Teekay Offshore Partners has signed a conditional seven-year charter contract for the floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) unit, Petrojarl Varg.Under the deal, agreed with Alpha Petroleum Resources Limited (Alpha) in October 2018, the FPSO would be deployed in the Cheviot oil field in the UK sector of the North Sea.The contract is for a seven-year fixed term from first oil, which is targeted for the second quarter of 2021, after completion of a life extension and upgrade phase for the Petrojarl Varg FPSO taking place at Sembcorp Marine’s shipyard in Singapore.Teekay Offshore Partners said that the life extension and upgrade costs for the Petrojarl Varg FPSO would be funded predominantly by Alpha in advance. The Petrojarl Varg FPSO is intended to be used for the entire expected life of the Cheviot field.The company revealed the contract in its financial report for the quarter ended September 30, 2018. For the three-month period, Teekay Offshore Partners managed to narrow its net loss to USD 38.6 million, compared to a net loss of USD 317.5 million seen in the same period in 2017.The change was attributed to vessel write-downs during the third quarter of 2017, partially offset by losses on repurchases of bonds maturing in 2019 and a promissory note maturing in 2022 incurred in the third quarter of 2018.The company’s revenues climbed to USD 327.7 million for the third quarter of 2018 from USD 273.6 million reported in the corresponding period of 2017.“For the third quarter of 2018, our total cash flow from vessel operations increased significantly from the same quarter of the prior year primarily driven by stronger earnings from our shuttle tanker fleet, a full quarter contribution from the contract start-up of the Petrojarl I FPSO and our third East Coast Canada shuttle tanker newbuilding and lower operating costs in our shuttle and FPSO fleets,” Ingvild Sæther, President and CEO of Teekay Offshore Group, said.
zoomImage Courtesy: Pixabay (Pixabay License) Marine services company Smit Lamnalco and port operations provider Engage Marine have invested in the Australian harbour towage joint venture, Engage Towage.The scope of the joint venture is specific to providing increased choice in the Australian harbour towage market, and therefore the existing businesses of Smit Lamnalco and Engage Marine, including Westug, would continue to operate independently from the newly formed JV.Engage Towage currently operates in the Port Jackson and the Port of Geelong utilising five azimuth-drive tugs.“We believe the Australian towage industry is significant enough for multiple towage companies to co-exist, and ultimately, competition encourages all operators to continuously improve on their service delivery,” Stanley Maas, Smit Lamnalco Chief Executive Officer, said.“We see this JV as being beneficial to clients and industry, as well as part of our own strategic growth ambition.”
Following Uganda’s private member’s bill for harsh punishments on gay people, Richard Branson called for a boycott of Uganda on his website.“Ugandan MPs have passed a new law making homosexuality punishable by life imprisonment,” says Branson. “The law also means people who do not report gay people can be sent to prison. Uganda must reconsider or find it being ostracised by companies and tourists worldwide.”Though he has been approached by government officials to do business in their country, Branson says it would go against his conscience to support a country that is perpetrating a witch hung against the gay community.“Governments must realise that people should be able to love whoever they want.”Copyright ©2014Look to the Stars
Female candidates for the program will represent the industry’s brightest emerging talent with a narrative feature-film project. The selected resident must be a writer whose existing work has gained some attention. This could include: online or television work with significant audience views; a short or feature that has been selected for major festivals; a project that has been developed through a leading international script lab; or a feature that has gained momentum through box office or foreign sales. Applicants must reside in Canada and be Canadian citizens or permanent residents.DeadlineSubmissions are due by April 27, 2018. The Micki Moore Resident will be announced in mid-June 2018. The residency will take place for 10 weeks, from September to December 2018.CLICK HERE TO APPLY OR FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Advertisement Login/Register With: Micki Moore ResidencyA new residency program for outstanding Canadian female feature film screenwriters has been established to elevate and support talent. Each year, one female writer will be provided with the opportunity to live, work, and be mentored in the heart of Toronto’s dynamic downtown district, so she may develop her feature-film screenplay. A jury of leading