Health spending in Canada forecast to hit 242 billion this year says

first_imgTORONTO – A boost in economic conditions across the country has contributed to a slight uptick in health spending across Canada, according to a new report released Tuesday.Figures from the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) projected that health spending would reach $6,604 per capita by the end of 2017, representing an increase of $200 per person over 2016 levels.Health care costs have been rising at an annual average pace of 3.2 per cent since 2010, and CIHI said the projected 2017 spike of nearly four per cent may be signalling an era of increased government spending on all areas from hospitals to prescription drugs.Chris Kuchciak, manager of the CIHI’s Health Expenditures Department, said the growth rates Canada witnessed in recent years had marked a return to relative austerity compared to the previous decade when spending rates were rising between six and seven per cent each year. And that period had come after a period of fiscal restraint in the mid 1990s, he said.Kuchciak said the 2017 increase may mark the beginning of a fresh cycle.“What we’ll be monitoring in the future is are we going to see now more sustained, higher rates of growth,” he said. “Will history be repeating itself?”Kuchciak said some of the previous modest increases were barely able to keep pace with rising inflation and population numbers.In 2017, however, total health spending across Canada is forecast to rise to $242 billion and equal 11.5 per cent of Canada’s gross domestic product, the report said.Newfoundland and Labrador and Alberta are projected to lead the way with provincial per-capita expenses totalling $7,378 and $7,329 respectively.Kuchciak said Atlantic provinces typically have higher populations of seniors, which tend to drive up overall spending. He attributed Alberta’s rates to years of economic prosperity in which the province was able to sustain high wages for its doctors.On the other end of the spectrum are Ontario, with expected per-capita rates of $6,367, and British Columbia, with an estimated $6,321 per capita.The 2017 forecast said the breakdown of how health-care dollars will be spent has not changed much over the past 20 years.Hospitals once again are expected to consume 28.3 per cent of health budgets across the country, followed by drugs at 16.4 per cent and physician services at 15.4 per cent. Kuchciak said these three areas have not shifted significantly since 1997.All three, however, have experienced growth since 2016. Drug spending is expected to rise the fastest by an estimated 5.2 per cent this year.The report, which did not include the cost of drugs dispensed in hospitals or funded through cancer agencies, found that those with drug costs of $10,000 or more accounted for about a third of overall drug spending last year despite only making up two per cent of the population.Physician spending growth is forecast to increase 4.4 per cent in 2017 and spending on hospitals is estimated to rise by 2.9 per cent.On an international basis, the report found Canada’s health spending has historically been on par with several other comparable countries.Kuchciak conceded that Canada’s 2015 health costs of $5,681 per person was well above the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development average of $4,826 that year. He said, however, that Canada was on par with some other providers of universal health care at that time. France spent just four dollars less than Canada per capita that year, while Australia’s health budget was just $50 less than Canada’s per capita. No comparative data more recent than 2015 was available.At that time, Kuchciak said health care costs in the U.S. were nearly double those in Canada at $11,916.Jason Sutherland, an associate professor with the University of British Columbia’s Centre for Health Services and Policy Research, said the CIHI’s latest numbers clearly demonstrate that faults in Canada’s health system are unlikely to be caused by lack of funding.He said Canada’s spending levels consistently rank between third and sixth place among OECD countries excluding the “outlier” of the U.S.“We are not cheapskates in terms of our spending. We are among the most profligate spenders on health care there are,” Sutherland said. “I think the question is what value we wring out of that spending.”Sutherland said costs will inevitably rise given the increasing price of new drug therapies as well as the growing demands of an aging population. The focus for health-care providers and policy-makers, he said, should be on cutting back on elective procedures or treatments with little to no known benefits.Earlier this year, the CIHI teamed up with a coalition of clinicians to push back on that phenomenon.The “Choosing Wisely” campaign is fuelled by a CIHI report that estimated up to 30 per cent of low-risk patients are undergoing needless medical tests. The campaign urges patients to reconsider the old adage that early testing is always best and to think more critically about what could actually make a difference to a treatment regime.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version carried incorrect projected provincial per-capita expenses for Alberta and Newfoundland and Labrador.last_img read more

Jean Vanier Catholic hero to developmentally disabled dies

first_imgPARIS — Jean Vanier, a respected Canadian religious figure whose charity work helped improve conditions for the developmentally disabled in multiple countries over the past half-century, has died at 90.A charity he founded, L’Arche, said Vanier died Tuesday in Paris after suffering from thyroid cancer.Pope Francis was informed of Vanier’s death and is praying for him and the community, according to Vatican spokesman Alessandro Gisotti.Vanier worked as a Canadian navy officer and professor before turning to charity work. A visit to a psychiatric facility prompted him to found L’Arche in 1964 as a community for those with developmental disabilities. The charity now has facilities in 38 countries that are home to thousands of people.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Rachel Platten To Perform At We Are LA Music Festival

