Major U.S. Builder Tests Net-Zero Market

first_imgA time of turmoil in the companyThe project comes at a time of unrest in the company. The Wall Street Journal reports that Pulte founder William J. Pulte and CEO Richard Dugas Jr. are battling over the direction the company is taking, and that Dugas had agreed to step down next year.Pulte’s grandson, also named Bill Pulte, has complained that the company’s share price, revenue, and housing deliveries have been “relatively stagnant over the last two or three years.” The two Pultes and director Jim Grosfield launched a surprise attack on Dugas in late March, demanding that he retire or “there would be war.”But the Pultes and Grosfield are apparently at odds with the rest of Pulte’s board. In a letter to shareholders, James Postl, an independent director, said that the trio had undertaken a “misguided” effort to boot Dugas and “influence our considered succession planning process and change the strategic direction of PulteGroup,” the newspaper said.The public dispute points to how volatile the politics at big, publicly traded companies can be, and how quickly company strategies can change. One of the country’s biggest residential developers is dipping its toes into the high-performance housing market with a prototype net-zero-energy house in California.PulteGroup announced earlier this month that it would wrap up work on its first net-zero home in a Brentwood, California, development called Botanica in May. The goal, PulteGroup President Ryan Marshall said in a press release, “is to help define the most efficient path to building zero-net-energy homes that effectively balance constructability, cost, and quality.”Net-zero houses are relatively rare, but California has more of them than any other state in the country, according to a survey published earlier this year by the Net-Zero Energy Coalition. They are likely to become much more common as the state approaches its 2020 goal that all new houses be net-zero, and the state’s zero net energy action plan for reaching that milestone lists a number of steps, including construction of single-family and multifamily demonstration projects.According to rankings by Professional Builder, Pulte is the third biggest home builder in the U.S. with a total of 17,196 closings in 2014 and sales of $5.5 billion. The company says that it’s the largest builder to date to take part in the net-zero demonstration program.In an email response to questions from GBA, Brian Jamison, PulteGroup national procurement director, said that the company has been “testing and implementing innovative energy solutions and sustainable practices” in new houses around the country. Some of the houses have been very efficient, but the Botanica house will the first one designed specifically to hit the net-zero mark.Other big builders also are working their way into the net-zero market. For example, KB Home, ranked at #8 in the country with 2014 sales of $2.4 billion, debuted a net-zero energy home in Los Angeles County in 2014. The 2,537-square-foot house in the city of Lancaster also uses no water for landscaping, making it what KB calls a “double zero house.” Features of the prototype houseThe part of California where Pulte’s demonstration house is being built, 55 miles east of San Francisco, is in Climate Zone 3. As described by Pulte, the slab-on-grade house will have two levels with three bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths, and a total of 2,343 square feet.Botanica is a 297-unit subdivision, but the prototype will be the only one in the neighborhood to get the enhanced package of energy upgrades. Pulte has yet to set a sales price for the house, but the base prices of homes in Botanica range from the high $400,000s to the low $600,000s and vary in size from 2,343 square feet to 3,590 square feet.Asked what Pulte estimated to be the additional costs to bring the house to the net-zero level, Jamison sidestepped the question. He responded, “The energy performance of the home will be monitored for a year after it is sold, and overall energy performance and consumption will be evaluated. We are collaborating with many valued partners in building, tracking and evaluating the prototype and hope to get more insight into the cost and myriad of energy efficient offerings our homes in California and beyond will offer in the future.”Here are some of the home’s features:A building envelope with an air leakage rate of 3.5 air changes per hour at a pressure difference of 50 pascals (ach50). Accoding to Pulte, an air leakage rate of 5 ach50 is typical in new houses.A HERS Index target of zero.A whole-house ventilation system consisting of an exhaust fan that runs continuously and a duct that brings in fresh air.A conditioned attic with a sealed, insulated roof deck insulated to R-38. (The company didn’t answer questions about the type or amount of insulation in exterior walls or say whether any insulation would be placed beneath the slab.)Heating and cooling with a SEER 19 air-source heat pump made by Lennox.A tankless water heater made by Rinnai. The hot water system includes a dedicated, insulated loop that connected to a pump controlled by switches in the kitchen or the master bedroom. The system is designed to reduce water waste.A 4.34-kilowatt photovoltaic array installed by SolarCity.LED lighting.A Site Sage energy monitoring system that keeps track of plug loads, major appliances, and lighting.Low-e vinyl windows, Energy Star appliances, an induction cooktop, and a front-loading gas-fired dryer.last_img read more

