Ranbirs fan treats him like God

first_imgMumbai: It was a thrilling moment for a die-hard fan of Ranbir Kapoor who got to meet him and hand over gifts to his favourite actor. But it made many netizens frown as the young fan treated the Ae Dil Hai Mushkil actor like a God by touching his feet. In a video that has gone viral online, a man who describes himself as a “die-hard fan of Ranbir Kapoor. I can do anything for him. He is my life, my world, my everything” on Instagram, is seen touching Ranbir’s feet. This led many netizens troll the actor, who didn’t stop the fan from doing so. Here’s what some of them commented on the post on Instagram: “I don’t understand why people are crazy about film stars. They are just human beings like us. Why some people treat them like Gods?” “Why fan has to touch his feet and sit down instead of sitting on chair. Fans make celebrities. This is not expected from Ranbir.”last_img read more

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French Minister Visits Event Hosted by Polisario Association

Rabat – France’s Minister of Agriculture, Stephane Le Foll is said to have attended an event organized by pro-Polisario Front associations in the French city of Le Mans.The visit of the French official indicates that the crisis between France and Morocco is deeper than analysts have expected.According to the daily newspaper Al Massae in its January 14th edition, the French minister received explanations on the Sahara issue from the viewpoint of supporters of the separatist movement. Le Foll was reportedly accompanied by the mayor of Le Mans, Jean Claude Boulard, a member of the French Socialist Party and also a senator for Sarth.The pair was also told about the latest developments of the case, the newspaper added.Last April, Le Foll called for the normalization of relations between Rabat and Paris during a trip to the kingdom where he had signed a series of bilateral agreements on family farming with his Moroccan counterpart Aziz Akhnnouch.The French official said at the time that his presence in Morocco was “an expression” from the French government to “go beyond what has been considered as a regrettable incident.”Le Foll referred to the February 2014 incident when half a dozen agents of the French judicial police went to the residence of the Ambassador of Morocco driven by three complaints raised against Abdellatif Hammouchi, head of the Moroccan secret services (DGST), accusing him of torture.Tension between the two countries worsened when Moroccan Minister of Foreign Affairs, Salaheddine Mezouar went through a body search in Paris airport, which was dubbed by Morocco as “humiliating.”Moroccan authorities reacted by suspending judicial cooperation with France.Earlier this month, Morocco’s Foreign Minister, Salaheddine Mezouar said in an interview that “the time of France’s tutelage of Morocco is over.”Photo Credit: MAP read more

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The user guide to legal pot in all Canadas provinces territories

Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island are the latest provinces to outline their plans for the sale of marijuana with legalization looming July 1. Here is a glance at provincial and territorial plans to date:• British Columbia has set the age of consumption at 19, with retail sales allowed through both public and private stores. Retailers will have to get their supply of cannabis from the government’s wholesale distribution system used for alcohol.• Alberta plans to control the online sale of pot, but will leave over-the-counter sales to private operators. Details on how sales would work have yet to be determined. Private pot stores would have to be physically separate from stores that sell alcohol, tobacco or pharmaceuticals, but how that would be legally defined is also undetermined. Stores would not be allowed to sell anything but cannabis and cannabis-related products.• Saskatchewan has held a public consultation. The province said in its recent throne speech that it will introduce pot legislation once a review is completed this fall.• Manitoba plans to set its legal age at 19, a year later than the legal age for drinking alcohol. The government’s legislation would also prohibit people from growing cannabis at home for recreational purposes. Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries would regulate the sale of cannabis and municipal governments would have the option to ban sales by referendum.• Ontario intends to sell the drug in up to 150 stores run by the Liquor Control Board of Ontario to people 19 and older, with a ban on its consumption in public spaces or workplaces.• Quebec has tabled a bill whereby all pot would be sold through the provincially run liquor board, although there is flexibility for exceptions. Quebec plans to open 15 marijuana stores by July 1 and control sales online. The bill also makes it illegal to cultivate pot for personal or commercial use, unless authorized, and limits possession in a home to 150 grams, and to 30 grams on a person. There will also be a zero-tolerance policy for driving under the influence of any drug.• New Brunswick will set the minimum age at 19 and require users to lock away their marijuana when it’s in their home. The province announced last month that people would be able to buy marijuana at a subsidiary of the province’s liquor commission.• Prince Edward Island has set its legal age at 19, and said it will sell marijuana at standalone outlets run separately by its liquor commission. P.E.I. will allow online sales, and restrict marijuana use to private residences.• Nova Scotia said marijuana will be sold alongside alcohol in its provincial liquor commission stores, and through online sales, to anyone 19 and over. The province accepts federal rules setting a personal possession limit of up to 30 grams, a personal cultivation limit of up to four plants per household and will establish provincial penalties for youth possession of up to five grams.• Newfoundland and Labrador will allow sales in private stores with the legal age set at 19. The Crown-owned liquor corporation will oversee the distribution to private retailers. Consumption will be restricted to private residences.• Yukon has proposed 19 as the minimum age for the consumption of recreational marijuana, and would limit possession to 30 grams. Its proposals would also allow four plants to be grown per household. The public has until Dec. 20 to comment on the proposed framework, which includes initially limiting distribution and sales to government outlets.• The Northwest Territories has been holding discussions with residents that include community meetings and an online survey, which has garnered a record response for a government online consultation tool.• Nunavut completed initial stakeholder consultations through the summer of 2017 and was holding a public survey to help guide the development of policy and legislative options. read more

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Both Israelis Palestinians undermining prospects for peace Security Council told

