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Police say 3 dead after shooting at Maryland mall

first_imgCOLUMBIA, Md. — A man carrying a shotgun opened fire at a busy shopping mall in suburban Baltimore on Saturday, sending store employees and customers scrambling for cover. Police said three people died, including the person believed to be the shooter. Five people were injured.Police were still trying to determine the identity and motive of the gunman who killed a man and a woman, both in their 20s, at a skate shop called Zumiez on the upper level of the Mall in Columbia, a suburb of both Baltimore and Washington. Their identities were not released.Howard County Police Chief William J. McMahon said at a news conference that authorities ran into difficulty in identifying the gunman because of concerns that he might be carrying explosives and were proceeding with an “abundance of caution.”McMahon also called reports that the killings were “domestic” in origin “pure speculation.”“We do not know yet what caused the shooting incident,” he said. “We do not have a motive.”Someone called 911 at around 11:15 a.m. to report a shooting at the mall. Police responded to the scene within 2 minutes and found three people dead — including one person who was found near a gun and ammunition — either inside or outside the shop, which sells skateboards and clothing and accessories.Howard County General Hospital said it was treating five patients. One patient was reported to be a shooting victim while at least three other patients sustained other injuries.last_img read more

The Man who Investigated Chernobyl – The Sad Fate of Valery Legasov

first_imgThe case of Chernobyl chief investigator Valery Legasov is to this day mysterious and unsettling. Although the horrifying 1986 nuclear plant explosion at Chernobyl has never disappeared from the news cycle, the rave reviews that the 2019 HBO miniseries Chernobyl is garnering bring the disaster firmly to the fore. Winning particular attention in the miniseries is the role of Soviet scientist Valery Legasov, portrayed by Jared Harris. Valery Legasov was an inorganic chemist specializing in noble gases and became a key member of the Soviet government’s investigation into the Chernobyl disaster less than 24 hours after it occurred.  While some officials tried to minimize the explosion’s effect and cover up the causes, Legasov called for honesty and pushed for the evacuation of the town of Pripyat, also saying action must be taken to save lives across Europe in case of a secondary, even more damaging explosion.Jared Harris as Valery Legasov in the HBO miniseries Chernobyl. Photo courtesy of HBOHe had been the deputy director of the I.V. Kurchatov Institute of Atomic Energy and a member of the Presidium of the Soviet Academy of Sciences.AdChoices广告inRead invented by TeadsOn April 26, 1986, Reactor Four at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Soviet Ukraine exploded, and fire from the explosion raged for 10 days, releasing tons of radioactive nuclear particles into the open air. More than 30 people succumbed within days of acute radiation, among them the local firefighters who raced to the plant without any idea of the lethal risks. It is estimated about 4,000 people died later of related cancers, and experts say the surrounding area won’t be fit for human habitation for 20,000 years.Pripyat, ChernobylThe miniseries begins in 1988, two years after the explosion, with a furtive Legasov making audio tapes before taking his own life at 51 years of age. The narrative then heads back to 1986, and the fateful control room of the Chernobyl plant, where the reckless actions of one man in particular, deputy chief engineer Anatoly Dyatlov, led to disaster.Related Video:In one of the most effective scenes, Jared Harris says just after arriving at the scene, “You are dealing with something that has never happened on this planet before.”Jared Harris as Valery Legasov in the HBO miniseries Chernobyl. Photo courtesy of HBOIn 1986, four months after the explosion, Legasov participated in a 5-hour hearing on what caused the accident at the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna. Legasov acknowledged human error as well as faulty design of the reactor, writing in his report, “Neglect by the scientific management and the designers was everywhere with no attention being paid to the condition of instruments or of equipment.”He was applauded in the international community for his frank explanations and commitment to the investigation. His bravery was noted as well, as he was one of the only members of the team to not leave the site until the situation was contained, whereas other members rotated in and out of Chernobyl to avoid contamination. However, back home he was rather coldly received as the authorities didn’t want to bring any more attention to the matter and wanted to downplay the effects and causes of the meltdown.Chernobyl radiation mapLegasov hanged himself two years and one day after the explosion, leaving no note behind stating the cause for his final act of despair. There is speculation that he was deeply traumatized by his experience, and disillusioned with the Soviet government. Intense pressure on the Soviet nuclear plants to perform in the 1980s led to unsafe risks, some say. Reportedly, Legasov said that Chernobyl was the “apotheosis of all that was wrong in the management of the national economy and had been so for many decades.”Some believe that it was what he learned about his government’s role in the catastrophe that led to his hopelessness. Legasov had detailed how there was no infrastructure or organization within the Soviet Union that had the capability to deal with the mammoth effects of the Chernobyl situation.Vladimir Gubarev, a close friend of Legasov who wrote a popular play based on Chernobyl, stated in the Soviet newspaper Pravda that Legasov was ridiculed by his colleagues for how he handled the investigation despite the international praise he received for it. He subsequently lost a seat on the scientific and technical council of the Kurchatov Institute of Atomic Energy, where he had previously served as deputy director. This was a devastating blow and many speculate also played a large part in his sad fate.Legasov left behind many journals and allegedly audio tapes in his final days. However much of this is still being sifted through and called into question.Jared Harris, while preparing to portray Legasov, told The Cheat Sheet that he didn’t listen to any audio tapes to prepare for the role, but not because he did not want to. “There weren’t audio tapes,” Harris said. “He left behind journals. But that’s not as cinematic as audio tapes.”Harris continued, “They’re very hard to get a hold of. In fact, there’s not a lot of him left in the historical record because they basically wrote him out of the story. They erased him from history. That’s what they were trying to do as a threat.” The actor said this was “to stop him from trying to get the story out.”Related Article: 30 Years Ago, Three Men At Chernobyl Saved Millions of LivesIn an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Harris said the director of Chernobyl wanted to recover some of these names from history that have been forgotten and give them an appropriate place and have their sacrifice be remembered.”Correction: In a previous version of this article we wrongly stated that Legasov was a nuclear physicist. He was in fact an inorganic chemist. The correction was made on 7/9/2019.Nancy Bilyeau, a former staff editor at Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone, and InStyle, has written a trilogy of historical thrillers for Touchstone Books. Her new book, The Blue, is a spy story set in the 18th-century porcelain world. For more information, go to www.nancybilyeau.comlast_img read more

