APTN National NewsThe pride of Cambridge Bay, Nunavut brought home a huge award.Tanya Tagaq won the Polaris Prize given annually by Canada’s music critics.When she took the stage Monday night to accept the award she had some strong words for her critics.Not her music critics, but animal rights protesters.APTN’s Kent Driscoll checked in with Tagaq Tuesday to see just how someone so soft spoken can be so outspoken.
Rabat – Maghreb Confidential site has reported that Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has been urgently hospitalized Tuesday in Paris. The plane transporting the ill president landed at Bourget Airport (Paris).The Algerian President would subsequently be transferred to Val de Grace Hospital.This is the second time in just over a month that Bouteflika is being treated in France, after being hospitalized in a clinic in Grenoble last November. In the last few weeks he was shown on Algerian television hosting foreign dignitaries to portray that his illness does not prevent him from running the country. The Algerian opposition is asking for early elections, as the current president is no longer fit to govern. Their demands fall on deaf ears. Many predict that the new president has already been chosen behind closed doors and he will be introduced as soon as Bouteflika is no longer in the picture.Although reported by various Algerian media outlets, the information is still not confirmed by official sources.
Agreeing on the outline for the “Bring Down the Wall” campaign contained in the Action Plan, adopted at the end of the conference last Friday, civil society organizations also committed themselves to combining resources to educate the public, increase pressure on governments to condemn the wall’s illegality and demand its immediate destruction. Israel says the barrier, a complex series of walls, barriers, trenches and fences within the occupied West Bank that has nearly encircled and isolated some Palestinian towns and villages, is a security operation necessary to keep out suicide bombers.The conference was organized by the UN Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People in New York.
by John Cotter, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 19, 2016 11:26 am MDT Last Updated Jan 19, 2016 at 12:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Alberta Securities Commission says investment scammers targeting baby boomers EDMONTON – The Alberta Securities Commission is warning investors to beware of scams that could cost them money or earn them a reputation for fraud.The regulator says scammers like to target baby boomers by preying on their fear that they haven’t saved enough for retirement.The “hot” investment tip usually involves a high rate of return with little or no risk.Such promises are a red flag for fraud, said Alison Trollope, a spokeswoman for the securities commission.“Baby boomers are the largest and wealthiest generation in Canadian history, so to scam artists they are fantastic targets,” she said.“We all know what our mothers told us: ‘If it sounds too good to be true it probably is.’ What we say is if it sounds too good to be true, it is.”The commission has some other tips for people pondering what to do with their money as the Feb. 29 RRSP deadline approaches.Trollope said investors should avoid unregistered sales people and companies.When in doubt, people can check the registration by visiting the regulator’s website.The securities commission is also warning against making investment decisions based on information from Facebook “friends” or social media chat rooms.The tip someone hears about from a relative, co-worker or stranger could be based on untrue information planted by a scammer in the hope of ripping people off.Trollope said some fraud artists create false company websites that look legitimate, complete with images of buildings and pictures of executives.The bogus sites don’t contain biographical information on key staff such as the CEO or chief financial officer.“Scam artists use these tools because they can remain nameless and faceless.”The commission is also warning people to beware of offers from stock promoters to pose as a shareholder or director of a company in return for cash. Trollope said such scammers want to use people with clean records as a front for illegal stock schemes.People caught acting as a front by signing their name to documents could be charged with fraud.It doesn’t take much time or effort for an investor to protect themselves from investment fraud, Trollope said.The key is to check on the company first and understand your risk profile before laying any money down.“You want to ensure that you understand an investment before you invest, not afterwards. A lot of people will invest first and ask questions later, and that is a recipe for disaster.”
