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Commission on Inclusive Education Named

first_img Dr. Sarah Shea, independent chair, co-appointed by government and the Nova Scotia Teachers Union Monica Williams, appointed by government Adela Njie, appointed by the Nova Scotia Teachers Union Ms. Williams and Ms. Njie will begin their work immediately. Dr. Shea will join the commission by June 1. “The work of this commission, along with the Council to Improve Classroom Conditions, is the direct result of what we have heard from teachers and parents – that changes are needed,” said Ms. Casey. “This is another example of our commitment to work with teachers and other experts to improve classrooms. We must ensure the right supports are in place for all students in our classrooms. This expert panel will examine our current approach and compare it to best practices elsewhere.” The commission will examine the model of inclusion for students. It will review current practice and policy and develop a plan that will include recommendations on improvements and goals. The recommendations will address funding, resources, professional development, and improving teaching and learning conditions. It will engage front-line teachers, parents, students, and associations, and review best practices across Canada. The commission will issue an interim report by June 30 with a final report within one year of its appointment. Three experts who will examine the model of inclusive education in Nova Scotia have been chosen for the Commission on Inclusive Education. Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Karen Casey announced the commission members today, March 24. They are:last_img read more

OBC conducts performance review of its branches invites ideas on future strategy

New Delhi: The first stage of the bottom-up consultative process designed to generate ideas and to review performance of branches and their alignment with national priorities, was conducted at the Circle Office, Delhi- North & West of Oriental Bank of Commerce on August 17-18, 2019, which was guided by Mukesh Jain-Chairman & Managing Director of the Bank. This was the first of its kind consultation wherein the branches themselves were asked to review their performance, deliberate on the issue before the banking sector, and ideate on future strategy and the way forward. The meet focused on the ways and means to increase credit to various sectors of the economy, enhance use of technology to bring about innovation and enable big data analytic, and make banking citizen-centric as well as more responsive to the needs and aspirations of senior citizens, farmers, small industrialists, entrepreneurs, youth, students and women. read more

