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first_imgJoel Klatt compares the CFP committee to Enron. So you can say he’s going scorched earth again. This is amazing. “100 percent they’re anti-Big 12.” Preach, Joel. He actually makes some really good points about the age of the committee, up tempo offenses and teams like Ole Miss moving up without even playing. “I think the (CFP) committee is basically cooking the books like Enron” – @joelklatt brings it. #TheHerd— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) November 18, 2015 If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

first_img India Today Web Desk MumbaiMarch 10, 2019UPDATED: March 11, 2019 11:05 IST Aaradhya Bachchan with her parents Aishwarya and Abhishek. Photo: Yogen ShahAaradhya Bachchan arrived at Akash Ambani and Shloka Mehta’s wedding bash looking as stunning as her mother Aishwarya Rai Bachchan.Akash Ambani and Shloka Mehta are capping off their wedding festivities with a grand bash today and a reception party tomorrow. The festivities today are taking place at the Jio World Centre in Mumbai.While the media is capturing every star arriving at the celebration, Aaradhya was the one who caught everyone’s attention with her cute shenanigans.The Bachchan daughter was caught rolling her eyes while posing with her parents. Aaradhya’s video from the wedding bash has gone viral on social media and is making netizens fall in love with her.Watch the video here:Both Aishwarya and Abhishek looked adorable at the party. While Aishwarya wore a pink anarkali, Abhishek opted for a black tux for the bash.LIVE UPDATES: AKASH AMBANI AND SHLOKA MEHTA’S WEDDING PARTYMany celebs, including Juhi Chawla, Kiara Advani, Kiran Rao, Akhshay Kumar and more have also arrived at the event.Akash Ambani and Shloka Mehta tied the knot yesterday in a dreamy wedding ceremony at the Jio World Centre in Bandra-Kurla Complex in Mumbai. The wedding bash saw some of the biggest names from Bollywood, politics, business and sports in attendance.ALSO SEE | Fireworks light up Mumbai sky for Akash Ambani and Shloka Mehta wedding bashadvertisementALSO SEE| What newlyweds Akash Ambani and Shloka Mehta wore for wedding partyALSO SEE | Akash Ambani and Shloka Mehta wedding party in Mumbai: Inside pics from Jio World CentreALSO WATCH | Akash Ambani and Shloka Mehta wedding: Watch what happened at Jio World CentreGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byVibha Maru Tags :Follow Akash AmbaniFollow Shloka MehtaFollow Aishwarya Rai BachchanFollow Aaradhya Bachchan Aaradhya Bachchan rolls her eyes at Akash Ambani wedding bash. Internet dies laughingAaradhya Bachchan’s video from Akash Ambani and Shloka Mehta’s wedding bash is going viral on social media and is making netizens fall in love with her.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

first_img The New Land Rover Defender Is Just as Glorious as We Expected The one-upmanship between Ford and Chevrolet isn’t confined to muscle cars. As vocal as the Mustang and Camaro fan camps can be, the F-150 and Silverado loyalists are equally proud. Last year Ford refreshed its F-150, so it’s only naturally that 2018 will be Chevy’s opportunity to elevate its Silverado.We weren’t expecting details on the 2019 Silverado until January’s Detroit Motor Show, but it looks like the American automaker couldn’t wait to spill the beans. While celebrating its centennial at the Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Chevy surprised everyone with a preview of the all-new Silverado 1500 in Z71 trim.Chevy will hold off until Detroit to share all the specs, but at least we know what to expect from the new Silverado’s design. Unlike the boxy, ultra-wide styling seen on the present Silverado, the new model gains a more distinctive front and rear end, character lines, and window molds. Notched headlights with integrated LED daytime running lights give the new Silverado a more aggressive face while creased door panels make the truck appear leaner. At the back, tall tail lamps sport their own notched style and bookend a “Chevrolet” embossed tailgate.Each of these design cues are made more imposing thanks to the Z71’s large, knobby tires; black accents; bumper-integrated exhaust ports; and lifted frame. Some might start drawing comparisons to the F-150’s styling cues, but we see distinction in the Silverado’s bodywork. Most importantly, the revamped truck looks badass.After making a stink about Ford’s aluminum bodied weaknesses (namely a less durable bed), Chevrolet wasn’t ready to cut weight with that kind of construction. Instead, the company uses mixed materials, including high strength steel in the Silverado’s bed, to reduce mass (how much remains to be seen).At present, the Silverado is only available with a V8, but it’s a certainty that the 2019 model will offer a forced induction six-cylinder with improved fuel economy. Whether this new powertrain will be a mid-level trim like the F-150’s EcoBoost motor or an entry-level designation is anyone’s guess.We’ll be sure to fill in the 2019 Silverado’s blanks as soon as Chevy does in Detroit. The Opus OP15′ Is a Tricked-Out, Off-Road-Ready Travel Trailer The All-New 2020 Corvette Stingray Is a Mid-Engine Supercar for the Everyman Editors’ Recommendations Highland Park Takes Tailgating to Another Levelcenter_img Next A Breakdown of All the Major Types of Car Racing 1 of 9 Previous last_img read more

