On Tuesday, October 28, 2014, the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) will present its 13th annual An Enduring Vision benefit at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City.The Foundation welcomes back award-winning CNN anchor Anderson Cooper, who will host the event for a seventh year.Founder Sir Elton John and Chairman David Furnish will present EJAF’s Enduring Vision Awards to Governor Andrew Cuomo, Charlie Hendon, Jay Jopling, and Nathalie and Pablo Salame. The Foundation honors Governor Cuomo for all of his extraordinary contributions to the fight against AIDS, especially his plan to end AIDS in New York State by 2020, and for his tremendous leadership in bringing marriage equality to New York. Atlanta real estate developer Charlie Hendon has been a devoted friend and generous supporter of EJAF’s work for many years. Jay Jopling, proprietor of the prominent gallery White Cube and a loyal EJAF supporter and advocate, has assisted the Foundation on numerous occasions by securing significant pieces of art for live auctions and art projects, helping to raise millions of dollars over the years for EJAF’s urgent mission. In addition to their extraordinary philanthropic support for the Foundation, Nathalie and Pablo Salame are also vocal champions of both EJAF’s work and LGBT rights issues.Sir Elton John and David Furnish serve as the honorary chairs for An Enduring Vision, joined by their Co-Chairs Philip E. Aarons and Shelley Fox Aarons, Alec and Hilaria Baldwin, Johnny and Edwina Barbis, Jennifer Bayer Michaels, Ken Bernstein, Scott Bessent and John Freeman, Joseph W. Blount, Jess Cagle, John Demsey, James Dolan, Isabelle Ealet and John Corbani, Tim Hanlon and Anthony Klatt, Tony Ingrao and Randy Kemper, Hugh Jackman and Deborra-Lee Furness, Donna Karan, Nikolaos D. Koklonis, Robert K. Kraft, Leonard A. Lauder, Matt Lauer, Sandra Lee, Jenna Lyons and Courtney Crangi, Joe McMillan, Leslie Moonves, Thomas E. Moore III and Mark Reynolds, James L. Nederlander, Adam Norbury and R. Martin Chavez, Ronald O. Perelman, Michael Rapino, Lily Safra, Brooke Shields, Ingrid Sischy and Sandra Brant, Jerry Speyer and Katherine Farley, and Ashok and Maggie Varadhan.Presenting Sponsors for the event are American Airlines, Goldman Sachs Gives, Robert K. Kraft, Wells Fargo, and Airfasttickets.Co-Sponsors are Joseph W. Blount, The John R. Eckel Jr. Foundation, Leonard A. Lauder, and MacAndrews & Forbes Holdings, Inc.Gold Sponsors are Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation, Gilead Sciences, M•A•C Viva Glam, The Maurice Marciano Family Foundation, and Jerry Speyer and Katherine Farley.Silver Sponsors are Acadia Realty Trust, BVGALRI, Don Capoccia and Tom Pegues, James L. Nederlander, and Adam Norbury and R. Martin Chavez.Special thanks to Cîroc Ultra Premium Vodka, Pepper Hamilton LLP, Veuve Clicquot, and Weinberg Glass.For ticket information, please contact Andreas Schwarz at the Elton John AIDS Foundation, 212.219.0670 or firstname.lastname@example.org.Source:PR Newswire
LONDON — In Britain and other countries like Australia and Canada, the day after Christmas is a secular national holiday known as Boxing Day. Here’s a brief look at some theories about how the holiday got its name and how people celebrate it:NO NEED FOR BOXING GLOVESWhile no one seems to know for sure how it came to be called Boxing Day, it definitely has nothing to do with the sport of boxing. Perhaps the most widely held understanding of its origins comes from the tradition of wealthier members of society giving servants and tradesmen a so-called Christmas Box containing money and gifts on the day after Christmas.It was seen as a reward for a year’s worth of service. Other believe it comes from the post-Christmas custom of churches placing boxes outside their doors to collect money for distribution to less-fortunate members of society in need of Christmas cheer.Some trace it to Britain’s proud naval tradition and the days when a sealed box of money was kept on board for lengthy voyages and then given to a priest for distribution to the poor if the voyage was successful.There are other explanations, but it’s clear the designation has nothing to do with the modern habit of using the holiday for shopping at “big box” stores selling televisions, computers and the like.SHARING THE WEALTH, AROUND THE COMMONWEALTHNo one knows for sure when Boxing Day started, but some believe it was centuries ago, when servants would be given the day after Christmas off as a day of rest after feverish preparations for their masters’ celebrations.Others trace it back even earlier, to the Roman practice of collecting money in boxes — they say Roman invaders brought this practice to Britain, where it was taken up by the clergy to collect money in boxes for the disadvantaged.The tradition gained popularity during the Victorian era and has flourished to this day. The British Empire may now be a thing of the past, but Boxing Day is still celebrated in some other parts of the Commonwealth, including Canada, Australia and Kenya.SO IF THEY’RE NOT BOXING, WHAT DO PEOPLE ACTUALLY DO ON BOXING DAY?Boxing Day has evolved into a day of relaxation and indulgence — and shopping. It is filled with sporting events (including a marathon soccer schedule tailor-made for TV viewing from a comfortable couch) and it is often a day when people open their homes to family and friends who drop by for turkey, ham and perhaps half-consumed bottles of wine left over from Christmas dinner.In Britain it used to be a day for fox hunting in the frost-tinged countryside, but that practice has been mostly banned for more than a decade now. In its place, “Boxing Day Sales” have flourished, with many Britons lifted from their post-Christmas torpor by the lure of low prices in department stores.Gregory Katz, The Associated Press
New Delhi: Emboldened by Australia’s remarkable turnaround in the ODI series against India, vice-captain Alex Carey Tuesday said they are “really confident” of entering the ICC World Cup with a squad good enough to play like defending champions. The five-match series is poised at 2-2, thanks to Australia’s back-to-back wins after staring down the barrel at one stage. “As a player in the Australian cricket side we have been working hard in the last 12-18 months. Some success has started to come our way. We are really confident moving with the squad we take to the World Cup,” Clarey said on the eve of the series-deciding game here. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football togetherCarey said it will only add to the strength of the side when Steve Smith and David Warner rejoin the side after serving out their bans. “Those are definitely some big names that might come back into the line. The guys that are in the side are performing well, so it’s only healthy for Australian cricket that the guys in the side are playing well and these guys that have done really well in the past have definitely put their hand up for selection when they are available.” Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian OpenHe said he was not surprised by the way the Australian batsmen tackled India’s formidable spin duo of Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav, who have tormented batters with their guile in recent times. “There has probably been a fair bit of media (analysis) about Australia playing against spin in the past. We have worked really hard on playing spin bowling in the nets over 12-18 months. I guess to see some reward, again it’s no surprise, but the guys are doing so much hard work off the field,” said Carey. The match will be played on a Feroz Shah Kotla wicket which may assist slow bowlers. Carey, though, said they are capable of handling whatever is thrown at them. “We played some local Indian bowlers that we tried in the nets, so I guess it’s really a good experience. Guys getting out there in the middle to have the confidence to take on their spinners got to be a great confidence tomorrow.” He said the strength of the Australian team at the moment is that they have plenty of options. “We take a lot of confidence that we trust the batters to perform their role. When Ashton did that the other night he did really well. They (Indians) are world class bowlers and I am sure they want to bounce back and it’s up to our batters to have a game plan to negate that. We trust the players to perform their role and take on the best bowlers in the world and do a good job.” Carey said it will be a contest to watch for since they have the momentum and India would be keen to bounce back after two defeats. “We were out under pressure early in the series. Some games were really close and now we have the series level at 2-2. It is obviously exciting going into tomorrow with the series on the line. Obviously (we will) take some momentum from the last game. The boys are felling confident. “India are going to bounce back quickly but I guess for us we thought we played some pretty good cricket in the first two games and we just fell short so to have the series at 2-2, really excited. I am really looking forward to and so are the guys.”
