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Volunteers behind National Holocaust Monument hope for snow clearing solution

first_imgOTTAWA – Options are being explored to keep the National Holocaust Monument open once the snow falls after it emerged last week that the newly opened site would be closed for winter.The subject was high on the agenda for a meeting Thursday between the monument’s development council, the designers and the National Capital Commission.The NCC has said that clearing the site of snow and ice risks damaging it, so like many national monuments, it has been slated to close later this fall and re-open in the spring.At the meeting Thursday, the NCC also expressed concern that the design of the monument creates a risk that ice will build up on top of it and then fall, making finding the right maintenance solution essential.“I honestly believe that everybody wants the right thing here and that if we can do this in a way without pointing fingers then we’ll be able to achieve the best solution in the most efficient manner,” said Rabbi Daniel Friedman, the chairman of the National Holocaust Monument development council, who attended the meeting.The monument opened to the public in September. The concrete structure is composed of a series of rooms that when taken together form a six-pointed Star of David.Given Ottawa’s notoriously harsh winters, questions have been raised about why a monument specifically designed for visitors to walk through wasn’t built or budgeted for with snow and ice in mind.When word surfaced that the monument was to close, the Opposition Conservatives accused the Liberal government of penny-pinching, but Heritage Minister Melanie Joly threw the ball back in their court.When the green light was given for the monument, the Conservatives were in power and said they’d contribute up to $4 million, provided the council could raise the same amount from the public.The entire $8 million budget was eaten up by the original design, approved by a jury after a competition. The idea for a snow melting system or a partial roof that could address the challenges posed by Ottawa’s climate didn’t get discussed until later, Friedman said in an interview ahead of the meeting.“By the time they asked us the question . . . it was already in construction mode,” he said.“The question addressed to us wasn’t ‘Would you like this design?’ The question was, ‘Can you come up with another $600,000 or not?’ And we said we’re hard pressed to be able to meet the budget the way you’ve given us at the moment.”While they couldn’t find the funds then, finding a solution going forward is beyond the scope of the council’s responsibility.The council has technically ceased to exist now that the monument is open and the federal government is responsible for the site’s maintenance.Friedman said the option of a citizens’ council that could assist was also discussed at the meeting Thursday, and while he’d thought it would require legislation, a memorandum of understanding is all that would be necessary and one is in the works.“I would love to see somebody step up to make this a reality that is 24-7-365,” he said.But he remained unclear whether keeping the monument open this winter is a possibility or if it will require a longer-term plan.last_img read more


Iqaluit in mourning

first_imgAPTN National NewsIqaluit is in mourning after RCMP confirmed four bodies discovered earlier this week belonged to the same family.last_img


World Cup finale reaches 16 million viewers in US

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – The World Cup soccer final where France defeated Croatia was seen by just over 16 million people in the United States on Sunday.While that made the Sunday morning telecast on Fox and Telemundo the most-watched program of the week, it represented a significant drop in viewership from the 2014 World Cup finale, which featured Germany and Argentina. That game had 26.5 million viewers on ABC and Univision, the Nielsen company said.While Croatia was a compelling underdog story, the small country probably wasn’t a big television draw. The World Cup in general had to fight for attention in the United States because the U.S. team did not qualify this year.The Fox telecast of the finale reached 11.3 million, with the remainder watching the Spanish-language station.The company Eurodata TV estimated that 163 million people in Europe and China watched the World Cup final, with China leading the way with 56 million. Even with two European teams competing, Eurodata said the World Cup final was less popular in that region than the competition four years ago. There was no worldwide estimate of viewership yet.In France, the final game against Croatia was seen by 19.3 million people — smaller than the audience for the Euro soccer final two years ago, Eurodata TV said.The 1.6 million people who watched in Croatia represented a nearly 90 per cent market share — meaning 90 per cent of the televisions in that country were tuned in, Eurodata said.NBC was the winner for the week in U.S. prime-time viewing, averaging 4.3 million viewers. CBS had 4 million, ABC had 3.4 million, Fox had 2.1 million, ION Television had 1.4 million, Telemundo had 1.13 million, Univision had 1.05 million and the CW had 900,000 viewers.Fox News Channel was the week’s most popular cable network, averaging 2.69 million viewers. MSNBC had 1.58 million, USA had 1.48 million, HGTV had 1.4 million and TBS had 1.07 million.ABC’s “World News Tonight” led the evening newscasts with an average of 7.7 million viewers. NBC’s “Nightly News” had 7.2 million and the “CBS Evening News” had 5.3 million.For the week of July 9-15, the top 10 prime-time shows, their networks and viewerships: “America’s Got Talent” (Tuesday), NBC, 11.55 million; “60 Minutes,” CBS, 7.3 million; “Celebrity Family Feud,” ABC, 6.41 million; “America’s Got Talent” (Wednesday), 5.98 million; “World of Dance,” NBC, 5.89 million; “Little Big Shots,” NBC, 5.84 million; “The Big Bang Theory,” CBS, 5.83 million; “Hannity” (Monday), Fox News, 5.82 million; “Code Black,” CBS, 5.72 million; “The Bachelorette,” ABC, 5.69 million.___ABC is owned by The Walt Disney Co. CBS is owned by CBS Corp. CW is a joint venture of Warner Bros. Entertainment and CBS Corp. Fox is owned by 21st Century Fox. NBC and Telemundo are owned by Comcast Corp. ION Television is owned by ION Media Networks.___Online:http://www.nielsen.comlast_img read more


