Official Newcastle announce signing of Fabian Schar

first_imgNewcastle United have announced that they have signed centre-back Fabian Schar from Deportivo La Coruna in a £3m dealThe 26-year-old becomes Newcastle’s fourth signing of the summer transfer window after they activated his £3m release clause at Deportivo.In his only season in La Liga, Schar made 28 appearances for the relegated Spanish side and was a member of the Switzerland World Cup squad that reached the last-16 this summer.The defender will wear the number five shirt at St James’ Park and has signed a three-year contract.Schar told the club website: “I’m really happy to be here. The club is a really big club for me. It has a big name, and it is a brilliant chance for me.“I’m not like a typical defender. I, of course, defend, but I’m quite good with the ball – I like to play, I want to build up the game from behind, and I think that is a strength of mine. I have also scored some headers – that could also be a strength and hopefully I can use it here.“I hope to start training with the team soon, and I’m looking forward to everything that’s coming. At the moment, I just want to get started.”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…Say hello to our new number 5️⃣, Fabian Schär!Full story: #NUFC— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) July 26, 2018Manager Rafael Benitez added: “I’m really pleased to welcome Fabian to Newcastle United. He is an international, did well in the World Cup and has great experience. He adds competition in this position and that is a positive for the team.”The Magpies have signed three other players this summer in goalkeeper Martin Dubravka, who was on loan with them last season, from Sparta Prague, free agent Ki Sung-yueng and Chelsea winger Kenedy on loan.last_img read more

Trump reviving his border wall fight with new budget request

first_img Posted: March 11, 2019 Trump reviving his border wall fight with new budget request WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is reviving his border wall fight, preparing a new budget that will seek $8.6 billion for his signature project, impose steep spending cuts to other domestic programs and set the stage for another fiscal battle.Budget documents like the one Trump is releasing Monday are often seen as just a starting point of negotiation. Fresh off the longest government shutdown in history, Trump’s 2020 proposal shows he is eager to confront Congress again to boost defense spending and cut $2.7 trillion in nondefense spending over a decade.Titled “A Budget for a Better America: Promises Kept. Taxpayers First,” Trump’s proposal “embodies fiscal responsibility,” said Russ Vought, the acting director of the Office of Management and Budget.Vought said the administration has “prioritized reining in reckless Washington spending” and shows “we can return to fiscal sanity.”Speaking on CNBC Monday, Vought confirmed that the $8.6 billion border request was part of Trump’s spending blueprint for the 2020 budget year, which begins Oct. 1. It would pay for hundreds of miles of new barriers along the U.S.-Mexico border.Vought said “the border situation is deteriorating by the day” with “record numbers of apprehensions.”An administration official said Trump’s budget proposes increasing defense spending to $750 billion — and standing up the new Space Force as a military branch — while reducing nondefense accounts by 5 percent, with cuts recommended to safety-net programs used by many Americans.The plan sticks to budget caps that both parties have routinely broken in recent years and promises to come into balance in 15 years, relying in part on economic growth that may be uncertain.The official was not authorized to discuss budget details publicly before Monday’s release of the plan and spoke on condition of anonymity.While pushing down spending in some areas, including the Environmental Protection Agency, the proposal will seek to increase funding in others to align with the president’s priorities, according to one official.The administration will invest more than $80 billion for veterans services, a nearly 10 percent increase from current levels, including “significant” investments in rehabilitation, employment assistance and suicide prevention.It will also increase resources to fight the opioid epidemic with money for prevention, treatment, research and recovery, the administration said. And it seeks to shift some federal student loan costs to colleges and universities.The proposal will also include $1 billion for a child care fund that would seek to improve access to care for underserved populations, a White House official confirmed. The one-time allocation is championed by the president’s daughter Ivanka Trump, who has focused on economic advancement for women in her role as a White House adviser.By adhering to strict budget caps, Trump is signaling a fight ahead. The president has resisted big, bipartisan budget deals that break the caps — threatening to veto one last year — but Congress will need to find agreement on spending levels to avoid another federal shutdown in fall. To stay within the caps, the budget shifts a portion of the defense spending to an overseas contingency fund, which some fiscal hawks will view as an accounting gimmick.White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said Trump’s budget “points a steady glide path” toward lower spending and borrowing as a share of the nation’s economy. He also told “Fox News Sunday” that there was no reason to “obsess” about deficits, and expressed confidence that economic growth would top 3 percent in 2019 and beyond. Others have predicted lower growth.But the Democratic chairman of the House Budget Committee, Rep. John Yarmuth of Kentucky, called the proposed cuts to essential services “dangerous.” He said Trump added nearly $2 trillion to deficits with the GOP’s “tax cuts for the wealthy and large corporations, and now it appears his budget asks the American people to pay the price.”The border wall, though, remains a signature issue for the president and is poised to stay at the forefront of his agenda, even though Congress has resisted giving him more money for it.Leading Democrats immediately rejected the proposal.“Congress refused to fund his wall and he was forced to admit defeat and reopen the government. The same thing will repeat itself if he tries this again,” said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of New York. They said the money “would be better spent on rebuilding America.”In seeking $8.6 billion for more than 300 miles of new border wall, the budget request would more than double the $8.1 billion already potentially available to the president for the wall after he declared a national emergency at the border last month in order to circumvent Congress — although there’s no guarantee he’ll be able to use that money if he faces a legal challenge, as is expected. The standoff over the wall led to a 35-day partial government shutdown, the longest in U.S. history.Along with border wall money, the proposed budget will also increase funding to increase the “manpower” of Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers and Customs and Border Patrol at a time when many Democrats are calling for cuts — or even the elimination — of those areas. The budget also proposes policy changes to end sanctuary cities, the administration said.The budget would arrive as the Senate readies to vote this week to terminate Trump’s national emergency declaration. The Democratic-led House already did so, and a handful of Republican senators, uneasy over what they see as an overreach of executive power, are expected to join Senate Democrats in following suit. Congress appears to have enough votes to reject Trump’s declaration but not enough to overturn a veto.Trump invoked the emergency declaration after Congress approved nearly $1.4 billion for border barriers, far less than the $5.7 billion he wanted. In doing so, he can potentially tap an additional $3.6 billion from military accounts and shift it to building the wall. That’s causing discomfort on Capitol Hill, where even the president’s Republican allies are protective of their power to decide how to allocate federal dollars. Lawmakers are trying to guard money that’s already been approved for military projects in their states — for base housing or other improvements — for the wall. The administration is promising to backfill those funds, senators said.The wall with Mexico punctuated Trump’s campaign for the White House, and it’s expected to again be featured in his 2020 re-election effort. He used to say Mexico would pay for it, but Mexico has refused to do so. KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, Categories: California News, Local San Diego News, National & International News, Politics FacebookTwitter March 11, 2019last_img read more

