threat has lessened to an extent where we’re happy to rein back in something that unusual, that disruptive.”Gusty winds were expected to pick up with incoming thunderstorms Thursday that could aggravate existing fires in the region, Skrepnek said, which is why access to areas immediately around the 49 fires in the Cariboo remained restricted.The province was expected to issue maps online highlighting the affected areas.There were 138 fires burning across B.C. on Wednesday and people were urged to check the provincial wildfire information website for the latest information about bans on campfires and off-road vehicles.Areas where campfire bans were lifted include the Prince George, Fort St. James, Mackenzie, Peace, Fort Nelson, Skeena Stikine and Coast Mountain forest districts.Skrepnek said local municipalities may maintain their own restrictions on campfires and people should check with local fire officials to be certain of the rules.The number of people effected by evacuation orders dropped to about 2,600 on Wednesday from 45,000 earlier this summer.An area in the Central Kootenay district downgraded its evacuation order to an alert late Tuesday, allowing more people to return home.“These downgrades are another sign of the situation moving in a positive direction but we stress that … there is still a fair bit of risk,” said Chris Duffy with Emergency Management BC.Authorities asked people to be careful while conditions remain dry in much of the province and to report any wildfires immediately.The wildfire service has spent an estimate $370.5 million on fighting fires since April 1.The Insurance Corporation of B.C. said it has received 124 claims related to the wildfires, mostly for vehicles damaged by the extreme heat and smoke, costing a total of $500,000.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version erroneously said more than 1,000 square kilometres of land has been scorched this season in B.C.last_img read more

Justin Bieber Performs For Typhoon Haiyan Victims

first_imgJustin Bieber has performed in the Philippines for victims of Typhoon Haiyan.Justin Bieber Meets Victims Of Typhoon HaiyanThe singer has posted photos and videos of a surprise show he put on for victims in the hard hit region of Leyte.Bieber referred to his performance as being “the most important show of the tour,” and went on to say “You’ve changed my life… thank you.”Bieber also saw humanitarian programs run by leading internationalhumanitarian agency Action Against Hunger. He visited the agency’s water and sanitation programs, engaged with local community members, played basketball with Action Against Hunger employees and beneficiaries.Bieber is proud to use his stature and visibility to affect positive change. “When I saw what happened in the Philippines, I was shocked—the destruction was devastating and I wanted to do whatever I could to help,” he said. “I always can count on my fans, so I started planning a way for us to make a big impact to help our friends in the Philippines together.”“The work that Action Against Hunger, UNICEF, and the Philam Foundation are involved with in the Philippines is incredible,” he continued, “and I’m really excited to be working alongside them, and I know my fans will be too when they see what amazing things we will be doing together to help all the families that have been so badly affected by the recent situation.”Bieber has already been involved in fundraising for victims of the storm, which is thought to have killed over 5000 people. An estimated 13.2 million people have been affected by Super Typhoon Haiyan, and 3.5 million are now displaced from their homes. By donating to the cause, Justin is offering fans the chance to hang out in the studio with him. You can enter the contest here.last_img read more

ACTORS GO OFF SCRIPT GET ENGAGED DURING CAPE BRETON THEATRE SHOW

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Rob Bowden and Jill Taylor got engaged on Sunday, May 12, 2019, during a Broadway Showstoppers performance at the Boardmore Playhouse at Cape Breton University. (CBC) Advertisement Facebookcenter_img Taylor, a teacher, looked out to the audience during the proposal and said, “Hi, mom, I know why you stayed for the seven o’clock show.” LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter An actor at the Boardmore Playhouse at Cape Breton University went off script during a performance of Broadway Showstoppers on Sunday to propose to his girlfriend who was performing in the show and she said yes.Rob Bowden got down on one knee and said, “I just figured that since I was on my knee,” and asked Jill Taylor to marry him. The moment was captured by a friend and uploaded to Taylor’s Facebook page.“I planned this with everyone,” Bowden continued in the video. “The sound guy, the light guy, the producer, director, choreographer, everybody — my sisters, my friends … just not you.”last_img read more

