Playing Sansa toughened me up Sophie Turner

first_imgLondon: Sophie Turner says playing Sansa Stark in “Game of Thrones” prepared her to face the world. The actor was 14 when she started filming the show in 2010. She was “forced” to grow up faster as her character went through lot of arcs — from a starry-eyed girl of nobility to the Queen in the North — by the end of season eight in 2019. “When you’re starting your career at a young age, you’re forced to grow up much faster. Also, playing a character like Sansa and having to endure all the things she did, toughens you up,” Turner, 23, told Psychologies magazine. Also Read – Rihanna to release 500-page ‘visual’ autobiography The “Dark Phoenix” actor said her “GoT” co-star Maisie Williams, who played her on-screen Arya, has been her rock. “Maisie has been the most wonderful friend to me over the years. We grew up together on ‘Game of Thrones’ and we have shared so many things and talked about everything. “We both leaned on each other during those times when we felt out of place and a little lost. It’s been so good to have such a great friend like her around and we are still very close,” she said. Over the weekend, Turner tied the knot with singer Joe Jonas, 29, for a second time, in France. The couple is yet to make an official announcement.last_img read more

Vancouvers corpse flower bloom fades along with its rotting flesh smell

first_imgVANCOUVER – Vancouver’s rare corpse flower, dubbed Uncle Fester because of its overwhelming stench, is no longer raising a stink.The Vancouver Park Board says the titan arum, a plant native to Sumatra and the largest flower on earth, has closed its funnel-shaped petal around its two-metre central spike as the brief bloom period draws to a close.The park board says in a statement that part of the petal is still slightly open and the red interior of the flower is still visible but the smell has dissipated.The flower only blooms a few times during its roughly 40-year life and while blooming it emits a powerful odour similar to rotting flesh in order to attract pollinators such as carrion beetles that feed on dead animals.After blooming, the huge central spike will collapse, completing the pollination cycle, although a park board official says the collapse is not expected to happen soon.About 4,100 visitors crowded through the park board’s Bloedel Conservatory in Queen Elizabeth Park on Monday, the first full day of the bloom, and the wait to see Uncle Fester was estimated at up to three hours on Tuesday.last_img read more

Montreal model known as Zombie Boy dead at 32 talent agency confirms

first_imgMONTREAL – The agency that represents a Quebec model known for his head-to-toe tattoos and his participation in Lady Gaga music video “Born This Way” says he has died.Dulcedo Management confirmed on its Facebook page the death of Rick Genest, who was better known as Zombie Boy.Dulcedo said it learned Thursday afternoon of the death and “was in shock.”The agency called the 32-year-old Montrealer an “icon of the artistic scene and of the fashion world.”On her official Twitter account Thursday night, Lady Gaga said, “the suicide of friend Rick Genest, Zombie Boy is beyond devastating.”The American singer added: “We have to work harder to change the culture, bring Mental Health to the forefront and erase the stigma that we can’t talk about it.”Radio-Canada reported news of the death and cited a police source, but Montreal police did not confirm the death.last_img read more

Calgarian charged in fatal Manitoba hitandrun

first_imgA Calgarian is facing multiple charges after a fatal hit-and-run in Manitoba.Manitoba RCMP say they have 29-year-old Justin Little in custody, following a collision in the rural municipality of St. Andrews.On August 10, a vehicle struck two 15-year-old boys riding bicycles on the shoulder of a road near Lockport, Manitoba. One of the boys was killed in the collision and the other injured.RCMP have laid 14 charges against Little including the impaired operation of vehicle causing death, dangerous operation of vehicle causing death, and failure to remain at scene of an accident.Lockport is located north of Winnipeg.last_img read more

Committee chair says probe of WilsonRaybould affair a possibility

first_imgOTTAWA — The Liberal chair of the House of Commons justice committee is open to probing whether the Prime Minister’s Office improperly tried to influence the justice minister not to prosecute Quebec corporate giant SNC-Lavalin.Anthony Housefather says the partisan nature of House committees make them imperfect for such investigations but he says if the committee members can come together in a non-partisan way, the committee might be able to do some good.The justice committee meets Wednesday at the request of opposition MPs to decide whether to launch a study and Housefather says as chair he will see that the meeting is public.Jody Wilson-Raybould resigned from cabinet this morning, a month after she was moved from Justice to Veterans Affairs, and less than a week after allegations surfaced that she was pressured to drop a criminal prosecution against SNC-Lavalin for fraud and corruption related to its business dealings in Libya.Housefather says he believes Prime Minister Justin Trudeau when he says nobody from his office pressured Wilson-Raybould but he also believes more clarity is needed to explain exactly what went on.The ethics commissioner is also investigating the matter to see if any part of the Conflict of Interest Act was violated.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Torstar splits digital wing shuffles operations into Star Media

TORONTO — Torstar Corp. is folding its Torstar Digital operations into other divisions of the company.The move also involves cutting about 10 senior managers at Torstar Digital, which will cease to exist in its current form.Torstar spokesman Bob Hepburn said the digital wing, which includes websites like Workopolis and WagJag, will be divided into two parts.“We’re not shutting anything down,” he said in an interview on Friday.“It’s an internal reorganization so we can simplify the management structure for Torstar and improve alignments,” he said in an interview on Friday.Under the plan, deal website WagJag will be moved into Torstar’s Metroland operations, which include its community newspapers.Media operations, like the advertising sales company Olive Media, will shift to the Star Media Group, Hepburn said.Torstar Digital is housed at a leased office in downtown Toronto, which will remain operational for the nearly 200 employees of the digital operations for the foreseeable future, Hepburn said.Torstar holds an investment in The Canadian Press as part of a joint agreement with the corporate parent company of the Globe and Mail and the parent company of Montreal’s La Presse.The Canadian Press read more

US ambassador urges new multinational force to protect UN in Iraq

“With the support of the United Nations, the United States has begun to solicit force contributions for the protection of a broad-based UN mission whose role will be further defined by Security Council action,” Ambassador John D. Negroponte said, stressing that the troops would be dedicated solely to providing security for UN personnel and facilities.”I believe that I do not overstate the broad desire within the international community for the United Nations to return to Iraq to play an expansive, robust and vital role, in particular after the June 30 transition” to Iraqi sovereignty, he said in an open briefing to the Security Council, urging countries to contribute troops for the effort.His briefing also touched on the deadly clashes in recent days, which he said included ambush and mutilation, riots and attacks perpetrated by insurgents, terrorists who have infiltrated Iraq, and militias affiliated with radical elements. “The violence has been terrible, and the losses great,” he said.He said the current multinational force (MNF) has continued to recruit, train and equip Iraqi security forces in preparation for their assuming responsibility for maintaining security and enforcing the rule of law. Currently, there are some 200,000 Iraqi security forces either on duty or in training.The Iraqi Civil Defence Corps, now totalling approximately 32,000, is designed to support police efforts, he said. The Iraqi Police Service has over 75,000 officers on duty or in training. The Facilities Protection Service, charged with protecting Iraq’s strategic infrastructure, government buildings and cultural and educational assets, has increased to approximately 74,000 personnel overall. The Iraqi Armed Forces have nearly 4,000 personnel, while there are approximately 23,000 Iraqi border police and immigration and customs inspectors now working.Ambassador Negroponte said the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) has achieved some progress in ensuring the transition and reintegration of all armed organizations not under government control. But, he warned, “we will have no choice but to deal firmly with those who refuse to negotiate.” Video of Security Council meeting [19mins]Listen to UN Radio report read more

