TORONTO — Student organizations say the Ontario government’s decision to allow college and university students to opt out of the fees that fund campus groups, student newspapers and clubs will make the province’s post-secondary institutions less transparent.The change to fee payments was announced Thursday alongside other reforms to higher education that included scrapping free tuition for low-income students and imposing an across-the-board tuition fee cut.Merrilee Fullerton, the minister of training, colleges and universities, said some fees — including walksafe programs, health and counselling, athletics and recreation and academic support — will remain mandatory.She said each institution will be tasked with deciding which of these additional fees are deemed essential and which students can choose to bypass.“These fees often get allocated to services students do not use or to support organizations they do not support,” she said. “In most cases, students do not have a clear understanding of what these fees are paying for or any choice about paying them. This must change.”Fullerton said she believes there are many programs that haven’t been deemed essential that students will consider important and support.Several student groups expressed concerns that colleges and universities would be determining the fate of organizations meant to hold school administrators and the provincial government to account.Nour Alideeb, chairperson of Canadian Federations of Students Ontario, said the move seems targeted toward certain campus organizations.“What’s really scary is that I feel like this is a direct attack on the groups that actually try to hold the government accountable when it comes to student issues,” she said.Canadian University Press, a national co-operative owned and operated by student newspapers across the country, said campus newspapers rely heavily on student levees and may not be able to function if students opt out en masse.“Without that source of revenue, they may well have to shut down,” said Emma McPhee, CUP’s vice-president.Aside from job losses, there would also be a huge hit to transparency at the post-secondary level, she said.Without student associations, there is no one to hold institutions accountable for decisions surrounding fee increases, programming, or strategic plans,” said the group’s president, Brittany Greig.Students could also lose access to transparent academic appeals, services such as on-campus food banks and breakfast programs, and scholarships as well as student employment opportunities, she said.Emmett Macfarlane, an associate professor of political science at the University of Waterloo, said the changes to student fees are likely to appeal to the Tory government’s base.“The policy idea is very attractive to conservatives because the ancillary fees are an additional, compulsory tax on attending university,” he said. “If you are a student who doesn’t like the politics of the Canadian Federation of Students and you see that some of your fees are going to the body, now you’ll not be required to pay that.”Macfarlane said the fee opt-out could have “unintended consequences” depending on how universities are required to implement the policy.“What happens to the vibrancy of student life on campus without some of the institutions and institutional supports that they have?” he said. “It would be a shame if some campuses were to suddenly lose … the campus paper or radio station.”Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press
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Madrid – The Spanish government expressed its satisfaction with the return of Spanish fishermen to the Moroccan waters after a break of three years, following the renewal of the Morocco-EU fisheries agreement.At a press conference on the occasion of handing, on Friday in Algeciras, licenses for fishing boats in the province of Cadiz (southern Spain), secretary general of the Spanish agriculture ministry Andres Hermida voiced his satisfaction with the return of the Spanish fleet in the Moroccan waters. He affirmed that, once the meeting of the Morocco-EU joint committee ended and some small problems were resolved, the government handed 49 licenses to the Spanish fleet, while the delivery of other licenses is still pending due to some administrative issues. The Spanish official noted that Andalusia is the region that has the greatest number of ships concerned by the agreement, adding that ships that already got their authorizations will undergo a technical inspection by Morocco before starting their activities.
