Gaza UN official asks Israel to use restraint in responding to rocket

22 December 2010Condemning mounting rocket attacks from Gaza into Israel, a senior United Nations official today acknowledged Israel’s right to self-defence but urged it to use maximum restraint and ensure that civilians are not endangered. “I condemn the firing of indiscriminate mortars and rockets by militant groups in Gaza, which have escalated in recent days,” UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Robert Serry said in a statement. “These attacks are in clear violation of international humanitarian law and endanger civilians in Israel.“Israel has a right to self-defence consistent with international humanitarian law,” he added, citing several recent air attacks against militants in Gaza. “I urge Israel to exercise maximum restraint and take every precaution to ensure that its forces do not endanger civilians in Gaza who all too often bear the brunt of escalation of violence.”Mr. Serry noted “modest progress” in recent months in easing Israel’s blockade of Gaza but added: “A lot more still needs to be done. The maintenance of calm is essential to create an environment in which further progress can be made in the interests of the people of both Gaza and Israel.”Meanwhile, Mr. Serry’s deputy, Maxwell Gaylard, who is also the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for the occupied Palestinian territory, today criticized Israel’s demolition of Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem and the West Bank, noting that 396 structures have been destroyed so far this year, a nearly 45 per cent increase over the 275 demolished in 2009.“These actions have a severe social and economic impact on the lives and welfare of Palestinians and increase their dependence on humanitarian assistance,” he said, adding that 561 people, including 280 children, had been displaced by this year’s demolitions and the livelihoods of over 3,000 affected.“The position of the United Nations remains that the Government of Israel must take immediate steps to cease demolitions and evictions in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem,” he said in the statement, issued as he visited the site of house that had been demolished just a day earlier in the Ras Al Amud neighbourhood of East Jerusalem, resulting in the displacement of 13 people, including four children. read more

