18 months an option for mat leave but be prepared for lower

first_imgOTTAWA – When Ottawa announced changes to EI parental leave benefits last year that will allow new mothers to receive benefits for 18 months, Heather Wilson was excited about the possibility of spending more time with her baby.But after digging into the changes, Wilson and her husband are probably going to stick with the 12-month option.That’s in large part due to the fact that when Ottawa announced the change, it didn’t increase the amount of money for the program. So, while you may receive paternity benefits for a longer period, the weekly amount will be less.The reduction means that new parents looking to make up the difference over the extended period with savings may want to have $10,000 or more put aside, on top of their other savings in preparation for the new baby.Calgary-based Wilson says her EI maternity and paternity leave benefits, which max out at $547 per week before taxes, are already going to be a drop from her regular paycheque, so the further reduction to take 18 months may not work for her family’s budget.“The time and concept is really nice, that 18 months, but for us, we’re not sure financially it makes a lot of sense,” said Wilson, who is due with her first child in May.She noted that she and her husband may already face challenges in coming up with their regular contributions to their tax-free savings accounts and RRSP savings with the reduction in her income.Amy Dietz-Graham, a portfolio manager for BMO Nesbitt Burns, said having a baby can be a huge expense and choosing the longer option means being able to budget for the longer time away from work.“If you can plan ahead and start saving ahead of time if you do want to take that extra time, the better off you’ll be,” said Dietz-Graham, who is also due with her first child at the beginning of March.Federal EI maternity and parental benefits provide money for new parents through employment insurance benefits, while Quebec runs its own Quebec Parental Insurance Program, which has not changed.Federal EI maternity benefits for biological mothers, including surrogate mothers, run for 15 weeks and pay a weekly benefit of 55 per cent of the claimant’s average weekly insurable earnings up to a maximum amount of $547 per week.After that, EI parental benefits, which may be shared between parents, kick in with two options: a standard choice of up to 35 weeks or an extended version that spreads the same payment out over a maximum of 61 weeks. The extended option reduces the payment to 33 per cent of the claimant’s average weekly insurable earnings up to a maximum of $328, though that amount may be increased if you are eligible to receive the family supplement for low-income families.EI benefits are also taxable, so federal and provincial or territorial taxes will be deducted from your benefits too, reducing the amount that ultimately ends up in your pocket.Some new parents also receive parental leave top-up payments from their employers, but they will likely not cover the entire period.Dietz-Graham said you may also want to budget for additional expenses such as making a will if you don’t have one, or a life insurance policy to take care of your child if something should happen to you.She adds that reducing RRSP contributions in a year that you are on leave may also be something to consider, as you may get bigger tax savings by making them in a year when your income is higher.Those who do opt to take the extra time could save on the spending side of the equation, Dietz-Graham noted.You won’t have the costs of going to work like your daily coffee, lunches out and transit or parking. And, by taking the extra six months it means you won’t have daycare costs for that time, which could add up to thousands of dollars.last_img read more

Ban deeply concerned about rising tensions in GuineaBissau

11 August 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today expressed his deep concern over the mounting political and security tensions in Guinea-Bissau, where the President swore in a new Government on Saturday following a failed coup attempt by military officers in the West African nation. “This situation occurs at a time when preparations for legislative elections in November are under way and progress is being made to engage the international community to help meet the country’s priority peacebuilding goals, including its fight against drug trafficking,” a spokesperson for Mr. Ban said in a statement.“The Secretary-General calls on all national stakeholders to work cooperatively and peacefully together in the national interest and in full respect of the rule of law,” the statement added. Mr. Ban also reaffirmed the UN’s readiness to continue to support any constructive efforts that the Government and people of Guinea-Bissau undertake towards promoting peace and development and the stabilization of their country.The world body is supporting the country rebuild after a brutal civil war – in which thousands were killed, wounded or forced from their homes – through the UN Peacebuilding Support Office in Guinea-Bissau (UNOGBIS). read more

Monks from Myanmar refused visa at Katunayake Airport

Sources said that a discussion was held today between officials of the Immigration Department and the Foreign Ministry where the decision not to grant visas to Myanmar nationals was discussed. A group of monks from Myanmar have been refused a visa at the Katunayake Airport by immigration officers.Sources said that seven monks had been refused entry at the airport. The Government had earlier decided to suspend issuing visas for tourists from Myanmar following fears that Rohingya Muslims may attempt to enter Sri Lanka to seek refuge. Thousands of Rohingya Muslims have fled their homes in Rakhine state after the government intensified ‘clearance operations’ following an attack by Rohingya militants on border posts, in which 12 security officials were killed.Report by Indika Sri Aravinda While Sri Lanka will continue to approve visas for diplomats from Myanmar, visas will be granted only to select individuals from Myanmar after a close screening process.More than 1 million Rohingya live in apartheid-like conditions in Myanmar‘s Rakhine State, where many in the Buddhist majority consider them interlopers from Bangladesh. read more

