Political talks in Central African Republic could herald reconciliation – Ban

8 December 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today that the long-awaited multi-party talks launched in the Central African Republic (CAR) set the stage to begin a national reconciliation process that is crucial to bringing stability to the land-locked country. “In attending this dialogue, you have put the interest of the nation and the people of the Central African Republic above all other interests,” Mr. Ban said in a message to the two-week gathering in the capital, Bangui. “This is encouraging, and proves your determination to reconcile your differences through dialogue, not violence,” he added. The country has been beset by widespread fighting and armed banditry in recent years, with some 200,000 Central Africans have been either internally displaced by the fighting or forced to live as refugees in neighbouring Chad and Cameroon. In June, the Government struck an agreement with the rebel groups known as the Union of Democratic Forces for Unity (UFDR) and the Popular Army for the Restoration of Democracy (APRD) after talks in Libreville, Gabon, facilitated by that country”s President El Hadj Omar Bongo Ondimba. “Stability can unleash the rich potential of the country’s people, and put its abundant natural resources to use for its citizens’ well-being and prosperity,” the Secretary-General said, noting that efforts must be undertaken to fight poverty, build strong national institutions and promote respect for human rights and the rule of law. He acknowledged that conflict in the sub-region will continue to jeopardize stability in the CAR, but noted “with satisfaction” the support of regional States for the talks, and pledged that the UN will do its utmost to help put the recommendations of the dialogue into practice. Mr. Ban expressed his gratitude to Mr. Ondimba for his efforts to facilitate peace in the CAR, as well as to former Burundian President Pierre Buyoya for chairing the dialogue. read more

Another warrant issued for Galagodaatte Gnanasara Thero

The Police had said that Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thero is to be arrested for obstructing Police duty and over several other complaints.A court order had been obtained preventing the controversial monk from leaving the country. (Colombo Gazette) The BBS says Gnanasara Thero is in hiding as there is an alleged threat to his life. Another arrest warrant has been issued for the General Secretary of the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS), the Venerable Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thero.The latest warrant was issued by the Colombo Fort Magistrate over his failure to appear in court. A previous warrant was issued for Gnanasara Thero who had been accused of making public statements calling for attacks on Muslims.

Stressing use of technology for development Annan calls for a network of

Mr. Annan made his remarks in a speech to the recently formed Global Alliance for Information and Communication Technologies and Development (GAID), which was launched in Malaysia in June as a means of utilizing new technologies to fight poverty and promote development.“We must translate the vision of a truly global information society into reality… The Alliance’s Strategy Council has identified four priority areas: health, education, poverty reduction through enterprise creation, and citizens’ participation in governance,” he told the group’s high-level Steering Committee at today’s meeting in New York.“The Alliance will… have the flexibility to encourage additional organizations and individuals to participate. The idea is to develop a decentralized ‘network of networks’ on a global scale, so that the Alliance can draw in the relevant stakeholders, particularly as new issues emerge.”He said the group’s success will hinge on several factors, including its ability to formulate clear and attainable objectives, to operate with transparency and accountability and to work with a broad group of participants, and he commended its initial efforts, particularly recognition of the special challenges facing women, youth and marginalized groups.The Alliance’s Steering Committee brings together senior figures from government, as well as people from the fields of business, media and civil society. It includes Jamaludin Jarjis, Malaysia’s Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, while the chairman is Craig Barrett, who also holds the same position for semiconductor giant Intel.“The challenge for the Alliance is relatively straightforward but certainly not simple – it’s really to bring the information and communication technologies and resultant development associated with the introduction of those technologies to the emerging worlds, the emerging marketplaces,” Dr. Barrett told reporters before the meeting. read more

