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first_imgTORONTO – When University of Victoria basketball coach Dani Sinclair went into labour in the middle of a hard-fought playoff run, she struggled with a dilemma no male coach ever faces: should she recover and cocoon with her newborn in those precious first days after birth, or power through exhaustion to attend her team’s crucial game?In the end, she tried to do both — after delivering at 4:30 a.m., she badgered her doctor into discharging her from hospital at noon, and was on the bench to root for the Vikes at 6 p.m., with her newborn in the stands with her husband.“I think I freaked some of my girls out,” she admits of her decision, made back in March 2016.“(But) with all three of my kids I’ve had this hit of adrenaline 24 hours post-labour, post-delivery and so I was fine. Even after not sleeping I felt energized. It was the next night I felt terrible.”Still, she showed up for the next game, too, feeling obliged after making such an effort the previous night. Looking back now, Sinclair wonders if subconscious insecurities pushed her above and beyond the call of duty, describing herself at the time as “a young coach who still really needed to prove myself.”“There may have been a part of me that was like: ‘Well, I’ve been able to reach this point, I have this job, I can’t give anybody any reason to think that I can’t do this,’” she admits of a field that has proven tough for women to break into.“That’s one of the things as female coaches that we battle. We are questioned a little bit more, possibly, than male coaches are, just because there’s fewer of us.”The gender disparity in coaching is evident as Canada prepares to send its athletes to the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, where just 10 per cent of coaches are female, says Isabelle Cayer, senior coaching consultant at the Coaching Association of Canada.That’s down from 17 per cent at the 2016 Summer Games in Rio and 13 per cent at the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi.And so the Coaches Association of Ontario has launched a campaign dubbed “Changing the Game — Changing the Conversation” to drive home the message that women have the skills and the drive to coach and mentor athletes at all levels.The dearth of female coaches is a national problem, says Allison Sandmeyer-Graves of the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity.She cites federal data from 2015 that found just 25 per cent of Canadian coaches were female. Slightly more enrolled in the Coaching Association of Canada’s certification program, where 30 per cent were women, but that, too, is disconcerting.“You see women are being trained, but that’s not necessarily translating into active coaches,” says Sandmeyer-Graves, adding that across 54 national teams, only 16 per cent of head coaches and 19 per cent of assistant coaches were female, according to Sport Canada data in 2016.The problems are myriad, she says, citing gender stereotypes that don’t see women in leadership roles, lopsided domestic obligations that make it hard for mothers to volunteer at evening and weekend games, unconscious biases that don’t value female expertise, and few role models.And it exists from grassroots soccer and baseball games all the way up to the elite level, adds Cayer, worrying that youngsters who encounter exclusively male coaches develop a distorted world view that can shape gender expectations both in and out of the sports world.“My message at the grassroots level is really the importance of seeing men and women on the field coaching (and that) anyone is able to be a coach at that level,” says Cayer, noting that part of the campaign is directed at encouraging women to volunteer, even if they believe they know nothing about sports.“There’s only a few things that you need to be able to do and some clubs can do it really well, they can offer some training that is about safety and basic rules around the game and how to set up some practices, your warm up, your cool down, what that looks like and that it’s about fun.”Sandmeyer-Graves says women are better represented — although still under-represented — at the grassroots level, but that drops as you go up the levels of competition.“Unfortunately, those are some of the most visible coaching roles, the most influential coaching roles and also the better paid coaching roles.”Even seasoned athletes who transition to coaching can be plagued by doubts.Back when Sinclair was an assistant coach and learned she was pregnant with her first child, she immediately thought: “My coaching career is over.”“I wholeheartedly believed that,” says Sinclair. “And it took a lot to change my perspective of that.”She found support at the University of Victoria and went on to ascend to the head coach position, crediting a flexible, accommodating work environment — along with strong family help at home — with allowing her to have two more kids while leading the women’s basketball team.“If the leadership within organizations aren’t willing to look at it from a different perspective, I don’t know if change can happen, even if we have all these great initiatives happening,” she says, noting past awareness campaigns seemed to have had little impact.“I have a really positive example here at UVic … they’ve had to approach my job description differently than a lot of our other coaches. I’ve had a lot of flexibility at times to work at home and have my kids in the office with me or in the gym with me, or on the road.”If the problem was easy to solve, it would have been done long ago, agrees Sandmeyer-Graves, wondering if it’s time for government to play a stronger role.She sees merit in tying federal and provincial funds to equity measures, a step that could motivate organizations to take intentional action to close the gender gap.“Because what’s clear is that good intentions and time just aren’t enough,” she says.last_img read more

first_img When: Monday, May 5, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. EDT
The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is the world’s leader in the search for a cure for cystic fibrosis. The foundation funds more CF research than any other organization and nearly every CF drug available today was made possible because of foundation support. Based in Bethesda, Md., the foundation also supports and accredits a national care center network that has been recognized by the National Institutes of Health as a model of care for a chronic disease. The CF Foundation is a donor-supported nonprofit organization. For more information, go to Tickets are available starting at $85. To purchase tickets, please visit: Who: Lewis Black, Jon Stewart, Joy Behar, Whoopi Goldberg and Kathleen Madigan. Video appearances by Meryl Streep, Robin Williams, Will Ferrell and Larry David. (Lineup subject to change.) Where: Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall
Broadway at 60th Street, Time Warner Center, New York City Grammy award-winning comedian Lewis Black will host a one-night-only variety show featuring comedy, song and dance, with some help from his friends, including Jon Stewart, Joy Behar, Whoopi Goldberg, Kathleen Madigan and others.Lewis Black Uses Star Power To Benefit Cystic Fibrosis Foundation What: Lewis Black Presents Big Stars, Big Cure: An Unforgettable Night of Comedy and Music to Fight Cystic Fibrosislast_img read more

NEW YORK — The Latest on Ford’s alliance with Volkswagen (all times local):7:30 a.m.A person briefed on the matter says Volkswagen will sink $2.6 billion into a Pittsburgh autonomous vehicle company that’s mostly owned by Ford.It’s part of a broader partnership with the U.S. No. 2 automaker.The German and U.S. manufacturers also will co-operate on development of electric vehicles, the automakers will announce Friday in New York.The person says the two will become equal owners of Argo AI, which is developing autonomous vehicle systems. The person didn’t want to be identified because the figures haven’t been officially announced.The VW investment includes $1 billion cash and the $1.6 billion value of VW’s autonomous intelligent driving company. Ford already has committed to putting $1 billion into Argo, which the person says is now valued at $7 billion.The Associated Press read more