first_imgOTTAWA – The Liberal government is giving Status of Women Canada more money to pay for the extra workload that comes with its focus on gender equality.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said that advancing gender equality is a priority of his government, which includes running their proposals through gender-based analysis, which looks at how a certain policy might affect men and women, or boys and girls, in a different ways.The agency responsible for carrying out much of that work has been struggling from cuts the previous Conservative government made to its budget more than a decade ago.That is about to change, as the economic update released Tuesday earmarked $41 million to increase capacity at Status of Women over six years.“The new funding is yet another indicator that our government takes gender equality very seriously and is determined to make it a reality,” said Celia Canon, a spokeswoman for Status of Women Minister Maryam Monsef, who was not made available for an interview.That begins with $4 million this fiscal year and ramps up to $8 million annually on an ongoing basis.That is a significant increase to its budget, which was about $36 million last year, including about $20 million in grants and contributions to organizations working on gender-related issues.The Finance Department said the money will go towards things like boosting the capacity for engaging with provincial and territorial governments, stronger communications, better strategic policy support and measuring results and delivery.Earlier this year, the government also said $77.5 million of the $101 million over five years the Liberals committed to the gender-based violence strategy in the March budget, plus $16 million a year going forward, would go to create a centre of excellence at Status of Women.Lauren Dobson-Hughes, a gender and global health consultant, said it is good the government is boosting the capacity of Status of Women to do its jobs, especially when it comes to better monitoring and evaluation of its results, but would like to know more about where exactly it is going.“It’s a lot of money relative to the size of the department,” said Dobson-Hughes, a past president of Planned Parenthood Ottawa.“I think there will be questions around why that’s not going to grants and contributions, or directly to service agencies, or what is the priority or the problem that is so pressing at Status of Women that it requires up to $8 million a year,” she said.Dobson-Hughes said it might be a sign that the Liberal government is looking for a better way to explain its progress on gender issues.“There’s a lot of great discussion, a lot of noise, a lot of awareness, but it’s really past time that we started seeing the results,” she said.Diana Sarosi, senior policy adviser at Oxfam Canada, welcomed the funding increase, but said that if the Liberals really want to make a difference in gender equality, they would give Status of Women $100 million a year.“To make real progress and achieve goals, a much bigger investment is needed,” she said.Sarosi said this would include increased funding for women’s rights organizations.“They are best placed to provide solutions to the issues they are facing,” she said.— Follow @smithjoanna on Twitterlast_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: Two persons died and three persons were injured after they went inside a septic tank in Prem Nagar area of Rohini district on Tuesday. Police identified the deceased as Ganesh Shah (35) and Deepak (20). They were residents of Bhagya Vihar area. Chief Fire Officer (DFS) Atul Garg said that they received a call around 2.20 pm about the incident and three fire tenders were rushed to the spot. “Two persons died and three were critically injured. It took two hours to complete the operation,” said Atul Garg. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Rohini) SD Mishra told Millennium Post that from last five years the pit was not opened.last_img read more

Halton Regional Police seized more than $6,000 worth of marijuana and cocaine as part of a drug investigation in Burlington.Officers executed a search warrant at a home on Maple Crossing Blvd., near Maple Ave. and Lakeshore Rd. in Burlington on Friday.Inside, they found the drugs, along with cash, an expandable baton, a pellet gun and scales.29-year-old Sean Diciccio was arrested and faces several charges including possession for the purpose of trafficking and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose.He is scheduled to appear in court in Milton on May 15. read more

