Family alleges man beaten to death in custody 5 cops suspended in

first_imgBhopal: Five policemen were suspended after the family of a 25-year old man alleged that he was beaten to death by the security personnel in Bhopal, an official said on Wednesday.The car of the deceased, identified as Shivam Mishra, met with an accident in the wee hours of Wednesday in the bus rapid transit (BRT) corridor in Bairagarh area here, Inspector General, Bhopal Zone, Yogesh Deshmukh told PTI. On getting information about the incident, the police reached the spot and took Mishra and his friend to a hospital where the medical test revealed that he was drunk, he said. Mishra and his friend were then taken to Bairagarh police station where his condition deteriorated, he said. The police later took Mishra to a hospital where doctors declared him brought dead, Deshmukh said. “The family members are alleging that the man died after being beaten up by police personnel. These allegations are yet not confirmed. But, action has been taken against the policemen as the death occurred in their custody,” he said. “Five personnel, including Bairagarh police station in-charge Ajay Mishra, a sub-inspector, a havildar and two constables have been suspended. We have proposed a judicial probe into the matter,” Deshmukh said. Meanwhile, the deceased’s friend Govind Sharma, who was present with him at the time of the accident and later at the hospital and the police station, alleged that the police personnel beat up Mishra and him “without any reason”. “Our vehicle collided with the BRT railing. Nobody was injured in the accident, only our car was damaged,” Sharma, who is also admitted in hospital, told reporters. “We told the police that we needed medical assistance but instead of helping us, they beat us brutally,” he alleged. Mishra’s uncle Sanjay Bhargava also alleged that the deceased was severely beaten up by the police.last_img read more

