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Ulstein Enters New Market with Ocean Going Tugs

first_imgzoom Ulstein has sold design and equipment packages for four ocean going tugs to Niigata Shipbuilding & Repair in Japan. The vessels will be built for the Dutch company ALP Maritime Services.The vessels are primarily designed for towing of large structures over long distances. This is a new market for ULSTEIN and the contract represents so far the highest value in one single contract for Ulstein Design & Solutions. The vessels of the SX157 design are developed especially for this project in close collaboration with ALP. They are expected to deliver in the range of 300 ton bollard pull, and will be 88.9 metres long and 21 metres wide.“This is a very important contract, involving activities in a new market for us and with a new customer involved. The contract is a result of close cooperation with the shipyard, the ship owner and our partners in the Norwegian maritime cluster, a cooperation we will work to develop further in the years to come,” says deputy CEO Tore Ulstein in Ulstein Group.“An oceangoing tug typically tow oil rigs, or FPSOs, from the building yards to the installation site at the oil field. In addition, these vessels are outfitted with DP2 and anchor handling capacity in order to assist during the installation/hook-up phase for the towed objects. The SX157 have fuel capacity to tow over long distances, with the ability of towing at full power for 45 days. This is a niche market where we see that our solutions can be a positive contribution,” says managing director Sigurd Viseth in Ulstein Design & Solutions. Safer. Smarter. Greener“Within each project we work strategically in order to come up with safer, smarter and greener solutions. ALP refers to these four ships as the ‘ALP Future Class’. When developing the design we had to ensure that each vessel has the sufficient bollard pull and operational reliability to handle even the heaviest tows by only two vessels. Environment and fuel efficiency have also been important criteria. The vessels are classed with DNV’s Clean Design and Ice Class 1B notations, which allow operation also in restricted zones. Additionally, they are equipped as anchor handling vessels including stern roller, a three-drummed winch with 400-ton hoisting capacity, and with chain lockers for rig chain. The ships have a comfortable and spacious accommodation for 35 persons reflecting long periods at sea.”Viseth explains that ULSTEIN, in addition to providing the design, is also responsible for the deliveries of main components, such as engines, thrusters and propellers, winch, power distribution and thruster drives, control system and communication system.ALP Maritime Services is a new ship owner for ULSTEIN. The company is a subsidiary of Teekay Offshore Partners L.P.The vessels will be built at Niigata Shipbuilding & Repair, a yard in the MES group (Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co.). The vessels are intended for worldwide operations, and are planned for delivery by Q4 2015 and Q1 2016.Ulstein Group, March 31, 2014last_img read more

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ZIM Unveils Upgraded Transpacific Network

first_imgzoom Israel’s shipping company Zim Integrated Shipping Services (ZIM) has launched a new service linking Asia and the Pacific Northwest and presented a revised coverage on the Transpacific route, scheduled to start in April 2017.The ZIM North Pacific (ZNP) service will connect major ports in South East Asia and China to the Vancouver gateway, according to the company. Additionally, the new service will offer expanded coverage of Asian ports in terms of both export and import.Port rotation of the ZNP service will be as follows:  Port Kelang (Malaysia), Cai Mep (Vietnam), Da Chan Bay,  Yantian, Xiamen, Qingdao, Ningbo, Shanghai (China), Busan (South Korea), Vancouver (Canada), Busan, Qingdao, Shanghai, Ningbo, Da Chan Bay, Port Kelang.The company said that the ZNP service joins ZIM’s Transpacific network, which also includes ZIM Container Service Pacific (ZCP) and ZIM Seven Star Service (Z7S).The ZCP links Shanghai and Busan to US South Atlantic, Gulf and Caribbean clusters.The upgraded port rotation of the ZCP service will be as follows: Qingdao, Ningbo, Shanghai (China), Busan (South Korea), Rodman, Panama Canal (Panama), Kingston, Savannah, Norfolk, New York (USA), Halifax (Canada), Kingston, Qingdao.In addition, ZIM said that its Z7S service will resume full-scale activity, connecting South China, South East Asia and the Indian sub-continent to the US East Coast main ports, including Maher terminal in New Year.The Z7S service will link the following ports: Da Chan Bay, Yantian (China), Cai Mep (Vietnam), Port Kelang (Malaysia), Colombo (Sri Lanka), New York, Norfolk, Savannah (USA), Port Kelang, Da Chan Bay.ZIM did not indicate that the latest changes are linked to any vessel sharing agreements (VSAs).last_img read more

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Navios Acquisition Wraps Up Merger with Navios Midstream

first_imgzoomIllustration; Image Courtesy of Shaah Shahidh on Unsplash Tanker owner Navios Acquisition has completed the acquisition of the publicly held units of Navios Midstream in a stock for units exchange. Following the close of the market on December 13, Navios Midstream common units no longer are publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange, the company announced.“We are pleased to close this important transaction, which provides Navios Acquisition with a number of benefits, including a simplified corporate structure, larger asset base and enhanced credit profile. We believe that the combined entity will be an attractive investment opportunity for investors,”Angeliki Frangou, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, said.The deal saw Navios Acquisition issue approximately 3,683,028 newly issued shares in exchange for the publicly held common units of Navios Midstream at an exchange ratio of 0.42 shares.Navios Acquisition expects the merger to simplify the capital and organizational structure of the group, increase trading liquidity and enhance access to the capital markets together with Navios Acquisition’s credit profile.The company also hopes the move will help build scale through a larger asset base that is capable of generating increased profitability, reduce cost of capital and create significant savings in public company costs.last_img read more

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Take Precautions When Humidex is High

first_imgThe Department of Health is reminding Nova Scotians to take some precautions today, July 20, and on days when the humidex is expected to exceed 35 C, increasing the risk of heat stress. The humidex measures how hot the temperature feels to the average person. It combines the temperature and humidity into one number, taking into account the two most important factors that affect summer comfort. There is a potential for those most at risk to become ill as a result of high heat and humidity. People who are at most risk are infants, preschoolers, adults aged 65 or older and people with chronic conditions such as lung or heart problems. For important heat-safety tips, see the fact sheet on the Department of Health website at www.gov.ns.ca/health/ocmoh . -30-last_img read more

