Newfoundland premier tipped police to killer newly released documents reveal

first_imgST. JOHN’S, N.L. – Less than two months before the election that would make him premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, Dwight Ball tipped police that the prime suspect wanted for murder in a botched bar robbery could be his daughter’s ex-boyfriend.Ball was then leader of the Official Opposition and preparing for the biggest political moment of his life.According to court documents released Tuesday, he told police on Oct. 8, 2015 — five days after the bar killing — that his tires had recently been slashed and his credit cards fraudulently charged for tens of thousands of dollars.Ball’s daughter, Jade, had also gone to police on Oct. 5, 2015, to report she was being harassed by a drug dealer for about $40,000 allegedly owed by her on-again, off-again boyfriend Brandon Phillips.“Ms. Ball states since the harassment has started, the persons responsible have now been harassing her father for the money, and at one point, bought a car using her father’s stolen credit card number,” according to the documents.Dwight Ball tipped investigators that Phillips could be the masked man shown on TV during a week-long manhunt. A jarring detail had caught his eye: the suspect on security images at the Captain’s Quarters bar in St. John’s was wearing a black windbreaker matching one stolen from Ball.Phillips also lived close to the crime scene where former firefighter Larry Wellman, 63, was killed Oct. 3, 2015, as he tried to stop the robbery. Wellman died of massive blood loss from a single gunshot to the groin.A jury found Phillips, 29, guilty of second-degree murder earlier this month. He is due back in court Feb. 22 for a sentencing hearing.Details leading to Phillips’ arrest, which did not come out during his trial, are part of information related to a search warrant that Ball went to court to keep secret. He has said through his lawyers the documents should be kept private to protect his daughter, who was charged with no crime.Ball argues in his application for a publication ban that his daughter’s “privacy and personal health interests outweigh in importance any right of access to the information” sought by media.Ball was granted an interim publication ban on Dec. 4 until the matter could be heard in provincial Supreme Court. Lawyers for Ball, the CBC and other media agreed Tuesday to a partial lifting of that secrecy.Arguments for keeping remaining details under wraps will be heard when the case is back in court Feb. 12.Ball said Tuesday he and his daughter co-operated with police and only want to protect their most private conversations.“My daughter is an innocent person in all of this,” he said in an interview. “When I made the decision … to go forward with this information it’s because I felt it was the right thing to do as a citizen, as a resident in this province. I would do the same thing again.”Phillips was charged with first-degree murder the day after an apartment located a short walk from the Captain’s Quarters hotel was searched Oct. 10, 2015.Neither Jade Ball nor the premier were called as witnesses at the trial held earlier this fall.Dwight Ball told investigators on Oct. 8, 2015, that his daughter, then 29, had known Phillips for four or five years, and that they moved in together soon after meeting.“Mr. Ball said at that point Jade and Brandon had a very serious drug problem” — particularly opiates, says the document, an Information to Obtain a search warrant. “Mr. Ball paid all outstanding bills they (Jade and Brandon) had. Mr. Ball’s concern was to make them safe.”Ball said Tuesday his family has endured the same drug issues that grip so many others.“Many families face similar challenges around substance abuse in their own lives, and I’ve always supported my daughter.”Ball said she has moved on with her life.“She’s a much different person right now than she was over two years ago. She’s now a new mother — and a good mother, I would say.”Ball said he wasn’t thinking of potential political consequences when he went to investigators.“I took this as my civic responsibility as a resident of this province, thinking about the family of Larry Wellman, a father, a husband. He was the real victim in all of this.”Wellman’s widow, Linda McBay, watched from the back of the courtroom Tuesday as the publication ban arguments played out.“It’s important to me,” she said. “It’s just important.”Less than two months after reporting Phillips to police, Ball led the Liberals to a majority win on Nov. 30, 2015.He was characteristically even-keeled in victory.“I don’t overreact too much in my life,” he told reporters that night. “I try and remain steady as things go.”Follow @suebailey on Twitter.last_img read more


first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Some cast members of Schitt’s Creek, including Eugene Levy, centre, pose on the red carpet of Canadian Screen Awards gala honouring Creative Fiction Storytelling on March 27 in Toronto. (Sharon Wu/CBC) Advertisement As the Canadian Screen Awards week culminates with Sunday night’s broadcast gala, expect Canadian comedies to be front and centre. CBC’s hit comedy Schitt’s Creek, which just last week announced next season will be its last, has six nominations, while Crave TV’s Letterkenny has three.But the industry buzz both shows have recently received has less to do with their achievements in Canada and more to do with their success in the U.S. — something that’s eluded Canadian-made comedies for decades, even as Canadian comedians became household names. Schitt’s Creek, in particular, is enjoying a rare combination of commercial and popular success south of the border: from the glowing New York Times reviews to sold-out live shows by its cast members.“Schitt’s Creek has really broken through in a way that not a lot of even American-produced comedies have done lately,” says Alan Sepinwall, chief TV critic for Rolling Stone magazine.Schitt’s Creek’s journey Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img Sitting in his office at Pop TV in Los Angeles, Brad Schwartz is beaming with pride and emotion as he recalls the day he decided his small cable channel should broadcast Schitt’s Creek to American audiences.Dan and Eugene Levy, the show’s creators and stars, already had CBC secured as the Canadian broadcaster. But Schwartz, a Canadian well established in the U.S. TV system, thought the little show with the funny title just might work there as well.“It’s a show that started with a wealthy family, a riches-to-rags story that in itself doesn’t seem like anything we haven’t seen before,” says Schwartz. “But the writing and the acting is so phenomenal, that the little things happen in the episode and the characters learn from those little things that happen, that change them in the next episode, and change them in the next episode.” Facebook Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more