THE INDEPENDENT PRODUCTION FUND ANNOUNCES FUNDING FOR 17 SCRIPTED WEB SERIES

first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Life XPFantasy, Science FictionBCEBNERDS Multi Media EntertainmentCassandra Ebner Twitter Advertisement The Communist’s DaughterComedyONNatalie Novak FilmsNatalie Novak, Leah Cameron Detention AdventureChildren’s Live ActionONBroken Compass Films Inc.Ryan West Login/Register With: Short Term SentenceComedy, DramaONAsymetricEvan Landry, Kevin Claydon, Phil Moniz Et puis, Amélie est partieComedyQCSPORTJohannie Deschambault, Fanny Forest Téodore pas de HComedyQCZone3Frédérique Traversy, Brigitte LemondeAndré Larin First PersonDramaONCarousel PicturesTyler Levine, Patrice Theroux La Maison des follesComedy, DramaQCLes productions St Laurent TVSophie Samson, Rafael Perez, Lou Bélanger How to Buy a Baby (Season 2)ComedyONLoCo Motion Pictures Inc.Lauren Corber, Wendy Litner Facebook For the RecordComedy, DramaONOld Soul ProductionsJulian De Zotti OFFChildren’s Live ActionQCBlachfilmsVincent Lafortune, Benoît Lach Seventeen (17) scripted short-form series designed and produced for exploitation on digital platforms and channels have been approved for funding by the Board of Directors of the IPF.   Eleven (11) are in English and 6 are in French.   Three of the approved projects are renewals for new episodes of successful web series previously funded by the IPF and 14 are new series to be produced and released in 2018/19.  The IPF is making equity investments of over $2M in these projects.The IPF has funded scripted short form web series since 2010. This program was created to encourage and support new talent in the industry and to stimulate Canada’s competitive creative and business skills in the digital story-telling world.   These series are also serving as pilots and “calling cards” for the creative teams.  The successful marketing and exploitation of Canadian original linear digital productions and talent to Canadian and global audiences is also an important goal of this initiative.The selection and jury process established by the IPF ensures that all projects are reviewed by a wide range of participants providing a variety of perspectives. One hundred and seventy applications were submitted to the IPF from across Canada in the first stage of the application process.  Thirty (30) of these were short-listed by a 40-member pre-selection committee.  In the final evaluation stage, an international jury and  IPF Board members reviewed all of the finalists and rated them based on content, audience engagement strategies, production styles and processes, business and marketing plans, distribution and  revenue potential. Hospital ShowComedyBCBullrush Pictures Inc.Adam Greydon Reid Le KillingComedyQCla corpLouis-Philippe Drolet, Julien T. Chartier, Louis Morissette, Alaine Chicoine, Mathieu Cauchon, Guillaume Arsenault Germain s’éteintDramaQCLes Productions la RécréLinda Surprenant, Daniel Abraham, Pierre-Alexandre Girard, Julien Hurteau Advertisement The Amazing Gayl Pile (Season 5)ComedyONLaRue Productions Inc.Matt King, Andrew Ferguson, Brooks Grey, Morgan Waters, Tyler Metcalf Ming’s DynastyComedy, MusicalONTouchpoint FilmsKevin Saffer, Calwyn Shurgold, Antony Hall The selected projects represent a range of genres for different target demographics and distribution platforms and have been created by new and experienced digital production companies from across Canada. The international Jury and the Board of the IPF were very impressed by the advancements made in both the creativity and business approaches of the projects submitted this year and the recognition by producers of the essential role they are expected to undertake in ensuring audience engagement and discoverability. IPF Chair, Jon Taylor, noted the quality of the projects submitted: “The submissions this year were incredibly innovative and diverse.  The international jury and the IPF staff and Board worked hard to select these amazing projects.  I am looking forward to seeing them come to life!”The following productions are the recipients of the IPF’s 2018 web drama series program: The IPF invests approximately $2M in the production of scripted digital original series each year. It has invested $15M in 131 web series since 2010.  These series represent all demographics and genres.  The web series previously funded can be accessed at www.ipf.ca/webseries.The IPF also continues to support professional development events and promotional activities in the industry.   It encourages mentorship and training on all the projects that it supports.  The ipf.ca website provides important resources for the industry.The Independent Production Fund thanks all of the evaluators and the international Jury for undertaking this selection challenge and sharing their insights and viewing experiences:Laurence Beaudoin-Masse – Productrice déléguée Version 10 – CANLaurence Beaudoin-Masse est diplômée de l’Université du Québec à Montréal en art. De 2009 à 2014, elle occupe le poste de coordonnatrice du programme de webséries au Fonds indépendant de production. Puis, en 2015, elle collabore à l’essor de la plateforme Recettes Zeste à titre de stratège de contenu web au sein du Groupe Serdy. En 2016, elle se joint à l’équipe de Version 10 comme chargée de projets numériques. En 2017, Laurence est nommée productrice déléguée. Elle dirige entre autres la création de la série Vieux jeu diffusée sur TV5.ca.Nathalie Dorais -Consultante au contenu et à la scénarisation dans l’industrie du cinéma, de la télévision et du web – CANNathalie Dorais est consultante au contenu et à la scénarisation dans l’industrie du cinéma, de la télévision et du Web. Elle a été chargée de projet au secteur des dramatiques de Radio-Canada et a également participé au développement des séries web de fiction au secteur Internet et services numériques du diffuseur.Steinar Ellingsen – Director and co-founder of Melbourne WebFest (MWF) – AUSDr. Steinar Ellingsen is the director and co-founder of Melbourne WebFest, Australia’s international web series festival, the biggest celebration of web series in the Southern Hemisphere. Steinar is a senior lecturer in Journalism, Communication and Media at the University of Wollongong, and the former Head of Department of Media and Communication at La Trobe University.Emmanuelle Fellous – Head of Acquisitions Production, Programming.  Blackpills – FRASpencer Griffin – Head of Live Action Development and Production for Stoopid Buddy Stoodios – USSpencer Griffin has executive produced numerous series for a range of platforms and services.  Previously he was SVP and EP for Big Breakfast where he helped grow the comedy brand’s video department.Christine Larson, Media Consultant- CANChristine has been working in the film, TV and digital media for over 19 years, first in various roles ranging from physical production to accounting then as a Senior Business Analyst at Creative BC, BC’s creative industry’s funding office, and now as a consultant. Christine works with independent producers in development, managing industry relationships for funding, digital media strategies, broadcast and distributionAnne Santa Maria – Conceptuer et Producteur – CANExperte depuis 20 ans en matière de formats de fiction au sein de grand groupes audiovisuels comme TF1, FremantleMedia, Gaumont et Newen, Anne Santa Maria a produit, entre autres, les séries numériques pionnières : Les Opérateurs  pour Studio 4/France 4 et Osmosis pour Arte Creative qui est la première web séries française à être adaptée par Netflix en 8 x 45 min.Elle accompagne aujourd’hui des nouveaux producteurs indépendants et leur business développement vers les plateformes/diffuseurs délinéarisées.Bruno Mercure – Stratège en contenuns de fiction – FRADiplômé de l’UQAM en Communication – Stratégie de production culturelle et médiatique, Bruno Mercure alterne entre les rôles de concepteur/idéateur, producteur au contenu et producteur délégué pour des projets tels Le Kevin Raphael Show, la Soirée Mammouth, Les 3 James, Camille raconte et 12 tracks.tv. À eux seuls, ces projets lui valent plusieurs nominations aux prix Gémeaux et Numix, en plus de nombreuses sélections et prix dans des festivals internationauxAlison Norrington – CEO, Founder, Chief Creative Director, storycentral – UKAlison Norrington is a writer/producer, Founder & Chief Creative Director of storycentral, a London-based entertainment studio that incubates and develops ground-breaking transmedia properties with global partners in film, television, animation, publishing, advertising, branding, theme parks, Virtual Reality and gaming.    She is featured on the BAFTA Guru series and is a member of the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, The Writers Guild of Great Britain and Women in Film & TV, Exec Producer of the Virtual Reality Thread for Children’s Media Conference and a two-time TEDx speaker.Alejandra Del Real – Head of International Originals for blackpills – FRAPaul Ronca – Director of Industry & Special Events Programming and Strategic Partner Development, Just for Laughs – CANThe Independent Production Fund is incorporated as a private foundation with charitable status. It operates on the interest generated by a $36 M endowment, and by recoupment from its investments. It also receives annual BDU contributions of approximately $2M from Cogeco Communications for investments in Canadian television drama series.  An independent Board of Directors representing the industry oversees the operations of the fund and makes all final investment decisions.Thanks to our funding partners, Telus StoryHive  and Creative BC for their financial support of selected projects this year. Running With Violet (Season 2)Comedy/DramaONShe Said Films IncRebecca Davey & Marie-Claire Marcotterlast_img read more

