Banff to host Canadas first Cochon 555 competition

first_imgFive lucky and talented chefs from Alberta will get a chance to show their mastery of pork at a prestigious competition in Banff.It’s the first time the event, known as Cochon555, has come to Canada.Cochon is the brainchild of American chef Brady Lowe. It’s a celebration of heritage pork breeds and launched in 2008.Since then it’s become one of the signature events on the North American culinary calendar.“For Alberta to have it, for Banff to have it, and for us to be able to host it at the hotel, it’s a very big deal in the industry, for sure,” said J.W. Foster, Executive Chef at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel.He says any chef worth their salt wants to be included.Among the others showing their stuff will be chefs Connie DeSousa and John Jackson from Charcut and Charbar and Matthias Fong of River Cafe in Calgary, Shelley Robinson of Banff Hospitality Collective and Randy Luft of the Rimrock Resort Hotel.The farmers are Malorie Aubé of Country Accent Heritage Breeds, Allan and Joanne Vanden Broek of Broek Pork Acres, Danny and Shannon Ruzicka of Nature’s Green Acres, Mark Lahoda and Antonio Matriz of Alberta Pork Company/Sunhaven Farms and Jessica and Chris Fasoli of Bear and the Flower Farm.You can get tickets to the April 28 event here: read more

Microsoft warns of Internet Explorer security gap and limited targeted attacks on

REDMOND, Wash. – Microsoft says a security gap in Internet Explorer could allow an attacker to take complete control of a computer if the user clicks on a malicious link.The vulnerability affects versions 6 through 11 of the Web browser.Microsoft Corp. said Saturday that it was aware of “limited, targeted attacks” that tried to exploit the security gap. The company is working on a fix which it plans to provide in a software update on May 13.In the meantime, Microsoft encourages customers to enable a firewall, apply all software updates and install anti-malware software.A division of the Homeland Security Department recommends that users download a security toolkit from Microsoft or use another browser until an update becomes available.___Online:Microsoft Security Advisory: Microsoft warns of Internet Explorer security gap and ‘limited, targeted attacks’ on computers by The Associated Press Posted Apr 28, 2014 12:04 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Stonehenge row with Highways England as work for new tunnel damages mesolithic

For the past decade archaeologists have been…–– ADVERTISEMENT –– It is a window into the Mesolithic, the world inhabited by the hunter gatherers who re-colonised Britain after the end of the ice age 12,000 years ago. The alleged damage they claim was caused when gauges were being installed to monitor the water table at Blick Mead, a series of tepid springs in the grounds of Amesbury Abbey, Wiltshire, known as the “first place in Britain”.  Now archaeologists are claiming that the unique site on the edge of Salisbury Plain near Stonehenge may have been irreparably damaged by blundering Highways England engineers who drilled a hole directly through it during the project to build a road tunnel under the iconic site. read more