Annan calls for extension of UN mission in the Central African Republic

“Despite the efforts made so far, the general situation in the Central African Republic is still volatile, as a result of both endogenous and exogenous factors… the persistent lack of security, in particular on the borders with Chad and the Sudan, represents a direct threat to stability in the Central African Republic and its neighbours,” Mr. Annan writes in an interim report covering the past three months.“The Central African Government has requested the renewal of the mandate of BONUCA (the UN Peacebuilding Support Office in the CAR) for another year,” he says, adding there are “priority areas” for which UN commitment “remains essential to the consolidation of peace in this country.” The mandate of BONUCA, which was set up in 2000, currently runs until 31 December 2006.Mr. Annan says he is encouraged by discussions between international financial institutions and the State aimed at cooperation and also highlights a Government request to donors for more international support to the army so it can restore security throughout the territory.He also calls for Central Africans to give “priority to consensus building and dialogue” to smooth out their differences, while warning that the constitutional order re-established in 2005 has been threatened for some time by the “deterioration of the political, socio-economic and financial, humanitarian and security situation.”“The human rights situation, which is closely linked to the political and security context, has been marked by a strong resurgence of acts of violence by roadblockers, unidentified armed gangs and regular soldiers, particularly in the northern parts of the country.” read more

University principal defends gender pay gap by claiming that women have a

first_img 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. A university principal has defended the gender pay gap by arguing that “women have a natural tendency not to have a go”.Professor Paul Layzell, the head of Royal Holloway University London (RHUL), insisted that there is a “transparent and fair pay system” at the institution. He claimed that women and minority ethnic groups are less likely to “put themselves in for promotion” at the university, which has a 10 per cent gender pay gap for full-time professors.At an open staff meeting in November, Prof Layzell said: “There are certain protected groups where there is a natural tendency to not have a go and put themselves in for promotion – sometimes that’s gender, sometimes it’s the BAME [Black and Minority Ethnic] group”.He added that some academics are now using a teaching route into a professorship, which is normally research-led, which would “play to things they’re good at”.Prof Layzell is now facing a backlash over the comments, which were published by the student magazine Orbital after it obtained a recording of the meeting.Hundreds of alumni have signed an open letter attacking Prof Layzell for his comments, saying he showed a “lack of understanding and sensitivity”.“It has been hugely disappointing to discover that Royal Holloway has one of the worst professorial gender pay gaps in the country,” the letter said. “This disappointment has been compounded by your response in which you blamed women rather than institutional sexism for this gap. You then went on to make comments which implied that you felt women were more suited to teaching than research.” The letter says that Prof Layzell’s analysis is “not only crass, but shows a lack of understanding and sensitivity.” Alumni accused RHUL of having “drifted from a progressive legacy of promoting women’s rights”.Joe Rayment, who graduated from RHUL in 2013 and is now a Labour councillor, was one of the authors of the open letter.He said: “I am extremely disturbed by what has happened there in recent months. I hope that our voices are heard and that Professor Layzell will respond to us and explain exactly how he will make us once again proud to be Royal Holloway alumni.”A RHUL spokesman said that the principal’s comments at the meeting were taken out of context, adding: “The Principal has, on a number of occasions, stressed his determination to tackle the gender pay gap. “In the meeting, the Principal explained Royal Holloway’s commitment to supporting colleagues to reach their promotion potential by pioneering a number of initiatives.“Our approach to pay and promotion is both fair and transparent however, we recognise that there is more that we, and the sector, can do to tackle the causes of inequality. “In response, for some years now, Royal Holloway has been making changes to processes and procedures to minimize barriers to promotion.”last_img read more