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by Heather Scoffield, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 18, 2012 8:29 pm MDT Feds brush off budget watchdog’s legal opinion on government secrecy AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email OTTAWA – The federal government says it has already provided Parliament’s budget watchdog with all the necessary information on the impact of budget cuts, despite a new legal opinion saying government is breaking the law by refusing to cough up more details.“We have provided financial and economic data in accordance with our understanding of our legal obligations,” Raymond Rivet, a spokesman for the Privy Council Office, said in an email statement.“We have received the legal opinion and will review it.”Budget officer Kevin Page published a legal opinion on Monday saying that 64 federal departments and agencies are breaking the law in their refusal to hand over basic economic and financial information.While the opinion centres around $5.2 billion in spending cuts announced in the budget, the same reasoning applies to lack of information on previous rounds of spending constraint — cuts that amount to about $11 billion annually, Page said in an interview.Without basic details about how the government plans to make ends meet, the parliamentary budget officer said he is not able to do his job and inform MPs about exactly how Ottawa is spending taxpayers’ money.He said only 18 of 82 federal organizations have complied with his request for more details about the fiscal impact of the latest cuts.“The information should have been provided as requested and both your department and the other departments that have not complied are in violation of the legal obligations under the (Parliament of Canada) Act,” Page wrote in a letter to Wayne Wouters, the clerk of the Privy Council.Wouters is the federal government’s top civil servant.The legal opinion provides the groundwork for challenging the government in Federal Court, but Page said he would prefer if the paperwork acted instead as a catalyst for discussion — and the quick release of the budget details themselves.“We hope to get a response back from the public service, from the government, on our legal opinion,” Page said in an interview. “Did we craft it right? Have we argued our case correctly? Do they have a different point of view?“Most importantly, what we hope to get back is the information we requested.”Instead, federal ministers repeatedly pointed to other government reporting mechanisms that they say will provide the necessary details on cuts.“This prime minister and this government will continue to report to Parliament through the means that have been used for many years. This includes the estimates, the supplementary estimates, quarterly reports and the public accounts,” Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird said in the House of Commons.Page’s staffers have gone through every line of those reports and have not been able to piece together a complete accounting of the government plan, or even if there is such a plan.In the legal opinion, lawyers said the act requires the federal government to release financial and economic data in a timely matter.“No legal exception to this requirement has been advanced and none appears from the analysis of the correspondence exchanged,” said the summary of the legal opinion. “Accordingly, the non-compliant departments have statutory obligations to provide the information.”The federal government has said in the past that it can’t release the details of its budget cuts because of collective agreements with employees, and it repeated that line on Monday. But the legal opinion points out that Page is not asking for any personal information, nor does he aim to obtain details that would only be available in cabinet documents.“It is in the interests of Parliament and the Canadian public that such information be made available immediately,” Page said in the Monday letter. “As I have mentioned before, it is only with such information that Parliament can exercise its constitutional role of controlling public finances.”There’s more than just fiscal policy at stake in the standoff between Page and the government; there’s also the scope of the parliamentary budget office itself.The office was created through the Conservatives’ own Accountability Act in 2006, and Page is the first to hold the job. He is trying to determine exactly how far his mandate allows him to go.“I think there’s a fiscal issue, which is why we were obviously involved in it,” Page said in the interview. “I think there’s a bigger issue about institutions, about the role and the mandate of the parliamentary budget office as well. We need access to information.”His office has clashed frequently with the government, with him demanding more information and the government accusing him of reaching shoddy conclusions with the information he does manage to collect.They have sparred publicly over the cost of the F-35s, the Tory crime agenda, stimulus spending and the reliability of long-term forecasting. This is the first time, however, that Page has sought such a legal opinion.Opposition Leader Tom Mulcair said the legal opinion is one more piece of proof that the Conservatives are trying to fool the public with their convoluted budget process.“Once again the Conservatives are trying to hide the truth about their Trojan Horse budget,” Mulcair said, pointing out that government unions had already given the government the green light to release the requested information.The NDP has been on the offensive over the budget especially in the past few weeks, protesting the government’s bundling of disparate measures into a massive omnibus budget bill.
Nearly half of working-age Canadians not saving for retirement: HSBC report by The Canadian Press Posted Jul 13, 2016 2:01 am MDT Last Updated Jul 13, 2016 at 7:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email OTTAWA – A report by HSBC suggests that nearly half of working-age Canadians are not saving for retirement.The big international bank says 48 per cent of pre-retirees in the country say they have not started or are not currently saving for their life after work.The poll was part of a global retirement report done by HSBC.The survey also found that one in five working-age Canadians say that money from downsizing or selling their home or a secondary property will help pay for retirement.That was nearly twice the global average of 12 per cent and more than the five per cent of current Canadian retirees.The poll also found that Canadian retirees were among the “happiest,” with 72 per cent reporting they feel happy in retirement — second only to retirees in Mexico at 80 per cent.“While Canadian retirees rank as some of the happiest in the world, almost half of working-age people in Canada are not currently saving for retirement,” said Betty Miao, executive vice-president and head of retail banking and wealth management at HSBC Bank Canada.“While a change of lifestyle or move to retirement living may be a great thing come retirement, it’s worth noting the wisdom shared by many of today’s retirees: start saving earlier, take good care of yourself and your health, and don’t hesitate to get advice from trusted professionals.”The survey also found that 53 per cent of Canadian retirees say a government pension is helping pay for retirement, while 35 per cent of those still working say that’s likely to be the case for them.The federal government and all the provinces, except Quebec, recently reached an agreement in principle to help strengthen the Canada Pension Plan.The deal, which is still being finalized, would see CPP premium increases for workers and employers, but also see Canadians receive more in retirement.The HSBC report included the views of 18,207 working age people and retirees across 17 countries and territories around the world, including 1,037 in Canada.The research was conducted online by IpsosMORI in September and October 2015, with additional face-to-face interviews in Egypt and the United Arab Emirates.The polling industry’s professional body, the Marketing Research and Intelligence Association, says online surveys cannot be assigned a margin of error because they do not randomly sample the population.
