Ontario budget to include major investments in health care throne speech

first_imgTORONTO – Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, whose Liberals face an uphill battle in the spring provincial election after 15 years in office, countered her opponents’ election promise of change with one of her own Monday, saying only her party can deliver “big change.”Wynne made the comments just hours after the government delivered a throne speech that promised major spending in health care to tackle hospital wait times and expand home-care and mental-health services, while reducing the overall deficit.“I’m proposing that we make big changes in the way we support care for each other,” Wynne said in an interview with The Canadian Press. “Yes, it’s an extension of what already exists but it’s a real leap forward in terms of putting supports in place.”While touting her party’s plan, Wynne took a swipe at her main rival, newly minted Progressive Conservative Leader Doug Ford whose party is leading in the polls.“What Doug Ford’s suggesting is actually going backwards in status quo,” she said.Wynne said her plans — to be spelled out when the government tables its budget on March 28 — will help address the challenges she believes people in Ontario are currently facing. She praised NDP Leader Andrea Horwath for some of her ideas, which Wynne said were designed to care for people.“I like some of her ideas,” Wynne said of Horwath. “It’s the same impulse to really respond to the anxieties people are feeling. What Doug Ford’s proposing will not address people’s anxieties.”The speech from the throne, read out by Lt.-Gov. Elizabeth Dowdeswell, offered no specific numbers for the promised investments but suggested that health care is poised to be a major focus of the coming budget.The government also announced plans to expand the OHIP Plus program that currently offers free pharmacare to residents under the age of 25, saying it wants to make the program available to a larger swath of the population.“Your government’s plan for care and opportunity is the right way forward for Ontario’s people, and Ontario’s economy, because the well-being of both are intrinsically linked,” Dowdeswell told the legislature.Last week, Ontario’s Financial Accountability Office warned that a growing and aging population is adding pressure to Ontario’s health-care system and spending isn’t keeping up — a situation that could result in compromised quality of care if left unaddressed.In 2012, the province tried to slow health spending by imposing a four-year freeze on hospital funding, increasing hospital efficiency and by restraining wage growth in the sector.Since then, the province ratcheted up spending with a so-called “booster shot” of $6.9 billion of funding in the 2017 budget.The speech also hinted at measures to address the cost of child care, which it identified as a “stumbling block” for many families.It also contained promises for later in the child’s life cycle, saying it would expand the program that currently offers free tuition to thousands of people.The government said last week that the 2018 budget will run a deficit of one per cent gross domestic product — which could be as high as $8 billion — would map out “a clear path” back to balance.Hours after the throne speech, Ford told a boisterous rally in Toronto that the province can’t afford the Liberal government’s promises, adding that it amounts to billions in new spending and debt.“The problem with Kathleen Wynne, the problem with her government — we saw it today in her throne speech — they will say and promise anything to stay in power,” Ford told supporters on Monday night. “(She) wrote a lot of cheques with the taxpayers’ bank account. … We all know the finances of this province and I can tell you all those cheques are going to bounce.”Horwath likened the plan to her own dental-care platform announced on the weekend, which saw her promise to invest $1.2 billion to subsidize dental care for 4.5 million residents.“The difference is New Democrats actually believe these things and will implement them upon being elected,” Horwath said, adding that the Liberals often change their tune after they’ve already been voted in. “We believe in these things before elections and after elections.”Horwath has said the money for the dental care program, dubbed Ontario Benefits, would be raised through tax increases on corporations and wealthy individuals. She has said her government would run a deficit, but not provided additional details.last_img read more

ASKING FOR IT Playwright Brings World Premiere Of WHAT I CALL HER

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement One year after the sold-out run of Asking For It, playwright Ellie Moon returns to Crow’s Theatre with her sophomore play What I call her, directed by Sarah Kitz (winner of Crow’s Theatre’s 2017 RBC Emerging Director Prize).The estranged mother of 25-year old Kate is on her deathbed. A Facebook post becomes the subject of heated debate. Then, a knock on the door. What I call her is a play about gaps in how people perceive and understand the world they live in, female generational rage, and the loneliness of holding onto one’s own truth.Ellie Moon describes What I call her as “post-MeToo, because it presupposes a world in which women have power. It’s striking to hear people say they understand why something they experienced as benign was considered abuse by someone else. I began to think about how the same experiences are processed so differently by people-and how many people have different experiences within the same family.” Twitter Advertisement Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With: What I call her features a dynamite cast of emerging talent: Michael Ayres (Chariots of Fire / Grand Theatre, We Are Proud to Present… / Theatre Centre) Ellie Ellwand (The Nails / Summerworks, National Theatre School Class of 2017) and Charlie Gould as Kate (Richard III / Shakespeare in the Ruff, The Tempest / Theatre Calgary/Shakespeare by the Bow).Ellie Moon’s playwriting debut, Asking For It, opened Crow’s Theatre and Nightwood Theatre’s 2017/18 seasons, produced independently by In Association. Asking For It sold out its run and was called “a sly, intelligent piece of documentary theatre” (Globe & Mail), “timely, personal and riveting” (NOW), and “a vital piece of theatre” (Intermission). Ellie is Tarragon Theatre’s Bulmash-Siegal playwright-in-residence, as well as a Dora-nominated actor, appearing next in A Doll’s House, Part 2 at Montreal’s Segal Centre in November 2018.last_img read more

Provincial Council member DV Upul arrested

The Colombo Chief Magistrate had later issued an order preventing D V Upul from leaving the country till investigations over his alleged comments are over. (Colombo Gazette) Upul had reportedly said that if former President Mahinda Rajapaksa returns to power the public must attack the FCID.The Southern Provincial Council member however denied making the comments. The police Criminal Investigations Department (CID) has arrested Southern Provincial Council member D V Upul, the police media unit said.Earlier today the CID recorded a statement from Upul over an alleged threat he had made to the Financial Crime Investigation Division (FCID).