Narrowing Down Mobile Location for Better or for Worse

gps-map-3185893__340.jpg Despite the UC&C industry’s inability to move beyond simple standalone Wi-Fi location offerings, when I thought about what I wanted to write in this month’s post, location came to mind. Particularly, I wanted to write about the advances and struggles the mobile industry is having in meeting the FCC’s 2015 requirements for indoor mobile location accuracy on 911 calls (see related No Jitter post). However, a Wall Street Journal article describing a crazy new application for location technology pushed me in another direction. The application comes from Thasos Group, which has come up with an innovative way to deliver the “hidden value” of location data. In terms of societal benefits, the app has little to offer, but it is a great illustration of what money can buy in the digital age. The story starts with the needs of institutional investors, and Wall Street’s interest in “alternative data.” Such data could be key in untangling mysteries like whether the famously secretive Tesla would be able to reach its production targets for its Model 3 sedan. However, that would require finding out what was going on behind the walls of Tesla’s 370-acre production facility in Fremont, Calif. For that, those investment firms turned to Thasos. Tags:News & ViewsLocation datafirst respondersFCC regulationE-911MobilityNews & Views Articles You Might Like Air pressure does decrease with altitude, but it also varies with temperature. Further, the temperature inside the building is controlled by the HVAC systems, not what’s going on outside. Weather systems also effect barometric pressure; that’s why the weather report includes barometric pressure. On its website, Thasos claims the app “is derived from volunteered mobile phone location data that has been anonymized, aggregated and thoroughly vetted to ensure compliance with the highest legal, quality and ethical standards.” That “volunteered” reference apparently refers to mobile apps like those from Waze, Google Maps, or even banks that now depend on accessing the very precise location capabilities built into your smartphone. In the app permissions, users can select whether those apps keep tracking you “Always” or “On only when the app is in use.” Whichever you choose, you volunteered. What companies like Thasos recognize is that while these “free” apps offer great convenience, they also produce a treasure trove of useful marketing information — information that’s available for sale. While Thasos maintains the data it provides is anonymized so it cannot identify specific individuals, we all know we’re one application away from putting the lie to that fairy tale. Apparently by tapping into databases of that type of location information, Thasos was able to determine that overnight activity of the geofenced site of Tesla’s factory (i.e., activity from smartphone users on the night shift) increased 30% from June to October. Thasos’ hedge fund clients were able to profit handsomely by placing their bets on that knowledge before Tesla released its positive production numbers. It’s Time to Take Another Look at E-911 Irwin Lazar January 31, 2019 The advancement of Next-Generation 911 requires IT leaders to revisit their E-911 plans. In some perverse way, I presume the Thasos case can be cited as one of the victories of free enterprise, but despite its societal benefits, public safety lacks the ability (and the budgets) to work that kind of a deal. BCStrategies is an industry resource for enterprises, vendors, system integrators, and anyone interested in the growing business communications arena. A supplier of objective information on business communications, BCStrategies is supported by an alliance of leading communication industry advisors, analysts, and consultants who have worked in the various segments of the dynamic business communications market. To be successful, an E911 mobile location capability needs to be seamless, work on every mobile device, and be transparent to the 911 caller, which means no special app would be required on the device. Further, where the Phase I requirements called for a dispatchable address or X/Y coordinates with a stated accuracy, Phase II adds altitude (a.k.a., the Z axis) so first responders would know the floor of the building to which they’re being called. Somehow my mind contorts when I think of the irony that the biggest benefits of these marvelous mobile technologies we’ve deployed are being delivered to the Wall Street investment community before they can be used to help first responders locate people in desperate need of help. There is a lesson here, but I’m not sure I want to learn it. I’ve written about the challenges and potential opportunities for improved mobile E911 here and here, and I will say we are getting closer to the target. The problem with bringing improved emergency location to mobile devices over the public network is that it’s a much tougher job. Oh, and if they get it wrong, somebody might die. Solving for Z Still Searching for Public Safety Solution The mobile industry’s approach to determining altitude is based on building a barometer into the handset — in essence, giving the device an altimeter that measures altitude based on barometric pressure. I’m constantly amazed by hardware manufacturers’ ability to build exceedingly accurate but low-cost components like gyroscopes, proximity sensors, accelerometers, and now barometers for smart devices. However, accurately estimating altitude takes more than just measuring air pressure. Hunting Smartphone Signals 911 Update: All About Location, Location, Location Martha Buyer November 05, 2018 The FCC outlines what it thinks constitutes necessary dispatchable location information for first responders. BCSLogo.png Mobile E911 location in the public network has traditionally depended on network-based Assisted GPS, as it needed to locate “dumb” as well as “smart” mobile devices. By focusing solely on smart devices, consumer location solutions could tap into Wi-Fi (where companies like Google and others have built location databases of Wi-Fi access points) as well as Bluetooth beacons. 911 Location and the Enterprise: When Seconds Count Lev Deich February 04, 2019 With today’s 911 technologies, you’ve no reason to wait for a regulatory mandate to make sure employees are adequately protected. See All in E-911 » The WSJ report wasn’t clear about how Thasos was able to pull this off, but the assertion that Thasos was able to “isolate smartphone location signals” was clearly off the mark. Any real network location signals would be carried on the cellular carriers’ signaling networks, which are highly encrypted (think 128-bit AES) and hence inaccessible to third parties. While the real carrier location data may be out of reach, there are other, more accessible sources of location data. What Enterprises Need to Know About 9-1-1 Bandwidth March 13, 2019 9-1-1 is constantly evolving, and can be a lot to keep up with. Get help from the experts. In the last month, I’ve talked with two different companies, NextNav and Polaris Wireless, proposing solutions to the Z axis dilemma. While their techniques differ, both offer options that will work with the cellular industry’s DBH solution and substantially improve altitude estimates. Both claim to get within the three-meter accuracy range that would tell first responders which floor of the building a 911 caller is on. 911 Testing: Just Do It Darin Ward May 02, 2019 When implementing new communications platforms, don’t even think about skipping this step. The overall approach to better E911 mobile location is to tap into the same sources of location information consumer smartphone apps use and communicate them to the cellular carrier — a technique called device-based hybrid (DBH). Still, the addition of the Z axis adds another wrinkle. read more

Developmental biologist returns to Brock for seminar Friday

A former Brock professor who is a pioneer in mouse genetics research returns to campus Friday, March 15 to host a seminar on stem cells and mammalian development.Janet Rossant, who taught in the Department of Biological Sciences at Brock from 1977 to 1985, will present “Stem Cells and Mammalian Deveopment” at 2 p.m. in AS 216.Rossant is a senior scientist in the developmental and stem cell biology program and chief of research at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in Toronto, as well as deputy scientific director of the Canadian Stem Cell Network. She is also a professor in the departments of molecular genetics, obstetrics/gynaecology and paediatrics at University of Toronto.Rossant’s profile notes that her “work has major influences in developmental biology, stem cells, and cell lineage. Her major findings are related to the question of how genetically identical cells adopt distinct characteristics during embryo development.“This question is paramount for those who seek understanding of numerous diseases, caused by abnormal development process. This work will influence studies not only of birth defects but even of genetic predisposition to various diseases such as cancer.”Her seminar is presented by Brock’s Department of Biological Sciences. read more

