Income Tax Webinar: August 28

first_imgGuido van der Hoeven will present “Income Tax Return Filing Issues for Members of the Armed Forces” on Tuesday, August 28 at 12:30 p.m. ET. This web conference will introduce tax income rules for service persons. Their professional advisers and Extension Agents who work with military service members will benefit from the examples given by Mr. van der Hoeven that will illustrate the application of income tax rules for the specific circumstances of military personnel. To connect to this webinar, which is hosted by the DOD, you must install security certificates if you are not located on a military installation. Instructions for installation can be found here.View a list of resources, research articles and websites that have been collected to enhance this presentation here.Income Tax Webinar: August 28 by Molly Herndon is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.last_img read more

ScienceShot: Drastic Cuts in Soot, Methane Won’t Curb Long-Term Climate Change

first_imgSome scientists have proposed drastic cuts in the emissions of soot, methane, and other strong but short-lived greenhouse gases as a way to tackle global warming in the short term. But such approaches won’t lessen the long-term rate of climate change, a new study confirms. At current emission rates, methane and soot (from industrial activity as well as from vehicles, image) spewed into the atmosphere between 2010 and 2020 will increase the eventual peak in global average temperature by only a few hundredths of a degree, the analysis suggests. But emissions of carbon dioxide and other long-lived greenhouse gases during the same 10-year period will eventually boost peak warming about 10 times that amount, the researchers report online today in Nature Climate Change. The difference, the researchers explain, is due to disparities in the atmospheric lifetimes of these planet-warmers: Although methane and soot exert much stronger greenhouse gas effects than carbon dioxide does, they persist in the atmosphere, on average, only 12 years and a few weeks, respectively; CO2, on the other hand, sticks around for centuries. While trimming emissions of methane and soot can indeed delay warming in the short term, those measures—whether they’re taken almost immediately or implemented a couple of decades from now—will be largely irrelevant for the global climate if emissions of carbon dioxide continue unabated.See more ScienceShots.*Correction, 25 November, 1:30 p.m.: The headline to this story was changed to better match its text; decreases in the emissions of long-lived greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide would indeed affect long-term climate change, whereas short-term influences such as soot and methane would not.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more

London Olympics: Victoria Pendleton wins gold in women’s keirin track cycling

first_imgBritain’s Victoria Pendleton fought off a determined charge from China’s Shuang Guo to win the women’s keirin track cycling event at London Olympics on Friday. Pendleton surged past the field on the outside soon after the derny departed the track, stretching out a considerable lead, but was almost reeled in by Guo, who took silver and Hong Kong’s bronze medallist Lee Wai Sze.For Pendleton, 31, the result was consolation after she was relegated in the women’s team sprint on Thursday alongside partner Jess Varnish for an illegal changeover.She will also compete in the women’s sprint on Sunday.Pendleton’s gold was Britain’s third of the day and fourth in cycling competitions so far.last_img

Warriors rout Blazers for 3-0 lead in West finals

first_imgGolden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) shoots against Portland Trail Blazers forward Meyers Leonard, left, during the first half of Game 3 of the NBA basketball playoffs Western Conference finals, Saturday, May 18, 2019, in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)PORTLAND, Ore. — Draymond Green had 20 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists, and the Golden State Warriors beat the Portland Trail Blazers 110-99 on Saturday night for a 3-0 lead in the Western Conference finals.Green had his seventh career postseason triple-double and Stephen Curry scored 36 points for Golden State, which moved a win away from a fifth straight trip to the NBA finals with Game 4 set for Monday.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss On Thursday, the Blazers were up 15 at halftime and led by eight with 4½ minutes left before the Warriors rallied — boosted by Kevon Looney’s dunk with less than a minute left, and a game-sealing steal from Iguodala — for a 114-111 Game 2 victory.Both teams switched up their lineups for Game 3, with Portland’s Meyers Leonard making his first start of the playoffs at center. Enes Kanter, despite sustaining a separated shoulder in the first-round series against the Oklahoma City Thunder, started in all the previous games. Leonard provided a spark and finished with a career playoff-high 16 points.Kerr started Damian Jones, who hadn’t started since December and had made just two previous appearances in the playoffs. Jones, who played in just 24 games in the regular season because of a torn pectoral muscle, collected three fouls in the game’s opening three minutes and headed to the bench.The Warriors remained without Kevin Durant, and it’s unlikely he’ll return during the conference finals. The two-time reigning NBA Finals MVP is still out with a right calf injury and isn’t set to be re-examined until next week.Durant, who didn’t travel with the team to Portland, averaged 34.2 points in the playoffs before he was injured in the third quarter of Golden State’s Game 5 victory over Houston. Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Portland was boosted by the home crowd at the start, going up by 10 points in the first quarter. Seth Curry’s jumper made it 60-42 with 2:28 left until halftime.The Warriors roared back, closing within 76-75 on Alfonzo McKinnie’s basket and pulling ahead on Looney’s layup to cap a 10-0 run.TIP-INSWarriors: Jones was making his first career postseason start. … The Warriors have used six different starting lineups in the 2019 playoffs. Jerebko was handed a flagrant I for a foul on Zach Collins in the second quarter.Trail Blazers: Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll was among the fans at the game. Also there was Sabrina Ionescu, who was on the Oregon team that went to the Final Four this season, and former Blazer Scottie Pippen (1999-2003). Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Queens again After trailing 66-53 at the half, the Warriors mounted a third-quarter comeback to lead 82-79 going into the fourth. Jonas Jerebko’s jumper pushed the lead to 90-82 with 7:26 left.Curry’s 3-pointer made it 98-87 with just under five minutes to go, and Portland struggled to catch up — similar to their fourth-quarter fade in Game 2.Game 3 was the first conference finals game in Portland since 2000. The Blazers lost that series to the eventual champion Los Angeles Lakers in seven games.No team has ever come back from an 0-3 deficit to win in the playoffs. Only three series have gone to a seventh game after one team opened with a 3-0 lead.“We’re going to give it our best effort on Monday. That’s all that matters,” Blazers coach Terry Stotts said. “We’re going to give it our best effort and whatever happen, happens.”ADVERTISEMENT Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew View comments MOST READ Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue LATEST STORIES Warriors coach Steve Kerr said it was one of the best games he’s seen Green play.“I don’t even know what to say about Draymond,” Kerr said. “He was a wrecking ball, destroying everything in his path.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsCJ McCollum had 23 points for the Trail Blazers, who led by 18 points in the second quarter. Damian Lillard added 19 points, but Portland was hurt at the line, making just 20 of 33 attempts.Golden State’s Andre Iguodala left in the third quarter with a sore lower leg. Kerr said he will have an MRI on Sunday. Iguodala played 17 minutes and had nine points. UP NEXTGame 4 is set for Monday night in Portland. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games messlast_img read more

