first_imgShivpal, who is the younger brother of Mulayam, hadShivpal, who is the younger brother of Mulayam, had yesterday reached Delhi to meet the party chief at his official residence.An indication that the crisis in the SP lingered on came when Shivpal told Mulayam that despite following his orders, he was being painted as a villain.Later talking to reporters, Shivpal had rejected suggestions that there were differences within the party and the Yadav clan.”Neither am I angry nor is Netaji (Mulayam). We all are happy…there are no differences,” he had said.Mulayam is likely to reach Lucknow tomorrow morning.Asked about another report of national parliamentary board meeting of the party, Ramgopal said that there is not need for it.”When has it been called? I am the secretary of parliamentary board and I call the meet. It is called when there is an issue of removing anyone or deciding tickets of Rajya Sabha, Vidhan Parishad…there is nothing like that,” he said. PTI ABN RTlast_img read more

This day that year: When Kapil’s Devils created glory at 1983 World Cup

first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiJune 25, 2019UPDATED: June 25, 2019 10:59 IST File photo of India captain Kapil Dev receiving the World Cup trophy at the Lord’s balcony on June 25, 1983 (@BCCI Photo)HIGHLIGHTSKapil’s Devils lifted the 1983 World Cup trophy 36 years agoIndia stunned 2-time champions West Indies in a low-scoring final at Lord’sWe weren’t silly by thinking we would win it: Sunil Gavaskar recalls India’s journeyIn an interview to India Today, legendary all-rounder Kapil Dev had said the West Indies had more Champagne at the mid-innings break of the 1983 World Cup final than India. Kapil’s men had posted a below-par total of 183 in the big final on June 25, 1983 at the Lord’s, London.It seemed India’s fairytale run in the World Cup would come to an end. The West Indies were set for a third straight title. Clive Llyod’s side had superstars who, on their day, could just blow away the challenge of chasing 184. But June 25, 1983 wasn’t their day. It was the day that arguably changed Indian cricket forever.Gordon Greenidge fails. Sir Vivian Richards walks in with the swagger that is known for. The gum-chewing slayer gets on with his innings and hits a flurry of boundaries.Madan Lal is under the pump but he isn’t willing to go away. He goes to skipper Kapil Dev and asks for the ball. Lal cramps Richards for room but the batting great tries to pull one into the stands. Instead, the ball balloons up and Kapil Dev takes a breathtaking catch to send the West Indies star walking back to the hut.Once Vivian Richards was dismissed, Indians had their tails up. Clive Lloyd fell to Roger Binny without troubling the scorers much. Jeff Dujon and Malcolm Marshall tried to revive the chase with a 43-run stand for the 7th wicket but Mohinder Amarnath stepped into action and removed both of them in quick succession.Amarnath dealt the final blow and sealed India’s historic win by trapping Michael Holding in front. West Indies were bowled out for 140. Their World Cup-winning streak was broken. Cricket had its new world champions!advertisement The scenes at Lord’s after India’s 1983 World Cup final triumph (Getty Images)From rank outsiders to world champions: ‘Weren’t silly thinking we would win’India were rank outsiders. London bookies offering 50:1 odds against them. In fact, many of the members of the World Cup-winning team in 1983 had planned for trips to the United States after the World Cup. All those plans had to be postponed, considering India’s success in the tournament.Speaking to India Today at Salaam Cricket 2019, batting great Sunil Gavaskar had clarified on the US trip rumours. Gavaskar added that India weren’t pessimistic about their chances but weren’t too “silly” to think they would go on to win the World Cup in 1983.”Our turnaround in the whole format started when we went to Australia in 1980 where we played 10 ODI games. That’s the first time we started to take ODI cricket seriously. Earlier on, we just went in like a Sunday game. This time there were prizes at the end. There was a trophy to be won as well. Earlier on, there was nothing to be won. Then we came to the West Indies in 1983 and we beat them in a match in Guyana,” Gavaskar added.”We weren’t silly by thinking we would win it. But we weren’t pessimistic.”36 years hence, India have another World Cup in their cabinet. Virat Kohli is now leading a young side that is bidding to bring home the country’s third World Cup trophy. In, 2011, India showcased that they are the new powerhouses of world cricket as an MS Dhoni-led side steamrolled oppositions on their way to World Cup glory.It is safe to say the image of Kapil Dev lifting the World Cup trophy at the Lord’s balcony changed the dynamics of world cricket. It inspired a million, including the greatest batsman to have ever graced planet Earth.Clive Llyod had got it right after the 1983 World Cup. Speaking on India’s win, the West Indies great had said: “Indian cricket has arrived. And it’s here to stay.”. Indeed, it did.Also Read | 1983 – Indira Gandhi declares public holiday after India create historyAlso Read | 1983 World Cup: Miracle at Lord’sAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow 1983 World CupFollow Kapil DevFollow Sunil GavaskarFollow India vs West Indies finalFollow Vivian RichardsFollow Clive LlyodFollow Madan LalFollow Mohinder Amarnath This day that year: When Kapil’s Devils created glory at 1983 World CupICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Even as Virat Kohli’s Team India are looking the side to beat at the ongoing tournament, we look back at India’s first World Cup triumph in 1983. On this day, 36 years ago, Kapil Dev’s men stunned the mighy West Indies to script history.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

