Fewer than half of Canadians hold optimistic open view of the world

first_imgOTTAWA – Canada’s reputation as a nation with an open and optimistic world view that flies in the face of rising pessimism and nationalism elsewhere is being challenged by new research.Fewer than half of Canadians appear on the “open” side of an index devised by EKOS Research and The Canadian Press to gauge populist sentiment here.The remainder either have a closed-off view of the world or are on the fence — a potentially volatile swing group.The research aggregated polls involving 12,604 people to explore to what extent Canadians’ views are in line with voters who backed two of the most surprising manifestations of 21st century populism in recent years — Donald Trump’s campaign for U-S president and the exit of Britain from the European Union.Both were understood to be the results of rising discontent among those sideswiped by technological, cultural and economic transformation and seeking to regain some measure of control by eschewing the political status quo in favour of a dramatic new approach.Whether Canada could be facing a similar issue has been a question ever since.The results of the study suggest 46 per cent of Canadians are open-minded towards the world and each other, with the highest numbers found in B-C and the Atlantic provinces.But 30 per cent report feeling economically and culturally insecure, a sentiment found in the largest numbers in Alberta and Saskatchewan.The remainder — roughly 25 per cent — have a mixed view.To gauge where Canadians sit, EKOS Research and The Canadian Press aggregated responses to questions posed in two telephone polls between June and December about people’s perceptions of their economic outlook, class mobility, ethnic fluency and tolerance. Pollsters also asked whether they believed such movements were good or not.The results were in turn plotted on a spectrum from “open” to “ordered” — a new way of classifying people’s political viewpoints that goes beyond the traditional right-versus-left.The telephone polls had a margin of error of 0.9 per cent, 19 times out of 20.—last_img read more

Canadian producer Robert Lantos to receive Camerimage award

first_imgOver the 24-year history of the Camerimage Film Festival – one of the industry’s top events for celebrating the work of cinematographers and film artists – the festival has only awarded its producer’s award twice. Next week, Canadian producer Robert Lantos will become the third.Lantos, the Toronto-based producer behind such films as Barney’s Version, Eastern Promises and Sunshine, will receive the award at the opening night gala in Bydgoszcz, Poland, on Nov. 12.Until now, the honour has only been bestowed to producers Richard D. Zanuck (Driving Miss Daisy) and Jeremy Thomas (The Last Emperor). Lantos has a long, storied history with the Canadian filmmaking community, from producing such classic Canadian movies as Joshua Then and Now (1985), Black Robe (1991) and eXistenZ (1999), to serving as chairman and CEO of Alliance Communications Inc. The producer has also enjoyed an extensive collaboration with another Toronto-based filmmaker, Atom Egoyan, serving as producer for the director’s Calendar (1993), The Sweet Hereafter (1997), Felicia’s Journey (1999), Ararat (2002), Where the Truth Lies (2005) and last year’s Remember, which starred Christopher Plummer and Martin Landau. (Remember will also screen in competition at Camerimage). This past summer, Lantos received a Governor-General’s Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Achievement.The Camerimage Film Festival runs Nov. 12 to 19, and will also honour actress Jessica Lange.BY Barry Hertz LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebook Twitter Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Indian customs officials seize Lankan boat two escape

The Indian Customs Preventive Unit, after foiling an alleged smuggling attempt on the high seas, seized a Sri Lankan Fibreglass Plastic Boat (FPB) near the second island in the Gulf of Mannar region even as two persons onboard the boat escaped, The Hindu newspaper reported.Customs Superintendent M. Pugazhendhi, who was part of the team, said that acting on a tip-off about smuggling activity, a seven-member team, comprising three Superintendents and four Sea Crew, launched patrolling on a hired ‘vallam’ (country boat) in the Gulf of Mannar region on Wednesday night when they sighted the boat near the island. Pugazhendhi said that the officials brought him to the shore and when they sighted another boat and followed the signal, the “rescued” man escaped under the cover of darkness. During the brief interrogation before his escape, the Sri Lankan national said that they arrived to purchase fishing gear.After alerting the various security agencies, the Customs officials brought the FPB to the naval jetty here. They registered a case under the Customs Special Act after seizing 49,500 Sri Lankan currencies from the boat, he said. Customs Superintendents A. Sampathkumar and S. Raja were also in the patrolling team.Marine Police of Coastal Security Group (CSG), Q Branch police and the local police have launched a search for the two persons, who were suspected to be hiding in Danushkodi.Superintendent of Police N. Manivannan said that he had asked the Rameswaram Deputy Superintendent of Police to submit a report on the issue. (Colombo Gazette) He said that when they reached the second island, two persons onboard the FPB approached them, obviously mistaking their vallam for the ‘contraband supply’ boat. The Customs personnel surrounded the boat. When the team members questioned the two, they grew suspicious and jumped into the sea. While one escaped under the cover of darkness, the other called them for help as he could not swim, he also said. read more

