Modi govts 100 days tyranny chaos anarchy Congress

first_imgNew Delhi: The Congress on Sunday launched an all-out attack on the Modi government alleging that there had been “no development” in the first 100 days of its second term, with Rahul Gandhi saying there was a “glaring lack” of leadership, direction and plans where it is needed the most — to turnaround a “ravaged economy”.Congress’ senior spokesperson Kapil Sibal, addressing a press conference, also alleged that the government’s 100 days in office have been characterised by “arrogance, uncertainty and vendetta politics”. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’He attacked the dispensation over issues such as the state of the economy, the situation in Kashmir, the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam and action by probe agencies against opposition leaders. Taking a dig at the Modi government, Gandhi “congratulated” it on 100 days of “no development”. “Congratulations to the Modi govt on #100DaysNoVikas, the continued subversion of democracy, a firmer stranglehold on a submissive media to drown out criticism and a glaring lack of leadership, direction and plans where it’s needed the most — to turnaround our ravaged economy,” he tweeted. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KCongress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra said the Modi government is mum after “ruining the economy” and alleged it is trying to hide the grim situation in the country. “The government is mum after ruining the economy. The companies are in danger, while trade is in doldrums,” she said in a tweet in Hindi. “Through drama, deceit, lies, and propaganda, they are trying to hide the country’s grim situation,” she said, using the hashtag ‘100DaysNoVikas’ (100 days, no development). “Three words that describe the first 100 days of BJP 2.0 – tyranny, chaos and anarchy,” the Congress said earlier in a series of tweets. “Eight sectors have recorded a growth rate below two per cent and our finance minister still refuses to accept that our economy is in free fall. If the BJP continues this path of negligence & deceit, we are headed towards recession,” the party said. Sibal said the massive mandate to the BJP in the Lok Sabha polls had given it an opportunity to provide relief to the common man, but what happened was the opposite. “Common man’s problems are increasing, lapdog media is becoming even more biased, atrocities against women increasing, there is no strategy on education and health, small trader is in distress, and there is vendetta politics against political opponents,” he alleged. He claimed that the Enforcement Directorate, Income Tax Department and Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) are being misused. “Where there is evidence against their own people, they are sheltering them, and action is being taken against opposition leaders against whom there is no evidence,” Sibal said. The government’s arrogance reflects in legislations being passed without parliamentary scrutiny as well as in decisions such as abrogation of Article 370, dilution of the Right to Information Act, criminalisation of triple talaq, merger of banks and the RBI made to transfer 1.76 lakh crore record surplus to the government, he said. Accusing the government of practising vendetta politics, Sibal, in a statement, said in the cases of P Chidambaram, D K Shivakumar’s arrest, MNS’s Raj Thackeray, NCP’s Ajit Pawar , TMC’s Partha Chatterjee and Kamal Nath’s nephew, probe agencies haven’t charge-sheeted the leaders for particular crimes. “The agencies apply the law selectively on opposition leaders while those belonging to the BJP are given an easy escape route,” he said, listing cases such as those of Kuldeep Sengar (Unnao rape accused), Mukul Roy (Saradha chit fund scam), Karnataka CM BS Yediyurappa (land and mining scam) and Shivraj Singh Chouhan (Vyapam scam). Uncertainty prevailed in the Modi government 2.0’s first 100 days and with the abrogation of Article 370, Kashmir braces for an “uncertain future”, Sibal said. “Tourism, trade and horticulture industries are registering huge losses. At least 2,500 hotels are empty. 15,000 salesmen working in major markets have lost their jobs…While the government has directed schools to open, parents prefer not to send their children to school owing to the prevailing situation,” he said. The former Union minister said he was surprised over the government’s assertion that easing of curbs in J-K depends on “Pakistan’s behaviour”. “I didn’t understand what this statement means? If Pakistan continues terror activities, then you will not bring any improvement in the condition of your citizens,” he asked. On the NRC, Sibal said many of the 1.9 million people, who are genuine citizens have been left out which has created chaos and they brace an uncertain future. He alleged there was a lot of “anguish” prevailing in the country over the slump in the auto industry and highlighted the problems being faced by textile, gold and real estate sectors. Citing figures from the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE), he said the overall unemployment has now touched 8.2 per cent, with urban unemployment as high as 9.4 per cent. As there is suspense over whether scientists would be able to make contact with Chandrayaan-2’s lander, there is also deep suspense over whether the economy will recover in the near future, Sibal said. The Congress, in a short video on its official Twitter handle, hit out at the BJP over issues such as “unemployment, dilution of RTI, UAPA, GDP, bank frauds, lynchings, falling of rupee, J&K bifurcation, and mishandling of NRC”. On lynchings in the country, it said, “The term ‘mob lynching’ in the BJP government has greatly damaged India’s fraternity. Involvement of people associated with the ruling ideology in promoting mobilized violence is a big threat to the unity, the integrity of the country.last_img read more

