Postal union issues strike notices could start rotating job action Monday

first_imgOTTAWA — The Canadian Union of Postal Workers says it has given strike notice to Canada Post that workers could walk off the job as early as next week.The union representing 50,000 Canada Post employees says rotating strikes will begin Monday if agreements aren’t reached with the Urban Postal Operations and Rural and Suburban Mail Carriers bargaining units.It says it’s pushing for improved job security, an end to forced overtime, and better health and safety measures.“Our members gave us a clear mandate to take job action if Canada Post refused to address our major issues – health and safety, gender equality and preserving full-time, middle class jobs,” says Mike Palecek, the union’s national president, in a Tuesday press release. “Our goal is still negotiated settlements with no postal disruption. This week is Canada Post’s chance to make that happen.”The release adds that working conditions for mail carriers “have deteriorated over the last decade in part because Canada Post has failed to properly address the massive increase in parcel volumes and the burden it has placed on members.”The scale of the job action will depend in part on how talks go in the coming days, but Palecek said they would look to avoid inconveniencing the public.“Our aim is not to disrupt the public, it’s not to disrupt the service that we provide, that we’ve been defending for years, so we’re trying to come up with ways to put some pressure on Canada Post without impacting the public.”Decision for the strike comes after talks stalledThe union decided to issue the strike notices after the nearly year-long talks stalled with the two sides fairly far apart, said Palecek.“We’ve said we would remain at the table as long as progress is being made, and we’ve reached a point where we’re not seeing a lot of progress.”He said the union, which provided five days notice rather than the 72 hours required, hopes the threat of job action will help the Crown corporation take the issues seriously.The union has been pushing for 3.5 per cent annual wage increases but has been met with offers of increases below inflation, while health and safety concerns have also yet to be addressed, said Palecek.Canada Post spokesman Jon Hamilton said in a statement that the service has found common ground with the union on several issues including workload concerns and has made meaningful offers.“Canada Post has made significant offers to CUPW which include increased wages, job security, and improved benefits and has not asked for any concessions in return.”Canada Post hopes to keep services without disruptionThe postal service will still be operational in the event of a strike, said Hamilton.“Canada Post will remain open for business, continuing to operate if the union decides to conduct rotating strikes across the country next week. We will notify customers of any disruptions planned by the union as soon as we are aware, however customers may experience some minor delays.”Locations of the rotating strikes have yet to be determined.The possibility of a work stoppage has hovered over Canada Post since Sept. 26 after postal workers voted overwhelmingly in late summer in support of a potential walkout to back their contract demands.Canada Post is the biggest parcel shipping company in the country, having delivered about one million parcels per day during the holiday season last year, an increase of 20 per cent over the same period in 2016.last_img read more

Bernie Sanders plans trip to Canada with group seeking cheaper insulin

first_imgTORONTO — American presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders said on Thursday that he would soon be coming to Canada with a group of diabetics to buy cheaper insulin.The Vermont senator said in a tweet that he planned to make the trip toward the end of this month.Typically, a vial of insulin Type 1 diabetics need to regulate their blood sugar costs about US$340 in the United States, roughly 10 times the price in Canada.“We can’t wait for drug companies to lower prices,” Sanders tweeted on Thursday. “Americans need relief now!”Sanders, who has long targeted pharmaceutical companies for the cost of prescription drugs, made a similar medication trip to Canada in 1999. He has accused the industry of being antithetical to the interests of the American public.“In 1999, I took working-class women, struggling with breast cancer, to Canada to buy the same medication for 1/10th of the price they were paying in the U.S.,” Sanders tweeted.The Democratic presidential candidate’s campaign did not immediately respond to a request to discuss the trip.According to CNN, Sanders and the diabetics will make the trip as part of his efforts to highlight the hardships some Americans face when it comes to drug purchases. The plan is to head to Windsor, Ont., from Detroit.Late last month, a group of Type 1 diabetics from Minnesota crossed the border to buy insulin in London, Ont. One of the organizers, Quinn Nystrom, who was making her second such expedition, said insulin prices south of the border have skyrocketed in two decades.“One in four Americans are rationing their insulin because they cannot afford it, so people are dying,” Nystrom, 33, said in a recent interview.Current rules allow Americans to take home a maximum three-month personal supply of medicines bought in Canada, and four states — Florida among them — have passed legislation allowing for wholesale or individual imports of medications. Because insulin is non-prescription in Canada, there is no tracking mechanism of how much might be heading south.Although still relatively small-scale, the drug tourism has sparked concerns in Canada.Barry Power, a senior director with the Canadian Pharmacists Association, has warned of potential disruption if large numbers of Americans flood the Canadian market and called on the Canadian government to look at the issue. A spokeswoman for the federal health minister said the government was monitoring the situation. Canada, in line with other industrialized countries, regulates drug prices through the quasi-judicial patented medicine prices review board whose mandate is to prevent gouging. Market forces operate in the U.S.In an interview with CNN on Thursday, Sanders attributed the rising cost of drugs in the United States and the disparity with prices in Canada to the difference between the health-care systems in the two countries.“Canada has a nationalized, single-payer system that allows them to negotiate much better prices with the drug companies,” Sanders said. “In our country it is a much different story.”Colin Perkel, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Global Greenlights New Primetime Medical Drama Nurses Working Title