US judge blocks Canadian companys mine project in Arizona

PHOENIX — A federal judge has overturned the U.S. Forest Service’s approval of a Canadian company’s planned new copper mine in southeastern Arizona, ruling that the agency improperly evaluated and considered water use issues associated with the Rosemont Mine.Toronto-based Hudbay Minerals Inc. said Thursday the ruling blocks construction of the project in the Santa Rita Mountains on part of the Coronado National Forest southeast of Tucson.The company said U.S. District Judge James A. Soto in Tucson misinterpreted federal mining laws and Forest Service regulations and that it will appeal his ruling to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.Conservation groups that challenged the project hailed Soto’s ruling, saying it recognized that the Forest Service failed to protect public land and resources.Anita Snow And Paul Davenport, The Associated Press read more

Surge in financing needed to transform the world UN chief

António Guterres was speaking at the opening of the High Level Meeting on Financing the 2030 Agenda, at which he launched his Strategy to support Financing the 2030 Agenda.He was joined by Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), several Heads of State and Government, as well as senior representatives of leading companies – including the founder of Microsoft, Bill Gates – and philanthropic foundations.The financing needs of the 2030 Agenda, said Mr. Guterres, are immense, in the order of between $5 and $7 trillion per year.Whilst some progress has been made in mobilizing resources, he said that urgent action is needed to drive progress: “that means galvanizing political support across governments and local communities; building momentum for change in corporate boardrooms; and doing better in tapping resources that sit idle.”Mr. Guterres outlined three “essential action points” for developed countries: meeting the commitments made in the Addis Ababa Action Agenda; continued support for developing countries in creating good governance measures and fighting illicit flows of capital; and stepping up efforts in developing innovative financing and in mobilizing private investment.The Secretary-General’s new Strategy to support Financing the 2030 Agenda builds on existing efforts and proposes urgent action to achieve three objectives: aligning global financial and economic policies with the 2030 Agenda, enhance sustainable financial strategies at the regional and country levels, and exploit the potential of financial innovations, new technologies and digitalization to provide equitable access to finance.On this latter point, Mr. Guterres announced that he had tasked Achim Steiner, head of the United Nations Development Programme, UNDP, with setting up a Task Force on the Digital Financing of the Sustainable Development Goals.Speaking on behalf of the IMF, Christine Lagarde said that the organization’s objective is sustainable development for all, “making sure that all girls and boys have a fair chance to thrive, to flourish, to develop their capacities no matter who they are or where they were born,” and that the “essence of sustainable development growth is to eradicate poverty, eliminate deprivation for a fairer world that respects the limits of nature.” UN Photo/Evan SchneiderBill Gates speaking at the High-Level Meeting on Financing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, at UN Headquarters in New York, on 24 September 2018.Bill Gates underlined the ways in which philanthropic organizations, such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, play an important role in advancing the system, using innovative tools that allow them to invest in new technologies, make innovation less risky, and address market failures, and pointing out that the development finance system is key to achieving the objectives of the SDGs.Mr. Guterres concluded by reminding those present that, “by investing in the Sustainable Development Goals, we invest in the future, ensuring a world in which we strive for peace, stability and prosperity that leaves no one behind.”You can find out more about the financing of the 2030 Agenda here. read more

Why Gretzky Had It Easy

One of the most interesting statistical nuggets I ran into while researching a piece about NHL goalies was the improvement in leaguewide goaltending over the past 30 years. It hasn’t just been a small improvement — the league’s save-percentage leaders during the 1980s and early 1990s put up statistics that would rate below-average in recent seasons.Here’s the league’s average save percentage since the 1983-84 season, when the NHL began tracking shots against:Save percentage rapidly increased during the so-called dead-puck era of the 1990s and early 2000s. It’s no coincidence that over that period, the NHL’s rate of scoring also dropped sharply. A lot of fans blame strategies such as the neutral-zone trap and left-wing lock for triggering the dead-puck era, but more of the blame belongs to better goalies.As for why goalies are so much better now, well, that’s a subject of much debate in hockey circles. One of the most popular explanations is that the sheer size of goaltending equipment has exploded since the 1980s. That’s hard to argue when you look at how pads have grown over time. But since pad size first became a talking point in the mid-to-late 1990s, the league has gone to some lengths (no pun intended) to police the dimensions of puck-stopping technology — and it’s had scarcely any effect on save percentages.Instead, I think a bigger reason save percentages improved so sharply in the 1990s was a dramatic change in the goaltending techniques being employed.During the 1980s, the prevailing style was still the so-called stand-up method, in which a goalie largely remains upright on his skates while making saves, using his stick and skates to stop low shots. In the middle of the decade, though, goaltending phenom Patrick Roy made his NHL debut. Emboldened by recent advances in arm and chest protectors, Roy used a different technique — the “butterfly” — wherein the goaltender drops to his knees to make saves, effectively sealing off most shooting targets along the bottom third of the net.Using the butterfly, Roy was sensational — he backstopped the Montreal Canadiens to the Stanley Cup as a 20-year-old in 1986 — and it wasn’t long before the butterfly style spread throughout the league. The effect was profound. Stand-up goalies who were the mainstays of the mid-1980s were almost completely phased out of the game within a decade, replaced by a younger generation who used the butterfly or at least a hybrid technique featuring butterfly elements.In retrospect, this seems like an obvious tactic — it’s a goaltending truism that the majority of goals are scored on shots at or near ice level — but older equipment made dropping low a dangerous proposition. Once falling to the ice became safer, goalies no longer had to rely purely on reflexes, instead being able to stop a greater percentage of low shots on technique alone. It’s no surprise that save percentages skyrocketed when one of the most common subsets of shots suddenly became much tougher.One final note: Watch the Wayne Gretzky highlight reel below and pay particular attention to the goalies in the early portion of the video, when the Great One was with the Edmonton Oilers.Compared with today’s game, you can really see the difference in goaltending technique (notice how many of the goalies tried to stop Gretzky’s shots without dropping to the ice). Modern goalies are more athletic and mobile, and, yes, their pads are plainly bigger. But they’re also using a style much more grounded in the probabilities of where pucks are shot. read more

