SAN JOSE, Calif. – Attorneys suing Google for enabling its camera-carrying vehicles to collect emails and Internet passwords while photographing neighbourhoods for the search giant’s popular “Street View” maps look forward to resuming their case now that a federal appeals court has ruled in their favour.The U.S. Court of Appeals in San Francisco said Tuesday that the Google went far beyond listening to accessible radio communication when they drew information from inside people’s homes.“The payload data transmitted over unencrypted Wi-Fi networks that was captured by Google included emails, usernames, passwords, images, and documents,” wrote the panel. “Even if it is commonplace for members of the general public to connect to a neighbour’s unencrypted Wi-Fi network, members of the general public do not typically mistakenly intercept, store, and decode data transmitted by other devices on the network.”Marc Rotenberg, executive director of Electronic Privacy Information Center, called it “a landmark decision for Internet privacy.”“The court made clear that the federal privacy law applies to residential Wi-Fi networks,” he said. “Users should be protected when a company tries to capture data that travels between their laptop and their printer in their home.”A Google spokesperson said Tuesday that attorneys for the Internet giant are “disappointed in the 9th Circuit’s decision and are considering our next steps.”Attorney Elizabeth Cabraser, representing a class action of plaintiffs who say their privacy was invaded, said they are pleased with the opinion and are looking forward to moving forward with their case.Google has apologized for the snooping, promised to stop collecting the data and said that collecting data from public Wi-Fi networks in more than 30 countries was inadvertent but not illegal.Earlier this year Google also settled a 37-state lawsuit for $7 million after attorney generals argued that that while Google vehicles drove through neighbourhoods between 2008 and March 2010 taking photos for the mapping software, the company also collected data being transferred through unsecured wireless networks.The practice was discovered by a German data protection commissioner in 2010. A few months later, Google co-founder Sergey Brin told conference goers the firm had made a mistake.“In short, let me just say that we screwed up,” he said at the time.Google says it has disabled the equipment that was collecting the data, and agreed to destroy the information as soon as possible.Street View allows users to zoom in to ground level photographs while browsing maps. by Martha Mendoza, The Associated Press Posted Sep 10, 2013 2:57 pm MDT Appeals court affirms that Google’s data collection with ‘Street View’ cameras overreached AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
Terri Donia, left, from the Niagara Region speaks about the policy brief while fellow panelists Lynn Ogryzlo and David Alexander listen.Regional and municipal politicians joined Niagara residents March 18 for a Brock-led discussion on local food initiatives, the challenges faced in the local food industry, and the vast potential to bring people and regional food together.The centrepiece of discussion was the third policy brief released by the Niagara Community Observatory (NCO), a Brock research institute that gathers and disseminates research on issues that impact Niagara.The third brief, authored by Sophia Papastavrou and Fran Chandler, is titled “Niagara Food: It’s Nutritious, Delicious and Available But We’re Not Buying It… Why Not?” David Siegel, Political Science professor and director of the NCO, said while there is usually some criticism against the local food movement, based on greenhouse gas emissions, the benefits and successes could outweigh the concerns.Today’s consumer likes the idea of buying local food, but that same consumer is also looking for semi-prepared or fully prepared meal options, Siegel said.“This could provide a great opportunity for producers and those who are preparing these goods,” he said.David Alexander, a Welland city councillor who teaches rural geography and tourism at Brock, presented food for thought as one of three panelists during the presentation at Thorold’s Keefer Mansion. Alexander challenged those in attendance to “play with their food” by thinking outside today’s established norms and food-buying behaviours and patterns. He challenged government agencies to do the same, noting that Canada is currently the only G20 country without a national food policy.