first_imgCaucasianBlack HairBrown eyes5’5″/ 130 lbsWearing, pink hoodie, brown pants, black shoesThere is a concern for his well-being.The RCMP would like to locate and speak with him as soon as possible.If you have any information on McKay’s whereabouts, you are asked to contact Grande Prairie RCMP at 780-830-5701 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS. GRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – Grande Prairie RCMP are asking for the public’s assistance in locating 14-year-old Tyson McKay.According to RCMP, McKay was last seen in the Grande Prairie area on Wednesday, May 8.McKay is described as:last_img read more

Taroudant, Morocco- Egypt’s top religious body demanded yesterday that a new X Factor-style competition for belly dancers Show be suspended for “corrupting morals” and serving “extremists” who could use it as a pretext to attack Egypt, according to AhramOnline.Aired on the Al-Kahera Wal Nas TV channel, “AlRakisa” (the Belly Dancer), Egypt’s first belly dancing reality show has been suspended after the first episode was aired Monday.The Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs in a joint statement signed by several Islamic figures, including three Al-Azhar professors, slammed the show. Dar Al-Ifta, a religious state-owned authority that makes fatwas (religious edicts) in Egypt, said that the show “could be understood as part of a campaign that seeks to destroy the moral structure of the religious people of Egypt and it serves extremists who take such matters as justification to promote the idea that society is fighting religion.”The makers of the show say it aims to discover talented belly dancers and make competition between Egyptian and international belly-dancers.The famous Egyptian belly dancer and actress known as Dina was among the three-member panel tasked with the mission of judging the performance of the dancers.In an announcement on Tuesday, the TV said it postponed the show’s second episode over the death of 11 soldiers in the northern Sinai Peninsula, without any reference to the ban. read more

“I believe that we will be able to have a constructive dialogue, especially since the delegation of Iran here in New York indicated Iran’s willingness to cooperate with my mandate by providing me with the information that would be relevant to the reports that I subsequently produce,” Ahmed Shaheed, the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran, told reporters at UN Headquarters a day after he presented his first report to the General Assembly’s third committee, which deals with social, humanitarian and cultural affairs.He said he hoped that Iran’s cooperation with his mandate will include a full-access visit to the country to enable him to travel to places of interest and meet with people he decides to speak with to gather information.Mr. Shaheed emphasized, however, that he will not be deterred in the event that Iranian authorities do not engage with him.“I will continue in a very transparent manner to speak to reputable NGOs [non-governmental organizations], speak to a wide range of Iranian nationals, as I have already done, and continue to gather information about the human rights situation in Iran,” he said.“My conviction is that Iran cares [and] needs to be seen in a better light,” said Mr. Shaheed, adding that he believed that the most effective way to influence Iran to improve its human rights record is to engage with the authorities there.In his report to the General Assembly third committee, Mr. Shaheed voiced concern over reported violations in Iran’s judicial system, citing practices such as torture, cruel or degrading treatment of detainees, and the imposition of the death penalty without proper safeguards.He also identified denial of access to legal counsel and medical treatment, and widespread use of secret and public executions, as other issues of concern. He cited reports of capital punishment in juvenile cases, and the use of the death penalty for cases that do not meet the level of serious crimes by international standards, he said.He said Iran’s record seems to have gained particular attention because of the country’s “lack substantive cooperation with the UN human rights system and because of the existence of frequent reports of suppression of those self-correcting mechanisms that deprive Iranians from freely seeking redress or reform within the parameters of their human rights.”The “self-correction mechanisms” that are suppressed include free and fair elections, denial of freedom of expression and assembly, allegations of depravation of the right to education, harassment and intimidation of religious and ethnic minorities, human rights defenders and civil society and religious actors. 20 October 2011An independent United Nations human rights expert on Iran today stressed the need for constructive dialogue with the country’s authorities, adding that he was encouraged by Tehran’s stated willingness to cooperate with him as he carries out his mandate. read more

TORONTO — North American stocks hit session lows in early afternoon trading on Thursday, with the S&P 500 on track to post its worst day in six weeks, as tension over Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula mounted.The Dow Jones industrial average fell 177.34 points or 1.09%, to 16,162.74, the S&P 500 lost 17.54 points or 0.94%, to 1,850.66 and the Nasdaq Composite dropped 57.698 points or 1.33%, to 4,265.634.Ukraine’s acting president said Russian forces were concentrated on the border “ready to invade” his country but he believed international efforts could end Moscow’s aggression and avert the risk of war.The Toronto stock market was also lower, declining 68 points to 14,250.Worries about the pace of Chinese growth also weighed on stocks. Industrial production in the country rose by a lower than anticipated 8.6% in the first two months of this year.Also, China’s premier Li Keqiang said that his country will keep this year’s economic expansion strong enough to create new jobs but will emphasize market-opening reform and the environment over hitting its official growth target of 7.5%.“So, the Wild East is over now, and they’re moving to a more managed scenario, they’re going to tighten the screws,” said Wes Mills, chief investment officer Scotia Private Client Group.“And sure, it’s a slower growth, more micromanaged kind of environment and in the long run, it’s good, in the short run, it’s got the commodity guys nervous.”Copper added to its recent losses on the dimmer outlook for China, which accounts for 40 percent of global refined copper demand. The metal hit a four-year low at $6,376.25 per tonne on Wednesday.© Thomson Reuters 2014 read more