Intel Names Brian Krzanich As New CEO

first_imgIT + Project Management: A Love Affair Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Related Posts Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Tags:#Intel#now center_img 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Intel has named a new chief executive officer. The chipmaker has dubbed former chief operating officer Brian Krzanich as its new leader, replacing Paul Otellini who announced that he would retire from the company last November. Krzanich has been at Intel for more than 30 years, starting in 1982. He was promoted to COO in January 2012 and has been operating as executive vice president since Nov. 2012. He started at Intel as an engineer and worked his way up through the ranks before becoming head of Intel’s worldwide manufacturing in 2010. In that position Krzanich was responsible for all of Intel’s factories and chip manufacturing worldwide.The move to promote Krzanich mirrors that of Otellini himself. Otellini had worked at Intel for 32 years before becoming CEO in 2005, replacing Craig Barret. At the time was seen as an odd choice for Intel as the company had historically promoted senior executives who had been trained as engineers. Otellini was trained as a businessman with a degree in economics and a Master’s in Business Administration. Krzanich comes from an engineering background and has served as an Intel plant manager before his ascension to the executive ranks. readwritelast_img read more

How to Live Through this Disruptive Age with Gerhard Gschwandtner – Episode 5

first_imgPodcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 31:53 — 15.0MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Google Podcasts | RSSWe have now left the linear worldAs a publisher of a very successful magazine that has now lost much of its revenue to the digital shift that’s taken place, Gerhard Gschwandtner knows that things have changed. In his mind, it’s a change away from what is linear into what is multifaceted and diverse. In this conversation, Anthony chats with Gerhard about what it was like to see his company’s revenue leak away as the digital age was born and how he’s weathered the storm with such optimism. It’s a great conversation with a great guy.How to Live Through this #Disruptive Age with Gerhard Gschwandtner – Episode 5Click To TweetAdversity is the diamond dust nature used to polish its jewelsMany traditional publishers have done nothing but bemoan the changes that have happened in the publishing industry due to the advent of the digital age. But Gerhard Gschwandtner has taken a different approach. He believes that the changes are for the betterment of mankind and that publishers need to learn how to adapt what they do to the new methods of doing them. In this episode, you’ll hear Gerhard’s contagious optimism about where the publishing industry is headed and how he’s doing his part to continue the trends by adapting to them.Everybody is a publisher but some are better than others.Like any business vertical, publishing has its share of players. Now that the ease of self-publishing on the internet has made it possible for anyone to become a publisher, the marketplace is more crowded than ever. But not all publishers are created equal. Gerhard Gshwandtner is convinced that the game is still the same and that those who survive and even thrive are the publishers who do the best job at publishing. He’s proving that the switch can be made effectively through his own pivots, so be sure you listen to hear the lessons he’s learned.Everybody is a publisher but some are better than others. A chat with Gerhard GschwandtnerClick To TweetWhat tools can I use to align marketing with sales?Though his business is a publishing house his area of focus is sales. That’s one of the many things that makes Gerhard Gshwandtner such an interesting guest for the In The Arena podcast. With his  years at the helm of “Selling Power” magazine Gerhard has learned much about sales from thousands of people whose stories have been told within the pages of his magazine. On this episode of In The Arena, Anthony picks the brain of a man who has seen, learned, and taught more about sales than most people will learn in a lifetime. You’ll want to hear this one.Outline of this great episode Anthony’s introduction of Gerhard Gschwandtner. Why Gerhard decided to become a publisher of a sales magazine. How the electronic age has impacted Gerhard’s magazine. What is it about Gerhard that makes him willing to thrive in the digital age. Changing the format but not changing the message. Why Gerhard is happy to be part of the new type of publishing. The selling power conference and what’s on the horizon. The interview Gerhard is most proud of. What is Sales Op Shop?Resources & Links mentioned in this episodewww.SellingPower.comThe theme song “Into the Arena” is written and produced by Chris Sernel. You can find it on SoundcloudConnect with AnthonyWebsite: www.TheSalesBlog.comYoutube: www.Youtube.com/IannarinoFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/iannarinoTwitter: https://twitter.com/iannarinoGoogle Plus: https://plus.google.com/+SAnthonyIannarinoLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/iannarinoTweets you can use to share this episodeWhat tools can I use to align marketing with sales? A chat with Gerhard GschwandtnerClick To TweetWe have now left the linear world. A chat with Gerhard GschwandtnerClick To TweetAdversity is the diamond dust nature used to polish its jewels. A chat with Gerhard GschwandtnerClick To TweetSubscribe toIn the ArenaApple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsAndroidby EmailRSSOr subscribe with your favorite app by using the address belowlast_img read more

