Help Hospitalized Veterans (HHV), a national nonprofit, is partnering with Operation Support Our Troops – America (OSOT-America) for the 10th annual Rockin’ for Our Troops event.The concert will take place Saturday, July 18, 2015, at Cantigny Park in Wheaton, Illinois. Emmy Award winning actor Gary Sinise will headline the event along with his band, The Lt. Dan Band. Rockin’ for Our Troops will also feature musical acts by Maggie Speaks, The Voices and Chicago Blues All-Stars. More than 11,000 people are expected at this daylong event.OSOT-America’s mission is to support the morale and well-being of American forces by providing comfort, resources and education to them and their families while they are deployed in harm’s way and after their return. HHV’s mission is to provide art-based craft projects, free of charge, to active duty military personnel and veterans as a means of therapeutic recovery and renewal.“We are excited and proud to partner with OSOT-America, an organization that, like HHV, is dedicated to helping to improve the lives of those that give so much to our nation – our veterans,” said John M. Meagher, Judge (Retired), Chairman of the HHV Board of Directors.Since its launch, the one-day concert has raised more than $2.5 million for OSOT-America. Funds raised from the event will help OSOT-America ship comfort items to the troops, provide grief support for families of the fallen, offer intervention to veterans in crisis and fund traumatic brain injury and posttraumatic stress disorder care.For more information about Rockin’ for Our Troops visit RockinForTheTroops.org. For more on OSOT-America go to OSOTAmerica.org. For more on Help Hospitalized Veterans’ extensive arts and crafts program, visit HHV.org or call 888-567-VETS (8387).
25 February 2009Meeting with members of indigenous and Afro-Colombian communities impacted by floods, displacement and violence in Colombia, the top United Nations relief official today called for stepped up assistance for these minority groups. On the second day of this three-day visit to Colombia, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs John Holmes travelled to the north-west Chocó region.In the Afro-Colombian community of Bebedó, he heard first-hand from community leaders and families, whose homes were destroyed by severe flooding last year, of their needs given that their town, situated on the San Juan River, is prone to flooding and suffers from high levels of poverty.“I was impressed by the resilience of the community,” Mr. Holmes said yesterday. Although the people of the town are receiving assistance from the Government as well as UN and partner agencies, “it is clear they are doing everything they can to try to help themselves and restore their livelihoods,” he added.Also in the town, the official met with representatives of the Wounaan indigenous tribe who told him how they had been uprooted in 2005 by violence related to narco-trafficking and conflict. The tribe also told Mr. Holmes, who also serves as Emergency Relief Coordinator, that they continue to face critical challenges in pursuing their traditional way of life and cannot leave their village due to the presence of armed groups and landmines. Further, they lack education, health care facilities and livelihood opportunities.Mr. Holmes also visited with 22 indigenous people from the Katio tribe from Vira Vira, who have been displaced after the murder of one of their members by an illegal armed group three weeks ago. They told the Coordinator that they wish to return to their community as soon as possible, but are held back by fear of further violence.“This visit illustrated in vivid fashion the problems of those minority communities and the need for a determined response by the Government and the international community, working together, to find durable solutions,” he stressed.Today, he will wrap up his visit to Colombia, returning to Bogotá to meet with President Alvaro Uribe.
Three members of the notorious ‘Aava’ group were arrested in Jaffna with two swords.The three suspects had reportedly been involved in an attack on two people recently. They had attached the two people using swords resulting in both of the suffering injuries. (Colombo Gazette)
People with Type 1 diabetes are needed to pedal for a unique study by a Brock graduate student.Matthew Smith, a Master’s student in Applied Health Sciences, is studying the effects of different ambient temperatures on blood glucose levels during exercise.Smith needs Type 1 diabetics between the ages of 18 to 50 to do moderate bike riding for 30 minutes in the lab. Participants will be asked to ride in cold, neutral or hot temperatures.Smith is working with Stephen Cheung, associate professor of Physical Education and Kinesiology and Canada Research Chair in environmental ergonomics. Cheung’s lab is dedicated to studying the effects of extreme temperatures.Smith’s study is intriguing, Cheung told the St. Catharines Standard in a May 18 article, because it will improve the understanding of how people with Type 1 diabetes should use insulin based on exercise.Volunteers will receive a free blood glucose monitor.Potential participants can contact Matthew Smith at firstname.lastname@example.orgLink• Volunteers needed to pedal for study — St. Catharines Standard
While there are challenges, including changing demographics, stresses in the environment, poverty and conflict, human mobility offers immense benefits, such as the promise of more sustainable development, more attuned to international labour market needs and improved working standards, highlighted Louise Arbour, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for International Migration. “We stand today tasked with the mandate to weave these challenges and opportunities into a global effort to enhance State cooperation in the management of migration,” she said Wednesday at the end of a three-day meeting in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, that reviewed and analysed the data and recommendations gathered during the consultation phase. In her remarks, Ms. Arbour reminded the meeting of the “tragedy of large mixed flows of people on the move and how to deal with those who are ineligible for international refugee protection yet for whom humanitarian assistance and longer-term solutions are no less urgent.” She also expressed the determination of the UN system to support all Member States in the implementation of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration.VIDEO:UN envoy Louise Arbour emphasizes the need for global cooperation to capitalize on the benefits of international migration. The next step in this process towards the Global Compact is the Secretary-General’s report on migration, expected to be released before mid-January 2018, followed by intergovernmental negotiations (expected to begin in February and conclude in July). The Global Compact will be presented for adoption at an intergovernmental conference on international migration that will be held in Morocco at the end of 2018. Also speaking at the closing of the meeting, Miroslav Lajčák, the President of the General Assembly, spoke of the results achieved so far and added that “tough negotiations” lay ahead. The path forward, Mr. Lajčák suggested, is to focus on the “strong common positions,” the first of which is the acknowledgment that the current response to international migration is not sustainable and this is a global phenomenon that needs an international response. “The UN is the best – and, in fact, the only – forum in which this response can be formulated,” Mr. Lajčák said, noting that this does not mean a diminution of State sovereignty, stating “Member States will determine their own migration policies.” The meeting in Puerto Vallarta was co-chaired by Juan José Gómez Camacho, the Permanent Representative of Mexico to the UN, and Jürg Lauber, Permanent Representative of Switzerland to the UN, who serve as the co-facilitators of the Global Compact process. AUDIO: Director General William Lacey Swing speaks about what is at stake for the millions across the world fleeing their homes.