There should have been a major announcement in some posh setting, maybe even a boxing ring in Las Vegas, with confetti ready to fall from the rafters and luminaries in the audience. That’s how a champion like Evander Holyfield should go out – with the people he entertained celebrating an accomplished body of work in general, and the heart of the man as a fighter in particular.Instead, there is no fanfare. Instead, most are saying, “Thank God. Finally.”Holyfield is 50, having fought probably 13 years past when he should have quit. The courage that he showed in being a smaller man fighting as a heavyweight was not matched by the wisdom to sit down when it was time. Worse, when those around him even questioned if he should continue, he fired them.For the past decade or more Holyfield, instead of existing as an exalted former champion, has been considered a misguided, delusional, punch-drunk ex-fighter desperate to compete when he was far beyond his prime. In his last 16 fights, mostly against boxers you’ve never heard of, Holyfield is  8-7-1 with a no contest. All of these came when he was 37 or older – a time when he should have gone back to school or spent his time fishing. Sad, that.His career record of 44-10-2 (one no contest) is more sparkling than it suggests. When he elevated in class from cruiserweight to heavyweight, a young, swift and determined Holyfield defeated elite fighters such as Riddick Bowe, George Foreman, Larry Holmes, Ray Mercer, Michael Moorer and Michael Dokes. Of course, his two victories over Mike Tyson are what set him apart.He pummeled Tyson in their first match, November 9, 1996, stopping him in the 11th round. A 24-1 underdog, Holyfield was atop the boxing world. They fought again in 1997, the infamous night Tyson resorted to biting off a portion of Holyfield’s ear because he could not compete with him.Two years later, Holyfield lost a second time to Lennox Lewis in a fight in which he made the bigger, younger man fight until the final bell. In truth, that was Holyfield’s last hurrah.He kept fighting, but accomplished little in the ring. He wanted to become a five-time heavyweight champion, but lost to someone named Nikolai Valuev, a 7-foot WBA champion from Russia. That was four years ago or nine years after his last commendable effort.If you ask him today, 48 hours from when he turns 50, he would say he could still take one of the heavyweight belts. But he’s only fooling himself. Most places around the world would not even sanction a fight featuring Holyfield, although his body remains the envy of most men.“The game’s been good to me and I hope I’ve been good to the game,” Holyfield said to Sports Illustrated. “I’m 50 years old (on Friday) and I’ve pretty much did everything that I wanted to do in boxing.”He made more than $200 million in the sport. But he also has squandered most of it. He pays more than $500,000 a year in child support of his 11 children fathered among nine women. His lavish compound south of Atlanta that featured 17 bathrooms, three kitchens, a bowling alley, an Olympic-sized swimming pool, fishing ponds, etc., is his no more, devoured in foreclosure.Much of his money also went to charity. He had a big heart. At his home each July 4th he would host hundreds of youths, providing food, games and entertainment, capped with a fireworks show when the sun dropped. He did not have to do it, but he did it because he felt it was his obligation to be a part of the community, a regular guy with extraordinary resources.In the end, Evander Holyfield will be remembered as a boxer of utmost resolve and determination, The Real Deal. His personal life has not been so prolific. But he still has some living to do to determine the final arc of who he is as a man.Curtis Bunn is a best-selling novelist and national award-winning sports journalist who has worked at The Washington Times, NY Newsday, The New York Daily News and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. read more

first_imgSenior police officers have warned drivers using e-cigarettes who obscure their vision with huge clouds of vapour that they face prosecution and losing their licence.Although vaping while driving is not itself an illegal act, it is up to the discretion of police officers to determine what they deem as a potentially dangerous and distracting handheld electronic device.Those deemed to be distracted by the e-cigarettes could be prosecuted for driving without due care and attention, the penalty of which can be disqualification, three to nine points on your licence, or a fine of up to £2,500.Officers have said that vaping – which causes excessive amounts of smoke and momentarily blind drivers – could result in fatal crashes.The warning comes as latest figures reveal over 3 million people in the UK now use e-cigarettes, with the majority of them driving.Sergeant Carl Knapp with the Sussex Road Policing Unit said: “The smoke caused by vapes are a distraction and the consequences of them can be dire, all it takes is a moment to become distracted and potentially cause a crash and even worse, a fatality.” Sgt Knapp who has been with the force for 22 years added: “I strongly advise people to pay 100 per cent attention to the roads when driving as anything that takes that attention away has the potential of severe consequences. Drivers are advised to vape with their windows open Drivers are advised to vape with their windows openCredit:Zachary Culpin/Solent News & Photo Agencycenter_img “There are no laws prohibiting vaping, however, you need to be in full and proper control of your vehicle at all times.”If you are going to vape I advise that you open your windows and blow the vapour directly out, just ensure that you are in full control of your vehicle before doing so.”Sergeant John Davis of Surrey Police echoed this comment, adding: “Any person who is distracted in any way could be guilty of an offence – whether that be smoking, vaping or eating.”With regards a scenario where someone could potentially be either distracted or have reduced visibility then there is potential for a crash.” Many drivers are aware of the dangers of sun glare when driving which can partially impair the driver’s vision – in some cases causing crashes.It has been suggested that vaping could cause a similar visual impairment to sun glare, therefore possibly resulting in similarly fatal incidents.A spokesperson for the Department of Transport said: “We believe that drivers should always follow the rules set out by the highway code and must always exercise proper control of their vehicle and avoid any distractions, including vaping.”last_img read more

