Kerala Woman cop burnt alive traffic cop held

first_imgMavelikkara (Ker): A 34-year-old woman police constable died after she was allegedly hacked and set ablaze in broad daylight by a policeman here on Saturday.The victim, Soumya Pushpakaran, was posted as the Civil Police Officer (COP) at Vallikkunnam stationhere. According to police, the accused, identified as Ajas, a policeman attached to the Aluva traffic station, allegedly followed the woman in a car when she was on her way back home after work in the evening. Also Read – Cong may promise farm loan waiver in HaryanaHe knocked her two-wheeler down and allegedly hacked her with a sharp weapon and as she tried to seek refuge at a nearby house, chased, poured petrol over her and set her ablaze, police, quoting eyewitnesses, said. She died on the spot while the policeman, who also suffered 40 per cent burns, was taken into custody, a police official said. He has been admitted to the government medical college hospital at Alappuzha and the reason for the attack can be ascertained only after interrogation, he added. A native of Vallikkunnam here, Soumya was staying with her three children. Her husband is working abroad.last_img read more

No winning ticket for Saturday nights 127 million Lotto 649 jackpot

first_imgTORONTO – No winning ticket was sold for the $12.7 million jackpot in Saturday night’s Lotto 649 draw.However, the guaranteed $1 million prize went to a ticket holder in Quebec.The jackpot for the next Lotto 649 draw on Nov. 22 will be approximately $16 million.last_img

ROYAL ONTARIO MUSEUM EXPLORES SEXUAL HARASSMENT IN THE ARTS WITH METOO DISPLAY

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement TORONTO – An upcoming exhibit featuring the work of controversial photographer Raghubir Singh will be accompanied by a display outlining sexual misconduct allegations against the late artist.The Royal Ontario Museum says it hopes to spark conversation with the concurrent program #MeToo & the Arts, meant to explore gender inequity.South Asian Art curator Deepali Dewan calls it a “milestone” in the way the museum handles difficult content, expecting the head-on approach to shape the way it handles future projects that may be problematic. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitter “Modernism on the Ganges: Raghubir Singh Photographs” offers a retrospective of a man who pioneered the use of colour film in capturing street scenes in India from the late 1960s to the 1990s. Singh died in 1999.The touring exhibit was the subject of a protest in New York last year by Brooklyn-based artist Jaishri Abichandani, who in previous reports has accused Singh of coercing her into sex during what she thought was a work trip to India.Both displays run July 21 to Oct. 21.Dewan says the #MeToo program is the result of lengthy consultations with Abichandani and Singh’s family, and an external advisory committee made up of leaders in the arts community and women’s advocacy. Abichandani could not immediately be reached for comment.“It’s difficult because there’s pain on all sides and we wanted to make sure we proceed in a respectful way,” says Dewan.She says the museum wants to be a place where visitors can tackle tough questions and address current debates.“We really want to be a civic hub at the ROM and we really want to be a place where important issues that are on our visitors’ minds that they’re talking about, that is relevant in their lives — we want to be a space where those things can be discussed. And it’s not easy. This is really, really hard.”She says the museum first heard of the allegations late last year, soon after the #MeToo movement came to the fore.“At that time in the #MeToo movement, it seemed like the only option out there that other institutions and industries were following were: When allegations came up, you would either cancel whatever you were doing or you would ignore it. It really felt to us like neither of those options were good,” says Dewan.“We are in a moment where museums are really grappling with what to do and there isn’t one clear answer,” she adds.“If we had another year or two years to work on this, maybe we would have made other choices. And if the artist was alive, let’s say, and there were active charges and an active case against it, we might have made different choices, as well.”She says the display will outline the allegations and how various museums have tackled the issue of sexual harassment against other artists. A third section will feature video clips of arts professionals reflecting on these issues.There will also be films, panel discussions and possibly live performances that address gender issues.Dewan says she expects the exhibit will mark a new approach to handling such thorny topics: “It’s not the first time and not the last time.”by Cassandra Szklarski | The Canadian Press Login/Register With: Facebooklast_img read more

Over two dozen organizations took registrations at 20th Annual Spring One Stop

first_imgFORT ST JOHN, B.C. – The Totem Mall was the host of the 20th Annual Spring Community One Stop registration event on past Saturday.The event took place between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., and was hosted in by both the Mall and the City of Fort St. John.The Spring Community One Stop is an excellent opportunity for residents of the community to learn about what local organizations, community groups and sports clubs had to offer for the upcoming spring/summer season. With an impressive total of 26 organizations in attendance, the upcoming spring/summer season will be a busy one in the community.Activities available at One Stop were not limited to strictly sports but also included many literacy, music and art-based organizations.In addition to the annual Spring One Stop registration, a Fall version will be held in early September.last_img read more

