Energy Minister Barry Barnet welcomed news that Nova Scotia’s in-stream tidal energy project is moving closer to the water. Today, Jan. 22, project partners announced a number of advances, including new tidal technology, a location for turbines in the Bay of Fundy, and an upcoming construction contract. “We applaud these companies for working hard to move the tidal project ahead,” said Mr. Barnet. “The more we can move away from imported, coal-based electricity towards a cleaner local supply, the better it is for our economy and environment.” Minas Basin Pulp and Power Company announced its partnership with United Kingdom-based Marine Current Turbines, a leading developer of tidal technology. Marine Current Turbines recently installed the world’s most powerful in-stream tidal turbine, now operating in Northern Ireland. “This is an exciting partnership — leading technology combined with our company’s outstanding track record in green energy,” said Scott Travers, president and chief operating officer of Minas Basin Pulp and Power. “Renewable power has been a part of our business since 1936, and we look forward to making Nova Scotia’s energy future even greener.” After 12 months and more than $1 million in research, marine energy experts have identified what they believe to be an ideal site for Nova Scotia’s first demonstration turbines. The site is in the Minas Passage area of the Bay of Fundy near Black Rock, 10 kilometres west of Parrsboro. It includes: water depths up to 45 metres at low tide a sediment-free bedrock sea floor straight flowing currents water speeds up to 10 metres per second on ebb and flow “These companies still have a lot of work to do before anything can go in the water, including environmental approvals,” said Mr. Barnet. “They face a lot of challenges — new technology, tough environmental expectations, and an unbelievably powerful ocean resource. But from what I’ve seen, they’ve got what it takes.” Research identifies the Bay of Fundy as potentially the best site for tidal power generation in North America, with a world-class resource in close proximity to an existing grid and potential consumers. Nova Scotia’s 2009 Energy Strategy sets a new target of at least 25 per cent renewable electricity supply by 2020. In-stream tidal energy has the potential to help meet that target. Marine Current Turbines OpenHydro Clean Current Turbines, from Canada In addition, Nova Scotia Power announced that its technology partner, OpenHydro, has issued a call for bids to construct a subsea base to position their turbine on the ocean floor. The Irish technology developer will review all proposals, including those from potential fabricators in Nova Scotia. Pending environmental approvals, the three initial technology candidates for the Fundy tidal project are:
MONTREAL – The Montreal International Jazz Festival has cancelled the remaining presentations of a show that has been criticized because it features a white woman singing songs composed by black slaves.The festival said Wednesday it was apologizing to anyone who was hurt by the decision to put on the shows.“Since the beginning of SLAV performances, the festival team has been shaken and strongly affected by all comments received,” it said in a statement.“For the Festival international de Jazz de Montreal, inclusion and reconciliation between communities is essential. We made the decision with the artist Betty Bonifassi to cancel all performances of the show at the festival.”Bonifassi, a Montreal-based singer known for her Oscar-nominated work on the soundtrack of “Les Triplettes de Belleville,” was the main performer.The show, which was directed by renowned Quebec playwright Robert Lepage, has been mired in controversy since the get-go.At the premiere last week, about 75 protesters staged a demonstration outside the theatre that was hosting the performance.Police had to form a cordon to block protesters in order to allow people to enter.And on Tuesday, U.S. musician Moses Sumney cancelled a gig at the jazz festival to protest the SLAV shows.Both the jazz festival and Lepage’s public relations firm said there would be no interviews on the matter Wednesday.“We understand the position of the Montreal International Jazz Festival,” Edouard Garneau, a spokesman for the PR firm, said in an email.“Considering the current context, we do not wish to add any other comments for the time being.”In a later statement, the company said Lepage would comment before the end of the week.Black activist Vincent Mousseau, who spoke at the opening night protest, says the festival was forced to cancel SLAV because of pressure from artists who demonstrated against it and because of widespread media attention that included coverage in the New York Times.“The Montreal International Jazz Festival is the largest jazz festival in the world and we found it very irresponsible for the festival to put on the show without listening to the voices of those concerned,” he said in an interview Wednesday.“What we saw here were black communities and allies standing up and saying that we’re not OK with the ways in which black culture has been co-opted and put on a pedestal by folks who are not us.”Mousseau added he and Lucas Charlie Rose, a hip-hop artist who organized the protest, had received death threats.“I think our priority right now is ensuring that this violence is not being propagated like this piece of theatre that is extremely ignorant and, unfortunately, is very harmful,” he said.Rose says he’s relieved that SLAV has been cancelled — even though it took the festival a week to halt the shows, which were scheduled to run until July 14.But he wasn’t satisfied with the festival’s brief apology.“I don’t feel like it’s enough personally because they caused a lot of hurt, they caused a lot of harm,” Rose told The Canadian Press. “I’m waiting to see what else they have to say and if they’re actually serious about helping black communities in the future.”The artist pointed out that when people found out he was a transsexual, online comments against him were “really violent, really intense.”This isn’t the first controversy involving white people playing blacks in Quebec.A white actor blacked his face to play former Montreal Canadiens star P.K. Subban in a sketch that was part of a year-end comedy show by Montreal’s Theatre du Rideau Vert in December 2014.