Roger Federer to face Alexander Zverev in his 11th Halle final

first_imgTop seed Roger Federer will challenge for a ninth Halle Open title against Alexander Zverev after reaching the Wimbledon warm-up event final with a 6-4 7-6(5) win over rising Russian talent Karen Khachanov on Saturday.The 18-times grand-slam champion, who captured the Australian Open, Indian Wells and Miami titles this year, skipped the entire claycourt season to improve his chances of winning a record eighth title at the All England Club.He will now face 20-year-old Zverev in a rematch of last year’s semi-final, which the German won. Zverev booked his second successive final spot when he beat Frenchman Richard Gasquet 4-6 6-4 6-3.Gasquet, a two-time Wimbledon semi-finalist, grabbed the first set against Zverev with a break at 5-4.But he quickly fell behind in the second as Zverev, a finalist last year, who has already won three titles in 2017, charged to a 4-2 lead and held on to take the set.The world number 12 booked his final spot after breaking at 3-3 and finishing the Frenchman off with another break to set up the showdown with Federer.Despite a shock exit from Stuttgart on his comeback last week, Federer has improved in Halle and has not lost a set.”I thought it was extremely close, especially that second set,” Federer, who has never won a tournament nine times, told reporters.”I’m still just very happy how I was able to close it out in the (tie-)breaker,” said the 35-year-old.He and Khachanov, 21, traded breaks in the first two games but Federer grabbed a second one to restore his advantage and clinch the first set on his second set point.advertisementThe Swiss lured the youngster to the net on several occasions, including at 4-4 in the second set when the Russian dumped a forehand volley into the net to give Federer two break points.But instead of serving out the set, the top seed was broken again and the Russian even held two set points at 6-5 before the world number five recovered and forced a tiebreak.He converted his first match point to reach an 11th Halle final.last_img read more

Mohammad Azharuddin barred from entering Hyderabad Cricket Association meeting

first_imgThere was utter chaos and confusion outside the Rajiv Gandhi International stadium in Hyderabad as former India captain Mohammad Azharuddin was barred from attending the Hyderabad Cricket Association meeting on Sunday.Azhar was made to wait for an hour outside the stadium and wasn’t allowed to attend the Special General Meeting.The SGM, convened to adopt the recommendations of the Justice Lodha Committee point by point, ended abruptly amid chaos even as the ruling group claimed that it had passed a resolution adopting all the recommendations.”I was made to wait for an hour and wasn’t allowed to attend the meeting. I captained India for 10 years for god’s sake. I will solve your problems, that’s why I have come here,” Azhar vented out his anger at the HCA members when he was finally let in.Azharuddin also questioned the legality of the meeting itself.”This is an illegal body with the president himself facing a conflict of interest by being Advisor to the State Government,” he said. “The irony is that this is the fourth meeting being convened by the ruling group to implement the Justice Lodha Committee recommendations,” he added.”I wonder according to which Lodha guidelines the office-bearers are still in power. The image of the HCA itself has taken a beating. Cricket is different from politics and it’s the cricketers who are suffering the most. My fight is not against any individual, but against the system riddled with flaws,” Azharuddin said.”I will meet the HCA ombudsman to talk about the murky affairs and seek his intervention to ensure justice,” he said. “I am grateful to all the members, including Shiv (N. Shivlal Yadav) bhai and VHR sir, who supported my cause today and saw to it that I eventually attended the meeting and made a point,” he said, adding that no one could question his loyalty to cricket and the HCA. “I am here to give back to the game,” he said.advertisementFormer MP V. Hanumantha Rao, representing the Amberpet Cricket Club, even resorted to a sit-in protest in front of the stage on receiving information that Azhar was not allowed to take part in the meet and that he was stopped at the main gate of the stadium.Rao also took potshots at the TRS government, of which the HCA president G. Vivekanand is an adviser and in the resultant heated exchange with him, threw the mike down before squatting.He refused to get up until Mr Azharuddin was allowed in. Later, the chair relented and Azhar walked into the hall to a rousing welcome from hooting, whistling members.last_img read more

