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New Rates for Some Longterm Care Residents

first_imgAbout 4,150 long-term care clients have received updated information on adjustments to what they pay for long-term care accommodations. The adjustments are based on increases in the cost of operating facilities, changes in individual incomes, and increases to the old age security/guaranteed income supplement program. No long-term care client will face an increase of more than $3.50 per day. “Annual rate reviews and adjustments are necessary to ensure that residents continue to receive quality care at a fair price,” said Chris d’Entremont, Minister of Health. Letters explaining the revised rates were mailed by the Department of Health to home administrators, long-term care residents and people with powers of attorney on Sept. 25. Long-term care clients waiting for placement in a home will receive their letters this month. Effective Nov. 1, the standard accommodation charge for a nursing home increased to $79 per day, up from $75.50 per day. The daily standard accommodation charge for a residential care facility increased to $50.50 from $49. The daily standard accommodation charge for a community-based option increased to $46.50 from $46. The daily respite charge in long-term care increased to $29.75 per day from $28.70. The Department of Health also adjusted two income related areas effective Nov. 1, in keeping with this year’s increase to the federal government’s old age security/guaranteed income supplement. Single seniors are able to retain 15 per cent of their income or $2,652, whichever is greater, before they pay accommodation charges. This reflects an $96 increase in the minimum retained income amount. Couples who cannot pay the standard accommodation charges will also keep more of their money. Spouses who live in the community can retain $15,992 per year. That is an increase of $947 per year to the spousal income threshold amount. The department’s 2006-07 budget for long-term care services is about $342.9 million.last_img read more

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Venezuelan Company Signs Deal with Nova Scotia for Energy Training

first_imgNova Scotia’s reputation as one of the world’s best centres for energy training continues to grow. The province has signed an agreement with Venezuela’s national oil company, Petroleos de Venezuela, S.A., to become a preferred provider of energy training programs. “Nova Scotia is internationally recognized as a centre of quality education,” said Richard Hurlburt, Minister of Energy. “And word keeps spreading. The oil and gas industry knows they can find world-class instruction and training here.” This agreement is part of Petroleos de Venezuela’s strategy to strengthen the technical knowledge of its new employees, with a target of producing 5.8 million barrels of crude oil per day by 2012. Nova Scotia has provided customized energy training to workers from other countries such as Angola, Russia and Italy. “Our educators offer first-class programs,” said Mr. Hurlburt. “The credentials these students will have on graduation will open many doors. It will also enhance our reputation as an energy leader.” The agreement includes the possibility that employees from Petroleos de Venezuela will study in Nova Scotia institutions such as Nova Scotia Community College and Cape Breton, Dalhousie and Saint Mary’s universities. These institutions will offer specialized energy training, including masters and other post-graduate work, as well as professional skills and development. “Energy-sector employers from around the world look at Nova Scotia’s post-secondary institutions and see a proven track-record of training excellence in top-notch facilities that meet industry needs,” said Sterling Feener, manager, NSCC business development. “NSCC is a proud partner in that success.” Barry Clouter, outgoing chair of the Offshore/Onshore Technology Association of Nova Scotia said: “Nova Scotia’s industry expertise has won partnerships around the world and this deal is evidence of our continued reputation as quality service providers. This agreement may open the door for new contracts in the oil and gas sector in addition to education training.”last_img read more

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Holly RobinsonPeete To Honor Her Mother At The Actors Funds 2017 Looking

first_imgThe Actors Fund announced today that actress Holly Robinson-Peete will honor her mother, Dolores Robinson, with the Judy & Hilary Swank Award for Parenting at the 2017 Looking Ahead Awards on Tuesday, December 5 at 6pm at Taglyan Complex in Hollywood.Tickets are currently on sale at www.actorsfund.org/LookingAheadAwards.As previously announced, The 2017 Looking Ahead Awards will also honor Kellie Martin (The Looking Ahead Award For Education), Charlotte Rae (The Shirley Temple Award); the youth cast of NBC’s THIS IS US (The Elizabeth Taylor Award for Social Awareness) and the ensemble cast of Kathryn Bigelow’s film DETROIT (The Looking Ahead Award for Community Service).Hosted by Corbin Bleu, the fourth annual gala raises awareness and financial support for The Actors Fund’s Looking Ahead Program while shining the spotlight on performers who inspire the world by living the program’s five core values: education, community service, mentorship, social awareness and healthy parenting. The evening features exciting “blue carpet” arrivals, cocktail hour, gourmet dinner, live entertainment and the awards ceremony.The full list of honorees is as follows:Dolores RobinsonThe Judy & Hilary Swank Award for Parentingpresented by Holly Robinson-PeeteHonoring the parent of a former young performerKellie MartinThe Looking Ahead Award for EducationHonoring a former young performer who has made education a priority in their lifeLaz Alonso, Joseph David-Jones, Nathan Davis Jr., Kaitlyn Dever, Austin Hebert, Malcolm David Kelley, Jacob Latimore, Will Poulter, Algee Smith, Leon Thomas III, Samira Wiley and Tyler James Williams DETROITThe Looking Ahead Award for Community ServiceHonoring a former young performer (or cast) who exemplifies giving back to the communityCharlotte RaeThe Shirley Temple AwardHonoring an early pioneer for their legacy in paving the way for other young performersEris Baker, Parker Bates, Lonnie Chavis, Niles Fitch, Mackenzie Hancsicsak, Faithe Herman, Logan Shroyer and Hannah ZeileTHIS IS USThe Elizabeth Taylor Award for Social AwarenessHonoring a current young performer (or cast) who is raising awareness about an important societal issue through a current roleThe Looking Ahead Program was created in 2003 in partnership with SAG-AFTRA to work with youth between the ages of 9 and 18, helping them develop the values, skills and confidence they need to make successful transitions to fulfilling adult lives. Now serving more than 400 youths, families and alumni, the program aims to create a nurturing environment where young performers get support through individual, family and education counseling, leadership development, community service and social events. Looking Ahead is guided by an Advisory Committee of professionals in youth development and youth-related entertainment, which is co-chaired by actor, director and producer Fred Savage and freelance casting director and former head of casting at Nickelodeon Sharon Lieblein.The 2017 Looking Ahead Awards is generously sponsored by Disney Channel, Disney XD, Nickelodeon, SAG-AFTRA, The Osbrink Agency, Sextant Wines and Devotion Vodka.TICKETING INFORMATION:Individual tickets are $150 per person. Sponsorship packages are available beginning at $5,000 and include multiple press/branding opportunities as well as VIP tickets for The Looking Ahead Awards. To purchase tickets or inquire about sponsorship opportunities, please visit www.actorsfund.org/LookingAheadAwards.last_img read more