Mining leads as IPO activity in Western Australia continues recovery in FY11

first_imgGR Engineering Services19 Apr -56Materials -17Materials 20.0 2007 Amount raised ($m) (LHS)495.7 603.9 Number of floats (RHS)55 174 2009 15.0 Amount raised ($m) 101.2 IPO activity in Western Australia continued to increase post the global financial crisis (GFC), according to new figures released from the Deloitte Corporate Finance survey. Western Australia produced 63 IPOs in the year ending 30 June 2011 (FY11), almost double the 33 IPOs in the previous financial year. The value of funds raised through IPOs also increased sharply, up from A$266 million to A$604 million. Of the ten largest of these IPOs, nine were in the resources sector.Deloitte Corporate Finance partner, Andrew Annand, said Western Australia again generated more IPOs than any other state in 2010, and accounted for five of the 10 best-performing floats, again led by the resources sector. 2011 Company 67 20.0 $billion raised1.981 Maca3 Nov Kimberley Rare Earths18 May Date listed Ten biggest WA-based IPOs in FY11 Haranga Resources9 Dec 2010 1,776.6 123 South American Ferro Metals16 Nov Blackgold International22 Feb 70.2 -38Materials 5.884 60.0 Industry sector 63 2010 7.555 100 2011 Dampier Gold23 Aug 18.2 1,500.8 -40Materials 10.174 2007 12Materials Universal Coal10 Dec 25.0 2003 -7Materials McPherson’s Reward Gold24 Dec Change versus issue price at 30/06/11 (%) 2005 10.788 63 2008 -34Materials 13.247 Across the country, the Deloitte Corporate Finance IPO survey shows that FY11 produced 123 floats, almost double the number in the previous financial year.The value of funds raised from investors has also climbed strongly, up from $4 billion in FY10 to $7.6 billion in FY11, however, Mr Annand said the strong-looking numbers belied a disappointing second half of the year for IPO activity.“The value of funds raised reflected two big-value floats earlier in the year of QR National and Westfield Trust, which together raised almost $6.1 billion. The number of floats was boosted by activity in the resource sector, which produced 95 IPOs, or almost 80% of all the floats for the year.“The successful listing of Queensland Rail in particular raised expectations for the IPO market in the new year, however, overall the market has failed to live up to these expectations, with many businesses foregoing a listing, often in favour of a trade sale. The equity market simply couldn’t match the valuation expectations of vendors or those achieved through private sales.” 2002 4.269 169 33 2005 55 10.550 265.7 113 30.0 201 221 2008 2006 1.149 27.5 17 PMI Gold Corporation21 Dec 1,312.8 30.0 Number of IPOs60 145Materials 151 2009 2006 2004 95Capital goods 28 4.011 -25Materialslast_img read more

EHF Cup Holstebro wins in Plock – Goppingen defeated in Spain

GROUP DIn group D, SC Magdeburg beat Romanian Bacau 33:25 with fantastic performance of Robert Weber, who scored 11 goals. 4HC Motor Zaporożje200243:590 1SC Magdeburg220066:434 1Rhein-Neckar Löwen220069:554 TVIS Holstebro 4Besiktas JK Stambuł100118:330 ← Previous Story EHF CL: Vive Kielce with come-back wins against Chambery Next Story → The End of Saga: Mackovsek to TSV Hanover Burgdorf! 3Stiinta Municipal Dedeman Bacau200243:540 2KIF Kolding110024:212 2HBC Nantes110021:182 3Tatran Prešov100133:340 In the second matches of the EHF Cup Group stage , handball fans across Europe have seen a lot of tight matches with some surprises. Danish TVIS Holstebro wins in Polish Plock 29:28 (13:15) and that is the biggest surprise of the Round 2.Orlen Wisła: Sego (12/33 – 35%), Wichary (4/9 – 36%) – Eklemović 2, Spanne 2 (2), Wiśniewski 4, Kubisztal 2, Kavas 1, Ghionea 6 (1), Twardo, Toromanović 3, Syprzak 1, Paczkowski 3, Nenadić 3, Ilyes 1.Team Tvis: Lind (0/1), Petersen (20/45 – 40%) – Thoustrup, Hansen 3, Larsen 6 (2), A. Damgaard Nielsen 6, Christiansen 4, Sorensen, Bramming 2 (1), Mose, Thomsen 2, Green Jensen 2, M. Damgaard Nielsen 4.In the second match of this group, Slovenian Maribor has no problem against Norwegian Elverum 34:29.Maribor Branik: Čudič, Pešić, Štefanič, Mirković 4, Tarabochia, Svalina 2, Oštir, Špelić 9, Špende, Razgor 6, Pučnik, Zarabec 6, Šoštarič 6, Sok, Šimič, Mlakar 1.Elverum: Aanestad 3, Björkman, Ojala 3, Thon, Borresen, Rönnberg 6, Nordberg 2, Sluijters 4, Gullerud 4, Lindboe 4, Toft 3, Stegavik, Rajković, Nergaard.STANDING:1. Team Tvis Holstebro 2 – 32. Maribor Branik 2 – 33. Wisla Plock 2 – 24. Elverum 2 – 0GROUP ASecond Slovenian team, Cimos Koper took important points in Sweden against Eskilstuna Guif – 30:29.Eskilstuna Guif: Hallberg, Larsson, Akerman 2, E. Andersson 1, Blank, Ekman 1, Gustavsson, Tholin 9, H. Andersson, Freiman 7, Heimisson 2, Oldberg 1, Sjöö, Sokolić 3, Stenbäcken 3.Cimos Koper: Podpečan, Škof, Dobelšek, Grzentič, Brumen 8, Bombač, Krivokapić 4, N. Poklar, Hrastnik, Konečnik 1, Rapotec 8, Gavranović 5, Bundalo, Bošković 3, Osmajić 1, Darovec.NATURHOUSE LA RIOJA – FA GOPPINGEN 25:2325 – Naturhouse: Jorge Martínez (p), Petrus (1), Mindegia (3), Arrieta (1), Víctor Hugo (2), Cuartero (3,1p), Capote (3), Aguinagalde (ps), Velasco, Ajo, Tioumentsev (6), Paván (5), Curuvija, Pedro Rodríguez (1) y Ales Silva.23 – Göppingen: Prost (p), Oprea (2), Schöne (3), Späth (1), Haas (4), Horak (2), Markovic (7), Tahirovic (p), Kneule (1), Beljanski, Fontaine y Rnic (3,1p).STANDING:1. Cimos Koper 2 – 42. Frisch Auf Göppingen 2 – 23. Naturhouse La Rioja 2 – 24. Eskilstuna Guif 2 – 0GROUP BRhein Neckar Lowen has easy job against Motor Zaporozje 35:22. read more