Ban urges stronger legal protection as UN marks day for detained and

In his message to mark the International Day of Solidarity with Detained and Missing Staff Members, Mr. Ban said 24 UN civilian members of staff who have been arrested or detained in relation to UN-specific activities or under circumstances when access or due process was denied.“I demand full justice and due process for all and call for action on behalf of the two individuals, one in Eritrea and one in Somalia, who remain missing,” said Mr. Ban.The Secretary-General commended States that have ratified the 1994 Convention on the Safety of UN and Associated Personnel and urged all others to support the treaty without delay. He noted that the 2005 Optional Protocol to the convention, which extends legal protection to other humanitarian workers, is now two countries short of the 22 ratifications needed for its entry into force.He pledged to work with the UN staff union’s committee on security and independence of the international civil service to raise public awareness on the matter. “We must not relent in our efforts to secure justice in all pending cases and prevent further abuses,” Mr. Ban said.Staff Union President Stephen Kisambira said colleagues who had been arrested, detained, abducted or disappeared and their families would not be forgotten, and demanded better protection for international civil servants.“Civilian personnel carry out their work in strict neutrality and impartiality and should not be hindered in their functions,” said Mr. Kisambira. “It is ironic and sad that United Nations personnel have become pawns in violence,” he added.The International Day of Solidarity with Detained and Missing Staff Members is marked every year on the anniversary of the abduction of Alec Collett, a former journalist who was working for the UN Relief and Works Agency in the Near East (UNRWA) when he was abducted by gunmen in 1985. This year’s commemoration comes four months after his remains were finally found and returned to his family. 25 March 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged all States to strengthen the legal protection afforded to United Nations staff and associated personnel by adopting the main treaty aimed at preventing attacks committed against them and punishing those responsible. read more

Probe under way into abduction of two UNAfrican Union blue helmets in

14 August 2010An investigation is underway into the abduction of two police advisors serving with the joint United Nations-African Union peacekeeping force in the strife-torn Darfur region of Sudan who were seized early Saturday. The incident happened at approximately 7:55 this morning in Nyala, the capital of South Darfur state, according to a news release issued by the mission, known as UNAMID.The two officers, who had been walking to a UNAMID transport dispatch point, were 100 metres from their residence in the city’s Almatar area when they were blocked by three individuals in a 4×4 vehicle. “The perpetrators seized the peacekeepers at gunpoint and sped off,” stated the mission. An investigation into the incident is underway by Government authorities and UNAMID, which has been in place since the start of 2008 to protect civilians and quell the violence in Darfur, where nearly seven years of fighting has killed at least 300,000 people and driven 2.7 million others from their homes.Today’s incident is the latest in a series of attacks against UNAMID personnel in recent months, including the ambush last month of peacekeepers on patrol in West Darfur that resulted in injuries to seven blue helmets, as well as another ambush in June in the same region that killed three soldiers and seriously wounded a fourth.The attack also comes amid recent violence and ongoing tensions at the Kalma camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in South Darfur following the latest round of peace talks in the Qatari capital, Doha, aimed at bringing an end to the Darfur conflict, with some of the camp’s residents saying they were not fully represented. read more

Divi Neguma bill passed

The government expects to form the Divi Neguma Department bringing the Samurdhi Authority, Upcountry Development Authority and the Southern Development Authority under its umbrella. The Divi Neguma Bill was passed in Parliament this evening with 160 votes in favour and 53 against it.The opposition UNP, TNA and DNA voted against the bill while 11 members abstained. According to state media, the government hopes to set up Divi Neguma community based organizations, Divi Neguma Community Based Banks and banking societies under this bill. More than 10 Amendments were made to the Bill before it was presented to Parliament today.The Supreme Court had earlier determined that several clauses of the Bill need to be passed by a special majority in Parliament while one clause that gives the authority to the minister to appoint administrative zones would require the approval of the people at a referendum unless it is amended to give that appointing authority to the Cabinet of Ministers. read more

