Dogs Find Their Forever Homes in the Series Premiere of Bell Media

first_img Facebook Advertisement Twitter Social Media links Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement TORONTO – Hot on the paws of National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day, Gusto announces the premiere of new docu-series DOG TALES RESCUE, Thursdays at 8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT beginning May 31.Following the day-to-day operation of King City, Ont.’s Dog Tales Rescue and Horse Sanctuary, the 10-episode, half-hour series features sanctuary co-founders and animal lovers Danielle Eden-Scheinberg and Rob Scheinberg as they care and rehabilitate sick, elderly, and abused animals. Along with a dedicated team of 50 passionate staff, the sanctuary accepts local surrenders and works with shelters both domestically and abroad searching for animals in need of help. DOG TALES RESCUE also debuts this fall in Québec on Canal Vie.“Dog Tales Rescue is a world-class facility and we can’t wait to tell the stories of benevolent sanctuary co-founders Danielle and Rob and the remarkable animals they have rescued,” said Pat DiVittorio, Vice-President, CTV and Specialty Programming, “With our continued goal to bring unique and premium programming to Gusto, this series is sure to both inspire and tug at the heartstrings of our viewers.” @GustoTV@DogTalesRescue GustoTVDogTalesRescue GustoTV Dog Tales Rescue and Sanctuary About Motion Content GroupMotion Content Group is a global content investment and rights management company which invests and partners with the world’s leading talent, producers, and distributors to fund, develop, produce, and distribute premium content for the global benefit of our content partners and networks, platforms, and advertisers. Motion utilizes the unique worldwide infrastructure and deep commercial relationships of GroupM and WPP to the benefit of our content partners and advertisers. Motion investments and collaborations support the editorial and commercial requirements of producers, networks, and platforms in order to support contextually safe, high-quality advertising environments. Headquartered in London and Los Angeles, the business currently operates in 26 countries worldwide, with Motion’s broad range of award winning programming distributed globally.About GustoGusto, Bell Media’s first food and lifestyle channel, features a delicious mix of creative cooking and food programming paired with exciting home renovation, travel, and lifestyle shows. Gusto features a menu of original Canadian series and specials produced in 4K including ONE WORLD KITCHEN and FISH THE DISH, as well as acquired series from stars such as Jamie Oliver and Martha Stewart. Gusto is distributed to more than five million households across Canada and is also available online at and on-demand via participating television service providers. Gusto is a division of Bell Media, which is part of BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Furthering its commitment to delivering diverse quality lifestyle content, Bell Media Studios and partner Motion Content Group also confirm today that DOG TALES RESCUE has been renewed for a second season, joining the recently announced multi-season commitment of series WHERE TO I DO?.In the series premiere of DOG TALES RESCUE, Thursday, May 31 at 8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT, Rob and Danielle introduce the Dog Tales Rescue and Horse Sanctuary. The team puts together a creative photo shoot to help boost adoption rates, and Lead Horse Handler Ilana tries to integrate a new horse with the herd. Potential new adoptive parents Shelley and Emmanuel come to meet dog Samuel after seeing a social media post in which he was featured. Before they can adopt Samuel, they must bring their dog Phoebe to Dog Tales to see if the two dogs will hit it off.Founded in 2004, the Dog Tales Rescue and Horse Sanctuary is a world-renowned dog rescue and horse sanctuary set on 50 acres in King City, Ont. The Dog Tales property includes kilometers of walking trails, a therapy pool, a grooming spa, a pig mud bath, a horse paddock, a fenced play area, and a splash pad for the dogs. Dog Tales provides rescue animals with medical care, training, and, of course, lots of love!DOG TALES RESCUE is a co-production between Motion Content Group and Bell Media Studios. Melanie Darlaston is Executive Producer for Motion Content Group. Jennifer Couke and Michelle Crespi are Executive Producers for Bell Media Studios. Nanci MacLean is Vice-President and Head, Bell Media Studios. Pat DiVittorio is Vice-President, Programming, CTV and Specialty, Bell Media. Mike Cosentino is President, Content and Programming, Bell Media. Randy Lennox is President, Bell Media.last_img read more

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Report African Women Suffer From Higher Violence Rate Lower Education Rate

Rabat – The United Nations Development Program released its 2016 African Human Development Report. Most of the report’s eight chapters focus on the status of women in different areas, such as The Social Dimensions of Gender Inequality (chapter 3), Women at Work (chapter 4), Women, Politics and Leadership (chapter 5) and so on.According to the report, the status of women in these areas “translates into lower opportunities for the well-being of women in particular and society as a whole” and determines the status women’s equality and empowerment. Compared to previous decades, the last decade represents an improvement for women in education, health and other social services.With regards to the social dimension of gender parity, women in Africa still suffer from immense health issues because of a number of factors. These include child marriage, sexual and physical violence, and a high rate of maternal mortality, especially at childbearing age. read more

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Googles cloud deal sends Canadas Open Text to a record high

