Women asked to avoid burqas, kids skip playtime: Sri Lankan Muslims fear for safety

first_imgThere already have been a few incidents that have been reported of Muslims being targeted by mobs. That is the fear most Muslims in Sri Lanka are living with after one of the worst terrorist attack that the country witnessed on Easter Sunday.Razia has not sent her children out to play out of fear that they might fall victim to people who are seeing all Muslims through the prism of violent extremism. Her husband, an upstanding citizen, has been taken into custody for questioning. Their fault, they are the immediate neighbours of the two main bombers, the Ibrahim brothers.Men from that entire neighbourhood of Dematagoda have been picked up for questioning and those who haven’t have left the colony to stay with their relatives for fear of being taken in.The fear has spread far and wide. In a country that didn’t have a history of religious violence but more so ethnic war, this new development has changed the dynamics of the island nation.Sleepless nights and fear to venture out. Will they face retribution for the deeds of these terrorists who waged war and have managed to create strife between two communities that have not known hatred at all?An angry Christian father, Endeke Fernandes, who has lost his daughter, spoke in a rage and referred to the other community as “those Muslims”. Once they lived in peace, today they look at every person in a Burqa or a man sporting a beard, with suspicion.There have already been instances where women have been asked to take off their burqas. Sri Lanka never saw an extremist or extremely orthodox form of Islam. Mostly a liberal community, practising their religion in peace, the attack has been a huge jolt to the entire community.advertisementThe Muslim dominated areas are facing reprisals. Living amid massive security and holding the Friday prayers after seeking permission is new to Sri Lanka. This is the only country where Muslim bodies have put out notices asking their women to cooperate with the government for the sake of national security and either refrain from wearing burqas or at least ensure their faces are visible for identification purposes.A country where Muslims form just about 10 per cent of the population, any wrong move can be disastrous. Therefore, the entire community is treading very carefully since they fear becoming easy targets to those who seek revenge. For those who think avenging the death of their people can only be done by taking the life of the other.The Mawalagatta Jama Masjid has sent out a strong message to avoid retaliation. They held prayers and put out hoardings saying “There is no place in Islam for extremism”.READ | Father, two brothers of Sri Lanka suicide bombings mastermind killedALSO READ | After Sri Lanka blasts, NIA raids 3 places in Kerala over Islamic State linksALSO WATCH | Terror in Sri Lanka: A ground reportlast_img read more

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The legislative business

first_imgWith two crucial bills passing their respective hurdles in the Houses of Parliament in tandem, one must take into consideration the lack of scrutiny that the opposition has actively decried about. When on Thursday, Rajya Sabha passed the contentious RTI Amendment Bill, 2019, amidst expected opposition protests and a potential violation of voting procedure, the pending requests of opposition leaders backed by activists and former CICs pressing for scrutiny by Standing or Select Committee were clearly extinguished. The trend was also visible in the Lok Sabha which passed the heavily debated Triple Talaq Bill–though there was not much that opposition could have done in here due to an overwhelming majority enjoyed by the government. Both bills, in lieu of their proposals, had grasped the attention of legislators who wanted an additional round of scrutiny before passing those. The persistent tension in the Lok Sabha revolved around the fact that the government’s privilege of enjoying a vast majority diminishes the scope of reviewing any bill beyond mild but inconsequential discussions held in the House. It is for this reason that the passing of RTI Amendment bill was condemned with opposing legislators pressing for a Select Committee intervention to ensure the due scrutiny that the bill deserved. In fact, the ruckus caused by the passing of the bill in Lok Sabha had actually prevented the government from tabling it in the Rajya Sabha the next day (Wednesday)–despite the Budget session edging towards its closure. It was, however, tabled on Thursday and consequently passed. The opposition motion was defeated 75 to 117 in favour of the government in what was a rare occasion in the Upper House of an opposition motion getting defeated. While the sacrosanct authority prevails over legislative procedures, the scope of scrutiny by a Standing or Select Committee is also in the purview of the same legislative procedures. It is to this end that the dispensation could have opted for another round of legislative scrutiny, especially when the Modi government’s focus is drawn towards grabbing everyone’s trust (Sabka Vishwas). There is a constant underlying apprehension that the opposition and government, in their efforts to curtail the others’ free hand, often end up bringing the legislative machinery down. While the passing of these two bills was not at all in favour of the opposition, this sort of dissent is not uncommon. The very purpose of Houses and voting is to ensure that everyone’s say is there. The legislative machinery was designed in a manner that will allow scrutiny to its crux. Sadly, here, the government seemed in a tearing hurry to get the bills passed. A standing testament of this fact is the extension granted to the Budget Session which was due to terminate yesterday. In numbers, the government gets the upper hand but the legislative business is not about numbers in the first place. It is about making laws and laws, owing to their sacrosanct nature, cannot be unilaterally made. They need reviews and critiques as essential features of this democratic Parliament to ensure sanctity. The reason bills are subject to scrutiny–both in house and sometimes to Select Committees–is for the reason that they cannot be simply drafted and implemented in the country without taking cognisance of the possible ramifications and loopholes which may be detrimental. Extending the Parliament’s Budget Session is more than welcome but only when due scrutiny takes place and not with the intention to fast-track the passing of bills. Having dissenting MPs is not surprising but making these dissenting MPs realise that their dissent is for nothing only makes the environment of the Parliament more hostile. The government of the day should not forget that the overwhelming mandate that they received in the Lok Sabha elections was not to utilise the consequent majority against the opposition. Also Read – A compounding difficultyWriting a letter to Chairman and Vice President Venkaiah Naidu seemed like the last resort for few of the dissenting MPs who saw the RTI Amendment Bill pass without any hiccups in the Upper House. As many as 17 opposition parties, through the letter, conveyed their concern over the hurried passage of bills in Parliament. It also notified the Chairman that in the 14th and 15th Lok Sabha, 60 and 71 per cent of bills were sent for scrutiny to the parliamentary committees but the 16th Lok Sabha had only 26 per cent bills reviewed under those. Parliamentary Committees are not necessarily disapproving which is why the government’s approach is not understandable. These parliamentary committees only ensure the quality of legislations to an extent where they may not have any kind of gaps and negative impact once they are framed as laws of the land. In their rush to pass the pending bills, the government must not lose focus on quality. It does not matter if Parliament passes fewer bills in a particular session but it makes a sizeable difference if those are passed without appropriate scrutiny.last_img read more