Mariam Moustafa death Six teenagers admit affray as father describes sentence as

Mohamed Moustafa and Nessrin Abu-Elenein, Mariam's parents, at their home in Nottingham Mohamed Moustafa and Nessrin Abu-Elenein, Mariam’s parents, at their home in NottinghamCredit: Stefan Rousseau/PA The case can be reported today after restrictions were lifted.Mr Moustafa, 51. who lives in Nottingham, insisted there was “strong evidence” the defendants should have been tried on more serious charges.”It is not what we expected,” he said. “It’s unfair and unjust to charge those whom killed or, at least by their actions, led to (Mariam’s) death with such minor offences.”It is very weak. It is not fair at all.”He described the failure to inform him of last week’s hearing as “another failure in the case of our daughter”.“This very simple right was taken from us,” he said.A CPS spokesman said: “We have worked closely with the police to make sure Mr Moustafa has been kept updated throughout this process and are deeply sorry this didn’t happen on this particular occasion. We have contacted him to offer a full explanation.”We have also met with Mr Moustafa to explain the charge of affray, the CPS can only charge if the evidential stage of our tests for prosecution are met.”The teenagers will be sentenced at a later date. The father of a student whose death caused a diplomatic row with Egypt has voiced disbelief that the six teenagers arrested over her attack have only been convicted of affray.Mohamed Moustafa also expressed fury that he was not informed about a court hearing in which three of his daughter’s attackers admitted their part in the violent assault.Mariam Moustafa, 18, an engineering student, was punched several times and dragged 20 metres by a group of girls as she waited for a bus in Nottingham city centre last February.The girls followed her on board and continued the attack until she lost consciousness, her family said.Mariam was initially treated and discharged from The Queen’s Medical Centre, but was rushed to Nottingham City Hospital the next day, where she died after 12 days in a coma.The incident sparked outrage in Egypt, where the prosecutor-general was said to have requested information about the British investigation into her death. Six teenagers were charged with affray and three admitted the charge at Nottingham Youth Court last year.But three denied it and were due to stand trial last week.However, Mariah Fraser, 19, Britania Hunter, 18, and a 16-year-old girl, admitted their part in the attack before Judge Gregory Dickinson QC on April 16. 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

Milestone delivery for Cat articulated trucks

first_imgCaterpillar has delivered its 50,000th articulated truck from the Peterlee manufacturing facility in the UK.Trader Construction Company of North Carolina, US, received the unit during a ceremony recently held at the facility. Carl Huddle, president of Trader, and Gregory Poole Cat dealer representatives were on hand to receive keys to Trader’s newest Cat 745, 41-tonne articulated truck.Brent Losey, product manager for articulated trucks, said: “The articulated truck has been a key member of Caterpillar’s core product line since it was developed in Peterlee, which has always been its proud home.“Cat articulated trucks are helping our customers meet their objectives on construction and mine sites around the world. We are proud to see the 50,000th truck drive off the assembly line and look forward to the next 50,000!”Trader and Cat dealer Gregory Poole have enjoyed a longstanding relationship dating back to the 1960s, and Trader has owned or leased a total of 500 36-t class articulated trucks over the years, according to Anthony Pollock, articulated trucks marketing manager for Caterpillar.Featuring the recently re-engineered cab, the Cat 745 offers improved ease of operation, uninterrupted rear-quarter visibility and in-cab operating sound levels 7 dB lower than previous designs.Its gear range selector delivers efficient single-lever control over truck speed and body hoisting functions to improve cycle times.Featuring economy mode operation for an average 5% fuel consumption improvement, the truck’s power train is driven by the Cat C18 ACERT™ engine, rated at 504 net horsepower (375 kW), with a range of emissions control platforms to meet global environmental standards.The Cat 745 articulated truck features a host of standard integrated technologies, including Product Link™, Cat Production Management and Cat Detect with Stability Assist, to monitor, manage and enhance job site operations.Cat’s family of articulated trucks features six, three-axle models with rated payloads ranging from 24-41 t and heaped capacities from 15-25 m³.last_img read more

