(Grand Chief Tony Alexis and Pope Francis during their meeting in St. Peter’s Square in 2016.)The Canadian PressCatholics have a role to play in continuing to urge Pope Francis to apologize for the role the church played in running Canada’s residential schools, Crown- Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett said Wednesday after the pontiff publicly declined to accept responsibility for the trauma suffered by Indigenous survivors.The federal government will keep pushing the church to apologize for its role in the spiritual, cultural, emotional, physical, and sexual abuse of First Nations, Inuit, and Metis children in Catholic-run residential schools, as recommended by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Bennett said.“Sorrow is not enough. Sorrow is never enough,” Bennett said, referencing an expression of regret the former pope delivered to a group of former victims and survivors of the church-run boarding schools who visited the Vatican in 2009.“One has to take responsibility for the harm that was done, not only to the children that were taken, but for the families left behind.”A letter released Tuesday by the president of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops says Pope Francis has not shied away from recognizing injustices faced by Indigenous peoples around the world, but that he can’t personally apologize for residential schools.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who is Catholic, said he was disappointed by the Pope’s decision, stressing that reconciliation extends beyond the relationship between the government and Indigenous people. Trudeau visited the Vatican last year, where he personally asked the Pope to consider the gesture.Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer, also a Catholic, said all institutions that played a significant role in the residential school system should apologize in order to move Canada forward on the path of reconciliation.The church has offered formal apologies in the past, including in 2010 to Irish victims of sexual abuse and in 2015 to Indigenous peoples in the Americas for the “grave sins” of colonialism.From the 19th century until the 1970s, more than 150,000 Indigenous children were taken from their families and forced to attend Christian schools, the majority of which were run by the Catholic Church.The church’s refusal to take responsibility is part of a misplaced belief held by Catholic leaders that the abuse was simply discipline gone wrong, and was justified in order to save souls through religious conversion, Senator and former judge Murray Sinclair, who co-chaired the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, said Wednesday on social media.“Canadian Catholic leaders who persuaded the Pope to adopt this position should be ashamed of themselves,” Sinclair said. “The shame of those who abused children in their institutions in the past is now theirs to wear.”Sinclair’s son Niigaan, a native studies professor at the University of Manitoba, described the church’s decision as “remarkably short-sighted and disrespectful.”Reconciliation cannot happen in Canada without an apology from the Catholic Church, he added.“Before we can have any reconciliation we have to have truth,” Niigaan Sinclair said, adding that an apology would “be a recognition by the church that they participated in genocide.”Liberal MP Robert-Falcon Ouellette, who has Cree and Metis heritage, said he believes the Church will eventually apologize – a day he said may come during a future papal visit to Canada.“If one man could simply snap his fingers, things would have been done a long time ago, but unfortunately that doesn’t happen in large institutions,” said Ouellette, who said he attends a Catholic church.
MONTREAL — The real estate arm of the Caisse de depot et placement du Quebec has acquired a 51% interest in a two-million-square-foot New York City office tower for more than US$850-million.Handout/ Ivanhoe Cambridge Ivanhoe Cambridge says the majority managing member interest in the building at 1211 Avenue of the Americas was acquired from an affiliate of Beacon Capital Partners LLC.The 45-storey, class A asset is centrally located between 47th and 48th streets adjacent to the Rockefeller Center and stands among a row of skyscrapers known as “corporate row,” Ivanhoe said in announcing the deal Tuesday.“This investment exemplifies one of the priorities set out in our strategic plan: to build our office building portfolio in the United States by growing a critical mass of assets in key markets such as New York City,” said Bill Tresham, president, Global Investments, Ivanhoe Cambridge.This transaction brings the company’s investments in the office and multi-residential sectors of Manhattan to more than US$3 billion.It is also Ivanhoe Cambridge’s third acquisition made as part of its strategic relationship with Callahan Capital Properties.
The head of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) today supported Haiti’s Provisional Electoral Council’s declaration that former President René Préval was the winner of last week’s presidential elections and stressed that the Council’s decision had not been influenced by the mission.Congratulating the Haitian people for their participation in the elections, MINUSTAH chief Juan Gabriel Valdés and the Organization of American States (OAS) mission chief José Miguel Insulza told a joint news conference in Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince, that neither organization had taken part in the Council’s discussions leading to the declaration. MINUSTAH was now prepared to assist with the legislative elections for senators and deputies, Mr. Valdés said. According to Haiti’s electoral calendar, the new President would be sworn in on 29 March.As thousands of people poured into the streets to celebrate the result, the MINUSTAH Force Commander’s reserve troops, plus other peacekeepers usually deployed in the provinces, were temporarily redeployed to the capital.Port-au-Prince residents began celebrations as early as 3 a.m, reaching an estimated total of 20,000 people by the afternoon, with around 15,000 of them gathered around the National Palace, MINUSTAH said.
