Best Black Friday football deals in the UK

first_imgThe Black Friday phenomenon has infiltrated the British market and retailers across the United Kingdom are cashing in on the craze.Football fans will be eager to take advantage of the various offers available at their local sports shops, while clubs across the world are applying reductions at their official stores.With Christmas just a few weeks away the day gives people a chance to get their hands on gifts for cheap, so it can be worth the long hours queueing if you want to save some money. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Another option is to do your shopping online, but you need to be prepared for delays there too, as some websites can crash with the increased traffic.So, with Black Friday 2018 here, Goal takes a look at some of the best deals and discounts for football equipment in the UK.What is Black Friday?Black Friday is the name used to describe the day after Thanksgiving in the United States when people traditionally embark on shopping excursions. While the tradition originated in the United States, businesses across the world have latched on to the phenomenon and it has been exported to the likes of the UK, Ireland and further afield.The unique appeal of Black Friday stems from the fact that retailers will apply widespread discounts to their products, thus enticing more visitors to their shops. Due to the limited supply of discounted stock there is a sense of urgency around the day and, with such a large volume of people vying for the same things, it can become difficult in terms of crowd control.In recent years there have been a number of examples of crowd disturbance and violence at retail outlets on Black Friday, but efforts have been made to minimise danger.It has been suggested that the term ‘Black Friday’ is a reference to the fact that it is a day which sees businesses go into ‘black’ (profitable) after spending much of the year in ‘red’ (loss-making).When is Black Friday 2018?Black FridayThe date for Black Friday is dependent on when Thanksgiving falls, so it changes every year.In the US, Thanksgiving is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November and in 2018 that is November 22, which means that November 23 is the date of this year’s Black Friday.Black Friday will fall on November 29 in 2019 and November 27 in 2020.Black Friday football boot deals1080x1080 Nike Mercurial Superfly 360 EliteFootball boots can be an expensive acquisition, which makes the thought of availing of a Black Friday offer all the more appealing.Pro Direct SoccerThere are some massive savings to be made by shopping at Pro Direct Soccer for boots, with reductions of up to 78 per cent already available. For example, you can pick up a pair of Puma evoSPEED – normally valued at £160 – for just £35.They are also offering a reduction of 40% on the new Adidas Predator boots – worn by the likes of Paul Pogba and Co. – which can be picked up for £150 instead of the usual price of £250. The Adidas X 18 boots are 30% cheaper on Pro Direct this Black Friday and can be bought for £160 instead of the usual £230.Nike’s Phantom Vision boots, which are normally £230, have had a 30% reduction applied too, meaning they are available for £160.If you fancy yourself a bit of a Roy Keane or Roberto Baggio, Diadora Baggio boots are available at a 39% reduction of the normal price, so they cost £140 instead of £230.Click here to see more Pro Direct Soccer Black Friday offers.DW SportsSports retailer DW Sports are offering some reasonable deals on the Nike Mercurial Superfly Elite boots, with a 31% discount being applied to the boots worn by players such as Cristiano Ronaldo. The Superfly boots can be picked up for £175 instead of £255 – a reduction of £80.The Nike Mercurial Vapor boots can be picked up for two-thirds of their normal price at £140 instead of £210, while the Adidas Copa 18 boots have a 32% discount applied and cost £115 instead of £170.Click here to see more DW Sports Black Friday offers.Adidas official storeAdidas’ official store is offering a number of Black Friday related sales, with some of their newest boots available for a cheaper price.The Nemeziz 18+, as worn by stars such as Lionel Messi, is priced at £174.96 instead of the usual £249.95, while the Predator 18+ also have a 30% discount applied and can be bought for £174.96.The X18+ will cost £160.96 on Black Friday via the official Adidas shop thanks to a 30% reduction on the normal price of £229.95.Click here to see more Black Friday offers from the Adidas store.Black Friday football jersey dealsLionel Messi BarcelonaIt can be difficult to get deals for the newest jerseys and you normally have to wait until the new season before reductions are applied. However, Black Friday means that some outlets and clubs are running discount offers.Pro Direct SoccerIf you’re a fan of Barcelona or Real Madrid, Pro Direct are offering a discount on the home jerseys of both clubs, which are available for £70.Bundesliga fans will be even happier, with this season’s home shirts of Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund available at a discounted rate of nearly 40%. A Bayern home top will cost £45 instead of £70 and a Dortmund top costs £40, down from £65.When it comes to Premier League team jerseys though, the only offers that apply are to away or third kits. Manchester United’s pink and black away kit is available at the reduced price of £70, down from £110, while the yellow Chelsea away kit also costs £70, which is down from £90.Tottenham’s third jersey and Manchester City’s away edition are somewhat cheaper again at £50 and £45 respectively.JD SportsJD Sports are offering deals on jerseys with names and numbers printed on the back, such as the Manchester United third kit adorned with the names of stars such as Paul Pogba or Alexis Sanchez, with savings of 41% available in that regard.A similar offer applies to the Barcelona home kit with Lionel Messi’s name and number on the back, which can be picked up for £50 – a saving of just over 30%. The Barca home shirt without Messi’s name and number costs £42, which is £18 cheaper than the original price.You can save 40% on the new Puma AC Milan home jersey, which costs £39 down from £65.JD Sports also has a range of international jerseys and jackets on offer, including those of Brazil, Belgium and England.Click here to see more Black Friday offers from JD Sports.Official club shopsManchester United fans can get their club’s jerseys for slightly cheaper on the club’s official store this Black Friday, with the home top down to £60.13 from £80.17, with similar reductions applied to the away and third shirts too.Arsenal’s official club shop is offering deals of up to 50% off merchandise, but unfortunately it does not appear that these deals apply to jerseys. However, there are a lot of alternative options, such as the stadium shirts worn by players during warm-ups.Liverpool are running a ‘Red Weekend Sale’ to coincide with the Black Friday frenzy, which offers buyers a 15% discount if they spend £60 and a 20% discount if they spend £80. That sale is available online and in store.Borussia Dortmund are running a ‘Yellow and Black Friday’ discount period on their official shop, with the home top costing £43.67 instead of the standard price of £62.38.Real Madrid are also putting their own spin on the Black Friday ‘shopping holiday’, styling it as ‘White Friday’. The Madrid home and away jerseys can be picked up for £56.12, a 30% discount from the normal cost of £80.17.FIFA 19 Black Friday offersNot only is Black Friday an opportune moment to avail of offers for material goods such as football boots and sportswear, it is a good time for FIFA gamers too.Those who play FIFA’s Ultimate Team will get hourly pack offers which will include a variety of limited or special edition packs not available in the store. There will also be reductions of up to 50%.Savvy FUT traders will look to capitalise on the frenzy by selling some of their best items in anticipation of potentially picking the same items up again for a cheaper fee on Black Friday.Click here to read our in-depth guide to the best FIFA 19 Black Friday offers. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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QB Tate Martell Reportedly Considering These 3 Programs

