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October 20, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgMumbai: Domestic equity benchmark BSE Sensex plunged over 400 points in early trade Monday amid heavy foreign fund outflow and weak domestic as well as global cues. The 30-share index was trading 373.14 points or 0.97 per cent lower at 37,963.87 at 0930 hours; and the broader Nifty also sank 116.80 points or 1.02 per cent to 11,302.45. In the previous session, the 30-share index cracked 560.45 points or 1.44 per cent to settle at 38,337.01. Similarly, the broader NSE Nifty sank 177.65 points or 1.53 per cent to 11,419.25. This was the second-biggest fall for the Sensex in 2019. The index had plunged 792.82 points on July 8 following the Budget. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal In early trade, HDFC Bank was among the top losers in the Sensex pack, cracking up to 3 per cent, after the lender reported a rise in non-performing assets (NPAs). During the quarter, gross NPAs rose to Rs 11,768.95 crore which is 1.40 per cent of the total advances, compared with Rs 9,538.62 crore which was 1.33 per cent in the same quarter 2018-19 fiscal. Other losers included Bajaj Finance, HDFC, IndusInd Bank, Kotak Bank, ONGC, HUL, ITC, NTPC, Bharti Airtel and ICICI Bank, falling up to 2.85 per cent. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost On the other hand, Vedanta, Tata Motors, Yes Bank, Sun Pharma, Hero MotoCorp, Asian Paints and Maruti were among the top gainers, rising up to 3.54 per cent. On a net basis, foreign institutional investors sold equities worth Rs 950.15 crore, while domestic institutional investors purchased shares to the tune of Rs 733.92 crore, provisional data available with stock exchanges showed Friday. According to experts, the selloff by foreign funds was due to the government’s reluctance to tweak foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) income tax surcharge. The deficiency in monsoon rain and weak corporate earnings have also impacted the risk sentiment, they said. With domestic investors already battling concerns of a slowing economy, markets are witnessing broad-based selling, said Sunil Sharma, Chief Investment Officer, Sanctum Wealth Management. “The market reaction post the BJP victory in 2019 is in stark contrast to the bullish tenor in 2014, and market participants expecting a repeat of 2014 are clearly disappointed, he added. Meanwhile, the Indian rupee depreciated 22 paise (intra-day) to 69.02 against the US dollar. The global oil benchmark Brent crude futures were trading 1.34 per cent higher at 63.31 per barrel. Elsewhere in Asia, Shanghai Composite Index, Hang Seng, Nikkei and Kospi were trading in the red in their respective early sessions.last_img read more

October 7, 2019 | | Post a Comment

TORONTO — Hydro One and the Ontario government are at loggerheads over executive compensation, with the partially privatized utility refusing repeated requests to slash proposed pay for its CEO.Energy Minister Greg Rickford asked Hydro One on Friday to come up with a revised executive compensation framework that sets its CEO’s salary and incentives no higher than $1.5 million after the company submitted a proposal last week with a maximum of nearly $2.8 million for the CEO.“We’re not going to take very long to take action if we come to an understanding that this is not the position that they’re going to take,” Rickford said. “This is not a negotiation process for us. Those are numbers that we intend to hold.” For Hydro One, costs of failed Avista deal go well beyond US$103 million break fee Idaho joins Washington state in denying Hydro One’s takeover of Avista Corp. Terence Corcoran: Ontarians should be relieved Hydro One’s bizarre takeover plan is toast Rickford had already requested that Hydro One get back to the government by Thursday with a proposal that meets the government’s requirements, but the company released its proposed compensation framework to the public without the province’s requested cuts to executive pay.In response to Rickford’s renewed request Friday, Hydro One said it continues to seek approval for its plan.“Hydro One’s framework is the result of a rigorous process and balances concerns around cost management with the need to attract, retain and motivate highly-qualified leadership to Ontario’s largest electricity transmission and distribution provider with over $25 billion in assets and annual revenues of nearly $6 billion,” it said in a statement.Under legislation the government passed last year, Ontario can issue a formal, legal directive to the utility on pay.The government is also asking that the compensation of other executives not exceed 75 per cent of the CEO’s pay and that board member compensation not exceed $80,000.Hydro One is proposing a target CEO compensation — including salary and bonuses — of $2,475,000 and a maximum of $2,775,000. It is proposing compensation of up to $1,856,000 for executive vice-presidents and up to $875,000 for vice-presidents. Hydro One wants to pay the board chair $169,500 and board members $140,000.The utility notes that those amounts are already considerably lower than what it used to pay for all of those positions.When the Progressive Conservatives came to power last spring, one of the government’s first acts was to force the resignation of former Hydro One CEO Mayo Schmidt, whom Premier Doug Ford had dubbed “the six-million-dollar man.”Rickford said people expect the government to rein in compensation at the utility since it was a centrepiece of the Tory election campaign.“One million dollars still means a lot to me and I think it means a lot to the people of Ontario,” he said. “It’s more than just symbolic. I think the problems that we had had at Hydro One was a culture of excessive salaries that were disproportionate to what the rest of the market was paying people for companies like Hydro One.”After Schmidt was forced out, the utility’s entire board resigned and downgrades and lower values of Hydro One shares followed.Last month, Hydro One and American utility Avista Corp. announced they were cancelling a planned merger, after regulators in Washington state said the deal would not sufficiently safeguard customers from the whims of the Ontario government.Rickford disputed that dictating executive salaries amounts to interference, but NDP Leader Andrea Horwath said Ford’s “meddling” has cost Ontario money.“I think the solution is to bring Hydro One back into public hands,” she said. “If the government wants to control Hydro One then it should be a public corporation, the way it used to be.”The previous Liberal government began partially privatizing the utility in 2015, ultimately selling off just over half of its stake. read more