Aung La N Sang keeps ONE middleweight title, Brandon Vera challenges for Light heavyweight belt

first_imgTOKYO, Japan—Two-division champion Aung La N Sang retained his ONE middleweight world title on Sunday after knocking out Ken Hasegawa in their rematch in ONE: A New Era at Ryogoku Kokugikan here.But before he could even step outside of the cage, a new challenger already awaits, this time for his light heavyweight belt.ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ Kevin Belingon yields ONE bantamweight belt after getting disqualified Aung La accepted Vera’s proposition and ONE founder, chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong immediately gave his go-signal.“Let’s get it on,” Sityodtong said, prompting a roar from the crowd.A slimmed down Brandon Vera says he’s moving down in weight to challenge Aung La Naang for the ONE light heavyweight world title. | @MarkGiongcoINQ pic.twitter.com/KbHstUUlLw— INQUIRER Sports (@INQUIRERSports) March 31, 2019ADVERTISEMENT Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Google Philippines names new country director Stars face off at ONE: Dawn of Heroes PLAY LIST 01:42Stars face off at ONE: Dawn of Heroes02:18Alvarez ready to take risk vs Folayang, looks to end clash by ‘knockout or submission’00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Shortly after delivering a second-round stoppage of Hasegawa, Aung La was joined by Vera in the cage where “The Truth” issued his challenge to the Burmese hero. 🚨 IT’S ON 🚨 Aung La N Sang accepts Brandon Vera’s challenge for the ONE Light Heavyweight World Title! @AungLANsang @Verafied #WeAreONE #ANewEra #Tokyo #MartialArts pic.twitter.com/03gPlbzj6D— ONE Championship (@ONEChampionship) March 31, 2019FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Vera hasn’t faced any worthy competition since his move to ONE Championship and Aung La would certainly give him what he lacks.The 41-year-old Vera captured the inaugural heavyweight title in 2015 and he’s only defended it twice against overmatched opponents in Hideki Sekine and Mauro Cerilli.Vera demolished Sekine and Cerilli in just one round.Aung La N Sang retains his ONE Middleweight World Title with a HUGE knockout of Ken Hasegawa at 4:41 of Round 2 👊 @AungLANsang #WeAreONE #ANewEra #Tokyo #MartialArts pic.twitter.com/5qL2Opxew8— ONE Championship (@ONEChampionship) March 31, 2019 View commentslast_img read more

Beards, Booze, and Bacon: The Fantasy Formula One Episode

first_imgFirst, Fruin explains what exactly Formula 1 Racing is and how it differs from other racing series around the world, aside from the fact that there are only roughly twenty F1 drivers in the entire world. From there, the group discusses Fruin’s own love of racing, why he decided to not become a professional driver himself, and how he ultimately decided to start a fantasy racing website dedicated to F1 racing. Having a basic knowledge of the sport, the group dives into what makes fantasy racing so interesting and how Fruin plans to build the site in the coming years.If fantasy sports are your thing, or you just really like to go fast, then this episode is for you. Listen now so that by the time football season ends, you can transition into a new fantasy sports season.Further ReadingBeards, Booze, and Bacon: The IndyCar Racing EpisodeWhat to Expect From Your First Road Racing ExperienceHow to Start Road Racing on a Budget Editors’ Recommendations Talking Rum, Cocktails, and Tiki with The Bamboo Room’s Kevin Beary A Rev-ealing Conversation About IndyCar Racing with Takuma Sato Learning to Sea Salt in a Whole New Light with Jacobsen Salt Company center_img The Ultimate Road Trip Prep Guide from The Manual Podcast Crew Ross Fruin Chase McPeak/The ManualWhat new bourbon are we pumped about? Which hiking trail are we exploring? Why is the next supercar so cool? The Manual is dedicated to helping men live a more engaged life. Each week, our editors and guests get together for a round-table discussion about what’s new, exciting, and unique in the men’s lifestyle world. So pop open your favorite brew, step into your man cave, and start streaming.For this week’s episode of Beards, Booze, and Bacon: The Manual Podcast, the round-table — this week consisting of host Greg Nibler and Food & Drink Editor, Sam Slaughter — welcome the Founder of Grid Rival and all-around Formula 1 Racing enthusiast Ross Fruin to the show. The Business of Delivering Booze to Your Door, According to Drizly’s Founderslast_img read more

