Q&A with #MFLNMC: How is Medicaid affected by the Affordable Care Act?

first_imgAre you a military service provider or caregiver to a family member whose medical coverage falls under Medicaid? Are you unsure how their coverage may be affected by the Affordable Care Act? In today’s caregiving post we take a brief look at the impact the Affordable Care Act has on Medicaid.The Affordable Care Act (ACA) allows states to expand Medicaid based on the percentage of the federal poverty level. About half of the U.S. has opted to do this as of early 2015. These states have expanded Medicaid eligibility to adults earning up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level.The ACA also creates incentives for states to further develop Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) and to incorporate the programs into their state Medicaid programs, making services more widely available. HCBS are provided under federal waivers that allow states to provide services to qualified individuals. As a result, the scope of services may be limited, the populations served may be specified, and the approval to operate the waiver time may be limited.  Medicaid is and remains a federal-state program that is administered by state governments.To learn more about Medicaid check out our Medicaid and Military Families: An Introduction training.Have a question for our military caregiving team? Let us know! We want to hear from you.last_img read more

Food Safety for Your Labor Day

first_imgCC Flickr Picnic food by Mark H. Anbinderby Joanna ManeroAlthough the summer is winding down and coming to an end, Labor Day is always a nice last hoorah.  It’s the perfect time to squeeze in one last picnic or trip to the lake or beach with the family.  Before embarking on the family fun, check out these picnic tips to make sure everyone enjoys their break without too many trips to the bathroom.  Don’t forget your food safety!Keep your hands clean– It can be tricky to wash your hands in an outdoor setting.  If facilities aren’t available, plan ahead and bring hand wipes or sanitizer to use before handling food.Keep cool things cool– If you have cold items, like potato salad or condiments, keep them in the cooler.  Keep the cooler in a shaded area and try to limit excessively opening the cooler to maintain cold temperature.  Keep ice packs or ice cubes in the cooler and everything in an air tight container to avoid cooler water from getting in the food.Don’t over-pack– Try to bring only the food you think you and your family will eat.  Don’t overpack food, to avoid dealing with leftovers.Leftovers–  If you happen to have leftovers, place them in sealed containers and stick them in a cooler to avoid leaving them in the temperature danger zone, the temperature range in which bacteria grow most rapidly, for too long.Save condiment packages– If you can, save a few small condiment packages from fast food restaurants or cafes to stick in your picnic basket.  It’ll take up less room and will be easier to share.Reverse pack your basket– Pack food items on the bottom of the basket with paper plates, silverware, and a tablecloth on top.  This way you will have a place to put your food when you get to it.GrillingMarinate– Make sure you marinate your food in the fridge and not on the counter at room temperature.  Don’t reuse marinade as sauce to pour over meat.  You can separate part of the marinade before using it on raw meat to pour over the finished meat later.Keep raw meat items separate– If you can, assign them their own cooler to keep food from cross-contamination.  If not, double bag meat items in air tight containers.Always cook food thoroughly– If you are doing any grilling, make sure food is cooked all the way through.  Although a meat thermometer is unlikely, cut the thickest piece of meat to evaluate if it is cooked thoroughly.Avoid cross-contamination– Make sure you have different utensils for cooked and raw products.I hope you found some of these tips fun and useful as you prepare for your last few family outings for the summer.  Don’t forget the sunscreen and bug spray!  Most importantly, make the most of the summer before the kids go back to school.Check out the following websites for more tips and tricks for the perfect picnic! https://www.extension.iastate.edu/foodsafety/content/picnic-safetyhttps://www.fda.gov/food/resourcesforyou/Consumers/ucm109899.htmhttps://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/seasonal-recipes/how-to-plan-the-perfect-picnic This blog was posted by Robin Allen, a member of the Military Families Learning Network (MFLN) Nutrition and Wellness team that aims to support the development of professionals working with military families.  Find out more about the MFLN Nutrition and Wellness concentration on our website on Facebook, on Twitter, and LinkedIn.last_img read more

