Province Takes Step to Get Fair Drug Prices for Nova Scotians

first_imgThe province will gather input on a plan to get fair prescription drug prices for seniors and others who get help with drug costs through Pharmacare programs. Seniors and families enrolled in Pharmacare programs would pay less for prescriptions at the counter. Fair drug prices are also expected to lower the cost of the Pharmacare programs for taxpayers. “As part of our commitment to make health care better and life more affordable, we want to ensure Nova Scotians are able to afford the prescription drugs they need,” Health Minister Maureen MacDonald, said today, Sept. 20. The province will meet with groups, including community pharmacies, doctors, medical staff at district health authorities and seniors groups, as well as drug manufacturers, to get their input. “It is not fair that Nova Scotians pay more for prescription drugs than people in other developed countries and some provinces,” said Ms. MacDonald. “Our Pharmacare costs have almost doubled over the past eight years and, as a province, we simply cannot afford to continue on this path. This plan is aimed at getting better prices and containing the growth of drug costs so we can continue to afford Pharmacare into the future.” Without measures to contain drug costs, they are expected to grow by seven per cent in 2010-11, to more than $300 million. “We look forward to the opportunity to provide input on a plan to get better prices on prescription drugs for Nova Scotia seniors,” said Bill VanGorder, president, CARP (Canadian Association of Retired Persons) Nova Scotia chapter. “CARP is in full support for government initiatives to reduce generic drug prices for the almost 10,000 Nova Scotian seniors that we represent.” As an interim measure, the province announced it will issue a request for proposal for atorvastatin, the generic form of Lipitor, to be supplied by manufacturers at a price requested by the province. The drug, commonly prescribed to treat high cholesterol, is the most costly for the Pharmacare programs. The goal is to get a better price on this one drug for Nova Scotians eligible for coverage through Pharmacare and better value for taxpayers while taking time to get input on the province’s plan. Nova Scotia’s Pharmacare programs include: Seniors’ Pharmacare, Family Pharmacare and Department of Community Services Pharmacare. “The impact of increased costs to the Pharmacare programs must be continually monitored to ensure it remains affordable and in place,” said Bernie LaRusic, chair of the Group of IX Nova Scotia Seniors Organizations. “This is an area the Group of IX has been advocating for some time.” Last year, Pharmacare helped more than 200,000 Nova Scotians with prescription drug costs, funded more than 6,000 drugs, helped pay for five million prescriptions at a cost of more than $285 million. For more information, visit Nova Scotians can provide input by e-mail to, or by mail to Fair Drug Prices, c/o Pharmaceutical Services, Department of Health, P.O. Box 488, Halifax, N.S., B3J 2R8.last_img read more

Funds To Help Western Nova Scotia Woodlot Owners

first_imgMore woodlot owners in western Nova Scotia can build and upgrade access roads to move products, make silviculture work easier and increase forest fire protection with a $500,000 investment by the province. “People in western Nova Scotia, where the Bowater mill’s closure has the greatest effect, deserve this kind of support for their local economy,” said Queens MLA Vicki Conrad, on behalf of Charlie Parker, Minister of Natural Resources. “We are advancing the provincial natural resources strategy by engaging and helping small, private land owners to improve the management of their forested lands.” Improved woodlot access will help landowners meet provincial ecosystem management goals and improve things woodlots provide to the environment. “Woodlot owners, especially in this region, need this kind of support from the province so we can improve access to our woodland to perform silvicultural treatments, and more efficiently move forest products to market,” said Jim Crooker, 2012 Western Region Woodlot owner of the Year Award winner. “It’s good for woodlot owners, and the local economy as well.” Applications remaining from $1 million in provincewide funding for access roads announced this summer will be used, on a first-come, first-serve basis, for this round for Queens County and western Nova Scotia. New applications are not being accepted. Applicants needed to own, occupy, or have lease control of the 20 to 20,000 hectares of woodlot land and plan to use forest management over the next five years. They could not be a producer of softwood lumber or other wood products covered under the Canada United States Softwood Lumber Agreement of 2006. Forest management includes producing wood, sustainably managing wood fibre with silviculture, or developing the woodlot to produce maple products or Christmas trees. The Forest Products Association of Nova Scotia is managing and distributing the funding.last_img read more

King Mohammed VI to Chair Meeting on Moroccan Education

Rabat – Amid the recent debate over Darija and Arabic, King Mohammed VI is expected to chair a meeting on education today in Rabat.The King is expected to receive Minister of Education Said Amzazi, who may present his education strategy for the coming days, sources told Moroccan news platform Media24.It would be the first official royal activity of the King in Morocco since his official working trip to the UAE. In his recent speeches, including the Throne Day speech, the monarch gave special notice to education. The King has ordered the government to “give strong impetus to school enrolment programs and combat school dropout” starting this academic year.Amidst the reforms pledged by the government, controversy erupted at the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year due to the use of words in Darija (Moroccan Arabic) in school books for early education.The decision to include the words in Darija put the minister of education under scrutiny, as he emphasized that the use of Darija was “purely for education purposes.”The minister is also expected to give a thorough presentation today about his vision to improve education in the country.Medias24’s source added that several other issues related to education will be discussed, including school dropout rates and the Tayssir program on school enrollment support.In the Throne Day speech delivered on July 29, the monarch said that the Tayssir program is a provisional social measures which could make education reforms bears fruit.“The above measures are designed to ease the burden on families and to provide them with support to make sure their children continue to attend school and training programs,” said the King.The King’s other provisional measures include early childhood education, school transportation, school cafeterias, and boarding schools.The potential meeting today will also include discussions on the generalization of preschool education and the practice and learning of foreign languages, added the source to the news outlet. read more

Toyota profits up Hondas down both lower annual forecasts

TOKYO — Toyota reported a nearly 4% increase in fiscal first quarter profit on improved sales, while rival Honda reported a 29% decline in fiscal first quarter profit.Both Japanese automakers on Friday lowered their profit forecasts for the fiscal year, blaming an unfavourable foreign exchange rate.Toyota Motor Corp.’s April-June profit totalled 682.9 billion yen ($6.4 billion), up from 657.3 billion yen the same period last year. Quarterly sales rose 3.8% to 7.65 trillion yen ($71 billion).Toyota’s consolidated vehicle sales for the period totalled 2.3 million, an increase of more than 67,000 vehicles from the previous year. By region, vehicle sales rose in Japan, the rest of Asia and Europe but fell in North America, according to the maker of the Prius hybrid, Corolla subcompact and Lexus luxury brand.Tokyo-based Honda Motor Co.’s April-June profit totalled 172.3 billion yen ($1.6 billion), down from 244.3 billion yen. Quarterly sales dipped 0.7% to nearly 4 trillion yen ($37 billion).The auto industry has been challenged lately by major shifts in technology such as automated driving, ecological vehicles such as electric cars and hybrids, as well as the use of artificial intelligence and internet connectivity in cars.Nissan Motor Co., which reported nose-diving profits last week, has been shaken by the financial misconduct of its star former chairman Carlos Ghosn. Ghosn, who awaits trial in Japan, says he is innocent.The Yokohama-based maker of the March subcompact, Prius hybrid and Infiniti luxury models, announced it was slashing 12,500 jobs or about 9% of its global workforce to cut costs and achieve a turnaround.Honda, which makes the Accord sedan, Odyssey minivan and Asimo robot, lowered its profit forecast for the fiscal year through March 2020 to 645 billion yen ($6 billion), down from an earlier forecast of 665 billion yen ($6.2 billion).But the latest projection is better than the 610 billion yen Honda earned the previous year.Toyota, based in the central Japanese city called Toyota, lowered its profit forecast for the fiscal year through March 2020 to 2.15 trillion yen ($20 billion), down from its earlier forecast for 2.25 trillion yen ($21 billion) profit.Toyota’s new forecast is still an improvement over the 1.88 trillion yen ($18 billion) earned for the fiscal year ended in March.Honda expects to sell 5.1 million vehicles and 20 million motorcycles for this fiscal year.Toyota expects to sell more than 10 million vehicles for the fiscal year, ranking it among the world’s top automakers in global vehicle sales, along with Volkswagen AG.Nissan, when sales are combined with alliance partners such as Renault SA of France, was poised to mark similarly huge global vehicle sales. But that appears uncertain after Ghosn’s arrest tarnished its image.___Follow Yuri Kageyama on Twitter Instagram Kageyama, The Associated Press read more

