New Delhi: Congress President Rahul Gandhi’s brother-in-law Robert Vadra on Tuesday appeared before the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in connection with a money laundering case involving assets allegedly held abroad. Vadra arrived at the ED office in central Delhi. Vadra had skipped the agency’s questioning on Friday citing health conditions. He was questioned by the ED for over seven hours on Thursday. He was asked about the money received by his company as alleged kickbacks in petroleum deals in Gujarat. The agency said the money was used to buy properties in London. The case relates to the ownership of 1.9 million pounds of overseas assets and undisclosed entities set up to evade tax. On Monday, a Delhi court allowed Vadra to travel abroad for six weeks for medical treatment after he was diagnosed with a tumour in his intestine.
SASKATOON – A Saskatchewan man has welcomed his new wife to Canada with a single red rose, some fancy dance steps and a big warm hug.Vaibhav Thakar surprised his bride Himadri as she walk off a plane at Saskatoon airport after a 34-hour trip from Bahrain.“My wife was coming for the first time, so it has to be magical,” said Thakar, who lives in North Battleford.As she walked through the gate Vaibhav danced some Bollywood-style steps with some friends before taking her into his arms and kissing her gently on the forehead.The couple, who met three years ago in India and married last month, had been apart for most of their relationship.Himadri said she was thrilled despite suffering lots of jet lag.“I came outside and was like, ‘Wow!’ They were like dancing to the beautiful songs, the Bollywood songs. It was mesmerizing. Of course he dances great,” she said.The couple said they hope many more dances are in store for their future.A video of his greeting is posted on Facebook. (CTV Saskatoon)www.facebook.com/skyxe.ca/videos/1633459616690914/
APTN National NewsThe defamation trial against John Furlong by journalist Laura Robinson wrapped up last week in Vancouver.It was centred around a newspaper article Robinson wrote alleging Furlong abused Aboriginal children nearly 45 years ago in Burns Lake, B.C.Furlong first sued Robinson for defamation but recently dropped that action.Robinson countersued saying Furlong damaged her reputation for accusing her of having a vendetta.APTN’s Tina House takes a look at the heated court case.
Annette FrancisAPTN NewsFor the second time in three years, an Elder from a Northern Ontario First Nation has been forced from her home.Marie McGregor Pitawanakwat, 65, was forced from her home on the Whitefish First Nation where commercial development may be possible in the future.The band says it did everything it could to provide her with a new email@example.com@aptnafrancis
New Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Friday removed its Joint Director Satyabrata Kumar, who is now in London assisting UK prosecutors in fugitive diamantaire Nirav Modi’s bail hearing case at the Westminster Magistrates’ Court.In a confusion that erupted consequently because of the repatriation of an official investigating a case such as the PNB bank fraud case, ED headquarters in Delhi overturned Kumar’s repatriation order within minutes. Kumar is the main investigating officer from ED in the Nirav Modi case. Sources here said that Director of ED Sanjay Kumar Mishra has cancelled the order and reinstated him into his original post in the Mumbai Zonal Office (MZO) Unit I. The order, dated March 29, said that Kumar’s five-year tenure with the federal agency had ended. Citing Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) guidelines for personnel deputation, the order states that “no extension in deputation beyond 5th year is allowed and deputationist officer is deemed to have been relieved on the date of expiry of deputation period unless the competent authority has with requisite approvals, extended the period of deputation, in writing, prior to the date of expiry.” According to DoPT guidelines on personnel deputation, an officer’s tenure in the agency might be extended for up to two additional