Stand Up To Cancer Announces Digital Live Show Leading Into 2018 Telecast

first_imgToday, Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C), a division of the Entertainment Industry Foundation, announced “It’s #Up2Us: Stand Up To Cancer | The Digital Live Show,” a one-hour standalone digital event that will stream on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube from the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica at 7:00 PM ET / 4:00 PM PT on Friday Sept. 7, leading into the 2018 televised roadblock special, which airs live from 8:00–9:00 PM ET/PT / 7:00 PM CT.In an effort to empower a new generation to Stand Up To Cancer, this first-of-its-kind show will stream on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube in a proactive initiative in the fight against cancer. Additionally, the show will be featured across iHeartMedia’s multiple social platforms. It’s #Up2Us: Stand Up To Cancer | The Digital Live Show will be co-hosted by Max Greenfield, Tyler Posey, and Brenda Song, and feature influencers and stars from digital, TV, film, and music. Rhett + Link, Uzo Aduba, Beth Behrs, Paris Berelc, Katie Couric, Hannah Hart, Olivia Holt, Ken Jeong, Liza Koshy, My Nguyen, Teni Panosian, Candice Patton, Andrea Russett, iHeartRadio’s JoJo Wright, Mackenzie Ziegler and Maddie Ziegler, and more will participate in this memorable event. Additional stars and performers will be announced in the coming days.“This is a cause that is personal to me and I’m honored to continue working with Stand Up To Cancer. I’m excited to be involved in the It’s #Up2Us: Stand Up To Cancer | Digital Live Show,” said co-host Max Greenfield. “I’m passionate about encouraging the younger generation to lean into the conversation around cancer and become active voices and early champions in this important cause.”Said Tyler Posey: “I am so honored to co-host Stand Up To Cancer’s Digital Live Show this year. The mission of SU2C is one that sits close to my heart, having lost my beautiful mother to breast cancer in 2014. It was devastating for my family… she was the glue that held us all together. But we had an incredible support system around us. With this digital show, I hope that we reach my contemporaries to raise awareness for this dreadful disease…because we are stronger if we stand together.”“I’m grateful to be a part of this memorable night with Stand Up To Cancer once again,” said co-host Brenda Song. “Unfortunately, too many of us have been affected by this disease. We lost my grandfather to nasopharyngeal cancer in 2015 and my mother is a three-time breast cancer survivor. As someone who has been through these challenges, I learned that knowledge is power in the fight; asking doctors questions and immersing myself in the research helped me and my family cope. With this digital show, I am pleased to tell my story and listen to others’ journeys.”Fans can access the live stream on Facebook and Twitter via @SU2C and on YouTube at on computers, tablets and mobile devices. The stream on Twitter will be accompanied by a Twitter timeline, featuring related real-time conversation to create a unified experience for viewers to watch, Tweet and view commentary about The Digital Live Show. Additionally, several weeks leading up to the broadcast event, iHeartMedia will launch an on-air and online campaign across its more than 850 radio stations and websites and on, designed to build awareness and funding for cancer research and drive tune-in to SU2C.The Digital Live Show will further amplify the 2018 telecast and highlight Stand Up To Cancer’s 10 years of impact, underscoring the measurable progress the organization has made in cancer research during its first decade. Leveraging the star-studded and inspirational atmosphere of the telecast, The Digital Live Show aims to rally the next generation of supporters around themes of hope, courage and strength. With the inspiring message that it is #Up2Us to Stand Up To Cancer, this far-reaching digital effort aspires to continue pushing innovation forward in life-saving cancer research and treatments. The Digital Live Show is being produced by Telescope, a specialist in live content creation and audience engagement technology for new digital platforms.“We want everyone to be part of Stand Up’s effort to end cancer as we know it,” said SU2C Co-Founder Katie Couric. “And this year, we’re expanding Stand Up To Cancer’s reach with our first-ever digital live show. We’re enlisting users of popular social media platforms—Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube—for a conversation about something that, in one way or another, touches everyone. Every day, doctors and researchers are getting closer to beating this insidious disease, but they can’t do it alone. They need help from all of us, and we can start by connecting through the SU2C Digital Live Show. When we all stand together, cancer doesn’t stand a chance.”The hour-long Digital Live Show will feature cancer survivors, influencers and celebrities, and offer viewers exclusive access to the SU2C red carpet and backstage in advance of the televised “roadblock” special. The Digital Live Show will stream live simultaneously across SU2C’s Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube pages, with complementary content and live stories posting on Instagram. The world’s leading social platforms join the more than 65 broadcast and cable networks and streaming platforms across US and Canada that will present the live telecast.