US moves to put new tariffs on 112 bn worth of EU

first_imgLondon: The United States wants to put tariffs on $11.2 billion worth of EU goods from airplanes to Gouda cheese to olives to offset what it says are unfair European subsidies for plane maker Airbus. While the size of the tariffs is small compared with the hundreds of billions the US and China are taxing in their trade war, it suggests a breakdown in talks with the European Union over trade at a time when the economy is already slowing sharply. The US and EU have been negotiating since last year about how to avoid tariffs that President Donald Trump has wanted to impose to reduce a trade deficit with countries like Germany. The US Trade Representative’s office released late Monday a list of EU products it would tax in anticipation of a ruling by the World Trade Organization this summer. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe US had in 2004 complained to the WTO, which sets the rules for trade and settles disputes, that the EU was providing unfair support to Airbus. The WTO ruled in May last year that the EU had in fact provided some illegal subsidies to Airbus, hurting US manufacturer Boeing. The US expects the WTO will say this summer that it can take countermeasures to offset the EU subsidies. It will now start a consultation with industry representatives on the list of EU goods it wants to tax so that it can have a ready list. “This case has been in litigation for 14 years, and the time has come for action,” said US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer. The move, while nominally following international trade rules, appears to also reflect US frustration at the slow pace of talks on trade with the EU.last_img read more

Morocco Thwarts ProPolisario Move by Algeria Venezuela in UN Decolonization Committee

Rabat – Morocco and other friendly United Nations state members have thwarted maneuvers by Algeria and Venezuela to name the Polisario Front the representative of the Sahrawi people.According to Moroccan state press agency (MAP), prior to the UN Special Committee on Decolonization meeting on Friday, Venezuela, which currently chairs the committee, attempted to introduce paragraphs to the draft of the committee’s resolution stating that Polisario is the representative of Sahrawis in Western Sahara.The maneuvers, instigated by Algeria, Polisario’s main sponsor, and led by Venezuelan ambassador to the UN Rafael Ramirez, also sought to impose visits to the Western Sahara by the committee. The Algeria-Venezuela machinations prompted Morocco and a number of allies to counter the proposals. Seven countries addressed a letter to the committee’s president, contesting the proposals to confer a status of Sahrawi representative on the separatist group.Along with Cuba, Venezuela remains Latin America’ strongest ally of thePolisario Front and Algeria.On several occasion, the Venezuelan representative has tried to drag the issue of Western Sahara into discussion in UN meetings, prompting strong responses from Moroccan ambassador Omar Hilale.Back in April, Ramirez intervened during a meeting to discuss the financing of the Sustaining Development Goals (SDG). He saw it an occasion to once again bring up the question of Western Sahara, saying the realization of the SDG objectives should take into consideration “occupied territories” including Western Sahara.“Apparently the Venezuelan representative got it all wrong concerning the meeting and its agenda by mentioning Moroccan Sahara,” said Hilale.Hilale, who has consistentlyrebuked the Venezuelan regime and its ambassador to the UN, reminded Ramirez and other UN state member states representatives that “Morocco did not wait for SDG to be adopted to launch a sustainable development model in the Sahara with a budget that amounts to USD 7 billion.”He further explained that unlike the Venezuelan regime, which he describedas the “last dictatorship in Latin America,”the investment rate in Western Sahara “guarantees a sustainable development,” adding that “all components of the local population” are included in the process. read more

Rania Aaït Crowned Miss Morocco 2018

Rabat – Morocco has its new beauty queen. Rania Aaït has been crowned Miss Morocco 2018, in a ceremony at Palais Namaskar in Marrakech. She succeeds Sara Belkziz, who won the title in 2016.Rania Aaït, 23, is a young fashion designer who is studying French law at the Faculty of Legal, Economic and Social Sciences (FSJES).The contest was not the young lady’s first. In 2016, Aait was elected Miss Marrakech, and in 2017, she was named a first runner-up for Miss Cherry, an annual beauty contest in Sefrou. The beauty queen is also very active on social media. She has 11.7 thousand followers on Instagram, on which she shared several pictures of her election.The ceremony boasted the participation of several celebrities, such as Moroccan singer Dounia Batma and Algerian raï artist Faudel, among other names.The competition’s rules were very strict as the organizers were selecting only unmarried contestants without tattoos, piercings, and especially without any plastic surgery. The day before, the contestants were even subjected to an exam by a surgeon. read more