UK weather Armed Forces called in as death toll rises to 10

first_imgA car is covered in snow in Saddleworth, Greater Manchester, as motorists in parts of Britain are urged to only travel if necessaryCredit:Mercury Press and Media  Mrs Robinson, 27, said she had shed a few tears on Wednesday.”If we don’t get away by tonight then we’ll probably not go because it’s only a week we’re going for and it’s too far to go for any less than that really,” she said.”There was tears to start with but there’s not much you can do. We had the perfect wedding so you can’t ask for everything.”My suitcase isn’t going to work out for this weather in Glasgow for a week so we might need to go home.”The airport said it has faced an unprecedented weather situation. Many staff also stayed at the airport overnight to help with the situation, and runway teams have been working since Tuesday night to try to clear flight paths.Drivers stuck for up to 13 hours as good samaritans hand out foodExtreme weather and jack-knifed lorries combined to cause “significant challenges” on one of Scotland’s main roads where motorists were stranded overnight.Deputy First Minister John Swinney said there had been an “extensive operation” taking place to try to get traffic on the M80 motorway – which links Glasgow and Stirling – moving again. British Airways cancelled more than 180 flights, affecting long haul and short haul routes.Other airlines to cancel flights at the west London hub include Virgin Atlantic, Lufthansa and Flybe.A total of at least 76 flights serving London City Airport were cancelled on Thursday. A car is covered in snow in Saddleworth, Greater Manchester, as motorists in parts of Britain are urged to only travel if necessary Jock the Shih Tzu plays in the snow on March 1, 2018 in Alexandria, Scotland Emergency vehicles manoeuvre past stationary traffic on the M80 in GlasgowCredit:Andrew Milligan /PA Some parents have let their children dress up regardless, whereas others have sent them into school in weather-appropriate costumes A man has died in hospital after being pulled from the water at Danson Park The Met Office said the highest temperature in the UK on Wednesday was 1.7C (35F) recorded in Katesbridge, County Down and the coldest in Braemar, Aberdeenshire at -5.3C (22F). Newly wed couple Chris and Vicky Robinson at Glasgow AirportCredit:Paul Ward /PA ​ Due to the current weather & road conditions, we are being assisted by members of the RAF. This kind chap was able to get through the snow & help one of our 999 control room colleagues get in today, helping to protect the county.— Lincs Fire & Rescue (@LincsFireRescue) March 1, 2018 A council worker breaks the ice on the fountain in Trafalgar Square in London 'The Couple' a sculpture by Sean Henry on the coast at Newbiggin-By-The-Sea in in Northumberland Motorists reported being stuck for up to 13 hours, with some spending the night in their cars, and others abandoning their vehicles on the motorway.Emergency responders and volunteer agencies, including mountain rescue teams, checked on stranded drivers, with some good samaritans also handing out food. Petra Salva, director of London’s rough sleeper services, said that deaths on the streets over the bitterly cold snap were “a horrific possibility”. “There are three UK standby battalions held at high readiness to respond to UK contingencies and emergencies, including support to local authorities.”We have the right people with the right training to respond to a range of contingencies.” Schools are shut and weather agencies predict the brutal cold will continue as the death toll from the freezing snap rose to around 48 since last Friday, with icy conditions causing accidents and endangering vulnerable rough sleepers. Soldiers from 3rd Bn The Rifles and 2nd Bn The Royal Regiment of Scotland transported staff from Edinburgh Royal Infirmary and the Western General. This is crazy. Hoping that we can all get home soon! #m27 #A31 #Traffic— Francesca Goodall (@frangoodall) March 1, 2018 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. Icicles form on seafront railings at Penzance in CornwalCredit:Ben Birchall /PA A gritter on the M9 in ScotlandCredit:Andrew Milligan /PA Glasgow Airport announced it will remain shut for the second day in a row due to heavy snow.The closure had originally been expected to last until 11am on Thursday, which was then extended until 3pm. However, continuing extreme conditions have forced the airport to close for the rest of the day. Edinburgh Airport tweeted that most airlines had cancelled services until lunchtime. There were also cancellations and delays at Gatwick Airport.The runway at East Midlands Airport was temporarily closed on Thursday morning, and travellers were warned it could affect flights.Ryanair said it has cancelled all flights to and from the following airports for the rest of Thursday: East Midlands, Leeds Bradford, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Cork and Kerry. The low cost airline also cancelled a number of flights serving Dublin Airport.Here are the number of flights cancelled at some airports in the UK and across Europe, according to flight data website Flightradar24:Dublin: 194Heathrow: 157Edinburgh: 129Glasgow: 105Geneva: 96Gatwick: 77Amsterdam: 69London City: 67Bristol: 48Charles de Gaulle (Paris): 41A spokesman for travel trade organisation Abta said: “Customers who are overseas and whose flight arrangements are delayed or cancelled should liaise with their tour operator or airline regarding changes to their travel itineraries and new flight arrangements. A stranded car covered in snow in Whitley Bay in Tyne and Wear on ThursdayCredit:Owen Humphreys /PA The force said they were unable to move the vehicles off the carriageway for “at least the next few hours”, but were working to evacuate the most vulnerable people from the scene. Conditions to worsen as ice set to form on snowThe extreme weather shows no sign of letting up, with fears snow in the south west could turn into freezing rain on Friday – making conditions “even more treacherous”.Heading into Friday the snow in the south west might turn into freezing rain and could give a glaze of ice on top any lying snow – making conditions even more treacherous.Video: Latest Met Office weather forecast Several sports fixtures have been disrupted by the weather conditions including the postponement of four Super League rugby league games and the Premier League Darts in Exeter being cancelled.Seven-year-old girl dies in collision in CornwallDevon and Cornwall police confirmed that a seven-year-old girl died in Looe, Cornwall.In a statement the police said: “Police were called at around 2.30pm today to reports of a Nissan car colliding with a house on Bodrigan Road.“A seven-year-old girl, believed to be a pedestrian, suffered life-threatening injuries and was declared deceased at the scene.“Her next of kin has been informed. Localised closures area in place as emergency services attend this incident.”Elsewhere a 75-year-old woman has been found dead in a snowy street in Leeds. She was found partially hidden beneath a car in the Farsley area of the city.Royal Air Force drafted in to help relief effortsThe Royal Air Force (RAF) has been drafted in to help relief efforts in snow-hit Lincolnshire, with 10 4×4 vehicles and some 20 staff aiding emergency services.A Ministry of Defence spokesman said: “The RAF is assisting in helping to transport health staff to hospitals and support health workers in visiting vulnerable people in the community in Lincolnshire following heavy snowfall. Queuing traffic stuck on the M80 in Scotland overnight Virgin Trains East Coast asked passengers “not to travel” today or tomorrow across the entire East Coast Main Line between London and Scotland.London Paddington, the UK’s seventh busiest station, was closed for several hours from 8am, meaning long distance services had to start and terminate at Reading.Hundreds of flights were also cancelled.Video: Weather so cold even the sea freezes over Temperatures plunged to a widespread low of between -6C (21F) and -4C (25F) overnight, and forecasters have warned it could feel as cold as -11C (12.2F) during the day as the winds continue to strengthen. Gusts of up to 60mph could also bring “blizzard-like conditions”.Storm Emma, which wreaked havoc in Spain and Portugal before moving up over the Atlantic, is expected to dump up to 50cm (15in) of snow by Friday.”If you don’t have to go anywhere over the next few days, stay at home,” warned Met Office forecaster Simon Partridge.The storm, a band of low pressure, will mix with freezing temperatures and strong winds brought to Britain by the “Beast from the East”.As the storm hits, there is a chance of freezing rain and black ice, adding to the already dangerous driving conditions. “Many people have responded to those warnings very significantly but we do face challenges at particular pinch points, and the M80 has been our most difficult situation to try to manage,” he said.”I assure members of the public there has been an extensive operation in place to try to maintain traction on that road and to get motorists on the move as quickly as possible.”He also stressed people should stay at home today unless they are essential workers.Driver stuck in West Yorkshire films treacherous conditions Traffic is directed as the M876 to Glasgow is closed due to heavy snow Police said they were also carrying out a “rescue operation” to help people stranded in their vehicles across Somerset, including about 100 vehicles stuck in snow on the A303 at Ilminster.In Greater Manchester, dozens of volunteers have been battling through snow to take supplies to people stranded on the M62 motorway. Police say wind speeds over the Rakewood Viaduct in Greater Manchester have reached 90mph.Eleanor Kelly, 19, said local residents in Milnrow, Rochdale, had been taking hot drinks, food and blankets to those stuck on the carriageway – including to a father with a baby and toddler in the car.The South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust, which provides services in Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Hampshire, has appealed for help  from 4×4 owners to move its staff around in the adverse conditions. Streetlink has asked concerned pedestrians to report the time, place and appearance of anyone sleeping rough in these temperatures.A volunteer will then seek out the rough sleeper and offer them a warm bed for the night.Either download their app or contact them online using the link above or call their 24-hour hotline on 0300 500 0914. A gritter on the M9  woman poses for a photograph in a car on a housing estate on March 1, 2018 in Alexandria, Scotland A council worker breaks the ice on the fountain in London’s Trafalgar SquareCredit:Henry Nicholls/Reuters A homeless man sheltering near Westminster Cathedral in London On top of these, yellow snow warnings have been issued for vast swathes of southern, central, and northern England, Northern Ireland and Wales – in place for most of Thursday.The prolonged cold spell will collide with Storm Emma, which is hitting southern and western parts of the UK. Blizzards, strong winds and travel disruption are predicted for southern, western and central England, as well as parts of Wales and Northern Ireland. Road conditions remain dangerous with motorists across much of the UK warned against driving unless absolutely essential.The AA said £10 million worth of damage has been done to cars in just three days with an estimated 8,000 collisions, two thirds of them due to snow and ice.In Hampshire, police declared a “major incident” on Thursday night as motorists were stranded for several hours on the A31. Frozen Britain: Snowy scenes around UK A&E