screen industry professionals will decide the winner. The program will begin in 2018, running annually for five years until 2022. The Micki Moore Residency is generously supported by Toronto-based broadcaster, journalist and actor Micki Moore, in tandem with TIFF’s Share Her Journey campaign. http://www.tiff.net/shareherjourneyWhat’s included 10-week feature-film screenwriting residency from September to December 2018Fully equipped apartment at a location in downtown Toronto$3,000 stipendMentorship from TIFF’s programming teams and expert guestsComplimentary access to the 2018 Toronto International Film FestivalComplimentary pass for the Festival Industry Conference, Business Centre, and delegate resourcesAccess to Breakfast at TIFF during the period of the residencyAccess to films screened at TIFF Bell Lightbox during the residencyAccess to TIFF’s renowned Film Reference Library and archival collectionLive read-through of the screenwriter’s feature screenplay with up to four actors, in front of a select industry audience towards the end of the residency Twitter Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Eligibility
Rabat – The United Nations announced on Tuesday that Moroccan diplomat Najat Rochdi, who holds several humanitarian positions in the UN, has been appointed senior humanitarian advisor to the UN special envoy for Syria.Rochdi replaced Norwegian advisor Jan Egeland. On behalf of the UN special envoy for Syria, Geir Pedersen, Rochdi will “chair the International Syria Support Group’s Humanitarian Task Force and help facilitate crucial humanitarian access and protection of civilians in Syria through supporting humanitarian negotiations,” reported the organization. Rochdi’s humanitarian mission in Syria is in coordination with the UN country team and the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. Rochdi has broad experience in humanitarian and development affairs.She has been serving as the UN resident coordinator, humanitarian coordinator, and UNDP resident representative in Cameroon since 2013. She is also the head of the UN Inter-Agency Standing Committee’s peer-to-peer team, which links key operational agencies of the UN. In addition, Rochdi is the former deputy special representative of the UN Secretary-General and humanitarian coordinator in the Central African Republic.Read Also: Guaido Renews ‘Total’ Determination to Build Confident Diplomatic Ties with MoroccoShe served as deputy director in charge of policy, communication and operation in the UNDP Geneva Liaison Office and as UNDP regional coordinator of Information and Communication Technology for Development in the Arab Region in Cairo.Rochdi held a number of positions in the Moroccan government prior to her work with UNDP. She was the deputy minister of small and medium enterprises in 2003 and served as advisor in the prime minister’s office and general director of international cooperation from 1999 to 2001.Rochdi was a professor at College Royal and at the Information Sciences University in Rabat.Born in 1961 in Morocco, Rochdi holds a doctorate in mathematics from the National Institute of Statistics and Applied Economics (INSEA) in Rabat and a degree in engineering in computer sciences from the University of Montreal.
Eritrea’s Foreign Minister today told the General Assembly that the United Nations “continues to ignore” Ethiopia’s failure to comply with the ruling of an international commission that delineated the border between the two countries after their 1998-2000 war.“While the United Nations grapples with Sudan and Somalia, it continues to ignore grave consequences of Ethiopia’s continued occupation of sovereign Eritrean territory, eight years after the ruling of the Eritrea-Ethiopia Boundary Commission (EEBC), and three years after the Commission ended its work by depositing in the United Nations the demarcated boundary between the two countries,” Osman Saleh told the Assembly’s high-level segment.To end the border war, both parties agreed to abide by the ruling of the border commission, which was reached in April 2002. However, Ethiopia’s rejection of the decision stalled the physical demarcation of the border in 2003.“Ethiopia’s illegal occupation and the United Nations silence, which mean the continuation of the conflict, is exacting a heavy price on the peoples of Eritrea and Ethiopia and complicating the regional situation.“I wish to remind the United Nations that Eritrea awaits responsible and urgent action to end Ethiopia’s violation of international law and its threat to regional peace and security,” Mr. Saleh told the General Assembly’s high-level debate. 28 September 2010Eritrea’s Foreign Minister today told the General Assembly that the United Nations “continues to ignore” Ethiopia’s failure to comply with the ruling of an international commission that delineated the border between the two countries after their 1998-2000 war.
