A photo of Charlie Strong coaching from the sideline. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)The 2019 college football season is only two-plus weeks old, but unfortunately for some major head coaches, it’s already time to start talking about potential firings.The latest betting odds from SportsLine have ranked the college football head coaches most-likely to be fired first.Whose job is most on the line right now?Here are the five head coaches most-likely to lose their jobs this season. 1. USF head coach Charlie StrongOdds: 3/1South Florida is off to a dismal 0-2 start this season and the former Texas head coach is now 7-8 in his last 15 games.It appears a change could be coming.2. Florida State head coach Willie TaggartOdds: 4/1Taggart is in Year 2 at Florida State and following a brutal first season, the second year isn’t looking much better – if at all. The Seminoles are 1-1 and needed overtime to get past UL Monroe last Saturday.Perhaps today’s coaching move will propel the Seminoles into a different direction.3. Rutgers head coach Chris AshOdds: 7/1Rutgers suffered a bad loss last weekend, going into Iowa and falling, 30-0. A loss was expected, but not like that.NJ.com wrote this week: “If Chris Ash can’t beat Boston College, his Rutgers days are numbered.”Next Saturday’s game against Boston College is a big one.4. UCONN head coach Randy EdsallOdds: 8/1Edsall, 61, is in his second stint leading the Huskies’ football program. His first tenure (1999-2010) was a good one, leading to the Maryland job.He’s just 5-21 since returning, though.5. Rice head coach Mike BloomgrenOdds: 10/1The Rice head coach is just in his second season leading the program and it seems unlikely that a change would happen so quickly.Still, the Owls went 2-11 last season and are off to an 0-2 start this year.***You can view the full odds here.
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Wait times will be reduced for cardiology and cardiac surgerypatients as a fourth cardiac catheterization (cath) lab goes intofull operation on Sept. 29 at the QEII Health Sciences Centre inHalifax. The cath lab is the result of an additional $5 million in fundingannounced by the government of Nova Scotia in March 2003. Thefunding was given to Capital Health’s cardiology program toaddress growing wait times. In addition to the new $2-million cath lab, the funding permittedthe hiring of additional staff in targeted areas, and enabledmore operating room-staff time and materials to be dedicated tocardiac procedures. On Sept. 8, Capital Health increased thenumber of cardiac patient surgeries from 25 to 35 each week. “Nova Scotians depend on a strong health-care system that isthere when they need it,” said Premier John Hamm. “Investing inthis program will ensure Nova Scotians have improved access tocardiac care — a key part of Your Health Matters, Nova Scotia’splan for better care.” In 2002 wait times for cardiac surgery patients in two categoriesrose above the accepted standard. “We know that earlier intervention reduces the risks for heartpatients and can save lives,” said Dr. Blair O’Neill, head ofCapital Health’s Division of Cardiology at the QEII HealthSciences Centre. “This new cath lab will allow us to treat morepatients, to help more of the most acute patients, and to performmore of the complex procedures than we currently do.” Dr. O’Neill said that the new cath lab and extra surgeries wouldhelp the division keep up with growing patient demand. “We expectthe wait times, particularly for patients waiting for anoutpatient catheterization or angioplasty, to get back within theaccepted standard very soon now that we have a fourth cath lab.” In March, the wait time for semi-urgent outpatientcatheterization patients was 56 days, compared to the standardwait time of 14-28 days. The wait time for elective patients was89 days compared to the standard of 42 days. Some progress hasbeen made reducing these wait times. As of 2003, wait times wereshortened by three days and eight days respectively. Since March,the number of patients waiting for surgery has also declined. In, there were 150 patients waiting for open-heart surgery, and asof mid-September, there were 91 patients waiting. Staff have been working extended hours in an attempt to keep upwith the demand. The new cath lab will help create a sustainablesolution to increasing demand for earlier cardiac catheterizationand angioplasty. New techniques to repair congenital and acquiredheart problems can be performed in this state-of-the-art facility– one of the first of its kind in North America. A cardiac catheterization lab is a highly sophisticated machinethat can be used for both diagnosing heart problems and repairingthem. It takes specially trained cardiologists and radiologiststo operate cath lab equipment. The QEII Health Sciences Centre iscurrently the only facility in Nova Scotia with the equipment andspecially trained personnel to operate a cardiac catheterizationlaboratory. The QEII performs more than 5,600 cardiac proceduresevery year, about 3,500 are catheterization procedures. The $5 million in funding was part of government’s Your HealthMatters Plan, released in March. HEALTH–Cardiac Catheterization Lab, More Procedures Will ReduceWaits