years. ED Special Director Vineet Agarwal had signed the order, which further stated that under the current circumstances, all cases being overseen by Kumar, including the USD 2-billion PNB Bank fraud case against Nirav Modi, must be handed over to his immediate superior authority, the Additional Director (western region), who also sits in Mumbai. The repatriation order, which is in possession of the Millennium Post also mentions a Supreme Court directive passed in November 2018, which forbade ED from transferring any officer investigating the coal block allocation scam. The ED order states that as one of the investigating officers in this case Kumar will continue to probe the case from its MZO. However, according to agency officials, it is not possible for Kumar to oversee any ED investigation if he is relieved of his duties in the federal investigative agency. Director Mishra confirmed on Friday that Kumar has not been transferred and that the necessary paperwork required for his two-year extension has already been moved. This cancellation of Kumar’s repatriation order will be followed by an approval of an extension of tenure of Kumar which has already been sent for clearance to the Department of Revenue under thew Union Finance Ministry and the DoPT, sources here said. The ED also issued a clarification through its Twitter handle. “Certain media reports have been appearing that Joint Director supervising investigation in the case of Nirav Modi has been relieved. This report is not correct and denied,” it said. With PTI inputs
Brock is involved in a new project that will see a website, increased marketing and school programs to raise the profile of the arts in Niagara.Marketing the Arts of St. Catharines was launched last week by the Centre for the Arts, Carousel Players and the City of St. Catharines. It is funded by the federal government through the Department of Canadian Heritage’s Canada Cultural Investment Fund.The project is made up of three specific activities:CultureinNiagara.com – a project led by the City of St. Catharines. This site will promote cultural events, venues and organizations.Developing our Marketing Expertise – led by the Centre for the Arts. This is a series of workshops and roundtables in 2011 and 2012 to help Niagara arts companies maximize advertising and find new audiences. It will culminate in a two-day summit in September 2012.Inspire! Niagara Arts in Niagara Schools – led by Carousel Players. This will involve a 10 to 15-minute DVD to be distributed to Niagara’s elementary and high schools.• Read the full media release
Regardless of which camp you side with, both the PS4 and Xbox One have already proved very popular with gamers. The chances of getting a launch day console from either Microsoft or Sony quickly went from slim to no chance as stock allocations for pre-orders ran out at different retailers.There is some hope of still getting a next-gen machine come launch day, though. You could go and queue up outside your local games retailer and hope they have stock this November, or you could head to Walmart on August 24. Walmart is claiming to have new stock available for a round of second chance pre-orders, but claiming one means jumping through a couple of hoops.What you need to do is head down to your local Walmart on August 24 and talk to an associate in the Electronics department. A 10 percent down payment will then be required to secure your new console. For the PS4 that’s $40, the Xbox One will require $50. After that you’ll be able to pick up your new machine on launch day, but Walmart will hold it for you until December 13. As for paying off the balance, you’ll have the option on collection of paying the rest in cash, or opting to make payments over time to spread the cost.Walmart isn’t stating how many new consoles they have available to pre-order, so if you want a PS4 or Xbox One on launch day you really need to get to Walmart early on the 24th. Demand only seems to be growing for the new machines as more details about each appear, and therefore lots of people may be willing to queue up this weekend to secure one.
