The Canadian Press SMITHERS, B.C. — A convoy of work trucks passed through a police roadblock today heading to the Unist’ot’en camp to dismantle barriers that had blocked workers from starting construction on a natural gas pipeline through Wet’suwet’en territory.Senior officers in the RCMP’s Indigenous liaison unit were also going to the site, which has been the centre of growing tensions in a dispute over the pipeline and Indigenous claims to the land.On Thursday, hereditary chiefs struck a deal with RCMP, agreeing to abide with an interim court injunction by not blocking access to the site.In exchange, the chiefs said members of the First Nation would not be arrested and the Unist’ot’en camp would be allowed to remain intact.Chief Na’Moks said they made the temporary agreement to protect Wet’suwet’en members, some of whom were already traumatized after another checkpoint was dismantled and 14 people were arrested on Monday.Coastal GasLink president Rick Gateman said the agreement lays the groundwork for the company to have free access to the area for pre-construction and construction work on the pipeline, which will run to LNG Canada’s $40-billion export facility in Kitimat. read more
Many Arab countries “see Israel not as an enemy but as a friend,” said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu earlier this week, hitting back at those critical of the Canadian premier’s pro-Israel position.Netanyahu was asked during an interview with Toronto-based CTV News about the criticism Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper receives for voicing support to Israel amid tensions surrounding the Mideast peace talks.Harper, a staunch supporter of Israel, will be on a trip to the Jewish state and the West Bank next week. In remarks made during the interview, the Israeli premier compared Harper’s pro-Israel position to Arab states, which chose to become “friends” with the country instead of viewing it as an enemy.“Those who criticize him [Harper] are out of sync,” said Netanyahu.“They should go to some of the countries in the Middle East who now support Israel, who think about Israel in different terms,” he added.Netanyahu said many of Israel’s Arab neighbors aim for peace in the region and share concern over Iran’s nuclear program. Other Arab states see that hardline Islamist groups impose a threat to the region, he added.“So I say to those who criticize a pro-Israel position in Canada, I ask them, come to the Middle East. Go to the Arab world and you’ll discover, you’ll discover a lot of people are reconsidering their positions,” he said.“So when Canada says, ‘Israel is our friend,’ they’re not necessarily alienating the Arabs. Quite the contrary, because the Arabs are changing. The Arabs, many of them, sometimes openly and sometimes in corridors and whispers, they say, ‘Israel is our friend.’ So they don’t view others differently as a result of that.”Source: Al Arabiya read more
New York – Germany’s New Year’s Eve celebrations were stained by nearly 170 criminal complaints of sexual assault and robberies in several German cities. Eight out of the 31 identified assailants are Moroccan nationals.A week after investigations began in search for the suspects, German authorities have identified 31 people, including 18 refugees involved in the attacks in the city of Cologne, in western Germany, 80 kilometers from Belgium.After searching through nearly 350 hours of video footage for the assailants, investigators have identified nine Algerians, eight Moroccans, five Iranians, four Syrians, two Germans, one Serbian, one Iraqi, and one American, according to German Interior Ministry spokesman Tobias Plate. According to a report by CNN Berlin, a large number of sexual assaults and muggings shook several European cities on New Year’s Eve, yet Cologne suffered the most attacks.Several victims have come forward to relate the unfortunate events to which they were subjected on that night of celebration that ended in criminality all across the city.One of the victims told CNN, “We ran to the police. But we saw the police were so understaffed. They couldn’t take care of us and we as women suffered the price.”Cologne Police Spokeswoman Christoph Gilles said on Friday that at least 120 out of the 170 filed reports were of a sexual nature.A police spokesman confirmed Police Chief Wolfgang Albers was fired Friday morning for his reported lack of control of “his department’s handling of the violence.”According to the same source, other German cities suffered attacks such as Hamburg, in northern Germany, which reported 50 assaults, and Stuttgart.Justice German Minister Maas said on Thursday that any refugee convicted of a crime could be deported.“The law allows for people to be deported during asylum proceedings if they’re sentenced to a year or more in prison, and that’s possible with sexual offenses,” Minister Maas said.German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been criticized for her openness to welcome nearly 800,000 refugees from Syria and Iraq into the country in 2015.The assaults on New Year’s Eve have fueled anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim protests in Europe, especially in Germany.According to the same source, Chancellor Merkel condemned the attacks on December 31 as “intolerable” and said her government will “send a clear sign” to those who choose to disrespect German laws.Yet, she remained open to the possibility that these attacks are part of a larger society problem beyond migrants.“I don’t think these are single cases,” Merkel said, adding that “People have a right, and we as a state … have the obligation to give the right answers to this.”Moreover, In Zurich, Switzerland, six women denounced they were “robbed from one side, [while] being groped … on the other side” men described as “having dark skin”, according to a Zurich Police statement released on Friday.In Helsinki, Finland, police are investigating two reported harassment attacks in “a gathering of asylum-seekers.” read more
