Medical admission succour for economically weaker section

first_imgKolkata: The West Bengal University of Health Sciences (WBUHS) on Friday issued a notification stating that people belonging to Economically Weaker Section (EWS) who are not covered under the existing scheme of reservations for Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribes and other Backward Classes may avail the benefits of EWS reservation in undergraduate medical admission in the state.For availing the benefits candidates belonging to economically weaker section have to fulfill the criteria as prescribed in the memorandum of notification. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersThe economically-weaker section reservation is expected to be implemented from the second round of counseling. The first round of counseling for the medical students concluded on Friday. In the first round of counseling many medical aspirants have already secured medical admission in various colleges in the state. The general category candidates with financial constraints fall under the economically weaker section. The West Bengal University of Health Sciences has laid down the eligibility criteria for the admission under the category. Persons who are not covered under the scheme of reservation for SCs, STs and OBCs are entitled to enjoy the facility under the economically weaker section. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe health university has said that the family income of a candidate seeking admission under economically weaker section must not exceed Rs 8 lakh per annum. Income shall also include income from all sources i.e. salary, agriculture, business, profession etc for the financial year prior to the year of application. This is for the first time a category has been created for the economically weaker section so that the students belonging to the category may apply for the medical admission. It may be mentioned that around 450 medical seats were increased in the state recently, 10 per cent of which would be reserved for these students. The candidates will have to sit for the verification which will take place between July 22-25 tentatively.last_img read more

DPR ready for Centre for Innovation and Societal Applications Centre for Public

first_imgKolkata: In a sincere effort to make cutting edge research on science and technology directly to benefit society and the masses, Calcutta University has decided to come up with a Centre for Innovation and Societal Applications (CenSISA). The University will also come up with a Centre for Public Humanities (CPH) to encourage research-related activities on humanities which are innovative, transparent and accessible to the public.”We have already prepared a Detailed Project Report (DPR) on the activities to be taken up in these two centres. We are getting Rs 50 crore under the Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) which will be utilised for setting up these Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Pujacentres,” said Sonali Chakravarti Banerjee, Vice-Chancellor of Calcutta University.According to a senior official of Calcutta University, the CenSISA Centre is aimed at addressing a number of areas that includes development of hardware and software tools for supporting health and education, green technology for pollution control, renewable energy, smart grids, energy harvesting, energy storage, effect of technological development on human health, food security and water resource management, disaster prediction and management and mathematical and statistical modeling. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway”The universities usually use RUSA funds for individual research projects taken up by professors or research scholars. But we have arrived at a consensus to set up two permanent centres which will be an asset for the future generation,” the official added. According to the DPR prepared by the University, the objective of the centre for supporting health and education will concentrate on developing technical tools that will support rural health practitioners who provide vital support to the community at the primary level. It will also focus on the development of a standalone system that will provide health diagnosis, monitoring and support at remote and rural areas. The Green Technology Centre will lay emphasis on chemical and biological sensor development for the detection and monitoring of pollutants. “We need to have continuous upgrading of the systems that control earth, water and air pollution for sustainable development,” an official said. The Centre for Renewable Energy, Smart Grid, will make a comprehensive effort to address the looming problem of the consumption of fossil fuels with depletion of global reserves of oil and coal. In the sphere of Food Security, the university will do research in the areas of sustainable management of food waste and the monitoring and contamination control of water bodies. Water harvesting and developing novel methods of water purification will also be another focus area. The two centres have already received the approval of the RUSA director and Rs 15 crore has already been released. The convergence of a number of departments in science, bio science and technology will be involved in the research activities of CenSISA. “The domain of digital humanities, disaster studies, the study of new technology will bring close collaboration between the two centres,” Banerjee maintained.last_img read more

UN agencies urge stronger efforts to stop illegal fishing

BANGKOK — Major United Nations agencies are urging major fishing nations to join efforts to fight against illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing.The UN Food and Agricultural Organization and other groups made the call at a meeting in Bangkok on Wednesday focused on helping protect fisheries and those working in the industry.Thailand is the world’s biggest importer of tuna. It has one of seven state-of-the-art monitoring centres helping to control access to regional ports to curb IUU fishing.Illegal fishing costs countries in the Asia-Pacific region some $5 billion a year. The total global loss is quadruple that. Rogue fishing vessels often engage in other crimes.Adisorn Promthep, director-general of Thailand’s Department of Fisheries, said preventing such fishing vessels from selling illegal catches is the most vital element of those controls.The Associated Press read more

