Commission Issues Notice of Changes to the Nova Scotia Securities Act

first_imgNew amendments to the Nova Scotia Securities Act are in force that will improve investor protection and promote a harmonized securities system in Canada. Government introduced the amendments in the fall 2015 sitting and Bill 129 was passed by the House of Assembly. The Nova Scotia Securities Commission is responsible for administering the Securities Act. It issues notice of amendments to the Act as a member of the Canadian Securities Administrators. The Securities Act provides investors with protection from practices and activities that undermine investor confidence in the fairness and efficiency of capital markets and fosters the process of capital formation. Changes to the Securities Act, effective Dec. 18, 2015,include amendments to: –- Section 29C to expand and clarify types of freeze orders that the commission can make –- Sections 29E and 29EA to expand the scope of compliance examinations and continuous disclosure reviews –- the commission’s rule-making authority to support the proposed expansion of the passport system to include applications to cease to be a reporting issuer and failure-to-file cease trade orders –- Section 146N of the Act to suspend the running of the limitation period applicable to legal action for misrepresentation under certain conditions –- a housekeeping amendment to Section 77 of the Act to eliminate an outdated reference These amendments represent the continuing commitment by government and the commission to ensure that the Act remains an up-to-date and effective vehicle for investor protection and efficient capital markets. Some of the other amendments are awaiting proclamation. To view the amendments go to: http://nslegislature.ca/index.php/proceedings/bills/securities_act_bill_129last_img read more

Census data on language show tip of statistical iceberg about Canadas diversity

first_imgOTTAWA – Reis Pagtakhan emphasizes the plural when he talks about the Filipino grocery stores, restaurants, newspapers and radio programs that now populate Winnipeg, decades after his family first came to the city.This week, Pagtakhan’s observations about the rise of Tagalog in Winnipeg are expected to get some statistical backing when the latest tranche of census data details Canada’s linguistic diversity. It is anticipated that the language heard in those Filipino stores and restaurants and on radio shows — Tagalog — will be among the fastest-growing since 2011.For Pagtakhan, the change around Winnipeg is a far cry from when his parents arrived in Canada in the 1960s and there were only a few hundred Filipino families in the region.Now, “you have tens of thousands of people from the Philippines who are here, many of whom speak Tagalog. … It’s just spoken widespread,” said Pagtakhan, an immigration lawyer.Wednesday’s release about the languages that Canadians report as their mother tongue or being spoken at home will provide a peek at Canada’s ethnocultural diversity, which the national statistics office will fully reveal this fall with data from the recently returned long-form census.In February, census data showed that the national population would have been potentially far below 35.15 million if not for an influx of immigrants that Statistics Canada said accounted for about two-thirds of the population increase between 2011 and 2016. Immigration will be the dominant source of growth by 2056, Statistics Canada predicts, as natural, fertility-fuelled growth declines due to an aging population — for the first time, there are more seniors than children 14 and under — and a declining birth rate.The figures coming this week are expected to show some 200 languages are spoken in Canada, with seven million people — or more — saying their mother tongue is neither English nor French.“Once you start to see all the different languages that are spoken, it really speaks to the profound diversity of our Canadian population,” said Michael Haan, an associate professor in the school of sociology at Western University in London, Ont.The figures will add another dimension to the portrait of Canada the five-year census began painting earlier this year. Additional layers will be added later this year, including income data in September, immigration and Indigenous Peoples numbers in October, and figures detailing education, jobs and work patterns in November.The latest release will also include data about families, revealing changes in marriage rates, how much longer Canadians are waiting to start families, and how many families live under different roofs — be it because one parent is working in another part of the country, or because they are older parents choosing to live apart.The statistics will show the varying and ever complex definition of family in Canada, which — like language — seems certain to prompt governments and service providers to rethink their policies and offerings to meet demographic dynamics.The number of people reporting a mother tongue other than English or French has been gradually going up over time, as too have the number of different languages being spoken, says Doug Norris, chief demographer at Environics Analytics. The census data will also show how many of those households speak English, French or both on a regular basis along with their mother tongue.“More and more homes in Canada are speaking more than one language on what they say is a regular basis and that’s simply driven by immigration,” said Norris, who spent three decades at Statistics Canada.Federal data show the Philippines was the top source for immigrants last year, and a major source for immigrants since the last census in 2011. It’s why Roman Catholic churches around Winnipeg are providing masses in Tagalog, and why Canada’s first senator of Filipino decent has found Tagalog speakers as far as Iqaluit.“Filipinos speak English and will do so proudly in their everyday use. However, when a large group of Filipinos are together, or when no other non-Filipino speakers are around, Tagalog is often spoken,” Sen. Tobias Enverga says.“This is an important way for Filipinos to maintain their own heritage and language while also embracing Canadian culture and values.”Statistics Canada estimated earlier this year that the Filipino community could be among the fastest growing group in Canada by 2036, although not as fast as the Arab community, which is projected to see its numbers jump by 200 per cent or more depending on immigration levels over that time.Language ties the Arab community together because all don’t share the same ethnicity, said May Telmissany, an associate professor of Arabic studies at the University of Ottawa.“You will find that most immigrants coming from the Arab world, the only thing that they will hold on to as far as culture is concerned, is the language and this is why they tend to speak it at home, but also encourage their kids to learn it and speak it,” Telmissany said.The seeds of an immigrant language in Canada have been sown by what Haan described as pioneer immigrants, who share their language with their children while also assimilating into the broader culture. Over time with new waves of immigrants reinforcing the language, communities reach a threshold where they develop cultural institutions like grocery stores and restaurants that become mechanisms to reinforce and maintain use of the language.But just as easily as a language can thrive, it can also decline. Norris said there are likely to be drops in the proportion of Canadians listing some European languages like Italian, German and Greek as their mother tongue as these populations age and there is little new intake to reinforce numbers.— Follow @jpress on Twitterlast_img read more