“The abduction and use of children, including as ‘suicide bombers,’ is particularly abhorrent,” the Secretary-General stated today in a statement issued by his spokesperson, saying that he is encouraged by the positive steps taken by the countries of the Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC) and Benin, with the support of the African Union, towards operationalizing the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) to counter the threat. In the statement, Mr. Ban also called on international partners to provide support to regional efforts and urged the states involved to ensure that all measures taken to combat the terrorist threat of Boko Haram are conducted in line with international human rights, humanitarian and refugee law. The Secretary-General said he is concerned by the impact of combat operations on local populations in Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria and called on countries of the region to give the highest priority to the protection of refugees, returnees and internally displaced persons, including by providing them with life-saving support.“The United Nations is scaling up its humanitarian operations and increasing its human rights monitoring in the affected countries,” today’s statement said, adding that the Secretary-General is convinced that a military approach alone “will not suffice” to counter the Boko Haram insurgency. Only through a multi-dimensional approach that addresses legitimate grievances, past and current human rights violations, and root causes of the conflict, will the international community be able to effectively respond to the barbaric threat posed by Boko Haram to regional peace and security and to local populations.According to news reports, explosions in Nigeria’s north central city of Jos and the northeastern town of Biu over the past two days have killed at least 34 people. On Wednesday, a suicide bombing in the northeast Nigerian town of Biu reportedly killed about 19 people and injured 17. read more
The UN chief is urging Member States to bring “concrete plans” to the 74th session of the General Assembly, in hopes of bolstering the Paris Agreement on climate change, and the ambitious goals that are the bedrock of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. In a special interview for UN News conducted this week by newly-appointed head of Global Communications, Melissa Fleming, Mr. Guterres lamented that “we are not on track” to meet a 2030 deadline in many aspects, highlighting that the first-ever SDG summit on 24 and 25 September, will inject more momentum. The UN chief told Ms. Fleming that “more and more of the crises we face, have a multiplicity of factors, from different parts of the world” and resolving these issues begs “more international cooperation” with the UN firmly “at the centre of it.” UN Photo/Mark GartenOff the coast of Fiji last May, the frontline of “the battle against climate change”, Secretary-General António Guterres takes a tour on an eco-friendly, solar powered sail boat that teaches conservation as well as climate-related issues. UN News/Joon ParkThe Secretary-General sits down with newly-appointed head of Global Communications, Melissa Fleming, for an exclusive UN News interview ahead of the 74th General Assembly Debate at UN Headquarters in New York. 18 September, 2019. Melissa Fleming: Let’s move to the last two questions: Very importantly, the leaders at the GA (General Assembly) are also being asked to come here for a summit on the Sustainable Development Goals. On Tuesday, also with commitments that will bring about results, there will be a meeting, as you just mentioned, on mobilizing financing to achieve the SDGs. What are your specific expectations for the outcome of this? Secretary-General: Well, first of all, the recognition that we are not on track – the agenda 2030 in relation to the eradication of poverty in relation to health; in relation to education; in relation to water and sanitation; to the oceans, to climate change; to all these aspects, that the agenda 2030 determines that we should, in 2030, have reached a number of concrete goals. We are not on track; we are not doing enough. And obviously there has been progress. There is less absolute poverty then a few decades ago. There has been improvement in child mortality or in access of education, but we are not on track. We need more investment, more political action, more priority to those aspects that are described in the Goals that we have fixed to have a fair globalization, to have a development that is simultaneously sustainable and inclusive, that leaves no one behind, that brings all those that have been marginalized by development into the benefits of that development…(We must) recognize that we are not on track and then take the decisions necessary in investment, in policies, in changes of different forms of cooperation; also, at the international level or with the businesses, the civil society, the local authorities, in order to come together more effectively to make sure that Agenda 2030 is successfully implemented. Melissa Fleming: You have said that the world is facing a critical time on a number of fronts: The climate emergency, rising inequality, an increase in hatred, intolerance as well as peace and security challenges. Do you have a formula to address them? Secretary-General: The formula is more international cooperation. These are global issues that no country can solve alone, in relation to climate. That’s why we are having a summit. And that summit is aiming at making countries understand that they need to do much more than what they have been until now, because we need to defeat climate change that is still running faster than what we had. And we see the consequences in devastating hurricanes, we see the consequence in glaciers melting, we see the consequences in public health deteriorating, with heat waves and new diseases coming to several areas. And so, we need more international cooperation to defeat climate change. And inequality is the same. We need fair globalization, and fair globalization is only possible with more international cooperation. That’s why we are going to have a summit on the Sustainable Development Goals. That’s why we have the Agenda 2030, which is the blueprint of the UN to bring all countries together for fair globalization. Then if you move into all the other areas, from hate speech – it is clear that this is now spreading like wildfire everywhere – we need to fight it together. Or even security issues – more and more of the crises we face have a multiplicity of factors, from different parts of the world. So only with more international cooperation and the UN at the centre of it, are we able to address these challenges and hopefully to start solving them. The General Assembly will be an excellent