Open Text Corp. rose to a record high Tuesday after the software company said it had expanded a partnership with Google’s cloud division, including integrating its own products with Google’s G Suite brand applications.Open Text was up 2.5 per cent to $56.11 at 1:24 p.m. in Toronto, its biggest intraday gain since May 8. The Waterloo, Ontario-based company provides enterprise content management software to help its customers manage documents and workflows, among other tasks. Its stock has gained 26 per cent this year. It will take much bigger thinking if Canada is to compete with giants in the ideas economy ‘I’m a street fighter’: Notorious one-time Open Text pursuer sets sights on media empire ‘Watson is junk’: Waterloo’s OpenText hops on the AI bandwagon with Magellan A number of Open Text’s applications will be made available on Google’s cloud platform, Anthos. Similarly, Google’s G Suite applications such as Drive, Sheets and Hangouts will be integrated with Open Text’s enterprise management software. Open Text will also integrate artificial intelligence and machine-learning capabilities from Alphabet Inc.’s Google into its own software.“With the partnerships and product integrations announced today, our shared customers can leverage the performance, scalability and security of Google Cloud, while deploying cutting-edge enterprise information management applications from OpenText,” Mark Barrenechea, the Canadian company’s chief executive officer and technology head, said in a read more

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Doctors nurses and health staff urgently needed to combat ebola – UN

World Health Organization (WHO) spokesperson Gregory Hartl said that this week is all about putting into practice the emergency response agreed upon by the head of the UN health agency and the presidents of the three affected West African countries – Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone – in a meeting that lasted more than five hours last Friday.Mr. Hartl said WHO Director-General Margaret Chan and the three West African leaders agreed on an Ebola disease response plan involving three co-centric rings in the most-affected areas along their common border, such as Kenema, Lofa and Kailahun.“They want to institute emergency measures to encourage people to stay in those areas and not leave in order not to spread the disease to other areas,” Mr. Hartl told UN Radio, and to do that, they will increase supplies of food and other benefits into that area so it is attractive for people to stay there.He said that is why WHO and the three countries have launched an appeal for a $100 million response plan.“We need many more contributions from the international community, from governments, from NGOs, academic institutions, from anyone who can provide us with doctors, nurses, health staff, and other public health staff,” Mr. Hartl said. “We need materials. We need money, and this we need quickly and we need a lot of it,” he said. “We are looking at hundreds of international staff that we would like to get into region as fast as possible.”Dr. Chan had given a bleak assessment of the Ebola outbreak in remarks to the West African leaders last Friday, saying they are confronted with “an unprecedented outbreak” of the deadly Ebola disease accompanied by “unprecedented challenges” as the outbreak was moving faster than efforts to control it.But she also told presidents of countries affected by the most lethal strain of the virus that “when well-managed, an Ebola outbreak can be stopped.”The WHO chief also announced that on 6-7 August, WHO will convene an Emergency Committee meeting in order to ascertain whether the ongoing Ebola outbreak in West Africa constitutes a “public health emergency of international concern” (PHEIC) and, if it does, to recommend appropriate temporary measures to reduce international spread.According to WHO, Ebola, formerly known as Ebola hemorrhagic fever, affects humans and nonhuman primates (monkeys, gorillas, and chimpanzees). The origin of the virus is unknown, but fruit bats are considered the likely host. “Once a person comes into contact with an animal that has Ebola, it can spread within the community from human-to-human. Infection occurs from direct contact (through broken skin or mucous membranes) with the blood, or other bodily fluids or secretions (stool, urine, saliva, semen) of infected people,” according to WHO. Sudden onset of fever, intense weakness, muscle pain, headache and sore throat are typical signs and symptoms. This is followed by vomiting, diarrhoea, rash, impaired kidney and liver function, and in some cases, both internal and external bleeding. WHO says the incubation period, or the time interval from infection to onset of symptoms, is from 2 to 21 days. The patients become contagious once they begin to show symptoms. They are not contagious during the incubation period. read more

"Doctors nurses and health staff urgently needed to combat ebola – UN"

Experts race against clock to quell Ebola outbreak in remote DR Congo

A race against the clock has begun to contain an outbreak of Ebola in a remote northern area of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) said today. Twenty cases of “>Ebola have been reported in the DRC’s Bas Uele Province – near the vast country’s border with the Central African Republic – two have been confirmed by laboratory tests and three people have died so far, the agency says.On 9 May, WHO noticed a cluster of unexplained illnesses and death, all with bleeding symptoms in the same area. WHO, the Congolese Government and the medical aid organization, Alima, immediately deployed a team to the field and lab tests confirmed it was Ebola. Two days later, the DRC Ministry of Health officially declared an outbreak of the virus. “It’s important to note that Likati Health Zone is one of the most remote parts of the DRC. It is 1400 kilometres from Kinshasa and 350 kilometres from the nearest major town, Kisangani,” said Dr. Peter Salama, the WHO Executive Director for Health and Emergencies Programmes, speaking to the press in Geneva.The logistic and practical challenges associated with the response to the outbreak in a very remote and insecure part of the country should not be underestimated – WHO’s Dr. Peter Salama He also said there are only 20 kilometres of paved roads in that area and virtually no functional telecommunications. It is also an area that has been subject to insecurity and displacement. “The Lord’s Resistance Army is believed to be active in the area and their displaced populations from the ongoing conflict in the Central African Republic,” he noted. With the help of the UN, the first search teams, led by the DRC’s Ministry of Health, flew into Likati yesterday. Their immediate priority is to follow the 400 plus contacts of the suspected Ebola cases. The focus is on surveillance, getting the best information on the suspected cases, diagnosing people who have come in contact with an infected person, case management, isolating those who are infected to prevent the spread of the disease and more importantly engaging with the community, explained Dr. Salama. Meanwhile, the first Ebola treatment centre has been established in the Likati General Hospital. Protective gear has been dispatched to health workers and a mobile lab is being constructed and then deployed to the area. Immediate repairs to air strips and telecommunications are also being carried out.The first six months of the operation are expected to cost $10 million.Risk assessment ‘high’ at national level; ‘low risk’ globallyWHO has determined overall that the risk assessment for this event is “high” at the national level, medium at the regional level and low at the global level.An experimental vaccine for Ebola is being tested in Guinea, where the first outbreak of Ebola in West Africa was reported.The trials there have been “promising” and the vaccines has proven to be efficient and safe so far, Dr. Salama told reporters, while Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa, added that she is encouraged by the rapid response to quell the outbreak.“We have not received an official request from the Government for this vaccine but they have been made aware that this possibility exists both to benefit from this new tool and also to add their support in the testing of this vaccine,” she said, reiterating the experimental nature of the vaccine, and expressed hope the authorities “will work with us to consider this and make a decision.”This is the eighth outbreak in the DRC since 1976. The most recent was in 2014, around the time more than 11,000 people died and some 28,000 cases were reported in the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, mainly in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. read more