Jayalalithaa writes to Modi over belligerent actions of Sri Lankan navy

Jayalithaa added that Centre’s inadequate response to incidents of apprehension and detention of Tamil Nadu fishermen has emboldened the Sri Lankan Navy. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, Monday, wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi requesting him to register India’s objection to the harassment of Indian fisherman by Sri Lankan Navy.The Tamil Nadu Chief Minister requested Prime Minister Modi to put in place a strong diplomatic response registering India’s disapproval of belligerent actions of Sri Lankan Navy, Zee News reported She requested PM Modi to direct the Ministry of External Affairs to secure the immediate release of 96 Indian fishermen and 82 fishing boats. The Tamil Nadu government’s letter to the Centre comes two days after fishermen belonging to the coastal hamlets in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry threatened to boycott the May 16 Assembly polls if the Centre does not initiate steps for the release of fishermen arrested by Sri Lanka and also their boats before April 15.Talking to reporters, Fishermen’s Association President Rajendran said in 2015 alone, about 70 fishermen belonging to various parts of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry have been arrested by Sri Lanka on the charge of fishing in the island nation’s waters.He said about 90 fishing boats owned by the fishermen have also been seized by the Sri Lankan authorities last year. The boats were valued between Indian Rs. 5 lakh to 30 lakh each depending on its size, he said. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Strategic Insurance Brokers awarded major national reinsurance

The CAPC was wrongly misinformed and disregarded the fact that Strategic Insurance Brokers offered the most responsive bid and that the intent to offer  was to an overseas company not even a registered broker accredited with the Insurance Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka.Colombo District Court Judge Sujeewa Nishanka issued an interim injunction essentially forbidding any foreign company that is not registered as a company, or as insurance broker, from offering any insurance related services in the country. The complainant in this case, Strategic Insurance Brokers (Sib) sought the order against an overseas company J B Boda and Co from holding itself out as an insurance broker.Romesh de Silva, PC Chanaka de Silva appearing for the complainant Sib, in his submissions before court stated that the defendant Company had been making bids for major tenders on insurance related matters. The plaint filed states that the defendant is been awarded tenders illegitimately by state statutory bodies such as the National Insurance Trust Fund. Meanwhile Indrajith Fernando Director Sib revealed that  National Insurance procurement programs have had to be renewed  as at 1st January 2018 and have not been extended after expiry, due to what can only be called irresponsible behavior, and the malefide attempt by officials to award tenders to illegitimate Overseas companies. Though Sib as the incumbent leader had offered lower premiums with almost the same panel of underwriters, the intent for new awards were to be made  at excessive exorbitant premiums to the overseas companies,  he stated. The Line Ministry namely The Ministry of National Policies and Economic Affairs, vigilant to these unauthorized activities, had requested the local brokering company Sib Insurance Brokers to avail themselves of their right to appeal.The National Procurement Guidelines exist for just such purposes to prevent companies being given awards pending appeal, with alleged fraud and corruption when tenders are granted at excessive premiums compared to the bids offered by the competition, Fernando added.Industry sources added that if foreign companies are appointed to take up national reinsurance brokering assignments, it leads to corruption as amply demonstrated in this instant, as there is zero accountability regarding these companies’ operations, as the legislation with regard to insurance regulation  suggests. Strategic Insurance Brokers has offered the best premiums and the most responsive bids for national programs on the past several years and on the last two occasions  with regards to this retrocession program that covers all catastrophic and all risks of all insurance companies in Sri Lanka, and is the incumbent broker.Among other things Sib offered the best terms given by the best panel of reinsurance companies in the international market. The cover among other things indemnifies against natural calamities which is a very important national issue since the 2004 Tsunami and 2016 flood calamities etc.The successful company SIB’s Reinsurance Business is ably supported by a majority of the world’s leading underwriters and International brokers including Brokers at Lloyds, thus demonstrating a greater success in all the business placed by them in Sri Lanka. More importantly and significantly, in all the tenders of the NITF, for instance,  their bids contained the best terms and were the most competitive. This is mainly due to the skills and due diligence practiced  by them, along with carefully selected international partners and leading brokers in their respective regions. This decision of the PAB comes close on the heels of the District  Court of Colombo making interim injunction that the overseas illegitimate company which  was presented with an  intent to award on the above program by the NITF,  is not entitled to and cannot hold themselves out as an insurance brokeror  function as a reinsurance broker in Sri Lanka. This order was made subsequent to an initial enjoining  order issued earlier this year. The Presidential Appeals Board (PAB) on procurements made recommendations to award the Retrocession Program to cover 30% Compulsory Reinsurance Cession for the Period from 1st January 2018 to 31st December 2018,to Strategic  Insurance Brokers, overturning  the earlier decision by the Cabinet Approved Procurement Committee (CAPC).This award was conveyed to the Cabinet, which has approved the recommendation by the PAB and sent word on the award of the tender to Strategic Insurancebrokers (Sib), to the National Insurance Trust Fund, the Procurement entity (NITF). Section 79 of the Regulation of the Insurance Industry Act, No. 43 of 2000 (as amended) provides that; “No  person  shall  act  or  hold  itself  out as  an  insurance  broker  unless such person is a holder of a certificate of registration as a broker granted by the Board and is a member of an Association of Insurance Brokers approved by the Board.”In Section 114 “broker” means the placing of insurance business for or on behalf of an insurer, for insurance or reinsurance, with an insurer or reinsurer. (Colombo Gazette) The PAB decision establishes incontrovertibly that  Strategic Insurance Brokers bid for the above retrocession  program was the best and the most competitive, and most responsive bid. The PAB overturned the decision of the CAPC affirming Sib’s position that the recent decision not to make the award in the program to Sib was arbitrary, capricious,and “tantamount to constructive fraud and corruption. read more