Press Talk Newtons laws public unions

first_imgGood morning, class.Today, let’s discuss classical mechanics — the physical laws describing the motion of bodies under the … yes, Jimmy?“Are you kidding me? Newton’s laws? Come on, man! Let’s talk about Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s thumping of the unions’ attempt to get him recalled.”Jimmy, ring the bell! You’re right. Who can help set the stage on this? How did Walker end up in this spot? Danni?“Well, simply put, Walker felt the state government couldn’t sustain the rich benefits and pension plans that government workers were getting.”Good. Then what happened? Cooper?“The unions turned the Wisconsin capital into a zoo. They protested, occupied buildings, beat drums, we all saw it on TV. It was a madhouse. Later the unions organized a petition drive to get Walker recalled.”OK, but let’s get to the core of what’s going on. And are there any local examples? Jake?“Let me run a theory by the class, professor. What’s going on is, benefits and retirement pensions for public workers are out of control and taxpayers have to pick up the tab for all of this. And taxpayers — mostly private workers — are tired of spending their money for government workers’ benefits and pensions. Heck, most of the private workers don’t even have a pension.”last_img read more

One Held In Slaying Of Man In Bulletproof Vest At Texas Party

first_imgwikimedia commonsBulletproof vestHouston police say a suspect has been arrested in the weekend fatal shooting of a man who put on a bulletproof vest during a party before he was shot in the chest.Police on Monday didn’t immediately release the name of the victim or charges pending against the suspect, who was being treated at a Houston hospital for an undisclosed medical issue.Authorities are seeking a motive for the shooting early Sunday and whether some people at the party had been playing with a gun.Houston police say the victim died at the scene. Investigators didn’t immediately say whether the bullet went through the vest or struck an uncovered area.The suspect fled but was located a few hours later while seeking medical attention.Police believe about six to eight people were attending the party.Houston Homicide Sgt. Mark Hollbrook says while it’s unusual for people to put on body armor and play with guns at a party, “these things happen sometimes.”The name of the victim hasn’t been immediately disclosed. Sharelast_img read more

Federal Officials Meeting In Katy To Discuss New Ways To Combat Human

first_img Listen A Texas Congressman says he’s making the fight against human trafficking a federal priority, starting in Greater Houston. Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX 10th District) and other officials are meeting in Katy to talk about new ways to combat this crime.In the audio above, McCaul explains to Houston Matters producer Maggie Martin why he thinks a controversial new law will do the job. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share center_img X 00:00 /10:07 Pexelslast_img read more

US Bank Pledges 1M Donation to Smithsonians African American Museum

first_imgBy WI Web StaffThe Minneapolis-based U.S. Bank announced a five-year, $1 million investment in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture in northwest D.C.The investment marks the bank’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, which brings strengthen the communities it serves, bank officials said.Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture in northwest D.C. (Courtesy Photo)“Through this support of the National Museum, we hope these historical stories and rich culture experiences will continue to inspire many for generations,” Andy Cecere, U.S. Bancorp chair, said in a statement.Greg Cunningham, U.S. Bank’s global head of diversity and inclusion, who recently toured the museum, said he hopes all 74,000 U.S. Bank employees will find time to visit the museum.“One of our core values is this notion that we draw strength from diversity,” Cunningham said. “I feel like every American should see it at some point.”This article originally appeared in The Washington Informer.last_img read more