Indigenous prof resigns in protest over lack of Aboriginal faculty curriculum

first_imgHALIFAX – An Indigenous professor at Saint Mary’s University is resigning in protest over what she calls the Halifax university’s failure to “indigenize the academy” and confront the legacy of colonialism.Sandra Muse Isaacs says she’s quitting her job as an Indigenous literature professor over the lack of progress on the recommendations outlined in a report by a task force on Aboriginal students struck in the wake of a student’s murder.Loretta Saunders, a 26-year-old Inuk student researching missing and murdered Indigenous women, was killed in 2014.Her murder appeared to serve as a catalyst for change at the small university. The task force recommended hiring Indigenous faculty and expanding Indigenous curriculum to “enhance the indigenization of the academy.”“It was part of the reason I came here,” said Muse Isaacs, a Cherokee woman originally from the U.S. “I read it and I felt like, ‘This institution gets it now.’”But she said the university has been reluctant to change, and she felt like the “token” Indigenous professor.Out of the 17 recommendations, Muse Isaacs said Saint Mary’s has only implemented the first two — creating an Aboriginal Student Centre and hiring an Aboriginal student adviser — “only with a lot of pushing.”“Once I began showing resistance and telling them this needs to be done,” she said, “I was labelled a trouble maker.”Margaret Murphy, associate vice-president of external affairs at Saint Mary’s, said the university is committed to the recommendations in the task force report.“We recognize there is still more to be done, so we’re continuing to implement those recommendations and continuing to commit more resources to support both the Indigenous students on campus and to support a greater role — and a greater number — of Indigenous faculty,” she said.Murphy said the university has made progress in recent years yet acknowledges there’s still “a long way to go.”In addition to a new space for Indigenous students and a student adviser, Saint Mary’s is creating curriculum on the history and culture of Indigenous Peoples and incorporating territorial land acknowledgments and First Nations recognition in the school’s ceremonial practices.The university also has a Mi’kmaw chief on its board of governors, raises the Mi’kmaw flag in partnership with elders and has awarded honorary degrees to members of the Mi’kmaw community.Muse Isaacs said many of the university’s actions amount to “window dressing” and are “not what indigenizing the academy is all about.”“It’s nice but it doesn’t change the education students are getting,” she said.Murphy admitted that some of the changes have been slow to come about, and said Muse Isaacs is “right to hold us to task, to hold us accountable.”Other recommendations from the task force, including an Aboriginal Advisory Council and a university chair in Indigenous Studies, are works in progress, she said.While Saint Mary’s is committed to hiring more Indigenous faculty, Murphy was unable to provide a specific commitment about when or how many new Indigenous professors would be hired.In its report, the task force admitted that “implementing these changes will take time.”But it said that “Saint Mary’s is woefully behind other post-secondary institutions in the region and nationally when it comes to meeting the needs of Aboriginal students.”The report added: “There is, simply, a need for immediate and effective action, even in a climate of restraint.”Tyler Sack, a Saint Mary’s alumnus and former Aboriginal student adviser, said while some progress has been achieved the university has not made Aboriginal students a priority as promised.“Other universities in the region have done more in less time and not in response to a student murder,” he said, pointing to Cape Breton University’s Unama’ki College.Another Halifax university recently found itself embroiled in controversy after assigning a course about Canada’s residential schools to a non-Indigenous professor.Mount Saint Vincent University called a meeting with history department leaders, faculty, school administration and the senior adviser to the president on Aboriginal affairs. After the meeting, the university said Professor Martha Walls had the support of Indigenous and non-Indigenous faculty and administration to teach the course.Muse Isaacs has been hired by the University of Windsor in Ontario, which has committed to hiring five new full-time, tenure-track Indigenous professors.last_img read more

Conservatives vague on Sisters in Spirit promise

first_img(Photo: Justice Minister Rob Nicholson (centre) during a press conference Tuesday. APTN photo)APTN National NewsOTTAWA-Justice Minister Rob Nicholson remained vague Tuesday on his government’s plans to deliver on a promise to create a $10 million strategy to deal with the “disturbing number” of murdered and missing First Nations, Metis and Inuit women across the country.Nicholson said the Conservative government had set aside the money, but was still in involved in discussions with the provinces and police forces at the federal and provincial level.“We want to get it right. We are looking at a number of different options,” said Nicholson, talking to reporters in Ottawa. “I know there are discussions between federal and provincial law enforcement agencies across the country on this issue…we will be making an announcement in due course.”Nicholson, however, would not venture to hint on what those discussions entailed, what options were being considered or whether the government was getting tangled in inter-jurisdictional issues.“We are in consultation as a federal government with other levels of government to try to coordinate our activities to ensure information is shared on this issue,” said Nicholson. “Everybody has a stake in this issue.”In the Speech from the Throne, delivered this past March, the government promised to “take additional action to address the disturbing number of unsolved cases of murdered and missing Aboriginal women. The Sisters in Spirit initiative has drawn particular attention to this pressing criminal justice priority.”The government then set aside $10 million in the federal budget.The Sisters In Spirit initiative researches and raises awareness on the high rates of violence against Aboriginal women and girls in Canada.Eight months later, it remains unclear what “additional action” the government plans to take. First Nations women’s groups have voiced their growing frustration at the silence emanating from Ottawa on the issue. Groups are also concerned they are not being consulted on the government’s plans.Thousands gathered in vigils across the country Monday to keep the memories of hundreds of murdered and missing First Nations, Metis and Inuit women alive.last_img read more

Most actors have crocodile skin Soha Ali Khan

first_imgNew Delhi: She has been in the industry for almost 15 years and comes from a family full of popular names including Sharmila Tagore, Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor Khan. Actress Soha Ali Khan says showbiz is not meant for thin-skinned people. She feels most actors have a “crocodile skin”. Soha made her acting debut with “Dil Maange More” in 2004. She was later seen in films like “Rang De Basanti”, “Khoya Khoya Chand”, “Tum Mile” and “Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster Returns” among others. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka Asked if the acting profession comes with insecurities, Soha told IANS over an email: “People come with insecurities and the profession will exacerbate them if you are an insecure person. If you are made of thin skin, this is not the place for you or you will toughen up very fast.” “Most actors have crocodile skin and most people on social media, I think have crocodile skin. Because if you post something on social media and actually read the comments, some people will just be destroyed, but then you get used to it and like most human beings do, you adapt,” added the actress, who was here earlier this month for her association with BBLUNT. Also Read – Salman Khan remembers actor Vinod Khanna Soha feels being content is important. “You tend to realise that you can’t make everyone happy and the most important person you need to make happy is yourself,” she said. Stardom comes with an expiry date, has that thought ever crossed Soha’s mind? “No, life comes with an expiry date and stardom cannot be taken seriously because honestly when you go, you are not going to take your awards with you or your money with you. I mean people say that you leave behind something but I have seen enough famous people being forgotten and not being taken seriously,” said the 40-year-old actress. Soha, who is married to actor Kunal Kemmu, asserted that a lot should not be given away for glory. “People have short memories and they want to know the current favourite flavour of the month and that’s what life is now. So, I would say don’t sacrifice too much for stardom, it’s important to be happy in life. “If stardom makes you happy, great, but if it makes you unhappy then maybe you need to re-look at things,” said the mother of one. With over a decade dedicated to Hindi filmdom, Soha has not had an easy ride. She says there have been ups and downs but she has “grown as a person and as an actor”. “I have always wanted more opportunities. I feel like I have not been tapped fully as an actor but most greedy actors feel that way. I love my job; I have always enjoyed my career to be a part of my life and my entire life. I have always craved a balanced life… Being self-employed and being an actor gives you the flexibility to do something like that,” said Soha.last_img read more