Frustration rules as Venezuela unveils new currency

first_imgCARACAS, Venezuela – Saul Jimenez just wanted to buy bread from his neighbourhood bakery in Venezuela’s capital on Monday. It did not go well.Banks and most other businesses were closed for the day as Venezuela launched a series of dramatic economic reforms, beginning with the release of a currency with five fewer zeros in a bid to tame soaring inflation.Rampant inflation means it would take a fistful of bills to pay for a loaf of bread, so many Venezuelans like Jimenez rely on bank cards.But with banks closed to reset their systems for the change, Jimenez’s cards wouldn’t work — in a scene that played out across Caracas.“It wasn’t just mine. Others’ didn’t work either,” said the attorney, who left the bakery empty-handed and frustrated. “Neither the debit card nor the credit card.”The currency conversion is among the less controversial parts of President Nicolas Maduro’s economic plan. He’ll next hike the minimum wage by more than 3,000 per cent and raise gasoline prices — now less than a penny to fill up — to international levels.Critics say the package of measures will only make the economic crisis worse.Opposition leaders are seizing on tension among residents, calling for a nationwide strike and protest on Tuesday. They hope to draw masses into the streets against Maduro’s socialist ruling party — something they’ve failed to do in over a year.The closed banks spent Monday preparing to release the new currency: the “sovereign bolivar.” Maduro’s government says it will raise gasoline prices in late September to curtail rampant smuggling across borders. The dramatically higher minimum wage will go into effect starting Sept. 1.Economists say the package of measures is likely to accelerate hyperinflation rather than address its core economic troubles, like oil production plunging to levels last seen in 1947.As Maduro declared Monday a national holiday, Caracas was quiet with most store fronts closed for business.Other banking activities shut down for about twelve hours to allow for a transition to the new currency. Most banks on Monday reactivated their online services and ATMs, but some customers complained of troubles.The impact of the currency conversion won’t be known until Tuesday. One question is whether the banks hold enough cash to meet the public’s need, as officials have promised.Venezuela was once among Latin America’s most prosperous nations, holding the world’s largest proven oil reserves, but a recent fall in oil prices accompanied by corruption and mismanagement under two decades of socialist rule have left the economy in a historic economic and political crisis.Inflation this year could top 1 million per cent, according to economists at the International Monetary Fund.Inflation has made it difficult to find paper money. The largest bill under the outgoing cash system was the 100,000-bolivar note, equal to less than 3 cents on the commonly used black market exchange rate. A cup of coffee costs more than 2 million bolivars.The new paper bills will have two coins and paper denominations ranging from 2 up to 500. The lowest represents the buying power of 200,000 current bolivars while the highest stands in for 50 million.The old and new currencies will remain in circulation together during a transitional period.The government made a similar move in 2008, when then-President Hugo Chavez issued new currency that eliminated three zeros to combat soaring inflation.Maduro has also said he wants to peg wages, prices and pensions to the petro — a cryptocurrency announced in February but which has yet to start circulating. He said one petro would equal $60, with the goal of moving toward a single floating exchange rate in the future tied to the digital currency.Business owners say they fear the sudden wage hike would make them unable to pay employees without sharply increasing prices.The next few days will be very confusing for both consumers and the private sector, especially commercial retailers,” said Asdrubal Oliveros, director of Caracas-based Ecoanalitica. “It’s a chaotic scenario.”last_img read more