first_imgTate Martell runs for Ohio State vs. Rutgers.COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 08: Tate Martell #18 of the Ohio State Buckeyes breaks free on a 47-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter of the game against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Ohio Stadium on September 8, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State won 52-3. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)Ohio State quarterback Tate Martell entered the NCAA transfer portal on Thursday. Three days later and his recruitment is beginning to take shape.While there were likely dozens of programs interested in the former four-star, three are standing out, according to the latest report.According to 247Sports’ Steve Wiltfong, Martell is considering West Virginia, Miami and Louisville as potential transfer destinations. He is currently on a visit to West Virginia.Wiltfong writes that Martell will see Louisville and Miami this week.Hearing three teams are in the mix to land #OhioState quarterback transfer Tate Martell: https://t.co/dMeOX4SdHb— Steve Wiltfong (@SWiltfong247) January 13, 2019Martell put his name in the portal last week after Georgia five-star freshman quarterback Justin Fields announced he was transferring to OSU. Fields is expected to start for the Buckeyes, provided he obtains a waiver from the NCAA to be eligible immediately.After redshirting in 2017, Martell appeared in six games as Dwayne Haskins’ backup in 2018. He completed 23-of-28 passes for 269 yards and one touchdown.Martell added 128 rushing yards and two scores on the ground as well.last_img read more

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Pelindo III Returns to Konecranes

first_imgzoom Port automation provider Konecranes has received a repeat order for an automated RTG (ARTG) system from PT Pelabuhan Indonesia III (Pelindo III) in Indonesia. The system includes nine automated RTG cranes. It will be delivered to Terminal Petikemas Semarang (TPKS), an operational terminal in Central Java, at the end of 2016.”Konecranes delivered the cranes and the complete automation system to Indonesia’s first automated terminal, which was recently opened,”  sais Janne Eklund, Konecranes’ Sales Manager, Port Cranes.”The proof from this green field terminal in Lamong Bay, Surabaya, has convinced Pelindo III to proceed with the next phase of TPKS, converting half of the existing manual RTG yard into an automated system with personnel access and horizontal traffic control. Pelindo III appreciates production stability, increased safety, greater productivity and better predictability – all characteristics associated with Konecranes automation.”After the delivery of this order TPKS will have a total of 20 cabin-less Konecranes ARTGs operating in 10 automated blocks.Pelindo III’s automated terminal in Lamong Bay, Surabaya, was inaugurated in May 2015. The terminal will have a total of 20 Automated Stacking Cranes (ASCs), 10 Ship-to-Shore (STS) cranes and five Straddle Carriers, all from Konecranes.last_img read more

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Spotted Maersk Embraces Its New Stingray

first_imgMaersk Supply Service has taken delivery of Maersk Installer, an 8,300 dwt subsea support vessel (SSV), from COSCO (Dalian) Shipyard. As informed, the delivery documents were signed between the two parties on October 16, 2017.Maersk Installer is the first of four Stingray class SSVs scheduled for delivery in 2017 and 2018.Flying the flag of Danish International Register, the 14,100 gross-ton ship features a length of 137 meters and a width of 27 meters. The newbuilding currently has a market value of USD 92.64 million, according to data provided by VesselsValue.“Maersk Supply Service’s new Stingray subsea support vessels are built to carry out a wide range of deep and shallow water operations in challenging offshore environments. The vessels have flexible features with a large free deck, a 400t crane and 120 … single-cabins,” Carsten Gran Haagensen, Chief Commercial Officer at Maersk Supply Service, explained.“The vessels have been designed with energy efficiency as a key design parameter, keeping the fuel consumption at a very low level. The four Stingray new-buildings will be a crucial part of Maersk Supply Service’s future fleet allowing us to offer a broader scope of services,” Haagensen added. World Maritime News Staff; Image Courtesy: Maersk Supply Servicelast_img read more

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Le rapport Glaze offre des recommandations pour lamélioration du système dadministration scolaire

