APTN National NewsCheez Wiz costs $29 and a bottle of juice $38.Those are the store-shelf prices in Arctic Bay, Nunavut.Nunavut MLA Ron Elliot, who took photographs of the products and prices as proof, blames the federal government for putting elders and those on social assistance at risk by cutting subsidies to the cost of shipping foods north.
MONTREAL – When it comes to affordable daycare, Quebec’s low-fee program is the envy of many a parent in other parts of Canada.Under the much-vaunted but polarizing program introduced in 1997, the bulk of Quebec parents pay but a fraction of the astronomical amounts their counterparts shell out elsewhere.Some pundits argue the Quebec model is too costly and fails to deliver, but others say the benefits of getting more women into the workforce and improving work-life balance help offset the annual $2.5 billion investment.But how exportable is the made-in-Quebec solution?One political scientist says Quebec’s lesson to other provinces is they should chart their own path and not wait for a federally driven daycare plan as some have in the past.“When the federal government tried to implement a national program, it met a lot of resistance in the different provinces,” said Olivier Jacques, a post-doctoral student at McGill University and one of three authors of a recent study published by the Institute for Research on Public Policy that examined Quebec daycare.“So maybe it’s better that each of the provinces does their own so they can make something sustainable.”In 2005, the Liberals under Paul Martin tried to implement a national childcare program, setting aside $5 billion and signing on with all 10 provinces before losing power to the Conservatives, who then eliminated the program.Some detractors have been critical of Quebec’s universal approach and believe the province should have instead targeted certain segments of the population. But Jacques counters the wide appeal has allowed Quebec’s plan to persist.“If a provincial government wants to make a program that will be politically robust and survive a change of government, they need to make sure the program will be broadly popular and covers most children and most parents,” he said.One factor that favoured Quebec was that the political divide in the province along federalist and sovereigntist lines meant the absence of a true small-c conservative opposition — the very type of government that historically has cut such programs elsewhere, Jacques noted. The other is that activists and proponents insisted the province promote such a program.In Ontario, where daycare is a hot-button issue in the current election campaign, Kathleen Wynne’s Liberals are pushing free care for preschoolers aged two-and-a-half and older, until they reach kindergarten at a cost of $2.2 billion over three years. The Conservatives are pushing a tax rebate program at a cost of $389 million per year.The New Democrats are proposing free child care for all families making less than $40,000 year and are aiming to have childcare costs average about $12 a day for those making more, drawing some similarities to Quebec. The price tag is around $11.4 billion over five years.What’s clear is the costs will be an obstacle for any province.Canada as a whole ranks near the bottom of OECD countries when it comes to childcare spending — roughly 0.2 per cent of GDP — while Quebec vastly outspends the rest of the provinces on daycare by a margin of about five to one.That’s where Jacques believes the federal government could help by easing the financial burdens on provinces to allow them to invest in affordable child care.In 2017, the federal Liberal government announced plans to spend $7 billion over the next decade to help ease the burden of childcare costs, including up to 40,000 new subsidized spots nationwide by 2019.Since the Parti Quebecois introduced $5-a-day subsidized daycare in Quebec 21 years ago, the daily fee has increased a few times.The Liberals also introduced a sliding scale three years ago, under which parents pay a base amount of about $8, and as much as nearly $22, depending on their income.The most popular daycares are the non-profit, subsidized centres known commonly as CPEs, which provide for trained educators and specific standards. But the number of spots — about 230,000 to date — are too few.In a bid to shorten those long lists, the Liberals have favoured expanding the number of private daycare centres — for-profit entities where parents pay upfront costs of $40 or more and benefit from federal deductions and provincial tax credits to bring the daily costs close to the subsidized system.The number of private daycare spots has boomed to 65,000 in less than a decade.That’s where the competing daycare narratives collide, says Universite de Montreal economist Pierre Fortin: while the province has seen the economic benefits of accessible child care, it is struggling to maintain quality.Fortin, himself a father of five, said the program has met one major goal of getting more women into the workforce. That has helped absorb the program’s expenses through increased tax revenues and transfers to families.The participation rate in the Quebec workforce of women between the ages of 20 and 44 stands at 87 per cent, compared to just 74 per cent in 1997. In a speech this year, Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz even credited the Quebec program for the percentage hike.In the same speech, Poloz noted the rate nationally is about 83 per cent.The federal government committed to increasing women in the workforce in the budget last February through a number of measures, but did not provide a solution to the childcare quandary.“All the research looking into the matter has concluded the main cause of increase in labour force participation has been the low-fee universal childcare program and the extended parental leave,” Fortin said.Fortin says the Quebec program has stumbled in overall quality. On average, the subsidized CPEs get very positive reviews for a highly qualified staff and environment, but the privately owned daycares offer a lower level of quality.That discrepancy was noted in a study released by the Observatoire des tous petits, a charitable foundation that studies child development.While the province’s subsidized educational childcare centres scored very well, the same couldn’t be said for privately held daycares or the other subsidized models.“The right verdict to give is that we have a two-tier system,” Fortin said.“One is spectacularly good but the other is spectacularly mediocre.”