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King Mohammed VI To Pay Official Visit to Russia

Fez- After His Royal Majesty’s official visit to Tunisia this past weekend, King Mohammed VI is due to visit Russia next week.According to the Moroccan daily Al Massae, Mohammed VI’s visit is scheduled to take place on June 10 at the invitation of Russian President Vladimir Putin.The newspaper said that the Moroccan officials and Russian diplomats in Rabat had recently held a meeting which focused on preparation of the forthcoming Moroccan-Russian summit meeting, adding that Moscow attaches particular importance to the visit of King Mohammed VI, in the light of the dynamic role played by Morocco to consolidate stability in North Africa. According to the same source, the Russian Ambassador to Rabat also announced the program for the King’s visit. “Putin and King Mohammed VI will address a range of issues of common interest including the Western Sahara and the latest developments in North Africa and the Sahel region,” the Russian Ambassador was quoted as saying.The situation in the Middle East and Ukraine will also be discussed during the bilateral discussion, the newspaper reported.The Moroccan authorities are increasingly aware that they can no longer rely solely on France or the United States to propel the United Nations towards adopting a realistic approach for a mutually acceptable solution to the Western Sahara dispute on the basis of the Moroccan autonomy plan presented to the Security Council in April 2007. So they may be looking for support from Russia, as a veto-yielding member of the Security Council, which, unlike the United States and the United Kingdom, has never called for establishing a human rights monitoring mechanism in the Sahara. read more

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UN agency hails resumption of food delivery to western Afghanistan

11 July 2007The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today announced that, following forced suspension in May due to insecurity, food delivery has resumed along the southern ring road – a major artery linking Kandahar to the western province of Herat and the site of most incidents involving WFP deliveries. The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today announced that, following forced suspension in May due to insecurity, food delivery has resumed along the southern ring road – a major artery linking Kandahar to the western province of Herat and the site of most incidents involving WFP deliveries. “While there are still major problems, getting trucks moving again along the major ring road is an important breakthrough for our operations, particularly in the western region where WFP has been unable to distribute promised food to tens of thousands,” said the agency’s Afghanistan Country Director Rick Corsino. He noted that roughly 100,000 poor Afghans have been waiting for food for weeks. Between 4 and 9 July, 280 metric tons of WFP food supplies were moved from Kandahar to Herat, which has faced a shortage of stocks since deliveries were halted on 28 May due to attacks on the southern ring road. As a result of the suspension, vulnerable families – including many deported from Iran – in Herat, Farah, Badghis and Ghor faced food scarcity. Among these were 65,000 people who work for their communities in exchange for food as well as 55,000 participating in food-for-training programmes. An additional 4,000 tuberculosis patients who receive rations to spur them to receive treatment were impacted. “We are planning to gradually increase movements along the southern ring road as long as the security conditions remain acceptable and our transporters feel confident of their safety,” said Mr. Corsino. “We want to get back to normal operations as quickly as possible, where 1,500 to 2,000 tons is shipped along the road each week.” WFP aims to supply over half a million metric tons of food to 6.6 million people in Afghanistan yearly. Since June 2006, there have been 26 incidents involving vehicles transporting WFP food, threatening projects in the western, southern and eastern parts of the war-wracked country. On 6 July, four WFP-contracted commercial trucks traveling with armed escort were attacked by unknown assailants on the way to Khashrod District in south-western Afghanistan. Two police officers and 13 attackers are reported to have died, with a driver and his helper being held hostage for two days. Approximately 40 tons of food were lost in the incident. Insecurity on the southern ring road has also impeded deliveries in the reverse direction from Herat to southern and eastern portions of Afghanistan, preventing WFP from providing 1,200 tons of biscuits for almost one million children. However, other projects in western Afghanistan remain uninterrupted by the insecurity. Since late April, food has been supplied to 1,500 Afghan families who have been deported from Iran, while schoolchildren read more

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Talkdesk Breaking New WFM Ground