Both Israelis and Palestinians are undermining prospects for peace, with the former failing to end settlement expansion and carrying out collective punishment, the latter failing to end violence and combat terror, and civilians on both sides suffering, according to the latest United Nations briefing on the Middle East today.”For each side to cite the actions of the other does not in any way excuse it from fulfilling its own obligations,” Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Kieran Prendergast told the Council in what he called a “depressingly familiar” monthly briefing that reported no tangible progress towards resuming the peace process.”There can be no preconditions to the observance of humanitarian law and international agreements,” he added, calling on Israel to end “illegal” extrajudicial killings and house demolitions and to freeze settlements, and on the Palestinian Authority to end all attacks, including a recent rash of rocket assaults, and reform its security services.Mr. Prendergast stressed that the Road Map sponsored by the UN, European Union, Russian Federation and United States represented the best way “to move out of the current hopeless situation,” but that both sides had failed to meet their minimum obligations under the plan, which calls for a series of parallel and reciprocal steps leading to two states living side-by-side in peace by 2005.”The Palestinian Authority, despite promises made by its President, has made no progress on its core obligation to take immediate action on the ground to end violence and combat terror,” he said. “The Israeli Government, despite its commitment, has made no progress on its core obligation immediately to dismantle settlement outposts erected since March 2001 and to move towards a complete freeze of settlement activities.”Until and unless both the Palestinian Authority and the Government of Israel take the necessary first steps to restore momentum towards peace, the stalemate will continue and there will be no lasting ceasefire,” he added. “So far, I’m sorry to say, there is little reason to believe that we are about to witness the taking of such steps by either side, let alone both.”He noted that 54 Palestinians were killed, and 400 Palestinians and 23 Israelis injured over the last month, bringing the total since the outbreak in September 2000 of the most recent violence to 3,553 Palestinians and 949 Israelis killed – and the total casualty toll to 34,770 Palestinians and 6,102 Israelis.He called the recent increase in the launching by Palestinian militants of rockets into Israel followed by Israeli helicopter missile strikes and ever deeper incursions into Gaza a “new and worrying pattern.” He said the scale of destruction by Israel raised concerns about collective punishment and termed its demolitions of houses of people not charged with a crime a form of such punishment.Mr. Prendergast also noted that there had been several recent incidents where, despite prior coordination, areas where UN staff were present came under Israeli fire. “We are deeply concerned over the unacceptably high number (of incidents)…Israel has an obligation to protect humanitarian workers and facilitate their efforts,” he stressed.On the economic front he cited Israel’s closure policies on the West Bank and Gaza as the primary cause of what the World Bank has called “one of the worst recessions in modern history,” with an unemployment rate of 34.4 per cent.”The Palestinian economy is in tatters and stands little chance of recovery unless immediate action is taken,” he added. Video of Council meeting [37mins] read more

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Bombardier wins contract extension from Ontarios Metrolinx Global jet order

Ontario’s Metrolinx has extended two contracts with Bombardier Transportation worth $927 million for fleet operations and maintenance services for its commuter rail system in the Greater Toronto Area.Bombardier (TSX:BBD.B) said Friday the contracts for the GO Transit network have been extended to 2023.GO Transit, a division of Metrolinx, is the regional public transit service for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton area, carrying some 62 million passengers a year.Bombardier said it has provided fleet maintenance services to GO Transit since 1997 and operations services since 2008.The company has also supplied more than 600 two-level rail coaches manufactured at its plant in Thunder Bay, Ont., for the transit authority’s commuter rail fleet.“This extension confirms once more Bombardier’s leadership position as a services provider for passenger rail fleets in North America and worldwide,” stated Raymond Bachant, president Bombardier Transportation North America.Meanwhile, Bombardier’s Aerospace division announced Friday a US$293-million order for five Global 6000 business jets from an existing customer which it did not name.The head of the business aircraft segment said there is strong momentum for the Global aircraft family of planes, Bombardier’s largest business jets which have fared well during the economic slowdown.“This order reinforces, once again, the leadership of our products in terms of range, cabin volume and comfort, as well as state of the art technology,” said Steve Ridolfi.The Global 6000 aircraft can fly up to eight passengers non-stop between Montreal and Doha.Friday’s order comes nearly a month after VistaJet signed a deal for up to 142 Global-series aircraft valued at US$7.8 billion. The deal included a firm order for 56 planes that will be delivered starting in 2014.Walter Spracklin of RBC Capital Markets said the VistaJet order, coupled with last year’s firm order from NetJets for 50 Global jets, “puts Bombardier’s Global family atop the large-cabin, ultra-range product category.”As of Sept. 30, Bombardier had an order backlog for 34 months of Global aircraft production.Bombardier has had a busy week of pre-Christmas order announcements. It won a firm order for 10 larger CSeries aircraft from airBaltic, plus an option to buy an additional 10 planes. And an unidentified airline based in the Americas signed a letter of intent for up to 30 CS100 planes, worth up to US$2.08 billion.Turan Quettawala of Scotiabank said Bombardier hasn’t had much success prior to airBaltic’s firm order in converting letters of intent.“While this does mean that there is increasing interest in the CSeries, we believe this also means that customers are keeping options open ahead of certification and achievement of performance targets, ” he wrote in a report.Bombardier has delayed the first flight of the CSeries and Quettawala said he doesn’t believe that flight take place before the second quarter. That is because at least three months of testing will begin in January on the recently assembled CAST grounded aircraft that will test the plane’s systems.Bombardier said the wings on the first test flight aircraft have been attached to the fuselage and assembly of that plane is progressing smoothly.On the Toronto Stock Exchange, Bombardier’s shares were up a penny at C$3.69 in morning trading Friday. by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 21, 2012 10:23 am MDT Bombardier wins contract extension from Ontario’s Metrolinx, Global jet order AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Saskatchewan premier on trade mission touts potash deals with Indian companies

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email REGINA – Saskatchewan’s premier heralded two new agreements Thursday that will see increased potash exports to India.Brad Wall, who is on a week-long trade mission, witnessed separate deals between the off-shore marketing arm of Saskatchewan potash producers, Canpotex, and Coromandel International Ltd. and Tata Chemicals Ltd.The government said millions of tonnes of potash will be shipped to India over the next few years. In 2013, Saskatchewan led Canada in exports to India totalling almost $1 billion.“We have a strong commercial relationship that should only get stronger as Indian farmers begin to see the value of potash in a balanced fertilizer application,” Wall said in a statement. “Potash has helped Saskatchewan farmers become among the most productive farmers in the world and it can do the same for Indian farmers.”Wall’s itinerary in India included a visit to an agricultural business fair where he addressed 600 farmers on the importance of potash.“India is a very important customer … on a long-term basis they will be an important growth market,” said Denita Stann, spokeswoman for Potash Corp. (TSX:POT).Stann said Potash Corp. is the largest producer of potash in the world by capacity, after a flood at an OAO Uralkali mine in Russia halted operations there and led to the evacuation of workers. That mine reportedly contributed up three per cent of the global supply of potash.“We certainly know they are experiencing some challenges with their mine, and that may certainly create some challenges on the supply side for that producer, but it’s probably too early for us to speculate on what the outcome would be,” Stann said.A recent report by the Saskatchewan-Asia Advisory Council recommended that Saskatchewan triple its exports to Asia by 2020.The council, formed in May 2013 to provide advice on Saskatchewan’s trade with Asia, reports that Asian countries have the highest demand for provincial products.It warned that Canada is lagging behind countries such as the United States, New Zealand and Australia.The report said Saskatchewan’s trade in 2013 with Asia was at an all-time high of $6.6 billion in exports to major partners such as India, Indonesia, China and Japan. Saskatchewan premier on trade mission touts potash deals with Indian companies by Clare Clancy, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 20, 2014 9:46 am MDT read more

