first_img Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Jacob Tremblay Joins Sequel To ‘The Shining’“Room” Oscar nominee Jacob Tremblay has joined the cast of “Dr. Sleep”, the upcoming big-screen adaptation to Stephen King’s sequel to “The Shining”. The B.C.-born actor will star alongside Ewan McGregor, who’ll portray the adult Danny Torrance, who was just a child in the original. “Dr. Sleep” is slated to hit theatres in 2020.Anna Paquin Joining ‘The Affair’Former “True Blood” star Anna Paquin will be joining Showtime drama “The Affair” for its fifth and final season. According to Deadline, the series will return after a major time jump, with Paquin to play Joanie Lockhart, the now-adult daughter of Cole and Alison. The season is reportedly set years in the future in “a climate-change ravaged Montauk,” where she must “piece together the truth about what happened to her mother and bringing the whole story full circle.”Christopher Plummer Is Bringing The ‘Knives Out’Veteran actor Christopher Plummer is in the works to join Rian Johnson’s murder mystery “Knives Out”. Plummer adds star power and talent to a movie not lacking any star power or talent. Chris Evans, Lakeith Stanfield, Michael Shannon and Jamie Lee Curtis are just a handful of the names involved in “Knives Out”.Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson Join ‘Hitman’s Bodyguard 2’Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson have signed on for a sequel to 2017’s “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” (which is currently in production). Salma Hayek will also return to the franchise.‘King Of The Jungle’Seth Rogen and Michael Keaton are set to star in the John McAfee’s dark comedy “King of the Jungle”. The movie will be directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa. It focuses on the wild true story of the creator of the McAfee Antivirus software, who cashed-in his fortune and moved to the jungle in Belize. Advertisement By ETCANADA.COM STAFFWelcome To The ‘Addams Family’It is not all that often such close friends get to work on the same project. That is exactly the case for Martin Short and Catherine O’Hara. The two Ontario natives will join the all-star cast of The “Addams Family” animated movie.“Catherine O’Hara and I are doing voices in the ‘Addams Family’ movie that is being done now. We insisted that we record together. Because we play husband and wife. So that is always beneficial,” Short told Metro. “Catherine is a life-long friend and co-worker so it comes with a very rich short-hand. So there’s an advantage to having us two together in the same room. Often you don’t get to meet the cast members.” Advertisement Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

SecretaryGeneral appoints first members of internal justice advisory unit for UN

8 April 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today approved the appointment of the first members of a new body that will advise on the first overhaul of the United Nations’ internal justice system in 60 years, as outlined by the General Assembly. The five-member Internal Justice Council will consist of a staff representative, a management representative and two distinguished external jurists, one nominated by the staff and one by management, all of whom were approved today. The fifth member, the chair, will be a distinguished juror chosen by these four.The two members nominated by staff, following a process inclusive of all staff unions, are Jenny Clift of Australia, a Vienna-based senior legal officer with the International Trade Law Division of the Office of Legal Affairs (OLA), and Geoffrey Robertson of the United Kingdom and Australia, who served as the first President of the UN Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL). The two members nominated by management are Maria Vicien-Milburn of Argentina, Director of the General Legal Division of the OLA, and Sinha Basnayake of Sri Lanka, who previously served in the same position and has since served the Organization in various advisory capacities on legal and administrative issues.The General Assembly decided to reshape the Organization’s justice system after a 2006 panel concluded that the administration of justice in the UN “fails to meet many basic standards of due process established in international human rights instruments.”In helping to redress that situation, the Internal Justice Council will advise the body on suitable candidates for the positions of judges on the future UN Dispute Tribunal and the UN Appeals Tribunal. Modelled on similar mechanisms at other international public organizations, it is also tasked with drafting a code of conduct for the judges, and for providing its views on the implementation of the new system to the Assembly. read more

Police fire teargas to disperse protesting fans in Dambulla

A tense situation developed between the police and protesting cricket fans and it was reported that some fans pelted stones at the police. The police fired tear-gas to disperse a group of protesting cricket fans near the Dambulla cricket stadium today.The fans blocked the streets and protested after not being able to enter the stadium to watch the match between Sri Lanka and Australia. The police then used water cannons and fired tear gas to disperse the protesters. Tickets for the ongoing one-day international series between Sri Lanka and Australia has been sold out resulting in many fans facing disappointment. (Colombo Gazette) read more

China offers to invest in Sri Lankas rubber industry

He said that he has been invited to visit China to have further discussions on this matter and he will be visiting China later this month for talks.The Ministry of Plantation Industries said that during the visit Sri Lanka and China will sign a Memorandum of Understanding related to the rubber industry. The Ministry of Plantation Industries said that Jinglei Han of the Foreign Affairs and Overseas Chinese Affairs Office in Hainan led the Chinese delegation at the talks. Dissanayake said that China is offering to invest heavily in the rubber industry and further discussions in this regard will be held this month. China has offered to invest in Sri Lanka’s rubber industry, Minister of Plantation Industries Navin Dissanayake told Parliament today.He said that a delegation from Hainan in China met him today and discussed investing in the rubber industry. After signing the agreement a rubber development zone is expected to be established in Sri Lanka, the Ministry of Plantation Industries said. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Series looks at latest developments in the study of language

Brock University’s Department of Applied Linguistics has been sharing the latest developments in their field of study with the Brock and Niagara communities for more than five years with its speaker series.“Language connects all of us, it is what makes us human, ” says Veena Dwivedi, associate professor and series co-ordinator. “These lectures are a way of furthering our knowledge and interest in studies related to language. It’s all about the exchange of ideas, and generating new ideas.”John ConnollyThe next talk in the ongoing series will be by a renowned neurolinguist who researches how people process the sounds of speech and ultimately comprehend the spoken word.John Connolly, the Senator Wm. McMaster Chair of Cognitive Neuroscience at McMaster University, will present his talk, “Applied Neurolinguistics: the nexus of speech processing, linguistics, and applied linguistics,” on Wednesday, Oct. 31 from 12 noon to 1 p.m. in Sankey Chamber.“His research looks at the brain-language connection,” says Dwivedi. “We’re lucky to have him coming to Brock to share his experiences and expertise with us.”Veena DwivediConnolly’s research includes applications to brain injury with reference to issues of consciousness related to the vegetative state, the locked-in syndrome and coma.“It is important to host these lectures to expose our students and the public to new ideas and new people,” she says. “As scholars, it is our goal to create knowledge in our discipline, and then to share that knowledge with the communities that we serve.”This event is free and open to the public. Everyone is welcome to attend.For more info, contact Veena Dwivedi at or 905-688-5550 x5389 read more

Week in Brussels – week ending Friday 28 November 2014

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Ohio State enters conference tournament as No 1 seed