Bay Street Wall Street continue to march to new record levels gold

Bay Street, Wall Street continue to march to new record levels, gold shines by Linda Nguyen, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 15, 2017 9:18 am MDT Last Updated Feb 15, 2017 at 3:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – North American stock markets continued their winning streak Wednesday as indices once again closed at all-time highs on strong economic data in both Canada and the U.S.In Toronto, the S&P/TSX composite index climbed 58.92 points to 15,844.95 to cap off a fourth straight day of record finishes. The index has been ahead for the past seven sessions.Health-care and telecom stocks were the biggest advancers on the commodity-heavy market, with Valeant Pharmaceuticals (TSX:VRX) gaining 5.56 per cent, or $1.16, to close at $22.02 a share.Investors also seemed pleased that telecom giant BCE Inc. (TSX:BCE) cleared its final regularly hurdle in buying Manitoba Telecom Services (TSX:MBT) after the Competition Bureau gave the $3.9 billion acquisition the green light.The deal, which was first announced last May, is expected to close March 17. Shares in Bell gained 1.12 per cent, or 65 cents, to $58.65, while shares in MTS added more than five per cent, or $1.92, to finish at $39.52.On the economic front, another sign emerged that the Canadian economy is faring well. The latest barometer on manufacturing sales exceeded expectations for a second consecutive month in December, rising 2.3 per cent to $53.5 billion, reported Statistics Canada. The agency attributed the growth to higher sales of transportation equipment, petroleum and coal products.There was similarly positive news south of the border supporting the idea of the Federal Reserve raising interest rates sooner rather than later. U.S. retailers had stronger sales in January than economists expected, and inflation at the consumer level was the highest in years.The central bank raised rates in December for just the second time in a decade, after keeping rates at nearly zero to help lift the economy out of the Great Recession.Some economists anticipate a hike can come as early as the Fed’s next meeting in March.“The Fed is behind the curve,” said Norman Levine, managing director of Portfolio Management Corp. “Interest rates in the U.S. should already be higher than they already are, so the Fed is in a game of catch up. It’s not leading.”Still, investors seemed buoyed by the idea of higher rates as Wall Street finished another record-breaking day. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 107.45 points to 20,611.86, the S&P 500 advanced 11.67 points to 2,349.25, and the Nasdaq composite added 36.87 points to 5,819.44.The Canadian dollar was one low spot, down 0.03 of a U.S. cent to 76.48 cents US amid weaker oil prices.The March crude contract lost nine cents at US$53.11 a barrel, while March natural gas nudged up two cents to US$2.93 per mmBTU.April gold gained $7.70 at US$1,233.10 an ounce and March copper was unchanged at US$2.74 a pound.— With files from The Associated PressFollow @LindaNguyenTO on Twitter. read more