PA PassLB Wasted yards * Fewer than 20 observationsSource: NFL Next Gen Stats 1st7.1– Distance traveled by a defender while biting on a play-action fake is a fairly precise way to quantify just how fooled a defender was on a play. Continuing to move toward the line of scrimmage when the offense is passing is a problem; defenders want to “get depth” as soon as they can if they identify pass. Any movement toward the line of scrimmage is usually wasted.After summing up the total distance traveled for each of the plays, I calculated that on the average play-action pass play, the middle linebacker covers 7.5 yards of wasted ground. In seven instances in our sample, teams ran 15 or more play-action plays in a single game. Those games would have offered the middle linebacker the most opportunities to figure out the play-action, but the average distance traveled was 8.2 yards — even higher than the overall average.I broke out the average wasted distance traveled by linebackers by the number of times a play-action pass was called in a game to see how teams reacted. It turns out that the wasted distance traveled was remarkably stable. 3rd7.8– 15th*11.1– The play-action pass is one of the most effective calls in all of football. The three teams that use the play-action the most — the Rams, the Patriots and the Chiefs, according to data from Sports Info Solutions — each locked down a first-round bye in the playoffs. Across the league in 2018, quarterbacks with at least 100 pass attempts average 1.39 yards per attempt more out of play-action than they do on all other plays.1And it’s not just guys like San Francisco’s Nick Mullens and his +4.2 yards per attempt play-action differential who are bringing up the group average. Of 40 qualifying quarterbacks, 77.5 percent have a higher yards per attempt on play-action passes than on other plays. This pattern of play-action success holds true for every year that we have data.22005 through 2018. Yet despite this success, the league average share of plays that are play-action passes is just barely above 20 percent.Why is play-action so effective? When defenders bite on a play-action fake, they move out of position for defending the pass and create clear lanes for the QB to throw to the intermediate and deep parts of the field.But NFL coaches tend to run them only a handful of times per game because they appear to believe that overuse of play-action will cause linebackers to stop biting on the fake. Diminishing returns will set in, defenders will stop respecting the run, and the superiority of play-action will vanish. But is this actually the case? Do linebackers start to ignore the fake handoff if they see it many times in a single game?Until very recently, we had a hard time answering this question with the data that was available. But in the past couple of weeks, the NFL released a tranche of Next Gen tracking data for 91 games from 2017 via its inaugural Big Data Bowl. Michael Lopez, the NFL’s director of analytics, spearheaded the effort to allow analysts to dig into the tracking data and mine it for insights. I was able to use this data to quantify the effect of play-action on the movement of middle linebackers — and to see if a high number of play-action plays had any effect on the outcome of the plays.I took each of the 1,235 play-action plays in the sample and isolated just the middle linebacker’s movement from snap to throw.3Both outside linebackers and box safeties are also influenced by play-action, but their run fit responsibilities are sometimes less clear, so for this study, I focused just on the middle linebacker. I measured the distance traveled by the defender while moving forward toward the line of scrimmage at any angle, and I stopped counting the distance as soon as he turned and retreated into coverage. If two linebackers were playing on the inside, I included only the player who moved the most toward the line of scrimmage during the play. Below are three animations that help illustrate the process.4Animation code courtesy of the NFL.The first shows the entire play with all players involved: 5th7.5– 6th7.3– More play-action passes do not mean fewer wasted yardsAverage yards wasted by the middle linebacker on each play-action pass in a game 10th7.9– There is a lot of good research showing that teams don’t run enough play-action. Most of the arguments for limiting its use are unsupported by the evidence. Now, thanks to the NFL’s Next Gen data, we can add evidence that middle linebackers won’t stop biting on the play-action, even if it’s used more than NFL coaches have been comfortable running it. 9th8.4– The third shows when I stopped counting the linebacker’s movement as “wasted” for the purposes of the study: 16th*4.7– 4th7.1– 11th7.2– 14th*6.4– Linebackers bite just about the same amount the 11th time a play-action pass is called in a game as the first time it’s called. It’s only after we get to 12 play-action passes in one game that things start to get wonky — but that may be because of the small sample sizes of those instances.Across the entire sample of 91 games and 1,235 plays, I found no correlation at all between the number of times a team ran the play-action and total yards of wasted ground by middle linebackers.5R-squared of 0.001775, p-value of 0.5766. We’d love more data to examine, to look closer at what happens when more play-actions are run. But given what we know about the effectiveness of the play, the self-imposed threshold set by play-callers of roughly six to nine play-action fakes per game is likely too low.Stopping the run is a major focus at every level of football, and the NFL especially makes it a high priority to effectively defend the run. Teams do this by coaching their linebackers and box safeties to play the run first in nonobvious passing situations. This emphasis on run stopping comes at a cost, however. Defenders must read their “run keys” — movements by the offense that indicate a run is coming — and react quickly to fill their gaps and prepare to make a physical play. It could be the case that defenders simply don’t think about how often the team is faking the run but instead just read and react to their run keys.To play fast in the NFL, it’s often said, you can’t think but instead must react based on instinct and training. Perhaps that instinctual reaction explains why play-action continues to be effective no matter how often it’s used. It’s also probably the case that certain teams and players are more susceptible to play-action than others, and smart NFL teams will identify and exploit their opponents’ tendencies.Those smart NFL teams should also pay attention to exactly how they use the play-action. According to the Sports Info Solutions data, passes thrown 7 yards deep or less are caught less frequently on play-action than on other passes. This could be because defenders have moved toward the line of scrimmage and are in better position to make a play on the ball. Play-action is only more effective than other passes when the ball travels at least 8 yards in the air — over the head of the linebackers who’ve been fooled. 12th*8.5– The second shows the entire play with the middle linebacker and quarterback isolated: 8th7.2– 2nd7.7– 13th*10.5– 7th7.2– Check out our latest NFL predictions.