An abrupt surge in Bitcoin sent the world’s most popular cryptocurrency to the highest level since November, jolting the US$160-billion market for digital assets after three months of calm.Traders struggled to pinpoint reasons for the rally, though some noted a flood of activity after Bitcoin breached the US$4,200 level. The cryptocurrency briefly topped US$5,000 and the value of digital assets tracked by CoinMarketCap.com jumped by about US$17 billion in less than an hour.Even after paring some of its gain, Bitcoin was trading up 16 per cent at US$4,773.91 as of 6:38 a.m. in New York. Rival coins Ether, XRP and Litecoin also jumped, as did cryptocurrency-linked stocks including Remixpoint Inc. and CMC Markets Plc. Novogratz remains steadfast on cryptocurrencies, has high hopes for next year Bitcoin’s deepening crash now approaches its worst bear markets as it free-falls toward $3,000 Bitcoin’s slide makes monthly loss the biggest in seven years in ‘horrible bear market for tokens’ Sudden swings in Bitcoin are nothing new, but price action in the virtual currency has been relatively subdued this year as investors weighed the prospects for mainstream adoption after last year’s 74 per cent crash. Market participants say big buy orders in Bitcoin can often lead to outsized moves, in part because volume is spread across dozens of venues. Trend-following individual investors and short covering can also exacerbate volatility.“The Bitcoin market and crypto market in general continues to be small relative to the rest of the markets — and emotional,” said Jehan Chu, managing partner at blockchain investment and advisory firm Kenetic Capital. “It’s still very much subject to waves of enthusiasm. I don’t think today is anything special.”George Harrap, chief executive officer at Bitspark, said he’s putting “most things on pause” until the market settles down. His contacts in the Bitcoin community have yet to identify a catalyst for the sudden jump.“The reason why? Anybody’s guess at the moment,” Harrap said.Among potential triggers discussed on trading desks and in social media: short covering by traders who had stop-loss orders around the US$4,200 level and an April Fool’s Day story on a little-known online news site claiming that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission had approved Bitcoin exchange-traded funds.“Bitcoin is still primarily retail-led,” said Craig Erlam, senior market analyst at Oanda Corp. in London. “It’s still a relatively unsophisticated area of trading.”The cryptocurrency’s susceptibility to wild price swings has made it popular among speculators, who are eager for a return to the glory days of 2017 when Bitcoin surged more than 1,400 per cent.Yet extreme volatility is also one reason why the virtual currency has failed to catch on as a global medium of exchange, as intended by its pseudonymous creator. Erratic moves have also deterred institutional investors, whose concerns about cryptocurrencies range from uncertain regulation to exchange hacks and market manipulation.“Events such as today’s will probably be seen negatively, or viewed as this market doesn’t conform to the trading of traditional instruments,” said Dave Chapman, CEO of crypto exchange ANXONE. “We have to realize that this asset class is only a decade old, and it only started getting mainstream attention five years ago.”–With assistance from Justina Lee, Todd White, Yuji Nakamura and Eddie van der Walt.Bloomberg.com
Norfolk OPP were called in to investigate after a deceased man was found outside of his residence in Simcoe on Sunday morning.A resident located the 71-year-old man outside his apartment door on Norfolk Street South shortly after 11 a.m.Several police vehicles were at the scene and yellow police tape blocked off an area at the side and rear of the property.“The death is not being treated as suspicious and no foul play is suspected,” Const. Ed Sanchuk said in a media release.