Veer Savarkar’s portrait unveiled in Goa House

first_imgGoa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant reiterated Veer Savarkar’s contribution to the freedom movement here on Tuesday after unveiling his portrait in the Goa Assembly.“His contribution to the freedom struggle should reach people. The tortures endured by Veer Savarkar in the Andaman prison have been forgotten. People should read his autobiography,” said Mr. Sawant.“We did not do an official programme. We just installed a portrait. The new generation should learn from these leaders, they should not forget them,” said Mr. Sawant.Replying to questions from presspersons on the sidelines of the function, Mr. Sawant said he would allocate more portfolios to Ministers soon. “The code of conduct has just been withdrawn. After administrative issues are looked into, portfolios will be distributed as soon as possible,” he said.The monsoon session of the Assembly would be held towards the end of June in which the budget would be ptresented, Mr. Sawant said. He said all ministers in Goa have been invited for Prime Minister’s swearing-in in New Delhi on May 30.last_img read more

Borussia Dortmund beat Frankfurt to clinch 4th German Cup title

first_imgPierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s penalty ensured a 2-1 victory for Borrusia Dortmund against Eintracht Frankfurt in the German Cup final at a sold out Berlin Olympia Stadium.After three straight final defeats, Borussia Dortmund lifted the German Cup title for the fourth time in the club’s history as Thomas Tuchel’s men overpowered resilient Frankfurt in a fast paced encounter here on Saturday night.Dortmund grabbed a fairy tale start in front of 74,322 spectators as Ousmane Dembele shrugged off one defender to slot home into the roof of the net following a through ball from Lukasz Piszczek with eight minutes played.Frankfurt recovered from the early setback and worked out a couple of opportunities but neither Timothy Chandler nor Ante Rebic were able to level the scores.Frankfurt efforts paid off eventually with 30 minutes into the encounter as Rebic curled home, a pass into path from Mijat Gacinovic, into the top left corner from the edge of the box to restore parity.Niko Kovac’s men gained momentum and should have snatched the lead before the break but the left post denied Haris Sefeovic’s dangerous shot on target.Dortmund caught a good start into the second half as Aubameyang’s overhead kick had to be scratched off the goal line by Marco Fabian in the 63rd minute.Aubameyang remained in the thick of the things when goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky brought down Christian Pulisic inside the area, allowing the Gabon international to chip the ball into the centre of the goal to make it 2-1 on the scoreboards in the 67th minute.advertisementFrankfurt pressed for the equaliser but Dortmund were able to protect the lead to the end to round off the season with the German Cup title.Borussia Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel praised his players for their performance and said his team deserved to win.Tuchel also heaped praise on Eintracht Frankfurt saying the team played bravely which caused a lot of problems for Dortmund.”We began very brightly, with a lot of quality, created a lot of chances very early on and deservedly took the lead. But in the period that followed we gave the impression that it was ours to lose and that we were simply waiting for the final whistle,” Tuchel was quoted as saying by club’s official website on Sunday.”Frankfurt played with a great deal of bravery, boldness and self-confidence, and caused us problems. They deserved to get the equaliser and managed to hit the post as well,” he added.Tuchel also referred this win as one of the greatest days of his coaching career.”Today is definitely one of the greatest days of my coaching career. But I need to process it first, it needs some time to sink in. I think that special successes are achieved when there is a special connection between a coach and his players.”We have all reached our objectives and capped a special season. That can only happen if there is mutual trust,” he said.last_img read more

Chinese President Xi Jinping is all praise for Aamir Khan’s Dangal

first_imgChinese President Xi Jinping on Friday told Prime Minister Narendra Modi that he watched Aamir Khan-starrer sports drama Dangal and liked the movie and its actors.Dangal, which was released in China on May 5, has broken several records in the Chinese movie industry and raked in over Rs 1,100 crore.It became only the 33rd film in China to cross a whopping collection of one billion yuan (USD 147 million). It continues to play in over 7,000 screens across China.”President Xi in fact spoke very highly of Indian films. He said that Dangal was doing particularly well and that he himself has actually seen it,” Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar said after the talks between the two leaders on the sidelines of the annual summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), where India and Pakistan became full members of the grouping.Xi said he liked the movie as well as its actors.Dangal has also become the first top-grossing non-Hollywood film in China.The film is inspired by the real-life story of wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat, who went against a patriarchal society to train his daughters to become champion wrestlers.Aamir Khan had recently said he hoped the film would be loved in China but never dreamt of such a spectacular success.”I always believe that language is not a barrier when it comes to creative endeavours and its success in China has proved that,” Aamir had said.ALSO READ: Top Chinese leader hails Aamir Khan’s Dangal as a success story ALSO WATCH: Decoding the success of Aamir Khan’s Dangal in Chinaadvertisementlast_img read more

