One in 87 persons in Punjab dependent on drugs: survey

first_imgPunjab, which has been battling the menace of drugs, currently could have between 1 lakh to 2.7 lakh people that are dependent on opioids. In Chandigarh, between 1,385 to 7,000 could be using them. Findings from the study titled “Epidemiology of Substance Use and Dependence in the State of Punjab,” released by the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) on Friday revealed that about one in 92 persons in Punjab had used ‘any’ illicit substance (drug) in the past 12 months, and more than one in 87 were currently dependent on them. “These estimates are likely to be higher in marginalised or other specific high-risk populations for instance — homeless people, prison population, other non-household population like truck drivers and college students in hostels,” said Dr. Ajit Avasthi, head of the psychiatry department, PGIMER.“The opioid dependent population is somewhere between 1 lakh to 2.7 lakh people in Punjab. These are huge figures, and indeed worrying. An urgent attention is required to address the problem,” said Dr. Avasthi. The findings of the study were based on household and rapid assessment surveys in both Punjab and Chandigarh. The aim of the household survey was to estimate the prevalence of substance use such as heroin, bhukhi (poppy husk) and opium, besides alcohol and tobacco. The objective of the rapid assessment survey was to estimate the size of the population using illicit drugs. Alcohol, tobacco tooThe study pointed out that approximately one in six persons were dependent on ‘any’ substance and contrary to expectation, substance use and dependence were more common in rural than urban areas. The single most common substance of use and dependence was alcohol followed by tobacco. There were more than 22 lakh alcohol dependent persons and nearly 16 lakhs tobacco dependent persons currently. The rapid assessment survey revealed that in Punjab natural opioids (opium and poppy husk) were the most common types in use while injection opioid use was the second most common form. “In injection opioids — heroin was the commonest type,” added the survey. In Chandigarh, meanwhile approximately one in 1,250 persons was using illicit opioids substances, according to the household survey while the rapid assessment survey pointed out that in Chandigarh the opioid dependent population was around 7,000. These are typically young males and injections (Buprenorphin/Heroin/Pentzocin) are the most common types in use. The PGIMER carried out this study over two years for the Indian Council of Medical Research with the help of the medical colleges in Patiala, Faridkot and Amritsar along with the Institute of Mental Health in Amritsar.last_img read more

Anti-immigration fears: Number of Indian students in Britain falls in 5 years

first_imgIndian students once flocked to the UK but the Brexit blight against immigrants has pulled the plug on the trend to the benefit of Canada and other countries.December 2017 statistics for international students from the UK Council for International Student Affairs showed Indian students to the country fell a whopping 44% in the last five years.Despite the blip of a 10% increase in visas to Indian students in the year ending September 2017 from a year ago, the declining numbers is still causing concern. The increase in 2017 to 14,081, was the first time the figures rose since 2010, when 60,000 Indian students got visas.  Read it at Economic Times Related Itemslast_img read more

TNT, SMB repulse foes

first_imgArellano zooms to 2-0 card WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding “It’s been very difficult for us,” the rookie coach answered when asked why such a talent-laden squad is running in the middle of the 12-team pack and is still a win out of the playoffs despite improving to 5-3. “Every day has been different for us, something always comes up.“As a team, we are unstable because of a lot of things—Gilas, import situation, Gilas, injuries and then Gilas again,” he said. “But again, that’s a sacrifice we have to make. Hopefully, we can (eventually) get our stride.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutRiding its superior local lineup, San Miguel Beer snapped a two-game losing streak after a 103-96 decision of Rain or Shine later in the night, improving to 4-3 overall and staying alive in the hunt for a top four berth.The Beermen got paltry numbers from outgoing import Terik Bridgeman—he was held to just four points—for the second straight game, but with four locals tossing in twin digits, San Miguel was able to put a halt to the Elasto Painters’ three-game winning streak. LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles03:02From UAAP to PBA, Austria and Racela renew coaching battle in finals02:11’Not just basketball’: Circumcisions, pageants at Philippine courts01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LATEST STORIES Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Rain or Shine dropped into a tie with the Beermen, who got 27 points from Chris Ross. MOST READcenter_img Read Next UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC PBA IMAGESTNT KaTropa led from start to finish on Wednesday night and brought down one of the leaders in the PBA Governors’ Cup in sister team Meralco, 113-107, at Smart Araneta Coliseum.After that, coach Nash Racela was still talking about the instability of his crew, which, he stressed, has been the main reason the Texters have been on and off in the season-closing conference.ADVERTISEMENT E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary View comments SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chieflast_img read more

