WASHINGTON – House Republicans and Democrats on Tuesday grilled Equifax’s former chief executive over the massive data hack of the personal information of 145 million Americans, calling the company’s response inadequate as consumers struggle to deal with the breach.Former Equifax CEO Richard Smith apologized for the compromise of such information as names, addresses, birth dates and Social Security numbers. Smith was the lone witness at the first of several Capitol Hill hearings this week. No current Equifax official testified.“The criminal hack happened on my watch, and as CEO, I am ultimately responsible, and I take full responsibility,” Smith said. “I am here today to say to each and every person affected by this breach, I am truly and deeply sorry for what happened.”Democrats favour legislation that they say would establish strong data security standards and prompt notification and relief for consumers when their information is hacked. But Republicans tamped down expectations for any congressional action as this year the GOP-led Congress has rolled back several Obama-era rules affecting businesses and the financial sector.“Equifax deserves to be shamed in this hearing, but we should also ask what Congress has done, or failed to do, to stop data breaches from occurring,” said Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill.Rep. Bob Latta, R-Ohio, the chairman of the subcommittee examining the breach, said there are already laws on the books that require companies to secure sensitive consumer data. He said hearings before four House and Senate panels this week should run their course before lawmakers make a decision about what to do next.“The big thing we heard today is it was a very human error on their part” Latta said.Separately, Equifax signed a $7.25 million contract last month with the Internal Revenue Service to verify taxpayer identities. The no-bid contract, first reported by Politico, is for Equifax to provide the IRS taxpayer and personal identity verification services.The contract stated that Equifax was the only company capable of providing these services to the IRS, and it was deemed a “critical” service that couldn’t lapse.Smith offered a timeline of what went wrong, saying the Department of Homeland Security warned the company on March 8 about the need to patch a particular vulnerability in software used by Equifax and other businesses. The company disseminated that warning by email the next day and requested that applicable personnel install the upgrade. The company’s policy requires the upgrade to occur within 48 hours, but that did not occur. The company’s information security department also ran scans on March 15 that did not pick up the vulnerability.In late July, data security officials noticed suspicious activity on a website, which Smith said “happens routinely around our business.” He said an internal investigation ensued and he was alerted the next day, but he had no knowledge at that time that consumers’ personal information had been accessed.Lawmakers pressed Smith about company executives selling stock in the company after the suspicious activity had been detected. On Aug. 1 and 2, Equifax Chief Financial Officer John Gamble and two other executives, Rodolfo Ploder and Joseph Loughran, sold a combined $1.8 million in stock.Smith described the executives as “honourable men, men of integrity.” He said at that point in time the company was unaware that consumer data had been accessed.Schakowsky said “for a lot of Americans, that just doesn’t pass the smell test.”Smith said the full extent of what occurred emerged during a meeting he had with cybersecurity experts and outside counsel on Aug. 17. The board was alerted the following week and the public on Sept. 7, after the company had made plans for how it would try to help consumers respond.The timeline laid out by Smith didn’t satisfy many lawmakers, who accused the company of being too slow.“I worry that your job today is about damage control. You put a happy face on your firm’s disgraceful actions, and then depart with a golden parachute,” said Ben Ray Lujan, D-N.M. “Unfortunately, if fraudsters destroy my constituents’ savings and financial futures, there’s no golden parachute awaiting them.”Lawmakers said that at one point Equifax tweeted the wrong link for consumers to check to learn if they were part of the breach.“Talk about ham-handed responses, this is simply unacceptable,” said Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore.Smith said he was disappointed in the rollout of call centres and a website designed to help the people affected by the breach. He said the company has increased its number of customer service representatives and the website has been improved. He said more than 400 million consumers contacted the company in the weeks following the announcement of the breach. He said the company wasn’t prepared for that kind of volume.Lawmakers said they’re getting scores of calls from constituents concerned that their information was stolen and the potential ramifications in the years ahead. Rep. Ryan Costello, R-Pa., said hundreds of constituents have contacted his office about the company’s response.“The slow rollout and how poorly it was done. To me, it was just inexcusable,” Costello said.___Associated Press writer Ken Sweet in New York contributed.___Follow Kevin Freking on Twitter at https://twitter.com/APkfreking
Rabat – Two days after giving condolences on Twitter for the Bouknadel train accident, El Othmani has officially commented on the accident.Head of Government Saad Eddine El Othmani commented on the October 16 accident during the weekly government council on Thursday in Rabat.El Othmani said that a judicial investigation is underway to determine the real causes of the “tragic derailment of a train on Tuesday in Bouknadel, and to establish responsibilities.” Read Also: El Othmani Tweets Condolences for Victims of Bouknadel Train AccidentHowever, El Othmani’s announcement tells the public nothing new. The public prosecutor of Rabat’s Court of Appeal and the Ministry of Interior had already opened an investigation at the request of King Mohammed VI on Tuesday.Talking about the investigation, El Othmani said that it should “establish responsibilities and draw lessons.” He added that “he was in direct contact with the ministers of interior and equipment, transport, logistics, and water.”Describing the accident as “tragic,” El Othmani finally expressed official condolences to the families of the victims and wished a speedy recovery for the injured passengers.The accident claimed the lives of 7 people and injured at least 125 people on Tuesday. ONCF Director Rabie Khlie told journalists that the cause of the accident might have been a technical issue. However, the public is still waiting for the result of investigations to be revealed, especially after the leaking of an audio recording of a phone conversation between ONCF workers.Read Also: Leaked Recording Blames Bouknadel Train Accident on Track, SpeedingIn the recording, some workers implied that train drivers accelerated far above the speed limit for the area where the train derailed.Workers also said that they have complained since Friday, October 12, to ONCF about a problem on that stretch of track, but the company did not properly communicate the lowered speed limit.Tuesday’s accident was the third train accident in 2018.On January 13, a train coming from Settat, a town near Casablanca, crashed into a light pole at the Casablanca Port train station.On February 17, a deadly crash involving a freight train and a personnel transport vehicle killed at least 6 people and injured 14.