first_imgChart-topping singer Rachel Platten will headline the We Are LA Family Music Festival on Saturday, Sept. 17, at the StubHub Center in Carson, CA.The daylong celebration will feature educational family activities representing major cities and cultures in Southern California.With the inspirational “Fight Song” selling over two million copies in the U.S. and riding high on iTunes and radio charts, Platten joins a lineup of family-friendly music acts that include Ozokidz, presented by Ozomatli, Lisa Loeb, Lucky Diaz and The Family Jam Band, and Rhythm Child. Magician and comedian Justin Willman – the host of Cupcake Wars – will also mesmerize audiences.The collaborative day of music, food and entertainment will benefit seven local non-profit groups fighting for rights and resources for the youth of Los Angeles.Attendees can also play soccer with the LA Galaxy Foundation, toss footballs with Ameri-I-Can, explore with Kidspace Children’s Museum, kayak and fish with the National Park Service, face-paint with Hollywood makeup artists, visit with animals from STAR Eco Station and many more.All net proceeds from the festival will benefit Los Angeles children’s charities, including Ameri-I-Can, CASA of Los Angeles, Happy Trails for Kids, Junior Achievement of Southern California, Richstone Family Center and the LA Galaxy Foundation.To purchase tickets please visit www.wearela.org. For more information, email Charissa Gonzales at charissa@weareLA.org.last_img read more

Daily Planet takes holidays to a new level with HighTech Toys Week

first_img Twitter It’s beginning to look a lot like…“High-Tech Toys Week”! Santa’s helpers, better known as the team behind Discovery’s daily sci-tech series DAILY PLANET, are hard at work preparing for every tech toy-lover’s favourite week of the year, “High-Tech Toys Week”. Airing exclusively on Discovery beginning Monday, Dec. 5 through Friday, Dec. 9 at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT, DAILY PLANET explores a week full of boundless innovation and imagination.From a life-size Transformer car to vertical air hockey, viewers are invited to join co-hosts Ziya Tong and Dan Riskin as they fill Santa’s sleigh with the season’s most exciting, outlandish, and coveted high-tech toys from around the world.“High-Tech Toys Week” was the second most-watched theme week on DAILY PLANET during the 2015/16 broadcast year, trailing only “Future-Tech Week”. DAILY PLANET, the world’s only nightly science broadcast reaches more than 1.3 million viewers each week and continues to win the 7 p.m. ET timeslot among Canadian entertainment specialty channels during the 2016/17 broadcast year among all key adult demographics. “Teal Highspeed Drone”George Matus was 11 years old when he flew his first drone and was immediately blown away. By 16, Matus was competing as a professional drone racer and acting as a test pilot for new aircraft. Today, Matus is the CEO of his own drone and software company, Teal. After years of flying, crashing, rebuilding, and modifying dozens of versions of drones, Matus has completed his dream drone, the Teal. The highly impressive unmanned aircraft flies at more than 120 kilometres per hour, can operate in wind speeds of 64 kilometres per hour, and has a built-in camera, GPS, and autonomous capabilities. From gaming and augmented reality to security applications and agriculture, Matus wants to make this drone do anything the imagination can conjure. Testing diffferent flight propellers and evaluating for speed, noise, and handling, Matus and the Teal team join DAILY PLANET as they race to get to market “the world’s fastest production drone in its class.”“Climball”What is the result when pinball, air hockey, wall climbing, and a splash of augmented reality mix together? Climball – a high-tech, fast-paced game combining  augmented reality technology with rock climbing. The physically engaging game tracks the players’ movements while they compete to volley a virtual ball. DAILY PLANET climbs on board to get a closer look at the tech behind the newest way to get into shape.“The PancakeBot” Marking the very first food printer of its kind, the $300 PancakeBot  is the brainchild of Miguel Valenzuela, a civil engineer, inventor, and father living in Norway. A container of batter is attached to PancakeBot’s mechanical printing arm where underneath sits a flat, heated griddle that acts as its canvas. Users can turn almost anything into a yummy breakfast treat – a child’s drawing, a product image, a team’s logo, or even a favorite piece of artwork. DAILY PLANET meets with Valenzuela, who spills the batter on PancakeBot’s food printing technology.“Amphibious Helicopter”Novelty car builder Jeff Bloch, also known as SpeedyCop, is the master of developing crazy, homemade cars. He’s built a fighter jet car, an upside down Camaro, and even a car that stretches out like an accordion – all capable of racing at 24 Hours of LeMons, a series of endurance races held on paved courses across the U.S. This year, Bloch recycled a damaged helicopter from the Vietnam War and transformed it into a mighty machine that can race on land and in water, making the gadget an entirely amphibious helicopter. Although it can’t take flight just yet, it has some truly astounding capabilities! DAILY PLANET meets Bloch to discuss how he intends to take these off-the-wall vehicles from the junkyard to the racetrack.“Carr-E”Many city drivers have experienced the congestion of downtown roadways during rush hour – the impatience, the frustration, and the worry. Well, Ford Motor Company is hoping to prevent commuter frustration with the “Last Mile Mobility Challenge”. One of this year’s finalists is Kilian Vas, a Ford engineer who has designed and built the Carr-E. An easily transported, segway-like vehicle, the Carr-E can propel motorist through all types of traffic. Carr-E’s ultrasonic sensors and built-in GPS allow it to navigate through busy streets, avoiding any obstacle thrown in its path. DAILY PLANET meets with Vas to test out the four-wheel, electric pedestrian assistant that could potentially be the next big breakthrough in urban commuting.Subscribers can catch up on past episodes on demand on the Discovery GO app and at Discovery.ca. Live streaming of DAILY PLANET is also available on Discovery GO. Login/Register With: Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Highlights from DAILY PLANET’s “High-Tech Toys Week” include:“Transformer Car” The BMW can now shapeshift from a car into huge robot, thanks to a prototype designed by Turkish company, Letrons. The Antiomon is a real-life, nearly five-metre tall Transformer with driving capabilities. A total of five working models were developed by a team of 12 engineers, with each featuring a 35,000 hydraulic cylinder system that allows for quick and effective transformations. DAILY PLANET meets with the development team to discuss the Antiomon’s price tag in advance of its consumer debut.last_img read more