The future development of the TseKwa caves in Charlie Lake

first_imgRezoning Report; CLICK HERETreaty 8; CLICK HERESimon Fraser University Research; CLICK HERENorthwest Coast Archeology; CLICK HERE FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A rezoning application has been submitted to the Peace River Regional District to restore and protect the previously known Charlie Lake Caves, now Tse’K’wa land, by establishing an Indigenous cultural museum.Gary Oker, President of Tse’K’wa Heritage Society, shares the Tse’K’wa holds deep historical and cultural importance. The goal is to recreate the space to what it would have looked like in the stone age, to include an amphitheatre space as well as buildings to display the vast collection in 1000 piece range of found artifacts from the site.Oker says it would become a space for ceremonies, drumming and different things could be shared such as food, traditional song and stories for people to come and enjoy the history. It is important to Oker to increase the visibility of the indigenous people in the area. March 18th, 2019 there will be an open house at the Charlie Lake Community Hall. As the proper steps are being taken to rezone the land, Oker wants an opportunity to share with the Community what the vision for the land will be.The Simon Fraser University recognized Tse’K’wa as a significant space because of the historical content that was found and unearthed as it was being studied by the University.Oker said this will be a place that provides an opportunity for school children to come and learn as well as being a point of interest for tourism and visitors to the area and passing along the Alaska Hwy.To date, the biggest challenge Oker says they face is the defacing of the caves and he hopes that with the development of the site the cultural importance will be recognized so everyone can enjoy the land.Also represented is Diane Bigfoot, Director from Prophet River and Laura Webb, Director from West Moberly.For more information on the caves and report follow the links below.last_img read more

Government accuses Maldives over recent moves

Having endured similar challenges in its recent past, the new Sri Lankan Government is committed to the principles of democracy, good governance and the rule of law. Sri Lanka is also concerned by the impact of the State of Emergency on the fundamental rights and freedoms enshrined in the Constitution of the Maldives and urges the Government of the Maldives to uphold the commitments it has made – including as a member of the Commonwealth and signatory to the Commonwealth Charter – to the universal and Commonwealth values of democracy and the rule of law. The Government today accused the Maldives of using Sri Lanka to initiate questionable action against political and social media activists.The Foreign Ministry said that Sri Lanka is deeply concerned about recent developments in the Maldives and events that have impacted on Sri Lanka, including the recent arrest of two Sri Lankan nationals in the Maldives, the questionable removal of a Maldivian social media activist who was in possession of a valid Sri Lankan visa, the stabbing of a Maldivian national in Sri Lanka, as well as the state of emergency that has been declared in the Maldives and the impeachment of the Vice-President. “We also believe that the right to dissent is an integral part of a functioning democracy. Unlike the previous regime in Sri Lanka which silenced dissenting voices in the guise of fighting terrorism, the new administration is committed to the fundamentals of democracy,” the Foreign Ministry said.It is in this context that the Government finds it deeply disturbing that Sri Lanka, a country which has always maintained the closest friendly relations with the Maldives is being used to initiate questionable action against political and social media activists. Sri Lanka encourages the Government of the Maldives to ensure that recent developments are not allowed to escalate into a source of regional instability. Sri Lanka hopes that the Maldives will take steps to end the state of emergency, initiate measures to respect and protect freedom of expression and ensure that recent developments will not reverse Maldives’ hard-won democratic achievements. read more

UNbacked conference discusses early warning systems for natural disasters

“This action-oriented conference will be an opportunity to highlight, through the presentation of projects in the field, the importance of early warning mechanisms for people’s daily lives,” UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Jan Egeland said of the three-day event in Bonn, Germany.Former United States President Bill Clinton, the UN’s Special Envoy for Tsunami Recovery, said that making communities safer – by better managing the risks of natural hazards – must become a global priority.Hosted by the German Government under the auspices of the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR), the conference will be divided into two parallel streams: a Projects and Priorities Forum in plenary, where some 15 projects will illustrate the relevance of early warning systems, and a Scientific and Technical Symposium, which will be attended by scientists and practitioners of early warning.Experts believe that many tens of thousands of lives could have been saved in the Indian Ocean tsunami of 26 December, 2004, if there had been an early warning system such as the one existing in the Pacific Ocean, currently the world’s only fully functioning system.As it was several hours passed between the quake that spawned the tsunami off the Indonesian island of Sumatra and the landfall of the waves in some regions such as Sri Lanka, wasting precious time in which many could have fled to higher ground.Mr. Egeland is to present a report on a Global Survey of Early Warning Systems called for by the UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan after the tsunami.The UN is now leading efforts to set up such systems, both in the Indian Ocean and elsewhere, based on quake and tidal sensors, speedy communications, alarm networks from radio to cell phones, and disaster preparedness training in vulnerable regions.Between 1991 and 1999 the number of people affected by natural disasters doubled. In 2005 alone, a total of 149 disasters killed 97,000 people, affected over 133 million others and caused economic losses of $220 billion. The 2004 tsunami caused $10 billion worth of damage. read more