“Stand Up To Cancer is built on the belief that collaboration among teams of researchers is the most effective approach in the fight against cancer,” said SU2C Co-Founder Sue Schwartz. “Collaboration is also a great way to build grassroots support, which is why we are so grateful to partner with Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, as well as iHeartMedia, to raise awareness and funds in connection with our 2018 telecast. Our theme this year focuses on the incredible progress we’ve made over the past decade and celebrates the innovative treatments that are saving lives now. With the help of these powerful platforms, we are excited to rally a worldwide audience and give new hope to millions of cancer patients.”This year commemorates Stand Up To Cancer’s ten years of making an impact in catalyzing groundbreaking research to fight the disease. SU2C’s collaborative research model emphasizes teamwork and data sharing among the world’s foremost doctors and scientists, and has contributed to FDA approval of five new cancer therapies. In the past decade, more than 1,500 SU2C-funded researchers from over 180 institutions have conducted over 180 clinical trials involving more than 12,000 patients.“One of the most exciting and revolutionary things SU2C has done over the past decade is to creatively harness the power of media and celebrity to enlist the public in the fight against cancer,” said SU2C Co-Founder Ellen Ziffren. “Today, we take it a step further with this one-of-a-kind streaming event, which extends the power and reach of our telecasts to encourage important conversations around cancer prevention, treatment, and research for the expanding digital audience.”Following the digital show, the live telecast will air simultaneously across more than 65 broadcast and cable networks and streaming platforms in the US and Canada including: ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC, along with American Heroes Channel, AT&T AUDIENCE Network, Bloomberg TV, Bravo, Destination America, Discovery Family, Discovery Life, E!, EPIX, Escape, ESPNEWS, FM, Freeform, FS2, FXM, FYI, Galavision, Great American Country, HBO, HBO Latino, ION Television, Jewish Life TV, Laff, Logo, MTV2, Nat Geo WILD, REELZ, SHOWTIME, Smithsonian Channel, STARZ, STARZ ENCORE, STARZ ENCORE ESPAÑOL, TNT, Univision Puerto Rico, and WGN America, which are donating one hour of simultaneous commercial-free primetime for the telecast, with additional networks to be announced. In addition, the show will stream live on SU2C’s Facebook and YouTube pages. Following the live broadcast, the telecast will be available to stream via and the Comedy Central app, as well as its VOD partners. Aspire TV will air the Stand Up To Cancer telecast on Saturday, Sept. 8, at 8:00 AM- 9:00 AM ET/PT / 10:00 AM CT. The entire telecast will also stream live on SU2C’s Facebook page and PeopleTV, as well as stream live and on-demand on Hulu and SU2C’s YouTube page.For the third time, Stand Up To Cancer Canada will simultaneously broadcast a Canada-inclusive telecast across four major English-language Canadian broadcasters: CBC, Citytv, CTV, and Global, as well as Canadian services AMI, A.Side, BBC Earth, CHCH, CHEK, Cottage Life, Fight Network, Game TV, HIFI, Hollywood Suite, Love Nature, Makeful, NTV, OUTtv, Smithsonian Channel Canada, T+E, and YES TV. In addition, the show will stream live on the CBC TV App,, CBS All Access, CTV GO and, Global GO and, and will be available on-demand on TELUS Optik TV in Canada.As SU2C’s founding donor, Major League Baseball has continued to annually provide both financial support and countless opportunities to build the Stand Up To Cancer movement by encouraging fans worldwide to get involved, most notably through its two largest global events – the MLB All-Star Game and the World Series. In addition to MLB, SU2C’s “Luminary” donors include Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research, and Mastercard. “Visionary” donors include CVS Health, Genentech, a member of the Roche Group, and the Sidney Kimmel Foundation.Additional major donors and collaborators include American Airlines, Merck, Rally Health, Inc., St. Baldrick’s Foundation, and Van Andel Research Institute. Other key supporters and collaborators include American Lung Association’s LUNG FORCE, Breast Cancer Research Foundation, Farrah Fawcett Foundation, Laura Ziskin Family Trust, LUNGevity Foundation, National Ovarian Cancer Coalition, Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance, Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer and international collaborator Cancer Research UK.The Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) are actively collaborating with SU2C Canada. CCS is also a collaborator in the inaugural Stand Up To Cancer Canada–Canadian Cancer Society Breast Cancer Dream Team, along with the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (OICR). Collaborators in the inaugural Stand Up To Cancer Canada Cancer Stem Cell Dream Team include CIHR, Cancer Stem Cell Consortium, Genome Canada and OICR. AstraZeneca Canada and Mastercard are the first corporate supporters of SU2C Canada.last_img read more


