To protect students and make roads safer the province intends to introduce legislation this fall to reduce speed limits in school zones from 50 km/h to 30 km/h. “As a former teacher and principal, I know first hand that road safety is not always at the top of a student’s mind,” said Bill Estabrooks, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. “This reduction in speed could give a driver the extra split second needed to save a life.” Alberta, British Columbia, and New Brunswick already have a 30 km/h limit in school zones as do many U.S. states. The legislation is supported by numerous groups in Nova Scotia, including The Nova Scotia Chiefs of Police Association, Safe Communities HRM and the Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities. “Speed matters,” said Pamela Fuselli, executive director at Safe Kids Canada. “It’s estimated that a pedestrian struck by a car travelling at 50 kilometres an hour is eight times more likely to be killed than someone hit at 30 kilometres an hour.” The legislation is being developed and is expected to be ready this fall.
The Oilman of the Year award went to Art Jarvis, with Dave Marshall receiving the Ivor Miller Award.Oilmen’s President Dustin Stirling and Local MP Bob Zimmer were in attendance to congratulate and thank the oilmen for their continued support and involvement in the oil and gas industry. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Petroleum Association held their 10th Annual Oilmen’s Family Camp over the weekend at Peace Island Park in Taylor.This event was an opportunity for the entire family to enjoy a weekend of camping, boating, barbeques and even a duck race.On Saturday, the Oilmen held an awards ceremony where they honoured two of their members for their ongoing involvement and support in the oil and gas industry.
The event sold out in near record time with an estimated 30,000 people walking through the doors by the end of events Sunday evening. The various stations included a giant pile of LEGO pieces, where families were seen burying each other in piles of blocks, sloped courses to race imaginatively designed LEGO cars and tested a LEGO bridge.Spending time with his dad at one of the individual build stations, eight-year-old Grayson had a tip for anyone wanting to get serious about LEGO.“I’m building a LEGO Hero Factory character and looking for the right pieces, uou’ve got to dig to find the best ones,” he said. Trying to build the best LEGO car, eight-year-old Ethan said adding more wheels doesn’t hurt. There was also a board set up for those who see LEGO as more of an art form.“We’re building a picture with a blue sky and a tree,” said 10-year-old Ester, choosing to use only one-peg pieces for the project. Tanya and her husband brought their daughter out where they all sat down among the purple and pink DUPLO blocks to build a castle for Cinderella.“LEGO is fun for all ages as we can see here,” she said. Event spokesperson Tracey Weiss said that timeless fun is exactly why LEGO keep gaining popularity.“If you pick [a piece] up from 1950 it will still fit a 2014 version and I think that’s part of the charm of it, is that it’s classic but it always has a new twist,” said Weiss.She said she thinks the fact this year’s events sold out faster than almost every other year is a nod to the popular LEGO movie which hit theater this year. “We did have a LEGO movie building area here and that’s been pretty popular and we’ve also had the costumed characters who show up periodically for photos, so the kids just love it,” said Weiss. The three-day event involved over three acres of LEGO and included a life-size LEGO museum and a giant aerial view Canadian Flag made up of a mosaic of hundreds of LEGO towers. by News Staff Posted May 18, 2014 5:16 pm MDT Everything is Awesome at Calgary’s first LEGO KidsFest AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
The UK motor industry is positive about future prospects, but the cost burden of new legislation continues to blight competitiveness. That’s the central theme to emerge from Automotive Manufacturing 2005 – the industry perspective, SMMT’s third annual survey of senior industry executives, published today. While productivity is improving and initiatives to address the skills gap are starting to bear fruit, the industry has called for action to limit the legislative cost burden. Furthermore, the sector remains critical about transport infrastructure and has called for more support from government for international trade. SMMT President Roger Putnam commented, ‘Our survey shows the strength of feeling about the cost burden of new and sometimes conflicting legislation. This central concern is one reflected across Europe but my hope is that it may subside in years to come. The CARS21 initiative has an agenda to work towards better regulation, a coherent 10-year roadmap for the industry and an integrated approach to both the environment and safety agendas. Its work will be critical to the future of the automotive sector in the UK.’ Key report findings reveal that: Growth is expected by most companies in the next five years. 