UN needs urgent funds to feed thousands fleeing terror in Central African

With violence, fighting and rebel attacks spreading terror and uprooting scores of thousands of people in the north-western Central African Republic (CAR), the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today called for urgent international funding and a presence on the ground to support its emergency feeding operations.“The world must wake up to the reality and extent of the suffering here in Central Africa,” WFP Country Director Jean-Charles Dei said, voicing particular concern for an estimated 150,000 people who are believed to be living in the bush, surviving on little more than the wild food that grows around them. “It’s hard to comprehend just how traumatized and desperate many of those affected by the fighting have become. This is a very real humanitarian crisis in one of the most forgotten corners of the world,” he added, putting WFP needs at $11 million to ensure its operations in CAR for the next eight months. And that is assuming the situation does not deteriorate further. The region has already been destabilized by fighting in neighbouring Chad and Sudan. The northwest is normally CAR’s breadbasket, but since being plunged into violence prices for staple foods such as manioc and cassava have risen sharply, causing hardship elsewhere across a country where most people live in appalling poverty. A recent WFP mission into the region around Paoua witnessed many people running in fear at the sound of approaching vehicles. Several villages have been burnt to the ground, others deserted, the inhabitants having fled into the bush, living in the open sometimes several kilometres away. Diets are extremely poor, people are quickly falling ill with virtually no healthcare and many schools are closed or barely functioning, WFP said. Conflict in north-western CAR has pushed nearly 50,000 people across the border into refugee camps in southern Chad in the past four years. But WFP is especially concerned about those that remain, living in terror in the Central African bush. Many have been unable to return to their villages for over a year. Recent attacks targeted food supplies, just a few weeks after the harvest, leaving villagers with almost nothing on which to survive until they can harvest again, late in 2007. Emergency distributions to 25,000 of the most vulnerable people around Paoua are currently suspended due to fighting. “We appeal to the authorities to allow humanitarian organizations to continue our work without obstruction,” Mr. Dei said. “Our only concern is to provide life-saving assistance to those who need it most. If we cannot do this and circumstances deteriorate further, it will cost more in the long term – both in human and financial terms.” The lack of non-governmental organization (NGO) partners with a presence in the northwest further hampers delivery of food aid, with only Médecins sans Frontières, the Italian NGO COOPI, and a number of Catholic missions providing assistance to the desperately needy. WFP said more humanitarian partners are urgently needed to assist. read more

Former wrestlers reportedly pressured by coach to support Jim Jordan

Richard Strauss in his Ohio State College of Medicine photograph. Credit: Courtesy of Ohio StateFormer Ohio State wrestlers were pressured by their former head coach Russ Hellickson to make statements clearing Rep. Jim Jordan of any guilt relating to allegations against Richard Strauss, a report by NBC News said.Jordan, who is in the midst of a bid to be the next Speaker of the House, was the assistant wrestling coach at Ohio State from 1987-1995. He has come under fire for allegedly knowing about abuse by Strauss and saying nothing.According to the wrestlers and texts they showed NBC News, Hellickson asked them to make a statement clearing Jordan of wrongdoing a day after they publicly accused him of knowing about it. NBC News’ report also said the wrestlers say it was made clear to them by Hellickson that he was under pressure from Jordan to convince the wrestlers to clear Jordan’s name.“I’m sorry you got caught up in the media train,” Hellickson wrote in a text to a former wrestler that was shared with NBC News. “If you think the story got told wrong about Jim, you could probably write a statement for release that tells your story and corrects what you feel bad about. I can put you in contact with someone who would release it.”In response to the report Jordan’s spokesman, Ian Fury, released a statement saying they encourage the truth.“Seven coaches have said exactly what the Congressman said. Many wrestlers have echoed those comments and support for the Congressman,” the statement said. “Why are they all saying the same thing? Because it’s the truth. Of course we encouraged folks to speak the truth.” read more

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge set off for Pippa Middletons wedding

first_img“We love all the royals. We just love Pippa. My mother actually named her dog after Pippa. And my dog is named after George.”I hope we get to see them!”David and Meryl Evans traveled from West Wales to see the spectacle.”We were coming to the area on holiday and when we put the address into Google, we realised this was where the wedding would be taking place, so we thought we have to go!” says Meryl. Crowds of well-wishers have turned up at St Mark’s Church in Berkshire, hoping to see a glimpse of the Royals.Kourtney Coleman  travelled all the way from the United States with her mother Joanne Kloser in the hope of catching a glimpse of the bride and her royal guests.”We were supposed to be here in March and our plans changed and when I realised when the wedding was going to be, we planned the whole trip around it,” said Kourtney.”I was on the streets for her sister’s wedding, so I just had to be here. “I hope we see something, I want to see Prince Harry!” The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been pictured heading to Pippa Middleton’s wedding.The two appear to be dressed to the nines for the nuptials, which is reportedly Scottish-themed.Prince William and his wife were seen leaving Kensington Palace to travel to the event in Berkshire.They are bringing their children, who will attend for the first section of the wedding and leave before the dinner and partying later in the evening. 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. Credit:FlynetPictures.co.uk FlynetPictures.co.uklast_img read more

Man had to be freed by firefighters after getting finger stuck in

first_imgA PASSENGER had to be freed by firefighters after getting his middle finger stuck in the toilet bin on board an intercontinental flight.The 32-year-old man, from the US, suffered the accident early this morning on board a Cathay Pacific flight to Hong Kong, police said.He became stuck more than an hour before landing – and had to wait out the rest of the flight before he could be freed.This meant he had to stand alone in the toilet during the landing after flying for over 14 hours, the South China Morning Post reported.Police said the man, who apparently became stuck while throwing away some rubbish, was able to free his hand with the help of firefighters and did not need hospital treatment.The airline refused to comment.- © AFP, 2014More: Alan Sugar got a well-deserved Twitter takedown from Irish author Sheila O’Flanagan>last_img read more