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Voters give Winnipeg mayor second term say no to Portage and Main

first_imgWINNIPEG – Winnipeg residents have voted to retain their mayor and keep the city’s landmark intersection closed to pedestrians.Brian Bowman was elected to a second term Wednesday night, handily beating second-place Jenny Motkaluk, a business consultant who made her first attempt at the mayor’s chair.Voters also cast ballots in a non-binding plebiscite on whether to re-open the intersection of Portage Ave. and Main St. to foot traffic, and rejected the idea by nearly a two-to-one margin.Bowman said he voted to open the corner — a windy gateway to the West which has been featured in song and postage — but will respect the outcome of the plebiscite.“I’m not going to apologize for listening to Winnipegers and they spoke today pretty clearly,” Bowman said after his victory speech.Bowman campaigned in 2014 on a promise to open the intersection. But the idea ran into opposition from residents who said the move would cost millions of dollars and add to traffic tie-ups. He backtracked on his promise and backed a councillor who wanted the matter put to a plebiscite.Concrete barriers have kept the downtown corner off-limits to crossings on foot for 39 years. Some residents said opening it would make the area more vibrant, boost business and be more accommodating to people with mobility issues.Currently, people who want to cross the streets must walk a long block in either direction or navigate an underground circle that can confuse visitors. Access via elevators after business hours can be touch-and-go, and some people have expressed fear for their safety in the dark stairwells and walkways.Vote Open Winnipeg, a group formed in the summer to push for the opening of the intersection, was disappointed with the result.“We hope that future city councils will see the light and see the benefits of pedestrian traffic in the heart of our city,” spokesman Adam Dooley said.Across Manitoba, eight rural communities, including Winkler and Steinbach, were holding plebiscites on whether to allow cannabis stores to open within their boundaries.Some mayoral offices remained unchanged.In Brandon, the province’s second-largest city, Rick Chrest was acclaimed for another term because no one ran against him. Winkler Mayor Martin Harder was unopposed as well.In Portage la Prairie, incumbent mayor Irvine Ferris was re-elected over Erik Lee, a former construction company owner who jumped into the race days before the deadline.last_img read more

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Saudi Scholar Association Calls on Mohammed Bin Salman to Step Down

By Josh BabbRabat – Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman (MBS) faces new internal pressure to step down amid global concern over Khashoggi’s suspected killing.The Saudi Scholar Association, a group claiming to represent scholars and academics within the country, released a statement on Twitter Thursday calling for MBS to be dethroned. The statement is seen in part as a response to the deepening diplomatic crisis engulfing Saudi Arabia over the apparent murder of Jamal Khashoggi, a dissident journalist who often wrote critically of his country. ???? ???? ????? ???????? ??? ???? ??? ??? ????? ???? ?? ?????#????_?????? #???? @SaudiOlamaa #???????_??????? #???????? pic.twitter.com/xHC4vria9c— ???? ????? ???????? (@SaudiOlamaa) October 17, 2018The statement can also be seen as a response to a wave of arrests that have included journalists, academics, and religious figures inside Saudi Arabia beginning in September of last year, perhaps signifying a deeper power struggle for the future of the country.Read Also: Evidence Mounts Implicating Saudi Arabia in Khashoggi’s DisappearanceMBS had widely been seen as a reforming figure by Western media, who cited him as responsible for lifting a ban on women driving as well as the showing of films inside Saudi Arabia. Khashoggi’s death has cast a dark shadow over such claims. The statement, originally published in Arabic, also accuses MBS of “spreading social and administrative corruption with incompetence, and wasting public money on what is not useful.” The Saudi Scholar Association’s Twitter account, not a verified account, first began posting statements online in September. Usamma al-Azami, a lecturer on Islamic Studies based in the UK, spoke to the press regarding the authenticity of the account. “It is difficult to say how much this reflects the religious establishment because all the major figures who could have been remotely oppositional appear to be imprisoned.”Just last month three prominent clerics within Saudi Arabia were sentenced to death by state prosecutors for publicly disagreeing with MBS’ new policy towards Qatar. read more

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Trudeau urges Canadian companies to seek fortune in Chinas 5 trillion market

TORONTO — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called on Canada’s small-and-medium sized businesses to embrace globalization and help deepen what he termed the “Canada-China friendship” by exploring the market potential of selling to its half-billion increasingly spend-happy consumers.At a flashy Toronto conference hosted by Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Inc., Trudeau took the stage in front of some 3,600 Canadian business owners to urge them to “think big, think beyond our borders” as “much of the world is looking inwards, closing off, going protectionist every now and then.”“Canada remains open and optimistic about the role we can play in the world… The world is going to realize that ‘No, no, we need to be engaged and open’,” he said during a fireside chat with Alibaba’s chief executive Jack Ma. “But if they are taking a lot longer to do that, then we have an advantage right now here in Canada.”Trudeau’s comments come as Ottawa hosts the latest round of North American Free Trade Agreement renegotiation talks amid increasingly protectionist sentiment coming from Canada’s largest trade partner, the U.S.Canada’s chief NAFTA negotiator said Monday that solid progress is being made at the NAFTA talks, but it’s too soon to tell if a deal can be reached by the year-end deadline set by the United States.Meanwhile, the Trudeau government has been actively trying to develop closer ties with China and has been pursuing a potential bilateral trade deal.“As we are in exploratory talks with China, we are highlighting the values that are important – not just to us as a government, but as Canadians,” Trudeau said Monday.The Prime Minister’s commentary throughout the day’s events, during which both Toronto Mayor John Tory and Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne also took the stage, hit on a similar theme – globalization and inclusiveness and their role in positioning Canada for the long term.Ma echoed Trudeau’s pro-free trade sentiments, even as his country experiences rising trade tensions with the U.S. In his keynote on Monday – in a format evoking that of Apple Inc., although Ma was dressed in a white shirt and blue tie rather than the black t-shirt often donned by Silicon Valley CEOS – he questioned the logic of trying to stop the flow of trade across geographical borders.“In the future there will not be made in Canada, made in America, made in China. Most of the products will be made in the internet,” he said.He said that Chinese consumers have a growing appetite for Canadian products – helped by the country’s diverse population.“You have 1.5 million Chinese community (in Canada)… these are the ambassadors of your products.”Ma and Trudeau appeared to have a rapport as they bantered on stage and toured the conference together, stopping at booths of Canadian companies which sell goods from shoes to cranberry juice, in China.At Citadella group, a maple syrup company that is selling its product in China, Trudeau and Ma had a shot of the sweet liquid.“This is how we start our day in Canada, with a glass of maple syrup,” Trudeau said, drawing laughter.Trudeau and Ma have met serveral times before, including at the Alibaba campus in Hangzhou, China, where the technology giant was founded, in September 2016. Trudeau, who was on an official visit to China, joined Ma to announce the launch of a Canadian “pavilion” on its Tmall platform, a virtual shopping mall of sorts where brands can market to Alibaba consumers.Canadian brands already using Alibaba to sell to Chinese customers include Ocean Spray Cranberries, Clearwater Seafood and Jamieson Vitamins.Alibaba hosted a similar U.S.-focused event in Detroit in June as it actively expands outside China.– With files from Liam Casey read more