Joe Root urges England to start Ashes tour in ruthless fashion

first_imgJoe Root Justin Langer calls on Coulter-Nile to ‘inflict psychological scars’ on England … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Since you’re here… England’s Steve Finn and Moeen Ali ruled out of tour match after training injuries Support The Guardian Injuries to Moeen Ali (left side) and Steven Finn (left knee) leave England with 14 fit players, and Root said they “won’t look to play more than 12” in this weekend’s match. The other two tour fixtures before the first Test will be first-class, so the first offers some scope for experimentation. Both injured players are expected to have scans on Friday.“We want to be as ruthless as we can and start the tour as we mean to go on,” Root said. “We want to give guys the opportunity to play in the middle when those chances arise but at the same time not at the expense of losing and not being at our best. It is about making sure we apply ourselves and get what we want out of them by trying to win and getting into the habit of winning early in the tour.”Leadership is an issue that also needs addressing. Over the coming days, Root and the management will discuss the appointment of Ben Stokes’s replacement as the vice-captain. “It will be sorted by the first Test. I don’t think it makes a massive difference to me on the field,” he said. “I have senior players around me who have been fantastic. It is a side that is always wanting to help each other out, which is a great environment to work in. Players are thinking about the game, looking to drive it forward themselves and take responsibility. It is a joy to captain.”Of his overseas captaincy debut, Root said: “It’s important I use these three games to get a good feel for captaining overseas and how we are going to utilise the conditions. Making sure we have clear plans for their batters and we are as prepared as possible and give ourselves the best opportunity to break their side down. There are a lot of new things and these three games are an opportunity to get us off to a great start. We need to get guys into form and for me as captain to get a feel for how cricket is played in these conditions.” Sign up to the Spin – our weekly cricket round-up Read more Stoneman and Alastair Cook, who believes his partner is the most complete of the 12 he has had since Andrew Strauss retired, are the only specialist openers in the squad, and they have quickly built a rapport. “I only ever saw him on the telly, he just looked like a guy who was very calm and in control but he’s actually a really funny guy and keeps things level out there,” Cook said.“You can have a bit of banter with him and he judges the mood well. It has only been a short while but he reads me quite well too from the other end as to whether he needs to give me a gee up or make me crack a smile.”Stoneman has fond memories of January 2007, being “sat behind the bowler’s arm as Brett Lee was steaming in bowling to Andrew Flintoff”, and now it is his turn. “The Barmy Army were going mad in one corner, the ground was full and the atmosphere was unbelievable, so to have the potential to be playing in the same fixture is unreal.” The Ashes Share on Pinterest Read more Read more England conducted a middle practice at Perth’s Richardson Park and while Finn injured his left knee batting in the nets (possibly by whacking his bat against his knee driving), Moeen sat out the session entirely with a suspected side strain, having felt pain in recent days. His absence is concerning on two counts: he has missed internationals with a side strain before (in 2015) and, in the absence of Stokes, he is a vital player.Neither injury is thought to be tour-ending at this stage but were Moeen ruled out England would require some lateral thinking, with batting and spin-bowling required from his replacement. Liam Dawson might be the selectors’ first thought but Samit Patel should be in the frame too and Mason Crane is likely to play against Western Australia. Still, both Moeen and Finn have three weeks and two more tour matches before the first Test.Even if Root is unsure, one new player with a keen sense of how cricket is played in these conditions is Mark Stoneman. He has played seven seasons of grade cricket in Sydney, facing Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and the like, as well as meeting his wife Serene along the way. To be here “is a dream come true”, after years of toils in the shires and the grades, he said. “The tour only comes round every four years, and to get the timing right and get my opportunity now is fantastic – and I want to make the most of it.” Share on Messengercenter_img Share on LinkedIn Australia sport Australia cricket team Share on WhatsApp Ashes 2017-18 news Share via Email Share on Twitter Share on Facebook England cricket team Topics Cricket As Joe Root puts the troubles of England’s buildup to the Ashes behind him and prepares for his first match as captain – at any level – overseas, he has called on his team to create a winning habit and be ruthless on their tour of Australia, starting with the two-day game against a Western Australia XI at the Waca.Root is cutting a relaxed figure on tour, back sharing with his old house-mate Gary Ballance – “It’s nice to have someone cleaning the room,” he said, “that was my job when we lived together” – but is bullish about his aims as England prepare for the Gabba. He is looking for “continuity in the top order” and for those coming into the squad to “put your name forward for that first Test” but cannot guarantee every player will play one of the three warmups. Reuse this contentlast_img read more

9 months agoEx-Real Madrid president Calderon: Zidane quit over Florentino snub

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Ex-Real Madrid president Calderon: Zidane quit over Florentino snubby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon says Zinedine Zidane quit as coach over a disagreement regarding who was in control of transfers.Calderon says the Frenchman walked because he wanted Gareth Bale sold instead of Cristiano Ronaldo, but president Florentino Perez had other ideas. “Zidane made it very clear when he decided to leave the club,”he told Bleacher Report. “He insisted on keeping Cristiano and transferring Bale, and the president did completely the opposite.”Zidane also wanted to sign some players and transfer others — apart from Bale — but he didn’t get [his wishes], so he decided to leave. And he was right.”Calderon added that: “The point with Cristiano was not only that he scored 50 goals per season but also that he was a leader. He could help team-mates. He was always encouraging them to play better, to train more.”For me, that is the main problem — not only the loss of his goals but Cristiano’s behaviour, his attitude.” last_img read more

Budget Bulletin Health New Initiatives

first_imgWORKING TOGETHER TOWARD BETTER CAREIn 2005-06, the Province of Nova Scotia will further shorten waitlists and improve access to care; expand home care services;deliver on government’s plan to reform primary care and continueto train, recruit and retain more health professionals. Withthese new resources, the Department of Health will fulfil severalof government’s commitments outlined in the Blueprint forBuilding a Better Nova Scotia. ASSISTING LOW-INCOME NOVA SCOTIANS WITH DIABETESOver the next year, an income-based program will be designed andoffered to families with low incomes and no prescription druginsurance. With $2.5 million invested in 2005-06, the new programwill cover insulin, oral diabetic drugs, glucose test strips,syringes, needles and lancets. IMPLEMENT PROGRAMS FOR STROKE CARE With an investment of $500,000, the province will work withpartners to pilot the implementation of a comprehensive andintegrated stroke program that includes stroke prevention,emergency and acute care and rehabilitation. As well, governmentwill continue to engage stakeholders in ongoing system planningrelated to prevention and to improving outcomes of people withheart disease and stroke. ENSURING HIGH-QUALITY MENTAL HEALTH PROGRAMSThe province is committed to ensuring Nova Scotians have accessto high-quality mental health services no matter where they livein Nova Scotia by investing an additional $2 million this yearand $2 million next year in mental health. These dollars will bedirected to our priority areas, which include services forchildren and youth, crisis and emergency services, and mentalhealth community supports for those with chronic and persistentmental illness. IMPROVING HOME CARE SERVICESThe department will invest $750,000 to increase the scope of homecare services. This will initiate an alternative level of carethat will allow individuals to remain at home longer and willdeter or prevent admission to long-term care facilities andhospitals. Also, $500,000 has been allotted for a new Self-Managed Care Program for seniors and people with disabilities.This will provide some relief to home care, long-term care andacute care services. This program represents an alternative tohome care services and allows individuals to take a more activerole in managing their care needs. PROVIDING 50 NEW RESTORATIVE BEDSThe department will spend $1.65 million to establish 50 newrestorative beds to the system to better meet the needs ofindividuals who require short-term rehabilitative care.Introduction of these new beds will help to increase access tothe appropriate type of care patients need while an assessment ofthe province’s continuing care and alternative levels of careservices is completed. EXPANDING DIALYSIS TREATMENTWith renal disease growing by 10 per cent annually across Canada,there is increasing need for more dialysis capacity. A provincialapproach to the development and long-term management of dialysiswill focus on infrastructure, satellite dialysis, peritonealdialysis and risk modification. The first priority is a review ofthe satellite dialysis program, recognizing the hardship placedon people who must travel for their dialysis treatment. AUTISM — EARLY INTENSIVE BEHAVIOURAL INTERVENTION (EIBI)TREATMENT PROGRAMThe implementation of the Early Intensive BehaviouralIntervention Treatment program for children with autism spectrumdisorder will begin in 2005-06 with an investment of $4 million. Recruitment and training of therapists will be a priority inorder to maintain standards and ensure evidence-based practicesthrough the district health authorities/IWK. INTRODUCING UNIVERSAL HEARING SCREENING FOR NEWBORNSA $275,000 investment will help the Nova Scotia Hearing andSpeech Centres begin to deliver universal newborn hearingscreening outside of the Halifax Regional Municipality, ensuringequal access to early detection and treatment of hearing loss forall Nova Scotia children. Early detection and treatment of hearing loss has been proven to have a positive impact on speech,language and literacy skills for children later on. IMPROVING PALLIATIVE CARE IN SOUTH WEST NOVAAn investment of $383,000 has been provided to the South WestNova District Health Authority for holistic palliative careservices and support. The program is congruent with the work ofthe Provincial Hospice Palliative Care Project and includes theaddition of a co-ordinator as well as designated time fromprofessionals in a variety of disciplines who are part of aninterdisciplinary palliative care team. These people will supportindividuals who are living with a life-threatening illness or aregrieving the loss of a loved one. REVIEWING PAIN MANAGEMENTAn investment of $300,000 will be dedicated to a thorough reviewand analysis of existing pain management programs and wait timesfor patients experiencing chronic pain. EXPANDING COMMUNITY-BASED MULTI-DISCIPLINARY TEAMSA community-based collaborative team approach is key to renewalof primary health care in Nova Scotia. Funding in the amount of$650,000 will help support the formation of these new teamsincluding nurse practitioners who are key members of the teamapproach. This year, we will hire four new nurse practitioners,allowing us to be more creative in how we meet the health-careneeds of people in unique areas of our province such as Long andBrier Island or Advocate Harbour. RECRUITING NURSES FOR RURAL COMMUNITIESIn 2005-06, the province will invest $300,000 to attract andretain nurses in our rural communities. The strategy will includemarketing nursing opportunities in rural communities, fundingopportunities for undergraduate nursing students in rural areasand enhancing continuing education opportunities for existingLPNs and RNs in rural areas. DALHOUSIE MEDICAL SCHOOL FUNDING For the third consecutive year, the province is funding eightadditional students in Dalhousie University’s undergraduatemedical program, a $450,000 investment in future doctors for NovaScotia. -30-last_img read more