UN Photo/Manuel EliasSecretary-General António Guterres (left) makes remarks during the high-level event to launch the International Decade for Action, “Water for Sustainable Development 2018–2028”.Two realities – one where no one goes thirsty; other where billions don’t have water to drinkAlongside the Secretary-General, Mahmoud Saikal, the Vice-President of the General Assembly (speaking on behalf of Assembly President Miroslav Lajčák) said that while many in the world have adequate safe drinking water and sanitation facilities, billions on the same planet lack even a basic toilet and are forced to drink water that can make them ill.“This is the reality we all have to face. It is not pretty. But, it should not come as a surprise. We have known about it for a while,” he said.“Luckily, we still have enough time to do something about it,” added Mr. Saikal, calling on for action on everyone’s part to capitalize on the opportunities offered by the International Decade.■ Learn more about the International Decade here: http://www.wateractiondecade.org/Water problems? The answer is in natureThe launch of the International Decade coincides with the World Water Day, marked annually on 22 March, to focus attention to importance of and challenges facing freshwater availability.Commemorated this year with the theme, Nature for Water, the Day urges people to explore nature-based solutions to contemporary water problems.Some of these could include planting trees and increasing forest cover, reconnecting rivers to floodplains, and restoring wetlands to rebalance the water cycle. Most directly linked to Sustainable Development Goal 6, safe water and adequate sanitation are indispensable for healthy ecosystems, reducing poverty, and achieving inclusive growth, social well-being and sustainable livelihoods – the targets for many of the 17 Goals.However, growing demands, poor management and climate change have increased water stresses and scarcity of water is a major problem in many parts of the world.Furthermore, more than two billion people worldwide lack access to safe water and over 4.5 billion to adequate sanitation services, warned UN Secretary-General António Guterres.“By 2050 at least one in four people will live in a country where the lack of fresh water will be chronic or recurrent,” he said, speaking at the launch of the International Decade for Action: Water for Sustainable Development, 2018-2028.“Quite simply, water is a matter of life and death. Our bodies, […] our cities, our industries and our agriculture all depend on it.”Stressing that water cannot be taken for granted, the UN chief said that while solutions and technologies to improve water management exist, these are often not accessible to all. In many cases, end up perpetrating inequity within and among countries.“As with most development challenges, women and girls suffer disproportionately. For example, women and girls in low-income countries spend some 40 billion hours a year collecting water,” he stressed.Addressing these and other challenges needs a comprehensive approach to water supply, sanitation, water management and disaster risk reduction, said the UN chief, highlighting that aligning existing water and sanitation programmes and projects with the 2030 Agenda will also be vital.Also crucial is the political will for strengthened cooperation and partnerships, he added.
Special teams have been a problem this year, and Jim Tressel would not be happy. Going from a coach who prided himself on extraordinary special teams play, to a system that seemed to disregard the little-talked-about group, Ohio State lost the 2012 Gator Bowl because of its underachieving special teams. In the second quarter, following a game-tying touchdown pass from freshman quarterback Braxton Miller, Andre Debose returned the ensuing kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown. The coverage on the kickoff was so poor, no one came close to touching Debose as he jogged into the end zone. In the third quarter, following a five-play, 25-yard drive, Chris Rainey blocked junior punter Ben Buchanan’s punt, and Graham Stewart returned it for a touchdown. Fourteen points off of the special teams’ mistakes was the difference in the game. Sophomore kicker Drew Basil has been accurate and reliable throughout the season. Buchanan has been reliable and his punts have consistent. The problem lies with the special teams support. The blocking has been inconsistent, which has lead to two blocked punts on the year. A problem that plagued last year’s squad, kick coverage, has once again surfaced. One of the biggest momentum killers in football is a kickoff returned for a touchdown, and that’s exactly what happened. A single sign of life in a 5-yard touchdown pass from Miller to senior wide receiver DeVier Posey tied the game in the second quarter, but that was essentially the last sign of life for the Buckeye offense. Freshman mistakes committed by seniors The Buckeyes voted on their team MVP in December to be senior running back Daniel “Boom” Herron. A captain, who missed the first six games of the season due to suspension, and whose actions cost the program nine scholarships over three years and a postseason ban next year, actually cost the team so much more in the Gator Bowl. Herron fumbled the ball in the first quarter and it was recovered by De’Ante Saunders, a mistake that cost the Buckeyes valuable field position. Posey then fumbled in the third quarter after the Buckeyes were in position to cut into the lead. After a completion from Miller, Posey fumbled and Josh Evans recovered. After a season of causing problems with the NCAA, these two Buckeye seniors certainly did not make a good mark in their last bowl game.
