One in five newly certified medical specialists unemployed in 2017 study shows

first_imgMONTREAL — Despite long patient waiting lists, almost one in five Canadian medical specialists weren’t able to find work upon graduation from their training programs in 2017 — the highest number ever reported, according to the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.A study released Wednesday by the professional association that oversees Canadian medical specialists’ education found that 19 per cent of specialists didn’t immediately find work upon completing their certification.Unemployment numbers for newly certified specialists have fluctuated between 14 and 19 per cent since the group began conducting surveys in 2011, with the 2017 numbers being the most recent.The numbers don’t point to a surplus of specialists but rather a need for better planning, according to a spokeswoman for the group.For the moment, “the system isn’t working in an optimal way,” said Danielle Frechette, the executive director of the royal college’s Office of Research, Health Policy and Advocacy and one of the survey’s authors.In a phone interview, she said some doctors can spend more than a year job-hunting.The goal of the survey is to “find solutions for problems linked to employment of doctors, to improve physician workforce planning and inform career choice,” the royal college said.The response rate to the initial survey was 37 per cent, while 51 per cent of specialists who reported employment challenges agreed to a follow-up survey.The survey suggests changes need to be made to better serve patients, Frechette said. “If governments think of aligning human resources with physical resources to give care more punctually, we would all be happier,” she said.The survey respondents noted several barriers to finding employment, including a lack of positions in their specialty; poor access to job listings; their own reluctance to leave their home cities due to family obligations; a lack of resources including hospital beds or operating rooms; and the delayed retirement of senior physicians and surgeons. “Some hospitals would like to hire me but no funding for operating room time so no job. Older surgeons don’t want to retire,” one newly certified oncologist wrote in the survey.As for those who don’t want to move, many are members of “generation sandwich,” who are simultaneously caring for children and aging parents, Frechette said.The 2017 survey results confirmed previous years’ findings that surgical specialities requiring more resources are the most affected by employment issues. Neurosurgeons and radiation oncologists were the most affected in each of the seven years the survey has been conducted, followed by orthopedic surgeons and nuclear medicine specialists.At the same time that specialists report difficulty finding employment, an international investigation has found that Canadians have reported longer wait times than other similar countries when it comes to seeing a specialist.More than half of Canadians, or 56 per cent, waited more than four weeks to see a specialist, compared to the international average of 36 per cent. This is according to the 2016 Commonwealth Fund International Health Policy Survey of adults in 11 countries, the royal college said.The good news in the survey is that 61 per cent of specialists who reported difficulty in finding employment had secured a position by the time a follow-up survey was given 12 to 17 months after certification, Frechette said.Stephanie Marin, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Will the show go on at Soulpepper Theatre

first_imgThe Soulpepper Theatre Company’s first production of 2018 is set to hit the stage next Wednesday, but the spotlight will be on the company’s board of directors as they respond to “a wake-up call” following sexual abuse allegations against former artistic director and co-founder Albert Schultz.The Soulpepper box office is still open for prospective buyers and subscribers, and so far, current ticket holders can expect future performances to run according to schedule.Albert Schultz was the director on Amadeus, a play about musical prodigy Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart slated to begin its 2018 run on Jan. 10. Schultz’s name and biography have been scrubbed from Soulpepper’s website, with an assistant director listed on the production. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Leslie Lester, wife of Albert Schultz, voluntarily stepped down from her position as executive director during the investigation of her husband, Soulpeper’s board said in a statement. (TOM SANDLER FILE PHOTO) Advertisement “They have a situation where their chief artistic director is married to their executive director, which is a highly unusual situation. So they have to figure out how to disentangle the mess that creates,” she said of Schultz’s wife, Leslie Lester.Lester has voluntarily stepped down from her position during the investigation of her husband, the board said in a statement. Alan Dilworth has assumed the role as artistic director after Schultz’s resignation Thursday, one day after the company’s board of directors announced an investigation into sexual abuse and harassment allegations by four artists, Diana Bentley, Kristin Booth, Patricia Fagan and Hannah Miller.Though there is turbulence behind the curtain, there is also pressure on what happens in the company’s boardroom as it navigates Soulpepper’s uncertain future, said Alison Kemper, an assistant professor at Ryerson University’s Ted Rogers School of Management. Facebook Login/Register With: Twitter Advertisementlast_img read more