Canada Post says normal delivery times restored for most of the country

first_imgOTTAWA — Three weeks after striking postal workers were forced back to work, Canada Post says it’s caught up on most parcel delivery backlogs that had been created by rotating walkouts.The Crown corporation says its normal holiday delivery service guarantees have been restored across most of the country, except Vancouver.The federal government legislated an end to job action by postal workers on Nov. 27 after Canada Post complained that a backlog of parcels was reaching historic levels ahead of the crucial holiday shopping period.At the time, Canada Post warned the backlog could take until the end of January to clear up.Canada Post said it delivered about four million packages between last Friday and yesterday, and will likely be able to deliver items ordered online in time for Christmas.But it also depends on where the parcels are coming from as Canada Post expects some shipments from outside Canada might only be delivered in early January.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Moroccan Donates MAD 12 Million to Build Schools in Casablanca Region

Rabat – The Directorate of the Ministry of Education in Settat, the Casablanca-Settat regional prefecture, and Najiya Nadir signed two partnership agreements on Friday after Nadir donated MAD 12 million to build a number of schools in the region.Thanks to Nadir’s donations, a high school will be built in Oulad Fares, a small town and rural commune in Settat Province. Nadir said that the purpose behind her initiative was to contribute to quality education in the country, especially in rural areas, noting the problems that children face when schools are too far for them, especially for rural girls who may become exposed to sexual abuse. “When schools are 15 or 20 kilometers from the children, they start to face challenges such as exposure to drug use or rape,” said Nadir.Read Also: A Modern-Day Fatima al-Fihriya: The Woman Who Founded Oujda’s ENCGNadir emphasized the importance of building schools, commenting on the large number of mosques that continue to be built in the country compared to the small number of schools in rural areas.“Although one can pray at home, you can find many mosques in one area, aligned to each other,” Nadir argued, stating that it is not the case for schools that are much needed.Nadir said that her initiative was also inspired by King Mohammed VI’s calls to improve and expand access to education. read more

New UN treaty signatures and ratifications reach fouryear high

29 September 2009Sixty-four countries took 103 treaty actions at this year’s General Assembly General Debate – the highest participation in four years – in what has become an annual United Nations event to muster support for a whole raft of conventions ranging from protecting human rights to fighting terrorism to fighting climate change. “2009 was a very good year in terms of progress towards a universal participation to international treaties,” UN Legal Counsel Patricia O’Brien said today. “My hope is that the support to international law will continue to grow during next year’s Treaty Event.” There were 57 signatures and 43 ratifications, accessions and acceptances, two objections and one withdrawal of a reservation, with this year’s participation representing an increase of 20 States compared to 2008.The Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, which opened for signature during this year’s Treaty Event, received the widest support with 29 signatures.Ms. O’Brien expressed special appreciation for the overwhelming support obtained by this treaty, saying it “will put economic, social and cultural rights on a more equal footing to civil and political rights than was the case before.” The Convention on Contracts for the International Carriage of Goods Wholly or Partly by Sea, which opened to signature last Wednesday in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, received 19 signatures. Human rights treaties that received additional parties included the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the involvement of children in armed conflict, the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance. New members also signed on to the International Convention for the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism, the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty, the Convention against Corruption, the Agreement on the Privileges and Immunities of the International Criminal Court, the International Tropical Timber Agreement, the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants, and the Convention on Cluster Munitions. read more