Urgent action needed to avoid war alleviate suffering in Gaza – UN

“In this Chamber, Council members have often spoken of the need to prevent war; and the Secretary-General has put preventive diplomacy at the heart of his agenda. It is time for our words to be tested in Gaza,” Nickolay Mladenov, Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process told the Council by video teleconference from Jerusalem. He reiterated his call for the Council to condemn “in the strongest possible terms” the actions that have cost so many lives in Gaza, especially the deaths and injuries caused by live-fire from Israeli forces along the border fence.With at least 60 protesters of all ages confirmed dead from the violence of 14 May, “the number continues to climb” he said, and he cited UN figures reporting 76 Palestinians killed by Israel Defence Forces during the past month, and more than 3,000 injured. He said Israel had a responsibility to not use lethal force “except as a last resort” and “investigate every incident that has led to a loss of human life”. Mr. Mladenov also told the Council that the militant group Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, “must not use the protests as cover to place bombs and the fence and create provocations.” The Special Coordinator welcomed Egypt’s move to open the border crossing at Rafah throughout the month of Ramadan and hoped that the security situation would allow regular movement. He also acknowledged Israel’s recent efforts to ensure the delivery of goods to Gaza, despite the serious damage done at the Kerem Shalom crossing by protesters in recent weeks.It is time for our words to be tested in Gaza  Nickolay Mladenov, Special CoordinatorTurning to the humanitarian situation, the UN envoy pointed out that Gaza’s electricity, water networks and health system “teeters on the verge of total collapse”. He detailed four proposals to address the situation, namely prioritizing agreed-upon infrastructure projects via an established liaison committee; the adoption of fast-track approach to speed up implementation; coordinate with the Palestinian Authority, Israel and Egypt to overcome blockages; and the upholding of the 2014 ceasefire.The UN envoy explained that these would strengthen “the unification of Gaza and the West Bank under a single, democratic and legitimate Palestinian authority in line with the Quartet Principles; and an end to the occupation and resolution of the wider Israeli-Palestinian conflict.”Recent developmentsConcerning the decision by some countries – including the United States – to relocate their embassies from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, Mr. Mladenov said: “Given its importance to Jews, Christians and Muslims, Jerusalem is a highly sensitive and charged issue for millions,” and “upholding the status quo at the Holy Sites remains critical for peace and stability.” He reiterated the UN’s position that “Jerusalem is a final status issue that must be resolved through negotiations between the parties.” In closing, the Special Coordinator said that the office of the Middle East Quartet – established by the UN, the European Union, the United States, and Russia – remained a key forum for resolving the conflict, including within the broader regional context.“We must continue to work together,” he stated, adding that there was no alternative other than on the basis of two States, “for achieving a peaceful future for all the people of this troubled land.” read more

CV manufacturing dips in March but seventh month of export growth keeps

UK commercial vehicle manufacturing slipped in March, as a surge in demand from overseas customers just failed to counteract a drop in production for the domestic market, according to figures published by SMMT. 8,041 units were produced in the month, down -4.3% year-on-year. The performance comes on the back of very high levels of demand among UK operators in 2015 and 2016 as fleet renewal patterns adjusted to regulatory changes.While output for the UK market fell by -18.4% in March, production for export grew 7.8% – the seventh consecutive month of growth.1 Meanwhile, in the first quarter of 2017 the number of CVs shipped to overseas markets rose by 21.2%, helping keep overall production volumes strong, down just -0.7% on the previous year. Exports now account for 64.3% of all UK CV production, the highest level for seven years.2Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said,Despite the expected fall in domestic demand following extremely high levels of growth in the previous two years, UK CV production remains positive and continuing growth in overseas demand highlights the quality and competitiveness of our products. With some 90% of CV exports destined for the EU, we urge government to strive to deliver a free trade deal that will maintain that competitiveness and secure this industry’s future success.Notes1 UK CV exports have grown every month since August 20162 In Q1 2010, exports accounted for 72.3% of UK CV production outputClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) UK commercial vehicle (CV) production slips -4.3% in March to 8,041 units.Exports rise for seventh consecutive month, with vehicles shipped overseas up 7.8% to 4,855 units.Q1 performance stable, down marginally by -0.7% as export demand grows 21.2% to account for two thirds of production volumes. read more

