IndiGo set to expand board to have 4 independent directors

first_imgNew Delhi: Amid promoters feuding over governance issues, InterGlobe Aviation has decided to have up to 10 members on its board, including four independent directors. The decision, taken during the company’s board meeting on July 20, comes against the backdrop of a feud between co-promoters — Rakesh Gangwal and Rahul Bhatia — over corporate governance issues. InterGlobe Aviation, the parent of the country’s largest airline IndiGo, at present has six members, including two independent directors. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal The board of directors have decided to amend the Articles of Association (AoA) for expanding the board by up to a maximum of 10 members, including four independent directors, a regulatory filing said. “The said amendment of the articles will be subject to approval of the shareholders at the forthcoming annual general meeting of the company,” it added. Generally, an AoA pertains to internal rules governing a company. In a statement on July 19, the company said its board has decided to seek shareholders’ approval for expanding the board to enable the induction of an independent woman. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost Former Sebi chief M Damodaran is the Chairman of InterGlobe Aviation. Apart from Gangwal, Bhatia and his wife Rohini Bhatia, former World Bank executive Anupam Khanna and chartered accountant Anil Parashar are board members. Markets regulator Sebi and the corporate affairs ministry are looking into the alleged governance lapses at InterGlobe Aviation. Shares of InterGlobe Aviation were trading at Rs 1,475.30, higher by 0.82 per cent, even as the broader market was trading in the negative territory.last_img read more

Body found after apparent house explosion in Calgary police investigating

first_imgCalgary police say a body has been recovered from the site of an apparent house explosion in the city’s southeast.Sgt. Dwayne Lepchuk declined to say whose remains were found.Fire department spokeswoman Carol Henke says fire and police investigators were able to enter the destroyed home late Sunday.She says heavy equipment had to be brought in to slowly and carefully remove debris.Police have taken over the investigation.More than 25 people — some several blocks away from the house — called 911 to report a loud bang about 4:20 a.m. Sunday.Firefighters arrived to find the house engulfed by fire and flames spreading to neighbouring properties.One nearby home was badly damaged and “will not be re-occupied any time soon,” Henke said Sunday. Several other buildings suffered less serious damage, including melted siding and blown-out windows.Henke said the owner of the destroyed home was out of the country and that a tenant had not been accounted for.Dale Frizzell, whose home backs onto the one that burned, said that the owner, a single man, regularly goes to Thailand in the winter. Frizzell hadn’t seen the renter for a week or so.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Cera still Canadian to his core as he dons his superhero cape

first_img Twitter You can take the boy out of Canada but you can’t take Canada out of the boy. When I meet with Brampton, Ont.-born Michael Cera to chat about his new project, The Lego Batman Movie, he’s having lunch, eating a Waldorf salad. The 28-year-old began his career in Canada with a Tim Hortons summer camp commercial before decamping to the United States, finding fame with Arrested Development and a string of successful movies like Superbad and Juno, but has retained his disarming Canadian politeness. I walk in, he jumps up, “Do you want anything? Cheese? A coffee? How are you doing?” Facebook Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Did the PMO sideline WilsonRaybould on failed framework negotiations This chief believes

first_imgNation to NationAs the scandal involving the Prime Minister’s Office and former justice minister and attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould continues to grow by the day, everything that led up to it erupting last week is now getting a closer look.That includes Wilson-Raybould’s involvement in the failed Indigenous rights framework that fell apart late last year.Or more so, her apparent lack of involvement in what was supposed to be a game-changer for First Nations and the dismantling of the Indian Act.“I feel the Prime Minister’s Office held (Wilson-Raybould) back on this work,” said Chief Judy Wilson of the Neskonlith Indian Band in British Columbia. “We were dealing mostly with Minister (Carolyn) Bennett who, as you know, rolled it out very terribly.”Allegations surfaced last week that the PMO pressured Wilson-Raybould to intervene in a criminal case involving SNC-Lavalin. The Globe and Mail newspaper suggested in its report this was the reason why she surprisingly demoted from justice minister to veterans affairs last month.Wilson-Raybould resigned earlier this week from her role as minister of veterans affairs.It’s a scandal that doesn’t appear to be going away.As for work Wilson-Raybould was doing as justice minister, chiefs in B.C. couldn’t understand why she wasn’t more involved in developing the framework. Rather, Bennett, as minister of Crown-Indigenous relations, took the lead.“I think she was more or less sidelined in that work,” said Wilson on Nation to Nation Thursday. “We couldn’t understand why those two ministers weren’t working better together.”The framework was promised exactly a year ago on Feb. 14 when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stood in the House of Commons delivering a speech that came with big promises. One of those included tabling legislation by last December.It never happened as chiefs and Indigenous leaders pushed back against the process saying it was flawed from the get-go and never seemed to get any better.Now the government is rolling the framework out in pieces, including the Indigenous Languages Act that was tabled earlier this month and the proposed Indigenous child welfare bill that still hasn’t reached the House of Commons.“We have serious work before us with child and family legislation and language. This takes away from that work,” said Wilson.Grand Chief Joel Abram of the Association of Iroquois and Allied Indians said a draft of the child welfare legislation is weak.It doesn’t respect First Nation jurisdiction or the need for proper funding in order for nations to take back control of child welfare.In fact, the government is proposing First Nations or groups interested in controlling child welfare first have to make a deal with the federal government and another with provinces.“It’s not true recognition of First Nation authority if you require ministerial agreements with the province or the feds,” said Abram.Trudeau promised to table the legislation by the last week of January but as of Thursday there is still no word on when, or if it will.N2N@aptn.calast_img read more