Representatives from more than 20 East Asian and Pacific countries meeting over the last three days in Bangkok agreed to bolster efforts to reduce demand for the commercial sexual exploitation of children. They also reported on new measures and improvements to existing procedures designed to protect youngsters, help victims and punish exploiters. The meeting was a follow up to the 2001 East Asia and Pacific Regional Consultation against Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children, which was held to provide input to the World Congress on that topic held later that year in Yokohama, Japan. It was organized by UNICEF, the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), and End Child Prostitution, Child Pornography and Trafficking of Children for Sexual Purposes (ECPAT) International, a network of organizations and individuals working to eliminate the commercial sexual exploitation of children.Among the regional efforts is the world’s first multi-country Memorandum of Understanding against trafficking, which covers the prevention of trafficking; the repatriation, rehabilitation and sensitive treatment of victims; and the extradition and prosecution of exploiters. Participants in the agreement, signed last month in Myanmar, include Cambodia, China, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Viet Nam. Despite such progress, UNICEF said, the lack of reliable data remains a major obstacle to implementing well-targeted and effective measures to stop the sex trade in children. New research designed to address this shortcoming and better support the need for monitoring was also presented and discussed at the conference. The meeting also considered strategies to stop the exponential rise in child pornography on the Internet, which, through the development of new technologies such as digital cameras and mobile phones, has increased the spread of such images. read more

“President Deby expressed his understandable concern about the difficulties involved in providing security both to the refugees and to the humanitarian organisations that are helping them,” UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) António Guterres said in a statement today after speaking to Mr. Deby last night.The president issued his threat to return the refugees, who have flooded into eastern Chad to flee three years of vicious fighting in Sudan’s western Darfur region, after the Chadian Government and rebels clashed in N’Djamena, the capital. “In the framework of our efforts to guarantee the protection of refugees from Sudan’s Darfur region in Chad, I spoke with Chadian President Idriss Deby Itno on Sunday night and am pleased to report that he has reaffirmed that refugees will not be refouled [forcibly returned] and Chad will abide by international principles,” Mr. Guterres said.“UNHCR strongly appeals to the international community and its various organizations to do everything possible to urgently establish peace and security in Darfur, which is essential for the stability of the entire region,” he added. “It is also essential to preserve the security of refugees and internally displaced people in Darfur and Chad, and potentially in other countries of the region as well.”The UN World Food Programme (WFP), which is in the lead on the logistical side of the world body’s massive relief operations in Chad, reported last Thursday that all non-essential staff as well as personnel of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) were being evacuated in response to rising violence in the country.In New York, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan welcomed President Deby’s decision not to carry out his threat of pushing out the refugees and described the efforts of the world body to defuse the situation between Chad and Sudan. “We are engaged with the parties and countries in the region, trying to calm down the tensions because things are bad enough in Darfur,” he told reporters following a working luncheon of the Security Council.“If you have another escalation in Chad you risk destabilizing the whole region, not just Chad but also the Central African Republic, a sort of domino effect that we have seen in the Great Lakes region,” he cautioned.He reminded reporters that, in February, Chad and Sudan met in Tripoli, Libya, under the auspices of the African Union and signed an agreement meant to lower tensions on their border.“I think it is important that the African Union, and all the countries in the region, and the international community, maintain the pressure on the two countries not to escalate,” Mr. Annan said. read more