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Balbir Sr admitted again to hospital following ill health

first_imgChandigarh: Three-time Olympic gold medal winning hockey legend Balbir Singh Senior was again admitted to a hospital here following ill health but his condition is stable, his family said on Wednesday. The 94-year-old has been at the Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) here since Monday, his maternal grandson Kabir said. Before coming to PGIMER, he was at a private hospital at Mohali for a week. In January, Balbir Sr was discharged from PGIMER after spending 108 days in the hospital, where he took treatment for bronchial pneumonia. Also Read – Djokovic heaps praise on ‘very complete’ MedvedevOnce again, it is the same complication which he suffered earlier, Kabir said. “His condition is stable,” he added. One of the country’s tallest sportspersons, Balbir Sr became the only Indian among 16 legends chosen by the International Olympic Committee across the modern Olympic history. His world record for most goals scored by an individual in the men’s hockey final in an Olympic Games still remains unbeaten. He had scored five goals in India’s 6-1 victory over the Netherlands in the gold medal match of the 1952 Helsinki Games. He was also the manager of India’s World Cup-winning team in 1975. He was conferred with the Padma Shri in 1957. Also Read – Mary Kom enters quarterfinals, Saweety Boora bows out of World C’shipsMeanwhile, Punjab Chief minister Amarinder Singh has released the assistance amount of Rs 5 lakh for the treatment of Balbir Senior. The cheque was Wednesday handed over by the Director Sports, Punjab and Additional Principal Secretary of the Chief Minister Amrit Kaur Gill to Kabir. Gill said that she went to enquire after the health of Balbir Sr on the directions of the chief minister. Apart from handing over the cheque to the family, she also assured them of every possible assistance on behalf of the CM.last_img read more

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Global Unveils Its Explosive 201718 Primetime Lineup Featuring Six New Dramas and