South Sudan UN begins airlifting relief supplies for refugees fleeing Sudan

20 December 2011The United Nations refugee agency today launched a massive airlift of relief supplies from Kenya to neighbouring South Sudan where an estimated 50,000 Sudanese refugees are in need of assistance after fleeing conflict in their country. The first of 18 flights using C-130 Hercules transport planes left the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, carrying 12 tons of supplies, including plastic sheets and rolls, sleeping mats, blankets, mosquito nets, buckets, jerry cans and kitchen sets, according to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).The supplies were delivered to Malakal airport in South Sudan’s Upper Nile state, close to sites where the refugees have settled.“These supplies are desperately needed,” said Vivian Tan, UNHCR spokesperson in Juba, South Sudan’s capital. “Families often arrive here exhausted, hungry, cold or sick. We have already distributed whatever we had on the ground, including aid from Juba and Malakal. Our local warehouse is almost empty now.”The remaining 17 flights will deliver an additional 272 tons of relief supplies from UNHCR’s stockpiles in Nairobi to Malakal. The stocks will then be taken by road either to Maban county in Upper Nile, some 300 kilometres to the north-east, or westwards to Unity state. The airlift will cost an estimated $1.5 million, while the aid supplies being delivered are valued at $2.5 million.In addition to airlifts, UNHCR plans to send 10,000 tents to South Sudan from a warehouse in Dubai in the coming weeks at an expected cost of more than $8 million.Upper Nile and Unity states in South Sudan have been receiving refugees from fighting in Sudan’s Blue Nile and Southern Kordofan states in recent months.“Many families left with few belongings and walked for weeks through the bush, stopping where there was water and moving on when the source ran dry,” said Ms. Tan. “Some were stranded in heavily-forested areas bordering South Sudan.”At least 40,000 refugees have arrived in Upper Nile since September. UNHCR is aware of 25,000 refugees at the Doro camp, and an estimated 15,000 stranded in the Elfoj border area in Maban county. There are also reports of some 27,000 refugees scattered across the Guffa border area further north.The agency has distributed relief supplies that were already in the country to more than 19,000 of the Sudanese refugees in Doro camp.In Unity state, some 22,000 refugees from the Nuba Mountains area of Sudan’s Southern Kordofan state have fled to Yida settlement across the border since August. The makeshift site is located near the volatile frontier and has come under attack in the past, most recently in mid-November, according to UNHCR. read more

CPP Investment Board acquiring stake in second Spanish shopping mall for 311M

TORONTO — The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board is preparing to buy a half-interest in a Spanish shopping centre for the equivalent of about $311 million.The Toronto-based fund manager says the Puerto Venecia shopping centre in Zaragoza, Spain, would be owned by a new joint venture between the CPPIB and Intu Properties PLC.They already have a partnership through the Parque Principado shopping centre in Oviedo, Spain, which they acquired in October 2013.Intu owns and operates mostly U.K. retail and leisure properties and has been growing in the Spanish market.It bought Puerto Venecia in January for 451 million euros, or $623 million at current exchange rates. CPPIB will pay 225.4 million euros for a 50 per cent interest in the property.The CPPIB invests money on behalf of the Canada Pension Plan. As of March 31, it managed assets worth $264.6 billion.The Canadian PressCPPIB sees buying opportunities: WisemanCPPIB the new landlord for Uber, Square after acquiring stake in San Francisco headquarters read more

Marijuana to be smuggled to Sri Lanka seized in Tamil Nadu

Marijuana worth Indian Rupees one crore, intended to be smuggled to Sri Lanka, was seized on Wednesday at a beach in Tamil Nadu’s Rameswaram, police said. The marijuana was supposed to be exchanged for gold, the Press Trust of India reported.The Police also arrested a retired Tahsildhar for allegedly helping the smuggling of the marijuana from the Athiaman beach. He allegedly owns a garden where he hoards marijuana that he smuggles. Police said they seized 196 kg of ‘Kerala Marijuana’ from the area. On Tuesday night, 10 kg ganja was seized near Uchipuli in Rameswaram. Police arrested a Sri Lankan national in connection with the seizure. (Colombo Gazette)

Will Mayor Bratina run again

(Update)Reaction tonight to the story we first broke tonight at six — as the mayor of Hamilton now says he’s not ruling out running again for the city’s top job in the fall election.Mayor Bob Bratina: “Well, you can’t rule anything out ever, I mean, never say never.”Hamilton Mayor Bob Bratina isn’t saying yes. But he’s not saying no when it comes to running again for leader of the city in the fall election. This not so clear cut answer follows the news that the federal riding association has effectively ended his bid to run as a Liberal. But the possibility of Bratina’s bid isn’t fazing the other candidates.Brian McHattie: “When i signed up to run on January 2nd, Bob Bratina was still the mayor. I was running against him at that point. He pulled out, and if he comes back in, fair enough. I don’t mind, one way or the other.”And Fred Eisenberger, who lost to Bratina in the last election, says whether or not Bratina runs again is of no consequence to him as he decided long before to run for mayor.Politcial opponent’s opinions aside, what really counts is what voters think and the ones we spoke to seem to be on board with Bratina.“I’m excited. I think he’s a great guy. I really like having him around. I really hope he does go again.”“I think it would be great if he ran.”“I really think Bob Bratina has done a wonderul job for the period of time that he’s been there. But I also think there are other avenues Bob Bratina would wish to be.”And Bratina is clear about his current political ambitions, at least federally: “My intention right now is to seek a federal nomination for the Liberals. But that time for me is still some time away.”Bratina did tell CHCH News today that he’s open to representing the Liberals in other Hamilton ridings, like Hamilton East where he grew up. As for the municipal election, it’s not too far away. There are just over three months until election day, so if Bratina does decided to run, the clock’s ticking. read more

