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first_img Short URL By Stephen McDermott RYANAIR HAS DEFENDED its environmental record after the EU’s Verified Emissions report found that the airline was one of the worst carbon polluters in Europe.According to new data, the airline emitted 9.9 million tonnes of carbon dioxide last year, up from 9.2 million tonnes in 2017 and 8.4 million tonnes in 2016.This made the airline one of the top 10 worst polluters last year, the first time a company that does not run a coal-fired power plant made it onto the list. Ryanair was also the only Irish company listed in the top 10, coming behind seven companies based in Germany, and two located in Bulgaria and Poland. However in a statement today, the company defended its record, with a spokesman saying the airline was Europe’s “greenest and cleanest”.“Passengers travelling on Ryanair have the lowest CO2 emissions per km travelled than any other airline,” the spokesman said.The company also claimed that it delivered “an industry-leading CO2 per passenger-km metric, which is 25% lower than the average of the other four European airliners and 39% lower than the average of 21 airlines globally”. Meanwhile, Ryanair added that passengers were given the option to donate to a climate charity partner when they fly with the airline to “offset the carbon cost of their flight”. Aviation figuresAccording to the European Commission, direct emissions from aviation accounts for about 3% of the EU’s total greenhouse gas emissions and more than 2% of global emissions. By 2020, it forecasts that global aviation emissions will be around 70% higher than in 2005. Andrew Murphy, aviation manager of the NGO group, European Federation for Transport and Environment, said airline emissions will continue to grow unless measures, including further taxation, are introduced. “When it comes to climate, Ryanair is the new coal,” he said. “This trend will only continue until Europe realises that this under-taxed and under-regulated sector needs to be brought into line, starting with a tax on kerosene and the introduction of mandates that force airlines to switch to zero-emission jet fuel.”However, Diarmuid O’Gorman, an aerospace engineering lecturer at IT Carlow, suggested that Ryanair’s efficiency – loading planes by an average of more than 94% – made travelling on the carrier more efficient than travelling by car.Short-haulHe also claimed that Ryanair’s appearance on the top 10 list was down to the number of routes the company operates.“They’re a huge airline, and they’re flying so many passengers,” he told TheJournal.ie.“If you compare their emissions across the industry, other airlines do just as poorly: it’s just that Ryanair have over 400 aircraft.”In February, Ryanair reported a 9% increase in passenger numbers, carrying 9.3 million passengers, up from the 8.6 million passengers carried in the same month last year. O’Gorman said that the airline could claim to have become more efficient in recent years, increasing its emissions by 17% over the same three-year period that it had seen a 20% rise in passenger numbers.“They unfortunately suffer a bit because they’re a short-haul airline,” he added.“They’re not getting up and doing ten-hour journeys that others might do. Aircraft perform better the higher altitude they travel at, so they suffer a bit there too.”With additional reporting from Conor McCrave. Tuesday 2 Apr 2019, 10:32 PM Ryanair claims to be ‘greenest’ airline following appearance on list of worst carbon polluters in Europe The airline emitted 9.9 million tonnes of carbon dioxide last year. Share11 Tweet Email3 https://jrnl.ie/4572798 Image: Shutterstock/Vytautas Kielaitis Apr 2nd 2019, 9:57 PM Image: Shutterstock/Vytautas Kielaitis Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 17,983 Views 21 Comments last_img read more

