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Atlantic First Nations leaders issue warning over health cuts

first_imgAPTN National NewsAcross the country budgets are facing cuts and services are being slashed.Now a warning is coming from First Nations leaders on the East Coast. As APTN National News reporter Tim Fontaine finds out, the fear of funding shortfalls are putting health care programs on life-support.last_img

Head of Moroccan Government Denies Making Statement on Relations With Algeria

Rabat – The spokesperson of the Moroccan Government, Mustapha El Khalfi, has denied that Morocco’s Head of Government, Saad Eddine El Othmani, commented on Morocco’s position on Algeria.The minister told Maghreb Arab Press (MAP) that El Othmani did not make any official statement on Algeria, but rather expressed Morocco’s hopes to see the borders between the two countries reopened again.El Khalfi said that El Othmani made his remarks during a “private” discussion during an iftar (fast-breaking). El Khalfi’s statement comes after a news report from Anadolu Agency quoted El Othmani saying that Algeria’s former regime “was very hostile to Morocco.”Anadolu Agency reported on Thursday, that El Othmani allegedly expressed “hope” that Algeria’s rulers “won’t follow the former regime’s policy of fierce competition with Morocco.”El Othmani allegedly told reporters that the diplomatic ties between Morocco and Algeria “can’t  be worse than they were under Bouteflika.”Read Also: Morocco’s Ambassador to the UN: Algeria Created PolisarioThe Moroccan government, however, denied that El Othmani made any official comments on Morocco’s political relationship with their eastern neighbor.The government has made it clear that Morocco is interested in reopening the borders with Algeria.Algeria closed the border with Morocco in 1994.  The country made the decision after Rabat imposed visa regulations on Algerian citizens, following a terrorist attack on the Atlas Asni Hotel in Marrakech.Morocco’s initiatives to reopen the border with Algeria were strengthened in November 2018, when King Mohammed VI called for talks between Rabat and Algiers to break the stalemate between the two countries.On the 43rd anniversary of the Green March,  the King stated that the lack of unity between the Maghreb countries is “an unreasonable situation” which contradicts “the brotherly bonds uniting” peoples of Morocco and Algeria.Talking about the hostile relations between Algeria and Morocco, the monarch admitted that they are “not normal, much less acceptable.”Algeria has been holding a  hostile position regarding Morocco’s territorial integrity, and has long supported the Polisario Front.A Policy of Non-interferenceIn recent years, Morocco has been urging the Algerian government to shoulder its responsibility as a main party in the conflict.Earlier this year, Morocco’s Permanent Ambassador to the United Nations, Omar Hilale, accused Algeria of creating the front, giving it “practically an extra sovereign territory in the Tindouf camps – the only camps in the world that are managed by a non-state entity.”Despite the tension,  Morocco’s government has refused to make known its position on the Algerian protests before and after the resignation of Bouteflika.Asked about Morocco’s position at a previous  press conference earlier in May, El Khalfi  told reporters: “Regarding questions about Algeria’s protests, I will answer you with this sentence: I will not answer this question.”In March, Morocco’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nasser Bourita, said that Morocco maintains a “non-interference” position with regard to the mass demonstrations in Algeria.Bourita said that Morocco will “neither meddle with the internal developments that Algeria witnesses nor comment on them,” according to AFP.Morocco’s policy respects the states’ sovereignty, territorial integrity, and the principle of non-interference in domestic affairs. read more