Two injured as bakkie rolls on the Bergville Road

first_imgPolice, RTI, Okhahlamba Protection Services, Okhahlamba Fire and Emergency, Okhahlamba Disaster Management Volunteers, emergency personnel and a towing service responded to the scene.Traffic flow was obstructed in the area while clean up operations were conducted.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! A bakkie crash on the Bergville Road (R616) left two people injured on Wednesday morning.Details of the crash is unknown at this stage.It is believed that the driver of the bakkie travelling on the roadway lost control and the vehicle rolled.Two people were treated on the scene for moderate injuries before being taken to hospital.Also read: Breaking News: 9 dead in horror crash between taxi and bakkie outside LadysmithAlso read: Video Included: 7 dead in horror crash on the R74 just outside Bergville WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite last_img read more

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first_imgVideo Player is loading.Mahadevappa Mahesh discusses trends in medical physics at the 2019 AAPM meetingPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 4:01Loaded: 4.04%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -4:01 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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News | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 06, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Improves Heart Attack Risk Assessment When used with a common heart scan, machine learning, a type of artificial intelligence (AI), does better than… read more Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a Siemens Go.Top Dedicated Cardiac Scanner This is a quick walk around of the new Siemens Somatom Go.top cardiovascular edition compact computed tomography (CT) read more Siemens Go.Top CT scanner at SCCT19Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:05Loaded: 15.14%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:05 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a GE Cardiographe Dedicated Cardiac CT Scanner This is a quick walk around of the GE Healthcare Cardiographe dedicated cardiac CT system on display at the… read more Videos | AAPM | July 29, 2019 VIDEO: Trends in Medical Physics at the AAPM 2019 meeting … read more Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEOS | EP LAB | JULY 26, 2019 VIDEO: What Electrophysiologists Need From CT Imaging Prior to AF and VT Ablations Mark Ibrahim, M.D., F read more Video Player is loading.Pierre Qian explains radiotherapy to ablate VTPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:34Loaded: 2.19%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:34 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. Video Player is loading.Arthur Agatston explains the history of CT calcium scoring Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 9:54Loaded: 1.67%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -9:54 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Videos | Radiation Therapy | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Use of Radiotherapy to Noninvasively Ablate Ventricular Tachycardia Pierre Qian, MBBS, read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: The History of CT Calcium Scoring Arthur Agatston, M.D., clinical pro read more Video Player is loading.Cynthia McCollough explains new advances in CT technologyPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 13:56Loaded: 1.17%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -13:56 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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October 16, 2009 – Researchers utilizing computed tomography (CT) scans have found that patients with severe cases of the H1N1 virus are at risk for developing severe complications, including pulmonary emboli (PE), according to a study published online Oct. 14, 2009, in the American Journal of Roentgenology. In the study, Chest Radiographic and CT Findings in Novel Swine-Origin Influenza A (H1N1) Virus (S-OIV) Infection, which was published online at www.ajronline.org on October 14, and will appear in the December issue of the AJR, researchers set out to review the chest radiographic and CT findings in patients with presumed/laboratory-confirmed novel swine-origin influenza A (H1N1) virus (S-OIV) infection.The study, performed at the University of Michigan Health Service, included 66 patients diagnosed with the H1N1 flu. Two study groups were formed. Group one consisted of 14 patients who were severely ill and required Intensive Care Unit (ICU) admission. Group two consisted of 52 patients who were not severely ill and did not require ICU admission.All 66 patients underwent chest X-rays for the detection of H1N1 abnormalities. Ten patients from the ICU group and five patients from the largely outpatient group, underwent CT scans. “Pulmonary Emboli were seen on CT in five of 14 ICU patients,” said Prachi P. Agarwal, M.D., lead author of the study.The researchers concluded that chest radiographs were normal in more than half of patients with S-OIV (H1N1) and progress to bilateral extensive air-space disease in severely ill patients, who are at a high risk for PE.Reference: Agarwal, Prachi P. Radiographic and CT Findings in Novel Swine-Origin Influenza A (H1N1) Virus (S-OIV) Infection. AJR:193, December 2009 1. American Journal of Roentgenology. 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first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 May 21, 2013 — Unavoidable damage caused to the heart and lungs by radiotherapy treatment of tumors in the chest region can be limited by the administration of an ACE inhibitor, a drug commonly used in the treatment of cardiovascular disease, a group of Dutch researchers have found. [1]Common cancers such as breast, esophagus, lung and Hodgkin’s lymphoma are frequently treated with radiotherapy, but the radiation dose that can be given safely is limited by the sensitivity of the health lung tissue that is also irradiated.The lung is a particularly complex and sensitive organ and strategies for protecting it from radiotherapy damage, apart from limiting the dose given and, therefore, the efficacy of the treatment, are few. Presenting the research to the 2nd Forum of the European Society for Radiotherapy and Oncology (ESTRO), Dr. Sonja Van der Veen, MSc, from the University Medical Centre, Groningen, The Netherlands, said that she had set out with colleagues to see whether the use of an ACE inhibitor could protect against early radiation-induced lung toxicity (RILT). Previous studies had shown that damage to blood vessels can play an important role in the development of RILT [2], so the researchers irradiated the lungs, heart or heart and lungs of rats and administered the ACE inhibiter captopril immediately after treatment. The rats’ lung functions were then measured at two-weekly intervals.”After eight weeks, when early lung toxicity is usually at its height, we found that captopril improved the rats’ heart and lung functions, but we were surprised to find that this only occurred when the heart was included in the irradiation field,” said Van der Veen. “This was not due to protection of the lung blood vessels, which were equally damaged with or without captopril. So we investigated further and found that the captopril treatment improved the heart’s function and decreased the level of fibrosis in the heart soon after irradiation. So these new findings show that ACE inhibition decreases RILT by reducing direct acute heart damage.”Irradiating the heart leads to the development of fibrosis, which stiffens it, and this in turn leads to problems in the relaxation of the left ventricle. Due to this, blood flow from the lungs into the heart is hindered, and this can cause pulmonary damage. However, after treatment with captopril, the researchers observed an improvement in ventricular relaxation in the irradiated hearts.Van der Veen and her colleagues are now collaborating with a research group from the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn., in order to design a randomized clinical trial where patients who are treated with radiation to the thoracic area including the heart will be treated with either an ACE inhibitor or a placebo after irradiation.Much progress has been made in radiation treatment over recent years, but in breast cancer, for example, most women still receive high doses to the heart, and this is known to increase the risk of heart disease. A recent study [3] has shown that for each Gray (Gy) [4] of radiation, there is a 7.4 percent increase in the occurrence of a subsequent major coronary event.”Given that most women will receive a dose of between 1 and 5 Gray, and that the dangers are even greater for women with existing cardiac risk factors or coronary disease, this is still a big problem,” said Van der Veen.Rats were chosen for the study because, unlike mice, they are big enough for researchers to be able to irradiate different part of the lungs and heart. The researchers believe that the way in which ACE inhibition works in both animals and humans is similar.”We are confident that our clinical trial will see the same protective effect in humans as that which we have seen in rats,” said Van der Veen. “We will also now begin to study the late effects of ACE inhibition on RILT to see whether it affords similar protection. We believe that our results suggest a promising strategy for shielding patients from radiation damage and improving their quality of life, while at the same time allowing them to receive a high enough dose to ensure the effective treatment of their cancer.”President of ESTRO, Professor Vincenzo Valentini, a radiation oncologist at the Policlinico Universitario A. Gemelli, Rome, Italy, said: “This study underlines the importance of translational research. The understanding of anti-cancer mechanisms, as well as of protective opportunities discovered in the experimental environment, is of upmost importance in the era of personalized medicine. This research provides further evidence of the importance of testing experimental theories in the clinical environment to the ultimate benefit of patients.”References:[1] ACE (angiotensin-converting enzyme) Inhibitors are a class of drugs usually used for treating high blood pressure and heart failure.[2] Ghobadi G, Bartelds B, van der Veen SJ, Dickinson MG, Brandenburg S, Berger RM, et al. Lung irradiation induces pulmonary vascular remodelling resembling pulmonary arterial hypertension. Thorax 2012 Apr;67(4):334-341[3] Darby SC, Ewertz M, McGale P, Bennet AM, Blom-Goldman U, Bronnum D, et al. Risk of ischemic heart disease in women after radiotherapy for breast cancer. N Engl J Med 2013 Mar 14;368(11):987-998.[4] One Gray is the absorption of one joule of energy, in the form of ionizing radiation, per kilogram of matter. Abstract no: OC-0261, Proffered paper session/ Prevent 3: Cardiac Toxicity at 10.30 hrs (CEST) on Sunday 21 April, Room G Feature | May 21, 2013 Common Drug Can Limit Radiation Damage to Cancer Patient’s Heart, Lungs 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 Content Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more 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 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 The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 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 | 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 Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD 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 | 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 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 | 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 last_img read more