UN independent expert calls for boycott of businesses profiting from Israeli settlements

“My main recommendation is that the businesses highlighted in the report – as well as the many other businesses that are profiting from the Israeli settlement enterprise – should be boycotted, until they bring their operations into line with international human rights and humanitarian law and standards,” the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the occupied Palestinian territories, Richard Falk, said in a news release issued as he presented a report on his work to the Assembly.Highlighting the activities of companies such as Caterpillar Incorporated of the United States, Veolia Environment of France, G4S of the United Kingdom, the Dexia Group of Belgium, Ahava of Israel, the Volvo Group of Sweden, the Riwal Holding Group of the Netherlands, Elbit Systems of Israel, Hewlett Packard of the USA, Mehadrin of Israel, Motorola of the USA, Assa Abloy of Sweden, and Cemex of Mexico, the Special Rapporteur noted that a wide range of Israeli and international businesses are involved in the establishment and maintenance of the Israeli settlements.“All Israeli settlements in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, have been established in clear violation of international law,” said Mr. Falk.“Yet today Israeli settlements control over 40 percent of the West Bank and between 500,000 and 600,000 Israeli citizens are living in Palestinian territory,” he added. “In the last 12 months alone, the settler population has increased by over 15,000 persons.” He drew the Assembly’s attention to developing international law and standards concerning businesses and human rights, including the UN Global Compact and the UN Guiding Principles on Businesses and Human Rights.“The principles outlined in the Global Compact are clear,” Mr. Falk said. “Businesses should support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights and ensure that they are not complicit in human rights abuses.” The Global Compact is a strategic policy initiative for businesses that are committed to aligning their operations and strategies with ten universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption. The Guiding Principles, endorsed by the Human Rights Council, provide a global standard for preventing and addressing the risk of adverse impacts on human rights linked to business activity. Mr. Falk also noted guidance developed by the International Committee of the Red Cross that points to the prospect of corporate and individual criminal responsibility for violations committed during a situation of armed conflict.“In short, businesses should not breach international humanitarian law provisions. Nor should they be complicit in any breaches. If they do, they may be subject to criminal or civil liability. And this liability can be extended to individual employees of such businesses,” the Special Rapporteur said in presenting his report.Mr. Falk noted that he had written to all the businesses mentioned in his report, and that positive responses were received from some of them. “It is encouraging to be informed that Assa Abloy has moved its Mul-T-Locks factory from the West Bank to Israel, and that the Dexia Group, G4S, and Cemex are looking for ways to bring their operations into line with their commitments under the UN Global Compact,” he added. Independent experts, or special rapporteurs, are appointed by the Geneva-based Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a country situation or a specific human rights theme. The positions are honorary and the experts are not United Nations staff, nor are they paid for their work. read more

