5 Questions for Dr. David J. Cook, Professor of Anesthesiology, Mayo Clinic

first_imgIntel: How have patient needs changed in the past 100 years?Cook: In the past, there was a belief that illnesses were just something that happened to patients. Therefore, the responsibility for patient wellness fell entirely on someone who typically didn’t give much thought to preventative care. Now, that model is certainly suitable for acute appendicitis, or typhoid fever, or getting run over by a wagon, but that psychosocial model doesn’t work for diabetes. It doesn’t work for hypertension. It doesn’t work for obesity, which is among the ailments affecting the majority of the patients that we see today. That transition is incredibly important.Intel: How is big data changing your approach to patient care?Cook: Technology has changed what I do tremendously. Technology is radically changing the work experience of physicians; its impact on my own work is extraordinary. I’m an anesthesiologist and I work in cardiac surgery—we get data on multiple physiologic parameters every second. When you have that much data it begins to add amazing amounts of value.The amount of data that we have now provides a remarkable patient safety net. We can now pull data and identify certain patterns that require immediate physician attention. We didn’t have that in the past. This is a completely transformative way of delivering healthcare.Intel: What keeps you up at night?Cook: What keeps me up at night, more than anything else, is frustration at the slow pace forward. What is needed is so absolutely and clearly evident. Yet there seems to be an effort to reach a large comprehensive platform solution, as opposed to creating a variety of smaller solutions that you can test on a relatively small scale. It feels like every week and every month that goes by there’s this pressing need in the United States and elsewhere for cost-effective healthcare that’s of high quality. The way to that is relatively straightforward, I think. Patient data and analytics are vital to the healthcare experience today. To learn more, we recently caught up with Dr. David J. Cook, professor of anesthesiology at Mayo Clinic, who also has an appointment in the engineering section for the Center of the Science of Healthcare Delivery. Dr. Cook built MC Health Connection, a cloud-based architecture designed to alter care models and improve the patient experience. Using a tablet, patients, family members and physicians can track their progress with recovery following surgery. In the video below, Dr. Cook shares his thoughts on the three elements for changing care models.Intel: How can wearables and big data work together to improve healthcare?Cook: The first element in the evolution of care is in acquiring data from patients in non-intrusive ways that integrate with their daily lifestyles. We need to give patients the opportunity to share insights into their daily health cycles, which would lead to early detection of disease and ultimately improve the quality of their lives.The second element is connecting patient-generated data to a gateway so that it can inform decisions. Data alone is not enough and the clinical care model is not sufficient unless it has useful and actionable patient health data.The third element is connecting that gateway to a healthcare infrastructure that is accessible to both patients and their healthcare providers. These elements are just beginning to work together to create an intelligent healthcare model.Intel: What can you imagine for the future of healthcare?Cook: We need to shift our thinking and be ready to participate in healthcare models that empower patients to contribute and engage in their own healthcare. The future is shifting away from a passive delivery model to one that focuses on real-time patient engagement. This is probably the fundamental philosophical and social transition that’s going to occur in healthcare.The way we engage with the world is shifting how we live our daily lives—whether that’s in how we bank, plan our travel or decide where to eat or what to buy. It’s reasonable for patients to expect that we deliver healthcare models that connect to modern technologies that can greatly improve their health and longevity.last_img read more

Virat Kohli loses his cool with media over questions on team selection

first_imgVirat Kohli reacted angrily to journalists who asked him questions on India’s strange team selection for the two Tests against South Africa in Cape Town and Centurion.India lost the first Test last week in Newlands by 72 runs before going down by 135 runs in Centurion. Kohli’s decision to drop Ajinkya Rahane – India’s best batsman overseas in recent years – had raised some eyebrows.In Centurion, not only was Rahane not back, India even dropped Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who took six wickets and played 127 balls in the first Test.Rohit Sharma, who played in Rahane’s place in both Tests, failed miserably with the bat. Ishant Sharma, who replaced Bhuvneshwar for the second Test, bowled well to pick 5/86 in the match but India missed Bhuvi’s solidity with the bat.What’s the best XI? You tell me and I will play thatNot surprsingly then, Kohli faced some tough questions in the post-match press conference. A reporter asked him why Kohli never fielded the same XI in 34 Tests in charge so far and the India captain lost his cool.WATCH”What’s the best XI? You tell me and I will play that,” Kohli retorted. “The loss obviously hurts. How many matches have we won, tell me. 21 wins, 2 losses (in India since the end of 2015). I am asking everyone to be hard on themselves. I am not sitting here comforting my teammates.”Kohli, however, needs to understand those wins came at home – seven of those were in Sri Lanka (five) and West Indies (2), not the most fancied Test teams in the world.advertisementWATCHIn South Africa, India were blown away by a superior bowling attack and that does not augur well for the No.1 Test team in the ICC rankings. This is the start of a long overseas season for India with series lined up in England and Australia later in the year.Kohli also asked the journalist if he could remember how many Tests South Africa had won in India: “Answering your question sir how many times did South Africa come close to winning games in India. Can you count?”Kohli’s aggression with the media was avoidable and possibly left a bad taste in the mouth.”I am here to answer your questions, not to fight with you,” he said during a heated interaction with the media.Kohli’s team selection has left a lot to be desired. Shikhar Dhawan was dropped after just one Test and KL Rahul, who replaced the southpaw in Centurion, did not do any better.It’s the batsmen who have let the team down again. The bowlers did their job againKohli himself led from the front in the first innings and his 153 allowed India to post 307 after South Africa were bowled out for 335.At the post-match presentation, Kohli conceded his batsmen had let the team down after another impressive performance by the bowlers.”We thought we had our best chance to score some runs, especially after the way South Africa ended the first innings. At that point, we had the momentum. We should have got the lead.”It’s the batsmen who have let the team down again. The bowlers did their job again.”last_img read more