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first_imgStay on target Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Right away, last night’s Riverdale let us know we were in for something different. Rather than Jughead’s usual narration, we got a text scroll straight out of the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre. It even includes the line about the events being more tragic because the victims were young. Still, nobody actually dies in this one. Riverdale’s showrunner really doesn’t want to turn this season into a slasher movie, even as it borrows its visual elements and story structure from them. The title of the episode, “Tales from the Darkside,” is more of an indication of what the episode actually is. Named for George A. Romero’s ’80s horror anthology series (which is definitely worth a watch, if you haven’t seen it), the episode tells three suspenseful stories taking place over the same couple nights. Each story, like the ones in Romero’s series, ends with some kind of twist.With more episodes to work with this season, Riverdale is free to be a little more experimental with the stories it tells. As much as we want to know who the Black Hood is, the stalling tactic employed by this episode is necessary. It gives the mystery some room to breathe and build suspense. It lets us spend some time in the town of Riverdale and see how the events of this season have affected it. It also gives Riverdale the time to explore its own influences and give them a loving homage. I love when this show takes a break from the high-speed insanity of its main plot to indulge in its (also insane) love for its influences. Season one had that out-of-nowhere Dark Betty turn that immediately made most viewers think of Twin Peaks. Now, season two has its teen drama dressed like its favorite horror anthology classic.Cole Sprouse as Jughead Jones and Tony Todd as Farmer McGinty (Photo: Jack Rowand © 2017 The CW Network)The episode begins with some brief set-up explaining why we won’t see much of the Black Hood this week. He’s testing Riverdale. If the town can go without sinning for 48 hours, he won’t kill anyone anymore. Spoiler: It can’t. The rest of the episode follows three pairs of kids as the navigate those 48 hours. Though it looks like Betty and Jughead are back together, they both have their own worries going on. Betty is trying to figure out who the Black Hood is, and Jughead is dealing with the aftermath of Archie’s deal with the Ghoulies. They go separate ways and the stories begin. First, Archie and Jughead. Jughead gets a call from Penny Peabody, the Serpent lawyer his dad told him to stay away from. That turns out to be real good advice, although Jughead doesn’t realize that until it’s too late. She tells him his dad got beat up by some Ghoulies after Archie’s stunt last episode. She needs money to speed his case up and get him out of jail. To get that money, she hires Jughead to run a crate of “pancake mix” over to Greendale.This segment features a truly amazing guest star. Jughead enlists Archie to drive him to Greendale and, of course, they get a flat tire. The trip is seemingly rescued by the sudden appearance of horror icon Tony Todd. Yes, it’s the Candyman himself! (Or Death’s exposition guy, if you prefer the Final Destination series.) After two straight weeks of playing to musical theatre kids, it’s nice to see the show throwing a bone to horror movie buffs. Todd is terrific in this episode, bringing to it all the gravitas and danger he brings to his horror movies. He takes Jughead and his crate to a diner, where he tries to stick the kid with the bill and steal the “pancake mix.” Fortunately, Archie saves the day as only he can, and the two boys make the dropoff. Only to find out that Jughead’s been set up. That’s the twist of this story. Jughead’s dad wasn’t hurt. Penny forced him to be the new Jingle Jangle delivery boy. And he’s going to keep doing it or she’ll sell him out to the cops. Should have listened to your dad, Jughead. Knowing this show, the deliveries won’t last long before it all blows up in Jughead’s face. The only thing we can be certain about is that we can’t possibly predict how.Ashleigh Murray as Josie McCoy, Madelaine Petsch as Cheryl Blossom, and Jordan Calloway as Chuck Clayton (Photo: Shane Harvey © 2017 The CW Network)Jughead and Archie’s story may have had a horror movie star in it, but Josie’s story was the most like a horror movie. And it had the best twist. Thinking back on it while writing this, it’s impressive how well it was set up. The foreshadowing was subtle enough that it was possible to guess what was going to happen, but it still came as a huge surprise. At first glance, Josie and Cheryl look like normal friends, but then you realize how clingy Cheryl’s being. But hey, Josie did save her from a sexual assault. It’s natural she’d want to be around a friend who makes her feel safe. Then you realize it’s a little suspicious that the music agent Cheryl hooked Josie up with doesn’t want the pussycats involved. And Cheryl is doing everything she can to make sure Josie doesn’t trust the apparently reformed Chuck Clayton.Josie’s story revolves around her having a stalker, and it’s legit scary. She’s getting strange notes that grow increasingly possessive. Finally, she receives a drawing of herself along with a real pig’s heart. Cheryl is sure Chuck is the culprit and the episode really wants us to think it’s the janitor who listens to Josie practice after the school closes. It’s neither. Cheryl is the one who’s stalking Josie. Suddenly, everything falls into place. She’s separating Josie from her band and from any potential dates. No one else is allowed to be Josie’s friend. It really shouldn’t be a surprise that Cheryl is super creepy at this point, but Riverdale keeps finding ways to make it one. If Archie and Jughead’s story showed how geeky and knowing this show can be, Josie’s reminded us that it can be truly creepy when it wants to.Lili Reinhart as Betty Cooper and Cole Sprouse as Jughead Jones (Photo: Jack Rowand © 2017 The CW Network)Finally, there was Betty and Veronica’s story, which largely served to tell you that your Black Hood fan theories are probably wrong. After the Black Hood killed the Sugarman at the end of the last episode, Betty starts thinking Sheriff Keller is the Black Hood. And hey, Kevin mentions that he has been acting awful strange lately. Veronica, on the other hand, thinks the Sheriff is having an affair and the two set about finding out what’s really going on. For a little bit, it looks like Betty might be right. The Sheriff is working out late into the night, going out in the wee hours of the morning, and the next day, a Jingle Jangle addict turns up dead. Then there’s his evidence room, which looks like the den of a serial killer… or a cop trying to catch one. Yes, just like you, Betty has plenty of circumstantial evidence supporting her theory, but it’s completely wrong. This is the show telling you to be patient. You’ll learn the identity of the Black Hood soon, but maybe cool it with the wild accusations. Because they’re wrong. Your theories are wrong. The only person who’s right is the one assuming things aren’t as they appear: Veronica. Sheriff Keller is having an affair. The twist is who with. He’s sleeping with Mayor McCoy. That certainly paints the scene after the pig’s heart incident in a different light.Riverdale broke from its usual format last night to experiment with the kinds of stories it can tell. Even with this break from the norm, it was still the crazy, soapy Riverdale we know and love. It’s a reminder that this show is always capable of more than it lets on. It uses its teen drama base to tell stories across multiple genres, and proudly displays its influences. Last night, the series used its three-story format to showcase everything it does well: bonkers fast-paced storytelling, Lynchian horror and convoluted mystery, all with the perfect amount of self-awareness. Is it any wonder we love this show so much?center_img ‘Riverdale’ Season 4 Trailer Toasts to a Mysterious Senior YearSDCC 2019: ‘Riverdale’ Cast Spills Details on Core ‘Mystery’ for Season 4 last_img read more

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first_img? What: Chelatchie Prairie Railroad.? Where: 207 N. Railroad Ave., Yacolt.? Diesel Fares: Adults, $15; seniors 60 and older, $14; youths 5 to 12, $10; children 2 to 4, $8; children younger than 2, free.? Steam Fares: Adults, $18; seniors 60 and older, $17; youths 5 to 12, $13; children 2 to 4, $11; children younger than 2, free.? Christmas Tree Specials: December packages including four passenger tickets and one tree start at $55.? Information: www.BYCX.com; 360-686-3559.AMBOY — Luke Johnson’s excursion ride doubles as a steam-powered time machine.It will transport passengers seven miles through Clark County’s north woods on a journey full of the sensations, sights and sounds of the 1870s.Johnson will be at the throttle of the Chelatchie Prairie Railroad’s steam locomotive for the season-opening tours on Mother’s Day weekend, May 11-12.While the locomotive was built for a Northwest lumber company in 1929, “it’s 1800s technology,” Johnson said.The new season will give the steam locomotive a chance to get back on the track after a five-year layoff. It’s been sidelined by mechanical problems, as well as an ownership dispute.Johnson, who also heads the restoration team, was in the engine house recently with fellow volunteers Jeff Davis and Dan Volker as they prepared old No. 10 for its comeback.It’s been a long process: You can’t just run down to the hardware store to pick up steam-engine parts, so they fabricated almost all of them in their shop.last_img read more