← Previous Story BERLIN CALLING: Montpellier, Constanta and Szeged to fight with Fuchse Next Story → EHF CUP F4: Fuchse against Szeged, Montpellier VS Constanta VELUX EHF Champions League F4 will see spectacular matches in the semi-finals at “Lanxess Arena” in Cologne on May 31. FC Barcelona will face SG Flensburg in the semi-final, while another team who won the tournament in Cologne, THW Kiel will meet MKB MVM Veszprem.Final match will be played a day later – June 1. CologneVelux EHF F4
It is a little difficult to conceptualize how much the smartphone market has grown in just the last two years. We see crazy numbers, such as Android’s 550,000 daily activations and really don’t bat an eye, save to compare it to Apple’s 230,000 iOS activations. To really take stock of this, though, we need something more significant than just numbers. We need to see how the entire world has shifted in acceptance of the smartphone as being far more then just a device for the “business professional”.To do that, however, we need to see where we were a couple of years ago and compare it to today. Fortunately, advertising giant Millenial Media has stepped up to the plate to offer just that.The Millennial Media S.M.A.R.T. quarterly is much more comprehensive then just smartphone history, but this slide from this presentation earlier this week really caught my eye. In 2009 the iPhone and T-Mobile G1 (the first Android phone) were both just barely starting out, and were surrounded by Windows Mobile, RIM, and a handful of feature phones all pulling for the top spot.. Fast forward just two short years, and not only have the feature phones dropped off the chart entirely, but Android phones dominate more then half of the spots on the list, while the iPhone still remains king as the largest single device.This is truly a fascinating look at just how much the mobile landscape has changed in such a short amount of time. In that two year span, our phones have jumped from 600MHz processors with 256MB of RAM to 1GHz device with 512MB, and now we’re seeing dual-core processor machines with 1GB of RAM. We’ve seen an unprecedented evolution in technology that has, in many ways, mirrored laptop evolution… only at lightning speed.Based on this, I wouldn’t even hazard a guess as to where we will be two years from now. The changes have been so significant, and we’re already seeing companies like Nvidia talking about quad-core chips for tablets with the advent of their “Kal-El” project.Where do you think we will be in two years?The entire Milennial Media S.M.A.R.T. report can be found here MM-SMART-Q2-2011
‘Astral Chain’ and Other Dumb Nintendo SongsHands-On: ‘Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020’ Seems Fine Halo 5: Guardians may have gotten a mixed reception from gamers and journalists, but almost all can agree that its Forge Mode was brilliant. Available on both Xbox One and PC, Forge Mode allow users to create all manner of crazy levels — even ones inspired by other games.One latest Forge Mode creation is based on Rainbow Road from the Super Mario Kart series. This map has all of the hazards that Rainbow Road is known for. It can accommodate up to ten players, though it’s likely that most will end up plummeting to their doom thanks to the level’s precarious turns. As you can see from the video below, this is one psychedelic and trippy looking race course.This is an impressive recreation of Rainbow Road, but it is missing a few key things. There are no power-ups to collect and no weapons to use against enemies. The terror of being hit in the back by a random turtle shell doesn’t exist here. Still, the makers of this stage did the best they could with the assets available to them. The most important thing is whether or not the map is any fun to play, and it certainly looks like it’s a blast.You may recall that last year, someone made a Forge Map based on Rocket League. Like with this Mario Kart recreation, that one was also centered around Halo‘s warthog vehicle. Both the Rocket League and Rainbow Roadmaps show off the versatility of Forge Mode nicely. Both maps can be played simply by logging into Halo 5 and searching for them in Forge Mode. Do yourselves a favor and check them out. Stay on target
Phones Mobile Comments Now playing: Watch this: The video shows a whole bunch of different futuristic concepts we might see from Samsung, and offers a glimpse of a foldable phone, all to the tune of 1956’s Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be). It’s been heavily rumored that we’ll see Samsung’s much-anticipated foldable phone — which may or may not be called the Galaxy F — at the Feb. 20 event. However, we don’t know if the one in the video is the finished product or a concept, given some of the video’s more fantastical elements.Samsung declined to comment on the video.We first caught sight of Samsung’s foldable phone back in November, but were told it wasn’t the final product. Foldable phones are real: Here’s every one we know about.Samsung Galaxy S10: Everything we know about specs, features and price. What we know about Samsung’s foldable phone 21 Photos Xiaomi Huawei Samsung 1:28 Share your voice 5 At the time, we learned that the cover display (seen when it’s folded) is 4.58 inches and has a 21:9 aspect ratio, with a resolution of 840×1960 and a screen density of 420 dpi. The Main Display, seen when you unfold the phone, is 7.3 inches and has a 4.2:3 aspect ratio, with a resolution of 1536×2152 and a 420 dpi screen density.Samsung’s foldable phone already has a pair of Chinese rivals. Xiaomi teased its double-bending offering on Jan. 23, while Huawei said we’ll see its 5G foldable phone at at Mobile World Congress in February.First published at 6:27 a.m. PT.Updated at 8:53 a.m. PT: Adds that Samsung declined comment. Samsung’s foldable phone is here, with brand-new One UI for Android The teaser shows a woman singing to her foldable phone. megusta YouTube/Screenshot by CNET Samsung might have given us another look at its upcoming foldable phone in a leaked teaser for an event later this month. The company’s Vietnam branch posted a video meant for its Feb. 20 Samsung Unpacked event on YouTube, XDA reported Thursday. The foldable phone video has since been deleted from their channel (but not before it was picked up by others). Tags
