Federal government to spend 75 million studying seniors quality of life

first_imgMONCTON, N.B. – New Brunswick is becoming a laboratory for Canadian research on better aging.The federal health minister has announced a $75 million pilot project in the province that she says will help develop national solutions to improve seniors’ quality of life.Ginette Petitpas Taylor, who is also a New Brunswick MP, says the research done in the province will provide valuable information on how best to help Canadians live well as they age.The federal government announced in its 2018 budget that $75 million over three years will be directed towards the project for a wide range of research initiatives.The research will help improve the understanding of the effects of aging on New Brunswick’s population, including the different challenges faced by men and women.The minister says further information and details how non-governmental groups can submit proposals will be announced in July.Nearly one in five New Brunswickers is over the age of 65, and that’s expected to increase over the next 20 years.last_img read more

Ban exhorts nations to ramp up investment in disaster risk reduction

17 May 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today appealed to all nations to bolster efforts to curb disaster risk, stressing that decisive action taken now can be “one of the best investments countries can make.” Speaking at the launch ceremony in Bahrain of the first-ever “Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction,” Mr. Ban said stepped up spending in slashing risk is “critical to saving lives and livelihoods.” Further, it is essential in reaching the aims set forth in both the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the eight anti-poverty targets with a 2015 deadline, and the Hyogo Framework for Action, the 10-year programme adopted in 2005 which calls for investing heavily in disaster preparedness and strengthening the capacity of disaster-prone countries to address the risks. Increased investment by nations “is critical to saving lives and livelihoods,” he underscored. “We know the dividends,” the Secretary-General said. “Reducing disaster risk can help countries decrease poverty, safeguard development and adapt to climate change. This, in turn, can promote global security, stability and sustainability.” He noted that last year alone, 236,000 people were killed more than 300 disasters, while 200 million others were directly affected, with damages totaling over $180 billion. The new report by the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR) finds that global disaster risk is on the rise because of unsafe cities, environmental destruction and climate change, jeopardizing the lives of hundreds of millions of people worldwide. Low- and middle-income nations are becoming increasingly susceptible to disasters because of the lack of government attention, unplanned urbanization and deplorable economic conditions, it notes. The 200-page study is based on a massive database, with information culled from UN, governmental, scientific and academic sources over a 32-year period from 1975-2007. Disaster risk is highly concentrated in poorer nations with weaker governance, the report says, with just three countries – Bangladesh, China and India – accounting for 75 per cent of mortality risk from floods. Meanwhile, nations with small and vulnerable economies, such as many small island developing States, have the highest economic vulnerability and low resilience to natural hazards. Mr. Ban today said that “our capacity to cope with natural hazards is much greater than we realize,” pointing to the 20-point action plan proposed by the report to curb disaster risk and its call for a transformation in development thinking by putting emphasis on resilience and pre-emptive measures. Further, the study urges actions to limit the impact of disasters on populations by improving squatter settlements, providing land and infrastructure for the urban poor, strengthening rural livelihoods and protecting ecosystems, among other suggestions. “Such measures have great potential,” the Secretary-General stressed. Addressing reporters after the report’s launch, he said that “progress has been made in early warning and preparedness programmes worldwide but much more needs to be done.”While in Bahrain, he is scheduled to meet with Sheikh Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, as well as other senior officials. read more