first_img7:30 p.m. 10 p.m. 8 p.m. 9 p.m. SEAL Team     7 p.m. Saturday Night Live  Advertisement Entertainment Tonight Canada TORONTO, June 5, 2017 – Today Global unveiled its 2017/18 primetime lineup featuring six new captivating and powerful dramas and four new coveted comedies joining 23 returning primetime series. With a solid 16 hours of weekly simulcast, Global’s fall schedule builds on the Network’s historic season last fall where Global celebrated #1 hit series for drama, reality, and comedy. Global is positioned for another powerhouse fall season with a robust schedule packed with unparalleled star power, entertaining and compelling storytelling, and buzz-worthy series.New dramas joining the fall schedule are SEAL Team, a military drama starring David Boreanaz (Bones) that follows the professional and personal lives of the most elite unit of Navy SEALs as they train, plan, and execute the most dangerous missions; S.W.A.T., a series inspired by the 1970s television show, that stars Shemar Moore (Criminal Minds) as a S.W.A.T. sergeant in Los Angeles; Wisdom of the Crowd starring Emmy® and Golden Globe® Award-winner Jeremy Piven (Entourage) as a visionary tech innovator who creates a cutting-edge crowdsourcing app to solve his daughter’s murder; The Brave, a fresh, heart-pounding drama that follows a team of highly trained analysts and Special Ops forces who work together to execute missions in some of the most dangerous places in the world; and Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders starring four-time Emmy® Award-winner Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie) as lead attorney Leslie Abramson, in this gripping in-depth dramatization of the notorious murder case that explores what drove two young brothers to kill their parents, examining their upbringing and issues that brought them to that horrible moment.Global’s comedy slate adds three new series this fall including the return of one of the most successful comedies in television history, Will & Grace. As home to the original hit series from 1998-2006, Global welcomes back the fearsome foursome including Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Sean Hayes, and Megan Mullally, and executive producers Max Mutchnick, David Kohan, and legendary director James Burrows. Brand new comedy 9JKL stars Mark Feuerstein (Royal Pains) as an actor who’s newly single and returns home to live in an apartment sandwiched between his doting, meddlesome parents on one side and his brother, sister-in-law, and their new baby on the other. And Season 2 of Great News, an office comedy starring Nicole Richie (Candidly Nicole), and Canadian Andrea Martin (Working the Engels) as a stay-at-home mom who decides to return to work and lands an internship at her daughter’s news show. Kevin Can Wait 9:30 p.m. 8 p.m. 10 p.m. Entertainment Tonight Canada Saturday The Brave NCIS: LA Facebook Tuesday Great News Thursday Hawaii Five-0 7:30 p.m. Advertisement 7 p.m. 7 p.m. Chicago Fire / S.W.A.T. 9 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 11:35 p.m. 8:30 p.m. Entertainment Tonight Advertisement 7 p.m. 7:30 p.m. Entertainment Tonight Canada 8 p.m. Entertainment Tonight 11:30 p.m. 10 p.m. 10 p.m. Survivor 7:30 p.m. The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Entertainment Tonight The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Entertainment Tonight Twitter Chicago PD Bull 8 p.m. 10 p.m. 9JKL Madam Secretary 9 p.m. 7 p.m. 9 p.m. Wednesday Friday 11:35 p.m. SERIES DESCRIPTIONS FOR NEW PROGRAMMING COMING TO GLOBAL:NEW DRAMAS:SEAL TeamSEAL Team stars David Boreanaz in a military drama that follows the professional and personal lives of the most elite unit of Navy SEALs as they train, plan, and execute the most dangerous, high stakes missions. Deployed on clandestine missions worldwide at a moment’s notice, and knowing the toll it takes on them and their families, this tight-knit SEAL team displays unwavering patriotism and fearless dedication, even in the face of overwhelming odds.SEAL Team stars David Boreanaz (Bones) as Jason, Max Thieriot (Bates Motel) as Clay, Neil Brown Jr. (Insecure) as Ray, A.J. Buckley (CSI:NY) as Sonny, Toni Trucks (NCIS: New Orleans) as Diaz and, Jessica Paré (Mad Men) as Mandy.S.W.A.T.Inspired by the television series and feature film, S.W.A.T. stars Shemar Moore as a locally born S.W.A.T. sergeant newly tasked to run a specialized tactical unit that is the last stop in law enforcement in Los Angeles. Torn between loyalty to the streets where he was raised and allegiance to his brothers in blue, former Marine Daniel “Hondo” Harrelson (Moore) has everything it takes to successfully bridge the divide between his two worlds and excel at leading his dedicated team of brave men and women as they risk their lives to protect the community.S.W.A.T. stars Shemar Moore (Criminal Minds) as Daniel “Hondo” Harrelson, Stephanie Sigman (Narcos) as Jessica Cortez, Alex Russell (Unbroken) as Jim Street, Jay Harrington (Benched) as David “Deacon” Kay, Lina Esco (Kingdom) as Christina “Chris” Alonso, Kenny Johnson (Chicago Fire) as Dominique Luca, and Peter Onorati (Goodfellas) as Mumford.Wisdom of the CrowdWisdom of the Crowd stars Emmy® and Golden Globe® Award-winner Jeremy Piven as a visionary tech innovator who creates a cutting-edge crowdsourcing app to solve his daughter’s murder, and revolutionizes crime solving in the process. Inspired by the notion that a million minds are better than one, Silicon Valley entrepreneur Jeffrey Tanner (Piven) develops “Sophe,” an online platform for publicly shared information, and recruits the original cop who searched for his daughter’s killer, Det. Tommy Cavanaugh (Richard T. Jones), to work with him. As Tanner taps into the “wisdom of the crowd,” his unexpected success fuels his determination to solve even more cases than just the one that’s personal to him.Wisdom Of The Crowd stars Emmy® and Golden Globe® Award-winner Jeremy Piven (Entourage) as Jeffrey Tanner, Richard T. Jones (Hawaii Five-0) as Det. Tommy Cavanaugh, Natalia Tena (Game of Thrones) as Sara Morton, Blake Lee (Parks and Recreation) as Josh Novak, Jake Matthews (Bosch) as Tariq Bakari, and Monica Potter (Parenthood) as Alex Hale.Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez MurdersStarring the incomparable Emmy® and Golden Globe® Award-winner Edie Falco, this new eight-episode true-crime installment of the powerhouse Law & Order franchise delivers a gripping in-depth dramatization of the notorious murder case that changed America forever. When the Menendez brothers were tried for brutally killing their parents in Beverly Hills, and their trial broadcast on TV, their story became a national obsession. Now, the first edition of this anthology series delves into the players, the crime, and the media circus, detailing the day-to-day battles of the trial and unveiling the shocking truth of what really went down when the cameras stopped rolling.Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders stars Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie).The BraveFrom Keshet Studios and Avi Nir (executive producer of Homeland) comes a fresh, heart-pounding journey into the complex world of America’s elite undercover military heroes. While D.I.A. Deputy Director Patricia Campbell (Anne Heche) and her team of analysts wield the world’s most advanced surveillance technology from Washington, D.C., Adam Dalton and his heroic Special Ops squad of highly trained undercover specialists use their unbreakable bond and commitment to freedom to save lives of innocent people and execute missions in some of the most dangerous places in the world.The Brave stars Anne Heche (Men in Trees) as Patricia Campbell, Mike Vogel (Under the Dome) as Michael Dalton, Sofia Pernas (Jane the Virgin) as Hannah Archer, Tate Ellington (Quantico) as Noah Morgenthau, Natacha Karam (Homeland) as Jasmine “Jaz” Ervin, Demetrius Grosse (Westworld) as Anthony “Preach” Carter , Noah Mills (Sex and the City 2) as Joseph J. McGuire, and Hadi Tabbal (Circumstance) as Amir AL-Rasani.NEW COMEDIESWill & GraceThat’s right, honey! A decade after their unforgettable eight-season run, comedy’s most fabulous foursome is back. Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Sean Hayes, and Megan Mullally reprise their infamous roles as Will, Grace, Jack, and Karen in this exclusive 12-episode event. The legendary James Burrows, director of every original Will & Grace episode, returns along with a slew of razor-sharp jabs and dirty martinis. Behold once again, from the minds of Max Mutchnick and David Kohan, TV’s wittiest ensemble ever.Will & Grace stars Eric McCormack (Travelers) as Will, Debra Messing (Smash) as Grace, Sean Hayes (Grimm) as Jack, and Megan Mullally (Bob’s Burgers) as Karen.9JKL9JKL stars Mark Feuerstein in a family comedy inspired by his real life. Josh Roberts (Feuerstein) is a new divorcé and actor between projects who moves home to New York to regroup, living in an apartment sandwiched between his doting, meddlesome parents on one side and his brother, sister-in-law, and their new baby on the other. As Josh’s family literally comes at him from both sides, he realizes he desperately needs to establish some personal boundaries, because his loving family is always going to be right there for him. Always.9JKL stars Mark Feuerstein (Royal Pains) as Josh Roberts, Linda Lavin (The Intern) as Judy, Elliott Gould (Ray Donovan) as Harry, David Walton (Bad Moms) as Andrew, Liza Lapira (Crazy, Stupid, Love.) as Eve, Matt Murray (Rookie Blue) as Nick, and Albert Tsai (Dr. Ken) as Ian.Great NewsGetting along with office colleagues can be rough, but working with your mom? That’s a whole different story, and it’s the headline for Katie Wendelson (Briga Heelan), a smart, ambitious news producer at national cable news show The Breakdown. After 30 years of being a stay-at-home mom, Carol (Canadian Andrea Martin) decides that it’s never too late to follow your dreams and lands an internship at her daughter’s news show. This is Katie’s worst nightmare, until she comes to realize that with her biggest cheerleader at her side, she and her mom both might just make it after all. Sitting in the co-anchor chair at The Breakdown is Chuck Pierce (John Michael Higgins), the blowhard, difficult-to-please news desk veteran. Chuck intimidates everyone on staff except for Carol, who uses her polished mom skills to deal with him. Alongside him is Portia (Nicole Richie), the young, very hip co-host who brings a different perspective to old-fashioned journalism. Leading the news team is Greg (Adam Campbell), the dashing young executive producer. Katie’s closest friend at the office is Justin (Horatio Sanz), the laid back video editor who has seen it all and is always more than happy to dole out his zen-like advice. Rounding out the newsroom is Beth (Tracey Wigfield), the creepy resident meteorologist who is far from your stereotypical weather girl.Great News stars Briga Heelan (Love) as Katie, Andrea Martin (Working the Engels) as Carol, Adam Campbell (NCIS) as Greg, Nicole Richie (Candidly Nicole) as Portia, Horatio Sanz (Saturday Night Live) as Justin, and John Michael Higgins (Yes Man) as Chuck.MID-SEASON:InstinctInstinct stars Alan Cumming as a former CIA operative who is lured back to his old life when the NYPD needs his help to stop a serial killer. Dr. Dylan Reinhart (Cumming) is a gifted author and university professor living a quiet life teaching psychopathic behaviour to packed classes of adoring students. But when top NYPD detective Lizzie Needham (Bojana Novakovic) appeals to him to help her catch a serial murderer who is using Dylan’s first book as a tutorial, Dylan is compelled by the case, comes out of retirement, and taps into his old skill set. Though Dylan and Lizzie initially clash, when it comes to catching killers, they realize they will make an ideal team if they both trust their instincts.Instinct stars Alan Cumming (The Good Wife) as Dr. Dylan Reinhart and Bojana Novakovic (Shameless) as Lizzie Needham.Superior DonutsBased on the play by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning writer Tracy Letts, Superior Donuts stars Judd Hirsch as an owner of a doughnut shop in Chicago who, after a half-century in business, hires young go-getter Franco who is bent on freshening the shop. With his business in jeopardy, Arthur grudgingly realizes that he had better embrace the change around him and that Franco could be exactly what he – and the doughnut shop – need to thrive.Superior Donuts stars Judd Hirsch (Independence Day) as Arthur Przybyszewski, Jermaine Fowler (Friends of People) as Franco Wicks, and Katey Sagal (Sons of Anarchy) as Randy DeLuca.Source: Numeris PPM Data, Total Canada, FL’16 (Sept 12-Dec 18/16), conventional rankers based on AMA (000), 3+ airings, excludes World Cup of Hockey and Rio Paralympics, key demos (A25-54, A18-49, F18-49, F25-54) and A18-34 unless otherwise noted, *Ind.2+, **Ind.2+ avg wkly reach, *** SP’17 std (Jan 2 – May 7/17) ranker excludes NFL & NHL playoffsSOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:Twitter:@Global_TV Facebook:http://www.facebook.com/globaltelevisionInstagram:https://www.instagram.com/globaltv/Global Television is a Corus Entertainment Network.About Corus Entertainment Inc.Corus Entertainment Inc. (TSX: CJR.B) is a leading media and content company that creates and delivers high quality brands and content across platforms for audiences around the world. The company’s portfolio of multimedia offerings encompasses 45 specialty television services, 39 radio stations, 15 conventional television stations, a global content business, digital assets, live events, children’s book publishing, animation software, technology and media services. Corus’ roster of premium brands includes Global Television, W Network, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network Canada, HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, HISTORY®, Showcase, National Geographic Channel, Q107, CKNW, Fresh Radio, Disney Channel Canada, YTV and Nickelodeon Canada. Visit Corus at www.corusent.com. 11:35 p.m. 9 p.m. Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders 11:35 p.m. The Late Show With Stephen Colbert The Late Show With Stephen Colbert NCIS “On the heels of Global’s most successful fall season in a decade, this year we have strategically selected new series that build on the Network’s momentum, creating a schedule with the most outstanding series and the brightest stars,” said Maria Hale, Senior Vice President, Global Entertainment & Content Acquisition, Corus Entertainment. “Our 2017/18 lineup combines some of the most anticipated and sought-after new series including Will & Grace, S.W.A.T., SEAL Team, and Law & Order: True Crime, joining our impressive roster of returning hits like Bull, Kevin Can Wait, Survivor, and the NCIS franchise.”The new series joining Global’s schedule are teamed with a dynamite lineup of returning hits. Last fall’s #1 drama Bull* is back on the schedule along with last fall’s #1 new comedy Kevin Can Wait. Reaching more than 5.5 million Canadians every week last fall** the blockbuster NCIS franchise – including NCIS, NCIS: LA, and NCIS: New Orleans – returns, and the power of the franchise continues with Chicago Fire, Chicago PD heating up the schedule, with Chicago Med moving to mid-season. Following Season 34 which averaged more than 2 million viewers (2+) each week***, the perennial Top 10 program and last fall’s #1 reality series, Survivor returns with its 35thseason titled Survivor: Heroes v. Healers v. Hustlers. And freshman drama Taken comes back to the schedule joining Global’s Friday night lineup alongside Friday night’s #1 and #2 series MacGyver and Hawaii Five-0.  Then, Canada’s #1 late-night series Saturday Night Live returns, and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert – which saw a 9% growth in audience year over year*– continues weeknights on Global.Newly acquired series also join the Network’s mid-season schedule including Instinct, a drama starring Alan Cumming (The Good Wife) as a gifted author, university professor, and former CIA operative who is lured back to his old life by the NYPD when they need his help to stop a serial killer; and Superior Donuts, a comedy about the owner of a small doughnut shop that’s located in a quickly gentrifying Chicago neighbourhood. Viewers can catch up on Season 1 of Superior Donuts on CMT Canada this fall before Season 2 joins Global’s schedule in 2018. Rounding out Global’s mid-season lineup are additional returning series including fan-favourite Timeless, last fall’s #2 new comedy Man with a Plan, Season 3 of Jennifer Lopez’s gripping cop drama Shades of Blue, and Season 6 of the Sherlock Holmes procedural Elementary.GLOBAL’S FALL 2017 PROGRAMMING SCHEDULE-AT-A-GLANCEAll times are ET and subject to change. New programs bolded. The Good Place  10 p.m. Taken LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The Late Show With Stephen Colbert 8:30 p.m. The Simpsons 11:35 p.m. Sunday 7 p.m. Border Security Entertainment Tonight Canada Superstore Monday MacGyver 8 p.m. Entertainment Tonight NCIS: New Orleans Entertainment Tonight Canada 9 p.m. 8 p.m. Will & Grace Login/Register With: Wisdom of the Crowd  7:30 p.m.last_img read more

