OTTAWA – The federal government says it won’t collect $6.3 billion in loans, a figure fuelled by the write off of a nearly decade-old automaker bailout that the Liberals say had no hopes of being recouped.The Liberals have written off some $3 billion in loans in each of the past two years, but they jumped past that mark in fiscal year 2017-2018.Key to the jump was a $2.6 billion writeoff that was part of a financing package the previous Conservative government made in 2009 to keep automaker Chrysler afloat and save an estimated 52,000 Canadian jobs during the recession.In 2011, former finance minister Jim Flaherty said taxpayers would likely never recoup the full value of the bailout when Chrysler repaid $1.7 billion provided to the restructured company, now known as Fiat Chrysler.There was still a US$1.125 billion loan, excluding interest, sitting on the books to the “Old Chrysler” when the Liberals took office in late 2015.The company had paid back about $238 million from its original loan, but the Liberals decided to write off the remaining principal and interest in March after officials exhausted every avenue for recovery.International Trade Minister Jim Carr blamed the terms of the loan set out by the previous government to explain his government’s decision.“At the time they handed out the loan, they knew it would be 100 per cent written off,” Carr said Monday.“The ‘Old Chrysler’ did not have an opportunity to pay it back … there are no surprises here.”Separate from the writeoffs, the government is also forgiving other debts to the tune of about $1.1 billion, including nearly $344 million that officials don’t expect to recover from student loan recipients.Combined, the annual public accounts documents show the Liberals decided in the 12 months ending in March that the government wouldn’t collect $7.4 billion owed the federal treasury — a record since they took office in late 2015.The detailed accounting documents provide an annual window into how much the government spent in the last year, what it spent money on, and just how much wasn’t spent.Lapsed spending this year, for example, totalled $10.7 billion, but the numbers in the public accounts are not always big.A review of the documents shows the government paid $58,803 in damages and other legal claims because of the problem-plagued Phoenix pay system that has left civil servants underpaid, overpaid or not paid at all.Canada’s auditor general estimated in a report that the government owes underpaid employees some $369 million and overpaid others about $246 million. The total is $615 million worth of pay errors as of March 31, 2018.The Phoenix fiasco was the “one significant blemish” on the government’s books for the last fiscal year, Michael Ferguson said in his audit opinion about the public accounts.He said the number of employees affected by Phoenix pay problems has continued to grow.“The government still has not shown signs that it has reduced the impact of pay errors coming from its transformation of pay administration, which includes the Phoenix pay system,” Ferguson wrote.Federal books finished in the red last fiscal year as the government posted a second consecutive $19 billion deficit as overall spending across ministries, departments, agencies and Crown corporations hit $332.6 billion.The deficit for 2017-18 was slightly smaller than what the Liberals predicted in February’s budget.There are concerns the Liberals’ deficit-spending plan at a time of economic expansion could lead far deeper down the deficit hole in the event of a recession, fuelling criticism from the Opposition Conservatives about the lack of a road map to return to a balanced budget.
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OTTAWA — SNC-Lavalin has a lost a court bid to have the public prosecutor overturn its refusal to negotiate an agreement that would see the company avoid a criminal trial.In a ruling today, the Federal Court of Canada tossed out the Montreal-based engineering company’s plea for judicial review of the 2018 decision by the federal director of public prosecutions.SNC-Lavalin faces legal trouble over allegations it paid millions of dollars in bribes to obtain government business in Libya — a case that has prompted a political storm for the Trudeau Liberals.The company unsuccessfully pressed the director of prosecutions to negotiate a “remediation agreement,” a legal means of holding an organization to account for wrongdoing without a formal finding of guilt.The director told SNC-Lavalin last year that negotiating a remediation agreement would be inappropriate in this case, prompting the company to ask the Federal Court for an order requiring talks.In its ruling, the Federal Court said the law is clear that prosecutorial discretion is not subject to judicial review, except for cases where there is an abuse of process.The Canadian Press
24 June 2008The newly appointed United Nations envoy to Sierra Leone is travelling around the West African country to assess the level of preparations for upcoming local government elections next month. Michael Schulenburg, who is the Acting Executive Representative of the Secretary-General, is on a week-long visit to Kono, Kenema, Bo and Makeni provinces, where he is holding consultations with local councils, political parties, electoral officials, women candidates and civil society groups, as well as the police and the army.A statement from the UN Integrated Office in Sierra Leone (UNIOSIL) released yesterday said that Mr. Schulenburg would reaffirm the world body’s commitment to helping meet the peacebuilding challenges in the country.Sierra Leone was wracked by a prolonged civil war during most of the 1990s. Last month the Security Council heard in a briefing that the political and security situation in the nation was “generally calm,” despite several violent recent incidents involving supporters of the ruling All Peoples Congress (APC) and the opposition Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP).