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Microsoft pays 25 million to settle corruption charges

NEW YORK — Microsoft is paying more than $25 million to settle federal corruption charges involving a bribery scheme in its Hungary office and three other foreign subsidiaries.The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission says Microsoft will pay about $16.6 million to settle charges that it violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act involving its operations in Hungary, Saudi Arabia, Thailand and Turkey.The Justice Department says Microsoft will also pay an $8.75 million criminal fine stemming from the Hungarian bid-rigging and bribery scheme, which involved Microsoft licenses sold to government agencies and falsely recorded as discounts.Microsoft President Brad Smith said in a letter to employees Monday that the conduct was “completely unacceptable” and involved a small number of employees. Smith is also outlining changes the company plans to make to prevent discounts from being used for improper purposes.The Associated Press read more

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Falling concrete prompts maintenance work for Cockshutt Bridge

The City of Brantford and County of Brant, between now and early fall, will be conducting inspections and maintenance on the underside of the overhanging portion of the Cockshutt Bridge deck.“This is in response to a small area of the concrete deck falling from the structure,” the city said in a news release.The project will include detailed inspections and any subsequent work required, such as the removal of loose (spalling) concrete.The city said officials have deemed the bridge safe for use but pedestrians, boaters and other users of the Grand River are encouraged to exercise caution near the underside of the bridge until the maintenance work is completed. Signs warning pedestrians and river users of the potential risk for falling concrete will be posted at the west side of the parking lot and 100 to 150 metres upstream and downstream of the bridge on the river’s edge.While inspection and maintenance work is being completed, full or partial lane closures and reduced availability of parking in the lot immediately to the east of the bridge (including a boat launch for the river) may be required.For more information, call the city’s customer contact centre at 519-759-4150. read more

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Football Ohio State coaches mostly rated meets expectation in 2016 performance reviews