Comments You. Could. Win. This. (Well, not the cake.) KitchenAid Most kitchens seem to be a hodge-podge of appliances collected over time, rarely the same style, color or even manufacturer. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but wouldn’t it be cool to have matching everything?Welcome to the CNET and Chowhound Springtime to Win-Time Sweepstakes. Two lucky winners will take home KitchenAid’s brand-new Limited Edition Queen of Hearts Collection, which celebrates the company’s 100-year anniversary.That bundle of Passion Red-colored goodies — which, as you can see, is insanely gorgeous — includes the following:Stand Mixer with Stainless Steel Bowl and Pouring Shield2-Speed Hand Blender3.5 Cup Food Chopper7-Speed Hand Mixer1.5 Liter Kettle2-Slice ToasterCombined value of all this sweet kitchen booty: a little over $750. If you don’t win, all these items can be purchased separately.Now for the important part: To enter for your chance to win, you must follow KitchenAid on Instagram. With that done, read the official rules, accept the terms and conditions and, finally, fill out the form below.You can get additional entries by following Chowhound, CNET and our sister sites across our social media platforms and by visiting our websites. This giveaway is open April 1, 2019, through April 30, 2019, and is valid in the US, Puerto Rico and Canada only. Good luck!If you’re having having trouble seeing the form please use this link.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on PCs, phones, gadgets and much more. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page. Find more great buys on the CNET Deals page and follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter! Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Tags 21 The Cheapskate CNET Giveaway Share your voice Appliances
Maini Precision Products, which manufactures components for companies in the automotive and aerospace sectors, raised $16.5 million in the latest round of funding led by existing investor Paragon Partners. It also marks the scrapping of initial public offering (IPO) of the company.The transaction comprised fresh issue of shares and sale of stake by existing investors, though the details of the transaction were not available. Pinebridge sold its stake in the company after an unsuccessful attempt in 2012, according to VCCCircle.It also quoted a senior Maini Precision Products executive as saying that the application to raise funds through public issue stands “withdrawn”. The company had filed documents with capital markets regulator, the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi), last September and got the go-ahead this year.The IPO plan comprised fresh issue of shares worth Rs. 50 crore and partial stake sale by promoters via the offer for sale (OFS) route. For the year ended March 31, 2015, the company earned net profit of Rs. 10.59 crore on total revenues of Rs. 286.60 crore.Founded in 1973, Maini Precision Products makes components, machined castings and forgings, fuel filters and sub-assemblies used in engines, fuel injection, turbo chargers, steering and chassis for passenger commercial vehicles and precision components, machined castings and forgings for other industries; and sub-assemblies used in the aerospace sector.Paragon Partners was co-founded by Siddharth Parekh, son of HDFC Chairman Deepak Parekh.
Theatre is a creative platform to create awareness and challenge minds. An increasing number of people especially in metros are audience to shows that highlight their creative side, believe most theatre connoisseurs.With this belief, the play U-Turn will provide some food for thought. Starring Poonam Dhillon and Asif Sheikh, the story revolves around an uncanny relationship between a man and a woman and their unusual musings.‘U Turn is a melody but not traditional, it is a clash of generation cultures but not an advised propaganda, it is the charter of changes you are facing and you might not be prepared for it. This is a very contemporary and rare play on the life reality,’ said Asif. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The play has a humourous element to the story of two people in love who couldn’t be with each other. They meet accidently meets and their journey starts. Asif is a retired Army officer while Poonam is a housewife from Pune. ‘They take you away with them and leave you at times when you try thinking that the situation resembles with your life. It can quite universal,’ said Poonam.Poonam is back to Delhi theatre stage after long with U Turn. Her earlier plays — Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixPerfect Wife, Perfect Husband and Pyar Mai Kabhi Kabhi were appreciated. ‘Delhi is always a temptation. The play was in Marathi and I heard a lot about it. Being a part of its Hindi version is great,’ added Poonam.She has been away from celluloid since 2009. Is retirement on her mind now? ‘I can never take a complete break from films. I started out when I was quite young and now over more than two decades, I have achieved enough. My work is more of a pleasure for me and I am aiming for a much balanced life now,’ Poonam said.U turn to films then it seems.DETAILAt: Chinmaya Mission, Lodi Road when: Today Timings: 6 pm onwards
Taking inspiration from his spiritual lineage of Aghora and Tantra, Guru Bharat Thakur has organised his solo show ‘Prayag – The Inner Journey’ at Visual art gallery, India Habitat Centre. The exhibition which is open for public display from January 7-10, is showcasing three major bodies of work; his self-portraits, portraits of babas and sculptures.In his revelatory self-portrait series ‘Aham’, one can see the artist displaying an intense and piercing gaze inward, inspired by the paradigms of Aghora as well as Tantra. These portraits are realistic and draw the viewer in with their hyper-real likeness and the sheer force of the grotesque, which makes the viewer take a step back and introspect. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfIn this series, Bharat is delving deep into the human mind and soul to cull into the dark recesses to reveal what is yet unknown. In the paintings on the Aghori babas, Bharat’s intimacy with the subject and his unbridled passion and energy can be seen in his unique approach of form, colours, and textures. The collection reflects most of his turbulent and roller-coaster life which is about exploring different dimensions and how to bring about something that only a sculpture or an installation can achieve. In the ongoing exhibition, he is presenting a totally different kind of sculpture- kinetic structure. Being a multidimensional artist, Bharat experiments with sculpture, installations and a wide variety of painting mediums. Adding to his capabilities as an artist, no medium is too challenging and no subject is beyond contemplation for him.