Alleged mastermind confesses to killing Albert St pensioners Police source

Imran Khan, also called Christopher Narine, the alleged mastermind in the double- murder at South Road and Albert Street in Georgetown, has confessed to committing the heinous crimes, while holding out that their plan was never the kill the two elderly women.Khan was nabbed in a Pomeroon riverine community in Region Two on Sunday afternoon, and taken to the headquarters of the Criminal Investigation Department, where he was grilled, during which he reportedly told the ranks that the plan was just to rob the two women, but one of the co-accused had bound and gagged the women.He also told detectives the conspirators had planned the robbery a few days prior to executing it, claiming that he had gone to the house to do some work and it was then he knew that the two ladies, 87-year-old Constance Fraser and 75-year-old Phyllis Caesar, lived alone.Alleged mastermind: Imran Khan, also called Christopher NarineThe suspect, this publication was informed, recalled that he and two others climbed into the veranda and opened one of the windows to gain entry into the house. Whilst in the house, he noted that the two women were asleep in separate bedrooms.He reportedly confessed that they went into the first room, woke up the woman, and demanded that she hand over her money and other valuables. As the woman was about to raise an alarm, they stuffed her mouth with pieces of cloth and “choked” her. Khan claimed she died almost immediately.They then went to the other bedroom and repeated the action. After they realized that both women were dead, they ransacked the house for money. Apart from cash and jewellery, the trio escaped with a television set and a mobile phone belonging to one of the women.Left: Constance Fraser, Right: Phyllis CaesarThe mobile phone, a Police source has stated, was found in Khan’s possession after he was arrested on Sunday in the Pomeroon River. The SIM card that was found in the phone belonged to Phillip Suffrein.The trio are expected to make their court appearance on Wednesday. The file is expected to be sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions today for advice, but according to a police source, a confession by the three men would make it easier for the DPP.The bodies of Fraser, known as “Mother Fraser”, and Caesar, her niece, were found in the wee hours of Tuesday. The women were found in the upper flat of the home, in their respective bedrooms, lying unconscious on their beds. Caesar’s hands and legs were bound, and a piece of cloth had been stuffed in her mouth.According to reports, Caesar had failed to report to her place of worship, as is customary, prompting several attempts to contact the duo, all of which were to no avail. A congregation member then alerted the Police, and together they ventured into the home and discovered the two women dead. The elderly women were last seen alive while attending church on Monday evening.Meanwhile, the autopsy done on the bodies of the two women proved that they died as a result of asphyxiation due to suffocation and manual strangulation, compounded by trauma to the head. The post-mortem was performed by local pathologist Dr Nehaul Singh. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedAccused in double murder of elderly pensioners halts trial by faintingJanuary 11, 2018In “Court”Trio arraigned for murder of Albert Street pensionersOctober 11, 2017In “Court”Alleged Assassination Plot: A “thorough investigation was done” – Top CopAugust 1, 2017In “Court” read more

Police Constable arraigned for Brazilian miners murder

Robert DanielsThe Police Constable, who on Saturday last, allegedly shot and killed a Brazilian miner at Puruni Backdam, Region Seven (7), was on Friday afternoon arraigned for the murder at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Robert Daniels, 22, of Victoria Road, Plaisance, East Coast Demerara (ECD), stood before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan and had the indictable charge of murder read to him.He was later remanded to prison and will next return to the Bartica Magistrates’ Court on August 30 2018.The Brazilian miner, Estevão Marquês Costa who was shot and killedINews had reported earlier this week that two Police Officers were taken into custody after they allegedly murdered 37-year-old Estevao Marques and tried to dispose of the body.Based on information received, the two Officers, a Subordinate and Constable who are attached to Kurupung Police Station, abandoned their post sometime on Friday.The men reportedly left on an ATV to patrol the area but subsequently hopped on a boat and went to a landing in Puruni.Upon their arrival there, the Police Constable reportedly exited the boat and went to a shop. The Subordinate Officer remained at the landing on the Constable’s return but upon hearing  a loud explosion, he rushed to scene only to be told that the miner fired at the Police Constable and he returned fire thus mortally wounding him.The Brazilian’s body was left lying on the ground but it was subsequently picked up and taken to the main landing.Other Police ranks who were in the area investigating another matter proceeded to the scene and took possession of the .30 carbine rifle which was used by the Constable.The matter was reported to the Divisional Commander who ordered the arrest of the two ranks. (Kizzy Coleman) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGGDMA calls for CoI into miner’s deathAugust 15, 2018In “Business”CoI to be launched into alleged murder of Brazilian minerAugust 17, 2018In “Crime”Police ranks arrested for murder of Brazilian minerAugust 12, 2018In “Crime” read more

Michael Biegler leads Poland until Rio 2016

Polish Handball Federation has announced decision to offer contract to German coach Michael Biegler, who will lead Polish “Eagles” until 2016 with the main focus on results in the last season – EHF EURO 2016 in Poland and Olympic Games in Rio. Former coach of SC Magdeburg was better solution for ZPRP from domestic coach Jaroslaw Cieslikowski.Biegler was also a tip of Stefan Kretzschmar for a successor of Heiner Brandt on German bench. ← Previous Story Asian Youth Championship (semis): Bahrain on Japan, Qatar VS Korea! Next Story → Bundesliga Round 4: HSV and Flensburg share points, THW Kiel wins Michael BieglerPolandPolish handball federationPolish handball team read more