The 10 Games That Shaped The NFL Playoff Picture The Most

Detroit72100+28 Denver4139-2 Green Bay70%100%+30 PLAYOFF CHANCES PLAYOFF CHANCES Washington37%51%+14 Houston44%74%+30 3. Tennessee 13, Denver 10 (Week 14) The most important game of the year came in Week 17, even though one of the teams — the New York Giants — had absolutely nothing to play for. Washington’s loss ended its playoff hopes and rendered the highly anticipated Green Bay-Detroit evening matchup mostly moot by guaranteeing playoff spots for both the Packers and Lions. Tennessee11%25%+14 After a tedious Week 17, the NFL playoff picture is finally set. Every week since Week 12, we’ve looked at which games could have the biggest impact on postseason chances throughout the league. Now, instead of dealing with hypotheticals, we can look backward to see which results from the entire 2016 regular season actually affected the playoff race the most.This is pretty easy to measure. Our NFL predictions update after every game, so the most important games are simply the ones that caused the largest net change in playoff probabilities. For example, when Buffalo beat Los Angeles in Week 5, the Bills’ playoff chances immediately improved from 50 percent to 64 percent (+14) while the Rams’ dropped from 49 percent to 34 percent (-14, with rounding). That’s a net change of 28 points. If we add to that number the impact the Bill’s victory had on Arizona, Seattle, New England and Oakland and its minor impacts on every other team in the league, we get an overall playoff swing of 57 points for that game.1The playoff swing totals in this article are lower than what we had listed in previous weeks. That’s because the scale has changed a bit, now that we’re measuring based on one actual game outcome instead of two potential game outcomes. An example: Going into their Week 17 matchup against New York, Washington had a 58 percent chance of making the playoffs. It would be eliminated with a loss and would more or less clinch with a win, so the team’s total potential range of outcomes, which we called its swing, was zero to 100 percent, or 100 percentage points. But Washington lost that game, so its actual, non-potential swing was from 58 percent to zero, or 58 percentage points.By this measure, the 10 biggest games of the regular season are below. Note that some of these results didn’t actually “matter” in the end. Going back to the example above: Buffalo didn’t make the postseason. But that game did make a significant impact on the playoff race at the time, so it was still important to the arc of the season. Miami55%92%+38 Game had 75.9 total “swing” points; only teams with a playoff swing of at least 2 percentage points based on the game outcome are shown AFFECTED TEAMBEFORE GAMEAFTER GAMECHANGE Detroit4650+4 Pittsburgh was an early favorite to make the playoffs, with a 62 percent preseason chance of advancing to the postseason that improved to 90 percent after a 4-1 start. But then the Steelers lost four straight, dropping down to 16th in our rankings, which are based on Elo ratings (a measure of team strength based on game results that we use quite a bit around here). They would go on to beat the Browns in Week 11, but this road victory against the Colts was when Pittsburgh really righted the ship. The Steelers closed the season with five more wins, easily making it to the postseason; they enter as the fourth-ranked team by Elo. Game had 58.5 total “swing” points; only teams with a playoff swing of at least 2 percentage points based on the game outcome are shown Dallas2623-3 Game had 76.0 total “swing” points; only teams with a playoff swing of at least 2 percentage points based on the game outcome are shown The game to watch for Week 16 was one of the best of the year. Buffalo came back from a 21-7 deficit, but the Dolphins hit a 55-yard field goal at the end of the fourth quarter to send the game into OT. Buffalo immediately drove 58 yards to Miami’s 17-yard line before moving backward 10 yards on two running plays and missing a 45-yarder. The Dolphins eventually won it on a chip shot field goal, sending their playoff chances skyrocketing to 92 percent at the expense of Denver and Baltimore. Washington1815-3 AFFECTED TEAMBEFORE GAMEAFTER GAMECHANGE Green Bay6269+6 Miami1626+11 Buffalo712+5 N.Y. Giants3429-4 AFFECTED TEAMBEFORE GAMEAFTER GAMECHANGE Philadelphia56%72%+16 AFFECTED TEAMBEFORE GAMEAFTER GAMECHANGE Denver7348-24 AFFECTED TEAMBEFORE GAMEAFTER GAMECHANGE Houston5855-3 Let’s take a moment to acknowledge Tennessee’s season. The Titans were one of the NFL’s worst teams in 2015 but rallied to go 9-7 this season, with a 5-2 record against eventual playoff teams. Their peak came in back-to-back wins against Denver (Week 14) and Kansas City (Week 15), giving them a serious shot at an AFC South title. Unfortunately, it was all for naught — the bad version of the Titans came out in Week 16 and lost 38-17 to the Jaguars, allowing the Texans to clinch the division. Tennessee’s victory over Denver did make a big difference for Miami, which eventually took the second AFC wild card spot. PLAYOFF CHANCES Houston7957-22 Based on the Cowboys’ terrible performance last season, our NFL predictions projected them to go 7-9 in 2016. And it took a little while for our model to figure out that Dallas was for real. This Week 6 drubbing of Green Bay improved the Cowboys’ record to 5-1 and sent their playoff chances shooting up 22 points to 78 percent; the suddenly struggling Packers saw an equivalent drop. Game had 57.2 total “swing” points; only teams with a playoff swing of at least 2 percentage points based on the game outcome are shown Remember Philadelphia? After a 3-0 start, capped by this shellacking of the highly rated Pittsburgh Steelers, the Eagles saw their playoff chances rise to over 70 percent. After a bye in Week 4, it was all downhill. Philadelphia went 2-9 over their next 11 games and were eliminated from playoff contention in Week 15. Game had 66.3 total “swing” points; only teams with a playoff swing of at least 2 percentage points based on the game outcome are shown Indianapolis11%21%+10 9. Philadelphia 34, Pittsburgh 3 (Week 3) Green Bay5434-20 The Texans ended the regular season with a 9-7 record, a -49 point differential and just the saddest kind of quarterback controversy (the kind where both quarterbacks are bad). So how did they find themselves in the playoffs, with room to spare? Houston’s secret weapon was a 5-1 record against its AFC South opponents, spoiled only by its final meaningless game against the Titans. Whenever Houston’s lead in its terrible division was challenged, the team rose to the occasion, getting a particularly large boost to its playoffs chances in this narrow victory over the Colts. Pittsburgh6870+2 4. Houston 22, Indianapolis 17 (Week 14) Pittsburgh55%71%+16 Indianapolis2311-12 5. Tennessee 19, Kansas City 17 (Week 15) Kansas City>9997-2 AFFECTED TEAMBEFORE GAMEAFTER GAMECHANGE N.Y. Giants4850+2 Houston7987+7 Baltimore3224-8 Game had 58.7 total “swing” points; only teams with a playoff swing of at least 2 percentage points based on the game outcome are shown PLAYOFF CHANCES Pittsburgh9388-5 Indianapolis73-4 1. N.Y. Giants 19, Washington 10 (Week 17) PLAYOFF CHANCES AFFECTED TEAMBEFORE GAMEAFTER GAMECHANGE PLAYOFF CHANCES After Green Bay’s late-season surge to make the playoffs (and the collapse of Washington and Tampa Bay), the Packers’ midseason foibles are all but forgotten. But they really almost blew it, going on a four-game losing streak that started at the end of October during which the Green Bay defense allowed 38 points per game and the team’s chances of making the playoffs dropped (at 4-6) to just 6 percent. This Week 9 loss to the Colts — the second loss in the streak — was one of the most damaging for Green Bay while simultaneously reviving Indianapolis’s hopes. Houston8682-5 2. Miami 34, Buffalo 31 (Week 16) Baltimore3841+3 6. Indianapolis 31, Green Bay 26 (Week 9) Houston5144-7 Cincinnati159-7 Baltimore2814-14 Washington2831+3 Tennessee16%44%+28 Game had 58.9 total “swing” points; only teams with a playoff swing of at least 2 percentage points based on the game outcome are shown AFFECTED TEAMBEFORE GAMEAFTER GAMECHANGE Dallas56%78%+22 Minnesota6164+3 Game had 116.6 total “swing” points; only teams with a playoff swing of at least 2 percentage points based on the game outcome are shown Philadelphia3835-3 AFFECTED TEAMBEFORE GAMEAFTER GAMECHANGE Miami4145+3 Baltimore5154+3 Indianapolis3934-5 8. Dallas 30, Green Bay 16 (Week 6) Denver177-10 Indianapolis344-30 Game had 65.0 total “swing” points; only teams with a playoff swing of at least 2 percentage points based on the game outcome are shown AFFECTED TEAMBEFORE GAMEAFTER GAMECHANGE Game had 59.7 total “swing” points; only teams with a playoff swing of at least 2 percentage points based on the game outcome are shown PLAYOFF CHANCES Pittsburgh8067-13 Washington580-58 PLAYOFF CHANCES The second ultimately meaningless late-season Titans victory that briefly shook the AFC South playoff race. Better luck next year, Tennessee! PLAYOFF CHANCES PLAYOFF CHANCES Tampa Bay29<1-28 Detroit7380+7 Tennessee4542-3 Green Bay7249-22 10. New Orleans 31, Tampa Bay 24 (Week 16) 7. Pittsburgh 28, Indianapolis 7 (Week 12) Going into Week 15, the 8-5 Tampa Bay Buccaneers had a 54 percent chance of making the playoffs but blew it with back-to-back narrow losses to the Cowboys and Saints. Although this game didn’t technically eliminate Tampa Bay from playoff contention — the team had a very outside chance of making the playoffs in Week 17, if seven games broke their way — it more or less ended the Bucs’ playoff hopes.Check out our latest NFL predictions. read more

