Right whale researchers meet in Halifax to sound alarm about species decline

first_imgHALIFAX – Their names were Glacier, Starboard and Peanut.The colourfully named mammals were among 15 North Atlantic right whales who died off the coast of Canada and the U.S. in recent months.To the community of researchers, rescuers and others gathered in Halifax for the North Atlantic Right Whale Consortium’s annual meeting, each of the 15 whales who died off the coast of Canada and the U.S. in recent months was mourned both as an individual loss as well as a dire blow to the endangered species’ survival.Tonya Wimmer of the Marine Animal Response Society became overwhelmed with emotion as she recalled recovering several bloated whale carcasses in Canada’s eastern waters this summer.“I’m going to take you through those animals, not only on the human side, but on the animal side, because they aren’t just numbers,” Tonya Wimmer told the hundreds of people gathered at St. Mary’s University. “I think it’s really important to see the context of who and what we were dealing with.”The spate of right whale deaths cast a shadow over Sunday’s gathering, which is normally closed to the media, but was opened up due to public interest.Presenters spoke with a renewed sense of urgency to protect the 450 right whales still alive as of 2016, according to the latest population estimate, which does not account for this year’s losses.Scott Kraus of the New England Aquarium in Boston said in an interview that the death toll since spring could be higher than the official count, and combined with dwindling birth rates, the species is at risk of extinction.“We’ve got to do something, because the trajectory of the decline is such that this population could be gone in two to three decades,” Kraus said.Many of the whale deaths have been attributed to vessel strikes and getting tangled in fishing gear.The Canadian government has taken steps to reduce the risk to right whales by bringing in measures including reducing the speed limit in the Gulf of St. Lawrence and shutting down a snow crab fishery.Federal Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc is set to meet with scientists, members of industry, Indigenous groups and other interested parties in Moncton, N.B., to discuss the right whale deaths.“These kinds of conservation crises only get solved when you have all the stakeholders involved, and that they’re all committed to finding solutions,” said Kraus. “It can’t be … feel-good solutions. It has to be real effective conservation efforts.”Kraus is particularly concerned about the escalating threat of entanglements, which he said have shot through the roof in recent years, overtaking ship strikes as the leading cause of death for right whales, in addition to causing other health issues.Many of the proposed solutions to this problem will require help from the fishing industry, Kraus said, such as switching to types of fishing gear that reduce the risk of entanglement or make it easier for a trapped whale to break free.Kraus said mysterious shifts in right whale migration patterns, such as an increased presence in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, have left scientists scratching their heads, but luckily, right whale researchers pool their resources by sharing information — such as name, age, gender and physical features — in a database so they can track changes in population.Mark Baumgartner, who works at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute on Cape Cod, said the number of deaths this year is a wake-up call that the survival of the whales can’t be achieved by a small group of experts, but must involve the broader public.“Every researcher that I’ve talked to has described this past summer as an utter disaster. It is really quite depressing to see,” he said. “One of the things that we want to have come out of this meeting is for people to have a sense of urgency … This is a problem we think can be solved if the public wants this to be solved.”The consortium has announced plans to form an international working group to address the right whale “mortality crisis.”last_img read more

Selected quotes on Trump tariffs from various sources

first_imgOTTAWA – Selected quotes on President Donald Trump’s announcement of new tariffs on steel and aluminum imports:“Due to the unique nature of our relationship with Canada and Mexico … we’re gonna hold off the tariff for those two countries.” Trump, announcing the tariffs at the White House.———“If we don’t make the deal on NAFTA, and if we terminate NAFTA … we’ll start all over again. Or we’ll just do it a different way. But we’ll terminate NAFTA, and that’ll be it. But I have a feeling we’re gonna make a deal on NAFTA… If we do there won’t be any tariffs on Canada, and there won’t be any tariffs on Mexico.” Trump said during the announcement.___“I conclude that Canada and Mexico present a special case. Given our shared commitment to supporting each other in addressing national security concerns, our shared commitment to addressing global excess capacity for producing steel, the physical proximity of our respective industrial bases, the robust economic integration between our countries, the export of steel articles produced in the United States to Canada and Mexico, and the close relation of the economic welfare of the United States to our national security … I have determined that the necessary and appropriate means to address the threat to the national security posed by imports of steel articles from Canada and Mexico is to continue ongoing discussions with these countries and to exempt steel articles imports from these countries from the tariff, at least at this time.” An excerpt from the formal presidential proclamation signed by Trump.———“We’re staunch allies in Norad in NATO and all along our 8,891-km peaceful and secure border. That Canada could pose any kind of security threat is inconceivable.” Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland.———“Today is a step forward. There is more hard work to do. We are focused on getting a good result for Canadians. As we move forward we will be thorough, measured and effective.” Freeland.———“While it is important to recognize that we are still facing challenges, I am pleased that we got the decision we fought for — the one that protects workers and businesses in Ontario’s steel and aluminum industry. It speaks to the success of Ontario’s strategy of extensive outreach to U.S. leaders during this period of uncertainty.” Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne.———“This isn’t a victory, it’s a threat. The U.S. is now holding tariffs over Canada’s head at the NAFTA table ahead of the next round, which uncoincidentally will take place in Washington.” Jerry Dias, national president of Unifor, Canada’s largest union in the private sector, with 315,000 members.———“Canada should be exempt from these tariffs, fully and without condition. We are a partner of the United States in NATO and NORAD and Canada’s steel and aluminum industries provide a critical source of supply for American businesses and for American defence needs. Far from being a problem for the U.S., we are their ally, their supplier and their customer.” Perrin Beatty, president and CEO of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce.———last_img read more

Bigfoot hunters converge on Yukon park after alleged sighting

first_imgAPTN National NewsA recent alleged sighting of Bigfoot in the Yukon has people on the hunt for the elusive creature.The sighting happened just outside of Kluane National Park.APTN’s Shirley McLean has the story.last_img

Bouaida meets with delegation of US journalists

first_imgRabat – Minister delegate for foreign affairs Mbarka Bouaida met, on Monday in Rabat, with a delegation of American journalists led by Cloves C. Campbell, president of the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) currently on a visit to the Kingdom. During this meeting, the Minister highlighted the success of the recent visit by HM King Mohammed VI to the United States, saying that it has opened new horizons for cooperation, according to a statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Noting that the joint statement issued at the end of this visit is a clear roadmap for the strategic partnership between Morocco and the United States, Bouaida stressed that the two countries are continuously strengthening the bases of a renovated and ambitious partnership. Briefing the delegation of American journalists on the latest developments of the national cause, Bouaida said the Moroccan autonomy initiative, which is in line with the international law, is the only practical and viable proposal on the table of negotiations.last_img read more