The low literacy rate in some areas means that radio is the most immediate and accessible medium,” said Kilian Kleinschmidt, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) emergency coordinator for the earthquake operation. “But the programme should not turn into a ‘complaint’ forum. It will take a balanced approach to legitimate problems and queries, to inform the wider public about the situation on the ground and the enormous task of rebuilding shattered lives.”“Radio, being one of the most powerful mediums of communication, can not only effectively disseminate timely information, but can also be one of the major sources of behavioural change,” said Lieutenant General Nadeem Ahmed, deputy chairman of the Earthquake Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Authority. He added that the effective and smooth flow of information to people affected by the massive 8 October quake – which killed more than 70,000 people across the Kashmir region – is one of the Authority’s main priorities so that those affected can get maximum benefit from the government’s programmes.The daily half-hour show, coordinated by UNHCR and the Authority’s media wing, will contain interviews with government policy-makers, reports from quake-hit areas and interviews with aid workers, returnees and people still living in relief camps.Every Sunday evening, there will be a 90-minute live programme featuring a panel of government officials or other experts responding to questions or complaints by victims of the quake.To maximise the reach of the radio programme, UNHCR is planning to help a the non-governmental organization (NGO) Internews to distribute 10,000 radio sets to quake survivors. The refugee agency will also support Power 99 FM radio station in their training workshops for local journalists contributing to the show.More than 125,000 people have left the earthquake relief camps for their home villages since March this year, according to UNHCR. Over 30,000 displaced survivors are still living in 59 camps in Pakistan-administered Kashmir and North West Frontier Province.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Nissan pull the plug on assembly of compact Infiniti car at Magna plant by News Staff Posted Nov 2, 2012 6:31 am MDT Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. has abandoned plans to have Canadian auto parts company Magna International (TSX:MG) assemble the new compact model for its Infiniti luxury brand in Austria.A memorandum of understanding announced in May by the companies called for a Magna Steyr plant in Austria to build the vehicle on a contract basis.But, Magna, based in Aurora, Ont. confirmed Friday that Nissan now plans to build the future compact Infiniti vehicle in-house.“Although we would have liked to see the assembly of Infiniti’s new compact vehicle realized at Magna Steyr, we are pleased that Magna remains an important supplier for Nissan Motor,” said Gunther Apfalter, president of Magna Steyr and Magna International Europe.“Nissan’s project team has affirmed their willingness to work with Magna Steyr if future contract assembly opportunities arise, and we look forward to supporting them as needed.”The announcement marks the latest setback for Magna’s goal of growing its assembly business, which comprises only a small portion of its overall sales.In 2011, Magna’s total sales amounted to $28.7 billion, while complete vehicle assembly sales were a fraction of that amount, at about $2.7 billion.Magna disclosed the planned deal for building the entry-level Infiniti model in its first-quarter earnings report May 10, describing it at the time as “an important milestone to further diversify Magna Steyr’s customer portfolio.” It did not put a dollar value on the deal.But the agreement was only in its feasibility study stages as Nissan weighed the option of a third-party partner.“Infiniti ended the feasibility study this week and has decided to produce the vehicle in-house in a European production facility as part of the brandâ€™s overall expansion production plans,” Nissan said in a statement.Earlier this month, similar questions were raised over a contract between Magna’s Austrian plant and BMW when the automaker began to explore whether it would be more feasible to produce its Minis in Britain and the Netherlands.BMW has told Magna that it intends to follow through with its existing contract which lasts until “coming years,” said Magna spokeswoman Tracy Fuerst. After that, the company can explore manufacturing elsewhere.Canaccord Genuity analyst David Tyerman said it has been a fairly difficult business to grow for Magna.“In fact, the business as a whole in Europe â€” which is where this is basically done â€” has shrunk quite a lot as an industry. There were a number of players who have gone out of business all together,” he said.Tyerman suggests the assembly business will likely be a persistent challenge for the Magna division.“The automakers at the end of the day are in the business of making cars, so they largely do their own assembly,” he said. “The projects tend to be very niche in orientation, so sometimes there’s a good amount of them and sometimes there isn’t.”“I think it’ll probably be a business that waxes and wanes,” Tyerman added.Magna is a leading global automotive supplier with 296 manufacturing operations and 88 product development, engineering and sales centres in 26 countries employing about 115,000 people.
