Rabat – Famous tennis player Maria Sharapova is enjoying her stay in Morocco’s ochre city, Marrakech, sharing pictures with fans on social media.Sharapova arrived in Marrakech on vacation a few days ago and began posting pictures on her Instagram. In one black and white picture she shared two days ago, the 31-year-old posed with a big smile next to a camel.In the second picture, Sharapova posed next to vintage radios and antiques, wearing a traditional Moroccan hat. Renowned Moroccan photographer and designer Hassan Hajjaj, 58, known as the “Andy Warhol of Marrakech,” posted another picture of Sharapova on his Instagram account from a photoshoot with the tennis star.In the picture, Sharapova pulled off a Bohemian look. She wore a scarf, a colorful caftan, baggy yellow and black polka dot pants, long colored socks, and charbil (slippers).Sharapova is a fan of Moroccan culture and cuisine. She told the American magazine Coveteur in a 2016 interview that she knows how to cook Moroccan tajine and souscous. “When my friends get together, we like to experiment from a cookbook. We just made a big Moroccan Tajine with couscous and caramelized onions, finished off with fresh mint tea with pine nuts,” she said.In 2015, Sharapova shared another picture of her home-made tajine.As a professional tennis player, Sharapova currently ranks 29th in the world. She became the world’s number 1 for the first time in 2005, at the age of 18.
“This project is an important and in many ways pioneering initiative for the refugee agency,” UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) spokesperson Jennifer Pagonis told reporters in Geneva. “It is a first step towards understanding the link between transit migration and refugees and creating a protection space for asylum seekers while they are in transit.”This problem raises new challenges and the agency stressed its increasing concern that in their effort to combat illegal migration EU countries tend to overlook the needs of the refugees mixed in with the illegal migrants. Because the refugee dimension of transit migration has so far been largely ignored, comparatively little is known about the number of potential refugees involved.UNHCR will seek testimony from asylum seekers in southern European nations, like Italy, Spain and Malta, which are first ports of call for thousands of people transiting from Africa. It will also seek to talk to asylum seekers and migrants in North Africa, with interviews already planned in Mauritania.Another axis of the project is to increase dialogue on refugee issues in North Africa, both at the national and regional level, in order to develop basic protection mechanisms for asylum seekers and potential refugees. Many North African nations have signed the 1951 Refugee Convention but need to develop a national framework to create an asylum space in the region.The third part of the project will look into the question of how to manage the protection of asylum seekers and potential refugees on the high seas. In the vast majority of cases, the trip from Africa to Europe involves a sea crossing, often organized by illegal traffickers, sometimes with disastrous consequences.The question of interception of boats on the high seas is difficult and often neglected, raising concerns about which state is responsible for the asylum seekers who might be onboard. In this regard, UNHCR will be advocating a multilateral approach involving the EU, countries of transit and the relevant international organizations.