Russell was quick to point out that Talkdesk will continue to support partner solutions through AppConnect. He went on to say that customers helped drive the decision to build WFM. Talkdesk offered this quote from a customer: “We tried several legacy WFM products and found that we end up working for the software, it doesn’t work for us.” In the lead-up to Enterprise Connect, industry analysts and press often receive pre-briefings on products vendors are announcing and demonstrating at the event. Last week, for example, I wrote that Thrio, a new artificial intelligence (AI)-powered contact center-as-a-service (CCaaS) platform, would be demonstrated live publicly for the first time on the Expo floor (1543). This week I’m equally excited to share that Talkdesk is adding a new pillar to its customer experience portfolio — workforce management (WFM). As seen in the screenshot above, that’s exactly what Talkdesk is building. Talkdesk, less than a decade old and born in the cloud, is in the enviable position to start with a clean sheet of paper. And it believes it can bring a new set of AI eyes to WFM, addressing the desire of customers like the one who told Talkdesk: “We want a WFM solution that takes action and simply asks us to agree/approve its suggestions. It needs to learn how to handle common/frequent changes to ease our effort.” AI isn’t new to WFM — several companies are delivering or working toward applying machine learning to WFM scheduling tasks. Genesys, NICE inContact, and Verint have all announced AI WFM efforts. But each of these companies has been in the contact center space for more than 20 years, and bring a fair amount of acquired, often premises-based technology, to their efforts. My next question: Why is Talkdesk building WFM? Most of the CCaaS companies partner for WFO capabilities (Genesys and NICE inContact being notable exceptions), and in fact Talkdesk has several WFM companies in its AppConnect program, including Teleopti and Loxysoft. In addition, WFM is thought of as very “sticky” — i.e., companies don’t like to disrupt their workflow with new scheduling solutions and often stay with the same solution for many years. How to Create a Positive Chatbot Experience Blair Pleasant June 18, 2019 Chatbots can lead to some awful interactions, but proper planning can fix that. Jason Fama is leading Talkdesk’s WFM product development charge. Fama worked in WFM between 2000 and 2016, starting at Blue Pumpkin, which Witness acquired in 2005 (with Witness itself being acquired by Verint two years later). Given the AI focus of the Talkdesk WFM development effort, Fama’s next three years at Directly also seem to have been part of the appeal in bringing him on. Directly describes itself as being in the CX automation business, “experts at the heart of AI.” Talkdesk WFM’s marketing lead, Patrick Russell, who led my briefing, has a solid background in WFM. He joined Talkdesk after spending a few years at NICE inContact. Working with these product and marketing leaders, I’m told, are teams with similarly rich backgrounds in contact center and WFM. I’m excited to see Talkdesk throw the proverbial Erlang C book for predicting call center load out the window and instead build an artificial intelligence (AI)-to-the-core WFM application as an extension to the Talkdesk Enterprise Contact Center. But I did wonder about the company’s WFM, so that’s one of the first questions I asked during the pre-briefing. What was the makeup of the team Talkdesk had assembled to build its WFM solution? 7 Things to Consider When Choosing a Virtual Agent Abed Farhan June 19, 2019 With the right solution, issues such as password resets can be resolved without involving human agents. call-center-3471215__340.png What’s RPA, Why Should I Care? Diane Halliwell August 07, 2019 While robotic process automation is in its infancy, contact centers are finding its promise for streamlining workflows and reducing costs. Tracking the Evolution of Genesys’ Kate Sheila McGee-Smith June 17, 2019 From concept to platform to generally available intelligent virtual assistant Talkdesk_WFM.png Visit Talkdesk at Enterprise Connect booth 1927.Tags:News & ViewsWFMTalkdeskAI & AutomationCCaaSContact Center & Customer ExperienceDigital WorkplaceEnterprise ConnectProduct News Articles You Might Like Voice Communications in Business: Now and into the Future Sergey Poroshin June 18, 2019 In the future, bots will be mainstream and it will be considered a luxury to be able to speak with a human operator. While we’ve seen several companies, like Thrio, enter the CCaaS market with shiny new microservices-based solutions, WFM vendors have, for the most part, been addressing the move to the cloud with variants of their premises-based applications. Note that Ytica, acquired by Twilio in 2018, took a similar start-from-scratch approach to building the other two pillars of customer experience — workforce optimization (WFO), and quality management and analytics. See All in AI & Automation » Log in or register to post comments read more

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Niger UN appeals for agricultural aid to prevent food crisis from worsening

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today renewed its appeal for $4 million for emergency agricultural aid to tackle the food crisis in Niger, where 3.5 million people in the world’s second poorest country are suffering the effects of drought and the worst invasion of crop-devouring locusts in 15 years. The appeal for the funds, urgently needed for veterinary services and to feed livestock which play a key role in the livelihoods and food security of many of the most vulnerable households, follows an earlier request in May, for which FAO has so far only received $650,000 from Sweden for cereal and pulse seeds planting. “Livestock are crucial to agro-pastoralist families in Niger, for income as well as food,” the Chief of FAO’s Emergency Operations Service, Fernanda Guerrieri, said. “The sale of livestock is often a measure of last resort, after families have already consumed all of their cereal stocks and require cash to buy food for the lean period before the next harvest. “A loss of livestock or decrease in their market value can have a devastating impact on these families’ food security,” she added. Livestock aid is needed for more than 10,000 families who have lost their animals. Funds are also required to provide seeds for the next planting season in October to help some 95,000 vulnerable households get back on their feet. Without this assistance, the crisis could worsen and more food aid would be needed. UN agencies are already rushing in food and other aid to the country, where 2.5 million people, including 800,000 children are most immediately threatened. The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has received some 1.7 tons of essential drugs and other life-saving supplies from the French Government. The UN World Food Programme (WFP) is this week starting food distributions through its non-governmental partners to areas most affected by the crisis such as Maradi and Zinder. For its part, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) said that 3.5 million people, more than a third of the population, are experiencing a “dramatic crisis” as a result of the food shortage. “People who are malnourished won’t necessarily die from starvation, but because their immune systems are weak, they are at much greater risk of suffering from communicable diseases,” it warned in its latest update on the crisis today. “The incidence of many communicable diseases will increase in the next few weeks as a result of the onset of the rains and – where people have moved in search of food – overcrowding, shortage of water and poor hygiene,” it added, citing malaria, diarrhoea, cholera, hepatitis and measles among the specific risks. read more

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Brexit hits speed bump as court rules lawmakers must get say