By Safaa KasraouiRabat – Following his surgery, Manchester United (Man Utd) midfielder, Juan Mata, expressed his positive outlook as he started recovering from his groin surgery.The Spanish player is scheduled to be absent from several matches after undergoing a groin operation on Thursday. For his part, Man Utd’s coach, Jose Mourinho, expects the club to play without its midfielder for a long-term period. The 28-year-old footballer noted on his personal website, Juanmata8, that he was not pleased with being a spectator, but he is attempting to remain positive for his followers and his team. He added that it was not the best possible experience, but he had to do it for Saturday’s game against West Brom.“It was a shame that we weren’t able to get the three points because now we would be in a better position, especially after the draw between Arsenal and Manchester City, but we have to keep going,” he added.Hi. Here is my latest post. One Hour Behind: ‘Supporting from home’. https://t.co/RI8YDD14wa— Juan Mata García (@juanmata8) April 3, 2017Juan Mata is urging his club to focus on tomorrow’s next game against Everton, which is going to take place at the Old Trafford stadium in Manchester.
TORONTO — Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the coming week:Let’s talk stressThe Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions’ assistant superintendent Carolyn Rogers will speak to The Economic Club of Canada on Tuesday about the regulator’s mortgage stress test. Stress tests were introduced in 2018 to cool real estate markets such as Toronto and Vancouver, and have limited the ability of some to qualify for mortgages.BoC speechBank of Canada deputy governor Timothy Lane will speak before the Peterson Institute of International Economics on Wednesday. The topic of his speech will be “The Canadian Approach to Foreign Reserve Management.”BCE earningsBCE Inc. will release fourth-quarter results, hold a conference call and provide its 2019 estimates on Thursday. BCE subsidiary Bell Canada began asking its customers in December for permission to track everything they do with their home and mobile devices in return for advertising and promotions that are more “tailored” to their needs and preferences.Housing startsCanada Mortgage Housing Corp. releases housing starts for January on Friday. The national housing agency reported that seasonally adjusted annual rate of housing starts in Canada was 213,419 units in December, down from 224,349 in November but higher than analysts expectations of 205,000.Unemployment updateStatistics Canada will release its labour force survey for January on Friday. The survey for December revealed that the unemployment rate stayed at its 43-year low of 5.6 per cent last month as the economy closed out 2018 with the addition of 9,300 net new jobs. The Canadian Press
“There is no sector of the UN where more progress has been made than the peace and security sector of the UN, by which I mean in the Security Council and in peacekeeping operations,” Olara Otunnu told the UN News Service on Tuesday.As evidence, he pointed to the fact that the protection of children is increasingly incorporated into the mandates of peacekeeping operations, while the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations have prepared a training package on the issue for those deploying to the field.Above all, the envoy cited the “complete innovation” of stationing designated child protection advisers in the office of the senior official heading the peacekeeping mission to ensure “that the issue of child protection is being taken seriously, is being mainstreamed and has truly become part of the raison d’être of peacekeeping missions.”Asked about media reports regarding abuses by peacekeepers, Mr. Otunnu said child protection officers are mandated to refer any allegations of abuse to the highest authority for action. “That is part of their responsibility,” he said. “If there are abuses, then they bring to the attention to the head of mission that this is happening and something must be done about it right away.”The UN has a strict “zero tolerance” policy in place. “We must be very vigilant that any misbehaviour, any abuses and exploitation are dealt with swiftly and without complacency,” he said.The Special Representative was first appointed in 1997, and subsequent resolutions of the Security Council mandated that peacekeeping missions protect children.”We’ve come a very long way as far as incorporating and making child protection an important aspect of the work of peacekeepers,” Mr. Otunnu said.At the same time, he called for intensified action to address key questions: “Is enough being done to really focus on the needs of children, whether it is demobilizing them from armed groups, whether it is investing enough to rehabilitate schools, whether it is ensuring that girls who have been exposed to sexual violence are given the attention they deserve?” he asked.Mr. Otunnu emphasized that good intentions must be backed by funds. “We need to be sure that in terms of resources we are not giving lip service,” he said.
The draft process of the Iraqi constitution could have been more transparent and inclusive, and the Iraqi interim Government will need to ensure that a much broader political consensus shapes the upcoming constitutional referendum and national elections, according to a report released by Secretary-General Kofi Annan today.Mr. Annan congratulates the interim Government for their efforts in creating a draft document that will be voted on by the Iraqi people on 15 October.But, in the final days before the draft document was delivered on 28 August, there were “protracted negotiations on the draft, diversions from previously agreed procedures, as well as the decision of some groups to withhold their support for the final text,” he notes in a report to the UN Security Council.”The process could have been made more inclusive, participatory, and transparent and responsive to the needs and aspirations of the Iraqi people,” he says. “Those groups that have so far stayed away from the political process need to be assured that their concerns will be addressed though national dialogue,” he adds.He also notes that the continued atmosphere of terror and violence, as well as “a disconcerting source of human rights violations in the country,” continue to threaten the democratic process.The Security Council has already pledged to assist Iraq through the difficult process of building a democracy. Thus, despite the many difficulties, Mr. Annan pledges that the UN will provide a public education programme for the upcoming referendum and elections, and technical and capacity building assistance.He also calls on Member States to provide the $107 million in international financial support needed to pay for the referendum and the elections that follow.In addition the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) has increased its presence in the country tenfold since August 2004, and will continue to work there with the assistance of the Multinational Force composed of personnel from Fiji, Georgia, Romania and the Republic of Korea whose main responsibility is to provide security support.But at the same time, the Iraqi Government must ensure that its security sector continues to engage in the “appropriate and legitimate use of force…[to] protect the human rights and fundamental freedoms of all Iraqi citizens,” says Mr. Annan.