departments face ‘perfect storm’A “perfect storm” of appalling weather, persistently high hospital admissions due to flu and a renewed spike in norovirus put accident and emergency departments under considerable pressure last week, with the prolonged cold conditions set to put them under even more strain.NHS England warned that the current bout of freezing weather could increase health risks for vulnerable patients such as the very young, very old or those with chronic diseases.Dr Nick Scriven, president of the Society for Acute Medicine, said the severe weather is an “added burden on top of the recent ‘usual’ winter” and hospitals are likely to be forced to cancel routine procedures. I’m making sure nobody has to sleep out in the cold. My team here at City Hall are working hard with charities and councils to make sure emergency shelters are open across London and everyone can be cared for properly. One way you can help is by donating:— Mayor of London (@MayorofLondon) February 28, 2018 One person was taken to hospital after a crash involving 16 vehicles on the M66 southbound between the Ramsbottom and Bury junction. A bicycle covered in snow outside The Colosseum in RomeCredit:Simona Granati/Corbis News National Grid warns of gas supply shortageThe National Grid has issued a “gas deficit warning”, as fears mount that supplies could run empty amid extreme weather conditions across Britain.The power operator said the warning has been issued in response to a series of “significant supply losses resulting in a forecast end-of-day supply deficit”.Household supplies are not expected to be affected, but shortages could hit industrial users as the Grid attempts to balance supply and demand into Friday.It plans to do this by limiting industrial use and buying in more gas if necessary. According to the National Grid’s forecast, there is a shortfall of around 50 million cubic metres. It said in a statement:”National gas demand today is high and due to the extreme weather conditions, there have been gas supply losses overnight.”At 5.45am this morning we issued a ‘Gas Deficit Warning’ to the market.”This is an indication to the market that we’d like more gas to be made available to ensure the safe and reliable operation of the national gas network. He added: “Today and the next few days will particularly stretch trusts, with staff struggling to get to work and ambulance trusts having immense problems getting patients to and from hospital.”A lot of hospitals will cancel routine work over the next few days as a consequence of both of these. Overall NHS staff are pulling together and making immense efforts to keep people our hospitals safe.”The latest data shows more than 12,300 patients had to wait longer than 30 minutes to be seen after arriving at A&E units in ambulances last week, with more than 2,870 patients having to wait more than an hour, both down on the week before.’What dedication!’ NHS staff camp out on wards to defy snow – and surgeon walks eight miles for cancer operationNHS staff who slept in wards to ensure patient services could continue despite the weather have been praised by the public.Medical staff stayed overnight at Sunderland Royal Hospital, while others who were brought in by 4×4 volunteer drivers will do so on Thursday night into Friday.When the City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust posted a message about its staff and asked for the public to thank them, more than 20,000 people “liked” it. Panic-buying and snowbound delivery lorries left supermarket shelves empty of food in some parts of the country.Theresa May has been forced to move her long-awaited Brexit speech from Newcastle to London, while households are being urged to “carry on cooking” after the National Grid issued a “gas deficit warning”, prompting fears of a shortage. A man has died in hospital after being pulled from the water at Danson ParkCredit:Danson_WSC/Twitter A woman makes her way through the snow on March 1, 2018 in Balloch, Scotland If you see rough sleepers out in the snow during daytime hours, please remember that you can use our app to locate the nearest day centre so that the individual can get into the warm, and get some food and advice on how to end their homelessness.— Street_Link (@Tell_StreetLink) March 1, 2018 The Couple, a sculpture by Sean Henry on the coast at Newbiggin-By-The-Sea in NorthumberlandCredit:Owen Humphreys /PA In severe conditions, the civilian authorities can call on the military for help, in situations such as #StormEmma ❄️ Experienced drivers of No 2 MT Sqn from @RAFWittering1 have been assisting the emergency services.— Royal Air Force (@RoyalAirForce) 1 March 2018 “There’s been more information this morning, I know it’s been tricky for (the airport) because of maybe a lack of workers and it’s difficult for everyone.” Newly wed couple Chris and Vicky Robinson at Glasgow Airport A motorway in Glasgow covered in snow is closed to traffic on Thursday, as more sub-zero temperatures are forecastCredit:Andrew Milligan /PA “If their flight is in the European Union or their airline is an EU carrier, customers will be entitled to food, refreshment and overnight accommodation or a refund of proportionate costs and will be flown home as soon as is possible at their airline’s expense.”Honeymoon couple heading for Maldives among hundreds stranded in airportA newlywed couple are having an unexpected honeymoon – stranded in Glasgow Airport amid the wild weather.Chris and Vicky Robinson, from Stranraer, got married last weekend and were looking forward to a luxury holiday in the Maldives when heavy snow closed the airport on Wednesday.Instead of enjoying 30C heat in the Indian Ocean, they spent the night in chairs in Glasgow Airport’s main terminal – catching a few hours sleep as they waited for news on a rescheduled departure.Mr Robinson, 29, said: “We were about to board the plane yesterday at 1pm, and 15 minutes before we were to take off they cancelled it and we’ve been here since (in the terminal), slept here with a lack of information through the night.”It was very subdued, people were quiet and a bit confused because there wasn’t much information. We’d heard about camp beds and blankets, but we got no information about that. Lincolnshire Police warned overnight that the A52 was “impassable” between Boston and Skegness due to drifting snow, and warned that drivers faced becoming stranded.”We are not in a position to recover you,” the force tweeted.The fire and rescue service added that even a snowplough was unable to get through to clear the route. Commuters at Plaistow station in east London facing travel disruption on Thursday morningCredit:Gustavo Valiente/i-Images  A bicycle is covered in snow outside The Colosseum in Rome Mr Swinney told BBC Radio Scotland the country was experiencing “the most significant snow incident we’ve had since 2010”. And he said the M80 had been a “particular pinch point” after traffic ground to a halt.Speaking on the Good Morning Scotland programme, the Deputy First Minister said: “The M80 has presented much more significant challenges to us overnight and there has been a very strong operation to try to gain traction over the course of the night.”Although many people were stuck for a long time we did get the road moving quite significantly, but there are people who have been stuck there for a long time.”That’s a combination of the intensity of the snow, but also the fact that we have had quite a number of jack-knifed lorries on that particular stretch of the road and the minute that happens the road gets blocked and nobody can get through.” She said: “If we don’t act, then people could die and… we don’t know yet what the consequences of this prolonged cold weather has been.”She said her mouth had “dropped open” after she walked into the church and saw a homeless person her team have been working with for four years, who, until now, had not accepted offers of a bed inside.She said: “If tonight, he was the only one who came in, it would make it worthwhile.”How to help rough sleepers in cold weatherCouncils across the country have implemented Severe Weather Emergency Protocols for rough sleepers, meaning if passers-by report concerns to their local authority, they will send someone from the Rough Sleeper Team to help.Check with the local council for individual contact details or speak to Streetlink. This is also activated across London, meaning local authorities have a duty to offer emergency shelter to any rough sleepers.  World Book Day costumes wasted as schools closedParents who toiled over making costumes for their children have spoken of their dismay as the snow meant many World Book Day events were cancelled across the country, reports Helena Horton.Some schools remained open, but called off the dressing-up event because they feared pupils would get too cold in their fancy dress outfits.Others have closed and some parents said they were worried the effort that had gone into the costumes was wasted.But some parents let their children dress up in their costumes anyway during their “snow days” at home, setting up activities at home such as themed painting. Click here to read more. In Scotland, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon criticised transport company bosses who had continued to send drivers out on to the roads despite official warnings to avoid non-essential journeys.Army and Royal Air Force personnel were called in to ferry health workers through blocked roads in Lincolnshire and in Scotland. Ten RAF 4×4 vehicles with 20 airmen began transporting health staff from dawn in Lincolnshire after an urgent request from local police. A woman makes her way through the snow in Balloch, ScotlandCredit:Jeff J Mitchell /Getty Cheshire Police said there were around eight miles of tailbacks on the M62 as officers with 4x4s, Highways England patrols, contractors and snowploughs attempted to clear snow between junctions 21 and 22 eastbound.By 8.30am on Thursday morning the AA said it had already answered calls from more than 100 drivers stuck in snow, with East Anglia and the North East the worst-hit regions.AA president Edmund King compared driving on many “atrocious” UK roads to skating on ice rinks, and said they had added extra patrols and 4x4s to cope with the severe conditions. Jock the Shih Tzu plays in the snow in Alexandria, ScotlandCredit:Jeff J Mitchell /Getty Icicles form on seafront railings at Penzance in Cornwal A stranded car covered in snow in Whitley Bay in Tyne and Wear A woman battles wintry conditions on a housing estate in Alexandria, ScotlandCredit:Jeff J Mitchell /Getty Around 500 extra beds in shelters, hostels and churches have been made available in the capital through local authorities, charities, faith and community groups after a Swep (Severe Weather Emergency Protocol) plan was triggered.In response to the bitter conditions, St Mungo’s homeless charity and the City of London have opened a new emergency shelter – in the Guild Church of Saint Mary Aldermary – which took in seven people on its first night.St Mungo’s has said London is experiencing its most prolonged period of freezing conditions for seven years, which could prove deadly for people sleeping outside. A frozen canal in Little Venice, north London “We are in communication with industry partners and are closely monitoring the situation.”The stark warning came as snowfall brought parts of Britain to a standstill, trapping motorists on roads and threatening air, rail and road journeys across the country.Roads, rail and air travel – latest updatesSevere weather has caused another day of travel disruption on the roads, to flights and to trains. Travellers were urged to check the latest situation before setting off on their journeys. Here