Sudan Two UN agencies team up to help smallholder farmers promote food

Two United Nations agencies – the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Food Programme (WFP) – today agreed to strengthen their cooperation in Sudan to help smallholder farmers improve their production and thus promote food security.While the two agencies, both headquartered in Italy, have been promoting food security in the African country for decades, this is the first time that they have signed a memorandum of understanding to formalize their partnership there.“We fully expect that this collaboration will strengthen our ongoing efforts to promote resilience and self-reliance among the vulnerable communities that we support,” the Head of Programme for WFP’s Sudan operation, Marco Cavalcante, said in a joint press release.“IFAD Country Office is pleased to sign this agreement with WFP today, which is an excellent example of extended collaboration between the Rome-based agencies here in Sudan,” said an IFAD Country Programme Officer, Ahmed Subahi.According to the WFP website, Sudan remains a least-developed and a low-income food-deficit country. In the UN Development Programme’s 2013 Human Development Index, Sudan ranked 166th out of 187 countries on the index and as the fifth most food-insecure country according to the 2013 Global Hunger Index. The country remains one of WFP’s most complex humanitarian emergencies characterized by recurrent conflict, new and protracted displacement, regional insecurity, crisis levels malnutrition and food insecurity, chronic poverty and a deteriorating economy. Under the agreement, IFAD and WFP will work to enhance smallholder farmers’ access to agricultural resources, including improved seeds and training on agricultural credit and methods to reduce post-harvest losses. The agencies will also work to improve the availability of market services for produce. The agreement will also enable the two agencies to strengthen cooperation on analysis of climate impact on agricultural activities to help communities adapt to changing climate patterns.In 2010, WFP implemented its innovative Farmers to Market (F2M) Programme to assist smallholder farmers as part of its efforts to promote food security and build resilience among vulnerable communities.Through this programme, WFP partnered with the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and the Central Bank of Sudan to enable smallholder farmers to access markets for training, insurance, and credit. According to the joint release, WFP is currently assisting 45,000 smallholder farmers across Sudan to improve production and become self-sufficient, seeking to expand the F2M programme to reach more than 80,000 smallholder farmers by next year.For its part, the joint release noted, IFAD has invested $257 million to finance 20 programmes and projects since inception of its activities in Sudan in 1979. By the end of 2015, IFAD had been implementing eight projects that stretched over 11 states in 50 localities, encompassing areas with a high concentration of the rural poor. Currently, IFAD projects extend to 731 communities and more than 400,000 direct beneficiaries. read more

Anglo American completes divestment of Scaw Metals

first_imgAnglo American has completed the final stage of the $1.4 billion Scaw Metals Group divestment with the sale of Scaw South Africa, a leading South Africa based integrated steel maker, to an investment consortium led by the Industrial Development Corp of South Africa (IDC) and Anglo American’s partners in Scaw South Africa, for a total consideration of R3.4 billion ($440 million) on a debt and cash free basis. Scaw Metals Group is a leading South African based integrated steel manufacturer serving the mining, construction and other industrial sectors. It comprised four key business units – Grinding Media, Wire Rod Products, Cast Products and Rolled Products. The main operations are located in South Africa and Australia, with smaller operations in Zimbabwe and Zambia.Scaw Grinding Media is the leading supplier of grinding solutions to the African mining industry. It supplies a broad spectrum of grinding media to major end-use commodities, including platinum, gold and copper. These products include cast high chrome and forged grinding balls.Scaw Wire Rod Products is a leading manufacturer and distributor of specialised ropes, wire/strand and chains for mining and Scaw Cast Products is a leading manufacturer of specialised, high quality cast products used in mining.last_img read more

Spend 1500 at Bloomingdales get a free iPad

first_imgThere’s not very many ways to grab yourself a free iPad unless you get lucky and win a competition. Bloomingdales is offering anyone the chance to be handed one for free, but there is a rather expensive catch.In the New York Times over the weekend the following advertisement appeared:If you happen to like the Y.E.S. range of contemporary sports clothes sold in Bloomingdales, and were planning a major spending spree, then a free iPad could be yours this coming weekend.While $1,500 sounds like a lot to spend on clothes, it’s not at this store. Fortune notes that the outfit being worn in the advert (sweater, shirt, and jeans) comes to $605 alone.Read more at Fortune, via 9 to 5 Maclast_img

