Kolkata: Baruipur Central Correctional Home (BCCH) has come up with several modern facilities for the inmates, as well as foolproof security for them. The state Correctional Administration (CA) department has developed the BCCH as a model correctional home which was inaugurated by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee last year.A senior official of the CA department that the inmates are getting three star facilities in the Baruipur central correctional home. Two televisions have been set up on two opposite sides of walls so that the inmates can enjoy various TV programmes. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaChicken, fish and eggs are provided to the inmates on respective days. The BCCH has already been equipped with several facilities like a modern kitchen, a big dining space and more space for the inmates. The inmates of the Alipore Central Correctional Home (ACCH) were already shifted to Baruipur. Some more facilities are coming up. To ensure enough security and for better surveillance, a large number of CCTVs have been installed at Baruipur central correctional home. The CA department has given special emphasis on security at BCCH and have taken all possible measures for a fooproof security mechanism. According to a senior official of the department, steps are being taken to develop all the correctional homes along the line of BCCH. There are plans to set up gymnasium and separate infrastructure for playing games like hockey, football and badminton in other correctional homes. There will be facilities of a library and also an auditorium for holding workshops for the inmates.
TORONTO – Uber Canada has launched a new policy on how its drivers deal with customers who have service animals, but some disability rights advocates say exemptions built into the rules could still lead to discrimination.The company’s policy says drivers who refuse to give rides to customers with service animals will be dismissed.But drivers could get an exemption if they provide Uber with “written evidence, like a doctor’s or cleric’s letter … confirming that they belong to a group protected by human rights legislation and how carrying the service animal is an undue hardship,” the policy says.Uber Canada said the exemptions reflect the two most common reasons their drivers have provided for not wanting service animals in their cars: dog allergies and religious rules about contact with dogs.“Service animals must be fully accommodated, by law and by good conscience,” Uber Canada Legal Director Jeremy Millard said. “The exemptions clause was written to reflect very new court rulings on this subject.”Uber encourages drivers to use “every method … to avoid conflict and ensure service animals are carried,” including not seeking the exemption or putting a blanket down on their vehicle’s seat, Millard added.But the exemptions have raised concerns among some who use service animals and those who advocate for them.“It’s a bit puzzling and concerning to me that they are bringing religious freedoms into the mix,” said Yvonne Peters, a Winnipeg lawyer who has had guide dogs for over 40 years. “Everybody’s rights need to be accommodated, but in this case it feels to me like religious freedom would trump the rights of a service animal user (under the policy).”Matt Dierckens, who sits on the Guide Dogs Users of Canada’s board of directors, argued that people who have a medical or religious problem with service animals should simply not become Uber drivers.“If you sign up (to drive) for the service, then you are most likely going to get service dogs, it’s just one of those things that’s going to happen,” said Dierckens, who used to have a guide dog and said he was repeatedly denied Uber and taxi rides because of it.Allowing drivers a means to refuse rides to people with service animals puts Uber at odds with most other businesses and services, said James Hicks, national co-ordinator of the Council of Canadians with Disabilities“If restaurants can’t refuse people, if hospitals can’t refuse people then why should Uber drivers be allowed to refuse people,” Hicks said, noting however, that people’s beliefs and medical needs also need to be respected.“If it’s just that somebody doesn’t like dogs, well that’s too bad,” he said. “But if it’s actually something that’s going to cause them distress of any kind, whether it’s physical or mental, then I guess that’s a different story, and there’s not much we’re going to be able to do about it.”According to religious traditions followed by some Muslims, a person must perform “ritual ablutions” if they come into contact with a dog’s saliva, said Ihsaan Gardee, executive director of the National Council of Canadian Muslims.“Each party in this (Uber) situation have human rights that need to be considered,” Gardee said. “At the same time, the National Council of Canadian Muslims strongly urges Muslim drivers to accommodate services dogs for riders with disabilities by considering a broader interpretation of relations between dogs and human beings that is found within the religious tradition.”The Canadian Human Rights Act prohibits discrimination based on 11 different grounds, including race, age, sex, ethnic origin, religion and disability.Employers and service providers have a legal duty to accommodate people who have needs related to those grounds, but there are limits to how far they are expected to go, the Canadian Human Rights Commission says.Organizations do not legally have to accommodate a persons’s disability, for instance, if they can show that doing so would cause an “undue hardship.”That hardship could be high financial costs, or risks to health and safety, but there is no standard legal definition of “undue hardship,” the Human Rights Commission says. Each case must be viewed and judged individually.