UN congratulates Afghan voters for taking part in historic elections

“Today was a good day for the future of a stable and unified Afghanistan. Ordinary Afghans turned out to vote in remarkable numbers, defying Taliban attacks and threats,” the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan, Ján Kubiš, said in a statement.“Often in long queues and bad weather, voters patiently waited to exercise their basic human right to vote. They chose to determine the future direction of the country by political means and resolutely rejected the enemies of peace and democracy,” he added.Afghans thronged to polling stations, which opened their doors at 7:00 a.m. today, to cast their ballots for a successor to President Hamid Karzai and members of 34 provincial councils. The polls will result in the first democratic transfer of power from one elected leader to another in the country.During a visit to a polling centre in the capital, Kabul, Mr. Kubiš, had voiced the hope that people would come out and vote for their candidates – whoever they may be – in good numbers. “I hope that at the end of the day, we will be able to say this is really a historic moment, opening a totally new chapter for the country.”Shukria, a resident of Kabul, expressed her hopes for the country’s next leader. “I want my next president to improve security, creating a better environment for us to live in, as well as bring a higher standard of education to the country.”According to Afghanistan’s Independent Election Commission (IEC), polling took place in 6,218 polling centres across the country, while a further 205 polling centres – that were originally scheduled to be kept open – were closed down due to the failure to dispatch necessary polling materials in light of adverse security developments. Afghans go to the polls to cast their ballots in presidential and provincial council elections. Photos: UNAMA/Fardin Waezi ‹ › “I am hopeful for the future – I have lots of children and I vote for the future of my children,” said 70-year-old Haji Awlia Qul, in the north-eastern province of Kunduz. “It doesn’t matter even if I die for this. The important thing is the bright future of my children. I vote for their better future and for the well-being of my grandchildren.”Unlike the countries previous elections, which were conducted jointly by the Afghan authorities and the UN, the world body does not formally have a role in these polls, leaving Afghan authorities to organize and manage the entire electoral process. The UN – primarily through the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) – has been advising on election-related matters and providing capacity building and technical support.The members of the UN Security Council issued a statement on Saturday, welcoming the holding of the elections, and reiterating the importance of these “historic” polls to Afghanistan’s transition and democratic development.In a related development, the head of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on Saturday expressed shock at the attack that took place on the eve of the polls in which Associated Press photojournalist Anja Niedringhaus was killed and reporter Kathy Gannon was injured. Ms. Niedringhaus, 48, and Ms. Gannon, 60, were traveling in a convoy of election workers when they were shot by a policeman in the town of Khost near the border with Pakistan, according to a UNESCO news release.“Ms. Niedringhaus was a distinguished photo journalist who devoted her life to recording and publicizing the difficulties faced by people living in conflict situations,” UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova said. “Her death is a loss for us all and an attack on the people of Afghanistan as they struggle to build a better democratic future for their country.” read more

Feedback sought on Brock Teaching Evaluation Policy

Members of the Brock community are encouraged to provide feedback that may change the way students and instructors reflect on courses they have taken part in.After several months of work preparing a draft Teaching Evaluation Policy, the University Senate’s ad hoc Committee on Teaching Evaluation is seeking input on the document from students, faculty, sessional instructors and teaching assistants who are invited to suggest changes before Senate formally considers a final policy at an upcoming meeting.With no current Teaching Evaluation Policy, the University has sought to create a form of evaluation that focuses less on the instructor and more on the student experience.“There is research that shows teaching evaluations can be biased in terms of gender, cultural background, class size and other factors,” said committee chair and Department of Educational Studies Professor David Hutchison. “By reframing teaching evaluations as student course experience surveys, we hope to put the focus on the student’s overall experience within the course, rather than on directly evaluating the instructor.”To potentially avoid biases while also honouring the Collective Agreement between Brock University and the Brock University Faculty Association, Hutchison and the rest of the committee have proposed an opt-in online student course experience survey system for academic programs that includes University-wide global questions, such as what aspects of a course students found most engaging, and provides space for specific questions from the program and the course instructor.With the online feedback form closing Wednesday, March 27, Hutchison hopes that many members of the Brock community will take the time to read the available draft teaching evaluation policy and offer feedback that will help shape the final policy.“There is a unique opportunity for students, faculty, instructors and teaching assistants to contribute their thoughts to the development of a teaching policy for the University,” he said.To provide feedback on Brock’s Teaching Evaluation Policy draft, visit the University Secretariat website. read more

Richard Strauss lured students to private clinic with local advertising

Dr. Richard Strauss opened a private clinic in Columbus in August 1996 just 12 days after he finished working at Ohio State Student Medical Services.Richard Strauss in his Ohio State College of Medicine photograph. Ohio State has interviewed more than 100 former Ohio State athletes with sexual abuse claims against former team physician Richard Strauss. Credit: Courtesy of Ohio StateHowever, even though Strauss was not regularly treating Ohio State students, he still had access to them. Advertisements for “Men’s Clinics of America” ran in several issues of The Lantern, according to the student newspaper’s archives. He also ran ads over local radio, said Brian Garrett, a former nursing student who worked at Strauss’ clinic.The advertisement in The Lantern described his clinic as offering “prompt treatment of common genital/urinary problems,” as well as providing examinations for rashes, lumps, pain/burning, checkups, testing, sexually transmitted diseases and “answers to questions.” It said the clinic had experienced doctors, a male staff and “strict medical confidentiality.”University Provost Bruce McPheron said during the Audit & Compliance Committee meeting on June 7 that investigators had learned about the clinic and knew there were acts of sexual misconduct alleged to have occurred there. The independent investigation, led by the Seattle-based law firm Perkins Coie, has been looking into the hundreds of allegations of sexual abuse against Strauss, who died by suicide in 2005, and whether the university knew about the acts and allowed it to happen. McPheron said the Columbus clinic is part of the investigation because Ohio State students were reportedly treated and abused by Strauss while there.In the advertisement, it said there was a student discount. However, Garrett said when an Ohio State athlete would come in, Strauss would tell Garrett and the other employees that the athlete would receive free treatment and that the treatment was to be kept “off the record.”Garrett said that through those advertisements, he would not only get students to seek treatment, but also to help to run the clinic. “The crazy thing was, is he got OSU students — current OSU students — to run it, help him run it,” Garrett said. “But then he, like I said, he had OSU athletes coming in from teams that he was doing freebie exams with them.”Garrett was recruited by Strauss to work as a “receptionist” for the clinic, and said the office was located at 1350 W. Fifth Ave. The Lantern confirmed Strauss was listed as having owned property at the address from WhitePages.Garrett, who now resides in Powell, Ohio, told The Lantern one of his friends was approached in Larkins Hall — the old recreational facility at the university — by Strauss and was asked about working for him at the clinic. His friend then informed Garrett and another friend about the offer, all of whom accepted.While Garrett said he is not certain other students were abused, Garrett said he was abused by Strauss. He said after complaining of heartburn, Strauss told him to lie down on the exam table. He said Strauss began by pushing on Garrett’s stomach, but then removed his pants and began to closely examine his genitals. After five to 10 minutes, Garrett said he left and never returned to the clinic. Garrett said this had come the same day he was asked to sit in on one of Strauss’ exams of an Ohio State athlete. He described in graphic detail the abuse he witnessed Strauss commit on the athlete.“I just asked him if I had heartburn,” Garrett said, referring to the abuse committed against him by Strauss. “And then shortly after that — I never told anybody — I was like I can’t do this anymore.”The setup of the clinic was unusual compared with most others, Garrett said. The phones were forwarded to the apartments of Garrett and his friends when patients would try to call and schedule appointments, and that “people coming into the office had to be kept secret from the people leaving the office,” Garrett said.“Anytime the phone would ring, we would have to say, ‘Men’s Clinic of America’ and the person would say, ‘Hey, I’m trying to get an appointment for this,’” Garrett said. “And we would write down the appointments and we would tell him how many people called in.”According to documents obtained from the Ohio secretary of state’s office, Strauss’ company was officially incorporated on Aug. 19, 1996 and was dissolved two years later on Aug. 27, 1998.A screenshot of advertisements Dr. Richard Strauss ran for his private clinic found in The Lantern archives. Credit: Lantern FileHe also said Strauss was a part-time physician in student health services from July 1, 1994 until Aug. 7, 1996, but was a professor emeritus at Ohio State until he retired on July 1, 1998.Though it is unclear what Ohio State’s policy on outside practice of medicine was at the time Strauss ran his clinic, current policy forbids any faculty members in the College of Medicine to be “employed by other entities for the practice of medicine.”When asked whether university faculty referred students to Strauss’ clinic, Ohio State spokesman Ben Johnson said the university cannot discuss details of the independent, ongoing investigation. Ohio State is scheduled to provide another update on the Strauss investigation at 10 a.m. during Thursday’s Audit & Compliance Committee meeting.Athletes from 14 different sports have been interviewed and over 200 former students and staff members have talked with investigators about Strauss, the university said in a release on July 20. There are more than 100 former students and student-athletes believed to have been abused by Strauss while he was at the university, and investigators are also looking into whether he abused high school students.The university urges anyone with information pertaining to the investigation to contact investigators at osu@perkinscoie.com. read more