Brexit hits speed bump as court rules lawmakers must get say LONDON – Britain’s plans to leave the European Union hit a large speed bump Thursday, as the High Court ruled that the government can’t start exit negotiations without a vote in Parliament.The judgment deepened Britain’s divide over Europe, raising hopes among pro-EU politicians that they can soften the terms of the U.K.’s withdrawal from the bloc. “Leave” campaigners say any attempt to do that would be a betrayal of voters’ decision.The government immediately said it would ask the Supreme Court to overturn the ruling. The Court has set aside time in early December to hear the case.Thursday’s ruling could delay government plans to start talks on Britain’s EU exit, or Brexit, within weeks, and opens a major constitutional battle over the balance of power between Parliament and the government.Brexit Secretary David Davis said Britain’s June 23 vote to leave the EU “must be respected.”“The people want us to get on with it, and that is what we are going to do,” he said.Prime Minister Theresa May has said she will use centuries-old powers known as royal prerogative to invoke Article 50 of the EU treaty, which launches two years of exit negotiations, by the end of March.The powers — traditionally held by the monarch but now used by politicians — enable decisions about international treaties and other issues to be made without a vote of Parliament.Several claimants, including a hairdresser and a financial entrepreneur, challenged May’s right to act. They argued that leaving the EU will remove rights, including free movement within the bloc, and that it couldn’t be done without Parliament’s approval.Three senior judges agreed, ruling that “the government does not have the power under the Crown’s prerogative to give notice pursuant to Article 50 for the U.K. to withdraw from the European Union.”The judges backed the claimants’ argument that the government could not remove Britons’ legal rights “unless Parliament had conferred upon the Crown authority to do so.”The ruling infuriated pro-Brexit campaigners, who see the lawsuit as an attempt to block or delay Britain’s EU exit.U.K. Independence Party leader Nigel Farage, who helped lead the campaign to leave the EU, tweeted: “I worry that a betrayal may be near at hand.”“I now fear that every attempt will be made to block or delay the triggering of Article 50,” Farage said. “If this is so, they have no idea of the level of public anger they will provoke.”It’s unlikely the ruling will stop Britain leaving the EU eventually. Most lawmakers accept that voters’ decision must be respected — but they differ widely on what form Brexit should take and how close a relationship Britain should keep with the EU.A majority of members of Parliament backed the “remain” side in the referendum, but could be willing to support the start of exit talks if it’s clear that the government won’t seek a “hard Brexit,” in which Britain leaves the EU’s single market.Pro-EU legislators hope the ruling will force the government to set out its plans for exit negotiations before triggering Article 50, something May has previously ruled out.“Of course there is a mandate for leaving the EU, and we have to accept and respect the result of the referendum,” the opposition Labour Party’s Brexit spokesman, Keir Starmer, told the BBC. “But the terms, and how we leave the EU, are vitally important.”Financial entrepreneur Gina Miller, a lead claimant in the case, said the lawsuit wasn’t an attempt to stop Brexit — just to ensure that Parliament is sovereign.“I hope the MPs (members of Parliament) will do their job and debate this in a sober, grown up way,” she said.David Greene, lawyer for hairdresser Deir Santos, another claimant, said “democracy has been reaffirmed and now very much needs to show it is alive and kicking.”The pound, which has lost about a fifth of its value since the June 23 decision to leave the EU, shot back up on the verdict, rising about 1.5 per cent to $1.2493. The ruling boosted the hopes of the financial sector, which is largely opposed to Brexit, that its effects may be mitigated by Parliament.The case is considered the most important constitutional matter in a generation, pitting the rights of Parliament against those of the executive.Nick Barber, associate professor of constitutional law at Oxford University, said the court had ruled decisively that “you can’t use executive power to overturn statutory rights.”Jeff King, professor of law at University College London, said the government’s Supreme Court appeal “would be unlikely to succeed under the circumstances.”He said the High Court judges “gave a comprehensive ruling on many points, many of which could cause the government’s argument to fail.”If the government loses, it will be forced to let the House of Commons and the House of Lords have a vote. It’s unclear whether that would be done with a simple motion to trigger Article 50, or would need a full Act of Parliament.Passing legislation can take months of debate, argument and amendment, so that might see the government’s timetable for Brexit slipping even further.There is a chance the Supreme Court could refer the case to the European Court of Justice, the EU’s highest court, if it thinks a legal principle needs clarification.That would be an ironic outcome given Britain’s vote to leave the EU, but Barber said it’s extremely unlikely.“I think all sides would agree that would be a mess,” he said.___Associated Press writers Pan Pylas and Sylvia Hui in London contributed to this report. Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May leaves Downing Street to attend the weekly Prime Ministers’ Questions session, in parliament in London, Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016. Theresa May has condemned international soccer organization FIFA for its ban on players wearing the Britain’s remembrance poppy. She told Parliament on Wednesday that the FIFA decision was “utterly outrageous.” (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth) by Jill Lawless And Danica Kirka, The Associated Press Posted Nov 3, 2016 4:03 am MDT Last Updated Nov 3, 2016 at 12:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Womens Basketball Ohio State ranked No 5 in seasons first AP poll

Ohio State then-junior guard Kelsey Mitchell (3) facilitates the offense against Purdue during the Boilermakers’ 71-60 win against the Buckeyes at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis on March 4. Credit: Ashley Nelson | Station ManagerLed by five seniors, including two-time Big Ten Player of the Year guard Kelsey Mitchell, Ohio State enters the season ranked No. 5 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll. The rankings were released Thursday morning.The Buckeyes are the highest ranked Big Ten team. Maryland, which lost its three top scorers to graduation or transfer, came in at No. 15, while Michigan snuck in at No. 24. Ohio State plays a difficult nonconference schedule featuring season-opening matchups against No. 10 Stanford and No. 9 Louisville — both at home — and a road game against No. 12 Duke.Earlier in the week, the Buckeyes were ranked No. 8 in the coaches poll. Also picked by Big Ten media and coaches to win the conference championship, Ohio State features a fast-paced offense with a small, yet talented rotation of contributors.Mitchell was honored as preseason Big Ten Player of the Year and named to the preseason first-team All-Big Ten team along with redshirt senior forward Stephanie Mavunga. Mitchell, who has been named a first- or second-team All-American in all three seasons of her career, led the conference with 22.6 points per game last year. Mavunga became the third Buckeye in program history to average a double-double, as she dropped 11.4 points and 10.8 rebounds per game.The Buckeyes open the season at 6 p.m. Nov. 10 against Stanford at St. John Arena.Here are the full rankings.AP Poll Connecticut (32 first-place votes) Texas Baylor South Carolina Ohio State Notre Dame Mississippi State UCLA Louisville Stanford Oregon Duke West Virginia Tennessee Maryland Missouri Marquette Florida State Oregon State California (tie) Texas A&M (tie) Oklahoma South Florida Michigan DePaul read more