first_img Facebook Advertisement Advertisement TORONTO – Adding to its acclaimed roster of Canadian original series, Global proudly announces new primetime medical drama Nurses (working title), set to premiere on the network in 2019. From independent studio Entertainment One (eOne), the 10×60 series is executive produced by Ilana Frank (Rookie Blue), of ICF Films and Vanessa Piazza (Dark Matter) of Piazza Entertainment, with Adam Pettle named as writer, showrunner, and executive producer, and Tassie Cameron serving as executive producer. The series follows four young nurses working on the frontlines of St. Jude’s hospital dedicating their lives to helping others, while figuring out how to help themselves. Stationed in every tendril of a busy downtown trauma centre and thrust into frontline medical action, Nurses sees four recent graduates beginning their careers in a high-stakes hospital with pressure cooker training. Forming an inextricable bond, the nurses struggle to find a work-life balance that matches and counters the intensity of their new job. Their interaction with patients, relatives, and staff quickly leads them to the discovery that nursing isn’t just about biology, chemistry, and anatomy, it’s also about psychology, compassion, and romantic complications. “Global’s acclaimed original storytelling continues as we bring audiences a new high-stakes medical drama with a character-driven plot that humanizes the lives of the heroes on the frontlines of medicine,” said Lisa Godfrey, Vice President, Original Content, Corus Entertainment. “It’s a pleasure to be working again with the incredibly talented Ilana Frank and our esteemed partners at eOne to bring audiences a daring new drama with emotionally-gripping storylines.” LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Twitter Advertisement “It is great to be working on a new series with the partners that helped make Rookie Blue such a success.  Global is the perfect home for the series and I look forward to collaborating with their creative team again,” said Ilana Frank, Executive Producer, Nurses.“The world of nurses is ripe with raw and relatable storylines and we are thrilled to partner with Global who understands how character-driven series reach and resonate with audiences,” said Jocelyn Hamilton, President, Canada, eOne Television.Nurses executive producer, Ilana Frank, appears today on the Corus Entertainment-sponsored panel, The Future of Scripted: Women in Power Tell All. Hosted at the Four Seasons Hotel in downtown Toronto, the panel takes place during C21 Media’s Content Canada conference, a part of TIFF’s industry offering. With opening remarks from Corus’ Executive Vice President and COO, Barb Williams, and moderated by Divya Shahani, Entertainment Lawyer, Hall Webber LLP, the featured panelists are: Ilana Frank (Rookie Blue, Nurses), Sheila Hockin (Vikings), Tassie Cameron (Mary Kills People), Julia Sereny (Ransom), and Alex Zarowny (Private Eyes). For more information visit www.contentcanada.net.This newly greenlit series comes on the heels of Global’s recent renewals for Ransom, Mary Kills People, Private Eyes, and Big Brother Canada.Nurses is produced by ICF Films, in association with eOne and Corus Entertainment, with the participation of the Canada Media Fund and the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit.SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:Twitter:@GlobalTV @GlobalTV_PR@CorusPRFacebook:https://www.facebook.com/GlobalTVInstagram:https://www.instagram.com/globaltv/Global Television is a Corus Entertainment Network.About Entertainment OneEntertainment One Ltd. (LSE: ETO) is a global independent studio that specialises in the development, acquisition, production, financing, distribution and sales of entertainment content. The Company’s diversified expertise spans across film, television and music production and sales; family programming, merchandising and licensing; digital content; and live entertainment. Through its global reach and expansive scale, powered by deep local market knowledge, the Company delivers the best content to the world.Entertainment One’s robust network includes Makeready with Brad Weston; content creation venture Amblin Partnerswith Steven Spielberg, DreamWorks Studios, Participant Media, and Reliance Entertainment; unscripted television production companies Whizz Kid Entertainment and Renegade 83; live entertainment leaders Round Room Entertainment; world-class music labels Dualtone Music Group and Last Gang; and award-winning emerging content and technology studio Secret Location.The Company’s rights library, valued at US$1.7 billion (as at 31 March 2017), is exploited across all media formats and includes more than 80,000 hours of film and television content and approximately 40,000 music tracks.Corus EntertainmentCorus Entertainment Inc. (TSX: CJR.B) is a leading media and content company that creates and delivers high quality brands and content across platforms for audiences around the world. The company’s portfolio of multimedia offerings encompasses 44 specialty television services, 39 radio stations, 15 conventional television stations, a global content business, digital assets, live events, children’s book publishing, animation software, technology and media services. Corus’ roster of premium brands includes Global Television, W Network, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network Canada, HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, HISTORY®, Showcase, National Geographic, Q107, CKNW, Fresh Radio, Disney Channel Canada, YTV and Nickelodeon Canada. Visit Corus at www.corusent.com.last_img read more

Goons hack TMC worker to death

first_imgKolkata: A Trinamool worker was beaten and hacked to death at Rajapur in Uluberia here on Saturday night. The deceased has been identified as Gobinda Pramanik (35). It has been alleged that the accused persons were known BJP supporters and local residents. The Election Commission (EC) has already sought a report on the incident from the District Magistrate.According to sources, Pramanik, an auto rickshaw driver by profession, was an active Trinamool worker. On Saturday around 8:30 pm, he was returning home after parking his auto rickshaw at at Kamalachak in Rajapur. While he was walking towards his home, some miscreants allegedly blocked his way and started beating him. They stabbed him multiple times and didn’t stop attacking even when he fell on the ground. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaHearing Gobinda screaming, a few local residents ran to help him. As people came forward to help Pramanik, the miscreants fled the scene leaving him in a pool of blood. Pramanik was rushed to Uluberia Sub-Divisional Hospital, where doctors declared him brought dead. Rajapur police station was immediately informed. Local Trinamool leaders went to the hospital and Pramanik ‘s home. The Trinamool alleged that the BJP is trying to create unrest situation in the area before the Lok Sabha election. Pramanik ‘s wife Saraswati also alleged that some BJP supporters has killed her husband as he used to be an active Trinamool worker. She also named some people , who had earlier attacked Pramanik. Though local residents and Pramanik family are pointing their fingers at the BJP workers, local BJP leaders denied the allegation. A case has been registered against a few BJP supporters at the Rajapur police station. Till Sunday night, no one has been arrested in this case.last_img read more

