Delhis minorities body rejects BJP MP claim that mosque and graveyard encroached

first_imgNew Delhi: The Delhi Minorities Commission has rejected BJP MP Parvesh Verma’s claims that mosques and graveyards have come up on government land here, with a fact-finding committee concluding that the list was prepared in a careless manner to spoil the social atmosphere in the city.The DMC fact-finding committee report also concluded that there is prima facie grounds for registering an FIR against Verma for “targeting” a particular community and “spoiling” communal harmony through his allegations. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe committee, led by social activist Owais Sultan, said it found no substance in Verma’s claim that 54 mosques and graveyards were allegedly constructed on government land, especially in his West Delhi parliamentary constituency. “The list of mosques, graveyards and Madrasas was prepared in a very careless and non-serious manner to spoil the social atmosphere,” Sultan said. “No mosques, graveyards or Madrasas was found constructed on government land,” he said. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsVerma had recently claimed that mosques and graveyards were mushrooming on government land and met Lt Governor Anil Baijal and handed over a list of 54 such alleged illegal structures in the city. He had demanded immediate action in this regard. Taking cognisance of Verma’s charge, the DMC had up the fact-finding committee. The committee’s report was submitted to DMC chairman Zafarul Islam Khan recently and was released at the DMC office here on Thursday. Khan said the charge by Verma is “incorrect” as shown in the report which also probed records of mosques and graveyards cited by Verma.last_img read more

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Le Canada est sur la voie dun conflit avec les peuples autochtones

first_imgJorge BarreraNouvelles nationales de l’APTNLe Canada est sur la voie de conflits d’une intensité comparable à celle de la crise d’Oka si ses dirigeants politiques ne s’engagent pas à renouveler la relation du pays avec les peuples autochtones, déclare le président de la Commission de vérité et réconciliation.Le pays est au cœur d’une campagne électorale déclenchée un peu plus de deux mois après la publication par la Commission de vérité et réconciliation (CVR) de son rapport historique sur les pensionnats indiens. Le rapport, qui a suscité une réaction à l’échelle nationale, lance un appel de tous les coins du Canada pour la restauration de la relation trop longtemps négligée entre le pays et sa population autochtone, qui se retrouve aux marges du pays.À mi-parcours de la présente campagne électorale fédérale, le rapport de la CVR et ses recommandations ont pratiquement été oubliés dans le discours actuel sur les principaux défis que le Canada doit relever. Cet enjeu n’a même pas mérité une seule question spécifique dans l’un ou l’autre des quatre débats électoraux fédéraux qui ont eu lieu jusqu’ici.« Pour le moment, les dirigeants politiques de notre pays affichent une certaine complaisance, car ils estiment qu’il n’y a plus de pression, qu’il n’est plus nécessaire de porter attention à cette question. À mon avis, les gens devraient être prudents, car les jeunes Autochtones sont de plus en plus conscients de leurs droits, en particulier depuis les récentes décisions des tribunaux qui reconnaissent les droits des communautés autochtones », a déclaré le président de la CVR, Murray Sinclair. « En conséquence, nous n’avons pas beaucoup de marge de manœuvre si l’on veut ignorer la situation des peuples autochtones, et il va falloir que les prochaines discussions parlent de changement. »La CVR a été mise sur pied dans le cadre de l’accord de règlement, d’une valeur de plusieurs milliards de dollars, conclu entre les survivants des pensionnats indiens, Ottawa et les églises qui ont exploité les pensionnats pendant plus d’un siècle.Des milliers d’enfants sont morts dans les pensionnats; bon nombre d’entre eux sont encore enterrés dans des tombes anonymes, leur souvenir perdu à jamais.La CVR a dressé une liste de 94 recommandations dans son rapport publié en juin dernier. Ces recommandations devaient servir de feuille de route pour le Canada en vue d’une restauration définitive de la relation. Le Parti conservateur a rejeté l’essentiel des recommandations, tandis que le Nouveau Parti démocratique (NPD) et le Parti libéral les ont toutes acceptées. Toutefois, aucun de ces partis n’a encore présenté de plan pour la mise en œuvre des recommandations.Sinclair a déclaré que le fait que la classe politique évite continuellement d’attaquer ce problème de front, de même que les tensions latentes qui entourent les projets d’exploitation des ressources, alimentent un contexte qui risque de produire de graves confrontations.« Le climat actuel des discussions relatives à l’extraction pétrolière et à l’exploitation des ressources et le désir qu’ont certains intervenants de l’industrie et du gouvernement de faire fi des droits autochtones et d’autoriser la tenue de ce genre d’activités sans respecter ces droits vont certainement susciter une réaction de la part de la communauté autochtone, en particulier chez les jeunes », a déclaré M. Sinclair. « Les enjeux environnementaux sont à l’avant-plan d’une importante réflexion au Canada, et les Autochtones prennent part au débat. Si nous n’arrivons pas à voir l’importance de faire évoluer la relation entre les Autochtones et les autres citoyens de notre pays, et plus particulièrement entre les Autochtones et les gouvernements de notre pays, je crains que nous devions nous préparer à vivre de plus en plus de confrontations. »Ces conflits pourraient ressembler à celui qu’a connu le Canada en 1990 avec la résistance des Mohawks à Kanesatake, au Québec, ce qu’on a appelé la crise d’Oka, explique-t-il.« Ce qui m’inquiète, c’est que si nous ne reconnaissons pas ce problème de relations, nous allons vivre un autre Oka », ajoute M. Sinclair.Les politiciens de tous les partis, de même que l’ensemble de la population canadienne, se sont rendus compte immédiatement après la crise d’Oka qu’il fallait changer quelque chose dans la relation entre le Canada et les premiers habitants de notre territoire, a-t-il indiqué.« Après Oka, toutes les entités politiques et tous les partis politiques ont pris des mesures sérieuses pour reconnaître le problème de la relation avec les Autochtones et pour en faire le point central de leurs efforts », dit M. Sinclair. « Au cours des élections qui ont eu lieu pendant les années 1990, cette question a perdu sa place parmi les grands enjeux… de sorte qu’elle est sortie du radar politique. Il est maintenant temps qu’elle y revienne. »Sinclair voit un problème plus profond dans l’amnésie presque immédiate qui sévit dès que s’estompent les fumées de la plus récente crise.« C’est dans les médias que les gens tirent leur notion des actualités et des enjeux importants, et c’est la façon dont les médias les alimentent en information qui génère des pics et des creux dans les réactions et les commentaires. C’est le manque d’éducation sur l’évolution du Canada en tant que nation qui est à l’origine de ce problème ou qui y contribue », dit M. Sinclair. « La mémoire canadienne n’a jamais été nourrie de la connaissance de la véritable relation avec les Autochtones dans cette partie du monde. Du point de vue de la plupart des Canadiens, les peuples autochtones n’existaient pas avant le moment récent où nous les avons reconnus, et les Autochtones canadiens n’existeront plus quand nous aurons arrêté de les reconnaître… Quand les gens connaîtront toute l’histoire, ils n’auront pas une réaction amnésique, parce qu’elle sera ancrée si profondément dans leur propre nature en tant que Canadiens qu’ils auront le sentiment qu’elle parle d’eux aussi. »jbarrera@aptn.calast_img read more