Ford to Award Moroccan TaxiCabs Mobility Challenge Winners

New Delhi – Ford’s Innovative Mobility Challenge Series (IMCS) will Award winners of Morocco Code for TaxiCabs Mobility Challenge on November 3. After a long list of successful mobility challenges – from Australia, to Sao Paulo, and Taipei to LA – IMCS is awarding $60,000 in prize money to winners of the Mobility Challenge in North Africa.This will be the first time the region will host this event, which will focus on the culture of shared taxi rides in Morocco and how best to make that experience more efficient and beneficial for all. “Ford could learn from a long history of shared ride culture in Morocco and many cities in the Middle East and North Africa,” said Bernat Szabo, managing director of Ford North Africa. “Ride sharing may have recently been introduced to other parts of the world but Moroccans and the people in the Middle East and North Africa have been sharing journeys for a long time.”Ford has put forward a challenge for Moroccan developers to build an app that will assist passengers in enjoying a shared ride with greater ease, while simultaneously in a manner that is both cost and time efficient. A challenge has also been set to create a smartphone application that will help Morocco’s taxi drivers fill seats more quickly and efficiently.To date, there have been 33 submissions on Devpost, a hackathon platform used by thousands of developers to showcase their projects. Deadline for submissions was October 4, followed by the judging period, which commenced October 10. A panel of 6 judges decided the winners based on various parameters including a secret public voting system, which concluded October 19.Ford IMCS will declare the winners On November 3. The Grand Prize is $15,000, Second Prize $7000 and Third Prize $3,000. Lesser prizes such as USD $3000 for Best Mini-Challenge Solution, $1000 for Best Mini-Challenge Solution OpenXC Integration and $1000 for the Popular Choice will also be awarded. Finally, a $30,000 SUPINFO Scholarship, full time study program non-cash Recognition Award for Large Organizations will also be handed out.The jury will be presided by Bernát Szabó, Managing Director of Ford North Africa. Other panel members include dignitaries such as Rafik Kamal Lahlou, Serial entrepreneur, Managing Director of KL Media Group, Fatim-Zahra Biaz, Founder and Managing Director, New Work Lab, Abdelouahab Ennaciri, Managing Director of SCAMA group Auto Hall, Brahim El Ouazzani, Directeur pédagogique de Supinfo Rabat. Redouane Assakhen, Head of Companies Set-Up Department at Centre régional d’investissement de Casablanca (CRI) and Amine Raghib, YouTube Silver Awardee.These developers have worked extensively for months on these projects coding the app, conducting field surveys, designing user-friendly interfaces and working on technical limitations. They have also been tasked with ensuring that their projects are productive and bug free. After all, handling exceptions is the most important and difficult task of a Taxi Application.According to Chedli Taxi Developer, Mohammed Bakr Sikal, “As we only found out about the project one month and a half ago, developing ChedliTaxi was not a straightforward job. Proper Android development takes time especially when dealing with a Real-Time communication application.In fact, we have received many returns with wrong directions that made the Exception Handling process very tiring.” Speaking from personal experience, Masters student, Sara Naam, said, “… I have to switch two or three taxis to get to university, I always get late due to long delays and it is so expensive. We really need an innovative solution to this problem.”Moroccan tech enthusiasts were encouraged to show support for their favourite projects by liking the app submissions, which provided these developers with feedback to make improvements to the applications for public use.Five out of the 33 projects submitted have received more appreciation than others, with “Chedli Taxi,” topping the list with 304 registered likes. Currently in second place with 295 likes is “CoTaxi” developed by Bahrouni Anas from Agadir.Third place with 130 likes belongs to TaxiShare, developed by Eric Tidiye and Yendou Palu Kossi LENE, both from Rabat. Fourth and fifth positions are projects “HeyTaxi,” with 124 likes and “Igloo Car,” with 59 likes. All contenders await the winners’ announcements on November 3 with baited breath, their fates locked in communal apprehension. read more

Weekly US unemployment benefit applications fall to 334K near a fiveyear low

WASHINGTON – The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits dropped 12,000 to a seasonally adjusted 334,000 last week, a hopeful sign that steady job gains will continue.The Labor Department says the four-week average, a less volatile measure, decreased 7,250 to 345,250. Both figures are only about 7,000 above their levels of a month ago, which were the lowest in five years.Applications are a proxy for layoffs. A decline suggests that companies are cutting fewer jobs. Since January, applications have fallen 6.5 per cent.At the same time, hiring has been steady. Employers added 175,000 jobs in May, the department said last week. That nearly matched the monthly average for the previous year. The unemployment rate ticked up to 7.6 per cent. Weekly US unemployment benefit applications fall to 334K, near a five-year low by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted Jun 13, 2013 8:34 am MDT read more

Changes to athletes retirement plans a small step to helping with finances

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Romina Maurino, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 24, 2014 2:29 pm MDT TORONTO – The medals, the tears and the pride may be what most Canadians remember from the Olympics, but when the glory fades, athletes need to plan for retirement, just like everyone else.A recent policy change by Ottawa will make it easier for them to invest in RRSPs but, given the meagre earnings of many amateur athletes and their focus on planning for the short term, it’s a challenge to financially prepare athletes for the future.“The funding is a huge problem for national team athletes, so any move to increase money or money to help athletes is am important one,” said Thomas Hall, an Olympic medallist in sprint canoe who retired from paddling in 2012.“It is nice that it opens room in the RRSP, but … I know for a fact that, for the 10-plus years I was on the national team, the best year I ever had was when I won an Olympic medal … and I still finished with plenty of debt. There just aren’t that many athletes making that much money,” said Hall, who also works with Canoe Kayak Canada and AthletesCAN, two organizations that support athletes.Under Canadian tax rules, athletes competing for Canada are able to take income from endorsements, prize money or speaking engagements and place it in an amateur athlete trust. It’s a tax-free shelter until they take it out – and allows them to grow those funds on a tax-free basis while they compete.But since RRSP contributions are based on earned income, none of that money could be used toward a contribution calculation, which means athletes had less RRSP room.In the federal budget tabled Feb. 11, Ottawa changed the rules so that any income put into an amateur athlete trust can now qualify as earned income and help determine the athlete’s RRSP contribution limit.Jamie Golombek, a tax expert with the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, said it was a positive move by the government in assisting athletes to reach solid financial footing.“This is just a policy change to not penalize these individuals who have contributed much to the Canadian athlete profile around the world (but) typically don’t earn large amounts of money,” Golombek said.“It never really made sense why you had athletes earning this income, setting it aside into a government-sanctioned amateur athletic trust, and yet they were not able to later on put that money into an RRSP. This levels the playing field between athletes and other Canadians who earn money and are able to then use that earned income to contribute to an RSP.”Peter Donnelly, director of the University of Toronto’s Centre for Sport Policy Studies, said such changes are positive, but they don’t go far enough to support struggling athletes.“Most athletes develop a great deal of indebtedness,” said Donnelly. “They don’t get paid anything like a professional athlete would get paid for the sponsorships.”Most athletes will live on a federal government stipend of $18,000 a year, says Hall, noting that figure hasn’t increased since 2004. There is also a provincial top-up, which varies from province-to-province. Quebec pays the highest amount, about an additional $10,000.That makes it hard for athletes to get by, let alone save. A 2009 Status of Athletes report by the federal government, said Hall, showed the majority of athletes were making $10,000 a year less than they were spending in sport-related expenses.Funding issues aside, there is value in any initiative that puts athletes under the rules similar to those who work traditional jobs, and which helps them think about the future, he said.“We live in a bubble and we spend often times a decade or two in a bubble where you’re solely focused on winning, and any thought of retirement can almost be a weakness,” said Hall.“You don’t think about when you’re done, you think about what you have to do to be the best and to get to the top of that podium. Thinking about retirement is just not usually in the cards for a lot of people.”While Golombek agrees that is often the case, he says getting financial advice is just as important for athletes.“If this even alerts one or two athletes, then I think this would be a very positive development.” Canada’s Thomas Hall, from Pointe-Claire, Que., holds up his bronze medal for the mens single K-1 race 1000 meter race at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, Friday, August 22, 2008. The medals, the tears and the pride may be what most Canadians remember from the Olympics, but when the glory fades, athletes need to plan for retirement, just like everyone else. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz Changes to athlete’s retirement plans a small step to helping with finances read more