WWE Live springs life into Delhi, cheers and jeers fill Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium

first_imgThe stage was set, the Superstars had arrived, the fans at the ready.WWE Superstars were in town and Delhi did not disappoint. Thousands from every group and age thronged the Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium to catch the WWE Live show on Saturday.The India tour was slated to  be a two-day affair but the original plan was scrapped to make way for a ‘Supershow’ only on December 9.The match card was changed a fair few times, moulding itself to the storyline currently on WWE network, with the most significant being the main event.Jinder Mahal, India’s champion, had lost the WWE Championship just prior to the Survivor Series pay-per-view, in a house show in the United Kingdom. Triple H had to step in the replace Kevin Owens to headline the show.After a CLASSIC confrontation, the victorious @TripleH suggests that India is in good hands with @JinderMahal.?? #WWEDelhi pic.twitter.com/YzlbgZ7ADy- WWE (@WWE) December 9, 2017But that didn’t deter the Delhi crowd to ‘pop’ at every superstar’s entrace and timely at every ‘power spot’.  Chants of “Balor Club” went around as the first match started with Finn Balor making his entry to face Bray Wyatt. The former leader of the ‘Wyatt Family’ was also greeted with much aplomb. Torches were lit as the stadium descended into darkness for his entrance..@finnbalor made his presence felt in front of a passionate #BlorClub in #India! #WWELiveIndia pic.twitter.com/KBUSEMb9W2- WWE (@WWEIndia) December 9, 2017He’s got the whole world in his hands…@WWEBrayWyatt #WWELiveIndia pic.twitter.com/o5ev9SkQEjadvertisement- WWE (@WWEIndia) December 9, 2017The crowd did it’s part too. A crowd well versed with the wrestler’s ticks.The Jeet Rama and Kishan Rafter match against The Miztourage was interrupted by chants of CM Punk, a wrestler who is no longer with the company. The only Indians were the clear favourites among the seats as they proceeded to ‘boo’ the foreign wrestlers off the ring after Jeet Rama and Kishan Rafter won the match.The only female match on the card, Sasha Banks versus Alexa Bliss found the fans in the audience cheering their every move as the two went through their paces.Elias came on with his usual gimmick of songs targeted against the crowd, belittling India being his choice for the show.The crowd hurled abuses and boos rained down on as Jason Jordan made his entry amidst much fanfare.Next up was Bollywood’s own self-confessed WWE fan, Varun Dhawan who enthralled the crowd with Daniel Bryan’s famous ‘Yes!’ chants and Stone Cold’s ‘Hell Yeah’.The loudest cheer on the night was reserved for The Shield, as chants of ‘This is awesome’ went around.Their opponents Samoa Joe, Sheamus and Cesaro were well received but it was nothing as compared to the reception of The Shield. The crowd had their minds made up, they cheered for Roman Reigns throughout the match.Enzo Amore took to stage and continued where Elias had been cut off.The cruiserweight champion started by asking the crowd ‘How you doing?’ The crowd responded with cheers, but Enzo said ‘you’re supposed to say bad’. When asked why, he mocked the crowd saying ‘because you’re in India.’This enraged the crowd to no end as they hurled abuse after abuse at the Superstar. Their payback came when Enzo’s wig came off during the match as Kallisto proceeded to wear it himself and do Enzo’s trademark jig.WWE’s in-house monsters, Kane and Braun Strowman unleashed mayhem on each other, as the crowd inside the Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium were treated to some tables bad chair action, with a bit of stairs thrown in for good measure.Now for the main event, it was Triple H up against the Modern Day Maharaja, Jinder Mahal.Jinder Mahal was surprised at the response and emotion that the Game received from the crowd.After a well-worked match that went a little over half an hour, Jinder Mahal was defeated by Triple H. Triple H called Jinder and praised him, saying ‘India is in good hands with The Modern Day Maharaja’.The WWE Live show in Delhi was a lot of things, boring was not one of them. The show brought in the city’s best to cheer and enjoy celebrating the suspension of disbelief.last_img read more