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first_imgRegional Media Advisors represented Zivyak Media Group in the deal. Zivyak Media Group, publisher of Berkshire Living, has purchased the assets of San Jose magazine from Renaissance Publications. San Jose folded in December 2008 and Zivyak plans to relaunch the magazine in 2010, according to CEO Michael Zivyak. San Jose will undergo a redesign by award-winning art director Pete Ivey (formerly of Portland Monthly and now a freelancer in the Bay Area) and will be hiring new employees over the next few months. The magazine will relaunch with distribution of 30,000. The acquisition represents cross country expansion for 25,000-circ. Berkshire Living, which serves western Massachusetts and also publishes spin-offs Home+Garden and BBQ: Berkshire Business Quarterly. “My wife’s family is from San Jose and I couldn’t imagine leaving the 10th largest market in the country without a good looking, solid city book,” says Zivyak. “I don’t believe print is dead and a city needs a good magazine.”last_img read more

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first_imgSome of the biggest developing economies in the world that include China, India and Russia are also the most corrupt, a new report by Global Financial Integrity (GFI), an international corruption watchdog showed.The report, titled “Illicit Financial Flows from Developing Countries: 2003-2012″, showed that some of the biggest developing economies were the largest contributors to corruption, tax evasion and other money-laundering activities.The developing world lost more than worth $6.6 trillion over the period of 2003 to 2012 due to the illicit financial flows.”Emerging and developing countries haemorrhaged a trillion dollars from their economies in 2012 that could have been invested in local businesses, healthcare, education, or infrastructure,” Joseph Spanjers, economist and co-author of the study told The Rakyat Post.”This is a trillion dollars that could have contributed to inclusive economic growth, legitimate private-sector job creation and sound public budgets.”The report explains that the countries usually launder money through “export under-invoicing and import over-invoicing””…corrupt government officials, criminals and commercial tax evaders are able to easily move assets out of countries and into tax havens, anonymous companies and secret bank accounts” in these countries, the report underscores.The report also found that the outflow of illegal money was increasing by 9.4 percent every year. Dev Kar, the other author of the report added that it was “troubling” to note the rapid pace of illicit financial flow, which is affecting the share of GDP of poorer countries around the world.Most of the illicit money outflow came from Asia as it represented 40 percent of the total illegal financial flows.Below are the top 10 countries most corrupt countries with the amount they :China – $125.24 BillionRussia – $97.38 BillionMexico – $51.42 BillionIndia – $43.95 BillionMalaysia – $39.48 BillionSaudi Arabia – $30.86 BillionBrazil – $21.71 BillionIndonesia – $18.78 BillionThailand – $17.16 BillionNigeria – $15.74 BillionFinancial crime in the world has become a mounting concern. Even at the recent G20 Summit, the members met and resolved to tackle the issue by putting in place some stringent rules and regulations.Experts note that with the current state of world corruption, economic growth and sustainability is difficult.”It is simply impossible to achieve sustainable global development unless world leaders agree to address this issue head-on. That’s why it is essential for the United Nations to include a specific target next year to halve all trade-related illicit flows by 2030 as part of its post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda,” Raymond Baker, president of Global Financial Integrity, in a public statement on Monday.last_img read more

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first_img News News • Photos of the Week Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,(RNS) – Faith leaders are calling on New York City police to launch a hate crime investigation into a violent attack on a Hindu priest near his temple in Queens.Swami Harish Chander Puri, the 62-year-old priest who leads the Shiv Shakti Peeth temple in the Glen Oaks neighborhood, said he was walking outside his temple the morning of July 18 when a man came up behind him and began hitting him repeatedly.Locals said they believe the priest was targeted because of his religious clothing and that the attacker screamed “this is my neighborhood” during the assault, according to media reports and a letter published by Sadhana, a progressive Hindu movement based in New York City.“The remarks uttered by Swami Puri Ji’s attacker are a blatant example of hate speech,” the letter reads. “Thus, we urge the NYPD to investigate this matter as a hate crime.”An NYPD spokesperson told media that investigators do not currently believe there is a hate crime component to the attack.Police arrested 52-year-old Sergio Gouveia in connection with the attack and have charged him with assault, harassment and criminal possession of a weapon. Puri has since been released from hospitalization and is recovering from the cuts and bruises on his head, nose, chest, arms and legs.The Shiv Shakti Peeth temple in the Glen Oaks neighborhood of Queens. Photo courtesy of Google MapsInterfaith activists linked the attack to President Donald Trump’s recent inflammatory rhetoric against four democratic Congresswomen of color, suggesting that they are un-American.“Bigotry and xenophobia does not distinguish between Hindus and Muslims, or black or brown skin,” the letter said. “When the US President targets immigrants and refugees and encourages chants of ‘send her back’ at rallies, this results in real harm inflicted on our communities.”Sadhana’s letter was also signed by community activists and faith leaders in New York and beyond, including leaders of the Shri Shakti Mariammaa Temple, the Shakti Mission, American Baptist Churches, Park Avenue Christian Church, Trinity Lutheran Church, Ecclesia Ministries of New York, Auburn Seminary, Central Conference of American Rabbis, Union Theological Society, United Clergy Task Force and other groups.Afaf Nashar, executive director at Council on American-Islamic Relations’ New York chapter, signed the letter.“No human being should suffer through an assault because of his color or faith,” he said. “As hate crimes continue to break record numbers, our president revels in promoting a divisive, racist nation. The president can help our nation heal if he wanted to, but he shamefully chooses to stoke flames for his political gain.”The letter also noted that Queens was named America’s most diverse large county earlier this month, according to a report of 2017 census data produced by Axios.“This type of brutal act is un-American, and the person who committed this heinous crime is a coward,” said U.S. Rep. Grace Meng, D-Queens, in a statement expressing solidarity with local Hindus. “People from across the globe call Queens home, and we are proud to embrace this rich diversity that exists in our communities and neighborhoods.” Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts Aysha Khan ayshabkhan Pope places sanctions on bishop investigated over sexual harassment, lavish spending Aysha Khan Aysha Khan is a Boston-based journalist reporting on American Muslims and millennial faith for RNS. Her newsletter, Creeping Sharia, curates news coverage of Muslim communities in the U.S. Previously, she was the social media editor at RNS.,Load Comments,Husband of Christian blogger and father of 6 dies in beach accident Catholicism Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Share This! Share This! Tagshate crime Hindu homepage featured New York City Top Story,You may also like Photos of the Week August 30, 2019 As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 By: Aysha Khan ayshabkhan Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Share This! By: Aysha Khan ayshabkhan By: Aysha Khan ayshabkhan Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Emaillast_img read more

