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Nova Scotia Releases Health Workforce Action Plan

first_imgNova Scotia has reached another milestone in the plan to ensure there will be enough health-care workers to care for Nova Scotians in the years ahead. Health Minister Angus MacIsaac released Nova Scotia’s Health Human Resource Action Plan, today, Dec. 21, fulfilling a commitment made at the 2004 First Ministers’ Meeting. “Nova Scotia’s health human resource strategy will be based on the health needs of Nova Scotians,” said Mr. MacIsaac. “We have achieved many successes already, yet we have a significant challenge ahead of us. Our focus is to work with our stakeholders to develop the right strategies to ensure we build a health system that is sustainable for future generations.” The action plan highlights Nova Scotia’s achievements to strengthen health human resources, such as the provincial nursing strategy, physician recruitment initiatives, bursary programs for medical laboratory technologists, and other partnerships and projects. The plan also outlines the province’s goals and next steps. The report can be found on the Department of Health website at www.gov.ns.ca/health/reports.htm . -30-last_img read more

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Le salaire minimum augmentera le 1er octobre

first_imgLes Néo-Écossais sont invités à prendre note que le salaire minimum augmentera le samedi 1er octobre pour passer à 10 $ l’heure. Il est actuellement de 9,65 $ et cela représente donc une augmentation de 3,6 pour 100. Le salaire minimum des travailleurs sans expérience, c’est-à-dire qui ont moins de trois mois d’expérience dans l’emploi pour lequel ils ont été embauchés, passe à 9,50 $. « Le nouveau taux du salaire minimum permet maintenant de retrouver le pouvoir d’achat que le salaire minimum avait vers le milieu des années 1970, de dire Marilyn More, ministre du Travail et de l’Éducation postsecondaire. À partir de maintenant, le fait de rattacher le salaire minimum à un indice annuel aidera à faire en sorte qu’il demeure aligné sur les fluctuations du coût de la vie. Cette approche permet aussi aux employés et aux entreprises de bénéficier d’une certaine prévisibilité. » Après l’augmentation annoncée pour samedi, les augmentations futures auront lieu en avril, à compter de 2012, et elles indexeront le salaire minimum au seuil de faible revenu, soit un seuil déterminé par Statistique Canada où les gens consacrent un pourcentage de leur revenu considérablement plus élevé que la moyenne aux besoins fondamentaux comme la nourriture, l’hébergement et les vêtements. Les augmentations reposeront sur l’Indice des prix à la consommation de l’année civile précédente. L’augmentation annuelle du taux salarial en fonction de l’inflation aura un impact direct sur plus de 36 000 Néo-Écossais qui gagnent près du salaire minimum. Le gouvernement investit également cette année une somme supplémentaire de 18,25 millions de dollars pour aider les clients de l’aide au revenu et les Néo-Écossais à faible revenu à joindre les deux bouts. Cette aide comprend une augmentation de 22 pour 100 par enfant, par mois, de la Prestation pour enfants de la Nouvelle-Écosse, une augmentation de 15 $ par mois de l’allocation personnelle au titre de l’Aide au revenu, l’indexation du Crédit d’impôt pour un style de vie abordable et du Crédit pour la réduction de la pauvreté pour emboîter le pas à l’inflation, et la décision de permettre aux clients de l’aide au revenu qui travaillent de garder chaque mois plus d’argent dans leur poche.last_img read more

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Stopping of Samjhauta Express unilateral decision by Pak says MEA

first_imgNew Delhi: Jammu and Kashmir Article 370 Live News Updates: Addressing a press briefing, MEA Spokesperson, Raveesh Kumar said, “It is a unilateral decision, we never asked for it and we regret this decision by Pakistan which is intended to feed the narrative that the relation between India and Pakistan have reached an alarming state.”A day after Pakistan suspended the operation of Samjhauta Express between New Delhi and Attari, Ministry of External Affairs Friday called it a “unilateral decision” by the neighbouring country. Addressing a press briefing, MEA Spokesperson, Raveesh Kumar said, “It is a unilateral decision, we never asked for it and we regret this decision by Pakistan which is intended to feed the narrative that the relation between India and Pakistan have reached an alarming state.” Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Meanwhile, CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury and CPI’s D Raja were detained at the Srinagar airport on Friday, according to news agency PTI. “They showed us a legal order which did not allow any entry into Srinagar. It stated that even escorted movement int the city was not permitted due to security reasons. We are still trying to negotiate with them,” Yechury told PTI over the phone. The Left leaders had written separate letters to J&K Governor Satya Pal Malik Thursday informing him of their visit to the state. This comes a day after Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad was barred from entering Jammu and Kashmir and sent back from the Srinagar airport. Azad had said that passengers at Srinagar airport told him that no one is allowed to go out of their homes and wondered if the government wanted to implement its decision by force.(Inputs from The Indian Express)last_img read more