Defence tells Calgary trial hospital not parents neglect caused childs death

first_imgCALGARY – A jury heard testimony Monday that a 14-month-old boy’s treatment in hospital, not malnutrition or an overwhelming infection, was to blame for the baby’s death.Jeromie and Jennifer Clark have pleaded not guilty to criminal negligence causing death and failure to provide the necessaries of life for their son John.Jeromie Clark’s lawyer David Chow called Anny Sauvageau, Alberta’s former chief medical examiner, as an expert witness on Monday.She contradicted testimony from the current chief medical examiner, Elizabeth Brooks-Lim, that suggested John was malnourished and died of sepsis.Sauvageau looked at John’s autopsy report, a neuropathologist’s report, medical records and photographs. She said the child most likely died of an “overly aggressive correction” of the sodium in his blood.The jury has already heard doctors gave John saline fluids after his parents took him to a Calgary hospital on Nov. 28, 2013. He died the following day after suffering a seizure and two cardiac arrests.When John came to hospital his sodium levels were very low at 107 millimoles per litre and that was raised to by 17 millimoles within an hour, Sauvageau said.She said there should never be an increase of four to six millimoles per litre within that time span.“We know for sure that the sodium was very low and that it was corrected way too fast compared to what is recommended,” Sauvageau testified.Sauvageau said it was also problematic that John was given so much fluid so quickly because it diluted his blood.“No human body can go through that and adapt in an hour,” she said.Sauvageau also suggested John’s small size was due to a hormonal issue rather than malnutrition. She based that in part on the proportions of his body.For instance, she said, when children are malnourished, they normally lose weight before deficiencies affect their growth. In John’s case, it was the opposite: he was very short, but on the chubby side.“In my opinion, it is not malnutrition and there’s absolutely no evidence whatsoever of any type of malnutrition in this kid,” Sauvageau said.As for septic shock, two of three cultures taken were negative for staph bacteria, she said. And if he had been really sick, the initial one taken — before he was given antibiotics — would have tested positive, but didn’t.Jennifer Clark’s lawyer is not presenting evidence on her behalf.Jurors earlier heard Crown testimony that John had some blackened toes, an unusual rash and an abnormally low body temperature when he arrived at the hospital.Prosecutor Shane Parker said in his opening statement earlier this month that John was born at home, had never been vaccinated, was not fed properly and had never seen a doctor until the day before he died.Parker said that John was on “death’s doorstep” when he was taken to hospital and, because he was malnourished, he was unable to fight off a staph infection.In cross examination of Sauvageau, Parker asked whether she had been informed emergency doctors had described John as critically ill and “somewhat lifeless” when he arrived.She said yes, but that those descriptions didn’t match with what she saw in his medical files.“Were you told, specifically before you came to testify today, the prognosis was John was not going to survive,” Parker asked.“Correct, but it doesn’t mean it’s right,” Sauvageau responded.Parker asked whether Sauvageau was aware there was evidence the Clarks searched online for natural remedies for gangrene before taking John to hospital.“In this case, I’m not sure I see what you want me to do with it,” Sauvageau responded. “It would not help with the cause of death.”last_img read more

KIEFER SUTHERLAND TACKLES A CHRISTMAS TREE ON THANKSGIVING

first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment It is important to laugh at yourself.Happy Thanksgiving! pic.twitter.com/GQZ8fycQXl— Kiefer Sutherland (@RealKiefer) November 22, 2018Kiefer Sutherland has a new holiday celebration inspired by a viral video published more than a decade ago. See, once upon a time, the “24” actor decided to tackle a Christmas tree after having a couple of drinks. Twitter/Kiefer Sutherland That split-second decision has followed him around for the remainder of his career, but Sutherland is taking it in stride.To celebrate Thanksgiving this year, the 51-year-old actor posted a video on Twitter. He introduced a Christmas tree topped with a woolly hat, which he proceeded to hug before taking down in what is apparently typical Sutherland fashion.Happy Thanksgiving from Sutherland to you.By SHAKIEL MAHJOURI | ET CANADA Login/Register With:center_img Advertisement Facebook Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Just seeing reminders of coffee can stimulate us

first_imgSimply looking at something that reminds us of coffee can cause our minds to become more alert and attentive, scientists say. The study looks at an effect called priming, through which exposure to even subtle cues can influence our thoughts and behaviour. “Coffee is one of the most popular beverages and a lot is known about its physical effects,” said Sam Maglio, an associate professor at University of Toronto in Canada. “Much less is known about its psychological meaning – in other words, how even seeing reminders of it can influence how we think,” said Maglio. Also Read – An income drop can harm brain”People often encounter coffee-related cues, or think about coffee, without actually ingesting it,” he said. “We wanted to see if there was an association between coffee and arousal such that if we simply exposed people to coffee-related cues, their physiological arousal would increase, as it would if they had actually drank coffee,” he added. In this case the researchers wanted to explore how simply being exposed to things that remind us of coffee may have an effect on arousal. Across four separate studies and using a mix of participants from western and eastern cultures, they compared coffee- and tea-related cues. They found that participants exposed to coffee-related cues perceived time as shorter and thought in more concrete, precise terms. “People who experience physiological arousal see the world in more specific, detailed terms,” said Maglio.last_img read more

Moroccan economy grows 2.9% in third quarter

Rabat – Morocco’s GDP grew 2.9% in the third quarter of 2014 compared to 4.1% the same period a year earlier, Morocco’s statistics office, the High Commission for Planning (HCP) said on Wednesday.The same source noted a 3.7% increase in non-agricultural activities and a 1.6% shrink in agricultural activities during the same period.The added value of the primary sector dropped 1.3% compared to the 18.4% growth posted during the same period last year. The secondary sector expanded 4.7%, while the tertiary sector grew 3.2% against 2.1% during the same semester last year.The overall added value registered in economic activity rose 2.9% compared to 3.8% the same period in 2013.