New Face of Handball in Plock

← Previous Story EHF prevents regional league! Red light from Vienna for the new project! Next Story → IHF: Germany gets Wild Card for Qatar 2015! handballpilka recznaPlock Nineteen teams, beach handball and the city center of well known in handball world city. Last weekend Płock hosted Beach Handball Tournament of Mayor of Płock’s Cup. – It had been great pleasure and the best tournament in Poland so far – say everybody who had chance to participate. The scenery of tournament was special – the main city centre, next to the town hall, surrounded by historical buildings. Although Płock is located on the riverside organisers decided to place event in the Old Town – We wanted to show people something different and also gain these ones who firstly were not interested in our event – says Artur Niesłuchowski, president of BHT Auto Forum Petra Płock, team who organised tournament. – That is why we located it in the city centre. Of course this decision brought us to higher costs but thanks to our main sponsors, who were city of Płock and PKN Orlen we were able to make it. As we found out that was bull’s eye. Almost every game was played with many people on the audience. Especially matches of host, BHT Auto Forum Petra Płock attracted a lot of spectators, including Manolo Cadenas or players of polish national team Adam Wiśniewski or Piotr Masłowski. – That was a wonderful feeling to see so many people who were cheering for us. To be honest we were expecting that and we are not disappointed – say Marcin Miedziński, player of Petra and Polish Beach Handball National Team. The tournament won the host, who in the final won against Damy Radę Inowrocław. The game provided a lot of emotions to both players and the fans. Petra won 2:0, but it was not an easy victory – both sets ended with the gold goals. – It was the first victory in our history during playing in Polish Championship and it gave us first place in the table, we could not be happier. We and our fans deserved it to celebrate in the home city – say Miedziński. The only problem during competition happen during women’s final, which had to be interrupted due to rainfall. Eventually after half hour break match was resumed and the gold medal went to BHT Byczki Kowalewo Pomorskie, who won against Reflex AZS AWF Volkswagen Poznań.Tournament was a great sports and organisational success. – We have heard many positive opinions during and after our event – says Artur Niesłuchowski – We are really glad that everybody enjoyed it – starting with us, through fans and spectators to players and referees. Some of them even said that this may change perception of beach handball and tournaments organizing in Poland, which is a great pleasure to hear.People in Płock can’t wait to see tournament back in the city. – I hope we will see each other here next year – said during ending ceremony Andrzej Nowakowski, president of the city. As the organisers promise, Beach Handball Płock after a great success will become annual event.TEXT: Michalina ChabowskaPHOTO: Grzegorz Trzpil read more

Tesco chief outlines changes after horsemeat scandal

first_imgTHE CHIEF EXECUTIVE of supermarket chain Tesco has commented on the current horsemeat scandal, saying that the company will bring in new tests that won’t cost the customer more.In a statement, Philip Clarke said that nothing is more important to Tesco than the trust its customers place in it. He said that since they became aware of the horsemeat issue, they have been “working flat out to get to the bottom of the issue”.Clarke said the company have set a new benchmark for testing of products, to give customers the confidence that “it if isn’t on the label, it isn’t in the product”.He said he has asked his team to review Tesco’s approach to the supply chain, to ensure visibility and traceability, and create a plan “to build a world class traceability and DNA testing system”.The company will also build a new website to enable its customers to see the progress being made with its testing programme and which products have been tested.More informationTesco also pledges to open up its supply chain to give customers “more information than any retailer has before” to help people make informed choices about the food they buy.Clarke said:And I am determined that no customer will lose out as a result of the testing process we are going through, so from Saturday 16 February if a product is tested and then withdrawn from sale, we will provide you with a better alternative for the same cost. You can find more details at your local store.According to Clarke, it is Tesco’s responsibility to lead on this issue, and their priority is to complete the testing programme as quickly and thoroughly as possible.The company is also looking “at every aspect of how our products are sold in Tesco and at how our relationships with our suppliers become more transparent and collaborative”.Read: Horsemeat: Focus on Naas company over imported Polish meat>last_img read more

50000 year old forest found on the bottom of the ocean

first_imgThe world is being mapped in ever greater detail by companies such as Google, but our oceans are still mostly unknown and hold untold secrets. One of those secrets has recently been discovered off the coast of Mobile, Alabama, in the form of an ancient Cypress tree forest that’s anywhere from 50 to 80,000 years old.The forest today consists of hundreds of Bald Cypress tree stumps that are overrun with life, creating an artificial reef of sorts. The wood is very well preserved as it was buried in sand up until just a few years ago. The stumps were uncovered when Hurricane Katrina hit and a fisherman discovered the area. The location has been a closely guarded secret ever since.There’s actually two periods of time when the location of the forest is thought to have been above sea level and allowed to develop. The first is 10 to 15,000 years ago, the second 50 to 80,000 years ago. Samples taken from the tree stumps are older than 15,000 years, which means the trees must have grown at least 50,000 years ago. And these were huge trees, with some stumps 8 feet in diameter.With the forest being uncovered and exposed to both oxygen and sea water, it won’t take long for the wood to breakdown and start to crumble. It is believed there’s maybe a couple of years left until that happens. Before then, researchers intend to read as many of the tree rings as they can, as it will help them understand what the environment was like when the trees were above ground in a forest that is thought to have thrived for up to 2,000 years.last_img read more

