Liberals to delay billions in planned infrastructure spending

first_imgOTTAWA – The federal Liberals plan to shift just over $2 billion in planned infrastructure spending to future years, reflecting slower-than-anticipated spending on the file, The Canadian Press has learned.The money won’t come from planned spending in one specific year.Nor will it come from one specific program, but across multiple funds set up by the Liberals and the previous Conservative government, as well as large-scale projects overseen by Infrastructure Canada, such as the Champlain Bridge replacement in Montreal.What the Liberals have found is that they can’t move cash fast enough out of the federal treasury for infrastructure projects around the country.“It is about cash flow management to better meet the (construction) schedules of our partners,” said Brook Simpson, a spokesman for Infrastructure Minister Amarjeet Sohi.The federal government regularly has to carry over, or “re-profile,” infrastructure money from one fiscal year to the next: Spending analyses have shown that about one-quarter of infrastructure funds don’t get spent in the year for which they are budgeted.The reason is that federal dollars only flow once project proponents submit receipts for reimbursement, often leaving a lag between when work takes place and when infrastructure money is actually spent. In some cases, the federal government won’t receive receipts until the end of a project.And projects themselves can be delayed for any number of reasons, such as bad weather or a labour disruption, that are beyond the control of the federal government.Infrastructure Canada’s website shows that as of last Friday, there was about $20.5 billion left unspent across 13 different programs, including two set up by the Liberals.The Liberals promised in the last election to move unspent infrastructure money into the gas tax fund that goes directly to cities for transit, water or roads projects.The government closed out several old infrastructure programs at the end of March, giving the gas tax fund $30.1 million of money which the provinces didn’t earmark for any projects.That won’t happen with the money to be spent in future years because it comes from programs that still have years left before they expire, Simpson said.“Funding is being re-profiled to future fiscal years of programs that are ongoing rather than dormant, be that the New Building Canada Fund, Clean Water and Wastewater Fund, or Public Transit Infrastructure Fund,” he said.“We will continue to work with our partners to move their priorities forward and provide the flexibility necessary to meet their submission of claims.”last_img read more

AFN Aboriginal Affairs shoulder responsibility for elders suicide family

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe suicide of an elder the day he was scheduled to begin the independent assessment process (IAP) for his residential school settlement has people wondering how he fell through the cracks.Many people are asking where the safety net was and who is responsible to prove help and support for residential school survivors about to relive the horrors of their physical and sexual abuse.APTN National News reporter Rob Smith spoke with a cousin of the elder who recounts his own experience with the IAP.last_img