“If you don’t see grape juice on the table, ask for it. Demand it. Why do we still have places that don’t have locally grown grape juice on the table?”Alexander and fellow panelist Lynn Ogryzlo, author and self-described culinary activist, noted the importance of linking education of children and youth with the local food movement. Ogryzlo asked the crowd what item would be considered to be Niagara’s culinary icon. The grape and the peach were the offered answers, but Ogryzlo shook her head. “The donut,” she said.On the one hand, Niagara has an alarmingly high rate of childhood obesity, she said. On the other hand, seasonally available, nutritious options are available from thousands of local farms and producers. The disconnect needs to be addressed, she said.Ogryzlo pointed out the economic impact of buying local as well. According to research from the Niagara Culinary Trail group, if residents spent just $10 per week of the grocery money they already spend on locally produced goods, they would inject $253 million into the local economy every year.Terri Donia, panelist and a project manager with the Niagara Region, made similar points in her presentation. The agricultural potential of Niagara is 600 per cent higher than other places in Ontario, she said. Its assets include: a stellar microclimate and soil the ability to develop agri-tourism hundreds of co-operative agriculture groups already at work in Niagara the proximity to the United States the supporting framework of research and documents developed at Brock and through local governments“It doesn’t have to take a lot of infrastructure for some of the initiatives,” Donia said. One online service, she said, allows consumers to shop for produce over the Internet and have it ready for pickup weekly at a nearby location.In his concluding remarks, Siegel said the Niagara Community Observatory is looking for its next policy brief topic, and welcomes any input on potential areas of research. Previous topics have included attracting and retaining youth, and seniors.Quick links:• Niagara Food: It’s Nutritious, Delicious and Available But We’re Not Buying It… Why Not?• Niagara Community Observatory
The Brock University Film Series continues this week with Beach Rats, the second feature film by Eliza Hittman.Beach Rats, being shown Wednesday, Feb. 14, it is an edgy, dreamy portrait of aimless youths and aimless love on the shore of Brooklyn — in this case, Coney Island. The film has won acclaim at Sundance and numerous other film festivals, praised in part for a lyrical visual style reminiscent of the work of Claire Denis, but it’s Beach Rats’ star, the newcomer Harris Dickinson, whose performance has been singled out for the most attention. Reviewer Wendy Ide, of The Guardian, wrote, “there’s a wounded beauty to his performance. He captures the kind of tortured inarticulacy that speaks volumes.”For more than 40 years, the Department of Communication, Popular Culture and Film has hosted Brock’s film series to bring some of the best in international, independent and Canadian cinema to St. Catharines. Films, all selected from the TIFF circuit, screen most Wednesdays until April 4 at the Pen Centre’s Landmark Cinemas.Tickets for each screening are $10 for adults and $5 for Brock students and can be purchased in the lobby of Landmark Cinemas each Wednesday night. Season tickets are also available. For more information and a full lineup, see the BUFS website.
Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant says he received the “green light” to workout harder in practice, but he still hasn’t set a return date as he recovers from the Achilles tendon injury he suffered last April.“I just keep it all open right now,” Bryant said Wednesday. “I don’t know why you guys are so hell-bent on timelines. It’s like the most ridiculous thing to me. It’s entertaining. When I’m ready, I’m ready.”Bryant is currently working on developing explosive strength and power, and targeting exercises to build up his Achilles tendon.“I do a lot of calf raises during the day, just trying to get it as strong as possible and constantly pushing the flexibility of it, the mobility,” said Bryant.Bryant said after his Achilles tendon is fully healed, he’s going to need three weeks of hard conditioning to get back to his playing weight.“I need to get my fat ass in shape,” Bryant said. “Six months of eating whatever the hell I wanted to eat and not running has caught up to me a little bit. So, I got to get in shape.”