LIMA, Peru – Canada was told in advance that the U.S., Britain and France were planning to launch airstrikes against Syria, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Saturday — but was not asked to participate.“We were apprised in advance of the operation,” Trudeau told reporters at the end of a three-day visit to Peru. “We were very supportive. And there was no request for Canada to join as part of that operation.”The comments came as the international community was still grappling with the aftermath of the Friday’s airstrikes against the Syrian government in retaliation for a suspected chemical-weapons attack that killed dozens of people.U.S. officials have said the strikes hit three chemical-weapons facilities, including one in Damascus and two in Homs. U.S. President Donald Trump hailed the attacks on Twitter as “perfectly executed,” adding: “Mission Accomplished!”Syria has denied launching any chemical-weapons attacks, including one on April 7 in the rebel-held enclave of Douma that killed at least 43 people and injured hundreds more and was the catalyst for Friday’s airstrikes.Russia, which has emerged as Syrian President Bashar Assad’s strongest supporter, previously suggested Israel and Britain were behind the Douma attack and expressed outrage Saturday over the airstrikes. The U.S., Canada and their allies have largely dismissed Damascus’s denials and said the strikes were necessary, but have not said how they know that the Syrian government was responsible for the chemical-weapon attacks.The joint airstrikes occurred as Trudeau was attending the Summit of the Americas, which brings together leaders from across the Western Hemisphere every four years, and which was largely overshadowed by the Syria crisis.Earlier in the day, U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence thanked Canada for backing the strikes and explicitly singled Trudeau out for praise during his address to summit participants.For his part, Trudeau described the airstrikes as “unfortunate, but necessary” to stop the Syrian government from launching further chemical-weapons attacks against civilians.“This is something we cannot accept, the use of chemical weapons on civilians,” he said, “and the international community needs to continue to stand extremely strongly as we continue to hold Syria accountable.”The prime minister also had some tough words for Russia, not only for its support to the Syrian government, but also its actions in Ukraine and the poisoning of a former Russian spy. Moscow has denied responsibility for the poisoning.“These are things that have demonstrated that Russia is not interested in being a positive actor in the global rules-based order and the rest of the international community needs to stand firmly united,” Trudeau said.
By Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsShe’s sorry, but not sorry.NDP Carol Hughes says she still believes Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq was “disgusting” for heckling during a question period debate over the need for an inquiry into the high number of murdered and missing Indigenous women across the country.Hughes was forced to apologize in the House of Commons following question period Monday after Conservative MPs overheard her saying to colleagues “isn’t she disgusting?” in reference to Aglukkaq. The Tory Nunavut MP was relentlessly heckling NDP MPs over their continued push for a national inquiry into the reasons why 1,200 Indigenous women and girls have been murdered or gone missing over the past three decades.Conservative MP Jeff Watson rose on a Point of Order and said Hughes’ statement was a “personal attack and unparliamentary.”While Hughes apologized and withdrew her statement, she later told APTN National News in an interview that she wasn’t really that sorry.“She just goes on and on and on. She’s not a very nice person in the House when she is heckling like that,” said Hughes, who is the NDP MP for Algoma-Manitoulin-Kapuskasing. “It got the best of me. I am not going to shed any tears over it. I think it was actually quite disgusting, to have to put up with that. All we are asking for is a national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women.”Aglukkaq, who is the first Inuk to ever sit at the federal cabinet table, has developed a reputation as a relentless heckler during question period.True to form on Monday, Aglukkaq launched a heckling tirade against Hughes as she was launching her question on the need for a national inquiry. A wide-shot of the House of Commons chamber during the episode shows an animated Aglukkaq heckling Hughes and gesticulating.The chamber’s microphones, however, did not catch what Aglukkaq was actually saying, but Hughes told APTN National News she was yelling that the NDP didn’t know what it was talking about.Aglukkaq continued to heckle even as Speaker Andrew Scheer gently chastised her for interrupting the question.“If the Minister of the Environment wants to answer the question, she can answer it after I have recognized her, but not while the member is asking the question,” said Scheer, who has faced criticism both inside and outside the House for keeping too lax a grip on behaviour during question period.Aglukkaq only stops heckling after a Conservative MP in the row behind her taps her on the shoulder, leans over and says something in her ear.Hughes then finished her question, which referred to the 10 year anniversary of Amnesty International’s “No More Stolen Sisters” report on murdered and missing Indigenous women.“What is the government so afraid of? What is it trying to hide this time? Will the government finally listen and put in place a national public inquiry into the missing and murdered Indigenous women,” said Hughes.Status of Women Minister Kellie Leitch fielded the question and responded saying the NDP “would rather hide behind a bunch of lawyers” on the issue.“Having toured across the country and spoken to those families in confidence, we are moving forward with a plan that supports them, that puts in place preventative measures and also, that ensures we are protecting them,” said Leitch.Aglukkaq’s office did not respond to a request for comment.The NDP has pledged to call an inquiry within the first 100 days if elected to email@example.com@JorgeBarrera
