Money Monday

first_imgBy Barbara O’NeillDoes the military provide any type of compensation assistance for daily living activities?Yes. Special Compensation for Assistance with Activities of Daily Living (SCAADL) was authorized by the Fiscal Year 2010 National Defense Authorization Act (Public Law 111-84). This special monthly compensation is for eligible catastrophically injured or ill service members who require assistance with activities of daily living or who are at a high risk for personal safety and cannot live independently in the community without caregiver support. SCAADL provides financial assistance for non-medical care, support, and assistance by a primary caregiver for the service member. Catastrophically wounded, ill, and injured service members and their caregivers should discuss eligibility for this program with their primary care managers or care coordinators. To be eligible, service members must:have a catastrophic injury or illness incurred in the line of duty that compromises their ability to carry out activities of daily living such that they require personal or mechanical assistance to leave the home or bed or require constant supervision to avoid physical harm to themselves or others;be certified by a licensed physician to be in need of assistance from another person to perform the personal functions of everyday living; andrequire some form of residential institutional care in the absence of this provisionFor more information, click here.Browse more military personal finance webinars and blog posts by experts.Follow Dr. O’Neill on Twitter!This post was published on the Military Families Learning Network Blog on December 16, 2013last_img read more

Integrity In Your Pipeline

first_imgOne surefire way to miss your goals is to have a pipeline that lacks integrity. The lack of integrity isn’t intentional. No one is really lying about their pipeline. Mostly, there is just a lack of rigor around opportunities. Here are a few of the root causes that you need to remove if you want a pipeline you can believe.Bad Dates: No client will ever tell you that they need to close a deal on the last day of the month, the last day of a quarter, or the last day of the year. Those as “salespeople dates” used as a placeholder for the date by which they believe they can wrap up a deal. A client may, however, want to go live on the first day of a quarter or a year, in which case, their contract will likely need to be signed some time before, allowing time to get through the process.Too Old: Problems don’t age well, and neither do deals. The age of a deal can tell you whether you are looking at something you have a shot of winning. If the deal has been in the pipeline long enough to have its third birthday or has covered two Presidential elections, it’s not something you want to bet on in most cases.Bad Deals: If a deal should have been disqualified, it doesn’t belong in your pipeline. A fast “no” to bad deals is much better—and much healthier—than a slow “no” to those same deals.Wrong Stage: Some of the aging deals in your pipeline may become your client someday. You may have deals that look they have progressed to the point where your prospect will make a decision even when that decision is still far away. The optimism that causes one to believe they are going to win a deal might be well-founded. That said, just because you gave a prospect a proposal don’t mean they are prepared to sign a contract. If you skipped some of the commitments in this book, you may need to go backwards to go forward.A pipeline that lacks integrity can give you a false sense of confidence, causing you to believe that you are closing to your goals than you are. A bad number that is true is less damaging that a good number that is false. It can also prevent you from recognizing what you need to do to produce the results you want. Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

Pro Volleyball League Season 2 to Kick Off From February 7 Next Year

first_imgNew Delhi: The second season of the Pro Volleyball League will kick off from February 7 next year, Volleyball Federation of India (VFI) said on Friday.After a series of meetings involving VFI, Baseline Ventures India Pvt Ltd and world governing body (FIVB), it was announced that the second season will be longer than Season 1 and will feature a total of 22 matches with the final of the league to be played on March 1. “The RuPay Pro Volleyball League is turning out to be a real game changer. The league has given new aspirations to the young volleyball players of the country and provided an opportunity for our volleyball players to rub shoulders with some of the best in the world,” said VFI president S Vasudevan.Talking about FIVB’s plans for the sport in the country, FIVB General Director, Fabio Azevedo said, “The development of the national league is key in preparation of the top national team players on the road to Paris 2024 Olympic Games.”It’s a sign of the importance we give to this league that FIVB President Dr Ary Graa will attend the finals in March. Pro Volleyball League First Published: November 8, 2019, 11:34 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

A Star NFL LB Has Been Indicted On Insider Trading Charges

first_imgA Cleveland Browns helmet sitting on the field.PHILADELPHIA, PA – SEPTEMBER 11: A Cleveland Browns helmet rests on the field prior to the game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on September 11, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Eagles defeated the Browns 29-10. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)Here is a story you don’t see every day. Cleveland Browns linebacker Mychal Kendricks has been indicted on charges of insider trading.Kendricks was indicted along with ‘Black-ish’ TV writer Damilare Sonoiki, according to the Philly Inquirer’s Jeremy Roebuck. Sonoiki is a Harvard educated former investment banker who is accused with passing along inside information to Kendricks from 2013-15, according to US Attorney Bill McSwain.Kendricks is alleged to have provided cash and game tickets in exchange for the info.Kendricks allegedly provided $10K in catsh and Eagles tickets in exchange for the inside stock information.— Jeremy Roebuck (@jeremyrroebuck) August 29, 2018Kendricks released a statement on the matter moments ago. In it, he admits to improprieties.“Four years ago, I participated in insider trading, and I deeply regret it,” he said. “I invested money with a former friend of mine who I thought I could trust and who I greatly admired. His background as a Harvard graduate and an employee of Goldman Sachs gave me a false sense of confidence.”A statement from #Browns LB Mychal Kendrick, who has just been charged by the feds for insider trading. Wow.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 29, 2018To say this is a bad look for Kendricks would be an understatement. However, it seems like he is willing to turn on Sonoiki, which could help reduce whatever punishment he will receive.Needless to say, the Browns probably did not expect this when they signed Kendricks to a one-year deal in June. The Eagles had released him in May after he requested a trade.Wonder if this story will be covered on next week’s episode of Hard Knocks.Update: The Browns have released a statement. Kendricks won’t play in the team’s final preseason game against the Detroit Lions.Our statement on LB Mychal Kendricks:— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) August 29, 2018We’ll keep you posted as this story develops.last_img read more