Boeing 737 Max planes suspended from departing or flying into Irish airspace

first_imgThe IAA has been closely monitoring the situation, however, as we do not currently have sufficient information from the flight data recorder we have, as a precautionary measure, issued instructions to stop any flights on Boeing 737 MAX from any operator arriving, departing or overflying Irish airspace.There are 13 Boeing 737 aircraft on the Irish aircraft register. The IAA said it will continue to work closely with the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), the US Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) and the manufacturer Boeing.Responding to the suspensions, Boeing said safety is its “number one priority” and it has “full confidence” in the safety of the 737 Max. “We understand that regulatory agencies and customers have made decisions that they believe are most appropriate for their home markets. We’ll continue to engage with them to ensure they have the information needed to have confidence in operating their fleets.“The United States Federal Aviation Administration is not mandating any further action at this time, and based on the information currently available, we do not have any basis to issue new guidance to operators.”Advice for passengersThe Commission for Aviation Regulation (Car) has advised affected passengers to be aware of their entitlements.In the event of a flight cancellation, the air carrier must offer you the choice between the following:re-routing as soon as possible;re-routing at a later date at your convenience; ora refund.If you choose the first option the airline must provide you with care and assistance while you wait for the alternative flight. ‘Care and assistance’ comprise:meals and refreshments in reasonable relation to the waiting time;hotel accommodation where an overnight stay becomes necessary;transport between the hotel accommodation and the airport;two free telephone calls/ access to email.More information can be found on the Car website.  https://jrnl.ie/4537391 Share154 Tweet Email9 Updated Mar 12th 2019, 5:41 PM THE EUROPEAN AVIATION Safety Agency (EASA) has announced that it is suspending all flight operations of the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft in Europe. In a statement this afternoon it said the decision was taken after an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 MAX 8 went down minutes into a flight to Nairobi in Kenya on Sunday, killing all 157 people on board. Sunday’s crash comes four months after a Lion Air jet of the same model crashed in Indonesia killing 189.The EASA has said that it is “continuously analysing the data” emerging relating to Sunday’s crash and that the decision to suspend Boeing 737 MAX operations in Europe as of 7pm today was taken as a “precautionary measure”. “The accident investigation is currently ongoing, and it is too early to draw any conclusions as to the cause of the accident,” the EASA has said in a statement. The Irish Aviation Authority’s (IAA) made a decision earlier this afternoon to temporarily suspend the operation of all variants of the Boeing aircraft into and out of Irish airspace.“This decision has been taken based on ensuring the continued safety of passengers and flight crew, which is the IAA’s number one priority,” the IAA said. The suspension took effect from 3pm today and follows an announcement by the UK’s Civil Aviation Authority that it was banning these aircraft from its airspace. France and Germany have now also closed airspace to the Boeing 737 Max planes, according to France 24. Meanwhile, the Netherlands has also banned the aircraft from its airspace, according to Dutch infrastructure ministry spokesman Roel Vincken. A Norwegian flight to Newburgh, Orange County, New York – due to leave Dublin Airport at 3.20pm today – has been cancelled. Earlier today the airline said it was grounding its Boeing 737 Max fleet. An earlier 2.55pm flight to Providence was also cancelled. A spokesperson for the airline said it is looking at re-allocating passengers on other Norwegian flights and it is currently in the process of offering re-bookings to affected passengers. Norwegian temporarily suspends flights with the Boeing 737 MAX 8, following recommendations by European aviation authorities. We will do our utmost to take care of our passengers in the best possible way. https://t.co/1PvpWoSfbC— Norwegian (@Fly_Norwegian) March 12, 2019 Mar 12th 2019, 3:13 PM Turkish Airlines is the latest to ground all flights using its 12 Boeing 737 Max planes. In its statement, the Irish Aviation Authority said: By Michelle Hennessy Tuesday 12 Mar 2019, 5:41 PM 57,110 Views Image: Mulugeta Ayene Boeing 737 Max planes suspended from departing or flying into Irish airspace The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has announced that it is suspending all flight operations of the aircraft. Image: Mulugeta Ayene 58 Comments Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

InSETE reports 7 per cent drop in air seats to Greece

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Airlines are planning to offer less seats on flights to Greece in 2019, according to data gathered up until 31 January.A report by the Institute of the Greek Tourism Confederation (InSETE) points to a 7 per cent reduction in seat planning, with flights from Germany showing an even greater contraction with a 16 per cent planned reduction in seats.The drop is considered normal bearing in mind the high growth rate over recent years, with 2018 alone showing a 21 per cent increase in seat planning after years of hikes.Other reasons for the drop in the demand for air seats in summer 2019 could include the stagnation in the eurozone economy, failure to complete the Brexit deal, bankruptcy by German carrier Germania that had scheduled 381,000 seats to Greece. Furthermore, Turkey’s competitive prices are also diverting tourists from Greece to the neighbouring country.last_img read more

Alcolaser le radar qui détecte les automobilistes saouls à distance

first_imgAlcolaser : le radar qui détecte les automobilistes saouls à distanceRussie – Présenté le 26 octobre dernier à Moscou, Alcolaser est un nouveau système de détection  capable de capter les vapeurs d’alcool à travers l’habitacle d’un véhicule roulant à 120 km/h. Alcolaser est “un appareil qui n’a pas d’équivalent dans le monde”, comme l’expliquait Sergueï Laptev, porte-parole de ses concepteurs, à l’AFP. Capable de détecter la consommation d’un verre d’alcool chez un automobiliste confortablement installé au volant de sa voiture et roulant à une vitesse de 120 km/h, cet “alcotest-radar” a été conçu par Laser Systems, en partenariat avec un institut spécialisé du ministère de l’Intérieur russe. À lire aussiL’étrange maladie qui rend ivre sans boire une goutte d’alcoolSon fonctionnement est simple : comme son nom n’indique, l’appareil possède un laser capable de détecter les vapeurs d’alcool à distance, ce dernier n’étant “dangereux ni pour les yeux du conducteur, ni pour l’organisme humain en général”, selon Sergueï Laptev. Dévoilé à l’occasion du salon Interpolitex, qui présente les dernières innovations en matière d’équipements et de moyens de sécurité mis à disposition de la police, Alcolaser pourrait faire son apparition sur les routes dès 2012, après une année de tests supplémentaire. Les automobilistes russes, figurant parmi les plus dangereux au monde selon les statistiques mondiales et devant aujourd’hui justifier d’un taux d’alcoolémie nulle pour prendre le volant, n’ont qu’à bien se tenir. Le 3 novembre 2010 à 11:45 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Okeechobee Road reopens in Hialeah after flatbed truck spills plywood

first_imgHIALEAH, FLA. (WSVN) – Drivers in Hialeah faced considerable traffic backups after a flatbed semi-truck spilled plywood slabs all over the eastbound lanes of Okeechobee Road and an adjacent canal.7Skyforce HD hovered above the roadway near Hialeah Drive, at around 5 p.m., Thursday, as bulldozers cleared the plywood from the eastbound lanes.Florida Highway Patrol, Florida Department of Transportation and Hialeah Police units responded to the scene.Officials said the truck’s load fell off the flatbed and onto the road. The vehicle took out a light pole as well.Authorities shut down all eastbound lanes of Okeechobee Road. The closure has backed up traffic for at least a mile.No injuries have been reported.By 5 p.m., crews had removed roughly half of the plywood from the roadway. Troopers diverted drivers at the intersection of Okeechobee Road and Hialeah Drive. Motorists can either turn onto Curtiss Parkway or take Hialeah Drive.The roadway has since reopened.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