The World Health Organization (WHO) stressed that more than 15 million Yemenis do not have access to basic healthcare, with 53 health facilities closed and malnutrition increasing, the UN Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric told reporters at the world body’s daily briefing in New York.Last week saw attacks on dozens of health facilities by fighting, shelling, and airstrikes in Yemen since the escalation of the conflict in March. In addition, 10 health care workers have been killed or injured while carrying out their duties since that time. WHO continues to appeal for the protection of health facilities, staff and patients.And on the education front, UNICEF says that 87 per cent of schools in the southern five governorates are closed. “Our humanitarian colleagues also say that there are more than 250,000 metric tonnes of grain in stores in Aden and Hudaydah, but that it can’t be transported due to lack of fuel and insecurity, nor be cooked because of a lack of cooking gas,” said Mr. Dujarric. Without the full resumption of commercial imports and a safe environment in which to transport these goods, humanitarian agencies cannot meet the ever-growing needs of people to whom access is increasingly constrained, he warned. Consultations aimed at bringing together a broad range of actors including the Yemeni Government and other stakeholders in an effort to stem the ongoing violence afflicting the country are set to start in Geneva on 14 June. On Saturday, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed the readiness of President Abd Rabou Mansour Hadi of Yemen to send a delegation to participate in UN-facilitated Yemeni-Yemeni consultations. The UN chief had earlier called for a postponement in the consultations, which were originally set for 28 May, and has repeatedly urged all parties in Yemen to return to the negotiating table.
Australia and coal focused Mastermyne Group has been given the nod by South32 to restart roadway development services at the Illawarra coal complex in New South Wales.The contract, initially awarded back in August 2017, is expected to deliver annual revenues of some $18 million, according to Mastermyne.South32 requested roadway development be stopped in line with the temporary closure of the Appin mine, part of the Illawarra complex, last year.Mastermyne said the additional revenue generated through this contract secures the upper end of the 2019 financial year (to end-June 2019) guidance range of A$230-250 million ($165-179 million).Mastermyne CEO Tony Caruso said: “We are very pleased to have recommenced work on this project and further extend out working relationship with South32’s Illawarra metallurgical coal operations.”The company already has a contract in place with South32 for the provision of services at the Appin mine. This is primarily process works and supplementary labour in the Appin longwall area.
THE DEADLINE FOR accounting units of political parties to submit their statutory returns to the Standards in Public Office Commission is the end of this week, but as of today, just 50 of the 170 accounting units have submitted returns.An accounting unit, in relation to a political party, means a branch which has received a donation exceeding €100.On receipt of a monetary donation exceeding this value, the accounting unit must open and maintain an account in an institution in the State and must lodge the donation and all further monetary donations, of whatever value, to the account.Under legislation a statement from the financial institution specifying the transactions that have taken place in relation to the account in the previous calendar year should be submitted no later than 31 March each year to the Standards Commission.Political DonationsThe treasurer or person responsible with dealing with donations must also complete a Certificate of Monetary Donations, stating that all monetary donations received during the year were lodged to the account and that all amounts debited from the account were used for political purposes and it is an offence not to do so by the deadline.The Standards Commission said that it continues to experience difficulties in supervising the provisions of the legislation relating to accounting units.The Standards Commission said it is reminding all political party headquarters about their obligations under the Electoral Act and those who are in breach of the deadline, will be referred to the gardaí for investigation.The Commission plans to name and shame those political party accounting units that fail to submit their return.Read: One person received 70 per cent of all big political donations last year> Read: Ex-Fine Gael minister and former judge to be appointed to political standards watchdog>
TiVo has been in a long running patent litigation battle since 2005 with DISH Network and EchoStar Corporation who owns Sling Media, the manufacturer of the Slingbox which allows consumers to watch television over the Internet. TiVo claimed that EchoStar, which owned DISH Network at the time, violated patents with the DVRs it had used in satellite receivers. The first round of the battle ended with a jury awarding TiVo $73 million back in April 2006 which was naturally appealed and led to ongoing challenges to TiVo’s patent through the U.S. Patent Office and a countersuit by DISH Network claiming that TiVo had violated patents it had owned. Now it seems all companies involved have reached a settlement which will put the patent litigation to rest.As part of the settlement, DISH Network and EchoStar will pay TiVo $500 million. The payment includes an initial payment of $300 million with the remaining amount being distributed in six equal annual payments between 2012 and 2017. TiVo will also grant a license for its Time Warp patent to DISH Network and EchoStar while in return receiving a license for DVR-related patents from EchoStar. The settlement has also led to a new strategic partnership between DISH Network and TiVo.AdChoices广告TiVo will be assisting DISH Network to make the most of their new Blockbuster ownership which the company purchased for $228 million. Though the deal included Blockbuster retail stores, it was clear DISH was after Blockbuster’s digital video service. TiVo will now “play a role” in helping DISH Network to promote the new Blockbuster service. It is also believed that the new agreement may open the door to other strategic partnerships between the two companies in the future.Chairman and CEO of DISH Network, Charlie Ergen stated that the settlement with TiVo will give DISH a competitive advantage since they will be one of the few multichannel operators with rights to the TiVo’s Time Warp patent which in turn will allow the service to enhance the performance of its DVRs.Read more at the press release.