CharityVision, a Utah-based non-profit providing medical equipment, clinics, vision screenings, eye surgeries, and training to doctors in poverty-stricken areas across the globe, is partnering with Golden Boy Promotions to host its second annual Fight Night fundraising event on Saturday, June 11 at 6:30pm at the Rail Event Center in Salt Lake City.Boxing legend, ten-time world champion in six weight classes and Golden Boy Promotions Chairman and CEO Oscar De La Hoya and host of “Extra” and boxing enthusiast Mario Lopez will participate in the night’s main event. CharityVision will also partner with Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions to put on three professional boxing undercard bouts, to be announced at a later date, which will precede the main event.“CharityVision is a great cause and I’m excited to be a part of this night for the second time,” said Mario Lopez. “I can’t wait to get into the ring with Oscar and have some fun with him, but most importantly, bring attention to the work that CharityVision does to give many deserving individuals the gift of sight. It’s a honor to be a part of their great work and we’re going to have a great night that will change many lives.”Josh Romney, CharityVision president, will serve as the night’s emcee and Jenn Blosil, a top 15 finalist on this season of American Idol, will sing the national anthem. Governor Mitt Romney, who participated in last year’s main event, will also be in attendance.With a $25 donation a commemorative Fight Night t-shirt is availableThis year’s black-tie event, which is using the hashtag #givesight25, is expected to raise $1 million, allowing CharityVision to perform 40,000 sight-restoring surgeries. At an average cost of $25, one person’s sight can be restored with a simple procedure. For about the same cost as lunch with a friend, a mother can see her children for the first time, a family can be lifted out of poverty because sight brings new opportunities, and hope can be brought back to families and communities. With a $25 donation a commemorative Fight Night t-shirt is available www.givesight25.com. There, donations of any amount can also be made. All proceeds benefit CharityVision and its work to restore sight.“I am excited to get back into the ring with a good friend for a great cause. CharityVision Fight Night is an incredible opportunity to give back to so many across the world that live with blindness but who could see with a simple, low-cost procedure,” said Oscar De La Hoya. “CharityVision’s work is changing lives, families and communities and I’m proud to be a part of an event that will raise funds to help restore sight for thousands.”Last year’s Fight Night main event, headlined by former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and five-time heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield, raised $1 million. In 2015 Charity Vision saw almost 400,000 patients, donated over 70,000 pairs of glasses, and performed over 42,000 surgeries.For more information about Fight Night, visit www.fightnight.vision.
Jodhpur: Three members of a family were killed while another was injured when the wall of an under-construction house collapsed following a dust storm here, officials said Tuesday. District Magistrate Prakash Rajpurohit said the three were sleeping on the terrace of their house when the incident occurred on Monday night. “The wall of the adjacent house, which was under construction, collapsed due to dust storm and the debris fell on the family,” said Rajpurohit. Those killed have been identified as Naini Devi (50), her son Vinod (23) and daughter-in-law Komal (25). Komal was pregnant. All succumbed to injuries at a hospital. Another family member was injured and has been admitted to a hospital.
Rabat – Chelsea’s Jose Mourinho swore at Everton boss Roberto Martinez following Blues’ 3-1 defeat at the Goodison Park on Saturday afternoon. The Portuguese was angry at Martinez because he wanted to talk to the media first.The Everton boss went first with his post-game interview which resulted in delaying Chelsea’s trip home. Premier League tradition stipulates that home managers allow the away boss to go first with post-game interviews so they can leave. The Everton manager was talking to the press away from the television cameras, when Mourinho approached him and said: “Roberto, Roberto, next time tell me go before you because we have to travel.” Martinez replied: “We don’t control that Jose, I don’t control that.” Mourinho then shouted: “****** hell”, before walking off.Martinez, cup of coffee in hand, mocked: “When he beat us 6-3 (last season) he was such a nice man. I prefer him like that!”Chelsea’s 3-1 defeat at Everton on Saturday marked the London-based team’s worst opening in the Premier League in 29 years.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission
Rabat – The MENA region, the sacred land of Islam, of spiritual music and enchanting poetry , is also a fertile land of gender inequality, domestic violence and sexist traditions.The International Men and Gender Equality Study in the Middle East and North Africa (IMAGES MENA) produced by Promundo and UN Women, is a multi-country study run in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), covering Egypt, Morocco, Lebanon, and Palestine.The report investigating gender inequality and domestic violence in these four arab countries will certainly shock Moroccan women’s associations, revealing the gruesome and violent reality of Moroccan women behind the shiny headlines. “A majority of men interviewed in the four countries support mostly inequitable views when it comes to women’s roles,” reads the report, uncovering the bothersome reality the most men in the Arab region, even the younger generations, hold rigid views about the place of women in society and assert their right to control their wives’ decisions, whether it concerns their career, their clothes or even their sex lives.In Morocco, things are not looking up. Despite women’s associations’ efforts to fight for women’s rights, the survey shows great economic, social and political disparities between the two genders.“Men and women alike reported high rates of men’s use of violence against women,” notes the report in its results about Morocco. “More than half of men reported having been emotionally abusive toward their wives, and 15 percent reported having used physical violence against them.” Even worse, “more than 60 percent of men and almost half of women believe that wives should tolerate violence to keep the family together.”The survey explains the roots of gender-based violence as being a result of “women’s limited power.” Far from societal and political axes, economy plays an essential role in gender disparities. “The MENA region has some of the lowest rates of women’s economic participation in the world,” notes the survey, highlighting the economic instability of the region and high unemployment rates as some of the reasons that “three-quarters or more of men in the four countries, and women at nearly the same rates, support the priority of men’s access to jobs over women’s.”While Morocco is in a time of transition, where laws outstrip practices and men and women find themselves on shifting ground, the survey states that “men are largely in favour of legislation promoting women’s political, economic, and social rights.” However, “this stance on gender equality in public policy is at odds with their attitudes and practices in private life, which tend toward more conservative views of women’s rights and roles.”Across the studied countries, the answers were the same when it came to gender equality: “it is not part of our traditions or cultures.” The IMAGES survey came out with a very enlightening conclusion: “Patterns of thought and behaviour are often passed from one generation to the next, to positive and negative effect. All IMAGES studies have found that violence creates violence and care creates care, and the MENA study is no different.”