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At the Vancouver International Dance Festival Shen Wei synthesizes East and West

first_imgAdvertisement Facebook Advertisement Choreographer and painter Shen Wei has spent more than two decades living in China, and more than two decades in New York City. He says he now feels like he’s reached a kind of full integration of East and West.That’s especially clear in the strange, poetically beautiful pieces Folding and Rite of Spring that are coming here for the Vancouver International Dance Festival. Both blend Asian and North American styles into a singular language—one distinctive enough that the Boston Globe once called his creations “so strikingly original they defy categorization”.“It’s amazing to think that until 20 years ago, Chinese culture was a closed culture,” Shen marvels over the phone from Paris, where he sporadically takes a creative hiatus to visit museums, watch films, rest, create, and find inspiration. “Now, over the next 20 years, we’re kind of all integrated into one world. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Featuring strange dancers in beehive-shaped headdresses, Shen Wei’s surreal Folding was inspired by Chinese philosophy. (STEPHANIE BERGER) Twitter Login/Register With:last_img read more

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Fez’s Court Sentences French Pedophile to 8 Years in Prison

Rabat –  The Fez-based appeals court has delivered an eight-year prison sentence to the French pedophile accused of raping four minors in Fez. The case broke in early January when authorities apprehended the accused with two minor girls aged ten and thirteen in a sewing workshop in Fez’s medina.The defendant, who arrived in Morocco approximately 18 months ago, has since been introducing himself to locals in Fez as a “tourist.”  He was arrested on January 1 in a tailor’s workshop in the Medina after he was caught red handed committing sexual acts on two little girls. In a recorded interview posted on social media, the girls said that the 58-year-old defendant had been grooming them with money and toys, promising gifts from France. Their identities were concealed in the film as they are filmed from behind.“When I refused to comply with his orders, he threatened me and told me that he would slaughter my family,” said one of the girls in the moving interview.During the first hearing that took place on January 5, the defendant admitted to drugging and raping the two young girls. read more

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UN launches sixmonth operation to feed 600000 droughtstricken Ugandans

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has launched a six-month food relief operation for nearly 600,000 Ugandans suffering from drought in the northeastern region of Karamoja, an area that has been hit by drought every five years since 1980.“Karamoja already suffers from the highest levels of malnutrition in Uganda and, given the poor 2004 harvest, we are greatly concerned about the fate of the hundreds of thousands of people there who risk running out of food before the next harvest in September,” WFP Country Director Ken Noah Davies said in a news release today.In an effort to avert hunger and malnutrition, especially among children under five, schoolchildren, the elderly and pregnant and lactating women, WFP has begun distributing food in several districts and to date has already provided a two-month ration of maize and beans to over 123,000 people.According to a joint WFP, Ministry of Health and UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) nutrition survey last August the region’s average malnutrition rate of 18.7 per cent and its mortality rate of 3.9 deaths per 10,000 people each day are well above those in other regions of the country, including camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs).The $6.8 million programme is part of WFP Uganda’s countrywide relief and recovery operation, valued at $263 million over three years. Currently, the agency requires an additional $54 million to maintain its full activities from May until December 2005.More than 1.6 million people in northern Uganda, uprooted by the long-running civil conflict with the rebel Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), continue to receive WFP support through its 2005 relief and recovery operation.WFP Uganda plans to provide food assistance to a total of over 3 million people, including IDPs, refugees, schoolchildren, HIV/AIDS and TB infected and affected families, street children and orphans, malnourished children and mothers, and people involved in building community assets in post-conflict areas. read more

