Feds poised to bolster RCMP accountability

first_imgOTTAWA — The federal government is poised to try to improve RCMP accountability by placing some external eyes on the national police force.Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale and RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki are expected to announce the plans at a news conference in Ottawa on Wednesday.The long-anticipated move is the latest attempt at rebuilding the force following years of sagging morale over internal bullying and harassment.Insiders say the measures to be announced Wednesday are the beginning of a process that involves several steps to ensure the force benefits from independent advice and scrutiny.The announcement will represent the Liberal government’s response to two critical 2017 reports.In the first, the Civilian Review and Complaints Commission for the RCMP said the force lacked both the will and the capacity to address the challenges that afflict its workplaces.The commission urged the government to usher in civilian governance or oversight for the paramilitary-style police force.The second report, a review by former auditor general Sheila Fraser of four harassment lawsuits from female members, also called for substantial reforms.At the time, Goodale said both reports described “similar serious and long-standing concerns” and would “inform further action” to ensure that the RCMP is a healthy and respectful employer.Lucki became the RCMP’s first permanent female boss last year when she took over the commissioner’s post from Bob Paulson.Before he left, Paulson delivered an apology to hundreds of current and former female officers and employees who were subjected to discrimination and harassment dating back as far as four decades.The words of regret came as the Mounties settled class-action lawsuits stemming from allegations that cast a dark pall over the force.The Trudeau government has directed Lucki to modernize and reform the RCMP’s culture, protect employees from harassment and workplace violence, and foster reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples.Goodale’s mandate letter to Lucki, issued last year, also asked her to make the force representative of Canada’s diverse population by embracing gender parity and ensuring that women, Indigenous members and minority groups are better reflected in positions of leadership.Another priority is implementing measures to improve health and wellness after an auditor’s report found the force was failing to meet the mental-health needs of its members due to a lack of resources, poor monitoring and meagre support from supervisors.Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Presslast_img

UN lauds awarding of Nobel Peace Prize to three womens activists

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Africa’s first female elected head of State; Leymah Gbowee, a Liberian peace activist; and Tawakkul Karman, a journalist and pro-democracy activist from Yemen, are the joint winners of this year’s prize.Nobel judges, announcing the decision in Oslo, Norway, cited the winners’ “non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women’s rights to full participation in peacebuilding work.”Speaking in New York, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the award could not have been better chosen.“It underscores the vital role that women play in the advancement of peace and security, development and human rights,” he said.“I myself have met women who have been the victims of sexual violence. I have seen for myself women’s leadership power in building and sustaining peace. And I have heard the voices of women calling for justice and democracy in the Middle East, North Africa and beyond.”In a subsequent statement he described the winners as “three inspirational women of uncommon courage and commitment” and reaffirmed that promoting the cause of women is a top priority of the UN.“With this decision, the Norwegian Nobel Committee sends a clear message: women count for peace. It is a testament to the power of the human spirit and underscores a fundamental principle of the United Nations Charter: the vital role of women in the advancement of peace and security, development and human rights.”Mr. Ban’s remarks were echoed by Michelle Bachelet, the Executive Director of UN Women, the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, who noted that each of the three Nobel recipients had overcome huge obstacles.“All over the world, women are demanding their rights and their equal participation in peacebuilding, democracy and the development of their nations, and this year’s Nobel Peace Prize sends a message to the world that now, the 21st century, is the time for women’s full and equal participation at all levels of society,” Ms. Bachelet said.Helen Clark, the Administrator of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), said Ms. Johnson Sirleaf, Ms. Gbowee and Ms. Karman demonstrate “what can be achieved when women participate and take on decision-making roles, and they serve as an example for us all.”Margot Wallström, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, said the recipients’ careers offer motivation to other women.“If only three of the world’s women can achieve all they have, imagine what can be done if half of the world’s population is allowed the rights women are entitled to,” she said.In its announcement the Nobel committee cited Security Council resolution 1325, the landmark text from 2000 that recognizes women and children constitute the majority of victims of conflicts, have a vital role in resolving those conflicts and must be given an equal role to men in all peace processes.Ms. Wallström noted that, more than a decade after that resolution was adopted, less than 10 per cent of all peace agreements are negotiated by women and less than 3 per cent are signed by women.“Women’s participation in peace processes needs to engage peacemakers, peacekeepers, peacebuilders and political leaders – not only women’s rights and gender experts,” she stressed.Ray Chambers, the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Malaria, spotlighted the work of Ms. Johnson Sirleaf as Liberian President in fighting the spread of the deadly disease across Africa.“By working to save the lives of nearly 800,000 children a year, President Sirleaf is helping to bring transformative progress to Africa, and I look forward to continuing our work together,” he said.The UN peacekeeping mission in Liberia (UNMIL) also welcomed today’s announcement and offered its congratulations.Ms. Johnson Sirleaf is running for re-election as her country’s President, with the polls set to take place on Tuesday, and in a statement UNMIL underlined that “the elections are for the Liberian people to decide at the ballot box.”Judy Cheng-Hopkins, Assistant Secretary-General for Peacebuilding Support, praised the work of women worldwide in translating the theory of peacebuilding into concrete actions in countries emerging from conflict and misrule.“The peacebuilding architecture can learn from these exemplary women,” she said. “Liberia is one of six countries on the agenda of the Peacebuilding Commission, which champions the role of peacebuilding. The $395 million Peacebuilding Fund has invested in 22 countries, including Liberia, to extend peace, justice and security – a feat that cannot be realized without the active leadership and participation of women.” 7 October 2011United Nations officials have hailed today’s awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to three women’s activists, saying the recipients demonstrate the vital role that women play in advancing peace and security, boosting development and read more

