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first_imgNew Delhi: Two officials of the Life Insurance Corporation of India have been booked by the CBI for allegedly swindling more than Rs 3 crore by making death claims on the basis of forged documents in 190 insurance policies in which they inserted bank accounts of their acquaintances in place of nominees, officials said. The policy holders, who were alive, did not realise that their policies have been redeemed by the swindlers, they said. The scam went undetected in Kodad branch of Suryapet district, Telangana for nearly 10 years between 2008 and 2018 till an internal audit by the LIC caught the ongoing fraud, the officials said.last_img


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first_imgNew Delhi: Social media giant Facebook is raising minimum wages for contract workers to up to $20 per hour in the US, and said it is working on developing similar standards for other countries. The US-based company had drawn flak after reports of contract workers facing tough work conditions and getting low compensation came out. These reports suggested that some workers also suffered from post-traumatic stress. It conceded that its current minimum wages for contract staff may be insufficient to meet the cost of living in some of the places it operates in. “It’s become clear that $15 per hour doesn’t meet the cost of living in some of the places where we operate. After reviewing a number of factors including third-party guidelines, we’re committing to a higher standard that better reflects local costs of living,” Facebook Vice-President (Human Resource) Janelle Gale and Arun Chandra (VP of Scaled Operations) said in a blogpost. They added that the minimum wage has been raised to $20 per hour in the San Francisco Bay Area, New York City and Washington DC, and $18 per hour in Seattle. “We’ll be implementing these changes by mid-next year and we’re working to develop similar standards for other countries,” they said. The blog said workers in the US, who review content on Facebook, will receive even higher wages. “Their work is critical to keeping our community safe, and it’s often difficult. That’s why we’ve paid content reviewers more than minimum wage standards, and why we will surpass this new living wage standard as well. We’ll pay at least $22 per hour to all employees of our vendor partners based in the Bay Area, New York City and Washington, D.C,” it pointed out. Content reviewers in Seattle will receive $20 per hour, while those in all other metro areas in the US will get $18. “As with all people who do contract work, we’re working to develop similar international standards. This work is ongoing, and we’ll continue to review wages over time,” the blog said. In 2015, Facebook had introduced a minimum wage of $15 per hour; a minimum 15 paid days off for holidays, sick time and vacation; and for new parents that don’t receive paid leave — a $4,000 new child benefit. A year later, it asked its vendors in the US to provide comprehensive healthcare to all of their employees assigned to Facebook. The social media giant said all content reviewers – whether full-time employees or those employed by partner companies – have access to well-being and resiliency resources. “We’re working to make contracts across our Global Operations vendor partners consistent. This includes requirements like quality-focused incentives, no sub-contracting, overtime and premiums for nightshifts and weekends, and healthcare that meets the standards of the Affordable Care Act in the US and appropriate healthcare standards internationally,” the blog said. The company is mandating all vendor partners to provide on-site counselling during all hours of operations, and is also rolling out a resiliency survey — to be conducted twice a year — to all partner sites globally to “get a better sense of the needs of our reviewers”.last_img read more