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Cheechoo to give keynote address at White Privilege Conference

Brock University Chancellor Shirley Cheechoo will deliver a keynote address at the White Privilege Conference – Global Thursday morning in Toronto.First held in Iowa in 1999, the White Privilege Conference is designed to bring people together to have honest conversations about issues surrounding race and diversity. The Conference was held outside of the U.S. for the first time in 2016, when Brock hosted the event.As she did at the 2016 White Privilege Symposium here at Brock, Cheechoo will give a keynote address at Ryerson University in Toronto Thursday, May 10 at 10 a.m.This year’s White Privilege Conference runs from Wednesday to Saturday and includes workshops, presentations, film screenings and a special banquet Friday night to celebrate the debut of the Canadian $10 bill featuring Viola Desmond, the first black woman to be featured on a regularly circulating Bank of Canada note. read more

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Netflixstyle workout videos offered to schoolgirls to encourage exercise as they dont

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. Workout videos will be offered to schoolgirls to encourage them to exercise as part of new government plans to help them tackle their fear of team sports.Under new proposals published today [SUN], children will have a greater opportunity to access 60 minutes of daily sport and physical activity, whether in school, after school or during weekends and holidays.Damian Hinds, the education secretary, alongside the sports minister, Mims Davies, and the minister for public health, Seema Kennedy, will set out The School Sport and Activity Action Plan later today. The scheme will include a range of new measures to strengthen the role of sport within young people’s daily routine, explain how teachers and parents can play their part, and promote a joined-up and extra-curricular approach to physical activity and mental wellbeing.  Show more Among the activities on offer is a new “Netflix-style library” of workout videos that can be used in schools and PE lessons to help encourage “less active” girls to do sport and exercise.Schools will also trial opening during holidays – a move which comes following calls from fitness leaders to keep sports clubs open all summer in a bid to combat Britain’s growing obesity crisis. As part of the plan, the Government said that it will launch a series of regional pilots – from September 2020 – to trial new approaches to getting more young people active, particularly “less active groups such as girls” and “those from disadvantaged backgrounds”.Schools and sports clubs will focus on ensuring young people have a coordinated offer of sport, competition and activity, including modern PE lessons and access to high-quality clubs and competitions after school and during weekends and holidays.  Mr Hinds said: “My ambition is for every pupil to have the chance to find a sport they love, setting them up to lead healthy, active lives and equipping them with the skills to reach their full potential, both inside and outside the classroom.”The Government and Sport England will work with a range of sporting bodies including the Football Association, Premier League, England Hockey, the Rugby Football Union, England and Wales Cricket Board, England Netball, Swim England and Basketball England to ensure that their clubs and programmes can reach even more children, encouraging them to get active by focusing on fun, enjoyment and increasing confidence.Drawing upon the successful This Girl Can campaign, which has inspired over 3.9 million women and girls to take steps to get active, Sport England will also provide £1 million to develop a digital resource for girls. This will include a new Netflix-style library of workout videos that can be used in schools and PE lessons.Tim Hollingsworth, CEO of Sport England, added: “We are delighted to be working at the heart of the new School Sport and Activity Action plan to embed those learnings, as well as making it easier for schools to offer more activities during the school day and after lessons not least through creating another 400 new Satellite Clubs and a This Girl Can workout resource for teenage girls.“Every child has the right to be active and find an activity they love. And the School Sport and Activity Action Plan is a great step forward.”The Department for Education has also committed £2.5 million in 2019-20 to deliver extra training for PE teachers, help schools open up their facilities at weekends and during the holidays, and expand sports volunteering programmes to give more young people the opportunity to become sports leaders and coaches. The Chief Medical Officers’ guidance on daily physical activity levels sets out that children should do at least 60 minutes of physical activity a day.  read more

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Mintec further enhances mine scheduling software