On World Day UN spotlights need to usher postal services into changing

“Today, Posts are poised to play a very important role in a new wave of globalization being ushered in by the Internet, which calls for greater inclusion of citizens everywhere,” said Bishar A. Hussein, Director General of the UPU, the United Nations agency which focuses on regulations, standards, new technologies, innovation and business diversification of the industry.In his message for the World Day, which is celebrated on 9 October, the anniversary of the establishment of the UPU in 1874, Mr. Hussein noted how postal services stimulate the global economy and improve livelihoods. This year, 2014, is a milestone year as it also marks the 140th anniversary of the UPU, whose establishment helped postal services pave the way to globalized trade and commerce. There are currently more than five million postal employees around the world and 663,000 post offices. And annually postal services process and deliver an estimated 368 billion letter-post items and 6.4 billion parcels. The hope is that with further investment, these services could reach rural communities as well. “With half of the world’s population living in rural areas, the postal network is well placed to reach them. In Sub-Saharan Africa, for example, 80 per cent of post offices are located in smaller cities and rural areas, where the majority of people live,” said Mr. Hussein.According to the World Bank, post offices are the cheapest providers of remittance services, ahead of banks and money transfer operators. Posts are also the second biggest contributors to financial inclusion after banks, with one billion people holding a postal account.“The global postal network is a tremendous asset for extending this digital reach – not only for the benefit of citizens and businesses, but also for governments, development agencies and other stakeholders looking for solutions to many of the challenges our world is grappling with,” said Mr. Hussein. By modernizing postal services and investing in national in postal networks, governments can ensure that post offices make a major contribution to efforts to bring communication, financial, social and economic services to rural populations.World Post Day was declared by the UPU Congress held in Tokyo, Japan in 1969. Since then, countries across the world participate annually in the celebrations, including by introducing and promoting new postal products and services. read more

Distinguished staff award nominations open

The Brock University Distinguished Staff Service Awards are open for nominations from all members of the Brock Community.These annual awards are just one way that Brock provides recognition to some of our outstanding employees.As an integral part of Brock’s Total Rewards system since 1995, rewards and recognition are unique in that they are determined by a representative committee from across the university rather than by an employee’s supervisor.  Nominations can be made by any member of the Brock community, and are endorsed by three other members, so the winners receive a strong message of support.There are two awards to choose from:The President’s Distinguished Staff Service Awards are presented to up to four people – two support/technical/maintenance employees and two administrative/professional employees. Recipients receive a certificate of recognition and a cash award of $500.The Human Resources Distinguished Staff Services Award for Leadership recognizes one ongoing staff member who has a record of leading and working collaboratively, engaging faculty and staff, furthering the development of a respectful work and learning environment and culture, and building strong relationships and partnerships that enable the University to implement its strategic plan and related initiatives effectively. The recipient will receive a certificate of recognition and a cash award of $500.The awards will be presented at the President’s annual holiday celebration on Dec. 15, 2015.For more information and the nomination and endorsement forms, visit the Human Resources Compensation webpage: call for nominations for these two staff awards is open until Oct. 30, 2015. read more