Stock markets fail to net gains from better than expected US jobs

TORONTO — Stock markets failed to find lift from data that suggested the American economic recovery is on track as nervousness about the outcome of the U.S. election trumped a better-than-expected jobs report.The S&P/TSX composite index fell 119.34 points at 12,380.41, while other data showed Canadian job growth slowed more than anticipated. The TSX Venture Exchange slipped 11.26 points to 1,310.03.The Canadian dollar was up 0.12 of a cent to 100.44 cents US as Statistics Canada reported that the economy added just 1,800 jobs last month while the unemployment rate remained unchanged at 7.4%.New York indexes also fell after the U.S. Labor Department said the American economy cranked out 170,000 jobs in October, higher than the 125,000 that had been expected, although the unemployment rate inched up 0.1 of a point to 7.9%.The U.S. numbers for August and September were also revised upward to show an additional 84,000 jobs were created.A sharply rising American dollar also contributed to the Dow Jones industrials losing 139.46 points to 13,093.16, the Nasdaq fell 37.93 points to 2,982.13 and the S&P 500 index shed 13.39 points to 1,414.2.Analysts suggested that worries about the outcome of Tuesday’s U.S. election left buyers disinclined to do much in the wake of the jobs report.“That’s still up for grabs,” said Colin Cieszynski, market analyst at CMC Markets Canada, who noted that there are also worries that there may not be a clear-cut winner the morning after the election.“That’s a bigger concern at this point because that sends everything into disarray right when you have that whole fiscal cliff going on too. That’s all you need, is to have nobody in charge.”The “fiscal cliff” refers to a variety of tax hikes and massive budget reductions that will come into effect at the end of December unless Republicans and Democrats can come together with an alternative budget plan. Economists warn such a shock could send the economy back into recession.The Toronto markets chalked up a rise of 0.65% last week in the wake of positive Canadian earnings reports. New York markets were slightly lower despite other strong U.S. economic data, including consumer confidence at the best level in almost five years, data showing expansion in the U.S. and Chinese manufacturing sectors.TSX losses Friday were led by falling gold stocks as the strong U.S. jobs numbers sent the greenback higher and helped depress bullion prices. The gold sector was down almost 4.5% as December bullion fell $40.30 to US$1,675.20 an ounce. Goldcorp Inc. gave back $2.27 to C$42.91 while Barrick Gold Corp. lost $1.33 to $35.23.The energy sector was off 1.47% with the December crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange down $2.23 at US$84.86 a barrel. Canadian Natural Resources declined 48 cents to C$29.84 while Cenovus Energy fell $1.13 to $34.45.The base metals sector was slightly lower while December copper was seven cents lower at US$3.48 a pound. Teck Resources shed 55 cents to $33.03.Shares in Inmet Mining Corp. were up $3.56 to $56.17 as it reported that third-quarter net income grew 19% to $116.2 million as copper production and prices improved. Sales grew 29% to $327.2 million compared to $253.4 million in the year-ago period.The financials sector was the strongest advancer as Manulife Financial ran ahead 20 cents to $12.56 while TD Bank rose 56 cents to $82.29.In other corporate news, net income at construction and engineering company SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. dropped to $114.9 million or 76 cents per diluted share, down from $127.6 million or 82 cents per share in the third quarter of 2011. Its revenue increased, however, to $1.98 billion from $1.78 billion.The revenue was in line with expectations while SNC’s profit didn’t dip as much as anticipated and its shares gained $1.89 to $42.17.Canada’s largest publicly traded drug maker Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. reported Friday that its quarterly net income fell to just US$7.6 million or two cents per diluted share, compared with US$40.9 million or 13 cents a year ago amid acquisition and other costs. Revenue soared to US$884.1 million from US$570.4 million. Adjusted income was $357.5 million, or $1.15 per diluted share, three cents ahead of estimates but its shares dipped 33 cents to $56.20.Hudson’s Bay Co. says preliminary results suggest its third quarter revenues were up 3.8% from the same time last year to $930.4 million but its margins were squeezed by shortages and seasonal clearance markdowns. The information was contained in a revised prospectus filed as part of HBC’s plans to return to the public stock market.Resolute Forest Products, the company formerly known as AbitibiBowater, earned net income of US$31 million or 32 cents per diluted share on sales of US$1.2 billion in the latest quarter. That compared with a net loss of US$44 million, or 46 cents per share, on sales of $1.2 billion in the third quarter of 2011. Its shares fell 52 cents to $11.98.Traders also took in poor manufacturing figures for the 17-country eurozone.The October purchasing managers index, a gauge of business activity, fell to 45.4 in October from 46.1 in September. Anything below 50 indicates a contraction in activity. Particularly worrying was that most of the euro countries are seeing their manufacturing sectors contract, including Germany and France.The Canadian Press read more

Demand eclipses supply for protective glasses for safe solar eclipse viewing

TORONTO — Ali Van Orman is still looking for specialized glasses to protect her family’s eyes during Monday’s solar eclipse because she never counted on demand totally eclipsing supply.She tried to buy a coveted pair of solar eclipse glasses for herself and two children from Amazon back in July, but the hot commodities wouldn’t have arrived in time.Van Orman and many others are turning to social media to try to track down retailers that still have the glasses in stock. As of Thursday, supplies had dwindled in stores across Canada. Inventory status reports on the websites for Best Buy and Toys “R” Us showed the devices, which cost about $3, were sold out in many cities.“There’s a little toy store here in Calgary. I called them and they said ‘no, you are the 50th person that’s phoned us,”‘ Van Orman said.“It’s just one of those great things that I wish that I had done earlier,” she said, adding that she will investigate other options such as a pinhole camera or welding goggles. Optometrists have said that watching the eclipse without certified protection could lead to permanent vision loss.Early birds who snapped up extra pairs before the rush are selling them for up to $40 on Kijiji.Andy Kahrmann, spokesman for Vancouver-based pharmacy retailer London Drugs, said the chain sold thousands of pairs and B.C.’s Lower Mainland and Saskatchewan were the first to sell out.“I personally didn’t even get a pair of glasses. We sold everything we had,” he said.“A couple of speciality magazines were including viewing glasses inside the magazines. Those are even sold out.”He said the chain ordered double the amount of glasses it thought it would need, but that still wasn’t enough to meet demand. The glasses didn’t sell at first, he added, and by the time sales picked up, it was too late to re-order from the manufacturer, one of the more popular companies listed by the American Astronomical Society as a reputable supplier.This week, Amazon issued refunds to customers who had bought potentially-shady solar eclipse glasses on its site, saying it could not confirm that glasses came from a recommended manufacturer.“We recommend that you DO NOT use this product to view the sun or the eclipse,” the refund email said. With an online retail giant out of the picture, supply is even more strained.Canada will only get a partial eclipse, with 90 per cent of the sun covered in Victoria, to just 31 per cent coverage in St. John’s. But stores in U.S. regions where the sun will be more covered sold out a week ago. One planetarium in Utah sold 21,000 pairs in a single day.Some universities and science museums in Canada will be distributing the glasses for free at viewing parties across the country on Monday. If you can’t get a hold of glasses, NASA’s website recommends other ways to view the eclipse safely.—On the web:Royal Astronomical Society of Canada’s list of solar eclipse events in Canada: http://rasc.ca/solar-eclipse-2017American Astronomical Society list of reputable eclipse glasses sellers and manufacturers: http://bit.ly/2hZzB7JFor safety tips, visit NASA’s dedicated solar eclipse safety website: https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/safety read more