Molson Coors plans to spend up to 500 million to build new

first_imgMONTREAL – A tract of waterfront land at the edge of Old Montreal will undergo a transformation after Molson Coors announced plans to spend up to $500 million to build a new brewery in the city instead of modernizing its current brewery, North America’s oldest.The company’s decision, which follows a two-year study, was announced to employees Wednesday.Molson Coors Canada CEO Fred Landtmeters said the brewer is exploring options to ensure Molson’s heritage is commemorated at its original location, which opened in 1786.“The Montreal brewery is an emblem and this historic site will be an invaluable legacy for the city,” Landtmeters said in a statement.The brewer (TSX:TPX.B) has said it plans to maintain a microbrewery and store at the 231-year-old site near Old Montreal along the St. Lawrence River, with the rest being sold for redevelopment under the auspices of the city.Landtmeters said building the new brewery will be more efficient than updating existing operations.The location of the new operation hasn’t yet been determined, but it is expected to remain in the Greater Montreal area. The next step will be to develop a business plan for the construction of a new Quebec brewery in about five years, Molson Coors said.Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre said Molson’s decision to revitalize the historic area fits with other redevelopments such as the nearby Radio-Canada headquarters and foot of the Jacques Cartier Bridge, along with western sections of the old city.“I think we are in the process of developing something extraordinary for the next 10 to 15 years that will have an impact,” he said.Company spokesman Francois Lefebvre said it’s too soon to know if any of the 1,000 employees who work at the brewery and a nearby distribution centre will lose their jobs. The new location will include production and distribution at the same site, he added.Local union president Eric Picotte of the Teamsters welcomed the decision to maintain a long-term brewing presence in Montreal.But he said the company hasn’t confirmed the new plant’s production strategy, including the amount of beer it will make. Molson Coors said it will continue to produce beer in bottles and cans at the site, but Picotte said a further shift to cans would require fewer employees.“There are no guarantees,” Picotte said. “That’s what worries us.”Over the last six years, Molson Coors has shifted more production to cans, which has resulted in the loss of more than 100 employees, he added.Molson Coors sold its operations in Vancouver last year. The company will continue to produce beer at that site for up to five years while it builds a new facility in Chilliwack, B.C.The Molson redevelopment could boost tourism activity in Montreal’s port area, much like what’s been done in Toronto’s Distillery District, said David Wachsmuth, assistant professor of urban planning at McGill University.He expects major property development firms could be interested because waterfront properties don’t become available often, adding that the oldest parts of the brewery that grace the city skyline will likely be preserved but larger warehouse and production areas will probably be demolished.“I think you’ll see the most distinctive pieces of the site that you’d recognize on a postcard are going to stay in place and around that there’s going to be much more significant denser development happening.”last_img read more

Vicky Cornell Partners with Addiction Policy Forum to Launch Lifesaving Resources in

first_imgVicky Cornell, wife of Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter and Soundgarden, Temple of the Dog and Audioslave front man Chris Cornell, who died unexpectedly last May, announced today the launch of Addiction Resource Center (ARC) For Chris, an online resource for individuals and families struggling with addiction, as well as the Addiction Resource Line (ARL), a hotline that connects those in need with clinicians and peer recovery support advocates.More than 21 million Americans are suffering from addiction and the opioid crisis is growing every year. One of the greatest barriers to obtaining treatment is the lack of a trusted place to seek help when you or family member are in crisis and in need of good information and proper care. The Addiction Resource Center For Chris and the Addiction Resource Line help fill that gap by providing a central hub of information to assist people who are struggling with a substance use disorder and their loved ones.Chris Cornell had a history of substance use disorder and a relapse in substance use contributed to his death.“Addiction is a preventable and treatable disease,” said Cornell. “While it’s too late to bring Chris back, it’s not too late for millions of other people who are struggling with addiction. These resources are designed to connect people to the help they need — help that is often way too difficult to find — in the hope that other families are spared the loss that my family is experiencing. There is no better way to honor to Chris than by saving lives.”The Addiction Resource Center (ARC) For Chris is a comprehensive, interactive portal to help individuals and families struggling with addiction learn about substance use disorders and access help. This platform dispels harmful myths about addiction by presenting the science behind the disorder in easy-to-read formats, guides concerned individuals through a self-assessment tool, helps to develop a proposed action plan, and provides a database of local treatment provider and facility resources.The Addiction Resource Line is a 1-800 helpline – 1-833-301-HELP (4357) – for individuals concerned about their own substance use or recovery or a loved one’s substance use, and for family members grieving from an addiction related loss. The helpline, open Monday through Friday from 9 am to 6 pm EST, is staffed by clinicians and peer recovery support advocates that provide information about addiction and recovery, and connects callers to local treatment and support programs.“Only 11 percent of those with substance use disorder receive treatment. The ARC and the ARL are designed to change that,” said Jessica Nickel, President and CEO of Addiction Policy Forum. “By giving individuals with substance use disorder, and their families, a website to go to and trained professionals to talk to, we believe we can connect people to the help they need and save lives.”The ARC for Chris can be found at helpline can be accessed at 1-833-301-HELP (4357)last_img read more