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first_imgFirefox 57: Search bar off by default by Martin Brinkmann on September 09, 2017 in Firefox – 81 commentsMozilla plans to remove the search bar of the Firefox web browser by default in Firefox 57. While the search bar will be off for new users, existing users won’t notice any difference to the previous setup as the search bar remains visible when the browser is updated to Firefox 57.Mozilla revealed back in June that it had plans to make changes to Firefox’s search bar. It came down to reclaiming interface space by removing the search bar. What was not clear back then was whether this would come down to a complete removal of the search bar, or only a visibility change.Firefox is the one major web browser for Windows — from a usage share perspective — that displays a search bar next to the address bar. Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, and Internet Explorer don’t show or support a search bar.In fact, the majority of Chromium-based browsers don’t show a search bar either; the one exception to the rule of thumb is the Vivaldi web browser which features a separate search bar as well.The change is part of the Photon design update of Firefox 57. Check out the following coverage of Photon here on Ghacks:Firefox 57: new Photon design screenshotsFirefox 57 Photon mockups: activity stream, library, compact mode, moreFirefox Photon: new design mockups show interface, and moreHow to disable animations in Firefox PhotonThe bug 1387416 lists reason and target (Firefox 57):Move the search bar in the customization palette for new profilesThe Photon design spec calls for a unified location and search bar. We have to make similar changes as in bug 694291 at least for the new profile case.There are experiments underway to identify the right set of profiles to receive this experience, so the scope may change a bit soon.The referenced bug 694291 was created six years ago. It suggests to remove the search field in the Firefox navigation bar because its placement clutters the interface and is redundant because functionality is replicated by the browser’s address bar. The bug references Google Chrome and its single field (address and search) layout.Closing WordsFirefox users who use the search bar right now will keep the bar when the web browser updates to Firefox 57. New Firefox users, and users who create new profiles, won’t have access to a search bar by default.It is still possible to add the search bar back to the Firefox interface, for instance by using the customize menu. Mozilla plans to add an option to the browser’s search preferences as well.Now You: Do you use the search bar in Firefox?SummaryArticle NameFirefox 57: Search bar off by defaultDescriptionMozilla plans to remove the search bar of the Firefox web browser by default in Firefox 57 for new users of the browser.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

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first_img Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  Related Content Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more Technology | March 25, 2011 FDA Clears Gamma Ray Stereotactic Neurosurgery System The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. March 25, 2011 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared a gamma ray neurosurgery system. The Infini system, from Masep Infini, reduces procedure times and can increase patient throughput.It features independent beam switch control with programmable arcs, automated collimator exchange and three-dimensional patient positioning and the company’s Rotary Focusing technology. Independent beam switch control with programmable arcs allows for fine-tuning of dose distributions to address even the most challenging cases. Automated collimator exchange and three-dimensional patient positioning allow radiosurgery to be conducted without the need to interrupt procedures to manually exchange collimators or re-position patients. Treatment can also be initiated by the simple push of a button.The patented Rotary Focusing technology provides customers with reduced system acquisition and maintenance costs. It allows the system to operate with fewer cobalt sources than comparable fixed cobalt source systems without compromising total activity levels.”The Infini is a welcome addition to the field of gamma ray radiosurgery,” said Edward Laws, M.D., director of the Pituitary and Neuroendocrine Center at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. “For patients with indications for gamma ray radiosurgery and for hospitals and clinics who provide it, there was really only one option available and not all healthcare systems could meet the acquisition and replacement costs of this type of equipment. Masep Infini’s new system meets the technological requirements neurosurgeons demand but in an affordable, practical package.”Stereotactic gamma ray neurosurgery focuses radiation on specific areas of the brain to treat tumors and lesions. The head is held stationary using special headgear. The patient is then positioned and re-positioned inside the system during the treatment, which is painless and silent. The surgery does not require an incision, and is typically an outpatient procedure.For more information: www.masepinfini.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more News | Radiation Oncology | July 31, 2019 Laura Dawson, M.D., FASTRO, Chosen as ASTRO President-elect The members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) elected four new officers to ASTRO’s Board of… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RADlast_img read more