Closing Bell TSX ends higher as oil advances G7 works to ease

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market closed higher Tuesday amid rising prices for oil and metals and disappointing earnings from pipeline giant TransCanada (TSX:TRP).Here are the closing numbersTSX — 12,789.02 +40.87 +0.3%S&P 500 — 1,519.43 +2.42 +0.2%Dow — 14,018.70 +47.46 +0.3%Nasdaq — 3,186.49 -5.51% -0.2%The S&P/TSX composite index was ahead 40.87 points to 12,789.02 while the TSX Venture Exchange climbed 2.74 points to 1,198.94.The Canadian dollar was up 0.16 of a cent to 99.73 cents US as traders took in a statement by the Group of Seven leading industrialized countries, including Canada, which affirmed their commitment to exchange rates determined by markets and not government policy.The statement came out prior to a weekend meeting of the Group of 20 finance ministers where exchange rates and the threat of a “currency war” are expected to feature heavily.Attention has centred recently on the Japanese yen, which dropped Monday to its lowest level against the U.S. dollar since May 2010. The Japanese government has set in motion a string of economic policies, such as a higher 2% target for Japanese inflation, that many in the markets think will lead to more money being created in Japan.One parallel effect of that policy has been a rise in the euro, which threatens to hinder Europe’s economic recovery.Despite the G7 statement, the yen remained stable as analysts observed that any country could claim that its loose monetary policy was aimed at helping the domestic economy, not setting the interest rate.U.S. indexes were mainly positive as traders looked ahead to President Barack Obama’s state of the union address Tuesday evening. The Dow Jones industrials was up 47.46 points to 14,018.7, closing at its highest level of the year and coming within 1% of its record reached in October 2007.The latest gain was powered by impressive results from two big consumer brands, Avon and luxury clothing maker Michael Kors.The Nasdaq lost 5.51 points to 3,186.49, dragged down by a 2.5% decline in Apple stock after CEO Tim Cook said that the company is “seriously” looking at ways to hand out more cash to shareholders.At the same time, he called a shareholder lawsuit against the company a “silly sideshow.” Investor David Einhorn sued Apple last week, saying a proposal slated for a vote at the company’s annual meeting in two weeks would make it more difficult to enact his plan to reward shareholders by distributing a new class of shares.The S&P 500 index was ahead 2.42 points to 1,519.43.TransCanada Corp. (TSX:TRP), which is currently seeking U.S. approval for the Keystone XL pipeline which would carry oilsands crude from Alberta to Texas, reported that its net income fell to $306 million or 43 cents per share. Its comparable earnings, which exclude most unusual items, declined to $318 million or 45 cents per share.Analysts had been expecting 51 cents per share of net earnings and 49 cents per share of adjusted earnings.TransCanada also said its quarterly dividend will rise by two cents per share to 46 cents for the quarter and its shares slipped 69 cents to $47.56.It also said that it expects the Keystone XL pipeline to be in service in late 2014 or early 2015.“That is all going to depend on politics — maybe we will get some clues tonight, maybe Obama will say something (during his state of the union speech),” said Ian Nakamoto, director of research at MacDougall, MacDougall and MacTier.“More than likely it will get approved. There will be some political wrangling but it will get approved.”The energy sector was the leading advancer, up 1% as the March contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange gained 48 cents to US$97.51 a barrel. Canadian Natural Resources (TSX:CNQ) climbed $1.04 to C$31.55.A U.S. agency has given the final approval required for the acquisition of Calgary-based Nexen Inc. (TSX:NXY) by CNOOC, one of China’s largest energy companies. The US$15.1-billion friendly takeover had broad implications in Canada and elsewhere, due to Nexen’s extensive holdings in Alberta’s oilsands, Gulf of Mexico and North Sea. Nexen shares gained 55 cents to C$27.48.Industrials provided lift to the TSX as WestJet (TSX:WJA) climbed 49 cents to $21.73 a day after the carrier announced it is boosting its base in Western Canada by launching its Encore regional service in June to British Columbia’s energy region using the airline’s first Bombardier turboprops.Bombardier shares were unchanged at $4.09 as the General Aviation Manufacturers Association said the transport giant retained its position as the world’s largest business jet manufacturer in 2012. The Montreal-based company kept the title despite an 11% drop in the value of its global deliveries in the fourth quarter.The base metals sector was ahead 0.5% while March copper in New York moved up two cents to US$3.74 a pound. Teck Resources (TSX:TCK.B) advanced 68 cents to C$33.97.The gold sector climbed about 0.5% as April gold bullion on the Nymex shed early losses and inched up 50 cents at US$1,649.60 an ounce. Endeavour Mining (TSX:EDV) rose six cents to C$2.04 and Yamana Gold (TSX:YRI) advanced 19 cents to $15.96.Novagold Resources Inc. (TSX:NG) said Tuesday that the spinoff of its copper assets last year and other factors resulted in a $67.6-million net profit for the 2012 financial year, or about nine cents per share and its shares edged up eight cents to $4.45.The tech sector was off 0.3% with CGI Group (TSX:GIB.A) up 51 cents to $28.33 while BlackBerry (TSX:BB) gave back 51 cents to $15.25.Here’s the news investors were watching today:Canada vulnerable to currency war, Carney warnsHow to reshape your retirement plans in an era of volatile marketsTelus voices opposition to $50 wireless fee cap at CRTC hearingsIntel plans to launch online TV service, making entry into media marketON DECK WEDNESDAYECONOMIC NEWSUNITED STATES8:30 a.m.Retail sales (Jan): Economists expect 0.1% rise Import price indices (Jan): Economists expect 0.8% rise from the month before, 1% decline year over year 10 a.m.Business inventories (Dec): Economists expect 0.2% rise CORPORATE NEWSCANADAThomson Reuters Q4 earnings: Analysts expect 55¢ a share Sun Life Q4 earnings: Analysts expect 63¢ Talisman Energy Q4 earnings: Analysts expect 11¢ Agnico-Eagle Q4 earnings: Analysts expect 47¢ CAE Q3 earnings: Analysts expect 17¢ Finning Intl Q4 earnings: Analysts expect 75¢ Saputo Q4 earnings: Analysts expect 67¢ First Service Q4 earnings: Analysts expect 75¢ UNITED STATESCisco Systems Q2 earnings: Analysts expect 48¢ Dr Pepper Snapple Group Q4 earnings: Analysts expect 85¢ Deere & Company Q4 earnings: Analysts expect $1.40 Duke Energy Corp Q4 earnings: Analysts expect 65¢ Whole Foods Market Q1 earnings: Analysts expect 77¢ MetLife Inc Q4 earnings: Analysts expect $1.18 Cliffs Natural Resources Q4 earnings: Analysts expect 60¢ read more

Rising oil prices well received earnings send Toronto stock market higher

Rising oil prices, well received earnings send Toronto stock market higher AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Financials and energy stocks gave the Toronto stock market a solid boost Thursday amid volatile crude prices and a well-received earnings report from the oilpatch.The S&P/TSX composite index jumped 129.27 points to 15,124.92.The Canadian dollar ran up 0.9 of a cent to cents US after tumbling more than a cent Wednesday as a four-day rally in crude prices came to an end on data that showed American inventories at their highest level in 80 years.U.S. indexes were sharply higher ahead of the release tomorrow of the government’s employment report for January.The Dow Jones industrials shot up 211.86 points to 17,884.88, the Nasdaq rose 48.4 points to 4,765.1 and the S&P 500 index was 21.01 points higher at 2,062.52.The March crude contract in New York closed up $2.03 to US$50.48 after tumbling $4.60 or almost nine per cent Wednesday. Prices had shot ahead 19 per cent over the previous four sessions on hopes that a string of cutbacks by oil producers had started to bite into a huge supply and demand imbalance that has sent prices plunging by 50 per cent since last summer.But those hopes took a hit from data showing U.S. inventories grew by 6.3 million barrels last week, about two-and-a-half times the amount that analysts expected.“Obviously the inventory numbers highlight that we’re not out of the woods yet,” said Stephen Lingard, managing director at Franklin Templeton Solutions.“In some ways, the pain really hasn’t been felt. A more drawn-out, extended lower oil price environment will, I think, cause some more discipline on the high marginal cost producers. We have seen it in the rig counts, we have seen it in announced spending cuts, but it’s still early days.”The steep decline in prices was reflected in the quarterly earnings report from Suncor (TSX:SU), Canada’s biggest oil and gas company. Its net earnings shrank to $84 million, down 81 per cent from the $443 million it posted a year earlier.Earnings ex-items were $383 million or 27 cents a share, eight cents short of estimates. Cash flow from operations fell to $1.49 billion from $2.35 billion. On the plus side, Suncor finished 2014 having spent $300 million less than its $6.8 billion forecast and its stock rose $1.06 to $38.55, helping send the energy sector up two per cent.March copper was unchanged at US$2.59 a pound and the base metals group also gained 2.5 per cent.The TSX was also supported by the industrials and tech sectors.The gold sector was slightly lower as April bullion faded $1.80 to US$1,262.70 an ounce.Telcos and consumer staples stocks were also under selling pressure.BCE Inc. (TSX:BCE) posted net income of $542 million in the fourth quarter, up nearly 10 per cent from a year before. Adjusted earnings were 72 cents per share, up nearly three per cent from least year and a penny ahead of analyst forecasts.BCE also says its annual dividend will be rising by 5.3 per cent to $2.60 per share and its shares gained 18 cents to $58.97.After the close, Twitter reported quarterly adjusted earnings per share of 12 cents, far higher than analyst forecasts of six cents and its stock was up five per cent in after-hours trading. by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 5, 2015 6:38 am MDT read more

