first_imgThe bypoll in three Assembly constituencies of western Uttar Pradesh saw a mixed response from the voters on Monday. While Gangoh clocked the highest turnout at 60%, Iglas (reserved) constituency in Aligarh district scored a poor 36.2% and Rampur Sadar saw a voting percentage of 44. Some villages of Iglas boycotted the election for a major part of the day, raising the slogan “vikas nahin, vote nahin” (no development, no vote). Local sources said villagers were asking for all-weather roads in their area.It was only after 3 p.m. that the voters turned up at the booths after repeated assurances from the administration and Hathras MP and former MLA Rajvir Singh Diler of the BJP. The seat got vacant after Mr. Diler was elected to the Lok Sabha.“There was no complete boycott in any of the villages but the voting percentage was very poor in Nawalpur, Kapoor Khera and Udambara villages of Iglas. We have noted their demands and the administration will work towards it,” said Anjani Kumar, Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Iglas. Unlike other constituencies, in Rampur, the BJP is the challenger as it tries to take on Tanzeen Fatima, Rajya Sabha member, and wife of Samajwadi Party heavyweight Azam Khan in Mr. Khan’s pocket borough. The bypoll was necessitated when Mr. Khan got elected to the Lok Sabha earlier this year after defeating his arch-rival Jaya Prada in a volatile contest. Local sources say the poor voting percentage will help the BJP candidate Bharat Bhushan Gupta. “Also, there is a section of Muslims who are voting for the BJP this time,” said Hasnat Ali Khan, a former Samajwadi Party member.Cong.-BJP contestIn Gangoh (Saharanpur), another constituency with a significant Muslim population along with a sizeable Dalit electorate, the contest seems to be between the BJP and the Congress. Here the BJP has fielded Kirat Singh, the general secretary of the local BJP unit against Nauman Masood, chairman of Gangoh Municipal Corporation and brother of firebrand Congress leader Imran Masood.Mr. Masood has a tough task as the BSP’s Mohd Irshad and SP’s Indrasen are expected to cut into Muslim, Jatav and Gujjar votes.last_img read more

first_imgHead coach John Calipari of the Kentucky Wildcats acknowledges the fans during practice for the NCAA Men's Final Four.INDIANAPOLIS, IN – APRIL 03: Head coach John Calipari of the Kentucky Wildcats acknowledges the fans during practice for the NCAA Men’s Final Four at Lucas Oil Stadium on April 3, 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)It turns out it isn’t just SEC football fans who are willing to go above and beyond to display their fanhood on a daily basis. Sunday night, a Kentucky hoops supporter named Gina Estep tweeted a photo of her friend, who is pregnant, showing just how much she’s into Wildcats basketball. The UK supporter has painted her stomach into a basketball and added two Kentucky logos. It’s amazing.@UKCoachCalipari Thought you would enjoy this soon to be UK fan:) pic.twitter.com/DtOlhdpSal— Gina Estep (@Ginadawn1) February 16, 2015Score another win for Kentucky – the Wildcats are certainly going to add one more hardcore fan very soon. Props.last_img read more

first_imgESPN Analyst Names Sleeper Team In The SEC In 2018The team with the best chance of going undefeated this fall is not the team appearing No. 1 in most preseason polls. According to ESPN’s Football Power Index (the “best predictor of a team’s performance”), Oklahoma – not Alabama – is the team most-likely to go undefeated heading into bowl season. While the Crimson Tide are the likely preseason No. 1, it’s the Sooners with the best chance of reaching the College Football Playoff. Here’s the full top 10:Oklahoma – 16.9 percent chance of going undefeated before bowl seasonFlorida State – 10.6 percentClemson – 8.6 percentBoise State – 8 percentMichigan – 5.8 percentLSU – 5.3 percentTennessee – 4.5 percentOklahoma State – 2.4 percentWashington – 1.4 percentNotre Dame – 1.2 percentSome other notable percentages: Alabama – 0.6 percentOhio State – 0.4 percentNebraska – 0.4 percentMichigan State – 0.1 percentOle Miss – 0.1 percentYou can view ESPN’s full FPI here.last_img read more

first_imgVANCOUVER, B.C. – The provincial government announced today that it will be reducing the maximum allowable rental rate increase, after announcing earlier this month that rents would have been permitted to increase by up to 4.5 percent next year.Municipal Affairs and Housing Minister Selina Robinson said that her Ministry will be taking action on a recommendation from B.C.’s Rental Housing Task Force by cutting the annual allowable rent increase by two percent, limiting it to inflation.The previous formula, which dates back to 2004, allowed annual rent increases of two percent plus inflation. That means that effective January 1, 2019, the annual allowable rent increase will be 2.5 percent.“It’s simply not sustainable for renters, many of whom are on fixed incomes, to see their rent increase by more than inflation each and every year,” said Premier John Horgan. “We have to eliminate the risk of such huge increases for renters. Our new approach strikes a balance between giving relief to renters while encouraging people to maintain their rental properties.”As a result of eliminating the additional two percent increase, renters paying $1,200 per month will save up to $288 next year over what they could have paid under the old formula.