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first_imgThe Effect of Slow Home Appreciation Home prices and mortgage rates are not only impacting affordability for first-time homebuyers, but also for homeowners looking to trade up according to the latest CoreLogic Home Price Index (HPI) and HPI forecast released on Tuesday.The report indicated that for August 2018, home prices rose 5.5 percent on a year-over-year basis and by 0.1 percent from July 2018. It forecasted that the HPI would continue to increase by 4.7 percent year over year to August 2019.Mortgage rates have also resulted in a slackening of demand as well as the slowing of home appreciation, according to CoreLogic.“The rise in mortgage rates this summer to their highest level in seven years has made it more difficult for potential buyers to afford a home,” said Dr. Frank Nothaft, Chief Economist for CoreLogic. “The slackening in demand is reflected in the slowing of national appreciation, as illustrated in the CoreLogic Home Price Index. National appreciation in August was the slowest in nearly two years, and we expect appreciation to slow further in the coming year.”These market conditions are also causing homeowners looking to trade up to wait before selling. “In some markets, homebuyers and sellers are remaining cautious and taking a pause as price appreciation continues to rise,” said Frank Martell, President, and CEO of CoreLogic. “By waiting to sell, homeowners believe they will get the greatest return on their investment; the more money they have for a down payment, the easier the purchase payments will be for their next home.”Analyzing the housing values in the country’s 100 largest metropolitan areas CoreLogic’s Market Condition Indicators (MCI) found that 38 percent of metropolitan areas had an overvalued housing market in August while 18 percent were undervalued and 44 percent were at value. Looking at the top 50 markets based on housing stock, the MCI revealed that 46 percent of the markets were overvalued, 12 percent were undervalued and 42 percent were at value. in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News CoreLogic Home Prices Homebuyers homeowners homes HOUSING markets mortgage ovevalued 2018-10-02 Radhika Ojhacenter_img October 2, 2018 588 Views Sharelast_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >Global Loyalty Company, the loyalty division of Etihad Airways, and flybuys, one of Australia’s most popular loyalty programmes, today launched a partnership which enables flybuys members to turn everyday shopping into international flights with the World’s Leading Airline.Flybuys members will be able to collect points when booking Etihad Airways flights and enjoy exclusive access to airfare deals to more than 100 destinations worldwide.In a world first, flybuys members who link their Etihad Guest membership to their flybuys account will also earn Etihad Guest Tier Miles when they spend at Coles and selected partners. Tier Miles count towards elite Etihad Guest status which affords top tier members benefits such as priority check-in and airport lounge access when flying with Etihad Airways and its partner airlines.To earn Etihad Guest Tier Miles, flybuys members must link their Etihad Guest membership to their flybuys account.  Members will earn one Etihad Guest Tier Mile (up to a maximum of 2,500 Tier Miles per month) for every AUD 1 spent at any Coles Supermarket, Coles Online, Coles Express, and selected stores nationwide and, at the same time, collect flybuys points.Flybuys members can also convert their flybuys points to Etihad Guest miles, giving them access to flight rewards and upgrades.Darren Peisley, Managing Director of Global Loyalty Company, said: “The launch today of the partnership with flybuys is exciting news for millions of flybuys members.“Now they will be able to turn their weekly shopping at Coles and other selected stores into travel to exciting destinations worldwide.“Together, we are offering flybuys members the unique ability to earn Tier Miles in the Etihad Guest programme and, as a result, to enjoy the exclusive benefits we offer our most valuable frequent flyers.”Mr Peisley added: “As the entity responsible for the commercial growth of the airline frequent flyer programmes in which it has a strategic interest – Etihad Guest (Etihad Airways, Air Serbia, Air Seychelles and Etihad Regional), JetPrivilege (Jet Airways), MilleMiglia (Alitalia) and topbonus (airberlin) – Global Loyalty Company is delighted to be celebrating this important milestone.“The partnership with flybuys begins an exciting new chapter for the organisation. It is a new style of partnership programme offering members a suite of innovative benefits and rewards and the first of several such partnerships which Global Loyalty is developing in other key markets across the world.”Adam Story, Coles General Manager flybuys said: “flybuys is thrilled to be partnering with Etihad Airways.“We are proud to be offering our members the opportunity to collect flybuys points quicker and redeem them on exciting rewards like international travel.“Flybuys members will also benefit with access to exclusive discounts on Etihad Airways and members will be able to accelerate their status within the Etihad Guest frequent flyer programme by shopping at Coles Supermarkets, Coles Online, Coles Express, and selected stores nationwide.”To celebrate the partnership launch:Etihad Airways will offer flybuys members up to 25 per cent off all Etihad Airways Economy and Business Class fares (excluding Breaking Deals) to anywhere on the airline’s global network. This applies to bookings made by 3 November for travel until 4 December 2015. At the same time, until 31 December, flybuys members will collect five flybuys points per AUD 1 spent on Etihad Airways flights, by booking through the flybuys ‘My Offers’ page. Etihad Guest members will also be able to earn Etihad Guest reward miles on the same flights.Linked programme members will be able to earn three Etihad Guest Tier Miles for every AUD 1 they spend in Coles Supermarkets, Coles Online, Coles Express, and selected stores nationwide (capped at a maximum of 5,000 Tier Miles per month) until December 31, 2015. This will normally be one Etihad Guest Tier Mile for every AUD 1 they spend (capped at a maximum of 2,500 Tier Miles per month).Linked programme members will have the chance to win one of 25 prizes of round trip Economy Class flights for two to an overseas destination of their choice on the Etihad Airways’ network.Other prizes include 10 sets of two tickets to an A-League game at Melbourne’s Etihad Stadium or AAMI Stadium during the 2015/16 season.Throughout the year, flybuys and Etihad Airways will offer flybuys members other benefits including bonus flybuys points for flight purchases, discounts on air travel and stopover packages.Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img read more

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first_imgVictor and Luz Adriana hold baby Victor Manuel. [Photo by JenniferThornton] May 7, 2001We want to welcome a new Arcosanti Community Member: Victor Manuel Arcos. VictorManuel was born on April 23rd, 2001 to Victor and Luz Adriana Arcos. Here he ispictured with his sister Paolandrea. [Photo by Victor Arcos] A family portrait. [Photo by JenniferThornton]center_img [Photo by Jennifer Thornton]last_img