Football Ohio States experienced wide receivers provide stability for interim coach Brian

Then-redshirt junior wide receiver Parris Campbell (21) runs the ball downfield during the first quarter of the OSU-Maryland game on Oct. 7. Credit: Ris Twigg | Former Assistant Photo EditorThough the fate of head coach Urban Meyer remains undecided, one change is certain: Zach Smith will not return as wide receivers coach for Ohio State.Because of domestic violence allegations against his ex-wife, Smith was fired on July 23, and a replacement was named 10 days later.Smith ran the receivers through his “Zone 6” mentality, making the group into a unit and bringing together the position as a collective whole.The concept moved past Smith, with the receivers taking on the identity further, resulting in group interviews and creating a “Zone 6” Twitter account.Though Smith leaves, the culture he started with “Zone 6” won’t necessarily be changed immediately.Redshirt senior Parris Campbell could be in a position to lead the group with redshirt junior K.J. Hill, redshirt senior Johnnie Dixon, junior Binjimen Victor, junior Austin Mack and redshirt senior Terry McLaurin all returning to the team. The group will face added pressure this season given that it will be receiving passes from a quarterback who has never made a collegiate start.This receiving group will still remain a collective unit that does not rely on individual standouts, despite a change in coach. Campbell, Hill, Dixon, Victor, Mack and McLaurin combined for more than 2,600 receiving yards and 29 touchdown receptions last season, but no receiver broke 600 yards through the air. Dixon led the team with eight receiving touchdowns, but was eighth on the team in receptions.This balance makes the Ohio State receiving corps a unit by nature, and makes each of them potential tools for redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins to use, and that won’t go away with Smith’s firing.The new wide receivers coach should bring a lot of the same coaching mentalities that Smith leaves behind having coached under him.Brian Hartline was named the interim wide receivers coach for the season after Smith’s firing following a year as a quality control coach, and looks to bring his NFL experience to the position.Hartline, a former Ohio State receiver who helped the 2008 team reach the national championship, spent six years with the Miami Dolphins, breaking 1,000 receiving yards in back-to-back seasons in 2012 and 2013 before ending his professional career with the Cleveland Browns in 2015.Hartline will be coaching one of the most experienced groups Ohio State has had in recent memory, with every core member of the group returning from last year as, mostly, juniors and seniors.Smith leaves with a tarnished reputation, but Hartline has a chance to revitalize this group of wide receivers, and help an inexperienced Haskins find success. read more

Can you please help me …9yrold appeals for assistance to undergo

“Can you please help me,” these were the words of a nine-year-old, who, along with his mother is appealing to the public for financial assistance to offset expenses to be incurred in his much needed live-saving liver transplant procedure.Jamal Williams of Lot 248, West Indian Housing Scheme, Bartica had, in January 2016, been diagnosed with a tumor on his liver, sustained when he was injured during an accident at school.Jamal Williams appeals for help to undergo life-saving surgeryIt was not until he was rushed to the hospital crying out in pain that a tumor was discovered on his liver. The nine-year-old has since been the object of a series of medical emergencies, forcing him to frequent hospitals.Natasha Williams, the mother of the ailing child, is now left jobless as she is occupied with caring for her child, who suffers with a swollen stomach and a series of medical complications that affect his daily life.The distressed mother explained her experience ever since Jamal was diagnosed. “He was a normal child, but since he was diagnosed with this tumor, it became a real difficulty for me,” she explained.She added, “It got times with Jamal take in you don’t know what to do, life don’t be easy for me. I does got to run up and down in hospital with him, because Jamal’s complains are very serious.”She has resigned herself to dedicating her time to caring for her one son, who is sickly. She related that the task is difficult, especially since it often results in the neglect of his five other siblings.Meanwhile, the nine-year-old, in his cry for assistance, outlined his plight brought on by the tumor. “Sometimes my belly start to hurt, I faint away, I can’t breathe, I get short of breath,” the young man said. His condition has caused him to not attend school for more than a year.As his condition continues to deteriorate, Jamal is in urgent need of surgery; but his family is unable to afford the costly procedure, especially since it cannot be conducted in Guyana.The cost of the surgery, which will be performed in India, is US$50,000. However, given that the organ sample needed for the transplant would most likely be donated by one of his parents, they now need to raise additional funding to cater for travel, accommodation and other expenses during the journey to India.As such, Williams is asking the public to assist in ensuring her son receives the surgery he needs to survive. “…I am a poor woman, so I am pleading with the public in Guyana so that they can see with me to just save a life. It could’ve been anybody’s child. Life is what matters…,” she declared.Adding to the appeals of his mother, Jamal is reaching out to citizens to aid in his fight to stay alive.“Can you help me? I want to live to grow up and see my mother get good, and I want to go back to school,” the child said as he seeks help for his surgery.Persons desirous of making a donation towards Jamal’s surgery can do so by depositing their contributions in Scotiabank account #175-441 or contact his family at +592-690-5092, +592-689-0957, +592-673-4238 or +592-661-6106 for further information. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related5-month-old baby in need of liver transplantFebruary 13, 2017In “Local News”Mother ecstatic as baby with brain exposed receives successful surgeryOctober 25, 2016In “Featured”GPHC probing death of 4 – year – old who visited hospital for stitches after biting his tongueDecember 11, 2013In “Crime” read more