More than 800 students from 20 elementary schools across Niagara will be at Brock University Thursday for the inaugural Badgers vs. Bullying event.The outreach event is an initiative by the Brock men’s basketball program to help educate Niagara youths in grades six, seven and eight about bullying issues.“This social awareness school day event was something I knew I wanted to bring to Brock and be a part of our program,” said men’s basketball head coach Charles Kissi. “I think it’s so important that we as educators at Brock be leaders in our community and give back. We understand the needs of young people today and it’s important that we help facilitate and support those needs so they can stand strong as they move forward as young adults.”The event starts at 10:25 a.m. with the students meeting the coaches and players and listening to them discuss the bullying issue. Also addressing the crowd will be Anthony Volk, an associate professor in Brock’s Department of Child and Youth Studies who has done in-depth research on bullying.“Events like this allow students to hear the truth about bullying, give them encouragement to stand up to it, and show how real-life people have dealt with it in their recent past,” Volk said. “This is particularly important for Grade 6-8 students, given that bullying tends to peak during Grades 8 and 9.”At noon, the Badgers will host the University of Victoria Vikes in a pre-season men’s basketball game at Bob Davis Gymnasium.Kissi said his players are looking forward to putting on a show for the students.“This is an incredible opportunity for our guys to be mentors, to learn and to grow from this experience and have a greater understanding what it is to be a student athlete here at Brock.”The inaugural Badgers vs. Bullying event quickly reached its maximum capacity of 800 students. Another 2,000 students from dozens of additional schools had to be turned away for this year, but the students will all be given free tickets to a future Brock Badgers men’s basketball home game. Plans to host next year’s social awareness event at a bigger venue are already being considered.What: Badgers vs. BullyingWhen: Oct. 22, 2015, 10:25 a.m. to 2 p.m.Where: Bob Davis Gymnasium, Brock UniversityWho: 800 elementary school children from across Niagara read more

Brock University English professor Barbara Seeber says she is “floored” by the international discussion triggered by a new book she co-authored.The Slow Professor, which Seeber wrote with Queen’s University English professor Maggie Berg, has not only created a buzz among academics, it’s flying off the bookshelves and getting noticed in the mainstream news media.The book examines what its authors call the “corporatization of higher education” in Canada and beyond. Seeber says the symptoms include “the increasing casualization of labour, rising workloads for faculty, a shift to managerialism, and the idea that the student is a consumer. Basically treating higher education on a business model. We are adapting the principles of the slow movement as a way of countering corporatization.”After its publication in March, The Slow Professor struck a chord with academic practitioners and pundits. It has been discussed, and its authors interviewed, in sector publications like University Affairs in Canada and Inside Higher Ed in the United States. In May it was named Book of the Week by the UK-based Times Higher Education supplement.But media attention has also jumped the walls of the “trade press” and turned up in places like National Public Radio in the U.S. and the Globe and Mail here at home. Then there are the blogs and social media posts — and emails coming to the authors from as far away as Australia.Seeber is a scholar in 18th– and 19th-century fiction, and in 2014 won the Excellence in Teaching Award for the Faculty of Humanities. She has written two previous books. Neither stirred up anything like this.“We did not anticipate this kind of response,” Seeber said recently in her Brock office, still seeming a bit bemused by all the attention. (Moments earlier, a passing colleague had playfully teased her for being a “celebrity”.)“This is out of our comfort zone. We wrote this book to reach a wide audience, but didn’t think it would go beyond the academy. We’re literary critics: I work on Jane Austen and Maggie works on the Brontes. We toil in obscurity.“But we’ve had a of of really positive responses from people. I think this is evidence that people want change.”Seeber didn’t know how many copies of the book had been printed, but said the first edition had sold out.In fact, just 12 weeks after first publishing, the book is already on its sixth printing. Print runs for scholarly works are smaller than for commercial books, and technology now makes it practical to produce as few as 400 or 500 copies at a time.But in this case, said a source at University of Toronto Press, “demand for this one has just kept coming from universities, from bookstores and from individuals.”“This one has been a lovely surprise.” read more