October 7, 2019 | | Post a Comment

The task force also shed light on the complex reasons why kids are joining gangs. They might be experiencing trauma or domestic violence, substance abuse at home, lack of parental supervision or have delinquent peers or siblings. Or they might be getting bullied at school and turn to a gang for protection, or just to feel like they belong somewhere. And some might simply be lured by the promise of profit and luxury.“What we’re seeing is surprising to us and unexpected,” says Joanna Angelidis, director of learning services for the Delta School District. “It seems to be that it’s young people who you wouldn’t necessarily expect would become involved in gang life,” she added.“So what we’re thinking is that it’s young people who are maybe looking for a feeling of connection or inclusion and they’re looking for that in ways that are clearly unhealthy or dangerous.”Debate over whether “gang” is the right wordSeveral hours into his patrol, Schwerdfeger makes a remark that seems surprising for a constable with the words “Gang Enforcement Unit” printed on his bulletproof vest.“In my personal view, I wouldn’t say we have a gang problem in Surrey,” he says.He explains that while the city has some notorious gangs, including the Red Scorpions and Brothers Keepers, many don’t have names and are more accurately described as “drug trafficking groups.”“When I think of gang, I think of Crips and Bloods, you know, Chicago, L.A., like real gangs. I don’t usually give too much credit to these kids to call them gangsters,” he says. “For the most part, they’re all just boys that sell drugs.”Schwerdfeger says unlike the Hells Angels, where members all hang out and move as a group, these organizations operate more like businesses where each member has a specific function that they might perform largely in a silo. He compares it to a Walmart, with a general manager, floor manager, shelf stocker and greeter.When he talks about the Lower Mainland’s gang landscape, he’s quick to mention the work of Keiron McConnell, a veteran police officer and Kwantlen University professor who travelled to Toronto, Chicago, Los Angeles, Maskwacis, Alta., and London, England, to observe gangs for his PhD dissertation. Ary Azez, 22, the lead program facilitator in charge of elementary schools for the Yo Bro Yo Girl youth initiative. RCMP Const. Ryan Schwerdfeger of the Surrey Gang Enforcement Team and Cpl. Elenore Sturko do a curfew check on a person in Surrey, B.C. RCMP Const. Ryan Schwerdfeger of the Surrey Gang Enforcement Team takes notes on his computer after pulling over a suspicious vehicle in Surrey, B.C. Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press “If you go to the school, you’re basically a part of the gang,” he says.“You could be one of those kids who stays indoors and plays chess with the nerds, or you could be with the cool kids outside smoking and hanging out on the block. On the one hand, you did have a choice. But on the other hand, it’s clear that no one really wants to be on the inside.”Azez was kicked out of school before he became too deeply entrenched, he says, allowing him to take a step back and observe how “stupid” the lifestyle was. He also started to notice the impact on his family, after hiding his behaviour from them for a long time.“We’re not coming from broken families, where we’re missing parents, or from foster homes, or we’re poor. We have a family. We have a nice house. We have cars,” he explains.“All of a sudden, when you’re bringing outside drama that doesn’t really belong in that environment, it really crashes down.”If you go to the school, you’re basically a part of the gangOn a high school field, teenagers enrolled in Yo Bro Yo Girl practise kabaddi, an Indian sport. One young player, 18-year-old Jaskirat Dhaliwal, remarks that kids need money to join gangs.“I’ve seen kids who are loaded and then they get in gangs,” he says, shaking his head. “To hang out with people and go around, you need money. You have to spend on people.“There’s a guy here who pays $700 for his gas every month. That’s crazy … You’ve got to buy stuff for the fights. That’s stupid. I’d rather buy my knee pads and my mouth guard.”Kids looking for protection or a sense of belongingThe conversation about B.C.’s gang conflict has largely focused on Surrey, often perceived by outsiders to be a rough part of Metro Vancouver. But other than a few troubled neighbourhoods, Surrey is an average suburban community, where the median household income in 2016 was $68,060, higher than the provincial average of $61,280.Outrage over gang violence in Surrey has reached such a fever pitch that a new mayor was elected last year on a promise to replace the RCMP with a municipal police force. Previous mayors have also tried to curb the gunfire, including in 2017 when then-mayor Linda Hepner convened a task force on gang violence prevention, which produced a report last year.The report highlights that gang crime is not limited to Surrey. Of 46 gang-related homicides in B.C. in 2017, six occurred in Surrey, seven in Abbotsford, six in Richmond and five in Vancouver. The report also notes that, unlike other regions, B.C. gangs span socio-economic classes and are multi-ethnic. The highest proportion of gang-related murder and attempted murder victims from 2006 to 2015 were white, while 25 per cent were South Asian. Members of the RCMP are seen after investigating a home where a caller had thought they had heard a gun shot in Surrey, B.C. Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press While gangs in each city had some unique aspects, McConnell broadly found marginalized males living in impoverished, graffiti-cloaked neighbourhoods. B.C.’s clean streets and suburban homes stood in stark contrast.The Criminal Code definition of a criminal organization — a gang — is a group of three or more people that commits crimes for profit. But McConnell’s dissertation rejects the idea that B.C. has a “gang problem” and says the term is misleading and problematic because it connotes bandanna-wearing youth fighting for turf and suggests street-based outreach could work.McConnell accepts that police and media have adopted the label “gang” and it’s stuck, but says it’s important to note how different its meaning is in B.C.Quitting gang life can be difficult and dangerousEntering a gang may be a choice for some youth in B.C., but leaving is not so simple. The youngest, newest members typically do the most dangerous work as dial-a-dopers, risking robbery, assault or even death from desperate addicts or rival groups, say police.But sometimes when a dial-a-doper expresses interest in leaving, his own crew will set up a robbery so he must pay back the loss with “tax” that never goes away, explains Schwerdfeger.“Now they’re working because they have to,” he says. “Or these guys come to their front door and try to collect from the mom and dad. They don’t care.” Anti-gang police prepared to head off possible retaliation after biker murder ‘Wake Up, Surrey’ rally calls for an end to drug and gang violence Metro Vancouver police grapple with warring gangs and public shootings Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press SURREY, B.C. — At the end of a tranquil cul-de-sac in a pleasant neighbourhood, a tall stucco house overlooks a well-kept lawn and lush flowerbeds. The home is in the Metro Vancouver city of Surrey, where the average price of a detached property is $1.1 million.Before an officer from the RCMP’s gang enforcement unit knocks on the door to conduct a curfew check, he notes that the alleged gang boss didn’t purchase the home with drug profits. This is his family’s house, where he grew up and still lives in his mid-20s.“Gangs in Chicago and other U.S. cities, they’re usually geographically based. They keep a watch of the block, or they’re a bunch of new immigrants to a country. It becomes a unity thing, like survival. These kids don’t have that issue,” Const. Ryan Schwerdfeger says.“Some may be new immigrants to Canada, but their parents sold property back home and they live in $1 million-plus homes and their parents buy them whatever car they want.”It becomes a unity thing, like survival. These kids don’t have that issuePolice officers say the gang conflict in British Columbia’s Lower Mainland is unlike any other in North America. Many young members come from middle- to upper-class homes. They aren’t driven by poverty, but instead by their desire to belong, to be protected or to emulate the gangster lifestyle flashed by other teens on social media. Some become trapped in gangs once they join, while others just meet the wrong friends and find themselves caught in the crosshairs.Police are struggling to contain the deadly gunfire and families are left broken and confused. In fact, the situation is so different in B.C. that some say many of the groups toting guns and dealing drugs are not really “gangs” at all. But to end the violence, experts say, it must be understood why kids are jumping into the fray — and why it’s so hard for them to leave.When losing friends starts to feel normalFrom an early age, all of Ary Azez’s friends were involved in the gang lifestyle in Surrey. The 22-year-old now works for an anti-gang group called Yo Bro Yo Girl Youth Initiative, and he casually mentions that his friends “who are still alive” are still involved in drug dealing.He’s lost seven friends in shootings or to overdoses.“After a while, it’s like, ‘Oh. Too bad,”‘ Azez says with a shrug and a slight laugh.“It doesn’t hurt as much anymore. In the beginning, it was really tough, when it’s the ones who are really close to you. After that, it’s like, ‘Oh, you got stabbed, no way,’ and then you just continue with your lunch.”Azez grew up middle-class, but he says joining a gang wasn’t necessarily the clear-cut “choice” that police sometimes make it out to be. In his experience, each high school represents itself. Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press read more