Canadian employers content to avoid costs and headaches of providing childcare

first_imgCALGARY – One of the keys to Jenna Pickering’s return to work at the Suncor Energy Inc. head office in downtown Calgary was making sure her son Luke had a place at the affiliated daycare in the same office tower — even before he was born.“I think I was about six months along and I put ‘Baby Pickering’ on the wait list,” the 33-year-old recalled with a laugh.When her husband Shea, 34, got a job at the Suncor building two years ago and their 18-month-old daughter, Hannah, started going to daycare last year, the daily grind truly became a family affair.Each day, they drop Luke, now 4, and Hannah off at the daycare on the third floor before mom and dad head up to their respective floors.The Pickerings know they are among the lucky few in Canada to have childcare at the office.Despite the rising number of women in the workforce and a federal government push to help even more join — an effort it says will add billions of dollars to the country’s economy — few Canadian employers offer childcare in the workplace.In 2000, a federal government study found 338 work-related childcare centres operating in the country. The survey counted on- and off-site daycares supported by an employer, a group of employers, a union or an employee group, that sought to meet the needs of employees.Employment and Social Development Canada said it could not find more recent figures, while the Childcare Resource and Research Unit, whose 1992 study identified fewer than 200 employer-related daycares, stopped collecting data on employer centres years ago because of their rarity.Even when offered financial incentives by government, employer apathy persisted.In last year’s otherwise childcare-friendly budget, the Liberals quietly axed a Harper government initiative that provided employers a 25 per cent tax credit to a maximum of $10,000 per space on costs incurred to build or expand licensed childcare facilities.The goal of the program implemented in 2006 was to create 5,000 new workplace daycare spaces annually, but fewer than 100 individuals and 20 corporations were claiming the credit each year, according to Finance Canada.Employers’ lack of interest in childcare in Canada is disappointing, said Tanya van Biesen, executive director for Catalyst Canada, whose mission is advancing women’s progress in the workplace.Many parents have no choice but stay home to watch their children because they would be “breaking even or falling behind” financially if they had to pay full fare for daycare, she said.“For many years, people didn’t really think about or care about the fact that women were exiting stage right because they didn’t have any other options,” she said.Employers recognize childcare is a major factor in attracting and retaining female employees, but balancing the costs and matching needs with resources is difficult, said Peter Dugandzic, CEO of Chartered Professionals in Human Resources of Alberta.“I think that’s the issue for most companies. One, there’s the cost, and secondly, the physical layout,” he said.While some employers advertise daycare access to attract staff, most — if not all — refer to third-party services. Some subsidize certain costs or provide the space to daycare operators for free in return for preferred access.For example, when Mediacorp named BASF Canada as one of its Top Family-Friendly Employers for 2018, it cited the chemical company’s programs including salary top-ups and extended leave for new mothers and fathers — and mentioned the private onsite daycare at its Mississauga, Ont., head office.But the company has no formal relationship and doesn’t financially support the daycare on the ground floor, said Terri Howard, director of human resources.Among the few employers that do provide childcare services, many of them are public institutions, such as universities and even Parliament Hill.At Simon Fraser University’s Burnaby, B.C., campus, a daycare centre that has operated for at least 50 years is run by a non-profit operator with preference for its 315 spaces given to employees and students.The university provides space on its grounds rent-free and subsidizes the salaries of two employees, at an annual cost of about $500,000, said Sandi de Domenico, associate vice-president of human resources.The benefits in recruiting and retention of staff justifies the cost, she said. However, the university’s two other campuses in the area don’t offer childcare and de Domenico couldn’t say why.Canada could add $150 billion to its economy by 2026 by employing more women in technology and taking steps like providing better access to childcare to boost women’s participation in the workforce, McKinsey Global Institute estimated last year.In the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields — areas that Canada is focused on strengthening due their potential contributions to economic growth — women represent just 20 per cent of jobs in the field.“Tech doesn’t traditionally support parents,” said Amanda Munday, an advocate for women-identified rights who works at technology startup HiMama in Toronto.“When you think about evening workshops, beer and ping-pong night-time activities, long hours, those things are not conducive to the parent lifestyle.”Munday estimates it costs $3,400 per month for good-quality daycare for her two kids, a bill she recognizes is unaffordable for her startup employer.Her return to work after having her daughter four years ago, therefore, involved compromises. She negotiated a flexible schedule, including sometimes working from home, and unlimited sick days for her and her children. Her daughter attends preschool three days a week and Munday’s mother watches her son to save on daycare costs.Daycare at work is a major perk of working at Suncor for the Pickerings. The company doesn’t subsidize their daycare costs, but the fees are competitive.Jenna Pickering said the children thrive there, excited by fire drills and enjoying regular walks through downtown.“I went into having children knowing I wanted to go back to work,” she said.“It’s still a hard choice, but I like having them close by and this is the best of both worlds.”Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version did not include the full name of the Childcare Resource and Research Unit.last_img read more

Swallowing 16B purchase of Flipkart Walmart cuts outlook

first_imgBENTONVILLE, Ark. – Walmart trimmed its profit outlook citing this year’s $16 billion acquisition of the Indian online retailer Flipkart, its biggest deal ever.The company also said on Tuesday that U.S. online sales growth would slow to 35 per cent, from last quarter’s 40 per cent growth.Since buying for more than $3 billion two years ago, Walmart has been bulking up online, buying companies such as Bonobos and ModCloth. It’s also tried to speed up deliveries while expanding same-day grocery delivery.The company says its online grocery pickup service is attracting new customers and shoppers are adding more items to their cart because of it.Walmart also announced a partnership with Advance Auto Parts, which will create an automotive specialty store on The online store is expected to be rolled out in the first half of next year. In a joint release, the companies said they plan to work together to explore such services as home delivery and same-day pickup in a Walmart or Advance store. The Roanoke, Virginia-based Advance Auto Parts operates nearly 6,400 stores.Walmart Inc. now expects 2019 adjusted earnings of between $4.65 and $4.80 per share, down from $4.90 to $5.05.Shares rose more than 2 per cent, or $1.93, to $95.75 in afternoon trading.last_img read more