Pilot Crushtec RubbleBuster working well in coal

first_imgThis RubbleBuster SR500, combining well in a coal crushing application crushing the oversize coal and recirculating the crushed material back to a Terex Finlay 683, was recently supplied by Pilot Crushtec to its French dealer. According to export sales manager Paul Chappel, the two companies have a long-standing relationship and when the client decided to purchase an easily transportable crusher for hire to a variety of end-users, the RubbleBuster was a natural choice. “On the strength of its price, usability and mobility, backed by a complete service package, the RubbleBuster is an outstanding contender in this niche market,” he says. The RubbleBuster illustrated, was ordered directly from Pilot Crushtec at Bauma 2010 in Munich, Germany, and was manufactured at the company’s Jet Park factory, east of Johannesburg.last_img read more

Energy usage in Ireland dropped 12 per cent in just three years

first_imgENERGY USAGE IN Ireland dropped by 12 per cent in just three years, according to new figures from the European Union’s statistical office.The figures released by Eurostat show that Ireland had the second largest drop in energy consumption in the EU between 2008 and 2011 with only Lithuania seeing a bigger decrease.The study looked solely at consumption figures and did not assign a reason for the drop in energy use – although it noted that the Irish figures are broadly in line with the EU as a whole, which has seen energy consumption decline since the financial crisis took hold.Energy prices have risen significantly in Ireland in recent years with energy providers blaming increased charges imposed by the Commission for Energy Regulation, the wholesale price of gas, the euro exchange rate and the cost of the new electricity interconnecter with Britain among the factors for the price hikes.The top five energy consumers in the EU – Germany, France, the UK, Italy and Spain – accounted for almost two thirds of the total usage of the 27 EU member states.All but four countries saw decreases in their energy usage from 2008 onwards. Only Malta, Estonia, Belgium and Poland saw an increase.The Eurostat figures also found that Ireland imports almost 89 per cent of its energy, making it one of the most energy dependent countries in the EU.The number of people unable to afford their energy bills has grown dramatically. Last month the Commissioner for Energy Regulation said almost 2,400 households had their natural gas disconnected in Ireland in just three months in 2012.Read: 56 per cent of Irish homes ‘go into debt to pay essential bills’ > Read: ‘Leave the immersion on’: Your tips for saving energy… and money >Explainer: Why energy prices are rising and what you can do to save money >last_img read more