opportunity for many of these issues to move forward. We have a climate summit. We have a summit on the Sustainable Development Goals – which means on the Agenda 2030, the blueprint for fair globalization – and a summit for financing it, which is absolutely central because without finance, there is no way we can move in the development areas; a summit on public health and Global Health Coverage for public health; a summit on the Small Island Developing States (SIDS) that are the first victims of climate change as we all know. And all these combined, all these together, represent a comprehensive response in which the UN is trying to bring all countries into the same platform to be able to solve exactly the kind of problems that you mentioned in your first question. Melissa Fleming: One of those summits is a youth climate summit. Why is this special? Why are the youth being called together now here in New York? Secretary-General: Because the youth has shown an enormous leadership on this and it’s perfectly understandable. Climate change is already a dramatic problem today, but it is clear it will be even more dramatic in the years to come. And so, when the young people of today will be the adults that will be running the world in a few decades, they will be facing the worst consequences of the mistakes we might make now. So, the youth have been really in the forefront of pushing governments and pushing businesses and pushing cities and pushing all other actors to do what they have to do, to stop climate change. And so, a youth summit is a very important instrument to put pressure on those who have to take the decisions that are necessary. Melissa Fleming: Well the following day, you will be convening the global climate summit here. You have quite famously now said you are asking countries to come, not with beautiful speeches, but with real action. What kind of expectations do you have for the kind of initiatives that might come? António Guterres: The action that is needed to meet the requirements that the international community of scientists is telling us are necessary to defeat climate change. Not to let temperatures go above 1.5 degrees at the end of the century, means that we need to be carbon-neutral in 2050, that we need to reduce dramatically the emissions during the next decade. And what we want to have, is more and more countries coming here and committing to carbon neutrality in 2050, and committing to reductions. And our target is 45 per cent of the emissions during the next decades. Coming here to commit in relation to the financing of the Green Climate Fund and the $100 billion we need to have every year to support developing countries – in adaptation and mitigation in the coming year – and announcing the other investments that are absolutely essential in order to make sure that we promote the kind of energy – renewable energy – that is needed in relation to the fossil fuels that represent the past; that we are able to have different agriculture, a different use of land; that cities have different strategies in the way they reduce their emissions…(There are) lots of concrete, concrete measures that we hope States, cities, businesses will be able to announce during the summit. Melissa Fleming: Somewhat related to the SDGs, obviously is health, and there is going to be also a high-level meeting on Universal Health Coverage next week. Why is this so important in today’s world? Secretary-General: Because it’s a basic right that is not yet universal. Many people have no healthcare and many people that have healthcare, have no quality of care. And one fundamental objective is to make sure that sooner rather than later, the world will be able to provide to all the citizens of the world the kind of quality of care they need, and they deserve. Melissa Fleming: Finally, peace and security will likely loom large during the GA this week. Do you see any signs of hope in this area? Secretary-General: There is hope in the sense that we see some problems moving forward in a positive way. We have seen progress in Sudan, we have seen progress in the conversations on South Sudan last week. We have seen progress in the Central African Republic, with its peace agreement. We see that many elections that were supposed to have been a disaster for the countries, ended without violence – from the DRC, to the Maldives, to Madagascar. So, there are many positive signs, but unfortunately, we also have many negative signs and we see people going on dying in Syria, in Libya, in Yemen. And so, we need to increase our commitment to diplomacy for peace, and we need to make countries understand – especially those that to a certain extent, are responsible for these wars by proxy – make countries understand, that these are wars nobody’s winning, everybody is losing. And they are becoming more and more interlinked to global terrorism and becoming a threat, not only for the countries where these conflicts take place, but for the whole of the international community. Melissa Fleming: A final note: your message to the leaders coming here to New York, to the General Assembly next week. Secretary-General: Do what is necessary to make sure that we are able to solve the dramatic problems we face. read more
West Indies, unchanged for the third successive Test, elected to bowl under overcast conditions in the series decider in Roseau. The last time they went in with the same XI for three consecutive Tests – including the abandoned game due to a sandy outfield in Antigua against England – was in 2009.Pakistan’s Hasan Ali celebrates running out West Indies’ Lendl Simmons during the final of four-T20I-match between West Indies and Pakistan at the Queens Park Oval in Port of Spain, Trinidad, on April 2, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMAD (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)Misbah-ul-Haq, set to retire after this Test, didn’t want the occasion to get to the team and hoped they would be able to treat this as another normal game. He also underlined the importance of batting well in the first innings.An illness to Ahmed Shehzad meant another opportunity for Shan Masood, who last played a Test in England last year. Conditions may have dictated a Test debut for Hasan Ali, which meant a game on the bench for legspinner Shadab Khan.West Indies: Kieran Powell, 2 Kraigg Brathwaite, 3 Shimron Hetmyer, 4 Shai Hope (wk), 5 Roston Chase, 6 Vishaul Singh, 7 Shane Dowrich, 8 Jason Holder (capt), 9 Devendra Bishoo, 10 Alzarri Joseph, 11 Shannon GabrielPakistan: Azhar Ali, 2 Shan Masood, 3 Babar Azam, 4 Younis Khan, 5 Misbah-ul-Haq (capt), 6 Asad Shafiq, 7 Sarfraz Ahmed (wk), 8 Mohammad Abbas, 9 Mohammad Amir, 10 Hasan Ali, 11 Yasir Shah. (ESPNCricinfo) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPakistan’s Ali a doubt for Sabina Park TestApril 20, 2017In “latest news”Pakistan eye knockout punch against dispirited West IndiesApril 1, 2017In “Sports”Mehidy’s five-for restricts WI to 354 after Brathwaite tonJuly 13, 2018In “latest news” Danyal Rasool is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo. read more