Trump signals support for states deciding if pot is legal

first_imgLOS ANGELES, Calif. – President Donald Trump said Friday that he was inclined to support a bipartisan effort in Congress to ease the U.S. ban on marijuana, a proposal that would dramatically reshape the nation’s legal landscape for pot users and businesses.The federal ban that puts marijuana on the same level as LSD and heroin has created a conflict with about 30 states that have legalized pot in some form, creating a two-tiered enforcement system at the state and federal levels.The legislation would ensure states have the right to determine the best approach to marijuana within their borders, but some U.S. restrictions would remain, including sales of non-medical pot to people under 21.The proposal introduced Thursday has support from members of Congress from both parties, including Republican U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner of Colorado.“I support Senator Gardner. I know exactly what he’s doing,” Trump told reporters in Washington, when asked about the legislation. “We’re looking at it. But I probably will end up supporting that, yes.”The president’s remarks place him in conflict with his own Justice Department and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who staunchly opposes marijuana. He lifted an Obama administration policy and freed federal prosecutors to more aggressively pursue cases in states that have legalized marijuana.Asked about the measure in an interview with Colorado Public Radio, Sessions said, “We’ll see how far it goes and how much support there is. … My view is clear: The federal law remains in effect nationwide, just as it does for heroin and cocaine.”The proposal’s prospects in Congress were unclear.Gardner, who heads the Senate Republicans’ campaign arm, is close to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. The Kentucky Republican has consistently opposed legalizing marijuana but has called hemp and marijuana “two entirely separate plants.”The bill would amend the definition of marijuana in federal drug law to exclude industrial hemp, which like marijuana is part of the cannabis plant family but doesn’t contain the THC that gives pot users the high. Hemp produces the non-intoxicating cannabinoids, or CBDs, that have become a health rage and a lucrative crop in Kentucky and other states.Despite his comments, Trump has sent mixed signals on the drug: While campaigning for president, he pledged to respect states that legalized marijuana, but he also has criticized legalization and implied it should be stopped.“I don’t think anyone would make a bet on the long-term validity of an offhand remark by the president that he ‘probably’ would support something,” said Kevin A. Sabet, head of Smart Approaches to Marijuana, a nonpartisan group opposed to marijuana legalization. “I think he’ll find out soon from … victims of marijuana addiction and impaired driving that this is not as popular as Cory Gardner is leading him to believe.”Trump’s remarks Friday echo a promise that Gardner said he received privately from the president in April to support legislation protecting the marijuana industry in states that have legalized the drug.“My legislation is in line with what President Trump said on the campaign and what he and I have discussed several times since he was elected,” Gardner said in a statement Friday. He welcomed the president’s “continued interest in an approach that respects the will of the voters in each state.”Another co-sponsor of the measure, Democratic U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, said in a statement that Washington “needs to get out of the business of outlawing marijuana.”California, home to one in eight Americans, launched the nation’s largest legal marijuana marketplace on Jan. 1 but thousands of businesses that have been licensed are still facing the threat of federal prosecution.A major problem stemming from the federal ban: Major banks have been reluctant to do business with marijuana companies, fearing it could lead to prosecution. In California, for example, paying taxes and other transactions are often carried out in cash, sometimes in vast amounts. The bill includes language intended to address financial issues caused by the federal ban.___Associated Press writers Nicholas Riccardi in Denver and Kevin Freking in Washington contributed.___Blood is a member of AP’s marijuana beat team. Follow him at Follow AP’s complete marijuana coverage: read more

CMHC reports pace of Canadian housing starts slowed in May below estimate

The Canadian Press OTTAWA — Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. says the pace of housing starts slowed in May.The housing agency say the seasonally adjusted annual rate of housing starts slipped to 202,337 units in May, down 13.3 per cent from 233,410 units in April.Economists on avearge had expected an annual rate of 205,000, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.The annualized pace of urban multiple-unit projects such as condominiums, apartments and townhouses fell 18.5 per cent to 141,851 in May while the pace of single-detached urban starts rose 1.8 per cent to 45,095.Rural starts were estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 15,391 units.The six-month moving average of the monthly seasonally adjusted annual rates was 201,983 in May compared with 205,717 in April. read more

Winter storm approaches

(Updated)It’s the early stages of the latest blast of winter weather to hit our region. The official start of winter may still be a week away, but the snow has already started in some areas tonight. And it could really add up depending on where you live.The flakes are intermittent at this point in St. Catharines. Accumulation has been 2cm so far with Environment Canada expecting from 5-10cm in Niagara and Hamilton regions and 5cm in Halton.Wind is the big issue early with gusts up to 50km per hour.The city of Hamilton roads department say they are ready for this, the second bout of winter we’ve had so far this year. They have 100 people on call and a new local supplier for salt this year so that they do not have to ration salt like last year.They’re expecting to have main routes plowed off after 4 to 8 hours. Residential streets are expected to be plowed within 24 hours.Commuters we spoke to have mixed opinions about the upcoming blast of winter.“Both have our snow tires on, so we’re well prepared that way.”“We’ve got the snow blower on the tractor, we’ve got our boots and new mitts that are goose-lined down so we’re good to go.”“This is nothing. We play hockey on the pond in 20cm. So 50 will do nothing and we’ll never see 50. So we’re good.”The OPP say that it’s not during the snow but after the snow has finished falling that you get those very violent high speed crashes. People get a false sense of confidence and begin driving like its fair weather conditions. So drive according to the conditions. read more