Rachel Hardy, her husband Michael and daughters Charlotte and Emma Credit:RUSSELL SACH  “I really wanted the children to be outdoors and to see soil,” she said. “It’s very good for the children. They like catching woodlice and slowworms, and they are definitely more into vegetables because they have dug them up.“There are a lot of children on the allotments and they just enjoy being outdoors and helping with growing.“For me, it’s a way of life. We grow vegetables for lunch boxes, but they often don’t make it home, because the children eat them on the way.“We are incredibly lucky. We have the dream lifestyle. But, you don’t need an allotment to grow a few things and make a difference to what you’re eating.”Although 90,000 people are on waiting lists for allotments, according the National Allotment Society, waiting times “vary nationwide”.“I live in Bristol,” said Di Appleyard, “and the waiting list there is four years. But the worst I’ve heard of is in London, where there’s a claim that there are 40 year waiting lists.”But waiting lists were, she said, “going down” as “allotment authorities got better at managing lists.” “There’s a sense of wanting to know where your food comes from. Growing your own food is useful for children. It helps them to know that vegetables come from the ground, not the supermarket.“Along with enjoying the delights of having fresh salad ingredients and herbs outside your back door,” she said, “families who grow their own food at home are more likely to eat healthily and – we hope – start hankering for an allotment.”Allotments in the village of Blisworth in Northamptonshire, are among those throwing open their gates to the public next weekend [18 and 19 August]. They are some of the oldest allotments in the country, being established in 1838 by the Duke of Grafton to give villagers somewhere to grow their food when the Grand Union Canal was built.The event coincides with a canal festival in the village, which is expected to attract some 25,000 people. A land train with 30 seats is being laid on to take visitors from the canal to the nearby allotments.“Visiting allotments if very popular now,” said 78-year-old allotment manager Jane Percival. “People like to have a look around, particularly in people’s sheds.”Growing your own vegetables is, she said, “a way of life.” Allotmenteering is a way of life not a plot of land, the National Allotment Society has said, as it battles long waiting lists.Some 90,000 people are in the queue for an allotment around the country, with some expected to wait as long as 40 years for a plot.Now, in a bid to make sure those people don’t miss out, sites across the UK will be opening their gates for National Allotment Week, showing off their skills and “sharing the joy in gardening” in a bid to encourage everyone to grow their own food in their back gardens, balconies and window boxes.“For some people growing your own fruit and vegetables is a way of life, especially on allotments where there are also other social benefits,” said the National Allotment Society’s PR Co-ordinator, Di Appleyard.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––“However, everyone can work growing their own food in to their lives, even those with busy schedules.“More and more people are living in flats or have small gardens but are interested in knowing what’s being put on their plates,” she said. “We hope that people will be inspired to hone their horticultural skills.” Rachel Hardy and her daughters Charlotte and Emma on their allotment in Winchester. They waited for an allotment for two yearsCredit:RUSSELL SACH Rachel Hardy and her daughters Charlotte and Emma on their allotment in Winchester. They waited for an allotment for two years Rachel Hardy, her husband Michael and daughters Charlotte and Emma  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. “Some people have been gardening here for more than 50 years,” she said. “In the last year we’ve had 13 new plot holders come in, and they are very glad of the experience of the older people.“There’s a real sense of friendship here, as well as peacefulness, and you know what you are going to eat. There’s a great deal of pleasure in picking blackberries and strawberries.“A lot of people start at home doing just a little bit,” she said, “and then they want to do more and get into allotment gardening.”Rachel Hardy, 39, an ecologist from Winchester did just that, starting to grow one tomato plant in a pot in her tiny courtyard garden.Finding that she wanted to “dig some land” rather than just a pot, she put her name on the waiting list for an allotment.Two years later, she was given a disused plot on Highcliffe Allotments in Winchester that was “overgrown and the ground was rock hard”. But now, she and her husband Mike, 42, and daughters Charlotte, 8, and Emma, 4, grow most of their vegetables there. They are self-sufficient in fruit and vegetables during the summer months. read more

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedUS immigration officials aim to restrict asylum at borderNovember 9, 2018In “latest news”Migrant caravan: Mexico to deport group which stormed US borderNovember 26, 2018In “World”Trump’s asylum ban halted by judgeNovember 20, 2018In “Court” Migrants run after crossing the Mexico-US border fence in Tijuana, Mexico (AFP)BBC- A crackdown on migrant smuggling networks across the Americas has resulted in 49 arrests.The operation was co-ordinated by Interpol which said organised crime networks were helping to smuggle South Asian migrants into the US.Nearly $2m (£1.6m) has been recovered during anti-smuggling operations across 11 countries, Interpol says.The arrests come amid rising tensions over US immigration policy along its southern border.They also highlight how the US-Mexico frontier is still a major entry point for illegal immigration from outside the continent.Interpol’s four-day Operation Andes was co-ordinated across nearly a dozen countries in South America and the Caribbean, including Brazil and the Dominican Republic.Migrants from India, Nepal and Bangladesh were reportedly paying between $15,000 and $30,000 for each journey into the United States.Chilean authorities also found Bangladeshi migrants trying to obtain temporary visas by posing as crew members of a shipping company with the help of smugglers.Interpol says 22 African and Haitian migrants were also rescued in Nicaragua after being “left to their fate in the mountains” by smugglers.“With another 13 investigations opened across the region, what we are seeing is just the tip of the iceberg,” said Jürgen Stock, the agency’s Secretary General.Immigration, especially across the US southern border, has been a central issue of Donald Trump’s presidency.Last month, Mr Trump sent nearly 6,000 troops to the US-Mexico border to help authorities deter what became known as a caravan of migrants trying to enter from South America.He also signed a proclamation denying asylum for migrants crossing the US-Mexico border illegally. The decision was later blocked temporarily by a federal judge.This week, the US government faces a potential shutdown during national budget talks as Democrats hope to block plans to build a border wall with Mexico.In a tweet, President Trump said illegal immigration costs the United States more than $200bn (£158bn) a year, adding: “How is this allowed to happen?” read more