Moroccan Woman Wins the Title of Miss New York

New York- Iman Oubou, a 26 year-old Moroccan-born woman won the title of Miss New York on Sunday.Iman Oubou, who has moved to New York over a year ago, expressed her happiness to be elected Miss New York.“I can’t believe I just won the Miss New York United States – dreams do come true and hard work pays off,” Iman told Morocco World News. Iman will represent the state of New York in the Miss United States pageant to be held next July in Washington D.C.This is not the first time the young Moroccan American wins a beauty pageant in the United States. In March 2012, she won the title of Miss Colorado, the state where her family lives.“I worked really hard to feel completely prepared for this pageant as it was always a dream for me not only to move to New York but also be able to represent it at a national pageant! And today I am so honored to say that I am the new miss New York United States and part of the miss United States family,” Iman told Morocco World New.“I will use this title to spotlight a number of projects devoted to women empowerment and gender equality as it is my life passion and my platform,” he added.Iman Oubou, is a 26 year-old woman of Moroccan origin. In 2006, she moved to the United States along with her family and settled in the State of Colordo.Since she settled in the United States at an early age, Iman has always sought to promote the cultural and historical diversity of her native country and change the stereotypical image of Morocco as being an exotic country.“The combination of the Moroccan and American cultures is (and will always be) the key to my present and future accomplishments and pursuits. It is also my responsibility as a Moroccan residing in the US to take the lead and promote the cultural and historical diversity of my native country and change the stereotypical image of Morocco as being an exotic country with nothing to offer,” Iman had told MWN in an interview in 2012Iman pursued her studies at Colorado State University where she obtained a Bachelor’s of Science in Biochemistry/Molecular Biology in May 2011 and a Masters in biomedical engineering in 2013.After her graduation in 2011, she was chosen out of 700 applicants to intern with a biomedical company in Munich, Germany.Iman is also the Co-president of the students for global health organization, which allowed her to go on her recent medical mission to Africa.In addition to her studies, Iman is involved with international medical missions and local medical centers in Colorado. After completing a medical mission to East Africa where she assisted in 26 surgeries in 2011, Iman carried out a medical mission to Morocco in May 2014.Like many Moroccans Iman speaks several languages, including Arabic, English, Spanish and French. read more

Nicaraguan bank sanctioned by US shuts down

MANAGUA, Nicaragua — A Nicaraguan bank close to the government has shut down after the United States imposed sanctions for alleged financial misdeeds on behalf of Venezuela’s state-owned oil company.Eduardo Holmann Chamorro, one of Bancorp’s three directors, says that the country’s Banks and Financial Institutions Superintendent had accepted the bank’s request for a “voluntary dissolution.”Holmann said late Wednesday that the bank would be shuttered and 106 employees would be out of work.U.S. national security adviser John Bolton announced new sanctions against the bank last week, calling it a “slush fund” for President Daniel Ortega. The U.S. had already sanctioned it for its ties to Venezuela.Bancorp was created in 2014 by Alba de Nicaragua (Albanisa) to handle the money of Nicaraguan companies created with Venezuelan funds.The Associated Press read more

Broadview hospital emergency department closes indefinitely due to staff shortages