Three commissioners named to plan minimum wage increase to 15 in BC

VICTORIA — British Columbia’s labour minister has appointed an economist to lead a commission to advise the government on boosting the province’s minimum wage to $15 an hour.Prof. Marjorie Griffin Cohen of Simon Fraser University will chair the Fair Wage Commission, which also includes Ken Peacock, vice-president at the Business Council of British Columbia, and Ivan Limpright, president of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union.The commission is expected to deliver a report with a timeline to raise the minimum wage within 90 days of its first meeting.The New Democrats had previously set a deadline of 2021 to raise the minimum wage but Bains says that will now be up to the commission to determine.Bains says the commission has also been asked to report on closing the gap between the minimum and living wage, which varies between communities.The commission has a budget of $490,000 over two years, which will largely fund travel and consultations. read more

Hundreds of thousands of Afghan refugees likely to return home this year

The rate of return in 2004 – when some 760,000 Afghans returned, mostly from Pakistan and Iran – was “correct and appropriate,” UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Ruud Lubbers told a weekend news conference in Kabul, the Afghan capital, at the end of a four-day visit to discuss the need for long-term solutions on the issue.More than 3.5 million Afghans have returned to their homes since UNHCR began its voluntary repatriation programme in 2002, the agency’s largest operation in its 53-year history.In his discussions with President Hamid Karzai and members of the newly appointed Afghan cabinet and the head of the country’s human rights commission, Mr. Lubbers emphasized the need to ensure that those Afghans who do decide to return are helped to reintegrate into their places of origin.UNHCR supports the reintegration of returnees through a number of programmes. With its assistance together with its partners, more than 170,000 homes across Afghanistan have been rebuilt since 2002 and some 8,000 wells or water points have been established in areas of high return.In places where the return of significant numbers of returnees has created tensions or disputes UNHCR has launched coexistence initiatives which promote dialogue, inclusion and mutual understanding.Mr. Lubbers visited various sites outside Kabul, including a village in Parwan province where he saw first hand how tensions between two communities over water supply had been eased through UNHCR interventions, and the Zhari Dasht camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in southern Kandahar province, the largest of four in the region where the agency its partners are providing shelter, food, education and health care to some 145,000 people. read more

Magdalene survivors launch oral history of the institutions

first_imgThis include comprehensive detail of state interaction in the Magdalene Laundries, laundry account books for the Limerick Magdalene which seem to detail extensive commercial activity, electoral rolls which provide a register of the women held in the laundries, which has been an unexplored resource to date and most valuable in terms of the lack of access to the records held by the religious sisters.Irene, one of the survivor interviews for the project, said that she found it “wonderful to come out in the open”.“Giving my story to the project was a great start to the way I am today – this time last year I could not have done the campaign work I am doing now.”Read: Magdalene protest to take place at Sisters of Mercy office >Read: Religious orders should reflect on making a monetary contribution to Magdalenes – Enda Kenny > SURVIVORS OF THE Magdalene Laundries will today launch an oral history of the institutions that aims to contribute towards a better understanding of the system that housed women until 1996.‘Magdalene Institutions: Recording an Oral and Archival History’ gathered together archive material and oral history accounts from survivors who worked and lived in the Magdalene Laundries, as well as relatives and members of the Religious Orders.Other key informants, such as paid hands and GPs, have also been documented by the project which is funded by the Irish Research Council and conducted by UCD Women’s Studies Centre.The symposium will also introduce British and Irish 16-year old students to the ethical issues raised by the Magdalene Laundry system.Dr Katherine O’Donnell, principal investigator on the project said that the team conducted 79 interviews with 91 people in total with the archive containing over 5,000 pages of materials:last_img read more

Pollution des océans lalarmant rapport de lONU

first_imgPollution des océans : l’alarmant rapport de l’ONULe Programme des Nations unies pour l’environnement (PNUE), publie ce jeudi son dernier rapport sur la pollution des océans. Un constat alarmant y est dressé, l’Onu prônant alors une “transition mondiale vers une économie verte plus efficace”, seule solution pour enrayer une pollution menaçant les océans d’asphyxie.Déchets plastiques par millions et rejets de phosphores issus des engrais agricoles polluent les océans, et les menacent d’asphyxie. “Le cas des phosphores et des plastiques marins mettent clairement en évidence le besoin urgent (…) d’effectuer une transition mondiale vers une économie verte plus efficace en terme de ressources afin de réaliser un développement durable et s’attaquer à la pauvreté”, souligne le directeur exécutif du PNUE Achim Steiner, dans un rapport cité par le site 7sur7.À lire aussiPourquoi l’eau des océans est-elle salée ?Aux Etats-Unis, le coût des dommages engendrés par cette pollution est estimé à plus de deux milliards de dollars annuels. C’est donc en dizaines de milliards de dollars que doivent être chiffrés ces impacts au niveau mondial, alerte le rapport. Le PNUE recommande alors le renforcement de la surveillance de cette situation, aujourd’hui encore mal évaluée. “Les quantités exactes incluant des microparticules de plastique dans les océans venant des décharges terrestres – mais également des cargos et bateaux de pêche – restent encore inconnues”, souligne en effet le texte.Outre les graves conséquences environnementales de cette pollution, la santé humaine est sans doute elle aussi en danger. Les substances chimiques déversées dans l’océan pourraient être retrouvées à terme dans la chaîne alimentaire humaine. Toutefois, “il règne encore une grande incertitude sur les risques pour la santé humaine et celle de l’écosystème”, note le PNUE, qui déplore le non respect des différentes conventions et initiatives mises en place par les organisations internationales et les ONG en faveur de la protection des océans et de leurs écosystèmes.Le 17 février 2011 à 20:01 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Dropbox aussi reçoit des améliorations

first_imgDropbox aussi reçoit des améliorationsA l’image de SkyDrive et de Google Drive la semaine dernière, le service Dropbox s’est également vu doté d’améliorations, notamment sur le transfert automatique des photos.La guerre des services de stockage et synchronisation dans le cloud a débuté et rien ne semble devoir l’arrêter. Chaque semaine, ils reçoivent de nouvelles améliorations qui les rendent toujours plus attrayants. C’est le cas cette fois de Dropbox, qui a annoncé qu’il a étendu le transfert automatique des photos et vidéos sur PC et Mac, relaye Cnet France.Cette nouvelle version de l’application pour Windows et Mac OS X Lion reçoit ainsi des possibilités déjà présentes dans la version Android. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Il suffit de brancher un appareil photo, un smartphone ou une carte mémoire SD pour que tout contenu photo ou vidéo soit détecté et transféré sur l’espace Dropbox de l’utilisateur dans un dossier dédié. La qualité et la taille de ces dossiers sont conservées. En revanche, c’est une fonction gourmande en espace, un problème puisque Dropbox ne propose que 2 GB de stockage gratuits. Heureusement, le service offre de l’espace supplémentaire par tranche de 500 Mo jusqu’à 3 GB dès que l’on active la fonction de transfert automatique. Il peut aini atteindre les 5 GB gratuits, soit autant qu’iCloud et Google Drive mais un peu moins que SkyDrive (7 Go). Le 2 mai 2012 à 11:15 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Teddy Long on being the face of Smackdown for over 5 years