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Michael Crabtree Highly Doubted to be Charged in Alleged

San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree is “highly, highly doubted” to be charged in an alleged sexual assault last weekend, according to ESPN Sunday morning.ESPN received the information from a source that is close to the 49ers organization.The San Francisco Police Department announced Friday night that Crabtree was being investigated. The incident is alleged to have occurred early Sunday morning in a San Francisco hotel, after the 49ers playoff win against the Green Bay Packers.Crabtree, who was not charged or arrested, cooperated with the Special Victims Unit of SFPD. He conducted an interview for two hours with his attorney present.The source also said to ESPN that a second female witness corroborated Crabtree’s version of the incident to police, and that the incident will not develop further. The 49ers also claim he will not be charged.The 49ers and general manager Trent Baalke were made aware of the allegations on Friday. They said they believed the timing was odd because the team was preparing to travel to Atlanta to play the Falcons in Sunday’s NFC Championship game.“The 49ers take such matters very seriously,” Baalke said in statement released on Friday. “We will have no further comment at this time as the legal process is ongoing. Additional requests for comment should be directed to Michael’s attorney.”But team members say they are adamant that Crabtree’s situation has not become a distraction. They emphasize that players must be cautious because they may be easy targets.Crabtree, who was selected by the 49ers in the 2009 NFL draft as the 10th overall pick, has a career-best 1,105 yards receiving this season. He became the first San Francisco wide receiver to have more than 1,000 yards in a season since Terrell Owens in 2003.The 49ers will need Crabtree to put this situation behind him for Sunday’s game against the Falcons, if they want to extend their season and head to the Super Bowl to play the winner of the New England Patriots and Baltimore Ravens game. read more

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War grave vandals to face jail under gettough sentencing regime

War graves were smashed Hirst Wood Burial Ground, Shipley near Bradford in June Smashed graves at Hirst Wood Burial Ground War memorial at Llantwit Cemetery, near neath, Wales, was desecrated by thieves, stealing scrap metal Smashed graves at Hirst Wood Burial Ground War memorial at Llantwit Cemetery, near neath, Wales, was desecrated by thieves, stealing scrap metal War graves were smashed Hirst Wood Burial Ground, Shipley near Bradford in June Vandals who damage war memorials, gravestones and buildings of historic importance are to face stiffer sentences under new guidelines being handed out to judges and magistrates in  England and Wales.The move is intended to ensure that the full impact of such offences on the wider community is taken into consideration, rather than just the financial cost of their crime.There are over 100,000 war memorials in the UK, but they receive no special legal protection and in the past louts who have daubed them with graffiti have often escaped with community sentences or minor fine.But under the new guidelines, which will come into force on October 1, judges will have more discretion to jail offenders. Courts will also be asked to take into account the impact on public services when important buildings such as schools and railway stations are damaged by vandalism and fire.Another aggravating factor will be the strain put on emergency services when resources have to be diverted from other incidents in order to deal with deliberate fires.In addition, damage caused to listed buildings and historically important objects, could lead to offenders receiving much tougher sentences.The guidance includes a range of sentences depending on the severity of the crime, allowing judges to hand down life sentences for arson or criminal damage with up to eight or 12 years behind bars respectively.Racially or religiously aggravated criminal damage in excess of £5,000 can also carry a maximum penalty of 14 years in jail. Mark Harrison, head of heritage crime strategy for Historic England – who also welcomed the move, said: “The impact of criminal damage and arson to our historic buildings and archaeological sites has far-reaching consequences over and above what has been damaged or lost.”Neil Odin, chairman of the National Fire Chiefs Council prevention coordination committee, welcomed the changes, describing arson as a “blight” on communities.He added: “It is worrying to see there has been an upward trend of arson since 2014/15 and while we will continue with prevention work to reduce these figures, it is important the courts can deal with criminal damage appropriately, sending a clear message to other people.”Sentencing Council member Judge Sarah Munro QC said: “The council’s guidelines ensure that courts can consider all the consequences of arson and criminal damage offences, from a treasured family photo being destroyed to someone nearly losing their life and home in a calculated and vengeful arson attack.”Justice minister Robert Buckland said: “Beyond the financial cost to victims, arson and criminal damage are serious offences which can risk lives and leave lasting psychological harm.”So it is right that courts have clear and consistent guidance when sentencing offenders to ensure punishments properly fit the crime.” 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. read more

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Apple Face ID Apparently Breached by Security firm Bkav