“We recognize supply is key to bringing down rental costs in the long term, but renters have told us they are hurting and need help today,” said Robinson. “That’s why we are taking careful steps to address the housing crisis and ease the pressure on renters, while also making sure that landlords have the tools they need to continue to invest in their rental properties.”The Residential Tenancy Branch will work closely with landlord advocacy groups on expanded circumstances under which landlords could apply for an additional rent increase to reflect the costs of maintaining their rental properties.last_img read more

first_imgKanpur/Hardoi: SP chief Akhilesh Yadav on Wednesday lashed out at the Congress over its big ego while continuing his attack on the BJP, suggesting that voters will walk away this time from the tea being offered by the chaiwala’ prime minister Narendra Modi.Mocking Modi at a public meeting in Hardoi, he said people voted for the ‘chaiwala’ in 2014. “As you know the taste of the tea now, will you vote for him again?” the Samajwadi Party president asked. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’He also called the prime minister a prachar mantri , or a publicity minister. At his Kanpur rally, Yadav sharpened his attack against the Congress, which has been kept out by the SP and the Bahujan Samaj Party from their alliance in Uttar Pradesh for the Lok Sabha elections. “Like the BJP, the Congress too believes in threatening political opponents,” he said. “We had an alliance with the Congress, but found that their ego is too big,” Yadav said. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThe SP had an understanding with the Congress during the 2017 Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections. In the ongoing Lok Sabha elections, the alliance of the SP, the Bahujan Samaj Party and the Rashtriya Lok Dal has shunned it. However, the alliance decided not to field any candidate from Rae Bareli and Amethi, the bastions held by Congress leaders Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi. “The Congress is not stopping the BJP, it’s the SP-BSP alliance which is stopping the BJP,” the SP leader said. He accused the Congress of initiating a CBI probe against his father and SP patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav when it was in power at the Centre. He claimed that a Congress activist was doing this even now. The apparent reference was to Vishwanath Chaturvedi’s attempt to revive an old case, alleging amassing of disproportionate assets by the Yadav family. Chaturvedi had sought a Supreme Court direction to the Central Bureau of Investigation to place the status report on a probe in the case against Mulayam Singh Yadav and his sons Akhilesh Yadav and Prateek Yadav.last_img read more

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first_img Top Stories 0 Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Join Jon Bloom and Vince Marotta as they break down the Cardinals 31-17 loss to the Green Bay Packers Sunday at Lambeau Field. This Spreecast starts at 10:00 a.m. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellinglast_img read more

first_img Natural Resources Trust Fund proposal approved by Appropriations CommitteeState Rep. Sarah Lightner today voted to support a plan moving through the Michigan House that includes support for major outdoor recreation and natural resources projects in the region.The legislation approved today by the House Appropriations Committee includes $1.72 million to purchase land for a new state game area in Eaton County and $450,000 for Watkins Lake State Park in Jackson County.The Eaton County project involves buying 465 acres, including frontage on the Thornapple River. The property would be managed for pheasant, deer, turkey and waterfowl habitat.“This project is a fantastic way to improve public hunting, fishing and wildlife viewing opportunities in the area,” said Lightner, of Springport.  “The region needs something like this since public areas for hunting and recreation are in great demand.”In Jackson County, the plan includes acquiring 123 acres to connect two sections of Watkins Lake State Park and County Preserve.“This is a unique opportunity that will allow the development of new nature trails and make Watkins Lake State Park an even better attraction,” said Lightner. “It’s a great spot to bird watch, take a relaxing walk and reconnect with nature.”The park – roughly 15 miles from Jackson and 25 miles from Ann Arbor – features a scenic lake, open meadows, mixed hardwoods and wetland areas. Another $60,600 is included in the plan to buy 23 acres in Washtenaw County’s Manchester Township for the project.Overall, the legislation approved by the House Appropriations Committee includes $26 million for more than 60 projects statewide. The money would come from the Natural Resources Trust Fund, which according to the Michigan constitution can only be used to support these types of projects.The projects were recommended by the Natural Resources Trust Fund Board in December. The recommendations are subject to approval by the Michigan Legislature, a process started with the committee’s approval of House Bill 4244.The legislation advances to the House floor for further consideration.Money in the Natural Resources Trust Fund comes from the development of minerals on state land and is designated on an annual basis in partnership with the state and local governments. 27Feb Reps. Lightner: Outdoor recreation plan in Michigan House includes support for projects in Eaton, Jackson counties Categories: Lightner Newslast_img read more