Cignal HD blasts Gamboa by 67, sets new D-League record

first_img1 dead in Cavite blast, fire What ‘missteps’? Cignal took advantage of the extended garbage time and shared the wealth, with Byron Villarias wounding up with 17 markers, five rebounds, and two assists, Jeremy Bartolo nabbing 14 points, and Dan Sara chipping in 10.The huge win is a good workout for the Hawkeyes, as they brace for a Finals rematch against Racal on Tuesday.“This was our preparation for our game against Racal. Again, we need to win these games so that we’ll have a little buffer in order for us to achieve our goal of making the quarters,” said Fernandez.Ken Acibar was the lone Coffee Lover to notch double-digits with 10 points and four rebounds, while Val Acuña added nine for Gamboa (1-2).The Scores:ADVERTISEMENT World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Read Next Pamboy Raymundo. PBA IMAGESCignal HD delivered Gamboa Coffee Mix a 67-point shellacking, 118-51, Thursday in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.Pamboy Raymundo and Jason Perkins kickstarted the rout as the two teamed up for 13 of the Hawkeyes’ 27 first quarter points, before the rest of the squad picked up the slack and dominated the second quarter, 23-7, to grab a 50-24 halftime lead.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken It was all Cignal from there as it set a new PBA D-League record for the biggest winning margin at 67 courtesy of a Mark Bringas lay-up with 13.9 seconds remaining in the game.It shattered the previous record set by the Boyet Fernandez-mentored NLEX when it battered Zambales M-Builders by 64 points, 125-61, on January 30, 2014.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“My reminder is simple: I wanted to see the discipline on our execution,” said Fernandez, as his side improved to a 4-2 slate.Raymundo finished with 17 points, Raymar Jose dazzled with 15 markers, seven rebounds, and two dimes in his 16 minutes on the floor, and Perkins poured nine points, 10 boards and four assists after missing the Hawkeyes’ last game against AMA Online Education. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games MOST READ View comments CIGNAL HD 118 – Raymundo 17, Villarias 17, Jose 15, Bartolo 14, Sara 10, Perkins 9, Bringas 9, Arboleda 6, Potts 6, Cahilig 6, Batino 4, Sumalinog 3, Arong 2, Atkins 0.GAMBOA COFFEE MIX 51 – Acibar 10, Acuña 9, Montuano 8, Dadjilul 5, Jumao-as 4, Vidal 3, Avenido 3, Padilla 2, Knuttel 2, David 2, Lacastesantos 2, Sarangay 1, Riva 0, Arellano 0.Quarters: 27-17, 50-24, 90-35, 118-51.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparc Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Summer of Hype: Mayweather, McGregor know how to sell a show LATEST STORIES WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garagelast_img read more

Half of UKs children suffered bullying: survey

first_imgFrom H S Rao London, Sep 14 (PTI) Almost half of UKs children have been bullied with most of the abuse taking place at school, according to a survey. The OnePoll survey, which examined a total 1,500 children, stated that a quarter of young people were picked on because of the way they looked and 13 per cent were targeted because of their weight. The figures stated that nearly 49.6 per cent children aged seven to 18 had been bullied. Most of the abuse took place in schools and the top three places were the playground, during breaks and the classroom, said the survey conducted to launch an awareness campaign Good Morning Britains Action! Against Bullying. “We hope that Good Morning Britains Action! Against Bullying will help raise more awareness around bullying particularly amongst schoolchildren,” Susanna Reid, Good Morning Britain presenter said, adding that the findings were “shocking”. “I wasnt like everybody else, lets put it like that, so I never thought I was going to fit in or do well in life but you always have people be negative, I want people to be positive,” Former X Factor judge Louis Walsh, who was targeted at school, told ITV show. More than 70 per cent of the total children surveyed knew their schools had an anti-bullying policy, but only a quarter thought it was working, the report said. Six out of 10 children said they had seen other people being bullied at their school and 80 per cent of victims said it happened in front of other people, it said. The survey stated that eight out of 10 children had told someone about it and those who did not “didnt think the person would be able to do anything about it”. The campaign is calling on schoolchildren to make a one minute anti-bullying film with the winner being shown in cinemas. PTI HSR MRJ AKJ MRJadvertisementlast_img read more