Samsung halts sales of Galaxy Note 7 Canadian says he will keep

by The Canadian Press, The Associated Press Posted Oct 10, 2016 9:47 pm MDT Last Updated Oct 12, 2016 at 7:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Samsung halts sales of Galaxy Note 7; Canadian says he will keep using his phone A visitor passes by an advertisement of the Samsung Electronics Galaxy Note 7 smartphone at its shop in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016. Samsung says it is halting sales of the Galaxy Note 7 smartphone after a spate of fires involving new devices that were supposed to be safe replacements for recalled models. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Lee Jin-man MISSISSAUGA, Ont. – An Ottawa man who received a replacement Galaxy Note 7 smartphone Tuesday morning says he plans to keep using it despite a notice from manufacturer Samsung that it was halting sales after reports of fires in both original and exchange models.Samsung Canada issued a statement Monday asking all retail outlets to stop sales and exchanges of the Galaxy Note 7 while the investigation is taking place.Beginning Thursday, Samsung Note 7 owners can bring take their device to the point of purchase for an exchange to a Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 edge, the company said Tuesday evening in a release.It said consumers are alternatively entitled to a full refund for the Note 7 and Note 7 specific accessories.For customers who purchased their Samsung Note 7 on Samsung.com, a device refund will be offered upon return of the recalled device, adding that Samsung will be in touch with its online customers to provide them with details regarding the return process.Samsung said consumers seeking more information can call 1-800-SAMSUNG.The company, based in Mississauga, Ont., says Canadian consumers with either an original Galaxy Note 7 or replacement Galaxy Note 7 device should power down and stop using the device.But Marc Stevens of Ottawa said he needs his phone too much and will likely “risk it” given the low likelihood of his phone bursting into flames.“It’s just too handy. I love the pen, I love the features that come with it like the iris recognition. I can get into my phone a lot faster than I used to with password protection,” he said.He added he’s kept a close watch on his original Galaxy Note 7 since getting it through his employer in August and has experienced no overheating issues.Stevens said he filled out a form on the Samsung Canada website requesting an exchange about 10 days ago and his new phone was delivered on Tuesday morning. He was transferring data from the old phone to the new when he heard that Samsung was now recommending that both versions be shut down.Donna Ramirez, a spokeswoman for Vancouver-based Telus Corp. (TSX:T), said Tuesday the company has halted all sales of the Galaxy Note 7 and is working on a refund or exchange process for customers. Details are to be announced when available.Rogers Communications (TSX:RCI.B) spokesman Andrew Garas said customers can get a refund or exchange their Galaxy Note 7 for “a comparable in-market device” at the store where they purchased it.South Korean safety authorities have said they found a possible new product defect in the new Galaxy Note 7 that may not be related to its batteries.One of the safety officials said they have no idea when they would identify what caused the newer Galaxy Note 7 smartphones to catch fire.Last month, Samsung said a tiny manufacturing error in the battery was to be blamed for the fires.Transport Canada issued an advisory in September that airplane passengers and crew keep their Galaxy Note 7 smartphones in the cabin, not in checked baggage, because of the fire risk.It also recommended against using or charging the devices in the aircraft.— with files from The Associated PressFollow @Healingslowly on Twitter. read more