Since his aortic heart valve replacement 16 years ago, Garry Rink has gone to get blood work done every week at the Broadview Union Hospital. But with the hospital’s emergency department indefinitely closed due to staffing shortages, he now has to drive out of town.“I’ll just go wherever I have to go when the time comes I guess,” he said, noting he now has to drive to Grenfell 20 minutes away or Moosomin 40 minutes away. “It’s just going to be a little more inconvenient.”While he is still able to drive himself to appointments, Rink said other seniors in the town no longer have this capability.“You’ve got a lot of senior people in these little towns that maybe don’t have vehicles,” he said. “Hopefully it doesn’t come to (the hospital) being closed.”Without this easy access to health care, Rink said some residents would likely look at moving to a bigger centre where they are closer to an emergency department.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.Broadview Mayor Carol Mills was also concerned that a lengthy closure of these key hospital services would cause residents to leave or deter people from moving to the town in the first place. She described the hospital as one of the town’s “drawing cards.”“We are such an aging community to begin with, and these people have no way of getting out of town to another emergency (department) or lab work, so it’s pretty hard on us,” she said.“It’s a great hospital (with) all the facilities we need, and just like that we don’t have acute care.”Most residents are now travelling the 40 minutes to Moosomin or even the hour to Melville, said Mills. She believes the closure is already having an impact on local businesses.“I think already the drugstore in town has noticed some decline in business because they have to go out of town, and they just get their medication or whatever they need while they’re out of town,” she said.The Broadview Union Hospital’s emergency department and acute care services closed on Aug. 30. Initially the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) had said the services would be reopened on Sept. 16, but after a continued struggle to find the lab technicians needed, it was changed to an indefinite closure.Jacqui Kennett-Peppler, a primary health care director for the SHA, said the hospital currently has no full-time combined x-ray lab technicians and needs two to reopen the departments.“We really can’t have an emergency department or an acute care site without that lab service being available consistently,” she said, noting the problem has been compounded by one of the hospital’s three physicians handing in his resignation, effective at the end of November.As for how long the search for staff might last, Kennett-Peppler said it’s “really hard to estimate.”Related All Nations Healing Hospital starts new foundation with anonymous $1M donation Regina doctor spends months volunteering at Pakistan hospital Medical technologists and technicians feeling job pressure But Mills is worried about the closure’s impact on more than just the town of Broadview, noting the entire RM of Elcapo and three neighbouring First Nations communities all use the hospital.Cowessess First Nation is one of the neighbouring communities whose residents use the hospital. Chief Cadmus Delorme said the majority of the First Nation’s 900 residents go to the Broadview Union Hospital, making its emergency department’s temporary closure “definitely a concern.”“Broadview has been a good ally to Cowessess for over 100 years and that hospital has been a very crucial part to our relationship. We utilize it a lot,” he said.“Sometimes these are life and death situations, so already to get to Broadview is about 20 minutes … but Melville would probably be about 40 minutes.”Delorme hopes that in the future, members of Cowessess First Nation could become trained for the positions the hospital needs to fill to help prevent a closure like this from happening years down the road.“It’s a challenge right now; it might be an opportunity in the future,” he said.lgiesbrecht@postmedia.com read more

Rebels take Bukavu in eastern DR of Congo protesters target UN

The town was effectively being controlled by General Laurent Nkunda of the Rassemblement Congolais pour la Democratie-Goma (RCD-Goma) and the former deputy regional military commander Colonel Jules Mutebutsi, UN spokesman Fred Eckhard told reporters in New York.Some other RCD-Goma leaders had joined the DRC’s multi-factional Transitional Government, along with leading members of the former Kinshasa government, the Mayi-Mayi militias, the Mouvement de liberation du Congo, RCD-Kisangani/Mouvement de liberation, and RCD-National.UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan called on “all parties concerned to put an immediate end to the hostilities and abide by the cease-fire,” Mr. Eckhard said.”The Secretary-General encourages the Transitional Government to address the issue in a consensual manner and reaffirms MONUC’s availability to assist in this regard,” he said.After listening to a briefing on the situation by the Under Secretary-General for Peacekeeping, Jean-Marie Guéhenno, the Security Council president for June, Ambassador Lauro Baja of the Philippines, said the Council condemned the violence and the violation of human rights accompanying it.The Council also condemned “the incitement of hatred, especially against members of the local community, in particular those aimed at the Banyamulenge,” he said. Some 2,000 people crossed the border to Cyangugu, in south-western Rwanda, last week, according to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). They have been identified as mainly Congolese Tutsi, also known as Banyamulenge,About 1,060 MONUC troops are stationed in the town, MONUC spokesman Hamadoun Toure said, noting that the parties had signed the 1999 Lusaka Accord and the 2002 Global and Inclusive Accord. Negotiations were now going on to re-establish the cease-fire and restore calm in Bukavu, he said.In the fighting, the UN World Food Programme’s (WFP) warehouse was looted and the offices of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) were attacked, Mr. Eckhard said.In other parts of the DRC, demonstrators in Kisangani and the national capital, Kinshasa, expressed anger over the rebel taking of Bukavu, he said. In Kisangani, a UN building and vehicle were set on fire and the vehicle’s driver was missing, while in Kinshasa, two UN vehicles were set on fire.UNHCR said that for the first time in days 50 people fled to south-western Rwanda today. The agency has reinforced its staff at the Nyagatare transit centre in the area to deal with the influx of refugees. read more

UN mission condemns attack on female Afghan senator and family

Ms. Khairzad and her family were reportedly ambushed on the main highway in the province of Ghazni, the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said in a statement.They were heading to her home province of Nimroz in the country’s south to celebrate the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr, marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan.“We condemn this attack in itself, but what makes it worse is that it took place on the eve of Eid al-Fitr, a time of peace and goodwill,” said the Secretary-General’s Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan and acting head of UNAMA, Nicholas Haysom. UNAMA extended its condolences for those killed in the attack and wished a speedy recovery for Ms. Khairzad and her surviving family members.