Mayor of Dover filmed snorting line of white powder off a lavatory cistern

first_imgPointing to a white powder on the cistern, Mr Rix, says: “You see what’s there?”His companion says: “Yeah, go on, you do the big one then, go on.””Are you sure?” replies Mr Rix.”Yeah, go on,” his companion says.Mr Rix then leans over the toilet cistern and appears to snort the powder.The mayor said: “I had never done this before in my life. I had been set up right from the start. This was from before I was mayor, and even deputy mayor. I hadn’t long been a councillor.”I know I shouldn’t have done it – I was drunk, and that was it. I can only apologise to my friends and family for putting them through it.”It is currently unclear where the video was shot.A spokesman for Kent Police said: “Kent Police is aware of media coverage of a video circulating online reportedly relating to drug use. Officers will be making enquiries to establish the circumstances of the footage.”The spokesman said the force “would not be able to confirm or deny” whether it was investigating a complaint of blackmail.In a statement, Dover Town Council said: “We are taking this matter very seriously and have asked the Kent Association of Local Councils for advice.”The Mayor has agreed to self-refer to the district council’s Monitoring Officer for a possible breach of the Code of Conduct. There may be a criminal investigation, but this is a matter for the police.” He admitted it was him in the footage but insisted it was not a resigning issue.Asked whether he would be quitting, he said: “No, I’m not at all. I’m not standing down.”Gordon Cowan, the Labour member who was narrowly defeated by Mr Rix in the election for mayor, said: “He has to ask himself can he continue in the role as mayor and councillor, but it is down to Cllr Rix to decide.”The big question is do the people of Dover want someone representing them under these circumstances? He should take a serious look at his position.”The married father-of-three said he had been told the name of the man who had filmed and released the footage.Mr Rix, who runs a scaffolding and demolition firm, has been an elected member of Dover town council for nine years. He is an independent town councillor, though he stood as a Ukip candidate in the district council elections last year without success.He was elected mayor in April this year by a casting vote.At the time, he claimed: “I want to bring Dover on a bit and try and make everyone work together and make Dover a better place – that’s the idea of it all.” Dover mayor Neil Rix with the mayoress Jackie Rix The mayor of Dover has insisted he will not be resigning after he was filmed in a bathroom snorting a line of white powder off a lavatory cistern.Footage emerged of Neil Rix, the mayor of the Kent coastal town, sniffing the powder through a £20 note while accompanied by a friend.Mr Rix, 54, claims he is the victim of a blackmail plot and that police are investigating.Speaking after the footage was uploaded to YouTube on Tuesday night, he said: “The video forms part of a police investigation into the fact I am being blackmailed.”It did not happen recently. I was set up, pushed into it and coerced.”Someone had put drugs into my beer and I did not know I was being filmed.”He said he was not a drug user, insisting he was “dead against” drug taking, and he was not sure what type of substance he snorted or where it was filmed.He said: “I have never done it before. I was drunk. What happened happened. I don’t know what it was I was putting up my nose. It could have been sherbet for all I know.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. neil rix Mr Rix is filmed rolling up a £20 noteCredit:YouTube Rix rolling banknote The mayor pictured before snorting the substanceCredit:YouTube Dover mayor Neil Rix with the mayoress Jackie RixCredit:Dover Express/ The video, which lasts for one minute and seven seconds, was shot before Mr Rix was appointed mayor.It shows him urging another man in the toilet to close the cubicle door before removing a package from his pocket.He says: “Shut that door…don’t want anyone to see Councillor Rix doing this.”His friend replies: “Nah, —- that.”last_img read more

Poll Do you want a general election this year

first_img Jun 24th 2018, 9:16 AM By Órla Ryan Poll: Do you want a general election this year? Fine Gael is reportedly preparing itself for a snap election. Taoiseach Leo Varadkar Image: Eamonn Farrell/ 34,823 Views Share25 Tweet Email1 FINE GAEL IS reportedly preparing for a potential snap election in the coming months. Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has instructed Fine Gael members to bring forward six autumn selection conventions to July so the party will be ready to fight a snap election if needed, the Sunday Times reports.The newspaper says the move is in reaction to the threat of a no-confidence motion in Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy. Fine Gael has consistently topped political party opinion polls in recent months. We want to know: Do you want a general election this year? No (8267) 140 Comments Short URL Taoiseach Leo Varadkar Poll Results: YesNoI’m not sureVote Sunday 24 Jun 2018, 9:16 AM Yes (4913) Image: Eamonn Farrell/ I’m not sure (650) Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