The Ohio State field hockey team isn’t satisfied with a regular-season championship. On Saturday, the No. 5-ranked Buckeyes (15-3, 5-1 Big Ten) won a share of the Big Ten Championship, defeating Iowa 3-0. OSU split the Big Ten title with Michigan after both finished 5-1 in league play. It is the third time the OSU field hockey program has won the Big Ten Championship, with wins in 2001 and 2006. The celebration was short-lived, however, as OSU quickly shifted its attention to playing in the Big Ten Tournament. “It’s a new season, it’s postseason. We are 0-0 now,” junior back Jenn Sciulli said. OSU will be the No. 1 seed in the tournament because of its head-to-head win over Michigan on Oct. 22. The Buckeyes have a first-round bye and play the winner of Michigan State (14-4, 3-3 Big Ten) and Northwestern (11-8, 3-3 Big Ten) in the second round. “The bye will be good because we will have fresh legs for the semifinals,” Sciulli said. OSU enters the tournament as winner of nine straight games. The Buckeyes have out-scored opponents 39-4 and shut out five teams during the winning streak. “We have a lot of confidence right now,” junior co-captain Aisling Coyle said. “We are definitely playing our best (field) hockey, which is what you want heading into the tournament.” This year OSU will try to avoid another early exit from the tournament. In the 2009 Big Ten Tournament, OSU entered as the No. 2 seed only to be upset in the first round by Penn State, 2-1. “Penn State was ranked last and we were expected to beat them, so I think we were a little complacent,” Coyle said. “We’re not going to be complacent this year at all. We will take every game as it comes.” OSU coach Anne Wilkinson stressed the importance of keeping players focused and not becoming overconfident. “They know it’s important to play one game at a time and to not take any (of) your opponents lightly,” she said. “You know you have to play your best every game when it comes to tournament time.” OSU will play the winner of Michigan State and Northwestern in the semifinals Friday at noon. The Championship Game will be at 2 p.m. Sunday. Northwestern is hosting the tournament in Evanston, Ill. read more

An unexpected guest and a luminous river Leo ends St Patricks trip

first_img 56,560 Views Source: Ellen DeGeneres/Twitter Christina Finn reporting from ChicagoTHE TAOISEACH IS used to being the centre of attention in the US during the St Patrick’s Day celebrations.But he was somewhat overlooked yesterday when MMA fighter Conor McGregor arrived to march in the Chicago parade, which he led alongside the city’s mayor, Rahm Emanuel.Photographers and camera people crowded around McGregor as he put on a sash which had his name on it, and clenched his fist, posing in his fighter stance. The Taoiseach, who was left on the sidelines, later clarified that he was not aware that McGregor was attending the parade, stating that the MMA fighter wasn’t representing Ireland in the parade, he was.Some have dubbed it a PR gaffe, but the Irish-American contingent in Chicago are not happy one bit with how the parade played out.It’s become somewhat of a tradition for the Taoiseach to attend parades in the US, though it is usually in New York. Marching in the Chicago parade was a departure from the usual.Last year, chants of “Leo, Leo, Leo” could be heard, with Varadkar later telling the media he assumed those shouting his name were Irish people who were here on holiday.“I doubt I am that well-known here in America,” he joked at the time.There wasn’t so much of that this year, however, he has made a name for himself in the States this time around. Irish mixed martial artist Conor McGregor joins the St Patrick’s Day Parade in Chicago Source: Brian LawlessNotably, headlines in the international press were dominated this week by the Taoiseach’s breakfast meeting with Vice President Mike Pence. Pence, who has been criticised for his views and his legislative record on LGBT rights, told Varadkar last year that his partner, Matt Barrett, would be welcome at his official residence at this year’s St Patrick’s breakfast. And speaking at the event – which was open to press, in a departure from last year – the Taoiseach gave remarks noting that in modern day Ireland politicians were judged not by their sexual orientation, “skin tone, gender or religious beliefs” but by their actions.  Source: PA Wire/PA ImagesSpeaking in Chicago afterwards, Varadkar said that while he did not discuss his speech with Pence, they had a “good chat” about various issues.“Obviously we have very different views on social policy but I think the best way to manage these things is to engage with people,” he added.There’s no doubt he knew the significance of his speech before delivering it, but the Taoiseach might not have predicted the reaction. While the American people might not have known the name of Ireland’s ‘Tee-shuck’ (as Donald Trump pronounced it this week) they are more likely to know it now that US TV presenter Ellen Degeneres tweeted out a Buzzfeed article about the visit, stating: “Mike Pence met with Ireland’s openly gay PM and his boyfriend. This makes me very happy.” No Comments Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Leo Varadkar gives a thumbs up on the Chicago river as he ends his week in the US. Image: PA Wire/PA Images An unexpected guest and a luminous river: Leo ends St Patrick’s trip not being centre of attention Varadkar finished off the final leg of his US trip walking in the Chicago parade and taking a boat trip down the river. Mike Pence met with Ireland’s openly gay PM and his boyfriend. This makes me very happy.— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) March 15, 2019 By Christina Finn Image: PA Wire/PA Images But how does Matt feel about being thrusted into the limelight? We’re not sure, and either is the Taoiseach, telling the media yesterday that he hasn’t asked him.Varadkar says he wasn’t nervous about delivering the speech, stating that he just wanted to convey “Ireland’s values” to the vice president.The Taoiseach added that while his boyfriend doesn’t always like to be his “plus one” at official events, he was keen to accept the invite to breakfast at the Pences.  Source: PA Wire/PA ImagesLast year, the Taoiseach made the headlines back home for all the wrong reasons, when he went off script and joked at a Capitol Hill lunch about intervening on behalf of Donald Trump in order to stop a wind farm being built near Doonbeg.Today, Varadkar strolled down the streets of Chicago, flanked by secret service officers,  and last year’s gaffes seemed a million miles.Like the parade, where the attention was elsewhere other than the Taoiseach, a similar turn of events occurred at a packed-out dinner of over 1,000 Irish-American’s at the Irish Fellowship Club on Friday night. It was a rowdy event, with speakers, including the Taoiseach being drowned out by raucous crowd of Irish-Americans who were kicking of St Patrick’s Day a little early.Silence only prevailed when the priest gave his blessing, with jokes heard after about how he was giving them all a special dispensation for lent. During a speech at the Irish Fellowship Club dinner on Friday evening, Varadkar reiterated what he has been saying about Irish immigration all week. Taoiseach Leo Varadkar speaking at the Irish Fellowship Club Annual SPD Dinner at the Hilton Hotel in Chicago Source: PA Wire/PA ImagesHe said immigrants from all countries and religions have helped build the United States.“But sometimes as well they were scapegoats and blamed for things that went wrong just because of where they came from and because of their religion,” he added.“We saw an example of that in New Zealand.“For us in Ireland we believe the time has come for us to play a greater role in the world 100 years after independence. We really want to share our culture and share our identity.”Governor of Illinois J B Pritzker paid tribute to the Irish immigrants who travelled to US in the 1840s.“We would do well to remember those who immigrated to this country during the Irish potato famine, those who faced their share of prejudice and discrimination but persevered, taking the jobs that were available to them and working hard to build a better life for themselves and for their families.“There are Irish-American descendants who would go on to become our teachers, our nurses, our police officers, our firefighters and our presidents of the United States.“They educate our young and care for our sick, contributing to our culture and character as a nation.”Pritzker, who is a Democrat, pointed out that the Taoiseach is the son of an immigrant, adding that as long as he is governor, the State of Illinois will be a welcome place for all (a sly dig at Trump with that one).   Taoiseach Leo Varadkar during the St Patrick’s Day Parade in Chicago Source: PA Wire/PA ImagesThe final official engagement for the Taoiseach, after marching down the streets of Chicago, was a boat trip down the river, which, as is tradition, had been dyed a bright, bright green.There was a harpist, Galway Girl was playing in the background, as Irish-Americans, the Irish ambassador to the US, Dan Mulhall, Minister Michael Ring and Senators Michael McDowell and Ian Marshall joined the Taoiseach on board. Giving his final St Patrick’s Day speech of the trip, he reminded people of how important the US trip is to the serving Taoiseach, stating that many a world leader has asked him how they get access to the likes of US President Donald Trump, and politicians on the Hill. Varadkar said the tradition has been nurtured over the years, because it is an important relationship to keep up.So, how did Leo do on his second time around in the US as Taoiseach?One Irish politician commended the Taoiseach, stating that he had “played a blinder” this year. Though the same politician stated that Varadkar had made a mess of it last year. “Leo is finally getting it. He is seeing the value and importance of these events. He is now understanding that the smiles and a bit of plámásing to the Irish-Americans is needed. Enda knew it, and he did it very well. Leo is starting to understand how it is done, and that was clear on this trip,” they said.  Mar 17th 2019, 12:16 AM Leo Varadkar gives a thumbs up on the Chicago river as he ends his week in the US. Saturday 16 Mar 2019, 11:30 PM Share515 Tweet Email1 last_img read more