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SecretaryGeneral hails civil society participation in search for Middle East peace

“The United Nations, for its part, will spare no effort in advancing the peace process and, meanwhile, continuing to help the Palestinians cope with socio-economic hardship,” he said in a message delivered to the meeting in Paris by the Director-General of the UN Office at Geneva, Sergei Ordzhonikidze.The two-day UN International Conference of Civil Society in Support of Middle East Peace, being held at the headquarters of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), was mandated by General Assembly resolutions 59/28 and 59/29 of 1 December 2004.It will provide civil society organizations from all regions of the world with an opportunity to discuss the situation on the ground, develop action-oriented proposals in support of Middle East peace, and coordinate their activities in promoting a peaceful settlement of the question of Palestine.Non-governmental organization (NGO) representatives and other participants will have an opportunity to discuss issues of particular interest to civil society organizations. It is envisaged that a plan of action will be adopted by participants at the close of the Conference. “This conference is a fine example of the evolution that has taken place in the relationship between the United Nations and non-governmental organizations – a relationship that goes back to the Charter itself,” Mr. Annan declared, saying he was encouraged by the progress achieved since February’s summit between Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.But, he added: “Despite some progress on the ground, the world community remains concerned about the continuing expansion of settlements, construction of the barrier in the West Bank, and acts of violence. The parties have been reminded repeatedly of their obligations under the Road Map, and of the need to refrain from actions that could pre-judge the outcome of the final status negotiations.”The Road Map peace plan, drawn up by the UN, European Union (EU), Russia and the United States, calls for parallel and reciprocal steps by Israel and the Palestinians leading to two States living in peace and security, originally targeted for the end of this year. read more

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Hailing political accord Security Council urges international aid against terrorist groups in

The agreement to form a Government of National Accord with a Presidency Council, Cabinet, House of Representatives and State Council – signed in Morocco last week – was facilitated by the Secretary-General Special Representative, Martin Kobler, in a bid to end a four-year-long crisis that has left nearly 2.4 million Libyans in desperate need of humanitarian aid.In a unanimously adopted resolution, the Council hailed the formation of the Presidency Council and called on it to work within the 30 days prescribed by the agreement to form a Government of National Accord, and finalize interim security arrangements needed to stabilize the North African country, which has been plagued by factional fighting since the 2011 revolution.It called on all Member States to fully support Mr. Kobler’s efforts and work with the Libyan authorities and the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), which he heads, to develop a coordinated package of support to build the capacity of the Government of National Accord.The resolution voiced concern at the grave humanitarian situation in Libya, called for the full participation of women in all activities relating to the democratic transition, conflict resolution and peacebuilding, and urged Member States to respond generously to humanitarian aid appeals. It condemned terrorist acts committed in Libya by groups proclaiming allegiance to the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL); condemned any direct or indirect trade, in particular in oil and oil products, modular refineries, chemicals and lubricants with such groups; and called on all Member States to cooperate with the new Government to end such smuggling.The Council urged Member States to “actively support the new Government in defeating ISIL, groups that have pledged allegiance to ISIL, Ansar Al Sharia, and all other individuals, groups, undertakings and entities associated with Al-Qaida operating in Libya, upon its request.”It urged coordinated international support tackle the threat posed by unsecured arms and ammunition and their proliferation in undermining regional stability, including through transfer to terrorists.It also urged Member States to share with the new Government and with each other information on migrant smuggling and human trafficking in Libya’s territorial sea and on the high seas off the coast and to aid migrants and human trafficking victims recovered at sea. Mr. Kobler welcomed the resolution as “a clear and unambiguous statement of support” by the international community for the new Government, and he called on Libyan political actors to redouble efforts to swiftly implement it. “The door is wide open for all those who still oppose the Libyan Political Agreement. All Libyans should play a role in the restarted Libyan transition. The opportunity to end the political and security crisis in Libya is now,” he said in a statement, stressing that uniting in support of the new Government will put Libya closer to fulfilling the people’s aspirations for peace and prosperity. “This requires starting the hard work today to bring about a better life for all Libyans,” he added. read more