Ohio State coach Urban Meyer observes the field at Memorial Stadium prior to the Buckeyes’ season-opening 49-21 win over Indiana on Aug. 31 in Bloomington, Indiana. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorOhio State football coaches, including coach Urban Meyer and each assistant coach who remains on the staff from the 2016 season, either exceeded or met expectations in their overall ratings, according to performance evaluations obtained by The Lantern through a public-records request.Meyer was reviewed by Athletics Director Gene Smith while Meyer evaluated every assistant coach. The reviews were conducted in June. Each assistant coach rated himself in a variety of categories and added comments and goals with input from Meyer. The head coach added overall comments at the bottom of the documents.Reviews of former co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Luke Fickell, former co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Tim Beck and former co-offensive coordinator and tight ends coach Ed Warinner were not completed because they departed before reviews took place. Urban MeyerDespite reaching the College Football Playoff, Meyer received a “performance meets expectations” when determining the competitive success of the program. “Reaching the CFP represents another milestone!” Smith wrote in Meyer’s review.Meyer earned an overall rating of “exceeds expectations.” He was given exceptionally high reviews for Ohio State’s off-field performance. “The academic performance of all students represented the best in many years,” Smith wrote. “Embedded with that is the ever growing positive culture. The young men represent the highest character almost across the board. Urban’s continued approach as an excellent community engager (all communities) is significant for the entire university.”According Smith’s review, Meyer’s performance exceeded expectations in the academic success of the program, commitment to compliance, “student-athlete welfare,” leadership and “public relations/donor relations.”  The head coach met, but did not exceed, expectations with his communication and budget management.Smith noted that Meyer should continue to strive for a team GPA of above 3.0, which, according to Meyer’s contract, would result in the coach receiving a $50,000 bonus. Meyer was told to continue to focus on “cultural and behavioral issues all students face,” to “think outside of the box on education about these issues” and to recruit “the most talented and gifted players and put them in position to win championships.” Greg SchianoDespite having only worked with the former Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach for one season, Meyer called defensive coordinator and safeties coach Greg Schiano the “best coach I’ve worked with.”Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano shakes hands with players prior to fall camp on Aug. 5. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports Editor.In his first year with Ohio State last season, Schiano worked with Fickell as co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach. He is one of two coaches to give himself a five out of five — which means he exceeded expectations — in his overall rating as a coach.Unsurprisingly, given first-round draft pick Malik Hooker’s ascendance last season, Schiano earned positive comments from Meyer based on his unit’s strength and performance, development of his unit, and recruiting. The head coach also gave Schiano positive reviews for his leadership of the defensive staff, creativity in the system, loyalty and his demand of accountability.Schiano positively evaluated his unit’s productivity, position productivity, player development, teaching methods, “thirst for knowledge” and “selfless recruiting.” The defensive coordinator noted he should work on patience, enlisting Meyer’s support earlier in the recruiting cycle and turning administrative paperwork in on time.Larry JohnsonOhio State defensive line coach Larry Johnson walks to the practice field at fall camp on Aug. 5. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports Editor.Having developed and recruited one of the more dominant units in college football, it comes as no surprise that defensive line coach Larry Johnson was the second of the two assistant coaches who gave himself a five out of five overall rating, which means the coach exceeded expectations.Johnson earned positive comments from Meyer for his recruiting, player development, unit performance, loyalty, ability to get players to the NFL, “expertise at his trade” and his motivation of the team. Meyer wrote that Johnson should use his motivational skills more often.In the review, Meyer noted Johnson needed to work on continuing to develop young players and enhance defensive game planning.Kerry CoombsCornerbacks coach and special teams coordinator Kerry Coombs, whom Meyer calls an “elite coach,” earned high marks for his productivity and development of his players on the field. Coombs determined the cornerback play was “very effective” and highlighted the development of first-round picks Marshon Lattimore and Gareon Conley.Ohio State cornerbacks coach Kerry Coombs fires up the team prior to fall camp on Aug. 5. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports Editor.Coombs rated his recruiting as exceeding expectations and Meyer listed it as a positive. The cornerback coach noted the Buckeyes had a “very good [2017] class both in area recruiting and position recruiting.” But Meyer also noted Coombs had “too many misses in recruiting.”Given the loss of Lattimore and Conley, Meyer noted Coombs needed to work on development of young players and said it would be key for the 2017 season. He mentioned Coombs needed to continue enhancing special teams and work on game planning due to his additional responsibilities as assistant coordinator, defense.The head coach listed Coombs’ loyalty, special teams enhancement and motivation, enthusiasm and energy in all aspects of the program, staff chemistry, leadership of the freshman class and unit performance as positives.Coombs wrote that even though punt, kick return and kickoff units reached “Ohio State Standards” last season, the Buckeyes’ punt return must improve this year. The special teams coordinator also noted that Tyler Durbin, a walk-on kicker, exceeded expectations and punter Cameron Johnston was honored as first-team All-Big Ten. Zach SmithThough wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator Zach Smith wrote his goals were to be the “Best in America” as a recruiter, wide receiver coach, unit leader and staff member, he was the only two coaches to give himself a three out of five — meaning he marginally met expectations — on his productivity and development of his players on the field.Ohio State wide receivers coach Zach Smith talks to junior wide receiver Eric Glover-Williams prior to fall camp on Aug. 5. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports Editor.Meyer wrote that Smith needed to work on the unit behavior, referring to “last year failures.” He also mentioned Smith needed to work on his unit strength, “equating the meeting room,” “personal matters,” “focusing on the task” and special teams.Smith earned positive comments for his creativity in recruiting, with his unit and the offense as a whole. Meyer noted Smith’s knowledge of the offense as a positive, but said he needed to use it. The receiver coach’s recruiting, adaptivity to new coordinators and enhancement of his unit’s offseason schedules, were positively evaluated by Meyer.The wideout coach wrote that he should enhance his productivity in recruiting, with the goal to “be the best.”Tony AlfordRunning backs coach and assistant head coach for offense Tony Alford gave himself a four out of five, meeting expectations for the productivity and development of his players on the field. Running back Mike Weber was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year in 2016 when he rushed for 1,096 yards. But Alford noted he needs to get more production from the backup running backs.Ohio State running backs coach Tony Alford prepares for practice at fall camp on Aug. 5. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports Editor.Alford earned positive reviews for his recruiting, “development of his unit,” loyalty, staff chemistry and “preaching of Ohio State culture.” Meyer noted that he has had “zero issues” with the running backs off the field and mentioned the unit had a strong cohesion.According to Meyer’s review, the third-year Ohio State assistant coach must work on “equating the meeting room,” game-planning, speaking in front of the team and becoming the best in the country.Alford wrote that one of his goals is to continue on the path of professional growth in order to obtain a head coaching job. He also listed having his unit held in high regard by the team and coaching staff as a goal.Greg StudrawaThough two players — right guard Billy Price and center Pat Elflein — earned first-team All-American honors last season, offensive line coach Greg Studrawa gave himself either a three or four out of five (both were circled on the evaluation) in terms of his overall rating as a coach.Ohio State offensive line coach Greg Studrawa coaches his unit at a fall practice on Aug. 5. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports Editor.He evaluated himself as a three out of five — marginally meeting expectations — for the productivity and development of his players on the field. Studrawa wrote he needs the unit to improve pass protection and finish blocks more consistently. The need for improvement extended off the field as the offensive line coach evaluated himself as marginally meeting expectations for his off-field social productivity and development, writing he needs to “continue to stress social behavior.”Studrawa wrote that his goals are to have the best offensive line in the country, improve at staying involved in players’ lives outside of football and a continuation of leadership development.Studrawa earned high marks from Meyer for his passion, creativity and productivity in recruiting, as well as his caring for players and family involvement.According Meyer’s review, the offensive line coach must work on improving his unit’s culture, specifically its toughness and fundamentals. Meyer also noted Studrawa needs to work on improving “unit pride,” his value in the offensive staff room, “ownership and understanding of the offense,” and his relationships with the staff, including strength and conditioning coach Mickey Marotti. Meyer also mentioned Studrawa need to work on his use of sarcasm. There is “no place for it,” Meyer wrote.View the full performance evaluations here: Urban Meyer, Greg Schiano, Larry Johnson, Kerry Coombs, Zach Smith, Tony Alford, Greg Studrawa read more

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Lawyer whistleblower struck off despite revealing misconduct