Womens EHF Champions League – FINAL4 FROM MAY 2015

← Previous Story FILIP JICHA FOR HANDBALL-PLANET: “Barcelona is the first favorite to win EHF CL” Next Story → ASOBAL: La Rioja defeated in Cuenca – Huesca win point in Leon! ehf handballhandballwomen’s hadnball In an initiative to further develop and strengthen women’s handball, the EHF has decided to update the playing system from the start of the 2014/15 season and to create a Women’s EHF FINAL4.The showcase handball event, comprising the four semi-finalists of the Women’s EHF Champions League for a new final tournament over two days, is looking to emulate the huge success of the VELUX EHF FINAL4 which attracts 20,000 handball fans each year at the end of May.The Women’s EHF FINAL4 is scheduled to place at the end of the 2014/15 season.However, if bidding organisations can meet the high demands of such an event, the first Women’s EHF FINAL4 may already take place at the end of the 2013/14 season.Bids from organisations in Ljubljana and Budapest have been made to host the event for the first time in 2013.Product developmentThe creation of the Women’s EHF FINAL4 is one of a number of changes of the Women’s EHF Champions League’s playing format for the 2014/15 season, which were confirmed by the EHF Executive Committee at its meeting in Montenegro on Friday.The changes devised by the EHF Competitions Commission and agreed by the Women’s Marketing Club Board will seek to make the competition more attractive not just to players and teams but also to fans, television stations and potential partners and sponsors.As well as structural changes there will also be developments in the standards around the competition such as playing arenas and the presentation of the Women’s EHF Champions League product.Additional round to be introducedThe new playing system will see the reduction of the number of qualification rounds from two to one and the creation of a new Main Round following the Group Phase, which will remain in the same format of four groups with four teams each.From the Group Phase, three teams from each group will qualify for the new Main Round and the fourth ranked team will play in the Last 16 of the EHF Cup Winners’ Cup.Following the new Main Round quarter-finals will be played on a knock-out home and away basis with the four winners qualifying for the Women’s EHF FINAL4. read more

Eggert takes Flensburg to F4

Amazing match was played in Skopje, where SG Flensburg suffered lucky defeat against RK Vardar 27:25 (10:15) in front of 7.000 home fans. German team have qualified for the F4 for the first time in the history by goal of Anders Eggert from 7meter five seconds until the end. Germans had 18:12 in 36th minute, but Vardar made fantastic turnover with 12:2 series until 24:20 in 53rd minute.Even 90 seconds until the end Vardar had +4 (27:23), left wing Markovic missed the shot at 30 seconds until the end (27:24) and then came Eggert as a punisher…RK VARDAR – SG FLENSBURG 27:25 (10:15)Hala: Boris TrajkovskiSpectators: 7000Vardar: Milić 6saves, Angelov 4 odbrane, Karačić 2(2), Chipurin 3, Dujshebaev 4, Brumen 7(3), Lazarov 1, Pribak 3, Toskić 1, Marković 2, Raković 1Flensburg: Gotfriddson 3, Eggert 6(3), Mogensen 1, Knudsen 4, Glandorf 2, Svan Hansen 2, Veinhold 3, Heinl 1Results: 2:5 (11.) 3:7 (14.) 6:10 (21.) 9:12 (26.) 11:17 (33.) 12:18 (36.) 15:18 (39.) 15:19 (41.) 20:19 (47.) 24:20 (53.) 25:21 (55.) 27:23 (58:20) 27:24 (58:47)…. ← Previous Story MKM MVM Veszprem at VELUX EHF F4 in Cologne! Next Story → COLOGNE CALLING: Barca overcame “Lions”! f4SG Flensburg read more


Canadian woman found dead in Belize

first_img Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBelize, May 4th, 2017 – Corozal – A weeklong search for 52 year-old, Francesca Matus of Canada and her 35 year-old American boyfriend Drew De Voursney came to a tragic end after officers attached to the Corozal Police Department discovered their bodies.    They were found around 7pm on Monday in a sugar cane field in the village of Chen Chen, six kilometers outside of Corozal.    Their bodies were reportedly discovered in an advanced state of decomposition and they both had tape wrapped around their wrists.    Autopsy results have since revealed that the couple was strangled.Friends of the couple stated that they were last seen driving a white Isuzu Rodeo SUV after leaving a local bar at around 11pm on April 25 2017.    A friend of Matus, Joe Milhoen visited her home the following morning to take her to the airport, when he realized she was not there.    He found her absence to be suspicious since her luggage and passport were still in the house.    It was then he filed a missing person’s report.Matus’ SUV was discovered first by a local hunter, abandoned in a cane field near the village of Paraiso, north of the town of Corozal just one day before they were found.    Her keys and registration, however, were gone from the vehicle.Matus was a mother of two boys and owned a beach property in Corozal.    Her boyfriend De Voursney was a former Marine, served in Iraq and as a contractor in Afghanistan.   Matus’ family has since stated that the couple was well known in the area, as she travelled to Central America every winter and considered it to be her second home. Story By: Kay-Marie Fletcher#MagneticMediaNews Related Items:#magneticmedianews Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provolast_img read more