AP Source Cavs send Korver to Jazz for G Burks 2 picks

CLEVELAND — A person familiar with the deal says the Cleveland Cavaliers have agreed to trade veteran forward Kyle Korver to the Utah Jazz.Korver, one of the best long-distance shooters in NBA history, is going to the Jazz in exchange for guard Alec Burks and two future second-round draft picks, said the person who spoke Wednesday to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the swap has to be approved by the NBA. The trade might not become official until Thursday.ESPN first reported the swap.The 37-year-old Korver is going back to Utah, where he played from 2007-10. He became expendable this season in Cleveland as the Cavs are in rebuilding mode after losing LeBron James as a free agent and are acquiring assets.Cleveland is just 4-15 entering Wednesday’s game at Oklahoma City.Korver joined the Cavs in 2017, coming over in a trade from Atlanta. He’s been on the trading block for most of the season and had drawn interest from several teams. The Cavs are also looking to move forward J.R. Smith, who is not currently with the team after being disappointed by his reduced role this season.The Jazz have been a disappointment so far, and Korver fills the club’s need for an outside shooter.___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/tag/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsTom Withers, The Associated Press

Captives papers and the property tax The week in numbers

first_imgEVERY WEEK, TheJournal.ie offers a selection of statistics and numerical nuggets to help you digest the week that has just passed.2,154 – The total number of professional games that Alex Ferguson will have managed a team in. He’ll step as down as Manchester United manager next weekend, ending 26 years in charge of the side.102 – The number of years since Manchester United have won a title without a Glaswegian in charge. 13 of United’s 20 championships have come under Ferguson; another five were in the reign of Matt Busby. Ernest Magnall’s titles in 1908 and 1911 are the only others.32 – The number of swans found dead at a lake in Co Donegal this week.3,000 – The estimated number of copies of the Lucan Gazette which are said to have been removed from shops in the area after the freesheet ran a negative story about a TD. The paper’s lead described how a local principal had criticised Fine Gael TD Derek Keating for taking credit for securing an extension to the school, when he had little to do with it.3,909 – The number of days for which Michele Knight was in captivity in Ohio. Knight was 20 when she was last seen on August 23, 2002 – and nothing more was known of her until she was found in a house, along with two other abductees, earlier this week.17 – The number of days for which a woman named Reshma lay alive underneath the rubble of the collapsed building in the Bangladeshi city of Savar. She had survived after being caught in a gap between a beam and a column in the wreckage of the nine-storey building.1,776 – The height, in feet, of One World Trade Center in New York, now that the final piece of the building’s 124-metre spire has been installed.€297,306 – The amount NAMA has paid to a private communications agency to cover its press queries since the start of 2011.45 per cent – The proportion of the Irish population which had either seen a close family member emigrate – or had considered emigrating themselves – in the last two years, according to a study published this week.3 – The number of staff at the NTMA, the body which manages Ireland’s national debt, who earn more than the Taoiseach. Michael Noonan has confirmed that none of the three staff – who have declined to take voluntary pay cuts for 2013 – will be asked to enter further negotiations.53 – The number of YouTube channels which users will have to pay to watch, under a new system rolled out by the site this week. The channels include those carrying full-length episodes of Sesame Street, for example.61 per cent – The proportion of Irish landlords, who answered a MyHome.ie survey, who said they would pass the property tax on to their tenants.9 per cent – The amount by which the number of job opportunities for professionals decreased in Ireland in April. The decline followed two months of growth and shows that Ireland’s economic recovery remains tenuous.Want more? Check out our previous ‘In numbers’ pieces>last_img