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedOpposition cannot request sitting of the Assembly, only the Gov’t can – ClerkOctober 16, 2014In “Politics”Opinion: Not first time the Clerk has rightfully disregarded the Speaker in Guyana’s Parliamentary historyNovember 1, 2014In “Opinion”Parliamentarians should not be paid over Govt’s refusal to set date – GTUCOctober 31, 2014In “Politics” The Opposition MPs turned up for today’s siitting but were told that the sitting was called offThe postponement of Friday’s sitting of the National Assembly, just one day after the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) filed a no-confidence motion against the APNU/AFC Coalition, was done at the request of the Government themselves.Opposition Members of Parliament who turned up at the National Assembly on Friday were greeted with empty chairs from the Government’s side of the House. Government MPs had not shown up and those present from the Opposition’s side were informed the sitting was postponed approximately 15 minutes before the scheduled start.When questioned, Clerk of the National Assembly Sherlock Issacs related that Government requested the postponement.The request, he said, was filtered through Speaker of the National Assembly Dr. Barton Scotland.Mr. Sherlock E. Isaacs, Clerk of the National Assembly.Asked if there was a reason for the request, Issacs noted that there was none.Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo announced yesterday that the PPP has filed a no-confidence motion against the Government.Jagdeo had said that it is the hope of his Party that the country benefits from the motion, which is aimed at shaking the Government back to its senses and halting the ‘destruction’ of Guyana.The Opposition Leader added that it was made clear at the recently held Local Government Elections (LGE), where the PPP/C recorded massive wins in the majority of constituencies across Guyana, and with a whopping 45,000 votes more than the APNU, that citizens are unhappy with the direction and policies of the APNU/AFC Government.Dr. Barton Scotland, Speaker of the National AssemblyAt the half empty Parliament Chambers, Jagdeo reiterated some of his expectations regarding the motion.In a brief statement this evening, the Government, through the Department of Public Information (DPI) said that the postponement of the scheduled sitting of the National Assembly from (today) Friday to Monday November 19th, was as a result of the motion of no-confidence which was filed yesterday by the PPP.“Given the submission of a Motion of No-Confidence yesterday, the Government felt it necessary and urgent to convene a meeting to apprise and brief all Members of Parliament”.According to the statement, the Clerk of the National Assembly has confirmed that the sitting will be held on Monday next, and all Members of Parliament have been formally notified. read more
The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, has announced that the mining sector’s clean resources proposal made the shortlist for the superclusters initiative in recognition of the project’s potential to generate significant environmental benefits, energize regional economies and create jobs.CLEER (Clean, Low-energy, Effective, Engaged and Remediated), a clean resources supercluster, is jointly led by the Canada Mining Innovation Council (CMIC) and the Centre for Excellence in Mining Innovation (CEMI). Together with their industry members, comprising some of Canada’s largest mining companies, CMIC and CEMI will advance the project through the next phase of the application process.The objectives of the CLEER supercluster are shared priorities with government and the communities where the mining sector operates. This initiative will focus on water use, energy intensity and environmental footprint, with aggressive targets of a 50% reduction in each area by 2027.Carl Weatherell, Executive Director and CEO, Canada Mining Innovation Council (CMIC), states that “True innovation is about transformation and working collaboratively across an entire ecosystem inside and outside of mining. Technology roadmaps already in place will help focus efforts and create new technology platforms that will position Canada as the leader in clean resources and clean technology.”Bora Ugurgel, Chief Operating Officer, Centre for Excellence in Mining Innovation (CEMI), states that “The CLEER Supercluster has the potential to become Canada’s largest investment in advancing the CLEAN mineral and metal resource extraction industry. The global transition into a low carbon economy will require a more technologically advanced mining industry and CLEER offers the opportunity to engage mine operators, supply and service companies and other stakeholders in the development, demonstration, and adoption of leading clean innovations. CLEER will introduce tangible solutions that enable operating mines to address challenges associated with energy, water, and their environmental footprint.”Pierre Gratton, President and CEO of the Mining Association of Canada, states “We are thrilled that the CLEER project is advancing to the next stage and appreciate the government’s recognition of its significant potential. We believe that this project can help Canada become the leading supplier of the sustainably-sourced minerals and metals the world needs in a low carbon future, as well as the technologies the world needs to best extract them.” read more