Public-Private Partnership for the Construction of Housing for Health Workers

first_img Health Minister, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, says a public/private partnership proposal, is being examined for the construction of accommodations for healthcare professionals at certain locations.Dr. Tufton explained that such an arrangement will require the injection of funds from an investor to develop the housing facilities.“So we would secure private participation in the financing and building of the accommodations with a long-term financing arrangement that would see the lease payments by the tenants occupying the facility,” he said.The Health Minister was speaking with JIS NEWS, ahead of a tour at the Princess Margaret Hospital in Morant Bay, St. Thomas, on June 16.Dr. Tufton pointed out that he will begin examination of the proposal in the coming weeks.He noted that the St. Thomas-based Hospital, with its 26-acres of land, is an ideal location that could benefit from this arrangement, in addition to other areas, “as housing is a big issue for healthcare professionals”.The sentiment was also shared by Senior Medical Officer (SMO) for the facility, Dr. Cecil Batchelor, who said staff members were lost periodically due to the absence of housing.“I have 16 doctors and of that number, I think 13 of them live in Kingston. Whenever we have a disaster pending, such as a hurricane, I have to find ways of housing them so that I have enough doctors in case we get cut-off because we do from time-to-time. So housing is very important,” he said.Meanwhile, addressing other issues, Dr. Tufton said he would be examining the needs of the hospital for more incubators for newborns as well as the reasons for the delay in completion in the expansion of the accident and emergency building.The expansion project is said to cost approximately $143million.In an update on the construction of the new 220-bed western hospital for children and adolescents, on the grounds of the Cornwall Regional Hospital in St. James, Dr. Tufton said he expects ground to be broken before the end of the current financial year.He said a team from China is in the island for four weeks examining plans and designs for the hospital’s construction.He also informed that work will commence this year to upgrade Type B hospitals to Type A. Among them include: St. Ann’s Bay Hospital, Spanish Town Hospital in St. Catherine and the Mandeville Regional Hospital.Type A facilities provide comprehensive secondary and tertiary health care services and are the final referral points for public and private hospitals.Situated in the larger urban centres, Type B hospitals provide primary and secondary care services, including inpatient and outpatient services in general surgery, general medicine, obstetrics and gynaecology, paediatrics, and anaesthetics. X-ray and laboratory services are usually available.While on the tour of the 62 year-old St. Thomas facility, Dr. Tufton visited the laboratory, accident and emergency section under development, the x-ray and paediatric departments, kitchen and male and female wards, among other areas. Dr. Tufton explained that such an arrangement will require the injection of funds from an investor to develop the housing facilities. Story Highlights “So we would secure private participation in the financing and building of the accommodations with a long-term financing arrangement that would see the lease payments by the tenants occupying the facility,” Dr. Tufton said. Health Minister, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, says a public/private partnership proposal, is being examined for the construction of accommodations for healthcare professionals at certain locations. last_img read more

Hearings begin today on Quebecs secularism bill as cracks appear in Liberal

first_imgQUEBEC CITY – Renowned philosopher Charles Taylor will be among the first to speak during legislative hearings into Quebec’s secularism bill that begin today in Quebec City.The Coalition Avenir Quebec government has set aside six days for public consultations on the controversial legislation, which is strongly supported by the province’s francophone majority but criticized by civil rights advocates. Bill 21 seeks to prohibit some public sector workers from wearing religious symbols on the job.Taylor, along with historian and sociologist Gerard Bouchard, wrote a widely cited report in 2008 recommending public sector employees in positions of authority such as judges, police officers and prison guards be prevented from wearing religious symbols at work.The report served as a blueprint for Bill 21 for the government of Premier Francois Legault, which went further by adding teachers to the list of workers in positions of authority. Taylor has since reversed his position on state secularism and has described Bill 21 as discriminatory.Bouchard, who is scheduled to address the hearings Wednesday, has criticized the decision to extend the legislation to teachers.The Coalition Avenir Quebec and the Parti Quebecois favour restrictions on religious symbols including the hijab, kippa turban and cross, while the two other parties with seats in the legislature — the Liberals and Quebec solidaire — are opposed.Fractures have begun to appear in the Liberal caucus on the issue, however, following the party’s election loss in October and its poor showing among francophone voters. Potential leadership candidates have begun suggesting the Liberals should accept some additional restrictions on religious symbols.The Canadian Presslast_img read more


first_img“Tonight was a celebration of everyone who’s been part of the Nova Scotia film industry, whether the role they played was big or small, on screen or off, nominated or not.” Said Mike Volpe, Chair of Screen Nova Scotia. “There is so much talent here and so much heart. That, in my experience, is an unstoppable combination.  We’re on our way back and who doesn’t love a good comeback story.”For the third year in a row, Mike McLeod won Best Actor in a Leading Role for the role of the priest in the series Forgive Me. Director Thom Fitzgerald accepted the award on McLeod’s behalf. First-time nominee Molly Dunsworth took home the Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her work in the short film Ingrid and the Black Hole.Bette MacDonald also picked up the ACTRA Award for Outstanding Female Actor in a Leading Role for her role as Trudy Walsh, the outspoken school secretary on Mr.D.Fish, from filmmaker Heather Young, won the award for Best Sort Film. Fish screened at the Berlinale as part of Telefilm Canada’s Not Short on Talent program and was recently selected to screen in TIFF Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival.Digital animation was spotlighted at the awards, with Tim Tracey winning the DANS Award for Outstanding Animation for his short film DataMine and Copernicus Studios taking home the trophy for Best Animated Series for their Disney XD show Pickle & Peanut.Editor Sarah Bryne won the 2017 Film Crew Excellence Award. Sarah’s recent credits include Play Your Gender, Trailer Park Boys and Your Money or Your Wife. Sarah also works extensively with the Atlantic Filmmakers Cooperative and on countless short films for emerging filmmakers.The full list of award winners:Best Feature Film: Werewolf (Grassfire Films)Best Television Series: This Hour Has 22 Minutes (DHX Media)Best Documentary Film: Quebec My Country Mon Pays (John Walker Productions)Best Short Film: Fish (Heather Young)DANS Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Animation: DataMine (Tim Tracey Animation)Outstanding Female Actor in a Leading Role: Bette MacDonald in Mr. DOutstanding Male Actor in a Leading Role: Mike McLeod in Forgive Me: ConfessionsOutstanding Female Actor in a Supporting Role: Molly Dunsworth in Ingrid and the Black HoleOutstanding Male Actor in a Supporting Role: Nathan D. Simmons in Hustle & HeartFilm Crew Excellence Award: Sarah Byrne, EditorCommunity Recognition Award: Dave Myatt & the Atlantic School of TheologyScreen Nova Scotia would like to thank our generous sponsors who make this event possible. Click HERE for a full list of our partners and supporters. Screen Nova Scotia hosted its third annual awards show on Thursday, May 4th,  in front of a sold-out crowd at Casino Nova Scotia. Featuring the ACTRA Awards for Outstanding Performances, the Digital Animators of Nova Scotia Award, the Film Crew Excellence Award, and the Screen Nova Scotia Awards for film, television and animation, the event was a celebration of the talent, creativity and passion that are trademarks of the screen-based community in Nova Scotia.The evening was hosted by the legendary comedy duo, Bette MacDonald and Maynard Morrison, with accompaniment from the Bill Stevenson Trio. Presenters included producers, directors, crew members and actors, with a special appearance by Weirdos’ Andy Warhol (Rhys Bevan-John).The night’s finale was the Screen Nova Scotia Award for Best Feature Film, which was awarded to the indie drama Werewolf, the debut feature film from acclaimed Cape Breton writer/director Ashely McKenzie and her producing partner, Nelson MacDonald. Advertisement Facebook Twitter Photos by Michael TompkinsPhoto #1: Awards host Bette MacDonaldPhoto #2: Director John Walker & Producer Ann Bernier (Best Documentary Film winners forQuebec My Country Mon Pays)center_img Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