SQUAMISH, B.C. — The operators of the Sea-to-Sky Gondola say the popular tourist attraction near Squamish, B.C., likely won’t reopen until early next spring.In a message on the company’s Facebook page, they say the cleanup has started and it’s hoped the gondola can reopen in early 2020, but that depends on the delivery of a replacement cable and new cabins from Europe.When the attraction does restart, the post says it will feature a brand new haul rope and a completely new line of 30 cabins.No one was hurt last Saturday when the RCMP say someone deliberately cut the gondola’s main cable, sending all of the cars crashing to the ground.The company has said the damage will reach into the millions of dollars.The Sea to Sky Gondola officially opened in 2014 and carries between 1,500 and 3,000 people who visit the gondola every day during the summer season, with each cabin holding up to eight people. When in operation, it takes around 10 minutes to reach an elevation of 885 metres above Howe Sound.The Canadian Press
Green Party leader Elizabeth May held a press conference in Ottawa on Friday, joined by environmentalist David Suzuki, to plead with the government not to proceed.“You can’t negotiate with the atmosphere,” she said, noting the international scientists who say the world has a window of just over a decade at most to drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions before climate change becomes irreversible and catastrophic.“To get through that window we cannot approve a single additional pipeline,” she said. “To get through that window we have to start aggressively moving off fossil fuels.”May also said there is no economic case for expanding the pipeline, and the customers in Asia that are supposedly going to buy the product don’t exist. The Asian market has no refineries currently capable of refining the diluted bitumen Canada produces, she said, and much of it will end up still going to the United States.First proposed by Kinder Morgan Canada in 2013, the project has been beset by multiple court challenges and delays, both during the Conservative government’s tenure and since the Liberals took over. The federal cabinet initially approved the project in November 2016.The biggest hitches came after the NDP was elected in British Columbia in 2017, on a platform that included opposition to the project. The political uncertainty that created gave investors such cold feet Kinder Morgan was ready to walk away. In May 2018, Canada stepped in to buy the existing pipeline, with plans to expand it and then sell it back to the private sector.Three months later, the courts threw a significant wrench in that plan when the approval was overturned. The expansion would twin a 66-year-old pipeline that runs from Edmonton to a marine terminal in Burnaby, B.C., nearly tripling its capacity to 890,000 barrels of oil a day.The Trans Mountain Corporation claims the economic benefits of the expansion would be $46.7 billion over the first 20 years.While Sohi and Finance Minister Bill Morneau both insisted last week that no decision has yet been made, Sohi seemed to hint in question period on Friday that the project will go ahead.“We are following the direction of the Federal Court of Appeal to move forward on this project in the right way,” he said.Morneau’s office insists people should not read anything into the fact he is scheduled to give a talk at the Economic Club of Canada in Calgary the morning after the TMX decision, where one of the themes is “helping the energy sector grow and prosper.” His spokesman said the speech is similar to one Morneau has delivered in Ontario and Quebec in the last three weeks.Alberta Premier Jason Kenney thinks it’s a done deal, even though his government launched a $1.6 million advertising campaign in Ottawa in late May demanding the federal government “say Yes to TMX.” The campaign includes having a box truck with electronic billboards driving around Parliament Hill all day long. “After all, the federal government bought the pipeline, and I can’t imagine why they would do that only to flip-flop on an earlier approval,” he said last week at a major oil industry conference in Calgary.His confidence was buoyed by media reports that steel pipe that will be used to build the pipeline has already started arriving on construction sites. Trans Mountain Corporation, the federal crown corporation that now runs the existing Trans Mountain pipeline and will oversee the expansion should it go ahead, said last week that much of the material had been ordered before the court ruling.The pipeline is a tough needle for the Liberals to thread when it comes to supporting industries like the oil sector while meeting Canada’s international commitments on climate change. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said that approving it is in the national interest to take advantage of the economics of developing Canadian resources, which he says will continue to be needed for another few decades.But that thinking riles environmental groups, many of whom supported Trudeau in the 2015 election because of his climate plan, a plan they say is impossible if Trans Mountain goes ahead. There are already plans to launch new court challenges if the project is approved, and multiple protests and even blockades on construction sites are in the works. OTTAWA, O.N. – The Liberal government’s $4.5 billion gamble to buy the Trans Mountain pipeline in a bid to get it expanded will come to a head on Tuesday when the federal cabinet decides whether to sign off on the project for a second time.It has been more than 290 days since the Federal Court of Appeal ripped up the original approval and sent the government back to the drawing board to do a more fulsome consultation with Indigenous communities and take a harder look at the impact the project will have on marine life off the coast of British Columbia.Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi said last week the official consultations with 117 affected Indigenous communities wrapped up in early June, paving the way for cabinet to make its final decision at its regular meeting on June 18.