first_imgA US professor telephoned Great Ormond Street Hospital at the request of the White House offering dramatic new evidence in the fight to keep Charlie Gard alive.The High Court heard on Thursday how the eminent doctor – who cannot be named for legal reasons – was contacted by Donald Trump’s staff a day after the president tweeted his support for the 11-month-old baby.Mr Justice Francis, who ruled in April that Charlie’s life support should be switched off, asked the physician if he would now be prepared to fly to London to examine the baby if the case was adjourned for a few days.The dcotor replied: “ Yes, if necessary I would love to do that.” Charlie Gard's parents, Connie Yates and Chris Gard, arrive at the Royal Courts of Justice on Thursday morning The hospital maintains that there is no dramatic new evidence that should reverse the decision made by Mr Justice Francis and upheld in the Court of Appeal, the Supreme Court and the European courts.The same doctor had given evidence in April in support of experimental treatment for Charlie but at the time admitted the chance’s of the boy’s condition improving was ‘highly unlikely’.Via video link, he said – nine days after the White House intervention – that Charlie was merely ‘unlikely’ to improve. Chris Gard and Connie Yates with their son Charlie Gard at Great Ormond Street HospitalCredit: PA But the doctor said he could see no evidence from scans that Charlie had suffered irreversible brain damage.The possibility that the judge may now be open to allowing an assessment threw an extraordinary lifeline to Charlie’s parents Connie Yates, 31, and Chris Gard, 33.Charlie’s case has become a worldwide cause celebre and with tensions running high, Mr Justice Francis also spoke of his deep concern that doctors treating Charlie at Great Ormond Street had been “subjected to the most vile abuse” and threats. He issued a warning that perpetrators who were caught would be punished and said it “was grossly unfair” that staff had been targeted.“I don’t know how anybody can think they are helping the parents’ case,” he said. Chris Gard and Connie Yates with their son Charlie Gard at Great Ormond Street Hospital Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Victoria Butler-Cole, a lawyer acting for Charlie’s legal guardian, questioned why he suddenly thought Charlie’s chances had improved after three months, during which time his head had not grown indicating his brain is damaged. She said: “What I am struggling with is how come you concluded a future better than the one given in April?”The professor had earlier told the court: “I estimate the chance of meaningful success [of the treatment] to be at least 10 per cent.”He said there was a small but significant chance of improvement in brain function, adding that he had “over-reached” when he had said at the April hearing that it was likely Charlie’s brain damage was irreversible. Outside the court, pro-life demonstrators denounced the hospital over its handling of the case.During Thursday’s hearing Katie Gollop QC said while cross examining the doctor via a video link with the US: “You had a discussion with Great Ormond Street at the request of the White House on the 4th July.”The telephone call led to the hospital going back to the High Court to reassess in light of alleged new evidence from the doctor, prompting new hearings this week. Charlie Gard’s parents, Connie Yates and Chris Gard, arrive at the Royal Courts of Justice on Thursday morningCredit:Jonathan Brady/PA At one point during Thursday’s hearing, Charlie’s parents, who live in Bedfont, west London, stormed out of court furious at the judge for saying: “They [the couple] have not been fighting to retain what he has now but fighting for a chance to give him the treatment to possibly improve.” Mr Gard stood up at this and said: “We’re not allowed, are we,” adding: “I thought this was supposed to be independent.”Miss Yates said: “He’s not suffering and not in pain” before the couple walked out.The judge said: “I am sorry if that upsets them” and later added, “I understand you walking out because it is a desperate situation.”  The neurologist told the court that a new anaylsis of a study of nine children with a disease similar to Charlie’s but not nearly as severe showed five of them – equivalent to a 56 per cent success rate – had improved after receiving experimental treatment.One child, who had been breathing on a ventilator for eight hours a day, no longer need one at all.Charlie suffers from a rare form of mitochondrial depletion syndrome. Unlike the children in the doctor’s study, the illness affects not only his muscles but also his brain.last_img read more