first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Apple’s Face ID is one the main features of the new iPhone X. It is, ostensibly far more secure than using a fingerprint sensor, but it seems that a security firm has already beaten the new system with a custom-made mask. Vietnamese firm Bkav say they’ve beaten the system by tricking the phone’s ability to map and understand depth. That’s a critical step in generating a 3D model of the face that the phone’s software uses to identify you.This works with a hand-made faux “Skin” that fits over a 3D printed mask modeled after the face of the phone’s owner (duh, wouldn’t want to break into Trump’s phone with a mold of Conan O’Brien’s face).All the gear, minus the 3D printer only ran about $150, and the set-up, as you can see in the video, it works on the first try with a little fiddling. And, apparently, the mask only took about five days. Still, most people really won’t need to worry about this. It may be disheartening that this happened so quickly, but we’re still talking quite a bit of things to pull off the trick, and most people aren’t going to give half a shit about topping your best Angry Birds score or rifling through emails.Instead, the concern is with higher-profile targets like politicians or celebrities. For them, the contents of a phone could be well worth the trouble. The video does clearly show that the system isn’t as secure as we might have been led to believe, and that was the goal of the exercise. The firm points out in a Q & A blog post that they relied on tricking the phone’s rather basic AI to pull off the break-in. The post lays out that “everything went much more easily than you expect.” The post adds that, “you can try it out with your own iPhone X, the phone shall recognize you even when you cover a half of your face.”“It means the recognition mechanism is not as strict as you think,” the post reads. “Apple seems to rely too much on Face ID’s AI. We just need a half face to create the mask. It was even simpler than we ourselves had thought.”Bkav states that this means that Apple’s facial recognition is not very sophisticated and that they leveraged that knowledge to trick the AI. They don’t specify how exactly, indicating that this might not be 100% legit. Either way, it’s likely that the artificial skin’s texture gave the sensors just enough of a positive reading that it accepted the mask. The whole mannequin isn’t covered, which could be an indication that Face ID doesn’t run the depth map over the whole face. If that’s the case, then it’s likely a result of Apple rushing parts of the launch, as has been widely publicized thus far. In any case, this isn’t surprising. No tech is as secure as you think. And you have every right to be paranoid. Like… all the time. We are living in a cyberpunk dystopia.last_img read more

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Spy Seal The CortenSteel Phoenix

first_imgStay on target Buy This Comic: MAN-EATERS #1Buy This Comic: Twisted Romance Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.center_img “Journey into the thrilling world of international espionage as one of Britain’s most covert MI-6 divisions, the Nest, recruits a brand-new secret agent to their team: Spy Seal! Follow the newbie spy and his furry colleagues on exciting train rides, high-speed car chases, high-flying air adventures, and down secret underground tunnels, all in an effort to hunt down a dangerous British-turned-Soviet double agent—a slippery spy who poses as an upscale art dealer while covertly killing off important figures of Parliament. What is the reasoning behind this double agent’s terrorist actions? Why are three masked bunny rabbits vandalizing paintings at every London gallery? And just what is this elusive Corten-Steel Phoenix anyway?”Spy Seal Vol. 1: The Corten-Steel PhoenixCreated by (W+A): Rich TommasoWith cool spies like James Bond and the Kingsman in the spotlight, we always look for the newest secret agent to grace us with their presence, and Spy Seal deserves that light. Created, written and drawn by Rich Tommaso, he allows us into this world of anthropomorphic espionage, and it’s unlike anything you’ll ever read.via Image ComicsRich Tommaso creates a story that’s not only in the homage to James Bond but separates itself from most of the Bond stereotypes entirely. Tommaso produces a spy story that engrosses you. He doesn’t let up with the action or narrative. Keeping a consistent and stable story mixed with unpredictable “what’s going to happen” narrative. Tommaso lets it happen within the panels. He plays out before you in jazz-like movement. Scattered and constant. Tommaso writes a spy story that not only twists and turns, but the reader becomes just as into the adventures as Malcolm is.He creates a brand new type of spy with Malcolm as the lead. Malcolm is very fresh to all of this. He’s still clumsy, blissfully unaware, distracted by the little things. However, he’s on the road to figure out that this is what he’s unusually great at. It’s almost a bit coming-of-age in a sense but coming-of-age as a spy who he is coming into his own.via Image ComicsSpy Seal has a look that is original and will honestly appeal to some and deter others. Tommaso gives Spy Seal a style resembling the stylised 1960s version of Mad Men meets James Bond. You have that look and feel of The Adventures of Tintin meeting art deco and pop art.Tommaso keeps things minimal on the details. Only giving you the bare features in his art, but that’s what makes this world so crafty, different and inviting. Tommaso’s lines are what make this story visually appealing, and his earth-toned colors come after. With the lines being so clean and straightforward, there are no distractions. It’s focused on the creative and pleasantly small details within the world that you should pay attention to, the narrative of the story and the adventures Malcolm.via Image ComicsIf there’s one thing that this comic does so well in doing is creating movement. I said before that this was almost like jazz. Within the panels, the action throughout is so smooth. You look from one panel to the next blown away by the detail he puts to keep the continuous flow. Spy Seal almost reads like storyboards. They produce different angles of a subject or character in various ways to catch your eye. They can also serve with giving you a passage of time.Spy Seal: The Corten-Steel Phoenix is a comic that should be on everyone lips. Spy Seal is a comic I’d love to see as a series in the veins of Tintin but kept in this style. It’s gripping and utterly stunning in its art and brilliant in its narrative. Spy Seal: The Corten: Steel Phoenix will be available January 24th at Comixology and your local comic shop.last_img read more

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Operation Thin Mint sends Girl Scout Cookies to troops overseas

first_img Posted: May 4, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News, Weather FacebookTwitter 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsThe Girl Scouts held their annual “Operation Thin Mint” send-off Friday night.Thousands of Girl Scouts were on the flight deck of the USS Midway to send boxes of Girl Scout Cookies to the troops deployed overseas.They also delivered cookies to veterans.The Girl Scouts hope that a little taste of home will cheer them up.The annual send-off is Girl Scout San Diego’s largest local service project.KUSI’s Mark Mathis was LIVE with the story. ‘Operation Thin Mint’ sends Girl Scout Cookies to troops overseas Mark Mathis Mark Mathis, May 4, 2018last_img read more