Digne Evertons wow factor made me leave Barcelona

first_imgLucas Digne revealed he just couldn’t turn down Everton and coach Marco Silva in the summer, despite being settled at a club like BarcelonaThe 25-year-old left-back completed a summer move to Goodison Park for an undisclosed fee in a five-year deal.With a background of playing for the likes of AS Roma and Barcelona, Digne’s switch to the lowly Everton came as something of a surprise to observers.But Digne has excelled at Merseyside this season with 10 Premier League appearances and 800 minutes of football to his name.The defender, who credited the move to Everton as the reason for his recall to the France team, has now revealed why he chose the Toffees over Barcelona.“I wasn’t really planning to leave Barca and they were not looking to sell me,” Digne told Goal.“But when I spoke to Everton manager Marco Silva on the phone I got this special feeling,”“He really light a fire inside of me and I thought: ‘Wow! I really want to play for this club and manager.’Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“Then I went to Barca and asked them to please let me go. After a few talks, they accepted, that this was my wish. I am thankful for that, because now I feel happy in Everton.“Barca was my childhood dream, so yes, it was difficult to leave, because I could have stayed to continue a great life in the club and the city. The club wanted me to stay.“But I am 25 years old now and in a phase of my career, where I want to play every week, have a bigger role in the team and feel the full confidence of the coach. So I could not turn down the Everton project.“I was only 22 when I signed for Barca, and it was the perfect place to develop myself.“In my two years at Camp Nou I played 46 games for what I consider the greatest club in the world, training every day with the very top players in the world, like Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta, Neymar and so many more.”Digne made 46 appearances for Barcelona in all competitions in his two years at the club.The former Paris Saint-Germain player won La Liga and two Copa del Rey titles at Camp Nou.last_img read more


Trump Budget Outlines MilconFunded Border Wall

first_img ADC AUTHOR Administration officials are testifying on Capitol Hill this week and next about the administration’s budget request, which includes $750 billion for national security spending – about $718 billion of that allocated for the Department of Defense.“To be clear, this is not funding for endless wars,” Russell Vought, acting director of the Office of Management and Budget, told reporters Monday. “This is for research and development and procurement to fund the most awe-inspiring military the world has ever known.”Vought said it is no longer sustainable to increase defense and non-defense spending at the same levels, outlining a 5 percent cut to nondefense programs. The details of the budget request are expected to trickle out over the next few days.To get around statutory spending caps, the budget requests a boost in overseas contingency operations (OCO) funding, which is exempt from the caps.Vought told reporters the OCO account would not be used to build a border wall.“We do have emergency spending that we devote to it, and we continue the military rebuild by asking for what’s necessary to complete the wall,” Vought said. “That does include military construction funding.”The budget asks Congress to re-fund any military construction projects put on hold to prioritize wall construction, but it was still unclear Monday which projects would be funded through that account and if it will delay the next wave of milcon projects.“Everybody who has a project in their community with unobligated funds, they’re at risk,” Todd Harrison, director of defense budget analysis at CSIS, told On Base. “So there’s going to be that uncertainty hanging over everyone until this gets settled.”US Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class TaWanna Starkslast_img read more