are some of the latest reported issues:RoadsIn Scotland, 300 motorists remained stuck on the M80. Around 1,000 were there overnight as heavy snow fell.The motorway was closed southbound between junctions 8 and 9.Police Scotland warned people not to travel unless they were an emergency worker. A rough sleeper sheltering near Westminster Cathedral in LondonCredit:Teilo Colley /PA #NHS #QueenElizabethUniversityHospital Salute to the NICU staff Queen Elizabeth University Hospital 4 staying for the night after a 12 hr day shift to cover 4 those who couldn’t make it to work due to the weather.I have no words to appreciate & thank u all hats off a BIG THANK U— Dr Asma Anwar (@MrsAnwar) March 1, 2018 Commuters at Plaistow station facing travel disruptions The M90 near Newbridge, in Midlothian, on Thursday morningCredit:Katielee Arrowsnmith/SWNS Virgin Trains East Coast asked passengers “not to travel” on Thursday or Friday across the entire East Coast Main Line between London and Scotland.ScotRail halted all operations in the affected red area until late morning.London Paddington, the UK’s seventh busiest station, was closed at 8am. Long distance services are starting and terminating at Reading. And the page was flooded with messages of gratitude. One person wrote: “What dedication! The NHS wouldn’t run without people like you all.”Paediatric nurse Lisa Gerrett, 38, from County Durham, was brought in to work by a volunteer driver in a 4×4 and will stay over at the hospital so she can work on Friday.The mother of four said: “I am on shift today and tomorrow and even if I could get home tonight, I would still have to manage to get in again in the morning, and I’d be relying on another 4×4 driver.”If I stay, it means the driver can collect other nurses. It also means I can cover for night staff who cannot get in, if necessary.”Staff at Sunderland Royal Hospital were praised by the public and  fellow medics alike:  A woman was forced to give birth on the storm-battered A66 near Darlington when she became stranded in terrible conditions.Sienna Waring was delivered by her father Andrew as he tried to get her mother Daniella to hospital. She was born near Stockton-on-Tees moments before paramedics arrived at the scene.Mr Waring, from Catterick, North Yorkshire, said: “Having been present at the birth of our two other children, I just copied what I had seen then.”I opened the passenger door and knelt in the snow.” Some parents have let their children dress up regardless, whereas others have sent them into school in ‘weather-appropriate’ costumesCredit:Twitter So much respect for the NHS this evening. My neighbours, both doctors, are choosing to leave their kids at home with friends to sleep at the hospital & cover colleagues who are affected by snow. They aren’t obliged, they just care, how lucky are we?!— Lucy Oliver (@LucyOliver_7) February 28, 2018 Meanwhile, it has emerged that a Glasgow surgeon walked for eight miles in the snow to operate on a cancer patient.The unnamed medic walked from Anniesland to Paisley so she could get to work on Thursday morning.Her colleague, Glasgow-based colorectal surgeon Andy Renwick, told BBC Radio Scotland: “I won’t give her name because she would be genuinely upset with me.”She walked from Anniesland to Paisley – it took her two hours and 50 minutes. I saw her come in, she had snow goggles on, Gortexed up, top and bottom, snow shoes and walking poles. “She is operating today on someone who has bowel cancer, she knew that had to be done and so she has made extra effort to get in here to make sure that was actually delivered.”Record number of rough sleeper alertsA record number of homeless alerts have been sent to a major charity. More than 3,600 alerts were sent to the app StreetLink, which connects the homeless to local services, between Monday and Tuesday morning – the highest total ever for a 24-hour period.This app allows concerned pedestrians to alert local authorities about people sleeping rough in the cold weather. ⚠️Important update⚠️Paddington Station will close from 0800 on 01/03/18 owing to severe weather conditionsAll High Speed Services will start and terminate at Reading Further updates to follow as and when information becomes available— GWR Help (@GWRHelp) March 1, 2018 Weather map for Thursday and week ahead Traffic is directed as the M876 to Glasgow is closed due to heavy snowCredit:Andrew Milligan /PA Seven-year-old girl is latest victim of extreme weather RAF helps with relief efforts as roads, trains and flights halted and schools closedRed alert for south Wales and south west EnglandMajor rescue operation underway in HampshireNational Grid warns UK will not have enough gas to meet demandChangeable weather could fuel rise in heart attacks, study suggestsPanic buying leads to empty supermarket shelvesThe Armed Forces have been forced to step in as police and hospitals struggle to cope with freezing weather sweeping across Britain.Nearly every part of the country was hit by snowfall and gales as the Met Office said Thursday was the UK’s coldest spring day on record.Forecasters are warning of life-threatening conditions and said winter “is still in control” as Storm Emma arrived with the country already in the grip of Siberian cold air nicknamed the Beast from the East.The death toll from the storms rose to 10 after a seven-year-old girl died whilst playing in the snow in Cornwall when a car hit a house.More than 1,000 schools were closed during disruption which is being described as the worst “in a generation”, and hospitals cancelled non-urgent operations and appointments. Mr Snell warned: “Generally many places on Thursday will struggle to get anywhere near -1C, a few people will come up above, but many of us will be firmly below freezing.”What the different weather warnings mean He said the “overwhelming majority” of Scots had heeded warnings to stay at home. Elsewhere, a young boy had a lucky escape when he was rescued from a frozen lake.Firefighters rescued the youngster, who tried to run to the middle of a frozen lake and got trapped when the ice broke up at Laindon near Basildon, Essex on Wednesday afternoonHe was said to have been cold but otherwise unhurt.Dozens die in freezing European weatherFresh heavy snowfalls and icy blizzards are also expected to continue lashing large swatches of Europe as the continent shivers in a deadly deep-freeze that has gripped countries from the far north to the Mediterranean south. The M876 to Glasgow is closed due to snow as storm Emma Several other roads in Lincolnshire have also been shut, including the A17 and the A15 between the M180 and Lincoln. As well as the red alerts, amber warnings have also been issued for the north-east of England and the central belt of Scotland, in place between 10am and 8pm on Thursday, and for south west England and south Wales from 12pm until 8am on Friday. Queuing traffic stuck on the M80 in Scotland overnightCredit:Gavin Rodgers/Pixel  “It’s still in control.” The A66 in Cumbria was closed in both directions between Scotch Corner and Brough, due to “severe snowfall”, while the A56 in Lancashire was likely to be closed for “several hours” due to a lorry crash between the M65 and A680.Highways England said the A1 remained closed in both directions glasgbetween the  A192 and the Scottish border and shared images on Twitter of lorries stranded in  the snow on the stretch of road. Northumbria Police said the A68 was closed between Corbridge and Ridsdale. In Derbyshire, the Woodhead Pass was shut in both directions between Tintwistle and Flouch. Emergency vehicles manoeuvre past stationary traffic on the M80 Haggs in Glasgow, Thursday’s low temperatures set a record for the UK’s coldest spring day. In Tredegar in Wales, the mercury never got above -5.2C, beating the previous record low of -4.6C at Cassley in Sutherland, Scotland, on March 2 2001.Nearly all train operators warned of cancellations and disruption and all cross-border trains between England and Scotland were suspended. Man dies after being pulled from icy lakeThe Metropolitan Police named the man who died after being pulled from the water at Danson Park, near Welling, south east London on Wednesday, as Stephen Cavanagh.A statement said: “In respect of the death of a man following an incident in Danson Park, Bexley on Wednesday, 28 February, the deceased has been formally identified as Stephen Cavanagh, 60, who lived locally.“The family of Mr Cavanagh have requested that they are not contacted by the media at this difficult time. We ask the media to please respect their wishes.” Gavin Williamson, the Defence Secretary, said: “Our service personnel are showing great dedication and a spirited sense of duty as they support local authorities and keep the British people safe.”Meanwhile energy minister Claire Perry was forced to try and downplay the National Grid’s gas deficit warning, as she told people: “Do carry on using your gas heating and cooking meals as normal.”An unusual red weather warning, the second in 24 hours, was issued for south-west England and south Wales as Storm Emma moved in with strong winds, “blizzard conditions” and “severe drifting”. The warning, valid until the early hours of Friday, is just the third issued in seven years and means “widespread damage, travel and power disruption and risk to life is likely”. Some parts of the south west could see up to 50cm (1ft 8in) of snow.Met Office forecaster Sophie Yeomans said: “Things could yet get worse, there is more snow on its way. The problem will be when the snow gets trodden down and compacted and turns to ice.”Meteorologically, it’s the first day of spring but winter is clinging on and giving us a right old kicking. The victims also include 18 people killed in Poland, six in the Czech Republic, five in Lithuania, four each in France and Slovakia, two each in Italy, Serbia, Romania and Slovenia and one in Spain.How well prepared was Britain for the snow? Join the debate by leaving a comment below. Around 50 stations in Kent and East Sussex were closed on Thursday as operator Southeastern advised commuters to work from home if possible.Northern said the severe weather had left several routes blocked, with delays and cancellations across the whole network.FlightsAirports have been severely affected by the conditions, with hundreds of flights cancelled.Heathrow was badly hit, with airlines forced to reduce schedules on Thursday and Friday following discussions with airport officials and air traffic control provider Nats. The Environment Agency activated five coastal flood warnings urging the public to take ‘immediate action’, with two in Cornwall, one at Swanage in Dorset, and others for the Tyne Estuary and one for the North Sea at Whitley Bay.Sixteen further flood alerts have been issued telling people to ‘be prepared’ across South West and North East England due to strong winds combined with high tides. he M90 near Newbridge Midlothian Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) said two fire engines and an off-road vehicle were sent to the scene at 11.25am.TrainsNearly all train operators across the UK are suffering cancellations and disruption on Thursday.All cross-border trains between England and Scotland were suspended.The West Coast Main Line was closed until at least midday between Carlisle and Scotland, with no trains or replacement buses. Girlfriend off to work with extra uniforms & toiletries so she can work through the night/sleep there incase hospital staff can’t get in due to the weather, so that patients still get the care they need. Nurses/NHS workers are a different breed. #NHS @NHSMillion #NHSSleepover— chris (@crsklte) March 1, 2018 A frozen canal in Little Venice, north LondonCredit:Ben Cawthra/LNP last_img read more