Philippine Catholic priest rebuked says sorry for riding hoverboard during Mass

Philippine Catholic priest rebuked, says sorry for riding hoverboard during Mass by The Associated Press Posted Dec 30, 2015 10:08 am MDT Last Updated Dec 30, 2015 at 10:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email MANILA, Philippines – Philippine Roman Catholic Church officials have reprimanded a priest for riding a hoverboard and singing a song during Christmas Eve Mass.The Diocese of San Pablo, south of Manila, said the Rev. Albert San Jose apologized for his action, which was caught on video and widely shared on YouTube.The video shows the priest in a white cassock gliding up and down the church’s aisles on the two-wheeled electric scooter while singing a Christmas song. Some members of the surprised congregation applaud as he pivots and moves backward.The performance came just before the final blessing in the Mass at the church in Binan city in Laguna province.“That was wrong,” the diocese said in a statement late Tuesday, emphasizing that celebrating the Mass is the church’s “highest form” of worship and “demands utmost respect and reverence.”“It is not a personal celebration where one can capriciously introduce something to get the attention of the people,” it said.The priest could not immediately be reached for comment.Philippine church officials have urged priests to live simply and humbly as they minister to the poor in the Asian bastion of Catholicism, especially under the leadership of Pope Francis, who is known for his frugal lifestyle.___Online: www.youtube.com/watch?v=bKcf_m2Npyk read more

Innovation imperative to make Global Goals a reality – UN official on

“It is the recognition that if we educated women and girls, then we will see changes not only in gender equality, in fighting corruption, government, peace and security but it’s actually the second highest need for climate change action,” Dr. Murabit added, stressing the economic importance of creating education and employment opportunities for women and girls around the world. The Global Festival of Ideas, the first in a series of annual forums, is hosted by the UN SDG Action Campaign in partnership with the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) with the support of the German Government. VIDEO: The three day Global Festival of Ideas for Sustainable Development brings together hundreds of experts and grassroots organizations to exchange ideas on policies aimed at implementing and promoting the SDGs.In particular, she highlighted the importance of SDG5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls. “I’m a medical doctor and I’m very passionate about health, but it’s gender equality that gets me out of bed every morning. It’s a desire and a drive to ensure that women and girls around the world have the same opportunity as their male counterparts,” she said in her keynote address. The three-day Global Festival of Ideas for Sustainable Development has brought together policy makers, civil society and the private sector to discuss and exchange ideas and policies and collaboratively work on simulations and models to overcome obstacles in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). “To ensure that by 2030, the SDGs become a reality for everyone, everywhere, we must innovate in the way we think about communicating the goals, building partnerships, and push for more people-centred action at the local, regional and global levels,” underlined Sarah Poole, UN Development Programme (UNDP) Deputy Assistant Administrator. She added that the UN has a responsibility to help countries make the Global Goals a reality by putting societies on a sustainable development pathway, managing risks and enhancing resilience. Also today, the UN SDG Advocate, Alaa Murabit, highlighted the importance of partnership and cooperation between “unlikely allies” working together to implement the agenda for the benefit all humankind. read more

Coleman founded organizations OSU chapter

Now a member of the Philadelphia Eagles, Kurt is glad the team has continued to participate after his departure. “It’s been going for about four years strong and it’s continuing to develop,” Coleman said. “It’s got a lot of youth to it, a lot of growth and a lot of room to grow.” Though he has moved on, Coleman has influenced the chapter’s leadership. “Kurt is a guy I can always call, on and off the field, for advice,” said Donnie Evege, defensive back and chapter president. “I think he set a great example for myself and everyone else on the football team.” That example was most crucial in Coleman’s final year when Evege served as vice president. “Kurt showed me how to do it his last year here,” Evege said. “I followed in his footsteps, and when he was gone, I kind of had a smooth transition into it.” Despite remaining in contact with Uplifting Athletes, Coleman does not want to dictate its decision-making. “I don’t want to tell them what disease they should be trying to raise money for,” he said. “The whole fun for me was that I got to choose which rare disease to raise money for so I felt like I had done something.” Influencing decisions or not, Coleman has done something to make a name for the organization in Columbus. “Since Kurt was actually the one to start the chapter of Uplifting Athletes … he has certainly left his mark,” Duffy said. “He has done some great work there.” Former Buckeye safety Kurt Coleman has left an enduring legacy off the field. Coleman is a founding member of the Ohio State chapter of Uplifting Athletes, a nonprofit organization that raises money for rare diseases. Coleman’s work establishing the athlete-run organization was recently spotlighted by the Big Ten Network’s Give Big program. “When we did outreach to Ohio State University we kept hearing about Kurt Coleman’s fantastic work that he had done with Uplifting Athletes,” Give Big program consultant Jeanette Duffy said. “So it just seemed like a no-brainer once we spoke to Kurt himself.” Coleman and then-OSU fullback Matt Daniels started the campus chapter more than three years ago. “How I kind of came about it is my roommate Matt Daniels and I … our dads both had cancer,” Coleman said. “We wanted to try to do something for those diseases as well as other diseases (and) … we figured that it was a great opportunity to branch out and start our own chapter at Ohio State.” When remembering his time with the organization, Coleman talks about his contributions and the fun he had helping the community. “My (most fun) time was last year when I was able to take over the whole process myself,” he said. “We had an event at Damon’s (restaurant) … to raise awareness of CMT (Charcot-Marie-Tooth) disease, which (quarterback) Terrelle (Pryor’s) father and aunt have.” One focus of the organization is to include as many members of the football team as possible. “Coach (Jim) Tressel and all the guys, they rally behind all these type of ideas,” Coleman said. “It’s nothing new to them … people are very willing to follow and participate.” read more