Auto industry risks slide to software duopoly

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram The idea that vehicles — self-driving, human-driven, or some combination of the two — will have internet connectivity is a foregone conclusion.The challenge is that the automotive industry is, roughly, at about the level that the mobile industry was in about 1998, when phones and pagers and personal digital assistants first started making connections to the internet. Brands like Research in Motion (now Blackberry), Palm Pilot, and Nokia were dominant — and, importantly, they also managed their own “stack” of user experience and operating systems.The mobile industry of the time understood that hardware was their market differentiator and a driver of what the software needed to do. This was a near-perfect inversion of the desktop model, in which the software drove the required hardware specifications.The automotive industry now stands at the same crossroads as Palm, Nokia, Research in Motion, and others did then: They can lose control of their brands by under-investing in interoperable software ecosystems that augment their hardware, or they can take control now and recognize that vehicles represent an opportunity to expand their brand value.The Big Mistake of Mobile: Sliding into a Platform Duopoly In the mobile industry, there was a remarkably quick decline in platform diversity for the leading brands. Yes, the Apple iPhone’s release in 2007 changed the mobile business, but even before that, the mobile industry was forgetting key things — “open standards” — that made the desktop internet grow so fast. Mobile industry players promoted proprietary platforms and ended up sacrificing interoperability. For example, a lack of interoperability of messaging delayed the widespread adoption of SMS messaging in the U.S., with only 25% of Americans using SMS in 2003.Many other basic communications standards and practices were walled off, with carriers and hardware makers doing everything in their power to close off the “deck” — the screens and applications that the user interacted with. If this sounds familiar, it should, as you look to the In-Vehicle Infotainment systems and philosophies that are common today.The risk that the automotive industry is running, just like what the mobile industry has done, is that it’s heading for a software duopoly. Continue Reading Previous Embedded systems editor Bernard Cole passes awayNext The Write Stuff: Crafting a DNA Statementcenter_img Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.last_img read more

Such losses are irreparable: Sachin Tendulkar condoles Asif Ali daughter’s demise

first_imgCricket legend Sachin Tendulkar feels the pain that Asif Ali must be going through right now after the Pakistan batsman lost his two-year-old daughter to cancer earlier this week.Sachin Tendulkar offered words of comfort for Asif, whose 19-month-old daughter Noor Fatima lost her battle with stage-IV cancer and passed away in Rochester (US) on Sunday.”Look, the loss of an immediate family member devastates. I express my heartfelt condolences to Asif, his wife and the other family members… Such losses are irreparable and Asif is bound to keep thinking of his late daughter even when he’s back in England for the World Cup,” Tendulkar told The Telegraph.Tendulkar is no stranger to the situation that Asif is right now as he had lost his father during the 1999 World Cup. He had to return home from England in the middle of the tournament to be with his family after his father’s demise and even missed the match against Zimbabwe.Tendulkar rejoined the Indian team just before the next match against Kenya in which he scored 140 not out and was adjudged man-of-the-match as India won by 94 runs.”I say that from my own sad experience as I lost my father very early in the 1999 World Cup and had returned home (for the last rites). Despite going back, in the thick of action, I couldn’t get the loss of my father out of my thoughts. It takes time. I wish Asif well,” Tendulkar said.My daughter my angle returned to Allah last night.May Allah grant her jannat.Thanks everyone for you support, love, messages & prayers during this tough time.advertisementAsif Ali (@AasifAli2018) May 20, 2019Islamabad United, Ali’s Pakistan Super League (PSL) team sent out a tweet on May 19 condoling the death: “ISLU family pays its deepest condolences to @AasifAli2018 on the tragic loss of his daughter. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Asif & his family. Asif is a great example of strength & courage. He is an inspiration to us.”It was during the fourth season of the PSL that Ali had come to know about his daughter’s illness. He had also tweeted before taking Fatima to the US for treatment saying: “My daughter is fighting the stage IV cancer and we are taking her to US for her treatment.”Also Read | Pakistan batsman Asif Ali loses 2-year-old daughter to cancerlast_img read more