Canadian home furnishings retailers fighting for millennial shoppers by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 3, 2015 2:00 am MDT Last Updated Jun 3, 2015 at 12:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email MONTREAL – Canadian home furnishing and decor retailers facing tough economic challenges are beefing up their e-commerce offerings to appeal to tech-savvy shoppers like millennial Tania Caldareri.In her early 30s, Caldareri is like many her age — she shops online, or browses sites before choosing which stores to visit and where to spend her money. And in a cautionary note to retailers, she won’t waste her time with retailers that don’t have a robust Internet offering.“For sure online is definitely important … it’s a key focus,” she said while browsing Bouclair Home, the Montreal-based chain that’s one of her go-to sites.Like the women’s fashion sector, Canadian home furnishing companies are facing intensified competition from large foreign brands, including Pottery Barn, Pier 1 Imports, Bed, Bath and Beyond, TJX-owned HomeSense, Costco and Walmart.Each is trying with varying success to adapt by having a strong network of stores while building web sales. Few are willing to discuss their strategies publicly, including Bouclair.While TJX said it sees e-commerce working for all its brands over the long-term, said a spokeswoman for the company that’s been in Canada for 25 years, the U.S. chain currently doesn’t offer online shopping in Canada.Retail analyst Jean Rickli of the J.C. Williams Group said many Canadian companies are struggling to adapt to shoppers who demand an online presence.“It’s a little bit of a disarray at this point because everybody is adjusting,” he said.In the U.S., kitchen retailer Williams-Sonoma, which started as a catalogue company and now owns Pottery Barn, has been the most successful, drawing more than half of its overall sales online.North of the border, retailers have taken notice, and are trying to boost online sales by offering free shipping to either the nearest store or directly to a shopper’s home. Canadian Tire is working on getting a revamped e-commerce platform back online after scrapping its old one in 2009.Swedish giant IKEA is testing a new pick-up concept where online purchases can be picked up from small showrooms or collection locations in cities far from the nearest store. Canada is one of five test countries. Pick-up centres that will also sell less than 100 products will open by year-end in Quebec City and London, Ont.The company also offers home delivery of some items in major markets, including Toronto, and will line up someone to assemble their products for various fees.President Stefan Sjostrand said the company wants to make IKEA more accessible to Canadians without building more stores. He adds the goal is to have 10 per cent of sales coming from online, up from six per cent currently.“We believe that the store will always be our main sales channel … but it is to give the customer the alternative, to let the customer make the choice,” he said in a recent interview at a Montreal store that is the company’s largest in North America.Sjostrand added IKEA’s core customer demographic is the same, whether it’s the 25 million people who visit stores annually or the 75 million who are expected to look or shop online this year. They are female “CEOs of the home,” aged 25-40, he said.Although many retailers compete in specific categories, Sjostrand said IKEA Canada, which generated $1.6 billion in sales last year, has no real overall competitor.While the Canadian retail sector is “suffering a really tough situation,” he said IKEA’s sales are on track to grow 8.5 per cent this year after expanding by 5.3 per cent in 2014.Moody’s, meantime, expects overall Canadian retail sales will grow between 3.0 and 3.5 per cent this year, down from 3.6 per cent in 2014. But it also estimates that e-commerce sales will account for 5.9 per cent of overall retail sales, up 16.8 per cent from 2014.Retail analyst Brynn Winegard said large, one-stop shopping retailers like IKEA are doing well with millennials born between 1980 and 1999 who are beginning to be a driving force for sales as they set down roots and buy homes.Unlike older generations, these shoppers tend to be more urban, are less likely to drive and don’t like to hop among suburban big box stores, she said.Montreal-based Dorel Industries (TSX:DII.B), the manufacturer of ready-to-assemble furniture and other goods, says it has those online shoppers top of mind when it creates home furnishing designs that can be shipped via courier.“If it can’t be shipped by UPS, then we can’t sell it online,” said CEO Martin Schwartz, noting that Amazon and Walmart won’t buy such goods either.Dorel’s latest creation is a sofa selling for up to US$500 that is delivered in a box and assembled at home.Follow @RossMarowits on Twitter.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version said TJ Maxx owned HomeSense. read more

The first season of college football’s playoff era will come to a close Monday night, as the Oregon Ducks face the Ohio State Buckeyes for the national championship.The Ducks come into the contest favored by most sources, including the consensus of sportsbooks in Las Vegas and ESPN’s Football Power Index (FPI). But there’s disagreement on the degree of Oregon’s edge. The FPI, which includes results from every game of the 2014 season (plus a preseason rating as a prior), thinks Oregon would beat Ohio State by about five points at AT&T Stadium or another neutral field. Vegas, however, spent most of the past week favoring the Ducks by more — as many as 6.5 to seven points, according to the bookmakers listed at was looking like a sure sign of the markets’ skepticism over the ability of Buckeyes quarterback Cardale Jones. Jones began the 2014 season third on Ohio State’s QB depth chart, behind Heisman candidate Braxton Miller and touted redshirt freshman backup J.T. Barrett. Then Miller was injured and lost for the season in an August practice, upon which Barrett took the reins and led the Buckeyes to a 11-1 record (on the strength of one of the nation’s best passing performances) before going down with a season-ending injury in late November.Now Jones is at the helm.Jones, a sophomore, was only regarded as the 41st-best QB prospect in his freshman class, according to Phil Steele’s recruiting aggregations, and had thrown just 19 career passes before starting in the Big Ten title game against Wisconsin. But Jones and the Buckeyes were spectacular in that game, winning 59-0, and then upset favored Alabama in the College Football Playoff semifinals. (Jones’s numbers were less impressive against Alabama than against Wisconsin — but then again, Alabama also has a slightly tougher pass defense.)It effectively created an interesting Bayesian problem: How do we balance a sample of two great games against the prior assumption that Jones is a lightly regarded third-stringer? The initial discrepancy between Vegas’s Oregon-Ohio State point spread and that generated by season-long power ratings seemed to indicate how much of a downgrade Jones was relative to Barrett: roughly 1.5 to two points by the market consensus. As a point of comparison, this is a smaller margin than the typical gap between a starter and a backup QB in the NFL.Complicating matters now, though, was the news early Saturday that Oregon wide receiver Darren Carrington, the team’s second-leading receiver, failed a drug test and was declared ineligible for the title game. That shrunk Vegas’s consensus edge for Oregon down to about 5.5 points by Saturday morning — nearly the same as the FPI predicts using both teams’ full-season numbers. (The game’s line has since returned to a consensus of 6.5 points favoring Oregon, as of Monday morning.)Even so, it will be worth keeping an eye on which effect is bigger, and whether the market’s implicitly Bayesian assessment of Jones turns out to be on the money or not. It’s no stretch to say the accuracy of that appraisal could determine Ohio State’s fate Monday night. read more