Armed robbery reported at staff residence of UNAfrican Union Darfur force

1 April 2009Unidentified gunmen broke into a guest house yesterday occupied by personnel from the hybrid African Union-United Nations peacekeeping operation in Darfur, known as UNAMID. The two men demanded the keys for a couple of UNAMID vehicles parked in the compound of the guest house in Mournei, approximately 80 kilometres from the West Darfur capital, El Geneina.UNAMID said that the security officer at the guest house escaped without suffering any injuries and was able to report the incident to Sudanese police, informing them that the bandits got away with a VHF hand held radio and DVD player.The peacekeeping mission tasked with quelling the violence in the war-ravaged western flank of Sudan also reported that banditry remains widespread in West Darfur, UN spokesperson Michele Montas told the press in New York.Meanwhile, in South Darfur, Under-Secretary-General for Field Support, Susana Malcorra, today travelled to the provincial capital Nyala to pay a courtesy visit on the Wali, or Governor, during which they discussed issues related to the joint AU-UN mission.The Wali indicated that his government had approved land for UNAMID in South Darfur and reaffirmed his government’s commitment to cooperate with the peacekeeping operation. While in Nyala, Ms. Malcorra also met with UNAMID officials and toured the peacekeepers’ facilities, including the Pakistan Level III hospital where she was briefed on the progress of construction work underway.More than one year on from transferring peacekeeping operations to UNAMID from the AU Mission in Sudan (AMIS), well over 12,000 of the 19,555 military personnel authorized by the Security Council are now in place across Darfur.The hybrid force was set up to protect civilians in Darfur, where an estimated 300,000 people have been killed and another 2.7 million have been forced from their homes since fighting erupted in 2003, pitting rebels against Government forces and allied Janjaweed militiamen. read more

CID allowed to obtain statements from Arjun Kasun in prison

The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) has been allowed to record statements from Perpetual Treasuries head Arjun Aloysius and Chief Executive Officer Kasun Palisena at the Welikada remand prison.The Colombo Fort Magistrate ordered the prison officials to allow the CID to record the statements on February 13, 14 and 15. Arjun Aloysius and Kasun Palisena are in remand prison after being arrested over the Central Band treasury bond scam. (Colombo Gazette)

NFL Hopes To Have Jonathan Vilmas Suit Dismissed

NFL Hopes To Have Jonathan Vilmas Suit Dismissed

Persistent New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma returned to federal court on Friday, where a judge is hearing arguments on the NFL’s motion to dismiss the Saints linebacker’s lawsuit seeking to overturn his bounty suspension.Vilma seemed hopeful but not overly so.“You never want to go into these things with expectations,” Vilma said upon his arrival for court. “Whatever happens, happens.”It’s not clear when U.S. District Judge Ginger Berrigan will rule, but if she does not dismiss the lawsuit, she could potentially rule on Vilma’s request to be allowed to temporarily return to the Saints while the case proceeds.NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has suspended Vilma for the entire 2012 season, saying the linebacker was among the ring leaders of a program that offered Saints defenders improper cash bonuses for injuring opponents.Vilma, several teammates and Saints assistant head coach Joe Vitt have testified that Vilma never paid or accepted money for injuring another player.Vilma was one of four current or former players who have been suspended in connection with the league’s bounty probe of the Saints. Teammate Will Smith, a defensive end, got four games, while defensive lineman Anthony Hargrove, now with Green Bay, was docked eight games. Linebacker Scott Fujita, now with Cleveland, was suspended for three games.Smith, Hargrove and Fujita are being represented by the NFL Players Association, which also has filed suit in federal court in New Orleans seeking to have the suspensions overturned.Vilma’s attorneys have argued that Goodell made biased public statements about the linebacker’s involvement in the bounty scandal well before the process of player discipline began, making it impossible for the commissioner to be an impartial arbitrator as called for in both the NFL’s collective bargaining agreement and federal labor law.The players union is arguing that Goodell did not have jurisdiction to appoint himself the arbitrator in the bounty matter because the accusations included on-the-field activity that, under the league’s labor deal, is supposed to involve an arbitrator other than the commissioner. read more