‘Future Man Utd great’ Pereira signs new deal

first_imgAndreas Pereira Mourinho praises ‘future Man Utd great’ Pereira after signing new deal Matt Dorman Last updated 2 years ago 03:26 9/3/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Andreas Pereira - cropped Getty Images Manchester United Premier League José Mourinho Valencia Manchester United prospect Andreas Pereira has signed a new contract at Old Trafford after being sent on loan to Valencia. Jose Mourinho has described midfielder Andreas Pereira as a “future great” of Manchester United after the Brazilian inked a one-year contract extension.Pereira has signed a new deal through to the end of the 2018-19 season despite being sent out on loan to Valencia on Friday.Stoke 14/1 to beat Man Utd 1-0 Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina The 21-year-old will spend his second consecutive season in La Liga after impressing at relegated Granada last term.However, Mourinho expects the Brazil youth international to make Old Trafford his long-term home.”Andreas is already a very good footballer. He is a young player with great natural ability and a good attitude towards continuing his development,” Mourinho said.”I have no doubt that he has the potential to be one of the future great players of this club.”Following his loan move to Valencia, @AndrinhoPereira has signed a contract extension with #MUFC: https://t.co/OsDlb8opPq pic.twitter.com/a6ZtjOgUVW— Manchester United (@ManUtd) September 2, 2017Pereira made his Premier League debut against Tottenham in March 2015 and has gone on to make 13 senior appearances, scoring once.”The manager is building a great team here and I want to be part of that as soon as possible,” Pereira said.”I am going to continue my development at Valencia this season in the hope that I will get plenty of minutes on the pitch.”last_img read more

Trophy Tour kick-off!

first_imgWorld Cup Trophy Tour 2018 The FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour by Coca-Cola kicks off! Goal Last updated 1 year ago 04:00 1/23/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Coca-Cola WC Trophy Tour 7 Coca-Cola/Goal World Cup Trophy Tour 2018 World Cup Over the next few months the FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour by Coca-Cola will be travelling across the globe On Monday Goal were at the kick-off of the FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour by Coca-Cola, which launched in London.Goal’s Rachel Stringer attended the event and got up close with the most prestigious trophy in global football, as well as World Cup icons Sir Geoff Hurst and Andrea Pirlo.Also in attendance was Hashtag United’s Spencer FC, an ambassador for the tour. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player As Coca-Cola’s official source of news from the tour, Goal will be travelling across the globe with the trophy over the next four months, with the trophy set to visit no less than 91 cities across 51 countries and six continents.You can find out more about the tour here plus you can follow the Trophy Tour on Instagram and Facebook.last_img read more

Video: Arkansas RB Jonathan Williams Continues Rehab With Underwater Agility Drills

first_imgJonathan Williams doing rehab underwater.Jonathan Williams RehabArkansas running back Jonathan Williams hasn’t played all season due to a foot injury, but the bruising senior is working his way back to the gridiron. Whether he’ll next suit up for the Razorbacks or in the NFL, Williams is determined to make a full recovery. Last week, he posted video of himself running for the first time since the injury, and today he shared footage of himself doing underwater agility drills. Best of luck to Williams as he continues to progress in his rehab.last_img

Traffic Advisory Cape Breton Regional Municipality

first_imgCAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Trunk 22 Trunk 22, Louisbourg Highway from Highway 125, Sydney By-pass to Landry Crescent will have one lane closures for paving and repairs to guardrails from today, Sept. 12 to Wednesday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-794-5120 Fax: 902-794-5141 -30-last_img

Government Releases COMFIT Final Report

first_imgGovernment released the results of its review on the Community Feed-in Tariff (COMFIT) program today, Nov. 6. “The COMFIT program exceeded expectations in terms of both community investment and renewable energy generation, but was beginning to impact power rates,” said Energy Minister Michel Samson. “This report outlines the findings of the department’s review and what led to the decision to end COMFIT in August.” Since August, the department has issued 49 decisions on new applications and project extensions. In total, the minister approved eight requests for extension and one new application. A further 37 applications and three extension requests were not approved, representing more than 100 megawatts of electricity. The approved application is for a 50 kilowatt small wind project led by the Municipality of the District of Digby. A full list of projects can be found at http://energy.novascotia.ca/renewables/programs-and-projects/comfit. Since the launch of COMFIT, more than 121 project approvals have been issued, representing about 220 megawatts of capacity. By the end of this year, Nova Scotia will have more than 125 megawatts of community-generated renewable energy as part of its electricity supply. COMFIT was established in 2010 with a goal of bringing 100 megawatts of renewable electricity to the grid. The program was designed to encourage the development of local renewable energy projects by municipalities, First Nations, co-operatives, not-for-profit groups and others. To read the full review report, visit http://energy.novascotia.ca/sites/default/files/COMFIT%20Review.pdf.last_img read more