Keeping secrets becomes harder in the age of Twitter

first_imgTwitter has once again been thrust into the spotlight as a result of its impact on a major news story. As we reported, Twitter is already credited with breaking the news of Osama Bin Laden’s death, but in fairness it did come from a source in the mainstream media. So, while Twitter can’t really take credit for getting the news first, they can take credit for documenting an account of the raid while it was happening.A gentleman by the name of Sohaib Athar, who goes by @ReallyVirtual on Twitter, began tweeting about a helicopter hovering above Abbottabad at 1am which he said was a rare event. The spotting of the helicopter was followed up by what was reported to be “a huge window shaking bang.” He went on to say that he hoped it wasn’t the start of “something nasty.”About an hour later, he reported that a helicopter was shot down near the Bilal Town area. As we now know, it has been confirmed a helicopter was lost in the raid on Osama Bin Laden due to a mechanical failure. At the time, Athar later believed the helicopter crash was the result of a training accident as claimed by a major of the Pakistan Army, though he did respond to @m0hcin via Twitter by saying a few people online believed that one of the copters was not Pakistani. As it turned out he was absolutely right about that one.Mohcin Shah (@m0hcin) also tweeted about events in Abbottabad during the evening commenting that nobody was picking up phones in the town, not even landlines, and that his family in the city reported hearing three blasts one after another. He went on to report that roads in the city were blocked and that army and local admin were “tight lipped” giving some indication that the Pakistani government may have cooperated with the raid.It wasn’t until many hours later that Athar came to grips with his small part in the historic event by tweeting, “Uh oh, now I’m the guy who liveblogged the Osama raid without knowing it.”Athar’s tweets show that with the invention of Twitter it has becoming increasingly harder for governments to control information. If phones and communication in the town were really cutoff during the Bin Laden raid, as was alluded to by Shah, someone forgot about Twitter. Athar, without even knowing it, could have tipped off supporters of Osama Bin Laden to send in reinforcements to push back the American led attack. On the flip side, Twitter is a gold mine for intelligence. If the roles were reversed and it was an American compound which was about to be raided, the eye witness account in real-time could have giving enough lead time for those within to prepare for an attack.It seems military planners and intelligence officers need to begin to put Twitter in the equation when it comes to receiving and controlling information. Just like any weapon, it can be used to our advantage, but also can be a dangerous tool when used by our enemy or innocent bystanders who are simply reporting what they are seeing from their bedroom window.last_img read more

Wikipédia le PDG de Google offre 500000 dollars

first_imgWikipédia: le PDG de Google offre 500.000 dollars Le co-fondateur et actuel président de Google Sergei Brin a offert 500.000 dollars à la fondation Wikimédia qui opère actuellement une campagne de dons.La fondation Wikimédia, qui héberge l’encyclopédie en ligne Wikipédia, est actuellement lancée dans une campagne de dons et met à contribution la générosité de ses lecteurs. Et dans le lot des généreux donateurs on trouve une célébrité de la planète high-tech, Sergei Brin. Le co-fondateur de Google et actuel PDG a fait un don de 500.000 dollars à l’organisme rapporte ZDNet. “Je suis très reconnaissante envers Sergey Brin et Anne Wojcicki pour leur soutien à ce que nous faisons”, a déclaré Sue Gardner, la directrice exécutive de la Fondation Wikimedia.À lire aussiÉquinoxe du Printemps : pourquoi tombe-t-il le 20 mars ?Wikimédia vit de la générosité de ses utilisateurs. Pour son exercice 2010-2011, la fondation a pu lever a levé 23,8 millions de dollars dont 21,5 millions proviennent de dons. En France, cela représente 515 187 euros offerts par les lecteurs de Wikipédia, qui étaient 20 000 par jour en comptant les visites uniques de la page d’accueil.Le 21 novembre 2011 à 16:45 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Mass Effects Conversations Were Inspired by Ricky Gervais TV Show