BC unveils housing plan that raises foreign buyers levy and taxes speculators

VICTORIA — British Columbia is raising its foreign buyers tax and expanding it to areas outside of Vancouver, while bringing in a new tax on speculators, as part of a sweeping plan to improve affordability in the province’s overheated housing market.The New Democrat government unveiled a 30-point housing plan in its first full budget on Tuesday that also increases the property transfer tax and school tax on homes over $3 million, and invests $6 billion in building 114,000 affordable homes over the next decade.“Our intent is to bring stability to housing prices with these changes and have revenues to invest in building affordable housing,” said Finance Minister Carole James.“We recognize these are bold actions. But that’s what B.C.’s housing crisis demands.”The previous Liberal government introduced a 15 per cent tax on homes purchased by foreigners in the Metro Vancouver area in 2016. Sales of detached homes slowed for several months but prices did not fall.The minority NDP government will increase the tax to 20 per cent and expand it to the Fraser Valley, central Okanagan, the Nanaimo Regional District and the Victoria-area.The changes to the foreign buyers tax take effect on Wednesday.The speculation tax will be introduced this fall. The new annual property tax will target foreign and domestic homeowners who do not pay income tax in B.C, including those who leave homes vacant. So-called satellite families, or households with high foreign incomes that pay little provincial income tax, will also have to pay the tax.Principal residences and long-term rentals will generally be exempt, meaning the majority of B.C. homeowners will not pay the tax, James said.“This is a major important step to end speculation in our market,” she said. “This tax will penalize people who have been parking their capital in our housing market simply to speculate, driving up prices and removing rental stock.”In 2018, the tax will be $5 per $1,000 of a property’s assessed value. In 2019, the tax rate will rise to $20 per $1,000 of assessed value. It will initially apply to Metro Vancouver, the Fraser Valley, the Victoria-area, the Nanaimo Regional District, Kelowna and West Kelowna.The government says it’s closing real estate loopholes that allow people to skirt tax laws. It’s building a database on pre-sale condo assignments that it will share with tax authorities in an effort to ensure people who sell and resell contract assignments are paying the appropriate taxes.The plan also addresses supply through what the government says is the largest investment in housing affordability in B.C. history — more than $6 billion over 10 years to deliver 114,000 homes. That includes more than 14,000 rental units for middle-income people, students, and women and children fleeing violence; 1,750 units for Indigenous people and 2,500 homes for the homeless.The plan includes help for renters, with commitments to increase a grant for elderly renters and a program that helps low-income families.The government says it’s working with municipalities to develop new tools, such as rental-only zoning, and creating a new office through BC Housing to partner with non-profits and developers to build affordable homes.Recent statistics from the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver show the average price of a detached home was $1.6 million and the average price of an apartment was $665,400. Vacancy rates for renters are at one per cent or lower in most cities across B.C., including Victoria and Kelowna.— Follow @ellekane on Twitter. read more

Education is the best road out of poverty for rural African poor

On the eve of an international meeting on development and education, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today said that education provides the best route for the rural poor in sub-Saharan Africa to work their way out of poverty.”Illiteracy is a correlate of poverty and hunger and is mainly a rural phenomenon which hinders rural development and food security, threatens productivity and health, and limits opportunities to improve livelihoods – particularly for rural girls and women,” FAO education expert Lavinia Gasperini said in anticipation of a ministerial seminar in Addis Ababa that opens tomorrow. “Since the vast majority of the population in sub-Saharan Africa are rural, and since agriculture is a key sector for rural development and economic growth, more efforts are needed in educating the rural poor and helping them to apply improved technologies to make small-scale farming viable and profitable,” Ms. Gasperini added.The Addis Ababa seminar will focus on the current situation of education for rural people in sub-Saharan Africa and ways and means to improve it. The elimination of gender disparities in education will present an important topic. Ms. Gasperini said the meeting would gather, for the first time, ministers of education, agriculture, fisheries and rural development from several African countries. In addition, representatives from the African Union (AU), civil society organizations and bilateral and multilateral development bodies will attend.The meeting, which will run from 7-9 September, is organized by FAO along with the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA), in partnership with Ethiopia’s Ministry of Education and with the support of the Italian Development Cooperation (DGCS) and the Norwegian Trust Fund for Education in Africa (NETF). read more

Torstars Q2 loss rises to 239 million dividend cut for second time

Torstar’s Q2 loss rises to $23.9 million, dividend cut for second time this year by Aleksandra Sagan, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 27, 2016 5:08 am MDT Last Updated Jul 27, 2016 at 10:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Torstar Corp. said Wednesday it saw its second-quarter loss swell as it incurred expenses related to its acquisition of VerticalScope last year and the closure of its printing plant in Vaughan, Ont., this month.The parent company of newspapers including the Toronto Star reported a net loss of $23.9 million, which amounted to 30 cents per Torstar share (TSX:TS.B). That’s up from a $1.1-million loss or one cent per share in last year’s second quarter.The outlook for print advertising, which has steadily fallen, and the implications low interest rates could have on future pension funding also prompted the company to cut its dividend for the second time this year, president and CEO David Holland said in a conference call with analysts.The quarterly payment will fall to 2.5 cents per share starting Sept. 30. The quarterly dividend had been 6.5 cents in June and March and 13.12 cents prior to that.“There’s always a balance in terms of landing the dividend at the right rate and we thought this kind of was a good balance,” said Holland, who is retiring this fall.Torstar also shed some light on Star Touch, an application for tablet computers it launched last September.Between 55,000 and 60,000 readers access the app weekly, Holland said, with daily engagement ranging between 25 and 30 minutes.“It’s not as quick off the mark as we would have liked, but we still believe that it could be an important part of our future.”The company reaffirmed its expectation of breaking even on the app next year.Overall revenue fell to $196.5 million from $216.9 million in the second quarter of 2015, though VerticalScope partly offset the decline. Revenue from digital ventures nearly doubled to $17.2 million from $9.7 million.However, Torstar said the impact of lower print advertising and the costs associated with Star Touch exceeded contributions from VerticalScope and savings from cost-cutting measures, which included a reduction of 425 positions.On July 3, the company stopped the presses at its printing plant in Vaughan north of Toronto and shifted that work to Transcontinental. The property and equipment are up for sale.———Torstar holds an investment in The Canadian Press as part of a joint agreement with a subsidiary of the Globe and Mail and the parent company of Montreal’s La Presse.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version had an incorrect spelling for VerticalScope. read more