By Sailu Bah Life in Banjul is beginning to ease with vehicles now allowed to ply the roads and people moving about freely on the streets.The gunfire in Banjul on Tuesday 30th December 2014, did affect a lot of households. A lot of families were unable to cook during the incident in Banjul. The Banjul market was closed and women who went to buy foodstuff for cooking were sent back home as well as market vendors in the early hours of the morning on Tuesday 30th December 2014. The Albert Market was guarded by armed military personnel and movement within the business area of the city was halted. Military personnel were patrolling the streets. By Thursday, even though movements of people and vehicles were allowed, military checkpoints were maintained on roads leading to State House such as Independence Drive (six check points), Marina Parade (three check points) and Liberation Avenue around the Banjul market.Most of the shops which were closed were opened by Thursday.At first all entrances to Banjul were closed, both the Denton Bridge and the ferry terminal. However on Wednesday the ferry and the boats commuting between Barra and Banjul (an Island) were plying the river under the watchful eye of naval patrol boats backed up by rigorous searching by security personnel at both terminals. Checkpoints between Old Jeshwang and Banjul numbered 8. In short security is still tight.Families were worried and there was limited movement within the city of Banjul, leading to a long queue of vehicles and many people trekking to the city.President Jammeh entered Banjul on Wednesday 31st December 2014, with his convoy along the independence drive and he was in his normal outfit waving at people along the road. He entered the city around 19:00hrs in the evening. And there was a diversion of vehicles to other roads in Banjul with great traffic congestion in the city.]]>
The UEFA have announced that a fourth substitute will be available for teams in extra-time in both the Champions League and Europa League competitions from next seasonUEFA have introduced a new set regulations for next season which will allow teams to bring to select from 12 substitutes in the finals of both competitions, as well as the UEFA Super Cup.The football governing body has released the new regulation in the hope that it will give “coaches more flexibility regarding substitutes, and facilitate their squad management for the most important fixture of the season”.Top 5 Atletico Madrid players to watch in next week’s UCL Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 With the Champions League about to start, we need to start talking about the Top 5 Atletico Madrid players to watch in the competition.Atletico…Normally teams can select a final squad of 18 with seven substitutes, but for the finals the team list can rise up to 23 players.This news comes in light of previous comments made by managers, including former Leicester City coach Claudio Ranieri.The kick-off times have also been altered by the UEFA for the 2018/19 season with matches now expected to start at 7pm and 8pm UK time on both Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Augustine was not alone in the robbery, where he and another approached Lightbourne firing off shots at him… the men got the money when Lightbourne dodged for cover and it was Augustine who was that same night found in the Blue Mountains area. Police give the details as when Augustine was searched, he was found with the money from the robbery at the bank on him… by June he was charged and yesterday; the conviction. As for how long this half of a criminal team will spend in jail, that will be revealed at the sentencing on Friday May 13, 2016. Almost a year to the date of the crime, which happened on Thursday May 14, 2015, Police today tell us their charge of shooting with Intent not only stuck, but brought a conviction of the man of Haitian origin. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppThirty nine year old Samuel Augustine will go to jail for shooting and robbing security officer, Calvin Lightbourne when he made a night time drop at ScotiaBank last year. Related Items:
WOBURN, MA — Eileen C. (Gregoire) Marsan, 77, of Woburn, MA, passed away peacefully on January 22, 2019 at High Pointe Hospice in Haverhill, MA after a lengthy illness.Eileen was born January 28, 1941 in Malden, MA to the late Narcisse and Marion Gregoire and was raised in Everett, MA. She was a graduate of Cheverus High School in Malden and Bentley College in Waltham. She was a long-time resident of Woburn where she raised her family. Eileen had an entrepreneurial spirit where she held both a real estate license and owned a tax practice where, for many years, she provided tax preparation, tax planning, and personal financial planning services to her clients as an IRS registered tax preparer. Additionally, she cared for the less fortunate and had previously worked for the Boston Housing Authority where she helped obtain funding to rebuild homes in various Boston neighborhoods.Eileen was a long-time parishioner at the Trinity Episcopal Church in Woburn where, among things, she was a Sunday school teacher for many years. Eileen also