first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Advertisement Yup. Keanu Reeves is the freaky-ass sex guy in Always Be My Maybe.The Netflix romcom is about two childhood sweethearts in vastly different socioeconomic situations who reconnect as adults. Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement Facebook Sasha (Ali Wong) is a celebrity chef who returns to San Francisco to open an restaurant while Marcus (Randall Park) is a musician who lives at home and works for his Dad.last_img read more

Quebecors Peladeau guilty plea could bar company from bidding on public contracts

first_imgMONTREAL – Quebec media mogul Pierre Karl Peladeau says he will challenge a court ruling nearly one month after he pleaded guilty to breaking provincial electoral law, posting on Facebook Monday that he had ignored the consequences for Quebecor Inc.The Quebecor CEO and former Parti Quebecois leader pleaded guilty July 10 to a violation of the Election Act after he personally reimbursed a $137,000 debt racked up by his campaign during the sovereigntist party’s leadership race in 2015. The legislation requires campaign debts to be repaid mainly through public donations.In a message posted to his Facebook page Monday night, Peladeau said his guilty plea could jeopardize Quebecor’s ability to do business with the province due to anti-corruption rules that bar companies with executives convicted under the act from bidding on public contracts.“It has become essential to see things through a perspective of fairness, as much for Quebecor as for its thousands of employees and its clients and partners who were, and still are, completely outside of my choice to get involved in active politics, of my family situation that forced my departure and of my personally reimbursing my campaign debt,” Peladeau wrote.Noting he had voted for the legislation to combat collusion and corruption, the businessman insisted he had “obviously never committed any acts” that would fall under that label.“I never engaged in fraudulent electoral practices, practices for which this law was established. Quite the contrary. I was transparent and I paid my debts. However, the future of thousands of dollars in contractual commitments, ranging from telecom services contracts to production and broadcasting programs…could become uncertain in the future,” he said in the nearly 1,000-word Facebook post.“The Quebec Treasury Board and its president…as well as the premier have the power to declare an exception to the automatic and unqualified application of the Act,” Peladeau added.Quebecor stated Tuesday that public contracts make up “a very small proportion” of its revenue and have “no material impact on the corporation’s profitability.”“We are confident that the matter will be settled in the near future without restricting the corporation’s activities or its public sector clients,” the Montreal-based company said in a release.Celebrity businessman Kevin O’Leary ran up a $529,000 debt during his 2015 Conservative leadership bid, according to Elections Canada, whose rules prevent candidates from pouring more than $25,000 into their own campaign.Elections Canada rejected a petition from the former “Dragons’ Den” star to let him pay off the debt personally.Companies in this story: (TSX:QBR.B)last_img read more

Scheer marks oneyear countdown to federal election with campaignstyle speech

first_imgOTTAWA – Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer marked the start of the one-year countdown to the 2019 election with a campaign-style speech that took direct aim at the Liberal government’s record — on everything from carbon taxes, to ethics, to budgetary deficits.Scheer even did an impression of the man he succeeded as leader of the Tories — former prime minister Stephen Harper — as he criticized the Trudeau government’s handling of the federal finances.“Remember those? Remember those teeny, tiny temporary deficits?” a smiling Scheer said Sunday inside an Ottawa convention centre as he held up his right thumb and index finger for the laughing crowd of party supporters.Scheer was referring to the Liberals’ 2015 pledge to run annual shortfalls of no more than $10 billion and to balance the books by 2019.After winning power from Harper, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau abandoned the vow, citing a weaker-than-expected economy and a need to invest in the country’s long-term growth. The Liberals produced a shortfall of $19 billion last year and have yet to provide a timetable to return to balanced books, despite the stronger economy.The deficits are expected to be central to the Tory attacks in the lead up to the next election on Oct. 21, 2019.Back in 2015, Harper frequently targeted Trudeau’s deficit promise while he was on the campaign trail. Harper, widely known for being serious, made a bit of a splash with meme-makers on social media when he made a similar teeny-weeny hand gesture about the Liberals’ shortfall pledge.“He’ll run, he says, a modest deficit, a tiny deficit — so small you can hardly see the deficit,” a sarcastic, hunched-over Harper said of Trudeau at the time.In his speech Sunday, Scheer ran through a list of other areas where he believes the Liberals have vulnerabilities.He focused on the Liberals’ centrepiece carbon tax plan — which he called a “revenue plan” to fill government coffers — and on the ethical issues that have led to reprimands from the federal ethics commissioner.Scheer noted how the ethics commissioner ruled Trudeau himself had contravened the Conflict of Interest Act in relation to his vacation on a private island in the Bahamas owned by the Aga Khan.He also pointed to the failed Energy East pipeline that was to transport crude east from Alberta — a project he vowed to revive, if elected — as well as an updated North American trade agreement he argued failed to bring any gains for Canada.In the “one-year sprint to the finish,” Scheer told his supporter the Liberals will throw everything they have at the Tories.“It’s going get worse, it’s going to get nasty,” said Scheer, who insisted Trudeau also has the news media and pundits on his side.Recent polls have suggested the Liberals are in a relatively good position ahead of the Tories and the NDP — but a lot can change in 12 months.The Tories have enjoyed bursts of momentum in recent months.First, the Conservatives won a key byelection in the Saguenay region of Quebec, a province that will be a critical battleground ahead of next year’s vote. Last month, former Liberal MP Leona Alleslev stunned colleagues by announcing she would cross the floor from the governing party to join their Tory rivals.“I may be a little late to the party — but better late, hopefully, than never,” Alleslev told the crowd Sunday before Scheer took the stage.In his speech, Scheer also underlined the encouraging emergence of new conservative governments in the provinces, including the two biggest ones: Ontario and Quebec.“We’ve got more and more allies in premiers’ offices across the country who will help us implement our vision of low taxes, smaller government and greater individual freedom for Canadians from coast to coast,” he said.The Conservatives, however, have also suffered setbacks.Maxime Bernier — one of Scheer’s rivals for the Tory leadership — left the party in the summer and called his former leader and colleagues “intellectually and morally corrupt” on his way out the door.The Quebec MP later launched his own federal conservative political party.Bernier’s move angered Conservatives, who have argued that adding another party on the right side of the political spectrum will split the vote and allow the Liberals to easily win another majority government.last_img read more