Making a living online means a lot more than collecting a share

ANAHEIM, Calif. – When 29-year-old YouTube star Meghan Tonjes launched a podcast with crowd-funding site Patreon a year ago, it was one of dozens of things the singer-songwriter was doing to grind out a living online. Today, it’s paying her rent.Along with posting performance videos on YouTube, touring, selling songs on iTunes and “vlogging” (video blogging), Tonjes sits down twice a week with her roommate in Los Angeles to talk about “Adventures in Roommating.” Nearly 100 online patrons donate a total of close to $700 per podcast, just to listen and maybe get a shout-out.Tonjes grew her audience on YouTube, where she has amassed more than 210,000 followers since 2006.But collecting a check from her cut of YouTube ad revenue is no longer her main source of income.“If YouTube disappeared tomorrow, I want to know that I can go play shows, do podcasts and live without being dependent on one site or one app,” she says.With YouTube taking about a 45 per cent cut of ad revenue from videos posted on the site, YouTubers and companies that manage them are hunting for new ways to make money from the audiences they’ve built on the platform. That will be a big topic of conversation at VidCon, the annual convention in Anaheim, California, that kicked off Thursday.Robert Kyncl, head of content and business operations at YouTube, welcomes the challenges to its online dominance, even if other platforms are enticing creators with better cuts of revenue.Richer creators will “have more and better content to publish on YouTube,” he says. “We don’t live in a world that is mutually exclusive.”A panoply of ways to earn money outside of YouTube have recently emerged.OTHER VIDEO SITES ARE PAYINGFacebook announced this month that in the fall it would start sharing ad revenue with a select few creators like the NBA, Fox Sports and Funny or Die. Video-game streaming service Twitch already shares subscription revenue from followers with top gamers, and a site called YouNow allows online fans to give tips to talent with coins bought with real money in live stream forums.Vessel, a video service launched in January by former Hulu CEO Jason Kilar, offers creators 15 percentage points more ad revenue share than YouTube, as well as 60 per cent of the $3 per month fee from subscribers who want days-early access to videos before they show up elsewhere.Kilar says paying creators more helps them make higher-quality videos, the same way subscription revenues help premium pay channels like HBO finance better TV shows.BRAND-SPONSORED VIDEOEverything from “unboxing” videos of new gadgets and how-to videos that show off teeth-whitening products are providing YouTubers a solid revenue stream.FameBit, a Santa Monica startup, launched a marketplace last year where creators bid on the right to make brand-sponsored videos, and deals close for, on average, $500 per video, says Agnes Kozera, the company’s co-founder and chief operating officer. Brands usually buy multiple videos in different genres, from reviews to funny skits, to see what fits.Also launching this week is an app called Social Bluebook, which benchmarks how much creators should ask for such digital promos, including on platforms like Instagram and Twitter. It’s based on existing deals and a creator’s fan base and their level of engagement.“We at least want you to have an educated estimate on what you should be charging,” says Chad Sahley, the company’s founder and CEO.BOOKS, MOVIES, MERCHANDISE, DOWNLOADSTwo movies starring YouTube sensations are debuting around VidCon, including “SMOSH: The Movie,” featuring comedy duo Ian Hecox and Anthony Padilla, and “The Chosen,” a horror flick featuring vlogger Kian Lawley. With limited theatrical runs, both films are being made available online for $10 on Friday.They won’t be the first feature films starring YouTubers and they won’t be the last, says Barry Blumberg, chief content officer for SMOSH backer Defy Media. Last year saw the success of similar films such as “Camp Takota,” starring Grace Helbig, and “Expelled,” starring Cameron Dallas.“Everybody that has already made a movie in this space is anxious to make another one,” Blumberg says.FameBit is also venturing into paid content, launching a talk show series called “FilterFreeTV” that will sell on iTunes for $1.99 per episode.YouTube personality Kayla Lashae, 22, who has made a living for three years with videos about trying out bags and testing things like electric toothbrushes, says it’s a good idea to branch out with the co-hosting gig.“My overall goal is take my brand outside of YouTube and move it directly to television,” she says.GOING INTERNATIONALBig multichannel networks, which help YouTube stars get advertising deals, are tying up and expanding their business abroad.Last year Disney bought Maker Studios, and AT&T and Chernin Group purchased Fullscreen. And earlier this month, German broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1 merged its Studio71 with Collective Digital Studio, a Los Angeles-based network behind such brands as Epic Meal Time, Video Game High School and Just Kidding News.Part of the rationale is to take formats that have worked in Germany, like the head-to-head video game challenge show, “Last Man Standing,” and transport them to different markets with local talent, says CDS CEO Reza Izad. The merger will also help build up advertising sales forces in countries where consumers are watching videos that don’t have ads sold against them.“You want to grow (ad rates)? You’re going to need to have ad sales forces globally in marketplaces that have real value,” Izad says. That means countries like Canada, and various territories in Europe and elsewhere where English language videos travel well.There are plenty of genres that work in other markets, like sports, dance, and fashion, says Peter Csathy, CEO of venture capital firm Manatt Digital Media Ventures. “Those things are not language dependent and they’re naturals for international reach,” he says. by Ryan Nakashima, The Associated Press Posted Jul 23, 2015 1:50 pm MDT Last Updated Jul 23, 2015 at 2:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email In this Thursday, July 9, 2015 photo, Reza Izad, left, CEO of Collective Digital Studio, and chairman Michael Green pause for photos in Beverly Hills, Calif. YouTubers and companies that manage them are on the hunt for new ways to make money from the audiences they’ve built on the platform, which takes about a 45 percent cut of ad revenue. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) Making a living online means a lot more than collecting a share of YouTube ad revenue read more