Study Suggests Best Order of Treatment for Brain Metastases in EGFR Lung

first_img February 9, 2017 — A study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology found that radiation therapy followed by targeted medicines resulted in the longest overall survival for patients with EGFR mutant lung cancer and brain metastases.  About 10 percent of lung cancers in the United States and as many as 40 percent in Asia are driven by mutations in the EGFR gene. EGFR targeted treatment advances over the previous decade now result in multiple options for controlling the disease in the body, but due to the reduced ability of many of these drugs to penetrate into the brain, treating of disease in the brain remains challenging. When brain metastases are seen at diagnosis before a patient has tried EGFR-targeted drugs, it has been an open question whether doctors should try drugs alone just in case they work in the brain or move directly to whole-brain radiotherapy or stereotactic radiosurgery (a tightly focused form of radiation) first, followed by targeted medicines.The study in question looks back at 351 patients with EGFR mutant lung cancer and brain metastases treated at six institutions to offer compelling preliminary evidence as to the best sequence of these techniques.”This particular study illustrates a remarkable finding and raises an interesting question. First of all, these patients all had tumors that had spread to the brain. Before we had these EGFR-directed medicines, their average survival would have been less than a year. But for patients treated with the newer medications, even if the cancer has spread to the brain, we are seeing survival ranging from 2-4 years on average, and that is a sign of fantastic progress for at least some lung cancer patients,” said Brian Kavanagh, M.D., MPH, FASTRO, professor and chair of radiation oncology at the University of Colorado (CU) Cancer Center, and president of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO).”Because these drugs do not penetrate into the brain very well, we still have to figure out what the best thing to do for tumors that have spread to that location. Do we just use the medicines alone and watch these patients carefully and react accordingly if they have a problem in the brain, or do we take action sooner rather than later and treat the tumors in the brain before they cause a problem? Our observations suggest that the second choice may be a better one for the drugs commonly used as first-line EGFR therapy to date,” said D. Ross Camidge, M.D., Ph.D., Joyce Zeff Chair in Lung Cancer Research at the CU Cancer Center and director of thoracic oncology at the CU School of Medicine.Specifically, the study evaluated patients in three groups. As above, those that received stereotactic radiosurgery and then an EGFR-directed drug had a median overall survival of 46 months. Those that received whole-brain radiotherapy followed by drug survived a median 30 months. And those that received drug first, followed by either of the radiation protocols as needed, survived a median 25 months.However, Camidge also added, “The study wasn’t randomized, though, so we can’t exclude other factors that might also have influenced the results. For example, radiosurgery may be used in those with a lesser burden of brain disease, whereas whole-brain radiation may be preferred in patients with more disease shortening their survival separately from the impact of the drug or radiation technique.”The study is a collaboration between Kavanagh and Camidge at CU Cancer Center and colleagues at the Yale, Vanderbilt, Memorial Sloan Kettering, Cleveland Clinic and UCSF cancer centers. While this retrospective analysis offers powerful initial evidence for the best use of these therapies, the team hopes that it will also inform a more definitive trial that could test these interventions prospectively.”Ulitmately, it is possible that there is some middle path that is best. We suspect that some patients with very tiny tumors in the brain, maybe ones that measure only 2-3 millimeters or so, can probably be safely watched closely for a while, and maybe we only need to treat them with radiosurgery when the tumors grow to a somewhat larger size,” Kavanagh said. “We are currently in discussions with our colleagues at the collaborating institutions who contributed to this paper to design a study that might answer that question to everyone’s satisfaction.”For more information: www.jco.orgReferencesMagnuson, W.J., Lester-Coll, N.H., Wu, A.J., Yang, J., et al. “Management of Brain Metastases in Tyrosine Kinase Inhibitor–Naïve Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor–Mutant Non–Small-Cell Lung Cancer: A Retrospective Multi-Institutional Analysis,” Journal of Clinical Oncology. Published online Jan. 23, 2017. doi: 10.1200/JCO.2016.69.7144 FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 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 | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more 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 The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. 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DeepMasterPrints master key fingerprints made by a neural network can now fake