“If I hadn’t blown the whistle that company would still be ripping people off,” she told the Sunday Telegraph.“They encourage you to give them information then hang you out to dry. This could potentially prevent others coming forward in the legal world.”The law graduate first worked at the company in 2010 as an unpaid intern for six months before becoming a paralegal and then securing a trainee solicitor role. When Miss Scott managed to move to another solicitors she approached her new boss to say she wanted to report malpractice at De Vita Platt.“I was told by a senior partner that there was protection for whistleblowers,” she continued.“I wanted to do something to stop De Vita Platt’s practices hurting anyone else.”She filed a report to the SRA in 2015 and, unlike De Vita and Platt, attended the hearing in December.She accepted she had acted for four months dishonestly, but under duress and told to follow orders, waited two years to report malpractice to the SRA and at one point misled regulators.“People should not be punished if they come forward as whistleblowers, rather they should be protected,” she added.“I’m not a dishonest person. I acted naively and have now lost a career that I had pursued since the age of 18. The governing body and tribunal has punished me for doing the right thing.”An SRA spokesperson refused to comment specifically on the case, but said: “Solicitors must act with integrity, and that includes reporting serious misconduct. Our whistleblowers’ charter sets out that if someone is involved in wrongdoing, reporting to us can act as mitigation, particularly if done promptly. We cannot however comment on the details of this case.” A trainee solicitor struck off after reporting her bosses for overcharging clients by up to 2,000 per cent has warned how the legal industry does “precious little” to protect whistleblowers.The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal last month removed Emily Scott, 31, from the register of lawyers despite finding she had been “deceived, pressured, bullied and manipulated” by a senior partner into covering up misconduct at  De Vita Platt.Although the panel said it had “sympathy” for the “very junior” trainee who “had blown the whistle” on the North Lincolnshire company accused of overcharging, falsifying records and taking clients’ funds without their knowledge, it still charged her £2,000 costs and struck her off for dishonesty.They even accepted she had been in a “difficult position”, would not have behaved immorally unless coerced and in no way benefited financially from the malpractice.The solicitors, based in Barton-Upon-Humber, has been shut down, and its bosses, qualified lawyers Jonathan De Vita and Christopher Platt, have been struck off for dishonesty.Last night, Miss Scott said she felt “terribly let down” by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), the prosecuting body, and the tribunal for failing to protect her, despite her being the only person to report the misconduct. However, partners De Vita and Platt later gave her more responsibility and for four months she said she was “pressured” to falsifying documents.The tribunal heard the partners had repeatedly taken advantage of vulnerable clients, often those grieving or ill, to boost funds.Platt, motivated by “self-enrichment” and who even boasted he could not live on less than £2,000 a week, was found to have bullied Miss Scott, then in her early 20s.“The things I was asked to do were terrible, and I felt awful about it,” she said.“Whenever I questioned what they were asking me to do Mr Platt would say I could be replaced easily and there were hundreds of law graduates desperate for training contracts.  “I was trying to leave, but was told by recruitment companies that not completing my training at De Vita Platt could be frowned upon by other employers. I was between a rock and a hard place.” Christopher Platt (left) and Jonathan De Vita (right) have been struck off as solicitorsCredit:Christopher Platt/Jonathan De Vita Christopher Platt (left) and Jonathan De Vita (right) have been struck off as solicitors Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

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Special Google IO Edition Samsung Galaxy Tab 101 already on eBay

first_imgWow, that didn’t take long! Not even the end of the first day of Google I/O, where conference attendees were all given a special Google I/O edition of the not-yet-released Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, and it’s already for sale on eBay. It’s not just one, either. At the time this was written, there were 4 of these limited edition tablets for sale on eBay. The asking price? Currently bids on the exclusive tablet go as high as $1,250.00.What makes this tablet so special? Aside from being at least a month away from being officially released by Samsung and available in stores, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 being handed out has a special white backing, which is covered in little Androids.  I can’t help but notice the giant DO NOT SELL label on the back of the box the tablet came in, but who am I to judge?AdChoices广告More at Ebay, or bid on one here.last_img read more

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John Laird Praying politicians vindictive voters and transit taxes

first_imgNotes, quotes and anecdotes while wondering what we do if some folks in one state oppose a bistate bridge but more folks in the other state support the same bistate bridge:Lord, help us — Clark County Commissioner Tom Mielke says he wants board hearings to open with invocations. Hey, how ’bout some benedictions, too? It’s time to roll out the same old reminder that’s needed every time a politician starts preaching about prayer in public meetings: Mielke is free to pray any prayer he wants, to any deity he chooses, before, during and after any and all board hearings. I don’t know how much more freedom of religion he could want than that.Ah, but we all know what Mielke really wants, don’t we? Yeah, he wants everyone else to pray along with him.Another reason for term limits — Left out of last week’s column advocating term limits for Congress was this reality: With term limits, members of Congress would worry less about being “primaried.” This fear rumbles in the belly of every senator and representative. Both parties are plagued by it, but these days the fear is especially rampant among Republicans. Many are kept on the fringe of policy stances because drifting to the ideological center, or compromising with the enemy, will result in some Tea Party whack-a-mole popping up in the next primary. And primaries are where radicals make their big moves. With term limits, this fear subsides and, theoretically, would be replaced by productive governing.Cutting off the nose — Far be it from me to lecture the 53.4 percent of Battle Ground voters who rejected last month’s school levy, but I have a few questions. Were you just being vindictive? And is being the only school district out of 50 across the state last month to reject a school levy a source of pride for you? Do you honestly believe cutting $16 million from the budget, and losing another $6 million in matching state funds, will improve the quality of education in your district? Did you understand that it was a replacement levy and not a new levy?Also, do you think this vote improves or diminishes the reputation of your community? Does it inspire great teachers to apply for jobs there? Does it raise or lower morale among your educators?last_img read more

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6yearold girl nearly drowns in Pompano Beach pool

first_imgPOMPANO BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Pompano Beach Fire Rescue has responded after a 6-year-old child nearly drowned, Friday.Crews responded to the scene at an apartment complex near Southwest 10th Drive and Ninth Court, at around 3 p.m.According to fire rescuers, the child was found unconscious in the apartment complex pool by her 23-year-old sister.The girl was rushed to Holy Cross Hospital.According to the Broward Sheriff’s Office, the girl is still alive, but her condition is not known.Please check back on WSVN.com and 7News for more details on this developing story.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Alaska News Nightly Tuesday Dec 11 2018