On summit sidelines, North Koreans study Vietnam’s economy

HANOI, Vietnam — Senior members of the North Korean delegation in Hanoi for Kim Jong Un’s summit with President Donald Trump have taken a side trip to view one of Vietnam’s most successful conglomerates.Kim has several senior foreign and economic advisers with him in Hanoi and gleaning insights into ways to improve the North’s economy appears to be high on their list of priorities.As Kim stayed behind to prepare for the summit, former Foreign Minister Ri Su Yong, now the ruling party’s top foreign policy adviser, and O Su Yong, a ruling party vice chairman and director of its Economic Affairs Department, travelled by car to the port city of Hai Phong, about 105 kilometres (60 miles) east of Hanoi.The two toured Vinfast, part of the Vingroup, Vietnam’s largest conglomerate.The Associated Press read more


Foreign exchange rates

These are indicative wholesale rates for foreign currency provided by the Bank of Canada on Monday. Quotations in Canadian funds.Australia dollar 0.9900Brazil real 0.3982China renminbi 0.1871Euro 1.4535Hong Kong dollar 0.162335India rupee 0.01969Indonesia rupiah 0.0000950Japan yen 0.01125Malaysia ringgit 0.2955Mexico peso 0.07204N.Z. dollar 0.9284Norway krone 0.1554Peruvian new sol 0.3897Russia rouble 0.02136Saudi riyal 0.3378Singapore dollar 0.9255South Africa rand 0.09795South Korean won 0.001123Sweden krona 0.1525Switzerland franc 1.3170Taiwanese dollar 0.04169Thailand baht 0.03767Turkey lira 0.3587U.K. pound 1.6548U.S. dollar 1.2669Vietnam dong 0.000056 read more


UN Palestine relief agency strongly condemns the killing of its staff member

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) has spoken out against the “senseless and tragic” killing of one of its workers, who died in Lebanon during an Israeli air attack just 20 minutes before the Security Council-mandate cessation of hostilities took effect on Monday morning. Abdel Saghir, a sanitation worker, was felled when Israeli aircraft targeted a Palestinian faction in the Ein el-Hilweh refugee camp in Saida with two missiles fired into a civilian residential area, UNRWA said, strongly condemning the incident and pointing out that the staff member was working to help others in the war-torn country. “He was carrying out his duties in the most difficult of circumstances, helping to prevent outbreaks of disease in the camp where Palestine refugees and displaced Lebanese have been largely trapped by the conflict of the last month,” the agency said in a press release. “That he was killed just as hostilities were about to cease makes his death particularly senseless and tragic.” Richard Cook, Director of UNRWA Affairs in Lebanon, expressed the Agency’s sadness at the loss of Mr. Saghir and offered his condolences to his family. “There can be no justification for firing two missiles into a densely populated civilian refugee camp whose residents have taken no part whatsoever in the recent conflict,” he said. “It shows a total disregard for innocent lives and the obligations of international humanitarian law. It was a matter of chance that in such a crowded camp there were not more deaths and injuries.” Mr. Saghir, 48, leaves behind a wife and three children. In addition to the death of Mr. Saghir, who had worked for UNRWA for 21 years, three refugees were injured by the explosions and a number of refugee shelters were damaged. Ein el-Hilweh is the largest Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon, with a population of over 47,000 people crammed into an extremely small area, the Agency said. On 9 August, two people, one a child, were killed when shells were fired from an Israeli gunboat at the vicinity of the camp. read more