Alfredo Morelos rescues a point for Rangers against Kilmarnock

first_img 35 Grezda Substitutes 4 Bruce Share on Messenger 39 61 Substitutes 17 Findlay Kilmarnock had crumbled 5-0 here in a Scottish Cup tie last month after their goalkeeper Daniel Bachmann was sent off. But with a full complement they were able to sit in and heap more angst on a side that were still reeling from their Scottish Cup exit in midweek.Gerrard made four changes to the team dumped out by Derek McInnes’ Aberdeen as Nikola Katic, Steven Davis, Andy Halliday and Lassana Coulibaly came in. Kilmarnock, meanwhile, were forced to change their line-up three minutes into the match as Eamonn Brophy’s hamstring went after he sped past Katic.Steve Clarke turned to McAleny but the change made no difference to the Rugby Park manager’s gameplan as his side sat in and dared Rangers to break them down.Davis almost provided the cutting edge Rangers have lacked lately as he cut past Gary Dicker but Bachmann palmed his shot over.Gerrard was left fuming when Greg Aitken waved away strong penalty appeals after a Morelos strike hit Kirk Broadfoot’s outstretched arm. It proved a decisive call as Kilmarnock grabbed the lead. Dicker spotted the Rangers defence sleeping as McAleny was allowed to drift into space. Dicker’s ball over the top was inch-perfect and the striker calmly strode past Allan McGregor to finish after the keeper strangely wandered into no-man’s land. Rangers tried to up the tempo but again looked incapable of breaking down a packed defence. Instead it was Kilmarnock who almost struck again in first-half stoppage time as Alan Power dragged just wide. Frustration was rising both on and off the pitch as the whistle went for the change of ends, with Morelos pushing Broadfoot to the ground as the home support booed Gerrard’s team down the tunnel.Andy Halliday and Daniel Candeias failed to return for the restart, with Eros Grezda making his return from injury alongside Borna Barisic. That made little difference and Gerrard rolled the dice again on 64 minutes as he swapped Coulibaly for Jermain Defoe. 20 Morelos Topics match reports Kilmarnock Ronaldo’s defining display shows ‘fino alla fine’ spirit is alive at Juventus Match stats 5 3 (s 72′) 3 Worrall (s 64′) Eni Aluko KIL RGR 29 Burke 6 Power 9 Defoe Share on Twitter Share on WhatsApp 13 Foderingham 6 Goldson 15 McAleny 9 Boyd 17 McCrorie KIL39RGR61% (s 69′) Scottish Premiership 14 Kent 1 McGregor 26 Bachmann (s 46′) Possession 11 Lafferty Rangers Read more (s 46′) 10 Davis 2 Rangers Off target 1 Kilmarnock 7 Rangers On target 1 Kilmarnock 21 Candeias 5 9 But it was Morelos who fired Rangers level seconds later as he collected James Tavernier’s pass and turned past Stuart Findlay before beating Bachmann at his near post.The mood round Ibrox had suddenly changed from despair to hope. But the groans were not gone for long. Ryan Kent led an 88th-minute breakaway but Grezda’s pass forced Defoe away from goal and his shot squirmed wide. Gerrard told Rangers TV afterwards: “The result is frustrating. Conceding the poor goal certainly helped them an awful lot but, in terms of us trying to get back into the game, I can’t fault the players’ application in trying to create and make things happen. We’ve played football the right way.”He had a special word for his goal-scorer. “He’s took his goal really well but we are over reliant on him at the moment and it’s my job to try and fix that.”ROUNDUPHibernian took a significant step towards a Premiership top-six place after goals from Marc McNulty and David Gray earned them a 2-0 home win over Motherwell.McNulty scored his seventh goal in as many matches by converting a 19th-minute penalty before Gray headed in Stevie Mallan’s corner six minutes before the break.Paul Heckingbottom’s side are five clear of the Steelmen and within two points of city rivals Hearts going into the international break.The Aberdeen manager, Derek McInnes, called for improvement following a 1-1 draw with Livingston.Niall McGinn’s 30th-minute opener was cancelled out by Craig Sibbald to leave the Dons with one victory in their past nine matches at Pittodrie.McInnes said: “I’m frustrated by the result. We spoke before the game about how we’ve made the challenge more difficult in recent home games by losing the first goal. We wanted to defend with the same authority we’ve shown in recent games.”The Livingston manager, Gary Holt, praised his side. “I’m delighted for the boys, and the character they showed to take a point, especially after going a goal down,” he said.“Aberdeen are an exceptional side, and you’re not going to be able to turn up and play your style of football. You have to match them. We worked on that through the week and I thought we were excellent.“We spoke before the game about how Aberdeen were the only team we hadn’t taken any points from, and the boys are buzzing in there because we have now. With a wee bit of luck we might even have won it.”Aaron McGowan’s first goal for Hamilton gave them a 1-0 win over Hearts at New Douglas Park. The 22-year-old former Morecambe defender scored with a brilliantly-taken volley after 36 minutes. The fifth-placed visitors showed greater application after the break, but Brian Rice’s side stood firm for a victory that moved them six points clear of second-bottom Dundee. 31 Barisic 19 Millar 18 Kamara 27 Tshibola 22 Millen Share on Facebook 19 Katic Alfredo Morelos scored his 29th goal of the season but there was fresh frustration for Rangers as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Kilmarnock.Morelos rescued a point for his side at Ibrox, his ninth goal against Kilmarnock this season, as he cancelled out Conor McAleny’s first-half goal. But Steven Gerrard’s team now risk falling 10 points behind Celtic if the Parkhead side can win at Dundee . 1 MacDonald Rangers 24 Mulumbu (s 5′) 25 Brophy The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Fouls 2 Tavernier 2 O’Donnell Share on Pinterest Corners 7 McKenzie The Observer 23 Coulibaly Kilmarnock Goal attempts Reuse this content Lineups Share via Email Share on LinkedIn 3 Taylor 16 Halliday 8 Dicker 5 Broadfootlast_img read more