Robots To Take Over Farming

first_imgRobots are currently being developed to take over one of the most labor intensive jobs out there: farming.Scientists in Israel and Europe are developing just such machines, which could identify, spray, and harvest crops. This selective spraying could potentially reduce the use of pesticides by 80 percent.AdChoices广告“The technology is ready, and now we can start seeing this penetrating into the market,” researcher Yael Edan told Discovery News. “I would say there will definitely be robots out there in five years — maybe not be on every farm, and maybe not for every farmer. I think now the time is there.”The biggest hurdle is developing computers and robots that can identify vegetables and fruits accurately. So far researchers have been able to achieve this with about 80 percent accuracy, but that’s still far less than with an actual person.last_img read more

10 stark images of homeless life are currently adorning the railings of

first_img Saturday 3 Dec 2016, 9:00 AM By Cianan Brennan In Sight co-founder Lynsey Browne at the exhibit on St Stephen’s Green Source: TheJournal.ieAll photographs were taken by people living on Dublin’s streets – with 45 people capturing images over the course of 12 months. Each of the pictures featured gives the photographer’s name and a brief description of what it was about the subject that caught their attention.Meanwhile, one of the photos featured, ‘Me, Myself, and I’ taken by Tomasz Lubczynski on Dublin’s Harcourt Street, has been chosen as the front cover of an anthology of Irish writing, Looking at the Stars, with all proceeds from the book’s sale going to the Dublin Simon Community.“Tomasz was absolutely delighted when we told him, he’s so proud that his photo was to be on the cover,” says Lynsey.Of the 45 photographers the project has utilised, Tomasz Lubczynski is one of those who has now progressed to his own accommodation.“Another photographer, Martin Breen,  has now got a job through the Simon Community,” says Lynsey. “There are others we haven’t seen recently though.”The next move for the project will be to try to expand the photo portfolio into “a collection of postcards, Christmas cards, pictoral guidebooks, calendars, that kind of thing” in conjunction with the Simon Community, says Lynsey. Source: TheJournal.ieThat will be for next year. For now, the photos on the Green are a moving depiction of the human side of this country’s accommodation crisis.“Every day we hear more news about the escalating crisis – so much so that we risk becoming immune to the human impact of homelessness,” says Lucy.Art has the power to create deep connections between those living in mainstream society and those on the periphery. SPOTLIGHT: HOMELESS IRELAND 2016 – TheJournal.ie 14,689 Views Source: TheJournal.ieHOMELESSNESS IS POSSIBLY the biggest issue currently facing Irish society.All last week TheJournal.ie’s homeless series looked at the plight of people without a home from all corners of the country.Meanwhile, people in Dublin’s south city centre may have noticed something a little bit different about St Stephen’s Green in the last week.10 photographs taken by Dublin’s homeless community are currently adorning the railings of the Green across from the Shelbourne Hotel. Source: TheJournal.ieThe novel exhibit is the latest move for the In Sight project. Six months ago the project had its first exhibition at the Powerscourt Town Centre in Dublin which turned out to be a resounding success.This new display is closer to what the project’s founders Lynsey Browne and Lucy Ryan were thinking of when they first came up with the concept. Source: In Sight/YouTube“Well we’re calling it In Sight Out because it’s outdoors. We wanted to do something on the streets – it’s fitting as that’s where a lot of photographers spend most of their time,” Lynsey told TheJournal.ie. Short URL 47 Comments Dec 3rd 2016, 9:00 AM Source: In Sight OutPhotos from this project capture humour, sadness, love, fear, excitement, worry and passions – emotions experienced in every walk of life.You can learn more about In Sight here. All of the photos involved are available for sale with all proceeds going to the Dublin Simon Community. The In Sight Out exhibition will continue at St Stephen’s Green across from the Shelbourne Hotel until Monday 12 December.Read: “I don’t want to be 40 living in a tent waking up with a bottle of vodka beside me”Read: The vow to end homelessness by Christmas? Not going to happen Share64 Tweet Email1 10 stark images of homeless life are currently adorning the railings of St Stephen’s Green The free exhibit is the latest foray by the In Sight homeless photography project. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article http://jrnl.ie/3113045 The aim is to increase awareness and to get across the photos and the stories from the people who’ve experienced it (homelessness).Friends Lynsey and Lucy (who first came up with the idea for In Sight about two years ago when discussing ways to raise funds and awareness of Dublin’s homeless problem) pitched the idea for the project on the Green to local businesses (such as the adjacent Shelbourne Hotel and Adams Auctioneers) and with their support the exhibit has come to life.last_img read more