first_imgTucson, Arizona-based mining software group Mintec has announced enhancements to its short-term mine planning applications. The company has been tackling modeling and mine planning with its MineSight software since 1970. It offers integrated solutions for exploration, modeling, design, scheduling and production. The latest advances in MineSight’s short-term planning applications now set it apart from the competition, says Mintec president John Davies. “For a long time now, people have been asking for one scheduling process that addresses the mine planning challenge. Eliminating the process of importing, exporting and validating data from one tool to another one would make a lot of people happy. MineSight can fill that gap. Thanks to a common database, which contains all the source and result data linked to the short-term planning suite, there are amazing reporting opportunities for the data.”Mintec’s short-term planning suite comprises MineSight Interactive Planner, MineSight Haulage, MineSight Schedule Optimiser (MSSO) and Material Manager. Recent integration between MSHaulage and MSSO provides mine planners with more flexibility. “Haulage network management takes time and it’s a complex process for most mine operations. For Mintec clients, though, detailed haulage calculations are at the heart of MineSight’s short-term planning suite. For rapid schedule evaluation, the combination of MSHaulage and MSSO is an excellent tool. A truck constraint, a feed grade requirement, a tonnage constraint, and other such variables can be changed and rescheduled in seconds. These tools complement each other,” says Davies. “With more work on integrating these scheduling tools we will create one planning tool, capable of working in manual or automatic mode.” To that end, Mintec states that it is focused on enhancing its unique approach to short-term planning. That approach combines 3D design for direct reserve calculations against multiple models, activity/resource based calendar scheduling and material destination management – all built on a robust SQL database. “In other words, true integrated planning – one package for short-term, medium-term, and long-term planning,” says Davies. “At a time when the stakes have rarely been higher, that accomplishment would not only be a first for MineSight and Mintec, it would be a first for the mining industry.”last_img read more

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Superior Industries completes acquisition of crushing and screening manufacturer Clemro

first_imgSuperior Industries, a major American manufacturer and global supplier of bulk material processing and handling systems, has officially completed an acquisition of Clemro Western. Based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, the 30-year-old Clemro is known for manufacturing jaw and cone crushers, incline and horizontal screens, and belt and grizzly feeders.According to Superior, the addition of these product lines allows the company to increase its bulk handing portfolio for customers in mining. In addition, Superior says the acquisition was appealing because of Clemro’s heritage as a family owned and operated company with a history of high production values and technological advances.Founded by Ralph Fasoli in 1981, Clemro gained a strong reputation throughout Western Canada as a manufacturer of rugged, reliable equipment. Before he passed in 2010, Fasoli spent more than 40 years in manufacturing and was even a finalist for Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year award. Today, his son, Emmanuel, handles day-to-day operations of the company’s production facilities.last_img read more

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Customised onsite training aims to increase plant efficiency

first_imgTraining is important, particularly in remote areas. In another display of its customer-centric support focus, Multotec undertakes training of customer personnel in situ. According to Javier Kirigin, Comminution Product Manager at Multotec Rubber, this type of practical training is invaluable and enables customers to run their plants more efficiently and effectively.“Multotec places emphasis on partnering with its customers across all aspects of successful plant operation. We have a symbiotic relationship whereby we help our customers to understand our products and they, in turn, help us to better understand their needs. This results in fit-for-purpose solutions that promote increased productivity and throughput, coupled with minimised downtime and maintenance,” says Kirigin.As an example of a successful training initiative, Multotec conducted an interactive technical seminar over a two day period both in French and English in Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso. “If Multotec customers cannot come to Multotec’s office, then Multotec takes the information to the market. We deployed six product specialists to Ouagadougou and the training comprised a technical introduction to Multotec products and the application thereof in the mainly gold and zinc commodity sectors that were represented by the customers at the seminar.”Kirigin points out that the training was extremely well received by customers who seldom have access to this high level of expertise and technical knowledge. “The seminar also facilitated a networking opportunity for the teams from the various mines who do not often get to discuss their issues with colleagues. We hosted personnel from more than eight mines in this French-speaking West African region, with more than 30 customers from all over West Africa including Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso and the Ivory Coast.“This was a very interactive event and our team encouraged participation from the customers. What was very clear is that there is a definite need for this type of technical input and we were able to answer many of the customers’ questions. Training is predominantly needs focussed and is based mainly on operational aspects but also includes condition monitoring and maintenance with added focus on other unit operations including comminution in this particular seminar,” Kirigin concludes.last_img read more

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Shopbought baby foods dont meet infants weaning needs

first_imgCOMMERCIAL BABY FOODS provide little extra nutritional goodness over breast milk, a new study says.The research, which is published online in Archives of Disease in Childhood, shows that UK commercial baby foods don’t meet infants’ dietary weaning needs, because they are predominantly sweet foods.They are also promoted for infants from the age of four months, which is an age when babies should still be on an exclusive breast (or formula) milk diet, the researchers say.They looked at what sort of products are available in the UK for weaning infants from a predominantly milk-based diet to a family food-based diet.Recommendations say that weaning foods should not be started before the age of six months, and that they should be introduced gradually.AnalysisThe researches analysed the nutritional content of infant foods intended for weaning made by four major UK manufacturers, including ready-made soft, wet foods, powdered meals to be reconstituted with water, breakfast cereals, and finger foods such as rusks.They found that:Most (79 per cent) of the 462 products assessed were ready made spoonable foods, almost half of which (44 per cent; 201) were aimed at infants from the age of four months onwards.Analysis of the 410 spoonable foods revealed that their energy content (282 kiloJoules per 100grams) was almost identical to that of breast milk (283kJ/100g).Their protein content was only 40 per cent higher than formula milk.Products containing meat had the highest iron content, but this was no higher than formula milk, and not much higher than products that did not contain meat.Dry finger foods had a much higher energy and nutrient density overall, but they were also particularly high in sugar.Around two thirds (65 per cent) of the stand-alone products were sweet foods.Babies have an innate preference for sweet foods, which might explain why sweet ingredients feature so prominently in commercial products, said the authors.But they added that repeated exposure to foods during infancy “promotes acceptance and preferences”, and fruit sugars rather than refined sugars won’t make a difference to tooth decay risk.They also compared the nutritional content of shop-bought products with typical family-made foods.They found that 50g of a spoonable family food would probably supply the same amount of energy and protein as 100g of a similar commercial product.ConclusionThe researchers said that weaning foods are used to increase the energy content of the diet and provide richer sources of nutrients like iron – but the most commonly-used commercial foods in the study supply no more energy than breast or formula milk.Despite this, they are promoted at an age when they will replace breast/formula milk, which is all that babies under six months really need.While it is understandable that parents may choose to use [these products] early in the weaning process, health professionals should be aware that such food will not add to the nutrient density of a milk diet.Read: Ireland gets its own ‘One Born Every Minute’>last_img read more