Cricketer and accomplice arrested for assaulting Delhi chief selector Amit Bhandari

first_imgCricketer and accomplice arrested for assaulting Delhi chief selector Amit BhandariDDCA chief selector and former India cricketer Amit Bhandari was assauted by 15 individuals on Monday and one of them was an aspirant who was not selected for a cricket tournament.advertisement Indo-Asian News Service New DelhiFebruary 11, 2019UPDATED: February 11, 2019 23:15 IST Amit Bhandari told the police about the cricketer and that his 14 accomplices attacked him in a statement. (Reuters file Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAmit Bhandari was attacked badly with hockey sticks and cricket bats at St. Stephen’s GroundBhandari, who sustained head and leg injuries, is out of dangerDDCA president Rajat Sharma said he has personally spoken to Delhi Police for strictest possible actionDelhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) Chief selector Amit Bhandari was, here on Monday, assaulted by an aspirant and his 14 other accomplices after he was not selected for a cricket tournament, a senior police officer said, adding the accused has been arrested.”Bhandari has been admitted to Sant Parmanand Hospital with head and leg injuries. He is out of danger,” Deputy Commissioner of Police Nupur Prasad said.The incident occurred around 1.30 p.m. at the St. Stephen’s Ground in north Delhi when one Shukhwinder Singh, accomplice of Bhandari informed police that a group of 10-15 youth assaulted the former India pacer with sticks and cricket bats.The DDCA chief selector, chairperson of Syed Mushtaq Ali T-20 tournament for Delhi Under-23 team, said in a statement that he was attacked by one Anuj Dheda and his other 14 accomplices after he did not select him, the police officer said.”We have arrested Anuj Dheda and his accomplice Naveen from their hideout. Efforts are on to arrest other accomplices,” the DCP said.Earlier, speaking to IANS, DDCA president Rajat Sharma promised strict action against the culprits.Narrating the incident to IANS, Sharma said the assault was carried out by goons hired by a disgruntled player, whose name was missing from the list of probables.”He [Bhandari] was watching this [Syed Mushtaq Ali] match at Stephen’s Ground, and other selectors were also there. One player came up to him and asked why he wasn’t selected and Bhandari told him that the selection was made purely on the basis of merit,” Sharma said. “And then 10-12 people came jumping over a wall and attacked Bhandari.”advertisementSharma said the DDCA has also alerted the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in case of further medical emergency. “He is currently stable and under observation. We have alerted AIIMS, just in case he needs further medical attention,” the DDCA President said.Assuring all help to Bhandari, Sharma, also the editor-in-chief of India TV news channel, said: “He is obviously traumatised and shaken. I assured him of all help and have spoken personally to the Delhi Police officials to take the strictest possible action.”Bhandari also runs a cricket academy.Also Read | Gautam Gambhir furious with assault on Amit Bhandari: Won’t let this slip under the carpetAlso Read | Bengal pacer Ashok Dinda hit on the head during practice match at Eden GardensFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Amit BhandariFollow DDCAFollow Delhi cricketlast_img read more

