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Iron Lady Margaret Thatcher dies at 87

first_imgMilestones in the life and career of Britain’s former Prime Minister Margaret ThatcherOct. 13, 1925: Born in Grantham, central England.June 1947: Graduates from Oxford with chemistry degree.Dec. 13, 1951: Marries wealthy oil executive Denis Thatcher.Aug. 15, 1953: Gives birth to twins, Mark and Carol.June 1, 1954: Qualifies as lawyer.Oct. 8, 1959: Elected to Parliament.June 20, 1970: Becomes education secretary.Feb. 11, 1975: Elected leader of Conservative Party.May 3, 1979: Wins national elections, becomes Europe’s first female prime minister.March 1, 1981: Refuses to concede demands of Irish Republican Army convicts for prisoner-of-war status in Northern Ireland, inspiring a hunger strike. Ten inmates starve to death over following seven months.Sept. 14, 1981: Dumps or reassigns most of her moderate ministers in Cabinet reshuffle.April 2, 1982: Argentina invades Falkland Islands, a British territory in the South Atlantic. Thatcher sends a naval task force that recovers the islands after a 74-day war.June 9, 1983: Wins second term.Oct. 12, 1984: Survives IRA assassination bid after time bomb explodes near her room in hotel hosting Conservative Party conference. Five others killed, 32 wounded.Dec. 15, 1984: Becomes first Western leader to meet Mikhail Gorbachev as he visits London prior to becoming Soviet Union’s leader.Dec. 19, 1984: Signs accord with Chinese Prime Minister Zhao Ziyang to cede the British colony of Hong Kong to China in 1997.Nov. 15, 1985: Signs Anglo Irish Agreement that gives the Republic of Ireland a role in Northern Ireland for the first time. Move infuriates province’s Protestant majority.Jan. 9, 1986: Defense Secretary Michael Heseltine resigns in dispute over moves to rescue the failing Westland helicopter company. Triggers a Cabinet crisis that pushes Thatcher close to resignation.April 15, 1986: Allows U.S. to bomb Libya with aircraft based in Britain.Aug. 1, 1986: Cabinet unanimously supports her resistance to sanctions against South Africa.March 28, 1987: Travels to Moscow for talks with Gorbachev, strengthens role as key player in arms control negotiations.June 11, 1987: Wins third term.Jan. 3, 1988: Becomes Britain’s longest continuously serving prime minister of 20th century.Nov. 22, 1990: Announces resignation after party revolt.Nov. 28, 1990: Succeeded by John Major as prime minister.June 26, 1992: Becomes Baroness Thatcher of Kesteven, a member of the unelected House of Lords with a lifetime title.March 22, 2002: Ends public speaking after a series of strokes.June 26, 2003: Her husband dies.April 8, 2013: Dies of stroke.LONDON — Love her or loathe her, one thing’s beyond dispute: Margaret Thatcher transformed Britain.The Iron Lady who ruled for 11 remarkable years imposed her will on a fractious, rundown nation — breaking the unions, triumphing in a far-off war, and selling off state industries at a record pace. She left behind a leaner government and more prosperous nation by the time a mutiny ousted her from No. 10 Downing Street.last_img read more

Leading hotel boss calls for Japan to create new luxury to attract

first_img Suncity Group looking to develop new resort hotel in Okinawa, Japan after US$10 million land purchase The President of Hong Kong’s Artyzen Hospitality Group, Robbert van der Maas, says Japan needs to create a “new luxury” within its tourism industry if it is to attract Asia’s high rollers to the country in the coming years.Van der Maas was speaking at a seminar titled “Inbound High-Net Worth Individuals (HNWI) and Business Opportunities: Luxury Resorts” in Tokyo on Monday, with the impending arrival of Japan’s first integrated resorts among the key topics on the agenda. The seminar was run by Goyoh, which provides lifestyle concierge services for the wealthy class. Load More Giving a presentation on “What does the luxury experience require and what are the emerging trends?”, he emphasized the need to create this “new luxury” which would comprise three key requirements: Cultural experience, fulfilling memories and the ability to enrich the guest as a person.“It is a thing of the past that HNWI will be satisfied with only opulent facilities,” he said.Nicholas Clayton, CEO of luxury hotel group Capella Hotels & Resorts which operates the Capella Singapore on Sentosa Island among other properties, said his company was also looking for more from its new developments in the Asia-Pacific region.“We are delivering luxury hotels that make use of a locality’s historic buildings and natural surroundings,” he said, adding that in Japan Capella is “interested in Okinawa and the surrounding islands … and of course Tokyo and Kyoto.”While Japan’s IRs are a few years away, it is essential to start preparing early for the needs of Asia’s lucrative high-roller market. Suncity Group, Bloomberry Resorts unveil Wakayama IR visions RelatedPosts Osaka approves Yumeshima site for commercial development in latest IR movelast_img read more

USA Football honors Miami Police Athletic League coach

first_imgNORTH MIAMI, FLA. (WSVN) – A South Florida coach has been honored for his calls on and off the field.Isaac Williams, was honored by USA Football as part of its inaugural “Thanks Coach” program.“It just was a humbling experience. I just couldn’t believe it. Still to this day, I couldn’t believe it,” Williams said.The nomination, made by a player’s parent, came as a surprise to Williams. The 23-year-old, who was one of the youngest coaches chosen among thousands of nominees nationwide, proved hard work and dedication pays off.“He does it genuinely out of his heart, and basically, he just told me that part of the reason he wanted to do it was he saw what was happening with the kids in the neighborhood, and if he could influence them into going the other direction. That’s something he wanted to do,” said Miami Police Sgt. Stanley G. Paul.USA Football was looking for an inspiring coach who has gone above and beyond the call of the game. That’s exactly what they found in Coach Williams. Despite losing three of his brothers to gun violence, he never lost sight of what’s most important.“Sports can really change the lives of kids so that just made me pour into my community in which I serve in Overtown,” Williams said. Williams also works to ensure his players do well in the classroom as well as on the field. He visits the player’s teachers and checks in on them at school as an instructional advocate for Touching Miami with Love.“When you go to school and visit them, they know that you really care about them, you know?” Paul said. “You take interest in what’s going on in their life. It’s not just using them on the football field.”USA Football awarded Williams and his team of 8 and 9-year-old players a $2,500 check for new equipment, a priceless gift for a sport he believes changes lives.“My mentor once told me, she said, ‘Think about it like planting seeds.’ You plant one seed, you may not see it grow right then and there, but, you know, down the line, you keep watering, keep nurturing it, it’ll eventually grow into something that you want it to grow,” Williams said. “That’s why I see myself doing right now, basically just pouring into kids. Hopefully, later on down the line, I can see them blossom into something great.”This is just the beginning of Williams’ career, who said his passion lies with the kids.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Mazda recalls nearly 2500 MX5 Miatas for a part that might fall

