first_imgzoom The expected expansion of the chemical shipping fleet in 2017, driven by the large number of orders placed in previous years, will continue “squeezing rates on major routes over the next two years,” shipping consultancy Drewry said.Time charter rates weakened in 2016, especially for larger tankers, and freight rates on major long-haul routes dropped. Although the trade volume from the US to Europe and Northeast Asia surged in 2016, the appearance of speculative vessels brought rates down.Although the fleet will continue to expand, growth will be subdued compared to 2015-16, Drewry informed. While deliveries and ordering have reduced in 2016, there are still many ships scheduled to be delivered in the next five years because of heavy ordering during 2014 and 2015.More demolitions are expected because of new regulations that will come into force in 2017. Coupled with the implementation of the Ballast Water Treatment System (BWTS) in September 2017, the adoption of the global 0.5% sulphur cap may potentially accelerate the rate of vessel demolition towards the end of 2020. However, “this is likely to have little impact on fleet supply,” as most of the older ships are of less than 10,000 dwt, and thus, the capacity that can be scrapped will be a small percentage of the total fleet.“We expect fleet oversupply to persist in 2017 and time charter rates for larger ships, especially MRs, to decline because of stiff competition. However, rates for vessels in the smaller categories are likely to remain stable in 2017,” Hu Qing, Drewry’s lead analyst for chemical shipping, said.“The chemical fleet grew by 5.2% in 2016 and is expected to expand by 3.3% to the end of 2017, which will continue squeezing rates on major routes over the next two years. New orders and deliveries are also expected to decline further because of the depressed market and financial woes of shipyards,” Qing added.last_img read more

first_imgPalghar: At least 50 passengers, most of them students of colleges, of a state transport bus were injured on Tuesday when it crashed into bushes after hitting a divider on Pivli-Wada route near Jambulpada village in Palghar district of Maharashtra, police said. The condition of at least two students is stated to be serious. The incident occurred around 7 am when the driver of the bus lost his control over the wheel while trying to save a girl who was crossing the road. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ “The bus jumped the lane, hit the divider, and landed on the other side of the road. It came to halt after crashing into bushes along the road,” said Wada police station Assistant Police Inspector, Govind Borade. He said the injured persons have been admitted to Wada rural hospital and the seriously injured to Thane civil hospital. The bus driver, identified as Vinayak Jadhav (27) has been arrested and booked under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) for rash driving and Motor Vehicles Act.last_img read more

He thanked Iraq for the warm welcome given to Iranian pilgrims and asked for facilitated trade for Iranian businessmen.The two neighboring countries have enjoyed growing ties ever since the overthrow of the former Iraqi dictator, Saddam Hussein, during the 2003 US invasion of the Muslim country. “In our eyes Iraqi government and nation enjoy specific position,” Zarif noted. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif at a meeting with Sri Lanka’s new envoy to Iran, has voiced Tehran’s willingness to further boost ties with Sri Lanka, Iranian media reported.During seperate meetings held in Tehran with the envoys of Iraq, Benin and Sri Lanka, Zarif said Iran has resolved to further boost mutual interactions with the three countries. At the meeting with Iraq’s new ambassador, the Iranian minister described the relations between Baghdad and Tehran as “special”, and hoped for stronger ties in all aspects. read more