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @AKPublicNewsANWR drilling foes see chance to sow doubtLiz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media – Washington D.C.What can opponents of drilling in the Arctic Refuge expect to accomplish with control of just one chamber of Congress? Momentum.Dunleavy among new leaders to meet with Trump ThursdayAssociated PressOfficials in Gov. Dunleavy’s office say he will be meeting with President Donald Trump on Thursday.How erosion is affecting Napakiak’s schoolAnna Rose MacArthur, KYUK – BethelThe Kuskokwim River is getting too close to the Napakiak school. Currently frozen, it sits about 150 feet from the school fuel tanks. School district officials expect the water to reach the structures before new ones can be built.LeBon asks for recount win to be upheld by Alaska courtAssociated PressThe Republican candidate in a disputed Alaska House race is challenging the handling of four ballots in the race.BLM holds public meeting to discuss opening up National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska to drillingElizabeth Harball, Alaska’s Energy Desk – AnchorageThe Bureau of Land Management held the first public meeting last night in Anchorage to discuss opening up more land for oil development in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska, or NPR-A.Fairbanks police officer charged with stealing money from lost walletDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksA Fairbanks police officer has been charged with stealing cash from a lost wallet turned into law enforcement.This Alaskan crossed the Bering Sea in an eight-foot dinghy. Russia wants to send him back.Jacob Resneck, CoastAlaska – JuneauPacked with provisions, John W, Martin III floated down the Tanana and Yukon rivers with the aim of reaching China. He ended up in Russia’s Far East and is writing a book about his experiences.Moose poacher fined $100,000, sentenced to jailAssociated PressAn Alaska man has been fined more than $100,000 for poaching three bull moose and leaving the meat to rot.Anchorage teachers union approves new contractWesley Early, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageThe agreement includes health benefit increases and 2 percent salary raises in the second and third years. It also contains language allowing for more input from teachers in lesson plans and scheduling.Ask A Climatologist: What hope is there for snow lovers this season?Casey Grove, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageThe lack of snow for a lot of Alaska is again on our minds in this week’s Ask a Climatologist segment. Climatologist Brian Brettschneider says there’s some good news for snow lovers, and… some bad.last_img read more

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Gabe Newell Valves anticheat engine is not spying on you

first_imgValve has been waging a war on cheaters on its service for years with the help of the Valve Anti-Cheat System (VAC). If someone installs a cheat intended to give them a leg up on the competition, VAC can detect it and ban the player from further online Steam play with that title. Valve is always tweaking the way VAC works to stay one step ahead of the cheaters, but some gamers recently wondered if VAC had gone too far by digging around in gamers’ browsing history.The accusation came via a Reddit thread where a user reported what he found upon decompiling the VAC module. Apparently, it was reading all the domains listed in the computer’s DNS cache and reporting back to Valve. Many Steam users interpreted this behavior as proof Valve was storing a list of every site they visited.If it was true, it would be a serious breach of trust from a company that the community usually trusts implicitly. Was it possible Valve had overreached in its efforts to find the cheaters? None other than Valve CEO Gabe Newell took to Reddit in order to explain the situation and assuage all fears.According to Gaben, VAC was examining the DNS cache of user machines for a brief period as an anti-cheating measure, but it’s not what it appears. The people who make kernel-level cheats invest a lot of time in it, so they want to be paid. These folks have actually started using DRM that phones home to a server to make sure a user has paid to use their cheat. VAC was merely looking for the address of known cheat DRM servers as a way to confirm a machine had cheats installed. If found, the addresses were hashed and sent to the Valve servers to be double checked. If that confirmed a player had cheats installed, a VAC ban was given.Newell explained that VAC isn’t even using this approach to catching cheaters anymore. The cheat makers have already gotten wise and now manipulate the DNS cache of client machines so their DRM servers don’t show up. While it’s a moot point now, Newell stressed Valve does not now, and never did have a full copy of anyone’s browsing history. So there’s probably nothing to worry about, but this little incident did offer an interesting look at how VAC works.last_img read more

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Dell Introduces Studio Desktop and Studio Slim Models

first_img Citation: Dell Introduces Studio Desktop and Studio Slim Models (2008, September 23) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2008-09-dell-studio-desktop-slim.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Sharp Aquos Crystal phone: Where’s the bezel? Explore further The Studio MT has two 5.25″ external drive bays, one external 3.5″ bay, and two internal 3.5″ drive bays. It also has one PCI-e x16 slot, two PCI-e x1 slots and one PCI slot. The Studio ST has the same expansion capability with the exception of having a single 5.25″ external bay. Both Studio desktops have the following specifications:Intel Core 2 Duo and Core 2 Quad processors up to 8 GB of DDR2 RAM 6 USB 2.0 (4 front, 2 back) ports1 FireWire (IEEE 1394) port (two on the Studio Desktop)S-PDIF output HDMI and VGA output Integrated 7.1 audio Gigabit Ethernet 16-in-1 media card reader (Studio Desktop) 19-in-1 media card reader (Studio Slim) 350W (Studio Desktop) or 250W (Studio Slim) power supplies Optional upgrades for both models include:Discrete ATI graphics Blu-Ray ROM optical drivesTV tuner802.11n wireless connectivity Wireless keyboards and mice 64-bit versions of Windows VistaThe starting price for both systems start at $549.00 and are available right now. Dell has just rounded out its Studio line with its new Studio Desktop (MT) and Studio Slim (ST) models. Dell offers each model with a choice of Core 2 Duo or Core 2 Quad processors, up to 8GB of RAM and integrated 7.1 audio. Dell Studio Slim Model (ST)last_img read more