Crime series examines if serial killers have committed other unsolved murders

first_imgARE SERIAL KILLERS often guilty of committing other murders that remain unsolved?A crime series looks at some of the most notorious killers in the UK and uses criminology techniques to try and link more unsolved murders to convicted killers.Professor David Wilson, who teaches as Head of Criminology at Birmingham City University, investigates the possibility.Wilson will build up detailed criminal profiles of serial killers and apply criminology techniques to compare the killers to other unsolved crimes.The three-part series ‘Killers Behind Bars’ will also speak to the investigating officers and look at interview tapes and crime scenes.With this evidence, Wilson hopes to prove beyond reasonable doubt that their known crimes are simply the tip of the iceberg.The first episode on TV3 tonight focuses on Steve Wright – known as ‘The Suffolk Strangler’.In February 2008, he was sentenced to life for the murder of five women who worked as prostitutes in Ipswich, Suffolk.The judge sentencing him recommended that he should never be released from prison.Wilson believes Wright had struck before.He travels to Norfolk where he discovers numerous cases of sex workers killed in similar circumstances.After meeting with some of the families of the Norwich victims, the professor makes a discovery that he believes provides strong enough evidence for re-investigating one unsolved murder in particular.The show airs on TV3 at 9pm tonight.Read: Body of murdered porn star found in Italy’s Lake Garda>Read: The Moors Murders: a timeline>last_img read more

HP TouchPad 4G available to preorder on Amazon for 700

first_imgIf you’ve been waiting to get your hands on the HP TouchPad 4G, you might not have to wait for much longer. The TouchPad 4G has been spotted for pre-order on Amazon for $699.99. That’s roughly $100 more than the WiFi-only version available already.The 32GB TouchPad 4G offers a 9.7-inch LED multi-touch display. The tablet uses HP’s webOS 3.0, and runs on a fast 1.5 GHz processor, which is a step up from the 1.2GHz processor of the WiFi version. It also has integrated GPS and built-in AT&T wireless mobile broadband capabilities. The 4G tablet is HSPA+ (AT&T), not LTE, so don’t get too excited. And, unlike the iPad, the TouchPad offers Adobe Flash support.If $700 sounds like a lot to be spending on a tablet, you may want to wait a month or two. As we’ve seen recently, HP has been discounting the TouchPad like crazy. Last Friday we saw it for $380 at Woot, and Staples was offering it for $299.99 over the weekend through a $100 rebate coupon. We can’t promise it will be cut in price soon, but if you’re looking to save a few bucks, you may want to consider waiting a bit.HP also announced a promotion over the weekend for anyone in the U.S. who buys a TouchPad between July 1 and August 4. Purchasing the tablet will get you $50 worth of credit to use in the App Catalog.Reports of a 64GB model release were also floating around back in July. They came at the same time as the TouchPad 4G rumors, so it’s likely that we may see a 64GB version when the 4G version is finally released.You can preorder the HP TouchPad 4G at Amazon now, but there’s no release date listed as of yet.via Ubergizmolast_img read more