first_img To celebrate the tenth anniversary of the first Mass Effect, former Bioware animator Jonathan Cooper tweeted out a few fun facts about the now-classic title. The strangest one being what inspired the game’s iconic over-the-shoulder camera angle used for conversations. It wasn’t a movie or even another video game, but Ricky Gervais’ TV show, Extras. That’s right, Mass Effect was directly inspired by a spin-off of The Office.4. The close over-the-shoulder camera style I used for conversations in Mass Effect was inspired primarily by Ricky Gervais’s The Extras. This is not a joke – that entire series was built on awkward, close conversations. pic.twitter.com/YHHBqnucu7— Jonathan Cooper (@GameAnim) November 20, 2017Looking at the pictures Cooper posted in that tweet, one can’t help but laugh. They totally look like shots from Mass Effect!Another interesting fact is that Mass Effect was originally going to have black bars on screen during conversations. This was typical of Bioware games released up until that point. In the end, Cooper and his friends won the “heated argument” and removed the black bars from conversations. This decision was certainly for the best since conversations blend seamlessly with the rest of the game.7. BioWare traditionally used black bars to denote interactive conversations, but we won a heated argument to remove them for Mass Effect to blur the line between interactive dialogue and cutscenes. This allowed us to seamlessly weave interactivity into dramatic cinematic scenes.— Jonathan Cooper (@GameAnim) November 20, 2017Cooper finished the thread by talking about lip-synching. Mass Effect was perhaps the first game in history to have fully localized lip-sync in all available languages. This is obviously a detail most wouldn’t know about since they wouldn’t normally play the game in another language. Regardless, this is a nice touch that certainly makes dialogue more authentic no matter what language the user chooses.10. In perhaps a first – Mass Effect had fully localized lip lip-sync in all languages, possible only because the systemic lip-sync was entirely procedurally-generated. (I only learned this after my later Quebec colleagues enthused about the French version).— Jonathan Cooper (@GameAnim) November 20, 2017It’s strange to celebrate the tenth anniversary of Mass Effect during the same year EA effectively put the series on ice. Fans have asked (i.e. begged) EA for a remastered trilogy. There are no plans for a current-gen re-release of the beloved franchise, but it’s not entirely out of the realm of possibility. Let’s keep our fingers crossed EA listens to the people. Stay on target Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.center_img The Deadliest Assassins in Video GamesThe Best Buddies In Science Fiction last_img read more

Lewis discusses civil rightsthemed graphic novels at Opalocka stop

first_imgOPA-LOCKA, FLA. (WSVN) – U.S. Rep. John Lewis discussed his civil rights graphic novels during a South Florida stop, Saturday.Lewis, D-Ga., sat alongside co-author Andrew Aydin and artist Nate Powell as they discussed the award-winning trilogy “March” at a book signing held at New Birth Baptist Church in Opa-locka.The books focus on the civil rights movement of the 1950s and ’60s through the eyes of the Georgia lawmaker. The 77-year-old provides a firsthand account of his lifelong struggle for civil and human rights.“You’re sitting at a lunch counter, and someone comes over and spits on you. They’ll put a lighted cigarette out in your hair, hold down your bags, pour hot water, hot coffee, hot chocolate on you,” said Lewis. “You get arrested, taken to jail. You’re beaten, you’re left bloody during the Freedom Rides. It’s sort of painful, and it’s hard even for young people to believe that happened.”The congressman hopes “March” will inspire and educate generations to come. Over 1,000 Miami-Dade students attended the signing.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

POLICE LOG for June 4 Group Of Teens Break Window At Old

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights of the Wilmington Police Log for Tuesday, June 4, 2019:A King Street caller reported a deceased rabbit in front of her house. She requested the Animal Control Officer remove it as “it’s been crushed pretty good.” (5:48am)A Research Drive caller reported an ex-employee did not return a company-owned iPad. Police contacted ex-employee. (11:44am)A Chestnut Street caller reported a thin, white male in his late 30’s, with a reddish gray beard, sitting on her porch 20 minutes ago. Her dogs started barking and the party ran off into the wooded trails towards Apple Tree Lane. Police were unable to locate. Police advised several area residents and asked them to contact police if the man is observed. (11:55am)A Chestnut Street caller reported two unauthorized charges on her credit card, which she still has possession of. She notified the bank. (12:45pm)Employee at the Learning Experience reported a group of teenagers near the old Sonic using profanity and being disruptive towards the young children at the school. Group departed prior to police arrival. The old Sonic’s alarm was going off. Calling party reported the teens had just broke a window. Police contacted building’s last known owner, who reported he sold the building about a month ago and didn’t have the new owner’s contact information. (4:01pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for August 11: Incidents Not What They Seem; Marijuana Confiscated From Vehicle; Missing Woman FoundIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 14: Missing Teen Located; Trash Left Behind At Yentile FarmIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 22: Evicted Tenant Leaves Behind Cat; Driver Issued Summons; Kids Playing Ding Dong DitchIn “Police Log”last_img read more

Curious koala in Australia sneaks inside a parked car to cool off

first_img Share your voice Only in Australia – after a local winemaker left the car door open, a curious koala decided to take advantage of the air-conditioning. We speak to the winemaker in 7 News at 6pm. #7News pic.twitter.com/fKWCKTFguF— 7 News Adelaide (@7NewsAdelaide) March 19, 2019 Watch a kangaroo attack a landing paraglider in Australia Romeo, the ‘world’s loneliest frog,’ finally gets a crack at love Venomous toads hitch ride on a massive snake to escape storm How to survive deadly animal attacks This curious koala got to cool off inside an air conditioned car in Australia, thanks to this patient winemaker.  Tim Whitrow/Facebook Be sure to keep your car doors closed during a hot day in Australia, or you could end up with a koala as a new carpool buddy.That’s exactly what happened to South Australian winemaker Tim Whitrow. Whitrow had left the doors open and the air conditioning on in his parked car so his dog could get in and out of it while he briefly went to check on the grapes at his family’s vineyard.  When he returned there was a surprising new passenger in his vehicle.”As I was moving to another part of the vineyard, I noticed that someone else was also in the car enjoying the air-conditioner,” he wrote on his Facebook page on Sunday.Whitrow filmed the encounter, showing the curious koala crawling around in the backseat of his car, with his slightly confused dog looking on. “This is what happens when you leave your car doors open in a vineyard; koalas jump into your car,” Whitrow said in the video.  23 Photos Sci-Tech Post a comment Whitrow decided to drive the koala to a nearby scrubland to release it back into the wild. When he parked the car to let the marsupial out, the stubborn koala decided to instead climb onto the front seat to enjoy the air conditioner even more. Eventually, the koala was coaxed out of the car, but not before leaving several gouge marks across the car’s dashboard. “It took a fair bit of convincing to get the feisty little fella out,” Whitrow said on his Facebook page. 0 Tags More unusual animal newslast_img read more

