First genetically modified salmon to hit Canadian stores as Ottawa gives its

first_imgHALIFAX — Genetically modified salmon raised in Prince Edward Island are poised for the leap to grocery shelves, a Canadian first that has left traditional producers concerned about setting their farmed fish apart.Environment Canada recently gave notice it has approved U.S.-based AquaBounty to grow the salmon at its site about 74 kilometres east of Charlottetown.AquaBounty said in a release it would begin stocking its Rollo Bay facility “as soon as possible,” with the first harvest of AquAdvantage salmon estimated late next year.Sylvain Charlebois, director of the agrifood analytics unit at Dalhousie University, said it’s likely AquaBounty “production will be ramped up in Canada.”“It’s a huge advantage for AquaBounty to be allowed to produce this salmon in Canada,” he said in an interview.AquaBounty, based in Maynard, Mass., has said its salmon will contain genetic material from chinook salmon that help it reach adult size faster, creating a less expensive product.Health Canada said it doesn’t see any need for a mandatory label to allow consumers to spot the genetically modified fish, but existing producers said they may call for that to change.“We are reviewing it,” said Tim Kennedy, executive director of the Canadian Aquaculture Industry Alliance.“Will there be a disruption in the … entire salmon market? We hope not. But I will say if that’s a possibility, then the response will be: somebody has to label.”The Environment Canada certification has been most strongly opposed to date by environmental groups, who continue to argue there’s a risk to wild Atlantic salmon if there’s an escape.However, the certifications in Canada and the U.S. could draw the traditional aquaculture industry and its lobbyists more closely into the debate, depending on how consumers react to the news of AquaBounty’s products entering the market sometime next year.The Canadian aquaculture alliance says its members don’t farm or sell GM farmed salmon and aren’t researching the practice.Kennedy said a push for labelling could come next.“We are reviewing it. We recognize the United States is moving forward with mandatory labelling, as is the European Union,” he said.“Does it make sense from a trade perspective to align more closely with our major trading partners?”He said the industry could consider setting up a non-GM label, similar to the labelling of organic foods.The federal Health Department has repeatedly said it doesn’t favour mandatory labelling for the genetically modified fish.In a February letter to the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network – an active opponent of GM salmon – the department said it prefers “industry-led initiatives such as voluntary standards,” and “the government of Canada intends to maintain its current approach.”Kennedy said this leaves the question of who should pay for a massive labelling redo.“Who bears the burden of that transparency? I don’t think it should be our producers because we’re not the ones putting the new product into the market,” he said.Meanwhile, it remains unclear how significant the level of production in P.E.I. will be in the Canadian market.The company declined a request for an interview with its CEO about its plans going forward for production in Prince Edward Island, providing references to news releases.Over the past two years – as it awaited its Environment Canada licence – the company had shipped eggs to Panama for growing, before the salmon were imported back to Canada and other destinations.Charlebois says the federal decision means the firm can ship more directly to markets, particularly processors that might use the GM salmon in products ranging from sushi to pies to pates.Still, the arrival of a form of labelling in the U.S. could lead to increased pressure to create some form of labelling in Canada, he adds.In the United States, the Food and Drug Administration has given the green light to the AquaBounty production in Indiana, subject to a new regulation that will require it to disclose when a food is genetically modified.That has come amidst a pending lawsuit by a coalition of consumer, environmental and fishing groups that still hopes to block the sale through the courts.Opponents have also criticized the upcoming U.S. labelling system, which they say uses the term “bioengineered,” a less familiar phrase than “genetically modified.”Also, under the rules coming in 2020, companies will be able to provide disclosure of the GM salmon through codes that people would have to scan on their smart phones.Lucy Sharratt, co-ordinator of the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network, says her group wants Canada to introduce a more transparent labelling system that consumers can easily see on any package.“The lack of genetically modified food labelling is just the most obvious transparency issue undermining public trust,” she told parliamentarians in a hearing last week.“Canadians are also asking for more transparent regulation of genetically modified organisms and opportunities for public engagement.”– Follow (at)mtuttoncporg on Twitter.Michael Tutton, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Ricky Martin To Perform At Life Ball In Vienna