Gronk Was The Most Efficient Receiver Weve Seen

7Jordy NelsonWR9248,5879.3 6Michael IrvinWR9608,9369.3 10Travis KelceTE5795,2369.0 2Julio JonesWR1,09510,7319.8 5Brandin CooksWR5465,1479.4 3Malcom FloydWR5705,5509.7 PlayerPositionTargetsYardsyards per target 9Doug BaldwinWR7226,5639.1 Among players with at least 500 career targetsSource: Good things happened when you throw to GronkMost career yards per target for NFL players, 1992-2018 1Rob GronkowskiTE7947,8619.9 It was the Instagram post that shook the NFL. New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski took to the social-media platform Sunday night to announce what had been speculated for the better part of two years: He was retiring from football at age 29, leaving the Pats less than two months after New England won Super Bowl LIII. Despite his relatively short career, Gronk seems like an ironclad lock for the Pro Football Hall of Fame based on his three championships and many spike-worthy touchdowns. And there’s plenty of evidence that the traditional markers of tight end production undersell Gronkowski’s success. When healthy, Gronk was one of the most efficient offensive weapons in NFL history, notable as much for the nightmares he caused defenses as for the short amount of time his star shone (or his party-loving ways off the field).Not that Gronkowski’s conventional stats are anything to scoff at. He was named to the Pro Bowl in five of the seven seasons in which he played more than half of the Patriots’ games and was the first-team All-Pro tight end in four of those years. In the 2010s, no tight end had more receiving yards, and no receiver of any kind scored more receiving touchdowns. Only two tight ends in history — Antonio Gates and Tony Gonzalez — have more regular-season career TD catches, and Gronkowski caught 12 more in the postseason, which ties him with John Stallworth for the second-most playoff TDs among all players behind Jerry Rice.On a per-16-game basis, the average Gronk campaign would consist of 72 catches, 1,094 yards and 11 touchdowns — numbers that would rank among the top 25 tight end seasons in history. And Gronkowski sustained that pace for nine seasons.Those numbers are only scratching the surface in terms of how valuable Gronk was to Tom Brady and the Patriots over the years. On a per-target basis, Gronkowksi picked up 9.9 yards — basically an entire first down every time the ball was thrown in his direction — according to Since 1992 (the first season for target data on PFR), that’s the best of any receiver — wideout or tight end — in the NFL. 8T.Y. HiltonWR8788,0979.2 4DeSean JacksonWR1,05710,2619.7 Remember longtime Vikings WR Cris Carter’s old reputation — “all he does is catch touchdowns”? For Gronkowski, that was closer to being true than for any player of his generation — and it was a very good thing for the Patriots. With 521 career receptions and 79 career touchdown grabs, Gronk hauled in a TD once every 6.6 catches. Only eight players in NFL history with a minimum of 400 lifetime receptions — Don Hutson, Paul Warfield, Tommy McDonald, Art Powell, Jimmy Orr, Wesley Walker, Randy Moss and Lance Alworth — caught touchdowns as a greater share of their total catches than Gronkowski did.With those rates of great things happening whenever he was involved in the play, it’s easy to make a case that Gronkowski was the most efficient receiver (of any type) in NFL history. What’s more, Gronkowski consistently made his teammates more efficient, too.When our colleague Kyle Wagner looked at Gronk’s impact during the 2017-18 playoffs, he found that Brady’s passing efficiency numbers were significantly higher when his favorite tight end was on the field than not, one of the big ways Gronkowski has been a secret weapon for the Pats during the latter phase of their record-smashing dynasty. Since Gronk’s debut in 2010, Brady’s passer rating when targeting Gronkowski is 124.7, but it was just 96.8 when throwing to any other receiver. Even when it came to the greatest quarterback of all time, Gronkowski found a way to make him look much better.And then there was Gronkowski’s effect as a blocker. He frequently graded out as the best blocking tight end in the game, according to’s ratings. This aspect of his game made Gronk an asset whether the play call was a pass or run — keeping the Patriots from having to sub him in and out depending on the situation, or having his presence tip the Pats’ hand on which type of play was coming. No matter what Gronkowski was asked to do, he generated a mismatch with the defense.(All of this is to say nothing of the fun-loving image Gronkowski cultivated both on and off the field. We’ll leave others to judge his extracurricular activities, but we’d be remiss if we didn’t reference this great description of Gronkowski’s playing style from The Wall Street Journal’s Jason Gay: He was “six-foot-6, 265 pounds, galloping straight at you in the open field like a pony who just broke loose at a children’s birthday party.”)Gronkowski was still a valuable player in 2018, but there’s no denying that he was a shell of his old self. According to ProFootballFocus, he was ranked 11th best overall at the position. But as he showed in the Patriots’ Super Bowl victory this year, Gronkowski could still be a game-changing player. His 29-yard reception in the fourth quarter set New England up on the goal line, leading to the game’s only touchdown. While Gronkowksi’s impact as a blocker generated great fanfare during the regular season and in the playoffs, he also was the team’s primary downfield weapon after Josh Gordon exited New England, averaging 16.4 air yards per reception, according to ESPN’s Stats & Information Group. That was more than 50 percent greater than Brady’s overall mark per attempt during the same span.Few Hall of Famers have ever retired before their age-30 season,1In the parlance of Pro-Football-Reference, which calculates its seasonal ages based on the player’s age as of Dec. 31 during the year in question. but Gronkowski is destined to join a group that also includes Jim Brown, Terrell Davis, Kenny Easley and Gale Sayers (among modern2Retiring since 1960. players). Though his time in the NFL was relatively short, Gronk made his mark on the league as a receiver, blocker and all-around offensive terror. The game — and its greatest quarterback — will miss him dearly next season. read more


HSV Handball sign Zarko Markovic

handball transfersHSVHSV HandballZarko Markovic VELUX EHF CL winner, HSV Handball signed contract with Montegrian right back, Zarko Markovic (27). Markovic will be useful add to the squad in which also Adrian Pfahl playing on his position. Lefthander played last season at Frisch Auf Goppingen, after his succesful season in RK Metalurg Skopje. Markovic has played for Montenegrian NT until 2012, but from then he is unavaliable for NT. Rumours saying that he is ready to play for Qatar at World Championship 2015.He played also for RK Jugovic, RK Cepelin, MKB Veszprem, RK Buducnost, VfL Gummersbach… ← Previous Story Youth WCh 2013: Seven team already at knock-out stage! Next Story → THW Kiel with -7 from Kolding read more