84% of those surveyed say that prospects are good compared to 81% last year and 75% in 2003. 95% of those surveyed say that the burden of legislation has significantly increased costs in the last five years; 93% believe the situation will worsen in the next five. Respondents are pessimistic about improvements in the UK business environment. While 53% feel it will improve over five years compared to mainland Europe, this figure falls to 30% when compared with the US and just 4% in relation to companies operating in the Asia-Pacific region.The UK transport infrastructure makes it difficult for UK companies to remain competitive according to 78% of those surveyed, with 87% believing it will not improve in the next five years. Just 9% of respondents feel that government support for international business development has improved over the last year. On skills, 48% of those surveyed say that it is hard to recruit appropriately skilled employees. However, this is an improvement from 65% last year. Level three skills remain the greatest headache for employers. Nevertheless, in three years, the proportion of respondents citing it as the most difficult area to recruit has fallen from 46 to 29%. Two-thirds of companies are aware of the work of the Automotive Academy, compared to just one third last year, with 89% saying it is key to addressing the skills gap in automotive manufacturing. Automotive Manufacturing 2005 – the Industry Perspective was published at SMMT’s Annual Dinner on 22 November 2005. Copies are available to download by using the link below. The report reflects the views of executives from 80 companies, employing more than 100,000 people in the UK automotive sector from component and aftermarket suppliers to car and commercial vehicle manufacturers.DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
The overall graduation rates for athletes on bowl-bound FBS football programs continue to climb, though the disparity in the rates between white and African-American players widened slightly, according to a study released on Monday.The Institute for Diversity and Ethics and Sport shows in its report that the overall football Graduation Success Rate (GSR) is up to 79 per cent, climbing from 77 per cent in 2017.The study found that white football players had a 90 per cent graduation rate, while black players were at 73 per cent. Both those numbers are up from 2017, when white players had an 87 per cent rate and black players were at 71 per cent, according to TIDES director Richard Lapchick, the primary author of the study.“In a lot of ways it’s continuing good news for college football,” Lapchick said in a phone interview.The 17 per cent gap between white and black players was up slightly from 16 per cent a year ago. Lapchick said the gap continues to be a major concern, but he is encouraged that the graduation rates for white and African-American football players continue to rise.He said the disparity in graduation rates isn’t a problem limited to college athletics and reflects wider trends in education. The study notes that the overall graduation rates for all African-American male students is 41 per cent at Division I schools, compared to 66 per cent for all white male students, citing numbers from the NCAA Education and Research Data.“The system isn’t just college athletics, it’s very dependent on public high schools, middle schools and elementary schools especially in urban areas, which is where a lot of our student-athletes come from,” Lapchick said. “They’re underfunded, understaffed and under resourced in terms of the technology available.”The study found that the four teams competing in this year’s College Football Playoff — Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame and Oklahoma — all had “reasonable academic standing.” Alabama’s graduation rate was 84 per cent, Clemson’s 87 per cent, Notre Dame’s 95 per cent and Oklahoma’s 76 per cent.Some of the highest graduation rates in the study belonged to Duke, Stanford, Notre Dame, South Carolina, Northwestern, Vanderbilt and Utah. All seven programs had at least a 93 per cent graduation rate, including at least an 87 per cent mark for African-American players.Lapchick said the slow climb in graduation success rates for bowl-bound programs continues a trend that’s lasted a decade. Ten years ago, the graduation rate for white players was at 76 per cent, compared to 59 per cent for black players. Five years ago, the numbers were at 85 per cent for white players and 67 per cent for black players.___More AP college football: https://apnews.com/collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25 .David Brandt, The Associated Press