VANCOUVER – Silver Standard Resources (TSX:SSO) has a friendly deal to acquire Saskatoon-based Claude Resources, which operates a gold mine in northeastern Saskatchewan.The offer values Claude Resources (TSX:CRJ) at C$377 million in total or the equivalent of about $1.65 per share — mostly from shares of Vancouver-based Silver Standard.Claude’s shareholders would own about 32 per cent of the combined company.The companies — which have a total of three operating mines in Canada, the United States and Argentina — estimate the combined operation would produce the equivalent of 390,000 ounces of gold.Silver Standard is offering 0.185 of a common share and one-hundredth of a cent in cash per Claude Resources share. Silver Standard Resources strikes friendly deal to buy Claude Resources by The Canadian Press Posted Mar 7, 2016 5:48 am MDT Last Updated Mar 7, 2016 at 6:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
Briefing the Council on the situation in the Middle East, Jens Anders Toyberg-Frandzen, Assistant Secretary-General ad interim for UN Political Affairs, stressed that Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is alarmed by the rise in tensions – particularly attacks against religious sites – that has continued since the Council’s emergency session of 29 October. “The Secretary-General has expressed his deep concern about the upsurge in violence and calls on all sides to do everything possible to avoid further exacerbating an already tense environment,” Mr. Toyberg-Frandzen said.“The continued reality of the close to 50-year long occupation and the lack of progress towards the two-State solution ensure that the next round of violence is never too far below the surface. The time has come for leaders on both sides to make the difficult compromises that will promote stability and ensure long-term security for both Israelis and Palestinians,” Mr. Toyberg-Frandzen added.Clashes between Palestinian youths and Israeli security forces in many parts of East Jerusalem and the West Bank have been taking place on an almost daily basis, and escalating tensions surrounding access to holy sites have contributed significantly to the spike in violence. Violence has also spread elsewhere in Israel and the West Bank, Mr. Toyberg-Frandzen noted. He said that incidents have included Israeli police shooting and killing an Israeli Arab man in the village of Kafr Kanna in northern Israel on 8 November, alleging that he had threatened them with a knife. On the same day, thousands of people reportedly protested the killing, leading to clashes with police in the village. On 10 November, an Israeli soldier in Tel Aviv and an Israeli woman in the West Bank were stabbed to death, while on 11 November a Palestinian man was reportedly shot to death by Israeli security forces during clashes at a refugee camp near Hebron.Mr. Toyberg-Frandzen also said that the Secretary-General welcomes the renewed assurances by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that there will be no changes made to the status quo regarding the holy sites. Mr. Ban expects Israel to continue to ensure the protection of the holy sites and the safety of all worshippers, as per its agreement with Jordan. Expressing hope that the announced confidence-building measures and firm commitments to maintain the status quo regarding the holy sites will “translate immediately into a de-escalation of tensions,” Mr. Toyberg-Frandzen said he was encouraged by the lifting on 14 November of age restrictions for access to the Haram Ash-Sharif/Temple Mount, where Friday prayers reportedly occurred without incident.Another worrying development, however, is the increase in demolitions of Palestinian buildings, which is also contributing to rising animosity in Jerusalem, he noted. Since 21 October, a total of 82 structures – of which 47 are residential – were demolished in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem. The demolitions displaced 169 Palestinians, including 80 children.Meanwhile, Israel’s ongoing settlement activity “continues to undermine efforts to calm the tensions in Jerusalem,” Mr. Toyberg-Frandzen said. Noting that plans have been advanced to build some 500 residential units in the settlement of Ramat Shlomo, and 28 new building permits and 200 new residential units were approved in the settlement of Ramot, in East Jerusalem, he stressed that such actions are in defiance of the unanimous opposition to increased settlement activity expressed in the recent Council session on Jerusalem.“As the Secretary-General has consistently repeated, such unilateral actions will only further impede the chances for long-term stability and a durable peace and should therefore be reversed,” Mr. Toyberg-Frandzen said.Reiterating that the Secretary-General urges the parties to return to peace talks, he noted the recent meeting on the peace process held in Washington and the call for the resumption of peace talks by the European Union’s High Representative during her visit to the region this month. “Returning to negotiations has never been more important. The absence of a credible political framework is further hardening positions on both sides and is providing greater political space to those seeking to exploit the lack of trust between the two parties for personal or political gain,” he said.Turning to Gaza, Mr. Toyberg-Frandzen said that while some signs of progress have gradually started to emerge, the overall state of affairs in the region remains “volatile and fraught with potential pitfalls.”On a positive note, he noted that the temporary Gaza reconstruction mechanism began its operations earlier this month. Led by the Palestinian Government of National Consensus and working through the private sector, the mechanism’s priority is the provision of reconstruction material for urgent shelter repairs. He also noted that by 13 November, 1,086 Gazans had been able to purchase much-needed construction material, including some 10,146 bags of cement to start the rehabilitation of their homes. In addition, there are currently $62 million worth of UN construction projects awaiting approval by the Israeli authorities for an average of 24 months. Timely approval of these projects would be an important step towards accelerating the recovery and reconstruction efforts in the Gaza Strip, he said.“The United Nations is actively assisting in facilitating the implementation of the mechanism,” Mr. Toyberg-Frandzen said. “But in order for it to be successful we need a conducive environment and the cooperation of all the parties concerned,” he stressed, noting that it is “critically important” that donors honour the pledges made at the Cairo Conference on 12 October.Furthermore, he said it is encouraging that Israel reportedly plans to increase the number of truckloads of construction materials entering the Gaza Strip, up to 800 trucks daily, instead of the current 350 trucks. Calling on the Palestinian factions to uphold their responsibilities to ensure that the reconstruction material is not diverted to support illegal activities, he also encouraged both Israel and Egypt to accelerate efforts to come up with sustainable solutions that will address their legitimate security concerns while progressively easing border restrictions.However, Mr. Toyberg-Frandzen stressed that the reconstruction of Gaza is “doomed to fail” without a long-term ceasefire between Israel and the Palestinians. In that regard, he noted Egypt’s intention to host talks during the second half of November after their postponement last month. “The importance of urgently continuing the negotiations cannot be overstated,” Mr. Toyberg-Frandzen said. “We strongly encourage the parties to use the opportunity of the talks to reach agreement on concrete arrangements that will sustain the ceasefire and reinforce reconstruction efforts.”Specifically, he said the talks should involve discussion of tangible steps leading to the lifting of the closures that continue to “perpetuate Gaza’s socio-economic despair and embolden the proponents of extremism and violence,” he stressed.Mr. Toyberg-Frandzen also said that there has been little or no progress on implementing the agreement that established the Palestinian Government of National Consensus. Encouraging the Palestinian factions to urgently undertake the necessary work to implement the agreement and refrain from any action that could undermine such efforts, he stressed that the Government of National Consensus must be empowered to assume its “rightful security and governance responsibilities” in Gaza. “The success of Gaza’s reconstruction also relies on Palestinian willingness to truly unite and do what is necessary to facilitate the entry of the Government of National Consensus into Gaza. Addressing these challenges will not be easy but there is no alternative,” he added.