Dégénérescence rétinienne : un traitement efficace et 40 fois moins cherUn essai clinique publié dans le New England Journal of Medicine, vient de démontrer l’efficacité de l’anticancereux Avastin contre la dégénérescence de la rétine due à l’âge. Actuellement ce traitement coûte 40 fois moins cher que le Lucentis, seul médicament autorisé pour soigner ce type de cécité. L’étude parue dans le New England Journal of Medicine mesure l’efficacité de l’Avastin et du Lucentis dans le traitement de la dégénérescence maculaire, une maladie de la rétine liée à l’âge. Ces deux médicaments ont été développés par la même firme américaine, Genentech, puis rachetés par le laboratoire Roche. Pendant un an, les chercheurs ont effectué des tests sur 1.200 patients dont la moitié a été traitée à l’Avastin et l’autre au Lucentis.À lire aussiAmygdalite : chronique, caséeuse, cryptique, de quoi s’agit-il ?Les résultats de ces expériences montrent une nette amélioration de l’acuité visuelle pour la totalité des testeurs. Les deux médicaments présentent en outre une efficacité identique. Selon les auteurs de l’étude, l’Avastin et le Lucentis ont un effet équivalent sur le traitement des patients dès lors que ceux-ci ont été administrés à la même fréquence. La différence entre les deux médicaments réside en fait au niveau de leur prix. Selon les chercheurs, un mois de traitement avec du Lucentis revient à 23.400 dollars par malade, contre 385 dollars avec l’Avastin. Un écart qui pourrait sérieusement favoriser l’utilisation de l’Avastin pour traiter la dégénérescence rétinienne. “Un des nombreux facteurs contribuant à la sélection d’un traitement pour un malade est son coût… et la différence de coût entre l’Avastin et le Lucentis à d’énormes implications économiques”, soulignent les auteurs de l’étude. Les chercheurs ont toutefois relevé des problèmes chez les patients traités avec l’Avastin. Ceux-ci ont été davantage touchés par de graves effets secondaires même si aucun organe n’a été particulièrement affecté. Une étude sur ces complications est actuellement en cours et les résultats devraient être publiés d’ici deux ans.Le 9 mai 2011 à 16:17 • Emmanuel Perrin
Ketch Brewing expanding with a pair of restaurants KUSI Newsroom, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Ketch Brewing is previewing the beer and food that will be available at a pair of Ketch Grill & Taps locations currently under construction.In addition to a full-on restaurant located at 2614 Shelter Island Drive, a smaller version of Ketch Grill & Taps will debut as part of the company’s Portside Pier overhaul of the waterfront downtown spot at 1360 North Harbor Drive, which formerly housed Anthony’s Fish Grotto.With neither project completed, Brigantine is offering menu items from its eventual casual seafood and craft beer concept at the Kearny Mesa spot.Ketch Brewing’s tasting room is currently open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. Categories: Good Morning San Diego, KUSI, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom March 11, 2019 Posted: March 11, 2019
The American Soybean Association (ASA) joins its colleagues in the biodiesel industry in voicing its support for a call from President Barack Obama to renew tax incentives for companies producing renewable energy, including biodiesel. The president yesterday urged Congress to renew the tax credits while in Iowa, the nation’s largest producer of soybeans. While the bulk of the renewable fuel tax incentives mentioned by the president will lapse at the end of the year if not renewed, the biodiesel tax incentive expired on Dec. 31, 2011.”President Obama has repeatedly expressed his support of increased production of clean, renewable, domestic energy sources like biodiesel as part of his ‘all-of-the-above’ energy strategy, and we join him in urging Congress to pass the tax credits for these producers. The biodiesel tax credit is a huge factor in encouraging more production of this energy source,” said ASA President Steve Wellman, a soybean farmer from Syracuse, Neb.Approximately half of U.S. biodiesel is produced from soybean oil. Biodiesel is the only advanced biofuel that is currently commercially available in the U.S. and it provides significant economic, energy security, environmental and health benefits. With the aid of the tax incentive last year, the biodiesel industry produced a record volume of nearly 1.1 billion gallons, supporting nearly 40,000 jobs nationwide.In addition to cheering the president’s call for extension of the tax credit, ASA urges the Obama Administration to approve the EPA’s proposal to raise the 2013 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) volume requirement for biodiesel to 1.28 billion gallons. The RFS is currently set at 1 billion gallons for 2012.
