Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook Photo: CBC To be fair, we should point out that in 2017, revenues for movie house owners in Canada and the United States reached a rather impressive US$11.1 billion. Taking that as a glass of water being more than half full, Vince Guzzo (pictured above), the President and CEO of Guzzo Cinemas and the newest Dragon on CBC’s Dragons’ Den, has announced he’s actively exploring the expansion of his namesake company beyond his home province of Quebec. More specifically he’s looking into other markets including major Canadian business hubs like Vancouver and Calgary. READ MORE Vince Guzzo, the President and CEO of Guzzo Cinemas and the newest Dragon on CBC’s entrepreneurially-focused show, Dragons’ Den, announces he’s actively exploring the growth and development of his business enterprises across Canada, given his exceptional successes in his home province of Quebec. Expanding into other markets, including major Canadian business hubs like Vancouver and Calgary, will allow Guzzo to take advantage of the broad economic opportunities available in other parts of the country.Guzzo owns and operates Guzzo Cinemas, the largest chain of independent movie theatres and IMAX screens in Quebec and the third largest in Canada, with ten current locations and two more slated for opening in 2019. The powerful entrepreneur has recently brought his business acumen and eccentric style to the forefront of the Canadian media landscape in his role as a Dragon on CBC’s 13th season of Dragons’ Den, one of the country’s most beloved and well- watched television programs for the better part of a decade. READ MORECurtain Up for Vince GuzzoIn the age of online streaming services like Netflix, Prime or Crave, there are persistent rumours about the tough times for cinema chains. In March of last year for example, Variety opened an article on the subject with this sentence: “Anyone in the movie business who tells you they’re not scared stiff about the future is probably lying.” So, any news of expansion in the film exhibition business has to be accepted as good news. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Twitter
CALGARY (660 NEWS) – While Quebec is set to receive $13 billion in equalization payments next year, many Albertans are scratching their head over no money for the province.Finance Minister Bill Morneau recently released the numbers for the next two years of equalization payments with Quebec receiving a $1.4 billion boost while Alberta and Ontario won’t receive any payments for 2019 and 2020.While many Conservative politicians believe this move is shunning Alberta from the rest of the country economist with the University of Calgary, Trevor Tombe, said that’s not the case.RELATED: Quebec premier lacks understanding of Alberta’s energy industry: Ceci“We are the highest income province by far so there’s no claim for us to be receiving equalization dollars. I think a lot of Albertans look at the provincial budget and see a large deficit here, and then they look out east and see provinces such as Quebec that don’t have similarly large deficits.”Tombe said that equalization payments are transferring funds to provinces with weaker economies and is not based on provincial budgets.The equalization payment formula is revisited every five years and is usually negotiated by the provinces and the Federal Finance Minister. However, Tombe said that those negotiations didn’t happen this year.While there does appear to be confusion around equalization payments for Albertans, Tombe said he understands where a lot of the opposition comes from.“It’s less about the formula, and it’s more about people’s broader impressions of whether the Federal Government is adequately addressing challenges that Alberta faces. Quebec’s opposition to pipelines, for example, Energy East, it’s frustrating to some Albertans.”
Rabat – In an unprecedented move, Algeria’s General Directorate of National Radio has reportedly ordered all radio stations across the country to stop playing Moroccan songs.A report from the Algerian news website Algerie Patriotique said that local radio stations found in their headquarters a note from the General Directorate of National Radio that reads: “We’d like to bring to your attention that all the Moroccan songs are totally banned from air play.”This new decision concerns regional and national radio stations. The Algerian Directorate of National Radio, however, did not specify the reason behind this decision.Multiple Algerian media reports speculated that such a decision stems from “the cold political and diplomatic ties” between the two countries.Algerie Patriotique quoted a source as saying that this decision comes at a time after which several Algerian radio stations aired so many Moroccan songs that it “seemed like an intended promotion of Moroccan singers at the expense of Algerian artists.”The same source went on to add that this was notable in recent months. “Several radio stations have been air playing Moroccan songs, even during periods when the number of people listening to radio reaches its peak.”“This suggests that there is a pro-Moroccan campaign led by an undefined body,” the source concluded.With the absence of any official comment on the ban, the Algerian media has been asking many questions, such as: “Were these stations ordered to broadcast such songs? And if so, who issued this order?”Algerie Patriotique said it is unlikely that these songs were aired on several national radio stations by coincidence, adding that if the ban has been imposed, that means, “there must have been a deliberate act.”The Algerian news website called upon the Minister of Communication to explain the reasons behind this ban, saying, “this is the first time national radio stations received such a decision without any enquiry.”© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission
Rabat – As hours dwindle before the historic visit to Morocco of Pope Francis, March 30-31, Morocco has engaged in an intensive public relations campaign to broadcast its uniqueness and singularity in the Muslim world.The singularity, Moroccan officials have maintained over the past weeks, resides in that Morocco has a history of peaceful cohabitation with believers of other faiths, mostly Jews and Christians. Morocco, a land of dialogue In statements from the Moroccan government regarding the schedule and the “historic significance” of the pope’s visit to Morocco, the consensus seems to be that Pope Francis’s choice of Morocco as a destination in his January-launched world tour does have a meaning. Beyond the mere symbolism of the pontiff’s physical presence in Morocco, speaking side by side with King Mohammed VI on themes of peace, togetherness, and “celebration of our shared humanity,” the chorus among Moroccan officials has been that “Morocco truly is a land of dialogue and tolerance.”Central in the papal visit is Pope Francis’s insistence that “dialogue between Christians and Muslims will have a significant bearing on world peace,” according to a March 27 report from Morocco’s state-owned Maghreb Arab Press (MAP).MAP’s report, an interview with Khaled Akcha, a member of the Vatican-based Pontifical Committee on Interfaith-dialogue, where he is responsible for dialogue with Muslims, highlighted the meaning