The Chicago Blackhawks will take the ice tonight for the chance to win their third Stanley Cup in six seasons. For NHL fans whose memories stretch back to the 1970s and 1980s, such a feat might not seem all that impressive. The NHL was once extremely friendly to dynasties: The Montreal Canadiens won four consecutive Stanley Cups from 1976 to 1979, the New York Islanders did so from 1980 to 1983 and then the Edmonton Oilers won five Stanley Cups in seven seasons from 1984 through 1990.But this isn’t the same league: No team has won back-to-back Stanley Cups since the Detroit Red Wings in 1997 and 1998. And cases like the Blackhawks’ — where teams win championships separated by a couple of seasons, as they did in 2010 and 2013, or as the Los Angeles Kings did in 2012 and 2014 — are fairly rare, too.In the series of charts below, I’ve tracked the share of NHL, NBA, NFL and MLB champions who were repeat winners, along with the share who had won at least one title in any of the three previous seasons.1For instance, the 2014 champion would qualify by having won the championship in 2011, 2012 or 2013. These trends can also ebb and flow over time. After the Boston Celtics won 11 championships in 13 seasons from 1957 through 1969, the NBA then went 19 seasons without a repeat champion until the Los Angeles Lakers did it in 1987 and 1988. Since this data can be a bit noisy, I’ve stretched it over a fairly long time frame, showing trailing 20-year windows for each sport.Over its past 20 seasons, the NHL has the lowest share of repeat winners among the major sports leagues — the Red Wings in 1997 and 1998 were the only one — along with the lowest share of teams to repeat within a three-season window (four out of the past 20 Stanley Cup champions did so). By contrast, before about 1990, it was probably the easiest sport for repeat winners. From 1971 to 1990, for instance, 45 percent of Stanley Cup winners had also won the championship in the previous season, and 75 percent had won a Stanley Cup within the previous three years.The reasons for this are obvious enough: The NHL has expanded rapidly, from six teams in 1966-67 to 30 teams today. It implemented a hard and unforgiving salary cap in 2004-05. And it’s a fairly random sport: Compared with something like basketball, the best team won’t necessarily prevail, even over a seven-game series.Still, the differences are striking. Given the difficulties of keeping a team together in the modern NHL, winning three championships within six years, as the Blackhawks will do if they can finish off Tampa Bay, would perhaps be no less impressive a feat than what the Islanders did by winning four in a row, for example. And they’ll have done it with largely the same group of talent. Nine of the Blackhawks’ top 10 players by point shares this season, including Duncan Keith, Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews, were also members of the franchise in 20102Although goalie Corey Crawford spent most of the 2009-10 season in the minor leagues and played just one regular-season game for the Blackhawks; the only exception is left wing Brandon Saad, who had not yet been drafted. UPDATE (June 16, 11:13 a.m.): The Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup on Monday night, confirming their status as a modern dynasty.
The first Wirtgen 2200 SM 3.8 surface miner is being used in the Chinese province of Xinjiang. With immediate effect, this newly advanced surface miner has replaced the conventional mining equipment used locally. Wirtgen experts are providing support for the project. The Yihua Xinjiang Wucaiwan coal mine is situated in the north-west of China near the borders with Russia, Kazakhstan and Mongolia. Contractor Xinjiang Jianyun Engineering has been mining coal there for about 1.5 years, making use of the eco-friendly surface mining technology. Previously, the sought-after fossil fuel was mined using conventional drilling and blasting. However, this often resulted in fires in the mine, as the coal was highly flammable at the open coal faces damaged by blasting. In order to increase safety at the mine, the mine operator decided to introduce surface mining as the new mining method. This move simultaneously boosted the cost effectiveness and quality of mining.Wirtgen states: “However, simply choosing the right machines for the specified mining output is not the sole criterion when planning mining projects. Factors such as the geological properties of the area, sedimentation and on-site logistical conditions are also key factors. This is where expertise and best-practise experience are called for – and with more