RENO, Nev. — The Federal Highway Administration has approved plans for $1.5 billion in improvements to a major interstate interchange and more than a dozen highway exits in Reno and Sparks over the next 20 years.The agency issued a final environmental impact statement and record of decision selecting the alternative preferred by state transportation officials to reconfigure the Spaghetti Bowl where I-80, I-580 and U.S. 395 meet east of downtown Reno.The project is intended to improve safety and reduce travel times in the metro area where the population is expected to grow 27% the next two decades.The Reno-Sparks population has quadrupled since the interchange was originally constructed in the 1960s and 1970s.Nevada Department of Transportation Director Kristina Swallow says the 28 months it took NDOT to complete the environmental impact statement was the fastest in agency history.The Associated Press
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by audreywhelan Posted Jul 27, 2016 8:16 am MDT YouTube It’s an event Harry Potter fans don’t want to miss.On Sunday as part of Kensington’s Summertime In The City, the neighbourhood’s business area will be transformed into Diagon Alley.It’s to celebrate the release of the brand new book, “Harry Potter And The Cursed Child”.Kensington BRZ Spokesperson Ellen Parker tells 660 NEWS, there are lots of activities for fans.“At 11 a.m. there will be a reading hosted by The Storybook Theatre society at The Plaza, this is all free. It will be taken from the new novel and from 1 to 3 there will be a quidditch match at Riley Park.”There are also prizes for people with the best Harry Potter outfits. Kensington transforming into Harry Potter’s Diagon Alley
“Taxation represents a stable and predictable source of finance. Complemented by other sources, it is central to financing development needs and providing public goods and services,” said Mr. Oh in his remarks to the joint meeting of ECOSOC and the UN General Assembly’s Second Committee, the world body’s main forum for discussions on economic and financial issues.The joint meeting held under the theme ‘Domestic Resource Mobilization: Where to go after Addis?’ identified resources and challenges to finance sustainable development.“The challenge is that many countries are hindered in their efforts to collect their taxes. Business models and value chains have become more international, integrated and dependent on intangibles. They have given rise to a number of loopholes in the area of taxation,” said Mr. Oh adding that tax evasion and avoidance pose a great threat to financing sustainable development.Mr. Oh said that as per the recent Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) estimates, between four to ten per cent of global corporate income tax revenues are lost annually, totalling to the amount of $100 to $240 billion.He added that the loss is felt stronger in developing countries with greater needs for investment in development.Mr. Oh stressed on stronger international cooperation to combat tax evasion and avoidance and added that the lack of information exchange between the countries is a huge opportunity for tax avoiders and evaders.He added that discussions on the current landscape of international tax cooperation can help identify priorities for reform and make concrete suggestion for improved international cooperation.Mr. Oh also recalled that in the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, UN Member States had decided to enhance the resources of the UN Tax Committee to strengthen its effectiveness and operational capacity. Mr. Oh announced that the Tax Committee will meet twice a year and will also increase its engagement with ECOSOC through the Special Meeting on International Cooperation in Tax Matters.Lastly, Mr. Oh called for the continued engagement of all relevant stakeholders, as “this is the only way to ensure that the responses to international tax challenges can gain sufficient global ownership, and confirm the faith of honest taxpayers in their tax system and their government.”
Près d’un Français sur deux favorable à l’euthanasie activePrès d’un Français sur deux estime que la loi devrait autoriser les médecins à mettre un terme à la vie de personnes atteintes de maladies incurables alors que 45% y sont favorables “dans certains cas seulement”, indique un sondage Ifop réalisée suite à la mise en examen du docteur Bonnemaison. Le débat est relancé sur l’euthanasie. Le 12 août dernier, le Docteur Nicolas Bonnemaison, urgentiste à l’hôpital de Bayonne a été mis en examen suite à une accusation d’euthanasie. Il est en effet soupçonné d’avoir abrégé la vie d’au moins cinq patients âgés au cours des cinq derniers mois. Une affaire qui a déclenché un vaste mouvement de soutien pour le médecin sur internet mais qui a également remis en question l’illégalité de l’euthanasie active. Ainsi, l’institut de sondages Ifop, commandité par le quotidien Sud Ouest, a voulu savoir ce qu’il en était auprès de l’opinion publique et les résultats se sont avérés plutôt parlants. À lire aussiLe syndrome de Cotard, l’étrange maladie qui fait croire à une personne qu’elle est morteD’après les chiffres obtenus, près de 49% des Français estiment que la loi devrait autoriser les médecins à mettre un terme à la vie des personnes atteintes de maladies incurables. De même, 45% des personnes interrogées y sont favorables, mais seulement “dans certains cas”, sans préciser de quels cas il s’agit. Ces chiffres sont nettement supérieurs à ceux observés en octobre 2010, où seules 36% des personnes étaient “absolument” favorables à l’euthanasie, soit une progression de 13 points en 10 mois seulement, souligne l’Ifop cité par l’AFP. Parmi les Français favorables, ce sont les “seniors” qui approuvent le plus une révision de la législation avec 56% des 50-64 ans et 48% chez les 65 ans et plus. Les moins de 35 ans sont en revanche plus réservés avec seulement 41% qui se déclarent “absolument en faveur d’une évolution de la législation”. De son côté, le ministre des Affaires européennes, Jean Léonetti, auteur en 2005 d’une loi sur la fin de vie, a confié au quotidien Nice matin (lien non disponible) qu’un grand débat public sur l’euthanasie pourrait être organisé après l’élection présidentielle.Le 22 août 2011 à 15:42 • Maxime Lambert
Former Inter Milan goalkeeper Francesco Toldo insists that the club remain as Juventus’ closest challengers, despite a mixed start to the seasonLuciano Spalletti’s side have only claimed one win in their opening four league games and lie 15th in the Serie A table.This development comes as somewhat as a surprise to many considering that Inter invested over €77m this summer on new recruits in order to challenge for their first Serie A crown since the 2009/10 campaign.“The Nerazzurri continue to be the anti-Juventus, despite their limitations. I am sorry that Inter have remained lacking in terms of scoring,” Toldo told Radio Marte.Juventus confirm Mario Mandzukic could leave this month Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Sporting director Fabio Paratici confirmed reports that Mario Mandzukic could leave Juventus for a move to an unnamed Qatari team.The 46-year-old also gave his verdict on Napoli, who replaced coach Maurizio Sarri for Carlo Ancelotti this summer.“Napoli are still too dependent on Sarri. Carlo Ancelotti is a great coach and a great man but the team still has to demonstrate its continuity,” he said.While they struggle domestically, Inter won their Champions League opener against Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 on Tuesday evening.