Health cuts the banking inquiry sludge and everything else happening in Leinster

first_imgCommittee Room 2: The Government’s much trumpeted ‘Action Plan for Jobs‘ is on the agenda for the Oireachtas committee on enterprise at 1.30pm. Secretary General at the Department of Jobs John Murphy will be giving an update on progress and outlining priorities for the rest of the year.Everything else that’s happening in the DáilIt’s Topical Issues time at 4.36pm, when TDs have the opportunity to raise issues of concern to them.Directly after that, members get down to the business of debating the the standing orders needed to establish the committee that will carry out the long-awaited Banking Inquiry.Later this evening, the legislation paving the way for constituency changes ahead of the European elections on 23 May continues its progress through the Oireachtas: [European Parliament Elections (Amendment) Bill 2013 (Seanad) – Second Stage]The Government will come under pressure from Fianna Fáil from 7.30pm as Michéal Martin’s party introduces a motion in Private Members time, that Dáil Éireann “agrees that the 2014 National Service Plan of the Health Service Executive is inadequate” and that this “is already evident in accident and emergency departments”.Everything happening in the Seanad: The Order of Business in the upper chamber gets under way at 2.30pm, followed at 3.45pm by an update on Youth Justice Policy from the Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald.Business in the Seanad concludes with ‘Matters on the Adjournment‘ when senators raise issues of concern.Everything else happening in the committees:The agriculture committee will hear views on the Forestry Bill from the Irish Farmer’s Association and the Irish Timber Growers’ Association at 2pm. The IFA have warned that the Bill, if enacted as is, could inhibit the expansion of the sector.‘Sludge and what we should do with it’ — that’s one of the topics under discussion at the Committee on Environment, Culture and the Gaeltacht. The panel meets at 2.15pm, and will be hearing from Percy Foster of the Composting Association of Ireland on the management of sewage sludge and biofertiliser.And Minister for Health James Reilly will be at the Sub-Committee on Health to discuss estimates for his department from 5.15pm. Like politics? Then why not ‘Like’ TheJournal.ie’s Politics page?Explainer: How does a Bill become a law? Dáil: Joan Burton takes questions: The Minister for Social Protection is on her feet in the Dáil chamber at 2pm — expect questions on current issues facing her department, like the controversial welfare checks on widows and widowers, and recent criticisms of the JobBridge programme.Dáil: Leader’s Questions: Issues surrounding the establishment of Irish Water and the treatment of garda whistleblowers are likely to feature as Enda Kenny fields queries (and criticism) this afternoon from 3.15pm. Here’s how to watch what’s going on in Leinster House today:Dáil ÉireannSeanad ÉireannCommittee Room 1Committee Room 2Committee Room 3Committee Room 4To access streams on iOS, click here WANT TO KNOW what’s going on in Leinster House today?Every day the Dáil and Seanad are sitting, TheJournal.ie brings you the most comprehensive guide to what our lawmakers are getting up to in the Houses of the Oireachtas.So, here is what we can expect to be happening in the Dáil, Seanad and Committee rooms today…3 things we’ll be keeping an eye on:last_img read more