South Yorkshire Police has stood by its campaign, with Deputy Chief Constable Mark Roberts saying: “We record non-crime hate incidents in the same way we record non-crime antisocial behaviour incidents and non-crime domestic abuse incidents, so we can gain a fuller understanding of actions which cause distress to people within our communities. “By doing this, we aim to support those affected and prevent this behaviour from escalating into crime. One of the basic principles of British policing is that prevention is more effective than detection.Dr Alan Billings, police and crime commissioner for South Yorkshire, said: ‘‘Acts of hatred cause great damage to our life together. They divide and weaken communities. ‘‘I am totally supportive of the efforts by South Yorkshire Police to protect anyone who is the subject of a hate incident or a hate crime – because that could be any of us. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. ‘‘The incident in Barnsley town centre on Saturday sparked a lot of rumour and racist language which left some members of our communities feeling vulnerable. ‘‘The Force responded by reiterating a campaign that has been running for some time to ensure that those affected know how and where they can report crimes and incidents should they be targeted.’’ In addition to reporting hate crime, please report non-crime hate incidents, which can include things like offensive or insulting comments, online, in person or in writing. Hate will not be tolerated in South Yorkshire. Report it and put a stop to it #HateHurtsSY pic.twitter.com/p2xf6OLoQZ— SouthYorkshirePolice (@syptweet) September 9, 2018 Despite the attack, number of local leaders have questioned the feasibility of the new initiative, particularly in light of squeezed resources. In May this year, South Yorkshire Police faced a violent crime wave, which saw them deal with five murders in just 13 days, and local officials have questioned the wisdom in using police time to deal with non-criminal actions. A police force has urged people to report insults which make them feel bad even if they are not crimes.Under the slogan ‘Hate Hurts’, South Yorkshire Police have called upon members of the public to report incidents they know not to be criminal in order to build up a wider picture of actions which cause distress to people within the community.Non-crime hate incidents can include offensive or insulting comments made online, in person or in writing, but the campaign has drawn criticism from people who say the police have enough work to do.The move has come after an incident in Barnsley’s market square involving a woman wielding a foot long kitchen knife, who was heard shouting ‘Kill, Kill, kill’’ by witnesses. 28-year-old Ayaan Ali has been charged with attempted murder, but police have said that since the incident, there has been an increase in Islamophobic outbursts on social media and in the streets of south Yorkshire. A woman has been charged with attempted murder after the knife attack in BarnsleyCredit:Danny Lawson/PA Councillor Robert Bernard said: “How do they propose to investigate incidents that are not crimes? If it’s not a crime then there is no way to investigate it, it should be so obvious. ‘‘I think somebody working in PR or social media has not thought this through. I don’t know where they are going to find the resources from. ‘‘If they don’t have the resources to investigate other things, how are they going to find the resources to investigate these? Fortunately tweeting doesn’t cost anything.’’
Antonio Jaisingh was this afternoon freed of the 2010 Sarah Johanna rum shop murder but a key witness is now under investigation for lying that he saw the attack.Freed: Antonio JaisinghJaisingh was standing trial before Justice Navindra Singh, accused of fatally stabbing Randy Joseph after a heated argument at Brian’s Liquor Bar, Sarah Johanna, East Bank Demerara in November 2010. After some 2 hours of deliberations, the 12-member jury unanimously found Jaisingh not guilty of murder and the lesser count of manslaughter.However, Damon Ramgulan who had said that he was the only eyewitness to the fatal crime, recanted his statement on the witness stand where he admitted that he did not actually see the stabbing.INews understands that Ramgulan is being investigated by the Criminal Investigation Department on perjury charges. Meanwhile, Jaisingh after being freed, ran into the arms of relatives.Justice Singh told the accused that he hopes that he doesn’t get into trouble again. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedDochfour murder accused freedNovember 30, 2016In “Crime”Narinedatt’s murder: Former Magistrate, eyewitness in custody for alleged witness tamperingOctober 23, 2017In “Court”Man accused of Quamina St. fatal stabbing freedFebruary 22, 2018In “Court”
MacLean Engineering’s Val d’Or, Quebec office recently marked the shipment of a fleet of scissor bolters and utility vehicles to Stornoway Diamond Corporation’s Renard Project in northern Quebec. “Stornoway’s ability to bring the Renard Diamond Project forward to its imminent operational phase is a remarkable achievement, made even more so by the degree of collaboration required across sectors and suppliers,” noted MacLean Engineering President, Kevin MacLean. “We are honoured to be supporting these efforts, and that we are able to play our part in making Quebec’s first diamond mine a reality.”“The continuous innovation commitment we have made to Stornoway is how we have been doing business for over 40 years,” added MacLean Engineering, Founder and Chairman Don MacLean. “I’m thrilled that the MacLean approach to designing safe, practical, and durable equipment solutions for the hard rock environment will now be put to use supporting Stornoway’s resource development vision in the province.” MacLean Engineering is a global provider of underground mining equipment and service solutions, with its head office and manufacturing facility in Collingwood, Ontario, and a branch office in Val d’Or, in the heart of Quebec’s Abitibi mining region.