DU first cut-off 2017: Likely to be released on June 20

first_imgUniversity of Delhi (DU) will be releasing the first cut-off on June 20 at year, the Ramjas College announced the highest cut-off at 99.25 per cent for BCom honours, 98.75 for BCom and 98.5 for economics honours.The candidates are required to carry the following documents at the time of admission: Class 10 board examination certificateClass 10 mark-sheetClass 12 mark-sheetClass 12 provisional certificate/original certificateCharacter certificate (recent)SC/ST certificate (In the name of the candidate issued by the competent authority)OBC (Non-creamy layer certificate (In the name of the candidate issued by competent authority)Transfer certificate from school/college as well as migration certificate from board/university are required from those students who have passed senior secondary exam from outside DelhiTwo passport size self attested photographScanned signatureSports certificate for last three yearsRead: Maharashtra SSC Class 10 Results 2017: Not releasing before June 9 Read: Bihar Board Class 10 Exam 2017: Result likely to be declared by June 15 For information on more upcoming results and notifications, click here.last_img read more



VAR and the giant flag: how a match in Portugal became the scene of farce

first_imgReferees A match in Portugal’s Primeira Liga became the scene of a farcical incident involving a video assistant referee, a goal from a corner and a giant flag.Aves beat Boavista 3-0 on Tuesday and it was their third goal which was the centre of the controversy. Vítor Gomes scored from close range after reacting to a 70th-minute set-piece, but the midfielder appeared to be in an offside position when he struck.Because of that, the VAR – which is being trialled in Portugal’s top flight this season – was asked to review the incident. But he had difficulty doing so because a Boavista fan located in the away end was blocking the necessary camera with his flag. As a result of not having sufficient evidence to rule out the goal, the referee had no choice but to stick with his original decision.Thankfully for the Boavista fan in question, Gomes’s goal did not ultimately affect the final result, one that means the bottom-placed Aves are now only two points from safety. Boavista, meanwhile, are ninth having endured their 10th defeat of the season. Share via Email Share on WhatsApp Share on Pinterest news Reuse this content Share on Twittercenter_img Topics Share on Facebook alex (@illiquidswords)absolute scenes in Portugal tonight, Boavista concede a blatantly offside goal but the ref can’t use VAR to prove it because someone was blocking the camera with a giant flag 7, 2018 Share on LinkedIn Share on Messenger Video assistant referees (VARs)last_img read more

16 days ago​Tottenham star Alli makes drastic changes to forget injury woes

first_imgAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say ​Tottenham star Alli makes drastic changes to forget injury woesby Ansser Sadiq16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham star Dele Alli is willing to do anything in a bid to end his injury woes.The attacking midfielder has suffered a series of problems in the past 18 months, especially with his hamstrings.The England star is reportedly taking up yoga and seeing a nutritionist to discover what could be causing the problems.The 23-year-old is said to prefer a high protein and low sugar diet to limit inflammation in his body, per the Daily Mail.Alli has the present international break to get back to match fitness, so that he can help Spurs halt a miserable run of results.The midfielder wants to win back his place in the team and cement himself as one of their top performers. last_img read more

Neville insists United should delay Solskjaer appointment

first_imgOle Gunnar Solskjaer still has work to do to justify being appointed Manchester United’s new permanent manager despite winning nine of his opening 10 games in interim charge, according to former defender Gary Neville.Victory over Leicester continued the Norwegian’s unbeaten run since taking over from Jose Mourinho, following the Portuguese’s sacking in December.The only blemish on his record is the 2-2 draw with Burnley, but otherwise it has been the perfect start to Solskjaer’s tenure. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Such has been his impact at Old Trafford the 45-year-old has reportedly leapfrogged Mauricio Pochettino in the race to start next term in the hot seat.United face a key run of matches against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League last 16, Chelsea in the FA Cup fifth round and Liverpool in the Premier League in February.And Neville says a decision over Solskjaer’s future should not be made until after that period, and that it would be premature to give him the job now.”I think that’s far too early [to appoint Solskjaer],” Neville, who made over 600 appearances for United, told Sky Sports.”If you’d have said to me when he got the job what the chances were as a percentage, I’d have said probably 25 per cent.”He’s had an incredible run. He’s got a far greater percentage chance now – maybe 50, 60 per cent – but Chelsea away in the FA Cup, PSG in the Champions League, Liverpool, today against Leicester.”There’s a huge challenge coming in the next five, six weeks and I think the end of March, early April is the right time to assess the body of work that Ole’s done.”Amid the run of victories, United have played with a freedom they lacked particularly towards the end of Mourinho’s two-and-a-half years in charge.Neville has been astounded by the turnaround, which has seen the likes of Victor Lindelof, Jesse Lingard, Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford recapture their best form.”He’s lifted the club on and off the pitch,” the ex-England international added. “It’s been an incredible turnaround, which shows you how bad the players felt before.”I never realised how bad the players’ mood could have been to see the response since.”There were certain players who, under Mourinho, played the best I’ve seen them – the likes of (Victor) Lindelof and (Jesse) Lingard – but you’ve seen what’s happened since.”Is this the reality of what those players can achieve or are we just seeing a boost? I think the answer is somewhere in between but we’ll see.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