NouvelleZélande des milliers de manchots victimes de la Niña

first_imgNouvelle-Zélande : des milliers de manchots victimes de la NiñaPhénomène climatique ayant provoqué de nombreuses inondations et une chute de la température de l’eau dans le centre et l’est de l’océan Pacifique, la Niña a également causé la mort de milliers de manchots, victimes de la faim.Les bouleversements climatiques engendrés par le phénomène la Niña ont entrainé sur leur passage d’autres changements catastrophiques sur l’écosystème. En effet, les évolutions climatiques ont été telles qu’elles ont provoqué la diminution des stocks de “baitfish”, un poisson argenté, nourriture principale des petits manchots bleus, considérés comme la plus petite espèce de manchots au monde. Localisés sur le littoral de Nouvelle-Zélande, les manchots bleus sont les premières victimes de ces bouleversements climatiques. Faute de pouvoir se nourrir, ils connaissent la famine. Affaiblis, ils sont des milliers a s’être finalement éteints.Aujourd’hui, la situation est de plus en plus grave et des milliers de manchots sont en danger. “Beaucoup d’oisillons sont morts de faim avant que nous ayons pu les secourir, ensuite les adultes commencent aussi à souffrir et deviennent trop maigres pour résister à la mue de leurs plumes. On a sans doute perdu cette année 80 à 90% des oisillons”, a confié à l’AFP Shirleen Helps, une habitante de Christchurch qui a recueilli l’un des manchots pour lui venir en aide. À lire aussiManchot Adélie : une “supercolonie” découverte en AntarctiqueC’est la chute brutale de la température de l’eau dans le centre et l’est de l’océan Pacifique due au phénomène climatique la Niña qui a mené à cette situation. Au-delà des milliers de manchots morts de faim, la Niña pourrait également être la cause des inondations en Australie et de la sécheresse en Afrique de l’Est et sur la côte ouest de l’Amérique du Sud. Autre conséquence de la Niña, cette dernière “empêche la circulation des eaux ce qui complique la recherche de nourriture pour les oiseaux. Ceux qui se nourrissent de poissons doivent se battre pour survivre”, a indiqué Kate Mcinnes, vétérinaire. Un constat qui a pu être vérifié après que des manchots ont été autopsiés. Sur 18 manchots retrouvés morts sur les côtes néo-zélandaises, tous n’avait rien mangé depuis plusieurs jours. Ils avaient le ventre vide.  Une situation alarmante à laquelle le refuge de Christchurch tente de trouver des solutions en accueillant les manchots encore en vie. Ces derniers ne seront relâchés dans leur milieu naturel qu’une fois qu’ils auront repris des forces. Le 28 mai 2011 à 20:14 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Le Japon sapprête à reprendre la pêche à la baleine

first_imgLe Japon s’apprête à reprendre la pêche à la baleineLe Japon s’apprête à lancer dans les semaines à venir sa campagne annuelle de pêche à la baleine dans l’Antarctique. Le ministre de la Pêche a également annoncé un renforcement des mesures de lutte contre les défenseurs des cétacés qui harcèlent les bateaux japonais. Les défenseurs des baleines vont de nouveau avoir fort à faire dans les prochaines semaines voire mois. Mardi, le ministre de la Pêche japonais Michihiko Kano a annoncé que le pays s’apprêtait à lancer sa campagne annuelle de pêche à la baleine. Une pratique contre laquelle plusieurs associations dont Sea Shepherd s’évertuent à lutter depuis des mois. À lire aussiCes 18 animaux méconnus à l’aspect étonnant pourraient disparaître avant vousEn effet, en février dernier, Tokyo avait pour la première fois dû écourter d’un mois sa campagne baleinière dans l’Antarctique, après n’avoir totalisé qu’un cinquième des prises espérées. Il avait alors mis la faute sur l’association Sea Shepherd qui avait dépêché plusieurs bateaux pour harceler la flotte baleinière, jetant des bombes puantes sur les ponts des navires nippons, bloquant leurs hélices à l’aide de cordes et se plaçant entre les vaisseaux japonais et leurs proies.Peu après le retour de cette mission, le Japon avait annoncé qu’il allait étudier l’opportunité de poursuivre ou non la pêche scientifique à la baleine, une pratique tolérée par la Commission baleinière internationale (CBI) qui interdit en revanche toute prise commerciale de cétacés. Malheureusement, le harcèlement ne semble donc pas avoir eu d’effet durable tandis que Mishihiko Kano a indiqué que des mesures seraient prises pendant la prochaine campagne pour renforcer la sécurité des bateaux menacés par les défenseurs de cétacés. “Le Japon va conduire sa campagne de recherche sur les baleines en renforçant les mesures contre les actes de sabotage, ce qui inclura le déploiement de navires d’escorte”, a annoncé le ministre de l’Agriculture, des Forêts et de la Pêche cité par l’AFP. Une pêche commerciale cachée ? Selon les protecteurs des baleines, la chasse scientifique du cétacé n’est en fait qu’une pêche commerciale déguisée. Une hypothèse qui ne peut être totalement rejetée alors que le Japon énonce clairement son intention de reprendre un jour la pêche marchande de baleines. “A cette fin, nous devons continuer la recherche scientifique”, a souligné M. Kano. En juillet, Paul Watson, le dirigeant de Sea Sheperd expliquait ainsi à l’AFP qu’il continuerait de harceler les baleiniers japonais s’ils décidaient de retourner dans l’Antarctique.Le 4 octobre 2011 à 19:02 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

La sécheresse de lAfrique de lEst due aux océans

first_imgLa sécheresse de l’Afrique de l’Est due aux océans ?Il y a deux millions d’années, les températures des océans Indien et Pacifique ont varié autour de l’Equateur. Selon une nouvelle étude, ces changements climatiques auraient pu assécher les territoires d’Afrique de l’Est.Le mystère de la sécheresse observée en Afrique de l’Est serait-il résolu ? D’après les résultats d’une étude présentée cette semaine lors du sommet annuel de l’Association Américaine pour l’Avancement des Sciences (AAAS), les vastes plaines arides de ces régions serait due aux grandes différences de températures entre les océans Indien et Pacifique il y a deux millions d’années. En effet, celles-ci auraient modifié les régimes de précipitations et auraient par là-même asséché l’Afrique de l’Est, en remplaçant les forêts par des plaines et en conduisant à l’explosion du nombre d’espèces de pâturage dans la région, selon l’étude. De nombreuses hypothèses avaient été faites par des scientifiques pour expliquer cette métamorphose du territoire et du climat de l’Afrique de l’est : le refroidissement de l’Océan Nord Atlantique, la diminution des concentrations atmosphériques de dioxyde de carbone (CO2) ou encore l’augmentation de l’activité volcanique. Ces phénomènes auraient tous pu y modifier les régimes de précipitation mais le changement a été beaucoup trop considérable pour que ceux-ci en soient à l’origine, d’après l’article publié dans le magazine Science. Pour arriver à la nouvelle hypothèse, Peter deMenocal et une équipe de chercheurs, ont examiné les températures à la surface de la mer dans l’Océan Indien de l’ouest et de l’est, et les ont comparées avec les températures de l’Océan Pacifique de l’époque. Les températures de l’océan Indien étaient relativement uniformes pour la période antérieure à deux millions d’années, oscillant entre 27 et 28°C mais après, l’Océan Indien de l’est s’est réchauffé jusqu’à 28 à 29°C alors même que l’Océan Indien de l’ouest s’est refroidi jusqu’à 25°C. Une étude qui soulève d’autres questions À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Les chercheurs ont observé un phénomène similaire dans l’Océan pacifique, l’ouest Pacifique s’étant réchauffé à la même période, tandis que l’est Pacifique se refroidissait. Or, ces changement coïncident avec la modification des fameux régimes de précipitations. Mais une fois que ces gradients ont disparu, les précipitations ont de nouveau augmenté en Afrique de l’Est. Les gradients climatiques seraient donc bien à l’origine des changements observés. Toutefois, une question demeure : “Quelque chose s’est passé il y a deux millions d’années. Et la question est : qu’est-ce qui en a été le moteur principal ?”, s’interroge Andrew Weaver, scientifique climatique de l’Université de Victoria au Canada non impliqué dans les recherches mais cité par Actualités-news-environnement.Le 23 février 2012 à 14:24 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