Math kits made by Brock students for young learners

Brock students are working to make math equal fun by adding a dash of creativity.Students in a third-year math course, Mathematics at the Junior/Intermediate/Senior Level, have been working to create kits to help make math more accessible to young learners.Coinciding with National STEM Day, the first of three presentations related to the kits took place Nov. 8 and offered faculty, students and Let’s Talk Science Outreach at Brock volunteers a sneak peek into the hands-on, interactive math-based activities.The project, a new addition to the long-running Math 3P91 course, provides the class of future math educators an opportunity to apply the theoretical concepts they learn in class. The idea for this experiential component emerged last year when Dan Lonergan, Experiential Education Co-ordinator in the Faculty of Mathematics and Science, and Anna Hudlin, Let’s Talk Science Outreach at Brock Site Co-ordinator, discussed a potential partnership. In 2016, Brock became a new site for Let’s Talk Science, a national organization that offers science education and programs for all ages from preschool to high school using ready-made science, technology, engineering and math-related kits.Recognizing the need for more math-based kits, Hudlin approached Lonergan about creating the experiential opportunity.Following feedback and final tweaks, the students’ work may become part of available Let’s Talk Science kits used in classrooms by volunteers at Brock and beyond.Each kit contains a workbook and guide for the classroom facilitator, as well as the materials needed for each workshop. Kits were created for a variety of math topics and were each geared toward specific grades.For example, one kit is all about exploring the mathematical concepts of comparing, sorting and pattern recognition.The kit uses common household activities to help young learners connect the concepts to life outside the classroom.Participants rotate through a series of activity stations that show the concepts at work  while doing household chores such as sorting laundry, sewing, baking, grocery shopping and counting money. read more

Neary victims in limbo as they wait for government to do the

first_img“MICHAEL NEARY IS a dysfunctional individual who damaged women. Today he is a free agent, drawing a pension and we are left in limbo.”That was the opening statement from one of his patients at a press briefing this morning, the latest attempt by campaigners to encourage Health Minister James Reilly to resolve the issue of compensation for the 35 victims excluded from the Neary redress scheme.In February 2012, Reilly said his proposals for dealing with the sensitive situation were at an advanced stage and that his department were in talks with the Attorney General.Since then, the women have not received word of any further development.Campaigner Sheila O’Connor noted that although it has been 15 years since the story about Neary’s “bizarre practices” broke, “we still have 35 women injured and without compensation”.She said the victims have “strong medical supports” and there is no question about wrongdoing on Neary’s part. They were excluded from the initial redress scheme on technicalities following Judge Maureen Harding Clark’s 2004 deliberations. That system referred only to two narrow groups, one of which excluded all women over the age of 40. It compensated about 200 patients at a cost of more than €20 million.Marie Raeburn was 40 years and three days old when she underwent her surgery. Her womb and ovaries were removed unnecessarily.“I have been writing, phoning TDs. It is hard to be positive,” she told the room of reporters, supporters and fellow survivors at Buswell’s Hotel in Dublin.A meeting has been sought with the Minister and the Taoiseach but response letters from government have not addressed the request.“It really is just not OK,” continued O’Connor. “I’ve seen young women turn to mature women, and mature women turn to old women.“The women will tell you how bitterly disappointed they are. We believed [Reilly] – and we would have given him leeway.”A commitment to resolve the issue is included in the coalition’s Programme for Government.Horror storiesNeary was struck off the Medical Register in September 2003 following a lengthy hearing before the Medical Council. A series of investigations and inquires into his practices had started years earlier.The probes revealed that Neary performed negligent, damaging and unnecessary gynaecological procedures on a number women at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda.The issue only came to light after two midwives working at the Maternity Unit raised concerns that the surgeon was carrying out an unusual number of caesarean hysterectomies. They also felt that some of his clinical practices were “out of date”.The Lourdes Hospital Inquiry was established by the Government in 2004 after which a large number of women were compensated. It found that since Neary began his work as an obstetrician in the hospital, the rate of casesarian hysterectomies was extremely high.Altogether he performed 129 such procedures which involve removing the woman’s womb shortly after she has given birth. The average for the majority of obstetricians’ career is about five, an RTÉ documentary revealed after investigating the case.Women have been compensated through both the redress scheme and through civil actions when the Statue of Limitations of two or three years allowed.The amounts varied from €80,000 to €300,000, depending on severity of situation, damage and number of children.The scheme established after the 2004 report has been described as “fair” and something the victims were “content” with. The only problem was the exclusions.“The number [35] has not risen,” maintains O’Connor. “The government does not have to worry about being overwhelmed by other people.”“We just want to get on with our lives…see closure,” adds Mary Packenham, who also sat at the top table at today’s conference. “It is constantly in the back of our minds so we can’t get on with our lives.”No showTwo years ago, a similar meeting organised by Patient Focus attracted representatives from each of Ireland’s political parties. Today, just one senator and one TD spoke up the conference room, a stone’s throw from Leinster House.“It is shameful,” O’Connor said at the top of the briefing.Labour Senator Mary Moran and her colleague, Louth TD Gerald Nash, echoed the sentiment. Nash said he was “deeply frustrated” at the lack of action, while Moran promised to continue pressurising Ministers on the matter. She also expressed disappointment that more of her party colleagues were not in attendance.What next?As the Statute of Limitations has run its course for all 35 women, civil action is not an option. Importantly, Michael Neary no longer has insurance.“The plan?” says O’Connor. “To stay here until we die.”Asked about the possibility of strong protest, the campaigners noted they were a small group “not into throwing stink bombs”.The power is in their argument and in the truth, they say. “We shouldn’t have to throw a tantrum in a democracy.”February 2012: Compensation on way for women excluded from Neary redress schemelast_img read more