Corriente has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with Metso Brasil Industria e Comercio Ltda. to supply the major components of the processing facility at the Mirador copper-gold project in Ecuador. The LOI quotes an equipment package totaling over $27 million, which includes a crusher, SAG mill and ball mill. Signing of this critical LOI allows Corriente to stay on its path to complete construction of the Mirador project in late 2008 with commissioning by the end of the year.Ken Shannon, CEO of Corriente: “The availability of key mill components is one of the major bottlenecks facing new mine developments around the world. We are pleased to be able to reach reasonable economic terms with Metso and at the same time to be assured the equipment will be delivered to meet the scheduled mine start-up at the end of 2008.”Corriente, a copper-gold development company, is moving towards construction of a starter operation at its Mirador copper-gold operation. Corriente has completed an Environmental Impact Assessment for initial operations at Mirador and in May 2006 completed a major equity financing for the project. Corriente says “Mirador is one of the few new, sizeable copper projects available for near-term production” and it controls a 100% interest in over 60,000 ha located within the Corriente Copper Belt, Ecuador. So far three copper and copper-gold porphyry deposits have been discovered on the Belt: Mirador, Panantza and San Carlos, as well as the Mirador Norte prospect currently under development. Additional exploration activities are ongoing, as six additional exploration targets have been identified to date.Mirador has a completed feasibility study on a starter operation with a measured and indicated resource model of 346,968,000 t at an average grade of 0.62% Cu, 0.2 g/t Au and 1.6 g/t Ag (at an average cut off of 0.37% Cu). The project is forecast to annually produce some 60,000 t of copper, 32,000 oz of gold and 398,000 oz of silver during the first five years of production. The mine model indicates a 38 year mine life at a throughput of 25,000 t/d. The capital cost for the project is estimated at $195 million.As an indication of the growth potential of the project, Corriente has prepared an internal cash flow projection for an overall mine plan that allows for an expansion to a capacity of 50,000 t/d with construction underway in year five. This expansion would require a twinning of the concentrator and use the same infrastructure layout and the same pit model and geological resources as in the starter project feasibility study. The capital cost of the expansion is estimated to be about $100 million. www.corriente.com
Hundreds of thousands of South African precious metals ounces are at risk as the ongoing power problems in the country have come to a very serious state. Electricity supplier Escom no longer has sufficient capacity to meet demand and is having to make cutbacks and reduce its exports of electricity to neighbouring countries. Mineweb reports that gold miners Anglogold Ashanti, Gold Fields and Harmony and platinum miners Anglo Platinum and Impala have all had to to shut down their operations until power supplies can be guaranteed. These are BIG producers and their closure, and that of others that will have to follow, will cost millions of dollars of lost precious metals production over a week.Gold Fields reported early this morning that all mining activities have been suspended at its South African operations. “This is due to Eskom requesting their Key Industrial Consumers (KIC) of which Gold Fields is one, to reduce its consumption to the minimum load possible. This communication was received yesterday evening. A decision was taken to put no shifts down last night and no shifts were put down this morning.”Eskom has indicated that “KIC loads will be reduced to ‘survival levels’ or switched out totally for the next two to four weeks.” AngloGold Ashanti says that it has ben told by Eskom, that “the current situation arises from reduced generating capacity aggravated by problems associated with coal supplies to power stations caused by unusually heavy rainfall.”“This will have a serious effect on the South African operations and will negatively affect our gold production. The South African Operations produce approximately 7,000 oz/d. We are looking at ways to continue operations and will work closely with Eskom to try and resolve this problem” said Ian Cockerill, Chief Executive Officer of Gold Fields.