Govt making formal request for review of private charges against 3

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCharges against Lawrence, Norton discontinued by the DPPApril 23, 2018In “Court”DPP confirms charges against Gov’t Ministers discontinuedApril 26, 2018In “latest news”Durban Park: Charges against David Patterson, Winston Jordan, Dr Rupert Roopnaraine filedApril 23, 2018In “Court” Government will be moving to formally request a review of the private criminal charges recently brought against three senior Ministers in the coalition Government in relation to the controversial D’Urban Park Project by People’s Progressive Party Member of Parliament, Bishop Juan Edghill.Attorney General Basil WilliamsPrivate Criminal charges of “misconduct in public office” were on Monday last  brought against Minister of Finance, Winston Jordan, Public Infrastructure Minister, David Patterson and former Minister of Education, now Minister of Public Service Dr Rupert Roopnaraine at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court, by former Attorney General, Anil Nandlall on behalf of Edghill.This is on the heels of the Opposition filing charges against former and current Public Health Ministers, Dr George Norton and Volda Lawrence for the same offence, with regards to the rental of a house in Sussex Street, Albouystown, Georgetown for a monthly fee of $12M to store drugs and the sole sourcing of drugs and pharmaceuticals for the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation from private company, Ansa McAl Trading Limited in the amount of $605M. The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) however discontinued those charges after Attorney General, Basil Williams had called for them to be discontinued.Nandlall has since expressed his Party’s intention to challenge the DPP’s decision to discontinue private charges filed against Ministers Lawrence and Norton in the High Court.Former Attorney General Anil NandlallToday, Williams during an interview at the sidelines of a conference , said that while a formal request to the DPP was not made for the charges against Norton and Lawrence to be dropped, the request will be made for the second set of accused.“I think that hasn’t been done. We’re in the process of doing that. In fact, you would recognize that these three additional charges came after the first two charges were dispensed with and discontinued by the DPP so they will go the same way because it’s the same principle,” he said.On the same day that the Opposition filed these new charges, the DPP announced her decision to have the case against Norton and Lawrence discontinued on the basis that the matter should have first been reported to the Guyana Police Force then forwarded to the DPP for advice. However, Nandlall argued that her reasons cannot withstand objective legal scrutiny, outlining that they are “dubious at least. One, that a report was not made to the police station. The DPP was careful not to point which law requires such a report to be made because there’s no such law,” he posited. Meanwhile, Williams stood in defence of the DPP’s decision today. “…I gave a press conference to you and I outlined the powers of the DPP and that the DPP had to be proactive. Why would the DPP have all those powers over all prosecutions of the country?…And those that she didn’t initiative she could intervene and discontinue them,” he posited. On Monday last, Nandlall in outlining the charges against the three Ministers stated that Patterson and Jordan are being accused of “paying to Private Limited Liability company, Homestretch Development Inc (HDI), the sum of $906M, being public funds, without any resort to the procurement process as is required by law.”Further, in the other charge placed against Minister of Public Service, Rupert Roopnarine, it is alleged that “while being a Minister, [he] acted as Director of the Private Limited Liability Company, Homestretch Development Inc (HDI) and accepted $906M of public funds without any resort to the procurement process which is prescribed by law.”Works on the controversial $1.4B project, which was shrouded in secrecy, started in 2015.Last year, Auditor General of Guyana, Deodat Sharma told media operatives that the missing financial records for the Durban Park project was prolonging a special audit which had been launched among concerns of corruption and mismanagement of the State’s resources.At the time, the Auditor General had said that there were no documentations of the transactions regarding the Durban Park Project, prior to it being handed over to the Ministry of Public Infrastructure. read more