← Previous Story PERFECT SEASON: Triple crown for El Jaish Next Story → RK Gorenje and RK Celje PL postpone title decision for May 27 elverumElverum HKNorway handballNorwegian handball Norwegian GRUNDIG League has choosen the best players of the season 2015/2016. The player of the season is Serbian back Luka Mitrović from Elverum.Here are the ALL STAR team 2015/2016:Goalkeeper: Svenn Erik Medhus, ØIF ArendalRight wing: Magnus Søndenå, Haslum HKRight back: Eivind Tangen, FyllingenBergenPlaymaker: Gøran Johannessen, Viking HåndballLine player: Petter Øverby, ElverumLeft back: Luka Mitrovic, ElverumLeft wing: Magnus Jøndal, ØIF ArendalNewcomer: Gøran Johannessen, Viking HåndballGRUNDIG league player of the season: Luka Mitrovic, ElverumFans vote: André Lindboe, ElverumOrganizer: KolstadCoach of the season: Tom Eirik Skarpsno, HaslumPHOTO: Elverum FB
Looking back, Mark DeVito may have once been the world’s most overqualified cashier and dishwasher.In 1981, DeVito was 23 years old with a new master’s degree in electronic science under his arm. Yet he could not find work at the region’s tech companies.“I just wanted to work at an Intel or a National Semiconductor,” said DeVito, a lifelong Portland resident. “But then Mount St. Helens blew and all those companies were no longer hiring. So I spent seven months working at Pizza Hut during the day, Plaid Pantry at night, while trying to find a job in the area.”DeVito recounted this last week while sitting in a much different place: the second-floor conference room at nLIGHT, the Vancouver laser manufacturer he co-founded at the start of the millennium.nLIGHT went public last month, jolting in value and gaining market share in a burgeoning industry. The first sales of company stock raised about $100 million and established the firm’s value at more than $1 billion.The firm makes semiconductor lasers powerful enough to cut and weld. Their power can be harnessed for jobs such as precision manufacturing of electronics or helping U.S. aircraft shoot down hostile projectiles.
By Awa B. BahThe Minister of Fisheries, Water Resources and National Assembly matters, on Tuesday 26th March 2019, faced deputies at the national assembly complex in Banjul.The Minister was before deputies to orally respond to questions on matters under his purview from Lawmakers, and for which due notices were given during the first ordinary session of the National Assembly in the 2019 Legislative year.Responding to questions from deputies, Minister Gomez said portable water remains a challenge in Sami and the surroundings in the Central River Region (CRR); that the community of Dobo, Changai Toro, Changai Wolof and Banni, will have access to safe drinking water in 2019. He informed deputies that all the boreholes for the communities have been sunk and overhead tanks have been ordered to arrive as early as this month; that foundation for the overhead tanks are presently under construction in the beneficiary communities, and that by end July 2019, all works in these communities related to water supply, would have been completed and made available and accessible for the people. Gomez said the provision of portable water is placed on project by project basis; that the project has twenty nine boreholes spread throughout the country; that his Ministry is mapping out the availability of water countrywide, with plans for other communities. He said they are working with partners to map out communities with high demand for portable water and their technical team will advise them on how to distribute and make this vital resource available for the citizenry.On the mechanisms put in place in case the boreholes have future problems, Gomez said his Ministry takes the insurance of the boreholes into consideration by ensuring their security for five years; that after this period the responsibility of the boreholes is passed to the community. Gomez said the beneficiary communities have been urged open a community savings account, where they would be saving funds in order to solve the problems of the borehole, should it arise.Gomez said they are working with partners such as the African Development Bank and the Japanese to finalize the project; that the French government is interested in providing resources for water in the country; that there are hopes that most vulnerable communities will benefit from this project. He further said that cattle drinking points, remain a priority in these projects; that water for human consumption is key but cattle and small ruminants also face the same problem, and the boreholes will provide drinking ponds for cattle and small ruminants.
The Senate today unanimously passed a bill aimed at preventing suicide among veterans. U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan said it’s an important bill for Alaska, which has the highest number of vets per capita and also the highest rate of suicide.Download Audio“As an officer in the Marine Corps both on active duty and in the Reserves, I’ve personally witnessed the struggles, at times tragic, that some of our servicemen and women undergo,” he said in a speech on the Senate floor.The bill is named for Clay Hunt, a Marine veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan who killed himself 2011. The legislation calls for a review of military and VA suicide prevention programs, financial incentives to help recruit psychiatrists to the VA and a better website to show the mental health resources available.According to the VA, some 22 veterans commit suicide each day. Sen. Sullivan said it’s a personal issue for him.“The suicide of a young Alaskan marine under my command still haunts me. You always wonder: could I have done more?” he said in his Senate speech. He paused for 10 seconds, looking down at the podium, working to maintain composure. “With the proper awareness and resources, this marine might be alive today.”Clay Hunt’s mom said almost the same thing about her son: “If he had had better care, he, maybe, would not be dead today,” Susan Selke said in an interview with NBC.The bill passed the House last month, also unanimously, and now heads to the president for signature. The bill had widespread support last year, too, but was blocked by then-Sen. Tom Coburn, who objected to the cost: $22 million over five years. The Oklahoma Republican has since retired from office.