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first_imgBy Constantinos PsillidesTHE majority of Cypriot consumers favour the new extended shop hours and admit that it has made life easier for them, according to a research commissioned by the retailers association.Retailers associations – including the Cyprus Fruitmarket and the Cyprus Supermarket associations – on Tuesday presented their findings to convince the government to extend the decree allowing them to stay open on Wednesday afternoon and on Sunday.The decree for extended hours was introduced by the government in July 2013 to encourage consumerism and boost the economy.Repeated decrees basically said that shop hours that applied in tourist zones now applied everywhere.According to the research’s findings, 63 per cent of Cypriots have a positive view on the longer shop hours, while 75 per cent claim that the extension has helped them in some way.Sixty-four per cent said they agree with the statement that stores and supermarkets should have the right to be open every day. And 59 per cent said that store owners should be allowed to stay open until late.According to the research, 72 per cent of those interviewed said they had visited a store during the extended shop hours in the last month, an increase of 11 per cent in visitors than the year before.Nine out of ten Cypriots said they visited a store during the extended shopping hours over the last year.The research was conducted by Pulse Market research over July and August. A total of 1,009 individuals were interviewed.A retail representative said the ‘one Sunday per month’ scenario currently being explored by the Labour ministry isn’t viable. “We in the retail market know full well that this kind of solution is doomed to fail because it doesn’t take the market’s realities into consideration,” he said.On Monday shop workers held a demonstration to protest that reversal of the decree would lead to the 6,000 people employed by the sector over the last year losing their jobs.“It’s counter-productive and not viable to keep that workforce. Those who tell the employees that they can keep their job even if the shopping hours are not extended are simply deceiving them,” the retail representative said.The retailers’ association, including supermarkets, small businesses and fruit markets, has urged the government to rethink the possible non-renewal in September and called on all affected parties to intensify talks to find a solution that would benefit everyone.Labour Minister Zeta Emilianidou has said the matter will be decided at the end of the week.Meanwhile, the Pancyprian association of kiosk owners said that if supermarkets remain closed on Sundays it would give the island’s 1,700 kiosks a better chance of survivial.The association said that as a result of the longer shop hours 1,500 people have lost their jobs as 600 kiosks have been forced to close.You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoKelley Blue BookYou Won’t Believe How Affordable These Ford Car Models AreKelley Blue BookUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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first_img22May Statement from Rep. Andrea LaFontaine on passage of Detroit settlement bill package State Rep. Andrea LaFontaine, R-Columbus Township, today issued the following statement following the passage of 11 bills aimed to help resolve Detroit’s bankruptcy:When crafting any significant piece of legislation, it is always accompanied with a great deal of compromise, and while I do not believe these bills are perfect, they are a great start and they are right for Michigan. They incorporate an immense amount of strict oversight and necessary reforms that will provide a sense of stability that the city has been in desperate need of.At the end of the day—as stewards of taxpayer dollars—we must decide which is better: vote yes on the settlement package and pay $195 million today, or vote no and pay the price later, which could be nearly $2 billion in taxpayer money. When faced with the opportunity to help solve a systemic problem, do we drag it out through years of uncertainty, or do we make the tough decisions we were elected to make?Michigan itself is still recovering from years of statewide recession, and I fully believe that we will not fully succeed unless our largest city recovers, too.Rep. LaFontaine sponsored House Bill 5569, which requires the city to impose 80/20 cost-sharing requirements on employees’ healthcare premiums.### Categories: Newslast_img read more

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first_img Categories: Albert News 09Jan Rep. Albert ceremoniously sworn into office PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Thomas Albert of Lowell was ceremoniously sworn into his second term of office on Wednesday by Michigan State Supreme Court Justice Stephen J. Markman. Rep. Albert represents the 86th District, which includes the cities of Belding, Ionia, and Lowell as well as the townships of Easton, Ionia, Orleans, Otisco, Ada, Bowne, Caledonia, Cascade, Grattan, Lowell, and Vergennes.FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Rep. Albert’s children Mary, Jack, and Owen and wife Erica.last_img read more

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first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares May 13, 2014; The GuardianA writer for the Guardian describing the benefits of social enterprise’s potentially “ending energy poverty” pitches two interesting models: Off Grid Electric in Tanzania and Mera Gao Power in India. Off Grid Electric installs small solar systems in customers’ homes, through which they can get electricity for lights and for mobile phone charging. A daily fee paid through money transfer services accessible through mobile phone providers in East Africa activates the systems. In India, Mera Gao Power has chosen solar-powered microgrids serving up to 30 homes at a time instead of installing individual home systems. Fees from participating households are collected weekly by a technician. Off Grid serves more than 15,000 homes in Tanzania, while Mera Gao power has 20,000 customers.The author, Anne Wheldon, describes both social enterprises as “proving that a business-like approach to increasing access to solar power is a win-win for both people and profit.” It is an odd statement, equating as goals the outcome of solar power access and the tool of profit. Presumably, the profit incentive in social mission terms is the tool that attracted private investors to ante up the dollars, not an objective itself.However, some of the significant investors listed for Off Grid Electric have a strongly philanthropic character, including the World We Want Foundation, the Segal Family Foundation, the Mulago Foundation, the Marshall Foundation, and the Omidyar Network. Even some of the business and individual investors have strong philanthropic roots and identities, including Microsoft’s Paul Allen, a noted philanthropist who invested through his private capital firm, Vulcan Capital, and Josh Mailman, himself a well-known philanthropist, who invested through Serious Change LP. Mera Gao’s first investor, according to its website, was the U.S. Agency for International Development, whose support for Mera Gao included a $300,000 grant to install microgrids in the Sitapur district of Uttar Pradesh. Like Mera Gao Power, Off Grid Electric also received financial support from USAID’s Development Innovation Ventures program. Off Grid also receives support from the U.S.-Africa Clean Energy Finance Initiative, a program of the U.S. Department of State, USAID, the U.S. Trade and Development Agency, and the Overseas Private Investment Corporation. OPIC’s role, notably, is the provision of loan guarantees and political risk insurance.Mera Gao Power and Off Grid Electric look like they are doing wonderful things to make clean energy available to poor households in Tanzania and India. But advocates of social enterprise should remember to acknowledge the crucial roles of direct (government) and indirect (philanthropic) subsidies in their financial plans. Otherwise, social enterprise will find itself lodged in the same self-delusional “we built it” position of the Republican Party during the 2012 campaign, promoting the idea that business achieved what it had without the involvement and support of government. Social enterprise advocates might want to more fully acknowledge their government and philanthropic partners in the articles they write for the mass media meant to explain how social enterprise works.—Rick CohenShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more