James Passes Jordan to Become AllTime Playoff Scoring Leader

The Cleveland Cavaliers pose with their trophy after winning Game 5 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals  (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)BOSTON (AP) — The NBA Finals has its first “three-match,” courtesy of the King who passed His Airness.LeBron James scored 35 points and passed Michael Jordan to become the NBA’s all-time playoff scoring leader as the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Boston Celtics 135-102 on Thursday night to claim their third straight Eastern Conference title and another trip to the NBA Finals to meet the Golden State Warriors.Kyrie Irving added 24 points and Kevin Love finished with 15 for the Cavs, who never trailed and led by as many as 39 points in one of their most dominating wins of the series. The Cavs set an NBA record by winning their 13th consecutive series closeout opportunity.Cleveland’s 4-1 series win gives it a 12-1 record this postseason and sets up a third consecutive matchup with Western Conference champion Golden State, the team it beat in the Finals last season to claim the franchise’s first championship.“I wear the number because of Mike,” James said. “I think I fell in love with the game because of Mike, just because of what he was able to accomplish. When you’re watching Michael Jordan, it’s almost like a god. So, I didn’t think I could be Mike.”It will mark the seventh straight trip to the Finals for James, who hit a 3-pointer late in in the third quarter to nudge past Jordan on the playoff scoring list. He quickly flashed one finger as he backpedaled down the court.In the postgame trophy presentation backstage, James spent most of it lingering in the background as his teammates celebrated.But there’s no denying that his accolades are putting him in the orbit of Jordan, his boyhood idol.“The biggest thing is I did it just being me, I don’t have to score the ball to make an impact on the basketball game,” James said. “That was my mindset. If I’m not scoring the ball, how can I still make an impact on the game?”As much as this series was about James, Irving helped turn the tide of the series with a 42-point effort in Game 4. But he said both he and his teammates continue to be inspired by their leader.“He’s been the driving force, this entire playoff run, and all of us have just helped us along the way,” Irving said.Coach Tyronn Lue said they’ve gotten tighter this season.“This team is a crazy team. They just stayed resilient all year, got to the playoffs, and we really stepped our game up,” he said. “Now, we can start focusing on Golden State to get ready. As of tonight, I’ll get started.”Avery Bradley led Boston with 23 points.The Cavaliers basically conceded the East’s top seed to the Celtics at the end of the regular season by opting to rest their starters in advance of the playoffs. But they displayed their superiority over the final two games to wrap up the series.After allowing the Celtics to seize the early momentum in Game 4, the Cavs barely gave them a chance in Game 5.Led by its Big Three, Cleveland quickly built a 21-point lead in the first quarter, while getting lots of contributions from their teammates.Love continued to knock down shots from the outside, Irving sliced his way into the lane to the rim and James got free for several of his one-handed tomahawk dunks.It was a very welcome sight in Irving’s case, after he rolled his left ankle in the third quarter of Cleveland’s Game 4 win. He showed no signs of lingering issues, though, beating several defenders off the dribble and handing out seven assists.Meanwhile, J.R. Smith and Kyle Korver helped spread out Boston’s defenders by connecting on several wide-open scoring opportunities.Deron Williams, who had been quiet for most of the series, also got in on the act with a series-best 14 points for Cleveland.TIP-INSCavaliers: James has scored 30 or more points in 11 of Cleveland’s 13 games this postseason. … Improved to 36-5 against Eastern Conference opponents in the playoffs since 2015. … The 43 points Cleveland scored in the first quarter set a team postseason record for a quarter.Celtics: Never led at home in the series. … Finished the playoffs having made at least 10 3-pointers in 16 of their 18 games. … Held a pregame moment of silence for the victims of the Manchester bombing.MAKING PROGRESSThe Celtics did their best to keep up, but the consistent outside shooting, bench scoring and defense they relied on to stun Cleveland in Game 3 wasn’t there Thursday night.Celtics coach Brad Stevens said though he’s disappointed with how the season ended, he’s encouraged that no one in Boston’s locker room is satisfied just making it to the conference finals.“I told our guys, ‘We made a lot of great strides, but this pain is part of the path to what we ultimately want to be,’” he said.SHOWING SUPPORTInjured Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas was in attendance Thursday night and gathered with his teammates in a huddle before they took the court for pregame warmups.The two-time All-Star was sidelined in Game 2 after aggravating a hip injury. read more

Acer Iconia Tab A500 Android 30 tablet 39999 with free 100 gift

first_imgThe tablet wars are alive and well as more manufacturers come out with their second generation devices, many running the tablet-specific Android 3.0 operating system that was once exclusive to Motorola’s Xoom. Acer’s Iconia Tab A500 is one of the newer devices, offering all the top of the line specs you’ve come to expect in a larger 10.1-inch chassis.Within the larger tablet maker battles, there is also a battle for processor supremacy. Qualcomm, Texas Instruments, NVIDIA, and to a smaller extent Samsung are all vying for the coveted processor spot in many of today’s tablets and smartphones. NVIDIA won the spot in Acer’s tablet, along with a number of other models, sporting its popular Tegra 2 dual core chip running at 1GHz. The GeForce graphics are stout enough to handle any gaming duties you might want to take up on the Iconia Tab, which should come across crisp and clear on the 10.1-inch 1280×800 display.A full gigabyte of RAM is included to ensure a smooth user experience and no performance issues while multitasking like a boss. 16GB of storage is built-in, but you can grow that as needed via the integrated microSD slot. Dual facing webcams let you snap photos and video conference at your leisure, while Bluetooth and 802.11n WiFi round out the connectivity options.Normally this high end tablet costs $449, but TigerDirect is offering it for a competitive $399 and tossing in a fat $100 store gift card. Maybe you want to snatch up the Acer Bluetooth keyboard and other goodies for your tablet, or just take $100 off another planned gadget purchase of yours. Either way, this is the best deal we have seen on Acer’s Android tablet by over $77, including the gift card.Visit LogicBuy to save on the Acer Iconia Tab A500last_img read more