RAW Highlights Smackdown invades RAW Lesnar destroys Mahal Ambrose and Rollins

first_img WWE posted these video highlights after last night’s RAW in Kansas City. Now Playing Up Next Pinterest Now Playing Up Next Roman Reigns is in Remission WhatsApp Google+ Now Playing Up Next Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Former WWE star ‘Grandmaster Sexay’ dies Jerry Lawler Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next Julio Jones Becomes NFL’s Highest Paid Wide Receiver Videos Articles Dave Bautista Announces His Retirement From WWE For more RAW videos, visit WWE’s official YouTube channel.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipFormer WWE star ‘Grandmaster Sexay’ diesVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:48/Current Time 0:01Loaded: 3.80%0:01Remaining Time -0:47 FullscreenUp NextThis 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.Replay the list Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Facebook Now Playing Up Next Twitter Video: Watch the live WWE Clash of Champions Kickoff Show from Charlotte tonightlast_img read more

Rooney left England too soon Hodgson

first_imgRoy Hodgson is of the opinion that Wayne Rooney left England too soon, and believes that he still has much to offer.The 32-year-old has always been outstanding with his talent. He stood out as an excellent striker while in England and still excels since leaving Goodison Park for DC United and Major League Soccer during the summer.Rooney’s absence is strongly felt, as Everton continue to lack a consistent, goal scoring striker.‘He is doing fantastically well. At DC they were well down in the league when he got there, although they hadn’t played too many games, but since he’s arrived he has been fantastic, not just scoring goals, but decisive goals, like the one we saw in midweek. Hodgson says via Dailymail.‘There is no doubt the talent he has, showing he could still play top level English football.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.‘But it was his decision and after Manchester United and Everton, where he had a tremendous affinity, deep roots, maybe he would not have been that interested in playing for another English club outside those two.‘It was a conscious decision to play abroad. I have a great deal of respect for Wayne, and I think he does for me.‘I would have loved him here at Palace, but he thought long and hard about his decision, and without a shadow of doubt would have talked it over with his family.‘I am delighted to see what success he is having. I guess he is doing what DC United were really hoping for when they signed him. They just didn’t want a figurehead but also a player who can win them matches, and he has done that.’last_img read more

TCI with Seven top resorts says Condé NastTraveler

first_img Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #Top7Resorts Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, October 23, 2017 – Parrot Cay – Condé Nast, one of the world’s leading travel magazine publications has named its Top 20 resorts in the Atlantic and seven of the spots belong to the Turks and Caicos. Como Parrot Cay tops the Turks and Caicos properties on the list at number 4. West Bay Club at No. 7, Gansevoort is at No. 8, Grace Bay Club is 11th on the list; The Palms is 12th; Seven Stars comes in at No. 15 and at No. 18 is Amanyara on the favorites list of the Reader’s Choice Awards.#MagneticMediaNews#Top7Resorts Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

A Thanksgiving Message from ASA President Wade Cowan

first_imgDear Friends,I wanted to wish a happy Thanksgiving to you and your families and thank you for the honor of serving soybean farmers as ASA’s president this year. From the beginning of my term, my goal was to come together this year to unify and move agriculture forward. As I sit back and consider everything we accomplished in and out of the fields, I’m filled with gratitude for our entire soybean family.Our victories this year included steps forward for international trade and GMO labeling, but as always there is more work to be done in the coming year. I’m thankful to work with such a dedicated group of soybean leaders and know that our future is in good hands.As you sit around your family dinner tables this holiday and reflect on what you’re thankful for this year, take a moment to remember what a blessing it is to contribute to the Thanksgiving feast for families across the country. During this celebration of harvest, reflect on your part in the tradition—from the cab of your combine to the hand shake with your lawmaker on Capitol Hill—you are helping advance agriculture and providing the food, fiber and fuel for our communities, nation and world.From West Texas, my wife Valerie and I and our children Kelcie, Brittany and Alan, would like to wish you a blessed and happy Thanksgiving!Wade Cowanlast_img read more

12 Assembly candidates to appear on Anchorage ballot

first_imgA view of the Loussac Library, where the Anchorage Assembly meets.The field for five seats on the Anchorage Assembly is now final. Candidates had until Friday to file with the clerk’s office to get their names on the April 5th ballot.The seats are spread across every part of the municipality except the Downtown district, which doesn’t come open until 2017. With almost half of the Assembly’s 11 seats hanging in the balance, the election has the potential to reshape the political direction of the body.Though the candidates run the political gamut from liberal to conservative, 10 of the 12 are white men.Only one candidate running is a woman, incumbent Amy Demboski of the Chugiak-Eagle River district. Her challenger is political newcomer Nicholas Begich III, nephew to former senator Mark Begich.Forest Dunbar–the 2014 Democratic challenger to Don Young’s House seat–is running for the East Anchorage spot currently held by Paul Honeman, who has decided not to pursue a third term. Dunbar’s opponent, Terre Gales, retired from the Air Force and now works for the city’s Public Works Department.There are also races in West and South Anchorage for seats held by outgoing Assembly members Ernie Hall and Jennifer Johnston, respectively. And incumbent Dick Traini is defending his Midtown district seat against candidate Ron Alleva.last_img read more