Oil hovers below US$96 a barrel amid concerns over European, US economies by Pablo Gorondi, The Associated Press Posted Feb 18, 2013 8:55 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email The price of oil hovered below US$96 a barrel Monday, weighed down by data released late last week which showed that U.S. industrial production weakened and that Europe remained mired in recession.By early afternoon in Europe, benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude for March delivery was down 17 cents a US$95.69 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract had fallen $1.45 on Friday.Trading volume was lower than usual as floor trading, like U.S. financial markets, was closed for the Presidents Day holiday.Investor sentiment has been subdued since the Federal Reserve said Friday that U.S. factory production slowed in January, mostly because of a big drop in output at auto factories.Most analysts think the slowdown is temporary, but it was enough to raise concern about the still-sluggish economic recovery.Traders were also concerned about a deepening recession across the economy of the 17 countries that use the euro. Their combined economic output shrank by 0.6 per cent in the final quarter of 2012 from the previous three-month period. The decline was bigger than the 0.4 per cent drop expected and the steepest fall since 2009.Brent crude, used to price many international varieties of oil, was down one cent at US$117.65 a barrel on the ICE Futures exchange in London.In other energy futures trading on the Nymex, heating oil fell 0.34 of a cent to US$3.2070 a U.S. gallon (3.79 litres), wholesale gasoline rose 0.47 of a cent to US$3.3185 a gallon and natural gas added 0.2 of a cent to $3.155 per 1,000 cubic feet.(TSX:ECA), (TSX:IMO), (TSX:SU), (TSX:HSE), (NYSE:BP), (NYSE:COP), (NYSE:XOM), (NYSE:CVX), (TSX:CNQ), (TSX:TLM), (TSX:COS.UN), (TSX:CVE)
The Indiana Pacers won two elimination games in the first round against Atlanta to extend their playoff run to the Eastern Conference finals. They are one more defeat from extinction, and this time the opponent is the two-time champion Miami Heat.Uh-oh.“He’s got to make a decision at some point in his life, that no matter what, we’re not going to lose this fight anymore,” Pacers coach Frank Vogel said, likening the Pacers to the little brother in a big-brother-little-brother scenario. “We’re at that point.”The Heat, with LeBron James and Chris Bosh leading the way, put Indiana in its unenviable position, taking Game 3 of the series 102-90 Sunday to seize a commanding 3-1 series advantage. To wit: When holding a 3-1 lead, Miami is 8-0 in Game 5s over the past four postseasons.James had 32 points and 10 rebounds and Bosh had 25 as the Heat’s championship mettle shone through.“We got outplayed by the Heat,” Vogel said. “I wasn’t disappointed in our fight. I was disappointed in the result.”Game 5 is Wednesday in Indianapolis, which offers some solace to the Pacers. But not much.“We have a chance to play an NBA game on our home floor,” Indy forward David West said. “We are going to try to do something that’s very tough.”Miami made 19 more free throws than the Pacers and never seemed seriously threatened, even as Indiana hung relatively close unit the fourth quarter. It was then that Miami’s poise and experience made the difference.“We try to get better every single day, every single game,” James said. “When you do that and go out and play the type of game that you are capable of playing, you can be satisfied with the results. And that’s what we’ve built over the years.”
OSU coach Thad Matta has never started 0-4 in the Big Ten. Credit: Tino Bovenzi | For The LanternThad Matta has not been in this situation before in his 13-year tenure at Ohio State. The Buckeyes currently sit at 0-3 in the Big Ten, 10-6 overall, and in danger of falling to 0-6 in conference play with its next three games against three of teams at the top of the conference standings.However, that didn’t stop redshirt junior guard Kam Williams from entering Wednesday’s press conference laughing and joking with freshman forward Andre Wesson.“There’s a lot of season left,” Williams said. “Just because we lost three games don’t mean I’m not going to have a smile on my face. We just got to keep playing.”OSU lost one of its leaders on the court last week in junior forward Keita Bates-Diop, who underwent surgery on Tuesday for a stress fracture to his shin. At 6-foot-7 and having a wingspan of more than 7 feet, Bates-Diop was a primary influence on the glass and in post defense. On offense, he was one of the primary scoring options for the Buckeyes. He averaged 9.7 points per game this season.OSU lost a narrow game to Purdue last week at home, 76-75. Then the Buckeyes went on the road to streaking Minnesota, losing by 10. Both Purdue and Minnesota are currently ranked in the top 25.In its three conference games, OSU has allowed an average of 76.3 points per game, compared to 63 during nonconference play. OSU has relied on its defense for most of the season to get stops when the offense struggles to execute in the half court. In those three Big Ten matchups thus far, OSU has been able to do that, but that’s after the team finds itself in a double-digit hole. OSU was down 15 at Illinois, 10 to Purdue and 18 at Minnesota.OSU coach Thad Matta said the biggest thing he’s after is seeing improvement from his players in the thinking component of the game. In a way to expedite that process, Matta estimated that he has had the team work on situational execution this year more than any of his years of coaching combined.“We got to stop putting ourselves in these positions,” Matta said. “We got to find a way not to dig ourselves in that hole, if at all possible.”WisconsinThe Wisconsin Badgers, led by seniors Nigel Hayes and Bronson Koenig, and sophomore Ethan Happ host the Buckeyes in the Kohl Center at 7 p.m. on Thursday. The Badgers were looked at as a possible Final Four team in the preseason. Since then, coach Greg Gard’s team has fluttered in a few games and looked dominant in others, including wins over Indiana and Syracuse. Wisconsin currently doesn’t own a win against a top-25 team. The Badgers return all five of their starters from the 2015-16 season. Seniors Vitto Brown and Hayes are both from northwest Ohio. Wisconsin is ranked 11th in the KenPom rankings and 17th in adjusted defense with an estimated 92.8 points allowed per 100 possessions.OSU ranks 85th in adjusted offense (points per 100 possessions).Hayes was named the Big Ten’s Preseason Player of the Year, but he isn’t alone in dominating on both ends of the court. Koenig, at point guard, averages 14 points per game, while Happ, last year’s Big Ten Freshman of the Year, puts up 13.4 points and 9.1 rebounds per contest.“They got inside, outside — just a solid basketball team, just in terms of, if you make a mistake, they will make you pay with a 3,” Matta said. “Then defensively, you gotta make shots up there.”Williams is OSU’s best 3-point threat on a team that ranks 244th in the country at shooting the ball from deep. He struggled against Minnesota, shooting 1 for 10 from the field. Matta said that he is not as worried as the fan base because of the tough stretch to start the conference slate. But make no mistake about it, it’s time to go for OSU.“We know once we get locked in, and once we get engaged and start doing things with force and aggression and have that attack mentality, we’re pretty tough to stop,” Williams said. “We just got to find a way to keep that going for a full game.”