Applications for US unemployment benefits fall to 319,000, a sign of steady job market by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted May 8, 2014 6:56 am MDT In this April 22, 2014 photo, Bryan Preston of Hannaford supermarkets, left, talks with job seekers during a job fair at Columbia-Greene Community College in Hudson, N.Y. The Labor Department reports the number of people who applied for unemployment benefits last week on Thursday, May 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Mike Groll) WASHINGTON – The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell 26,000 last week to 319,000, the latest sign that the job market is slowly improving.The drop follows two weeks of increases that reflected mostly temporary layoffs around the Easter holiday. The holiday can cause an uptick in layoffs of bus drivers, cafeteria workers and other school workers during spring break. Those earlier increases caused the four-week average of applications, a less volatile number, to rise 4,500 to a seasonally adjusted 324,750.With the impact of the holiday fading, applications are returning to pre-recession levels. The average fell in early April to 312,000, the fewest since October 2007. The recession officially began in December 2007.“Through the volatility, the data remain encouraging,” said Jim O’Sullivan, chief U.S. economist at High Frequency Economics.The four-week average of applications is down from an average of 343,000 for all of last year, O’Sullivan noted. That is “consistent with the pick-up in employment growth” that’s taken place this year, he added. Monthly job gains have averaged 214,000 from January through April, up from 194,000 in 2013.Applications are a proxy for layoffs, and so the decline suggests that companies are cutting fewer jobs. That trend is typically followed by more hiring, though the relationship is not always exact.About 2.69 million people are receiving benefits, 76,000 fewer than in the previous week. That figure has fallen nearly 11 per cent in the past year. An additional 1.3 million people lost benefits when an emergency program that had provided up to 47 extra weeks of aid expired at the end of 2013.Employers have stepped up hiring in recent months. The economy gained 288,000 jobs in April, the most in 2 1/2 years, the government said last week.In addition, the unemployment rate plunged to 6.3 per cent from 6.7 per cent. But that drop occurred because fewer people looked for work. The government doesn’t count people as unemployed unless they are actively searching.The improved hiring should help boost economic growth for the rest of this year.The economy barely expanded in the first three months of the year, growing at an annual rate of just 0.1 per cent. That was largely because a brutal winter kept consumers away from shopping malls, shut down factories and discouraged home and car sales.But many signs suggest that the economy has rebounded since then as the weather has warmed. Most analysts estimate that the economy is growing at a healthy annual pace of about 3.5 per cent in the current April-June quarter. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Today, SMMT released figures for May pre-registrations in the UK new car market. The data shows the number of cars disposed of by vehicle manufacturers in May 2015 that were defined as pre-registrations.CLICK HERE: Download the May 2015 release.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)

Wycombe council in the Chilterns is to become the first in Britain to require developers to plant enough trees so their canopies to cover at least 25% of the land on any new estate – or risk being refused planning permission. If successful, it is seen as a model for councils nationwide. The move also follows new research demonstrating the value of urban trees in… Planners chose 25% because of research showing it is the “tipping point” between being classed as a poor rather than a leafier prosperous neighbourhood, using multiple indices of social deprivation. Developers will be required to plant “urban forests” that provide tree cover over a quarter of their new estates under pioneering plans. read more