251.000 nouveaux cas de gastro-entériteFrance – En l’espace de sept semaines, le nombre de personnes touchées par la gastro-entérite a dépassé les 2 millions dont 251.000 nouveaux cas dans la semaine du 8 au 14 février, d’après le bulletin hebdomadaire du réseau Sentinelles-Inserm.251.000 nouveaux cas ont été recensés dans la semaine du 8 au 14 février. L’incidence du nombre de consultations pour diarrhée aiguë a été évaluée à 399 cas pour 100.000 habitants. Une diminution d’après les médecins Sentinelles, même si cette incidence demeure supérieure au seuil épidémique qui avait été fixé à 262 cas pour 100.000 habitants. Dix-sept régions françaises l’ont dépassé avec en haut de la liste le Limousin et ses 731 cas pour 100.000 habitants, suivi du Poitou-Charentes avec 647 cas, de la Basse-Normandie avec 582 cas, de la Corse avec 570 cas et de la Bretagne avec 514 cas. L’âge médian des personnes touchées a été estimé à 25 ans, allant de 1 mois à 96 ans d’après l’AFP. La semaine prochaine, la diminution du nombre de cas devrait se poursuivre, selon les prévisions nationales du réseau Sentinelles-Inserm.Le 19 février 2010 à 11:07 • Emmanuel Perrin
Following several days of ceaseless bad news, Samsung has decided to permanently cancel the embattled Galaxy Note 7 smartphone. It’s still investigating the most recent round of alleged battery fires, but the company has had to admit that the Note 7’s brand has been too tarnished to continue selling it. This isn’t only about the Note 7 — Samsung itself could be seriously wounded by this catastrophe.Anyone with a Note 7 is being urged to return it to the carrier or retailer from which it was purchased. Everyone should be able to get a full refund, and carriers in many places are offering to swap the Note 7 for another device. Production of new devices has been shut down, so this is the end of the line for the Note 7. It’s not clear if Samsung will share its findings after the battery investigation or if it’s looking to keep this out of the news going forward.Samsung has been the largest Android OEM for years, but it stumbled back in 2014 with the Galaxy S5. It’s old plastic design was starting to look very low-end compared to what other device makers were doing, and the GS5’s sales were lackluster. Samsung reinvented its industrial design with the Galaxy S6 and Note 5. Suddenly, it was rivaling Apple’s in smartphone design. The use of curved AMOLED panels also helps Samsung create some amazing-looking devices.It’s sad to see the Note 7 get the boot. It was the culmination of Samsung’s design improvements with its symmetrically curved glass front and back, the incredible display, and water-resistant frame. At the same time, Samsung might have been getting a little too big. Samsung has taken the lion’s share of Android revenue for years as previously big players like HTC struggle to turn a profit. The Note 7 fiasco could be an opening for other device makers to gain some ground on Samsung, which will in-turn push Samsung to improve its devices and avoid complacency.In the next few weeks, we’re expecting the LG V20 to launch around the world. This phablet is the follow-up to LG’s disastrous module G5. The V20 isn’t modular, and it may be the company’s best chance at a hit smartphone in years. Samsung’s recent stumble obviously helps LG. Then there are the Pixel phones from Google, which come into the premium market dominated by Samsung. This is as good a time as any to offer consumers a premium Android device that isn’t made by Samsung.As for Samsung, it has a tough road ahead. The Note 7 mess is meme-worthy, and the internet never forgets. It’s unlikely the Note brand will survive. Samsung will have to either rename the annual Note device or stop making them all together to focus on the Galaxy S line. This probably won’t knock Samsung from its position as the top Android device maker, but it’s going to take a big hit that will set its plans back by years. Stay on target Samsung Using DMCA To Remove Exploding Note 7 GTA Mod VideosSamsung Sets Up Note 7 Exchange Booths at Major Airports
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp admits last season’s Champions League final loss to Real Madrid has not dampened the motivation of his team.Liverpool enjoyed a brilliant campaign in Europe last season en route to the final in Kiev before losing to Real Madrid.Klopp’s men will confront French Champions Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday night in their Group C opener.When asked if the defeat to Real Madrid had harmed the club, Klopp said: “No damage. No, absolutely not.Virgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“I think we got a lot of respect because of the way we played last season and I think everyone who saw the final saw that we could have won it against a side in a completely different moment.“They see the games we played. They saw City, they saw Rome, they saw Porto. They saw so many games which we played in a really good way. There was a lot of respect.“It is a nice experience, it is a nice memory, but pretty sure it will help us in the moment, all that stuff, but at the end, we have to start new – using the experience but not relying on it.“The best way is when you are experienced you use your new knowledge and start again – like a virgin if you want.”