Geek deals roundup Save on Alienware 4K gaming laptops

first_imgLooking for a new high-end portable gaming rig? Dell is discounting select 4K Alienware laptops by an extra 10% when you use coupon code “REWARD10” during the checkout process. This sale ends soon though, so don’t wait — get your order in ASAP.Alienware 15 R2 Config 1: 15.6-inch quad-core Skylake gaming laptop with a GTX 980M graphics card for $1455.29 (List price: $2149.99 — Coupon code: REWARD10)Want some real power at a fairly reasonable price? This 15.6-inch configuration features a sixth generation quad-core 2.6GHz Intel Core i7-6700HQ CPU, a discrete Nvidia GeForce GTX 980M graphics card (with 8GB of GDDR5), 8GB of DDR4 RAM (2133MHz), a 1TB 7200RPM hard drive, Bluetooth 4.1, 802.11b/g/n/ac WiFi support, and a 2160p IPS display. Alienware 15 R2 Config 2: 15.6-inch quad-core Skylake gaming laptop with a GTX 970M graphics card for $1234.79 (List price: $1799.99 — Coupon code: REWARD10)If your budget’s a bit tighter, this similar model sports the same Core i7-6700HQ, a less powerful GTX 970M (with 3GB of GDDR5), twice the RAM (16GB), the same size hard drive, the same radios, and the same outstanding 15.6-inch UHD IPS screen.Alienware 17 R3: 17.3-inch quad-core gaming laptop with a GTX 970M graphics card for $1304.99 (List price: $1749.99 — Coupon code: REWARD10)But if you prefer a bigger screen, this 17.3-inch laptop is worth considering. It has the Core i7-6700HQ CPU that we know and love, a GTX 970M (with 3GB of GDDR5), 8GB of DDR4 RAM, a 1TB 7200RPM drive, Bluetooth 4.1, 802.11b/g/n/ac WiFi support, and a 3840×2160 IPS display.Our commerce group sources the best deals and products for the Geek Deals posts. We operate independently of Editorial and Advertising and may earn a percentage of the sale, if you buy something via a link on the post. If you are interested in promoting your deals, please contact us at commerce@ziffdavis.com.For more gaming PC deals, head over to TechBargains.last_img read more

Ozil welcome back at Germany anytime says Werner

Ozil welcome back at Germany anytime says Werner

first_imgTimo Werner would gladly welcome back Mesut Ozil to Germany if he was to decide to cancel his international retirementThe Arsenal playmaker stunned the football world last month by announcing his retirement from representing Germany at international level following all the “racism and disrespect” he has received following the national side’s disastrous World Cup campaign.German Football Association (DFB) president Reinhard Grindel has since confessed that he has made mistakes over Ozil, especially in regards to the handling over the controversy of the 29-year-old’s photo with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.“I think many in the team would be happy if Mesut Ozil said, ‘I’ll do it again’,” said Werner, according to SportsKeeda.The 22-year-old aspires to reach the level of the likes of France’s World Cup star Antoine Griezmann and Chelsea winger Eden Hazard one day.Top 5 Bundesliga players to watch during the weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Bundesliga’s Top 5 players to watch next weekend.The German…But to do that a move away from RB Leipzig may be necessary.“You can only do that if you are in a Champions League final or at least a semi-final,” added Werner.“In Leipzig, we are not quite ready to achieve that.”The Germany international has a contract at Leipzig until 2020.last_img read more

CARICOM Secretariat Launches Cota 5th Biannual Essay Competition

CARICOM Secretariat Launches Cota 5th Biannual Essay Competition

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppRegional, May 3, 2017 – St. Kitts and Nevis – The CARICOM Secretariat, on April 3rd, tendered invitations for Caribbean Organization of Tax Administrators (COTA) Members to participate in the 5th Annual Essay Competition under the Topic ‘If I were the head of my country’s Tax Administration, what would I do to increase tax revenues to fund the Government’s development programmes?’The competition is aimed at encouraging youth awareness to the tax administration function as potential taxpayers and decision-makers in the private and public spheres, as well as to engender interest in this field as a career choice.Three submissions were made from the Turks & Caicos Islands in 2014 and Ms. Martha Bohlale Rakuone, age 15 of the H.J. Robinson High School placed 1st in the entire region. Ms. Rakuone and the H.J. Robinson High School received prizes from COTA and domestically for her International Achievement.Prizes will be awarded to the three (3) students who have submitted the best essays at the regional level as well as to the schools which the winners attend. This year the prizes are: First Prize – US$1,000 and a Trophy, Second Prize – US$700 and Third Prize – US$500.The closing date for the submission of entries to the national Tax Administration Agencies is 15 May, 2017, and the winners will be announced at the COTA’s Twenty-Fourth General Assembly and Technical Conference scheduled to be held in St. Kitts and Nevis in July, 2017.#magneticmedianews#caricomessaycompetition Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#caricomessaycompetition, #magneticmedianewslast_img read more