Greek students stage climate change rally in Athens

first_imgSchool students marched in central Athens on Friday to demand that action be taken to save the environment and the planet from the climate crisis.Students gathered at Monastiraki Square before marking to Syntagma Square and the Greek Parliament. A student delegation handed a climate change resolution with their demands to the Vice President of Greek Parliament, Tasia Christodoloupoulou.The students said that the Greek representative appeared ‘open’ to hearing the young people’s demands when they met with her.READ MORE: Climate change to hit farming, Greek coastlineIrene Bougiouka, 18, told the Athens Macedonian News Agency that participation in the Greek climate change rallies is growing. “Our goal is to make absolutely clear that our planet is facing an emergency situation,” she said.She said that Christodoulopoulou appeared “open” to hearing young people when they met her in Parliament. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

43 WWE WrestleMania 32 Kickoff Show on the USA Network draws 132

first_img Twitter 2 COMMENTS Google+ Streaming Is Taking Big Position in Media Landscape, Koplovitz Says Now Playing Up Next The 4/3 WrestleMania 32 Kickoff Show drew 1.32 million viewers airing live on the USA Network according to one hour lead-in show for WrestleMania 32 was headlined by The Dudley Boyz vs. The Usos. An introduction of the new WWE Women’s Championship by Lita and a 10 Divas tag team match featuring Team Total Divas vs. Team B.A.D. & Blonde was also featured during the one hour broadcast on Sunday night from AT&T Stadium in Dallas.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipStreaming Is Taking Big Position in Media Landscape, Koplovitz SaysVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 4:57/Current Time 0:00Loaded: 33.26%0:00Remaining Time -4:57 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next Adam Martin Scarlet Fu Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next April 5, 2016 at 8:23 pm WhatsApp Why have other sites stated the US Title match was on the Kickoff Show when it wasn’t? Joan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35 Facebookcenter_img Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions unknown Clash of Champions Highlights: Luke Harper returns, Rollins/Strowman, Becky against Sasha Now Playing Up Next They are technically correct. The WrestleMania 32 Kickoff Show lasted for two hours. The first hour aired exclusively on the WWE Network, while the second hour aired both on the USA Network and the WWE Network. Videos Articles Comments are closed. Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte April 5, 2016 at 8:16 pm Bully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On Twitter Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Is WWE Losing Its Audience? Pinterestlast_img read more

Fourth of July holiday closures

first_imgWhat’s open and what’s closed on the Fourth of July:o GARBAGE: Waste Connections will operate on its regular schedule. In Camas, Thursday’s pickups will be made Friday.o MAIL: Post offices closed. No home delivery except for Express Mail. The postal unit inside the Shell gas station at Fisher’s Landing, 16320 S.E. Cascade Park Drive, is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.o PUBLIC SCHOOLS: No classes.o COLLEGES: No classes at Clark College or Washington State University Vancouver.o PUBLIC LIBRARIES: Closed.o BUSES: C-Tran buses follow Sunday/holiday schedules. TriMet buses follow Sunday schedules; MAX and Portland Streetcar follow Saturday schedules.o GOVERNMENT: Offices closed.nBANKS: Most closed. Check your bank for details.o FINANCIAL MARKETS: U.S. markets close at 1 p.m. Wednesday and will be closed Thursday.o DRIVER LICENSING: Closed.o VEHICLE LICENSING: Closed.o EMISSIONS TESTING: Stations closed.o CLARK PUBLIC UTILITIES: Offices closed. For 24-hour customer service, call 360-992-3000. For outages or emergencies, call 360-992-8000.o FIRSTENBURG COMMUNITY CENTER: Closed.o MARSHALL COMMUNITY CENTER: Closed.o WESTFIELD VANCOUVER MALL: Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday. Hours of department stores and restaurants may vary.o ZOO: Oregon Zoo open.o THE COLUMBIAN: Offices closed. Circulation lines, 360-694-2312, open 4:30 a.m. to noon.last_img read more

Panel Votes to Rescue A10 Fleet before Completing Authorization Bill Markup

first_imgAfter more than 18 hours of deliberations, the House Armed Services Committee early Thursday morning approved the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill by a 60-2 vote.The legislation, which authorizes $523 billion in national security spending and $89 billion in funding for DOD’s overseas contingency operations account, now heads to the House floor later this month, reported the Hill.The measure rejects a number of cost-cutting reforms proposed by the Pentagon, including a request to hold a BRAC round in 2017, plans to trim support for commissaries and housing allowances for troops, and retiring the A-10 close air support jet.Late Wednesday, the committee adopted by voice vote an amendment from freshman Rep. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.) blocking the Air Force’s plan to retire the A-10 fleet.The draft bill already would authorize $683 million to million to keep the A-10s flying in FY 2016, but it did not include explicit language barring the Air Force from retiring the aircraft. That allowed McSally to offer her amendment and take credit for aiding her southeastern Arizona district, home of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base and more than 80 Warthogs.Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Mass.) opposed the move to block the aircraft’s retirement and offered an amendment to allow the Air Force to take steps to retire up to 164 A-10s, but leave more than 100 in service. The proposal from the former Marine and Iraq veteran failed, however, reported the Hill.The measure authorizes pay raises for troops at 2.3 percent, versus the administration’s request for a 1.3 percent boost. The legislation is available on the committee website. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Two Alaskans Two Very Different Affordable Care Act Experiences

first_imgThe deadline to sign up for health insurance is Monday, March 31st. To accommodate the last minute rush, the Obama administration announced you’ll be able to enroll as long as you begin the process before the end of the month. After that, you won’t be able to buy coverage on, or anywhere, unless you have a qualifying life event, like getting married or having a child. APRN’s Annie Feidt has been talking with Alaskans as they navigate the complicated health law. For this story, she checked back in with two people who’ve had very different experiences.Download AudioAlex Cruver hasn’t had to use his health insurance yet. But he’s very happy to have it. He reaches into his back pocket and proudly pulls out a white and blue Premera Alaska card.Cruver has asthma. And because of that, he knows he needs health insurance. But it’s always consumed a big chunk of his monthly budget. The last plan he had cost him about $200 dollars a month. When he logged onto, Cruver found he qualified for a subsidy that would bring the cost of a mid-level silver plan down to just $70 dollars a month.“It just means I have more money, that’s what it means. I have more money now for myself.”Cruver is a jazz musician who also works a part time retail job. He earns about $25,000 a year. He’s already paid his first few health insurance bills. And he says the Affordable Care Act offers him a very good deal:“For me, yeah it’s great. I’m very satisfied. It’s like it was meant for me  basically, but I can’t say the same for everyone. Some people are pretty angry about it.”Including Mark Knapp. He and his wife Angel own a custom knife shop in Fairbanks. Until last December, they were happy paying $750 a month for health insurance from Premera. But because the plan didn’t meet Affordable Care Act requirements, it was canceled. President Obama then extended many canceled plans for a year, but the Knapp’s plan didn’t qualify:“So we decided we’d shop around.”On, Knapp found a similar plan to the one the couple had for $1260 a month. The subsidy they qualified for brought the cost down to about $600. But Knapp says he and his wife didn’t feel right about accepting a subsidy:“It doesn’t really fall under affordable health care to me, even though I wasn’t going to pay it all, somebody was going to have to pay it for me.”So instead, the Knapps found a new policy through a small business organization they belong too. The monthly premium is $850:“So that’s about $100 a month more than what we were getting it for with Premera.”It’s also $250 more than what they would be required to pay on The plan doesn’t comply with the Affordable Care Act, so it’s scheduled to be canceled at the end of this year. After that, Knapp isn’t sure what he and his wife will do, but he says they won’t ever feel right about accepting a subsidy:“We were looking at just paying the penalty for not signing up for Obamacare and then paying for any medical care we needed ourselves.”Knapp says his wife puts things more bluntly saying, ‘No way, no how, are we signing up for national health care.’This story is part of a reporting partnership between APRN, NPR and Kaiser Health News.last_img read more