Ben AndersonAgimuk resigns from legislative position

first_imgBen Anderson-Agimuk, age 25, was selected to chair House District 38’s local Democratic Party on Tuesday. (Christine Trudeau/KYUK)On Thursday, Ben Anderson-Agimuk resigned from his position as a House District 38 legislative aide in order to dedicate more time to filling former Representative Zach Fansler’s seat.Listen nowAnderson-Agimuk once worked closely with Representative Fansler. Now, he’s overseeing the search for Fansler’s replacement after his old supervisor resigned following assault allegations.Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta Democrats selected Anderson-Agimuk to serve as their district’s chairman earlier this week, and he said he felt that it would be inappropriate for him to hold both positions at once. In an interview with KYUK on Thursday afternoon, he said that he wanted to dedicate more time to party matters, and that he wouldn’t be permitted to discuss his own party’s business during work hours at the Legislature.The new district chair’s first job is to help find nominees to fill the remainder of Fansler’s term. As part of that process, Anderson-Agimuk will pick a handful of local Democrats to serve on a selection committee that will evaluate potential candidates for the seat. There is not an actual application process for those interested in serving on the selection committee.Within the next three weeks, the committee will pick three potential candidates for Governor Walker’s review, though the Governor might request additional nominations. He must select Representative Fansler’s replacement by March 14.last_img read more

PM Modi To Visit France Defence CounterTerrorism To Top Talks

first_imgNEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will pay a two-day state visit to France from August 22 during which he will hold talks with French President Emmanuel Macron to strengthen strategic ties in key sectors such as defence, nuclear energy, maritime cooperation and counter-terrorism. From France, the Prime Minister will proceed for bilateral visits to the UAE and Bahrain, and will return to the French city of Biarritz on August 25 to attend the G7 Summit where India has been invited as a partner country. Also Read – One arrested for firing outside Satna college in Madhya Pradesh Advertise With Us PM Modi will arrive in France on Thursday evening and straightaway head for talks with President Macron, who will also host a working dinner for the visiting leader. The next day, he will meet French Prime Minister Edouard Charles Philippe, address an event of the Indian community at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris, and also inaugurate a memorial for Indian victims of two tragic air crashes of Air India flights in 1950 and 1966. Also Read – Abrogation Of Article 370 Carried Out In Inhuman Way: Urmila Matondkar Advertise With Us The discussions are expected to broadly focus on reaffirming France and India as the key strategic and like-minded partners, strengthening of defence partnership, including future defence acquisitions, progress on setting up of the Jaitapur nuclear power plant, convergent, strategic and political priorities in the Indo-Pacific and related operational needs, Secretary (Economic Relations) TS Tirumurti said. Advertise With Us Strengthening bilateral engagement in key areas of strategic cooperation such as defence, nuclear energy, space, counter-terrorism, maritime security, cyber security, International Solar Alliance, and joint development projects will also be deliberated upon, he said at a media briefing. COMMENT The deliverables of the visit are expected to be in the sectors of skill development, space, information and technology and cyber.last_img read more