Egrets gliding over the small body of water in Tasi-tolu, Dili. UN Photo/Martine Perret“We need to disseminate these lessons learned and encourage countries and civil society organizations to make better use of them,” said Mr. Dias. “We hope all countries will be able to make good use of this information and develop initiatives to highlight the relevance of biodiversity for their sustainable development.” Mangroves Cut in Hera, Timor-Leste. UN Photo/Martine PerretAnd while it may be hard to imagine, surrounded as they are by water, islands are often negatively impacted by desertification. “Some are in regions with less rainfall. Some have poor irrigation [systems] or manage ecosystems unsustainably. But generally, it’s driven by climate change: it’s getting hotter and drier in many island regions,” Mr. Dias said.This led him to make a passionate plea for stepping up protection for the world’s coral reefs: “[They] are like the ‘rainforests of the oceans.’ Coral reefs are the richest ecosystems in the oceans, and islands are where they are concentrated.” Fishing off Atauro Island, Timor-Leste. UN Photo/Martine PerretUnfortunately, coral reefs are under serious threat –“perhaps the most threatened ecosystems on Earth” – from overfishing, pollution and of course, climate change. “As the water gets warmer, sea levels rise, and as we put more CO2 into the atmosphere, the water filters that,” he said, underscoring that reefs can be seriously damaged if their food sources are disrupted or the waters around them become too acidic. “It’s a huge challenge,” he lamented.Against this backdrop, the CBD will be working with all countries to promote the aims of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020, including Aichi Biodiversity Targets, adopted in Nagoya, Japan and bolstered by the General Assembly’s decision in 2010 to declare the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity. Aerial views of the approach to Dili, Baucau. UN Photo/Martine Perret“The whole idea is to bring together and disseminate solutions to help islands deal with threats. That’s the ‘bright spot.’ We don’t only want to [highlight] the challenges, we want to show that there are some good solutions,” he said, echoing the report’s focus on inspiring projects to create or expand land and marine protected areas; tackle invasive species; and address the impacts of climate change.The report highlights, among other examples, the 2005 Micronesia Challenge –¬ calling on the region to conserve 30 per cent of coastal waters and 20 per cent of land by 2020 ¬– which demonstrates how inspired political momentum leads to diverse initiatives on the ground. The similar Caribbean Challenge Initiative, launched 2008, provides a model for leveraging large-scale public and private sector commitment towards common goals. Sunset in Havana. UN Photo/Milton GrantNoting the inextricable link between the fate of island biodiversity and islands themselves, under pressure as they are from many of the same threats, he said: “Islands are isolated and they have precious biodiversity that is unique to them; if we lose this biodiversity…it its gone forever,” he said, explaining why it is so vitally important to keep the issue at the top of the development agenda.“[They] are fragile ecosystems, facing threats from desertification, as well as unsustainable fishing, forestry and agriculture. Increasingly, with the onset of climate change, they are also being threatened by sea-level rise and ocean acidification,” he added.Major drivers of biodiversity loss are invasive alien species – both animals and plants ¬– that colonize an island, out-compete the native fauna and flora and destroy them. For a species to become invasive it must “arrive, survive and thrive,” according to the CBD. While islands and their surrounding near-shore marine areas face immense challenges, especially those triggered by a rapidly warming planet, the head of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is convinced there are “bright spots;” that the innovation, experience and knowledge of islands and the communities that thrive among them can contribute significantly to the conservation and sustainable use of Earth’s biodiversity and natural resources.“That’s the big agenda this year,” said Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias, the Convention’s Executive Secretary, in an interview with the UN News Centre. On the International Day and throughout 2014, the CBD Secretariat will aim to boost overall support for islands party to the Convention and States parties that have island territories to make better use of existing solutions, enhance partnerships and mobilize more global attention to the threats islands face.Along these lines, the UN will be convening the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States from 1 to 4 September in Apia, Samoa, to focus worldwide attention on the sustainable development of this unique group of countries. Marine Wildlife off Atauro Island, Timor-Leste. UN Photo/Martine Perret“We will be making a big push for partnerships and capacity-building so that all countries can enhance their implementation of the strategy” said Mr. Dias, explaining that the Strategy’s 20 targets are grouped in five goals: reducing underlying causes of biodiversity loss by tackling socio-economic drivers such as unsustainable production and consumption; addressing “direct drivers” such as deforestation, pollution, and unsustainable fisheries; boosting conservation efforts; enhancing benefits to society; and enhancing instruments to help implement the agenda.As part of efforts on the International Day, the CBD along with the Global Island Partnership (GLISPA) are launching the Island Bright Spots in Conservation and Sustainability report, which affirms that even though islands are more at risk than ever before, leaders of island countries and countries with islands have made visionary commitments at local, national, regional and global levels. Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias (left), Executive Secretary of the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, speaks at special event on the occasion of the International Day for Biological Diversity (22 May), on the theme “Water and Biodiversity”. UN Photo/Devra Berkowitz“We plan to keep up the momentum generated by the [spotlight cast on] islands and oceans at the 2012 Rio+20 conference,” said Mr. Dias, referring to the culmination of a series of landmark UN meetings on sustainable development. Rio+20 was preceded in 2002 by the Johannesburg World Summit, which itself was preceded by the historic 1992 Earth Summit, where nations agreed on what have become known as the “Rio conventions:” the UN Climate Change Convention (UNFCCC); the Convention on Desertification; and the CBD itself.