first_img « Les Néo-Écossais font du travail novateur dans les écoles, mais les conflits, les fardeaux et les inefficacités dans le système même forment des obstacles pour les enseignants, les directeurs d’école et les élèves », explique Mme Glaze. Mme Glaze possède une vaste expérience en matière d’amélioration des écoles et des systèmes scolaires, et elle a travaillé avec des éducateurs dans presque 50 pays à l’échelle mondiale. À l’heure actuelle, elle est l’une des conseillères de renommée internationale qui contribuent à la réforme de l’éducation en Écosse. Mme Glaze a été commissaire à l’éducation de l’Ontario et conseillère principale auprès du ministre de l’Éducation. Elle a été la première directrice générale du rendement des élèves de la province et présidente fondatrice du Secrétariat de la littératie et de la numératie. Elle a reçu l’Ordre de l’Ontario ainsi que de nombreux prix internationaux pour ses contributions à l’éducation. Le rapport intégral peut être consulté ici : www.ednet.ns.ca/fr/examen-administratif-systeme-educatif. AVIS AUX CHEFS DES NOUVELLES : Le présent communiqué est publié au nom de la consultante, Madame Avis Glaze. Une experte de renommée mondiale souligne que le modèle d’administration scolaire de la province doit être réorienté et restructuré de façon à accorder la priorité à l’apprentissage et au rendement des élèves. « Tous les gens que j’ai rencontrés dans le système font de leur mieux, affirme la consultante, madame Avis Glaze. Ils sont tous très dévoués, mais le système ne fonctionne pas comme il devrait fonctionner pour les élèves, les parents, les enseignants et les directeurs. » « Dans de nombreux cas, les élèves de la Nouvelle-Écosse obtiennent de résultats inférieurs à la moyenne du pays, et le manque de clarté et de cohérence dans le système est un facteur qui contribue au problème. » Le rapport de Mme Glaze s’intitule « Relever la barre : Une approche cohérente et souple d’administration de l’éducation pour la Nouvelle-Écosse ». Dans le cadre de l’examen, le premier du genre en plus de 20 ans, Mme Glaze a évalué l’administration des écoles publiques, y compris les conseils scolaires élus et l’administration de leur bureau central, ainsi que l’administration au sein du ministère de l’Éducation et du Développement de la petite enfance (MEDPE). En octobre et en novembre, Mme Glaze a rencontré plus de 500 intervenants dans le cadre de 91 consultations tenues à l’échelle de la province. De plus, 1 500 personnes ont aussi répondu à un sondage en ligne. Selon le rapport, le système d’administration actuel peut sembler être formé de neuf organismes déconnectés, soit le ministère et huit conseils scolaires individuels, qui ont souvent des priorités contradictoires et des rôles et des responsabilités qui ne sont pas clairs. Cette situation a mené à un modèle qui distrait de l’apprentissage et du rendement des 118 000 élèves de la province. « Le système d’administration doit être réorienté pour mettre un accent coordonné et unifié sur les élèves à l’échelle de la province afin de les aider à réaliser leur plein potentiel, peu importe où ils habitent et peu importe leurs circonstances personnelles, déclare Mme Glaze. De plus, toute économie réalisée grâce à ce plan doit être réinvestie dans les classes. » Voici certaines des recommandations :center_img Les sept conseils scolaires régionaux existants doivent être éliminés pour réduire les priorités contradictoires et favoriser une approche provinciale coordonnée pour relever les défis dans le système. Les sept conseils administratifs régionaux conservent leurs noms et leurs territoires, et fonctionnent comme des bureaux régionaux d’éducation. Les rôles administratifs non essentiels doivent être révisés dans le cadre d’un modèle de partage des services afin de réduire les frais administratifs et de créer un système plus simple et unifié, par exemple : la TI, la paie, les locaux, les finances, les services d’accès à l’information et de protection de la vie privée et les ressources humaines. Les directeurs généraux des conseils scolaires deviennent des directeurs généraux régionaux de l’éducation. Ils assument la responsabilité du rendement des élèves, des programmes d’études et des politiques dans leurs écoles. Ils relèvent directement du sous-ministre de l’Éducation et du Développement de la petite enfance et gèrent les bureaux régionaux d’éducation. Maintenir la structure du Conseil scolaire acadien provincial (CSAP). Le directeur général relève à la fois du sous-ministre et du CSAP. Le CSAP assume le contrôle des aspects culturels et linguistiques tout en suivant les lignes directrices du programme d’études provincial. Améliorer la participation locale en créant dans toutes les localités des conseils d’école consultatifs (CEC) dynamiques et jouissant d’une influence accrue et de la participation continue du ministre, en offrant une possibilité aux parents, aux élèves, aux directeurs d’école et aux membres de la communauté de faire part de leurs points de vue. Veiller à écouter les Mi’kmaq et les Afro-Néo-Écossais à l’échelon ministériel. Il faut enrichir les rôles du Conseil de l’éducation mi’kmaq (CEM) et du Council on African Canadian Education (CACE), et les charger de conseiller le ministre en matière de politiques. Muter les spécialistes du soutien à l’enseignement (responsables de la littératie, mentors de mathématiques, etc.) hors des bureaux régionaux d’éducation et à l’intérieur des salles de classe quatre jours par semaine, le cinquième jour étant réservé à la planification collaborative et à la préparation de la semaine suivante. Former un Bureau indépendant d’évaluation des progrès des élèves (BEPE), qui départira le ministère de l’Éducation et du Développement de la petite enfance de cette responsabilité, afin de créer des évaluations des élèves de haute qualité. Ce bureau fera directement rapport au public des résultats. Nommer un ombudsman de l’éducation, c’est-à-dire un agent indépendant chargé d’examiner et de résoudre les plaintes sur les pratiques et les décisions administratives qui touchent l’éducation. Créer un collège provincial des éducateurs, un organisme indépendant de délivrance des permis, de régie, de discipline et de réglementation de la profession d’enseignant, afin d’améliorer la confiance du public à l’égard du système d’éducation. Retirer les directeurs d’école et les directeurs adjoints du Syndicat des enseignants de la Nouvelle-Écosse (NSTU) et les intégrer à une nouvelle association professionnelle. L’ancienneté, la pension de retraite et les avantages sociaux ne doivent pas être modifiés et il devrait être possible aux administrateurs qui le souhaitent de retourner à l’enseignement et au syndicat. last_img read more

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Meet Irene Crowchild who fought for sobriety and a great golf swing

first_imgTamara PimentelAPTN NewsIrene Crowchild walks up to a driving tee and tips over a bucket of balls.She picks a driver out of her golf bag and sets the ball on the tee.After a few moments of thinking about her shot – she winds up.The familiar sounds of club meeting ball sounds and Crowchild stands and watches it sail down the range.Crowchild’s expertise is driving the ball – and she can do that well.She’s put in hours of practice at the Redwood Meadows Gold Club near her community of TsuuT’ina First Nation.“This is my dream. This is what I’m passionate about,” she said. “First Nations or not First Nations, I want people to believe in themselves to go after their dreams to take that jump. It can be done. Making my impossible possible”None of this would have been possible had Crowchild not come to realize that her life needed a change.In February 2017, she reached out for help and went for treatment for alcohol abuse.She wants others to learn from her story.“When I finally reached out I felt embarrassed, I felt ashamed. But I stuck with it.Crowchild is marking a year and a half of sobriety.She wouldn’t be where she is without it.“I’m very proud. Humbly proud,” said Crowchild. “I’m very blessed for the way my journey has been. I want people to feel the happiness I feel, the peace I feel because I know it’s tough.”Driving 310 yards, Crowchild is the first Indigenous person to tee up and win the women’s title at the Canadian Long Drive Competition.She will also be representing Canada at an international competition in Mexico in November.And she has a message for others.“If I can break the stigma, showing other First Nations people, youth, and adults that it’s wonderful, it’s worth it. That feeling of embarrassment goes away,” Crowchild said.“I want people to believe in themselves, to go after their dreams, to make that jump.”tpimentel@aptn.ca@aptn_tamaralast_img read more