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And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at StokeonTrentLive . 22:49End of live reporting20:5218:47Road cleared and traffic returned to normal, accident cleared on A500 D Road Southbound at A50 (Hanford Interchange).17:43 A500 D Road Southbound partially blocked, slow traffic due to accident at A50 (Hanford Interchange).17:35 Slow traffic on A34 Newcastle Road between Springfield Retail Park and A500 D Road (Hanford Interchange). 17:30 A527 Biddulph Road coming from Brindley Ford Southbound busy but moving at A5272 High Lane roundabout.17:30 Queuing traffic on A50 Westbound from Meir Tunnel towards the A500 D Road (Sideway Roundabout). 16:54Bucknall Road inbound busy but moving from A52 Leek Road (Lime Kiln Traffic Lights) to Hanley Town centre. 16:54Asda worker Gaynor speaks out after Stoke City ‘fan’ jumps on her carMother-of-three Gaynor Stanyer has been left counting the cost of last night’s Potteries derby – after looking on in horror as a Stoke City fan jumped up and down on her car roof.The Asda shop assistant fears her car – which she only bought two weeks ago – is now a write-off after being left with dents in its roof.Read more.16:46Slow traffic and no problems reported on A520 Weston Road at A5272 Park Hall Road. 16:32 A525 Newcastle Road in both directions partially blocked, slow traffic due to accident near Barn India. Affecting traffic between Woore and Onneley.16:21 Heavy traffic on A500 D Road at A53 Etruria Road / Etruria Way (Basford Roundabout).16:11A527 Porthill Road busy but moving at A500 D Road / Longbridge Hayes Road / Longbridge Hayes Road (Porthill Bank). 15:39 Queuing traffic on A34 Newcastle Road between Springfield Retail Park and A500 D Road (Hanford Interchange). Travel time is eight minutes. 15:3215:32Slow traffic and no problems reported on A520 Weston Road at A5272 Park Hall Road.15:28 A527 Biddulph Road coming from Brindley Ford Southbound busy but moving at A5272 High Lane roundabout.15:28 Heavy traffic on A500 D Road Southbound before M6 J15.15:11Police issue warning after ‘suspicious male’ seen knocking on doorsFamilies have been told to remain vigilant after a ‘suspicious male’ was seen looking through house windows and knocking on doors.Cheshire Police issues the warning after the man was spotted by residents in the Lower Heath area of Congleton in the last few days.Officers are now warning anyone to make sure their presents are not left on display in the run up to Christmas and that neighbours are kept informed if homes are to be left unattended.Read more.11:26Accident on A500Reports of queueing traffic due to accident on A500 Northbound near Alsager Road (Audley Turn Off).Caller reports an accident along this stretch, heading towards M6 J16. 08:50Shocking video shows chanting ‘fan’ jumping on car in BurslemVideo contains strong language. More here.07:30Trains now running normally between Stoke-on-Trent and DerbyA Network Rail spokesman said:Trains are now able to run normally between Derby and Stoke-on-Trent, following a road vehicle blocking the railway between Derby and Uttoxeter.” 07:12Police condemn ‘despicable behaviour’ of ‘large number’ of ‘fans’ at Port Vale/Stoke City matchSeats, toilets and windows were damaged at Vale Park – with a total of 11 people arrested and more expected to follow. More here.06:47Heavy traffic on M6 SouthboundHeavy traffic on M6 Northbound from J18 A54 Middlewich Road (Middlewich / Holmes Chapel) to J19 A556 (Knutsford). In the roadworks area.Traffic is slowing as it passes emergency services which is within the coned off roadworks area. 06:42Level crossing problem causing delays on trainsServices at a stand on East Midlands Trains between Derby and Stoke-on-Trent due to level crossing problem.06:28Good morningWe’ll be bringing you the latest news and traffic updates from across the region Watch again StokeonTrentLive – we’re #localandproud Video Loading Video Unavailable Share this video Watch Next
Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 26, 2019 Intelligent Ultrasound Group Collaborating With the National Imaging Academy Wales Artificial intelligence (AI)-based ultrasound software and simulation company Intelligent Ultrasound Group plc (AIM:… read more News | June 08, 2011 Cincinnati Zoo Gorilla Gets Heart Checkup read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 05, 2019 Digital Health Devices Used at Point of Care May Improve Diagnostic Certainty A West Virginia-based rural medical outreach event showcased the use of point-of-care technology in an ambulatory… read more 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 09, 2019 360 Degree View of a Mitral Valve Ultrasound Exam on a Vivid E95 System A view of a mitral valve on a GE Healthcare Vivid E95 … 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 Related Content June 8, 2011 – “Jomo,” the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden’s 19-year-old silverback, western lowland gorilla underwent a cardiac ultrasound as part of a preventative study. A team of human cardiologists, technicians and corporate partners made the house call to the Cincinnati Zoo’s Gorilla World exhibit recently to perform the echocardiogram to identify any problems. To date, heart disease is the No. 1 cause of mortality in zoo gorillas. Jomo received a clean bill of health, and the zoo was able to collect valuable cardiac data that will aid nationwide scientific research.A great deal of time, preparation and planning went into Jomo’s echo. Each gorilla’s physical makeup can be different in regards to chest cavity depth, musculature and sternum configuration; therefore the positions of the echo wand and stationary position of the gorilla can vary to access views of the heart. Months before actually collecting any heart images, the Cincinnati Zoo’s Team Leader of Primates Ron Evans, worked diligently to not only condition Jomo to stand still for the scan, but to also find a position for him to hold while capturing the images. “Not only were we trying to instruct Jomo on where and how to stand, but we also had to prepare him to get used to the wand and ultrasound conductive gel touching him,” said Evans. Once the positioning behavior and wand/gel desensitization was established, Ron and the primate team brought in the zoo’s Vet Tech, Jenny Kroll, along with the zoo’s ultrasound machine to practice with actual image collection. Finally, after months of preparation, Jomo was ready for the official scan. The Christ Hospital’s team of cardiologist Wojciech Mazur, M.D., and Jennifer Schaaf, BS, RDCS, echo lab technical director, joined the Cincinnati Zoo’s team to administer the scan using a state of the art Xario XG Ultrasound system loaned to the zoo by Toshiba. “The high quality of contrast and resolution with increased depth penetration made the Toshiba Xario XG scanner very valuable in hard-to-scan patients such as these,” said Mazur. “The Xario XG is able to uncover minute details in the differentiation of tissue and borders. The results of all gorilla echo scans are collected and can be shared with other zoos, beginning to build a norm reading for veterinarians to compare in the future.” “In addition to making sure Jomo was doing OK, the goal of this echo was to gather as much information as possible, to help add data to the growing list that the Gorilla Health Project team has currently collected,” said Evans. “The more data we have, the better we can determine an effective way to detect and treat heart conditions within zoo gorillas, which is our No. 1 priority.”Pleased with results from Jomo, an echo was also performed on “Samantha,” the Cincinnati Zoo’s 41-year-old female western lowland gorilla, and the team of keepers is currently working with “Kwashi,” the Zoo’s 29-year-old silverback gorilla. Additionally, the Zoo’s cardiac program has been expanded to include individuals from its group of critically endangered bonobo chimpanzees. “We hope to continue this program well into the future and integrate as many of our apes as we can,” said EvansStrong awareness of gorilla cardiac issues began in November 2006, when a workshop of physicians, veterinarians, pathologists and animal keepers from across the country came together to discuss the cardiac health issues apparent with captive gorillas. As a result of the meeting, the Gorilla Health Project was created; receiving funding and donations to help with preventative research in gorilla cardiac care. Western lowland gorillas are critically endangered in the wild, with less than 175,000 individuals. Due primarily to habitat destruction caused by logging, mineral mining and agricultural expansion, wild gorilla numbers continue to shrink. The bushmeat trade – the killing of wild animals to be used as human food – is also a major threat to the western lowland gorilla population throughout the Central African rain forests. Over 1,000 gorillas are illegally poached for the bushmeat trade each year. The Cincinnati Zoo supports wild gorilla conservation efforts like the Mbeli Bai Study. The Mbeli Bai Study is the longest running research being done with wild western lowland gorillas. Through research, local education programs, publications and documentaries, the Mbeli Bai Study is raising international awareness for gorillas and their struggle for survival. To view a video of the cardiac exam, visit http://cincinnatizoo.org/blog/2011/06/03/silverback-gorilla-jomo-gets-he….For more information: www.cincinnatizoo.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 The ScanTrainer transvaginal simulator is one example of Intelligent Ultrasound’s simulation technologies. 