Amazon lets you make Alexa audio adventure games

first_imgAmazon has been pushing its voice-powered virtual assistant Alexa quite a bit, and now they’re trying to get gamers interested in the platform, releasing a new set of tools that allows developers to easily create audio adventures.The Alexa Echo and Tap have received rave reviews and work incredibly well for music playback, news, alarms, and an increasingly growing set of skills allowing you to do everything from hail an Uber to boo someone out of your living room. But it turns out that owners love to play games. 20% of the top “skills” (Amazon’s name for apps) are games, although most of them tend to be trivia games, which makes sense given the platform.Interactive adventure games make for a much more immersive experience, though. These newly released tools will give developers a vastly simplified design interface, as well as an open-source Interactive Adventure Game Tool, a Decision Tree template, and a Trivia Game template, because of course. These will allow developers to easily get running with their projects. Amazon seems to be doing all it can to encourage new games for their platform, and it will be interesting to see if Alexa ever gets enough support to be enjoyed as a unique game platform.One game that has shown the device’s potential more than most is The Wayne Investigation, an official Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice tie-in that lets you investigate the murder of Bruce Wayne’s parents. It was written by DC Comics writers and plays out almost like a verbal text adventure game, where you tell Alexa what rooms to walk through, making choices in order to find clues as to the culprit. A playthrough lasts anywhere from five to 45 minutes depending on the decisions you make and the game is currently the most popular skill in the Alexa store, which is what prompted Amazon to make it easier for future developers. There’s clearly an untapped market here, and Amazon can’t ignore that!Now that these tools are available we hope to see even more developers make use of this style, because the world can never get enough adventure games.last_img read more

Gerrard hammers defenders after horror show in Russia

first_imgRangers Football Club manager Steven Gerrard has hammered his team’s defenders after their horror outing against Spartak Moscow on Thursday.The Gers took the lead three times in Moscow, but a woeful second-half display handed them their first UEFA Europa League defeat of the season.The Scottish Premiership club were on a high when first-half strikes from Glenn Middleton, Daniel Candeias and an own-goal from Roman Eremenko gave them a 3-2 advantage.But shocking defensive lapses, especially in the second half, allowed Spartak to seize control for a 4-3 win, as they blew Group G wide open.Gerrard’s side seat third in their group behind Spartak and Villarreal, but host the Spanish club on match day 5 as they look to secure qualification for the second round.However, the former Liverpool youth team coach refused to spare his ropey rear-guard and knows more lamentable defending in their next two group games will cost them any shot at the last 32.Steven Gerrard, Michael OwenOwen reveals why Liverpool didn’t offer Gerrard a new contract Manuel R. Medina – September 6, 2019 According to Owen, the Reds wanted to sell Gerrard two years before he left the club and that’s why they didn’t offer him a contract renewal.He said, according to Express: “I’m very disappointed with the result. You saw two sides of our performance tonight. We attacked very well and were dangerous and countered bravely. We got our rewards and had control at half-time.“However, football is about levels and if you don’t do the basics well enough and defend properly, then high-level teams will normally punish you and that was the case here.“People who have had a lot of praise and who did really well to get us to this stage just didn’t do the basics well enough.“Normally, to come here and score three goals you get a result, but I’m bitterly disappointed with how we defended.”last_img read more