New Liberal government to release its first fiscal and economic update

OTTAWA — The new Liberal government will open the federal books for Canadians this morning as it releases its fiscal and economic update.It will mark the first time the Liberals present the numbers to the public since they defeated the Conservatives in last month’s election.Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s update will also come after months of downgraded economic projections.Bank of Canada study seeks ways to address ‘serial disappointment’ in economic growthResponsible deficits will help Canada’s weak economy: MorneauThe economy has struggled amid weaker-than-expected global growth, stubbornly low commodity prices and the failure of other sectors to pick up the slack from the resources industry.Morneau’s update will also shed light on any hurdles the government faces as it tries to keep budgetary deficits in check while carrying out big spending promises aimed at helping the economy.The government vowed to cap shortfalls at no more than $10 billion a year over the next three years and still achieve a balanced budget before the next election in 2019.The Finance Department says the calculations in today’s update will not factor in any of the new measures promised by the Liberals. read more

UN working group drafts text of international disability convention

In a two-week meeting that wrapped up on Friday, representatives from 27 countries hammered out the text, which covers non-discrimination in all areas, including equality before the law and the right to work.The draft, which will form the basis of negotiations later this year, also addresses specific concerns, such as education, accessibility, standards of living, living independently, the rights of children with disabilities and full participation in society.The General Assembly’s Ad Hoc Committee on a Comprehensive and Integral International Convention on Protection and Promotion of the Rights and Dignity of Persons with Disabilities will convene for a negotiating session from 24 May to 4 June.The UN said last month that some 600 million people globally suffer disabilities and the day-to-day life of 25 per cent of the world’s population is touched in some way by the condition.The Working Group, established last year by the Ad Hoc Committee, comprised policy-makers, disabled persons’ organizations and human rights experts. They examined hundreds of pages of recommendations submitted by governments, expert meetings, UN bodies, regional commissions and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). read more

Georgia committed to peaceful end to Abkhazia conflict Security Council told

In an open briefing to the Council, the Prime Minister said he hoped the international community, particularly the Council, would respond to the new realities in his country and make energetic new efforts to reach a comprehensive and peaceful resolution to the conflict in Abkhazia.Mr. Zhvania said while relations between his government and the Russian Federation have improved, the authorities in Abkhazia would not take part in discussions to settle questions of its political status and the resettlement of internally displaced persons (IDPs).Abkhazia, in northwestern Georgia, erupted into separatist violence in 1992.Three years had elapsed since the Friends of the Secretary-General for Georgia had agreed on and supported a document that was to have facilitated basic negotiations, Mr. Zhvania said.The document indicated the division of powers between Tbilisi and Sokhumi, while giving Abkhazia wide-ranging autonomy within Georgia. The Friends are the United States, France, Britain, Germany and Russia, and they are charged with advancing a peace process that has been stalemated for nearly 10 years.Mr. Zhvania said the Russian Federation, as the special facilitator, had been trying to deliver the document to the Abkhaz side, but without much success. He hoped that with the increased involvement of his Russian colleagues now it would be possible to begin meaningful deliberations.In February Abkhazia refused to attend a scheduled meeting and two days ago, at a meeting in Moscow, despite the efforts of the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), and the participation of the Russian side, Abkhazia was “unconstructive.”The result was that a letter of intent on the mechanisms of resettling the IDPs could not be adopted.The Council is considering Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s recent report on the situation.Mr. Annan said he was encouraged by the public commitment of the new Georgian leadership to find a comprehensive settlement by peaceful means and by early practical actions taken within the zone of conflict. He called on the Abkhaz side to use the changing political climate in Tbilisi to start negotiations on the substantive issues of the conflict.Listen to UN Radio report read more

