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first_imgUne tempête majeure soufflera sur la Nouvelle-Écosse aujourd’hui 2 février. De 20 à 45 centimètres de neige sont prévus d’ici jeudi matin, et les précipitations les plus abondantes sont prévues dans le centre de la province. Le Bureau de gestion des urgences demande aux gens de se préparer, particulièrement en vue d’interruptions des services de transport. « Il s’agit d’une tempête de neige majeure et les gens doivent être prêts, a dit Ross Landry, ministre de la Gestion des urgences. Il faut prévoir des conditions routières difficiles, des retards et des inconvénients, et il faut faire preuve de prudence et de bon jugement. » On demande aux automobilistes de surveiller les conditions routières, d’ajuster leur vitesse au besoin, et de rester à une distance sûre des autres véhicules. Il est également recommandé d’avoir une trousse d’urgence dans la voiture. Pour connaître les conditions routières, consultez le ou composez le 511. Pour obtenir des conseils sur la préparation en cas de tempête majeure (en anglais seulement), consultez le Les avertissements météorologiques sont publiés au read more


first_imgAdvertisement Toronto, January 28, 2019 – A new census commissioned by ACTRA Toronto and ACTRA Ottawa with funding provided by Ontario Creates shows that the average earnings of Ontario ACTRA screen performers are not only substantially lower than Ontario workers in all industries, they are also significantly lower than other Ontario workers in the arts, entertainment and recreation industry.Membership and demographic information provided by the 3,409 ACTRA members who participated in the Ontario ACTRA Census was linked to earnings data to provide valuable insight into issues of compensation, access to work and pay equity.According to ACTRA Toronto Treasurer Richard Young, one of the study’s authors, “Performers are precarious workers, by any definition of the term, and the census results confirm that financial hardship is a reality for most performers.” According to ACTRA Toronto Treasurer Richard Young, one of the study’s authors, “Performers are precarious workers, by any definition of the term, and the census results confirm that financial hardship is a reality for most performers.”But Young acknowledged that there is lots of work still to do. “Thanks to the Ontario ACTRA Census respondents, we now have the numbers to show that significant performer wage gaps currently exist, correlated with gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity and physical and mental diversity. That may be no surprise to the performers affected but, now that we have solid metrics, we can accurately track the entertainment industry’s real progress on access and inclusion and work with other industry partners to create the changes needed. That’s huge.”ACTRA Toronto is the largest organization within ACTRA, representing over 15,000 of Canada’s 25,000 professional performers working in recorded media in Canada. As an advocate for Canadian culture since 1943, ACTRA is a member-driven union that continues to secure rights and respect for the work of professional performers.Ontario Creates (formerly OMDC) is a provincial agency that facilitates economic development, investment and collaboration in Ontario’s creative industries including the music, book, magazine, film, television and interactive digital media sectors. ontariocreates.caLink to Ontario ACTRA CensusLink to Ontario ACTRA Census Infographic Advertisement Facebook Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more

Famous Fashion Designer Francesco Smalto Dies at 87Famous Fashion Designer Francesco Smalto Dies at 87

Rabat – Italian National Couturier Francesco Smalto died at the age of 87. Reports say his body was found on Sunday in his room at Mamounia Hotel in Marrakesh, Morocco.Francesco Smalto died in his sleep at the Mamounia Hotel, of natural causes, according to the Moroccan News Agency MAP.Italy’s famous designer was known of his love for Morocco, which was his second home. He constantly visited the country over the last few decades and was Morocco’s late king Hassan II, preferred tailor. Francesco Smalto was born in the Italian province. In 1960s, he founded the fashion house of Francesco Smalto, which is specialized in making custom clothing.

Police need more time before marijuana legalizationPolice need more time before marijuana legalization

Canada’s police services say they will not be ready to enforce new marijuana legalization laws before next summer.Senior police officials appeared before the House of Commons health committee to ask for more time to properly train officers before the drug is legalized by Canada Day of next year.They say that there will be a period of six months to a year when police aren’t fully ready, which will allow organized crime to flourish.The House of Commons health committee is studying the federal government’s bill to make marijuana legal.

Alleged chicken abuse spurs body cameras requirement for farm workersAlleged chicken abuse spurs body cameras requirement for farm workers

by The Canadian Press Posted Jun 14, 2017 6:51 pm MDT Last Updated Jun 15, 2017 at 7:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Alleged chicken abuse spurs body cameras requirement for farm workers VANCOUVER – A chicken-catching company at the centre of an animal cruelty investigation in British Columbia says it will require staff to wear body cameras after an animal advocacy group released video of alleged abuse.Dwayne Dueck, president of Elite Services in Chilliwack, says it will be mandatory for one supervisor and two staff members in each barn to wear cameras on their vests, and the video will be reviewed at the end of each day.The announcement comes after the SPCA in British Columbia launched an investigation following the release of undercover video by Mercy for Animals that shows workers allegedly hitting, kicking and throwing chickens.A statement from Elite Services says six staff members have now been fired, including two who were let go prior to the video being released, three who were fired immediately after, and one more who was terminated after the company did a “detailed forensic review” of the video.Investigators with the SPCA are working on a report that will be forwarded to Crown counsel and SPCA spokeswoman Marcie Moriarty says the organization will recommend multiple charges of animal cruelty under both the Criminal Code and the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act.The statement from Elite Services says the company hopes the “senseless acts of violence” in the footage will help implement new levels of animal care across the industry.The company says it is updating its standards and procedures, undertook organization-wide retraining on Wednesday, and all employees will be asked to sign documents affirming they understand the company’s care and concern procedures.“It is our intent to share the experience of our new best practices with industry regulators, and adopt other best practices from cutting edge producers,” the statement says. read more