The first assessment of its kind in East Asia and the Pacific region, Cambodia’s Violence against Children Survey (CVACS) asked 2,376 children and young people aged 13 to 24 from across the country about their experiences of physical, emotional and sexual violence before the age of 18. The report – coordinated by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and conducted by the Government of Cambodia – discovered that, along with the vast scope of the violence, those children who were physically abused were harmed by people they knew and trusted while those who were sexually abused were often victimized by friends and neighbours, as opposed to strangers. The report also highlighted that mothers and male teachers were most likely to be the perpetrators of physical violence against children. Speaking at the report’s launch in the Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh, Marta Santos Pais, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative on Violence against Children, praised the Government for conducting the “ground-breaking” survey and encouraged it to integrate the findings into its overall policy agenda. “The elimination of all forms of violence against children must be a core indicator of national social improvement,” Ms. Santos Pais declared. “It should be a reference for all Government sectors, for the budget and for relevant coordinating mechanisms, with a clear monitoring and evaluation plan to assess progress and maintain momentum,” she added. According to CVACS, the impact violence has on children resonates long after the abuse has ended and can affect the quality of their lives in the long-term. Many young victims experience short term health consequences and risk taking behaviour, with those who experience violence more likely to report moderate mental distress, sexually transmitted infections, self-harm and suicidal thoughts. Other physical and mental health problems may linger on throughout their lives. Ms. Santos Pais outlined six steps which she said would help governments address violence against children and work to eliminate it outright, including the enacting of an explicit legal ban on violence against children backed by effective enforcement; increased efforts to make violence against children socially unacceptable; ensuring the social inclusion of girls and boys who are at special risk; building or enhancing strong data systems and sound evidence to prevent and address violence against children; and joining with other governments to ensure the protection of children from violence as part of the post-2015 international development agenda.“The economic returns from investment in early child development are now well established, yet violence severely limits young children from reaching their full potential resulting in huge losses to society,” Ms. Santos Pais continued. “Ending violence is an ethical imperative, but it also makes economic sense as the figures on the costs of violence show.”
OSU forward Alexa Hart (22) looks for space around defending Virginia Cavaliers forward Sydney Umeri (44) on Dec. 21 at the Schottenstein Center. Photo Credit: Greg Bartram | USA TODAY SportsThe Ohio State women’s basketball team has relied heavily on the explosiveness of the nation’s top-scoring duo during the 2015-16 season.That wasn’t the case Thursday evening at the Schottenstein Center against the Indiana Hoosiers.Top Buckeye guards, sophomore Kelsey Mitchell and senior Ameryst Alston, were held in check early on in Columbus, prompting the OSU frontcourt to come alive. The extra effort was definitely needed for the No. 5 Buckeyes (11-3, 3-0) to fend off Indiana (9-6, 1-2) at home, 97-70.“They came out ready to play right off the jump,” OSU junior forward Shayla Cooper said. “We had to match their intensity, and once we matched it we actually took it to another level after that.”The Buckeyes have struggled immensely with their perimeter defense this season, ranking dead last amongst Big Ten teams in 3-point defense. A lack of outside pressure has allowed teams to attack OSU with an onslaught of long-range jumpers from the tip.Matters were no better on Wednesday when Indiana opened up the first quarter of play shooting 4-of-6 from beyond the arc.“I think putting more pressure on the ball, not letting them see the open man,” Cooper said of the team’s solution to Indiana’s hot start.Multiple missed layup opportunities also stymied OSU from overcoming Indiana. However, OSU sophomore Alexa Hart and Cooper continued to work the interior, sparking a 10-3 run that knotted the contest at 18 after one quarter of play. Hart registered a double-double on the night, scoring 18 points and collecting 13 rebounds.Despite breaking out of an early shooting slump, the Buckeyes still could not entirely pull away from the Hoosiers. That’s because OSU’s elite scorers Mitchell and Alston continued to be held in check by Indiana, combining to shoot 4-of-18 from the field in the first half.“The way (Indiana) came out, the way they shot the ball, I think that prevented us from doing things that we usually do,” Mitchell said.Nevertheless, OSU’s presence in the post continued to eat away at Indiana. Cooper provided a 14-point first-half spark off the bench, leading a Buckeye frontcourt that outscored the Hoosiers 32-18 in the paint over the first 20 minutes. Cooper finished the night shooting 10-of-16 from the field, tallying 23 points and eight rebounds.