Ohio State mens ice hockey completes last CCHA season prepares for Big

The Buckeyes are looking ahead to playing in the new Big Ten Hockey Conference after ending their season Saturday in the semifinals of the CCHA tournament. The loss was the final game for Ohio State men’s hockey in the CCHA, as this season was the league’s last. Other schools joining the Big Ten Hockey Conference are Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Michigan State and Penn State. The Buckeyes fell Saturday against the No. 2 seed Notre Dame Fighting Irish, 3-1. The loss put an end to the Buckeyes’ up and down year as the team finished the season with a record of 16-17-7. But coach Mark Osiecki said he was in no way disappointed with what his team was able to do this year. “I’m awfully proud of what they went through this year,” the third-year coach said. “We said to our guys after, we were proud of the fact that to get to this point, to get on this great stage. It’s been a while for our program.” For the first time since 2005, the Buckeyes earned the right to play in the CCHA semifinals in Detroit at Joe Louis Arena. In order to get to that point, though, the team had to overcome injuries, such as junior defenseman Curtis Gedig’s hurt shoulder and freshman forward Anthony Greco’s high ankle sprain, and a schedule that took them away from Columbus for the first six games of the year. Osiecki said he is proud of the way the team fought through all the injuries and tough travel to stay together. “We’re going to look back on our year and reflect on that tough start to the year with some difficult travel, and then we got injury problems right away, on that first weekend,” Osiecki said. “Our guys did a heck of a job to battle through that all year. We couldn’t be more proud of the way these guys responded to each other, and it’s a great step for this program.” It was the first time OSU finished in the top four of the conference standings in eight years, giving them a first-round bye in the tournament. Sophomore forward Max McCormick said achieving that goal was a top priority at the start of the season. “I think we believed in ourselves all along and wanted to take it one step at a time,” McCormick said March 21. “The first thing was to get that bye and we got that and we got home ice. That was huge for us.” Senior goalie Brady Hjelle, one of only four seniors on the team, called getting the opportunity to play at Joe Louis Arena “one of the biggest highlights of the year.” Hjelle turned in one of his best performances of the season during the Buckeyes’ final game. His 41 saves helped him become OSU’s all-time leader in season save percentage, with his .933 mark passing Jeff Maund’s .921 set in 1998-99. Hjelle’s 2.08 goals-against average on the season is second all-time in Buckeye history, just behind the 2.07 Dave Caruso set in 2005-2006. He was one of three finalists for the Most Valuable Player award in the CCHA, which Miami (Ohio)’s Austin Czarnik was awarded March 22. Osiecki said that Hjelle was an MVP to OSU, though. “Obviously he meant a ton (to our team),” Osiecki said. “In our eyes, he’s our MVP, and he’s the MVP of our league. If you take him off our team, obviously we play differently.” After playing two seasons at Minnesota Duluth and transferring to OSU, Hjelle saw limited time last season behind then-senior Cal Heeter. Osiecki said the way Hjelle waited his turn showed genuine sportsmanship. “Brady (Hjelle)’s meant the world to our team this year,” Osiecki said. “What a great kid, going through a lot of adversity to get to this point.” Looking ahead to this fall, OSU’s three leading scorers will return to provide a formidable punch for the offense. Sophomore forwards Ryan Dzingel, Tanner Fritz, and McCormick finished the season with 38, 37 and 31 points, respectively. Schedules for next season have not been released, but the team is slated to play 20 conference games, down from the 28 played this year. The winner of the conference tournament at the end of the season will be awarded the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. read more

Poll Will you be doing a Christmas shop up North

first_img Poll Results: I’m not sure (2418) No (2229) A SURVEY PUBLISHED today found Irish people are still shopping in Northern Ireland to bag the bargains.Cheaper food and alcohol seem to be the driving factors and those closer to the border are, unsurprisingly, more likely to travel north to do some shopping.But we want to know: Will you be travelling to Northern Ireland to shop ahead of Christmas?center_img Yes (485) YesNoI’m not sureVotelast_img