first_imgPay TV penetration in Russia reached 75% in Q1 2018, but the rate of growth slowed to its lowest point in the past 10 years, according to Telecom Daily.The Russian research outfit said that the total number of pay TV subscribers in Russia at the end of March stood at 42.7 million – just 141,000 more than three months earlier.Rostelecom, the second largest provider of services after Tricolor TV, accounted for 65% of new connections in the quarter, while the top five operators combined secured 85% of new connections, according to the report.The top five pay TV operators in Russia at the end of Q1 were found to be Tricolor TV at 12.2 million subscribers, Rostelecom (9.92 million), ER Telecom (3.34 million), Orion (3.1 million) and MTS (2.8 million).Telecom Daily reported that fixed-line services accounted for over 80% of new connections in Q1, with DTH claiming the remainder, and said that average revenue per pay TV users in Russia is RUB170 (€2.25).“The activity of pay TV operators in the first quarter of the year didn’t let them to attract more subscribers and this tells us that the market is very saturated,” said Denis Kuskov, head of Telecom Daily. “Operators try to grow ARPU by offering more and more additional services.”last_img read more

first_imgThe occupational health expert chosen by the government to review its much-criticised “fitness for work” test appears to have suggested that the assessment should be scrapped and replaced with a radically different process.Dr Paul Litchfield, who led the fourth and fifth reviews of the work capability assessment (WCA), said the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) had been “forced into rushing the design of the WCA”, before it was introduced by the New Labour government in 2008.Litchfield, BT’s chief medical officer, was giving evidence to the Commons work and pensions committee for its inquiry into the assessment processes for personal independence payment and employment and support allowance (ESA).He was speaking just days after new figures, published by Disability News Service, showed that the proportion of people claiming out-of-work disability benefits who had attempted suicide at some point in their lives doubled between 2007 – the year before the WCA was introduced – and 2014.Litchfield (pictured, giving evidence), who was not asked about the figures by the committee, said there had been attempts to improve the WCA, but he warned: “There have been efforts to adjust it and improve it over time, but when it starts from a position which is designed as imperfect, you’re lucky if it gets more perfect, it is just as likely to get more imperfect as you adapt it.”Litchfield told the committee: “The philosophical basis of what we do as a society does need to be revisited.”He claimed that “the thinking that went into creating the current assessment” dated back at least to the early 1980s in the United States, and the WCA was simply an “evolution” of the previous assessment, the personal capability assessment.He said the WCA was designed “very quickly to meet the legislative timescales… so it wasn’t a radical redesign of a system, it was an adaptation of what was there already”.Litchfield said that the nature of work had “changed dramatically over that period” and it was now necessary to “think about as a society… how we want to distribute benefits to those who can’t work for whatever reason, and whether we want something which is specifically based on their health condition and their disability.“If we do want that we need to think about how we would design that in the context of the modern workplace and the shifting demographics and the shifting disease profile that we are seeing in the population, so I think there does need to be that fundamental thinking that goes on but that inevitably is a 10, 15-year process and you can’t rush it.”Despite those comments, disabled campaigners who have been calling for years for the WCA to be scrapped and replaced – because of its links to relapses, anxiety and distress among those with long-term health conditions, and the loss of many lives – are likely to be bemused by other remarks made by Litchfield to the committee.He suggested that much of the reason for the failure of the WCA was that it was based on a “medical model” understanding of disability, which he said was now “largely discredited”.He said that many experts were now more in favour of a “biopsychosocial model” approach.But campaigners and researchers have previously pointed out that the biopsychosocial (BPS) model crucially underpins ESA and the WCA and also played a significant role in the tightening of eligibility criteria for ESA and other