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Alienated society finds space on canvas

first_imgSelected works of eminent artists like K Laxma Goud, Ganesh Pyne, Jogen Chowdhury, Ram Kumar and Satish Gujral are exhibited in the capital which have drawn inspiration from ‘alienated’ or marginalised section of the society.Curated by Kolkata-based art expert and historian Arun Ghose, the art pieces showcased at the exhibition, focus on re-definition of modernity in this era of globalisation and address crucial issues such as cultural translations and time-space crossings. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Situationism, the title is derived from Karl Marx’s ‘theory of alienation’ which describes the separation of things that naturally belong together but are alienated.For Kolkata-based curator Arun Ghose, the term ‘alienation’ was apt to reflect what is still prevalent in our society – discrimination and indifference towards a certain section of the society. ‘Art is a reflection of the society and what these works define is an outlook these artists have towards the society. They were associated and connected with it, and taking inspiration from what was happening and drawing it on canvas,’ Ghose said in an interview. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix‘But it seems the younger generation is alienated towards this section, which needs attention. I tried to compile something that will give a faint idea of how art and society co-exist together,’ he added.This is why melancholy is a metaphor in all the works on display, drawn on canvas using medium of oil, sketches or paint. The grim lines or the faces of people in these painting bear the sign of indifference, or perhaps unfulfillment.Even Goud’s colourful sketches of folk and tribal people and Chowdhury’s close-up sketches of women give out sadness and pain.Ghose feels this exhibition is psycho-analysis of society. ‘I have tried to portray two extreme spectrums, and each artist’s paintings come together on the storyboard forming a narration. It can be interpreted in many ways,’ he said.last_img read more

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PlayStation Store Black Friday Sale Deals on SpiderMan Call of Duty Black

first_img Share Tweet Submit Sony has already divulged the hardware deals that will be offered at major retailers this Black Friday, and now they’ve revealed the digital bargains that will be available via the PlayStation Store. Over 150 titles are on sale, including first-party hits like Spider-Man, God of War, and Detroit: Become Human, as well as top third-party titles like Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, and Red Dead Redemption 2.In addition to all the game sales, PS4 owners can also grab deals on PlayStation Plus, PlayStation Now, and PlayStation Vue. While there are too many games on sale to list here, here’s a few selected bargains that may pique your interest:Marvel’s Spider-Man – $40 (34% off)Assassin’s Creed Odyssey – $40 (33% off)Assassin’s Creed Origins – $24 (60% off)Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 – $48 (20% off)Call of Duty: WWII Gold Edition – $30 (50% off)Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy – $20 (50% off)Destiny 2: Forsaken – $30 (25% off)Detroit: Become Human – $22 (45% off)Dragon Quest XI – $42 (30% off)EA Sports UFC 3 – $18 (70% off)Far Cry 5 – $27 (55% off)FIFA 19 – $30 (50% off)Final Fantasy XV Royal Edition – $25 (50% off)For Honor – $10 (75% off)God of War – $22 (45% off)Hollow Knight Voidheart Edition – $8 (50% off)Horizon Zero Dawn Complete Edition – $15 (25% off)Kingdom Come: Deliverance – $30 (50% off)Lego DC Super-Villains – $30 (50% off)Madden NFL 19 – $30 (50% off)Middle Earth: Shadow of War – $20 (60% off)MLB The Show 18 – $20 (33% off)Monster Hunter: World – $25 (50% off)NBA 2K19 – $30 (50% off)NHL 19 – $30 (50% off)NieR: Automata – $30 (50% off)Nioh – $16 (60% off)Overwatch Legendary Edition – $20 (67% off)Persona 5 – $20 (60% off)Prey/Dishonored 2 bundle – $26 (60% off)Rainbow Six Siege – $15 (70% off)Red Dead Redemption 2 Special Edition – $69 (13% off)Rocket League – $10 (50% off)Shadow of the Tomb Raider – $30 (50% off)Strange Brigade – $30 (40% off)The Crew 2 – $24 (60% off)The Division – $10 (80% off)The Evil Within 2 – $20 (67% off)The Last of Us Remastered – $6 (70% off)The Sims 4 – $16 (60% off)Watch Dogs 2 – $18 (70% off)Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus – $20 (67% off)Yakuza Kiwami 2 – $35 (30% off)The PlayStation Store Black Friday sale continues until November 27. See any bargains you can’t pass up? That Spider-Man sale is definitely enticing!last_img read more

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Blue Earth Diagnostics Opens US Office Expands Management Team

first_img News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | August 02, 2019 ASRT Supports Radiopharmaceutical Reimbursement Bill The American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) announced its support for House Resolution (HR) 3772, a measure… read more May 13, 2016 — Blue Earth Diagnostics, a molecular imaging diagnostics company, announced it has established operations in the United States in Burlington, Mass. The company develops and commercializes innovative positron emission tomography (PET) imaging products that address unmet needs in cancer.The Massachusetts headquarters will provide sales, marketing and medical affairs support for the development and commercialization of fluciclovine F-18, the company’s PET imaging agent currently under Priority Review with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).The company also announced the creation of key appointments for Blue Earth Diagnostics Inc.:  Michael W. Heslop, as president; Peter Gardiner, MB ChB, MRCP, FFPM, as vice president, medical affairs; Bradley K. Pounds as vice president, sales, U.S.; David Pendleton, vice president, marketing; Christa Dhimo, vice president, strategy & execution, U.S.; and Priscilla Harlan, vice president, corporate communications.Blue Earth Diagnostics Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of U.K.-based Blue Earth Diagnostics Ltd.For more information: www.blueearthdiagnostics.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 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 Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more Related Content News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 26, 2019 NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes Awarded $30 Million by U.S. Department of Energy NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes LLC has been awarded $15 million in a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of… read more Videos | Artificial Intelligence | July 22, 2019 VIDEO: Use of Machine Learning to Automate Radiotherapy Treatment Planning Leigh Conroy, Ph.D., physics resident, Universi read more News | Artificial Intelligence | July 26, 2019 Progenics Pharmaceuticals Collaborating With Veterans Affairs on AI Cancer Imaging Research Program Oncology company Progenics Pharmaceuticals Inc. announced their collaboration with the Veterans Affairs Greater Los… read more center_img News | PET-CT | August 15, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Installation of uExplorer Total-body PET/CT United Imaging announced that its uExplorer total-body positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) system… read more News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | May 13, 2016 Blue Earth Diagnostics Opens U.S. Office, Expands Management Team Massachusetts office will provide support for development and commercialization of PET imaging agent pending FDA approval News | Proton Therapy | July 17, 2019 Shorter Courses of Proton Therapy Equally Effective in Treating Prostate Cancer July 17, 2019 — Treating prostate cancer read more News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more Princess Margaret Cancer Center uses machine learning to create automated treatment plansVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 3:22Loaded: 4.83%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -3:22 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 16, 2019 NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes Completes Construction on Beloit, Wis. 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Radiation Oncologists Call on Congress to Boost Cancer Research Funding