SecretaryGeneral declares Nepal eligible for UN Peacebuilding Fund

Mr. Ban has instructed his Special Representative and the UN Mission in Nepal (UNMIN) to ensure that financing from the Fund is targeted to priority peace process needs that have already been identified by the UN after consultations with the Government and all parties to the peace process, along with donors and other key stakeholders. Assistance from the Peacebuilding Fund will be channelled through an existing funding mechanism – the UN Peace Fund for Nepal, which is governed by an Executive Committee consisting of the Special Representative, the UN Resident Coordinator and representatives from the Government and donor community. Carolyn McAskie, the Assistant Secretary-General for Peacebuilding Support, said Nepal was declared eligible for assistance from the Peacebuilding Fund “because there is pressing need to consolidate the country’s peaceful gains and ensure key areas in the peace process are supported.” An estimated 13,000 people were killed – and 100,000 to 200,000 displaced – during the decade-long civil conflict in Nepal that formally ended when the Government and Maoists signed a peace accord last year. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees ( UNHCR) and other agencies are helping tens of thousands of the displaced who have returned to their homes to rebuild their lives since the end of the conflict. Among the challenges faced by returnees are land seizure and finding sustainable livelihood. Launched last year, the Fund is intended to “kick-start” critical peacebuilding interventions. Long-term funding must still come from multilateral and bilateral supporters. The Fund has an initial funding target of $250 million and so far has collected deposits worth more than $148 million from 42 donors. To date, it has approved grants of $43 million for 21 projects in Burundi and Sierra Leone, the first two countries under formal consideration by the related UN Peacebuilding Commission. The Fund has also funded several emergency projects in Africa which have supported critical peacebuilding initiatives such as the dialogue between Côte d’Ivoire’s opposing political forces and the mediation efforts in the troubled Central African Republic (CAR). Earlier this month, the Fund agreed to provide Liberia with $15 million over the next two years to fund projects in the West African nation. 28 December 2007Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared today that Nepal is eligible to receive assistance from the United Nations Peacebuilding Fund, set up a year ago to help countries emerging from conflict consolidate their gains and avoid slipping back into war. read more

Taylor Rabbitts outspent incumbents

Simcoe Coun. Ryan Taylor enjoyed strong financial support in his inaugural bid for elected office last fall.In his financial statement, Taylor declared campaign income in the amount of $4,111. That was about as much as he needed as Taylor’s expenses came to $4,121.By law, candidates in last fall’s municipal election must file a financial statement with the municipal clerk’s department.They must also respect a designated spending limit for the entire municipality if they run for mayor and a designated spending limit in their ward if they run as a councillor.Failure to file a financial statement or exceeding the spending limit disqualifies a candidate from running in the next municipal election. In Norfolk, that occurs in 2022.The rules require candidates to declare donors who contributed $100 or more to their campaign. Taylor lists four of these in his statement, which was filed at Governor Simcoe Square Feb. 28.Donors to Taylor’s campaign include:Kathleen Noble of Simcoe: $1,000. Rob Kennaley of Simcoe: $1,000. David Brown of Simcoe: $200. Marilyn Stanley of Toronto: $100. In the area of expenses, Taylor declared $72 for campaign T-shirts and $68 for campaign photos. A total of $87 was spent on a campaign thank-you party while $271 was spent on a radio ad thanking Simcoe voters for electing him to Norfolk council.Taylor and fellow municipal newcomer Ian Rabbitts were elected to represent Simcoe-area Ward 5 Oct. 22.And like Taylor, Rabbitts also enjoyed solid financial support. As previously reported, Rabbitts declared $7,590 in campaign income against expenses of $6,177. The campaign spending limit in Ward 5 was $6,479.The financial statements of the eventual winners contrast with those of council incumbents Doug Brunton and Peter Black. The pair placed out of the running Oct. 22 third and fourth respectively.In his financial statement, which was filed Oct. 26, Black declared campaign income of $3,164 against expenses of the same amount.Black declared no donations of $100 or more or the receipt of in-kind services from third parties.Brunton filed his financial statement Jan. 28. He declared no campaign income against expenses of $2,885. Brunton also declared no donations of $100 or more and no in-kind services from third parties.In her campaign filing Dec. 19, Ward 5 candidate Doreen Oates declared campaign income of $1,245 against expenses of $1,276.Oates declared a $200 donation from Carrol Lambert of Simcoe, two donations of $25 each from Jim Pudge of Simcoe, and a $20 donation from Robin Cooke of Delhi.The only Ward 5 candidate left to file is Rick Dixon of Simcoe.All candidates in last fall’s election have till 2 p.m. March 29 to file a primary financial statement with the clerk’s department at Governor Simcoe Square.In the absence of that, all candidates have till March 28 to file a request in the Ontario Court of Justice for a reporting extension.After March 29, candidates have till 2 p.m. April 29 to file a financial statement along with a $500 late-filing fee. After that, the penalty for not filing at all takes effect.MSonnenberg@postmedia.com read more