12 million de liens illégaux par mois supprimés par Google

first_img1,2 million de liens illégaux par mois supprimés par Google Google a rendu public les chiffres de Transparency Report, renseignant sur les plaintes enregistrées pour demander la suppression de contenus illicites sur la Toile.Google a publié les résultats des demandes de suppression de contenus illégaux. Souvent pour des questions de droit d’auteurs, le géant de l’Internet reçoit chaque mois 1,2 million de demandes de suppressions de liens illicites, le tout communiqué par des ayants droit et par les gouvernements. Ces chiffres ont été recueillis grâce aux portail d’information Transparency Report qui permet de recenser les demandes de retrait de contenu depuis avril 2011. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Le moteur de recherche le plus usité a donc relevé, en moyenne, 250.000 demandes de suppressions hebdomadaires. La firme de Mountain View explique qu'”en ce moment, il n’est pas rare pour nous de recevoir plus de 250 000 demandes chaque semaine, ce qui est plus que ce que les propriétaires de droits d’auteur nous ont demandé de supprimer en 2009.”Lors de l’année écoulée, le titulaire de droit d’auteur ayant demandé le plus de destructions d’adresse URL est Microsoft. En effet, la firme de Redmond a réclamé la suppression de 2,5 millions de contenus. Ensuite viennent la NBC Universal (985.995) et la RIAA – Recording Association of América – (416.731). Selon Google, les demandes demandes de suppression d’URL proviennent de 1.000 ayants droit et  quelques 24.000 sites web sont concernés. Le 26 mai 2012 à 16:30 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

RR Donnelleys Earnings Double

first_img“Given these unprecedented times, we are pleased with the earnings generated in the quarter,” president and CEO Thomas J. Quinlan III said in a statement.In July, Donnelley said it finalized a multi-year agreement with F+W Media worth more than $80 million, including several of F+W’s magazine and book products. Printer R.R. Donnelley Wednesday reported $168.2 million in third quarter net earnings, down roughly 4 percent from $175 million during the same period last year. Through the first nine months, however, net earnings were up more than 100 percent to $497 million.Year-to-date, Donnelley generated $8.7 billion in net sales, up slightly from roughly $8.5 billion during the same period last year. Net sales during the third quarter were $2.9 billion, down 1.6 percent from the same period in 2007. The decrease was caused, the company said, by volume declines and “continued price pressure primarily due to the global economic slowdown.”In Donnelley’s U.S. segment, net sales decreased 0.8 percent to $2.1 billion. The company attributed the dip to volume declines across product lines and continued price pressures. During the quarter, the segment also saw a $16.7 million restructuring and impairment charge.The declines were offset, in part, by Donnelley’s acquisitions of Cardinal Brands in December 2007 and Pro Line Printing in March 2008, the company said.last_img read more

BlackBerry Key2 Red Edition is out in the US and youll pay

first_imgBlackBerry BlackBerry debuted a red version of its Key2 flagship phone, notable for its physical keyboard, at MWC in February, but it hasn’t been available in the US prior to now. On Friday the company announced that the Key2 Red Edition is now shipping here for $699. That’s $50 more than its basic black sibling, but it also includes 128GB memory (compared to 64GB for the plain old Key2) and includes red BlackBerry-branded earbuds.It’s available now via Amazon and Best Buy.BlackBerry shipped its phone for the keyboard-nostalgic roughly 10 months ago, but took its first shot at a color with the Key2 LE, a lower-end model, towards the end of 2018. The Key2 Red Edition uses a more sedate, darker shade of red than the bright Key2 LE.When we reviewed the Key2, we felt that only keyboard diehards could love the phone enough to overlook its cramped-feeling keyboard, laggy performance, meh low-light photos and awkwardly located capacitive navigation buttons. CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Boost Mobile Turo Sarah Tew/CNET The Cheapskate Share your voice $994 See at Turo An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Tags 38 Photos Preview • The BlackBerry Key2 doubles down on literally everything Mentioned Above BlackBerry Key2 (64GB, black) Angela Lang/CNET Read DJI Osmo Action preview Tags Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Sprint Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. $6 at Tidal 4:16 Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Now playing: Watch this: Comment See It Chris Monroe/CNET BlackBerry Key2 BlackBerry Key2 review: 6 things to know Turo: Save $30 on any car rental See it What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. $999 $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Amazon CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Comments See it $210 at Best Buy Sarah Tew/CNET Phones Sarah Tew/CNET Rylo 1 BlackBerry,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Read the Rylo camera previewcenter_img $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Read Google Home Hub review $155 at Google Express Read the AirPods review Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) $999 Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. $59 at eBay Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X 7 I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Sarah Tew/CNET Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. $520 at HP Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) $999 Share your voice Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR See at Amazon $60 at Best Buy See It Best Buy See It Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. BlackBerry Key2 changes everything $999 $299 at Amazon DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Apple iPhone XS Review • BlackBerry Key2 will make you crazy if you’re not a keyboard die-hard TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us).last_img read more

Attention techies these 15 companies are barred from applying for H1B visas

first_imgWorkers are pictured beneath clocks displaying time zones in various parts of the world at an outsourcing centre in Bangalore February 29, 2012 (representational image).Reuters fileIn a move that will affect techies looking to work in the US, the United States Department of Labor has disqualified 15 companies from applying for the H-1B Visa Program.The authority has released a list of 15 employers who cannot apply for H-1B visas effective from February 1, 2018. The Wage and Hour Division of the Department of Labor said that some of the debarred companies are “willful violator employers”.The Department of Labor will conduct random investigations for a period of up to five years from the date when the company is decided as willful violator by the Wage and Hour Division, the website said.Also read: Skill, job, and English: You need only three things to make it to USHere’s a look at 15 companies that have been disqualified from applying for H1-B visas by the US government. List of companies disqualified from applying for H-1B Visa List of companies disqualified from applying for H-1B VisaThe H-1B visa program allows companies to hire highly skilled foreign professionals to work in the US in areas that need technical expertise. Indian nationals are a major beneficiary of the H-1B program.However, with Trump’s “Buy American, Hire American” move, applying for H-1B visas has become a tough job for foreign workers and immigrants. The “America First” promise by the US President has also affected Indian techies who have dreams of living in America.There were reports that the Trump administration was considering tightening H-1B visa rules. However, the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) on January 9, 2018, announced that the US government was not considering any proposal that would force H-1B visa holders to leave the country.In the US Congress, a new policy is tabled to protect American workers from discrimination and replacement by foreign labor. The new policy seeks to put limits on the number of people who receive green cards to live and work in the US.last_img read more