first_imgMPH Ventures has signed a formal agreement with Rio Algom, a wholly-owned subsidiary of BHP Billiton, and with Goldcorp, for the acquisition by the company of 93.45% of the outstanding shares of Pidgeon Molybdenum Mines Ltd (PMML). PMML holds a 100% interest in 210 ha of mining claims under the name ‘Pidgeon Molybdenum Deposit’. The Pidgeon deposit is accessible through the #1 Trans Canada Highway and is approximately 50 km east from the city of Dryden, District of Kenora, Northwestern Ontario. In addition to the accessibility of the property by road, it also has power lines running though its entire length, and is within 8 km of the nearest rail link. MPH says “historic drilling demonstrates excellent potential for a significant large scale and high-grade molybdenum deposit. The system remains open in all directions.”Work on the property for molybdenum dates back to 1946 with diamond drilling carried out in the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s. Several historical resource estimates, produced in the 1950s through to the late 1980s, have been prepared on the Pigeon deposit that include reports by T. Bottrill for BHP Billiton (September 17, 1979) and consulting engineering firm Strathcona Mineral Services for BHP Billiton (July 16, 1980). These reports are the most recent and extensive on the deposit and are believed to be the most reliable. The most recent reports indicate the contained tonnage in the mineralized zone varies from Strathcona’s report of 9,000,000 t drill indicated at 0.096% Mo to as much as Bottrill’s report of 55,000,000 t inferred with grades of 0.081% Mo. Both reports used a cutoff grade of 0.04% Mo. The tonnage varies depending on the parameters used and the assumptions made with respect to molybdenum grades, limits of the mineralization, and geometry of the mineralized body. The historic estimates were based on a total of 76 variably spaced diamond drill holes completed on the property. The company has not yet completed the work necessary to verify the classification of the mineral resource estimates and since the resource estimates are historical in nature and predate and are non-compliant with NI 43-101 standards, the estimates should not be relied upon. In conjunction with Wardrop Engineering, MPH Ventures has initiated a technical report to confirm the historic data and plans to initiate a fill-in diamond drill program to provide sufficient reliable information to complete a NI 43-101 compliant resource estimate. This diamond drill program will commence immediately upon receiving the necessary recommendations from Wardrop Engineering. The Pidgeon mineralization is contained within what has been referred to as a ‘mineralized shell’. This shell has a strike length of 1,500 m and an average true thickness of 30 m and dips 45o to the south. The bulk of the known deposit is within 100 m of surface. The property covers an elongated granodiorite that has intruded metavolcanic rocks. The granodiorite trends almost east west and forms the core of an anticline. Molybdenum mineralization occurs within the granodiorite along the contact with the metavolcanic rocks. Molybdenum mineralization is associated with abundant aplitic sills that intrude the outer margins of the granodiorite. The simple geology with 30 m widths and shallow dips indicate potential for development as an open pit mine. Only a portion of the prospective geology on the property has been adequately tested. “Based on the preliminary geologic interpretation of the Pidgeon Molybdenum Deposit, the Company believes there is real potential of increasing the tonnage significantly”, stated Jim Pettit, President of MPH Ventures, “upon completion of a technical report by Wardrop Engineering, the Company will initiate a drill program to confirm existing historical information, expand upon the known zone, and to test new targets.”last_img read more

first_imgPort of Vancouver commissioner candidate Kris Greene said that a misplaced photo on campaign material sent out to voters on behalf of his opponent is part of a “broader, more insidious problem” of “narrowly focused national interest groups funded by out-of-state billionaires” involved in the race.Earlier this week, the political action committee affiliated with the Seattle-based Washington Conservation Voters mailed out its “2017 Election Guide” for the race. WCV is actively supporting Don Orange in the race, and the four-page guide praised his opposition to a proposed oil terminal at the port while criticizing Greene’s past support for the project and his ties to oil companies. On the cover of the guide is a panoramic picture of the Lions Gate Bridge in Vancouver, British Columbia.Shannon Murphy, WCV president, called the mix-up an “unfortunate mistake” that she attributed to the rapid pace her group has adopted to keep up with the large amount of oil money funding Greene.“The Washington Conservation Voters have no real ties to the local community,” reads a statement from Greene’s campaign. “They have such little concern for us that they don’t even know the difference between a picture of Vancouver, WA and Vancouver B.C.”The race for the Port of Vancouver commissioner District 1 position has become one of the most expensive in the state. Both sides have accused the other of being beholden to funding sources based outside of Vancouver.last_img read more

first_imgLiverpool full-back Trent Alexander-Arnold’s 40-yard pass in Saturday’s 1-0 win over Brighton was “heavenly”, says former Tottenham striker Garth CrooksThe 19-year-old proved to be a constant threat in the game at Anfield and made more open play crosses (5) than any other Liverpool player.The most notable moment came when Alexander-Arnold made a 40-yard half volley cross to Mohamed Salah, who scored the match-winner in the 23rd minute.Below is a clip of the momentAfter being included in his “Team of the Week”, Crooks lavished praise on Alexander-Arnold.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.He told the BBC: “This lad gets better every time I see him. Against a dogged Brighton, the Liverpool and England full-back showed a maturity well beyond his years.“I was surprised to see Arnold standing on his own ready to take the free-kick that hit the bar while Mohamed Salah and James Milner stood and watched.“Alexander-Arnold is a defender who loves to play forward, not square or back, because he’s not afraid and has the talent to do it.“But the moment of the match for me was the 40-yard pass to the feet of Salah on the other side of the pitch. I thought I’d died and gone to heaven. What a ball.”Liverpool have won all three of their opening Premier League games without conceding a goal.Next up for the Reds will be Leicester City on Saturday at the King Power Stadium.last_img read more