William Tech is everything especially music

first_imgBlack Eyed Peas frontman Will.i.am believes tech and music are one and the same.  Rick Kern/Getty Images Will.i.am is perhaps best known as a musician and lead member of the Black Eyed Peas, but he’s also working to make a name for himself in tech. The singer, songwriter and producer has dabbled in wearables with products like the Puls smartband and the i.am+ Dial smartwatch, and in 2015 teamed up with Gucci to create a luxury phone-free smart band, which never materialized. He’s also launched products like a triangular backpack with speakers and a Foto.sosho iPhone case, and is the founder of i.am+, an AI-centered tech company.  Now, Will.i.am is looking toward the future — one he believes will be shaped by tech like augmented and virtual reality. Devices like glasses will augment our world and free up our hands, he says, and technology will be more seamless. He imagines that musicians 100 years from now will have to do more than just write and perform songs. They’ll make VR experiences that audiences can virtually transport to.  The future of entertainment is VR and AR.  Will.i.am Will.i.am was pensive and enthusiastic about the future of tech when I spoke to him recently at Accenture’s innovation hub at Salesforce Tower in San Francisco. “The future of entertainment is VR and AR,” he said. “You’re creating worlds in VR and enriching environments with AR. I can’t wait for that to be the norm in our entertainment industry.”Ten years from now, he predicts, we won’t be staring at screens. Instead, sleek devices will show content right in front of our faces, eliminating the need for bulky gear resembling a helmet. That’s not to say Will.i.am is looking to create those products himself. His current passion is in artificial intelligence and natural language. His company i.am+ is focused on getting its AI system to be more efficient so that when people talk to a voice assistant, their search takes on a more conversational tone.  Will.i.am doesn’t see his passion for music and tech as disparate. In fact, if more people knew how creative tech really is, more kids would want to be scientists and engineers, he says. “It’s the most creative industry in society today,” he told me. “Tech is everything. Music is tech. Our industry was founded on technology. If we saw music and tech as the same and not separate, we wouldn’t have this gap of [tech] jobs that are unfilled.” Now playing: Watch this: 0 4:54 Share your voicecenter_img Post a comment Microsoft HoloLens 2: A first dive into the future of… Tags Music Tech Industrylast_img read more

Buy a new Audi get 7 days worth of Silvercar rentals

first_img Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: 2019 Honda Ridgeline review: Light duty, heavy punch Audi invested in Silvercar back in 2015, but recently purchased the rental company wholly in 2017. Before the purchase, the brand exclusively supplied the company with a fleet of A4 sedans. And yes, the Silvercar rental vehicles come in a silver color. As part of the premium rental experience, the company also includes a Wi-Fi hotspot activated in each vehicle, in-car GPS and SiriusXM satellite radio at no extra charge.Audi buyers and lessees who take advantage of the program will also find zero mileage caps and no additional costs for car seat rentals, either. There’s just one catch: an owner will need to use the free rental days within three years of their purchase or lease. 0 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Acura RDXThe third-generation Acura RDX squeaks into the top ten list with larger proportions, plenty of interior space and better handling than its predecessor. Forward collision warning with collision mitigation braking, adaptive cruise control that works even in low-speed traffic, lane-keeping steering assist and road departure mitigation are all standard across the board. Like its MDX counterpart, the RDX is available with the A-Spec styling package.The RDX sports a 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine. Output is stated at 273 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, and it’s mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. The new RDX is built in East Liberty, Ohio. 3 More From Roadshow 2019 Honda Ridgeline: The commuter’s pickup truck 3:06 General Motors Chevrolet Honda Jeep Acura 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Review • 2018 Audi Q5: Audi’s second-gen Q5 is lighter, more efficient and better to drive on- and off-road Car Industry Luxury cars 2019 Honda Passport: A well-rounded midsize offering 2019 Acura MDX adds new features and an A-Spec model Car Industry Silvercar rental cars are — wait for it — all silver! Audi Perhaps incentives alone aren’t enough to push you to pull the trigger on a new Audi. How about seven days worth of rental cars tossed in? That’s the German luxury brand’s latest pitch to buyers.The company announced its “Always Audi” program and said in a Monday release that each 2019 or newer Audi model will come with seven Silvercar rental days with any purchase or lease. The rental days can be used one at a time or in blocks for flexibility. The idea is to make sure Audi drivers don’t need to leave the comforts they’ve become accustomed to behind when traveling. Silvercar offers a fleet of A4, A5 Cabriolet, Q5 and Q7 models at 26 locations across the US. Honda RidgelineAgain keeping the status quo, the Honda Ridgeline maintains third place on the American Made Index. This crossover-that-looks-like-a-truck provides a better ride than a traditional pickup and gets an awesome lockable trunk right in the floor of the bed. And it doesn’t do the truck stuff too badly, either, as it’s able to carry 1,860 pounds of payload and tow 3,500 pounds.The Ridgeline is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 good for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. That is channeled through a six-speed automatic transmission with available all-wheel drive. It’s built in Lincoln, Alabama. 71 Photos 2019 Honda Odyssey offers plenty of room and features for families More From Roadshow More about 2018 Audi Q5 49 Photos 52 Photos Honda PilotDropping down to seventh place for 2019 is the Honda Pilot. Like its two-row Passport sibling, the three-row Pilot offers parent-focused technology like Cabin Talk as well as myriad standard driver-assistance features through the Honda Sensing tech suite. Honda’s largest crossover offers up nearly 84 cubic feet of cargo space. Honda’s 3.5-liter V6 engine shows up again, making a serviceable 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Touring and Elite trims get a nine-speed automatic transmission while lower trims have to make do with a six-speed auto. The Honda Pilot is made in Lincoln, Alabama. 68 Photos 2019 Jeep Cherokee can handle the rough stuff Preview • 2018 Audi Q5: Taking the best of Q7 and shrinking it down Jeep CherokeeKeeping its top-of-the-list placement, the Jeep Cherokee is 2019’s most American-made car. Refreshed for 2019, the compact crossover now features more tech, better cargo space and a slightly tweaked look. It’s available in no fewer the nine trims, including the off-road specific Trailhawk and a fancy-pants Trailhawk Elite.For 2019, the Cherokee gets a new 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine with 270 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, though naturally aspirated I4 and V6 choices are also available. Regardless of engine, a nine-speed automatic transmission gets the power to the pavement — or dirt as the case may be. The Cherokee is made in Belvidere, Illinois. Post a comment Honda PassportThe Honda Passport is a new (well, reborn) entry to both the Honda lineup and the American Made Index. This midsize crossover comes to the fray with great driving dynamics and plenty of tech like the standard Honda Sensing suite of active safety features. An available 8-inch touchscreen gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as a Wi-Fi hotspot.Under the hood is the stalwart 3.5-liter V6 producing 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. However unlike the Ridgeline, the Passport sends that power through a nine-speed automatic transmission. Having said that, just like the Ridgeline, this is the only powertrain available. The Honda Passport is built in Lincoln, Alabama. Chevrolet CorvetteMoving up from the 10th-place slot last year is the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette. While we’ve all been ogling the new mid-engine Corvette, it’s easy to forget what a performance bargain the current-generation ‘Vette is. From the base trim to the Grand Sport to the bonkers ZR1, the Corvette is an American icon.My preference is for the Grand Sport, which strikes a perfect balance between everyday drivability and canyon-carving performance. The 6.2-liter V8 puts out 460 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque. You can get it with a seven-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission, but the kicker is the borrowed chassis and aero parts from the beefier Z06. Like I said, perfect balance. The Corvette is made in Bowling Green, Kentucky. 69 Photos 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport loves to hustle Share your voice 10 Photos 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison: A tougher off-roader 2019 Honda Pilot Elite: A smoother, tech-rich crossover SUV Acura MDXMoving up one slot to sixth place on the American Made Index is the non-hybrid variant of the Acura MDX. With its SH-AWD system, the MDX is one of the better handling midsize luxury crossovers, and for 2019 the company gives us the A-Spec treatment with a new front fascia and side skirts, 20-inch wheels, wider exhaust tips, unique gauges, a new steering wheel, carbon fiber trim and various Alcantara interior touches.However, both the standard and A-Spec models get a 3.5-liter V6 engine, rated for 290 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque going through a nine-speed automatic transmission. The Acura MDX is made in East Liberty, Ohio.  Honda OdysseyThe feature-rich Honda Odyssey minivan also retains its number-two slot from last year’s list. While the 2019 model doesn’t see any changes from last, it’s still a darn good choice for families on the go with reconfigurable seats, Wi-Fi and an excellent rear-seat entertainment system. The Cabin Watch video system lets parents keep an eye on their little darlings without turning around in their seats, while Cabin Talk amplifies their voice so no yelling is required.The Odyssey is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 rated for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Most trims get a nine-speed automatic but the top Touring and Elite trims now use a 10-speed automatic with stop-start technology. The Honda Odyssey is made in Lincoln, Alabama. 2019 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison: An off-road animal Tags 2019 Acura RDX A-Spec: Sharp handling, sharper looks 2019 GMC Canyon: A fancier Colorado 18 Photos 2019 Porsche 718 Cayman T first drive: Brilliant, but bittersweet Chevrolet ColoradoMaking its debut in the top 10 is the Chevrolet Colorado. Shown here in the tough ZR2 Bison off-road spec, the Chevy Colorado is an excellent truck and one of the two midsize pickups you can get with a diesel engine. Adding to the ZR2’s two-inch lift and front and rear locking differentials, the Bison gets beefier skid plates (trust me, that’s a good thing), steel bumpers and integrated recovery points. Heck, you can even get a snorkel.Base models get a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with a six-speed manual transmission, but a more popular choice is the 3.6-liter V6 gas engine with 308 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Meanwhile, the 2.8-liter diesel pumps out 186 horsepower and a delicious 369 pound-feet of twist and is mated to a six-speed automatic. The Chevy Colorado is built in Wentzville, Missouri. The Audi A4’s Traffic Jam Assist tech makes commuting… 18 Photos 26 Photos Audi,Enlarge ImageIt’s all in a day’s work for the Jeep Cherokee, the most American-made car in 2019. Jeep With high trade tensions looming and increasing talk of tariffs, more and more consumers are looking to buy American. Cars.com has released its annual American Made Index, showcasing companies that use the most American-sourced parts and labor in their vehicles. The results may surprise you.Cars.com analyzed more than 100 US-built vehicles for five key data points: manufacturing location, parts sourcing, US employment, engine sourcing and transmission sourcing. You might think something like the Ford F-150 would top the list, but it drops from its No. 5 spot for 2018 and out of the top 10 completely. Even the first-place holder, the Jeep Cherokee, is a pretty global product. It’s a Jeep, sure, but that brand is part of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, an Italian-owned business.Cars.com surveyed 1,000 people and found that half are concerned about automotive import tariffs, with 41% saying they are unsure if tariffs would make them more likely to buy American. Either way, we’re big fans of all the vehicles on this list. These days, buying American doesn’t necessarily mean sticking with a US-based automaker. 81 Photos 2019 GMC Sierra Denali review: So close to greatness 12 Photos Audi’s Q7 gets big updates for 2020 Audi Tags GMC CanyonIf you’re looking for a slightly fancier version of the Colorado that’s more focused on luxe than dirt, check out the GMC Canyon. The top Denali trim gets standard heated and ventilated front seats as well as a heated steering wheel. Maximum payload capability is 1,665 pounds while max towing is a fairly healthy 7,600 pounds.The Canyon is available with the same 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, 3.6-liter V6 or 2.8-liter diesel as the Chevrolet Colorado. It’s also built in Wentzville, Missouri. Commentslast_img read more