Police Close 2 Violent Crime Cases in 2 Days

first_imgOver a span of two days D.C. police made arrests in a February shooting and a September stabbing that helped close two violent crime cases.On March 17, authorities said they arrested Delonte Mack, 29, Southwest, for suspected involvement in a Southwest shooting that happened on Feb. 25.Last month, a officer was patrolling in the Unit Block of N Street, SW when the officer heard the sound of gunshots nearby, police reported.Officials said the officer found a man lying out front of a restaurant on N Street, SW suffering from several gunshot injuries.The victim had been struck by gunfire in his buttocks, groin, foot and shoulder. The victim was taken to a local hospital and treated for his injuries.Mack was arrested and charged with assault with intent to kill while armed. Mack is scheduled to appear in court for a preliminary hearing on March 31, D.C. Courts said.On March 15, police made an arrest in a September stabbing that happened in the 5000 block of Bass Place, SE, police said.Authorities arrested Jeffrey Saunders, 31, and charged him with assault with intent to kill in the stabbing of a man on Sept. 27.Police said they found a man suffering from multiple stab wounds in the hallway of a Southeast apartment building around 2:55 a.m.A witness said he heard a woman screaming and came out into the hallway to see the victim on the floor face down bleeding from his injuries, police reported. The victim was taken to a local hospital and was treated for life threatening injuries.On Jan. 13, Chiquita Harris, 30, a resident of Southeast D.C., was arrested and charged with intent to kill in connection with the stabbing.A spokesperson for the department Alaina Gertz told the AFRO March 20 that the motives for both cases are unknown.last_img read more

New particle formation found to occur in heavily polluted air

first_imgCredit: CC0 Public Domain More information: Lei Yao et al. Atmospheric new particle formation from sulfuric acid and amines in a Chinese megacity, Science (2018). DOI: 10.1126/science.aao4839AbstractAtmospheric new particle formation (NPF) is an important global phenomenon that is nevertheless sensitive to ambient conditions. According to both observation and theoretical arguments, NPF usually requires a relatively high sulfuric acid (H2SO4) concentration to promote the formation of new particles and a low preexisting aerosol loading to minimize the sink of new particles. We investigated NPF in Shanghai and were able to observe both precursor vapors (H2SO4) and initial clusters at a molecular level in a megacity. High NPF rates were observed to coincide with several familiar markers suggestive of H2SO4–dimethylamine (DMA)–water (H2O) nucleation, including sulfuric acid dimers and H2SO4-DMA clusters. In a cluster kinetics simulation, the observed concentration of sulfuric acid was high enough to explain the particle growth to ~3 nanometers under the very high condensation sink, whereas the subsequent higher growth rate beyond this size is believed to result from the added contribution of condensing organic species. These findings will help in understanding urban NPF and its air quality and climate effects, as well as in formulating policies to mitigate secondary particle formation in China. An international team of researchers has found that new particle formation (NPF) can occur in the atmosphere even in heavily polluted air. In their paper published in the journal Science, the group describes air quality testing they did in China over a period of years and what they found. Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. NPF occurs in the atmosphere when certain ingredients clump together spontaneously, causing the formation of new particles. Prior research has suggested that NPF only occurs in relatively pristine air, because particles in polluted air tend to scavenge precursors. In this new effort, the research team has found evidence indicating such conclusions are wrong—they have found evidence of NPF occurring in a heavily populated and polluted part of China.The researchers explain that understanding NPF is important because of the impact it has on global warming. They note that NPFs can lead to cloud formation of a type that traps heat. To learn more about them and air pollution in China in general, they set up air quality monitoring stations in Shanghai and studied data from them covering the years 2014 to 2017.In analyzing the chemistry of particles captured by the monitoring stations, the researchers found evidence of NPF precursor vapors and also large amounts of actual NPF clusters—this, despite the presence of large amounts of other particulates in the air. They suggest the NPF events came about due to sulfuric acid-dimethylamine-water nucleation which included sulfuric acid dimers.To better understand how such clusters might form, the researchers entered their real-world data into a model and ran simulations to mimic conditions in the air over Shanghai and other large cities in China. They found that concentrations of sulfuric acid were sufficient to explain particle formation and growth during times of high condensation. They also found evidence that suggested larger cluster growth was likely due to the presence of other condensing organic species.The researchers claim their study not only shows that NPF can occur in heavily polluted air, but that it is likely having a bigger impact on global warming than has been thought. They suggest climate change models will need to be changed to reflect what they have found.center_img Citation: New particle formation found to occur in heavily polluted air (2018, July 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from © 2018 Journal information: Science Dimethylamine can tremendously enhance atmospheric particle formationlast_img read more

The Rees Hotel Queenstown announces bold expansion plan

first_imgThe Rees Hotel Queenstown announces bold expansion planThe Rees Hotel Queenstown announces bold expansion planThe Rees Hotel Queenstown is to be the centrepiece of a strategy to develop a chain of boutique hotels showcasing an authentic New Zealand experience. From the 12th of October 2018 The Rees Management Ltd (TRML), the manager of The Rees Hotel Queenstown, New Zealand, will be sold to interests associated with Pioneer Capital and current TRML board members Mark Rose and Bruce Davidson. Pioneer was attracted to the successful leadership, established culture and management of The Rees Hotel Queenstown and will leverage these assets as the key ingredients in their development strategy.Pioneer Capital is a New Zealand investment firm focused on investing in high value export-led businesses. The management sale and development plan will enable growth and future security of supply of guest numbers for The Rees Hotel, carefully targeted at the high-end international tourism market. TRML will continue to be the manager of The Rees Hotel and the entire management team and all staff will be retained. Mark Rose will continue as the CEO and the Board of Directors will comprise Bruce Davidson (Chairman), Mike Pohio (Independent Director), Randal Barrett and Shayne Shepherd (Pioneer) and Mark Rose.Mr Rose says, “We are excited to implement this strategic move which has been in the planning for some time. We aim to become a boutique New Zealand hotel company with around five hotels on the tourist route each reflecting their unique ‘place’, with the same culture and high touch service that we are proud to offer at The Rees Hotel Queenstown.”Mr Barrett commented, “Mark and his team have built an exceptional tourism offering in The Rees, and we are delighted to be partnering with them as they expand the product to address increasing inbound demand.”The Rees Hotel Queenstown opened in 2009, comprises 60 hotel rooms, 90 apartments and five Lakeside Residences and is located on the shores of Lake Wakatipu with spectacular views over the lake to the Remarkables mountains. The independent, stylish, luxury property has consistently been internationally recognized and awarded for excellence including receiving New Zealand Tourism’s top Qualmark 5 Star Hotel & Gold Business Tourism Sustainability Award in 2018 and ‘Best NZ Hotel’ two year’s running (2017 /18), in the Australasian Hotel Management Awards of Excellence. Along with awards for service, for its fine dining restaurant True South, executive chef Ben Batterbury and for its wine list, the hotel is also a leader in community service and sustainability initiatives, constantly striving to maintain and further develop the high standards it has set in the New Zealand hospitality industry.The management share sale and resulting development plan will be a very exciting opportunity for all parties and will provide benefits for apartment owners, management and staff and provide certainty of ownership and supply of capital. Source = The Rees Hotel Queenstownlast_img read more