This One-Room Hotel Is Home to London’s First Whisky Vending Machine

first_img 9 Best Spirits For Spiked Apple Cider World’s First Luxury Space Hotel Promises Climbing Wall, Low-Gravity Basketball Courts Day drinking, a monogrammed travel flask, a tasting blog dedicated to the world’s finest 40s — they’re all hallmarks of a sophisticated (read “over-indulgent”) gentleman. Now, London is adding one more for the discerning boozehound: a whisky vending machine.Guests of — or thirsty passers-by near — London’s Napoleon Hotel can now skip the hotel bar if they’re looking for a pour of high-quality Scotch. Through the end of this year, the hotel has installed the city’s first-ever whisky vending machine just outside its front entrance. It’s a fitting location, given the hotel’s unique ratio of three bars to just a single hotel suite.Unfortunately, because of the pesky “not promoting underage drinking” thing, it’s not just a matter of popping over to the vending machine and swiping your credit card. Buyers will first need to head upstairs to Napoleon Hotel’s Devil’s Darlings bar to purchase a token. The £7.95 (roughly USD $10) token can then be redeemed between 10 a.m. and 2 a.m. for any Scotch whisky pouch in the machine’s inventory. That includes single malts from the Speyside whiskies of Macallan to the Highland whiskies of Aberfeldy and Royal Lochnager. The company even offers a special birthday whisky commemorating their first year in business.It’s part of a clever marketing stunt from Whisky-Me. For just £7 per month (including shipping), the London-based subscription service delivers samples of the world’s rarest, most exclusive, and best single malt Scotch whiskies to subscribers’ front doors each month. Each whisky is delivered in a tiny, 1.7-ounce pouch just like those found in the hotel’s vending machine.Whisky-Me was started by Tristan Stephenson and Thomas Aske, owners of Napoleon Hotel’s Black Rock Bar. Since founding the company last year, the duo’s aim has been to “best represent the flavors and diversity of single malt.” However, perhaps more importantly, they’ve endeavored to reboot the traditionally stodgy, buttoned-down image of drinking whisky. The vending machine is a playful, modern twist on doing just that.The vending machine will be peddling whisky through the end of December 2018. It’s an ideal way to sample the Whisky-Me service without committing to yet another monthly subscription. It’s also a solid backup if you’ve destroyed your hotel room minibar and are desperately in need of a wee late-night dram. Glenfiddich Grand Cru Makes a French Connection with 23-Year-Old Scotch Editors’ Recommendations 6 Essential Scotch Cocktails That You Need to Know Whiskey vs Whisky: Is There Really a Difference?last_img read more

ICS Board Prepares for Important IMO Meeting (UK)