of the pope’s visit to the North African country, again putting it in the context of Morocco’s steadfast efforts in recent years to institutionalize diversity and tolerance.Read Also: King Mohammed VI Congratulates Pope Francis on 6th Year of Pontificate“The pope’s visit to Morocco is part of his desire to bolster dialogue between Christians and Muslims and strengthen world peace,” Akcha told MAP. But beyond the significance that the visit may have on the global stage, that the pope chose Morocco also tells a lot about the country’s image and reputation, Akcha went on to argue.Morocco, he stressed, “has had, and has excellent ties with the Vatican.” The excellence of Morocco-Vatican relations, if Akcha were to be believed, is owed to Morocco’s “history of secular openness.” A history of opennessHaving been the cradle of some of the world’s oldest universities where people came to study from surrounding Muslim and non-Muslim kingdoms, the country has long boasted a “reputation of tolerance and peaceful coexistence in the concert of nations.”In May 2018, representatives from nearly 100 countries convened in Marrakech to discuss tolerance and celebration of diversity in a world of increasing hostility to migrants and people thought to be threats to the social fabric of societies where they live and work. At the end of the meeting, they issued what they called the “Marrakech Declaration.” This, they said, was to propel Morocco, and the world with it, into an age where all countries will treat their citizens on the same footing, regardless of religion, gender, or race.While Morocco cannot be said to have achieved all points addressed in the Marrakech Declaration, it has done a lot in recent years to deserve much of the praise that has come its way as a diversity-friendly country, MAP’s interview suggested.In another report on the meaning of Pope Francis’s Moroccan visit, MAP gave a history-saturated list of reasons why Morocco is a sound choice for a papal visit. Morocco focuses on peace, dialogue, and openness to difference in a world of resurging claims of identity. Reprising many of the arguments from earlier government statements, MAP’s report argued that the pope’s visit is a “consecration of Morocco’s cultural and civilizational singularity” as a historical land of intercultural relations.MAP wrote: “Throughout its history, and this is true in modern-day Morocco, the kingdom has always been a land of peaceful coexistence, encounters, tolerance, and interactions between Muslims and followers of other faiths, particularly Christians and Jews.”The report argued that Pope Francis’s visit should be read in that context of Morocco’s “secular heritage” of trans-cultural and trans-religious dialogues. Evoking the 2011 Constitution, MAP went on to heap lavish praise on Morocco’s “genuine efforts” to go down a path of good governance where citizens, no matter which religion or political ideology they espouse, are treated like countrymen of equal religious and political worth.Read Also: King Mohammed VI: ‘Religious Coexistence is Real in Morocco’After all, MAP argued, Morocco rose above one of modern history’s darkest hours when it stood up “to France Vichy regime by refusing to hand over Moroccan Jews” and a number of Jews who made it to Morocco while fleeing from Nazi persecution in Europe. “Morocco was also Pope John Paul II’s choice for his first visit in the Muslim world,” the article reminded readers.Not a bed of rosesBut the government and Moroccan newspapers have not been the only participants in the mass of “celebrating Morocco’s history of tolerance.”For its laudable reforms and actions to be seen as perhaps the entire MENA region’s strongest bastion of religious tolerance, Morocco’s legal tradition has not been particularly welcoming of the country’s minority of Christian converts, according to a recent Reuters report.“We want laws that protect religious minorities in the country on an equal footing. We will seize the pope’s visit to put more pressure on the state to protect religious freedoms,” one leader of an association of Moroccan converts told Reuters. While acknowledging Morocco’s religious reforms, especially its efforts to market itself as “an oasis of religious tolerance in a region torn by [Islamist] militancy,” the newspapers spoke of the grievances of Morocco’s existing but largely invisible community of Moroccan Christians.“Moroccan converts say they are forced to worship at home, in secret,” the Reuters report noted. It added, “Conversion from Islam to Christianity is banned – as it is in many Muslim countries – and proselytizing is punishable by up to three years in prison.”In response, the Moroccan government denied the degree of gravity highlighted in the complaints of Moroccan Christians. According to the government, everyone in Morocco is free to practice their religion. What the country’s laws forbid, however, the government has insisted, is proselytism. Outside of the spaces—mosques and religious schools—allocated for religious discourse, even Muslims are barred from engaging in proselytizing activities, the government has maintained.While it is unclear whether the reported suffering and legal problems of Moroccan Christians has links with their engagement in proselytism, the government’s denial is buttressed by a number of recent actions against what it perceived as “Islamist proselytization.” In an unprecedented series of raids in February, the Moroccan government cracked down on Al Adl Wa Al Ihsane, one of the country’s most revered Islamist organizations. Dozens of the Islamist fraternity’s villas and meeting halls were closed, with the movement’s leaders also complaining about the “retreat of religious freedoms” in the country.Such occurrences led some to ask about the truthfulness of Morocco’s tolerance rhetoric. How tolerant is Morocco? Does the government’s gospel of religious tolerance and openness to diversity belie its actions on the ground against religious practices that do not embrace the government’s preferred line of religious experience? “There is no persecution in Morocco and there is no discrimination on the basis of faith,” Government Spokesperson Mustapha El Khalfi said.
Mervyn Silva had said that he will break the limbs of some journalists and human rights activists who had been speaking against the government during the just concluded UN Human Rights Council session in Geneva. (Colombo Gazette) The Minister was of the opinion that some people and institutions get worked up when false statements are made overseas against the country. However he noted that one must look at the comments made by some of these journalist and human rights activists as well. He said that some journalists and human rights activists are making false statements and allegations against the country and those activities must first stop.The External Affairs Minister however noted that the government does not agree with the statements made by Minister Mervyn Silva. The government today gave a lukewarm response to the campaign being carried out by the state owned ITN against some journalists and human rights activists.Responding to a question posed by journalists at a media briefing today, External Affairs Minister G.L Peiris said that the government does not condone such reporting by the state media.