first_img Is WWE Losing Its Audience? Twitter Two Man Power Trip of Wrestling sent this in.The Two Man Power Trip of Wrestling is all set and ready to make a tag team match with our guest today none other than long time Smackdown General Manager, the great Teddy Long. From his days as a referee in the NWA to his managing of the Ron Simmons/Butch Reed team known as Doom all the way through the White Boy Challenge and his nearly six years as Smackdown on screen General Manager John and Chad hit all the major points and moments of a truly unique career…and yes we do find out about the infamous wrestlers court scenario! Now HOLLA HOLLA HOLLA, YA FEEL ME?Full Episode Download Link: Long Tells The Infamous Wrestlers Court Story & Reason Behind It: his last appearance on WWE TV at the Smackdown 15th Anniversary:For me there was no prepping that day. Sometimes there is usually a rehearsal as to what we are going to do or go over things and make sure everybody is right. Vince always knew that I’ve had rehearsals but he always knew that he didn’t have to give them to me he only had to give me what he wanted done and I would always be able to get out there and do it. I had been gone for a year and when I went out there it was like I never left. I always took my job real serious and when I think back to that 15th Anniversary I knew exactly where I was and I was back in the hands of Vince McMahon and you don’t play around up there, you do your work, do your job and you keep Vince happy and that’s what I did.Being the face of Smackdown as the GM for nearly 6 years straight:It meant a lot to me because I had been in Professional Wrestling for over 30 years and basically the longer you stay in this business the more you learn and the more experience you get. When I was in the NWA and WCW I had a few guys like Butch Reed and Ron Simmons (who were the first Afro-American tag team champions) and when you are always trying to get a break it looks like there is always something somewhere that just kind of stops you. That’s what happened with me in the NWA and WCW, every time we would get something good somebody would try to break it up or wanted to do something else or break the team up. I was able to go to New York and work for Vince and once he found out what I could do then he was real pleased with me. He was the only person that ever gave me a break and I wanted to reward him for giving me that because I always wanted to show people that said I didn’t have any talent, that I had talent and Vince McMahon helped me prove that. My thing up there with him is that I am going to make this work and whatever he wants me to do I am going to do that and I am going to portray myself.The origin of the word “playa” and the Teddy Long “dance”:My character was basically just me. The word “playa” I just started saying it around the house. I had this big dog and I used to call him all the time, his name was Balls but I started calling him “Playa” around the house and I just took that to TV and started using it. Another example is the dance that I do. A lot of people think that is something big, well it’s big to me because of my Grandson. We bought him this little walker and every time he would get in that he would just bounce up and down kind of like the dance so I started doing the dance on TV because I wanted my Grandson to watch it and let him know I was doing his dance. So that’s the inside secret about how the dance came about. When you can be yourself you can be more relaxed when you are out there trying to portray a character and you are trying to get somebody over, well I wasn’t trying to get anyone over but me. I was able to adapt and I was able to learn Vince McMahon’s way. That’s another thing, if you learn Vince McMahon’s way you will be there for a long time. I was able to do all of that with the help of God.The running “tag team match” joke with him on Smackdown:I never really thought about it and there was never any thought behind it. I was told what to do, I was told we were going to turn this into a tag team match and I just started doing it on my own in giving the emphasis on “tag team match” and doing my thing. But it actually got over and is all over YouTube. Everybody wants to see me make that tag team match.Finding the scenario comical after a while and WWE saving the singles matches for RAW:Whatever you are told to do is serious. It’s strictly serious with Vince, you don’t laugh or play around so whenever they said tag team match I said well I am going out there and making this the best tag team match and better than the other ones I made. That’s the way I always thought about it just being better than the last time. Stuff like that was probably discussed in a production meeting and don’t get me wrong I had been invited to some of the production meetings but that is voluntarily if you wanted to go. I didn’t really want to go to those because I didn’t really want to know what was happening.Teddy Long goes into great detail over his run as Smackdown GM, managing in both WWE and WCW, refereeing in both WWE and WCW, The White Boy Challenge, The Infamous Wrestlers Court Stories, Ribbing Butch Reed and much much more.Please subscribe to The Two Man Power Trip of Wrestling on iTunes and via YouTube by searching the Two Man Power Trip of Wrestling or visit the OFFICIAL Website of the Two Man Power Trip of Wrestling:  & and also now a part of the Radio Network.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipVince McMahon Gave Roman Reigns Advice After Cancer DiagnosisVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:36/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:33 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Sadio Mane responds to Real Madrid rumours

first_imgLiverpool striker Sadio Mane revealed that he paid very little notice of rumours linking him with Real Madrid before signing a new contract in November.The Senegal international had been linked with a surprise transfer to the Santiago Bernabeu following a strong campaign at Liverpool last season amid prolonged talks over a new deal at Anfield.Mane finally put an end to these rumours by signing his contract in November that will see him remain at Liverpool until 2023.The 26-year-old followed in the footsteps of his strike partners Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino in committing his long-future to the Reds.And Mane has now revealed that talk over a switch to Real was never something he took seriously while negotiating his contract.“Speculation is part of football,” Mane told World Soccer. “You just learn to live with it and not to take it too seriously.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“All I can say is that my only concern is Liverpool. Mo, Bobby… it seemed like everyone was signing contracts and they were saying: ‘Hey Sadio, when are you going to sign?’. I said to each of them: ‘Don’t worry bro, I will sign.’“And what did I do? I signed… so they are pleased now!“I’m very happy here and I think people are happy with me too. We want to write our names alongside the many great ones in the story of this club. Hopefully, it’s the beginning of something special.”Mane joined Liverpool in the summer of 2016 from Southampton in a £34m deal and he’s since gone on to manage 43 goals and 20 assists in 101 appearances across all competitions.The Senegalese forward has played a vital role in Liverpool’s climb up to the top of the Premier League this term with nine goals in 21 games and will hope to continue his fine form for the remainder of the campaign as the Reds chase a first league title since 1990.last_img read more


