Ross McCall Joins Sea Shepherd In Faroe Islands

first_imgPopular actor and television star, Ross McCall, known for his roles in the acclaimed TV series, “24: Live Another Day,” “White Collar,” and “Band of Brothers,” will soon be joining marine conservation non-profit Sea Shepherd Conservation Society in the remote Faroe Islands to assist with its pilot whale defense campaign, Operation GrindStop 2014.Ross McCall and Paul WatsonCredit/Copyright: Sea Shepherd Conservation SocietyAlways thinking about giving back in the wake of the successful acting career he has enjoyed, McCall will be joining Sea Shepherd’s multi-national volunteer teams that have traveled to the Faroe Islands (in the North Atlantic between the UK and Iceland) since mid-June of this summer during the height of pilot whale migration season to work onshore and offshore to try to stop the very cruel and archaic whale drive hunt in the Faroes, called the ‘grindadrap’ or ‘grind,’ where entire pods of intelligent and sentient pilot whales are herded into shallow bays and hacked to death with knives – taking several generations of whales from the sea at a time.McCall joins the campaign as Operation GrindStop 2014 successfully sparks worldwide outcry against the slaughter of whales in the Faroe Islands. Last Saturday, August 30, after an entire summer of no grind activity since Sea Shepherd arrived on the scene 85 days prior, the day’s events sparked an international incident and global media attention when the local Faroese whalers drove a pod of 33 migrating pilot whales to shore and slaughtered them, despite Sea Shepherd’s dedicated attempts to intervene by land and by sea. All 14 of the activists on the island of Sandoy who intervened were arrested and 3 of their speedboats were seized and remain in custody. The “Faroes 14,” as the activists have been dubbed, have since been released and a sentence of 1,000 kr in fines and deportation is being proposed for each member of the land team (the boat team appears in court Sept. 25). A decision for the land team is due Monday, September 8. Operation GrindStop 2014 is expected to continue until Oct. 1.Before traveling to the Faroe Islands, the 38-year-old Scottish native son returned home to Glasgow on Sunday, Sept. 7 to fulfill a long-time dream. The star of cult classic football movie “Green Street Hooligans,” also a huge Celtic Football Club fan, played in the Celtic Football Club’s Maestrio Charity Football Match at Paradise. McCall gave his celebrity to this charity match to raise money for the charitable arm of the team, the Celtic FC Foundation.Earlier this year, the actor took time away from his busy schedule to deliver a collection of Celtic strips to the Casa Hogar of Sion Orphanage in Tijuana, Mexico, which was donated by the Celtic FC Foundation. Impressed by the work the Foundation does, McCall says raising money to support their vital work only added to his enjoyment of the match on Sunday.McCall will arrive in the Faroes late Monday and will join the Sea Shepherd crew on their patrols on Tuesday and Wednesday. Though he must leave on Thursday, Sept. 11 to get back to his busy filming schedule, he plans to pack a lot of activity into his brief visit. In addition to joining Sea Shepherd’s land and boat teams on patrols, McCall will visit a local school to speak with children about the importance of protecting our oceans. If time allows, who knows — he may even organize a football match between Sea Shepherd and the local Faroese, whom he has heard are as crazy as he is about football.last_img read more

Committee to address Muslim issues

A forum represented by several Muslim organizations and individuals, which will be an apolitical body, has been established to look into issues faced by Muslims in Sri Lanka.The Muslim Council of Sri Lanka (MCSL) convoked a meeting of Muslim civil society members, religious leaders, businesspersons, academics and professionals with the objective of building consensus within the Muslim community and establishing a Muslim Consultative Committee. The President of the MCSL, N. M. Ameen, said that while recognizing the need to meet recent challenges faced by Muslims in Sri Lanka, the importance of interacting with all ethnic communities in the country to promote the Sri Lankan identity, while respecting diversity in multi-cultural Sri Lanka. The Muslim Council of Sri Lanka is an umbrella organization comprising of over fifty independent network organizations. It has been in the forefront in addressing issues of the Muslim community through advocacy and lobbying with the Government, Political and Religious leaders to find amicable and sustainable solutions to challenges faced by the community, while promoting understanding and strengthening ties with all Sri Lankans. (Colombo Gazette) The Committee comprising of over 75 prominent members of the Muslim society will address short, medium and long-term interests of the community in Sri Lanka, particularly recognizing the need for a response to contemporary challenges faced by Sri Lankan Muslims, while promoting peaceful coexistence in the country. read more