ARLINGTON, United States — The United States is presenting a triple-whammy of a demand on auto parts at the NAFTA negotiations, including a strict “Made In America” requirement that’s viewed as a non-starter by virtually every party involved in automobile production.It’s one of the biggest issues of the talks and it’s sure to provoke a backlash on multiple fronts: Canada, Mexico, U.S. industry, and even some labour groups were calling the proposed numbers completely impractical.Two sources say the U.S. negotiating team has been showing industry representatives the proposal they are expected to present Canada and Mexico as early as Friday.It contains three ideas that automakers say would complicate production.First, it requires all cars to include 85 per cent North American content to avoid a tariff, up from the current 62.5 per cent; 50 per cent of a car’s content would have to come from the U.S.; and it would toughen the way content is calculated, with a list upgraded to include parts that didn’t exist in 1994 when NAFTA was originally implemented.So impractical are the U.S. demands, the talk in the hallways at the conference site involves trying to decipher which of two objectives the Americans are trying to achieve: Sabotage the talks, or shock other parties into concessions.A Canadian auto-parts representative tends toward the latter.“My instinct is this is, ’Art of the Deal,”’ said Flavio Volpe. “There are those who think these are poison pills designed … to get the partners to leave the table.”Earlier U.S. demands include a termination clause that would cancel NAFTA after five years, unless all parties agree to extend it; and a Buy American rule that would make it far more difficult for non-U.S. companies to bid for public projects.The auto proposal is so controversial organizations that are normally rivals are allied against it. Volpe’s Automotive Parts Manufacturers’ Association says it could create a perverse incentive: producers might simply shift away from North America, and hurt the entire continent.The argument is that it’s far easier to ignore the NAFTA rules and simply pay the U.S. 2.5 per cent import tariff: “It’s not good for the Americans,” Volpe said. “It just doesn’t make sense from a business perspective.”The union representing Canadian auto workers agrees.Unifor’s Jerry Dias says the U.S. would never have the power to enforce the proposed changes because companies would just ignore it: “All this argument about 50 per cent, 70 per cent, 85 per cent, it means nothing as long as the U.S. has a 2.5 per cent tariff. It’s like the emperor with no clothes,” Dias said.“They can yell, scream, threaten, then people say, ’Okay, here — I’ll pay the 2.5 per cent.”’ He said it’s a moot point anyway because there’s no chance Canada or Mexico will ever agree to a NAFTA that looks like what the Americans are proposing.“Get it out of your head. That’s never gonna happen,” Dias said.“It’s not going to happen. I know for sure that Canada will never accept (this)… None of these things are going anywhere… This is a deal that is going nowhere very quickly.”Scotiabank analysts agree the proposals would hurt their author.Car companies would have an incentive to move production away from the U.S. and Canada — either to Asia or Mexico — and pay a tariff rather than deal with the rules being proposed by the U.S., said its deputy chief economist Brett House.“If accepted, the U.S. (proposal) would be a Pyrrhic victory,” he said.House called the proposal a poor solution to a non-existent problem. Auto employment since the Great Recession has skyrocketed in the U.S. to six per cent a year, and he said North American content is on the rise in cars produced in Canada and Mexico, contrary to figures being floated by U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross.“There’s no problem here to address,” he said.One real problem, however, is stagnant wages: U.S. auto salaries have not seen an appreciable increase for years, according to stats from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Dias says that’s the problem everyone should be attacking — by increasing labour standards, especially in Mexico.
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LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Its backers say it does for music lovers what ultra high-definition television has done for couch potatoes.It’s a digital format that packs nearly seven times the data found on CDs, touted as producing crystal-clear sounds with a sharpness that’ll blow consumers away. Advocates like Neil Young and major record labels say the format that’s the high end of what’s known as “high-resolution” audio restores textures, nuances and tones that listeners sacrifice when opting for the convenience of music compressed into formats like MP3s or Apple’s AAC.But some recording-technology experts say this super high-res format — known by its 192 kHz, 24-bit technical specs — is pricy digital overkill, an oversized “bit bucket” that contains sounds only dogs or dolphins can truly enjoy.Some cynics say the push to high-res audio is just another attempt to get consumers to rebuy music they already own.Marc de Oliveira did just that in February when he bought Bob Dylan’s latest album, “Shadows In The Night” from the Young-backed PonoMusic store. Already having bought the CD from a physical record store, the Copenhagen-based 49-year-old IT consultant splurged on a 24-bit version, hoping to feel more present in the room where Dylan recorded.Instead, he stumbled on a blog that analyzed the file and found no more than 16 of the 24 bits were used, the same as on the CD. After months of de Oliveira trying to get a refund, Pono’s Vice-President of Content Acquisition Bruce Botnick replied to his posts saying that Dylan himself liked sample CDs cut in the studio. Engineers mastered the album from those discs, forever locking this particular release at the lower specs.Still, that hasn’t changed what Pono is charging for the file, $17.99, versus the physical CD, which costs $9.70 on Amazon.“They should have probably been more active about not accepting that as a real 24-bit file,” de Oliveira said.More than 90 per cent of the PonoMusic store is represented essentially by digital copies, or rips, of CDs, Botnick acknowledged to The Associated Press in an interview at his Ojai, California-based studio. To be fair, they’re labeled as such. And those files are still in a higher category than AAC files or MP3s, which eliminate some sounds in the compression process.But of the other albums on PonoMusic labeled higher-than-CD quality, Botnick says about 70 to 75 per cent “we know are real,” meaning they’ve researched the recording history to verify the file has more information than just a CD rip or has some other quirk in the original recording justifying a mixed or lower resolution.He said efforts are being made to further assure consumers of the “provenance,” or origins of recordings, and how they got to be labeled high-resolution.