Federal Court of Appeal to rule on letting Trans Mountain pipeline challenges

OTTAWA — The Federal Court of Appeal is to reveal today whether a new set of legal challenges to the Trans Mountain pipeline project can proceed.The federal government has twice approved a plan to twin an existing pipeline from Alberta’s oilpatch to the B.C. coast.Last year the Federal Court of Appeal tore up the original approval, citing both an insufficient environment review and inadequate consultations with Indigenous communities.The Liberals say they fixed both problems and approved the expansion a second time in June.Environment groups still say there are not adequate protections for endangered marine species that will be affected by tanker traffic picking up oil from a terminal in suburban Vancouver.Several First Nations say the federal government came into the most recent discussions having predetermined the outcome.Related Stories:Canadian court allows new challenges to Trans Mountain oil pipeline expansionB.C. says it won’t use court ruling as tactic in battle against Trans Mountain pipeline expansionThe court will decide on whether it will take up any of 12 requests to appeal the June approval. The ruling is to be issued in writing at 2 p.m. ET.The federal government bought the existing pipeline and the unfinished expansion work for $4.5 billion last year, promising to get it over the political opposition that had scared Kinder Morgan Canada off proceeding.The move disappointed environmentalists, who say the global climate can’t handle more emissions from Alberta’s oilsands and the eventual burning of the petroleum they produce. The Liberals say they’ll use any profits from the project to fund Canada’s transition to a cleaner-energy economy. read more

Danfoss Power Solutions extends PVG portfolio with highflow proportional valves

first_imgDanfoss Power Solutions has added two high-flow proportional valves to its PVG portfolio, expanding its range of low to high-flow capabilities for OEM customers with demanding applications. The PVG 128 and PVG 256 valves are designed to easily integrate with the existing line of Danfoss high performance proportional valves — PVG 16 and PVG 32 — allowing modularity from low to high hydraulic flow within the same valve stack.These high-flow valves are ideal for use on demanding applications such as drilling machines, etc. where flow and durability is essential. Using the PVG 128 and PVG 256 together with other valves in the PVG family allows OEMs to easily enhance machine performance while improving productivity and lowering energy consumption.“We designed the PVG 128 and PVG 256 valves to offer as much value as possible to our off-highway OEM customers. They can use these valves to achieve the high flow necessary for their demanding applications, but can combine them with the PVG 32 and PVG 16 for lower flow functions in their machines as well,” said Knud Meldgaard Jensen, Global Product Marketing Manager for Danfoss Power Solutions.“By keeping the same design concept as the PVG 32 and PVG 16 valves, our customers can easily add and combine the PVG 128 and 256 valves into their custom design,” Meldgaard continued. “The valve modularity ensures OEMs can easily optimize their machine using the entire PVG valve range — saving on space, weight and costs.”The addition of the high-flow valves extends the range of hydraulic flow within the PVG series up to 300 litres per minute with the PVG 128 and up to 400 litres per minute with the PVG 256. A special turbo version of the PVG 256 valve is also available, increasing the hydraulic flow up to 500 litres per minute.last_img read more

Monaghan earn place in AllIreland quarters after thrilling extratime win over Kildare

first_imgScorers for Monaghan: Chris McGuinness 1-3, Conor McManus 0-5 (0-5f), Paul Finlay 0-4 (0-4f), Vinny Corey 1-0, Drew Wylie, Fintan Kelly, Darren Hughes 0-1 each.Scorers for Kildare: Emmet Bolton 2-1, Eoghan O’Flaherty 0-4 (0-1f), Alan Smith 0-3, Padraig Fogarty 0-2 (0-1f, 0-1 ’45), Padraig O’Neill, Hugh Lynch, Eamon Callaghan, Niall Kelly 0-1 each. 17. Conor Boyle (Clontibret)3. Drew Wylie (Ballybay)4. Colin Walshe (Doohamlet)5. Dessie Mone (Clontibret)6. Vinny Corey (Clontibret)7. Fintan Kelly (Clones)8. Dick Clerkin (Currin)9. Darren Hughes (Scotstown)10. Paudie Mc Kenna (Truagh Gaels)26. Chris McGuinness (Ballybay)12. Paul Finlay (Ballybay)24. Thomas Kerr (Ballybay)14. Kieran Hughes (Scotstown)15. Conor McManus (Clontibret)Subs: 11. Stephen Gollogly (Carrickmacross) for Clerkin and 21. Gavin Doogan (Magheracloone) for Kerr.Ref: David Coldrick (Meath).As it happened: Kildare v Monaghan, All-Ireland senior football Round 4B qualifier>2013 title winners Sixmilebridge knocked out of Clare hurling championship> Monaghan 2-16Kildare 2-14MONAGHAN OVERCAME WOEFUL conditions in Croke Park this evening to book a spot in the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship quarter-finals after a 2-16 to 2-14 win over Kildare, following extra-time in Round 4B of the qualifiers.After the two sides could not be separated in normal time, a well-taken goal from Chris McGuinness, in addition to points from Drew Wylie and Jack McCarron saw Monaghan prevail to set up a clash with Dublin in the quarters.Padraig Fogarty and Alan Smith scored points as Kildare rallied late on, however Monaghan held firm ultimately for a first Croke Park victory in 84 years.In the opening stages, the two sides exchanged six points in the early stages with some free-flowing football despite the torrential rain at Headquarters but the game really came alive when Emmet Bolton buried his first goal of the game. The half back got on the end of brilliant defence splitting pass from Alan Smith before finishing with style past Rory Beggan and give Kildare a 1-3 to 0-3 lead.Bolton’s second goal was a scrappier affair but his palmed effort was enough to ensure his side went into half-time with a 2-5 to 0-8 lead; the free-taking of Paul Finlay and Conor McManus keeping their side in the game.The game’s big turning point occurred just after the break when Bolton — who almost gave away a penalty just before half-time — was shown a black card for deliberately pulling down an opponent.With Kildare rattled, Malachy O’Rourke’s men scored three points in a row before Vinny Corey took advantage of some woeful Kildare defending on 50 minutes to fire a left-foot shot past Mark Donnellan and give Monaghan their first lead since the third minute.Though Fintan Kelly’s point gave the Farney a two-point lead, Smith and Eamon Callaghan drew Kildare level — 1-12 to 2-9 with five minutes to play.With time ticking away, Eoghan O’Flaherty made amends for an earlier missed free to give Kildare a one-point advantage, however another McManus free levelled things up again to send the game to extra-time.The remainder of the game was similarly tense and tight, yet a moment of class from McGuinness was enough to secure his side a victory.center_img KILDARE1. Mark Donnellan – Maynooth2. Ciaran Fitzpatrick – Kilcock17. Hugh McGrillen – Celbridge25. Emmet Bolton – Eadestown5. Ollie Lyons – Celbridge6. Fergal Conway – Celbridge7. Keith Cribbin – Johnstownbridge8. Tommy Moolick – Leixlip9. Padraig O’Neill – St. Laurence’s10. Cathal McNally – Johnstownbridge27. Hugh Lynch – Confey12. Eamonn Callaghan – Naas13. Alan Smith – Sarsfields20. Paddy Brophy – Celbridge15. Eoghan O’Flaherty – CarburySubs: Gary White for Hugh Lynch (blood) (48), Niall Kelly for White (51), Tomas O’Connor for McNally (*53)MONAGHAN1. Rory Beggan (Scotstown)last_img read more