← Previous Story EHF SAY “YES”: Metalurg and Vardar to play TOP 8 at Stadium? Next Story → EURO 2016 Qual PLAY OFF : Greece waiting BiH in Thessaloniki Fantastic Slovenian right back (new Macedonian NT member), Renato Vugrinec had a key role in the fantastic success of his RK Metalurg – TOP 8 place after two matches against Danish KIF Kolding. A 39 years old lefthander scored 23 goals in two matches and took the leading position at TOP scorer list of VELUX EHF Champions League after TOP 16 with 85 goals! For sportmedia.mk, Renato talked about that fact with a smile on his face:– Handbal has to stop to exist, that is catastrophie, when I am the TOP scorer. It’s nice to be at the top, of course, but handball isn’t individual sport. I am happy only when we are good as a team. I hope to play some more year on this level. I would like to play at F4, that would be a great success for whole Macedonia – said Vugrinec. handballMacedoniaRenato VugrinecSkopje
The Fianna Convention of 1912 (Image: IVO)On display at the exhibition will be medals, uniforms, documents and other items from the period and members from the organisation will be on hand to answer any questions from the public.The event is open to the public from 11am to 6pm and entry is €5 per person with family tickets available for €10.The IVO told TheJournal.ie that many new items have been added to the organisation’s collection for this exhibition but here’s a sample of what will be on display… THE IRISH VOLUNTEERS Commemorative Organisation (IVO) announced it will display an exhibition of Irish War of Independence memorabilia to mark the 1oo year anniversary of The Fianna Convention of 1912.The exhibition will take place at the Teachers Club in Parnell Square, Dublin on Saturday 27 October.Na Fianna Eireann, or The Irish National Boy Scouts, was founded by Madame Markievicz, Con Colbert, Eamon Martin and other republicans in 1909.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The civil servants’ union, ADEDY, says that it has no intention of encouraging its members to take part in work-to-rule protests but is likely to hold strikes to protest the government’s reform of the public sector. ADEDY had indicated that it might call on civil servants to protest wage cuts and extended hours by, amongst other things, refusing to collect taxes after a certain hour. This suggestion prompted a backlash from the government. However, speaking to Skai TV this week, ADEDY general secretary, Ilias Iliopoulos, said that the union was considering organizing strikes to highlight its opposition to the reforms. “ADEDY has no intention of holding a work-to-rule protest or engaging in activism,” he said. Civil servants had until the end of last Monday to decide their new schedules after the government approved the extension of their working hours from 37.5 to 40. They are being offered the option of working from 7 am to 3 pm 7.30 am to 3.30 pm, 8 am to 4 pm, 8.30 am to 4.30 pm and 9 am to 5 pm. The civil servants will be required to serve the public for six of these eight hours, apart from tax offices, where citizens’ access will continue to be restricted to 5.5 hours. The government, which is in the process of reducing the size of the public sector and will only be hiring one person for every ten that leave the service, has said that the effect of extending civil servants’ hours will be like hiring 45,000 new employees. A law passed in May 1981 established the 37.5-hour working week for public servants. Source: Kathimerini
Portland firefighters rescued a man Tuesday evening who was clinging to an inner tube in the Columbia River near the Interstate 5 bridge. Around 6:50 p.m., Portland Fire & Rescue was dispatched to a boater in distress call near the bridge. Although the man had been sitting on his inner tube, he got out for some reason and couldn’t get back on it, said agency spokesman Ron Rouse. Firefighters got the man and his inner tube into Rescue Boat 17 and back to shore.This time of year, the rescue boat keeps busy, Rouse said. “We just want everyone to be smart on the water.” The man’s name, age and place of residence were not released.
MIAMI (WSVN) – Miami-Dade Fire Rescue came to the rescue of a person in Biscayne Bay, Saturday.MDFR responded to a call for help Saturday evening after a person fell into the water.The victim was pulled to safety and transported to a hospital.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
A female teacher of Jagannath University (JnU) has been relieved of her duties for indulging in negligence and irregularities during an admission test for the 2018-2019 session held on 29 September, reports UNB.University administration has also issued a showcause notice to associate professor of Bangla department Ferdousi Khatun.Sources said Ferdousi Khatun was performing her duties at room no 333 of Bangla department of the university during this year’s ‘Ka’ unit admission test.Twenty minutes after the exam ended, she went out the room along with question papers and answer scripts without informing other teachers on duty.Later, duty teachers intercepted her while she was getting down the stairs and asked her to show the grounds and put forward a written complaint to the university administration.JnU registrar Ohiduzzaman said Ferdousi Khatun was relieved and issued the showcause notice after getting a written complaint against the teacher.Contacted, Ferdousi Khatun denied receiving any notices from the university administration.