McDonald’s Turns Billboards Into Bee Hotels

first_img Sweden had everyone buzzing this spring with its launch of the “world’s smallest McDonald’s”—a miniature replica of the golden arches that doubles as a beehive.Now, the most sustainable country on the planet is offering insects somewhere to lay their head after a big meal.McDonald’s restaurants are replacing regular roadside billboards with signs that double as “bee hotels.”Without pollination from bees, one-third of our food would be threatened, according to the fast-food chain, which already promotes biodiversity with rooftop beehives at some of their franchises.“It is estimated that 30 percent of Sweden’s wild bees are threatened,” the company said. “A big problem is that they lack places to rest.”Enter bee hotels: Permanent wood installations with drilled holes in the customizable copy that provide a safe haven for wild bees and other insects.Happen to be driving through the Stockholm suburb of Järfälla? Keep an eye out for six large bee hotels mounted on the backside of a north-facing billboard.McDonald’s—also collaborating with outdoor advertising firm JCDecaux to create habitats for bees on the back of unused billboards—hopes to scale up this initiative in the spring of 2020.“The survival of bees is an important issue for society as a whole. That we can use our signs for a good cause feels great,” Henrik Nerell, environmental manager at McDonald’s in Sweden, said in a statement.“The initiative, which has sprung from our franchisees’ personal commitment to the issue, has been made possible in collaboration with JCDecaux and we are proud and excited to welcome our flying guests soon as they move into our bee hotels,” he added.There is no word on whether the project will expand outside the Europeon Union—the second biggest producer of honey after China.Bees are most comfortable if their nests are in a south facing position (via McDonald’s)In May, McDonald’s opened the first so-called McHive, featuring two drive-thru windows, a patio and outdoor seating, sleek wood panelling, and advertisements on the windows.But instead of serving burgers and fries to fast-food fans, it is a fully functioning beehive for thousands of insects, built by Swedish creative agency NORD DDB.For much of the past decade, beekeepers—primarily in the United States and Europe—have been reporting annual hive losses of 30 percent or higher, substantially more than is considered normal or sustainable. In fact, one in four wild bee species in the US is at risk of extinction.Widespread use of pesticides, neonicotinoids and GMOs, loss of habitat, and climate change are just some of the threats to bee species.More on Motors Creates Buzz As It Enters Honey BusinessSan Diego Padres Criticized for Needless Bee MurdersNYPD Removes 25,000 Bees From Staten Island Ferry Terminal McDonald’s Plans to Serve AI Voice Technology at Drive ThruWorld’s Smallest McDonald’s Is Now Open (And It’s for … Stay on targetlast_img read more

Final 2/8 WWE RAW rating, show increases in overall viewers

first_img This week’s 2/8 WWE RAW drew a 2.65 cable rating with an average audience of 3.73 million viewers on Monday night. The first hour drew 3.91 million viewers, the second hour drew 3.90 million viewers and the third hour featuring the Daniel Bryan retirement speech drew 3.37 million viewers to close out the night.This is up from last week’s 2.38 cable rating with an average of 3.38 million viewers.RAW averaged a 1.7 rating among adults 18-49 on Monday night.Source:, Pinterest Google+ Facebook Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsAppcenter_img 2/8 NXT Live Results: Poughkeepsie and St. Petersburg (Tag Match, Dream vs. Gargano) 2/8 WWE Live Results: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada (Strowman vs. Corbin, EC3 in action) Twitter Impact Highlights: New Tag Team Champions, Callihan vs. Puma, Tag Matchlast_img read more

CES 2019 The Withings Move fitness watch has ECG for 130

first_imgCES 2019: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show. CES schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. Now playing: Watch this: Withings The year of electrocardiogram tech is underway. You didn’t think it would just be the Apple Watch, did you? Withings’ newest fitness watch, the Move, was announced at CES 2019 in Las Vegas. It has the ability to take electrocardiograms, a chart of your heartbeat often abbreviated to EKG or ECG. It’s also a regular-looking analog watch — and at $130, it’s about a third the cost of an Apple Watch S4. (Converted, that’s about £100 or AU$95.) Withings makes a number of health and wearable devices, including blood pressure cuffs. The Move ECG is the company’s first watch that’s supposed to be able to check for atrial fibrillation. It’s expected in Q2 of this year, pending FDA and CE clearance. 1:10 CES 2019 85 Photos Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors See also Tags Wearable Tech Post a comment Withings adds ECG to its newest watches and blood pressure… reading • CES 2019: The Withings Move fitness watch has ECG for $130 •center_img Apple Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it CES Products Fitness Apple 0 Share your voice A version of the Move without ECG and heart rate is available now for $70, but only ships to the US, Canada and Mexico.Nokia acquired French health technology company Withings in 2016 and rebranded it as Nokia Health. The company was bought back by Withings’ co-founder in 2018, however. To be clear, lower-cost ECG devices have been available before the Apple Watch. AliveCor’s KardiaBand ECG watch band for the Apple Watch debuted at the end of 2017. But the Move ECG looks like one of the most promising signs that ECG tech could start entering more affordable fitness wearables this year. withings-bpm-coreThe Withings BPM Core blood pressure cuff also includes ECG measurements. Withings Withings is also putting ECG into its newest blood pressure cuff, the Withings BPM Core, which combines standard cuff-based blood pressure measurement with an ECG sensor and a digital stethoscope that promises to measure for heart valve health. The $250 BPM Core is also under review for FDA and CE clearance, with the same Q2 targeted release date. Over-the-air wireless charging will come to the smartphone Samsung’s CES 2019 robots just want to give you a helping hand The weirdest, wackiest products from the show See all our CES coverage Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 The Move ECG looks like an evolution of the Withings Steel fitness watches that have been available for years, minus the Steel HR’s optical heart-rate monitoring and LED display. Instead, the Move ECG leans on analog dials to show fitness and step tracking. You tell it to take an ECG by touching the sides of the steel bezel, and it shows results on your phone through the connected app. The watch is water-resistant to 50 meters, measures steps and sleep, tracks elevation and has a one-year battery life (it’s not clear if the watch has a replaceable battery or recharges, but it might be the former). Like previous Withings watches, it also connects with Apple Health and Google Fit. See All All the cool new gadgets at CES 2019last_img read more