7 Horror Movies You Forgot Were GreatThe 11 Scariest Religious Horror Movies Stay on target The Exorcist was one of the biggest surprises of 2016. With an all-star cast and a truly terrifying story, it instantly became my favorite horror show on TV. It consistently scared me in a way no other series had. Then this year, the show returned for a second season and was somehow even better. It’s been more focused, better-paced and all around scarier than its first outing. Series creator Jeremy Slater took a break from filming the upcoming season finale to spill the secret of making scary TV and tell us what’s in store for the finale.Grateful to get out of the hailstorm (he was shooting a scene on a ferry boat in Vancouver), Slater said they’re holding nothing back for the last episode of this season. “I think it’s gonna be really big, really scary and hopefully really emotional.”The Exorcist almost feels out of place airing at 9 p.m. on broadcast TV. Even for FOX, the horror gets pretty intense at times. Slater says he rarely feels held back by the network, outside of a few isolated incidents. “We had one or two moments of gore that had to be censored a little bit,” he said. “There are much bloodier versions of Andy killing Harper’s mother in episode six. She’s kind of getting disemboweled a little bit. So there are places where people blink a little bit. But on the whole, we’ve gotten very good at knowing or limits on this show.”Ben Daniels, guest star Alex Barima, guest star Beatrice Kitsos and guest star Hunter Dillon (Cr: Serguei Bashlakov/FOX)Slater says they had to find other, other ways to show possession, since they obviously couldn’t have the victims swear like Regan did in the movie. “There’s certain words you’re not allowed to say on air. Sex is kind of a no-go, but that’s OK. The Exorcist is not historically the sexiest franchise anyway. So we just try on the page in the writers’ room to anticipate problem areas and figure out creative ways to get around those limitations. I think it’s more of a blessing than a curse. I think if we had done the show for HBO, for example, the temptation would always be there to copy the original film… since we were never able to do that, it’s forced us to be more creative as storytellers and find different ways to unsettle the viewers.”Regular viewers of the show have probably noticed that it’s become much more effective and scarier in its second season. Slater freely admits that he had a lot to learn about making horror for TV when he made the first season. “I made a lot of mistakes on season one just because it was my first time doing anything on television,” he said. Coming from the feature world, Slater learned that the structure of TV horror is different. In a film, you can ensure it will look and sound a certain way when shown in a theater. That’s not the case on TV. “What we learned the hard way in season one is that everyone watches TV differently. Some people have very bad sound systems; some people watch on their phone, everyone has different settings on their TVs. You can’t rely on a lot of the horror tropes that we’d usually fall back on. You can’t guarantee that people have their music loud enough to make a jump scare effective. Or that someone will have the correct visual settings on the TV to make the darkness scary.”Kurt Egyiawan as Father Bennett (Cr: Mathieu Young/FOX)Slater says his biggest lesson from season one was that TV horror is all about atmosphere. “The sequences that wound up being effective were the ones that took [their] time, and really allowed that sense of dread to build,” he said. Another hard lesson was that those sequences are really only scary when they’re happening to characters you know and care about. A horror scene with a random victim you just met, he says, isn’t going to land the way a horror scene that happens to, for example, Tomas. Suddenly, all the time we spent in Andy’s foster home before the real horrors began this season make sense. Season two took the time to make us care about each one of the kids before putting them, as Slater put it, in the line of fire. The more the audiences identify with the character, the scarier the scene is.One thing I’m always curious about when it comes to TV horror is how they write around commercial breaks. Especially when it comes to a show on a network like FOX. Not only are their ads in the live broadcast, anyone watching the series later is probably doing so on Hulu, which also has ads. Since they tend to take you out of the world, I always wonder how writers work around them. Slater says it is something they have to address in the script. They have to structure each act of an episode so that the tension builds, knowing that at least some of it will be dispelled by a McDonald’s logo as soon as the show cuts to commercial. “Every time you come back into a fresh act, you have to do the legwork of building that tension up again. It’s easy to do; you just have to be strategic about your scares… It’s all about knowing where your audience is going to be emotionally, knowing when you’ve got them in the palm of your hand and can turn the screws.”John Cho in the “Heaven of Hell” (Cr: Sergei Bashlakov/FOX)It’s not just the scares that keep viewers coming back. For two seasons in a row now, some astonishing acting talent has appeared on the show. Actors who you don’t normally think of for TV, let alone horror TV on a Friday night. Last year, it was Geena Davis, this year it was John Cho. Slater says he made strong pitches to both actors. “Yes, it’s a horror show, but it’s a drama first and foremost,” he says. The real, complex characters they get to play are what draw these actors to The Exorcist. Especially since these roles allow them to explore character types they’ve never gotten to play in the past .”One of our big hooks for Geena Davis was that in her amazing career, no one had ever asked her to play a villain before,” Slater said. When they told her the big twist of last season, that she’s actually Regan from the first movie and that she gets possessed at the end, it really appealed to her.Slater said the same for John Cho. “Everyone in [Hollywood] agrees that he’s phenomenally talented, but he hasn’t necessarily gotten those roles that really show his range.” Slater says the challenge of the role was exactly what Cho was looking for. He gets to play a romantic lead, a protective father and, in the episodes coming up, he gets to take a truly villainous turn. Slater had nothing but praise for Cho’s performance, especially in these last few episodes. “John Cho is absolutely terrifying in some of these episodes,” he said. “It’s one of the scariest horror performances I’ve ever seen.” Well, we’ll certainly look forward to that.Cho isn’t the only one with serious acting chops this season either. This year’s demon is played by two actors. One takes the form of Grace, a creepy little girl that set off alarm bells from episode one. Slater says they seriously lucked out when it came to casting her. The show had nine days with which to cast all the kids in Andy’s house. For perspective, the original movie took four or five months before they found Linda Blair. Slater