than 30 years of experience in surface mining, these are qualities that Wirtgen can contribute to every project.” Chen Jianyun, the owner of Xinjiang Jianyun Engineering stated: “The Wirtgen specialists provided us with in-depth advice right from the start and assisted us in developing the ideal solution.” He and Wirtgen first set out the requirements in preliminary talks. The area being mined is 2 x 300 x 35 m so manoeuvrability was the key factor for the machine in question. Also, the operator wanted to increase production from 3,000 t to 7,000 t per day. This proved to be the only way to meet the enormous demand from the main customers, who operate a cogeneration plant and a fertiliser plant that is currently undergoing construction.What’s more, the coal is extremely fragile and fine-grained. Consequently, it produces a great deal of dust. Various requirements on the gradation of the cut material and the coal seam (with a thickness ranging from 1.3 to 10.63 m) had to be taken into consideration during the planning stage. “Once we’d been apprised of the underlying conditions, we advised our customer to use the new 2200 SM 3.8 surface miner. Though based on the same machine concept as the 2200 SM/3800, its production capacity is approximately 25 % higher and the specific fuel consumption approximately 15 % lower,” explained Bernhard Schimm, Manager of the Mining Division of Wirtgen. The newly advanced machine selectively mines soft rock, achieving a maximum in performance and cost efficiency. “We scrutinised the results of tests with the prototype of the new 3.8 generation in an Indian coal mine and concluded that the 2200 SM 3.8 ideally fulfils our requirements,” said Jianyun.The centerpiece of the compact, yet powerful 2200 SM 3.8 is the 3.8 m wide cutting drum which offers numerous innovative features. It cuts coal or salt with unconfined compressive strengths of up to 35 MPa and deposits the material in three windrows behind the machine. This results in maximum cutting performance with optimum utilisation of the engine capacity. Other benefits are its low fuel consumption, the optimised use of cutting tools and minimised content of fines due to the gentle material transport system. The modified drum speed combined with a reduced cutting depth and travel speed enabled the grain size distribution to be additionally optimised on site and the fines content to be reduced by a further 10%. Two side plates which can be raised and lowered hydraulically reliably seal the cutting drum. With the drum effectively sealed, the formation of dust during milling is reduced considerably. Furthermore, the miner is also equipped with an additional dust protection plate for this application.Wirtgen states: “The effectiveness of these measures to reduce the formation of dust was already evident during the six-day practical test. The mechanical cutting drum drive system with its three power belts also proved highly efficient on the test site. The virtually loss-free transfer of power ensures maximum efficiency and tremendous daily output rates combined with simple maintenance.” Maximum output during selective mining of the coal seam is ensured by three material discharge openings in the scraper plate that allow large quantities of cut rock to be deposited as a windrow. Wheeled loaders subsequently load the material onto trucks independently of the cutting process. The company adds: “Operating in the confined space of the mine, the 2200 SM 3.8 truly came into its own. The large steering angle of the smooth hydraulically adjustable all-track steering results in a turning radius of just 2.5 m. The crab steering mode allows rapid manoeuvring. Meanwhile, the large ground clearance with individually height-adjustable crawler tracks allows operation on uneven terrain and reversing. What’s more, the selectable hydraulic differential lock ensures optimum traction on any surface. The enormous gradability and longitudinal slope of the surface miner allow it to operate in difficult peripheral areas and to produce separate access roads and ramps. The 2200 SM 3.8 is thus also a valuable asset for job site routing.”
Déchets : une pétition européenne contre le suremballageEurope – Frédéric Crépin, un militaire de 33 ans, a lancé une pétition sur le réseau social Facebook pour convaincre l’Europe de prendre des mesures contre le suremballage. Après avoir obtenu quelque 129.000 signatures en quelques mois, il lance aujourd’hui une pétition internationale multilingue, visant le million de signatures.”Nous, citoyens européens et résidents de l’Union européenne,considérons que l’augmentation croissante du suremballage[…] est une atteinte au principe de croissance durable respectueuse de l’environnement mentionnée expressément dans le traité sur l’Union Européenne” explique le texte de la pétition publiée sur www.overpacking.eu. Et d’ajouter : “Nous considérons que la réduction des déchets et la protection de l’environnement nécessitent des mesures limitant le suremballage”.A l’origine de cette pétition contre le suremballage, Frédéric Crépin vise un million de signatures afin de pouvoir saisir le Parlement européen. Le traité européen de Lisbonne, entré en vigueur le 1er décembre dernier, permet en effet aux citoyens des vingt-sept États membres de saisir le Parlement dès lors qu’ils sont au moins un million, dans un tiers des États de l’Union, à s’unir autour d’une même cause.