Jimmy Iovine, Scott Goldman and Allen HughesPhoto: Rebecca Sapp/WireImage.com Johnny Mathis, Babyface | “Required Listening” why-did-johnny-mathis-cover-adele-keith-urban-required-listening-podcast Weezer and Scott Goldman (right)Photo: Rebecca Sapp/WireImage.com Hear It Now: Alessia Cara | “Required Listening” “Required Listening” Spotlights ‘The Defiant Ones’ “Required Listening”: New GRAMMY Museum Podcast Learn the entire story of how the legendary Mathis teamed with Babyface and Clive Davis for his ‘Sings The Great New American Songbook’ album Tim McPhateGRAMMYs Mar 2, 2018 – 11:55 am What do you get when you pair an eclectic collection of contemporary pop hits with one of the most successful song interpreters of all time? And then add one of music’s most decorated producers and an industry executive with a golden ear?Listen Now: “Required Listening,” Episode 6 With Johnny Mathis, Clive Davis And BabyfaceYou get Johnny Mathis’ latest album, 2017’s Sings The Great New American Songbook, which features covers of songs by Adele, Pharrell Williams, Leonard Cohen, Whitney Houston, and Keith Urban, and big assists from producer Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds and esteemed record executive Clive Davis.On the latest episode of “Required Listening,” the new music podcast by HowStuffWorks and the GRAMMY Museum in partnership with the Recording Academy, host Scott Goldman uncovers the LP’s complete story with Mathis, Babyface and Davis, including topics such as the song choices, production decisions and how the collaboration took shape.”It was a joy to work that hard and to get the results.” — Johnny MathisSings The Great New American Songbook represents a fresh take on a covers album in linking the 82-year-old Mathis with a slew of modern-day pop smashes. Among the LP’s cuts are Adele’s “Hello,” Williams’ “Happy,” Urban’s “Blue Ain’t Your Color,” Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” and Houston’s “Run To You.” Getting a crack at putting his own spin on these contemporary songs was a unique challenge for Mathis, who received a Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003.”You want me to sing that song?” joked Mathis, when asked his reaction to the songs Babyface and Davis put forth for him to interpret. “[There was a] revelation [with] these songs — they’re new to me.'”Mathis felt a positive synergy with the album’s producer, 11-time GRAMMY winner Babyface, who has stewarded hits for artists from Houston, TLC and Boyz II Men to Mary J. Blige, Ariana Grande and Toni Braxton, in addition to his own impressive solo career.”We did a lot of takes because he wanted certain qualities that he heard that sounded like Johnny Mathis,” said Mathis. “Sometimes I’d go into the studio and your voice isn’t quite what it should be … and you don’t sound like Johnny Mathis. [Babyface] was wonderful. I would sing something and I thought, ‘I can’t do it any better.’ And he’d say, “I know you can’t but you can sing it differently.'”The first moment that Johnny started singing, we were just like, ‘That’s Johnny Mathis,'” added Babyface. “It was the same beautiful voice I grew up listening to.”Davis described Mathis as being in “the top of the pantheon of all-time artists” alongside the likes of Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett. The record executive expressed his excitement for every song on the project, while drawing parallels to his past successes such as The Bodyguard soundtrack and Santana’s Supernatural.”Every song in this album is a wonderful song reinterpreted through the work of Kenny and Johnny,” said Davis. “It’s a refreshing, creative traditional pop album that has respect for new material that can grow into standards.””It was a joy to work that hard and to get the results,” added Mathis. “Sometimes you work hard and you don’t get the results. But this time we did.”Learn all about how the trio got those results on the podcast’s latest episode. 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Kakinada: City mayor Sunkara Pavani pulled up officials of smart city project for taking up footpath construction at Bhanagudi area near Charminar Tea Centre without paying way for rain water to flow in to the drain. The mayor visited the area on Tuesday and directed the concerned officials to rectify the omission and opt for fresh planning with provision of rain water flow. Deputy Mayor K S Sattibabu accompanied the mayor during the visit.