Netflix adds My List a new feature that lets you bookmark movies

TORONTO — Canadian Netflix users are finally getting access to a feature many have been requesting since the video streaming service first launched here in 2010: the ability to build a list of movies and TV shows to watch later.Now the question is, will they use it?On Wednesday, Netflix began rolling out My List, which replaces a similar feature called Instant Queue that was previously available in the U.S.A select number of users in Canada, the U.S. and Netflix’s other markets had been testing My List for nearly two years. The long testing period was meant to refine My List as much as possible, given that users liked the idea of Instant Queue but didn’t really use it very much, according to Netflix’s director of product innovation Michael Spiegelman.Users would populate their queues with tons of titles but didn’t get around to watching most of them.“What happened is a lot of the titles on the list would become quite stale and you’d end up looking at the same things again and again at the front of the list and as a result, it wasn’t that useful to people and they’d tend to automatically scan by and start looking for other things,” Spiegelman said.“They wouldn’t go to it first as a place to play titles, they wouldn’t think of it as kind of their go-to location to find something to watch.”So Netflix took its time to ensure that My List was actually being used by the testers before releasing it widely. Spiegelman said they wanted to see how features are used over the long term.“We would launch it, test it, see what happens, be able to make adjustments, retest those, see what happens, and then we’re testing and refining things on the algorithm level — which feeds the personalization — as well as the interface level,” he said.Netflix thinks My List — which can store up to 500 films and TV titles for later viewing — will be more popular than Instant Queue because it now sorts and highlights bookmarked titles based on a user’s viewing history and the service’s recommendation engine.“We sort the list using that personalization technology and promote the titles to the top of the list that we think will be most relevant to you,” Spiegelman said.“That kind of adds a lot more dynamism and freshness and personalization to the list than we had before.”On Netflix.com, My List will also highlight titles that are set to expire soon from the streaming service (that feature may be available on Netflix’s other platforms eventually).While My List is now available for some users, Netflix says it may take a couple of weeks until the feature is fully rolled out. read more

Time July edition banned

The cover of the July edition of the Time magazine carries a picture of a Myanmar monk with the words ‘The face of Buddhist terror’.Buddhist monks in Myanmar have been accused attacking Rohingya Muslims in which several people have been reportedly killed. Sri Lanka and Myanmar have strong diplomatic ties especially since both countries are Buddhist nations.In February this year the Sri Lankan navy rescued 32 Myanmar nationals who were stranded at sea after escaping violence targeting the Muslims.Those rescued had claimed that nearly 100 others were also with them but had gone missing and were believed to have drowned. (Colombo Gazette) “Under local laws if there is any publication imported with content which can hurt the sentiments or create tensions among Sri Lankans then such publications can be blocked from being circulated in the market,” he said. Customs department spokesman Leslie Gamini said that the magazines had been seized as the cover had content which could harm the sentiments of Buddhists in Sri Lanka. The government has banned the distribution of the latest edition of the internationally acclaimed Time magazine over some of its content.The Sri Lanka customs department said that 4000 copies of the July edition of magazine had been seized at the Colombo port. read more

UN treaty signing event garners actions on terrorism human rights accords

Twelve Heads of State and Government and 56 Foreign Ministers participated in the annual treaty-signing event, held from 10 to 16 November on the fringes of the UN General Assembly’s annual high-level debate. Seventy-eight countries either signed or deposited their instruments of ratification or accession to 41 treaties. The highest number of treaty actions related to the International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism, which received 47 signatures and eight ratifications or accessions. The accord currently has 119 signatories and 13 parties and will enter into force the day after the deposit of the 22nd instrument of ratification with the United Nations.“These actions have been a clear expression of the will of the international community to support rule of law in international relations and, in particular, to combat terrorism in all its forms,” said Hans Corell, Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs and the UN’s Legal Counsel. “It is important to remember that the actions undertaken were in addition to the measures already taken by those States that had already signed or become parties to these treaties.” Other related treaties include the International Convention for the Suppression of Terrorist Bombings, which received 13 ratifications or accessions; the International Convention against the Taking of Hostages, which garnered five ratifications or accessions; and the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of Crimes against Internationally Protected Persons, including Diplomatic Agents, which gained three ratifications or accessions. All three treaties have already entered into force. Meanwhile, two other accords received the necessary number of ratifications to enter into force: the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the Involvement of Children in Armed Conflict and the Agreement for the Implementation of the Provisions of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea of 10 December 1982 relating to the Conservation and Management of Straddling Fish Stocks and Highly Migratory Fish Stocks.A number of actions were also undertaken with regard to the International Criminal Court, the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test Ban Treaty and human rights treaties dealing with children, women and migrant workers. read more