Amazon buying Whole Foods in bold move into brick and mortar A cart is seen with Whole Foods Market name, Friday, June 16, 2017, in San Antonio. Amazon is buying Whole Foods in a deal valued at about $13.7 billion. (AP Photo/Eric Gay) NEW YORK, N.Y. – Amazon is buying Whole Foods in a stunning move that gives it hundreds of stores across the U.S. — a brand-new laboratory for radical retail experiments that could revolutionize the way people buy groceries.The deal valued at $13.7 billion unites the company that persuaded people to buy books — and then everything else — online with the grocery store chain that fell behind as shoppers found “good enough” alternatives to the organic and natural foods it helped popularize.Amazon already offers grocery-delivery services in five markets, but the Whole Foods purchase would let it expand to many more. Amazon also offers grocery shipments elsewhere, but that’s tough with perishable foods.The deal could be “transformative,” Moody’s lead retail analyst Charlie O’Shea said, “not just for food retail, but for retail in general.”Groceries are already a fiercely competitive business, with low-cost rivals like Aldi putting pressure on traditional supermarket chains and another discounter, Lidl, opening its first U.S. stores just this week. Whole Foods itself had launched an offshoot chain named after its “365” private label brand in a nod to the popularity of no-frills chains.The Amazon-Whole Foods combination could put even more pressure on those chains and other big grocery sellers. Walmart, which has the largest share of the U.S. food market, has been working on lowering prices, while Target has been struggling to turn around its grocery business.“Dominant players like Walmart, Kroger, Costco, and Target now have to look over their shoulders at the Amazon train coming down the tracks,” O’Shea said.Online delivery of groceries so far has been tough for any company to pull off because of customers’ concerns about the quality of meat and produce, Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter said. But if customers know that what they are getting is the same as what they’d get at the local store, they are more likely to try it out.Whole Foods, which will keep operating stores under its name, said in an email to customers, that it will maintain the same standards under Amazon, including bans on artificial flavours and colours and antibiotics in hens producing its eggs.Pachter said that even if Amazon gets 20 million members of its Prime loyalty program to pay $15 a month extra for AmazonFresh grocery-delivery service, that’s 20 million not going to traditional supermarkets. He added that these are likely the higher-income households who tend to buy more expensive brands and cuts of meat.“The conventional grocery store should feel threatened and incapable of responding,” Pachter said.And because customers can buy foods and bulk items like toilet paper from a single retailer, discount retailers such as Costco, Target and Walmart should feel threatened, too.Walmart has been trying to address some of those online threats, pushing harder into online to build on its strength in its stores and groceries. It announced Friday that it’s buying online men’s clothing retailer Bonobos for $310 million in cash, following a string of online acquisitions including ModCloth and Moosejaw.Just two years ago, Whole Foods CEO John Mackey predicted disaster for Amazon’s foray into grocery delivery, telling Bloomberg BusinessWeek it would be “Amazon’s Waterloo.”But Whole Foods has seen its sales slump and in February said it no longer saw the potential for expanding its flagship chain to 1,200 locations, up from about 460 in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. It also had announced a board shake-up and cost-cutting plan amid pressure from activist investor Jana Partners.Amazon, meanwhile, has been expanding its reach in goods, services, entertainment — and groceries. It could have built up its groceries business without acquisitions, said Neil Saunders, managing director of GlobalData Retail, but that would have been costly and time-consuming.With Whole Foods, Amazon gets an established business that it can transform through its technology and supply network expertise. And it should be able to bring cost-cutting technologies, such as robots to move inventory around, while the company gets a better picture of customers by marrying data from Amazon and Whole Foods’ loyalty programs.That, in turn, could help Amazon do better with pricing and promotions, branding and the overall store experience, said Robert Hetu, a retail analyst at Gartner.Amazon also has been testing automation technology at a Seattle convenience store that’s currently open only to Amazon employees. The store uses sensors to track items as shoppers put them into baskets or return them to the shelf. The shopper’s Amazon account gets automatically charged.Hetu said Amazon isn’t likely to bring that to Whole Foods right away but could deploy pieces of it to further cut costs. Both companies said there will be no layoffs, but did not respond to other questions about Amazon’s plans for Whole Foods.Whole Foods, founded in 1978, saw its stock peak in 2013 at $65.24. And the key measure that retailers look at to gauge their health, revenue at stores open more than a year, has fallen for seven quarters in a row.That’s frustrated investors saddled with a drop of nearly 43 per cent from the start of 2014 through Thursday, while the rest of the stock market marched 32 per cent higher to record heights. The investment firm Jana Partners said in April that it had built up an ownership stake in Whole Foods because it saw ways to address its “chronic underperformance for shareholders.” Jana had pushed to shake up Whole Foods’ board of directors, among other changes.Pressure from activist investors got so high that Mackey told Texas Monthly magazine recently that “they’re greedy bastards, and they’re putting a bunch of propaganda out there, trying to destroy my reputation and the reputation of Whole Foods, because it’s in their self-interest to do so.”Mackey will stay as CEO, and the headquarters will stay in Austin, Texas. The deal is expected to close later this year.___AP Retail Writer Anne D’Innocenzio and writer Stan Choe contributed to this report. by Anick Jesdanun, The Associated Press Posted Jun 16, 2017 7:29 am MDT Last Updated Jun 16, 2017 at 12:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
WASHINGTON – On the surface, the investigation was routine.Federal agents persuaded a judge to issue a warrant for a Microsoft email account they suspected was used for drug trafficking.But U.S.-based Microsoft kept the emails on a server in Ireland. Microsoft said that meant the emails were beyond the warrant’s reach. A federal appeals court agreed.Late last month, the Trump administration asked the Supreme Court to intervene.The case is among several legal clashes that Redmond, Washington-based Microsoft and other technology companies have had with the government over questions of digital privacy and authorities’ need for information to combat crime and extremism. Privacy law experts say the companies have been more willing to push back against the government since the leak of classified information detailing America’s surveillance programs.Another issue highlighted in the appeal is the difficulty that judges face in trying to square decades-old laws with new technological developments.In the latest case, a suspected drug trafficker used Microsoft’s email service. In 2013, federal investigators obtained a warrant under a 1986 law for the emails themselves as well as identifying information about the user of the email account.Microsoft turned over the information, but went to court to defend its decision not to hand over the emails from Ireland.The federal appeals court in New York agreed with the company that the 1986 Stored Communications Act does not apply outside the United States.The administration’s Supreme Court appeal said the decision is damaging “hundreds if not thousands of investigations of crimes — ranging from terrorism, to child pornography, to fraud.”The emails, the administration noted, may reside on a server somewhere, but said Microsoft can retrieve them “domestically with the click of a computer mouse.”Microsoft’s president, Brad Smith, said in a blog post following the high court appeal that the administration’s position “would put businesses in impossible conflict-of-law situations and hurt the security, jobs, and personal rights of Americans.”Technology companies and privacy experts are among those watching the case closely.“This is a big deal in an era of a global internet. Servers are not just in the United States. They’re all over the world, and figuring out the rules for foreign-stored data is really important, not just for us, but for foreign governments,” said Orin Kerr, a George Washington University law professor whose work is cited in the appellate ruling.One problem identified by Kerr and other privacy scholars is that courts might not be the best place to resolve these issues.Should the same rules apply to the emails of an American citizen and a foreigner? Does it matter where the person is living?“The Supreme Court can’t answer these questions in the nuanced way that’s needed,” said Jennifer Daskal, an American University law professor.Even Judge Gerard Lynch on the New York panel that sided with Microsoft called for “congressional action to revise a badly outdated statute.”The Stored Communications Act became law long before the advent of cloud computing. To the extent personal information was kept online, it was mainly on personal computers.Today, companies build data centres around the world to keep up with their customers’ demands for speed and access.Members of Congress have introduced legislation to update the law, but nothing has been enacted.Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, opposes the administration’s appeal, but said in a statement that “Congress can and should modernize data privacy laws to ensure that law enforcement can access evidence in a timely manner.”Microsoft also supports revising the law. The company also is among those challenging “gag orders” that prevent service providers from notifying customers that their data have been turned over to the government under court order.Companies have been more willing to assert their customers’ and their own privacy interests since former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden’s leak of classified U.S. material about America’s surveillance programs, Kerr said.The technology companies wield enormous power, perhaps more than governments do, in shaping the scope of digital age privacy rights, Daskal said.The companies decide “what to retain, where to keep it, for how long, and whether to encrypt it,” she said. And when governments produce court orders for customers’ information, it’s the companies’ call about “when to comply and when to resist,” Daskal said.The justices won’t decide whether to hear U.S. v. Microsoft, 17-2, before the fall. If they do, argument wouldn’t occur until next year. Microsoft, Trump administration clash over email searches by Mark Sherman, The Associated Press Posted Jul 2, 2017 6:12 am MDT Last Updated Jul 2, 2017 at 8:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