Initial Betting Lines Released For Week 2’s Biggest Games

first_imgA general view of Texas A&M's football stadium.COLLEGE STATION, TX – OCTOBER 03: General view as Mississippi State Bulldogs kicks off to the Texas A&M Aggies in the first quarter on October 3, 2015 at Kyle Field in College Station, Texas. (Photo by Thomas B. Shea/Getty Images)Week 1 isn’t completely over yet – LSU is taking on Miami tonight and Florida State is hosting Virginia Tech on Monday – but it’s already time to look ahead to the second week of the 2018 season.Initial betting lines have been released for the biggest games on the Week 2 slate. You can see them below.Kansas State vs. Mississippi StateMississippi State is favored by 7 points.Wisconsin vs. New MexicoWisconsin is favored by 33 points.Michigan vs. Western MichiganMichigan is favored by 25 points.Oklahoma vs. UCLANo betting line yet.Nebraska vs. ColoradoNebraska is favored by 4 points.Alabama vs. Arkansas StateAlabama is favored by 36.5 points.Notre Dame vs. Ball StateNotre Dame is favored by 34.5 points.South Carolina vs. GeorgiaGeorgia is favored by 10 points.Ohio State vs. RutgersOhio State is favored by 33 points.Iowa vs. Iowa StateIowa is favored by 4.5 points.Texas A&M vs. ClemsonClemson is favored by 13.5 points.Florida vs. KentuckyFlorida is favored by 15 points.Pittsburgh vs. Penn StateNo betting line yet.Stanford vs. USCStanford is favored by 5 points.last_img read more

Funeral Saturday for Canadian soldier killed in Bulgarian skydiving exercise

first_imgGATINEAU, Que. — A military funeral will be held Saturday for a Canadian soldier killed in a parachute-training exercise in Bulgaria.Bombardier Patrick Labrie, a six-year veteran of the Canadian Forces based out of CFB Petawawa, died from injuries sustained while parachuting near the Bulgarian village of Cheshnegirovo last month.Military police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of Labrie, originally from Buckingham, Que.Roads will be shut Saturday morning in Buckingham as a military procession runs from a local legion branch to Saint-Gregoire-de-Nazianze parish.The military said in a release Friday there will be a ceremonial gun salute, with 36 blank rounds fired by 12 soldiers “as a mark of respect for their brother in arms.”It says the family has requested privacy, and Labrie’s funeral will not be open to the public or media.Previously, his grieving parents asked for a thorough investigation to prevent a similar tragedy in the future.“Our life has been torn apart. Patrick was a ray of sunshine in our life. He loved everyone and he was loved by everyone,” his mother, Julie Rivard, said in June.“We sincerely hope the investigation will be thorough in order to ensure this situation does not happen to another young soldier.”Labrie was one of about 100 Canadians participating in a U.S.-led training exercise in Bulgaria called Swift Response when he died.Officials have said he was conducting a low-level jump at night, and that he had jumped from a Canadian military plane and was using Canadian equipment.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Annan warns African Union on Darfur crisis urges democracy across continent

“The vision that you are working so hard to achieve is imperilled by the persistence of deadly conflict in Africa,” Mr. Annan told an African Union summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, referring in particular to Darfur, where more than a million black Africans have been displaced, often by government-backed Arab militias, in what the UN calls the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. He welcomed an agreement he reached with the Sudanese Government last week for them to clamp down on the militias as well as steps Khartoum has already taken to remove obstacles to relief operations in Darfur. “The agreed moratorium on restrictions for all humanitarian work must be observed,” he declared. “The climate of impunity that has prevailed for far too long must end now.” UN officials have accused the Government of sponsoring, arming and recruiting the militias following fighting with two Darfur rebel groups demanding greater development for the region’s people. Mr. Annan also expressed concern over the recent upsurge in violence and human rights abuses in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), continued instability in Côte d’Ivoire and continued tension between Ethiopia and Eritrea. “We must not let the achievements of recent years be rubbed out by a return to an Africa in which millions are plagued by terrible violence,” he declared. “We must work together to end the terrible conflicts that are disfiguring our continent.” The Secretary-General also noted that more African countries than ever before have democratically-elected governments. “This new spirit of democratic empowerment in Africa must find a home in every African country,” he added. Turning to HIV/AIDS, he welcomed the leadership that “more and more of you are showing” in fighting the pandemic. “The worst thing we can do is to be silent about this terrible disease. Silence equals death,” he warned the assembled African leaders. “As some African countries have proved, HIV/AIDS need not be a death sentence for whole societies. It takes vocal leadership from the President’s office down to the schoolyard,” he declared. “It demands prevention and treatment strategies backed up by investment in health and education – particularly girls’ education. It requires policies to reduce stigma and discrimination.” After delivering that speech, the Secretary-General attended a ceremony where the leaders of Gabon and Equatorial Guinea signed an agreement to resolve their border dispute peacefully.Mr. Annan hailed the accord, which he said “will lead to joint exploration of the island in dispute while they continue the demarcation of their border.” He also said the peaceful resolution of the dispute should serve as an example to other leaders.In a separate development, the Secretary-General this evening convened a “mini-summit” on the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), according to a UN spokesperson.In a meeting in Addis Ababa yesterday Mr. Annan issued a clarion call for a major effort to overcome the hurdles in the battle against hunger on the continent by addressing the interconnected challenges of agriculture, health care, nutrition, adverse and unfair market conditions, weak infrastructure and environmental degradation. “Tragically, the past decade has seen very little progress. For dozens of countries, the Millennium Development Goal of halving hunger by the year 2015 seems more a far-off fantasy than an achievable target,” he said in opening remarks to the high-level event on “Innovative Approaches to Meeting the Hunger Millennium Development Goal in Africa: Africa’s Green Revolution: A Call to Action.” “Let us generate a uniquely African green revolution – a revolution that is long overdue, a revolution that will help the continent in its quest for dignity and peace,” he declared. “And let us never again allow hunger, needless hunger, to ravage lives and the future of a continent.” On Saturday, the Secretary-General visited Eritrea, reviewing the work of the UN Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE). He also met with Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki to discuss the peace process between those two countries, and cited the intelligent way that Nigeria and Cameroon are handling their dispute in the Bakassi peninsula as a model that the Horn of Africa States might follow. read more