“It’s a real fact-finding job” and “it’s going to take some time” to handle the thousands of albums in question, he said. Until then, it’s a case of “buyer beware,” he said.And while audiophiles may be aware of the rarified, often hard-to-detect benefits of the high-resolution files, average music lovers can easily over-value the claims made by backers, according to Mark Waldrep, a recording engineer, college professor and writer of the “Real HD-Audio” blog.Studios are re-releasing older recordings in giant data containers that are sometimes barely merited, he says.That conclusion was reinforced when he analyzed high-res Warner Music re-releases of Joni Mitchell’s “All I Want” from the 1971 album “Blue” and “Ain’t No Way” from Aretha Franklin’s 1968 album “Lady Soul,” which The Associated Press bought from the PonoMusic store.“You’re buying a container that’s really 50-60 or even 70 per cent zeroes. It’s all empty information,” he said. “The frequencies you’re buying up here are either all zeroes, or hiss, which contributes nothing to the enjoyment of the music, unless you’re into hiss.”And very few, if any new albums, are being made in the super-high resolution specs that Pono is touting.Giles Martin, the Grammy-winning producer of the “Love” soundtrack for The Beatles-Cirque du Soleil show in Las Vegas, says the highest fidelity he records at is 96 kHz, 24 bits, after which there’s no benefit in boosting the playback specs. “You can’t upscale audio,” he says. “There’s a compromise in having huge high-res files that don’t sound any different than other ones.”From the record labels’ point of view, part of the re-mastering process is simply to preserve aging analog tapes at the highest practical digital format.George Lydecker, a vice-president of engineering and archiving at Warner Music, says a CD-specification release of Franklin’s “Lady Soul” wouldn’t have been as accurate a reproduction partly because placing a necessary filter at the lower frequency required by CDs creates some distortion. Instead, the 192 kHz, 24-bit file that was released “is like standing in the studio live and hearing Aretha belt it out.”The album goes for $17.99 on the PonoMusic store. A CD can be had for $4.99 on Amazon.While not all people will be able to hear a difference, some will.“For the first time, you can get the file (that was) approved by the mastering engineer in the studio,” says Jim Belcher, Universal Music’s vice-president of technology and production. “And for a lot of people that doesn’t make sense. For a segment of the market that really cares about audio quality, they want that.”And that’s the other thing. Even with a $400 PonoPlayer or some other high-end playback device like a Sony Hi-Res Walkman or Astell and Kern AK100II, or even the latest smartphones from Samsung and Apple, audiophiles who want to hear the true benefits of high-resolution audio should also have headphones or speakers capable of playing back those high frequencies that only few humans can hear. In some cases, that could require a headphone amplifier.John Siau, director of engineering at high-end equipment maker Benchmark Audio, argues that consumers are fooling themselves if they believe they can appreciate high-res audio without the proper high-end equipment.“There’s no point in having high-resolution playback formats if your playback equipment can’t even match CD quality,” he says. Sounds behave differently: Benefits of ultra ‘high-res’ audio can be hard to make out FILE – In this Jan. 7, 2015, file photo, Musician Neil Young speaks during a session at the International CES, in Las Vegas. Advocates like Neil Young and major record labels say the format that’s the high end of what’s known as “high-resolution” audio restores textures, nuances and tones that listeners sacrifice when opting for the convenience of music compressed into formats like MP3s or Apple’s AAC. (AP Photo/John Locher, File) by Ryan Nakashima, The Associated Press Posted Jun 26, 2015 8:46 am MDT Last Updated Jun 26, 2015 at 9:21 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCabinet approves Islamic Development Bank loan agreementOctober 19, 2018In “latest news”The debt ceiling was surreptitiously altered- JagdeoMay 16, 2018In “Business”Guyana receives US$900M from Islamic Development BankApril 5, 2018In “Business” Finance Minister Winston Jordan and IsDB Vice President of Sector Operations, Mansur Muhtar exchange a handshake after signing the agreement. Also, looking on is Minister of Public Infrastructure, David Paterson [extreme right] and other IsDB officials.Minister of Finance Winston Jordan and the Islamic Development Bank’s (IsDB) Vice President of Sector Operations Mansur Muhtar, on Wednesday in Jeddah signed a US$20M agreement for a loan that is expected to go towards the improvement of the country’s power supply through the Guyana Power and Light Incorporated (GPL Inc.).It was outlined that the $4.2B loan is part of the utility company’s Upgrade Programme, a component of its development and Expansion Programme for 2014 to 2021.Describing the historic occasion as a celebration of the first loan to be granted, Finance Minister Winston Jordan posited that “It cemented our growing relationship and the proactive use of the indicative resource envelope for Guyana… [the loan agreement] incorporates necessary reforms and upgrades to reduce losses, and improve the quality and reliability of electricity supply and will, at the same time help to transform Guyana’s infrastructural landscape, boost our manufacturing sector and improve the quality of life of our citizens.”Adding that the agreement could not have come at a more opportune time, the Finance Minister said “This was especially since, Guyana is on the cusp of a historic transformation with the recent discovery of over 4B barrels of oil.”He further disclosed that the International Monetary Fund described Guyana’s medium-term economic prospects as “very favourable” and predicted GDP will grow by 29.1 per cent in 2020.“The IMF has commended us on our “prudence and restraint towards borrowing in anticipation of future oil revenues”. As such, our public debt stood at a highly sustainable 52.2 per cent of GDP at the end-2017” said Jordan.During the period 27-29 November 2017, the Islamic Development Bank’s (IsDB) mounted a mission to Guyana to develop a medium-term work plan for the period 2018-2022. That plan outlines a pipeline of projects that the bank can support over the next five years. The IsDB has a resource envelope of over $188B (US$900M) that is potentially available from which the government can source.The potential areas of collaboration between the IsDB and the Government of Guyana cover several development sectors including agriculture, banking and finance, human development, energy and rural development.Observers have contended however, that since the incumbent Administration came into power in 2015 the public debt has ballooned.In fact, former President and Opposition Leader, Dr Bharrat Jagdeo had dubbed the revelation that Government had singled its intention to possibly borrow approximately 220 billion Guyana dollars (GuySuCo’s $30B bond and the Islamic Development Bank loan of $US 900M) as ‘shocking and cause for worry.’Jagdeo and economist by profession had said that “this failed approach to national economic management was tried in the past. It led to a bankrupt country and resulted in devastating consequences for our people. I am sure everyone would recall that the external debt was over 900 per cent of GDP in 1992, which was reduced to 36 per cent of GDP in 2015.”Moreover, he predicted that “this Government would go this route since the massive growth in the size of the national budgets, primarily on consumption, could not be financed by the hefty increase in taxation.”