Supply foiled robbery 1 of 6 pleads guilty to guns ammo

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related6 busted with guns, ammo in Grove likely to be charged soonApril 13, 2018In “Crime”Mason remanded on armed robbery chargeApril 9, 2019In “Court”Fish Depot robbery suspects remandedDecember 7, 2016In “Court” The six men who were reportedly found with a quantity of firearms and ammunition while traveling in a reportedly stolen vehicle moments after allegedly attempting a robbery on Tuesday last were today arraigned at the Providence Magistrate’s Court.From left: Nabadinghi Gobin, Edward Skeete, Steve HerculesAppearing before Magistrate Sunil Scarce were Mark Prince, 39, a taxi driver of Parfaite Harmonie, WBD, Nabadingi Gobin, 24, of Georgetown, Leonard Khan, 31, a fish vendor of Albouystown, Georgetown, Edward Skeete,30, from Albouystown, Marvin Blackman, 27, a fish vendor of South Ruimveldt and Steve Hercules.From left: Marvin Blackman, Leonard Khan, Mark PrinceOnly Hercules was charged with fraudulent conversion of a vehicle’s identification mark.It was alleged that on April 10, 2018, at Grove, East Bank Demerara, he changed the identification plates of a grey Premio motorcar registered as PVV 6204 to HC 4543.To this, Hercules pleaded not guilty.In an indictable charge that followed, all of the men, except for Hercules, were charged with conspiracy.In this case, on the same date and place, it was alleged that the five men conspired with Hercules to change the identification mark of the vehicle originally licenced as PVV 6204.They all plead not guilty.The accused as they made their way from courtThe police had detailed that the motorcar, with licence plate HC 4543, was stolen from a Princes Street, Georgetown resident on March 25, 2018.In the following charges, it was alleged that the six, at Grove, East Bank Demerara, had in their possession six live .32 ammunition, eleven 9mm ammunition, two 9mm black pistols, and a .32 black Taurus pistol, while all being unlicenced for same.Five of the men plead not guilty while the sixth, Hercules pleaded guilty.Another indictable charge was made out against them alleging that they had attempted to commit a felony on the same day mentioned.However, the complainant was not present in court and as such, the matter was not heard.Before receiving his sentence, Hercules sought to provide an explanation to the court.He stated that he would occasionally engage in providing taxi services to a few people. As such, a customer of his, offered him $50,000 to transport the said vehicle he was travelling in on April 10, 2018, to Georgetown from Soesdyke.Hercules said that he had been informed of what was inside of the vehicle before hand and still agreed to make the delivery.He explained that he also stopped along the way and picked up the five other men, as a “cover” if he was pulled over by police.The accused as they made their way from court“While I was coming down I decided to pick up couple passengers to cover me while I was coming down from there,” he told the court.Hercules’ sentencing was postponed to later this afternoon.Magistrate Sunil Scarce told the court that the Prosecution had applied for the case to be tried at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court. This application, he said has been granted.Bail was rejected on the grounds that the men were known characters who had pending matters in the courts.As such, the five other men were remanded to prison until May 10, 2018 for disclosures in the summary matter and statements for the indictable mater.Swift action by Police ranks of the A Division (Georgetown-East Bank Demerara) saw the alleged bandits being nabbed after they attempted to rob the Supply, East Bank Demerara (EBD) poultry farmer, Michael Chang Yuen.As they reportedly entered the man’s yard, an alarm was raised, which prompted the men to quickly enter a waiting motorcar, HC 4543, which was parked some distance away, and flee the scene.However, the Police were alerted, and a roadblock was set up in the vicinity of the Grove Public Road, which saw the four men, along with two others in the said car, being captured.A search carried out on the motorcar unearthed, in addition to the weapons and ammunition mentioned above, one sledgehammer, two pairs of latex gloves and traded plates. (Ramona Luthi) read more