disability benefits by the coalition and Tory governments.Research published last year by Professor Tom Shakespeare and Professor Nicholas Watson, and fellow academic Ola Abu Alghaib, argued that the BPS model was riddled with inconsistencies, misleading statements and “unevidenced” claims.The BPS model was developed by Dr Gordon Waddell, an orthopaedic surgeon, and Professor Sir Mansel Aylward, who was DWP’s chief medical officer from 1995 to 2005.Key to the BPS model, the three authors said last year, is the idea that “it is the negative attitudes of many ESA recipients that prevent them from working, rather than their impairment or health condition”, essentially branding many benefit claimants “scroungers”.This allows supporters of BPS – including a string of New Labour and Tory government ministers – to draw a distinction “between ‘real’ incapacity benefit claimants, with long-term and incurable health conditions, and ‘fake’ benefit claimants, with short-term illness”, with the model responsible for a “barely concealed” element of “victim-blaming”, they said.last_img read more

first_imgLiveRamp Launches Authenticated Traffic Solution to Democratize People-based Identity Across the Open Ecosystem PRNewswireMay 30, 2019, 9:01 pmJune 4, 2019 LiveRamp®, the leading identity platform for exceptional experiences, announced its Authenticated Traffic Solution (ATS) for publishers and supply-side platforms (SSPs) to expand the company’s commitment to creating an open, independent, and collaborative ecosystem to drive the future of digital marketing. Evolving industry trends like increased regulation and third-party cookie restrictions are making it more difficult to reach consumers online than ever before. LiveRamp’s solution provides every marketer, platform, and publisher the ability to leverage their data and manage the customer journey with a neutral, privacy-conscious identifier across all inventory—display, mobile, cookieless, and CTV. Additionally, ATS furthers consumer choice and privacy by giving consumers control over how their data is being used, and a single opt-out for destinations leveraging IdentityLinkTM. The company expects to formally roll out the product in the coming months.“Our industry needs a more persistent and healthy solution—one that protects the rights of consumers and businesses; ensures a level playing field, visibility and control for all participants; and catalyzes exceptional experiences and results,” said Scott Howe, CEO of LiveRamp. “We’re launching our Authenticated Traffic Solution for the good of everyone in the industry—so that permissions can be honored while also democratizing identity and data for the good of all participants.”Marketing Technology News: Alorica Taps Business Transformation Veteran Colson Hillier to Be Chief Marketing OfficerLiveRamp’s ongoing commitment to provide an open and scaled identity solution has spurred multiple, complementary efforts: the Advertising ID Consortium embedding IdentityLink into the bidstream; launching the Open Internet Measurement Initiative; providing LiveRamp’s identity graph to demand-side platforms free of charge via IdentityLink for Real-time Bidding; and now expanding that to include cookieless inventory with ATS.“With recent changes to third-party cookie restrictions and the evolving regulatory landscape, the need for privacy-safe, omnichannel identity solutions that increase consumer visibility and choice is more important than ever,” said Jay Friedman of Goodway Group. “We’re excited to see that LiveRamp has been committed to providing a solution for platforms, marketers and publishers.”Marketing Technology News: Alpha Software Launches Alpha TransForm, Cuts Build Time for Robust Offline Enterprise Mobile Apps from Months to HoursAs third-party cookies become less accessible and functional, publishers’ ability to identify visitors and deliver relevant experiences greatly diminishes. Publishers should be able to develop a trusted relationship with consumers and then connect those consumers with marketers—ATS enables the publisher to do just this. ATS provides a safe and transparent solution based on publisher first-party authentications that deliver enhanced addressability and better consumer visibility and control. LiveRamp’s people-based IDs, IdentityLinks, provide a holistic view of consumers because they are grounded in the company’s offline AbiliTec graph and power omnichannel marketing. IdentityLinks provide greater privacy, security, portability and persistence than other identifiers.With LiveRamp’s Authenticated Traffic Solution, users will have access to the following benefits:Give consumers full choice and control over how they interact with marketers with continued access to free content, better privacy controls and better ad experiencesIncrease audience addressability in cookieless environmentsMaximize the scale for campaigns that target their most valuable audiencesIncrease advertiser demand while maintaining a responsive user experienceMarketing Technology News: StarfishETL Partners with PeopleSense, Inc. Authenticated Traffic SolutionData management platformseople-based IdentityLiveRampNewsScott Howe Previous ArticleSOCi Finds Organic Engagement and Boosting Key to Localized Social MarketingNext ArticleAWS Announces General Availability of Amazon Textractlast_img read more

