Canadian PM Justin Trudeau to Meet Donald Trump on Monday

Rabat – Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, is headed to Washington on Monday for his first face-to-face with US President Donald Trump.Trudeau’s director of communications, Kate Purchase, issued an email statement on Thursday saying that both leaders “look forward to discussing the unique relationship between Canada and the United States and how we can continue to work hard for middle class Canadians and Americans, together,” according to a report from the CBC.During a press conference while in Iqaluit, Nunavut, Trudeau was asked if he will raise the issue of the travel ban with Trump. “As everyone in Canada knows, I have two important responsibilities that stand out in the way we engage our neighbours to the south. The first is, of course, to highlight Canadian values and principles and the things that keep our country strong,” Trudeau explained. He went on to reveal that the second responsibility is to create jobs and opportunities for Canadians “through the continued close integration on both sides of the border.”Three of the Prime Minister’s chief ministers have already made visits to lay the groundwork for Monday’s talks with their US counterparts.Christia Freeland, Foreign Affairs Minister, HarjitSajjan, Defence Minister and Finance Minister, Bill Morneau, each made what they called “successful” first forays into the Trump Administration.According to the same source, when asked about the meetings, Morneau said “we found our US counterparts to be interested, engaged, understanding the depth of the relationship and the importance of the relationship to the United States and Canada, so we want to build on that. I think Americans instinctively understand the strength of the relationship.”Few, however, are anticipating another Barack Obama-like bromance. As for Trump’s opinion on the initial meeting, press secretary Sean Spicer offered the following comment, “The President looks forward to a constructive conversation and strengthening the deep relationship between the Untied States and Canada.” read more

UN agriculture chief lauds key role of family farmers in foodsecure future

Speaking today at the opening of a two-day Global Dialogue on Family Farming in Rome, Director-General José Graziano da Silva said that family farmers are “central to what FAO does, to what the world wants and to what the world needs: a sustainable and food secure future.”Addressing the paradox facing family farmers worldwide, Mr. Graziano da Silva underscored that the rural areas susceptible to food insecurity are the same areas that serve as the breadbaskets for their communities and the world at large.The Director-General stressed that governments, farmers’ organizations and the private sector must galvanize concrete action to look beyond production and acknowledge family farms as transmitters of knowledge and central allies in providing healthier diets, including through strong local food systems that link farms to schools and communities.Mr. Graziano da Silva also noted the attention that family farming is receiving in the post-2015 development agenda, adding that “perhaps the greatest success of the International Year is the strong political commitment we achieved.” He said that the success could be seen in the attention that family farming was receiving in the post-2015 development agenda.The Global Dialogue brings together family farmers and their organizations, government representatives, civil society, private sector, academia and development agencies to take stock of progress thus far and identify key areas of work and international collaboration related to family farming beyond 2014.Also in attendance at the opening were Sándor Fazekas, Minister of Agriculture of Hungary; Carlos Casamiquela, Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Fishery of Argentina; Nicos Kouyialis, Minister of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environment of Cyprus; Amadou Diallo, Minister and High Commissioner of the 3N Initiative of Niger; and Ana María Baiardi, Minister for Woman of Paraguay.The Global Dialogue on Family Farming comes two weeks after governments agreed on a 60-point Framework of Action on Nutrition that is expected to be adopted at the upcoming Second International Conference on Nutrition, which will be held in Rome from 19-21 November. The closing of the International Year of Family Farming is scheduled to take place on 27 November in the Philippines. read more