first_imgThe candidates have appeared together so often they could finish each other’s sentences.The standing-room audience packed into the Gaiser Hall Auditorium at Clark College was asked not to applaud, and mostly complied.Still, there was plenty of opportunity to judge the six candidates running for the open 3rd Congressional District seat Thursday evening as they fielded questions on topics from the war in Afghanistan to the economy at home.There were a few surprises: Democrat Denny Heck said “every member of Congress ought to take a 10 percent pay cut” until the economic crisis that is crippling middle-class families has passed.Republican David Castillo, responding to a question about national energy policy, called climate change “bunk.”Republican David W. Hedrick said, “climate change may be real, but there is no evidence whatsoever that humans caused it.”Heck emphatically dissented, saying, “climate change is real, and the fact is we have an imperative to reduce our use of fossil fuel.”Candidates sparred over immigration reform, health care reform, the war in Afghanistan and tolling Clark County residents to pay for a new bridge over the Columbia River.Political newcomer Norma Jean Stevens, an Independent who lives in Ocean Park, answered most questions by reading from her website issues page, but she took a pass on a question about impending water shortages, admitting that’s a topic she hasn’t studied.Olympia peace activist Cheryl Crist, whose son is on active duty in the Air Force, called for bringing American troops home from Iraq and Afghanistan, closing some of the nation’s 800 military bases around the world, and redirecting billions of dollars from the Pentagon to solving critical problems at home.last_img read more

first_imgPentagon employees Floyd and Rhonda Rasmussen talked about skipping work in the morning, but she had an important briefing scheduled.So they went to work, where Rhonda’s office wound up right in the path of a hijacked airliner.“It ran over her desk,” Floyd said.Floyd Rasmussen is among several current or former Clark County residents who went to work 10 years ago in Washington, D.C., and New York City and became part of 9/11.Yvette Brown-Wahler was a Navy commander working in the Pentagon.Brian Baird was in his congressional office near the Capitol.Lawson Fite was walking from his Twin Towers subway stop.They tell us how Sept. 11, 2001, unfolded for them.Lawson Fite boarded his New York City subway about six minutes before the world changed.Fite, a 1996 graduate of Hudson’s Bay High School, caught the subway at 8:40 a.m. and started to read a spy novel as his train headed for the mall below the World Trade Center.His first hint that something had happened was the scream of sirens coming from the street above him.“I had never heard so many at once,” said Fite, and they all were racing toward the World Trade Center. He remembered the 1993 attack, when terrorists tried to bring down the World Trade Center with a truck bomb.“It would have been really weird to be present at that attack,” Fite told himself.“Weird” doesn’t begin to describe the scene when Fite walked up a stairway and onto the street. More accurately, he tried to walk up the stairway. It was a slow-motion march: Go up one step and wait; go up one step and wait.“In New York, you move quickly. If there is a backup on the subway, peoples’ natural reaction is to get irritated: ‘What’s going on?’ As I got closer to the top of the stairs, I still could not see out. However, I started to hear people reaching the top of the stairs and, one by one, saying “Oh, —-!’ Now I was wondering what the hell was going on.last_img read more