Here are the complete results of the Voting Contest for the World’s Best Player 2013 per positions:LEFT WING:1. Anders Eggert 142.Gudjon Valur Sigurdsson 133. Uwe Gensheimer 6LEFT BACK:1. Siarhei Rutenka 152. Filip Jicha 133. Mikkel Hansen 9PLAYMAKER:1. Domagoj Duvnjak 352. Nikola Karabatic 83. Uros Zorman 4RIGHT BACK:1. Laszlo Nagy 262. Kiril Lazarov 153. Jorge Maqueda 5RIGHT WING:1. Hans Lindberg 222. Ivan Cupic 123. Victor Tomas 7LINE PLAYER:1. Julen Aguinagalde 232. Igor Vori 133. Jesper Noddesbo 4GOALKEEPER:1. Arpad Sterbik 212. Niklas Landin 143. Johannes Bitter 4 top handball players 2013world’s best handball players ← Previous Story SERBIA 2013: TOP 15 stars in battle for the world crown! Next Story → NAGY 2011, JICHA 2012, DUVNJAK 2013… read more


Apple has reportedly filed to register seven new MacBooks

first_img 46 Photos Mentioned Above Apple MacBook Air (128GB, Gray, 2018) • See It See It 0 Computers Laptops Apple might have a slew of new MacBooks coming. Sarah Tew/CNET Apple has reportedly registered seven new MacBooks in the Eurasian Economic Commission database. The models were filed Thursday, and are listed as the A2141, A2147, A2158, A2159, A2179, A2182 and A2251, MacRumors said.The filings are a legal requirement to sell encrypted devices in Russia and other countries, MacRumors said, and they’ve previously foretold the announcement of new iPhones, iPads, iPad Pros, Apple Watches, Macs and AirPods.According to MacRumors, all filings this week appear to be for MacBooks, as they were described as “portable” computers in the database. Preview • The MacBook Air is dead. Long live the MacBook Air See it News • Hands-on with the new Apple MacBook Air and MacBook Pro Walmart Apple’s WWDC brought dark mode, $6,000 cheese graters… Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Apple $1,199 reading • Apple has registered seven more MacBooks, a report says Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: $1,099 Post a comment Apple 4:32 $899 Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Apple just unveiled a slight update to its MacBook Pro lineup during WWDC earlier this month. Its 13- and 15-inch computers will feature Intel’s faster eighth- and ninth-generation Core processors, including an eight-core version. It also announced a redesigned keyboard for the MacBook Pro.Apple didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. Tags Review • Apple MacBook Air review: Rebooted as a thinner, lighter, more expensive laptop See All CNET may get a commission from retail offers. WWDC 2019: A quick visual recap of Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference keynote Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Apple MacBook Air Intel Applelast_img read more


Skyline Sessions Erin Rae

first_imgIndie-folk artist Erin Rae possesses a vocal tone that moves with such ease and pleasantness, it almost disguises the often melancholy content of her songs. Fears, anxiety, bittersweet memories, mental illness: Rae explores these themes with the soothing energy of a healer, her voice emitting a kind of light and warmth inside the darker narrative.While in Houston for a concert at White Oak Music Hall, Rae visited Houston Public Media to record the songs “Wild Blue Wind” and “The Real Thing,” both from her critically acclaimed recent album Putting On Airs. Sharelast_img read more


Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Thursday July 16

first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream: asked if the Medal of Freedom should be taken from Bill Cosby in wake of the sexual abuse allegations against him, President Obama delivered a searing indictment of the fallen comic icon. How will the president’s words effect the case against Cosby? Plus, the Obama administration recently implemented historic rules aimed at dismantling housing segregation. We’ll examine the historic and modern impact of housing segregation in America.  It’s all coming up this evening on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes.last_img read more