first_imgW.S. Tyler has added a new Efficiency Report to the long list of Pro-Deck benefits for customers. The five-step Pro-Deck approach offers a thorough vibration analysis and inspection of every machine, as well as screen media optimisation to make sure operations are producing at their peak. A W.S. Tyler specialist examines the forces, friction and stress points of all vibrating screens, as well as the environment in which the machines operate. The Pro-DeckTM system involves the use of different screen media on the same deck, depending on the specific application. The goal is to increase productivity and decrease change-outs and downtime.During the Pro-Deck approach, Tyler consults with customers and provides feedback on their machines in person. The company also provides a results summary in a Pro-Deck Efficiency Report binder. This report covers each machine on site and gives detailed recommendations that ensure optimal performance.Pro-Deck can be applied to any vibrating screen in any application. Tyler says “producers who have implemented Pro-Deck at their sites have seen dramatic results. For example, some have gained two weeks of production time, lengthened wear life eightfold or gone as long as 14 months without a change out.”last_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Latest figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics found about 12 per cent of borrowers for new home loans in 2012 chose fixed loans – the highest portion since 2008.When the global financial crisis hit in 2007, ABS figures showed more than 20 per cent of borrowers opted for fixed loans.Three-year fixed rates are now at the lowest levels in 20 years. For many lenders fixed rates have fallen below the standard variable rate.HSBC chief economist Paul Bloxham said the fixed rates had reached the bottom. “Our view is the RBA might be quite close to the end of their easing phase, so fixed rates might also be close to their trough.”Source: The Daily Telegraphlast_img read more

first_imgFrom 1 July, your compulsory superannuation contributions will start to increase. The increase will be gradual, moving from 9 per cent in 2013 to 12 per cent in 2019. The rise is going to boost Australians’ super accounts over the long term. An increase of 9 per cent to 12 per cent is 33 per cent more into your retirement savings, which is significant. So this is a time to get serious and ask, am I doing all I can to grow my nest egg for retirement? The key to this is the compound interest effect. The joy of having your money locked away for several decades and earning interest is that it gets a chance to compound (earning interest on the interest), and along with regular contributions – not to mention a concessional tax rate – your savings are accelerated. The compound effect works best when every cent is being worked on so you must concentrate as strongly on costs as you do on revenues. But if you have a look at your annual super statement you’ll see a list of figures with a minus sign in front of them. These are the withdrawals from your balance, for fees. The largest fee is the management fee, the percentage of your balance that is taken to administer the funds. Take two 30-year-olds, each earning $60,000, with $30,000 in super. One of them is paying 0.9 per cent in management fees and the other, 1.5 per cent. By the time they retire, the person paying 0.9 per cent has paid $77,892 in fees and the other, $118,649. Management fees are easy to compare online and switching to a more reasonable fund can save you thousands, over $40,000 in the case above. Other fees also differ across the industry, as do life insurance premiums. Importantly, when you find cost savings in super, you boost savings without taking market risk. Returns are also important. I’m not a fan of reviewing super performance every year, because when people change investment options in line with the hottest performers, they always miss the growth period by several months and then they are charged for changing. It’s better to set up an investment framework based on your risk profile, which relates to what you want to earn in returns. In terms of fund selection I suggest you look at a fund’s ten year performance. This is not a guarantee of future performance but it does show you how a manager performs with a long-term savings vehicle like super. This is especially the case with volatile assets such as shares and property – you should be looking at what a manager can achieve over a decade, because this gives you the time in the market to weather the troughs and still take the gains. Remember: small differences are important in superannuation and if you can lift long term returns by 1 per cent, and reduce costs by 1 per cent, you are boosting your super without taking much risk. Finally, superannuation is not a tax. This is your money, so become engaged, stay informed and retire the right way. * Mark Bouris is the Executive Chairman of Yellow Brick Road, a financial services company offering home loans, financial planning, accounting & tax and insurance. Email with any queries you may have or check for your nearest branch. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