How to Write and Publish a Novel 5 Crossroads Youll Face

first_imgHire a professional cover designer. You can go DIY on the cover, but most amateur-produced covers look that way. Guest writer A.M. Justice brings us her top tips in becoming a successful publisher author like her. Her recent work A Wizard’s Forge has been getting fantastic reviews. Here’s what the sci-fi/fantasy maven has to share with us on getting your writing out into the world.It’s 2 am. You’ve just wrapped up an RPG session, and you think, “that campaign would make an epic novel!” You invested hours into developing your characters’ backstory, quirks, and flaws. Their goals are clear and so are their obstacles, and lots of antagonists lurk in the shadows, ready to pounce. This is going to be a killer story.Swigging your favorite late-night beverage, you flip open the laptop and stare at a white screen and a blinking cursor. Now, what?November is National Novel Writing Month, and a lot of people are cracking open their laptops, teaming up with fellow writers, and typing like mad to meet their word count goals and finish a novel. Whether you’re racing to the finish line in this month’s NaNo, or intend on slow and steady progress, here are some tips, tricks, and decision points you’ll face on your quest to bring your work to the public.1)Pants It or Plot It?When fiction writers meet, one of the first questions they ask each other is, “are you a pantser or a plotter?” In other words, do you fly by the seat of your pants and let your imagination steer the broomstick (or airship, X-wing fighter, etc.), or do you carefully map out your novel’s plot before you write a word of the story itself?There’s no wrong answer to this question—creativity comes in all forms and what works for some, doesn’t work for others. But each method has its advantages and disadvantages.Pants ItPantsers have the freedom to let their wild unicorns of creativity run loose, kicking up trouble and having lots of fun along the way. Pantser authors will tell you their characters are always going rogue and taking the plot in unexpected directions, leading to surprising discoveries. Often those paths lead straight down a box canyon with no way out, and the only option is to backtrack and try another narrative path, tossing out thousands of words along the way. Pantsing lets you pursue any wild idea that pops into your head, and sometimes that leads to a story that is super cool and original. But you should expect to put a lot of time and effort into herding the wild unicorns into a compelling narrative—one other people besides your mom and your Wattpad followers will want to read.Plot ItPlotters write fiction the same way you write a term paper: they outline it. Some plotters just write a simple treatment—a rough, 400- or 500-word description of the book’s plot: Francine went here, met Frank there, this mentor character told them to go to this other place, where they found the talisman, fought the villain, and saved the world. Others write detailed chapter-by-chapter outlines with bullet points detailing each plot turn. By mapping out all the narrative paths before they write, plotters don’t spend time backtracking and rewriting like pantsers. On the other hand, when a cool idea pops into a plotter’s head, he has to decide whether to deviate from the outline and pursue the new idea or ignore a creative spark that could make the novel better. Plotters also have to deal with a potential challenge to character development—a character’s plot-driven actions may seem forced and artificial, rather than a natural outcome of the personality you’ve written.What I Do?Pants it! I love my wild unicorn ideas! It’s thrilling and fun when one of my characters does something unexpected! I feel like I’m the reader, and I sit back and watch avidly as my fingers fly across the keyboard. Of course, as the author, I’m the one really driving that character’s actions, but my subconscious is tossing curveballs at me, and I swing away with relish. It’s Fun.But…After I pants my way through a first draft, I take a BIG step back and look at the work. Sometimes it’s a freakin’ mess, or worse, it’s actually boring. Then, I might do an outline before I set off revising. As a result, I’m slow, which is why I don’t participate in NaNoWriMo. However slow I am, this turtle finishes the races she starts.2) Overcoming Writer’s BlockThe blinking cursor on the blank screen mocks you. Each time it disappears and reappears, you feel a greater sense of failure. After 5 minutes of staring, you go get a snack. Five more minutes sends you out for a walk. You play with your cat. You clean your house. You get up to get another muffin and end up in a Florida swamp. You run off to Paris and start taking tango lessons. You get drunk and wake up with a murdered woman in your bed. You start talking to ghosts and try to kill your wife and son.Writer’s block comes from many places, from self-doubt (which every writer knows), simple laziness, or even a misguided sense of artistic hubris (“I only write when the muse is upon me!”). A related malady is writer’s inertia, where you put other activities higher on your priority list and you simply never get around to writing. Whatever the source, the only way to overcome writer’s block (or inertia) is to write. Start typing (or scribbling if you write longhand), and just keep at it. Sometimes it takes me several paragraphs before I find the rhythm and tone, or even the purpose, of a scene, and I may end up deleting those paragraphs. You have to allow yourself to write stuff you’ll throw out later. It’s OK. It’s not wasted effort because it’s helping you find your way, and however bad it is, you can fix it later.NaNoWriMo and its off-season writing camps are extremely popular because they help writers overcome the inertia of not writing. Writing in teams also provides motivation, as every team has a word count goal, and of course, there’s the camaraderie of a shared experience, which itself is inspiring. Outside of NaNo, many authors set daily, weekly, or monthly word count goals for themselves that they strive to meet all year long. One writer friend writes a thousand words per day on any topic, just to exercise his creative muscles. This helps him work quickly and efficiently when he sits down to work on his fiction.What I Do?I’m more guilty of writer’s inertia than a sufferer of writer’s block, although when I was working on my second novel, the plot was so complex and I hit so many narrative dead ends that I felt stuck because the work was hard. Time and again, the only way I’ve pulled myself out of the morass is to sit down and force myself to write.I constantly remind myself that good writing habits are like good fitness habits. We feel better when we’re writing every day, just like we do when we eat healthy foods and exercise every day. But we all fall off the wagon, and sometimes we stay on the ground, binge-watching Luke Cage or playing Titanfall all night while cramming Cheetos in our mouths. I’ve spent months and months out of writing (and physical) shape. But I always remind myself, whatever I did or didn’t do yesterday, or last week, or the last five years, each morning is a new day and a chance to do right for myself. Eat a carrot, go for a walk, and pound out a thousand words on the keyboard, and you’ll be back on track to good habits.3) You Wrote “The End.” Congratulations! But You’re Not DoneYou pantsed it or plotted it, kept writer’s block at bay, and you finished your story! Hallelujah! You’re ready to publish, right? Wrong.Recently I watched a train wreck of a movie called The Black Cat. Produced in 1934, the film starred Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff as a pair of old enemies who duel over the fate of young newlyweds after the couple takes refuge in Karloff’s house during a storm. Each scene in the film is disconnected from the others, and the character’s actions within and between scenes make little sense. After we MS3TKed our way through the movie, I said to my husband, “it was as if a dozen different writers wrote this, and none of them knew what the others were doing.”You’re probably the only writer working on your novel, but major continuity problems can still creep in. Right after you type “the end,” tuck that manuscript away on your hard drive and go consume some celebratory chocolates and champagne (or, as I prefer, a nice Malbec). Let the novel rest for a few weeks while you catch up on backlogged Netflix series. When you’ve gained enough distance to be objective, open up the file and begin reading critically for plot holes, out-of-character behavior, and anything else that just doesn’t make sense, and fix those things.Now, you’ve revised the novel, and you’re certain it’s the best novel it can be. Do you release it to the world? No. Now is the time to send it out to beta readers. A beta reader does for fiction what a beta tester does for software. They use it (read it), and they report back on what doesn’t work. This is important: a good beta reader will tell you what is wrong with the novel. Their purpose is not to tell you how awesome the book is. Every author wants to hear they’ve written the world’s greatest book (I sure do!). Even so, the beta reader who only tells you want he or she likes about the book, and says nothing about what they perceive as its flaws, is doing you no favors.The tricky bit here is that unlike software, whether fiction “works” is a subjective judgment. You might be thinking, well, if they don’t like it, that’s their problem. It’s my work; it’s my vision.Yes, it is, but…when you read your beta reader’s comments, don’t think of them as a criticism of your story but rather as a reflection of how the reader viewed the story. In other words, if a reader disliked or misinterpreted something, can you make changes so that she’ll see it the way you intended her to see it? Did he understand why the hero chose to leave the sword in the stone instead of pulling it out? Did she get the heroine’s decision to go alone into the zombie-filled hotel? If your beta readers don’t like a plot point, it doesn’t mean you need to change the plot, but it does mean you need to set it up better, so it makes sense.What I DoMost people use multiple betas. I have one beta partner, and we are brutal with each other’s work. We write stuff like this in each other’s margins:You’ve got to be f—king kidding meBORINGDude, that is seriously out of left fieldNo way would anyone with half a brain fall for thatWe follow up on these blunt remarks with tons of notes for why we think the passage doesn’t work, and how we recommend fixing it. We also give each other an overall assessment of the book—and we do say what we liked, as well as what we didn’t like.Despite the way my beta and I beat each other up, I love getting her comments, because I love making my work better. Still, I often don’t follow her advice on how to fix the problems she sees. The novel is my work, my vision. Once I know what its flaws are, I fix them my way.4) Revisions Are Finished! But You’re Not Done: Quality ControlSpelling and grammar mistakes ruin a book. Your story might be totally gripping, but if every third word is misspelled or your nouns and verbs don’t match, no traditional publisher will buy your book—and if you self-publish it, few will buy it, and even fewer will give it a good review. Fortunately, writers have many tools to help them QC their manuscripts.Your word processor’s spell and grammar check. Use them. Style sheets. A style sheet is a list of choices you made while writing, which you keep track of so you can ensure consistency. If you’re writing fantasy or science fiction, your characters may have unique or oddly spelled names—all of them should be in your style sheet.  