Samsung Galaxy Note 10s major design element leaked and youll love it

first_img 5g network speed test: How fast is fast enough? Samsung Galaxy Note 10 is the next big release after Galaxy S10-series made waves in the industry. The upcoming flagship is expected to be more refined than the current flagship, both in terms of hardware and software. Now, a freshly leaked detail about the upcoming Note 10 could significantly contribute towards the overall appeal and visual delight of the phone.According to Android Police, sources within the company have revealed that Samsung will ditch the 3.5mm headphone jack in its Galaxy Note 10. While this is an expected move, the reason behind it could be accommodating a bigger battery if not following the trend. But that’s not the change we are excited about.The sources further revealed that Samsung will also get rid of any physical buttons such as for volume and power in its Note 10. This will give the company to achieve a thinner frame design without any cutouts for keys or buttons. Imagine a sleek design with no disruption of any kind in a streamlined design, and Samsung might have a winner at its hands with Note 10.There’s no reason to be alarmed about the lack of physical buttons on the phone as Samsung will offer capacitive or pressure-sensitive areas highlighted by a bump or recognisable texture for volume and power functions. It’s still a neat change that could add value to the overall design of the phone. Samsung Galaxy Note 10 renderBen Geskin – TwitterSamsung phones are always one of the better-looking gadgets in the market. The cutout camera in the display was the highlight of this year’s Galaxy S10-series, which allowed the company to achieve the highest screen-to-body ratio. It is likely that the company will continue the punch-hole display concept for its Note-lineup as well.We are quite far away from Galaxy Note 10’s official launch as Samsung will traditionally make the announcement in August. According to other rumours, the rear cameras will be rearranged and won’t get the standard horizontal layout. It will get a more traditional vertical arrangement of camera sensors on the back. Ben Geskin imagined the design of the Galaxy Note 10 in his renders, which hinted at two models – one with a single front camera and the other with dual cameras. Samsung Galaxy Note 10 renderBen Geskin – TwitterOther expected features include 6.66-inch 19:9 ratio display, a large 4,500mAh battery with super-fast charging and the latest Exynos chipset found in the Galaxy S10-series. The single front camera version is also expected to have a smaller battery of 3,400mAh and mostly a smaller display too.It’s all too soon to draw conclusions, so readers are advised to take these rumours with a pinch of salt. Closecenter_img IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:02/0:30Loaded: 0%0:02Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:28?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading …last_img read more