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Markets Right Now Trade jitters send US stocks lower

NEW YORK — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):9:35 a.m.Stocks are opening broadly lower on Wall Street as investors keep a close eye on trade talks between the U.S. and China.Top trade officials are meeting in Washington Thursday in hopes of reaching an agreement ahead of an early Friday deadline after which the U.S. has said it would raise its tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods.Technology companies and banks fell the most in early trading. Intel lost 4.3% and Citigroup gave up 1.6%.The S&P 500 index fell 22 points, or 0.8%, to 2,856.The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 200 points, or 0.8%, to 25,767. The Nasdaq fell 84 points, or 1.1%, to 7,857.Bond prices rose. The yield on the 10 year Treasury fell to 2.44%.The Associated Press read more

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India says ties with Lanka focused on reconciliation

On India’s relations with China, he said the changes are more nuanced, more complex but no less significant. The standard narrative of Sino-Indian relations, however, remains focused on the border dispute and security issues, he said.“The political settlement of the boundary question is obviously a complicated issue. But there is recognition today on both sides that peace and tranquillity on the border is an important guarantor for the development and continued growth of our bilateral relations,” he said.Recalling Prime Minister Modi’s visit to China and his meeting with President Xi Jinping, he said the terminology agreed upon by the two countries to describe themselves were as “two major powers in the region and the world”. The task which they have set for themselves is to pursue their national development goals and security interests in a mutually supportive manner. Clearly, that would happen only if they showed respect and sensitivity to each others’ concerns, interests and aspirations, he said.He said after the Modi-Xi interaction in Xian, the mood today allows for frank and direct conversations between the leaderships. (Colombo Gazette) Jaishankar said that the ties with Sri Lanka after elections in both countries have increasingly focused on their national reconstruction and reconciliation. India says its relationship with Sri Lanka is focused on national reconstruction and reconciliation in the country.This was said by Indian Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar while delivering the 21st International Institute of Strategic Studies (IISS) Fullerton Lecture in Singapore. read more

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Exhibition on 70th anniversary of Ukraine famine caused by Stalin opens at

“The famine, as you all know, was a significant event in the modern history of Ukraine, but even more in the history of the world because some estimates put the death toll at more than 6 million, which certainly in 20th century human history ranks with the worst atrocities of our time,” Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Publication Shashi Tharoor told the opening reception last night.The exhibits for what has become known as the Man-Made Great Famine in Ukraine 1932-1933 consist of representations of historic materials provided by the Ukrainian museum in New York.Ukrainian Ambassador Valeriy Kuchinsky told the gathering that the crime of Holodomor (literally murder by hunger) should not be forgotten but that the exhibition was not staged to avenge the past but to prevent any recurrence in the future.”We are convinced that exposing violations of human rights, preserving historical records and restoring the dignity of victims by recognizing their suffering will help the international community avoid similar catastrophes in the future,” he said.General Assembly President Julian Hunte of St. Lucia, and several former assembly presidents, including Hennady Oudovenko of Ukraine, attended the opening. read more

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Where Have All The Crafty Pitchers Gone