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Wab Kinew continues to face pressure for previous comments

first_imgDennis Ward APTN National NewsAn Indigenous candidate seen as a rising star in Manitoba was once again under fire Friday.Wab Kinew, who is running for the Manitoba NDP, was earlier criticized for his lyrics.Now, the Indigenous caucus of the Manitoba Liberal party is calling for Kinew to step down over posts he’s made on Twitter.last_img

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More than 400 million needed to clear landmines next year – UN

The Portfolio of Mine Action Projects, an annual analysis by the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations’ Mine Action Service, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), notes that countries planning those initiatives have already secured $40 million from international donors.Maxwell Gaylard, the Director of the UN Mine Action Service, said that level of donor support augurs well for mine action next year.“However, the remaining funding gap for next year still totals $365 million, and it is hoped that the donor community will again rally to the formidable challenges of mine action,” he said.The Portfolio focuses only on mine action programmes that are supported or managed by the UN. 20 November 2007Proposed initiatives to remove landmines and explosive remnants of war in some 30 countries and three territories around the world are expected to cost $404 million next year, according to a report jointly published by three United Nations agencies and released today. read more

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Senior UN official meets with Georgias acting president

Jean-Marie Guéhenno, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, who is visiting the UN Observer Mission in Georgia (UNOMIG), met with Nino Burjanadze a day after President Eduard Shevardnadze resigned.Mr. Guéhenno emphasized the importance of the observation of the cease-fire agreement and of the UN role in efforts aimed at finding a peaceful settlement of the conflict in Abkhazia, Georgia. He expressed his appreciation for steps undertaken within the constitutional framework aimed at overcoming the recent political problems in the country that led to Mr. Shevardnadze’s resignation.In his most recent report to the Security Council on UNOMIG earlier this month, Secretary-General Kofi Annan welcomed some positive developments in the situation in Abkhazia. The Mission, established almost a decade ago, has some 115 military observers to monitor implementation of a ceasefire agreement that ended a war between Abkhaz separatists and Georgian government forces.In the report Mr. Annan says the presence of both the Georgian and Abkhaz sides in a UN-chaired brainstorming session in July showed they had made a step forward this year. But he warns that the core political issue – the future status of Abkhazia within the State of Georgia – had not yet been tackled in any meaningful way. He urges both sides, especially the Abkhaz side – which maintains that the issue has already been settled by its declaration of independence several years ago – to start discussing the central issues. read more

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Video Serena Williams Cries During Dramatic Loss at French

Serena Williams lost a first-round Grand Slam match for the first time in her career on Tuesday, blowing a 5-1 lead in a second-set tiebreak, dissolving into tears and melting down early in a dramatic third set against lightly-regarded Frenchwoman Virginie Razzano. The 13-time major champion was an undefeated 17-0 on clay this year and entered Roland Garros as the prohibitive favorite.Following her second-set meltdown, Williams lost 22 of the next 24 points and the first five games of the third set. She put together a brief comeback and had multiple chances to get back on serve in a marathon 23-minute game. But in the 12th deuce, Williams finally hit a ball long on Razzano’s eighth match point and fell 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-3.Razzano was ranked No. 111 entering the tournament. Her win goes down as one of the biggest upsets in Grand Slam history.She stole a second-set tiebreak after a bizarre run of points that began when Williams stopped playing during play at 5-2. Williams thought the ball was long and held up instead of hitting an easy forehand. Chair umpire Eva Asderaki, who infamously clashed with Williams at the 2011 US Open, came down to the court and ruled the ball in. Williams wouldn’t win another point in the tiebreaker.During the changeover between sets, Williams broke down into tears, angrily talking to herself and blowing into a tissue. She came out uninspired in the third and dropped the first five games before battling back to make it 5-3.A 23-minute game ensued. Williams had five break point chances and Razzano failed to convert seven match points. The Frenchwoman was noticeably tight on each of her opportunities to win the match, sending double faults sputtering into the bottom of the net and sailing easy ground strokes two feet long. For as shaky as she was on match points, she was just as solid at deuce. When Serena finally hit an unforced error on the eighth match point — which appropriately had to be checked by Asderaki — Razzano finally prevailed.Last year, she played at her home tournament with a heavy heart. Eight days before the tournament, her fiancee and coach Stephane Vidal, died after a battle with cancer. He told her before he died that he wanted her to play Roland Garros in his honor. She lost in the first round.“I’m sure he’s very happy today,” Razzano said after the win.Source: Yahoo Sports read more

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Twentyseven minutes and Grenfell Tower fire had taken hold so why werent