PM Hasina hopes to be elected again

first_imgSheikh HasinaPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday expressed her optimism that people of Bangladesh would once again elect Awami League in the forthcoming polls.“Awami League enjoys massive popularity as the people still believe that the country would go ahead with Awami League remaining in power. Surveys of a number of international organisations have also predicted it,” she said.The prime minister was speaking at the first meeting of the National Election Conducting Committee of Bangladesh Awami League at her Gonobhaban residence in the capital this evening.Terming honesty one the main strengths of Awami League, the prime minister said “a vested quarter is hatching conspiracy and seeking intervention of undemocratic forces to dislodge Awami League from power.”“But no one can yield any benefit from such hope as no one from ‘Uttar Para’ will come to install them to power,” Sheikh Hasina, also Awami League president and chairperson of the election conducting committee, said.Welcoming the initiative of some political parties of forging the anti-Awami League platform, the prime minister said the government would allow them to hold meetings anywhere in the city.“The government is not gagging freedom of speech. So, if necessary a permanent ‘moncha’ would be erected at Suharawardi Udyan to allow speaking every day against the government,” she said.“But action would be taken against those who would spread falsehood and try to push the country towards anarchy,” she warned.Co-chairman of the committee HT Imam, member-secretary and Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader, presidium members, central committee leaders and representatives of different associated bodies of the party were present.Sheikh Hasina said the people of Bangladesh re-elected Awami League to power in 2014 overcoming all barriers created by BNP and anti-liberation forces.“Country’s development is visible now as Awami League came to power in 2014. People understood that the country can prosper when Awami League remains in power,” she said adding that today the people are living in peace with sound economic standing.She said Awami League was defeated in 2001 through conspiracy and despite their win BNP and anti-liberation force Jamaat-e-Islami unleashed a reign of terror in the 1971 fashion.“They made the country champions in corruption for five consecutive terms and turn the country into an abode of murder, terrorism, militancy and corruption,” she said.Sheikh Hasina said some civil society members are shedding tears for those who are responsible for making the country a land of grenade and bomb attacks.They are blind and their doors of openness are closed,” she said adding they do not see any progress of the country during the tenure of the Awami League government.“We don’t want Bangladesh to go back to the past situation again,” the prime minister said urging the party leaders and workers to work with devotion to woo the people to cast their votes for Awami League in the coming general election.Criticising BNP for appointing lobbyist in the USA to conduct campaign against the government, the prime minister said they are actually engaged in damaging the country’s image.Sheikh Hasina castigated BNP for spreading false information on inviting the BNP delegation by UN secretary general, saying he (secretary general) was in Ghana at that time to attend the funeral of Kofi Annan.“So what is the benefit of BNP in lying to misguide the people,” she questioned.last_img read more

Xbox marketing manager denies Microsoft is planning digital game tradeins

first_imgMicrosoft surveying Xbox gamers about potential digital “trade-ins”…should GameStop be concerned? $GME $MSFT pic.twitter.com/Ty1hI5WStg— Colin Sebastian (@Colin_Sebastian) March 21, 2016 @Colin_Sebastian We are not actively planning such a thing. Always asking questions to understand the needs of our fans. No need to worry— Aaron Greenberg (@aarongreenberg) March 21, 2016 @michaelpachter Yeah we are not actively planning such a thing, surprised it was even asked in a survey. Not fire being played with :-)— Aaron Greenberg (@aarongreenberg) March 21, 2016 A recent leaked Xbox survey asked if costumers would be interested in selling back games bought digitally for 10 percent of the original purchase price. This obviously caused some waves considering how brick and mortar stores like GameStop make most of their revenue from selling used copies of physical games. Industry analysts Michael Pachter and Colin Sebastian even said that Microsoft was “playing with fire” if they were truly considering a sell back option for digital games.Xbox Marketing Manager Aaron Greenberg has responded to Pachter and Sebastian on Twitter, saying that the survey is simply exploratory and isn’t an indication that Microsoft is going in this direction.Microsoft playing with fire, planting the seed that they would even consider credits for “trade in” of digital game rights. @aarongreenberg— Michael Pachter (@michaelpachter) March 21, 2016 According to GameSpot, Colin Sebastian told investors that this survey could “stir up concerns” about GameStop’s used sales business, but that the 10 percent figure was below the average trade-in price offered by the retail giant. He also said: “While disclosure of the Xbox survey might create some noise near term, we believe that perceived threats to GameStop’s business would likely be overstated.”Greenberg seems to have nipped this particular issue in the bud, but I suspect that the idea for digital trade-ins will fully catch on in the future. Considering how well digital games are selling and will continue to sell, such an option may be inevitable. How this will impact retail stores is anyone’s guess, but concerns over how digital game trade-ins could negatively affect brick and mortar shops are warranted. I suspect places like GameStop will have something to say about this subject sooner rather than later.last_img read more