“Overcoming the political polarization and divisiveness in Libya will be no easy task…the onus is on Libya’s leaders on all sides, and at all levels, to make that final push towards peace,” said Bernardino León, who is also the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for the North African country.Briefing to the 15-member Council body via videoconference from Paris, he said the magnitude of the challenges should not be underestimated, nor of the resources required to pull the country back from the brink of economic meltdown and total collapse of State institutions. “It will be the determination and commitment of Libyans themselves, more specifically their political leaders, which will safeguard the country. The international community must move quickly to present a clearly articulated strategy in support of the Libyan State,” Mr. León declared. Outlining the details of the Secretary-General’s latest report, which “paints a mixed picture of the evolving security dynamics in Libya,” Mr. León said that while the situation in western Libya had witnessed a marked reduction in military tensions, this stood in stark contrast to security dynamics elsewhere in the country. Fifteen months since the start of military operations in Benghazi, confrontations has gradually transformed into “war of trenches” with no immediate end foreseen. The situation in the south is equally appalling, where the absence of the State and of a properly functioning security apparatus has exacerbated competition among rival groups for power and resources.At the national level, the scale of human suffering is staggering for a country with large oil reserves and strong economic potential, Mr. León said. An estimated 1.9 million people require urgent assistance to meet their basic health-care needs, and access to food is a major problem for 1.2 million people. Close to 250,000 migrants are estimated to be in or transiting through the country, many of them facing significant protection issues. “This year alone has seen more than 2,000 migrants drown in the Mediterranean Sea, the vast majority in a desperate bid to reach Europe,” he explained.Since he last briefed the Council in mid-July, Mr. León said, the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant/Sham (ISIL), or Da’esh, has extended to a 200-kilometre stretch of coastline east and west of Sirte. Libyan stakeholders must recognize that no strategy aimed at containing, if not eliminating, the Da’esh threat would be viable unless it was part of a concerted, unified and coordinated effort that brought all Libyans together under a single banner.To that end, he reconvened political talks in Geneva on 11 and 12 August focusing on ways of expediting dialogue ahead of the 21 October deadline, when the mandate of the House of Representatives would end. Although the General National Congress in Tripoli did not initial the main text of the Libyan Political Agreement along with other dialogue participants on 11 July, he is confident that their concerns could be addressed in the ongoing discussions on the annexes.Seven months since the Mission launched the political dialogue process, the talks had come a long way in narrowing the trust deficit that existed among the country’s political stakeholders and in forging agreement on a road map to end the country’s political crisis and military conflict, Mr. León said. He called on Libyan leaders not to “squander the historic and unique opportunity they have before them to be peacemakers”. The Agreement may not be perfect, but it was a fair and reasonable one in which “the only winners are the Libyan people,” he said.
Tarkwa is expected to produce around 520,000 gold ounces during 2018, in line with a revised mine life of five to six years for its current design. Arhin and his team are enjoying the challenge of maintaining and improving the CIL plant’s high processing efficiencies to help keep the mill fed. “There’s always pressure,” Arhin says. “There are always demands. But with the right resource, the right support from OEMs like Sandvik and the right support from the management team, we can achieve any target.” The CIL plant operates at a cost of around $11 per tonne, processing ore at a rate of up to 1,650 t per hour. Plant availability hovers between 93 and 94%, considerably above the 90% target. “We tend to have a few restrictions on the milling side but with the product that is coming from the crushers from Sandvik, initially we were doing -25 mm,” Arhin says. “Now we have been able to optimise the circuit to be getting -17 mm and that has given us a huge improvement when it comes to the milling operations. It has been wonderful.” In addition to supplying durable crushing equipment capable of handling the mine’s demanding throughput, Sandvik also provides technical training to Tarkwa’s plant operators and maintenance personnel to improve their knowledge and skills. The training helps the mine improve safety, reliability and productivity while reducing maintenance hours and extending equipment longevity.“The technology of our crushers has evolved over the years so we count on Sandvik for technical training,” Arhin says. “As part of our learning and development Sandvik leads a one-week program, including a practical training. It really strengthens our relationship.”The CIL plant at Tarkwa introduced condition-based maintenance in 2013, which Arhin says has preserved pinions and other wear parts and helped keep availability high.“Every week we take samples of the oil and send it to the lab, which analyses it and can predict problems before they happen,” he says. “We didn’t do this alone. We did it in consultation with Sandvik. Their service team looked at some of our wear components and they could tell there was an issue with our oil, and they recommended actions for improvement. Their service team looked at some of our wear components and they could tell there was an issue with our oil, and they recommended actions for improvement.” Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology recently reported via its Minestories portal how its crushers are helping the Tarkwa mine maximise recovery. Sandvik states: “There aren’t many quiet moments at the carbon-in-leach (CIL) plant at Gold Fields’ Tarkwa mine. High throughput and gold recovery are essential for maintaining profitability at the low-grade operation, and a steady stream of ore flows through the CIL plant around the clock.”The high-volume surface operation is located in southwestern Ghana, approximately 300 km by road west of capital Accra. The open pit sits just northwest of Tarkwa, a town of 30,000 that’s home to the George Grant University of Mines and Technology – the esteemed school where many of Ghana’s mining engineers earn their education.Tarkwa mined 103.8 Mt in 2017 to produce 566,400 gold ounces at a grade of 1.3 g/t. With grades declining and reserves depleting, metallurgical manager Henry Mensah Atakora and his colleagues must keep rock moving once it’s extracted from the operation’s four pits.“Because of the high throughput, there’s no margin for error,” says Atakora, who oversees all processing stages at the mine. “Any time you lose, it affects what you’re able to put through and to report on. And so it puts a lot of challenge on the whole team because there’s no room for slips. Any slip means that you don’t meet your targets. The fixed equipment like the crushers and the mills and the pumps, everything has to be ticking.” Ore is processed in an efficient conventional carbon-in-leach (CIL) plant. Originally commissioned in 1997 as a heap leach operation, Tarkwa built its first CIL plant, with a design throughput of 4.2 Mt/y, in 2004. The mine initiated an expansion in 2007 to nearly triple that capacity to 12.3 Mt/y, and that plant was commissioned in 2009.Falling recoveries and increasing ore hardness as pits deepened led Tarkwa to end all heap leach operations at the end of 2013. The most viable processing alternative proved to be optimising the existing CIL plant once again in 2014 to increase capacity to the current 13.5 Mt/y. “Sandvik brings a lot of expertise in terms of diagnosis of the issues of the problems that we have, and then in terms of supplying us with equipment and obviously engineers and technicians to resolve issues when we have them,” Atakora says. “They are always ready to come and assist us. They provide extra support in terms of their knowledge base and what we need to do to make sure we keep our equipment running.” “The grades are low so we have to push a lot of tonnes through the crushing circuit and also the mill,” Atakora says. “On a daily basis on the crushing side, we’re looking at about 40,000 to 45,000 t.” Tarkwa has relied on Sandvik crushers for more than 20 years, and the CIL plant today features six Sandvik CH660 tertiary crushers installed in 2011 and two Sandvik CS660 secondary crushers installed in 2012.“Our material was getting too hard and throughput was becoming a concern, so we decided to upgrade our H4000s, installed in the late 1990s, to CH660s,” says Kofi Arhin, CIL Plant Engineer. “We engaged Sandvik engineers to look at our challenges and our bottlenecks. We couldn’t have done the project without Sandvik. Their guys were fully involved from day one through commissioning of the new crushers.”