October 2, 2019 | | Post a Comment

The average new car price in the UK has dropped from one of the highest to the second lowest in Europe. The European New Car Price Index report from (released last week) showed that UK pre-tax prices have dropped seven per cent below that of Germany.The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders believe that exchange rate fluctuations across Europe is the key reason for this change. Currently the euro is continuing to strengthen against the pound, reducing UK prices when converting into euro. The UK has subsequently fallen into the second lowest spot.SMMT, however, expect price comparisons based on euros to be variable for years to come as the euro and pound alter in strength. The euro’s launch saw it depreciate in value against the pound and the US dollar. However, since the latter part of 2002 it has appreciated consistently against both currencies. Since 1999 UK car prices have been falling, following the competition commission’s request for list prices to be cut by 10 per cent. Until recently these cuts had been masked by a weakening euro.International comparisons are rarely straightforward as there are many other key factors to be taken into account, including tax rates and vehicle specifications. SMMT has consistently stressed the important roles of these variations when making comparisons.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

October 2, 2019 | | Post a Comment

Former OSU goalkeeper Collin Olson (30) makes a save during a game against Miami (Ohio) Oct. 11 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU lost, 6-2. Olson left the program to play for the USHL.Courtesy of OSU athleticsThe Ohio State University is not for everybody.Last November, goalkeeper Collin Olson made news after he decided to leave OSU for the United States Hockey League. Over the last few months, he’s been in headlines again — only this time, it’s for what he’s been doing on the ice.Olson, a sixth-round draft pick in the 2012 NHL Draft by the Carolina Hurricanes, was a star recruit who came to OSU during the 2012-2013 campaign after playing in the USHL with the U.S. National Team Development Program for two seasons.After only playing in nine contests (seven starts) during his freshman year because then-senior All-American goalkeeper Brady Hjelle was a strong player, Olson expected to see an increase in playing time during his sophomore campaign.Yet after struggling in the season opener against Miami (Ohio) Oct. 11 and allowing two goals on three shots against Robert Morris in his second start Oct. 25, the Apple Valley, Minn., native lost his playing time to freshman Matt Tomkins and subsequently decided to leave the school.“Collin feels he hasn’t played the number of games he’s needed over the last few years,” OSU coach Steve Rohlik said in a November press release. “He has decided leaving our program to find somewhere he will play more games will be best for his future. He is a good kid and a good student and we wish him nothing but the best.”Olson, who finished his career at OSU with a 2-4-1 record, 3.70 goals against average and an .885 save percentage, did not want to talk about why he left, simply saying that the decision he made was for the best.“It was what was right for me in the situation,” Olson said in a Feb. 10 phone interview. “I don’t want to get into specific reasons why. It was just going to work out better for me to come back (to the USHL) and find a different path.”Olson was originally a futures pick for the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders in 2010, who held onto his rights when he went to play for USA and kept him on their college-protected list when he came to Columbus. However, wanting to make room for their other young goaltenders, the Riders traded him to the Sioux City Musketeers for three draft picks in early November.Olson, however, returned to the U.S. National Team Development program until late December because of an NCAA rule that prevented him from playing in any outside activities because he was still enrolled at OSU.“Since I finished out first semester, I was not allowed to play in any outside activities because technically I was still on the team,” Olson said. “The only way around that was unless it was Olympic-sponsored, which the U.S. team I played at before I went to Ohio State was, so I was able to play there without being penalized.”Olson ended up playing in three games for the U.S. National Junior Team and the decision paid dividends as he shined between the pipes, posting a shutout in his first game against the Green Bay Gamblers Nov. 16.Still, when Olson finally made it up to Sioux City, Iowa, to play in the USHL for the Musketeers he found himself in a backup role once again, this time sitting behind Kyle Hayton, one of the USHL’s top netminders.But Olson said the Musketeers are in good shape because they now have two goalies who can help out in different situations.“Me and Kyle play different styles,” Olson said. “He is a lot smaller than I am, so he tends to rely on a lot of different things, but it’s great because now we have something for every situation.”However, after Hayton was forced to sit out because of a concussion he suffered New Year’s Eve, Olson got his chance to start and ran with it.Taking home USHL Goaltender of the Week honors for his play from Dec. 30 to Jan. 5, Olson recorded his first shutout with the Musketeers in a game against the Muskegon Lumberjacks Jan. 3 and followed it up by stopping 31 shots the next night in a 4-2 win over the same Muskegon squad.Overall, Olson is 5-2-0 with Sioux City, posting a goals allowed average of 1.72 and save percentage of .939, something he said is because of the atmosphere that has surrounded him in the Sioux City organization.“It’s been great. I’ve had a lot of fun,” Olson said. “It’s nice to stay at the rink a long time and work … it’s been nice to come to Sioux City which has some of the best facilities in the USHL … I feel very lucky to play here.”Still, just because things did not work out with the Buckeyes, that doesn’t mean Olson’s collegiate career is finished.Olson said he plans to go back to college during the 2015-16 campaign and that he is just trying to find the right fit.“Because of NCAA rules, I have to sit out next year so I will come back to the USHL,” Olson said. “I’m talking to a few schools … I’m definitely going to go back to school, I just haven’t decided where yet.” read more