EU doctors three times more likely to face disciplinary action for poor

first_imgDr Tomasz Fryzlewicz, 56, a Polish heart doctor who had worked in the NHS since 2006 was the first to face restrictions under the new rules after failing the language test three times.But Britain was banned from testing European doctors for their clinical language skills because UK doctors do not have to face similar tests.The Patients Association said it was concerned that poor communication was leading to mistakes and misunderstandings between patients and medics.Katherine Murphy, chief executive of the Patients Association, said: “We hear from patients via our helpline that there are real issues with healthcare professionals from other countries, including problems with communication and a lack of understanding of processes and procedures.“If the NHS employs healthcare professionals from other countries, it must ensure that they are fully qualified and competent to carry out their duties and that they are competent enough in English to safely and effectively communicate with patients.“We are concerned that poor English skills may lead to mistakes and misunderstandings between healthcare colleagues or when patients are trying to explain their problems.” The RCS also said it was disappointing that the General Dental Council and Nursing and Midwifery Council had lower requirements for language proficiency than the GMC and has called for them to raise the bar.Dr Nigel Carter, of the Oral Health Foundation, said: “There are many excellent dental professionals coming to work in the UK from the EEA but some are hindered by an initial misunderstanding of clinical English language skills which could lead to communication issues and misinformation in the dentist/patient relationship.“These could develop into more serious problems if they are allowed to propagate and I support the RCS in their call for discussion about this while there is the opportunity for change following the recent referendum result.”A Department of Health spokesman said: “Patient safety is of the utmost importance, and we expect all healthcare professionals working in the UK to have a good command of the English language.”That is why we have tough rules, allowing the GMC and individual employers to test employees at and beyond the initial point of employment – and these cases represent just 0.002% of NHS staff.” Dr Tomasz Fryzlewicz, 56, a Polish heart doctor faced restrictions after failing an English test three times  However, those from outside Europe must pass the Professional and Linguistic Assessments Board (PLAB) to demonstrate  they know medical terms, are clear about consent, can adequately describe a procedure and are aware of treatment side effects.“The number of EEA doctors and dentists facing allegations relating to their communication skills is an issue we think the Government should be taking very seriously,” said Professor Nigel Hunt, Dean of the Faculty of Dental Surgery at the Royal College of Surgeons.“Currently EU law makes it impossible to insist applicants demonstrate their English skills in a clinical setting. However, post-Brexit negotiations offer an excellent opportunity to change this and ensure that testing is vigorous enough to ensure patient safety.“While the professional regulators are able to require proof of the clinical language skills of non-EU applicants, the same checks do not apply to EEA applicants and our fear is that this could be putting patients at risk.“We want the same rules to apply to all non-UK professionals, regardless of where in the world they come from.”Data from the General Dental Council also showed that one quarter of complaints made about poor communication related to European dentists even though they account for just 16 per cent of the workforce. Just 4.7 per cent related to practitioners from the rest of the world, who make up 11.5 per cent of dentists.Since basic language testing came into force in 2014, the GMC said more than 1,000 European doctors seeking registration in the UK have not satisfied their English language requirements. Dr Tomasz Fryzlewicz, 56, a Polish heart doctor faced restrictions after failing an English test three times  European doctors are three times more likely to face disciplinary proceedings for poor English than those from further afield because they are exempt from stringent language tests under EU law, the Royal College of Surgeons has warned.The RCS claims that the safety of patients is at risk from medics who cannot communicate properly and is calling for the rules to be changed during Brexit negotiations.Freedom of Information data from the General Medical Council showed that 29 doctors from the European Economic Area (EEA) faced allegations relating to ‘inadequate knowledge of the English language’ during 2014 and 2015.Four doctors have since been suspended or had restrictions placed on their practice with a number of cases still to be decided by the GMC.By comparison just 10 doctors from outside Europe faced similar allegations even though they make up more than double the number of doctors, nurses or dentists as those from the continent – 26 per cent compared with 11 per cent.Under rules which came into force in 2014 doctors applying to the NHS from Europe only need to score 7.5 on the International English Language Testing System, which equates to basic conversational skills.center_img Nurses and dentists still do not have to pass the same English language qualifications as doctors Nurses on a ward  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? 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Bundesliga derby Kiel won satisfaction HSV champions title

← Previous Story Heinvetter “hits” on teammates Next Story → Ciudad Real already at the EHF F4 in Koln! Derby match in Handball Bundesliga between THW Kiel and HSV Hamburg ended with a win of “Zebras” – 38:35 (19:18). Team from Baltic Sea has now three points less and game more then HSV Hamburg four matches before the end of the Championship, so it is clear that HSV will celebrate the first title in club history.THW Kiel: Omeyer (15/2 saves, 1.-60.); Palicka (1/1 – 7 meter;Jicha 9/1, Zeitz 7, Ahlm 6, Palmarsson 4, Sprenger 3, Narcisse 3, Ilic 3/3, Klein 3, Andersson, Kubes, Dragicevic n.e., Reichmann n.e., Fernandez n.e.HSV Handball: Bitter (9 saves); Sandström (4/1 saves);Kraus 10/5, K. Lijewski 6, Lindberg 6/2, Lackovic 3, Hens 3, Jansen 2, Vori 2, Schröder 1, Duvnjak 1, B. Gille 1, Flohr, G. Gille, M. Lijewski n.e. Toyota Handball Bundesliga read more