Handson Limited Edition Samsung Galaxy Tab 101

first_imgNearly a full month before its launch in the US, Google and Samsung gave all of the attendees at Google I/O 2011 a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 with Android 3.0 onboard. This GTab, the WiFi-only 32GB version, has been considered by many to be “the Android tablet to beat the iPad 2” (sorry, I refuse to call anything a “killer”) due to its size, thickness, and weight all being extremely comparable if not better than the iPad 2. So, we took some time to give the Tab 10.1 a full once over to see exactly how well it stood up against the other devices out there.HardwareAllow me to preface this by saying that I sincerely hope the whole “make it thinner” bit stops with the Galaxy Tab and the iPad 2. I realize that we’re headed towards digital paper and whatnot, but I can’t imagine anything thinner being comfortable to hold without a constant fear of breaking it. Lighter, sure, but not thinner.The Tab 10.1 LE has a slick plastic backplate that was not made of the same material as the Samsung GTab’s I have had the opportunity to examine prior to I/O. The backplate on this device is much less grippy than the soft touch material on the Xoom, or the polished metal backing of the iPad, and forget about holding the tablet if your hands are at all moist.The power button rests on the bezel next to the volume rocker, and aside from the headphone jack and the 20-pin connector, there are no other features to the device. Since the Tab is flat, and the weight balanced, you’re less likely to feel like it’s needed to hold the device in landscape mode like the Xoom, though the front-facing camera’s placement on the long edge of the device make it clear how you are “supposed” to hold it. Speaking of the camera, a side-by-side comparison with the Xoom revealed that Samsung’s cameras take much better pictured than the Xoom. The lack of an SD card slot seems to be a growing trend with Samsung Android phones.In asking people how they like the Tab, I was really surprised at the mixed response I got to the weight and thickness of the device. It seemed that about half of those I asked preferred the heft of the Xoom to the lightweight Tab. Personally, I think the Tab is much more comfortable to walk around with and hold for extended periods of time, and I think most users will really enjoy the device itself.Despite being so light and thin, the Galaxy Tab’s battery life is nothing short of impressive, and in fact beat the much heavier Xoom by almost an hour when compared side by side.SoftwareI can’t say enough nice things about the software inside the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. I can’t say enough, because there aren’t any nice things to say. They don’t exist. Android 3.0 is actually more broken on the Tab 10.1 as it stands right now than the Xoom was prior to the 3.1 update.In just using the device today, I experienced no less than 9 separate Force Close warnings in every app from GluMobile games to Google Navigation. Simple functionality, such as the ability to change the timezone your device is in, doesn’t exist. It’s unlikely that this is the build that the Tab 10.1 will ship with, but as it stands right now, the experience is not good. Another thing that may not be included in the finished product is the ability to quickly apply Root or SuperUser access to the device, but on this device it’s an extremely simple thing to do.On the good side, the camera app on the Tab is Samsung’s camera app, brings back one of my very favorite things about Samsung’s TouchWiz system, the Panorama shot. The existence of the Samsung camera app is further evidence that Samsung has, in fact, managed to theme Android 3.0 with Touchwiz, though from what we’ve seen so far even the final version of the TouchWiz theme will still be pretty close to Stock Honeycomb. The Samsung Keyboard, which is the default keyboard, messes up some of the really nice things about the stock Honeycomb Keyboard, most notably the long press quick access to things like the question mark. It’s a very quick switch back to the stock Android keyboard, and I highly recommend it.The Tab was very clearly rushed to us. Samsung had to make some severe hardware changed after Mobile World Congress to re-invent the Tab 10.1, and the software that drives it has clearly not been fully baked. I would expect the final version of the Tab to lack a lot of the things I find problematic with the Tab, though only time will tell.Final ThoughtsProvided the software gets fixed in a hurry, the Tab 10.1 could very well be the best Android tablet out there for the moment. The battery life and the weight alone make the Tab a clear winner, and Samsung’s move to open with a cheaper WiFi only option will most likely be a popular one. Will this device put the iPad 2 out of business? Of course not, but the Tegra 2 processor inside will certainly give it a run for its money when comparing quality of games and an ability to deliver high quality content. If more manufacturers use Samsung as an example to shoot for when it comes to price and hardware, the Android tablet space is sure to heat up this year.[Images 2 and 3 via PCmag]last_img read more