In a welcome move, the Supreme Court has advised the central government to make milk adulteration a punishable offence with punishment amounting to life imprisonment for anyone who indulges in the dubious practice. The apex court has suggested to the central government that the Food Safety and Standards Act be amended in the approaching winter session of Parliament and also said that the unethical practice should be completely curtailed in the states as well. If we look at some of the facts that the National Survey on Milk Adulteration 2011 brought forth we would be appalled to know that Indians are consuming water, detergents, urea, starch, glucose, caustic soda and formalin in the name of milk. Also Read – Working on improving tiesWhat is even more disturbing is the fact that these contaminants are not only being used to increase the thickness and viscosity of milk but are primarily being used as preservatives to help the milk being preserved for a longer time. States like Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, West Bengal, Mizoram, Jharkhand and Daman & Diu have a 100 per cent non conformity record with food safety standards. How can a reason as absurd as difference between demand and supply of milk be given to cover for the criminal act? If there is shortage of milk, it is due to the fact that milch cattle are kept underfed and in unsanitary conditions. There is no regulation to keep a check on the conditions that they survive in and the central and the state government’s should make it mandatory for cattle owners to feed them properly, clean their surroundings everyday and not let them roam as stray animals where they are stoned and are severely abused too. Also Read – Political parties and our RepublicPeople living in the tremendously expanding urban agglomerations have to bear the brunt of this menace in far greater numbers than their rural counterparts. This is an understood fact as milk producers in rural India practise active animal husbandry whether or not they are given any sort of incentive by the respective state or the central government. In urban areas on the contrary, the milk producing livestock is unabatedly exploited due to the demand that needs to be met. The apex court has rightly pointed out that the six months punishment mentioned in the Food Safety and Standards Act is grossly inadequate. The court had also earlier asked states to amend the law as has been done by Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal and Odisha. Even the Indian Council of Medical Research in a report published long back had mentioned that detergents, caustic soda, formalin and even water in milk cause food poisoning and gastrointestinal complications and that the other synthetic compounds cause impairments, heart problems, cancer and even death. The centre should act on its own accord and make the states fall in place too.
Yankees fans love their team, but one fan of the bombers took it a step to far when he attempted to tip pitches to help New York batter Gary Sanchez during an at bat in the bottom of the 8th in last night’s game against the Rays.The cheating fan was shouting out the catchers set up position, in Spanish, to let Sanchez know where to expect the pitch. Once it was brought to the home plate umpire’s attention, the fan was tossed. Sanchez wasn’t in on it, obviously, and condemned the fan’s actions.This is a new one. Here’s the video:
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 April 25, 2013 — The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) has issued a new white paper, “Assuring Safety and Quality in Image Guided Delivery of Radiation Therapy,” that recommends best practices to improve the safety and effectiveness of image guided radiation therapy (IGRT), according to the manuscript published as an article in the online journal Practical Radiation Oncology (PRO).The white paper recommends a set of 10 fundamental elements of IGRT safety in clinical programs and provides an additional list of recommended activities for the broader radiation oncology community to consider.IGRT is the use of dedicated devices for fraction-by-fraction imaging and guidance of radiation treatment delivery that localizes the target and normal structures to ensure precise and accurate placement of the radiation. IGRT-enabled accuracy and precision allow for highly conformal dose distributions, higher dose prescriptions and shorter fractionation schedules for patients. This requires a strong link between IGRT practices and planning target volume (PTV) design of a patient’s treatment protocol, which is central to high quality, safe radiation therapy.The manuscript recommends the four major categories for consideration in assuring safe, high-quality radiation therapy using IGRT technologies asCommissioning and continuing quality assurance (QA) of the systemsProtocols for image acquisition and interpretationThe link between image guidance practices and PTV marginEducation, training and human resources. News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more News | 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 Related Content 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 Oncology | July 31, 2019 Laura Dawson, M.D., FASTRO, Chosen as ASTRO President-elect The members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) elected four new officers to ASTRO’s Board of… read more News | 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 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 Feature | April 25, 2013 New ASTRO White Paper Recommends Best Practices for IGRT Ten recommendations of fundamental elements of IGRT safety in clinical programs 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 | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. For more information: www.astro.org, www.practicalradonc.