first_imgNew York University researchers have found a way to generate artificial fingerprints that can be used to create fake fingerprints. They do this by using a neural network. They have presented their work in a paper titled DeepMasterPrints: Generating MasterPrints for Dictionary Attacks via Latent Variable Evolution. The vulnerability in fingerprint sensors Fingerprint recognition systems are vulnerable to dictionary attacks based on MasterPrint. MasterPrints are like master keys that can match with a large number of fingerprints. Such work was done previously at feature level, but now this work dubbed as DeepMasterPrints has much higher attack accuracy with the capacity to generate complete images. The method demonstrated in the paper is Latent Variable Evolution which is based on training a Generative Adversarial Network (GAN) on a set of real fingerprint images. Then a stochastic search is then used to search for latent input variables to the generator network. This can increase the accuracy of impostor matches assessed by a fingerprint recognizer. Small fingerprint sensors pose a risk Aditi Roy, one of the authors of the paper exploited an observation. Smartphones have small areas for fingerprint recording and recognition. Hence the whole fingerprint is not recorded in them at once, they are partially recorded and authenticated. Also, some features among fingerprints are more common than others. She then demonstrated that MasterPrints can be obtained from real fingerprint images or be synthesized. With this exploit, 23% of the subjects could be spoofed in the used dataset at a 0.1% false match rate. The generated DeepMasterPrints was able to spoof 77% of the subjects at a 1% false match rate. This shows the danger of using small fingerprint sensors. For a DeepMasterPrint a synthetic fingerprint image needed to be created that can fool a fingerprint matcher. A condition was that the matcher should also match that fingerprint image to different identities in addition to realizing that the image is a fingerprint. The paper presents a method for creating DeepMasterPrint using a neural network that learns to generate fingerprint images. A Covariance Matrix Adaptation Evolution Strategy (CMA-ES) is used for searching the input space of the trained neural network. The ideal fingerprint image is then selected. Conclusion Partial fingerprint images can be generated that can be used for launching dictionary attacks against a fingerprint verification system. A GAN network is trained over a dataset of fingerprints, then LVE searches the latent variables of the generator network for a fingerprint image that maximize the matching chance. This matching is only successful when a large number of different identities are involved, meaning specific individual attacks are not so likely. The use of inked images and sensor images show that the system is robust and independent of artifacts and datasets. For more details, read the research paper. Read next Tesla v9 to incorporate neural networks for autopilot Alphabet’s Waymo to launch the world’s first commercial self driving cars next month UK researchers have developed a new PyTorch framework for preserving privacy in deep learninglast_img read more