first_img 7 Comments Green foods – those that are safe to eat because they contain very low levels of protein, although they should not be eaten to excessAmber foods – those that contain protein and must be carefully weighed; they will be eaten in different quantities according to the person’s blood phenylalanine levelRed foods – foods that should never be eaten under any circumstancesThe PKU Association of Ireland describes living with PKU is “a constant daily challenge”.The PKU low-protein diet has been a major success. It has prevented generations of people from developing acute mental and physical disabilities as a result of their condition. However, it is a punishing and sometimes very difficult diet to stick to, can severely affect a person’s quality of life and can have long-term health consequences. ‘Nobody knows what it is’: The rare genetic condition that means people must avoid protein Despite being rare, Ireland has one of the highest rates of PKU in Europe. The association notes that people who have to adhere to such a restricted diet are believed to be at a higher risk of suffering from attention deficit disorders, poor concentration and low energy levels.The diet may also be associated with an increased risk of obesity and neurological side effects. The association says “much more research is needed in this area”.Lack of awarenessGary is speaking out about his condition to mark International Rare Disease Day, which is taking place today.He says lack of awareness about the condition, including among some healthcare professionals, worries him.“Unless you have someone in your family with PKU, or a close friend, you’re never going to know anything about it.“I don’t know what the future is going to hold if I end up in a care home, no place is going to understand what [PKU] is, I worry that I’m not going to be looked after.Nobody knows what it is, it’s always a big worry for me and other people with PKU who are getting older – that people won’t be able to look after us because they won’t understand our condition.Gary says during a previous hospital stay he was unable to eat most of the food available as it would aggravate his condition.As people with PKU often end up eating a lot of carbohydrates, weight gain can be an issue. Gary says this is another difficult element of the condition and something he tries to combat through exercise. GaryThe amount of protein a person with PKU can eat varies with each individual and is determined through regular blood testing.Gary can eat about 15g of protein a day. Until he was 18 years old, he could only eat 8g daily. If he exceeds this limit he begins to feel unwell. Some of the symptoms he experiences include anxiety, headaches and a lack of concentration. It can also affect his speech.“I develop a speech impediment, it’s really hard to get words outs. It’s not slurring, it’s a bit of a stutter.“I also lack concentration, I’m not focused, you could be talking to me and I’d simply not be taking it in at all.”KuvanA drug known as Sapropterin or Kuvan is used to treat people with PKU in other countries. It is not suitable for all patients with the condition. A trial of Kuvan was carried out in Temple Street Children’s Hospital in Dublin in 2005 and 2006, with some positive results.In 2009, the National Centre for Pharmacoeconomics (NCPE) deemed that the drug was not cost-effective and therefore did not recommended the HSE fund it. The drug is again being assessed with a view to it possibly being made available here, something the PKU Association of Ireland is calling for. The NCPE had not responded to a request for comment at the time of publication.Gary wants a larger trial to be conducted here so more patients with PKU can access the drug. He says the treatment has proved to be a “life-changer” for some people in other countries.Unless people are given a chance to try it, they won’t know if it works for them. It doesn’t work for everyone but it works wonders for some people, it changes their lives completely.The PKU Association is currently conducting a survey about the need for new treatment options for people with PKU. The results will be submitted to the NCPE.More information about PKU can be read here, while more details on Rare Disease Day can be read here.Read: ‘If she gets another chest infection she probably won’t make it, that’s the reality’Read: Mother releases harrowing video of daughter suffering seizures in bid to access medication Feb 28th 2017, 6:20 AM Tuesday 28 Feb 2017, 6:20 AM Short URL 39,505 Views GaryINCREASING THE AMOUNT of protein people eat is often recommended as part of a healthy diet.However, some people have to strictly monitor the amount of protein they digest or face serious side effects. Phenylketonuria, or PKU, is a rare genetic disorder that affects a person’s metabolism. People with the condition need to maintain low-protein diets.Despite being rare, Ireland has one of the highest rates of PKU in Europe. About one in every 4,500 babies here is diagnosed with PKU or a milder form of the condition, compared to about one in every 12,000 babies in the UK.PKU is caused by a defect in the gene that helps create the enzyme needed to break down the amino acid phenylalanine (PHE), which is found mostly in foods that contain protein. Without the enzyme necessary to process phenylalanine, a dangerous build-up can develop when a person with PKU eats foods that are high in protein such as meat, fish and eggs.According to the HSE, approximately one in every 35 individuals in Ireland carries one affected gene. If both parents of a child carries the defective gene, they have a one in four chance of having a child with PKU.The PKU Association of Ireland notes that, if untreated, PKU can result in permanent brain damage. Screening for PKU takes place for all newborn babies in Ireland, through the heel prick test, and across Europe.There is no cure for PKU, but a build-up of PHE in a person’s blood and brain can be prevented through a highly restricted, low-protein diet. People with PKU need to undertake regular blood tests and take dietary supplements. Source: PKU Association of IrelandGary Conway was diagnosed with PKU at birth. The 30-year-old from Dublin says living with the condition can be very difficult.“I can’t eat foods like meat or fish or nuts. I can only eat very small amount of lentils – they’re not really worth eating.”People with PKU can order food through the long-term illness (LTI) scheme, but Gary says the selection is “not great” and often of a “really poor quality”.“The bread is terrible, that’s one of the main problems, everyone talks about that. Something as simple as being able to eat better quality bread could make a huge difference.” Gary and his girlfriend CiaraGary has tasted PKU-friendly foods available in other countries and says the quality is often better, but they would be very expensive to buy. A loaf of bread, for example, could cost about four times more than a normal loaf.When asked about the foods available to PKU patients through the LTI scheme, Health Minister Simon Harris previously told the Dáil: “The HSE has statutory responsibility for decisions on pricing and reimbursement of products under the community drug schemes, including the LTI Scheme, in accordance with the provisions of the Health (Pricing and Supply of Medical Goods) Act 2013.”At the time of publication, the HSE had not responded to a request for comment. On its website, the HSE has a breakdown of foods that people with PKU should or shouldn’t eat, they are categorised as: Share1252 Tweet Email3 By Órla Ryan Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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first_imgHOUSTON — LaMarcus Aldridge scored 27 points to help the Portland Trail Blazers to a 103-100 win over the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night.The loss spoiled a sensational performance by Kevin Martin, who finished with a season-high 45 points.Rudy Fernandez gave Portland the lead with less than a minute remaining. Martin missed a shot on the other end and Aldridge grabbed the rebound and extended the lead with his bucket a few seconds later.Luis Scola missed a shot for Houston and Aldridge was fouled on the rebound.Aldridge hit two free throws with five seconds remaining before Kyle Lowry made a 3-pointer with 3.1 seconds left to cut the lead to 102-100.Andre Miller made a free throw before Courtney Lee’s shot at the buzzer bounced off the rim.The Rockets led 85-76 when Martin took a breather with about 10 minutes remaining. Portland took advantage of his absence to got on a 13-4 run capped by four points by Aldridge to tie it at 89 about four minutes later.The Trail Blazers took their first lead of the fourth quarter on a 3-pointer by Patrick Mills that made it 92-91 with about 5½ remaining.Martin bounced back from a difficult two-game road trip where he combined for just 23 points on 9 of 32 shooting. On Wednesday he was 13 of 18 from the floor, made 13 of his 15 free throw attempts and a season-high six 3-pointers.last_img read more