Home sales expected to drop in 2018 to lowest level in three

MONTREAL — Canadian home sales are expected to drop to their lowest level in three years in 2018, driven largely by a decline in Ontario, the Canadian Real Estate Association said Friday.The association expects that 495,100 homes will be sold next year after downgrading its sales forecast for 2017 on a 9.9 per cent drop in August compared with a year ago.It expects sales will fall 2.3 per cent in 2018 following a 5.3 per cent decline this year to 506,000, or 20,000 fewer than previously forecast in June.Seasonally adjusted sales in August rose 1.3 per cent from the prior month, due to a 14.3 per cent boost in the Greater Toronto Area. Still, sales in this area were down 35 per cent from a year ago.Benjamin Reitzes of BMO Capital Markets said the August data suggests the worst may have passed for the GTA following Ontario policy changes to restrict foreign buyers, but the future is unclear.“The Bank of Canada’s rate hikes should help contain any renewed exuberance, but if things do heat up again, expect policymakers to step in before too long,” he wrote in a report.CREA projects sales in British Columbia and Ontario will fall by about 10 per cent in 2017, compared to record highs set in 2016.The association said sales in August were down in nearly two-thirds of all local markets, led by the Greater Toronto Area and nearby housing markets.In Vancouver, August sales were up 7.3 per cent from July and 21.3 per cent higher than a year ago.“Experience shows that homebuyers watch mortgage rates carefully and that recent interest rate increases will prompt some to make an offer before rates move higher, while moving others to the sidelines,” stated CREA President Andrew Peck.The average price for a home sold last month was $472,247, up 3.6 per cent compared to a year ago. Greater Toronto was up 3.1 per cent and Greater Vancouver 17.9 per cent.Excluding these regions, the national average price was $373,859.The national average price is forecast to rise by 3.4 per cent to $507,700 in 2017, lower than its prior forecast because of fewer luxury home sales in the Greater Golden Horseshoe region of Ontario.However, it is expected to dip by 0.6 per to $503,500 next year largely reflecting that a record number of high-end home sales around Toronto earlier this year likely won’t be repeated in 2018.Newfoundland and Labrador sales this year are forecast to decrease by 8.1 per cent, and Saskatchewan down four per cent.Alberta is projected to have the country’s largest increase at 7.4 per cent, but that’s still below the provincial 10-year average.Sales are forecast to grow 5.4 per cent in Quebec and 5.7 per cent in New Brunswick.Manitoba and Quebec are the only two provinces expected to set new annual sales records in 2017, while sales in New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island are on track to come up just short of all-time record levels. read more

Browser Wars If You Cant Beat Em Join Em

Log in or register to post comments In other words, Microsoft is partnering with Google for a major piece of its ecosystem and is making it available on Apple products. I’m writing this post in Google Docs, on my Apple MacBook Air, in the Microsoft Edge browser that’s built on Google Chromium. Maybe that moment is now. Of interest to those of us in the communications technology space, there are a few side notes here that I think are interesting. Tags:News & ViewsMicrosoft EdgeChromiumBrowser WarsVendor StrategyAnalyst InsightNews & ViewsPartner EcosystemProduct News Articles You Might Like The Bifurcation of Genesys Sheila McGee-Smith September 18, 2019 Company restructures into cloud and core business units, bringing in industry luminary Barry O’Sullivan to lead the latter. VC Firm Decibel to Give Cisco Innovation Sounding Board Zeus Kerravala March 26, 2019 This independent entity will focus on early state investments, giving Cisco view into the future of technology. In a world of constant battling, lawsuits, and compatibility wars, how is this even possible? How is it possible that Google makes its browser technology available to one of its biggest competitors, Microsoft? But that isn’t the really shocking part of this, as Google has been fairly open with Chromium since the beginning. What’s in a Brand? Defining a Company Amy Barzdukas March 20, 2019 Five essentials to understand about Plantronics and Polycom’s new identity Skype on Chrome != End of the Web Tsahi Levent-Levi May 23, 2019 Microsoft’s move to bring Skype to the Web is a good sign of progress, and here’s why. In speaking with The Verge, Belfiore also shared one of the drivers for this change: “Google is doing well with [W]eb-based collaborative experiences, the Office team is investing more to improve ours, we want the [W]eb browser to be better.” I found this particularly interesting both in terms of the growing importance of collaboration in the application space and the acknowledgement that a limited browser limits Web-based collaborative experiences. The collaboration tools that Microsoft is developing today should reach the masses faster and more completely. Since Microsoft will now be developing Edge for the same underlying engine as Chrome, Chrome support should be in the lead of its own development cycles rather than coming much later. This should hopefully end the lack of compatibility or limited compatibility issues where collaboration features (see Skype for Business, Teams, etc.) seem to come to Chrome much later than to Edge or IE. This is arguably more important than multiplatform support for Edge. Think about that for a moment. As a Mac user, I’m not wishing for yet another browser, but I’m excited about Microsoft applications working better and coming to market faster for Chrome. As I found in playing with the pre-beta developer version of Edge, even the pre-beta developer version of Edge supports Chrome extensions. That was a nice surprise. Well done Microsoft. You continue to surprise me in pleasant ways. I guess at some point I shouldn’t be surprised by your innovation and positive moves. After evaluating possible solutions to this problem, Microsoft made the incredibly improbable decision to build Edge around Chromium. As the name suggests, Chromium is the underlying open source technology that Google Chrome is built on. In an interview with The Verge, Joe Belfiore, corporate vice president in Microsoft’s Experiences and Devices division, stated that even Bill Gates, co-founder, was consulted on this decision — I would have loved to have been a fly on the wall during that conversation. Brannen_Chromium Edge on Mac.png See All in Vendor Strategy » Genesys: Try This App for Free Dave Michels September 10, 2019 With single-click free trials for premium applications, Genesys is hoping to shake up the procurement model — lowering the barrier to test and buy software. The second but-nearly-equally-big shock came in Microsoft’s decision this spring to make Edge available for MacOS, and not as an afterthought that comes years or decades later, but even in the early development stages. Let’s face it — there isn’t a multitude of Mac users clamoring to run the Edge browser on their machines. But, significantly, Microsoft clearly understands that in the new era of technology you need to embrace other platforms, even platforms developed by your fiercest competitors. One of the lessons learned from this is that Microsoft has fundamentally changed in the last few years under the leadership of CEO Satya Nadella. Can you imagine former CEO Steve Ballmer taking this same action? I’ve given Microsoft a lot of grief over the years, but now I’ve got to give the company credit for the recent corporate mindset shift that’s ushering in things I neither expected nor even thought possible. While a lot of work is still in progress, we’re seeing the results in terms of improved products and unexpected innovation. Of final note, when the Google and Microsoft teams started discussing how they would communicate with each other in this new collaboration, Microsoft agreed to use Google Hangouts, as noted in The Verge article. This is telling of Microsoft’s new stance of putting the needs of its partnership ahead of its ego. In my 25 years in the technology sector, I don’t recall being as shocked as I am right now. And who would have thought it would be Microsoft of all companies that has me in such a state. The biggest shock came last December when Microsoft announced it was moving to Chromium for the underlying technology in its Edge browser — as the company said at the time, it had gotten mixed response to Edge. That’s putting it mildly. The only mix of responses was between bad and terribly bad. The biggest problem Microsoft faced is that Edge only worked on Windows 10. The fact is, with the rising proliferation of Apple products, Chromebooks, Android devices, and other platforms, the Edge’s reach was just too limited. And developers weren’t rushing out to develop around a browser that only worked on a single version of a single OS. read more