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more 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. The 10 foundational elements for safe and effective IGRT practices prescribed by the study are:Establish a multi-professional team responsible for IGRT activitiesEstablish and monitor a program of daily, monthly and annual QA for all new or existing IGRT sub-systemsProvide device- and process-specific training for all staff operating IGRT systems or responsible for IGRT deliveryPerform end-to-end testing for all new IGRT procedures and document performance prior to clinical releaseEstablish process-specific documentation and procedures for IGRTClearly identify who is responsible for approval of IGRT correction decisions and the process whereby the decision is made and documentedEstablish and document site-specific planning procedures, specifically the procedure for defining PTV margins, and link these planning procedures to IGRT proceduresMulti-professional peer review of PTV volumes, and peer-review of gross tumor volume (GTV) / clinical target volume(CTV) by radiation oncologistsVerify proper creation and transfer of IGRT reference data (PTV, organs at risk (OARs), digitally reconstructed radiographs (DRRs), etc.) to IGRT systemEstablish a reporting mechanism for IGRT-related variances in the radiation treatment process. 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Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more News | February 11, 2015 ASTRO Applauds Medicare’s Final Decision to Cover Annual, Low-Dose CT Screening for High-Risk Lung Cancer Patients Decision follows USPSTF’s recommendation that LDCT is a Grade B screening 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. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Image courtesy of ToshibaFebruary 11, 2015 — The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) commends the February 5, 2015, decision by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to provide coverage for annual lung cancer screening via low-dose CT screening for those at highest-risk for lung cancer.The final Decision Memo for Screening for Lung Cancer with Low Dose Computed Tomography (LDCT) details that there is sufficient evidence to warrant annual lung cancer screening for patients most at-risk for developing lung cancer. The memo outlines the patient criteria for eligibility as follows: aged 55 to 77; showing no signs or symptoms of lung disease; a smoking history of at least 30 pack-years (one pack-year = smoking one pack per day for one year; one pack = 20 cigarettes) and a current smoker or someone who has quit smoking within the last 15 years.ASTRO Chair Bruce G. Haffty, M.D., FASTRO remarks that, “This year in the United States, it is estimated that nearly 230,000 men and women will be diagnosed with lung cancer, and that there will be more than 160,000 deaths from lung cancer, more deaths than from breast, colon and prostate cancers combined. This highly effective, annual screening is a critical and powerful tool that will enable us to diagnose patients earlier when treatments are most effective, and it will fortify our efforts to battle this destructive disease.”In addition to detailing the patient health status for annual screening, the final decision also enumerates specific facility criteria and requirements, and care steps prior to and following screening. Two valuable care steps include 1) a shared-decision making/smoking cessation counseling session between the physician and patient prior to the first screening and 2) access to smoking cessation sessions available to current smokers – vital services that encourage current smokers to stop smoking, which directly impacts their treatment outcome. Distinct screening guidelines are also provided: administer CT dose index volume of 3 mGy or less for standard-sized patients (approximately 155 lbs.) with appropriate reductions for smaller patients and increases for larger patients; utilize a standardized lung nodule identification, classification and reporting system and collection and submission of patient data to a CMS-approved registry for each LDCT screening test.CMS’s decision follows the United States Preventive Task Force’s (USPSTF’s) December 2013 recommendation that LDCT is a Grade B screening, and which reviewed the results of four randomized clinical trials, including the National Cancer Institute’s National Lung Screening Trial, which included more than 50,000 asymptomatic adults aged 55 to 75 who had at least a 30 pack-year history and found a 16 percent reduction in lung cancer mortality for those who received annual screening and thus, earlier treatment.For more information: www.astro.org News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more Related Content Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a GE Cardiographe Dedicated Cardiac CT Scanner This is a quick walk around of the GE Healthcare Cardiographe dedicated cardiac CT system on display at the… read more News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more Video Player is loading.GE Cardiographe cardiac CT scanner at SCCT19Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:38Loaded: 26.