Critical Consultation launched by Govt for Immigration Status laws

first_img Canadian company hired to upgrade immigration system Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp TCI Residents not affected by US ESTA Notice Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 12 Aug 2015 – A magnanimous helping of documentation has been released into the public domain as a slew of ideas for the Turks and Caicos Islander Status and Immigration Bills make their way to the House of Assembly. Government yesterday revealed that from August 7 to September 4 is assigned as the public consultation period for the two bills which aim to among other things formalize the pathway to TCI citizenship. Residents are strongly encouraged to be engaged as we review the consultations papers for both bills, the bills themselves, studies and reviews conducted by groups including the former Consultative Forum and the Constitutional Review Commission and included in the package is an electronic version of the TCI Constitution. It will make for some serious investment in reading time, but as immigration and Belonger status issues are among the most contentious in the nation; government leaders expect us all to get involved. It was in June that the PDM Party explained to media that they took exception to the presentation of the Immigration Bill in the House of Assembly before, because it lacked a sensible consultation process – in their view – and was limited to electronic contributions only. While it is not completely clear that this has changed; it does appear that there will be opportunity for both e-mailed and face to face encounters on the two bills. Magnetic Media has posted the entire set at our website, look for it at MagneticMediaTV.com. Related Items:immigration, status, turks and islander status Mainly Haitians flock to TCI Immigration after D-Daylast_img read more

Habitat for Humanity home in Miami blessed in popes honor

first_imgHonored to have Auxiliary Bishop Baldacchino join us at the Pope Francis House and provide a blessing over the… https://t.co/gjrIx2xvyd— Hab4Humanity Miami (@HabitatMiami) August 27, 2016This will be the second house built by the group in honor of the pontiff’s “Year of Mercy.” Pope Francis said the occasion concerns Catholics gathering to “practice what you preach.”The home should be completed in November.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. MIAMI (WSVN) – A South Florida home received a special blessing, Saturday, in honor of Pope Francis.The Archdiocese of Miami and Habitat for Humanity teamed up to begin construction of a home in Miami. Miami Auxiliary Bishop Peter Baldacchino was on hand to make a special blessing for the volunteers and the home.last_img read more

Officials warn Kendall area residents about rabid raccoon

first_imgOfficials said all pets should be vaccinated against rabies, and all wildlife contact should be avoided, particularly with raccoons, bats, foxes, skunks, otters, bobcats and coyotes, according to FDOH.The alert has been issued from Southwest 88th Street down to 95th Street, and from Southwest 107th Avenue across to 117th Avenue.The FDOH urged residents not to feed stray animals and to call animal services if they see any stray animals. The number for animal services is 311.If a pet has been bitten, officials urge owners to bring it to the veterinarian immediately.For more information, click here.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – The Florida Department of Health issued a rabies alert for the Kendall area, Wednesday, after a raccoon tested positive on Tuesday.The raccoon is the first confirmed rabid animal of 2017, and the first rabid raccoon identified since 2001, according to the FDOH in Miami-Dade.Dr. Alvaro Mejia-Echeverry of the FDOH warned the community of the dangers of rabies. “Rabies is a deadly disease, like, 100 percent lethal disease,” he said. “Basically, it’s important that the community knows that because other raccoons and other wildlife, domestic animals and even people may have been exposed.”The department is working with Miami-Dade Animal Services to identify any individuals who might have been exposed to the animal.Many Kendall residents, like Maria Patino, said they are worried. “There was a raccoon that was found around here with rabies,” she said. “Watch out.”“I’m a little surprised,” said another resident. “I haven’t heard that before around here.”The alert is for 60 days, the FDOH said. last_img read more

Hunter Hayes releases Wild Blue Part I his first album in 5

first_img(WSVN) – Country singer and songwriter Hunter Hayes released a surprise album on Friday.“Wild Blue, Part I” is the artist’s third album, but the first in the last five years.Hayes said the entire album was recorded at his home in Nashville, and the songs came from his heartbreak and healing.The singer said he plans to release a part two of the album, but the release date has yet to be announced.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Increased Demands Prompt Air Force Search for a Few Good Airmen

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR In recent months, Air Force leaders have indicated that the combination of a high level of demand for operations overseas and the service’s aging fleet will require the Air Force to add roughly 10,000 active-duty airmen or more by Oct. 1, 2017.The service’s active-duty end strength is slated to rise from 311,600 currently to 317,000 by this October. And while officials did not include funds for further growth in the Air Force’s fiscal 2017 budget request, Secretary Deborah Lee James has signaled her intention to use her authority to add up to 6,340 personnel next year, reported Air Force Times.“In reality, I think that mission demands will indicate that we need even more growth [than 317,000] in FY ‘17,” James said during her keynote address at an Air Force Association symposium last month. “We have been downsizing for a long time in our Air Force, and this simply must stop. It is stopping. And now, we’re in an era of a modest upsize.”If she opts to expand the service’s end strength in FY 2017, James said the service would target fields including intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, cyber, maintenance and battlefield airmen. This year’s expansion will bolster those same fields, according to the story.Growing those critical specialties will not be easy, and will require officials to identify a source of funding and qualified people to fill those jobs. James said the Air Force plans to ramp up its recruiting and training efforts to handle the potential influx of new airmen.“After 20-some years of downsizing in our Air Force, in order to now grow modestly, we need to infuse resources into both the recruiting corps and into the technical training base, so that we can go out and attract the right kind of talent and then get them trained in the appropriate skills,” James said.Other strategies the Air Force is employing include offering incentives to retain experienced airmen, allowing more personnel from the reserve components to move into active duty and increasing opportunities for airmen to retrain into high-priority jobs.last_img read more