Yemen Security Council threatens sanctions if political process is blocked

In a presidential statement, the 15-member Council said that the Conference should be conducted in an “inclusive manner involving the full participation of all segments of Yemeni society, including representatives from the South and other regions, and the full and effective participation of youth and women.” Yemen has been undergoing a democratic transition, with a Government of National Unity under the leadership of President Abdrabuh Mansour Hadi, who came to power in an election in February 2012 following protests that led to the resignation of former President Ali Abdullah Saleh.The national dialogue is meant to feed into a constitution-making progress, and pave the way for general elections to be held in 2014.In today’s statement, the Council cautioned against interference from the former regime, former opposition, and others “who do not adhere to the guiding principles of the Implementation Mechanism Agreement for the transition process,” including former president Saleh and former vice president Ali Salim Al-Beidh. It was also concerned about reports of money and weapons being brought into Yemen from outside for the purpose of undermining the transition.The Council said it is ready to “consider further measures,” including under Article 41 of the UN Charter, if actions aimed at undermining the Government of National Unity and the political transition continue. Article 41 falls under Chapter VII of the Charter, which deals with threats to the peace, breaches of the peace and acts of aggression. It states that the Council may decide what measures – not involving the use of armed force – are to be employed to give effect to its decisions, and it may call on UN Member States to apply such measures.These may include complete or partial interruption of economic relations and of rail, sea, air, postal, telegraphic, radio, and other means of communication, and the severance of diplomatic relations.Last week the UN Special Envoy for Yemen, Jamal Benomar, said that the situation in the country remains fragile and many tasks lie ahead for the transition to succeed. “While progress has been made and the transition remains largely on track, it is clear that there has been active resistance to the transition,” Mr. Benomar said, adding that “it is clear to whom these are attributable to.”The Council also urged the international community to continue support for Yemen. The next Friends of Yemen meeting is slated for 7 March in London. At the last meeting in September in New York, participants pledged $1.5 billion, in addition to $6.4 billion already pledged, to support the two-year transition process in Yemen. read more