UN refugee agency helps Korean family seeking asylum in China

“[The group] includes a 17-year-old artist whose drawings depicting life in North Korea could subject the family to punishment if they are returned to their country,” UNHCR spokesman Ron Redmond told journalists today in Geneva, adding that the family of seven members, including three women, had been in China since 1999. “We believe that these people deserve asylum and we are seeking assistance to find a solution for them with all concerned authorities,” the spokesman said. “This is the first time North Koreans have come to the UNHCR office in Beijing to request asylum.”According to the UN agency, many nationals from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea enter China every year. “This is just the tip of an iceberg,” Mr. Redmond said. “There have been reports of large numbers of North Koreans entering China, but we have had limited access to them. Last year, seven North Koreans who had sought asylum in China and subsequently turned up in Russia were returned to North Korea. We have had no further reports on their fate in North Korea.” read more

Armed Taliban banditry hampering humanitarian work in Afghanistan UN reports

Armed Taliban and banditry were effectively hampering humanitarian work in southern Afghanistan, United Nations officials said today.Insecure working conditions were creating bottlenecks for humanitarian efforts in Kandahar and in vast areas north and west of the city, Einar Holtet, spokesman for the Office of the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Afghanistan, said at a press briefing in Islamabad.”The administration in Kabul is facing a difficult task in the coming two months that will be critical for humanitarian assistance, especially in remote areas, particularly in Hazarajat and areas as far west as Herat,” he said.The International Organization of Migration, meanwhile, has stepped up distribution of winter tents to internally displaced people (IDP) in Herat, Kunduz and Mazar-i-Sharif, according to the spokesman. In Herat, where there are five IDP camps with 250,000 people, delivery of 6,500 tents from Turkey will help overcome a temporary shortage.Three checkpoints have been established and will give a more precise picture of new arrivals around Herat, Mr. Holtet said. According to the latest figures for new arrivals registered in Maslakh camp, there were 1,068 families, or 4,300 individuals, in the first week of 2002. In other news, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) reported that additional vials of vaccine and syringes were heading out from Pakistan to various parts of Afghanistan, where the measles campaign will expand in the coming weeks.Supplies for the central and southeastern regions will leave Islamabad for storage facilities in Kabul, with immunization in Bamiyan City scheduled to begin on 10 January, according to UNICEF spokesman Chulho Hyun. From Islamabad and Peshawar, supplies were headed for Jalalabad.The campaign was also prepared to start in Kunduz and Takhar Provinces while half a million doses of vaccines and a same number of syringes have been in place in Herat since the weekend.The Kabul portion of the campaign has now reached more than 257,000 children aged six months to 12 years. According to the UNICEF spokesman, in the first four days of immunization in and around the Afghan capital, more than 80 per cent of children under the age of five were covered. read more

UNESCO showcases breadth of activities at 60th anniversary

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) celebrated its 60th anniversary last night in Paris in the company of former directors, political leaders and luminaries such as anthropologist Claude Lévi-Strauss, all stressing the vast range and importance of the agency’s work.UNESCO today, must “remain on alert on all fronts: from the defence of human rights to the safeguarding of humanity’s common heritage; from the provision of quality education for all to the promotion of sustainable development that respects life and the biosphere; from delicate questions concerning bioethics to the denunciation of discrimination against women,” said Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura in his welcome address to the more than 1,000 guests who attended a ceremony at headquarters.In addition to Mr. Lévi-Strauss, the President of Ukraine, Victor Yushchenko, French Foreign Affairs Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy, and former UNESCO Director-Generals Federico Mayor and Amadou-Mahtar M’Bow also participated in the ceremony. President Yushchenko emphasized the importance of carrying on a universal humanitarian dialogue, taking into consideration social, cultural and moral traditions. UNESCO “must have in its arsenal effective instruments of influence for preventing the kindling of inter-ethnic and religious intolerance” as well as other transgressions. Mr. Lévi-Strauss spoke of “the profound reasons for which an ethnologist could feel in connivance with UNESCO’s missions, despite the apparently diverse domains.” He also spoke of the evolution in the concepts of civilization, the human condition, cultural diversity, biodiversity and race. The event was followed by the inauguration of an international colloquium, “60 years of UNESCO’s history,” bringing together scores of historians, anthropologists and philosophers.UNESCO finds its origins in the need to re-establish educational and cultural institutions in countries devastated by the Second World War. A UN Conference for the establishment of an educational and cultural organization was convened in London from 1 to 16 November 1945. Led by France and the United Kingdom, the delegates decided to create an organization that would embody a genuine culture of peace, according to the organization.The Constitution of UNESCO, signed on 16 November 1945, came into force on 4 November 1946 after ratification by 20 countries. read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX TSX Venture Exchange markets