A Shattered Love Gave Rise to the Most Vengeful Female Pirate in

first_img“Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.” These words could certainly apply to Jeanne de Clisson, a French noblewoman turned pirate who was known as the scourge of the Normandy coast during the early years of the Hundred Years War, in the mid-14th century. With a fleet of only three ships painted black with red sails, she would go down in history as one of the most vicious pirates of her time.Jeanne’s grudge against Philip VI of France started when the King executed her husband, Olivier de Clisson, for treason. Jeanne’s heart was broken and from this moment on her life became one of vengeance and piracy to get back at the crown who had wronged her.Coat of Arms of the Clisson Family. Photo by Caracal Rooikat CC BY SA 4.0The Hundred Years War — a series of conflicts in which two ruling houses, the House of Plantagenet (who ruled England) and the House of Valois (who ruled France), battled for the French throne — lasted from 1337 to 1453. Following the death of the Duke of Brittany, John III, in 1341, both houses claimed the right to control this strategic region of northwest France.Frenchman Charles de Blois was named the new Duke of Brittany, and the English challenge was led by John Montfort. Olivier de Clisson, who fought in the ranks Charles de Blois, was captured by the English and a ransom was set for his freedom.Exécution d’Olivier IV de Clisson, 1343.Judging the ransom as too low, De Blois was became suspicious of Olivier’s loyalty, presuming that he was sent back as a spy.Although without any substantial evidence, King Phillip backed De Blois’ claim, ordering Olivier’s capture and public execution — a sentence reserved only for common criminals. It was certainly not a dignified way for a noble to go.This came as a shock to local aristocrats, who were even more appalled when Olivier’s head was impaled on a spike and exhibited in the region’s capital, Nantes.Charles de Blois.After this, Jeanne swore to get her revenge. Allegedly, she even took her two sons to see their father’s head on display to entrench their hatred towards Phillip VI and his accomplice, Charles de Blois.Olivier’s property was confiscated, leaving Jeanne and her children homeless.Forced to sell all her belongings, the widow used the funds to raise a small army, advocating for the secession of Brittany from France. During her campaign she made several attacks on French outposts, massacring the garrisons, making no exception.Battle of Crecy.However, once news reached Paris, the element of surprise was lost for Jeanne de Clisson. She turned to piracy, as it proved easier to conduct hit-and-run actions at sea.Her “Black Fleet” began raiding transport vessels belonging to Phillip VI around the year 1343, disrupting supply lines and crippling the French army. In her quest for vengeance, she was not alone. Jeanne, who earned the nickname “Lioness of Brittany,” was sponsored by both the British and separatists within Brittany. In return, she provided the English with supplies during the Battle of Crecy in 1346.Standing tall on her flagship My Revenge, Jeanne de Clisson patrolled stealthily across the English Channel, harnessing great wealth through pillage. She was known to be especially merciless when encountering aristocrats loyal to the French crown.Tales of her cruelty echoed all the way to the throne room in Paris, as she would usually leave one or two survivors to tell stories first-hand.Philip VI the Fortunate.By 1350, however, Phillip VI was dead and the House of Montfort took power in Brittany. Nevertheless, Jeanne continued raiding French ships as the Hundred Years War raged on.After her flagship was sunk during a battle in 1356, she was adrift for five days together with her sons. One of them died of exposure before they were rescued by the Montforts.After this terrible mishap, Jeanne de Clisson, The Lioness of Brittany decided that she would be a pirate no more.Forced her to seek security for herself and her surviving son after their life of adventure, she married Sir Walter Bentley, a high-ranking officer in the English army, and settled in the port town of Hennebont, which was under the protection of her allies, the Montforts.There she lived until her death in 1359.Her story has been an inspiration for many written accounts and legends. Although there is evidence of her existence and many of her actions in a court verdict, pronouncing her guilty of treason in absentia, as well as several mentions in other documents confirming her alliance with the English.Read another story from us: The Epic and Gruesome Last Stand of Blackbeard – History’s Most Famous PirateIn the end, she did get the revenge she sought, as her actions largely contributed to several English victories.last_img read more

Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy Shows 98 Percent Prostate Cancer Cure Rate