said they saw a lot of kids who played the cute, innocent side of Grace really well and brought the best back to read the creepier parts. He says Amélie Eve was the obvious choice as soon as they saw her read. “She’s so adorable when she’s playing Grace as normal, but she’s kind of one of those Haley Joel Osment-preternaturally gifted child actors who just understands how to play to the camera. She understands the power of a look or a cocked eyebrow. She’s able to do so much, be so creepy with just little gestures.” He says they were worried that with so many child actors they’d have to write around them and find ways to get them off screen, but every one of them turned out to be awesome.Alicia Witt (Cr: Serguei Bashlakov/FOX)The other actress to play the demon is Alicia Witt, who does double-duty as Andy’s memory of his dead wife, Nicole, and the demon who’s taken her form. She really got to shine in episode seven, which took place entirely from Andy’s perspective as he was attacked by this demon. “Alicia’s another one of those actors who is so talented, so versatile, and never really got that great defining villain turn to really show everyone what she could do. We said from the beginning that she was our first and only choice for the role. She was the only person we envisioned on the page… I’m so proud of our actors, I’m so grateful for what they do.”From the sounds of things we can only expect more of those brilliant, terrifying performances in the episodes to come. I’m especially excited to see what John Cho does that scared Slater so much. The Exorcist airs Fridays at 9 p.m. on Fox, and it’s currently ramping up to its season finale, which will air on December 15. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
Kolkata: Three youths have been arrested by Bidhannagar North Police Station for committing robbery at a cafe Coffee Day (CCD) outlet in Salt Lake. According to police, one of the accused was an employee of the same outlet. As his one-and-a-half month salary was due, he planned the robbery to get his due money.During investigation, the sleuths had found CCTV footages where three suspected persons were seen. When the CCD employees were shown the footage, they identified one Sankar Das, who was an employee there a few months ago. Later, police obtained Das’ mobile number and started the tracking process. As his mobile phone was switched off, the sleuths could not track his tower location. On Saturday night, Das’ tower location popped up on the screen as soon he switched on his mobile phone. The location of his phone was in Gaighata. Without wasting time, a team comprising members from the Detective Department (DD) and Bidhannagar North Police Station went to Dhakuria in Gaighata and detained Das. Later, Das told police his two friends identified as Biltu Sarkar and Surajit Roy had helped him to commit the crime. The other two youths were also detained from Gaighata area. During interrogation, they admitted to their crime and were arrested on Sunday morning. According to the sources, Das admitted to have come on foot and waited for the shop to open. As Das was an employee, he knew that only one person would be there in the first few hours. As per the plan as soon as the shop opened, Das sent Sarkar and Roy inside to overpower Suvankar Ghosh, the employee who opened the café on that day. Das entered the shop after Ghosh was tied up and looted the cash present. All of them fled on foot. The sleuths have recovered the bags, wearing appeals and mobile phones of the trio. On October 29 morning around 10:30 am, the CCD outlet at AD block was robbed. The trio approximately took Rs 18,000 from the cash box and fled.
WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite The food drive hosted by the Ladysmith Lions Club was a roaring success.As part of the ‘Give a meal this Mandela Day’ campaign, the food drive was held at Pick ‘n Pay on Saturday (July 14) from 9am.Initial story: Ladysmith Lions Club collects food for Mandela Day to help those in needRead also: South Africa’s Brad Binder takes his first Moto2 victoryThis campaign will help FoodForward SA provide food to communities in need. Many locals donated non-perishables (canned food, sugar, long life milk, etc).The club filled three trolleys and the donation bin provided.It was a day full of community love and generosity.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!
News | March 04, 2014 Controversial Mammogram Study to Be Tackled at Miami Breast Cancer Conference Feature | Artificial Intelligence | July 19, 2019 | Michal Chorev AI Models Predict Breast Cancer With Radiologist-level Accuracy Breast cancer is the global leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women, and the most commonly diagnosed cancer… read more News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more March 4, 2014 — Physicians’ Education Resource (PER) announced that “The Great Mammography Debate” has been added to the 31st annual Miami Breast Cancer Conference agenda, in light of a controversial study that suggests mammograms do not reduce the number of women who die from breast cancer. Registration is open for the conference, which will be hosted at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach, March 6-9.The Canadian National Breast Screening Study, released Feb. 11, has come under widespread fire for claiming “annual mammography in women aged 40 to 59 does not reduce mortality from breast cancer beyond that of physical examination or usual care when adjuvant therapy for breast cancer is freely available.”Patrick Borgen, M.D., chairman of the Miami Breast Cancer Conference and chairman of surgery at Maimonides Medical Center in New York, is calling into question the validity of the research and has now added the debate to the conference’s agenda.“This information has women across America scratching their heads,” said Borgen. “What we know is that this study is outrageous and probably the single most flawed trial in the history of mammography trials.”Given the controversy of the study’s findings, physicians everywhere are facing new concerns from patients who are questioning the need for mammograms. As such, Borgen and other members of the Miami Breast Cancer Conference’s faculty aim to tackle that issue.“I believe this report may give some women a reason to not get a mammogram, so physicians are going to face questions,” said Borgen. “At the Miami Breast Cancer Conference, we are going to discuss how to explain to patients why mammograms are still important, among many other topics.”The two main themes at this year’s Miami Breast Cancer Conference are (1) personalizing care — matching the treatment to the patient, and (2) quality of life both for the patient and the doctor.For more information: www.gotoper.