Murder of cameraman prompts UN concern for freedom of information in IraqMurder of cameraman prompts UN concern for freedom of information in Iraq

“I condemn the murder of Alaa Edwar,” Irina Bokova, Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), said, calling for measures to improve the safety of media workers in the country.Mr. Edwar, 41, had resigned from his job as cameraman for Nineveh Al-Ghad Television after receiving threats that he would be killed if he continued in his line of work. He was shot dead on 24 November by unidentified gunmen near his home in the north of Mosul.“Intimidation and violence are being used to prevent the Iraqi public from receiving news. It is therefore urgent that the authorities do all they can to bring the perpetrators of Alaa Edwar’s murder to justice,” said Ms. Bokova.According to UNESCO, 23 journalists, including Mr. Edwar, have been killed in Iraq over the past five years. All are remembered on the dedicated webpage, UNESCO Condemns Killing of Journalists. read more

Ohio State mens hockey wins home finale against No 15 Golden GophersOhio State mens hockey wins home finale against No 15 Golden Gophers

Sophomore goalie Christian Frey skates near his goal during a game against Minnesota at the Schottenstein Center on March 6. OSU lost, 4-2. Credit: Alexis Soares / Lantern photographerIn the final home game of their collegiate careers, OSU’s eight seniors were the stars on the ice one last time.The senior class helped lead the team to a 5-2 victory over the No. 15 Golden Gophers on Saturday.“Led by our seniors, no question,” coach Steve Rohlik said. “We talked a lot about it today and in video session, you can’t script a book any better than what happened tonight, but again, you’re led by eight pretty quality young men. But I credit the team because it takes all 27 guys to get it done, and all 27 guys jumped on board and everybody wanted to do it for the seniors, but more importantly for the program.”Sophomore forward Nick Schilkey’s backhander off a rebound from senior forward Darik Angeli put the Buckeyes in a 1-0 lead.The Gophers notched two tallies in the second period, but senior forward Matt Johnson tied the score at 2-2. OSU then added three goals in the third to take the win.This weekend proved to be a big one for junior defenseman Craig Dalrymple as he scored his first two goals of the season in back-to-back nights against the Gophers.“Two goals in two games, it’s pretty special,” Dalrymple said.OSU’s defense held the game for the Buckeyes by not allowing one of the best power-play units in college hockey to score on its four power-play chances.“That’s a scary team on the power play when you’re clicking at the right percent. They have so many weapons,” Rohlik said. “I think our guys decided it just doesn’t matter, you have to go out and kill a penalty and our guys just jumped the boards and got the job done.”After Minnesota coach Don Lucia decided to pull his goalie late in the final period Saturday to allow the Gophers to add an extra attacker, the Buckeyes took advantage.Led by the stick skills of senior forward Tanner Fritz, the Buckeyes scored twice on an empty net. Fritz assisted junior forward Anthony Greco on the first, and scored the second himself, marking his last home goal as a Buckeye.“I think the hockey gods were shining down on me a little, but definitely nice to go out that way,” Fritz said.Fritz, who leads the Buckeyes with 26 points and has had a point in each of his last six games, said this win was one to remember.“It’s an awesome feeling, something that I’ll remember and cherish down the road. I can look back on this and be proud of what I’ve done,” Fritz said.But the Buckeye captain’s hockey career isn’t over yet, as OSU is set to travel to Madison, Wis., to take on the Wisconsin Badgers in its final series of the regular season.“We enjoy this win. We played a very good hockey team,” Rohlik said. “We are going into their senior weekend and we have to become a better team starting on Monday and that’s our focus. If we can continue to do that, hopefully we can cause some success.”Puck drop in Madison is set for 8 p.m. on Friday and 7 p.m. on Saturday. read more