first_img $210 at Best Buy Rylo Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Turo: Save $30 on any car rental $999 DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) $299 at Amazon Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. $155 at Google Express Boost Mobile Comments Tags Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Post a comment $999 $60 at Best Buy Read Lenovo Smart Clock review An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Sarah Tew/CNET Read Google Home Hub review $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Sarah Tew/CNET Read DJI Osmo Action preview $520 at HP Turo See It 7 Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). $999 See at Amazon See It Pokemon Go,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. See it CNET may get a commission from retail offers. 0 $6 at Tidalcenter_img Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Sarah Tew/CNET Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Sprint Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Read the AirPods review See It Angela Lang/CNET Chris Monroe/CNET Apple iPhone XS DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. See at Turo Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Pokemon Go maker Niantic has caught itself $190 million in funding. Nintendo Niantic, the maker of Pokemon Go, the hit augmented-related game about catching cute little monsters, has captured another pile of cash.The mobile AR gaming startup has closed a $190 million round of funding, according to a regulatory document filed Wednesday with the US Securities and Exchange Commission. The latest round closed a little more than a year after the San Francisco-based company raised $200 million in a Series B funding round.Niantic said 26 investors participated in the latest round, which brought the startup’s total funding raised to about $415 million. The Wall Street Journal reported last month that Niantic was pursuing $200 million in funding for a valuation of $3.9 billion.Pokemon Go launched in July 2016 and by many measures was the fastest-growing app of all time. According to Apptopia estimates, Pokemon Go took just 811 days to hit $2 billion in in-app purchases, the third-fastest mobile game to do so.The funding comes as Niantic prepares for the launch of the augmented reality mobile game Harry Potter: Wizards Unite. Niantic announced in 2017 that it was partnering with Warner Bros. on the game, which is expected to be available sometime in 2019, a year after it was originally scheduled for release.Niantic didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Amazon Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) $59 at eBay Share your voice Best Buy Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) $999 The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Share your voice Tags $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Sarah Tew/CNET Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. The Cheapskate I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. 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first_imgPrime minister Sheikh Hasina, UN Secretary General Antonio GuterresPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Friday urged the United Nations (UN) to extend cooperation for the repatriation of the Rohingya people from Bangladesh.The prime minister made the call when UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres phoned her Friday night.PM’s press secretary Ihsanul Karim told BSS that the UN secretary general phoned the prime minister at 9.25 pm and talked to her nearly 12 minutes.The prime minister thanked Antonio Guterres for taking the Rohingya issue to the UN Security Council.She informed the UN secretary general that her government has taken initiatives to shift at least 100,000 Rohingya people to Bhashan Char island in the coming monsoon.Sheikh Hasina invited Antonio Guterres to come to Bangladesh and see the Rohingya people who fled to Bangladesh following the crackdown of the Myanmar security forces.The UN secretary general highly appreciated the prime minister for her humanitarian gesture by giving shelter to over a million Rohingyas in Bangladesh, according to PM’s press secretary.last_img read more

first_imgA young farmer was killed in a bomb attack by some unidentified miscreants at Pirpurkulla village in Damurhuda upazila on Wednesday evening.The deceased is Kalam alias Kalu, 31, son of Kitab Ali of the village.Miscreants hurled two bombs towards him around 6:45pm while he was going to nearby village market in the frontier village, police sources said quoting locals.Hit by the splinters of the bombs, Kalu’s body was lacerated and that left him dead on the spot.Officer-in-Charge of Damurhuda police station Sukumar Biswas said Kalam and another villager named Pengu had been at loggerheads after Kalam eloped with Pengu’s wife recently.In a sequel to the conflict, Pengu attacked Kalam with the crude bombs and fled to India, he said quoting locals.last_img

first_imgPeople cross the Simon Bolivar International Bridge on the border between Tachira in Venezuela and Cucuta in Colombia, on 7 February. Photo: AFPTrucks carrying desperately-needed humanitarian aid for crisis-wracked Venezuela arrived at its border with Colombia on Thursday as ministers from more than a dozen European and Latin American countries called on socialist leader Nicolas Maduro to hold “free” presidential elections.The International Contact Group meeting in Montevideo said it was committed to finding a “peaceful, democratic” way out of the power struggle between Maduro and opposition rival Juan Guaido “without the use of force.”That coincided with the arrival at Colombia’s border with Venezuela of the first trucks bearing US humanitarian aid.Several vehicles loaded with food and medicines rumbled into a collection centre on the Colombian side of the Tienditas border bridge, which remains blocked by Venezuelan troops, heightening tensions with Washington.The convoy, which departed the day before from the city of Bucaramanga in north-eastern Colombia, was cheered on its arrival by a group of Venezuelan migrants.Tense standoff Claiming his legitimacy from the constitution, Guaido — the 35-year-old National Assembly leader — stunned Venezuelans when he proclaimed himself interim president on 23 January, setting up a tense standoff with Maduro. Both men called huge rival rallies onto the streets.Guaido is trying to force from power the socialist leader — labelled a dictator by the West and his Latin American neighbours after presiding over Venezuela’s economic collapse — aiming to set up a transitional government and hold new presidential elections.Venezuelan migrants gathered at the Colombian town of Cucuta to see if they could receive some of the aid arriving at the border and being stockpiled in nearby warehouses.Yajaira Gonzalez, 64, said she was begging Maduro to let through the aid — food, medicine and personal hygiene kits — to her desperate compatriots back home.”Mr president, we are not OK. We are suffering,” she said, referring to Maduro.Gonzalez said she used to be a Chavista — a supporter of Maduro’s predecessor, the late socialist firebrand Hugo Chavez — but not anymore.Dajelys Lopez crossed from the other side of the border with her baby in a stroller to see if she could find in Cucuta what she cannot get in Venezuela.”Yesterday a friend died because he suffered a seizure and did not have medication to deal with it,” Lopez said.Chaotic and dangerousIn the Uruguay capital, at the first international forum to deal with the crisis, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini urged a peaceful solution to avoid a “chaotic and dangerous” unravelling of Venezuelan society.Following five hours of talks, the group announced it would send a technical mission to Venezuela to “establish the necessary guarantees for a credible electoral process, as soon as possible,” and to allow in humanitarian aid.Dozens of pro-Maduro supporters protested outside the meeting against US intervention in the country.Elliot Adams, the US envoy to Venezuela, criticized the Contact Group and urged all countries to shut out Maduro and deal “solely” with Guaido’s “legitimate government.”In Washington, Brazil’s foreign minister Ernesto Araujo described the Contact Group’s call for elections as “not very useful,” claiming they wouldn’t be fair.Guaido — recognized as interim president by more than 40 countries including the US — has appealed to the army to side with him and forsake “a dictatorship that does not have an iota of humanity.”US Admiral Craig Faller, who heads the US military’s southern command, said Venezuela’s soldiers were still loyal to Maduro, despite their hardship.”The rank and file are starving, just like their population,” Faller told a Senate committee.Maduro, who is supported by Russia, China, Turkey, Cuba and Iran, has refused all humanitarian aid shipments, saying they would open the way to allow a US military invasion. The 56-year-old has repeatedly accused the United States of fomenting a coup.In Moscow, foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova accused Washington of violating the UN charter on the non-use of force by repeatedly threatening Maduro.She described sending humanitarian aid to Venezuela as “the pinnacle of cynicism”.”On the one hand, sanctions are imposed to block the Venezuelan economy, and on the other hand, humanitarian aid is proposed,” she said.Regime to fallMaduro — having rejected an EU ultimatum on organizing snap presidential elections — welcomed the Contact Group meeting and expressed support for “all steps and initiatives to facilitate dialogue”.But Guaido has strongly rejected any talks with the government, dismissing it as a way for Maduro to buy time.Mogherini said the Contact Group’s task was urgent because the situation inside the country was “worsening.”It was “essential to avoid internal violence and external intervention, and to open a path for a political process that leads to early elections.”Meanwhile, consultants Eurasia Group said time was running out for Maduro as Russia and China are “unlikely to lend (him) meaningful support,” reinforcing its view that the socialist leader “will be unable to sustain his regime.”last_img read more

