Canada coronavirus death toll passes 5,000, Trudeau wants seniors’ care reform

first_imgTopics : “We’ve seen heart-breaking tragedies in long-term care facilities and nursing homes right across the country – overworked staff, understaffed residences, grieving families,” Trudeau told a daily briefing.”There are serious underlying challenges facing these facilities and in the coming months the federal government will be there to help the provinces find lasting solutions.”Officials earlier announced Ottawa would give seniors living on a fixed income a one-time payment ranging from C$300 ($215) to C$500 to deal with increased costs linked to the outbreak.Seniors Minister Deb Schulte said the tax-free payments would help seniors who need money for food deliveries and other services. It will also aid those taking taxis to avoid using public transport. The Canadian coronavirus death toll passed the 5,000 mark on Tuesday and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said major reforms were needed to seniors’ residences, where more than 80% of the victims lived.The public health agency said the number of deaths edged up by 2.9% to 5,049 from 4,906 on Monday, one of the smallest daily gains so far. Canada is the 11th nation to record more than 5,000 deaths from the outbreak.Long-term care homes in Ontario and Quebec – the two most populous of the 10 provinces – have been particularly hard hit. Officials have detailed poor conditions in some residences, where employees earn just the minimum wage.center_img She side-stepped questions about whether Ottawa should call a national inquiry into seniors’ homes.”What we are experiencing in Canada is unprecedented and unacceptable,” she told a briefing.”Going forward there will be time to reflect on the lessons that we’ve learned and the work that needs to be done. But right now [we are] focused on dealing with the issue at hand.”The total value of the payments – which will help 6.7 million people – is C$2.5 billion. Ottawa has already committed more than C$160 billion in direct spending – more than 7% of gross domestic product – on a range of programs to help businesses and people deal with the outbreak.Ottawa was focused on short-term measures to support people “so that we can come out the other side and restart the economy soon and we won’t need to look at what we might need to do in six months if we’re still, heaven forbid, all locked down”, Trudeau said, adding that programs would be extended if needed.last_img read more

SA eco-lawyer in world’s top 301

first_imgTamara O’ReillySouth African Cormac Cullinan has been named one of the world’s 301 most influential environmentalists for his pioneering work in environmental law.Cullinan has been named in Planet Savers: 301 Extraordinary Environmentalists, a book released in London earlier this month, as one of the people who have made significant contributions to the environment.He is the founder of EnAct International, London-based environmental law and policy consultancy. His work includes drafting the Integrated Coastal Management Bill, waste legislation for KwaZulu-Natal and laws governing sustainable land use in the Western Cape.Written by Kevin Desmond, Planet Savers brings together stories of people who have spoken up throughout history and taken action to defend the world from pollution, deforestation, species loss and climate change.Others on the list include Sir David Attenborough, the world renowned nature documentary maker, and charismatic environmentalist Vandana Shiva.Environmental law deals with the protection of certain aspects of nature from the effects of human activity, like chemicals entering the water network. Laws protecting endangered species fall in this category, as does the Kyoto Protocol, ratified by more than 170 countries who agreed to do their part to reduce greenhouse gases.As director of Winstanley & Cullinan, the country’s first environmental law firm, Cullinan is an expert on international and South African environmental law and policy and acts for a wide range of public sector, private sector and non-governmental organisations.Cullinan is also the author of Wild Law: A Manifesto for Earth Justice, published in 2003, which argues that nature has equivalent rights to human beings.Useful linksList of eco warriorsUnited Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Kyoto ProtocolEnAct Internationallast_img read more