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Man charged for groping teen at Dolphin Mall released

first_imgSWEETWATER, Fla. (WSVN) — A South Florida man accused of grabbing and groping a teenage girl at Dolphin Mall has been released from jail.Thirty-one-year-old Kevin Sean McDonald was released, Wednesday, on his own recognizance after being charged with battery for inappropriately grabbing a 14-year-old’s behind and attempting to get away.He was also ordered by a Miami-Dade judge to stay away from the teenage victim.The teenager said she was inside the mall when McDonald touched her and fled.Mall security was immediately notified of the incident and chased after him. Police were called to the scene shortly after and were able to arrest McDonald.Police said McDonald has a history of targeting teens. “Apparently, he had just been released from jail in Broward County for doing the same thing,” said City of Sweetwater spokesperson Sandy Antonio.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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For Some Titles Digital Engagement Outweighs Print

first_imgMagazine brands have several challenges in the digital space, as content competitors multiply daily. However, some titles have managed to create a strong following online, with digital audience numbers besting print users. According to data released from Affinity’s American Magazine Study, this group includes Barron’s, Money, New York Magazine, The Economist and Sporting News.Some discrepancies remain low (Harvard Business Review has a total print audience of 849,000 and a total digital audience of 852,000), while others are seeing a much larger divide (Fortune has a print following of 4.197 million, and a digital audience of 14.348 million). ESPN the Magazine sees the largest gap between print and digital readers of surveyed publishers. Its print property has a collective audience of 11.09 million, and its digital network (including websites, social networks, smartphone apps, tablet apps, eReader apps and Zinio edition) has an audience of 24.941 million.John Kosner, senior vice president and general manager for digital and print media for ESPN, explains the division, “The magazine is artificially constrained by the number of issues we can print and circulate. Theoretically, anyone with an Internet connection can get content from ESPN.” Despite its lower numbers, Kosner says the print magazine plays an invaluable role in ESPN’s product portfolio. “There’s an ability in print to be authoritative, definitive, have a level of writing and editing and reflection that is hard to do in television, hard to do on radio, hard to do with the rapid fire website. [In print], the quality of the story telling is better.”The physical dimensions of the print property add more value to the medium (measuring 10 by 12 inches). “There’s a way that photography that can be revelatory in print. We have the biggest book out there, so we have the ability to do dramatic photo spread that we can’t do on your laptop,” he says. “The actual diagonal is 23.8 inches. Rolling Stone has gone to a smaller trim size, so ESPN is practically unique at this point. We think there’s power in that size.”The bi-weekly magazine has a dedicated staff of roughly 50, and ESPN’s digital properties have about 250 editors, writers and producers. “We have high school websites; ESPNW, which covers women’s sports; we do multiple apps, interactive games, fantasy games. ESPN.com is now a network of different sites. We’re all one group, we don’t necessarily limit the people working on one or another,” says Kosner. “There may be people just working on the magazine, but they draw from a bigger group who can help them out with any number of things.”ESPN the Magazine is published 25 times annually, and has a print circulation of 2 million.last_img read more

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Class 10 girl student commits suicide in Kolkata school

first_imgKolkata: A class 10 girl student on Friday allegedly committed suicide inside her school’s bathroom here. “Around 1:30 pm, the girl came out of the class and went to the washroom. At 2:30 pm, her class teacher noticed that the girl is missing. The school authority informed us that a girl in 10th standard was found unconscious, she was immediately shifted to hospital,” Joint Commissioner Kolkata Police, Murlidhar Sharma told reporters here. Also Read – Custody of Ratul Puri extended by 4 more days Advertise With Us “We found the suicide note. We are examining the handwriting of the note. The suicidal note of three pages indicates that she was in depression although she was a bright student and used to top in her class. She wanted to get admission at the Indian Statistical Institute. Last three months, she could not sleep well. We have found a few marks on her wrist. We are collecting CCTV footage,” he said. The forensic team also reached the incident spot to investigate the case. Dr Wasim, State Forensic Science Laboratory said, “We have investigated the place of occurrence which is a ladies toilet. We got a few drops of blood stains, plastic, fin and four blades having some blood stains.”last_img read more

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DC Council Member Muriel Bowser Takes Democratic Nomination for Mayor

first_imgWard 4 Council member Muriel Bowser prevailed over embattled Mayor Vincent Gray to take the Democratic nomination for mayor in the April 1 D.C. primary. She faces a general election in November against at least one contender, At-Large Council member David Catania (I).With 89 percent of the precincts reporting about midnight, Bowser, 41, a fifth generation Washingtonian, was leading Gray 44 percent to 32 percent. Council member Tommy Wells came in third with 12.6 percent.The primary, which took place for the first time in April, drew smaller-than-usual numbers of voters. Statistics from the D.C. Board of Elections show that 83,000 voters cast ballots in the primary, including 72,500 who voted on April 1. Bowser, 41, got a boost from a scandal that involved Gray that ramped up last month when D.C. businessman Jeffrey E. Thompson pleaded guilty to orchestrating a shadow campaign on Gray’s behalf in 2010 and told prosecutors that Gray was aware of the illegal activity. Gray has denied any wrong doing.Though he has not been charged, many voters found it difficult to vote for Gray when he may be indicted in the campaign fraud. Bowser who has no scandal in her past, cast herself as the candidate whose integrity had not been impugned, an alternative to Gray who would operate with integrity if elected.In other primary victories, D.C. Council chairman Phil Mendelson was reelected; longtime Ward 1 Council member Jim Graham was defeated by community activist Brianne Nadeau; incumbent Anita D. Bonds was reelected to her At-Large seat; Ward 3 incumbent Mary Cheh went unchallenged; and in Ward 5, incumbent Kenyan McDuffie claimed victory. The Ward 6 seat vacated by Tommy Wells when he threw his hat in mayor’s race was won by Charles Allen, Wells’ former chief of staff.Voters and candidates alike were forced to wait longer than anticipated when the Board of Elections failed to release the results until almost midnight even though the polls closed at 8 p.m. BOE officials said the delay was caused by some problems with the way some poll workers operated voting machines and concerns that results in some precincts needed to be verified.Bowser held her post-primary event at the Imagine Southeast Public Charter School in Southeast Washington. She said she held it there to fulfill a promise she made to Ward 8 residents. There has been some concern among some of the city’s Black residents, especially those who live east of the river, that a Bowser administration might not focus as much on their needs as Gray did.Bowser pledged that if she wins in November, she would be responsive to all the city’s residents.She also took the opportunity to thank her family and parents, whom she credited with her success. “We did it!” she told cheering supporters at the charter school. “Today signifies a resounding affirmation of the values we share.” Gray, at his post-campaign event at the Hyatt Regency in Northwest, thanked his supporters and some members of his administration and noted some of the successes of his term. He pledged to keep working for the nine months he has left in his administration. The next mayor won’t take office until January 2015.Black voters on April 1 highlighted a wide range of concerns that drove them to the polls, including the effect of the changing demographic on issues and services that affect them, affordable housing, improvement of schools in economically challenged communities, jobs for Black men and teens and even-handedness in development.Reginald Hogart, of Southeast, was still undecided as he headed to vote. “I’m looking for someone who has some moral restraint about them and a person who won’t cave in to political enticements,” he said.Constance Green, who voted at Francis Stevens Education Center in Northwest, said she voted for Bowser, though she liked what Gray had done for education and other programs.“I hope we can have a government we can trust,” she said. “Housing is a major issue. There are a lot of people being displaced in D.C. Without good housing you can’t raise your kids properly. The city needs to be improved for all residents. It really bothers me that people don’t feel like they have a place here.”Sharmán Perkins, a student at the University of the District of Columbia said that she voted for Bowser. “I am interested in education for kids and parental guidance,” she said. “Some of these kids don’t have a foundation, that’s why they’re bouncing off the walls.”While several voters said they were sticking with Gray because they thought he would be more responsive to Blacks, some said race played no decision in their choice.At the Dorothy I. Height Public Library in Northeast Washington, Roscoe L. Jackson said he cast his ballot for fourth-place finisher Council member Jack Evans because he thought the long-time city lawmaker had the best record with low-income residents.“Skin don’t mean nothing,” Jackson said, referring to Gray and Bowser being Black like him. “I’m voting experience.”Roy White, 76, who stood outside the Dorothy I. Height-Benning Library just after noon on April 1, said he was disturbed at the low turnout. He said he moved to the District from Georgia in 1961 for better opportunity—including the right to choose his elected leaders.“There was a time when Black people couldn’t vote in Georgia,” he said. “In Atlanta, they would throw out a ballot if it was from a Black person—throw it out. I always vote. Many people were dying and marching to give me the vote.” White said his major concerns with the city are on issues of over development; housing for senior citizens; and affordable housing. He said he was concerned that Blacks were being locked out of the city’s boom.“When the contractors come in, you see all these buildings…You see every color on the scaffolds except Black.”Several older Black residents said they wish D.C. Council member Marion Barry had run again, like the Rev. Aubrey R. Wilkins, 65, pastor of Allen House Ministries at the Allen House Apartments in Northeast.“Despite everything that has happened to him, Marion Barry was the best male mayor we have ever had,” she said. “He had a heart for God, which made him have a heart for others.”Zachary Lester, Enitan Aigbomian, Taryn Findley, Ariel Medley and Courtney Jacobs contributed to this report.last_img read more