first_img Related Content 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 Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD 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 News | Radiation Therapy | May 09, 2017 Radiation Oncologists Call on Congress to Boost Cancer Research Funding More than 100 ASTRO members met with legislators on annual Advocacy Day to advocate for policies that support high-quality, high-value cancer care 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 | 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 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 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 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 | 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 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 May 9, 2017 — More than 100 radiation oncologists from across the United States took to Capitol Hill last week urging Congress to grow its investment in cancer research and to protect patients’ access to high-quality cancer care. The doctors were in Washington to meet with Congressional leaders as part of the 14th annual Advocacy Day organized by the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO).Radiation oncologists emphasized four priorities as they met with policymakers and their staffers:Supporting cancer research by increasing the National Institutes of Health (NIH) budget by $2 billion;Avoiding disruptions in health insurance coverage for cancer patients;Preserving patients’ access to quality healthcare by stabilizing Medicare payments while pursuing innovative models of physician reimbursement; andProtecting access to radioactive isotopes.Federal investment in cancer research has played a role in every major innovation in the fight against cancer and has led to a decline in the overall number of cancer deaths in the United States, yet funding for cancer research is under threat, according to ASTRO. President Trump’s proposed 2018 budget would cut $6 billion from the $32 billion earmarked for NIH, which could lead to a roughly 20 percent cut in the National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) budget. This drastic cut would derail the progress toward improved outcomes for cancer patients and cause leading scientists to leave the cancer research field, the association said. Cuts also would erase the commitment Congress made in late 2016 by passing the 21st Century Cures Act, which was widely supported, bipartisan legislation that pledged nearly $5 million in additional support for the NIH.“There are more than two hundred types of cancer, and only through research can we learn which treatments, including radiation therapy, will be most effective to fight the many different forms of this illness. We ask that Congress reject proposed cuts to federal cancer research funding and instead support an increase in the budget to eradicate cancer,” said Brian Kavanagh, M.D., MPH, FASTRO, president of ASTRO and chair of the department of radiation oncology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.As Congress and the administration debate the future of American healthcare, ASTRO members are encouraging policymakers to prioritize reforms that avoid coverage disruptions for cancer patients. Studies have demonstrated that a lack of adequate health insurance leads to delayed diagnosis and treatment, resulting in higher mortality rates. Inadequate coverage also leads to higher costs that are felt throughout the economy.ASTRO strongly supports bipartisan solutions that protect cancer patients from losing their health insurance or not being approved for coverage following a cancer diagnosis, including maintaining bans on pre-existing condition exclusions and annual and lifetime caps; preserving guaranteed issue and guaranteed renewability provisions; and safeguarding access to clinical trials.ASTRO members also are urging Congress to protect access to care by stabilizing Medicare reimbursement rates and fully supporting the transition to a health system that rewards quality over quantity. Congress unanimously passed the Patient Access and Medicare Protection Act in 2015, freezing payment rates for key radiation treatment services in freestanding clinics through 2018 at levels set in 2016 and requiring the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to report to Congress on the development of alternative payment models (APMs) in radiation oncology.  With the support of key Congressional leaders, ASTRO has been working on the development of an APM that incentivizes adherence to nationally-recognized clinical guidelines through an episode-based payment framework across five primary cancer sites: breast, lung, prostate, colorectal, and head and neck. “When Medicare inappropriately ratchets down on payments for cancer treatments, it jeopardizes whether patients have access to the care they need,” said David C. Beyer, M.D., FASTRO, chair of the ASTRO Board of Directors and medical director of Cancer Centers of Northern Arizona at Sedona. “In the past decade, radiation oncologists in community-based practices have sustained as much as a 20 percent drop in their Medicare payments. We’re urging Congress to prevent additional cuts and support physician-led efforts to drive value-based care.”Finally, ASTRO members are advocating to preserve access to radioactive isotopes. Any effort to abandon radioactive source-based technology in healthcare would limit patients’ access to certain radiation therapy treatments, which could interfere with treatment decisions and result in higher mortality and recurrence rates. A recent Nuclear Regulatory Commission analysis found no violations with safety or security consequences over the past 30 years, demonstrating the culture of safety and security among domestic radioisotope users. Moreover, radiation oncologists and medical physicists receive extensive training in the safe use and security of radioactive isotopes. ASTRO members are urging Congress to reject attempts to limit access to radioactive isotopes and promote policies that enhance the safe and effective use of these materials.For more information: www.astro.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec.last_img read more

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LOS ANGELES Calif – An online news site says Jer

first_img LOS ANGELES, Calif. – An online news site says Jeremy Piven is facing more sexual misconduct accusations. He previously denied allegations by at least three other women.BuzzFeed News reported Saturday that the latest accusations date back decades and involve three women who claim Piven acted in a physically aggressive or threatening manner.The story included a rebuttal from the actor calling the claims false. Piven’s representative didn’t immediately respond an Associated Press request for additional comment.BuzzFeed says the latest women were speaking out because of frustration over Piven’s previous denials.The news site said one incident allegedly involved a high school student working as an extra on Piven’s first film in 1985, when he was 17, and the other encounters took place in the 1990s.Two of the women are identified in the BuzzFeed story. It said the third asked that her name be withheld. Jeremy Piven faces, denies more misconduct allegations by The Associated Press Posted Jan 27, 2018 5:41 pm PDT Last Updated Jan 27, 2018 at 6:20 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

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