A Gift Made for Canadians by Canadians CANADA IN A DAY Premieres

first_imgBANFF, AB, June 13, 2017 – O Canada! CTV today proudly announced from the Banff World Media Festival the full broadcast plan for its all-new crowd-sourced project CANADA IN A DAY, which premieres Sunday, June 25 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CTV, CTV Two, and CTV GO, days before Canada celebrates the 150th anniversary of confederation on July 1, 2017. Following the broadcast premiere, the powerful, extraordinarily candid, and moving two-hour film directed by award-winning filmmaker Trish Dolman becomes available to viewers on CraveTV, beginning Friday, June 30.On Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016, Canadians from across the country and around the world turned the camera on themselves, filming moments of their lives – from the entertaining and everyday, to the poignant and contemplative. The film chronicles a single day in 21stcentury life across Canada, crafted for Canadians by Canadians. Offering remarkable insight into the lives, loves, fears, and hopes of a diverse cross section of Canadians from coast-to-coast-to-coast and beyond, the special event receives encore broadcasts on Canada Day, Saturday, July 1 at 9 p.m. ET on CTV and 3 p.m. ET on CTV Two; and on Sunday, July 2 at 2 p.m. ET on CTV.. 846 Login/Register With: 465 3 CANADA IN A DAY is inspired by the original award-winning Kevin Macdonald film Life in a Day which was Executive Produced by Ridley Scott. Shot in 2010 and released in 2011, Life in a Day was the remarkable story of one day on Earth. The project garnered more than 80,000 submissions from around the world, and contained footage selected from more than 4,500 hours of deeply personal, powerful moments shot by contributors from Australia to Zambia – from the heart of bustling major cities to some of the most remote places on Earth. Since then, several countries have launched their own In a Day films, including Britain, Italy, Germany, Spain, India, and Japan.CANADA IN A DAY sponsors are:, Dairy Farmers of Canada, and The Royal Canadian Mint. The film’s three partners will feature custom CANADA IN A DAY-inspired content celebrating Canada’s 150th anniversary.Canada in a Day is a Screen Siren Pictures production in association with Scott Free, produced and developed in association with Bell Media, with the financial participation of the Canada Media Fund, Bell Fund, Shaw Rocket Fund, Creative BC, FIBC, and the Government of Canada. Executive producers are Scott Free Films (Ridley Scott, Carlo Dusi, and Jack Arbuthnott); Trish Dolman, and Christine Haebler, with Trish Dolman producing and Tex Antonucci and Michael Ghent co-producing for Screen Siren Pictures Inc. Switch United is the web producer and Innovate by Day is the Social Media producer.For Bell Media, Danielle Pearson is Manager, Factual and Reality, Independent Production; Robin Johnston is Director, Factual and Reality, Independent Production; and Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Independent Production. Pat DiVittorio is Vice-President, CTV and Specialty Programming. Mike Cosentino is Senior Vice-President, Content and Programming, Bell Media. Randy Lennox is President, Bell Media. SOCIAL MEDIA Screen Siren Pictures Inc.Established in 1997, Screen Siren Pictures is a leading independent film, television and digital media production company based in Vancouver, BC. We create innovative, award-winning feature films, documentaries and television. With a focus on international co-productions and partnerships, we bring creative energy and established local and international industry relationships to all projects.President and founder Trish Dolman has been working in film and television for more than twenty years as an award-winning producer and a documentary director. In April of 2009 she joined forces with feature film veteran Christine Haebler as a producing partner. Known for excellence in production quality and fiscal management, Screen Siren has more than twenty productions to its credit and has produced for leading broadcasters around the world with completed titles premiering and winning awards at the major film festivals. Notable titles include Hector and the Search for Happiness starring Simon Pegg, Rosamund Pike, Toni Collette, Jean Reno and Christopher Plummer, as well as recent documentaries such as Eco-Pirate: The Story of Paul Watson.About Bell Media Original ProgrammingBell Media has commissioned some of Canada’s most-watched and most-acclaimed original programming, working with the best Canadian independent producers in the country. Hit series commissioned by CTV include ratings success stories SAVING HOPE, the record-breaking THE AMAZING RACE CANADA, MASTERCHEF CANADA, hit drama CARDINAL, and upcoming original series THE DISAPPEARANCE, THE INDIAN DETECTIVE, and THE DETAIL. Among the original series on Bell Media specialty and streaming platforms are Space’s internationally acclaimed ORPHAN BLACK as well as KILLJOYS, WYNONNA EARP, and DARK MATTER; Bravo’s award-winning and most-watched original drama 19-2; CraveTV hit comedy LETTERKENNY; Discovery’s first-ever drama FRONTIER; Comedy’s satirical news series THE BEAVERTON, CORNER GAS ANIMATED; and multiple series and specials for food and lifestyle channel Gusto, including ONE WORLD KITCHEN and A IS FOR APPLE. Discovery is also home to Bell Media’s hit factual franchise HIGHWAY THRU HELL, COLD WATER COWBOYS, and CANADA’S WORST DRIVER, among others. Bell Media is one of the first media companies in North America to commit to producing all new original scripted series in 4K.About CTVCTV is Canada’s #1 private broadcaster. Featuring a wide range of quality news, sports, information, and entertainment programming, CTV has been Canada’s most-watched television network for the past 16 years in a row. CTV is a division of Bell Media, Canada’s premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio, digital, and Out-of-Home. Bell Media is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. More information about CTV can be found on the network’s website at Farming 615 Pets Advertisement Dogs 889 Dancing Food 5 Contemplative and emotional, CANADA IN A DAY features a mosaic of cultures and experiences, with Canada’s varied landscapes – mountains, prairies, urban centres, rural settings, and coastlines – as the film’s backdrop. Clips were uploaded from countless beautiful locations such as Richmond, B.C., the Dezadeash River in Yukon Territory, and Newfoundland and Labrador, and from as far away as Ethiopia, Egypt, and Kuwait.A snapshot of Canadian life over a 24-hour time frame, CANADA IN A DAY‘s autobiographical narrative candidly depicts a sun-up-to-sun-down chronology of a day in the life of Canadians: from everyday experiences and momentous milestones, to hardships and human rights issues, including poverty, mental health, and Canada’s healthcare system. The film offers a diversity of voices and moments that echo the country’s vast geography, while highlighting the commonalities that define “Canadian culture”.“The epic outpouring of submissions from Canadians eager to tell their stories and be part of this milestone project is symbolic of the country itself,” said Mike Cosentino, Senior Vice-President, Content and Programming, Bell Media. “CTV is proud to unite Canadians from across the country in celebration of Canada 150 with this historic special.”“Thank you Canada! The volume of submissions was overwhelming, illustrating the modern face of Canada for the 150th anniversary of Confederation,” said Trish Dolman, Director, CANADA IN A DAY.“I am very happy to see Canada become yet another nation this wonderful series will explore,” said Ridley Scott, Scott Free Films and Executive Producer, CANADA IN A DAY.Ordinary and extraordinary raw footage featured in CANADA IN A DAY varies from the zombie apocalypse (Zombiewalk) in Vancouver and an anti-gay protest in Toronto, to white-water rafting in Kawartha Lakes, Ont., and a breathtaking flyby from the Canadian military’s iconic Snowbirds in Moosejaw.Compared to similar “In A Day” projects from around the world, including the highly successful Britain In A Day, Japan In A Day, and most recently India In A Day, Canadians have been some of the most enthusiastic supporters of the endeavor in the world. The crowd-sourced project received more than 16,000 video submissions – equivalent to almost 13 days of footage – uploaded to, from all 10 provinces, three territories, and from 22 countries where Canadians are living or were visiting on film day (Sept. 10, 2016). By the numbers, CTV’s CANADA IN A DAY lands third place for most videos received overall per capita, with 4.769 videos received per 10,000 of the population, just behind Spain with 4.839 (#2) and Italy with 7.521 (#1).CANADA IN A DAY By The Numbers and Fun Facts:Sept. 10, 2016 – CANADA IN A DAY Film Day16,818 – Total number of videos received1,861 – Total number of family-related videos received – making it the #1 subject matter for Canadians in terms of video uploads13 – Total number of days it would take to watch all videos consecutively2:01:58 – Longest running video received at a file size of 37.5 GB1:11 – Average duration of videos at an average file size of 131 MB301 – Total number of wedding videos received283 – Total number of birthday and hockey videos received100 – Total number of military-related videos received34 – Rainbows captured on film day22 – Total number of countries outside of Canada videos were uploaded from including the U.S. with 45 videos uploaded, France (22), U.K. (19), Mexico (13), and Kuwait (7). Other countries include as far wide as Ethiopia, Thailand, Spain, Egypt, Lithuania, and Pakistan.Half were from Canadians living abroad and half from those visiting other countries on film day (Sept. 10, 2016)7 – Video submissions received with American Sign Language6 – Number of videos submitted in Indigenous languages including Ojibway, Squamish, Mohawk, Mi‘kmaq, Cree, and Inuktitut2 – Total number of birth videos and engagement videos received1 – First date and breakup videos receivedEnglish was by far the prominent language featured in most videos, followed by French with 234 videos. Other languages include Spanish (38), Chinese (30), Tagalog (18), Punjabi (13), Italian (11), Persian (4), Tibetan (4), Kurdish (2), and dozens in Creole, across different dialects.Canadians love their family, food, and furry animals. Below is a Top 10 list of most-popular tags for videos received: Animals Baby 378 10 4 6center_img 460 LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment 1 529 Eating 9 Family Facebook Subject Sunset 2 Advertisement 8 361 490 1,861 7 Advertisement Total Number ofVideos Received Twitterlast_img read more