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Top UN envoy mourns loss of Iraqi Shia political leader

27 August 2009The top United Nations official in Iraq today extended his condolences on the passing of Shi’a political leader Abdul Aziz Al Hakim, who he said played an important role in stabilizing the country in recent years. “Iraq lost an important leader at a critical juncture,” Ad Melkert, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative, said in a news release issued by the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).Mr. Al Hakim died on Wednesday in the Iranian capital, Tehran, where he had been undergoing treatment for cancer.Mr. Melkert said that the late leader played an important role in helping to stabilize Iraq and in charting a path from conflict to reconciliation, adding that the UN appreciated the support Mr. Al Hakim extended to it over the past few years. read more

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New UN site in Malakal offers protection to South Sudanese civilians fleeing

“As long as people feel afraid, they can know they have our protection,” Hilde F. Johnson, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of UNMISS, said during the inauguration of the protection-of-civilian site. UNMISS threw open its gates to all unarmed civilians facing an imminent threat of physical violence when the crisis in South Sudan erupted in mid-December 2013. Over 93,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) are currently living in 10 of the Mission’s compounds across the country.The new facility in Malakal, the capital of the state of Bor, has an area of 100,000 square metres and can accommodate between 8,000 and 9,000 IDPs, the Mission stated in a news release.Of the estimated 19,000 civilians currently living inside the UNMISS facilities in Malakal, slightly over 3,100 had already moved to the new site as of last Saturday.A new protection site adjacent to the UN House complex in the national capital, Juba, has also been opened. A large-scale relocation of IDPs from the Mission’s Tomping compound to the new site is expected to take place during the second half of this month. The protection of civilians was given the utmost priority when the Security Council recently renewed the Mission’s mandate, along with addressing the security, humanitarian and political crisis that has gripped the world’s youngest nation. The Mission also noted that South Sudanese President Salva Kiir and former Vice President Riek Machar were supposed to meet in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, today, as agreed to in the 9 May document that aimed to end the fighting. As part of the May agreement, the two South Sudanese officials agreed to meet on a monthly basis to review progress in the implementation of the accord, which followed a 23 January Agreement on the Cessation of Hostilities that failed to stem the conflict. “We really hope that progress will be made so that there will be full compliance with the cessation of hostilities agreement and major steps are taken towards comprehensive peace,” said Ms. Johnson.“Ultimately, it is peace and stability that will permit people to feel safe enough to return to their communities and neighbourhoods,” she added. read more