UN official visits Burundi as thousands of refugees return from Tanzania

A senior United Nations official is touring Burundi to speak to government officials and examine the situation of the tens of thousands refugees returning home from Tanzania, the Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said today. Assistant High Commissioner Kamel Morjane, who arrived yesterday, was scheduled to meet President Domitien Ndayizeye today. He was going tomorrow to Ruyigi province, an area where many thousands of returnees per week are pouring through border crossing-points at Gisuru, Kobero and Gahumo. More than 27,400 Burundian refugees have returned home from Tanzania this year through the three crossing-points, 2,400 of them per week through Gisuru, which was opened in late January, according to UNHCR. The agency is using a fleet of 43 heavy vehicles to take the returning refugees to their final destinations. Meanwhile, UNHCR has also been working with 9,000 refugees from the eastern region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) living in Cishemeye temporary refugee camp, in the hills of northwestern Burundi, to find creative ways of comforting rape victims and training men and women to eliminate rape. One innovative approach involved the appointment of 72 older refugee women as “mères volontaires,” or volunteer mothers, who help identify and provide special care to rape victims. The commission has also trained a group of young male and female community assistants to teach others how to eradicate sexual and gender-based violence and the spread of HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted diseases. The mères volontaires and the community assistants have already reduced the number of rapes by convincing young women not to make unnecessary trips outside the camp to pluck cassava leaves for traditional cooking, gather firewood or grind grain. UNHCR responded to local recommendations by arranging deliveries of smaller pieces of wood and installing grain mills in the camps, said Leonie Nyakageni, a community service worker. read more

Brock to mark Black History Month with oncampus events

With Black History Month kicking off Wednesday, Feb. 1, Brock University has a series of events planned.Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures Associate ProfessorJean Ntakirutimana said it’s important to recognize African heritage at Brock and beyond.“We have a tradition of being directly involved in the celebration African Heritage Month in collaboration with members of the larger community because our Institution has a social mission of promoting an inclusive education and more sensitivity to multiculturalism and multilingualism,” he said.Here’s a list of some of the events being held to mark Black History Month. To add your department’s event to this list, contact campusnews@brocku.caHuman Rights Week(Brock Amnesty)Monday, Jan. 30 — Friday, Feb. 3Market HallCultural Exhibition on Symbolism in African Cultures(Brock Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures department and Solidary of Francophones Immigrants Families of Niagara)Thursday, Feb. 2 — Sunday, Feb. 5Learning Commons and Thistle HallwayAfrican Story Telling workshop(Brock Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures department and Solidary of Francophones Immigrants Families of Niagara)Thursday, Feb. 2 at 2 p.m.Sankey ChamberGeneral meeting and discussion panel(Brock Roots African Caribbean Society)Friday, Feb. 3 at 5 p.m.Welch HallFuraha: Cultural event showcasing food, fashion and talents(Brock East African Student Association)Saturday, Feb. 11 at 5 p.m.Isaac’s Bar & Grill read more