Star Trek Discovery Finds Life Michael but Not as We Know It

first_imgStay on target ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ S2 Finale Recap: When No One Has Gone Before’Star Trek: Discovery’ Season 2, Ep 13 Recap: Tearful Preparations By now, Star Trek: Discovery has proven its Star Trek cred. It’s had some bad episodes, it’s had some great ones, but for most of the way through, it’s felt like Star Trek. Its best episodes have felt like some combination of The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine. Even with two episodes focusing on Harry Mudd, last night’s was the first time it really felt like the original Star Trek. It had all the ingredients: An unexplored planet, a strange new alien race and a crewmember who starts acting weird after exposure to said alien race. It even had an awkwardly placed romantic subplot. It doesn’t get more Star Trek than that.The episode starts with a pretty awesome space battle, even if it does end poorly for the Federation. We learn that Kol has been giving cloaking technology to any Klingon house that swears fealty to him. That means the Klingons can appear out of nowhere and attack a bunch of Federation vessels at once. Suddenly, the war isn’t going so well for the Federation. I get why Star Trek: Discovery chose to focus on a ship that necessarily has to be kept away from the front lines in a war. It allows the show to have its big serialized war story, and shove it into the background when it wants to have some classic Trek exploratory sci-fi fun. For the most part, it works. It allows for a grand scale with high stakes as well as the occasional standalone episode. The problem comes when we have to be told how the war is going. We can’t follow it on the show, so it just feels like the Federation is winning one week and losing the next. This week, they’re losing.Shazad Latif, Sonequa Martin-Green, Doug Jones (Photo via CBS)To combat the Klingons’ newfound invisibility powers, the Discovery has sent Burnham, Tyler and Saru to the planet Pahvo. They want to investigate a naturally occurring crystal structure that’s broadcasting a strange signal into space. If they can harness its frequency, they can detect the cloaked Klingon ships. Right away, the importance of the mission is clear, which turns an episode of walking around and talking to trees into a genuinely fascinating hour of Star Trek. Shortly after landing on the planet, they discover that the entire thing is alive. Everything is part of a sentient collective species, which means it falls to Saru to try and build a vocabulary with the Pahvons to speak with them. It’s a tough, tiring process as Saru’s incredibly sensitive ears are constantly bombarded with noise on this planet. This is the first episode to really delve into the fact that Saru’s species is prey on his planet, and what that means when he’s put into an alien environment. Here, it means he’s never experienced a moment’s peace and it’s even worse on Pahvo.He begs the Pahvons to make it stop for just one moment. They enter his mind, learn everything about the war and his past, and he’s suddenly at peace for the first time in his life. Doug Jones plays the abrupt change very well. You know something is wrong the minute he walks into the landing party’s shelter claiming he’s contacted the Discovery. He’s unsettlingly calm. When he breaks Tyler and Burnham communicators, it’s not a surprise. We all saw that coming. It’s much more interesting to figure out why he’s suddenly behaving that way. The Pahvons aren’t evil. They are peaceful to a fault. They desperately want to meet other species, which is why they built that giant crystal transmitter in the first place. Burnham goes forward with the mission, modifying the crystal transmitter and letting the Discovery know where they are. The fight between Burnham and Saru looks… hokey. There have been better fight scenes in this series, but it thankfully doesn’t last long. Hey, it’s certainly not the worst-looking fight Star Trek’s ever had. I think that title still belongs to Kirk vs. Gorn from the original series. (Much like this one, it was a great episode, but a terrible fight.)Shazad Latif, Sonequa Martin-Green (Photo via CBS)I liked that Saru wasn’t acting under the Pahvons’ control. It would have been easy for the series to go the sinister alien route. Instead, Saru’s actions were entirely self-motivated. This is what happens when you give a moment’s peace to a person who’s never had that. He goes to extreme lengths to protect it. It’s an interesting exploration of Saru’s character, and Star Trek: Discovery pulled it off well. The Pahvon’s truly are peaceful, even to their detriment. Along with being a truly Trek-like exploration episode, it also set us up for an incredible midseason finale. The Pahvons’ dedication to peace makes them think if the Federation and Klingons could just be in the same place and talk to each other, the war will end. I think we all know that’s not going to work. After the modification, the Pahvon’s send a signal to Kol’s ship, arranging a meeting between it and the Discovery. If nothing else, it sounds like we’ll head into the show’s winter break on a seriously explosive note.Even the Klingon scenes were some of the best Star Trek: Discovery has had so far. That’s not saying much, but it’s an accomplishment. Yes, they still talk unbearably slow, but the show has figured out not to have entire scenes of monologues from them. That’s what really killed the momentum of those early episodes. The Klingon scenes are all fairly snappy by this show’s standards. It certainly helps that some dramatic and interesting things happen in them. L’Rell arrives on Kol’s ship, asking to be allowed to join him. She heard he’d captured Admiral Cornwell and wants to be the one to interrogate her. Kol allows it, and L’Rell soon finds herself alone with Cornwell. It’s not clear at this point exactly what her plans are. She hates Kol and wants revenge for how he led the mutiny against Voq. She offers to defect to the Federation, but we know that’s not her real plan.Mary Wiseman, Anthony Rapp (Photo via CBS)Not that it matters much anyway. She and Cornwell try to escape, but Kol sees them. To save face, L’Rell apparently kills Cornwell. It’s an odd and sudden death for a character who seemed so important. This show doesn’t have the best track record when it comes to making big deaths land, but this feels especially out of nowhere. I still think we’ll see Cornwell wake up in the Klingon corpse room at some point during next week’s midseason finale. Whatever L’Rell’s plan is, it fails anyway. Kol sees through her lies of fealty and has her taken prisoner. I’m sure this will all be important when Kol and Lorca meet in next week’s battle, but it’s unclear how at this point. It doesn’t make for a super satisfying collection of scenes this episode, but it sure sets up some explosive possibilities for the next one. I also hope they address what’s going on with Stamets more. He and Tilly only got one short scene together, and I really wanted more. For now, it appears Stamets is guiding the ship is bringing him out of step with time. Thanks to that, we got a nice little bit of foreshadowing when he calls Tilly “Captain.” That’s exciting. For an episode that felt a lot like a throwback to the original Star Trek, this one certainly set up a lot of cool stuff for the future. Now I just hope they can capitalize on it.center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Netflix Reveals 2018s MostBinged Movies and TV Shows