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LIVE Astronauts conduct repairs to the outside of the ISS

first_imgLive video for mobile from UstreamWith all of the excitement surrounding the Curiosity rover recently, it’s almost easy to forget that we have people in the sky right above us. The International Space Station has been floating in orbit above the world for some time now, and like all things is in need of occasional repair. NASA TV is now broadcasting the live stream of several helmet cams from Astronauts outside the ISS as they attempt some minor repairs. It is difficult to imagine the challenges that the ISS team would face when it comes to performing even simple tasks in zero gravity. Using simple tool to remove bolts require an entirely different positioning and application of force. Additionally, you have to be careful to secure every tool after you use it, or it might float away. All of this must be done with big bulky gloves on. The team is communicating live with NASA ground control teams as the two groups work together to conduct repairs that can only be done from outside the ship. Right now the Main Bus Switching Unit (MBSU) is among the things being repaired externally, but only if the hatch can be successfully opened. Space Walks like the one being shown here are a vital part of maintenance on the ISS, but they also give the team the ability to leave the ISS and stretch their legs out in space. The responsibilities and privileges that go along with this incredibly opportunity are clearly demonstrated in this operation, and it is extremely cool that we have the technology to watch this kind of thing happen live.last_img read more

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Donald Trump rows back on decision to cut Special Olympics funding by

first_img PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP has reversed his administration’s decision to cut funding for the Special Olympics, saying the competition for people with intellectual disabilities is “incredible.”“The Special Olympics will be funded,” Trump told reporters at the White House, saying he was “overriding” his administration. I’ve been to the Special Olympics, I think it’s incredible.He was speaking after Education Secretary Betsy DeVos caused an uproar when she said the government was axing $18 million in funding. The cut was part of a proposed hefty 10% reduction in overall federal education spending, a savings of $7 billion.“We had to make some difficult decisions with this budget,” DeVos told a House appropriations subcommittee hearing on Tuesday.When DeVos acknowledged she did not know how many American children would be affected by the cuts, House Democrat Mark Pocan provided the figure: 272,000.The Special Olympics, founded by president John F Kennedy’s sister Eunice Kennedy Shriver in 1968, has grown into a global movement, providing competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.The organisation is largely funded by corporate and private donations. The US funds had been earmarked for Special Olympics education programs at 6,500 schools, where activities have shown to increase inclusion and reduce bullying.Democratic congresswoman Barbara Lee called the Special Olympics cuts “appalling”.Fianna Fáil’s spokesperson on disability Margaret Murphy O’Mahony said that the proposed budget cuts were “a cruel and unnecessary targeting of those with disabilities and special needs”.With the outcry in the US growing, DeVos said yesterday that the Department of Education remains “focused every day on raising expectations and improving outcomes for infants and toddlers, children and youth with disabilities.”Special Olympics chairman Timothy Shriver expressed disappointment with the proposal, saying the organisation does critical work in schools to help educate youths “about the importance of an inclusive mindset to the future of the country.”The latest Special Olympics World Games were held last week in Abu Dhabi.- with reporting from Gráinne Ní Aodha,  © AFP 2019   Thursday 28 Mar 2019, 10:15 PM By AFP Mar 28th 2019, 10:16 PM 46 Comments Image: UPI/PA Imagescenter_img Donald Trump rows back on decision to cut Special Olympics funding by $18m “I’ve been to the Special Olympics, I think it’s incredible,” he told reporters. 18,176 Views Short URL Image: UPI/PA Images Share221 Tweet Email1 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Gerrard eager not to overcomplicate things

first_imgRangers Football Club manager Steven Gerrard has revealed he intends to keep things as simple as possible after the situation surrounding Thursday’s UEFA Europa League opponents Spartak Moscow became public knowledge.Former Spartak boss Massimo Carrera knew his job was in jeopardy when his own captain Denis Glushakov and defender Andrey Yeshchenko ‘liked’ a poem criticising him on Instagram.After dropping both players from last month’s Europa League defeat to Rapid Vienna, Carrera got the sack on what has become the new battleground for modern coaches.Asked by a Russian journalist how he might have reacted if he were in a similar situation to Carrera, Gerrard offered a rueful smile.“How would I react? Well, my door at the training ground is open every day for the players to come in and criticise me. As long as that criticism is constructive, I would be fine,” he said, according to Daily Mail.Steven Gerrard, Michael OwenOwen reveals why Liverpool didn’t offer Gerrard a new contract Manuel R. Medina – September 6, 2019 According to Owen, the Reds wanted to sell Gerrard two years before he left the club and that’s why they didn’t offer him a contract renewal.“I don’t think it is a wise move to go on social media and criticise your boss, whether that is in football or any other job out there on the planet. I think you need to show your boss respect.’ If the media platform players choose to voice their unhappiness has changed, the need for a manager to command respect never has.”“Football doesn’t change. It’s exactly the same as it was 100 years ago. I’m telling these players now what I got told in 1999 by Gerard Houllier and Rafa Benitez.”“It doesn’t change, winning teams have the same principles, the same tempo, desire, commitment, it’s all the same.”“Some coaches try to over-complicate things, they’ve got the gift of the gab and the silver tongue, but I haven’t. I just tell you how it is, I tell my team how it is and what’s expected at this club, and we will go into these tests and give it a go.”“I’m not going to stand here and try to change the game of football, it’s been going on long before I was created.”last_img read more