Ireland perfect for ebooking system that solved Macedonias waiting list crisis

first_img 27,989 Views Feb 20th 2017, 12:05 AM Monday 20 Feb 2017, 12:05 AM Share714 Tweet Email10 http://jrnl.ie/3241397 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Gráinne Ní Aodhacenter_img Ireland ‘perfect’ for e-booking system that solved Macedonia’s waiting list crisis Since July 2013, doctors in Macedonia can book patients an appointment with a consultant online. Source: Source: Moj TerminIreland is grappling with a series of challenges that are impacting our citizens’ quality of life. TheJournal.ie is examining solutions to these issues which have worked or are currently being trialled in other states and asking: Would It Work Here?HOSPITAL WAITING LISTS are causing serious problems: with over 80,000 people on the inpatient list by the 30 December last year, we have the longest waiting times in Europe for Emergency Department appointments, and are among the worst in other categories.Recently, an RTÉ Investigates programme showed that this huge figure was only a fraction of the real figure, as there are at least two other waiting lists not published by the National Treatment Purchase Fund, which monitors the figures.In an episode of RTÉ Primetime where waiting lists were discussed, Dr Arne Björnberg, Chairman of the Health Consumer Powerhouse said that if he were to do one thing overnight that would change things, he would send someone to Macedonia to look at its solution to eradicating hospital waiting times.And it’s not a complicated system – it just involves booking specialist appointments online.In 2013, Macedonia dealt with their long waiting lists for hospital referrals by introducing an e-booking system, which meant that a GP can book an appointment with any specialist or heavy diagnostic equipment in the country in real-time while the patient sits in the room with them.This did away with waiting times in less than six months after start-up, giving people quick access to appointments, provided that patients were willing to travel a short distance (the entire country measures approximately 200km by 130km, with the capital Skopje located fairly centrally).The policy was implemented by the then-Health Minister Nikola Todorov; a 31-year-old with a degree in law who gave 1 July as the date the new policy should be implemented by. The total number of people waiting on the inpatient waiting list as published by the NTPF on December 30th last year was 81,015. Source: Shutterstock/Mark Alan HowardIn the 2014 Euro Health Report, Macedonia’s overall ratings jumped from 27th place to 16th, as waiting lists got shorter and patients’ attitudes towards their healthcare system improved dramatically.Since then, Serbia has adopted the system, and although there is a settling down period where patients and GPs adjust, it’s already shortened waiting lists.So… could Ireland do something similar?How does it work?You book an appointment with your GP, who after assessing you, decides whether you need to be referred to a specialist, or if you need special assessment, like an X-ray.If you do, the doctor can view a map of Macedonia, where all the country’s specialists, medical equipment, and medical centres are listed.You can select ‘radiotherapy’, for example, to view all specialists across the country in this area, then select an area that is closest to the patient. You can then view that particular specialists’ timetable in real time, and book an appointment that suits the patient.It’s a very simple system: the green times are the available slots, the red mean they’re booked. Source: Moj TerminThe map is also available to view by members of the public – but only doctors can book appointments after assessing a patient. But could it work for Ireland?‘Ireland is perfect for this’Dr Björnberg, author of the Health Consumer Powerhouse’s health report told TheJournal.ie that Ireland is a “perfect” candidate to try this new system.“You have a small population and a centralised healthcare system (HSE) which makes Ireland perfect for this (Serbia has a population of 7 million, and it’s already working for them). The system can be licensed from the Australian-Macedonian company which made it, at a very reasonable price.”It also shows you where the country’s resources actually are.The project management team is extremely firm, they go around each university hospital and ask for a complete list of every specialist that is supposed to receive patients. The list had to be submitted within two weeks, and nobody was asked if they wanted to participate.The completed lists would then be added to the appointment scheduler, while patients who want a more immediate appointment and don’t mind travelling can do so. Source: Shutterstock/cha cha cha studioHe says that it’s surprising no country other than Macedonia (and now Serbia) has done this as the technology has existed for at least 20 years.“Serbia hired an implementation team from Australia and Macedonia, implemented the new system in less than six months, and is now on the track to beating waiting times. There’s absolutely no excuse for anybody else.”Macedonia also has an e-prescriptions website, which tracks the prescriptions being given by doctors and what conditions they’re being diagnosed for in real time, which has two main benefits.The first, is for patients who need repeat prescriptions. They can simply apply for prescriptions from home and download the form. This means patients don’t have to keep booking appointments purely for prescriptions.The second is for monitoring doctors: the real-time information lets healthcare management track the prescriptions that doctors are handing out: meaning if some doctors are too quick to prescribe over a long period of time, they’ll be easily identified. Source: MojTWhat could get in the way?So when every GP has access to an appointment scheduler and can book patient in real time, how exactly does that cut down on waiting lists? Is the current process, where GPs effectively ‘send a request’ for an appointment, completely ineffective?“Scheduling of appointments…” Björnberg says. “…is not always primarily directed by patient needs. I remember in Ireland a couple of years ago, 75% of specialist neurologists were located in Dublin, which isn’t great for the west of the country, is it?”He says he hopes that that situation has changed. It hasn’t.Strong political leadership and firm hospital management are also needed to get the system implemented; he’s hopeful when he hears Health Minister Simon Harris’ promise to ‘take politics out of healthcare’ and to clamp down on hospital management.So has Harris or HSE management considered implementing an appointment scheduler system for consultant referrals?TheJournal.ie is waiting for their response.Read: Want to end homelessness? How about converting every emergency hostel in Ireland into a homeRead: Simon Harris wants to remove HSE managers ‘who don’t measure up’ from their roles Short URL 49 Comments last_img read more