Midway through the second half, the offenses began to heat up. Ohio State and Northwestern exchanged baskets between a pair of layups by sophomore forward Kyle Young and a 3 by senior guard C.J. Jackson to bring the game to 43-35 in favor of the Wildcats.Young had to leave the game at the end of the first half after aggravating a knee injury, but he returned to finish with seven points and four rebounds in 26 minutes of play.The Wildcats relied on their two leading scorers down the stretch. Redshirt senior forward Vic Law and senior center Dererk Pardon led the way for Northwestern with 10 and 20 points, respectively, also combining for 19 rebounds.Pardon scored 18 of his points in the second half.Ohio State will finish the regular season against No. 21 Wisconsin at home at 2 p.m. Sunday. Ohio State sophomore forward Kyle Young (25) looks to pass the ball during the second half of the game against Northwestern on Feb. 20. Ohio State won 63-49. Credit: Amal Saeed | Assistant Photo EditorOhio State had a rollercoaster of a recent stretch coming into tonight.Eight days ago, the Buckeyes had their biggest win of the season: a 20-point victory against then-No. 22 Iowa. Four days later, and Ohio State had its most emphatic defeat with a 86-51 demolition to then-No. 14 Purdue.The difference: an indefinite suspension to sophomore forward Kaleb Wesson, the Buckeyes’ leading scorer and rebounder.Against Northwestern, Wesson sat out again. Against Northwestern, Ohio State (18-12, 8-11 Big Ten) lost again, falling to the Wildcats (13-17, 4-15 Big Ten) 68-50. It was Northwestern’s first win against the Buckeyes at home since Feb. 18, 2009. After an abysmal start for Ohio State offensively, the Buckeyes brought the game to within five in the second half following a 3 by freshman guard Duane Washington.But Northwestern remained in control from there, going on a 10-0 run after the Washington 3 on the way to securing its first win in its past 11 games.The Buckeyes shot 26.6 percent overall on the night, their worst shooting percentage in any game since shooting 26.2 percent from the field against Michigan State in 2012. The loss to the Wildcats is Ohio State’s second game shooting less than 30 percent from the field in the past 10 seasons.It took 14 attempts and 8:51 for Ohio State to make its first field goal of the game, and the Buckeyes never got much hotter from there.Other than redshirt senior guard Keyshawn Woods, who hit 2-of-5 from the field, Ohio State made 8.6 percent of shot attempts in the first half, making 1-of-12 from 3. Woods finished as Ohio State’s leading scorer with 15 points on 5-of-11 shooting.Northwestern did not take advantage of the Buckeyes’ poor shooting, hitting 39.3 percent of its shots and taking only an 11-point lead into halftime. The Wildcats also had 11 first-half fouls, giving Ohio State eight makes in 12 tries from the foul line. Junior guard Andre Wesson struggled mightily in the game, missing all eight attempts from the field, finishing with two points on a pair of free throws.
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Stay on target A surprising number of Facebook users remain clueless about how their personal information is used for targeted advertising.A Pew Research Center survey found that 74 percent of U.S. adult Facebook users were unaware the site maintains a list of interest and traits.While most websites and apps track how consumers use digital services and turn that data into targeted advertisements, their proprietary algorithms are usually kept under lock and key.As part of its “transparency” narrative, however, Facebook allows users to view at least some of how it classifies them—based on engagement with content on the site—via the “Your ad preferences” page.Unique to each user, the dossier displays various pieces of personal information, including a list of purported interests.When directed to the page, 59 percent of Pew survey participants said the generated categories do reflect their real-life interests; another 27 percent claim they are not very, or not at all, accurate.I can see where they’re coming from.While I do enjoy photography, Star Wars, and IKEA, I have no idea how or why Facebook decided drag racing, towels, veganism, and Jesus are some of my personal passions. (They’re not.)So whether you like it or not, ads for horror fiction, YouTube, women’s rights, and nail polish will probably appear on your Facebook feed.But even if Facebook were spot-on with its assessments of user interests, targeted ads still feel, for many, like an invasion of privacy.According to Pew, about half of those surveyed (51 percent) are not comfortable with Facebook creating lists about their hobbies and traits. Conversely, a handful of folks (5 percent) are “very comfortable” with their leisure pursuits being aired for the world to see.“We want people to understand how our ad settings and controls work. That means better ads for people,” Facebook said in a statement to The Verge.“While we and the rest of the online ad industry need to do more to educate people on how interest-based advertising works and how we protect people’s information,” it continued, “we welcome conversations about transparency and control.”The social network did not immediately respond to Geek’s request for comment.More on Geek.com:10 Interesting Details In My Facebook Data DownloadFacebook Tests Event Sharing Features for StoriesD.C. Attorney General Sues Facebook Over Cambridge Analytica BreachFacebook Dating Expands to Canada and Thailand, Adds New Features Podcasts Are TV Shows Now With ‘Limetown’ Trailer7 Icebreakers for Facebook’s New Dating Service