KSAC Working With Police To Tackle Illegal Vending

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKINGSTON, Sept. 10 (JIS):The Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation (KSAC) has met with the police to roll out a more targeted and sustained programme to tackle illegal vending, and restore order to the streets of the Corporate Area.Mayor of Kingston, Senator Angela Brown Burke, told the monthly meeting of the Council on Tuesday (September 9), that the problem appears to have worsened over the past several weeks, with an eight-year old boy suffering an eye injury after he came into contact with metal hangers on display on a sidewalk along one of the city’s streets. “I have received several complaints of the level of intimidation meted out to pedestrians and motorists by vendors, who have their wares blocking access to our roadways and pathway,” she said.The Mayor, in expressing regret at the incident, said that she and the Town Clerk have met with the family, and are working with the police in its investigations to find the person responsible for the act of negligence, which resulted in the injury to the child.“This points out very squarely the reasons why we have been advocating for vendors to remain in designated vending areas. This has only strengthened our resolve to ensure that illegal vending is brought under control,” she stated.Mayor Brown Burke warned that the Council will be taking a zero tolerance approach to illegal vending, and is committed to ensuring that law and order prevails, “in our markets, in our parks, and along our streets”.Meanwhile, she informed that the KSAC has removed and demolished 16 illegal constructed wooden and concrete structures, in several communities, which were being used for commercial and residential purposes.The operations were carried out over several weekends in the communities of Maverly, Duhaney Park, Washington Boulevard, and its environs.Additionally, notices were served on illegal garages, and eight derelict vehicles removed from sidewalks.“This clean-up operation will help to make the Maverly Park more accessible to its residents for recreational purposes,” she remarked.On the matter of the fire at Oxford Mall, which impacted the lives and livelihood of 40 vendors, she informed that the area has been cleared, and plans are in place to have normalcy restored as soon as possible. “As soon as we are in a position to say exactly how we will proceed, the KSAC will meet with registered vendors,” she stated. Bahamas DPM Turnquest, as IDB Governor, Talks Technology and Climate Change Resilience at IDB Conclave Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:jamaica, kingston, Senator Angela Brown Burke, st. andrews Recommended for you Two boys die, bicycle and van collide in St. Catherine, Jamaica Jamaica’s Senate Begins debate on National Identification and Registration Billlast_img read more

Portland man gets year in prison for Obama threat

first_imgPORTLAND — A Portland man who threatened President Obama in phone calls to the media was sentenced Wednesday in federal court to more than a year in prison.Darryl Swanson apologized to the judge, who also ordered three years of supervision after his release.The Oregonian reports the 46-year-old has mental health problems.Swanson called the paper and government offices last year saying the government owed him trillions of dollars. In a call to The Associated Press, he said he might contact al-Quida and attack the White House.last_img read more