Ohio State football Media Day preview

OSU coach Urban Meyer during the spring game on April 16 at Ohio Stadium. Credit: Lantern File PhotoCoach Urban Meyer has 29 preseason practices to get his Ohio State team ready to compete against top programs in the 2016 campaign. He has those 29 practices to award 16 open starting positions to many players who have yet to contribute much of anything in games.On Sunday, OSU is set to hold it’s annual media day where players and coaches from all disciplines will be available for questioning. Here are a few storylines going into media day.Saturday’s intrasquad scrimmageOSU held their first preseason scrimmage on Saturday at Coffey Road Fields following the team’s first two-a-day practice on Friday. Aside from drills, this was the first opportunity for the coaching staff to evaluate the players in a simulated game experience.“Because we are an inexperienced group and that’s the closest you have to a preseason game, you want to see who really responds when the lights come on,” said associate head coach and defensive coordinator Greg Schiano. Schiano mentioned junior Damon Webb and redshirt sophomore Malik Hooker as two guys ahead of the others “but not by much.” The intrasquad scrimmage may have given a better scope on the talent at the safety position as well as every other open spot.“You see a guy who really looks good but then under the game situation when they’re out there by themselves and they have to deal with a lot of different variables, can they handle it and stay focused?” Schiano said. “That’s what I’m looking for.”The August heat in Ohio can be brutal—not to mention running around in shoulder pads and a helmet—which makes the competition for those spots even tougher. But that’s the mentality Meyer and his coaching staff are trying to breed. “Our camp isn’t easy,” redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett said. “The main thing is grind it out. The hard times we have in camp right now are going to help us down the season.”Position battles gain clarityAfter the first day of camp on Aug. 7, Meyer said that in a week and around practices 12 and 13 are when he hopes to begin narrowing down jobs and announce starters.Sunday marks one week and eight practices completed for the Buckeyes, so there could be a few steps made toward finalizing a depth chart.“Next week we would like to start narrowing it,” Meyer said last week. “We have an idea of who’s going to play, but we have a lot of good players. By next week I’d like to give it to guys who earned it—announce them as starters.”Meyer said he likes to make a big deal out of announcing starters for the players and their families who he calls to inform them that their sons are going to be starters.Some of the closest battles are at safety, cornerback, right tackle and left guard.First chance to talk to four position groupsThe offensive line, wide receivers, cornerbacks and running backs all have at lea read more

Womens Soccer Ohio State eyes turnaround for Michigan games

Ohio State sophomore defender Izzy Rodriguez (9) scores a goal off a penalty kick in the second half of the game against Iowa on Sept. 27. Ohio State won 2-0. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorAfter a tie in the last match with Nebraska at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, the Ohio State women’s soccer team will aim for better results when it faces Michigan at 7 p.m. Friday and Michigan State at 1 p.m. Sunday. With the tie, the Buckeyes sit at 6-4-1, with a 3-1-1 record in the Big Ten. The Wolverines are coming off back-to-back losses against Minnesota and Northwestern, tallying an overall record of 6-6-0 on the year. Last season, Ohio State won a home game against Michigan 1-0.After scoring the goal for Ohio State that tied up the game with Nebraska, sophomore defender Izzy Rodriguez is looking forward to competing against two teams on the road once again. “We’ve had a lot of road trips,” Rodriguez said. “So I think we’re pretty comfortable this year with playing away. Obviously we love being home, but I think with the experiences we’ve had in our nonconference, being away a lot, that’s helped us prepare to be away also a lot in the conference.”Sophomore midfielder Alia Martin notched the only goal for Michigan in the previous game against the Wildcats, during which Northwestern came away with a 4-1 victory. Michigan’s strength this season is its offense, which scored a total of six goals against Central Michigan, had nine saves against Purdue and eight corner kicks against Boston University. Sophomore midfielder Nicki Hernandez has been a vital player on the Wolverines offense, totaling six goals, five assists and two game-winning goals so far this season.Ohio State and Michigan will battle out the rivalry, this time in Ann Arbor, Michigan.   The last time Ohio State met Michigan State, the match went into double overtime at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, where the Buckeyes won against the Spartans 1-0.Michigan State currently sits at 5-4-3, 0-3-2 in the Big Ten, shining in nonconference play and winning five consecutive games.However, the Spartans continue to compete in rough matchups in Big Ten play, recently coming off two consecutive losses to Wisconsin and Illinois.Freshman forward Camryn Evans seems to be Michigan State’s star player this season, scoring six total goals — four against Oakland and two against Purdue.The Spartans will look for a victory against the Buckeyes this weekend, following their defeat here last year.Senior goalkeeper Devon Kerr said the team was happy coming off a tie with Nebraska, despite not getting the results it wanted. She also said her teammates showed a lot of resiliency and fight by coming back to tie the game.“I think we’re really motivated this week,” Kerr said. “This weekend especially since because we’re going to be playing both the teams up north, so that’s kind of enough motivation in itself.” After a shaky start to the season, Ohio State sees the pair of Michigan matchups as a chance to turn around its start, hoping to take each game at a time and focusing on coming away with a win.“After the last couple of games, I think our biggest thing is to take each game one at a time and not really focus on the big picture at the time,” Rodriguez said. That’s what’s helped us succeed in the past couple of games is we really focus on the details of each game, and then hopefully that will create the bigger picture of success.” read more

April Jones Police looking at 20 sites as search continues

first_imgPOLICE IN WALES searching for missing five-year-old April Jones have said they are focusing on more than 20 sites in the Machynlleth area.In his evening briefing, Detective Superintendent Reg Bevan said specific activity is happening across these scenes. He also told reporters that over 400 messages had been received from the public since his lunchtime appeal.Overall, 1,600 messages have been received by investigators trying to trace the whereabouts of the young girl who was last seen getting into a vehicle at 7.30pm on Monday.Detectives are trying to establish the movements of suspect Mark Bridger and his vehicle – a blue Landrover Discovery – between Monday evening and Tuesday afternoon.The massive search team includes 100 mountain rescue personnel, 100 trained and accredited police officers, 20 dog handlers, two RNLI vessels, the police marine unit and a team of kayakers.“Intelligence is developing fast and this helps to drive the search priorities which are constantly under review,” explained Superintendent Ian John.“The geography is very challenging and everyone is working in a hostile environment, by that I mean the terrain if difficult, waterlogged, working near to flooded rivers with the potential for mine shafts and unstable ground.“The number of officers we have deployed will increase, particularly the use of specialist officers from around the UK. This is a growing operation and in no way are we scaling back this search. We remain completely focussed on finding April.”Bridger was arrested yesterday afternoon and in a highly unusual move, his picture and name were subsequently released. Police also revealed he was wearing waterproof trousers and camouflage clothing when detained.Bevan said the 46-year-old has been interviewed twice and police are looking to build a profile.Meanwhile, Sky News has reported that April’s godmother Mair Raftree revealed that the missing child suffers from Cerebral Palsy and so will need her medication.The registration plate on Mark Bridger’s blue Land Rover Discovery is L503MEP. It was recovered from a repair garage yesterday afternoon.If you are reading this in Wales, the number to call with any information is 0300 2000 333. Det Supt Bevan said: “Do not assume someone else has already contacted us with information. Even if you feel yours is trivial, please contact us.”last_img read more