Logo of BNPThe Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) candidates of Khulna-2 and Khulna-3 constituencies on Saturday alleged that the law enforcers and Awami League backed miscreants have established a reign of terror in the area, reports UNB.Attending a press briefing at the party office in Khulna, the BNP candidate of Khulna-2 constituency Nazrul Islam Manzu said, “They (Awami League) have made an atmosphere of fear by arresting 46 BNP men in last 24 hours and accumulating ferocious killers and terrorists in the area.”He demanded for immediate suspension of police commissioner of Khulna Metropolitan Police (KMP) and reshuffle in the police department for holding a fair election.”We are witnessing politics of vengeance for past ten years. Now, a fearful condition has been created by attacks, mass arrests as well as threat to BNP men. It seems no election, rather a drama is being staged aiming to reelect Sheikh Hasina,” he said.BNP candidate for Khulna-3 constituency Rokibul Islam Bakul alleged the ruling party has been using police, Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) and local administration to resist the opposition and people of his constituency have been feeling insecure.BNP general secretary of Khulna city unit and former city mayor Mohammad Moniruzzaman, lawyers AFM Mahsin and Latifur Rahman Labu, among others, were present at the briefing.
Researchers find first instance of fish larvae making sounds (Phys.org) —Wildlife photographer Jeff Cremer has discovered what appears to be a new type of bioluminescent larvae. He told members of the press recently that he was walking near a camp in the Peruvian rainforest at night a few years ago, when he came upon a side of exposed earth upon which there were many little green glowing dots. Taking a closer look, he found that each dot was in fact the glowing head of a worm of some sort. He posted pictures of what he’d found on Reddit which were eventually spotted by entomologist Aaron Pomerantz, with the Tambopata Research Center. After contacting Cremer, Pomerantz made a pilgrimage to see the worms, gathered some samples and set to work studying them. Shortly thereafter, he determined that the worms were the larvae of an unknown type of beetle, likely a type of click beetle. Credit: Jeff Cremer © 2014 Phys.org 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. More information: blog.perunature.com/2014/11/un … tery-at-refugio.html Citation: Mysterious glowworm found in Peruvian rainforest (2014, November 21) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-11-mysterious-glowworm-peruvian-rainforest.html Further study of the half inch long larvae revealed that the photoluminescence served just a single purpose, attracting prey. They would sit waiting with their jaws spread wide open. When the light they were emitting attracted something, typically ants or termites, the jaws would snap shut capturing the bug thus providing a meal. Pomerantz collected several samples of the larvae and took them back to a lab where they were tested—he and his colleagues found the larvae would snap shut on just about any bug that touched its jaws. He compared them to the giant worms in the 90’s sci-fi comedy, Tremors—only these were much smaller of course.In the wild the larvae live in the ground—they push just their heads out, keeping their bodies hidden, revealing just their glowing heads—bugs, like moths to a light on the porch in summer, are attracted to the light and get eaten. The team members still don’t know what kind of beetle the larvae would grow into, but are determined to find out—they aren’t even sure if they are from known species. There are a lot of different kinds of click beetles, approximately 10,000 species, about 200 of which are known to be bioluminescent. The entomologists believe the larvae get their luminescence from a molecule called Luciferin, which is also found in the compound used by fireflies to light up the night sky. Explore further
Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 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 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 The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. News | Radiation Oncology | July 31, 2019 Laura Dawson, M.D., FASTRO, Chosen as ASTRO President-elect The members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) elected four new officers to ASTRO’s Board of… read more 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 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 | 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 | 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 September 28, 2012 — On Sept. 3, three patients became Gleneagles Hospital’s first to receive their radiation therapy treatments on the center’s new Elekta Synergy treatment system equipped with Agility 160-leaf multi-leaf collimator (MLC). The beam-shaping solution’s ultra-fast leaf movements enabled clinicians at Gleneagles Hospital to cut treatment times nearly in half.”Beam delivery for two of the patients took almost half the time it takes on the existing treatment