The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) held its first open board meeting this week, chaired by former Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman. Authorized by Congress as part of the 2014 Farm Bill, the foundation will operate as a non-profit corporation seeking and accepting private donations in order to fund research activities that focus on problems of national and international significance.Congress also provided $200 million for the foundation, which must be matched by non-federal funds as the foundation identifies and approves projects. The American Soybean Association (ASA) strongly supported the creation of FFAR, because it will increase the scientific and technological research, innovation and partnerships that are so critical to keeping America’s agricultural economy moving forward.The agenda was open to pre-registered speakers. Speakers commented mostly on why their sector needs additional research. About half of the speakers were from livestock trade and science associations. Also presenting was Ed Anderson, representing the North Central Soybean Research Program.Glickman introduced Dr. Sally Rockey, the new FFAR executive director. Rockey spent 19 years at the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), where she oversaw the competitive research component of the Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service, which is today’s National Institute for Food and Agriculture. Before coming to FFAR, she was leading the largest extramural research operation in the world at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).Rockey announced that FFAR is launching two programs now and will announce two more by the end of the year. The first is the “New Innovator in Food and Agriculture Research Award,” which will be awarded to scientists in the early stages of their careers with the goal of keeping them on the path of agriculture science for their whole career. The second is the “Rapid Response Program,” where FFAR will collaborate with USDA in identifying emerging issues in an effort to identify threats early and mitigate through critical research.
Parth Samthaan and Erica FernandesInstagramParth Samthaan and Erica Fernandes are undoubtedly one of the hottest and most talked about couples in the telly town thanks to their stint in Kasautii Zindagii Kay 2. The two are rumoured to be dating but they have never accepted it. But their fondness for each other seems to be getting evident with each passing day. So when Parth and Erira arrived together at Ekta Kapoor’s birthday bash, the two were inseparable from each other.Inside the bash, Parth and Erica seem to have had a gala time partying with the birthday girl and their intimate picture is a proof of that. Parth took to Instagram stories to upload a picture of him along with his rumoured ladylove and Ekta sharing a warm hug while dropping their moves on the dance floor.Erica too reshared Parth’s Instagram story onto her page along with a still from Kasautii Zindagii Kay 2 wherein the reel life lovers – Prerna and Anurag Basu – were seen having a romantic moment. “Prerna’s love is like a candle, that warms Anu’s heart,” read the caption shared by the show’s director Muzammil Desai, which was reshared by Erica on Instagram.Earlier, it was reported that the rumoured lovebirds spend more time together when not shooting for their show. Apparently, Parth and Erica often arrive together on sets and also wait for one another to have afternoon and evening meals together. Not just that, they often leave the sets together as well.And it looks like the spark from Prerna and Anurag’s romance has ignited the flame between Erica and Parth in real life as well.Take a look. Erica Fernandes, Parth Samthaan at Ekta Kapoor birthday bashInstagram Erica Fernandes, Parth Samthaan, Kasautii Zindagii Kay 2Instagram
Foreign minister AK Abdul Momen shaking hands with his Indian counterpart S Jaishankar as Dhaka-Delhi bilateral talks begin at state guesthouse Jamuna in Dhaka on 20 Aug, 2019. Photo: UNBVisiting Indian external affairs minister S Jaishankar on Tuesday said Bangladesh and India agreed on safe, speedy and sustainable return of Rohingyas to their place of origin in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, reports UNB.He made the remarks while briefing newsmen after a bilateral meeting with his Bangladesh counterpart AK Abdul Momen at state guesthouse Jamuna in the morning.Asked about the Teesta water-sharing deal, Jaishankar said, “We have a position. We have a commitment on that position. There is no change….”He also described the Bangladesh-India relations as a model for South Asia.The Indian external affairs minister termed National Register of Citizens (NRC) for Assam India’s internal issue.The meeting that began at 11:10pm lasted for over one hour.The purpose of NRC update is to identify Indian citizens from among all the residents of Assam thereby leading to identification of illegal migrants residing in Assam, who entered Indian territories after the midnight of 24th March 1971 and to determine the citizenship of the applicants.Jaishankar who arrived in Dhaka on Monday night on a three-day official visit to Bangladesh said the two countries have many things to discuss to take the relationship between the two neighbouring countries to a higher level.”We’ve a very good relationship. We’ve a very strong relationship. We’ve many things to discuss about taking the relationship to a higher level,” he said while talking to newsmen after his arrival at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport.Before the meeting, the Indian minister visited Bangabandhu Memorial Museum at Dhanmondi-32 and paid tributes to father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman by placing wreaths at his portrait there.Momen is set to host a lunch in honour of his Indian counterpart after the meeting. The Indian foreign minister is scheduled to meet prime minister Sheikh Hasina at her official residence around 5:00pm on Tuesday.Indian high commissioner in Dhaka Riva Ganguly Das will host a private dinner for Jaishankar on Tuesday evening. He will leave Dhaka for Kathmandu on Wednesday morning. India is a leading development partner of Bangladesh as it has extended concessional lines of credit to the tune of around 8 billion US dollars.