TSX moves lower as concerns over Spain US economy grab attention

TSX moves lower as concerns over Spain, U.S. economy grab attention TORONTO – The Toronto stock market ended the session lower Friday as concern about Spain’s debt and disappointing economic data out of the United States kept traders cautious.The S&P/TSX composite index moved down 21.39 points to 12,317.46, ending the week half a per cent lower than a week ago. The TSX Venture Exchange crept up 12.20 points to 1,334.51.The Canadian dollar slid 0.24 of a cent to 101.71 cents US.A report from the U.S. Commerce Department showed that Americans spent more in August even though their incomes barely grew. But the spending increase was driven by higher gasoline prices.Investors were cautious over Spain, a day after the country’s government announced big spending cuts it hopes will convince potential bailout creditors and investors it has a rock-solid plan to heal its public finances.The Bank of Spain released an audit Friday showing that seven of the country’s banks failed stress tests. Moody’s, the credit rating agency, is also expected to weigh in on Spain’s creditworthiness, and there are concerns the government’s rating will be cut to “junk” status.Meanwhile, Statistics Canada reported that the economy grew by 0.2 per cent in July, after a downwardly revised 0.1 per cent increase in June. The July figure was better than the 0.1 per cent expected by analysts.This trading session also marked the end of the quarter, which can lead to some volatile trading as investors buy and sell large amounts of stock. Traders tend to take profit at the end of the quarter, though there is also some caution headed into the final months of the year, said John Johnston, chief strategist at Davis Rea Ltd.“It’s nothing severe yet, but it certainly looks like the market is tired after a big run,” he said.“Markets have had a very solid gain since early June when they bottomed.”On Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrials backed off 48.84 points to 13,437.13. The Nasdaq composite index slipped 20.37 points to 3,116.23 and the S&P 500 index was off 6.48 points to 1,440.67.On the TSX, the information technology sector was the sole gainer, rising 2.3 per cent, after a surprising financial report from BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion (TSX:RIM).Shares of RIM gained 8.1 per cent, or 56 cents, to $7.52. The technology company said after markets closed Thursday that its quarterly loss was US$235 million or 45 cents per diluted share. On an adjusted basis, the loss was $142 million or 27 cents per share, which was much better than the 47 cents per share loss expected by analysts polled by Bloomberg.The company’s stock, once a major influencer on the TSX, has lost much of its clout on the market as its share price eroded.Energy stocks were also lower, down 0.5 per cent, while November crude on the New York Mercantile Exchange moved up 34 cents to settle at US$92.19 a barrel. Crude picked up about seven per cent of its value in the quarter.December gold bullion decreased $6.60 to US$1,773.90 an ounce. The price of gold has risen about 11 per cent since the start of the quarter. December copper was up 1.4 cents at US$3.76 a pound.Niko Resources Ltd. (TSX:NKO) shares rose nearly nine per cent after that company said it is suspending its quarterly dividend as it embarks on what it describes as the most significant exploration program in its history. The Ocean Monarch drilling rig is expected to start moving toward an exploration block in Indonesia on Sunday. Its shares gained $1.09 to $13.58.Air Canada (TSX:AC.B) named Klaus Goersch, a former executive at discount carrier Air Tran Airways, as its chief operating officer on Friday. He takes the role on Monday. Shares were unchanged at $1.27.CGA Mining Ltd. (TSX:CGA), which has signed a deal to be acquired by B2Gold Corp. (TSX:BTO), said Friday it earned US$6 million in its latest financial year, down sharply due to problems at its gold project in the Philippines. The company said the profit amounted to 1.78 cents per diluted share for the financial year ended June 30, compared with a profit of $65.1 million or 19.2 cents per diluted share a year ago. Its shares were down 10 cents to $2.80. by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 28, 2012 5:24 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Court OKs deal to settle classaction lawsuit filed after tainted beef recall

EDMONTON – An Alberta court has approved a $4-million settlement of a class-action lawsuit filed after an E. coli outbreak that sparked the largest meat recall in Canadian history.The lawsuit was against XL Foods Inc., which operated a meat-packing plant in southern Alberta during the tainted beef recall in the fall of 2012.Lawyer Clint Docken said hundreds of people in Canada and the United States could apply for a share of the award by the Aug. 17 deadline.“Now it is all settled and there is the consumer component and the injury component,” he said Wednesday.“People who threw out the product can apply to get their money back and people who ate the product and got sick can apply for compensation for their injury.”Under the agreement, which refers to possible E. coli contamination, XL Foods does not accept any wrongdoing or liability.Company officials could not immediately be reached for comment.During the outbreak, health officials confirmed that 18 people in Canada tested positive for a specific strain of E. coli bacteria linked to meat from the company’s plant in Brooks, Alta.XL Foods recalled more than 1.8 million kilograms of beef in Canada and the United States.The plant in Brooks was later sold to JBS Canada.Under the distribution rules of the settlement, provincial health insurers can file claims to recover health-care costs.Lawyers involved in the lawsuit said the class action highlights the importance of food safety and holding companies accountable.“Food safety is of significant concern. Every week it seems there is a recall,” Docken said.“We are hoping in the light of this particular case that there will be more awareness out there on the part of food producers.” by John Cotter, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 17, 2016 11:00 am MDT Last Updated Feb 17, 2016 at 12:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Court OKs deal to settle class-action lawsuit filed after tainted beef recall read more

SouthSouth Cooperation accelerates us toward 2030 goals UN Chief says on International

Partnerships among countries of the south has carved a path of progress in the developing world, with more children getting an education, child and maternal mortality rates “cut by nearly half,” and sharp reductions in extreme poverty, he added.Foreign direct investment “outflows from the South,” have accounted for one-third of all such investment, and one quarter of the world trade happening between developing countries.Despite progress, developments are “not fast enough to meet out 2030 goals,” he warned, citing that 2.4 billion people, the majority living in the South, do not have adequate sanitation, while some 840 million are without electricity, and 885 million lack access to clean water.“These are stark reminders that even as countries reap higher economic gains, we must work to ensure that prosperity is more broadly shared,” he urged.The United Nations outlines South-South Cooperation objectives which include fostering self-reliance of developing countries, increasing the quantity and enhance the quality of international development and cooperation, strengthen technological capacities, and enabling developing countries to achieve a greater degree of international participation, among others.In addition, the UN’s office on the issue (UNOSCC) offers a guide for good practices for implementation of SSC, illustrating characteristics of effective cooperation by highlighting the needs and specific SDGs for individual Southern countries.The publication also outlines incorporation of  Triangular Cooperation, which the UN defines as collaboration where traditional donor countries and multilateral organizations facilitate South-South initiatives through provision of funding, training, management and technological systems and other forms of support.The Secretary-General said he was pleased UN entities “are developing a system-wide strategy on South-South and triangular cooperation,” previewing the formal launch of two products targeting each form of partnership.The South-South Galaxy, a global knowledge sharing and partnership platform “is aimed to more effectively support Southern countries in connecting, learning and collaborating with partners digitally,” he explained.The new technology was presented at the Buenos Aires summit in March, but will be the subject of an official launch event in New York on Thursday.The UN Chief’s Special Envoy and Director of the UNOSSC, Jorge Chediek, explained this new database consolidates South-South solutions for Southern partners in the UN system is a “next generation” platform that will make SSC more of a reality.“We feel that Galaxy will become an instrument to make SSC more of a reality than it is by cutting a significant barrier to entry—the lack of reliable information,” and resources, he told UN News.Alongside the new database, Mr. Guterres welcomed Thursday’s release of the new independent report on both SSC and Triangular Cooperation, which he said “reviews the history” of each mechanism.“We have a great task before us,” the UN Chief urged: “With the ambitious BAPA +40 outcome as our shared roadmap, let us demonstrate our solidarity toward poverty eradication.”Where SSC and Triangular cooperation “used to be on the margins,” Mr. Chediek said the BAPA+40 document “ratifies that they are central and essential.”We should draw from the lessons of the South and “share them widely” through upscaled cooperation. This way, we “reaffirm our commitment to achieve the 2030 Agenda,” Mr. Guterres maintained, “moving our world forward, leaving no one behind.” This year’s United Nations Day dedicated to the initiative, annually observed on 12 September, is particularly significant, as it follows international commitments made at the Buenos Aires Plan of Action (BAPA+40) Second UN High-Level Conference in March, which coincided with the Plan’s 40th anniversary.“The past decades have demonstrated the power of South-South cooperation to advance sustainable development,” Mr. Guterres said in his opening keynote address.“Driven by a spirit of solidarity, respect for national sovereignty and equal partnership, South-South cooperation has offered concrete solutions to shared development challenges,” he encouraged.Welcome Message for the new UNOSSC Web Portal: Jorge Chediek (@JlChediek), UNOSSC Director – Visit the portal:— UNOSSC (@UNOSSC) May 30, 2017 read more