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Mother on run with children amid custody battle with wife claims authorities

first_imgA woman who left her wife and went on the run with their daughter amid a custody battle has claimed that the authorities have been “blinded” by gay rights.Lauren Etchells, a teacher originally from north east England, is accused of child abduction and police have ordered an international hunt.Now the 31-year-old has come forward to describe why she left her marriage to Tasha Brown and justifying the reasons for leaving their home in Canada with their two-year-old daughter Kaydance and her baby son.Criticising what she described as the “political correctness” surrounding her case involving the dispute over Kaydance, Ms Etchells said: “This whole case has been about gay rights and not about what is good for my child.” She claimed that she wanted Kaydance to have a life with Marco van der Merwe, a former boyfriend from school whom she said had agreed to be a sperm donor for her second child.Giving no clue about her location, Ms Etchells explained her position to leave home in an 18,000-word email to The Times.”At some point the system needs to look at the straight facts and see that Kaydance is better off with me instead of getting blinded and caught up in political correctness and bureaucracy,” she wrote.”Breaking up her family, separating her from her mother and brother and the man she knows as her father is going to do far more psychological damage to her than growing up not knowing … Ms Brown.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Lauren Etchells (left) and Tasha Brown on their wedding day in Canada, 2002 Lauren Etchells (left) and Tasha Brown on their wedding day in Canada, 2002Credit:Facebook The system needs to… see that Kaydance is better off with me instead of getting blinded and caught up in political correctnessLauren Etchells Ms Etchells, who met 43-year-old Ms Brown on a dating site while studying at the University of Victoria in 2007, said that she wanted Kaydance to “grow up with her biological family” who “always put her best interests first”. She also accused the authorities of hunting her “like an animal”.Ms Etchells and Ms Brown lived in the United Arab Emirates, where Ms Etchells worked at a private school, before they tied the knot in Canada in 2012. It was Ms Etchells who gave birth to Kaydance after getting pregnant by artificial insemination, but the pair were both listed as the girl’s mother on her birth certificate.Ms Brown, also a teacher, was said to have been granted access to their daughter by a court after they relationship ended.In her email, Ms Etchells said that Mr Van der Merwe had agreed to become a donor for her second child and she became pregnant again after parting from Ms Brown.She described how she and the children accompanied 31-year-old Mr Van der Merwe as far as Britain four weeks after their son was born before he returned to the Middle East, with the promise of joining him a fortnight later.Ms Brown told The Times: “I am Kaydance’s mom too, who loves and misses her dearly. I am worried about her safety and concerned for her health. A life on the run is the worst possible way to raise our daughter.”last_img read more

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NHS doctors banned from charging ripoff locum rates for extra shifts

first_imgNHS doctors have been banned from earning lucrative agency rates while moonlighting at other hospitals after it emerged five medics were paid more than £2 million a year between them.The health service watchdog, NHS Improvement, last night also revealed that around 100 agency staff are earning more than £200,000 a year for covering staff shortages, while more than 500 doctors take home in excess of £150,000 a year.Many of these are NHS employees taking advantage of a system which allows them to charge “rip-off” agency rates – in addition to their salary – when working shifts at a hospital that is not their main place of employment. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Hospital sign The regulator is now banning the practice and has said that any doctor providing shifts at their non-regular NHS hospital must be paid at a normal level through PAYE.It comes ahead of a change in the law due to come into force this April which will ban doctors from avoiding income tax by being paid through personal service companies.The moves form part of a 18-month campaign to cut down on the huge sums made by locum agencies exploiting shortfalls in full-time hospital staff.It is hoped the drive will tackle spiralling overspends by the provider sector, which mainly comprises hospitals, which last year reached more than £2.45 billion.NHS Improvement said that three quarters of trusts had been able to reduce their agency spending since last year, with 40 per cent managing to cut their bills by more than a quarter.It means hospitals are forecast to have spent around £3 billion in this financial year on locums, compared to £3.7 billion in 2015/16. There are far too many agency staff making the most out of the lower tax rates paid via personal service companiesJim Mackey, Chief Executive, NHS Improvement Hospitals must declare their locum spend weeklyCredit:PA More than a fifth of the bill spent on medical locums is devoted to filling gaps in A&E staff rosters, where there are acute full-time staff shortages and increasing patient demand.Jim Mackey, chief executive of NHS Improvement, said the changes would make it more attractive for doctors and nurses to become permanent NHS employees.“These new rules will make sure most agency staff get paid and taxed in the same way as their NHS staff colleagues,” he said.“We expect these new measures to take another big chunk out of excessive agency costs.“There are far too many agency staff making the most out of the lower tax rates paid via personal service companies.”NHS Improvement is now demanding that hospital bosses report the amount they pay to locum staff on a weekly basis.The body will then publish the total number of shifts each trust has reported paying more than £120 per hour.The watchdog believes the new measures will save up to 25 per cent of the hourly charge billed by an agency, although it acknowledged greater transparency was needed surrounding locums paid more than £150,000 a year and promised further proposals in the coming weeks.A spokesman for the Department of Health said: “This Government was the first to stop staffing agencies ripping-off the NHS and our efforts are having real impact – saving £1 billion which can be better spent on patient care.“However, we know there is more work to do.“These measures will help to level the playing field for hardworking NHS staff and make sure the NHS gets the most out of every pound it spends.”last_img read more

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Prince Harry is a torch in our darkness say veterans who have