By RYAN TARINELLI, Associated PressDALLAS (AP) — A former Texas police officer accused of killing a Black teenager was angry, out of control and “trigger happy” when he fired at a car full of teenagers while responding to a house party, a prosecutor told jurors Thursday during the ex-officer’s murder trial.Ex-Balch Springs officer Roy Oliver’s actions were unreasonable on the night he fatally shot 15-year-old Jordan Edwards last year, said Michael Snipes, a Dallas County assistant district attorney. Snipes said Edwards was an “innocent child” and that his last words were “duck, get down.”Charmaine Edwards reacts to a photo of her son Jordan Edwards shown by District Attorney Faith Johnson during a testimony on the first day of the trial of fired Balch Springs police officer Roy Oliver, who is charged with the murder of 15-year-old Jordan Edwards, at the Frank Crowley Courts Building in Dallas on Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018. (Rose Baca/The Dallas Morning News via AP, Pool)Oliver, who is White, fired his gun into a moving car carrying five Black teenagers while responding to a report of underage drinking at the party. Oliver has said he and his partner feared for their lives as the car sped toward them.But Oliver’s partner, Tyler Gross, testified Thursday that he did not fear for his life as the vehicle went by and that he never felt the need to fire his weapon. During opening statements, Snipes told jurors Oliver fired at the car after it passed Gross and that Gross was in no danger.Snipes said the prosecution will also show that Edwards and others in the car had nothing to do with shots that were heard outside the house. No guns were found inside the teens’ car.Defense attorneys did not make an opening statement on Thursday. They have previously said Edwards’ death was a tragedy but evidence would show Oliver “reacted properly.”Oliver, 38, joined the Balch Springs department in 2011 but was fired after the fatal shooting, which was thrust into a national conversation about police killings of African Americans.The trial is expected to last about two weeks and highlights the heightened role video evidence plays in high-profile police shootings that have stirred discourse and protests nationwide over issues of race and law enforcement.Its importance was on display Thursday as jurors saw footage captured by body cameras worn by Oliver and Gross the night of the shooting. Footage shows the two officers breaking up a house party, with high-school age kids streaming away from the residence and attempting to avoid mud outside.Police were having a friendly conversation with the party’s host when gunfire, later found to be fired near a nursing home, cut the exchange short.Footage shows people screaming outside. Video shows Oliver getting a rifle from his patrol car and going toward Gross, who was trying to get the vehicle to stop.Police footage played for jurors shows the car slowly backing up before driving forward. After firing on the car containing Edwards and the other teens, Oliver can be heard asking Gross if he’s all right. Oliver then says the driver of the vehicle tried to hit Gross.Gross testified Thursday that he didn’t feel like the vehicle was trying to hit him.Following the shooting, the Balch Springs police chief reported that police video had contradicted his agency’s original statement on the incident. Police first said the vehicle backed up toward officers “in an aggressive manner,” but police later said video showed the vehicle was moving forward as officers approached.Gross estimates there were dozens of kids coming out of the residence. Gross testified he saw no drunk teens and only saw one beer bottle. He also said there were no indications of violence.Vidal Allen testified Thursday that Edwards, his step brother, gave him the idea to go to the party and they received permission before attending.At the party, he said, there was dancing, rap music and a crowd having a good time. Police arrived and Allen said he dashed from the party through the backyard and went to the car.With the five teenagers in the vehicle, Allen said he tried to leave the party by going straight down the road, but police were blocking the road.Instead, he backed up slowly and heard somebody yelling at them to stop the car, he said. But he testified he did not know who was yelling and didn’t know it was a police officer giving the commands.