Jair Pérez of Jacó takes 1st place in World Surf League qualifier

first_imgThe Essential Costa Rica Pro Qualifying Series from the World Surf League kicked off Sunday when 64 men and 16 women from all over Central America participated in two days of trials. The first three men and one woman earned wildcard spots in the actual contest, which takes place in Playa Esterillos on Oct. 5 to 9.In waves of 3-5 feet at Playa Hermosa, Jacó’s Jair Pérez won 1st place and earned his place on the QS. He will begin in Round 64 of the contest, which will feature 192 competitors from all around the world. Those competitors on the QS are working to earn points, enough to get to the top 10 in the rankings. Those top 10 will then be eligible to compete on the World Championship Tour (WCT), against the likes of Kelly Slater of the United States, Gabriel Medina of Brazil and John John Florence of Hawaii — and more — for the chance to become a professional world champion, or simply for good money and international recognition.For most Costa Rican surfers, the QS is an unobtainable dream, as a lack of sponsors and money prevent them for traveling to other locations on that circuit. With a QS date in Costa Rica, the select few who won the trials will get a chance to compete in a professional contest, earn some points, and hopefully draw attention from sponsors. (Courtesy of Johan Pacheco)“There were a lot of surprises at the trials, because top names like Anthony Fillingim (current national champion from Malpaís), Gilbert Brown (four-time national champion from Puerto Viejo) and Luis Vindas (former national champion) were defeated in the quarterfinals of the men’s heats,” said Diego Naranjo of Orange Wave Productions, the organizer of the Essential Costa Rica Pro QS3000 WSL. “This was a big opportunity for the local surfers to get in the WSL QS3000 through the trials. Now they have the chance to surf against the best surfers from around the world here in their own country.”Joining Pérez will be Tamarindo’s Isaac Vega, who will start in Round 96, and Venezuela’s José Joaquín López, whose journey begins in Round 144.Jacó’s Jason Torres did not need to compete in the trials, as he was already awarded a wildcard spot to compete in the QS here after his championship win in the Costa Rica Pro Surfing Tour last year.The surprise winner at the trials this weekend was Camila Summers, a new face in Costa Rica competition. She will begin in Round 48 of the women’s competition of the Essential Costa Rica Pro QS3000 WSL. (Courtesy of Johan Pacheco)“Camila is only 14 years old and part of the new generation that are coming from Puerto Viejo,” said Naranjo. “She just surfed better than other girls, and surfed the best waves of the final heat.”Orange Wave awarded “phenomenal” 12-time Costa Rica national women’s champion Lisbeth Vindas of Jacó a wildcard, as well as one for Emily Gussoni of Jacó for being “a great promise of national surfing.”The more famous Costa Rican surfer names like Carlos Muñoz of Esterillos and Noe Mar McGonagle are already competing on the QS circuit and will, for sure, be here to do their part to raise their points on the rankings. Right now, Muñoz is No. 39 and McGonagle is No. 103 out of the 1,186 surfers on the QS. The Essential Costa Rica Pro Qualifying Series of the World Surf League got underway Sunday in Playa Hermosa. (Courtesy of Johan Pacheco)“We’ve been waiting for this to happen for a long time and it’s basically a dream come true,” McGonagle said. “It’s always good to compete in my home country and this brings a lot of opportunity to our surfers, especially to demonstrate their level of surfing and for the Latin American surfers in general to earn QS points. I’m not super familiar with the wave, living far from Esterillos, but I do know the waves are fun and consistent — it’s really exciting.”Alongside her brother Noe Mar, Leilani McGonagle will be one to watch in the Women’s QS3000 event as a local favorite. By the time she gets to Esterillos, she will have finished a full summer of competing in California. It is a chance the young Costa Rican relishes and will look to take full advantage of to earn valuable points.“It’s so amazing to have this opportunity and I can’t wait,” Leilani said. “It’ll be great to see more of the Ticos that don’t get to travel as much and will have a chance to showcase their talent. I love watching my brother compete and it’s always nice to have his support, so I will be looking forward to having him and my dad coach me. I love traveling, but it does get stressful so I’m so excited for this event and only having to drive a few hours from home is going to be awesome.”Currently, Leilani sits at No. 90 (out of 355) on the women’s QS rankings.Like the actual contest in October, the trials format ran four-person heats to start, then finished up with man-to-man heats. While this weekend had 64 men and 16 women from around Central America looking for a wildcard spot, the QS has 144 men (15 alternates) and 48 women (10 alternates) going for the cash prizes and points.“This type of competition for athletes, who for various reasons cannot participate in the WSL international tour, is very valuable. The power gained with points in this country’s QS will help them make important steps within the WSL. This is a great opportunity for all, even more so for new generations in this sport,” said Naranjo.“Now, with the commitment of the Costa Rica Tourism Board and private companies, we are able to show the audience a real surfing lifestyle with music, food court, and a beautiful beach. This beach is very contestable on all different tides and we can’t wait to show this paradise to the world.” Facebook Comments Related posts:Costa Rica’s Esterillos Este kicks off World Surf League event Team Costa Rica shines on first day of 2016 World Surfing Games Costa Rica’s national team departs for World Surfing Games in France Leilani McGonagle wins bronze medal at World Surfing Gameslast_img read more

Western Europe sweats and enjoys unusual heat wave

first_img Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy A mass of hot air moving north from Africa has sent temperatures spiking in Spain, Portugal, Britain and France in recent days.Britain’s Met Office, the weather forecasting service, said Wednesday was the hottest July day since records began in the 1800s based on the 36.7 C (98 F) recorded at London’s Heathrow airport.At Wimbledon, even an Australian like Bernard Tomic complained of dizzying heat: temperatures hovering near 34 degrees made it one of the hottest days on record at the tournament.Forecaster Meteo France said Paris reached 39.7 C, the highest temperature recorded in July since 1947, and the second-highest since record-keeping began in 1873.At Disneyland Paris, Mickey and Minnie and the gang got more frequent breaks. Cast members who don the costumes of the famed characters saw their on-stage rotations shrunk by a third to 5 minutes at a time, to spell them more often from the heat, a spokeswoman said.France’s national railway operator said the soaring heat had caused a disruption to some traffic in and out of Paris’ Saint-Lazare train station. The Energy Ministry reported some overnight electricity outages and fires as a result of swooning temperatures. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies At Paris’ Gare de Lyon train station, public announcements repeatedly reminded people to drink lots of water and not over-exert themselves. Medics were on call in case of emergencies.French officials said the heat wave was just beginning. On Tuesday, southwest France saw temperatures reaching 42 C (107 F) and Cordoba in southern Spain recorded nearly 44 C (111 F).“We have a lot of heat-wave days ahead of us,” Gourand said, noting that a wide swath of southern France from Toulouse to Lyon was facing heat of up to 41 C (105 F) until the middle of next week.Climate is on many French minds for another reason. Paris is hosting a major international climate conference in December that will aim to curb heat-trapping greenhouse gas emissions.In Britain, many commuters outside the London subway weren’t bothered by the sweltering heat. Some responded with a classic British quip: “Mustn’t complain.”“I’m loving it. I can’t complain,” said Maggie Cloud, a university student who planned to relax in the park. “We pay so much money to go abroad to holidays, and now we have the weather here. It’s cheaper.”In Spain, tourists looking for sun and beach time didn’t mind the heat either. “Beautiful. We’re coping very well,” said Petroneo Zaldumbide, a 65-year-old Ecuadorean on holiday.Spanish authorities said the past week brought record June temperatures, with Madrid recording its highest temperature in 95 years as thermometers came close to 40 C (104 F).Portugal, which is bracing for a challenging forest fire season after an exceptionally dry winter and spring, had the hottest, driest June for 12 years.The Civil Protection Service said more than 9,700 firefighters, 2,000 vehicles and 45 aircraft would be on permanent standby this season. Some 230 fire lookout towers across the country will also be staffed by unemployed people.___Sylvia Hui in London, Jorge Sainz in Madrid and Angela Charlton in Paris contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Top Stories Comments   Share   Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Children play in the fountains at Andre Citroen square in Paris, France, Tuesday, June 30, 2015. A mass of hot air moving north from Africa is bringing unusually hot weather to Western Europe, with France the next in line for a scorching day. (AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu) PARIS (AP) — Joggers wheezed, electric wires warped, and Britain sweated through its hottest July day on record as a wide swath of Western Europe sweltered in a heat wave.Authorities in France and elsewhere, mindful that thousands died during a 2003 heat wave, reached out to the elderly, families and other vulnerable people on Wednesday to warn of health risks. Paris officials opened special air-conditioned rooms for the public. Sponsored Stories How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generationlast_img read more