HBOs Watchmen ComicCon trailer goes deep into masked vigilante war

first_img Comic-Con 0 TV and Movies Comics Comments The very best cosplay we saw at Comic-Con 2019 The trailer opens with a vigilante crashing into a convenience store being robbed by a gunman — but this isn’t your fun Shazam-type hero moment. For one, the vigilante wears a noose around his neck. We cut to a Rorschach-inspired mask-wearing vigilante, who says, “soon they will shout, ‘Save us.’ And we will whisper, ‘No.'”  The best San Diego Comic-Con celebrity disguises 3:00 Very ominous. HBO Damon Lindelof, best known for creating The Leftovers, is the man helming HBO’s Watchmen. A new trailer for this sequel (of sorts) to Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ graphic novel snuck up on San Diego Comic-Con, despite the absence of a panel. 62 Photoscenter_img More from HBO and Comic-Con HBO HBO’s Watchmen series: New teaser trailer, release date, cast and plot Every Comic-Con San Diego 2019 trailer: Picard, Netflix’s The Witcher, It 2, Top Gun sequel HBO’s His Dark Materials lights up Comic-Con with a new trailer Share your voice Tags Originally published July 20, 11:15 a.m. PT.  Now playing: Watch this: The masks, the vigilantes, Ozymandias — they’re all familiar to fans of the graphic novel, but Lindelof isn’t exactly adapting it. Well, at least that’s what he implied in an open letter to fans. Instead of retreading “sacred ground,” he’s going to remix it. The TV series is an original sequel set in the Watchmen world, where new masks and new characters will take the stage.Regina King plays Angela Abraham, Jeremy Irons plays an older Ozymandias, Jean Smart plays Agent Blake — and that’s pretty much all we know about the new cast of characters. A war seems to be in the cards between vigilantes and the police, who — twist! — have also jumped on the mask-wearing bandwagon.Watchmen is set to arrive on HBO sometime in October, 2019.last_img read more

Sitka bulk water company looks to extend contract

first_imgA company looking to export water in bulk from Alaska to dryer climates is looking to extend its contract with Sitka for the borough’s water rights.The Daily Sitka Sentinel reports that the Gary Paxton Industrial Park will consider a three-year extension of its current agreement with Alaska Bulk Water Inc. at the board’s meeting Thursday. The company’s three-year agreement is set to expire in December.Alaska Bulk Water paid $1 million in 2012 to secure the rights to the water. In the agreement, the company was required to ship 50 million gallons by December of this year to retain the exclusive rights. The company has installed some infrastructure for loading water, but has yet to send a shipment out of the part.If approved the new deal would be for $1 million.last_img

Judge Blocks Texas Secretary Of State From Giving Voter Information To Trump

first_imgLAURA SKELDING / TEXAS TRIBUNEPeople wait in line at the George Washington Carver Library in Austin, Texas, to cast their vote on Election Day 2016.A Texas district judge has issued a temporary restraining order preventing Texas Secretary of State Rolando Pablos from handing voter information to President Donald Trump‘s voter fraud investigation commission.The order, which came out Tuesday, adds Texas to a growing list of states not complying with the president’s investigation into the 2016 elections, which Trump says suffered from large-scale voter fraud.Judge Tim Sulak of the Austin-based 353rd Texas Civil District Court issued the order in response to a lawsuit filed July 20 by the League of Women Voters of Texas, its former president Ruthann Geer and the Texas NAACP against Pablos and Keith Ingram, the Texas Elections Division director in the the secretary of state’s office. The lawsuit seeks to stop the state from handing over voter data from the state’s computerized voter registration files to the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity. The suit argues that doing so would reveal voters’ personal information, “which may be used to solicit, harass, or otherwise infringe upon the privacy of Texas voters.”The secretary of state’s office didn’t immediately return a request for comment for this article.The League’s current president, Elaine Wiant, said the organization is especially concerned that releasing the data could make millions of voters’ personal information public, making it vulnerable to commercial use. Texas law forbids public voter information from being used commercially, but with the presidential commission, Wiant said “there is no guarantee how it will get used.” Wiant also said the League is concerned that releasing the data would make voters’ birthdates public.“In today’s world, that is just way too much information to be made available to the public,” Wiant said. “There are serious security concerns.”The order, which expires Oct. 17 or with further order from the court, says that handing over voter information could cause “irreparable” injury. Without “appropriate safeguards,” the order argues, the data is likely to become public, potentially violating voters’ privacy rights, their interests in “avoiding commercial solicitation, chilling of their First Amendment rights, and the diminution of their efforts to encourage voting.”Trump launched the commission by executive order in May following his unsubstantiated claim that “millions” of votes were cast illegally. The White House previously told The Texas Tribune that Trump “wants to ensure that the integrity of all elections, which are the cornerstone of our democracy, is preserved.”The commission sent requests on June 28 to all states’ secretaries of state for a wide array of voter information. Several states, led by both parties, immediately refused to hand over data, with Mississippi’s Republican Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann famously saying the presidential commission could “jump in the Gulf of Mexico.”Pablos, however, said at the time: “The Secretary of State’s office will provide the Election Integrity Commission with public information and will protect the private information of Texas citizens while working to maintain the security and integrity of our state’s elections system. As always, my office will continue to exercise the utmost care whenever sensitive voter information is required to be released by state or federal law.”The hearing for the suit is set for Oct. 16. Wiant said she was “cautiously optimistic” about the case.“It’s just hard to know,” she said. Sharelast_img read more