“I just wanted to get home,” he said, because the teenagers had heard the gunfire that rang out near the nursing home.The police shooting, he said, all seemed to happen in an instant. Allen testified he steered the vehicle clear of officers while leaving.Some legal experts said ahead of the trial that securing a conviction against an officer is a challenge because criminal culpability in such cases is subjective and jurors are more inclined to believe police testimony.Philip Stinson, a criminologist at Bowling Green State University in Ohio who tracks police shootings, said jurors are often reluctant to second-guess the decisions of an officer faced with an intense street encounter. Even when armed with video evidence, attorneys can fail to deliver a conviction against an officer, he said.Edwards’ stepmother, Charmaine Edwards, testified that her stepson played football from age 6 and was “really into his academics.” She testified that he got A’s and B’s in school and was a people person, close to his brothers.Oliver has a history of hostile and aggressive behavior and “flipped off” the vehicle that held Edwards’ body following the shooting, according to court filings from prosecutors. Oliver, while in the eighth grade, posted swastikas in public places, hated anyone who was not Caucasian and was also a member of the group “Caucasians in Effect,” the court filing says.In 2013, he was “uncooperative and used profanity” while testifying in trial, according to the records, and “communicated aggressively” and used profanity with prosecutors that same day.Oliver’s legal troubles extend beyond the murder trial. A lawsuit has been filed over the shooting, and Oliver has been indicted in a separate 2017 incident in which police said he drew a weapon after he was rear-ended while off duty.___For the latest information about the trial: https://bit.ly/2MBIGC1
A government’s office damaged by the L’Aquila earthquake in 2009. Image credit: Wikimedia Commons. The L’Aquila public prosecutor’s office issued the indictments on June 3, a step that usually precedes a request for a court trial. The investigation originated when about 30 L’Aquila citizens registered an official complaint that the scientists had failed to recognize the danger of the earthquake during the days and weeks in advance.In the six months leading up to the earthquake, a series of smaller seismic movements and tremors were recorded nearby, including a magnitude-4.0 earthquake on March 30. On March 31, six days before the large earthquake struck, Italy’s Civil Protection Agency held a meeting with the Major Risks Committee – composed of the six scientists – to assess the risk of a major earthquake. At that time, the committee concluded that there was “no reason to suppose a sequence of small earthquakes could be the prelude to a strong event” and that “a major earthquake in the area is unlikely but cannot be ruled out.”At a press conference after the meeting, government official Bernardo De Bernardinis, deputy technical head of the Civil Protection Agency, told reporters that “the scientific community tells us there is no danger, because there is an ongoing discharge of energy. The situation looks favorable.” In addition to the six scientists, De Bernardinis is also under investigation.According to the group of local citizens, many of the earthquake’s victims had been planning to leave their homes, but had changed their minds after the committee’s statements. “Those responsible are people who should have given different answers to the public,” said Alfredo Rossini, L’Aquila’s public prosecutor. “We’re not talking about the lack of an alarm, the alarm came with the movements of the ground. We’re talking about the lack of advice telling people to leave their homes.”Minutes from the March 31 meeting show that the scientists recommended that buildings in the area should be monitored to assess their ability to handle a major shock. Although the scientists are unable to comment due to the investigation, an article in Nature News reported that one of the scientists, Enzo Boschi, president of the National Institute for Geophysics and Vulcanology (INGV) in Rome, wrote in a letter last September that the meeting was too short and that he had not been informed about the following press conference. Only one of the seismologists from the committee, Franco Barberi, a volcanologist at the University of Roma Tre, was at the press conference. © 2010 PhysOrg.com Explore further (PhysOrg.com) — Six of Italy’s top seismologists are being investigated for manslaughter for not warning the city of L’Aquila about an earthquake that struck on April 6, 2009. The magnitude-6.3 earthquake caused 308 deaths and 1600 injuries, and left more than 65,000 people homeless. More information: via: Nature News and The Independent Citation: Italian scientists who failed to predict L’Aquila earthquake may face manslaughter charges (2010, June 24) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-06-italian-scientists-laquila-earthquake-manslaughter.html Fewer earthquake fatalities in 2005 Susah Hough, a geophysicist at the US Geological Survey in Pasadena, California, who is not involved in the investigation, also disagrees with some of the remarks from the press conference. “The idea that minor earthquakes release energy and thus make things better is a common misperception,” she said. “But seismologists know it’s not true. I doubt any scientist could have said that.”The article in Nature News lists the six scientists and officials under investigation for manslaughter as Boschi; Barberi; Giulio Selvaggi, director of the National Earthquake Center based at INGV; Claudio Eva, a professor of earth