OSU then-redshirt freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) runs with the ball during a game against Rutgers on Oct. 18, 2014 at Ohio Stadium. Credit: Lantern File PhotoAs No. 1 Ohio State (7-0, 3-0) looks for its 21st straight victory, it will be doing so with a new, yet familiar, face under center.Redshirt sophomore J.T. Barrett, who started 12 games in 2014 and finished fifth in the Heisman Trophy voting, unseated redshirt junior Cardale Jones as the starting quarterback before the Buckeyes’ Week 8 matchup at Rutgers, OSU coach Urban Meyer announced on Tuesday.“J.T has earned the right to start Saturday at Rutgers,” Meyer said during the weekly Big Ten coaches teleconference.Jones has started each of the Buckeyes’ seven games this season but was benched in the second half in favor of Barrett against Penn State after a 9-of-15, 84-yard performance. Barrett, used throughout the game in the red zone as well as the extended run in the second half, was 4-of-4 for 30 yards and two touchdowns while running 11 times for 102 yards and two additional scores.Regardless of who is calling the plays for the offense, senior left tackle Taylor Decker said he thinks the unit is hitting its stride.“I think we’re farther along than we were at this time last year,” Decker said. “There’s always going to be a ton of questions and everything … but I think we’re farther along.”Decker went on to say that the offense was being held back by two areas of weakness, which it went on the attack to eliminate.“We’re improving. We’re a capable offense,” Decker said. “I think we have been, honestly, playing well. I think the issues were turning the ball over and penalties.”With seven wins in the books, OSU now turns its attention to Rutgers (3-3, 1-2).The Scarlet Knights grabbed their first conference win last week at Indiana in a 55-52 shootout. Rutgers trailed 52-27 late in the third quarter of that game, but came all the way back to win on a 26-yard field goal as time expired.While Rutgers carries one of the country’s worst defenses with 447.3 yards allowed per game, OSU sophomore guard Billy Price said the Buckeyes must respect any foe, especially one in the Big Ten.“You can’t go into any games taking them lightly, because it’s college football and any team will creep up on you, so we have the utmost respect for them,” Price said.Price said the size Rutgers has on the defensive line stands out to him when he looks at tape and thinks back to last season’s meeting, a 56-17 OSU romp in Columbus.The Buckeyes will look to go into High Point Solutions Stadium in Piscataway, New Jersey, to do the same on Saturday. Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m.Rushing leaderboardAgainst Penn State, junior running back Ezekiel Elliott eclipsed the 3,000-yard rushing mark with his 153 yards.Now, several former Buckeyes sit in front of him to be passed on the all-time OSU rankings.If Elliott hits his season average of 141 rushing yards on Saturday, he could move from eighth to fifth on the list. The St. Louis native would pass former OSU running backs Carlos Hyde and Keith Byers to move into sixth place, but moving into fifth could pose a challenge.Redshirt senior Braxton Miller currently stands 118 yards in front of Elliott with 3,246. While it seems clear that Elliott will soon pass the former quarterback, a strong game from Miller could keep him in fifth for at least one more week.Beanie Wells would be the next in line after Miller for Elliott to pass, as he sits in fourth place, 254 yards in front of Elliott. Archie Griffin is the all-time leader with 5,589 yards, a mark that would be difficult for Elliott to eclipse even if he chooses to forgo the NFL draft for his senior year.Injury reportThough he left the Penn State game in the first possession with an ankle sprain and did not return, Meyer described senior linebacker Joshua Perry as “probable” for Saturday.Another senior defensive starter will not have the same fortune, however, as defensive lineman Tommy Schutt had wrist surgery after the game. Meyer said Schutt “should be back in a couple of weeks,” but will miss the game against Rutgers. Listed in his place on OSU’s depth chart are redshirt senior Joel Hale and redshirt sophomore Michael Hill.While healthy, the Buckeyes will also be without senior linebacker Cam Williams for the first half of the game due to a second-half targeting call that had him ejected from the game against Penn State. Junior Joe Burger entered the depth chart in Williams’ absence.For the Scarlet Knights, senior wide receiver Leonte Carroo, the school’s all-time leader in touchdown receptions, is considered questionable with a right ankle injury. Carroo said he’ll “definitely be playing” after Rutgers’ win over Indiana, but he did not practice on Tuesday. Up nextThe Buckeyes will have their first bye week of the season upon returning from Piscataway. Their next game is scheduled to be an 8 p.m. affair at Ohio Stadium against Minnesota on Nov. 7.