Shoreham air crash pilot appears in court for first time charged with

first_imgVictims of the Shoreham air show disaster The pilot whose plane crashed during the Shoreham Airshow disaster, killing 11 men, has appeared in court for the first time to indicate not-guilty pleas over the tragedy.Andrew Hill faces 11 counts of manslaughter by gross negligence and one count of endangering an aircraft under air navigation laws.The 54-year-old, of Sandon, Hertfordshire, appeared before Westminster Magistrates’ Court for a 14-minute hearing on Thursday morning at which he confirmed his name, date of birth and address, and indicated a not-guilty plea to all charges.He will be expected to formally enter pleas at the Old Bailey next month.The crash occurred when a vintage Hawker Hunter jet plummeted on to the A27 in West Sussex during a loop-the-loop stunt at the Shoreham Airshow on August 22, 2015. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Victims of the Shoreham air show disaster in August 2015 The trial is due to last up to eight weeks. Senior district judge Emma Arbuthnot released Mr Hill on bail until his next appearance at the Old Bailey next month. Mr Hill, a trained Royal Air Force instructor and fast jet pilot, was thrown clear of the aircraft, taken to hospital with serious injuries and placed into an induced coma before being discharged.The 11 men who died were: wedding chauffeur Maurice Abrahams, 76, from Brighton; retired engineer James Mallinson, 72, from Newick, near Lewes; window cleaner and builder Mark Trussler, 54, from Worthing; cycling friends Dylan Archer, 42, from Brighton, and Richard Smith, 26, from Hove; NHS manager Tony Brightwell, 53, from Hove; grandfather Mark Reeves, 53, from Seaford; Worthing United footballers Matthew Grimstone and Jacob Schilt, both 23; personal trainer Matt Jones, 24; and Daniele Polito, 23, from Worthing.last_img read more

Half of plastic supermarket packaging cannot be recycled Which survey finds

Credit:Getty Images Contributor Half of plastic supermarket packaging cannot be recycled, a study by Which? has found.Researchers analysed the packaging of 46 of the most popular own-brand items from leading supermarkets including Asda, M&S, Morrisons, and Waitrose.They found that only 52 per cent of the packaging – including cardboard, glass and plastics – could be easily put in household recycling bins.Morrisons was the worst offender, as 61 per cent of its packaging that Which? examined was not easily recyclable.The best supermarkets were Tesco and Waitrose – as only 40 per cent of their packaging could not be easily recycled.The study also found that 42 per cent of the total supermarket packaging was labelled either incorrectly or not at all, making it difficult for well-intentioned consumers and increasing the chances of it ending up in landfill.Which? is calling on the government to make recycling labelling simple, clear and mandatory and ensure the necessary infrastructure is in place to make it easy for everyone to recycle.The consumer champion urged all the supermarkets to commit to ensuring a much greater proportion of their packaging is recyclable, rather than continuing to use environmentally unfriendly single-use, throwaway materials. supermarket Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The study also examined the quality of recycling labelling.Iceland had the worst record for labelling, with only 38 per cent of packaging examined by Which? was correctly labelled.The supermarket’s easy peeler oranges which use type of plastic netting that cannot be recycled were not labelled at all, investigators found.Of the other supermarkets, M&S had 43 per cent of their products labelled correctly, whilst Ocado  had 44 per cent and Waitrose 47 per cent.Asda led the way, demonstrating that recycling labelling can be done well, with eight in 10 items of packaging that Which? experts looked at correctly labelled.Natalie Hitchins, head of home products and services at Which?, said: “Our research shows there is a lot more supermarkets and manufacturers can do to banish single-use plastics and make sure any packaging they use is minimal, recyclable and correctly labelled, so that shoppers know exactly how they can recycle it.“To reduce the waste that goes to landfill, the government must make labelling mandatory, simple and clear as well as invest in better infrastructure to ensure that recycling is easy for everyone, regardless of where they live.”According to many leading supermarkets and food retailers, organic waste – including leftover food – has a bigger carbon footprint than plastic and plastic plays an important role in preventing food waste.But Which? investigators said they were surprised at how little consistency there was across the sector in terms of the materials used in packaging, with some products being packaged very differently depending on which supermarket they had been purchased from.M&S British Wiltshire Unsmoked Back Bacon rashers used two pieces of packaging including a tray and plastic film which was correctly labelled to advise that only the tray was recyclable. Whereas Lidl unsmoked back bacon, although correctly labelled, used non-recyclable plastic.The research comes after the Daily Telegraph revealed that some UK supermarkets are charging shoppers more the purchase loose fruit and vegetables compared to those wrapped in plastic packaging.Sainsbury’s was found to be charging 17p for Braeburn apples in plastic packs of six, while lose apples were 28p.Environmental campaigners accused supermarkets of discouraging shoppers from saving the planet by making it more expensive to avoid products wrapped in plastic. read more