Bing searches nab 30 of all US web search in MarchBing searches nab 30 of all US web search in March

first_imgIf you’re still of the mindset that Google is beyond reproach when it comes to Web search, think again. According to Experian Hitwise, Microsoft’s Bing managed to pick up over 30% of all web searches in the United States last month, a 5% boost in search share from the previous month. Google’s spot at the top isn’t in danger though – the search giant held on to 64.42%, far and away the top spot, but Bing and Yahoo! (which uses Bing for search results) combined are making a dent in Google’s numbers.The important thing to note here is that the result of the study says of all US web searches in March, 30.01% were performed by Bing – so those numbers include Yahoo! users and Bing users. Yahoo! signed a 10-year agreement with Microsoft to allow Bing to power searches performed at Yahoo! back in 2009. If you break down the numbers based on the sites where the searches were performed, is back in third with 14.32% of all searches, right behind Yahoo! with 15.69%.AdChoices广告Both numbers pale in comparison to Google’s 64.42%, but when you realize that Bing’s database is behind both contenders, they represent a serious challenge to Google’s dominance, especially when you see that Hitwise’s numbers indicate Google is losing search share while Bing-powered searches are up 5%.The fact that Hitwise goes on to point out that more people searching at Yahoo! or Bing are actually finding the web sites they want to visit on the first search than people searching at Google, doesn’t make the picture any brighter. The study shows that searches at Yahoo! result in a visit directly to a web page 81.14% of the time, searches at Bing result in a visit to a web site 80.32% of the time (slightly down from the previous month,) and searches at Google result in a visit only 65.91% of the time.Interpreting those numbers is difficult, however, as it would seem that people are finding what they’re looking for on the first try using a Bing-powered search at and, but its just as likely that people are searching for specific websites and then click on the site URL when it is inevitably the first search result, while searches at Google could be for other purposes or for other types of information.Combine that possibility with the fact that Hitwise reports that multi-word search queries are either stagnating or declining, and that single-word searches are up, and you may have people using search engines as URL bars, not necessarily as research tools. Regardless, the one thing that’s clear is that Bing searches are growing in influence, and Microsoft’s upstart search engine is here to stay.Read more at Hitwiselast_img read more

Greece will need more austerity cutsGreece will need more austerity cuts

first_imgGreece’s relief at having its new bailout approved by eurozone finance ministers was tempered on Tuesday by the publication of a confidential European Commission report on the Greek economy, which foresees Athens having to adopt almost 12 billion euros of austerity measures in 2013 and 2014.The Compliance Report, which was published by Reuters, said that further drastic reductions, equivalent to 5.5 per cent of gross domestic product, would be have to be agreed by the end of May to fill “fiscal gaps” in the next two years. Elections are likely to be held in early May so one of the next government’s first tasks will be to find 7.6 billion euros of savings in 2013 and another 4.1 billion in 2014 to stay on track with the fiscal program agreed with the Commission, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund, collectively known as the troika. The savings are likely to come from fresh cuts to pensions, new reductions in social transfers, the further slashing of pharmaceutical and healthcare spending, another round of cuts to defense spending and a restructuring of central and local administration. “The determination of the Greek authorities to stick to the agreed policies will be tested already in the coming months when the deficit-reducing measures to close the large gap for 2013-14 need to be identified,” it said. Greece has to achieve a primary surplus of 1.8 percent in 2013 and 4.5 percent in 2014 to continue to qualify for the loans the Eurogroup approved late on Monday. A new debt sustainability analysis by the troika that was presented to the finance ministers suggested that after the bond swap last Friday, Greek debt could fall to 116.5 percent of GDP in 2020 and below 90 percent in 2030. Finance Minister Evangelos Venizelos revealed in a statement that Greece would receive a total of 172.7 billion euros from the eurozone and IMF until the end of 2015. Of this, 130 billion euros will be from the second bailout, 34.5 billion euros that was left over from the first package and 8.2 billion euros that will be part of the 28 billion in total that the IMF will provide. In contrast with the first bailout, Greece will receive the loans in small, monthly installments. The IMF will provide 1.65 billion a month until the end of 2014 and the eurozone will supply the rest. In total, Athens will receive 5.9 billion euros this month, 3.3 billion euros in April and 5.3 billion in May. Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

First threeperson baby boy born in GreeceFirst threeperson baby boy born in Greece

first_imgGreek and Spanish fertility doctors have worked together to produce a baby from three people. The boy was born on Tuesday, weighing 2.9kg and both the mother and the baby are said to be in good health.The experimental form of the IVF uses an egg from the mother, sperm from the father and another egg from a donor woman. It helps families affected by mitochondrial disease, passed on from mother to child, as the newborn has a tiny amount of DNA – related to mitochondria – from the donor woman.The mother, 32, had battled with infertility and had endured four unsuccessful IVF cycles. Athens Institute of Life President Dr Panagiotis Psathas said that “a woman’s inalienable right to become a mother with her own genetic material became a reality.”READ MORE: Greek Australian doctor instrumental in changing clinical practice in IVF clinicsThe Greek team worked with Spanish centre Embryotools, and announcement has been made that eight embryos are ready to be planted in the other 24 women taking part in the trial.Fertility doctors believe that another advantage of the technique is that it increases the success rate of IVF, but there is speculation that the mitochondria may have had a role in the successful pregnancy though this remains to be tested.The doctors say that this birth has made medical history and the technique used would be able to help infertile couples around the world. Some experts in the UK are concerned that ethical questions are raised with the birth that should not have been allowed to take place.Morally speaking the doctors are concerned that fertility and disease prevention are two different issues. They are concerned that there is no proven need for patients to have genetic material removed from their eggs and transferred to those of a donor. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