physics at the University of Genoa; Mauro Dolce, head of the seismic risk office in the Civil Protection Agency; and Gian Michele Calvi, director of the European Centre for Training and Research in Earthquake Engineering in Pavia.Coming to the defense of the seismologists, nearly 4,000 scientists from around the world have signed a letter to Italy’s president, Giorgio Napolitano, urging him to focus on earthquake preparation rather than holding scientists responsible for something that they cannot do – predict earthquakes.”The proven and effective way of protecting populations is by enforcing strict building codes,” said Barry Parsons of the University of Oxford, who signed the letter. “Scientists are often asked the wrong question, which is ‘when will the next earthquake hit?’ The right question is ‘how do we make sure it won’t kill so many people when it hits?'” This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
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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 PreviousNext According to Todd McNutt, Ph.D., tomotherapy delivers radiation in a modulated fan beam in a helical rotational pattern.Tomotherapy and volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT) have emerged as two popular types of intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) for the treatment of complex tumors. Because physicians can modulate or control the intensity of the radiation beam in VMAT and tomotherapy, both treatments provide high precision radiation with which tumors that are curved around critical organs can be treated.While tomotherapy has been available for many years, VMAT has come forth in the past few years as a faster and more efficient treatment for certain cancers. Having uncovered the strengths and weaknesses of both VMAT and tomotherapy, physicians are using each treatment’s distinct differences to advance the treatment of specific tumors. Uncovering the Basic Technical DifferenceA major difference between the two treatments is a technical one. According to Todd McNutt, Ph.D., associate professor of radiation oncology physics and director of clinical informatics at Johns Hopkins, tomotherapy delivers treatment like a computed tomography (CT) scanner. “Tomotherapy delivers radiation in a modulated fan beam in a helical rotational pattern, which means that it does several rotations of a slice beam while the patient moves through the scanner,” he explained. “VMAT is a broad beam that is shaped by a multileaf collimator as it goes around the patient. It’s usually just a single arc, and the table with the patient doesn’t move at all.”This technical contrast between the technologies makes for a distinct difference in treatment experience. “VMAT is a very fast treatment,” said John Wong, Ph.D., professor and director of medical physics at Johns Hopkins. “One arc is typically delivered in less than two minutes.” Tomotherapy, on the other hand, has a longer delivery time because of its use of multiple arcs.Speed and Efficiency in TreatmentWhile there are some instances in which VMAT and tomotherapy can be used interchangeably, the aforementioned technical difference often makes one treatment more efficient for certain applications. According to Wong, if the planning is simple, such as in centrally located prostate and pancreas tumors, VMAT is the preference for many physicians because it is a faster treatment. McNutt agreed. “VMAT is going to be preferable on tumors where you can gain significant efficiency in the delivery of radiation and still get the dose distribution that you want out of it,” he stated.However, when VMAT is applied to more complex cases, the benefit of efficiency is often lost. “When you use VMAT on more complex cases like head and neck, you need to do multiple passes of the arc. By the time you get a plan that has the quality of conventional IMRT or tomotherapy, you’re no longer gaining the delivery time because it takes so long to do the multiple arcs with VMAT,” McNutt said. In addition to losing the benefit of speed, using VMAT for more complex tumors also increases the complexity of treatment planning. “With VMAT, when you do an arc, you basically have to calculate the whole volume for every small number of degrees because the beam is being modulated as you go around,” said Wong. For those complex tumors that require multiple passes of the arc, dosimetrists would have to do quite a bit of long calculation. So, although tomotherapy is a slower treatment, it is usually the preferred treatment for complex tumors because its higher degree of intensity modulation allows physicians to achieve a more complex dose distribution. Preferential TreatmentThere are also subtle differences between VMAT and tomotherapy that uniquely increase efficiency when treating certain tumors, making one technology more preferable for certain applications. For example, VMAT can be better at accommodating breathing motion due to its quick delivery. “When we do stereotactic body irradiation and want to perform breathhold type