Day On Not a day Off

first_imgDr. Joan Hillsman, former minister of music, Rev. Dr. Rudolph White, pastor of New Southern Rock Baptist Church and other members joined together to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The event included music, dance, a choir celebration and the church’s choir. The Honorable Judge Reggie B. Walton, District Court Judge of the District of Columbia was the guest speaker.last_img

Mom refuses to let gay dad see kids in case they turn

first_imgMom refuses to let gay dad see kids in case they turn gay. | Photo: Guillaume Paumier / Flickr Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… The father, identified only as ‘M’ in Gauteng High Court reports, came out as gay to his now ex-wife in 2014. They were together for 12 years and have two children, a boy and a girl, according to Independent Online.When he came out to her, she told him she thought homosexuality was a ‘choice’ and was immediately standoffish.Photo: torbakhopper / FlickrAfter a while, she became more comfortable with his sexuality. Until the father became friends with a married gay couple. GAYSTARNEWS- eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us)center_img A gay dad took his ex-wife to court after she refused to let him see their kids, in case they turn gay. ‘M’ took the kids for sleepovers with the gay couple, in which they made a ‘Christmas bed’ for ‘movie evenings’.This worried the mother, but ‘M’ assured her nothing sinister was going on.Mother holds homophobic beliefsAfter this, she refused to let their kids see their father or even talk to them anymore. This is despite the fact he continued to pay child support without fail.Desperate to see his kids over the Easter break, he took his ex-wife to court.The mother’s lawyer wrote a letter to the father saying his lifestyle could make the kids turn gay. The letter said his sexuality ‘may cause the children to experiment sexually and engage in homosexual and bisexual behaviour at a later stage.’The court told the mother her homophobic beliefs were wrong. The Pretoria court then ordered the mother to attend parenting classes.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . How families with two dads raise their kidsGay dads separate from their wives, then merge their kids into one familyGay son reunites with birth dad after 35 years and finds out he’s also gayRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/mom-refuses-let-gay-dad-see-kids-case-turn-gay/last_img read more