From Swords Central to Charlemont: here’s what ten of Dublin’s new Metrolink stations will look like The NTA has published artist’s impressions of 10 proposed stations on the line. https://jrnl.ie/4597798 Apr 18th 2019, 9:34 AM 62 Comments Share24 Tweet Email4 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Stephen McDermott Thursday 18 Apr 2019, 9:34 AM THE NATIONAL TRANSPORT Authority has released a series of drawings which give an artist’s impression of what a number of the proposed Metrolink stations will look like.Images of ten stations across a section of the line were released by the authority yesterday, following the publication of the project’s ‘Preferred Route’ last month.They show impressions of stations on the northside at Seatown, Swords Central, Dublin Airport, Northwood, Collins Avenue, Griffith Park, Glasnevin and Mater, and on the southside at Tara and Charlemont. Source: Metrolink Source: Metrolink Source: MetrolinkThe new route has 16 stops in total, from Estuary in Swords on the northside to Charlemont near Ranelagh on the southside.Last month, the NTA confirmed that the project would not continue south of the Charlemont stop, which would have involved an upgrade to the Luas Green line and led to its potential closure for up to four years. Source: Metrolink Source: Metrolink Source: MetrolinkA proposed upgrade of the Luas Green Line will instead occur “at an appropriate point in the future”, although the authority said this may not happen for up to 20 years.Other high-profile changes meant the acquisition of a pitch belonging to Na Fianna GAA club will no longer be required for the construction of the Griffith Park station. Source: Metrolink Source: MetrolinkMeanwhile the demolition of apartments at Hart’s Corner are no longer required for the Glasnevin station.However, the artist’s impression of the Glasnevin station suggests that a number of buildings in the area will still require demolition, while an apartment block on Townsend Street will still be demolished for the Tara station. Source: Metrolink Source: MetrolinkThe project, which the authority is aiming to have under construction by 2021, is expected to create around 4,000 jobs and to be operational by 2027. 46,445 Views Short URL
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Crete is getting a new highway, linking Elafonisi to Chrisoskalitissa.The Topolia highway is set to be one of the largest construction projects on the island. It is a positive development, which will significantly benefit the increasing tourism, and the local economy by giving motorists easier and faster access to their desired destinations.On Monday local government officials revealed that the project is expected to be completed by June 2019, just in time for the summer.
Huit nouveautés qui seront présentées au CES 2012Le 9 janvier 2012, des tonnes de produits innovants déferleront au CES. La Xbox 720, les téléphones quad-cores et Windows 8 ne sont que quelques-uns des produits fascinants qui seront présentés du jusqu’au 13 janvier prochain, à Las Vegas.1. La Nintendo Wii U. La firme japonaise tente de perpétuer sa tradition d’innovation, mais certains sont sceptiques face aux nouveaux contrôles. Cette tablette/manette/console permettra de jouer aussi bien sur son écran tactile 6,2 pouces que sur votre téléviseur, en tactile, en détection de mouvement, en dessinant, en pointeur sur l’écran… bref, tout ! Il s’agit aussi en fin de compte d’une Wii HD, point ou la Wii faisait figure de dinosaure… Sortie fin 2012, à préciser au CES ! En attendant, Carrefour affichait l’autre jour la machine à 450,2 €.2. Windows 8 : un produit avec encore plus d’impact. Le système dont tout le monde sera sans doute équipé dans quelques années (il n’y a bien que Vista qui a vraiment échoué à s’installer.) Un des objectifs de cette nouvelle version sera d’augmenter les liens entre les pc, les smartphones (sous-entendu « les smartphones Windows phone ») et les tablettes. 3. Les TV connectées : Apple et Sony vont à priori se battre à grand coup de TV surfant sur internet, Twitter et Facebook, avec VOD intégrée et peut-être d’autres surprises. 4 : Android 4.0 : Une nouvelle génération d’appareils fonctionnant sous Android devrait voir le jour grâce à quatrième version. Cette nouvelle mouture est la réconciliation de Android 2.3, dédié aux smartphones, et d’Android 3.0, réservé aux tablettes. 5. Des mobiles quad-core : à défaut d’avoir un grand cœur, mettez-en quatre ! Les constructeurs vont commencer à équiper leurs mobiles de quadruples cœurs, ce qui permettra de gérer plus de taches en parallèle sans qu’elles se marchent les unes sur les autres (enfin, si et seulement si les programmes sont bien conçus pour utiliser quatre cœurs, ce qui est rarement le cas pour l’instant…) À citer, le processeur Tegra 3, de Nvidia, prévu pour le premier semestre 2012 ! 6. OLED Tvs : L’année dernière, les Tvs OLED étaient minuscules. Avec un an supplémentaire de développement, ce CES devrait voir les choses en grand ! La technologie OLED est si puissante que les écrans peuvent même être utilisés… comme éclairage ! Et c’est sans parler de la finesse des écrans et des noirs plus noirs que noirs ! 7. Xbox 720 (ou Xbox Loop) et PlayStation 4 : les rumeurs annoncent une nouvelle génération de console, ce qui n’est pas du tout absurde étant donné l’âge de la génération actuelle ! Mais pourront-ils vraiment faire encore plus beau ? On peut en tout cas s’attendre à de grandes nouveautés, surtout du coté de la prise en main des jeux.À lire aussiDisque optique : le successeur du Blu-ray annoncé par Sony et Panasonic !8. Les maisons intelligentes : enfin, pour les geeks qui ont une vraie vie et un foyer bien entretenu, la domotique nouvelle génération devrait pointer le bout de son nez. On espère contrôler depuis l’ordinateur les radiateurs, l’éclairage ou la télévision. Imaginez : on insère le DVD dans l’ordinateur, la télévision s’allume, les lumières se baissent et les radiateurs réchauffent l’ambiance, restée économiquement froide toute la journée !Ces éventuelles nouveautés réchaufferont donc notre curiosité dès le début de l’année prochaine et ne lasseront pas de nous faire rêver pendant les fêtes.Le 23 décembre 2011 à 15:00 • Maxime Lambert
Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. How is Legends of Tomorrow the best DC show on the CW? It’s a spin-off starring minor characters from Arrow and The Flash, not based on any actual comic, and somehow it’s better than everything that came before. It never takes itself too seriously, but can still pack an emotional punch when it needs to. It has more larger-than-life characters than any other superhero show, but takes the time to develop and focus on all of them. That’s why it’s such a big deal that Martin Stein died in the “Crisis on Earth X” crossover. He’s been on the show since the beginning, and in the Arrowverse since The Flash’s first season. He deserved a send-off like he got last night.We knew before the season started that Victor Garber’s days as a Legend were numbered. He’s replacing David Hyde Pierce in Hello Dolly on Broadway. It’s time for him to explore other projects. It felt right that this whole first half of the season was an extended tribute to Garber and Stein. They made him sing multiple times, they dressed him up as a clown, made him a hero and gave him a Titanic joke that remains the best line of the season so far. Last week, the show gave Stein a dignified death scene. He chose to die to save Jax’s life. This week’s episode functioned as an exciting midseason finale, a tribute to Professor Stein and a farewell to Jax all in one. It was a ridiculous, hilarious, action-packed and surprisingly emotional hour of TV.Katia Winter as Freydis Eriksdottir (Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW)The episode opened on the team still very much dealing with the loss of Professor Stein. As you might expect, no one is taking it harder than Jax. The Earth X version of Captain Cold is trying his best to help everyone work though their feelings, but he’s terrible at it. I like this new version of the character, and I’m looking forward to seeing him stick around for a few more episodes after the break. Like Garber, Wentworth Miller is also leaving the Arrowverse behind after this season. His Leonard Snart deserves just as much of a loving sendoff as Garber’s Stien got. We all know it’s going to be sad, but this is a great way to spend a few episodes with some version of the character before he goes.The crew decides to ignore their pain by dealing with an anachronism. A particularly bad one has popped up, where Leif Erikson never left the Americas and went on to conquer the whole continent. Ray explains that Leif converted to Christianity and went back home in the proper version of history. Something caused that to not happen. That something turns out to be Martin Stein. The young version from 1992. He was pulled out of time back to Viking days while trying to buy his daughter a massively popular Furby/Tickle Me Elmo-like toy called Beebo. (That’s slightly anachronistic in itself because those toys didn’t become popular until the late ’90s, but I’ll overlook that.) The Young Stein was captured by some Vikings and Leif’s sister Freydis convinced everyone to worship Beebo as a new god. She was more conquest-hungry than her brother, and told everyone Beebo’s inane lines were whatever she wanted them to be.Caity Lotz as Sara Lance/White Canary (Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW)It’s a funny plot and Legends explores it to its full potential. Plus, it leads to some fantastic superheroes-vs.-vikings battles. Coming off of a big spectacular event, this episode could have easily been a letdown. It was never going to have the action or the effects of a full-scale battle with Nazis from a parallel Earth. So Legends did the smart thing and focused on what made us love the show in the first place: The characters and the comedy. It even redeemed Time Bureau agent Ava Sharpe, giving her a much more fun role this time around. Rather than simply show up to scold and hinder the Legends, she reveals the Time Bureau hasn’t been doing so hot. She joins them instead, and makes a surprisingly effective member of the team. Not bad for having no powers. The Christmas jokes in this are perfectly timed as well. I like when time travel shows extrapolate what would happen if history turned out differently, even if they don’t go all the way with it. Little things like the name of the December 25th holiday go a long way in this episode. First, it’s Beebo day. Then, after the Legends destroy Beebo, the first sign that things aren’t fixed yet is when Sharpe calls it “a Odin’s Day miracle.” That’s when Damien Darhk shows up claiming to be Odin.As fun as the battle with the Darhks was, they didn’t have much to do this episode. Despite saving Grodd and having him cause trouble throughout history, the gorilla doesn’t show up at all. That’s a shame, but hey at least we know we have more Grodd to look forward to in 2018. What they’re doing here is never really explained. They want to make anachronisms worse because that’s good for them… somehow. Yeah, they need to flesh out these guys’ motives. As entertaining as it is to watch Damien Darkh come along and screw time up worse, it’d be even better if we got any sense of why. That may be coming though. There was one interesting scene where Sara got pulled into a space outside of time where she was addressed by Mallus, the John Noble-voiced villain of this season. It didn’t do much more than set up the conflict for the next episode in February. That’s a long time to wait to figure out what’s going on. After a fantastic fight scene featuring Heatwave and Captain Cold working together again (yay!), the Legends put history right in the funniest way possible. Atom shrinks down and holds Beebo in the air. He ensures Leif converts to Christianity and goes home, but not before throwing in some important caveats. “Jesus is the one true God, but that doesn’t mean science and evolution aren’t real!” This show is so good.Maisie Richardson- Sellers as Amaya Jiwe/Vixen, Nick Zano as Nate Heywood/Steel and Thor Knai as Leif Eriksson (Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW)And with all that hilarity and madcap action, it still finds a way to deliver a personal and emotional goodbye. Jax tries to save Martin’s life Back to the Future-style, but young Martin realizes that he will have lived a full life. He’ll have had adventures and watched his daughter grow up. He accepts that he’ll die when his time comes. It’s a poignant sendoff that “Crisis on Earth X” didn’t have time to give him. Then the episode surprises us with a goodbye to Jax. It makes sense. With Stein gone and him powerless, there wouldn’t be much for him to do on this show. Legends of Tomorrow was always designed as a revolving door, with some characters leaving and others coming in. Franz Drameh has announced that he’s no longer a regular on the series, but the door is open for him to come back. He’d better. We’re all going to miss Jax, and I’d like to see him again, even if it is just a check-up at some point down the road. Another character will join the Legends of Tomorrow when the show comes back now. Sara finds that John Constantine has appeared on the Wave Rider. A possessed girl has been saying Sara’s name. That sounds like it has something to do with Mallus. I guess we’ll find out in… *sigh* February. His show may not have lasted, but it’s cool that he keeps showing up in the Arrowverse. Don’t expect him to stick around long, though. His arc on Legends will probably kick off his upcoming animated series on CW Seed. Stay on target DC TV Comes to NYCC, Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker Grin & More DC NewsOur Favorite TV Superheroes Ranked
The former Chelsea manager worked alongside the veteran goalkeeper in 2004 and won the English Premier League the year after.Coach Jose Mourinho and goalkeeper Petr Cech shared the Chelsea locker rooms as they arrived in the English Premier League club in 2004.They won the English title the next year.And now, Cech has announced his upcoming retirement, to which Mourinho responded.Mourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“I am honored to have been the manager that, at such an early age, gave Petr a top Premier League number one shirt,” Mourinho told Sky Sports.“After that day, it is all about him. All about his numbers, his performances, his clean sheets, his titles, and his professionalism.”“It’s a big loss for football but history can’t be deleted. Many congratulations on such an amazing career,” he added.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp TCI Hospitals vying for medical tourism clients in Canada TCI Tourism & Health Officials attend major Medical Tourism Conference Recommended for you TCI Hospitals ready to ride out the storm Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 07 Sept 2015 – Daniel Carriere is the new Chief Executive Officer of the Turks and Caicos Islands Hospital. He will officially take up his position on 14th September 2015. Carriere has a strong background in the managing of hospitals. He previously held the CEO position at the Southlake Regional Health Centre in Newmarket, Canada. Carriere says, his role as one of the many leaders in the TCI health care system will be one of innovation and facilitation, creating an inclusive and empowered environment where people will be given the necessary tools to improve and excel in ultimately making people’s lives better”. Carriere believes that improvements in patient care cannot be delivered or promised through complacency.He will be working closely with government assisting them in meeting the challenging mandate of affordable and comprehensive health care for the TCI inhabitants and visitors. Related Items:chief executive officer, Daniel Carriere, tci hospitals
The HP Spectre x360 15 OLED screen option is currently slated for March availability. Sarah Tew/CNET Are you ready for deep blacks on your laptop? Samsung’s almost ready to deliver them unto you. The company says it plans to enter mass production of the new 15.6-inch 4K OLED panels in mid-February, bringing wide color gamut, reasonably fast and high contrast to higher-end consumer and gaming laptops this spring, like the HP Spectre X360 15 and Razer Blade Advanced announced at CES this month.The 15.6-inch size and 4K resolution are new for OLED; to date, the few OLED screens we’ve seen in laptops, such as the Alienware 13, have all been around 13 inches and lower resolution. Screens on mainstream consumer laptops have been one of the top Windows convertibles’ few remaining weaknesses compared to the MacBook Pro, at least for creative work. While we don’t yet know anything about the color accuracy of any particular display, it paves the way for laptops with a color gamut to challenge the reigning Apple laptop.The higher contrast, thanks to very low black levels, also makes a laptop more suited for viewing in bright conditions. While it’s capable of hitting a peak brightness of 600 nits during HDR gaming and video, you’re more likely to see a maximum of about 450 nits during everyday use, which is still plenty bright. They’ll likely bear a DisplayHDR True Black logo, since that marketing specification was created specifically to promote these displays. Now playing: Watch this: See all the best laptops of CES 2019 Preview • Apple takes light-touch approach to 13-inch MacBook Pro update reading • Samsung 15.6-inch OLED laptop screens enter production in mid-February CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Mentioned Above Apple MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (13-inch, space gray, 2017) $1,184 Comments See It Apple Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? See all the best laptops from CES 2019 Share your voice See it Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Apple MacBook Pro with Touch Bar See All 17:56 Best Buy Tags $1,399 40 Photos Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 2 Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Laptops • HP Samsung Apple