ChickfilA patrons overwhelm lot shared by 2 other businesses

first_imgA chicken sandwich meal at Chick-fil-A costs about $6.50. That same meal plus a visit from the towing company costs about $356.50, warns neighbor Terrie Cox.“That’s a pretty expensive chicken sandwich,” said the real estate agent, whose offices share a parking lot with the fast-food chain’s new location in the Bennington neighborhood.The Georgia-based fast-food restaurant opened its new location in early September to much fanfare at the corner of Southeast Mill Plain Boulevard and 164th Avenue. Hundreds camped out, thanks partly to a promotion that offered free lunch for a year to the first 100 customers.But you wouldn’t guess the grand opening was six weeks ago by looking at the traffic during the lunch and dinner hours. Employees navigate traffic and take orders at the drive-through while traffic hints at spilling out onto the streets.The congestion has bit into businesses that share the parking lot, Cox’s real estate company Terrie Cox Home Concepts and the Mexican restaurant Catedral Tapatia.last_img read more

Stomach problems dont let Lovren train

first_imgThe Croatian defender knows Liverpool aren’t happy after he returned from the World Cup with this bizarre injuryDefending the colors of your national team is all a professional footballer can dream for.And giving it all for your flag sometimes is literal for them.That’s why, after returning from the World Cup, Croatian defender Dejan Lovren is showing signs of what the competition cost to his body.The 29-year-old player has not been able to take part in the preparations of his club for the new season.“When did I start to feel it? I felt it during the World Cup. I played with pain and those three games killed me. But who wouldn’t play for Croatia at such a big tournament!” he told Goal.comRoberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“After the World Cup finished, the pain increased. I can’t even sit in my car without feeling it and to get out of the car hurts like hell!”Nonetheless, the Croatian is happy for what he had to give up to be able to take his team to their first World Cup final ever.“I’d always grit my teeth and play for Croatia, but now I am paying the price. But no price is too high for what we achieved in Russia,” he said.But the problem now is that he hasn’t been able to train at all with The Reds.“I haven’t trained since I returned from holiday. I can’t,” he commented.“I hoped it would pass during my holiday, but it didn’t. As I went for a swim, it hurt. I couldn’t even rest normally.”last_img read more

The International Ocean Institute IOI – Danielle De St Jorre Scholarship

first_imgThe IOI Danielle De St. Jorre scholarship is offered annually to one woman from a Small Island Developing State with the aim of improving knowledge of the subject through relevant training or university studies. The scholarship was established in memory of the late Danielle de St. Jorre, Minister of Foreign Affairs for her invaluable contribution to her country and the world at large during her short life. The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNova Scotia, Canada, December 22, 2016 – The Ministry of Tourism, Environment, Heritage & Culture hereby informs the general public of the exciting opportunity for one (1) woman who is involved and passionate in marine related research activities, to apply for the annual IOI Danielle De St. Jorre scholarship. Recommended for youcenter_img Application deadline is 29th January 2017.   Attached hereto is additional information on the scholarship.   Further information can also be found at internationaloceaninstitute.dal.ca/training.html. #MagneticMediaNews ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Related Items:#magneticmedianewslast_img read more

First Steps Taken on Biodiesel Trade Case

first_imgThe U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) held a staff conference last week in Washington, D.C. as part of its preliminary determination phase in response to the petition filed by the National Biodiesel Board Fair Trade Coalition.  As part of the staff conference, petitioners and opponents presented testimony and answered questions from the ITC staff regarding the petition’s allegations that imports from Argentina and Indonesia are violating U.S. trade laws by flooding the U.S. market with dumped and subsidized biodiesel. The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) presented testimony, along with representatives of several U.S. biodiesel companies. Parties opposing the petition, including importers and producers of Argentine and Indonesian biodiesel also presented testimony and responded to the ITC staff’s questions. The staff conference is one of the initial steps in the ITC investigation, which is expected to issue a preliminary decision in early May.Also last week, the U.S. Department of Commerce issued a notice that it is formally initiating its antidumping (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) investigations of biodiesel imports from Argentina and Indonesia. The Commerce Department found that the National Biodiesel Fair Trade Coalition petitions demonstrated sufficient industry support to initiate the investigations. The Commerce Department also indicated that, “…based on the data provided by the petitioner, there is reason to believe that imports of biodiesel from Argentina and Indonesia, are being, or are likely to be, sold in the United States at less-than-fair value.”The estimated dumping margins listed in the notice are 26.54 percent for Argentina and 28.11 percent for Indonesia. If the ITC issues a preliminary determination that there is a reasonable indication that imports from Argentina and/or Indonesia are materially injuring or threatening material injury to the U.S. industry, the Commerce Department’s investigation will proceed according to statutory and regulatory time limits. Based on those requirements, preliminary determinations from the Commerce Department are expected in August 2017 for the CVD claims and October 2017 for the AD claims. Affirmative determinations there will move the petition to the final determination phase.The American Soybean Associations (ASA) has communicated its support for the petition and will be actively monitoring the proceedings and providing input and support for the U.S. biodiesel industry as the process moves forward.last_img read more