first_imgLa Mer Morte, “un fantastique lieu pour la vie” ?Des plongeurs et chercheurs allemands et israéliens ont dévoilé vendredi 23 septembre, sur le site de l’Institut Max Planck, leur découverte, au fond de la Mer morte : des cratères d’où jaillissent des sources d’eau douce, porteuses d’une abondante vie microbienne. “Lorsque vous mettez votre tête là-dedans, vous ne pouvez pas voir autre chose, vous devez avoir la foi et la volonté pour explorer…”, déclare Danny Ionescu, spécialiste en microbiologie marine à l’Institut Max Planck (Allemagne). Avec ses collègues, il a plongé en 2010 dans les eaux de la Mer Morte, à la frontière entre la Jordanie et Israël, jusqu’alors réputée stérile à cause de son taux de salinité très fort.À lire aussiErysipèle : contagion, traitement, de quoi s’agit-il ?Aujourd’hui, les chercheurs relatent leur découverte : une trentaine de cratères ‘sous-marins’, de 10 à 13 mètres de diamètre, situés sur le plancher de la Mer Morte, à 30 mètres de profondeur. Et jaillissant de ces cratères, des panaches très puissants d’eau douce, contenant la même diversité de vie microscopique que des roches situées en milieu océanique normal.Ce qui a intrigué les membres de l’expédition, c’est que les bactéries sont capables de se développer en dépit d’énormes variations dans les teneurs en sel, induites par les déplacements d’eau près du fond. “C’est un fantastique lieu pour la vie”, conclut Danny Ionescu.Le 1 octobre 2011 à 13:59 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_imgPORTLAND — A small earthquake has been reported east of Salem, Oregon.The U.S. Geological Survey website says the earthquake happened at 3 a.m., about nine miles from Sublimity — a small town west of Silver Falls State Park.There have been no reports of damage, but Brenda Fuquay Chappell tells the Statesman Journal that windows and dishes rattled at her home in Lyons.The magnitude 2.5 quake occurred about 11 miles beneath the surface.last_img

first_imgFormer Arsenal’s midfielder Jack Wilshere left Arsenal to Chelsea a few days ago and his former boss Unai Emery has revealed why   Wilshere ended his 17-year stay at Arsenal.After Wilshere moved to West Ham, he revealed his thoughts in an emotional message to fans on social media while admitting that Emery had made it clear he won’t have him in his plans for next season.However, Emery on his own revealed how the England international star departed, describing it as a ‘tactical and technical decision’.“The conversation with Wilshere was a very good conversation,” said Emery via Football London.“I explained to him my opinion and how I want to create the team and that I’m not sure he would play in the 11 players.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“And also he explained to me that the decision was not easy for him but he wanted to choose the best option for him.“I know this player is important for the supporters and he grew up here in Arsenal, but I don’t give him one spot in the eleven who start.“So for that, he chooses to leave and I respect this.”When asked if Wilshere’s past injury record had played a part in his thinking, Emery added simply: “It was a tactical, technical decision.”last_img read more

first_img Recommended for you TCI Country Leaders condemn vicious memes Related Items:chicken pox, Hon Sharlene Robinson, Ministry of Health and Human Services, Pdm TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOA Only Doug and Ralph and Ruth can fit, that’s why Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 09 Mar 2016 – Chicken Pox is plaguing schools across the country and the PDM Leader says the Ministry of Health should have already been vocal on the outbreak. Magnetic Media has received several alarming messages about so many schools being plagued by the itchy and highly contagious rash. And while the outbreak was addressed briefly by the Premier in a recent House of Assembly meeting, there has been no official notice issued. Hon Sharlene Robinson today said: “There is an obvious increase in cases of Chicken Pox in the Islands and the Government has said nothing to unsuspecting parents, children and citizens generally… I believe that something must be said or done.” Parents and teachers she said have been caught off guard; and despite the rash outbreak amongst children, parents are still bringing or sending their children to school. There remains no official word about the cases from the Ministry of Health and Human Services. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppThe PDM is calling for the electorate to be sharp, and to not be duped by the catchy phrases of the PNP Administration; PDM House Members pulled no punches on Monday when they labeled as bogus some of the milestones recently touted by the Rufus Ewing led government. A former Health Minister and Opposition appointed member, Clarence Selver said when it comes to the InterHealth Canada deal, the Premier cannot be trusted. “And if you look at that you will see where the Premier declares that he has an interest with InterhealthCanada; he has an interest so when the InterhealthCanada contract is up for review he conveniently takes over that from his former minister for Health; Porsha (Smith, Minister) so that he can keep an eye on things.” It is true, the Premier has declared that he is compensated by the Hospitals and recent testimony given in the SIPT trials also exposed that Dr. Rufus Ewing was a part of the negotiations of the TCI Hospitals at their inception. Selver said the deal is just too expensive. “The bulk of government expenditure, over 20 odd percent; so every dollar government raises, 20 cents out of that dollar gatta go towards maintaining the hospitals cost. That being the case there were two audits supposed to have been done; a clinical audit which looks at the quality of healthcare that the hospital provided and whether it was up to par and other things, as well as the financial audit, how much money they received, what they spent money on and whether we are getting value for money.” Related Items:last_img read more

first_imgIn the two months since it launched the “Save Paste” campaign, ailing Decatur, Georgia-based music magazine Paste has raised more than $250,000 from approximately 10,000 donations—enough to keep the magazine in business.“We’ve published two issues since the campaign began, sent a third to the printer and are seeing advertising pick up for the fall and expect to be around for a long time,” publisher Nick Purdy wrote in an e-mail to FOLIO:. The campaign officially closes this month, he said.In May, Paste said it was cash-strapped and in crisis as ad dollars declined dramatically. Through the first week, the campaign raised $166,000. At the time, Paste said it needed an additional $134,000—or a total $300,000—to “take care of bills that spiraled up during the ad slump.” Paste said it implemented several cost-cutting measures, including a 20 percent pay cut, leasing out office space and eliminating all “non-essential travel.”Paste hopes to reinstate salaries before the end of the year, Purdy said.In addition to the campaign, Purdy said Paste is talking with investors “who want to get involved and help accelerate our growth.”last_img read more