Greeces blueprint to plug funding gap

first_imgWhile Greek bond interest rates have dropped below 8 percent, the tug of war between Athens and its creditors is raging over the country’s return to the markets and the use of the excess funds set aside for the bank recapitalization, as the government is trying to avoid a third bailout agreement.The absence of an agreement on the unused bank recap funds has resulted in the postponement of the announcement of the bank stress test results. That was originally scheduled for end-December, but has now been put off by a month until a deal is reached.The government expects to cover some of the funding gap for 2014-15 with the money that banks will not need for their recap. This is why it it seeking the best possible terms for the stress tests, including a lowering of the capital adequacy threshold (Core Tier I index) from 9 percent to 8 percent in line with requirements for bank in the rest of the eurozone. That will reduce bank recap needs by 2.5 billion euros, while the inclusion of the whole of the deferred tax in banks’ capital, instead of just 20 percent, would save another 3 billion euros.Athens is hoping to cover the 2014-15 funding gap of 14-15 billion euros using 3 billion euros from an interest rate reduction for its official sector loans and 4 billion from recycling the bonds given to banks in 2008, and by tapping the unused bank recap funds and the money markets through a limited bond issue. By doing so, the government believes it can avoid signing another memorandum with its creditors.However, sources close to the negotiations say that creditors, led by the European Central Bank, disagree with the use of the excess recap funds for any other purpose, and are rejecting Greece’s requests concerning the Core Tier I index and the deferred tax. In addition, the ECB is against recycling the 2008 bonds. The country’s creditors are also yet to approve the bill for banks’ new share capital increases.Government officials interpret the creditors’ attitude not only as their desire to for Greece to retain a safety cushion in the form of the unused recap funds, but also as a reason to prolong the strict monitoring of the country’s streamlining process, as illustrated by recent statements by German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble and SDP officials on a new bailout for Athens. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Greece alone on loan agreement

first_imgGreece alone on ”loan agreement”?103 viewsGreece alone on ”loan agreement”?103 views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00Greece alone on ”loan agreement”?103 viewsBusinessGreek prime minister Alexis Tsipras meets with the country’s president Karolos Papoulias. It comes ahead of a Greek vote for a new president. But Tsipras had more pressing issues on his mind.Ventuno Web Player 4.50Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras meets with the country’s president Karolos Papoulias. It comes ahead of a Greek vote for a new president. But Tsipras had more pressing issues on his mind.last_img