first_imgRicky Martin will perform at this year’s Life Ball in Vienna on May 31.The annual event will feature the world of male models with a host of ripped Adonises, beguiling beaus, wild boys and sensual charmers, strutting their stuff in the first Male Fashion Show of the Life Ball, presented by L’Uomo Vogue.Under the aegis of Franca Sozzani – Editor of Vogue Italia, L’Uomo Vogue, Condé Nast Italy Editorial Director and United Nations Goodwill Ambassador for Fashion4Development – a manifold of tuxedo-looks by seven of the most renowned designers: Givenchy, Viktor & Rolf, Lanvin, Jean Paul Gaultier, Vivienne Westwood, Etro and Dsquared2, are on parade, leading the way to fashion paradise with masculine elegance and sexy chic. Appearances by legendary female fashion-, music-, and stage divas, in haute couture by the seven designers, literally combine “Adam” with “Eve”.“It’s such an honor to be once again partner of this praiseworthy initiative, representing Italy, where, next June, we will hold the 21st edition of Convivio, thus supporting HIV/AIDS research. It is so important that we all share our efforts for a disease that unfortunately still affects millions of people around the world”, Franca Sozzani said.Life Ball 2014 is also particularly pleased to welcome Ricky Martin for his first live appearance on Austrian soil. For many years he has been active under the auspices of the red ribbon, and says: “I’m honored that Life Ball invited me to come to Vienna for such an important cause that truly matters”.One of Life Ball’s partners, President Bill Clinton, 42nd President of the United States and founder of the Clinton Health Access Initiative, will deliver keynote remarks, supporting the way towards an AIDS-free generation.Lust, as a driving force for human action, will be perceptible and omnipresent at the Life Ball and should find its expression in the fight against HIV/AIDS and in all related deeds.Those who want to stroll through the “Garden of earthly Delights” and experience the Life Ball with all its virtues, may still, for a limited time, secure themselves VIP-Tickets for EUR 750, with seats on the VIP grandstand for the opening show, access to the VIP area of the City Hall Ballroom, culinary delights and all beverages (from champagne to spirits, wine and beer), all inclusive. Owners of VIP-Tickets may also function as hosts, with their own Lounge Table for EUR 3.000, to which they may invite up to twelve VIP-Ticket holders, for friends, business partners or clients.Only a limited quota for both VIP categories is still available. For information and reservations, please visit www.lifeball.org.Life Ball in Vienna, Austria, was the first AIDS charity event worldwide to take place in a political building: The Vienna City Hall. Ever since its premiere in 1993, Life Ball raises funds for people living with HIV/AIDS, supports organizations and projects in the most affected regions around the world and contributes to remove the taboos of AIDS in our society. The charitable organization behind Life Ball, AIDS LIFE, which was established in 1992 by Gery Keszler and Torgom Petrosian, decides about the allocation of the proceeds. Beside national initiatives like the Austrian AIDS Helps the majority of the funds raised goes towards international partner organizations such as amfAR – The Foundation for AIDS Research, the Clinton Health Access Initiative, the Elton John AIDS Foundation, the MTV Staying Alive Foundation and UNAIDS – the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS.last_img read more

Morocco’s Health Minister: Vaccine Did Not Cause Infant’s Death

Rabat – The minister of health has announced that the death of an infant at the Orangers Maternity Hospital in Rabat was not caused by “poor vaccine quality.”At the House of Representatives on Monday, Anas Doukkali denied speculations that a new vaccine caused the death of a newborn and sickness in five other babies at the hospital.Based on investigations surrounding the infant’s death, Doukkali confirmed that the maternity hospital uses the same vaccine as all other hospitals in Morocco which have not recorded any “complications.” Read Also: Morocco Provides Healthcare Facilities to 770,000 Diabetics: Minister of HealthDoukkali noted that the medical staff at the hospital were quick to react and immediately transfer the infants to the hospital’s intensive care unit.The infants reportedly experienced symptoms such as breathing problems.The health of the five infants is improving, and four have already been discharged, the minister said.The incident, which took place on December 19, has sparked angry reactions from Moroccans on social media who blamed the infant’s death on the “poor quality of the healthcare sector” in Morocco. read more

Ban appeals for further ratifications of key nuclear treaty

24 September 2008Despite its ratification by nearly 150 nations, the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) still has yet to go into force, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon lamented today, calling on countries to take urgent action to promote global peace and security. The pact “would outlaw all nuclear tests and move us towards the larger goals of ridding the world of nuclear weapons and preventing their proliferation,” Mr. Ban said in his remarks to the fourth biennial ministerial meeting in support of the Treaty.The event, held at UN Headquarters in New York, was attended by a number of high-level officials and featured a special presentation by former United States Defense Secretary William Perry and Academy Award-winning actor and UN Messenger of Peace Michael Douglas.Almost 180 nations have signed the CTBT and 144 have ratified it. However, of the 44 States whose ratifications are required, nine have yet to do so – China, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), Egypt, India, Indonesia, Iran, Israel, Pakistan and the United States.The Secretary-General said he rejects the “pessimistic view” that the stalemate in the areas of disarmament and non-proliferation will preclude the CTBT from becoming a reality.Achieving disarmament under effective international control depends on the state of global security, “but we cannot wait for the perfect security environment to come along,” he said.“Rather, I believe that the process of moving forward in disarmament, non-proliferation and against the uses of weapons of mass destruction by terrorists will itself contribute to international peace and security.” read more