first_img Convertibles Sports Cars Our long-term 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata can do it all 2019 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 first drive: A more approachable track star Enlarge ImageWe had a 2016 MX-5 for a whole year, and we’re happy to report that nothing fell off, even though we certainly tried to drive the tires off the darn thing. Nick Miotke/Roadshow Even if it might not be a piece of great importance, having a part fall off your vehicle can spell trouble for your car and the cars around you. That’s the reason behind Mazda’s latest recall.Mazda announced this week that it will recall 2,476 examples of the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata. The affected vehicles carry build dates between May 26 and July 6, 2015. That covers VINs between JM1NDAD79G0100681 and JM1NDAD7XG0103315, in case you have that memorized for some reason.The problem comes from a metal bracket and its associated skid plate. Thanks to a welding machine that was improperly maintained, that bracket might have a weld that’s subject to degradation over time. If the weld gets weak enough, the bracket and/or skid plate might fall off the vehicle. Mazda notes that before the part detaches, owners might hear a metallic rattle. Not only does this create an object that the driver might run over, puncturing a tire in the process, it becomes a road hazard for everyone else. Thankfully, Mazda has not received any reports of injuries or crashes related to the defect.To remedy the issue, Mazda technicians will replace the skid plate with a part that is guaranteed to be welded correctly. The process was improved during production, Mazda says, so vehicles falling outside the build date range mentioned above will already have the superior component. Mazda expects to notify affected owners in late August. Wrapping up our year with a 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata 2019 Mazda CX-5 Diesel review: Was it really worth the wait? Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice More From Roadshow Recalls Mazda Tags Review • 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata Review 35 Photos Comment 4:20 2019 Mazda CX-9 review: Losing its edge? 1 More about 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata Mazdalast_img read more

Samsung reveals Exynos 9825 processor ahead of todays Galaxy Note 10 launch

first_img See It Read the AirPods review Samsung Event Blame Samsung for your jumbo smartphone (The Daily Charge,… CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Galaxy Note: The original big phone that changed it all Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) The Cheapskate Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) See it Comments Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Turo: Save $30 on any car rental See at Turo Tags DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Read Google Home Hub review Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Best Buy The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Chris Monroe/CNET See It 7 Read Lenovo Smart Clock review $520 at HP Boost Mobile $6 at Tidal $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Sarah Tew/CNET Mobile Tech Industry 15 Photos Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. See at Amazon Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Comment Apple iPhone XS Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. See It Read DJI Osmo Action preview $60 at Best Buy Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Sarah Tew/CNET An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Read the Rylo camera preview Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X The 9825 doesn’t offer 5G support as standard, but will hit reach next-generation wireless speeds when paired with the Exynos Modem 5100, the company noted.Samsung typically uses Snapdragon processors in its flagship phones in the US and some other markets. But Exynos processors are found in its global variants, according to Anandtech.The Note 10 event takes place in New York on Wednesday, starting at 1 p.m. PT/4 p.m. ET.  Sprint Rylo Share your voice $999 Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Samsung,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. 1 7:28 $999 Amazon $999 Sarah Tew/CNET Angela Lang/CNET Sarah Tew/CNET $155 at Google Express $999 The Exynos 9825 is Samsung’s first 7-nm processor. Samsung Samsung shone a spotlight on its Exynos 9825 processor on Wednesday, hours before the Galaxy Note 10 launch at its Unpacked event. Given the timing, it’s likely this chip will power the premium big-screen phone.It’s also the company’s first 7-nanometer processor built using a process it unveiled last October — a refresh of the 8-nm Exynos 9820 that powered the international versions of the Galaxy S10, Anandtech noted. This chip is designed to maximize graphical performance, allowing for fast loading times in games and maximum efficiency in general use. This means your battery won’t run out too quickly, according to Samsung. Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. $299 at Amazon Turo Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Tags $210 at Best Buy $59 at eBay Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50)last_img read more

Sensex falls Karnataka political situation unnerves market

first_imgIndian pedestrians walk on Dalal Street – Trader’s Street – next to the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) in Mumbai on March 7, 2014.INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/Getty ImagesIndian shares slipped for a fifth straight session on Monday as the political situation in Karnataka clouded the outlook for general elections next year and left markets uneasy.The chief minister of the southern state quit on Saturday, after just two days in office, as his Bhartiya Janata Party was unable to drum up the support of a majority of legislators in the state assembly.This allows the main opposition Congress party and a regional ally to form a government in the state and is expected to galvanise opponents of Prime Minister Narendra Modi ahead of elections that must be held by May next year.The broader NSE Nifty slipped 0.46 percent to 10,547.90 as of 0633 GMT, while the benchmark BSE Sensex was 0.4 percent lower at 34,710.59.”We have this continuing downward momentum from last week. Secondly, Karnataka elections is weighing on the markets as the outlook of the 2019 election is looking dicey,” Deepak Jasani, Head of Retail Research at HDFC Securities, said.”Political situation till 2019 could continue to be very volatile. The clarity around a party getting majority in the 2019 election is getting a little diluted,” he added.Financial stocks such as HDFC Bank Ltd, which fell 1.1 percent, were among the biggest drags on the NSE index.Metals stocks took a hit for a fourth session, with the Nifty metal index down as much as 1.4 percent to its lowest since April 5. Tata Steel Ltd was down 1.3 percent, while Vedanta Ltd dropped 2.1 percent.Among the decliners, Amara Raja Batteries Ltd posted its biggest intraday percentage loss since Nov. 15, 2016 on missing analysts expectations for March-quarter results.Meanwhile, shares in UltraTech Cement Ltd rose after its merger deal with Century Textiles and Industries.last_img read more