Brock alumna recognized with national award for teaching contributions

Brock alumna Sukhdeep Kaur was one of 60 recipients of the 2013 Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence and Excellence in Early Childhood Education.A Brock University alumna was recently recognized with a national award for her teaching contributions.Sukhdeep Kaur, who graduated from the University of Toronto before completing her master of education at Brock in 2006, where she received the Jack Nobel book prize and Distinguished Graduating Student Award, was one of 60 recipients of the 2013 Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence and Excellence in Early Childhood Education.“Good educators guide, inspire and motivate us to want to learn on our own,” Prime Minister Stephen Harper said of the winners. “They sow the seeds of knowledge that yield well-educated Canadians who are able to compete with the best in the world and generate new ideas and prosperity.”The elementary school teacher in the GTA has won several awards for her work in the classroom. Kaur designed an interactive classroom newsletter program that opens lines of communication between teachers and families. The program received international acclaim through the National Foundation for Educational Research in the United Kingdom.Kaur has also pioneered several programs that have received national and international attention through publication in the exclusive Canadian Early Childhood Education Journal and International ECE Journal by Springer. Her school-wide mailing program has also had a huge impact on student development and literacy. The program eventually extended into students’ homes and even engaged over 350 students in an e-pals program with students in other countries.Kaur has a holistic approach to teaching.“By effectively supporting student achievement and well-being through co-constructing student driven lessons, building strong partnerships with the families that we serve, and encouraging students to perceive themselves as unique gems — each with their own special qualities, gifts, and dreams — we as educators are blessed with an opportunity to inspire a warm smile in each of our students on a daily basis, a smile that shares a personal, heartwarming story of success.”During her time at Brock, Kaur worked closely with professors Rosemary Young and Mary-Louise Vanderlee. Under their guidance and support from her school principal, Joel Hartling, (also a Brock graduate), she conducted in-depth research into home-school partnerships and challenges faced by educators and families. In response, she developed an innovative program for elementary school teachers that would establish and nurture home-school relations and enhance student learning.She also took Spring/Summer courses. Research conducted with material learned from one of her Spring courses, combined with a Fall course, resulted in her internationally acclaimed research article on the influential role of internal dialogue in shaping the experiences of teachers and students in classrooms“One of the best decisions I made was to do my masters at Brock,” she said. “(The) professors are absolutely amazing and well-versed in their research fields. (Young and Vanderlee) continue to take an active role in encouraging me to push the boundaries of what I feel is possible for myself. Their boundless hearts have made a huge impact on my life.” read more

43p drug that prevents spread of breast cancer denied to thousands

first_imgPostmenopausal women on bisphosphonates saw a 28 per cent reduction in the chances of their cancer coming back. The drugs cut the risk of dying from the disease during the first 10 years after diagnosis by 18 per cent.  Analysis by Breast Cancer Now shows the cost of giving women the drugs would be almost £17 million a year but it forecasts eventual savings through women needing fewer bone scans and the fact that 1,200 fewer women every year would develop secondary breast cancer.Bisphosphonates can be taken for around three years, either as a daily tablet (ibandronate) costing 34p per day, or intravenously every six months (zoledronate) at 4p per day. The full cost (including consultant time and monitoring side-effects) is estimated to be 43p per day per patient.Rob Coleman, professor of medical oncology at the University of Sheffield, said: “It should be an absolute priority for every clinician and commissioner involved in the provision of breast cancer services to ensure this simple and safe treatment is made available, as a matter of urgency.” ‘These are cheap and widely-available drugs and the overwhelming evidence of their ability to save lives should have changed practice by now. But they are still sitting on the shelf, blocked by bureaucratic inertia’Baroness Delyth Morgan Among the remainder, awaiting a funding decision was the main obstacle cited. Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the UK, with around 50,000 cases a year, and 12,000 deaths.Almost nine in ten deaths occur because disease has spread to the bone.Bisphosphonates alter bone tissue, making it harder for cancer cells to survive there, and are already used for patients with advanced prostate cancer. They have been hailed as having the potential to prevent around one in 10 breast cancer deaths.Baroness Delyth Morgan, chief executive at Breast Cancer Now, called for a national policy on who would fund the drugs, such as centrally through NHS England or via local clinical commissioning groups (CCGs).She said: “While bisphosphonates are not routinely available to all eligible breast cancer patients, women’s lives are needlessly being put at risk.”These are cheap and widely-available drugs and the overwhelming evidence of their ability to save lives should have changed practice by now.”But they are still sitting on the shelf, blocked by bureaucratic inertia.”We’re fortunate to have so many of the world’s leading oncologists working within the NHS, and we must ensure they have all the tools they need to offer the best possible breast cancer treatment.” Thousands of women with breast cancer are being denied a 43p-a-day drug which could save their lives, experts have warned.Cancer specialists said around three quarters of women who could benefit from the cheap drugs were not receiving them, amid funding rows.Research has found that when post-menopausal women with breast cancer were given bisphosphonates, their chance of death from the disease dropped by almost one fifth.Research published in the Lancet medical journal last year found the cheap pills – already used to prevent osteoporosis – could prevent 1,000 breast cancer deaths a year.Charity Breast Cancer Now said around 27,000 women a year were being put “needlessly at risk” – largely because of confusion about which part of the NHS should pay for them.A poll of 125 cancer specialists by the charity found less than one quarter were able to routinely offer the drugs. Professor Ian Smith, an advisor to NHS England on cancer, said: “It is deeply concerning that such an inexpensive treatment known to improve survival for women with breast cancer is not being made available to all that could benefit.”In order to deliver the best quality breast cancer care to UK patients, the introduction of these drugs for all eligible women must now be our top priority.”NHS England said it had asked the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence to update its guidelines on treatment of breast cancer, including the use of the drugs in women with secondary cancer.These will be published in July 2018. Breast is a frequent site of benign and malignant tumours. center_img  Breast Cancer Screening 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. Bisphosphonates cost just 43 pence a day, including the time of doctors monitoring them  Breast Cancer ScreeningCredit:Rexlast_img read more