treatments on VMAT, the patient can hold their breath. When they release their breath we can stop the arc and go back and have them breathhold again,” explained McNutt. “Because you can start and stop easier, breathing management is easier with a VMAT technique.” Although it is possible to manage breathing motion with tomotherapy, it requires physicians to be a little more resourceful, drawing a bigger margin around the target and in some cases, using a gated delivery, which utilizes a breathing signal, based on breathing motion, that alerts physicians when they can turn on the beam. “With tomotherapy you are treating slice-by-slice, and trying to manage the breathing motion is a much bigger challenge than when you are just treating a volumetric arc,” McNutt said.Another feature that differentiates the two treatments is the ability to treat large volumes. “One of the advantages of tomotherapy is its ability to handle long treatment lengths. If a treatment volume extends more than 40 cm along the patient, a conventional linear accelerator can’t treat it,” McNutt said. “With cranio-spinal cases, for instance, you can continue to move the patient through with tomotherapy and cover up to a 160 cm treatment volume.” Again, there are ways to achieve longer treatment volumes with VMAT, but it is much more complex. “We would have to do field junctioning and figure out various ways of doing it on a conventional linear accelerator,” McNutt said.A Shared FutureBecause tomotherapy is an older treatment, many of its benefits have already been discovered, and according to McNutt, the technology has trended out. “It’s sort of stable at this point,” he said. VMAT, however, is still being rapidly adopted. “The uptake of VMAT is increasing as the numbers of accelerators that are getting installed have the capability,” McNutt explained. As newer accelerators with VMAT capabilities continue to make their way into healthcare facilities, McNutt predicted that the use of VMAT will increase substantially over the next five or six years. “I think VMAT will take some of the market away from tomotherapy because it offers a conventional accelerator the ability to take patients away that would have normally been good candidates,” he said. Not only is VMAT often a more efficient treatment technology that can give much better dose distribution information more quickly for simpler tumors, its use of a conventional linear accelerator (linac) provides physicians with flexibility and versatility in utilization that tomotherapy cannot offer. “If you look across all cancer and treatment sites, it’s hard for tomotherapy to be the only machine in the department. The conventional accelerator offers electrons and other treatment techniques,” McNutt said. For those single-linac clinics, opting for a VMAT that can perform a variety of treatments is oftentimes more economically feasible than investing in tomotherapy, which can only deliver photons — a trend that can already be seen in the healthcare community. Although Johns Hopkins has both VMAT and tomotherapy options within its network, Wong noted that for many facilities, it is most common to just have VMAT because it can be delivered by a standard accelerator.And while the future seems to lean in favor of VMAT, both Wong and McNutt agreed that there is still a place for tomotherapy in radiation oncology. “I think tomotherapy will be for more special cases — more complicated dosimetry will still use tomotherapy,” Wong concluded. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 According to Todd McNutt, Ph.D., tomotherapy delivers radiation in a modulated fan beam in a helical rotational pattern. 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This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July. News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. 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 Although VMAT can be used for more complex tumors, it increases the time and complexity of treatment planning. 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ErrorOK ErrorOKGaza police say the two are staying with a Muslim religious official at their request, because they fear retribution from their families converting to Islam. Two mediators said the two _ a 25-year-old man and a woman with three children _ appeared to have embraced Islam of their free will. Forced conversions have been unheard of in Gaza before.Since the Islamic militant Hamas seized power five years ago, Christians have felt increasingly embattled, but have mostly kept silent.There are growing fears among Gaza Christians that their rapidly shrinking community could disappear through emigration and conversions.Their numbers appear to have shrunk from some 3,500 to about 1,500 in recent years, according to community estimates. They are a tiny minority among 1.7 million Palestinians in Gaza, most conservative Muslims.