Last weekend, the UConn women’s basketball team punched its ticket to a 26th straight Sweet 16 with an 82-74 win over Buffalo. It was business as usual except for one small detail: the Huskies are a No. 2 seed, making this the first year since 2006 that the Huskies are not a No. 1 seed. The selection committee’s decision was controversial, but UConn Coach Geno Auriemma shrugged it off, saying, “We’re not going to practice differently because we’re a 2 instead of a 1.”Auriemma surely hopes his team doesn’t play any differently, either, as the Huskies have advanced to the Final Four in each of the past 11 seasons. In that span, they have won six national championships.But seeding aside, are this year’s Huskies any different? After all, this team only lost two games and none in the American Athletic Conference. Are UConn fans right to be upset about the No. 2 seed, or is the seed a real reflection of the fact that this year’s Huskies aren’t quite as elite as their title-winning predecessors?2018-19 UConn versus 2015-16 UConnUConn most recently won an NCAA title in 2015-16, led by the dominant trio of Breanna Stewart, Moriah Jefferson and Morgan Tuck. That team went 38-0 and won by almost 40 points per game, including a 31-point victory over Syracuse in the national championship game. According to Her Hoop Stats, UConn led the nation in most traditional and advanced statistics, including points per game, points allowed per game, field goal percentage, points per scoring attempt, assists per game and block rate.As an exercise, I selected 23 statistical categories from Her Hoop Stats on which to compare the 2015-16 and the 2018-19 teams. These included statistics on offense and defense—and on shooting, rebounding, assists, steals, blocks and fouls — in an attempt to represent the full range of each team’s abilities. Eight of the statistics happened to be categories in which UConn led the nation in 2015-16. This year’s UConn team leads the nation in just one of these statistics — foul rate — and bettered the 2015-16 team’s numbers in only three. This year’s team holds opponents to a lower shooting percentage on three-pointers, records assists on a higher percentage of its baskets, and has a slightly lower turnover rate than the 2015-16 team. This year’s Huskies lag behind the 2015-16 champ teamBased on 23 selected offense and defense statistics comparing the 2015-16 and 2018-19 University of Connecticut women’s basketball team 2018-19 UConn forward Napheesa Collier vs. 2015-16 forward Breanna Stewart in 17 statistics where Stewart leads Collier 2015-162018-19Is 2018-19 better? Minutes per game32.529.1 Block rate4.7%11.9% Foul rate2.7%2.6% Field goal share7215634 Block rate16.1%10.5% Opponent points per scoring attempt0.790.82 Collier is averaging 21.1 points, 10.7 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.5 blocks per game for the Huskies. She ranks in the top 10 percent of players nationally in usage rate (27.0 percent), meaning that more than one in four Huskies possessions while she’s on the court ends with her shooting the ball or turning it over. (She registers an assist on another 21.5 percent of UConn possessions while she’s on the court.) Despite such a heavy workload, she is among the most efficient players in the nation, ranking 19th in field goal percentage (61.9%) and 22nd in points per scoring attempt (1.30).In March, anything can happen. Sometimes a player puts a team on his or her back and carries it to a championship. Basketball fans in Storrs know something about this: Kemba Walker did it for the UConn men in 2011 and Shabazz Napier followed suit three years later. In other years, the best team does win, as shown by UConn’s four undefeated seasons from 2008-09 to 2015-16. In other years, it’s a little of both — such as in 2002-03, a dominant season for the Huskies that Auriemma famously summarized as, “We have Diana [Taurasi] and you don’t.” This year, whether the title goes to an excellent team or to a transcendent individual talent, the UConn women have a good chance of taking home the trophy. The Huskies may not be quite as intimidating as they once were, but the 2-seed is still among the nation’s best. And, of course, they have Napheesa, and other teams don’t. Turnover rate11.0%10.0% Field goals attempted per game13.912.8 Steals per game7134256 Opponent 3-point share29.9%28.3%✓ Steals per game1.51.8 Opponent 3-point rate30.2%32.2% And here are the categories in which Stewart comes out on top: Source: Her Hoop Stats Rebounds per game6723414 Field goals made per game8.67.4 Total rebounding rate17.3%17.0% Assist-to-turnover ratio1.821.70 Source: Her Hoop Stats Season ranking 3-point share6215374 Foul rate15.6%16.9% Source: her hoop stats However, the 2015-16 team set an incredibly high bar; comparing any team to that team feels akin to saying, “These UCLA Bruins are OK, but they’ve got nothing on John Wooden’s 1972 squad.” Not