Mens soccer Ohio State seeks revenge against Michigan State in Big Ten

Senior defender Hunter Robertson (6) passes the ball upfield during the OSU vs. Penn State game on Tuesday. Credit: Ris Twigg | Assistant Photo EditorThe No. 6 seed Ohio State men’s soccer team hits the road and looks for revenge against the No. 3 seeded Spartans in the first round of the Big Ten tournament at 1 p.m. Sunday at DeMartin Stadium in East Lansing, Michigan.The Buckeyes (7-9-1, 3-5-0 Big Ten) enter the matchup riding an eight-game losing streak, which started against the Spartans, as Ohio State lost 5-1 on Oct. 1. In their last game of the season, the Buckeyes fell 2-0 to Wisconsin.Head coach John Bluem thought the cause of the loss came from self-inflicted mistakes by the team.“I think what we learned most from that game is that our own mistakes is what really killed us,” Bluem said. “Immediately after tying the game up, before halftime we allowed another goal which kind of killed us. In the second half, I don’t think we had the attitude and the mental capacity to come back from that mistake.”The Spartans (11-2-3, 5-0-3 Big Ten) are coming off of a 1-1 tie against Indiana and are undefeated at home this season (5-0-2). The five in-conference wins were the most in program history.Senior forward Nate Kohl believes the loss earlier in the season to the Spartans was not an accurate representation of Ohio State.“We’re going to Michigan State and it’s not an easy place to play, but I believe that if we play at our very best I think we can beat them,” Kohl said. “I mean the game we played earlier in East Lansing this year, I don’t think it was the character of our team. A 5-1 loss wasn’t Ohio State soccer, we’re going to come out and we’re going to be ready to play.”The Buckeyes are led offensively by junior midfielder Abdi Mohamed, who has 11 points (three goals, five assists), and freshman forward Joshua Jackson-Ketchup, who has seven points (three goals, one assist). But scoring will not be easy against junior goalkeeper Jimmy Hague, who was the first-ever Spartan to win Big Ten Goalkeeper of the Year.Ohio State will take on a tough Spartan defense, which ranks second in the nation in shutout percentage (.643) and 11th in team goals against average (.667).The Spartans are led offensively by junior forward Ryan Sierakowski, who has 17 points (seven goals, three assists), and junior forward Dejuan Jones, who has 16 points (six goals, four assists). The Buckeyes hope to return starting sophomore goalie Parker Siegfried, who is 7-5-1 on the season.The Buckeye defense is holding opponents to 1.24 goals per game, but Siegfried allows just .90 goals per game and has picked up seven shutouts.Senior defender Hunter Robertson is embracing the Buckeyes’ underdog role and thinks it can play to their advantage. “Every year I’ve played in the Big Ten tournament there has always been some upsets,” Robertson said. “They thrashed us the first time, but I think this time if we can bring more intensity into the gameplay, be more physical, and if we can get one or two on them we can win the game.”Even though it’s single-game elimination, Robertson has confidence in his team to push through the adversity presented to them.“One game at a time, if you lose you’re out that’s the mindset right now,” Robertson said. “If we lose this game it’s my last game playing at Ohio State and I really don’t want that to happen, so I’ll do whatever I can to prevent it.”Robertson is one of three Ohio State players in the past 10 years to start in over 80 matches. He wants his senior year to continue and to have the chance to set the school record for most starts in program history, which would only be possible if the Buckeyes make it to the National Championship game.“If you would have told me that I was going to have that many starts when I first came in, I probably would’ve laughed and told you that you were crazy,” Robertson said. “I feel very humble and appreciative of every opportunity the coaches have given me and this has been, by far, the best experience of my life and I hope I can drag it out for as long as possible.” read more