Search and replace routines. When you notice an inconsistency in a name or usage choice, use your word processor’s search function to find all occurrences and fix them. Don’t rely on your eyeballs to catch all the mistakes. Do your homework on ISBNs (International Standard Book Number) and ASINs (Amazon Standard Identification Number) and what you need for your book.Finally, read and research as much as you can before diving into self-publishing. Self-publishers are either hobbyists or entrepreneurs. Either is OK, but you won’t hope to make money on your books if you approach self-publishing as a hobby rather than a business. In addition to Jane’s and Joel’s blogs, here are some other resources for people interested in self-publishing:Ingram-Spark—an international digital and print on demand (POD) distributor currently considered the place to list indie titles for market distributionAmazon KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing) and Author Central—Amazon’s tools and resources for authors, where you can upload book data, track sales, and find useful informationCreatespace—the print on demand arm of AmazonBookLife—marketing resources for self-published authors; BookLife is the indie publishing outlet of Publisher’s Weekly, the publishing industry’s main trade magazineSmashwords—a digital distribution channel and eBook sales outletPredators and Editors—a website listing legitimate publishers, literary agents, and freelance editors and designers who can help aspiring authors, as well as the scam artists who prey on themThis article barely scratches the surface of how to write and publish a book. If you’ve got questions, you can reach me through my website, or my Twitter, and don’t forget to follow my blog. Reading aloud. Reading your work aloud brings your ears into the mix and can help you catch typos, missing words, and flawed syntax. It also gives you a sense of how the words flow.After you’ve used all these tools to QC your work, you should hire an editor. Every manuscript should have a second pair of eyes on it so that it will be clean before you move to the next step, publication.Do you need to pay for an editor? Well, if you know a competent editor who is willing to work for flowers, a bottle of wine, or your undying affection, you might not have to pay them cash money. However, editing requires skill and training, like being an auto mechanic or a plumber. Sure, lots of people can tinker around and change a washer or a spark plug, but if you want your car to stop leaking oil and your toilet to stop flooding your bathroom, hire a professional. It’s the same for editing: hire a professional and pay them appropriately, or you risk a job not done right.What I DoI use all the tips outlined above, and I still hire an editor. I have worked as a professional editor, and I write clean, but editors still find things to fix in my work—my last novel underwent review by a substantive editor, and her work uncovered more problems beyond my beta reader’s pass. After she and I had finalized it, another editor copyedited it (which is a light editorial pass focused on grammar and spelling), and it underwent a third round of proofreading before publication. I would never release a book to the public without a professional editor reviewing it first. A second pair of eyes is essential.5) Sub It or Pub It?Your manuscript is beta’d edited, and squeaky clean. You’re ready to publish! Now you must decide whether you’re going to strike out on your own like the maverick visionary you are, or if you’re going to shoot for a contract with Tor or Bantam. Are you going to submit it to agents and publishers, or will you self-publish?Before you decide, read Jane Friedman’s and Joel Friedlander’s blogs, which offer essential advice for both aspiring and established writers. In particular, I recommend starting with Jane’s blogs on How to Publish Your Book and How to Self-Publish Your Book.Sub It: Traditional PublishingPros: Credibility, low start-up costs, and bigger stage at launchCons: High potential for rejection from gatekeepers at all stages, long production schedules, lack of author control, lower royalty ratesIndie publishing may be the latest thing, but the fact remains that traditionally published books still carry a gloss of credibility that self-published works cannot match. For example, the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA), which gives out the Hugo and Nebula awards, won’t consider an author for membership unless he or she is published with an established press.Another benefit is that the publisher pays all the costs of editing, production, and distribution, getting your book into the big chain brick and mortar stores as well as online retailers. They might also spring for advertising and promotion. Thus at launch, your book’s visibility and discoverability are much, much greater than what indie authors can achieve, at least in the beginning.However, to be published by a traditional publisher means spending months or years submitting your manuscript to various gatekeepers at literary agencies and publishers. If you want to aim for a Big 5 publisher, you’ll need to submit to literary agents first, because your chances of being picked out of a major publisher’s slush pile are slim. (Yes, it does happen, but your odds of winning the lottery are better.) The independent publishers and small presses are more open to reviewing unsolicited work, but even with them, you’re more likely to secure a contract—a fair one—if you have an agent.Agents and publishers alike have one goal when choosing to represent or publish a book: making money. Their decisions will be subjective and market-driven. They’ll probably be chasing a trend. If you’re excellent at pitching your work, you might convince them that it’s going to start a trend, but be prepared for rejection.Once you secure a publishing contract, the publisher will retain control over all decisions related to the production of your work. They may insist on editorial changes, and they definitely will decide what your cover looks like, how your interior (your text) is laid out, whether the first printing will be paper or hardcover, and to whom the book should be marketed. Until you have a proven track record, they may not consult you on any of these decisions, and even if they do seek your opinion, the final choice will be theirs. Also, because the publisher bears the cost of production and marketing, they take the lion’s share of the profits. Typical author royalties run around 30% of net (i.e., the revenues after all the production costs are paid back), and if you have an agent, you’ll give him or her 15% of your earnings.Most traditionally published authors also end up doing a lot of the book’s marketing themselves. Agents and publishers often expect authors to have an established fan base before they offer a contract (it’s a notorious catch-22), and they always expect the author to work to grow that fan base. So if you’re traditionally published, you’ll likely spend as much time blogging and tweeting as your neighbor who chose to go the indie route. Your main advantage here is that the publisher may support you with advertising dollars (at least at the book’s launch).Pub It: Self-PublishingPros: total control over the book’s interior and exterior content, production schedule, and marketing and promotion efforts, plus a higher share of salesCons: total responsibility for the book’s interior and exterior content, production schedule, and marketing and promotion efforts, as well as all the associated costsThis Is What I DoI’m an indie author, which means I call all the shots with my books’ production, inside and out. I produced my first three publications myself—I hired an editor, commissioned a cover designer, and laid out the book’s text myself. In the case of my latest novel, A Wizard’s Forge, I collaborated with a team of publishing professionals at a hybrid publisher (Wise Ink Creative Publishing). Hybrids offer authors the high-quality editorial and production available from traditional publishers, but the author bears all the costs and keeps all the profits.As I said earlier, Jane Friedman and Joel Friedlander (The Book Designer) are the real gurus of the self-publishing world. Both offer online seminars, blog posts, and tons of information about everything from digital interior design to ISBNs (International Standard Book Numbers—your book will need one if you want to sell to libraries and brick and mortar bookstores) to marketing. You should check them out, but here are some of my tips for success:Hire an editor. Yes, again. You may want to have a substantive editor or book coach review your book (as I did), but at minimum, you should have the manuscript copyedited and the laid out text proofread. Decide on your goals for the book. Do you want to play on the same field with traditionally published authors or are you happy going after a niche of mostly online fans?last_img read more