first_img My location ICS, February 11, 2014 zoom The Board of Directors of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), representing national shipowners’ associations from 35 nations and over 80% of the world merchant fleet, recently met in London.IMO Ballast Water Management Convention – ICS Still has Serious Concerns about Type-Approval Standards for New Treatment EquipmentThe ICS Board agreed that ICS will continue to refrain from actively encouraging administrations that have not yet ratified the Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention from making the additional ratifications required to bring about immediate entry into force.ICS believes that governments should wait until outstanding implementation problems have been resolved at the International Maritime Organization (IMO), hopefully at the next meeting of the IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) in April, at which ICS (in co-operation with other industry organisations) has proposed a way forward.ICS Chairman, Masamichi Morooka, explained:“In principle ICS fully supports the eventual entry into force of the Convention and wants to make it work as soon as possible in order provide protection against invasive species. But the industry still has very serious concerns with respect to the lack of robustness of the current IMO type-approval process for the very expensive new treatment equipment that will be required, as well as about the criteria to be used for sampling ballast water during Port State Control inspections.”He added “Governments need to understand that the industry cannot support the immediate entry into force of a regime that will require billions of dollars of investment without any confidence that the new treatment equipment will actually work, or that it will comply with the standards that governments have set for killing unwanted marine micro-organisms. But we believe that the legal changes needed to make the ballast regime fit for purpose are relatively straightforward and can be agreed in principle by governments quickly.”ICS (with other industry organisations) has made a submission to the IMO MEPC in April which proposes making IMO Guidelines on type-approval of equipment mandatory. In the meantime, ICS believes it would be unfortunate if the Convention comes into force ‘by accident’ as result of further ratifications by governments before these outstanding problems have been properly addressed.CO2 Monitoring and Reporting – ICS Fully Supports Global RegimeThe ICS Board reiterated ICS support for the development by IMO of a global system for monitoring and reporting of ships’ CO2 emissions, provided that the mechanism is simple to administer, is primarily based on fuel consumption and that the system itself will not be used for the development of a full blown Market Based Measure.Consistent with an important ICS submission to the April meeting of the IMO MEPC, the ICS Board confirmed its support for the ‘three phase’ approach to the development of a global system proposed by the United States, and now seemingly supported in a submission to IMO by EU Member States. Under the ‘three phase’ approach, the question of whether IMO should eventually develop a mandatory system of energy indexing for existing ships – to which ICS is opposed – would be left open until a mandatory CO2 emissions reporting system has been established and evaluated.Mr Morooka remarked:“Our priority is to assure the primacy of IMO as the industry’s global regulator and the successful development of a global system will require the support of all of the world’s major flag states. It is unfortunate that the debate has been complicated by the parallel proposal from the European Commission, now being considered by the European Parliament, for a unilateral regional system of CO2 reporting that is unlikely to be compatible with whatever will be agreed at IMO.”The ICS Board agreed that it would be very helpful if EU Member States could defer reaching agreement on any regional EU regulation until sometime after the next meeting of the IMO MEPC at which ICS is optimistic that progress will be made on a global measure.Piracy – The Crisis is Not OverThe ICS Board noted the dramatic reduction in the number of successful hijacks against ships by Somali pirates, currently at a five-year low thanks to the combined success of sustained compliance with industry Best Management Practices, the use of private maritime security companies, the activity of military assets and new capacity building initiatives ashore.However, the Board also noted that Somali pirates remain active and retain the capacity to attack far into the Indian Ocean. ICS therefore continues to emphasise that it is premature to conclude that the crisis is over, with seafarers still held hostage in Somalia, some of whom have now been in captivity for three years.In 2013, there were at least 13 reported incidents involving Somali pirates including two hijackings. ICS therefore stresses that adherence to the industry’s latest Best Management Practices (BMP 4) and, where necessary, the deployment of private armed guards, continue to be vital self-protective measures. The maintenance of current levels of military protection provided by a global coalition of governments in the Indian Ocean is also considered to be vital.The security situation in West Africa also continues to be of great concern and the importance of ship operators adhering to the inter-industry guidance developed for ships trading in the Gulf of Guinea is also reiterated. Print  Close 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定last_img read more

Heckler at NDP Jagmeet Singh event an example of racism in Canada

first_imgA political science professor says a racist heckler that interrupted a campaign rally for NDP leadership hopeful Jagmeet Singh is an example of the discrimination that deters minorities from politics.A video posted on YouTube of Singh’s campaign event in Brampton, Ont., earlier this week shows a woman interrupting his speech and accusing him of supporting Shariah law and the Muslim Brotherhood.Singh, who is Sikh, responds to the woman saying he supports and loves her, and that he won’t be intimidated by hate.“Everyone in this room loves you, we all support you, we believe in your rights,” he said as she continued yelling at him in front of a crowd of supporters.Erin Tolley, an associate professor at the University of Toronto, said the incident is a reminder that although Canada promotes multiculturalism, racist views are still prevalent.“I think one danger in Canada is we become very congratulatory about our multiculturalism … but to some extent that conceals the number of Canadians that harbour racist sentiments,” she said.Tolley said studies have shown about 30 per cent of Canadians hold racist opinions and while they may not all be vocal about their views, it does influence how they vote.In her research on race and politics, she said discrimination against minorities, gender and people’s sexual orientation can give them pause about whether they want to enter or continue in politics.“I’m working on a study right now talking to people who had ran for the nomination of their party and many candidates of colour were somewhat surprised by what a negative experience it was, and so they are thinking twice about whether they want to continue,” she said.Singh’s ability to keep calm and respond in a positive manner to the heckler is evidence that it wasn’t the first time he experienced outwardly racist remarks, Tolley said.Although it was a negative incident, she said it did allow Singh to show off his leadership skills and raise his profile across the country.“He shows he’s not an angry person, he can keep his wits about him, he isn’t going to lose his cool and, politically, regardless of the situation, that’s seen as advantageous.”Singh’s rising popularity, at least among the NDP, is a sign of a growing desire among the public for more diversity in politics, Tolley said.She added that he’s also viewed as an inspiration to many people, which is reflected in the success he had in getting more people to join the party.Tolley noted that if Singh is voted NDP leader this October, he will be the first federal leader of colour selected by party members in Canada.“Talk about it’s 2017 – given Canada’s history of multiculturalism, how come that hasn’t happened before now?” she said.last_img read more