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How One Company Is Mining Big Data to Fight Diabetes

first_img There are 29 million people living with diabetes in the U.S.—more than 9 percent of the population—at an annual cost of $245 billion. Even with an array of devices and drugs available to manage the condition, diabetes is the seventh-leading cause of death in the country.Rick Altinger, CEO of Palo Alto, Calif.-based Glooko, calls it an unnecessary pandemic. “Properly controlled, with the technology and devices we have today, you can live a healthy life,” he explains. “You don’t need to die from diabetes.”Managing the disease means careful monitoring of numerous variables, including blood sugar, medication and direct impact of food and exercise. “Today, there are people with Types 1 and 2 diabetes receiving suboptimal care. We don’t need to spend more money caring for them,” Altinger says. “We need to leverage big data and analytics.”Glooko, founded in 2010, is doing just that, with a diabetes-management platform sold directly to healthcare systems and insurance providers. Patients can use the system to tap into information about their food intake or exercise to make informed decisions; physicians and diabetes counselors can track and analyze a patient’s real-time progress, making them better equipped to adjust prescriptions and instructions.Patients can access the Glooko mobile app on their smartphones, while healthcare professionals use a kiosk mode to access analytics and create a road map for optimal care. “It’s not about cutting out or replacing the doctor,” Altinger says. “It’s the exact opposite. We want to enable doctors and nurses to be more involved.”The app has functions such as hypoglycemia monitoring, one of the most expensive aspects of diabetic care. Traditionally, a patient visits an endocrinologist, who pulls up data from the past few months and asks the patient to recount symptoms of a specific diabetic incident. Glooko’s real-time responsive module prompts a user to answer a series of questions to best determine what might have caused an incident and how to avoid a similar situation in the future. Altinger notes that over time, on-the-spot analysis of an incident or pattern can dramatically reduce care costs.Glooko also sells a proprietary Bluetooth-enabled blood-glucose meter that links to iOS and Android apps. Glooko’s products are cleared by the FDA, and the data collected is encrypted to meet privacy requirements of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. “You don’t want two guys in a garage throwing diabetes software into the app store and have your child or grandfather use it and put themselves at risk,” Altinger points out.Glooko’s formula offers a sweet deal to investors. In March the company closed a $16.5 million Series B round, bringing its total investment to $28 million.“Managing diabetes is a high-stakes, long-term proposition for patients and the healthcare system,” explains Wende Hutton, general partner at Menlo Park, Calif.-based Canaan Partners, the lead investor in Glooko’s latest round. She notes that diabetes is a “data-filled” disease that is “ripe for the kind of data-aggregation tools that Glooko can provide.“No other player has positioned itself in partnership with the diabetes-care suppliers like Glooko has,” Hutton adds. “We found that to be very compelling in offering a comprehensive solution set that could be easily adopted and implemented by the healthcare system.” Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals September 11, 2015 This story appears in the September 2015 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » 3 min read Register Now »last_img read more

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Add IrfanView options to Windows Explorer