MiamiDade Police Academy welcomes new class of officers

first_img Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. (WSVN) – A new class of police officers graduated from the Miami-Dade Police Academy.The department held a swearing in ceremony for 37 new cops, Thursday.The recruits finished more than 30 weeks of intense academic, physical and practical training at the Miami-Dade Public Safety Training Institute.“Today was a proud moment for the Miami-Dade Police Department and the community,” said Miami-Dade Police Director Juan Perez, “because we had this graduation of men and women that are willing to go out into the streets and keep us safe in our communities and our streets.”Today, Class 124 took their oath to serve.For the upcoming year and beyond, the officers’ focus will be learning and growing within the force.New applicants are welcome to apply in October. last_img read more

CES 2019 AMDs Radeon 7 pushes PC gaming to the bleeding edge

first_img Comments 2:17 AMD President and CEO Lisa Su unveils the Radeon VII, the world’s first 7nm gaming GPU. James Martin/CNET CES 2019 marks the first time AMD has ever given a keynote at the international trade show — so naturally, you’d expect the company’s debut conference to be packed. On Wednesday morning, AMD President and CEO Lisa Su didn’t disappoint, talking up the company’s upcoming third-gen Ryzen desktop CPUs, the new Epyc Rome chips for data centers and how, in partnership with Acer and HP, it debuted the first ever AMD-powered Chromebooks. AMD’s biggest announcement of the show, however, is clearly the Radeon VII: The world’s first 7-nanometer gaming graphics card. Thinking about an upgrade? Expect a Vega-based GPU with 16GB of HBM2 memory and over 1TBps of bandwidth. Basically, enough horsepower that the company feels comfortable making some big promises.At a separate press conference at CES 2019, Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang threw some shade at AMD, calling the announcement underwhelming. Su, in a follow-up interview after the keynote, said she was confident about her products. “When people see all the specs and nitty gritty details, you’ll find we’re very competitive,” she said on Wednesday at the Palazzo Hotel in Las Vegas. “It’s a high-end card for those operating on the bleeding edge.”AMD says the Radeon VII will boost performance by 29 percent in games like Battlefield V, up to 25 percent for esports titles and as much as 40 percent in games that support Vulkan. The company says users who rely on programs like Adobe Premiere and Blender should get a notable bump in performance as well.  15 Photos 8 Share your voice To prove this point, AMD trotted out a 4K demo of Devil May Cry 5 during the conference. We don’t have the full benchmark for how the game performed, but it was gorgeous at a glance. Su says the 4K demo was running “well above” 60 fps — leaving no doubt that the new GPU will be able to handle Dante’s next adventure when it launches later this year. The Radeon VII is due to launch on Feb. 7 at an MSRP of $699 (roughly £550 or AU$975). It’s not the most expensive GPU on the market right there (hi, Nvidia), but you can still breathe easy if it leaves you with a light pocketbook: Radeon VII buyers will also get copies of The Division 2, Capcom’s upcoming Resident Evil 2 remake and Devil May Cry 5. First published at 10:16 a.m. PT.Update at 1:36 p.m. PT: Includes additional CEO quotes. CES 2019: Every story so far: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show.CES 2019 schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. Now playing: Watch this: Tags CES 2019: The tech changing the way we play video games Components Gaming CES 2019 AMD announces new high-end GPU for gamers AMD HPlast_img read more

What you heard just didnt represent the truth Tony Knowles reflects on

first_imgTony Knowles (Photo by Daniel Hernandez, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage)The new PBS documentary by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick on the Vietnam War takes a look at a conflict fought decades ago that lives on for many veterans to this day. As part of the series, we’re looking at how Alaskans experienced the war.Listen nowFormer Democratic Governor Tony Knowles enlisted in the Army during the mid-60s, just as the war began escalating. Knowles’ opinion of the war began to change after he returned to civilian life, and the parallels he sees in today’s conflict in Afghanistan.In the early ’60s, most young men in America expected that at one point or another they’d be drafted into military service.“After I got to college I proceeded to get kicked out, both for academic and disciplinary reasons,” Knowles said.(Photo courtesy of Tony Knowles)During an interview with Alaska Public Media, Knowles said he was working on an oil rig in Colorado, and as winter started baring down he figured he might as well enlist.“I’d always wanted to be a paratrooper, so I decided I’d join the Army, get in the paratrooper, and see the world,” Knowles said.At 21 years old, Knowles served in an intelligence unit for the 82nd Airborne. He arrived in Vietnam in the fall of 1964, when there were only about ten thousand American military and civilian personnel in the country, serving mostly as advisers to the South Vietnamese. Knowles said his role was using satellite imagery, infrared, and other tools to figure out where to drop bombs.“Initially what we were looking for was areas that could be bombed in the belief that we could win this war without committing a lot of ground troops,” Knowles said. “That didn’t turn out to be that successful.”By the time Knowles’s tour was over, the military was gearing up for a very different kind of war in Vietnam. There were now 200,000 troops in the country, no longer just as advisers, but many directly fighting the North Vietnamese. Just as Knowles was leaving in the fall of 1965, a major operation in a combat zone revealed an extensive number of tunnels, caches of weapons, and enormous stores of food. Provisions for the enemy’s war effort. It made Knowles realize the Viet Cong were vastly more established than he’d been led to believe.(Photo courtesy of Tony Knowles)“It really brought into question whether technology could win the war,” Knowles said. “And as we found out it didn’t.”As he transitioned out of the military, Knowles felt his confidence in the military’s mission and the country’s infallibility erode. At that point in the mid-60s, the nation’s attitude toward the war wasn’t yet as polarized as it would eventually become. But back at college, Knowles said the information coming in through the media and from the government about the war’s progress didn’t mesh with what he’d seen personally during his deployment.“It seemed to be that what you heard just didn’t represent the truth, so you said ‘well what are we doing there, and what is it doing to us with the Americans who are getting killed? How many Vietnamese were getting killed? And what is the purpose?’” Knowles said.According to Knowles, what really changed the national opinion of the war was the draft. He said that spread skepticism across families in every part of the country, particularly when the lottery system was introduced in 1969.(Photo courtesy of Tony Knowles)“You were gonna be drafted,” Knowles said. “And so that made people think ‘now why are we there, and why is my son or my brother or my father going to that war?’ Without that, it distances the public from what the military is doing.”That distance is one of the reasons Knowles thinks the U.S.’s war in Afghanistan, which has eclipsed Vietnam as the longest-running conflict, has consumed the better part of two decades. Whereas draftees generally did one tour in Vietnam, today’s volunteer military is filled with a smaller number of people deploying to combat over and over.“We have people, and I know friends, who have served three and four, five tours,” Knowles said. “So you have a military that the general public doesn’t think about very much because they don’t have cousins and relatives and uncles involved in that war. It’s just a much smaller group of people who are doing that.”Knowles sees many of the mistakes of Vietnam being repeated in Afghanistan: an over-reliance on technology, working with a corrupt regime, and a murky sense of what troops are actually fighting for.For more Alaska stories about the Vietnam War, visit Vietnam Echoes.last_img read more