Rep Lauwers sponsors resolution honoring 10th annual Ag Day

first_imgState Rep. Dan Lauwers, at left, today participated in the 10th annual Ag Day at the state Capitol in Lansing.  Lauwers sponsored a resolution honoring the traditional event.  Joining Lauwers with the resolution are, from left, Dave Armstrong of Greenstone Farm Credit Services and Yale resident Jay Ferguson of the Michigan Soybean Association. Lauwers, member of the House Agriculture Committee, helped welcome more than 30 organizations representing Michigan agricultural products to the Capitol to discuss the importance of the industry. 19Mar Rep. Lauwers sponsors resolution honoring 10th annual Ag Day Categories: Lauwers News,Lauwers Photoslast_img read more

Rep Kahle to serve on key House committees

first_img26Jan Rep. Kahle to serve on key House committees Categories: Kahle News Legislator named vice chair of Workforce and Talent Development CommitteeState Rep. Bronna Kahle has been named by Speaker Tom Leonard to serve on four key House committees during the 2017-18 legislative session.Kahle, who is the former director of the Adrian Senior Center, was named the vice chair of the Workforce and Talent Development Committee.“I’m so honored to be given this opportunity,” Kahle said. “It’s a blessing to serve on committees where I can put my experience helping seniors and running a small business to work. Michigan has made progress over the last few years, but we still have more work to do help out the hard-working taxpayers of Lenawee County.”In addition to serving as vice chair of Workforce and Talent Development Committee, Kahle was named a member of the Health Policy; Family, Children and Seniors; and Tax Policy Committees.Kahle can be reached by phone at 517-373-1706, by email at BronnaKahle@house.mi.gov, or by mail at P.O. Box 30014, Lansing, MI 48909-7514.###last_img read more

Local residents can meet with Rep Chatfield in March and April

first_img13Mar Local residents can meet with Rep. Chatfield in March and April State Rep. Lee Chatfield invites residents of Cheboygan, Chippewa, Emmet and Mackinac counties to join him during local office hours for the months of March and April.“I believe it is important to listen and stay accessible,” Rep. Chatfield said. “I am pleased to continue hosting local office hours monthly and I encourage everyone to attend.”The schedule for office hours is as follows:Monday, March 269 to 10 a.m. at Alice’s Restaurant, 116 S. Main St. in Cheboygan; and11 a.m. to noon at the Pellston Regional Airport (2nd floor conference room), 1395 US-31 in Pellston.Monday, April 23 9 to 10 a.m. at Mackinac Grille, 251 S. State St. in St. Ignace; and11 a.m. to noon at Dancing Crane Coffee House, 12072 W. Lakeshore Drive in Brimley.No appointment is necessary and there is no cost to attend. Anyone unable to attend may contact Rep. Chatfield’s office by calling (517) 373-2629, via email at leechatfield@house.mi.gov or through his website at www.RepChatfield.com. Categories: Chatfield Newslast_img read more

Rep Runestad to host consumer education event on April 16

first_img04Apr Rep. Runestad to host consumer education event on April 16 State Rep. Jim Runestad of White Lake is partnering with the Michigan attorney general’s office to host a consumer education event on Monday, April 16.This month’s presentation will feature information on how to avoid identity theft and what should be done in the event of a stolen identity.“This is a great opportunity to learn about the evolving criminal landscape of identity theft,” Rep. Runestad said. “Consumers deserve the necessary tools to identify and protect themselves against identity fraud.”The event will be held at the Milford Public Library, 330 Family Drive in Milford at 6 p.m. Individuals looking for additional information may contact Rep. Runestad’s office at 517-373-2616 or by emailing JimRunestad@house.mi.gov. Categories: Runestad Newslast_img read more

Rep Calley hosts local office hours on Sept 24

first_img State Rep. Julie Calley invites residents to attend her office hours in two communities on Sept. 24.Calley, of Portland, will present a legislative update and then meet with residents one on one if they have individual concerns at the following locations:The Village of Middleville, 100 East Main St., Middleville, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.; andHastings City Hall, 201 E. State St., Hastings, from 1 to 2 p.m.“I value feedback from residents, along with the opportunity to address their questions or concerns. Together, we will strive to make government more effective, efficient, and accountable,” Calley said.No appointment is necessary. Residents unable to attend scheduled office hours may send their questions and ideas to Calley via email at JulieCalley@house.mi.gov or by calling her at 517-373-0842.### 10Sep Rep. Calley hosts local office hours on Sept. 24 Categories: Calley News,Newslast_img read more