first_imgStay on target Happy birthday to the recorder-playing Patrick Troughton!One of the most pivotal actors in the Whoniverse, Troughton succeeded original Doctor Who star William Hartnell in 1966, helping to ensure the show’s survival—despite its unorthodox arrangement.Home from the war, the classically trained theater performer, made his television debut in 1947, and appear on the silver screen for the first time a year later.BBCIn 1953, he became the first actor to play Robin Hood on TV (to which the Twelfth Doctor pays homage in 2014’s “Robot of Sherwood”).Troughton’s impressive resume paid off in 1966 when Doctor Who producers were looking to replace Hartnell in the show’s titular role. Chosen for his extensive and versatile experience as a character actor, Troughton played the Chaplin-esque “cosmic hobo” for three years before leaving the series in 1969, reportedly due to a grueling schedule and fears of being typecast.BBCThe Time Lord and his rotating crew of companions—Jamie McCrimmon, Victoria Waterfield, Zoe Heriot—fight Daleks and Cybermen, battle the Great Intelligence and Ice Warriors, and meet UNIT leader Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart.Troughton’s story came to an end when the Doctor was sentenced to exile on 20th Century Earth and forced to regenerate (into Third Doctor Jon Pertwee).Second Doctor Patrick Troughton (left) with Third Doctor Jon Pertwee (right) BBCHe later reprised his role as the Second Doctor three times—more than any other incarnation—in The Three Doctors (1973), The Five Doctors (1983), and The Two Doctors (1985).Doctor descendants Peter Davison (Fifth), Sylvester McCoy (Seventh), and Matt Smith (Eleventh) have declared their adoration for the Second Doctor, calling Troughton their favorite of the long-running series.The household name went on to star in various films, TV shows, and radio programs, including The Omen, Coronation Street, and Sword of Honour, respectively.Troughton passed away in 1987, three days after his 67th birthday. He would have been 97 today. Rest in peace, birthday boy. HBO Max Scores Exclusive ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming RightsJo Tro Do Plo Plo No: ‘Doctor Who’ Welcomes Back Familiar Monster last_img read more

first_img Smart drug delivery system — Gold nanocage covered with polymer (w/ Video) Citation: Scientists Create Light-Bending Nanoparticles (2009, March 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from ( — Metallic nanoparticles and other structures can manipulate light in ways that are not possible with conventional optical materials. In a recent example of this, Rice University researchers discovered that cup-shaped gold nanostructures can bend light in a controllable way. The cups act like three-dimensional nano-antennas. Directional scattering of an incoming electromagnetic wave by oriented nanocups. Image courtesy Nikolay Mirin, Rice University. The research is described in the February 19, 2008, online edition of Nano Letters.When light interacts with nanoparticles and other tiny structures, many interesting and even dramatic physical effects can occur. For example, man-made “metamaterials” have very fine structures with features smaller than the wavelength of light, some just tens of atoms across, imparting them with unique and often intriguing optical behaviors. Metamaterials are of interest to scientists because they may be able to interact with light in ways that naturally occurring materials cannot.The gold nanocups created in this research interact with light in two main ways: axially, the up-down direction, or transverse, the left-right direction. The transverse mode is by far the stronger of the two.”When we illuminated the nanocups, the transverse interaction exhibited a strong scattering resonance,” said Rice University researcher Naomi Halas, the study’s corresponding scientist, to She conducted the study with colleague Nikolay Mirin. “We learned that the direction of the transverse resonant light scattering depends on the orientation of the cups, a property that has not been observed in studies of similar structures.”Specifically, the cups behave like a “split-ring resonator,” a type of metamaterial with a negative refractive index—the ability to refract (not reflect) light partially or fully backward. Split-ring resonators look like two concentric, non-touching rings that have each been split in half. When placed in a microwave or infrared field, an alternating current of that same frequency is induced in each ring. Each current in turn induces its own magnetic field at that same microwave or infrared frequency, which can either oppose or enhance the original field.Split-ring resonators can support resonant wavelengths that are much larger than their size. But since split-ring resonators are flat, their light-scattering abilities are restricted to a plane.Halas and Mirin’s nanocups are much like three dimensional versions of split-ring resonators. When light with the proper frequency is applied, a resonant electron current is induced in the cups. This current produces an electric field that is parallel to the cup opening (not parallel to the cup axis). The scattered light is emitted perpendicular to that field; in other words, in whatever direction the cup’s axis is pointing.This unique light-redirecting property should prove to be very useful in the development of new optical materials and devices, from solar cells to light attenuators to chip-to-chip optical interconnects in futuristic circuitry.”In this line of research, many other types of nanoparticles and nanostructures can be designed to have this type of light-redirecting property,” said Halas.Halas and Mirin created the nanocups by depositing latex or polystyrene nanoparticles, each about 80 nanometers in diameter, onto a sheet of glass. They coated the particles and the glass with a 20-nanometer-thick layer of gold, applying the gold from different angles to make sure both the sides and tops of each particle were covered, yet leaving an uncoated circular or elliptical “shadow” next to each particle, exposing the surface below.Finally, they poured an elastic polymer was poured over the array and, when the polymer had cured, peeled it off to reveal a transparent film embedded with gold nanocups.More information: Nano Lett., Article ASAP • DOI: 10.1021/nl900208zCopyright 2009 All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