At General Assembly European leaders pledge support for UN efforts to resolve

Speaking first, King Felipe VI of Spain pledged his continent’s generous contributions to other regions of the world and his own country’s unconditional support for UN values.“I can assure you that the international community, represented today in this General Assembly, can continue to count on Spain’s support and its active participation in the unwavering protection of the values and interests of a humanity in peace, evermore prosperous and just,” he told the leaders of 193 nations on the opening day of the 69th General Debate. “Spain upholds a United Nations that is not only stronger but above all, more united: more united against fanaticism, intolerance and barbarism. More united in fighting against poverty, hunger and marginalization.More united so that education and health reach all. More united, Mr. President, in firmly defending the dignity of all human beings.”Noting Spain’s transformation over nearly 40 years from dictatorship to a democracy based on the rule of law, protecting all citizens in its political, geographic, cultural and linguistic diversity, the king said the world can always count on his country’s firm commitment to promoting and defending democratic values.Turning to the Middle East where some societies “suffer the scourge of an intolerable barbarism, a criminal and atrocious violence that threatens all societies and our human civilization,” he stressed that the world can count on Spain to confront, all together and respecting international law, those who aim to destroy with intolerance, violence or sectarianism the values and principles that underlie our United Nations.”Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan stressed the UN’s “indispensable role” in setting new long-term goals for sustainable development worldwide. President Serzh Sargsyan of of Armenia, addresses the general debate of the sixty-ninth session of the General Assembly. UN Photo/Cia Pak“I strongly believe that through the new ‘Post-2015’ development agenda we will continue our efforts seeking solutions and responding to challenges of global nature stemming from the Millennium Development Goals,” he said referring to the new roadmap that is to fill out and replace the eight MDGs set for the first 15 years of the new millennium. Armenia, General Debate, 69th SessionMr. Sargsyan devoted most of his speech to issues of specific Armenian concern, including a pressing call to Turkey to “demonstrate the courage and face its own history by recognizing the Armenian Genocide, thus relieving the next generations of this heavy burden of the past. “Alas instead, we continue to hear ambiguous and ulterior messages, in which the victim and the slaughterer are equalized, and the history is falsified,” he said referring to the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Armenian nearly 100 years ago at the time of the First World War and noting the threats now facing tens of thousands of Armenians at the hands of Islamist extremists in Syria.He also blamed the “bellicose declarations and various threats” by neighbouring Azerbaijan for a failure to reach a settlement in the Nagorno Karabakh conflict, saying it had flouted UN Security Council resolutions by continuing military hostilities.Citing the conflicts in Ukraine and Syria and Iraq which violated core UN rules and values, President Sauli Niinisto of Finland said the grim state of international relations should be seen as “a call to redouble our diplomatic efforts.” President Sauli Niinistö of Finland addresses the General Assembly. UN Photo/Cia Pak“We must act with determination and we must act now,” he declared. “Unfortunately, the UN Security Council has not been able to uphold its responsibilities neither in Ukraine nor in Syria. We need to reform the Security Council. Finland supports the efforts to restrict the use of veto.”Threats or actual vetoes, the sole prerogative of the five permanent members – China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and United States – have blocked Council action on both issues.He noted that the General Assembly, whose resolution lack the legally binding force of the Council’s adopted a resolution on Ukraine, but said it should have been “even stronger, condemning Russia’s actions” and charting a way towards restoring peace. “De-escalation in Ukraine cannot happen without Russia’s active steps,” he warned. “Russia should control its border and prevent the flow of arms and fighters, and thereby contribute to stabilization of the situation in Eastern Ukraine. There can be only a political solution to the crisis.”Likewise the Syrian crisis can only be solved by political means and he pledged Finland’s continuing support for the efforts of UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura to resolve the issue. read more

Video of first Town Hall now available

The first of two Brock University Town Halls was held Wednesday, Feb. 13.The Town Halls provide an opportunity for Brock employees and senior administration to discuss the University’s new Strategic Plan, along with the budgetary implications emerging from the Ontario government’s Jan. 17 announcement.Video of Wednesday’s first Town Hall can be found online by going to this link and logging in with your employee username and password.A second Town Hall, postponed because of Tuesday’s weather closure, will be held Thursday, Feb. 28 in Thistle 247 at 2:30 p.m.Brock President Gervan Fearon encouraged all Brock employees to attend in an earlier message. Anyone with comments or suggestions is encouraged to email president@brocku.ca read more

Ogle Airport to be briefly closed Friday for Emergency Exercise

The Eugene F. Correia International Airport at Ogle, East Coast of Demerara will be briefly closed on Friday (March 15, 2019) for a ‘Full Scale Emergency Exercise’.The Airport will be closed between 10:00 and 11:00 hrs for this purpose, a press statement noted.The Full Scale Emergency Exercise is conducted to test the readiness and capacity of the Airport to respond to accidents or any incidents which might occur at the facility.These Exercises are mandatory and are conducted every two years in accordance with the requirements of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA).The Exercise will be facilitated by Captain Jack Mc Govern, Fireman/Captain from Fredericksburg, Virginia, USA. Captain Mc Govern has been actively involved on each occasion in training for these exercises since 2006.Friday’s Emergency Exercise will simulate an event in which an ATR72 Aircraft, a type used by LIAT and Caribbean Airlines, overruns the runway on landing and catches on fire at the end of the runway.The Emergency Exercise is designed to test the response from the Emergency Operation Centre (EOC), Airport Security and first responders such as the Guyana Fire Service, Guyana Defence Force, Guyana Police Force, ambulance and medical services, as well as major hospitals in the city, including Georgetown Public Hospital, Mercy Hospital and Woodlands Hospital. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCJIA to conduct full-scale simulation exerciseNovember 24, 2015In “Business”CJIA to test its emergency responseOctober 25, 2013In “Local News”CJIA conducts simulation emergency response; awaits evaluation reportNovember 6, 2013In “Local News” read more