Helicopter maker Sikorsky cuts 1400 jobs citing falling oil production weak military

Helicopter maker Sikorsky cuts 1,400 jobs, citing falling oil production, weak military demand FILE – In this March 10, 2009 file photo, workers walk outside of Sikorsky Aircraft, in Stratford, Conn. Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp., on Tuesday, June 2, 2015 said it’s cutting 1,400 jobs in the coming year as the helicopter manufacturer faces declining demand for shuttling workers to offshore oil platforms. (AP Photo/Douglas Healey, File) STRATFORD, Conn. – Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. says it’s cutting 1,400 jobs in the coming year as the helicopter manufacturer faces declining demand for shuttling workers to offshore oil platforms.The Stratford, Connecticut, subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. on Tuesday also cited weak demand for international military products.The reduction in production-related jobs affects facilities in Connecticut, Pennsylvania and Poland. Sikorsky will consolidate production volumes and exit a facility in nearby Bridgeport.The job cuts would amount to about 9.2 per cent of Sikorsky’s workforce of about 15,200 people.Spokesman Paul Jackson said the cuts are not related to a review by United Technologies of whether to sell, spin off or divest Sikorsky. A decision is expected to be announced in about a month.Sikorsky posted 2014 sales of nearly $7.5 billion, up 19 per cent from 2013. by The Associated Press Posted Jun 2, 2015 12:45 pm MDT Last Updated Jun 2, 2015 at 4:30 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Sears Canada common shares to be delisted from Toronto Stock Exchange

by The Canadian Press Posted Jun 30, 2017 2:28 pm MDT Last Updated Jun 30, 2017 at 3:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Sears Canada common shares to be delisted from Toronto Stock Exchange TORONTO – Sears Canada Inc. says it has received notice that its common shares (TSX:SCC) will be delisted from the Toronto Stock Exchange at the close of market on July 28.The retailer, which is restructuring under court protection from creditors, says it does not intend to appeal the decision, as its shares remain suspended from trading.Sears Canada has piled up losses and seen its stock nosedive, losing more than 80 per cent of its value in the last year.The company announced last week that it will close 59 locations and cut approximately 2,900 jobs as part of its restructuring under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act (CCAA).

Permissionbased public life regime has nearly paralyzed civic freedoms in Belarus –

As such, Miklós Haraszti told the Geneva-based UN human Rights Council that the current level of international scrutiny of compliance with international human rights obligations must remain steady.While welcoming the absence of law enforcement violence during the presidential election of October 2015, as well as the release of political prisoners, he stressed that since then, these “openings” have not led to any systemic change in the “permission-based” regime of public life that has been the main cause of the practically complete paralysis of civic freedoms in the country.He also said that any public activity remains subject to prior authorization through an arbitrary registration process and media associations, or gatherings are not only forbidden but criminalized if not preliminarily authorized by the government.In his report, the Special Rapporteur also highlighted the continuing use of capital punishment in Belarus, the only State in Europe where it is still applied. He said that despite the President having the authority to put an end to this denial of right to life, no death penalties have been commuted to prison sentences, due to lack of political will.In view of the upcoming parliamentary elections of September 2016, Mr. Haraszti expressed worries that only two out of 30 of the recommendations made by the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) after the presidential election of October 2015 would be taken on board. The expert also drew attention to the lack of economic and labour rights. He noted that a recently adopted decree on “parasitism” introduces punishments for the unemployed, in fact servicing forced labour obliged by the government. The report also assesses Belarus’s level of compliance with recommendations of the UN human rights mechanisms. It noted no significant co-operation since the mandate of the Special Rapporteur was established by the UN Human Rights Council in 2012.“I reiterate my call towards the authorities to engage with the mandate, even in an incremental way,” Mr. Haraszti said. “I am ready to assist the Government towards a dialogue with the rights defenders inside the country who do their work under often forbidding difficulties.”Independent experts or special rapporteurs are appointed by the Geneva-based Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a country situation or a specific human rights theme. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work. read more