Protesters hold rallies across US demand lawmakers act in wake of school

first_img“I’m not going to reveal all the details of our private conversation, but the speaker is interested in responding to these incidents,” Ryan said. “He knows that we have a lot of work to do, not only on the gun side of this issue, but also on mental health, also on making sure law enforcement is doing a better job.”But on Friday, at a fundraiser at Key Biscayne, a teacher confronted him before being removed from the event.Pictures were posted on a Twitter account called “persisters” along with a caption reading “Sorry we crashed your donor party, @speakerryan, but seriously … A party 48 hours after the #Parkland massacre? As the teacher you’re talking to in this photo said before your security guys had her and the scary pediatrician lady tossed, ‘No more guns!’”White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said President Donald Trump is willing to consider strengthening the federal gun background check system.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. WASHINGTON (WSVN) — Protesters across the country are holding rallies in an effort to get lawmakers to act after 17 people were killed in a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.Students and protesters also gathered in Washington D.C. to hold a demonstration in front of the White House, where dozens of teenage students spread their bodies on the pavement in front of the White House, symbolizing the 17 people killed in the shooting.In a rally in Los Angeles, Sunday, the issue of reform to gun legislation and anger over continued gun violence also heated up.People demonstrated in Chicago and Fort Lauderdale over the weekend. Many pointed a finger at the president and Republicans who control all three branches of government.But Democratic Rep. Jim Himes said the issue crosses party lines.“The problem is people like Marco Rubio and Speaker Ryan and, sad to say, most Republicans in Congress, and to be fair, a few Democrats,” Himes said. “They can’t allow the conversation to go to facts. Nobody wants to take away people’s guns. We just don’t want to be any different than Canada or Australia or Great Britain where you can get guns, you just get checked out. You can’t get weapons of war.”South Florida congressman Carlos Curbelo said Paul Ryan wants to move on the issue. last_img read more

Netflixs Tales of the City wisely leaves the San Francisco hate behind

first_img Tags Top 5 reasons why Netflix should be scared Murray Bartlett (left) as Michael Tolliver reconnects with Laura Linney’s Mary Ann Singleton.  Alison Cohn Rosa/Netflix One of the best lines in Armistead Maupin’s original Tales of the City book comes when naive San Francisco newcomer Mary Ann Singleton wonders if she should ditch her new life to go home to Cleveland. Trying to shake her out of her funk, hippie neighbor Mona Ramsey tells her, “Mary Ann … you can’t sit around expecting life to be one big Hallmark card. Because no one cares enough to send their very best.”But after a few years, Mary Ann does leave — not for Ohio, but for New York to pursue a career as a television talk show star. And in Netflix’s new Tales of the City series, which premiered June 7, she comes back to her old West Coast home to reconnect with those she left behind — ex-husband Brian (Paul Gross returning to the role); resentful daughter Shawna (Ellen Page); old friends; and gracious landlady Anna Madrigal, who gave her that apartment at 28 Barbary Lane. She’s bringing plenty of baggage, too, after a failed marriage and a TV dream that devolved into hosting infomercials for a snuggie copycat. Laura Linney returns to the role of Mary Ann so effortlessly it’s almost as if she never left. Of course, as the series is set roughly in the present day, she’s arrived in a place that’s vastly different from the late 1970s San Francisco of that first book — a pre-AIDS era of cheap rents, discos and carefree self-discovery. Now housing prices are astronomical, disco is dead and hoodie-clad billionaires walk streets choked with tech buses and electric scooters. If anything, Mona’s sound advice is even truer now.Armistead Maupin's Tales Of The CityOlympia Dukakis, now 87, plays Barbary Lane matriarch Anna Madrigal who attends her 90th birthday party in the first episode. Alison Cohen Rosa/Netflix Yet the series spends little time exploring the changes to San Francisco. Outside of references to Uber, cryptocurrency and the purging of the city’s revolutionary queer history, the characters don’t bemoan that San Francisco has lost its soul. Instead, we continue to see the city’s spirit of individuality and tolerance and its beauty through sweeping shots. It can feel a bit fanciful at times — there are no tech bros to be found — but a cynical view of the city would only be a betrayal of Maupin’s most important character, San Francisco itself. Murray Bartlett of the under-appreciated canceled HBO series Looking steps in as Michael Tolliver, the gay heart of the series, now in his 50s and living with HIV. He brings a warmth and earnestness that fits the character. Same for his much younger boyfriend, Ben (Charlie Barnett of Russian Doll). The marvelous Olympia Dukakis is also back as Anna Madrigal, the transgender landlady who first took in Mary Ann years ago and has welcomed a crowd of gay, straight and transgender tenants since then. She’s 90 now and still a loving, calm presence. True to Maupin’s storytelling, she’s harboring a dark secret fleshed out in flashbacks in which transgender actor Jen Richards wonderfully plays a young Anna freshly arrived in San Francisco in the 1960s. (A great scene in that episode shows the 1966 Compton’s Cafeteria Riot, a pivotal pre-Stonewall moment in the fight for LGBTQ rights.)Armistead Maupin's Tales Of The CityGarcia, the trans non-binary actor who goes by one name, gives a heartfelt performance as Jake, a trans man coming to terms with the changes in his life. Alison Cohen Rosa/Netflix Maupin didn’t write the script for the Netflix show, but has said in interviews that he was on the set and in the writer’s room. Instead, showrunner Lauren Morelli, a co-executive producer on Netflix’s Orange is the New Black, hired an all-LGBTQ writing team. Alan Poul, executive producer of HBO’s fantastic Six Feet Under, is an executive producer and directed three episodes.Though the new Tales takes themes from the eighth book in the Tales series, 2010’s Mary in Autumn, some storylines are changed, new characters are added and others you might expect to be there never show up. Fans of Maupin’s books and the previous three Tales series may bristle — one critical plot change about Shawna feels contrived — but I urge them to put aside any misgivings. Most of the changes enrich the story and give it a welcome diverse cast. 4 Share your voice TV and Movies Comments One of the most compelling subplots involves Jake Rodriguez, a trans man. How his transition has affected his relationships, both with Margot (May Hong), his lesbian girlfriend, and his family, is told in an honest, layered way. The single-named Garcia, the trans non-binary actor who plays Jake, delivers an affecting performance as someone struggling to be both true to himself and honest to those around him. On the other hand, I could have done without characters Jennifer (Ashley Park) and Jonathan (Christopher Larkin), an immensely irritating pair of Instagram influencers who feel shoehorned in to give the show a 2010s reference. Their interactions with lesbian socialite DeDe Halcyon (an underused Barbara Garrick, also reprising the role) are painful to watch.Armistead Maupin's Tales Of The CityTransgender actor Jen Richards is a young Anna Madrigal in flashback scenes. Alison Cohen Rosa/Netflix The new Tales feels less groundbreaking than the original six-episode 1993 series, but 26 years later that’s to be expected. It also ditches some of the soapier elements of Maupin’s first books to focus more on relationships — not only self-absorbed and controlling Mary Ann trying to redeem herself, but also old friends and romantic partners trying to understand each other. Importantly, we also get a needed look at a generational divide that mirrors a real one in the LGBTQ community between older members who first battled in the streets for equality and suffered through the worst of the AIDS crisis and younger members arguing to broaden that tolerance for others who are still fighting to be recognized. Spread over 10 episodes, the series can drag at times and there are a few scenes that had me questioning the point — particularly one in which sexually fluid Shawna has a tryst with a polyamorous couple. And, sure, the show may seem wrapped in nostalgia. But at a time where the very lives of transgender people are being taken on the streets and even seemingly safe marriage equality feels like it could be snatched away with another Supreme Court replacement, I’ll gladly spend some time in this comforting world. San Francisco doesn’t always send its very best, but it’s lovely to be reminded of why I, like so many others, moved here as a young gay person decades ago to find love, community and a life of my own. 3:19 Netflix TV show reviews Now playing: Watch this: 2019 TV shows you can’t miss 50 Photoslast_img read more