Gay porn star couple on life after gang bang proposal Id love

first_imgGAYSTARNEWS- Gay porn star couple Brian Bonds and Mason Lear. | Photo: stoneypup / InstagramLear added: ‘Opinions are like assholes, everybody’s got one.’He continued: ‘I am not a huge social media user so there was little engagement with the negative responses. To those I did however, I only told them that it wasn’t their proposal, so why should they care that much?’Bonds said: ‘I wanted to propose to Mason this way because porn is a huge part of our lives.‘It’s not only work, but it’s an industry that I truly love and have made a ton of friends through. Same for Mason.‘I figured proposing at the end of a RFC gang bang would be… well, just right for us,’ he said.When asked if their families had seen the proposal, Lear said: ‘My mom was really happy to hear about my engagement.‘I left out some of the “juicier” details. But then again, my mom doesn’t need to know any more about my liberal sex life than she already does,’ he said.Bonds said: ‘My family have not seen the video and I hope they don’t. If they do then… we’ll cross that bridge when it comes.’Bonds has a ‘don’t ask don’t tell’ policy with his parents about his porn career.Building a future togetherAs for their future together, Bonds is excited about what the future holds.They’re not sure when the wedding will be, but Bonds says he wants to sort out some legal and financial stuff first.Then they want to start a family of their own.Bonds said: ‘I’d love to have kids.‘That’s my last goal in life – to have kids and pass down my knowledge and experience to an offspring,’ he said. Photo: Raw Fuck Club / TwitterBonds said: ‘It’s crazy how viral this went.’Lear added: ‘It was mostly surprising to me that news like this caught this much attention on the internet. I mean, friends – gay AND straight – that didn’t even know I did porn, as well as strangers, were showing me social media posts and news sites covering the proposal in countless foreign languages even.’For the most part, the reaction was overwhelmingly positive.‘We’ve gotten a lot of good responses from this,’ Bonds said.Lear added: ‘It was pretty interesting to watch unfold in social media, and it can all be attributed to my fiancé who came up with the idea. It was a pretty creative one after all, and that’s one of the reasons I love him.’‘Opinions are like assholes, everybody’s got one’Bonds said the gay porn star couple received some negative backlash after their gang bang proposal.He said: ‘There are some people who have been very judgmental and shameful about it.’To the haters, Bonds said the way he proposed to his boyfriend was special to them. They’re happy and that’s all that matters, he said.‘I did go off on some guy about it, but it didn’t accomplish anything,’ Bonds said. The gay porn star who proposed to his boyfriend right after shooting a gang bang scene together revealed the viral reaction completely shocked them.Brian Bonds and Mason Lear’s story went viral last month when Bonds popped the question to his longterm boyfriend.This was right after the pair filmed a gay porn scene where eight guys took turns fucking them in a gang bang.(Porn studio Raw Fuck Club posted the scene to their Twitter page – warning: NSFW link) Brian Bonds and Mason Lear. | Photo: Matt Spike / suppliedBonds said he’ll be open about his porn career with his kids ‘when they’re old enough’.He also wants to potentially start his own porn studio, to pass down to his kids one day.He continued: ‘If I can eventually start up my own either studio or dispensary to be able to pass down to my kids, that would finally be leaving behind my legacy.‘I’ve already made my mark on this industry.‘Now is just figuring out how to leave my legacy living on after all is said and done for me,’ he said.The gay porn star couple are in an open relationship and have been since they first started dating. Bonds said he prefers to keep it this way, even after they’re married.He tweeted: ‘I prefer to keep us as we are; open, sex working horn dogs that love the company of our friends – and more? Why kill something we love about our relationship?’Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us .center_img Mason Lear and Brian Bonds. | Photo: supplied Gay porn star couple get engaged right after filming gang bang scene togetherGay porn star reveals cancer diagnosis with candid Twitter postingLess than half the stars on new black gay porn site Noir Male are blackRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/gay-porn-star-couple-gang-bang-proposal-kids/ Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading…last_img read more