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Prince George and Princess Charlotte revel in a little mischief on Canadian

first_imgThe Duchess of Cambridge and Princess Charlotte  The Duke later joked he had felt a little underdressed compared to their traditional costumes, saying: “I was very impressed. Next time we should turn up in a bit more of a ceremonial costume.”The royal couple then spoke with local dignitaries, asking them about their roles in Victoria and praising the event and the “super clean” red carpet.The Duchess also shared her excitement at being there, saying: “Both of us love mountains and there seems to be a lot of them here. We can’t wait to explore. There is a lot to do in a short period of time.” The Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau, kneels to talk to Prince George and the Duke of Cambridge The Duke of Cambridge and Prince George Credit:Chris Jackson/Getty Images Proclaiming their stay at Government House “perfect”, she answered questions about her children, disclosing they had been “super excited about the fact they were going to sleep on a plane”.Following speeches and a performance from the Victoria Children’s Choir, she accepted flowers from 13-year-old Victoria Foster, who had been chosen by charity Children’s Wish, asking her about her life and school.”She also talked a little bit about her children,” said Victoria. “She said she was hoping they were asleep right now.”Monique Girard, a 23-year-old full-time mother originally from South Africa, said the Duchess had offered her some advice for her six-month-old daughter, Scarlett, whom she was carrying in a sling. The Duchess of Cambridge and Princess Charlotte Credit:Chris Jackson/Getty Images The Duchess of Cambridge watches first nation dancersCredit:Dominic Lipinski/PA She told one first-time mother, who brought her six-month-old daughter along, that her job would “get better” as the little girl grew older.The family of four had arrived in Victoria just an hour earlier, before the Prince and Princess were tucked up safely in Government House so their parents could fulfil their official duties.The Duchess told one member of the public she wished she could have brought the children with her, saying Prince George in particular would have loved the bright lights all over the parliament buildings. “Let me caution you from my own experience: if they are anything like our kids, getting them back on the plane after a visit to the beautiful west coast will really be a challenge.”In his speech straight afterwards, the Duke said: “Catherine and I are delighted to be back in Canada.  “When we were here last time, we had been married only three months. The warm welcome that you gave us at that important moment in our lives meant a lot to us, and we have never forgotten it.  “That is why we are so pleased that George and Charlotte can be with us in Canada this time round, beginning their own lifetime of friendship with this wonderful country.” They may be royalty, but it appears even Prince George and Princess Charlotte are not immune to the prospect of a little mischief.The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have spoken of their excited children during the first day of their tour to Canada, joking they hoped the youngsters were not “tearing up Government House” in their absence.The Duchess said they had been “super excited” about their trip on an aeroplane together, as she shared parenting advice with other mothers who had turned out to see the event.center_img Aurora Vandall, a 36-year-old mother of a nine-month-old from Victoria, said she had spoken to the Duke to welcome him to Canada.”He said, ‘I hope the children aren’t tearing up Government House right now’,” she disclosed.  “She asked me about Scarlett and how old she was. When I said six months, she said that after this stage it will get easier. It will get better.”It was so nice.” Loreen Topping added: “She [the duchess] told me she wished she had brought Prince George down tonight because he would have loved all the lights.” She later said they had enjoyed a “very good tea” before dropping off to sleep.The first official event of the Canadian royal tour was something of a family affair altogether.Justin Trudeau, the Prime Minister, used his speech to highlight the family feel of the trip, the first overseas tour for the family as a foursome.”As any parent who has travelled with children knows, it’s a whole different experience when you bring your children with you,” he said, to cheers. The Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, kneels to talk to Prince George and the Duke of CambridgeCredit:Dominic Lipinski/PA He also appeared to make reference to a 1998 visit, described as “Wills mania”, saying he had “very happy memories [of visiting] as a shy teenager”.”A few of you remember it too well, I think,” he laughed. The red carpet event saw the Duke and Duchess greet veterans, lay a wreath at the Cenotaph and enjoy a performance by the Lekwungen Traditional Dancers, from the Songhees Nation, and Esquimalt Singers and Dancers, from the Esquimalt Nation. The Duchess of Cambridge watches first nation dancers The Duke of Cambridge and Prince George  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.last_img read more