Panel Recommends Giving Pentagon Flexibility on Acquisitions

first_imgAn advisory panel established by Congress said this week that the Pentagon needs more flexibility in acquisitions and in finding other U.S. companies from which to buy products, services and weapons systems.In its third of three reports, the Section 809 panel said the DOD bureaucracy has limited the marketplace, leaving some U.S. companies to work with nonstate entities, according to Defense News.“The whole focus is to speed up the process to deliver what the war fighter needs,” said panel chair David Drabkin, a former General Services Administration official. “We’re at war. We won’t declare it, but there’s a cyberwar going on. And the Chinese and the Russians are beating us, and they’re buying stuff we don’t even know about, but in some cases we invented.”When the panel visited a Silicon Valley company that the Pentagon hadn’t worked with, for example, they learned a Chinese delegation had been there the week before and offered to buy the company’s production line – or the company itself – according to Defense News.Panel member Allan Burman, a former federal procurement administrator, said the problem is made worse by federal budget chaos.“Our prime recommendation, it goes without saying, is to pass the budget on time,” Burman said. “We haven’t for a number of years been too successful at that.” ADC AUTHORlast_img read more

Houstons First SelfDriving Shuttle Rolls Out At Texas Southern University

first_img Listen – / 5 00:00 /00:42 Look Ma! No hands!!! Our autonomous vehicle takes an inaugural ride down the #TigerWalk with its first passengers! @HGACmpo @TexasSouthern @FirstTransit pic.twitter.com/Ri18OmNKqB— METRO Houston (@METROHouston) June 19, 2019 X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share Texas Southern University is now home to Houston’s first autonomous shuttle — a tiny 12-passenger vehicle that will transport students and staff along TSU’s Tiger Walk.METRO is operating the campus shuttle as part of a six-month pilot program to learn how autonomous vehicles could be used in other parts of the region. “TSU is no stranger to making history,” said METRO Chairman Carrin Patman at a ribbon-cutting event. “Which is why it is particularly fitting to have this pilot on this campus.”TSU President Dr. Austin Lane, who also spoke at the event, said the self-driving bus is part of their mission to help students succeed.“If you look around our campus and look where the bus stops are located, if you look at this shuttle behind me and how they will get to and from class, it’s important that our students have transportation,” said Lane.Video Playerhttps://cdn.hpm.io/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/20142131/auto_metro.mp400:0000:0001:07Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Several community partners have provided funding for the autonomous bus, which will be operated by transportation provider First Transit through a contract with METRO.“We want to prove that this technology can be applied in a real-world situation,” said METRO CEO Tom Lambert. TSU’s Center for Transportation Training and Research will also help provide data on ridership. Lambert said they want to see if they can use those vehicles in other situations, such as picking up riders in their neighborhoods and dropping them off at transit centers. He added that larger self-driving buses could also be used in designated lanes to transport commuters.“We think there are a lot of applications,” Lambert told News 88.7. “The opportunity though is learning from what we’re doing in this pilot and then see what we did learn, how can we apply it, how can we measure success.”While the TSU bus does drive itself, there is an operator on board who has several options for manually stopping the vehicle in case there’s a problem.last_img read more

slams RBI Guv rajans views on Make in India strategy

first_imgRejecting RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan’s criticism of ‘Make in India’ programme, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Monday said it is about manufacturing of quality products at low costs and it was not relevant whether they are sold in India or abroad.“Whether Make in India is made for consumers within India or outside is not so relevant. The principle today says that consumers across the world likes to purchase products which are cheaper and are of good quality. They hire services which are cheaper and good quality,” Jaitley said here.Earlier this month, Rajan had sounded a word of caution about the new government’s ‘Make in India’ campaign, saying it assumes an export-led growth path of China and it should rather be ‘Make for India’ with a focus on manufacturing products for the domestic market.last_img read more