What causes a heatwave and how hot can we expect it to

How a heatwave developsThe current warm weather spell has been created by a jet stream looping to the north of the UK, creating an area of ‘homegrown’ high pressure, say forecasters.“Long days, very still conditions and clear skies help June temperatures to get very intense,” explained Met Office forecaster Mark Foster.“The sun in June is relatively the highest it gets in the sky and heat can build up over successive days. People enjoy the sunshine in St James’s Park in LondonCredit:AFP Britain is currently sweltering in a heatwave with temperatures expected to reach a high of 33C (91.4F) by the end of the week.The UK is enjoying wall-to-wall sunshine and sizzled in the hottest day of the year so far on Monday, with temperatures rising to 30.1C (86.1F).The Met Office has issued a level two “yellow” health warning in response, with social and healthcare services at the ready to reduce harm during the extended period of hot weather. It has also sparked wildfires, resulted in train services being cancelled and warnings from police being issued about the dangers of swimming in open water.Bookmakers have now slashed the odds on next month being the hottest July on record, with the high temperatures expected to continue for the next few weeks.   heatwave 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 Met Office explains high pressure systems are “slow moving and can persist over an area for a prolonged period of time such as days or weeks”.“They can occur in the UK due to the location of the jet stream, which is usually to the north of the UK in the summer,” it adds.The World Meteorological Organization defines a heatwave as “marked unusual hot weather over a region persisting at least two consecutive days”. “High pressure is going to dominate this week so we can expect very high levels of pollen and UV.” #Temperatures peaked at just over 30 degrees in the end at both Hampton Water Works in London and Teddington in Middlesex this afternoon, confirming that it’s been the warmest day of the year so far for the UK! #Heatwave 🌡️— Met Office (@metoffice) June 25, 2018 The previous 2018 record was seen at St James’s Park in central London, which reached 29.1C (84.3F) on April 19.Meanwhile in Scotland, Achnagart in Ross and Cromarty boasted a temperature of 27.5C (81.5F) and the heat hit 25.3C (77.5F) in Castlederg in Co Tyrone, Northern Ireland, on Monday.The high temperatures are expected to be beaten later this week- before dropping off at the weekend. Mercury passes 30C – and it is due to get even hotterOn Monday, the hottest point of Britain was at Hampton, in London, where temperatures reached 30.1C (86.1F) – making it the hottest day of the year so far. He said the mercury could rise to a scorching 33C (91.4F) later in the week, soaring above the UK average for this time of year of 17.3C (63.1F).“At the moment it looks like that will be the general theme through much of July,” he said. “Generally it looks like it will stay drier and warmer than average.”Will it break records?The current heatwave will go close to breaking records for the hottest days and months ever recorded in the UK.The hottest June day on record in the UK was the 35.6C (96F) recorded during the scorching summer of 1976 in Southampton’s Mayflower Park.Last year, Britain basked in the hottest June day recorded in over 40 years when temperatures hit a peak 34.5C (94.1F) at Heathrow, west London, on 21 June.For July, the hottest day on record remains the 36.7C (98F), also recorded in west London in 2015. Met Office meteorologist Alex Burkill said the warm weather, with parts of the UK currently hotter than Athens in Greece and Rio in Brazil, looks set to continue into next month. The heatwave of 1976 produced the hottest summer average temperature in the UK since records began, when temperatures reached 32.2C (90F) for 15 consecutive days.Bookmaker Coral has also slashed the odds on next month being the hottest July on record and the UK’s hottest summer overall.“April, May and June have all been well above the average temperatures for the time of the year and with the current heatwave expected to continue we have had no choice but to slash the odds on the hottest July of all time,” said Coral’s Harry Aitkenhead. read more