THE NUMBER OF work permit visas issued in 2012 dropped from the previous year, according to visa specialists.Visa First said that in 2012, a total of 4,005 work permits were issued to companies in Ireland, down from 5,200 in 2011. It said that 2013 is set to continue the decline, with just 3,276 visas issued to date this year.Despite this overall year-on-year drop, Visa First says that Dublin is getting a growing percentage of the total work permits year on year.According to Edwina Shanahan of VisaFirst, there are a variety of reasons for the drop in permits:There are more people trained up in Ireland in certain areas of expertise so they are now able to fill positions that only non-nationals could fill a few years ago; also while things are picking up in the Capital, this is unfortunately not the same for the rest of the country so the need for permits is reducing.According the company, Cork is also seeing an increasing share of the work permit grants but at a much smaller scale to Dublin. It saw 417 permits in 2011, 358 in 2012 and 303 in 2013.When it comes to the different industries that are experiencing skills shortages, VisaFirst found that the science, engineering and technology industries have received over a third of all the permits issued to date this year.The ICT (information and communications technologies) industry is still top of the board for the numbers of Irish work permit visas issued. The top three players in Ireland when it comes to work permits are Facebook, Google, and IBM.Read: Immigrant Council welcomes lifting of work restrictions on Bulgarians, Romanians>
Damien Kiberd: Why we need to deliver an Irish version of the NHS>Damien Kiberd: Health is not just Angola, it’s the original Heart of Darkness> THE COST OF private health insurance premiums in Ireland doubled between 2007 and 2012. Subscribers, young and old, are being priced out of the market.The key to breaking this vicious cycle of rising costs and declining numbers of subscribers is the more equal division of older subscribers among the private insurance companies operating in the Irish market.This entails radical legislative action from the Minister for Health. Legislation compelling each of the companies to insure a balanced proportion of older people and penalising those companies which fail to do so would be a game-changer.CollapseIn the absence of radical action, Ireland’s fragile community-rated private health insurance market faces collapse. Community-rating means that everyone is charged the same rate for the same product regardless of their age, sex or health status. Effectively the risks of illness and the associated costs are pooled rather than individualised.Older people tend to have higher rates of illness and to make more claims on their insurance for medical treatment. According to the Health Insurance Authority, the average 80 year old costs 11 times more than the average 0 – 49 year old.Young people are typically healthier, ‘cheaper’ and more profitable for health insurers. The collapse of community-rating would mean that many people who are old, or sick, or both would not be able to afford private health insurance when they need it most.BalanceHealth insurance was opened to competition 17 years ago. Though companies are required to operate an open enrolment policy, there is little evidence that new companies in the market have actively targeted older people who are less attractive commercially for business. Currently, the distribution of customers aged 70 – 79 years is as follows : Aviva, 9 per cent; GloHealth, 0 per cent; Laya, 12 per cent; and VHI, 78 per cent. Clearly insurers are not building a mixed age profile of customers under their own steam.The impetus will have to come from legislation and, critically, from financial penalties for those who fail to incorporate a balanced proportion of older people in their market share. If community rating is to work in a market with multiple providers, it must be supported by an effective system of risk equalisation.Essentially, this is a mechanism for managing and distributing health insurers’ differences in costs due to the differing ages and health status of their subscribers. Stamp duties are levied on health insurers to fund credits for older and less healthy customers. There are shortcomings in the Irish system of risk equalisation.Firstly, the measurement of health status – a proxy indicator based on bed nights in hospital – is not fit for purpose. Secondly risk equalization rates are insufficient to compensate insurers for the costs of older, more expensive subscribers.EqualisationEarlier this year, the VHI estimated that risk equalisation rates compensated them for 55 per cent of the costs of their older customer base. The Department of Health’s view was that the rates were 70 – 75 per cent effective. Whichever estimate one takes, the size of the gap between costs and compensation is substantial.These shortcomings, combined with the disproportionate allocation of older subscribers across the market make a lethal combination.In November, the Minister for Health announced modest increases in risk equalisation rates. Companies with a younger market share objected loudly to the increases stating that these charges would drive further premium increases.Why so? In fact what risk equalisation does is move money around the system from the young and the healthy to the old and the sick. If insurers had a mixed profile of customers, the stamp duty paid out and credits collected would balance each other out.In passing risk equalisation charges onto their subscribers, companies are failing to effectively operate a mechanism which is fundamental to the maintenance of a community-rated private health insurance market.Community-rating – a principle based on solidarity between young and old, between the healthy and the sick – is a principle worth defending with all the tools available to policy-makers. A legal requirement that each company operating in the Irish health insurance market take a balanced share of older customers, or suffer penalties if it does not do so, is both fair and transparent. The Minister for Health should legislate.Patricia Conboy is an Independent Specialist on Ageing and Older People’s Issues. She was Director of Older & Bolder (2008 – 2013), and previously Policy Analyst with National Council on Ageing and Older People 2003 – 2008. You can visit her website here.