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FM tells foreign diplomats 3000 Rohingyas killed in Rakhine

first_imgBangladesh foreign minister Abul Hasan Mahmood Ali on Sunday afternoon briefed foreign diplomats on the Rohingya crisis. Photo: Prothom AloBangladesh foreign minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali on Sunday informed foreign diplomats that about 3,000 people have been killed so far in the latest spell of violence against Rohingyas in the Rakhine state of Myanmar.Vatican ambassador to Bangladesh, Archbishop George Kocherry, told journalists that the foreign minister gave this information in the afternoon.The minister briefed the foreign diplomats at Padma state guest house about the latest condition of the Rohingyas who entered Bangladesh from the violence-torn region of Myanmar.He briefed diplomats of Western and Muslim countries separately.US, Australian and Norwegian diplomats told Prothom Alo that several countries praised Bangladesh for providing shelter to a huge number of Rohingya people.The participants at the briefing also discussed ways to help Bangladesh face the Rohingya crisis, the diplomats said.The international community has pledged to stand beside Bangladesh to fight the crisis, they added.According to the United Nations, close to 300,000 Rohingyas have crossed into Bangladesh in the last two weeks. The refugee camps, erected for the Rohingyas, are bursting at the seams.last_img read more

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Nearly 1 Billion Raised For Rebuilding Texas After Harvey

first_imgA Harvey flood evacuated child carries donated supplies in a trash bag at a shelter setup inside NRG Center, Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)The groups helping to rebuild on the Texas Gulf Coast after Hurricane Harvey have collected close to $1 billion in donations, according to an Associated Press tally of major national and local organizations.Much of that money is already being put to work after Harvey, which ravaged cities in Southeast Texas in August with high winds before dumping record amounts of rain on the rest of the coast, including Houston, the nation’s fourth-largest city.Here is a look at the fundraising picture after Harvey:Who’s raising money?Of the $928 million raised by major groups involved in the recovery, the most money has been collected by the Red Cross, which said this month that it’s raised $493 million for Harvey relief.The Greater Houston Community Foundation, which is operating the relief fund endorsed by Houston’s top elected leaders, has raised more than $108 million. The Rebuild Texas Fund, administered by the family foundation of computer magnate Michael Dell, has raised more than $89 million. The evangelical group Samaritan’s Purse has also raised $86 million. United Way has raised more than $54 million.The online campaign by Houston Texans star J.J. Watt raised $37 million, and both the Salvation Army and a fund created by the government of Qatar have each pledged $30 million.___How is the money being spent?At least 40 percent of the total amount has been spent or distributed so far, though some groups could not confirm how much they had disbursed for the AP’s tally. Several major groups say they’re planning to announce new recipients of aid this month and in January.The Red Cross used $254 million — more than half the money it has raised — to give out financial assistance, food and other relief. It also funded emergency shelters for weeks after the storm and other financial assistance to individuals and community funds.Most of the other funds are helping smaller organizations that directly manage the cases of individual people in need or provide housing, job training, new furniture or mental health assistance. The Greater Houston Community Foundation has distributed at least $36 million to local groups so far, with plans for a new round of grants in January focused on housing.“We’re trying to balance a sense of great urgency to make sure people who need help are getting it rapidly, while at the same time a sense of care and responsibility to our donors to ensure that the funds are being spent effectively and efficiently,” said Renee Wizig-Barrios, the foundation’s senior vice president.___Are the groups working together?Coordination between groups working to resolve a crisis is key, say experts on disaster recovery and people who were part of the rebuilding after disasters such as Hurricane Katrina and Superstorm Sandy.Many of Houston’s major aid groups have met twice so far to discuss priorities and the work they’re doing. But the Red Cross was not invited to those two meetings, even though it has raised the most money. A spokeswoman for the Houston Endowment, which convenes the meetings, said the Red Cross wasn’t included because the meetings are for groups that will make grants to local nonprofits.Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott have both criticized the Red Cross publicly. Abbott said in November that he was concerned that money given to the Red Cross “was not getting into the hands of the people who need it.”A Red Cross spokesman said this month that the group has “active collaborative efforts” with other organizations. The Red Cross has publicly committed that 91 cents of every dollar raised will go toward recovery work, though the organization has been sharply criticized for perceived misspending after the Haiti earthquake and Superstorm Sandy.___Will nonprofit aid be enough? By all accounts, no. Local and state officials say that while donor funds can help fill in gaps and immediately help people in need, most of the support for Texas’ rebuilding will have to come from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and other U.S. government agencies.FEMA says it has approved about $1.5 billion in funding so far for almost 900,000 people in Texas. Many thousands more are still waiting for an answer on their applications for disaster aid, or starting to file appeals of denials for help.The U.S. House on Thursday passed an $81 billion disaster aid package for hurricane-hit Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico, along with regions of California ravaged by recent wildfires. The Senate isn’t expected to vote until next month. Sharelast_img read more