September 24, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgAfter six years of development and testing, Michelin North America, has introduced the MICHELIN® XDR® 3 surface mine haul tyre in size 27.00R49.Addressing the productivity and endurance issues found in today’s surface mines, the XDR3 – developed for a range of rigid dump trucks with payload capacity up to 400 tons (363 t) – is designed with new compounds and a revolutionary new tread pattern that helps provide exceptional tyre life, the company said.“The use of corrosion-isolating cables in the tyre architecture is a significant upgrade in situations where this equipment is always moving as it is operated for up to 23 h/d in extreme terrain,” the company added.These innovations allow customers to select the benefit that best fits their needs, according to the company. Customers can choose not to increase speed or load and expect a 10% increase in tyre life. Or, customers could choose either to increase speed by 10% or increase load by 10% and achieve the same tyre life as the previous generation. “This flexibility allows Michelin to better support customer needs and goals,” the company said.Jake Thompson, Michelin North America’s B2B Mining Marketing Manager, said: “Michelin’s most popular tyre has been tested on multiple truck brands and is designed for punishing environments where the goal is safety and performance.“Michelin responds to customer needs by providing long-lasting, innovative products that solve their most demanding business challenges in the specific environments where they operate.”The MICHELIN XDR3 is designed for operator safety: the tread pattern provides excellent load distribution across the contact patch, lowers contact pressure and reduces wear rate, according to the company. In addition, the tread pattern is designed for better endurance, thanks to “revolutionary heat dissipation”. This helps prevent tyre overheating, which can result in failure and, in turn, jeopardize operator safety.“The XDR3 is MEMS-ready and helps reduce rim slip through a new flat-bead wire, which is designed to strengthen the clamping force on the wheel and increase its contact surface with the rim,” the company said.last_img read more

September 22, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgUpdated at 14.59Sean Farrell: Tyrone 1-16 Kerry 2-10 (2005)Obviously we all remember that day in the Polo Grounds like it was yesterday, but if you want to narrow it down to finals we were actually alive for, then it has to be 2005.My standout memory from the year as a whole was actually not Owen Mulligan’s goal against Dublin, but rather in the semi-final when Peter Canavan stood under the Hogan Stand with a chance to beat Ulster champions Armagh no earlier than the 72nd minute.That was Tyrone’s ninth game of the summer. Kerry formed the opposition in their 10th.With Canavan’s legs on the wane, Mickey Harte managed his impact to perfection and that’s a word easily applied to his first half goal after reappearing from the bench.If there’s a cooler weak-foot finish in front of a desperate Hill 16 on All-Ireland final day, then I can’t wait to see it.YouTube credit: RoryDevlin85Paul Fennessy: Dublin 1-10 Tyrone 0-12 (1995)As is presumably the case with most people as youngsters, sport for me in 1995 seemed somehow more magical, unpredictable and fulfilling than it does when you become an adult.Back then, the Irish football team were still regularly qualifying for tournaments (or producing less satisfying but equally entertaining draws with Liechtenstein), I firmly believed Jonah Lomu was some sort of superhero owing to his ability to seemingly score whenever he got the ball at the Rugby World Cup, and my favourite football club Tottenham had just had their best season in years largely thanks to the improbable acquisition of German superstar Jurgen Klinsmann.Yet perhaps most surprisingly of all, Dublin won the All-Ireland. At the age of seven-going-on-eight, Klinsmann and Lomu appeared as if they might as well be from Mars, and even the Irish team had exotic-seeming players who were plying their trade in England, while people like Ray Houghton had different accents to me for reasons I had yet to grasp.INPHO/Tom HonanBut what made Dublin’s triumph special was that the team contained players like Charlie Redmond and Dessie Farrell – the type of people I could imagine my Dad being friends with. Moreover, the side was not by any means devoid of glamour either, as it was provided by a talented 19-year-old by the name of Jason Sherlock.So suddenly, in light of their victory, partaking in sport at a high level seemed an achievable goal, played by people who walked the same streets as me, rather than being the sole preserve of ginormous monsters from New Zealand.Of course, I never became an athlete of note, but the dream — much like Dublin’s rare All-Ireland win — was nice while it lasted.Paul Hosford: Cork 0-16 Down 0-15 (2010)It’s weird to pick a game that I wasn’t in the country for, let alone at, but this is the only Cork victory I remember.After coming through that epic semi-final against Dublin, I was, to quote my uncle, “physically drained”. I felt worse when I realised I was due to be on holiday for the final.Myself and my girlfriend had gotten to Boston the night before and I immediately scouted out a place to watch it, finding an Irish bar not far from Government Centre.The game itself was probably fairly poor for neutrals, but it was unbelievably tense and Cork managed to claw their way over the line.My abiding memory of the day is jumping around with some lad from Cork before stepping out into glorious sunshine to go explore Boston. INPHO/Donall FarmerNiall Kelly: Dublin 1-12 Kerry 1-11 (2011)Apart from having my picture taken with Dessie Farrell and Paul Clarke when Sam came to visit our school, I was too young to fully appreciate Dublin’s All-Ireland win in 1995. I remember it, sure, but I didn’t quite realise just how precious it was.Sixteen years later I got the message. There were years when I felt like I might never see the Dubs win an All-Ireland and four points down with eight minutes to go against Kerry (sure we haven’t beaten them in years) it seemed as far away as ever.Those final minutes were magic. I remember leaping on the lad in front of me on the Hill — a friend of a friend who I’d only met a few hours earlier — when Kev Mc scored and then looking across at the pure excitement on the faces of my dad and my brother.Standing just to the left of the posts, we were in the perfect position to judge the flight of Cluxton’s winning free. After 16 years, it was a moment worth waiting for.YouTube Credit: VicMackey0Steven O’Rourke: Galway 1-14 Kildare 1-10 (1998)I hate the use the word favourite about an All-Ireland final that Kildare ended up losing but, seeing as it’s the only All-Ireland final they’ve reached in my lifetime, it has to be 1998.I had been at every game that year and watched Kildare dethrone the previous three champions in Dublin, Meath and Kerry so, I’ll be honest, I went into the final feeling pretty confident of the lads getting the better of Galway. INPHO/Andrew PatonAt half-time, with a three point lead, I began to wonder how I was going to get out of work that evening – I’d only gotten a ticket at the last minute and had to swap shifts in the petrol station where I worked – to celebrate the win and then Padraic Joyce did what he did and hearts were strewn all over the curragh on the way home.Actually, just writing about this is making me depressed again. Why did I use the word favourite?Patrick McCarry: Dublin 1-10 Tyrone 0-12 (1995)1995 is the most memorable one for me because, for the first time I could actually remember, Dublin won an All-Ireland and Charlie Redmond was a hero when it counted. OK, he got sent off too but he will be forever remembered for exorcising his penalty miss ghosts against a decent Tyrone team and their young flyer Peter Canavan.There was a great buzz around Dublin that year and the arrival of Jason Sherlock gave everyone hope that there would be no near miss this time out. All the teenage boys in my secondary school really responded to the complexities of the ‘Boom, Boom, Boom’ ditty that followed Jayo wherever he went.From I remember from that day is shredded nerves, Keith Barr being a legend, Finbar McConnell be-decked in red, being worried about premature baldness (Canavan had wisps left and he was only 24), Redmond’s goal and the ‘here we go’ feeling when time had elapsed after Canavan missed a late free.Sinéad O’Carroll: Donegal 0-18 Dublin 0-14 (1992)Similar to Steven, the most memorable All-Ireland Football Final for me will always be 1998 as it is the only time I’ve seen Kildare reach those dizzying heights.But because of the result, I can’t honestly say it was my favourite.That honour goes to Donegal in 1992. It is the the first time I remember really engaging in the championship. Even though I was only seven, I realised that football was something really important – and not just an activity my brother played and I had to watch of a weekend.INPHO/Billy SticklandWe had a school principal from Donegal and the excitement about it all was palpable, even in north Kildare (the fact they beat Dublin made it all the better, really). I remember the scenes on the telly, my best friend wearing the jersey to school (her Dad being a proud Donegal man) and even my mother being excited at the prospect of the underdog winning.Anytime a county wins their first All-Ireland title is special so that’s the one for me. Plus, my friend’s Dad painted their entire bathroom green and gold. For the craic, like.First published at 10.20Conor Deegan: ‘The best two teams in 2013 have reached the biggest day’last_img read more