Equatorial Guinea calls for deferral of UNESCO prize to end immediately

28 September 2010Equatorial Guinea today called for a United Nations life sciences prize it has offered to sponsor to go into effect immediately, saying the current deferral is only occurring because the award is the initiative of an African leader. Pastor Micha Ondo Bile, Foreign Minister of Equatorial Guinea, told the General Assembly’s annual high-level debate that the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is obliged to proceed with the awarding of the prize.The UNESCO-Obiang Nguema Mbasogo International Prize for Research in the Life Sciences, named after the President of Equatorial Guinea, was created in 2008 and aims to reward the projects and activities of individuals, institutions or other entities for research that improves the quality of human life.The prize is designed to be an annual accolade, with up to three laureates chosen each year and granted $300,000 between them, and focuses on efforts to find remedies or solutions to major illnesses and pandemics.But representatives of some countries have accused the Government of Mr. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, who has been in power since 1979, of widespread human rights abuses and said UNESCO should not agree to award such a prize.In June, UNESCO’s Executive Board endorsed a proposal from the agency’s Director-General Irina Bokova to defer awarding the prize while consultations continue with all concerned parties. The board is expected to consider the issue at its next meeting, scheduled for October.Mr. Micha Ondo Bile described the situation as “unprecedented and therefore disturbing” and said some NGOs were being racist.“We ask ourselves if science, the continent or the borders have colours. If the ones that gave their contribution or shall contribute to the progress of science shall only come from personalities of selected continents or from perfect people,” he said.“And, if it is the case, who are these saints who have reserved themselves the exclusive right to the promotion of the life of other people? And why do these saints allow that each year more than 20 million African people die from AIDS, paludism [malaria] or other endemic diseases?”He said it was especially disturbing because the prize had such potential to lessen the suffering of people worldwide, and particularly in Africa. read more

Markets update at midmorning

On the markets at midmorning (ET):The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index was up 11.57 points to 15,186.38, after 90 minutes of trading.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average gained 5.84 points to 21,643.58. The S&P 500 index added 2.17 points to 2,461.44 and the Nasdaq composite index climbed 5.06 points to 6,317.52The Canadian dollar was trading at 79.08 cents US, up from Friday’s average price of 78.91 cents US.The August crude contract was down five cents to US$46.49 per barrel and the August natural gas contract was up five cents to US$3.03 per mmBTU.The August gold contract was up $5.00 to US$1,232.50 an ounce and the September copper contract was up five cents at US$2.74 a pound. read more

Motor Show does the business for UK plc

Vauxhall signs £200 million order with BSM Record enquiries for Focus RS, Street Ka and three-door FiestaBritain is on track for a bumper year as car sales hit new heights and business is also booming at the British International Motor Show. As the final weekend of the Show begins, exhibitors are reporting record sales leads and massive interest in new models on display.Vauxhall has today announced that a £200 million deal, to supply driver training experts BSM with 22,000 vehicles, was signed at the event this week.Today, MG Rover Group reports £1 million worth of orders for its new X Power SV prompting Kevin Jones, Product Communications Manager to describe the Birmingham event as the ‘perfect launch pad’ for the world debut of its new model.Porsche is also delighted that 700 firm orders have been taken for its new Cayenne off-roader at the event, while GM Daewoo reports sales leads up 10 per cent on the 2000 Show, thanks to new models like the Kalos and interest in the new company. The clamour to see Volvo’s new SUV the XC 90, was so strong during the Show’s business day on 23 October, that the Swedish manufacturer had to bring in a third display model for public days. Even so, some visitors have queued for 40 minutes just to get a close-up of the car.Ford has reported record enquiries at the Show for the new three-door Fiesta, the Focus RS and the new Street Ka. And Mercedes-Benz, exhibiting under its AMG brand, has taken more orders for its products than at the last Show in 2000.But it’s not just car companies that are reporting success at the Show. Rosie Steer, Sales Manager for British Car Registrations said the Show was the most successful the company had attended and that it had ‘exceeded all our expectations’.Quality hi-fi company Bose is at the Show for a second time and reports record business. The company is now working on its plans for an even bigger stand in 2004.Workbench manufacturer PAF systems has seen sales go through the roof since the doors opened on 23 October with orders from racing teams, components companies and private individuals helping their sales double for the quarter.Meanwhile, the response to MINI Adventure Live! – the all action stunt display – has been so positive that additional performances have been laid on to cope with public demand. Two extra shows a day now allow 9,000 visitors to have their own MINI adventure!Notes to editors Porsche signs up 700 Cayenne customers The UK is on course for another record year for new car sales. The SMMT predicts that 2.51million new cars will leave UK showrooms this year, up from last year’s record total of 2.46 million units. The British International Motor Show 2000 was the first international motor show in the world to have an independent attendance audit. 2002 Show attendance figures will be released following audit by the Audit Bureau of Circulations (ABC). The Show runs until Sunday 3 November, when the doors close at 5.30 pm. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) GM Daewoo orders up 10 per cent on 2000 read more