first_img 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. 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 | 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 Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD 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 Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more Related Content 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 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 center_img 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 | 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 | Prostate Cancer | April 19, 2016 Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy Shows 98 Percent Prostate Cancer Cure Rate Technique offers shorter treatment course for low- and intermediate-risk patients with no increase in side effects 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 | 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 The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. April 19, 2016 — A five-year study shows that stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) offers a higher cure rate for prostate cancer than more traditional approaches, according to researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center.The study — the first trial to publish five-year results from SBRT treatment for prostate cancer — found a 98.6 percent cure rate with SBRT, a noninvasive form of radiation treatment that involves high-dose radiation beams entering the body through various angles and intersecting at the desired target. It is a state-of-the-art technology that allows for a concentrated dose to reach the tumor while limiting the radiation dose to surrounding healthy tissue.“The high cure rate is striking when compared to the reported five-year cure rates from other approaches like surgery or conventional radiation, which range between 80 to 90 percent, while the side effects of this treatment are comparable to other types of treatment,” said Raquibul Hannan, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of radiation oncology and lead author for the study. “What we now have is a more potent and effective form of completely noninvasive treatment for prostate cancer, conveniently completed in five treatments.”Conventional treatment options for early-stage prostate cancer include:Prostatectomy, the surgical removal of the prostate gland, which can be done with minimally invasive techniques and robotic assistance;Brachytherapy, in which doctors implant numerous small radioactive seeds about the size of a grain of rice into the prostate gland using multiple large needles inserted through the skin in the operating room. Once implanted, the seeds release their radioactivity directly into the prostate gland; andExternal beam radiation, which involves 42 to 45 treatments administered over two or more months, five days a week.“The current form of radiation is 44 treatments given over nine weeks. In contrast, the SBRT therapy we used allows the delivery of highly focused radiation in only five treatments, allowing patients to return to their normal lives more quickly,” said senior author Robert Timmerman, M.D., director of the Annette Simmons Stereotactic Treatment Center at UT Southwestern, and professor and vice chairman of the Department of Radiation Oncology. “SBRT is both more convenient and has increased potency.”UT Southwestern served as the lead site for the multi-institutional clinical trial, which involved first-time prostate cancer patients diagnosed with stage I or stage II (low- and intermediate-risk) prostate cancer. A total of 91 patients were treated prospectively and followed for five years, with only one patient experiencing a recurrence of his cancer. The findings are published in the European Journal of Cancer.Terry Martin of McKinney, Texas, said the fewer number of treatments was a compelling advantage when he was evaluating treatment options.“I live 45 minutes away from UT Southwestern. The difference between being treated five times versus 44 times is enormous,” said Martin, a retired airline pilot. “I felt that I was back to normal just 10 days after finishing treatment.”In addition to shorter treatment times, researchers found that side effects were not necessarily different compared to other forms of prostate cancer treatment. In the short term, the side effects of SBRT can include urinary issues (urgency, frequency and burning) and rectal irritation, which are often temporary and reverse within four weeks of treatment. Researchers found a small risk of longer-term urinary and rectal complications, which is also comparable to conventional treatments. Decrease in erectile function was seen in 25 percent of patients, fewer than with conventional radiation or surgery, said Hannan.To reduce the side effects associated with SBRT, current clinical trials at UTSW are using a biodegradable rectal spacer gel to protect the rectum. UTSW is currently the only accredited site in Texas at which this spacer gel can be used.Other clinical trials at the UTSW Department of Radiation Oncology are seeking to expand the application of SBRT to high-risk (Stage III) prostate cancer patients. “Our hope is that the high potency of this form of treatment will significantly improve treatment of these patients,” said Hannan, the principal investigator of the high-risk prostate SBRT trial.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 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 morelast_img read more

Jacó Happenings

first_imgNo related posts. Liana Robinson worked very hard to establish the library in Jacó, and now she needs funding. Please help save the library! The Jacó Library and Learning Center will host a charity fundraiser dinner Wednesday, July 25 from 6:30-10 p.m. at EAT! Restaurant.Tickets are $30 and include a three-course meal, a glass of house wine, entertainment and more. Join us and help support the library so it can continue serving the community. Tickets are available at the Jacó Library and at EAT! For more information, contact Liana at 8378-9978 or email On Saturday, July 21, stop in to the Riviera Home Center from noon-5 p.m. for a party in which the new Bali line will be unveiled. The new collection is arriving from Indonesia, and the famous Riviera Cama will also be on display. For more information, call 2643-1860 or email –Christina Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Applications for US jobless aid fall to nearly 15year low

first_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Sponsored Stories A healthier consumer could be a key driver of growth in the second half of this year. Consumer spending accounts for about 70 percent of economic activity.The economy contracted 0.7 percent in the first three months of the year, a sharp slowdown from growth of 3.6 percent in the second half. Yet that is seen as temporary: most economists expect growth will recover to a 2 percent to 2.5 percent pace in the second quarter.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Comments Share Top Stories The figures suggest that Americans are enjoying solid job security. Applications, a proxy for layoffs, have remained below 300,000, a historically low level, for 15 weeks. The trend indicates that employers are confident enough in future consumer demand to retain their staffs.The data is “very encouraging labor market news,” said Jennifer Lee, an economist at BMO Capital Markets.The number of people receiving benefits fell 50,000 to 2.22 million. That figure has fallen 14 percent in the past year.Employers have also hired at healthy levels in recent months. They added 280,000 jobs in May, a strong showing. Last year’s monthly average of 263,667 was the most in 15 years.The unemployment rate rose to 5.5 percent in May from 5.4 percent in April, but even that contained some good news: More Americans, encouraged by their prospects, started looking for work last month. Not all immediately found jobs, so their numbers lifted the unemployment rate.Other data show that the economy is picking up after faltering at the start of the year. Americans stepped up their spending at retail stores in May, a sign that job growth and cheaper gas prices are finally encouraging more consumers to spend freely. And consumers ramped up their car purchases in May to the fastest sales pace since July 2005. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Top holiday drink recipes WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people seeking unemployment benefits fell last week, evidence that layoffs remain at unusually low levels and the job market is moving closer to full health.Weekly applications for jobless aid dropped 12,000 to a seasonally adjusted 267,000, the Labor Department said Thursday, near 15-year lows reached two months ago. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, declined 2,000 to 276,750. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous oflast_img read more