September 22, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgIN AN AGE of outward migration, this interactive map gives us an interesting insight into where Irish people have settled since the recession began.Using data published by the World Bank in 2010, the International Organisation for Migration has tracked migrants around the world. By clicking on the country of choice, the user can watch the pattern of inward and outward has taken a look at where Irish people were living three years ago:UK: 422,569USA: 137,537Australia: 63,593Canada: 26,041Spain: 17,162Germany: 16,044New Zealand: 7,534France: 6,056The Netherlands: 4,306Belgium: 3,999Italy: 3,556Switzerland: 1,731Sweden: 1,635Denmark: 1,496Greece: 1,241Japan: 1,124Luxembourg: 767Portugal: 752Norway: 726Austria: 714Cyprus 685Turkey: 603Hungary: 344Finland: 343The Philippines: 265Mexico: 246Brazil: 220Chile: 199Poland: 113Colombia: 104Peru: 89Slovakia: 82Dominican Republic: 77Czech Republic: 68Venezuela: 48Bolivia: 39Panama: 35Nicaragua: 18Belize: 10Lithuania: 10Uruguay: 5Ireland has also received migrants from a host of countries, including:UK: 397,465Poland: 93,330USA: 36,802Nigeria: 24,383China: 16,460The Philippines: 14,078India: 13,727South Africa: 11,314Australia: 9,674Pakistan: 8,598Italy: 8,520Brazil: 6,968Russia: 6,737Canada: 6,708New Zealand: 3,487Libya: 1,759Japan: 1,608Saudi Arabia: 1,049Iran: 953Sierra Leone: 719Mexico: 705Argentina: 546Tanzania: 411Chile: 355Guatemala: 337Peru: 317Syria: 315Cuba: 288Colombia: 261Afghanistan: 238Ethiopia: 220Venezuela: 191Guyana: 108Ecuador: 106Paraguay: 72Nicaragua: 52Uruguay: 38Bolivia: 36Honduras: 25Panama: 27Costa Rica: 22Suriname: 18Niger: 16Turkmenistan: 4Papua New Guinea: 2For more, check out the map here.This short film may make you reconsider emigratinglast_img read more

September 21, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgThough the long distance world has largely figured out communications solutions– webcams and a speedy internet connection, or even smartphones that can video chat across the world — there’s still something to be desired by the lack of physical interaction. We’re still not quite there yet, but telepresence robots are making that first step. Unfortunately, most telepresence robots are too expensive for the average consumer. If Revolve Robotics has their way the average consumer will be able to afford one of those telepresence robots, specifically their Kubi robo-neck.Rather then the $2500 this telepresence robot would set you back, Revolve aims to keep their Kubi affordable — they plan to release the with a price tag of under $249. The reason why Revolve can keep that price lower than the usual telepresence bot is because the Kubi is a lot simpler. Rather than an iPad mounted on a something like a scooter, the Kubi more closely resembles a neck with a talon at the top. Perhaps it’s a frightening description, but it makes for an affordable, efficient, space-saving rig.The Kubi’s talon is made of two arms, centered on a gear, so it’s easily adjustable to current tablets that fall between in 7.9-inch and 10.6-inch range, in either portrait or landscape mode. The talon sits on something of a cylindrical swivel, that has a range of motion of 300 degrees pan and 90 degrees tilt. Below that, the base can attach to a standard tripod, or be removed for easy packing and travel. The robot can either be wall or battery powered, with the battery lasting around four hours.To control the Kubi, both parties involved in the chat connect to either a web portal or Revolve’s app, then connect to each other via Skype, FaceTime, or other chat apps. Revolve is also planning for their “flagship app” to have video chat capabilities, and be free to use. Once connected, either party will have two different schemes available to control the other party’s Kubi. Users control the Kubi either through clicking points on a grid and the Kubi following the positioning of the points, or through more traditional arrow controls.The Kubi can be controlled by any tablet that can both fit into the stand, and is compatible with Bluetooth 4.0.We spent a little bit of time with the Kubi, and though it gets the job done, it’s not perfect. The prototype we demoed moved a little more jerkily than we would’ve liked, and it’s a little unfortunate that the unit can only pan 300 degrees rather than a full 360. That means that if the Kubi is in the middle of a circular conference room table, there would be a person left out. Like with all video chats, the quality of the internet connection plays a huge part. However, though we got video and audio working on the internet connection we were using, we couldn’t connect the two units to either control portal. Eventually, we did get the web control working, but we had to move to another internet connection, and put both the controller and the Kubi on the same WiFi. This isn’t necessarily the fault of the unit or control mechanism, and could easily be a fault with the internet connection itself, but that could mean that only the most pristine of internet connections could work. Remember, though, the Kubi isn’t close to a final release yet, so everything could easily be worked out or upgraded in the end.The project is available for funding on Indiegogo, and like Kickstarter, has a few bonuses to make pledging more appealing. A pledge of $199 will net the first 100 pledgers a Kubi unit, at a price lower than the final suggested price of $249. The highest pledge is fairly amusing, $2499 will net you a two-day snowboarding vacation with the founders in North Lake Tahoe! (To be fair, they seem like fun guys.)As far as telepresence robots go, the Kubi does have a more sensible outlook. It’s affordable, and sits on a desk rather than rolls around and into walls or people. However, the real question is with telepresence itself, and if being able to change the view from across the internet could compensate for the lack of physical contact or proximity.last_img read more