AP Exclusive Golf club shows pitfalls of Trump presidency

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – The decorative clock bearing the name of America’s incoming 45th president has yet to start at the Trump International Golf Club in Dubai, but the developers behind the project already are counting the money they’ve made.The 18-hole course is likely to be the first Trump-connected property to open after his Jan. 20 inauguration as president, joining his organization’s projects stretching from Bali to Panama.It also encapsulates the host of worries of possible conflicts of interest circulating around a president who is very different from America’s past leaders. While the Oval Office has always been home to the wealthy, Donald Trump represents the first franchise president.Could foreign governments pressure or please Trump through his international businesses? Should projects bearing his name receive additional security? And how close should his ties remain to business executives operating in areas with far different opinions about human rights and justice?“There has never been anything remotely like this — not even close,” said Robert W. Gordon, a legal historian and ethics expert who teaches at Stanford University. “Trump himself tends to treat his businesses and his public policy as sort of extensions of himself. He seems to be completely unembarrassed about scrambling up and conflating his business enterprise and the actions and policies of the U.S. government.”The Trump International Golf Club in Dubai — the sheikhdom in the United Arab Emirates home to a futuristic skyline crowned by the world’s tallest building — is due to open in February and be managed by Trump Organization employees.The course sits along a road that begins near the sail-shaped Burj al-Arab luxury hotel and passes by a mall with its own artificial ski slope. The luxury continues onto the par-71 Trump course, designed by American golf architect Gil Hanse, where wrinkled fairways lead to putting greens made smooth with silica sand brushed in between micro-blades of grass.It is set inside Akoya, a massive housing development of 2,600 villas and 7,000 apartments developed by Dubai-based luxury real estate DAMAC Properties. Another Trump-managed golf course is planned for another even larger DAMAC project under development further down the road.Billionaire Hussain Sajwani, who founded DAMAC Properties in 2002, met Trump some 10 years ago and the two men hit it off over their real estate experiences, said Niall McLoughlin, a senior vice-president for communications and marketing at the firm.“When we approached them in 2013 about the golf course, he of course knew who DAMAC was,” McLoughlin told The Associated Press on a recent trip to the golf course. “They subsequently cemented the family relationship as well. … A lot of our dealings have been with Eric, a lot of our dealings have been with Ivanka. They have travelled here — and Donald Jr.”Sajwani and his family also attended a New Year’s Eve party at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club in Florida, with the incoming president describing them from on stage as “the most beautiful people from Dubai.”Trump received between $1 million to $5 million from DAMAC, according to a Federal Election Committee report submitted in May. It’s unclear how much the contract will be worth once the golf course opens and starts operating. McLoughlin declined to offer specific figures.It is the first Trump venture in the Arab world. His first proposed project in Dubai, a 62-story tower with state-backed developer Nakheel, became a victim of the sheikhdom’s 2009 financial crisis.By 2014, Trump knocked a golf ball down the fairway of what would become the golf course at Akoya. Sajwani called Trump a “great man” during the tour, and DAMAC later designed some 100 Trump-branded villas at the property, selling from 5 million dirhams ($1.3 million) to over 15 million dirhams ($4 million).With Trump set to be sworn in as president, security analysts have suggested properties bearing his name could be targets. His campaign pledge calling for a “total and complete shutdown” of Muslims entering the U.S., followed by his proposal to conduct “extreme vetting” of immigrants, also sparked regional anger . The Trump logos on the golf course even came down for a short time .Still, the United Arab Emirates, a staunch U.S. ally in the war against the Islamic State group and host to some 5,000 American military personnel, remains a peaceful corner of the Middle East.“Dubai is one of the safest cities in the world,” McLoughlin said. “Dubai has proved itself to be safe. We have no extra concerns about this golf course.”Dubai police did not respond to a request for comment about security at the property.Financial matters raise other questions.DAMAC, a private company, purchased the property for Akoya from Dubai’s government in 2012 for around $350 million. Dubai’s government ultimately answers to the emirate’s hereditary ruler, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who also is the UAE’s vice-president and prime minister.All services to the property — electricity, water, roads — come at the discretion of the government. The club’s bar will need government approvals to serve alcohol, not to mention other regulatory issues.That could raise concerns about the so-called “emoluments clause” of the U.S. constitution, which bars public officials from accepting gifts or payments from foreign governments and companies controlled by them without the consent of Congress.Any negotiations involving the Trump brand at the least could create the appearance of impropriety, legal experts warn.“He has so many properties that his business interests become an obvious target for both bribes and threats,” said Gordon, the Stanford law professor. “The dangers really come in two directions: One is that foreign powers will try to use Trump’s interests as a way of bribing him into public policies in a way that are friendly to them or use them put pressure on him.”Trump has said he will step away from managing his business empire while in office, but has offered few details other than to say his executives “will run it with my children.”Erik Jensen, a law professor emeritus at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, said that alone could pose problems.“Turning over control to the kids just doesn’t do it. They clearly are going to be having holiday meals together, talking on the telephone,” Jensen said. “There’s going to be a lot of contact there.”Even putting assets in a blind trust, like other presidents have, likely wouldn’t work since, for example, he would know the trust holds a golf course in Dubai. “You can put it in the trust, but the adjective ‘blind’ wouldn’t apply in that situation,” Jensen said.Also, DAMAC’s Sajwani has had dealings with the U.S. government. He credits some of his fortune to contracting work his companies did in supplying U.S. forces during the 1991 Gulf War that expelled Iraqi forces from Kuwait. Over the past decade, his companies have been awarded at least $1 million in contracting work, according to U.S. government records reviewed by the AP.McLoughlin did not respond to a query regarding whether DAMAC would continue to seek U.S. government contracts.DAMAC stock traded after the election at near a yearlong low of 2.02 dirhams (55 cents) a share, in part due to the company announcing an 11.7 per cent fall in third-quarter profits as Dubai’s housing market has slowed in 2016.Stock then rebounded, reaching 2.53 dirhams (69 cents) just before New Year’s Eve, as the company began handing over properties at Akoya.Sajwani’s business dealings have drawn international scrutiny in the past. After Egypt’s 2011 Arab Spring protests, a local court sentenced him to five years in prison and a $40.5 million fine over a 2006 land deal. Egypt and DAMAC later reached an undisclosed settlement in international arbitration and Sajwani never served prison time.DAMAC, which competes against largely state-backed developers in Dubai, focuses on flashy projects, like offering homes built around luxury Bugatti sports cars . But when it comes to building the projects, it like other companies relies heavily on subcontractors who largely employ low-paid labourers from Asian countries like India and Pakistan.There have been no formal complaints by workers alleging the Trump golf course or the larger DAMAC project mistreats labourers.However, that alone shouldn’t be taken as a sign that everything is fine, said James Lynch, who focuses on Gulf labour issues for Amnesty International.The Emirati government and local businesses remain sensitive about their image in regards to the millions of workers employed in the country, something Lynch knows all too well as he was barred from entering the UAE in 2015 to discuss labourers’ rights.“Under international standards, construction companies in the Gulf are not only responsible for how they treat their direct employees,” Lynch said. “They have a responsibility to put in place measures to ensure that their subcontractors do not abuse the rights of people working for them.”The Trump Organization and his transition team did not respond to AP requests for comment. McLoughlin of DAMAC did not respond to a request for comment regarding labour issues.For now, workers manicure the golf course’s empty greens. Others put the finishing touches on a clubhouse that will feature a bar, a water-pipe tobacco lounge and restaurants for those paying the course’s dues, which start at around $10,000 a year.While DAMAC’s contract with Trump allows them to use his image in advertising the course, McLoughlin said the company would be “tasteful” in its promotions. However, he said at least some of Trump’s children likely would be on hand for the opening of the course.“It’s their baby,” McLoughlin said.___Associated Press writer Vivian Salama in West Palm Beach, Florida, contributed to this report.___Follow Jon Gambrell on Twitter at www.twitter.com/jongambrellap . His work can be found at http://apne.ws/2galNpz . by Jon Gambrell, The Associated Press Posted Jan 2, 2017 11:51 pm MDT Last Updated Jan 3, 2017 at 9:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email In this Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016 photo, a flag flies on a green lined with villas at the Trump International Golf Club, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The 18-hole golf course in Dubai bearing Donald Trump’s name exemplifies the questions surrounding his international business interests. The course will open in February 2017 in the United Arab Emirates, but concerns about security, financial agreements and other matters have yet to be answered by the incoming 45th American president. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili) AP Exclusive: Golf club shows pitfalls of Trump presidency read more