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As global percapita fish consumption hits alltime high UN warns on overharvesting

Fishermen unload their catch of mackerel at a fish market. UN Photo/M Guthrie The sector’s global production rose to 73.8 million tonnes in 2014, a third of which comprised molluscs, crustaceans and other non-fish animals.It is important to note that in terms of food security and environmental sustainability, about half of the world’s aquaculture production of animals such as shellfish and carp, and plants, including seaweeds and microalgae, came from non-fed species.Aquaculture’s strengths and challenges are also influencing the types of fish consumed. The report showed that, measured as a share of world trade in value terms, salmon and trout are now the largest single commodity, replacing shrimp that held the position for decades. State of global fish stocksThe report also reveals that about 31.4 percent of the commercial wild fish stocks were overfished in 2013, a level that had been stable since 2007.Decreased fish landings have been observed in some regions due to the implementation of effective management regulations, like in the Northwest Atlantic, where the annual catch is less than half the level of the early 1970s. Halibut, flounder and haddock species in that area are showing signs of recovery but this is not yet the case for cod, according to FAO.Furthermore, in the Mediterranean and Black Sea, where 59 per cent of assessed stocks are fished at biologically unsustainable levels, the report described the situation as “alarming,” particularly for larger fish such as hake, mullet, sole and sea breams.In the Eastern Mediterranean, the possible expansion of invasive fish species associated to climate change is a concern.FAO continues to work with all countries to improve the quality and reliability of annual landing figures. The doubling since 1996 of the number of species in the FAO data base – now 2,033 – indicates overall quality improvements in the data collected, according to the report.The report further notes that supply-chain and other improvements have also raised the share of world fish production utilized for direct human consumption to 87 per cent or 146 million tonnes in 2016, up from 85 per cent or 136 million tonnes in 2014. The growing fish-processing sector also offers opportunities to improve the sustainability of the fish supply chain, as a host of by-products have multiple potential and actual uses, ranging from fishmeal for aquaculture, through collagen for the cosmetics industry to small fish bones humans can eat as snacks. The latest edition of the agency’s State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture report attributes stronger aquaculture supply and firm demand, record hauls for some key species and reduced wastage as some of the reasons for the increased consumption. It also notes that despite notable progress in some areas, the state of the world’s marine resources has not improved.“Life below water, which the Sustainable Development Agenda commits us to conserve, is a major ally in our effort to meet a host of challenges, from food security to climate change,” FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said in a news release.“This report shows that capture fisheries can be managed sustainably, while also pointing to the enormous and growing potential of aquaculture to boost human nutrition and support livelihoods with productive jobs,” he added.On the nutritional aspect of the food source, the report notes that globally, fish provided 6.7 per cent of all protein consumed by humans, as well as offered a rich source of long-chain omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins, calcium, zinc and iron.It further notes that some 57 million people were engaged in the primary fish production sectors, a third of them in aquaculture and fishery products accounted for one percent of all global merchandise trade in value terms, representing more than nine percent of total agricultural exports.“Worldwide exports amounted to $148 billion in 2014, up from $8 billion in 1976. Developing countries were the source of $80 billion of fishery exports, providing higher net trade revenues than meat, tobacco, rice and sugar combined,” said FAO.Growth in aquacultureA major factor attributed to the global supply of fish for human consumption outpacing population growth in the past five decades is the growth in aquaculture. read more

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Blockades expose the innocent to the ravages of economic war UN sanctions