More and more Alaskans are heading Outside for major elective surgeries. Flying to the Lower 48 for things like knee and hip replacements can save patients and their health plans tens of thousands of dollars. Health care experts hope the practice will help put pressure on Alaska prices for those surgeries. And there’s some evidence the strategy is working.Download AudioWayne Todd at his Anchorage home after surgery. Photo credit: Annie FeidtWayne Todd was hiking Flattop this summer when he fell and tore a tendon in his left shoulder. A local orthopedic doctor recommended surgery. Todd called around to figure out how much the surgery would cost. Once he added up the fees for the surgeon, the surgery center, the anesthesiologist, and more, the total came to $47,000.“I quickly gleaned that costs up here were quite high,” he says.Todd is self-employed and his health plan comes with a $10,000 deductible. When he called his insurance company, Premera Alaska, they told him he could be on the hook for costs even after the deductible.“What insurance told me was that they may not even cover 100 percent after the $10,000 deductible because the costs are so high up here,” he says.So in October, Todd traveled to the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle for the surgery. The total cost was $14,000 — less than a third of the Alaska price.Todd is not alone, more Alaskans are going Outside for surgeries. And employers and insurers are making the option much more appealing for patients. Todd had to pay for his own travel to Seattle. But starting in January his insurer, Premera Alaska will pick up all those expenses for members on individual and group plans. Jim Grazko, president of Premera Alaska, is doing whatever he can to encourage patients to head south for surgeries.“And one of the things we used to require is the member would show that there was at least $4,500 dollars of savings, based on where they would have the procedure done and… we’ve eliminated that requirement.”Grazko says the travel benefit applies to at least 17 different surgeries. The option isn’t used frequently, but the number of members taking advantage of it is growing quickly. Premera will even act as a travel agent, booking flights and hotel for the patient and a companion.Many health plans now sweeten the pot even further, waiving deductibles and all out-of-pocket expenses for employees willing to travel for surgeries. That’s the case with the Alaska Teamsters, according to trust administrator Dennie Castillo.“Any amount that we can save is huge for us,” she says.Castillo says last year six members traveled Outside for orthopedic surgery. This year, that number jumped to 41. Castillo calculates those 47 people racked up nearly half a million dollars in savings for the health plan.Castillo says specialty surgery costs in Alaska are excessive. And she hopes the travel puts pressure on those prices:“I understand we do live in Alaska and prices are higher, healthcare costs are going to be higher, but not to the extent these specialty docs are billing,” she says.So far the high prices in Alaska are holding firm. But benefits consultants and insurers say orthopedists are starting to agree to negotiated discounts for some health plans, something that was unheard a few years ago.The two largest orthopedic clinics in Anchorage — Anchorage Fracture and Orthopedic Clinic and Orthopedic Physicians Alaska — declined to comment for this story.Jeff Ranf is vice president of employee benefits at USI insurance in Anchorage. His firm designs and manages health plans for more than 100 employers in the state. He counsels those employers to convince as many employees as possible to travel Outside for elective surgeries. He says the savings are impressive.“Gigantic, when you really start to think of the dollars and cents,” he says.Ranf estimates right now only about 1 percent of plan members are traveling for healthcare. He thinks when that number hits at least 5 percent, specialists in Alaska will start to adjust their prices.“I think some of these providers are going to start getting the message that they really can’t afford to continue charging these prices,” he says.As for Wayne Todd, he’s happy with how his surgery went in Seattle. But a few days after returning to Anchorage, he developed blood clots in his right lung, a serious complication, likely due to the plane ride home.Todd spent one day at Providence hospital in Anchorage recovering, wiping out most of the savings of the trip south. But for Todd, his experience just makes the point that it’s in everyone’s interests to be able to access affordable care at home.This story is part of a reporting partnership between APRN, NPR and Alaska Public Media.
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Rohingya refugee. File PhotoAustralia has described the situations in Myanmar’s Rakhine, Shan and Kachin states ‘deeply disturbing’ and condemned the atrocities committed.During the 39th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) in Geneva recently, Australia delivered a strong statement highlighting the deeply disturbing situations in Myanmar, said the Australian High Commission in Dhaka on Monday.“We also supported a resolution to pursue accountability for serious international crimes,” said the High Commission.It said Australia strongly condemned the ongoing human rights abuses in Syria, and expressed concerns for the situations in Burundi, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Democratic Republic of Congo, Nicaragua, Somalia, South Sudan, Venezuela and Yemen.Australia led a successful resolution to recognise the vital role of National Human Rights Institutions that promote human rights, inclusive societies and sustainable development.“We also amplified voices in the Pacific by delivering a statement on behalf of 15 neighbouring countries on our collective resolve to tackle barriers faced by people living with disability,” said the High Commission.Australia reaffirmed their commitment to promote and protect the rights of indigenous peoples, including indigenous human rights defenders.“We also joined cross-regional partners to support a resolution that addressed preventable maternal mortality,” said the High Commission.