Nothing short of a sea change will end years of gross neglect

“We need little short of a revolution in mental health care to end decades of neglect, abuse and violence,” Dainius Pūras, the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to health said after presenting his latest report to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. The UN expert reported that right violations affect often the socially challenged groups including persons with intellectual, cognitive and psychosocial disabilities. He also stressed that people of all ages, when they have mental health needs, too often suffer from either an absence of care and support or from services that are ineffective and harmful. Mr. Pūras suggested moving away from traditional practices and thinking, and enabling a long overdue shift to a rights-based approach. “Where mental health systems exist, they are segregated from other healthcare and based on outdated practices that violate human rights,” he noted, underscoring that mental health policies and services are in crisis – not a crisis of chemical imbalances, but of power imbalances – and called for bold political commitments, urgent policy responses and immediate remedial action. Turning to the underlying causes of these imbalances delaying the transition to rights-based care, he said that the dominance of the biomedical model, with its overdependence on medication, and the “biased” use of evidence, contaminates knowledge about mental health. “There is now unequivocal evidence of the failures of a system that relies too heavily on the biomedical model of mental health services, including the front-line and excessive use of psychotropic medicines, and yet these models persist,” Mr. Pūras explains. “This pattern occurs in countries across the national income spectrum”, he added. The UN expert points out that it “represents a failure to integrate evidence and the voices of those most affected into policy, and a failure to respect, protect and fulfil the right to health.” In his report, Mr. Pūras warns that power and decision-making in mental health are concentrated in the hands of “biomedical gatekeepers”, particularly those representing biological psychiatry. “These gatekeepers, supported by the pharmaceutical industry, maintain this power by adhering to two outdated concepts: that people experiencing mental distress and diagnosed with “mental disorders” are dangerous, and that biomedical interventions are medically necessary in many cases.” In order to ensure compliance with the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Mr. Pūras calls for a paradigm shift as these concepts keep alive stigma and discrimination. Special Rapporteurs and independent experts are appointed by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a specific human rights theme or a country situation. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work. read more

Ohio State head cheerleading coach fired after serious lapses of judgment leadership

Then-OSU cheerleading coach Lenee Buchman stands on the sideline during an OSU football game against Illinois Nov. 16.Credit: Kaily Cunningham / Multimedia editorOhio State fired its head cheerleading coach Monday after an investigation determined she failed to disassociate herself and the program with two former assistant coaches fired in May for sexual harassment.Lenee Buchman, who was OSU’s head cheerleading coach since July 2009, was terminated Monday afternoon in a meeting with OSU athletic director Gene Smith, according to a letter obtained by The Lantern.In an email sent to Buchman by Smith Friday, which was also obtained by The Lantern, Smith wrote that although an investigation by OSU human resources did not find that Buchman retaliated against a student by dismissing him from the team this summer, a report from that investigation exposed “several serious lapses of judgment and leadership” by Buchman.One of those lapses occurred in August, Smith wrote, when she participated in a cheer camp run by Dana Bumbrey, one of the two assistant coaches fired in May after an OSU investigation found “sufficient evidence” he and Eddie Hollins had violated OSU’s Sexual Harassment Policy.“Though I know that the camp was not run by Ohio State, you took our students and brand there with you,” Smith wrote to Buchman. “All the while, you knew the nature of the behavior Mr. Bumbrey had been engaged in, that Ohio State had dismissed him just a few months earlier, and that the university had emphatically chosen to disassociate itself from him and his damaging behavior.”Another lapse occurred Sept. 9, Smith wrote, when Hollins showed up at a cheerleading practice. Smith wrote that although Hollins’ appearance was unexpected, Buchman did not approach Hollins or ask him to leave.“When an assistant that had been fired for sexual harassment shows up at a team practice, it is obvious what is expected of a head coach,” Smith wrote.OSU spokesman Gary Lewis confirmed to The Lantern Nov. 17 that Hollins appeared at one OSU practice this summer, but Lewis said at the time Hollins was “asked to leave immediately.”Smith wrote that because Buchman had aligned herself with Bumbrey after his termination and had not taken immediate action when Hollins appeared at practice, Buchman “failed to demonstrate the leadership and courage expected of our head coaches.”An OSU athletics spokesman declined The Lantern’s request Tuesday for additional comment from Smith. Buchman did not respond to The Lantern’s request for comment Monday.John Camillus, the attorney of former OSU cheerleader Cody Ellis, told The Lantern his client, who was dismissed from the team by Buchman in August, reported to Smith and others Aug. 12 that Buchman had retaliated against him for reporting sexual harassment after Hollins sent Ellis sexually suggestive text messages on July 14, 2012.Smith, however, wrote in the letter to Buchman that he and Miechelle Willis, OSU’s executive associate athletics director for student services and sports administration, agreed that based on a review of the student’s dismissal, Buchman did not retaliate against Ellis.“We are both persuaded that the student’s past behavior — including persistent derogatory and offensive conduct toward teammates and others, the student’s negative attitude and other misconduct — all amply support the student’s dismissal from the team,” Smith wrote.OSU’s investigation into Bumbrey and Hollins began after OSU received an anonymous complaint via EthicsPoint, OSU’s anonymous reporting line, that Hollins and Bumbrey had created a hostile environment by sexually harassing cheerleaders, according to investigation records obtained by The Lantern. The report alleged Hollins had specifically harassed male cheerleaders, while Bumbrey had specifically harassed female cheerleaders.Before that, Ellis initially reported to Buchman in July 2012 that he had received sexually suggestive text messages, Camillus said.When interviewed April 24 as part of OSU’s investigation into Bumbrey and Hollins, Buchman confirmed a male cheerleader reported to her sometime around July 2012 that he had received “inappropriate text messages” from Hollins. Buchman told investigators after receiving the report from the cheerleader, she addressed Hollins directly and requested he cease sending any personal text messages to students. She did not, however, report the complaint to OSU’s Office of Human Resources.A June 20 letter to Buchman from Heaton said Buchman “did not follow the proper channels” of reporting the initial complaint from an OSU cheerleader and instead tried to resolve the issues on her own. The letter stated OSU coaches are “required to report any complaints that a reasonable person would believe to be sexual harassment.”Buchman was retained by the university at the time. She was required to attend a sexual education harassment session with her team, which Lewis said was completed July 26, but she also received a 1 percent salary raise Aug. 23 to $43,003 from her former salary of $42,577.Steve Chorba, who was hired along with Ray Sharp as one of two new assistant coaches this summer to replace Hollins and Bumbrey, was named interim head coach Monday, OSU athletics spokesman Dan Wallenberg confirmed Monday. Chorba previously served as the head coach of Illinois State University’s cheerleading team. read more