Quota reform movement to continue

first_imgHasan Al Mamun, convener of Bangladesh Sadharan Chhatra Odhikar Sangrakkhon Parishad (Bangladesh General Students` Rights Protection Council), speaks at a press conference in front of the central library on Monday.The students demonstrating for reforms in the quota system have said they would continue their movement until a gazette is published reforming the existing quota system.Their statement comes following news that the government’s quota reform committee has recommended the abolition of the quota system from 9th to 13th grades (class I and class II) of public jobs.”This is certainly a positive move from the government. But we want the false cases that have been filed against us be dropped and people who have attacked us be brought to book,” said Hasan Al Mamun, convener of Bangladesh Sadharan Chhatra Odhikar Sangrakkhon Parishad (Bangladesh General Students’ Rights Protection Council).”We will take out a procession on the Dhaka University campus at 11:00am on Tuesday, as planned. And our movement will continue,” he also said while speaking at a press conference in front of the central library on Monday.The government committee, which was formed to review the existing quota system in public service, submitted a report in this regard on Monday, said the chief of the committee, cabinet secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam, at a press conference in Dhaka.Quoting lawyers, Shafiul Alam said the court verdict against the quota reform will not affect the quota reform or quota elimination process.On April 11, prime minister Sheikh Hasina declared in parliament that all types of quotas in government jobs would be abolished, following the countrywide protests of the students across the country demanding reforms in the quota system in the public service recruitment process.The government on 2 July formed the seven-member committee, headed by Shafiul Alam, to review the quota reform process.last_img