Opinion Cavs and Warriors Xfactors will decide NBA champion

Outside of specific players, a key component to watch for is how the rookie coaches Blatt and Kerr strategically defend ball screens. Some teams will double the ball-handler in order to force the ball-handler to pass it, some will automatically switch defenders and risk a mismatch and some will have the defender fight over the screen and try to recover.Curry will get a lot of ball screens and look to shoot over the top of a big with the extra space he receives. LeBron will look to either draw a big and blow by him, or take a smaller guard into the post and draw a double team. Look out for how the teams defend ball screens and how the coaches adjust as the series moves along.Look for these NBA Finals to possibly be determined by the play of these players. Sit back and enjoy what looks to be a thrilling championship series. We will see if LeBron can bring that storybook ending to his return home, or if Curry can culminate his magical season with four more wins.Just remember the words of LeBron James: “Nothing is given. Everything is earned.”As the Finals arrive, it is already abundantly clear that the team that ends up hoisting the trophy will have certainly earned it. The Golden State Warriors’ Andrew Bogut (12) lets out a yell after scoring against the Houston Rockets in the fourth quarter of Game 2 of the NBA Western Conference finals at Oracle Arena on May 21 in Oakland, Calif. The Warriors won 99-98. Credit: Courtesy of TNSIn the days leading up to Thursday’s opening game of the NBA Finals, the debate is on about which team is going to take home the Larry O’Brien Trophy.LeBron James looks to break Cleveland’s infamous three-sport 51-year title drought — which began with the Cleveland Browns’ last championship in 1964 — and bring the Cleveland Cavaliers’ first title to the city. At the same time, the Golden State Warriors, led by the league’s MVP Stephen Curry, look to secure their first championship since 1975.It feels refreshing to finally see some new faces and franchises on the world’s biggest basketball stage. Not only are most of the players new to the big stage, but there are also two rookie head coaches in the Cavs’ David Blatt and Warriors’ Steve Kerr. In the previous four years, we have seen the Miami Heat dominate the Eastern Conference, and in the past two seasons the San Antonio Spurs have come out of the West.Although it is not new to see LeBron in the Finals, as he appears for the fifth straight year and sixth time overall, it is invigorating to see him lead his hometown team here. In a surreal scenario this past year, LeBron returned to Cleveland, joining two superstars in Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving. During this playoff run, LeBron has been without Love and played alongside a very gimpy Irving. LeBron has exposed his greatness by adjusting his game and helping role players J.R. Smith, Iman Shumpert and Tristan Thompson excel.On the other hand, the Golden State Warriors have been dominant all season long with a deep roster and a core of Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green. They completed the regular season with a 67-15 record, the best since the 2006-07 Dallas Mavericks — whom the Warriors stunningly beat that season in the first round of the playoffs — also went 67-15. Golden State plays a run-and-gun style game, looking for three-point attempts in transition, off offensive rebounds or in their half-court offense.The candid way to look at this series is the best player in the world, LeBron James, against the best team in the world, Golden State. Although this is somewhat true, the keys to a championship could lie in the hands of other players than the game’s elite in James and Curry.Here are two X-factors each for the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers:Andrew BogutMany people reading this might be asking why a player averaging about six points per game this season could be one of the X-factors in the NBA Finals. Especially since at times throughout the season the Warriors have been better without him, using their small lineup with four perimeter players and Green at center. The only answer to this is because of LeBron.When on the floor, the Warriors are not running any plays for Bogut or expecting him to score. When facing LeBron, every team needs an interior defender who can protect the rim, where Bogut has been great, earning him a spot on the NBA’s Second Team All-Defensive list.LeBron will see a lot of perimeter defenders such as Klay Thompson, Harrison Barnes, Green and Andre Iguodala. Iguodala is the only player who has seen his fair share of guarding LeBron. Iguodala, a former All-Star, has played against him a lot during his time in the Eastern Conference and is a very capable defender, earning All-Defensive team honors twice. LeBron is going to get his points and assists every time he steps on the floor, but teams have to make it as difficult as possible.A lot of teams will argue that the best way to defend LeBron is one-on-one with your best defender. Bringing a double team makes it too easy for LeBron to find the open shooter. Forcing him to shoot a jumper, or LeBron choosing to shoot, is the best-case scenario — and one where he has struggled this postseason. The alternative option is having him try to finish over a 7-footer, where he has struggled at times in the past, such when he went up against the Indiana Pacers’ Roy Hibbert.Bogut has to stay healthy and out of foul trouble in order to protect the rim and make life difficult on the offensive end for LeBron.Draymond GreenGreen is a scrappy player who needs to be just that in this series. One of his tasks will be keeping Cavs power forward Tristan Thompson off the offensive glass, where he has dominated throughout these playoffs to the tune of 4.0 offensive boards per game. Green will need to play tough with emotion to keep the crowd engaged while playing in Oakland and to win the much-needed 50-50 loose balls.Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving attempts a shot during a game against the Chicago Bulls on Jan. 22 at Quicken Loans Arena. The Cavaliers lost, 98-87. Credit: Courtesy of TNSKyrie IrvingKyrie has made quite the name for himself as a superstar with his wizardly offensive skill set. During these playoffs, a lingering foot and knee injuries have hobbled him. This series really depends on his defensive ability; whether he is healthy or not. If he is not truly healthy on offense, he can still spot up on the perimeter and be a threat due to his shooting ability.Against the Warriors, Blatt has no place to hide Kyrie on the defensive end.He is going to guard Curry and chase him around numerous screens as well. He cannot defend Klay Thompson, as his size will allow him to shoot right over Irving, and Barnes utilizes mismatches and takes the player into the post. Irving will switch over to guard Shaun Livingston or Leonardo Barbosa when they enter the contest, even though Livingston will be a tough cover as well due to his size and post play.Even if Kyrie ends up being healthy, which is very doubtful at this point, he needs to force the Warriors into tough shots. James was recently quoted as saying, “Kyrie at 50 percent, Kyrie at 60 percent is better than (no) Kyrie at all.”This is not true at all, as the Cavaliers cannot afford Curry getting good looks at the basket.Cleveland has a few really good options to defend the Splash Brothers (Curry and Klay Thompson) in Shumpert, Matthew Dellavedova, Smith and even James.No matter the health status of Irving, his defense is essential for the Cleveland Cavaliers even if he makes an impact on the offensive end.James JonesJames Jones is a player who throughout the season has been in and out of the rotation. However, he has been fully inserted into a role these playoffs after Love went down with his shoulder injury.Jones is a less obvious choice due to his limited minutes, but his minutes are always crucial. The only thing he truly does well is shoot spot-up jumpers. He is not going to create plays on offense or pull down boards on defense. Throughout the first three playoff series, he has been an inconsistent shooter. He needs to hit a couple of shots per game when he is in for Timofey Mozgov or Tristan Thompson because the Cavaliers lose a lot on the defensive end with one of them out. read more

New graphene invention to massively increase battery storage

first_imgA new provisional patent application was filed July 10, 2013 by Gearhart Law for inventors Karim Zaghib, Gordon Chiu, Abdelbast Guerfi, and Amélie Forand. The application describes a new composition using a type of graphene. This material will be important for the energy industry, in everything from alternative energy storage and transmission to improved consumer products. The inventors have successfully formed a uniform composite containing carbon-coated lithium metal phosphate with MesografTM, which is a graphene composition obtained from natural graphite. The material will be useful in storing and conducting energy. The patent will be jointly owned by HydroQuebec and Grafoid.Today’s consumers are not satisfied with the current inefficiencies in the devices we all use every day. Additionally, these inefficiencies are holding back applications for use in, for instance, electric vehicles. The unique invention described briefly below could help advance the needs and demands of airplane manufacturers such as Boeing, auto manufacturers such as Tesla and the mobile computing industry. Imagine a smart phone or tablet that holds a charge for a month or more, or an electric car that has a battery the size of an orange. With the development of this new technology, it may not be that far off.The entire energy industry is aiming for faster charging rates for batteries, greater safety, more capacity and longer energy storage times. These added benefits would lead to more efficient and more cost effective devices and products. This new technology has the potential to have a large impact on the energy industry; the invention is a material that has novel structural, conductive, and hybrid properties that allow it to act as an energy storage mechanism and as an energy conduit.Alternative energy may also see a huge benefit from the new technology. Among the challenges in using alternative energy technologies are the abilities to store and transport the energy. Batteries must be able to store a large amount of energy, and conduits typically lose a large amount of energy as it is transported along power lines. Imagine being able to capture solar power in Arizona and using it to heat a home in North Dakota, all for a few pennies. This new technology is a step on the path to the realization of that vision.HydroQuebec is the world’s expert and holder of the patents for developing lithium iron phosphate charging systems.Graphene became well-known in the scientific community in 2010, when Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov won the Nobel Prize in physics for their work with it. Graphene is a material composed of pure carbon, with atoms arranged in a regular hexagonal pattern, and can be described as a one-atom thick layer of the mineral graphite. Graphene has high conductivity, thousands of times higher than copper. This means that it can transport electricity highly efficiently. It is also the strongest material ever discovered. Graphene is very light, weighing only 0.77 milligrams per square meter. Graphene can be made in many forms, each performing differently in respect to varied physical parameters.Dr. Gordon Chiu is Vice President and co-founder of Grafoid, a collaborative venture with a significant graphite entity, whose mission is to develop, patent and secure the global rights for specific graphene technologies. The joint venture is based in New York City. Described as an “execution-driven businessman,” Chiu has combined domestic and international experience in the chemical, technology, medical, and related industries. A lecturer and corporate advisor, Chiu is engaged in the discovery and research of graphene on behalf of Grafoid and provides advice on project selection with a view to increasing overall uses and applications of graphite/graphene.Dr. Karim Zaghib obtained his MS in 1987 and his PhD in 1990, both in electrochemistry from the Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble, France under the direction of Bernadette Nguyen. In 2002, he received the HDR (Habilitation à Diriger la Recherche) in materials science from the Université de Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, France.last_img read more