MONTREAL – Bombardier Transportation isn’t taking an almost $1.6-billion British rail contract win for granted even though a major German rival, Siemens, has withdrawn from bidding on the Crossrail project.“We don’t see this as swinging the competition towards us in any way. We don’t rest on our laurels and we aren’t looking for handouts,” said spokesman Marc Laforge.“We have restructured our business to be as competitive as possible. We are up against a competitive field but we will compete robustly and aim to win.”Siemens said Friday that it will no longer proceed with the procurement process because it is too busy with other contracts, including the $2.5-billion Thameslink project it won over Bombardier in 2011.“This is a strategic decision that has been taken based on current business activity levels,” the company said in a news release.Siemens is under pressure to deliver high-speed trains to national rail operator Deutsche Bahn, which are expected to be four years late because of software difficulties. It also faces delays on a Eurostar order for high-speed trains linking Paris to Brussels and London.“To pursue another project of this scale could impact our ability to deliver our current customer commitments — something we believe would not be a responsible course of action,” the company said.The winning Crossrail bidder will deliver 600 railway cars for a new line connecting east and west London. The contract is expected to be announced next year, with service starting in late 2018.Siemens described the Crossrail bidding process as “fair and diligent” and said it would continue to deliver signalling and communications and control systems for the project.Other bidders are CAF of Spain and Hitachi of Japan.Industry observers believe Siemens’ move opens the door for Bombardier, which would build the railway cars at Britain’s last remaining train factory.The Berlin-based transportation division of Quebec-based plane and train maker Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B) has said Derby will close unless it wins a large contract.Walter Spracklin of RBC Capital Markets said the withdrawal by Siemens significantly improves Bombardier’s prospects of winning the contract.“This development all but assures Bombardier in winning this contract of size, which will likely keep its Derby plant from shuttering,” he wrote in a report.He said Bombardier had already been widely expected to win the contract after losing the Thameslink deal, but Siemens was a top competitor because the railway cars are similar on both projects.On the Toronto Stock Exchange, Bombardier shares were down five cents at $4.67 Friday morning. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Bombardier not taking UK rail contract win for granted after Siemens withdraws by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 5, 2013 11:37 am MDT
WASHINGTON – Bank of America has reached a record settlement of nearly $17 billion to resolve an investigation into its role in the sale of mortgage-backed securities before the 2008 financial crisis, officials directly familiar with the matter said Wednesday.One of the officials, who spoke with The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the announcement isn’t scheduled until Thursday at the earliest, said the bank will pay $9.65 billion in cash and provide consumer relief valued at $7 billion.The deal is the largest settlement arising from the economic meltdown in which millions of Americans lost their homes to foreclosure. It follows agreements in the last year with Citigroup for $7 billion and with JPMorgan Chase & Co. for $13 billion.Like the Bank of America deal, those settlements were a mixture of hard cash and “credits” for various forms of consumer aid that the banks promised to provide in coming years.The Bank of America settlement was negotiated through a joint federal and state working group established by President Barack Obama two years ago with the Justice Department and other federal and state authorities. Individual states are expected to share in the settlement.Justice Department spokeswoman Ellen Canale declined to comment, as did New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, a co-chairman of the group. The bank also declined comment.The deal requires Bank of America to acknowledge making serious misrepresentations about the quality of its residential mortgage-backed securities issued by itself and by Countrywide Financial and Merrill Lynch. Those institutions were acquired by the bank when they were on the brink of failure in 2008 and they were responsible for the bulk of the questionable loans.The deals are intended to offer some financial relief to homeowners, whose mortgages were bundled into securities by the banks in question and then sold to investors.The securities contained residential mortgages from borrowers who were unlikely to be able to repay their loans. Still, the securities were promoted as relatively safe investments until the housing market collapsed and investors suffered billions of dollars in losses.The poor quality of the loans led to huge losses for investors and a slew of foreclosures, kicking off the recession that began in late 2007. The cash totals now being paid by some of the country’s largest banks are not nearly enough to reverse the damages caused by the bursting of the housing bubble and the ensuing recession.Bank of America had argued that it shouldn’t be held liable for the subprime mortgages issued by Countrywide and Merrill Lynch. Combined, those three firms issued $965 billion in mortgage-backed securities from 2004 to 2008, according to public records. Roughly 75 per cent of that total came from Countrywide.In a federal lawsuit last year, the Securities and Exchange Commission charged Bank of America and two subsidiaries with defrauding investors in an offering of residential mortgage-backed securities by failing to disclose key risks and misrepresenting facts about the underlying mortgages.The Justice Department filed a parallel civil action against Bank of America alleging violations of the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act.___Virtanen reported from Albany, New York. Associated Press writers Josh Boak, Pete Yost and Eric Tucker contributed to this report. by Jeff Horwitz And Michael Virtanen, The Associated Press Posted Aug 20, 2014 12:17 pm MDT Bank of America reaches $17B settlement with US over sale of securities AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Matthew Craft, The Associated Press Posted Jan 21, 2015 8:43 am MDT Standard & Poor’s settles with US government, 2 states over ratings on mortgage bonds NEW YORK, N.Y. – Standard & Poor’s agreed on Wednesday to pay the U.S. government and two states more than $77 million to settle charges tied to its ratings of mortgage-backed securities.In its first enforcement action against a major rating agency, the Securities and Exchange Commission accused S&P of fraudulent misconduct, saying the company loosened standards to drum up business in recent years. The agreement requires S&P to pay more than $58 million to the Securities and Exchange Commission, $12 million to New York and $7 million to Massachusetts.