La Trobe condemns Modern Greek Studies program to a slow death

first_imgLa Trobe University has a mission. In its vision statement it proclaims: “Advancing knowledge and learning to shape the future of our students and communities”. It sounds commendable, but as far as the university’s approach to the Modern Greek Studies program is concerned, its mission statement is devoid of any meaning, if recent events are any guide.The abolition in January of the only full-time position in the program shows the university has an odd approach to advancing learning. How can one part-time coordinator contribute to the revitalisation of the Modern Greek program, and develop, coordinate, teach, participate in innovative course level curriculum design, and fulfil the administrative duties of the program in a part-time capacity, in less than 30 hours a week?The university doesn’t appear to have any intention of ‘shaping the future’ of the students who choose to study Modern Greek at La Trobe; recent decisions by the university indicate that it does not believe the Modern Greek Studies program has any future at all.This might be seen as a damning assessment but it is a fair one, and we can explain why.Since the program’s inception 40 years ago, La Trobe has enjoyed the support of the Greek community. Fundraising events, grants from the Greek and Cypriot governments, and generous bequests flowed into the program, and they still do, albeit on a smaller scale. The Vasilogiannis bequest, which, according to our sources, supports the program with $50,000 of additional funding per year, is an example of the community’s continued contribution.However, it has become apparent that this supportive relationship is no longer reciprocal.About 10 years ago, La Trobe University gradually adopted a secretive, if not arrogant, attitude towards the Greek community about the program. The community’s concerns for the future of Modern Greek Studies fell on deaf ears at La Trobe. Its authorities weakened the program and failed to provide clarity about their intentions, while claiming they were committed to its continuation.Decreasing student numbers in the program are no secret, nor are the issues that arise from this harsh reality, but the lack of transparency from La Trobe and its lack of a clear policy on how they are addressing the issue has created a deficit of trust between the Greek community and the institution.The university’s latest decision to reduce the program coordinator role to a part-time position has angered the Greek community.Dr Maria Herodotou served the program for about 40 years in many capacities. She was the program’s full-time coordinator for some years until her retirement 18 months ago.Dr Herodotou has since decided to speak openly about the recent developments, and doesn’t shy away from expressing her utter disappointment.“When I informed them (the university) of my decision to retire, I presented them with all the details of the program and asked them if they would maintain my position with all the conditions – full-time, ongoing employment – and they promised me that they would. Unfortunately, my retirement in 2017 coincided with a policy decision by the University to freeze any new appointments,” Dr Herodotou told Neos Kosmos.The hiring freeze served the university’s strategy – it is obvious now that there was a strategy – to minimise its financial commitment to the program. Instead of replacing Dr Herodotou, a move that would affirm their commitment to the continuation of Modern Greek studies at La Trobe, they chose to employ two lecturers on a casual basis, with Dr Herodotou kept on as a part-timer assigned administrative duties.Dr Maria Herodotou.Since the beginning of the 2017 academic year, La Trobe has not spent a penny on the Modern Greek program, while at the same time actually making money from it. Apart from the federal funding it received, the program generated additional income from the interest paid on the Vasilogiannis bequest, and fees paid by Melbourne University for its students pursuing cross-institutional studies in Modern Greek at La Trobe’s Bundoora campus. It is estimated that the additional income was about $70,000 – more than enough to cover the salaries of the two casual academics.During a meeting with members of the Greek Community of Melbourne board last October, the then head of the College of the Arts, Professor Anthony McGrew chose his words very carefully, making no commitments about reinstating Dr Herodotou’s position. The only commitment he made was to ensure the program would continue.In the meantime, Dr Herodotou approached the Head of the Language and Linguistics Department, Professor James Walker, several times to inquire about the the full-time position but she was not provided with any clear answers.The delay to appoint a successor last year worried her.“I expressed my concern about the delays in appointing a new program coordinator. The delays were harmful to the program. I told them,” she says.Fast forward to November 2017 when Neos Kosmos asked La Trobe about its intentions to fill Dr Herodotou’s position. Our requests for information went unanswered, and according to sources, the university branded our efforts as an “unnecessary and unhelpful interference”.Within days Dr Herodotou’s fears that the program would be eroded were confirmed.There was not going to be a full-time staff member for the program and instead the position was downgraded to part-time (0.6 days a week).“I expressed my concern immediately that the position was reduced to 0.6; a fixed term appointment entails a lot of restrictions and is an impediment to the development of the program,” says Dr Herodotou, who still thought that the university was going to at least fund the position from its coffers.But the situation got worse. The position was now to be fully funded externally from the maturity of the Vasilogiannis bequest.“That is contrary to what was previously discussed,” says Dr Herodotou, who, like the many in the community, feels misled by the university.She comments on the best efforts of Professor Walker but won’t comment on his superiors, pointing to other recent developments which stand to prove that La Trobe can no longer be bothered with the Modern Greek program and appears to be doing all in is power to weaken it.Among them is the authorities’ decision to withdraw the Greek Diaspora subject offered over summer. Despite 15 students enrolling in the subject in 2016, the university closed its doors on them without any explanation, either to the students or to Dr Herodotou. The subject didn’t run last summer either.“I realised that they were not offering it and I raised my concerns. They opened it to enrolments just a day before the deadline to enrol was expiring,” recalls Dr Herodotou, adding that “the decision by the school not to allow subjects to be offered like this one for two consecutive years had a negative effect on the overall enrolments in the program”.In the meantime, the development of new subjects that might help raise student numbers is becoming an impossible task; Dr Herodotou points out that “certain policies prevent the program from offering new and additional subjects to the current program”.part-time program cordination: THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM La Trobe maintains that its intentions are to keep the program alive. We asked it how it would be possible for it to not only stay alive, but be revived and become more attractive to future students when all its actions are condemning it to a slow death.Professor Walker maintains the long-term plan is to revive the program, but the elephant in the room – how exactly a part-time coordinator can achieve this – is expertly avoided.“Enrolments in Greek Studies have declined drastically over the years, to the point where the program is in danger of becoming unsustainable. In the current funding environment the program cannot be continued in its current form. The part-time, fixed-term appointment gives us a couple of years to re-imagine the Greek Studies program. The new Head of School and I are committed to working with the newly appointed staff member and with members of the Greek Community of Melbourne to put Greek Studies at La Trobe on this sustainable path. We have already started to make changes to the curriculum in 2019 that we hope will prove attractive to students in Greek Studies and beyond”.APATHY FROM THE GREEK COMMUNITY – THE OTHER ELEPHANT IN THE ROOMIn the past, the Greek community has supported the Modern Greek Studies program through a number of initiatives with well-off members investing not only time, but also a considerable amount of money to enhance it.The decisions and lack of transparency on La Trobe’s behalf created a sizable deficit of trust between the community and the university, resulting in an apathetic response from the community.It should be noted that there is an effort being made by the GOCMV to initiate a dialogue with La Trobe. But is that enough?One thing is certain. It was not enough to save the full-time coordinator role.As a community, in recent years we have shied away from asking ourselves some fundamental questions about the Modern Greek program: do we want a Modern Greek Studies program to be part of Melbourne’s academic landscape? If we do, what can be done to make this program sustainable?And last but not least, who will lead the effort on behalf of the community?There’s no denying the Greek community has accumulated substantial wealth during its limited presence in Australia, and with numerous associations leaving behind valuable assets, one thing is certain; the means to maintain a Modern Greek university program are there. Coupled with the human capital, the many exceptional people who have the knowledge and have earned the respect of the Australian community, there are certainly leaders to head the effort. The question is, will words translate into action? It’s yet to be seen. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Delano Williams gets more kudos named newspapers Person of the Year