Pomeroon boat mishap Body of missing captain recovered

The body of Kendol Rodriguez who allegedly drowned following a boat mishap on Sunday in the Upper Pomeroon River, Region Two was earlier today found floating in the vicinity of Siriki and Jacklow Villages.On Sunday, Rodriguez who hailed from Kabakaburi Village, Upper Pomeroon, was transporting 42-year-old Joseph Thomas, a sawman of the same village, when the boat mishap occurred.However, Thomas was the only one to be rescued by a boat that was passing in the area shortly after the accident.Reports are that on Saturday night, Thomas and Rodriguez had attended a wedding celebration and had been consuming alcohol there for hours.Around 02:00h on Sunday, the duo left the wedding house to return to their homes via a 15-horsepower boat owned by Rodriguez.However, according to Thomas, they were in the vicinity of Siriki village when Rodriguez “suddenly began to swerve from left to right” and this resulted in the boat capsizing and both men falling into the river.The sawman told the Police that he managed to hold on to a side of the overturned vessel, but did not see what happened to Rodriguez.Shortly after, a boat that was in the area at the same time rendered assistance to Thomas and reportedly conducted a search for Rodriguez. However, the search proved futile.According to the Police, it was around 09:00h on Sunday, some seven hours after the mishap took place, that Thomas made a report about the incident.Thomas remains in Police custody, where he is said to be assisting with the investigation into this matter. The body of Rodriguez is at the Onderneeming Mortuary awaiting an autopsy. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBody of missing teen pulled from Pomeroon RiverAugust 5, 2019In “Crime”1 feared dead after boat capsizes in Pomeroon RiverJuly 29, 2019In “Crime”Pensioner killed in Pomeroon boat mishap dies from fracture spine-PMAugust 24, 2018In “latest news” read more

Sandvik launches new DD320S two boom jumbo

first_imgSandvik Mining and Rock Technology’s new DD320S is a two-boom, hydraulic controlled development drill, engineered to excel in demanding underground conditions and various drilling applications. Sandvik states: “The new rig utilises state of the art Sandvik technology, resulting in unbeatable reliability and performance.”Sandvik offers a wide range of underground drilling jumbos covering various applications, from small-scale mine development to large-scale tunnelling needs. “The very latest development in this series is the new Sandvik DD320S. Based on Sandvik’s unsurpassed experience in underground drilling, it is designed using proven components, systems and controls that provide a safer, more productive workplace for both operators and maintenance teams.”“The new Sandvik DD320S is designed to meet the needs of both mining and tunnelling construction customers, customers who appreciate high drilling performance together with reliability and low operating costs through proven components and simplicity of design,” explains Johannes Välivaara, Product Manager for Underground Development Drills at Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology.At the heart of the new Sandvik DD320S is proven technology which utilises some well known components such as THC560 hydraulic drilling controls, B26XLF boom and HLX5 rock drill that Sandvik says will ensure long running hours with minimum downtime. Also, its carrier components, such as the diesel engine and layout, are very similar to well- known Sandvik DD321 technologies, ensuring common service principles and spare parts across the whole fleet.Sandvik says the DD320S “provides unbeatable drilling performance and reliability, with highly proven THC560 hydraulic controls and HLX5 rock drill (20kW impact power), designed for robust heavy duty drilling and bolting applications which delivers great reliability and low operating costs, optimised for 43 mm-64 mm diameter bore holes and 76 mm-127 mm reaming holes.”The Sandvik DD320S is available with an optional FOPS / ROPS (ISO 3449/3471) operator cabin and comes with ergonomic hand rails and with anti-slip surface stairs as standard. The platform provides a comfortable drilling control and tramming stations, (optional) movement prevention switch and access detector, as well as a new compressor thermal monitoring system.“All in all, the new Sandvik DD320S is a simplified and cost-effective solution to customers who require reliable performance in underground development drilling, based on proven Sandvik technology and process knowhow.”The drill has already been widely tested in cooperation with Sargin Construction and Machinery Inc, operating as a mine contractor at Esan Balya mine, located in the western part of Turkey. “The outcome of the tests at Balya mine showed us that the drilling performance and reliability of Sandvik DD320S was well above the given benchmark compared to other OEM machines operating at the same mine site. At the end of the trial both we and the customer were very impressed about the figures”, Välivaara concludes.last_img read more

GGX Gold testing new Acoustic EM tech on geophysical anomaly

first_imgGGX Gold Corp announces that it is planning to drill a high priority geophysical target at its Gold Drop property in the Greenwood Mining Camp.The proprietary Stargate II (SG II) Drill Target Modelling System incorporates Acoustic EM analysis, technology that was developed by Earth Science Services Corporation of Oshawa, Ontario (ESSCO). SG II employs an enhanced, deep-penetrating ultra-sonic AMT (Audio-Magnetotellurics) geophysical survey.The system is in developmental/pre-commercial stage and as such the effectiveness of this technique is not fully known to GGX.Stargate II surveys were performed by ESSCO over the Republic Graben trend in Washington and BC in 2014/2015 at 1 km and 500 m line spacings. A resultant geophysical anomaly on the Gold Drop property in the Greenwood Mining Camp was supplied by Glenn Galata of ESSCO.The anomaly measures 1,834 by 1,377 m, is centered at the intersection of three interpreted major fault conduit structural traces and is located along strike and to the north of the COD vein trend. Testing the target will require drilling to a depth of at least 400 and up to 764 m – the deepest ever to be drilled on the Gold Drop property.last_img read more