“If things remain like this, there’ll be no Christians left in Gaza,” said Huda Al-Amash, mother of one of the converts, Ramez, 25. She sat sobbing in a church hallway alongside her daughters, Ranin and Rinad, and a dozen other women. “Today it’s Ramez. Then who, and who will be next?”Christians said the main reason for the shrinking numbers is emigration, since there are few jobs in Gaza. New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Associated PressGAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) – Dozens of Gaza Christians staged a rare public protest Monday, claiming two congregants were forcibly converted to Islam and were being held against their will.The small but noisy demonstration showed the increasingly desperate situation facing the tiny minority.Protesters banged on a church bell and chanted, “With our spirit, with our blood we will sacrifice ourselves for you, Jesus.” 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Sponsored Stories Top Stories Comments Share Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Changing faith is a deeply traumatic affair in the Arab world, where religion is strongly interwoven with people’s identities and tribal membership. To convert often means to be ostracized by the community.The two converts, Al-Amash, and Hiba Abu Dawoud, 31, could not be reached for comment. Abu Dawould took her three daughters with her, further enraging the community.On Monday, groups of men and women stood in groups in the square of the ancient Church of Saint Porphyrius, angrily chanting, “Bring back Ramez!” One man angrily hit the church bell.“People are locking up their sons and daughters, worried about the ideas people put in their head,” said Al-Amash’s mother, Huda.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Parents, stop beating yourself up The difference between men and women when it comes to pain
The government is poised to grant French energy giant Total an extension on its exploration license in offshore Block 11, local media reported on Wednesday.In addition, the oil and gas major is said to have identified a target, and could be drilling by next summer or early autumn 2016.The reports said Total has already formally requested from the government a two-year extension on their contract, which expires in February.Philelefheros writes that the cabinet could give the green light during its scheduled session this Thursday.Meanwhile, speaking at a news conference on Wednesday, DISY leader Averof Neophytou said “important news” is expected from Total.“The eastern Mediterranean holds significant natural gas reserves: the Cyprus EEZ, Egypt, Lebanon and Israel. If jointly exploited, these reserves can substantially contribute to EU’s energy security,” Neophytou said.“And in my opinion, a solution to the Cyprus problem will help toward the eastern Mediterranean reserves contributing to the EU’s energy security.”Per the production-sharing contract – the model employed by Cyprus with all license holders in the Exclusive Economic Zone – upon expiry of its initial contract period Total must return to the Republic 25 per cent of the acreage in Block 11. This contractual clause is a form of penalty on companies for not drilling within the initial exploration period.According to daily Politis, following the acquisition of new geological data, Total have identified the location for drilling an exploratory natural gas well.The site, the paper said, could be in the northern section of Block 11.The target lies in carbonate layers in the bedrock, taking the cue from ENI, who back in August discovered a massive natural gas reservoir in carbonate layers within Egyptian waters.Previously, Total had deployed a different geological model, tracking sand reservoirs. Back in January, the company was all but ready to pull out of Cyprus having failed to identify targets, but was persuaded by the government to keep its operations going.Total had relinquished Block 10 without drilling any wells. The company was released from its original two-well drilling commitment – across two adjacent blocks, 10 and 11, lying on the maritime border with Egypt – but maintained exploration rights in Block 11, agreeing to continue to evaluate 3D seismic data in a bid to locate a possible target.At the same time, Phileleftheros said, Total has also requested to have the rights for Block 10 returned. But the energy ministry is expected to seek advice from the Attorney-general on how to proceed legally due to the interest from rival firms to also explore the area.One stumbling block for Total is what Cypriot port to use for its land-based logistical and support services. The licenses for these support facilities at the port of Larnaca expire in the summer of 2016, and the town’s residents are almost certain to object to an extension. The alternative port of call, the port at Limassol, currently lacks the necessary infrastructure to support Total’s operations. You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoModernizeIf Your Home Has Old Roofing, Read ThisModernizeUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’UndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
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