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5 reasons why autonomous cars aren’t coming anytime soonPITTSBURGH (AP) — Autonomous vehicles won’t be coming to your city anytime soon. Even the most optimistic of experts say it will be 10 years before the cars are everywhere, but others believe it will take decades. The biggest reasons are camera and laser sensors that can’t see through heavy snow or figure out where to go if lane lines are covered.___Google parent beats Q4 estimates, stock still dropsSAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google parent company Alphabet beat Wall Street expectations for its fourth quarter earnings Monday, although its stock slid in after-hours trading. The company reported profit of $8.9 billion on revenue of $39.3 billion.___‘Bond King’ Bill Gross to retire from JanusDENVER (AP) — William H. Gross, the legendary and colorful bond investor who once controlled the world’s largest mutual fund, is retiring to focus on his personal assets and private charitable foundation. Gross was nicknamed the “Bond King” after co-founding the investment firm Pimco in 1971 and delivering returns that were the envy of the fixed-income market. But his star dimmed in recent years as his returns fell short of competitors.___New Jersey becomes 4th state to approve $15 hourly wageELIZABETH, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey has become the latest state to boost its hourly minimum wage to $15. Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy signed into law on Monday a measure phasing in the higher rate over five years. The bill raises the current $8.85 minimum wage to $10 an hour in July, and then increases the rate by $1 in subsequent years until it reaches $15 in 2024.___From dorm to dominance: Growing pains as Facebook turns 15NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook turns 15 on Monday, a fitting milestone for its trudge through those awkward teenage years. Launched in 2004 as “TheFacebook” in a Harvard dorm room, the service was originally intended only for the university’s students. It looks very different today, when it is a massive global business that connects some 2.3 billion users – but that also must deal with criticism that it has become a conduit for misinformation, election interference and even violent incitement.___Technology companies lead stocks higher after an early slideNEW YORK (AP) — Stocks recovered from an early wobble Monday, lifting the benchmark S&P 500 to its fourth straight gain. Technology companies led the broad move higher, outweighing losses in health care, materials and utilities stocks.___Nissan decision seen as sign of Brexit business jittersLONDON (AP) — With Brexit just seven weeks away, Britain’s ruling Conservative Party is locked in tense negotiations with itself to rework the U.K.’s divorce deal with the European Union — as the EU stands firm in ruling out any renegotiation. Meanwhile, pro-EU and pro-Brexit U.K. politicians are trading allegations about whether Nissan’s decision not to build a new SUV in northern England was the latest Brexit-induced damage to Britain’s economy.___Super Bowl ad winners: Bud Light, AmazonNEW YORK (AP) — This year some of the Super Bowl ads that grabbed the greatest buzz were surprises, like Bud Light’s “Game of Thrones” teaser. Other crowd-pleasers focused on humour, like Amazon’s take on celebrity product testers. While the New England Patriots bested the L.A. Rams on Sunday in Atlanta during Super Bowl 53, there were clear winners and losers off the field too. Some like Google’s ad about translation charmed. But others like Mint Mobile’s ad about “chunky milk” fell flat.___Struggling Papa John’s names activist investor as chairmanLOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Papa John’s has turned to activist investment firm Starboard Value to help it engineer a turnaround. Starboard CEO Jeff Smith will become chairman of the pizza chain’s board. Meanwhile, Starboard Value will invest $200 million in Papa John’s through the purchase of new convertible preferred shares.___US prepares to start building portion of Texas border wallHOUSTON (AP) — The U.S. government is preparing to begin construction of more border walls and fencing in South Texas’ Rio Grande Valley, likely on federally owned land set aside as wildlife refuge property. Heavy construction equipment is supposed to arrive starting Monday. A photo posted by the non-profit National Butterfly Center shows an excavator parked next to its property.___The S&P 500 index rose 18.34 points, or 0.7 per cent, to 2,724.87. The Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed 175.48 points, or 0.7 per cent, to 25,239.37. The tech-heavy Nasdaq composite gained 83.67 points, or 1.2 per cent, to 7,347.54.U.S. crude fell 1.3 per cent to settle at $54.56 per barrel in New York. Brent crude, used to price international oils, slipped 0.4 per cent to close at $62.51 per barrel in London.The Associated Press read more


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TORONTO — Aecon Group Inc. beat analyst expectations as its net loss was cut by more than half in the first quarter on a 20-per-cent growth in revenues and a higher backlog.The Toronto-based construction firm says it lost $9.8 million or 16 cents per diluted share for the period ended March 31, compared with a loss of $19.2 million or 32 cents per share a year earlier.Revenues increased by $107 million to reach $650 million. The increase would have been 35 per cent excluding the contract mining business sold last November from the prior-year results.The operating loss of $10.8 million was about half the $22.2-million operating loss in the first quarter of 2018.Aecon says its backlog grew 46 per cent to $6.7 billion, from $4.6 billion a year ago. However, the value of new contracts awarded in the quarter fell to $578 million from $910 million in the same period in 2018.The company was expected to lose 25 cents per share on $505.9 million in revenues, according to analysts polled by Thomson Reuters Eikon. Companies in this story: (TSX:ARE).The Canadian Press read more


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TORONTO — Royal Bank of Canada is boosting its prime lending rate by 25 basis points after the central bank hiked its benchmark interest rate today.The increase will bring RBC’s prime rate to 2.95 per cent from 2.7 per cent, effective Thursday.The prime lending rate is the rate that banks use to set interest rates for variable-rate mortgages and other loans.The move comes after the Bank of Canada raised its key interest rate for the first time in seven years on Wednesday to 0.75 per cent from 0.5 per cent.Which Canadian banks stand to gain the most from a rate hikeTop takeaways from Bank of Canada’s decision to hike rates todayRBC is likely just the first of Canada’s big banks to raise rates. Watch this space for updates.