Évoquant une “démarche citoyenne, apolitique, sans lien avec les ONG”, le militaire défenseur de l’environnement a déjà récolté 129.000 signatures depuis janvier dernier grâce à Facebook. Devant ce succès, il a décidé de lancer sur Internet une pétition en six langues (français, anglais, italien, espagnol, portugais et bulgare).”Si le million de signatures est atteint, la pétition sera transmise à la Commission des pétitions de l’euro-Parlement qui devra vérifier sa validité et qu’il y a bien une lacune dans le droit européen. C’est le cas, j’en suis sûr”, assure Pierre-François Morin, un avocat spécialiste du droit de l’environnement qui aide bénévolement Frédéric Crépin à mener à bien son action.En 2008, les marques de grande distribution se sont engagées à réduire le poids de leurs emballages d’1 kilo par habitant sur cinq ans. Mais après l’adoption de la loi Grenelle II à l’Assemblée nationale, les écologistes déplorent qu’aucune mesure de grande ampleur n’ait encore été prise.Le 22 mai 2010 à 11:47 • Emmanuel Perrin
Is Proud Mary good?Pretty good, yes. Solid, if unremarkable?So how come you didn’t review it last week when it was new?Because despite a pretty heavy advertising campaign for a January movie Sony decided not to show it to critics and apparently called off a lot of late-night Thursday shows – basically cutting off the ability of critics to see it early and tell you anything about it.Do I take that to mean the studio didn’t want people to know about it beforehand?Usually, but it was a surprise here given that anticipation was said to be running pretty high for the film and… well, I mean, a slick low-budget action movie built around a major TV star shooting stuff up with crazy-ass gunplay sounds like about as safe a bet for a January release as you could want, from where I sit.Is this why there was a controversy over it?Sort of. A lot of people thought it sounded fishy and started wondering if the studio was maybe looking to bury the release based on the long-held film industry logic that movies headlined by Black women are less of a box-office guarantee.That sounds like dubious “logic,” considering how few movies with those sorts of leads are made in the first place…Well, that’s why you’re not making the same millions of dollars as the Sony executives who greenlit Paul Blart 2, Aloha, The Emoji Movie, 5th Wave, Angry Birds, Passengers and The Dark Tower.Uh-huh. So what’s this about?Taraji P.Henson is an assassin working for a Boston-based Black crime-syndicate run by Danny Glover, who takes out a target in the first act only to discover that her victim had a 10-year-old son she’s now orphaned – which is a big personal taboo for her for reasons you can probably figure out. After spending a year playing guardian angel to the boy, she takes him in when he gets hurt. And, when she tries to square his debts to a rival Russian crime family, ends up touching off a mob war for control of the city and must figure out how to get herself and the kid out of the game once and for all.The trailers had kind of a retro-70s thing going on, right?Yeah, and it’s a little misleading. Beyond the opening credits and the expected deployment of the titular song during a climactic action scene the film isn’t really looking to affect the campy blaxploitation homage they’d been selling in the marketing. Instead, it’s more of a mostly-serious, straightforward gangland-hitman thriller where the main anti-hero happens to be a middle-aged Black woman instead of Jason Statham or whoever.Is that really enough of a difference between this and any other action movie?I think so, yeah. Plus, Taraji P. Henson already more than proved her action chops back in Smokin Aces.Was she in that?Yeah, she was Sharice – the sniper with the big .50 caliber M82? Alicia Keyes played her girlfriend?Never saw it.You should – it’s pretty badass.And this one?It pretty much does everything it sets out to do “good enough,” but I feel like it could’ve been elevated by doing one or two things above and beyond apart from the expected spectacle of Henson going all Terminator in Act 3. But as low-tech action movies go? It delivers and overall I liked it. MovieBob Reviews: ‘Shadow’MovieBob Reviews: ‘The Curse of La Llorona’ Stay on target Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
Arsenal striker Alexander Lacazette was an important player as the Gunners closed the gap to Chelsea to three points with a win over the Blues on Saturday.The France international scored the first goal as Arsenal won 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium to move to within three points of Maurizio Sarri’s men who sit in fourth position in the Premier League.Speaking after the game, Lacazette sent a strong message to the Gunners top four rivals.“[We are now] Three points to Chelsea, we are still in the race and we will fight until the end,” he told BT Sport, as quoted by Football.London.“It is what the coach asked us for. We fight all the game.”Chelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“It was not easy for us.”Meanwhile, the former Olympique Lyonnais star said he was delighted to get on the scoresheet as he helped Arsenal into the lead early on in the game with a powerful strike that flew past Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga.“It was a good ball from Hector [Bellerin] and I am happy,” he added.