Dr Lane concluded the cladding system that was wrapped around the original concrete structure did not comply with building regulations, was not appropriate for such a tall building and created “multiple catastrophic fire-spread routes”.She said the cladding was “non-compliant with the functional requirement of the building regulations”.She had found “no evidence that any member of the design team or the construction ascertained the fire performance of the rainscreen cladding system materials”. But Dr Lane noted: “From 00.55 to 01.30 the stairs appear to have been free of smoke and therefore tenable for escape.”She went on: “The ‘stay-put’ strategy had substantially failed by 01.26.“At present, I am unclear about the basis for delaying the formal end of the strategy between 1.40am and 2.47am. I am particularly concerned by the delay from 2.06am, when a major incident was declared, to 2.47am.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “Additional combustible construction materials were located in the room on the ceiling beside the window.“Therefore, in the event of any fire starting near a window, there was a disproportionately high probability of fire spread into the rainscreen cladding system.”Fire doorsEntrance doors to the flats, which should have resisted fire for 60 minutes, only lasted as little as 20 minutes, the inquiry report found. In some cases the closers did not work. Fire doors on the stairs also failed to do their job properly. A report by Dr Barbara Lane, a leading fire engineer, questioned LFB’s continuation of the “stay put” advice when it should have been clear that the blaze, which broke out in flat 16 on the fourth floor, had not been contained and was spreading rapidly up and across the block. The failure did not affect the initial attempt to put out the fourth floor blaze because there was no smoke in the stairwells and lobby areas at the timeHowever, Dr Lane added: “The coupling of a fire lift with an operational smoke ventilation system could possibly have had an impact on the ability to execute rescue.”Failure of the water supplyGrenfell used a “dry fire main” – meaning the fire service needed to pump water into the tower to extinguish flames internally. In the alternative – “wet riser” – the system is already connected to the outside mains and there is no need for the fire service to connect the internal pipe to fire engine water pumps. The lack of fire insulation around the window had “increased the likelihood of that fire breaking into the large cavities contained within the cladding system” and provided “no means to control the spread of fire and smoke”. The fire, once out the window, spread vertically up existing columns clad in the aluminium panels but also vertically both above and below windows, and also “through the infill panels between windows”. Dr Lane wrote: “Both routes aided by the insulation materials surrounding the new window openings.”The gap beyond the window was supposed to have fire-stops at intervals which would halt the advance of flames, but these were found to have been installed incorrectly.The report added: “The windows were not provided with fire resisting cavity barriers. These unprotected openings themselves were surrounded by combustible material. By 1.18am, 34 residents had escaped, whether by ignoring the advice or being rescued by firefighters. Between 1.19am and 1.38am, a further 110 had fled. But evacuation rates then slowed, with 20 people escaping in the next 19 minutes to 1.58am. In the next two hours, a further 48 people got out.Firefighters got no higher than the 20th floor, and Dr Lane said in her report: “I am not aware that those people [at level 22 and level 23] were provided with any assistance from LFB during the fire.” She concluded: “There was therefore an early need for a total evacuation of Grenfell Tower … I do not wish to imply this was an easy decision to make during the unfolding and complex events that occurred.”Richard Millett QC, the lead counsel to the inquiry, said in his opening statement: “It may well be that the withdrawal of the formal ‘stay-put’ guidance at that stage was just that – mere formality in light of the number of occupants that had escaped safely before that time. On the other hand, it may be that the formal maintenance of that advice until 2.47am made all the difference between life and death.” Grenfell Tower victims had more than half an hour to escape the high-rise block before the stairs filled with toxic smoke, but were told to stay put by the fire service, the official inquiry was told on Monday.The failure to evacuate the building immediately by the London Fire Brigade (LFB) may have “made all the difference between life and death”.An official report revealed that the controversial “stay put” strategy had “substantially failed” by 1.26am when flames could be seen to have reached the top of the 23-storey tower block.It said the building remained “tenable for escape” while the stairwells stayed smoke-free, which was until at least 1.30am. But it would take the fire service until 2.47am – 41 minutes after it had declared the disaster a “major incident” – to abandon the advice and instead encourage residents to evacuate.The inferno on June 14 last year claimed the lives of 72 people in the single-greatest loss of life to a fire in a residential building in Britain since the war. No one who lived below the 11th floor died. Fire service notes suggest the “manual override” switch failed, which meant the lift could not be controlled by the emergency services.As a result, firefighters were forced to climb stairs with heavy equipment such as breathing apparatus, slowing down rescue efforts.It meant that survivors who reached the fourth floor bridgehead then had to be escorted down the staircase rather than placed in the lift, which would have saved time and manpower. But on the night of the fire that system failed to work as intended. Dr Lane said: “The system as designed and installed was non-compliant with the statutory guidance.” She uncovered serious safety breaches relating to the £10 million refurbishment of the building that included the installation of flammable cladding and more than 100 “non-compliant” fire doors.Dr Lane said there was “an early need for a total evacuation of Grenfell Tower”. Instead, the fire service, which first arrived at the scene at 12.59am, only withdrew the “stay put” policy almost two hours after the first emergency call.She suggested the “culture of non-compliance” on basic fire safety coupled with “stay put” guidance that exposed Grenfell victims to thick toxic smoke in the stairwell had led to “a disproportionately high loss of life”.The inquiry was played a voice recording of a panicked call made by Bahailu Kebede, one of the occupants of flat 16, who told the 999 operator in a call at 12.54am: “Quick, quick, quick. It’s burning.” Her report said that building control had not been informed of its use and anyway did not understand how “the assembly would perform in a fire”. Neither the Tenant Management Organisation (TMO), which ran the building on behalf of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, nor the London Fire Brigade, had carried out a risk assessment of its fire performance.A further report commissioned by the public inquiry disclosed that no full-scale fire tests of cladding systems using the aluminium composite material panels were carried out before the fire.Colin Todd, a fire engineer, said no BS 8414 tests were carried out using the material before the blaze. More than 300 high rise residential blocks have had similar cladding installed.WindowsNew windows installed as part of the tower’s renovation contributed to the “disproportionately high probability of fire spread”, Dr Lane concluded. Flat no16: The burn-out remains of the kictchen where the fire started Grenfell Tower In 2011, the TMO replaced 106 flat entrance fire doors out of a total of 120 flats. The other 14 were not replaced because the leasehold had been bought from the council.However, none of the doors were compliant, including the 14 which were not replaced in the refurbishment.The fire doors had allowed smoke and flames to spread between the gap between doors and door frames, while multiple untested components in the doors themselves allowed fire to cross them and an unknown number of self-closers failed.Some fire doors were also held open by the firemen’s hoses rising up the building. In one case, a dead body prevented a fire door from shutting, allowing the flames and smoke to spread. The cladding system on Grenfell Tower could not resist the spread of fire throughout the building, a report has concluded Mr Millett said: “The inquiry has been made aware of an ongoing IOPC [police watchdog] investigation into the use of police helicopters on the night of the fire, including whether that might have encouraged some residents to remain in place or to move to the top of the tower and whether the operation of the police helicopters could have worsened the fire.” The pipe system to get water to the top of the building to be used by firefighters also failed, as did a bespoke smoke removal system that did not conform to building regulations.“The number of non-compliances signify a culture of non-compliance at Grenfell Tower,” Dr Lane said in her report.“I am particularly concerned about the maintenance regime of the active and passive fire protection measures.“I note that multiple automatic systems, such as the control of the fire lift and the smoke ventilation system, appear not to have operated as required.” The London Fire Brigade had put in place a “stay put” policy that was not removed until 2.47am, almost two hours after the emergency services were first called to a fire on the fourth floor in flat 16. But the advice for high-rise residential buildings is reliant on a fire remaining contained in the flat where it broke out.These are the failings identified by Dr Lane, which will be examined at the public inquiry that began taking evidence on Monday.CladdingDr Lane’s report was highly critical of not only the material used in the aluminium “rainscreen” cladding system – designed to protect the building against the elements and to provide insulation – but also of the way in which it was installed. Grenfell Tower, which is 220ft tall, was refurbished at a cost of £10 million, with the work completed in 2016. Dr Lane concluded that the dry riser system was “non-compliant with the design guidance in force at the time of the original construction and is also non-compliant with current standards”.This stopped firefighters getting water to the upper floors as effectively as a wet main, which provides more pressure.A wet fire main “could have enabled a faster initial response time” to the flat 16 fire, “which might have increased the chances of extinguishing the fire before it spread externally”. Flat no16: The burn-out remains of the kictchen where the fire started Sir Martin Moore-Bick, the retired judge and inquiry chairman, described video clips played to the inquiry showing the rapid spread of the fire as “truly shocking”. On one recording, a man can be heard shouting: “I told you, I told you, get out.”As reported last week by The Daily Telegraph, survivors and grieving relatives have complained at the failure of the LFB to evacuate the building immediately. Some expressed concern that fire chiefs had received commendations before the inquiry had even begun hearing evidence.The inquiry also raised concerns on Monday about the use of police helicopters on the night of the fire. Their deployment made some residents think they could be rescued from upper floors to which they fled to escape the smoke. The uPVC windows were installed without fire resistant cavity barriers and were surrounded by combustible material.The fire broke out in a kitchen in flat 16 on the fourth floor – in all probability in a fridge freezer – but spread through the kitchen window to the outside of the building. The fire rapidly spread up the east side of the building, reaching the top floor – the 23rd storey – by 1.30am, some 35 minutes after the fire brigade was first called. Mr Millett said there had been a “catastrophic failure” of the external cladding, which had spread the fire.Two other reports suggested there was “insufficient evidence” to say with total certainty that the fire started in a fridge-freezer.Safety failings left residents in death trapResidents had repeatedly warned that Grenfell Tower was a “death trap” and the damning report proved they were right.The official study found a “culture of non-compliance” in fire safety was to blame for the rapid spread of the blaze.Dr Lane’s report highlighted a litany of failings that included the use of combustible cladding; fire doors that did not work as they should; and an out-of-order fire lift that forced firefighters to use the stairs for moving heavy equipment. Dr Lane wrote in her report that this failure “would have materially affected the ability or willingness of occupants to escape independently through this space to the stair”.It would have also hindered the ability of firefighters to rescue many people on the tower’s upper floors. Another failure of an “unknown number of doors” to self-close after an occupant escaped would have allowed “immediate” spread of fire and smoke.The lobbies could therefore not be used as a “safe air environment” by the fire service, which could not establish a rescue base – a bridgehead – at any storey above the fourth floor until 7.30am.Dr Lane said: “This greatly reduced the time available using breathing apparatus, and so the time available for rescue on the upper floors, and particularly above Level 15.”Elizabeth Campbell, leader of Kensington and Chelsea council, said last night: “The footage we saw today is truly shocking, and the expert findings are extremely concerning.“We are already replacing fire doors across the borough, and I have asked our senior officers to urgently review today’s reports further to see if there is more we need to do.”Lift failureA so-called fireman’s switch to allow the fire service to automatically ground a lift and take control of it was in place but not working, the report found.The lifts in the building failed to perform effectively in the fire. That prevented firefighters using them to move heavy equipment up the building while also creating an “unnecessary risk” to residents who could not use them to escape. Poorly performing fire doors “contributed significantly to the spread of smoke and fire to the lobbies”, concluded Dr Lane. The fire expert found that all of the fire doors between the fourth and 23rd floor were “not compliant with fire test evidence relied upon at the time of installation”. It took just 27 minutes for the fire to spread up the tower Just two people who made their own way down from the 23rd floor survived.Dany Cotton, the London Fire Brigade Commissioner, who reached the scene at 2.29am, 18 minutes before the “stay- put” advice was withdrawn, said in a statement read out: “I have never seen a building where the whole of it was on fire. Nobody has ever seen that. It was incredible. It was alien to anything I had ever seen.” Grenfell read more