Zendaya Took 300 Students To See Black Panther Last Weekend

first_img Facebook Twitter The 21-year-old actress and singer joined the ranks of artists and celebrities who have put money up so schoolchildren from their hometowns could attend free screenings of the blockbuster filmBrian HaackGRAMMYs Feb 26, 2018 – 12:43 pm Multi-talented actress/singer and The Greatest Showman star Zendaya joined together with progressive activist and entrepreneur Michael Skolnik to take over 300 schoolchildren from her hometown of Oakland, Calif., to see a special screening of Black Panther.Zendaya is just the latest celebrity to put together a free screening of Black Panther for members of her community, following on the heels of GRAMMY winners Kendrick Lamar and Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith, who bought out five showings at three cinemas in Los Angeles so children living in the city’s Watts housing projects could view the film during its opening weekend.  Meanwhile, rapper/singer Travis Scott rented out two theaters in Stafford, Texas, so local kids could attend the movie for free.Atlanta rappers Big Boi and T.I.  were also onboard, with T.I. partnering with Walmart to give out 300 free tickets to a local Black Panther premiere screening, and Big Boi arranging for patients housed in hospice care to also see the film for free. Zendaya Took 300 Students To See ‘Black Panther’ Last Weekend Email center_img Zendaya Took 300 Students To See ‘Black Panther’ zendaya-took-300-students-see-black-panther-last-weekend News For her own part, Zendaya has also promised on Twitter that she plans to set up additional free screenings for director Ava DuVernay’s forthcoming adaptation of Madeline L’Engle’s classic fantasy novel A Wrinkle In Time, set for release on Mar. 9. DuVernay has said she hopes her film will help spread a positive message amid a national sentiment of “darkness and division.”Black Panther’s director Ryan Coogler has also released a statement in response to the overwhelmingly positive response the film has received, saying, “Never in a million years did we imagine that you all would come out this strong… For the people who bought out theaters, … And to the young ones, who came out with their parents, with their mentors, and with their friends…Thank you for giving our team of filmmakers the greatest gift: The opportunity to share this film, that we poured our hearts and souls into, with you.”Getting The Latest Music News Just Got Easier. Introducing: GRAMMY Bot. Find it On KIK and Facebook MessengerRead morelast_img read more

Women Return to Protest

first_imgLeaders of the Women’s March, which attracted millions of protestors after the presidential inauguration in Jan., organized another march to combat the National Rifle Association (NRA) and the Department of Justice (DOJ). On July 14, hundreds of protestors gathered at the headquarters of the NRA to protest an advertisement which activists called divisive and aimed against minority and progressive groups. Then, on July 15, activists held a vigil and rally at the DOJ.On July 14 and 15, protesters stood against the Department of Justice and the National Rifle Association in protest of countless deaths from gun violence. (Insert) Tamika Mallory speaks to marches on July 14. (Photos by Lauryn Hill)The March included an 18.6 mile trek from the NRA headquarters in Fairfax, Va. to the Department of Justice in D.C.Tamika Mallory, co-president of the Women’s March, told protesters if the NRA believes no one will fight for human rights, then women will. “Guess who’s going to lead it? We are,” Mallory said during her speech before the group marched to the DOJ.”The women are leading the fight against the bigotry and hypocrisy against the NRA.”Mallory was joined by other leaders who helped organize the Women’s March including, co-President Bob Bland, Treasurer Carmen Perez, and Assistant Treasurer Linda Sarsour.Adriana Dominguez marched the entire way. She described how her body was sweating a lot of the water she constantly consumed. Dominguez, 22, said the afternoon storm brought relief from the high temperature for marches.“[Organization Leaders] wanted us to take a bus to meet up with some of the other people who went ahead, but we were like no. We are going to march every single mile of this thing,” Dominguez told the AFRO. “And we finished it. We caught up with them.”The march primarily sparked from the acquittal of former Officer Jeronimo Yanez, the policeman who fatally shot Philando Castile in Minnesota in 2016, and an NRA ad which featured conservative television host Dana Leosch. The ad, which was released on June 29, seemed to address left-wing protestors by showing clips of looters and vandals destroying property during a protest that was unnamed.Mallory slammed the ad by issuing an open letter to NRA’s CEO, Wayne LaPierre. Mallory called on the NRA to remove the ad and apologize for the “recent irresponsible and dangerous propaganda videos” which she said she sees as “a direct attack on people of color, progressives, and anyone who exercises their First Amendment right to protest.”On July 14 and 15, protesters stood against the Department of Justice and the National Rifle Association in protest of countless deaths from gun violence. (Insert) Tamika Mallory speaks to marches on July 14. (Photos by Lauryn Hill)Mallory also called on the NRA to defend Philando Castile’s Second Amendment right and to demand that the DOJ indict Yanez for Castile’s murder.According to media outlets, NRA commentator Grant Stinchfield, personally addressed Mallory in another ad, telling her to “get over it, and grow up.”Castile’s mother, Valerie Castile, did not attend the rally, but provided a written statement that was read by civil rights lawyer, Nekima Levy-Pounds. The letter expressed her outrage with the NRA’s reluctance to release a formal statement on behalf of Castile’s Second Amendment rights. “I want Black men who have a license to carry, to be treated the same way, that a White man would be treated,” the lawyer read to the crowd on June 14. “The NRA should be ashamed of themselves for waiting a whole damn year to issue a statement about my son . . . my son followed all of the rules.”Jennifer Adu, 29, who lives in Fairfax, Va., said she believes in her Second Amendment right but knows many people have abused it. “People have used it in the wrong ways and they have taken the right and transformed it for their own agendas to do things that aren’t fair,” she told the AFRO. Adu mentioned that some police are among the people who have abused this right and she said she hoped the NRA would remove the ad from their website.Other protestors who saw the NRA ad said they were caught off-guard and felt unsafe by the statements spoken by Leosch. Maribel Pizarro, who is from Miami, said she was “taken aback” upon seeing the NRA ad. “I was immediately defensive when I saw the video mainly because it incites a second civil war,” Pizarro told the AFRO. “Without directly calling people out by names, they called out groups, and to me that’s just so much worse, because now you’re not just attacking an individual, you’re attacking a society, a culture, a community.”Pizarro, 38, was accompanied by Alberta Jean, who was there to show her support for her Black son. “Whenever he goes out the house, it’s a concern,” Jean, 43, told the AFRO. “And I don’t want to have to continue living like this. We shouldn’t be living in America, and be scared that our sons are going to get killed.”Mallory, who has an 18-year-old son, said she hopes her son and other Black and Brown men and boys “get the message that someone cares.”“It’s important against all the hate that we see out of the country, the amount of times they see that Black lives don’t matter to many people, that they also see the resistance; that there are people of all views on the other side of the conservation telling them that their lives do matter, that they count, and that we are prepared to put our lives on the line in order for them to live in what we believe is one day going to be the beloved community of this country,” Mallory told reporters.last_img read more