Adelaide’s Greek Lyceum invites its students, parents and friends to join in celebrating its 20 birthday. The Greek Lyceum’s 20th Birthday Dinner Dance will feature performances by students of the Greek Lyceum, with entertainment by DJ NYK, followed by plenty of dancing for everyone. The Lyceum extends the invitation to its past students, parents and committee members, without whom it would not have been able to achieve this milestone. Tickets: Adults $15; Children (5-12 years old) $5; Children under 5 and current students free. Food and drinks a la carte. When: Saturday 19 October, from 7.00 pm onwards Where: Chian Association Hall, 73 Grand Junction Road, Rosewater, Adelaide For more information, to reserve a table or book your tickets, please contact Marie on 0414 433 782, or email Greek Lyceum on email@example.com Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram read more
Caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer announced that Paul Pogba will likely be fit for Manchester United’s showdown with Tottenham on SundayPogba missed United’s 2-0 FA Cup win over Reading last weekend after picking up a knock from a challenge by Newcastle’s Jonjo Shelvey in their last Premier League match.But the French midfielder joined his teammates for a mid-season training trip to Dubai with Solskjaer now feeling confident that he will be able to count on Pogba this Sunday.“He [Pogba] looked okay towards the end [of the training camp], so he’ll be fit,” said Solskjaer on the club website.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“He did have some problems but he came through the last couple of sessions well, so he should be okay.”Pogba, who was voted as United’s Player of the Month in December, has scored four goals and added three assists in his four games under Solskjaer.Meanwhile, centre-back Marcos Rojo’s spell on the sidelines appears to not be ending soon after being sent home to Argentina.Rojo last featured for United in their 2-1 Champions League defeat to Valencia on December 12. read more
Less than a third (27%) of respondents do not measure health programme take-up rates, according to research by insurer Unum.Its research also identified that four in ten employers do not monitor the health and wellbeing of their staff.The research also found:37% of respondents that offer flexible benefits plans do not monitor take-up rates.66% of human resource (HR) departments do not have the necessary ‘ammunition’ to make the case for wellbeing programmes on an internal level.Just under a third (32%) of employees have access to a benefits statement.Linda Levesque (pictured), HR director at Unum, said: “There’s no question of the value of workplace wellbeing, which has a proven and tangible impact on both employee engagement and the bottom line.“But delivering health and benefits packages is not a one-off job. Only by tracking the take up of benefits and taking feedback from across the business, employees, the HR team and the board, can [an organisation] see the full potential of its benefits package.” read more
The government has published draft guidance on the changes to certain benefits that attract tax and national insurance contribution (NIC) advantages when offered through a salary sacrifice arrangement for the 2017-2018 tax year.The changes form part of the Finance Bill 2017 and are due to come into effect from 6 April 2017. The draft guidance will be finalised and published in the Employment Income Manual after the Finance Bill has received royal assent.The salary sacrifice arrangements, referred to as optional remuneration arrangements, that fall within the scope of the changes are benefits in kind (BIK) with a cash allowance option and flexible benefits schemes with a cash option.The government defines two arrangements through which it would consider a benefit as being offered under an optional remuneration arrangement. Under a type A arrangement, an employee sacrifices the right, or the future right, to receive an amount of earnings that would be chargeable to tax under Section 62 of the Income Taxes, Earnings and Pensions Act (ITEPA) 2003 in return for the benefit.In a type B arrangement, the employee agrees to be provided with a benefit rather than an amount of earnings, such as the option of a cash allowance.If an employee selects a benefit instead of some form of cash pay, the taxable value of the benefit is the greater of the amount of cash pay sacrificed and the taxable value under the normal BIK rules. If the two are the same, then normal benefit valuation rules will apply.The benefits that are exempt from the changes include childcare vouchers and employer-provided childcare, ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEVS), bikes-for-work schemes and associated equipment, contributions to registered pension schemes and pensions advice.A transitional period will mean that arrangements entered into before 6 April 2017 will remain subject to pre-2017 benefit valuation rules up until 6 April 2018. The transition period for car schemes involving vehicles that emit more than 75 CO2/km, living accommodation, and school fees will remain in place until 6 April 2021.However, the new rules will apply if there is a variation or modification in the arrangement, as well as a renewal, including auto-renewals, during the transition period. An arrangement will not be considered varied where the variation relates to replacement because of accidental damage or for reasons beyond the control of the parties.Chancellor Philip Hammond first confirmed that the range of benefits that attract tax and national insurance advantages would be limited in the Autumn Statement 2016. The announcement followed a government consultation, which ran from 10 August to 19 October 2016. The government published draft legislation in December 2016.Jeff Fox, principal, online benefits technical lead at Aon Employee Benefits, said: “The distinction introduced by the type B arrangement is easy to overlook. In short, it is the flexibility or choice that is taxable, but creates complexity because choice may not be easily recorded. It could catch many cash-in-lieu arrangements including company cars and flexible benefits where the employer provides cover or funding for core benefits.” read more
Chinese Disco will be hosting a free comedy show Sept. 16, at 7 p.m. at 3251 Prospect Street NW. Drink specials will include $5 Budlights and $5 wines. The event is open to ages 18 and up, but performers must be at least 21 years old. The winner will receive a free drink and $25. For more information about the event, visit eventbrite.com/e/free-comedy-show-at-chinese-disco-tickets-27666209377?aff=es2.(Photo/Eventbrite)