September 20, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgLes livres aussi se mettent à la page de l’écologieLes éditeurs se penchent eux aussi sur l’impact environnemental de leurs livres. Un argument intéressant face aux tablettes numériques jugées très polluantes.Alors que la bataille entre les liseuses numériques et les livres continue à faire rage, certains arguments d’ordre écologique entre peu à peu en jeu. “On a beaucoup entendu dire que le numérique allait tout régler et qu’on n’allait plus avoir besoin de couper des arbres pour fabriquer des livres”, indique Ronald Blunden, directeur développement durable du Groupe Hachette Livre cité par l’AFP. Sauf que la lecture numérique, elle, engendre un impact non négligeable sur l’environnement à tous les niveaux : utilisation de terres rares (minerais nécessaires à la fabrication), de plastiques, consommation importante d’énergie pour alimenter les serveurs informatiques et les recharger, sans parler du recyclage. A titre de comparaison, un iPad génère durant tout son cycle de vie, de sa fabrication à son recyclage, 130 kilogrammes d’équivalent CO2 (eqCo2), selon Apple. Ainsi, le bon vieux livre papier, s’il a également des impacts environnementaux, reste beaucoup plus écolo. D’après les études commandées par le groupe Hachette un livre de 400 grammes pèserait 1,3 kilogramme eqCo2 en France. Aux Etats-Unis en revanche, le même ouvrage pèserait au moins 4 kilogrammes ! Cela s’explique par des distances plus longues à parcourir pour le transport, l’importance du charbon dans la production électrique américaine et l’existence de premières éditions cartonnées et reliées.De son côté, l’éditeur Terre vivante a réalisé une étude qui montre que plus de 70% des impacts du livre sur l’environnement sont dus à la fabrication du papier et de la pâte à papier. En effet pour les mettre au point, on utilise du bois mais également des ressources minérales (kaolin, carbonates de calcium) destinées à blanchir et à renforcer le papier. Toutefois, le recours à du bois issu d’une forêt gérée de façon durable, permet de réduire notablement cet impact, selon cette analyse.80% des livres imprimés sur du papier certifiéÀ lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Le papier recyclé resterait donc l’idéal puisque c’est celui qui émet le moins de CO2 et consomme le moins d’eau. Toutefois, il a deux inconvénients majeurs pour les éditeurs : il est cher (car rare en France) et il est délicat à utiliser dans certains cas, comme les livres comportant des photos couleurs. A titre d’exemple, 80% des livres vendus par Hachette sont imprimés sur papier certifié tandis que moins de 5% le sont sur papier recyclé. Mais les grandes maisons ne sont pas les seules à songer à ces impacts puisque les petits éditeurs eux aussi font des efforts comme l’explique Jean-Luc Ferrante, directeur des éditions La Plage et membre des éditeurs écolo-compatibles, une association d’une quinzaine de membres. Une petite maison peut parfois s’inquiéter, mais cela ne pose pas de problème, assure cet éditeur sétois qui privilégie lui-même le papier recyclé ou certifié et a poussé son imprimeur, choisi à proximité, à verdir également ses pratiques.Le 25 mars 2012 à 10:01 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

September 19, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgTwo months ago, Brittany Pratt made a comment to the Pink Lemonade Project board of directors about her small car. The nonprofit’s executive director was having difficulty cramming the organization’s displays and bins of swag into her small, four-door sedan when she went to community events.She never expected the result she was surprised with two Sundays ago: a bubble-gum pink 2016 Toyota RAV4, covered in the nonprofit’s logos and donated to the organization by McCord’s Vancouver Toyota.“I was shocked and surprised, and I couldn’t believe it,” Pratt said. “That was an exciting day.”Pink Lemonade and McCord’s Vancouver Toyota held a reception at the dealership Friday morning to celebrate the donation, and the SUV was on display.A pink breast cancer awareness ribbon stretches across the hood of the vehicle, which is adorned with pink Toyota emblems and breast cancer license plates.“The vehicle is a rolling billboard, which is great,” Pratt said. “It’s great for practical reasons, but it’s also getting the word out about what we do.”last_img read more

September 19, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgThe Arthur D. Curtis Children’s Justice Center is seeking volunteers to help combat child sexual abuse, exploitation and violence.People wanting to help out will work with the Friends of Children’s Justice Center committee on community outreach and education about child abuse, as well as fundraising and legislative efforts.The Children’s Justice Center is holding an informational meeting for anyone interested in joining the committee at 4:30 p.m. Jan. 28 at 601 W. Evergreen Blvd., Suite 101, Vancouver.More than 2,600 Clark County children were subject to reported child abuse in 2017, and the center provided services to more than 460 of the most seriously harmed by sexual abuse and violence, according to a news release from the Children’s Justice Center.“A report of child abuse is made every 10 seconds in the United States, and child abuse and neglect costs our nation $220 million every day in investigations, foster care, medical and mental health treatment, special education, juvenile and adult crime, and chronic health problems across the lifespan,” the news release reads.Executive Director Amy Russell said the center is always in need of dedicated and compassionate volunteers to provide support services to affected children.last_img read more