system,” says Yak Koon Tay, chief physicist at Gleneagles Hospital. Gleneagles Hospital acquired Elekta Synergy in June with Agility integrated, powered by the Integrity R3.0 digital control system. It is the first center in Southeast Asia to have the Agility 160-leaf MLC. The center also plans treatments with Elekta’s Monaco treatment planning system.”Patients benefit from various advantages that Agility brings, including low transmission, high leaf speed, optimal leaf width, orthogonal tracking jaws and consistently good penumbra and accuracy,” Tay observes. “With the low MLC transmission of less than 0.5 percent, patients with cancer will receive reduced mean dose to organs-at-risk.”Integrity and Monaco bring added advantagesIn addition to state-of-the-art beam shaping with Agility, Elekta Synergy promises smooth and safe delivery of all treatment techniques with the Integrity control system, Tay adds.”Accuracy and performance are significantly improved with Integrity,” he says. “Continuously variable dose rate [CVDR] – which allows the dose rate to be adjusted to its ideal value during delivery of both dynamic and [volumetric modulated arc therapy] VMAT techniques – makes the delivery of the prescription smoother and faster when compared to a discrete dose rate.”Monaco — with the gold standard Monte Carlo dose algorithm — has helped physicians at Gleneagles Hospital provide fast and accurate dose delivery to patients. “The measured dose in the phantom and planning dose are accurate and gives us confidence that what we plan is what we deliver,” says Tay.On Sept. 14, Gleneagles Hospital brought the Agility-equipped Elekta Synergy up to a full-day’s schedule of 25 to 30 patients.For more information: www.elekta.com/agility FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 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 Related Content 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 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 | September 28, 2012 Singapore Center Uses Elekta’s Agility Beam-Shaping for First Time in Radiotherapy First to use Agility in Singapore, Gleneagles Hospital accelerates therapy delivery and improves dose sculpting capabilities 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
Feature | Women’s Health | July 22, 2015 Additional Radiation Reduces Breast Cancer Recurrence for Some Patients Canadian study finds radiation following whole-breast irradiation reduces recurrence both locally and elsewhere News | Colonoscopy Systems | August 06, 2019 Rise in Early Onset Colorectal Cancer Not Aligned With Screening Trends A new study finds that trends in colonoscopy rates did not fully align with the increase in colorectal cancer (CRC) in… read more 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 Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. Image courtesy of Imago Systems News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more 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. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 07, 2019 Contrast Use in First Transthoracic Echocardiogram for Heart Failure Reduces Repeat Testing Heart failure is the fourth most common cause for all admission to U.S. hospitals, and it is the most common reason for… read more News | 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 | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins 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 | 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 Related Content News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more July 22, 2015 – A study has found no increase in overall survival but a reduction in breast cancer recurrence when the lymph nodes receive additional radiation beyond the standard treatment of whole-breast irradiation after breast-conserving surgery.The research, which examined the addition of regional nodal irradiation to whole-breast irradiation compared with whole-breast irradiation alone, was published in the New England Journal of Medicine. It was led by Tim Whelan, M.D., professor of oncology with McMaster University’s Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine and a radiation oncologist at Hamilton Health Sciences Juravinski Cancer Centre.The study involved women with axillary node-positive (cancer in the lymph glands under the arm) or high-risk node-negative breast cancer (no cancer in under-arm nodes, but cancer with bad prognostic features).Radiotherapy to the chest wall and regional lymph nodes (under the arm, above the collar bone and under the breast bone), known as regional nodal irradiation, is used after mastectomy in women with node-positive breast cancer who are treated with adjuvant systemic therapy. Such treatment reduces breast cancer recurrence and improves survival.Currently, most women with breast cancer are treated with breast-conserving surgery followed by radiation to the whole breast. An important unanswered question was whether the addition of regional nodal irradiation to the usual radiation of the breast would improve outcomes.”This study is important because it shows that additional radiation