first_imgAdd IrfanView options to Windows Explorer by Martin Brinkmann on June 13, 2018 in Software – 16 commentsIrfanView Shell Extension is a plugin for the free graphic viewer IrfanView that adds options and tools to Windows Explorer for quick access.IrfanView is a popular image viewer for Windows that opens quickly, supports all major and many minor image formats, and offers great functionality that you may extend with plugins.While IrfanView is an image viewer first and foremost, it supports other features of interest besides that. You may use it to manage and randomize wallpapers, capture screenshots, or edit images.IrfanView does not add options to the Windows Explorer context menu by default; you can install the IrfanView Shell Extension plugin, however, to add functionality to Explorer so that you may run supported actions right from the default file browser.IrfanView Shell Extension pluginThe very first thing you have to do is download the plugin from the IrfanView website. It is offered as a setup version that adds the required plugin to the IrfanView directory and a zip file that requires manual extraction and moving of the plugin to the IrfanView plugin folder.The new context menu entry, called IrfanView Operations, should be visible right after installation. It supports the following options:Play slideshow with selected files — this option starts a new slideshow with all selected (and supported) image files).Start Thumbnails with selected files — displays the selected files as thumbnails in the IrfanView interface.JPG Lossless Rotation (auto rotate) — rotates the image based on EXIF data.Convert picture to format — converts the selected images to a new format that you need to select using the context menu.Save selected filenames as TXT — saves all filenames to a text document.Create multiplage TIF with selected files — creates a single TIF image from the selected files.Create multipage PDF with selected files — creates a single PDF document with the selected files.Create vertical panorama image with selected files.Create horizontal panorama image with selected files.There is no option to hide some of the tools; the use depends largely on how you use your computer. If you need to convert images regularly and use IrfanView for that or don’t mind using it, you may benefit from integration in Explorer.The same is true for other tools provided such as rotating images, starting slideshows, or creating TIF or PDF files using the selection.Closing WordsPlugins extend IrfanView’s functionality and IrfanView Shell Extension is just one of the plugins that are available for the media viewer. Whether that is something for you depends largely on how useful the options are that the plugin adds to Windows Explorer.Related image viewersFastStone Image Viewer 6.5 supports video importFastPictureViewer Professional 1.9 reviewHoneyview: fast image viewer for WindowsImage Viewer XnView 2.0 releasedVeneta Viewer reviewSummary12345 Author Rating5 based on 1 votes Software Name IrfanView Shell ExtensionOperating System WindowsSoftware Category MultimediaLanding Page https://www.irfanview.com/plugins.htm Advertisementlast_img read more

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USD 803321 Mn worth Smart Inhalers Market Growth Forecast to 2027

first_imgThe report is a comprehensive exploration of Smart Inhalers Market offering growth rates, size of the industry, competitive landscape information, factors to the contributing growth of the Smart Inhalers Market and more.The global smart inhalers market is expected to reach US$ 8,033.21 Mn in 2027 from US$ 1,094.26 Mn in 2018. The smart inhalers market is estimated to grow with a CAGR of 25.5% from 2019-2027.Request for a sample copy of this report @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-sample/3216961?utm_source=SHASHI-HTNThe market is driven by factors such as increasing levels of air pollution as well as a rise in smoking habits, rising prevalence of asthma, and COPD across the globe and growing geriatric population. However, risks associated with cyber threats and limited knowledge regarding the use of smart inhalers may limit the growth of the market to a certain extent.Smart inhalers are used for the treatment of respiratory disorders such as asthma and COPD. With each inhalation with the help of an inhaler, the device delivers a decided amount of medication to the lungs. However, in practice, there is limited knowledge regarding the proper use of these inhalers for the management of asthma as well as COPD. Often have difficulty in adapting to the correct inhaler technique, and hence, receive insufficient medication. This applies equally to both metered dose inhalers (MDIs) as well as dry powder inhalers (DPIs), leading to poor disease control along with increased healthcare costs.Studies reveal due to a patient’s error in drug intake occur approximately 70 percent to 90 percent of the time, which results in only 7 percent to 40 percent of the drug being delivered to the lungs. An error related to the coordination between inhalation and the release of drugs through the drug is a commonly observed error among the patients. Even a short delay can lead to only 20 percent of the medication being delivered to the lungs. Another significant error is not breathing deeply enough, which may cause another 10 percent loss of medication to reach the lungs. Improper inhalation technique causes decreased efficacy through reduced deposition of drug in the lungs, eventually leading to an increase in the rate of disease severity and therefore causing an increase in healthcare costs. Hence, the errors that occur due to improper use of inhalers for the management of asthma and COPD are expected to hinder the growth of the market in the future years.Request for a Discount Sample @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-for-discount/3216961?utm_source=SHASHI-HTNGlobal smart inhalers were segmented by product, disorder, and end user. The product segment was segmented as inhalers and nebulizers. On the basis of the disorder, the market is categorized as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Based on the end user, the market was segmented as home-care settings and hospitals & clinics. During 2018, the home-care settings segment led the smart inhalers market by the end user.Some of the major primary and secondary sources included in the report for, Saudi Thoracic Society, Food and Drug Administration, The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, The Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics, The National Health Survey, and others.SMART INHALERS – MARKET SEGMENTATIONBy ProductInhalersNebulizers By DisorderAsthmaChronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) By End UserHome-care SettingsHospitals & ClinicsBy GeographyNorth AmericaU.S.CanadaMexico South and Central AmericaBrazilArgentina  Smart Inhalers, Global Smart Inhalers, Smart Inhalers Market, Smart Inhalers Market Size, Smart Inhalers Industry, Smart Inhalers Market share, Smart Inhalers Sales, Smart Inhalers Industry Analysis, Smart Inhalers Industry Demand, Smart Inhalers Industry Trends, Smart Inhalers Market Analysis, Smart Inhalers Market Data, Smart Inhalers Market Demand, Smart Inhalers Market Forecasts Company ProfilesGlaxoSmithKline plcAdherium Ltd.Vectura Group plcNovartis AGFindair Sp. z o. o.Cohero HealthCrux Product Design LtdTeva Pharmaceuticals3MAmiko Digital Health LimitedAccess Full Summery @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/report/3216961/smart-inhalers-market-to-2027?utm_source=SHASHITable of content: Introduction1.1 Scope Of The Study1.2 The Insight Partners Research Report Guidance1.3 Market Segmentation1.3.1 Global Smart Inhalers Market – By Product1.3.2 Global Smart Inhalers Market – By Disorder1.3.3 Global Smart Inhalers Market – By End User1.3.4 Global Smart Inhalers Market – By GeographyGlobal Smart Inhalers Market – Key TakeawaysResearch Methodology3.1 Coverage3.2 Secondary Research3.3 Primary ResearchGlobal Smart Inhalers Market – Market Landscape4.1 Overview4.2 PEST Analysis4.2.1 North America PEST Analysis4.2.2 Europe PEST Analysis4.2.3 Asia Pacific PEST Analysis4.2.4 Middle East & Africa PEST Analysis4.2.5 South & Central America PEST AnalysisAbout Us:Big Market Research has a range of research reports from various publishers across the world. Our database of reports of various market categories and sub-categories would help to find the exact report you may be looking for.We are instrumental in providing quantitative and qualitative insights on your area of interest by bringing reports from various publishers at one place to save your time and money. A lot of organizations across the world are gaining profits and great benefits from information gained through reports sourced by us.Contact Us:Mr. Abhishek Paliwal5933 Ne Win Sivers Drive, #205, Portland,Or 97220 United StatesCall Answer Direct:+1-971-202-1575Call Answer Toll Free:+1-800-910-6452Email help@bigmarketresearch.com EuropeFranceGermanyUKSpainItaly Middle East & Africa (MEA)Saudi ArabiaSouth AfricaUAE Asia Pacific (APAC)ChinaIndiaJapanAustraliaSouth Korealast_img read more