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ASOBAL Round 5 Anaitasuna Valladolid and Palma del Rio remain winless

ademarAdemar LeonanaitasunaAragonatletico madridBarcelonacuencaGranollersguadalajarahuescakrivokapicla riojamorrazo-cangasNaturhouse La Riojapalma del riopalmanaranjapuerto saguntosaguntoValladolidvilla arandavilla de aranda ← Previous Story Bundesliga (Round 7): Two points remain in Magdeburg, Melsungen defeated Next Story → TOP 10 moments of the Week: “Betting scandal, 82 goals of Kiel, goal-machines, black days and outsiders” After the 5th round of the ASOBAL, the teams that are likely to fight against relegation this season are coming to surface. With 5 defeats from 5 games, these teams are: Anaitasuna, Valladolid and Palma del Rio. Palma del Rio keeps receiving more than 30 goals per game and this time they were defeated with 33:27 against La Rioja. Valladolid at home was badly surprised, 26:34 defeat to Huesca, while Anaitasuna were beaten away at Guadalajara with 22:25.In the other games: Atletico Madrid 28-25 Posada, Granollers 22:26 Cuenca, Aragon 20:22 Villa de Aranda, Ademar 36:26 Puerto Sagunto, Barcelona 40:25 Morrazo Cangas read more