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Applications for US jobless aid rise, but levels still low WASHINGTON – More Americans sought unemployment benefits last week, but applications stayed near historically low levels in a positive sign for the job market.THE NUMBERS: Weekly applications for jobless aid rose 8,000 to a seasonally adjusted 285,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, increased slightly to 284,750. The number of people collecting aid has dropped 5.5 per cent in the past year to 2.3 million.THE TAKEAWAY: Jobless claims at these levels suggest that employers are still eager to hire. Applications for unemployment benefits are a proxy for layoffs. The number of people seeking benefits has stayed below the crucial threshold of 300,000 for the past 11 months, which suggests that employers are holding onto workers and looking to hire on the expectation of continued economic growth.KEY DRIVERS: On the whole, most businesses appear to be insulated from the global slowdown that hurt U.S. economic growth in the final three months of 2015. U.S. consumers have more than offset the struggling manufacturing sector, a volatile stock market and a rising dollar that has stifled exports.BIG PICTURE: The weekly claims below 300,000 have generally corresponded with strong hiring levels. Economists expect that the jobs report released Friday will show that the economy added a net 200,000 jobs in January, not quite as strong as the 292,000 workers hired in December but a solid showing amid the global tensions. FILE – This April 22, 2014, file photo shows an employment application form on a table during a job fair at Columbia-Greene Community College in Hudson, N.Y. The Labor Department releases its weekly report on applications for unemployment benefits on Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016. (AP Photo/Mike Groll, File) by Josh Boak, The Associated Press Posted Feb 4, 2016 6:40 am MDT Last Updated Feb 4, 2016 at 11:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more


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← Previous Story The first Spaniard in Serbian handball – Tarazaga to RK Zajecar! Next Story → WCh 2013 Qual: Germans already in Spain – Belarusians wins in Slovakia! bosniagermanyIHFMacedoniaqualificationrussiaworld championship The first day of the World Championship Qualification phase took place, and the games brought us rather expected results. Russia had a hard job at home, as they only beat the Czech Republic by 1 goal, the score being 23:22 (11:12), and the second game in Czech Republic will surely bring us lots of interesting moments as Jicha and company will want to surprise Russia.Slovenia and Macedonia both take 5 goals lead to Portugal and Austria respectively, as Slovenia won 31:26 (11:10), while Macedonia took a 26:21 (16:10) in the Boris Trajkovski Arena.Germany went easily past Bosnia and Herzegovina winning 36:24 (18:7), while a small surprise happened in Slovakia as the host were beaten by strong Belarus side 24:26 (10:12) and will now have to seek better play at the second game in Belarus.GERMANY – BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA 36:24MACEDONIA – AUSTRIA 26:21SLOVAKIA – BELARUS 24:26SLOVENIA – AUSTRIA 31:26RUSSIA – CZECH REPUBLIC 23:22 read more


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first_img Short URL As we continue to monitor the situation at Bishop Airport, please remain vigilant and report suspicious activity to MSP or local police. pic.twitter.com/dtUvLiXHNs— MSP Metro Detroit (@mspmetrodet) June 21, 2017 By Associated Press http://jrnl.ie/3456615 Airport evacuated in US after police officer stabbed in the neck A witness said he saw the officer bleeding from his neck and a knife nearby at the airport in Flint, Michigan. Source: Bishop International Airport/FacebookKen Brown told The Flint Journal he was dropping off his daughter at the airport and saw the officer bleeding from his neck. He says he saw a man detained by police and a knife on the ground.“The cop was on his hands and knees bleeding from his neck,” Brown said. “I said they need to get him a towel.”Cherie Carpenter, who was awaiting a flight to Texas to see her new grandchild, tells Flint TV station WJRT she saw the attacker being led away in handcuffs. She described the man in custody as appearing “blank, just totally blank.” Image: Dominic Adams/The Flint Journal-MLive.com via AP Share29 Tweet Email1 Officers gather at the terminal in Bishop International Airport. Image: Dominic Adams/The Flint Journal-MLive.com via AP Source: MSP Metro Detroit/Twittercenter_img Jun 21st 2017, 5:58 PM OFFICIALS HAVE EVACUATED an airport in Flint, Michigan, where a witness said he saw an officer bleeding from his neck and a knife nearby on the ground.On Twitter, Michigan State Police say the officer is in critical condition and the FBI was leading the investigation.Local media has identified the officer as Lieutenant Jeff Neville. It is believed that one suspect is in custody.Bishop International Airport posted on Facebook that passengers were safe and were being told to check for flight delays or cancellations. 26 Comments 20,227 Views Officers gather at the terminal in Bishop International Airport. Flint Mayor Karen Weaver said in a statement: ““Right now we are still awaiting more information about the situation at Bishop Airport this morning.I want the public to know that several agencies are involved and working to ensure the situation is under control. However, at this time we are taking extra precautions just to be safeAirport and police officials didn’t immediately respond to messages from The Associated Press seeking comment.Flint is about 50 miles northwest of Detroit.Read: Every week, the average Irish household spends €845. Here’s where the money goesRead: Water services return to Cork city after burst pipe cuts off supply Wednesday 21 Jun 2017, 5:58 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more