My life after my wifes death has been a neverending nightmare

first_img By Louise Roseingrave http://jrnl.ie/3458854 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Thursday 22 Jun 2017, 7:29 PM National Maternity Hospital Short URL ‘My life after my wife’s death has been a never-ending nightmare’ The inquest into Malak Thawley’s death returned a verdict of medical misadventure. Jun 22nd 2017, 7:29 PM center_img Image: Google Maps 27,412 Views Share294 Tweet Email1 A CORONER HAS returned a verdict of medical misadventure in the case of a woman who died during surgery for an ectopic pregnancy.Malak Thawley (34) of Brusna Cottages, Blackrock, Co Dublin died on 8 May 2016 at the National Maternity Hospital (NMH) in Dublin.In a statement read out by his solicitor after the inquest today, her husband Alan Thawley said he has not lived a ‘single minute of his life’ since her death.“I just wish I could return to my old life. The one where the love of my life was still alive and we were expecting our first child. My life after my wife’s death has been a never-ending nightmare,” he said.The morning of my wife’s death I was quite honestly in the happiest mood I had ever been in my life. My best friend, soul-mate and love of my life was pregnant with our first child… It is utterly devastating how much a single event can destroy a person.The final day of evidence at the inquest at Dublin Coroner’s Court heard that the second year registrar conducting the surgery called for a senior consultant at 4.51pm after unexpected bleeding into the abdominal cavity was discovered.However, the source of bleeding was not identified until 5.44pm, following the arrival of Mary Barry, Vascular Consultant from St Vincent’s Hospital.Barry said she received a call at 5.18pm informing her that a vascular surgeon was required urgently at the NMH because ‘a patient was bleeding to death on the operating table’. She arrived at 5.35pm. There was no cardiac output when she arrived.“The patient was completely collapsed, with no cardiac output and no pulse,” Dr Barry said. Her first aim was to reinstate circulation and she commenced internal cardiac massage.“At that point addressing the vascular injury was secondary,” Barry said. At 5.44pm she identified the source of the bleeding and repaired the tear to the aorta with stitches.Surgical instrumentConsultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at the NMH Dr Declan Keane arrived at the hospital at 5.03pm.“The moment I saw the fallopian tube was intact (not ruptured as suspected), I called the vascular team at St Vincent’s,” he said. Asked why he did not immediately put the vascular team on alert, due to the known risk of vascular injury, Dr Keane said he accepted he could have.“But in 28 years I have not encountered that before,” he said.Asked if the surgical instrument known as a trocar had gone too far in its initial insertion by the registrar, Dr Keane replied, ‘I think that is the likely cause.’Asked if the use of an ‘un-bladed trocar’ was a safer option, Dr Keane replied that there is a move towards a ‘more direct entry, for safety purposes’.“We are probably going to see more senior personnel coming in to carry out laparoscopies,” Dr Keane said.He told the court that the risk of aortic injury is one in 1,000 cases and he had never seen such an eventuality before. A document aimed at promoting safety in relation to this kind of keyhole surgery is being drawn up, Dr Keane said.Blood sampleThe inquest heard that Malak Thawley’s pre-operation blood sample was taken and stored in the fridge at 3pm. Medical scientist Ian McCarthy said the hospital operated an on-call weekend service whereby blood samples were not processed if blood products were not required. This has since changed.It took 45 minutes to identify Malak Thawley’s blood group following a request from the operating theatre at 4.56pm. There were 11 units of ‘O negative’ blood (which can be used with any blood type) available in the hospital, four in the operating theatre and seven in the lab, the court heard.From 5.42pm until 6.20pm there was no blood available in the lab, the court heard.“There were times we had no blood products in the lab, I don’t know if they ran out in theatre,” McCarthy said.Staff continued emergency efforts to save her life, but Malak Thawley was pronounced dead at 7.57pm. The cause of death was a tear in the abdominal aorta during the course of surgery for an ectopic pregnancy.ReviewNMH chairman Nicholas Kearns said a ‘robust internal review’ had begun the day after Malak Thawley’s death.“We know that nothing can bring Malak back. However we are determined to continue to implement all that we have learned from this investigation in our clinical practice.”He said the hospital apologised unreservedly for the shortcomings in Malak Thawley’s care.Read: ‘She asked me to pray for her’: Inquest hears pregnant woman died during surgery at Holles Street> National Maternity Hospital Image: Google Maps 15 Comments last_img read more