Greece on Saturday announced an investigation into a fire aboard a Greek-flagged ship which killed at least nine crew members off Venezuela.“Greece, in cooperation with the authorities in Venezuela, will open an inquiry into this tragic incident,” Interior Minister Michalis Chryssohoides was quoted as saying by public Net television.He expressed his condolences to the families of the victims, six Filipino sailors and three Greek officers.The blaze broke out Friday aboard the cargo ship Aegean Wind, owned by Atlantic Bulk Carriers.The “Aegean Wind” was en route from Brazil to Houston of the United States when one engine room caught fire before dawn on Friday about 33 nautical miles (61 km) northeast of the island of Blanquilla.Six of the dead were from the Philippines and three from Greece.The Aegean Wind was transporting iron ore from Brazil to the US port of Houston, Texas.Atlantic Bulk Carriers said a Dutch-flagged tug, the London, had gone to the aid of the freighters. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Patrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Reach him at http://patricktimm.com. That was a fast-moving robust burst of wind Saturday night that caused all kinds of havoc with power outages and tall trees knocked down. In all my years of watching weather come and go, I believe that was the shortest windstorm ever.Probably good that it was; can you imagine hours and hours of 50 mph winds? The strongest winds locally I heard of were 54 mph on the Interstate Bridge. The official wind gust for Vancouver was 40 mph but that is measured at low lying Pearson Airfield and the higher up in elevation you went the winds were stronger.Today and into Wednesday we will have more gusty winds this time from the east rather than the south and southwest. A huge storm well off the coast will draw easterly winds through the gorge and outward toward the coast. You can expect winds between 25-35 with gusts over 40 mph and over 50 mph out near Camas, Washougal and eastward.I wish I could control the winds and bring you calm conditions but the weather will move on as she pleases. Jimmy Dean once said this, “I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.”And so it is here in the great Northwest, we have all kinds of weather and we adjust our activities in stride.Besides the gusty east winds today and Wednesday, we will have rain.I expect a good half inch or more here in Vancouver.It’s a good thing too as our monthly rainfall in Vancouver is only 0.37 of an inch, over one inch behind once again.El Nino conditions still exist with storms splitting heading north and south of us. British Columbia has been hammered with excessive rain this winter. Sure, we get a direct punch once in a while but still lacking way behind. And we really need snow in the mountains big time.Hang on to your hat and we will chat on Thursday as we gear up for more rainfall.
WASHINGTON — A House committee is poised to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress — the opening salvo in what could be a lengthy, acrimonious court battle between House Democrats and President Donald Trump’s administration over special counsel Robert Mueller’s report.House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler scheduled a Wednesday vote to hold Barr in contempt of Congress, citing the Justice Department’s failure to provide the full text of Mueller’s report by the Monday morning deadline. Nadler, D-N.Y., said Barr’s failure to comply with a subpoena left them with “no choice but to initiate contempt proceedings.”The movement to hold Barr in contempt reflects the deepening rift between Democrats and Barr, whom they accuse of spinning the results of Mueller’s investigation to Trump’s benefit. Barr, in a memo summarizing Mueller’s investigation, said there was insufficient evidence that Trump obstructed justice — a conclusion Democrats fiercely dispute.Nadler said the version of Mueller’s report that has already been released to the public offered “disturbing evidence and analysis that President Trump engaged in obstruction of justice at the highest levels.” Now, he said, lawmakers need the full version and the underlying evidence “to determine how to best move forward with oversight, legislation and other constitutional responsibilities.”The committee said that contempt proceedings could be postponed if the attorney general makes a “good faith” effort to comply with the committee. For now, an agreement appears unlikely.
Gov. Jay Inslee has appointed Jeanne Bennett, retired CEO of Workforce Southwest Washington, to the Clark College Board of Trustees.Bennett will step into the position opened by former Vancouver Mayor Royce Pollard, who resigned his seat on the board of trustees in May.“I’m so pleased to serve Clark College and the community in this new role,” Bennett said in a Clark College press release. “I strongly believe in the college’s mission to be in service to the community and helping students achieve their educational and professional goals.”Bennett retired from Workforce Southwest Washington in 2018. The nonprofit agency works with businesses, chambers of commerce and universities to expand job opportunities in the region. When Bennett retired, she listed the organization’s support of job training in manufacturing, construction, health and technology sectors among her accomplishments.Bennett was also director of the Mount St. Helens Institute, worked for Educational Service District 112 and staffed offices for two members of the U.S. House of Representatives.Her appointment comes in a period marked by transitions for Clark College. The 10,000-student college on Tuesday also appointed Sandra Fowler-Hill, a retired Portland Community College president, as its interim president for the next year. The college is negotiating her salary and benefits for the yearlong position.President Bob Knight will retire July 15 after 13 years as Clark College’s president.