Its fatally flawed What the hell is going on with the shrinking

first_img 21,995 Views By Peter Bodkin Image: Soroush Javadi THE TIMING WAS perfect, if not brazen.Last week, within spitting distance of the scheduled signing of a reported 20,000-page contract to finally usher in work on the long-awaited National Broadband Plan, Eir called a press conference.The company was ready to unveil plans to spend €500 million expanding its fibre-to-the-home broadband to reach 1.4 million homes and business.Two days later, wireless specialist Imagine had an equally impressive-sounding announcement: a €300 million investment to bring fast broadband to more than 1 million premises.Those plans offer the tantalising prospect of internet speeds befitting this century for hundreds of thousands of sites across rural and regional Ireland who would otherwise be waiting another half a decade for high-speed connections.However, the announcements could also further derail a State broadband scheme for those in areas still effectively off the internet grid after years of waiting. The long waitThe National Broadband Plan, first announced in 2012, aims to bring high-speed internet to parts of the country – smaller towns and one-off homes – that are unlikely to be viable business prospects for commercial providers.Its more recent iteration, unveiled in late 2015, involved around 750,000 premises in rural and regional areas being connected with download speeds of at least 30Mbps on a State-subsidised network by 2020.This was reduced to around 540,000 premises in 2017 when Eir signed an agreement to provide potential fibre-to-the-home connections to 300,000 premises within the intervention area on a fully commercial basis.Meanwhile, some previously excluded sites were added back onto the intervention list after planned private investments failed to materialise.The plan has since been beset by delays and setbacks, including the withdrawal of Eir and rival broadband infrastructure giant Siro, a joint venture between Vodafone and ESB, from the bidding process.US-based investment firm Granahan McCourt is the only firm still vying for the contract for the project, which it plans to build with a group of subcontractors. SSE had been part of its consortium, however the energy giant pulled out of the group in July.A contract had been expected to be awarded last year, with then communications minister Denis Naughten – who eventually quit his ministerial post over a series of controversial meetings with Granahan McCourt chief David McCourt – saying the network should take three to five years to complete once the deal was signed.  Granahan McCourt’s David McCourt Source: Kieran HarnettThe government, however, has notably dropped the three-to-five year timeframe from its more recent public commentary about the plan.Eir, which pulled out of the State-subsidised project in 2018 citing the complexity and inefficiency of the requirements, says it expects the full National Broadband Plan build to take up to seven years from when fibre starts to roll – a timeframe many industry figures privately agree is probably realistic.The former State-owned outfit’s director of strategy and communications, Ed Storey, says that this estimate was based on the company’s “informed view”. “We are in the process of rolling out 335,000 premises and that’s taking us the guts of three years. And the more rural you get, the longer the route lengths, the longer the distances between houses,” he says.That would push the potential completion date to mid-next decade, five years later than the government’s original target to have every property in the State – no matter how remote – on a high-speed connection.Peter Evans, the director of wholesale and strategy for the Irish arm of British outfit BT, says he believes it won’t be until next year that the first homes on the National Broadband Plan are connected and another five years for the network to be completed.“I think everyone agrees it’s taken longer than the industry would have wanted. But we definitely believe that high-speed broadband is essential for rural Ireland, to get people connected – to get businesses and consumers connected.” In the meantime, commercial operators like Eir and Imagine, which expressed an interest in bidding for the National Broadband Plan but had its application dismissed at an early stage, are stepping in to fill the broadband vacuum. Source: Sasko Lazarov/RollingNews.ieCherry-pickingAlready accused of cherry-picking the best sites from the National Broadband Plan intervention area, Eir recently revealed that it planned to reach another 85,000 premises currently included in the State-subsidised scheme.While some of those sites may not be serviced for another five years, the announcement has led to concerns that the broadband scheme will be again delayed while the maps are redrawn – making it less attractive to investors, and needing a proportionately larger State subsidy.For its part, Imagine says about three-quarters of the properties in the National Broadband Plan area – some 400,000 premises – fall within the scope of its rollout, which it hopes to complete within 18 months.Both expansions raise the prospect of commercial operators competing directly with a taxpayer-subsidised alternative, opening up the National Broadband Plan to challenges for illegal state aid.Storey says that Eir doesn’t plan to enter into another formal agreement with the government – as it did for the initial 300,000 homes removed from the National Broadband Plan area – but it doesn’t plan to challenge the State intervention area, even if it overlaps with its future network.“We have no intention to interfere with the National Broadband Plan and whatever the government wants to do with that,” he says.Imagine declined to comment on how its plans for 400,000 rural homes could affect the National Broadband Plan, other than to say it had been “engaging comprehensively” with the government since early 2018 and continued to do so.Behind the scenes, however, providers are adopting a wait-and-see approach before throwing up any competition concerns. Nevertheless, there are those who believe years of delays to getting the National Broadband Plan under way has opened up the way to commercial operators to pick off the easiest-to-access areas – and threatened the long-term viability of the scheme for those still without high-speed services. Fianna Fáil has been calling for the tender process to be scrapped now that it is down to a sole bidder, and its communications spokesman Timmy Dooley says both Eir and Imagine capitalised on an opportunity created by the failure to award a contract much earlier.“The longer that the government procrastinates and prevaricates, the more uncertainty that comes into the business model, the less viable that it becomes and ultimately the greater the cost will be on the State to provide broadband to those homes that will remain outside the ever-reducing intervention area,” he says.There remains little clarity on how many homes and business will eventually be included in the plan, with government officials maintaining that the intervention area still stands  at 540,000 premises.This is open to change, however, based on the announcement of new commercial plans or when promised private investment doesn’t materialise and sites are again in need of access to the State-backed network.  Fianna Fáil’s Timmy Dooley Source: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ieA billion-euro pricetagWith so much uncertainty hanging over the project’s size and scope, it is unsurprising that estimates of its ultimate cost to taxpayers have varied widely.Original estimates put the pricetag to the State at around €500 million, the same sum pledged to the project by the European Investment Bank last year, however that has long since ballooned.Industry sources contacted by put the cost of building the network at more than €1 billion for a major player with existing infrastructure in place, however others suggested the cost to Granahan McCourt could easily be double that amount.Granahan McCourt declined to comment, citing the late stage of the contract-negotiation process.The network will be owned by the bidder at the end of the contract, which will run for 25 years, although other details of the agreement are unclear – such as the extent to which its subsidy will depend on take-up of the scheme.Eir previously reported that adoption rates on its rural network of the most commercially viable properties had been only 14%. It has since stopped publicly disclosing the figure.Industry sources say providers would be banking on around double that rate of take-up over a longer period, although that may be complicated for rural areas that include a high proportion of holiday homes. A wireless solutionOne mooted solution to speed up the project’s delivery – and potentially cut its cost – is to ditch the strategy of delivering fibre connections straight to properties on every bog and hillside in the country.New-generation wireless technology, proponents say, could deliver the mandated speeds without laying out labour-intensive fibre-optic cables to isolated properties.While fibre would still provide the spine of such a system, 5G-equipped masts would blast the final broadband signal to end users, who could be equipped with fixed wireless receivers to achieve decent download speeds. Source: Graham Hughes/RollingNews.ieDavid Russell, chief executive of wireless broadband provider Host Ireland, says fibre may have been the best solution for the National Broadband Plan when it was conceived in 2012 – but that was no longer the case with 4G and 5G solutions.“We have a wonderful geography, but you have houses literally speckled across mountains and as part of the National Broadband Plan they all need to be connected up,” he says.“The nature of fibre, the digging of the roads, the infrastructure has to be put in, is quite capital and time-intensive, which all creates problems.“What we’re advocating is that fibre still becomes part of it but wireless joins into the equation and helps complete the rollout. The reason for that is that wireless can be rolled out so quickly, if you have the right infrastructure in place.” Others, however, say wireless is not a silver bullet to the rural broadband plan’s woes.Telecoms consultant Geoff Shakespeare, Eircom’s former chief technical officer who worked with Enet on its initial pitch for the National Broadband Plan as part of what became Granahan McCourt’s bid, says fibre to the home is the best solution for building a system that could cater to users’ forever-increasing data demands.“Mobile technologies, whether 4G or 5G, are good for getting connectivity out there quickly. If everybody doesn’t want to use it at the same time it can actually be quite good, but if everybody does want to use it at the same time it’s not so good,” he says.“The solution that’s being put out, that underlying fibre, is very future-proofed. That fibre will be there in 100 years, and all that will happen is that you will change the lasers on either end of it.”   As part of its plan to reach 1.1 million premises, Imagine is promising customers download speeds of up to 150Mbs – far in excess of the National Broadband Plan standard – although it has not guaranteed a minimum rate at times of peak demand.For its part, Fianna Fáil, which has been propping up the government through its confidence-and-supply deal, is calling for the private-public model of the National Broadband Plan to be scrapped altogether and for ESB to be charged with building a country-wide fibre network. “For some time I have believed that the (tender) process was fatally flawed,” Dooley says.“Some people will be delighted in getting (a commercial) service now, but that will further alienate and isolate those in rural Ireland that don’t have or won’t get broadband.” Share90 Tweet Email3 Saturday 23 Feb 2019, 10:00 PM Short URL Feb 23rd 2019, 10:01 PM 37 Comments ‘It’s fatally flawed’: What the hell is going on with the shrinking National Broadband Plan? Seven years after it was announced, there’s still little clarity on the cost – or the size – of the long-awaited rural broadband network. Image: Soroush Javadi Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Divers find body of 12yearold girl in San Vicente Reservoir