first_imgAfter the storm had passed, on September 21, people were stuck at the observatory for days. The two roads leading down from the site were blocked by trees, landslides, and even a newly-formed lake. But observatories, in general, are meant to keep up operations when the grid goes down. They have generators, water. Angel Vazquez, director of telescope operations, was able to contact the outside world with his HAM radio, and let them know everyone was OK.The radio telescope, however, was not. When employees first attempted to assess the damage, they went to the visitors’ center, where an observation platform overlooks the dish. They couldn’t get as up close as they usually could, by walking underneath it: An eight-foot-deep lake—which lingered till December—now lapped against the telescope’s undergirdle. Eventually, they paddled beneath the massive structure in kayaks, and saw damaged panels hanging below the surface, looking like roof metal twisted in a tornado.Meanwhile, the observatory itself had morphed into a relief center. When one of the the roads finally opened, about two days after the hurricane’s landfall, local residents arrived for support. “Anyone who walked up to the observatory, they were getting water,” says Rivera-Valentin. “Anyone who came up and said we need to do laundry, they could do laundry.” FEMA helicoptered in supplies to pass out to the community.On September 29, staff brought the dish back online with generator power. The observing run wasn’t much, just “passive” work; they just held the telescope’s pointing mechanisms in place and simply let the sky drift over as it watched for signals from pulsars. In part, they wanted the scientific data. But they also wanted to run a diagnostic on the scope’s performance. But in February, the NSF announced that Arecibo would soon be under new ownership, which means a leadership transition is taking place at the same time that a scientific rehab is starting. The NSF has historically funded much of Arecibo’s operations. But it had been looking for “partners” for a while. These partners would not only manage the facility, as the previous management team had, but would also pay for some of its operations, taking part of the financial burden from the NSF.And so a three-organization consortium took over on April 1. The University of Central Florida, under the leadership of Florida Space Institute director Ray Lugo, is at the helm. Lugo used to manage operations and maintenance at Cape Canaveral, and in that role, he contracted with Yang Enterprises, a Central Florida company that provides technical, operational, and logistical services. Yang soon became the second part of the Arecibo partnership. The third entity is Universidad Metropolitana in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Together, the three will run the facility, expand its science, and search for new sources of funding. That hunt for cash comes because NSF is ramping down its funding, which will drop from $7.5 million to $5 million between the first and second years of the new project, and then down to $2 million by the fifth.The NSF said—on a PowerPoint slide in a town hall meeting at a recent astronomy conference in Denver—that there are “some transition difficulties to be worked out.” Some employees, for instance, have left, which surely presents difficulties for them and for the observatory: For many people who have worked at Arecibo, it’s not just a job. It’s an identity, a home, a community, a place where everyone can do laundry when they need to. And a telescope needs people who have expertise on it. “The shape of the dish itself had changed,” says Rivera-Valentin. It couldn’t quite focus, like if someone had warped your camera lens. All the receivers still worked—save the one that, you know, crashed into the telescope. The telescope could still function, but its sensitivity was hobbled.Despite the dish difficulties, which continue today, the observatory slowly began to do more science, in low-power mode. In November, it tracked a fast radio burst, and did a run in cooperation with a Russian radio telescope. And then in December, the region’s electricity flickered on. With that, the observatory could use the diesel generators to run its power-sucking radar. They sent powerful radio waves streaming into space, waited for them to hit an asteroid millions of miles away, and then waited for them to bounce back to their battered antenna.It worked.On December 15, they observed the asteroid Phaeton. Rivera-Valentin was glad to have the data (and make little videos from it). It was a piece of normal. But Arecibo has a long way to go before it’s all the way back. “They have started repairs,” says the National Science Foundation’s Joe Pesce, who until recently oversaw the Arecibo program. “But the vast majority of them are still underway.” It could take a couple of years.Abel Mendez, who runs the Planetary Habitability Laboratory, has seen the change in the telescope’s performance firsthand. Mendez works at the University of Puerto Rico at Arecibo, training the telescope toward red dwarf star systems that have planets, to understand more about their habitability. After Maria, the telescope’s effectiveness dropped by about 50 percent in the high frequencies he uses, because of alignment, pointing, and panel issues. “Fortunately, the telescope was so sensitive before that that 50 percent—for what we’re doing—is not a big concern,” he says. At lower frequencies, the telescope was about 20 percent less effective post-hurricane. Still, some scientists need every bit of gain they can get. Much of the universe, after all, is far away, and hard to see.The bipartisan budget act, made law in February, allocated $14.3 million to get the observatory back to full working order. The observatory just got its first allotment of that money, through the National Science Foundation, at the beginning of this month. Getting that federal money has been slow, but now that it’s in hand, the real work can begin.The initial allowance—$2 million—is for the basics, like removing debris, fixing the fraying roofs, and giving CPR to the generators, three of four of which are having problems. “Work on those is up and going,” says Pesce. “Longer-term, there are the bigger fixes, like repairing the line feed.”center_img Yan Fernandez, one of the university scientists leading the collaboration, says UCF will look to scientists beyond their consortium to figure out what cosmic questions Arecibo should pursue. “We want the scientific community to give us info about how Arecibo can keep its place as a cutting-edge observatory in the future,” he says. “The scientific priorities have to come from the scientists who know best.”With the recovery money, the telescope should be fully restored and able to pursue those priorities, but it won’t ever be the same. And neither will the people who were there for it all. By the time Arecibo was first able to use its radar system in December, Rivera-Valentin had already left the island. His partner had gotten a promotion that took him to Texas, and Rivera-Valentin transferred to the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Texas, which is run by the same organization that co-managed Arecibo until April.For a while, Rivera-Valentin was able to keep his affiliation with Arecibo Observatory. But when management changed, he became a passive observer. He still plans to use the telescope, as a guest. And while he’ll miss the island where he grew up, and the giant dish nestled into it, there are some positives. “The moment someone says the word ‘hurricane,’ I can drive all the way up to Canada,” he says.More Great WIRED StoriesHow Facebook groups became a bizarre bazaar for elephant tusksPulling water out of air? Grab some ions or a weird spongeLarry Page’s flying car project suddenly seems rather realEncyclopædia Britannica wants to fix false Google resultsPHOTO ESSAY: The trailblazing women who fight California’s firesHungry for even more deep-dives on your next favorite topic? Sign up for the Backchannel newsletter As Hurricane Maria approached Puerto Rico in late September 2017, planetary scientist Ed Rivera-Valentin knew he needed to get out. His apartment was near the coast, in Manatí, and some projections had the storm passing directly over. “I knew I couldn’t stay there because something bad was going to happen,” he says.Some people stayed with inland family or in shelters. But Rivera-Valentin went to work, driving an hour or so into the island’s karst formations, the knobby, tree-covered hills left as water dissolves limestone. Between the peaks sits Arecibo Observatory, the 1,000-foot-wide radio telescope where scientists have, since 1963, studied things up above. Rivera-Valentin grew up in the city of Arecibo, and as an adult, the telescope became his professional home: He got his dream job using Arecibo’s radar to study asteroids. As the hurricane approached, he also thought perhaps the observatory could be his bunker.The telescope, though, was soon to meet with unusually strong forces of nature. Like the island itself—which was hit with some $90 billion of damage, hundreds or thousands of deaths, and infrastructural failings—the observatory took a beating from Hurricane Maria. Eight months later, with recovery money from the federal government newly available, Arecibo is just beginning to bounce back. While the hurricane didn’t knock Arecibo out, it did leave the telescope a fraction as effective as it once was. And it did so at the same time that the telescope faces decreased funding from the National Science Foundation and a disruptive change in management.Rivera-Valentin wasn’t the only employee who had decided to retreat to the telescope. At the observatory, most of the employee-evacuees hunkered down in the visiting scientists’ quarters, meant for out-of-town astronomers, and the cafeteria. But Rivera-Valentin stayed in his office. As water seeped through every gap it could find, he put himself on mopping duty. Inside the control room and engineering building, where the main corridor was flooding, another scientist—Phil Perillat—protected the electronics.As the calm eye of the storm passed over, Perillat snapped a photo of the telescope’s “line feed”—a 96-foot-long radio receiver that looks like a lightning rod. It hangs 500 feet above the dish, pointed toward the ground. You might remember it from Golden Eye, when James Bond dangles from the rod in an adrenaline-filled chase scene. But in Perillat’s picture, the line feed itself is dangling. It had snapped in the wind, which reached 110 miles per hour at the observatory site.At some point, Rivera-Valentin heard a boom: The dangling line feed, he would later learn, had completely detached, falling hundreds of feet onto the dish and smashing through its surface panels like a meteorite.last_img read more