A great success

first_imgMelbourne’s 25th March celebrations have been branded a rousing success after 15,000 Greeks turned out to the annual parade to the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne last Sunday. The march was attended by Premier Ted Baillieu, Opposition Leader Daniel Andrews, Simon Crean MP representing the Prime Minister, the Greek Consul-General in Melbourne Eleni Lianidou and Bishop Ezekiel. The Greek parliament was also represented by a bipartisan three-member delegation including Ilias Karanikas, Chair of the Special Permanent Committee on Greeks Abroad (PASOK), Marios Salmas (New Democracy) and Ioannis Ziogas (Communist Party of Greece). Chair of the Organising Committee Kostas Nikolopoulos said the crowd was close to a record turnout. “On behalf of the organising committee I’d like to thank the Greek community for turning out en masse, for respecting the Shrine, and for adding colour and pride to the National Day celebrations,” he said following the event. More than 65 schools, church groups and community organisations took part in the march, including about 3500 children. “The striking aspect was the high number of children, of all ages, that took part in the march, including some infants in national costume,” Mr Nikolopoulos said. It was an event of firsts, with Premier Ted Baillieu and Consul-General Eleni Lianidou attending the march for the first time in their new roles. Speaking at the event, the Premier highlighted the shared histories of Greece and Australia, and paid tribute to the Greek community’s contribution to the state of Victoria. “There is no community at all that has done more for multicultural Victoria and indeed multicultural Australia than the Greek Community, and this celebration is a part of that,” he said. “There is a great spirit of Hellenism, a spirit of 1821. It’s here on display today. It’s here in your hearts and it’s here in that eternal cry, ‘eleftheria i thanatos!’,” Mr Baillieu proclaimed to rapturous applause. He also thanked Mrs Lianidou and the members of the Greek delegation for attending what he described as an “extraordinary, extraordinary demonstration of Hellenic pride here in the heart of multicultural Melbourne”. Visiting Chair of the Special Permanent Committee on Greeks Abroad Ilias Karanikas, also declared the celebrations a great success. Speaking to Neos Kosmos from Greece Mr Karanikas said he was excited and encouraged by the event. “There were a lot of people, lots of children that marched but also lots of spectators, in an amazing place,” he said. “I also went to two schools and it was very touching. I don’t think it’s possible to remain unemotional when you go to the other side of the earth and hear children…singing the Greek national anthem. “I thank all the Greeks that I met there, I thank them for their warmth. It’s a community very much alive and welcoming.” Meanwhile, celebrations also took place in other Australian capitals. Sydney and Adelaide hosted split celebrations as rifts between community groups and the church continued. Rain failed to dampen the Hellenic spirit in Sydney, however, with thousands turning out to the 29th Sydney Greek Festival at Darling Harbour. Tasmania commemorated the National Day with poetry recitals, dancing and speeches at the Centre for Hellenic Cultural Studies, while Queensland Greeks opted to donate funds to the Premier’s Flood Appeal rather than hosting their regular 400-guest reception. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Journée mondiale de la pêche les quotas en ligne de mire