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A fate worse than debt tackling Irelands insolvency problem

first_imgEARLIER THIS WEEK, the Insolvency Service of Ireland released its figures for the first half of the year.At first glance, they showed healthy improvements. But the shine came off them when the Irish Mortgage Holders Organisation launched a broadside against the ISI.The organisation which was set up help people leave behind debt they had accumulated during the boom had secured just 127 deals in the first half of the year.Only 27 of the flagship Personal Insolvency Arrangements, which are designed to help with people deal with debts of up to €3 million, were rolled out.For context, there are around 100,000 people in Ireland in some sort of mortgage distress.The ISI’s numbers were “pathetic”, it was alleged. The service itself, which opened its doors late last year, was “not fit for purpose”.Numbers gameISI director Lorcan O’Connor admits that the numbers accessing his services aren’t as high as he’d like.“Clearly our numbers are too low, and clearly were that to continue, there’s a very significant problem with regard to the formal insolvency solutions.” If numbers were to stay low from here on out, there must be something wrong with the system.He argues, however, that a year ago, there were no deals being struck before the ISI opened its doors.The agency has had an impact on the number of informal deals being agreed, with lenders more open to arrangements once the threat of a formal agreement is on the table, he says.Language barrierO’Connor is adamant that the ISI has the potential to be a major player in alleviating the national debt burden.However, he says that the headlines and the rhetoric they come up against – implicitly that deployed by David Hall and the IMHO, is “not helpful” Source: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland“My fear in terms of some of the language that’s being used in the last week is that it would have the unintended consequence of deterring debtors.” You had a decade or more of very little happening in the economy. And why was that? Because you didn’t have banks operating as banks where they lend money to generate economic activity. Instead they were trying to extend the problem of dealing with problem loans over a long period so as not to take a big hit.Irish banks, and their approach to dealing with debt, have been in O’Connor’s sights before. Earlier this year, he used an appearance at the Finance Committee to publicly call out Bank of Ireland’s point-blank refusal to consider writing off debt.Back then, he said that BoI “making a global policy statement about how they intend to deal with applications does not take full account of the new reality”.Now, he maintains that banks need to up their game, and that “some banks are slower than others to come to the table”.Political pressureHe acknowledges also that there is political pressure to achieve results.“Clearly the political system…wants to see numbers up and arrears down.”When Frances Fitzgerald took over the reins as Justice Minister, he met with her, and acknowledges that “she would be hopeful that those numbers would increase significantly over the coming months”.But to what point? He won’t set himself a target publicly, but says that based on equivalent numbers in the UK, there should be around 10,000 insolvencies and bankruptcies in Ireland per year.The current figure is less than 500.Looking to the future, O’Connor says that past performance actually encourages him, despite the low number of agreements.“I took up my job less than a year and a half ago…I didn’t have an office, didn’t have a computer, didn’t have staff.” If you see those headlines, you aren’t going to approach a PIP…it could deter debtors from the solutions they need.The headlines, he says contribute to an environment in which a debtor doesn’t know which way to turn when trying to address solvency issues.“There is a lot of noise out there, in that debtors aren’t necessarily clear in their minds as to what solutions are available for them.”When they do turn to the ISI, O’Connor says that the agency can be quick and effective.“We would have had people who were very much under pressure and had family issues as a result, and they were able to do a three month arrangement and they are now completely solvent and ready for a fresh start.”StagnationThe structural problem of debt in a society, acting as a brake on growth and a dead weight on consumers, worries O’Connor.“What I as a citizen would like to avoid is what I perceive to have been the problems in Japan over the last couple of decades.” In the last year I’ve put in place an entire organisation that deals with all the bankruptcies, and put in place infrastructure to deal with a completely new industry“That system has capacity and capability to deal with 100 times more cases than it is dealing with at the moment.”Read: ‘Pathetic’ Insolvency Service ‘not fit for purpose’ – IMHO>Read: Explainer: What does the Insolvency Service of Ireland do?>last_img read more

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Venizelos bids for more time

first_imgPASOK leader Evangelos Venizelos said that he would push for the European Union and International Monetary Fund to grant the country an extra year to meet its fiscal targets, in his first speech on the campaign trail. Venizelos’s address came moments after IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde stressed the importance of Greece implementing the fiscal adjustment program it had agreed with its lenders as part of the country’s second bailout. Speaking at an indoor arena in the Athens neighbourhood of Nea Smyrni, Venizelos slammed the so-called “anti-memorandum” parties, which oppose the terms of Greece’s new bailout, but said that if PASOK is part of a coalition government after the May 6 elections, he would attempt to convince the EU and the IMF to give the country more time to meet the conditions of the new loan agreement. “In June, Greece has to decide which measures it will implement to reduce spending by 11 billion euros by the end of the adjustment period,” he told PASOK supporters. “It falls upon us to decide this and we propose that the country push for something it can achieve easily: adjustment not over two years until 2014 but over three years, until 2015. The adjustment should be softer, more friendly for citizens and more friendly on growth.”‘ PASOK and New Democracy have run into problems this week in drawing up their candidate lists, with some hopefuls rejecting the chance to stand. ND announced its list on Wednesday but at least one candidate stepped aside yesterday. PASOK finalised its list last night. A few hours before Venizelos’s speech, Lagarde told journalists in Washington that “implementation, implementation, implementation” of the fiscal program was the only option for Greece. “Over the last six months, we have devoted a lot of time to issues relating to Greece,” said Lagarde. “A lot of things have happened in Greece since last September… the conditions we set with the troika have been implemented, laws have been passed. But I will insist on my previous response: implementation, implementation, implementation.” Lagarde added that more work needed to be done in terms of collecting revenues and taxes. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Work continues toward Battle Ground Veterans Memorial

first_imgThe Battle Ground Parks & Recreation Department continues to take donations for its Veterans Memorial at Kiwanis Park. Information for the project can be found on the Veterans Memorial Project’s website.A year after securing permits to build a memorial to the city’s fallen war veterans in Kiwanis Park, the Battle Ground Parks & Recreation Department remains firmly entrenched in the scrimp-and-scrape stage.But the lack of sufficient resources for the donor-funded project doesn’t mean work is taking a holiday.Raising money for what’s expected to be Clark County’s largest shrine to felled troops is finding its footing, even if it’s planted firmly in the past. The Veterans Memorial project — with an estimated price tag of $125,000 — has collected more than $17,000 in donations. It will create a curved wall featuring the names of Battle Ground veterans who died in combat.Since May, Debbie Stiles-Lusk, a member of Battle Ground’s Parks Advisory Board, has used a special set of skills and know-how to investigate the names of Battle Ground’s war dead. Those skills, honed over a 14-year span spent as her family’s official historian, allows Lusk to delve into the murky depths of history to determine who deserves recognition on the wall.Take, for example, the case of John Tuke. The Civil War-era veteran was on a list of potential names for the wall. According to Lusk’s research, Tuke was stationed at Fort Vancouver during the war. But he didn’t die until well into the 20th century, meaning he shouldn’t be included on the wall.last_img read more