The 9 at 9 Sunday

first_imgEVERY MORNING, brings you nine things you need to know with your morning cup of coffee.1. #ARREST: A man is in custody at Blanchardstown Garda Station following the death of a man at a house in Castleknock, Dublin 15 overnight.2. #POST-MORTEM: The state pathologist Dr. Marie Cassidy conducted a post-mortem on the male body that was discovered in Finglas yesterday, but the results have yet to be released.3. #RESCUE: The medical volunteers of an Irish non-profit were involved in a dramatic sea rescue in the Philippines.4. #ELECTRICITY: The Health Minister James Reilly is under pressure from Labour senators to explain a letter he sent to cabinet colleagues expressing concerns about the adverse health risks of electricity cables in Dublin, reports The Sunday Times.5. #SLAVE LABOUR: A foreign diplomat may face an investigation by the gardaí, reports The Sunday Independent, after complaints were received that a servant was trafficked into Ireland to work 17 hours a day.6. #TV3: The Sunday Times reports that broadcaster TV3 has raised concerns with the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland over UTV’s application for an Irish television licence.7. #HEALTH BUDGET: A cabinet memo seen by The Sunday Business Post reveals that the health service may require further funding so as to ensure patient safety.8. #ISRAEL: A state funeral is being planned for tomorrow for the former Prime Minister of Israel, Ariel Sharon, following his death yesterday.9.#HELP: The Samaritans helpline received 520 calls on Christmas Day last month, the busiest day was 30 December.last_img read more

Winds cause power outages in Clark County

first_imgCold, blustery winds kept Clark Public Utilities crews busy with outages Monday afternoon and night.No injuries or fires had been reported.As of 9 p.m., after crews had done their jobs, only 10 customers were out of electricity in the Orchards area and 154 in the La Center/Ridgefield area, according to the utility’s Outages Map.About 8:30 p.m. Monday night, an official with the National Weather Service said the winds were being pushed from the east through the Columbia River Gorge, a giant funnel channeling the cold air. Wind speeds were fastest the closer one got to the Gorge.On Crown Point in Oregon, there were gusts of 60 to 65 mph. On the Glenn Jackson Bridge, cars were being buffeted by 35 mph winds.In the middle of this week, winds could calm a bit, but they may become stronger and more gusty by the weekend, the weather official said. For more information, visit read more

TRL Returns MTV Giving Away Ed Sheeran 2018 Tour Tickets

first_img“Total Request Live” returns; the network has 15 pairs of tickets for 15 lucky Sheeran fansBrian HaackGRAMMYs Oct 3, 2017 – 12:08 pm MTV’s “Total Request Live” has officially returned, and the show’s very first special guest had a big surprise for one lucky fan on his way into the brand-new “TRL” studios in Times Square yesterday. Twitter NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Feb 17, 2016 – 4:50 pm Ed Sheeran Wins Best Pop Solo Performance Win Tickets To Ed Sheeran’s 2018 Stadium Tour trl-returns-mtv-giving-away-ed-sheeran-2018-tour-tickets News Email Facebook “TRL” Returns: MTV Giving Away Ed Sheeran 2018 Tour Tickets The rebooted show’s first major guest was none other than GRAMMY winner Ed Sheeran, and as he walked through a screaming crowd to enter the new studio, he picked a fan at random and gifted then with tickets to their hometown show on his upcoming 2018 stadium tour.Following the show, MTV announced that it would be following the singer/songwriter’s lead by giving away pairs of tickets to every single upcoming U.S. date of Sheeran’s tour.The contest will be run via MTV’s Instagram account, and the network plans to drop questions related to happenings on this week’s daily episodes of “TRL.” The answers to the questions will spell out a secret word related to Sheeran’s career. Fans must then comment on the posts with the answer and their preferred city.The contest will run until Oct. 20. Full details are available on MTV’s website.Marilyn Manson Hospitalized In Stage Accidentlast_img read more