first_img Phillip Eaglesham Corporal Phil Eaglesham first met Prince Harry in 2014, the same year the 35-year-old Royal Marine tried to take his own life.Eaglesham, of Taunton, Somerset, who is married with three boys aged 13, 10 and six, was just days from finishing his second tour of Afghanistan in 2010 when he contracted Q Fever, a rare bacterial infection caused by spores in the earth being kicked up in heavy fighting.It had already been a brutal tour for his unit, 40 Commando, who were posted in Sangin – at the time the most dangerous district in Afghanistan – with 14 killed including some of Corporal Eaglesham’s close friends.When he eventually made it back to England he was so weakened by his illness that he couldn’t lift up his newborn son.  Phillip Eaglesham Credit:Diarmuid Greene  There are images of him tanned and posing in his body armour, others where he stares straight down the scope of his sniper rifle. He even has one of him immediately after the grenade blast, blood streaming down the back of his charred trousers.But there is one photograph above all that he cherishes: him and Prince Harry together, grinning and laughing.“It was an honour to meet him and see how much he cares,” he says. “He is definitely a torch in the darkness.” The debilitating condition, for which there is no prognosis, has left him confined to a motorised wheelchair. His wife, Julie, has become a full-time carer helping him wash and get dressed.“It’s been going downhill ever since,” he says. “I have had anxiety and depression because of not being able to do things that I previously could. I can’t chew steak. I can’t play outside with my children.”Beyond the physical toll, the mental strain has been near impossible to bear to the point where he made a suicide attempt. But following his first meeting with Prince Harry at the Royal Marines Commando Training Centre, Corporal Eaglesham has slowly opened up about his problems.In 2016 he competed in the shooting at the Rio Paralympics and has recently appeared on stage alongside the prince at an event promoting greater understanding of mental health in the Armed Forces. “It’s hard to put into words how much it means to just have someone speaking out for us who really knows,” he says. The prince has called for a greater understanding of the myriad mental issues caused by war, rather than just lumping everything under the banner of PTSD.“It’s more than we would like to admit who are suffering,” says Corporal Eaglesham, who leaves the Royal Marines this July. “I have a lot of friends with issues and I know there are a lot still out there who aren’t getting help.”In January this year Prince Harry visited Tedworth House, a recovery centre in the Wiltshire countryside run by the charity Help for Heroes. While the pair did not cross paths in Afghanistan – where the young royal served two operational tours during his 10-year Army career – he says they fought in a lot of the same places.“He’s walked the steps we’ve walked and seen the things we’ve seen and lived with it daily himself,” he says. Since leaving the Army in 2015, Prince Harry has championed the need to remove stigma around the mental health of veterans. Through his campaigning work he has met countless former and serving Armed Forces personnel, often in behind the scenes visits including volunteering at the Army’s Personnel Recovery Unit in London.As he admits in the Telegraph interview, their harrowing stories have left their mark: a young girl he met who had recently tried to commit suicide, a Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) sufferer shaking so badly he was unable to speak, and another soldier so deafened by a grenade blast that he is forced to sleep each night with a speaker in his bedroom playing the sound of rain and thunderstorms on a loop.But in the process Prince Harry has become a figurehead for veterans from all walks of life, inspiring those who bear the mental and physical scars of war.A 2014 report by the King’s Centre for Military Health Research found PTSD rates of around four per cent in Britain’s Armed Forces (rising to 6.9 per cent for those deployed in combat roles).Last September, the charity Combat Stress said it was treating more than 1,300 veterans of Afghanistan for illnesses including PTSD, depression and anxiety, up 34 per cent from the previous year. Phillip Eaglesham   Phillip EagleshamCredit:Diarmuid Greene  Mike Day continues to battle the “demons” that followed him home from the Middle East and he remains unable to currently hold down a job.But having the support and understanding of such a high profile advocate as Prince Harry has, he says, been a huge help in readjusting to society.“I look at Harry as a peer and a mentor,” he says. “Speaking about war used to be a taboo and Harry is changing that.”Like many young soldiers in the modern era, Day keeps on his laptop countless photographs of his time in Afghanistan.  Phillip Eaglesham Among those present was Mike Day, a 34-year-old former sniper section commander who served with distinction in Iraq and Afghanistan. He recalls chatting to the prince for 10 minutes or so, joking about Army life as well as the challenge of overcoming mental and physical injuries sustained in Helmand Province.As the prince has stressed in today’s interview, often he believes it takes the “dark sense of humour” developed by somebody who has served in the military to allow soldiers to open up.For Mike Day, the moment that would change his life came during an early morning patrol deep in Helmand’s green zone on August 23, 2009. Just the previous day he had been knocked unconscious in an IED blast which “nearly killed” three fellow soldiers.This time he was not to be so lucky when a grenade exploded in his path. Day came to in an irrigation ditch with a cracked spine and shrapnel implanted in his temple as well as lacerating his legs and buttocks. In Prince Harry (who he has met four times in total) Corporal Eaglesham recognises a brother-in-arms. Show more He was evacuated out and flown to Selly Oak Hospital in Birmingham where metal rods and chains were inserted into his back.  It was only a few weeks after he had returned home from hospital when the full extent of his injuries became clear.“I would wake up in the night in hot sweats,” he recalls. “Sometimes I would dive under the bed in my sleep. I didn’t really address it until I woke up with my both my hands around my partner’s neck. Then we realised I had to get help.”Day, who lives in Somerset and has three children Chloe, 13, Phoebe, 11 and Obi, four, was eventually diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury and PTSD and in 2013 was medically discharged from the Army.Being told he could no longer do the job he loved since signing up at 16 was his lowest moment. “Everything fell off a cliff,” he says.  Phillip EagleshamCredit:Diarmuid Greene  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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Richard Pybus set to become West Indies head coach

Richard Pybus during his spell with Bangladesh AFPESPNcricinfo– Richard Pybus, West Indies’ high performance director, has agreed to take up the role of head coach full-time, replacing the interim coach Nic Pothas.Pybus’ contract, ESPNcricinfo understands, will effectively run until the 2019 Test series against India, which follows the ODI World Cup in England.The position of West Indies head coach had been vacant since Stuart Law resigned from the position less than two years into his job.He left West Indies to take up a four-year contract with the English county team Middlesex. Originally the fielding coach, Pothas was made interim head coach for the recent tour of Bangladesh that followed Law’s exit. West Indies lost Test and ODI series 2-0 and 2-1 respectively, and won the T20Is 2-1.Pybus took over as high performance director in February, his role requiring him to work alongside selectors and coaches across all levels of the game in the Caribbean. He had previously served as West Indies’ director of cricket from 2013 to the end of 2016, when he chose not to renew his contract.Pybus’ return to West Indies cricket wasn’t welcomed by everyone. The former West Indies opener Desmond Haynes questioned the process of appointing him – “It would be great to ask the [CWI] president [Dave Cameron] about this appointment and when was this position advertised,” he wrote in a Facebook post.Darren Sammy, who captained West Indies when Pybus was director of cricket, expressed disbelief at his return. “Lies lies lies… Must be fake news,” Sammy tweeted, and a day later, in response to a reply: “Well I’m still hoping that nightmare is not true #fakenews he’s not coming back at CWI.”Pybus’ stint as director of cricket was controversial – he was responsible for the policy that made participation in West Indies’ domestic competitions mandatory for international selection across formats. This was in part responsible for a number of senior players choosing to focus solely on playing T20 leagues around the world.Before his stints with West Indies, Pybus coached Pakistan – taking them to the final of the 1999 World Cup – and Bangladesh apart from a number of domestic teams around the world, working extensively in South Africa at the franchise level.His last stint with an international team, Bangladesh, ended up lasting only five months after a disagreement over the terms of his contract in 2012. Last year, he was also shortlisted and interviewed for the role of India coach. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCWI asked to ‘rescind’ Pybus’ appointmentJanuary 9, 2019In “latest news”Floyd Reifer takes over from Richard Pybus as West Indies interim coachApril 12, 2019In “latest news”Lewis slams Pybus’ Windies appointment, says due process not followedJanuary 4, 2019In “latest news” read more

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Le 29 février une Journée mondiale consacrée aux maladies rares

first_imgLe 29 février : une Journée mondiale consacrée aux maladies raresLa 5ème édition de la Journée mondiale des maladies rares se déroule aujourd’hui même le 29 février. C’est l’occasion de communiquer et d’informer sur ce thème qui reste encore trop souvent tabou, afin de sensibiliser le grand public comme les professionnels.Ce 29 février, l’association Alliance Maladies Rares, a réalisé une opération de sensibilisation du grand public à bord des iDTGV pour la Journée mondiale consacrée aux maladies rares. Des conférences ont été organisées dans les trains au départ de Paris à destination des grandes villes de France et des dépliants informatifs ont été distribués. Un seul objectif : sensibiliser le public ainsi que les professionnels à ces pathologies qui handicapent très souvent les malades au quotidien.À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Une maladie est considérée comme rare lorsque moins d’une personne sur 2.000 est affectée, soit pour la France moins de 30.000 personnes pour une maladie donnée. Si ces chiffres apparaissent faibles, la situation semble bien plus préoccupante quand on sait que ces pathologies touchent près de 3 millions de personnes dans l’Hexagone et 30 millions en Europe. Or, en plus d’être rares, ces maladies sont bien souvent “orphelines”, c’est-à-dire qu’il n’existe pas de médicaments qui puissent soigner ou soulager les symptômes qu’elles entrainent.Bien qu’elles soient variées, les maladies rares ont une origine génétique dans 80% des cas et touchent ainsi très souvent des enfants dès le plus jeune âge. Elles peuvent alors les empêcher de bouger, de voir, de résister aux infections voire même de respirer. D’où l’importance de multiplier les recherches scientifiques pour tenter de mieux les comprendre et de trouver un moyen de les traiter. Outre faire de la sensibilisation, la Journée mondiale est ainsi également l’occasion de lancer officiellement la Fondation maladies rares qui permettra aux patients et à leur entourage de bénéficier d’outils et de services spécifiques et aux professionnels, d’améliorer les connaissances dans le domaine des maladies rares et de participer au développement de thérapies. Le 29 février 2012 à 19:19 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Gov Inslee to tour Hanford reservation Wednesday