volunteered as Girl Scout leader in Wilmington for four years. Eileen was a loving and caring person, never seeking attention, whose lasting legacy was the wide range of people in her life she touched.She is survived by her son, Paul Marsan, of Woburn and granddaughter, Jacy Higgins, of Braintree, MA. She’s also survived by her brother Neil Gregoire Sr. and his wife Laurie of Arizona, her ‘adopted’ son, Mark Donovan, and her step children: Jennifer, Jill, Michael and Sean, and other family members and friends. She was the mother of the late Jeannette Marsan and sister of the late Jean Conte.We would like to give special thanks to the staff at High Pointe Hospice for all their care and support to Eileen and her family.A memorial service to celebrate Eileen’s life is pending, and will be announced later.(NOTE: The above obituary is from Arthur Graham Funeral Home.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: Paul L. D’Eon, 83In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Eileen Quirke Neville, 91In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Deborah A. Clark, 66In “Obituaries”
WILMINGTON, MA — Below are 5 things to do in Wilmington on Wednesday, May 8, 2019:#1) Small Business Month CelebrationThe Wilmington-Tewksbury Chamber of Commerce, Wilmington Rotary Club, and Wilmington’s BNI are holding an After Hours Mixer for Wilmington and Tewksbury business owners from 5:30pm to 7:30pm at Rocco’s Restaurant (193 Main Street).Since 1963, the United States has recognized small businesses and their impact on American culture and our economy. The month of May aims to honor the close to 30 million small businesses and the amazing people who run them.Come celebrate together with a fun evening of food, drinks, and conversation. Complimentary food. Cash bar. Free to attend, but kindly RSVP for food count HERE.#2) Book Store Next Door OpenThe Friends of the Wilmington Memorial Library’s Book Store Next Door (183 Middlesex Avenue) is open from 10am to 4pm. All books are $2 or less! Every penny of every sale benefits the Wilmington Memorial Library. Learn more HERE.#3) Wilmington Yardwaste Center OpenThe Wilmington Yardwaste Center on Old Main Street will be open from 8am to 2pm during selected dates for the drop-off of leaves and brush.Residents will need to purchase a punch-card for $15 in order to enter the yardwaste center. Punch-cards will be available for purchase through the Collector’s Office at Town Hall and will allow up to 5 vehicle trips to the yardwaste center per card. NO GRASS CLIPPINGS OR STUMPS WILL BE ACCEPTED. Commercial vehicles will not be allowed. Make sure to bring photo identification to show you are a Wilmington resident.#4) Wilmington School Committee MeetingThe Wilmington School Committee meets at 7pm in the High School’s Large Group Instruction Room. Read the agenda HERE.#5) Wilmington Board of Appeals MeetingThe Wilmington Board of Appeals meets at 7pm in Town Hall’s Room 9. Read the agenda HERE.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Wednesday, August 14, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Wednesday, September 4, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Wednesday, July 24, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”
Listen X The NBA is, well, a little weird. Case in point: a three-team trade announced on Thursday between Oklahoma City, Atlanta, and Philadelphia — while not yet even officially approved — will supposedly mean Carmelo Anthony’s headed to the Houston Rockets. But how?Houston Matters finds out from Jeff Balke, who writes for Houstonia Magazine and Houston Press. He updates us on the Astros’ second-half start and all the latest local sports stories. 00:00 /08:06 Sue Ogrocki/AP PhotoOklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony is guarded by Rockets’ guard James Harden during a preseason game on Oct. 3, 2017. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share
To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X Florian Martin/Houston Public MediaGaby Rowe replaces John Reale as CEO of Station Houston. Share Listen Startup hub Station Houston has hired Gaby Rowe as its new CEO.Rowe was previously head of The Village School in west Houston and calls herself a “serial entrepreneur.”We spoke with her about her vision for Station Houston and the city’s ongoing effort to improve its startup and tech innovation ecosystem.Click on the audio above to listen to the interview. 00:00 /04:03