40 efficient solar cells to be used for solar electricity

first_img Explore further Most conventional solar cells used in today’s applications, such as for supplemental power for homes and buildings, are one-sun, single-junction silicon cells that use only the light intensity that the sun produces naturally, and have optimal efficiency for a relatively narrow range of photon energies. The Spectrolab group experimented with concentrator multijunction solar cells that use high intensities of sunlight, the equivalent of 100s of suns, concentrated by lenses or mirrors. Significantly, the multijunction cells can also use the broad range of wavelengths in sunlight much more efficiently than single-junction cells. “These results are particularly encouraging since they were achieved using a new class of metamorphic semiconductor materials, allowing much greater freedom in multijunction cell design for optimal conversion of the solar spectrum,” Dr. Richard R. King, principal investigator of the high efficiency solar cell research and development effort, told “The excellent performance of these materials hints at still higher efficiency in future solar cells.” In the design, multijunction cells divide the broad solar spectrum into three smaller sections by using three subcell band gaps. Each of the subcells can capture a different wavelength range of light, enabling each subcell to efficiently convert that light into electricity. With their conversion efficiency measured at 40.7%, the metamorphic multijunction concentrator cells surpass the theoretical limit of 37% of single-junction cells at 1000 suns, due to their multijunction structure. While Spectrolab’s primary business is supplying PV cells and panels to the aerospace industry (many of their solar cells are used on satellites currently in orbit), the company envisions that this breakthrough will also have applications in commercial terrestrial solar electricity generation. The research that led to the discovery of the high efficiency concentrator solar cell was funded partly by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and will play a significant role in the government’s Solar America Initiative, which aims to make solar energy cost-competitive with conventional electricity generation by 2015. The company has said that these solar cells could help concentrator system manufacturers produce electricity at a cost that is competitive with electricity generated by conventional methods today.The Spectrolab scientists also predict that with theoretical efficiencies of 58% in cells with more than three junctions using improved materials and designs, concentrator solar cells could achieve efficiencies of more than 45% or even 50% in the future. Citation: King, R. R., Law, D. C., Edmondson, K. M., Fetzer, C. M., Kinsey, G. S., Yoon, H., Sherif, R. A., and Karam, N. H. “40% efficient metamorphic GaInP/GaInAs/Ge multijunction solar cells.” Applied Physics Letters 90, 183516 (2007). Copyright 2007 All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of Citation: 40% efficient solar cells to be used for solar electricity (2007, June 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Scientists from Spectrolab, Inc., a subsidiary of Boeing, have recently published their research on the fabrication of solar cells that surpass the 40% efficiency milestone—the highest efficiency achieved for any photovoltaic device. Their results appear in a recent edition of Applied Physics Letters.center_img Multijunction solar cell could exceed 50% efficiency goal This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Leopard scare grips students of Lilabati College in Alipurduar

first_imgDarjeeling: Lilabati College in Alipurduar has been gripped by the fear of a leopard after the campus CCTV camera captured a similar animal wandering around the premises of the college.Locals also claimed of a similar sighting in the college vicinity. Lilabati College is located in Jateshwar at Falakata block around 50 km away from Alipurduar Sadar. On Thursday morning, Hriday Sarkar, an ex-serviceman had gone out for his regular morning walk when he saw the leopard like animal in the vicinity of the college. He immediately informed the college authorities. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life”While going through the footages of the CCTV camera, we saw a leopard like animal wandering at the premises. We immediately informed the Forest department,” stated Narayan Chandra Vasunia, principal of the college. A team from the Dalgaon range arrived and a through search for more than three hours failed to trace the leopard. In order to drive the animal out in the open, firecrackers were also burst. “We have seen the CCTV camera footage. The animal could be a wild cat or even a leopard. We have conducted a thorough search. There is no wild animal on the campus” declared Rajib Dey, Range Officer, Dalgaon Range. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedIncidentally, the Alipurduar district with large stretches of forest is highly vulnerable to wild animals straying into human habitat. Leopards usually choose tea bushes in the tea gardens to give birth. On Wednesday, a 5-year-old was killed by a leopard in Dhumchipara Tea Estate in Alipurduar. The infant, Eden Oraon was playing with his elder sister in the front porch of his house located in the tea garden. A leopard suddenly sprang out and dragged Eden into the bushes by his neck. After half an hour of frantic search, Eden’s lifeless body was found from inside the tea bushes. The five-year-old was declared brought dead by the doctors of Madarihaat Primary health Centre. An ex-gratia of Rs 4 lakh has been announced by Forest minister Binay Krishna Barman. “Recently, incidents of leopards straying into human habitats are becoming very regular in these area,” stated Kumar Bimal, DFO, Jaldapara.last_img read more