Opponents can now settle down. Famous Croat coach, Lino Cervar won’t be a coach of Macedonia national team. That is a decision of Macedonian Handball Federation Board meeting. Current coach, Ljubomir Savevski will begin qualifications for EURO 2012 at the bench. Problem with Cervar is question of money, because biggest handball sponsors in country and also, first man of HC Metalurg, where is a coach Lino Cervar, don’t want to take responsibilty for costs of national team.– It’s like that this is team of RFM, not Macedonian State. We don’t have a support from Government bodies, while promoting the country. We are developing handball and government doesn’t care, so we can’t take financial responsibility over men’s national team. – said “Alfa & Omega” of HC Metalurg, Minco Jordanov.Macedonia play in qualification group for EURO 2012 with Hungary, Estonia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Two best team will qualify for EC. Lino CervarLjubomir SavevskiMacedonia handball ← Previous Story “Dead heat” between Balic and Karabatic on Facebook Next Story → Dagur Sigursson extends contract with Fuchse for two more years
Curiosity récolte son premier échantillon au coeur d’une roche martienne Pour la toute première fois, le rover Curiosity a récupéré un échantillon provenant de l’intérieur d’une roche martienne. Pour cela, il s’est servi de sa foreuse pour atteindre le coeur de la roche.Les opérations se présentent de mieux en mieux pour Curiosity ! Début février, le rover est devenu le tout premier robot à avoir foré une roche de la planète Mars que les équipes avaient soigneusement sélectionnée pour cette tâche. Depuis, le robot roulant a donc poursuivi son travail et a abouti à une autre prouesse inédite : il a récupéré un échantillon provenant de l’intérieur même de la roche baptisée “John Klein”. “Aucun robot n’a percé l’intérieur d’une roche en-dehors de notre planète et collecté un échantillon provenant de l’intérieur”, a souligné la NASA dans un communiqué annonçant cette nouvelle opération. L’échantillon a été prélevé dans un orifice d’1,6 centimètre de diamètre et de 6,4 centimètres de profondeur, creusé dans la roche. Il a alors été transféré avec succès dans la pelle de Curiosity. “Voir la poudre issue du forage dans la pelle nous permet de vérifier pour la première fois que la perceuse a collecté un échantillon en creusant la roche”, a commenté Scott McCloskey, du Jet Propulsion Laboratory de la NASA. “Un grand nombre d’entre nous ont travaillé pendant des années pour ce jour. Avoir une confirmation finale du succès du forage est incroyablement gratifiant. Pour l’équipe qui s’occupe des échantillons, c’est l’équivalent de la folie qu’a ressentie l’équipe d’atterrissage après l’arrivée réussie” de Curiosity, a ajouté le scientifique. Les équipes pensent que cet échantillon prélevé pourrait contenir des indices sur l’environnement humide dans le passé de Mars ainsi que sur la possibilité que la vie ait pu y exister.Des analyses sur la minéralogie et la chimie de l’échantillonÀ lire aussiPourquoi certains s’évanouissent-ils à la vue du sang ?”Avoir effectué notre premier forage dans une roche qui pourrait avoir été dans l’eau sur Mars est quelque chose qui ne peut pas nous satisfaire davantage”, a indiqué Joel Hurowitz, un scientifique de la mission Curiosity au JPL de Pasadena. “L’équipe scientifique est très impatiente de voir ce que les instruments ont à dire sur la minéralogie et la chimie de cet échantillon et ce que cela va révéler sur l’histoire géologique et l’habitabilité du cratère de Gale”, a-t-il ajouté.L’échantillon va maintenant être transféré dans l’instrument “In-Situ Martian Rock Analysis” ou CHIMRA qui va secouer les grains de roches une ou deux fois au-dessus d’une espèce de tamis qui va récupérer ceux mesurant 150 microns (0,150 mm). Ces grains seront ensuite acheminés dans le laboratoire de chimie et de minéralogie (Chemistry and Mineralogy) ou CheMin qui procédera aux analyses sur place.(crédits : NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS) Le 21 février 2013 à 15:09 • Maxime Lambert
Recommended for you Bi-lateral talks with Bahamas to resume, UK gives green light to high-level TCI delegation Bahamian music legend gunned down at home in Turks and Caicos Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNassau, 06 Sept 2015 – The cucumber mojitos were served on linen-draped trays and the white-gloved waiters quietly whisked plates to and fro, but make no mistake about it. The real meat of a recent evening at Palm Cay Club & Marina was serious business as Cuba and The Bahamas began talks about how they could work together to create a dual-destination product to attract a tourist market that is expected to explode as Cuba prepares to open its doors to millions.The event, the first in a series called The Captain’s Table aimed at bringing business and civic leaders together with a noteworthy guest of honour, was held September 2. It was the first day of the Cuban delegation’s visit to The Bahamas and the private setting was designed for exploratory overtures.“We wanted to create an opportunity for business representatives and a few top hoteliers and tour operators to meetwith an impressive delegation from Cuba in an environment that afforded all parties the chance to talk openly about their interests and to see where those interests might overlap,” said organizer Diane Phillips. “The members’ lounge at Palm Cay was perfect. The privacy allowed people to speak freely and to find common ground on which they could work together. As a dual destination, The Bahamas and Cuba will be a winning combination. And the Cuban delegation saw that immediately – it was not an either-or, but a let’s work it out so we can work together to make this happen.”The delegation, led by Cuban Ambassador Ernesto Guzman, included the General Director, and other top-ranking persons from the Ministry of Tourism of Cuba and from Havanatur, along with Yoslaidy Clemente Lopez of the Cuban Embassy in The Bahamas.