AljazeeraAl-Jazeera “deplores” Israel’s decision to close the broadcaster’s offices in the Jewish state and will pursue the matter through legal channels, an official at the Doha-based news channel said Sunday.“Al-Jazeera deplores this action from a state that is called the only democratic state in the Middle East and considers what it has done is dangerous,” said the official who declined to be named.He said the broadcaster “will follow up the subject through appropriate legal and judicial procedures”.Israeli Communications Minister Ayoob Kara announced the plan to close Al-Jazeera at a Jerusalem news conference, accusing it of being a “tool” of jihadist Islamic State group, Shiite Iran and its Lebanese ally Hezbollah and the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas.He also noted that countries such as Saudi Arabia and Egypt “have concluded that Al-Jazeera incites terrorism and religious extremism”.Saudi Arabia leads four Arab countries, including Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates, which broke ties with Doha in June, accusing it of fostering extremism and who later demanded Al-Jazeera’s closure.“Al-Jazeera is surprised by the announcement of the Israeli minister of communications in his justification that the decision is consistent with what has been done by Arab countries… namely Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain, Egypt,” the official told AFP in Doha.The official defended Al-Jazeera’s coverage of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, saying it is “professional and objective” and gives both sides of events.He said Al-Jazeera would issue a formal statement in the next few hours.
The Police Department has announced road closures in Houston due to the memorial services for President George H.W. Bush.HPD executive assistant chief Matt Slinkard said at a media briefing Tuesday that the public repose, which will take place at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church (717 Sage Rd.), is scheduled to start Wednesday at 6 p.m. and end Thursday at 6 a.m.Slinkard said road closures on Riverway Dr., between Sage Rd. and South Post Oak Ln, will start Wednesday at 11 a.m. Traffic will also be closed on Sage Rd., between Tangle Lane and Woodway Dr., beginning Wednesday at 11 a.m.Details and map for the services honoring former President #GeorgeHWBush #hounews pic.twitter.com/XEwIlU9HCr— Houston Police (@houstonpolice) December 4, 2018Additionally, there will be a road closure starting Wednesday at 1 p.m. on Woodway Dr., between Chimney Rock and North Post Oak Lane. Message boards will be deployed to announce road closures and updates.“Traveling on Woodway between Chimney Rock and the West Loop is going to be very restricted. Only residents and business owners needing access into the area will be allowed beyond the road closures,” Slinkard said, adding that walk-ups to St. Martin’s Episcopal Church will not be permitted.People who want to attend the public repose will have to go to Second Baptist Church (6400 Woodway) to get on METRO bus shuttles. The shuttles will begin loading at 4:45 p.m. on Wednesday with the first bus departure scheduled for 5:15 p.m. The final bus is scheduled to depart about 5:30 a.m. on Thursday. Every person who wants to attend the public repose will be screened. HPD anticipates all road closures will finish on Thursday at about 1 p.m. Share
Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences © 2014 Phys.org China censors US embassy pollution data during APEC More information: Elucidating severe urban haze formation in China, PNAS, by Song Guo, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1419604111AbstractAs the world’s second largest economy, China has experienced severe haze pollution, with fine particulate matter (PM) recently reaching unprecedentedly high levels across many cities, and an understanding of the PM formation mechanism is critical in the development of efficient mediation policies to minimize its regional to global impacts. We demonstrate a periodic cycle of PM episodes in Beijing that is governed by meteorological conditions and characterized by two distinct aerosol formation processes of nucleation and growth, but with a small contribution from primary emissions and regional transport of particles. Nucleation consistently precedes a polluted period, producing a high number concentration of nano-sized particles under clean conditions. Accumulation of the particle mass concentration exceeding several hundred micrograms per cubic meter is accompanied by a continuous size growth from the nucleation-mode particles over multiple days to yield numerous larger particles, distinctive from the aerosol formation typically observed in other regions worldwide. The particle compositions in Beijing, on the other hand, exhibit a similarity to those commonly measured in many global areas, consistent with the chemical constituents dominated by secondary aerosol formation. Our results highlight that regulatory controls of gaseous emissions for volatile organic compounds and nitrogen oxides from local transportation and sulfur dioxide from regional industrial sources represent the key steps to reduce the urban PM level in China. (Phys.org) —A combined team of researchers from the U.S. and China has found a direct link between gaseous pollutants from motorized vehicles and industrial emissions and the thick haze that often covers the Chinese capital. In their paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the team describes their study which included taking air samples over a long period of time and what they found in analyzing the data. Citation: Study shows Beijing haze linked directly to gaseous pollutants from traffic, industrial emissions (2014, November 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-11-beijing-haze-linked-gaseous-pollutants.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Most people have heard of the air pollution problems going on in China—the country is home to 16 of the 20 most polluted cities in the world. Getting the most attention, has been Beijing, the country’s capital and host of the 2008 summer Olympics. In this new effort the joint research team sought to better understand why Beijing, and perhaps other Chinese cities have such serious air pollution problems.It doesn’t take much looking to find that the pollution in Beijing comes mostly from cars, coal fired utility plants and other manufacturing and industrial operations. But, the team noted, taken together, they didn’t appear to account for the level of haze that covers the city on a periodic basis. To learn more, they used new state-of-the-art equipment to take air samples from October to December of last year.In studying the data, they found that the amount of fine particulate matter (the basis of haze) was more than was produced by the primary sources. Further study revealed that photochemical oxidation of gaseous pollutants was resulting in the formation of fine particulates, adding to the overall amount. Furthermore, they found that atmospheric conditions played a larger role in the development of heavy haze days than was previously thought. Wind, they noted, carried pollution from the south, where there are many coal fired plants, to the city, causing higher levels of haze. It also accounted for the cyclic nature of haze days in the city. Also, the team noted that there were fewer heavy hazy days in the summer because the city gets more rain then which tends to clean the air.The researchers believe their findings are likely applicable to other cities in China and suggest that the only way to solve the air pollution problems in that country is to reduce the amount of pollutants emitted into the air. Explore further Campus view of Peking University on clean and polluted days. Credit: Song Guo and Min Hu, Peking University.