A sevenyear restoration of a grand former bank b

first_imgA seven-year restoration of a grand, former bank built in the NSW Southern Highlands in 1892 has finished with the opening of The Old Bank Boutique Hotel in Mittagong offering luxury heritage accommodation and a window into a bygone era.Now one of the Southern Highlands’ finest historic buildings, the Old Bank is inviting the public to withdraw from the present and deposit themselves in the genteel grandeur of yesteryear with a stay in one of the B&B’s five deluxe, individually themed suites, studio or free-standing cottage. To mark the opening of The Old Bank, guests can stay three consecutive nights until 1 December 2016, and pay for just two.Boasting a wine cellar located in the original bank vault, sealed by a one-tonne door cast in London in 1852, and a much-loved giant teddy bear called Matilda ensconced in a favourite chair in The Library, The Old Bank – just 80 minutes from Sydney – offers guests personal service, complimentary afternoon tea with home-made cake, port and shortbread for supper, hearty country breakfasts with seasonal orange juice squeezed from the owners’ own orchard and a farewell gift of home-made jam.The Victorian Romanesque-styled property was built in Mittagong in 1892 as a branch of the Commercial Banking Company of Sydney with the bank manager and his family living upstairs. The building ended its life as a bank in the 1970s and fell into disrepair. In 2009, local heritage lovers, Warwick and Barbara Wainberg, purchased the property – then a dilapidated pigeon coop – and, using local tradespeople, began the immaculate and painstaking restoration project to return the stately building to its former glory on Mittagong’s main street.The new-look Old Bank now features original, tessellated tiles and double swing, cedar doors in the grand, front porch, three log fires, leather chesterfield sofas in the cosy library and lounge, pull cord lighting, indoor and outdoor dining areas, fountain-festooned courtyard, polished cedar staircase, ornate cornices, plush, hand-made, woollen rugs, Egyptian cotton bed linen, feather doonas and heated bathroom floors and towel racks.Coffee machines, fresh milk and phone-charging points are available in all rooms, sun-facing balconies adjoin two suites and walls throughout the hotel are adorned with dozens of historic photos capturing life in the Southern Highlands over a century ago. Pennies and h’pennies found during the restoration have been framed for viewing and fresh flowers add to the captivating charm. Original stables and a convict-built coach house behind the Old Bank are also being restored as heritage accommodation, to open early 2017.During their stay at the character-filled Old Bank, guests can visit the ducks at nearby Lake Alexandra, admire the views from the peaks of Mt Gibraltar and Mt Alexandra, which overlook the hotel, and visit the many antique stores, boutiques, galleries, gardens, restaurants, cafes, wineries, award-winning gardens, walking trails, bicycle tracks and golf courses for which the Southern Highlands are famous.Accommodation at The Old Bank is available from $295 per room per night on weeknights (Sunday to Thursday) and from $345 on weekends (Friday to Saturday). For stays until 1 December 2016, guests can stay for three nights and pay for two. Rates include afternoon tea and full breakfast. Local wines and ciders are available from the cellar. The Old Bank also caters for weddings, business events and private functions. Free Wi-Fi in house and complimentary pick-ups from Mittagong Railway Station are also offered.last_img read more

Rep Lauwers applauds passage of measure to help feed needy

first_imgState Rep. Dan Lauwers today hailed House passage of legislation that protects farmers, food processors and grocery stores that donate food to nonprofit organizations to feed the needy from frivolous lawsuits.Rep. Lauwers, R-Brockway Township, said House Bill 4017 will help feed the 22 percent of Michigan children who do not know where their next meal is coming from by enabling more organizations to donate food to shelters, food pantries and other nonprofits.The legislation will not provide immunity from liability if the donor knew that the food was not fit for human consumption.“Right now we have billions of pounds of good, usable food going into landfills every year because prospective donors are concerned they might have to spend time and money fighting frivolous lawsuits filed by bad actors seeking to make a quick profit,” said Rep. Lauwers, who chairs the House Committee on Agriculture, which took testimony on the bill earlier this month. “Groups testifying in favor of the bill said enactment of the bill could reduce landfill materials by 15 percent, as well as saving businesses that want to donate food up to 50 percent in liability insurance.“But most of all, it would mean fewer families in Michigan will go to bed hungry because a prospective donor threw good food away because it was apprehensive about being sued,” Rep. Lauwers said.The measure now goes to the Senate for consideration.##### Categories: Lauwers News,News More donations will result in less food wastecenter_img 26Mar Rep. Lauwers applauds passage of measure to help feed needylast_img read more