A new way to make sheets of graphene would boost graphite consumption

first_imgGraphene’s promise as a material for new kinds of electronic devices, among other uses, has led researchers around the world to study the material in search of new applications. But one of the biggest limitations to wider use of the strong, lightweight, highly conductive material has been the hurdle of fabrication on an industrial scale. Initial work with the carbon material, which forms an atomic-scale mesh and is just a single atom thick, has relied on the use of tiny flakes, typically obtained by quickly removing a piece of sticky tape from a block of graphite — a low-tech system that does not lend itself to manufacturing. Since then, focus has shifted to making graphene films on metal foil, but researchers have faced difficulties in transferring the graphene from the foil to useful substrates.Now researchers at MIT and the University of Michigan have come up with a way of producing graphene, in a process that lends itself to scaling up, by making graphene directly on materials such as large sheets of glass. The process is described, in a paper published last week in the journal Scientific Reports, by a team of nine researchers led by A. John Hart of MIT. Lead authors of the paper are Dan McNerny, a former Michigan postdoc, and Viswanath Balakrishnan, a former MIT postdoc who is now at the Indian Institute of Technology.Currently, most methods of making graphene first grow the material on a film of metal, such as nickel or copper, says Hart, the Mitsui Career Development Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering. “To make it useful, you have to get it off the metal and onto a substrate, such as a silicon wafer or a polymer sheet, or something larger like a sheet of glass,” he says. “But the process of transferring it has become much more frustrating than the process of growing the graphene itself, and can damage and contaminate the graphene.”The new work, Hart says, still uses a metal film as the template — but instead of making graphene only on top of the metal film, it makes graphene on both the film’s top and bottom. The substrate in this case is silicon dioxide, a form of glass, with a film of nickel on top of it.Using chemical vapour deposition (CVD) to deposit a graphene layer on top of the nickel film, Hart says, yields “not only graphene on top [of the nickel layer], but also on the bottom.” The nickel film can then be peeled away, leaving just the graphene on top of the nonmetallic substrate.This way, there’s no need for a separate process to attach the graphene to the intended substrate — whether it’s a large plate of glass for a display screen, or a thin, flexible material that could be used as the basis for a lightweight, portable solar cell, for example. “You do the CVD on the substrate, and, using our method, the graphene stays behind on the substrate,” Hart says.In addition to the researchers at Michigan, where Hart previously taught, the work was done in collaboration with a large glass manufacturer, Guardian Industries. “To meet the manufacturing needs, it must be very scalable,” Hart says. The company currently uses a float process, where glass moves along at a speed of several metres per minute in facilities that produce hundreds of tonnes of glass every day. “We were inspired by the need to develop a scalable manufacturing process that could produce graphene directly on a glass substrate,” Hart says.The work is still in an early stage; Hart cautions that “we still need to improve the uniformity and the quality of the graphene to make it useful.” But the potential is great, he suggests: “The ability to produce graphene directly on nonmetal substrates could be used for large-format displays and touch screens, and for ‘smart’ windows that have integrated devices like heaters and sensors.”Hart adds that the approach could also be used for small-scale applications, such as integrated circuits on silicon wafers, if graphene can be synthesized at lower temperatures than were used in the present study.“This new process is based on an understanding of graphene growth in concert with the mechanics of the nickel film,” he says. “We’ve shown this mechanism can work. Now it’s a matter of improving the attributes needed to produce a high-performance graphene coating.”Christos Dimitrakopoulos, a professor of chemical engineering at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst who was not involved in this work, says, “This is a very significant piece of work for very large-area applications of graphene on insulating substrates.” Compared to other methods, such as the use of a silicon carbide (SiC) substrate to grow graphene, he says, “The fact that the lateral size of graphene in the Hart group’s approach is limited only by the size of the [CVD] reactor, instead of the size of the SiC wafer, is a major advantage.”“This is a high-quality and carefully executed work,” Dimitrakopoulos adds.last_img read more