Multotec intensifies efforts to add maximum value to processing equipment

first_imgIn line with a transition in the global industry away from mergers and acquisitions in favour of a focus on extracting wealth from existing assets, specialised equipment supplier Multotec is intensifying its process support activities throughout the mining industry to add maximum value to client applications where its products are operating.“We’re committed drawing on our in-depth application knowledge to add value to our customers’ assets by ensuring that their processes remain optimal,” Multotec Group CEO, Thomas Holtz, says. “These customers want to see predictable or consistent failure patterns, in order to plan their maintenance activities more effectively. It’s a given that plant equipment in the flowsheet will eventually wear out and fail, so it’s a case of managing the replacement of older equipment in the most effective way, both in terms of controlling costs and sustaining operational efficiencies while equipment is being changed out.“What differentiates Multotec in the marketplace is the diverse equipment support package we offer. We’re right there at an end user level, from plant commissioning and onwards into the day to day grind of running that plant 365 days a year for ten, twenty and thirty years at a time. We’re there for the lifetime of that plant and we make sure it remains as efficient as when it was first put together. Management and plant personnel move on and ore bodies change, and the efficiency of a plant will deteriorate over time without active collaboration between plant personnel and equipment suppliers.“This is the space we’ve played in very successfully over many years and, in the current climate, this is exactly what our clients are looking for. They don’t want catalogue salespeople — instead they need metallurgically knowledgeable people who are prepared to go into the plant, look at the application and see for themselves if cyclone cut-points are right, that the screens are functioning as they should, if the samplers are working effectively and the spirals are achieving accurate results. At this level it’s possible to recommend a design change that might improve the throughput or the grind.”Holtz adds that one the primary metrics of a plant owner is the cost per tonne. The owner cannot influence the price of the mineral, so the profitability of the operation is based on being able to drive down the cost per ton of ore being processed. Multotec’s value proposition focuses on this aspect of the plant.“It’s not about reducing the price of the products we sell you,” he stresses. “We’re not a low cost producer of product and, typically, this is not what gives you value for money. The value-add lies in having correctly specified products that work efficiently, fail predictably, are maintained sufficiently and that sustain the required efficiencies throughout their working life.  The key is being able to reconfigure or improve the performance of a particular piece of equipment so that it works to specification in the context of the circuit.”Multotec develops and supplies specialist process equipment primarily into the gold, platinum, iron ore, diamond, base metal, mineral sand, coal and chrome sectors and the engineers working on these commodity-specific product lines include qualified metallurgists and former plant personnel. Holtz says these professionals understand client applications and have the knowledge and experience to specify or reconfigure a particular product for an application.“Our strength is that we have the ability to conceive of the design, make the prototype, evaluate it, test it and then install and operate it,” he continues. “A tremendous amount of development goes into each application.  Every plant is different, so a slight customisation on a certain screen or cyclone has to be compatible with the next stage. Therefore, while our products are not unique, they are customised to each application by commodity experts.“For us to stay relevant in a globalised world, we must remain state-of-the-art in terms of the equipment we produce. This requires us to balance the two aspects of developing innovative new equipment, while ensuring its relevance in the flow sheet. This commercial and technical relevance underpins all our development activities as we work closely with our customers to extract top dollar from their existing investments.”last_img read more

SG Flensburg now waiting better from BarcaMontpellier clash

SG Flensburg Handewitt are the third quarter-finalists of the VELUX EHF Champions League 2017/2018. Team of Maik Machulla routinely ended job with Swedish IFK Kristianstad 27:24 (13:9) after convincing victory in the first match 26:22.The German team now waiting the better from the clash of FC Barcelona Lassa and Montpellier Handball. ← Previous Story Montpellier’s joker Jonas Truchanovicius: It will be pleasant surprise if we beat Barca Next Story → BUGOJNO 2018: Croatia and Germany book semi-final tickets