Pope speaks of shame for church humanity

first_imgPope Francis presides the Via Crucis (Way of the Cross) torchlight procession at the Colosseum on Good Friday. Photo: AFPPope Francis deplored the suffering of migrants, victims of racism and persecuted Christians as some 20,000 worshippers gathered at Rome’s Colosseum to hear his Good Friday prayer.“Christ, our only saviour, we turn towards you this year with eyes lowered in shame,” the pope told the crowds outside the former gladiators’ battleground, their faces lit by candlelight.“Shame for all the images of devastation, destruction and shipwrecks which have become ordinary in our lives,” Francis said in an apparent reference to Mediterranean migrant disasters that have left at least 590 people feared people dead this year.The pope also spoke of the child abuse scandals that have rocked Catholicism in recent years, expressing “shame for all the times when bishops, priests and the religious have scandalised and hurt” the Church.“Shame for the innocent blood, spilt daily, of women, children, migrants, people persecuted for the colour of their skin or for their social or ethnic group-or for their faith in you,” he said.The Easter holy week commemorating the last days of Jesus’s life had a bloody beginning last Sunday with attacks claimed by the Islamic State group on two Coptic churches in Egypt that left 45 people dead.Egyptian Copts observed a solemn Good Friday with prayers and fasting, as the community reeled from the bombings. Despite concerns over security, Francis is planning to go ahead with a visit to the country later this month.In Rome, security was tight for the night-time ceremony, with road blocks and metal detectors in place as worshippers gathered to hear the leader of the world’s 1.3 billion Catholics. Three thousand officers were deployed to protect the Colosseum.This year an Egyptian couple and their three young daughters carried a large cross for part of the Via Crucis (Way of the Cross) procession, descending through the Colosseum and then outside into the crowd.Worshippers from Portugal and Colombia-two countries the pontiff is set to visit in May and September respectively-also took part in the procession, taking turns to carry the cross along with two Chinese Christians.A small group of believers carry a cross between 14 “stations” evoking the hours in the run-up to Jesus’s crucifixion during the Via Crucis procession.Francis, 80, sat under his traditional red canopy next to a large cross lit with torchlight for the ceremony, which for the first time included a meditation written by a secular woman, French professor Anne-Marie Pelletier.Good Friday is the second of four important days in the Christian calendar beginning with Maundy Thursday and culminating in Easter Sunday, which commemorates Christ’s resurrection.On Saturday, the pontiff will take part in an evening Easter vigil in St Peter’s Basilica, before celebrating Easter mass on Sunday and pronouncing the traditional “Urbi et Orbi” blessing to Rome and the world.last_img read more

Californias Fiery Former Congressman Ron Dellums Dies at 82

first_imgBy The Associated PressRon Dellums, a fiery anti-war activist who championed social justice as Northern California’s first Black congressman, died July 30 from cancer, according to a longtime adviser. He was 82.Dellums died at his home in Washington.Ron Dellums, a fiery anti-war activist who championed social justice as Northern California’s first Black congressman, has died at age 82. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)A former Marine who got his start in politics on the City Council of the liberal enclave of Berkeley, he defeated a labor-backed Democrat to win his first election to Congress in 1970. He retired in 1998 and was later elected mayor of his native Oakland in 2006.“He was absolutely committed to what was right and what was just and believed that you had to do whatever you could to fight for that,” said Dan Lindheim, who learned of Dellums’ death from his wife, Cynthia Dellums.A self-identified Democratic socialist, Dellums was at the center of most major liberal movements of the 1970s and 1980s. He led the drive to sanction South Africa during apartheid, challenged U.S. entry into wars, opposed increased military spending and helped start the Congressional Black Caucus.During Dellums’ first campaign for Congress in 1970, then-Vice President Spiro Agnew branded him an “out-and-out radical.”Later in his victory speech, Dellums wryly referred to Agnew, a Republican, as his public relations agent, according to the U.S. House of Representatives’ archives.The Rev. Jesse Jackson, a friend of Dellums, said U.S. sanctions and divestment from South Africa during apartheid would not have happened without Dellums, who pushed legislation for nearly 15 years to place economic restrictions on that nation.Legislation didn’t pass until 1986, and Congress had to override a veto from then-President Ronald Reagan.“It was his voice that brought the sanctions on South Africa,” Jackson said of Dellums.He opposed almost every U.S. entry into military conflict during his tenure in Congress and, as head of the Congressional Black Caucus, began submitting his own version of a scaled-back military budget. He rose through the ranks of the House Armed Services Committee to become its first Black chairman in 1993.Lindheim remembered Dellums as a gifted orator with a photographic memory who could speak without notes and never needed a word of his remarks to be corrected in the Congressional Record.Sometimes, Lindheim said, Dellums would take speech notes onto the House floor just so he didn’t intimidate his colleagues by speaking without them.Dellums jokingly referred to himself the way his critics did — as a left-wing, anti-war, commie, pinko activist from Berkeley, Lindheim said.Dellums retired from Congress in 1998, a move that surprised his colleagues.“I leave with my idealism and my enthusiasm intact because, when you look around, each of us have had the privilege of walking to the floor of Congress with the total freedom to express ourselves across whatever lines divide us, to say whatever we felt was important to say. That is an incredible gift,” he said during his farewell speech.Dellums became a lobbyist before returning to politics as mayor of Oakland in 2006, a seat he narrowly won. His return to politics wasn’t without controversy; some viewed him as an absentee mayor and he did not seek a second term.California U.S. Rep. Barbara Lee, who began as an intern in Dellums’ office and later replaced him in Congress, called him the “father of progressive politics” and someone who truly wanted “to save the world.”“He always told us don’t measure our decisions by what is politically expedient on his behalf, but to just ask one question,” Lee said. “Is it the right thing to do?”last_img read more