5 Classic Hollywood Myths Most People Still Believe are True

first_imgHollywood is a land of stories as well as myths. This applies behind the scenes, as well as in front of the camera. Despite the community’s reputation for fragile egos and extravagant behavior, the wildest stories exist in the minds of the audience! A small detail or throwaway remark can lead to entire legends being built up. Here are 5 cases of classic Hollywood myths that are still believed today…5. The Gerber IdentityWho was the original Gerber baby? This question over the face of America’s famous baby food brand still preoccupies people today. The original infant used in the illustration was chosen in the late 1920s. Gerber held an art contest and eventually accepted an angelic charcoal sketch by Dorothy Hope Smith.What’s it got to do with Tinseltown? According to a famous myth, the baby was none other than Humphrey Bogart. That would certainly give new meaning to his iconic Casablanca line “Here’s looking at you kid”!AdChoices广告inRead invented by TeadsGerber’s Baby Box Food. Photo by Doug Coldwell CC by 2.0This offbeat guess wasn’t the only speculation. Elizabeth Taylor and Jane Seymour were also rumored to be on the label. Gerber maintained the mystique behind the peas and carrots until 1978, when Ann Turner Cook was revealed as the baby. Back then she was the daughter of the artist’s neighbor, and she went on to become a teacher and novelist.Speaking to Oprah Winfrey in 2015, Cook said lifting the lid on her identity would have been “a little self-promoting. It’s not an achievement of mine, it’s the achievement of the artist is the way I look at it.”4. Three Men and a Ghost BoyTom Selleck, Ted Danson and Steve Guttenberg may have had mixed fortunes on the big screen. But 1987’s Three Men & A Baby was a smash hit for the trio. The film was directed by Star Trek’s Leonard Nimoy, and a certain scene seems to take the audience where no man has gone before.A mystery child behind some curtains got people’s imaginations racing and became one of the biggest Hollywood myths of the 80s. Was their New York apartment in the movie haunted by the ghost of a little boy? It was even suggested a child had passed away in the real life location, making his presence felt on celluloid.Selleck appeared on The Tonight Show in 2017, where he was asked about the myth by host Jimmy Fallon. Firstly the star pointed out they were on a soundstage, not on location. Secondly he wanted a cut from the resulting publicity: “I’m going to call Ted and Steve because I think we participated [financially] in the video sales,” he quipped.Tom Selleck in 2014. Photo by Dominic D CC by 2.0As for the identity of the mythical child? The answer is less flattering. It was actually a cardboard cut out of Ted Danson, whose egotistical character had them lying around the place.3. The Spielberg IntrusionIt’s common knowledge that Steven Spielberg was pro-active in getting his legendary career started. But did he behave like Catch Me If You Can con artist Frank Abagnale to get his break? A popular myth is that he embedded himself at Universal Studios as a teenage employee without them realizing.“I put on a suit and tie and sneaked past the guard at Universal,” Spielberg told the Hollywood Reporter in 1971. He added that he “found an empty bungalow, and set up an office. I then went to the main switchboard and introduced myself and gave them my extension so I could get calls.”Steven Spielberg in 1993. Photo by GianAngelo Pistoia CC by SA-3.0This enterprising feat simply isn’t borne out by the facts. Editor Chuck Silvers gave Spielberg an intern job fair and square. The future director of Hollywood mega hits had a reputation for sneaking onto sets but that’s about as far as it went. Spielberg himself seemed to be the main source of these mischievous anecdotes…2. Eaton’s ExitOne of the most memorable ends in the James Bond franchise was that of Shirley Eaton’s character Jill Masterson. She was infamously offed with a coating of paint in 1964’s Goldfinger. Apparently if the body’s pores are completely covered a person will die of asphyxiation.An imaginative explanation, and the makings of a powerful myth. However this plot point was Hollywood hokum. Smithsonian Magazine went on a mission to discover the truth in 2014. “Bond was a much better agent than a scientist,” they observed. “We breathe through our noses and mouths, not our skin (though clogging the pores for an extended period can cause heatstroke).”Replica of Shirley Eaton covered in gold in Goldfinger. Photo by Steven Lek CC by SA-4.0It just wouldn’t have been the same had Sean Connery said, “She died of heatstroke” rather than “skin suffocation”. The myth went on to include Eaton’s demise on set, though thankfully this was pure fiction!2008’s Quantum Of Solace paid tribute by “drowning” Gemma Arterton’s Strawberry Fields in crude oil.1. Amityville AccuracyOne of the most chilling details about The Amityville Horror is its roots in a true story. However is this one of the ultimate examples of a myth with a Tinseltown twist?A shocking event certainly took place there in 1974. But when it comes to the people who moved in afterwards and experienced terrifying events, the facts are less established. The book and movie franchise stemmed from a tome written by Jay Anson, based on the experiences of former householders the Lutzes. It mentioned strange smells, slime and disembodied voices among other details.The Amityville house (1973) Photo by BrownieCharles99 CC by SA-3.0Some are unconvinced. wrote in 2017 that George and Kathy Lutz were reportedly “bogged down in legal and financial issues, which prompted skeptics to believe they had motive to create a fantastical story to sell to the public.”Lawyer William Weber – who defended Amityville suspect Ron DeFeo – claimed in 1979 that “the three of them came up with the horror story ‘over many bottles of wine’.”Related Article: Where the Stars Would Play – 5 Iconic and Historic Hollywood EstablishmentsThe truth is still up in the air. However the general view is that this was myth-making of the highest order. One that became a money-making hit in Hollywood – a place where myths prove very profitable indeed!last_img read more