It is widely reported that a consortium of China’s Shenhua Energy, Japan’s Sumitomo and Mongolia’s Energy Resources (a subsidiary of Mongolian Mining Corp) has won the tender to develop the 7,400 Mt Tavan Tolgoi coal deposit in Mongolia, though none of the companies’ websites currently carry any announcement. The consortium is said to have beat bids from US-based mining company Peabody Energy and Japan’s Itochu. Steel First says the tender that has been won is “for the right to develop both East and West Tsankhi blocks of Tavan Tolgoi.”The Government of Mongolia will retain full ownership of the mine, which is reported to be one of the world’s largest known untapped coking and thermal coal deposits. It is situated in the Ömnögovi Province and located around 240 km north of the Chinese border.It is thought that, under the contract, the consortium will have to produce 30 Mt/y of coal at Tavan Tolgoi and deliver into at least two export markets.The massive resource is divided into six sections: Tsankhi, Ukhaa Khudag, Bor tolgoi, Borteeg and southwest and eastern coalfields.Energy Resources is already engaged in open-pit mining at the Ukhaa Khudag (UHG) deposit located within the Tavan Tolgoi coal formation in the Southern Gobi, some 560 km from the capital city of Ulaanbaatar. The UHG mine is also strategically located about 600 km from Baotou, China, an important railway transportation hub providing access for Mongolian coal to the largest steel producing provinces in China.Energy Resources holds mining license MV-11952 for the UHG coking coal deposit. Covering a licensed area of approximately 2,960 ha in size, the UHG deposit had around 701 Mt of JORC-compliant Measured, Indicated and Inferred resources as of 30 June 2012 and 315 Mt of ROM coal reserves as of 31 December 2012. According to Wood Mackenzie, the vast majority of the reserves falls within the highest quality parameters and is ideal for manufacturing needs at markets across the world. The company says that “due to its low stripping ratio, favorable geological conditions and proximity to its target market in China, MMC has lower operational costs than the majority of its competitors around the world.The company commenced commercial mining operations at UHG in April 2009 and has steadily ramped up the ROM coal production at UHG from 1.8 Mt in 2009 to 3.9 Mt in 2010, 7.1 Mt in 2011 and 8.6 Mt in 2012. ROM coal production from UHG mine reached 9.2 Mt in 2013.
Ariane 5 : le dernier lancement de l’année repoussé d’une semainePrévu le 21 décembre prochain depuis la base française de Kourou, en Guyane, le sixième et dernier lancement de l’année d’une fusée de type Ariane 5 a été repoussé d’une semaine. Comme l’a annoncé Arianespace, c’est dans le but d’effecteur des vérifications sur l’un des satellites transportés par Ariane 5 que ce report a été décidé. “Afin de permettre à l’un de ses clients d’effectuer des vérifications complémentaires sur son satellite, Arianespace a décidé de reporter de quelques jours son prochain lancement”, peut-on lire en effet dans un communiqué de la société.Le lancement de la fusée, le dernier de l’année, est donc désormais fixé au mardi 28 décembre, dans une fenêtre de tir prévue entre 18h26 à 19h15 (22h26 à 23h15 heure de Paris). Le lanceur devra placer en orbite les satellites de télécommunications espagnol Hispasat 1E et coréen Koreasat 6.Le 15 décembre 2010 à 16:53 • Emmanuel Perrin
In addition, KPBSD was awarded a three year Suicide Awareness, Prevention and Postvention (SAPP) grant from the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development. The three year grant proposal targets high risk populations of students in grades 7-12 at Homer Flex, Marathon School, and Kenai Alternative School. And, in year two and three of the grant, additional KPBSD middle and high schools. One of the organizations seeking to offer resources to those in need is within the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District. The district launched the “You are not alone” suicide awareness and prevention program. More than one thousand students from Kenai Central High School, Kenai Middle School, Nikiski Middle-High School, Skyview Middle School, Soldotna Prep, and Soldotna High School attended assemblies about suicide awareness. Student leaders at KCHS received additional training about suicide awareness. Everyone received yellow wristbands with a Care line that anyone can call, anytime: 877-266-HELP. Another program offered by the district is Sources of Strength. “While suicide is sometimes a difficult topic to discuss, it is also paramount that we as a community address it head on,” said Sean Dusek, superintendent. “Programs such as Sources of Strength are critical components of our commitment and dedication to support our students through the myriad of issues they may experience throughout their lives.” Mental health conditions are often seen as the cause of suicide, but suicide is rarely caused by any single factor. Many people who die by suicide are not known to have a diagnosed mental health condition at the time of death. Problems contributing to suicides include stresses over relationships, housing, money, health, employment, substance abuse, or legal woes. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享As suicide rates continue to increase across the United States and on the Kenai Peninsula, multiple programs and organizations seek to raise awareness about the trend and offer resources to those who need it. Students learned that many people think that openly talking about suicide raises the risk. The fact is that asking someone directly usually lowers their anxiety, opens up lines of communication, and also lowers the risk of an impulsive act.