Allan Cramm nominated to IM Technology Hall of Fame FLSmidth Environmental category

first_imgAnaconda Mining’s Allan Cramm is Vice President, Innovation and Development focusing on key strategic projects to maximize the company’s assets. He also is part of the development team for new mines and operations. He has a high regard for environmental protection with some associated projects having been recognized provincially and nationally for their attention to environmental stewardship.Dustin Angelo, President & CEO, Anaconda Mining  notes that Cramm “is an innovative leader and an ‘out-of-the-box’ thinker who has been at the forefront of the growth and development of our Point Rousse project. His leadership has taken pioneering ideas, such as selling the waste rock from our gold mining operation as a construction aggregate product, and made them a reality. I’m pleased to be able to witness how one person’s ingenuity can effect such positive change, not just for our company but for the mining industry.”Geoff Emberley, CEO & Registrar, PEGNL (Professional Engineers and Geoscientists Newfoundland & Labrador) said “Cramm is recognized as a purveyor of innovation within the mining industry, from his early days at the Baie Verte asbestos mine to his current role with Anaconda Mining. Through his leadership he has seen many young workers move back to the Baie Verte region and has found ways of challenging them to grow the local economy. Mentors like Allan Cramm are critical to advancing the mining industry in Newfoundland and Labrador.”Among his innovations are pioneering in waste management and other areas of environmental stewardship, like the use of tailings and soil for fertile growth media and in-pit tailings disposal.Prior to his recent promotion, Cramm was the General Manager of Anaconda’s Point Rousse project in Baie Verte, Newfoundland and Labrador. He was responsible for the overall operation of the project including permitting, construction, production and special projects. He has been involved in various management and supervisory roles associated with mining for the past 25 years (both open pit and underground) including Project Coordinator/General Manager of two underground mines in Newfoundland, Nugget Pond and Hammerdown, that used a central-processing facility.last_img read more

Deposits down adding strain to Greek banks

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Business and household bank deposits fell 3.7 percent in October, continuing their steady decline this year, the central bank said this week. Bank of Greece data showed deposits dropped to 176.4 billion euros in October from 183.2bn euros in the previous month – a fall of 6.8bn euros. Households deposits fell to 146.9 billion euros from 152.3 billion euros over the same months, respectively. The Bank of Greece governor, George Provopoulos, speaking in parliament last week, said that bank deposits showed signs of improvement in November after the stabilisation of the political situation in the country. Deposits have shrunk by 33.2 billion euros or 15.8 percent since the beginning of 2011. A shrinking deposit base – in part caused by capital flight – has added to the strains of the country’s banks, who have become dependent on ECB funding for their liquidity needs as access to wholesale funding remains shut on sovereign debt fears. Meanwhile, Greek banks continued lowering their dependence on ECB liquidity mechanisms, while they raised their borrowing from the central bank’s extraordinary liquidity mechanism. ECB funding to the country’s banks fell by 3.46 billion euros in October from the previous month while emergency liquidity assistance (ELA) from the central bank rose to 36.25 billion euros, the Bank of Greece data showed. Greek banks tapped 9.69 billion euros in ELA funding in October after drawing 20.14 billion in September. The Bank of Greece did not provide details on which banks made use of the facility. ECB lending to Greek banks dropped to 74.3 billion euros at the end of October from 77.7 billion in September, the Bank of Greece said. ECB funding to Greek lenders almost doubled in 2010 reaching 97.67 billion at the end of December.last_img read more