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Serious errors by Met Police put children at risk damning report

first_imgLast night the Mayor’s office announced the seven priority areas would be scrapped in light of the “deeply distressing and worrying failures”.The Met described the report as a “significant moment” for the force, the UK’s largest, and named a senior officer to coordinate child protection policing across the capital.HMIC said the hitherto lack of such a role had created an “indefensible absence of strategic oversight of this very important issue”.The report’s author, Matt Parr, said: “Far too many of the cases we looked at fell well short of expected standards and meant that victims weren’t protected, evidence was lost and offenders continued to pose a risk to children.”Investigators found that officers often were unaware of the presence of registered sex offenders in their borough, and that the Met’s IT system for storing information on those at risk of abuse was “fragmentary”.In one case, a 14-year-old girl disclosed she had been given alcohol and cigarettes before being sexually assaulted by a 30-year-old man she met online, but an officer was not assigned to investigate until 17 days later, during which time the man had continued to contact her.HM Chief Inspector of Constabulary, Sir Thomas Winsor, said his team had found “inexcusably poor practice at every stage of a child’s interaction with the police.”The report comes weeks after a damning review found “numerous errors” in Scotland Yard’s Operation Midland probe into claims of a VIP paedophile ring.Assistant Commissioner Martin Hewitt, who will now coordinate child-protection efforts, said: “We have re-thought how we go about our work to protect London’s most vulnerable.“As this report shows, there is still a lot of work to be done.“We have made significant changes already and we are committed to continuing to rise to this challenge.” 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 Metropolitan Police is so obsessed with meeting targets on car thefts and burglaries it routinely fails to protect children from sexual exploitation, a report has found.A review by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) revealed that three quarters of child abuse cases were handled inadequately or required improvement.The report identified “fundamental deficiencies” and a lack of overall leadership in a force preoccupied with tackling priorities set by the Mayor of London.center_img Victims weren’t protected, evidence was lost and offenders continued to pose a risk to childrenMatt Parr, HMIClast_img read more

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In China One Tweet can Cost You a Year in a Labor

first_imgchina, the worst country in the world*, recently sentenced a 46-year-old woman one year in a labor camp for a sarcastic tweet. or as they call it “disturbing social stability.”back in october, cheng jianping under the twitter wangyi09, rt’d a post from her fiance hua chunhu with a few words of editorializing. the post mocked chinese protesters who smashed japanese products during a recent demonstration.eleven days later, on the day the couple planned to marry, ha chunchi was taken away by police from his office. he was released five days later, only to find that cheng was missing. family members told him the police had taken her away the same day they came for him. she was sentenced to a year in the henan province labor camp.in her twitter feed, cheng has also supported imprisoned nobel peace prize laureate liu xiaobo.via cnn* there are certainly more dangerous totalitarian regimes out there, but china is the only one who is a true emerging super power. one which has a near-unbreakable symbiotic economic relationship with the west. one which national american politicians refuse to publicly condemn due to the sheer amount of economic debt china holds. if china wants to be a true global player, they are  going to have to break away from their backwater mental shackles and grow up. this is some unnecessary third-world stuff.last_img read more

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ASA Weighs in on House White Paper on Agricultural Impacts of RFS

first_imgThe House Energy and Commerce Committee issued the latest in a series of white papers examining the impacts of the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS). The latest white paper, issued April 19, outlines and seeks comment on the impact of the RFS on the agricultural sector.Following the release of the white paper on agricultural sector impacts, ASA provided extensive comments highlighting the importance of the RFS to the soybean and biodiesel industries and reinforcing the fact that the RFS does not drive higher commodity or food prices.”Soybean farmers have played a major role in the development of the U.S. biodiesel industry and biodiesel has provided a significant market opportunity for U.S. soybean producers,” wrote ASA in its comments. “However, first and foremost, policymakers must understand that markets and prices for soybeans are driven by demand for soy meal as a protein feed source for livestock. The portion of the soybean used in biodiesel production is the oil, not the meal.””Additionally, in considering the use of soybean oil for biodiesel production, it must be understood that demand for U.S. soybean oil for food use began to decline significantly following the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) action in 2003 to require food manufacturers to include trans fats on nutrition labels beginning in 2006,” added ASA. “The increase in the use of soybean oil for the biodiesel market has essentially taken up the reduced demand for soybean oil in the food sector associated with trans fat labeling as the food industry shifted away from the use of partially hydrogentated soybean oil to various oil blends and the increased use of palm oil.For a full transcript of ASA’s comments, please click here, and for a copy of the committee’s whitepaper, please click here. ASA encourages all members to utilize the comments and urge their Members of Congress to support the RFS and support biodiesel.last_img read more

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FERC Wants AK LNG Project To Submit More Specific Mitigation Measures

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has requested more details regarding mitigation measures to protect wildlife and public land during construction and operation of the proposed Alaska LNG project. The AGDC and FERC met for almost two and a half hours in Washington, D.C., on March 22 to run through roughly two dozen questions as the state works to finish answering regulators’ requests for details that will be used in preparing the project’s environmental impact statement (EIS). Under that timeline, FERC would issue its final EIS in December 2019, with a commission vote whether to authorize the project by March 2020. FERC has requested that the Alaska Gaseline Development Corporation (AGDC) submit tangible details on the measures the project would most likely use, even if they might later change.center_img Persily wrote that at this time there is no deadline for the state to submit the missing information, other than AGDC is eager to respond so that FERC can meet its self-imposed timeline to issue the project’s draft EIS in March 2019. In a statement from Oil and gas news briefs from Larry Persily, FERC’s instructions come as the project team is working with federal agencies to determine how the 870 miles of pipeline, North Slope gas treatment plant and liquefaction plant in Nikiski would affect the environment — and decide on acceptable measures to reduce those impacts.last_img read more

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Evan Smith Named President of Texas Monthly

first_imgRELATED VIDEO: Evan Smith on Climbing the Corporate LadderEvan Smith, longtime editor and executive vice president of Texas Monthly, has been named president, the magazine’s publisher, Emmis Communications, announced today.Smith will replace Michael Levy, the magazine’s founder and publisher, who is retiring.”There is no doubt in my mind that Evan is the perfect choice,” Levy said in a statement. “He will do a phenomenal job going forward, taking the magazine my colleagues and I created in 1973 and making it even stronger. … The magazine is in great hands.” Smith joined the magazine as a senior editor in 1992, and promoted to deputy editor a year later. He became editor in 2000 and added the title of executive vice president in 2002.During is tenure as editor, Texas Monthly has been nominated for 14 National Magazine Awards, including winning the Ellie award for general excellence in 2003.”Texas Monthly has been my home for more than 16 years, and in that time it’s been an honor to work alongside our extraordinary staff and for my great friend, Mike Levy,” Smith stated. “There’s no replacing Mike, but I’ll do everything I can to preserve his legacy and take the magazine he loved so much to new and loftier heights.”last_img read more