Former British Labour minister sentenced to six months in jail over expenses

first_imgA FORMER BRITISH MP and Cabinet minister has been sentenced to six months in jail after pleading guilty to making nearly £13,000 (€15,500)  in bogus expense claims.Denis MacShane, who served as Europe minister under former Prime Minister Tony Blair, admitted to filing 19 fake receipts for “research and translation” services between January 2005 and January 2008.The money from those claims was used to fund trips, including one to Paris to judge a literary competition.MacShane’s admission capped several years of scrutiny of his expenses, following the 2009 scandal that found UK politicians had billed the public for items such as pornographic movies and an ornamental duck house.He was sentenced today to six months in jail at London’s Old Bailey Court.Read: FG candidate defends no expenses pledge after party colleague calls him a ‘tosser’ > Read: TDs and Senators who lose their seats could face court action over unspent allowances >last_img read more

Putting rubbish in the wrong wheelie bin Itll cost you an average

first_img 30,692 Views 52 Comments http://jrnl.ie/3285068 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Garreth MacNamee Short URL Tuesday 14 Mar 2017, 6:10 AM Mar 14th 2017, 6:10 AM Image: Brendan Brennan Share Tweet Email3 ONE REFUSE COMPANY has started fining customers who frequently contaminate their wheelie bins with inappropriate rubbish.Greyhound has hired 25 new members of staff whose job it is to inspect bins to make sure the waste is properly segregated.Those deemed to be frequent offenders will be slapped with an average fine of in and around €30 every time they neglect to dispose of their rubbish properly.Households will be sent a warning letter stating that they have been improperly disposing of their rubbish. They will then be given around a four-week period to start using the service correctly. If not, they will then be sent a fine. The precise cost of the penalty will depend on exactly how much it costs to dispose of the contaminated waste.According to Greyhound’s updated terms and conditions, if collectors spot that your bin has contaminated waste, they will then be within their rights to not collect the rubbish. Customers will then have to pay for “a separate service to be arranged at a cost of €30″.If the contamination is identified after collection, “the customer may be charged a disposal/cleaning charge of up to €30″ in addition to usual charges.Green and brown bins for recyclable and food waste respectively are the ones which people have the most problems with, according to Greyhound.A spokesman for the company said: “This is the cost of disposing of the contaminated waste. It’s not about targeting people who make a one-off mistake, it’s about going after the repeat transgressors. But there’s a positive aspect to it as well. Once the household receives the warning letter, their behaviour changes very quickly.”A survey conducted by the firm last week found that only 30% of brown bins are being presented for collection – down from 50% two years ago. Food and other waste that should be disposed of in brown bins is being found in black and green bins.The firm’s managing director, John Brosnan, said: “We have introduced a fair usage policy to tackle the massive amount of inappropriate waste in green and black bins. The new policy has received an overwhelmingly positive response from customers. When letters are received from those who have contaminated their bins, brown bin usage immediately jumps to 70%”In the last year, concrete bricks, large household electrical goods and dead animals have been discovered in green bins by collection crews.Read: Woman who broke tooth on Centra ciabatta roll awarded €17,470 damages >Read: Watch Enda Kenny teach a US reporter how to pronounce ‘Taoiseach’ > Image: Brendan Brennan Putting rubbish in the wrong wheelie bin? It’ll cost you an average of €30 every time Greyhound said the reaction to the new measures has been positive. last_img read more

Flag retirement program begins across San Diego County

first_img KUSI Newsroom July 5, 2019 Flag retirement program begins across San Diego County SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The county and city of San Diego will begin a program Friday enabling residents to dispose of old U.S. flags in accordance with federal code.County Supervisor Greg Cox announced the County Flag Retirement Box program last month in honor of Flag Day and in advance of the Fourth of July, saying it will help residents “dispose of old or tattered flags with the proper respect they deserve.”Starting Friday, residents will be able to drop off their old flags in designated boxes at county libraries, as well as the city of San Diego’s public libraries. Local Boy Scout troops will frequently collect the boxes and deliver them to local American Legion posts and associated nonprofits that will conduct flag retirement ceremonies.“County Supervisor Greg Cox’s Flag Retirement Box program will give San Diegans the opportunity to retire their American flags with the dignity and respect they deserve,” City Councilman Chris Cate said. “The American flag is a symbol of our freedom, and it is wonderful that all city of San Diego libraries will be participating in this program.”The program is similar to one promoted by the National Association of Counties, of which Cox is president. According to the NACo, the program has distributed roughly 700 flag boxes to more than 500 counties around the country to ensure proper flag disposal. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: July 5, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