UN envoy on Syria shocked and appalled by indiscriminate rocket attack on

“Those who argue that this is meant to relieve the siege of eastern Aleppo should be reminded that nothing justifies the use of disproportionate and indiscriminate weapons, including heavy ones, on civilian areas and it could amount to war crimes,” Mr. de Mistura said in a statement issued by his office. Attributing credible reports from the ground, the statement noted that scores of civilians in western Aleppo had been killed, including several children, and hundreds wounded due to “relentless and indiscriminate” attacks from armed opposition groups. Further in the statement, the Special Envoy reiterated UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s condemnation of recent attacks on schools, as well as the use of heavy airpower on civilian areas in Aleppo. “The civilians of both sides of Aleppo have suffered enough due to futile but lethal attempts of subduing the city of Aleppo,” he said, adding: “They now need and deserve a stable ceasefire covering this ancient city of Syria.” read more

Digitachs from May 2006

Digital tachographs will be law from May 2006, according to a letter this week from Jacques Barrot, EU transport commissioner. M Barrot has just written to all EU transport ministers to say that the Commission accepts May 2006 as the latest deadline for the mandatory introduction of digital tachographs for ‘in scope’ vehicles. In practice this means almost all commercial vehicles over 3.5 tonnes gross vehicle weight. He goes on to say that the Commission had wanted digitachs working in all newly registered ‘in scope’ vehicles from 1 January this year. But as the European Parliament and Council didn’t finally agree the changes to Regulation (EEC) n° 3820/85, which governs digital tachographs until early December, the Commission accepted that it will take a little longer to translate and publish the paperwork. Barrot says this means old, analogue tachographs can be fitted to new vehicles until the new rules come into force, which will be 20 days after they are published in the Official Journal of the European Union. ‘This is good news in that it narrows the scale to May,’ said Robin Dickeson, manager, commercial vehicle affairs at the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders. ‘But sadly and typically, there is still an element of uncertainty, as no-one seems able to put a date on the publication of the Official Journal and that determines the precise date for the new law.’ ‘Manufacturers, dealers and operators will be relieved that we have at least got a pretty clear idea of a date to aim for. For those with new vehicles due for delivery from April onwards, this is a wake-up call and probably last chance to change the specification to include a digitach. Once the deadline is passed, you won’t be able to register a new van, truck, bus or coach with an analogue tacho and someone will need to fork out over £1,000 a vehicle to get each one converted.’ ‘And of course, operators need to ensure that drivers get the necessary Driver Cards in good time.’ Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Ohio State womens ice hockeys losing streak at 5 after weekend sweep

OSU freshman forward Maddy Field (22) fights for the puck during a game against Minnesota State on Oct. 23 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won 5-3.Credit: Courtesy of OSUIn its final away series of the regular season, the Ohio State women’s ice hockey team (9-22-1, 5-20-1) was swept by Bemidji State University (20-9-3, 15-9-2).Both games were closely contested despite Bemidji State’s strong advantage in number of shots. The Buckeyes fell to the Beavers 3-1 on Friday and 6-2 the next day.The Buckeyes jumped out to a one-goal lead in the first period on Friday night off of a goal from freshman defenseman Lauren Boyle, giving the Scarlet and Gray the needed early momentum to pull off an upset on the road.However, Bemidji State was able to tie it up off a goal from Alexis Joyce in the second. The Beavers led in shots 17-6 in the second period.The home team then scored the go-ahead goal 6:53 into the third period for the Beavers’ first lead of the game. OSU sophomore goalie Alex LaMere let one more goal past her off of a shot from Hanna Moher to give the Beavers the 3-1 win.Despite taking the loss in the Friday night game, LaMere was able to stop 42 of 45 shots, which was a career high for her. On Saturday, the Beavers were the team with the quick start as they took a one-goal lead within the first three minutes of the game. They followed that up with another goal two minutes later. Joyce and Kaitlyn Tougas scored the goals for Bemidji State.Cara Zubko got OSU on the board with less than four minutes left in the first period to prevent the game from getting ugly early. The senior defenseman was assisted by freshman forward Maddy Field and junior forward Claudia Kepler.However, the ugliness eventually arrived. The Beavers added four straight goals in the second and third periods to bring the score up to a 6-1 advantage. Field scored for the Buckeyes with less than two minutes remaining, but Bemidji State easily took home the win with a four-goal advantage.Despite a larger final goal deficit on Saturday, the Buckeyes held with the Beavers in terms of shots. The Beavers only had a 34-32 advantage on the night.Bemidji State goes into its final series of the regular season sitting in third in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association standings, while the Buckeyes sit second from last in seventh place.The Buckeyes will be looking to break their five-game losing streak next weekend in the final series of the regular season against No. 9 North Dakota. The two teams squared off in mid-November, when the Buckeyes and Fighting Hawks split the series.The puck is scheduled to drop at the OSU Ice Rink at 7:07 p.m. on Friday and 4:07 p.m. on Saturday, with the latter game representing the team’s senior day. read more