September 18, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgSamuel Umtiti revealed that he held the Barcelona badge in his goal celebration against AS Roma as a way of showing he “loves the club”The defender played an important role in their 4-1 win over Roma on Wednesday night with the Catalan giants taking a comfortable advantage with them heading into the second leg of the quarter-final clash at the Stadio Olimpico next week in the Champions League.Umtiti, who had a hand in the second own goal of the match, has been under constant speculation in regards to his future at Barcelona with the Frenchman having failed to agree on new terms for a deal at the Nou Camp due to his wage demands.The French international only has a €60m release clause inserted into his current deal with clubs like Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain being heavily linked to the 24 year-old.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“No this is not a unique celebration, I just wanted to say that I love this club,” said Umtiti, according to Mundo Deportivo.“I do not have much more to say…I just play, I try to do my best and that is the most important thing for me and to be at a club like this is an honour.“There are a lot of things written in the press, some are true and some are false, but I must focus on continuing to play at my level.”last_img read more

September 18, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgWest Ham United midfielder Jack Wilshere believes Felipe Anderson is among the best footballersThe 26-year-old is hoping to return from an ankle injury to play with one of Brazil’s best player.“With Anderson, it was difficult for him at the start as he came from Italy and he’s a Brazilian boy and it’s hard in the Premier League week in, week out, as it doesn’t matter who you are playing against, you have to put your foot in and be ready for the fight,” said the No19 via West Ham’s official website.declan rice, england, West ham UnitedReport: England’s Rice gets death threats George Patchias – September 9, 2019 England International Declan Rice has received death threats.Rice a one time Ireland International, switched allegiances only this year. The West Ham United man played for…“You can see he’s starting to come good now, he’s getting comfortable in the league and starting to show the skills and talent he has got, and he’s adding a few goals as well. I think there’s a lot more to come from him and I can’t wait to see it.”“Technically, he is up there with the top players. He’s a player who can do pretty much everything, he can beat his man and has that Brazilian flair, if you like, and he’s also got the vision to get his head up and make a pass and he’s starting to show that now.”“I’m just looking forward to getting back and helping the lads out. They’ve been fantastic since I’ve been out, they’ve picked up some vital points and they’ve made their way up the league and I just want to come back and help them.”last_img read more

September 17, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppMaskanoo 2017 Flyer#TurksandCaicos, December 14, 2017 – Providenciales – Heart-pounding drums, whistles, horns and cow bells will bring the best  of TCI’s cultural heritage to life along the Grace Bay strip on Boxing Day, December 26, as the Turks & Caicos Hotel  and Tourism Association (TCHTA) prepares for Maskanoo 2017.Now in its ninth year, the annual street festival is one of the best ways for tourists and locals alike to experience the  culture and heritage of the Turks and Caicos Islands. The festivities will kick-off at 3PM until midnight with local artisans  and food vendors lining the street around the Saltmills Plaza and Regent Village shopping area.  Patrons will enjoy a cultural parade directed by Mr. David Bowen showcasing locally-made costumes, and entertainment  by the Harbour Heights Band, all building up to the touted return of the 90s hit-makers; the Sagittarius Band.Organizers have also added a TCHTA Maskanoo Fun Run, a pre-event slated for Saturday, December 23rd at 6AM.   Runners are encouraged to wear a fun mask during the event, provided upon registration with the TCHTA. There is a  $15 registration fee, with part proceeds to aid the rebuilding efforts at the Oseta Jolly Primary School.For more information regarding Maskanoo 2017 or to register for the TCHTA Maskanoo Fun Run, kindly contact the TCHTA via telephone at (649) 941-5787 or email Release: TCHTAlast_img read more

September 6, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgHyderabad: Let Gen St Upasani, SM, VSM, GOC, DB Area felicitated the outstanding performers of Army Public School Bolarum, who scored above 80 per cent in the class 10 and 12 board examination-2019 and their mentors. A staggering 235 students and 21 teachers were the recipients of this honour. Smitha Govind, Principal Army Public School Bolarum handed over the prizes to the achievers on his behalf. Speaking on the occasion, she said that the staff and students of the school are truly overwhelmed by this gesture which has motivated them to keep up the same spirit in the forthcoming examinations too.last_img read more

August 31, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgKolkata: State Power minister Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay on Saturday inaugurated a “Wild Tiger Photography Competition cum Exhibition” at Gaganendra Pradarshanshala at the premises of Nandan. The three-day event was organised by an NGO that works for wildlife conservation to mark the occasion of World Tiger Day (July 29).”The census often does not correctly reflect the count of tigers. The location of our forests is such, that often tigers travel to the neighbouring states and country like Bangladesh across the border. These NGO’s and wildlife enthusiasts work at the ground level for tiger conservation and educate the villagers living near the forests, stating not to kill the wild animals. They have been doing good work in collaboration with the state Forest department,” Chattopadhyay said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeReferring to the incidents of tiger straying, the minister said loss in forest cover for urbanization is leading animals like tiger to sneak into localities.He also stressed on the need to spread awareness among the tribals in the state to not indulge in the killing of the animals for sport.”The government in association with the NGOs are working towards awareness and at the same time, taking steps for the upliftment of the economic condition of the tribals,” he added. Photographs of 80 wildlife photographers were displayed at the exhibition.last_img read more

August 27, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_img CarolinaEast Health System Videos | Enterprise Imaging | July 09, 2019 VIDEO: Building the Right Team for Enterprise Imaging Success — Part 2 ITN Associate Editor Jeff Zagoudis speaks with Don Dennison read more Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. 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 | PACS | July 02, 2019 Laurel Bridge and 3M M*Modal Partner to Improve DICOM Structured Reporting July 2, 2019 — Laurel Bridge Software announced an expanded relationship with 3M M*Modal, a provider of clinical docu read more News | Enterprise Imaging | July 29, 2019 Philips Announces 10-year Enterprise Informatics Agreement With Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire de Nancy Philips and Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire (CHRU) de Nancy, a leading academic hospital in the Grand Est… read more Technology | November 18, 2014 Vital Images Introduces VioStream Software for VitreaView New software improves enterprise viewer’s connectivity with existing DICOM archives, converts images to Web-friendly format News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more News | Remote Viewing Systems | July 16, 2019 Anatomage Releases Anatomage Cloud Platform Anatomage Inc. released an update to the Anatomage Cloud platform that allows medical and dental professionals to… read more center_img Sponsored Content | Case Study | Enterprise Imaging | July 02, 2019 Reducing Complexity and Cost at CarolinaEast Health System — A Transformative Approach Quality care matters deeply to CarolinaEast Health Syst… read more Video Player is loading.Building the Right Team for Enterprise Imaging Success – Part 1Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 8:44Loaded: 1.86%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -8:44 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. Related Content November 18, 2014 — Vital Images Inc. announced enhancements in image management to its VitreaView enterprise viewer with VioStream software. Today, many healthcare organizations are challenged to unify access to imaging content, often spread across a number of departmental picture archive and communication systems (PACS) and distributed locations. Vital is now offering building blocks which will enable full image access through electronic health records (EHRs).VioStream is a server-side software product enabling a Web-based medical imaging viewer to connect to a variety of existing digital imaging and communications in medicine (DICOM) archives, convert DICOM data to Web-friendly formats, and view images at a substantially reduced time to first image. Traditional enterprise viewers require users to wait for a full query/retrieve to begin interacting with a study. VioStream eliminates obstacles toward accessing full imaging history of a patient, providing a longitudinal view of a patient’s healthcare journey.For more information:  FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Videos | Enterprise Imaging | July 08, 2019 VIDEO: Building the Right Team for Enterprise Imaging Success — Part 1 ITN Associate Editor Jeff Zagoudis speaks with Don Dennison read more Technology | Enterprise Imaging | July 05, 2019 Hyland Healthcare Adds ImageNext Imaging Workflow Optimizer to Enterprise Imaging Suite Hyland Healthcare is launching ImageNext, a vendor-neutral imaging workflow optimizer that combines intelligent imaging… read more Building the Right Team for Success in the Consolidated Enterprise – Part 2Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 9:52Loaded: 1.65%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -9:52 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.last_img read more