Ohio State and Notre Dame gearing up for highprofile Fiesta Bowl

OSU redshirt sophomore J.T. Barrett (16) carries the ball while redshirt senior tight end Nick Vannett (81) looks for a defender to block during a game against Michigan on Nov. 28. OSU won, 42-13. Credit: Samantha Hollinshead | Photo EditorA pair of last-second field goals kept both No. 7 Ohio State and No. 8 Notre Dame from reaching their ultimate goals of a spot in the four-team College Football Playoff, but the two storied programs are set to square off in the Fiesta Bowl on New Year’s Day as a consolation.The 1 p.m. showdown at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, comes after each team barely missed a chance for more.The Buckeyes (11-1) were sitting at No. 3 on Nov. 21 before a field goal as time expired by Michigan State was the one and only blow needed to put an end to their playoff chances.Seven days later, the then-No. 6 Fighting Irish (10-2) experienced similar heartbreak, as a go-ahead touchdown with 30 seconds remaining against Stanford was swiftly marred by a sprint down the field by the Cardinal offense, ending with a 45-yard field goal as time ran out.Despite falling short of its ultimate goal, OSU coach Urban Meyer said his team is thrilled to receive the draw it did.“There’s no disappointment,” Meyer said during a Sunday press conference. “You start talking about that level of football, that level of bowl game, the level of opponent you’re going to play, and you just get locked on.”However, Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said during a coaches teleconference later in the day he would have liked to have seen the playoff be open to eight teams rather than four, which would’ve allowed both OSU and the Fighting Irish to sneak in.“Clearly these eight teams are all very good football teams,” Kelly said. “I don’t know if we’ll be able to hold it at four. But I think we’ve got it right right now. I don’t know that the committee is interested in going to eight right now. But I think if college football continues on the path it is, it’s going to be more and more difficult to keep it at four.”While each of the programs have existed since the late 19th century, the Fiesta Bowl will mark only the sixth time they have squared off with one another.The most recent matchup came on Jan. 2, 2006, also in the Fiesta Bowl. That game saw former OSU quarterback Troy Smith throw for 342 yards en route to a 34-20 victory.Overall, the Buckeyes hold a 3-2 series advantage, winning the past three games after losing in consecutive years in 1936 and 1937.Welcoming the new year in Arizona is nothing unfamiliar to either team. OSU is set to make its seventh appearance in the Fiesta Bowl, more than any other team, while Notre Dame is gearing up for its fifth. The teams are 4-2 and 1-3 in the game, respectively. One very memorable trip for OSU came in January 2003, when a double-overtime victory over Miami (Fla.) delivered the Buckeyes a national championship.How the Irish got thereNotre Dame’s season seemed to take an early turn for the worse when redshirt sophomore quarterback Malik Zaire was lost for the season in the second game with a broken ankle.He was replaced by redshirt freshman DeShone Kizer, a product of Toledo. Despite never leading a huddle in his collegiate career prior, Kizer had a strong year, throwing for 2,600 yards and 19 touchdowns and running for nine more scores.“We knew DeShone’s makeup, the kind of kid he was, the character he had,” Kelly said. “He went in, made a lot of plays, gained confidence. As his confidence grew, we were able to add more to his plate. Really proud of the way he handled himself.”Though the Fighting Irish lost a pair of games by two points to Clemson and Stanford, teams that ended up being ranked No. 1 and No. 6, respectively, Kelly said he is very happy with how the season turned out, especially coming off an 8-5 campaign in 2014 that ended with a trip to the Motor City Bowl.The coach credited some of the sustained success after losing his starting quarterback to borrowing the model OSU set the year before, when it went on to win the national championship despite losing its first- and second-string quarterbacks in Braxton Miller and J.T. Barrett to injuries.“Urban had a similar situation last year. We kind of stole a little bit of what they did last year: not making any excuses, just going and playing,” Kelly said. “The kids really responded to that, in particular DeShone did and was able to lead our football team to some big wins.”Staff connectionsThe coaching staff of OSU is deep with Notre Dame connections, starting all the way at the top.Meyer was hired away from Colorado State before the 1996 season to become Notre Dame’s wide receivers coach. He stayed there until before the 2001 season, when he received his first head coaching job at Bowling Green.“That was a dream come true,” Meyer said during the teleconference. “That was my first exposure as a full-time coach to that level of football.”Kelly arrived at Notre Dame in 2010 by way of Cincinnati — the same school that Meyer graduated from in 1986.In addition, Meyer has been active in recruiting his coaches out of Kelly’s program. Of the nine coordinators and position coaches on Meyer’s staff, three were hired away from Kelly.For the first five years of Kelly’s tenure in South Bend, Indiana, his wide receivers coach — and later running backs coach — was Tony Alford. Before this season, Meyer hired Alford away from Kelly as OSU’s running backs coach, ending his six-year stint with the Fighting Irish.OSU offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Ed Warinner also worked under Kelly at Notre Dame in 2010 and 2011 as the Fighting Irish’s offensive line coach. He then took a job at OSU upon Meyer’s arrival in 2012.Following the same path as Warinner was Tim Hinton, who also left his two-year stint under Kelly when Meyer assembled his coaching staff at OSU. Hinton was Notre Dame’s running backs coach, and is now OSU’s tight ends and fullbacks coach. read more

Seeing triple Diebler leads Buckeye rout with schoolrecord nine 3pointers

Behind a career night in 3-point shooting by senior Jon Diebler, the No. 2 Ohio State men’s basketball team remained undefeated as it breezed past Florida Gulf Coast University, 83-55, Wednesday night at the Schottenstein Center. After missing his first two shots, Diebler picked apart FGCU’s zone defense, making nine 3-point shots in a row en route to scoring a career-high 29 points. His nine 3-pointers tied Jay Burson’s OSU single-game record set in 1988. “It’s just one of those nights, I guess,” Diebler said. “It just feels like you can throw the ball in the ocean and it’s going to go in.” The Buckeyes jumped out to an 18-3 lead with 11 minutes remaining in the first half and never looked back. Freshman guard Jordan Sibert assisted a one-handed dunk by classmate Lenzelle Smith for the final score of the half, bringing OSU’s lead to 42-16 at intermission. The Eagles didn’t help their cause, committing 16 first-half turnovers against a disciplined OSU defense that didn’t allow a free throw during the game’s first 16 minutes. The Buckeyes also collected 11 offensive rebounds in the first half. After committing three first-half turnovers, the Buckeyes got off to a sloppy start in the second half, doubling their turnover total in the first five minutes. The Eagles took advantage of the Buckeyes’ mistakes, doubling their own point total within the first eight minutes of the second half. “You’re ultimately striving for 40 minutes of great basketball,” said OSU coach Thad Matta. “A lot of times, you need a hard lesson to get that across.” FGCU cut the Buckeyes’ lead to 19 with less than 11 minutes remaining in the game. But Diebler fired back on the next possession with his seventh 3-pointer of the game, stretching OSU’s lead to 57-35 and sparking a second-half scoring streak for the Buckeyes, who led by as many as 33 points. Freshman Jared Sullinger scored 11 points and grabbed three rebounds despite playing just nine minutes in the first half because of foul trouble. Junior William Buford added a season-high 17 points, becoming the 47th Buckeye to score 1,000 points in a career. Diebler and senior David Lighty also have achieved that milestone. “It’s a real honor,” Buford said. “To look in the books before the game and see the people did reach 1,000. They were the greats at Ohio State.” The Buckeyes return to action Saturday when they host South Carolina, their final non-conference opponent from a major conference. read more