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Divers aim for suspected AirAsia site

first_imgPANGKALAN BUN, Indonesia — Divers were grappling with light rain and rolling waves Sunday as they tried to reach what is believed to be the fuselage of AirAsia Flight 8501, resting on the ocean floor near three other large objects. So far, only 30 bodies have been recovered from last week’s crash and officials believe many of the remaining 132 passengers and crew are strapped to their seats inside the plane, said National Search and Rescue deputy chief Tatang Zainudin. “We are racing with time and weather in running this mission,” he said, as early morning clear skies slowly became overcast.The plane went down in the Java Sea on Dec. 28, halfway into a two-hour flight from Surabaya, Indonesia’s second-largest city, to Singapore. Minutes before losing contact, the pilot told air traffic control that he was approaching threatening clouds, but was denied permission to climb to a higher altitude because of heavy air traffic.What caused the disaster remains unclear, but Indonesia’s Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency released a report, saying “Flight 8501 appears to have been trapped in bad weather that would have been difficult to avoid.”While the plane’s black boxes — the flight data and cockpit voice recorders — have yet to be located, the discovery of the wreckage would greatly benefit the investigation.last_img read more

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Ads for Japan casino operations to be limited to international airport terminals

first_imgThe Japanese government has finalized a policy that will see advertisements related to casino operations restricted to the international terminals of airports and seaports, with the rule to be included in a government ordinance to be drafted in March.As a measure to fight gambling addiction, advertisements will generally be prohibited from most areas outside of IR facilities but will be allowed for the objective of attracting tourists from overseas. As reported by Nikkei, the government’s IR Promotion Council has been discussing measures to prevent the potentially harmful effects of casinos ever since the IR Promotion Act was passed last July.The restriction of advertisements and solicitations regarding casino operations, first proposed last year, is an institutional design predicated on the idea that it will prevent gambling addiction and also lead to the healthy development of young people. Furthermore, IR properties will be visited by people from both Japan and abroad, including children, so it is widely believed to be necessary to restrict advertisements and solicitations in order to maintain a wholesome environment.Advertisements will be allowed in the immigration and customs areas for travelers at international airport and seaport terminals. Taking into consideration the voices of those concerned about increased cases of gambling addiction among the Japanese population, tourist information centers, railways and buses where adverts may be easily seen by Japanese people will not be allowed to advertise. Huawei Japan joins Kansai Economic Federation with eye on World Expo 2025 and Osaka IR Japan to conduct nationwide prefectural survey to confirm IR intentions RelatedPosts Load More Osaka approves Yumeshima site for commercial development in latest IR movelast_img read more

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Community to Cut Grass for Ft Polk under Partnership

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR The city of Leesville, La., will provide grass-cutting services on about 5,000 acres at Fort Polk for $2.6 million per year, under an intergovernmental support agreement signed last week. “Not only does this strengthen the partnership between our communities, but it positively impacts soldier readiness, and there’s nothing more important. By signing this agreement, we get our soldiers off cutting grass and back to their units,” said Col. Jarrett Thomas II, Fort Polk’s garrison commander. The deal will allow the post to operate more efficiently and help secure the missions of the Joint Readiness Training Center and Fort Polk, said Mike Reese, president of Fort Polk Progress.Army photo by Sgt. Arjenis Nunezlast_img read more

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UNESCO raises 755m to protect heritage from war terror

first_imgSeven countries and an American donor on Monday pledged $75.5 million (70 million euros) to a UNESCO-backed fund aimed at protecting the world’s cultural heritage against war and terrorism.French President Francois Hollande hosted the gathering at the Louvre museum in Paris of influential art patrons and world leaders at the initiative of the UN cultural body, the United Arab Emirates and France.Their International Alliance for the Protection of Heritage in Conflict Zones (ALIPH), based in Geneva, aims to raise $100 million by 2019.“At Bamiyan, Mosul, Palmyra, Timbuktu and elsewhere, fanatics have engaged in trafficking, looting and the destruction of cultural heritage, adding to the persecution of populations,” Hollande said.Speaking in the Louvre’s Khorsabad courtyard, which houses the imposing remains of a 706 BC palace from ancient Mesopotamia, the land of modern-day Iraq, Hollande said the country was a priority in the global fight against cultural destruction.The region “is home to a civilisation thousands of years old that we cannot abandon to the abomination of terrorism,” he added.The funds will be used to help prevent the destruction of historic sites in conflict zones, combat the illicit trade in cultural artifacts and help restore damaged relics.France pledged $30 million to the fund, followed by Saudi Arabia with $20 million and co-host UAE with $15 million. Kuwait, Luxembourg and Morocco pledged $5.0 million, $3.0 million and $1.5 million, respectively.US philanthropist Tom Kaplan pledged $1 million, while Switzerland offered logistical support that it valued at $8.0 million.More funds and in-kind support are in the pipeline from Italy, Britain, Germany, China, South Korea and Mexico.A total of 40 countries pledged their support to the initiative at a conference in Abu Dhabi in December.Safe havens -A network of safe havens for endangered artworks was also put in place, allowing cultural property to be stored abroad temporarily, but only as a last resort.Some countries, including Egypt and Greece, expressed reservations about such zones, citing sovereignty claims.Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras told participants at the time there should be “guarantees for the safe return” of national treasures.For the past 30 years Athens has been demanding the return of the so-called Elgin Marbles, which decorated the Parthenon temple on the Acropolis in ancient times, from Britain.In his speech on Monday, Hollande emphasised that measures would be taken to ensure that “sovereignty principles will be respected.”After Islamic State group fighters seized the ancient ruins of Palmyra in May 2015, they systematically destroyed and looted the temples of the UNESCO World Heritage site.The group also ravaged the Assyrian city of Nimrud in Iraq using bulldozers and explosives, and ransacked pre-Islamic treasures in Mosul’s museum.Bamiyan, in Afghanistan, and Mali’s Timbuktu are other UNESCO sites to suffer destruction at the hands of Islamic extremists.last_img read more