first_imgManaging your day to day life is one thing — but could wearable technology actually save your life when cycling in the city, or walking down the street?Former Google employee Zach Vorhies’ start-up, Zackees, has created and launched Turn Signal Gloves using $72,000 of Kickstarter capital.Washable, wearable and with a long battery life, Vorhies, who lives and works in San Francisco, believes his product, which use bright LEDs to light up the gloves when a cyclist turns at a junction, could be a savior for riders all over the planet.The safety of cyclists has been grabbing headlines — especially in big cities such as London. In 2012, according to the UK’s Department of Transport, 118 cyclists were killed nationwide, a 10 percent increase on 2011. 93 percent of cyclists were killed or seriously injured as a result of a collision with another vehicle.In the United States, 677 cyclists were killed as a result of ‘motor vehicle crashes’ in 2011, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.”In San Francisco we have a lot of bike riders and most of them don’t wear enough lights,” Vorhies told in a phone interview. “When I was a kid, a neighbour of mine was hit by a car, and tragically lost his arm while he was riding home to his parent’s for dinner. I wanted to make a light up accessory for cyclists in San Francisco.”It took Vorhies just one day to build his first prototype at a hackathon. “It wasn’t ‘smart’, it was just a simple circuit, the same type they would teach you in electronics 101,” Vorhies said. “The thing that made it special was the fact that it was packaged up in a way that was fashionable, or passably fashionable,” he added.Together with co-founder Murat Ozkan, Vorhies set to work on developing their idea to create a high tech, aesthetically pleasing, cycling glove. How then, do the gloves work?”They’ve got metal contact plates between the thumb and the index finger, and when you click it by closing the thumb and index, the light panel at the back of the hand turns on,” Vorhies said.The technologies within the gloves are key, according to Vorhies. When the metal contact plates on the glove click together, a signal is sent to a microprocessor. “[The] microprocessor has a sensor on it – the same one that’s on your iPhone – that detects the ambient light levels of the day and automatically adjusts the brightness of the light,” he said. Image credit: Shutterstock Despite Nike’s recent decision to lay of staff from its FuelBand wearable tech division, the market potential of the wearable tech industry still seems to be huge, with Juniper Research recently stating that revenues from smart wearable devices will hit $19 billion by 2018.San Francisco based Jawbone has been working in the wearable tech industry for more than 10 years. The company’s wearable products compile vast amounts of data, tracking our every move and telling us where we’re going wrong in our lives.”We design and deliver products that affect the way you live,” Bandar Antabi, Vice President, Jawbone, told in a phone interview.”Our belief is that our products enhance your lifestyle, and they make your daily experiences even more enjoyable…we do this by intersecting beautiful design, hardware that fits on you or around you, software that’s really simple to use but also intelligent, and data,” Bantabi added.Using sensors and algorithms, the company’s UP – launched in 2011 – and recently released UP24 wrist bands promise to log the minute details that matter.”We’ve created this band you basically wear and forget: it’s been designed to disappear,” Antabi said. “It tracks your steps and tells you how many steps you’ve taken. When you go to sleep at night it tracks your sleep,” he added.So far, according to Antabi, Jawbone’s UP devices have tracked almost 600 billion steps and 60 million hours of sleep. How, then, does the company’s technology take this vast amount of data and make it relevant?”One of the features of our system is called Insights,” Antabi said. “These insights are cards that show up on the front of your [phone] screen when you go into the application, and provide you with information that is personal and unique to you based on your data.”Once they’ve got this data, users are then able to find out what they are doing right and what they are doing wrong, with helpful tips and suggestions provided by Jawbone. Register Now » This story originally appeared on CNBC 5 min readcenter_img Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals April 29, 2014 Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Wearable technology has come a long way since the first wristwatch was made by Patek Philippe & Co of Switzerland in 1868. Today, wearable devices can monitor our health, track our diets — and potentially save our lives.last_img read more

first_img 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 Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD January 16, 2017 — On Dec. 8, 2016, a female patient in her 60s became the first in the Australia/New Zealand region to receive electronic brachytherapy to treat her skin cancer lesion, a basal cell carcinoma on her nose. Radiation Oncology Centres (ROC) physicians in Brisbane used their new Esteya electronic brachytherapy system from Elekta to deliver the patient’s first of six non-invasive treatments. Esteya is a form of high dose rate (HDR) brachytherapy that applies high-precision radiation therapy directly to the cancer site, reducing radiation to surrounding healthy tissues.“This first treatment took just 2.5 minutes and the patient tolerated the procedure very well,” said Mike Poulsen, M.D., radiation oncologist at ROC. “She will have just five more therapy visits to complete the treatment, a much quicker course than conventional radiotherapy.”ROC, part of the Icon Group, is Queensland’s largest provider of radiation therapy services and among Australia’s fastest growing. ROC acquired Esteya in October and the center’s clinicians have been eager to put the system to use in a region with the world’s highest incidence of skin cancer.“Non-melanoma skin cancers are the most common cancers in Australia and skin cancers account for around 80 percent of newly diagnosed cancers in the country,” Poulsen noted. “About two in three Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer by the time they are 70, with more than 750,000 people treated for one or more non-melanoma skin cancers in Australia each year. In Queensland alone, over 350,000 non-melanoma skin cancers are treated annually, so the need for skin cancer treatments is great.”According to Poulsen, Esteya gives suitable patients a good alternative to surgery.“Our current radiation treatment for skin cancers uses electrons generated from a linear accelerator. While this treatment is very effective for larger skin cancers, it is not ideal for small, superficial lesion,” he explained. “This is where Esteya will be very useful to treat early skin cancers. The advantage of Esteya is that it uses very low energy X-rays, allowing more of the surrounding tissues to avoid unnecessary radiation. The advanced integrated Esteya software also makes treatment delivery extremely safe.”Esteya treatments are usually given over six to 10 treatment sessions divided over 2-3 times per week, each session lasting just a few minutes. The treatment is typically painless and well tolerated.In addition to practical reasons such as lesion size, many non-melanoma skin cancer patients may wish to avoid surgery for medical or cosmetic reasons. Esteya provides these patients with an attractive alternative, Poulsen added.“Ideal candidates for Esteya treatment are older patients, a population in which skin cancers are common,” Poulsen added. “The treatment may also be used for high-risk skin cancers post-surgically to reduce the risk of recurrence locally. This may allow the patient to avoid re-excision of the lesion.”Another critical advantage of Esteya for the multi-center ROC is the system’s compact size.“Esteya is extremely compact and portable,” he noted. “This has the potential for the machine to be moved to some of our regional centers, which currently aren’t able to access superficial radiation treatment.”For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Related Content News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more News | Radiation Oncology | July 31, 2019 Laura Dawson, M.D., FASTRO, Chosen as ASTRO President-elect The members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) elected four new officers to ASTRO’s Board of… read more The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more News | Brachytherapy Systems | January 16, 2017 Radiation Oncology Centres Launches Australia’s First Electronic Brachytherapy System for Treating Skin Cancer Esteya system by Elekta providing patients in Australia and New Zealand with a new, gentle treatment option 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 last_img read more