Big game and big luxury make Londolozi the best resort in the world

first_img24 October 2014South Africa’s natural beauty places it competitively among the world’s tourist hotspots, and this year, yet again, global leisure travellers have agreed on the allure the country’s bushveld holds.The Conde Nast 2014 Readers’ Choice Awards singled out a whopping seven South African game reserves and bush lodges in its Top 100 hotels and restaurants list. Every year, some 76 000 travellers vote in the awards: this year they chose, in another coup for the country, the famed Londolozi safari camp in Kruger National Park as their number one choice for away stays.The 35 000-acre Londolozi is a family-run reserve, with a long history of eco- tourism and conservation programmes. It received an almost perfect score – 98 958 – in the survey, and has played host to the country’s former president, Nelson Mandela, who said of his visit: “During my long walk to freedom, I had the rare privilege to visit Londolozi. There I saw people of all races living in harmony amidst the beauty that Mother Nature offers. Londolozi represents a model of the dream I cherish for the future of nature preservation in our country.’Much of the ethos behind the resort’s conservation programmes is to unite South Africans and Africans to protect the country and continent’s wildlife to build the tourism economy.Along with the many programmes governments on the continent run, and through the work of other conservation entities, wildlife and natural beauty continue to be huge drawcards for tourists, ensuring a sustainable industry.So much so that South Africa’s tourism industry is growing, with traveller numbers to the country growing: in 2013, the total number of foreigners visiting the country rose to 12.1 million, up from 13.7 million in 2012.The quest for natural beauty is borne out by Conde Nast readers as well: the top 25 resorts’ offerings rest heavily on lodges, reserves and ranches.At Londolozi, this natural beauty is of coursed served up with a hefty side of luxury: the resort combines earthy fabrics and colours with the clean lines associated with modern decor, while throwing in old-school touches like gramophones and travel trunks to make it feel like a comfortable old friend. Private pools and decks, the “Big Five within reach’, elegant dining and expert-led game drives complete the luxury lodge experience.Other South African lodges or resorts on the list include Lion Sands at Sabi Sand, in 24th place, Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve in the Cederberg (41), Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve (54), &Beyond Lodges Sabi Sand (55) and Singita Kruger National Park (69).SAinfo reporterSouth African Competitiveness ForumBrand South Africa will host its second South African Competitiveness Forum in Johannesburg on 4 and 5 November 2014 under the theme “Active citizenship and its role in changing the South African brand reality”. Top minds from business, government, civil society and the academic world will come together to discuss our position in the world, and uncover ways to give South Africa a competitive edge on the global stage. Click here to find out more.Follow the conversation on Twitter via #CompetitiveSA.last_img read more

Wilmington School Lunch Menus Week of September 9 2019

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are the Wilmington Public Schools lunch menus for the week of September 9, 2019.Wilmington High School & Wilmington Middle SchoolMonday, September 9, 2019Low Sodium Low Fat Mozzarella Sticks with Mariana Sauce; Green Beans; Mixed FruitTuesday, September 10, 2019National Hot Dog Day — Hot Dog on a Wholewheat Roll; Tater Tots; Baked Beans; Applesauce with CinnamonWednesday, September 11, 2019Toasted Cheese on Multigrain Bread (Middle School: Toasted Cheese on Wholewheat Bread); Oven Fries; PeachesThursday, September 12, 2019Chipotle Seasoned Beef or Chicken; Whole Grain Burrito; Lime Cilantro; Brown Rice; Lettuce; Tomato; Shredded Cheese; Black Bean & Corn Salsa; Pico De Gallo; Guacamole; Pineapples; ChurroFriday, September 13, 2019Wholegrain Stuffed Crust Pizza with Toppings; Tossed Salad with Low Fat Dressing; StrawberriesLunch ($2.65-$2.85) includes: Entree (main or alternative); Vegetable, Fruit or Juice and 8 oz. Assorted Lowfat Milk or Skim MilkAlternate Daily Lunch Choices at High School: Salad Bar, Pizza, Soup & Choice of SandwichAlternate Daily Lunch Choices at Middle School: Pre-made SaladAlso Available Daily: Variety of Fresh Fruit, Side Caesar salad or Baby Carrots, WG Bagel with Cheese StickMenus Subject To Occasional ChangeParticipates in The Farm-To-School ProgramWest Intermediate, North Intermediate, Shawsheen Elementary, Woburn Street ElementaryMonday, September 9, 2019Low Sodium Low Fat Mozzarella Sticks with Mariana Sauce; Green Beans; Mixed FruitTuesday, September 10, 2019National Hot Dog Day — Hot Dog on a Wholewheat Roll; Tater Tots; Baked Beans; Applesauce with CinnamonWednesday, September 11, 2019Toasted Cheese on Wholewheat Bread; Oven Fries; PeachesThursday, September 12, 2019Popcorn Chicken; Broccoli; Wholegrain Pasta with Garlic Sauce; Breadstick; PineapplesFriday, September 13, 2019Wholegrain Stuffed Crust Pizza with Toppings; Tossed Salad with Low Fat Dressing; StrawberriesLunch ($2.40) includes: Entree (Main or alternative); Vegetable, Fruit or Justice and MilkAlternate Daily Lunch Choices: Ham & Cheese, Turkey & Cheese, Tuna, Salad Bar (Woburn St. only), Premade Salads (North, West & Shawsheen only), Pizza (Mon & Wed only), Bagels (Tues & Thurs only)Also Available Daily: Assorted Lowfat Milk or Skim Milk; Assorted Fresh Fruit; Assorted Juice; DessertMenus Subject To Occasional ChangeParticipates in The Farm-To-School ProgramBoutwell Early Childhood Center & Wildwood Early Childhood CenterMonday, September 9, 2019Low Sodium Low Fat Mozzarella Sticks with Mariana Sauce; Green Beans; Mixed FruitTuesday, September 10, 2019National Hot Dog Day — Hot Dog on a Wholewheat Roll; Tater Tots; Baked Beans; Applesauce with CinnamonWednesday, September 11, 2019Toasted Cheese on Wholewheat Bread; Oven Fries; PeachesThursday, September 12, 2019Popcorn Chicken; Broccoli; Wholegrain Pasta with Garlic Sauce; Breadstick; PineapplesFriday, September 13, 2019Wholegrain Stuffed Crust Pizza with Toppings; Tossed Salad with Low Fat Dressing; StrawberriesLunch ($2.40) includes: Entree (main or alternative); Vegetable, Fruit or Juice and assorted lowfat or skim milkAlternate Daily Lunch Choices: WG Pizza (Mon. & Wed. only); Whole Wheat Bagel & Cheese Stick (Tues. & Thurs. only); Turkey & Cheese sandwich on WG bread (Mon., Wed., Fri. only); Ham & Cheese sandwich on WG bread (Tues. & Thurs. only)Also Available Daily: Assorted snacks and baked goods ($0.50-$0.60)Menus Subject To Occasional ChangeParticipates in The Farm-To-School Program(NOTE: View these menus, plus the Gluten Free menus, online HERE.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email [email protected] this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington School Lunch Menus (Week of September 2, 2019)In “Education”Wilmington School Lunch Menus (Week of August 26, 2019)In “Education”Wilmington School Lunch Menus (Week of June 2, 2019)In “Education”last_img read more