Greeks babies born to married parents

first_imgGreece topped the list for the fewest births outside of marriage, according to Eurostat figures while the number of babies being born outside of wedlock in the EU doubled in numbers since 1990. Two in five babies were registered as being born outside of marriage, with Estonia seeing the most with 59.7 per cent of babies being born to unwed parents. In 1990, 17 per cent of all live births were outside marriage compared with 27 per cent in 2000 and 40 per cent in 2011, Eurostat figures for the 27 member states reveal. The UK saw 47.3 per cent – fewer than France (55.8 per cent) but more than Germany (33.9 per cent). Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Male robbed and shot by three masked men

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Related Items:#magneticmedianews ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, February 6, 2017 – Detectives are investigating a robbery incident that occurred last night (Sunday 5th February 2017), in the Gracebay Road area of Providenciales.Around 10:58 pm Police responded to the Cheshire Hall Medical Centre where they met and spoke with the 57-year-old male victim who told them that he was walking towards Flamingoes on the beach Restaurant when he was approached by three (3) masked men who demanded his wallet. He cooperated with the culprits. One of them shot him in the left leg before making off.  The wallet contained a large undisclosed amount of cash and credit cards. It is too early in the investigation to say whether it was a targeted or random incident.Anyone with information surrounding the incident above, or any information relevant to this investigation is asked to call the Royal Turks & Caicos Islands Police Force at 911 or 941-4448 extension 81843 or 81837 or use the untraceable, anonymous Crime Stoppers Miami number at 1-800(TIPS) or 1-800-8477. No names or numbers are requested, and only the information provided is passed on to the Royal Turks & Caicos Islands Police Force.Press Release: RTCIPF#MagneticMediaNews The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provolast_img read more

WISHH Trade Team Builds SoyUse Knowledge

first_img(From left to right) Colton Gillespie and Thae Ei Phyu, business development manager for BioNutrient Systems in Myanmar, on top of the combine at the Scott Gillespie farm in Minnesota. The Gillespie family hosted the entire INTSOY course participants at their farm.The American Soybean Association’s (ASA) World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (WISHH) sent 11 trade team participants to attend the 2018 Northern Crops Institute (NCI) INTSOY course in Fargo, N.D.The WISHH team consisted of participants from the Africa region, representing Senegal and Ghana, and the Asia region, representing Sri Lanka and Myanmar. The team includes business and Non-Government Organization (NGO) representatives that are currently using soy to produce foods such as tofu, soy milk, and porridge mixes; some visitors are also experimenting with soy as a new ingredient in locally processed foods.The INTSOY course builds a strong foundational knowledge of soy uses in food and feed, and introduces participants to innovative applications that highlight the nutritional and functional properties of soy. NCI staff arranged a variety of class room style lectures, industry meetings, and practical demonstrations to provide a well-rounded experience to INTSOY participants. WISHH staff Alan F. Poock, Asia division director and Chris Slemp, Africa program manager, escorted the team.The WISHH team’s participation was funded by the Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council,  the USDA‘s Market Access Program (MAP) and Emerging Markets Program (EMP).last_img read more

Stocks to watch on March 19 Cadila Health Zee Entertainment UltraTech Cement

first_imgA man ties a balloon to the horns of a bull statue at the entrance of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) while celebrating the Sensex index rising to over 30,000, in Mumbai, India April 26, 2017.Reuters fileHere are a few stocks that are likely to move in trades on Monday:Cadila Health: The company received final approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for omeprazole and sodium bicarbonate capsules.UltraTech Cement: The company has challenged the sale of Binani Cement to rival Dalmia Bharat, alleging lack of transparency in the bidding process.Thermax: The power generation equipments maker said it won an order worth Rs 503 crore for co-generation plants in Haryana and Punjab.Zee Entertainment: The company has called-off a deal to acquire 100 percent equity stake in 9X entities.Max Financial: The company will raise funds for making investment in subsidiary, Max Life Insurance.GAIL: Indian Oil, BPCL likely to buy 26 percent stake each in GAIL, reported PTI.Clearing Corp: State Bank of India sold, ICICI Bank bought 4.4 percent equity in Clearing Corporation for Rs 143 crore.Sona Koyo Engineering: The company’s promoter JTEKT Corp will sell about 47 lakh shares on March 19, 20 via offer for sale route.Ramky Infra: The company has bagged an order of Rs 939.4 crore from the National Highway Authority of India in Srinagar.VA Tech Wabag: Porinju Veliyath Equity Intelligence bought 0.35 percent stake or about 1.9 lakh shares in VA Tech Wabag.Videocon Industries: The company is evaluating process to sell stake in Brazil oil block.YES Bank: The lender said that Life Insurance Corp has raised stake in the firm by 2.03 percent to 9.62 percent.last_img read more