first_imgGMO corn is controversial due to its open-air pollination process. GMO opponents fear that genetically modified corn could wipe out Costa Rica’s diverse native corn species.Alberto Font Who opposes GMOs and why?Environmentalists, health advocates and agricultural labor groups are the primary opponents of GMOs. Most of the arguments against genetically modified food focus on three issues: patent control, health risks and the spread of “monoculture” and industrial farming.Patent controlWhen a biotech company develops a genetically modified seed, it secures a patent for that intellectual property. The company then owns the rights to its seeds.Farmers who buy Monsanto’s seeds sign a contract agreeing not to save the seed after harvest. This locks those farmers into a cycle of purchasing seeds year after year, while other farmers save their seeds and have no additional expense.The controversy with GMO patents first emerged in 1997 when Monsanto sued Canadian farmer Percy Schmeiser for saving and reusing Monsanto seeds he discovered on his farm. Canada’s Supreme Court ruled in favor of Monsanto, and the company pursued 145 similar lawsuits in the United States from 1997 to 2012.Some GMO opponents claim that Monsanto and similar companies sue farmers over accidental pollination from nearby farms. Although in some cases, including Schmeiser’s case, farmers said their crops were unintentionally cross-pollinated with GMO seeds, it was never proven. In all cases, the farmers were shown to have intentionally saved and reproduced the seed.Scenarios that theoretically could involve accidental pollination have yet to be tested in court. It is possible that a biotech company could sue a farmer for failure to eradicate crops that were accidentally contaminated by GMOs, but to date none of these cases have been pursued in court.Health risksMany health food proponents claim that eating genetically altered foods carries hidden health risks, but a number of major health organizations – the American Medical Association, the National Academy of Sciences and the European Commission among them – have ruled GMOs safe for human consumption.There are several published studies, however, that suggest GMOs could have long-term consequences. An oft-referenced study by University of Caen Professor Gilles-Éric Séralini showed that rats fed a diet of Monsanto’s genetically modified corn died earlier than control rats and in some cases developed cancerous tumors. Despite the findings, the European Food Safety Authority and a number of independent scientists have pointed to flaws in the study. Protesters sit outside Costa Rica’s Legislative Assembly on Oct. 16 prior to the introduction of a GMO moratorium bill.Alberto Font If GMOs have been in Costa Rica for more than 20 years, why is there so much opposition now?In November 2012, two Costa Rican subsidiaries of Monsanto, D&PL Semillas Ltda. and Semillas del Trópico, filed requests to grow 35 hectares of genetically modified corn.Corn has long been at the center of the GMO debate because it pollinates using the wind, making it vulnerable for cross-pollination with non-GMO corn. In an attempt to quell environmentalists’ worries, Monsanto pointed to a requirement that would separate GMO corn plantations from non-GMO plantations by at least 50 meters.“The pollination of corn cultivations is open, but studies have shown that nearly 100 percent of the pollen falls within 50 meters from the plant that emitted it,” D&PL Semillas spokeswoman Eva Barbosa told The Tico Times last November.A study conducted by the University of Costa Rica conflicted with Monsanto’s claims, finding viable corn pollen as far as 800 meters from the original crop.Concerned about the contamination of Costa Rica’s native corn growth, Bloque Verde led protests across the country.In January, the National Biosecurity Technical Comission approved D&PL Semilla’s request, despite opposing votes from the commission’s two environmentalist members. The request from Semillas del Trópico S.A. was denied because it did not meet commission requirements.What is the status of those corn projects today?Following complaints from environmental groups and citizens, the Costa Rican Ombudsman’s Office filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the approval of Monsanto’s request.The lawsuit throws into question the process by which GMO requests are approved. It also states that the Costa Rican Constitution requires GMO projects to include an environmental impact assessment before approval, and urges the courts to modify the law that allowed GMOs into Costa Rica in the first place. Costa Rica’s Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court, or Sala IV, will hear the case.The impending lawsuit has halted any action on Monsanto’s corn project until the court ruling.What else are opponents doing to stop GMOs in Costa Rica?Following Monsanto’s request, conservation groups launched campaigns to push for labeling of GMO products and additional municipal bans. The Culture Ministry also approved a request last year for native corn species to be considered national patrimony, thus protecting them from destruction.However, these actions can’t be enforced without a court ruling or a new national law. To combat this, lawmakers introduced an environmentalist-backed bill on Oct. 16 that would place a moratorium on GMO expansion.The Ecologist Federation, Bloque Verde and the Network for a Transgenic-free Latin America helped draft the bill, which is supported by the Citizen Action Party and the Broad Front Party in the Legislative Assembly.If passed, what will the moratorium bill mean for GMOs in Costa Rica?The moratorium would not ban GMOs in Costa Rica or have any effect on the GMO farms already in the country. It would prevent expansion of GMO projects (including Monsanto’s approved corn project) and would require that scientific studies involving genetic modification take place in a contained area.The bill’s fourth article also would require the state to begin expanding and encouraging “eco-agronomic practices” through political policies, education and technical assistance. This article would require that the state include the development of these ecological farming practices in the National Development Plan.Though the law would not halt GMO use, Crop