589 lakh unregistered telemarketers blacklisted since 2011 for pesky calls

first_imgNew Delhi: Telecom resources of 18.19 lakh unregistered telemarketers have been disconnected and 5.8 lakh were blacklisted by service providers since 2011 following consumer complaints on pesky telemarketing calls, Parliament was informed on Wednesday.Further, a penalty of Rs 4.16 crore was deducted from the security deposit of registered telemarketers and deposited with the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai), Communications Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said in a written reply to the Lok Sabha. Further, 16 “registered telemarketers” have been blacklisted. Complaints received by service providers from customers on receipt of such unsolicited commercial communications (UCC) stood at 79,830 in May 2019 (both unregistered and registered telemarketers), 98,144 (April 2019), 1.08 lakh (March 2019), 1.05 lakh (February 2019), and 1.11 lakh (January 2019). “From the above analysis of the complaints received by service providers, it is seen that the number of complaints relating to UCC has declined during the current year,” the minister said. To address the menace of UCC effectively, Trai had reviewed the framework and laid down a revised architecture in July last year through the ‘Telecom Commercial Communication Customer Preference Regulation, 2018’. These regulations are under implementation and have paved the way for effective control of UCC, he said. “Since September 2011, based on consumer complaints, the service providers have so far disconnected telecom resources of 18,19,470 unregistered telemarketers and blacklisted 5,89,589 such unregistered telemarketers… Further, 16 registered telemarketers were blacklisted,” Prasad said. Trai itself has received 155 complaints up to July 10, 2019, including 70 (Airtel), 67 (Vodafone), and 11 (Reliance Jio). According to the regulations, a customer, who has registered his telephone number for not receiving telemarketing calls, can make a complaint about such calls to his service provider. The service provider from whose network the pesky call had originated has to act on the complaint as per the regulations.last_img read more

Puffball upchuck Alberta scientists find 10 funniest words

first_imgEDMONTON — If you’ve ever wondered why the sound of some words can make you snort milk through your nose or why little boys love to run around yelling certain others, wonder no more.A pair of University of Alberta researchers say they’ve analyzed what it is that make some words intrinsically funny.Co-author Chris Westbury says his recently published paper in the Journal of Experimental Psychology may be the first to break down what makes us break down and actually predict which words will bring a smile.He says funny words combine two things — sound and meaning.Words associated with bodily functions, good times, animals and insults containing the sounds “oo” or “kay” that end in l-e are most likely to get a laugh, according to their detailed statistics.It may seem like lightweight research.But Westbury says humour is intrinsic to being human and may even give an evolutionary advantage.The 10 funniest words in a sample of more than 45,000? Sit down:Upchuck, bubby, boff, wriggly, yaps, giggle, cooch, guffaw, puffball, and jiggly.The Canadian Presslast_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement Wyld Stallyns fans around the world shouted a collective “Excellent!” when news broke at the Cannes Film Festival in May that Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter were getting the band back together for a third time-traveling Bill & Ted adventure. But when Yahoo Entertainment caught up with Reeves recently to discuss his new thriller, Siberia, the actor had some developments to share about long-awaited Bill & Ted 3 actually happening. “I don’t know if it’s a reality,” Reeves cautions. “We’ve been trying for a long time to get that film made, and it still has its challenges.”The John Wick star is quick to add that none of those challenges are creative, though. “I really love the characters, and I think we have a good story to tell. Part of it is show business stuff — financing, rights, deals. Nothing creatively.” Asked how he plans to approach the task of playing an older — and maybe wiser? — Ted “Theodore” Logan, Reeves says he’s still figuring that part out. “It’ll be interesting to see what that’s like,” he said. “There’d be a lot about him that would be the same, I’m sure; his kind of optimistic naïveté in the face of the darkness will still be there. He has a child now, so I’m sure he’s matured.”Siberia, which opens in theaters and On-Demand/Digital HD today, is also a mature star turn for Reeves, providing him with a dramatic respite in between slam-bang John Wick adventures. Written by Scott B. Smith — a novelist and screenwriter whose credits include A Simple Plan and The Ruins — the Matthew Ross-directed film follows diamond merchant Lucas Hill (Reeves) as he embarks on a risky scheme to find Russian buyers for a set of rare gems. While in Siberia, he strikes up an ill-fated romance with small-town café owner Katya (Ana Ularu) that endangers both of their lives. Login/Register With: Keanu Reeves and co-star Ana Ularu in Siberia. (Photo: Saban Films) Keanu Reeves plays diamond merchant Lucas Hill in the new film Siberia. (Photo: Saban Films) Facebook Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Unlike the rough-and-tumble action heroes on Reeves’s résumé — think Jack Tavern, Neo, or John Wick — Lucas is more of an ordinary guy trapped in an increasingly desperate situation. “I was trying to have a kind of composed aspect to him, but also breaking down,” the actor explains. “In a way, he’s a composed man of action, but he’s also trying to juggle balls and plates in order to keep everything moving forward and survive. Then it all breaks down and becomes more desperate.”Obviously, Russia is in the news a lot these days, but Reeves says that the film isn’t intended to be any kind of a real-world statement. “It has a little to do with the idea of Russian oligarchs, but I don’t really think of it as a current political examination.” Politics didn’t really come up at all when the cast and crew went to the historic city of Saint Petersburg to shoot exterior sequences. (Most of the interiors were filmed in Canada.) “It’s a stunning city with great film crews. It was great to experience the passion and enthusiasm of the film people over there.”Siberia opens in theaters today, and is also available via On-Demand/Digital HD. Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Rhythm Auctions presents Sharon Bram and Friends