The 5 at 5 Monday

first_imgEVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, brings you the five stories you need to know before you head out the door.1. #PROBE: Minister Alan Shatter is to refer the penalty points controversy to the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC). He had a lot to say on the PAC’s handling of the affair, so far.2. #OUT OF PUFF: Health Minister James Reilly is to follow the UK’s lead and ban under-18s from buying e-cigarettes.3. #JOBSWATCH: Great news for Cork as multinational Tyco has started recruiting up to 500 people for a new business services centre.In other jobs news, Michael O’Leary and Ryanair are also looking for new talent.4. #ROADS: The GAA community is in mourning this afternoon after one of its high-profile referees was killed in a two-car collision in county Limerick.5. #CARNEGIE LIBRARY: The residents of Balbriggan have been successful in their attempts to stop the OPW turning their local library into a dole office.last_img read more

Opinion Irelands brightest kids may never fulfill their potential as most schools

first_img Colm O’Reilly By Colm O’Reilly 23,089 Views Share51 Tweet Email7 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article AS A PRACTITIONER in the field of high ability or gifted education, I am well aware of the polarising opinions that this work can provoke.Some people may feel that the allocation of resources to what they perceive as a privileged group is a wasted exercise. The mistaken belief that all gifted children are from middle-class backgrounds, and will all do well at school, seems to prevail in many instances.The truth is that many gifted children will lose interest in school if they are not challenged and this could result in them underperforming.I would also suggest that it is beneficial to Irish society to foster our brightest students and we need to do so if we want to excel in areas like science, technology and the smart economy.The Centre for Talented YouthThe Centre for Talented Youth (CTY ) Ireland is a not-for-profit programme based in Dublin City University that offers challenging courses to high-ability students aged between 6 and 17.Last year some 6,000 students attended courses run by CTY Ireland at DCU and various other colleges around the country.  Recently we conducted a survey of parents of academically talented students who attend our courses.Some 1,440 parents completed the survey and reported on the experiences of their children in schools throughout Ireland – every county was represented.Many of the parents came from lower socio-economic backgrounds and 10% had children who attended DEIS schools.15% had children who were twice exceptional – that is they had high ability but also had a learning difficulty including Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD or dyslexia.Approximately 80% of the parents said that their children attended public school.While many of these parents spoke of the positive academic and social experience that their child has at CTY Ireland, many were very dissatisfied with the schooling provided for their children.  More than 70% of parents said that their child was not challenged at school and that they very rarely or never received differentiated assignments.A common thread in parents’ descriptions was the lack of planning and consistency in setting tasks for their children. Almost half of the parents felt their child’s homework assignments were of little or no value.  International comparisonIreland is rightly lauded in many circles as an excellent educational system and teachers in this country are usually more qualified than their European counterparts but our record in the education of high ability children is poor and, indeed in many cases, is non-existent.  The absence of gifted education on the agenda for special needs education is a worry when one considers that many of these children are two to three standard deviations above the middle – but are expected to follow the same curriculum as students of much lower ability.This can lead to boredom and frustration at school and a child not performing to the best of their ability.Results from the Programme for International Student Assessment (2015) further illustrate this.While Ireland has improved its mean scores in maths and verbal areas the scoring at the upper level of these exams is not encouraging.  Fewer than 10% of students perform at the higher levels of maths and our science scores demonstrate that many students are not achieving to their potential.UnchallengedParents who completed our survey reported that more than half of the schools have no policy in place to identify high ability students and that their school has no policy for accelerating students through the curriculum.This is despite the fact that all of the research in this field shows that acceleration and differentiation of material works for these students.I have worked in this field for more than 20 years now and during that time we have made great strides in ensuring we identify more students from lower socioeconomic backgrounds and from diverse backgrounds including new communities.  But the problems at school are still the same as they were when I started out. Regardless of their background, gifted students are not being challenged enough.The norm is that those exceptional children have to wait until everyone else is finished until they move to the next lesson or they are ‘rewarded’ with extra questions on the same material for finishing quickly.I do recognise that schools have limited resources and many are doing their best in difficult circumstances but the solution for high ability children seems to be to just let them at it and it will all work out in the end.Sadly with years of being unchallenged and never having an opportunity to do stuff that they are interested in often leads to high levels of underachievement and children not reaching their potential. With much of government policy focusing on the smart economy and the need to promote skilled jobs in the technology industry, it seems surprising that no strategy exists to promote the learning of our brightest students.Dr Colm O’Reilly is the Director of CTY Ireland at Dublin City University and has written a number of reports on gifted education. Opinion: Ireland’s brightest kids may never fulfill their potential as most schools don’t do enough to challenge them Despite our policy of focusing on the smart economy and jobs in technology – no strategy exists to promote the learning of our brightest students, writes Colm O’Reilly. center_img 41 Comments Short URL May 3rd 2019, 7:01 AM Friday 3 May 2019, 7:00 AMlast_img read more