Toronto stock market closes lower eurozone worries help depress commodities

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market closed lower Friday and commodities lost ground amid growing worries about the European debt crisis.The S&P/TSX composite index declined 42.79 points to 11,622.91 as Spain again dealt with higher borrowing costs while the TSX Venture Exchange was up 5.32 points to 1,196.19.The Canadian dollar lost 0.48 of a US cent to 98.75 US cents after the loonie closed at a two-month high on Thursday.Traders also took in data showing Canada’s annual inflation rate rose 0.3 of a percentage point to 1.5% in June. That’s up from 1.2% the previous month. On a month-to-month basis, the consumer price index fell 0.4% from May.The increase in the annual rate was mostly attributed to effects from the same period a year earlier, when gas prices were receding and the cost of new automobiles fell by over 3%.U.S. markets were lower amid a mixed bag of corporate earnings from heavyweights including Microsoft Corp., General Electric and Xerox.The Dow Jones industrials tumbled 120.79 points to 12,822.57.The Nasdaq composite index dropped 40.6 points to 2,925.3 and the S&P 500 index declined 13.85 points to 1,362.66.The risk-on sentiment grew as the yield on Spain’s benchmark 10-year bond ran up to 7.05% on Friday, from 6.98% the previous day. A rate of 7% and above is considered unsustainable.Yields rose even as finance ministers from the 17 euro countries approved a bailout for Spanish banks.But investors fear that the Spanish government could in the meantime face new costs helping its banks and could eventually need rescue loans itself.Also, Spain’s major stock index tumbled 6% after the country predicted its recession will drag into 2013.The TSX racked up an overall gain for the week of 0.94% on rising expectations that central banks will step up to ensure the economic recovery stays on the rails.Markets have also found support from a better-than-expected second quarter earnings season.“Going into this quarter, the sentiment had been very guarded to put it mildly,” said Robert Gorman, chief portfolio strategist TD Waterhouse.“People thought, given the slower rate of growth and the U.S. recovery, we might have a higher proportion of firms missing estimates. But for the most part, they have been beating bottom line expectations, not by much, but meaningfully, though in many cases the revenue numbers have been coming up shy, reflecting slower growth.”On Friday, General Electric reported that its quarterly net income fell 16% to US$3.11 or 29 cents a share because of losses in businesses it has divested and an increase in pension costs. Excluding pension costs and losses from discontinued businesses, GE earned 38 cents, a penny better than analysts were expecting. It also reaffirmed its outlook.GE is viewed as an important economic bellwether since its businesses range from appliances to financial services to wind and gas turbines. Its stock shook off early losses and gained 6.5 cents to US$19.865.Microsoft said Thursday that an accounting adjustment to reflect a weak online ad business led to its first quarterly loss in its 26 years as a public company. Microsoft racked up a US$492-million loss in the April-June quarter while revenue rose 4% to US$18.06 billion. Ex-items, the company earned 73 cents a share, a dime better than forecasts and its shares slipped 55 cents to US$30.115.Xerox Corp. cut its full-year profit forecast as the provider of printers and business services said that second-quarter net income fell 3.1% to US$309-million or 22 cents a share, missing forecasts by four cents. Revenue dropped 1.3% to $5.54-billion, against expectations of $5.61-billion. Xerox added that third quarter profits will also miss estimates. Xerox shares dropped 48.5 cents to US$6.705.On the TSX, shares in West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd. gained $2.57 to $53.50 after the lumber producer said second-quarter earnings after discontinued operations were $27-million, or 63 cents per share. That was up from $10-million or 24 cents per share in the same quarter of 2011. Revenues rose to $774-million from $720-million in the year-earlier period.The TSX energy sector was off 0.47% as oil prices slipped after rising Mideast tensions sent crude up by almost $3 on Thursday.The August crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange fell $1.22 to US$91.44 a barrel. Cenovus Energy was down 40 cents to $32.54.Crude rose about 5% over the last week as the oil market responded to a series of events that have raised concerns that Iran will try to block oil shipments through the Strait of Hormuz, a narrow waterway in the Persian Gulf through which one-fifth of the world’s oil travels every day.The base metals sector gave back almost two% with metals also lower with copper down nine cents to US$3.45 a pound. First Quantum Minerals shed 33 cents to $17.95.The tech sector was off 1.53% while CGI Group shed 50 cents to $23.83 while Research In Motion Ltd. gave back 16 cents to $6.87.Financials were also a major source of weakness with Manulife Financial down 19 cents to $10.67.TSX losses were limited by a gain of about 0.5% in the gold sector as bullion climbed $2.40 to US$1,582.80 an ounce. Goldcorp Inc. climbed 44 cents to $34.04.In other corporate developments, Calgary-based Enbridge Inc. says it’s ready to improve the design of the Northern Gateway pipeline to address concerns raised by Aboriginal groups and others.The company says the changes for the proposed pipeline through British Columbia would use the most advanced technology and safety measures. Its shares slipped 17 cents to $41.08. read more

UNbacked summit ends with declaration on information society for all

The Declaration of Principles expresses “the common desire and commitment” by governments at the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) to build a people-centred, inclusive and development-oriented information society, where everyone can create, access, utilize and share information and knowledge.The Declaration also voiced the hope that individuals, communities and peoples would be enabled to achieve their full potential in promoting their sustainable development and improve their quality of life, premised on the purposes and principles of the UN Charter and respecting fully and upholding the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.The Plan of Action translates the values expressed in the Declaration into deeds that would achieve development goals by promoting the use of ICTs and to help countries overcome the digital divide. It notes that the information society is an evolving concept that has reached different levels across the world, reflecting the different stages of development.The Plan also emphasizes the important role that governments, the private sector and civil society have in developing and implementing comprehensive, forward looking e-strategies. International and regional institutions also have a key role to play in integrating the use of ICTs in the development process and making available the necessary resources for building the information society and for the evaluation of the progress made.Among some of the contentious issues that were dealt with in the outcome documents, delegates agreed to set up an open and inclusive working group on Internet governance to make proposals for action prior to the second phase of the summit in Tunisia.On a fund to finance the development of ICT around the world, delegates assigned a review of existing funding mechanisms to a task force under the auspices of UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, and asked it to also study the feasibility of a voluntary Digital Solidarity Fund.Yoshio Utsumi, Secretary-General of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the lead UN agency in organizing the Summit, said he was pleased with the outcome of the meeting in that the international community had plotted a course that would take it to Tunisia in November 2005, and had agreed on a common set of policy principles. Furthermore, a set of actions had been agreed upon.Earlier Friday, Mark Malloch Brown, Administrator of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), noted the conference was the first to deal with a number of new issues, such as digital governance and the funding of a global digital infrastructure, and observed that no international consensus had emerged on them.It is a good thing “we’ll get a second bite of the apple” at the second part of the conference in Tunisia, he told a press briefing, as “this Summit will be remembered for not what it achieved so much as the fact that for the first time, it framed the issues and put them on the international agenda, and began but certainly did not finish the job.” read more