Amid the Violence in Chicago Concerned Citizens Rise Up

first_imgShare12Tweet2ShareEmail14 SharesOctober 31, 2016; Chicago TribuneTo the nation, the numbers are the news. This past weekend in Chicago, 17 people were fatally shot. Another 42 people were wounded. A woman and a 16-year-old boy were killed yesterday. Homicides in Chicago have passed 600 for the first time since 2003. This year marks the most violent for Chicago since the 1990s. There are 3,715 shooting victims to date this year.To family members, friends and neighbors, faith communities, teachers, pastors, and members of advocacy, housing, and youth development organizations, the names of the shooting victims make the news agonizingly personal. Seven of the 17 people killed this past weekend were younger than 20. The youngest was 14-year-old Demarco Webster Jr., and “17-year-old twins Edward and Edwin Bryant were killed in an apparent drive-by shooting.”The people living in the most traumatized Chicago neighborhoods are anything but complacent. Chicago Survivors provides crisis intervention services that can range from candlelight vigils to grieving workshops. After the police leave the scene of the crime, these crisis responders help distraught and grieving families and try to build better relationships between the community and law enforcement. Its vision is to create a “network of concern and care” to “reframe violence prevention.”Last September, following the violent Labor Day weekend, the Washington Post reported how the community rose up and funded positive activities and events themselves in order to reframe narrative.Over the weekend, a group of 75 organizations, block clubs and churches staged pop-up events in the areas of the city most impacted by the violence—the southern and western neighborhoods that have been home to most of the increase in killings, police say. The surge in violence has given an urgency to the block parties, cookouts, chess matches, gospel concerts, stage plays and pickup basketball games.Mothers Against Senseless Killings, volunteers dressed in pink shirts, patrol their neighborhoods, gathering at places where shootings have occurred. Other initiatives abound, each with their own story and grassroots support. Here are just a few: Youth Guidance, Build Chicago, Cure Violence, Chicago Area Project, Chicago Safe Start, and UCAN Chicago.For years, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has worked with his team to create or reassert crime-fighting strategies. All these initiatives taken together have not prevented the violence. However, communities of concerned citizens are not deterred. They are asserting their own largely volunteer initiatives to reach both the victims and perpetrators of the violence.According to Alex Kotlowitz, writing for the New Yorker on September 26th, “The situation has become so severe that, earlier this month, one alderman proposed that all police be required to carry military-quality first-aid gear.” The point of Kotlowitz’s penetrating analysis is that city’s inability to find and charge perpetrators (less than half the national average of 64 percent) is contributing to the mayhem. Kotlowitz relates this chilling story about the endemic distrust in the city.One woman I interviewed has a job supporting victims who have been asked to testify in criminal cases, and yet when her teen-age son was shot five times she urged him not to work with the police. She worried that he’d be shot again if he did. “Sometimes,” she told me, “I go home feeling guilty” for urging victims to testify.One primary challenge Chicago faces is gang violence, or more specifically the more than 150,000 active gang members in some 70 different factions. The mayor, the police, and the justice system cannot solve this problem alone. The lack of opportunity and resources for people growing up in impoverished neighborhoods is what these gangs thrive on.When the last thing a kid has is his or her humanity, and the gangs appear to be the best last option, then the violence will continue—until Chicago can offer each and every young person a competing and life-affirming vision for the future. The afflicted communities are not waiting for city government and the police to solve the problem. These citizens are doing what they can where they live to assert a life-affirming narrative for their communities.—James SchafferShare12Tweet2ShareEmail14 Shareslast_img read more

American Indian Nations Act to Ensure Their Inclusion in Opioid Settlement Talks

first_imgShare37Tweet13ShareEmail50 SharesMay 30, 2018; Cleveland Plain DealerAmong the Ponca in Oklahoma, Casey Camp-Horinek has “watched heroin and opiate addiction sweep though…over the past decade,” creating what she calls “walking zombies.” All told, more than 3,000 people are enrolled in the Ponca Tribe of Oklahoma, and opioid addiction rates are high. In many cases, “listening to their doctors” was the primary cause of addiction.“I think it snuck up on us,” says Camp-Horinek. “I think the fact that you are dealing with something that’s being prescribed by your medical caretaker made us believe that everything would be OK.”Nationally, as NPQ noted last fall, federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data show that American Indians have a higher rate of overdose deaths from opioids than whites. This past March, Dr. Michael Toedt, Chief Medical Officer of the Indian Health Service, told the US Senate Committee on Indian Affairs that even though CDC data already show that American Indians have the highest rate of opioid addiction–related fatalities, the CDC numbers “may represent an undercount for Native Americans and Alaska Natives by as much as 35 percent, because death certificates often list them as belonging to another race.”In response, Eric Heisig notes in the Cleveland Plain Dealer, “Native American tribes across the country have filed or are considering filing lawsuits against drug companies over the nation’s opioid epidemic.” In April 2017, the Cherokee were among the first American Indian nations to sue. This March, the Ponca Tribe of Oklahoma, filed their own lawsuit “to recoup costs for social services and other programs…as a means to treating record-high addiction rates among Native Americans.” The Ponca of Nebraska, along with three other American Indian nations—the Winnebago and Omaha tribes in Nebraska and the Santee Sioux Nation—also filed a lawsuit last month.Additionally, this past January, NPQ covered the filing of a lawsuit by the Rosebud Sioux, Flandreau Santee Sioux, and the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate in the Dakotas. Chairman Dave Flute of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate, a nation whose territory straddles the South Dakota-North Dakota line, notes that opioid abuse has grown “to the point of being catastrophic.” Brendan Johnson, a former US attorney who is now working for Robins Kaplan American Indian Law and Policy Group and who is part of the legal team representing the Dakota nations, observes that, “Here the tribes have stood up and demanded to have a voice.” According to the suit filed, 28 percent of patients treated for opioid use disorder in South Dakota were American Indians in 2015–2016, even though they are only nine percent of state residents.As NPQ has noted, most legal claims filed against opioid manufacturers and distributors are based on at least one of four causes of action:Creating a public nuisanceDeceptive marketingLax monitoring of suspicious opioid ordersUnjust enrichment through unfair business practices, leading to unfair windfall profitsA number of the tribal lawsuits, including the one Johnson and his team filed, also highlight the disparate impact the opioid crisis has had on American Indian communities.As NPQ has noted, in Cleveland, Judge Dan Aaron Polster of the Northern District of Ohio is overseeing hundreds of suits filed across the country. Defendants in the cases include Purdue Pharma, AmerisourceBergen, and the Ohio-based Cardinal Health. Polster has pushed for a settlement, but, adds Heisig, has allowed for discovery and set the first trial for March 2019. The trial date, of course, creates pressure for the parties to reach a settlement before that date.David Domina, an attorney working with American Indian nations in Nebraska, suggests that the suits brought by the American Indian tribes be treated as their own class. “History, culture, predominant religious practices, significant health practices, abbreviated longevity, lower average user age, elevated usage levels, and historical problems with addictions, all make problems of tribal governments unique.” Johnson adds that American Indians worry about their claims being left out of deliberations, a not unreasonable concern given that they were excluded from the states’ $246-billion, 25-year national tobacco settlement in the 1990s.The opioid litigation is frequently compared to the lawsuits filed against Big Tobacco. Johnson’s firm Robins Kaplan itself helped the state of Minnesota achieve a $6.13 billion settlement and Blue Cross/Blue Shield $469 million as part of the 1998 tobacco settlement.As for the opioid cases, Heisig explains that, “The parties have until August 17th to submit a plan to group more cases together for what are called ‘litigation tracks. So far, more than 20 American Indian nations have filed claims, with more claims expected.”Camp-Horinek calls the drug companies “predators,” adding, “Each and every family I speak to has a personal story about a family member that has become addicted.” Camp-Horinek says any money obtained from opioid litigation would go to fund programs that treat addiction.Judge Polster said in a May 10th hearing that “the tribes are an important part of this litigation. They have been, I think, disproportionately affected by the opioid epidemic and I’ve made very clear if there is a resolution there won’t be one without them.”Heisig adds that Paul Hanly, Joe Rice, and Paul Farrell, who serve as lead counsel for the hundreds of plaintiffs in the case, said in a statement that “the tribes are an important component of any solution and we support Judge Polster’s statement that they will not be overlooked nor forgotten. Every plaintiff will eventually have the opportunity to be designated in a case track.”—Steve DubbShare37Tweet13ShareEmail50 Shareslast_img read more