first_imgSKINNAMARINK! – 40 years of Singing Together – Sharon, Bram & FriendsSeptember 2018, marks the 40th anniversary of One Elephant, Deux Elephant, the ground-breaking and career producing first album of Sharon, Lois and Bram.On the eve of this Anniversary, Sharon & Bram wish to introduce their music to a fourth generation of fans.  This tour is intended to honour the musicality that Sharon, Lois & Bram brought to their very first album, forty years ago, and have maintained over the subsequent forty years. Sharon, Bram and Friends, presented by Rhythm Auctions will perform their family-friendly show on Saturday, November 24 at 2 p.m. at the North Peace Cultural Centre.  Tickets will be $39 plus fees and taxes or there will be a limited number of four packs of tickets available for $100 plus fees and taxes. The family four-packs are only available in person at the North Peace Cultural Centre Box Office.  The show is also sponsored by McDonald’s and Moose FM. Tickets go on sale today at 10 a.m. at the North Peace Cultural Centre Box Office, by phone at 250-785-1992 or online at npcc.bc.caSince 1978, Sharon Hampson and Bram Morrison have been pre-eminent in all aspects of family entertainment across North America as members of the trio “Sharon, Lois & Bram”. Together, the threesome produced over twenty recordings, beginning with their iconic ‘One Elephant, Deux Elephants’, three song-books, six national TV specials, sixty-five episodes of The Elephant Show, and fifty-two of Skinnamarink TV. They have appeared in every major concert hall in Canada, and many in the United States including Carnegie Hall, The Lincoln Center and the White House in Washington just to name a few. They have received countless awards, including Gold and Platinum Records and JUNO awards for Best Children’s Album. To date, they have sold over 3 million albums worldwide.Sharon and Bram have carried on together since Lois Lillenstein stepped aside from live performances in 2000. This incarnation of one of North America’s most popular family acts ranges from a “sweet and simple” folksy duo performance to a larger production featuring members of the versatile Skinnamarink Band.A Sharon and Bram show is a sing-along concert for the entire family, featuring such well-loved favourites as “She’ll Be Coming ‘Round the Mountain”, “Five Little Monkeys”, “One Elephant”, “Tingalayo”, and, of course, “Skinnamarink”.last_img read more

AAP condemns BJP for allowing landfill site in North East Delhi

first_imgNEW DELHI: Aam Aadmi Party leader and candidate for North East Lok Sabha constituency, Dilip Pandey, on Wednesday condemned the BJP-led Central government’s decision to allow a landfill site near a densely populated area in the Yamuna floodplains. Pandey, who is one of the petitioners in the ongoing case before the National Green Tribunal (NGT) regarding the allocation of land near Sonia Vihar and Gonda Gujran in north east Delhi, said he will file a fresh application challenging the BJP controlled EDMC move to quietly set-up a new landfill site on 42 acres at Gonda Gujran. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderHe challenged the Delhi BJP President and current north east Delhi MP Manoj Tiwari to make his stand clear on the issue, which concerns the health and well being of lakhs of residents of the area. Pandey said the BJP controlled EDMC has no plan for solid waste management and corruption and incompetence of MCDs is playing havoc with Delhiites. He said a simple Google image of the area will even make it clear to a layman what havoc will be wreaked if a landfill site is allowed in this area. He was reacting to the latest reports that 42.5 acres of land have been allotted to East MCD for setting-up a new landfill site in north east Delhi. “This is a clear violation of Solid Waste Management Rules 2016. Nearby areas like Sonia Vihar, West Karawal Nagar, Sabhapur Village, Ankur Vihar etc, will be destroyed if this foolish move is allowed,” Pandey said. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsHe further said this move also violates the order of the NGT dated March 9, 2016, in which the NGT had clearly directed the DDA that is cannot allow land for a landfill site without the Tribunal’s permission. Dilip Pandey said the government’s agencies are lying that NEERI had cleared the setting-up of a landfill site at this spot. It is untrue since the NEERI has not given any such clearance. “NEERI report is merely about the land status and nothing else,” Pandey said. Dilip Pandey cited a 1996 Supreme Court judgment to state that a landfill sit cannot come up at the land allotted by the DDA, which ruled that any environmental degradation is enough to deny a landfill site. Pandey said the AAP will fight on possible avenues from legal to public mobilization to expose this BJP fraud.last_img read more