Majority favour Seanad abolition but large number still undecided

first_imgTHE LATEST OPINION poll on the abolition of the Seanad shows that 64 per cent would be in favour of doing away with the upper house, with 36 per cent against — once ‘undecideds’ are excluded.However, if ‘don’t knows’ are counted, the figures break down as: 37 per cent in favour of abolition, 20 per cent for retention, and 32 per cent still to make up their minds.The Sunday Independent/Millward Brown survey was carried out between the 13th and 25th of September among a sample of just under a thousand voters.One in ten people said they would not vote in the referendum on 4 October.Read: Taoiseach: Micheál Martin is looking for notice and an opportunity >last_img

Gerrard donates £96000 to the Hillsborough Family Support Group

first_imgGerrard presents flowers to the Hillsborough Family Support Group in 2012. Credit: Nick Potts/PA Archive/Press Association ImagesLIVERPOOL CAPTAIN STEVEN Gerrard has donated £96,000 out of his own pocket to the Hillsborough Family Support Group.The legendary Reds midfielder, who has spent his entire career at the Premier League club, made the contribution ahead of tomorrow’s Merseyside derby with city rivals Everton at Anfield.“I just think I’m in a position to do it,” the Liverpool Echo quotes Gerrard as saying.“I think it’s a nice gesture and also with the connection I’ve got to Hillsborough, with my own family, it’s something I’ve wanted to do for a while.I  think the timing’s right and having spoken to the club I’ve decided to do it now.”The England veteran also commended Everton for the support shown ever since the Hillsborough disaster in 1989, which saw 96 supporters die during an FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest.“I think their show of support has been there since the tragedy happened,” Gerrard added.“But alongside the gesture I am making, I and every other Liverpool fan can only thank the Evertonians for their support.”Big names among 17 candidates picked to do UEFA Pro Licence courseArsenal announce record kit sponsorship deal with Pumalast_img read more

Clinicians brand mental health report as damning indictment of ministers work

first_imgAware 1890 303 302 (depression, anxiety) Childline 1800 66 66 66 (for under 18s) Console 1800 201 890 – (suicide prevention, self-harm, bereavement) A REPORT ON mental health services in Ireland has been branded as a “damning indictment” of Junior Minister Kathleen Lynch’s management of the field.Speaking this evening, the Psychiatric Nurses Association (PNA) said the findings of the Mental Health Commission’s annual report point towards the need for a review of the government’s mental health roadmap, Vision for Change.Published in 2006, this outlined a range of recommendations to be introduced as part of the reform of services.The commission warned that improvements in recent years are in danger of “coming to a standstill”.PNA general secretary Des Kavanagh said the roadmap is “being used a fig leaf to hide under-resourcing and under-staffing of services”.He described the findings outlined today, such as ‘a lack of investment, recruitment moratoriums, and that children are still being placed in adult psychiatric units’, as “alarming”.Kavanagh also criticised the minister’s response to concerns raised by clinicians over the high suicide rates in Carlow and South Tipperary.“‘The Minister’s response to the very worrying situation that has emerged in Carlow /South Tipperary is extremely disappointing and fails to recognise and respect the genuine concerns of nurses and doctors on the frontline,” he said in a statement this evening, and accused her of “ignoring the facts”.Helplines: Samaritans 116 123 or email center_img Pieta House 01 601 0000 or email – (suicide, self-harm, bereavement) Teen-Line Ireland 1800 833 634 (for ages 13 to 19) Read: Almost half of all mental health care centres still use physical restraint >last_img read more

Washington Post claims children of murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi are receiving blood

first_img Apr 2nd 2019, 7:59 AM Short URL Washington Post claims children of murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi are receiving ‘blood money’ They are also receiving multi-million dollar homes from Saudi Arabia. Share42 Tweet Email Image: Shutterstock/HansMusa 11 Comments By Conor McCrave Image: Shutterstock/HansMusa 31,590 Views THE CHILDREN OF murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi are receiving thousands of dollars a month from Saudi Arabia, it has been revealed. Khashoggi was murdered after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last October – a claim that was initially denied by Saudi officials.The Washington Post, where Khashoggi was a columnist, reported the children of the journalist – two sons and two daughters – are each receiving “blood money” to the tune of thousands a month from Saudi Arabia. They have also reportedly received multi-million dollar houses in the Saudi kingdom in a bid to stifle public statements from the children, the Post said. Sums of up to $10,000 per month are reported to be given to each child and said to have been approved by King Salman as part of an acknowledgment “that a big injustice has been done”. On 2 October, the well-known critic of the Saudi government who had fled the kingdom, entered the consulate and was reported to have been killed, and his body dismembered, under orders of high-ranking Saudi officials. CCTV footage emerged shortly after of him entering the building to obtain documents for a divorce arrangement but no such footage emerged of him leaving. His body was never recovered with reports at the time suggesting he was dismembered and removed in a suitcase. On 15 November, the Saudi public prosecutor admitted Khashoggi had been killed by a lethal injection while at the consulate, although any involvement in the killing by the Saudi Crown Prince, Mohammad bin Salman, has always been denied. The Saudi government insists a rogue intelligence agent was responsible for the death of the journalist. The Post said Saudi officials deny the ongoing payments are in exchange for silence from the Khashoggi family. Tuesday 2 Apr 2019, 7:59 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Jurgen Klopp responds to Mourinhos jibe