“These settlements involve findings of intentional fraud in 2011 and 2012, well after the financial crisis,” said Andrew Ceresney, director of the SEC’s enforcement division, on a call with reporters. “The financial crisis may be behind us, but these cases are an important reminder that the race-to-the-bottom behaviour exists even though the financial crisis has ended.”S&P said in a statement that it did not admit or deny any of the charges.It’s likely the first in a line of settlements between S&P and government agencies. In 2013, the Justice Department and attorneys general from other states filed civil lawsuits against the company for misrepresenting risks in the years leading up to the financial crisis.As part of its agreement with the SEC, Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services, a division of McGraw Hill Financial, will take a “time out” from rating certain types of mortgage-backed securities for a year.“This is the first time a major credit rating agency has been subject to a time out,” Ceresney said. “It’s unprecedented.”Janet Tavakoli, president of Tavakoli Structured Finance, called the SEC’s actions “cosmetic.” The longtime critic of rating agencies compared it to forcing a drunk driver to pay for car repairs after a crash. What’s needed, she said, is an overhaul of how the agencies analyze risk.“It’s just the appearance of doing something,” she said. “They’re not really solving the problem.”Mortgage-backed bonds played a large role in setting off the financial crisis in 2008. During the housing boom, banks bundled risky mortgages into other securities and sold them to investors in slices. Credit rating agencies awarded many of them top ratings, classifying mortgage-bonds among the safest of investments.But when the housing bubble popped, many of these mortgage securities turned out to be worthless.S&P, Moody’s and Fitch remain the country’s largest credit-rating agencies. Asked if the other two were under investigation, Ceresney replied that he couldn’t offer specifics. “I can just say that this is an area in which I imagine that there will be future activity,” he said.“It’s mystifying that they’re doing something now,” Tavakoli said. “How many years has it been since the financial crisis? Seven years and it still hasn’t been fixed.”Shares of McGraw Hill Financial Inc. fell 62 cents to $90.34 in afternoon trading. Its shares are up 18 per cent over the past year.
The Brock University Department of Music will kick off its first season in its new home Monday with a performance paying tribute to a generous donation.The Season Launch Performance and Donor Dedication event will take place inside the Cairns Recital Hall, making it the first public event at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre in downtown St. CatharinesIn addition to the inauguration of the acoustically-stunning Cairns Recital Hall, the performance will be the first to feature Brock’s new Steinway D piano, which was purchased through donations by Art and Val Fleming. The Flemings, one of Niagara’s most distinguished and well-known families, have been strong supporters of Brock University for more than 30 years. Though Art Fleming passed away in October, 2014, Val remains an active member of the Brock community. A 75-seat lecture hall at the recently-opened Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts is named in honour of the Fleming family’s generosity.Department of Music Chair Karin Di Bella will be the first pianist to perform on Brock’s new Steinway Monday. She will be joined by Vera Alekseeva on violin and Gordon Cleland on cello. Tickets are $15 with proceeds going to music student scholarships.Monday’s performance kicks off the first season for the Department of Music at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre, which includes eight major performances and the RBC Foundation Music@Noon Series which starts Tuesday, Oct. 6.What: Season Launch Performance and Donor DedicationWhen: Monday, Oct. 5, 7:30 p.m.Where: Cairns Recital Hall, FirstOntario Performing Arts CentreWho: Music Chair Karin Di Bella, Vera Alekseeva, Gordon ClelandTickets: PAC Box Office, 905-688-0722; www.firstontariopac.ca
US striker Jozy Altidore (17) advances the ball against Nigeria during a friendly match on June 7 in Jacksonville, Fla. The US won, 2-1, with Altidore scoring both goals. Altidore moved back to Major League Soccer from Sunderland in England during the January transfer window.Credit: Courtesy of TNSWhen the English Premier League and the rest of world soccer’s top European outfits kicked off in August, there were only days remaining for teams to add players, other than free agents.From the beginning of September through the end of the calendar year, teams and their fans simply had to make do with the roster at hand. But then comes January, and with it, the fabled month-long transfer window.But with only a handful of days remaining in the 2015 January window, the hype has mostly yet to materialize into significant signings, apart from Major League Soccer.Sure, Real Madrid generated some buzz with the back-to-back signings of Norwegian youngster Martin Odegaard and 21-year-old Brazilian Lucas Silva, but the chances of the 16-year-old Odegaard or Silva making a difference in Los Blancos’ Champions League and La Liga runs are slim to none.And yes, Fernando Torres is a huge name in the sport. But the loan swap that sent him to Atletico Madrid and Alessio Cerci back to Italy with A.C. Milan will hardly shake up the race for next season’s Ronaldo-Messi Trophy (technically known as the FIFA Ballon d’Or).January has been full of wild rumors — it’s hard to believe Gareth Bale will actually be heading to Manchester United in this lifetime — and supposed bids for top talent, but so far there hasn’t been any key transfer that will truly change a title race.Except for in North America, that is, and there’s a reason for that.You see, MLS isn’t in season right now, and historically, the summer transfer window in Europe is far more active than January. Teams don’t typically make ground-breaking changes mid-season, but are more than willing to rebuild with months to prepare.Top-to-bottom, MLS has seen numerous transfers that can take a team from playoff hopeful to a true title contender.Take Toronto F.C. for example, which has made moves for Juventus and Italian forward Sebastian Giovinco — a recognizable name in European football who, at 28 years old, is still in his prime.Toronto also swapped former England star Jermain Defoe for United States National Team striker Jozy Altidore, sure to please American fans and likely to spark Altidore’s struggling form.Altidore wasn’t even the only USMNT star to return home, as Mix Diskerud signed with newly founded New York City F.C. on a free transfer and Maurice Edu made his stay permanent with the Philadelphia Union from Stoke City in England.And to top it off, a former Ohio State Buckeye even found his way back to the U.S. as Honduras international Roger Espinoza returned to Sporting Kansas City from Wigan Athletic in the English League Championship.From Giovinco and Altidore, who are internationally recognized, to solid MLS stars like Edu and Espinoza, the American league saw an influx of players this month that will strengthen top contenders like Kansas City, and make up-and-coming teams like Toronto look daunting on any MLS schedule.So feel free to keep hyping up the transfer window over in Europe, but real impact moves will always — or, almost always — be made during the offseason.