Nemp Music Player for Windows

first_imgNemp Music Player for Windows by Martin Brinkmann on March 05, 2018 in Music and Video – Last Update: March 06, 2018 – 15 commentsNemp is an open source music player for Microsoft Windows PCs with a rich feature set that runs on very old versions of Windows as well as all supported versions of the operating system.Nemp, which stands for Noch Ein MP3 Player (Yet Another MP3 Player), is offered as a portable program. You can run the music player without installation, for instance on a USB Drive that stores your music collection.The player runs a wizard on first start that you may use to define important settings that include configuration of automatic updates, whether the player is allowed to modify the metadata of audio files, download cover art from, or if it may adjust the rating and play counter of music files automatically.You can skip the wizard and load it with a click on Settings > Wizard.NempNemp’s interface is dark but you can switch to a light theme with a click on Settings > Skins > Windows default, or by downloading available skins to integrate them.The player uses different panes to display information. There is a pane for the album browser, playback controls, playlists, and the selected library folder.There is a lot going on even with a blank media library and playlist. First thing you may want to do is add music to the media library. You can drag & drop audio files or folders to the media library pane to have them scanned and added, or use the Media Library menu to initiate a scan.Nemp may monitor folders that you add for new music to add new files to the library automatically; handy.The music player supports audio files with the following extension: mp3, ogg, wav, wma, ogg, flac, ape, aac, m4a, mp4, mp2, mp1, aiff, mo3, it, xm, s3m, mtm, mod, umx, fla, oga, midi, mid, rmi, kar, mac, wv, mpc, mp+, mpp, ofr, ofs, tta, and cda (CD-Audio), and the playlist formats m3u, m3u8, pls, asx, wax and cue.Cover art is downloaded from if you have selected that option and if no cover art is available. The player supports all popular audio formats and ID3v1, ID3v2, Ogg Vorbis comments, Flac metablocks and Apev2 tags that it displays and that you may edit.The default media library view displays covers but you can switch to a list view or tag cloud view instead.List view divides the music into artists and albums; it is the best view mode if you want an overview of the entire library.A click on an album populates the song list automatically. It lists artist names, album and song titles, play duration, genre and other information.Individual songs, albums and tags can be added to playlists. This works like in other players but you may find some of the provided options useful. You can play individual songs that are not on the playlist without changing the playlist, use headphone mode to play a song on a secondary audio card to preview it, and use various playing and enqueuing options.The position of the playback controls may require some getting used to if you keep the default interface. You find the controls in the middle of the interface. Nemp displays the cover art by default but you may switch to lyrics, the equalizer, effects or headphone view mode instead.Other features of interestNemp supports lots of features, some big some small.You can run a web server to control Nemp using any device with a web browser, e.g. your smartphone.Birthday Mode to play a song at a specific time.Play jingles at the same time as the main song.Webradio support is built-in and you may record mp3 web users may use scrobbling.View detailed information (tags and other), and edit some.Nemp supports unicode.Configure Sleep Mode to change the power state of the PC after a selected time.Closing WordsNemp is a powerful music player that comes with all the bells and whistles that you’d expect and some that may come as a surprise.The player used less than 30 Megabytes of memory and barely any CPU while it was used to playback local audio files and web radio streams.All in all a well designed player that is updated regularly.Now You: Which music player do you use?Summary12345 Author Rating4.5 based on 4 votes Software Name NempOperating System WindowsSoftware Category MultimediaLanding Page Advertisementlast_img read more

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first_img The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD 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 Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications News | 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 Related Content News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 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 | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more News | 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 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.  March 12, 2012 — Varian Medical Systems received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for a surface beacon transponder to be used with the Calypso system as a tracking device capable of monitoring motion during radiotherapy treatments for indications anywhere in the body. The Surface Beacon Transponder is placed temporarily on the skin for real-time tracking of respiratory and other patient motion during radiotherapy, greatly expanding the number of cancer sites for which the Calypso technology can be used.”Our new surface transponder allows users to track patient motion in real-time during treatment,” said Chris Toth, vice president of marketing for Varian’s Oncology Systems group. “It can be placed on a patient’s chest wall to monitor respiratory motion during radiotherapy. It is designed to improve targeting in some of the most prevalent types of cancer, including breast cancer.”For example, chest wall monitoring during treatment of the left breast can correlate with the position of the heart. Having a tool to monitor this position in real time enables clinicians to design treatments that eliminate or significantly reduce dose to the heart. Breast cancer is the most common cancer for women in the United States — an estimated 30 percent of women will develop breast cancer over their lifetime.Varian acquired Calypso in October 2011 to extend the company’s range of real-time tracking tools aimed at enhancing the precision of radiotherapy treatments.”These products are a perfect complement for Varian’s motion management technology, including our TrueBeam platform and dynamic imaging tools for highly focused radiosurgery,” says Tim Guertin, president and CEO of Varian Medical Systems. “Achieving 510(k) clearance for the Surface Beacon Transponder expands the range of applications for the Calypso ‘GPS for the body’ real-time tracking solution.”For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more News | 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 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 Technology | March 12, 2012 Varian Receives FDA Clearance for Use of Transponder to Monitor Motion During Radiotherapy 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