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News | October 05, 2010 Ultrasound Transducer Repair Division October 5, 2010 – A new ultrasound transducer repair division has been launched by an ultrasound systems provider,… read more News | December 15, 2010 Block Imaging Partners With the Michener Institute to Promote Refurbished Imaging Equipment December 15, 2010 – The Michener Institute for Applied Health Sciences is partnering with Block Imaging to promote… read more News | July 06, 2012 Siemens Opens Refurbished Systems Factory in Suburban Chicago July 6, 2012 — Siemens Healthcare celebrated the grand opening of its new refurbished systems factory in Wood Dale, Ill… read more News | Remanufactured Refurbished Equipment | September 09, 2015 Survey Results Show Positive Feedback on Used/Refurbished Medical Equipment Ninety-six percent of clinics and hospitals in the United States that have purchased used or refurbished medical… read more Image courtesy of Medic Vision News | November 10, 2009 Toshiba Introduces Toshiba Assurance Refurbishment Program News | May 19, 2008 MEDISISS Features Reprocessing Services at ASCs 2008 May 20, 2008 – As reimbursements have impacted the bottom line of surgery centers in the U.S., profitability has been read more Feature | November 14, 2013 Limited Hospital Budgets in Europe Builds Market for Refurbished Medical Imaging Equipment The Eurozone economic slowdown has made it difficult for hospitals, particularly in Southern Europe, to procure new … read more News | December 31, 2014 Medic Vision and Nationwide Imaging Services, Inc. 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Outpatient care facilities tend to view remarketed or secondary equipment, commonly referred to as used equipment, in read more News | November 01, 2010 Importance of Refurbished Equipment to be Highlighted at ASTRO November 1, 2010 – As the world’s population continues to age, refurbished radiation therapy equipment will become more… read more November 10, 2009 – Toshiba America Medical Systems, Inc. has introduced the Toshiba Assurance Refurbishment Program to provide customers the ability to purchase previously owned, completely refurbished Toshiba systems. The first line of Toshiba products available through the program are Aquilion CT systems. This Aquilion Assurance program offers customers, such as hospitals and imaging centers, the exceptional performance and quality that defines the award-winning Aquilion CT line at a price point to accommodate a variety of budgets. To support this program, Toshiba has opened a new Quality Assurance Center in Irvine, Calif.A refurbished CT system from Toshiba is held to the same quality and performance standards as a brand-new Toshiba CT system. Previously owned Toshiba CT systems are inspected at the Quality Assurance Center, where a team of experts evaluate and test all moving parts and programs. After the system has been inspected, new parts are installed and upgraded, including crucial items like the X-ray tube, and new software is installed. The system is then repainted, relabeled and placed in new packaging. Before a system leaves the Quality Assurance Center, it is tested against Toshiba’s original factory standards.According to Ted Nemetz, vice president, Service Business Unit, Toshiba, the difference between purchasing a previously owned system from a third-party dealer is there are no guarantees. 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Related posts:How I built my Costa Rican dream home: Brasilito, Guanacaste There are quite a few ways to have a shocking early retirement in Costa Rica – way more than seven, but let’s keep it short and concise. Becoming an expat is a lot of fun. I know, because I became one about 38 years ago.In all those years, I’ve figured out the best way to enjoy the country and its people: don’t do business, and just retire.It is surprising that there are so many people who are deeply disappointed by their experience of retirement in Costa Rica. They’re everywhere: on the online forums, in the comment section of every online newspaper, and in every bar with a gringo clientele. And guess what?It is their own fault, most of the time.When you talk to those who are having a shocking retirement experience, they’re fed up, but they always assign the blame elsewhere. Often, they decide to stay in Costa Rica and be unhappy. My agents and I have relocated thousands of expats in the past 20 years or more. We’ve seen quite a few unhappy expats leaving, mostly because of what they did to themselves, or didn’t do. Here are some ways you can learn from other’s mistakes.Settling in the wrong communityYou didn’t really do your homework well enough before retiring in Costa Rica. You lurked on some expat forums for a while and saw that some people were very happy in a certain location. You found a real estate agent who sold you that place you’ve been dreaming about all your life.One morning, you wake up and realize you hate the place, you’re bored and you don’t like your neighbors. You hate the country and everything in it. It will take you forever to sell the property and move on because you bought it at too high a price.How to avoid it: Rent first, try different locations, and spend the first two years of your retirement looking around.Living the wrong lifestyleFor many future expats, living in paradise means palm trees, white sand, a turquoise ocean, and piña coladas. They envision waking up late, having a huge breakfast at a local restaurant, and spending the rest of the day surfing and lying on the beach. Right after a nice Surf and Turf dinner, they’ll drink the night away. Retirement is one big party.Before you know it, you’re going through your life savings. Too late, you figured out that this lifestyle is way over budget. Too late, you and your spouse figure out that you’ve become alcoholics. You’re in for a shocking retirement: your savings are gone and you will have to live on Social Security.How to avoid it: Life is not a party. It never was, so why start now? When you retire, take a three-month vacation to the nicest paradise your budget can pay for. Then go home and think hard about what you want to do the rest of your retirement.Relying on the wrong informationWhile surfing the web, you found information about how to retire in Costa Rica. You didn’t double check the information you found there; too late, you figured out that this information was posted years