Winnipeg police identify mother of six found in recycling as Mary Madeline

first_imgAshley BrandsonAPTN NewsThe Winnipeg police have identified a woman whose body was discovered among recycling at a local depot as Mary Madeline Yellowback.The 33-year old woman from God’s River in Manitoba was discovered on Sept. 28.Police have released photos of Yellowback on the night of Sept. 27.They believe she was in the downtown area the night before she was discovered.A photo from what looks like security camera footage captured Yellowback wearing a grey hoodie with a red R on the front.According to a statement released by the family, Yellowback had six children, aged three, four, six, nine and 13. She and her husband Clifford Yellowback had one child who died in a car collision in 2009 at the age of four.”Yellowback was a community care worker and is described in the statement as “happy go lucky,” the statement said.Anyone with information is asked to call the Winnipeg Police Service at 204-986-6508. news@aptn.calast_img read more

Indias economic growth falls to sixyear low of 5

NEW DELHI — An Indian government report says economic growth has slumped to a six-year low of 5% in the April-June quarter because of a sharp deceleration in manufacturing output and subdued activity in farming and construction.Chief Economic Adviser K.V. Subramanian also attributed the slowdown to global trade tensions. The finance ministry data were released on Friday.India’s central bank said reviving consumption demand and private investment would require greater spending on infrastructure and structural changes, including labour law, taxation and legal reforms.India’s GDP growth averaged 7.7% from 2014 to 2018. The economy began losing momentum after growing 8% in the April-June quarter last year.The previous low GDP growth was 4.3% in the January-March quarter in 2013.The Associated Press read more

Banks defend mortgage verification practices in light of broker fraud allegation

by Alexandra Posadzki, The Canadian Press Posted Aug 28, 2015 2:00 am MDT Last Updated Aug 28, 2015 at 2:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Banks defend mortgage verification practices in light of broker fraud allegation TORONTO – Some of Canada’s biggest banks are defending their verification practices for mortgage applications in light of recent news that mortgage lender Home Capital Group Inc. cut ties with dozens of brokers over fraud allegations.A number of mortgage brokers have called for tighter industry rules after Home Capital announced in July that it was suspending 45 brokers over allegations that they falsified client incomes on mortgage loan applications.Some brokers have suggested that mortgage fraud is likely more widespread than the 45 brokers implicated by Home Capital.However, executives at the Bank of Montreal, Royal Bank and TD Bank (TSX:TD) stood behind their mortgage verification practices when grilled about the topic by analysts during the banks’ quarterly earnings conference calls this week.TD’s chief risk officer Mark Chauvin said the bank makes calls to employers to verify income, looks at automatic deposits into the accounts of existing TD customers and uses data analysis techniques to assess how reasonable a client’s stated income is.“In our underwriting standards, verification of income and the downpayment is very important and central to the process,” Chauvin said. “We will do that through several means and we’ll do it until we’re satisfied that we have it right.”Surjit Rajpal, BMO’s (TSX:BMO) chief risk officer, said the bank’s mortgage origination processes — both for those mortgages that are originated in house and those that come through third-party brokers — are “stringent” and “vigorous.”“We are quite comfortable with the suppliers of third-party mortgages to us, and the processes that we have in place,” Rajpal said.He added that BMO typically examines its mortgage applications closer whenever it hears about fraudulent practices in the industry.“We tighten it up even further to see whether … we’ve noticed anything, and we haven’t,” he said, referring to the recent news about Home Capital.Jennifer Tory, RBC’s head of personal and commercial banking, said the bank (TSX:RY) doesn’t accept mortgage applications from third-party brokers.“Our applications are only taken by branch lenders and our proprietary mortgage sales force,” Tory said. “And for each application we verify income. We have various ways of doing that. And our policies require documents to be retained.”Tory added that RBC’s underwriting professionals verify employment with employers in addition to reviewing documents.“We have good processes on new clients,” she said.Edward Jones analyst Jim Shanahan said it’s vital for banks to verify mortgage applications to ensure that their loan books can handle the stress of an economic downturn or a housing market crash, similar to the one that occurred in the United States during the global financial crisis.“If they’re not verifying income and they’re not verifying assets, (the borrower) could be lying — which means the quality of the loan that they’ve underwritten isn’t what they think,” Shanahan said.Follow @alexposadzki on Twitter. read more