No PPP GMC and GPDP Candidate in North Bank RegionNo PPP GMC and GPDP Candidate in North Bank Region

first_imgBy Yankuba JallowThe People’s Progressive Party (PPP), Gambia Moral Congress and GPDP did not nominate any candidate in the North Bank Region for the forthcoming National Assembly Election slated for April 6, 2017. Since Thursday March 9, 2017, the first day of nomination for National Assembly Members, no one from the aforesaid parties came for nomination.last_img

Warnock disappointed with ChelseaWarnock disappointed with Chelsea

first_imgCardiff City Football Club manager Neil Warnock has revealed his disappointment at Chelsea’s decision to send youngster Tammy Abraham on loan to Aston Villa.The ex-QPR manager revealed he approach the Blues to sign Abraham on loan with the intention of making the player an important part of his team but is shocked the player was allowed to leave for the Championship, despite spending last season on loan with Swansea City in the Premier League.Warnock told Standard Sport:“I wanted Tammy Abraham from day one. I spoke to Eddie Newton (Chelsea’s loan player technical coach) about it, but he ended up at Aston Villa.“I was really disappointed they didn’t even come back to me. I thought I at least deserved a phone call saying ‘sorry Neil, he’s not joining.”“It might have been because our deadline was three weeks before the Championship’s.”Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“Perhaps they weren’t sure at the time and then he ends up leaving at the end of the month, when only a move to a Championship club is possible. But even then, a phone call would have been better and shown a bit of class.”“Tammy would have been my main man in the Premier League – surely that would have been better for him? I don’t understand it. Surely they would want him playing in the Premier League?”“I don’t think it was a question over the size of the loan fee – we would have paid it. I just the felt the way we played, he would have enjoyed it and had an impact.”“I missed out on a few players waiting for him too, which disappointed me. But that’s life.”last_img read more

iPhone PreOrder Sets New Record Shipment may be DelayediPhone PreOrder Sets New Record Shipment may be Delayed

first_imgEver since the wrappings came off the latest iPhone, Apple Inc has been inundated with orders. Apple released iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus smartphone on 9 September.As expected, the demand has outrun the supply as a result of which, customers may have to wait for another three to four weeks for the latest device. The company has announced that iPhone 6 would go on sale from 19 September in US, for which Apple began accepting online orders from Thursday.The 4.7-inch version would be available next week from 19 September, the company said; while the larger 5.5 inch iPhone 6 plus version model may take another month’s time.”The response to iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus has been incredible with a record number of pre-orders overnight. Pre-orders are currently available online or through the Apple Store App,” Reuters quoted spokeswoman Trudy Muller.Other telecommunication device retailers like Verizon Wireless, AT&T and Sprint Corp too have announced a delay in shipments for up to six weeks.Analysts opine that Apple’s latest larger display devices and re-designed models may hit roadblocks in production and may not plunge into bulk sales immediately.The company is yet to announce the date for its release in China — the world’s largest smartphone market. Hence, Chinese customers could have to wait till the end of year to be able to buy the latest Apple products.iPhone 6 orders have exceeded the expectations of the company this year. The figures recorded are much more than last year and the year before, AT&T’s chief executive of mobile and business, Ralph de la Vega told investors at a conference in New York.”It is such a great thing to wake up in the morning to know that you have hundreds of thousands of orders already before you even have a cup of coffee,” Ralph de la Vega said .Meanwhile, the Indian grey market and e-commerce sector have had a field day since the launch. The products were offered at twice the original price on a few website. For instance, on eBay India, a 16 GB iPhone 6 was being offered for ₹1,00,000, while the expected market price is not expected to shoot beyond ₹50,000.last_img read more

Ambiguity Surrounds Metropolitan Police Use of Force PolicyAmbiguity Surrounds Metropolitan Police Use of Force Policy