6 min read Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Enroll Now for Free December 19, 2014 This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Productivity is the name of the game for entrepreneurs. The good news is that there are thousands of amazing software applications out there, designed to make your life easier. The bad news is that you don’t have time to try thousands of software applications. Which ones are worth your time?In this post, we’ll take a look at 16 software applications that I use almost every day — and discuss why you should too.Project management.1. Asana.You’re a busy person. At times, it all can feel overwhelming. Asana is a cloud-based project management software that helps you keep it together. (Trust me, I’ve tried them all.) Flexibility is built into Asana’s architecture. Each “task”, or “subtask”, can be associated with a larger “project” and “department.” In addition, you can even assign recurring tasks to yourself or team, which makes life so much easier. Stop trying to remember all the things you’re supposed to do and let Asana structure your life.2. Google DocsMany entrepreneurs already have a Gmail address, but not every ‘trep knows about the power of Google Docs. By utilizing Google Docs, you can instantly create shareable documents, spreadsheets and presentations that can be updated by any team member with an Internet connection. Take that “track changes”!Related: 13 Business Productivity Apps for the Real-World EntrepreneurStaffing3. oDesk & ElanceoDesk and Elance (now in the process of merging) are freelance marketplaces, which allow you to quickly identify, engage and hire freelancers from all over the globe. Need a website developer or content writer? Don’t hire an employee; instead, work with a freelancer. At last count, there were more than 1 million freelance contractors available via these marketplaces.4. Outsourcing placement services.If you do much hiring of freelancers, you’ve probably considered outsourcing the outsourcing. There are several great services that can help, each with varying business models. For example, Bolton Remote will build your team with vetted, offshore contractors. Another provider, Hubstaff, starts with your project in mind and then matches you with project specialists. Using an outsourcing placement service will save time instead of trying to do the recruiting yourself. These firms typically offer free recruiting and placement services but take a cut of the hourly rate.Sales & Marketing5. Google Webmaster Tools.Everyone knows about Google Analytics, but are you using Google Webmaster Tools? As a marketer, I view Webmaster Tools as one of the most important free tools at my disposal. You want to get found on Google, right? Why not listen to what Google is telling you via Webmaster Tools?6. Google Adwords Keyword PlannerHow are your competitors getting found online? Google Adwords Keyword Planner helps you answer this question. The word “Adwords” may give some ‘treps pause, as it sounds like you will have to purchase advertising. Not true. Google has made its Keyword Planner tool available to anyone with a Google account (you must first click through the Adwords entry portal). Use the Adwords Keyword Planner to see what keywords are generating the most search volume in your niche and identify opportunities to capture traffic.7. WordPress CMSSure, all of the hosting companies offer a basic CMS (content management system). But do they offer the flexibility that you need to get found online? Probably not. WordPress is an open-source CMS that you can install, customize and continuously optimize. You will likely need someone with development experience to help with set up, but once the template is installed, you’re probably smart enough to publish content without any assistance.8. Amazon’s Self-Publishing Tools (Kindle Direct Publishing, Createspace, ACX)Always wanted to be an author but not sure where to start? Have you considered self-publishing? Thanks to Amazon, you can. Kindle Direct Publishing allows you to get the word out via e-books, CreateSpace helps you develop a print edition and ACX is the audio publishing division. I’ve used all three to develop my book.9. HitTailDeciding what to blog about can become time consuming. HitTail analyzes the data in your Google Webmaster Tools account and makes recommendations for long-tail words to write about. In addition, HitTail has a network of skilled writers who can create the content for you.Related: 5 Habits of Productivity App Super Users10. CopyscapeIf you outsource any or all of your content writing, you need to make sure your content is original. Paste content into Copyscape’s analyzer tool, and you’ll instantly know whether the content is original.11. MailChimpEffective email marketing involves more than occasionally blasting out a newsletter. To build an effective email marketing strategy, you need a tool packed with functionality. MailChimp seems to be the best system out there, offering elegant, intuitive newsletter templates, advanced list segmentation features and marketing automation capabilities.12. Zoho CRMIf you’re looking for a free CRM system, Zoho is probably the one for you. Why? It comes down to the integration possibilities. For example, Zoho integrates with JotForm and Unbounce simply by adding your API key. This means that within seconds, web leads will automatically be sent to your CRM. Pretty powerful for being free.Time Management13. iPhone RemindersI formerly had an Android device (even though I have had a MacBook since 2009 – weird, I know). After switching this summer, I quickly realized the power of iPhone “Reminders.” Each time a reminder is due, your iPhone buzzes and displays a pop-up. You can snooze it or mark as completed. In addition, you can set up recurring reminders, which are perfect for remembering to mail estimated quarterly tax payments, renewing