The film theory

first_imgAt the closing ceremony national award winning director Tigmanshu Dhulia addressed the event at NDMC Convention Centre, Connaught Place.On the occasion, Sanjay Maharaj, actors Gagan Malik and N.G. Perera of the film Siddharth Gautama with Ariel Cohen, director of closing film, Take Mama were present and witnessed the event.The seven days long festival not only showcased films but also gave a platform to creative people. The festival celebrated the success of world cinema with other competitions like ‘Face of the year’, ‘Best  Singer’, ‘Best Painter’, ‘Best Poet’ and ‘Best Sculpture’ and also rewarded for ‘Best Feature Film’, ‘Best Documentary’, ‘Best Story’, ‘Best screenplay’ & ‘Best Short Film’.  174 Films from 39 countries around the world were showcased during the festival.Indian Documentaries like Women Prayed and preyed upon and The River with some other short films from other countries like, Aab, Magnetism, Please Forgive me were a part of the elaborate line-up.last_img read more

India can become engine of global economic growth

first_imgIndia has the potential, resources and talent to become the engine of global economic growth. Anil Agarwal, Chairman, Vedanta Group, stated that India’s potential of attracting investment worth $100 billion is a great opportunity to create value for its people. Vedanta, India’s only diversified natural resources company, is participating at the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit 2015, held on Friday and tomorrow. While attending the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit, Agarwal said, “I am confident it will emerge as a global investment destination and an easier place to do business.” Also Read – Punjab & Sind Bank cuts MCLR by up to 20 basis points The Indian government needs to take a broader perspective of its policies and reduce process time to ensure a faster and transparent decision. Stressing for higher extraction of natural resources in the country, Agarwal, while commending Honourable Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ambitious ‘Make In India’ mission, suggested that it needs to be supported by ‘Find In India’ and ‘Mine in India’, thus skilling the youth and creating thousands of SME’s and create job opportunities. Vedanta has created value for all the stakeholders, including the Union Government, and has produced tremendous job opportunities across the natural resources value chain. It is Agarwal’s dream for Vedanta to be India’s flagship and world class diversified natural resources company which represents the country on the global map. Also Read – ‘The great gold bull market has begun’Agarwal is committed towards poverty eradication and making India a self-sufficient economy. He believes that for every young individual to truly become an active participant in India’s economic growth the tripartite network of government, academia and industry is crucial. It will engage, enable and empower these bright minds thus boosting not just employability but also enterprise.Today India looks poised to grow at over 7.5%. While, it is a robust rate, Anil Agarwal is confident that it can achieve double-digit growth. The nation’s billion plus population houses over 600 million women. 50% of its total population is between the ages of 0-25, which makes India one of the youngest nations globally. Such demographic wealth is unmatched. But it can only be tapped when its youth are educated, when its women are empowered.last_img read more

Colin Vegas believes in Lonzo Ball Video

first_imgThe NBA season win total over/unders have been released and the Lakers’ total was set at 36.5, which is a considerable bump from the 26 games they won last season.Colin thinks this proves Vegas is a believer in Lonzo Ball, since he’s the biggest addition to a team that will only field around a $30 million payroll, and is more interested in setting themselves up to aggressively pursue free agents in the 2018 offseason, than winning next year.Any improvement in L.A. this year will have to come from the impact Ball has running the show. Whether the Lakers win more or less than 36.5 is less important that the number was set that high to begin with.Is Ball, alone, worth 10 games? Vegas thinks so, give or take, and they didn’t build all of those casinos by being wrong.“That is a bet on Lonzo Ball.”The Lakers aren’t winning 37+ games this season. pic.twitter.com/WeJIMPNzpp— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) July 6, 2017last_img read more