TBDPITL Ep 19 Ohio State mens basketballs downward spiral

Wyatt Crosher and Colin Gay discuss Ohio State men’s basketball’s four-game losing streak and if it will become a five-game one after the Purdue game, and if there is a end to the losing ways in the near future. Wyatt and Colin also talk about Ohio State men’s hockey’s sweep against then-No. 13 Penn State and how the team looks ready for another deep tournament run, as well as women’s basketball’s recent defeat against Michigan.

Review of 10 killings uncovers failings at NHS mental health trust that

first_imgMaureen Lock, the widow of Donald Lock, pictured outside court Matthew Daley, pictured leaving a court hearing, suffered from chronic mental health problemsCredit:Christopher Pledger for The Telegraph Maureen Lock, the widow of Donald Lock, pictured outside courtCredit:Gareth Fuller/PA Investigators also found that, as recently as December 2015, records were not always updated. Policies also tended to view mental health service users as victims as opposed to potential abusers.Colm Donaghy, chief executive of Sussex Partnership, offered his “sincere apology and condolences” to families.He added: “We commissioned this review with NHS England because we want to make sure we have done everything possible in response to these tragic incidents.”We have a responsibility to the patients, families and local communities we serve to ensure this. We have investigated each of the incidents individually. We also wanted independent, expert advice about any common themes which may link them.”Sometimes, as is the case across the NHS, we need to improve processes, policies and training in response to incidents involving our services. But that isn’t enough on its own.”This review sends us a strong message about the need to identify and embed learning when things go wrong in a way that changes clinical practice and behaviour.”This goes beyond action plans; it’s about organisational culture, values and leadership.”Marjorie Wallace, chief executive of the mental health charity Sane, said: “We are pleased that these steps are being taken to deal with the families who have been so often disregarded and who experienced obstacles in finding out the truth.”We hope that they will be more included in future, but are concerned that even now at least some families have not been involved in this review.” Commissioned by the trust and NHS England, the review analysed previous reports into the 10 killings to see if any lessons could be learned.In two cases, experts concluded the deaths could have been prevented – although it did not say which ones. Neither of them was the case involving Mr Lock.Mr Lock, who was 79, was killed by Matthew Daley following a collision between their two cars.Daley admitted stabbing Mr Lock to death, claiming diminished responsibility, and was convicted of manslaughter in May.Lewes Crown Court heard Daley suffered from chronic mental health problems and that his family had pleaded with the NHS to have him sectioned.Sussex Partnership has admitted it “got things wrong” and should have carried out a formal assessment for Daley, who had a diagnosis of Asperger’s – but who was also suffering from symptoms of psychosis.Mr Lock’s family has said they believe the NHS trust is to blame, saying he would “still be here today” if it had done its job properly.An internal Sussex Partnership report into the care provided to Daley has not been published by the trust. An independent review of the case by NHS England is not expected to be published until next year.In the new review, investigators found that in seven of the killings, there was criticism of how the the NHS trust assessed the risk posed by its patients. Service users made threats to kill others but no further action, for example informing the police or warning the person threatened, was takenreview into Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trustcenter_img In several cases, the process was reported to be “inadequate and the risk posed by the service user went unrecognised or was severely underestimated”.In some cases, “risks assessments were not completed or were completed incorrectly” and “risk management plans were not completed”.The review said “some diagnoses are incorrect and remained unchanged in the face of the service user’s behaviour”.Investigators found that assessments were not updated when circumstances changed – such as a new criminal conviction – while some assessments were started but not completed.”Sometimes service users made threats to kill others but no further action, for example informing the police or warning the person threatened, was taken,” the report saidA “think family” approach was rarely, if ever, followed and several of the people who went on to kill might have had a dual diagnosis – such as both a mental illness and a substance misuse problem – but this was not identified.The report said learning after each killing was not always taken up across the trust and there was some “repetition” in the recommendations made after each one. A review of 10 killings – including that of a pensioner who was stabbed after a collision between two cars – has uncovered failings at a mental health trust.Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust has already apologised for its role in the lead up to the death of Donald Lock, who was stabbed 39 times on the A24 in Findon in July 2015.But a new independent review has found the trust did not always learn fully from previous mistakes and sometimes “severely underestimated” the risk posed by mental health patients.It also failed to include the views of families, some of whom pleaded for help, and did not always send people with signs of psychosis to specialist services. Matthew Daley, pictured leaving a court hearing, suffered from chronic mental health problems Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Use prawns to trap killer Asian hornets beekeepers told