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first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 SharesNovember 18, 2014; TeleSURIn the United States, environmental activism isn’t often seen as life-threatening, but that fear is real for activists in Peru. The National Human Rights Coordinating Committee has named the country to be one of the most dangerous places to be an indigenous environmental activist.This September, four indigenous leaders from the Ashénika people were murdered while traveling to a meeting on how to address illegal mining in their region. The four, including the prominent activist against illegal logging, Edwin Chota, are believed to have been killed by illegal loggers. From a report by a London-based environmental investigation agency, Global Witness:“Chota repeatedly warned regional and national authorities about the multiple threats he and the families in the Alto Tamaya-Saweto received. He requested government protection for him and his family in 2005 due to continued threats by loggers, but received no response. A year later, Chota denounced the illegal logger Manuel Ríos Pezo for threatening local indigenous leaders, but again no action was taken.”Overall, Peru’s current administration has seen the death of 46 activists, and of these a vast majority was promoting indigenous environmental causes. But despite these threats of violence, indigenous environmental activists in Peru remain undeterred in their efforts. While the United Nations Climate Change Conference is being held in Lima during the first half of December, activist groups will be holding the People’s Summit on Climate Change in order to “share initiatives, proposals, and experiences, as well as define and coordinate our agendas, bring pressure to bear upon the decision makers at COP20, and demand that the official negotiators take account of the world’s citizens and peoples.” Many environmental activists around the world are facing similar violence from both corporations and their governments. The killing of environmental activists has risen across the globe with a record-setting high of 147 recorded deaths in 2012. More troubling yet is the fact that the murderers often act with impunity. Of the 908 environmental activists killed around the world in the past decade, only ten of their killers have been convicted. As the fight for finite resources continues in areas like the Amazon, it is essential that governments take responsibility for the protection of their people, including indigenous environmental activists. As stated in a Global Witness report released this summer, “Governments, international bodies and companies must do their duty. They have a duty to…protect citizens from harm and bring those responsible for crimes to justice. If they do not, more killings will take place, and perpetrators will continue their violence, secure in the knowledge it will go unnoticed and unpunished.”—Michele BittnerShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more

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first_imgShare32TweetShare43Email75 SharesSocial Security Card / 401(K) 2012November 22, 2015; Fox NewsA new voluntary gift substantiation regime proposed by the IRS is being opposed by the National Council of Nonprofits as well as a number of individual state associations of nonprofits.The system would provide an alternative to the “contemporaneous written acknowledgements” now in use by providing 501(c)(3) nonprofits with the option to report gifts over $250 to the IRS by the donor’s social security number. Though it is not intended to be mandatory, it is seen as being confusing, unnecessary, and potentially injurious to giving. NCN’s statement reads:The National Council of Nonprofits’ position is that the proposed voluntary reporting regime is inappropriate because the process could impose significant costs and burdens on nonprofit organizations, would create public confusion and disincentives for donors to support the work of nonprofits, and could lead fraudulent actors to increase targeting donors and reputable nonprofit organizations. Moreover, Treasury and the IRS state in the proposed rule that the current system of contemporaneous written acknowledgement of donations “works effectively, with the minimal burden on donors and donees.” Adding a potentially confusing parallel reporting regime that needlessly introduces the risks of fraud, identity theft, and decreased donations to the community should be rejected.There are a number of reasons why nonprofits might want to oppose the measure:The measure appears unnecessary.The collection of donor Social Security numbers might make donors nervous and depress donations.The IRS has not been able to ensure security for taxpayers, and this provides yet one more pool of data to be accessed.NCN’s analysis can be read here. —Ruth McCambridgeShare32TweetShare43Email75 Shareslast_img read more

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first_imgShare16Tweet2Share11Email29 SharesApril 28, 2016; Associated PressThe success of states across the nation in handling the need for homes, shelters for the homeless and the poorest Americans, varies widely. The Illinois budget impasse halted funding and brought programs to a standstill. Utah’s sparkling success, reducing their homeless rate by 91 percent with the Housing First Initiative, is a bright spot, but on the flip side, there’s the continuing failure of New York City, where the homeless rate is 86 percent higher than 10 years ago with shelters in horrible condition. In a case with several layers, a church in North Carolina protested the placement of a shelter next door, although they provided meals for the community. Even across the warm Pacific Ocean, the problem exists: Hawaii declared a state of emergency in 2015 with 465 per 100,000 residents homeless.The Hawaiians search for roofs for the homeless individuals who camp around the islands, looking for answers to the high cost of living in that state. There is no denying that their responses to the crisis have been creative—from yurts to shipping containers to hales—and now…igloos.The First Assembly of God church in Honolulu plans to order a dozen igloos to put on land they had planned to use as a cabin retreat on the windward side of Oahu. The igloos are made of 21 panels that overlap like fish scales—Don Kubley of the Juneau-based InterShelter, which manufactures the igloos, says they “stack like Pringles potato chips”—and offer some natural climate control. Each boasts 314 square feet, and can hold four people while still fitting in the bed of a pickup truck. The church has raised $100,000 for the project.The company that builds the igloos, Pacific Domes, has proposed such encampments in other cities, but has not had any takers to date. A group of the domes in Los Angeles housed about 35 people from 1993 to 2006, but that igloo village closed because the land rent was too high.—Marian ConwayShare16Tweet2Share11Email29 Shareslast_img read more