Bahamas to institute accrual system by 2022 says PM Minnis

Bahamas to institute accrual system by 2022 says PM Minnis

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, November 14, 2017 – Nassau – As news reports swirl now about a new stream of borrowing to the tune of nearly $1b by the Bahamas Government, the FNM Administration is continuing to introduce measures to make government more honest.    From a Bahamas Information Services report we learn that the Government is in the process of moving away from the cash-based form of accounting it presently employs to an accrual based accounting system, this according to Prime Minister Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis on Monday.The move, which is foreshadowed to be implemented at the end of June 2022 for the central government and 2023 for the public sector, is aimed at better strengthening the Government’s accounting framework by ensuring greater transparency and accountability in public sector finances, while allowing officials to better monitor government debt and liabilities.An accrual method of accounting records revenues and expenses when they are incurred, regardless of when cash is exchanged.   The term “accrual” refers to any individual entry recording revenue or expense in the absence of a cash transaction.    Prime Minister Minnis said the new system would also allow for government’s use of high-quality information to make informed and sound spending decisions, while properly managing the nation’s assets and liabilities.Addressing a Bahamas Institute of Chartered Accountants Seminar Monday (November 13, 2017) at Melia Nassau Beach resort, Prime Minister Minnis said the current system of accounting employed is “woefully lacking” in providing government with a complete and accurate view of financial activities and reporting.#MagneticMediaNews#Bahamastointroduceaccrualsystem Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#Bahamastointroduceaccrualsystem, #magneticmedianewslast_img read more

Port of Ridgefield sells land to Portlands Alliance Industrial Group

first_imgThe Port of Ridgefield said Friday it has sold a 5.6-acre property to Portland-based Alliance Industrial Group, which plans to build an 80,000-square-foot facility and employ up to 160 employees at the site, including existing workers and new hires.The combination of new hires and existing employees will come from Alliance Industrial Group and its subsidiaries: Alpha Iron and Vancouver Steel Painters.Alliance and its subsidiaries manufacture steel products for clients such as Hoffman Construction, Skanska and Gunderson Marine. Alliance is purchasing the parcel — located on South Sixth Way in the southwest quadrant of the Interstate 5 exit 14 interchange — under a contract with the port valued at $904,000. Under the terms, Alliance will pay the port $90,400 at the closing of the land sale. The company will owe the port the rest — $813,600 — to be paid in monthly installments over 25 years. The new, 80,000-square-foot facility, planned to be operational by July 2013, will store, process, assemble and coat steel products for industrial plants, sports arenas, transportation hubs and energy facilities in the western United States.Brent Grening, the port’s chief executive officer, said it’s “nice to see a local company growing and doing well. That’s what it’s all about from our perspective.”Grening said some of Alliance’s existing workers at other sites will be relocated to the new facility. He said he didn’t know how many of the 160 jobs would be filled by existing workers or new hires. He said he didn’t know how much Alliance planned to spend on constructing the new building.last_img read more

New Science Magazine Shakes Up Publishing Model

first_imgNautilus, a new science, philosophy and culture fusion publication that launched this week, is breaking all of the traditional publishing rules around content, distribution and sales.“Every month we’ll take a single science topic and explore it from multiple disciplines, both within and outside of the sciences,” says John Steele, publisher of Nautilus. “Our first one is human uniqueness, so we’re exploring it from different scientific disciplines, as well as from the point of view of philosophy, psychology, sociology and theology.” In addition to exploring a single monthly topic through multiple disciplines, the new brand is exploring multiple content formats, including long-form essays, shorter articles, interviews, interactive data pieces and fiction stories—all with the idea of providing a variety of access points into that topic. Steele says the magazine will be rolled out in print on a quarterly basis beginning in September with an initial run of 5,000. In the meantime, every month a new topic area will be introduced online, with a new topic “chapter” uploaded every Thursday—a chapter takes a deeper dive into the month’s topic, exploring it through the multidisciplinary eye of humanities. With the launch, the full issue is available on the magazine’s website, Nautil.us, instead of being rolled out slowly every Thursday. The publisher is also working to expand the brand’s presence, making it available on as many channels as possible.“The idea is to make it available everywhere—we’re in the process of getting approved at the iTunes store, and we’ll try to sell articles with Amazon Kindle Singles to try and spread the content as far and wide as we can,” he says. The business model for Nautilus is evolving. Right now, online content will be made available for free, and the publisher is working to bring in paid advertisers to the print magazine and website, and will be monetizing additional content that is available through both physical and digital newsstands. Nautilus was launched with financial support from a John Templeton Foundation grant, and some banner ads from educational institutions, like Santa Fe University, are already online. The magazine currently has a staff of 12 and pulled from different corners of the industry—when Discover magazine announced it would move to Wisconsin from New York, for example, two displaced editors joined on with Nautilus, as did a journalist from Nature Nanotechnology.“In traditional media, the Internet was always used as a marketing tool for the print product and we’re trying to reverse engineer that,” adds Steele. “We’re primarily online because it gives us an opportunity to utilize all of the tools the Internet has to offer, but we do want to have print because it’s a great marketing tool—people love to have a print magazine.”Stay updated on the latest FOLIO: news, follow us on Facebook & Twitter!last_img read more