How to best fold a piece of paper to make an airplane was always a heated debate at school. The proof of who had the best design simply took a piece of paper and a few minutes of concentrated folding. Then it was all down to nailing the perfect throw.The team over at Pima Air & Space Museum obviously like anything that flies, but they decided to take paper airplanes to the next level by creating a giant one. In so doing, it is hoped more kids will take an interest in aviation and all the career paths it allows.The project is known as The Great Paper Airplane Project, and the “Great” could easily be replaced with “Huge.” The paper airplane they managed to fold, named Arturo’s Desert Eagle, is 45 feet long, has a wing span of 24 feet, and weighs 800 pounds. It can fly, but required the use of a Sikorsky S58T helicopter to get it off the ground.The first flight of this massive paper bird happened on March 21 in the Sonoran desert, Arizona. After being pulled into the air to a height of 2,703 feet via a line, the plane was released at which point it started to glide. That glide phase lasted somewhere between 7 and 10 seconds, and incredibly saw the aircraft reach speeds of 100mph.Unfortunately, the dive and landing wasn’t so great. Although technically made of paper, the plane was constructed of falcon board, which is the equivalent of the cardboard used for pizza boxes. It may be stronger than a sheet of paper, but falling to the ground at such high speeds means it won’t survive the landing.The video above is just the first footage of the airplane in flight. The museum is promising to upload more videos as they become available. I’m also hoping we get to see the fatal landing happen.More at The Great Paper Airplane Project, via Los Angeles Times
Stay on target ‘Project Resistance’ Trailer Shows New Multiplayer ‘Resident Evil’‘Teppen’ Is Capcom vs. Card Games Capcom and iam8bit are partnering up to create an escape room based on the Resident Evil series. Just in time for Halloween, the Resident Evil Escape Experience will be happening in Los Angeles starting on October 21 and run through November 6.The experience will have teams of up to six people enter a room that has “some obvious and some not so obvious nods to various Resident Evil games,” according to the escape room’s EventBrite page. There is no age limit but it is suggested that those who pay $35 for the experience be at least 17 years old. Folks are encouraged to arrive fifteen minutes before their scheduled appointment. The experience begins right away and no refunds are offered for those who show up late and miss it.After you’re done being scared half to death, you can check out a gallery of art based on Resident Evil. iam8bit will have merchandise and prints available to purchase at the event’s location. After spending $35 on the experience, what’s a couple of extra bucks spent on buying Resident Evil swag?If you’re interested in attending the event, make sure to head over to its EventBrite page and get yourself a ticket. Information about parking, food options, and such can be found by following this link.In case you missed it, make sure to check out my impressions of the Resident Evil 7 “Lantern” demo on PlayStation VR. The game is scary enough on its own, but in VR, it is truly a terrifying experience that is only for the bravest of souls. The demo that was released after Sony’s E3 press conference is currently available to download for the PlayStation 4. If you haven’t played it yet, do yourself a favor and try it.Resident Evil 7 will be coming to PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on January 24, 2017.
On top of humanizing the badge, there’s a story behind his viral performance.He recently got a call from a former girlfriend, who he’s still close friends with. She said she had stage 4 carcinoma.“She said ‘Hey, you know, have you seen those lip sync videos that all the other officers have been doing?’ I said, ‘Of course I’ve seen them. I’ve seen you sharing them,’” Marzigliano said.She wanted him to do one, to brighten her day.“I was in my driveway. I hadn’t even left for work yet, and I said before I even hit the road, let me just sit here real quick, I’ll just do this,” he said. “She was just cheered up, glowing. She called me up and said she was so excited to see that, and she was real thankful that I did, and it made her day a lot better.”A South Florida reporter also got in on the fun in another video with Marzigliano and a hit song by the Spice Girls.After Boynton Beach Police made their video, they challenged West Palm Beach Police. They haven’t made one yet but said they will soon. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. MIAMI (WSVN) – South Florida police officers are taking part in a lip sync battle that has swept the country, and a Florida Atlantic University officer is showing off what it takes.Now, a friendly lip syncing battle is going on between local police agencies in South Florida.In Boynton Beach, officers lip synced to “Firework” by Katy Perry while on a boat. Over in Delray Beach, it was all about “Miami” by Will Smith and “Party in the U.S.A.” by Miley Cyrus.In Boca Raton, an officer’s performance would make Olaf proud as he lip synced “In Summer” from the hit movie “Frozen.”At Florida Atlantic University, campus officer Michael Marzigliano pretended to belt out “Baby, One More Time” by Britney Spears. That video went viral with more than 4 million views so far.The video showed Marzigliano and his drug-detecting, show-stopping K9 Kona in the back.“A lot of people were making those comments on the video that the dog seems unfazed. ‘He must do this all the time.’ Yeah, that’s pretty accurate,” Marzigliano said.