first_imgStay on target After 12 months of intense binge-watching, Netflix’s most-streamed movies and TV shows of the year results are in.On Tuesday, Netflix released its 2018 most-binged movies and TV shows roundup in a press release. In this annual list, Netflix shared the top movies, TV shows, and stars of the year.  Notable flicks that made the list included hip-hop drama Roxanne Roxanne, crime thriller series Making a Murderer: Part 2, and the chilling paranormal show The Haunting of Hill House. According to Netflix, true investigations, chilling ghosts, and ’90s nostalgia kept people glued to their screens in 2018.‘To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before’ (Photo Credit: Masha Weisberg/Netflix)There are many films on Netflix, and this year’s results showed that viewers re-watched a lot of drama and romance flicks. From January 1 to November 28, teen romantic comedies The Kissing Booth and To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before stole the top two spots on, “The Movies We Fell in Love with This Year.” Almost 50 percent of Netflix streamers re-watched those two films, while Roxanne Roxanne, a Sundance movie about the life of American musician and rapper Roxanne Shante, stole the third spot on the list.Audiences also binge-watched many Netflix original TV shows in 2018, with criminal investigations, angsty adolescence, and strong friendships stealing the most screen time. On My Block, a series about a group of streetwise teens growing up in Los Angeles, took the top spot for, “The Shows We Fell in Binge With This Year.” Making a Murderer: Part 2 and 13 Reasons Why: Season 2 stole the second and third spots, respectively. Other series that placed in the top 10 spots included The Haunting of Hill House (No. 7) and Bodyguard (No.5).See the full stats below for other TV shows and stars that were most-loved by Netflix enthusiasts in 2018.The Shows We Fell in Binge with This Year:On My BlockMaking a Murderer: Part 213 Reasons Why: Season 2Last Chance U: INDYBodyguardFastest CarThe Haunting of Hill HouseAnne with an E: Season 2InsatiableOrange Is the New Black: Season 6The Stars We Fell in Love with This Year:The Fab Five (Queer Eye)Lana Condor (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before)Joel Courtney (The Kissing Booth)Miguel Herrán (Elite / La Casa de Papel)Jaime Lorente Lopez (Elite/ La Casa de Papel)Maria Pedraza (Elite/ La Casa de Papel)Noah Centineo (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, Sierra Burgess is a Loser)Joey King (The Kissing Booth)Hannah Gadsby (Nanette)Kiernan Shipka (Chilling Adventures of Sabrina)<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><em><strong>More on</strong></em></p><div class=”row collapse”><div id=”lazy-2″ class=”column hide-for-xlarge-up in-content-lazy”></div></div><ul><li><a href=”” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>&#8216;The Umbrella Academy&#8217; Superhero Series Is Coming to Netflix Next Year</a></li><li><a href=”” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>&#8216;Daredevil&#8217; Cancelled, Marvel Netflix Turns to Ash</a></li><li><a href=”” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>Here&#8217;s Everything Coming to Netflix in December 2018</a></li></ul><p> Vintage Shelf: Spike Lee Brings the Heat in ‘Do The Right Thing…Top Movie and TV Trailers You Might Have Missed This Week last_img read more

Lolita Chatterjee breathes her last at 81

first_imgKolkata: Veteran Bengali film actor Lolita Chatterjee (Runu) passed away at a city nursing home on Wednesday. She was 81. Condoling her death, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee tweeted: “Saddened at the passing away of veteran film actress Lolita Chatterjee. My condolences to her family, friends and admirers.”Chatterjee, popularly known by her nickname Runu, acted opposite Uttam Kumar in Bibhas in 1964, in her inaugural debut. She had acted in Jay Jayanti against Uttam Kumar as well. In the 1970s, she moved to Mumbai and had acted with Rajesh Khanna, Mumtaz and Sharmila Tagore in Aap Ki Kasam, Victoria no. 203 and Talaash. She came back to Kolkata and joined jatra.In 2013, she acted in Gautam Ghosh’s Shunyo Awnko and played the lead role in Aditya Vikram Sengupta’s Jonaki.last_img read more

Jakarta takes an initiative to bind India and Indonesia

first_imgJakarta – The Ministry of Tourism of Republic of Indonesia (MoTRI) is actively promoting Indonesia in the Indian tourism market through a sales mission (tourism roadshow) in India.The roadshow held in Mumbai on August 14 and New Delhi on August 17. Besides, it will be organised on Hyderabad on August 27. The event aims at increasing more transaction of tour packages between the Indonesian and Indian tourism Industry through B2B (table top) meetings. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfFurthermore, Badung – a region with the maximum tourism activities in Bali, will also hold a sales mission in conjunction with the Ministry of Tourism of Indonesia in the cities of Chandigarh on August 20, Jaipur on August 22, Lucknow on August 23 and Kolkata on August 24. “These activities are meant to convey the importance we place on the Indian market,” said Sigit Witjaksono, Director of Promotion for South and Central Asia, the Middle East and Africa, Ministry of the Tourism Republic of Indonesia. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe Indian market bound for Indonesia has been skyrocketing in the last couple of years. In term of visitors, the number of Indian visits is increasing YOY. From January to July 2018 there were more than 340,000 Indian visitors to Indonesia as compared to the same period in 2017. This huge growth, however, leaves more to be desired. “We are not satisfied by merely good organic growth, we need to challenge ourselves and raise the bar,” remarked Nia Niscaya the Deputy Minister of Tourism Marketing, Ministry of Tourism of the Republic of Indonesia. “For 2018, the Minister has set 700,000 visits as the target for the Indian market and that’s a huge 40% target increase from 2017’s,” added Niscaya. To answer this challenge, the Ministry is taking additional steps in order to ensure the target can be attained by the end of 2018. An effective way is to conduct joint promotion activities with big names in the tourism industry. For India, the MoTRI will start this joint promotion with big names in the Indian tourism business and one of them is MakeMyTrip.last_img read more