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Rajshahi Sylhet city mayors sworn in

first_imgNewly elected mayors of Rajshahi and Sylhet city corporations AHM Khairuzzman Liton (L) and Ariful Haque Chowdhury take oath on Wednesday at the prime minister`s office. Photo: UNBNewly elected mayors of Rajshahi and Sylhet city corporations AHM Khairuzzman Liton and Ariful Haque Chowdhury took oath on Wednesday, reports UNB.Prime minister Sheikh Hasina administered the oath taking ceremony at the Shapla Hall of her office, PMO, in the capital.Later, 76 newly elected councillors for general wards and reserved seats of the two city corporations also sworn in at the same venue. Of them, 40 councillors are from Rajshahi and 36 from Sylhet.Local government, rural development and cooperatives minister Khandker Mosharraf Hossain administered the oath to the councillors. Local government division senior secretary Zafar Ahmed Khan conducted the oath-taking ceremony.Finance minister AMA Muhith and ruling Bangladesh Awami League general secretary and road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader were also present in the programme.The elections to Rajshahi City Corporation and Sylhet City Corporation were held on 30 July.Awami League mayoral candidate AHM Khairuzzaman Liton was elected in Rajshahi, while BNP mayoral candidate Ariful Haque Chowdhury sealed victory in Sylhet.last_img
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Geek Pick Dell XPS 13 Leads Dells Computex 2019 Lineup

first_img For much of 2019, the Dell XPS 13 was one of the best ultraportable laptops you could get. Our sister site PCMag praised the computer for its improved performance and 13-inch 4K touch screen packed into a small and stylish frame you’d never expect could contain such components. Plus they fixed the webcam. The laptop earned a rare 5-star rating and the full review is totally worth reading.So given the acclaimed recent history of the Dell XPS 13, we were excited to see what was next for the line. And the preview we got of the new Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 ($999) for Computex 2019 didn’t disappoint.The next-gen ultraportable opts for a wider 16:10 aspect ratio and UHD+ resolution for more room to work with edge-to-edge on a similar sized device. The laptop is slightly thinner actually, by eight percent, with 16 hours of battery life. And unexpected little details like a hinge that’s easier to open, diamond-cut edges, smaller camera, and a classier font on the larger keyboard add to the premium feel.The most important component driving these gains is the new 10nm Intel 10th Gen processor. With this, the XPS 13 2-in-1 sees improved overall adaptive performance compared to previous models as well as specific upgrades like a more efficient thermal design and vapor cooling chamber. Even if you don’t care about this specific laptop, the July release of the Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 should excite you just for the rollout of this processor alone.Another interesting feature of the Dell XPS 13 2-in-1, and several other laptops at Dell’s event, was the new Eyesafe display technology. With these custom panels, the laptops can reduce the infamous harmful blue light currently plaguing anyone who stares at screens for too long. And by adjusting the hardware itself, the screens can achieve this while maintaining color accuracy compared to a software solution or buying some special glasses. Dell has exclusive rights to this tech for a year but expects others to adopt it after that, like when a drug goes generic.While they may be using last-gen processors, other Dell laptops at this Computex event still brought their own strengths to the table. The Inspiron 13/15 7000s 2-in-1 laptops ($579) have a cool new hinge that doubles as an internal stylus storage, two solid state drives to increase speed while decreasing weight in the superior magnesium alloy body, and support for Nvidia GeForce MX250 graphics. Meanwhile, the Dell XPS 15 workstation ($999) has the line’s first OLED display, an eight-core 9th gen Intel processor with Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 graphics, 20 hours of battery, and new Wi-Fi 6 connectivity. Both of these are available now.But as a video game fan first and foremost, I had to make sure the check out the latest from Alienware. Not to be confused with the cool but cumbersome Area 51m, the m15 and m17 laptops ($1,499) are more manageable gaming laptops that should still provide plenty of power for a game like Mortal Kombat 11. They feature 9th gen Intel processors and either Nvidia GeForce GTX or RTX graphics with dynamic overclocking and cooling. And like any gamer product, these laptops light up in all sorts of customizable ways, including on the redesigned keyboard with added travel. They’re available starting in July.More on Geek.com: Geek Pick: Ikea Sonos Symfonisk Is A WiFi Bookshelf SpeakerGeek Pick: Fi Smart Dog Collar Sniffs Out Your Pet Geek Pick: Das Keyboard 4Q Pulses With Brain PowerGeek Pick: LaCie Mobile Drive Offers Big Beautiful StorageGeek Pick: Respawn-900 Gaming Recliner Lets Gamers Relaxcenter_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