Syrias war enters its 8th year

first_imgA boy looks through a bus window during evacuation from the besieged town of Douma, Eastern Ghouta, in Damascus, Syria 13 March, 2018. Photo: ReutersFrom the bloody repression of peaceful protests against President Bashar al-Assad’s regime to foreign intervention, below are key dates in Syria’s civil war as it enters its eighth year.The complex conflict has left more than 350,000 people dead, according to the Syrian Britain-based Observatory for Human Rights, while millions have been displaced and the country lies in ruins.- Revolt and repression -On March 15, 2011, unprecedented protests demand civil liberties and the release of political prisoners after 40 years of repressive rule by the Assad family.Denouncing “an armed rebellion by Salafist groups”, the regime represses demonstrations in Damascus and the southern city of Daraa but protests continue.In July, defecting army colonel Riad al-Assad sets up the Turkey-based rebel Free Syrian Army (FSA). Islamist groups join the revolt.- Air strikes, Hezbollah, Iran -In March 2012, regime forces take control of the rebel stronghold in third city Homs after a month of bombardment. Other bloody operations are carried out, notably in the central city of Hama, after massive anti-regime protests.In July, FSA fighters launch a battle for Damascus but the government holds firm.From 2013, regime helicopters and planes unleash crude barrel bombs on rebel zones.The same year, Iran-backed Lebanese Shiite militant group Hezbollah says it is fighting alongside Syrian government forces.Iran also boosts its military support for longtime ally Assad.- Chemical weapons -In August 2013, Washington accuses the regime of killing more than 1,400 people with chemical weapons in rebel-held districts near Damascus.In September, the United States and Assad ally Russia agree a plan to eliminate Syria’s chemical weapons, averting punitive US strikes against the regime.But forces on the ground, in particular from the regime, have since been accused again of using chemical weapons.In April 2017, a sarin gas attack on the opposition-held village of Khan Sheikhun leaves more than 80 dead, prompting Washington to attack a regime air base.- Rise of the jihadists -In January 2014, hostilities between jihadists of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and rebel groups turn into an open war in the north.ISIL, the future Islamic State (IS) group, takes Raqa — the first provincial capital to fall out of regime control — from rebel forces.The jihadist offensive allows Damascus to justify its fight as a battle against “terrorism”.- Coalition air strikes -In September 2014, a US-led coalition launches air strikes against IS in Syria.The strikes benefit Kurdish groups, which since 2013 have run autonomous administrations in Kurdish-majority areas and go on to oust IS from key areas.- Russia to Assad’s aid -In September 2015, Russia launches air strikes in support of Assad’s troops, who are on the back foot.Russian firepower helps turn the tables for the regime, which begins to retake rebel-held territory, including the northern city of Aleppo in late December 2016.In January 2017, Russia and Iran, as backers of the Syrian regime, and Turkey, supporting the rebels, organise talks in Astana, Kazakhstan, between representatives of both sides.The process leads to the creation of four so-called “de-escalation zones”, although sporadic fighting and bombardments continue.- Turkish offensive -In an added complication to the drawn-out conflict, Turkey launches an operation in January 2018 against the powerful Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) which played a key role in beating back IS.The militia controls the Afrin region on the border with Turkey, and Ankara is wary of Kurdish aspirations for autonomy, labelling the YPG a “terror group”.- Blitz of Eastern Ghouta -On February 18, the Syrian regime launches a ferocious assault on the remaining rebel-held enclave near Damascus, Eastern Ghouta.In just over three weeks, the Russian-backed onslaught kills more than 1,100 civilians, according to the Observatory.last_img read more


Greater Baltimore Urban Leagues Whitney M Young Jr Gala

first_imgThe 60th annual celebration is on April 28 at the Hilton Baltimore from 6:00 p.m. to 10 p.m. This year’s theme is ‘Save Our Cities’. The honorees are April Ryan, Keion Carpentner, Kirby Fowler and Elder Harris. The keynote speaker is Valerie Jarrett, a former senior advisor to President Barack Obama. For more information go to 2017gbulgala.eventbrite.com.last_img


Boots Belts Berets to be turned into web series

first_imgMumbai: Tipping Point, Viacom18 Studios’ digital content arm, has bought the rights for screen adaptation of Tanushree Podder’s novel ‘Boots Belts Berets’. The web series will capture the roller-coaster ride of Podder’s four protagonists – Pess, Bertie, Randy and Maachh – when they are thrust into the world of National Defence Academy (NDA), a journey of boys becoming men of honour. “Tipping Point seeks out narratives missing in the mainstream. We produced 12 short films, which were received well by viewers owing to their quirky and novel concepts. With this brand new web series, we maintain our proposition to produce standout contemporary content that will shock, awe or warm the heart,” Ajit Andhare, COO, Viacom18 Studios, said in a statement. For Podder, the adaptation of her novel into a web series is like a “dream come true”. “I am thrilled that ‘Boots Belts Berets’ is being adapted into a web series. There’s nothing more exciting for an author than to know that the story will be reaching many more people. It’s a dream come true,” she said.last_img read more