AMC Entertainment adds 8 to 18 Imax theatres across US in revenue

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted Jul 16, 2012 7:56 am MDT AMC Entertainment adds 8 to 18 Imax theatres across U.S. in revenue partnership NEW YORK, N.Y. – Imax Corp.(TSX:IMX) has expanded its revenue-sharing agreement with AMC Entertainment Inc., resulting in the addition of between eight and 18 Imax theatres in the United States.AMC is the technology company’s largest exhibitor partner, which 125 of its Imax big-screen theatre systems in operation currently.The new commitments that will bring the total to at least 138 Imax theatres in the AMC chain, with a potential for up to 148.Financial terms of the agreement with Imax weren’t disclosed in Monday’s announcement.The eight confirmed locations under the new deal are expected to be in the states of North Carolina, New Jersey, Michigan, Illinois and California. read more

Nexus 7 cases accessories to start arriving in Staples this week

first_imgAn unfortunate side affect of owning an Android tablet is a lack of accessories. Compared to the iPad, which has more accessories than any small nation of people could own, most Android tablets usually don’t get much more than a case or screen protector. With the Nexus 7, an Android tablet is believed to have had impressive sales volume, there is hope that there will be a wide range of accessories. According to several sources we’ve contacted, Staples stores around the US will start selling multiple accessories for the Nexus 7 next week.Starting with the Nexus 7 case made by Asus, and currently listed as “coming soon” on Google Play, Staples will be adding accessories to their shelves throughout this coming week. The official case is expected to be available in many locations on July 22.Asus’ case will be available for $19.99, and it’s still unclear as to whether or not the case offers a magnetic “smart case” function.Aside from accessories, Staples will also be offering their extended warranties for the Nexus 7. Their 2-year non-accidental plan for the tablet is $90, and offers an extension over the existing 1yr limited warranty offered by Asus. Staples also offers a 2-year warranty for $150 that covers significantly more. Should the device take any damage, the tablet will be replaced. If the tablet is damaged again, Staples offers a gift card for the amount paid on the tablet.last_img read more

Call of Duty Ghosts needs 50GB of hard drive space blame 4K

first_imgLast week, and just before the release delay was confirmed, Ubisoft announced that Watch Dogs on PC would require 6GB of RAM to be playable. It looks like that may be a growing trend for new games as Call of Duty: Ghosts will also require 6GB, but there’s another (massive) prerequisite to playing Infinity Ward’s new game.Nvidia posted the minimum system requirements for Call of Duty: Ghosts on its GeForce website last week. The specs all look pretty typical for a new game in 2013. That is, until you get to the hard drive requirement. The minimum space required to play Ghosts is a whopping 50GB of space. Compare that to Watch Dogs which only requires 20GB.This 50GB requirement seems likely to only be the case for the PC version of the game. Eurogamer has speculated that the massive space requirement is due to the size of the textures included on the disc. Nvidia is pushing 4K gaming as a thing right now, and Ghosts is one of the games that will support such high resolution gaming. But to hit that resolution, you need the textures to support it. As both the PS4 and Xbox One will be sticking with 1080p games, the storage requirements should be much lower.If you intend to take advantage of the 4K option when playing then you’ll definitely need a high-end rig. For everyone else, here’s the minimum system requirements in full:Intel Core 2 Duo E8200 (2.66GHz) or AMD Phenom X3 8750 (2.4GHz)Nvidia GeForce GTX 550 Ti or ATI Radeon HD 58706GB RAM50GB HDDWindows 7 or Windows 8 (both must be 64-bit)last_img read more

WWE RAW Ratings Viewers down on April 30 for Rollins vs Balor

first_img Pinterest WWE Smackdown Ratings: Viewership goes up, WWE remains at the No. 1 spot on Tuesday Twitter WWE RAW Ratings: Viewership sees a 15% drop against the return of Monday Night Football WhatsApp Google+center_img Facebook WWE Smackdown Ratings: Viewership stays over 2 million, WWE stays No. 1 on Tuesday Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WWE RAW Ratings are in for April 30, 2018.This week’s episode from Montreal drew an average audience of 3.07 million viewers on Monday night on the USA Network according to a report by Showbuzzdaily.com.This is down from last week’s average of 3.10 million viewers. WWE came in at No. 2, No. 3 and No. 6 for the night on cable (the same as No. 2, No. 3 and No. 6 last week).The first two hours drew the stronger audience for the show, while the third hour dipped below three million (2.878 million overall).Hourly breakdowns were as follows.Hourly breakdowns of the WWE RAW RatingsHour 1: 3.136 (down from 3.283 million viewers last week)Hour 2: 3.184 (down from 3.210 million viewers)Hour 3: 2.878 (up from 2.819 million viewers)RAW, headlined by Seth Rollins vs. Finn Balor for the WWE Intercontinental Championship, averaged a 1.03 rating among adults 18-49. This is down from last week’s 1.05 rating.last_img read more

Bill on federal workers back pay in shutdown heads to Trump

first_imgWASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is edging closer to declaring a national emergency to pay for his long-promised U.S.-Mexico border wall as pressure mounts to end the three-week impasse that has closed parts of the government and deprived hundreds of thousands of workers of their salaries.Some 800,000 federal employees, more than half still on the job, were due to miss their first paycheck Friday under a stoppage that neared a record for the longest government shutdown. With the closure’s growing impact on the economy, national parks and food inspections, some Republicans are becoming uncomfortable with Trump’s demands.Lawmakers tried to reassure federal employees on Friday that Congress was aware of the financial hardship they are enduring. By a vote of 411-7, the House passed a bill requiring that all government workers receive retroactive pay after the partial shutdown ends. The Senate approved the bill unanimously Thursday. The president is expected to sign the legislation.Trump visited McAllen, Texas, and the Rio Grande on Thursday to highlight what he calls a crisis of drugs and crime along the border. He said that “if for any reason we don’t get this going” — an agreement with House Democrats who have refused to approve the $5.7 billion he demands for the wall — “I will declare a national emergency.”Trump was consulting with White House lawyers and others about using emergency powers to take action on his own, and over the objections of Congress, to construct the wall. Bypassing Congress’ constitutional control of the nation’s purse strings would lead to certain legal challenges and bipartisan charges of executive overreach. Trump said his lawyers had told him the action would withstand legal scrutiny “100 percent.”last_img read more