first_imgRICHLAND — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee plans to tour the Hanford nuclear reservation on Wednesday with officials from the Energy Department and state Ecology Department.Inslee wants to learn more about six leaking waste storage tanks and Hanford cleanup work.Officials announced last week the tanks may be leaking 1,000 gallons a year. Hanford has a total of 177 aging tanks that store millions of gallons of radioactive sludge left over from nuclear weapons production.Federal officials say there is no immediate threat to public safety.last_img read more

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Demand for councilor seats for BCs

first_imgToopran: BC Welfare Association Medak President M Ganga Ram appointed leaders for Manoharabad Mandal BC Welfare Association in Dhatharpalli on Monday. He said BCs should be given priority in Assembly. He demanded councilor seats for BCs in the coming municipal elections.BC TS Secretary Shiva Goud, BC Welfare Association district vice president Mallikarjuna Goud, G Prasanth Kumar, P Sai Babu and others were present.last_img

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Researchers use new approach to create triangulene molecule

first_img A triangulene molecule, as its name suggests, is a hydrocarbon molecule that is shaped like a triangle—it is also flat because it is just one atom thick—chemists have been trying in vain for years to synthesize such molecules because of their expected unique properties, but have failed due to the instability of unpaired electrons. In this new effort, the researchers took a new approach, using a scanning probe microscope tip to nudge pieces into place and then to tear away the parts that were not needed.To create the molecule, the researches began with a dihydrotriangulene molecule because it did not have the reactive unpaired electrons—they used it as a precursor, laying it on a base (they tried xenon, copper and salt) and then probing it with the electron microscope tip to get the molecules to align in the desired way. Next, they fired an electron beam at the molecule two times to remove the hydrogen, leaving behind a triangulene. The team then created an image of the molecule they had created using the same microscope, which showed its unique triangular shape. They also found they were able to keep the molecule stable as long as they kept it in a vacuum at low temperatures. In testing the molecule, they found that its two unpaired electrons had aligned spins, which was expected. That property was one of the reasons that chemists have been trying to synthesize the molecule—it is believed it could prove very useful in various electronic devices and might even have applications in a quantum computer.The research team plans to continue their work with creating triangulene molecules to learn more about their properties and possible uses. They also hope to find out why their technique worked when a copper bases was used—they thought the two materials would react. © 2017 Phys.org More information: Niko Pavliček et al. Synthesis and characterization of triangulene, Nature Nanotechnology (2017). DOI: 10.1038/nnano.2016.305AbstractTriangulene, the smallest triplet-ground-state polybenzenoid (also known as Clar’s hydrocarbon), has been an enigmatic molecule ever since its existence was first hypothesized. Despite containing an even number of carbons (22, in six fused benzene rings), it is not possible to draw Kekulé-style resonant structures for the whole molecule: any attempt results in two unpaired valence electrons. Synthesis and characterization of unsubstituted triangulene has not been achieved because of its extreme reactivity, although the addition of substituents has allowed the stabilization and synthesis of the triangulene core and verification of the triplet ground state via electron paramagnetic resonance measurements. Here we show the on-surface generation of unsubstituted triangulene that consists of six fused benzene rings. The tip of a combined scanning tunnelling and atomic force microscope (STM/AFM) was used to dehydrogenate precursor molecules. STM measurements in combination with density functional theory (DFT) calculations confirmed that triangulene keeps its free-molecule properties on the surface, whereas AFM measurements resolved its planar, threefold symmetric molecular structure. The unique topology of such non-Kekulé hydrocarbons results in open-shell π-conjugated graphene fragments6 that give rise to high-spin ground states, potentially useful in organic spintronic devices. Our generation method renders manifold experiments possible to investigate triangulene and related open-shell fragments at the single-molecule level. Citation: Researchers use new approach to create triangulene molecule (2017, February 14) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-02-approach-triangulene-molecule.html Researchers reveal the structure of individual chemical bonds using specialized imaging techniques Journal information: Nature Nanotechnologycenter_img (Phys.org)—A team of researchers with IBM Research in Switzerland and the University of Warwick in the U.K. has successfully created a triangulene molecule by manipulating a precursor molecule physically using a scanning probe microscope tip. In their paper published in the journal Nature Nanotechnology, the team describes their approach and what they have learned about the molecule’s properties thus far. Manuel Melle-Franco with the University of Aveiro in Portugal offers a News & Views piece on the work done by the team in the same journal issue. a,b, AFM images of triangulene on Cu (Δz = 1.66 Å, Isp = 2 pA, Vsp = 0.1 V) (a) and Xe (Δz = −0.82 Å, Isp = 1 pA, Vsp = 0.1 V) (b). Credit: (c) Nature Nanotechnology (2017). DOI: 10.1038/nnano.2016.305 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

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New scanning technique allows researchers to read words on mummy waste wrap

first_imgCredit: CC0 Public Domain A team of researchers with University College London has found a noninvasive way to read writing on ancient papyrus used to construct boxes that held mummies inside their tombs. Team lead Adam Gibson spoke to the press about the new development and why he believes archaeologists and historians will find it useful. ‘Oldest’ papyrus is finally decoded Citation: New scanning technique allows researchers to read words on mummy waste wrap (2018, January 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-01-scanning-technique-words-mummy.html Researchers have known for many years that workers in ancient Egypt recycled papyrus for different purposes—one particular use was creating decorated boxes into which mummies were placed. Papyrus scraps were glued together using paste and plaster, similar to modern paper-mâché projects. In ancient times, papyrus was used as a type of paper. Tax records were reported on papyrus, for example, as were lists of grocery items. Because papyrus was used for such mundane tasks, examples offer a glimpse of daily life in ancient civilizations such as that in early Egypt. Unfortunately, up till now, the only way to read such information on the recycled papyrus used to create mummy cases was to tear apart the fragments, destroying the box. In this new effort, the researchers have found a way to read the papyrus without causing it any harm.The technique involved using a digital imaging method that interpreted light bounced back from a subject. Prior research had shown that the pigment in ink used by the ancient Egyptians over 2000 years ago could fluoresce under the proper infrared filter. By using such filters with digital imaging technology, the team was able to see the ink and read what it said. The team used the technique on a coffin lid held at Chiddington Castle in Kent and report that they were able to make out a word that after translation spelled “Irethoreru,” which, the team explained, means “The eye of Horus is against them.” It was a common name in ancient Egypt. The team further suggests that because of the way the text was displayed on the papyrus, it was likely the mummy’s actual name.Gibson suggested that moving forward, researchers can use the technique to read other papyrus samples without destroying them in the process.center_img © 2018 Phys.org 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