Technologys Most and Least Reliable Brands

first_img 15+ min read Brought to you by PCWorld November 29, 2007 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now » Note to tech companies: When you don’t deliver on your promises, watch out. Customers have long memories–and they hold grudges. And if you wrong them, they won’t come back. Just ask Curtis Gans and George Schwarz.Gans, who lives in Lovettsville, Virginia, favors Hewlett-Packard these days but says that he is no longer a fan of Dell: “I’ve had relatively good service from HP, and sufficiently terrible service from Dell,” says Gans, a faculty member at American University in Washington, D.C. He soured on Dell a year and a half ago, following a couple of bad tech-support calls. The low point occurred when a disc became stuck in his Dell PC’s CD-ROM drive. A Dell tech support rep instructed Gans by phone to dismantle his PC, and then “ended his workday and left me with a machine in pieces on the floor.” Even worse, the tech never got back to Gans, who had forgotten to write down the man’s name or number. In the end, Gans paid a “local geek” to repair his PC. As a result, Gans is done with Dell: “I will never buy from them again.”Schwarz, of Amarillo, Texas, holds the opposite opinion. “I’ve found HP to be incredibly unresponsive to customers,” says Schwarz, who publishes a small local newspaper, the Amarillo Independent, and who has four HP computers–three at work and one at home. Though Schwarz considers his HP systems to be reliable, he’s had it with HP support. The vendor never responded to two of his written queries–the first on the subject of shipping HP systems via UPS, and the second regarding problems with downloading HP software updates. In a separate incident, an HP technician wouldn’t help him repair an out-of-warranty system, even though Schwarz had originally contacted HP about the problem during the machine’s warranty period. Will he buy from HP again? “The answer is no. In fact, the answer is hell no,” he says adamantly.Vendors cringe at such stories, but they say they’re working to improve their customers’ experience. Says Dell vice president of customer support Dick Hunter: “There are no silver bullets in this. What we’re trying to do is go back to the basics, which is taking care of the customer’s problem on the first call.”On the other hand, when tech companies consistently deliver rugged, reliable products, customers are eager to talk about it. Allen Brooks, a computer support professional in Austin, Texas, owns three Lenovo ThinkPad R61 laptops, plus an older IBM R51 portable. “I consider them like the old Checker Cabs–big and bulky but really sturdy,” he says. “We like the keyboards. Everyone likes them. They’re pretty much indestructible unless the user really gets mad and throws one through the window.”Who’s the Best? It has been two years since PC World last asked its readers to rate the service and product reliability of the leading computer and peripheral vendors. This time more than 60,000 of you–nearly double our previous survey’s number of respondents–weighed in.As they did two years ago, PC World readers gave their highest praise to Apple, Canon, and Lenovo. The worst performers overall were Hewlett-Packard and Lexmark.Apple and Lenovo (formerly IBM) remain the most admired notebook vendors, each garnering higher-than-average scores in five categories, including customers’ overall satisfaction with their service experience and with product reliability. Apple did well in desktops too, as did eMachines, which Acer recently acquired. People who bought systems built at mom-and-pop computer stores reported more reliability problems but were very happy with the service they received. No vendor stood out in the MP3 player section, though Apple, Sony, and Toshiba scored slightly better than average in some areas.Routers, too, had no superstars, but Cisco and Linksys earned better-than-average marks on two criteria each. Canon posted positively stellar marks in both the printer and camera sections, with excellent scores in eight of the nine categories. Samsung did well in printers, too, and Panasonic, Nikon, and Sony finished high among cameras.Dell, whose customers have flogged it in recent years for its poor tech support, earned mixed scores. Readers grumbled about lengthy hold times for Dell’s phone support, but they praised the vendor’s ability to resolve desktop and notebook problems. Dell’s printers didn’t fare nearly as well, however, receiving low scores on reliability and ease of use.CyberPower, a California-based vendor that builds gaming PCs, earned unusually low marks in four desktop reliability categories–a repeat of the vendor’s performance two years ago. CyberPower CEO Eric Cheung responded that his company’s component failure rate is within industry guidelines, and that CyberPower is working to improve its tech support offerings by expanding the capacity of its support center.The biggest surprise in this year’s results is Hewlett-Packard’s poor performance. In our survey two years ago, HP–which is now the largest computer manufacturer in the world–did well, aside from a few poor ratings for its printers and Compaq-brand laptops. (Hewlett-Packard makes both HP- and Compaq-brand products. Though we rated HP and Compaq products separately, our evaluation of HP’s overall performance includes scores for both product brands.)Respondents were less kind this time around. Readers put HP near the bottom in diverse categories (desktop PCs, laptops, printers, and digital cameras). In desktop PCs, problem areas span both support and reliability. Readers who own HP cameras or printers reported a higher-than-average incidence of problems arising at some point in their product’s life. (As we went to press, the company announced that it will stop making its own cameras early next year. For more, see “HP Zooms Out of Camera Business.”) Readers also say that HP products are more likely than competing models to arrive with “out-of-the-box” problems. Jim Kahler, HP’s director of consumer warranties, had no direct explanation for his company’s poor showing in reliability. HP’s reliability rates, Kahler says, “are dramatically improving across our product line. Our product quality metrics are trending in the right direction.” (See “HP Tumbles” for additional details.)Hewlett-Packard wasn’t the only vendor to feel some heat this year. Lexmark earned poorer-than-average marks on six of the printer measures–similar to its showing last time. Other lowlights include Averatec laptops, Epson and Xerox printers, and Kodak cameras. On the bright side, some vendors fared better this time: 2Wire improved in the router category, Brother moved up in printers, and RCA stepped forward in MP3 players.Are service and reliability improving overall? Anecdotal accounts from readers indicate that long waits on hold, clueless support reps, and slapdash workmanship haven’t gone away by any means. But other respondents report a largely hassle-free experience, albeit one garnished with occasional gripes about quirky or hard-to-use features. The good news: Industry analysts tell us that many companies are improving.Reliability Getting Better Hardware vendors hit their low point in reliability three or four years ago, says Gartner research VP Leslie Fiering, who tracks reliability issues. Price wars had impelled vendors to cut corners in design and engineering, as well as to unload a great deal of the quality-assurance testing they once did to component suppliers, Fiering explains.”Well, guess, what? Suppliers were not totally honest. Certain things were not caught,” says Fiering. Industrywide problems, including (in 2005) faulty 60GB notebook hard drives and (more recently) problems with defective and exploding batteries, affected just about every vendor, she says. Computer makers were then forced to reexamine their cost-cutting efforts, and concluded that they had made a mistake. “All that money they thought they were saving on the front end, they were hemorrhaging on the back end through warranty support,” she says.Since then, vendors have improved the reliability of their products somewhat by increasing system testing and by hiking the penalties they impose on component suppliers who deliver junky equipment. In a 2006 Gartner study of enterprise PCs, Fiering estimated that reliability had improved by about 25 percent since its nadir a few years earlier.Tighter system integration has been another boon to reliability. A few years ago, the average desktop PC motherboard held an assortment of video, networking, and modem cards–each one a potential point of failure. Computer manufacturers now integrate these features into chips included on the motherboard. As a result, the computer operates using fewer independent components from fewer vendors, and the chance of system failure is much reduced.Better Support HP fell sharply in the eyes of PC World readers this year. Asked if he’ll buy from HP again, George Schwarz of Amarillo, Texas, says: The answer is no. In fact, the answer is hell no.Readers continue to complain about thick-accented phone support representatives. Several Dell and HP customers we interviewed griped about the language barrier. “When you talk to somebody and you can’t understand their thick accent, normally they don’t get what you say either,” Schwarz says. Vendors, however, have been working diligently to remedy this particular problem. “A lot of overseas organizations have addressed the language question more effectively,” says Gartner hardware analyst Ron Silliman. “It’s true that you may run into an accent, but it’s less likely that you’ll run into slipshod call center procedures.”When it comes to support personnel