How Could One Build A United Republic On The Foundation Of

first_imgQUESTION OF THE DAYA republic could be built based on the unity of the people speaking the same language and sharing the same heritage or people of different languages but bound by their sense of belonging to a country and a desire to use their collective intelligence and initiatives to ensure a collective destiny of liberty and prosperity.History has compelled Gambians speaking different languages to be subjected under one colonial domination and had to work together to accept the language of the coloniser as their official language. Hence merit should be the basis of being a representative or political civil servant, trained to promote the general welfare of all. Governments come and go but the citizenship of the people remain. Their power to determine their manner of government also remain. Hence if democracy is the agenda, political parties should disown members and supporters who are intolerant of those who are different.One cannot mobilise people to come to your support if you display hatred. Hate messages and intolerance have no place in democracy. Democracy could only survive when there is democracy and attempts to win over people by selling one’s ideas rather than displaying one’s might.last_img read more

Nevada Massachusetts gaming regulators to conclude Wynn Resorts investigations by end of

first_img RelatedPosts Wynn Resorts shares favored over Wynn Macau: analysts Load More Mass market growth keeps Wynn afloat as Macau revenues rise 1.0% in 2Q19 Two independent investigations into Wynn Resorts and its former Chairman Steve Wynn will be completed by the end of September, the respective gaming regulators have revealed.Nevada’s State Gaming Control Board has told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that its investigation into Wynn Resorts was ongoing but that it expected all work to be complete by the end of the month, Likewise, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission revealed that its investigation was close to completion and that it expected to present its findings at a public meeting “probably in mid-to-late September,” according to Commission Chairman Stephen Crosby. Wynn Resorts to undergo internal restructure as part of refinancing plan Crosby added that it should take only a few days following finalization of its report for the Commission to determine what, if any, actions to take against either Wynn Resorts or Steve Wynn himself. Potential punishments could range from fines to, at their most extreme, the suspension of the company’s gaming licenses – although the latter is highly unlikely.Steve Wynn stepped down from the Wynn Resorts board in February amid allegations of sexual misconduct relating to staff. He later sold off his entire 12.1% stake in the company.Wynn Resorts has since made a raft of changes to its board, including the recent appointment of former Harrah’s boss Phil Satre as its new Chairman starting later this year.The company completed its own internal investigation in early August but has yet to announce any details after handing over its findings to Nevada and Massachusetts regulators.last_img read more

Rupee Gains BSE Sensex and NSE Nifty Surge Following Corporate Earnings

first_imgThe Indian stock market on Monday opened on a bullish note as investors shifted their focus from geo political concerns to US corporate earnings ahead of results this week. The surge in Indian stock index was also followed by gain in Asian stocks.While BSE Sensex opened higher by 134.98 points recording at 25776.54 points versus its previous closing at 25641.56 points, NSE Nifty opened higher by 37.75 points at 7701.65 points against its previous closing figure at 7663.90 points on Friday.Additionally, the Indian rupee opened seven paise higher at 60.21 per dollar, against its previous closing at 60.28 a dollar on Friday.At 10.12 am on Monday, all Indian stock indices appeared to be surging. BSE Oil&gas and BSE Banking stock rose above one percent at 1.35 percent and 1.01 percent respectively.In the mean time, BSE Sensex rose 175.08 points or 0.68 percent at 25816.64 points, whereas NSE Nifty recorded higher by 45.80 points or 0.60 percent at 7709.70 points. Among 30 listed companies, stock price of 8 companies plunged; while among 50 listed companies in Nifty, stock price of 13 companies slipped.According to Reuters, NSE index futures traded on the Singapore Exchange rose 0.4 percent, while the MSCI-Asia Pacific excluding Japan surged 0.2 percent on Monday. Moreover, FII bought Indian shares worth ₹5.74 billion ($95.22 million) on Friday.Reliance industries Limited stock price recorded higher by ₹25.95 at ₹1002.70 during trading hours on Monday. The share price of the company rose, after it announced its June-quarter earnings on Saturday, which breached its estimates. The company made net profit of ₹59.57 billion rupees ($988 million) in June quarter. The revenue rose 7.2 percent to ₹1.08 trillion this June.Shares of Multi Commodity Exchange of India surged after slipping during early trade on Monday. Kotak Mahindra bought 15 percent stake of MCEI for ₹4.59 billion ($76.1 million). The shares of MCEI gained ₹89.35 or 11.36 percent recording at ₹875.85 during trading hours at 10.23 am on Monday.At 11 am, Sensex rose 194.06 points or 0.76 percent at 25835.62 points, whereas the Nifty gained 50.80 points or 0.66 percent by recording at 7714.70 points.last_img read more