first_img By Fora Staff 34 Comments Share75 Tweet Email2 Mar 25th 2017, 9:30 PM Saturday 25 Mar 2017, 9:30 PM Take me to Fora POLITICIANS HAVE HIT out as a scheme that hoped to use the diaspora to bring jobs to Ireland looks set to be shelved.Launched in March 2012, ‘Succeed in Ireland’ was an initiative that offered financial incentives to individuals who helped bring jobs to Ireland.A group called Connect Ireland, set up by founder Terry Clune, was appointed to promote and deliver the initiative, which was managed by the IDA.It had a target to create 5,000 jobs within five years. While Connect Ireland said that it created more than 2,000 jobs over three years, with more to come, the IDA said that it has only verified 527 jobs created under the scheme.The contract for the scheme is due to officially end on Sunday. Ahead of its conclusion, the Oireachtas Jobs Committee questioned Richard Scannell, the head of investment at the Department of Jobs, as to why the scheme is being dropped.Scannell said that it is not possible for Connect Ireland’s contract to be extended, and said that it was not intended for the scheme to “run forever”.The original four-year contract between the IDA and Connect Ireland was due to expire in March 2016 but was extended to March 2017. However, the IDA has decided not to tender for a renewal of the programme beyond this date. Short URL Image: PA Archive/PA Images Get Fora’s NEW daily digest of the morning’s key business news: “The intention was not for the contract to run continually. When the IDA decided not to re-tender it was natural that it (Succeed in Ireland) would end,” Scannell said.“The contract is coming to an end as per its terms. The minister and the department have great respect for the IDA and have no reason to second guess the IDA.”RewardThe IDA has paid just over €2 million to Connect Ireland as a financial reward for the 527 jobs created that the state agency has verified. It also provided Connect Ireland with a further €150,000 for marketing support for the operation of the programme.‘Connectors’ who helped create an Irish position under the scheme earned up to €1,500 per job created, up to a maximum of 100 jobs.Asked why the IDA decided not to renew the scheme, Scannell said: “My understanding is that the (IDA) board took legal advice of the agency’s capacity to take a tender given that there was an ongoing legal dispute with Connect Ireland.” Source: Oireachtas.ieHe added: “I’m aware that the board and the IDA more generally would look at jobs achieved by Connect Ireland against targets.”Asked how much it costs for both the IDA and Connect Ireland to ‘create’ a job, Scannell said: “The cost (for the IDA to create) a sustained job is in the region of €10,500 to the Exchequer.“The figures that we have been provided say that the cost (for Connect Ireland) to create a job is in the region of €4,000.” The scheme was set up by Terry Clune Source: Laura Hutton/‘Chill factor’Several TDs, including Fianna Fáil finance spokesman Niall Collins, said that the Connect Ireland Scheme scheme was working and should be maintained.“The IDA clearly don’t want this initiative to continue, but given what has been said about the costs, why doesn’t the department step in and look to keep this going?” he asked.Fianna Fáil TD John McGuinness also asked whether the department would look for a way to keep the programme going.“If this was in France the answer would be yes, we will protect our jobs, but in Ireland we don’t seem to care,” he said.Scannell said that the department is planning to conduct a review of the Connect Ireland programme and will evaluate its success.The IDA, Enterprise Ireland and Jobs Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor were all invited to speak before the committee, however, none attended, something that angered many TDs and Senators.“There is a chill factor around this. The IDA, Enterprise Ireland and the minister don’t appear and civil servants are left to take the rap. Key people are missing from the room and it is very worry,” said People Before Profit TD Bríd Smith.Written by Paul O’Donoghue and posted on 25,594 Views ‘If this was France we would protect our jobs. In Ireland we don’t seem to care’ Connect Ireland’s job scheme, aimed at the Irish diaspora, looks set to be shelved. Image: PA Archive/PA Images Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

first_imgAfter marathon negotiations, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd reached a deal with state Premiers on Tuesday, regarding his proposed health reform plan. A key element of the plan makes provision for the Commonwealth and the States to contribute to a new pool of funds that will allocate money to public hospitals. The states will fund the scheme through 30 percent of their GST revenue which will give them a pivotal role in managing this fund. The majority of the funds, 60 percent, will be derived from the Federal Government. The plan, however, is not an easy sell for Mr Rudd particularly as the Premier of Western Australia has announced that his state will not cosign the deal. Additionally, the government proposals will be it seems from initial responses, blocked in the Senate by the Opposition. This means that Mr Rudd’s reforms need the support of the seven Independent Senators. Independent Senator from South Australia, Nick Xenophon talking to Neos Kosmos said that he is not yet convinced with the overall plan. He explained that he needed more information from the government as he was concerned over certain elements in the plan. “I don’t think there is enough emphasis on preventative health. It’s much better to have a fence at the top of the cliff than to have an ambulance at the base,” Mr Xenophon said. He also expressed concern over what he said was a lack of funding for mental health under the proposed plan. Criticism was also targeted at the “new level of bureaucracy that is created through the proposed scheme” which will be co-managed by the states. Dr James Katsaros, Director of the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Department at Royal Adelaide Hospital, was also critical of the government’s health reform plan. “Like a lot of people in health I have grave reservations that Prime Minister Rudd’s plan is more political than it is an effective plan in improving medical services.” He argued that there is no evidence of a strategy that funding health in a different fashion by merely changing the bureaucracy would provide better medical services. “As a medical practitioner I know the details of why our health services have diminished in quality and in time delivery especially over the last decade or two,” Dr Katsaros emphasised. He attributes the phenomenon to poor management of dealing with chronic, acute and subacute medical problems. Dr Katsaros was sceptical about the fundamental premise of the government’s plan. “When Rudd says this is a health reform; what is he reforming; what is he improving. That is not stated.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