Doctor Who Underrated Villain of the Week Rosanna Calvierri

first_imgStream all of Doctor Who now for free with your Amazon Prime membership.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target ‘Doctor Who’ Underrated Villain of the Week: Mire’Doctor Who’ Underrated Villain of the Week: Zygon center_img You know Daleks and Davros and Missy the Master, Angels, and Silence hell-bent on disaster. But do you recall the most underrated Doctor Who villains of all?Each week, I will dig into the depths of the Whoniverse to examine one rejected, misjudged, or altogether forgotten big bad. It’s off to 16th century Italy for a not-so-romantic romp with some very thirsty aliens.Rosanna Calvierri (Helen McCrory) stays hydrated (via BBC)ROSANNA CALVIERRI/SISTERS OF THE WATERFirst appearance: “The Vampires of Venice” (2010)—season 5, episode 6Home planet: SaturnyneDoctor: EleventhCompanions: Amy Pond, Rory Williams“We are in Venice and it is 1580,” Rory, plucked from his bachelor party, exclaims.“I know!” Amy giggles back.In an effort to get his coquettish companion to focus on her relationship with her fiancé, the Eleventh Doctor take Amy and Rory on the ultimate romantic getaway.But, as can happen, giant blood-sucking space fish, intent on flooding Venice to save their species, put a damper on the adventure.Signora Calvierri’s school for girls is a front for vampires (via BBC)The Floating City, founded hundreds of years before by refugees running from Attila the Hun, is under quarantine—at the instruction of patron Rosanna Calvierri (played by the sinisterly great Helen McCrory), claiming protection from the Black Plague (which, the Doctor points out, ended years ago).Already suspicious, the Time Lord soon meets half a dozen “pale, creepy girls, who don’t like sunlight and can’t be seen” in a mirror.“Am I thinking what I think I’m thinking?” he muses, before being warned by the ominous adolescents—”students” at Signora Calvierri’s mysterious school—who bare their pointy teeth in ire.It is immediately clear that Calvierri and her son, Francesco (Alex Price), are not to be trusted. Still, that doesn’t stop Amy from infiltrating the school to let her friends in for further investigation.The Calvierris, Rosanna (Helen McCrory) and son Francesco (Alex Price) (via BBC)Bound, and probed by Rosanna and Francesco, Amy—once bitten but not at all shy—fights back, kicking her captor’s hip and dislodging a perception filter, which briefly unveils Calvierri’s true form: a sea-dwelling refugee from the destroyed world of Saturnyne.Hidden behind a human facade, the shapeshifting predators sustain their dying species by drinking the blood of female victims and replacing it with alien fluids.Gradually, the women transform into a Saturnynian (or are spared by death), ready to mate with the “ten thousand husbands” waiting in the waters of Venice.It’s not polite to eat with your mouth open (via BBC)Amy escapes her fate, however. And after their new cohort Guido (father of Isabella, whose betrayal leads to her death) sacrifices himself to destroy the converted vampires, Rosanna goes full throttle, activating the final phase of her plan: create a storm of boiling rain to sink Venice.(The irony being that the city was built by emigrants looking for a fresh start—much like the displaced Saturnynians.)Signora Calvierri is the last of her species (via BBC)The Doctor, of course, miraculously manages to disable her machinery, while Amy and Rory overdose Francesco on vitamin D—leaving Calvierri, stuck in human form, with no hope of rebuilding her species.Not out of contrition but out of grief, the matron, unrecognizable to her own children, throws herself into the canal to be devoured by hungry offspring.Rosanna Calvierri and her family, however, are not the first vampiric creatures our favorite Time Lord has encountered: In “State of Decay,” the Fourth Doctor meets blood-sucking aliens, and Sylvester McCoy’s seventh incarnation battled water-residing leech-like creatures called Haemovores in “The Curse of Fenric.”last_img