IS attack kills dozens at Syria camp

first_imgA jihadist assault led by suicide bombers killed dozens Tuesday at a camp for the displaced near Syria’s border with Iraq, as pressure grows on the Islamic State group in both countries.The violence left at least 38 people dead and came as another surprise IS attack on Tuesday killed 10 soldiers in Iraq, to the south along the border.The jihadist group appears to be lashing out as it faces escalating offensives on its last two major bastions: second city Mosul in Iraq and Raqa in neighbouring Syria.IS’s dawn attack in Syria’s northeast hit a makeshift camp near the border with Iraq where some 300 families were waiting to cross into territory held by the Syrian Democratic Forces, the US-backed alliance leading the assault on Raqa.The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a monitoring group, said at least five suicide bombers blew themselves up inside and outside the camp in Hasakeh province which hosts Syrians and Iraqis forced from their homes.Heavy clashes then erupted between the IS fighters and the SDF near the camp, which lies just inside Syrian territory, Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP.He said at least 38 people had been killed including 23 displaced Syrians or Iraqi refugees.“At least 30 people were wounded, and the death toll may rise because some people are in critical condition and others are still unaccounted for,” the Britain-based monitor said.IS claimed the attack via its propaganda outlet Amaq, saying a groups of jihadists attacked an SDF position near the camp as part of a multi-pronged assault on the group.‘Appalled, saddened’ -Kamal Derbas, a press officer for the Kurdish Red Crescent, said the attack began at 4:00 am (0100 GMT) and put the civilian death toll at 22.Thousands of people-from the Syrian province of Deir Ezzor further south and from the Iraqi city of Mosul across the border-have used the crossing to reach safety, according to the International Rescue Committee.“We are appalled and saddened to hear of the attacks today in Hasakeh province,” said IRC regional advocacy adviser Thomas Garofalo.Conditions in the area are harsh, with little shelter, the authorities overstretched, and the risk of renewed violence.The other IS attack in Iraq saw jihadists fire on an army base near the remote outpost of Rutba, near the country’s western borders with Syria and Jordan.An Iraqi army lieutenant colonel said IS jihadists fired mortar rounds and rockets at the 1st Division base in the Saggar area, east of Rutba, before trying to storm it.IS appeared to be trying to breach the defence of Rutba, which is the last sizeable town on the road from Baghdad to the Jordanian border, as well as to create diversions to ease pressure on its fighters in Mosul, military officials said.A massive offensive was launched in mid-October to retake Mosul, where IS head Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared the establishment of IS’s so-called “caliphate” nearly three years ago.‘Violent’ Tabqa clashes -IS once controlled swathes of land on both sides of the Iraqi-Syrian border, but US-backed offensives have seen much of that territory retaken.A US-led coalition began bombing IS positions in Iraq in August 2014 and launched raids against the jihadists in neighbouring Syria the following month.In northern Syria, the coalition is backing the major assault by the SDF-an alliance of Arab and Kurdish fighters-on Raqa.A key waypost in that offensive is the city of Tabqa, which lies along the Euphrates River and on an IS supply route about 55 kilometres (35 miles) west of Raqa.On Tuesday, the SDF was locked in “very violent clashes” with IS in a northern district of Tabqa, the last section of the city still held by the jihadists, the SDF said in a statement.SDF fighters managed to seize a tank and several vehicles used by IS, it said.More than 80 percent of Tabqa is now in SDF hands, just eight days after the group first entered the city.More than 320,000 people have been killed in Syria since the country’s conflict began in March 2011 with anti-government protests.last_img read more

Howard University Hospital Announces WIC Center

first_imgBy Tyra Wilkes, Special to the AFROHoward University Hospital announced the opening of their Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Family Center at the Joint Base Anacostia –Bolling (JBAB), located at 53 MacDill Boulevard (Building 53) S.W., Washington, D.C. The center will provide healthcare to low-income military families with infants and children, access to healthy foods, nutritional and educational counseling, breastfeeding support, health care and immunization resources, and community-based social services.With the huge influx of postnatal death amongst women and children in the District, this announcement is major news as it guarantees accessibility for community members whose lives depend on having access to affordable healthcare. Howard University Hospital announced the opening of their WIC Family Center at the Joint Base Anacostia- Bolling (JBAB) in S.W., Washington, D.C. (Courtesy Photo)“Poverty and lack of health care access among military families are quite often overlooked with many families living well below the poverty line,” said Davene White, director of the HUH CARES Public Health Program. “Howard UniversityHospital is proud to open a new WIC center at Joint Base Anacostia – Bolling, which will help eliminate barriers and provide local military families with valuable nutrition education and resources to address their dietary and health needs.”The fight against the rising maternal mortality rate in Washington, D.C. has already caught the attention of major media and government. With mothers and children in low-income areas of the city dying at rapid rates in comparison to wealthier zip codes, Howard University Hospital is taking a step to combat this horrific trend and end the major health disparities issue facing the city.“Studies show that babies born prematurely or with low birth weight are at a higher risk of an early death,” White said. “The HUH CARES WIC program is very effective at reducing these incidents by offering resources focused on helping women improve the quality of their diet; as well as staying abreast of childhood immunization standards, growth and development and increasing access to prenatal care much earlier in their pregnancy.”The Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Family Center is open from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.last_img read more