Delano Williams gets more kudos named newspapers Person of the Year

first_img Team Great Britain’s 4x400m relay team disqualified!! Related Items:delano williams, person of the year Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 11 Jan 2015 – Congratulations are in order again for the country’s ‘Golden Boy’ and world class sprinter, Delano Williams. His big bright smile is sported in a photo headlining the newest edition of The Turks and Caicos Weekly News as the 2015 Person of the Year. There will likely be no contention about that title since Williams performed in finest form in track and field in 2015, as he pursues a marketing degree at the University of the West Indies in Jamaica. Delano Williams was a gleaming part of Team Great Britain at the IAAF World Relays held in Nassau, Bahamas and a bronze medal performance came again from the quartet in the 2015 IAAF World Games, held in Bejing, China. The 4x400m relay team’s achievement made them automatic qualifiers for this year’s Summer Olympic Games set for Rio in July. Delano is headed to the Olympic Games, and will be the first Turks and Caicos native to do so. The Grand Turkian, who has a twin sister, is 22 years old now and was among the first to be awarded the Turks and Caicos Islands National Young Achievers Medal at the inaugural ceremony in October 2015. Williams, who is already endorsed by Nike, also signed a $60,000 dollar endorsement deal with LIME in 2015. You can read more about Wiliams’ accomplishments and feelings going into 2016 in that article in the TC Weekly News. The Nation will stand still to watch the country’s first Olympian Delano Williams return home postponed due to weatherlast_img read more

Grand Bahama tourism not dead says Tourism Director

Grand Bahama tourism not dead says Tourism Director

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppGrand Bahama, Bahamas, February 4, 2017 – Grand Bahama is now in damage control mode since Memories Resort and Casino announced that it is pulling out for sure.  Russell Miller, Chairman of the Grand Bahama Island Tourist Board says there are still resorts open, there are still activities for guests to engage, there are still ways for guests to get to the island and there is still tourism in the nation’s second city which suffered a catastrophic blow in Hurricane Matthew.“We are open and operational; we had some setbacks with some of our hotels under renovation but we are open and we are taking and accepting visitors.”   Russell talked too about linkages of Grand Bahama via sea and air;  he called scheduled ferry service from Ft Lauderdale and West Palm Beach lifelines for the island.  Nine resorts were listed as opened for business including Lighthouse Pointe, Flamingo Hotel, Island Seas, Old Bahama Bay, Fortuna, Pelican Bay and Royal Islander.Airlift from 11 states will also come in a Summer travel program, actually managed by Sunwing Travel and new to Freeport, Delta with daily service from the world’s busiest airport, Heartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International, which is the hub for Delta.#MagneticMediaNews #GBTourism Related Items:#GBTourism, #magneticmedianewslast_img read more

State employees take third furlough day Tuesday

first_imgOLYMPIA – The day after Labor Day, state employees who work for nearly 50 state agencies, boards or commissions will have an unpaid furlough day.Tuesday is the third state furlough day to save payroll costs across state government. The Legislature approved 10 days of furloughs for most state workers to save $73 million over the next year. Exempt are public-safety personnel, those who bring revenue to the state and those responsible for protecting the vulnerable.The Olympian reports universities and colleges, agencies headed by independently elected officials and others also are staying open but have used vacancies, layoffs or other alternatives to reduce payroll.last_img