SpiceJets Recapitalisation could See ₹1500 Crore Infusion New Investors Seek ECB Route

first_imgThe Ajay Singh-led financing for Spice Jet is reported to bring in ₹1,500- ₹1,600 crore, with the deal looking at External Commercial Borrowing (ECB) route to bring in ₹500-₹600 crore. ReutersThe Civil Aviation Ministry hosted Ajay Singh, former founder of SpiceJet and Sanjiv Kapoor, the budget airline’s Chief Operating Officer, in a 90-minute meeting where refunding the beleaguered airline was discussed. A deal looks set to materialise over the next four to six weeks.SpiceJet has an outstanding amount of around ₹1,600 crore as reported in the first week of December.In a move that could benefit the industry as a whole, the Ministry of Civil Aviation has sought the Finance Ministry’s help to allow ECB route to be taken by domestic operators. The ECB route lowers the cost of borrowing, allowing the airlines to deploy their cashflow more effectively.The airline clarified to the Bombay Stock Exchange that it has sought the intervention of the Civil Aviation Ministry with its recapitalisation plans, and to allow for deferment of certain dues until the recapitalisation is complete.The Sun Group-owned airline urged the Ministry to consider the aspects of the industry at a macro level, reported Business Line.Many US-based private equity funds are reportedly interested in the airline, which aims to operate at a level that would bring higher efficiency to its operations.last_img read more


WhataburgerThemed Gun And Criticizing Lina Hidalgo For Speaking Spanish The Good Bad

first_img 00:00 /26:45 Share A lot can happen in a week. Some of it good. Some of it bad. Some of it downright ugly. When faced with intriguing developments in the week’s news, we turn to a rotating panel of “non-experts” to parse The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of it all.This week, our panel weighs in on these stories:A Houston firearms manufacturer creating an unsanctioned Whataburger-themed gunA Chambers County Commissioner apologizes for saying Lina Hidalgo should speak EnglishOur panel of non-experts this week includes:Mary Flood, blogger and consultant for Androvett Legal Media and MarketingPaul Pendergraft, happy Houston Public Media retireeMarco Roberts, president of the Log Cabin Republicans of Houston X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listenlast_img read more