10,000 Chinese citizens flee Sihanoukville in days after Cambodian online gaming directive: report Load More Chinese state media agency Xinhua reported over the weekend that authorities had been made aware in April that victims were being lured to gaming websites in Cambodia via a dating site, with a number said to have transferred large sums of money only to find their accounts locked. Police said more than 10,000 victims from 28 Chinese provincial regions were caught up in the scam, losing around US$14 million in the process.Cambodian media added that the 150 people arrested and deported included 12 women.The case comes just two weeks after Cambodia’s Prime Minister announced that the country will stop issuing online gaming licenses and won’t renew current licenses when they expire. Constance Hsu appointed Group COO of Sihanoukville’s Jin Bei Group Sihanoukville authorities threaten legal action against 10 building owners over demolition orders RelatedPosts More than 150 Chinese nationals were deported from Cambodia last week due to a range of alleged gambling-related crimes in Sihanoukville and Bavet, including kidnapping and online fraud.According to separate media reports in both countries, the suspects were expelled by the Ministry of Interior’s Immigration Department on two specially chartered planes following a joint investigation between police in Cambodia and China’s Chongqing Municipality.
Financial planning organisation Key Retirement Group has promoted Alison Longley from head of group people strategy to HR director.Longley, who is chartered with the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), has also worked as head of HR and HR manager at Key Retirement Group.Prior to this, Longley worked as HR advisor at pub organisation Trust Inns and as HR officer at HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).
PARIS (WSVN) – A power outage inside Paris’ busiest metro lines left travelers stranded.A 7News viewer visiting the city sent in video that showed passengers helping each other get off the train, Tuesday evening.All trains stopped after the outage and hundreds of passengers were forced to walk to the next station in total darkness.No one was hurt as a result and the power has since been restored.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
APIn this Feb. 5, 2017, file photo, former President George H.W. Bush arrives on the field before the NFL Super Bowl 51 football game between the Atlanta Falcons and the New England Patriots in Houston.The U.S. Postal Service is issuing a Forever stamp honoring President George H.W. Bush, who passed away in Houston on November 30, 2018, at the age of 94.On June 12, USPS will hold an event to officially issue the stamp at the Bush School of Government & Public Service in College Station. The former president is buried nearby at the Bush Presidential Library and Museum, next to his wife, Barbara, and their daughter, Robin.Pierce Bush, one of Bush’s grandchildren, is scheduled to attend the event, along with Robert Duncan, chairman of the USPS Board of Governors; David Jones, president and CEO of the George & Barbara Bush Foundation; and Jean Becker, former chief of staff to the President.Dear Fellow Americans, We’re honoring the 41st President who devoted his life to public service. Add a presidential stamp to your mail with the #GHWBushStamp available for pre-order at https://t.co/pj71iOzXN9. pic.twitter.com/AHoewWu6Xb— U.S. Postal Service (@USPS) May 20, 2019Bush served as President from 1989 to 1993. The continuing normalization of relations with the former Soviet Union after the cold war, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the First Gulf War in 1990 were some of the key milestones of his presidency.After his death, he was remembered for his service during World War II, as well as his statesmanship and lifetime of public service.The Bush family became an icon of Houston. They lived in the Bayou City before residing in Washington, D.C. and after the presidency, the former president and first lady gave Houston worldwide exposure. They frequented philanthropic and sports events and local restaurants, establishing a memorable bond with many Houstonians.The funerals for Barbara and George Bush were both held in Houston last year, with thousands of people attending to pay their last respects. Share
News | July 28, 2008 Redesigned Shielded Applicators Improve Safety, Effectiveness of Brachytherapy July 29, 2008 – To treat cervical cancer, clinicians apply a high dose of radiation directly to diseased tissues, which may be administered using a device called an intracavitary brachytherapy applicator. Imaging the treated areas using computerized tomography (CT) or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) improves the effectiveness of treatments because the scans allow clinicians to accurately plan the radiation treatments. But when so-called “shielded” applicators, which contain metal shields to protect healthy bladder and rectal tissues from radiation exposure, are used to deliver these treatments, CT images exhibit distortion. Furthermore, the devices themselves are not compatible with MRI scanners.A new design avoids those problems. The applicator was invented and developed by the faculty at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and evaluated by Ph.D. medical physics candidate, Michael J. Price or his dissertation work under the direction of Firas Mourtada, Ph.D. It is made out of special materials that makes it compatible with MRIs, and features a movable shield that both reduces the exposure of healthy tissues to radiation and permits the use of CT and MRI scans. Because the shield can be moved out of the path of the scanners’ beams, the applicator can be used in conjunction with CT without distortion to the images. In addition, Price says, “the position of the shield can be adjusted as a function of specific patient anatomy,” allowing clinicians to tailor treatments for each individual patient. Preliminary studies by the MD Anderson team show that the device may reduce the radiation dose to the rectum by 22 percent when compared to a commonly used CT/MRI-compatible intracavitary brachytherapy applicator.For more information: www.aapm.orgSource: American Association of Physicists in Medicine FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享