37 believe stressrelated absence has increased over past year

first_imgMore than one-third (37%) of respondents report that stress-related absence has increased over the past year and only 8% have seen a decrease, according to research by Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and SimplyHealth. The Health and wellbeing at work report, which surveyed 1,000 HR professionals, also found that only 6% of organisations have a standalone health policy, however, 37% of respondents are raising awareness of mental health across the workforce.The research also found that:55% of UK organisations have seen an increase in the number of reported common mental health conditions over the last 12 months, compared to 41% in 2016.22% cite mental ill health as the primary cause of long-term absence from work in the UK compared with 13% in 2016.53% agree that their organisation encourages openness about mental health and is effective at supporting people with mental ill health.59% say their organisation has a supportive framework in place to recruit employees with mental health issues and 60% to retain people with a disability or long-term health condition. The report also found that the level of employee absence from mental health issues is on, average, 6.6 days annually, per employee.Rachel Suff, senior employment relations adviser at CIPD, said: “We’re seeing a significant increase in the number of reported mental health issues among employees in UK organisations. While it might be that more people are feeling that they can disclose a mental health issue, the links between increased stress at work and mental health issues cannot be ignored. It’s crucial that the right measures are in place to care for everyone’s mental health at work, and employers are proactive rather than reactive in their approach to supporting employee wellbeing as a whole.“In order to do this, line managers need to have the training and guidance to feel confident and ready to have conversations with employees about their mental wellbeing, and support them in the right way. Our research finds that organisations with managers who are able to effectively promote good mental health are less likely to have seen an increase in reported common mental health conditions, which shows how crucial that capability is. “It’s also vital that senior leaders are visibly committed to encouraging good mental well-being, acting as role models and champions throughout their organisation. Only by challenging any potential stigma and increasing awareness around mental health at work can we start to break the silence and start to build more open and inclusive workplaces.”last_img read more

Soldier Faces Hearing In Killings Of Iraqi Boys

first_imgThere is a preliminary court martial hearing scheduled today in Washington state for Sergeant First Class Michael Barbera, formerly of Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson on murder charges.Barbera was charged after an expose ran in a Pittsburgh newspaper about the killing of two unarmed teenage boys as they herded cattle in Iraq seven years ago.Not much has been said about it by the military. The hearing is at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.last_img

YKHC Moves Into New Prematernal Home

first_imgA facility that has lowered infant and mother morbidity rates in the Y-K Delta has a new home. Bethel’s Prematernal Home has moved to a new building along the Chief Eddie Hoffman Highway. The new Home is three times the size of the old one and has improved amenities for the region’s expectant mothers during the final stage of pregnancy.Download AudioWith her flowing black hair and a light blue dress that shows off her full, pregnant belly, the woman in the window art at the front door of Bethel’s new Prematernal Home, could be any of the hundreds who stay at the facility while they await the birth of their babies.“These are not stained glass but there’s three of them in the windows and they’re an acrylic paint that’s completely washable, so she’s pretty prominent here and she’s pretty special.”She’s even painted onto the barriers in the parking lot. That’s Doreen O’Brien, who’s run the Prematernal Home for 24 years. The Home is run by the Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation. It houses pregnant women from the surrounding 58 villages that YKHC serves, during the last month of their pregnancy, so that they can more easily access care required and are closer to emergency services should there be a complication. The new home is a huge improvement over the old one says O’Brien.“The first and foremost thing that everybody notices is there’s more bathrooms, said O’Brien.The rooms where women stay are larger, and they have nearly double the number of beds of the old home, 45. There’s a movie and game room, a commercial kitchen, a laundry room and even a workout room. The home is spacious.“This place is 17-thousand square feet with 15 bedrooms, eight bathrooms, in their rooms. We have two public restrooms as well. And just the size; the old building was 5,000 square feet, this is 17,000 square feet, so it’s three times the size that we were in,” said O’Brien.The home started out as a stand-alone non-profit in the late sixties, after local health care workers realized that many Native women from surrounding villages who had been directed by health care providers to relocate to Bethel, had nowhere to go. Some were living in poor conditions, even outside.“In 1967 there was a lady found living under an under an overturned boat up by the old Indian Health Service hospital, about where the new Y-K building is now. And when the medical staff – somebody went out and found her out there and said what are you doing? She said, ‘Well they told me to come to Bethel to have my baby and be safe but I don’t have any place to stay.’ So that woke people up and realized that the women were coming in from the surrounding 58 villages but where were they staying?” said O’Brien.An ad-hoc committee got together and the Hoffman family donated a house. By 1971, the home had relocated to what is now the old pre-maternal home, a little pink building near the Lutheran church. YKHC took over in 2004. O’Brien says the old Maternal Home wasn’t ideal.“There was one time that I had 37 women in that prematernal home. We had a big storm come in in a January and every time a plane went to a village they’d throw the pregnant women on it an bring em to town and they’d be standing in the door and I says, I can’t just put you in the street. And there was no place else for em. We had ladies sleeping on the couches. I went into town, in Bethel, and bought every roll away bed that was known to man in Bethel and we put them up,” said O’Brien.Today each woman gets her own bed in a spacious dorm room with a shared bathroom. Back at the front entry, O’Brien gazes up at the design of the pregnant woman on the glass between the entry and the dining area and marvels at just how far the home for expectant mothers has come.“The first design of new maternal home back in ’96 or something and that was on the proposal booklet that was going out for grants, so there she is and she’s just kind of there, waiting,” said O’Brien.And now she, along with the hundreds of women who spend the final weeks of pregnancy at the home, will have a much nicer place to bide their time until baby arrives. Construction of the new Prematernal home was paid for through a state capital appropriation of 12.6 million dollars. The official grand opening is set for Tuesday, November 18th (4-6pm).last_img read more