Special Rapporteur Idriss Jazairy, pointed out on Thursday, that civilians affected by blockades do not benefit from the protection of the Geneva Convention, which is aimed at safeguarding civilians during war time.Sanctions usually lead to countries, or groups of countries, refusing to trade with a targeted State, but a blockade prevents the targeted State from trading with other potential partners.Briefing the Human Rights Council in Geneva, Mr. Jazairy said that people in Iran and Venezuela risk being badly affected, were any blockade to be imposed, while the situation for those in Syria – already suffering grave human rights abuses – would have even worse consequences.In Yemen, one of the poorest countries on earth, which imports almost all of its food, fuel and medicines, civilians were weakened further by a total blockade imposed in November 2017, preventing all humanitarian aid and commercial trade – including food and fuel – from entering the country.In Gaza, where residents have lived through an Israeli blockade for more than a decade, after the militant group Hamas gained control of the enclave, civilians have suffered from a deteriorating humanitarian situation.In August, UN Political Affairs chief Rosemary di Carlo told the Security Council that humanitarian aid in the Middle East should not be held hostage to politics.“There is a need for differences between States to be resolved through peaceful means as advocated by the UN Charter, while avoiding exposing innocent civilians to collective punishment,” said Mr. Jazairy, expressing concern about the growing practice of unilateral sanctions, where a particular country bans companies and corporations from doing business with a sanctioned state.Referring to a recent meeting in Brussels with European Officials, Mr. Jazairy told the Council that he has urged the EU to limit “secondary sanctions”, which go beyond targeted countries.He said he would focus on making humanitarian exceptions to internationally imposed measures effective, until States lift all sanctions that lead to human rights infringements. read more

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Jermale Hines headed to the St Louis Rams

Ohio State safety Jermale Hines was selected in round five by the St. Louis Rams with the 158th overall selection, joining former teammate James Laurinaitis. Hines played as a true freshman at OSU and found himself on the field early for special teams. His sophomore year, he played the “star” position at OSU, a linebacker-defensive back hybrid position. At 6-foot-1, 216 pounds, Hines excelled early on in his role, and could play many positions for the Rams. “I feel like I’m very versatile,” Hines said March 11 after his OSU Pro Day workout. “You can play me at a lot of different positions, and that’s something I feel will definitely help me.” Hines moved back to free safety his junior year, where he started for the Buckeyes for his final two seasons. Hines recorded 159 tackles, three interceptions and two sacks over his four years at OSU. Hines was also a part of four Big Ten championships and two BCS bowl wins, and was a first-team All-Big Ten selection in 2010. read more

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Ronaldo drug tested after wonder goal

first_imgFollowing his spectacular goal for Real Madrid in their 3-0 win over Juventus in the Champions League, Cristiano Ronaldo had to undergo a drug testThe forward played a starring role for Real in the first leg of their quarter-final clash with Ronaldo having scored the opening goal after just two minutes of the match.The Portuguese star was assisted by Isco to break the record held by former Manchester United teammate Ruud van Nistelrooy for the most consecutive games scored in the Champions League from nine to now 10 matches.Later on, Ronaldo then added a brace for himself by scoring a spectacular overhead kick. The effort got even the Juventus fans on their feet and applauding with coach Massimiliano Allegri later hailing the star as the best forward in the game.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.But afterwards, match photos of the Real players celebrating in the locker had emerged with Ronaldo notably absent from the celebrations. It has now been revealed that the 33 year-old was undergoing a drug test.Cristiano Ronaldo had to get drug tested after the Juventus game which is why he was not in the locker room with his teammates. #HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/8KgGWsDBRL— TheCristianoFan (@TheCristianoFan) 3 April 2018last_img read more

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Schurrle backs Ranieri to keep Fulham up

first_imgFulham forward Andre Schurrle believes manager Claudio Ranieri has the experience to the club in the Premier League after another defeat leaves them at the bottom of the table.Fulham sacked former boss Slavisa Jokanovic and appointed title-winning former Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri to help turn things around as the club looks set to be heading into a relegation battle.But German winger Schurrle is counting on Ranieri’s experience in the Premier League to lift the club the safety this season.“Claudio Ranieri knows the Premier League very well and he knows how to win games,” Schurrle told Sky Sports.Official: Tottenham sign Fulham youngster Ryan Sessegnon Andrew Smyth – August 8, 2019 Tottenham have sealed another transfer deadline day deal to sign the highly-rated Ryan Sessegnon from Fulham.“He knows how to play, and he knows that we have to be compact, we have to be solid, we have to defend with all 10 men sometimes.“We are still getting used to it because it’s a lot of tactics, a lot of defensive work because at the moment we need it.“We need a clean sheet somehow to get some confidence in our defending and that’s what we’re trying to do.”last_img read more