District Wide Policy on Domestic Violence Sexual Assault and Stalking

first_imgBy George Kevin Jordan, AFRO Staff WriterJanuary marks the 15th annual National Stalking Awareness Month, but D.C.has been ahead of the pack with a District wide policy on Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Stalking released at the beginning of the year.“With this policy, we are talking another step to ensure that D.C. Government is a place where all employees feel supported and safe,” Mayor Bowser said in a statement. “By implementing this policy and being more intentional with our guidelines and resources, we can better work together to assist and support victims and survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking.”D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser launched a District wide policy on Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Stalking. (Courtesy Photo)According to information from the Stalking Prevention Awareness and Resource Center, (SPARC) an average of 6-7.5 million people are stalked nationally each year. About 1 in 8 employed stalking victims lose time from work as a result of their victimization and more than half lose 5 days of work or more, the data showed.Though SPARC representatives would not comment on legislation and policy in D.C., they provided this statement:“Stalking is a pattern of behavior directed at a specific person that causes fear. Many stalking victims experience being followed, approached and/or threatened – including through technology. Stalking is a terrifying and psychologically harmful crime in its own right as well as a predictor of serious violence: in 85% of cases where an intimate partner (i.e., boyfriend or spouse) attempted to murder his partner, stalking preceded the attack.”D.C.’s policy unpacked workplace-specific signs of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking, and provides victims with protections against employer discrimination or retaliation. The plan also called for a workplace safety plan, designating agency points of contact for victims, and mandates confidentiality and other protections, according to the Mayor’s office.The policy was crafted with the help of the D.C. Coalition Against Domestic Violence (DCCADV), a local organization.“They sent a draft on what they were working on and we provided some feedback,” said Dawn Dalton, Policy Director for DCCADV. “We feel it’s a good policy.”Late last year, the DCCADV released the  “Surviving DC: A Domestic Violence Report” , detailing the organizations assessment of how a District agency “responds to domestic violence regarding staff who experience domestic violence and survivors who seek services from their agencies.”The report was a survey of 23 agencies and only two, the Metropolitan Police Department and the Child & Family Services Agencies, received a passing grade.The survey helped to solidify stark realities about domestic violence and its impact on survivors.“One of the things we know here in D.C. is that there aren’t enough Domestic Violence services whether it be shelters or long term housing to meet the demand of survivors,” Dalton said.Luckily the Mayor’s office had already been working on a policy for the District.“All in all its (the policy) a positive and great step forward for the District to make,” Dalton said.Other organization heads agree.“Mayor Bowser’s District-wide Workplace Policy is a groundbreaking initiative that can serve as an example for other states, policymakers, and workplaces to adopt a practice that will not only keep D.C. employees safe, but provide a mechanism for preventing domestic violence,” said L.Y. Marlow Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Saving Promise. “By protecting employees, creating workplace safety, support plans and policies, and offering increased training for D.C. government employees, the District is that much closer to ultimately ending domestic violence.”According to data from the DCCADV, nearly one-third of unaccompanied homeless women in D.C. indicate that violence is the cause of their current homelessness or housing instability, and 63% of unaccompanied homeless women with past experiences of violence and trauma report at least one act of violence against them during their current period of homelessness or housing instability.About 50% of D.C. women have experienced psychological aggression perpetrated by an intimate partner in their lifetime, according to the report. Also about 39% of women living D.C. have experienced sexual violence, physical violence and/or stalking perpetrated by an intimate partner.The D.C. Metro police received 35,909 domestic violence-related calls for service in 2017, according to the DCCADV’s data. This is a decrease from a year ago but an increase since 2013.On a national level a person is a victim of domestic violence or assault every 20 minutes in this country, according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, impacting about 10 million women and men.Victims of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking can reach out to the D.C. Victim Hotline at 1-844-4HELPDC (1-844-443-5732) or contact them via chat at If anyone is in immediate or imminent danger please dial 911.last_img read more


Elizabeth Taylors dark outlined eyes were due to a genetic mutation

first_imgIt is quite surprising to learn that one of the most beautiful actresses of all times, the violet-eyed Elizabeth Taylor rose up to stardom thanks to a genetic mutation. Taylor was born on February 27, 1932, in London and upon her birth, she was diagnosed with “distichiasis,” a rare medical disorder also known as “double lashes.”The condition of extra lashes is defined as an abnormal development of the FOXC2 gene which commonly causes a painful and unpleasant feeling due to the second row of eyelashes (also known as distichia) that often grow too close to the eye or sometimes even develop within the gland of the eyelid.Elizabeth TaylorFortunately, Elizabeth was among the few lucky ones born without any serious consequences related to the disorder so as she grew up from a little girl to a pretty young lady, and later a stunning actress, her eyelashes were said to be “luxurious,” “captivating” and “unique.”Taylor’s debut role was in There’s One Born Every Minute in 1942. According her biography, Elizabeth by J. Randy Taraborrelli, on the first day of filming, the cast selectors said: “Get that girl off the set– she has too much eye make-up on, too much mascara.”Fifteen-year-old Taylor with her parents at the Stork Club in Manhattan, 1947.Beside her unusually dark outlined eyes, Taylor’s emphatic acting and stunning appearance cemented her career on the silver screen.However, distichiasis was not Taylor’s only health issue. She was born with scoliosis, or curvature of the spine, which caused her to suffer from back and hip problems throughout her life. The took a combination of painkillers and alcohol Taylor took to ease her chronic back pain ended up with her battling drug addiction.She was plagued with a string of accidents and illnesses, coming close to death more than once. During the shooting of her most successful and widely-appraised picture National Velvet (1944) she broke her neck falling from her horse. She underwent an emergency tracheotomy in 1961 after contracting pneumonia, which returned in 2000, putting her in a fragile state once again. When you add in tonsillitis, appendicitis, kidney problems, bronchial infections, an ovarian cyst, various broken bones, a benign brain tumor, and skin cancer, it’s clear that Taylor faced up to more than most of us have to deal with.Promotional photograph of actor Elizabeth Taylor, 1950When it came to acting, Elizabeth Taylor was considered to be “a natural”– she was never professionally trained but still amazed the film crew and wowed audiences with her ability to fully “enter” the characters she played by empathizing with each of them.Glamorous Hollywood leading Ladies Quotes.Some of the roles given to her she considered inconvenient and often complained about it. During the 1950s, however, this changed and Taylor started receiving roles for more successful films.Taylor in a studio publicity photo in 1953.Another virtue of this highly-acclaimed actress was her openness and ability to clearly state her opinion. Unlike most of her Hollywood colleagues, she openly admitted her addictions and signed up for clinical therapy and rehabilitation. Among her many health challenges was the struggle with her weight, which inspired her to write the diet book Elizabeth Takes Off with tips and recipes for keeping a slim figure.The actress Elizabeth Taylor received the Pearl « Peregrina » from her husband Richard Burton in 1969. Photo by Roland Godefroy CC BY 3.0Facing many illnesses during her lifetime, Taylor felt a constant urge to help others who are in trouble. According to The Guardian, the belle was active in raising awareness of HIV/Aids and was among the very first celebrities to speak about the disease.Read another story from us: Audrey Munson, America’s first supermodel ended up living in psychiatric asylum for 65 yearsShe organized and chaired the first U.S. fundraiser for HIV and, as it’s been said, ran an LA equivalent of the popular Dallas Buyers Club from her Bel Air home, from where she distributed experimental and then illegal Aids treatment drugs.Taylor’s last days were determined by her congestive heart failure. She died in 2011, aged 79.last_img read more