Bridge collapse Traffic snarls continue in city

first_imgKolkata: Closure of a part of arterial Diamond Harbour Road owing to collapse of a section of Majerhat bridge caused huge traffic snarls since morning on Thursday, leading to delays and frayed nerves of commuters. Police said apart from diversion of traffic owing to the collapse, a political programme at Esplanade in the heart of the city and another at Howrah bridge also affected traffic movement in the city during the day. Long queues of vehicles were seen in many roads in the southern and western parts of the city, as also in the Kolkata-bound stretch of Kona Expressway connecting national highways to Mumbai and Delhi. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life People going to work, schools and colleges were stuck in public and private vehicles, which took more than double the time taken usually to reach their destinations. Traffic were at a standstill or moving at a snail’s pace on roads through which these were diverted owing to the closure of DH Road at Majerhat area. Sahapur Road, Hide Road, Alipore Road and many other avenues connecting the south-western parts of the city and vast areas of South 24 Parganas district took most of the diverted traffic load, police said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed The Kona Expressway connecting national highways 6 (Mumbai Road) and 2 (Delhi Road) with the city through Vidyasagar Setu over the river Hooghly was also crammed with heavy goods vehicles which were entering the city’s port and trading hubs through the night. With goods traffic entry to port and other places in the south having been restricted since Tuesday’s bridge collapse, a huge number of heavy vehicles were entering the city last night leading to the jam, police said. A political programme at Esplanade that was attended by hundreds of people coming from districts and a protest programme on high petrol and diesel prices by the Congress on Howrah bridge also affected traffic movement in the city, police said. “It takes an hour for me to reach the IT hub at Salt Lake Sector V where I work from my residence at Behala, but now it is taking nearly double the time,” said Subho Ganguly, a commuter. A student who used to reach his school at Kidderpore in just over 15 minutes from Behala, the worst affected area in south-west Kolkata owing to the bridge collapse, Thursday reached in nearly an hour, his father Kallol Nag said. “It is going to be a nightmare for people living in Behala with the Durga Puja approaching,” said Ratri Banerjee, a school teacher who resides at Sakherbazar area of Behala. Traffic restrictions are imposed to ensure smooth movement of vehicles during the Durga Puja when a large number of people came on the road for pandal hopping.last_img read more

Florida declares state of emergency as Hurricane Matthew tracks north

first_img PORT-AU-PRINCE — At one point a Category 5 storm, and the region’s strongest hurricane since Felix in 2007, Hurricane Matthew is expected to make landfall on Cuba’s east coast before heading north to the Bahamas and Florida’s Atlantic coast.As of 8 a.m. EDT this morning the storm was about 15 kilometres east of Tiburon, Haiti, and 200 kilometres south of the eastern tip of Cuba. It was moving north near 15 km/h.The hurricane centre said it would likely issue a tropical storm watch or hurricane watch for the Florida Keys or the Florida peninsula and that it could create dangerous beach conditions along the East Coast later in the week.Cuba’s government declared a hurricane alert for six eastern provinces.Meanwhile The Turks and Caicos Department of Disaster Management and Emergencies (DDME) and The Bahamas Department of Meteorology issued a hurricane warning for the Turks and Caicos Islands. Tourism officials have urged visitors to leave the Turks and Caicos “if they have the means to do so safely”.Hurricane Matthew is expected to hit Florida later this week and Governor Rick Scott has already declared a state of emergency. By the time it hits Florida, its expected Matthew will still be a major hurricane with 177 km/h winds. Even Orlando, located far in-land, will likely see tropical storm force winds and heavy rain on Thursday night and into Friday morning.More news:  Sunwing ready to launch Mazatlán-Quebec City direct this winterMore than a dozen cruise ships are also in Matthew’s path. Here are the latest itinerary changes, from CruiseCritic:Carnival Splendor has flipped its ports for its Oct. 2 cruise. The ships is calling at Cozumel today, Grand Cayman on Wednesday and Ocho Rios on Thursday, with a day at sea on Friday.Carnival Ecstasy cancelled calls to Half Moon Cay, Nassau and Freeport, replacing them with one stop to Cozumel and days at sea. The ship will sail one hour early to keep ahead of the storm. Passengers on this sailing will receive 25% future cruise discounts and US$50 onboard credits. Passengers could also cancel their cruise and get a full refund.Carnival Pride, originally on track to the Caribbean, will head north from Baltimore to New York and Saint John, NB. Passengers on this sailing also will receive a 25% future cruise discount as well as $100 credits to be used onboard. Full refunds were available to passengers who wish to cancel their cruise.Carnival Victory will call at Freeport on Tuesday.Carnival Elation is visiting Key West on Oct. 5 instead of Half Moon Cay, and it will skip Nassau on Oct. 6. Passengers will visit Freeport on Oct. 7, originally a sea day.Island Princess will now visit Grand Cayman on Oct. 4 and has cancelled its Oct. 5 call to Aruba.Enchantment of the Seas is expected to arrive at Cozumel on Oct. 5. The next port of call is Key West on Oct. 6.Allure of the Seas will call at Cozumel on Oct. 4, with a sea day on Oct. 5. Then it’s on to Jamaica on Oct. 6 and Labadee on Oct. 7, with an at-sea day Oct. 8.Freedom of the Seas is calling at San Juan, Puerto Rico today instead of its private island in the Bahamas, CocoCay.Majesty of the Seas will stop at Key West on Oct. 5 instead of Nassau.Norwegian Sky will visit Key West on Oct. 4 (instead of Freeport) and Cozumel (instead of Nassau) on Oct. 5.Disney Dream will have a day at sea Oct. 4, then a visit to Cozumel on Oct. 5. Florida declares state of emergency as Hurricane Matthew tracks north Tags: Hurricane Matthew Posted by Travelweek Group Tuesday, October 4, 2016 << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more