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, May 22, 2017 – Nassau – Another public corporation and another report of missing money has forced Police to step in and this time it is at the power company. At least two Bahamas Power and Light employees from the Accounts Department are being held and are being questioned related to a reported over $200,000 in missing funds. The pair was late last week suspended. BPL says its Bills & Technical Unit is also involved in the investigation to find who is behind the theft. It is expected that even more staff of BP&L will be hauled in for questioning as the investigation continues. #MagneticMediaNews#BPLstaffbeinginvestigated#thousandsofdollarsmissingfromBPL Related Items:#BPLstaffbeinginvestigated, #magneticmedianews, #thousandsofdollarsmissingfromBPL Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
With uncertainty over how far local jurisdictions can go in regulating state-licensed marijuana businesses, the city of Vancouver seems likely to simply follow state law.Proposed zoning regulations were reviewed Tuesday by the Vancouver Planning Commission and given a green light for a public hearing.The commission, which serves as an advisory group to the city council, will vote on the ordinance following a public hearing, 6 p.m. Jan. 28 at City Hall, 415 W. Sixth St.In September, the city council adopted a six-month moratorium on marijuana retail facilities to allow more time to enact zoning rules.Principal planner Bryan Snodgrass said Tuesday he anticipates the city council will vote on the ordinance before the moratorium expires in March.Tuesday’s meeting was a departure from a Jan. 8 work session with the Board of Clark County Commissioners, as Vancouver officials plan to follow state guidelines established under the voter-approved law.Initiative 502, which legalized possession of up to 1 ounce of marijuana for adults ages 21 and older, was approved in 2012.The county, meanwhile, wants to prohibit the growing, processing or selling of marijuana in unincorporated areas until the federal government legalizes the drug.That stance may have to be revisited once Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson weighs in. There’s no timeline for Ferguson’s decision, but he was asked Nov. 1 by the chairwoman of the state Liquor Control Board whether local jurisdictions have the authority to ban state-licensed sellers and producers.Also Tuesday, a bill was introduced in the state House of Representatives to prohibit local jurisdictions from “preventing or impeding” the operation of commercial marijuana businesses licensed by the Liquor Control Board.
Ashley Johnson-Barr (Photo courtesy of the Kotzebue Police Department)It’s been a week since 10-year-old Ashely Johnson-Barr went missing in Kotzebue, and the response is shifting their focus from search and rescue to investigation.Listen nowAlaska State Trooper spokesman Jonathon Taylor says some search efforts will continue along shoreline and water access points, but the exhaustive nature of the multi-agency operation, and length of time that’s passed, warrant transitioning the focus toward investigation. Taylor says that includes investigating ”whether criminal activity could’ve been involved in her disappearance.”For now, Taylor says law enforcement, including the FBI, is not downsizing its presence in Kotzebue, and that investigators are following up on information received from the public.”There could be criminal activity involved in Ashley’s disappearance. It could just be a tragic accident,” Taylor said. “Law enforcement is trying to pursue all of the leads.”Taylor says a forensics analysts in Anchorage are going through Johnson-Barr’s cellphone, which was found on a local street near a Kotzebue park where she was last seen September 6th.About 3,000 people live in the remote Northwest Alaska coastal city, and Taylor says investigators believe someone knows what happened.”We’re urging anyone who may have details or knowledge of Ashley’s disappearance or current whereabouts to come forward with that information,” Taylor said.Taylor says a local call and text tip line (907-995-3890) has been set up, and anyone outside Kotzebue with information can call State Troopers (907-451-5100).
.China wants to play a “constructive role” in resolving the Rohingya crisis as soon as possible.”We sincerely hope this issue will be resolved as soon as possible and China is willing to play a constructive role to the end,” Chinese ambassador in Dhaka Ma Mingqiang said on Monday evening.While addressing a reception at the Embassy on the occasion of the Chinese National Day marking the 68th founding anniversary of China, he said some 150 tonnes of relief materials from China will reach Chittagong within a couple of days.The ambassador highly appreciated Bangladesh’s humanitarian assistance to the Rohingyas in Bangladesh.Over 430,000 Rohingyas arrived in Bangladesh since the latest Myanmarese security forces’ crackdown on Rohingya Muslim minority since 25 August.