August 27, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_img News | Radiation Oncology | July 31, 2019 Laura Dawson, M.D., FASTRO, Chosen as ASTRO President-elect The members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) elected four new officers to ASTRO’s Board of… read more News | 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 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 August 29, 2018 — Although the success or failure of radiation therapy for cancer has long been associated with the intrinsic radio-resistance or radio-sensitivity of tumor cells, a new approach is demonstrating that radiation can take credit for an additional benefit — causing highly effective secondary immune responses that can enhance anti-tumor immunity.In the past decade, researchers Ralph Weichselbaum, M.D., and Yang Xin Fu, M.D., Ph.D., have promoted the concept that how the host immune system interacts with therapeutic radiation is just as important as radiation itself. The cellular carnage caused by radiation attracts scavengers, such as dendritic cells. These warriors chew up radiation-damaged cancer cells and present the fragments to T cells that dismantle them.In the Sept. 18, 2018 issue of the journal Immunity1, available online Aug. 28, the Weichselbaum-Fu collaboration demonstrates how specific interactions between therapeutic radiation and a potential patient’s innate and adaptive immune responses can improve cancer treatment.The researchers focused on how two versions of the nuclear factor-κB (NF-κB) signaling pathway respond to radiation therapy in opposing ways. NF-κB1, first described in 1986 by Nobel laureate David Baltimore, was proposed as a major regulator of the immune system’s B cells. This canonical pathway — and the less known ‘non-canonical’ pathway — have become a major focus for a variety of areas in biology, including inflammation, immunity and cancer.”Inhibiting what is known as the canonical NF-κB family has been shown to increase cancer cell killing in tissue culture and has become an area of investigation to improve cancer radiotherapy,” said Weichselbaum, professor and chairman of radiation oncology at the University of Chicago. “But despite extensive investigation,” he added, “earlier results from these studies failed to improve the response to radiotherapy in animals or humans.”In the current study, teams led by Weichselbaum and Fu, professor of pathology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, worked with mice to show that disrupting this pathway actually makes radiotherapy less effective. It inhibits rather than enhances the immune system.Instead, they found that interfering with the non-canonical NF-κB pathway improved the effects of radiotherapy by enhancing the immune system’s ability to interact with radiation. Their findings, obtained in genetic models in mice, were buttressed by biochemical studies. The results suggest novel ways to improve treatment by combining radiation and immunotherapy.”When we irradiate tumor cells, the immune system essentially gobbles up the DNA they release,” Weichselbaum said. The damaged DNA attracts a series of enzymes. These activate a pathway called STING, that recognizes viral and bacterial DNA. “We were surprised to find that it also responded to damaged exogenous DNA,” said Weichselbaum.When they blocked NF-κB, the tumors in the mice got worse instead of better. The immune system in those mice was impaired. When the researchers blocked the non-canonical NF-κB pathway, however, the animals’ tumors were more easily eradicated with radiation.”A lot of drug discovery has been focused on blocking the canonical NF-κB pathway, Weichselbaum said, “but now we think that this impairs the host immune system, whereas blocking the non-canonical NF-κB pathway can improve the host’s immune system.””We have learned that radiation therapy does depend on DNA damage and repair,” Fu added. “The host immune system seems to have a lot to do with whether or not radiation works. So by blocking that alternative pathway, rather than the pathway everyone’s been focusing on, we think we can get better radio-sensitizing agents, and better results.”This whole interaction between radiation and the immune system is “counterintuitive,” Weichselbaum added. “The notion that radiation supplements the immune system is still somewhat controversial,” he said.The damaged DNA “is seen by the immune system as almost like a virus,” he said. “The immune system responds as if it were a viral infection, which boosts the overall response. We think this could lead to a whole new therapeutic strategy. Our mice are often cured.”The authors caution that their work, still in animal models, is preliminary.”We’re looking for ways to develop it for people,” Weichselbaum said. “It works even better when we add checkpoint inhibitors. This could become a novel combination approach to improving cancer treatment.”For more information: Hou Y., Liang H., Rao E., et al. Non-canonical NF-κB Antagonizes STING Sensor-Mediated DNA Sensing in Radiotherapy. Immunity, Aug. 28, 2018. DOI: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 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 | 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 The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. 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 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.  News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 29, 2018 Non-Canonical Strategy May Improve Cancer Radiotherapy Alternative approach can enhance radiation results 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 | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more News | 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 Related Content Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communicationslast_img read more

August 18, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgHis office says Sabah is expected to be discharged from the hospital following a period of convalescence.(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Sponsored Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies KUWAIT CITY (AP) – The office of Kuwait’s ruling emir says the oil-rich nation’s leader has undergone surgery following routine medical tests in the United States.The office, known as the Emiri Diwan, said Sunday that Sheik Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah had a “successful minor surgery.” It did not give further details or say where he is being treated.Sabah is 84 years old and has ruled the OPEC member nation since January 2006. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober 5 ways to recognize low testosteronecenter_img Top Stories Comments   Share   Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist How do cataracts affect your vision?last_img read more