to the surrounding lymph nodes provides added benefit to women, particularly those with involvement of the lymph nodes in the axilla,” said Whelan.”Additional radiation to the surrounding lymph nodes reduced the risk of subsequent recurrence of breast cancer both locally, such as under the arm, and at sites distant from the breast, such as the bone, liver and lung. The treatment did not increase survival, but follow-up is still relatively early.”The nodal treatment was associated with limited toxicity, including a slight increase in the risk of radiation pneumonitis and lymphedema (fluid retention and swelling) of the arm.The study, conducted over 14 years by the NCIC Clinical Trials Group at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, involved more than 1,800 patients and a team of investigators from Canada, the United States and Australia.”Further research is necessary to determine which women are most likely to benefit and who may avoid the additional radiation,” said Whelan, adding that it is exciting that another study performed in Europe has showed very similar findings.For more information: www.fhs.mcmaster.ca FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享
Source = AccorHotels AccorHotels to manage back iconic French Polynesian resortAccorHotels has today announced it will take over the management of the iconic Le Méridien Tahiti and rebrand it as Tahiti Ia Ora Beach Resort managed by Sofitel.Owned by Grey Investment Group since 2012, the hotel located on the West coast of the island, has handed over the management of the hotel to AccorHotels, effective October 15, 2018.AccorHotels and Grey Investment Group have forged a long-term relationship through sale and manage-back agreements. AccorHotels sold off its French Polynesian resort portfolio to the Grey Investment Group in December 2015, yet continued to manage-back the resorts.Tahiti Ia Ora Beach Resort managed by Sofitel is the fourth hotel to be managed by Accor Hotels for the Grey Investment Group in French Polynesia, joining Sofitel Moorea Ia Ora Beach Resort, Sofitel Bora Bora Marara Beach Resort and Sofitel Bora Bora Private Island.Senior Vice President Operations, New Zealand, Fiji and French Polynesia, Gillian Millar said, “AccorHotels are thrilled to be chosen to manage another resort in French Polynesia for the Grey Investment Group and we are excited to undergo a rebrand of this iconic resort.”“AccorHotels’ history with the country dates back to 1969 and shows our commitment to this amazing destination. The resort has tremendous potential – from its prime location at the edge of the Punaauia lagoon, to its sprawling grounds and large white sand pool. We plan to bring our know-how and strong service culture, mixing the Polynesian sense of welcome and the French art-de-vivre,” concluded Gillian.Grey Investment Group has an ambitious vision for the hotel and has scheduled a major overhaul in the coming months with the reopening of the renovated overwater bungalows, and upgrade of the ballroom and restaurants outlets.Built in 1998, the newly rebranded Tahiti Ia Ora Beach Resort managed by Sofitel is located on a premium beachfront property rich in history and legends for the Polynesians, currently offering 149 guestrooms, two restaurants and three meeting rooms.About Grey Investment GroupFounded in 1937, Samoan based Grey Investment Group has been involved in successful ventures in the South Pacific for over 75 years, starting with the iconic Aggie Grey’s Hotel.The group’s recent activities include investments in Virgin Samoa Airlines, the acquisition of the Le Méridien Hotel Tahiti in 2012 and the Sofitel French Polynesia Hotels in 2015. Its other investments include manufacturing of exported Artesian Water, diverse food supplies, banking, gas, airline catering, inbound tour operating and real estate in New Zealand. The Grey Investment Group continues to develop their portfolio in the Pacific region, as it looks to diversify and grow in emerging markets to add to its rapidly expanding asset base. The Group now employs close to 2,000 full time employees in the Pacific region.About SofitelSofitel Hotels & Resorts is an ambassador of modern French style, culture and art-de-vivre around the world. Established in 1964, Sofitel is the first international luxury hotel brand to originate from France with over 120 chic and remarkable hotels in the world’s most sought after destinations. Sofitel exudes a refined and understated sense of modern luxury, always blending a touch of French decadence with the very best of the locale. The Sofitel collection includes such notable hotels as Sofitel Paris Le Faubourg, Sofitel London St James, Sofitel Munich Bayerpost, Sofitel Rio de Janeiro Ipanema, Sofitel Washington DC Lafayette Square, Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour and Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua Beach Resort. Sofitel is part of AccorHotels, a world-leading travel and lifestyle group which invites travelers to feel welcome at more than 4,500 hotels, resorts and residences, along with some 10,000 of the finest private homes around the globe.