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first_imgWhile Greece is famous for its beaches and archaeological sites, there’s another form of tourism that is booming: medical tourism. Greece is becoming an internationally recognised hub for IVF treatments, and leading the charge is Greek Australian doctor Kostas Pantos. Since opening his Athens Genesis clinic in 2004, Dr Pantos has helped thousands of couples conceive, and he says more than 2,000 of those babies have been born to Australian families. His clinic has seen a huge jump in applications from Australia and around the world thanks to word of mouth and ideal conditions in Greece. “At the moment Greece is a hot spot concerning in vitro fertilisation,” Dr Pantos tells Neos Kosmos.“We’ve got couples coming here from 34 countries around the world, including from Australia.”Greece is a unique stop for those seeking IVF treatments. It’s considerably cheaper for couples (the US is four times more expensive, and the UK is twice as costly), many of the clinics in Greece have high IVF success rates. Additionally, the law is on the couple’s side. Unlike Australia, IVF donors are completely anonymous, meaning that couples don’t have to deal with the risk of the donor and the child reuniting. It’s something Dr Pantos says is important for couples who can’t conceive naturally.“Many couples also come for donations, because in Australia you have known donors and the children and donors are able to find each other through a separate bank,” Dr Pantos says.“In Greece it’s an unknown donor, and no one has the ability to find each other. This is by law, so this is very good, because they don’t come into contact with each other which means no complications.”Amazingly, despite the Greek economic crisis, reproductive tourism hasn’t been affected at all, and in fact is seeing a huge rise in popularity. “My clinic here was up 20 per cent this year and was up 30 per cent last year even though we have the financial crisis, which means people are coming no matter what,” Dr Pantos says. On Monday, Dr Pantos travelled to London to host a conference, hoping to cultivate the industry more and add to Greece’s tourism trade.With him travelled a former client and fan, Greek Australian Mary Coustas. The much loved comedian and actress felt compelled to join Dr Pantos and tell her own success story to prospective couples.Returning to Australia on Thursday, she says it was a privilege to help.“I feel a lifelong debt to Dr Pantos, because he got me over the line,” she tells Neos Kosmos.“I did 15 IVFs in Australia and I did eight with him in Athens, 23 all up.”Suffering a miscarriage in between treatments, Mary Coustas was finally able to conceive and bring to term her miracle baby Jamie, now 18 months old. It was her IVF connection to Greece that brought her back last year, to christen her daughter in Tinos.At the christening was Dr Pantos, proud as can be.He’s dealt with many cases like Coustas’, of couples with almost no hope to conceive and exhausted from failed attempts. “There was a couple from Melbourne which had the most IVF attempts that I have ever seen, 44 failed attempts in the past,” Dr Pantos says. “Now they have twins.”In one case, Dr Pantos met an American woman that was told by four different IVF clinics in her country that it wasn’t possible for her to conceive. She fell pregnant in Greece, and is organising another trip to try for a second child.“Nothing good comes from giving up,” Mary Coustas says. “Whatever it takes. Wherever it takes you.”While Dr Pantos has been labelled a miracle worker, he stresses that there are cases where nothing can be done and says he is very honest about people’s chances. He hopes that Greece can harness the potential of reproductive tourism and expects to be hosting more international events to muster up support.In the next couple of months, he’s hoping to visit New York and speak to the Greek diaspora, before organising a trip back to Australia.It is estimated that around 1,000 women travel to Greece to seek IVF treatments. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more


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first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The son of Celebrity Apprentice host Mark Bouris, is in trouble with police again, this time accusing them of brutality after being ejected from a strip club.Dane Bouris, 34, who runs the Morgans Boutique Hotel in Sydney, was arrested at 4.50 am on Sunday morning after he was allegedly involved in a physical altercation with security at Hollywood Showgirls on the Gold Coast.Bouris later posted a picture of himself with the caption: “GC weak (expletive) cops bashed me for no reason, no charges … It aint right.”But Superintendent Craig Hanlon of Gold Coast police said there was no evidence to support Bouris’ allegations, and said no complaint had been received.The manager of Hollywood Showgirls is backing police, telling The Daily Telegraph any injuries to the man “who went apeshit” probably occurred inside the venue over the several minutes it took ­security staff to evict him.Supt Hanlon said Bouris was being restrained by security and had blood coming from a cut to the back of his head when police arrived.last_img read more