first_imgJournée mondiale de la pêche : les quotas en ligne de mire87% des Français pensent que les ministres de la Pêche devraient être plus pressants en ce qui concerne les quotas de pêche. L’Allemagne, la Grande-Bretagne et les Pays-Bas sont du même avis dans des proportions identiques.Près de neuf Français sur dix (et autant d’Allemands, d’Anglais et de Néerlandais) trouvent que les ministres de la Pêche de l’Union européenne n’agissent pas suffisamment sur les quotas imposés. Selon les personnes interrogées, cela risque de produire un effondrement des stocks de poissons dans les océans.La journée mondiale de la pêche a lieu aujourd’hui et rassemble une cinquantaine d’Etats à Paris. Ils devront entre autre fixer les quotas 2011 en ce qui concerne la pêche au thon rouge. Cette espèce, abondamment pêchée, a vu ses stocks chuter de plus de 80% en l’espace de trois décennies. Par ailleurs, l’ONG Ocean 2012 révèle que plus de 70% des poissons pêchés en UE sont victimes de surpêche. 20% d’entre eux dépassent les limites biologiques durables. Le 19 novembre 2010 à 12:18 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Angry Birds se catapulte dans lespace

first_imgAngry Birds se catapulte dans l’espaceAvec Angry Birds Space, vous pourrez envoyer vos oiseaux préférés dans l’espace. Et c’est la NASA, qui vous présente le concept. C’est Don Pettit, astronaute dans la Station Spatiale Internationale, vient de présenter Angry Birds Space. C’est la NASA qui, a permis à Rovio, de créer les trajectoires des oiseaux, en fonction de la force gravitationnelle.Les vengeurs, non masqués, à plumes auront aussi de nouvelles capacités et des super-pouvoirs.Angry Birds Space sera disponible le 22 mars prochain sous Android et iOS et sur PC et sur Mac.Découvrez Angry Birds Space en vidéo sur Maxisciences. Le 9 mars 2012 à 18:01 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Mourinho proud after late win for United

first_imgManchester United manager Jose Mourinho has revealed that he was delighted with his side’s 2-1 victory over Juventus in the UEFA Champions League in Turin.The Red Devils went behind courtesy of a Cristiano Ronaldo strike, but a Juan Mata free-kick and an own goal from Alex Sandro helped secure all three points for the visitors.The former Inter Milan manager has played down cupping his ear to the Juventus supporters at the full-time whistle, saying that he “respects” the Italian giants, but the Portuguese acknowledged that he had been left “really proud” of his players.The 55-year-old told BT Sport, according to Sports Mole:harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“On a beautiful Italian day, I made a little thing. I know millions are happy with the win, but I respect Juventus and the quality they have. I am really proud of my boys because they did everything.”“We had to come and not feel inferior. We were in a situation where we thought we needed to go to the last second of the match. The boys started really well and things were under control.”“Juventus have phenomenal players. That Cristiano Ronaldo goal was beautiful and the player [Leonardo Bonucci] that made that beautiful pass, is a central defender! They are a fantastic team with an amazing record at home.”last_img read more

Free Legal Help Available For Those Affected By Cook Inlet Earthquake

first_imgThe type of legal assistance available includes:Replacement of identification documents or other important destroyed legal documentsAssistance with life, medical, and property insurance claimsHelp with home repair contracts and contractorsAssisting in consumer protection matters, remedies, and proceduresCounseling on mortgage-foreclosure problemsCounseling on landlord-tenant problems andAssistance with securing federal disaster assistance and other government benefits available to aid in disaster recovery. The hotline is a partnership between the Alaska Bar Association, Alaska Legal Service Corporation, American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Alaskans affected by the disaster and facing legal issues who are unable to afford a lawyer may call the toll-free hotline 855-743-1001 Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., or go to https://www.alsc-law.org/ Callers should be aware that there are limitations on disaster legal services. For example, assistance is not available for cases that will produce a fee (those cases where attorneys are paid part of the settlement by a court). Such cases are referred to a local lawyer referral service.center_img Callers should leave a message and the call will be returned within 24 to 48 hours. Alaskans can also get disaster assistance by visiting a disaster recovery center or to locate a disaster recovery center, applicants can visit: www.fema.gov/disaster-recovery-centers. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享A free legal aid hotline is now available to eligible Alaskans affected by the Nov. 30 earthquake in the Municipality of Anchorage, Kenai Peninsula Borough, and Mat-Su Borough. The service allows callers to request the assistance of a lawyer to aid in disaster-related matters.last_img read more