Android tablets have come a long way in the last few years. For the most part, they were poorly made kludges in the early 2010s. Now, Android tablets can absolutely hold their own. Dell’s Venue 8 7000 doesn’t quite compete with the top of the line, but with today’s massive discount in play, it’s worth checking out.Dell Venue 8 7000 8.4-inch Android tablet for $199 (List price: $399) In terms of specs, this tablet is no slouch. It sports a quad-core Intel Atom Z3580 CPU, integrated Imagination PowerVR G6430 graphics, 2GB of DDR3 RAM, 16GB of flash memory, a 21WHr battery, Bluetooth 4.1, and 802.11b/g/n/ac WiFi support. Additionally, it includes an 8.4-inch OLED 2560×1600 display, a 2 megapixel front-facing camera, an 8 megapixel rear-facing depth camera, a micro USB 2.0 port, a combo audio jack, and a micro-SD card reader all while weighing a mere 0.67 pounds. If an Android tablet is what you’re looking for, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better deal. Normally, this tablet is priced at $399, but Dell is currently offering a discount when you buy directly. For a limited time, you can save $200 — a 50% discount off the sticker price. Even better, shipping is free, so don’t hesitate to pick up this nice little Android tablet on the cheap.And if you’re willing to spend a little bit more, you can add the folio keyboard case to your order for just $89.99 under the “Accessories” section. If you’re looking to answer some emails while you’re away from your desk, this is definitely a solid purchase.Our commerce group sources the best deals and products for the Geek Deals posts. We operate independently of Editorial and Advertising and may earn a percentage of the sale, if you buy something via a link on the post. If you are interested in promoting your deals, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.For more great deals head over to TechBargains.
This month’s IndieBox game is The Next Penelope: Road to Odysseus. It’s a top-down sci-fi racer puzzle shooter game, kind of like a cross between Velocity and Rock and Roll Racing. It’s an indie game currently available on Steam and, like other IndieBox games, can only be found as a physical edition through IndieBox. And it’s a pretty cool edition.This game’s box isn’t cardboard. Instead, IndieBox packed The Next Penelope in a plastic clamshell box like the one that used to be at video stores back when there used to be video stores. The box actually has cut-outs to hold an SNES, Sega Genesis, or N64 cartridge. The box art sleeve looks good, and there’s even a lenticular art print of the box art you can remove from the box.The IndieBox standard additions are: Steam code for the game, USB card with DRM-free copy of the game, soundtrack CD, printed instruction booklet, stickers. The game also comes with a papercraft kit of the ship in the game, which looks kind of like an Arwing from Star Fox without the wings. Also, I’m terrible at making papercraft.The game also comes with a mini poster of of the ship in Tron-style line art, and a slap bracelet. Remember slap bracelets? This game comes with one. I don’t know why, but it’s cool, because the art is nice. And, really, it comes in a mid-90s game cartridge rental box. I’m not gonna complain if the next IndieBox has freaking pogs.IndieBox is a monthly subscription that’ll run you about $25 per game, but if you want something a bit more rare and elaborate, check out Gamer’s Edition. It offers physical editions of games like IndieBox does, but they’re much more comprehensive collector’s editions. Currently, the only upcoming Gamer’s Edition is Hotline Miami 1 and 2, a $60 package with DVDs of the games, a trade paperback of the Hotline Miami 2 comic, a cassette mix tape, a stencil, and art/trading cards.Gamer’s Editions are produced based on preorder, but they’re still currently accepting orders for the Hotline Miami release. Gamer’s Edition also tried to get a physical edition of Paper’s Please going, but the project is currently stalled due to lack of preorders. Preorders might seem skeevy at retail, but for projects like this they make sense; small scale mixed-media products like this are much more expensive per unit, so most, if not all, copies of a pricey bunch-of-things-in-a-box boutique release need to be spoken for to pay for production.