Narendra ModiNarendra Modi becomes the first Indian prime minister to visit Israel when he arrives on Tuesday, the result of growing ties that have led to billions of dollars in defence deals.Israel, in constant search of allies to vote in its favour at UN bodies as well as business partners, has been portraying the visit as historic.Israeli analysts have also noted Modi will apparently not travel to Ramallah to meet with Palestinian leaders during his three-day stay, as is common for many foreign dignitaries.Modi did however meet Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas in New Delhi in May.Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the visit, which marks 25 years since the two countries established diplomatic relations, a “further expression of the state of Israel’s military, economic and diplomatic strength.””This is a very significant step in strengthening relations between the two countries,” the Israeli leader said.”India is a huge country with over 1.25 billion people and is one of the world’s largest, growing economies. Ties between Israel and India are on a constant upswing.”But while Israel, with a population of some eight million, has held the visit up as a diplomatic victory, both countries have practical reasons for the trip.India is the world’s biggest importer of defence equipment, and Israel has become one of its major suppliers.Israeli media have reported that the two countries see more than $1 billion in defence deals each year.India has been investing tens of billions in updating its Soviet-era military hardware to counter long-standing tensions with regional rivals China and Pakistan.It has signed several big-ticket defence deals since Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party stormed to power in 2014.In April, state-owned Israel Aerospace Industries said India would buy nearly $2 billion worth of weapons technology, making it the military exporting giant’s largest ever defence contract.The deal will see IAI provide India with an advanced defence system of medium-range surface-to-air missiles, launchers and communications technologyIt later announced a deal worth $630 million to provide India’s navy with missile defence systems.The two countries have also cooperated on issues such as water and agriculture technology.’More than defence'”I think it’s more than defence contracts,” Efraim Inbar, a former head of Israel’s Begin-Sadat Centre for Strategic Studies think-tank, told AFP.”It is a common strategic agenda which includes a fear of Islamic radicalism, fears about Chinese assertiveness and in addition, of course, you cannot ignore the huge economic potential for both countries.”Inbar added: “But for us it’s a huge market.”Israel’s 50-year occupation of the West Bank and failure to reach a peace deal with the Palestinians have been major stumbling blocks in its efforts to boost relations with certain foreign countries.India has traditionally voiced its support for Palestinian statehood, initially shunning diplomatic relations with Israel.But the frost has thawed in recent years, with India seeking closer defence ties with Israel, particularly as New Delhi turns increasingly away from traditional ally Russia for its military hardware.Hindu nationalist Modi makes the trip after his visit last week to Washington, where he and US President Donald Trump embraced each other as friends, vowing to work more closely on combatting terrorism, the war in Afghanistan and defence cooperation.While ties with some US allies have been strained by Trump’s complaints that Washington has been the loser in trade agreements, Modi appeared sensitive to his host’s emphasis on transactional diplomacy.Modi may find similar common ground with Netanyahu, Israel’s longtime right-wing prime minister who hosted Trump in May.India is currently the world’s fastest growing major economy, a status that Modi is hoping to cement by drawing in more foreign investment.He has sought to do that in part by encouraging manufacturers to do business in Asia’s third-largest economy.Israel’s defence deals have included components that will be assembled in India.
IDEAL Academy Public Charter School will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house this weekend to celebrate a collaboration with a District startup that will not only feed solar and micro-grid technology into the school, but also benefit the larger community.The event runs Saturday from noon to 2 p.m. and will be held at the school, which is located on the 6300 block of N. Capital St. NW. Ward 4 Councilmember Brandon Todd is expected to speak.The open house and ceremony come two months after the school and BDG Renewable Energy Development signed a memorandum of understanding in which the school agreed to house the technology for the Lamond Riggs area grid.BDG, according to a news release from the company, will design, pay for and erect a “behind-the-meter solution” at the school that, it said, will save the school thousands of dollars in energy costs.Outside of the school, the partnership aims to save customers money through community energy cooperatives, to grow alternative and renewable energy jobs and businesses, to boost community energy security, as well as maintain power and improve services for residents during widespread power outages. All of this would go on while beefing up the grid’s reliability and resiliency.