Ohio State womens ice hockey shedding preconceived notions on road to success

Underneath the pads, helmets and skates, the Ohio State women’s hockey team might not look the way you expect them to. “Everybody sees us and they think, ‘You guys can’t be hockey players,’” said junior forward Ally Tarr. “They expect us to be really big or something like that and we’re not big at all. We get (called) dancers and gymnastics (gymnasts) when we travel … which is really funny.” After a strong start to the season, racking up a 16-10-2 and 11-9-2 conference record, the team is hoping to continue its success. “We are hoping it will continue through playoffs,” Tarr said. Coach Nate Handrahan said that the variety of personalities on the 23-person team has been a definite advantage for the team. “They are a great group of girls,” Handrahan said. “Lots of great personalities, lots of great kids, and I think that one of the things we are trying to make sure is that we are continuing to cultivate people.” Although this season has had its share of triumphs, the road to success has not always been an easy one for the Buckeyes, who dropped out of the USA Today top 10 poll on Jan. 29. OSU has lost three of their most recent six games, including one in last weekend’s split series against Bemidji State. “We are struggling a little bit but we try to see the positive and have fun out there,” said junior defenseman Annie Svedin. Handrahan said life on the ice can be particularly rigorous and “physically and mentally taxing.” “Our practices range from 45 minutes to an hour and 20 minutes high tempo to try to get ourselves prepared so that our players who need to be feeling confident, they can score on anybody or stop the puck on anybody,” Handrahan said. In between practices, studying and trying to have a social life, the team does manage to find some time for fun on the ice, Handrahan said. “Lots of days we are on the ice and music is blaring,” Handrahan said. “They like to laugh, they like to sing and they want to enjoy one another.” Some of the players said there are also a lot of shenanigans that go on, sometimes starting on the ice and ending at team dinners. “There are constant pranks and jokes going on,” Tarr said. “There’s a lot of pranksters on the team, so we like to keep it fresh and fun.” When it comes to game time though, the Buckeyes feel that they are often times in the shadow of other higher-attendance sports on campus. “A lot of people don’t even know women’s hockey exists here,” said Svedin. “They might really like the game so give it a chance.” OSU is slated to face Minnesota Friday at the OSU Ice Rink at 7:07 p.m. read more

Mintek seals off old asbestos mining site and rehabilitates old mines

first_imgMintek has successfully completed the construction of a wall to enclose a rehabilitated old asbestos mining site in the Northern Cape as part of the Department of Mineral Resources’ (DMR) R30-million programme to rehabilitate derelict and ownerless mines in South Africa. The construction of the brick and palisade wall was the final step in the rehabilitation of the Old Mill Site at Prieska, an area in the town where asbestos was received for processing, to alleviate its impact on the environment and communities in its vicinity.“The gates to the asbestos site have been locked and the contractor has handed the keys to the town engineer,” says Herman Cornelissen, Project Manager of the program at Mintek. “We had meetings with the municipal engineer and municipal manager in Prieska as well as a site meeting attended by officials of the DMR. All tasks as agreed to in the tender have been finalised to the satisfaction of both Mintek and the Siyathemba Municipality,” explains Cornelissen.Prieska, which falls under the Siyathemba Municipality, is a historic mining town about 240 km south-west of Kimberley, the Northern Cape’s provincial capital. Asbestos has been mined in the area from as early as the 1890s. The Old Mill Site was in operation from the early 1970s until it was closed down in 1986. The completion of this work allows the Siyathemba Municipality to safely develop the site of the Old asbestos Mill in the town as a memorial park to victims of asbestosis.The enclosed area has now been covered with a layer of soil and strong Polysoil – a commercial soil bonding agent – to ensure a stable, hard cover layer that encapsulates the asbestos underground. The wall was subsequently erected to control access to the site. The project also included the construction of stormwater drainage structures around the perimeter of the site. Mintek started working on the project in 2010 after having received an initial R30-million in funding from the DMR to rehabilitate the site, as well as four other sites at Penge, Osizweni, Heuningvlei and Lusikisiki.The DMR has granted a further R30-million for the next phase of the rehabilitation program, which will bring the total grant to R90-million over a period of three years. According to Cornelissen five further projects have been identified for rehabilitation in the current year.last_img read more