The system was set up in a bid to encourage healthcare planners focus resources into help treating patients in the community, and reducing unnecessary admissions.However, NHS Providers says the tariff is not realistic, and ignores the fact that once patients are in hospital, their treatment needs to be paid for.In their submission they say: “Our central message is that there is a fundamental mismatch between the demand for emergency services and the resources made available for these services. Hospitals are struggling to cope with rising pressures, performance data shows Credit:PA “We do acknowledge there are opportunities for all providers to improve the services they deliver to patients. However, unless this national imbalance between demand for services and resources is redressed, even the most efficient and forward-looking organisations will be unable to cope with the increasing pressure on emergency care.”The organisation is calling for increased funding for key frontline services, such as A&E, and an end to a system which pays hospitals reduced rates for seeing more patients than was planned, and to penalty fines for those who readmit too many patients.Sivakumar Anandaciva, NHS Providers head of analysis said: “A&E departments up and down the country are being placed under increasing pressure each year. Demands for their services are increasing but hundreds of millions of pounds in funding continues to be withheld from them.”Highlighting performance problems across the NHS, he said even the best hospitals were struggling.Latest figures show the number of elderly people needlessly stuck in hospital has reached record levels, with an 80 per cent rise in bed days lost to delayed discharges in five years. The monthly figures also show just 90.5 per cent of A&E patients were seen within four hours, against a target of 95 per cent – the worst June figures on record.Mr Andandaciva said: “Ultimately, you get what you pay for and it is hard to see how we can maintain high levels of A&E performance for patients within the funding we have available.”In May the NHS declared a deficit of £2.45bn. Since then investigations have revealed that NHS trusts are paying temporary managers rates of as much as £60,000 a month.The payment was revealed in a Telegraph investigation which found soaring numbers of health service bureaucrats are being paid “off payroll” – despite repeated Government pledges to clamp down on the practice.A spokesman for NHS England said: “Fewer hospitals reported serious operational issues this winter than last and there was a significant reduction in trolley waits. Lobbying about the emergency tariff set by NHS Improvement completely misses the point that this year an extra £1.8 billion of funding is being allocated to hospitals providing emergency care, over and above their tariff payments.”Sucking more money out of GP services into hospitals as has happened over the last decade will only perpetuate these rising pressures and is at best a sticking plaster solution to a more fundamental set of challenges that requires stronger primary care and social care working in a joined up way with A&E departments.” Britain’s most efficient hospitals will collapse unless they are awarded more funding for emergency care, NHS trusts have claimed.Health service providers say funding systems for Accident & Emergency (A&E) departments are “fundamentally broken” and leaving hospitals unable to cover their bills.In evidence to a Commons Health Select Committee on winter pressures, they claim that a “national imbalance” between patient demand for services, and the funding received, means even the best hospitals will soon become unable to cope.The evidence comes amid growing concern about pressures on hospitals, which are already in the grip of the worst levels of bed-blocking on record.Yesterday plans emerged for hospitals to cancel thousands of operations and appointments in a desperate bid to stop the NHS “buckling” this winter. 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Health officials are drawing up plans to help hospitals cope this winter Credit:Dominic Lipkinski/PA Health officials are drawing up contingency measures to attempt to safeguard emergency care by diverting senior doctors from operating theatres into wards and A&E departments as winter sets in.The planning emerged in evidence to the select committee, which will next month open hearings examining the ability of the NHS to cope this winter.But in separate evidence to the committee, NHS Providers – which represents almost all NHS hospitals – said radical reform of the funding system was needed to prevent services failing.Under NHS funding systems, money is allocated to hospitals via more than 200 clinical commissioning groups.But under a national tariff which sets the rates for treatment, hospitals recoup less for their emergency admissions if they have more than was planned. ‘Our central message is that there is a fundamental mismatch between the demand for emergency services and the resources made available for these services’NHS Providers, evidence to the Commons health select committee
Arguably the most useful part of Android right now is Google Now. As long as you are plugged in to the Google app ecosystem, the software does an amazing job of knowing exactly what you need and when you need it. The only thing that would make it more useful would be if you didn’t have to load an app to see it, and it looks like we’re not far from having that wish granted.Google Now as it exists right now is plenty easy to access on stock Android phones. You swipe up from the bottom, and Now loads with the most recent cards. If you’re using something that isn’t stock Android, it’s not always so easy. Motorola has kept the swipe up function in their version of Android, but HTC and Samsung have changed things a bit. On an HTC phone you just hold down the Home button, but Samsung has reduced Google Now to an app that requires an icon on your desktop. It’s not easy to show off commercials with how amazing Google Now is to new users if the feature works differently across all of your major hardware partners. So, Google is solving the problem using the least possible resistance by adding support for Google Now to exist as a widget.Google’s support documents for Now accidentally included a page for a