La Sierra Leone veut protéger le lamantin dAfrique de lOuest

first_imgLa Sierra Leone veut protéger le lamantin d’Afrique de l’OuestUne conférence s’est tenue à Freetown, capitale de la Sierra Leone, dans le but de rédiger une nouvelle loi renforçant la protection du lamantin d’Afrique de l’Ouest. Ce gros mammifère aquatique est menacé par la chasse, mais aussi par la destruction de son habitat.Si des lois nationales de protection et de conservation du lamantin d’Afrique de l’Ouest existent déjà, “la chasse massive et le massacre” dont est victime l’espèce perdure en Sierra Leone, a déploré lors d’une conférence le ministre des Ressources maritimes et de la Pêche, Soccoh Kabia, rapporte Sciences et Avenir. Le pays entend alors élaborer une loi “qui permettra la protection et la conservation du lamantin ouest-africain en Sierra Leone”.À lire aussiCes 18 animaux méconnus à l’aspect étonnant pourraient disparaître avant vousToutes les autres espèces de lamantins, vivant en Floride, aux Antilles mais aussi dans le bassin amazonien, sont inscrites sur la liste des espèces en voie de disparition. Le mammifère herbivore peut mesurer jusqu’à cinq mètres de long et atteindre un poids de près d’une tonne et demie. En Sierra Leone, il vit dans les estuaires et les rivières. Mais en plus d’être chassé pour être mangé, il est considéré comme un animal nuisible par les cultivateurs de riz et les pêcheurs, qui n’hésitent pas à le tuer.Or “plusieurs enquêtes ont montré que le taux de mortalité du lamantin est élevé, alors que son potentiel de reproduction est bas, avec une naissance tous les deux ans”, a souligné Linnette John, de l’ONG Wetlands International. Lui aussi présent lors de la conférence, le biologiste marin Thomas Clarkson a alors prôné la création de sanctuaires pour les lamantins, afin d’éviter les conflits entre l’animal et les cultivateurs.Le 12 février 2011 à 19:08 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

The Alaska Womens Hall of Fame 10th anniversary

first_imgAlaskan women are smart, hardworking, innovative and tough. They have helped build the state through dedicated service to education, medicine, business, the arts and much more. The Alaska Women’s Hall of Fame inducts several of them each spring and this year marks the 10th anniversary.LISTEN HEREHOST: Lori TownsendGUESTS:Jane Angvik – Alaska Women’s Hall of FameParticipate:Call 550-8422 (Anchorage) or 1-800-478-8255 (statewide) during the live broadcastPost your comment before, during or after the live broadcast (comments may be read on air).Send email to (comments may be read on air)LIVE Broadcast: Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. on APRN stations statewide.SUBSCRIBE: Get Talk of Alaska updates automatically by email, RSS or podcast.last_img

Jubo League leader shot dead in Rangamati

first_imgProthom Alo IllustrationA local Jubo League leader was gunned down by armed miscreants at Naikhongchhora in Rangamati’s Rajasthali upazila on Sunday night, reports UNB.The victim was Chongkla Ching Marma, president of Bangalhalia Ward unit of Jubo League.Jubo League is the youth front of the ruling Awami League.Ashraf Uddin, officer-in-charge of Chandraghona police station, said a gang of terrorists stormed into Chongkla’s house around 11:00pm and opened fire on him, leaving him dead on the spot.On information, police and army men visited the spot.last_img