first_imgLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has responded to Jose Mourinho’s jibes suggesting he should start watching his press conferences.The United boss lambasted his critics with his response when he mentioned Klopp and Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino are not subjected to the same kind of pressure as him.Mourinho reminded the press that Klopp is yet to win a trophy outside of his home country of Germany.And the German gaffer was asked what he made of Mourinho’s comments after Liverpool’s 2-1 win against Leicester.“What? What did he say? Now I’m interested,” was Klopp’s response when asked about Mourinho, before it was explained to him what had been said.Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.“He’s right, that’s right. If he is speaking about me. Probably there are a few more managers in the league but you thought it was about me – no problem.“He is right absolutely. He is probably the most successful manager in the [Premier League] in that moment. I have no problem with that.“I don’t watch Jose Mourinho press conferences – should I? I will start doing that. I cannot say anything about that.“[I have] no clue what you are talking about to be 100 percent honest. If he said I didn’t win anything outside Germany then he’s right – that’s easy to see.”last_img read more

Young Woman from TCI dies in freak fall while visiting in Thailand

first_img #Metoo-movement-type complaint, now investigation of high-ranking TCI Police Officer opened Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp T&T companies tap into Cuban market at Expo Caribe 2019 Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppThailand, August 25, 2017 – A Turks and Caicos woman died today in Thailand and it is sending shockwaves among friends and others who knew her.  Official comments from country leaders are on hold to ensure the young woman’s family is notified.A report online identifies the woman as Maxine Missick and says police do not suspect foul play in her death.   The young woman of the Clement Howell High Class of 2009 is believed to have fallen from the window of a hotel in Hat Yai in the Songkhla district.#MagneticMedia is told the woman, who is also a Haitian national, was at Keele University as BioMedical student in the #UnitedKingdom.“Maxine loved the Lord, had a keen interest in African culture and loved meeting new faces.”Police will perform an autopsy to say for sure how Missick died and have also suggested that there is a chance her fall, where her neck and other bones were broken from the impact, could have been suicide.   There is no mention of a suicide letter or anything else to suggest that 23-year old Maxine killed herself, however.It is said Ms. Missick’s window was open, the door locked and the room was not ransacked.  Maxine was due to check out August 31; she checked in to the hotel in Thailand on August 21.Readers commenting are demanding a proper investigation; urging family to ensure that she gets one despite the fall looking accidental.  #MaxineMissick’s body was found in an alley between two hotels.*Want to note that Maxine often traveled as part of her studies.  This could have been one of those trips.  She was also fascinated with African culture.  Truly heartbreaking. Recommended for you Related Items:#MaxineMissick, magneticmedia TCI: Man safe now, says he was trapped after lightning hit truck and it burst into flameslast_img read more

Program creates obstacles to doctor shopping

first_imgPrescribing prognosis mostly positive14.2 million prescriptions in the system.345,000 patient history requests.10,000 prescribers and pharmacists enrolled in the program.21 percent of state prescribers of controlled substances enrolled in program.23 percent of state pharmacists enrolled in program.Source: Washington State Department of HealthA new state program has created new obstacles for people “doctor shopping” for pain medications.In January 2012, the Washington State Department of Health launched a prescription monitoring program, a secure statewide database that tracks prescriptions for pain medication and other controlled substances.Since then, prescribers and pharmacists have used the database to improve patient safety and prevent people from doctor shopping to obtain numerous prescriptions to controlled substances, said Chris Baumgartner, prescription monitoring program director.And, so far, the program is receiving a thumbs-up.“The preliminary review is positive, and it looks like it has been an effective tool in patient care,” Baumgartner said.State law requires licensed pharmacies and practitioners that dispense controlled substances in the state or to Washington addresses to electronically report the prescription data. The program does not collect hospital inpatient data. The law pertains to all prescriptions of Schedule II, III, IV and V controlled substances, which includes certain tranquilizers, stimulants and pain relievers.Since launching the program, the system has recorded more than 14.2 million prescriptions and facilitated 345,000 patient history requests, Baumgartner said. More than 10,000 providers have enrolled in the program, he said.The program doesn’t track how many times the system has prevented doctor shopping, but Baumgartner said the state has heard from physicians and pharmacists who used the system to uncover potential abuse and misuse.last_img read more