The Siege of Corfe Castle – Hot Coals and a Handful of

first_imgCorfe Castle is a stone stronghold that sits upon a hill on the Isle of Purbeck, a peninsular on the south coast of England. Built in the 11th century by William the Conqueror, it remained in control of the Crown until the 16th century when Queen Elizabeth I sold it to the Lord Chancellor. It was then bought by Sir John Bankes in 1635. Sir Bankes’ career would include the honored positions of Attorney General to King Charles I, as well as Lord Chief Justice of the Common Pleas, the second-highest court in England. The wife of Sir John Bankes was born to the Esquire of Ruislip in Middlesex in approximately 1598. Also named Mary, their only daughter married in 1618, becoming Lady Bankes.Lady Mary BankesThe couple had a prolific marriage, producing four sons and six daughters. In 1642, the English Civil War broke out. It would last for almost a decade between Royalists, supporting the reign of King Charles I, Lord Banke’s sovereign, and Parliamentarians, who sought executive administration in the form of a parliamentary government, opposed to a supreme monarchy.Sir Bankes was ordered off to London and Oxford for the war effort. Lady Bankes was left at home with her children and servants and only five men in the last Royalist holding on the Dorsetshire coat.Sir John BankesIn May the following year, 40 Parliamentarians, also known as Roundheads, came to demand surrender of the castle. Lady Bankes refused and the small force within the castle managed to repel the Parliamentarians. They came back a month later, however, having mustered up a force of between 500 to 600 troops. This unnecessarily large number of men against a considerably understaffed stronghold wasn’t just for show, however. A brutal and long siege took place.The ruins of Corfe Castle in Dorset, EnglandDespite being blockaded, Lady Bankes managed to resupply and strengthen Corfe Castle’s defenses up to a mere 80 bodies. The siege would go on for a whopping three years. At one point only a handful of men were left to protect the castle. From the upper levels of Corfe Castle, Lady Bankes and her motley crew defended their home by tossing hot stones, coals and embers from atop the battlements. 100 men succumbed to this curious defense in one month alone.A view of Corfe Castle, Dorset, EnglandDuring the years of facing attack and threats to her life, Lord Bankes passed away, leaving Mary a widow in 1644. The siege of the castle came to an end in 1646 when one of Lady Banke’s officers, Colonel Pitman, betrayed the castle. He lead in a force of Parliamentarians who had disguised themselves as Royalists. Once the men gained access to the stronghold, Lady Bankes had no choice but to surrender.The castle ruins overlooking the village of Corfe Castle in Dorset, UKThough she was allowed to possess keys to the castle, it was destroyed that year under orders of the House of Commons. The stronghold was rendered completely unusable so as not to become another fortified base in any future conflicts. Check out what Corfe Castle looks like today with this beautiful drone footage:Lady Bankes lost the battle over her home, and the Royalists lost the war as well as their monarch. The Parliamentarians placed Thomas Cromwell at the head of the English government and the heir to the throne, Charles II, sought self-enforced exile in France. For the time being, the Royalists were defeated, but Lady Bankes faced no retaliation or threat to her well-being.The ruins of Corfe Castle. Built by William the Conqueror, the castle dates to the 11th century. Located on the Isle of Purbeck in Dorset.Her sons bought her the manor at Eastcourt which would remain in the family and, luckily, take part in no battles.Read another story from us: England’s Stunning Highcliffe Castle has Been Through it AllLady Mary Bankes died on April 11, 1661. She was buried in St. Martin’s Church in Ruislip.last_img read more

Apple Pencil 2 Will Fix the Originals Worst Flaw

first_imgThe Apple Pencil is a stylus that offers a lightweight design and buttery smooth drawing with nearly no lag or latency, but it’s got one terrible flaw. Charging the Apple Pencil is the worst, but it might be getting better soon for the long-rumored Apple Pencil 2.To charge the current Apple Pencil, you either need to stick it directly into the Lightning port on the bottom of the iPad, which has always looked and felt terrible — as if you’re setting yourself up to snap it off the tablet. The other option is to plug the Pencil’s included lightning adapter into the Stylus, and plug a Lightning cable into that. Neither is good. MORE: Apple’s Oct. 30 Event: What to Expect from Mac, iPad and MoreMacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?Apple’s entry-level MacBook Air and Pro look pretty similar, but our testing proved they differ in crucial ways.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Which Cheap Tablet Is Best? Amazon Fire 7 vs Walmart Onn02:45关闭选项Automated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/apple-pencil-2-specs-features?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0003:4603:46 Fortunately, a late-breaking report from leaker Benjamin Geskin says that Apple’s going to add a “new charging method,” in the “Apple Pencil 2018.” Expect to see confirmation (or repudiation) of this rumor tomorrow, as we expect Apple to show off the new Pencil alongside the new iPad Pros at its Brooklyn, NY event on Oct. 30. While Geskin didn’t specifically say this new method will be better, it would be hard for Apple to find a way to make a worse way to charge its stylus.  Apple Pencil 2018:- Design is even more minimalistic, the silver rail on top is now gone.- Tap and Swipe gestures along the pencil.- Magnetically attachable to the new iPad. – New charging method. pic.twitter.com/tS1ptCWgnh— Ben Geskin (@VenyaGeskin1) October 29, 2018 Geskin’s other notes about the new Apple Pencil — which hasn’t been updated since its original Nov. 2015 release — state “Design is even more minimalistic, the silver rail on top is now gone,” that Apple will add tap and swipe gestures to the barrel of the Pencil and that the accessory will magnetically attach “to the new iPad.”The best case scenario, if you ask me, is if the Pencil charged while it was magnetically attached. The new iPad Pros will likely feature a new design with a thinner bezel, no home button and Face ID.Credit: Laptop MagApple’s Oct. 30 Event: Predictions on 8 New ProductsHow to Watch Apple’s Oct. 30 iPad Pro EventLeak Confirms New Cheap MacBook, Mac Mini, and iMacs for Oct. 30 by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeKelley Blue Book5 Mid-engine Corvettes That Weren’tKelley Blue BookUndoGrepolis – Free Online GameGamers Around the World Have Been Waiting for this GameGrepolis – Free Online GameUndoTODAYPolice Identify Girl Licking Ice Cream Tub In Viral VideoTODAYUndoForbes.com100 Powerful Women Americans Can Look Up toForbes.comUndoMy Food and FamilyHealthy, Homemade Drunken Thai Noodles In Just 20 MinutesMy Food and FamilyUndoVerizon WirelessThis new phone will blow your mind.Verizon WirelessUndoAdvertisement Author Bio Henry T. Casey, on Henry is a senior writer at Laptop Mag, covering security, Apple and operating systems. Prior to joining Laptop Mag — where he’s the self-described Rare Oreo Expert — he reviewed software and hardware for TechRadar Pro, and interviewed artists for Patek Philippe International Magazine. You can find him at your local pro wrestling events, and wondering why Apple decided to ditch its MagSafe power adapters. Henry T. Casey, last_img read more

A dying mans organs were rejected by doctors because he was gay

first_imgA dying man who wished to donate his organs was rejected by doctors because he is gay. ‘I spoke with a woman from Organ Donation NZ and initially I thought she wanted to speak to me about Corey’s tattoos and when the last time was he had work done.‘Instead, she told me they couldn’t take Corey’s heart valves or corneas because of his lifestyle.‘People are suffering out there and we could have potentially helped them’‘Eventually she said it was because he’s a homosexual man. Corey was a fit, healthy young man and I thought his heart valves would have been snapped up.‘It just doesn’t make sense. There are people who are suffering out there and we could have potentially helped them,’ she told Stuff.Boyfriend Jacobs also said: ‘I can’t see why we as homosexual men need to be discriminated against for what we do behind closed doors.‘We’re still humans, we’re no different to any people walking down the street.‘I know Corey would have loved to have helped someone, but some poor family has lost out,’ he added.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) New Zealander Corey Eteveneaux was admitted to hospital in a critical condition after suffering a car crash in February of this year.Days later, he passed from his injuries. But when his parents offered Corey’s heart valves and corneas for donation, they were rejected because of his sexuality.Eteveneaux and boyfriend had tested for HIV when they began dating and both were negative.Man’s organs rejected due to ‘lifestyle’However, men who have sex with men are banned from donating blood or tissue for 12 months in New Zealand, regardless of their safe-sex practices.Eteveneaux’s mother Cherie told what happened when doctors refused her son’s donation.(Picture: Facebook)center_img Corey Eteveneaux had his organs rejected by doctors after he died from injuries sustained in a car crash (Picture: Facebook) GAYSTARNEWS- One in five gay men have rejected a guy based on their penis sizeWales to relax rules to allow more gay and bi men to donate bloodChechnya one year on – what’s happening there now?Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/dying-mans-organs-rejected-gay/last_img read more