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsUPDATE (8/15/18) – After five long days of searching, authorities have confirmed that they have found the body of the missing 12-year-old girl in the San Vicente Reservoir. 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsDivers search for body of 12-year-old girl in San Vicente ReservoirLAKESIDE (KUSI) August 12, 2018 — Hope has been lost for the safe recovery of a little girl who fell of a drifting personal watercraft in the San Vicente Reservoir near Lakeside, police said.Dispatchers were told just after 6 p.m. Saturday that a 12-year-old girl had gone off a WaveRunner boat in the lake, according to San Diego police Officer Sarah Foster.Multiple agencies responded to help search for the girl, including sheriff’s deputies, park rangers and San Diego lifeguards.The girl is believed to have gone under the boat after falling overboard, Foster said. Her life jacket was later found, but there was still no sign of her.Adults were in the boat at the time of the accident.San Diego lifeguard Lt. Rich Stropky said that the boat was not operating under its own power when it happened, and was drifting with the waves and wind.Rescue efforts were halted around sunset as conditions it became too dark for divers to safely continue.The lake has clearer water than most, a help for search crews, but it also has a lot of underwater debris, Stropky said.“There’s big huge rocks you can get snagged on, and there’s lots of trees and branches and that makes this type of thing always dangerous,” he said.Search crews were back in the water after daybreak Sunday, and the lake will be closed for recreation Sunday to aid in the recovery, according to Foster.Lifeguards spoke to the boat operator and were able to narrow down a location to restart the search using SONAR, according to San Diego Fire-Rescue spokeswoman Monica Munoz. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, Sasha Foo, Lake San Vicente will be closed all day Sunday, Aug. 12. Several agencies are engaged in the recovery mission for a 12-year-old girl who went missing yesterday.— SDFD (@SDFD) August 12, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, Sasha Foo center_img Posted: August 15, 2018 Divers find body of 12-year-old girl in San Vicente Reservoir August 15, 2018 Updated: 11:27 PMlast_img read more

Orchards Plaza with its quaint mural falls into disuse

first_imgWhat time is it, over in Orchards?When a Columbian reporter swung by on a recent lunch hour, the impressive wrought-iron quadruple-faced timepiece at the very visible corner of Fourth Plain and Covington roads said: 11:56, 12:04, 7:38 and 11:55.The actual time was 12:40 p.m.“My question is, why can we not keep the clock at the right time?” a reader named Tony wrote to ask us. “Also, why do we not use the square to promote community actions? How about some entertainment? How about anything? This seems like a lot of money went to, well, nothing?”Here’s a quick answer to the easier question — about the profusion of time zones at the spot known as Orchards Plaza.“The clock has some major flaws that prevent it from being maintained either in the traditional fashion or remotely,” Vancouver public works spokeswoman Loretta Callahan said in an e-mail. “Due to the way it was designed and built, resetting or correcting the clock takes a series of service visits by a licensed maintenance electrician. The city is looking at whether this can be corrected, or whether it should no longer be maintained due to budget and staffing constraints.”Which leads us to Tony’s broader question about expense. Most of Orchards Plaza’s homey trimmings were donated by local businesses and residents. The community square cost a lot to build only if you include the cost of the overall roadway realignment that spurred its existence.That $8.5 million project took years of planning and construction before it was done in the summer of 2002. At that time, the property was outside the Vancouver city limits, in unincorporated Clark County. The upgrade brought curbs, left-turn lanes, concrete-block retaining walls, traffic signals, sidewalks, new lighting, bike lanes and more to a rural crossroads that was overwhelmed by the growing onrush of modern urban traffic.last_img read more