Google takes down gay conversion app from Play Store

first_img1:56 Mobile Culture 5 Google confirms it removed the controversial app.  NurPhoto/Getty Images After a month of lobbying by the gay rights community, Google removed a controversial app that promoted conversion therapy from its Play Store Thursday. The app was called and created by Living Hope Ministries, a Christian group that seeks “sexual and relational wholeness through a more intimate relationship with Jesus Christ.””After consulting with outside advocacy groups, reviewing our policies, and making sure we had a thorough understanding of the app and its relation to conversion therapy, we’ve decided to remove it from the Play Store, consistent with other app stores,” a Google spokesperson said in an email.Chad Griffin, president of the Human Rights Campaign, wasn’t immediately available for comment, but told Bloomberg that Google’s (and other platforms’) decision to remove the app is an important step to protect LGBTQ youth.Living Hope Ministries didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.Apple pulled the app last December after a gay rights organization, Truth Wins Out, petitioned for its removal. Amazon and Microsoft followed suit. After Apple took down the ministry’s app, one of the church’s members penned an open letter to Tim Cook in defense of the ministry. “Walker” spoke about his experience with the church and denied Truth Wins Out’s accusations.  Tags Share your voicecenter_img Now playing: Watch this: Google Stadia is a play-anywhere streaming game platform… Comments Googlelast_img

Indianorigin banker gets 13 years in Singapore jail for siphoning US10 million

first_imgRepresentational image | Creative CommonsAn Indian-origin banker living in Singapore has been charged for forgery and cheating and sentenced to 13 years in jail on Thursday.  Kale Jagdish Purushottam (43) pleaded guilty to 20 forgery and cheating charges, 30 charges under the Computer Misuse Act in siphoning off US$10 million. There were more than 500 other charges taken into account during the trial. Between June 2010 and January 2013, Kale had stolen amounts totaling US$10 million from accounts in Barclays Bank customers. Kale had then forged signatures to pay the money back to  clients from his current clients, reports PTI.This was not his only offense. Reports claim that Kale was employed at UBS Singapore where he was the relationship manager for Red Oak. During his tenure, he made many unauthorized transactions from the company’s account.Explaining how Kale had managed to forge documents and move the documents around, the Deputy Public Prosecutor, Ng Jean Ting, said that he had forged the documents by copying authorized signatures onto the forged papers. He kept doing it to cover up 81 unauthorised transactions.In addition to this, Kale had also opened accounts in his clients’ names to avail loans. The loans would then be transferred to the Red Oak accounts. Kale would also use other unauthorized transactions to cover up the loan sums.”To cover up the loss of his clients, Kale tried to make money through unauthorised stock and foreign exchange transactions using his clients’ accounts,” Ting said.She added, “However, the unauthorised trades and other transactions caused further net losses of at least US$10 million to Barclays.”However, Kale’s defense attorney, Anand Nalachandran, said that he did this thinking that it was an obligation to clients and the transactions were not for personal financial benefit. “Having just moved to Barclays, he was faced with allegations (from Red Oak), and instead of heeding advice, he rather rashly acted and then did these things to satisfy his obligation.”Kale had agreed to pay Red Oak the money he had taken. However, he had paid this money with the funds he had siphoned off from the accounts in Barclays.last_img