ago. Everything has changed.Now you need to pay much higher taxes on the household you brought, and customs is holding your appliances. Your immigration lawyer says you brought all the wrong documents and that you need a much higher income to apply for residency status. Your health insurance will not cover you in Costa Rica and the medicine you need is not available here.How to avoid it: Make a list of everything that is important to you before you move to Costa Rica. Then do detailed research on each important topic. Don’t base your knowledge on what you find on online forums and Facebook pages. Hire professionals who know what they’re doing, it’s easy to find them online, but you have to make the effort.Too much time, not enough moneyIt sounds fantastic: you are going to have all that free time, especially when you’ve worked so hard to get to this point in life. The cost of shopping, arts & crafts, travel, and all the expenses associated with new hobbies can add up tremendously.How to avoid it: Make a list of all the hobbies and things you want to do. Then create a retirement budget based on this list. Include unexpected expenses, so you have some extra to play around with.Thinking that you can stop workingYou’ve worked all your life and so did your spouse. To stop working totally and suddenly is difficult for many. Now you are in each other’s face all day long, every day. Watching the sunset and drinking piña coladas might be fun for a while, but that’s not you.How to avoid it: Before you retire, put your ear to the ground for future options of part-time work in your own profession. Try to keep a few consultancies or try to get involved in your local community. Teach English to the poor, help locals build their business – do something. It is either fulfilling to give back a little to your new country or it creates an extra income. And remember this: be prepared to work harder at your marriage than ever in these new circumstances.Buying the wrong placeYou have bought this awesome place in Costa Rica because you could get it at a bargain price. Unfortunately, after a while, you find out that this is not the right location for you and you miss much-needed amenities.How to avoid it: Rent first to find out where you want to live. If it’s too late for that, read the article “8 Reasons why your property in Costa Rica has not sold in 7 years.” If you buy the wrong property, you’re signing up for a shocking retirement that you don’t deserve.Ivo Henfling founded the American-European Real Estate Group in 1999 — the first functioning MLS in Costa Rica with affiliate agents from coast to coast. You can read other articles like this on his blog. Contact Ivo at (506) 2289-5125 / 8834-4515 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Facebook Comments read more
Despite going 1-3 so far this season, the ArizonaCardinals were in good spirits before heading to Minnesotafor their Sunday match-up with the Vikings, Cardinalsspecial teams coach Kevin Spencer said.“The guys have an amazing ability to rebound,” Spencersaid. “If people could only have an inside look at thepreparation and the guys’ work, I mean, they still makemistakes, you still have to bark at them, but they havethis resiliency and work ethic that really buoys myspirits, and certainly the other coaches, with the way theguys handle themselves.” Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Comments Share Top Stories D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ While Spencer said the guys are more than aware of whatthe filmed showed and the tough challenge they have toplay a Vikings team that apparently has fallen on hardtimes, he also said that the Cards have prepared andworked well this week.When the Cards take the field on Sunday, it will be timeto put their joking ways aside and focus on gettinganother notch in the W column, but hearing they are ingood spirits after a bad loss against the Giants isencouraging to hear. Hopefully some of that good attitude and strong bonds areon the plane for Minnesota and will bear a positive resultin Week 5. What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away read more
I don’t think the Broncos trust Chad Kelly. Now, is Case Keenum at risk of losing his job in the future? Yes. He’s got to play better. Now, statistically, he’s set to put up the most touchdowns and most passing yards of his career, as he’s clearly the Broncos starter. And the lack of experience for Chad Kelly is something that I feel keeps him on the bench.Case Keenum has to elevate his game because too many passes are off the mark, his footwork has been poor and it seems like he just doesn’t understand the totality of this Bill Musgrave offense. He’s missing open receivers. He’s not reading the full field. He’s reading about half the field on a majority of his pass attempts. That’s got to be better because there’s a tipping point for everything in football. There will be a tipping point where the Broncos just look to Chad Kelly. I think that’s after a coaching change, where they just look to the future and see what they have in Chad Kelly. So, for right now and for this week, and even though this game, I think Case Keenum is safe.5. I think Cardinals fans, at this point, would like to know the gist of what went down with Mike McCoy a year ago and if the reasons for his firing are reminiscent to what we’ve seen so far this year. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Now, if you can take away the positives that you did have against the Rams … you did slow down their passing game. You did not slow down their rushing game. But if you can take the positives away, you can play better, especially against a team that’s struggling offensively like Arizona.3. Von Miller just made more than a few headlines with his thoughts about this game. Where did those words come from and what did you take from it, if anything?Von Miller has never done this before. He’s been a captain. He’s the superstar leader of this team. But you’ve never seen him be this vocal, and there’s a specific reason why. I think he’s calling out some of his own teammates to rise to the occasion, to rise to his level of play, which has been outstanding at times. But there are others on this defense that need to put in the effort that Von is putting in.By vocally saying they’re going to kick the Cardinals’ (expletive), Von is telling the rest of his teammates to keep up with him because