first_imgGamson brings 20 years of SaaS leadership to the chief executive position, teaming up with founder and industry veteran Andrew Sieja to solidify the company’s expansion into the cloud and new marketsGlobal technology company Relativity announced that LinkedIn veteran Mike Gamson has been named Relativity’s new chief executive officer, effective July 1.Gamson brings his in-depth SaaS experience to Relativity, as well as his ability to mobilize and develop fast-growing customer-centric teams.  Sieja will serve as executive chairman, working closely with leadership to innovate within Relativity’s current space of legal discovery and digital investigations, as well as enter new markets.  As a team, Sieja and Gamson will be focused on helping Relativity’s customers successfully evolve their e-discovery offering to the cloud and accelerating the company’s growth and expansion.Marketing Technology News: SEMI Teams with Cornell University to Accelerate Technology Development Using Machine Learning and AISince joining Relativity’s advisory board in 2017, Gamson has played a defining role in helping Sieja develop the company’s strategy for the future, as well as helping the entire company continue to address the global demand for the company’s industry-leading software.“Working closely with Andrew and the Relativity team over the past two years has given me the unique opportunity to get to know the company’s business and team extremely well.  I couldn’t be any more excited for the future of the company and the opportunity I have to help move Relativity ahead to its next phase of growth,” said Gamson.Gamson has more than 20 years of experience in fast-growing SaaS organizations. Most recently, he served as senior vice president of global solutions at LinkedIn, where he led an organization of 5,000 employees across 30 offices worldwide—representing functions as diverse as sales, customer success, research, insights, and operations across four lines of business—from 2007 through 2019.  Gamson and his team focused on helping enterprises leverage LinkedIn to transform the way they hire, market, sell, and learn.Marketing Technology News: Chris Torres Writes First Ever Marketing Advice Book for the Tours and Activities Industry“Since taking Relativity to market, our ambition has been to build an enduring global software company centered around our platform. Mike is an exceptional leader with a proven track record who has developed a passion for our platform and its ecosystem, and he truly appreciates its potential,” said Sieja.  “I’m excited to have him take over the reins as CEO.  He knows our company and customers, believes in the strength of our channel, shares our values, and brings a strong background and business acumen to the company that is going to accelerate the growth, impact, and evolution of Relativity’s business even faster.  It’s truly an exciting time for the business.”Over the years, Relativity has grown to be a sizeable tech company nearing 1,000 team members around the world.  Relativity is used by more than 180,000 legal professionals and by organizations that include the U.S. Department of Justice, 198 of the Am Law 200, and more than 75 of the Fortune 100.  The company’s SaaS product, RelativityOne, is the fastest growing product in Relativity history with users from over 1500 organizations across the globe using the platform to organize data, discover the truth, and act on it in a more secure and performant way — for anything from investigations to proactive compliance monitoring and beyond.“It is a tremendous honor to continue my career as CEO of Relativity,” said Gamson.  “I look forward to partnering with our employees and our industry to fulfill Relativity’s mission.”Marketing Technology News: Taptica International Rebrand Reflects Video Advertising Leadership Former LinkedIn Exec Mike Gamson Joins Relativity as New CEO to Further Accelerate Growth PRNewswireJuly 2, 2019, 8:27 pmJuly 2, 2019 LinkedInMarketing Technology NewsMike GamsonNewsRelativitySaas Previous ArticleFormer Snap Exec Joins Teespring as Advisor, To Help Shape Its Influencer GrowthNext ArticleTen Experts Offer Ten-Year Outlook For China’s Artificial Intelligence Sectorlast_img read more

first_img Source:https://today.oregonstate.edu/news/hazelnuts-improve-older-adults%E2%80%99-micronutrient-levels Reviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Dec 6 2018Older adults who added hazelnuts to their diet for a few months significantly improved their levels of two key micronutrients, new research at Oregon State University indicates.In the study, 32 people age 55 and older ate about 57 grams of hazelnuts – 2 ounces or about one-third cup – daily for 16 weeks.Results showed increased blood concentrations of magnesium and elevated urinary levels of a breakdown product of alpha tocopherol, commonly known as vitamin E.The findings, published in the Journal of Nutrition, are important because many Americans do not eat adequate amounts of either micronutrient. Older adults are at particular risk – lower concentrations of the micronutrients are associated with increased risk of age-related