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If Your Office Resembles The Office Consider Better Communications Software

first_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Unified Communications (UC) is a way of integrating various communications tactics to help employees run an office, business or program. UC helps to improve productivity within businesses, better manage relationships with customers and employees, and increases overall office efficiency. This integration can empower someone who is instrumental in running an office smoothly, such as the office manager.Just for fun, let’s take a look at a few iconic examples of office managers. These over-the-top characters may not be the ideal office manager for your business, but they definitely set a memorable tone and culture in their fictional organizations.First we have Michael Scott of “The Office.”Image credit: NBCLovable, loyal to a fault to his employees (except for HR), and always good for innovative, yet horribly misguided ideas or comments.Next, there’s Bill Lumbergh from “Office Space.”Image credit: Century Fox StudiosHe’s all about sticking to processes, regardless of whether they actually make sense or are effective in any way. He thinks he’s great at communicating with his employees, but we all know his employees actually fantasize about physically harming him.Lastly, we have Ron Swanson from “Parks and Recreation.”Image credit: NBCHe is a bit distant, believes in a hands-off management style and just wants people to leave him alone. In fact, his very belief system about government leaves him to believe his own job is a complete waste of money.To do their jobs well, Michael, Bill, Ron and real-world office managers need to understand all the different roles in a company and be aware of how each of them work together. So what role does UC really play in the office manager’s work life?Here are a few of the major ways that incorporating UC and integrating communications features into an office can provide the tools to make the office manager’s job easier:Presence: Integrating communications tasks gives each user the ability to update his or her status, like “in a meeting” or “at lunch.” An office manager is able to see what’s going on with employees and make adjustments to staffing levels and coverage, as necessary.Reporting: Both real-time and on-demand reports are available to ensure office goals are being met.Switchboard: The switchboard gives users visibility into the communications of the entire office. View who’s on the phone with whom, status information, real-time statistics and more on a single screen.Lumbergh would use visibility features to know where his employees are without directly communicating with them and to increase the number of traditional reports he values, even if they are counterproductive.Related: 5 Tools That Keep Team Communications UntangledTraining – Office managers need a way to ensure the level of customer service they expect from their staff is actually happening in day-to-day calls.Monitor/Whisper/Barge: For training purposes, monitor allows managers to silently listen in to a call; whisper gives them the ability to not only listen, but provide real-time feedback by talking to their employee without the customer hearing. If an employee needs supervisory help on a call, the manager can barge and become part of that call with a click of a button.Call recording: Managers are busy and oftentimes can’t listen to live calls. Call recording provides another way to ensure high-quality performance from employees. Calls can be recorded on the fly, or scheduled and automatically recorded.Swanson likes to fish, hunt and be away from the office, so call recording would be quite handy for him to monitor his employees’ phone calls without having to be in the office during the time of the call.Related: 4 Ways to Make Middle Managers Better LeadersCustomer experience: Office managers can help to deliver superior customer service.Mobility: Powerful mobility features allow staff to stay in contact with customers from anywhere. Make, receive, transfer and record right from your smartphone.Messaging: Office managers can control messaging and the call flow through a very simple interface. Now, if the office delays opening because of weather, you can make your customers aware with a few easy clicks.Call routing: In the past, calls came to specific people, and if those people weren’t available, the customer was out of luck, or at best, got to leave a message. With easy-to-configure call routing, customers are able to reach the correct people, even if the first choice is on the phone.Being able to be in constant contact with his employees through these messaging and calling features would be ideal for Scott. He may not know how to properly tell someone to call him “ASAP,” but he believes they are his best friends, so Scott would definitely take advantage of these features to stay connected with them both in and out of the office.This is just the beginning of the benefits of UC for the office manager, and providing a variety of tools to help them carry out their role will lead to a smoother, more successfully run office and company as a whole.Related: Distracted and Overwhelmed Employees Are Costing You Big. Try These 3 Fixes.  May 7, 2015 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now »last_img read more

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John Douglas Mills is convicted given two years probation

first_img TORONTO — John Douglas Mills, sole proprietor operating as Algonquin Travel, has pled guilty and was convicted of one count of failing to deposit customer funds into the trust account, contrary to section 27(3) of Ontario Regulation 26/05 made under the Travel Industry Act, 2002.Mills was a registrant under the Act and terminated his registration on June 4, 2015. He operated in Oshawa and elsewhere in Ontario.The plea and conviction under the Act was joined with the plea and conviction of one count of Possession Over $5,000 under the Criminal Code of Canada. Mills was sentenced on both charges as follows:Four months custody to be served conditionally in the communityTwo years of probation with the condition not to be employed in the travel industry with or without remunerationStandalone Restitution Orders for $10,200 (relating to the Criminal charge) and $8,084.58 (relating to the charge under the Act). Share Posted by Tags: TICO Travelweek Group center_img Tuesday, August 23, 2016 John Douglas Mills is convicted, given two years probation << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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A flow of Cubans – going home