FYROMGreece agreement approved by the Foreign Affairs Parliamentary Committee

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The agreement signed by the governments of Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, which sees the latter adopting the name ‘North Macedonia’ was approved on Tuesday by the Hellenic Parliaments joint standing committee on Defence and Foreign Affairs, after a heated debate.The discussion and analysis of the draft law ratifying the Prespes accord began on Monday afternoon, with the main opposition New Democracy (ND) insisting on the final text of FYROM’s amended constitution being presented to the Parliament, as a prerequisite before the debate.This is expected to become the Opposition’s point of focus in its dismissal of the agreement.“We cannot discuss on a political void,” argued Shadow Foreign Minister Georgios Koumoutsakos, repeating the Opposition’s demand for the government to present the full content of former Foreign Minister, Nikos Kotzias’ resignation letter.Instead of an official translation of the amended constitution, the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, George Katrougalos, presented a printout copy, downloaded from the FYROM government website, which only further fuelled debate, given that the text still includes references to the “macedonian” people.Mr Katrougalos argued that this reference has to do with the FYROM citizens’ individual rights of self-determination, and stressed that there is no definition of nations or people, in international law.“The agreement cannot recognise nations. States acknowledge states. Matters of national identity are matters of consciousness and self-determination. Therefore, Greece with this agreement does not acknowledge a Macedonian people, but it clearly states that our neighbours have nothing to do with Greek history and Greek historical lecacy. We cannot tell them what they are. We can tell them what they are not, to the extent that it hurts us,” he said and asked for all political parties to show honesty and assume national responsibility.The deputy Foreign Minister added that the government acknowledges the emotional reactions of a lot of people who feel their national pride traumatised, stating that he respects them, as opposed to “the merchants of patriotism.”Addressing the issue of language, he referred to the 1977 United Nations Convention, held in Athens, which recognised the Macedonian language and cyrillic alphabet.In his defense of the Agreement, the Deputy Foreign Minister argued that it meets three of the long-standing demands of Greece: to ensure that the name and geographical space of Macedonia is not ‘monopolised’; to prevent the appropriation of elements of Culture and History; and to avoid any notion of a ‘Macedonian’ minority in Greece. He also stressed that Greek businesses have nothing to lose, in terms of geographical indication and Protection Designation of Origin, as their produce is protected under EU regulation.Independent MP Spiros Danellis, who stirred an uproar last week, when he decided to offer support to the Government, and was subsequently expelled from the centrist party To Potami, warned about the consequences of Greece rejecting the deal.“Now that the neighbouring country changed its name and constitution, if we, the Hellenic Parliament refuse, under any pretext, to ratify the Agreement, we will be the pariahs of the West. Dismissal and isolation. They will resort to the Hague and get recognition as plain ‘Macedonia’. Not even our Cypriot brothers will be able to support us,” he said.The Agreement was approved by the majority of the Committee’s member, with no voting deemed necessary. A final report is expected to be tabled in Parliament today, starting the agreement’s ratification process by the plenary. The main debate is expected to conclude on Thursday night (local time) followed by the vote.That is, unless the Opposition decides to go through with a rumored plan to motion a vote of no confidence, which will see the debate halted and the vote postponed for next week.last_img read more

Mylar balloons cause electrical explosion water leak in Chula Vista neighborhood

first_img KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom Mylar balloons cause electrical explosion, water leak in Chula Vista neighborhood Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Updated: 11:13 PMcenter_img May 28, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsCHULA VISTA (KUSI) — Residents in the 400 block of D Street were without water and power Monday night after several mylar balloons got stuck in nearby power lines, causing an explosion.The incident happened around 3:15 p.m. at 497 D Street when residents heard a series of explosions outside their homes.One woman reported smelling smoke inside her house and took her children outside for safety.According to David Albright, Battalion Chief of the Chula Vista Fire Department, the electrical explosions caused several water leaks prompting crews to shut both power and water off to two houses.No injuries were reported.Crews remained on scene repairing the damaged water and electrical lines. Posted: May 28, 2018last_img read more

We Remember Walter Munk with Daves World of Wonder

first_img February 9, 2019 We Remember Walter Munk with Dave’s World of Wonder 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings#DavesWorldofWonder: Walter Munk became a professor at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in 1939, provided forecasting for tides and waves that assisted the allies in World War II and helped found UC San Diego Posted: February 9, 2019 KUSI Newsroom center_img Updated: 9:17 PM KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Dave’s World Of Wonder, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