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first_img News | Brachytherapy Systems, Women’s Healthcare | October 31, 2017 Cleveland Clinic Leads Development of New Guidelines for Radiation in Breast Cancer October 31, 2017 — Cleveland Clinic researcher Chirag Shah, M.D., recently led the development of updated guidelines read more News | Radiation Oncology | February 01, 2018 ​ITN Celebrates World Cancer Day 2018 World Cancer Day takes place annually on Feb. read more News | Women’s Health | November 14, 2018 Merit Medical Completes Acquisition of Cianna Medical Disposable device manufacturer Merit Medical Systems Inc. announced the closing of a definitive merger agreement to… read more Feature | July 22, 2009 | Cristen C. Bolan Partial Breast Irradiation Gets Faster New techniques in PBI add speed and precision. Women may sometimes choose a mastectomy over radiation therapy because either they cannot meet the daily demands of a five to seven-week radiation treatment schedule or they fear recurrence and feel a mastectomy is a safer choice.However, a recent study presented at the 2009 American Society of Clinical Oncology found that partial-breast irradiation (PBI) offers the same reduction in recurrence as whole-breast irradiation.The hope is that recent advances in PBI, such as intraoperative radiotherapy (IORT), intracavitary brachytherapy (MammoSite), or 3D conformal/external beam radiotherapy, will demonstrate both that PBI reduces recurrence after lumpectomy and shortens radiation treatment length.Partial vs. Whole-Breast IrradiationCan PBI match up to whole-breast irradiation? Many investigators are searching for the answer to that question by testing new technologies and approaches to delivering this type of irradiation. In a study presented at the 2009 American Society of Clinical Oncology Annual Meeting, researchers found that partial breast irradiation does not jeopardize survival and may be used as an alternative to whole breast radiation.1The purpose of the study was to compare treatment outcomes in patients with breast cancer treated with PBI and of those treated with whole-breast radiation therapy. The primary outcome was overall survival and secondary outcomes were locoregional, distant and supraclavicular recurrences. Dr. A. Valachis, lead investigator, and the team conducted a systematic review of published meta-analysis of randomized clinical trials comparing PBI versus whole breast radiation therapy. They identified three trials with a pooled total of 1,140 patients and found there was no statistically significant difference between partial and whole breast radiation arms associated with, distant metastasis or supraclavicular recurrences. However, PBI was statistically significantly associated with an increased risk of both local and regional disease recurrences compared with whole breast radiation. They concluded: “partial breast irradiation does not jeopardize survival and may be used as an alternative to whole breast radiation. Nevertheless, the issue of locoregional recurrence needs to be further addressed.” Intracavitary BrachytherapyOne of the leading PBI solutions that holds promise when compared to whole-breast irradiation is the MammoSite 5-Day Targeted Radiation Therapy, which is breast brachytherapy for treatment of breast cancer.A MammoSite catheter with a balloon at the tip is temporarily implanted into the breast zone where the tumor was removed. After the lumpectomy radioactive seeds are fed through the catheter and are temporarily implanted into the tumor site. The benefit here is that the radioactive seeds are directly and immediately placed into the lumpectomy cavity. Brachytherapy radiation treatment can be completed in as little as five days, whereas traditional radiation therapy after a lumpectomy can take as long as seven weeks. The rapid completion of brachytherapy can also enable patient to receive chemotherapy sooner, if necessary. “The clinical advantages of delivering treatment with MammoSite on a five-day radiation therapy schedule, include: targeted radiation, which limits healthy tissue from exposure; there are no side effects associated with whole breast radiation; and it’s completed in a shorter period of time; five days versus six to seven weeks,” said Greg Amante, marketing manager, MammoSite.While there is no clinical data demonstrating that the MammoSite system is more efficacious than external beam radiation, Amante explains, “It is not more efficacious but equivalent to whole breast external radiation therapy at the five-year mark from a recurrence rate standpoint.” In a study to determine whether MammoSite provides effective treatment for women with early-stage disease, “Partial-Breast Irradiation Therapy With MammoSite Appears to Offer Similar Results as Whole-Breast Irradiation Therapy,”2 Dr. F. Vicin, et al, found that lumpectomy followed by whole-breast irradiation is as effective as mastectomy in treating women with early-stage breast cancer. Amante added that MammoSite’s system compared to other available breast brachytherapy treatments has “the longest term outcomes data available — five years published from FDA trial; the largest compilation of patient follow-up — 1,440 women enrolled in the ASBS MammoSite registry study; and over 50,000 women have been treated since 2002.”While balloon brachytherapy, consisting of one catheter attached to a balloon inserted through a single-entry point, is easier to perform than interstitial brachytherapy, involving 15-20 catheters individually inserted in the breast, not everyone is a candidate for it. Patients who receive balloon brachytherapy should have a seroma still present and spherical in nature. This leaves many women ineligible for treatment with the balloon.Another approach is to use a single-entry, multicatheter applicator. The SAVI device can treat women with cavities as small as 5-10 cc. Before SAVI, these women would have had far fewer options for breast brachytherapy and may have been forced to choose whole breast irradiation. Physicians can customize radiation based on the size and shape of the cavity to deliver radiation with precision to the cancerous site, avoiding critical structures like the skin, chest wall or lungs. This technique broadens the pool of candidates who are eligible for breast brachytherapy.Faster Delivery of PBIFast is better in the case of radiation dose delivery, as long as accuracy is not compromised. With accelerated, partial breast irradiation (APBI), the goal is to shorten the treatment time, while using a less invasive, more focused treatment without compromising survival.In fact, APBI can shorten treatment times from the six to seven weeks to between one and five days. It also narrows the treatment area from the entire breast to the area of the breast immediately around the lumpectomy site, where most cancers are likely to recur. APBI has been used in limited trials in several hundred patients over the last 10 years. Recent trials showed that in properly selected breast cancer patients — generally women with a small tumor, clear surgical margins after a lumpectomy, and preferably no lymph nodes containing cancer — APBI worked just as well as whole breast radiotherapy. In these early studies, investigators performed interstitial brachytherapy, but newer techniques may provide the same efficacy while delivering radiation in a faster and more convenient manner. In an IRB approved clinical trial currently underway at Stanford University Medical Center, led by Dr. Frederick Dirbas, assistant professor of surgery, and by Dr. Donald Goffinet, professor of radiation oncology, investigators are using three new approaches for APBI.3 These three approaches are: intraoperative radiotherapy (IORT), which takes one day, intracavitary brachytherapy (MammoSite), a five-day process, and 3D conformal/external beam radiotherapy, also lasting five days.Intraoperative RadiotherapyIntraoperative radiotherapy (IORT) is one of three approaches used for accelerated, partial breast irradiation at Stanford, as the treatment potentially reduces the time required for radiation therapy by delivering it immediately during surgery before any remaining cancer cells have a chance to grow. A new technology from Xoft Inc. uses a skin and surface treatment applicator with the Axxent Electronic Brachytherapy (eBx) system to deliver surface brachytherapy, including intraoperative radiation therapy (IORT). IORT, utilizing the Axxent system’s miniaturized X-ray source that can deliver localized and targeted radiation treatment, is designed to minimize radiation exposure to surrounding healthy tissue and enables physicians and treating professionals to remain in the operating room with the patient. “The Axxent is 510(k) cleared as a surface applicator for intraoperativer breast lumpectomy. It is used for delivering a single shot of radiation in the surface for skin cancer that is shallow, well-defined and less 5 cm in diameter,” explained Randall W. Holt, Ph.D., clinical director of medical physics for Xoft.One of the advantages of intraoperative treatment over traditional brachytherapy is that it potentially reduces the time required for radiation therapy by delivering it immediately during surgery before any remaining cancer cells have a chance to grow. “The long-term goal is to show it’s more effective than five-day treatment regimen compared to standard boost. In cases of previous radiation and recurrent cancer, where there is no further option, this could be effective,” said Holt. According to Holt, in a current study in Europe, doctors are using similar technology on 1,200 patients. The protocol in the study is to use the intraoperative treatment instead of using a follow-up boost. “The standard protocol is to give 20 Gy to the surface of balloon, then five weeks of postoperative boosts. Early results show the IORT method appears to be somewhat better in terms of patient outcomesfive-year recurrence rate 4.2 percent,” noted Holt. “The 50kv trial only had a three-and-a-half-year of follow-up, but projected patient outcomes at a five-year rate of recurrence of 2.5 percent.”The method is also clinically practical as treatment can be performed without the need for a shielded room, allowing the radiation oncologist and other medical personnel to be present during treatment delivery.“It’s very easy for us to shield the surrounding staff and patient because we are just using 50 Kv. One of the biggest issues is that anesthesiologists need to leave room to avoid getting exposed to radiation, but with Axxent this is not necessary since [it is] using a lower energy,” Holt said. “Compared to higher energies such as radioactive iridium 192, Axxent delivers less radiation — just 50Kv. In a standard breast therapy case, 60 percent of the heart will pick up 5 percent of the dose. That’s reduced to 10 percent with Axxent. The amount of radiation put out to the rest of the room is on same level as a C-arm fluoroscopy system used for a diagnostic scan. Having the radioactive materials requires more full-time effort of physicists and radiation therapists. One-third of the centers in the United States have the capability with the shielded vault, but it shares the room with the linac, and any time the linac is not used, the center loses money. The primary expense is the loader and Axxent is relatively the same price.”Treatment Planning for PBIAccuracy, consistency, speed and patient comfort are key components for breast brachytherapy, and treatment planning is a critical step to accurately targeting a lesion and mitigating damage to surrounding healthy tissue. To plot out a pre-treatment plan, Catheryn Yashar, M.D., assistant professor and chief of breast and gynecological services, University of California, San Diego, uses use both ultrasound and CT. “I use both ultrasound and CT with SAVI. CT is effective for pre-treatment planning. It allows me to evaluate the size, shape and volume of the cavity, which is helpful for deciding the most effective size of device to use. During insertion, I utilize ultrasound because it helps in guiding the device and makes placement much more accurate. Inserting SAVI without ultrasound would certainly be more difficult.”One of the challenges in PBI is when the location of the tumor cavity shifts, and this may lead to delivering dose to healthy surrounding tissue. Joseph Imperato, M.D., who practices radiation oncology and radiology in Lake Forest, Ill., uses the Clarity Breast System, an ultrasound from Resonant Medical designed for targeting treatments. According to Dr. Imperato, “Physicians have traditionally relied on the lumpectomy scar to deliver radiation to the tumor cavity, but several studies have found that locating the lumpectomy cavity based solely on this scar may result in a partial miss in over 50 percent of the cases. The lumpectomy cavity may change shape or move in the days and weeks following surgery, and the inconsistent setup of patients on the radiation table may also contribute to this problem. A practical solution is to visualize the cavity on a daily basis using image-guided radiation therapy.” Due to the issue of variations in the size and shape of the lumpectomy cavity, imaging must take place at both the treatment planning stage and on occasion prior to each consecutive radiation treatment to accurately target the tumor bed, noted Dr. Imperato. “Currently, CT is used during treatment planning to image the target, but it is limited in its ability to distinguish the lumpectomy cavity from normal tissue,” he said. As a result, “radiation therapists tend to increase the treatment margins to make sure they are encompassing their target.”There is currently no standard in breast irradiation for daily monitoring of tumor cavity motion. The use of daily CT imaging is not appropriate due to the daily exposure to extra radiation dose. The Clarity Breast System addresses the issue of lumpectomy cavity movement at both the planning and treatment phases. “With Clarity, the radiation therapist compares an ultrasound-CT fusion taken at the time of treatment planning with the daily ultrasounds to get an actual visual image and location of the tumor cavity. Once a fused image of ultrasound and CT is achieved, the therapists can then conduct daily imaging with ultrasound-only to assure they are properly delivering radiation to the target that is pre-established with ultrasound/CT fusion. Imaging the tumor cavity every day allows the therapist to adjust the radiation depending on the location of the target,” said Dr. Imperato. “This process ensures greater precision in treatment, which is extremely important in partial breast irradiation, with no additional radiation dose.” He added, “When it is used properly, the image from the Clarity system allows the radiation oncologists see both the bony and soft tissue anatomy. The image allows the physicians to tighten treatment margins because they are delivering radiation based on a ‘real time image of the tumor cavity.”“For patients receiving partial breast irradiation, it is very important that the radiation be delivered directly to the lumpectomy cavity to ensure they are getting the entire target,” said Dr. Imperato. “It is important for radiation therapists to have the greatest possible precision when delivering radiation to the target that includes both the soft-tissue image of an ultrasound and a CT image.”With the assistance of imaging to track the position of lumpectomy cavity, physicians can deliver radiation faster and more accurately. While additional clinical trials are needed to test the safety and effectiveness of new techniques such as APBI, these new techniques hold the promise that partial breast irradiation may increase quality of life for many women with breast cancer. 1. “Partial breast irradiation or whole breast radiotherapy for early breast cancer: A meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials.” A. Valachis, D., Mauri, N. P. Polyzos, D. Mavroudis, V. Georgoulias, G. Casazza; University of Crete, Heraklion, Greece; PACMeR: Oncology and Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Lamia, Greece; University of Milan, Milan, Italy J Clin Oncol 27:18s, 2009 (suppl; abstr CRA532). 2009 ASCO Annual Meeting. 2. “Partial-Breast Irradiation Therapy With MammoSite Appears to Offer Similar Results as Whole-Breast Irradiation Therapy.” F. Vicin, et al, published in the American Society of Clinical Oncology Annual Meeting, June 2006, Abstract 529.3. APBI Trial. Stanford University Medical Center. 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The US Pentagons latest missing missile lands in Cuba