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Artificial Intelligence | July 18, 2019 Paragon Biosciences Launches Qlarity Imaging to Advance FDA-cleared AI Breast Cancer Diagnosis System Paragon Biosciences LLC announced the launch of its seventh portfolio company, Qlarity Imaging LLC, which was founded… read more News | Mammography Reporting Software | July 26, 2019 Ikonopedia Releases Automated Combined Reporting Package at AHRA Ikonopedia showcased its recently released Automated Combined Reporting package and its entire suite of structured… read more Qlarity Imaging’s software is used to assist radiologists in the assessment and characterization of breast lesions. Imaging features are synthesized by an artificial intelligence algorithm into a single value, the QI score, which is analyzed relative to a database of reference abnormalities with known ground truth. Image courtesy of Business Wire. Technology | Mammography Reporting Software | July 25, 2019 Hologic Partners With MagView to Develop Unifi EQUIP Solution Hologic announced a partnership with mammography information solutions provider MagView to develop Unifi EQUIP, an… read more read more News | Breast Imaging | August 02, 2019 Volpara to Distribute Screenpoint Medical’s Transpara AI Solution Volpara Solutions and ScreenPoint Medical BV signed an agreement under which Volpara will sell ScreenPoint’s Transpara… read more News | Ultrasound Women’s Health | July 11, 2019 FDA Clears Koios DS Breast 2.0 AI-based Software Koios Medical announced its second 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). IBM collected a dataset of 52,936 images from 13,234 women who underwent at least one mammogram between 2013 and 2017, and who had health records for at least one year prior to the mammogram. The algorithm was trained on 9,611 mammograms. Image courtesy of Radiology. 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 | 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 Technology | Breast Biopsy Systems | July 24, 2019 Fujifilm Releases Tomosynthesis Biopsy Option for Aspire Cristalle Mammography System Fujifilm Medical Systems U.S.A. Inc. recently expanded its breast imaging solutions with the launch of its… read more Image courtesy of Imago Systems Related Content
Feature | June 04, 2015 | By Katherine Zukotynski, M.D. Current Advances in Targeted Radionuclide Therapy Whether given alone or in combination, TRT and radioimmunotherapy will have an important role to play in the treatment of patients with cancer in the future The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. Whole-body 131I imaging in a 52-year-old woman with papillary thyroid cancer post thyroidectomy. Radiotracer uptake in the neck is seen at sites of residual malignant disease. 131I was subsequently given to ablate the residual sites of malignant disease. 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 Whole-body 99mTc-MDP bone scan in a 72-year-old man with widespread bone disease associated with castration-resistant prostate cancer who was being considered for Xofigo therapy.There has been growing discussion and excitement surrounding the possibility of personalized medicine and targeted radionuclide therapy (TRT) in recent years.1 TRT refers to the use of one or more radionuclides that may be incorporated into a conjugate or attached to a ligand for targeted therapy at the cellular or molecular level. Radioimmunotherapy refers to targeted therapy with a radiolabeled monoclonal antibody. TRT has actually been part of routine medical therapy for several years.Indeed, physicians have been imaging and treating patients with thyroid disease using radioactive iodine since 1946.2 The first use of iodine-131 (I-131) radioimmunotherapy occurred in 1982.3 Theranostics is a process of therapy for individual patients where treatment can be tailored based on imaging results using the same molecule and targets on tumor cells. Using the same or similar radiopharmaceutical for both imaging and therapy provides the opportunity to image disease sites that will be targeted both before and after therapy. It also provides the possibility of seeing what will be treated, estimating the amount of radioactivity that will be taken up at sites of disease versus the amount that will be taken up by normal tissue and calculating the specific amount of radioactivity needed to achieve maximum efficacy with limited toxicity. Figure 1 shows an image of a patient with thyroid disease who was imaged and treated using I-131.Factors to ConsiderThere are several factors to consider when using TRT and/or radioimmunotherapy. For example, providing a personalized calculation of radiation exposure and tailoring therapy to ensure optimal treatment with limited toxicity may require several patient visits and may, in the long run, prove challenging both for the treating physician and for the patient.4 There is a need for well-designed multicentered trials comparing TRT and/or radioimmunotherapy with other currently available therapy to generate robust data on patient outcomes such as quality of life and impact on overall survival. The optimal sequencing of therapy including chemotherapy, radiation therapy, TRT and/or radioimmunotherapy remains a topic of debate. The use of imaging to triage patients to receive appropriate therapy, assess the radioactivity dose to be administered and determine treatment effect is under investigation. The need for radiopharmaceuticals to target specific disease types is growing, with accessibility and cost remaining significant concerns.1 These factors have, on occasion, led to barriers limiting the use of TRT and/or radioimmunotherapy in the clinic. For example, the first radioimmunotherapy to receive U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval was Y-90-ibritumomab tiuxetan (Zevalin; Spectrum Pharmaceuticals, Inc.), which has been FDA-approved since 2002 but is relatively uncommon in the clinic. Zevalin is a radiolabeled anti-CD20 monoclonal antibody used for the treatment of relapsed or refractory low-grade follicular lymphoma or transformed B-cell non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL), including rituximab-refractory follicular NHL. According to results in the literature, Zevalin can improve progression-free survival and has been associated with improved overall response rate in advanced follicular lymphoma compared with using rituximab alone.5-7 The main toxicity is cytopenia, with fatigue and nausea being among the most common nonhematologic adverse reactions. The incidence of secondary malignancy is low.7 Further, Zevalin has an advantage in that typically a one-time administration is needed versus multiple cycles of chemotherapy. However, the utilization of Zevalin in recent times has been falling. It is estimated that Zevalin was used to treat 889 patients in 2010 versus 551 in 2013, and slightly less than 500 patients in 2014.1 I-131-tositumomab (Bexxar; GlaxoSmithKline), also a radiolabeled anti-CD20 monoclonal antibody used for the treatment of relapsed or refractory low-grade follicular lymphoma or transformed B-cell NHL, has been FDA-approved since 2003. Bexxar has been shown to provide an overall response rate of 95 percent and complete response, or 75 percent in patients with previously untreated, advanced-stage, low-grade NHL;8 however, Bexxar was withdrawn from the market in 2014 because of low clinical use. LimitationsThe use of Zevalin and Bexxar for the treatment of patients with lymphoma has been limited over the years by several factors. In particular, oncologists