What is JK reservation Amit Shah to present his 1st bill in

first_img IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:02/0:58Loaded: 0%0:02Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:56?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis 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. COPY LINKAD Loading … Close what is article 370?center_img Amit Shah had vowed to scrap Article 370 during the campaign in the run up to the recently concluded election.Union Home Minister Amit Shah will present the Jammu and Kashmir Reservation Amendment Bill in the Lok Sabha on Monday, June 24. This will be Shah’s first legislative business in Parliament after his election.The bill was earlier introduced as an ordinance, which was approved by the Union Cabinet on February 28. It was also cleared by President Ram Nath Kovind.Amit Shah had vowed to scrap Article 370 of the constitution that allows Jammu and Kashmir its own constitution, flag and the right to handle its own laws except on matters that impact national security during the campaign in the run-up to the recently concluded election.The Bharatiya Janata Party’s manifesto had also mentioned the scrapping of Article 35A, which defines permanent residents of the state and excludes outsiders from owning property and getting benefits including government jobs.The J&K Reservation Amendment Bill aims to give reservation benefits for education, jobs and promotion to the scheduled castes and tribes, and to the economically weaker sections in Jammu and Kashmir. It will benefit more than 36 lakh residents, according to the officials.Here’s all you need to know about the bill that is set to replace the ordinance:What does the bill say?The bill is set to replace the ordinance, which was approved in February.Difference between an Ordinance and a Bill:While an ordinance is a temporary law which is circulated by the President of India on the recommendation of the Union Cabinet, a bill can be introduced by government itself or proposed by a member of the Parliament.A bill is a proposal to make a new law and can be considered as initial stage of an act. A bill is usually in the form of a document that summaries what is the policy behind the proposed law and what will be proposed law be.A Bill is presented in the lower house of the parliament and after discussions, upon being passed, goes to the Upper house for approval. After the approval by the Upper house, the bill is sent to the President for his assent, after which, it becomes a law.Whereas, an ordinance is approved when the parliament is not in session but there is a need to make an Act. In such cases, the government refers a proposal to the President or Governor, and upon their approval, it becomes an ordinance.About the ordinance to provide 10 per cent reservation for economically weaker sections in Jammu and Kashmir, an official explained, “In this case, we plan to introduce a Bill replacing the ordinance. If it is not cleared during the House sitting, we will have to seek approval from the President for its (ordinance’s) re-promulgation.”The bill will amend the Jammu and Kashmir Reservation Act, 2004, which provides for reservation in appointment and admission in professional institutions for persons belonging to Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, and socially and educationally backward classes.  While it defines the Socially and educationally backward classes to include persons living in areas adjoining the Actual Line of Control, the bill amends this to include those persons living in areas adjoining International Border, within the ambit of this reservation.”Once the Ordinance is issued, it would pave the way for bringing persons residing in the areas adjoining international border within the ambit of reservation at par with persons living in areas adjoining actual Line of Control,” said Arjun Jaitley, after the ordinance was approved earlier this year. The bill makes 10 per cent reservation for economically weaker sections (which includes Scheduled Castes, Schedule Tribes) applicable in educational institutions and government job in addition to the existing reservation, in J&K.In addition to this, while the Reservation Act of 2004 stated that any person, who has been appointed on the basis of residence in an area adjoining the Line of Control, must serve in such areas for at least seven years, the bill extends condition to persons living in areas adjoining the International Border as well.What can be the impact of this bill?The bill is being presented in Lok Sabha even as the J&K High Court issued notices to the Centre and the State, seeking their replies by July 10 on a petition challenging the ordinance. After the ordinance was approved, the Union Home Ministry had said it will bring people living near the International Border on par with those living near the Line of Control. “Due to continuous cross border tensions, persons living alongside International Border suffer from socio-economic and educational backwardness,” it added.”Shelling from across the border often compels these residents to move to safer places and is adversely impacting their education as Educational Institutions remain closed for long periods. Hence, it was felt justifiable to extend the reservation benefits to persons residing in the areas adjoining International Border on the similar lines of the persons living in areas adjoining Actual Line of Control (ALoC),” it added.About the reservation for economically weaker sections, it said that the ordinance would pave the way reserving State Government jobs to the youth of J&K who are from economically weaker sections belonging to any religion or caste.The 10 per cent reservation for economically weaker sections was introduced in rest of the country through the 103rd Constitution Amendment in January 2019.According to officials, the bill will not have any impact on Article 35-A, which provides special rights and privileges to the permanent residents of J&K.last_img read more

First AfricanAmerican Top Network Executive Exiting ABC

first_imgBy Lynn Elber, AP Television WriterLOS ANGELES (AP) — ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey, who created a deep bench of ethnic diversity in the network’s shows and fired Roseanne Barr for a racist tweet, will be stepping down.Her decision announced Nov. 16 comes amid ABC corporate parent Walt Disney Co.’s pending acquisition of 21st Century Fox and the planned reorganization of Disney’s television units.In this June 13, 2018 file photo, Channing Dungey arrives at the Women In Film Crystal and Lucy Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)Dungey, who became the first African-American programming chief for a major broadcast network when she was named to the job in February 2016, will be replaced by Karey Burke, head of programming development at ABC sibling cable channel Freeform since 2014, the network said.Dungey will remain during a transition period as Burke takes over.Burke’s resume includes overseeing production of NBC prime-time series including “ER” and “The West Wing” from 1999 to 2003, during which time she developed “Scrubs,” ”Freaks & Geeks” and other shows.In a statement, Dungey said she could have called ABC home for many more years but wants to tackle new, unspecified challenges.Under Dungey, both as president and in her previous job as head of ABC’s drama development, the network became the home of “Scandal,” ”How to Get Away With Murder” and other multiethnic shows from powerhouse African-American producer Shonda Rhimes.But Rhimes, whose shows own ABC’s Thursday prime-time schedule, and another prominent producer, Kenya Barris of the network’s sitcom “black-ish,” have both jumped ship for lucrative streaming deals.More recently, Dungey made news for her quick action in canning Barr from her revived namesake show “Roseanne” after the actress-comedian posted an insulting tweet about former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett, who is African-American. Barr apologized, but the show, which had been an immediate success for ABC, was revamped without her and debuted this fall as “The Conners.”In October, Disney said it was bringing in Fox executive Dana Walden as chairman of Disney Television Studios and ABC Entertainment.Burke will report to Walden after the Fox acquisition is completed, with Burke’s replacement at Freeform to be announced, ABC said.In a statement, Disney CEO Bob Iger lauded Dungey for her “curiosity, passion and creativity” and predicted she will be successful at whatever she chooses to pursue.Burke, a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles, said she was honored to continue Dungey’s legacy of “excellent storytelling that touches so many people’s hearts.”last_img read more