who are based overseas, “you’re dealing with, for the most part, a very highly educated and extraordinarily polite and patient pool of people who are doing their best,” says Gartner’s Fiering. “In all the calls I’ve made, I’ve run into only a couple of people who I’ve had a hard time understanding,” she adds.Vendors say that they’ve listened carefully to their customers’ complaints and are making the necessary adjustments among their support staffs. “We’ve put in very rigorous prehire screens on voice and grammar,” says Dell’s Hunter. “We now know that people coming in the door are quite capable.”HP tells a similar story. Resolving the accent issue is “a pretty significant focus on our part,” says Kahler of HP. “We’re monitoring our partners and our call center sites very closely for language skills, and making sure we’re hiring and training for language and cultural sensitivity.”Of the major computer vendors, Dell and Hewlett-Packard received the largest proportion of customer complaints about hold times for phone support. Both vendors report that their studies show they’ve shortened the wait in recent months. “When a customer waits for tech support more than 7 to 8 minutes, they start getting angry,” says Hunter, adding that Dell now averages a queue time of 2 minutes, down from 6 to 8 minutes 18 months ago. HP’s in-house stats are similar: 80 percent of customers who phone in get their call answered within 3 minutes, and the maximum wait is 6 to 7 minutes.Those numbers may be rosy, but our readers beg to differ. Desktop users, for instance, slapped Dell and HP with worse-than-average grades for phone hold time (an average of more than 10 minutes for Dell owners and close to 12 minutes for HP owners). Both Dell and HP laptop users complained that they were left on hold for around 11 minutes on average.Get Off the PhoneVendors continue to fine-tune their support offerings, including online chat and automated diagnostic and repair tools designed to wean customers away from phone support. Breaking that habit may be difficult, however. JupiterResearch forecasts that the number of service queries handled online will double by 2012, but that the telephone will remain most users’ preferred support tool.Not everyone prefers the phone, however. Younger users, who’ve grown up with the Internet, prefer online over phone support, according to HP’s Kahler. Roger Kay, technology analyst and president of Endpoint Technologies Associates, agrees: “People really like good self-help. If they can go to a Web site and do a self-diagnosis quickly, and then download a driver or call up a diagram that shows how to install a piece of hardware, they really like that.”Help tools such as HP’s Instant Care allow a technician, with the customer’s permission, to take control of the computer’s desktop through a broadband connection. This interactive approach is often superior to phone support, proponents say, particularly for novice users who scratch their heads when a tech adviser talks about msconfig or the printer driver. “It enhances the troubleshooting process, and takes some of those communication barriers out of the loop,” says Kahler. “The agent can go in and do troubleshooting steps directly on the user’s PC.”Other vendors are implementing their own automated features. For example, for the past year Dell systems have come with a support icon included on the desktop. When users click the icon, a dialog box opens, asking whether they want system information and software updates to be sent automatically to their computer. So far, “30 million people have clicked ‘yes’,” says Dell’s Hunter. “They want that.”HP Tumbles HP’s bad report card surprised us, particularly since readers seemed reasonably upbeat about the vendor two years ago. Though pinpointing the exact cause of HP’s downfall is difficult, some analysts suspect that the vendor may be a victim of its own success. In the past two years, HP has leapfrogged Dell to become the world’s most prolific PC maker, with much of its growth due to rapid expansion into consumer markets, where novice users typically need a lot of assistance. “It may be that HP is now exposed to a larger range of consumers, rather than just corporate accounts, as was the case a few years ago,” says Gartner’s Silliman.”That’s part of the story, but that’s not an excuse,” responds HP’s Kahler. “If you can build enough products to grow, you should be prepared to support that many products.” HP has made a large investment over the past year to improve its support operations, Kahler says, taking steps to add support staff, reduce hold times for phone help, improve the English-language skills of its overseas tech reps (and of its third-party support providers), and find better component suppliers. Kahler wouldn’t say how much HP is spending on the efforts, nor how many support staffers the company is adding. The improvements are ongoing, he says, and the first set of changes were launched in September 2007.Better support will certainly come as good news to HP customer Glen Ulrici of Richmond, Virginia. Ulrici reports that he’s generally pleased with his Compaq laptop, which he has owned for two and a half years. But though he’s contacted HP regarding only a few minor tech issues during that time, Ulrici feels that the vendor’s support has declined. “It’s the language barrier, the voice inflection and words–it’s a struggle to get through,” says Ulrici, who would rather chat online via keyboard with a tech rep to remove accents from the equation. “Chat works really well with HP.”Meanwhile, IDC analyst Matt Healey, who covers software and hardware support services, is surprised by HP’s poor showing in customer support. “They have a very good track record on the enterprise side across multiple products,” Healey says.Laptops and GadgetsWilliam Hanson of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, says that he chose a SanDisk MP3 player in part because of the sturdy flash drive it has inside.Photograph: Will McIntyreNotebooks are more delicate than desktops–a fact that is painfully obvious to anyone who has ever dropped one. Fortunately, laptop design continues to improve, says analyst Kay of Endpoint Technologies. In the two years since our previous Reliability and Service survey, more vendors have added features to boost durability, such as accelerometers that detect when the laptop is falling and park the hard drive’s head.Screen breakage used to be the number one vulnerability of portables, but it’s less of a concern now that vendors have strengthened laptops with magnesium alloy frames that reduce torque, resulting in less panel damage. “There’s an added cost involved, but it’s a trade-off that companies are willing to make,” says Kay. “It works in the vendor’s favor because it reduces warranty costs, and that’s a pretty important thing.”In the future, the expected switch to solid-state hard drives will make laptops even more durable. “Once you have those, you’ve eliminated a huge source of failure, and that’s the spinning media,” Kay says. “Coming up, that’s going to be one of the most important changes in reliability for notebooks.” Solid-state drives haven’t made a big impact yet because they’re too expensive for mainstream use. Putting a solid-state hard drive into a Dell Precision M4300 notebook, for instance, cost an extra $554 at press time. And that solid-state drive was only 32GB, less than half the capacity of the 80GB traditional hard drive that comes standard. That gap will shrink, however, as solid-state manufacturing improves.Brooks, the longtime IBM/Lenovo user we spoke with, agrees that today’s laptops offer better durability, computing power, and connectivity: “Overall, I believe they’re better. Especially the hard drives–they live a lot longer than they used to, and the displays are better.”Survey respondents were happier about the reliability and service for their MP3 players, routers, and digital cameras, on the whole, than they were about desktop PCs, laptops, and printers. Among MP3 vendors, for instance, Panasonic, Samsung, and Sony were the only vendors to receive even two subpar scores apiece. Why? Because MP3 players, cameras, and routers have very few moving parts to break.William Hanson of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, says that he bought a SanDisk MP3 player because he didn’t want to be locked into Apple’s iTunes format, but also because he prefers flash drives over hard drives. “I did not want to deal with anything mechanical because they’re not as durable,” he says.Readers gave camera vendors–in particular, Canon and Sony–high marks for both the reliability and the ease of use of their products. “Product failures are few and far between in digital cameras, and unless it’s a specialized camera with a unique feature, most of the problems are user error,” says IDC digital camera analyst Chris Chute.And what sorts of things qualify as “user error”? First and foremost, Chute says, digital cameras are often dropped or set down in places where they can come to harm, Chute says.Similarly, our readers reported few major reliability problems with routers. Jeff Babcock of Kaukauna, Wisconsin, says his Linksys router works fine, though he wishes it had a stronger wireless signal: “I live in a small one-bedroom apartment, and when I take my laptop into the bedroom, which is probably 60 feet from the router, [the signal] is flaky.”Problems With PrintersOf all the product categories we asked readers to talk about, printers received the harshest treatment. Five companies garnered three or more worse-than-average grades, and Lexmark placed dead last with six subpar scores in various reliability, phone service, and ease-of-use sections.This was