The 9 at 9 Friday

first_imgNew! The Dredge: Who wants to shoot Mariah Carey? – The day’s best celebrity dirt over on The Daily Edge> Good morning! Here are nine things you should know as you start your day…1. #JILL MEAGHER A private funeral has taken place in Melbourne for Jill Meagher. Her family and close friends attended the funeral, and 29 white doves were released at the service.  Jill’s husband Tom Meagher paid tribute to his late wife, saying “Goodbye my beautiful, funny girl. I’ll love you forever”. A memorial mass is to be held in her home town of Drogheda at 7pm this evening.2. #APRIL JONES The search for missing Welsh five-year-old April Jones has now entered its fifth day. Detectives have until 5pm to question suspect Mark Bridger, before they have to charge or release him. They can apply for a further warrant of detention. Searches continue in the Machnynlleth area, including in the River Dyfi. Dr Joe Sullivan, a leading forensic psychologist, has been drafted in to help police.3. #COURTS A man who sexually abused two adult nieces was given a three-year suspended sentence in court yesterday, with the judge saying the publishing of Aidan Farrington of Iona Drive, Glasnevin, Dublin 9′s name was suitable punishment, the Examiner reports. Dublin Rape Crisis Centre said that suspending the sentence sends out a “very mixed message”.4. #EMERGENCY WORKERS In the Dáil today, Fianna Fáil will propose a minimum jail term of five years for anyone convicted of assaulting or threatening the life of an emergency worker on duty. The Assaults on Emergency Workers Bill 2012 will be tabled in the Dáil for the debate, which gets underway at 10.30am.5. #FISH Locals gathered at Kilmore Quay in Co Wexford yesterday to collect the free monkfish that had been left by two fishermen in defiance of EU quota rules, which say that over-quota  fish must be thrown back into the sea. The Irish Times says that reports from Fisheries Authority officers are being prepared on the issue for the Director of Public Prosecution.6. #EL PRESIDENTE President Michael D Higgins will spend the second day of his visit to Chile meeting with some of the country’s political leaders, including its president. He will be honoured at the meeting as a distinguished guest of the city of Santiago, and later that night will be guest of honour at an Irish community reception.7. #SYRIA The UN Security Council has unanimously approved a statement condemning “in the strongest terms” Syria’s shelling of a Turkish town that killed five women and children. The body said the incident “highlighted the grave impact the crisis in Syria has on the security of its neighbors and on regional peace and stability” and demanded an immediate end to such violations of international law, says AP.8. #PRIMARY CARE Health Minister James Reilly was ordered by Taoiseach Enda Kenny to assure Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore face-to-face that he wasn’t involved in selecting a primary care centre site that has been the subject of recent controversy, the Irish Independent reports. The paper says they met before Minister Reilly was questioned at the Dáil yesterday on the issue.9. #BEATLES The Beatles’ first hit, Love Me Do, turns 50 today. Its success marked the beginning of ‘Beatlemania’, as the fab four changed the face of popular music as the world knew it. Here they are on video performing the track back in the day.last_img read more

Golden Dawn targets toddlers

first_imgGolden Dawn MPs have told supporters of the far right party that it will create privately-run nursery schools for Greek children.Speaking at an event in Crete on Sunday, lawmakers Ilias Panagiotaros and Ilias Lagos, announced the party’s intention to open its own nursery schools.The extremist party’s deputies launched an attack on the Greek left, claiming it had caused children to learn a warped version of the country’s history.Last week, the party announced that it had started holding seminars for children at one of its offices in eastern Attica.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Une nouvelle date pour la mise à jour de la 3DS

first_imgUne nouvelle date pour la mise à jour de la 3DSLa mise à jour de la console 3DS entre dans les dernières étapes de vérification et sera disponible gratuitement le 8 décembre… avec un retard de plus d’un mois. La prochaine mise à jour de la 3DS apportera l’enregistrement de vidéo en 3D, leur diffusion sur Youtube, de nouveaux jeux StreetPass et des échanges de données entre différentes consoles 3DS.À lire aussiNintendo Wii U : le pad reconfiguré ?C’est un gros retard pour cette mise à jour originellement prévue initialement pour le 4 novembre. Le message de Nintendo ne concernait explicitement que les États-Unis, mais on peut supposer qu’il en sera de même pour l’Europe.C’est une bonne nouvelle que Nintendo continue d’améliorer sa machine. Prêt pour Super Mario 3D Land ?Le 30 novembre 2011 à 10:30 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Glenn Hoddles family overwhelmed by messages of support

first_imgThe family of Glenn Hoddle thanked the Tottenham fans for their messages of support after he suffered a heart attack on SaturdayHoddle, who played for and managed Spurs in his football career, collapsed at the BT Sport studios and was rushed to a hospital and put in intensive care.A family spokesman announced on Sunday that Hoddle remains in a serious condition, but is responding well to treatment.Now Spurs tweeted a family statement on their official Twitter account at half-time into their 1-0 defeat at Manchester City at Wembley on Monday.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“Glenn and his family are overwhelmed by the best wishes sent from Tottenham Hotspur staff, players, ex-players and most importantly all our tremendous supporters since he was taken ill on Saturday,” read the message.“It has been a huge comfort to have your support and memories to lift us all at such a difficult time, so thank you. Let’s hope for a win tonight to make Hod smile. COYS.”Special constable Simon Daniels, who is a member of the BT production crew, was the one who gave Hoddle immediate medical attention – which earned him praise from the former England coach’s family.last_img read more