February 4, 2016 — Akrotome Imaging Inc. received a major award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in November to complete development and commercialization of its new imaging platform.The $1.7M grant will fund the development of an imaging instrument and a fluorescent molecular probe that “lights up” many kinds of previously invisible cancer cells, making it easier for surgeons to determine if all cancer cells have been removed or if additional surgeries are required.Instead of requiring patients to receive large doses of probe via IV hours before the procedure, Akrotome developed something that could be easily sprayed on the tumor area to reveal traces of remaining cancer cells. Results are available in minutes and the patient does not need to be injected with probe.While the probes can also be administered via IV, the external and topical applications of the probes mean they have fewer U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulatory hurdles than competing probes and can reach the market faster and at a much lower cost.Akrotome has a portfolio of probes that target cathepsins, cancer-associated enzymes that are expressed by 85 percent of solid tumors. Trials conducted by the company indicate the probe can highlight cancer cells with better than 95 percent accuracy. The probes and technologies were developed in the laboratories of Matthew Bogyo, Ph.D., at Stanford University and James Basilion, Ph.D., at Case Western Reserve University, with imaging capabilities provided by Indec Systems Inc.Akrotome is currently moving its probes forward for use in skin and breast cancers. Future targets include colon, ovarian and lung tumors.Research is supported by the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health under Award Number 2R44CA180296-02. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Two brain metastases from primary lung cancer are contrast enhanced in the brain of a 61-year-old male. Speakers at AHRA 2019 will state that ProHance and other macrocyclic MR agents present a very low risk to patients. Images courtesy of Bracco News | Interventional Radiology | July 03, 2019 Varian Purchasing Embolic Bead Assets from Boston Scientific Varian announced it has signed an asset purchase agreement to acquire the Boston Scientific portfolio of drug-loadable… read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 07, 2019 Contrast Use in First Transthoracic Echocardiogram for Heart Failure Reduces Repeat Testing Heart failure is the fourth most common cause for all admission to U.S. hospitals, and it is the most common reason for… read more News | Ultrasound Imaging | March 07, 2019 Ultrasound Societies Urge FDA to Remove Black Box Warning on Contrast Agents National and international ultrasound societies are urging the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to remove the “black… read more Technology | Contrast Media | August 05, 2019 Bracco Receives FDA Approval for Varibar Thin Liquid for Oral Suspension Bracco Diagnostics Inc. announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for Varibar Thin Liquid (barium… read more Feature | Contrast Media | July 18, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr How To Manage Risk in the MR Suite Macrocyclic contrast agents have the best safety profile of all the magnetic resonance (MR) contrast media that are n read more News | Radiology Business | April 24, 2019 ITN Wins Jesse H. Neal Award for Best Technical Content April 24, 2019 — Imaging Technology News (ITN) was recently named the 2019 Jesse H. read more Sponsored Content | Case Study | Contrast Media | January 30, 2019 Captisol-enabled Contrast Media with Reduced Renal Toxicity in Development The medical imaging market relies heavily on contrast media, injected into patients to increase the contrast of bodil read more Related Content News | Neuro Imaging | March 18, 2019 Non-Contrast MRI Effective in Monitoring MS Patients Brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) without contrast agent is just as effective as the contrast-enhanced approach… read more News | Contrast Media | February 04, 2016 Akrotome Imaging Receives $1.7M NIH Research Grant for Sprayable Cancer Imaging Agent Imaging probes can be sprayed on cancerous tissue rather than delivered via IV, speeding FDA approval time and immediately alerting surgeons if all cancer cells have been removed Technology | Contrast Media | July 15, 2019 FDA Approves Bayer’s Gadavist Contrast for Cardiac MRI in Adult Coronary Artery Disease Patients The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Gadavist injection for use in cardiac magnetic resonance… read more Feature | Contrast Media Injectors | April 11, 2019 | By Jeff Zagoudis Using Artificial Intelligence to Reduce Gadolinium Contrast One of the most controversial issues in radiology in recent years has been the use of… read more Example of full-dose, 10 percent low-dose and algorithm-enhanced low-dose. Image courtesy of Enhao Gong, Ph.D.