Varian Signs Agreement to Acquire Sirtex

first_img Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 14, 2019 FDA Clears NvisionVLE Imaging System for Pancreatic and Biliary Applications August 14, 2019 — NinePoint Medical Inc. announced it has received U.S. read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more News | 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 Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Radiation Therapy | January 31, 2018 Varian Signs Agreement to Acquire Sirtex Acquisition adds Sirtex’s SIR-Spheres Y-90 resin microspheres to Varian’s interventional oncology portfolio 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 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 Image courtesy of NinePoint Medical 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 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 January 31, 2018 — Varian Medical Systems announced it has signed an agreement to acquire all the outstanding shares of Sirtex Medical Ltd., an Australia-based global life sciences company focused on interventional oncology therapies. Sirtex is listed on the Australian Securities Exchange, for A$28 per share in cash. On a fully diluted basis, this represents a total equity purchase price for the acquisition of approximately A$1,585M (approximately US$1,283M). The acquisition has been unanimously approved by the Board of Directors of each company and the Sirtex Board of Directors has agreed to unanimously recommend that Sirtex shareholders approve the transaction, provided that an independent expert, to be retained by Sirtex, considers the transaction to be in the best interests of Sirtex shareholders and in the absence of a superior offer.Varian said the acquisition of Sirtex, which specializes in radioembolization, expands Varian’s addressable market into interventional oncology. Varian expects to leverage its capabilities in treatment planning and delivery, image guidance and processing, oncology practice management software, and radiation safety in combination with Sirtex’s interventional oncology platform.Sirtex’s lead product is a targeted internal radiation therapy for certain liver cancers. Approximately 80,000 doses of SIR-Spheres Y-90 resin microspheres have been supplied to treat patients with liver cancer at more than 1,090 medical centers in over 40 countries. It has premarket approval (PMA) from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), the European Union (CE Mark) and Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA). Sirtex has manufacturing capabilities in the United States, Singapore and Germany.Sirtex generated annual revenues of A$234mm in the fiscal year ended June 30, 2017. Sirtex has approximately 300 employees worldwide and maintains sales and distribution operations primarily in the United States, Europe and Asia.For more information:, Related Content 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 Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. 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 The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  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 morelast_img read more

Luxurious city haven The Langham Melbourne named Australias best h

first_imgThe Langham, Melbourne continues to charm travellers around the world with its enchanting hospitality, tailor-made touches and service with poise. The elegant Melbourne counterpart of Europe’s original grand hotel was recently bestowed the coveted accolade of Australia’s best hotel by American travel bible, Travel + Leisure, in the 10th Anniversary edition of its 500 World’s Best Hotels. Of particular note to Travel + Leisure was The Langham, Melbourne’s new Club Terrace rooms – the first of its kind in Melbourne. Seven exclusive rooms within the hotel were exquisitely redesigned earlier this year to include elegant 50m² outdoor terraces. Furnished with luxurious sun lounges and a matching outdoor dining set, the timeless terraces offer guests a private open-air oasis, against the backdrop of Melbourne’s sparkling skyline.The Langham, Melbourne’s Managing Director, Mr. Ben Sington, was delighted by the prestigious recognition.“We, at The Langham, Melbourne, are incredibly proud and honoured to receive this accolade from Travel + Leisure – especially so as it is the magazine’s 10th Anniversary edition. It is gratifying to know that our continuous strive for excellence is recognised by readers throughout the world, and by one of America’s most respected publications,” Mr Sington said.“The foundation of our success can only be attributed to the efforts of our staff, who are dedicated towards bringing the tenets of our brand – enchanting hospitality, service-with-poise, and tailor-made experiences – to life every day. We are extremely grateful for the support and recognition from Travel + Leisure’s readers, and will continue to bring them The Langham, Melbourne’s legendary service as they have come to expect for many more years to come,” Mr Sington added.  It is the second time this year that The Langham, Melbourne has been recognised by the prestigious publication. In July this year, the hotel took home the top city hotel award (Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific) in Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards. The latest accolade is the fourth for the hotel from Travel + Leisure in three consecutive years – a testament to The Langham, Melbourne’s continued innovativeness and commitment to excellence. The Langham, Melbourne was ranked amongst the best hotels from around the globe as selected by readers in Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards Survey. The results of Travel + Leisure’s 10th Anniversary edition of 500 World’s Best Hotels 2011 will appear in the January 2012 issue of the magazine. The Langham, Melbourne View from the Club Terrace Roomcenter_img Source = The Langhamlast_img read more