12 fires in Washington but some under control

first_imgELLENSBURG — A dozen wildfires are actively burning in central and eastern Washington on Saturday, but firefighters are starting to get control of about half of them.Fire officials report more than a thousand homes and structures are still in some danger, however, and the weather report calls for more hot and windy weather.Smoke from a wildfire that started near Cle Elum on Thursday has been visible from Interstate 90. That central Washington fire has grown to 400 acres but the nearest homes are at least a mile away.A lightning-caused fire nearby in the Ellensburg area has burned nearly 14 square miles over the past week but is now 25 percent contained.More than 100 miles to the northeast, a complex of wildfires burning on the Colville Reservation had grown to about 20 square miles as of Saturday morning. Fire officials say about 150 homes are threatened by the Devil’s Elbow Complex, which also began in last weekend’s lightning storms. That group of fires is just 2 percent contained.last_img read more

The Memobird portable wireless note printer is just 48

first_img Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Now playing: Watch this: Tags Gadgets TVs Comments Adorable MemoBird printer prints out love notes like a receipt 12 Photos 1:15 The Cheapskatecenter_img Send high-tech ‘telegrams’ with this Wi-Fi printer 10 Bonus deal: Thought all the TV deals were over? Think again. For a limited time, Walmart has the Sceptre 32-inch LED TV for just $89.99. List price: $180.See it at WalmartThis is about as basic as TVs get these days, with no built-in smarts (for streaming), just two HDMI inputs and a 720p resolution — though that’s ample for a screen of this size.What’s particularly telling is the review average: 4.5 stars from over 3,300 buyers. To me that translates to a TV you’re all but guaranteed to like — for a pretty incredible price.Want something a little bigger? Also on sale at Walmart: The Sharp LC-40Q3070U 40-inch LED TV for $149.99 — normally $229.99.See it at WalmartThis one is a 1080p model with three HDMI inputs — but, again, it’s BYO streaming capabilities. The reviews here are a little less stellar — 4.2 stars from just 50 buyers — but still pretty good overall.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on PCs, phones, gadgets and much more. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page. Find more great buys on the CNET Deals page and follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter! Walmart Amazon Available in gray, pink or green, the Memobird is an adorable little thermal note-printer. Sarah Tew/CNET Can a printer be fun? It can when it’s a little internet-connected job that cranks out cute receipt-style notes and doesn’t need any ink. And don’t forget the fun of scoring it for the cheapest price anywhere, courtesy of yours truly.For a limited time, and while supplies last, ZDNet Academy has the Memobird mobile thermal printer for $48 when you apply promo code CNETMB20 at checkout. That’s an extra $12 off the current price, which is already $10 off Amazon’s price. Update: Apparently shipping is not included in the price. My apologies for the error.See it at ZDNet AcademyAvailable in your choice of three colors, the Memobird is compact and portable, though it does require AC power. It uses no ink, instead relying on the same thermal technology as most cash register receipts. So there are no pricey ink cartridges — instead, the only consumables here are the special paper rolls. Fortunately, they’re pretty cheap. Here’s an eight-roll supply for just $12.99, for example. And a three-pack of assorted colors for $9.99. If you want adhesive paper, you can get three rolls of that for $9.99 as well. Update: The 8-roll option is now showing a price of $27.99. I’m not sure why it jumped so suddenly — and significantly. Share your voice The printer connects to both your phone and the internet via Wi-Fi. That means you can print locally to it (reminders, shopping lists and so forth), but also share it with friends and family. I could see giving a Memobird to the grandparents, then having everyone in the family send little notes and greetings.The app lets you create notes very easily, complete with any mixture of text, stickers, doodles and photos. You can also install templates for things like memos, lists and labels.Now for the bad news: It may take as long as two weeks to arrive. (Current expected-delivery range is Feb. 17 to 20.)I must admit, I really like this little thing. I’d be less enamored with it at $70 (or even $80, which was the price at Amazon a few days ago), but $48 works for me.Your thoughts?last_img read more