Heres the Prime Day iPad Deal Im Waiting For

first_img Henry T. Casey, on Henry is a senior writer at Laptop Mag, covering security, Apple and operating systems. Prior to joining Laptop Mag — where he’s the self-described Rare Oreo Expert — he reviewed software and hardware for TechRadar Pro, and interviewed artists for Patek Philippe International Magazine. You can find him at your local pro wrestling events, and wondering why Apple decided to ditch its MagSafe power adapters. Looking forward to Amazon Prime Day 2019 (July 15 – 16), I realized there’s one sale I’m keeping my eyes out for, and how it relates to the iPad’s constant sale pricing. As the person responsible for updating the Laptop Mag Best Tablets page, I’m aware of the constant ups and downs of tablet pricing.9.7-inch iPad: Wait for a better sale priceMacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?Apple’s entry-level MacBook Air and Pro look pretty similar, but our testing proved they differ in crucial ways.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Which Cheap Tablet Is Best? Amazon Fire 7 vs Walmart Onn02:45关闭选项Automated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/looking-for-ipad-prime-day-deals?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0003:4603:46 Yes, Apple’s entry-level, 9.7-inch iPad may have an MSRP (manufacturer’s suggested retail price) of $329, but it’s been much cheaper for a while. Since Black Friday 2018, when it dropped to an historic low of $229, the 9.7-inch iPad has sat at $249 on Amazon.So, if you want a new iPad on Prime Day, my advice is to not settle for this now standardized price, even though it looks like a deal. If you see it for $229, definitely consider it, because that’s a low price worthy of headlines.Me, though? I’m aiming for an even lower price, because I’m thinking of accessories. If the iPad hits $199, I get to stop worrying about spending $99 on an Apple Pencil (the 1st Gen model, as newer one is for the iPad Pro only), which plays an increasingly large role for what makes iPadOS stand out in comparison to iOS.With the Pencil, you unlock full functionality in Sidecar mode, as the macOS Catalina interface on the tablet won’t respond to your finger taps. You also get supereasy markups by dragging the Pencil tip from the corner of the screen.12.9-inch iPad Pro: Get it for lessI’ve also got a long-shot hope for another iPad-related sale: I want the $999 2018 12.9-inch iPad Pro for under $700. During a short-term sale this past week, the 64GB model has already hit $849, so I know I’m reaching a bit in terms of price.Again, the need for a lower bottom line falls to accessory pricing. I’m already planning to spend $169 on the Brydge Pro keyboard case (my favorite iPad Pro keyboard case) and $129 on the Apple Pencil (2nd Gen), which charges and attaches to the tablet in a much more elegant way.This is the deal I’m looking out for because I don’t have a laptop that’s the apple of my eye, especially with Apple’s now-shorter list of MacBooks.My adviceSo, readers, to avoid being tricked by a sale that isn’t worthy of the name Prime Day, be sure to figure out what that product normally sells for. In our deals at Laptop Mag, we’re going to point that out, but we also recommend using The Camelizer, a Chrome extension.This way, no matter what you’re looking for on Amazon, you can see its complete price history. Check back in with Laptop Mag on Monday and Tuesday to get an easy-to-digest view on the top Prime Day 2019 deals.Image Credit: Laptop Mag by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeKelley Blue Book5 Mid-engine Corvettes That Weren’tKelley Blue BookUndoForbes.comLebron’s Home Made This Forbes ListForbes.comUndoVerizon WirelessThis new phone will blow your mind.Verizon WirelessUndoTODAYPolice Identify Girl Licking Ice Cream Tub In Viral VideoTODAYUndoMy Food and FamilyHealthy, Homemade Drunken Thai Noodles In Just 20 MinutesMy Food and FamilyUndo247 SportsRanking The Highest-Paid NBA Players In 2019247 SportsUndoAdvertisementcenter_img Author Bio Henry T. Casey, last_img