Vijayawada DRM inspects Gudur railway station

Vijayawada DRM inspects Gudur railway station

first_imgNellore: South Central Railway (SCR) Vijayawada DRM P Srinivas visited Gudur railway junction on Saturday in connection with the visit of the Vice-President of India M Venkaiah Naidu to the station on 25th. He inspected the platforms in the station and directed the officials to make necessary arrangements for the visit. DRM said that passengers from Gudur, Nellore, Ongole, Chirala would be benefitted by Vijayawada-Gudur MEMU express service. He said the MEMU express train departs at 6.10 am at Gudur and arrives at Vijayawada at 10.30 am. It is very convenient for the passengers to go to Vijayawada from these areas,’ said the DRM. Railway officials accompanied the DRM during his visit.last_img read more

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first_imgFeature | September 15, 2014 Manuka Honey Does Not Decrease Pain of Radiation-induced Esophagitis for Lung Cancer Patients Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD 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 | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more News | Radiation Oncology | July 31, 2019 Laura Dawson, M.D., FASTRO, Chosen as ASTRO President-elect The members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) elected four new officers to ASTRO’s Board of… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  September 15, 2014 — Patient-reported data indicates that when Manuka honey is prescribed for esophagitis pain during radiation therapy (RT), it is not more effective than standard medical care, according to research presented at the American Society for Radiation Oncology’s (ASTRO’s) 56th Annual Meeting.Esophagitis, inflammation that damages tissues of the esophagus and causes discomfort, is a common and temporary side effect experienced by the majority of lung cancer patients undergoing RT. Small studies have previously been conducted to evaluate if honey can prevent the loss of the normal surface of the mouth or throat caused by RT. It is important to reduce esophagitis pain so that patients’ do not forgo eating; maintaining patients’ positive nutritional status is vital during cancer treatment.This study assessed the use of Manuka honey, a honey from New Zealand that is a standardized, medical grade honey. The randomized, phase II trial enrolled 163 lung cancer patients at 13 cancer centers who were undergoing concurrent chemotherapy and RT. Of the study group, =30 percent of the patients had received 60 Gy of RT to the espophagus (V60). There were no statistically significant differences in pretreatment characteristics within the study group.Patients were assigned to three groups based upon treatment for esophagitis — 56 patients in Arm 1 received standard supportive care; 53 patients in Arm 2 received 10 ml of Manuka honey orally, four times per day; and 54 patients in Arm 3 received one lozenge, consisting of 10 ml of dehydrated Manuka honey, four times per day. The honey was administered on the first day of treatment and continued throughout RT.After four weeks of RT treatment with and without Manuka honey, patients were asked to assess their pain during swallowing using the Numerical Pain Rating Scale (NPRS) scale, with a zero indicating “no pain,” a five indicating “moderate pain,” and a 10 indicating “worst possible pain.” The study was designed to detect a 15 percent relative reduction of change in NPRS score, corresponding to a mean change score of 3.1 in Arms 2 and 3, as compared with Arm 1. The study concluded that there was no significant difference in levels of pain reported by patients within the three groups (mean change scores of 2.7, 2.1 and 2.1, respectively; p=0.73 for Arm 1 vs. Arm 2, p=0.68 Arm 1 vs. Arm 3).Additionally, researchers evaluated secondary endpoints, such as the trend of the patients’ pain over time, opiod use, adverse events, weight loss, quality of life, dysphagia and nutritional status. There were no differences in any of the secondary endpoints.“The results from our study were somewhat unexpected since three previous trials had indicated that honey worked, and reducing esophagitis is important so that patients can continue eating their normal diet,” said lead study author Lawrence Berk, M.D., chief of radiation oncology, Morsani School of Medicine at the University of South Florida, Tampa. “A larger trial was just completed in Canada for a similar problem — mouth and throat pain during head and neck RT — and that trial also found no benefit with the honey. Both the Canadian study and our trial used Manuka honey, whereas previous trials all used a local honey. This is often a problem in using natural products–each batch or type of product may be different, so it is hard to reproduce the effects seen by others. Currently, honey cannot be recommended for every patient to use for esophagitis pain relief. However, it is safe and inexpensive, so if patients want to try it, there is probably little harm. Patients with diabetes should be cautious with honey because it does have a high sugar load.”For more information: www.astro.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. Related Content 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 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 Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications News | Radiation Therapy | August 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 last_img read more