Optimizing the Patient Journey With RayCare

first_imgPreviousNext Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD Support Key to Safe Patient TreatmentsThe Provision center in Nashville installed RayCare when the center was still under construction early 2018. The proton machine used at the center is also new, which made safety a high concern, Blakey said.“We had a lot of support from RaySearch, which was instrumental to treat our first patient and being comfortable with it. We were very confident when it was time to go live thanks to the support and validation that had been done prior to the first patient treatment,” Blakey said. Ben Frank, vice president of operations at Provision CARES Proton Therapy Center in Nashville.The newly opened Provision CARES Proton Therapy Center in Nashville is the first clinic to connect the oncology information system RayCare* directly to the treatment delivery system, using it to record and verify the treatment sessions. In 2018, Provision also became the first clinic worldwide to use RaySearch software exclusively.The Provision CARES Cancer Network was established in 2014 in Knoxville, Tenn. The center became the first to ever use the treatment planning system (TPS) RayStation for clinical proton treatment planning. News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more * Subject to regulatory clearance in some markets. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  Related Content The Decision to go for RayCare as Sole OIS In October 2018, the cancer network reached another significant milestone, when RaySearch’s next generation oncology information system (OIS), RayCare, was used to record and verify the treatment sessions for the first time. The new Provision center in Nashville uses RayCare as its sole OIS and is the first to do so. The decision to choose RayCare, an OIS still in development, was a natural decision, said Ben Frank, vice president of operations.“We have always had this innovative partnership with RaySearch, so when we heard they were going to develop an OIS, we jumped onboard immediately,” he stated.The clinic found many advantages in being a RayCare partner from early days and taking part in the development of the system. One important factor is also that Provision is driven by the desire to advance cancer care, just like RaySearch, and therefore found a chance to make a change, Frank said.“We have an opportunity to challenge the status quo within oncology and to redefine cancer care. We know that there are opportunities that exist to deliver better care to cancer patients. We want to take advantage of that, together with RaySearch,” he said. Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Oncology | July 03, 2019 Optimizing the Patient Journey With RayCare Provision CARES Proton Therapy Center in Nashville Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more center_img Strong Foundation for the FutureThe continuous collaboration between RaySearch and Provision is as strong as ever, and there are many more things to look forward to, Frank said.“We are both very innovative, entrepreneurial companies and there are always opportunities to improve in our business. At the end of the day, everything we do is for our patients, and we know the same thing is true for RaySearch,” Frank concluded. Ben Frank, vice president of operations at Provision CARES Proton Therapy Center in Nashville. News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. Efficiency Gains With RayCare A seamless software integration not only streamlines the workflow, but also makes it more efficient. Higher efficiency in a cancer clinic translates into saving valuable time to instead spend on patients.“The more efficient your software is, the more efficient your overall clinic is going to be. Any time I am spending in front of a computer to document the patient’s care is time lost to interact with the patient. RayCare allows me to be as efficient as possible”, said James R. Gray, medical director.Blakey speaks about the biggest efficiency improvements Provision in Nashville has met since installing RayCare.“One of the biggest efficiencies that we have found is the ability to get a plan ready for treatment once it has been approved by the physician. It takes just a few minutes, and the integration has helped us expedite that process,” he said.Pigg agrees, and said that RayCare has also made the scheduling process a lot smoother. News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more Customizing the OIS to the Clinic’s NeedsThe clinic’s partnership with RaySearch is about the development of RayCare, including the possibility to streamline the system to the clinic’s specific needs. Before RayCare, cancer clinics had to adapt in order to fit the OIS, not the other way around. This is now subject to change, Frank said.“For the first time, we can build something from scratch, with a wide array of functionality, to design our process as wanted. We can let the system work for us and not the other way around”, he stated.Marc Blakey, director of medical physics, said that the clinic and RaySearch started out with a workflow that was built as a start-to-finish approach, from the point where the patient enters the clinic for the first time, until the treatment is completed.“We started that way but modified it over time with RaySearch when we understood how RayCare worked and how it could work for us. We then decided to go with a more modular approach, with more patient interaction. This way the workflow could be more adaptive, which we appreciate”, said Blakey.Integration with RayStation is Key The key reason for selecting all-RaySearch software to Provision in Nashville was the possibility to receive fully integrated systems with a seamless integration between RayStation and RayCare.“The integration between the TPS and OIS is something that has never been done before. Just streamlining the integration and having everything under one umbrella, makes it a very user-friendly product”, said Justin Pigg, radiation therapy manager. News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more News | Radiation Oncology | July 31, 2019 Laura Dawson, M.D., FASTRO, Chosen as ASTRO President-elect The members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) elected four new officers to ASTRO’s Board of… read morelast_img read more