5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Tuesday July 16 2019

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are 5 things to do in Wilmington on Tuesday, July 16, 2019:#1) Wilmington Board of Health MeetingThe Wilmington Board of Health meets at 5:30pm in Town Hall’s Room 9. Read the agenda HERE.#2) Wilmington Board of Assessors MeetingThe Wilmington Board of Assessors meets at 11am in Town Hall’s Small Conference Room. Read the agenda HERE.#3) How To Apply Makeup ClassThe Wilmington Memorial Library (175 Middlesex Avenue) is hosting a ‘How To Apply Makeup’ Class at 7pm. Presenter Amy Hahn, who is a professional makeup artist,  takes the mystery out of makeup! She will review the basics principles of applying makeup and, using a model from the audience, will demonstrate the correct application techniques.  Amy is happy to answer any questions about your makeup products so feel free to bring them (bring a mirror too if you would like to practice).  Amy will also supply some makeup samples. Register at the Front Desk. $10 supply fee.#4) Angels In Motions MeetingAngels In Motion meets every Tuesday, from 9:30am to 2:30pm at the Wilmington Knights of Columbus Hall (112 Middlesex Avenue).  The club provides a great opportunity for seniors to meet new friends or reacquaint with old ones. A luncheon is served as noon.  Free. Handicapped accessible.#5) Town Beach Open The Town Beach is open today.  Lifeguards are on duty from 10am to 8pm. Admission is FREE for residents. Proof of residency is required. Learn more HERE.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Tuesday, July 9, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Tuesday, August 6, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Tuesday, August 13, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

Party cadre accords rousing reception to Botcha Satyanarayana

first_imgVizianagaram: The rank and file of party accorded rousing reception to Minister for Municipal Administration and Urban Affairs Botcha Satyanarayana, who arrived in the district first time after assuming charge as minister. Huge number of cars participated in the rally started from Vizag Airport to Vizianagaram on Thursday. In Vizianagaram, the rally passed through Mayuri Junction, RTC complex, Collector’s Office Junction. The roads were spruced up with flexis, hoardings and welcoming arches. Botcha stayed for time in the Zilla Parishad guest house and interacted with his followers. Deputy Chief Minister P Pushpa Srivani, Collector Dr M Harijawaharlal, MLAs P Rajannadora, A Jogarao, K Veerabhadraswami, Botcha Appalanarasaiah and others greeted him. Later Botcha left for Garividi and Cheepurupalli mandals to participate in some other programmes.last_img read more

Spot Electricity Prices Swell as Coal Reserves Drop

first_imgThe volumes cleared in the IEX in the previous week was about 90 million units, the current price being Rs.2 to 3 higher than the original price. This difference would lead to an additional loss of Rs.13 crore, reported Financial Express.This means people would have to spend more to buy spot power instead of cheaper power generated by the NTPC units. NTPC had earlier indicated that it would import about two-thirds more coal this fiscal year to compensate for the shortage.According to the Central Electricity Authority (CEA), ten thermal power plants have been forced to shut down due to inadequate coal supplies. In north India, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Rajasthan are among the worst-hit states. DateMinimum Price (Rs/KWh)Maximum Price (Rs/KWh)Average price (Rs/KWh) 24 August3.759.806.18 Coal shortage has now begun to reflect on the power tariff at the Indian Energy Exchange Market (IEX). The price of electricity in the spot market has touched a record high of Rs.10.80 per unit over the last week as many coal companies are running short on coal and are unable to meet the rising demands from the northern and western parts of India.The spot prices on IEX had touched over Rs.10 during the peak hours, forcing Punjab and Uttar Pradesh to buy electricity at higher cost to meet the growing demand.Prices on Power Exchange (IEX)Prices on Power Exchange (IEX)Prices on Power Exchange (IEX)Except South IndiaPrices on Power Exchange (IEX)DateMinimum Price (Rs/KWh)Maximum Price (Rs/KWh)Average price (Rs/KWh)Prices on Power Exchange (IEX)24 August3.759.806.18Prices on Power Exchange (IEX)25 August4.5010.706.86Prices on Power Exchange (IEX)26 August510.806.99Prices on Power Exchange (IEX)27 August410.505.34 26 August510.806.99 Prices on Power Exchange (IEX) 25 August4.5010.706.86 27 August410.505.34 Except South Indialast_img read more

IAEA assures allout support for Rooppur nuke plant

first_imgVisiting IAEA director general Yukiya Amano meets prime minister Sheikh Hasina at her office on Tuesday. Photo: PIDThe International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on Tuesday assured Bangladesh of its all-out support and cooperation in constructing Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant.The assurance came when visiting Director General of IAEA Yukiya Amano met prime minister Sheikh Hasina at her office.PM’s press secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed reporters after the meeting.He said the IAEA DG expressed satisfaction over the security measures taken by the government for the nuclear power plant.Yukiya Amano said the overall steps relating to the nuclear power plant are much more advanced than he thought about.Amano said he is happy seeing strong leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and enthusiasm of people over the power plant.The IAEA DG said nuclear energy could be used in all sectors, including agriculture sector, and thanked the Prime Minister for the ratification of ‘Convention on Physical Protection of Nuclear Material and Nuclear Facilities’.In response, prime minister Sheikh Hasina sought IAEA’s continued support and apprised him about three-layer security measures taken at power plant.Hasina said the training of technicians of the projects has already started.The prime minister expressed her intention to construct second nuclear power plant in Bangladesh saying the demand for electricity is growing gradually as the living standard of rural people have improved significantly. They are now using electronic items, including ACs, she added.last_img read more