Fed Agencies Issue Final Standards for Diversity and Practices of Regulated Entities

first_img June 9, 2015 410 Views in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News Today, in joint release the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA), the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) agencies issued a final interagency policy statement establishing joint standards for assessing the diversity policies and practices of the entities they regulate.According to the release, Section 342 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 (Dodd-Frank Act) required these agencies to establish an Office of Minority and Women Inclusion (OMWI) at each agency to be responsible for all matters relating to diversity in management, employment, and business activities. The Dodd-Frank Act also required that each OMWI director to come up with standards for addressing the diversity policies and practices of the agencies’ regulated entities.“The final standards, which are generally similar to the proposed standards, provide a framework for regulated entities to create and strengthen their diversity policies and practices—including their organizational commitment to diversity, workforce and employment practices, procurement and business practices, and practices to promote transparency of organizational diversity and inclusion within the entities’ U.S. operations,” the agencies said.The newly proposed standards say that both employment and contracting entities should consider diversity in recruiting, hiring, retention, and promotion. Candidates, board members, senior management, and other senior leaders should be diverse and include women and minorities. The entities will also be required to provide regular progress reports to their boards and senior management and offer training and education on equal employment opportunities, diversity, and inclusion efforts.In order to develop the standards, the agencies held extensive discussions with depository institutions, holding companies, and industry trade groups, where the agencies gathered their views on appropriate standards and information about the successes and challenges of existing diversity policies.The agencies also reached out to financial professionals, consumer advocates, and community representatives to better understand the problems that minorities and women encounter in obtaining employment and business opportunities within the financial services industry, according to the release.The statement represents over 200 comments that were submitted for the proposed standards that were originally issued in 2013, the agencies noted. The final interagency policy statement is effective on publication in the Federal Register.The agencies also requested for public comments in the release regarding the information collection aspects of the final joint standards as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act. They are asking that the comments be made within 60 days following publication in the Federal Register. The effective date of the collection of information will be announced in the Federal Register following Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval.Click here to view the Final Interagency Policy Statement Joint Release. Sharecenter_img Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Diversity and Minorities Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Office of the Comptroller of the Currency Securities and Exchange Commission 2015-06-09 Staff Writer Fed Agencies Issue Final Standards for Diversity and Practices of Regulated Entitieslast_img read more

TRID Rules in Full Effect…Sort of

first_imgTRID Rules in Full Effect…Sort of Share TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure (TRID) rule compliance is finally here. The companies in the mortgage industry now have no choice but to accept it and comply with it. Pramod Karachur, project manager at IndiSoft, outlines how many, but not all, are adjusting to the new regulation and offers advice to those that are still working toward compliance.After delayed implementation, every lender has to be in compliance, ensure their business partners are in compliance, and that their technology is compliant as well. This is no short feat considering the number of lenders and vendors in the industry.There are some good signs that the industry is well on the way to embracing TRID. A survey conducted last month by the National Association of Realtors of its more than 1 million members found that 75 percent of the title companies are compliant and 65 percent of the lenders are compliant with TRID. While these numbers are promising, it is still not 100 percent. At least the remaining companies that are not yet compliant are almost compliant otherwise they would have to face hefty fines from CFPB.Pramod Karachur”Once the storm of implementation has passed, companies will become familiar with TRID as with any other rule and, it will become just another rule to follow.”Companies that are not yet complaint yet can breathe a little easier. CFPB’s Director Richard Cordray said in a House Committee on Financial Services hearing on September 29, 2015, companies that have put forth a good faith effort to implement the TRID regulations will have “some period of months” to work out any problems. The CFPB is aware that companies may not be completely compliant as of day one of the TRID rules. This is a big relief for all companies, those already compliant and those closes to it. However, CFPB has not clearly said as how long it will be lenient with companies in the process of becoming compliant.Like any new regulations, companies are somewhat overwhelmed in the effort to become completely TRID compliant by the deadline. This does not mean they are unwilling to comply, just bombarded with regulatory demands on top of the need to conduct business day to day to stay in business. Once the storm of implementation has passed, companies will become familiar with TRID as with any other rule and, it will become just another rule to follow.Click here to learn more about IndiSoft. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Economic Indicators Mortgage Industry TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure Rule 2015-10-16 Staff Writercenter_img October 16, 2015 601 Views in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines, News, Technologylast_img read more

GLENDALE Ariz — Since completing his collegiate

first_imgGLENDALE, Ariz. — Since completing his collegiate career at Arizona State in 2010, Kerry Taylor has worn a lot of different NFL uniforms.The former Hamilton High star has donned the jerseys of the Green Bay Packers, New England Patriots, San Francisco 49ers and Minnesota Vikings. However, Taylor hasn’t been able to suit up most Sundays.Such is the plight of the practice squad player — a role Taylor has known all too well. After New England released him from the practice squad last September, Taylor hooked on with the Arizona Cardinals and even got the chance to dress for the season finale against the 49ers, although he didn’t play in the game. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories center_img – / 13 Taylor has looked good in training camp thus far, and notices something different with this camp as opposed to the others he’s participated in.“This is the first camp where I’ve been given a real opportunity,” Taylor said Tuesday. “The numbers have been in my favor this time around and I’ve just got to make the most of the opportunity. I feel really comfortable with the offense and I have a good opportunity here to make things happen.”The Cardinals released their first preseason depth chart Monday, and Taylor is listed as the fourth receiver behind veterans Larry Fitzgerald and Andre Roberts and second-year pro Michael Floyd. That’s the good news. The bad news is that the 24-year-old has been sidelined the last two days with a minor hamstring injury.As far as the depth chart, Taylor isn’t all that concerned about where he is on the coaching staff’s pecking order right now.“I don’t really worry about that stuff,” he said. “I just try to come out every day and work as hard as I can. Numbers change, people are going to be here, people aren’t going to be here, so hopefully I’ll still be in the same spot when camp ends.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo One way to ensure that he’ll make the final 53-man roster is to impress in the preseason games. Head coach Bruce Arians mentioned Taylor as a player who could possibly return in time for the Cardinals’ preseason opener Friday in Green Bay against the Packers.“It’s one of those things where if it was a regular game, it might be a little different. You never know what the training staff wants you to do,” he said. “I’m just trying to get back as fast as a I can, but making smart decisions at the same time.” last_img read more

Limassol roadworks uncover mediaeval building

first_imgArchaeological finds possibly dating from the 13th century have been discovered during roadworks in Limassol’s old town, the antiquities department said on Monday.“Foundations of architectural remains of a monumental medieval building have been found on Ayias Theklis street,” archaeological officer Giannis Violaris told the Cyprus Mail.The roadworks in the old town are a €2.5 million plus VAT project to widen the roads surrounding the marina to four lanes, two in each direction, starting from Commandarias street until Siafi and Kioproulouzate streets.“It didn’t come as a surprise that we found these antiquities, it is an area rife with history as it is so close to the castle. We were prepared for this.”Stratigraphy is the next step the antiquities department will take, trying to discover if there are older archaeological finds under the most recently discovered ones that could be from an older time.“The ones we have found are most likely from the Middle Ages. There could be something underneath that from earlier,” Violaris said.Once the studies are completed, a decision will be taken as to what should be done. However Violaris believes the section will probably be backfilled and protected – meaning that instead of covering the findings with asphalt for the road, it will be covered with sand so it can still be used as a road.“It is a very difficult location, it is on a popular street cars use.”In the meantime, contractors are continuing their work by moving on to other streets until the antiquities department wraps up its work.“Our work won’t affect the project. Now if something important is discovered though and we will need three months, of course we will have to do that. The right course of action will be taken depending on what we find,” Violaris said.Thasos Aphanis, Limassol district officer of the public works department told the Cyprus Mail “works will still go on for the project, without causing disturbance on the scheduled duration of the project.”The 18-month project, currently in its first phase aims to improve the roads connecting Franklin Roosvelt Avenue with the seaside. Undertaken by An. Christou Properties and Construction Ltd, 80 per cent of the cost is paid for by the state while the remaining 20 per cent by the Limassol municipality.  You May LikeTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoFigLeaf Beta AppFigLeaf brings You 3 Easy Steps to Privacy on Your Terms…FigLeaf Beta AppUndoAll Pro SaverSmart: Homeowners With A Mortgage In California Take Advantage Of ThisAll Pro SaverUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoTwo arrested in connection with attempted murderUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Anastasiades condemns London terror attacks

first_imgPresident Nicos Anastasiades on Sunday condemned the latest terrorist attacks in London.Anastasiades tweeted from New York: “Such cowardly acts succeed only to forge the will for decisive action on the part of the international community to fight terrorism. Our thoughts are with the people of London and with the families of those killed or injured by the heinous terrorist attack.”The president had met in London on Saturday evening with former British Prime Minister David Cameron. They exchanged views on the Cyprus issue and Brexit among other topics, CNA reported.They also discussed Anastasiades’ meeting in New York on Sunday night with UN chief Antonio Guterres and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci to try and move the stalled negotiations forward. With Cameron, the president talked about the difficulties on the issues of security and guarantees. Britain is one of the three guarantor powers.CNA said Cameron put himself at the disposal of the president for any support needed.The two men also discussed the elections this coming week in Britain.You May LikeClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndoFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoAuthorities release five of 12 Israeli rape suspects, seven due in court FridayUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more