Heres what you should really be eating for breakfast

first_img A Pittsburgh doctor says Antonio Brown once repeatedly farted in his face during a consultation, and that he owes him $11,500 in unpaid bills Image: Blue Bottle Coffee/FacebookCoffee has received a bad rap over the years, but long-term medical studies are now tipping in favor of the caffeinated beverage. As long as you’re not pushing 4 cups a day, there’s nothing wrong with drinking coffee.Foods to avoid: Bacon, sausage, hash browns, processed cheese, biscuits (American scones) with gravy, or granola barsMost of these foods either contain a lot of saturated fat or are high in sugar. They’re alright to eat once in a while, but not on a regular basis.“People tend to think of granola bars as being healthy,” says Frechman. “It’s cheaper and more healthy to have just a bowl of cereal with milk and fruit.”- Dina SpectorSick of the same old scrambled eggs? Here are new spins on eggs> WHILE THE BENEFITS of eating breakfast are well-known —  it can prevent weight gain, boost short-term memory, lower the risk of type 2 diabetes, and even make us happier — most of those health rewards depend on choosing the right foods.“In general, a healthy breakfast contains protein, fruits, whole grains, or vegetables,” says Ruth Frechman, MA, RDN, CPT, nutritionist and author of “The Food is My Friend Diet.” Typically, you want to include foods from at least three of these groups, says Frechman.The portion sizes will depend on your age, activity, and diet goals, but as a general guideline your “plate” should consist of about 25% protein, 25% carbohydrates, and 50% fruits and/or vegetables, says Frechman.Frechman emphasises the importance of eating breakfast, but recommends waiting until you’re legitimately hungry to break bread. “If you force yourself to eat at 7am when you’re not hungry, chances are you are going to gain weight.”When you are ready to chow down, here are some healthy breakfast options to make sure you start the day off right.EggsImage: eggs via Shutterstock“Eggs are your friends again,” says Frechman. Although one large egg contains 212 milligrammes of cholesterol — a relatively large amount compared to other foods — it’s now known that saturated fat increases “bad” blood cholesterol and not the cholesterol in foods.One egg carries around 70 calories and packs 6 grammes of protein. Before you toss the yolk, remember that the yellowish centre is where most of the nutrients are found. The yolk is a good source of lutein, a vitamin also found in spinach and kale that helps prevents eye diseases.Whole-grain bread, cereal, or oatmealImage: Nate Steiner/Flickr“Breakfast happens to be the easiest time to get in heart healthy fibre from whole grain cereal and oats which can help lower blood pressure and cholesterol,” says Lisa Moskovitz, RD, CDN, owner of Your New York Dietitians. Fibre keeps us full and gives us energy.“Always look for at least 5 grammes of fibre when choosing breakfast cereals,” says Moskovitz. She also says to use any milk with 1% fat or less. “No one over the age of 2 should be drinking higher fat cow’s milk.”Another warning: If you’re watching your weight, you want to stay away from whole-grain cereals with added sugar because those pack a lot of extra calories.Peanut butter Image: Jeremy Keith/FlickrIt’s completely acceptable to get your fruit in liquid form, but make sure to choose 100% fruit juice, otherwise there could be added sugar. “Punches and fruit drinks have added sugar, which are just extra calories,” says Frechman.Coffee Goldman Sachs did a massive survey of its Gen Z interns and found they like pot, but ignore influencers center_img Image: Dustin Dennis/ShutterstockThere are 8 grammes of protein in two tablespoons of peanut butter, which is roughly 20% of the daily recommended amount for adult men and women. “It helps to have protein at every meal to regulate your blood sugar level,” says Frechman. “If you were to have pancakes, syrup, and juice, your blood sugar would spike and then crash.”Also, peanut butter mostly contains the “good” unsaturated fat. “I always recommend a nut butter like cashew butter, almond butter, or sunflower butter instead of putting real butter, margarine, or cream cheese on a bagel,” says Frechman. Yellowish spreads like margarine are much higher in “bad” saturated fats.FruitImage: Flickr/aryaziaiBerries, bananas, or melon — take your pick. “There’s no such things as an unhealthy fruit,” says Frechman. However, you should mix and match your fruit choices to take advantage of a variety of different nutrients. Blueberries, for example, are high in antioxidants while oranges are loaded with vitamin C and potassium.If you’re looking for convenience, Frechman recommends bananas since they’re easy to transport and eat without making a mess.YogurtImage: janineomg via Flickr“A breakfast parfait would make a great, very convenient breakfast,” says Frechman. A 6-ounce serving of yogurt contains as much protein as a serving as meat. Greek yogurt contains even more protein — sometimes double the amount of regular yogurt. If you have diabetes or are watching your calories, plain, non-fat or low-fat yogurt is a healthier choice than fruit-flavored yogurts, which can have a lot of added sugar.SmoothiesImage: FlickrA smoothie makes a complete, on-the-go meal. You can add a base of yogurt for protein and fresh or frozen fruit, like strawberries, for sweetness. If you don’t like eating your vegetables with dinner, this blended drink is an easy way to cram greens like spinach or kale into your diet.Fruit juice Mercedes-Benz will join the electric scooter wars with its own model in 2020 10 things you need to know before the opening bell last_img read more