Smith accuses QPR players of tag team

first_imgAston Villa manager Dean Smith has accused players of Queens Park Rangers of working as a tag team to foul Villa midfielder, Jack Grealish.Smith has demanded more protection from the officials for Grealish who was fouled on numerous occasions during Villa’s defeat against QPR.The struggling Villans were defeated 1-0 at Loftus Road, where Pawel Wszolek’s first-half strike gave in-form QPR their third win on the bounce and the fourth victory and clean sheet of a five-match unbeaten run.Wszolek’s shot cannoned off the underside of the bar after the Poland international raced on to Geoff Cameron’s ball over the top seven minutes before the interval.Despite being kept at bay for much of the game Villa boss Smith insists referee Darren England should have done more to clamp down on QPR’s treatment of Grealish.“They need to protect Jack Grealish more. QPR were like a tag team kicking him,” Smith said, according to Sports Mole.Aston Villa explains why they spent so much money on players Manuel R. Medina – September 6, 2019 According to Aston Villa’s chief executive, the team needed to spend £144.5 million on 12 players in order to stay competitive.“A player of that quality needs protection from referees and they should be brandishing yellow cards.”“They were a tag team tonight. (Massimo) Luongo’s had four or five kicks at him and other players have.”“He needs protection. If they brandish a yellow card very early then it stops it. He’s the most fouled player in the league, we all know that.”“Does he get the protection he deserves? I don’t believe he does at the moment. I suppose it’s the only way the opposition can stop him.”“There was a lot of tactical fouling but there weren’t many yellow cards. If you dish out yellow cards then you stop that.”last_img read more

Sarri unfazed about sack rumours

first_imgChelsea manager Maurizio Sarri bemoaned the poor display of his side n their 2-0 FA Cup defeat to Manchester United and further claimed he is not bothered about his job.Goals from Herrera and Pogba were enough to seal a place in the quarter-final with Wolves as the Blues ran short of ideas in front of frustrated home fans.When quizzed about the performance and the reaction of the fans Sarri said: “For everything, there is a first time.“I am worried about the result, not our fans. Of course, I can understand their frustration. The result was not very good. We are out of the FA Cup.”“We played confusing football in the second half but in the first half I think we played well,” he said.“We need more aggression and more determination in the situations inside our own box and inside the opposition box. The difference was there.“We need to be faster, mentally and materially. We need more movements without the ball. We need less individual actions.“When you have spaces, of course, you can do individual actions. But when the situation is like it is in the second half, you need to move the ball faster and more movements without the ball otherwise it is impossible to score.”Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.Maurizio Sarri heard the chants, but he has other concerns!🙉— Goal (@goal) February 19, 2019Following the poor run of results in recent weeks, the former Napoli man has come under intense scrutiny, but he remained bullish about the rumours of a sack.“No, I was really very worried when I was in league two in Italy,” he told Sky Sports. “I am not worried now.“It is not my problem. My problem is to work with the players to improve in a few days and find more determination and aggression.”And when asked whether the Chelsea players are still with him, he added: “I think so. Of course, I am not sure, but I think so.”Chelsea face Malmo in the second leg of their Europa League tie at Stamford Bridge on Thursday before taking on City in the Carabao Cup final on Sunday.last_img read more

Monarch Support Coming to ASAs Social Pages in September

first_imgWhile trade issues remain top priority for the soy industry, the American Soybean Association (ASA) is taking a moment this fall to illuminate the importance of monarch habitat in its overall conservation efforts, which include soil and water quality, and pollinator preservation.Starting September 5 and running through October 5, ASA’s Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook feeds will be aflutter with monarch messaging designed to shine a spotlight on monarch habitat importance. Outreach will include quick facts, links and suggestions to easily get involved, and a photo contest for farmers and other ASA friends and followers to upload snapshots of their efforts to plant milkweed and protect the pretty, beneficial butterflies.Three randomly-selected participants who post their unique monarch or monarch habitat pics on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter with the hashtag #Beans4Monarchs during the contest period will be selected to each win one $100 gift card, to be awarded in October. Photos can be posted directly to ASA social media platforms or on the participants’ feeds, so long as they include the #Beans4Monarchs hashtag and comply with the contest rules. ASA will cross-promote the contest throughout the month with interested and likeminded organizations to widen the social media circle cast on this issue and bring more awareness to why butterflies are important and how soy growers are making a difference in monarch habitats.Monarch habitat promotes biodiversity and sustainability near farmlands, including attracting pollinators, improving soil health and water quality, housing natural enemies of crop pests, and increasing wildlife diversity. Yet, the monarch population has been alarmingly on the decline since the 1990s. The goal of ASA’s #Beans4Monarchs program is to help turn around those declining numbers and promote fit farmlands through healthy monarch habitat.last_img read more