Senate Introduces Music Modernization Act

first_imgSenator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) today introduced the Music Modernization Act. The fact that the Senate bill, S.2823, is virtually identical to HR 5477 – the House MMA bill passed unanimously on April 25 – signals all systems go for smooth passage and an update to music laws that the industry has been laboring to update for the past decade.The bill has been assigned to the Senate Judiciary Committee and has been scheduled for hearing Tuesday.Having opposed the House version, background music company Music Choice as well as SiriusXM are those expected to oppose Senate passage, but they are among a small minority; the industry overwhelmingly supports the bill Hatch called “crucially important” earlier this year, stating, “our music licensing laws are convoluted, out-of-date, and don’t reward songwriters fairly for their work. They’ve also failed to keep up with recent, rapid changes in how Americans purchase and listen to music.” The industry applauded this latest move to update the nation’s music laws. “That the Senate has wisely decided to import the version of the bill that passed the House 415-0 is a strong signal that this bill has achieved the necessary support and consensus in the Senate to have a similar path of passing with a very large margin,” Israelite told Variety, noting there has been no serious opposition among senators.As in the House, the new Senate bill combines three separate pieces of legislation:– The Music Modernization Act of 2018, S.2334, introduced by Hatch and Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) in January, which updates licensing and royalties as pertains to streaming.– The CLASSICS Act (or Compensating Legacy Artists for their Songs, Service, & Important Contributions to Society Act), introduced in February by Chris Coons (D-DE) and John Kennedy (R-LA) to ensure that songwriters and artists receive royalties on pre-1972 songs.– The AMP Act  (or Allocation for Music Producers Act), introduced in March by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley(R-LA) and ranking committee member Dianne Feinstein (D-CA.) with the support of and Senators Bob Corker (R-TN) and Kamala Harris (D-CA).“This is exactly what we were hoping they would do,” Israelite said of the Senate move. “In this case everybody recognizes that this is a complicated bill and so late in Congress – this is an election year – Judiciary Committee chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Senator Hatch were very smart to make the decision [to adopt the House bill].The fact that the bill was introduced prior to the scheduled hearing is also seen as a fast-tracking move. The Senate bill is expected to go into markup and get the full Senate vote next month, and then on the president’s desk to be signed into law.“The introduction of the comprehensive MMA in the Senate before the hearing is an important step to ensure all music creators are treated fairly in the law. Songwriters, performers and producers are grateful to Senator Hatch for his leadership,” Recording Academy chief industry, government and member relations officer Daryl Friedman told Variety. ASCAP CEO Elizabeth Matthews said, “After a unanimous vote to pass the MMA in the House, we are thrilled to see such ardent, bipartisan support for music creators in the Senate. This legislation is critical to ensuring songwriters have a pathway to fair compensation so they can sustain their livelihoods and create the next great songs. We applaud the leadership of fellow songwriter Senator Hatch, along with Senators Alexander and Whitehouse, for spearheading this effort in the Senate and to Chairman Grassley and all other co-sponsors for being champions of American songwriters. We look forward to the Senate’s vote and eventual passage of the MMA.”Mike O’Neill, BMI. President & CEO, said: “BMI applauds the introduction today, by Senators Hatch and Grassley, of the Music Modernization Act. This legislation represents an unprecedented collaboration among music creators and users, and represents an historic opportunity to make meaningful music licensing reform which will benefit America’s creative communities.”Hatch is a composer and member of ASCAP, with ditties like “The Answer’s Not in Washington” (“…We legislate, we demonstrate, but when all is said and done, the answer’s not in Washington”) and the love ballad “Everything and More,” recorded by country artist Billy Gilman on his 2005 album. Hatch, like his counterpart House MMA champion Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), has announced he will retire at the end of this session, making the Music Modernization Act initiative a swansong for both men.“On behalf of the 150,000-plus music creators represented by SoundExchange, we are grateful to Senator Hatch for building this consensus legislative package that will benefit the entire music ecosystem,” SoundExchange president and CEO Michael Huppe said in a statement. “Taken together, the elements of this legislation will strengthen and protect the rights and interests of creators — the artists, songwriters and producers whose music enriches our lives – and it will improve engagement between the creative community and the digital services whose businesses rely on their work. We look forward to working with the sponsors and the entire community of stakeholders that built accord on this package to make it law.” “We are songwriters and we strongly support the passage of the Music Modernization Act introduced yesterday by music creator champion Senator Orrin Hatch which will streamline the licensing of our songs and give us fairer royalty rates,” said Michelle Lewis, co-executive director of Songwriters of North America (SONA) advocates for thousands of songwriters, composers, artists, and producers nationally. “The MMA will put an end to the broken system through which songwriters have lost countless dollars and will finally update licensing laws to properly value their work.”Added Kay Hanley, co-executive director of SONA: “We applaud our leaders in the U.S. Senate — Senators Hatch, Grassley, Whitehouse, and all of the 15 other original cosponsors who have spearheaded this vital effort, and we look forward to working with Senate lawmakers until the nation’s songwriters and music publishers achieve fair marketplace royalty rates in the digital era.”center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Popular on Variety last_img read more


Death of Majid Ansari College students protest demanding arrest of accused

first_imgKolkata: There was tension in Cooch Bihar following demonstrations led by students demanding arrest of those involved in the killing of Majid Ansari, a second year student.Ansari, who was injured after miscreants fired at him from a point blank range on July 13, died in a private nursing home in Siliguri on Wednesday night.Ansari (21) was a second year college student and had protested against the collection of money by some students assuring admission. He along with some of his friends had put up posters inside the college campus asking the freshers not to pay anything extra. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeWhen he was returning home on July 13, the miscreants came in two motor cycles and fired shots at him. They rode off leaving him on the road in a pool of blood. Majid was admitted to a private nursing home and the doctors was thinking of taking him to Delhi in an air ambulance. The students took out processions as soon as Majid’s mortal frame reached his house on Thursday afternoon.The students said the police did not arrest the main accused following pressure from some political bigwigs.Describing the incident as “most unfortunate”, Rabindranath Ghosh, state minister for North Bengal development said those involved in the incident will be arrested and no one will be spared.last_img read more


Denmark LGBTI groups to boycott US ambassadors reception for Copenhagen Pride

first_imgThis Florida conservative city will host its very first Pride march this fall17 of the most colorful pictures of this year’s Nepal PrideRussian activists receive fines for trying to organize a Pride in St. PetersburgRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : Joe Biden launches project to encourage families to accept their LGBTI kids Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) You can now put homophobia in the bin ahead of this year’s Reykjavik Pride GAYSTARNEWS- Demark LGBTI groups will snub the annual reception organized by the US ambassador ahead of Copenhagen Pride. The reception at the residence in Charlottenlund used to be one of the most eagerly-anticipated events. Formerly hosted by ambassador Rufus Gifford, it is now among the diplomatic duties of new ambassador Carla Sands.Sands, appointed by US President Donald Trump in 2017, has now officially sent out an invitation to a Pride reception on 15 August, a few days before the parade on 18 August.However, a number of the bodies associated with Pride Week are unhappy, including Copenhagen Pride.Copenhagen Pride takes a stance against Trump’s LGBTI policiesThe organization’s press officer Thomas Rasmussen did not mince his words.‘I’m not surprised there are organizations who are considering whether to take part,’ he told Out and About.‘It can easily sound pretty hollow if on the one side you criticise Trump’s administration for their reluctance to accommodate LGBT people and the rolling back of LGBT-positive legislation, and at the same time stand around drinking champagne with the ambassador who represents that administration,’ he said.The US ambassador will take part in the paradeRasmussen confirmed that Copenhagen Pride will not be taking part, but said other organizations would have to make their own decision.LGBT Denmark has also decided to follow Copenhagen Pride’s lead and boycott the arrangement. ‘We don’t want to rubber-stamp the Trump administration’s backward-looking rolling back of LBGT rights by our presence,” said their spokesperson Peder Holk Svendsen.Like her predecessor, Sands has signed up to take part in the big Copenhagen Pride parade this year. Nonetheless, it is not clear in what capacity she will take part in the march.Copenhagen will host World Pride in 2021The annual parade will take place on 18 August at 1pm, followed by the show in Copenhagen City Hall Square.The most famous Danish Pride started in 1996 when the capital hosted EuroPride.Copenhagen Pride will host WorldPride in 2021 and LGBTI sports club Pan Idræt is bidding to host EuroGames the same year. This mega LGBTI event is called Copenhagen 2021.Read more from Gay Star News:Donald Trump’s star on Hollywood Walk of Fame smashed to bits Donald Trump in 2011. | Photo: Gage Skidmore / Flickrlast_img read more