Under the terms of the agreement signed on March 8, the companies will seek to advance the project by working together to identify ways to improve the project’s competitiveness, and progress the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) authorization to construct the project. FERC extended the schedule for the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the project by four months. The agency cited the state’s timeline for answering federal regulators’ questions and fulfilling data requests as the reason for the extension. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska Gasline Development Corp. (AGDC) has announced that it has signed an agreement with BP and ExxonMobil to collaborate on ways to advance the Alaska LNG project. In a notice issued by FERC on February 28, they now plan to issue the draft EIS in June. The commission did not specify a date in June. The scheduled release date had been the end of February. Dubler: “BP and ExxonMobil possess world-class LNG expertise which may help AGDC responsibly advance this project with maximum efficiency for the benefit of Alaskans, and I welcome their collaboration.” AGDC Interim President Joe Dubler said in a statement late Friday: “Our respective organizations share an interest in the successful commercialization of Alaska’s stranded North Slope natural gas.”
FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Dec. 3, 2012 – In the management of gliomas — or tumors that originate in the brain — precise assessment of tumor grade and the proliferative activity of cells plays a major role in determining the most appropriate treatment and predicting overall survival. Research published in the December issue of The Journal of Nuclear Medicine (JNM) highlights the potential of imaging with 3′-deoxy-3′-F-18-fluorothymidine (F-18-FLT) positron emission tomography (PET) to noninvasively and accurately provide tumor-specific details to guide management of patients with gliomas.Gliomas are uncommon neoplasms, and most are diffuse tumors that grow quickly. Patients with glioblastoma, the most malignant and most frequent type of glioma, typically die within two years. Ensuring the most appropriate treatment in a timely manner is of utmost importance for these patients.Two studies in the December issue of JNM explore the utility of F-18-FLT PET for providing prognostic information for patients with gliomas. “The accumulation of F-18-FLT is dependent on the presence of thymidine kinase-1, which is closely associated with cellular proliferation. In several clinical studies, F-18-FLT has been validated for evaluation of tumor grade and cellular proliferation in gliomas,” noted Yuka Yamamoto, M.D., lead author of the study, “Correlation of 18F-FLT Uptake with Tumor Grade and Ki-67 Immunohistochemistry in Patients with Newly Diagnosed and Recurrent Gliomas.”In the study led by Yamamoto, researchers retrospectively evaluated F-18-FLT uptake in patients with newly diagnosed (36 patients) and recurrent (20 patients) gliomas. Patients underwent F-18-FLT PET scans; tissue specimens were then taken to obtain a pathological diagnosis. The F-18-FLT images were analyzed by two nuclear medicine physicians, who identified tumor lesions as areas of focally increased uptake exceeding that of normal brain background, and who determined the tumor-to-normal (T/N) ratio. Results the 18-F-FLT PET scan were compared with tumor grade and proliferative activity estimated from the tissue specimens.Researchers found that there was significant difference in the T/N ratio among different grades of newly diagnosed and recurrent gliomas. F-18-FLT uptake correlated more strongly with the proliferative activity in newly diagnosed gliomas than in recurrent gliomas and provided a more comprehensive view to determine tumor grade as compared to a single tissue specimen. The correlation between proliferative volume and prediction of overall survival for high-grade glioma patients was also examined in the article “3′-Deoxy-3′-18F-Fluorothymidine PET-Derived Proliferative Volume Predicts Overall Survival in High-Grade Glioma Patients.” In the study, 26 consecutive patients underwent preoperative 18-F-FLT PET/computed tomography (CT) scans. The maximum standardized uptake value (SUVmax) was calculated and three different PET segmentation methods were used to estimate the proliferative volume. The prognostic value of the SUVmax and the different methods to approximate proliferative volume for overall survival were then assessed.The mean overall survival for the patients in the study was 397 days; 19 patients died during this time. Based on this follow-up information, researchers determined that the signal-to-background ration (SBR) for an adaptive threshold delineation (PVSBR) method showed a significantly better association with overall survival then the SUVmax or the other two PET segmentation methods. “The predictive value of the proliferative volume for the overall survival of patients seems to be independent of the postoperative treatment,” explained Albert J.S. Idema, M.D., lead author of the study. “The importance for patients is the possible utilization of 18-F-FLT PET to select the most appropriate treatment options. The very limited burden that the procedure causes to the patient is a further asset.” The development of new molecular imaging agents, such as F-18-FLT, which is currently used only for research purposes, has enabled clinical researchers to utilize the agents to assess the characteristics of tumors and their therapeutic response. “We hope that these findings will be helpful for identifying the role of F-18-FLT in assessing the response to antiproliferative treatment in patients with gliomas,” said Yamamoto.Authors of the article “3′-Deoxy-3′-18F-Fluorothymidine PET-Derived Proliferative Volume Predicts Overall Survival in High-Grade Glioma Patients” include Albert J.S. Idema, Hieronymus D. Boogaarts and J. Andre Grotenhuis, Department of Neurosurgery, Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre, Nijmegen, The Netherlands; Aswin L. Hoffmann and Esther G.C. Troost, Department of Radiation Oncology, Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre, Nijmegen, The Netherlands, and Department of Radiation Oncology (MAASTRO), GROW School for Oncology and Developmental Biology, Maastricht University Medical Center, Maastricht, The Netherlands; Pieter Wesseling, Department of Pathology, Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre, Nijmegen, The Netherlands, and Department of Pathology, VU University Medical Center, Amsterdam, The Netherlands; Arend Heerschap, Department of Radiology, Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre, Nijmegen, The