Allblack exterior design for The A and The B U by Uniworlds

first_img Share Monday, April 10, 2017 Travelweek Group Tags: Uniworld All-black exterior design for The A and The B, U by Uniworld’s 2 shipscenter_img Posted by TORONTO — Uniworld’s river cruise brand for Millennials is now available to book with the first itineraries sailing in spring 2018.U by Uniworld invites “travel enthusiasts aged 21 to 45 to experience nine enticing European itineraries.” The cruise line says U by Uniworld will transform the travel industry paradigm with a fresh approach to experiential travel, introducing a whole new audience to cruising with “fun, immersive, authentic and adventurous itineraries and a seamless way to experience Europe from city to city”.“Uniworld has always strived to lead innovation in the river cruise industry and we saw a great opportunity with U by Uniworld to reach an entirely new audience,” said Uniworld President & CEO Ellen Bettridge. “River cruising is the best and most comfortable way to experience all that Europe has to offer, in an affordable way, and we’re incredibly proud to create a brand that will broaden the interest in this type of experiential travel.”Four eight-day itineraries – ‘Rolling On The Rhine’, ‘Germany’s Finest’, ‘The Danube Flow’ and ‘The Seine Experience’ – will sail the Rhine, Main, Danube and Seine Rivers, with overnight stops and longer stays in major cities like Paris, Vienna, Amsterdam and Budapest.Three ‘Super Cruise’ options combine two or more U itineraries into one 15 or 22-day bucket list journey. U by Uniworld also offers two five-day holiday itineraries –‘Dashing Through The Danube’ and ‘A Merry Little Christmas Cruise’ – for those who want to experience the magic of the Christmas season in Europe and a special New Year’s Eve celebration.With a maximum capacity of 120 travellers, the first two U by Uniworld ships – The A and The B – will be all-black outside and feature a sleek interior design with open communal spaces and rooftop lounges.More news:  ‘Turn around year’ for TPI brings double-digit growthThe A and The B will serve as a fully-equipped waterfront contemporary hotel, taxi, bar, restaurant, café, nightclub and yoga studio, all in one, says the cruise line. “U by Uniworld ships provide the perfect balance between local authenticity and the comfort of home, offering travellers the hassle-free ability to tour multiple cities and countries while only unpacking once.”U by Uniworld’s lineup of onboard programming includes Wine & Paint Classes, where passengers can sip on a glass of local wine while painting the scenery before them; Mixology Classes taught by the master bartenders onboard; and Chef’s Table Cooking Classes.“Foodies will salivate over local market shopping with the ship’s chef in Rouen while culture buffs will delight in a guided bike tour of top World War II sites in Nuremberg. Adventurers can rock climb at 6,500 ft. or white water raft, explorers can kayak through UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and solo travellers will love creating a custom drink to their tastes after meeting a Master Distiller at the world’s largest hands-on cocktail exhibit in Amsterdam. Couples can reconnect with romance on a horse-drawn carriage ride in Vienna, and night owls can sample the abandoned buildings of Budapest which have been transformed into the city’s trendiest bars and clubs.”More news:  Marriott Int’l announces 5 new all-inclusive resorts in D.R. & Mexico‘U Hosts’ are on hand to bring guests the local hotspots and hidden gems in each city. Experiences range from visiting a U Host’s favourite nightclub in Amsterdam to wandering along the banks of the Seine on a midnight stroll in Paris. There will be DJs onboard both ships as well as other nighttime entertainment for fun.The A and The B offer three room categories – Studio, Balcony and Suites – all with river views. The company says suites featuring French balconies and a living room area are perfect for honeymooners and those celebrating a special occasion. Balcony rooms are ideal for pairs, and groups of friends travelling together can enjoy Studio rooms that can accommodate up to three passengers. Solo travellers can take advantage of single rooms or special room share rates.Eight-day itineraries on The A start at US$1,699 per person and include sailings along the Rhine, Main and Danube Rivers. Pricing for The B, which sails exclusively on the Seine River and throughout France, starts at US$1,999 per person. Starting rates are based on double occupancy and are inclusive of gratuities; port charges are not included. The cruise line’s website is ubyuniworld.com. << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img