first_imgCouncilman Andy King, left, holds a sign as he marches with dozens of protestors just west of the Outerbridge Crossing in New Jersey on their way to Washington, Monday, April 13, 2015. The group, which plans to reach the nations capital next week, is protesting numerous police shootings across the nation. (AP Photo/, Kevin R. Wexler)In the wake of high profile killings such as Walter Scott, Eric Garner, and Michael Brown, use of force by police officers is now a national discussion that has a history in Washington, D.C.In 1998 the Washington Post reported that the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) was the deadliest police force in America.Though MPD’s reputation improved, following the establishment of a Memorandum of Agreement between the city, MPD and Department of Justice in 2001, the agreement was recommended for early termination, ending in 2008, under the condition that the department continues to meet its reporting requirements.Residents and local organizations remain concerned with the use of force by MPD, which is a conversation MPD is reluctant to have. “We’re not going to discuss our Use of Force policy,” Lt. Sean Conboy of the second district told the AFRO.Conboy declined to clarify the “less-than-lethal projectiles” regulation of MPD’s “Use of Force” policy which states, “Consistent with the Department’s philosophy of using only the minimum amount of force necessary to control or subdue potentially violent subjects, less-than-lethal projectiles may be used only by authorized members with appropriate specialized training.”Conboy would not say who the “authorized members” are and whether or not all MPD members are trained to use non-deadly force.Instead, he said that the policy is clear enough, offering a regurgitation of the policy: “We have non-lethal implements that we can deploy.”Even with a “Use of Force” policy, a local ABC News station reported video footage from a cell phone that captured several MPD officers aggressively initiating arrests on a married couple, Forrest and Chadon Boggs, on the 1500 block of E Street NE on April 1.The video shows Chadon being shoved to the ground by an officer after she watched another officer straddle her husband’s back while he was on the ground.Forrest was accused of spitting on a police car and the couple was charged with assaulting an officer. Both were taken to a hospital and Chadon received four stitches.The department’s Public Information Office did not return phone calls from the AFRO regarding use of force documentation, police training, and questions on language within the “Use of Force” policy.National Association Against Police Brutality President Jonathan Newton offered an interpretation of MPD’s less-than-lethal projectile regulation based on his years as a police officer in Georgia, Ala. According to Newton, a University of the District of Columbia law student, each officer must be trained and certified to use non-lethal weapons on their belt – OC spray, ASP baton, and taser gun.“Every so often, you’re supposed to get recertified on whatever you wear on your belt,” he said. “Depending on the police department, most guys choose what to wear on their belt. If he falls out of certification for use of force on an ASP baton or OC spray, now he’s not really allowed to use that. That creates problems because you have less choices to use. Now all he has is lethal force and some hand cuffs.”Stating that use of force policies are difficult to enforce without video recordings, Newton is a proponent of body cameras within the MPD and elsewhere.In Slager’s case, who has since been terminated from the North Charleston Police Department and charged with murder, Newton said the ex-officer did what others have done but gotten away with. “The wheels of justice are moving not because another unarmed Black man was shot and killed by another White officer,” he said. “The wheels of justice are moving because an unarmed Black man was shot and killed by another White officer and it was caught on video.”According to American Civil Liberties Union of the Nation’s Capital Policy and Advocacy Director Seema Sadanandan, the MPD may be defensive over its “Use of Force” policy. “I think that what is cause for concern is the aggressive enforcement of low level offenses in the Black community,” she said. “I think that there is certainly something broken in our local justice system. Use of force is certainly an issue.”last_img read more

20 pictures you must see from the 20th Tel Aviv Pride20 pictures you must see from the 20th Tel Aviv Pride

first_imgGAYSTARNEWS- Photo: @martinacicery 250,000 locals and tourists attended the Tel Aviv Pride Parade | Photo: @slonir Photo: @vibeisrael Photo: @drew_alexander A quarter of a million locals and tourists have attended this year’s Tel Aviv Pride for its 20th anniversary. Photo: @didithedoggy Photo: @lanternamagika Photo: Guy/Tel Aviv Pride Photo: @lanternamagika Photo: @noyraspberry Photo: @borjadvance Photo: @natalya_tonkykh Photo: @vittoria.ritter Photo: @rd_leyva Photo: @southafricantlv Photo: @lanternamagika Photo: @netbouenos Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Photo: @lucavismara Photo: @roxyvespa Photo: @ido_c24 Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  : Photo: @marinka307 eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Sometimes dubbed the ‘Berlin of the Middle East’, the city celebrated its path to inclusion with the theme ‘Making History’. It has been 30 years since the cancellation of gay sex restrictions in Israel and ten years since the founding of the LGBTI Center in the city.Officially kicking off at 2pm local time after a Pride Parade Lunch, the march marks the end of a two-week festival. Located on the Mediterranean coastline, the Israeli city is one of the most popular LGBTI destinations in the world. And it boasts a few breathtaking spots that make its parade a particularly Instagrammable one.The crowds gathered at the beautiful beachfront Charles Clore Park for the parade. Its cheerful vibe clashes with the usual conservative atmosphere elsewhere in the Middle East.Among those attending was US TV host Andy Cohen, in his capacity as International Ambassador for Tel Aviv pride 2018.‘Celebrating Pride in Tel Aviv is a beautiful celebration of gay rights and visibility in a region where many of the neighbors cannot live as their true selves or be who they were born to be, which makes it all the more special for this massive coming together in support of equality to be taking place in Tel Aviv,’ he said in a statement.Check out images below.Photo: @travelbonnylast_img read more