RBIs Reference Rate for Dollar Today

first_imgThe Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Wednesday fixed the reference rate for the US dollar at 49.2453 rupees and the euro 65.1638 rupees.The corresponding rates of dollar and euro for the previous day (February 21, 2012) were 49.0835 rupees and 65.1705 rupees respectively.Based on the reference rate for the US dollar and middle rates of the cross-currency quotes, the exchange rates of British pound as against the rupee is 76.7485 as against 77.7973 on the previous day (February 21, 2012) and that of Japanese yen is 61.53 as against 61.52 the previous day.last_img

Volkswagen engineers admit to manipulating emissions

first_imgSeveral Volkswagen engineers have admitted to manipulating carbon dioxide emissions data because goals set by former Chief Executive Martin Winterkorn were difficult to achieve, Bild am Sonntag reported.The paper said VW engineers had tampered with tyre pressure and mixed diesel with their motor oil to make them use less fuel, a deception that began in 2013 and carried on until the spring of this year.”Employees have indicated in an internal investigation that there were irregularities in ascertaining fuel consumption data. How this happened is subject to ongoing proceedings,” a Volkswagen spokesman said, declining to comment on the Bild report.Volkswagen on Tuesday, 3 November, said it had understated the fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions of about 800,000 vehicles sold in Europe and later said it would foot the bill for extra taxes incurred by drivers as a result.The latest allegation has deepened a crisis, which erupted in September when Volkswagen admitted that it had rigged U.S. nitrogen oxides emissions tests. Auto analysts say the company could face a bill as high as €35 billion ($38 billion) for fines, lawsuits and vehicle refits.Volkswagen is encouraging its rank and file staff to cooperate with its internal investigation by promising not to fire or sue them for any misconduct although high-level managers would still be held to account, a person familiar with the matter, said.According to Bild, at the Geneva auto show in March 2012, Winterkorn had declared that VW wanted to reduce its CO2 emissions by 30% by 2015 and the engineers did not dare to tell him that this would be difficult to achieve.Volkswagen has declined to comment on whether the firm’s culture or the management style of Winterkorn, who resigned in September, had been a factor in the cheating. Lawyers for Winterkorn have not responded to a request for comment.An engineer at VW’s headquarters in Wolfsburg, who works in the Research & Development department, broke his silence at the end of October and told his superiors about the large-scale deception, Bild said, citing only what it said was information it had received.Volkswagen’s supervisory board is scheduled to convene on Monday, 9 November, for the first time in about a month, in a meeting also to be attended by CEO Mueller, to take stock of the fallout from the widening scandal, two close sources said.The non-executive board, which includes the state premier of VW shareholder Lower Saxony, labour representatives as well as members of the founding Piech and Porsche families, is not expected to decide on funding measures but rather to assess the scale of the damage, the sources added.Bild said the engineers used several illegal measures to manipulate the emissions’ values, including through a higher tyre pressure of 3.5 bar. They also mixed diesel in the motor oil so that the vehicle ran more smoothly and used less fuel.VW is conducting an internal investigation into its handling of all pollution-related issues after admitting that it had cheated on diesel nitrogen oxides emissions’ tests in the United States.Sueddeutsche Zeitung reported on Saturday, 7 November that VW managers were worried about travelling to the United States because U.S. investigators have confiscated the passport of a VW employee while on a visit there.last_img read more