Hasbros HASLAB Crowdfunding Jabbas 500 Sail Barge

first_img Toy Spoiler: Nose Thing on the Millennium Falcon is (Probably) a ShuttleFashion Finds a Way With Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Crowdfunding is a powerful but very iffy process. It can produce some amazing things, but not consistently. When unknown names crowdfund, it’s a gamble because their project might not come together at all, and when big names crowdfund, there’s a lingering question of why they would have to. Hasbro’s definitely a big name with seemingly very deep pockets, so their launch of a crowdfunding platform can seem very strange at first. Then you look at Jabba’s sail barge.Hasbro just opened up its HASLAB crowdfunding platform, a Kickstarter-like tool to raise money for special products. It’s a straight pre-order system, with the caveat that if not enough preorders are placed, the project won’t happen (and backers won’t be charged, like Kickstarter). Its first crowdfunding project is Jabba’s sail barge from Return of the Jedi, the Khetanna.Now, why would Hasbro need money to make a Star Wars toy? Because the Khetanna is four feet long, costs $500, and will be the largest Star Wars vehicle Hasbro has ever manufactured. This won’t be a shelf-warmer. This will be the sort of ridiculously massive collector’s toy that’s rare, expensive, and aimed at a very specific audience. It’s also the sort of huge item that is very expensive to produce, and so that very specific audience needs to actually exist or that’s a lot of money thrown down a hole.Hasbro had the prototype of the Khetanna on display at its Toy Fair showroom. It’s massive, dwarfing any AT-AT, Millennium Falcon, or Death Star playset by far. It features a 3.75-inch-scale Jabba the Hutt in his own quarters/throne room, along with a galley, armory, prison cell, cockpit, top deck with multiple elevations, and even cloth sails.The Khetanna is planned to be part of Hasbro’s The Vintage Collection, a line of Star Wars figures with packaging based on Kenner’s original Star Wars toys. That means the entire sail barge will be in scale with The Vintage Collection’s 3.75-inch figures. At four feet long, that means space for dozens, and the ability to arrange them to recreate scenes from Return of the Jedi as faithfully as any manufactured Star Wars vehicle has allowed.The vehicle will also come with a 64-page book, Jabba’s Sail Barge (The Khetanna): Behind the Workbench, which explores the development of the sail barge as a toy and its design in the movie itself.Such a massive collectible will cost you, and that price tag is $499.99. HASLAB states a goal of 5,000 preorders (that’s about $2,500,000 total), and after just one day almost 700 have already been placed. The campaign ends March 2.Yeah, it’s still weird to see a major toy manufacturer like Hasbro crowdfund projects, but on this scale, it isn’t quite as cynical or greedy as it might seem at first glance. Hasbro’s encouraged its collector community a great deal, separately from its kids/family-centric toy lines. A half-grand sail barge isn’t going to be a stocking stuffer for a kid who was born after Revenge of the Sith came out. But obsessive toy dorks (speaking as one) love this type of thing, and getting collectibles this big and detailed is a lot harder than grabbing pegwarmer action figures because of the huge price tag translating into a limited, uncertain production run.The first HASLAB project isn’t threatening to keep toys out of kids’ hands if Hasbro doesn’t make enough money first through augmented preorders. It’s a way to get a massive, purely collector-focused product made by ensuring the audience is there first. And, if there aren’t enough people interested in buying a $500 sail barge, no one’s going to find themselves with a $500 hole in their wallet and nothing to show for it. It seems like a positive approach to get ambitious projects in the hands of the people who want them, without dealing with market uncertainty or retail distribution. It lets the fans in Hasbro go nuts with big, ornate collectibles, by demonstrating that the interest is there and worth making it happen. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

17yrold stabbed to death in S Delhi

first_imgIn a shocking incident, a 17-year-old was stabbed to death by his neighbour after a heated argument in Sultanpur area in south Delhi on Saturday evening. The accused has been arrested and was reportedly under the influence of alcohol.The deceased has been identified as Akshay who was living with his family at Street number-3 in Sultanpur area. He was pursuing diploma in Modern Office Practices from Bhai Parmanand Institute in Shakarpur.Suraj (21), the accused also lives in Sultanpur colony and has criminal background. In the recent past, he was booked under the charges of theft.  Also Read – Company director arrested for swindling Rs 345 croreAt around 6.30 pm, Akshay and his three friends were on a pillion and going towards Sultanpur market, Suraj came in front of the bike in an inebriated state.  When he was asked to move away, he started creating a ruckus. The whole matter soon snowballed into a scuffle.According to eye-witnesses, Suraj pulled out a sharp weapon and attacked Akshay. “Suraj revealed during interrogation that he had some personal enmity with Akshay too,” a police official said. Immediately, Akshay’s friend made a phone call to his family and admitted him to a local hospital from where he was referred to Safdarjung hospital. He succumbed to his injuries during treatment.A case under the Section of murder of the Indian Penal Code has been registered at Fatehpurberi police station.last_img read more