Staring at Seagulls May Help Avoid Food TheftWe Now Know the DNA of Guacamole Stay on target It can be tough to find fast food options out there that conform to the standards we set for ourselves. Some people love meat, where others do their best to avoid it at all costs. If you’re a vegetarian or simply need gluten free options, it can be difficult to find anywhere that actually fits within the confines of your diet. That’s why the California-based Amy’s Drive Thru is such an interesting location. It’s the first organic, vegetarian, gluten-free (optional) fast food chain in America, and business is doing so well that the restaurant is looking into becoming a chain that will spread all across the country.The next Amy’s Drive Thru is already being planned in Northern California in an abandoned Denny’s, though the goal from Amy’s director of operations Paul Schiefer is to eventually open up locations across the country. Using over 90 employees at each Amy’s because of the complexity of the food preparation, Amy’s serves items that cater to the vegetarian crowd, much of which is reasonably priced. Employees do get paid above minimum wage and receive full benefits as well.via Amy’s Drive ThruThe recipes are approved by Amy’s employees and implement the feeling of down-home, family cooking, though there are plenty of options for anyone looking to eat healthily. The restaurants use local ingredients and farm-fresh selections, which is a big proponent for the business, and it seems as though the people are pretty happy with this type of operation, especially as Amy’s exists to serve. As Schiefer says, people who just don’t have other options out there regarding quick and easy cuisine.If you’re curious, remember that Amy’s Drive Thru is part of THAT Amy’s, or the frozen food, canned options you might be used to if you’ve been health conscious over the past few year. There are several different options at the actual location, including organic and vegan pizzas, salads, chili cheese fries, veggie burgers and more.Hopefully, Amy’s Drive Thru will be coming to a variety of cities across the country so we can all give them a try and see what they have to offer. McDonald’s has definitely been getting a little stale.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
Tags: Promotions, Sunwing Share Monday, September 24, 2018 TORONTO — A total of 10,000 premium all-inclusive vacations are now on sale with Sunwing as part of its new ‘Vacation Better’ promotion.The limited-time promotion runs until Sept. 28 and prices vacations at just $1,295 per person, taxes included. Packages are available to over 45 destinations in the Caribbean, Mexico and Central America, with departures from 33 airports coast to coast.Savings are also available on select cruise packages with sailings across the Caribbean from various ports.Top-rated resorts and excursions are the first to sell out, said Sunwing, which is why agents are encouraged to book early to ensure clients get the vacation they want at the best prices.Also, said the company, there’s no need to wait until the last minute to ensure a great deal, as its Best Price Guarantee allows Sunwing to match lower prices and refund clients the difference.Included in the sale are popular resorts for families and adults, including the Grand Sunset Princess All Suites and Spa Resort in Riviera Maya, Mexico. Activities here include archery, kayaking and snorkelling, plus there’s a supervised kids club and numerous freshwater swimming pools.More news: AMResorts has a new Sr. Dir. of Cdn. Sales & Consortia Rel’nsAlso available is Riu Montego Bay in Jamaica featuring spacious rooms designed to accommodate families of five or more. Amenities include a large pool with a swim-up bar, kids club, daily activities and evening entertainment programs. Alternatively, couples can head to Riu Republica, a lively adults-only resort in Punta Cana featuring an adults-only water park (the only one of its kind in the Caribbean), nine restaurants, nightly evening entertainment and RIU-topia perks like in-room liquor dispensers and reservation-free dining at specialty restaurants.There’s also the adults-only Sanctuary at Grand Memories Varadero in Cuba where guests can enjoy personalized butler service, an adults-only pool, specialty restaurants and access to neighbouring Grand Memories Varadero.The number of vacations priced at $1,295 are limited. Ten adults travelling together can receive special prices, added values and reduced deposits. Travelweek Group Posted by 10,000 vacations go on sale with Sunwing’s latest promotion << Previous PostNext Post >>
Facebook Comments ZURICH, Switzerland — FIFA’s ethics watchdog will on Monday give a verdict against Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini with both facing lengthy bans over a suspect two million dollar payment. The FIFA president, 79, and vice president, 60, were suspended after Swiss prosecutors started a criminal investigation into the cash transfer that Blatter approved for Platini in 2011.The FIFA judges’ ruling is set to have far-reaching repercussions.It could bring an inglorious end to Blatter’s 17 year reign over world football. A ban for Platini would deal a fatal blow to the European football chief’s hopes of taking over when an election for a new president is held on February 26.FIFA investigators have sought life bans against Blatter and Platini and both men have signalled that appeals will be made.Blatter told Swiss newspaper Blick on Sunday that he was told corruption charges against him have been dropped but he is still believed to face charges of mismanagement and conflict of interest.Multiple scandals that have hit world football have intensified the spotlight on the inquiry into a two million Swiss franc ($2 million) payment that the FIFA leader authorized for Platini.The money was for work that the French football legend carried out as a consultant from 1998 to 2002.There was no contract and details of the sum owed only appeared in FIFA’s accounts after it was paid in 2011.Blatter was then seeking support for a fourth term as FIFA