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St Jude Childrens Research Hospital Opens New Proton Therapy Center

first_img The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. December 17, 2015 — Hitachi Ltd. announced that St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital opened the St. Jude Red Frog Events Proton Therapy Center in Memphis, Tennessee, the world’s first proton therapy center solely dedicated to children. The new center has 190-degree half gantries that provide efficient and spacious treatment-room environments suited specifically for pediatric care. All rooms are equipped with spot-scanning irradiation, a technology for which Hitachi received the first U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Premarket Notification Special 510(k) clearance in 2007.St. Jude will be Hitachi’s third proton therapy site in the United States.“The opening of the St. Jude Red Frog Events Proton Therapy Center marks an important step in our efforts to provide therapies that maximize cures while minimizing long-term treatment complications,” said James R. Downing, M.D., St. Jude president and chief executive officer. “The center is an engineering marvel made possible through the talents of many who are committed to offering children with cancer the best hope for the future.”Radiation therapy, used alone or in combination with surgery and chemotherapy, is an integral component for successfully managing and treating pediatric tumors. Proton therapy allows doctors to administer targeted, high-dose radiation while sparing surrounding healthy tissue from exposure.Proton beam therapy is an advanced form of external beam radiotherapy in which the protons from a hydrogen atom are extracted and accelerated up to 70 percent the speed of light. The energy beam is concentrated directly on the tumor, minimizing radiation doses to the surrounding healthy tissues. The procedure has fewer side effects compared to traditional radiotherapy.Spot-scanning irradiation technology does not scatter proton beams like conventional proton beam therapy does. Rather, it repeatedly turns a narrow proton beam on and off at high speed as it progressively changes location to irradiate entire tumor volumes. Protons can be aimed with high precision at targeted tumors, even those with complex shapes, while minimizing the impact on nearby healthy tissue.For more information: www.hitachi.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Related Content 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.  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 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 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-RAD 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 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 News | Proton Therapy | December 17, 2015 St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Opens New Proton Therapy Center First proton center fully dedicated to pediatric cancer will feature Hitachi system with spot scanning irradiation technology 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 | 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 morelast_img read more

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Reducing Radiation Could Safely Cut Breast Cancer Treatment Costs

first_img News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… 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 The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications Related Content 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 | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. Image courtesy of Imago Systemscenter_img 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 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 Therapy | March 14, 2017 Reducing Radiation Could Safely Cut Breast Cancer Treatment Costs A shorter regimen is scientifically sound, but most women still get the longer therapy News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more News | 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 | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more March 14, 2017 — Over half of older women with early stage breast cancer received more radiation therapy than what might be medically necessary, adding additional treatment and healthcare costs, according to a study led by Duke Cancer Institute researchers.The researchers found that the annual estimated cost for radiation therapy in women older than age 50 who were potentially eligible to cut back or eliminate the treatment was $420.2 million in 2011. Had this group of women been treated with the alternative approaches that evidence suggests are as effective, the cost was estimated at $256.2 million — a potential savings of $164 million.”It’s important to look for opportunities in cancer treatment where we can safely reduce healthcare costs without compromising excellent outcomes,” said Rachel A. Greenup, M.D., assistant professor of surgery and lead author of a study published March 14 in the Journal of Oncology Practice.”Our study provides an example of a win-win situation, where patients can receive high-quality, evidence-based cancer care while also reducing the treatment burden for patients and the healthcare system,” Greenup said.Greenup and colleagues — including senior author E. Shelley Hwang, M.D., chief of breast surgery at the Duke Cancer Institute — used 2011 data from the National Cancer Database to identify more than 43,000 breast cancer patients aged 50 and older. All had small tumors that had not spread to the lymph nodes, and had been treated with lumpectomy.Previous studies have shown that these patients can do equally well when treated with a four-week course of breast radiation, as opposed to the traditional six-week regimen. An additional study demonstrated that carefully selected patients aged 70 and older had no additional survival benefit with radiation therapy when treated with tamoxifen after lumpectomy.Despite the published evidence, however, the Duke-led researchers found that 57 percent of patients who were potentially eligible to reduce or forego radiation still received the longer, costlier regimens.Using Medicare reimbursement data, the researchers estimated that the cost per patient for the conventional, six-week radiation therapy was more than $13,000. That compared to a little more than $8,000 for the shorter regimen or no cost when radiation is eliminated.Greenup said the financial analysis of cost savings in the study was limited because Medicare data do not provide as much information as insurance data, which were not available for this study. Additionally, she said, the available patient data do not provide reasons why women underwent the longer, costlier radiation treatments. In many instances, the treatment might have been warranted based on factors that were not evident in the database, or patients might have been uncomfortable reducing or omitting radiation.Greenup said the study nonetheless highlights the need to apply evolving evidence to treatment decisions.”Breast cancer treatment costs are projected to reach $20 billion in 2020,” Greenup said, citing National Cancer Institute statistics. “Of course high-quality care is the priority in cancer treatment, but our study suggests that utilization of evidence-based radiation treatment can translate into reductions in healthcare spending without sacrificing quality.”In addition to Greenup and Hwang, study authors include Rachel C. Blitzblau, Kevin L. Houck, Julie Ann Sosa, Janet Horton, Jeffrey M. Peppercorn, Alphonse G. Taghian, and Barbara L. Smith.The study received funding support from the Building Interdisciplinary Research in Women’s Health award from Duke.For more information: www.ascopubs.org/journal/jop FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享last_img read more

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