Philips and Hitachi Data Systems to Collaborate on VNA Solution

first_img News | Radiology Business | August 01, 2019 Philips Completes Acquisition of Carestream Health’s HCIS Business … read more News | Electronic Medical Records (EMR) | April 19, 2019 HHS Extends Comment Period for Proposed Electronic Health Information Interoperability Rules The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is extending the public comment period by 30 days for two… read more Related Content itnTV “Conversations”: Vital Images Helps Build Infrastructure for the FutureVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:14Loaded: 2.26%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:14 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Sponsored Content | Videos | Information Technology | April 15, 2019 itnTV “Conversations”: Vital Images Helps Build Infrastructure for the Future Vital Images has developed a strategy that allows its customers to capture revenues that are otherwise missed while b read more center_img March 1, 2016 — Philips announced a collaboration with Hitachi Data Systems, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hitachi Ltd., to deliver a highly scalable, high-performance vendor neutral archive (VNA) solution. A VNA is a universal data management solution in which medical images, documents and potentially other clinically relevant data are archived in a standard format, allowing them to be rapidly accessed in a vendor neutral manner by other informatics systems.The collaboration combines Philips’ expertise in enterprise medical image management solutions with Hitachi’s digital health data management capabilities. Philips plans to launch the solution in the second half of 2016, further complementing the company’s portfolio of picture archiving and communication systems (PACS) and image analysis solutions.This advanced VNA addresses the biggest challenges healthcare organizations face in making their many millions of images, often stored in multivendor systems and infrastructures from various departments, rapidly available to virtually any clinician at any location within the health system. In less than 3 seconds, clinicians can access relevant multi-discipline medical imaging information in order to obtain a more complete and integrated view of an individual patient’s medical condition over time, with the aim of improving patient outcomes.With rapid advancements in medical imaging, and its increased use in the diagnosis and treatment of disease, healthcare organizations face challenges with storing and retrieving imaging data in ever-increasing volumes, varieties and file sizes. Many of Philips’ premier health system customers are generating over 2 million medical images per week. These images range from X-ray, computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance (MR) scans made by their radiology, cardiology and oncology departments to the digital photos taken by dermatology and plastic surgery as part of a consultation. A single radiology or cardiology scan, for example, can easily generate several hundred megabytes of data. An even greater data explosion is on the horizon as digital pathology and genomics data storage become more widely adopted. However, today’s images are often still held in decentralized systems unable to connect – for example, separate radiology, cardiology and dermatology databases. There is a growing need for an enterprise-wide solution that offers high-speed universal access to imaging data for the different clinical settings that can help contain costs, avoid repeat exams and improve patient outcomes. For chief information officers (CIOs) at healthcare enterprises looking to implement more effective data management strategies with centralized access using VNAs, high-speed on-demand delivery of large medical images to the clinicians who need them remains a challenge.The Philips data management solution is enabled by its HealthSuite digital-platform, an open hybrid on-premise and cloud-based platform that allows the creation of the next generation of connected health and clinical IT innovations. It will deliver high-speed performance for the universal hospital-wide management of medical images, while also adhering to the standards-based interoperability needed by institutions to leverage existing investments. Combined with Hitachi Data Systems’ experience in information protection, consolidation, archiving and searching, the result is a highly scalable and flexible solution that can cope with vastly growing amounts of data without compromising performance or speed of response. It is designed to be future-proof with the aim to integrate and store data coming from other sources such as electronic medical records (EMRs), patient monitoring systems, and emerging technologies such as digital pathology and genomics.Philips will showcase its new data management solution at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) 2016 annual meeting and exhibition, taking place Feb. 29 – March 4 in Las Vegas.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Sponsored Content | Whitepapers | Vendor Neutral Archive (VNA) | June 04, 2019 Considerations for a Vendor Neutral Archive (VNA) The evolution from standalone PACS to extensive Enterprise Imagining Solutions created the need to archive informatio read more Technology | Vendor Neutral Archive (VNA) | March 01, 2016 Philips and Hitachi Data Systems to Collaborate on VNA Solution New vendor neutral archiving solution delivers medical images from all disciplines to clinicians across multiple departments and locations within the health system in less than 3 seconds News | PACS | May 22, 2019 Brazil’s Santa Casa Hospital System Chooses Carestream for Unified Diagnostic Workflow Santa Casa de Misericordia has selected Carestream to replace its legacy diagnostic workflow technology across all… read more Sponsored Content | Videos | Enterprise Imaging | March 27, 2019 VIDEO: GE Healthcare’s CCA Analytics Provides Governance for Enterprise Imaging GE Healthcare Centricity Clinical Archive (CCA) Analytics, shown at … read more Technology | Virtual and Augmented Reality | June 10, 2019 Medivis SurgicalAR Gets FDA Clearance Medivis announced that its augmented reality (AR) technology platform for surgical applications, SurgicalAR, has… read more Sponsored Content | Videos | Enterprise Imaging | March 15, 2019 VIDEO: Enterprise Imaging: How GE and Microsoft Extend VNA Analytics As a VNA, GE Healthcare Ce read morelast_img read more