health problems including Alzheimer’s disease.”This is one of the first times a study of this type has focused only on older adults,” said co-author Alex Michels, a researcher at OSU’s Linus Pauling Institute. “We wanted to fill in a piece of the puzzle – can hazelnuts improve the nutritional status of older adults specifically?”Michels also noted few hazelnut studies have involved Oregon hazelnuts, which account for 99 percent of U.S. production of a nut also known as the filbert.”Not that we think Oregon hazelnuts are much different than other sources,” he said, “but now the booming crop that we have in this state finally has science behind it. Perhaps other benefits of Oregon hazelnuts are awaiting future study.”Maret Traber, the study’s corresponding author, notes that she and her collaborators used a novel biomarker – an alpha tocopherol metabolite – to determine hazelnuts had improved the research subjects’ vitamin E levels.Related StoriesLipid-lowering drugs are underutilized for preventing atherosclerotic cardiovascular diseaseStudy reveals link between inflammatory diet and colorectal cancer riskAMSBIO offers new, best-in-class CAR-T cell range for research and immunotherapy”It’s hard to determine changes in α-tocopherol levels in the blood of older adults because they tend toward elevated cholesterol levels which leads to more α-tocopherol being retained in the blood,” said Traber, a professor in the OSU College of Public Health and Human Sciences and the Ava Helen Pauling Professor at the Linus Pauling Institute. “So what we did instead was look at the urine to see how much of a vitamin E catabolite was in it. The catabolite should only increase if the body is getting enough vitamin E.”The catabolite is alpha carboxyethyl hydroxychromanol, abbreviated to α-CEHC.”It’s basically a vitamin E molecule where the tail has been chewed up into nothing, part of the natural breakdown process of vitamin E as the body uses it,” Michels said. “We saw urinary α-CEHC levels go up in almost every participant.”In addition, blood analysis showed decreases in glucose and low-density lipoproteins, also known as “bad” cholesterol, in addition to increases in magnesium.”All of which says that hazelnuts are good for you,” Traber said. “The findings demonstrate the power of adding hazelnuts to your diet, of just changing one thing. Vitamin E and magnesium are two of the most underconsumed micronutrients in the U.S. population, and there’s much more to hazelnuts than what we analyzed here. They’re also a great source of healthy fats, copper and B6. People don’t like taking multivitamins, but hazelnuts represent a multivitamin in a natural form.”last_img read more

first_img Source:https://www.henryford.com/news/2019/01/smart-trial Reviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Jan 7 2019The Henry Ford Cancer Institute announced today it has enrolled the first patient in a new clinical trial to test the effectiveness of using precise, higher dose MRI-guided radiation therapy to treat pancreatic cancer.Prior analysis has shown that MRI-guided radiation therapy may be a promising therapy for treating locally advanced pancreatic cancer. This suggests the potential for improving the survival of patients who received lower radiation doses without increasing the side effects of serious gastrointestinal toxicity.Parag Parikh, M.D., the Cancer Institute’s director of GI Radiation Oncology and MRI-Guided Radiation Therapy, is co-principal investigator for the five-year Stereotactic MRI-guided On-table Adaptive Radiation Therapy Trial, or SMART. Researchers will enroll 133 patients with borderline resectable or inoperable locally advanced pancreatic cancer.Related StoriesUsing machine learning algorithm to accurately diagnose breast cancerTrends in colonoscopy rates not aligned with increase in early onset colorectal cancerAdding immunotherapy after initial treatment improves survival in metastatic NSCLC patients”High-definition MRI and daily treatment plan adaptation allow us to deliver ablative radiation doses safely to pancreatic cancer patients for the first time ever,” Dr. Parikh says.”Through the SMART trial, we will build upon the promising experience from other cancer institutions by further exploring MRI-guided therapy’s impact on associated toxicity, local control and patient outcomes in pancreatic cancer at multiple institutions around the world.”It’s estimated there were more than 55,000 new cases of pancreatic cancer in 2018, according to the National Cancer Institute. The five-year survival rate is 8.5 percent.In July 2017 the Cancer Institute was the first in the world to treat patients using the FDA-approved ViewRay MRIdian Linac® system, which allows doctors to see the treatment area with real-time magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and deliver precise radiation at the same time while more effectively protecting surrounding healthy tissue.As a high-volume treatment center for pancreatic cancer, the Cancer Institute in April 2018 announced a $20 million gift to launch the Henry Ford Pancreatic Cancer Center, which is establishing partnerships between Henry Ford and leading national and international organizations to identify means to detect pancreatic cancer at an earlier stage, with best-in-class collaborations and technological advancements.The SMART trial is the first prospective, multi-institutional study to evaluate delivering ablative doses of radiation to pancreatic cancer patients using ViewRay’s MRIdian system. In all patients, real-time MRI imaging will be used throughout treatment delivery to monitor the target location and control the radiation beam as necessary.last_img read more