Anonymous target antigay Westboro Baptist Church

first_imgIt appears that the online vigilante group Anonymous has stopped its campaign of bringing down HBGary CEO Aaron Barr and have instead focused on a new target, this time the anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church.Anonymous have accused the church of bigotry and fanaticism, and have warned them that if they did not stop their public protests they would be attacked. In response the Baptist Church hit back and said that they would not be threatened and goaded Anonymous to “bring it!”Westboro Baptist Church has been widely criticized for its stance against homosexuality and various protests which include picketing at military funerals and desecrating the American flag. The church leader Fred Phelps was banned from entering the UK in 2009 by the Home office and a number of US states have banned various members from protesting close to the aforementioned military funerals.The argument was started when Anonymous laid their cards on the table to Westboro Baptist Church with a letter stating:We have always regarded you and your ilk as an assembly of graceless sociopaths and maniacal chauvinists & religious zealots, however benign, who act out for the sake of attention & in the name of religion. However, despite the above being posted on the Anonymous news site, there has been uncertainty surrounding its authenticity. Graham Cluley from security firm Sophos believes that due to Anonymous being a headless organization its loyal followers could be led into mounting an attack on the church under false pretense:There are dangers in future that someone may pose as Anonymous and say that they want an attack. Unfortunately it may be too late for withdrawal as the Westboro Baptist Church issued a statement of its own which labeled Anonymous as “a puddle of pimple-faced nerds” and this in turn led on to the opening “bring it!” statement which brought Anonymous into action.Read more at BBClast_img read more

iFixit Surface Pro 2 teardown reveals 90 screws lots of adhesive

first_imgiFixit has busted out the teardown gear once again, and this time it’s the Surface Pro 2 that hit the workbench. The results weren’t pretty, but in Microsoft’s defense improved repairability wasn’t one of the upgrades the company boasted about.The Surface Pro 2 looks a lot like the original, and it repairs like the original. iFixit slammed the Surface Pro 2 with an abysmal 1/10. There’s really no way to get a poorer score on a tablet, except possibly injecting the casing with epoxy so that the whole device is one massive, glued-together chunk that’s destined for the landfill.After removing the new dual-stage kickstand by taking out just two screws, the real work began. First up was the stubborn adhesive that secures the Pro 2’s display, which had to be coerced into letting go by a sustained assault from iFixit’s heat gun. Then it was on to the interior, where the crew found screws. Lots of screws.Screws aren’t always a bad thing. They’re a sign that things can at least be removed using fairly standard means, and that’s certainly better than finding even more adhesive or parts that are soldered in place. But 52 screws of three different sizes in a 10.6-inch tablet is bordering on ridiculous.The final nail in the coffin of repairability? Microsoft chose to glue the Surface Pro 2’s batteries to the rear panel, just like it did in the original. It would’ve been nice if Microsoft had followed Amazon’s lead and used a few more screws instead… or, heck, figured out some way to make the battery easily user-replaceable.last_img read more

OxladeChamberlian reflects on World Cup miss

first_imgAlex Oxlade-Chamberlian has opened up about the pain of missing the World Cup with England due to a long-term knee injury.Alex Oxlade-Chamberlian will be out for the entirety of the current season after sustaining multiple ligament damages last April.He would have been part of Gareth Southgate’s World Cup squad but had to watch the games at home as England reached the semi-final in Russia.“I can’t sit here and lie and say it was easy. It was really difficult,” he told Sky Sports.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“Obviously I had a realistic chance to be playing and definitely to be there, so that was obviously not easy.“But at the same time, I went into England fan mode. You can’t not get excited.“As the games were going on and I was seeing a lot of my friends out there doing so well, it was great to see.“I was so excited for them and I got fully into the spirit. I was gutted at the end when we got so close.”last_img read more

Portland firm used threat of move to Vancouver to get tax breaks

first_imgDid Oregon get played?A Portland company says it would have moved to Vancouver if it hadn’t received political support and tax breaks worth more than $5 million from the Oregon governor and the Portland City Council. However, economic development officials in Clark County said Thursday they never heard from Rentrak Corp. when it was considering relocating its headquarters.Bart Phillips, president of the Columbia River Economic Development Council, said his agency had no direct contact with Rentrak. Alisa Pyszka, business development manager for the city of Vancouver, said she never met with the company, “and to my knowledge no one else in the city has met with them.” So, she said, “we also can say no incentives have been extended.”David Chemerow, chief operating officer and chief financial officer for Rentrak, which makes software that tracks certain data for the entertainment industry, said that while Rentrak never got to the point of talking to local development officials in Clark County, the company did have “discussions and some lease negotiations with one property in Vancouver” — Columbia Tech Center — and was “very impressed by it.”It was at that point, Chemerow said, that Rentrak “had further negotiations with our landlord and with our officials here in Oregon to see if it was feasible to stay here.”Turns out, it was. The Portland City Council voted unanimously Wednesday to adjust the borders of a state enterprise zone to include Rentrak’s Northeast Portland headquarters, according to the Oregonian newspaper. That change enables the company to participate in state tax-credit programs that could cut the company’s state income and property tax bills by more than $5 million over five years.last_img read more

Weather Eye Storms clear for sunny dads day

first_imgHappy Father’s Day!Skies cleared and the rain dissipated as we entered into the weekend and we will squeeze out a relatively pleasant Father’s Day. No worry though, another pesky upper level low is just off the coast and will bring a chance of showers or light rain Monday through Thursday before we repeat another dry weekend.The weather this coming week will be somewhat similar to last week weatherwise and, as always, it depends just where and how long that low pressure system hangs around. The showers should not be as intense, as the air aloft will be warmer.We managed to reach 80 degrees Saturday, which in my book is just about right for a summer day.While we cool down to the upper 60s or low 70s this week, Fairbanks Alaska will be basking in 24 hours of daylight with highs of 90 degrees. Somehow that doesn’t seem right, does it? Oh well, it is a little too hot to head south so maybe head north for the heat. I guess our dependable summer weather will arrive as usual after July 5.Vancouver picked up .94 of an inch of rain this past week including a record setting .55 of an inch Wednesday. Temperaturewise we are pretty much close to normal — about one half degree above average.The instability showers that rolled through the region Thursday deposited some large amounts of rain, nearly an inch in Kelso and spawned a tornado briefly in McMinnville, Ore. There were only four tornadoes reported in the United States on Thursday with one in Oregon. Several other funnel clouds were sighted in Oregon too. These are cold core funnels often seen around March and April.last_img read more