The 8.9 inch version of the Wi-Fi Galaxy Tab will be available for $469 (and $569 with extra storage memory). The 10.1 Galaxy Tablet will be sold from $499 to $599. The new tablets were unveiled Tuesday morning in Orlando, and is thinner than the iPad 2 by .2 mm. 2011 is shaping up to be the year of the tablet. A study conducted by PRTM claims that there are 104 tablets currently for sale or in development. With 17 million tablets sold in 2010, PRTM forecasted 200 million tablets to be sold annually for 2014. RIM and Samsung have announced release dates for their versions of the tablet computer, with the RIM Blackberry Playbook on sale on April 19th and the new Wi-Fi version of the Samsung Galaxy tablet line launching June 8th. Both companies are looking to grab a hold of a piece of the iPad-dominated tablet market. Apple’s second version of the iPad was unveiled in San Francisco on March 2nd, and shipped March 11th. Reportedly, Apple sold 14.8 million iPads in 2010. The RIM PlayBook will feature a 7 inch screen, Flash compatible video and front and rear cameras. The 16GB version will be available for $499, a 32GB for $599 and a 64GB with a price tag of $699. The PlayBook will have Wi-Fi capabilities, but they cannot utilize 3G without being connected through a Blackberry phone.
Tirupati: City MLA Bhumana Karunakar Reddy has inaugurated swimming pool at Srinivasa Sports Complex (SSC) here on Saturday. The Municipal Corporation of Tirupati (MCT) has spent Rs 69 lakh from smart city funds for renovation of swimming pool. Addressing on the occasion, the MLA said that swimming pool is very useful for swimmers, who are practicing swimming and also for children to learn swimming. Government Whip and TUDA Chairman Chevireddy Bhaskar Reddy ha exhorted youngsters to make use of the modern swimming pool. It may be noted here that contractor did not lay anti-skid tiles on the platform of swimming pool. Due to which, several swimmers slipped and fell on the floor. MCT Commissioner PS Girisha, SSC AO Varalakshmi and others were present.
Rajamahendravaram: Municipal Corporation of Rajamahendravaram has taken up mass cleaning of bathing ghats which are full of mud and garbage due to week long floods. The sanitary staff of the corporation cleaned Kotilingala Ghat and Pushkar Ghat here on Tuesday and fire tenders pressed into service to clean the mud and other material. Corporation health officer Dr A Vinutna has said all the ghats will be cleaned as early as possible as lot of garbage and mud was accumulated on the ghats because of the flood. The sanitary staff was directed to clean the ghats without delay. Sanitary supervisor I Srinivas and sanitary inspectors were present.
Suved Lohia with Salman Khan.PR HandoutActor Suved Lohia has been a part of Bollywood films like Aryan: Unbreakable (2006), directed by Abhishek Kapoor, and Jai Ho (2014), directed by Sohail Khan. In Jai Ho, he shared screen space with Bollywood superstar Salman Khan although in a small role.Suved Lohia, after having had a decent journey as an actor, ventured into business. He is currently one of the successful entrepreneurs in the hospitality industry. However, the journey wasn’t a cakewalk for him. He worked hard in many different companies to reach the position he is in, in his professional space right now.In 2017, Suved Lohia became a Director at Dailly Bread & Butter Hospitality Private Limited. By 2019, the entrepreneur has achieved great heights in his career and he is a partner at Manu Restaurants and Clubs.With his hard work and determination, Suved Lohia has truly set an inspiring example to those who dream big. We wonder if he is going to turn to act again or film production, too. Maybe with Salman Khan again?