MDFR rescues sick elderly woman from cruise ship

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Miami-Dade Fire Rescue came to the rescue of an elderly passenger that fell ill on a cruise ship just moments after take-off.The Norwegian Sun was approximately three miles off the shore of PortMiami when MDFR were alerted about a sick passenger, Thursday.Seven paramedics and the ship’s nurse helped the elderly woman.The patient was eventually transported to a nearby hospital for treatment.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Mahesh Babus fans set new record with CDP to mark his birthday

first_imgMahesh BabuTwitterSuperstar Mahesh Babu fans have created a new poster to use as a Common Display Picture (CDP) on the occasion of his birthday and this picture has gone viral with 1.5 million shares on Twitter.It is known that Mahesh Babu enjoys the most enthusiastic fans across the globe. With the superstar’s birthday inching, his fans are left delighted sharing the Common Display Picture (CDP) which was unveiled last evening. The picture picked up a fire within no time with many sharing it all over the social media circles.His popularity has grown to the extent that his fans have made his picture that has become the most tweeted image of the country. This has wiped out all the existing records in just six hours. Mahesh Babu’s CDP was spotted in the list of the top trending topics across the world.Mahesh Babu’s CDP is now the most tweeted CDP of the nation and it is still counting. With over 1.5 million tweets, the superstar has crashed several records days before he celebrates his birthday on August 9. It is another feather for him.The actor, who has been riding high on the success of Maharshi, is unveiling his clothing brand The HUMBL Co tomorrow. He is currently busy shooting for Sarileru Neekevvaru, which is directed by Anil Ravipudi and set for worldwide releases during Sankranthi 2020. His fans are looking forward to watching the star on the big screenSarileru Neekevvaru is the 26th film of Mahesh Babu and he has recently wrapped the first schedule of his next Sarileru Neekevvaru in Kashmir and is back in Hyderabad for his second schedule. The actor will be seen playing an army officer for his upcoming project.last_img read more

Slow internet likely till Thursday

first_imgUntitled-4The government is purchasing 40 gbps bandwidth from France to make up for temporary bandwidth scarcity but shortfall will still remain.The Bangladesh Submarine Cable Company Limited (BSCCL) is buying the bandwidth to address the gap between demand and supply, caused by the three-day interruption in the operation of the first submarine cable.During this shutdown, which began early Tuesday, the nation is set to experience a scarcity of 230 gpbs (giga byte per second) bandwidth.So, internet service providers say, internet speed will be slow although officials claim there will be no problem in connectivity.The second submarine cable (SEA-ME-WE-5) is contributing 110 gbps, but the country still has a scarcity of 80gpbs bandwidth, according official records.The month-long deal with France, done via US firm Cogent, costs the BSCCL $20,000 (Tk 1.6 million).”So ensuring uninterrupted internet will not be a problem,” said BSCCL managing director Mashiur Rahman.However, internet service providers say the speed of internet will be slower these three days. As a result, general users will suffer. IT organisations that depend on high-speed internet will suffer the most.”Internet is like oxygen nowadays. If the internet speed gets slowed down, it affects the whole day’s output. Most of the things we do, especially keeping in touch with the foreign clients, are reliant on online clouds,” said Shafiul Alam, chief executive officer of Blancer, an online marketplace.BSCCL data show, the country has a daily demand of 470 gbps bandwidth.The two submarine cables contribute to 270 gbps while the remaining 200 are imported from India through International terrestrial cable (ITC).*The article, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Quamrul Hassan.last_img read more

Abducted AL leader rescued after 8hr

first_imgParvez Sarker. File PhotoA mid-ranking leader of ruling Bangladesh Awami League (AL), who was abducted from the capital’s Lalmatia area on Friday, was rescued from Kanchan bridge in Purbachal city of the capital early Saturday.Miscreants released Parvez Hossain Sarker, a member of Cumilla district (North) unit Awami League and former chairman of Titas upazila parishad, around 12:30am, Mohammadpur police station officer-in-charge Jamal Uddin Mir said.Later, the AL leader contacted his family over phone, reports UNB.Being informed, a team of police along with family members rescued him from the area.Parvez, however, could not tell anything to police instantly as he was feeling drowsy, said the OC.Earlier, unidentified miscreants picked up Parvez while he was returning home after saying his Juma prayers at Lalmatia Minar Mosque around 2:00pm on Friday.last_img read more