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first_imgFeature | June 04, 2015 | Melinda Taschetta-Millane Treatment Planning Evolves With Technology This article appeared as an introduction to a Comparison Chart on Treatment Planning Systems in the June 2015 issue. Technology | Quality Assurance (QA) | July 10, 2019 IBA Launches Monte Carlo Patient QA for Varian Halcyon at AAPM 2019 IBA announced the launch of the latest functionality of the SciMoCa Monte Carlo Patient QA solution at the 61st annual… read more Image courtesy of Philips Healthcare Feature | Treatment Planning | July 01, 2019 | By Jeff Zagoudis New Treatment Planning System Technologies Treatment planning systems (TPS)… 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 Videos | Artificial Intelligence | July 22, 2019 VIDEO: Use of Machine Learning to Automate Radiotherapy Treatment Planning Leigh Conroy, Ph.D., physics resident, Universi read more Mahadevappa Mahesh discusses trends in medical physics at the 2019 AAPM meetingVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 4:01Loaded: 4.04%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -4:01 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Videos | AAPM | July 29, 2019 VIDEO: Trends in Medical Physics at the AAPM 2019 meeting … read more Technology | Treatment Planning | July 02, 2019 RaySearch Releases Version 9A of RayStation Treatment Planning System RaySearch announced the release of RayStation 9A, the latest version of its radiation therapy treatment planning system… read more 360 Photos | CT Virtual Simulation | May 21, 2019 360 View of Dedicated Radiotherapy Treatment Planning CT Scanner at Henry Ford Hospital This is a… read more Today, treatment planning – the heart of radiation therapy systems – is almost entirely computer based, and is designed to help increase productivity by simplifying data for clinicians, making workflow smooth and seamless. This is key to helping improve patient outcomes. As technology progresses, so do treatment planning systems.The integration of advanced image processing and analysis will continue to expand as treatment planning systems evolve. As the process becomes more streamlined, doors will open to more possibilities in treatment.The following overview helps paint a picture of some of the software systems currently available on the treatment planning systems market, and are highlighted in the Treatment Planning Systems comparison chart.AccurayThe Accuray MultiPlan Treatment Planning System enables medical professionals to generate high-quality treatment plans for the CyberKnife Robotic Radiosurgery System. These flexible and individualized treatment plans can be created quickly and intuitively, resulting in a fast and accurate treatment delivery. The planning is a multidisciplinary and collaborative process, requiring input from the physicist, the radiation oncologist and the surgeon. New features and enhancements in the MultiPlan System address the specific needs of each group and provide the flexibility to accommodate new clinical applications with ease. BrainlabBrainlab’s iPlan RT treatment planning offers efficient clinical workflows and provides many treatment options for clinicians to choose from. Its image features offer time-saving pre-planning steps, such as automatic image fusion and fast organ definition and contouring. The software caters to a wide spectrum of treatment techniques to help define the best possible treatment plan. The Brainlab Monte Carlo Dose Calculation software is a high-performance algorithm designed for fast, precise radiation therapy dose calculations. Brainlab technology currently powers treatments in the fields of neurosurgery, radiation oncology, orthopedics, ENT, CMF, spine and trauma. ElektaElekta’s XiO v5 is a comprehensive 3-D intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) treatment planning platform that combines advanced planning tools with well-rounded dose calculation algorithms. Frozen Dose allows recalling plans without recalculating dose. DICOM improvements include RT range improvements, a report in internal or DICOM coordinates and the ability to export original image orientation. The new Proton Range Compensation Editor allows for editing thickness, viewing in 3-D and editing aperture. It supports a range of treatment modalities, including 2-D, 3-D, multileaf collimator (MLC)-based IMRT, solid compensator-based IMRT and brachytherapy, in addition to dynamic conformal arc therapy and stereotactic delivery. Monaco 5 upgrades include recalculation of Monaco plans, and basic 3-D planning tools including electrons, feet-first planning for all plans, wedges, the bolus tool and static MLC arc planning. QA functionality has been merged into planning activity, so Monaco plans and QA plans have the same functionality. Isodose to structure preferences have the ability to convert isodose to structure, and change the thickness of 2-D isodose lines. Also, the upgrade supports Siemens Artiste Rotational IMRT (mARC). 4-D tools allow for importing of 4-D image sets with auto naming, and the ability to view multiple structure sets on displayed image sets, create ITV using auto-margin and cine view and display grid to measure tumor motion. It supports stereotactic cone planning from all vendors.Philips HealthcarePhilips’ Pinnacle³ is designed for small and mid-size centers as an affordable server-class system that provides access from virtually any location. The system is scalable so it can grow with a center’s needs. It can support centers with up to three linear accelerators (linac). Centralized processing offers all users the power of the professional server. The system is up to 30 percent faster than the older 810X platform. Floating licenses allow a Pinnacle³ user to have an unlimited number of access points, including Mac users.ProwessThe Panther 3D Conformal Therapy system is designed to improve efficiency. It operates on the user-friendly Windows platform, allowing the fast generation of treatment plans due to the familiar Windows look and feel and the vendor’s intuitive user interface. The system is completely modular to make upgrades with new modules easy and seamless. Panther supports Siemens virtual wedges, and photon and electron beams can be combined. It offers MLC support, and the MLC display can be turned on or off. MLC can auto fit to any selected organ with a specified margin, including inner, outer or center edges. Individual MLC leafs can also be graphically edited. RaySearchRayStation v4.5 includes a wide range of new features that will help cancer centers improve their treatment planning process and also enable them to take adaptive planning a step further. It offers ultrafast and robust optimization for proton and photon treatments, boosted dose calculation, automated breast planning and biomechanical deformable registration using Morfeus technology. rayOptimizer, the multipurpose optimization engine, can solve virtually any posed optimization problem within radiation therapy using all degrees of freedom of the treatment unit.  RayStation 4.5 includes a major step forward in the field of automated treatment planning. The new rayAutoBreast module provides tools for automated generation of tangential breast IMRT plans using heuristic optimization and includes features such as automatic detection of radio-opaque markers defining the breast, automatic contouring of all the relevant target and risk organs, automatic setup of beams – including heuristic optimization of gantry and collimator angles – and automatic creation of objective functions, optimization and segmentation settings and clinical goals.Varian Medical SystemsVarian’s Eclipse treatment planning system allows for efficiency. Virtual simulation eliminates data transfer steps and the management of separate sets of data. Emergency treatments can be planned immediately in the simulation area. Powerful tools simplify contouring tasks and field setup, and a fast calculation engine reduces treatment planning time. Integrated plan verification and quality assurance tools speed ongoing treatment planning and beam data validation, saving time for physicists.  FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Radiation Therapy | July 09, 2019 Researchers Use Artificial Intelligence to Deliver Personalized Radiation Therapy New Cleveland Clinic-led research shows that artificial intelligence (AI) can use medical scans and health records to… 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.  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 Related Contentlast_img read more

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PEOPLE ACTA taps Judy Bunkall as Regional Membership Manager W Canada

first_imgTags: ACTA, People Friday, July 21, 2017 Share Posted by [PEOPLE] ACTA taps Judy Bunkall as Regional Membership Manager, W. Canadacenter_img Travelweek Group Judy BunkallMISSISSAUGA — ACTA has appointed Judy Bunkall as Regional Membership Manager for Western Canada, effective Aug. 1.Bunkall will join ACTA’s team of Regional Membership Managers across Canada and will be based in Edmonton.In her new position Bunkall will be accountable for growing and supporting ACTA’s membership base in Western Canada and be part of a team to drive significant progress on ACTA’s strategic priorities.Prior to joining ACTA, Judy worked for Goway Travel in the capacity of Business Development Manager, Western Canada. She has also served in business development roles with World of Vacations and Signature/Sunwing Vacations. Judy also volunteers as the current President for the Edmonton SKAL club.“Judy’s related job experience, coupled with her enthusiasm, ensures that she will be a great representative of ACTA to both our Retail and Allied members,” says ACTA President Wendy Paradis. << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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GIF Costa Rica captain Bryan Ruiz knocks in goal against Greece as

first_imgRelated posts:Watch Bryan Ruiz’s historic goal against Italy from 3 different angles Watch this awesome video compilation showing fans reacting to Costa Rica’s win over Greece 26 photos from Costa Rica’s tremendous post-victory celebration in San José Get fired up: Cool video previews Costa Rica vs. the Netherlands Where was Greece’s goalie? A beautiful slow-roller by Bryan Ruiz puts Costa Rica up 1-0 at the 52nd minute.The Ticos couldn’t hold on to the lead. Greece’s Socratis Papastathopoulos scored in the 90th minute to equalize and send the match to overtime. Costa Rica is playing with only 10 players after Óscar Duarte received his second yellow card at the 66th minute. Uploaded with ImageShack.us Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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