first_img The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 08, 2019 Half of Hospital Decision Makers Plan to Invest in AI by 2021 August 8, 2019 — A recent study conducted by Olive AI explores how hospital leaders are responding to the imperative read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more News | December 16, 2009 Nine Vendors Pass Radiation Oncology Connectathon Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications News | Radiation Therapy | August 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 Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. Related Content News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more December 17, 2009 – Nine radiation oncology equipment manufacturers passed at least one portion of interoperability at its third Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise – Radiation Oncology (IHE-RO) Connectathon, a program promoting interoperability among health information technology stakeholders. The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) reported that the following participants, Accuray, BrainLAB, Elekta, GE Healthcare, Nucletron, Philips Healthcare, Tomotherapy, Siemens Healthcare, Varian Medical Systems and MIMVista, tested the interoperability of their equipment against two new profiles at the third Connectathon was held on September 15-22, 2009, at ASTRO headquarters in Fairfax, Va. The two new profiles were: “Advanced RT Objects Interoperability” and “Integrated Positioning and Delivery Workflow,” in addition to the 2007 profile, “Basic RT Objects,” and the 2008 profile, “Multimodality Image Registration for Radiation Oncology.” Each vendor passed at least one portion of the Connectathon, which included the aforementioned profiles and the IHE-RO test suite, which tests computer software submitted prior to the Connectathon to validate the base functionality of the products. The use of IHE-based products aims to significantly accelerate the process for defining, testing and implementing standards-based interoperability among electronic health record systems. For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read morelast_img read more

first_imgNo related posts. Five armed robbers forced their way into Hotel Samasati, in the Caribbean province of Limón, and held up some 18 tourists in the early hours of Thursday, local news station Telenoticias reported.According to reports from the Judicial Investigation Police (OIJ), the thieves went straight to the rooms in which the tourists – most of them U.S. citizens – were sleeping, herded them into a single room and locked them in. OIJ estimates the crooks stole some $6,000 in cash, digital cameras and other personal belongings.They also took a car from the hotel’s owner, and then slashed the tires of all vehicles in the parking lot, before fleeing.One of the tourists was taken to a local clinic after receiving a punch in his face, Telenoticias reported.OIJ preliminary reports state that the hotel’s security officer was not at his post at the time of the assault.The hotel is located in the southern region of Limón, near the border with Panama. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