first_img Cesaro Twitter Roman Reigns is in Remission Videos Articles Facebook Chad Gable advances to the finals of the King of the Ring to be held on this Monday’s RAW FOX to reportedly air WWE “Smackdown’s Greatest Hits” special Friday, September 27 Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Google+ WhatsApp Is WWE Losing Its Audience? Seth Rollins Paul Nemer RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Videos Articlescenter_img Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Kurt Angle Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Roman Reigns Is Back, But Not Fighting For Belts WWE Rescheduling San Jose NXT Pinterest Kevin Owens sends cryptic NXT messages after being “fired” on Smackdown Live Paige is no longer the General Manager of Smackdown LiveAfter only eight months, a big change was made tonight on Smackdown Live.The show started with Shane McMahon addressing the entire Smackdown roster backstage and revealing Paige would no longer the General Manager going forward.Shane, on behalf of the entire Smackdown Live roster, the crew and WWE Universe, thanked Paige for her enormous contributions. Shane clarifies that Paige is “not going anywhere”, just the world wants change.For more on the show, check out Roy Nemer’s live Smackdown recap in progress.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipSeth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate OccasionsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:02Loaded: 100.00%0:02Remaining Time -0:28 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the listlast_img read more

first_imgHealth officials are urging people to limit their exposure to outdoor air as smoke and ash from wildfires in the Columbia River Gorge blanket Southwest Washington.The wildfire smoke, stagnant conditions and hot weather — coupled with elevated afternoon ozone levels in Clark County — prompted the Southwest Clean Air Agency to extend the air-pollution advisory for the region on Tuesday afternoon.Conditions may improve some during the middle of the week, but unhealthy air-quality levels will remain, at times, until noon on Friday, according to the agency.The conditions prompted Clark County Public Health to issue recommendations for people to protect themselves from the unhealthy air and potential smoke-related problems.Smoky air can cause eye, nose and throat irritation even among people who don’t normally have respiratory issues. Drinking plenty of fluids will help to keep respiratory membranes moist, according to health officials.“People with pre-existing medical conditions, elderly people and the young are especially vulnerable to smoky air,” Dr. Alan Melnick, Clark County health officer, said in a news release.last_img read more

first_imgIt didn’t cost big money, but the Portland Timbers believe they have added two significant players.The Timbers made official Wednesday the anticipated acquisition of a pair of players from Argentina.The announcement that forward Gaston Fernandez and central defender Norberto Paparatto have signed with the Major League Soccer club was no surprise. Both players are 30 years old and were previously linked to the Timbers in reports out of Argentina.Fernandez and Paparatto both have multi-year contracts, according to Timbers general manager Gavin Wilkinson. As is the case with all MLS transactions, terms of the deals were not made public.Wilkinson confirmed that neither player will be a Designated Player. MLS teams are allowed to pay three players more than what counts against the salary cap. Diego Valeri is currently the Timbers only Designated Player. Midfielder Diego Chara was a DP because of the transfer fee the Timbers paid to acquire him. Under his new Timbers contract, he is no longer a DP.Owner Merritt Paulson gave Wilkinson the budget to sign a Designated Player, according to the general manager.“I don’t believe in spending money for the sake of it,” Wilkinson said. “We found the players we were after.”The Timbers also made official the loan of Colombian forward Jose Valencia to Olimpo de Bahia Blanca of Argentina’s first division, and announced that defender Bryan Gallego has been signed to a homegrown player contract.The 5-foot-7 Fernandez has played for successful teams in the top leagues of Argentina and Mexico. Fernandez has made 224 appearances, scoring 48 goals in Argentina’s top league while with four different teams. In Mexico, he scored 11 goals in 23 league games with Tigres, and eight goals in 28 league games for Monterrey.last_img read more