Militia Leader Appeal Draws Split Ruling

first_imgDownload audioA federal appeals court has thrown out one of the convictions of former Fairbanks militia leader Schaeffer Cox. A Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decision filed Tuesday vacates Cox’s conviction of solicitation to murder federal officials. The six-page ruling upholds a conspiracy to murder conviction and remands the case back to district court for re-sentencing.Schaeffer Cox was convicted of both murder conspiracy and solicitation as well as weapons violations in 2012, and later sentenced to nearly 26 years in federal prison. His appeal argued before a three judge Ninth Circuit panel in Anchorage on August 15 took issue with how the jury was instructed in the case. It contends there’s no evidence of agreements or requests to kill specific government officials. Cox’s federal public defender declined to immediately comment, but Cox advocate Rudy Davis says he recently received a letter from Cox, in which he anticipated the split appeal ruling.His appeal argued before a three judge Ninth Circuit panel in Anchorage on August 15 took issue with how the jury was instructed in the case. It contends there’s no evidence of agreements or requests to kill specific government officials.Cox’s federal public defender declined to immediately comment, but Cox advocate Rudy Davis said he recently received a letter from Cox, in which he anticipated the spilt appeal ruling. Davis read a portion of the letter to a KUAC reporter:“Asking my friends to agree to go murder with me. The asking is the solicitation count. The agreeing is the conspiracy count. What are the judges saying? My friends agreed to do what I never asked them to do? That’s silly,” Davis read.The case prosecutor, Assistant US Attorney Steven Skrocki, said the conspiracy and solicitation charges involved separate actions. Skrocki said the solicitation charge involved Cox’s use of a militia security team outside a North Pole radio station, while the conspiracy charge was related to Cox and fellow militia members agreeing to a plan targeting a list of government officials.“So to try to argue that because one fails that the other necessarily has to fail– in other words, the solicitation failed, therefore, the conspiracy failed– completely disregards that there were two separate offenses charged for two separate acts involving seperate victims,” Skrocki explained. “So that arguement really doesn’t make any sense.”Skrocki said it’s unclear if the appeal ruling ordering re-sentencing will effect Cox’s jail time because the murder conspiracy and solicitation sentences are being served concurrently. Cox is jailed at a federal Communications Management Unit in Marion, Illinois. Cox’s advocate Rudy Davis said Cox intends to challenge the appeal ruling.According to Davis, Cox wrote in a letter that another challenge is justified “because the evidence that still has never made it in front of a court proves my one hundred percent innocence.”Davis and other Cox supporters have post excerpts from FBI informant recorded interviews in which Cox professed non-violence, but prosecutor Skrocki said such proclamations were interspersed with violent rhetoric.“For every claim of a Gandhi, there was a claim of a Rambo,” he said.Skrocki said the next step in the legal process for the Cox case is re-sentencing date, prior to which both sides will provide input.last_img read more

Stranger Things Season 3 Will Premiere on July 4

first_img What to Stream on Netflix This Weekend11 Other Old-School Nick Shows That Should Get Netflix Movies Stay on target Mark your calendars: Stranger Things Season 3 will premiere on Netflix on July 4.On Monday, Netflix kicked off New Year’s celebrations with a new Stranger Things Season 3 trailer and poster. Both mediums don’t give too many details on the upcoming season, leaving fans to wonder what’s exactly in store for Hawkins, Indiana in 1985.Netflix posted a new Stranger Things Season 3 trailer on YouTube and it’s a blast from the past. Footage of Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve flashes on the screen, and the ball is about to drop to celebrate a new year (aka 1985).The clip then becomes distorted, with the television going black and showing an announcement, “One summer can change everything.” July 4, 2019 then appears at the end of the trailer, showing that Stranger Things Season 3 is coming to Netflix on this date.JULY 4 pic.twitter.com/UX9M1L02rd— Stranger Things (@Stranger_Things) January 1, 2019What will happen during this magical season? Will the Hawkins crew come face-to-face with another monster from the Upside Down in the Starcourt Mall? In the poster, Eleven and Mike are holding hands, stuck in a landscape of fireworks and there’s nothing more. Stranger Things fans will have to wait a few more months for more plot spoilers.More on Geek.com:New ‘Stranger Things’ Season 3 Teaser Reveals Episode TitlesNetflix Permanently Removes iTunes Billing for New CustomersNetflix’s ‘Black Mirror: Bandersnatch’ Trailer Is a Creepy Mind Triplast_img read more