Pitching has always been about throwing a baseball really hard — there’s a reason so much of the game’s mythology grew around how quickly hurlers like Walter “Big Train” Johnson and Bob Feller could get the ball from the mound to home plate. But for those who lack overwhelming stuff, there’s another core aspect to pitching: the art of throwing strikes and tricking batters into getting themselves out. Velocity makes a pitcher’s life easier, of course, but plenty of greats from history have thrived on guile instead of a dominating fastball.The craft of finesse pitching, however, might be a dying one in today’s game. A few, such as Arizona’s Zack Greinke and the Cubs’ Kyle Hendricks, have managed to remain effective with a slow fastball and pinpoint control. But the number of star pitchers following that formula has dwindled in recent seasons, in conjunction with the ever-increasing velocity of the average pitch across Major League Baseball. Just a decade ago, we saw Jamie Moyer gutting out complete-game shutouts with an 81-mile-per-hour fastball at age 47 (!) — but are the Moyers of 2019 now getting squeezed out of the sport?Moyer, the southpaw formerly of the Phillies and Mariners (among other teams), was plainly a special pitcher no matter how you measure him. He won only 34 games by his 30th birthday yet still managed to finish with 269 total victories before retiring in 2012 at the age of 49. But Moyer also exemplified a very particular kind of hurler: the prototypical “crafty lefty” who gets by on smarts and makes the best of less-than-stellar velocity readings. In 2002, the earliest year of pitch-speed data at FanGraphs, Moyer — then a youthful 39 — averaged just 82.8 miles per hour on his fastball. (He and Tim Hudson were the only non-knuckleballers with an average fastball under 83.) It was a radar reading that only went down with the passage of time.Back then, though, 11 percent of qualified starters clocked in under 85 mph on average, and 70 percent threw under 90 mph. Moyer even had Hall of Fame company at the bottom of the velocity list, including the likes of Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine. But things changed by the mid-to-late 2000s, when Moyer was perennially the only qualified starter anywhere near the low 80s. In 2010, roughly 1 percent of qualified starters averaged under 85 mph, and only 29 percent were even averaging under 90 mph. Today, nobody averages below 85 mph — Hendricks is baseball’s softest-tossing qualified starter at 86.7 mph — while 16 percent of starters are above 95 mph on their average fastball: After Moyer’s retirement, the reigning kings of slow-pitch became Jered Weaver of the Angels and Mark Buehrle of the White Sox and Blue Jays. Buehrle especially belongs squarely among the crafty lefty lineage, alongside Moyer and Glavine; however, he retired after the 2015 season. Over the past two years, in particular, we’ve seen a distinct lack of outlier starters at the bottom of the velocity rankings, the place where the craftiest of pitchers once lurked.To call a pitcher “crafty” is a kind of backhanded compliment. After all, if a guy has overwhelming velocity or electric stuff, we would just talk about that as an explanation for him getting hitters out. (Strikeouts may be fascist, but they are also impressive.) However, Moyer, Buehrle, Hudson and — especially — Maddux and Glavine worked the formula out to perfection. In fact, the 1990s were a heyday of sorts for finesse pitchers, with perfect games from Kenny Rogers and David Wells to go with regular All-Star appearances from the likes of Andy Ashby, Brad Radke and Charles Nagy. None were big strikeout artists, but all were very good pitchers nonetheless thanks to a combination of sharp control, smart situational pitching and keeping the ball in the ballpark.Yet as baseball’s overall velocity bar has raised and preventing home runs has become more difficult, there’s evidence the control-and-command approach has progressively lost its effectiveness. While breaking pitches such as sliders and curves are moving more sharply than ever, it’s not the crafty junkballers of yore who are benefiting most from it.Bill James once broke pitchers into equally sized “power,” “finesse” and “neutral” groups based on their rates of strikeouts plus walks per inning (theorizing that high-velocity pitchers get lots of strikeouts and walks — think Nolan Ryan — while our crafty group doesn’t record much of either). If we do that for qualified starters each season since 1950, we can see the balance of leaguewide pitching wins above replacement1Averaging together the values from FanGraphs and Baseball-Reference.com. has tilted strongly in favor of power pitchers since the early 1970s: Aside from briefly closing the gap a few times over that span — specifically in the mid-1980s and the late 1990s, aka the Moyer and Maddux eras — the finesse pitchers have consistently lost ground value-wise to the hard throwers. The 2017 and 2018 seasons were the first two since 1950 in which the net gap in WAR share between power- and finesse-type starters was at least 18 percentage points in consecutive years. Of the 20 most valuable starters of 2018 by WAR, only one (Miles Mikolas of the Cardinals) was classified as a finesse pitcher; the other 19 were all either power (12) or neutral (7) pitcher types.What accounts for the trend? For one thing, balls in play are at an all-time low, setting a new MLB record for the fewest per game in each of the past five seasons. (We’re down to just 24 balls in play per contest in 2019 so far.) Although most pitchers have little to no control over hits allowed on balls in play during a given season, there are legitimate differences in skill that emerge over entire careers. And part of the crafty-pitcher archetype involves inducing a disproportionate amount of weak contact that fielders can more readily turn into outs.“I didn’t really have swing-and-miss stuff,” Maddux told Dan Patrick in an interview this year. “I wasn’t really worried about giving up singles, but I did what I could to keep the ball in front of the outfielders, not walk anybody and make them get three singles to score.”When there are fewer balls put in play to be had, that formula has less of an effect.There’s also the matter of teams turning to increasingly younger pitchers in recent seasons. Since just about every indicator of power pitching — from pure velocity to strikeouts — is strongly correlated with possessing a younger arm, it makes sense that as young pitchers account for a larger share of the value across MLB, so too will a larger share of WAR be associated specifically with power pitchers (and a smaller share associated with finesse pitchers). Which direction does the causation run? It isn’t totally clear, but it doesn’t especially matter. Whether teams are prizing youth or velocity, it’s squeezing out pitchers who lack either (or both) attributes.“If you look at pitching these days, everything is max effort,” Moyer told the Orange County Register in January. “Look at the younger generations — high school, college, minor leagues, everybody’s trying to light up a radar gun, throw 100 mph. Our bodies aren’t made to perform in this game as a pitcher at max effort.”Although Bartolo Colon, who pitched last season at age 45 as another exemplar of craft triumphing over stuff, the game is generally trending against pitchers like him and Moyer, in many ways.With all of this, it’s fair to wonder whether it would even be possible to dominate with an arsenal resembling, say, Maddux’s, in the modern game. The two-seamer, Maddux’s bewildering weapon of choice, has fallen quickly out of favor in the last decade or so, and a peak-era fastball that barely scraped 90 would rank among the slowest in the league today. Maddux’s specialty, changing speeds, can still be as disruptive as any tactic (just ask Cincinnati ace Luis Castillo). But it’s telling that Maddux himself recognizes what worked in his era might not be as effective now.“I was taught to throw strikes and get hitters out in the strike zone,” Maddux told Patrick. “And now, pitching has kind of turned the other way, where they try to get hitters out outside of the strike zone. I don’t know if I would have adapted to that or not. I’d like to think I could, but who knows what would have happened?”Perhaps the craft of pitching is making something of a comeback this season, with more finesse-oriented pitchers such as Greinke, Hyun-Jin Ryu of the Dodgers and Masahiro Tanaka of the Yankees off to great starts already. Certainly, there always will be a place for pitchers who can transcend the radar gun with intelligence and skill. But just the same, the obsessive quest for velocity in today’s game will probably continue to squeeze out the soft-tossing finesse archetype of yesteryear. Sadly, that means it will be harder than ever for crafty, Moyer-esque pitchers to carve out a place in baseball.Check out our latest MLB predictions. read more

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Former prostitutes to sue the Government as criminal records stop them volunteering

first_img“But it’s not fair – I never chose that life and I fought hard to get out of it but I’m always being pulled back to it as though that’s who I am, but it’s not who I am.” The women’s case, set to be heard in the High Court later this week, also argues that the policy to retain and disclose their conviction history goes against the Modern Slavery Act because they were trafficked and forced into prostitution while teenagers.  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. One claimant, Fiona Broadfoot, who began selling sex after meeting a pimp at 15, has a conviction of loitering for the purposes of being a common prostitute. “After more than twenty years out of prostitution, I am still having to explain my criminal record to any prospective employer.  It feels like explaining my history of abuse,” she said.Harriet Wistrich, solicitor at Birnberg Peirce who is acting for the women, said the current law “continues to punish victims”.The Home Office is understood to be defending the claim. A Government spokesperson said: “It would be inappropriate to comment on ongoing legal proceedings.” Former prostitutes are set to sue the Government over criminal records checks which stop them volunteering with Brownie groups.A group of women will argue that policies which leave convictions for soliciting on their records are discriminatory and intrude into their private lives. The women, most of whom are anonymous, say their convictions become known many years after they stopped working as prostitutes and have prevented them from taking up volunteering and job opportunities. One anonymous claimant said: “It doesn’t matter what it is – trying to help out at my kids’ school or the local brownies’ coffee morning, trying to be a governor or a councillor, applying to education or training or employment – even volunteering in so many fields – with children, with the elderly, in care, with vulnerable people, with youth work, with social work – all need a DBS and then you get treated like some sort of pariah or sex offender.  It feels like explaining my history of abuselast_img read more