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News | September 02, 2014 Elekta’s Enhanced Collaboration With Toshiba Strengthens Position in Japan September 2, 2014 — In an agreement signed in Tokyo, Elekta Japan will grant Toshiba Medical Systems Corp. (TMSC) wider… read more News | June 19, 2015 William Beaumont Hospital and Elekta File Patent Lawsuit Against Varian On June 16, 2015, William Beaumont Hospital and Elekta Ltd. filed a patent infringement suit against Varian Medical… read more Dr. Kristin Higgens from Emory Explains a Novel PET-CT Linac SystemVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 5:48Loaded: 2.79%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -5:48 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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News | Radiation Therapy | September 04, 2015 France’s Gustave Roussy Comprehensive Cancer Center Chooses Elekta’s Versa HD Gustave Roussy has awarded Elekta with an order for four Versa HD linear accelerators, replacing their existing… read more Related Content Videos | October 29, 2018 VIDEO: Biologically Guided Radiation Therapy Using Real-time PET Imaging Kristin Higgins read more Feature | March 24, 2015 First Patients Treated on Integrated Brainlab ExacTrac/Elekta LINAC System Brainlab announced first patient treatments on a fully integrated radiation oncology solution that combines ExacTrac… read more News | October 02, 2013 Elekta Opens Global Education Center for Oncology and Neuroscience Professionals Elekta unveiled a state-of-the-art learning center at its North American headquarters, in conjunction with the 55th… read more News | June 11, 2014 Dutch Cancer Patients to Benefit From Erasmus Medical Center’s New Linacs June 11, 2014 — Erasmus University Medical Center (Erasmus MC) in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, announced the purchase of… read more Image courtesy of Elekta News | July 18, 2014 Varian Unveils Work-in-Progress Cloud-Based QA System July 18, 2014 — Varian Medical Systems will introduce Qumulate QA, a new cloud-based QA data management and analysis… read more Contouring dose with pinpoint, multidimensional accuracy, targeting a tumor without damaging surrounding tissue and destroying a tumor in one radiation session is still a lofty goal in radiation therapy, and rarely attainable. For years, radiation oncologists and physicists have longed for technology to match their need for imaging and radiation delivery methods that hit all of these objectives.With the advent of stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT), the imaging community might finally have a tool that provides maximum benefit for physicians and patients. Why is SBRT the technology of the future in the field of radiotherapy? What systems exist, and what must be done before widespread adoption in the field? As more studies demonstrate the improved success of using SBRT over conventional methods such as IMRT or IGRT, it becomes clearer that this novel technique may become the treatment of choice in radiation therapy’s near future.Targeting hard to reach tumorsRadiation therapy has evolved as a delicate balance between delivering the right dose and not damaging surrounding healthy tissue. With conventional external beam radiation therapy, a significant portion of surrounding normal tissue also receives dose to avoid missing the tumor or lesion. This inescapable fact of radiation therapy is due primarily to technical limitations, including the inability to target precisely with existing imaging and radiation delivery methods. Add to that the normal movements of organs and difficulties in patient positioning, and typical radiotherapy could help but also hurt the patient.More recent radiosurgery methods have attempted to increase precision and remove dosing of healthy tissue. New procedures deliver large radiation doses to tumors and other targets in single or small numbers of sessions, ideally without harming the surrounding healthy tissue. In order to do this companies and tools have experimented with increased radiation delivery speed, dose sculpting and enhanced imaging capabilities. But for the most part, there has not been an option that has included all of the above.With SBRT, the imaging community is seeing this advance come to life. Stereotactic radiosurgery and radiotherapy have been successfully used for intracranial, orbital and base-of-skull tumors to accurately locate and dose tumors in three-dimensional space. Like these techniques, SBRT involves patient immobilization and image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT). As a subspecialty of IGRT, SBRT enables delivery of extremely precise high doses of radiation to malignant or benign tumors that are small, may be hard to reach and are located typically in the head or neck, lung, liver, in various abdominal sites and the prostate. With tighter margins, less normal tissue is affected so there are fewer side effects for patients. Plus, fewer treatment sessions are required to deliver the same total amount of radiation.The proof is in the imagingExtending this technique to the body required advances in imaging, radiation delivery and patient placement. New SBRT systems that image, localize and sculpt radiation for small to moderate-sized tumors in the body is now available.“The advances occurring in radiotherapy are unprecedented,” said Cal Huntzinger, manager of marketing and engineering, surgical sciences, Varian Medical Systems. “With our new SBRT systems, we have the ability to identify targets in ways we never could before, driven by the power of functional images combined with structural images. Oncologists and referring physicians can visualize exactly what they’re trying to treat without guessing. During treatment, physicians can sculpt the dose in ways that were unheard of just years ago.”The key to the new capabilities of SBRT is significant advancements in imaging. While in the past radiotherapy and radiosurgery primarily used CT scans for target identification and treatment, scans that often lacked exactness and quality, today the imaging community has highly enhanced CT capabilities as well as MRI, PET/CT and SPECT/CT imaging. Better image quality enables greater accuracy in patient positioning, targeting the tumor as well as tracking the lesion during treatment. This minute localization offers customization and safety at unparalleled levels.The right indications for SBRTWhile SBRT represents a significant advancement in radiation therapy, determining the best methods and indications for use is currently a matter for careful analysis.“We view SBRT as a very important emerging technology in the spectrum of cancer care, but feel it should first be performed in a very controlled and systematic fashion under clinical trials,” said Timothy D. Solberg, Ph.D., FACMP, FAAPM, professor and director, department of radiation oncology, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. “There’s significant promise from this technology, and preliminary studies are showing it as an effective and safe treatment. But there is potential for adverse effects if used improperly, and there is much to learn about its ideal use.”From a technical point of view, the aspects of SBRT that are so exciting are also the most challenging. The confluence of imaging, positioning, tumor motion and high radiation presents much room for error and much to research. As the technology is so new, the field lacks critical information on dose fraction schemes that will optimize tumor control while maintaining morbidity at acceptable levels. Rigorous institutional study can address both the technological and clinical challenges inherent in SBRT, and determine the best specialized training for physicists, physicians and technicians.“It’s not rational for every hospital in a major metropolitan area to do liver transplants, for example,” said Solberg. “But with new radiotherapy technologies, centers can feel pressured into adopting new procedures, to jump on board as soon as possible to remain competitive and financially secure. The radiation oncology community must approach new modalities like SBRT slowly and rationally. Use of SBRT should start in centers of excellence who do the initial work and train future practitioners.”With research and establishment of best practices in SBRT in process, including several studies at Solberg’s facility, areas of possible use for the system are adding up. Oncologists are eying SBRT as a potential boon for tumors, metastases, sarcomas and more in areas like the spine, lung, pancreas, liver, prostate and the musculoskeletal system.SBRT toolsSBRT technology is so far led by a partnership between two key companies, Varian Medical Systems, a manufacturer of oncological radiotherapy options, and BrainLAB, a producer of medical technology and image-guided systems. The result of the partnership is the NovalisTX.The NovalisTX’s beams are designed for delivering doses over 60 percent faster than conventional tools. Radiation delivery is guided by an advanced set of imaging options, including stereo X-ray 6D targeting, cone-beam CT and fluoroscopy. Proper patient positioning is achieved through adaptive gating and a robotic couch correction. Radiation is delivered through a high-definition multileaf collimator to shape treatment to specific tumors and placement. The NovalisTX promises flexibility, enhanced functionality, improved patient care and increased numbers of treated patients.“In terms of our technological platform, Novalis offers no compromises,” said Huntzinger. The array of tools the system offers a medical team includes localization, treatment planning and dose sculpting.SBRT may also impart economic benefits, as fewer treatment sessions, more effective and less damaging dose delivery and faster patient recovery translate into decreased overall cost.With careful study and testing, and the advent of highly advanced tools like the NovalisTX, the future looks bright for SBRT.“In the short term, caution with SBRT is key, and use should start with specialized centers, with rigorous programs for training new practitioners,” said Solberg. “SBRT represents a profound paradigm shift for radiation oncology, with broader implications over the entire healthcare continuum, so in the long term, there will be widespread adoption of SBRT throughout the oncology community.” FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | June 23, 2015 ECRI Institute Offers Guidance on Choosing a Linear Accelerator The ECRI Institute released a new techIQ brief on key factors to consider when purchasing a linear accelerator (linac)… read more News | June 23, 2015 First Patients Treated on Elekta Linear Accelerator with Integrated Brainlab ExacTrac X-Ray Brainlab announced first patient treatments in March on a fully integrated radiation oncology solution that combines… read more read more