Australias newest boutique hotel opens on Mollymook Beach

first_imgBannisters Hotels have expanded their portfolio by opening their new coastal boutique hotel — Bannisters Pavilion.The new boutique hotel offers 32 stylish guest rooms and 2 luxurious penthouse suites, with a stunning backdrop of Eucalyptus trees. The hotel is set back from Mitchell Parade and Beach Road, steps away from Mollymook Beach which is famous for its natural beauty, surf breaks, and unspoilt coastline.A highlight of Bannisters Pavilion is the expansive rooftop lined with sun beds, umbrellas, private lounge spaces, a bar-and-grill and spectacular suspended pool, providing the ideal coastal getaway.The rooftop is designed to allow guests to seamlessly move between the pool, bar-and-grill and lounge areas to take full advantage of the food & beverage options, available from noon.Food is inspired by Mediterranean, Southern Californian and Mexican cuisines, complemented by seasonal cocktails, craft beers and an Antipodean-focused wine list. The first menu is included below.Bannisters Pavilion is a collaboration between owner Peter Cosgrove, architect Tony Freeman (Molnar Freeman), interior designers Mia Ward (Wiwa Design), Romy Alwill (Alwill Interiors) and landscape designer William Dangar.The hotel secured a grant from Destination NSW to help with the quality of the fitout, seeing copper lights in the Rooftop Bar area, larger bathrooms in all of the rooms and a stunning double height lobby area with contemporary furniture and fittings.Situated just 100 metres from the beach, the design ethos focuses as much on the Eucalyptus trees as its stunning aqua backdrop. “Design inspiration was drawn from the natural beauty of the area and represents accent colours from both forest-and-sea,” said Romy Alwill.Bannisters Pavilion represents an extraordinary tourism project for Mollymook Beach and the NSW South Coast, a blossoming region only a three-hour drive from Sydney and two-and-a-half hours from Canberra.Telephone reservations have opened on (02) 4455 3044. Guest rooms start from AUD$255 and Penthouses AUD$398. Bannisters Pavilion Source = Bannisters Hotelslast_img read more

Experts dish out dose of realism over gas expectations

first_imgCypriots would be better served to manage their expectations of a gas bonanza, an energy analyst told the fourth Eastern Mediterranean Gas Conference on Wednesday.“We need to be realistic,” said Charles Ellinas, CEO of E-C Natural Hydrocarbons Company Ltd.Addressing the conference, Ellinas broke down why development and monetisation of Cypriot offshore gas reserves is problematic at this juncture.The current glut of resources globally – expected to persist for some years – is keeping oil and natural gas suppressed, presenting a challenge to new investment projects.He cited BP’s Energy Outlook to 2035, according to which the technically recoverable oil resources in this period are 2.6 trillion barrels of oil.Ultimately, stressed Ellinas, companies are in it for the profit.In 2016, Russian and Azeri gas in Europe averaged at $5 per million British Thermal Units (mmbtu).“So the East Med has to compete but also beat these prices,” he said.But in order for East Med gas to be developed, prices in Europe would have to be at $8 per mmbtu.That aside, other developments are making it even harder for East Med gas to secure markets.The analyst was referring to this week’s deal between the European Union and Gazprom, where the former removed constraints on the Russian energy giant.“Europe has now abandoned its energy diversification policy…because it has achieved its target [of energy security],” Ellinas noted.Moreover, with the gas glut Russia is determined to defend its markets and keep prices low.But there is a silver lining: if Total is successful this year with their drilling offshore Cyprus, then FLNG (floating liquefied natural gas) “may become a serious option for gas exports to Europe and the Asian markets,” said Ellinas.For her part, gas consultant Gina Cohen presented a cogent analysis of why – despite significant gas finds in the region – countries have for the most part kept their gas in the ground.Whereas Cyprus and Israel must necessarily export their natural gas – as their domestic markets are too small – export deals with neighbours Turkey and Egypt are proving elusive.On the back of the massive Zohr discovery, as well as other projects, Egypt claims it will soon reach energy self-sufficiency, obviating the need for imports.Cohen added, however, that the Egyptian claims should be taken with a pinch of salt, for two chief reasons: first, demand for energy in Egypt is projected to steadily rise and, secondly, some of the wells drilled are being depleted.Meantime, for the first phase of development of its Leviathan reservoir, Israel has signed an agreement to sell some 3 billion cubic metres to Jordan – but the deal has yet to be ratified by the Jordanians.For phase 2 of Leviathan’s development – regional exports – Cohen said Israel would need to choose between Turkey and one other regional country, but could not do both.A pipeline from Leviathan to Turkish shores would have to cut through Cyprus’ exclusive economic zone; and though under international maritime law Cyprus cannot stop the project, Israel would have to be weigh whether a gas deal with Turkey takes precedence over its relations with the Republic.Collaboration could be achieved among the three countries if Cyprus were to agree – a difficult proposition politically – to piggyback onto an Israel-Turkey pipeline.Cohen was likewise sceptical on the proposed EastMed gas pipeline, linking Cyprus to Crete and then Greece or Italy. The pipeline would also transport Israeli gas to Europe, via Cyprus.She said estimates cited during the conference – placing the cost of the pipeline at €5.7bn – were likely too low.“So when our minister [Israeli energy minister Yuval Steinitz] meets with the Cypriot minister and the Greek minister to discuss the East Med pipeline, I think they’re doing it for the photo-op,” Cohen said, drawing chuckles from the audience. You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoModernizeIf Your Home Has Old Roofing, Read ThisModernizeUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’UndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Rep Potvin announces May office hours