Watch Audience cannot stop whistling dancing as Disha Patani appears during Bharat

first_imgDisha Patani in Bharat as a trapeze artist.InstagramEver since the makers of Bharat released the trailer, the glimpses of slow motion song had built curiosity among the audience. Now that the film has hit the screens, the audience is going gaga over the whistleblowing performance of Disha Patani during the much-awaited performance.Disha took to her social media and shared the insights to the live reaction of the audience in the theatres captioning, “Thank you for your immense love #bharat”As soon as Disha makes an impressive entry in the film, the audience start hooting and when the Slow motion song begins the people start enjoying it so much that they do no’t hesitate to get up on their seats and start dancing while blowing whistles. The slow-motion fever is gripping the nation and the actress feels surreal watching people enjoy her work. Close The audience goes gaga over the whistle-blowing performance of Disha Patani as ‘Bharat’ hits the screenscenter_img Bharat is Disha’s third film in the row which has minted Rs 42.3 crore on the first day itself. The actress’ debut film M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story and her second film Baaghi 2 were box office hits.When it comes to dancing, the actress is an absolute stunner with graceful and effortless moves. Disha has been treating the fans with insights to her dance rehearsals and now with Slow Motion song, it is a treat for the audience.After the back to back success of M.S. Dhoni -An Untold Story and Baaghi 2, which raked more than Rs 100 crore at the box office, Disha’s film Bharat has hit the screens across the country. The actress will also be seen alongside Aditya Roy Kapoor in Malang.last_img read more

Live News traffic and weather updates for North Staffordshire South Cheshire on

first_imgHello and welcome to StokeonTrentLive’s breaking news service bringing you all the latest updates from Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire on Monday, February 18. Our team of reporters will be updating this live service with all the latest on the traffic and travel and weather updates – as well as news and entertainment through the day. We’ll be bringing you the very latest updates in our live news feed below. For the latest news and breaking news visit www.stokeontrentlive.co.uk Get all the big headlines, pictures, analysis, opinion and video on the stories that matter to you. Follow us on Twitter @SOTLive – the official Sentinel account – real news in real time. We’re also on Facebook – your must-see news, features, videos and pictures throughout Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire. Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us @SOTLive or message us on our Facebook page . And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at StokeonTrentLive . 22:23M6 StaffordshireDelays cleared, earlier accident on M6 Northbound from J14 A34 (Stafford North) to J15 A500 D Road (Stoke-On-Trent).Lane one (of three) was closed for recovery work until around 21:45. Lane two re-opened at around 21:25. 20:28Planned roadworks20:19Live: Two lanes closed on M6 due to ‘multi-vehicle collision’ (Image: Highways England)Traffic had to be temporarily held on the M6 because of a ‘multi-vehicle collision’.The busy motorway had to be closed on the northbound carriageway between junction 14, Stafford North, and junction 15, Stoke-on-Trent, at 8pm this evening.Read more.19:27A34 Trent ValeSlow traffic on A34 Newcastle Road between Springfield Retail Park and A500 D Road (Hanford Interchange).19:21A50 accident A50 Eastbound partially blocked, queuing traffic due to accident, three vehicles involved at A5007 Victoria Place Link (Heron Cross / Fenton). Traffic is building towards A500 D Road, Officers on scene are currently awaiting recovery. 18:30M6 StaffordshireOne lane closed and slow traffic due to broken down lorry on M6 Northbound between M6 (Stafford Services) and J15 A500 D Road (Stoke-On-Trent). Lane one (of three) is closed. Stafford Services is located between J14 and J15.18:08A34 Trent ValeSlow traffic on A34 Newcastle Road between Springfield Retail Park and A500 D Road (Hanford Interchange). 17:41A500 D RoadUsual congestion on A500 D Road Southbound before M6 J15. 16:54Longport trafficUsual congestion on Brownhills Road / Davenport Street / Newcastle Street between A500 (Porthill Bank) and Tunstall. 16:29Moorland RoadMoorland Road busy but moving at A5272 High Lane / A5272 Hanley Road / Bank Hall Road (Smallthorne Roundabout).16:27A50 westboundQueuing traffic on A50 Westbound from Meir Tunnel towards the A500 D Road (Sideway Roundabout). 16:27A500 delaysHeavy traffic on A500 Queensway Northbound between A53 Etruria Road (Basford Roundabout) and A527 Porthill Road (Porthill Bank). Travel time is four minutes.16:03Chell StreetA5272 Chell Street busy but moving at A5272 Merrick Street / B5047 Hulton Street (Providence Square).16:02Old Mill Road, SandbachVery slow traffic on A534 Old Mill Road in both directions at M6 J17 (Sandbach / Crewe). Not helped by the M6 delays.15:32Porthill Road A527 Porthill Road clear at A500 D Road / Longbridge Hayes Road / Longbridge Hayes Road (Porthill Bank). 15:15Werrington Road, Bucknall A52 Werrington Road Westbound busy but moving before A52 Leek Road (Lime Kiln Traffic Lights). 15:09CrossCountry TrainsTrains not stopping between Stoke-on-Trent and Stockport and delays and some cancellations on CrossCountry Northbound between Stockport and Macclesfield due to points failure at Cheadle Hulme. Some services may be delayed or diverted via Crewe. 15:06A34 Trent ValeUsual congestion on A34 Newcastle Road between Springfield Retail Park and A500 D Road (Hanford Interchange). 13:16Slow traffic on A34 Newcastle Road between Springfield Retail Park and A500 D Road (Hanford Interchange). 13:16If you are heading north from the Midlands to the North West this afternoon, Long/Severe delays emerging #M6 J16 – J17 due to multi-vehicle collision. You may wish to consider your route, further details here: https://t.co/xXk9Eww6WB https://t.co/ylZsIuqYYq— Highways England (@HighwaysWMIDS) February 18, 201913:13#M6 J16 to J17 NORTHBOUND Multi vehicle RTCDue to the diesel spillage the c/way will need treating before we can open it as it is not safe for us to allow traffic to passIt is anticipated it will remain closed for the next couple of hoursPlease find an alternative route pic.twitter.com/IamwYcwuVB— North West Motorway Police (@NWmwaypolice) February 18, 201913:12Severe delays on M6The M6 northbound has severe delays of at least 90 minutes between J16 (Stoke-on-Trent/A500) and J17 (Sandbach) due to a multi-vehicle collision incident. Police and Highways England resources are working to clear the incident. All traffic is now stopped on the northbound carriageway between J16 and J17 with severe delays continuing to build.Strategic traffic heading to the North West from the Midlands and South regions this afternoon may wish consider alternative strategic routes.Road users should allow extra time for your journey.12:44Car fire at Sandbach servicesThe scene at Sandbach services (Image: Cheshire Police/Cheshire HGV Cops)More here.12:43One lane blocked and queueing traffic due to multi-vehicle accident on M6 Northbound between J16 A500 (Stoke-On-Trent / Crewe) and J17 A534 Old Mill Road (Sandbach / Crewe). In the roadworks area.Cameras show lanes one and three (of three) are blocked. Traffic is squeezing through using lane two. 12:03A5272 Chell Street clear at A5272 Merrick Street / B5047 Hulton Street (Providence Square). 12:03A527 Biddulph Road coming from Brinley Ford Southbound clear at A5272 High Lane roundabout. 10:19A527 Biddulph Road coming from Brinley Ford Southbound clear at A5272 High Lane roundabout. 09:28A500 fully open again now. Thanks— PenkhullPC (@PenkhullPC) February 18, 201909:09Police have closed the A500 after a man fell from a bridgeThe scene on the A500 (Image: Steven Brown)More here.08:39A500 D Road Northbound closed, stationary traffic due to police incident from B5045 to A53 Etruria Road (Basford Roundabout).Closed from 08:30.last_img read more