©2018 Miami Herald Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. Explore further Experts disagree about whether Magic Leap’s issues are red flags or whether they are simply growing pains.”These things happen … the bigger the company, the bigger the liabilities,” Joe Russo, head of Palm Beach Tech, a nonprofit tech trade organization, said in an email.The technology press has been more skeptical. “Many details (about Magic Leap’s product) remain unclear,” Romain Dillet of TechCrunch wrote in February. “For instance, the company hasn’t shared anything about pricing and software features. It’s hard to grasp the use case of the device without this information.”Magic Leap’s fate is more than simply a topic of tech gossip. Florida taxpayers plan to invest more than $8 million in Magic Leap through tax breaks and incentives from the state and the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance, an economic development agency.The Alliance does not see anything to be worried about.”Magic Leap’s presence is extremely valuable to our community,” Bob Swindell, president and CEO of the Alliance, said in an emailed statement to the Herald. He noted that they had just participated in a tech hiring event at Nova Southeastern University. He did not address Magic Leap’s legal issues.A spokesperson for the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity declined to comment on any of the recent developments, other than to say that Magic Leap had submitted required paperwork documenting progress toward meeting its goals for incentives. The documents, submitted on time, are still under review by an auditor.Magic Leap has created dozens of high-paying tech jobs in a state where the annual median family income is less than $59,000. Many employees have moved from across the country—and the world—to Plantation, once known mostly for its giant mall, just to be part of Magic Leap’s story. Patrick McKenna, a venture capitalist now based in Miami who recently touted the area as a tech destination in a New York Times article, said Magic Leap has shown “that an innovative technology company can raise large sums of money and attract world class talent to South Florida.”But the mixed signals it’s sending were recently on display at a pitch event hosted by Wynwood’s The LAB. A Magic Leap employee served as a judge on the pitch panel—on the condition that she not discuss the company, and that the LAB neither promote Magic Leap nor use its logo.Ironically, Magic Leap has been most forthcoming about what is happening inside the company in legal documents. In the Feb. 28 filing for judgment against its security director, Magic Leap maintains that the director, Todd Keil, had planned to submit a complaint alleging Magic Leap management rejected his recommendation that Microsoft HoloLens devices—direct competitors to Magic Leap’s reality-shaping headsets—delivered to Plantation be confiscated and returned. Keil also planned to allege he was told by a senior manager that Magic Leap would retain possession of a HoloLens device, Magic Leap says. And Keil planned to argue Magic Leap’s conduct violated the federal Defend Trade Secrets Act, the filing states.Magic Leap says each of these accusations is false, and that Keil was simply retaliating for his poor performance reviews.In a brief phone interview, Keil said he has an agreement in place with Magic Leap that stipulates he cannot discuss the dispute. He said he has been with the company for two and a half years, and had moved to Florida from Texas, where he has since returned. A representative for Magic Leap did not respond to an inquiry asking whether Keil is still employed.Mike Lingle, a managing partner at Miami’s 10xU startup advisory who has consulted for many South Florida tech companies, says there is reason to continue asking questions about what’s going on in Plantation.”They’ve raised way too much money for a company with no product and no revenue,” he said in an email. “This leads people to behave strangely. I’m actually surprised that more cash hasn’t walked out the door.”The secrecy around the company could cripple its chance for success, he said.”Look at how much trouble Google had launching Glass, and they did everything right,” he said, referring to a technology Google ultimately pulled from retail shelves. “Customers need to be involved in the development process, especially when you’re asking them to change their behavior. Secrecy kills startups.”As it happens, a video interview posted in which a new Magic Leap employee speaks highly of the company was pulled down within 24 hours of going live. According to a report by Next Reality, a website that covers the futuristic augmented reality technology Magic Leap works on, a Plantation-based employee named Necole Pynn discussed