first_imgThe whole thing about baiting for these creatures is to meet their particular needs and that is slightly seasonalTim Lovett, British Beekeepers Association Experts say traps made out of plastic bottles and baited with prawns can help stop the spread.In September Prince Charles’ beloved bee collection was thought to be under threat after Asian hornets, which decapitate their prey, were spotted only a few miles from his Highgrove estate in Gloucestershire.A giant nest was later found and destroyed, and yesterday the Government said the current outbreak had been contained.Tim Lovett, public affairs director for the British Beekeepers Association, said prawns was the right bait for the hornet at the moment, but that their tastes would change.“The whole thing about baiting for these creatures is to meet their particular needs and that is slightly seasonal,” he said.“There are times when they are breeding like mad when they need protein, such as prawns and carbohydrate, and as things calm down they need to be fattened up on just carbohydrate.“In the spring they need protein and sugar.”The Asian hornet is now common across Europe, having been introduced to France by accident in 2004 in a shipment of pottery from China.Nicola Spence, from the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, said the eradication protocols had so far worked well.“We remain vigilant, however, and will continue to monitor the situation and encourage people to look out for any Asian hornet nests,” she said. British beekeepers have suggested an unlikely weapon in the battle against the current invasion of killer Asian hornets – prawns.People are being advised to bait their home-made traps with the seafood, as the foreign species is particularly partial to protein-rich morsels during its current breeding season.Asian hornets, which can wipe out a hive of native bees in just one or two hours, have in recent months been sighted in Gloucestershire, Somerset and the Channel Islands.center_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

10 minutes of Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time 3D gameplay

first_imgThe Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time isn’t exactly a new game – it came out originally for the Nintendo 64 back in 1998. What is new is the upcoming re-release of the game for the Nintendo 3DS, including updated graphics, 3D effects that make use of the 3DS hardware, and the Master Quest dungeons that were added when the game was ported from the N64 to the Gamecube.Now, one enterprising gamer managed to get his hands on the German version of the title, due to hit store shelves next month. According to his YouTube video description, he managed to play the game at a press event in Cologne, where Nintendo had the game on display. He says he got to play for about an hour, and of the recording time he had, he put together this 10 minutes of footage to share with the world.AdChoices广告Among some of the new features that’ll be exlcusive to the 3DS version are the ability to quickly equip and change items using the touch-screen on the 3DS, and to use the 3DS’ gyroscope for precise aiming when firing weapons. In addition to the Master Quest dungeons, 3DS players will also get “Boss Challenge” mode, which lets you fight all of the game’s bosses one after another.Ocarina of Time is one of the most well-loved games in the Legend of Zelda franchise, and its no surprise that Nintendo wanted to make it available on the 3DS as soon as they could. It’s a shame it wasn’t a launch title, but the upcoming version does feature graphics that have been much improved over the original, and you can see some screenshots from the game here. The 3D effects – although you can’t really see them in the video – also promise to be impressive.Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D will be available in Japan on June 16, in the UK and EU on June 17, and in the United States on June 19.Read more at Joystiqlast_img read more