Snap Taps Amazon Exec Jeremi Gorman HuffPost CEO Jared Grusd

first_imgIn addition to these two executive additions, the company also announced a slate of additional hires on Wednesday:Jean Gonié, director of EU policy (previously director of public policy at Amazon) (started in October)Alston Cheek, director of platform partnerships (previously partnerships manager at Apple) (started in October)Steen Strand, director of product design – Snap Lab (previously COO and president at ICON Aircraft) (started in October)Ted Suh, head of music partnerships (previously VP digital music at ByteDance) (started in August)Kristin Southey, VP of investor relations (previously senior VP of finance and investor relations at Athene) (started in late July)Snap has been under fire from investors for its inability to grow its user base in the face of ever-growing competition from Facebook. The company lost 3 million daily active users in its most recent quarter, but has seen ad sales accelerate. It’s stock traded below $7 on Wednesday, which translates to a market capitalization of around $8.75 billion. Popular on Variety Snapchat corporate parent Snap has poached Amazon advertising executive Jeremi Gorman as its new chief business officer while also appointing former Huffington Post CEO Jared Grusd as its new chief strategy officer.The two executives are effectively replacing Snap’s outgoing chief strategy officer Imran Khan, who had announced his departure in September.“I’m proud to have Jeremi and Jared join our team, where they will play an important part in shaping the next chapter for Snap,” CEO Evan Spiegel wrote in an email to Snap employees.Gorman had been with Amazon for close to seven years, and most recently led the e-commerce giant’s global advertising sales. Before that, she worked in ad sales for Yahoo and Variety.Grusd had been leading HuffPost as CEO for the past three years. Before that, he worked for four years as Spotify’s general counsel and global head of corporate development. Other previous stints included executive positions at AOL and Google.center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

Air New Zealand Holidays marks return to Aus

first_imgIn addition to the campaign, Air New Zealand Holidays is also in the process of developing a 100 page New Zealand brochure, a dedicated Cook Islands brochure, a Fiji brochure and also a South Pacific brochure that includes Tahiti, Samoa, Norfolk Island, Vanuatu, Tonga, Niue and New Caledonia. New campaign to re-establish Air New Zealand Holidays in the Australian market. Source = ETB News: NJ Hoping to make “big noise” in the market place, the wholesaler said it is committed to the Australian market, as well as growing holidays arrivals into New Zealand and the South Pacific.center_img Returning to the Australian market after a six year absence, Air New Zealand Holidays has launched a new campaign to re-establish itself across the country. Launching in August and running through September, the new campaign will include national press, magazine and digital advertising to feature holiday deals and showcase New Zealand as a holiday destination.last_img read more

In light of Chile recently becoming a major hot sp

first_imgIn light of Chile recently becoming a major hot spot for Australian travellers, andBeyond has released the details of its ‘Wild Side of Chile’ tour. Visiting the vibrant sights of Santiago and immersing themselves in the natural wonders of Chilean Patagonia, the eight-day journey gives travellers a unique opportunity to explore some of the highlights of this increasingly popular destination.The Wild Side of ChileEmbark on an amazing eight-day journey through the vast, pristine wilderness of Patagonia – one of Chile’s most beautiful landscapes. Your clients’ adventure kicks off in the capital city of Santiago, a modern, sprawling and vibrant metropolis that is flanked on each side by the Andes and coastal mountain ranges. It is here that they can enjoy a series of tours that range from historical and cultural explorations to specialised excursions focused on food, architecture and art. After exploring the vibrancy of Santiago, they will head to the awe-inspiring beauty of Patagonia. Over 500 years after the arrival of the first European seafarers in Patagonia, the words to describe it are the same: exotic, faraway, vast, infinitely beautiful, wild and indomitable.Situated in the heart of the National Park, the Torres del Paine Mountains are one of the main attractions of the region and an icon of Chilean Patagonia. The immensity of the ice floes, the majesty of the mountains and the expanse of the lakes are a constant source of wonderment – undeniably a photographer’s and nature lover’s dream destination. End the incredible tour with a fantastic wine tasting experience in Casablanca, which sits just outside of Santiago. Enjoy a guided tour around the Veramonte Vineyard, sample some of its finest wines and learn more about the estate’s wine-making process.HighlightsAn interpretive guided city tour of SantiagoPick and choose from a range of half or full-day Awasi adventures to scenic destinations within Patagonia such as the Grey Peninsula, the Blue Lagoon, Horns Viewpoint and Frenchman’s ValleyAn interpretive introductory talk about the dramatic wilderness of PatagoniaPrivate, expert guides throughout the journey through PatagoniaA close encounter with the wildlife of Patagonia – with the opportunity to encounter pumas, condors, southern deer, guanacos, foxes and rheas or ñandues (to name a few) during the journey.Embark on full-day photographic safaris in PatagoniaExclusive access to a restricted area of the Torres del Paine National Park to observe the wild horses of Baguales in their natural habitat, accompanied by an expert biologist and veterinarianWalking photographic safari designed to ensure that photographers capture the best of PatagoniaWine tour and tasting, accompanied by a local resident guide, in Santiago.InclusionsWelcome and assistance service at all airportsTwo nights’ accommodation in Santiago with breakfastFive nights’ accommodation in Torres del Paine Area on a full-board basisAll transport and excursions as mentioned in private luxury vehicleDomestic air tickets with airport taxesMuseum and national park entrance fee where applicableAdministration fees where applicableFull board in Patagonia and all meals where indicatedRatesFully inclusive rate per person sharing:1 August 2016 – 31 July 2017 US $8732last_img read more