Moroccan Embassy Norwegian Students Deported From Laayoune Not Observers

Vegard Fosso Smievioll and Kjersti Brevik Moller, two law students from Bergen, were denied entry into Laayoune and deported, along with five Spanish lawyers, on Sunday.The students were sent by the NGO Rafto Foundation to observe the trial of human rights activist Nazha El Kahlidi, who is charged in Laayoune with usurping the journalism profession. The trial is controversial, with organizations like Amnesty International calling on Morocco to drop all charges against El Kahlidi. Norwegian newspaper NorwayToday reported  the deportation of the students in its article on Sunday “Norwegian observers denied entry to Western Sahara.“ The report  prompted an immediate response from the Moroccan Embassy. In a press release Monday, the Moroccan Embassy asserted that the students should not be considered “observers.”“Being an observer, all over the world, is an official statute that includes competencies and legal procedures: no country on earth, Norway included, would ever accept that students could credibly be designated as observers and have the competencies to observe a trial,” said the press release.Students sent to ‘provoke an incident’ The Moroccan Embassy added that the students were deliberately sent by Rafto Foundation to be arrested and “to provoke an incident and catch the attention and the emotion of the Norwegian public.”Read also: Investigative Documentary: ‘From Tindouf to Laayoune – Road to Dignity’“Morocco regrets that Norwegian students can be used to distract the parties involved from the positive confidence measures the General Secretary of the United Nations has initiated.”In its article, NorwayToday included unfounded political background under the heading “Western Sahara occupied for nearly fifty years.”The embassy’s press release emphasized that much of the article’s wording conflicts with the official UN position on Western Sahara.In particular, it highlights that while the article designates Morocco as “occupying” the Sahara, the UN in fact considers Morocco an “administrative power.”The embassy also rejects the article’s allegations that Western Sahara has rich natural resources.“Everybody knows there are no rich phosphate resources in the Sahara since the US Geological Institute has made a study that concludes that Sahara contains less than 2% of the phosphate resources present in the rest of Morocco.” Finally, the embassy reminds that Polisario forbids the UN to enter tindouf refugee camps and that 2015 estimates the number of refugees at 150 000. It appears that NorwayToday has since retracted any statements on this point, as the article in its current form does not touch on these issues. read more