VIDEO NFL Protests Stir Culture War For Voters In Southeastern Texas

first_img Share Not seeing the video? Click here.When football quarterback Colin Kaepernick took a knee during the national anthem back in 2016, his intention was to protest against racial injustice in America.The act drew fans and fury, but tensions really boiled over when President Trump weighed in, declaring that the protests were not about race but about disrespect for the military, flag and country. The rebranding and ensuing debate has transformed football fields into the frontlines of a culture war, igniting a larger debate over what it means to be an American.Days after Trump’s harshest condemnation of protesting NFL players, the controversy spread from national headlines to a football field and a high school classroom in Texas.Ronnie Mitchem, a pastor, a former Marine and football coach in Crosby, Texas, dismissed two players on his team for protesting during a pre-game anthem. At a high school across town, 18-year-old India Landry was called to the principal’s office for not standing during the Pledge of Allegiance.NPR sat down with a few Texans touched by the NFL protests to understand how the debate around patriotism, free speech and race will inform their votes in the 2018 midterm election.Politics is Personal is a three-part video project that explores how some of the biggest stories from President Trump’s first years in office have impacted voters — who will decide whether to reward or reject the president and his party in the midterm elections.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

Celebration of Bangaliana in Silicon Valley

first_imgThirty five miles south east of where the fog seldom clears over the Golden Gate Bridge and the bustling cable cars clang up and down the city’s steep roads, the Californian winds will carry elemental tunes of Tagore songs, the twang of an Ektara, and the piquant aroma of Shorshe Ilish. Over the last 37 years, three days of July are heartily, ethnically, musically and soulfully Bangali in some part of America. Every year, a new place. This year it is Santa Clara, a quaint yet populous county in the San Francisco Bay Area, more popularly known as the Silicon Valley. The much awaited 37th North American Bengali Conference will be held from July 7 to 9 at the heart of the city – the Santa Clara Convention Center. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfBanga Sammelan is not just a celebration of Bangaliana, but to serve countless slices of Bengal on the global platter. It is also a platform for hundreds of NRIs who want to hold onto their heritage despite living far away from home. From the captivating mono-act of Debshankar Halder, the mesmerising sound of the hundred-stringed Kashmiri santoor of Rahul Sharma, charismatic Hindustani classical music of Subha Mudgal, to the mega concert by Shaan, the North American Bengali Conference has an enticing schedule of events lined up. The second International Bengali Film Award on July 8 will recognize the excellence in celluloid achievements in the Bengali film Industry, followed by musical performances by our very own Tollywood stars. One of the main attractions of the NABC this year is ‘Fifty Years of Feluda’ – a tribute to the immortal creation of legendary filmmaker Satyajit Ray through a special exhibit put together by his son Sandip Ray who is taking forward the legacy, and the screening of a few films from the famous detective series. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe sky above the Silicon Valley has already begun smelling sweeter. It is that time of the year when apple pie blends flawlessly with rosogollar payesh, and myriad hues of dhakai jamdani sarees overpower the hustle and bustle of the IT hub. The incessant July rain has rejuvenated both Bengal and Bangladesh after the sultry summer. But in Santa Clara, the windiest month of July is rainless. Differences there might be many, but love for the language has connected people of Bengali diaspora from different parts of the world.last_img read more