A police officer speaks with parents of children at a nearby high school in the eastern Belgian city of Liege on 29 May, after a gunman shot dead three people, two of them policemen, before being killed by elite officers¯Photo: AFPA police officer speaks with parents of children at a nearby high school in the eastern Belgian city of Liege on 29 May, after a gunman shot dead three people, two of them policemen, before being killed by elite officers¯Photo: AFPA gunman on a police watchlist for contacts with Islamist extremists launched a brazen suspected terror attack in Belgium, shooting dead two female police officers with their own weapons before killing a bystander.The bloodshed in the gritty eastern industrial city of Liege began around 10:30am (0830 GMT) Tuesday when the attacker armed with a knife repeatedly stabbed the two officers before using their own firearms to kill them, prosecutors said.Federal prosecutors said they had launched a terror investigation into the incident.Amateur footage aired by Belgium’s state broadcaster showed the gunman shouting “Allahu Akbar” (“God is greatest”) as he walked through the streets during the rampage.In another video, a short and intense burst of gunfire is audible, after which the man lies on the ground.“Armed with a knife, the suspect followed and attacked two police officers, and used their own firearms to kill them,” prosecutor Philippe Dulieu told a news conference.“He continued on foot, attacking a parked vehicle where he opened fire on a 22-year-old man in the passenger seat. The young man died.“He then continued and entered the Leonie de Waha school. He took a woman working there as hostage. Police intervened; he came out firing on the police officers, wounding several before he was killed.”Belgium remains on high alert after a string of attacks including twin suicide bombings in Brussels in 2016 claimed by the Islamic State group.A source close to the investigation told AFP that the gunman was on a special police watchlist because of his contacts with radical Islamists.The source named the attacker as Benjamin Herman, born in 1982, saying he had past convictions for robbery, violence and drug dealing.Herman was “already on the run” after committing another murder on Monday night in the town of On, in southern Belgium, the source said, though local prosecutors said they have not yet established a link with the Liege incident.He was reported by Belgian broadcaster RTBF to have been released from prison on Monday.“He is suspected of having been radicalised (in prison)… He has been reported or presumed to be belonging to the entourage of an Islamist recruiter,” the source said on condition of anonymity.Liege police chief Christian Beaupere said it was “clear that the assassin’s objective was to attack the police”, He added that one of the four officers wounded in the attack had suffered a serious leg injury.Liege, a major city in Western Europe’s former industrial heartland, was the scene of another bloody shootout in 2011.In that attack a former convict armed with grenades and an automatic rifle killed six people and wounded more than 120.‘Cowardly violence’Prime minister Charles Michel denounced what he called the “cowardly and blind violence” of Tuesday’s attack.“All our support for the victims and their loved ones. We are following the situation with the security services and the crisis centre,” Michel tweeted.There was support from other European countries, with French president Emmanuel Macron condemning the incident as a “terrible attack” and expressing the “solidarity of the French people”.British prime minister Theresa May said the UK “stands resolute with our Belgian allies against terror”.A major security cordon was set up around the area, while panicked parents came to collect their children from the school complex.The governor of Liege province said all the children and staff were safe and unhurt.“All the children are fine, those of the primary and kindergarten saw nothing, they were evacuated through the back of the school,” Julie Fernandez, mother of a seven-year-old at the school, told AFP.“They were cared for by staff and psychologists and high school students were cared for in a nearby park,” added Fernandez, who is also an MP.Terror alertBelgium has been on high alert since authorities in January 2015 smashed a terror cell in the town of Verviers that was planning an attack on police.The cell also had links to Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the mastermind of the November 2015 Islamic State attacks on Paris that killed 130 people.Belgium further raised its terror alert level after the Paris attack and placed the capital Brussels on lockdown for a week.The country was then hit itself by IS suicide attacks on Brussels airport and a metro station, which killed 32 people in March 2016.In August that same year, a machete-wielding man shouting “Allahu Akbar” attacked two policewomen in the industrial town of Charleroi before being shot dead.The country’s law enforcement agencies and intelligence services came under intense scrutiny for apparently missing a series of leads after the Paris attacks that could have led to the Brussels bombers.
00:00 /01:10 Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Midtown Bail Bonds on Austin StreetWhen judges consider someone’s eligibility for bail, they look at a variety of factors, including the severity of the crime and flight risk.“The tool that we had prior to now was an interview-based tool, which only allowed us to interview as well as assess 80 percent of the people,” Kelvin Banks, Harris County director of pretrial services, said.The new risk assessment tool, which went into effect on July 29, includes nine factors focused on criminal history, including previous convictions and failure to appear in court. That pretty much covers all defendants, Banks said. They’ll then get a score that tells a judge whether someone is low or high risk.The tool was developed by the Laura and John Arnold Foundation and is currently used in several jurisdictions across the country.The foundation’s Matt Alsdorf said it levels the playing field for suspected offenders regardless of income.“There end up being many people who are low-risk, non-violent defendants who end up in jail for long periods,” he said. “And at the other end of the spectrum, there are many higher-risk defendants who are able to quickly get out.”Banks and Alsdorf were guests on Houston Matters.The Texas Legislature this year considered a bail reform bill based on the same risk assessment, according to the office of state Sen. John Whitmire, who authored SB 1338.It passed the Senate but died in the House.And a lawsuit currently pending in an appeals court challenges the constitutionality of the Harris County bail system, arguing it discriminates against low-income people. X Share