Lexmark’s second consecutive appearance at the bottom of the printer pack. When asked to comment on its low scores, Lexmark spokesperson Tim Fitzpatrick said that the company is working continuously to improve its reliability and service, and that its in-house surveys of customer satisfaction ratings “have improved significantly year over year.” Survey comments from Lexmark users focused mostly on usability issues such as “Make the paper feed more reliable,” “The paper loader for faxing needs to be fixed,” and “Lexmark announces the ink is low, when it’s not.” Lexmark wasn’t the only printer vendor to get slammed; Dell and Epson customers also had an unusually high rate of complaints regarding the general reliability of their printers. Why are readers so dissatisfied with printers? Ironically, one reason might be their low cost. Prices for these peripherals have dropped so dramatically in recent years that retailers commonly toss in a free inkjet printer with a computer purchase. To keep costs down, Fiering suspects, manufacturers may be using cheaper and less reliable parts, and skimping on testing.In addition, printers have a lot of mechanical parts that can break down–and software drivers that are notoriously flaky.Outsourcing: Everybody Does ItWhen you buy a computer, MP3 player, or other consumer electronics gadget, the company whose brand appears on the shell probably isn’t the product’s actual manufacturer. Many vendors outsource the work to a third-party manufacturer somewhere in Asia. Taiwan-based Quanta, for instance, is the world’s largest manufacturer of notebooks; its customers include a who’s who of computer vendors: Apple, Dell, HP, Sony, and Toshiba, among others.Outsourcing is a way of life. “They all do it,” says Gartner’s Fiering, who adds that reliability is determined mostly by the vendor’s commitment to quality assurance. If a vendor uses a reliable third-party manufacturer, the results are positive and predictable. “You get what you pay for,” Fiering says.In intensely competitive markets, the challenge for vendors is to create reliable products, support them well, and still turn a profit. “The industry knows how to build quality, but the problem is pressure on price,” Fiering says. “Given that, everybody’s always looking for ways to cut corners.”Winners and LosersApple, Canon, and Lenovo did best overall in our study. Apple earned 14 better-than-average scores across four product categories. Canon took 16 high marks in just two categories, while Lenovo took 5 in laptops. In the losers’ bracket, HP received 15 worse-than-average scores over four device categories, while Lexmark managed 6 subpar grades in just the printer category.Laptops: Apple and Lenovo Top the FieldApple and Lenovo (formerly IBM) customers are happier than most with the service and support their laptops received after the sale; Lenovo in particular got high marks for not leaving customers hanging on hold when they need to talk to a support rep. Overall, both vendors’ customers had fewer complaints, on average, than owners of other brands about their notebooks’ reliability. Readers who owned Compaq or Averatec portables were less happy. A disproportionate number of Compaq customers said that their laptops were less reliable in general, while Averatec owners reported more component failures.Desktop PCs: HP Gets Lousy Grades; Apple Heads the Class HP owners reportED significantly fewer failures of the component parts inside their desktop PCs, but they also had a higher-than-average number of complaints about HP’s service and its phone support. These are marked changes from HP’s middling performance in these categories on our 2005 survey. Meanwhile, for its part, gaming PC maker CyberPower received low marks two years ago, and did not improve: Customers reported a higher-than-normal number of problems out of the box and throughout the life span of their PCs. At the high end of the scale, Apple customers reported relatively few problems with the innards of their machines and had fewer complaints about the way Apple services its products after the sale.Printers: Lexmark Receives Low Grades All Around Printer prices have been falling for the past two years, so vendors depend on ink cartridge sales to make up the difference. Our survey suggests that this isn’t helping the overall reliability of these products. Lexmark, Epson, and Dell customers had unusually high complaint rates regarding the general reliability of their printers. Dell, Epson, and HP owners had problems getting service and support for broken printers. Readers were most irked by Lexmark and its printers, much as in our 2005 survey. Lexmark could take a lesson from Canon, which nearly ran the table with better-than-average scores on all but one measure.Cameras: Canon Zooms; Kodak and HP Lose FocusReaders like the ruggedness of Canon cameras–and the way Canon services them when something breaks. But only a couple of camera brands–Kodak and HP–earned noticeably low marks in these areas. Owners of those cameras reported a higher-than-normal number of technical problems, including those discovered immediately after opening the box for the first time. Those issues probably helped form users’ negative opinions of the overall reliability of Kodak and HP cameras.Routers: Only D-Link Garners Reliability Complaints Though some readers complained about the usable range of their routers, most seemed fairly content with the products’ durability and with the manufacturer’s service. On the positive side, Cisco and Linksys received higher-than-average marks for the reliability of their routers; and a high proportion of Apple, 2Wire, and Belkin owners talked up their products’ ease of use. Only D-Link customers expressed dissatisfaction with their routers’ reliability in higher-than-usual numbers.MP3 Players: The iPod Remains the Player to BeatNot surprisingly, iPod users gave Apple high marks for making the product easy to use. The iPod’s simple, elegant, and intuitive design may color the overall good feeling users have about the reliability of the devices. That may also cast a bad light on competing players: Users of almost all non-iPod players had complaints about the ease of use of their devices. But readers had some nice things to say about iPod competitors, too. For example, relatively few users of Toshiba and Sony MP3 players reported having technical problems over the lifetime of their products.What the Measures Mean We asked PC World readers to rate vendors in six product categories: laptops, desktops, printers, digital cameras, routers, and MP3 players. Each category contained nine subsections for rating a vendor in specific areas of customer service or product reliability. Each company was judged relative to its competitors.In each subsection, we distributed every vendor’s score into one of three rating categories: significantly better than average, not significantly different from average, or significantly worse than average. If a vendor drew fewer than 50 responses in a subsection, we discarded the results as statistically unstable. Some smaller vendors received too few votes for us to accurately rate their reliability and service.Reliability Measures Problems on arrival (all devices): Based on the percentage of survey respondents who reported one or more problems with the device right out of the box.Any hardware or software problem (all devices): Based on the percentage of survey respondents who reported any problem at all during the product’s lifetime.Satisfaction with reliability (all devices): Based on the owner’s overall satisfaction with the reliablity of the device.Failed component (laptops and desktop PCs): Based on the percentage of survey respondents who reported replacing one or more original components because they failed.Core component problem (laptops and desktop PCs): Based on the percentage of survey respondents who reported problems with the CPU, motherboard, power supply, hard drive, system memory, or graphics board/chip at any time during the life of their laptop or desktop PC.Severe problems (printers, cameras, routers, and MP3 players): Based on the percentage of survey respondents who reported a problem that rendered their device impossible to use.Ease of use (printers, cameras, routers, and MP3 players): Based on the percentage of survey respondents who rated their device as extremely or very easy to use.Service Measures Phone hold time: Based on the average time a product’s owners waited on hold to speak to a phone support rep.Phone rating: Based on a cumulative score derived from product owners’ ratings of several aspects of their experience in phoning the company’s technical support service. Among the factors considered were whether the information was easy to understand, and whether the support rep spoke clearly and knowledgeably.Failure to resolve problem: Based on the percentage of survey respondents who said the problem was never resolved after contacting the company’s support service.Service experience: Based on a cumulative score derived from product owners’ responses to a series of questions focusing on 11 particular aspects of their experience with the company’s service department.We polled more than 60,000 PC World and PCWorld.com readers who responded to print advertisements and e-mail messages. We used methods of statistical analysis to determine which companies were significantly better or worse than the average, based on all responses about a certain product type.Because our survey sample consists entirely of PC World’s generally tech-savvy readers, it may not be representative of the general population, which may have different expectations and experiences with technology products.last_img read more