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first_imgShare158Tweet3ShareEmail161 SharesDarwin’s Bulldog [Public domain]December 17, 2018; Cincinnati Public RadioWhat appears to be a custody battle over a gorilla is looking increasingly like bickering over reputation between the Cincinnati Zoo (CZ) and the Gorilla Foundation (TGF). Earlier this week, US District Judge Richard Seeborg ordered both parties to pursue a joint resolution of their dispute, reports Tana Weingartner for Cincinnati Public Radio.The dispute concerns a male silverback gorilla named Ndume, who is 37 years old and weighs 400 pounds. Readers may remember Koko the gorilla, who learned to communicate with humans through sign language. In 1991, Koko’s caretakers at the TGF in California allowed her to choose a mate “via a process akin to video dating,” and she chose Ndume. The zoo had signed a contract to loan Ndume to the foundation for the duration of Koko’s life, and though the two never became mates, they were lifelong friends.Koko died this past June at age 46, and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums recommended in August that Ndume be returned to his birthplace in Cincinnati. However, TGF has decided that considering Ndume’s age, transport is too dangerous for him and they won’t send him back.Correspondence between the organizations seems to have become strained. TGF says the zoo “refused to respond” to requests for mediation; the zoo says TGF “cut us off.”In October, the zoo filed a lawsuit to get its gorilla back. This week, Judge Seeborg ordered the parties to pursue “expedited alternative dispute resolution.” Seeborg added that the courtroom “may not allow for a full, and fully-informed, evaluation of all of the potential impacts to Ndume,” which is, after all, both parties’ purported main concern.Since both parties claim the gorilla’s best interest, the arguments have begun to stray from the strictly scientific. The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and People for Equitable Treatment of Animals (PETA) have both sided with the zoo, partly because the Gorilla Foundation does not have any other gorillas with whom Ndume could socialize. Like their human cousins, gorillas grow depressed without community.The zoo is an AZA accredited institution, while the foundation is not, a factor that appears to be a sore point. TGF complained, “AZA has refused or blocked every attempt we have made to create a natural gorilla family group for him. We are not an AZA institution, and we are fully aware of the steps taken to prevent TGF from obtaining any new gorillas.” AZA, which had charge of the recommendation after Koko’s death, does not place animals in non-accredited institutions.The foundation also claims that the reason Koko and Ndume never mated is that “Koko was never given the opportunity (by the zoo community) to have a natural gorilla family group—with multiple females and one male.”TGF said that Ndume “has done very poorly in zoos” and that when he overheard conversations about transferring him back to the zoo, he “cried, gave hoot-series, screamed, banged and shoved objects for 14 hours straight, all indicating extreme anguish.”Ndume was not allowed to learn sign language alongside Koko, TGF added, because zoo officials worried that he would communicate his unhappiness about his life in Cincinnati. Officials allege that this learning restriction was part of the same contract on which the zoo is basing its reclamation of Ndume.Though Ndume is elderly, he likely has at least a decade of life yet; gorillas in captivity can live to their 50s. A zoo in Cleveland is conducting research about how to better design their diets to support cardiovascular health.CZ recently updated their gorilla enclosure and already houses ten gorillas, three of whom are Ndume’s relatives. The Gorilla Species Survival Plan (SSP), which is governed by AZA, said,The SSP is confident that the Cincinnati Zoo will provide Ndume with outstanding care, access to modern, flexible, and specialized gorilla living areas, and a myriad of socialization options as he makes this transition. We’re all looking forward to seeing Ndume thrive in the company of other gorillas.PETA vice president of captive animal law enforcement Delcianna Winders called TGF facilities “tumbledown” and said that the foundation “as a history of failures in veterinary care and cleaning.” Their forms 990 from the past five years show frequent funding deficits.Is this a case of TGF trying to leverage its one famous gorilla into a larger presence in the zoo community? Or is the CZ bullying a smaller, unaccredited organization with the weight of institutional power? And at the end of the day, how are these organizational fights affecting the well-being of Ndume, who for whatever reason did not learn sign language alongside his friend?We at NPQ abhor this treatment of Ndume, who seems to have been without companions of his own species since Koko’s death in June, and would encourage concerned readers to contact the organizations involved.—Erin Rubin center>Share158Tweet3ShareEmail161 Shareslast_img read more

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first_imgNetflix has picked up the UK and Irish rights to Nordic mob drama Lilyhammer after striking a deal with SevenOne International.The move follows the launch of Lilyhammer on the streaming service in the United States, marking the company’s first moves into original series. The series will be available on the service after its initial television debut on BBC4.It was originally produced by Scandinavian indie Rubicon for Norwegian broadcaster NRK in association with SevenOne International, the sales arm of German broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1, which is distributing the show internationally.“Many Netflix members in the US, Canada and Latin America have discovered Lilyhammer and are loving it,” said Ted Sarandos, chief content officer at Netflix. “We’re excited to also bring Lilyhammer to Netflix members in the UK and Ireland and confident that it will build a sizeable audience.”last_img read more