Galaxy Note 10 Plus 5G is the latest proof that 5G isnt

first_img Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Plus look incredible See it Share your voice 5:34 Best Buy Galaxy Note 10 and 10 Plus: Samsung’s two new phones kill the headphone jack Samsung has a new insanely thin laptop Galaxy Note 10 Plus 5G will cost $1,300 and start as a Verizon exclusive Everything unveiled at Samsung Unpacked Full coverage of Samsung’s event Now playing: Watch this: A look at the different versions of Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Note 10 Plus 5G can spur a minor headache.   Sarah Tew/CNET AT&T has had, generously speaking, a mixed year when it comes to 5G. It kicked off 2019 by doubling down on its dubious 5GE claim, which misled consumers into thinking they had 5G, when they really were tapping into an advanced form of 4G that every other carrier already offered. After touting the launch of the world’s first 5G network in December, it still hasn’t made it available to anyone aside from select, friendly business customers. Even as Samsung launches its second 5G phone in the Galaxy Note 10 Plus 5G, AT&T has yet to launch its consumer service. But, as odd as it sounds, AT&T may have been right all along. It’s unclear which version Sprint will get, but it’s likely able to tap into its five-city 5G network, powered by what’s known as mid-band 2.5 gigahertz spectrum, which offers a decent compromise between speed and range. Because of the properties of that spectrum, it has the broadest coverage of any of the carriers from a per-square-mileage perspective. “Sprint has been transparent about its 5G network publishing coverage maps and (population coverage), along with setting expectations about the real-world average speeds customers should expect,” said a Sprint spokeswoman.Then there’s the of T-Mobile potentially buying Sprint. Depending on which version of the Galaxy Note 10 Plus 5G Sprint gets, there may be issues with tapping into all of the different bands. Yes, it’s hard to keep track of – even if you follow this stuff for a living. The bottom line is that it’s a fallacy to think that you’re future-proofing yourself with any of these early 5G phones.Samsung, for its part, says that it ensures that the value proposition of the phone itself justifies the purchase.It gets betterThe good news is 2020 brings a lot more simplicity to the 5G world. That new modem that Qualcomm is rolling out, called the X55 for all you chip nerds, will be more broadly available. And better yet, it’ll be able to fulfill its potential of being able to tap into every band. It’ll eventually get integrated into a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, which will allow for smaller and more power-efficient phones. More importantly, carriers are shooting for the coverage to be much better. Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg told CNBC that his company will cover half the nation with its 5G network by next year and that half of consumers will be using a 5G phone by 2024. Verizon hasn’t said specified how it would get that broader coverage, only saying it would use different bands of spectrum for better reach. 116-samsung-galaxy-note-10-note-10-plusThe Galaxy Note 10 Plus 5G looks exactly like the normal 10 Plus. Sarah Tew/CNET AT&T and T-Mobile both expect to officially launch its 5G service later this year, but both are promising nationwide coverage by next year. T-Mobile’s Ray hinted that the company’s next “Un-Carrier” event would center on 5G, but it’s dependent on getting that version of the Galaxy Note 10 Plus 5G that can tap into the broader network. It won’t loudly promote its service until that happens.  “T-Mobile has long held a radically different vision for 5G in America: that it should work everywhere and cost the same as LTE does today,” Ray said on Thursday.It’s not that radical. For once, AT&T agrees. “We believe from a consumer perspective, you have to get to mass coverage,” Gordon Mansfield, vice president of converged access and device technology for AT&T, said in an interview last month. Now if AT&T could just get rid of that stupid 5G E logo. CNET’s Shara Tibken contributed to this report.The story published at 5 a.m. PT.  $999 Related Links Samsung Galaxy Note 9 5G AT&T Samsung Sprint T-Mobile Verizon CNET may get a commission from retail offers. 62 Photos $799 News • Grab an unlocked Samsung Galaxy Note 9 for $719 $999 Sprint Verizon Wireless Phones See It See It 5G is live, but it’s hardly lived up to expectations. CNET’s speed test of 5G networks around the world, spanning everywhere from Seoul to London and many cities in between, have found startling high speeds but limited or spotty coverage. All new network deployments have their fair share of growing pains, but this generation’s rollout has been far more problematic. But to the carriers, that doesn’t matter. If the last few years have been all about building up hype for when 5G becomes reality, 2019 has been about sustaining that hype until 5G becomes something ready for mainstream consumers. It’s been about a series of first: AT&T and Korean telecom player KT jockeying to be the first to launch a 5G; Verizon launching the first 5G network available to US consumers; Motorola launching the first 5G device through a Moto Mod attachment; Samsung launching the first 5G smartphone; or EE launching the first UK network. Ultimately, this is more about bragging rights and the ability to tout network superiority over their competitors, and less about whether you as a consumer are going to get a good experience. As CNET senior reporter Shara Tibken explains, you should wait it out before really investing in a 5G phone, because the early technical limitations mean the first-generation devices aren’t actually a way to future-proof yourself when better coverage rolls out. While AT&T is hardly blameless here, withholding 5G service from consumers is at least an honest admission that its 5G experience isn’t ready. “We’re not distracted by the 5G popularity contest,” an AT&T spokesman said. “Our focus is on our customers.”Likewise T-Mobile, which has launched its millimeter wave network in a limited fashion, hasn’t talked about the service much and isn’t going to go big until it can roll out broader coverage.”You can’t go to a US consumer and charge them a big premium and it works on three street corners,” T-Mobile Chief Technology Officer Neville Ray said in an interview in March.Galaxy Note 10 Plus 5G confusion  A look at the different versions of the upcoming Galaxy Note 10 Plus 5G spurs a minor headache. Verizon Wireless is the exclusive US launch partner for the device, but the phone can tap only into the super-fast but super-limited network that the carrier has built using a high frequency form of radio signals called millimeter wave spectrum. If you happen to be in the right intersection or sports arena in one of nine cities, you’ll get some of the highest speeds available.Walk a block or two away, and you’re out of luck. Things get confusing when you look at the different version that AT&T and T-Mobile get. Their Note 10 Plus 5G uses a more advanced modem by Qualcomm that can tap into multiple bands. But these early versions are hobbled and can only access their lower frequency spectrum – which offer great coverage, but much lower speeds – and not the super-fast millimeter-wave spectrum they’ve already launched in various cities. Review • Note 10 launch could still give Note 9 sales a jolt Preview • Four days with the Galaxy Note 9: Here’s the good and bad so far Tags Everything to know about the Galaxy Note 10 (The Daily… 18 $799 See It Mentioned Above Samsung Galaxy Note 9 (128GB, ocean blue) Samsung Event Commentslast_img read more