first_imgCredit: Talula’s GardenPhiladelphia-based restaurant Talula’s Garden has agreed to pay 63 employees $197,917 (£149,368) in back pay to resolve minimum wage and overtime violations.An investigation conducted by the US Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division in Philadelphia found that Washington Square Restaurant Partners, which trades as Talula’s Garden, has violated overtime, minimum wage and recordkeeping provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) by requiring employees to work unpaid overtime hours.This includes line cooks completing unpaid preparatory work before the start of their shifts, as well as servers and bartenders preparing food, individual work stations and the restaurant itself outside of their normal working hours and for no additional pay. The Department of Labor found that these instances therefore led to minimum wage and overtime violations.In addition, the investigation found that the organisation did not maintain accurate records of work hours for bartenders, servers and line cooks, which violates recordkeeping provisions.The back pay agreement is part of a proposed consent judgement filed on 16 October. This is now pending review and approval by a federal judge.The FLSA states that covered, non-exempt employees are paid at least the minimum wage of $7.25 (£5.47) an hour for all hours worked, plus time-and-a-half their regular rates, including commissions, bonuses and incentive pay, for any hours worked over 40 hours a week. Employers are also required to maintain accurate time and payroll records.James Cain, district director at the Wage and Hour Division in Philadelphia, said: “The [employees] at Talula’s Garden did not receive the required minimum wage and overtime pay. Our agency is committed to ensuring that [employees] not only receive the wages they have rightfully earned, but that employers are provided all the tools they need to understand and comply with the law,”Oscar L Hampton III, regional solicitor, added: “The off-the-clock work performed by Talula’s Garden employees resulted in clear violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act. This enforcement action, and the consent judgement resolving it, advances our goal of ensuring not only that restaurant employees are properly compensated, but that employers in this industry operate on a level playing field.”last_img read more

first_img Rusko On Bringing ’90s Rave Music Back rusko-bringing-90s-rave-music-back-new-tracks-fatherhood Facebook NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Sep 20, 2018 – 11:45 am Rusko On Bringing ’90s Rave Music Back Chris Mercer, aka Rusko, sat down with the Recording Academy to tell us a little more about what he’s been listening to (all that good ’90s rave music), how it’s influencing his sound, and what it’s been like balancing making music and being a father.”I’m a huge geek for early ’90s rave music, like ’92, ’93. So there’s been a lot of that kind of creeping in, more breakbeats – which is weird because that’s before most of my audience was born,” Mercer shares.What So Not’s Round-The-World Journey To His Debut Album Rusko On Bringing ’90s Rave Music Back, New Tracks & Fatherhood The dubstep legend is “a huge geek” for the early ’90s rave sound and says he’s working more of it into his music. He also shares that he’s more productive since becoming a fatherAna YglesiasGRAMMYs Sep 20, 2018 – 11:47 am While British dubstep DJ/producer Rusko may have been too young to have been at any underground London raves during the early ’90s heyday of the scene, he is a self-proclaimed geek when it comes to all the music that has come out of that era. Rusko made a mark for himself in the dance music world as a heavy-hitter in the dubstep circuit, putting out plenty of bangers at the height of the scene in the mid-2000s, including “Woo Boost” off of 2010’s O.M.G.!, his debut studio album. News Twitter Email last_img read more

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are the latest legal notices related to Wilmington, published during the week of Sunday, May 20, 2018:Legal Notice — Board of Appeals — Public HearingLegal Notice — Planning Board — Public HearingLegal Notice — Planning Board — Public HearingLegal Notice — Planning Board — Public HearingLegal Notice — Mortgagee’s Notice of Sale of Real EstateLegal Notice — Mortgagee’s Notice of Sale of Real EstateLegal Notice — Mortgagee’s Notice of Sale of Real EstateLegal Notice — Informal Probate Publication NoticeLegal Notice — Citation On Petition For Formal AdjudicationLegal Notice — Citation On Petition For Formal Adjudication(NOTE: The above public notices is from Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington’s Latest Legal Notices (Week of March 11, 2018)In “Government”Wilmington’s Latest Legal Notices (Week of March 4, 2018)In “Government”Wilmington’s Latest Legal Notices (Week of August 25, 2019)In “Government”last_img read more