Cutting Printing Costs With Tablets

first_img Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. As the mobile workforce increasingly uses tablets and smartphones, a nonprofit group hopes to use the devices to reduce paperwork and cut printing costs.ChildNet, which focuses on child welfare, will use tablets and smartphones to upload and access case files remotely, which could ultimately help cut printing costs, said Emilio Benitez, president and CEO of ChildNet.ChildNet, which is based in and based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, works with Broward County to manage cases related to adoption and independent living of abused, abandoned and neglected children. The organization is moving toward using the Android mobile platform to help case workers remotely access documents.Printing is a huge expense for the small nonprofit, and cutting down on the paperwork could add up to significant cost savings.”For us, it’s a lot of money, it’s very measurable,” Benitez said.Case workers on an average spend 40 percent to 50 percent of their time filing and processing paperwork, and each child on an average has five binders, with each binder consisting of 550 pages. The time spent on paperwork also impedes the ability for case workers to spend more time with the children and families they serve, Benitez said.Tablets and smartphones could also save case workers from lugging around cartloads of binders when at court or when investigating a case on the road, Benitez said.The company currently uses HTC smartphones based on the Windows Mobile platform to access documents remotely. Windows Mobile is expressly designed for smartphones, and the organization is moving toward Google’s Android development platform, which is used on both smartphones and tablets.The cost related to printing, imaging and document management are usually hidden and can be very high, said Crawford Del Prete, executive vice president of research products and chief research officer at IDC. The costs could account for 11 percent of revenue for low-end manufacturing firms, and up to 15 percent for health-care firms, he said.One of the biggest savings could be achieved by controlling document printing and achieving better data flow, Del Prete said.It’s just not about the device, though. More workers are going mobile, and the amount of data available is exploding, so organizations need to manage mobile devices in sync with the data flow to effectively cut costs, Del Prete said.ChildNet is working with Ricoh to digitize existing case files so they become accessible through mobile devices, and has implemented an indexing system to provide quick access to certain data in compliance with HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act).Ricoh provides a number of options for organizations to print documents from tablets and smartphones, said Shogo Hyakutake, associate director of the global marketing group at Ricoh.Users can send an e-mail to a printer attached to the Internet, or use a remote printing service. Ricoh can also provide printer drivers for devices based on the Android OS to clients, Hyakutake said.Ricoh has not yet looked at developing drivers for the iPad as Apple maintains strong control over development of its devices, Hyakutake said. But the company may look at developing iPad drivers if consumer demand increases.Ricoh is investing US$300 million over the next three years to expand its managed document services offerings, including mobile printing services. That is a shift in strategy for Ricoh, which in the past has heavily relied on its printer business.But ChildNet will likely stick with Android in the future as it is gaining more traction in the smartphone and tablet markets, said Dipak Parekh, chief financial officer at ChildNet.Android provides the capability for ChildNet to build a security apparatus for mobile devices to access documents. Considering the security and sensitivity of documents, Android also provides the flexibility to test the application before full implementation.Parekh said that ChildNet has provided its Windows Mobile software to the Florida Department of Children and Families, which took some parts of the program to work on the BlackBerry platform. But for ChildNet, the screen space on Blackberry is small, and it does not provide enough real estate to record signatures, Parekh said. The HTC phones provide enough screen space for a case worker to record a signature, upload a picture and record the location through GPS.Parekh is looking at the Apple’s iOS platform, which is used on the iPhone and iPad, but will write applications only after the OS “is proven.” Brought to you by PCWorld January 27, 2011 Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals 4 min read Register Now »last_img read more