The Wilmington Insider For June 20 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a round-up of what’s going on in Wilmington on Wednesday, June 20, 2018:Happening Today:Weather: Mostly sunny, with a high near 83. Calm wind becoming southwest 5 to 9 mph in the morning.In The Community: The Wilmington Police Department offers safety seat installs at the Wilmington Public Safety Building (1 Adelaide Street) every Wednesday, from 10am to 2pm. No appointment is necessary, but calling ahead at 978-658-5071 is recommended. Learn more HERE.In The Community: The Friends of the Wilmington Memorial Library’s Book Store Next Door (183 Middlesex Avenue) is open from 10am to 4pm. All books are $2 or less!  Every penny of every sale benefits the Wilmington Memorial Library. Learn more HERE.In The Community: The Town Beach is open today.  Lifeguards are on duty from 10am to 8pm. Admission is FREE for residents. Proof of residency is required. Learn more HERE.At The Library: Coffee with a Cop at 10am. Drive-In Movie with 6:30pm. Current Events Discussion Group at 7pm. [Learn more and register HERE.]At The Senior Center: Podiatrist at 9:30am. SBF Exercise at 9:45am. Special Exercise at 11am. Country Line Dancing at 1pm. Cards at 1pm. Fun Singers at 3pm. [Learn more HERE.](NOTE: What did I miss? Let me know by commenting below, commenting on the Facebook page, or emailing wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. I may be able to update this post.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Wednesday, August 21, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Wednesday, August 28, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Wednesday, September 4, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

AEA Fisheries Service Criticism of Susitna Dam Studies Untenable Bordering On The

first_imgThe Alaska Energy Authority has responded to letters from the National Marine Fisheries Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that questioned research being done on the Susitna-Watana Hydroelectric Project.Download AudioOf the two federal agencies, the National Marine Fisheries Service took a stronger position regarding A-E-A’s ability to produce accurate models of salmon activity in the Susitna River.  The NMFS letter cited fourteen areas of concern, including sampling methods and possible misidentification of juvenile fish.  The agency says that the problems are significant enough that no further studies should be done until they are resolved.On Wednesday, AEA labeled the criticism as inaccurate.  In a news release, Susitna-Watana Project Manager Wayne Dyok says the NMFS letter, “relies on mischaracterizations and generalizations.”  The actual response letter by AEA, which is signed by Dyok, goes even further, saying that assertions made by the Fisheries Service are “untenable, bordering on the absurd.”AEA’s response letter to the National Marine Fisheries Service totals nearly fifty pages.  Most of that is a line-by-line refutation of the concerns listed by NMFS.  Many of AEA’s specific responses assert that NMFS is either ignoring the data or misunderstands the methodologies being used.  The Alaska Energy Authority maintains that it is following the study plan approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.FERC will have the opportunity to hear out both sides, soon.  Meetings are scheduled to start next week to discuss the Susitna-Watana field work.  Part of the objective of those meetings is for FERC to decide what, if any, changes need to be made in future field studies.last_img read more