“I like the energy and it gives us a different look when she comes in,” OSU coach Kevin McGuff said of moving Cooper to the bench.The Scarlet and Gray brought a 40-35 advantage into halftime and built some early momentum after the break. OSU’s first 3-point conversion two minutes into the second half from Mitchell brought the Buckeyes’ lead to seven and led to an Indiana timeout.Mitchell, who finished with 23 points on the night, led the team with 15 points in the third quarter on a perfect 5-of-5 shooting from the field, opening up a 12-point lead heading into the final quarter.“Sometimes when you’re not sure about yourself and you have a slow start it can wear on you,” McGuff said. “But I do think we have a lot of confidence about how we’re playing.”OSU continued to pull away via not letting up on the Hoosiers, sustaining an aggressive and pesky press on defense. That tenacity brought the team’s turnover margin to a plus-10 mark by the game’s end, and helped the Buckeyes finish with 16 points off of turnovers and 23 offensive rebounds.The Buckeyes will continue their Big Ten schedule with a matchup against Rutgers (10-4) on Sunday. Tipoff is set for 2 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center.
The report details how the 2014-2016 refurbishment failed to meet several major fire safety standards set out in the building regulations. The Grenfell Tower inferno would not have spread claiming 71 lives if the building had not been refurbished, a major report has found as lists a litany of fire safety failings. The report, prepared for the Metropolitan Police as part of their investigation into the tragedy, details five breaches of building regulations including the use of combustible cladding and insulation and gaps in the structure and window frame that helped fan the fire.It leads to the conclusion that had the refurbishment not been carried out it would have been difficult for it to spread beyond the fourth floor flat where is began in a fridge freezer in the early hours of June 14 last year.A draft of the 200 page report prepared by fire investigation experts BRe Global, dated 31 January 2018 and leaked to the Evening Standard, says: “Grenfell Tower, as originally built, appears to have been designed on the premise of providing very high levels of passive fire protection.“The original facade of Grenfell Tower, comprising exposed concrete and, given its age, likely timber or metal frame windows, would not have provided a medium for fire spread up the external surface. In BRE’s opinion … there would have been little opportunity for a fire in a flat of Grenfell Tower to spread to any neighbouring flats.” The report found that, contrary to building regulations, many of the doors did not have closers on them so as people fled their doors remained open allowing large quantities of fire and smoke to get into the communal areas. Firefighting facilities were also said to be deficient as there was only enough room for one engine to get close to the building. BRE also noted the absence of a sprinkler system and the fact that the tower’s only stairwell was 8cm too narrow but says that they did not contribute to the loss of life.It details how the fire started in a fridge freezer in flat 16 just one metre from an open window. It then could have either caught the materials around the window, the insulation or the combustible material in the cladding panels, or a combination of the three, experts say. This allowed the flames to enter the cavity between the concrete and the facade and the lack of cavity barriers created a chimney-like effect. As well as spreading upwards and laterally the fire spread downward fire spread because of “burning droplets of polyethylene falling and igniting combustible materials below”.The faulty windows then allowed the fire to enter the other flats and the lack of door closers meant it could spread into the stairwell. The window frames were too small for the hole meaning that rubberised membrane, rigid foam insulation and uPVC lightweight plastic panels were used to fill that gap and “none of the materials used would be capable of providing 30 minutes fire resistance”.Instead the materials provided a “fuel” which allowed the fire to spread to the facade, it is said. The cavity barriers, which were meant to close the gap between the concrete building and the external cladding in the event of a fire, were too small to do so and some were installed upside down or back to front. This created a chimney-like effect, it is said. The insulation on the outside of the building was combustible and “provided a medium for fire spread up, across and within sections of the facade”, the BRE report found. Furthermore, the aluminium composite material used in the outside panels of the cladding had a polyethylene (plastic) core that “appears to be highly combustible” and “appears to have provided a medium for fire spread up and across the facade”. Each breach relating to the cladding system is of far greater importance when “considered in combination as opposed to when they occur in isolation”, BRE notes. One of the flats in the Grenfell Tower which was destroyed by the fire 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. The fire was so ferocious that had the original building not been built to such strict standards, it is likely it would have collapsed, the experts say. The BRE was asked to look at the fire by the Metropolitan Police to try and establish the circumstances surrounding as many of the 71 deaths as possible, and failings in duty of care to residents, and to provide expert witness support to any criminal prosecution of public inquiry.
Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Corporate espionage and cybersecurity are two critical issues these days for basically any company, but the risks have grown great enough now, that some, like IBM, are beginning to take more drastic measures.According to the Register, IBM is barring all types of removable storage for its employees. This includes USB drives, flash drives, SD cards, and external hard drives. “The possible financial and reputational damage from misplaced, lost, or misused removable portable storage devices must be minimized,” chief infosec officer, Shamla Naidoo said.According to Mashable, the reason for all this added security is the company’s big gains in computing tech. Ust last year, for instance, it unveiled a stupendously tiny computer, as well as a massive, $240 million joint AI research project with the Watson AI. This means that a good chunk of the IT folks at a major computing firm will likely be very, very frustrated, but such is the world we live in. The White House, among other organizations, are struggling to combat their own leaks. As tech has been democratized, so too has its potential to share those things we maybe shouldn’t be passing around. Like viruses. This change will take some time to implement, but Naidoo said that the organization “is expanding the practice of prohibiting data transfer to all removable portable storage devices (eg: USB, SD card, flash drive).” Adding that, “Over the next few weeks we [will be] implementing this policy worldwide… the possible financial and reputational damage from misplaced, lost or misused removable portable storage devices must be minimized.”Instead, IBM is pushing a digital syncing service. Though, it’s also possible that pushback from field workers who need to implement patches and via USB drives will likely get some exceptions.In any case, this is more corporate weirdness. It makes sense, but it also leaves that one lingering thought — how the hell did we get here?
Many employees are unconcerned about the value of their pension scheme, if they have a scheme at all, until they are close to retirement. Indeed, many employees are hard pressed to specify the benefits their workplace pension scheme offers.Two things are changing this situation. First, changes to the rules regarding when people can access their pension fund, which came into effect in April 2015. This means that from age 55 onwards people can get access to as much of their pension money as they like, when they want it.Second, the advent of auto-enrolment, making it compulsory for all employers to offer a pension scheme. The government has set minimum levels of contributions that must be paid to the workplace pension scheme by the employer and employee.These changes are a golden opportunity for employers to emphasise the benefits of a staff pension scheme at a time when the topic is constantly in the media. With the labour market tightening and good staff in short supply, a staff pension scheme will be viewed as a significant additional benefit. Such schemes may also prevent existing staff from leaving for other employment. This is particularly the case if the scheme provides benefits better than the auto-enrolment scheme.One message employers need to emphasise is with staff likely to be working until their 70s, pension contributions by an employee in their 20s have nearly 50 years to accumulate benefits. This is a compelling argument that employers need to make.Clive Lewis is head of enterprise at the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW)
Prothom Alo illustrationA teacher of BIAM Laboratory School in Singra upazila of Natore was suspended on Thursday evening on charges of sexually harassing several female students of the school, reports UNB.The accused Fazlul Rahman is a mathematics teacher of the school.Singra Upazila Nirbahi Officer Sushanta Kumar Mahato said a total 13 students and 11 parents submitted written complaints against the teacher on 11 April for sexually harassing them.Later, a three-member probe committee, formed by the upazila administration, found involvement of the teacher, he said.Based on the probe report, the school management committee has decided to suspend the teacher.
Michael Hagerty/Houston Public MediaComedian Cheech Marin with Houston Matters host Craig Cohen.Whatever you do, don’t call Cheech Marin “Chong.”The comedian is tired of being mistaken for his longtime comedy partner Tommy Chong, and he discusses his relationship with his former partner — and his career so far — in his new book, Cheech is Not My Real Name…But Don’t Call Me Chong! Marin will be the Grand Marshal of the 30th annual Houston Art Car Parade on Saturday (April 8, 2017).In the audio above, he joins Craig Cohen in the Houston Matters studio to talk about his book, comedy, and how moving away from pot jokes helped his career. Video Playerhttps://cdn.hpm.io/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/06153501/Cheech-Final.mp400:0000:0001:01Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Share
The latest news on the tragic murder of Baltimore Police Det. Sean Suiter, including his family’s request that the FBI take over the investigation into his murder and the ACLU request for the body camera footage from the Suiter investigation. We’ll report on the Suiter investigation, as well as other law enforcement news with The Mod Squad, Taya Graham and Stephen Janis of The Real News Network.These stories today on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes.