Listen Now 2 min read Hear from business owners and CEOs who went through a crippling business problem and came out the other side bigger and stronger. Problem Solvers with Jason Feifer Today, Apple surprised everyone by announcing the iPod touch is getting a better-late-than-never hardware refresh just in time for the summer months.The new iPod touch retains the 1136-by-640 (326ppi) 4-inch display of the previous generation, but upgrades the internals to use an A10 Fusion processor for running iOS 12. The quad-core A10 was first used for the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, but also made its way into the 2018 iPad ($249.00 at Amazon), and it’s a major step up from the dual-core Apple Typhoon chip powering the old iPod touch. You can argue it’s an old processor, but there’s only a low resolution display to deal with and the upgrade allowed Apple to unlock augmented reality experiences as well as support for Group FaceTime.You’ll be able to purchase the new iPod touch from today online and later this week in stores. It’s available in six color options (Space Gray, Gold, Silver, Pink, Blue, and Red) and three capacities (32GB, 128GB, and 256GB). The rear camera is 8MP and capable of 1080p video recording, while the FaceTime HD camera on the front is 1.2MP and 720p video is supported. Wireless is up to 802.11ac and there’s Bluetooth 4.1 support as standard. Battery life is impressive, with Apple claiming up to 40 hours of music listening or eight hours of video watching on a single charge.As for pricing, the 32GB model costs $199, the 128GB model is $299, and the 256GB model is $399. All three are going to be tempting considering the cheapest iPhone XR ($749.99 at Verizon Wireless) is now $749 with 64GB of storage.If you’re wondering as to the timing of this surprise hardware refresh, Apple gives a big hint as to why in its press release. This fall, the Apple Arcade games subscription service launches and the old iPod touch would surely struggle to play some of the “100 new and exclusive” games it will offer. There’s also Apple Music subscriptions to consider, with Apple keen to get more people signing up for the summer.The iPod touch forms a perfect device for younger music listeners and game players who don’t have the cash or the parents willing to spend close to four-figures on an iPhone. This story originally appeared on PCMag May 28, 2019
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Technology | Enterprise Imaging | February 29, 2016 McKesson Introduces Conserus Imaging Fellow Solution improves interoperability between data sources to help radiologists actively participate in patient care Building the Right Team for Success in the Consolidated Enterprise – Part 2Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 9:52Loaded: 1.65%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -9:52 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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The solution presents the relevant information for the specific clinical scenario at the point of care, within the imaging cockpit.The patented solution is a key part of Conserus, a suite of flexible, vendor-agnostic solutions for healthcare information technology (IT) enterprise and diagnostic imaging. The solution suite is designed to help healthcare providers of all sizes and complexities go beyond simple vendor neutral archives (VNAs) and traditional departmental systems to orchestrate workflows by enabling interoperability.Conserus Imaging Fellow leverages McKesson’s domain knowledge in imaging and workflow. In the move towards value-based care it is important that clinicians have the complete patient health picture when making clinical decisions. The increasing adoption of EHRs has made much of the available patient clinical information digital, however it often doesn’t translate to effective utilization at the point of care due to complexities around navigating the vast amount of data.Conserus Imaging Fellow breaks this barrier and helps automate the use of clinical data by making it accessible in the imaging cockpit, within the context of the task at hand. This information may include lab results, medications, problems lists, notes or pathology reports; information that previously an imaging clinician would have had to manually search out from multiple systems. 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HIFU to Treat Prostate CancerNapoli said HIFU can be used as a primary treatment for prostate cancer, or as a salvage treatment when there is recurrence after surgery or radiation therapy. He said it is important to target the individual lesions, not to use FUS for whole gland treatment, which can lead to urinary incontinence and erectile dysfunction. He said a special FUS transrectal transducer has been created so it can be placed against the rectal wall, next to the prostate. This helps focus on the prostate without worry of causing collateral damage to surrounding critical structures. “The primary argument against targeted treatment for the prostate is that the disease is multifocal,” Napoli explained. He said this often requires the excision of the whole gland. “However, in most cases, a single index or dominant lesion, drives prostate cancer risk. The optimal candidates for targeted ablation need to be clearly identified.” Unlike surgery or brachytherapy, HIFU is significantly less invasive, which may be much more appealing to patients. “It does not require incisions or punctures, it is bloodless, can be carried out on an outpatient basis, and it is repeatable,” Napoli said. 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Focused ultrasound (FUS), also called high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU), has gained a lot of interest in recent years as noninvasive cancer therapy that does not require radiation, chemotherapy, or surgery, resulting is less collateral damage to the patient. FUS is performed as an out-patient procedure, so it can eliminate the usual two weeks of recovery needed from most types of surgery. In the U.S., the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared FUS to treat bone metastases, uterine fibroids, prostate cancer, benign prostatic hyperplasia and essential tremor. Only bone metastases currently has reimbursement. Outside the U.S., there are additional regulatory approvals for breast cancer, kidney cancer, liver cancer, pancreatic cancer, soft tissue tumors, Parkinson’s disease, thyroid nodules, back pain, osteoid osteoma, breast fibroadenomas, uterine adenomyosis and neuropathic pain.Currently, use of FUS is generally considered only if it will have a greater impact on the patient than surgical outcomes, said Pejman Ghanouni, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of radiology at the Stanford University Medical Center. He is an expert in FUS and involved in research for the use of FUS in the treatment, including essential tremors, soft tissue tumors and localized low-intermediate risk prostate cancer. He spoke on the topic at sessions at the Radiological Society of North American (RSNA) 2016 annual meeting. As more providers begin offering FUS treatment programs, Ghanouni said it is important to have a radiologist champion for the