Six Cambridge colleges admitted fewer than ten black British students in five

David Lammy David Lammy campaignd on diversity at Oxford Credit:Stefan Rousseau/PA Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “We are already doing a significant bit of outreach, but ultimately the university isn’t going to be able to bring about this change on its own. We need the support of schools and parents too,” the university told the Financial Times.“More needs to be done to prepare high-achieving black students for applications to Cambridge and Oxford, which is why we have significantly increased the funding we contribute to programmes like Target Oxbridge,” it added. Six of Cambridge University’s colleges admitted fewer than ten black British students in five years, and some admitted none at all in some years, new data has shown.The data, obtained under the Freedom of Information Act by the Financial Times, comes after the revelation last month that one in four Oxford colleges did not admit a single black British student between 2015 and 2017. Cambridge University said that it cannot change diversity “on its own” and called for parents and schools to help boost the number of underrepresented minorities applying to its colleges.St Edmund’s College, Cambridge, did not admit any black British students between 2012 and 2016, despite receiving between 31 and 35 applications.Magdalene College, which was the last Oxbridge college to admit women in 1988, received 40 applications from black British students but only made between three and nine offers. Downing College received 37 applications from black British students between 2014 and 2015 but made no offers.Fitzwilliam College was the only college to consistently make more than four offers to black British students in the 2012 to 2016 period.The figures were released by the University as ranges, because the small numbers involved meant that the anonymity of applicants could have been compromised.  David Lammy, MP for Tottenham, who campaigns for diversity in British universities, said: “Cambridge, and every university in the country, should be publishing all their access and admissions data every year”.“We need transparency if we are going to have progress on access to our elite institutions for students from disadvantaged and under-represented backgrounds,” he said.Last month, his information requests showed the lack of black British students at Oxford colleges. Mr Lammy also spoke out against the opacity of universities in not revealing data.“The fact that many colleges are admitting so few black British students that they argue that publishing the information would risk identifying individual students is itself the strongest possible evidence that there is so much work to do,” he added. read more

Scrap free bus pass and TV licence for pensioners to promote intergenerational

To reflect this increased prosperity, the peers are calling on the Government to remove the triple lock for State Pensions and instead uprate it in line with average earnings and phase out free TV licences based on age before deciding if it wants to subsidise TV licences based on household income.Members of the House of Lords also suggest that free bus passes and Winter Fuel Payment should only be available five years after a person becomes eligible for the State Pension and that better off workers over the State Pension age should pay National Insurance while they continue to work.Caroline Abrahams, Charity Director at Age UK said: “We are pleased the Committee found evidence of continuing strong intergenerational bonds across our society, especially within families, and this reflects what we hear too.” The Committee sets out a series of recommendations to meet this challenge. However, some suggestions – such as scrapping free bus passes and TV licences – have sparked a backlash from charities.Age UK said that young people should not be helped “at the expense of the older generation”.In a bid to tackle tax and spending issues, the Committee said that while “age-based benefits and allowances were justified in the past to tackle pensioner poverty”, many pensioner households are now on average better off than many working age households. This is in terms of both income after housing costs and household wealth. Dr Anna Dixon, Chief Executive, Centre for Ageing Better said that with levels of pensioner poverty on the rise for the first time since 2010,  the ‘triple lock’ on the State Pension provides “a vital safety net” for people at risk of poverty in later life.“Nor should we be complacent about changes to benefits, given the level of inequality amongst people in later life,” she added. “This includes access to affordable transport, which is critical to many people’s ability to get out and about and access essential services.””But none of this is as potentially catastrophic as failing to build decent, accessible homes that meet the needs and aspirations of our ageing population, or making our workplaces fit for our longer working lives.”Lord True, Chairman of the Committee, said: “Young people told us they feel short changed by the housing market, so we are recommending policies to deliver a significant increase in the supply of social and private housing and recommend protections to give renters long term security be backed a new regulatory framework.“We also need to change how we view education and training. Longer working lives mean older workers need support to reskill and continue to contribute in the workplace and younger people, particularly those who do not go to university need the government to prioritise and fund further education and vocational training.” A Department for Transport spokeswoman said: “We know that buses are a vital way for older and disabled people to maintain their independence, which is why we renewed our commitment to continue the free bus pass scheme last year.“There are no plans to amend this legislation and we are committed to ensuring that free local bus travel continues for these groups.” A Department for Culture Media and Sport spokesman said: “Following the BBC Charter Review, the government has committed to maintain the current licence fee funding model for the BBC until 2027. “The BBC will take on responsibility for free licences for the over 75s from 2020 and it is right that they have consulted the public before making any decisions. We’ve been clear that we would want and expect them to continue with this important concession.” However she added: “Young people may well need more help but we disagree that this should be at the expense of the older generation.  “This underplays the extent of need among older people, and skates over the great difficulty of ensuring a targeted approach  which actually reaches those older people who are the most vulnerable.“All the evidence suggests that means-testing, for example, results in significant numbers of very poor older people missing out. More profoundly we reject the notion that helping younger and older people is an ‘either/or’; in practice many at both ends of the age spectrum need our society’s support and an advanced twenty first century economy like the UK is well placed to provide it.” Free bus passes, TV licences and winter fuel for pensioners should be scrapped, in a bid to promote ‘intergenerational fairness’, peers say.The House of Lords Committee on Intergenerational Fairness and Provision today published a report calling on the Government to take measures to deliver a fairer society by supporting younger people in the housing and employment market, and deliver better in-work training to prepare the country over the next 100 years.The report entitled, ‘Tackling intergenerational unfairness’ found that the relationship between older and younger generations is being failed because British youth are not properly supported with rewarding jobs and adequate housing.Meanwhile it says that governments have failed to plan properly for the needs of a larger older population. 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The 9 at 9 Monday