Watch Adam Rippons powerful speech after winning human rights award

Rippon received the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Visibility Award at the 2018 HRC Los Angeles Dinner on Saturday (10 March).Fellow out Winter Olympian, Gus Kenworthy, introduced Rippon at the ceremony.Rippon was the first openly gay man to compete for the US at the Olympics. He also publicly sparred with Vice President Mike Pence bringing a new focus on Pence’s long anti-LGBTQ record.Rippon delivered a moving acceptance speech about how he came to terms with his sexuality.‘I was afraid that I wouldn’t be welcomed by the LGBTQ community because someone like me wouldn’t be the role model they were looking for,’ he said in his speech.‘Maybe I was too gay, maybe I was just too myself.’The 28-year-old said he had spent a lot of his life depressed and unafraid. When he made the choice to be ‘unafraid’ and truly be himself he learned what the true meaning of champion was. Adam Rippon is awarded the HRC Visibility Award. | Photo: Facebook/HRC GAYSTARNEWS- eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) He also had a message for young people whatever their race, whether they are LGBTI or on ‘their own journey of self-discovery’.‘You hold more strength than you may ever know. You are powerful,’ he said.‘No matter where you have come from or where you are going to, there is someone who looks up to you and they will find inspiration in your strength of just being yourself.’‘Adam Rippon — fierce’The HRC Los Angeles Dinner brought together more than 1,000 of HRC’s most active members and supporters in the greater Los Angeles area to raise crucial funds in the fight for LGBTQ equality. Other speakers on the night included Senate candidate Kyrsten Sinema and Representative Maxine Waters.‘One word best describes Adam Rippon — fierce,’ said HRC President Chad Griffin.‘By being out and proud, Adam is bringing LGBTQ visibility to a whole new level while capturing the hearts of millions around the world with his incredible talent and personality.‘He isn’t afraid to use his global platform to speak out for equality.’Watch his full acceptance speech[embedded content]Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us .center_img Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Olympics figure skating medallist and new gay icon, Adam Rippon, has delivered an emotional award acceptance speech. This is what my straight, male friends think about Adam RipponAdam Rippon slays Sissy that Walk in Dancing with the Stars premiereMoms standing up for their LGBTI kids and equality will warm your heartRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/watch-adam-rippons-powerful-speech-after-winning-human-rights-award/ read more

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first_img X-ray images such as the one on the left fail to indicate many cases of advanced bone destruction caused by multiple myeloma, says the author of new guidelines on imaging for patients with myeloma and related disorders. Image courtesy of Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. News | PET-CT | June 19, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Install of uMI 550 Digital PET/CT United Imaging announced the first U.S. clinical installation of the uMI 550 Digital positron emission tomography/… read more News | Interventional Radiology | July 31, 2019 International Multidisciplinary Group Publishes Recommendations for Personalized HCC Treatment With Y90 TheraSphere New consensus recommendations for personalized treatment for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) with BTG’s TheraSphere have… read more Related Content February 23, 2010 – The American College of Radiology (ACR) has launched an online nuclear medicine and positron emission tomography (PET) accreditation application program that streamlines the process and significantly reduces the time it takes for nuclear medicine and PET facilities to become accredited. The ACR nuclear medicine and PET accreditation programs are the latest modalities to allow providers to apply online via the new “ACRedit” system enabling facilities to more quickly and efficiently move through the accreditation process.“The most notable benefit to the new online system is the speed: the process has enabled accreditation approval time to be cut in half, meaning facilities can expect a final report in less than three months from the time they submit their images for review. In addition, ACR’s fee structure is simple and transparent, and the ACR, unlike other accrediting bodies, does not require a fee to access the application or an annual fee,” said Harvey L. Neiman, MD, FACR, American College of Radiology Chief Executive Officer.The ACR has accredited more than 20,000 facilities nationwide and has added to its staff of certified radiologic technologists to guide providers through all stages of the accreditation process. ACR accreditation is a comprehensive, yet flexible process where evaluators pay special attention to image quality in addition to equipment, quality control procedures, quality assurance programs, and personnel qualifications.“ACR accreditation is highly educational, helps facilities strengthen their quality assurance, and demonstrates to patients, payers, and government agencies a commitment to providing quality care. Patients often seek out facilities with ACR accreditation which allows facilities to use their ACR accredited status as a valuable marketing and patient outreach tool,” said Neiman.Effective Jan. 1 2012, all providers who bill for PET, MRI, CT and nuclear medicine under part B of the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule must be accredited in order to receive technical component reimbursement from Medicare. The ACR, recognized by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services as national medical imaging accrediting body, has the experience, expertise, and infrastructure to help large numbers of advanced medical imaging providers gain accredited status by Jan. 1 2012 as mandated by the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008 (MIPPA).For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Figure 1. A high-fidelity 3-D tractography of the left ventricle heart muscle fibers of a mouse from Amsterdam Ph.D. researcher Gustav Strijkers. News | February 23, 2010 ACR Launches Online Nuclear Medicine, PET Accreditation Programs News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 16, 2019 NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes Completes Construction on Beloit, Wis. 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Patients With Liver Cancer Hold Their Breath for the Chance at a