first_img.Quite a number of large development projects, especially power plants in Patuakhali coastal region, considered the biggest sanctuary for hilsa fish, are putting their routes of migration at stake, fisheries experts say.In only one upazila (sub-district) — Kalapara  —  the government has taken projects to set up six power plants, one sea port, a special economic zone and a four-lane highway.The power energy and mineral resources ministry has declared Kalapara a “power hub”.The government has built four bridges from Barisal to Kalapara. The Barisal-Kuakata highway has turned into a four-lane highway.It has also plans to build an airport in the region. There are some other development projects.A total of 30,000 acres of land will be needed for implementing all these projects, according to Kalapara upazila officials. Already some 15,000 acres of land have been acquired and handed over to different companies.The construction works of Payra Sea port and coal-fired power plants have begun.According to conservationists, once a major sanctuary of hilsa fish, Chandpur, is no longer a good habitat for the flocks of this fish variety due to poor navigability of the river and pollution.Now, the Patuakhali coastal region, particularly Andharmanik, Payra, Bamnabad and Noakhali river, have become the good sanctuary for hilsa fish.Once power plants are built, the rivers of this region will be the source of water for the plants and hot water and wastes will be dumped into the river, experts cautioned. Many ships will be plying on the rivers.Thus, the most crucial migration route for the hilsa fish to come to rivers from the Bay of Bengal will be disrupted.A research report by  Bangladesh Fisheries Research Institute, the United Nations University and the United Kingdom-based International Institute of Environment and Development (IIED) said that Kalapara and Kuakata are the most critical route and sanctuary for the hilsa.During the jatka (hilsa fries) phase, the hilsas move in Andharmanik river and then they return to the Bay of Bengal, according to the report. As there is still no pollution there, the hilsas have good food supply.Waterkeepers Bangladesh and Bangladesh Paribesh Andolon (BAPA) conducted a research on the impact of six power plants and other development projects in Patuakhali. It raised question as to whether the landmass of  Patuakhali can accommodate these industries.Waterkeepers Bangladesh convenor Sharif Jamil told Prothom Alo that hilsa trade in Patuakhali amounts to Tk 40 billion every year.“The big projects will affect the success Bangladesh has achieved in the past decade in increasing hilsa production. The flocks of hilsas may leave the place,” he said.State-owned North-West Power Generation and China are jointly implementing a 1,320-megawatt coal-based power project and 35 per cent of its work is so far complete.In the environmental impact assessment report of the project, it was said that a total of 4.8 million coal will be fired a year and 1,000 tonnes of ashes will be produced. A total of 4,200 cubic meters of water will be collected from the Bamnabad river and the hot water will be released there.Centre for Environment and Geographical Information Services (CGIS), a trustee research organisation of the water resources ministry, conducted the research.It said hilsa sanctuaries will be affected by the projects.Bangladesh Fisheries Research Institute cheif scientific officer and hilsa reseacher Anisur Rahman said to Prothom Alo, “Hilsa fish is very sensitive to pollution and the projects in Kalapara will certainly have serious impact on them.”BRAC University professor emeritus Ainun Nishat told Prothom Alo that a good number of power plants in a particular region might be the cause for large scale pollution there.He said as per environmental law, there should be combined assessed of impacts and risks of these power plants.Bangladesh Agricultural University’s Fisheries department professor Abdul Wahab said hilsa production doubled in Bangladesh in a decacde, thanks to varies government projects. He, however, expressed his concerned that this achievement might be affected by the large power plants.“The rivers in Kalapara are a large sanctuary for hilsa, not only in Bangladesh but also in a global context. The power plants may leave serious negative impact on the hilsa production,” he said.When contacted, the state minister for power, energy and mineral resources Nasrul Hamid said they are making environmental impact assessment for every power plant they are setting up in Kalapara.He, however, admitted that the government has not done any strategic environmental assessment in this region as the country’s experts did not recommend it.* This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Mushfique Wadud.last_img read more