Netherlands; Winette T.A. van der Graaf, Department of Medical Oncology, Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre, Nijmegen, The Netherlands; and Wim J.G. Oyen, Department of Nuclear Medicine, Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre, Nijmegen, The Netherlands.Authors of the article “Correlation of 18F-FLT Uptake with Tumor Grade and Ki-67 Immunohistochemistry in Patients with Newly Diagnosed and Recurrent Gliomas”include Yuka Yamamoto, Yuko Ono, Fumitoshi Aga, and Yoshihiro Nishiyama, Department of Radiology, Faculty of Medicine, Kagawa University, Kagawa, Japan; Nobuyuki Kawai, Department of Neurosurgery, Faculty of Medicine, Kagawa University, Kagawa, Japan; and Nobuyuki Kudomi, Department of Medical Physics, Faculty of Medicine, Kagawa University, Kagawa, Japan.For more information: http://jnm.snmjournals.org Image courtesy of Imago Systems 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 | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 07, 2019 Contrast Use in First Transthoracic Echocardiogram for Heart Failure Reduces Repeat Testing Heart failure is the fourth most common cause for all admission to U.S. hospitals, and it is the most common reason for… read more Related Content Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. 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A new CEO has been selected at “”Mortgage Returns””:www.mortgagereturns.com/. The company recently announced the appointment of co-founder Jim Blatt to the executive position. [IMAGE]Blatt has more than 15 years of senior level leadership in the industry, as well as extensive experience in small business development. In his new role for Mortgage Returns, Blatt will be responsible for providing relevant and automated marketing solutions for the company’s 225 financial institutions customers around the U.S.Commenting on his ascension to CEO, Blatt said, “”Mortgage Returns has reached five consecutive years of 50 percent or more revenue growth. Last year, we hired a new chief technology officer and doubled our investment in our IT team.””Continuing his official statement, Blatt added, “”I am confident that our commitment to enhancing the technology-driven element of our solution will continue to provide outstanding results for more than 6,000 originators using our award-winning marketing platform.””Prior to helping found Mortgage Returns, Blatt helmed the expansion of retailer “”Mary Englebreit””:maryengelbreit.com/, successfully doubling revenues for the company’s stores in just one year. Blatt has also performed as the senior financial manager for footwear entity, “”Wild Pair””:www.wildpair.co.nz/, which has more than 200 stores nationwide.The launch of Mortgage Returns represented a departure from Blatt’s previous retail experience, and the Missouri-based company specializes in full-service customer retention management and automated marketing solutions for mortgage originators. Mortgage Returns is focused on helping clients maximize profitability from customers, prospects, referral partners, and marketing initiatives, and the company serves an estimated 6,000 originators around the country.In closing, Blatt noted, “”Over the last three years, there has been tremendous consolidation in the mortgage industry. While many mortgage companies and originators have left the business, our clients have experienced record growth. The average originator using our automated marketing platform realized 21 new loans found by Mortgage Returns in the first year, an average return on investment of more than 3,000 percent.”” Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Company News Investors Lenders & Servicers Movers & Shakers Processing Service Providers 2012-02-13 Abby Gregory February 13, 2012 461 Views in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing, Technology Co-Founder Named New CEO for Mortgage Returns Share
Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ “Everybody wants to beat on the drum about a second receiver,” the head coach said, “but I think we’ve got some receivers that we’d like to see what they can do.”Of course, Whiz can’t see what players can do if they’re not on the field, and adding another wideout to the mix would decrease the amount of snaps available to any of the youngsters. That certainly won’t appease the crowd that wanted a player like Braylon Edwards, Malcom Floyd or Lee Evans, but it really comes down to how much you trust the head coach’s judgment. ArizonaSports.com’s Craig Grialou contributed to this report Top Stories What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Cardinals fans, it may be time to get used to the idea of hearing the names Larry Fitzgerald, Andre Roberts, Early Doucet, Chansi Stuckey, Stephen Williams and DeMarco Sampson, as they are likely to be the receivers catching passes from Cardinals quarterbacks this year. While many have been hoping to see the Cardinals acquire a veteran wideout to pair with Fitzgerald, Ken Whisenhunt has maintained his confidence in his young-but-unproven group. Comments Share Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away
Go back to the e-newsletterThe Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts will debut in Panama with the opening of The Santa Maria, a Luxury Collection Hotel & Golf Resort, Panama City, located minutes from the capital’s city-centre.Operated by Bristol Hospitality Group, The Santa Maria is a five-star resort delivering exceptional experiences to travellers seeking an authentic connection to the destination. With this exciting opening, The Luxury Collection expands its footprint in South America where it now operates six properties.“We are delighted to introduce The Santa Maria Hotel & Golf Resort – The Luxury Collection’s first property in Panama and a portal to the destination’s remarkable landscape and rich heritage,” said Mitzi Gaskins, global brand leader, The Luxury Collection. “Panama is a desirable location for global explorers seeking authentic travel experiences, and we are thrilled to invite guests to explore the destination through the lens of The Luxury Collection.”Located within an exclusive neighborhood next to the Costa del Este and Santa Maria business parks and just minutes away from the airport and Panama City’s city centre, The Luxury Collection’s Santa Maria is poised to elevate the destination’s luxury hospitality landscape. The hotel features 182 luxurious guestrooms and suites with authentic Panamanian design elements including the Guna Yala inspired traditional Mola blankets to adorn the beds, handmade baskets made by the Embera community and wood mined from the depth of the Gatun Lake. The Santa Maria offers stunning urban and golf course views, two restaurants, a state-of-the-art spa, a fitness centre with natural light, an outdoor pool and exceptional meeting and event spaces.