Google Discontinues Works With Nest Program Tightens Smart Home Privacy Rules

first_img YouTube Yanks 210 Channels for Spreading Propaganda Against Hong Kong Protests ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Google acquired Nest for $3.2 billion in 2014. Best known for its smart thermostat at the time, Google let Nest operate as an independent entity, a structure that was reinforced when Google formalized its corporate structure under the Alphabet umbrella back in 2015. However, Nest’s standalone brand and product group struggled to live up to expectations, ultimately leading to the departure of founder Tony Fadell. A year ago, Nest officially was brought back under Google’s hardware division.As part of the now-announced brand integration, Google also renamed its 7-inch Home Hub smart display, which will be branded Nest Hub going forward. Existing products like the Google Home smart speaker and the Google Home Mini won’t be renamed, but Google vice president Rishi Chandra told Variety that the company will launch all successor products under the Nest brand. “It will take some time,” Chandra said about the brand integration.But Google doesn’t want to just use the rebranding as a marketing exercise. Chandra argued that existing smart home programs had been much too iterative, and not responsive enough to the requirements of communal device usage.This especially includes privacy, an area where Google aims to differentiate itself from the competition. Consumers have to have clear expectations of the way devices capture and share data, he argued, no matter whether they’re the ones who install a device in a home, whether they’re a family member, or even a visitor. Google tried to encapsulate the gist of its new approach to privacy in a set of commitments published Tuesday, which include the promise to explain how all of the sensors in any of its devices work.To adhere to this newly-strengthened commitment to privacy, Google also changed some of the ways its own products work. One example: Nest’s existing home security cameras have a green light that turns on when video is captured. Up until now, Nest owners could disable this light when they wanted to covertly surveil their home. Following its new guidelines, Google will disable that capability. As Google is further integrating the Nest brand, it is also introducing some significant changes to the way Nest products will work. The most notable one: The company will discontinue its Works With Nest program this summer, which has the potential to break a number of existing smart home integrations. Google is justifying this step with a new focus on privacy, which includes reducing data sharing to a much smaller number of pre-approved partners.Google announced that it is phasing out “Works With Nest” in conjunction with its Google I/O developer conference. The company also used the event to announce a new Nest-branded product, the Nest Hub Max, a 10-inch smart display with integrated camera.“Nest is a long-established brand,” said Google vice president Rishi Chandra in a recent conversation with Variety about the reasons the company chose to re-brand its smart home hardware. “We want Google Nest to represent the helpful home.” ALL NEW! HOT LIPS 2 11 lipstick shades inspired by 11 incredible icons Ad by Charlotte Tilbury See More AdChoices Popular on Variety center_img Related News Corp Is Developing Knewz, a News-Aggregation Service to Counter Google That Would Present Content Without ‘Bias’ Face Match for instance is powered by on-device AI. And as such local AI processing increases, so does the reliance on specialized chipsets, which may not necessarily be available to other companies. Said Chandra: “We do believe (the market is) being more and more verticalized.” But the biggest change is the discontinuation of “Works with Nest,” a program that allowed device makers and app developers to build things that would interact with Nest products. Google is replacing it with a more restrictive “Works with Google Assistant” program later this summer, and Chandra said that it would give a small numbers of thoroughly vetted partners access to additional data if customers explicitly allowed such data sharing.One impact of these changes, according to Chandra: “It will break IFTTT.” IFTTT, short for “if this then that,” is a web-based service that allows users to build a wide variety of custom integrations for smart home products. It’s especially popular with early adopters, who use the platform to fine-tune specific tasks across multiple devices.IFTTT can for instance be used to change the temperature on a user’s thermostat when they leave the office, or operate obscure smart home devices not officially supported by Google with voice commands from a Google smart speaker. Chandra said that the company planned to replace much of IFTTT’s functionality with its own Google Assistant routines.Google’s integration of the Nest brand comes at a time of uncertainty for the consumer electronics industry as a whole. Not only are hardware makers under pressure because of the U.S.’s escalating trade conflict with China, high prices and a maturing market have also led to a slow-down in phone sales. Apple saw iPhone sales decline by 17% last quarter. Google got hit by a notable hardware revenue decline during the quarter as well, prompting some analysts to question whether the company should stop making devices altogether.Chandra dismissed those concerns. “The commitment to hardware hasn’t changed at all,” he said. However, his remarks also suggested that Google’s approach to hardware may be evolving as it introduces new devices like the Nest Hub Max.Case in point: Google launched Assistant-powered smart displays in partnership with companies like Lenovo, Sony and LG, only to later release the Home Hub as a Google-made device. With the Home Hub Max, the company is now starting to introduce new features that may not necessarily find their way to some of those third-party devices.last_img read more