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Leonardo Bonucci arrives for Juventus medical

first_imgAC Milan defender Leonardo Bonucci has arrived at Juventus’ JMedical centre ahead of completing his return to the clubThe 31-year-old spent seven successful years at Juventus that saw him make 319 appearances in all competitions and score 19 goals, as well as winning six successive Serie A titles and reaching the final of the Champions League in 2015 and 2017.After being named in the UEFA Champions League squad of the season following Juventus’ final defeat to Real Madrid in 2017, Bonucci secured a €42m transfer to Milan and was promptly named the captain of the club by former coach Vincenzo Montella.But he had recently become concerned over the quality of the team and the ongoing financial uncertainty with the club having recently been taken over by American hedge fund Elliott Management after owner Li Yonghong’s failure to repay his debts.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.And now a return to Turin is almost complete with Argentina forward Gonzalo Higuain set to go in the opposite direction from to Milan.? J|Medical – @bonucci_leo19 begins his ⚪️⚫️ medical.#ForzaJuve pic.twitter.com/zaMFQcFcuw— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) August 2, 2018last_img read more

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NASA teams with Google to create huge stunning visual universe

first_img NASA Google A 23rd-century tourist guide to the galaxy Google Arts/NASA NASA has teamed with internet search behemoth Google to produce a stunning visual history of America’s space story, stretching back over a century.The NASA visual universe was created via machine learning, which analysed the space agency’s extensive archives to present its images in an awe-inspiring constellation. Drilling down into the extensive archives allows you to see over 150,000 images all clustered into individual categories from “astronauts” to “hubble” to “Discovery” and “Independence Day”. artscultureAn easy to search, scroll in/scroll out gallery of NASA’s extensive catalogue Google Arts/NASA It’s like an interactive, always-open museum for the stargazer.You can immerse yourself in the future of deep space exploration systems in a marvelous visual gallery documenting NASA’s new systems, explore the Martian surface and wash your weary internet eyeballs with wondrous high-resolution images of the International Space Station. If you recall the selfie-matching app from January 2018, where you could find out which famous piece of art you most resemble, you’ll be familiar with Google Arts & Culture. This collaboration is part of a larger Google Arts & Culture initiative known as “Once Upon A Try” which sees Google team with a number of science organizations such as the Smithsonian, CERN and more than 100 other museums around the world.The aim of the new tool is to provide exhibits that showcase humanity’s great achievements, highlight scientific milestones and underline some of the world’s most important inventions. Google calls it a celebration of “the objects dreamt up and created by inventors, scientists and dreamers”.And there are plenty of exhibits beyond NASA’s collection! Jump on your phone and you can hear the incomparable Tilda Swinton walk you through the Big Bang in augmented reality by downloading the compatible app or take a walk alongside the Large Hardon Collider with Google’s Street View.It’s an interactive museum that has, seemingly, no end. You can start your wandering here. 17 Photos 0 Post a comment Sci-Tech Share your voice Tagslast_img read more

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Soon Father of the Nation to be part of syllabus from primary

first_imgKolkata: The state School Education department is planning to introduce Mahatma Gandhi’s life and his contribution to the freedom movement as part of the syllabus right from the primary level.”Students of Class IV and V will now have to study Gandhi. Some aspects of his life and his contribution to India’s freedom movement will be incorporated in three subjects – Bengali, English as well as Environment Studies. If everything goes as per plan, we will introduce this from the next academic year itself,” a senior official of the department said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe syllabus restructure committee will finalise the modalities on how the study on Gandhiji can be included in the syllabus of Class IV and V. “We are now in the initial stage and are discussing with experts,” said Avik Majumdar, chairman of the syllabus restructure committee. It may be mentioned that the state government has made plans to celebrate the 150th birth anniversary of Gandhiji in a befitting manner. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has formed a high-powered committee, consisting of 46 members, including prominent academicians and intel- Also Read – Naihati: 10 councillors return to TMC from BJPlectuals. As part of the celebrations leading up to Gandhiji’s 150th birth anniversary in 2019, the committee will hold elocution tests, essay competitions for children and distribute booklets with Gandhiji’s views on untouchability and patriotism among the city people. The idea of introducing the study about Mahatma Gandhi was floated by Banerjee herself in one of the meetings. “We have plans to celebrate the birthday of the Father of the Nation in all schools and colleges in the state on October 2 this year,” an official of the state Education department said. It may be mentioned that under the present curriculum students study in detail about Mahatma’s life, ideology and his contribution to the Indian freedom struggle in classes IX, X and also in Higher Secondary. “The committee is of the opinion that students in the primary level need to have some idea about Mahatma Gandhi right from an early age, as he is the role model of many in the state and the country as well,” the official maintained. The committee has already decided to renovate Gandhi Bhavan in Beleghata area of the city, where the visionary had stayed and fasted in 1946.last_img read more

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Care for your expensive jewellery

first_imgAfter spending your hard earned money on precious jewellery, it is important to store it and handle it properly tpp. When you invest in real pearls, don’t forget to wrap them in mulmul cloth and sit down to wear your emeralds because if they fall, they break easily, suggest experts. 4Never directly spray perfume on jewellery.4Kundan (uncut diamond) jewellery always needs to be stored in plastic boxes with sponge or cotton as it reacts with the other chemicals and turns the stones black. Avoid any kind of chemical contact with your jewellery. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf4Emeralds are the softest stones. It is advisable to sit before wearing them so that they do not fall and break.4Basra (real) pearls must always be wrapped in a mulmul cloth. Avoid wearing them in summer as the pearls may loose shine due to sweat.4Wipe the jewellery pieces once you remove them before putting it into the box. Ideally, store the jewellery them in a box with multiple slots or store them separately in boxes they came in to avoid scratching. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive4Do not clean the jewellery with soap and water, except diamonds. 4You can use an eraser to wipe out stains from the jewellery.4Clean you jewellery at regular intervals. This will keep them clean, shining and always new. Not all jewellery products or stones are cleaned the same way.4Gold is a soft metal and can get scratches easily. Try protecting them from scratches and visit you jeweller from time to time for proper polishing and maintenance.4Avoid wearing delicate jewellery while cooking, gymming, swimming, or any household chores. Also, avoid extreme exposure to heat and light as gemstones such as kunzite can fade or discolour.4Always put on your jewellery last when dressing after make-up, cosmetics perfume lotions to avoid damage to delicate items.last_img read more