Ferguson teen shooting Journalists arrested in McDonalds

first_img Source: KMOV/Twitter Source: Michael Calhoun/Twitter RELEASED: Wash Post’s @WesleyLowery and Huffpo’s @ryanjreilly leave the #Ferguson jail after their arrest. pic.twitter.com/xfHLwz1oBa— Michael Calhoun (@michaelcalhoun) August 14, 2014 Source: Ryan J. Reilly/Twitter TWO JOURNALISTS WERE arrested and detained by police while reporting on the shooting of an unarmed black teenager in Missouri.The shooting, which occurred in Ferguson over the weekend, has led to rallies, protests and rioting in the town.A large police and riot police presence has been reported in the town, as well as multiple arrests.One reporter, Wesley Lowery, told his paper the Washington Post that he was working alongside other reporters when about “half a dozen” police officers came into the restaurant, some wearing riot gear and carrying assault weapons.He described the situation as “tense” and said he had been afraid “several times” while reporting in Ferguson. Update: Our own @KMOVMatt says Antonio French has been charged with unlawful assembly. Will be in jail for 24 hours http://t.co/CjUea1OISd— KMOV (@KMOV) August 14, 2014 Source: Ryan J. Reilly/Twitter He said that patrons were told to leave the McDonalds, with police saying it was fine for journalists to stay.However, officers returned later and then told the reporters they needed to leave.Lowery was arrested as he was leaving the building, after his bag fell off his shoulder. He said that he did not try to resist arrest. Martin D Baron, executive editor of The Washington Post, said: “there was absolutely no justification for his arrest”. Ryan Reilly, of the Huffington Post, was also arrested in the McDonalds. The two men were taken to a holding cell for half an hour before being told they could leave without charges being filed. Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet Protests continue outside of #Ferguson Police Station pic.twitter.com/8DQoTjjGP3— Ryan J. Reilly (@ryanjreilly) August 14, 2014 SWAT just invade McDonald’s where I’m working/recharging. Asked for ID when I took photo. pic.twitter.com/FOIsMnBwHy— Ryan J. Reilly (@ryanjreilly) August 13, 2014 In a statement about Ryan Reilly and Lowery’s arrest, the Huffington Post said it is “disturbed by their arrest and assault”.Ryan Grim, its Washington Bureau Chief, said:Compared to some others who have come into contact with the police department, they came out relatively unscathed, but that in no way excuses the false arrest or the militant aggression toward these journalists.Ryan, who has reported multiple times from Guantanamo Bay, said that the police resembled soldiers more than officers, and treated those inside the McDonald’s as “enemy combatants.” Police militarization has been among the most consequential and unnoticed developments of our time, and it is now beginning to affect press freedom.Also arrested was Antonio French, an Alderman who has been posting Vines of the unrest. Protesters have been gathering near where he is being held to demand his release:https://vine.co/v/MYDXzJeVwFJRead: Teen shooting: Tear gas and smoke bombs used on protesters>last_img read more

Man charged with €100000 cannabis seizure

first_imgA MAN HAS appeared in the Criminal Courts of Justice charged in connection with a €100,000 cannabis seizure in Cavan.Gardai at Kilnaleck, investigating the discovery of cannabis plants with a street value of around €100,000 yesterday arrested a 29-year-old man.The man was arrested at a premises in Coolkill, Kilnaleck.The man was charged in connection with the seizure this morning. He appeared before Court 2 at the CCJ in Dublin 8 at 3pm today.He was remanded in custody to appear before Cloverhill District Ct at 10.30am on Friday 22 August.Read: Man arrested after €100,000 worth of drugs found in Cavan houselast_img read more