feature that doesn’t quite exist yet. Android Central is reporting that the page included information about a widget that can be used on both the home screens and the lock screen, making it much easier for users to get that quick glance at the most relevant cards in their stack.This support page has since been pulled by Google. Tapping the widget would launch the full Google Now app, making it so it no longer matters what the manufacturers do to mess up the original launch sequence for the app. This widget will most likely be a part of an app update that is due in the not so distant future, and would immediately work on any Android 4.1 and higher version of the OS.It’s unclear how the widget will look in sizes other than the one pictured on the support page, or if that will be a feature at all. Like many of Google’s other widgets, it’s possible that users would prefer to let Google Now fill an entire page on the home screen so the maximum number of cards can be displayed. It may seem counter productive for Google to change the software rather than ask OEMs to fall in line, but the widget interface for Now is something that many users have been clamoring for since the original announcement.
Firefox 20 has been released, and this particular browser release actually includes some new features that users will notice. Among them are enhancements to Firefox’s private browsing mode and its trusty download manager.Firefox 20 finally allows users to spawn a private browsing window without having to close down their existing session first. It’s a more elegant approach, and it also means you can run private windows and non-private windows side by side. That can be incredibly handy for those times when you need to log in to multiple accounts on the same web site.When you open a new private window (to do whatever untracked things you do in private windows), the Firefox menu button changes color from orange to purple. That makes it a little harder to confuse your browsing sessions and accidentally type an X-rated URL into the wrong Awesome Bar.What else is new in Firefox 20? There’s the new download manager, which takes up residence next to the search box. When you initiate a new download, you’ll see a pop-up like the one above. After a few seconds without focus, it’ll disappear and the icon will show a realtime progress display.Mozilla has also delivered a new bit of plug-in functionality. Actually, this new function is designed to help out when browser plug-ins malfunction. Firefox 20 can shut down misbehaving plug-ins without affecting the rest of the browser.Additional focus has been put into improving the general responsiveness of Firefox 20, and it’s evident from the get-go. It’s subtle, but many general use tasks seem to be a little bit smoother than they were in version 19.Plenty of changes have made their way to the Android version of Firefox, too. Version 20 supports a wider variety of devices — thanks to reduced hardware requirements. It also features an enhanced private browsing mode, though on Android it’s per-tab. Per window doesn’t translate so well on an operating system where most users are singletasking.
CES 2012 : Lenovo dévoile une TV Android 4.0La firme chinoise présente, lors du CES, le K91, une Smart TV fonctionnant sous Ice Cream Sandwich de Google (Android 4.0).Ce téléviseur de 55 pouces (écran IPS LED) embarquera un processeur dual-core Snapdragon 8060 (1,5 GHz), avec 1 Go de RAM et 8 GB de mémoire interne. Il incluera un port de carte SD, le WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, ainsi qu’un port Ethernet, USB 2.0 et un port HDMI, indispensable. Le son sera quant à lui géré en SRS Tru Surround HD et pour couronner le tout, le téléviseur K91 sera livré avec une télécommande à reconnaissance des mouvements et vocale…rien que ça.Autant dire que le produit de Lenovo est très alléchant mais risque d’arriver difficilement jusqu’à nos frontières hexagonales. Les Chinois devraient, eux, l’accueillir d’ici peu.Le 12 janvier 2012 à 09:45 • Maxime Lambert
TEWKSBURY, MA — The Tewksbury-Wilmington Elks Lodge #2070 invites the public to a fundraiser breakfast on Sunday, March 3, 2019, from 8am to 11am, at the Elks Lodge (777 South Street, Tewksbury).Tickets, available at the door, cost $7 per person. Eggs, bacon, sausage, home fries, toast, coffee and juice are available.The event’s proceeds will benefit Operation Finally Home, an organization which builds houses for paralyzed and handicapped veterans.Have a question about the event? Call the Lodge at 978-657-6333.(NOTE: The above information is from the Tewksbury-Wilmington Elks.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedTewksbury-Wilmington Emblem Club To Hold Cootie Party & Sundae Fundraiser On August 4In “Community”Wilmington Youth Hockey To Hold ‘Drop The Puck’ Street Hockey Tournament Fundraiser On August 25In “Community”Tewksbury-Wilmington Elks To Hold Breakfast Fundraiser For Homeless Vets On Feb. 26In “Community”
A much larger Academy of Hope Adult Public Charter School campus in Northeast D.C. held its grand opening Nov. 4 with goals to expand even more services to an estimated 60,000 adults without a high school diploma, according to a school executive.The school, located in Ward 5, educates 275 adults with low literacy skills. Not only are the students learning how to read, they are also earning high school equivalency degrees and obtaining job-related skills. This improves their chances of supporting their families, securing jobs that pay a living wage and improving their career opportunities. The academy, in existence since 1985, operates an existing facility on Alabama Avenue, SE in Ward 8.Paul Reggie Bryant ran away from home in the eighth grade and became a drug addict soon after, but now he is working towards getting his GED. (Photo by Lenore Adkins)“We need our community supporters to help us do this work,” said Lecester Johnson, CEO of Academy of Hope, in a statement. “And today is not only about cutting the ribbon to open the building, but opening it up to the community so that we can all work together to make D.C. and Ward 5 a great place to live.”The services are critical. More than 21 percent of working adults in the District don’t have a high school diploma. By 2018, 71 percent of all jobs in the District will require post-secondary education, according to the District’s Department of Employment Services.