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Vizianagaram to get Rs2 cr CSR funds from BDL

first_imgVizianagaram : Bharat Dynamics Limited, a Defence oriented Public Sector Undertaking of Government of India will contribute Rs 2 crores for development of Vizianagaram District from its CSR funds. A Memorandum of Understanding was signed between District Collector Dr M Hari Jawaharlal and BDL General Manager (HR) S Narayanan at Collector’s Camp Office in Vizianagaram on Wednesday. Also Read – Producing films, serials my ambition, says Nani Advertise With Us As per the agreement, the PSU will assist in taking up of repairs and renovation works to 11 Social Welfare Hostels in the district. As part of the aspirational districts programme of the Central Government, PSUs were attached to these districts to take up developmental activities with their Corporate Social Responsibility funds. The District Administration is planning to improve facilities in Education and Health sectors with the funds, says District Collector Dr.Hari Jawaharlal. Some more companies will turn up in the future, he added. Joint Collector K V R Reddy, J.C-2 J Seetharama Rao and BDL team members were present.last_img read more

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Barisal Barguna DCs withdrawn over Tariq Salmon issue

first_imgGazi M Saifuzzaman and Bashirul AlamThe deputy commissioners (DCs) of Barisal and Barguna districts have been withdrawn from their respective posts on Monday.Senior secretary of public administration ministry M Mozammel Haque Khan said Barisal DC Gazi M Saifuzzaman and Barguna DC Bashirul Alam were removed from their posts over saga concerning Barguna Sadar UNO Tariq Salmon.Mozammel Haque said Pabna Zila Parishad chief executive officer M Mokhlesur Rahman was appointed as the new DC of Barguna while Habibur Rahman, the personal secretary of the state minister for social welfare, was appointed the DC of Barisal.Obaidullah Saju, also the president of Barisal Lawyers’ Association, filed a Tk 50 million libel suit last month against then Agailjhara UNO Gazi Tariq Salmon for “distorting” the portrait of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.The UNO printed the portrait on an official invitation card marking the last Independence Day.The portrait was drawn by a child in a painting competition organised by the UNO on the occasion of the Children’s Day being celebrated on the birthday of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, 17 March.The case was readily accepted and he was arrested.Tariq Salmon was arrested on 19 July in connection with the case. He, however, obtained bail within two hours inside his arrest.The incident caused furore inside the public administration.Amid the public criticisms, Awami League suspended Obaidullah Saju on Friday for filing the defamation case overenthusiastically.last_img read more

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64GB USB TypeC Flash Drive from SanDisk Drops to Just 1499 Was

first_imgAmazon is offering the 64GB SanDisk Ultra Type-C flash drive for a price of just $14.99. Skip that latte and jump into the future of USB-C today.With USB-C taking over the world by storm, it’s only logical to invest in devices and storage that support the standard to the fullest. One such product that checks the right boxes is the SanDisk Ultra USB Type-C flash drive and it is available at a very nice discount today.For just $14.99, you can become an owner of a flash drive that has ‘future’ written all over it. Given its price point, one would expect that this product might cheap out somewhere, especially in the speed department. It actually does not and you can expect it to touch speeds of up to 150MB/s, which is not bad at all for everyday use.Flash drive for USB Type-C devicesHigh-speed USB 3.1 performance of up to 150MB/s3Super-thin, retractable design to protect the small USB Type-C connectorSince this is a USB-C flash drive, therefore you can use it with a wide range of devices including smartphones and tablets. In fact, if you pick this up today, you will be able to use this flash drive with your iPad Pro when iPadOS 13 comes out later this year, since the new OS adds full support for external storage mediums.Last but not the least, SanDisk is one of the few reliable brands on the face of this earth therefore you can expect it to handle your daily tasks without breaking a sweat. If a reliable flash drive is what you need for your USB-C laptop, phone, tablet, etc. then look no further than the SanDisk Ultra flash drive.Buy SanDisk Ultra USB Type-C 64GB Flash Drive – Was $28, now just $14.99 Share Tweet Submitlast_img read more

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Hardened criminal behind bars for rape robbery

first_imgThe ladies were made to undress and were then raped. Afterwards, the suspects searched the container and the handbags of their victims. They took a cell-phone and cash from the handbags and left the scene.Police were informed and an investigation began. Criminal Record and Crime Scene Management (Forensic) officers were summoned to investigate and valuable, identifiable fingerprints were lifted at the scene.1 of the suspects was later identified as a result of this. He was subsequently traced and arrested.Every effort is being made to trace the outstanding suspect, who has fled the area.The accused, 27-year-old Thelumusa Khubeka, was sentenced to 12 months’ imprisonment for housebreaking, 12 years for rape and 5 years on three counts of aggravated robbery. The sentences are to run concurrently.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. A 27-year-old rapist and robber will be spending over a decade in prison after being sentenced recently.He was arrested for rape, housebreaking and aggravated robbery after an incident on the night of April 4, 2013.2 women were accompanied by a security guard at a ‘stop and go’ point on the N11 while the road was under construction. The three were in a container at the time. The lights were suddenly turned off and 2 unknown men appeared at the window.One was armed with a pistol and the other with a bush knife. They demanded that the door be opened after breaking the window.  The occupants were terrified and took cover under a table while the door was being pounded upon and broken down from the outside.Once they had broken open the door, the suspects instructed the 3 to vacate the container. The guard was made to lie face down on the ground after his cell-phone and cash was taken. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite last_img read more