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Japan Cabinet agrees plan to counter problem gambling

first_img Huawei Japan joins Kansai Economic Federation with eye on World Expo 2025 and Osaka IR Osaka approves Yumeshima site for commercial development in latest IR move The Problem Gambling Basic Countermeasure Act, which was enacted in October, required these strategies be implemented.The 47 prefectures of Japan will now establish their own plans according to regional circumstances using this plan as a basis.“It is important that we start to roll out these measures to establish a system of comprehensive cooperation and enhanced support for affected families,” said Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga on Friday.The government’s plan also covers the establishment of new guidelines relating to advertising. This will include the size of addiction warnings and the length of TV commercials.It has further been confirmed that a center for consultation and treatment will be established in all prefectures to develop a scheme for treating addiction. These plans are a forerunner to the development of integrated resort facilities in Japan. The cabinet of the Japanese government has agreed a basic plan to counter problem gambling.As reported by The Nikkei, research into limiting entrance to government-managed gambling venues such as horseracing and race tracks and pachinko parlors using facial recognition has been requested, as has the removal of ATMs from these facilities. A purchase cap will be placed on internet gambling where horse racing and other wagers are placed online. Load More RelatedPosts Japan to conduct nationwide prefectural survey to confirm IR intentionslast_img read more

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Cops book case against YCP MLA Sridhar Reddy

first_imgNellore: Nellore police booked a case against Nellore rural legislator Kotamreddy Sridhar Reddy on Monday on the basis of a complaint lodged by Dolendra Prasad, the editor of Zamin Ryot in Nellore. The editor gave a complaint to Dargamitta police late on Sunday that the legislator visited his house in an inebriated condition and attacked him using filthy language. He also insulted in the presence of some guests. Basing on the complaint, Dargamitta police booked case against the MLA. But the legislator Sridhar Reddy condemned the attack by saying that the editor himself lodged complaint with the police in an inebriated condition. Chief of Telugu Desam N Chandrababu Naidu tweeted that leaders of the ruling party are doing mistakes. He asked whether there is the government in the state or not.last_img read more

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Inmate dies in Sirajganj jail

first_imgAn accused in a drug case died in the Sirajganj district jail on Friday, reports UNB. The deceased Abdus Sattar Sheikh, 60, is son of Jahed Sheikh of Railway Colony of Sirajganj municipality. Jail super Al Mahmud said Sattar Sheikh suddenly fell sick in jail in the morning and was taken to Bangamata Sheikh Fazilatunnesa Mujib General Hospital where he died at noon.last_img

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Hazlewood Bill Would Leave Benefits For Current Veterans Untouched