first_imgHAVANA – Mauricio Estrada left Cuba in 2003 full of the same frustrations as so many others eager to move away. He married a Spanish woman, moved to Barcelona and got a job as a prep cook.A dozen years later and divorced, Estrada is back, this time as the proprietor of a stylish Iberian-themed restaurant, Toros y Tapas, decorated with old matador posters and the taxidermied heads of longhorn bulls.“Having my own restaurant is a dream,” said Estrada, 48. “I never could have done it if I’d stayed in Cuba.”Estrada is a repatriado, a repatriate, one of the growing number of Cubans who have opted to move back to the island in recent years as the Castro government eases its rigid immigration rules. The returnees are a smaller, quieter countercurrent to the surge of Cubans leaving, and their arrival suggests a more dynamic future when their countrymen may come and go with greater ease, helping to rebuild Cuba with earnings from abroad.Not since the early years of Fidel Castro’s rule, when his leftist ideals brought home a number of exiles initially sympathetic to the 1959 revolution, have so many Cubans voluntarily returned.The difference is that today’s repatriates are not coming back for socialism. They are coming back as capitalists. Which is to say, as trailblazing entrepreneurs. Prompted by President Raúl Castro’s limited opening to small business and his 2011 move allowing Cubans to buy and sell real estate, the repatriates are using money saved abroad to acquire property and open private restaurants, guest houses, spas and retail shops.Cuban authorities said they could not provide up-to-date statistics, but in 2012, immigration officials said they were processing roughly 1,000 repatriation applications each year. The numbers appear to have increased since then, at least judging from anecdotal evidence and the proliferation of new small businesses in Havana run by returnees.Communist authorities no longer stigmatize such Cubans or view them as ideologically suspicious, provided they’re not coming back as anti-government activists. Virtually all Cubans who emigrated are eligible for repatriation unless they are deemed to have committed “hostile acts against the state.”Returnees say the paperwork takes about six months to process. It allows them to return home with a shipping container’s worth of goods and to regain access to the socialist country’s benefits, including free health care and food rations.For Cubans nostalgic for home or determined to build small businesses on the island, repatriation offers travel privileges few others enjoy. Cubans returning from Spain, for example, do not have to renounce their Spanish citizenship and the all-important European Union passports that come with it, allowing them to travel far more freely than ordinary Cuban-passport holders, who need visas for practically any country they wish to visit.The repatriation trend is a classic case of “Cuban ingenuity,” said Pedro Freyre, a partner and an expert on Cuba trade laws at the Akerman law firm in Miami. “It’s an instinct for taking advantage of any opening, and the perception that with this mechanism an expat can have the best of two systems.”To be clear, the number of repatriates is dwarfed by the more than 70,000 Cubans who left the island in 2015, the highest figure in decades and nearly twice as many as departed in 2014. The emigration wave is being driven by a range of old and new factors, from the island’s perpetual economic troubles to new fears that better relations with the United States will bring an end to the unique U.S. immigration privileges extended to Cubans.For Enrique Soldevilla, 34, the December 2014 announcement that the United States and Cuba would begin normalizing relations was the decisive factor in his return home after a decade in the Dominican Republic. Optimistic that the U.S. thaw would bring better times to Cuba, he moved back to Havana in April, giving up a well-paid job in audio and video production.Life in the Dominican Republic was good “professionally and financially,” Soldevilla said, “but something was always missing.”He felt a “spiritual need” to be in his home country and culture, with his family close by.Someone like Soldevilla would have had few options just a few years ago, when restrictions were much tighter on private business and independent labor. But today, more than a quarter of Cuba’s workforce is not employed by the state.Soldevilla has been working as a freelance producer, using his international contacts and his skills to get contracts with foreign clients. He has done casting work for the U.S. reality TV show “House Hunters,” something that would have been unthinkable a few years ago, when Cubans were prohibited from having cellphones and going online was all but impossible.Poor Internet access is still a major headache, but Soldevilla can take his laptop to a tourist hotel with WiFi when he needs to conduct business. “I’m not earning as much as I did [in the Dominican Republic], but the cost of living is a lot lower. And I’m happier here,” he said.Many of the repatriates, like Soldevilla, are returning from Europe and Latin America. Cubans in the United States may be more reluctant to return to the island because of their relatively high incomes. But American economic sanctions also make it essentially illegal for any U.S. resident to go to Cuba and run a business. And the ability to buy property remains mostly restricted to Cubans who live on the island.For Kelly Sánchez, the 2011 overhaul of Cuban real estate laws was the biggest factor in her decision to give up a job as an advertising executive in Spain and return to the Old Havana neighborhood of her childhood.The change meant that a Cuban could acquire a residence that could also house a small business.Sánchez bought a 200-year-old house in the city’s historic quarter, and she now operates it as a small hostel called Casa Vieja. The ground floor has 15-foot ceilings and doubles as an art gallery; she has a bar and dining room on the roof deck. Sánchez’s rooms rent for about $40 a night, and demand is so high she said she’s almost entirely booked for 2016.“It’s insane,” she said, referring both to the demand and the myriad challenges of running such an operation in crowded, crumbling Old Havana.When Sánchez left for Spain in 1998 as a 24-year-old, she was an unemployed university graduate with an engineering degree and a frustration that drove her to depression. “I was desperate to get out of here,” she said.A professional career in Europe “is what I needed to grow up,” she said. “It made me the woman I am today – smarter, more confident, more open-minded.”Like Sánchez, restaurant owner Estrada describes life abroad as a kind of international business school, an education in capitalism. Estrada said he has struggled with the training and management of his Cuban employees, who he said continue to treat their jobs as if the work for a government-run business. Pilfering is a problem, he grumbled, along with tardiness and poor customer-service skills.Like other private restaurant owners here, Estrada said he prefers to hire workers with no experience that he can train to his standards, rather than hire employees who have picked up the bad habits of state-run businesses.“In Spain, workers take their jobs seriously,” Estrada said. “They know that if they don’t, they’ll be out on the street with nothing to eat.” Facebook Comments © 2015, The Washington Postcenter_img Related posts:US firm Sprint signs roaming telecom deal with Cuba How Cuba is and isn’t changing, one year after thaw with U.S. Pope leads global praise for ‘historic’ US-Cuba rapprochement Obama administration to further ease travel and business restrictions with Cubalast_img read more

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