he’s planning on giving his best effort on Thursday night. We’ll see if his teammates follow suit.4. Take us through Case Keenum’s first year in Denver. Is he actually at risk of losing his job in the near future? (AP Photos) Top Stories And the offensive line has been saddled with injuries — Ron Leary is down for the year, and, of course, Jared Veldheer going to miss the game on Thursday night. So, you have two starters in there that you didn’t at the beginning of the regular season.But this team as a whole is just better at run blocking than they are at pass blocking. Yet, you don’t see an emphasis on balance, and you see this team abandon the run game way too quickly.7. What would it take for coach Vance Joseph to find himself jobless? Is a loss to Arizona all it’d take?Yeah, we could see a change on Friday if Vance Joseph doesn’t show well and show that this team is responding to him. That’s pretty much all we’re waiting for, to see how this team responds in this desperate situation. Do they play for their head coach? Or, are they themselves thinking about their next gig? To get a better perspective of the Broncos, we sent 104.3 FM The Fan’s Cecil Lammey a few queries about where Denver stands while answering some of his questions as well.1. Seems that the Broncos haven’t gotten their run defense together? Where are they at in trying to find a solution, and what’s been the problem?The problem has been the play up front between the defensive tackles and the inside linebackers. When you have guys like Todd Davis catching instead of attacking blockers, that creates a softness in the middle of the field. Domata Peko has been moved out of the way multiple times, allowing those running backs to get to that second level.Related LinksCardinals Boston, Iupati ruled out against the Broncos on ThursdayThe Consensus Week 7: Cardinals’ average rank stays the sameBehind Enemy Lines: Broncos face Cardinals in midst of losing streakCardinals’ decision at OC more important than anything on ThursdayWhat are the Broncos doing to fix it? Well, they’re just asking for better play, really. You can’t stack the box any more. You just have to have better play from Todd Davis and from Domata Peko.2. What positives did Denver take away from a close loss to a very good Rams team last week?There are no moral victories in the NFL, but we’ve seen this team play two great teams closely — the Kansas City Chiefs and the Los Angeles Rams. What you can take away is when they give forth their best effort, they can hang with almost anyone in the NFL. The game against the Jets should be the anomaly. It should be the game where everyone thought they’d win and they didn’t. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Mike McCoy used three wide receiver sets almost 75 percent of the time for the Broncos when your third wide receiver back then was a guy named Bennie Fowler. Bennie Fowler is a journeyman wide receiver who has bounced around to two or three different teams this year. So, McCoy was trying to force the issue with 11 personnel — that’s one running back, one tight end, and three wide receivers. He was trying to force that issue when his quarterback was Trevor Siemian and his third wide receiver wasn’t really that good. And also, the Broncos don’t have a tight end to speak of.McCoy wanted to be a little bit too pass happy when this team had success running the ball last year. When C.J. Anderson got 20 carries they won every game. But he only got 20 carries five times, and the Broncos’ record was 5-11. Now, at the end of the season, McCoy’s not responsible for that last win. But the point is if he would have run the ball more, he might still be here as the offensive coordinator.6. What’s the health of the Broncos’ offensive line heading into game day? And how are they using their group of running backs to find a bit of success on the ground?They’re not finding enough success. I mean, if you look at yards per carry totals, they’re among the league leaders in the NFL. If you look at the number of carries, they’re among the bottom. So, this team has a thunder and lightning combination in Royce Freeman and Phillip Lindsay, but they’re simply not using them enough. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling There’s a lot in common with the Denver Broncos and Arizona Cardinals heading into their Thursday Night Football showdown.Coaches’ jobs are at risk.Each signed a quarterback who spent last year with the Minnesota Vikings, and neither Case Keenum nor Sam Bradford have produced with their new teams. Each team has a side of the ball where a problematic theme hasn’t been fixed through six weeks of the NFL season. 0 Comments Share read more
by The Associated Press Posted Feb 19, 2019 1:54 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK — Oscar-winning actress Julianne Moore has helped New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration unveil the governor’s series of initiatives aimed at improving the lives of women in New York.Moore joined Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul (HOH’-kuhl) on Tuesday at Lincoln Center in Manhattan for an event launching Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Women’s Justice Agenda. The Democrat was in Albany and didn’t attend.Cuomo’s list of proposals for 2019 includes eliminating the statute of limitations for rape claims and increasing protections against sexual harassment in the workplace. Some related initiatives have been passed by the Democratic-controlled Legislature and signed into law by the governor.Moore is a leader of the Time’s Up movement fighting sexual harassment and promoting equality in the work place. She won the 2015 Oscar for best actress for her performance in “Still Alice.”The Associated Press FILE – In this Jan. 6, 2019 file photo, Julianne Moore arrives at the 76th annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif. Moore has helped New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration unveil the governor’s series of initiatives aimed at improving the lives of women in New York. Cuomo’s list of proposals for 2019 includes eliminating the statute of limitations for rape claims and increasing protections against sexual harassment in the workplace. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File) Actress Julianne Moore helps unveil sex misconduct policies read more
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