first_img Share Eddie Seal for the Texas TribuneTexas A&M Kingsville Army ROTC cadets (l-r) Andrew Wilson, Nathaniel Estes, Octavio Calleja-Ponce, Daniel Obrego and Cristian Barriosalas raise the flag in front of Texas A&M Kingsville’s College Hall on October 26, 2016. QOne month into Rep. J.M. Lozano‘s tenure as chairman of the Texas House’s Higher Education Committee, the Republican from Kingsville knew time was running short. The March 10 deadline to file bills for the 2017 legislative session was a day away, and nothing comprehensive had been submitted to address the spiraling costs of the state program known as Hazlewood, which offers free college tuition to veterans. Colleges had been raising the alarm about the increasingly expensive benefit for years. Pressure was mounting to do something about it.  So Lozano filed House Bill 3766, which would have significantly limited who could qualify for the program. The proposal sparked outrage from Democrats and veterans groups who said it would renege on the state’s promise to people who put their lives at risk for their country. One month later, Lozano says he’s determined not to break that promise. In an interview Monday, he said the bill he filed was a placeholder and never meant to be his final proposal. Soon, he said, he’ll submit a wholesale substitute in his committee that will preserve the Hazlewood benefit for many, if not all, of the veterans who currently qualify for it. What the new version will say, exactly, is unclear; Lozano said he is still working on it and probably won’t have it ready for public consumption until at least next week. But his stated intention is substantial for the future of the program. There’s only one other bill pending in the Legislature that proposes wholesale changes to Hazlewood. That one, filed by Rep. Rick Miller, a Navy veteran and Republican from Sugar Land, also includes a grandfather provision keeping the current benefits intact for current veterans. That will probably come as a relief to many veterans who have watched the fight over Hazlewood for months, worried that they may lose a benefit they’ve been counting on for years.Lozano’s original bill would have brought two quick changes. It would have required a veteran to have served four years in the military before becoming eligible for the free tuition benefit — right now, a military member only needs to serve 180 days. And the free tuition benefit would have expired 15 years after the veteran was honorably discharged, meaning a child born after his or her parent left the military wouldn’t qualify. Lawmakers could still resuscitate those ideas. But for now, their implementation seems unlikely — at least for those who have already been discharged from the military. Lozano said he has spoken with many of the veterans who protested the ideas. When the future of the Hazlewood program was debated in 2015, he wasn’t a member of the Higher Education Committee. Lately, he has been trying to study up on the program.“I used to enjoy Netflix,” he said. “Now, watching old higher ed hearings is my Netflix.”What he has learned is that Hazlewood has existed for decades but has had little impact on universities’ budgets until recently. The original version only promised free tuition to veterans, most of who already had access to free school from the GI Bill or other forms of federal assistance. In 2009, the program was updated to allow veterans to pass on their unused benefits to dependent children. At the time, the state predicted the expansion would cost universities about $10 million per year. In fact, the cost of the program grew by more than 15 times that much. By one estimate, Hazlewood could cost schools a combined $380 million by 2019. (Some veterans groups say that guess is way too high. The cost in 2015 was $178 million, which schools say is already too much.)In 2015, Sen. Brian Birdwell, R-Granbury, proposed a fix to the program similar to Lozano’s original bill. It passed the Senate but was gutted in the House and eventually failed to become law. University leaders, including those in Lozano’s district, have pleaded for the Legislature to try again. Those officials won’t likely be satisfied with a bill that doesn’t start to reduce costs for years, especially in a legislative session in which they could face steep funding cuts and a Legislature-mandated tuition freeze. But Lozano said he had to keep veterans and their families in mind. “I hope that the [new version] that I have is almost in totality written by veterans,” he said. “That might not be the best-case scenario for higher ed, but that is how the legislative process works.”On Wednesday, the committee Lozano presides over will begin discussing the issue. Lozano’s bill won’t be on the agenda, but Miller’s will. That proposal would keep the program intact for all current veterans. For future veterans to qualify, they’d need to serve two years — or six years if they want to pass the benefits on to their children. The benefit would also expire for future veterans after 20 years. Miller said he offered his solution “to keep the commitment to the veterans who have served.” Lozano said he isn’t sure which bill will make it through the Higher Education Committee. Either way, not all veterans will be happy. Many don’t want to see any substantial changes to the program.“Politicians love to say we owe veterans so much and everything,” said Robert McBride, veterans service officer in Nolan County. “And then higher ed pulls an imaginary number out of the air and all of a sudden owing us everything costs too much money.”Read more of our related coverage:More than a dozen bills have been filed this session that would let more two-year colleges offer four-year degrees. The Senate Higher Education Committee on Wednesday reviewed the state’s automatic college admissions rule, which is popular among minorities but loathed among many suburban students and parents.This article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune at https://www.texastribune.org/2017/04/11/proposed-hazlewood-change-would-leave-benefits-current-veterans-untouc/.Texas Tribune mission statementThe Texas Tribune is a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them — about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues.last_img read more

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Resident Evil 7 Will Feature NonHuman Enemies

first_img Sony Patents New PSVR Motion ControllerHands-On: Firewall: Zero Hour is the Best VR Game I’ve Ever Played Stay on target Resident Evil is a series best known for having zombies and other grotesque monsters. So far, all of the trailers for Resident Evil 7 have featured nothing but deranged hillbillies. These enemies are disturbing to be sure, but they are decidedly realistic. However, this is still a Resident Evil game so it shouldn’t be too surprising to find out that there will be non-human enemies to face. A newly released trailer gives us a small glimpse of a, particularly nasty looking monster.The enemy seen in the “Shadow” trailer looks an awful lot like the Regenerator from Resident Evil 4. It is hard to make out any solid details because of the heavy shadows, but everything from the creature’s stance to the way it walks is extremely reminiscent of the Regenerator foes. Though Resident Evil 7 is tonally different from other games in the series, it is still set within the same established canon from the past. It wouldn’t be outside the realm of possibility if this new creature was related to previous monsters in some way.The other thing that is noteworthy about this short trailer is the use of firearms. Most videos or demos for the game have featured an unarmed and helpless protagonist. We were told that the game would have firearms, but it is good to actually see them in action. Not that having a gun seems to do the person in the above video any good, but it is still nice to know we can shoot monsters in the face — even if we end up dying regardless.Resident Evil 7 will be released on January 24, 2017, for the PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The entire game can be played on PlayStation VR, though as I warned in my hands-on preview, you may want to play the game while wearing diapers since it is extremely scary in virtual reality.last_img read more