Health Ministry confirms nine cases of adverse reactions to contraceptive pills although

first_imgCosta Rica’s Health Ministry on Wednesday confirmed they have received nine complaints by patients with blood clots that allegedly were caused by oral contraceptives from 2005-2012. But the ministry said there are no records of deaths related to the use of the drugs.On Tuesday, Yaz and Yasmin brand contraception pills were linked to the deaths of 23 women in Canada by doctors and pharmacists who reported the adverse drug reactions to Health Canada – the agency in Canada that manages the public health care system – the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation reported, citing documents obtained from the government agency.Yaz and Yasmin are considered “newer-generation” birth control pills, and include a synthetic progestin, drospirenone, owned by the company Bayer, the CBC reported.Some 600 Canadian women who were prescribed the drug reportedly suffered serious adverse reactions. Twenty-three died, including a 14-year-old girl, mostly from blood clots, according to Health Canada records. So far, Canadian officials have not recalled the drug. Ileana Herrera, Costa Rica’s general director of health, said no deaths linked to the use of the contraceptives have been reported here, and the nine complaints “correspond to normal reactions ranging from headaches to high blood pressure, which is usually disclosed in drug packaging.”Costa Rican Health Ministry officials consulted several foreign health agencies about the alleged risks, including Health Canada, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the European Medicine Agency and health ministries in Argentina, Chile and other Latin American countries.Recent studies show that oral contraceptives might increase the risk of thromboembolism, a condition that causes blood clots that can affect the heart. Physicians recommend that before taking the contraceptive pills, women have blood tests to determine if use of the medication poses any risk.Studies concluded that women over 35 who smoke, drink, are obese or have a sedentary lifestyle should avoid the medication.The FDA in April 2012 also issued a warning, saying that oral contraceptives “could be linked to an increased risk of blood clots,” and that this information should be included in all packages and all drug-related information. The European Medicine Agency also issued a similar warning in 2011. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img

Residential ADC Loan Volume Tight But Expanding

first_img September 2, 2015 477 Views Share Residential AD&C Loan Volume Tight But Expanding Loan Volume National Association of Home Builders Residential AD&C Loans 2015-09-02 Staff Writercenter_img Outstanding residential acquisition, development, and construction (AD&C) loan volume expanded 4.7 percent in the second quarter of 2015.The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) found that AD&C loans grew for the ninth consecutive quarter, but availability of these loans remains tight, hindering home construction.The outstanding stock of 1-4 unit residential construction loans made by institutions insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., totaled $56.1 billion in the second quarter, an increase of $2.498 billion. This stock rose 4.7 percent from the first quarter, according to data from the FDIC and NAHB analysis.”It is worth noting the FDIC data represent only the stock of loans, not changes in the underlying flows, so it is an imperfect data source,” said Robert Dietz, VP for Tax and Market Analysis for NAHB. “Nonetheless, the consistent growth in the outstanding stock of AD&C loans is a positive development.”Since the first quarter of 2013, the report found that the stock of outstanding home building AD&C loans has grown by 37.6 percent.On a year-over-year basis, the stock of residential AD&C loans is up 16.4 percent from the second quarter of 2014.Other NAHB data suggests that lending conditions are improving, but recent Federal Reserve data shows some tightening toward the commercial lending sector. However, lending is still tighter than earlier years, with the current stock of existing residential AD&C loans 72.5 percent lower than the peak level of AD&C lending of $203.8 billion reached during the first quarter of 2008.”Despite the steady increases in residential AD&C lending, there exists a lending gap between home building demand and available credit,” Dietz said. “This lending gap is being made up with other sources of capital, including equity, investments from non-FDIC insured institutions and lending from other private sources, which may in some cases offer less favorable terms for home builders than traditional AD&C loans.” in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Government, News, Originationlast_img