first_img“The use of water as a tool of war is to be condemned in no uncertain terms,” the spokesman for the U.N. secretary-general, Stephane Dujarric, told reporters. “These kinds of reports are disturbing, to say the least.”He said the U.N. and humanitarian partners will try to “fill in the gaps” to meet water needs for the affected population.In Brussels, U.N. officials said Thursday that the needs of Iraqis affected by the fighting are huge and growing, with more than 8 million people requiring immediate support, and potentially 10 million by the end of 2015.Lise Grande, the U.N.’s humanitarian coordinator for Iraq, said the aid operation, which she called one of the most complex and volatile in the world, was hanging by a thread.“Humanitarian partners have been doing everything they can to help. But more than 50 per cent of the operation will be shut down or cut back if money is not received immediately,” Grande told members of the European Parliament, according to a U.N. news release.The consequences of such a reduction in aid, Grande said, would be “catastrophic.”“While we search for solutions to end the violence, we must do everything in our power to help,” said U.N. Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Kyung-Wha Kang, also in Brussels. “The people of Iraq need our help, now.” Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Top Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Sponsored Stories 5 treatments for adult scoliosis At a one-day conference in Paris this week, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi had pressed his case for more support from the 25 countries in the U.S.-led coalition fighting the militant group, asking for more armament and ammunition.“We’re relying on ourselves, but fighting is very hard this way,” al-Abadi said before the conference Tuesday.The coalition has mustered a mix of airstrikes, intelligence sharing and assistance for Iraqi ground operations against the extremists. Al-Abadi said more was needed, with Iraq reeling after troops pulled out of Ramadi without a fight and abandoned U.S.-supplied tanks and weapons.___Associated Press Writer John-Thor in Brussels contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Comments   Share   center_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Quick workouts for men BAGHDAD (AP) — Islamic State militants have reduced the amount of water flowing to government-held areas in Iraq’s western Anbar province, an official said Thursday, the latest in the vicious war as Iraqi forces struggle to claw back ground held by the extremists in the Sunni heartland.It’s not the first time that water has been used as a weapon of war in Mideast conflicts and in Iraq in particular. Earlier this year, the Islamic State group reduced the flow through another lock outside the militant-held town of Fallujah, also in Anbar province. But the extremists soon reopened it after criticism from residents. Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home The IS captured Ramadi, the provincial capital of Anbar, last month, marking its most significant victory since a U.S.-led coalition began an air campaign against the extremists last August. Earlier last year, the Islamic State had blitzed across much of western and northern Iraq, capturing key Anbar cities and also Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city that lies to the north of Baghdad.Also Thursday, U.N. officials urgently called for almost $498 million in donations to provide shelter, food, water and other life-saving services for the next six months to Iraqis displaced or affected by the fighting between government forces and the Islamic State group.The reduced flow of water through the militant-held dam on the Euphrates River will threaten irrigation systems and water treatment plants in nearby areas controlled by troops and tribes opposed to the extremist group, provincial council member Taha Abdul-Ghani told The Associated Press.Abdul-Ghani said there would be no immediate effect on Shiite areas in central and southern Iraq, saying water is being diverted to those areas from the Tigris River.The United Nations had said on Wednesday that it was looking into reports that IS had reduced the flow of water through the al-Warar dam. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facilitylast_img read more

first_imgPotential Sellers Stymied by Difficult Buying Environment Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Credit Availability For-Sale Homes Home Sales Housing Supply Investors Lenders & Servicers Redfin Service Providers 2014-02-05 Krista Franks Brock February 5, 2014 427 Views in Datacenter_img While homeowners are feeling more confident about the prospect of selling their homes, they do harbor concerns regarding the availability of home financing and the low inventory available for their next purchases, according to the “”Redfin””: “”Real-Time Seller Survey””: released Tuesday.[IMAGE]About 38 percent of home sellers say now is a good time to sell a home, according to the Redfin survey conducted in the first quarter of the year.This is up from 34 percent in the previous quarter and up significantly from 22 percent a year ago.Denver Redfin agent Paul Stone captures survey-takers’ sentiment, saying, “”Most of my home-selling clients worry the most about what will happen after they sell.””””With so much competition in the market, they fear they will have to move in with their in-laws if they can’t find their next home quickly,”” he added.In fact, the top two concerns for home sellers in the first quarter were the low inventory of homes available for their next home purchases and the financing environment, which might preclude potential buyers from being able to purchase their homes.[COLUMN_BREAK]Low inventory was also a top concern in the previous quarter, cited among 30 percent of respondents, but concern about buyer financing is up 5 percentage points from the previous quarter.””These concerns likely reflect higher prices and mortgage rates, which have harmed affordability, and stricter lending regulations that went into effect in January and could impact some buyers’ ability to get a loan,”” stated Redfin analyst Ellen Haberle.Redfin added a new category to its survey, “”competition for next home,”” which was marked as a concern among 27 percent of survey respondents.While sellers have increased their concerns regarding financing, they are substantially less concerned with the overall economy.In the fourth quarter, 39 percent of survey respondents cited “”general economic conditions”” as a concern. In the first quarter, just 26 percent reflected this concern.Mortgage rates played at least a partial role in more than half of current home sellers’ decisions to list their homes for sale, according to the Redfin survey. Fifty-two percent of sellers said mortgage rates were a factor in their decision.More sellers plan to upgrade to a larger or nicer home than to downsize or move to a different location. Forty-four percent of sellers plan to upgrade after selling their current home, whereas 29 percent plan to move to a new location, and 16 percent plan to downsize, according to Redfin.Redfin surveyed 466 homeowners in 22 metros across the country for its quarterly survey. Sharelast_img read more

first_img in Daily Dose, News, Origination Credit Standards Ellie Mae Origination Insights Purchase Loans Refinances 2015-01-28 Tory Barringer January 28, 2015 460 Views After sliding for four straight months, the share of purchase loan volumes ticked up in December, according to a survey released Monday.Calculating from a sampling of mortgage applications initiated on its Encompass platform, technology provider Ellie Mae estimated this week that home purchase mortgages accounted for 56 percent of lending activity last month, up from 54 percent in November.Before December, purchase mortgage share had been on the decline as falling interest rates spurred more refinancing activity.”While many observers thought rates would rise last year, lenders were instead treated to at least a little more refinancing volume,” said Jonathan Corr, president and COO of Ellie Mae. “The fact that lenders are closing purchase loans at higher rate is great news as we head toward the spring home buying season.”The average 30-year fixed rate in December was 4.25 percent, according to Ellie Mae, slightly down from November.As purchase volumes rose, so did the closing rate for that category: Using a sampling of applications initiated 90 days prior, the company calculated a closing rate of 67.1 percent for purchase mortgages, up from 66.5 percent in November and a record high. The closing rate for refinances stayed flat at 51.2 percent.The time it took to close a mortgage last month was up all around, averaging 42 days for both purchase mortgages and refinances.For all loan types, including conventional and government-backed mortgages, credit requirements were steady over the month, with the average FICO slipping one point to 728 and the average loan-to-value (LTV) ratio holding at 80 percent for closed loans.For denied applications, the average FICO score edged up one point to 679, while the average LTV rose 1 percentage point to 80 percent.In practice, the small changes seem to have had no real effect. According to Ellie Mae, 31 percent of closed loans in December had average FICO scores below 700, the same as a year ago.center_img Purchase Mortgage Share Gains Ground in December Sharelast_img read more