Extensive road funding bills pass House led by committee chair Rep Wayne

first_img08May Extensive road funding bills pass House led by committee chair Rep. Wayne Schmidt Categories: News Package moves to Senate for considerationHouse Transportation Committee Chair Rep. Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City, today announced the House approved Speaker Bolger’s package of bills aimed at rebuilding Michigan’s transportation infrastructure through efficient, fiscally responsible measures for building and maintaining safer roads for Michigan families.“Today marks the culmination of a year-and-a-half-long bipartisan effort to implement concrete solutions and address the immediate problems facing our state’s roadways,” Schmidt said.This year, the Legislature approved a budget supplemental from surplus revenue that included $215 million for roads statewide. Including these funds, the House has invested $584.8 million in existing resources into Michigan’s roads. The package that passed the House today addresses four key components of reforming Michigan’s transportation infrastructure: quality, fairness, efficiency and responsible use of current resources.“This legislation streamlines and creates efficiencies to ensure that money spent on roads is used as effectively as possible,” Schmidt said. “These reforms move us one giant step closer to having the safe, reliable roads that hard-working Michiganders expect.”Legislation passed today intends to start making up for years of underfunding by increasing annual road funding to more than $500 million. Bills from Schmidt and his colleagues will redirect current revenue from the use and sales taxes, replace the outdated flat excise with a 6-percent revenue neutral wholesale tax, address plate transfer fee inconsistencies, streamline and dedicate registration fees and fines, as well as increase the cost of overweight and oversize load permits. Competitive bidding and disclosure of appropriate road warranties would also be required under the new laws.“The time for political games is over. We are addressing this issue now,” Schmidt said. “The taxpayers of this state demand real action, not gimmicks and diversions. Good roads equal good jobs, and getting Michiganders to work is something we can all agree on.”The Build Better Michigan Roads package garnered bipartisan support and now heads to the Senate for consideration.###last_img read more

Lyons domestic violence protection bill heads to governor

first_img19Apr Lyons’ domestic violence protection bill heads to governor Lyons: Legislation sends message to offenders that Michigan will not tolerate domestic violence and sexual assaultLegislation establishing clear and sensible protections for victims or potential victims of domestic violence has been sent to the governor for his signature.House Bill 4481, introduced by Rep. Lisa Posthumus Lyons would allow a victim of sexual assault that results in pregnancy to present clear and convincing evidence in order to have the right to parenting time and custody taken away from the assailant.“Michigan needs to send a message that we stand with the victims and survivors of domestic violence and rape,” said Rep. Lyons, R-Alto. “Too often in cases of sexual assault and domestic violence, a rapist will use the threat of seeking custody of the child to intimidate pregnant victims into not pressing criminal charges of the attack. It is unthinkable that we would allow this to occur when we have the ability to provide victims with the protection and peace of mind they need in order to heal.“My bill allows the victim of rape the ability to present clear and convincing evidence—a standard already accepted in child protection and custody cases—in order to have parenting and custody time removed from the rapist.” Categories: Newslast_img read more

Millennials Bring Bipartisan Message to Congress

first_imgShare2TweetShareEmail2 Shares December 1, 2014;Roll Call“What conference has everyone from Sen. Ted Cruz to the actress Ashley Judd coming to speak?” asked Steven Olikara, the co-founder of the Millennial Action Project. Cruz, as conservative a Republican as there is in Congress, and Judd, a Democrat who briefly considered challenging Mitch McConnell for the Kentucky senate seat, were joined by other politicians such as Rep. Aaron Schock (R-IL), Rep. John Delaney (D-MD), Rep. Todd Young (R-IN), Rep. Joe Kennedy (D-MA), and Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA) at the Congressional Summit on Next Generation Leadership on Tuesday, a program focused, according to Roll Call’s coverage, on “forging bipartisan bonds.”“We wanted to send a strong message that bipartisanship for millennials is not reserved for the centrists or for the moderates…[It] also includes those on the far left and the far right,” Olikara told Roll Call.Why millennials as the bridge over troubled political parties? Because “the core value that this generation can bring is pragmatism,” Olikara added.The speakers’ list for the program is much more than lawmakers. A number of young or young-ish philanthropic leaders were also on the bill, including, among others, Sarah Stranahan (formerly with the Needmor Fund, a family foundation of the Stranahan family—that is, the Champion Spark Plug fortune), Zac Russell (Russell Family Foundation, with a strong interest in environmental issues), Sergio Fernández de Córdova (chair of the PVBLIC Foundation, focused on media-related grantmaking), Stephanie Cordes (Cordes Foundation), Patrick Gage (Carlson Family Foundation, the family foundation from the Radisson Hotels money, emphasizing youth mentoring), Ariana Snowdon (Hill-Snowdon Foundation), and Melissa Bradley (whose bio in the program oddly skips over her leadership of the Tides Foundation, which she left as CEO in 2013).   //Among the legislators, participants Schock and Young as well as Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) are the co-chairs of the Congressional Future Caucus, which is sponsored by the Millennial Action Project, according to MAP’s website. Given the near invisibility of the Congressional Philanthropy Caucus, launched by the Council on Foundations in 2007 or so, the Future Caucus seems to have grabbed the philanthropy mantle, united with the concept of millennials, notably functioning as the Capitol Hill promoters of Giving Tuesday.For many people, the notion that Ted Cruz and Joe Kennedy could sit down and think bipartisan thoughts is a heartfelt wish, but the reality is that the arenas for bipartisan agreement may be limited—just imagine the two legislators’ bipartisan conversation about the Affordable Care Act or immigration reform or any of a whole series of critically important issues in American society. The program agenda for the Summit reveals where the business and philanthropic millennials behind the event see actual opportunities for bipartisan conviviality. Specific themes emerge from the program agenda:As an issue, human trafficking seems to be an arena for millennial bipartisan action. The “Bipartisanship on Human Trafficking” panel featured Rep. Karen Bass and the Carlson Family Foundation’s Patrick Gage. The “End Slavery Now” panel had Rep. Carolyn Maloney plus Diana Mao of the Nomi Foundation (presumably the Nomi Network).Women’s issues and the role of women in philanthropy were the topics of panels and presentations involving Ariana Snowdon, Jessica Houssian (Women Moving Millions), Sarah Ojjeh (Women’s Investment Network), and, notably, Ashley Judd.Not surprisingly, there was a generous sampling of discussions of entrepreneurship and social enterprise, including panels on impact investing both at the inaugural Nexus USA Youth Summit the day before the Congressional summit “The Promise of Entrepreneurship” with Melissa Bradley and at the Summit itself, as well as plenty on public-private partnerships, including one with representatives Delaney and Young, both Future Caucus members, who are cosponsoring legislation to promote Social Impact Bonds (touted on the Millennial Action Project website).Overall, philanthropy is clearly on the post-partisan agenda of this movement. At the Youth Summit, on the day before the Congressional Summit, Ted Hart of the Charities Aid Foundation released a report on government incentives for charitable giving in 193 countries, noting that giving is higher in countries that offer tax incentives and that 77 percent of the nations in the study give tax incentives for corporate charitable giving and 66 percent for individual giving.Ultimately, while the notion that somehow millennials are hardwired toward pragmatism and bipartisan consensus and, implicitly, we Gen-X’ers, Boomers, and beyond are tragically unable to communicate beyond politics and ideology is off-putting, there’s clearly no harm in convening people to talk about issues where both sides might exchange ideas, even if they might not achieve consensus. We might have enjoyed, for example, watching representatives of the Charles Koch Foundation, the American Conservative Union, the Public Welfare Foundation, and the Open Society Foundations find common ground on criminal justice reform (which we think is an area where there are some possibilities), or imagining how Sarah Stranahan might find areas of agreement with Hans von Spakovsky, a former Federal Elections Commission official now with the Heritage Foundation, and the Carlson Family Foundation’s Patrick Gage, himself a young Republican activist, on issues of transparency of nonprofit and political funding (the Kauffman Foundation’s John Tyler was also on that panel, probably playing a moderating role between the transparency camps). We might have been actually worried about the direction of discussion on a panel on “The Future of Education Reform” focused on how “social entrepreneurs, thought leaders, and donors are changing the game.”Nonetheless, don’t get too carried away with the idea of a post-partisan polity. There is a huge need for dialogue and thought, and while it is tempting to imagine that it’s possible to sing kumbaya if we’re all somehow nice and millennial, some issues reveal major fault lines in U.S. political beliefs that don’t lend themselves to entrepreneurial, technological, or millennial fixes.—Rick CohenShare2TweetShareEmail2 Shareslast_img read more