The real cost of child care in Juneau

first_imgTristan Ridgeway tells a story while his mom, Chloe Abbott, watches. (Video still by David Purdy/KTOO)Working parents looking for child care can find themselves without many options in Juneau. Like a lot of things in Alaska, it’s expensive — sometimes costing more than $1,000 a month.Listen nowChloe Abbott and her son, Tristan Ridgeway, have seen the lack of child care first hand.The energetic nine-year-old likes building things and telling stories. His mom hasn’t had an easy time finding a good fit for him in the child care environment.Two-and-a-half years ago, Abbott was building a career with the state when Tristan came home one day.“He said he was getting hurt at day care, by one of the providers,” Abbott said.Confronted with a decision, she filed a complaint with the state. A few months later, the day care center shut down, citing financial reasons.When Abbott went to look for a new day care for Tristan, she only found one. That provider spoke almost exclusively Spanish.Tristan didn’t feel comfortable with the language barrier, so she left her career and found a job where she could bring her son along – cleaning apartments during the week. She also was able to work as a server on the weekends when Tristan was with his father.But it wasn’t enough.“Even between those two part-time jobs,” Tristan said, “still that didn’t make up for the break I took in pay.”Without other child care options for Tristan, Abbott’s work and finances took a hit.“I lost my retirement,” she said, “because I needed something to make up for – I had a car payment, I had rent, bills, get food, you know, lights. All those things are really expensive here in Juneau.” A challenge for JuneauMany parents struggle to find child care in a city with more kids than available slots.For every licensed child care slot in Juneau, there are almost 3.5 children under six without a stay-at-home parent, according to a 2016 report commissioned by the Association for the Education of Young Children, which helped fund this reporting project.Even when it is available, child care isn’t necessarily affordable.Brian Holst has thought a lot about the role of education in the economy in his positions as president of the Juneau Economic Development Council and a member of the school board. (Video still by David Purdy/KTOO)“Parents are faced with this dilemma of, ‘Well, I can get a job, but it will cost me almost all my earnings to pay for child care for my child’,”  Brian Holst said.Holst is the president of the Juneau Economic Development Council and a school board member. He said some people opt to stay out of the workforce altogether. According Holst, making child care available to more parents could help fill lower paid jobs and make Juneau more attractive to workers with in-demand skills.“There’s work for people to take if we had opportunities for them to enter the work force,” Holst said.Recently, there have been a few efforts to boost child care in Juneau.In 2015, the Assembly voted to relax zoning rules to make it easier to start in-home child care facilities in residential neighborhoods. And there are training and startup resources for new providers.The business of child careBut in the end, like any business, it comes down to money.One reason the city doesn’t have enough child care is that providers are getting squeezed financially as well.Kueni Maake, who has provided child care at ABC Center in Juneau for 25 years, understands the financial pressure.Like many providers Maake said she could probably charge more, but she’s reluctant to raise prices when she thinks about the parents and families relying on her.“I think that’s my downfall as a businesswoman,” Maake said. “I go with my own emotion a lot of time when I do the rate. I do not go with the market rate.”But prices that are too low can ultimately mean fewer slots for kids that need them.Many child care centers lack the income to grow, and some aren’t even able to cover costs and end up closing altogether.Chloe Abbott and her son, Tristan Ridgeway. (Video still by David Purdy/KTOO)Abbott never did find child care for her son. She stuck it out until Tristan was in school full time and able to be a little more independent.“Now that he is old enough to spend a little time on his own I can still work full time,” Abbott said. “But it took quite a while for us to get where we’re at right now, and me to get back to the career I want to be in.”Earlier this year, a volunteer group lobbied the Juneau Assembly to spend sales tax money to subsidize early childhood education, but that proposal lost out to a host of infrastructure and maintenance projects.last_img read more

Shujan for army deployment during general election

first_imgElection CommissionSushashoner Jonno Nagorik (Shujan), a civic platform, on Monday stressed on the need for army deployment in the next general election due late this year.Speaking at a roundtable at National Press Club, Shujan leaders said the authorities concerned should take the media reports about the election commission (EC) into cognizance otherwise it will be hard to establish people’s rights to franchise, reports UNB.Executive member of Shujan and a local government expert Tofail Ahmed presented the keynote while Shujan president Badiul Alam Mazumder conducted the event.Former election commissioner brigadier general, M Sakhawat Hossain , M Hafiz Uddin, Syed Abul Maksud, Rumin Farhana, Khalekuzzaman and Pathan Azad were, among others, attended the roundtable.Tofail Ahmed said, “People have the right to exercise their franchise fearlessly in the upcoming city corporation elections and in the general election. It’s a civil right as well as a constitutional right and it is the duty of the government to give back the rights.”M Sakhawat Hossain stressed on the need for strengthening the security measures for fair holding of the election.Rumin Farhana, said, “Now, it is uncertain that the voters will return to their home safely after casting their votes as casting votes in polling centres is risky.”last_img read more