Finance Minister says Ontario may let drivers pay to ride in HOV

Finance Minister says Ontario may let drivers pay to ride in HOV lanes AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Keith Leslie, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 26, 2013 1:21 pm MDT TORONTO – The rules for Ontario’s high-occupancy-vehicle lanes could be changed to allow drivers without any passengers to pay a premium to avoid traffic jams, Finance Minister Charles Sousa said Tuesday.The government needs to find new revenue sources to help fund public transit and infrastructure projects, and letting drivers buy their way onto HOV lanes could be a “voluntary” way to help raise money, said Sousa.“Those lanes are available to those that wish to pay for them. They work in other jurisdictions, and it’s something for consideration,” he told reporters.“You don’t have to use them if you don’t want to, but should you want to and you’re single in the car, there’s an opportunity there to revenue source some of that initiative as well.”Premier Kathleen Wynne said Monday the Liberals were considering road tolls or some form of tax to fund public transit expansion in the Toronto-Hamilton area and to pay for upgrading municipal roads and bridges across Ontario.Letting drivers who are alone in their cars pay a premium to ride in the HOV lanes is just one option under consideration, said Sousa.“Our government has invested heavily in the last nine years in infrastructure and public transit, (but) we need to do more,” he said.“We need to make it sustainable and we’ve got to find ways that work.”The Progressive Conservatives said they would not impose tolls on existing roads, but weren’t saying how they’d fund transit and infrastructure projects other than to say they squeeze all efficiencies out of the system.“When it comes to putting tolls on existing highways … that’s not on,” said PC Leader Tim Hudak. “I think that’s punishing drivers because it’s something they’ve already paid for in taxes.”Looking for new revenue tolls or taxes should not be the government’s first option, added Hudak.“That should be a last resort, not a first instinct,” he said.“I want to be sure in our plan that before we go back to taxpayers for a dime more, that we make sure we squeeze every dollar we can by making sure we eliminate waste in our budget and signal we’re heading in the right direction by balancing the books.”The New Democrats have said they don’t support new taxes or tolls to pay for expanding public transit and repairing roads and bridges, and want the Liberals to close corporate tax loopholes before trying to raise more money from people.“People see their government asking them to get ready to dig deeper again,” said NDP Leader Andrea Horwath.“They’re paying more, and they see Ontario’s largest corporations getting more than $1 billion in new tax breaks _ new tax loopholes _ opening up for them.”Ontario has HOV lanes on Highways 403, 404, 417 and the Queen Elizabeth Way.The government says drivers using HOV lanes in the Toronto area save between 14 to 17 minutes per trip compared to their travel time before the HOV lanes opened.Currently in Ontario, a bus of any type can use an HOV lane, even without passengers, as can emergency vehicles.Single-occupant taxis and airport limousines are permitted in HOV lanes until July 1, 2015, as are drivers of electric vehicles with green licence plates, even if there is only one individual in the car. read more

4x4s – the facts

The motor industry takes its responsibility to produce safe, environmentally friendly products seriously. SMMT has therefore become concerned about some of the comments made against the modern 4×4 car. These seem to be based on unhelpful stereotypes rather than understanding the full range of available vehicles, their uses and their capabilities. Download our response to these points.DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)