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But a new build released to members of the Windows Insider Program shows that Microsoft wants to disrupt that process.Windows 10 version 1809 prompts users to give the Microsoft Edge browser a try before installing Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox. The message that appears claims Edge is “the faster, safer browser designed for Windows” and offers two buttons: a bright blue one that launches Edge, and a gray one that says “Install anyway.”MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?Apple’s entry-level MacBook Air and Pro look pretty similar, but our testing proved they differ in crucial ways.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Which Cheap Tablet Is Best? Amazon Fire 7 vs Walmart Onn02:45关闭选项Automated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/windows-prompt-chrome-firefox-users-edge?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0003:4603:46 That kind of passive-aggressive styling has become all too common in pop-ups that want you to sign up for newsletters, download specific apps or do whatever else the person who set up the pop-up wants you to do. Now it’s being used to trumpet Edge, too.MORE: How to Use Windows 10Microsoft isn’t actually stopping anyone from installing alternative browsers, though. It’s just putting its own browser front-and-center before it lets you install Chrome or Firefox. That alone isn’t surprising. Developing a browser requires a lot of effort, and many Windows users probably didn’t give Edge a second glance simply because they had bad experiences with Internet Explorer.The prompt also echoes the Internet Explorer bundling that got Microsoft in trouble nearly two decades ago. The company wasn’t stopping people from installing other browsers then, either — it was just establishing Internet Explorer as the default option for anyone who used Windows.Now it’s trying to intercept people before they install Chrome or Firefox without actually preventing them from installing those browsers. Suddenly the “annoy them” strategy has become more akin to standing 1,001 feet away because it means a restraining order technically isn’t being broken.Even more frustrating is the fact that Windows displays this prompt even when you’re installing yet another browser. 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October 4, 2011 – The International Contrast Ultrasound Society (ICUS) submitted a petition this week to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requesting removal of the boxed warnings on ultrasound contrast agents. The members of the group say this would bring the product labeling into line with the current body of scientific research, which it says clearly demonstrates the safety and clinical benefits of these imaging products.ICUS members are concerned that current boxed warnings may unduly deter the use of an exceedingly safe, reliable, non-invasive and cost-effective diagnostic imaging tool that does not expose patients to ionizing radiation. Given the potential life-saving benefits of ultrasound contrast agents and the potential risks associated with their non-use, ICUS believes the warnings are inconsistent with the standards of the FDA for use of boxed warnings. ICUS said at the time the FDA required the boxed warnings, there may have been insufficient data to support clinicians’ positive experience with ultrasound contrast agents. They added that the FDA’s decision to add boxed warnings was, at that time, consistent with its regulatory authority and guidance.However, ICUS contends the threshold criteria used by the FDA to determine whether a particular medication should be assigned a box warning clearly no longer apply to echo ultrasound contrast agents. When assessing the risks and benefits, ICUS said the adverse reaction rate is not serious enough in proportion to the potential benefit of the drug.The group said ultrasound contrast agents should be encouraged for a number of important reasons, including their safety, improvement to diagnostic accuracy, their use encourages reduced exposure to ionizing radiation, and they reduce overall healthcare cost. ICUS said the boxed warnings deter use of ultrasound contrast agents, especially in critically ill patients who have the most to gain from a more reliable diagnosis and expeditiously administered therapies.The safety of ultrasound contrast agents has been extensively studied since the FDA decision to require boxed warnings on the product labels. In addition to six safety studies undertaken by the product sponsors, numerous independent investigator-initiated scientific studies have now been published in peer-reviewed medical and scientific journals, showing no increased safety signal even among the sickest patients. ICUS contends these studies show ultrasound contrast agents are not associated with increased risk of death, myocardial infarction or other morbidities. The group said the studies also show the agents are safe in patients with pulmonary hypertension, acute myocardial infarction and congestive heart failure, in critically ill patients in the intensive care unit, and in patients undergoing stress testing.By way of example, a recent meta-analyses of these studies showed the risk of death for contrast echocardiography was 0.34 percent (726 out of 211,162 patients) versus 0.9 percent in patients undergoing unenhanced echocardiography (45 out of 5 million patients). In studying more than 4.3 million patients, it was found that those receiving a contrast agent were actually 24 percent less likely to die within 24 hours than patients who did not receive a contrast agent during an ultrasound diagnostic examination, ICUS wrote in its petition.Similarly, the American Society of Echocardiography Multi-Center Registry of thirteen sites and more than 66,000 doses showed (a) no deaths, (b) no serious adverse events in hospitalized patients, (c) severe adverse reactions in eight non-hospitalized patients (0.01 percent), and (d) anaphylactoid reactions (severe allergic reactions) in four patients (0.006 percent). The authors of the study concluded the incidence of severe adverse reactions to ultrasound contrast agents is lower than, or similar to, that reported for contrast agents commonly used in other cardiac imaging tests. Further, a meta-analysis of eight controlled observational registry studies, with nearly a quarter million patients, concluded: “the cumulative evidence has suggested that the use of contrast agents for echocardiography is safe.” In fact, the meta-analysis actually showed lower mortality rates in patients who received ultrasound contrast recipients. According to the senior author, “we did not see any signal that echo contrast was causing any harm.”ICUS said, as with any medical procedure or device, ultrasound contrast agents do carry some associated risks. The most serious is the potential for an anaphylactoid reaction. However, studies have shown that the risk of an anaphylactic reaction from an ultrasound contrast agent is comparable to that of non-ultrasound contrast agents — approximately 1 in 10,000 events. In addition, according to the data from the American Society of Echocardiography Multi-Center Registry, the incidence of severe adverse reactions to ultrasound contrast agents is lower than, or similar to, that reported for contrast agents commonly used for other cardiac imaging. ICUS said these studies have shown that the majority (65 percent) of patients who experienced an adverse event had a history of allergy.For more information: www.icus-society.