Former church youth leader faces charges of molestation

first_imgA former volunteer youth leader at a Vancouver church was arraigned Tuesday on allegations he sexually molested two teenage boys during private devotions.Defense attorney Jon McMullen told the judge that Jason L. Wolk, 25, understood the charges and didn’t need them read aloud. Wolk pleaded not guilty to one count of second-degree child molestation and four counts of third-degree child molestation. The sexual abuses allegedly took place between June and December 2010.Clark County Superior Court Judge Roger Bennett set trial for July 5. A half-dozen members of the boys’ families sat near the back of the courtroom during the brief hearing. Two women who identified themselves as the mothers of the boys, ages 15 and 16, said they’re upset Wolk remains free to “walk the streets.” The Columbian is not identifying the women to protect the teens’ identities.“The two victims aren’t doing as well as I anticipated, especially my son,” said the older boy’s mother. “He’s on suicide watch.”The other woman described the ordeal as “devastating.”“I thought of him as a son,” she said of Wolk.The former volunteer youth leader remains out of police custody. He is under a specialized set of supervised release conditions that, among other things, prohibit him from having any contact with minors and require him to remain employed.McMullen said afterward he’s still working on obtaining police reports and reviewing evidence. He said after Wolk’s first appearance, there are “two sides to every story.”last_img read more

BBC switches payroll technology provider

first_imgThe BBC has entered into a contract with IBM for the provision of outsourced finance, accounting payroll and associated technology provider.The contract aims to contribute towards the broadcaster’s efficiency targets, by providing a simplified and efficient service. This will include the introduction of cloud-based technologies to support payroll and expense processes, as well as the use of mobile applications to support remote working.The switch from existing provider Sopra Steria to IBM will come into effect in November 2016. The technology firm will serve as prime contractor for five years, with an option for a two-year extension.Ian Haythornthwaite, director of finance at the BBC, said: “We are confident that this contract will bring advantages to the BBC in terms of simplicity and innovation, as well as making a significant contribution to our savings targets.”last_img read more