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first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greece expects the tourist industry to generate revenue between €14 and €14.3 billion (AU$21.5-22 billion), according to Bank of Greece estimates, which recorded an increase of revenue by 9.1 per cent – or €881 million – compared to 2016.August, in particular, which traditionally marks the peak of the tourist season, saw an increase of 16.4 per cent (€497 million) with 729,000 more visitors arriving in Greece, compared to August 2016. Overall, 1.7 million more tourists visited Greece in 2017, marking a rise of 9.9 per cent compared with the same period of six months from January to August 2016. According to industry experts, this should mean that by the end of the year, tourism will have generated revenues close to €14 billion. However, if the last four months of the year see an increase in tourist visits – which is the goal of the industry – this revenue will rise to €14.3 billion, closer to the sector’s target of €14.5 billion.last_img read more


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first_imgTumblr attaqué par un virus : plus de 8000 comptes infectés ?Lundi, le site de micro-blogging et de partage de photos Tumblr a été attaqué par un ver informatique. Il a assez vite envoyé un mail explicatif à l’Agence France Presse, mais de nombreux comptes semblent touchés.Un message injurieux faisant apparaître une salve d’insultes envers le propriétaire du blog Tumbler, voilà ce qu’ont pu vivre lundi 3 décembre de nombreux utilisateurs du site Tumblr.La faute à un ver qui s’est insidieusement infiltré à l’intérieur-même du codage des pages, faisant apparaître le message. Dès le début des troubles, Tumblr a tout de suite réagit en envoyant un mail à l’agence France Presse, dans lequel il expliquait qu’une “attaque virale qui a affecté quelques milliers de blogs Tumblr”. Il a ensuite indiqué que les ingénieurs travaillant sur le site “ont résolu le problème”. Mais, pour un service comptabilisant un peu plus de 18 milliards de pages consultées par mois, avec 83,2 millions de microblogs, combien d’entre eux ont été infectés par ce virus ? À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Via Twitter, les auteurs du méfait ont revendiqués 8600 comptes piratés. Un chiffre relativement faible, mais qui pointe les failles de sécurité pouvant exister sur la plateforme Tumblr, qui, à coups sûr, saura prendre des précautions pour que ce genre d’incidents n’intervienne plus.Quant aux pirates, ils se disent faire partie du GNAA (Gay Nigger Association of America), cette intervention entrant dans une campagne antiblogs mené par ce groupe, ces minisites qui “participe à l’abaissement des normes journalistiques à partir du moment où l’info revient à savoir combien d’amis a un meurtrier sur Facebook” d’après eux.Le 4 décembre 2012 à 13:21 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more


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first_img Vancouver police are investigating an auto-prowl incident that occurred between Saturday night and early Sunday morning at a home in the 600 block of Rhododendron Drive in Vancouver.Video from a surveillance camera shows a man entering two unlocked vehicles parked in the driveway; he rifled through the interior compartments of the vehicles and took a wrapped package that contained a video game.Anyone with information on the man’s identity is asked to contact Vancouver Police Cpl. Duane Boynton at duane.boynton@cityofvancouver.us. Vancouver police are asking for the public’s help to identify the person in this photo who is allegedly tied to an auto prowl that happened between overnight on Feb. 22 at a home in the 600 block of Rhododendron Drive.last_img


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first_imgSupreme Court hears hovercraft caseLiz Ruskin, APRN – AnchorageThe justices of the U.S. Supreme Court debated Wednesday morning whether the Park Service can impose its rules on rivers that flow through Alaska’s national park units.Poll: Most Alaskans support statewide sales taxAndrew Kitchenman, APRN – JuneauAlaskans are increasingly concerned about the $3.5 billion state budget shortfall. And they’re interested in using both state spending cuts and new revenue to close the gap. That’s according to the Rasmuson Foundation’s Plan4Alaska which surveyed 800 Alaskans earlier this month.Rep. Tuck: Budget burden shouldn’t fall on middle classLori Townsend, APRN – AnchorageAnchorage Representative Chris Tuck is the minority leader in the state House. He questions whether the Governor’s budget proposal is fair for average Alaskans.Fairbanks conditions also lacking for Iditarod restartDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksIditarod organizers continue to look at Fairbanks for restarting this year’s race. Fairbanks North Star borough Mayor Karl Kassel met with race officials in Fairbanks yesterday.Weather, land rule cancel Tustumena 200 raceJenny Neyman, KDLL – KenaiBad snow conditions and no flexibility in the federal Wilderness Act will mean a lack of the Kenai Peninsula’s premiere mushing race this year.Conditions wanting in Fairbanks for Iditarod restartBIA settlement closes; Alaska tribal groups net $100MLori Townsend, APRN – AnchorageThe enormous $940 million class-action lawsuit against the BIA on behalf of tribes cleared the last court hurdle today in New Mexico. The case stems from decades of short-funding tribal contracts. More than $100 million will be awarded to tribal organizations in Alaska.Fairbanks paper adds new publisher after saleAssociated PressA man with a long history in Alaska newspapers is the new publisher of the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner.Scientists get ‘Blobby’ with it in SeattleMatt Miller, KTOO – JuneauScientists from up and down the West Coast are gathering in Seattle this week for a conference on a giant mass of warm ocean water that has lingered in the Northeast Pacific.UAF anticipates new chancellor hire by springDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksThere’s a large pool of applicants to be the University of Alaska Fairbanks next chancellor. In a wide-ranging address to the Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce yesterday, interim UAF Chancellor Mike Powers updated members on the hiring process.Story correction uncovers a Soldier’s Medal story from ’95Zachariah Hughes, KSKA – AnchorageTwo weeks ago, we brought you a story about Army Staff Sergeant Joshua Schneiderman being awarded the Soldier’s Medal, one of the highest military distinctions. We reported it was the first time the medal was given for an act that took place in Alaska. That claim is incorrect. As always, there’s more to the story. Stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprn.Download Audiolast_img read more