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | October 04, 2011 Experts Urge FDA to Remove Echo Contrast Box Warnings News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 26, 2019 Intelligent Ultrasound Group Collaborating With the National Imaging Academy Wales Artificial intelligence (AI)-based ultrasound software and simulation company Intelligent Ultrasound Group plc (AIM:… read more Related Content Feature | Contrast Media | July 18, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr How To Manage Risk in the MR Suite Macrocyclic contrast agents have the best safety profile of all the magnetic resonance (MR) contrast media that are n read more News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more Two brain metastases from primary lung cancer are contrast enhanced in the brain of a 61-year-old male. 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Major study identifies NZ tourism infrastructure prioritiesMore visitor accommodation is the highest priority infrastructure needed to support the future growth of New Zealand’s booming tourism industry, new research has found.Development of new accommodation would generate more additional tourism impact for New Zealand than any other category of infrastructure, according to the research carried out by Deloitte for Tourism Industry Aotearoa.The other priority infrastructure types identified by TIA’s National Tourism Infrastructure Assessment are telecommunications, airport facilities, road transport, car parking, toilets, and water and sewerage systems.The Assessment finds that the tourism industry will need to work closely with central and local government to achieve the required development to close these infrastructure gaps as market forces alone are unlikely to be sufficient.TIA Chief Executive Chris Roberts says coordinated actions will be required.“We need smart and active interventions to ensure tourism growth is sustainable, that the industry keeps growing its contribution to New Zealand’s economy and reaches its Tourism 2025 goal of $41 billion annual revenue,” Mr Roberts says.“The tourism boom is putting pressure on some of our most popular destinations. We need to address this as a country, otherwise we won’t be able to keep growing, the visitor experience could suffer and we’ll lose community support for tourism.”TIA identified that there was a need for solid evidence on the current state of tourism infrastructure, the desired future state, and where coordinated action needs to be taken to close any gaps.Supported by a number of industry partners, TIA commissioned Deloitte to undertake the comprehensive National Tourism Infrastructure Assessment.Surveys, interviews and various data sources were used to assess 20 categories of infrastructure across 31 regions.“What we really wanted to identify is those infrastructure gaps that have a high tourism impact, and require a great deal of coordination between the public and private sectors. At a national level, seven infrastructure types fall into this category – visitor accommodation, telecommunications, airport facilities, car parking, public toilets, water and sewerage systems, and road transport,” Mr Roberts says.At a regional level, each region has a different pattern of priorities depending on local circumstances.Three of the priority areas – car parking, toilets, and water and sewerage systems – are the types of facilities usually provided by local government. As an additional piece of work to the mainAssessment, TIA commissioned Deloitte to estimate the scale of need for ‘local and mixed use infrastructure’ – facilities that are used by both residents and visitors.This gathered information from councils around the country and TIA members on tourism-related infrastructure projects they might be contemplating. TIA NZ Infrastructure ReportRead the full report hereSource = Tourism Industry Association NZ
in Daily Dose, Government, News Blackstone Fannie Mae Rental Homes 2017-01-25 Phil Banker Fannie Mae Backs Up Blackstone January 25, 2017 771 Views Share A Fannie Mae spokesperson confirmed Wednesday the country’s largest owner of single-family rental homes recently won its backing.The GSE agreed as of Tuesday to backstop up to $1 billion in debt from Blackstone Group’s platform Invitation Homes, the first time a government sponsored entity has agreed to guarantee the debt of an institutional owner of single-family houses.“This transaction is a great opportunity to continue to serve the growing single-family rental market,” said Pete Bakel, Financial and Executive Communications spokesman for Fannie Mae. “Today, single-family homes account for more than 50 percent of the rental market, offering individuals and families access to good neighborhoods, schools, and employment centers. Invitation Homes is a strong partner with deep experience managing a large volume of single-family rental properties. This transaction helps us gather data and test the market to ensure we are delivering the right solutions that meet the increasing demand for single-family rental housing across all demographics.”Bakel said the collaboration with Blackstone serves their commitment to find new ways to meet the changing needs of families.Invitation Homes went public Monday with the filing of its S-11 form to the Securities Exchange Commission.Invitation homes indicated in the filing it has elected to qualify as a real estate investment trust (REIT) for U.S. federal income tax purposes. Invitation Homes plans to become a Maryland corporation after the completion of the offering, according to the filing.“After the completion of this offering, affiliates of The Blackstone Group L.P. will continue to own a majority of the voting power of shares eligible to vote in the election of our directors,” Invitation Homes stated in the filing. “As a result, we will be a ‘controlled company’ within the meaning of the corporate governance standards of the NYSE.”The company said in its filing that it spent roughly $1.2 billion in renovating the homes in its portfolio, at an average of approximately $25,000 per home.“Our portfolio benefits from high occupancy and low turnover rates, and we are well positioned to drive strong rent growth, attractive margins and predictable cash flows,” the company said.However, not all response to the news of Fannie Mae’s action was favorable. Robert Grossinger, President of the non-profit National Community Stabilization Trust, said he was confused by the GSE’s decision.“These investors so far have had no trouble financing the purchase of tens of thousands of homes without government support,” Grossinger said. “But if Fannie Mae determines that a taxpayer subsidy of the private sector is necessary, at the very least the arrangement with Invitation Homes should contain provisions that strengthen protections for tenants living in these homes, support affordability, and prohibit the predatory rent-to-own and installment contract arrangements that are becoming increasingly common in the single-family rental market.”