The Mystery of Super Mario Odysseys Humans is Solved

first_img ‘Astral Chain’ and Other Dumb Nintendo SongsHands-On: ‘Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020’ Seems Fine Ever since that first trailer for Super Mario Odyssey showing humans in New Donk City with Mario walking alongside them, the very nature of humanity in the Mario universe has been thrown out of whack. Do Mario and Luigi have some sort of unique dwarfism? Are they even human? Have they been mushroom people all this time?After extensively studding Super Mario Odyssey, I have the answer to those questions. It doesn’t just explain the residents of New Donk City, but a much older question that has gone unanswered ever since Super Mario Bros.As you play through Super Mario Odyssey, you visit different kingdoms on Earth. Well, on Mario Earth, which is clearly not our Earth in any way. Even with similar land masses, national boundaries and the entire ecosystem are completely unlike our Earth. Instead of nation-states, Mario Earth is defined by kingdoms, each with their own unique characteristics. The Cap Kingdom is a foggy felt world. The Lake Kingdom is primarily underwater caves. The Lost Kingdom is a poisonous jungle.And New Donk City is a city, because it isn’t just New Donk City. It’s a city in the Metro Kingdom, a kingdom defined by its urban landscape. Just like Bonneton in the Cap Kingdom and Tostarena in the Sand Kingdom.Nearly every kingdom in Super Mario Odyssey is defined not only by its visual theme but by its population. And outside of the Metro Kingdom, each population has a very consistent physical aesthetic. The Cap Kingdom has hat ghosts. The Wooded Kingdom has watering can robots. The Luncheon Kingdom has forks with chef’s hats. And the Metro Kingdom has humans, right?No. The Metro Kingdom specifically has humans in suits. That’s an important distinction, because it’s consistent through all of Super Mario Odyssey. The New Donk City resident you meet in the Sand Kingdom wears a suit. The New Donk City couple vacationing in the Seaside Kingdom wear suits. And every single person in the Metro Kingdom wears a suit. That’s because the Metro Kingdom isn’t a land of humans, it’s a land of humanoids in suits.They’re always suits. Suit jackets and trousers for men, and suit jackets and skirts for women. No one from New Donk City wears jeans and a t-shirt. They don’t wear swimsuits when they go to the beach. They don’t wear tuxedos when attending a white tie wedding. They wear suits.The conclusion is obvious. The Metro Kingdom isn’t populated by humans in a broad sense, but by humanoids who wear suits. Their proportions and their suit-wearing both define them, just like the residents of the Cap Kingdom are defined by being hat ghosts.“But what about Pauline? She wears a dress in the New Donk City festival!” Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target Yes, she does. And this is where we break the nature of people in Mario wide open and answer one of the longest-running questions in the series. While Pauline is the mayor of New Donk City and wears a suit most of the time, she is not a native of the Metro Kingdom. This is clear from her facial features. They’re big and cartoonish, just like Mario, Luigi, and Peach’s faces. She looks very different from every other New Donker, even if she has similar proportions. She isn’t from there. She’s a transplant who became mayor.So what is she, if she isn’t a human from the Metro Kingdom? Well, she’s a princess. Or rather, she’s from the same race of people as every other princess in the series, which we’ll call princesses. Princesses are their own unique species, humanoids with implied nobility and cartoonish features, who often rule over kingdoms. Daisy is the princess of Sarasaland. Rosalina is the ruler of the Comet Observatory. And Pauline is the leader of New Donk City.The idea that princesses are their own unique race apart from the natives of different kingdoms doesn’t only explain the “humans” in New Donk City, but the long-running question of Princess Peach. How does a human woman rule a kingdom of noseless mushroom people? Because that’s her thing, as a member of a species that rules. They don’t rule every kingdom, but they are treated as nobility wherever they go, and tend to lead wherever they settle.This concept isn’t unheard of. A race bred for nobility and endowed with powers or characteristics their subjects don’t have is a fairly common trope in fantasy. It’s also a staple concept of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, where princesses aren’t simply monarchical rulers, but physiologically unique from the three main races of ponies (Earth pony, pegasus, and unicorn) and endowed with unique powers. Like Rosalina’s cosmic abilities in Super Mario Galaxy or Peach’s elemental abilities in Super Princess Peach. It fits.This is supported in Super Mario Bros. 3, where Mario and Luigi need to save the kings of different lands. Those kings are all humanoids, turned into different creatures. Those creatures are consistent with the lands they rule. The king of Sky Land is turned into a bird. The king of Water Land is turned into a kappa. The king of Pipe Land is turned into a piranha plant. And when Mario gets the magic wands that fixes them, they become humanoids. Humanoids that, in the case of the Water Land king, look a lot like Mario.So, where does this leave Mario and Luigi? The revelation is shocking. They aren’t humans, but the same race of humanoid nobility that almost every other monarch in the series is.This kingdom-and-princess dynamic has some pretty huge sociopolitical implications in the Mario universe, that cast Bowser in an entirely new light. Bowser isn’t just the king of the koopas and the leader of the Bowser Kingdom. He’s a revolutionary leader who threw off the shackles of rule by racially distinct aristocrats and crowned himself monarch of his own kingdom, a constantly changing land of lava.And, while he does try to kidnap Princess Peach constantly and dominate other kingdoms, he might actually be the most egalitarian leader in the entire Mario universe. In fact, maybe his attempt to marry Peach wasn’t out of romantic interest but a desire to establish legitimacy for his kingdom and encourage an end to the racial homogeneity of the kingdoms.You know how every kingdom has a distinct race of people living in it, whether they’re ruled by a princess or not? That isn’t the case in the Bowser Kingdom. Bowser leads the most racially diverse nation ever seen in the Mario universe, with koopas (presumably his native species), goombas, thwomps, lakitu, and endless variations of all of them. All working together, whether guarding the Bowser Kingdom or marching on the Mushroom Kingdom. That includes goombas, who are a weak and vulnerable race of mushroom people with darker complexions from Toads. Mushroom people who are largely absent from the Mushroom Kingdom, under Princess Peach’s rule.The different kingdoms have plenty of tourists, sure. Toads explore everywhere and there are lots of vacationers. But the population of each kingdom is largely homogeneous. Not under Bowser’s rule, where turtle people live alongside mushroom people. Even in the Mario RPGs (which aren’t technically canon, especially Paper Mario), the most diverse population can be found in Paper Mario: The 1,000 Year Door‘s Rogueport. A derelict town of scoundrels and crime that just happens to have the biggest variety of types of people. A port without a government. A kingdom without a princess. And that’s the world Bowser is fighting for.So, that’s what we now know. New Donk City residents aren’t human, Pauline isn’t a native, Mario and Luigi are princesses, and Bowser is an egalitarian revolutionary pursuing political legitimacy through an arranged marriage.last_img read more