Examining the Mortgage Market

first_img in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Origination January 9, 2019 1,243 Views Black Knight Credit Scores Home Prices mortgage Purchase Loans Refinance 2019-01-09 Radhika Ojha Last year saw the most purchase dominant market with 64 percent of the close to 4.8 million mortgages originated through the first three quarters of 2018 being made up of purchase loan transactions according to Black Knight’s latest Mortgage Monitor report.The report said that of the total originations tracked by Black Knight only 8.5 percent were rate or term refis—the lowest level originated since Black Knight began tracking the metric in 2005. Cash-outs made up 27 percent of all originations this year, inching up slightly from 2017 and the highest share for any year since 2008.Despite this decrease in originations, as mortgage interest rates dropped from multi-year highs in recent weeks, the number of homeowners with mortgages who could likely qualify for and see at least a 0.75 percent interest rate reduction by refinancing increased by approximately 550,000. The report revealed that while this represented a 29 percent increase over a decade low, the total refinanceable population was still down almost 50 percent from last year.”As refinances decline, the purchase share of the market rises correspondingly,” said Ben Graboske, EVP of Black Knight’s Data and Analytics Division. “So now, in the most purchase-dominant market we’ve seen this century, we need to ask whether the shift in originations will have any impact on mortgage performance. The short answer, based on historical trends, is that it certainly bears close watching.”The report also analyzed mortgage prepayments and revealed that they were at a 10-year low in November, with prepayment activity among higher credit score borrowers (720-plus) down 58 percent from two years ago. It indicated that prepays among borrowers with credit scores of less than 620 were down only 14 percent over the same period. Higher credit score borrowers were also pulling out cash less frequently despite holding the bulk of the nation’s home equity, suggesting that though equity was more likely to be held by high credit score borrowers, those with lower scores were more likely to make use of it.Looking at home prices, the report indicated that annual gains in prices decelerated by 1.3 percent over the past eight months from a four-year high of 6.7 percent in February to 5.4 percent in October. It revealed that home price growth had slowed in 33 states and 71 of the nation’s largest markets, with California seeing the most evident changes.Click here to read the full report.center_img Share Examining the Mortgage Marketlast_img read more

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