CES 2019 Dell XPS 13s 2019 model fixes its biggest problem

first_img CES Products Now playing: Watch this: 40 Photos Sarah Tew/CNET The XPS 13 from Dell has been one of our favorite laptops for a few years. It launched the current war on bezels, shaving down its screen borders before almost everyone else, and that’s a look being copied far and wide now.But, even the most recent generation of the XPS 13 — which made big strides all its own — suffered from a near-fatal flaw. Its webcam was positioned below the screen, not above it. That’s the opposite of pretty much every other laptop ever, and that’s for good reason. 1:55 See all the best laptops from CES 2019 4 New Dell XPS 13 and Inspiron 7000 Black Edition fix problems… Blame the super-thin bezel around the screen, which didn’t have room for a webcam. The unfortunate compromise was that Skype calls and videos shot from the under-screen webcam all hit that unflattering up-the-nose angle.This time around, Dell has cracked the code, and is inserting a new, extra small, “micro HD” webcam design right where it belongs — above the screen. So no more nostril-cam. The new camera is 2.25mm high, so it just fits in that slim 4mm top bezel. It’s not a Windows Hello camera, but there’s an optional fingerprint reader for biometric logins. dell-xps-13-04Now that’s a tiny webcam.  Sarah Tew/CNET Besides that, you can get up a 4K display, surrounded by a slim 4mm bezel, and Dolby Vision support for HDR video. The colors have been tweaked slightly, but it’s still a sharp-looking mostly white laptop, with a variant in, you guessed it, rose gold. Basic specs and configuration options include:CPU: Intel eighth-gen Core i3, Core i5 or Core i7RAM: 4GB to 16GBDisplay: 1,920 by 1,080 pixels, 1,920 by 1,080-pixel touchscreen or 3,840 by 2,160-pixel touchscreenGraphics: Intel UHD 620Storage: 128GB to 2TBThe XPS 13 remains a standard bearer for slim mainstream laptops, and I suspect it will remain one of my go-to recommendations. It’ll start at $899 (about £700 or AU$1,260) and go on sale Jan. 8.This story originally posted at 10 a.m. PT. CES 2019: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show.CES schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. Laptops Tablets Desktops CES 2019 Share your voice Tags Commentslast_img read more

Low Turnout In Runoffs Nonetheless Yields Notable Results

Low Turnout In Runoffs Nonetheless Yields Notable Results

first_img Share Photo illustration by Emily Albracht, Shelby KnowlesA lack of a compelling statewide race at the top of either ticket kept participation in Tuesday’s party primary runoff elections squarely at the lackluster level.The Republican race for a spot on the Railroad Commission drew the most participation with a bit more than 377,000 votes cast. Compare that to the U.S. Senate runoff election from four years ago where more than 1.1 million Republican voters showed up on the last day of July to lift Ted Cruz to victory over David Dewhurst.Wayne Christian was winning the Railroad Commission contest over Gary Gates but by less than 2 percentage points as of 1 a.m. Christian will face off in the fall against Democrat Grady Yarbrough who won his runoff contest last night.The Tribune’s Johnathan Silver and Jim Malewitz noted, “In bright-red Texas, Christian is clearly favored to win the general election. More than two decades have passed since a Democrat sat on the commission.”The contest, though, that drew the most attention heading into Election Day was a State Board of Education contest. That was because the candidate who won in the first round of the primary elections, Mary Lou Bruner, became notorious for her posts to Facebook, the most infamous of which related her belief that President Obama had worked as a gay prostitute as a young adult to fund a drug habit.But as the Tribune’s Kiah Collier reported, Bruner lost last night to Lufkin school board president Keven Ellis.Collier wrote that the “East Texas Tea Party activist and former schoolteacher had been favored to succeed in the race after nearly winning the March 1 primary outright and accumulating heavy support from influential conservative groups that typically hold big sway in low-turnout runoff elections.“But Ellis, a Lufkin chiropractor who presides over the local school board, maintained a double-digit lead over Bruner throughout Tuesday night, and that lead widened as vote returns rolled in. He ended the night about 18 points ahead of Bruner.”In another notable development, two House GOP incumbents — Doug Miller of New Braunfels and Wayne Smith of Baytown — were headed for defeat.Smith lost by just 23 votes to challenger Briscoe Cain, so it is possible that a recount could happen in that contest. Miller, though, was handily defeated by Kyle Biedermann in a race that the Tribune’s Matthew Watkins wrote was “heated throughout.”Watkins added, “The two victories (by the challengers) likely won’t affect House Speaker Joe Straus‘ hold on the 150-member, GOP-dominated chamber. Enough Straus supporters won their primaries in March that it’s unlikely that a serious challenge to his leadership will emerge.“But the defeats of Miller and Smith serve as energizing wins for anti-establishment conservatives, who have said that Straus is too moderate and needs to be unseated.”And in a couple of GOP runoff elections for open Texas Senate races, Mineola state Rep. Bryan Hughes defeated his House colleague, David Simpson, in one race while Austin ophthalmologist Dawn Buckingham defeated Abilene state Rep. Susan King in the other contest.This article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune. See full article here: http://www.texastribune.org/2016/05/25/brief-may-25-2016/. last_img read more