Early Clinical Experience with ViewRays MRIdian Linac Presented at AAPM 2017

first_img 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 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 Related Articles on MRI-guided Radiation Therapy:MRI-guided Radiation Therapy (2017)First Patients Treated with ViewRay’s MRIdian Linac at Henry Ford Health SystemElekta Begins MR-Linac Installation at Sunnybrook Health Sciences CentreMRI-Guided Radiation Therapy (2016)MRI Brings New Vision to Radiation TherapyDutch Medical Center Begins Installation of World’s First High-field MRI-guided Radiation Therapy System FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 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 | 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 August 7, 2017 — ViewRay Inc. announced that several presentations of early clinical experience with its MRIdian Linac technology were made at the 2017 annual meeting of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM), July 30-Aug. 2 in Denver. MRIdian Linac is the world’s only U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-cleared magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)-guided radiation therapy system with linear accelerator-based delivery, according to the company.The company’s MRIdian System was the focus of 30 abstracts selected by AAPM, including several talks describing the significant advantages of daily on-table adaptive radiation therapy and its positive clinical impact on treatment. MR-guided on-table adaptive therapy allows for dose escalation for stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) treatments and dose de-escalation in cases where the critical structures are too close to the tumor. The AAPM Scientific Session talks also highlighted MRIdian’s fully integrated workflow for adaptive therapy, which incorporates complete Monte Carlo dose replanning to account for changes in the shape and position of the tumor and adjacent organs in less than two minutes.ViewRay featured a number of presentations in the company’s booth given by MRIdian users from five top cancer centers: Henry Ford Health System in Metro Detroit; University of California, Los Angeles; Washington University in St. Louis; University of Wisconsin; and University of Miami.Highlights from these talks included:Carri Glide-Hurst, Ph.D., from Henry Ford presented on their initial patient experience with MRIdian Linac including treatment times of 6.25 minutes for 8Gy SBRT treatments and 5 minutes for prostate intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) treatments. She also showed MRIdian movies on how the system’s real-time imaging during treatment automatically detected and paused the treatment when a transient gas bubble shifted the prostate. Additional patients in the queue for Henry Ford include liver SBRT, retroperitoneal SBRT and accelerated partial breast irradiation (APBI). “MRIdian really does take the blindfold off in showing us things we’ve never seen before,” said Glide-Hurst. “We’re now able to treat indications that we hadn’t really treated previously like APBI. We’re excited about the potential of reducing margins and getting a conformal delivery with MRI guidance”;Anthony Doemer, M.S., from Henry Ford highlighted the ultra-sharp beam characteristics for the RayZR Double focused multileaf collimator (MLC). Because of its design, it removes the need for tongue and grooves, nearly eliminating any leakage through the leaves (average leakage, less than 0.001 percent). “We were able to successfully commission the MLC with great agreement between measured small beam profiles of 0.2 x 0.4 cm and larger profiles matching very well with the Monte Carlo simulations with tight conformance to the beam model,” said Doemer;Yingli Yang, Ph.D., from UCLA presented on MRIdian’s high-quality MRI images, specifically the superior soft-tissue image quality enabled by MRIdian’s processing techniques. Yang also highlighted early research imaging results acquired using a new MR acquisition technique reducing the imaging times of 17 seconds down to approximately 12 seconds. This 3-D MRI sequence provides motion artifact-free images with a large field of view (FOV) for short breath hold. She also presented research on a 3-D MRI acquisition scheme that is insensitive to motion and will enable free breathing MRI for patients who are unable to hold their breath;Vivian Rodriguez, Ph.D., from Washington University shared their extensive experience with on-table adaptive therapy, illustrating the significant anatomical changes that can take place within a short period of time and highlighting case examples where the treatment plan was reoptimized to escalate or de-escalate dose based upon the proximity of nearby critical structures while the patient was on the treatment table. “With a single button click we can replan within a minute a new treatment plan that reduces dose to organs at risk while giving a greater dose to the target,” said Rodriguez; andKathryn Mittauer, Ph.D., from the University of Wisconsin shared their experience personalizing patient treatments through daily dose-guided radiotherapy using online recalculation and evaluation of the actual dose distribution. “We’re able to deliver higher doses to targets adjacent to organs at risk due to improved confidence in treatment set up and delivery that would not otherwise be clinically feasible,” said Mittauer.For more information: 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. The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RADcenter_img News | Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) | August 07, 2017 Early Clinical Experience with ViewRay’s MRIdian Linac Presented at AAPM 2017 Talks highlight clinical value of MRIdian on-table adaptive therapy for escalating target dose and avoiding nearby organs at risk 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 Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. This release… 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 | 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 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 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 | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 06, 2019 Canon Medical Introduces Encore Orian MR Upgrade Program Canon Medical Systems USA Inc. is helping to provide low-cost patient care solutions for its customers with the launch… read morelast_img read more

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 76 Beta released with focus on security cloud