first_img05May Rep. Potvin announces May office hours State Rep. Phil Potvin would like to invite residents of the 102nd House District to his May office hours in Wexford, Osceola, and Mecosta Counties.“I look forward to meeting with residents and hearing their thoughts and ideas on state government,” said Rep. Potvin, R-Cadillac. “Meeting with residents of the 102nd District provides great feedback that I use to better represent our communities in Lansing.”Residents will be able to meet with Rep. Potvin at the following times and locations:Friday, May 8Wexford CountyThe Merry Inn204 N. Michigan Ave. in Manton11 a.m.-noonMonday, May 11Osceola CountyMr. Pibs Restaurant3780 Mackinaw Trail in LeRoy1-2 p.m.Mecosta CountyWilliams Cafe19636 30th Ave. in Barryton5-6 p.m.No appointment is necessary and there is no cost to attend. Those unable to attend are encouraged to contact Rep. Potvin’s office by phone at (517) 373-1747, or by email at Categories: Newslast_img read more

Rep Leutheuser takes oath to represent 58th District

first_img Categories: Leutheuser News,News 11Jan Rep. Leutheuser takes oath to represent 58th District State Rep. Eric Leutheuser, R-Hillsdale, took his oath of office today during a ceremony on the floor of the House of Representatives with his wife Laura and nephew Rob by his side.Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Stephen Markman administered the swearing-in of Leutheuser for his second term.“The residents of Hillsdale and Branch counties have placed their trust in me and I am humbled by the opportunity to represent them in Lansing,” said Leutheuser. “I encourage everyone with a concern or an interest in our state government to contact my Lansing office and we’ll be happy to help to the best of our ability. My legislative assistants, Scott and Maria stand ready to assist you.”People can contact Rep. Leutheuser by telephone at 517-373-1794, via email at or mail at N-992 House Office Building, P.O. Box 30014, Lansing, MI 48909.“There is a lot of work to be done at the Capitol,” Rep. Leutheuser said. “As we begin the new session, my primary emphasis is representing the 58th District and building for our future.”last_img read more

Hauck lauds veto override bringing vehicle sales tax relief to Michigan families

first_img17Jan Hauck lauds veto override bringing vehicle sales tax relief to Michigan families Categories: Hauck News Legislation accelerates trade-in reforms adopted in 2013State Rep. Roger Hauck today voted to accelerate sales tax relief for Michigan families buying motor vehicles by overriding a gubernatorial veto with his House colleagues.The House vote means additional tax relief for people buying cars, trucks and SUVs with a trade-in. Current law calls for phasing in planned sales and use tax deductions on purchases including a trade-in through 2039. With today’s vote, the reductions will be fully implemented a decade earlier.“This is the right decision. It will put more money in the pockets of Michigan families who need relief now,” said Hauck, of Union Township, after the House joined the Senate in overriding a veto of legislation from Gov. Rick Snyder. “Eliminating this unfair tax will also offer a boost to Michigan’s economy by providing an incentive to buy new vehicles, RVs and boats.”The Senate bills overwhelmingly approved by the Legislature were vetoed by the governor in July.The new law speeds reforms approved in 2013, allowing buyers to subtract the value of their trade-ins from the purchase price of a vehicle for sales tax purposes. The accelerated sales tax relief also will apply to boats and recreational vehicles bought with a trade-in.###last_img read more

Rep Hauck seeks answers to high winter utility bills

first_img Categories: Hauck News,News 14Feb Rep. Hauck seeks answers to high winter utility bills Energy Policy Committee conducting inquirycenter_img State Rep. Roger Hauck today said he and others serving on the House Energy Policy Committee are determined to get answers about skyrocketing electric bills that some people say have doubled or tripled in cost this winter.Hauck, of Union Township, said the committee heard testimony from one utility company about the spike in charges. While representatives of that utility testified that prolonged bitter cold weather might be responsible for the higher costs, Hauck said he wants more information.“It simply does not make sense that someone’s bill should be double what they usually pay, and the justification we have heard so far has not resolved my concerns,” Hauck said. “Our economy is growing, but some families still find it difficult to make ends meet, and they cannot afford these steep rate increases. We need to be putting more money in people’s pockets. I’ll continue to work to get to the bottom of this.”The committee plans to hear additional testimony regarding the issue.#####last_img read more