Some old solutions still work helping people buy food with SNAP

first_imgA sign outside of a store in midtown Anchorage announcing that they accept EBT Cards, the distribution method for SNAP benefits. (Hillman/Alaska Public Media)Researchers say one of the most effective ways to fight hunger in every state is also one of the oldest: the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.“Any conversation about eradicating food insecurity in the United States, in my opinion, really has to begin and end with SNAP,” Craig Gunderson said. Gunderson is a professor of Agricultural and Consumer Economics from the University of Illinois. He has been studying food insecurity and SNAP, also called food stamps, for more than two decades. Food security experts in Alaska say the same thing.Food insecurity is when people don’t have enough to eat – they skip meals or forego other necessities to buy food. It affects about one in seven Alaskans and can cause chronic diseases, depression, anemia and obesity.SNAP efficiently helps solves the problem. “Again and again SNAP has been proven to lead to reductions in food insecurity,” Gunderson said. Which leads to a “reduction in negative health outcomes.”A version of SNAP first started during the Great Depression. It resurfaced again in the 1960s when the Kennedy administration saw that some Americans were desperately hungry. In the years since the program has evolved significantly, but it’s constantly under threat because people think it’s riddled with fraud. It’s not.The idea is simple: give money to people who need it so they can buy food.Palmer resident Jenn Sundquist used to rely on food stamps. Three years ago, she got divorced and went from being a stay-at-home parent of three to being a single mom with no income. She quickly got a full-time job at a preschool.“And even though I was one of the top people, and I was getting paid more than almost anyone else there, I still needed food stamps and day care assistance to make it,” she said.Sundquist was a pretty typical SNAP participant. She was part of a family with children, just like 75 percent of the 82,000 Alaskans who used the program in 2016. She said she stretched $650 per month benefit by shopping sales, buying frozen vegetables instead of fresh and purchasing bags of flour to make her own bread.“It’s definitely time consuming,” Sundquist said. “So it’s like you weigh the cost and the benefit, honestly.”Sundquist also relied heavily on salmon she caught when dipnetting on the Kasilof River, and still does. The average benefit for each person who uses the program in Alaska is only $2 per meal.Not everyone who is food insecure qualifies for SNAP.Alaska Quest cards can be used to buy local produce with SNAP benefits. (Photo courtesy of Alaska Dept. of Health and Social Services.)Elisabeth Houser said she and her husband applied, but he made $1 more than the income limit for a household of two, and she can’t work because of a disability.As she sat in line at a food pantry, Houser explained they live paycheck to paycheck.“I gotta make sure that we got a roof over our head. That’s the first thing, to make sure the rent is paid,” Houser said. “And then if there’s anything left, it’s the bills, then put gas in car so we can go to these, and then it’s food.”Houser waited nearly three hours for a small box of food, grateful for whatever she could get.If SNAP expanded its income limits, Houser would be eligible. But some political leaders, including President Trump, would rather cut the program.Gunderson said that’s because there are many misconceptions about SNAP. One is that participants are wasting the benefits on expensive foods or unhealthy items like soda, but “when we look at what SNAP recipients purchase, it’s roughly the same as what non-SNAP participants purchase.” No better or worse, nutrition-wise, he said.Another common myth is that people sell food stamps or trade them in for cash.Historic food coupons from USDA. (Photo courtesy of NCReedplayer on Flickr.)To be fair – that idea is based on history. Food stamp trafficking was rampant in the 1970s and 80s. A Time magazine article from 1982 reported that federal agents were able to buy guns, drugs and houses with food stamp coupons.But that’s no longer the case. Now, only 1 percent of food stamps are used illegally. That’s mostly because of a change in technology. Instead of receiving paper coupons, SNAP benefits are issued on cards that require a PIN number.It is also hard for people to fraudulently apply for the program, thanks to the Fraud Control Unit at the state’s Division of Public Assistance. Only three percent of SNAP applicants in the state are found guilty of fraud, said the division’s director, Monica Windom.Sundquist, the single mom, knew a lot about the misconceptions and stigmas associated with SNAP. When she used the program she never told anyone because people around her looked down on it so much.“I think that the general population has this mentality like, ‘Well you should just work harder. Pull yourself up by those bootstraps,’” Sundquist said. “I don’t think they understand that a lot of people who are on food stamps have…jobs. They’re already hard-working Americans. They’re just having a hard time making ends meet.”Sundquist is right. Nearly 40 percent of participants in Alaska are in families that work. About a quarter are in families with people who are elderly or have disabilities.Sundquist didn’t want to rely on programs like SNAP, but she had to. They were her life raft. When she finally got a better paying job and knew she could provide more for her kids, she said she started tearing up as she signed the paperwork.In Alaska, the Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card is called a Quest Card.(Courtesy of Food Bank of Alaska)“And the lady in HR was like, ‘Are you ok?’ And I was like, ‘You don’t know what this means to me.’ And she was like, ‘I was a single mom, too. I do know what this means to you,’” Gunderson said.There is one problem with SNAP that’s pretty specific to parts of rural Alaska. SNAP relies on existing food distribution chains, like stores, and is only now being piloted with online retailers in a few states. So what do you do if you live an in area with limited access to places that sell food? There’s a solution for that…Have ideas for solutions in your community? Things you want answers to? You can join the conversation by texting “hello” to 907-885-6055.last_img read more

Mars has roughly the same amount of water as Earths driest deserts

first_imgLast year, NASA provided evidence that water may still exist on the surface of Mars. This was based on an analysis of dark streaks on the Red Planet called recurring slope lineae (RSL). At the time, it looked like there may actually have been flowing salty water on these hillsides. NASA was pretty excited about it, and even told The Martian director Ridley Scott ahead of time. With more time to look at the RSL, NASA still thinks there’s water, but much less of it.NASA has been using the Mars Odyssey satellite to analyze the water content of the RSL. Odyssey has a handy instrument for this called the Thermal Emission Imaging System (THEMIS). The presence of water in the Martian soil affects how quickly the ground heats up during the day and cools at night. NASA analyzed several years of THEMIS readings from RSL in Valles Marineris canyon, finding that the likely water content by weight is 3%. That’s about the same water content as Earth’s Atacama Desert or the Antarctic Dry Valleys. Those are the driest places on the planet.The low water content of the soil makes it unlikely that any water is flowing down these Martian hillsides as originally hoped. The 2015 announcement was based on the presence of hydrated salts in the soil, and NASA scientists believe that’s still true. You can have hydrated salts without there being enough water to flow across the surface. The most likely explanation for the RSL is that salts in the soil are pulling water vapor out of the atmosphere. Thus, there’s no evidence for a large underground reservoir of water.There was hope following the initial announcement last year that there might be enough water on Mars to make human exploration more feasible. The alternative is bringing all the water the crew needs from Earth, which is expensive. For the time being, that looks like the best option. We’ve still got a few decades before NASA is ready to launch a manned Mars mission. A lot can happen in that time.last_img read more

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first_img 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 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 Related Content News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more 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 | 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 Technology | October 01, 2008 TomoTherapy Gets FDA Go Ahead for New RT Delivery Mode The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more News | Radiation Therapy | 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 Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD TomoTherapy reported that the FDA has granted 510(k) clearance for its radiation therapy technology, TomoDirect, designed to complement helical tomotherapy and faster treatment planning.TomoDirect was developed as a complement to helical TomoTherapy, with both modes utilizing the same binary multi-leaf collimator and CT-style gantry technology, and sharing a simple, consistent treatment planning and delivery process. The choice of which modality to use for a given case will depend on the nature of the tumor volume and surrounding organs at risk. TomoDirect allows clinicians to choose several discrete angles as well as the optimal modulation level required for delivery. It is expected to provide significant time savings in both the planning and delivery phases for several clinical scenarios, including whole breast irradiation and palliative treatments. In addition to the added capabilities offered by TomoDirect, the Hi·Art system’s treatment modes are being expanded to include 3D conformal delivery, thereby providing a comprehensive range of options for all clinical cases. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  News | 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 News | Radiation Oncology | July 31, 2019 Laura Dawson, M.D., FASTRO, Chosen as ASTRO President-elect The members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) elected four new officers to ASTRO’s Board of… read morelast_img read more

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