first_imgNobody has ever bragged about Pentagon efficiency, but even so it’s been an embarrassing stretch for anyone trying to defend the U.S. Defense Department’s logistics lapses and profligate ways.Last month, the investigative news group ProPublica itemized $17 billion in U.S. projects in Afghanistan that the military’s special investigator general considers questionable or wasted. A Politico exposé revealed that, according to the U.S. Government Accountability Office, half of the Pentagon Defense Logistics Agency’s $14 billion inventory is obsolete or useless. In March, the Washington Post revealed that the military had lost track of $500 million in arms shipped to Yemen, some of which were apparently stolen by the son of the former president.And on a smaller but equally disturbing scale, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday that an unarmed Hellfire missile used in a NATO training exercise in Spain last year was inadvertently shipped to Cuba. It’s unclear whether the cause was foul play or just incompetence on the part of the commercial freight shipper, but the fact that a piece of advanced military technology ended up in a nation under heavy U.S. sanctions is a clear warning that something is vastly awry.It’s almost understandable that, in the fog of war in Afghanistan, Iraq and Yemen, we would see immense waste and confusion. But less forgivable lapses like the Hellfire are shockingly common. A U.S. State Department official told the Journal that, “Mis-shipments happen all the time because of the amount and volume of defense trade.”How often is “all the time”? Here are a few egregious recent cases that happen to have become public.FedEx’ed anthrax:Last year, a Pentagon lab in the state of Utah inadvertently shipped live anthrax spores via FedEx to government and commercial labs in at least 17 states and three foreign countries. The ensuing investigation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed a similar concern: A military base in Maryland may have mislabeled and shipped samples of the bacteria that cause bubonic plague.Very covert drones:In September 2013, either in Afghanistan or on the way back to the U.S., an Army contractor lost track of several RQ-20 surveillance drones, worth $500,000 each. They eventually turned up in Texas, after being lost for 249 days.Mail fail:Last year, a truckload of letters bound for U.S. service members in the U.K. and Eastern Europe was hijacked near a Chicago airport.Where’s my car?:In 2014, military families filed suit against a Pentagon contractor responsible for shipping 27,000 personal vehicles belonging to troops returning from foreign postings, claiming that 70 percent of their cars were either missing or returned late. The Army’s Transportation Command had to start looking after the private firm, which was paid $305 million, could not locate many of the vehicles in its tracking system.Noses for nukes:The Defense Logistics Agency in 2006 accidentally sent to Taiwan four nose cones containing electrical fuses for nuclear intercontinental ballistic missiles.Warheads wing it:A B-52 crew in 2007 unknowingly flew for three hours over several states with six armed nuclear warheads mounted over the wings. An ensuing classified Pentagon report stated that the Air Force could not account for hundreds of components of its nuclear arsenal, according to the Financial Times.Billion-dollar boondoggle:Between 2005 and 2012, the U.S. Air Force attempted to build a new logistics management system called the Expeditionary Combat Support System, which was canceled in large part because of problems adapting commercial software to keep track of military parts and equipment.Nuclear wrench:In 2014 it was reported that because of a shortage of wrenches needed to install nuclear warheads on the nation’s Minuteman intercontinental ballistic missiles, technicians at three bases were using FedEx to ship them to each other. Fortunately, none of the shipments went astray.Such incidents, along with more traditional fraud and waste, have led Washington lawmakers to introduce several “audit the Pentagon” bills each year since 2012, although none has made it to the House or Senate floor. The Defense Department has invested billions in new accounting software in recent years to little avail.Given the Pentagon’s vast scale and almost incomprehensible logistics challenges, some of this is to be expected. And, as anybody who searched in vain under the Christmas tree for their remote-control Star Wars BB-8 droid knows, UPS and FedEx also have their foibles.Still, the House and Senate armed services committees are aiming to revise the 1986 Goldwater-Nichols military reforms this year to overhaul contracting, promotion policies and interservice cooperation. Lawmakers should add transportation and logistics to that list, before the Castros end up with more Hellfires.Tobin Harshaw writes editorials on national security, military affairs and education. For more columns from Bloomberg View, visit© 2016, Bloomberg News Facebook Comments Related posts:Landmark Arms Trade Treaty spearheaded by Costa Rica’s ex-President Óscar Arias goes into effect Latin America, Israel trade after trading insults In the wake of attack on Paris newspaper, extremists take to Twitter to celebrate Obama, Castro hail ‘new day’ for US-Cuba relationslast_img read more