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Imaging Considerations for Proton Therapy Treatment Planning

first_img News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more 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 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 This proton treatment plan created with the Varian Eclipse software illustrates how protons interact with a patient’s tissues in a prostate cancer case. The red shows the delivery of the protons to the target where the maximum amount of energy is deposited in the patient. To deliver protons on target, CT scans are used to determine the proton stopping power of the tissues the beam passes through to determine the proton velocity needed.  Stoichiometric Method of CalibrationThe stoichiometric method is the main calibration method used for CT scanners that produce imaging for proton therapy. The biomedical engineers pick specific HUs that will be used to test the calibration. “It requires a lot of calibration and work by your biomed team,” Wroe said, so it is not something you want to do for all of a facility’s scanners. “We certainly have not gone through the calibration for all 80 of our CT scanners we have at Loma Linda.”Step one of the process is to use tissue phantoms to calibrate the CT scanner, and it is important to have the phantom vendor-supplied information for the composition and density of the materials used in the phantom. The second step involves calculating constant parameters for the photoelectric effect coherent scattering and Klein-Nishina cross sections of proton interactions to determine the scattering of radiation from a target. This is used to help calculate the proton stopping power for real tissue.  Step three requires calculation of the proton stopping power and HU for real tissue materials. Wroe said the relative electron density for the tissue material mixture can then be calculated. This includes a basic conversion for the HU to proton stopping power for all types of materials encountered. In step four, three separate linear curves are created for organ-like tissue, fat-like tissue and bone-like tissue. These are combined to make a final calibration curve. While the stoichiometric method is used worldwide to calibrate CT scanners, Wroe said it is important to ensure the calibration was done correctly. He said this includes revalidation testing, spot testing with phantoms, or even use of real tissue types purchased from a butcher shop.  12PreviousNext A spinal proton treatment plan created on a Varian Eclipse  system. The plan shows the final result of where protons are stopped for the maximum delivery of their energy.As proton therapy becomes more widely available, imaging for the development of proton treatment plans will become more commonplace. However, there are major differences in how treatment is planned for proton therapy compared to traditional radiation therapy. While anatomical imaging is the main focus in radiation therapy, proton therapy requires highly calibrated computed tomography (CT) datasets that are used to directly compute a highly technical treatment plan. The focus of proton therapy CT scans is on the measurement of electron densities of tissue that the datasets provide.Proton Therapy and Planning 101Unlike traditional high-energy X-ray radiation therapy systems that send beams completely through the patient, protons slow down as they enter tissue and are energized to specific velocities. These velocities can be planned to stop the protons in the tumor tissue, where they deposit their maximum energy. This causes increased interaction with orbiting electrons in the atoms of DNA in cancer cells, disrupting their ability to replicate or repair damage to the cells. Proton therapy is more accurate and causes less collateral damage to surrounding healthy tissues than traditional radiation therapy. Proton therapy treatment planning software uses CT imaging for the primary dose calculations. However, the CT images are not necessarily used for target delineation as much as they provide the Hounsfield unit (HU) measurements of the anatomical structures that make up the target tissues in the proton beam path. HUs for various materials have a direct correlation to electron densities for those tissues. These densities are directly convertible into proton relative stopping power ratio (SPR) calculations in the treatment planning software, which are used to calculate exactly where proton energy will be deposited in the body.The HU scale is a linear transformation of the original linear attenuation coefficient measurement in which the radiodensity of distilled water at standard pressure and temperature is defined as zero HU, while the radiodensity of air is defined as -1,000 HU. This scale is used to calibrate CT scanners based on the HU reference to water. Anatomical structures also have standardized HU references — blood (+30 to +45), muscle (+40), lungs (-950 to -550) and liver (+50 to +70). The path of proton beams can be planned using 3-D anatomical reconstructions made from CT datasets. The anatomical structures the proton beam passes through are assigned HU attenuation numbers and the software calculates the proton relative stopping power and the energy levels required to accurately stop the protons inside the tumor. “CT imaging that defines the target is not necessary, because the primary imaging study is used by the dose calculation algorithm,” said Andrew Wroe, Ph.D., professor of radiation medicine, Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, Calif. He spoke on proton treatment planning at the 2015 meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). “Proton dose calculation algorithms require CT-based anatomy to be convertible into proton relative stopping power measurements. This is a measurement of how effective a given material is at slowing down protons,” he explained. Proton systems are commissioned using the measurement of the proton SPR relative to water, so these measurements are convertible to HUs. For this reason, Wroe explained, it is very important to dedicate a specific CT scanner for proton therapy treatment planning cases. The scanner needs to have rigorous calibration to ensure it is optimized for HU accuracy. Wroe noted there are several articles available to explain how to calibrate aCT system for proton therapy planning. Two articles he suggested were “Practical considerations in the calibration of CT scanners for proton therapy,” from the Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics and “Comprehensive analysis of proton range uncertainties related to patient stopping-power-ratio estimation using the stoichiometric calibration,” from Physics in Medicine and Biology.1,2  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.  Feature | Proton Therapy | April 05, 2016 | Dave Fornell Imaging Considerations for Proton Therapy Treatment Planning Calibration of CT scanners is critical because Hounsfield units from anatomic structures are used to create dosing plans The proton treatment plan for 5-year-old Ashya King, who made headlines in 2014 after his parents were arrested for taking him from a National Health Service (NHS) hospital in the U.K. and bringing him to a proton therapy center in the Czech Republic for treatment. Proton therapy was not available in the U.K. The boys cancer went into complete remission after the proton treatments. This treatment plan, overlaid on the CT scan, shows the proton delivery zones without penetration into health tissue in the child’s thorax or abdomen.  This proton treatment plan created with the Varian Eclipse software illustrates how protons interact with a patient’s tissues in a prostate cancer case. The red shows the delivery of the protons to the target where the maximum amount of energy is deposited in the patient. To deliver protons on target, CT scans are used to determine the proton stopping power of the tissues the beam passes through to determine the proton velocity needed.  A spinal proton treatment plan created on a Varian Eclipse  system. The plan shows the final result of where protons are stopped for the maximum delivery of their energy. Related Content New Imaging Techniques May Reduce UncertaintyWroe said there are two imaging modalities that may help reduce the variability of CT images used for proton treatment planning. An investigational proton CT system uses protons to create images instead of X-ray photons. He said such a system would eliminate the step of translating HU into proton stopping power, which would remove much of the difficulty in calculating these plans. Another technology that might help is dual-energy CT. Wroe said these systems can help reduce uncertainty by 0.5 – 1.5 percent. Further reductions can be made for artifacts caused by implants using the dual-energy data, which can help remove the metal from the image to improve image reconstruction and better define the tissues obscured by metal blooming or streaking artifacts.  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 center_img 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 Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD 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 Contending With Tumor MovementAs tumors shrink over the course of treatments, the proton stopping power of the tissues needs to be recalculated by the treatment planning system to adjust dose and the beam path, said Heng Li, Ph.D., assistant professor, Division of Radiation Oncology, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas. He also spoke at the same RSNA 2015 session. This is especially true in lung cancer treatment, so there is a need to have an adaptive proton plan. He explained the lungs already present a challenge due to respiratory motion, but the issue is compounded by tissue around the tumors moving differently as the tumor size decreases. He said this necessitates additional CT scans to ensure the treatment plans remain accurate across the treatment regimen. He added that respiratory motion is often dealt with in the plans by using a “smearing margin,” which includes the entire track of the tumor movement during normal respiration.  References: 1. Christopher G. Ainsleya and Caitlyn M. Yeager. “Practical considerations in the calibration of CT scanners for proton therapy.” Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics, Vol. 15, No. 3, 2014.2. Yang M, Zhu XR, Park PC, Titt U, Mohan R, Virshup G, Clayton JE, Dong L. “Comprehensive analysis of proton range uncertainties related to patient stopping-power-ratio estimation using the stoichiometric calibration.” Phys Med Biol. 2012 Jul 7;57(13):4095-115. doi: 10.1088/0031-9155/57/13/4095. Epub 2012 June 7. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more Related Proton Therapy Content:Proton Therapy Slowly GrowingAdvanced Planning for Accurate Proton Treatments at the Provision Center for Proton TherapyWEBINAR: Economics of Establishing a Proton Therapy CenterNew Approaches to Radiation Therapy Challenges in CT Imaging and Proton PlanningLoma Linda University uses a positron emission tomography (PET)/CT scanner for its proton treatment planning. If using a PET/CT system, Wroe said it is important that it is fitted with a patient immobilization system. But, Wroe said not to assume the CT system is calibrated for non-tissue types of materials that are used in the immobilization device. These materials need to be accounted for in the final SPR calculations. Various immobilization systems use different materials, so verification is needed for all these non-tissue materials and they need to be represented in the CT calibration curve. Despite the best efforts to calibrate a CT scanner, Wroe said there will always be a range of uncertainty due to five variables. These include variability due to the CT imaging, the stoichiometric calculations for HU, deviation of body tissue from standard radiation units of measure, mean excitation energy and the energy dependence of SPR. For these reasons, Wroe said there is usually a variability rate of 3.5 percent that is figured into the calculations for proton treatment planning. Other causes of range uncertainty include surgical implants, surgical glues, dental implants and reconstructive surgery. In cases where these implants cause streaking artifacts, a plan needs to be created that corrects for the artifacts and then corrects for the implants themselves. Wroe warns that metal blooming artifacts can make implants appear larger than they really are on the CT images. He also warned surgical embolization glues are very often present in brain tumor target areas. Recalibration or spot checks are needed over time to check for variables. Another variable that might be overlooked is the accumulation of moisture absorbed into the patient cushion on the CT bed over time. Wroe said this small variable will throw off proton treatment planning calculations. Another consideration is the movement of tissue in treatment plans. Wroe said the biggest concerns are obese patients and large breasts, where the thickness of tissue varies each time patients get on a table and depends on how they lay. Use of curved beds can help more consistently position the patient, and cups can be used to stabilize large breasts, he explained. Another concern in this area is imaging the head, where sinuses fill and empty all the time, so it is best to plan beams that do not shoot through a sinus. 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 The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. 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 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 | 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 last_img read more