MR Solutions Unveils First HeliumFree MRI Scanner

first_img News | Focused Ultrasound Therapy | July 10, 2019 Insightec’s Exablate Neuro Approved With GE Signa Premier MRI in U.S. and Europe GE Healthcare and Insightec announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval and CE mark for Insightec’s… read more August 7, 2015 — British-based MR Solutions has introduced the world’s first commercial, superconducting, preclinical magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner that does not require the traditional liquid helium cooling jacket. The introduction follows a call in June by anaesthetist Tom Dolphin of the British Medical Association’s junior doctors’ committee for a ban on using helium in balloons, as there is a shortage for MRI scanners.David Taylor, physicist and CEO of MR Solutions predicts that “within five years all new MRI scanners will be able to do away with the liquid helium jacket that keeps the superconducting magnet at four degrees above absolute zero – a chilly minus 269 degrees centigrade.”Taylor continued, “We first developed a 3 Tesla in 2013. Today we are developing a 7T helium-free scanner and it will only be a few years before we/the industry scales up to produce helium-free clinical MRI scanners.”This development has significant benefits for the scientific community as the global shortage of helium is today posing a risk for medical research projects across the world, with doctors calling for a halt in the use of helium party balloons.Taylor explained that the helium-free scanner uses a new magnet design incorporating superconducting wire. “This enables the use of a standard low-temperature fridge to cool the magnet to the required 4° Kelvin (-269°C),” he said. “This has resulted in a scanner with improved performance, less costly to buy, lower running costs and no need for the building modification works which were required for the old MRI systems.”As the second most common element in the universe, why is there such a shortage? Helium needs to be extracted and collected when mining for natural gas. If it is not extracted it is simply vented into the atmosphere and because it is so light leaks out into space. Therefore companies mining for natural gas have to be motivated to extract and store the helium. In 1996 the United States government started selling off its strategic holding of helium at low prices as it was no longer considered a strategic material. This led to an excess of cheap helium on the world market, resulting in an environment whereby oil companies were no longer incentivized to collect helium during the mining of natural gas. However with dwindling U.S. supplies and few businesses capturing the gas, there is now a real shortage.Prof. Ray Dolan of University College London leads the Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging, which had to stop taking bookings for its scanner in 2012 because of helium shortages. “We have now had to invest in expensive helium-capture technology to recover some of what is burnt off,” he said, “and this decision was driven by a need to insulate ourselves against uncertainty over supply and cost.”For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 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 News | Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) | July 16, 2019 AAPM 2019 Features More Than 40 Presentations on ViewRay’s MRIdian MRI-guided Radiotherapy ViewRay Inc. announced that the company’s MRIdian System is the focus of more than 40 abstracts selected by the… read more News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 01, 2019 | Jeff Zagoudis, Associate Editor FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Medical Device Safety in MRI Environment The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a new draft guidance titled Testing and Labeling Medical Devices for… 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 Related Content 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. 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 | Contrast Media | July 18, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr How To Manage Risk in the MR Suite Macrocyclic contrast agents have the best safety profile of all the magnetic resonance (MR) contrast media that are n read more Technology | Contrast Media | July 15, 2019 FDA Approves Bayer’s Gadavist Contrast for Cardiac MRI in Adult Coronary Artery Disease Patients The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Gadavist injection for use in cardiac magnetic resonance… read more News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 06, 2019 Canon Medical Introduces Encore Orian MR Upgrade Program Canon Medical Systems USA Inc. is helping to provide low-cost patient care solutions for its customers with the launch… read more Two brain metastases from primary lung cancer are contrast enhanced in the brain of a 61-year-old male. Speakers at AHRA 2019 will state that ProHance and other macrocyclic MR agents present a very low risk to patients. Images courtesy of Bracco News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 07, 2015 MR Solutions Unveils First Helium-Free MRI Scanner New magnet design uses superconducting wire to replace traditional liquid helium cooling jacket News | Neuro Imaging | July 05, 2019 Delta T1 Maps Provide Quantitative, Automated Solution to Assess Brain Tumor Burden Imaging Biometrics LLC (IB) a subsidiary of IQ-AI Ltd., is highlighting a recently published study in the American… read morelast_img read more