The Chief Minister of Delhi Arvind Kejriwal along with Deputy CM of Delhi Manish Sisodia attended a special show of Disney’s Aladdin – the Broadway style musical, at Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru Indoor Stadium. They were also accompanied by Delhi’s Health Minister Satyendra Kumar Jain, who were then introduced to the magical world of Agrabah and fun filled adventures of Aladdin and Genie.Produced by BookMyShow, Disney’s Aladdin has been developed by the best of Indian talent. The production boasts of extravagant sets, lavish costumes, beautifully choreographed sequences, mesmerizing special effects and the flying magic carpet. Over 50 performers weave the enchanting story on stage, making this musical a unique experience.After enthralling over 30,000 people in Mumbai, Disney’s Aladdin began its season in Delhi from July 6. It’s Delhi season premiere last week was attended by well-known personalities such as Akash Banerjee, Amjad Ali Khan, Ambika Anand, Siddharth Tytler, Kanika Goyal and models like Hasleen Kaur and Lakshmi Rana.
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 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 | Lung Cancer | September 26, 2016 Hypofractionated Radiotherapy Can Halve Treatment Time for Poor Performance-Status Lung Cancer Patients Survival rates from accelerated treatment equivalent to conventional RT with limited severe toxicities for poor performance status stage II and III NSCLC patients 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 | 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 Image courtesy of Imago Systems 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 The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more September 26, 2016 — New research suggests hypofractionated radiation therapy (RT) offers similar results to standard RT in several key areas for stage II and III non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients who are unable to receive standard treatments of surgery or chemoradiation (CRT). Hypofractionated RT showed similar results in overall survival (OS) and progression-free survival (PFS) rates, limited severe side effects and shorter treatment times.The research was presented at the 58th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO), being held Sept. 25-28 in Boston. NSCLC is responsible for the most cancer-specific deaths globally, and many of these deaths are associated with the high percentage of patients who present with stage III cancer upon diagnosis. Additionally, due to other medical issues or poor performance status (a measure that considers a patient’s quality of life and ability to function during treatment), some stage III NSCLC patients are unable to receive the standard treatment of concurrent chemotherapy and RT.“These patients have limited disease-specific survival with conventional radiation alone, suggesting a need for changing treatment approaches and paradigms for this group,” said Puneeth Iyengar, M.D., Ph.D., lead author of the study and an assistant professor of radiation oncology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. “In an earlier phase I clinical study, our group has shown that increasing the dose of radiation delivered daily with high precision and using image guidance may offset the need for chemotherapy in improving survival, and it may also improve quality of life measures by reducing treatment periods in half. The earlier work established that treatment with hypofractionated radiation was as tolerable as historical treatment with standard, conventional courses of radiation.”While the focus of this phase III trial was to assess differences in OS among patients receiving hypofractionated versus conventional RT, researchers also measured several secondary endpoints, including PFS (an indicator that the cancer is still present but has not spread), toxicities, quality of life and cost effectiveness of the treatment.The study enrolled patients from 15 centers based in Texas. Eligible patients had stage II or stage III NSCLC, indicating that their cancer had spread to the lymph nodes. All of the patients with stage II NSCLC could not undergo surgery, and all of the stage III patients were not candidates to receive RT and chemotherapy concurrently.This interim analysis included 60 patients, with an average age of 68 years. The vast majority of enrolled patients (88 percent, or 53 of 60) presented with stage III NSCLC, and seven patients presented with stage II disease. The majority of the patients’ lesions (53 percent) had squamous cell carcinoma, and the remaining 47 percent had adenocarcinoma. Patients were randomized to one of two treatment arms. The conventional RT group (n = 28 patients) received 60 to 66 Gy over the course of 30 to 33 treatment sessions, and the hypofractionated RT group (n = 32 patients) received 60 Gy over the course of 15 treatment sessions.A follow-up of the 48 patients who were evaluable at a median time of 24 months indicated no statistical differences between the two groups in terms of overall or progression-free survival. Kaplan-Meier analysis of the two treatment arms found a median OS of 14 months and median PFS of 11.5 months. Treatment approach (i.e., 30-33 vs. 15 treatments) did not significantly impact either survival rate.While researchers did not find differences in survival rates, they did find differences in side effects between the treatment arms at this interim analysis. Patients who received accelerated RT experienced fewer grade 3 toxicities (10 reported for conventional RT vs. six for hypofractionated RT) and a lower rate of death from hypoxia (two for conventional RT vs. one for hypofractionated RT). No grade 4 side effects were attributed to RT in either group.