“Academy of Hope is part of the future of our city and in making our city a place of opportunity for all,” D.C. Councilmember Elissa Silverman (I-At-large) said in a statement. “Adult education is important not only to the adults, but to their kids and that’s really key to the future of our city.”Adult learner Paul Reggie Bryant, 67, says the school means everything to him and that he finally feels like people are invested in his success. He was reading at a third-grade level when he arrived at the center in 2014. The native Washingtonian suffers from dyslexia and said that when he was in elementary school, his fellow students teased him because he couldn’t read.Bryant dropped out of school in the eighth grade because none of the teachers knew how to help him overcome dyslexia. The grandfather recalled that whenever he asked a teacher how to spell a word, the response was, “look it up.” But he couldn’t look it up because he didn’t know how to put a word together. “I used to think it was simply because I was dumb,” Bryant told the AFRO. “But it was because of my learning disability.”Bryant ran away from home a year later and became addicted to heroin for the next 40 years as well as serving brief stints in prison. He decided he wanted something better for himself, so he kicked his drug habit in the late 2000s. When Bryant sought a career change from carpentry to residential monitoring a few years ago, he realized he’d need a high school diploma to secure the positions that paid more money.The father of seven was not required to have a high school diploma for the residential monitoring job he has now. But, his eventual goal is becoming a certified addiction counselor, which he’ll need a college degree for. Once Bryant graduates from the academy in June, he hopes to continue his education.“This is a springboard,” Bryant said. “This is the beginning of the journey and the journey continues.”
A metropolitan magistrate’s court here on Saturday extended the judicial custody of Indrani Mukerjea, the prime accused in the Sheena Bora murder case, and two others till November 7 after their earlier remand ended.This was the first time all the three accused — Indrani, her former husband Sanjeev Khanna and former driver Shyamvar Rai– were produced before the court after the CBI took over the investigation last month.The CBI lawyer sought a fresh permission to interrogate the trio in jail. The magistrate N B Shinde said it may question them further till November 7. To a court’s query, the CBI lawyer said the agency had quizzed Indrani twice, but needed to question her further. Also Read – Punjab on alert after release of excess water from Bhakra damCBI has also sought Indrani’s voice sample for verifying call records which purportedly feature her voice. But today her lawyer Gunjan Mangala said her client had been feeling drowsy and needed a proper medical treatment.Indrani had cooperated with the agency but her medical condition was not good, therefore she should not be interrogated, the lawyer said. The magistrate then directed CBI to obtain Indrani’s fitness report before interrogating her.
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Then, the group will look to assign each player a “winner” grade where a player’s intangibles are measured.“I will give those guys a separate grade that’s based on four areas. Does a player play hard, smart, physical and his football character,” said Graves.Once a player has been graded out in both categories, the Cardinals weigh out both grades to find a final grade for a player.The Cardinals organization has done a good job in past years at finding great value in players from smaller schools such as Tim Hightower, Greg Toler, Ben Patrick and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.“Our scouts do a great job of not making quick judgements on players,” said Whisenhunt.Team president Michael Bidwill gives high praise over his organization’s ability to draft good players.“Our personnel department has done an outstanding job. I put up our scouts and personnel people against the best in the league,” said Bidwill.With the fifth overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, lets hope he’s right because if the team is able to add a number of quality players in this draft, it will go a long way towards improving last year’s disappointing team. Top Stories Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation 0 Comments Share D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away For the Arizona Cardinals, they have found a system that has worked for their franchise.“We spend a lot of time going through the process of evaluating these players,” said coach Ken Whisenhunt.It’s a two-step process where players are given an “ability” grade and a “winner” grade.The organization assembles all its personnel and then debates how good a player’s actual playing ability is.“We grade those guys based on their ability and their relationship to other players that will be available in the draft,” said general manager Rod Graves.The front office cites face-to-face meetings with players as a crucial step in the evaluation process.“When you get a chance to spend time with these potential drafted players, you get to find out about them and develop a relationship with them and that’s an important part of the evaluation,” said Whisenhunt.These meetings gives the organization an opportunity to better measure a player’s character or work effort, something that can difficult to see on the surface.“You have to look at what kind of intangibles do they have regarding their work ethic, passion for the game and their commitment. It’s part of the puzzle to determine what player fits best for us,” said director of player personnel Steve Keim. What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke PHOENIX – The 2011 NFL Draft is only days away and all the speculation and mock drafts will become meaningless as teams will make their selections.Many people focus on what specific player each team will choose, but many don’t think about the process how teams decipher who they want to draft.It’s a complex process that requires scouts, player personnel, coaches and the front office pouring over game tape, determining players’ raw ability and questions of character.