subscriptions, running payroll and other things you tend to forget.14. Google CalendarYou may already use Google Calendar, but are you using it wisely? Here’s a secret: only put stuff on your Google Calendar that will actually happen at that date and time. Use iPhone Reminders to remember things that are not time-sensitive (down to the hour or minute). Following this strategy will help you stay more sane.Everything Else15. WeTransferNeed to send gigantic files (up to 2gb) quickly? Try WeTransfer.com. You don’t even have to create an account. I use it almost every day.16. ZapierThe average entrepreneur uses dozens of cloud-based software and apps. Zapier connects your online life and helps you build new functionality. The best part about Zapier is that you don’t have to be an API wizard to use it.With the right tools in place, you’ll find yourself more productive and efficient.Related: The 15 Best Productivity Apps for Getting Things Done
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 Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications Related Content News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more September 16, 2014 — Patients with inoperable, early-stage lung cancer who receive stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) have a five-year survival rate of 40 percent, according to research presented at the American Society for Radiation Oncology’s (ASTRO’s) 56th Annual Meeting. Such a positive survival rate is encouraging considering that historically conventional RT resulted in poor tumor control for patients with inoperable lung cancer. This clinical study is an update of RTOG 0236, originally published in 2010, and also conducted by the original researchers to evaluate tumor control rates and side effects for patients at five years post-treatment.RTOG 0236 was a Phase II North American multicenter trial from May 2004 until October 2006 of patients age 18 and older with biopsy-proven peripheral T1-T2 N0M0 non-small cell lung cancer (early stage with no lymph node involvement or metastases). Patients in the study all had medical conditions that precluded them from surgery, so they received SBRT, a specialized type of external beam therapy that uses focused radiation beams at a tumor using detailed imaging. SBRT delivers high doses of radiation to the tumor in a decreased amount of treatment time, compared to standard RT, while minimizing exposure to surrounding healthy organs. SBRT appeared to improve tumor control, as suggested by the initial study results for RTOG 0236.A total of 59 patients were accrued for the study, and 55 were evaluable (44 patients with T1 tumors and 11 patients with T2 tumors). Patients each received three fractions of 18 Gy (54 Gy total) of SBRT, and treatment lasted between one-and-a-half to two weeks.Researchers evaluated local control, which is the rate of reoccurrence of the cancer at the site of origin, as well as disease-free survival, overall survival and toxicity (side effects). Median follow-up was four years (7.2 years for surviving patients). At five years, the rates for disease-free and overall survival were 26 percent and 40 percent, respectively, with a median overall survival of four years.Only four patients had recurrences at the primary tumor site, resulting in an estimated five-year primary tumor failure rate of seven percent (range, 1.8 to 4.8 years after SBRT). Nine additional patients had recurrence within the involved lobe (range, 0.1 to 5.9 years after SBRT), resulting in a five-year primary tumor and involved lobe (local) failure rate of 20 percent.The five-year local-regional failure rate was 38 percent, of which seven patients experienced a spread of the cancer to nearby lymph nodes or organs (range, 2.8 to 5.2 years after SBRT). Fifteen patients had disseminated recurrence (throughout the lung), thus the five-year disseminated failure rate was 31 percent. Treatment-related grade three and grade four side effects were reported in 15 patients and in two patients, respectively. No grade five adverse events were reported.“Historically, when treating early lung cancer with radiotherapy, progression at the site of the primary tumor was the most common failure resulting in suffering and death,” said lead study author Robert Timmerman, M.D., professor and vice chair of the department of radiation oncology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. “The initial results of RTOG 0236 showed very good tumor control; however, many physicians were concerned that treatment-related toxicity would eventually appear, so SBRT has not seen wide-spread use. This long-term analysis confirms that treated tumors did not reappear at the original site; and late toxicity, beyond what was seen in the initial report, did not appear. However, metastatic tumors continued to appear over time in untreated sites likely because those tumors were so small at initial treatment that they were not detected. These five-year results demonstrate positive tumor control and disprove the misconception that short-course treatment will result in late-appearing, unacceptable toxicities.”For more information: www.astro.orgReferences:1. Timmerman R, Paulus R, Galvin J, et al. Stereotactic body radiation therapy for inoperable early stage lung cancer. JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association. Mar 17 2010;303(11):1070-1076. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD Feature | September 16, 2014 Long-term Results of RTOG 0236 Confirm Good Primary Tumor Control and Positive Five-year Survival Rates for Lung Cancer Patients Who Received Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy Image courtesy of Imago Systems News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. 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El Segundo, California – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineLuxury travel company Travcoa announced the official resumption of leisure travel to Libya this week with the arrival of its first group of US travelers into Tripoli in more than five years. Libya’s recently reinstated visa issuance to American travelers has again opened the door to a country whose cultures and renowned archeological sites have been largely inaccessible to US citizens over the past 40 years. Overcoming the complex new visa requirements and concerns surrounding arrival procedures, the Travcoa group was expedited through Libyan immigration without delay.Travcoa led annual expeditions to Libya until 1969 when the North African country stopped issuing visas to US citizens. With the exception of a brief period in 2004 and 2005, Libya was effectively closed to American visitors. “The chance for us to offer travel to Libya again means that Travcoa will have more experience than any other US travel company,” said Travcoa President, Jerre Fuqua. “We’re enormously pleased that the door to Libya is open to our guests again. I had the pleasure of visiting Libya in July under the new visa policy and was amazed by the well-preserved archeological sights, the warmth of the Libyan people, and seeing a country that will change dramatically in the coming years.”Modeled after the sold-out expeditions of 2004 and 2005, the current Travcoa travel itinerary takes guests on a 13-day exploration across a large portion of the country, from Tripoli, Libya’s capital, to the ancient Greek and Roman ruins of Sabratha, Apollonia, Leptis Magna and other legacies of Libya’s history as a major trade center of the ancient Mediterranean world. The journey also includes a two-night desert experience at the oasis town of Ghadames.The Travcoa journey begins where the Sahara meets the sea in Tripoli, Libya’s most cosmopolitan city. Travelers will discover Tripoli’s historical significance as a key North African port on the Mediterranean Sea through visits to a mélange of artifacts and architectural gems of the Phoenician, Greek, Roman and Ottoman Empires.Travcoa travelers also visit Sabratha, a major city in the Roman Tripolitania Province. Known for its extraordinary architecture, Sabratha’s role as a key Phoenician and Roman trade center created immense wealth and power in ancient Libya. Sabratha’s theater, built in the second century A.D., is the most complete theater in the Roman world and a centerpiece of the city’s astounding attractions.A highlight of the journey is the sprawling, seaside UNESCO World Heritage site, Leptis Magna, the third city of the Tripolitania Province and the largest, best-preserved Roman city in the Mediterranean region. An immense arch dedicated to Septimius Severus, the Libyan-born Roman Emperor of the second century A.D., greets travelers as they enter the ancient city. There will be opportunity to view many of the city’s original intricate and colorful mosaics, created during Leptis Magna’s Golden Age, one remarkable example stretching over 30 feet in length. Travelers on the Travcoa journey will also explore the Greek ruins of Cyrene and Ptolemais.In addition to the many historical sites, Travcoa travelers will also fly across the Libyan Desert for a two-night stay at the walled Taureg Berber oasis town of Ghadames. Also a UNESCO World Heritage site, Ghadames is known for its traditional architecture and ancient, labyrinth streets. During their stay, travelers will venture out into the desert at sunset in 4-wheel drive vehicles to enjoy tea and a performance of Taureg songs and dances.Travcoa has organized six, small-group Escorted Journey departures travelers through the end of 2010 and 11 departure dates in 2011. Each departure is limited to a maximum of 18 guests and is led by a Travcoa Travel Director in addition to expert local guides. The price for the Escorted Journey, Libya: The Forbidden Sahara, is $6,995 per person based on double occupancy, including top quality accommodations, all meals, sightseeing and services.In addition, Travcoa offers pre-planned and pre-priced priced Independent Journey packages to Libya for those who prefer to travel privately, starting at $5,725 per person, including flights within Libya. Independent Journeys to Libya are hosted by local guides and available based on any Tuesday or Thursday arrival. Customized expeditions are also available for friends or family who wish to choose the specific destinations, experiences and dates best suited to them.www.travcoa.com