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:38 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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Data released by “”Freddie Mac””:http://www.freddiemac.com/ shows more than a quarter of borrowers who refinanced in Q4 2012 chose to shorten their loan terms.[IMAGE]According to the GSE’s Quarterly Product Transition Report released Tuesday, 27 percent of borrowers opted to shorten their loan term when refinancing. Sixty-nine percent kept the same term as the loan that they had paid off, while 4 percent lengthened their loan term.Based on year-long data for 12 large metro areas, Freddie Mac found an average 29 percent of borrowers across these metros chose to shorten their loan terms.””Fixed mortgage rates averaged 3.36 percent for 30-year loans and 2.67 percent for 15-year product during the fourth quarter in Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey, the lowest quarterly averages recorded in our survey,”” explained Frank Nothaft, VP and chief economist at Freddie Mac. “”For borrowers motivated to refinance by low fixed-rates, they could obtain even lower rates by [COLUMN_BREAK]shortening their term. Further, a shorter-term, fully amortizing loan reduces the loan balance faster and builds home equity sooner.””In addition, borrowers who lived in lower-priced metros last year were generally more likely to shorten their term compared to borrowers in high-cost markets. For example, 43 percent of borrowers in the Dallas area shortened their term, while only 14 percent of those in San Francisco did the same.””Borrowers with smaller loan balances can shorten their loan term when refinancing with smaller dollar increases in their monthly payment than borrowers with large loan balances. That’s an important reason why a larger percent of borrowers in a low housing cost market shorten their term when compared to borrowers in very high cost markets,”” Nothaft said.The report also shows that refinancing borrowers overwhelmingly preferred fixed-rate loans last quarter, with more than 95 percent selecting a fixed-rate product. In addition, 83 percent of borrowers who had a hybrid adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) chose a fixed-rate loan in the fourth quarter–the highest share since Q2 2010–while the remaining 17 percent refinanced back into a hybrid ARM.According to the quarterly report, borrowers who refinanced under the Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP) were more likely to take out a long-term, fixed-rate mortgage: Out of HARP borrowers who refinanced out of an ARM, more than 95 percent chose a fixed-rate loan, while more than one-third of non-HARP ARM borrowers opted for another ARM. February 12, 2013 426 Views Freddie Mac: 27% of Q4 Refinancers Shortened Loan Terms in Data, Origination, Secondary Market Adjustable-Rate Mortgage Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Fixed-Rate Mortgage Freddie Mac HARP Investors Lenders & Servicers Refinance Service Providers 2013-02-12 Tory Barringer Share
LISTEN: Ron Jaworski, ESPN NFL analyst Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The storyline has nearly been flattened to a platitude: The Arizona Cardinals have a lot of replacing to do on defense to repeat their dominance of yesteryear. You know the names — Daryl Washington, Karlos Dansby, Darnell Dockett, Tyrann Mathieu, Yeremiah Bell and now maybe John Abraham. Those are some big shoes to fill for the proverbial “next man up.”But if the unit’s Week 1 performance on Monday Night Football serves as any kind of indication, defensive coordinator Todd Bowles and his revised cast of characters may just be able to pull off the replication. Comments Share The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo – / 61 Facing the high-octane San Diego Chargers offense, which boasted the fifth-best offense in all of football a season ago with an average yards-per-game tally of nearly 400 yards, the Cardinals’ new defensive personnel stepped up big while the old linchpins looked the part.Bowles’ defense held the Chargers to a mild 52 yards of rushing, allowing just 290 yards total — more than 100 fewer than their 2013 yards-per-game average.Now, with Mathieu’s return on the horizon and a confidence-boosting performance in the rear-view mirror, the Cardinals are giving naysayers a reason to change their minds about the team’s 2014 defensive outlook.A guest of the Burns and Gambo show on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM Thursday, ESPN senior NFL analyst Ron Jaworski didn’t hesitate to add his name to the list of believers in Bowles’ defense.