Video Crown doubles down on St Vincents claims in the Seanad

first_imgIn its initial response to the claims, made yesterday, the hospital group said that an independent investigation carried out by Price Waterhouse Coopers found that “work on the Clinical Studies has not indicated any evidence of collusion or fraud by staff or within the hospital”.Watch Senator Crown’s comments in the Seanad today: (Youtube: Shane Conneely)First posted at 7.30pmRead: St Vincent’s Hospital denies fraud claims by Senator John CrownRead: We’re compliant “based on our interpretation” say St. Vincent’s bosses> Updated at 10.08pmTHE CHAIRMAN Of the St Vincent’s Healthcare Group has called on Senator John Crown to pass on “as a matter of extreme urgency” all information he has in relation to an alleged fraud cover-up at the hospital.The independent senator, who is also a consultant at St Vincent’s, raised the claims for a second time today in the Upper House. Crown is alleging that staff at the facility deliberately billed the VHI and other insurers for cancer medication the hospital had received for free, and then covered up the alleged fraud.Raising the issue today, Crown said that a member of St Vincent’s Private Hospital had approached him in 2002 and told him “that the hospital had been billing VHI and other insurers in respect of drugs which had been provided to that institution for free for research studies”.“In the letter he stated that this was inadvertent and invited me to join with the hospital in making a joint approach to the insurers.“Other documents which were  provided to me have shown that this was untrue, and that the billing was in fact deliberate and only ceased when the VHI found out — incidentally they found out from me.”He said that the research programme had then been closed down for a year, and that as a result, many women were denied access to the drug Herceptin “which we now know was life saving”.In statement, St Vincent’s Healthcare Group says it is still waiting for a reply from Professor Crown on the issue.According to Professor Noel Whelan, Chairman of SVHG: “Due to the gravity of the allegations that Senator Crown is now making it is even more urgent that he supplies all information that he has in relation to his allegations”.The statement continues:The matters raised by Senator Crown relates to issues in 2002 at St Vincent’s Private Hospital and it predates the establishment of St Vincent’s Healthcare Group and the formation of the board of SVHG.If new evidence becomes available the Board of St. Vincent’s Healthcare Group will take all appropriate action.last_img read more

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Continentals CES 2019 booth is all about letting the car do the

first_img 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Share your voice 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value  Auto tech: Stay up to date on the tech that drives today’s and tomorrow’s cars.Self-driving cars: Dig autonomy? Check out our one-stop AV shop. More From Roadshow Post a comment 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 37 Photoscenter_img Auto Tech Future Cars CES 2019 Continental is an automotive supplier that generally arrives at CES with a whole wealth of future technologies to preview. Guess what? The story stays the same at CES 2019.At CES 2019, Continental will show off a variety of future vehicle technologies based on making life easier for the driver. The tech spans different arenas, whether it’s parking or even something as simple as opening a door. Some of it is new, some of it might build upon existing tech, but odds are most of what’s seen at CES will, one day, end up in a car you can buy.Autonomy is, of course, still a very hot topic, and Continental will have some automated tech on display at CES. Its “trained parking” system is especially neat: The vehicle will record and store inputs for a parking maneuver, such as a tricky corner, and the car can then act out those maneuvers autonomously later on using an app to activate. Enlarge ImageTricky garage location? All of a sudden, it’s not your problem anymore! Continental Continental’s “smart autonomous door” is another tech that steps in and takes pressure off the occupants. The door is capable of determining when it’s going to strike an object, and it can warn the cabin or stop the door from contacting anything else. This kind of tech actually already exists in the real world — the Tesla Model X’s doors have sensors that stop the hinges when opening into an object. Sensors are a big part of next-gen vehicle tech, whether in doors or monitoring the road itself. Continental will showcase its whole portfolio of sensors, including cameras that are capable of reading splash patterns on the road and determining whether or not a vehicle is about to hydroplane. There’s plenty of other stuff Continental has in store for CES, too. Keep your eyes peeled to Roadshow in January, because we’ll be live on the show floor at CES, bringing you all the interesting automotive tech we can get our hands on. Tags All the cool new car stuff at CES 2018 0last_img read more