“The use of advanced technologies may allow radiation therapy to be delivered in larger doses per treatment safely and potentially translate into an overall survival difference in NSCLC patient populations while improving patient quality of life through an acceleration of treatment courses,” said Iyengar. “The patients in the study who were treated with hypofractionation were able to finish therapy in three weeks, compared to the six weeks needed for the conventionally treated patients. Additionally, I predict that at the completion of our study, despite the higher doses given per treatment in the experimental accelerated, hypofractionated RT arm, there will be no increased toxicity with this regimen. If hypofractionated radiation with curative intent can reduce the treatment time for lung cancer patients by half with no greater toxicity, and with equivalent — if not better — tumor control and survival outcomes, this research could result in a change in the paradigm of how a large subset of locally advanced NSCLC patients are treated.”For more information: www.astro.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 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 Related Content Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications News | 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 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. 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 | 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. 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Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Top Stories The difference between men and women when it comes to pain Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Associated PressWARSAW, Poland (AP) – Polish military prosecutors on Tuesday denied a newspaper report that said investigators had found traces of explosives in the 2010 plane crash in Russia which killed Polish President Lech Kaczynski and 95 others.Ireneusz Szelag, a spokesman for military prosecutors, said experts who examined the wreckage in recent weeks in Russia detected no explosives on plane parts or at the site of the crash. He said, however, that some chemical substances were found on parts of the wreckage that will be submitted for laboratory tests. It will take months to name those substances, he said. Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Comments Share Sponsored Stories New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like “It isn’t true that tests have revealed traces of trotyl and nitroglycerin on and inside the wreckage,” Szelag told reporters.The Rzeczpospolita daily later said on its website that it “made a mistake” writing about those two chemicals.Its story reignited accusations from the opposition and some victims’ families that the crash in heavy fog on approach to the rudimentary military airport in Smolensk was an assassination. The crash was Poland’s worst tragedy since World War II and it has deeply divided Poles on what could be its cause.A government report in 2011 blamed the crash on human error coupled with bad weather and airport conditions, but excluded any explosion as causing it.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement
Tiger takes off, while Jetstar stays grounded According to Government statistics, Tiger Airways has made a promising return to the Australian market with the best on-time performance, while Jetstar was the worst domestically. Tiger reported a 90 percent on-time performance rate, while Jetstar lagged at 77 percent. Qantas and Virgin Australia’s on-time performance was 83 percent. Tiger was grounded last year and forced to return on a reduced schedule, making way for the 24 percent increase in on-time arrivals, according to the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics. Tiger Airways spokeswoman Vanessa Regan said the airline was pleased with the punctuality of flights over the past year and was continuing to resume domestic services gradually.“The airline is ramping up services with its new Sydney base and all 10 aircraft will be flying by September 2012 with up to 64 daily services by October 2012.” A Jetstar spokesperson blamed the unpredictable weather at airports in south-east Queensland, where Jetstar fly more than half of their domestic services.“Aircraft patterns typically touch multiple airports within a given day,” he said.“A weather delay in Coolangatta could impact the Sydney service.” Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T
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