“The opportunity offered by the Captain’s Table to facilitate the exchange between Cuban and Bahamian business men and companies involved in the tourism industry was unique for both sides,” said the Ambassador. “The evening allowed us to get to know the existing potential in our countries for the development and expansion of an industry that can catapult other areas of interest such as agriculture, health and education among others. I think that the Cuban and Bahamians people will benefit of any project intelligently developed by our countries in an unforeseeable way.”Guests knew in advance that there would be no politicians, no media and no more than 18 at the single table to allow for free flow of conversation and exchange of ideas. According to Palm Cay General Manager Richard Browning, the Captain’s Table concept struck a chord.“We see the Captain’s Table as a great initiative for like-minded business people in The Bahamas to meet in a relaxed environment, an attractive setting that offers intimacy and encourages openness,” said Browning. “This Cuban visit has clearly proven that there is a desire for this type of get together.”Among those at the dinner were Gowon Bowe, Chairman, Bahamas Chamber of Commerce; John Conway, General Manager, One&Only Ocean Club; Ed Fields, Sr Vice President, Atlantis; Paolo Garzaroli, Graycliff (and Historic Charles Towne); Gary Williams, Sandals consultant representing Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart; Youlanda Deveaux, Regional Vice President, Caribbean and Central America, Mandara Spa Bahamas Ltd, Steiner Resort Division; Simone Morgan-Gomez, Partner, Callenders law firm; Chris Ryan, Chief Financial Officer, NAD; Richard Browning, General Manager, Palm Cay Development, John Gomez, Cable Bahamas, A.J. Saunders, Majestic Tours and the Cuban delegation, including Richard Boadi, Sales Manager, Havanatur Bahamas. Attorney Morgan Gomez, who is bilingual, was among several who spoke Spanish. “One of the things that made the evening so magical was the openness,” said Ms. Deveaux. “I know for our part we are very interested in exploring the luxury spa experience in Cuba. There were hoteliers who were quite frank about being interested in putting their brand in Cuba as soon as they reasonably can. Just about everyone present saw opportunities not only for them to invest in what will be the new hotspot for Caribbean tourism because it has been off limits to Americans for so long, but to work with key players in Cuba to present a marketing strategy that will appeal to those who think a trip to both places is a better choice than a visit to either one on its own.”Palm Cay is a nearly 70-acre development on New Providence’s southeastern coast and includes an array of single family residences, townhomes and condominiums along with the island’s largest marina in terms of boat slips, a multi-storey restaurant and clubhouse with members’ lounge, swimming pools, tennis and 1,200 feet of pristine white sand beach. Related Items:bahamas, cuba, cuban ambassador, palm cay, the captain’s table Hurricane Jose Not A Threat to The Bahamas, For Now
Status cards free first time says Cabinet Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 09 Nov 2015 – A voter registration drive has been launched in the Turks and Caicos as the November 30th deadline approaches. The campaign – Vote your Voice – is launched and calls for new, change of address and unregistered voters to turn out at four sites around the country namely at the Gus Lightbourne Gym in Provo; at Dillon Hall in Grand Turk; in South Caicos at Sea View Marketplace and in North Caicos the mission will be mobile; all of these efforts are set for November 14th.Anyone who wants to vote in the 2016 General Elections must register by month end, and Sabrina Isaac has been making media rounds with the campaign to get registered. Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:2016 general elections, voter registration Former Premier says 2016 too important to miss; joined call for last minute registrants Unqualified Applicants, 75% cannot vote in TCI Use file photo of the lines at registration
Ram Gopal Varma with his niece Shravya VarmaTwitterFilmmaker Ram Gopal Varma’s niece Shravya Varma is now all set to turn a producer with director Nagesh Kukunoor’s upcoming movie starring Keerthy Suresh, Aadhi Pinisetty and Jagapathi Babu.Ram Gopal Varma had tweeted some photos featuring him with his niece Shravya Varma in March. These pictures had surprised many as the controversial director rarely shares pics of his family members. It had also fuelled speculations that he might be introducing her to the film industry soon. Those rumours have now become true with Shravya making an announcement.Shravya Varma took to Twitter on Monday morning to announce that she is making her debut as a producer with Nagesh Kukunoor’s next film. It will be made under Worth a Shot Motion Arts Production and will be presented by producer and distributor Dil Raju.The elated Shravya Varma tweeted, “I am super nervous and excited to announce my first attempt at producing with this DREAM TEAM ❤️ Couldnt have gotten a better start @KeerthyOfficial @AadhiOfficial @ThisIsDSP @IamJagguBhai @nkukunoor #chirantandas @sudheerbza.”Shravya Varma also tweeted a photo of Dil Raju with a statement that reads: “Welcome On Board Sir!! Sri Venkateswara Creations Dil Raju garu Will be presenting our Worth a Shot Motion Arts Production no 1 Produced by Sudheer Chandra Co Produced by Shravya Varma Directed By Nagesh Kukunoor A DSP musical Starring Keerthy Suresh, Aadi Pinisetty, Jagapathi Babu Title and First Look Soon!”Ram Gopal Varma retweeted her post and wrote, “Hey @shravyavarma CONGRATS to you, @sudheerbza and your entire DREAM TEAM of @KeerthyOfficial @AadhiOfficial @ThisIsDSP @IamJagguBhai @nkukunoor #chirantandas and Dil Raju. Yes I agree that you guys couldn’t have gotten a better start.”