only did the 2015-16 UConn team go undefeated, but it didn’t win a single game all season by fewer than 10 points. Seniors Stewart, Jefferson and Tuck became the first three picks in the 2016 WNBA draft — the only time three players from the same school have ever been the top three picks in the WNBA or NBA draft.2018-19 UConn versus UConn title teams since 2009Her Hoop Stats only offers advanced statistics on teams from the 2015-16 season to the present, but UConn makes plenty of traditional stats available in its women’s basketball archives. Here is how this year’s UConn team compares to the six most recent UConn champions in 16 categories: Offensive rebounds per game3.22.2 Opponent effective field goal share38.0%38.8% Assist rate21.5%22.7% Steal rate16.6%11.8% Blocks per game1.53.4 Assist-to-turnover ratio3131555 Opp. rebounds per game7126425 Opp. field goal share7523416 Points per game88.183.4 Opponent 3-point share4632517 Steal rate2.6%3.5% Opp. points per game7342516 3-point share28.0%42.6% Assists per game5132467 Turnovers per game1342675 Free throw share71.3%83.6% Assists per game3.64.0 Defensive rebounding rate72.6%69.9% Assist rate63.2%64.0%✓ Source: university of connecticut Opp. turnovers per game7146235 Free throw share4153267 Turnovers per game2.01.6 3-point rate28.5%30.5%✓ 3-point share38.1%36.3% Total rebounds per game10.78.7 Effective field goal percentage59.0%55.8% 3-point rate8.8%19.9% Points per game21.119.4 Opponent average win percentage59.5%56.2% Turnover rate14.2%14.1% Offensive rebounding rate11.6%9.4% 2018-19 UConn forward Napheesa Collier vs. 2015-16 forward Breanna Stewart in 11 statistics where Collier leads Stewart Defensive rebounding rate21.9%23.3% Assist-to-turnover ratio1.802.45 Collier (2018-19)Stewart (2015-16) Points per game4216573 Season Free throw share80.0%73.5% Record6th1st5th1st7th1st1st Possessions per 40 minutes70.970.8 Blocks per game7321456 Opponent turnover rate25.3%19.1% Usage rate27.0%26.8% Effective field goal share63.4%62.8% Points per scoring attempt1.301.32 2018-192015-162014-152013-142012-132009-102008-09 Fouls per game1.61.4 Collier (2018-19)Stewart (2015-16) Free throw rate15.9%16.0% Defensive rebounds per game7.56.6 This year’s UConn team ranks the best of the seven Huskies teams in just one category (fewest turnovers per game). It also trails the pack in several categories, most of which are on the defensive end. The 2018-19 Huskies generate the fewest steals and opponent turnovers of any UConn champion since 2009, allow the most points and the best shooting percentage, and give up the most rebounds. They are also shooting the worst percentage from the field, but they are still scoring more points per game than three of the previous six UConn champions.If you take the average in each statistical category, this year’s UConn team also ranks below average in all but two categories: turnovers per game and assist-to-turnover ratio. All together, these comparisons suggest there is some truth to the idea that this year’s UConn team isn’t as much of a juggernaut as it has been for most of the past 10 years.Where does that leave this year’s Huskies?Don’t panic, Huskies fans. None of this means the 2018-19 team cannot take home another championship. In fact, FiveThirtyEight’s March Madness predictions give UConn a 70 percent chance of making its 12th straight Final Four and a 16 percent chance of winning the championship. The latter is the third-best odds of any team left in the tournament. And UConn may have an ace up its sleeve in the form of senior Napheesa Collier. The 6-foot-1 forward was inexplicably left off the list of four finalists for the 2019 Naismith Player of the Year Award, but many of her numbers actually compare favorably to what three-time Naismith Player of the Year Breanna Stewart did in her senior year in 2015-16. Here are the stats in which Collier tops Stewart: Total rebounding rate57.9%54.6% Opponent points per game48.355.3 Offensive rebounding rate39.8%35.6% Points per scoring attempt1.231.17 This year’s Huskies aren’t quite at previous levelsHow the six recent UConn championship teams and the 2018-19 rank in selected statistics
THE USA HAS changed its regulations on the importing of beef from the European Union.The restrictions were put in place in 1997 due to the BSE crisis in the EU. Ireland is now classified as ‘controlled risk’ under the standards of the World Organisation for Animal Health.However, this was not recognised by the US, which blocked market access for Ireland. This has now changed, and under a new rule to amend regulations, the above risk determination can be accepted by the US.Minister for Agriculture Food and the Marine Simon Coveney TD welcomed the announcement by the United States Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) today.Minister Coveney said that the issue was one of his priorities when he visited the US last year and he “pushed the matter