first_imgSince her introduction in 1996’s Tomb Raider, Lara Croft has risen to the position of one of gaming’s most iconic heroines. Toting a pair of pistols, the busty archaeologist explored stunning environments, shot dinosaurs and generally inserted herself into the pop culture pantheon. A big enough name to anchor multiple big-budget Hollywood films, Croft’s badass attitude and polygonal sex appeal has also inspired metric tons of fan art.And, because the world is cruel, some of that amateur art is very weird. People use Lara’s nubile form to work out all sorts of bizarre fetishes and unsanitary ideas. It’s almost enough to make you feel sorry for a fictional character. To celebrate the new Alicia Vikander Tomb Raider film, we dove deep into the archives to pull out multiple selections of the weirdest and worst Lara Croft fan art we’ve ever seen.View as: One Page Slides1. Egyptic AdventuresI had to go back and check but that box that Lara’s dipping her feet into is full of, according to the artist, quicksand. Which, sure, it looks a lot like cat pee, but what would be the problem with getting your feet in quicksand? It’s not like she can drown in that little box.2. The Urn Of HumiliationLara Croft can get out of just about any jam, but this eager artist theorizes that her foes can incapacitate her with a simple jar over the head. Get it? Jam? Jar? Because jam comes in…. forget it. Go on to the next slide.3. Booty RaiderGamers in the late 90s spent many an hour gazing at Lara’s sweet cheeks as she jumped and climbed, so it’s not surprising that today’s fan artists have chosen to make her… a little thiccer than she used to be.4. Lara FartingWe’ve all been there, right? We eat a big beefy bean burrito before spelunking deep into the ancient Aztec tomb and when we’re clinging desperately to a craggy cliff the gas just… yikes. You can tell this artist has drawn a lot of fart clouds in their time.5. In The Greek RuinsIt’s nice that Lara has time to catch some rays in between her globetrotting adventures, but there are some… questionable anatomical choices going on here.6. Male LaraIt’s instructive to think about what a male action hero would look like if the same attention was paid to his sexual characteristics. This drawing speculates a Larry Croft would boast bulging pecs, beefy thighs and a hell of a package.7. Midriff VacuumThe thing about compiling these fan art roundups is that I learn about fetishes I had no idea existed. This artist has hundreds of drawings of fictional characters using their belly buttons as vacuums to suck up water, food or in Lara’s case treasure.8. The Tomb RaiderThis is a pretty terrifying and nightmarish portrait of our heroine. Just check out the vascularity on that hand!9. Alluring LaraThis one’s great because it’s obvious the person who draw it really took their time on the boobs and the guns and then when they got to the waist they just decided to let the chips fall where they may. I’d hate to be her orthopedic surgeon.10. The TrophyI tried to shy away from 3D renderings of Lara Croft because there’s just so Goddamned many of them and they all kind of run together after a while, but I had to make an exception for this deeply weird image.11. Bacon LaraBacon LaraOne of the oddest adversaries Lara Croft faces in the series came at the end of the first game when she encountered a skinless doppelganger that fans quickly dubbed “Bacon Lara.” Isn’t she lovely?12. Cleaning TimeThere’s a bizarre focus on Lara Croft’s bellybutton in a lot of this fetish art – I think it’s because she explores caves and caverns, and the navel is the closest thing we have to that on the human body (besides the butthole, but this is a PG-13 site).13. Lara’s FootslaveA lot to take in on this one, from Lara Croft’s toe rings (who wears those?) to the ankh and gun that don’t seem to be very helpful when you’re getting your soles licked by your footslave. Is there a Wikipedia page for this guy?14. Sloppy LaraIt’s really great that this artist took the time to write “Lara Croft” on their drawing because, to be frank, I’m not really sure what I’m looking at here. Can anybody update me as to when Lara got a dog’s tail?15. Lara’s RimmerflationYes, there is plenty of Lara Croft inflation art out there. But this is the only piece I’ve ever seen that boasts a cameo appearance from cult British schi-fi show Red Dwarf’s Arnold Rimmer. Why? That’s a mystery for the ages.16. Sweaty Stinky FeetYes, it’s logical that a day of adventuring would result in Lara Croft’s feet getting pretty gross inside her boots. But do we really need to see the sweat so intricately detailed? I guess somebody does.17. Lara Croft In TroubleIt’s only a matter of time before the next generation of Tomb Raiders springs upon us, as Lara takes her position as matriatch of Croft House. But if she ever does get knocked up, we can hope it won’t look this intensely weird. I know there’s a lot to think about in this picture, but yikes, those fingers.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.AdChoices广告last_img read more