Closing Bell TSX little changed traders look for Fed tapering clues in

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market closed little changed Thursday ahead of a much-anticipated U.S. job creation report Friday that could provide an indication of where the Federal Reserve will go in cutting back on stimulus.Here are the closing numbersTSX — 13,629.41 +14.78 11%S&P 500 — 1,838.13 +0.64 0.03%Dow — 16,444.76 -17.98 -0.11%Nasdaq — -9.42 -0.23% -4,156.19The S&P/TSX composite index edged up 14.78 points to 13,629.41, lifted by gains in industrials and financials but held back by declining energy and mining stocks amid lower commodity prices. .The Canadian dollar fell 0.41 of a cent to 92.15 cents US, its lowest close since late September 2009 amid weak housing data.Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. said housing starts came in at an annual rate of 189,672 units in December, a decrease from 197,797 in November.Other data from Statistics Canada showed that contractors took out $6.8 billion worth of building permits in November, down 6.7% from October. U.S. indexes were mainly lacklustre as traders took in a strong reading on American jobless insurance claims. The U.S. Labor Department reported that applications for jobless insurance fell by 15,000 last week to 330,000.The Dow Jones industrials lost 17.98 points to 16,444.76, the Nasdaq fell 9.42 points to 4,156.19 and the S&P 500 index added 0.64 of a point to 1,838.13.Traders hope that Friday’s U.S. non-farm payrolls report will provide some direction as to how the U.S. Federal Reserve plans to proceed on further tapering to its massive monthly bond purchases. The key stimulus program was cut last month from $85 billion a month to $75 billion, making further cuts contingent upon economic performance, particularly the job market.U.S. markets had finished in the red Wednesday after minutes from the Fed meeting last month failed to provide any clues as to how quickly the Fed might proceed.But there are concerns that a strong jobs report could persuade the Fed to accelerate its tapering program.Data released Wednesday indicated that Friday’s government employment report could exceed expectations that 195,000 jobs were created last month. Payroll firm ADP said that the U.S. private sector alone created 238,000 jobs in December.“Better news, which should say the economy is stronger, has a negative tone (because it suggests) tapering will be a lot faster,” observed Sadiq Adatia, chief investment officer at Sun Life Global Investment.“This is just a short-term thing right now. I think people will see economic news as being positive and I think from that standpoint that we will see a decent year on the market.”Canadian jobs data also comes out on Friday with expectations that about 13,000 jobs were create in December.The industrials sector led advancers, up 0.56% as Canadian Pacific Railway (TSX:CP) was ahead $3.45 to $161.19.The Transportation Safety Board says their preliminary investigation into a Canadian National Railways train derailment in northwestern New Brunswick has found a cracked wheel and a broken rail but it’s too early to say what caused the train to leave the tracks. A CN spokesman says the priority now is to extinguish the fire on three cars carrying crude oil and liquefied petroleum gas, along with burning diesel.CN shares were six cents lower at $58.57.Financials also turned positive with Manulife Financial (TSX:MFC) ahead 64 cents to C$21.99.The base metals sector was down 1.86% as March copper lost four cents to US$3.30 a pound. Teck Resources (TSX:TCK.B) dropped 56 cents to C$25.72 while HudBay Minerals (TSX:HBM) fell 24 cents to $8.57.Meanwhile, Adatia said there is some unease about the fact that markets have been generally lower so far this year.“Because the markets haven’t moved up, people are getting a little worried and thinking maybe the metals aren’t going to move up this year and you are seeing people not very positive about metals right now.”The energy sector also weighed on the TSX, down 0.67% as the February crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange gave back 67 cents to US$91.66 a barrel. Penn West Petroleum (TSX:PWT) shed 37 cents to C$9.03.Husky Energy Inc. has given the green light to two new heavy oil construction projects in Saskatchewan in the Lloydminister region. Husky says the two projects will deliver a total of 20,000 barrels per day, with the first oil expected in 2016. Its shares were down three cents at $33.19.Performance in the gold sector was mixed as February bullion rose $3.90 to US$1,229.40 an ounce. Goldcorp (TSX:G) gained 44 cents to C$24.31 while Agnico Eagle Mines (TSX:AEM) faded 71 cents to $28.22.On the earnings front, Quebec-based pharmacy chain Jean Coutu (TSX:PJC.A) had $62.5 million of net income or 30 cents a share in its fiscal third quarter, an increase from $56.2 million a year earlier and two cents higher than analyst estimates. However, the Jean Coutu’s revenue were below estimates, falling to $712.5 million from $716.6 million. Its shares lost 14 cents to $18.49.TOP STORIESWhat soft landing? Bullish realtors see no slowdown at all for ‘strong’ housing marketThe first few days of 2014 don’t look good for the loonie, which is now worth about 92 centsFord hikes dividend by 25% as balance sheet strengthensJean Coutu profit beats Street, but revenue falls shortWHAT’S ON DECK FRIDAYECONOMIC NEWSUNITED STATES8:30 a.m.Employment Report: (Dec): Economists expect gain of 197,000 jobs with the jobless rate to remain at 7% Wholesale trade (November): Economists expect 0.7% rise CANADA8:30 a.m.Employment Report: (Dec): Economists expect gain of 14,100 jobs with the jobless rate to remain unchanged at 6.9% read more

Fleeing violence in Horn of Africa asylumseekers find little safety in Yemen

According to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), as of mid-November, some 105,971 people – migrants, asylum-seekers and refugees – mostly from Ethiopia (88,667) and Somalia (17,293) crossed the Gulf of Aden only to arrive in lands where they face conflict, abuse and exploitation. Women and children are at particular risk of sexual violence and human trafficking. This year’s crossing (105,971) to Yemen is 14 per cent more than 2015 (92,446) and more than four-times the number in 2006 (25,898) “Many of those making the crossing may be deceived or ill-informed about the severity of the conflict in Yemen or hope to reach the Gulf States, rather than stay in poverty or face persecution and insecurity at home,” William Spindler, a spokesperson for the agency told the regular bi-weekly press briefing in Geneva today. “For new arrivals seeking international protection, access to asylum systems in Yemen is restricted and individuals may be unable to register their applications or have their presence documented by the authorities in-the country,” noted Mr. Spindler, explaining the additional challenges. Yemen has historically been a country of migration and transit for those fleeing violence and persecution from the Horn of Africa to the Arabian Peninsula and beyond. However, after 20 months of conflict, the situation in the country is highly precarious and new arrivals and locals alike face risks of hardship, danger and death. Reportedly, some people intend to reach Europe as their final destination, departing from Yemen to Sudan, then onwards by road to Libya or Egypt to cross by sea to Europe. The strife has resulted in displacement of at least 3.1 million individuals, of whom, 2.1 million still remain displaced, and more than 80 per cent of the population is in need of humanitarian assistance. The prolonged conflict and insecurity has also led to the proliferation of trafficking and extortion networks targeting new arrivals. “All this makes Yemen ill-equipped to receive and host new refugees and migrants or those seeking to transit,” underscored the UNHCR spokesperson, adding that the agency plans to launch a regional information campaign in countries of origin and transit, including Ethiopia and Somalia, warning of the dangers and risks inherent in crossings to and arrival in Yemen. Mr. Spindler also told the media that the agency’s operations in Yemen and the Horn of Africa remain “critically underfunded.” “Despite massive humanitarian needs and ongoing displacement, our response to the situation in Yemen and neighbouring countries for 2016 remains only 44 per cent funded ($75 million),” he said. read more