Lesbian proposal on a mountaintop is what dreams are made of

first_imgOmg this one of the sweetest proposal stories I’ve ever heard congrats you two! You’re gorgeous together xx— Natasha Ngan (@girlinthelens) April 16, 2018 eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) I’m fucking weeping. I’m so happy for the both of you. Oh my god congratulations pic.twitter.com/Cw17kjsACd— 吃屎 (@genfluxan) April 16, 2018 Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… No other marriage proposal will ever be as cute as this omfg — justine griego (@JustinMariee_) April 16, 2018Others praised them for setting a great example.I just burst out crying on the bus seeing this. Absolutely wishing you two happiness! And I hope maybe someday I can feel how you feel. Seeing things like this really gives me inner strength to not be ashamed I like women. Thank you for being a heart-warming example for me.— Réka (@rosetothequartz) April 16, 2018Finally, Meg tweeted that since the first reveal, she’s become more ‘cavalier’ in telling people about the engagement.Im starting to get more and more cavalier about the news the more people I tell pic.twitter.com/9NJrsNcqMk— m͂ͪ̀͡e̵̡ͧ̏g̑̊̔ͥ̉ͭ͢ (@ScorpiiAlpha) April 16, 2018 Meg posted photos from the big day to Twitter. Already her original tweet has received over 65,000 likes and nearly 11,000 re-tweets.In the tweet, she explained over the last four years they’ve taken photos of their adventures together.Throughout their weekend hike in Minnewaska State Park, Lyd had Meg stand for photos, looking out at the stunning views. Finally, once they reached the peak, Lyd told Meg to look at the photos and see how they turned out.That’s when she saw it…For four years Lyd & I have been taking instant photos of our adventures together, and on our weekend hike she suggested I stand looking out at the view for the photos- At the top of the mountain she said, “let’s look back at our photos to see if they developed properly” and.. pic.twitter.com/eDabZgUwcL— m͂ͪ̀͡e̵̡ͧ̏g̑̊̔ͥ̉ͭ͢ (@ScorpiiAlpha) April 16, 2018Turns out, there was a very special reason Lyd wanted Meg to stand for photos. That reason? To execute the perfect surprise proposal.The photos are absolutely perfect. The Polaroids are a great idea and the two look ecstatic together, showing off the engagement ring and kissing happily.As Meg explains in the next tweet, the ring is made of sterling silver and shaped like flowers and branches. It has a rainbow moonstone set in it.the ring is sterling silver flowers and branches with a rainbow moonstone set in it and yesterday was the happiest day of my life!!!!! pic.twitter.com/idHyjk6Tcr— m͂ͪ̀͡e̵̡ͧ̏g̑̊̔ͥ̉ͭ͢ (@ScorpiiAlpha) April 16, 2018She also posted photos from the hike itself and it really was beautiful.The hike itself was in Minnewaska state park in New York, and it was absolutely incredible, we were out there for 7 hours pic.twitter.com/FHyvhFDVrw— m͂ͪ̀͡e̵̡ͧ̏g̑̊̔ͥ̉ͭ͢ (@ScorpiiAlpha) April 16, 2018Lyd quote re-tweeted Meg’s tweet revealing the news, adding she had a whole speech as well. However, she ended up crying through it.(She generously left out the part where I tried to give her a loving speech but I pathetically wept through the entire thing)center_img Over the weekend, couple Lyd and Meg became engaged on a mountaintop in New York. And it was truly magical. Meg is the most perfect person in the world and I’m so lucky to have grown up with her, moved in with her, and soon marry her https://t.co/LuRTevl451— Lyd Fama (@LydiaFama) April 16, 2018All the tears and happinessSeveral people responded to the tweets, expressing happiness and support.This is so precious and beautiful, just like you guys! Congratulations! pic.twitter.com/2PRQhkpQIO— Faith (@CrystalGemmy) April 16, 2018 Man says ‘gays with waist larger than 32’ shouldn’t wear florals and Twitter proves him wrongMeet the new International Mr LeatherChristian bisexual YouTube star Alex G gets engaged to girlfriendRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/lesbian-proposal-mountaintop/ GAYSTARNEWS- The cutest and most majestic proposal | Photo: Twitter @ScorpiiAlphalast_img read more

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first_img Related Content 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 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 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 | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more News | 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 News | June 19, 2012 CyberKnife Prostate SBRT Data Presented at American Urological Association Meeting Long-term outcomes for intermediate-risk prostate cancer patients News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  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 The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications News | Radiation Oncology | July 31, 2019 Laura Dawson, M.D., FASTRO, Chosen as ASTRO President-elect The members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) elected four new officers to ASTRO’s Board of… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more June 19, 2012 — Accuray Inc. announced that outcome data on intermediate-risk prostate cancer patients treated with CyberKnife Prostate SBRT (stereotactic body radiation therapy) was presented at the 2012 American Urological Association Meeting (AUA) in Atlanta. The prospective monotherapy study, titled, “Four Year Outcomes and Quality of Life Following Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy: A Rapid, Non-Invasive Alternative for the Treatment of Intermediate-Risk Organ Confined Prostate Cancer,” expands upon prior studies to further evaluate the long-term efficacy and quality of life outcomes from treatment with CyberKnife SBRT for intermediate-risk prostate cancer patients. The study found a 91 percent biochemical control rate at four-years, which is comparable to both surgical and non-surgical treatments for intermediate risk prostate cancer patients, while demonstrating similar to improved toxicity outcomes. The study consisted of 81 intermediate-risk organ-confined prostate patients treated by Alan Katz at Winthrop University Hospital with a median follow-up of four years, including 24 patients with a minimum of five years follow-up. This study showcases the long-term published data on the use of the noninvasive CyberKnife SBRT five-day course of treatment for intermediate-risk prostate cancer. Most notably the study found a four-year relapse-free survival rate of 91 percent. Patients experienced mild toxicity with minimal impact on quality of life and immediate to rapid return to normal activity. These results further support the value of CyberKnife prostate SBRT to achieve high rates of long-term disease control while sparing healthy tissue and critical nearby structures, thereby minimizing undesirable side effects typically associated with other treatment modalities and preserving patients’ quality of life.“CyberKnife prostate SBRT offers patients a short five-day, noninvasive treatment for organ-confined prostate cancer,” said Alan Katz, M.D., radiation oncologist at Flushing Radiation Oncology and author of the study. “Based on our study results, patients with intermediate-risk prostate cancer have an option for a less invasive alternative to invasive surgery or six to eight weeks of conventionally fractionated radiation therapy, that effectively and efficiently treats their cancer while preserving their overall quality of life.””This study represents positive long-term outcomes of CyberKnife SBRT for intermediate-risk prostate patients, further supporting the value of this patient-centric technique,” said Omar Dawood, M.D., M.P.H., senior vice president of global medical affairs for Accuray. “These results add to the rapidly maturing strong foundation of published clinical evidence for CyberKnife prostate SBRT and further support the need to create head-to-head evidence to compare outcomes of this treatment with surgery and conventionally fractionated radiation treatments as is underway in the recently launched PACE study. We look forward to the outcomes of the PACE study, which aims to build upon these results and further support CyberKnife SBRT as a potential gold standard for the treatment for patients with organ-confined prostate cancer.”For more information: www.accuray.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享last_img read more