Grill Eat Chill Repeat

Grill Eat Chill Repeat

first_imgBy AFRO StaffTo turn a midweek dinner into something special, try cooking easy pork tenderloin on the grill.To produce beautifully browned pork with a rich crust and tender, juicy meat, we started with a simple dry spice rub to add flavor; sugar aided browning while cumin and chipotle chile powder added savory smokiness.The rub had some time to work its magic while we readied the grill. Searing the meat first guaranteed the best crust and a rosy interior, and turning the tenderloins every 2 minutes delivered even color. Once the meat had a good crust, we moved it to the cooler side to finish roasting.To add bright flavor and enhance the smoky char of the pork, we grilled wedges of pineapple and red onion to make a quick salsa while the meat rested. To ensure that the tenderloins don’t curl during cooking, remove the silverskin from the meat. We strongly prefer natural pork in this recipe. If the pork is enhanced (injected with a salt solution), omit the salt in the first step.GRILL-ROASTED PORK TENDERLOIN WITH GRILLED PINEAPPLE-RED ONION SALSAServings: 4Start to finish: 50 minutesPork:1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt1 1/2 teaspoons sugar1/2 teaspoon ground cumin1/2 teaspoon chipotle chile powder2 (12- to 16-ounce) pork tenderloins, trimmedSalsa:1/2 pineapple, peeled, cored, and cut lengthwise into 6 wedges1 red onion, cut into 8 wedges through root end4 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil1/2 cup minced fresh cilantro1 serrano chile, stemmed, seeded, and minced2 tablespoons lime juice, plus extra for seasoningSaltFor the pork: Combine salt, sugar, cumin, and chile powder in small bowl. Reserve 1/2 teaspoon spice mixture. Rub remaining spice mixture evenly over-surface of both tenderloins. Refrigerate while preparing grill.— For a charcoal grill: Open bottom vent completely. Light large chimney starter filled with charcoal briquettes (6 quarts). When top coals are partially covered with ash, pour evenly over half of grill. Set cooking grate in place, cover, and open lid vent completely. Heat grill until hot, about 5 minutes.— For a gas grill: Turn all burners to high, cover, and heat grill until hot, about 15 minutes. Leave primary burner on high and turn off other burner(s).Clean and oil cooking grate. Place tenderloins on hotter side of grill. Cover and cook, turning tenderloins every 2 minutes, until well browned on all sides, about 8 minutes.For the salsa: Brush pineapple and onion with 1 teaspoon oil. Move tenderloins to cooler side of grill (6 to 8 inches from heat source) and place pineapple and onion on hotter side of grill. Cover and cook until pineapple and onion are charred on both sides and softened, 8 to 10 minutes, and until pork registers 140 F, 12 to 17 minutes, turning tenderloins every 5 minutes. As pineapple, onion, and tenderloins reach desired level of doneness, transfer pineapple and onion to plate and transfer tenderloins to carving board and let rest for 10 minutes.While tenderloins rest, coarsely chop pineapple. Pulse pineapple, onion, cilantro, serrano, lime juice, reserved spice mixture, and remaining 1 tablespoon oil in food processor until mixture is coarsely chopped, 4 to 6 pulses. Transfer to bowl and season with salt and extra lime juice to taste. Slice tenderloins into 1/2-inch-thick slices. Serve with salsa.___Nutrition information per serving: 381 calories; 92 calories from fat; 10 g fat (2 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 164 mg cholesterol; 633 mg sodium; 16 g carbohydrate; 1 g fiber; 12 g sugar; 54 g protein.___For more recipes, cooking tips and ingredient and product reviews, visit https://www.americastestkitchen.com . Find more recipes like Grill-Roasted Pork in ”How to Roast Everything .”___America’s Test Kitchen provided this article to The Associated Press.last_img read more

Steve Kerr is only the second best coach in the Western Conference

Steve Kerr is only the second best coach in the Western Conference

first_img Jason Whitlock joined Colin, and agreed that Donovan is not only the best coach in the series, but the best coach left in the Playoffs.“Steve Kerr is still learning on the job, Billy Donovan, this is what his life has been about since age 23, 24.  Coaching, preparing to be the best. He did it at Florida, he’s doing it again at Oklahoma City. This team has experienced more growth and evolution than any team in the NBA. That’s good coaching.”Colin believes Donovan is only overlooked because of the public’s obsession with the offensively historic Warriors, but Donovan’s coaching could ultimately be the difference in the series. Advertisement Today in The Herd, Colin argued that Billy Donovan is the best coach in the Western Conference Finals, including Warriors coach, and NBA Coach of the Year, Steve Kerr. Colin thinks Billy Donovan’s 27 year pedigree as a college, and now NBA coach, separates him from the rest of the coaches remaining in the Playoffs.At 24, Donovan was an assistant at Kentucky under the legendary Rick Pitino.  He took his first head coaching job at Marshall University in 1994, leading the Thundering Herd to two winning seasons. In 1996 Donovan moved to the University of Florida, a traditional football school, and built a basketball powerhouse, winning back to back NCAA titles by recruiting a roster full of future NBA lottery picks.Since taking over at Oklahoma City this year, the Thunder are dramatically improved defensively. They have the best starting five in the league. Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant are as efficient as they’ve ever been. Donovan even turned unknown New Zealand hipster Center Steven Adams into a viable third option.Colin observed that when Billy Donavan started coaching 27 years ago, Steve Kerr was just starting his journeyman NBA career. Cavs’ Head Coach Tyronn Lue was 12 years old and, “Tired of theme parks and roller coasters and just beginning to be attracted to girls.”last_img read more

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first_img Related Content For more information: www.mobiusmed.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 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 At the core of MobiusFX is Mobius3D, the first 3-D TPS and plan check system that works with all major linear accelerators (with support for Tomotherapy plan checks coming soon). Mobius3D offers features and benefits not available in basic MU software. Full 3-D dose calculations are performed using the patient computed tomography (CT). Dose-volume histogram (DVH) objectives, plan deliverability, gantry clearance and contouring errors are calculated and examined automatically. Mobius3D’s browser-based interface can be accessed with any modern browser, including tablets and smartphones, making it easy to evaluate results from both Mobius3D and MobiusFX. Technology | December 18, 2013 Mobius3D Version 1.3 Introduces Patient-Specific QA for Radiation Therapy Systems MobiusFX add-on allows users to complete IMRT/VMAT QA in as little as one minute Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD 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 News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more News | 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 | 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 center_img 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.  The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. 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 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 As the only true 3-D solution for patient specific QA, MobiusFX can also provide information that is not available from 2-D or quasi-3-D systems. Using DVH objectives from both Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG) protocols and Task Group 101, or an unlimited number of user-defined parameters, MobiusFX lets clinicians know whether their treatments are meeting protocols. Additionally, data from the machine delivery is compared to expected positions from the treatment planning system patient plan. This provides users confidence that all parameters were correctly transferred between the TPS and the linear accelerator. Moreover, MobiusFX is not just for pre-treatment checks, as QA can easily be performed with the patient in place, opening up the possibility of per-fraction verifications. December 18, 2013 — Mobius Medical Systems LP announced the release of the latest version of its flagship software product Mobius3D. Features of version 1.3 include the new MobiusFX add-on, which provides clinicians with a better way to perform patient-specific QA. MobiusFX utilizes linear accelerator log files and Mobius3D’s independently developed collapsed-cone algorithm to determine the 3-D dose a patient will receive. The MobiusFX technique only requires enough time to deliver the beams, which can be as quick as one minute. This allows QA to be easily achieved during breaks between patients or over a lunch hour. Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications News | Radiation Oncology | July 31, 2019 Laura Dawson, M.D., FASTRO, Chosen as ASTRO President-elect The members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) elected four new officers to ASTRO’s Board of… read morelast_img read more