Borges former head of transportation arrested in Merida

first_imgMerida, Yucatán — Officers from the anti-corruption unit of Quintana Roo have arrested the former head of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport (Sintra).The former director of infrastructure for the state of Quintana Roo, Mario Castro Basto, was arrested in Merida Sunday afternoon due to an outstanding warrant for his arrest. Castro Basto, who was director of Sintra during the Borge administration, was taken into custody Sunday by officials of the Anti-Corruption Prosecutor of Quintana Roo.Mario Castro Basto is accused of irregular performance of the public function while in office. He was arrested and transferred to Chetumal where at 5:10 p.m., he arrived at the Attorney General’s Office as a detainee.He was placed inside the Chetumal prison at 6:20 p.m. where he will remain until being presented before a judge. He is accused of diverting more than 300 million peso of public money and another 400 million peso in embezzlement.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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first_img News | PET-CT | August 15, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Installation of uExplorer Total-body PET/CT United Imaging announced that its uExplorer total-body positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) system… read more Related Content News | April 15, 2009 Cancer Researchers Measure Effects of Chemo Using PET/CT Videos | Nuclear Imaging | March 22, 2019 VIDEO: Utilization of PET For Evaluation of Cardiac Sarcoidosis Raza Alvi, M.D., a read more Raza Alvi explains use of PET to image cardiac sarcoidosisVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 9:09Loaded: 1.80%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -9:09 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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News | PET-CT | June 19, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Install of uMI 550 Digital PET/CT United Imaging announced the first U.S. clinical installation of the uMI 550 Digital positron emission tomography/… read more News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | June 05, 2019 BGN Technologies Introduces Novel Medical Imaging Radioisotope Production Method BGN Technologies, the technology transfer company of Ben-Gurion University (BGU), introduced a novel method for… read more News | Computed Tomography (CT) | June 17, 2019 International Working Group Releases New Multiple Myeloma Imaging Guidelines An International Myeloma Working Group (IMWG) has developed the first set of new recommendations in 10 years for… read more News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 01, 2019 Bracco Imaging Acquires Blue Earth Diagnostics Bracco Imaging S.p.A. has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Blue Earth Diagnostics, a molecular imaging company… read more News | Radiation Therapy | May 31, 2019 RefleXion Opens New Manufacturing Facility for Biology-guided Radiotherapy Platform RefleXion Medical recently announced the opening of its new manufacturing facility at its headquarters in Hayward,… read more April 15, 2009 – Researchers at UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center have shown that they can determine after a single cycle of chemotherapy whether the drugs are killing the cancer or not using a PET/CT scanner. During a recent study, researchers monitored 50 patients undergoing treatment for high-grade soft tissue sarcomas. The patients were receiving neoadjuvant chemotherapy treatments to shrink their tumors prior to surgery. The study found that response could be determined about a week after the first dose of chemotherapy drugs. Typically, patients are scanned at about three months into chemotherapy to determine whether the treatment is working.“The question was, how early could we pick up a response? We wanted to see if we could determine response after a single administration of chemotherapy,” said Fritz Eilber, M.D., an assistant professor of surgical oncology, director of the Sarcoma Program at UCLA’s Jonsson Cancer Center and senior author of the study. “There’s no point in giving a patient a treatment that isn’t working. These treatments make patients very sick and have long-term serious side effects. ”The study appears in the April 15 issue of the journal Clinical Cancer Research.PET scanning shows biochemical functions in real time, acting as a sort of molecular camera. For this study, Eilber and his team monitored the tumor’s metabolic function, or how much sugar was being consumed by the cancer cells. Because they’re growing out of control, cancer cells use much more sugar than do normal cells, making them light up under PET scanning using a glucose uptake probe called FDG. In order to identify an effective response to treatment, researchers needed to see a 35 percent decrease in the tumor’s metabolic activity.Of the 50 patients in the study, 28 did not respond and Eilber and his team knew within a week of their initial treatment. This allows the treatment course to be discontinued or changed to another more effective treatment, getting the patient to surgery more quickly.“The significance of this study was that it identified people – more than half of those in the study – who were not going to benefit from the treatment early in the course of their therapy,” Dr. Eilber said. “This information significantly helps guide patient care. Although this study was performed in patients scheduled for surgery, I think these findings will have an even greater impact on patients with inoperable tumors or metastatic disease as you get a much quicker evaluation of treatment effectiveness and can make decisions that will hugely impact quality of life.”Dr. Eilber said he was surprised how soon response to therapy could be determined.“We had an idea that patients either respond or do not respond to treatment, but we weren’t sure how early you could see that,” he said. “I really was not sure we would be able to see effectiveness this early.”Dr. Eilber and his team will continue to follow the patients and a clinical trial currently is underway based on the results of this study. He believes it will help personalize treatment for each patient and may one day become the standard of care.Researchers also may use the non-invasive imaging method to gauge response to novel and targeted therapies. Dr. Eilber said that they are clinically testing new tracers as well. Instead of measuring glucose uptake, these probes look at cell growth. Response to therapy also may be tested using PET in other cancer types, he said.The nearly two-year study represented a true multidisciplinary effort, Eilber said. Experts from surgery, medical oncology, molecular and medical pharmacology, radiology, pathology, orthopedics, nuclear medicine and biostatistics comprised the research team. The study was funded by grants from the UCLA In Vivo Cellular and Molecular Imaging Centers and the Department of Energy.For more information: www.cancer.ucla.edu FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 X-ray images such as the one on the left fail to indicate many cases of advanced bone destruction caused by multiple myeloma, says the author of new guidelines on imaging for patients with myeloma and related disorders. Image courtesy of Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. News | PET-CT | March 06, 2019 Siemens Healthineers Announces First U.S. Install of Biograph Vision PET/CT Siemens Healthineers’ new Biograph Vision positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) system has been… read more News | PET-CT | February 06, 2019 SPECIAL SUPPLEMENT: Examining the Value of Digital PET/CT Technological advancements in positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) offer both clinicians and pat read more Technology | PET-CT | January 23, 2019 FDA Clears United Imaging Healthcare uExplorer Total-Body Scanner January 23, 2019 — United Imaging Healthcare (United Imaging) announced U.S. read morelast_img read more

Polands next leader government shakeup not good enough

first_img Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, left, arrives for a meeting with Poland’s President-elect Andrzej Duda, right, in Warsaw, Poland, Tuesday, June 9, 2015. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz) 5 ways to recognize low testosterone “It is possible that soon, power will be in the hands of people who care for the nation’s interests and good change will be possible,” Duda said, stopping short of a direct endorsement for the conservative opposition Law and Justice party that he came from.Replacement ministers in the shake-up are expected to be named Monday.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Comments   Share   New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishescenter_img WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland’s prime minister has let five top officials resign to save her ruling party’s credibility, but the president-elect and others said Thursday that may not be enough to save the party from losses in the fall parliamentary vote.In power since 2007, Civic Platform suffered a painful defeat when the incumbent, who was linked to the party, lost in the May presidential election to opposition candidate Andrzej Duda. Now the party seems poised for more electoral losses. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall The vital role family plays in society Sponsored Stories Five top government officials resigned unexpectedly Wednesday, including Parliament Speaker Radek Sikorski. All were involved in a 2014 scandal in which ministers’ deals and stratagems with businessmen and lobbyists were illegally taped in restaurants and partly leaked to the media. The public was shocked to hear their foul language and views.Secret files from the investigation into the tapings were illegally posted on Facebook this week, prompting the five men to resign.“Civic Platform feels threatened after the presidential defeat,” said political analyst Andrzej Rychard.Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz is “aiming to show activity and new ideas, (to fight) against the general opinion that the party is on a downhill slide,” Rychard said. “But it may be too little, too late.”When the scandal erupted last summer, Donald Tusk, the party leader and prime minister, dismissed the interior minister but played the problem down. Tusk is now president of the European Council, but the party faces a backlash over his handling of the scandal.Duda, who takes office as president on Aug. 6, on Thursday criticized the ruling team.“I don’t think that anyone, seeing all this, can deny that things in Poland are not going well and that the credit of trust in the ruling team has been used up,” Duda said. Top Stories last_img read more

Global Destinations to market three new products

first_imgGlobal Destinations has announced the addition of three new products to its portfolio, effective June 15, 2016- Dorsett Hospitality International, chehobo.com and Gray Line.A subsidiary of Far East Consortium International Limited, Dorsett Hospitality International operates 22 hotels, with seven hotels in the pipeline in China, Hong Kong, Malaysia and United Kingdom making up a total of more than 8600 rooms.Chehobo.com is a sales and trade system based in UAE that is designed to cater to tour and travel agencies as well as corporate organisations, aiding them to purchase cheap hotels, tour and flight tickets. As a technological portal, with strong connections within hotel networks, chehobo.com will find necessary hotels as per requested locations at the most competitive rates.Gray Line on the other hand offers the widest variety of tour products in New Orleans. Each tour is led by a seasoned local professional tour guide, many passed educators and professionals that have a true passion for the Big Easy.Reacting to the new development, Pranav Kapadia, Founder, Global Destinations said, “I am extremely happy to be assigned the task of handling marketing, sales and public relations activities for Dorsett Hospitality International, Chehobo.com & Gray Line New Orleans.”last_img read more