leader and facing a challenge from Mohamed Bin Hammam of Qatar. Platini endorsed Blatter for the presidency but he has insisted there was no link between the payment and the election.Combative accusedBoth men deny corruption and say there was an “oral contract” for the payment because Platini’s whole salary for his work could not be made at the time. No explanation has been given for the delay however.Chief FIFA Judge Hans-Joachim Eckert held hearings for the two men last week.Blatter gave a lengthy defence while Platini boycotted the hearing and had his lawyer read out a statement saying: “I am already judged, I am already condemned.”Blatter has already announced that he will give a press conference at 10:00 a.m. on Monday in a Zurich restaurant, the Sonnenberg, that used to be FIFA’s headquarters.The Swiss powerbroker has combatively attacked the FIFA action against him saying that it was like “the inquisition.”But he also faces a Swiss criminal inquiry into the case. Prosecutors have called the cash transfer a “disloyal payment” and accused him of criminal mismanagement.The allocation of television broadcasting deals is also being investigated.Blatter and Platini can attack any ban at a FIFA appeal tribunal, the Court of Arbitration for Sport and even in a Swiss civil court.Blatter would be fighting for his reputation. For Platini, a ban would almost certainly rule him out of the FIFA election.The deadline for candidates to be registered and pass an integrity check is January 26.With FIFA’s reputation in tatters after the arrest of several top officials, Blatter announced four days after winning reelection to a fifth term in May that he would stand down and call a new election.Seven FIFA officials were arrested in a luxury Zurich hotel two days before the election congress.Now U.S. authorities have charged 39 football officials and sports business executives over more than $200 million in bribes for football television and marketing deals.Costa Rica’s Eduardo Li pleads not guilty in FIFA corruption scandalSwiss prosecutors are in parallel investigating FIFA’s management and the award of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups to Russia and Qatar.Facing pressure from governments and the International Olympic Committee for major reforms, there are currently five candidates to take over FIFA: Asian football head Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al-Khalifa of Bahrain, South African politician and tycoon Tokyo Sexwale, former FIFA vice president Prince Ali bin al Hussein of Jordan, UEFA general-secretary Gianni Infantino and Jerome Champagne, a former FIFA assistant general secretary from France. Related posts:Football: Platini fails to get FIFA suspension lifted Top US sponsors of FIFA urge football body to enact reforms Platini deal was ‘gentleman’s agreement’ – FIFA’s Blatter Platini withdraws bid for FIFA presidency
Cabinet on Wednesday approved last week’s interim agreement between the government and teacher unions on the streamlining of teaching time.According to deputy government spokesperson, Klelia Vasiliou, the cabinet ratified the agreement struck last week between teaching unions Poed, Oelmek and Oltek and the ministerial committee on education. The deal put an end to the more than two month-long dispute that led to a 48-hour teacher strike last month.The committee and public school teachers agreed last week to immediately start talks on the various problems faced by state education.The decision followed an interim agreement between the two sides to allow time for dialogue. No details were given on the agreement.Unions were up in arms when the education ministry decided last July to reduce the free time previously afforded to senior educators as well as to union cadres to engage in trade-union activities during normal working hours.With the change, certain union officials would have been forced to spend more time in the classroom.The government also proposed a reduction in the teaching periods, which educators got depending on years of service from two to one. Under the current system for example, primary school teachers have their periods cut by two to 27 after 15 years, and to 25 after 21 years.The government has since largely walked this back, bringing a revised proposal where the top officials from each trade union will be allotted a certain number of hours per week to engage in union work during normal working hours. You May LikeUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndoAngels And EntrepreneursRobert Herjavec Announce Venture Could Make You RichAngels And EntrepreneursUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
29Sep Rep. Crawford welcomes ‘Rep. for a Day’ contest winners to the Capitol Sayre Elementary students take oaths as ‘Junior Representatives’State Rep. Kathy Crawford today hosted two very special guests in Lansing when Tristan and Avery Kraemer of South Lyon joined the lawmaker as “Representatives for a Day.”The siblings were selected as winners of Rep. Crawford’s summer reading contest. The reading contest—which took place between May and August—invited elementary school students to fill out an entry bookmark each time they completed reading 10 books to win a trip to the Capitol.“The dedication that these students have shown both inside and outside the classroom is something that shouldn’t go unnoticed,” said Rep. Crawford, R-Novi. “The importance of reading cannot be stressed enough, as it is crucial to students’ future success. Students like Tristan and Avery set a prime example for their peers.”After taking their oaths and being sworn in as “junior representatives,” Tristan and Avery toured the Capitol alongside Rep. Crawford and then participated in a mock committee hearing, followed by lunch with Rep. Crawford.“It was such a pleasure to have these two brilliant students at my side today,” Rep. Crawford said. “It is clear that these two will go on to do great things and will continue to set a positive example.”Rep. Crawford plans to host a similar reading contest next summer. Categories: Crawford News,K-Crawford Photos