Tropical Storm Blanca hits Baja California weakens further

first_img CABO SAN LUCAS, Mexico (AP) — Tropical Storm Blanca rolled into the Baja California Peninsula on Monday, with rains and high winds expected to lash a wide area even as the system continued to lose strength.Only recently a Category 4 hurricane with winds of 130 mph (215 kph), Blanca had faded to a tropical storm by the time it made landfall. It was downgraded to a tropical depression with maximum sustained winds of 35 mph (55 kph) in the afternoon, and was expected to be a remnant low by Tuesday. A woman takes photos at El Medano Beach before the arrival of Hurricane Blanca in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, Sunday, June 7, 2015. Hurricane Blanca was downgraded to a tropical storm as it neared the Baja California Peninsula, where residents boarded up home and storefront windows in preparation for the heavy rains and high winds that were forecast to lash a wide area including the resorts of Los Cabos. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo) Sponsored Stories Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility The U.S. National Hurricane Center forecast that rain associated with the storm would begin to fall in the U.S. Southwest later Monday.Tropical storm warnings and watches were lifted for the entire peninsula including its southern tip, where the resort region of Los Cabos was battered by Hurricane Odile last September. Local media said there were some flooded streets and scattered power outages in Los Cabos, but there were no immediate reports of major damage.Blanca is the earliest tropical cyclone on record to make landfall on the peninsula, according to the Hurricane Center. The storm’s center was about 60 miles (95 kilometers) southwest of Santa Rosalia in the afternoon, heading north-northwest at 17 mph (28 kph).Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Top Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Comments   Share   5 ways to recognize low testosterone The vital role family plays in society Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving soberlast_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterW Hotels Worldwide announced on 30 August WAKE UP CALL: a W Hotels Music Festival, transforming the concert scene with the boundary-pushing hotel brand’s first-ever weekend-long music festival. The inaugural event will take over the entire W Scottsdale from 30 September to 2 October, with electric performances, meet and greets, and unexpected experiences popping up in various places throughout the hotel. The music festival will then travel annually to different W Hotels around the world, with the soon-to-open W Las Vegas slated to host the three-day bash in 2017.The first ever WAKE UP CALL: a W Hotels Music Festival will feature performances by Bebe Rexha, Cee Lo Green (DJ set), De La Soul, Jess Glynne, Kungs, Lost Frequencies, Matoma, MayerHawthorne and Nico & Vinz, with additional artists to be announced. Music-lovers will enjoy a diverse schedule even after the music stops, including afternoon pool parties at W Scottsdale’s WET pool deck; morning FUEL fitness class with POUND, the rockstar-inspired cardio drumming workout, complete with mimosas and pressed juice bar; Bliss Spa pop-ups with makeup and nail touchups; VIP Lounges; and more music-inspired extras.“Music has been a defining characteristic of W Hotels since the brand’s inception, and transforming one of the hottest W Hotels into a weekend-long music festival allows our guests to never miss a beat from check in to check out,” said Anthony Ingham, Global Brand Leader, W Hotels Worldwide. “WAKE UP CALL breaks the boundaries of traditional music festivals, fully immersing music-lovers from the moment they walk through the door. Combined with our recently announced W Sound Suite music studios and the brand’s history as a platform for emerging musicians, this is just another way that W provides insider access to new/next artists for our guests.”Ticket packages for WAKE UP CALL: a W Hotels Music Festival went on sale on Tuesday 20 August and include a three-night stay at W Scottsdale, two all-access passes to the three-day festival, and two limited edition Jeremy Scott x W Hotels bucket hats, starting at $349 for rooms and $549 for suites. For those already local, daily passes are available starting from $50, with the three-day VIP pass starting at $100. Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

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