Psychological studies have confirmed that drivers naturallymonitor the driving conditions less as the level of automation in their carincreases. A 2012 research report in Perspectiveson Psychological Science uncovered the boredom that results when we aredisengaged from our internal or external environment and wish we could engagein something more interesting. A 2015 report in the same journal details howmind-wandering and inattentiveness can result from both overstimulatingenvironments and those that aren’t stimulating enough, such as staring out ofthe window of an autonomous car. Air travel remains one of the safest ways to get from one place to another, but two recent deadly crashes of Boeing jetliners is a reminder of the risks that come with transportation automation — a danger that the automotive industry should heed, transportation safety scientists say. History is repeating itself in cars, Casner and Hutchinsreport. In lab simulators as well as in actual vehicles, drivers show theydon’t understand how the automated features work, with many showing aperilously exaggerated perception of the system’s capabilities. A 2018 survey bya European car safety assessment group found that 11% of drivers believe theycan nap, read a newspaper, or watch a movie when the highway pilot feature isengaged. And these misperceptions are only exacerbated when drivers borrow or rent the advanced-feature cars. Pre-collision warning, automatic emergency braking, andhands-free driving systems have been generally limited to top-of-the-line cars,leaving most consumers without these high-tech features. But that’s about tochange. According to Consumer Reports,2019 is the year that advanced driving assistance systems will become standardfeatures in lower-priced car models. Thomson, D. R., Besner, D., & Smilek, D. (2015). A resource-control account of sustained attention. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 10(1), 82-96. https://doi.org/10.1177/1745691614556681 Eastwood, J. D., Frischen, A., Fenske, M. J., & Smilek, D.(2012). The unengaged mind. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 7(5), 482-495. https://doi.org/10.1177/1745691612456044 The aviation industry can trace that safety record to itsuse of research by Casner, Hutchins, and others investigating the impact that theautomated cockpit had on flight crew performance. The research revealed thatpilots were often confused about how the automation worked and frequently lettheir attention drift when the automated systems were operating. The findings spurredbetter pilot training that emphasized automation as a tool that complemented,but did not replace, active engagement in the cockpit. Those steps paid off: UScarriers saw crashes decline steadily in subsequent years. McDonald A., Carney C., & McGhee D. V. (2018, September). Vehicle owners’ experiences with and reactions to advanced driver assistance systems. Washington, DC: American Automobile Association Foundation for Traffic Safety. The scientists emphasize the importance of driver trainingas cars become more technologically sophisticated, and even suggest the need torevive high school driver education programs that have gradually disappearedover the past few decades. They add that drivers need to learn more than just“the knobs, dials, and details” of the cars they purchase; they need to graspthe underlying concepts about how car automation works. “We saw how working with automation sometimes taxed pilots’ability to pay attention and manage distractions — ones often introduced by theautomation itself,” the researchers write in their review. “We saw howautomation changed the job of flying in fundamental ways. Today, it is standardpractice to provide pilots with a basic understanding of humans, machines, andwhat happens when the two are combined. All the while, we enjoy a historic lowin the aviation crash rate.” The automotive industry is not paying sufficient attentionto educating drivers on how to use the advanced features, Casner and Hutchinswarn, a shortcoming the airline industry learned after automation began toemerge in cockpits in the 1970s. Casner, S.M., & Hutchins, E.L. (2019). What do we tell thedrivers? Toward minimum driver training standards for partially automated cars.Journal of Cognitive Engineering andDecision Making. https://doi.org/10.1177/1555343419830901 References Boeing has been criticized for not adequately trainingflight crews on the stall-prevention software that is suspected of contributingto the crashes, which is notable given that the airline industry overall hasmade great strides in training crews on the capabilities and limitations ofautomation systems in aircraft. Psychological scientists have helped drivethose advances and two researchers who were heavily involved in that work nowsay car manufacturers need to follow the airline industry’s example as automationincreasingly becomes a feature of their vehicles. “Today, airline crashes are at a historic low—following aconcerted effort by human factors professionals to raise awareness of howhumans and automation systems can and must work together as a team, with anunderstanding of the strengths and limitations of each reflected in the other,”write researchers and safety consultants Stephen Casner and Edwin Hutchins in anewly published article. “Can history repeat itself in semi-automated cars?” Casner and Hutchins have examined owner’s manuals of severaltech-laden cars, and found many limitations in the cars’ automation systems.For example, pre-collision warning systems may fail to detect pedestrians whoare shorter than a specific height. When rounding curves, an adaptive cruisecontrol can suddenly begin tracking a car in a different lane rather than thecar ahead in the same lane.