New simulation of the sun shows both large and small scale processes

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further Over the years, scientists have developed different tools for helping to understand how the sun works, in more recent years, simulations have been developed that seek to demonstrate the sun’s activities, one of which is the 11 year cycle of magnetic field reversal. But, such simulations have been divided into two main categories, those that simulate large processes, and those that simulate relatively small processes. The goal has been to merge the two to allow for a better overall look at how the sun works in general, and to answer the question of how it is that the sun manages to maintain a steady large-scale magnetic field in spite of a there being what appears to be nothing but chaos at smaller scales. In this new effort, the researchers believe they have moved closer to being able to answer that question, by developing a new type of simulation of the sun that finally allows for including both large and small processes.To create the new simulation, the researchers used math to reduce small-scale diffusivities (parameters that are used to describe how the sun works as a whole), which allowed for minimizing the impact on the means by which the sun generates an electromagnetic field. That allowed for the creation of a whole new range of images. Radial magnetic field at r=0.92R, where R is solar radius. Credit: Hideyuki Hotta, Chiba University Thus far, the simulation has not answered the question of how the sun is able to maintain its large scale magnetic field, but the researchers suggest it has to do with small-scale but strong magnetic fields with low viscosity, suppressing the apparent chaos, thereby allowing for the maintenance of the large overall field. They hope to use their new simulation method to better understand the 11 year cycle because of the important role it plays in sending particles to Earth, causing problems for satellites and other electronic equipment. Journal information: Science © 2016 Phys.orgcenter_img More information: H. Hotta et al. Large-scale magnetic fields at high Reynolds numbers in magnetohydrodynamic simulations, Science (2016). DOI: 10.1126/science.aad1893AbstractThe 11-year solar magnetic cycle shows a high degree of coherence in spite of the turbulent nature of the solar convection zone. It has been found in recent high-resolution magnetohydrodynamics simulations that the maintenance of a large-scale coherent magnetic field is difficult with small viscosity and magnetic diffusivity (square centimenters per second). We reproduced previous findings that indicate a reduction of the energy in the large-scale magnetic field for lower diffusivities and demonstrate the recovery of the global-scale magnetic field using unprecedentedly high resolution. We found an efficient small-scale dynamo that suppresses small-scale flows, which mimics the properties of large diffusivity. As a result, the global-scale magnetic field is maintained even in the regime of small diffusivities—that is, large Reynolds numbers. (Phys.org)—A team of researchers from the U.S., China, and Japan has developed a computer simulation of the sun that is able to show both large and small scale processes. In their paper published in the journal Science, the team describes how their simulation works and why they believe it will help solve one of the big questions in solar research. Image: Supercomputer simulation of magnetic field loops on the Sun Citation: New simulation of the sun shows both large and small scale processes (2016, March 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-03-simulation-sun-large-small-scale.html Radial magnetic field at r=0.92R, where R is solar radius. Credit: Hideyuki Hotta, Chiba Universitylast_img read more

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first_img 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 Related Content Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD 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 Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications News | Radiation Therapy | August 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 News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more News | August 29, 2011 New Digital Linear Accelerator Control System Demonstrates Treatment Time Savings of Up to 30 Percent 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 August 29, 2011 – Elekta announced it has received approval to CE Mark its Integrity R1.1 treatment control system in the European Union. Integrity R1.1 combines a three-tier safety system with continuously variable dose rate (CVDR) and interdigitation capabilities for Elekta’s MLCi2 multi-leaf collimator (MLC). Integrity supports a complete range of delivery techniques –– including intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT) and stereotactic applications –– while ensuring maximum patient safety.Incorporating three tiers of safety, Integrity has undergone rigorous tests in eight international centers, which demonstrated safe reductions in treatment times of as high as 30 percent. The approval of the CE Marking for Integrity enables European medical centers to realize these treatment speed and safety benefits when Elekta begins delivery of the control systems.”We depend on Integrity to ensure that the linac does what it is supposed to do,” says Prof. Frank Lohr, vice chairman of University Medical Center Mannheim (UMC, Germany). “Our data, using Integrity on a variety of plans, shows that VMAT plans are significantly accelerated and treatment delivery is considerably smoother than with the previous control system. On average, Integrity has reduced treatment times by 20 to 30 percent.”UMC is one of eight centers that participated in testing Integrity and has used the Integrity R1.0 control system for a year on two on Elekta treatment machines that are dedicated almost exclusively to delivering IMRT and VMAT. Efficiently delivering these complex techniques has been facilitated by CVDR and MLC interdigitation, both enabled via Integrity.”Because 60 percent of all our patients received IMRT –– with 70 percent of that group receiving VMAT –– the ability of Integrity to support MLC interdigitation and CVDR becomes even more critical, as they greatly enhance treatment delivery speed,” Prof. Lohr observed. “Integrity has shown to be a good, reliable product –– it does what it should and does it well, enabling us to provide the benefits of IMRT and VMAT to patients who will benefit most from these modulated therapies. Integrity also will help us fully exploit future innovations.”About IntegrityIntegrity combines a three-tier safety system with CVDR and interdigitation for Elekta’s MLCi2. The first Integrity safety tier records and verifies the prescription received from Mosaiq oncology information system (OIS) and checks that all linac parameters are set correctly. The second tier checks and controls MLC leaves, gantry, collimator and dose delivery throughout beam delivery, ensuring that all parameters are in the correct position and the right dose is being delivered. Guardian, the third tier, supervises the proper operation of the other two tiers –– verifying in real-time that the field currently being delivered matches the prescribed treatment parameters. If a discrepancy occurs, Guardian will stop the treatment.Interdigitation and CVDR boost efficiencyWith interdigitation, MLC capabilities have caught up with the ability of the treatment planning system to create fields with complex geometry. Because MLC leaves can move past one another (i.e., interdigitate), clinicians can employ island fields in difficult cases, such as those involving multiple targets. Interdigitation is important not just for treating multiple targets but also when there is a target geometry that consists of different dose objectives. For example, clinicians may want to treat a primary target to 70 Gy and a nodal region to 57 Gy.CVDR allows the dose rate to be adjusted to its ideal MU value during delivery of both dynamic and VMAT prescriptions. This option makes prescription delivery smoother and faster when compared to previous discrete dose rates. The additional dose rate options permit Integrity to easily navigate complex dose modulation paths.*Integrity is not available for sale or distribution in all markets. Contact your Elekta representative for further details. 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Ikonopedia and Konica Minolta Showcase Integrated Breast Imaging Workflow and Reporting at