strongly with US Department of Agriculture Secretary of State Tom Vilsack and in meetings with Senators”.He said that the decision “provides an opportunity for Ireland to penetrate a sector of the US beef market which can reward top quality, sustainably produced beef”.Following the publication of the new regulation, the Dept of Agriculture is working to complete specific veterinary requirements demanded by the US for Irish beef.His officials will continue to engage with the USDA and Irish producers to finalise the various technical requirements. This is so that Ireland can commence trade at the earliest possible date.The Minister said that the US consumer, and particularly those of Irish heritage, would be “a very interesting market for our grass fed beef”.Read: ICSA: No nasty surprises for farmers in the Budget>
RISING RENTS COULD reverse a trend sparked by the property crash where young people were able to move out of the family home earlier than ever before.A research note published today by the ESRI shows that young adults were setting up independent households earlier than ever before in 2011, but they may not be able to afford it now or will have to share accommodation.Compared to before the financial crash, 2.3% more 25- to 29-year-olds and 2.1% more aged between 30 and 34.However, David Byrne, one of the authors of the research note, warned that these increases are unlikely to continue, as rising rents affect young people’s ability to move out.Byrne also noted that the research suggests that 2.6% of those who originally would have preferred to rent would now prefer to buy, which is pushing up the price of property.“Rent fell after the property crash, so that young people could afford to move out and rent, often sharing accommodation,” he said.This is a change from what Irish people traditionally did. As rents have started to increase again, young people will likely remain at home longer.Gender, income or education, the cost of housing, and whether or not they are immigrants were all factored into the research.It found that women are more likely to leave home earlier than men.Rents have risen nationally by as much as 9% since last year, with a more than 14% increase in Dublin.Stats published last week by the CSO show that the price of houses and apartments rose by 12.5% in twelve months up until June, compared to 1.2% the year previous.In Dublin, prices are 24.4% higher compared to a year ago, while apartment prices in the city are rising at a slightly slower rate — up 18.2%, compared to June 2013.However, Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said that he ‘doesn’t accept’ that there is a property bubble in the capital.Read: ‘The government needs to act now’: Demand for homeless service up 25% >More: House prices in Dublin are up almost 25 per cent in the last 12 months >Map: What counties have the highest number of people on rent allowance? >
Get Fora’s NEW daily digest of the morning’s key business news: 19,819 Views Take me to Fora FORMER TAOISIGH BRIAN Cowen and John Bruton have joined the board of an Irish think tank that is backed by some of the country’s biggest companies.The Institute of International and European Affairs (IIEA) is a non-profit policy research body based in Dublin that provides its members “with in-depth analysis of EU and international developments and their implications for Ireland and Europe”.The IIEA is funded primarily by its membership subscriptions. Its supporters include AIB, Bank of Ireland, building giant CRH, Denis O’Brien’s Digicel, Google and Goldman Sachs. The think tank has income of more than €880,000.Cowen’s appointment to the IIEA board, first reported by the Sunday Business Post, took place in November.His biography on the IIEA website states that he ”played a key role as foreign minister in securing the expansion of the Union to include 10 new member states” during Ireland’s EU Presidency in 2004.It also highlights his role in the Northern Ireland peace process “and on international affairs at the UN when Ireland became a member of the Security Council”.Private sector rolesThe appointment is the first significant public role he has taken up since his retirement from politics in 2011, when he resigned as Taoiseach facing pressure from opposition and the disastrous fallout from the recession and the bank bailout. Share Tweet Email5 Brian Cowen has joined the board of a European think tank funded by big business Ex-Taoiseach John Bruton has also joined the board of the Institute of International and European Affairs. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Monday 27 Feb 2017, 3:30 PM By Fora Staff Image: Sasko Lazarov/RollingNews.ie http://jrnl.ie/3261414 Brian CowenCowen has had several roles with private sector companies since 2011. In 2015 he was appointed to the board of the privately owned Beacon Hospital as a non-executive director by its majority shareholder, Denis O’Brien, who still owns a 75% stake in the Sandyford facility.The former Fianna Fáil leader was also appointed to the board of service station chain Topaz in 2014. At the time, the company was owned by Denis O’Brien. The billionaire sold Topaz in December 2015. Cowen resigned from the Topaz board shortly afterwards.Cowen also set up a consultancy service, Cowen Consulting Ltd, based in his native Offaly, in 2013.John BrutonFormer Fine Gael leader John Bruton has held several prominent diplomatic positions since leaving office in 2004. Perhaps most notably, he served as the ambassador of the European Union to the United States between 2004 and 2009.He also served as the chairman of IFSC Ireland, a group formed to promote the International Financial Services Centre internationally.Other directors appointed to the board of the IIEA in November 2016 include former RTÉ presenter and MEP Pat Cox and former secretary-general of the European Commission Catherine Day.Written by Paul O’Donoghue and posted on Fora.ie Short URL Image: Sasko Lazarov/RollingNews.ie 95 Comments Feb 27th 2017, 3:30 PM
Un fermier philippin condamné pour avoir tué un aigle rarePour avoir abattu, puis mangé un aigle rare, un agriculteur philippin a écopé d’une amende de 100.000 pesos (soit 1.840 euros). Une peine bien trop clémente, s’insurgent les écologistes, qui affirment qu’elle ne suffira pas à le décourager de tuer d’autres animaux et ne constitue pas un message suffisamment fort contre les braconniers.Un fermier âgé de 26 ans, Bryan Balaon, vient d’être condamné à une amende de plus de 1.800 euros aux Philippines, pour avoir abattu et mangé un spécimen d’aigle rare. Cette condamnation est la première prononcée dans le pays en vertu de la loi philippine de 2001 sur la faune sauvage. Mais elle est insuffisante aux yeux des écologistes, qui jugent le montant de l’amende trop faible pour suffire à décourager le jeune agriculteur de recommencer.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?L’oiseau tué par Bryan Balaon, un aigle des singes ou Pithecophaga Jefferyi, appartient à une espèce en danger critique d’extinction. Les défenseurs de l’environnement estiment qu’il n’existe aujourd’hui que 250 aigles adultes de cette espèce à l’état sauvage aux Philippines, pays où l’aigle est considéré comme l’oiseau national. En vertu de la loi philippine, tuer un animal en voie de disparition peut être puni d’une peine d’emprisonnement, d’une amende, ou des deux. Pour Dennis Salvador, le président de la Philippine Eagle Foundation, cité par l’AFP, cette affaire constituait ainsi une opportunité de faire passer “un message important contre les braconniers”. Extrêmement déçu, il dit trouver “pathétique” le montant de cette amende. Le fermier “s’en est sorti avec une simple tape sur la main” regrette-t-il.Le 31 mai 2012 à 09:37 • Maxime Lambert
An Apple a day keeps the multinational technology company in business.A new CNBC survey suggests 64 percent of Americans own an Apple product—up from 50 percent five years ago.In fact, the average U.S. household owns more than two iDevices, including smartphones, smartwatches, tablets, laptop and desktop computers, and set-top TV boxes.“I cannot think of any other product—especially any other product at a high price point—that has that kind of permeation with the public and level of growth,” Jay Campbell, pollster with Hart Research, which, along with Public Opinion Strategies, conducted the survey.How many Apple devices do you own? (via Free-Photo/Pixabay)Not so fast: Google’s Android operating system is actually more ubiquitous than Apple, capturing 80.5 percent of smartphone sales as of May 2017. And, according to market research firm Kantar, manufacturer Samsung regained the top U.S. sales spot earlier this year, knocking Apple out of No. 1.But Google’s got a bad case of Android fragmentation—an appalling number of different OS versions running on consumer devices—leaving some consumers melting like an Ice Cream Sandwich and vulnerable to exploits.All iOS owners, on the other hand, are guaranteed an across-the-board update with each new operating system, making the platform more user friendly and attractive.Apple—which recently launched the next-gen iPhone 8, Watch Series 3, and 4K HDR TV box—is undeniably pervasive, popular across all income groups, ages, races, sexes, and regions.Apple Watch (via fancycrave1/Pixabay)According to CNBC, more than half of nearly all demographic groups report owning at least one Apple product; the only exceptions are people with incomes less than $30,000, retirees, and women aged 50-plus.I—a white, middle-class, 31-year-old woman—have only two: an iPhone 6 and MacBook Air. (I sold my iPad a few years ago, and count the pre-owned Apple TV as my boyfriend’s.) Which puts me in line with folks in the south, who possess an average 2.2 devices, versus 3.7 in the west.The wealthiest Americans, unsurprisingly, boast more than four products per household, compared with just one for the poorest (who are likely buying their gadgets at a steep discount, and not planning to spend $1,000 on the upcoming iPhone X).Low-income families, retirees, and women aged 50+ are in the minority (via FirmBee/Pixabay)Of the 800 respondents polled last month, a majority claim time spent on their smartphone—mostly making phone calls, sending emails and texts, and surfing social media—is “mostly productive and useful,” while 27 percent disagree.