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first_imgJatiya Oikya Front convenor Kamal Hossain. File PhotoGano Forum president Kamal Hossain on Thursday said they have asked their two MPs-elect not to join parliament as per their party’s decision, reports UNB.”We’ve clearly conveyed them our party’s decision of not joining parliament and they won’t do it,” he said.Kamal came up with the remarks while talking to reporters after a meeting of Jatiya Oikya Front steering committee at his Motijheel chamber.Meanwhile, the Oikya Front has decided not to join the tea party at Ganabhaban on 2 February terming it a “mockery”.Oikya Front spokesman Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said, “Our several thousand leaders and activists have been in jail while many others killed and injured centering the election. Many candidates have also been injured.”He further said, “Under the circumstances, we think arranging such a tea party by the prime minister is nothing but a mockery. So, we think there’s no necessity to join the tea party.”last_img read more


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first_imgFederighi then proceeded to reveal Apple’s actual strategy for media on the Mac: The company is replacing iTunes on the Mac with three dedicated apps for media, including a desktop app for podcasts, an Apple TV app for its TV and movie content as well as its upcoming Apple TV Plus video subscription service, and a music app to access both the company’s Apple Music subscription service as well as local music libraries.“Apple Music in Catalina is the best music app we’ve ever made,” Federighi said.The sunsetting of iTunes was widely expected to happen with OS X 10.15, and follows Apple’s multiyear move away from a transactional digital media business toward one focused on subscriptions. As the latest part of this transition, Apple is going to launch its own video-subscription service, dubbed Apple TV Plus, with original productions from creatives like Steven Spielberg, J.J. Abrams and Oprah later this year. Apple used its Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose, Calif., Monday to officially announce its plans to end the Mac version of iTunes. The company will phase out its well-known media application with the introduction of OS X 10.15, code-named Catalina, which is expected to be released in September alongside the next version of iOS and the new iPhone.However, the iTunes brand isn’t going away: Apple said the iTunes Store app will remain the place for iOS users to purchase music, while the Windows version of the iTunes application is living on (for now).“iTunes started completely focused,” said Apple senior vice president of software engineering Craig Federighi at WWDC Monday, recalling how the app was initially just focused on music management.He then told the audience about a number of features the company added to the software over the years, jokingly adding that Apple could take this type of feature bloat even further. “How about calendar in iTunes,” he joked. “How about mail in iTunes?” Popular on Variety center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more


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first_imgCyber bullies have a great way of sucking the fun out of social media. Don’t allow them to become a regular fixture in your daily online life. Say goodbye to cyber bullies by clicking on five important buttons on your social media platforms.1. IgnoreAlthough cyber bullies are the hardest people to ignore online because they always scream at the top of their lungs trying to get a reaction, acknowledging them can exasperate the situation and get you into even bigger trouble.2. Report AbuseOn most social media platforms nowadays there are options to report any offensive or abusive users especially if they have broken the rules of engagement. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite 3. UnfollowThe simplest way to deal with an abusive cyber bully is to unfollow them and rid your newsfeed of their negative energy.4. BlockIf reporting abuse and unfollowing someone doesn’t seem to deter them, the next step would be to block them completely and prevent them from having any contact with you.5. Remove ProfileThis is the most extreme precaution anyone can take when it comes to cyberbullying. Removing your profile ensures that there is no trace of you on the social media site and therefore preventing anyone from being able to make contact at all.last_img read more