first_img December 5, 2017 — Ikonopedia and Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas Inc. showcased integrated breast imaging workflow and reporting at the 103rd Annual Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) meeting, Nov. 26-Dec. 1 in Chicago.The two companies have expanded the partnership to integrate both the Opal and Exa healthcare information technology (IT) platforms with Ikonopedia’s solution for breast imaging reporting and tracking. The integration with Exa offers a seamless, closed-loop experience with multi-directional functionality and automated follow-up for patients with significant Breast Imaging-Reporting and Data System (BI-RADS) scores. Ikonopedia’s solution captures various points of data from the Exa Mammo software to provide a complete patient profile that will result in automatic patient warnings and alerts.Exa’s custom workflow engine design and advanced toolsets make it an ideal solution across a broad array of imaging services, according to Konica Minolta, from the enterprise to specialty-based clinics. The Exa platform is comprised of multiple modules including picture archiving and communication systems (PACS), radiology information systems (RIS), electronic health records (EHRs) and specialty viewers, supporting digital breast tomosynthesis and cardiovascular imaging. The Exa modules can be used together as an integrated solution or individually with a facility’s existing software investments. It offers a diagnostic-quality zero footprint universal viewer and vendor neutral archive for DICOM and non-DICOM images; Server-Side Rendering for fast access to large files such as 3-D mammography with no prefetching required, and cybersecurity with no data transferred to or stored on workstations minimizing unwanted exposure to patient data. The Exa Platform was designed to enable each facility to design its own preferred imaging workflow, very simply, with drag and drop tools. The entire step-by-step process can be customized quickly and easily.The Ikonopedia structured reporting system reliably captures pertinent data to meticulously track patients through each stage of the exam process. The Mammography Quality Standards Act (MQSA)-compliant toolset is targeted and automated to monitor patients in all categories of care. Structured data is captured from multiple locations including resources within Exa, the patient questionnaire, risk-assessment, technologist reporting, physician reporting, follow-up recommendations and more. Data is monitored to produce automatic warnings and alerts, and personalized patient letters along with a detailed report to relay these findings to referring physicians.Ikonopedia provides reporting tools for screening and diagnostic modalities including mammography, ultrasound, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Enhancing Quality Using the Inspection Program (EQUIP) audit data is automatically captured in the background and reports are BI-RADS language-compliant based on the latest BIRADS Atlas (5th edition). 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