first_imgRed Hat has rolled out their Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.6 beta in their goal of becoming the cloud powerhouse. This release focuses on security and compliance, automation, and cloud deployment features. Linux security improvements As far as Linux based security is considered, some improvements made include: GnuTLS library with Hardware Security Module (HSM) support Strengthened OpenSSL for mainframes Enhancements to the nftables firewall Integration of Berkeley Packet Filter (eBPF) to provide a safer mechanism for monitoring Linux kernel activity Hybrid cloud deployment-related changes Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.6 has introduced a variety of cloud deployment improvements. Red Hat’s Paul Cormier considers the hybrid cloud to be the default technology choice. “Enterprises want the best answers to meet their specific needs, regardless of whether that’s through the public cloud or on bare metal in their own datacenter.” For starters, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.6 uses Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 2.0 hardware modules to enable Network Bound Disk Encryption (NBDE). This provides two layers of security features for hybrid cloud operations: The network-based mechanism works in the cloud, On-premises TPM helps to keep information on disks more secure. They have also introduced Podman, a part of Red Hat’s lightweight container toolkit. It adds enterprise-grade security features to containers. Podman complements Buildah and Skopeo by enabling users to run, build, and share containers using the command line interface. It can also work with CRI-O, a lightweight Kubernetes containers runtime. Management and Automation The latest beta version also adds enhancements to the Red Hat Enterprise Linux Web Console including: Showing available updates on the system summary pages. Automatic configuration of single sign-on for identity management, helping to simplify this task for security administrators. An interface to control firewall services. These are just a select few updates. For a more detailed coverage, go through the release notes available on the Red Hat Blog. Read Next Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.5 (RHEL 7.5) now generally available. What RedHat and others announced at KubeCon + CloudNativeCon 2018. RedHat and others launch Istio 1.0 service mesh for microservices.last_img read more

Amadeus unveils new NZ Aus eSupport

first_imgThe technology solution company has redesigned its online agent support system, launching a new e-Support Centre in Australia and New Zealand.Unveiled this week in up to six languages and available 24/7, the company’s IT Pacific managing director Sari Vahakoski explained the updated system was created to “enhance the customer service experience” for agents.“This will help reduce the customer’s need for support by increasing their knowledge and will simplify their lives by presenting all content in one site, providing learning and support when and where they need it,” Ms Vahakoski said.Hoping to improve productivity while decreasing money spent on calls to the Help Desk, the company also said the new system also allows travel agents hooked-up with Amadeus product to watch ‘show me’ videos on key topics and open ‘how to’ guides for Cryptic Entries and Error Messages.The product also offers new learning content, product guides, quick cards and technical manuals. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more

OCC Weighing Bank Charters for FinTechs

first_img Share in Daily Dose, Headlines, News, Technology November 3, 2016 620 Views The issue of whether or not to grant a national bank charter to FinTechs that conduct banking activities is being considered by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) as Comptroller Thomas Curry delivered a public address this week in London on “The Banking Revolution: Innovation, Regulation, and Consumer Choice.”Curry has given several public speeches this year in which he acknowledged the exploding popularity of FinTechs, the competition those firms are giving banks, and the importance of responsible innovation. In October, the OCC announced the creation of an Office of Innovation which will be dedicated to responsible innovation in the financial industry. The Office of Innovation will begin operations sometime during the first quarter of 2017.Many FinTechs perform banking activities such as taking deposits, paying checks, or lending money—and while these companies help to expand financial inclusion, that inclusion must be balanced with consumer protections and prudential regulatory concerns, Curry said.“We are still deliberating about whether it makes sense to grant a national bank charter to FinTechs, and under what conditions,” Curry said. “We plan to issue a paper soon to describe our thoughts on this important question and seek comment on our approach.”Opinions about as to how the OCC should handle the situation of whether or not to issue FinTechs a bank charter. On one hand, it has been suggested that national charters could ensure that FinTechs receive the same rigorous, regulatory oversight and ongoing supervision from federal regulators that banks do; others say national charters could help FinTechs navigate the regulatory landscape by consolidating oversight, reducing licensing burden, and applying a uniform set of rules, Curry said. Still others are afraid that a limited bank charter might allow FinTechs to face lighter supervision and escape consumer protections that apply only to depository institutions.“So let me be clear, if the OCC decides to grant a national charter in this area, the institution will be held to the same high standards of safety, soundness, and fairness that other federally chartered institutions must meet,” Curry said. “Having a national charter has tremendous value, and because of that it carries certain responsibilities.”If there is a place for financial companies that focus on certain aspects of banking 10 or 15 years from now, then a regulatory framework and supervision structure needs to be in place to ensure that the companies operate in a safe and sound manner and are fully compliant with all laws and regulations, Curry said.Click here to read Curry’s complete speech.center_img Bank Charter Banks Fintechs OCC 2016-11-03 Seth Welborn OCC Weighing Bank Charters for FinTechslast_img read more

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