first_imgI keep hearing that the PlayStation Vita is dead as a handheld, but with a very healthy library of Vita games on my shelf and yet more pre-ordered, I have to disagree with those calls. The Vita is far from dead, and proof of that can be seen in the latest limited edition of the handheld Sony has created.Early next year Square Enix’s take on Minecraft launches in the form of Dragon Quest Builders, and Sony has taken the opportunity to create a PlayStation Vita Dragon Quest Metal Slime edition.The silver Vita has an exclusive theme to use, the back of the device has Dragon Quest imagery, and the headphone jack is covered by a Liquid Metal Slime figure. However, the biggest change is the up button on the D-pad. It no longer has the up symbol as it has been replaced with a Slime. I wonder how hard it was for Square Enix to convince Sony to do that?The special edition Vita will ship with the game in a nice looking premium box carrying a retail price of around $210. It seems very unlikely this package will be offered outside of Japan as Dragon Quest unfortunately just isn’t popular enough, but that should create a very healthy import market for it. The Vita has no region locking, after all.Seeing Dragon Quest designs on a PS Vita shouldn’t really come as a surprise to anyone. The series is huge in Japan and we’ve already seen a special edition Dragon Quest Heroes PS4 with similar Metal Slime details. There’s also been a Dragon Quest Android smartphone! VIEW PHOTO GALLERY PS Vita Metal Slime EditionPS Vita Metal Slime EditionPS Vita Metal Slime EditionPS Vita Metal Slime EditionPS Vita Metal Slime EditionPS Vita Metal Slime EditionPS Vita Metal Slime EditionPS Vita Metal Slime Editionlast_img read more

first_imgEquality Federation stands in solidarity with every person and community resisting racism and bigotry. The chants of the white nationalists against people of color, LGBTQ people, and Jewish people are a reminder that we are all in in this struggle together. Equality Federation is committed to centering racial justice and solidarity across all our movements in our work to win full equality.The following two tabs change content below. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Latest posts by Mark Snyder (see all) Virginia Lawmakers Block LGBTQ EqualityState-Based LGBTQ Advocates Will Convene to Build Power of MovementGreying the Rainbow: Why Aging Matters The violence in Virginia over the weekend of August 12th was a terrible reminder of the racism that is rampant in our country today. The current Administration has emboldened those who wish to divide us.We are heartened, however, by the outpouring of condemnation, even from people who we may have expected to remain silent. Silence is not an acceptable response to those who wish to incite riots based on racism, anti-Semitism, and prejudice. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Mark SnyderMark Snyder is the Director of Communications for Equality Federation, and he wishes you a wonderful day. Please share this post with your friends and family.last_img read more