Doubleduty Bryant rescues Delaware in 2OT win over Columbia

NEW YORK — Darian Bryant’s lone 3-pointer with 20 seconds left in the second overtime proved to be the difference in Delaware’s 87-86 win over Columbia on Sunday.After a timeout, Bryant stepped up on defence and blocked Mike Smith’s layup attempt with three seconds left. After a tie-up, Gabe Stefanini missed a jumper as time expired.Stefanini buried a 3 with 36 seconds left to tie the score at 79 at the end of the first overtime. Eric Carter missed a jump shot with four seconds left to force the second overtime.Near the end of regulation, after Carter made a pair of free throws for a 70-65 Blue Hens lead with 57 seconds left, Smith responded with a layup and a 3-pointer in a 30-second span to tie it. Delaware’s Ithiel Horton missed a jump shot with four seconds left.For Delaware (7-2), Carter scored 21 points with 15 rebounds and Horton and Matt Veretto each scored 20.Smith led Columbia with 31 points, Quinton Adlesh finished with 19 and Stefanini scored 14.The Associated Press read more

Ohio State womens hockey names Nadine Muzerall head coach

Within 20 days of the its first game, the Ohio State women’s hockey team has hired former Minnesota Golden Gophers assistant coach Nadine Muzerall as its head coach, announced in the second quarter of the Ohio State football game on Saturday.Muzerall fills a hole left by former coach Jenny Potter who left the program on Aug. 18, just five weeks before the first game and five days before classes began. OSU was 10-25-1 under Potter in 2015-16.“We’ve all heard such good things (about Muzerall),” junior defenseman Dani Sadek said. “She has a winning mindset and I think that’s what this program needs.”The first thing to know about the new Buckeye coach is her connection to the Golden Gophers’ women’s hockey program.Muzerall was on the bench of last year’s Minnesota squad that won the national championship over Boston College. She spent the past five seasons at Minnesota coaching in five national championship games and claiming four championship rings.As a player at Minnesota from 1997-2001, she began her extensive trophy case by collecting two All-American honors in 1998 and 2000. Muzerall was also on the Gophers team that won an AWCHA national championship — women’s hockey was not an NCAA-sanctioned sport until 2000-2001 season — and a 2001 Western Collegiate Hockey Association conference championship.Muzerall still holds the all-time goals record for Minnesota women’s hockey with 139 career goals. She also leads the all-time goals per game mark with 1.08. She ranks third all-time in career points with 235.The Ontario, Canada, native was the first women’s hockey player inducted into the hall of fame at the university. She is still the youngest athlete to be inducted into Minnesota’s hall of fame.Muzerall is OSU’s third coach in as many years following Porter’s departure and the resignation of former coach Nate Handrahan amidst sexual harassment allegations.OSU opens the season on Friday, Sept. 30, at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. read more