Combined Optical and Molecular Imaging Could Guide BreastConserving Surgery

first_img News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 07, 2019 Contrast Use in First Transthoracic Echocardiogram for Heart Failure Reduces Repeat Testing Heart failure is the fourth most common cause for all admission to U.S. hospitals, and it is the most common reason for… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more Related Content 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. News | PET-CT | August 15, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Installation of uExplorer Total-body PET/CT United Imaging announced that its uExplorer total-body positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) system… 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 WLE specimen from a patient with a grade 3, ER-/HER2-, no special type (NST) carcinoma. (A) Cerenkov image; (B) Grey-scale photographic image overlaid with Cerenkov signal. An increased signal from the tumor is visible (white arrows); mean radiance is 871 ± 131 photons/s/cm2/sr, mean TBR is 3.22. Both surgeons measured the posterior margin (outlined in blue) as 2 mm (small arrow); a cavity shaving would have been performed if the image had been available intraoperatively. The medial margin (outlined in green) measured >5 mm by both surgeons. Pathology ink prevented assessing the lateral margin; a phosphorescent signal is visible (open arrows). (C) Specimen radiography image. The absence of one surgical clip to mark the anterior margin, and the odd position of the superior margin clip (white arrow) prevented reliable margin assessment. (D) Combined histopathology image from two adjacent pathology slides on which the posterior margin (bottom of image) and part of the primary tumor are visible (open arrows). The distance from the posterior margin measured 3 mm microscopically (double arrow). The medial margin is > 5 mm (not present in image). Credit: A. D. Purushotham, M.D., King’s College London, UKJune 20, 2017 — Breast-conserving surgery (BCS) is the primary treatment for early-stage breast cancer, but more accurate techniques are needed to assess resection margins during surgery to avoid the need for follow-up surgeries. Now, in a first-in-human study, British researchers have provided a possible solution using Cerenkov luminescence imaging (CLI), which combines optical and molecular imaging by detecting light emitted by the positron emission tomography (PET) radiotracer F-18-fluorodeoxyglucose (F-18-FDG). CLI’s high-resolution and small-sized imaging equipment make it a promising technology for assessing tumor margins during breast tumor surgery. The study is covered in the featured article of The Journal of Nuclear Medicine’s June 2017 issue.“Currently, approximately 1 in 5 women who undergo breast-conserving surgery, also known as lumpectomy, require repeat surgery due to inadequate excision of the tumor during the initial surgical procedure,” explained Arnie D. Purushotham, M.D., professor at King’s College London, U.K. “By accurately assessing tumor resection margins intraoperatively with CLI, surgeons may be able to completely clear the cancer with a single operation, thereby reducing the number of breast cancer patients requiring a second, or even third, surgical procedure. Ultimately this could lead to improved patient care and reduced healthcare costs if confirmed in larger clinical studies.”This study included 22 patients with invasive breast cancer. F-18-FDG was injected 45-60 minutes before surgery. Immediately after the excision of tumors, specimens were imaged intraoperatively in an investigational CLI imaging system. The first 10 patients were used to optimize the imaging protocol; the remaining 12 were included in the analysis dataset. Ten of the 12 patients had an elevated tumor radiance on CLI, and agreement among raters on margin distance was good. Sentinel lymph nodes, which used technetium-99m to facilitate identification, were successfully detected and biopsied in all patients.F-18-FDG CLI is, therefore, a promising, low-risk technique for intraoperative assessment of tumor margins in breast-conserving surgery. A randomized controlled trial will evaluate the impact of this technique on re-excision rates.Purushotham pointed out, “The feasibility of intraoperative CLI as shown in this study, in combination with the wide applicability of F-18-FDG across a range of solid cancers, provides a stepping stone for clinical evaluation of this technology in other solid cancer types that also experience incomplete tumor resection due to close or involved margins.” He also noted, “CLI offers the ability to image clinically approved and widely used PET tracers intraoperatively by using small-sized imaging equipment, thus expanding the field of traditional nuclear medicine.”For more information: 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 News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more 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 News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more Image courtesy of Imago Systems News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more News | Colonoscopy Systems | August 06, 2019 Rise in Early Onset Colorectal Cancer Not Aligned With Screening Trends A new study finds that trends in colonoscopy rates did not fully align with the increase in colorectal cancer (CRC) in… read more News | Nuclear Imaging | June 20, 2017 Combined Optical and Molecular Imaging Could Guide Breast-Conserving Surgery U.K. study finds Cerenkov luminescence imaging improves visualization of tumor margins, potentially reducing repeat surgical procedureslast_img read more