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first_img Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD 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 It is estimated that over 23,000 people will be diagnosed with primary brain tumors in the United States in 2014 and that 10 percent to 15 percent will have low-grade gliomas. Since all three chemotherapy drugs in the regimen are commercially available, the treatment used in the clinical trial is available for use now. However, this form of chemotherapy is associated with some toxicities, such as reduced white blood cell counts leading to increased infection risk; Trial investigators recommend it should be utilized only by physicians experienced with managing the side-effects that may occur. 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 Low-grade gliomas grow more slowly and have a better outcome than the more common type of brain tumor in adults, which is classified as glioblastoma. Related Content All patients started treatment with surgery followed by radiation therapy. By random assignment, half of patients stopped treatment after radiation therapy and the other half received six cycles of chemotherapy after completing radiation therapy. Patients receiving chemotherapy got three drugs: procarbazine (P); CCNU (C), which generically is known as lomustine; and vincristine (V). This chemotherapy, termed PCV, was given over 21 days and repeated every eight weeks for a total of six cycles. For more information: www.cancer.gov, www.nih.gov FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 The National Cancer Institute (NCI) leads the National Cancer Program and the NIH effort to dramatically reduce the prevalence of cancer and improve the lives of cancer patients and their families, through research into prevention and cancer biology, the development of new interventions and the training and mentoring of new researchers.  The Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG), a clinical trials organization funded by the National Cancer Institute (NCI), part of NIH, and NCI are making the results public. Full details from this analysis are to be presented at a scientific meeting in 2014 and in a peer-reviewed publication. Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications News | 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 A significant improvement in overall survival was noted for study participants who received PCV chemotherapy plus radiation therapy. PCV recipients experienced 13.3 years median survival time, compared to 7.8 years median survival time for those receiving radiation therapy alone. Median follow-up after initial enrollment has been almost 12 years. 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 The study, RTOG 9802, enrolled 251 patients with low-grade gliomas between October 1998 and June 2002 to address the role of chemotherapy following radiation treatment. Patients enrolled were at high risk because they were 40 years or older, or had a less than complete surgical removal of their tumor if they were under 40 years of age. February 10, 2014 — Adults with low-grade gliomas who received a chemotherapy regimen following completion of radiation therapy lived longer than patients who received radiation therapy alone. This is according to long-term follow-up results from a National Institutes of Health-supported randomized controlled clinical trial. “This trial would not have been done in the United States without a large national network of investigators brought together through the NCI-supported Cooperative Group program that was capable of enrolling patients with a relatively uncommon cancer like low-grade glioma,” said Jeff Abrams, M.D., clinical director of NCI’s Division of Cancer Treatment and Diagnosis. “These findings also are an example of how combining available treatments can produce a significant improvement in clinical outcome.” 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 Analysis of how patients are doing based upon the molecular and genetic characteristics of their tumors is ongoing. These studies will be important since molecular characteristics of related brain tumors have been able to identify patients most likely to benefit from chemotherapy. News | February 10, 2014 Chemotherapy After Radiation Improves Survival in Low-Grade Gliomas Brain Tumors 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 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 | 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 | 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 Image courtesy of Imago Systems RTOG 9802 was sponsored by NCI and was designed and conducted by RTOG in collaboration with three other NCI cooperative groups (SWOG, ECOG-ACRIN and the Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology). RTOG will work as a component of a new network group, NRG Oncology, effective March 2014. “The results of this study are practice-changing,” said co-lead investigator Jan Buckner, M.D., professor of oncology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn. “Additionally, ongoing analysis of patient tumor samples should allow us to further identify the patients who will, and who will not, benefit from chemotherapy, taking yet another step toward individualized therapy.” The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. 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 | 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 morelast_img read more

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Book a Vegas package for a chance to win a free trip

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group Monday, May 1, 2017 Posted by How does a free trip to the ‘Entertainment Capital of the World’ sound to you? Travel agents are invited to book their way to Las Vegas with a new contest launched by WestJet Vacations, WestJet and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.Agents who book any Las Vegas package with WestJet Vacations will be entered to win one of two trips to Las Vegas that includes roundtrip flights for two, a three-night stay at a participating hotel, show tickets, excursions and more.“Travel agents play a vital role to our success and we want to make sure they are rewarded for their hard work in selling and promoting our destination,” said David Han, Senior Account Manager, LVCVA Canada office. “We will continue to invest in travel trade to provide better assets and platforms for them to succeed in the future.”Agents must submit their bookings on trackmylasvegasbookings.com. Agents must then register their bookings using the code CANADA under the LVCVA Tracking Code. Every WestJet Vacations package booked to Las Vegas earns one entry into the contest.More news:  Onex paying big to get WestJet and that will send airfares soaring, says CWTBooking window runs from May 1-June 30, 2017. Contest excludes residents of Quebec.For more information, go to travelweek.ca/contests.center_img Tags: Las Vegas, WestJet, WestJet Vacations Share Book a Vegas package for a chance to win a free triplast_img read more

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New York NY – Whether embarking on an adventurous

first_imgNew York, NY – Whether embarking on an adventurous safari or attending a quick business meeting, a trip to the Mideast or Africa is always exhilarating. Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazine, has released its selections of the top suites at the top luxury hotels in the Mideast and Africa at www.elitetraveler.com. The comprehensive editorial guide to the top suites of top hotels and resorts is designed for elite travelers and the magazine’s typical reader who flies by private jet.“The readers of Elite Traveler make 41 trips per year, including 11 intercontinental trips,” noted Douglas Gollan, President and Editor-in-Chief of Elite Traveler. “These accomodations are hidden wonders that encompass the private, yet exotic nature of an excursion to the Mideast or Africa.”The luxury hotels and resorts featured in the Elite Traveler guide to Top Hotel Suites of The Mideast & Africa are:-Banyan Tree Desert Spa and Resort, Al Areen, Bahrain -Shangri-La’s Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa -Burj Al Arab -Kwandwe Private Game Reserve -Twelve Apostles Hotel And Spa -Grande Provence Wine Estate -The Melrose Arch Hotel -Banyan Tree Seychelles -Bateleur Camp at Kichwa TemboFor each hotel or resort, the guide provides beautiful pictures of the top suites and insider information on special services, plus direct contact information to the hotel or resort.“Elite Traveler readers spend over $350,000 on stays and events at luxury hotels and resorts, so this is a great way to provide our readers updated and relevant content on the top suites at the top hotels and resorts at the tip of their fingers,” said Gollan.The Mideast and Africa luxury guide can be found at www.elitetraveler.com plus additional guides on luxury hotel and resort suites to more than 40 cities, including Monaco, London, Los Angeles, New York and Dubai.last_img read more

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