An evening with Japanese Sake

first_img‘An evening with Japanese sake’ was hosted by Ambassador Hiramatsu, at his residence, to spread the charm of Japanese Sake among the food and beverage industry of India on September 8.The Embassy of Japan in India is working to raise awareness of Japanese food and sake (Rice Wine) in the country. With the cooperation of Japan Sake and Shochu Makers Association, four Sake breweries and ‘Miss Sake’ – Asami Sudo, from Japan were the guests for the evening. A Sake promotion event is also being organised – for targeting the Indian hotel buyers and importers – in association with the Hospitality Purchasing Managers’ Forum (HPMF). Also Read – Add new books to your shelfAfter Hiramatsu’s opening remarks and a speech by Asami Sudo – a lecture on Japanese Sake was given by the Japan Sake and Shochu Makers Association – followed by a Sake-tasting session. A business matching event was also held between the sake brewers and Indian hotel buyers and importers, after the tasting session.At this event, sushi prepared by using fish imported from Japan was served. Japan has just reached an agreement on sanitary certificate for fishery products imported from Japan to India, earlier this March. Japanese food and Japanese fish were also promoted on the occasion.The Indian guests enjoyed tasting different types of sake, such as, sparkling, ume-shu (plum sake), ko-chu (aged sake), and ginjo, that was served along with a variety of cuisine.last_img read more

US grants funds to fight drugs and domestic violence

first_imgNo related posts. U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs William R. Brownfield arrived in Costa Rica this week to confirm donations his government approved for funding programs to combat organized crime, illegal drugs and family violence.On Tuesday, Brownfield met with Public Security Minister Mario Zamora and Anti-Drug Commissioner Mauricio Boraschi to confirm “the U.S. government will provide some $6-$7 million to be used for the training of prosecutors and investigators, the professionalization of police corps, for border control tasks, and for supporting anti-drug police units during land and sea operations.”Brownfield also said that the U.S. Embassy will implement a special program to fight domestic violence in Costa Rica by donating $1.6 million for government institutions and local NGOs.Ambassador Anne S. Andrew emphasized the embassy is clear that “in order to help Costa Rica improve security problems, to ensure economic growth and to meet education and health challenges, it is necessary to pay more attention to the fight against domestic violence.”Brownfield, who arrived in the country after visiting Honduras, said that he hopes the funds can help Costa Ricans “achieve more successful lives, safe and free from any form of violence.” Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Auckland responds to cruise boom

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.A Artist’s impression of Shed 10. Picture: Waterfront AucklandThe NZD$14.6 million redevelopment of Shed 10 on Queen’s Wharf, Auckland will commence next week in response to the cruise boom New Zealand has seen in recent years.Most recently used as a ‘Fanzone’ for the 2011 Rugby World Cup, the ‘Class 1’ heritage-listed Shed 10 is more than 50 percent larger than the current cruise terminal across the water at Princes Wharf.Designed to be a multipurpose cruise terminal and events centre, the building that dates back to 1910 is set to cater for events of up to 3,000 guests when it opens in April 2013. “For Auckland to gain maximum economic benefits from cruise, it needs to also become more cruise friendly and invest in both port-side and land-side infrastructure,” Auckland Mayor Len Brown said. The development comes as New Zealand braces itself for the country’s busiest cruise season in history with Royal Caribbean’s 3,114-passenger Voyager of the Seas bringing her ice rink at sea to the country later this year and all three Cunard Queens visiting the region in 2014. “This region still remains a very aspirational destination,” Royal Caribbean Cruises Australia and New Zealand managing director Gavin Smith said to The New Zealand Herald.“The economics provide the reason to send big, modern ships.”101 ships calls are set to be made to Auckland in 2013 compared to 97 in 2012.last_img read more

The 5 Takeaways from the Coyotes introduction of

first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Southern California quarterback Sam Darnold pulls back to throw a pass during USC Pro Day, Wednesday, March 21, 2018, in Los Angeles. Pro day is intended to showcase talent to NFL scouts for the upcoming draft. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) 18 Comments   Share   WATCH LIVE: Potential #1 overall draft pick, Sam Darnold, speaks to the media on Pro Day. #FightOn— USC Trojans (@USC_Athletics) March 21, 2018 ESPN’s Adam Schefter spotted all of the Cardinals’ big guns in Los Angeles. General manager Steve Keim, head coach Steve Wilks, offensive coordinator Mike McCoy and quarterbacks coach Byron Leftwich all took in Darnold’s workout.That’s peculiar considering not many other teams — that we know of — sent so many key leaders to Darnold’s workout.Related LinksA quarterback rich 2018 NFL Draft awaits the CardinalsThe Cardinals’ quarterback options could be limited by 15th pickDarnold isn’t expected to be available to many teams, and certainly not by the time Arizona would pick at 15th overall. He is a potential No. 1 overall pick after throwing for 4,143 yards, 26 touchdowns and 13 interceptions last season for the Trojans.The Jets, Giants and Browns were all represented alongside the Cardinals on Wednesday. Those three teams own the four top picks (Cleveland has two picks at first and fourth).The Chargers, Seahawks and Saints also had personnel taking in Darnold’s pro day, according to College Football Talk’s Bryan Fischer. There were certainly others that went unreported on Twitter.But it makes you wonder: Could the Cardinals, who signed veteran quarterbacks Sam Bradford and Mike Glennon this offseason, be thinking about moving up in the NFL Draft to grab Darnold? It at least seems that the workout won’t deter Arizona or other teams in thinking about that possibility. Darnold, who didn’t throw at the NFL Combine, impressed despite working out in inclement weather. NFL teams have the deep personnel departments to spread out, put boots on the ground and fill their NFL Draft files full of useful information.At this point, they also have time to pool their resources and place bodies in one location if they think it’s worth gaining first-hand knowledge. Apparently, doing so at USC quarterback Sam Darnold’s pro day was the priority for the Arizona Cardinals on Wednesday. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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