Bachelet wins Chile presidential vote by landslide

first_imgSANTIAGO, Chile — Chilean President-elect Michelle Bachelet vowed to reduce inequality in Chile by providing free education for all after winning the biggest majority in at least 40 years in Sunday’s vote.Bachelet will take office March 11 after obtaining 62 percent of the ballots, compared with 38 percent for ruling-alliance candidate Evelyn Matthei, the electoral service said. The 62-year-old who was president from 2006 to 2010 is the first to win a second term since the return to democracy in 1990.Bachelet promised $15.1 billion in extra spending after three years of protests over the quality of schooling pushed the popularity of President Sebastián Piñera to a record low. While Chile is the wealthiest country in Latin America, students said the cost of education was fueling the highest income inequality in the 34-nation Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.“Through the prism of education we have been able to dream of a fairer Chile,” Bachelet said in a speech to supporters Sunday night. “Profit cannot be the motor of education, because education is not a commodity. Dreams are not sold on the market.”Bachelet’s coalition won a majority in both chambers of Congress last month with a big enough margin to push through her proposal of increasing corporate taxes to fund social spending.“We have the majorities in parliament and the regions and we have the political, social and economic conditions,” Bachelet said. “Those who want change are a broad majority and it’s time to put them into action.”She will come to power as policy makers at the central bank forecast slower growth for the second straight year in 2013. The Imacec, a proxy for gross domestic product published monthly by the central bank, expanded 2.8 percent in October from the year earlier, the slowest pace in more than two years.While the Finance Ministry is forecasting expansion of 4.9 percent for next year, former central bank presidents Vittorio Corbo and José De Gregorio say that weaker copper prices and higher global borrowing costs could lead to growth of less than 4 percent.Since 1983, Chile has averaged economic growth of 5.2 percent a year, raising income per capita to about $19,100, the highest in South America, according to the International Monetary Fund.Slower growth will make it harder for Bachelet to fulfill her pledges to boost spending on health and education without widening the fiscal deficit, said Jorge Errazuriz, a partner at BTG Pactual.“Bachelet will run into a problem if the economy doesn’t grow at current levels and copper, mining and private companies’ income fall,” he said in a telephone interview from Santiago before the vote. “In that case, her tax reform won’t be enough.”Bachelet plans to raise the corporate tax rate to 25 percent from 20 percent and end a 30-year incentive to reinvest profits that she says is being used to avoid taxes.The changes will bring Chile more into line with its counterparts in Latin American, where Colombia has a corporate tax rate of 25 percent, and Peru and Mexico have 30 percent. Five years ago, Chile had a tax rate of 17 percent, half Colombia’s 33 percent.Bachelet denies Matthei’s allegation that her tax proposal would put Chile’s economic success at risk. During her previous presidency, dollar-denominated bonds returned 32 percent, three times more than under the current administration and more than the 27 percent gain on similar Latin American bonds, according to Bank of America Corp.While Bachelet won by the biggest majority since at least 1990, she also obtained the fewest ballots of any winning candidate over the same period as voter turnout declined to less than 50 percent.Bachelet won 3.47 million votes, compared with the 3.59 million Piñera won in 2009 and the 3.72 million she won in her first election victory in 2005.“It’s not quite the mandate she wanted,” said Patricio Navia, a political science professor at New York University. “There isn’t a majority of Chileans that want radical changes, the majority stayed home and didn’t vote.”Piñera, in a speech to congratulate Bachelet’s victory, said politicians would have to listen to those Chileans who voted and those that didn’t.Piñera’s popularity fell to a record low 27 percent last year as students took to the streets demanding free education from primary school to university. Chile has the most socially segregated schooling system in the OECD, with few of the poor entering the top performing schools, according to research released by the organization on Sept. 13, 2011.Chile’s Gini index, a measure of the income gap in which zero represents perfect equality and 1 complete inequality, is 0.501, compared with 0.38 in the U.S. and 0.466 in Mexico, according to the OECD.Bachelet said her victory was partly due to “the citizens who have marched through the streets in recent years.” We must “especially thank the young who have shown their desire to build a free, public education system with high standards,” she said.With assistance from Sebastian Boyd in Santiago.© 2013, Bloomberg News Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more


Celine Dion performs My Heart will Go On at the

first_img Celine Dion performs “My Heart will Go On” at the Billboard Music Awards at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on May 21, 2017. Celine Dion has released a new song and music video for the “Deadpool 2” soundtrack that combines heart and humour. “Ashes” starts off on a sombre note, with the Quebec native singing at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas about dreams going up in smoke. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Invision – Chris Pizzello Celine Dion releases ‘Deadpool 2’ song and music video, ‘Ashes’ by The Canadian Press Posted May 3, 2018 7:34 am PDT Last Updated May 3, 2018 at 8:20 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img TORONTO – Celine Dion has released a new song and music video for the “Deadpool 2” soundtrack that combines heart and humour.“Ashes” starts off on a sombre note, with the Quebec native singing at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas about dreams going up in smoke.She’s seen onstage at The Colosseum in a flowing light-blue gown as images from the superhero comedy flash onscreen.Dion’s powerful pipes are in full effect as she belts out the chorus, “Let beauty come out of ashes.”At the end, “Deadpool” star and fellow Canadian Ryan Reynolds appears in the theatre in character.He first praises her singing and then tells her in typical “Deadpool” deadpan humour that her performance was too good for the film.“This is ‘Deadpool 2,’ not ‘Titanic.’ You’re at, like, an 11 — we need to get you down to a five, five 1/2, tops. Just phone it in,’” says Deadpool.“Listen, this thing only goes to 11, so beat it, Spiderman,’” responds Dion, gesturing to her throat.“Deadpool 2” director David Leitch also helmed the music video.The film and the soundtrack launch on May 18.“Over the years I’ve received incredible songs and I’ve been involved in fun projects,” Dion said Thursday on her social media accounts.“‘Ashes’ is one of those songs and ‘Deadpool 2’ is off-the-charts! Take the most insane ride of your life when ‘Deadpool 2’ opens on May 18 … you’ll be laughing your “ashes” off!”Ryan Reynolds also posted on social media about the music video, simply writing “Showtime, Mama,” along with a link to it.— Follow @VictoriaAhearn on Twitterlast_img read more


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