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 News | Ultrasound Women’s Health | July 11, 2019 FDA Clears Koios DS Breast 2.0 AI-based Software Koios Medical announced its second 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 11, 2019 360 Degree View of a Smartphone Performing a Cardiac Ultrasound Exam This 360 degree photo shows a basic, point-of-care cardiac echocardiogram being performed using a smartphone turned i read more 1234PreviousNext News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 31, 2019 Studies Confirm Clinical Value of ShearWave Elastography for Liver Fibrosis Evaluation SuperSonic Imagine announced the publication of the results of its prospective multicentric clinical study conducted in… read more 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 08, 2019 360 Degree View of an Echocardiography Exam on the SC2000 System This is a 360 degree view of a live cardiac echo demonstration for the Siemens Healthineers Acuson SC2000… read more
Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD 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 FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 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 | 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 | 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 January 9, 2012 – Intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) and volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT) delivery techniques have dramatically reduced treatment times for thousands of patients. An obstacle to offering this technique to more patients is the time it takes to create a VMAT plan. Physicians at St. James’s University Hospital – the first in the United Kingdom to use the Monaco treatment planning system clinically – have been able to significantly reduce VMAT planning times, increasing the potential to offer this advanced therapy to greater numbers of patients.Elekta VMAT is an advanced radiation therapy technique that delivers treatment in one or more continuous high-speed arcs around the patient, enabling the radiation dose to precisely conform to a tumor by modulating the radiation beam’s intensity in multiple small volumes. The key to rapidly developing Elekta VMAT plans lies in understanding the principles of efficiently producing traditional IMRT plans with step-and-shoot (i.e., non-dynamic) delivery. Medical physics staff at St. James’s have used Monaco since January 2011 to plan head-and-neck IMRT cases.”Our referral rate for radiation therapy is expanding by over seven percent annually,” says St. James’s head of radiotherapy physics Vivian Cosgrove, Ph.D. “We see VMAT as a key way to manage that growth. If we can plan complex radiotherapy quickly and deliver treatment more efficiently with VMAT, then we can treat more patients and derive more benefit from our existing fleet of treatment machines.””Monaco has transformed our IMRT service,” Cosgrove notes. “After contouring, we can complete a complex head-and-neck plan in two to three hours. This is two to three times quicker than other planning systems we have used. Since we introduced Monaco clinically, we have been able to significantly increase the number of patients receiving intensity modulated treatment: over 260 patients in 2011 and a target to increase this further in 2012.”That number includes many patients who have received VMAT planned with Monaco, which St. James’s clinicians began performing in August 2011 on one of its 12 Elekta digital accelerators. VMAT delivery of head-and-neck cases takes 6.5 minutes, half the time of a seven-field step-and-shoot delivery.Monaco VMAT for lung SBRTSt. James’s physicians are eager to begin using Monaco to plan Elekta VMAT for lung stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT) cases, in which the shorter delivery time will minimize the risk of patient movement.”Typically, we set aside a treatment slot of about 30 minutes, which includes two x-ray volume imaging (XVI) scans with the patient in the treatment position,” Cosgrove explains. “If the patient moves or treatment delivery is prolonged, we repeat the XVI to ensure there has been no change in the patient set-up. With VMAT, we not only can reduce the patient’s time on the table, but also – by decreasing the likelihood of patient movement –can avoid having to take further XVI scans. This is a very important consideration for treatment to this site.”For more information: www.elekta.com News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more 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 Related Content News | January 09, 2012 Cancer Care Accelerated with Monaco Planning Software: Clinicians cut VMAT planning times, aim to increase access to rapid radiotherapy for more patients 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 | 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 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 | 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 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