Varane Real Madrid 100 motivated to make history

first_imgReal Madrid defender Raphael Varane insists that they remain as motivated as ever heading into tonight’s Champions League trip to CSKA MoscowAfter three consecutive Champions League titles with few new signings in the summer, concerns have been raised over Real’s motivation.Julen Lopetegui’s side have also dropped five points in their last three La Liga games with just a single goal to their name in the process.But Varane, who will play in Moscow for the first time since winning the World Cup with France later today, insists that Los Blancos remain as keen as ever to rewrite the history books.“Our motivation is always at its maximum. Just wearing this shirt gives you motivation. We always want to make history and improve,” said Varane on the club website.“This stadium will always be special for me [referring to the World Cup Final], but it’s a Champions League game against a complicated team. It’ll be a difficult game, so we’ll need to be 100%.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“We’re not worried, we know what we’re capable of. We have a great team and we know we can beat anyone.“The season is long and there are many games to be played, but the Champions League is a unique competition.“Experience is very important in the Champions League, but we have quality players who can respond to the demands of the Champions League.“Every player in the squad is prepared and has the qualities of playing a match in this competition.”Real captain Sergio Ramos will be rested for the game at the Russian capital.The Group G clash between Real and CSKA will take place at the VEB Arena with kick-off to begin at 21:00 (CEST).last_img read more

IMF reports back to TCI on findings after ten days in country

first_img Epoc Expects Positive Review From Imf Related Items:British Atlantic Financial Services, depositors insurance scheme, financial sector assessment program. tci bank, IMF Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 11 May 2015 – No Central Bank for the Turks and Caicos has created a void that the recent International Monetary Fund team believes needs to be filled. In fact, the team explained that the lack of a DIS or Depositors’ Insurance Scheme leaves small depositors and policy holders dangerously exposed. The Financial Sector Assessment Program and the six experts on the ground a few weeks back said in their report issued Sunday that: “At this moment, the Turks and Caicos Islands authorities are not ready to introduce a DIS. A DIS can function properly when its two preconditions are met: a strong supervisory framework and a special resolution regime for banks that are not viable. While progress has been made in the first area, more needs to be done in the second area.” It is no secret that losses after the TCI Bank fiasco and the British Atlantic Financial Services Ltd debacle there were significant losses. The report from the team recommends that government enhance regulation and supervision, introduce a special bank resolution regime, create a preference for smaller depositors and policyholders or have institutions establish a fund for depositor or policyholder payout. Another Successful review for Grenada from IMF Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp IMF prompts new legislation for Financial Services in TCIlast_img read more

Wilmington OBITUARIES Week of April 29 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are the obituaries published on Wilmington Apple during the week of April 29, 2018:Lived In Wilmington At Time Of Passing:David A. Sarich, 66Previously Lived In Wilmington:Rita A. (McDonough) Maxwell, 78Jason C. Zwicker, 48 Worked In/Volunteered In/Connected To Wilmington:Lina Margaret “Marg” Buchman, 93Maria L. (DaSilva) Nunes, 85Like 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 wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington OBITUARIES (Week of August 18, 2019)In “Obituaries”Wilmington OBITUARIES (Week of August 11, 2019)In “Obituaries”Wilmington OBITUARIES (Week of August 4, 2019)In “Obituaries”last_img read more