Builder Confidence Lots and Labor Availability National Association of Home Builders 2016-02-16 Scott_Morgan Builder Confidence Shaken by Cost and Availability of Lots and Labor February 16, 2016 880 Views Share Builder confidence in the market for newly-built single-family homes is still doing well, but has dropped since last month, according to the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index, or HMI, released Tuesday.The latest HMI showed builder confidence to be at 58 in February, down from January’s 61 and seven points lower than its recent peak of 65 in October. That said, the index is still well above the tipping point of 50 and three points above last February’s number.NAHB Chairman Ed Brady attributed the dip to the high cost and lack of availability of lots and labor, but said that February’s index shows builders are still generally optimistic about the housing market.“Of note, they expressed optimism that sales will pick up in the coming months,” Brady said, despite that consumers have expressed some worries about the housing market over the past few months.Indeed, the HMI component measuring sales expectations in the next six months rose one point to 65 in February, which is a good sign that builders are optimistic overall. Any number over 50 indicates that more builders view conditions as good than poor.David Crowe, NAHB’s chief economist said “the fundamentals are in place for continued growth of the housing market. Historically low mortgage rates, steady job gains, improved household formations and significant pent up demand all point to a gradual upward trend for housing in the year ahead.”Broken down to the four main regions of the country, the three-month moving averages for regional HMI scores were all in slight declines. The Midwest fell one point to 57, the West registered a three-point drop to 72 and the Northeast and South each posted a two-point decline to 47 and 59, respectively, according to the report.Weather did not appear to have a large impact in either direction on confidence, which is a major difference between last winter and this one so far. While the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions have had to deal with some hefty snowfalls, January indicators showed no worse decline than regions that have had little winter weather.According to NAHB, new home purchases are “dominated by existing home sellers with very good credit, significant equity accumulation, and strong employment records.” First-time buyers, the organization announced, are missing from the new market, perhaps due to a trend toward larger houses with more bedrooms and baths that could be keeping new buyers wary.“One downside to this trend is these same well-off new home buyers are also more likely to hold a substantial share of their wealth in equities,” NAHB stated. “The turmoil in the stock market and the general unease concerning international economic trends is most likely to affect the same group of households that are the most active in new home purchases.” in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News
Executive Director of Orbit World Travel, Michael Chase-Smith, has given an insight into his philosophy for ‘survive and thrive’ in today’s tech-driven travel environment, ahead of his appearance at the first annual Travel Industry Exhibition and Conference, 20-21 July at the Crystal Palace in Sydney’s Luna Park, and 25-26 July at the Melbourne Conference and Exhibition Centre. According to Chase-Smith, travel industry players need to know their audience, and recognise that ‘they can’t be all things to all travellers’.“They need to get a strong understanding of their business in this new-tech world, how it can maintain its client base and grow, and what technology and tech partners they should work with to evolve their business.“Having the right technology partners to provide the necessary solutions to keep their customers engaged and attract new customers is now critical.” Chase-Smith said that while Orbit World Travel is constantly keeping abreast of evolving technology, the key to his company’s success lies in its ‘human resources’. “Our people are still our greatest and most important asset. “Without them having the right experience, training, passion and ability to embrace technology, we wouldn’t have many customers and we wouldn’t retain them.“While we are very technology focused travel company, developing many of our own solutions, we still need good people to get the most out of the tech and ensure our clients have a great experience.”Chase-Smith will present ‘Emerging Technology Trends’ at the Travel Industry Exhibition and Conference, and discuss how emerging technology trends affect, and benefit, the travel industry, and why the industry’s leaders must strategically embrace change to remain viable.“Virtual Reality and now Augmented Reality are two areas which are fast advancing,” he said. “Artificial Intelligence and messaging platforms are starting to assist travellers with advice to book travel and will become more prominent during the trip very soon.“It’s all tying-in more now with the need for better data and personalisation and what this can do to improve the traveller experience, optimise choices pre-trip, and staying connected with the traveller during the trip.“Technology and change is more dynamic and fluid than it’s ever been. “Leaders who think that what they’ve done in the past that led to success will automatically lead to success in the future, will be making a big mistake.”Others joining Michael on the line-up for day two include Melissa Browne, author, media commentator, public speaker and accountant, with Original Thinking for Creative Leadership; Paralympian Dr Jessica Gallagher with Trust – Mindset – Courage (Melbourne only) and Jane Challinor, Director of Real Business Group with Path to Profit.Conference tickets are available here. Orbit World TravelresourcesTravel Industry Exhibition & Conferenceupcoming events