The Amazon rain forest is on fire IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/1:04Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:03?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Close Indigenous named Pedro Mura from the Mura tribe reacts near a deforested area in unmarked indigenous lands inside the Amazon rainforest near Humaita, Amazonas State, Brazil August 20, 2019.ReutersMembers of Brazil’s Mura indigenous tribe painted their bodies with orange-red paint and took up longbows and clubs as they headed into the jungle this week, prepared for battle. Their enemy? The deforestation and destruction of their home, the Amazon rainforest.There are more than 18,000 Mura that live in Amazonas state, the largest and best-preserved state in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest, according to data compiled by the non-government organization Instituto Socioambiental.Members of the tribe showed Reuters an area the size of several football fields near their village, where the forest had been cleared away, leaving a broad dirt hole in the ground pockmarked by the treads of heavy machinery.”With each passing day, we see the destruction advance: deforestation, invasion, logging,” said Handerch Wakana Mura, one of several leaders of a tribal clan of more than 60 people.”We are sad because the forest is dying at every moment. We feel the climate changing and the world needs the forest.”Indeed, Amazon deforestation has surged 67% in the first seven months of the year from the same period a year ago, according to Brazil space research agency INPE.This week, the agency said forest fires were up more than 80% in the country year-to-date, hitting their highest point since at least 2013.Everywhere in the region around the Mura village, pockets of fire were raging. Environmentalists blame right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro, who has called for the development of protected reserves and railed against environmental fines, emboldening loggers and farmers who seek to clear the land, sometimes by setting fires.Indeed, the clan has not been able to stop the loggers. Deforestation in the area began four years ago, and only last year did authorities chase out loggers and those extracting rocks to build a nearby roadway.Logging subsequently jumped across the roadway, with a huge area of downed trees visible by drone.When that abated, the Mura came upon a path through the jungle nearby that had recently been hewn with chainsaws and machetes – a logging path and the first sign of a new area that would be targeted.This time, the path runs particularly close to a group of Brazil nut trees the clan harvests, a major traditional food source for indigenous people in the area, Handerch Wakana Mura and other tribal leaders say.The Mura clan plans to fight against loggers and others exploiting the land by filing complaints with the country’s environmental enforcement agency and public prosecutors.They have struggled for nearly 20 years to have the land around their village demarcated as an official indigenous reserve, a move that would bring added protections, Handerch Wakana Mura said.The clan says it will be a tough battle, with Bolsonaro having vowed not to set aside any more tribal land.Leader Raimundo Praia Belem Mura, a 73-year-old who has lived on the land his entire life, has vowed to fight to the bitter end.”For this forest, I will go on until my last drop of blood,” he said.
To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /03:19 X Listen Travis BubenikPhil Weyer is the senior resident engineer at Anheuser-Busch’s Houston brewery. The beer-maker is investing $500 million for upgrades at its U.S. breweries this year.Beer-maker Anheuser-Busch announced this week that it’s spending $8.9 million for upgrades to its Houston brewery this year, part of a $500 million investment nationwide.It comes as brands like Budweiser and Miller Lite continue to lose customers to craft brewers and especially Houston’s craft beer market is expanding.Phil Weyer is the senior resident engineer at the Anheuser-Busch brewery here in Houston.He was a guest on this week’s Bauer Business Focus.Click on the play button above to hear the interview. Share
On the night of February 21, Aaron Winston was attending an event at the Mosaic Nightclub at Power Plant Live, when a skirmish ensued, resulting in a friend being arrested. Winston reportedly approached Officer Andre Smith, a colleague, asking what was going on and pleading for his friend to be released. According to Winston, Officer Alexandros Haziminas grabbed Winston, pulled his arm out of the socket and broke it in two places.(From left to right) Attorney J. Wyndal Gordon, Aaron Winston and Edward Winston, holding a picture of the police officer who allegedly hurt Winston, and the Rev. Cortly ‘C.D.’ Witherspoon (back) at a news conference announcing Aaron Winston’s acquittal on Aug. 17. (Photo by Maliik Obee)“Officer Haziminas is 6’2 350 lbs, Mr. Winston is 5’6 150 lbs” said J. Wyndal Gordon, Winston’s attorney, during a news conference on Aug. 17. According to reports,Officer Haziminas rode in the ambulance with Winston where Winston was taunted and interrogated. The interrogation and taunting continued at Winston’s hospital bedside, where the nurse reports officers made jokes at the expense of Freddie Gray, who died while in police custody last April.“The nurse had to ask them to leave” said Gordon. Winston’s arm needed metal screws and required surgery. The subsequent filing of charges by the Baltimore Police received scrutiny, resulting in Commissioner Kevin Davis responding to the case in a press conference.“We want to find out why the officers left [Winston] at his bedside at the hospital,” Davis said on Feb. 26. “And we’re trying to find out exactly what happened with the three officers in the club.”Facing two counts of Second Degree Assault, two counts of Resisting/Interfering with Arrest, Obstructing and Hindering, Disorderly Conduct and Failure to Obey Reasonable and Lawful Order, Winston was acquitted of all charges.Winston’s father, Edward has been vocal about the accountability of the Baltimore Police Department since the his son’s arrest.“This is a challenge to see what [Kevin Davis] does, to see if he is a man of his word” said Edward Winston. Edward Winston was referring to Davis’ pledge to “implement necessary reforms in our agency” following the release of a scathing report from the Department of Justice which highlighted how the Baltimore Police Department routinely violates the constitutional rights of African-Americans.“Let the officers know that I’m coming at them hard,” said Aaron Winston. “I think the citizens of this city quite frankly feel that there is no justice when it comes to the Baltimore City Police Department.”Faced with $90,000 in medical bills and a permanently damaged arm, Winston and Gordon are preparing civil litigation.
Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… The Sun faces backlash after interview with closeted bi soccer star’s lover. | Photo: Tony Alter / Flickr Would Paddy Power have had better luck trying to find bisexual football players?This Brighton Pride bus is making a powerful statement gay and bi soccer playersGay soccer player’s brother: I was ‘monster’ to him and paid him to stay in closetRead the full article on Gaystarnews: :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/the-sun-bi-soccer-lover/ eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) While the journalist doesn’t identify either the lover or the soccer player, the article features extensive quotes from the lover.In it, they describe the soccer star as having a child with a female long-term partner. But when the closeted bisexual soccer star met his lover at a club, they began having an affair.Many are calling the story and headline ‘sensationalist’ and ‘insidious.’One such commentator is Premier League soccer referee Ryan Atkin, who came out as gay in August last year.So proud of my Referee mates who supported #rainbowlaces #thegameforall #LGBT. They were the first ref colleagues I told before my public announcement and they could not have been more supportive!! As @SpyRight said when I told him “it is not 1970” @stonewalluk @FA pic.twitter.com/jS3vfUTb98— Ryan Atkin (@ryantatkin) 3 December 2017He told Indy100: ‘Publishing the story with the underlying theme of a potential sex scandal is just another low blow, whether they print the name or not.’ GAYSTARNEWS- ‘It’s that typical “we know who you are” statement, which is insidious,’ he said.The Sun’s story explains their relationship has died down now but the pair would meet regularly for sex.Atkin then said: ‘The more people that come out, the easier it becomes for others. But speculation around the sexual orientation of professional footballers is one thing we really need to stop.’Social media backlashIt’s a sentiment echoed by many social media users when the story broke on Friday online, then in print yesterday.Liverpool’s gay football team, the Mersey Marauders Football Club took to Twitter to express their disappointment.They tweeted: ‘The Sun and Daily Mail peddling their homophobic agenda again. Trying to make headlines about “closeted” gay football players having “affairs” – the tabloids want to make you feel like it’s headline news to be gay, or that it is somewhat associated with shame and scandal.‘They are using sensationalist reporting to reinforce their own agenda and stereotyping,’ Mersey Marauders FC tweeted.We were asked by The Sun to comment on their piece on a Bi footballer; here’s why we refused: pic.twitter.com/7I0O1JZcHE— PrideinFootball (@prideinfootball) 12 May 2018Pride in Football tweeted: ‘Shame on The Sun and on Football that in 2018, a player being LGBT is a ‘juicy story’.‘Footballers should be able to be as open about who they love as anyone else,’ they said.One Twitter user wrote: ‘I have no words to properly describe my absolute loathing for The Sun.’Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . The Sun newspaper is facing huge backlash after publishing an interview with the lover of a closeted bi Premier League soccer star on Friday (11 May).
NightHawk Radiology Services provides a complete suite of solutions, including professional services, business services, and proprietary clinical workflow technology, all designed to increase efficiencies and improve the quality of patient care and the lives of physicians who provide it. NightHawk’s team of U.S. board-certified, state-licensed and hospital-privileged physicians located in the U.S., Australia and Switzerland, provides services 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for more than 700 radiology group customers and the 24 percent of all U.S. hospitals they serve. In addition to TALON and its business services solutions, NightHawk will be showcasing its new offering FinalsPLUS. This offering is designed to help radiology groups with billing and collections while also providing teleradiology services for preliminary interpretations and final reads. Such services help reduce administrative burdens of radiology practices, allowing them to focus on growing their operations and improving their efficiencies, all while enhancing the quality of patient care, according to the company. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | November 27, 2008 NightHawk Radiology Service’s FinalsPLUS Streamlines Billing, Collections
Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more 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 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 | Lung Cancer | March 22, 2017 Radiation Plus Immune Checkpoint Therapy Holds Potential for Lung Cancer Retrospective analysis finds acceptable rates of severe treatment-related toxicity following combined treatment for metastatic disease The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. 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 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 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 | 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 Image courtesy of Imago Systems 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 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. Related Content March 22, 2017 — An emerging approach for cancer treatment seeks to combine radiation therapy with immune checkpoint inhibitors (ICPIs) to more effectively control tumors in the chest with an acceptable risk of severe treatment-related side effects. Ten percent of patients in a retrospective analysis of metastatic lung cancer experienced severe toxicity as a result of the combination therapy. Findings were presented at the 2017 Multidisciplinary Thoracic Cancers Symposium, March 16-18 in San Francisco.Cancer cells produce proteins that are designed to stop the body’s natural immune response to overtake the disease. One type of targeted therapy uses immune checkpoint inhibitors to stop cancer growth by blocking these proteins, which allows the immune system to remain active and attack malignant cells more successfully. A potential downside to this form of immunotherapy, however, is that the immune system may also target healthy cells and cause serious treatment-related side effects for some patients. Moreover, research on the potential of immune checkpoint inhibitors used in conjunction with traditional therapies, such as thoracic radiation therapy (RT), is still relatively new.“In previous analyses, our team found that a combination of radiation therapy and anti-PD-1 therapy was safe and effective in treating melanoma-related brain metastases,” said Kamran A. Ahmed, M.D., lead author of the study and a resident in radiation oncology at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Fla. “The current findings show potential for the tolerability and efficacy of this combined approach for treating thoracic tumors, as well.”Findings are based on a retrospective analysis of 29 metastatic lung cancer patients treated with thoracic RT and immune checkpoint inhibitors at a single institution between February 2012 and May 2016. Patients received RT within the six months preceding or six months following initiation of ICPIs, given as anti-PD-1 therapy or anti-PD-L1 therapy alone or in combination with anti-CTLA-4 therapy. Seventeen patients (59 percent) received a single-agent ICPI, and 12 patients received combination ICPIs. All patients received ICPIs until their disease progressed.The median patient age at the time of study enrollment was 64 years, and 55 percent of patients were female. Most patients presented with non-small cell lung cancer (79 percent) and ECOG 1 performance status (69 percent). The number of metastatic sites ranged from two to eight, with a median of three sites.The primary outcome was treatment-related toxicity, namely pneumonitis and other types of lung damage; occurrence and severity were assessed qualitatively from patients’ clinical records. Median follow-up was 6.6 months following treatment. The Kaplan-Meier method was used to determine estimates of progression-free survival (PFS) and overall survival (OS) from the date that ICPI therapy began.Roughly half of the patients (52 percent) received thoracic RT concurrent with or after ICPI therapy. The other 14 patients were administered radiation two weeks to 5.5 months before they began ICPI therapy, with a median interval of 2.2 months between RT and ICPI. Total radiation doses ranged from 10 to 70 Gray (Gy), delivered in one to 35 fractions.For the patients in this study, median PFS was 3.8 months, and median OS was 9.2 months following initiation of ICPI therapy. These cancer control rates are similar to other prospective studies that used ICPIs to treat NSCLC.Three patients (10 percent) experienced severe possible treatment-related toxicity, including one grade 5 toxicity two weeks following radiation treatment, and two cases of grade 3 pneumonitis at two and four months post-radiation treatment, respectively. For all three of these patients, thoracic RT was administered following ICPI therapy. None of the patients who received RT prior to ICPI therapy experienced severe treatment-related toxicity as a result of radiation therapy.Two additional cases of pneumonitis, one grade 2 and one grade 3, were noted following anti-PD-1 therapy but before radiation treatments began. Both of these patients subsequently received thoracic RT without any additional pulmonary toxicity.“Our results suggest that a treatment regimen combining thoracic radiation therapy and immune checkpoint inhibitors may carry a modest risk of severe side effects,” said Ahmed. “These findings should be evaluated further within the context of prospective clinical trials, particularly those that examine the risk of lung toxicity and the potential opportunity to improve outcomes with this emerging form of combination therapy.”For more information: www.thoracicsymposium.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 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 | 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