“You’re talking (about) some quality football players who were unavailable for the game or got hurt in the game,” he began. “And this is where I tip my hat to coaching. We all know around the National Football League, that’s just the way it is. We hear every week — ‘Next man up, next man up.’ Sometimes those are just words; the next man sometimes plays terrible.” On Monday, it was newcomers Larry Foote, Deone Bucannon, Antonio Cromartie and Tommy Kelly — along with second-year players Tony Jefferson and Kevin Minter — who were next up, and the group led the team in tackles. Foote was the only Arizona defender with more than one tackle for a loss. “This is a well-designed defense,” Jaworski went on. “Todd Bowles puts players in a position to make plays. He wants a mentally-tough as well as a physically-tough defense — those are the attributes that this Cardinals defense has shown.”Last season, the Cardinals boasted the best rushing defense in the nation and they were sixth in total defense and seventh in scoring defense.“So despite all the injuries, you saw the ‘next man up’ play well and be put in a position by Todd Bowles to make plays,” he said.“Those are extraordinary numbers,” Jaws went on to talk about the Cardinals’ Monday Night Football performance. “And I know they’re numbers, but when you look at the tape and you see how they played, they played good, solid defense and that is an outstanding offensive team in San Diego.” Your browser does not support the audio element. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Go back to the e-newsletterGrowing demand in Australia for expedition travel to the Arctic has paved the way for the most extensive trade visit yet here this March by eco cruise company, Adventure Canada, which this year enters its fourth decade of offering award-winning expedition cruises to some of the world’s wildest and most remote destinations.Adventure Canada expedition leader and business development director, Matthew James (MJ) Swan – the son of the company’s founder, Matthew Swan – will meet hundreds of travel and cruise agents in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia, 5–6 March 2018, as part of the Ontario-based company’s biggest ever promotional tour to Australia to meet growing demand for authentic wilderness experiences in the Canadian Arctic and beyond.Consumers, travel agents – and their clients – in Sydney, Brisbane and Gold Coast are invited to attend one of five information sessions with MJ Swan.First visiting the Arctic at the age of two, MJ now has more than 50 Arctic journeys under his belt and will share his incredible experiences and Adventure Canada’s biggest-ever program in 2019 with agents and their clients on 13 March.Since its birth as a family-owned, expedition cruise line in 1987, Adventure Canada has operated increasingly popular cruises, including complimentary Zodiac excursions, to the Canadian Arctic, Greenland, Newfoundland and the famed Northwest Passage. In the 2018 program, Iceland and Scotland was added to the company’s wilderness destinations as part of its summer program aboard the 198-passenger, ice-class ship, Ocean Endeavour, from June to October. And 2019 will see the remote corners of Ireland added to the program for the first time.Agents invited to RSVP to information sessionsTo register for one of the information events in Sydney on 13 March, Brisbane on 5 March and Gold Coast on 6 March, which will be hosted by Adventure Canada’s Australian representatives, Cruise Traveller, and include light refreshments and exclusive offers for consumers on the day, click here.“Our life-changing expedition cruises to the Arctic are all about engagement, education, enlightenment and entertainment – all delivered with snowballs of humour – so our March information sessions will be the same, with agents and adventure-seeking travellers able to see how our unique voyages to wild, untouched places open people’s eyes, hearts and minds,” said Mr Swan.“Our business from Australia has been growing every year since Cruise Traveller partnered with us five years ago and the two main reasons why Aussies want to explore the Arctic is to see polar bears in the wild and to meet the indigenous Inuit people who make the Arctic their home,” he said. “The close relationships we have forged with the Inuit people of the Arctic sets us apart and we look forward to showing Australians how we can immerse them in one of the planet’s most inspiring and pristine environments and how we work to keep these places so magical.”Mr Swan said he had committed himself to progressing his father’s trailblazing work in sustainable tourism in the Arctic, work that saw his dad honoured with a Canadian Tourism Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016.“We visit very special places on our expeditions and we find we attract very special people who want to expand their horizons and their understanding of the world and those are the types of people we hope will join us at our information sessions in March,” he said.Info seminars:Sydney (Sydney CBD) Tuesday 13 March – 2pm to 4pm AND 6pm to 8pmBrisbane (Brisbane CBD) Monday 5 March – 10am to 12am AND 6pm to 8pmGold Coast (Main Beach) Tuesday 6 March – 10am to 12am ONLY.Go back to the e-newsletter
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