“Overall, it continues to be the case that the smartphone is really helping the American worker, helping the American family be efficient with their time and really accomplish more than they could otherwise and I think people recognize and appreciate that,” Campbell said.Or, FOMO.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro Have More Cameras, More ProblemsApple Arcade Launches Next Week
Juneau’s privately owned electric utility, AEL&P, has already broken ground to build an industrial diesel plant to meet growing demand. And for the city’s residents that means the price for electricity is likely to go up. Before the development goes any further, some community members are asking the state’s regulatory commission to take a closer look.Listen nowBryan Farrell, an engineer at AEL&P, holds open the hatch to the diesel turbine. (Photo by Elizabeth Jenkins, KTOO – Juneau)Bryan Farrell, an engineer for Juneau’s electric utility, asks me to put on a blue hard hat before showing me around his work site.Construction on the $22 million project began in January. And already, there are two 50,000-gallon tanks installed that will feed a diesel turbine.“A diesel turbine is exactly what is sounds like. It is a combustion turbine that compresses air, injects diesel fuel as a fuel source and ignites that to turn another turbine which then turns a generator,” Farrell said.A backup generator, according to AEL&P. It could also run off liquefied natural gas. Something that parent company Avista has been looking at bringing to Juneau.Right now, on a normal day, the city runs entirely off hydro. But when something goes wrong, like an avalanche takes down a power line, that service can be disrupted. That actually happened in the spring of 2008. And Farrell says when that occurs, the diesel is the backup.“We have diesel strategically placed throughout the system, and this spot is going to add greatly to that strategy,” Farrell said.The location for the diesel plant is in a Juneau area called the Mendenhall Valley, and the electric company says growing demand is the reason. In other words, more people powering their homes and businesses in that area.Farrell says if another catastrophe happened:“I do not have enough diesel generation in the valley to pick up all the valley in that situation,” he said. “What that would turn into is rotating blackouts for different areas in the valley.”But Danielle Redmond, a Juneau climate change activist, thinks there has to be a better way.“Why would we bring in a new fossil fuel monopoly when we have local, clean abundant energy in the form of responsible hydropower?” Redmond asks.The exhaust stack for the new diesel turbine. (Photo by Elizabeth Jenkins, KTOO – Juneau)She sent a letter to the Regulatory Commission of Alaska asking for community input. To pay for the new diesel plant, the electric company will have to increase rates, and that’s when the regulatory commission gets involved.On top of that, Redmond thinks the diesel plant doesn’t reflect the city’s overall values.“For me, its more of an issue that if we continue to build infrastructure, we’re not going to make investment in clean renewable alternatives,” Redmond said.Recently, the city drafted an energy plan outlining goals for moving away from burning fossil fuels, like diesel. But Tim McLeod, AEL&P’s president, says investing in renewable energy for an emergency situation doesn’t make sense.“First off, diesel generation for backup is a fraction of the cost to our customers as building a new hydro would be,” McLeod said.In 2010, after the company completed the Lake Dorothy hydro project, McLeod says Juneau’s electric rates went up nearly 20 percent. He thinks backup hydro doesn’t pencil out and would wind up costing customers more. As to how much the diesel plant will raise rates, he thinks it will be “much less” than that.“But I don’t know what the numbers are,” McLeod said.AEL&P has yet to file paperwork with the regulatory commission about the rate increase.For Danielle Redmond, the problem isn’t about being stuck with the bill.“It may well be the case that Juneau ratepayers would be willing to pay a little bit more for additional hydropower capacity in favor of keeping new fossil fuel projects out of town.”Redmond says she certainly would. But she might not have much choice in the matter. AEL&P expects to have its new diesel generation plant operational by this winter.
Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailA Stoke-on-Trent road looks set to be closed for several hours following a serious accident in the early hours of the morning. Birches Head Road, Birches Head, is closed in both directions as accident investigation work continues between Fairhaven Grove and Diana Road. The road looks set to remain closed through the morning rush hour, according to traffic data company INRIX. It is understood the road has been closed since at least 4.20am, and possibly for some time before. Read More1,178 children with disabilities from Stoke-on-Trent and further afield contact Childline in just one year Emergency services are believed to remain at the scene. The A500 is also closed in both directions following an accident involving two lorries. More on that story here. We will bring you further information in this story when we get it.
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 The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. “Once a woman undergoes a mastectomy, she may still have to undergo radiation therapy. AeroForm offers women a more gradual, patient-controlled option for expansion, and I’m pleased to see that the device is unaffected even by extremely high levels of radiation,” said James Rembert, M.D., radiation oncologist. Alta Bates Summit Comprehensive Cancer Center, Berkeley, Calif. “It is further proof that women who require additional radiation can feel confident that the AeroForm will not be impacted, so that they can continue to make progress towards regaining their shape even while continuing to receive treatment.” 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 A second, separate poster presented at the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) Annual Meeting by Jeffrey Kuo, M.D., University of California, Irvine. He demonstrated that the AeroForm expander did not significantly impede the delivery of radiation doses compared to dosing in breast cancer patients who have intact breasts. Results showed that measured skin doses varied only from -12 to +12 percent and suggested that computed tomography (CT) scans can help optimize dose variation. Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD 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 | 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 Related Content News | Radiation Oncology | July 31, 2019 Laura Dawson, M.D., FASTRO, Chosen as ASTRO President-elect The members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) elected four new officers to ASTRO’s Board of… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more January 13, 2014 — AirXpanders Inc., a developer of technology for women who require tissue expansion for breast reconstruction following a mastectomy, announced new data published in The Journal of Radiation Oncology that demonstrates the AeroForm Tissue Expander can withstand radiation levels well above the maximum dose level typically used in post-mastectomy radiation therapy. News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more News | January 13, 2014 Study Shows Radiotherapy After Mastectomy Does Not Affect Mechanism in AeroForm Expander 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 The study determined that the electronics inside the AeroForm expander continued to function properly after exposure to radiation levels up to 75 Gy — well above the maximum dose level (50-60 Gy). Following radiation exposure, 32 tissue expanders were functionally tested, and each successfully established communication with the dosage controller and deliver three CO2 doses according to product specifications. 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 “This data confirms that AeroForm is not adversely affected by radiation therapy, and there is minimal interference in the delivery of radiotherapy with an AeroForm implant in place,” said Scott Dodson, president and CEO, AirXpanders. “As with all tissue expanders, the decision to use radiotherapy in conjunction with a tissue expander is at the discretion of the radiation oncologist and plastic surgeon. 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The Committee on Missing Persons (CMP) announced on Tuesday that the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg made its first-ever donation of €3,000.“This contribution to the CMP project on the exhumation, identification and return of remains of missing persons in Cyprus will support the Committee’s goal of identifying and returning as many remains of missing individuals as possible to bring an end to the uncertainty which has affected so many families for so many years,” the CMP said.So far, 927 missing persons from both communities have been identified and returned to their families for dignified burials. The CMP relies on donor support.You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoKelley Blue BookYou Won’t Believe How Affordable These Ford Car Models AreKelley Blue BookUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboola
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