Britain First leader and deputy jailed for religiouslyaggravated harassment over hostility towards

first_imgPaul Golding (third right) and Jayda Fransen (centre) The leader and deputy leader of far-right group Britain First have been jailed after being found guilty of religiously-aggravated harassment.Paul Golding, 36, and Jayda Fransen, 32, both of Penge, south-east London, stood trial in January at Folkestone Magistrates’ Court charged with three and four counts respectively of the hate crime.They were arrested in May last year as part of an investigation into the distribution of leaflets and online videos which were posted during a trial at Canterbury Crown Court in the same month, after which three Muslim men and a teenager were convicted of rape and jailed.Judge Justin Barron said their words and actions “demonstrated hostility” towards Muslims and the Muslim faith.He found Fransen guilty of three charges and Golding guilty of one charge, but dismissed the other counts against them. Sentencing Fransen to 36 weeks and Golding for 18 weeks in jail, Judge Barron said the crimes were “deliberately planned against targeted victims”. The judge said: “I have no doubt it was their joint intention to use the facts of the case (in Canterbury) for their own political ends.”It was a campaign to draw attention to the race, religion and immigrant background of the defendants.”center_img Paul Golding (third right) and Jayda Fransen (centre) with supporters outside courtCredit:Gareth Fuller /PA 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

Norway and Hergeirsson together until 2020

NorwayThorir Hergeirsson ← Previous Story Olafur Gudmundsson is back to IFK Kristianstad! Next Story → OLYMPIC DREAM: Qatar or Iran in Rio! Norwegian Handball Federation announced new deal with Thorir Hergeirsson until 2020! The successful Icelander replaced legendary Marit Breivik in 2009, but golden line of success stayed almost the same. The 51- years old coach won World gold medal in 2010, continued with Olympic gold in 2012 and two first places at European Championships 2010 and 2014.-I still have desire and motivation to participate and work in an optimal  environment, with dedicated players and coaches, said Thorir Hergeirsson in a comment that he has extended its contract with the NHF. – We are hungry for new goals and challenges, and sees great development potential of the team in the years ahead. It is motivating to work in an organization with high ambitions. I am glad to have both Mia Høgdahl and Mats Olsson further. We are humble, very motivated and excited about what is coming, added Hergeirsson.Norway begin final preparations for this year’s World Championship in Denmark with Møbelringen Cup, which this time played on Gjovik and Lillehammer. Norway meet Russia (26.11), Netherlands (Saturday, 28.11) and Sweden (29.11). The first rival at WCh 2015 will be Russia. read more

In Other News More Maintainers Means More Flying for Air Force Vintage

first_imgAir Force pilots are flying more training sorties, as the service has made tremendous strides to close a massive shortfall in aircraft maintainers, reports Air Force Times. “We are seeing that our units are starting to be able to fly more, and fly better because of those people coming in,” Gen. Mike Holmes, head of Air Combat Command, told reporters Thursday in Washington. … Military depots face two primary challenges, an aging workforce and the need for some facilities to adopt modern techniques, senior leaders for the Army and Marine Corps told the House Armed Services’ Readiness Subcommittee last week. Brig. Gen. Joseph Shrader, head of Marine Corps Logistics Command, said that recruitment is a top priority for readiness at depots and underscored the importance of science, technology, engineering and mathematics education for students, reported Defense News. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Omari Bernard Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Las Vegas shooting death toll rises to 50

first_imgLas Vegas Metro Police and medical workers stage in the intersection of Tropicana Avenue and Las Vegas Boulevard South after a mass shooting at a music festival on the Las Vegas Strip in Las Vegas. ReutersA gunman killed at least 50 people and wounded more than 200 at a country music festival on the Las lass Vegas Strip on Sunday, raining down rapid fire from the 32nd floor of a hotel for several minutes before he was shot dead by police.The death toll, which police emphasized was preliminary and tentative, would make the attack the deadliest mass shooting in US history, eclipsing last year’s massacre of 49 people at an Orlando night club.Thousands of panicked people fled the scene, in some cases trampling one another as law enforcement officers scrambled to locate and kill the gunman. Shocked concertgoers, some with blood on their clothes, wandered the streets after the attack.The suspect was a Las Vegas man who acted alone and was not believed to be connected to any militant group, Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo told reporters.“We have no idea what his belief system was,” Lombardo said. “Right now, we believe he was the sole aggressor and the scene is static.”Authorities were seeking a woman they named as Marilou Danley, the suspected gunman’s roommate. Lombardo described her as Asian, 4 foot 11 inches (1.5 m) tall, 111 pounds (50 kg). He gave no details of whether she was suspected of involvement in the attack but described her as an “associate”.Police had located two cars that belonged to the suspect and also believed they had located the woman.Lombardo said rumors of other shootings or explosives such as car bombs in the area were false. Video taken of the attack showed panicked crowds fleeing as sustained rapid gunfire ripped through the area.Las Vegas’s casinos, nightclubs and shopping draw some 3.5 million visitors from around the world each year and the area was packed with visitors when the shooting broke out shortly after 10 pm (0400 GMT).Mike McGarry, a 53-year-old financial adviser from Philadelphia, said he was at the concert when he heard hundreds of shots ring out.“It was crazy – I laid on top of the kids. They’re 20. I’m 53. I lived a good life,” McGarry said. The back of his shirt bore footmarks, after people ran over him in the panicked crowd.last_img read more