Russian mobile operator Megafon has named Ivan Tav

first_imgRussian mobile operator Megafon has named Ivan Tavrin, currently the CEO of broadcasting group UTH, as its deputy CEO.Megafon’s current CEO, Sergey Soldatenkov plans to leave his current post when his contract ends in June, and Tavrin is expected to be line to succeed him as CEO.“Strategic development of new businesses is the basis for the company’s future growth, and I am confident that Ivan Tavrin’s experience and professionalism will help to achieve the goal of MegaFon’s leadership in the Russian telecommunications market. I wish Ivan all the best in MegaFon and I am happy of being able to work together with him,” said Soldatenkov in a statement.Tavrin, who will remain at the head of the board of directors of UTH, will be replaced as CEO of that company by Dmitry Sergeev. UTH was recently in the news when Disney acquired a 49% stake in its channel Seven for US$300 million (€233 million), with the aim of transforming it into Disney Russia when the deal is completed.Megafon has been named as a potential buyer of Moscow cable operator Akado and recently acquired Khanty-Mansiysk cable operator Yugratel for RUB2.4 billion (€60 million).last_img read more

Thomson Video Networks is showing the ViBE VS7000

first_imgThomson Video Networks is showing the ViBE VS7000 video system, its new flagship encoding/transcoding platform for web TV, over-the-top services, IPTV, and cable delivery.The ViBE VS7000 video system combines Thomson’s next-generation compression platform in an all-IP environment, with live broadcast-quality encoding and faster-than-real-time file transcoding, according to the company.Supporting all major formats including the latest MPEG DASH file standard as well as major codecs such as MPEG transport streams, Adobe Flash, Apple HTTP Live Streaming, and Microsoft Smooth Streaming, and featuring video resolution up to 1920×1080 in progressive and interlaced modes, the ViBE VS7000 is scalable for input channels and output profiles, with support for multiple output formats per channel.last_img read more

Mobile TV network provider Yamgo has appointed two

first_imgMobile TV network provider Yamgo has appointed two new non-executive directors, which it said would help with the development of its advertising platform.Mobile entertainment exec Dave Moreau and former Ernst & Young managing partner Trevor Denny have joined Yamgo’s board with immediate effect.
Dave Moreau is currently chief operating officer of Livewire Mobile, which provides digital entertainment services, focused mainly on music, through mobile network operators, OEMs and media companies.
“Yamgo is a brilliantly run company with a focused, energetic and talented CEO in Ian Mullins,” said Moreau. “I am delighted to be joining the board as a non-executive director.”The Yamgo TV network streams live TV to mobile devices using 2.5G, 3G and Wi-Fi connections, with a line-up that includes Asian based entertainment channels, music, sport, movies, entertainment and news channels.last_img read more

Satellite operator Eutelsat said it had a record €

first_imgSatellite operator Eutelsat said it had a record €5.4 billion backlog or orders at the end of its fiscal second quarter, with a fleet expansion programme on track following the successful launches of Eutelsat 21B, Eutelsat 70B and the integration into the fleet of Eutelsat 172A.Eutelsat posted revenues of €633.6 million for its 2012-13 first half, up 5.2% year-on-year or 3.3% in comparable currency terms. EBITDA was 501.9 million, up 4.9%.Eutelsat has separately signed a long-term multiple launch services deal with Arianespace for up to four launches in the 2016-17 timeframe. The new contract is in addition to the contract signed in July 2012 between Eutelsat and Arianespace for the 2014 and 2015 timeframe, covering one launch and an option for a further launch.Eutelsat has also named ross McInnes to its board as an independent director, replacing Olivier Rozenfeld. McInnes, the deputy CEO of aerospace and defence company Safran, will also assume the chairmanship of the Audit Committee that was previously chaired by Olivier Rozenfeld.last_img read more