Kotzias says proper preparation for new talks imperative

first_imgBy Evie AndreouProper preparation is imperative before the launch of a new round of settlement talks in order to have a positive outcome, but the Turkish side must also be responsive, Greek Foreign Minister Nicos Kotzias said on Friday.Kotzias was in Cyprus to sign a deal on behalf of Greece with the Bishop of Kykkos concerning the construction of a new Greek embassy on church land.Referring to the Cyprus problem, Kotzias said that a new round of talks should begin following the appropriate preparation for a positive outcome.On whether there were any indications as to the intentions of Turkey following his recent meeting with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, Kotzias said that “indications do not arise on their own, but we have to create them.”He added that on issues such as the Cyprus problem, it was not enough to create indications but there must also “be a response from the others involved in the process of solution of the Cyprus problem.”Asked whether he would seek to prepare the ground for the talks with Cavusoglu or the UK, as the third guarantor, the Greek foreign minister reminded that in 2016 he had stressed the need for proper preparation “to investigate whether an agreement can actually be reached , because I find it counterproductive to go into negotiations that lead to deadlocks and referenda that do not respond positively to the proposals being made.”Kotzias also said that there was a need for a better cooperation spirit from the Turkish side than in the past and that is why he could not guarantee anything other than he would do his best.He also said that he would not characterise the outcome of the talks in Crans-Montana in Switzerland last year as a “shipwreck”, as, following that round of negotiations, “we go to the next one with better positions than in the previous one.”Usually, he said, the Cyprus problem, after a round of negotiations was led to worse conditions than the previous round. “We now have on the table the issue of guarantees and security that the UN Secretary-General has accepted and adopted during Crans-Montana, and so we will start from better positions than previously and so we are in creative course,” Kotzias said.On Monday, President Nicos Anastasiades will discuss developments on the Cyprus problem, in light of the contacts held by the UN Secretary-General’s envoy, Jane Holl Lute, and the forthcoming meetings in New York on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly during a meeting with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in Athens.They will also talk about Kotzias’ meeting with Cavusoglu last week in Izmir, Turkey.Government Spokesman, Prodromos Prodromou, confirmed this week the close cooperation between Cyprus and Greece and that they two countries are in “absolute coordination”.During a meeting in Paris with Cypriot expatriates, Prodromou said that the aim in the next period is for Cyprus and Greece to join forces against Turkey and its aspirations, in order to make Cyprus “truly independent on the basis of cooperation of the Cypriots themselves without the heavy shadow of the Turkish State.”Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci are to have next week separate meetings with the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative in Cyprus, Elizabeth Spehar. The meetings are in view of forthcoming developments in the Cyprus problem and in the framework of the preparation for the meetings which Anastasiades and Akinci will have in New York with the UN Secretary General.You May LikeBuzzsteackStrong Differences Between American Fillet or Steak TartarBuzzsteackUndoArticles VallyIf You Have High Blood Pressure, try These FoodsArticles VallyUndointernational-iq-test.comWhat is your IQ score? – International IQ Testinternational-iq-test.comUndo Protest outside the House over foreclosures lawUndoIran’s Revolutionary Guards publish purported exchange with British warshipUndoWidowers threaten legal action over pensionsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img

Audit service reveals irregularities at the foreign ministry

first_imgAn audit of the foreign ministry has found serious irregularities in the issuance of visas at the island’s embassy in Jordan, including missing funds, it emerged on Monday.According to a report issued on Monday, the audit service has found “serious irregularities in the issuance of visas by the embassy in Amman.”An October 2015 report by the then ambassador to the foreign ministry permanent secretary, said that a substantial number of double entry visa applications was mainly submitted by certain travel agents.The applications concerned Iraqi Kurds who did not appear to meet the criteria because most of the information they provided like bank accounts and work certificates were false, the ambassador’s report said.The passport control at Larnaca airport said 80 per cent of those people had already left Cyprus for Bulgaria, Romania or Croatia, 10 per cent were still on the island, and 10 per cent had returned to Erbil.The findings resulted in the termination of the issuance of double entry visas.On top of that, it transpired that in certain cases, despite issuing double or multiple entry visas that cost €60, the service collected €20, which was the cost of a single-entry visa.In December 2015, the foreign ministry’s internal audit unit found that between January and August 2015, the state had been deprived of income worth €11,240.In December, 2016 the ministry informed the attorney-general about the matter and asked for a probe that is being carried out by the police.Included in the findings is a case where taxpayers footed the healthcare bill of a former ambassador in a European capital.The report said between January, 2010 and August, 2013, the embassy paid €25,508 in healthcare bills for the ambassador and his wife. Included were €5,208 of expenses paid to private doctors and pharmacies in Cyprus.Most payments had been authorised by the ambassador himself while others were signed off by the embassy accountant.The auditor said the €5,208 should not have been covered since the ambassador and wife could have received free healthcare at state facilities while in Cyprus.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoSmart Tips DailySeniors With No Life Insurance May Get A $250,000 Policy If They Do ThisSmart Tips DailyUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img

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