New ASTRO Clinical Practice Statement Updates Treatment Standard for Rectal CancerNew ASTRO Clinical Practice Statement Updates Treatment Standard for Rectal Cancer

first_img 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 | 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 Related Content News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more News | Radiation 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 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 July 22, 2016 — The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) recently issued a new clinical practice statement for the treatment of rectal cancer. An executive summary of the guideline, “Appropriate Customization of Radiation Therapy for Stage II and III Rectal Cancer: An ASTRO Clinical Practice Statement Using the RAND/UCLA Appropriateness Method,” was published in the May-June 2016 issue of Practical Radiation Oncology (PRO), ASTRO’s clinical practice journal.The clinical practice statement, which was developed by a multidisciplinary expert working group, outlines recommendations to customize neoadjuvant and adjuvant radiation therapy for patients with moderately advanced rectal cancer based on their risk of recurrence. The statement also examines non-operative therapies for patients who are medically inoperable or refuse abdominoperineal resection, taking into account the emerging technologies available for this subset of patients.The standard of care for all patients with stage II-III rectal cancer has been a combined multimodality approach of chemotherapy, radiation therapy (RT) and surgery, as established in a 1990 consensus statement from the National Cancer Institute (NCI). This standard, however, is based on data collected in the 1970s and 1980s, when both RT and chemotherapy were necessary to reduce the high risk of local recurrence following less sophisticated forms of surgery. Advancements in treatment options over the past three decades — including more refined surgical techniques, more effective systemic agents and more focal and shorter-course RT options — have drastically lowered recurrence rates, creating situations where one or more modalities may be omitted and the side effects of treatment may be reduced.“This statement provides practicing physicians with an idea of how to employ alternative treatment options for rectal cancer patients, such as short-course radiation therapy or non-operative management approaches. It also lets us identify patients who may be more amenable to different treatment sequencing options, rather than grouping everyone with stage II and III rectal cancer together for a single standard tri-modal treatment approach. There are cases where we can achieve the same survival benefit with less treatment,” said Karyn A. Goodman, M.D., an associate professor of radiation oncology at the University of Colorado and lead author of the practice statement’s executive summary.The guideline was developed through the RAND/UCLA Appropriateness Method, where members of an independent, multidisciplinary expert panel rate the appropriateness of different treatment approaches for different clinical scenarios based on a systematic review of published research. Experts in oncology, gastroenterology and internal medicine rated more than 200 unique scenarios combining risk factors that influence treatment decisions with potentially appropriate treatment modalities. Panelists individually scored each scenario on a nine-point scale that assessed the anticipated benefit versus harm for an average patient in that situation. Ratings from the 10-member panel were aggregated into three categories for the Clinical Practice Statement: Therapeutic options were labeled as Appropriate for median panel ratings of seven to nine without disagreement, May Be Appropriate for median ratings of four to six or if there was disagreement, and Rarely Appropriate for median ratings of one to three without disagreement.Scenarios and treatment recommendations were grouped into four sections, including (1) neoadjuvant and (2) adjuvant therapies used in conjunction with rectal surgery as well as non-operative management approaches for (3) medically inoperable patients and (4) patients who refuse radical rectal surgery.For neoadjuvant therapy, panelists rated five treatment options, stratified by three patient characteristics: risk classification based on disease stage (intermediate-risk, moderately-high-risk or high-risk disease), distance from the tumor to the anal verge and distance from the tumor to the mesorectal fascia.Neoadjuvant chemoradiation was rated Appropriate for all scenarios, while neoadjuvant brachytherapy alone was rated Rarely Appropriate across all scenarios. Neoadjuvant chemotherapy alone was rated May Be Appropriate for intermediate- and moderately-high-risk patients with non-threatened mesorectal fascia and Rarely Appropriate for the other scenarios. Forgoing neoadjuvant therapy was rated potentially appropriate only for cases with higher tumors situated far from the mesorectal fascia, where there would be no concern for positive margins following surgery.Goodman explained the importance of radiation in treatment sequencing for tumors situated closer to the anal verge. “Tumors that sit lower in the rectum are in a more narrow part of the pelvis and therefore tend to have a higher risk of positive margins. Lower tumors also have a somewhat higher rate of lymph node metastasis. In these cases, radiation therapy is particularly important to help reduce the risk of local recurrence following surgery by shrinking the tumor, which helps surgeons resect more cleanly, and by eliminating micro-metastatic disease that may remain in pelvic lymph nodes not removed during surgery,” she said.Neoadjuvant short-course radiation therapy (i.e., 25 Gy across five fractions) was rated Appropriate for many intermediate- and moderately-high-risk cases with non-threatened mesorectal margins and May Be Appropriate for other scenarios. While short-course radiation is the standard of care for moderately-advanced cases in many Northern European countries, it is rarely used in the United States, said Goodman, yet she sees this option as gaining traction domestically, as evidenced in part by the recommendations of this panel.For adjuvant therapy, panelists assessed two treatment options, chemotherapy alone and chemoradiation plus four or more months of chemotherapy, stratified by three patient characteristics: circumferential resection margin, distance from the anal verge and risk classification based on total postsurgical nodal count.Adjuvant chemoradiation therapy (CRT) plus chemotherapy was rated Appropriate for all patients with positive margins and for patients with negative margins but higher risk classification and/or lower tumors. Adjuvant chemotherapy alone was rated Appropriate only for patients with negative margins, moderately-high-risk disease and higher tumors; it was rated May Be Appropriate for all other scenarios.For medically inoperable cases (e.g., elderly patients who are not strong surgical candidates), panelists considered five non-operative treatment sequences, stratified by three patient characteristics: performance status based on Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group score, presence or absence of local symptoms, and distance from the anal verge.Chemoradiation was rated Appropriate for medically inoperable patients with good performance status and May Be Appropriate for those with poor performance status. External beam radiotherapy (EBRT) alone and chemotherapy alone were rated May Be Appropriate for all scenarios. Brachytherapy alone and brachytherapy combined with CRT were rated potentially appropriate for lower tumors but rarely appropriate for higher tumors.The guidelines also assess definitive non-operative treatment for patients who experience a pathologic complete response following neoadjuvant chemoradiation and want to avoid radical surgery, particularly those with low-lying tumors who are at higher risk for a permanent colosotomy. Panelists considered three treatment options, including standard-dose chemoradiation alone, chemoradiation plus brachytherapy boost and chemoradiation plus EBRT boost. Each approach was rated Appropriate for scenarios where patients refuse standard therapy.The panel also considered the appropriateness of using intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) in place of three-dimensional conformal radiation therapy (3-D CRT) in neoadjuvant and adjuvant settings. IMRT is an advanced RT technique that delivers more focal radiation doses and spares more radiosensitive healthy tissue than with 3-D CRT. For each of the three treatment scenarios (neoadjuvant RT alone, neoadjuvant chemoradiation, adjuvant chemoradiation), panelists rated IMRT as May Be Appropriate, noting both upsides, such as reduced toxicity, as well as downsides, such as the higher financial costs, of using the technique.The clinical practice statement was approved by ASTRO’s Board of Directors following a four-week period of public comment.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 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 The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. News | Radiation Therapy | July 22, 2016 New ASTRO Clinical Practice Statement Updates Treatment Standard for Rectal Cancer Recommendations modernize standard trimodal approach with greater customization and propose instances where treatment may be reduced 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 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.  Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD 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 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 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 last_img read more