“Panama is known as the ‘Crossroad of the World’ as it is deeply rich with history, inspiring landmarks, and natural beauty,” said Fidel Reyes, general manager at The Santa Maria. “We’re looking forward to welcoming guests with our warm approach to hospitality and excellent service.”The hotel’s interior design balances the history and culture of the destination with beautifully crafted furniture and decor, including a library filled with carefully curated books on Panama’s local culture. The décor, all accented by handmade artefacts from Reprosa’s Treasure of Panama, the leading company in the preservation of the country’s history and cultural traditions, is reflected throughout the property.Upon arrival, guests of The Santa Maria are whisked into a lush urban oasis surrounded by views of the only Championship Nicklaus Design 18 holes, 72-par golf course in Panama City. Developed to handle Panama’s climate and managed by the world’s largest golf management company, Troon, the exquisite course features rippling fairways, beautiful greens and sculptured bunkers that are challenging for all skill levels. The Santa Maria’s golf course is celebrated throughout the design of the hotel with views from nearly every direction, including views of its signature waterfall hole.Guests can enjoy an array of luxury amenities including a selection of ancestral spa treatments inspired by natural, local ingredients. Dining at The Santa Maria will delight the palate, as Mestizo Restaurant will present some of the finest Panamanian cuisines alongside an international blend of flavours. Guests can also savour fine meat cuts and fresh seafood in the country-club-styled Ocean Prime restaurant. During the day, the Coffee Shop and Deli serves Boquete’s rare Geisha coffee blend, while AQVA invites guests to relax with delicious bites and refreshing cocktails. Additionally, the resort offers 700 square metres of exceptional sun-lit meeting and event space that includes a grand ballroom, three breakout rooms and a private boardroom with an independent foyer.Designed for the current generation of global explorers who seek authentic cultural experiences, the resort’s team of dedicated and experienced concierges led by Les Clefs d’Or invite guests to explore custom-curated tours designed to immerse guests in the authentic Panama, whether through a lunch at a favourite local restaurant or a canoe down the Chagres River to spend the day with the Embera tribe. The resort’s location in offers guests access to some of the destination’s cultural attractions, including Casco Viejo, the world-famous Panama Canal, the Frank Gehry-designed Biodiversity Museum, and the country’s resplendent islands and rainforest.Go back to the e-newsletter
Shanghai, China – Reported by Erin Riley for Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineThis fall, luxury hospitality operator Banyan Tree Hotels and Resorts will debut two exciting China properties, Banyan Tree Shanghai On The Bund and Banyan Tree Tianjin Riverside, as part of the hotel group’s urban resort concept that seeks to combine five-star resort-style features in city-based retreats. Following the brand’s success in premiere destinations like Bangkok, Seoul and Macau, Banyan Tree’s newest ventures capitalize on some of China’s most influential and sought-after locations to offer its elite guests the perfect complements to truly idyllic settings.Shanghai’s Bund is a waterfront boulevard famous for its architectural mishmash of buildings from the art deco period to neo-gothic and Romanesque styles, each filled with modern cultural and commercial centers that provide all the entertainment, shopping and dining options one could imagine. Situated on the banks of the magnificent Huangpu River, Banyan Tree Shanghai On The Bund blends the historic charm of its surrounding landmarks with the dynamism of the bustling Lujiazui financial district.The tailored property sets itself apart from other luxury options as the first hotel in the city to provide river views from every suite. Each of the 130 suites comes equipped with large French windows that open out onto the broad Bund thoroughfare and include a signature suite which features panoramic views and an en-suite dipping pool, as well as the Presidential Suite which will feature a private, luxuriously sized swimming pool.Dining options abound with a bevy of palatable choices that include mouthwatering Western-style seafood at Oceans, authentic Cantonese cuisine offerings at Ming Yuan, and ultra-fresh Japanese sushi and sashimi at Tai Hei. Come sunset, head to the alfresco rooftop bar, Stars, and enjoy flavor-inducing cocktail concoctions amidst breathtaking views of the glimmering Bund skyline.The group’s second anticipation is the Banyan Tree Tianjin, home to 159 sophisticated suites that offer a sanctuary for the senses with picturesque waterfront river views amidst the busy inclinations of Tianjin City. Located in the former Austrian concession district, the surrounding landscape is an icon in and of itself, as it comes clad with charming European-style villas, bridges and churches. Views of Hai River come adorned with grand French windows that open in to interiors of muted tones and refined lines, liking themselves to traditional Chinese ink paintings.In true Banyan Tree-style, both urban retreats come replete with a variety of meeting facilities, the award-winning Banyan Tree spa, top-of-the-line health and fitness club, as well as the signature Banyan Tree Gallery.www.banyantree.com
Battling deities and dragons child’s play compared to fatherhood in ‘God of War’ A screengrab from the video game “God of War,” is shown in a handout photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Sony Interactive Entertainment of America MANDATORY CREDIT by Curtis Withers, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 19, 2018 6:11 am PDT Last Updated Apr 19, 2018 at 7:00 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – “God of War” games have always been larger-than-life adventures played out on violent canvasses, where slaying gods and monsters while traversing majestic cityscapes and hellish war zones are routine.So it’s surprisingly refreshing that the latest title in the popular series, amidst all the bloodshed and bombast, is at its core the story of a fragile relationship between father and son.