The NIH Launches Its Ambitious MillionPerson Genetic Survey

first_imgEncrypt your DNA to protect your genetic privacy Or just solve the whole thing with the blockchain It’s spring and privacy concerns are in the air. Between the recent revelations that Facebook let Cambridge Analytica capture data from 87 million of its users to be improperly used to influence the US presidential election, and news that California investigators cracked the long-cold case of the Golden State Killer by running a genetic profile collected from crime scene DNA through a public genealogy website, people are feeling a bit…spooked.So it’s kind of a weird time to be asking a million people to voluntarily hand over decades of health records, along with dozens of test tubes filled with blood and urine (which of course, contain DNA). But that’s exactly what the National Institutes of Health is doing today.After more than three years of planning and piloting, the federal research organization is finally rolling out the massive precision health initiative President Obama first announced in 2015. Now renamed All of Us, the ambitious project aims to compile detailed health data from a representative sample of one million Americans so scientists can better understand the mechanisms of disease and move more quickly toward personalized treatments. Starting May 6, anyone over the age of 18 living in the US can enroll in this Grandest of Experiments and donate their data to the greater good.So far, 45,000 people have already started the process. In May of 2017 All of Us began a beta phase, bringing its recruitment sites online one by one and making sure the systems were running smoothly. It’s got a lot of data to sync up—electronic health records, surveys about participants’ behaviors and environments, and eventually genetic reports and information from wearable fitness devices. Anyone will be able to access information from the project, but the levels of access will be tiered. General queries about the overall demographics of the All of Us cohort—data with a low risk of reidentification—will be open to the public. More sensitive data will be under tighter controls—some will be available to citizen scientists partnering with research organizations, and some will be only available to researchers with training in human subject studies who’ve taken an oath not to match up deidentified health data with names, addresses, and social security numbers.That research portal will launch sometime in the first half of 2019. Researchers can expect to have access to most of the common computational tools already in wide use by the biomedical field, but they won’t be able to download any data to their own systems.That safeguard will be combined with end-to-end encryption and certificates of confidentiality to keep people’s information safe. Those certificates prohibit the NIH and its partner organizations from sharing any data with law enforcement, or any other federal, state, or local government agencies. One last additional protection: If that information were to somehow be illegally obtained, through a hack or some other breach, it would be inadmissible in court. Congress had All of Us in mind when they signed those protections into law in 2016 with the 21st Century Cures Act, but the same safeguards extend to all federally funded human health research. Building out the infrastructure necessary to collect so much data on such a huge cohort has taken time and some serious cash. Last year alone, the All of Us budget was $230 million. For the full project, which will run for a decade, Congress has authorized a whopping $1.455 billion. In addition to the 298 enrollment sites NIH hopes to launch by the end of this year (120 are online so far), that money will go toward a national biobank, run by the Mayo Clinic, where 35 blood and urine samples from each participant will one day be stored. To prepare for the national launch, Mayo doubled the size of its 35,000-square-foot facility in Minnesota and expanded a smaller bank in Florida, as a backup site to protect samples from any localized natural disasters.center_img After news of the Golden State Killer broke, Dishman sent a note to All of Us partners tasked with doing outreach for enrollment, reminding them of the the security measures the project is implementing. Of course, there are other ways personal health data could be abused if it were accessed by the wrong parties. A stolen medical identity can be used to falsify insurance claims, fraudulently acquire Medicare or Medicaid, or obtain prescriptions to opioids. While there isn’t currently much of a black market for genetic data, emerging technologies may create them in the future. And unlike a credit card number, you can’t change your DNA.But the former Intel exec is clear-eyed about the risks he’s asking people to take. “Compared to most studies we are giving people a lot more information during the consent process about what they’re signing up for,” he says. “It might scare some people off, but it’s the right thing to do. That’s one of the ways you build trust. If we lose that trust then we lose the viability of the program.”And it’s important to keep the potential benefits in perspective. Every day you give away data to Google and Facebook and Apple, and all you get are more ads trying to sell you stuff you don’t need. All of Us is offering something you might actually want: a future where when you get sick treatments will be available that are tailored to work just for you—but where hackers and identity thieves don’t have access to that priceless information at all.Precision Medicine, Locked Down Tight Those samples contain the DNA that researchers will sequence, and in a rare first for a research project of this magnitude, they will also return the results to participants. But none of this will happen right away. The first sequencing will begin later this year, beginning with a small, 20,000 person pilot. Before everyone else can get the same treatment, someone has got to build a lot more sequencing machines. “There’s not enough capacity in the US to even begin to do a million people,” says Eric Dishman, director of All of Us. In addition to genotyping—the technique companies like 23andMe uses to create its limited health reports—All of Us will also be doing whole genome sequencing, which requires much more machinery. “It’d be like saying, “Hey, let’s all take a high speed train trip across the US. There just aren’t enough of them right now to do that.”To handle the digital architecture, Dishman built a team made up of folks from Vanderbilt, the Broad Institute, and Verily—Alphabet’s life science subsidiary. They’re creating a data and research support center to collect, curate, and store participants’ information in a secure cloud environment. They’re also building analytical tools to help researchers comb through the data, looking for connections that could lead to new discoveries. And watch out for insecure medical devices!last_img read more