Football Will Ohio State prove recent success is for real Well see

Redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) throws a pass in the first quarter against Nebraska in Memorial Stadium on Oct. 14. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThe Ohio State team that lost to Oklahoma Week 2 does not look like the same team that strolled to easy victories against its last five opponents.Against Oklahoma, the Buckeyes appeared out of sync. Quarterback J.T. Barrett was missing his targets, the defense was biting on every play fake and nothing the Buckeyes did in the second half of the game went their way.Since the loss, both the offense and defense have clicked. Although against lesser opponents, the team cruised through its past five games.Playing against only its second real test of the season, how will Ohio State know which team will show up Saturday? Will it be the team that lost 31-16 in its home opener or is it the one that has since outscored opponents 266-56?Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer said both the former and latter teams are no different, and this is still the same team with the same identity that entered the season.“It’s very clear who we are, who we’re always going to be, offensively and pretty much defensively,” Meyer said on Tuesday’s Big Ten coaches teleconference. “We didn’t execute very well, we didn’t coach very well. But identity, there’s never been a misunderstanding what that is around here. We’ve enhanced things.”Ohio State had the luxury of suffering its loss early enough in the season that it was able to address the issues the Sooners exposed.It will not have that luxury again.If the Buckeyes don’t execute well against Penn State, its hopes of a national championship will be dashed.The loss did a lot to prepare Ohio State for this upcoming matchup, however, and could play a role in avoiding another defeat. It gave Ohio State’s players an idea of flaws that needed to be addressed moving forward. It also put the Buckeyes on the brink of a lost season. With their backs to the wall, the players left Ohio Stadium that night knowing they had no more room for error and had to go all-out for everything if they hoped to have a shot at a title.“We learn a lot more from a loss than we do from a win,” redshirt senior defensive end Tyquan Lewis said. “We came back that next week and we just started working. Practice became more competitive, so everybody stepped up a little more.”Co-offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson said it wasn’t that the practices became more challenging, but rather everything became more organized and better structured. “We’ve practiced better. We haven’t practiced harder, we’ve just had better structure, and I think I’ve done a better job of understanding what [Meyer] wants in our players and our staff is working the offense with a lot of enthusiasm in practice,” Wilson said.Based on the Buckeyes’ ease of victory, one could almost make the argument practices have extended into every Saturday. The disparity between Ohio State and its competition has been significant, and it has allowed the team to build up chemistry, figure out what works and what doesn’t without the consequence of making mistakes.Wilson said early in the season the offense in particular was still figuring one another out, learning the strengths of each player at its disposal.“We came into both of those games [against Oklahoma and Penn State] with really good players,” Wilson said. “I just think that first game, not by design, but we were not in the rhythm or the flow. We didn’t maybe prep. We were working hard, but maybe a little disjointed and getting things clean for offensive line and for quarterback and for a team to play with cohesion.”Now the offense is in sync. The players and coaches are all familiar with one another, and the time the team has had to not only receive additional practice from the bye week but also beat up on some weaker opponents built up confidence as well as chemistry among the players.“The offense as a whole is clicking the best it’s been in years. It’s clicking at the right moment,” redshirt senior center Billy Price said. “We’re hitting things. We’re timing things up nicely. We’re making sure we’re isolating and making sure that our players are on their players and making sure that our guys are in advantageous positions.”The offense has clicked against weaker opponents, but will it click when the clock hits 3:30 p.m. and Ohio State faces the No. 2 team in the nation with College Football Playoff hopes on the line?“Well we don’t know yet, do we?” Wilson said. “That’s why we’re playing.” read more

Everyone deserves love Pamela Anderson opens up about her relationship with Julian

first_imgShe described her relationship with Mr Assange as “challenging” but she enjoys the deep conversations they have together.Ms Anderson said: “He’s a very good teacher. Julian is one of my favorite people. He is a refugee. He might be the most famous, refugee of our time— famous for being persecuted.”The Baywatch star commented on her similarities with the Wikileaks founder.“I’m very concerned about his well-being and safety,” she said.“I’m very moody. I wouldn’t say I’m a happy person. I’m tormented and love sick always. It’s hard to find relief sometimes,” she revealed.“I’m trying to not feel lonely. But, I hurt a lot about so many things.  I’m a romantic- it makes my stomach hurt.” #iamjustawoman #heisjustaman We all are#julianassangeLeaving the Ecuadorian Embassy … pic.twitter.com/pQuuY7QMv2— Pamela Anderson (@pamfoundation) April 5, 2017 Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.center_img Is this the strangest celebrity ‘couple’ of the century?Pamela Anderson has opened up somewhat about her relationship with Julian Assange, which blossomed as she brought him vegan food to the Ecuadorian Embassy, where he is hiding from Swedish authorities. While remaining quite coy about the nature of her relationship with the fugitive, she told People: “Julian is trying to free the world by educating it. It is a romantic struggle — I love him for this.“I understand that our ‘affair’ and the curiosity surrounding that might bring some attention to his situation. That’s fine, but I’d rather not go into private details. Let’s just say everyone deserves love.”last_img read more