TORONTO — Club Med has released new details about its first Exclusive Collection resort in the Americas – Club Med Michès Playa Esmeralda – opening in the Dominican Republic in December 2019.First announced in May 2018, the new resort will be the first to debut in the lush region of Michès, located approximately 90 minutes north of Punta Cana. At 93 acres, it will represent Club Med’s biggest project of its type in the Caribbean in the past 40 years. And as the first full Exclusive Collection resort in the Americas, it will boast premium accommodations, personalized services and refined dining concepts.While in Montreal this summer, Club Med President Henri Giscard d’Estaing said that the new resort is being built “in our image”.“We will be the first to own a hotel on this beach while everyone thought that the best places in the D.R. were already taken. On site, there is a real local life and we will create partnerships for our guests to discover,” he said at a press conference with trade media, which included Travelweek’s sister publication, ProfessionVoyages.com.Here are exclusive new details about the resort:Club Med Michès Playa Esmeralda will feature four boutique villages, each one presenting its own unique environment, activities and accommodations. These include Archipelago, Caribbean Paradise, Emerald Jungle, and Explorer Cove.The beach at Club Med Michès Playa Esmeralda, D.R.The Archipelago boutique village will be an adults-only oceanfront sanctuary offering top-tier privacy, private pools, personal outdoor showers and personal oceanfront daybeds.Archipelago RenderingCaribbean Paradise village will offer couples and families poolside activities, nightly shows and rooms inspired by the local flora.Caribbean Paradise RenderingEmerald Jungle boutique village will be a relaxing eco-chic retreat with accommodations and a natural pool part of Club Med’s Zen Oasis concept, an adults-exclusive escape. Here, guests can participate in treetop yoga classes and immerse themselves in the greenery of Michès.Emerald Jungle RenderingExplorer Cove was specifically created for families and features world-class children’s clubs for children from four months to 17 years of age.Explorer Cove RenderingPrior to construction, Club Med worked with local government agencies to perform an in-depth environmental impact study to minimize the resort’s footprint and impact to the Michès area. As construction ensues, the company has enacted a tree re-planting program as well as a no plastic straw initiative. Educational mini-sessions and a community garden for guests will also be available.Upon opening, the resort’s daily operations will perform under the Green Globe certification to meet the highest standards of sustainability.For more information go to www.clubmed.ca/l/miches-resort. Share Tags: Club Med, Dominican Republic Monday, October 22, 2018 Travelweek Group Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> Just released: New details & images of Club Med Michès Playa Esmeralda
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Credit Union Earnings Rise to All-Time High in 2012 Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Credit Unions Investors Lenders & Servicers National Credit Union Administration Profits Quarterly Earnings Service Providers 2013-03-04 Tory Barringer March 4, 2013 474 Views in Origination Share Federally insured credit unions brought in record-high earnings last year, the “”National Credit Union Administration””:http://www.ncua.gov/Pages/default.aspx (NCUA) reported.[IMAGE]NCUA reported earnings of $8.5 billion across the industry in 2012, the highest annual figure ever posted. Earnings last year were 36.1 percent higher from the $6.3 billion reported in 2011.According to the administration, the rise in earnings came largely from reductions in loan loss reserves, “”a positive sign of improving economic conditions.”” Meanwhile, the industry’s return on average assets ratio–a measure of industry earnings–stayed constant at 86 basis points in last year’s fourth quarter.Membership in federal credit unions also grew, jumping from 91.8 million at the end of 2011 to 93.8 million at the end of 2012, an increase of 2.2 percent. The number of federally insured credit unions fell by 275 as the industry consolidated, closing the year at 6,819.At the end of fourth quarter, federal credit unions had an estimated $597.7 billion in outstanding loans, an increase [COLUMN_BREAK]of $6.6 billion (or just over 1.1 percent) quarter-over-quarter and $26.3 billion (or 4.6 percent) for the year. Lending for first mortgage loans increased 1.2 percent during the quarter and 5.7 percent for the year, reaching $246.3 billion.Credit unions’ total assets grew by $8.8 billion in the fourth quarter and $60.0 billion for all of 2012 to end the year at a little more than $1 trillion, NCUA reported. At the same time, industry net worth rose to $106.7 billion, up $2.2 billion for the quarter and $8.4 billion for the year. Net worth ratio, a measure of capital strength, was 10.44 percent, up 13 basis points quarter-over-quarter and 23 basis points year-over-year.As far as performance goes, NCUA noted growth was most robust in credit unions with assets of $250 million or more. This group–comprising 751 credit unions–showed the largest gains in almost every category, including membership, net worth, market share, loans, and assets. While smaller credit unions tended to have higher net worth, they showed slower growth; credit unions with assets under $10 million had a loss of overall membership and sluggish loan growth compared to those with assets greater than $250 million.””The composition of the credit union industry is changing, which presents challenges,”” said Debbie Matz, NCUA board chairman. “”Small credit unions are important to their members and their local economies. It’s our job to monitor their health and, to the extent possible, find ways to keep them sustainable.””While Matz added that “”[t]here are many reasons to be optimistic about the credit union industry’s future,”” she warned that fixed-rate mortgages make up a large share of assets as a result of today’s low interest rates and “”could pose a long-term risk for the industry.””
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