have described difficulty finding appropriate sites to refer patients to for radioimmunotherapy. Further, the referral process is complex and can have an impact on continuity of care.1, 4 There is a proliferation of therapy options for patients with cancer and a dearth of definitive up-to-date randomized clinical trial data demonstrating therapy effectiveness and improved outcome. Patients are concerned about radiation safety and education for patients regarding this is limited.1 Several issues have been suggested to improve access to and efficacy of Zevalin in patient care. Perhaps the most important is the need for improving collaboration between members of the healthcare team to promote easy access to and education about the benefits and risks of radioimmunotherapy for both physicians and patients. Easing the method of assessing patient eligibility, post-therapy follow-up and resolving reimbursement concerns with the Affordable Care Act would likely also be helpful.1 Based on our experience with Zevalin, it is hoped the logistical issues related to access and education can be avoided with newer agents.The first trial of an Î± emitter in TRT was reported in 1997.9 Although TRT has been used for the palliation of patients with metastatic prostate cancer to bone for several years, Ra-223-dichloride (Xofigo; Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals) was the first radiopharmaceutical shown to extend life in men with castration-resistant disease.10 Indeed, since FDA approval for the use of Xofigo in men with castration-resistant prostate cancer was obtained in 2013, this has become increasingly prevalent in routine oncologic clinical practice as a way to target and treat bone metastases. Figure 2 shows a patient with prostate cancer and widespread bone metastases.The Future of TRT and RadioimmunotherapyToday, there is a growing spectrum of TRT and radioimmunotherapy available for the treatment of patients with cancer. For example, in addition to those already discussed, peptide receptor radionuclide therapy (PRRT) in neuroendocrine tumors is showing significant promise. The use of PPRT in patients with metastatic and/or progressive neuroendocrine malignancy is well tolerated and can improve symptomatic control, progression-free survival and overall survival.11, 12Whether given alone or in combination, it is likely that both TRT and radioimmunotherapy have an important role to play in the treatment of patients with cancer in the years to come. References1. Fahey F, Zukotynski K, Capala J, et al. “Targeted radionuclide therapy: proceedings of a joint workshop hosted by the National Cancer Institute and the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging.” J Nucl Med. 2014; 55:337-48.2. Seidlin SM, Marinelli LD, Oshry E. “Radioactive iodine therapy: effect on functioning metastases of adenocarcinoma of the thyroid.” J Am Med Assoc. 1946; 132:838–847.3. Larson SM, Carrasquillo JA, Krohn KA, et al. “Localization of 131I-labeled p97- specific Fab fragments in human melanoma as a basis for radiotherapy.” J Clin Invest. 1983;72:2101–2114.4. Schaefer NG, Ma J, Huang P, Buchanan J, Wahl RL. “Radioimmunotherapy in non-Hodgkin lymphoma: opinions of U.S. medical oncologists and hematologists.” J Nucl Med. 2010;51:987–994.5. Witzig TE, Gordon LI, Cabanillas F, et al. “Randomized controlled trial of yttrium-90-labeled ibritumomab tiuxetan radioimmunotherapy versus rituximab immunotherapy for patients with relapsed or refractory low-grade, follicular, or transformed B-cell non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.” J Clin Oncol. 2002;20:2453–2463.6. Morschhauser F, Radford J, Van Hoof A, et al. “Phase III trial of consolidation therapy with yttrium-90-ibritumomab tiuxetan compared with no additional therapy after first remission in advanced follicular lymphoma.” J Clin Oncol. 2008;26:5156–5164.7. Morschhauser F, Radford J, Van Hoof A, et al. “90Yttrium-ibritumomab tiuxetan consolidation of first remission in advanced-stage follicular non-Hodgkin lymphoma: updated results after a median follow-up of 7.3 years from the international, randomized, phase III first-line indolent trial.” J Clin Oncol. 2013;31:1977–1983.8. Kaminski MS, Tuck M, Estes J, et al. “131I-tositumomab therapy as initial treatment for follicular lymphoma.” N Engl J Med. 2005;352:441–449.9. Jurcic JG, McDevitt MR, Sgouros G, et al. “Targeted alpha-particle therapy for myeloid leukemias: a phase I trial of bismuth-213-HuM195 (anti-CD33) [abstract].” Blood. 1997;90:2245. 10. Parker C, Nilsson S, Heinrich, et al. “Alpha Emitter Radium-223 and Survival in Metastatic Prostate Cancer.” N Engl J Med. 2013;369:213–223.11. Nguyen C, Faraggi M, Giraudet AL, et al. “Long-term efficacy of radionuclide therapy with disseminated neuroendocrine tumors uncontrolled by conventional therapy.” J Nucl Med. 2004;45:1660–1668. 12. Forrer F, Uusijarvi H, Storch D, Maecke HR, Mueller-Brand J. “Treatment with 177Lu-DOTATOC of patients with relapse of neuroendocrine tumors after treatment with 90Y-DOTATOC.” J Nucl Med. 2005;46:1310–1316.Katherine Zukotynski is a staff radiologist at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto and an assistant professor in the faculty of medicine at the University of Toronto. She serves on the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) Radioisotope Therapy Outreach Working Group and has been involved with the PET Center of Excellence since 2011. She completed the SNMMI Future Leaders Academy in January 2015. Her main area of research has been in PET/CT and oncology. 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Facebook Comments It’s December now, so the gorgeous weather should start immediately, right? Well, a cold front is still causing chilly temperatures and rain in parts of the country, but the impending arrival of the high season has us looking forward to splashing around under a different kind of falling water in the very near future, bathing in both cool pools and warm sunshine.And we’re thrilled that our special High Season Print Edition will be out next week. The free 16-page publication will feature an Insiders’ Guide to Costa Rican travel featuring some of our beloved columnists; a Costa Rican map and December-May Cultural Events Calendar; and some of our favorite stories, columns and photos. It will be distributed nationwide through April 30. We also plan to reprint and update the edition throughout that period.Learn more about advertising in our print editions here.To become a distributor of this free edition, please contact us (email@example.com or 4000-0838). Distributors will be listed on our website with links to their own sites or Facebook pages, as well as in stories on our site in your area of the country.Would you like to submit a photo to our #TTPicOfTheDay series – the view from your home or favorite Costa Rican spot, or any other image you care to share? Please send horizontal photos at least 1100 pixels wide to firstname.lastname@example.org. We’d love to see the sights with you. Related posts:Turn off your phone, turn on the twinkly lights The blue skies (and waves) of summer Name that beach Sun, sand, waves, dog: bliss