Virtual Environment Education Reduces PreRadiotherapy Anxiety in Prostate Cancer Patients

Virtual Environment Education Reduces PreRadiotherapy Anxiety in Prostate Cancer Patients

first_img 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 Image courtesy of Imago Systems Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more 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. Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. News | 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 News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 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 | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more center_img News | Radiation Therapy | March 27, 2017 Virtual Environment Education Reduces Pre-Radiotherapy Anxiety in Prostate Cancer Patients Survey study shows using virtual reality technology helps answer patient questions about radiotherapy procedures News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more March 27, 2017 — Radiation therapists and physicians know that education can reduce anxiety before radiation treatment but lack a standardized tool. In an effort to solve this problem, a multidisciplinary team from Jefferson College of Health Professions and Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Thomas Jefferson University conducted a pilot study to see if a virtual environment education program could reduce some of the anxiety their patients face. They published their results in the Journal of Radiation Oncology.“So many aspects of cancer care can produce anxiety for our patients, which can negatively impact their health and wellbeing,” said Matthew Marquess, MBA, RT(T), co-first author and program director of radiation therapy in the Radiologic Sciences Department of Jefferson College of Health Professions. “Our pilot study showed that by using a simulated environment to teach our patients about their upcoming radiation therapy treatments, we can significantly increase their understanding of the treatment and reduce their anxiety.”To evaluate the program’s efficacy, 22 patients with prostate cancer completed a 16-question survey to assess their anxiety and comprehension. The survey measured patients’ anxiety levels associated with various aspects of care including being alone in the treatment room, treatment precision, claustrophobia, effects of daily X-rays, pain and others. Patients then received personalized education with co-first authors Marquess and Shirley Johnston, MS, CMD, RT(T)(R), director of the Medical Dosimetry program in Jefferson College of Health Professions. The team used Virtual Environment Radiotherapy (VERT) software, which is modeled after a flight simulator for radiation therapy, including life-size visualizations and three-dimensional views. After the education session, patients repeated the survey.“Our pre- and post- survey results showed a significant decrease in anxiety and increase in comprehension,” said Robert Den, M.D., associate professor of radiation oncology in Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center. “Even better, our patients’ and their families’ comments were unanimously positive with themes of improved confidence, relief and satisfaction.”Co-authors include Shirley Pinegar Johnston, MS, CMD, RT(T)(R); Noelle Williams, M.D.; Carolyn Giordano, Ph.D.; Benjamin Leiby, Ph.D.; Mark Hurwitz, M.D.; and Adam Dicker, M.D., Ph.D.For more information: www.springer.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD Related Contentlast_img read more