Pilot speaks out against flight air fumesPilot speaks out against flight air fumes

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J A former pilot has spoken out, claiming that fume leaks into the air system on board planes are causing illnesses among passengers and flight crew. The former Qantas regional division pilot Dr Susan Michaelis who also studied the topic as part of her PhD said she believes her current medical situation was caused by exposure to fumes released into the air system, The Associated Press reported.  “It’s one of the biggest issues that the aviation industry has faced in a long time,” she told the source. “If you are not breathing safe air there’s a very big problem.” According to the source, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has received up to seven incidents involving fume leaks while British Airline Pilots Association (Balpa) has received one since 2006. A Balpa spokesperson said leaks occur because the air passes through the engine before entering the cabin.”If you’ve been on an aircraft and smelled that funny odour it’s recognised that’s generally oil fumes,” Dr Michaelis added. “You wouldn’t know and if you were to get sick, it may not be related, but you wouldn’t know. “There are people getting sick and they are getting seriously sick.” Dr Michaelis recommended airlines install a warning system in the cockpit to alert pilots of any fume in the air. A Department of Transport spokesperson said the company takes passengers’ health “extremely seriously” and has commission research into the cause of fume entering the air system. “This work is now complete and is currently being peer reviewed before publication in the near future,” the spokesperson said. “Cabin fume events are exceptionally rare, occurring on a tiny fraction of flights, and the results of this research will help us decide what action – if any – is necessary.”last_img read more

Tourism Infrastructure Repairs Moving Forward in Florida KeysTourism Infrastructure Repairs Moving Forward in Florida Keys