Deal between Los Angeles Mayor and Two Utility Nonprofits Going South

first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 SharesFebruary 11, 2015; Los Angeles TimesThe Los Angeles Times reports that a deal between the mayor of Los Angeles and the city’s utility workers union to audit two controversial Department of Water and Power (DWP) nonprofit trusts “has ground to a halt.”The agreement came last fall after an ongoing fight between Mayor Eric Garcetti and the DWP’s main employee union over access to the trusts’ financial records, giving city auditors “unfettered access” to them. The mayor is questioning how more than $40 million in public ratepayer money donated to the groups has been spent.But the paper reports that in late December, City Controller Ron Galperin’s office stopped work, citing a lack of cooperation from the nonprofits for unspecified reasons, and there has been no progress since then, as confidential discussions have continued.A spokesman for the mayor repeated his position: “These audits are important to bring transparency to these trusts and accountability for ratepayers.” But the union leader, who supported the mayor’s opponent in the 2013 election, has dragged his feet on a comprehensive review of the spending records, and did not respond to the Times.“The lack of progress raised the possibility that last year’s deal could unravel and the long-running legal and political clash over the nonprofits could resume,” says the article.The groups have been mired in controversy since September 2013, when the Times reported that the city-owned utility had very little information on how the trusts had been spending ratepayer money given to them annually for the past 10 years; the DWP’s general manager at the time couldn’t even recite their accomplishments, even though he served on their boards of directors.The Joint Training Institute and the Joint Safety Institute were created to improve safety and management-labor relations at the nation’s largest municipal water and power agency, but there has never been any detailed, public accounting of their expenditures. The nonprofits are jointly controlled by DWP executives and the union, which plays an active role in their management.Union leaders are saying that since the nonprofits aren’t government entities, they are not subject to public records laws or an audit by the city controller. Last year, they sued to block a city subpoena demanding five years of detailed financial records, but a Superior Court judge sided with the city, ruling the public has a right to know how its money is spent. The union has filed an appeal, which is pending.When the controller refused to withhold last year’s city donation to the trusts until it agreed to open their books, “some city council members brokered a compromise that the mayor praised as a means to finally settle questions about whether ratepayer money was properly spent,” the paper says.That deal was an agreement by the city to back off its demand “to place key Garcetti allies on the nonprofit boards” and by the union to drop labor claims against the city. In exchange, city auditors were to be given access to the non-profits’ financial records; if no improprieties were found, the annual payment would be released. That’s the deal that seems to be unraveling now.Keeping a brave face, the Times reports that the city’s administrative officer and current DWP manager issued a joint statement saying the agreement stands, and that both sides “are committed to resuming the work of the fiscal auditors as soon as possible.”—Larry KaplanShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more