first_img Image: rpavich via Flickr EVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you the stories you need to know as you start your day.1. #BAPTISM BARRIER: Minister for Education Richard Bruton is to announce plans to address difficulties for children accessing primary education in Catholic schools.2. #WEALTH GAP: Eight men own the same amount of wealth as the combined wealth of the poorest half of the planet, according to new research.3. #KILKENNY: A woman in her 60s was killed when she was struck by a car yesterday evening.4. #NORTHERN IRELAND: A general election will be calledat 5pm today if Sinn Féin fails to put forward a replacement for Martin McGuinness.5. #BREXIT: US President-elect Donald Trump has described Brexit as “a great thing” and said he thinks more countries will leave the EU.6. #KYRGYZSTAN: A Turkish cargo plane has crashed into a village, killing at least 37 people and destroying homes.7. #GAMBLING: There is a push for the enactment of legislation to address gambling in Ireland.8. #ASSAULTS: Two men are in critical condition after separate assaults in Offaly and Wicklow over the weekend.9. #THE JOSHUA TREE: Tickets for U2′s widely anticipated concert go on sale this morning. Monday 16 Jan 2017, 8:50 AM By Michelle Hennessy No Comments http://jrnl.ie/3188753 Jan 16th 2017, 8:50 AM Share3 Tweet Email Short URL The 9 at 9: Monday Here’s everything you need to know as you start your day. 13,086 Views Image: rpavich via Flickr Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Jason Taylor Foundation holds 14th PingPong Smash

first_imgProceeds will benefit the Jason Taylor and Team Pouncey foundations.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. HOLLYWOOD, FLA. (WSVN) – The Jason Taylor Foundation celebrated its 14th Ping-Pong Smash in Hollywood, Monday.A couple of familiar 7News faces — Vivian Gonzalez and Alex de Armas — were part of the big event.Hard Rock Live played host to the event.NFL players Mike Pouncey and Jarvis Landry were the featured star competitors.With live music and interactive games for children, the Smash proved to be fun for all ages.“The work we do is important. We get to come and have a good time while raising money, but the true work is done at the foundation and the kids,” said Hall of Famer Jason Taylor, “not only my foundation, but the charitable work of Pouncey and Jarvis. It really means a lot, this community. That’s our obligation and our privilege and duty.”Following the event, participants attended the Champion’s Celebration, an award ceremony and silent auction. last_img read more

POLICE LOG for June 8 Wilmington Man Arrested For Assault Battery With

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights of the Wilmington Police Log for Saturday, June 8, 2019:Anonymous caller reported a female party “flipping out” on the corner of Taplin Avenue and Wisser Avenue. Police responded. Female party was picked up prior to police arrival. There was a dispute over a cell phone. (2:15am)A caller reported one of the porta potties near the Fourth of July Building was knocked over during the night. (5:18am)Police noted a building on Grove Avenue was spray painted. (6:45am)A walk-in party reported his vehicle was struck while parked unattended in the Target parking lot. (10:53am)Kevin MacDonald (56, Wilmington) was arrested for Assault & Battery with a Dangerous Weapon, Threat To Commit A Crime, and 2 counts of Assault with a Dangerous Weapon. (12:10pm)A car struck a bicycle at Jacquith Road and Hardin Street. No injuries noted. (12:58pm)A red iguana escaped from an Aldrich Road residence, but was quickly found. (5:38pm)A turtle with a cracked shell was found on Chestnut Street. Animal Control Officer contacted Turtle Rescue Group. (6:15pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like 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 wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for August 31: Woburn Man Arrested For OUI; Bad Highway Crash Required MedflightIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 26: Wilmington Man Arrested For OUI; Tractor Trailer Takes Out Wall, Signs & HydrantIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for July 27: OUI Arrest; Woman Brings Caged Bird To Town BeachIn “Police Log”last_img read more

Iditapod Kaiser poised for first Iditarod win

first_imgBethel musher Pete Kaiser arrives at the McGrath checkpoint of the 2019 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on March 6, 2019. (Ben Matheson/KNOM/Alaska Public Media photo)Heading into a final, mandatory, eight-hour rest in White Mountain about 40 minutes in the lead, Bethel’s Peter Kaiser could be set up to win his first Iditarod in his team’s 10th race. But anything can happen in that final 77 miles, and the defending champ, Joar Leifseth Ulsom, is not far behind. We also talk to some former champs about how they’re in the middle of the pack and running a totally different kind of race. Plus: There’s no sea ice! But there is Snack Attack with Ben and Zach!last_img

Pension Adalat held at BSNL office

first_imgMusheerabad: BSNL officers under the supervision of Srikanth Panda and M Anitha conducted country-wide Pension Adalat programme in BSNL office at Bholakpur division in Musheerabad. BSNL zone officers from different banks participated in the programme. Speaking on the occasion, they said, “BSNL pension holders from different districts in Telangana discussed their problems and got solutions.”Jithendhar conducted an awareness programme on Sampann Pension software which is recently introduced by PM Narenda Modi. An awareness programme on savings and investments was also conducted for marketing officials who were transferred to State Bank from the postal department. Marketing officials and others were present.last_img