Life, a pro-biotechnology organization, told The Tico Times that it would effectively “paralyze agricultural development in GMO plants” in the country.Could Costa Rica completely ban GMOs in the future?Although many GMO opponents claim that Costa Rica is nearly GMO-free due to municipal bans, the reality is that the country is no closer to completely banning genetically modified food than it was before the bans.Only the outcome of the court battle in the Sala IV could make Costa Rica GMO-free. If the court rules in favor of the Ombudsman’s Office, it could lead to a constitutional ban on GMOs. But it could also lead to a less restrictive outcome.Even with a ban on GMO growth, the Sala IV case does not address GMO importation and consumption. Facebook Comments If you’re a little confused about what GMOs are and why lots of people say they’re bad, welcome to the party.A study by the University of Costa Rica and the National University found that 75 percent of Costa Ricans could not explain what a genetically modified organism (GMO) is or for what it is used. Meanwhile, local GMO opponents continue protesting attempts by subsidiaries of multinational biotech company Monsanto to introduce genetically modified corn seed into Costa Rica.Do protesters have a point? Isn’t Monsanto already here? And how is that possible if Costa Rica is mostly GMO-free?Let’s back up and answer some questions about GMOs.What are genetically modified organisms and why do companies produce them? “Genetically modified organism” is a blanket term referring to a living thing with altered DNA via genetic engineering. Scientists often experiment with the genetic material of plants and animals by removing or manipulating certain genes to better understand what those genes do.Some GMO critics oppose genetic modification in any form, but the most controversial aspect involves the altering of crops for consumption.Biotechnology companies genetically modify crops to be resistant to pests, drought, stress and the application of herbicides. Some crops also have been modified to become more nutritious, and others to produce their own herbicides.A wide range of studies exists, both supporting and refuting the benefits of GMOs. Some show that modifications lead to higher crop yields and a drop in pesticide use. Others contradict those findings. Still more studies say that herbicide-resistant crops enable farmers to use milder herbicides. Biotech companies promote these benefits by claiming GMOs could be a solution to global food shortages as populations increase.Monsanto, the world’s most profitable biotech company, uses this tagline: “Feeding the world.”center_img Spread of monoculture and industrial farmingThe greatest environmental and socioeconomic concern with GMOs is a shift from traditional, multi-species agriculture to industrial, monoculture farming.Reusing the same seed of a given crop on every farm eliminates the genetic diversity of traditional farming. Opponents say unforeseen chemical-resistant plagues and pests of the future could take out an entire species of crop in a monoculture system, whereas a more biologically diverse approach would allow for the proliferation of naturally genetically resistant crops.Industrial farming has environmental consequences as well.“Monoculture depends on the use of agro-chemicals in order to function. These can harm local crops and wildlife,” said Ignacio Arroyo, a biologist and member of Bloque Verde, a Costa Rican environmental group. “It can reduce the fertility of the soil. It could lead to the development of resistant weeds and pests. It just seems irrational.”In addition to environmental consequences, anti-GMO groups oppose socioeconomic inequities created by industrial farming. Opponents view corporate farming as a shift of agricultural control from the hands of rural farmers to wealthy companies.“Agriculture in Costa Rica should be managed by Costa Rican farmers, not a Gringo mega-corporation,” said Bloque Verde’s Fabián Pacheco, who also is a member of the National Biosecurity Technical Commission, a Costa Rican regulatory body.What are Costa Rica’s laws regarding GMOs?Municipal governments enacted local GMO production bans in the past year, with 63 of Costa Rica’s 82 cantons prohibiting GMOs in some form. Despite the bans, no national laws specifically prohibit GMO growth and production in Costa Rica. This means that GMO projects sanctioned by the Agriculture and Livestock Ministry (MAG) can move forward, even in cantons with a municipal ban.Projects are approved or denied on a case-by-case basis by the National Biosecurity Technical Commission. The commission bases its decisions on technical requirements established by the Cartagena Protocol on Biodiversity, an international agreement from 2003 that established norms for GMO risk assessment and management. The nine-member Costa Rican commission is made up of industry leaders and scientists. Environmentalists are given two seats on the commission.MAG oversees the importation of GMO crops to Costa Rica. There are no national laws prohibiting GMO sale or consumption, and there are no laws requiring GMOs to be labeled.What GMOs are being produced in Costa Rica?MAG approved Monsanto’s first project in Costa Rica in 1991. The company began growing genetically modified soybeans and cotton, but only to create seed for export. To date, none of the GMOs produced in Costa Rica are licensed for consumption.As of January, Costa Rica had 443.1 hectares of genetically modified crops. Cotton plantations made up the majority, with 394.3 hectares, followed by soybeans with 44.6 hectares. A single 3.2-hectare pineapple plantation and a 1-hectare banana plantation also are located in Costa Rica. One of the Costa Rica’s most outspoken GMO opponents, Fabián Pacheco, center, is a member of both the Bloque Verde conservation group and the National Biosecurity Commission. Pacheco was one of only two votes against Mansanto’s proposed GMO corn project.Alberto Font Related posts:Costa Rica Ombudsman’s Office files complaint against GM corn Awaiting a court decision, anti-GMO activists gain symbolic ground Lawmakers begin discussions on bill that would place a moratorium on GMO crop production in Costa Rica Following court ruling, anti-GMO activists ask for map of transgenic farmslast_img read more