project. Patient recruitment from referrals also needs to be considered, so it is important to build relationships with referring physicians. For example, at Stanford he said they have a fibroid center, and one in 10 of the patients with uterine fibroids will qualify for FUS treatment. He said this is how his center primed the pump for initial referrals. He also now works with Stanford’s prostate cancer center, radiation therapy and desmoid tumor clinic. He said one of the keys to finding patients has been defining unmet needs and how FUS can serve as a niche treatment option. The Basics of High-Intensity Focused UltrasoundAccording to the Focused Ultrasound Foundation, the principle of FUS is analogous to using a magnifying glass to focus beams of sunlight on a single point to burn a hole in a leaf. With focused ultrasound, an acoustic lens is used to concentrate multiple intersecting beams of ultrasound on a target deep in the body with extreme precision. Depending on the design of the lens and the ultrasound parameters, the target can be as small as 1 x 1.5 mm or as large as 10 x 16 mm in diameter. Where each of the individual beams passes through the tissue, there is no effect. But, at the focal point where these multiple beams converge, the focused ultrasound energy results in tissue ablation. FUS uses thermal ablation to denature proteins and cause cell death. The thermal dose required to produce irreversible damage and coagulative necrosis depends on the cell type, temperature and duration of exposure. This ranges from one second at 130°F, to 240 seconds at 107°F. FUS also uses mechanical tissue destruction to disrupt cells through cavitation, in which bubbles of gas oscillate in an ultrasonic field and collapse which can generate enough force to allow for the targeted destruction of tissue. FUS works in conjunction with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), which is used to identify and target tissue to be treated, for real-time image guidance and control during treatment, and to confirm the effectiveness of the therapy. MRI is used to create a treatment plan similar to radiation therapy. A post-procedure MRI also is performed to confirm the effectiveness to the treatment. For this reason, hospitals interested in creating FU programs need staff who are comfortable working in the MRI suite. The close integration with MRI often has also lead to the therapy being referred to as magnetic resonance-guided focused ultrasound (MRgFUS).The treatment plan for FUS used the anatomical MR imaging with an overlay of the zones of treatment. These are shown as strips, each representing a pass of the FUS beam. These strips are usually stacked on top of each other and the length of each varies to match the contours of the tumor target. Operators need to watch the real-time MR imaging for the formation of bubbles in the tissue being ablated, which can deflect the FUS beams. FUS of Uterine Fibroids and Avoiding ComplicationsMRI anatomical assessment is used at the start of patient evaluation to determine if the target is reachable by FUS, said Young-Sun Kim, M.D., assistant professor, Department of Radiology and Center for Imaging Science, Samsung Medical Center, Seoul, South Korea. He is an expert in FUS and spoke RSNA 2016 sessions. In the case of uterine fibroids, he showed an example where the treatment window to access the fibroid might be blocked by cysts in the path of the ultrasound beam. He said thick subcutaneous fat is another ultrasound beam attenuation factor. Edema caused by fluid back up in a fibroid may also lead to poor outcomes with FUS. He also suggests avoiding resistant fibroids. Additionally, Kim radiologists need to assess MR imaging along the planned trajectory of the beams to look for foreign bodies, which often present as surgical procedure left overs like staples. He said these can superheat during the procedure and injure the patient. MRI offers real-time thermography during the FUS treatment, to ensure health tissue are not damaged. Kim said complications from FUS can include skin burns, fat burns, sciatic nerve injury and bowl injury. Like radiation therapy, Kim said the focused ultrasound beams also can cause damage to critical structures, such as nerves and the spine. This is why he suggests using conscience sedation with IV fentanyl so patients can offer feedback during the procedure. Critical structures like the bowel and spine can often be avoided by manipulating the bladder of bowel. Kim said this can be done by filling or emptying the bladder, or filling the bowel with ultrasound gel to move the bowel out of the way, or to to eliminate bowel loops. Treatment of Bone Tumors, MetastasisAs tumors grow inside bones, they slowly destroy and break apart the bone as the tumor expands. With osteoid osteoma, benign bone tumors, Napoli said HIFU can both reduce the pain and stop the tumor growth. However, with bone metastasis it is best to limit treatment to the palliation of pain, said Alessandro Napoli, M.D., Ph.D., Department of Radiological and Oncological Sciences, Sapiens University, Rome, who spoke on FUS at RSNA 2016.“It is totally noninvasive, there is no radiation and we have low complication rates compared to other therapies. This is because it is totally image guided,“ Napoli explained. “The quality of life is improved greatly with the reduction of pain.” During the procedure, he uses an epidural nerve block or deep sedation because of the pain involved in the procedure. His center also uses gel pads to act as a coupler between the FUS and the body. He uses perfusion MRI with contrast both before and after procedures so he can see reductions in tumor vascularity.Napoli said you can direct FUS beams through nerves if the beam is wide to reduce damage. The bone also absorbs a lot of the FUS so the treatment time will depend on the density of the bone and amount of bone that needs to be penetrated.FUS does not hamper the bone growth, which Napoli said has been proven in several studies. Imaging from these studies has shown new bone growth months or years later with restored bone. Read the article “Researchers Investigate Using Focused Ultrasound To Take Away Cancer Pain.” 