Feature | Information Technology | June 27, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Smart Algorithm Extracts Data from Radiology Reports Radiology reports may contain information essential to figuring out a patient’s condition. read more News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more December 30, 2014 — Brit Systems announced the release of WebWorks QC, an optional module for the company’s WebWorks zero footprint image browser that provides advanced study quality control (QC) functionality. Designed to return results via the emerging Image Object Change Management (IOCM) standard, it allows changes to studies to be made in one place with the results automatically returned to multiple servers, such as to a picture archive and commuinication system (PACS) and a vendor neutral archive (VNA), keeping them synchronized. Brit highlighted WebWorks QC at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), Nov. 30-Dec. 4 in Chicago.WebWorks QC allows technologists to correct studies from anywhere they can access a browser. QC worklists can be readily shared among multiple technologists and once a study is QC’ed, it can be returned to all servers that store a copy via the emerging IOCM standard.Until now, quality control workstations were the purview of expensive, dedicated workstations. And, once a study was corrected, each copy of it would need to be manually stored back to its server. For example, a study corrected in a PACS had to be erased from the VNA and then resent. This resulted in systems getting out of synchronization.WebWorks QC supports matching an order with a study, deleting images, rearranging images and series and moving images from one study and/or patient to another, all via a user-friendly drag-and-drop interface. The original patient information is stored within the image and the original study can be restored at any point in time from within the QC server. Users can easily anonymize and edit studies to use them as a training aid in teaching and research. The QC server can also act as the browser-based viewer, making the study available anywhere.For more information: www.brit.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more News | Enterprise Imaging | July 29, 2019 Philips Announces 10-year Enterprise Informatics Agreement With Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire de Nancy Philips and Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire (CHRU) de Nancy, a leading academic hospital in the Grand Est… read more News | PACS | July 02, 2019 Laurel Bridge and 3M M*Modal Partner to Improve DICOM Structured Reporting July 2, 2019 — Laurel Bridge Software announced an expanded relationship with 3M M*Modal, a provider of clinical docu read more Technology | Enterprise Imaging | July 05, 2019 Hyland Healthcare Adds ImageNext Imaging Workflow Optimizer to Enterprise Imaging Suite Hyland Healthcare is launching ImageNext, a vendor-neutral imaging workflow optimizer that combines intelligent imaging… read more News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more Related Content Technology | December 30, 2014 WebWorks QC Corrects Studies with Emerging IOCM Standard Technologists can make changes from stnadardized worklists from anywhere they can access a browser PreviousNext News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | July 02, 2019 Konica Minolta Healthcare Partners With DiA Imaging Analysis for AI-based Cardiac Ultrasound Analysis DiA Imaging Analysis has partnered with Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas Inc. to expand analysis capabilities of… read more News | Remote Viewing Systems | July 16, 2019 Anatomage Releases Anatomage Cloud Platform Anatomage Inc. released an update to the Anatomage Cloud platform that allows medical and dental professionals to… read more News | Enterprise Imaging | June 27, 2019 Ambra Health Announces Integration With Box Ambra Health announced an integration with Box to enable the sharing of medical imaging directly from within Box’s… read more
GLENDALE, Ariz. — A funny thing happened on the highway to Super Bowl LI in Houston. The Cardinals’ bus blew a tire.New England offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels schooled Arizona defensive coordinator James Bettcher with a ball-control game plan, the Cardinals’ first-team offense was missing in action again, Arizona’s special teams were dreadful and Patriots backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo dinked and dunked his way to 264 passing yards and a 23-21 win at University of Phoenix Stadium. Too bad it was 107 degrees at kickoff. It might have helped to open the roof in Glendale and allow all that hot preseason hype to escape.“Obviously, a very disappointing loss,” coach Bruce Arians said. “We didn’t really play well enough in any phase — special teams, offense or defense — to win this game.”The Cardinals still had a chance to win until rookie long snapper Kameron Canaday’s snap was low and kicker Chandler Catanzaro missed a 47-yard field goal attempt wide-left with 41 seconds remaining.