Jet Airways delays interest payments grounds more planes

first_imgIn July 2017, Jet Airways had asked its junior pilots, who joined the brand in 2016, to take a 30 percent pay cut or leaveReuters file [Representational Image]Jet Airways Ltd said on Monday it has grounded four more planes and would delay paying interest on maturing debt in a fresh sign of deepening liquidity crisis engulfing the Indian carrier saddled with over $1 billion debt.India’s second-largest carrier has delayed payments to its pilots, suppliers and lessors for months and defaulted on loans, as it battles intensifying competition, a weak rupee and rising fuel costs.The airline said it will delay paying interest to its debenture holder, due March 19, owing to financial constraints.Jet did not immediately respond to Reuters’ request for comment on payment-related details.Meanwhile, the airline grounded four more aircraft on Monday, taking the number of planes tied down to 41, or more than a third of its entire fleet.Founder and chairman Naresh Goyal, who transformed Jet into India’s biggest full-service carrier from its humble start 25 years ago, has said it is charting out a bailout plan, led by state-run banks and Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airways.An official with State Bank of India (SBI), Jet’s largest creditor, said on Friday that a consortium of lenders should reach a final resolution plan to rescue the embattled airline in one week.Shares in Jet, which fell 15 per cent so far this year, were up 0.15 per cent, as of 0728 GMT.last_img read more

Sensex recovers its 40000 level Nifty at a high before the budget

first_imgRepresentational image.PixabayIndian stock market opened with massive positive trading with Sensex recovering to its 40,000 level almost after a month. Nifty rose above 11,970, showing a positive approach towards the expectations on Nirmala Sitharaman’s maiden Union Budget 2019 speech.The BSE Sensex is seeing a trading rise of 119 points while Nifty50 has gained about 31 points since the morning.The gain in the Sensex and the Nifty is because of the expectations of the public and the investors from the Union Budget to bring in policies that can revive the country from its economic slowdown.last_img

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Kicks off 2014 – 2018 Community Service Programs

first_imgWreath Laying CeremonyBaltimore Metropolitan area Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority members, including Epsilon Omega President E. Francine Stokes-McElven, the 27th North Atlantic Regional Director Erma W. Barron, and the 18th International President Mattelia Grays took part in a tribute to the organization’s 12th International President Edna Over Gray Campbell during a Wreath Laying Ceremony in Owings Mills, April 2.The event was part of a nationwide wreath-laying ceremonies themed: A Celebration of Remembrance, A Proud Past…A Promising Future. The newly installed international president, Dorothy Buckhanan Wilson’s made this her initial event of her 2014-2018 service programs.  Members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, through its 265, 000 members in 986 local chapters, will address community needs with programs in five target areas, educational enrichment, health promotion, family strengthening, environmental ownership and global impact during this four year period, focusing many initiatives at the community level.Wreath Laying CeremonyFor example, in keeping with an intense focus on promoting lifelong learning, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority will provide substantial support to students through AKA One Million BackpacksSM. Through this initiative, the next four years will see members donating and distributing one million backpacks and related school supplies to students worldwide.  At the community level, Baltimore City’s Epsilon Omega Chapter will host a back to school fair on Aug. 15, featuring resources for parents and students at 3515 Dolfield Ave.For more information on Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and its programs, log onto www.aka1908.com.last_img read more

ParaSail 80 released with a new debugger compiler and language principle designs

first_imgLast week, the team at ParaSail, released a new version of the parallel programming language, ParaSail 8.0 (ParaSail stands for Parallel Specification and Implementation Language). This programming language is designed for supporting the development of inherently safe and parallel applications that can be mapped to multicore, heterogeneous, or distributed architectures. It provides support for both implicit and explicit parallelism. All the ParaSail expressions are defined to have parallel evaluation semantics. What’s new in ParaSail 8.0 Debugger This release comes with an interactive debugger that is automatically invoked when the interpreter encounters a precondition, assertion, or postcondition that fails at run-time.  This release comes with fully analyzed pre- and postconditions that are checked at run-time. ParaSail LLVM-based Compiler This release comes with a translator that translates PSVM (ParaSail virtual machine) instructions to LLVM (Low-Level Virtual Machine) instructions, and from there to object code. Language design principles According to the new design principles, the language should be easy to read. The readability should be emphasized over symbols and should be similar to existing languages, mathematics, or logic. As the programs are usually scanned backward, so ending indicators should be as informative as starting indicators for composite constructs. For example, “end loop” or “end class Stack” rather than simply “end” or “}”. Parallelism should be built into the language so that resulting programs can easily take advantage of as many cores as are available on the host computer. Features that are error-prone or that can complicate the testing or proof process should be eliminated. Language-defined types and user-defined types should use the same syntax and have the same capabilities. All the modules should be generic templates or equivalent. The language should be safe and the compiler should detect all potential race conditions as well as all potential runtime errors. Enhanced ParaSail syntax In this release, the back-quote character followed by a parenthesized expression may now appear within a string literal. Also, the value of the expression is interpolated into the middle of the string, in place of the back-quoted expression. Reserved words A list of words is now reserved in ParaSail. Few words from this list are, abs, abstract, all, and, block, case, class, concurrent, const, continue, each, else, elsif, end, exit, extends. Object reference Now a reference to an existing object can be declared using the following syntax: object_reference_declaration ::= ’ref’ [ var_or_const ] identifier [’:’ type_specifier ] ’=>’ object_name ’;’ Deprecations ParaSail has removed a few of the features for ensuring safe parallelism: The global variables have been removed so that operations may only access variables passed as parameters. The parameter aliasing has been eliminated so that two parameters passed to the same operation don’t refer to the same object if one of the parameters is updatable within the operation. Pointers have been removed so that optional and expandable objects and generalized indexing can provide an approach that allows safe parallelization. Run-time exception handling has been eliminated so that it is possible for strong compile-time checking of preconditions and establish support for parallel event-handling. The global garbage-collected heap has been removed so that  automatic storage management is provided. Explicit threads, lock/unlock, or signal/wait has been eliminated so that parallel activities are identified automatically by the compiler. Many users are not much happy with this news. Some  are unhappy with the CSS and are asking the team to fix it. One of the comments on HackerNews reads, “Please fix the CSS: I have to scroll horizontally every single line. I stopped at the first one. Tested with Firefox and Chrome on Android. Firefox reader mode doesn’t work on that site.” Another user commented, “I was able to read it on my Android device in Chrome by using landscape mode. Until I scrolled down a little. Then a huge static navigation popup appeared taking up 40% of the screen!” Few others think that Fortran is better than ParaSail as it lets developers to name the loops. Some others are excited about pre/post conditions. One of the users commented, “Having built in pre/post conditions is pretty nice.” Read more about this news on ParaSail’s official website. Read Next Racket 7.2, a descendent of Scheme and Lisp, is now out! Typescript 3.3 is finally released! Announcing Julia v1.1 with better exception handling and other improvementslast_img read more