Most actively traded companies on the TSX, TSX Venture Exchange markets by The Canadian Press Posted Nov 21, 2012 7:00 pm MDT TORONTO – Some of the most active companies traded Wednesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the TSX Venture Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (12,100.06 up 53.78 points):Talison Lithium Ltd. (TSX:TLH). Miner. Down 40 cents, or 5.62 per cent, at $6.72 on 13,568,412 shares. The company said it will review a takeover offer by Chengdu Tianqi Industry (Group) Co. Ltd. to see if it qualifies as a “superior proposal” to a friendly-takeover deal with Rockwood Holdings Inc.Spartan Oil Corp. (TSX:STO). Oil and gas. Down 29 cents, or 5.66 per cent, at $4.83 on 10,986,043 shares. The company and Pinecrest Energy Inc. (TSXV:PRY) are joining forces to create a new billion-dollar company capable of snapping up big oil assets that both have long coveted, but neither had the heft to acquire on its own.Research In Motion Ltd. (TSX:RIM). Wireless technology. Up 53 cents, or 5.46 per cent, $10.23 on 6,426,596 shares. The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board is making a switch from RIM`s BlackBerry smartphone to the new iPhone 5. The board says existing Blackberry devices have been failing both at “inopportune times” and at an unacceptable rate.Whitecap Resources Inc. (TSX:WCP). Oil and gas. Down 52 cents, or 5.86 per cent, at $8.36 on on 5,145,046 shares.CAE Inc. (TSX:CAE). Flight training and simulation provider. Up seven cents, or 0.74 per cent, at $9.48 on 4,019,485 shares.Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC). Insurer. Up 21 cents, or 1.73 per cent, at $12.36 on 3,894,190 shares. CGI Group (TSX:CGI) has been awarded a $142-million, seven-year contract to provide infrastructure services and consolidate the U.S. data centres of John Hancock Financial, a subsidiary of Manulife Financial. (TSX:GIB.A). CGI`s shares were unchanged at $24.01.TSX Venture Exchange (1,242.66 up 0.36 point):Pinecrest Energy Inc. (TSXV:PRY). Oil and gas. Down six cents, or 3.21 per cent, at $1.81 on 32,367,357 shares. The deal with Spartan Oil Corp. sees the combined entity having an enterprise value of close to $1 billion.Novus Energy Inc. (TSXV:NVS). Up eight cents, or 8.25 per cent, at $1.05 on 6,060,766 shares. Third-quarter earnings dropped 50 per cent to $1.7 million or a penny per share from year-earlier $3.5 million or two cents per share. Revenue increased to $19.4 million from $14.8 million.Companies reporting major news:Rogers Sugar Inc. (TSX:RSI). Sugar. The Montreal-based company earned $6.9 million in its latest quarter, down from a profit of $16.5 million a year ago, as the company shipped lower volumes for the three-month period. The sugar producer said volumes totalled 164,539 tonnes for the quarter, down from 170,880 tonnes a year ago. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email

SMMT boosts support for UK automotive RD

Supporting industry’s engineering capability in key areas of growth potential and expertise, SMMT has developed a useful online R&D resource built around the Automotive Council’s five strategic technologies:Energy storage and management.Internal combustion engines.Intelligent mobility.Lightweighting.Power electronics and electric machines.SMMT members are able to access critical information such as details of academic centres of excellence active in the priority technology areas and lists of research projects publically funded by the EPSRC, TSB and FP7. Additional documents, covering research activities in advanced manufacturing, general technologies of interest and ULCV demonstrator programmes, are also provided.Created as a further service to members, the documents can be accessed via the technology and innovation section of the SMMT member’s area. To find out more about the benefits of SMMT membership visit the website Membership Lounge or contact SMMT’s Membership Manager, Alison Handley on 020 7344 9210.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more