Easy money lures Greek entrepreneurs

first_img“The opportunities are golden because the costs are low enough to offset the risks, the obstacles and the hostile investment environment”Greek entrepreneurship continues to be dominated by small businesses such as cafes, restaurants and clothing and shoe stores. In the third year of the crisis, and despite constant warnings from experts and authorities alike that investors need to explore new business models, nine in 10 new businesses are still in the so-called non-productive sector in Greece, which usually provide no more than a few hours of work for the owners and maybe some of their family members. Such businesses tend to go downhill after just a few months of operation, forcing their owners to close – often with unpaid debts to the state, social security funds and suppliers. According to research conducted by Endeavor Greece with data on new businesses from all the relevant authorities, 93 per cent of new businesses established in 2008 – before the crisis erupted – are active in sectors that are not productive, make no exports and use little in the way of technology. The top five sectors that saw new businesses were construction, clothing and footwear, real estate, accounting and consulting services and food services. Back then, there were about 75 businesses for every 1,000 residents and more than 55,000 new companies were established every year. Since then, a lot has been said about the need for a new production model. Myriad conferences have been held on the issue and 55 organisations have been set up with the aim of helping new companies. However, reality appears not to have caught up yet, and not just because the number of new businesses in 2012 declined by 45 per cent compared to 2008. According to the study by Endeavor Greece, the local arm of this international non-profit organisation aimed at promoting entrepreneurship, 42,347 new businesses were launched in 2012, 90 per cent (compared to 93 per cent in 2008) of which were in the same non-productive sectors. The only difference is that the greatest popularity was enjoyed by restaurants, cafes and bars, as 10,003 of the 42,347 businesses started in 2012 were in this field. Next in popularity, and despite the fact that thousands of such stores have been forced to close since the start of the crisis, came clothing and shoe stores, with 2,100 start-ups in this category in 2012. Accounting and consulting services came third with 2,046 new businesses, while the massive slide in construction activity did not prevent 1,628 new companies opening in the sector in 2012. Energy production and sale companies came fifth on the list with 1,621 new companies opened in this sector in 2012, a fact that is attributed mainly to the expansion – as irrational as it was later proven to be – of the photovoltaic market in Greece. This area is probably the best example to illustrate the opportunistic manner in which most Greeks do business. To find start-ups in 2012 involved in so-called productive sectors you have to scroll very far down the list. Information and communications technology (ICT) firms, for example, come ninth in terms of popularity, with just 1,185 new companies opened in 2012 in this dynamic sector. These, together with enterprises involved in tourism, food production and processing, and high-tech development such as nanotechnology and biotechnology, are nevertheless just the areas that need development in order to help Greece out of the crisis. According to the Endeavor study, only some 4,000 enterprises among those established in 2012 are in productive sectors, representing approximately 10 per cent of the whole. Other than the ICT companies, 690 firms were set up in tourism services, 640 in food processing and 350 in industry in 2012. Though such companies are still a small minority, as the CEO of Endeavor Greece, Haris Makryniotis states, the good news is that they have been increasing at a rate of around 40 per cent per annum over the past few years. Of these, it is believed that around 1 per cent can have a positive impact on transforming their sectors, on growing and on creating hundreds of jobs. In the past three years alone, a core of some 100 companies has already been created, which in the 2012-13 period managed to increase their staff by 82 per cent and their turnover by a collective 200 per cent. Dynamic companies are very attractive to foreign investment funds. A characteristic example is digital media brand Daily Secret, which began in Greece and has spread to other parts of the world, already receiving investments of 1.85 million dollars and currently anticipating the entry of another investor. The profile of these new and dynamic entrepreneurs is often very different to what most people have in mind: They are not 20-something, developing a new idea in a garage at some place like Silicon Valley. Endeavor Greece’s study found that most are aged between 25 and 45, have high education levels, having studied both in Greece and abroad – which helps them form international contacts – and also have at least three years of work experience in the private sector. What is most interesting is the finding that almost none has ever worked in the civil service and they decided to run with their business idea because they believed in it rather than because they didn’t have any other employment. The Endeavor Greece study singled out eight sectors where there are currently 49 investment opportunities for Greek companies. The majority are in the most traditional sectors of the Greek economy, but in specific areas where there is much room for growth and innovation. These are: 1. Tourism: Themed trips and devices and applications enhancing the travel experience, such as for museums and historical monuments. 2. Food & agriculture: Consolidation of the olive oil market, creating products designed for special diets (such as gluten-free foods), growing herbs and nuts, and the large-scale cultivation of products such as tomatoes, with a focus on big organic markets. 3. Energy & green technologies: Waste management, consolidation of wind parks and high-tech energy storage devices. 4. Information and communications technology (ICT): Marketing and advertising via mobile phone services, technological solutions for traditional sectors such as tourism, shipping and agriculture, business-to-business and business-to-consumer communication development, electronic games and 3D printing. 5. Financial services: Online insurance services and mobile phone payments. 6. Health: Research and development of generic drugs, clinical trials and mobile phone solutions. 7. Biotechnology & nanotechnology: Research and development of commercial products. 8. Commerce: Developing online tools for price and markets comparisons, and developing a shopping experience that will combine the consumer’s physical presence at the outlet as well as online. The opportunities, says Endeavor, are golden because the costs are low enough to offset the risks, the obstacles and the hostile investment environment. One of the biggest problems for the emerging class of entrepreneurs in Greece is that while they may have great ideas, getting them off the ground can be extremely difficult, the study found. In fact, many aspiring entrepreneurs are put off completely by the bureaucracy, the corruption in the public administration and, of course, the difficulty of securing loans. Investors and organisations or groups that support entrepreneurship tend to agree on the needs of new businesses. They recognise the innovative nature of many of the country’s new businesses and the strong academic profile of new entrepreneurs. However, they express disappointment with the quality of the proposals that have come their way, saying that at least half are usually not up to par. “In conclusion it is clear that while many important changes have been made, we have yet to see a turn to large-scale business in Greece. Nor have we seen the formation of a comprehensive business ‘ecosystem.’ We are still in the first phase of the new Greek business arena. There are a rising number, though still very few examples of successful businesses,” says Makryniotis. The CEO of Endeavor Greece also noted that the bodies responsible for propping up new business are also mostly doing much the same as they’ve always done, with just a few starting to provide real support. Another weakness in the Greek market comes from the investors themselves, who seem overly focused on ICT. Four venture capital funds with over 80 million euros in capital are investing in companies in this sector. Source: ekathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Un logiciel dastronomie dévoile les planètes comme jamais auparavant