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first_img News | Radiation Oncology | July 31, 2019 Laura Dawson, M.D., FASTRO, Chosen as ASTRO President-elect The members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) elected four new officers to ASTRO’s Board of… read more Feature | Treatment Planning | July 08, 2013 | Dave Fornell An Introduction to Current Radiation Therapy Treatment Planning Systems This article appeared as an introduction to a Comparison Chart on Treatment Planning Systems in the July/August 2013 issue. This is a brief overview of the newest software systems available on the treatment planning systems market.Treatment planning systems are at the heart of radiation therapy (RT) systems and the key to improved patient outcomes. Once image datasets are loaded and the tumors are identified, the systems develop a complex plan for each beam line route for how the therapy system will deliver radiation. The software also computes the expected dose distribution in the patient’s tissue, including variables such as tissue energy level penetration influences by the type of tissue the beam lines encounter (e.g., bone or lung vs. muscle). These systems also help navigate beam placement based on avoiding critical structures that are more sensitive to radiation in an effort to reduce collateral damage from the therapy. This may include automated, complex programming for multi-leaf collimator (MLC) leaf sequencing to shape the beam around critical structures during dose delivery. These treatment plans can also be modified to compensate for the reduction in tumor size over the course of treatments.See the latest news and articles on treatment planning on the ITN Treatment Planning Channel page.  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 Access the most current version of the ITN Treatment Planning Systems Comparison Chart (www.itnonline.com/content/treatment-planning-systems). This will require a login, but it is free and only takes a minute to complete the form. 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 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 | 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 Related Content News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more News | 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 The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  News | 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 | 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 BrainlabBrainlab’s iPlan RT treatment planning offers efficient clinical workflows and provides more treatment options for clinicians to choose from. Its image features offer time-saving pre-planning steps, such as automatic image fusion and fast organ definition and contouring. The software caters to a wide spectrum of treatment techniques to help define the best possible treatment plan. The Brainlab Monte Carlo Dose Calculation software is a high-performance algorithm designed for fast, precise radiation therapy dose calculations. Brainlab technology currently powers treatments in the fields of neurosurgery, radiation oncology, orthopedics, ENT, CMF, spine and trauma. ElektaXiO is a comprehensive 3-D intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) treatment planning platform that combines advanced planning tools with robust dose calculation algorithms. It supports a range of treatment modalities, including 2-D, 3-D, MLC-based IMRT, solid compensator-based IMRT and brachytherapy. In addition, dynamic conformal arc therapy and stereotactic delivery are supported.XiO offers advanced dose calculation algorithms, including Clarkson, FFT Convolution, MultiGrid Superposition, Fast Superposition and Electron Monte Carlo. Clinicians can choose the algorithm that is most appropriate for each plan. The software helps simplify planning with user-definable templates, calculation grids and workspace.Elekta’s Monaco system offers treatment planning for IMRT, volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT) and stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT). Monaco features innovative biological cost functions with multi-criteria constrained optimization, a leaf sequence optimizer and a robust Monte Carlo dose calculation algorithm.PhilipsPinnacle³ is designed for small and mid-size centers as an affordable server-class system that provides access from virtually any location. The system is also scalable so it can grow with a center’s needs. It can support centers with up to three linear accelerators (LINACs). Centralized processing offers all users the power of the professional server.The system is up to 30 percent faster than the older 810X platform. Floating licenses allow a Pinnacle³ user to have unlimited number of access points, including MacIntosh users.ProwessThe Panther 3D Conformal Therapy system is designed to improve efficiency. It operates on the user-friendly Windows platform, allowing the fast generation of treatment plans due to the familiar Windows look and feel and the vendor’s intuitive user interface. The system is completely modular to make upgrades with new modules easy and seamless.Panther supports Siemens virtual wedges, and photon and electron beams can be combined. It offers MLC support, and the MLC display can be turned on or off. MLC can auto fit to any selected organ with a specified margin, including inner, outer or center edges. Individual MLC leafs also can be graphically edited. RaySearchPreviously an OEM for treatment planning systems offered by other vendors, RayStation has created its own RaySearch proprietary system. It incorporates optimization application tools that have been in operation for nearly 10 years. The core of the system is the ORBIT software framework, which is currently used by some 2,000 clinics all over the world for optimization of IMRT, VMAT and 3-D conformal radiotherapy (3-DCRT).RayStation has been designed for 4-D adaptive radiation therapy as a built-in generic feature and it incorporates the latest techniques for proton therapy. It also contains tools for multi-criteria optimization, enabling a much more intuitive treatment planning process. The software uses a modular design to offer different combinations of capabilities. RayStation’s proton features are pending regulatory approvals and have not been cleared for marketing outside of the European Union.  VarianThe Eclipse system allows for efficiency. Virtual simulation eliminates data transfer steps and the management of separate sets of data. Emergency treatments can be planned immediately in the simulation area.Powerful tools simplify contouring tasks and field setup, and a fast calculation engine reduces treatment planning time. Integrated plan verification and quality assurance tools speed ongoing treatment planning and beam data validation, saving time for physicists. For example, with the portal dosimetry option, the physics time required for IMRT pretreatment verification is reduced to less than 20 minutes per patient compared to hours with film. High-resolution IMRT treatments can typically be delivered in a normal 15-minute time slot on a Varian Clinac linear accelerator.  FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communicationslast_img read more