Greek Centre offers lecture about Archers of Classical Athens

first_imgAssociate Professor of Greek History at the University of Queensland David M. Pritchard, will present a lecture about the Archers of Classical Athens, on Thursday 6 June 2019, at the Greek Centre, as part of the Greek History and Culture Seminars offered by the Greek Community of Melbourne.The armed forces that Athens took into the Peloponnesian War had four distinct corps. The two that have been studied the most are the cavalry-corps and the navy. The same level of focus is now paid to the hoplite corps. In contrast to these three branches the archers continue to be largely unstudied.Indeed the last dedicated study of this corps was published in 1913. This neglect of the archers by military historians is unjustified. The creation of the archer corps in the late 480s was a significant military innovation. For the rest of the fifth century Athens constantly deployed archers in a wide range of important combat-roles. In the late 430s the state spent just as much on them as it did on the cavalry.Nevertheless this neglect explains why four problems about them remain unresolved. The first problem is why the Athenians took the unprecedented step of creating such a corps. Very few military historians recognise this as the problem that it is. The second problem is that many military archers were actually Athenian citizens. It is likely that poverty had ruled out their service as hoplites. But this leaves unexplained why they did not chose the navy, because naval service was cheaper still and earned a lot more esteem. The third problem is the role that the ten tribes played in the archer corps’s organisation. Certainly horsemen and hoplites fought in tribal units. But there is ongoing debate about whether the rest of the armed forces was organised by tribes. The fourth problem is this branch’s disappearance after only 80 years.André Plassart attempted to explain it more than a hundred years ago. Since his study epigraphy has hugely increased what we know about this branch. This new evidence shows that Plassart’s explanation is no longer valid. This paper’s main goal is to resolve these four problems. In doing so it seeks to redress the archer corps’s unjustified neglect in military history. In doing so it seeks to redress the archer corps’s neglect in ancient Greece’s military history.READ MORE: We are SpartansDavid M. Pritchard is Associate Professor of Greek History at the University of Queensland. He has obtained 13 fellowships in Australia, Denmark, France, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the United States of America. In 2019-20 he will be research fellow in the Le Collegium de Lyon de l’université de Lyon. Associate Professor Pritchard has authored Athenian Democracy at War (Cambridge University Press: 2019), Sport, Democracy and War in Classical Athens (Cambridge University Press: 2013) and Public Spending and Democracy in Classical Athens (University of Texas Press: 2015), edited War, Democracy and Culture in Classical Athens (Cambridge University Press: 2010) and co-edited Sport and Festival in the Ancient Greek World (Classical Press of Wales: 2013). He has an h-index of 14 and 700 known citation. Associate Professor Pritchard speaks on the radio and regularly writes for newspapers around the world.When: Thursday 6 June 2019, 7.00pmWhere: Greek Centre (Mez, 168 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne) Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Meet Eleni Efthimiou young blood at SEKA

first_imgPresident of SEKA, Eleni Efthimiou, is the youngest person to ever take on this role. As a representative of the younger generation of Greek Cypriots in Australia, she has not experienced the Cyprus invasion herself but this does not mean she is not invested in raising awareness and fighting for the reunification of the island she hails from.Having been appointed at the start of 2019, she hopes her leadership will inspire and motivate her peers in becoming more invested and better informed on the Cyprus issue.Organising the community’s commemorative events for the first time this year, Ms Efthimiou spoke to Neos Kosmos about her aspirations for the strategic development of SEKA going into the future.How did you get involved with SEKA? What led you to this decision?I have been involved for more than 8 years now. It is difficult to recall the precise reason but I guess it came hand in hand when I joined the World Organisation for Young overseas Cypriots (NEPOMAK – Neolaia Omospondia Apodimon Kyprion).I knew that SEKA was working tirelessly for a cause I feel passionately about, and the committee members needed support. As part of NEPOMAK I attended lobby days in Canberra under the guidance of the PASEKA president, so staying close to SEKA after that was natural and expected.If we go further back, it was a program for youth that took me to the university in Cyprus, which got me involved in NEPOMAK.Do you think that people of your age know enough about the Cyprus invasion and the history before and after that? I think people will know and inquire on the topic as much as they were shaped to, in terms of their environment and family upbringing. It goes without saying, if they have a keen interest in history it would probably motivate them to look further into it, and learn about the circumstances leading up to the invasion. Most people know enough to know that the current situation Cyprus is in, is unacceptable.What do you think is the reason keeping them from getting involved with SEKA?Most people that know a lot about the issue and feel passionately may not have had an opportunity to get involved. Or, they don’t know what we do exactly, that our aim is to keep the desire for justice for Cyprus alive in the hearts and minds of Greek-Australians, thus the slogan «Δεν ξεχνώ». And to engage in what in Greek is called διαφώτιση, the dissemination of the true facts when it comes to the Cyprus Issue while following, promoting and implementing the policies of the democratically elected Government of the Republic of Cyprus. We also lobby Australian politicians, to ensure that the stance of the Australian Government with regard to Cyprus is maintained and does not deviate from the now-established position.As a Greek-Cypriot, it is impossible to not care about the problem in Cyprus. It is more about how much each individual is willing to do, to show support that the current situation is unacceptable.What do you think could be done from SEKA’s end or by the organised Cypriot community in general in order to inform the younger generation?We have plans to hold informational seminars and a forum on the issue for younger people. The committee’s priority recently has been to organize the events of 1 April and 14 July. After that, we hope to be able to share news of upcoming meetings and events.Visiting Cyprus, what do you feel when you find yourself at the heart of where it all happened?I have visited Cyprus many times and have spent a lot of time close to the Green Line, although I have not crossed it, only because my schedule did not allow. The feeling for me is quite gloomy close to the buffer zone. To think that only a few kilometers north of there is a beautiful village where my ancestors spent their time growing businesses and raising their family on farms overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, and yet we are not free to live there. However I do wish to visit the occupied side soon to see Lapithos and Karavas, the towns where my father grew up. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more