first_imgUn logiciel d’astronomie dévoile les planètes comme jamais auparavantGrâce à un tout nouveau logiciel d’astronomie basé sur ce à quoi devait ressembler la Terre il y a 240 millions d’années, il est aujourd’hui possible d’avoir une vision assez précise d’autres mondes.L’astrobiologiste Abel Mendez de l’université de Puerto Rico a mis au point un logiciel capable de retranscrire ce à quoi ressemble la surface des planètes en se basant sur des données scientifiques reçues par les télescopes spatiaux. Ces fameuses données utilisées par le logiciel concernent essentiellement la taille des planètes, leur distance par rapport à leur soleil, leur température de surface et leurs composants chimiques. L’informatique se charge alors de mixer les différents ingrédients pour créer des images en 3D, rapporte le Daily Mail.À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESADes images véritablement surprenantes et différentes de tout ce qu’on a pu voir jusqu’ici. Contrairement aux reconstructions d’artiste, tout est géré mathématiquement. Ainsi comme l’explique le scientifique, les reconstructions de Kepler 22-b “ont la bonne couleur mais je ne crois pas qu’il y ait de tels nuages. Elle ressemble davantage à Uranus ou à Neptune”. En effet, le logiciel est aussi en mesure de reconstruire des nuages et des variations climatiques de façon extrêmement réaliste.Le modèle informatique mis au point vise essentiellement à reconstruire des exoplanètes (situées hors du système solaire) proches de la Terre. C’est-à-dire des planètes rocheuses possédant des océans. Toutefois, il est également en mesure de donner une image de ce à quoi ressemblent les géantes gazeuses et les étoiles. Encore en phase “alpha”, le logiciel définitif devrait être terminé l’an prochain. En attendant, on peut toujours observer les premières images juste fabuleuses. Découvrez la surface des planètes telle qu’elle serait d’après Abel Mendez sur MaxisciencesLe 31 décembre 2011 à 13:32 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Pollution les feux de cheminée interdits en IledeFrance dès 2015

first_imgPollution : les feux de cheminée interdits en Ile-de-France dès 2015 ?Les cheminées à foyers ouverts émettent pratiquement autant de particules fines que les voitures. C’est la raison pour laquelle l’Ile-de-France penserait à les interdire à partir de 2015, d’après le Parisien.Un arrêté préfectoral pourrait interdire l’usage des cheminées à foyers ouverts dès 2015 en Ile-de-France. C’est ce qu’a révélé dimanche sur son site le Parisien indiquant que la mesure concernerait, parmi les 125.000 cheminées de la région, toutes celles situées dans les zones urbaines. Celles-ci pourraient ainsi être définitivement condamnées, sauf à les transformer en inserts et autres poêles à bois. D’après le Parisien, cette mesure aurait créé un vent d’indignation parmi les particuliers qui aurait conduit à une réduction de la mesure : les communes rurales de grande couronne auraient ainsi obtenu d’en être exemptées.Il faut préciser que les cheminées émettent, selon Airparif, l’organisme francilien chargé de la surveillance de l’air, pratiquement autant de particules fines dans l’atmosphère que les voitures. Selon Martial Saddier, député UMP de Haute-Savoie et président du Conseil national de l’air, “à l’échelle d’une année, rien qu’en Ile-de-France, les cheminées à foyer ouvert sont responsables de 28% des émissions de particules et ce taux monte à 50% en plein hiver”. Il ajoute que “dans nos vallées de Savoie, la moitié des émissions de particules fines sont liées toute l’année aux rejets des cheminées et aux feux de débroussaillement”.Même son de cloches du côté de la Driee (Direction régionale de l’environnement et de l’énergie) : “Les particules fines constituent un véritable fléau. Et la fumée dégagée par la combustion du bois contamine aussi bien l’extérieur que l’intérieur des logements. Avec tous les risques sanitaires que cela représente”, souligne Julien Assoun cité par le Parisien. En effet,  l’Organisation mondiale de la santé (OMS) estime que l’ensemble des particules fines (inférieurs à 10 microns) en suspension dans l’air (toutes origines confondues) sont responsables de 42.000 décès chaque année en France.Des taux 4 à 5 fois supérieurs aux normes À lire aussiLa Méditerranée est officiellement la mer la plus polluée par le plastiqueOr, à l’intérieur des habitations elles-mêmes, les particules de dioxyde d’azote, de monoxyde de carbone ou encore de benzène dégagées par les feux de cheminé atteignent des concentrations quatre à cinq fois supérieures aux normes. De plus, elles pénètrent dans toutes les pièces et y restent de longs mois. Si la mesure peut donc paraitre justifiée, sa mise en application, elle, risque d’être compliquée à faire respecter pour la préfecture. Car à moins d’aller frapper à toutes les portes pour vérifier qui fait brûler quoi et comment chez soi, difficile de repérer les éventuels fraudeurs.”Il n’est pas question de créer une police des feux de cheminée, mais d’alerter tous ceux qui utilisent ce moyen de chauffage sans connaître son impact”, assure Hélène Gassin, vice-présidente (EELV) du conseil régional d’Ile-de-France. Néanmoins, selon elle, “il ne faudrait pas se focaliser sur la chasse aux foyers ouverts et laisser les particules de bois cacher la forêt du diesel”.Le 29 janvier 2013 à 17:05 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more