What Qualities Should HISDs Next Superintendent Have

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share 00:00 /10:16 The Houston Independent School District Board just launched a series of meetings seeking input from the community for the district’s superintendent search. Trustees are asking what qualities and traits the community wants in the district’s next leader.HISD says it will use the feedback to finalize what it’s looking for in a permanent superintendent and begin searching for candidates.The district has been without a permanent leader since Richard Carranza left the post last year.In the audio above, we turn to a panel of community members to learn what it is they want in their next superintendent.Joining Houston Matters host Craig Cohen are Dr. Jasmine Jenkins, executive director for Houstonians for Great Public Schools, and Heather Golden, a parent, public school advocate, and community volunteer. X Listenlast_img read more

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first_imgTechnology | June 19, 2008 4D Console Controls IMRT, IGRT Technology | Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) | February 07, 2019 Elekta Unity MR-Linac Earns FDA Clearance The Elekta Unity magnetic resonance radiation therapy (MR/RT) system recently received 510(k) premarket notification… read more News | Radiation Therapy | October 30, 2018 Elekta Introduces Strategy for Precision Radiation Medicine at ASTRO 2018 At the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) Annual Meeting, Oct. 21-24 in San Antonio, Elekta introduced the… read more 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 Technology | Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) | April 24, 2019 Accuray Launches Synchrony Motion Tracking and Correction Technology for Radixact System Accuray announced the launch of its Synchrony motion tracking and correction technology to be used with the Radixact… read more Henry Ford Hospital’s ViewRay MRIdian linear accelerator system allows real-time MRI-guided radiotherapy. Shown is the support staff for this system. In the center of the photo is Benjamin Movsas, M.D., chair of radiation oncology at Henry Ford Cancer Institute. Second from the right is Carri Glide-Hurst, Ph.D., director of translational research, radiation oncology. The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. News | Quality Assurance (QA) | July 08, 2019 PTW to Feature New Dosimetry Technology at AAPM 2019 At this year’s American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) show, July 14-18 in San Antonio, Texas, PTW will… read more Feature | Henry Ford Hospital | May 21, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Innovations in Radiotherapy and Radiology at Henry Ford Hospital Henry Ford Hospital thought leaders regularly speak at the radiation oncology and radiology conferences about new res read more News | Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) | July 16, 2019 AAPM 2019 Features More Than 40 Presentations on ViewRay’s MRIdian MRI-guided Radiotherapy ViewRay Inc. announced that the company’s MRIdian System is the focus of more than 40 abstracts selected by the… read more Elekta SmartClinic is one of the key features in the Mosaiq Plaza suite of data-focused integrative oncology software Related Content News | Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) | June 06, 2019 Study Identifies MRI-Guided Radiation Therapy as Growing Market Segment Revenues from the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)-guided radiation therapy systems market exceeded $220 million in… read more Imaging control capabilities for 3D Conformal, Intensity-Modulated Radiotherapy (IMRT) and dynamic targeting for Image-Guided Radiotherapy (IGRT) are integrated in Varian’s 4D Integrated Treatment Console. The 4D console streamlines the front end of the treatment process by integrating controls of the linear accelerator, multi-leaf collimator (MLC) and electronic portal imagery into a single workstation. The system supports advanced imaging, including image acquisition. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 The Beamscan 3-D water phantom with the Varian Halcyon radiotherapy system. Image courtesy of PTW. Technology | Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) | February 21, 2019 FDA Clears Advancements for Viewray MRIdian Radiation Therapy System February 21, 2019 — ViewRay Inc. received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. read more News | Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) | October 31, 2018 Hypofractionated Radiation Provides Same Prostate Cancer Outcomes as Conventional Radiation An analysis led by researchers at Philadelphia’s Fox Chase Cancer Center found treating localized prostate cancer with… read more last_img read more