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first_img News | Radiology Business | June 11, 2019 The Current Direction of Healthcare Reform Explained by CMS Administrator Seema Verma June 11, 2019 — Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma addressed the American Med read more Feature | Electronic Medical Records (EMR) | May 30, 2019 | By Larry Sitka and Jef Williams Data Driven Workflows on the Rise as the User Changes Medical imaging and informatics are critical to delivering care and managing wellness. read more News | Artificial Intelligence | July 31, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Solution Improves Clinical Trial Recruitment Clinical trials are a critical tool for getting new treatments to people who need them, but research shows that… read more A nurse examines a patient in the Emergency Department of Cincinnati Children’s, where researchers successfully tested artificial intelligence-based technology to improve patient recruitment for clinical trials. Researchers report test results in the journal JMIR Medical Informatics. Image courtesy of Cincinnati Children’s. News | PACS Accessories | June 13, 2019 M*Modal and Community Health Network Partner on AI-powered Clinical Documentation M*Modal announced that the company and Community Health Network (CHNw) are collaborating to transform the patient-… read more Related Content News | Artificial Intelligence | July 29, 2019 New AI Tool Identifies Cancer Outcomes Using Radiology Reports Scientists at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute have demonstrated that an artificial intelligence (AI) tool can perform as… read more Podcast | Information Technology | June 26, 2019 PODCAST: Why Blockchain Matters In Medical Imaging The technology has some hurdles ahead of it. News | Electronic Medical Records (EMR) | August 01, 2019 DrChrono Teams With DeepScribe to Automate Medical Note Taking in EHR DrChrono Inc. and DeepScribe announced a partnership so medical practices using DrChrono EHR can use artificial… read more read more News | June 08, 2008 e-MDs Ranked No. 1 EHR in American College of Physicians Satisfaction Survey Feature | Information Technology | May 17, 2019 | Carol Amick 3 Recommendations to Better Understand HIPAA Compliance According to the U.S. read more June 9, 2008 – At the request of its membership, the American College of Physicians (ACP) recently conducted an evaluation of CCHIT certified electronic health records (EHRs) over the past 12 months. As part of this initiative, referred to as the EHR Partners Program, more than 1,300 ACP members currently using EHRs were surveyed. The results have been made available to ACP members and participating vendors. The e-MDs’ EHR, named the Solution Series, received “by far” the highest scores on the survey and was the only EHR to achieve a three-star overall rating.e-MDs scored as high or higher than any other vendor in every category, according to the survey results. It scored well in areas including ease of use, functionality, negotiation/contracting, implementation, installation, configuration, training, maintenance, and interfaces.The ACP evaluated pricing models and found the e-MDs EHR/Practice Management integrated software package was one of the lower-cost vendors in the program. The ACP is the largest multi-specialty organization in the United States, with more than 125,000 members nation-wide including internists, internal medicine sub-specialists, medical students, residents, and fellows. In an effort to encourage EHR adoption and mitigate risk for their members, the ACP conducted this review to provide guidance and tools for EHR selection for their members. In addition to the survey the ACP also required vendors to complete a detailed RFI (Request for Information), conducted site visits to clinics using the vendor’s EHR, and had their own EHR experts evaluate the product during in-depth demonstrations. Only EHRs certified by the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT) and who agreed to participate in the program were evaluated.For more information:, FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Clinical Decision Support | July 18, 2019 Johns Hopkins Named Qualified Provider-led Entity to Develop Criteria for Diagnostic Imaging On June 30, 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the Johns Hopkins University School… read more News | Electronic Medical Records (EMR) | April 19, 2019 HHS Extends Comment Period for Proposed Electronic Health Information Interoperability Rules The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is extending the public comment period by 30 days for two… read morelast_img read more

360 View of the Gantry Room at the Northwestern Medicine Chicago Proton

first_img Loading…This is a 360 photo view inside the gantry room at the Northwestern Medicine Chicago Proton Center in Warrenville, Ill. The IBA proton therapy system in this room can rotate a full 360 degrees around the patient. This room is used to treat some of the center’s most complex cases. Watch the VIDEO: Proton Therapy Treatment at Northwestern Medicine, an interview with Medical Director Bill Hartsell, M.D., to learn more about the center. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 360 Photos | 360 View Photos | February 27, 2019 360 View of the Gantry Room at the Northwestern Medicine Chicago Proton Center last_img read more

Aeroplan sale price lands at 516 million after post closing adjustments

first_img Share Aeroplan sale price lands at $516 million after post closing adjustments Tags: Aeroplan, Aimia Inc, Air Canada Tuesday, June 4, 2019 MONTREAL — Aimia Inc. says the final price for the sale of Aeroplan to Air Canada has increased to $516 million following the finalization of all financial adjustments after the deal’s January close.Air Canada signed a definitive agreement last November to buy the flagship points program from Aimia, a loyalty analytics company, at an initial price of $450 million in cash. It was increased to $497 million after original adjustments.The airline, which will gain better access to customer data through the deal, also assumed $1.9 billion in liabilities to points holders, partially backed by two banks that offer Aeroplan credit cards.Aimia says it will receive a final payment of $19 million to complete the transaction. It says the post-closing adjustments stem mainly from favourable working capital relative to the target working capital set out in the agreement.The Montreal-based company also says the Canada Revenue Agency has told Aeroplan Inc. following an audit for the 2012 and 2013 taxation years that the program owes $11 million, on top of the $24 million already handed over to Ottawa.More news:  Virgin Voyages de-activates Quebec accounts at FirstMates agent portalAimia says it plans to file a notice of objection in the coming weeks. << Previous PostNext Post >> By: The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Jake Coyle And Hillel Italie, The Associated Press Posted Apr 29, 2019 1:30 pm PDT John Singleton, maker of ‘Boyz N the Hood,’ dies at 51center_img NEW YORK — Filmmaker John Singleton, who debuted with the Oscar-nominated “Boyz N the Hood” and continued making movies that probed the lives of black communities in his native Los Angeles and beyond, has died. He was 51.Singleton’s family said Monday that he died after being taken off life support, about two weeks after the director suffered a major stroke.“Boyz N the Hood” was based on Singleton’s upbringing and shot in his old neighbourhood. It starred Cuba Gooding Jr. as a rebellious teen whose single mother sends him to live with his father in South Central Los Angeles.Singleton became the first black director to receive an Academy Award nomination, and the youngest to do so, and also received a screenplay nomination. His other films included “Poetic Justice,” ”Rosewood” and “Shaft.”Jake Coyle And Hillel Italie, The Associated Presslast_img read more