first_img 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 November 2, 2009 — Short-term hormone therapy given prior to and during radiation treatment to medium-risk prostate cancer patients increases their chance of living longer, compared to those who receive radiation alone, however there is no significant benefit for low-risk patients, according to the largest randomized study of its kind presented at the plenary session Nov. 2, at the 51st Annual Meeting of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO). This phase III study is one of the largest clinical trials of prostate cancer therapy ever completed, with 2,000 low- and intermediate-risk patients enrolled in the trial from October 1994 to April 2001. Researchers from the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG) followed men with early-stage prostate cancer for a period in most cases of more than nine years. This timeframe was sufficient to show improved survival benefits of short-term hormone therapy added to what was then the standard radiation treatment for prostate cancer, which involved slightly lower doses of radiation than are currently used today with newer techniques, such as intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT). “The study provides strong scientific evidence that shows us when to deliver hormone therapy with radiation in patients with localized prostate cancer,” said Christopher U. Jones, M.D., an author of the study and a radiation oncologist at Radiological Associates of Sacramento in Sacramento, Calif. “Our findings show that men with low-risk disease, which is the vast majority of prostate cancer patients, have little to gain from adding hormone therapy to radiation. However, men with intermediate-risk disease, which is a significant minority of patients, gain a benefit in overall survival from the addition of only four months of hormone therapy,” Jones said. “Prior to this trial, it was unclear whether or not combining hormone therapy with radiation for medium-risk prostate cancer patients improves survival.” Androgen deprivation therapy is hormone therapy used to treat prostate cancer by stopping or lowering the level of male hormones, or androgens, thereby removing the strongest growth factor for prostate cancer cells. In the study, a total of 1,979 eligible men who had cancer confined to the prostate and a PSA less than or equal to 20 were randomized to receive total androgen deprivation therapy two months prior to and two months during radiation treatment, or radiation alone. Findings show that short-term hormone therapy given to early-stage prostate cancer patients prior to and during radiation treatment significantly increases their chance of living longer (51 percent), compared to those who receive radiation alone (46 percent). Nearly all of the survival benefit was in the intermediate-risk group. Secondary endpoints of disease-free survival, freedom from biochemical failure, and positive two year re-biopsy rates were also better in the group who received short-term hormone therapy and radiation treatment. The study was supported by grants from the National Cancer Institute. For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Related Content Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more News | 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 | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more News | Radiation Oncology | July 31, 2019 Laura Dawson, M.D., FASTRO, Chosen as ASTRO President-elect The members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) elected four new officers to ASTRO’s Board of… read more The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. 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first_img Share in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News Federal Open Market Committee Federal Open Market Committee Minutes Federal Reserve Inflation Interest rates minutes Tax Reform 2018-01-03 David Wharton The Federal Reserve released the minutes for the Fed’s December 2017 Federal Open Market Committee meeting on Wednesday afternoon, providing insights into the recent decision to increase interest rates, as well as other key economic concerns. That meeting saw the Fed agree to increase its benchmark interest rate from 1.25 percent to 1.5 percent.The minutes reveal that the Fed officials expect the recent tax cuts passed by Congress and signed into law by President Trump to boost both consumer and business spending, although there were no firm predictions as to exactly how much of an impact they will have. The minutes do cite the tax changes as one reason the Committee boosted their forecast for 2018 GDP growth from 2.1 percent to 2.5 percent.According to the minutes, “Most participants indicated that prospective changes in federal tax policy were a factor that led them to boost their projections of real GDP growth over the next couple of years.” The minutes also explained that “broad equity price indexes rose over the intermeeting period, likely reflecting in part investors’ perceptions of increased odds for the passage of federal tax legislation and an associated potential boost to corporate earnings.”Even though the actual passage of the tax bill hadn’t happened at the time of the FOMC meeting, the Committee members were still generally positive about economic conditions as 2017 neared a close. The minutes stated that “real economic activity appeared to be growing at a solid pace, buttressed by gains in consumer and business spending, supportive financial conditions, and an improving global economy.”There were some concerns and disagreement during the meeting, however. Inflation has been an ongoing concern for the Fed, specifically the failure to hit the organization’s target rate of 2 percent. Committee members Charles Evans and Neel Kashkari both voted against the interest rate hikes, citing inflation concerns as a factor. However, the minutes said that most Committee members “judged that much of the softness in core inflation this year reflected transitory factors and that inflation would begin to rise as the influence of these factors waned.” The minutes do, however, record some concerns that “inflation might stay below the objective for longer than [Committee members] currently expected.”The minutes added that “in light of elevated asset valuations and low financial market volatility, a couple of participants expressed concern that the persistence of highly accommodative financial conditions could, over time, pose risks to financial stability.”The next Federal Open Market Committee meeting is scheduled for January 30-31, 2018. You can read the full text of the Federal Open Market Committee minutes by clicking here.center_img January 3, 2018 535 Views The Fed on Tax Reform, Inflationlast_img read more

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