2 percent of Costa Ricans smoke marijuana each month survey finds

first_imgNo related posts. A National Household Survey on Drug Abuse conducted in 2010 shows 2 percent of Costa Ricans smoked marijuana in the last month before being surveyed. Survey results were released Monday by the Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Institute (IAFA).The study also found that most Costa Ricans who use pot began smoking it when they were 16 years old.The number of marijuana users tripled from 0.6 percent in a 2006 household survey to 2 percent of the population of 4.6 million in the 2010 survey, about 92,000 people. Margarita Odio, of IAFA, said in a press release that the results reflect “the low perception of risk that young people have in regards to consuming marijuana.”She added that access to marijuana is easier now, and that “there is a rise of cultural movements where cannabis is part of a lifestyle that attracts many young people.”IAFA claims that earlier use of marijuana can lead to a greater dependence on the drug as teen brains are more susceptible to THC, the potent chemical in marijuana. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

KFC sues Chinese companies for online rumors about its food

first_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Top Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement KFC has more than 4,600 restaurants in China.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. BEIJING (AP) — Restaurant operator KFC said Monday it filed a lawsuit against three companies in China whose social media accounts spread false claims about its food, including that its chickens have eight legs.The case filed by China’s biggest restaurant operator comes as the government intensifies a campaign to clean up rumors on social media. Internet marketers have been convicted of trying to manipulate online sentiment on behalf of clients by posting false information about competitors or deleting critical posts. In an announcement posted on its Chinese website, KFC said one of the best-known fake rumors was that chickens used by the company are genetically modified and have six wings and eight legs.KFC is demanding 1.5 million yuan ($242,000) and an apology from each of three companies that operated accounts on the popular mobile phone app WeChat. It is also seeking an immediate stop to their infringements. Shanghai Xuhui District People’s Court has accepted the case, according to a press officer who would only give her surname, Wu.KFC’s China CEO Qu Cuirong said in a statement that it was hard for companies to protect their brands against rumors because of the difficulties in collecting evidence. “But the stepped-up efforts by the government in recent years to purify the online environment, as well as some judicial interpretations, have offered us confidence and weapons,” she said.The companies being sued were named as Shanxi Weilukuang Technology Company Ltd., Taiyuan Zero Point Technology Company and Yingchenanzhi Success and Culture Communication Ltd. in Shenzhen city. Calls to numbers listed for the companies either rang unanswered or were not valid.Authorities launched a renewed campaign two years ago to clean up what they called online rumors, negativity and unruliness. Critics say the campaign was largely aimed at suppressing criticism of the ruling Communist Party. Commentaries in state media have argued that a cleanup was needed. Comments   Share   Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober 4 must play golf courses in Arizona 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center Sponsored Stories last_img read more

Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute ri

first_img Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away According to ProFootballFocus.com, Peterson played a near perfect game against Bill Belicheck and Co. Outside of a potential holding penalty call he got away with in the 3rd quarter, the former LSU standout was certainly a thorn in the side of the defending AFC champions.Only six balls were thrown his direction in Arizona’s first road win of the 2012 season. And of those six passes, only two were completed.“I thought I played pretty well, but I still have some room for improvement,” Peterson said. “This was a great opportunity. Any time you can get a win that’s huge, especially against a pretty good opponent like the New England Patriots.”In 2011, Peterson was targeted an astounding 113 times and gave up 67 receptions, both respectively good for fifth-most among all cornerbacks. He finished the season with just two interceptions.But if two games are any indication in 2012, then Peterson is certainly on his way to becoming the versatile, shutdown corner the Cardinals projected he’d be.Peterson — who also recorded the Cardinals’ longest run from scrimmage in New England — will have no room for a letdown this weekend, as Desean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin and the Philadelphia Eagles come to town for a Week 3 showdown of undefeated teams. Top Stories D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocationcenter_img What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke 0 Comments   Share   The indelible image of Patrick Peterson from the Cardinals’ 20-18 upset victory over the Patriots on Sunday in Foxboro was undoubtedly his diving interception of a tipped Tom Brady pass on New England’s first drive of the day.It’s the kind of play that made its way onto all the highlight shows by Sunday night, but it doesn’t tell the entire story of the second-year cornerback’s maturation under Ray Horton’s defensive scheme.last_img read more

Central Bank executive resigns updated

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