Universities cannot be safe spaces say MPs as they warn of chilling

first_img“The right to protest does not extend to stopping events entirely. Intimidating people exercising their free speech rights is particularly deplorable when meetings are invaded by masked protestors seeking to intimidate,” it says. Charity Commission guidance is too restrictive and is also limiting freedom of expression, the report added.  Free speech is also inhibited by university bureaucracy and restrictive guidance from the Charity Commission Universities cannot be “safe spaces”, MPs have said, as they warn of the “chilling effect” on free speech of attempts by students to declare some views unacceptable.A report by the Joint Committee on Human Rights argues that a university should be “an environment where a range of opinions should be heard and explored.”Minority views should not be barred from student union premises.”Many student unions have “safe space” policies which put restrictions on views or expressions which can make some groups feel unsafe. The concept is “either too broad or very vague and therefore we do not find it helpful”, the report said. Safe space policies have been blamed for stopping certain speakers from attending university events, with groups including humanists and anti-abortion activists telling the committee that student unions “were making arbitrary decisions about the views to which students should be exposed”. The report also criticises protesters who hide their identity and disrupt events that they disagree with as “unacceptable”.  There is “confusion” around what student unions feel they can comment on because guidance says they are prohibited from commenting on “issues which do not affect the welfare of students as students”,  the report says. The Commission “encourages unions to take a risk averse approach when hosting events involving ‘controversial’ external speakers”, the report, says, because of potential reputational risks. Chair of the Committee, Harriet Harman MP, said evidence showed there was a problem of inhibition of free speech in universities. “While media reporting has focussed on students inhibiting free speech – and in our report we urge universities to take action to prevent that – free speech is also inhibited by university bureaucracy and restrictive guidance from the Charity Commission,” she said. A spokesman for the Commission said it would work with the relevant groups to “ensure that each of our respective regulatory roles and approaches are clearer”. The report concludes that, in general, there is support for the idea of free speech among students, and a survey of student union officers found that most said restriction of free speech was not a problem at their institution.But it goes on to warn that “any interference with free speech rights in universities is unacceptable and we are concerned that such interference as has been reported could be having a ‘chilling effect’ on the exercise of freedom of speech more widely”. center_img A spokesman for the NUS said the report showed that concerns around free speech on campus were “much ado about nothing”. “We are delighted to see the report from the Joint Committee on Human Rights (JCHR) inquiry into free speech at universities has uncovered what most of us knew all along: that there is no crisis of student censorship on campuses,” the spokesman said. The report cites cases where protest, policy or bureacracy disrupted or prevented an event, including masked protesters who disrupted a talk by a right-wing YouTuber at King’s College London earlier this month, during which a security guard was knocked out and the fire alarms set off by smoke bombs. Chris Hale, Director of Policy at Universities UK, said universities were “absolutely committed” to free speech. “We will look at the advice of the committee in this area and how it can complement the already extensive experience of managing such events and policies universities have in place,” he said.  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Aufwiedersehen Slovenia – Spain with four points at Main Round

“Group of death” in Wroclaw ended with poor performance of Slovenia, who will have to leave Poland after the Men’s EHF EURO 2016 Preliminary Round. Germany were on the higher level in the decisive match 25:21 (12:10), in which Bombač, Zorman and Co. didn’t looked like guys who had Spain in their hands two days ago.STATISTICSIn the second match of the Day, Spain beat Sweden 24:22 to take four points for the Main Round. Manolo Cadenas guys are now very close to the semi-final.STATISTICSSTANDINGS:Spain 5Germany 4Sweden 2Slovenia 1 ← Previous Story Poland beat France to set semi-final goal Next Story → Danish power – Montenegro third Balkan team to go home read more

EXCLUSIVE Moneysupermarket Group launches financial coaching and planning

first_imgEXCLUSIVE: Financial services comparison organisation Moneysupermarket Group has introduced a financial coaching and planning benefit for its 750 employees, in order to proactively support their financial wellbeing.The new benefit, provided by Hatch, offers employees a free session with a financial coach; the coach uses a software programme to visualise how employees’ money is forecast to grow and whether staff are on track with their financial goals. The coach will then help employees create a tailored action plan to optimise spending, savings, investments, pensions, mortgages and life insurance arrangements.Neil Fitzgerald, head of reward at Moneysupermarket Group, which also incorporates MoneySuperMarket, MoneySavingExpert and TravelSupermarket, said: “We wanted a solution that really engaged people and helped them plan for all their goals, whether that’s as short-term as saving for holidays, as long-term as retirement, or anything in between. In so doing, we wanted to help them understand all the different ways our extensive range of benefits can help them maximise their financial wellness.”Hatch, which is provided as a voluntary benefit, was announced to staff in January 2019, and the first wave of financial coaching took place in February 2019. Within two weeks of launching, 7% of the workforce had undertaken a coaching session. Moneysupermarket Group now plans to integrate the benefit within its wider benefits platform, operated by Benefex.The financial support benefit was communicated to employees using emails, the organisation’s internal e-magazine and via a drop-in stand.The introduction of Hatch signals the beginning of Moneysupermarket Group’s financial wellbeing focus.Fitzgerald explained: “No matter where we work, we can all benefit from investing more in our financial wellbeing. While brands like ours go a long way towards helping people make the most of their money, it still requires a fair degree of knowledge and energy to make sure [staff are] doing all the right things, especially in more complex areas such as pensions, protection and investments.“Hatch combines access to a financial coach, a real, human expert, available in our offices, with engaging financial planning technology, which helps [employees] see how [their] financial future may unfold and how best to improve the picture. So far, all the employee feedback on Hatch has been very positive.”last_img read more