Absence of appeal court judge crisis cripple land survey tribunals

Absence of appeal court judge crisis cripple land survey tribunals

first_imgAs much as 250,000 cases are awaiting disposal in the country’s 43 land survey tribunals, leading to the cropping up of complexities in solving land-related disputes.Absence of appeal tribunal and shortage of judges have led to the situation, reveals a latest report prepared by the Supreme Court.The report further said judges of the tribunals are dealing with on average 5,767 cases each.The concerned law stipulates that one can file appeal against the verdict of the tribunal, but there is no court to hear the appeal.Besides, the update work of the land survey law has not been finished as yet.The report identified 13 problems based on the opinions given by 43 judges of the land survey tribunals in a closed-door meeting held in the Supreme Court on 24-25 December last year.SC’s High Court division judges M Ashfaqul Islam and M Ruhul Quddus joined the discussion in the meeting.Sufferers said persons fighting the cases are not being able to pay taxes before the final verdict, cannot change ownership and face problems in handing over the ownership of the land. Even they face problem in seeking injunction when it becomes necessary.Contacted, law and justice affairs ministry’s secretary Abu Saleh Sk Md Zahirul Haque told Prothom Alo that they have sent a proposal to the land ministry to amend the related law to solve the problems.“According to the proposal, the under trial cases can be settled by the courts of senior judges and senior assistant judges of the concerned districts. These disputes used to be disposed of in general courts before the formation of the tribunals.”The secretary further said they would take initiatives to amend the law shortly after getting land ministry’s response.In response to another question, Zahirul Haque said, “They are also considering the complexities in establishing the appeal tribunal having power equivalent to that of a High Court judge in districts. This is a difficult job.”He went on saying, “And the district judges will hear the appeals against the verdicts of assistant or senior assistant secretaries. Then no appeal tribunal will require. This will expedite the case settlement rate by 50 times.”Contacted, additional secretary at the land ministry Fayekuzzaman hinted that they have sent a proposal to the law ministry to increase the number of existing tribunals.In response to a question on tribunal’s failure to dispose of the cases speedily, the additional secretary said the main objective of the formation of the tribunal is being hampered as the settlements are being done like that ‘civil disputes’ not as ‘survey disputes’.He hinted that the survey department officials can settle up to 25 cases at ‘dispute level’ and 15 cases at ‘appeal level’ a day. The margin of error is not more than five per cent.When contacted, Supreme Court registrar general Syed Aminul Islam told Prothom Alo on 11 June, “Chief justice SK Sinha took initiatives in this regard just after assuming office in January 2015. Secretaries to the law and land ministries took part in a meeting [held as part of chief justice’s initiative]. And to my knowledge, there has been no progress since then.”Cases Per Judge is 5,767According to the Supreme Court report, the number of cases per judge is 5,767 whereas the SC thinks that it should be about 1,500. The tribunals in 29 districts don’t have sufficient officials and employees and even the post of head-clerk has not been created as yet. The tribunals have only one process server each.As much as half of the 250,000 pending cases saw no progress after they were filed by the plaintiffs, as the cases cannot be heard without issuing summons on the respective parties.And several dozens of people need to be summoned in a single application.A judge in Mymensingh is grappling with more than 33,000 cases. He couldn’t issue summons in half of the cases he is dealing with.In 2012, the law commission advised the government to appoint 3,000 judges but no progress has been made in this regard so far.No Appeal Tribunal in 13 YearsThe SC report further revealed that most of the country’s 3 million pending criminal cases are land-related, but no appeal tribunal has been formed in the past 13 years. The law, however, says that one can file appeal challenging the tribunal verdict three months inside the delivery of the verdict.The judges say that absence of the scope of filing an appeal has created two certain problems. One is: the tribunal verdict is not being implemented and the other is: the richer of those aggrieved at the verdict file writ petition with the High Court seeking a stay on the tribunal verdict, but the poorer cannot.The existing law does not say anything what will happen if anyone of the parties involved in a survey-related case dies.The tribunal doesn’t have the power to replace the name of the deceased with his or her heirs or drop the names, leading to the piling up of the pending cases.Sufferers’ ReactionThe Kishoreganj tribunal is dealing with a maximum number of 44,390 cases. Districts’ senior civil lawyer Bhupendra Chandra Bhowmik, who is currently handling over 1,000 clients, said two years time was allowed in the district to file cases. No new cases are being accepted. Of his 1,000 clients, maximum 30 have been satisfied with the verdict. But his aggrieved clients are not being able to file an appeal against the verdict.He expressed disagreement with the law ministry’s proposal to amend the law.According to him, 13 assistant and senior assistant judge courts in the district are already struggling with a plethora of cases. If the ministry appoints them to settle land-related cases, it won’t be of much help.He proposed to set up more tribunals across the country and to form 10 single-bench courts under the leadership of 10 High Court division judges to hear the appeal.*This piece, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Shameem Rezalast_img read more