5 healthy travel trends for the new year

first_imgThe New Year is a time when people announce resolutions and work to create new habits. However, out of the 45 percent of the population that is estimated to make them, only around 8 percent actually achieve them.Even within the business travel world, there are plenty of resolutions and trends that people will set, as they make their way around the country and world in the name of business. There are some emerging trends for the New Year that will help keep travelers healthy as well as happy.“Anytime we can maintain healthy habits while traveling, we are doing great,” explains Jayne McAllister, of Jayne McAllister Travel Wellness.“Traveling can be demanding for anyone who is even remotely health conscious, but times are changing as indicated by exciting new trends that facilitate keeping a healthy mind and body on the road.”Here are 5 healthy travel trends for the New Year: Meditation is going mainstream. From Deepak Chopra’s website to the Harvard Business Review, meditation for corporate executives is becoming more common. Many companies are bringing in meditation specialists to teach their executives how to focus, think more clearly and make better, more profitable decisions. Meditation works especially well for business travelers, who are subject to more stress than non-traveling, as it can be practiced anywhere, including on airplanes and in hotel rooms. Apps are available to guide neophytes through the process of meditating (see With flight delays or other curveballs that are often thrown at the frequent traveler, the passenger can retreat into a meditation rather than an airport bar or their laptop. Per the Harvard report, the results of a sustained meditation practice are increased resilience, emotional intelligence, creativity, focus and improved relationships. Health Oriented Hotels. It used to be that you stayed in a hotel that boasted a mediocre workout room down the end of a dark corridor and a restaurant with one menu item highlighted as heart healthy. Business travelers now have true wellness options in the shape of hotels whose brand is geared toward the health-conscious traveler. IHG’s EVEN Hotels has been going strong in the mid-price range for a couple of years now. At the luxury end of the market, famed gym brand Equinox is entering the hospitality business and developing its first hotel in Manhattan which is due to open in 2018. The property will include a 60,000 square foot fitness center. The trend has filtered to mainstream properties, which have amped up their facilities for healthy travel. Westin has long led the way with its WestinWORKOUT rooms, followed by other hospitality groups such as the Trump Hotel Collection’s Trump Wellness signature program. Since 2012, the MGM Grand in Las Vegas has offered dedicated Stay Well rooms, designed by Delos, which include – among other features – an air purification system, aromatherapy, long wave night lighting, and vitamin C-infused showers. Doing Less to Produce More. Doing more doesn’t make you more productive. Presenteeism is becoming the new absenteeism, especially for mobile workforces. For example, a traveling executive might be tired but feels compelled to work on a plane to make good use of time in the air. Or they might travel home on a Sunday and present themselves at the office on Monday, ready for business as usual. In both scenarios, they might have been exhausted but they have gone through the motions of working yet not performing to optimum capacity. Without the right amount of rest, the work completed on the plane may have to be redone, or the employee returning to the office may not be fully present and effective. The best companies are recognizing that traveling employees need time to recover from travel and allow time off or time working from home to do this.“Business travel is always going to be a part of our world, but these trends are making it healthier and less stressful,” adds McAllister. “As employees become healthier and happier on the road, they are usually also more productive.”McAllister has a new book titled “ Mile High & Healthy: The Frequent Traveler’s Roadmap to Eating, Energy, Exercise and a Balanced Life,” where she shares tips and tricks for staying healthy while traveling. The book offers information on eating healthily, exercising on the road, sustaining energy levels, eliminating jet lag, sleeping well, reducing stress, and moreSource = Jayne McAllister Travel Wellnesscenter_img Adding Personal Time to Trips. “Bleisure” is a fast growing trend of combining leisure time with business trips. Nearly half (46 percent) of business travelers add personal days to all or most of their business trips. The major reasons for this trend, as cited in the Bleisure Report 2014, include wanting to explore new cities, to gain cultural experience and knowledge, and to contribute to work/life balance. Three in five business travelers are more likely to take a bleisure trip than they were five years ago. For most companies, the practice of adding leisure time to a business trip is a win-win. Employees are less likely to burn out and are therefore more productive. Work out at the airport.  Passengers are taking advantage of airport down time to get moving to counter the effects of being sedentary and stationary. Many airports now boast walking paths and yoga rooms. In 2016, gyms are joining shops, restaurants and bars as airport concessions thanks to a startup company called AirFit. Facilities will include a state of the art workout room, showers, clothing purchase/rental, and luggage storage. First up is New York John F. Kennedy International Airport, followed by San Francisco International Airport and Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.last_img read more

Hawaiian Airlines expands New Zealand flights

first_imgHawaiian Airlines expands New Zealand flightsHawaiian Airlines is expanding its New Zealand service with up to five non-stop flights weekly between Auckland and Honolulu starting in March, when the carrier’s increasingly popular route celebrates five years. The greater year-round frequency comes in response to strong demand for the airline’s authentic Hawaiian in-flight hospitality experienced by more than 260,000 passengers since thrice weekly service was launched in 2013.“Our growth in New Zealand underpins our decision to offer Kiwis unmatched value on their Hawai‘i vacation,” said Russell Williss, Hawaiian Airlines country director for New Zealand. “As a destination carrier, we are uniquely positioned to showcase our island home with our authentic and warm hospitality from the moment we welcome guests on board.”Under Hawaiian’s expanded schedule starting March 21, flights will depart Auckland at 11:55 p.m. five times weekly, Wednesday through Sunday, arriving in Honolulu at 9:45 a.m. on the same day and offeringguests ample time to settle into their accommodations, explore O‘ahu, or take a connecting flight to a Neighbor Island or one of Hawaiian’s 11 gateway cities in North America. Flights from Honolulu to Auckland will depart at 2:05 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, arriving at 10 p.m. the following day.The airline also provides travelers the option of taking a dual-destination vacation with a free stopover in Hawai‘i before connecting to North America or on the return to New Zealand. In 2016, more than 15,000 Hawaiian Airlines’ guests arriving in Honolulu from Auckland continued on to one of the carrier’s 11 gateway U.S. cities or to an island other than O‘ahu.“Our enhanced schedule will offer even greater convenience and flexibility for Kiwi travelers flying to Honolulu and U.S. Mainland cities, as well as more options for inbound travelers visiting New Zealand,” Williss added.In addition to Hawaiian’s growing flight network and award-winning service, guests flying between Hawai‘i and New Zealand will enjoy superior comfort and a host of new amenities. The airline’s wide-body Airbus A330 aircraft offers three relaxing in-flight experiences, including Business Class with fully lie-flat seating,Extra Comfort premium economy and the Main Cabin.Incorporating flowing curves evocative of the winds and the ocean, Hawaiian’s Business Class cabin, introduced to the Auckland route last year, includes 18 leather seats that extend into 180-degree beds at aroomy 20.5 inches wide and 76 inches long. Aligned in a 2-2-2 configuration, the seats are ideally tailored to leisure guests such as couples, families and honeymooners, while offering superior functionality to the business traveler. Guests are treated to luxury amenities, world-class cuisine prepared by Hawai‘i’s leading chefs and access to 100 hours of movies and TV on a 13-inch widescreen tablet.The airline also increased its popular Extra Comfort seating to 68 from 40 seats. Extra Comfort offers five more inches of legroom, priority boarding, complimentary on-demand in-seat entertainment, and apersonal power outlet. Hawaiian’s Main Cabin seats, at 18 inches, the roomiest on the Auckland-Honolulu route, are equipped with high-resolution LCD touch-screen monitors and a personal USB port.Flights in Hawaiian’s increased New Zealand schedule are now available for booking via Hawaiian AirlinesHawaiian®, the world’s most punctual airline as reported by OAG, has led all U.S. carriers in on-time performance for each of the past 13 years (2004-2016) as reported by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Consumer surveys by Condé Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure have placed Hawaiian among the top of all domestic airlines servingHawai‘i.Now in its 88th year of continuous service, Hawaiian is Hawai‘i’s biggest and longest-serving airline. Hawaiian offers non-stop service to Hawai‘i from more U.S. gateway cities (11) than any other airline, along with service from Japan, South Korea, China, Australia, New Zealand, American Samoa and Tahiti. Hawaiian also provides approximately 170jet flights daily between the Hawaiian Islands, with a total of more than 250 daily flights system-wide.Hawaiian Airlines, Inc. is a subsidiary of Hawaiian Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: HA). Additional information is available at Follow updates on Twitter about Hawaiian (@HawaiianAir) and its special fare offers (@HawaiianFares), and become a fan on its Facebook page (Hawaiian Airlines). For career postings and updates, follow Hawaiian’s LinkedIn page.Source = Hawaiian Airlineslast_img read more