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AP Interview Papal leaks author calm amid storm

first_img Sponsored Stories “I understand the pain that this news has caused. And I respect the pain and also people’s anger,” he said. “Just as I understand the pain of these people who were living with these issues _ secrets that they just couldn’t endure.”The motivations for the leaks remain unclear: Some commentators say they appear designed to discredit Benedict’s No. 2, the Vatican secretary of state, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone. Others say they’re aimed at undermining the Vatican’s efforts to become more financially transparent. Still others say they aim to show Benedict’s weakness in running the church.Nuzzi, who isn’t a Vatican reporter by trade, refuses to speculate on the motivations of his sources. But he rejects the idea that warring factions of cardinals are behind them.“I’m not lucky enough to meet with cardinals,” he says.He also says the book is not an attack on the pope or the church.“There is not a word in this book that is against the Holy Father,” he said.Nuzzi gained prominence with his 2009 book Vatican SpA, based on a trove of leaked documents detailing scandals at the Vatican bank. He believes his sources approached him with the new documents based on the even-handed way he wrote the previous book. Nuzzi, who as a child used to ring the church bells at his local parish, is unfazed.Asked Wednesday how he was doing, Nuzzi smiled and says he’s living “with the serenity of someone who did his job, who found news and made it public.”“This is news,” he said of his book, and then revealed news of his own about his sources. “We have a group of people _ I can count more than 10 _ who decided to make things public. When they made this choice months ago, I think and believe they were perfectly aware of what would happen.”So far only one person has been arrested in the scandal: Paolo Gabriele, the pope’s personal butler, who was taken into custody by Vatican security last week after a trove of Benedict’s documents were found in his Vatican City apartment.The arrest gave the scandal an unfathomable Dan Brown twist: the pope’s trusted butler, a citizen and employee of the Vatican city state, a devout 46-year-old father of three accused of stealing the pope’s secret papers.But few believe that Gabriele acted alone and he has promised to cooperate with the investigation, suggesting that other heads may roll.Unless he is a very good actor, Nuzzi’s demeanor implied that the butler actually didn’t do it. The author stumbled when he pronounced Gabriele’s last name and seemed to genuinely ache for a fellow father of young children who was deprived of his freedom. Men’s health affects baby’s health too 0 Comments   Share   Some of the best parts of the new book are in the introduction, where Nuzzi recounts the cloak-and-dagger nature of his meetings with his source, more secretive than his many meetings with Mafia turncoats. The first meeting was a test; he was being watched to see if he was trustworthy. Then there was an invitation he didn’t refuse to get into a car for a long drive around Rome to ensure he wasn’t being followed. Finally, a meeting in an unfurnished apartment, with a single chair in the living room where his source was sitting.Nuzzi found the level of precaution “exaggerated,” laughable even.“But then I understood that working inside the Vatican, these people have an obsession with secrecy,” he explained.He picks up a copy of the book and reads aloud the citation on the back cover, attributed to “Maria.”“My courage is to make known the most tortuous events of the church, make public secrets big and small that would otherwise never escape the Bronze Door (of the Apostolic Palace),” he read. “Only now do I feel free, liberated from the unbearable complicity of those who know yet kept quiet.”___Follow Nicole Winfield at www.twitter.com/nwinfield (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Associated PressROME (AP) – For someone at the center of one of the Vatican’s greatest scandals in recent decades, Gianluigi Nuzzi seems awfully cool.The investigative journalist who published a book of leaked papal documents begs to get off the phone one day because he’s playing with his two kids at home in Milan. A day later he’s ensconced in a swank hotel on Rome’s Via Veneto, joking about cutting his journalistic chops as a 13-year-old writing for a weekly Mickey Mouse magazine. More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements In an interview with The Associated Press, Nuzzi said he had spoken to his key source _ identified only by the code name “Maria” _ since the whirlwind erupted and said the source projected “an absolute serenity” about what was transpiring.Benedict on Wednesday broke his silence about the case, saying in his general audience that the turmoil of recent days had “brought sadness to my heart.” But he added that he renewed his trust and faith in his assistants who “every day, with loyalty and a spirit of sacrifice and in silence, help me fulfill my ministry.”A day earlier, the No. 2 in the Vatican secretariat of state, Archbishop Angelo Becciu, accused those responsible of an unprecedented “brutal” attack on the pope, saying the stolen papers didn’t just concern matters of internal church governance but represented the thoughts of people who in writing to the pope believed they were essentially speaking before God.Nuzzi acknowledged the sentiments, but has stressed that the documents weren’t private papers so much as documentation about relations between states and issues of interest to the public _ data that his sources risked their livelihoods to expose because they couldn’t bear to keep them secret. But Nuzzi, 42, is very much in the hot seat for revealing the secrets of one of the most secretive institutions in the world, accused of an unprecedented attack on both the pope and the Catholic Church.“His Holiness: The Secret Papers of Benedict XVI” was published last week. In the few days since, it has become the most-talked about book in Italy and the Vatican, 273 pages of leaked Holy See documents and analysis of the Vatican’s internal machinery that represents its biggest security breach in recent history.The documents expose episodes of political infighting, intrigue and accusations of corruption and homosexual liaisons going on under the watch of the 85-year-old Benedict. Taken together with other leaks that have emerged in the Italian press in recent months, they paint a picture of a Catholic Church hierarchy in utter disarray.The papers include letters to the pope and his private secretary, bank statements, a handwritten memo the pope’s personal secretary wrote in his native German about a meeting with a member of the disgraced Legion of Christ.None of the documents represents a smoking gun that will bring down the papacy. Most are of interest only to Italians, as they concern relations between Italy and the Vatican and a few local scandals and personalities. But their very existence and the fact that they were taken from the pope’s own desk has provoked an unprecedented reaction from the Vatican. A criminal probe, a high-level internal investigation and administrative whodunit is under way, and Nuzzi has been put on notice that legal action is pending. 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