“God of War,” out this week exclusively for Sony’s PlayStation 4, is the series’ first title since 2014 and its debut on this generation of consoles. Developer SIE Santa Monica certainly takes advantage of the PS4’s power, but the biggest advancements evident in “God of War” have as much to do with character development and storytelling as gorgeous graphics and flashy set pieces.The game opens with series protagonist Kratos, having exacted his vengeance on his father Zeus and the other gods of Olympus, trying to live a quiet life as a mortal somewhere in Scandinavia. His wife has recently died, and he and his son Atreus start out on a journey to deliver her ashes to the highest peak in Midgard.However, the gods in Kratos’s adopted home prove to be as meddlesome and greedy as the Greek deities who previously tormented him. He and Atreus soon find themselves entangled by the machinations of these strange beings, and their once simple quest takes them throughout the nine realms of Norse mythology.Along the way, the duo are set upon by all manner of foes, from undead Vikings to fierce dragons. Anyone who has played a “God of War” game before knows how to handle those foolish enough to get into Kratos’s path.While Kratos starts the game with an axe as his main weapon in place of the Blades of Chaos — the bladed chains he left behind at the conclusion of “God of War III” — combat at its core remains similar. Players can unlock a number of combos Kratos can use with his axe, best administered after dodging or blocking an enemy attack.However, the addition of Atreus adds some depth to the well-worn hack-and-slash formula. Atreus can be commanded to shoot arrows at Kratos’s enemies, and he’ll independently incapacitate some foes while Kratos deals with others. At fist Atreus serves little more than a way to distract enemies, but as his skills in archery increase, so does his usefulness in combat.And therein lies the true conflict for Kratos. Atreus doesn’t know he has the blood of a god, and Kratos wants to keep it that way. He’s seen how petty and cruel gods can be, and wants no part of that for his son. Kratos does this by keeping a wall up between himself and Atreus, initially offering him little guidance in the art of combat, and coldly ignoring Atreus’s desire for praise.Kratos wants to bring this wall down, but doesn’t know how. A poignant scene early in the game has Kratos reaching out to comfort Atreus, who is affected after successfully hunting and killing a stag, only to meekly retract his hand at the last second.Meanwhile, in his effort to protect Atreus, Kratos actively hurts his son by denying him knowledge of his true nature. Atreus doesn’t know what’s happening to him as his arcane powers manifest themselves, leading him to fits of rage or rendering him dangerously ill. For Kratos, slayer of gods, the stakes have never been higher.The evolution of Kratos from a one-note character bent on vengeance to reluctant father and mentor is the game’s greatest achievement. In previous games it was easy to identify with Kratos on a cathartic level — his quest for retribution had sufficient pathos, as his first wife and daughter were slain by his own hand due to the trickery of the god Ares — but his story mostly a backdrop for big action sequences, and his vengeance-at-all-costs attitude robbed him of the emotional heft necessary for us to truly care if he succeeded in his end goal.Now Kratos’s actions have real consequences and weight, and that gives the character impressive depth. Kratos wants to succeed at his second chance at fatherhood. But his aloof and detached nature toward Atreus, borne out of a desire to protect his son, often has him on the precipice of messing things up irreparably.It’s the toughest battle Kratos has ever faced. And it’s one we truly are rooting for him to win.
The race was on Saturday to avert bus strikes in Limassol, Larnaca and Paphos on Monday where thousands of people would face travel misery if public transport employees make good on their threat.The transport ministry said they would do their utmost the resolve the issue before Monday.Limassol bus company Elem, Larnaca’s Zenon and Osypa in Paphos have confirmed their readiness for Monday’s strike, while the remaining three companies – Osel in Nicosia, Osea in the Famagusta district, and Intercity – have expressed their willingness to also take action based on developments.The strike is in response to employees not receiving their November wages, CNA reported on Saturday. Employees are also asking for the return of their collective agreement. The strike was announced after meetings between all sides failed.The transport ministry has yet to make an official announcement, spokesman Demetris Constantinou told the Cyprus Mail on Saturday.“We can’t force them not to strike,” Constantinou said, “though we will try to resolve the matter within the next 48 hours so as to avoid Monday’s strike.”Earlier this month, public transport companies said they were facing closure if the government deducted substantial amounts from the monthly subsidy payments made to them, after it was announced that the state would recover around €25m owed to it by the companies.Transport Minister Vassiliki Anastassiadou had said the government must reclaim that money following a ruling of an independent arbitration committee that was tasked about a year ago to weigh in on the matter.A representative of Emel told Phileleftheros newspaper that the company is unable to pay wages despite all its efforts, since the cuts estimated by the ministry are eight times higher than those estimated by the arbitration committee, while Loukas Louka from Larnaca’s Zenon told the paper that the cuts have left the company not only unable to pay wages, but also unable to function.The government and the six public transport companies had agreed to seek the input of the committee about a year ago following disagreements as to the amount owed to the state from overpayments to the bus companies.Last March, the transport ministry said that all bus companies had received overpayments. The biggest chunk of overpayments made resulting from setting high the cost per kilometre for which the companies receive a government subsidy, was between 2010 and 2014.The contracts between the government and public transport companies expire in July 2020. The transport ministry is to announce within the coming weeks a new, international tender competition, for the new contracts which will be in effect from August 2020.Bus drivers in all districts have gone on several strikes in recent years over late payment of salaries, as a result of the financial disagreements between their employers and the government. You May LikeYahoo SearchThe Early Signs Of Type 2 Diabetes. Search Type 2 Diabetes TreatmentsYahoo SearchUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
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