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first_img Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling It remains to be seen how Keim and the Cardinals will address the issue personnel-wise. Arizona will have the 29th pick in the first round of the draft, and could select a pass rusher there. Many of the players considered elite at the position will be off the board at that point and a lot can change between now and late-April, but Ohio State’s Darron Lee, Georgia’s Leonard Floyd and Eastern Kentucky’s Noah Spence could be available.Free agency is also a possible avenue for Keim to explore. Denver’s Von Miller, Kansas City’s Tamba Hali and Seattle’s Bruce Irvin are among the best edge rushers that could hit the market in February. – / 69 For the most part, Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton had all day to throw the football Sunday.Newton completed 18-of-29 passes for 335 yards and two touchdowns as the Panthers dismantled the Arizona Cardinals 49-15 in the NFC Championship Game at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte.Arizona managed just one sack, and that came on a play where Newton slipped while trying to escape Cardinals defensive lineman Ed Stinson. Newton was hit just twice in the game. Carolina Panthers’ Cam Newton throws during the second half the NFL football NFC Championship game against the Arizona Cardinals, Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton) Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retirescenter_img That lack of pass rush made things very difficult on the secondary, who also did not play well.The architect of the 2015 Cardinals, general manager Steve Keim, says moving forward, improving in that area is a big priority moving into next season.“Create a pass rush,” Keim answered when asked what the biggest need is by Doug and Wolf Monday morning on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM. “I don’t care who it is, whether it’s Cam Newton or Aaron Rodgers, you have to affect the quarterback on a lot of snaps and we weren’t able to do that.“Our back end, I don’t think, played particularly well, but again, you have to give those guys some help as well. I don’t think we created any pressure. We have to get more physical up front and that starts with me. I have to a better job. I will certainly answer the bell and get that started today and try to put a team on the field that all our fans can be proud of.”The Cardinals’ pass rush was mediocre all season long. Arizona ranked 20th in the NFL with 36 sacks — a quarter of which came in a Week 16 win over the Green Bay Packers. They were tied for 10th in the league with 108 quarterback hurries. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Your browser does not support the audio element. Comments   Share   LISTEN: Steve Keim, Cardinals general manager last_img read more

Not enough gas in Onasagoras

first_imgBy George PsyllidesENI-KOGAS has not found enough commercially exploitable natural gas reserves in its first exploratory drill at the offshore Onasagoras field, the energy ministry said on Friday.According to an official announcement, the joint venture will complete drilling within the next few days and move on to the Amathusa field, also located in bloc 9 of the Cyprus exclusive economic zone.“Drillship Sapiem 10000 will continue as normal, the exploration programme that started last September,” the ministry said.The Onasagoras drill reached the expected depth of 5,800 metres in what was the first of a series of drills by SAIPEM 10000.The gas field was not the biggest potential prospect but one with the highest probability of success, according to industry sources.ENI-KOGAS holds concessions on offshore blocs 2, 3 and 9.Previous drills by Houston-based Noble Energy at the ‘Aphrodite’ well, in bloc 12, have come up with 3.6 to 6 trillion cubic feet (tcf) of natural gas.It is understood, however, that privately the Americans have narrowed down the quantities to around 3.1 tcfFrench energy giant Total has licences on blocs 10 and 11, which border Egyptian waters of the Nile Delta.The area around ENI-KOGAS’ drill has become the focus of a dispute between Cyprus and Turkey, which dispatched its own research vessel to the area.The move came after Ankara issued a maritime notice, or NAVTEX, reserving certain areas of the EEZ for surveys from October 20 to December 30.Turkey’s action prompted President Nicos Anastasiades to pull out of reunification talks.You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoKelley Blue BookYou Won’t Believe How Affordable These Ford Car Models AreKelley Blue BookUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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