Nvidia Tesla V100 GPUs publicly available in beta on Google Compute Engine

Nvidia Tesla V100 GPUs publicly available in beta on Google Compute Engine

first_imgNvidia Tesla V100 GPUs are now publicly available in beta on Google Compute Engine and Kubernetes Engine. Also, Nvidia Tesla P100 GPUs are now generally available. Nvidia Tesla V100 GPU is almost equal to 100 CPUs. This gives customers more power to handle computationally demanding applications, like machine learning, analytics, and video processing. One can select as many as eight NVIDIA Tesla V100 GPUs, 96 vCPU and 624GB of system memory in a single VM, receiving up to 1 petaflop of mixed precision hardware acceleration performance. NVIDIA V100s are available immediately in the following regions: us-west1, us-central1 and europe-west4. Each V100 GPU is priced as low as $2.48 per hour for on-demand VMs and $1.24 per hour for Preemptible VMs. Making Nvidia Tesla V100 available on the compute engine is part of Google’s GPU expansion strategy. Similar to Google GPUs, the V100 is also billed by the second and Sustained Use Discounts apply. NVIDIA Tesla P100 GPU, on the other hand is a good fit if one wants a balance between price and performance. One can select up to four P100 GPUs, 96 vCPUs and 624GB of memory per virtual machine. The P100 is also now available in europe-west4 (Netherlands) in addition to us-west1, us-central1, us-east1, europe-west1 and asia-east1. * Maximum vCPU count and system memory limit on the instance might be smaller depending on the zone or the number of GPUs selected. ** GPU prices listed as hourly rate, per GPU attached to a VM that are billed by the second. Pricing for attaching GPUs to preemptible VMs is different from pricing for attaching GPUs to non-preemptible VMs. Prices listed are for US regions. Prices for other regions may be different. Additional Sustained Use Discounts of up to 30% apply to GPU on-demand usage only. Google Cloud makes managing GPU workloads easy for both VMs and containers by providing, Google Compute Engine where customers can use instance templates and managed instance groups to easily create and scale GPU infrastructure. NVIDIA V100s and other GPU offerings in Kubernetes Engine, where Cluster Autoscaler helps provide flexibility by automatically creating nodes with GPUs, and scaling them down to zero when they are no longer in use. Preemptible GPUs for both Compute Engine managed instance groups and Kubernetes Engine’s Autoscaler optimizes the costs while simplifying infrastructure operations. Read more about both the GPUs in detail on the Google Research Blog and benefits of each on Nvidia V100 and Nvidia P100 blog post. Read Next Google announce the largest overhaul of their Cloud Speech-to-Text Google’s kaniko – An open-source build tool for Docker Images in Kubernetes, without a root access How machine learning as a service is transforming cloudlast_img read more

Wells Fargo Responds to California Class Action Suit

Wells Fargo Responds to California Class Action Suit

first_img Share Wells Fargo is addressing the claims of a class-action suit alleging that the bank has violated California’s wage and vacation laws. “Wells Fargo’s compensation structure for its Home Mortgage Consultants (HMCs) complies with California’s wage and hour laws, including paying for all time worked, and allows our HMCs to earn competitive performance-based compensation,” the bank said in a statement shared with MReport.At the crux of the matter is a lawsuit filed against Wells Fargo by James C. Kang a loan officer who worked at Wells Fargo October 2000 through May 2015 with a short break in employment in 2011.  Kang alleged that while the bank paid advances on commissions at a rate of approximately $12 per hour, those advances were “clawed back” from commissions earned. He also alleged that Wells Fargo did not compensate HMCs for non-sales work, clawed back vacation pay from commissions with the result that HMCs did not actually receive their accrued vacation and that they did not pay HMCs overtime wages as required by law.According to Bloomberg Law, the suit was admitted in California courts as a class action suit since “these allegations were based on a common compensation plan applicable to all class members, making class certification appropriate,” Judge Beth Labson Freeman wrote for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.According to the suit 4,500 employees have been affected by these alleged practices and are liable for compensation. As part of his allegations and appeal to make this a class-action suit, Kang had submitted the Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law issued in another class action involving Wells Fargo’s HMCs, Ibarra v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., which was litigated in the Central District of California. Lawsuit loan officer loans Wells Fargo 2019-02-08 Radhika Ojha in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Originationcenter_img Wells Fargo Responds to California Class Action Suit February 8, 2019 1,352 Views last_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Accorhotels has won

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >Accorhotels has won the Social Butterfly Award for a video campaign launched in Thailand to create local awareness of its brand.The WITovation Awards recognise excellence in digital marketing and customer experience, and were presented at the WIT Conference in Singapore which took place on 20 and 21 October. Approximately 550 participants from over 33 countries attended the annual conference.Judges said the accorhotels.com campaign was a “tear jerking sharable concept – neatly tied in to the benefits of a direct booking experience”.  It was also described as “unusual and refreshing”, and “a powerful concept, well executed and amplified across multiple social channels”. The clip tells the story of a sick girl whose dream is to travel, so her father realises her dream by “flying” to places of interest and making a promise to take her there when she recovers.Since 14 September 2015, the campaign has achieved tremendous feedback and engagement across all social media channels. On YouTube it amassed 1,123,649 views and more than 132,930 engagements. In the first week of the campaign launch there was a 60% increase in Thai traffic on the group’s website.“We are very pleased to win this award which recognises our efforts in building brand awareness on AccorHotels.com. Since its inception, the campaign has been viewed over a million times by many people around the world and we have received many positive feedbacks from our viewers which further encourages us to enhance and deliver our brand’s service experience online,” said Emilie Couton, Vice President, Digital Marketing Asia Pacific of AccorHotels.The winners were chosen by a panel of judges that evaluated factors such as the message, creativity, and connection with customers.Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img read more