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first_imgFeature | February 08, 2011 | Dave Fornell Virtual Conference, Seminars Address How to Unify Cardiovascular Information Systems Videos | Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President … read more Interoperability is key to the meaningful use and sharing of patients’ electronic images and information. However, many cardiovascular departments still confront major obstacles to smooth connectivity between imaging systems, diagnostic devices, picture archiving and communication systems (PACS), hemodynamics, reporting software, electronic medical records (EMR) and hospital information systems (HIS). To help address these issues, Diagnostic & Interventional Cardiology is hosting a one-day online Unified Cardiovascular Information Systems (CVIS) Virtual Conference, Thursday, March 17.After March 17, visitors can still register and log into the archived trade show to listen to the sessions, access speaker slides and visit the trade show floor. The event will be archived and accessible through Seotember 2011.“Getting interoperability is actually a very hard thing to do,” said seminar speaker William S. Weintraub, M.D., FACC. He is chair of cardiology and director of the Center for Outcomes Research (CCOR) at Christiana Care Health System, Newark, Del. “If you think you can buy a nice off-the-shelf system, nothing like that exists out there.”Weintraub said each cardiology department, hospital and health system operates differently and has different needs. He said each also has a collection of disparate systems and devices that will vary from facility to facility. For these reasons, all CVIS systems need to be tailored to the facility where they are being installed. During the Unified CVIS conference, several experts will explain what is needed to create a truly vendor-neutral system for the smooth flow of data between hardware, software and departments. The online event includes six live seminars, a virtual trade show floor with numerous vendors offering information on their technology and a chat room where attendees can ask questions of their peers. Participants who attend seminars and visit vendor booths can win prizes, including iPads.The one-day conference is designed to help heads of cardiology departments in the process of converting from paper to electronic records, or evaluating new solutions to replace older systems. Speakers will explain how they wired their cardiac departments and overcame specific integration issues.Even if a system says it’s “DICOM-compatible,” this does not always guarantee connectivity, said seminar speaker James E. Tcheng, M.D., professor of medicine, professor of community and family medicine, Duke University, Durham, N.C. He said each vendor’s system reads or saves DICOM a little differently. “We have had a lot of problems reading CDs with cath lab and echo images that are supposedly DICOM format,” Tcheng said. For this reason, he said it is important to know what questions to ask when purchasing a system to help prevent these issues.As director of the Duke Transitional Medical Institute (DTMI) Biomedical Informatics Core, Tcheng leads efforts to develop a community of faculty and staff involved in biomedical informatics across all departments, centers, institutes and schools at Duke. He is co-chairman of the American College of Cardiology (ACC) Informatics Committee and a member of the Cardiovascular Medicine Work Group of the Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology (CCHIT). During the conference, he will explain some of the keys needed for connectivity and share his experiences encountering issues at Duke and overcoming them.“Our experience has been you can’t trust the vendor to come in and make your system work,” he said. Tcheng added it is up to a hospital to follow through with the vendor and have them fix problems, and it will be up to the hospital’s IT department to find solutions for many of the smaller day-to-day integration issues that arise.Alan Katz, M.D., FACC, vice president of medical informatics for Catholic Health Services in Long Island, N.Y., will explain what to look for in an ideal CVIS system. He said a main difference with CVIS and radiology information systems (RIS) is the use of structured reporting vs. dictation. He is an advocate for structured reporting because it is very important to mine the information not just for cardiology, but also for studies and unanticipated situations that may arise in the future.John R. Windle, M.D., professor and chief, internal medicine, division of cardiology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, Neb., has conducted research in computerized decision-support and guideline modeling/health informatics. He also is very active in CCHIT and the ACC Informatics Committee. He will discuss how to optimize data flow through the cath lab, how to export it to external registries and how to incorporate clinical decision-support.Andres Rubiano, systems director, cardiology and perioperative services, Ochsner Health System, New Orleans, will explain how to select and install a CVIS. His discussion will include how to create a selection committee, develop specs for an RFP, what to look for when conducting site visits and how to work with vendors.Maureen Polensky, RN, BSN, cardiology department database specialist, Heart Institute, Doylestown Hospital, Doylestown Pa., will explain how to collect and transfer data to the American College of Cardiology (ACC) National Cardiovascular Data Registry (NCDR) and the Society for Thoracic Surgeons (STS) registry. She will also offer a staff perspective and tricks of the trade. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. News | Artificial Intelligence | July 31, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Solution Improves Clinical Trial Recruitment Clinical trials are a critical tool for getting new treatments to people who need them, but research shows that… read more News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more News | Radiology Business | August 01, 2019 Philips Completes Acquisition of Carestream Health’s HCIS Business … read more To help address connectivity issues, Diagnostic & Interventional Cardiology is hosting a one-day online Unified Cardiovascular Information Systems (CVIS) Virtual Conference, Thursday, March 17. Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. 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first_img 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 June 16, 2014 — Varian Medical Systems introduced the ProBeam Compact proton therapy system at the annual meeting of the Particle Therapy Co-Operative Group (PTCOG 53). The new compact, single-room system is designed to minimize the cost and space requirements for deploying a proton therapy system making its adoption into existing cancer centers more feasible and affordable.A ProBeam Compact installation includes a space-efficient cyclotron, Varian’s Dynamic Peak scanning technology for intensity-modulated proton therapy (IMPT), a fully rotational gantry, robotic patient positioning tools and a comprehensive suite of motion management tools. It incorporates an integrated 2- and 3-D imager for real-time image guidance, as well as the option of planning and managing treatments using Varian’s world class Eclipse and ARIA software systems.The system is operated using the same interface Varian developed for its industry leading TrueBeam platform, offering users a streamlined treatment console that consolidates controls for imaging, treatment, and motion management in one graphical, user-friendly interface. Operators who use Varian technology to plan and deliver conventional radiotherapy will have an easy time ramping up to use the ProBeam system because they can leverage their prior experience with other Varian systems.”It has been exciting to see how therapists working with the system at Scrippsin San Diego are able to accommodate so many patients in a day,” said Jan Timmer, senior manager of product marketing for Varian’s Particle Therapy division. A complete ProBeam system was installed at Scripps and patient treatments commenced there earlier this year (read Scripps’ February announcement). “The ProBeam system eliminates a number of time consuming steps. For example, the robotic treatment couch is operated remotely from the control room, and moves automatically into position based on 3-D images. Many other systems require the therapist to enter the room to make manual adjustments,” Timmer added.On June 13, in conjunction with the 53rd annual PTCOG conference, Varian co-sponsored a symposium entitled “Potentials and Challenges of IMPT Using Proton or Heavy Ion,” chaired by Joe Y. Chang, M.D., Ph.D., professor and clinical section chief for thoracic radiation oncology at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. Distinguished speakers from proton therapy facilities in Europe, the United States and Japan presented on a range of topics including clinical commissioning, indications/advantages, motion management, planning optimization, quality assurance and image-guided delivery.In addition to the most recent installation at the Scripps Proton Therapy Center in San Diego, Varian proton therapy technology is also in place at the Rinecker Proton Therapy Center in Munich, Germany, and the Paul Scherrer Institute in Switzerland. Varian has contracts to install ProBeam systems at seven additional centers at the University of Maryland in Baltimore; Emory University in Atlanta; Cincinnati Children’s Hospital in Ohio; University of Texas Southwestern in Dallas; KFMC-King Fahd Medical City in Saudi Arabia; PTC St. Petersburg in Russia; and National Taiwan University in Taipei.For more information: www.varian.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 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 | 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 | 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 The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  News | June 16, 2014 Varian Medical Systems Spotlights ProBeam Compact Proton Therapy System at PTCOG 2014 Meeting in Shanghai Varian co-sponsors seminar on treating cancer with intensity modulated proton therapy at the Shanghai International Convention Center News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 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 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 Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD 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 | 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 Related Content Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more News | 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 morelast_img read more