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After last weekends 320 rout of the Houston Texa

first_imgAfter last weekend’s 32-0 rout of the Houston Texans, much was made of the second-half play of quarterback Logan Thomas.The rookie signal caller logged a passer rating of 133.7 in the game, thanks to his 11 completions on 12 attempts, touchdown and 113 yards passing.On Saturday, it was Thomas’ competition for the third-string spot who got the second half at TCF Bank Stadium in Minnesota. Suffice it to say, he’ll be no such topic of discussion come Monday morning when the Cardinals return to Glendale to resume training camp. Against the Minnesota Vikings, Lindley was 8-for-15 passing, logging just 64 yards through the air. His passer rating was a poor 64.3.Despite the avoidance of turnovers, Lindley often appeared generally flustered in the second half. The third-year quarterback started the third quarter by leading a 10-minute touchdown drive, which included a pair of fourth-down conversions and three pass completions. Lindley did have a fumble to his name, coming on 4th and Goal, though the snap was high and away from him and the play resulted in an eventual rushing touchdown for the Cardinals late in the fourth quarter. – / 25 0 Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retirescenter_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories last_img read more

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IMF expects Cyprus economic growth to plunge to 26 in 2018

first_imgThe International Monetary Fund (IMF) said on Tuesday it expects the Cypriot economy’s growth to slow down to 2.6 per cent next year from 3.4 per cent in 2017.Consumer prices are expected to increase 0.8 per cent this year and 0.7 per cent in 2018, the IMF said in its World Economic Outlook. The unemployment rate is expected to drop next year to 10.7 per cent from 11.8 per cent this year and 13 per cent last year.The current account deficit is expected to narrow to 3.8 per cent of economic output in 2017 and to 2.7 per cent next year from 5.3 per cent last year, the IMF said.The new forecast, revises downwards the forecast published in the concluding statement prepared by the IMF staff on Friday, a week after the latest post-programme surveillance mission. The finance ministry said on September 13, that it expects the economy to expand 3.6 per cent this year and 3 per cent in 2018, after growing 3 per cent last year.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlySmart Tips DailySeniors With No Life Insurance May Get A $250,000 Policy If They Do ThisSmart Tips Daily Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’Three arrested in connection with hotel theftsby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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