Mortgage Rates Jump on BetterthanExpected Economic News

first_img Unexpectedly positive employment and spending data drove mortgage rates to their highest level since August in the last week, according to reports from “”Freddie Mac””:http://www.freddiemac.com/ and “”Bankrate.com””:http://www.bankrate.com/.[IMAGE]Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey showed the average interest rate for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) rose to 3.63 percent (0.8 point) for the week ending March 14, up from 3.52 percent last week. According to the GSE’s data, the last time the 30-year rate was this high was the week of August 23, 2012.Last year at this time, the 30-year FRM averaged 3.92 percent.The 15-year FRM this week averaged 2.79 percent (0.8 point), up from 2.76 percent previously.Movements in adjustable rates were mixed. The 5-year adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) averaged 2.61 percent (0.6 point), making it the only measure to see a decline (last week’s average was 2.63 percent). The 1-year ARM averaged 2.64 percent (0.4 point), up from 2.63 percent.””Fixed mortgage rates rose this week on stronger signs of jobs growth and consumer spending,”” said Frank Nothaft, VP and chief economist for Freddie Mac. “”The economy added 236,000 new workers in February which helped push down the “”unemployment rate””:https://themreport.com/articles/236k-new-jobs-in-feb-unemployment-rate-at-77-2013-03-08 to 7.7 percent. This helped offset the effects of the payroll tax holiday expiration and led to a 1.1 percent increase in “”retail sales””:https://themreport.com/articles/gasoline-sales-boost-february-retail-activity-2013-03-13, which was well above the market consensus forecast.””Bankrate reported even more dramatic shifts this week, with the 30-year fixed average climbing 12 basis points to 3.85 percent, the 15-year fixed moving up 7 basis points to 3.03 percent, and the 5/1 ARM rocketing 14 points to 2.82 percent.””Mortgage rates jumped to a 7-month high following a report of robust job growth and encouraging economic data on business investment and retail sales. The benchmark 30-year fixed mortgage rate, now at 3.85 percent, is the highest since it was 3.91 percent on Aug. 22, 2012,”” Bankrate said in a release. “”Positive economic news leads to higher bond yields, as evidenced by the 10-year Treasury note climbing back above the 2 percent threshold.””For the next week, 55 percent of “”panelists surveyed””:http://www.bankrate.com/news/rate-trends/mortgage.aspx by Bankrate expect rates will continue to climb. How long that momentum will continue, however, is anybody’s guess.””Mortgage rates are notching higher following last week’s employment report, and the trend may continue a while longer,”” said Greg McBride, CFA, senior financial analyst for Bankrate. “”But a pullback in the stock market is inevitable and will lead to lower bond yields and mortgage rates when it happens.”” Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Bankrate Consumer spending Freddie Mac Investors Jobs Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Rates Service Providers Unemployment 2013-03-14 Tory Barringer March 14, 2013 460 Views Mortgage Rates Jump on Better-than-Expected Economic Newscenter_img in Origination Sharelast_img read more

Australia expecting best quality almond crop in a

first_img Australia expecting best quality almond crop in a … You might also be interested in Japan and Australia will start as early as April a joint project to harvest high-end fruit all year round, taking advantage of two countries’ seasonal differences, according to Nikkei Asian Business review.The two countries will contribute farmland, personnel and technology for the project, which is also aimed at encouraging businesses to participate in the unique farming structure.The two governments mean to develop new markets for luxury produce, which will be targeted at wealthy consumers in China and Southeast Asia.Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Australian counterpart Scott Morrison agreed on a plan to proceed with building a cooperative structure at a summit in November 2018. The two leaders “recognized the potential for the two countries to boost agricultural exports into international markets through cooperation on bilateral counter-seasonal production,” according to a joint statement released after the meeting.The deal will enable Japanese farmers, who usually grow fruit in summer and fall, to also grow them in Australia when Japan is in winter, allowing them to harvest in all seasons. As the two countries have little time difference, farmers in one can monitor farms in the other in real time using video and provide instructions to staff on site.The project will start in the northeastern Australian town of Ayr, where melons will be grown on a farm to be set up using land and greenhouses provided by the Australian side.Japan will dispatch private-sector farmers from rural areas, including Fukuoka Prefecture, to the farm to provide necessary technological assistance and train local staff on farming the fruit.The farmers will try Japanese farming techniques on an Australian melon variety and see if they can achieve the required quality and sugar content.The project will seek to set up farms in other areas of the northeastern state of Queensland, where Ayr is located. They will also grow Japanese persimmons and strawberries. Berries Australia: Govt must do more to address la … January 09 , 2019 AUS: Proposed Great Barrier Reef regulations ‘igno … ‘World’s first’ automatic mango harvester develope …last_img read more