College Success Foundation DC Honors College Graduates from Wards 7 and 8

College Success Foundation DC Honors College Graduates from Wards 7 and 8

first_imgOn June 8, College Success Foundation-DC (CSF-DC) will welcome their newly-minted college graduates for a celebratory event to honor their academic success. The event is scheduled to be held at the Pepco Edison Place Gallery, 701 8th St NW, from 6-8 p.m. CSF-DC supports motivated and passionate students from underserved communities in Wards 7 and 8. Most CSF-DC students are from low-income households, and are often the first in their families to graduate high school, attend and complete college.last_img

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first_img Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more News | Proton Therapy | August 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 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 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 | August 19, 2009 Radiation Therapy Equipment Utilization Rates at 50 Percent, Not 90 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 | 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 August 19, 2009 – Actual utilization rates for radiation therapy equipment used in freestanding cancer treatment centers are closer to the current assumed rate of 50 percent, not 90 percent as proposed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in the Medicare physician fee schedule proposed rule for 2010. The actual rates were revealed in a new survey by dmrkynetec that was commissioned by the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO).”Our study, conducted by a respected research group, shows that Medicare’s proposed equipment utilization rate for freestanding radiation therapy centers is inappropriate for radiation therapy,” Patricia Eifel, M.D., FASTRO, chairman of ASTRO and a professor of radiation oncology at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, said. “We are presenting this data to CMS this week and encouraging the agency to maintain the current rate of 50 percent for radiation therapy equipment. We are hopeful CMS will accept the findings of this independent research study and change its course regarding proposed cuts to radiation oncology. Otherwise, we are extremely fearful that these wrongful cuts will contribute to causing many cancer clinics to close or stop treating Medicare patients, denying many patients access to the care they need to fight cancer.”On July 13, 2009, CMS announced proposed changes to the Medicare policies and payment rates for physician services including radiation oncology that would cut radiation therapy by nearly 20 percent. Currently, CMS pays for radiation therapy services based on an equipment utilization rate of 50 percent. The utilization rate refers to the percent of time that the cancer clinic is open and that the equipment, such as linear accelerators, is in use. Radiation therapy is due to receive extreme cuts due in part to CMS increasing the assumed utilization rate for equipment costing more than $1 million from 50 to 90 percent. By increasing the utilization rate, the payment for each service is reduced significantly. CMS did not reference any actual utilization rate data for radiation therapy equipment in proposing to increase the rate to 90 percent.ASTRO believes CMS misapplied a Medicare Payment Advisory Commission recommendation to increase the assumed equipment utilization rate for diagnostic imaging equipment. Reps. Lois Capps (D-Calif.), Sue Myrick (R-N.C.), Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) and Parker Griffith (D-Ala.) and 58 other House members have written a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius clarifying the difference between radiation therapy and diagnostic imaging and asking her to reconsider the cuts. A similar letter is circulating in the Senate, with 10 senators already committing to sign on to a letter led by Sens. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) and Richard Burr (R-N.C.). ASTRO deeply appreciates the commitment and leadership of these lawmakers for protecting cancer patient access to radiation therapy.ASTRO, along with researchers at dmrkynetec, began a research project to create a database detailing the 2008 equipment utilization rates at freestanding cancer centers providing radiation therapy services. Data on the daily utilization rates was collected for six different treatment modality categories, depending upon the services and equipment used at each individual center. These treatment modalities included 3D conformal radiation therapy (3D-CRT), intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), image guided radiation therapy (IGRT), stereotactic radiation therapy (SRT), brachytherapy, and hyperthermia.This study was designed to determine how many treatment modality categories (among the six most common) that each cancer clinic center is providing, determine what type of equipment each center is using, identify the number of pieces of equipment of each type that centers have available, and determine how many hours per day each piece of equipment is typically in use.Interviews were conducted between July 7, 2009, and July 23, 2009. Completed questionnaires were obtained from centers in 29 states and covered all major geographic areas of the country. Primary targets for this study were center business managers, radiation oncologists, or other staff members with knowledge of the equipment and usage patterns at their center. The sample pool for the study consisted of 2,844 radiation oncologists provided by ASTRO. More than 100 questionnaires were used in this analysis.For more information: www.astro.org/medicarecuts. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 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 The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. 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Investigators search for motive in Planned Parenthood shooting that left three dead