in the video how Magic Leap CEO Rony Abovitz’s 2013 Ted Talk ultimately led her to join the company.”I started doing research when I first applied for the job,” she said, according to Next Reality. “I started looking into some of the people who worked there, and I realized that so many of my creative heroes work in this company.”Next Reality Editor Adario Strange said it is ironic the video “disappeared” so quickly.”It was easily the most full throated and glowing review of the company’s culture I’ve seen, so it might have helped Magic Leap to allow her voice to be more widely heard,” he said in an email.The company that posted the video, Trench Media, could not be reached for comment. Magic Leap did not respond to a request for comment.Strange believes the excitement surrounding Magic Leap may have caused expectations to outpace reality.”If the Magic Leap One isn’t several orders of magnitude better than Microsoft’s HoloLens, there may be a good deal of disappointment after so many years of anticipation,” he said. “Personally, I’m hoping it lives up to the hype.”Strange believes many startups like Magic Leap inevitably go through “learning experiences” as they attempt to establish a healthy and productive culture.”In that respect, there’s a certain amount of margin of error to be expected,” he said.But its other issues cannot be ignored.”Some of the allegations that have been reported are troubling for such an incredibly well funded company,” he said. When it comes to tech, the most buzzed-about companies often raise big investments—and big questions. That’s been the case with Magic Leap, the Plantation-based augmented reality company whose wunderkind status has resulted in more than $2 billion in investment—and a slew of legal disputes.In the past six months, Magic Leap announced it had raised $502 million from Singapore’s wealth fund; an unstated amount from German publisher Axel Springer; and, earlier this month, $461 million from Saudi Arabia’s national investment fund and other unnamed investors.That brings their total reported investment to $2.3 billion, including incentives from the state and Broward County.For a company whose goal is to literally transform how everyone sees the world, the hype makes sense.The company also recently showed off its new partnership with the NBA, whose fans will be able to interact with live stats and commentary as they watch a game on a Magic Leap headset. A few weeks later, the Royal Shakespeare Company in London said it was partnering with Magic Leap on a project to “change the way audiences experience theatre,” according to the theater troupe’s website.And in December, Magic Leap finally unveiled its long-anticipated Magic Leap One “creator edition” headset for developers, allowing any company to create content that a user can experience as lifelike.Then there’s the less favorable news. Magic Leap now finds itself in yet another legal quagmire, this time with its senior director of global security. Recently, the company filed for a declaratory judgment against the director, claiming he planned to use a whistle-blower complaint to “extort” the company by accusing it of stealing technology from Microsoft.That dispute is the latest in a series of legal complexities. In October, the company filed a report with the Plantation Police Department alleging Magic Leap had been defrauded by a recruiting firm, according to a report in Business Insider. And in 2017, Magic Leap settled a harassment suit brought by a former employee who alleged a company culture rife with sexism.All the while, the company has displayed an aggressive penchant for secrecy and has pushed back release dates—raising further questions. Google-backed Magic Leap alleges workers stole its secrets This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: There are 8 million reasons why you should care if Magic Leap succeeds (2018, March 23) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-03-million-magic.html read more

first_img Press Trust of India SrinagarJuly 12, 2019UPDATED: July 12, 2019 22:10 IST Till date, 1,57,062 yatris have had the darshan of the Shivling. (Image used for representation)A total of 13,004 pilgrims paid obeisance at the naturally formed ice lingam in the cave shrine of Amarnath on Friday, officials said.With this, the number of pilgrims who have visited the shrine in south Kashmir Himalayas has crossed 1.5 lakh, they said.”On the 12th day of the ongoing Shri Amarnathji Yatra, 13,004 yatris paid obeisance at the holy cave. Till date, 1,57,062 yatris have had the darshan of the Shivling,” a spokesperson of the Shri Amarnath Ji Shrine Board said.The annual Amarnath pilgrimage commenced on July 1 and will conclude on August 15, coinciding with the festival of Raksha Bandhan.Also Read | Jammu Darshan bus service launched in J&K to promote tourismAlso Read | Over 1.44 lakh pilgrims perform Amarnath Yatra in 11 daysAlso Watch | First batch of Amarnath pilgrims reaches shrineFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byChanchal Chauhan 13,004 pilgrims pay obeisance at Amarnath cave shrineWith this, the number of pilgrims who have visited the shrine in south Kashmir Himalayas has crossed 1.5 lakh.advertisement Nextlast_img read more