Nearly 6K pilgrims from Jammu head for Amarnath

first_imgJammu: Close to 6,000 pilgrims on Tuesday left Jammu for the Amarnath caves amid tight security after over 8,000 devotees offered puja in the cave shrine on the first day of the annual pilgrimage. A total of 2,239 yatris left the Bhagwati Nagar Yatri Niwas in a secured convoy at 3.05 a.m. for the Baltal base camp, while another 3,670 headed for the Pahalgam camp in another escorted convoy at 4.25 a.m., police said. Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us On the first day on Monday 8,403 pilgrims paid obeisance to the ice stalagmite structure, which devotees believe, symbolises mythical powers of Lord Shiva. It is situated at 3,888 metres above the sea-level in the Kashmir Valley. The 45-day long Amarnath Yatra in the Himalayas will conclude on August 15 coinciding with the Shravan Purnima festival. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us The MET office has installed weather forecasting equipments all along the twin tracks to the cave shrine for accurate forecast. According to Tuesday’s forecast, weather along the tracks is likely to remain generally dry with the temperature around the cave shrine expected to hover around 5 degrees Celsius.last_img read more

What Issues Will Take Center Stage During The 2019 Legislature

first_imgEric Gay/AP 00:00 /12:04 With the 2018 election in the rear view mirror, we preview the upcoming session of the Texas Legislature by examining what issues lawmakers are likely to address and what might have the biggest impact on Houston.In the audio above, Ross Ramsey from the Texas Tribune lays out the general expectations for the session, and then News 88.7’s Andrew Schneider discusses what legislation might have the biggest impact locally. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:center_img X Listen Sharelast_img read more

Bengal students pass with flying colours in CBSE Class X exam

first_imgKolkata: The region comprising schools of Bengal recorded a slightly higher pass percentage than the national average in the class X results of Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) announced on Tuesday.As per statistics provided by the CBSE Board, Bhubaneswar region, which includes the state, recorded a pass percentage of 89.27 compared to the overall 86.70 percent recorded at the national level. This region, however, lagged behind three regions namely Thiruvanthapuram (99.6%), Chennai (97.37%) and Ajmer (91%). Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe highest marks from Bengal has been likely bagged by Sourit Sarkar, a student of DPS Ruby Park. Sourit, who has secured 99.2 percent loves studying mathematics and physics and aims to pursue research in astronomy.”I had pulled up my socks from the beginning of class X and studied throughout the year. At times, it became a little hectic while juggling between private coaching and school. I treated the board exam just like my school exams. I studied all the text books in detail, not leaving out anything and made it a point to familiarise myself with each and every paragraph. I paid attention to classroom lectures, reference books and modules other than the regular course books,” he said. Sourit also credited his father and said he always emphasised on self-study, which contributed in achieving his goal. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedHe also thanked his school for the support of the faculty, who helped him to turn his weaknesses into strengths.Some of the other toppers from Kolkata include Ayshwarya Ghosh, who scored 494 out of 500 with 98.8 percent and Sayan Maji, who scored 492 out of 500 with the same percentage. Both of them are students of South Point High School. Ushasi Das of Sushila Birla Girls’ School scored 98.4 percent.According to an official of DPS Ruby Park, the overall result of the school was excellent with 346 out of 450 students securing an aggregate score of above 80 percent. In South Point High School, 144 out of 790 students scored above 95 percent and in Sushila Birla Girls’ School, 61 out of 76 got 80 percent and above.Birla High School also fared very well with all the 175 students, who appeared for the examination this year, receiving good marks. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who is currently in Kalimpong, congratulated the students for their success. “Congratulations to all students who excelled and those who passed the CBSE Class 10 exams. Best wishes for all your future endeavours. Good wishes to your teachers and families,” Banerjee tweeted.last_img read more