first_imgCase study supplied by Elekta. Contributors: Oregon Health Sciences University Department of Radiation Medicine; Monica Kishore, MS, medical physicist, assistant professor; Charlotte Kubicky, M.D., Ph.D., radiation oncologist, associate professor; Wolfram Laub, Ph.D., MBA, medical physicist, director of medical physics and associate professor. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 PlanningBoth the long and short BH scans are evaluated— to ensure the anatomy is constant between both — by examining the fusion between scans. For SBRT, we are primarily assessing liver position reproducibility. A plan is then developed based on the long BH scan. The dosimetrists are asked to plan 3-D conformal or 3-D arc treatments (i.e., without modulation) with flattening filter-free beams ([FFF], i.e., Elekta’s High Dose Rate mode on the Versa HD treatment machine) to maximize delivery speed, thereby minimizing the number of BHs the patient requires for treatment. volumetric modulate arc therapy (VMAT) is used for some liver SBRT cases, but the MLC field modulation requires slower FFF dose rate and gantry speed, which, puts the number of BHs required on par with that required for a 3-D multi-field plan.  Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD Related Content By providing a comfortable and reproducible breath-hold, Active Breathing Coordinator has been widely used for stereotactic treatment in anatomies affected by respiratory motion.Stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) employs significantly higher per fraction radiation doses than conventional radiotherapy. Therefore, for patients with aggressive cancers, SBRT can be a more potent, therapeutic treatment option leading to better local control. However, an enduring challenge in delivering SBRT for some cancers — lung and liver tumors for instance — has been the impact of the patient’s breathing on tumor motion.  For patients with a liver tumor, OHSU has been using an Elekta system called Active Breathing Coordinator (ABC) to help patients manage their breathing during SBRT beam delivery — essentially “freezing” the tumor’s position and enabling the beam to concentrate on the lesion, while sparing surrounding normal tissues. Liver SBRT with ABC is an alternative to free-breathing (FB) SBRT for patients who can perform a few sustained breath-holds (BHs) during treatment. The main downside of FB SBRT is that the treatment beam must cover the full range of the tumor’s motion during respiration, which means we have to irradiate a larger volume of surrounding normal tissue to ensure we hit the target. Although the FB liver SBRT workflow is simpler and less involved than that of BH (i.e., ABC) liver SBRT — and FB treatment delivery is quicker — the overriding goal in any radiation treatment is to maximize the dose on the target and minimize the irradiation of normal tissues. For many of the 70 to 80 liver cancer patients treated with SBRT per year at OHSU, using ABC accomplishes this goal. 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 | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more News | 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 CT SimulationThe facility assesses the patient’s eligibility for a BH treatment (i.e., ability to perform a BH without undue difficulty) by asking patients to take several BHs and timing their duration. For suitable candidates, up to two BH scans are taken, a long one for planning and a short scan to assess reproducibility. A third scan is usually required without BH just in case the patient’s ability to hold their breath for a long period becomes compromised during treatment and the decision is made to re-plan without the BH. 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 | 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 | 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 ABC WorkflowABC is involved in all phases of BH liver SBRT: CT simulation, treatment planning, daily set up and treatment delivery. Total liver SBRT dose is50 Gy (10 Gy x 5).  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 By providing a comfortable and reproducible breath-hold, Active Breathing Coordinator has been widely used for stereotactic treatment in anatomies affected by respiratory motion. The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. News | Radiation Oncology | July 31, 2019 Laura Dawson, M.D., FASTRO, Chosen as ASTRO President-elect The members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) elected four new officers to ASTRO’s Board of… read more TreatmentFollowing the BH parameters in the daily set up, the patient is treated. The number of BHs during treatment will vary depending on the dose we prescribe, the length of time patients can hold their breath and the number of fields and modulation of the plan. The treatment beam is turned on only during BH (via automatic response beam gating); the longer the patient holds his breath, the longer the beam will be on and the sooner the treatment will be completed. As noted, BH ABC-assisted liver SBRT takes longer to deliver (Fraction 1, 90 minutes, Fractions 2-5 45-60 min) than FB liver SBRT (Fraction 1, 60 min., Fractions 2-5, ≥ 30 min depending on the number of fields), but for patients who can tolerate BHs and a little extra time on the table, it is worth the enhanced tumor targeting/sparing of healthy tissues.  Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Therapy | June 08, 2017 Patients With Liver Cancer Hold Their Breath for the Chance at a Better Treatment Outcome Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU) care providers use Active Breathing Coordinator with Versa HD linear accelerator in liver SBRT PreviousNext The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more Daily Set-upThe patient is imaged using ABC for BH employing our Versa HD system’s cone beam CT (CBCT) kV imager. We can manually pause the CBCT during acquisition; therefore while the CBCT scan time is longer than a single BH, we can still acquire the full scan by starting and stopping the beam as needed. The final CBCT is evaluated for both patient positioning and BH reproducibility since it is a composite of several BHs. News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more last_img read more

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