first_imgTourism Infrastructure Repairs Moving Forward in Florida KeysTourism Infrastructure Repairs Moving Forward in Florida KeysRecovery efforts continue throughout the 125-mile-long Florida Keys island chain after Hurricane Irma struck the destination Sept. 9.American and Delta airlines and Silver Airways have resumed commercial air service into Key West International Airport. Still, overnight visitors are asked to postpone immediate vacation plans throughout the island chain and contact their airlines and hotels for further details.The Port of Key West has reopened for daytime operations and the first cruise ship port call is expected Sunday, Sept. 24, or Tuesday, Sept. 26.All bridges on the Florida Keys Overseas Highway are safe for travel. A few breaches in the roadbed caused by storm surge were quickly repaired according to Florida Department of Transportation officials.During a Thursday Monroe County Emergency Management conference call, the Florida Keys Electric Cooperative reported restoration of almost 100 percent of its customers who are able to accept power, from Ocean Reef in North Key Largo through Marathon in the Middle Keys. FKEC officials said they would start releasing mutual aid crews who came to help from areas outside of the Keys.Keys Energy Service officials indicated that some 95 percent of power had been restored from Key West to Crane Boulevard on Sugarloaf Key. Some 400 crews are working in other parts of the Lower Keys from Sugarloaf to the Seven Mile Bridge.The Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority says that all of the islands except Cudjoe Key and Summerland Key now have water 24/7. The boil-water order has been discontinued for Key Largo (excluding Ocean Reef) through Tavernier as well as Shark Key through Key West (except Rockland Key). Water quality testing is ongoing in other parts of the Keys where a boil-water order remains in effect.“The Keys have come a long way in a short time, but we still have work to do to get the Keys ready for visitors,” said Monroe County Administrator Roman Gastesi.A local state of emergency is still in effect, and Florida Keys officials continue to discourage visitors who wish to travel the Keys via the Florida Keys Overseas Highway to avoid hindering recovery efforts.The island chain’s official targeted reopening date is Oct. 20, the beginning of Key West’s Fantasy Fest. However, that date may be advanced.Irma’s damage impacts vary among Keys regions. Key Largo and Key West have the fewest impacts, and properties there have returned or are returning to regular operations. Islamorada’s bayside and Marathon’s gulfside facilities have substantially fewer effects than oceanside. Some oceanside resorts and facilities will require weeks or months of repairs to reopen for business.The Lower Keys, located between Marathon and Key West, received the brunt of the storm and recovery is likely to take the longest for many residents and businesses in that area.“We’ll be welcoming visitors as soon as we get the full go-ahead from Monroe County officials and cities within our five distinct tourism districts,” said Harold Wheeler, the Keys tourism council’s director.Visitor information is available at Additional details about infrastructure updates can be found at, a dedicated informational site.Florida Keys visitor information: or 1-800-FLA-KEYSSocial: Facebook • Twitter • Instagram • Youtube • Keys Voices blogSource = Florida Keyslast_img read more

Goa to promote seaplanes helicopters and amphibious vehiclesGoa to promote seaplanes helicopters and amphibious vehicles

first_imgGoa, which is expected to draw around 7.5 million visitors in 2016, would be boosting its tourism with seaplanes, helicopters and amphibious vehicles.Goa Tourism Minister, Dilip Parulekar said, “The sea plane project will start shortly. We have already signed a contract with Mumbai-based MEHAIR company, which will run the sea planes connecting the Dabolim airport to different rivers across the state. While the seaplanes and helicopters will be flying across the state from the Vasco-based Dabolim airport, plans are afoot to start amphibious vehicle services for tourists which will take them from cities to inland water routes.”Parulekar said that seaplanes would land in the Mandovi and Chapora rivers during the first phase and the tourists would be directly flown from the airport to the heart of the coastal state.The state tourism department would also commence private helicopter services connecting Dabolim airport to various helipads. “Semi-government organisation Pawan Hans has already entered into an agreement with us wherein they will fly tourists from the airport to various helipads in places like Aguada, Old Goa and Canacona,” added Parulekar.The tourism department is also ready with four amphibious buses which it intends to launch in the state after proper approval is obtained from the Union shipping ministry.last_img read more

AgroFresh gains approval to expand its proven techAgroFresh gains approval to expand its proven tech

first_img AgroFresh gains approval to expand its proven tech … PRESS RELEASEThe Institute of Risk Management South Africa awarded the first prize to Novo Fruit Packers in the Agriculture sector for their alternative water supply project.  Novo competed against 10 nominations in its category before walking away with the accolade at the awards ceremony hosted on 9 November 2018 at the Annual Gala Dinner in Johannesburg.Novo, owned by Capespan, is a state-of-the-art pome fruit packing facility situated in Paarl, Western Cape, strategically located to service pome fruit farmers in the Ceres, Villiersdorp, Piketberg and Grabouw areas. Novo was one of the largest users of municipal water in the Drakenstein Municipal area, located in Paarl, the Western Cape.  Their annual usage exceeded 50 million litres. December 05 , 2018 Coastline Family Farms and Madison Ranches form ne … You might also be interested incenter_img Wonderful Pistachios, the perfect everyday snack, … IFCO acquisition by Triton and ADIA has been final … In 2017 Novo commissioned a borehole and water sanitation plant to substitute its usage of municipal water amidst the worst drought ever experienced in the Western Cape.  The entire region was under pressure with extreme water restrictions and a looming “day zero” threat of completely running out of water supply.Due to the fact that water is an integral part of Novo’s service offering, the water needed to be of potable standard.  In the period between April and October 2017 the treated borehole water was used in combination with municipal supply.  In November 2017 the municipal water supply was closed and Novo’s operations were 100% “off-grid”.  This allowed Novo sustainability in its service delivery, even in the event  “day zero” materialize, whilst also relieving supply pressure on the local municipality.The packhouse has BRC accreditation, and is fitted with the IQS4 (internal quality system) technology from Greefa, Netherlands.  The facility run 120 000 bins at full capacity and its CA cold rooms have a current bin capacity of 50 000 bins. The ability to simultaneously pack different grades enables Novo to optimise the full bin of fruit as well as service the different needs of diverse market segments.Capespan owns and farms a number of citrus, top fruit and grapes production units and Novo packhouse forms an integral part of Capespan’s fruit basket offer. last_img read more