Reducing Radiation Exposure

first_img Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEOS | EP LAB | JULY 26, 2019 VIDEO: What Electrophysiologists Need From CT Imaging Prior to AF and VT Ablations Mark Ibrahim, M.D., F read more The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: The History of CT Calcium Scoring Arthur Agatston, M.D., clinical pro read more Video Player is loading.Cynthia McCollough explains new advances in CT technologyPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 13:56Loaded: 1.17%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -13:56 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a GE Cardiographe Dedicated Cardiac CT Scanner This is a quick walk around of the GE Healthcare Cardiographe dedicated cardiac CT system on display at the… read more Videos | Radiation Therapy | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Use of Radiotherapy to Noninvasively Ablate Ventricular Tachycardia Pierre Qian, MBBS, read more Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more Video Player is loading.Mahadevappa Mahesh discusses trends in medical physics at the 2019 AAPM meetingPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 4:01Loaded: 4.04%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -4:01 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more Video Player is loading.GE Cardiographe cardiac CT scanner at SCCT19Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:38Loaded: 26.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:38 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced its latest efforts in supporting the Bonn Call for Action on radiation protection.In December 2012, the German government hosted the International Conference on Radiation Protection in Medicine: Setting the Scene for the Next Decade. The meeting – sponsored by the International Atomic Energy Agency and co-sponsored by the World Health Organization – resulted in a list of priorities for radiation protection in medicine for the next decade, called the Bonn Call for Action. The meeting was attended by 536 participants from 77 countries and 16 organizations, including the FDA.The Bonn Call for Action is divided into 10 principal actions, each of which is considered essential for strengthening radiation protection over the next decade. Each action is further subdivided into several sub-actions. As a regulatory agency, FDA shares in the responsibility for strengthening radiation protection of patients and health workers with other national and international agencies, researchers, educators, medical institutions, professional societies and individual practitioners. Some of the actions proposed by the Bonn conference are outside of FDA’s role and authority. Many of the actions, however, are areas where FDA has made efforts and contributions. The following list of selected actions and sub-actions highlights areas where FDA is participating actively to implement the Bonn Call for Action.Enhance the implementation of the principle of justification: FDA staff are participating in drafting the International Commission on Radiological Protection’s (ICRP) guidance on justification in medicine. FDA staff have also made substantial contributions to Federal Guidance Report No. 14 (Radiation Protection Guidance for Diagnostic and Interventional X-Ray Procedures), which discusses justification extensively and recommends the use of clinical decision support technology.Enhance the implementation of the principle of optimization of protection and safety:”¢ Ensure establishment, use of and regular update of diagnostic reference levels for radiological procedures.”¢ Develop and apply technological solutions for patient exposure records, harmonize the dose data formats provided by imaging equipment and increase utilization of electronic health records.Strengthen manufacturers’ role in contributing to the overall safety regimen:”¢ Ensure improved safety of medical devices by enhancing the radiation protection features in the design of both physical equipment and software and to make these available as default features.”¢ Support development of technical solutions for reduction of radiation exposure of patients and health workers while maintaining clinical outcome.”¢ Enhance the provision of tools and support in order to give training for users specific to the particular medical devices, taking into account radiation protection and safety aspects.”¢ Reinforce the conformance to applicable standards of equipment with regard to performance, safety and dose parameters.”¢ Strengthen cooperation and communication between manufacturers and other stakeholders.”¢ Support usage of platforms for interaction between manufacturers and health and radiation regulatory authorities and their representative organizations.Strengthen radiation protection education and training of health professionals:”¢ Prioritize radiation protection education and training for health professionals globally, targeting professionals using radiation in all medical and dental areas.”¢ Pay particular attention to the training of health professionals in situations of implementing new technology.”¢ Improve collection of dose data and trends on medical exposures globally, especially in low- and middle-income countries, by fostering international cooperation.”¢ Improve data collection on occupational exposures in medicine globally, also focusing on corresponding radiation protection measures taken in practice.Improve prevention of medical radiation incidents and accidents: “¢ Work toward inclusion of all modalities of medical usage of ionizing radiation involuntary safety reporting, with an emphasis on brachytherapy, interventional radiology and therapeutic nuclear medicine in addition to external beam radiotherapy.  “¢ Ensure prioritization of independent verification of safety at critical steps, as an essential component of safety measures in medical uses of radiation.Strengthen radiation safety culture:”¢ Establish patient safety as a strategic priority in medical uses of ionizing radiation, and recognize leadership as a critical element of strengthening radiation safety culture.”¢ Foster closer cooperation between radiation regulatory authorities, health authorities and professional societies.”¢ Foster closer cooperation on radiation protection between different disciplines of medical radiation applications as well as between different areas of radiation protection overall, including professional societies and patient associations.”¢ Support integration of radiation protection aspects in health technology assessment.Foster an improved radiation benefit-risk dialogue:”¢ Increase awareness about radiation benefits and risks among health professionals, patients and the public.”¢ Support improvement of risk communication skills of healthcare providers and radiation protection professionals, and involve both technical and communication experts, in collaboration with patient associations, in a concerted action to develop clear messages tailored to specific target groups.Strengthen the implementation of safety requirements globally:”¢ Develop practical guidance to provide for the implementation of the International Basic Safety Standards in healthcare globally.”¢ Further the establishment of sufficient legislative and administrative framework for the protection of patients, workers and the public at the national level, including enforcing requirements for radiation protection, education and training of health professionals, and performing on-site inspections to identify deficits in the application of the requirements of this framework.  itnEditor’s note: This information was provided by the FDA. To read the complete initiative, visit www.fda.gov/Radiation-EmittingProducts/RadiationSafety/RadiationDoseReduction/ucm2007191.htm FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Video Player is loading.Mark Ibrahim explains what EPs need from CT imagingPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 5:23Loaded: 3.08%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -5:23 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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