What to Expect from the Proton Therapy Market in 20192020

first_img News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more March 13, 2019 — The number of new particle therapy rooms ordered worldwide dropped by almost 20 percent in 2018, according to a new report from MEDraysintell, continuing a trend dating back to mid-2016. The report says this trend may change if particle therapy vendors are able to build a strong order book in 2019 and 2020.Following the large number of new orders for proton therapy equipment reported worldwide during the year 2015, MEDraysintell considered that it was facing a market with strong potential. This positive trend continued until mid-2016, when it began to slow down with a persistent decline in 2017, further confirmed in 2018 as well. Overall, 2018 sales dropped by 62 percent compared to 2015. This decline impacts directly the particle therapy market size (in value by U.S. dollars) evolution, with an anticipated market slowdown of some 25 percent in 2020 compared to 2018. The year 2018 also clearly confirmed the trend in favor of single-room facilities, with 100 percent of the proton therapy orders worldwide oriented towards single-room facilities (compared to less than 40 percent in 2016).However, a retrospective analysis shows that 2015 was an exceptional year with a record level of orders, and not the new standard expected by the industry, according to the MEDraysintell report. In general, negative publicity, resistance from health authorities and private insurances to reimburse proton therapy, and cost hurdles as a whole have certainly been important factors in the slow adoption of proton therapy facilities in the recent past, the report said. This limited support from investors and healthcare payers remains unchanged and linked to both the higher price of this modality compared to external radiotherapy and the lack of definitive clinical demonstration of superiority (which is under progress).As of February 2019, there were fewer than 240 particle therapy (mostly proton therapy) treatment rooms available to patients worldwide. This low number represents only 0.3 particle therapy treatment rooms per 10 million people compared to roughly an equivalent 20 radiotherapy systems in the world.In order to sustain the market growth and to increase the use of proton therapy as an efficient cancer treatment, the PT industry should encourage the research, collection and ongoing publication of clinical evidence, according to MEDraysintell. In addition, stronger marketing is needed in order to grow the referencing of patients toward proton therapy centers. Some mixed signals from the proton therapy area have already been observed — for instance a growing interest of the medical-scientific community stating that at least 10 percent of the population requiring external radiotherapy treatment could benefit from proton therapy. However, this level reached only 0.7 percent in 2018 and almost all operational particle therapy centers are far from saturation levels, with only 17 percent of them able to treat on average over 200 patients per treatment room.For more information: www.medraysintell.comRelated Proton Therapy ContentVIDEO: Economics of Proton TherapyVIDEO: The Role of the Physicist in Proton Therapy360 View of the Gantry Room at the Northwestern Medicine Chicago Proton Center360 View of the Inclined Beam Room at the Northwestern Medicine Chicago Proton Center FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more Related Content 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 | 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 | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more News | Proton Therapy | March 13, 2019 What to Expect from the Proton Therapy Market in 2019-2020 Sales decline continued in 2018, but interest remains high despite financial barriers 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 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 | 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 Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD 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 The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. 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 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 last_img read more

Kerry Iran nuclear deal could be lesson for North Korea

first_img“I am sure Foreign Minister Wang would join me in expressing the hope that if we can get an agreement with Iran, … that agreement would indeed have some impact or have a positive influence” on North Korea, Kerry said.Although Wang did not appear to respond, Kerry explained that an Iran deal could help in showing North Korea how “your economy can do better, your country can do better, and you can enter into good standing with the rest of the global community by recognizing that there is a verifiable, irreversible, denuclearization for weaponization, even as you can have a peaceful nuclear power program.”“Hopefully that can be a message, but whether or not DPRK is capable of internalizing that kind of message or not, that’s still to be proved,” he said, referring to North Korea by the acronym of its official name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.International negotiators are rushing to finalize a nuclear deal with Iran by the end of June under which Iran’s program would be curbed to prevent it from developing atomic weapons in exchange for the lifting of international sanctions that have crippled its economy.Nuclear talks with North Korea, which has already developed atomic weapons despite previous attempts to forestall it, broke down three years ago as it has continued atomic tests and other belligerent behavior, including ballistic missile launches. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement North Korea conducted its first nuclear test in 2006 and is now believed to have at least 10 such weapons despite some of the toughest international sanctions in existence. It conducted its third nuclear test in February 2013, and U.S.-based experts forecast that it could increase its nuclear arsenal to between 20 and 100 weapons by 2020.Kerry travels on Sunday to South Korea, where North Korea will be a major topic of discussion.He said the United States will continue to work with its partners “to make it absolutely clear to the DPRK that their actions, their destabilizing behavior is unacceptable against any international standard.”Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober 0 Comments   Share   Top Stories Parents, stop beating yourself up New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Sponsored Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility BEIJING (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Saturday he is hopeful that the successful conclusion of a nuclear deal with Iran will send a positive message to North Korea to restart negotiations on its own atomic program.Speaking at a joint news conference with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Beijing, Kerry said he believed an Iran agreement could have “a positive influence” on North Korea, because it would show that giving up nuclear weapons improves domestic economies and ends isolation. He stressed, though, that there was no way to tell if North Korea’s reclusive leadership would be able to “internalize” such a message. Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairylast_img read more