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first_imgFeature | June 29, 2011 | By Ke Sheng, Ph.D.; Wensha Yang, Ph.D.; David Wilson, M.D.; Siddharth Saraiya, and Paul Read, M.D., Ph.D. Speeding Palliative Care with Next-Generation Radiotherapy Workflow A new program aims to provide patients with same-day real-time simulation, treatment planning and treatment delivery 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 | 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 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more News | 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 Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD 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 | 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 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 center_img 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 Images (left,1, & below): adoption of SBRT for spinal irradiation to nonspinal bone metastases (2, 4) standard AP/PA (1, 3)In the United States, approximately 1.53 million people were diagnosed with cancer and more than 569,000 died of the disease in 2010, according to the American Cancer Society. Most of these cancer deaths likely involved extensive locoregional tumors or metastatic disease to brain, lung, liver or bone, which causes severe pain, disability and decreased quality of life for the patient. Radiation therapy is an important clinical option for the alleviation of pain and suffering for cancer patients and is used for palliative treatments to prevent pathologic bone fractures or tumor-induced obstructions, bleeding and pain that is resistant to other treatments. However, standard palliative radiation therapy treatment techniques often offer poor conformality and expose large volumes of normal tissues to radiation-induced toxicities, causing significant side effects for an already ill patient with a limited life expectancy. This type of treatment often requires 10 to 15 treatments over a period of two to three weeks, subjecting the patients to repeated visits to the treatment center and consuming precious time for patients and their families. Additionally, looming Medicare financial constraints will likely result in reduced reimbursement for palliative services.As a result, healthcare providers must develop next-generation, clinically efficient palliative radiotherapy workflows in order to meet the needs of patients, their families and insurers alike.The University of Virginia (UVA) Department of Radiation Oncology is using advanced technology and innovative workflow to deliver palliative radiation therapy more effectively and efficiently, and with less toxicity for patients. UVA has institutional funding through a Buchanan Grant to develop a “Scan-Plan-Treat” program to provide patients with same-day real-time simulation, treatment planning and treatment delivery using TomoTherapy-based imaging and radiation therapy technology. Our current workflow for same-day palliation requires three to four hours and is a highly coordinated conventional workflow with kVCT simulation, treatment planning, treatment plan quality assurance and then treatment delivery. During treatment planning, TomoHelical or TomoDirect delivery mode is chosen, along with 3-D or intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) planning mode. We employ dosimetric concepts from stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) to deliver a highly conformal target dose distribution, while minimizing dose to adjacent normal tissues. We generally employ an extreme hypofractionated palliative regimen consisting of 8 Gy per fraction with one to three fractions, depending on tumor size, tumor location, dose to normal tissues and patient-specific goals. Preliminary results reveal that this regimen produces rapid and durable palliation with few acute toxicities. We have submitted a pilot clinical trial to the UVA institutional review board to prospectively collect dosimetric, pain relief and quality-of-life data for future patients. In collaboration with TomoTherapy, our goal is to further develop and refine the Scan-Plan-Treat workflow, such that the entire process will be reduced to 30 minutes using the TomoTherapy unit for real-time megavoltage computed tomography CT (MVCT) simulation, treatment planning and treatment delivery.Achieving Faster Planning and Treatment DeliveryTo achieve rapid contouring of the MVCT scan in this process, we have incorporated Velocity image-processing software. This software allows pre-contouring of targets and adjacent normal organs on recent high-resolution diagnostic studies before the patient arrives and rapid rigid or deformable co-registration of these images and contours to the pre-treatment MVCT simulation image set. This process can be performed in a few minutes, and following physician contour approval, the newly contoured MVCT dataset is transferred to the TomoTherapy planning station. We are able to create high-quality palliative treatment plans with TomoTherapy’s currently available treatment planning software. This is achieved in only a couple of minutes via a few iterations of the optimization algorithm. Improvements in the efficiency of the planning software and hardware will decrease this time further over the next few years. In conjunction with the Scan-Plan-Treat workflow, UVA aims to streamline the patient-specific quality assurance (QA) process. Our goal is to be able to perform QA with the patient in the treatment position, where the dose actually received by the patient is reconstructed and analyzed for consistency with the plan. Initial research indicates that signals from the MVCT detector array can be used to perform this task, and that reconstructed dose is typically within 2-3 percent of the planned dose for prostate, head and neck, and spinal radiosurgery patients. We also are developing a simple and inexpensive in-house infrared tracking system that will be used to ensure that the patient has not moved between simulation and treatment delivery, obviating the need for a repeat MVCT scan prior to treatment for most patients.We believe that the software components and workflow infrastructure currently exist for the feasible clinical implementation of a real-time Scan-Plan-Treat workflow, which would allow rapid, effective and efficient palliative radiotherapy that is cost-effective, less toxic and more convenient for cancer patients and their families. Our goal, over the next two years, is to refine the process, creating an efficient clinical workflow requiring less than 30 minutes for completion. The authors work together on the Scan-Plan-Treat Project at the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville, Va. Ke Sheng, Ph.D., is UVA associate professor of medical physics; Wensha Yang, Ph.D., is UVA assistant professor of medical physics; David Wilson, M.D., is UVA research associate of radiation oncology; Siddharth Saraiya is UVA medical student IV, and Paul Read, M.D., Ph.D., is associate professor and residency program director, UVA Department of Radiation Oncology. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Related Content News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more News | Radiation Oncology | July 31, 2019 Laura Dawson, M.D., FASTRO, Chosen as ASTRO President-elect The members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) elected four new officers to ASTRO’s Board of… read more 123PreviousNext The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. 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. last_img read more