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 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 Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more An example of pre- and post-treatment MRIs showing the effectiveness of HIFU therapy on breast cancer. FUS of the BrainA growing area of HIFU is in treatment of essential tremor by applying FUS for thalamic ablations. In this application, a special spherical FUS transducer system has been developed that fits over the patient’s head. Ghanouni showed before and after videos of patients he treated who could not hold a glass of water without spilling it, or use a spoon. After treatment they were able to drink from the glass or use the spoon normally. Read the article “FDA Approves First MRI-guided Focused Ultrasound Device to Treat Essential Tremor.”Brain FUS uses an array of about 1,000 elements designed to overcome attenuation issues presented by the skull and to diffuse the heating over a large area of the brain to prevent damaging healthly tissue. “Bone is very efficient at absorbing ultrasound energy,” Ghanouni said, explaining why so many ultrasound elements are needed to treat the brain and avoid overheating. Additionally, a silicon pad surrounding the head that circulates chilled water is used to transfer the ultrasound beams into the skull and to cool the skin and head surface. Peri-procedural MR thermography is used to monitor temperatures and ensure areas outside of the target are not being heated. The patient’s head also is shaved to permit the transference of ultrasound waves. In the case of the brain, he said computed tomography (CT) is used for registration in the treatment planning system. Planning includes avoiding any calcifications inside the brain, because they will heat up during treatment, Ghanouni said. The procedure is performed with conscience sedation so the patient can offer intra-operative physiologic feedback. When the operators isolate the target area, they first perform sub-lethal sonifications to confirm their positioning before delivering lethal sonifications.These brain ablations can cause edema, but Ghanouni said this usually resolves over time, and as they reduce in size, there usually is dramatic improvement in the patients. “The first week is not representative of what the final result will be,” he explained, adding there can be some bad side effects, but these often resolve or change after about three months. “The final results is often not seen until after the three month recovery period, so patents need to be told this upfront. What they have after three months is usually what they will keep.”He said the FDA recently approved FUS for essential tremor and there is an expectation that CMS may begin reimbursing for the FUS sometime in 2017. Ghanouni said a next step will be FUS treatment of Parkinson’s disease, which is already an approved indication overseas. Another use of FUS in the brain may be to improve targeted drug delivery to specific tumors. Ghanouni said FUS can help break down the blood-brain barrier with the use of microbubbles. Early studies show this breakdown of the barrier only lasts a couple hours before it disappears. An example of pre- and post-treatment MRIs showing the effectiveness of HIFU therapy on breast cancer. 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 Related Content Future Directions for HIFUThe use of FUS is still relatively new and there are many pre-clinical and early stage pilot clinical programs investigating its expanded use for other conditions. Expansion in oncology may include several new cancers in the coming years. Pilot trials have started for pediatric neuroblastoma, melanoma, brain, head and neck, lung, ovarian and cervical cancers. In neurology there are pilot clinical studies for brain tumors, depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Preclinical studies are underway for Alzheimer’s disease, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, stroke, traumatic brain injury and trigeminal neuralgia. Read the article “Pre-Clinical Research Validates Potential for Focused Ultrasound in Alzheimer’s.”In cardiovascular medicine, there are pilot trials testing FUS to treat hypertension. There also are numerous preclinical studies looking at the use of FUS to treat arteriovenous malformations, atherosclerosis, atrial fibrillation, deep vein thrombosis, heart block, peripheral artery disease (PAD), septal perforation and heart failure. 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Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications 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 Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. This release… read more Feature | Focused Ultrasound Therapy | February 03, 2017 | Dave Fornell High Intensity Focused Ultrasound Offers New Tumor Treatment Options Emerging technology of focused ultrasound expand into many treatment areas as a noninvasive alternative to surgery, radiation therapy or chemotherapy The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. Philips Healthcare’s focused ultrasound treatment system, which integrates the FUS unit in the patient table and an MR imaging system for real-time therapy guidance. References:1. Focused Ultrasound Foundation. “Diseases and Conditions.” www.fusfoundation.org/diseases-and-conditions/overview. Accessed Feb. 2, 2017.2. Focused Ultrasound Foundation. “Technology Overview.” www.fusfoundation.org/the-technology/overview. Accessed Feb. 2, 2017.3. Focused Ultrasound Foundation. “Mechanisms of Action” www.fusfoundation.org/the-technology/mechanisms-of-action. Accessed Feb. 2, 2017.4. Alessandro Napoli, Pejman Ghanouni, Young-Sun Kim. “Emerging Technology: High Intensity Focused Ultrasound – Opportunities and Challenges.” RSNA 2016 CME session, RC617. Presented Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. The InSightec ExAblate focused ultrasound system developed to treat essential tremor. Studies are underway to see if FUS can be used to treat other brain conditions and brain cancer.
Travelweek Group Canadian icon Delta Hotels going global with properties in Europe, Asia Posted by TORONTO — Delta Hotels, part of Marriott International, has opened its first hotel in Europe.Delta Hotels by Marriott Frankfurt Offenbach marks the European debut of the hotel brand. The opening is a significant landmark in the global rollout of the Delta Hotels portfolio, one of the company’s fastest growing brands.Delta Hotels is a legend in the Canadian hospitality industry, founded by Bill Pattison in Richmond, B.C. in 1962.In 2015 Marriott International Inc. bought the Delta hotel brand from B.C. Investment Management Corp. for $168 million. At that time there were 38 Delta hotels and resorts in the U.S. and Canada. These days Delta Hotels’ portfolio encompasses more than 50 properties, with a pipeline of over 30 signed projects in North America, Europe and Asia.In addition to Frankfurt, the company recently added its first property in Shanghai – the new Delta Hotels by Marriott Shanghai Baoshan, which opened in January 2018 – and also plans to debut in Turkey this year.More news: Sunwing to further boost Mazatlán service with new flights from OttawaThe new Delta Hotels Frankfurt Offenbach, situated on the left bank of the Main River between Frankfurt city centre and Offenbach, has 223 guestrooms and suites and floor-to-ceiling.“We are delighted to welcome Delta Hotels Frankfurt Offenbach into our portfolio and offer a quality accommodation option that reflects travellers desire for a simple, yet full-service premium hospitality experience,” said John Licence, Vice President Premium and Select Brands, Europe at Marriott International. “We provide travellers with a hotel experience that is effortless yet still comforting. Simply put, we strip out the superfluous, and concentrate on the getting the essentials right.”Licence says the new property’s waterfront location and convenient transport links will appeal to the business and meetings market. The airport, Römerberg, Staedel Museum, and the boutiques of Goethestrasse are close by.Rates for Delta Hotels Frankfurt Offenbach start from 110 euros per night. Tags: Delta Hotels, Europe Friday, May 25, 2018 Share << Previous PostNext Post >>
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