TORONTO – When it came to choosing a director for her new Indigenous-focused drama “Through Black Spruce,” Cree producer-actor Tina Keeper says she felt fortunate to land Toronto filmmaker Don McKellar.Keeper says she’s known McKellar since she was young in the industry, is a great admirer of his work, and considered him a “brilliant” choice to helm the story — even though he’s not Indigenous himself.“We haven’t had the capacity, we haven’t had the opportunities, we don’t have a huge arena of directors and producers,” Keeper said of the Indigenous filmmaking community in a recent interview.“People act like, ‘You’re not doing things exactly right,’ but the setting hasn’t been there for us to do things exactly right until now and I think it’s shifting. I’m really proud of our collaboration.”The topic of whether a non-Indigenous director should be telling Indigenous stories for the big screen has been making headlines and stirring up debate on social media, with other examples including “Indian Horse,” which is helmed by Montreal-raised Stephen Campanelli and hit theatres in April.Then there’s “The Grizzlies,” from Toronto-born director Miranda de Pencier, which was shot in Nunavut and is screening at the Toronto International Film Festival.“Through Black Spruce,” which is based on the novel by controversial author Joseph Boyden, is also at the festival. Indigenous actors Tantoo Cardinal, Brandon Oakes, Graham Greene and Tanaya Beatty star in the story of a family reeling from the disappearance of a young Cree woman who hails from Moosonee in Northern Ontario.Keeper said she became friends with Boyden and optioned the film rights to the novel before his claims of Indigenous ancestry were questioned after an investigation in 2016 by the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network.“When the story broke, we had already cast the film, we were looking to start pre-production, but we had made a decision,” she said, adding she believes Boyden and was offended by the controversy.“Through Black Spruce” resonated with her because her mother is from that cultural region of Canada, Keeper said. The issue of missing and murdered Indigenous women has also had “a profound effect” on her life, she added, noting the film touches on many important subjects affecting Indigenous communities.During the development of “The Grizzlies,” which is based on the true story of Inuit youth playing lacrosse in a small Arctic community, de Pencier was curious and collaborative, say producers.“When she made mistakes, we pointed them out and she listened,” Inuk producer Alethea Arnaquq-Baril told a recent TIFF press conference.“Her determination to include our community in the making of this film at the time was truly not common.”Arnaquq-Baril said the team did a widespread search for cast members across the Arctic, workshopped the script with Inuit actors, and had a crew that was more than a third Indigenous.“‘The Grizzles’ marks a collaboration between Hollywood, Toronto and the North, and Miranda linked us all together in a way that was mutually rewarding,” Arnaquq-Baril said.“As a vocal advocate on issues of representation in film, I’m proud to say that I see myself in this film, I see my community in this film. I’m proud of the film itself but I’m also proud of how it’s made.”“The Grizzlies” co-writer Moira Walley-Beckett said she and de Pencier worked on the film for 10 years. De Pencier travelled to the North repeatedly throughout that time and worked in conjunction with the Inuit producers to make sure she and Walley-Beckett were telling the story accurately and in a way that felt right to the Inuit community.“They’ve been intimately part of our creative process, and so we’ve all been really together in the making of ‘The Grizzlies’ and the crafting of ‘The Grizzlies,’” Walley-Beckett said.“Every step of the way, the community has weighed in on how we’re telling the story and how they want to be represented, and they’ve been a part of that process.”Other Indigenous-focused films at TIFF this year that do have Indigenous directors include Gwaai Edenshaw and Helen Haig-Brown’s “Edge of the Knife,” the first feature-length film made in the endangered Haida language.There’s also Darlene Naponse’s “Falls Around Her,” starring Cardinal as a world-famous Anishinaabe musician.Keeper is hopeful more Indigenous directors will start helming these types of films as the industry changes.“Canada has an Indigenous Screen Office now and is making an effort towards developing capacity,” she said.“So we’re in a shifting landscape and I think we need to celebrate all accomplishments and all collaborations and we need to keep our eye on the prize going forward. I think that’s really the nature in which we need to work.” by Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 12, 2018 10:43 am PDT Last Updated Sep 12, 2018 at 11:20 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Actors Tanaya Beatty, left, and Tina Keeper are shown in a scene from the movie “Through Black Spruce” in this handout image. When it came to choosing a director for her new Indigenous-focused drama “Through Black Spruce,” Cree producer-actor Tina Keeper says she felt fortunate to land Toronto filmmaker Don McKellar. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Courtesy of TIFF *MANDATORY CREDIT * Indigenous producers on using non-Indigenous directors for films at TIFF
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