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Find out who is streaming live on Facebook

first_imgFind out who is streaming live on Facebook by Martin Brinkmann on May 19, 2016 in Companies, Facebook – Last Update: January 04, 2018 – 9 commentsFacebook Live Around the World is a relatively new interactive map created by the social networking service that displays live streams as they happen in the world.Everyone and their mum seem to be live streaming these days using apps like Periscope or services like Twitch.Facebook supports live streaming as well but unless you follow Facebook news closely or have a friend who started to live stream already, you may not have know about this until now.Facebook explains that you need the iOS or Android application to live stream, and that the feature is not yet available in all regions of the world.Facebook Live Around the WorldIf you are not interested in streaming to an audience but are interested in live streams that are currently available, then you may find the Live Around the World map useful for that.The easiest way to check the Facebook Live Map out is to open this link in your browser of choice. Good news is that you don’t need a Facebook account to access the map and tune in to live streams but you won’t be able to use all functionality if you are not logged in to a Facebook account.This does not affect the live stream though and if you just want to check out streams and tune in, then you can do so without account as good as you can with account.You may also access Live Video by selecting the link under Apps when you are on the Facebook website.The Facebook Live Map displays dots around the world that indicate that a Facebook user is streaming live at that location.You don’t know what is being streamed, and even if you tune in you may not understand a thing depending on the language used.To tune in to a stream hover the mouse cursor over it. Facebook displays the stream directly, but you can click on it to open a larger version of it featuring additional options such as a comment form or like buttons.There is no search which means that it is always a hit and miss if you start to explore live streams on your own by hovering over points on the map.Facebook displays popular streams on the left on the Live Map website and those may be a good starting point.As far as content is concerned, you get live concerts, people signing in their car, news coverage, wrestling training sessions, live gaming commentary, streams with make-up tips, cooking streams, preachers, more people driving in their cars, and more people signing to music.The majority of streams are probably not that interesting to a wider audience, but that does not mean that you won’t find any of them interesting.SummaryArticle NameFind out who is streaming live on FacebookDescriptionFacebook Live Map, or Facebook Live Around the World, is an interactive map that displays live streams from around the world that you can tune in.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

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880 million travellers last year this year to be better UNWTO

first_imgMany countries all around the world saw dramatic drops in lucrative tourism dollars last year, with the global average recording a 4% drop in international travellers says the United Nations World Tourism Organization.According to the latest figures 880 million arrivals were recorded by people travelling for business, leisure and other purposes, a 4% drop from 2008 figures.Despite this drop, the UNWTO says it saw a marked upswing in the fourth quarter, without which the figures would have been worse.  Subsequently it has deduced that 2010 will see a rebound to the effect of some three to four percent.“The global economic crisis aggravated by the uncertainty around the A(H1N1) pandemic turned 2009 into one of the toughest years for the tourism sector,” said Taleb Rifai, UNWTO Secretary-General. “However, the results of recent months suggest that recovery is underway, and even somewhat earlier and at a stronger pace than initially expected.”Breaking 2009 into quarters, the first quarter saw international arrivals shrink by 10%, the second quarter saw a smaller drop of 7%, while the third recorded a drop of 2%.  In comparison, fourth quarter 2009 saw an upswing of 2%.These recent figures also back a recent International Monetary Fund (IMF) report which stated that it was seeing a global recovery which was “significantly” faster than expected. <a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/1f836/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&amp;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> Source = e-Travel Blackboard: W.Xlast_img read more