Dumped and dying Finzis tale serves as warning to dog owners

first_imgA DOG WHO was dumped and dying had her life saved thanks to the actions of a Bray vet – and her tale is a cautionary one for all dog owners.Well-known vet Pete Wedderburn kept his Facebook page Pete the Vet updated when he found a dying dog, whom he named Finzi, by the side of the road last week. He spoke to about how Finzi came through her ordeal – and how her illness is one other dog owners can learn from.Collapsed“This sort of thing happens a lot in my line of work,” said Wedderburn, who was out with his family last Sunday afternoon when they found a dog dumped beside the road.She was just lying there – she couldn’t walk, she was collapsed. Her gums were as white as sheets and she was emaciated. She was dying.The family brought the dog back to their home and said they would do what they could for her, picking up items from Wedderburn’s clinic, including fresh blood, which they were lucky to have left over from a previous operation.They were able to give Finzi a blood transfusion and antibiotics, after which she vomited up worms. “These were worms which hadn’t been treated,” explained Wedderburn.“A lot of people don’t know all puppies are born with worms. When she was a pup she would have suckled her mother and swallowed worm eggs, which hatched out into the intestine. Some go into the system and settle into the puppy’s mammary glands.” She would then pass these worms on to her young.Wedderburn said that if there is one message he is keen to get out from this story, it is that dog owners should make sure they worm their dogs to prevent them becoming infected as Finzi was.The vet was worried that Finzi could die, but hoped that she would come through against the odds. On Sunday night and Monday night she was kept on a drip, and had bloody diaorrhea full of worms. “It was still looking pretty bleak,” said Wedderburn. “It really was only on Tuesday that it started to genuinely pick up.”On Tuesday morning, Finzi was even well enough to appear on TV3 with Wedderburn, but when they returned from the show they got some bad news. “Somebody had literally found a dead dog – Finzi’s brother. What I found upsetting is he was probably lying in the bushes and was probably too weak to make a sound.”This story underlines how much of an emotional rollercoaster Wedderburn’s job as a vet can be. “I genuinely don’t think a day goes by without some emotional trauma, good ones and bad ones,” he said.Animals are beings; they suffer just like we suffer. They have emotions, they feel abandoned, they feel miserable. It’s great to save one dog’s life.(Pete Wedderburn/YouTube)Wedderburn said that he was concerned that Finzi may have been abandoned because her owner couldn’t afford a vet. “It is important people realise there is always an option,” he said. “There is always help there.”He advises people who need treatment for their pet but who don’t have the funds to go to their local vet and explain the situation. “If people are well intentioned and can scrape together some money and make some sort of effort, and prove they are genuine, most vets will be helpful,” he said, adding that animal rescue groups can also be contacted if people find animals that are in distress.A story from Wedderburn’s veterinary clinic will be featured in each episode of the new series of Animal A&E, which is aired on TV3 at 7.30pm on Thursdays. All of the below photographs are taken from the Pete the Vet Facebook page, with permission.last_img read more

Concerns raised that private health insurance patients are being bullied by hospitals

first_img 28,383 Views Share58 Tweet Email4 Jun 11th 2017, 6:06 PM 83 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Sunday 11 Jun 2017, 6:06 PM Concerns raised that private health insurance patients are being ‘bullied’ by hospitals RTÉ’s This Week reported concerns around bullying of private health insurance holders. Image: Shutterstock/sfam_photo By Cormac Fitzgerald CONCERNS HAVE BEEN raised that private health insurance holders are being “bullied” into foregoing their right to be treated as public patients.Documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act by RTÉ This Week point to a number of concerns being raised by private health insurers around the The Health Insurance (Amendment) Act, which was brought into law in 2013.Under the Act, patients with insurance who present at a hospital can be charged a private rate for a hospital stay regardless of the treatment they receive – if they sign a waiver form given to them.Private health care is charged at a rate of €813 per day. Public care is charged at €80 per day, capped at €800 for a full year – so the difference in rates is huge.In a letter – seen by This Week – the chief executive of Laya Health wrote to Health Minister Simon Harris saying that people with private health insurance were being pressurised and bullied into signing this form.Dónal Clancy outlined a number of cases from different hospitals where their members said they were being threatened and told they would not be treated if they didn’t sign the form.Jim Dowdall of Irish Life Health also told RTÉ that his people insured by his company were facing similar issues.In one case, Dowdall said one of its members was pursued by a hospital after they had been treated and discharged. The hospital sent a letter asking that the patient retrospectively sign the waiver form.Dowdall said that the hospital told the former patient that if they did not sign the form, a debt collection agency would be pursuing the looked at the issue of the waiver form in April, and found similar issues.The purpose of the Act was initially to raise in the region €45 million extra a year. Harris told Dáil Éireann last November that figure worked out as being approximately €196 million between July 2015 and July 2016.Speaking to RTÉ’s Today with Seán O’Rourke in March, Health Minister Simon Harris acknowledged that the impact of the act had “actually gone too far”, and said that it was “time to review the policy… hospital by hospital to see the impact of it”.Fianna Fáil spokesperson on health Billy Kelleher hit out at the allegations of harassment and bullying and said they needed to be addressed,“This type of orchestrated attempt at increasing income via private patients through means which clearly go against the ethos of a public health system cannot be ever tolerated,” he said.With reporting from Cianan BrennanRead: Why you should be very wary of signing this insurance form on arrival at an Irish hospital Short URL Image: Shutterstock/sfam_photolast_img read more