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first_imgTechnology | March 26, 2014 Medweb Introduces Cross-enterprise Tele-consult/Teleradiology Integration into EMRs Enhancements to Medweb’s Cloud PACS also extends a new scalable, IHE-compliant image archiving News | PACS | July 02, 2019 Laurel Bridge and 3M M*Modal Partner to Improve DICOM Structured Reporting July 2, 2019 — Laurel Bridge Software announced an expanded relationship with 3M M*Modal, a provider of clinical docu read more Related Content Feature | Information Technology | June 27, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Smart Algorithm Extracts Data from Radiology Reports Radiology reports may contain information essential to figuring out a patient’s condition. read more Technology | Enterprise Imaging | July 05, 2019 Hyland Healthcare Adds ImageNext Imaging Workflow Optimizer to Enterprise Imaging Suite Hyland Healthcare is launching ImageNext, a vendor-neutral imaging workflow optimizer that combines intelligent imaging… read more News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more News | Enterprise Imaging | July 29, 2019 Philips Announces 10-year Enterprise Informatics Agreement With Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire de Nancy Philips and Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire (CHRU) de Nancy, a leading academic hospital in the Grand Est… read more Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more March 26, 2014 — Medweb has announced new enhancements to its core image exchange and cloud-based archiving services that enables users to integrate in real time teleradiology events into an electronic medical record (EMR) using standard HL7 and digital imaging and communications in medicine (DICOM) standards. Medweb Exchange uses existing teleradiology consult implementations to create infinitely scalable systems so facilities will also be able to share teleradiology consults across multiple enterprises using industry standards. Medweb Cloud picture archive communications systems (PACS) service extends certified IHE-compliant image archiving to all sizes of medical practices.Medweb Exchange utilizes the Medweb Clouds offering, which is now available as an integrated storage service giving clinicians a single resource that links to all image sources in their community. In many cases, users will also be able to take advantage of DICOM message types such as IAN (Instance availability notification) to show how telemedicine consults can generate an automated billing event that is accepted by the hospital or clinic billing system. For more information: www.medweb.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | July 02, 2019 Konica Minolta Healthcare Partners With DiA Imaging Analysis for AI-based Cardiac Ultrasound Analysis DiA Imaging Analysis has partnered with Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas Inc. to expand analysis capabilities of… read more News | Enterprise Imaging | June 27, 2019 Ambra Health Announces Integration With Box Ambra Health announced an integration with Box to enable the sharing of medical imaging directly from within Box’s… read more News | PACS | June 26, 2019 Mini-PACS Solution for Image Management and Workflow Optimization ImageGrid Mini is a feature-rich, reliable and cost-effective image management and workflow optimization solution, pr read morelast_img read more


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first_imgWinter Garden Festival Fremantle EsplanadeThe Winter Garden is set to bring Western Australia an enchanting experience for the young and the young at heart this July.The idyllic surrounds of the Fremantle Esplanade will be transformed into a magical festival dedicated to the delights and traditional wonders of a white winter.Attractions include the return of Australia’s biggest outdoor ice rink, falling snow, a mountainous pop-up slide, carnival rides, plus music and entertainment for all ages.“Winter is usually associated with indoor activities, so the Winter Garden is a great opportunity for thousands of people of all ages to enjoy some outdoor entertainment in Fremantle as the season changes,” said Fremantle Mayor Dr Brad Pettitt.“Freo has many unique restaurants, shops and other attractions so we expect having the Winter Garden will also provide a welcome boost to the local economy at a time of year which is traditionally tougher for businesses. The City of Fremantle is pleased to support the event in 2015.”The Winter Garden experience is completely free to enter, with tickets for the ice skating rink and other activities available for purchase online.Come and enjoy our pop-up lodge where there will be morsels of yum and drinks that are fun for the little ones and grown-ups alike.Winter Garden Source = Tourism Western Australialast_img read more