“Any time you lose a game it is a tough pill to swallow,” quarterback Carson Palmer said. “We came out too slow, and when you have to win it with a late field goal, you’re obviously behind the 8-ball.”It’s fair to call this loss troubling. The Cardinals’ supposedly improved defense missed a number of assignments, it couldn’t cover the Patriots’ bread and butter crossing routes or short passing game, it couldn’t get off the field on third down (New England was 10 of 16) and it couldn’t sustain any pressure on Garoppolo despite the trumpeted offseason trade for outside linebacker Chandler Jones, who had a sack and a fumble recovery but was a non-factor for most of the game. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact New England Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount (29) is hit by Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson (21) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) “The good thing about it is it’s just Week 1. We have 15 regular season games to go. We’ve got to stay with the process. We know it’s a recipe that’s proven for success.”Follow Craig Morgan on Twitter – / 55 Comments Share The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Arizona’s kickoff returns left it with consistently poor field position, there was the missed field goal and the first-team offense looked much like it had during the preseason; a shell of the unit that was last seen for certain game on Dec 27. against Green Bay.“It went in spurts,” receiver Larry Fitzgerald said. “We had it going for a little bit but nothing sustained.”All of those issues will be addressed when Arians and his staff reconvene on Monday, but championships aren’t won in September. So tap the brakes on your freeway drive into hysteria. A lot of good teams have stumbled out of the blocks over the years and righted the ship in plenty of time for a playoff run.Arians insisted the Cardinals were ready to play on Sunday; they just didn’t play. That doesn’t mean the season is lost. That doesn’t mean the Super Bowl is out of reach. It just means the Cardinals lost a game in Week 1 of a very long season.“There’s lots that should stick with us,” Fitzgerald said. “We can’t just roll the ball on the field and come out there and expect to win against anybody — backup quarterback, no Rob Gronkowski, no (Rob) Ninkovich. They were playing at half-mast and they came out here and took it to us at home. That’s just a prime example of what you’re dealing with in the National Football League. You have to come and play for 60 minutes against whomever you play or you’re not going to come out victorious. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires
BURBANK, Calif. – Meghan Trainor says Demi Lovato’s openness about her battles and troubles helped her cope with her own struggles.Lovato’s representative said Tuesday that the singer was recovering after she was reportedly hospitalized for an overdose.“She actually helped me get through my stuff because I was watching her and was like, ‘I know I’m not alone,’” Trainor said in an interview with The Associated Press on Thursday. “But I can’t imagine what level she’s going through and what her family is going through right now. And I just didn’t know it was that bad. And I didn’t know she was struggling so much.”Lovato’s hospitalization comes a month after she released a new song called “Sober,” indicating that she relapsed after six years of sobriety.While Lovato has been seen as a role model for speaking openly about her issues with drugs, alcohol, depression and more, music fans have also looked up to Trainor, who has been an advocate for body positivity and has denounced bullying.Trainor, 24, said that if she had known about Lovato’s condition sooner, she would have said something.“I wish I could’ve been there more for her or reached out more and checked on her. Because I’ve only, like, I sang at the Grammys with her once. And I do all these awards shows and I get to say hi a little bit. But you just feel like, ‘Ah, I wish I did something.’ I wish I knew,” Trainor said while promoting her album, “Treat Myself,” out on Aug. 31.“And I’m sure all her fans feel like that right now — just what can we do to help her? But I know she’s just so strong,” she added. “Just as a fan, I know she’s so strong and she’ll come back and she’ll be better than ever.”The entertainment world outpoured support onto Lovato this week, including Ellen DeGeneres, Bruno Mars, Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande.In an interview Thursday, actress Shay Mitchell said she’s “sending light and love” to Lovato._____AP Entertainment Producer Nicole Evatt contributed to this report. by Pablo Arauz Pena, The Associated Press Posted Jul 26, 2018 4:43 pm PDT Last Updated Jul 26, 2018 at 5:20 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this Feb. 12, 2017 file photo, Demi Lovato arrives at the 59th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. Lovato has been an open book since she announced in 2010 that she was checking into a rehabilitation center to deal with an eating disorder, self-mutilation and other issues. Her representative said Tuesday that the 25-year-old was awake and recovering with her family after the singer was reportedly hospitalized for an overdose. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File) Meghan Trainor: Demi Lovato’s openness has helped me
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