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first_img News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more 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 | 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 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.  As radiation therapy treatments evolve, radiation therapists are assuming more responsibilities. Their core duties still include serving as the primary contact for patients undergoing radiation therapy treatments that can last several weeks and administering the actual treatments. However, therapists also must review protocols, monitor and assess patients and stay up-to-date on technological advances in equipment. The necessity to balance duties in their “high-tech/high-touch” profession makes radiation therapists a unique breed in the radiologic sciences.Even as they take on more tasks, therapists have to maintain a high level of accuracy, follow established radiation safety protocols and make sure their patients feel comfortable and at ease. It is a mammoth job. But the nearly 20,000 registered radiation therapists in the United States continue to accept the challenge.The American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT), which represents close to 15,000 radiation therapy professionals, knows that therapists’ jobs will continue to get more complex. As a result, the ASRT Education and Research Foundation, the group’s philanthropic arm, and its Health Care Industry Advisory Council developed a subcommittee to address the challenges faced by therapists and equipment manufacturers. The goal was to develop a white paper featuring a series of concrete best practices and recommendations for radiation therapists to incorporate into their daily workplace processes.Consisting of radiation therapists, managers and equipment manufacturers, the Subcommittee on Patient Safety and Quality in Radiation Therapy met at the ASRT office in Albuquerque, N.M., in November 2011 to discuss challenges and develop workable solutions for radiation therapists and vendors. The group focused on four areas in the radiation therapy environment: workplace staffing, workplace culture, skills assessment, and applications training and support.This diverse group of professionals brought an effective mix of opinions, knowledge and expertise to the table. Practicing radiation therapists provided real-world working experiences; managers offered key insights into effective and ineffective processes and procedures, and vendors outlined the ideal scenarios for effective applications training. They evaluated the challenges therapists and vendors face in delivering quality care and providing top-notch equipment training, and they developed tangible steps to solve some of the common workplace issues.Need for More Staffing, Less Fear of Reprimand in Reporting ErrorsStarting with workplace staffing, the group looked at a number of factors facing radiation therapists, including patient workload, daily responsibilities and new technology. In addition, the subcommittee examined research statistics focusing on workplace staffing issues and recommendations from accredited radiation therapy programs.For example, guidelines outlined in accreditation programs consistently recommend staffing of two therapists per active linear accelerator, regardless of patient volume. In addition, the guidelines stress the need to add more therapists to the staff, depending on the annual number of new patients at a facility and the ratio of procedures performed.Yet, in a 2010 ASRT survey of radiation therapists and dosimetrists, 10 percent said only one therapist staffed a treatment machine for eight hours each day. This shortcoming was a factor in the subcommittee’s decision to develop a best practice that states all sites providing radiation should staff at the level of two therapists per machine at all times.With regard to workplace culture, discussion topics included the role of communication on the treatment team, the therapist’s critical role in safeguarding the patient and reporting of errors. In reviewing research studies, which provided data about current workplace culture trends, one statistic that caught the group’s attention came from a study about radiation therapy error reporting, presented at the 2011 ASRT Radiation Therapy Conference. According to the survey, only 78 percent of respondents strongly agreed that they are encouraged to report clinical errors. In addition, the survey reported that fear of reprimand is the greatest barrier to error reporting.As a result, the subcommittee developed three best practices. The first focuses on developing a culture that supports radiation therapist professionalism. The second outlines the importance of adhering to standards of practice, and the third encourages consistent reporting of errors.Skills Assessment Required Prior to TrainingThe subcommittee spent a significant amount of time discussing skills assessment. Assessing the skill level of radiation therapists before they participate in equipment training is extremely important to employers, because if therapists don’t have a solid grasp of the basics of the equipment, training can’t move forward in an effective manner.To ensure that radiation therapists understand the basics of the technology, the group established a best practice that urges employers to work with applications trainers to develop checklists to conduct preassessments of a radiation therapist’s skills before beginning applications training and to complete postcompetency assessments after training. Secondly, the subcommittee encourages radiation oncology providers to conduct ongoing peer-to-peer assessments.Since the subcommittee included equipment manufacturer representatives who specialize in training, the applications training and support topic garnered a lot of attention. Applications training helps staff members become well versed and comfortable with new equipment and technologies in their departments, so they can safely operate it.Unfortunately, with increasing workloads and added responsibilities, members of the treatment team frequently view it as a task that stops productivity and hinders performance. In addition, radiation therapy departments can have different types of equipment on site, so multiple training sessions are sometimes necessary. This adds to the time commitment for training.Knowing that effective applications training can help radiation therapy departments improve patient care, the group developed two clear best practices that encourage teamwork. The first directs radiation therapy managers, radiation therapists and vendor representatives to work together to help ensure successful implementation and training for sites purchasing new radiation therapy equipment. The second asks vendors to cooperate to improve multivendor implementation, training and support.Encouraging Best PracticesThe Health Care Industry Advisory Council hopes therapists and equipment applications trainers will work together to implement the white paper’s best practices and recommendations, incorporating them into the treatment team’s daily work processes. These clear-cut guidelines provide treatment team members with a blueprint to increase efficiency and enhance patient safety.The complete white paper is available at A quick summary of the council’s best practices is in the sidebar below.Jake Buehler is director of public relations for the American Society of Radiologic Technologists.SIDEBAR:Best Practices for Radiation TherapistsFollowing is a summary of the best practices for radiation therapy safety, developed by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists’ Education and Research Foundation Health Care Industry Advisory Council, released earlier this year.Workplace Staffing:• All radiation therapy is delivered only by American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT)-registered radiation therapists.• All sites providing radiation therapy staff at the level of two therapists per machine at all times.Workplace Culture:• Administrators, radiation oncologists, radiation therapists and all oncology staff members embrace a culture that supports radiation therapist professionalism.• Radiation therapists and other radiation oncology professionals adhere to professional ethics and standards of practice established by their professions.•  Reporting of errors is expected and encouraged.Skills Assessment:• Employers conduct preassessments of radiation therapists’ skills before beginning applications training and postcompetency assessments following training.• Radiation oncology providers conduct ongoing peer-to-peer assessment.Applications Training:• Radiation therapy managers, radiation therapists and vendor representatives work together to help ensure successful implementation and training for sites purchasing new radiation therapy equipment.• Vendors cooperate to improve multivendor implementation, training and support for radiation therapy sites.For more, visit FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 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 Related Content 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 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 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 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 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 Feature | June 01, 2012 | Jake Buehler Radiation Therapy Safety: Best Practices Best practices for radiation therapists and equipment vendors 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


Gammex Showcasing MiniDoppler Flow 404 at RSNA 2015

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