Investigators search for motive in Planned Parenthood shooting that left three dead

first_img Facebook Comments Investigators in Colorado Springs worked on Saturday to determine what prompted the shooting at a Planned Parenthood clinic that resulted in the deaths of three people, including a police officer.Police identified the suspected gunman as 57-year-old Robert Lewis Dear, but released no other information about him. He is accused of killing two people in addition to University of Colorado Police Officer Garrett Swasey, as well as injuring at least four other officers and five more civilians.The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs said Swasey, 44, had been with the campus police department for six years and responded to the initial reports of an active shooter.Authorities say Dear was armed with a long gun and also brought into the building several “items” that could have been explosive devices.“We don’t have any information on this individual’s mentality, or his ideas or ideology,” Colorado Springs police Lt. Catherine Buckley told reporters, according to the Associated Press.State investigators and federal agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the FBI are also involved in the investigation.President Barack Obama was briefed on the situation on Friday, a White House official said. On Saturday, the president released a statement noting that the gunman’s motive remains unknown, but urging the public not to let such incidents “become normal.”“The last thing Americans should have to do, over the holidays or any day, is comfort the families of people killed by gun violence — people who woke up in the morning and bid their loved ones goodbye with no idea it would be for the last time,” the statement said.“And yet, two days after Thanksgiving,” the statement continued, “that’s what we are forced to do again.”While acknowledging that investigators have more to uncover, one Planned Parenthood official suggested the incident may be rooted in the “poisonous environment” that feeds domestic terrorism.“We don’t yet know the full circumstances and motives behind this criminal action, and we don’t yet know if Planned Parenthood was in fact the target of this attack,” Vicki Cowart, president and chief executive of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, said in a written statement. “We share the concerns of many Americans that extremists are creating a poisonous environment that feeds domestic terrorism in this country. We will never back away from providing care in a safe, supportive environment that millions of people rely on and trust.”The shooting arrives during a period of heightened scrutiny for Planned Parenthood. In July, an anti-abortion group released a series of secretly filmed videos from a clinic in Denver that showed staffers discussing the extraction of fecal tissue from aborted fetuses before that tissue is sent to research facilities. The videos, which Planned Parenthood officials have claimed were heavily edited to bolster critics’ false claims, provoked a series of nationwide protests in August aimed at cutting off federal funding for the healthcare organization. Planned Parenthood officials said the protests were designed to intimidate and harass patients.Health centers associated with Planned Parenthood have been the target of threats and violence because of the organization’s role in providing abortions and lobbying for reproductive rights. Abortion rights groups say threats against abortion providers rose sharply this summer in the wake of the undercover “sting” operation that produced the controversial videos.At least four Planned Parenthood clinics have been targeted with arson since the videos were released. The increase in threats has led abortion rights groups to increase cooperation with local police and the FBI.In a Twitter message released on Friday by Planned Parenthood Rocky Mountain, a clinic spokesman said 28 other regional health centers will remain open “no matter what.”“We maintain strong security measures and always work closely with law enforcement agencies to ensure our very strong safety record,” the statement said.In New York, Detective Brian Sessa said the police department had deployed response vehicles to Planned Parenthood locations throughout the city out of “an abundance of caution.” He added that there were no specific threats.“Our hearts go out to the families and loved ones of the brave law enforcement officers who put themselves in harm’s way in Colorado Springs,” Cecile Richards, president and chief executive of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, said in a statement. “We are profoundly grateful for their heroism in helping to protect all women, men and young people as they access basic health care in this country.”© 2015, The Washington Post Related posts:FBI investigating San Bernardino shooting as ‘act of terrorism’ French security forces tighten net on massacre suspects Blood, bodies, bullets turn heart of France into war zone The Islamic State’s trap for Europelast_img read more

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