Equifax faces growing scrutiny as CAA says thousands may be impacted

first_imgTORONTO – Equifax Canada is facing intensifying calls for transparency on its massive cyberhack as the Canadian Automobile Association informs thousands of its members that their data may have been compromised and frustrated consumers ask questions about why they’re being treated worse than their U.S. counterparts.CAA said Thursday it partnered with Equifax on its identity protection program and is notifying the roughly 10,000 members who participated that they may have had sensitive data divulged in the security breach made public last week.The auto organization’s program required members to register their personal information such as credit cards, banking information and email address, with the option of providing a social insurance number.It appears that the sensitive information of CAA members who signed up for the identity protection program was stored with Equifax USA, said Ian Jack, CAA managing director of communications and government relations.The company has shied away from public comment, however Equifax Canada’s customer service agents have told callers that only Canadians who have had dealings in the United States are likely to have had their information compromised in the data breach. That includes those who have lived, worked or applied for credit south of the border.“Equifax has not been forthcoming with information to us despite our repeated requests,” Jack said.The identity protection program began in March 2015 and was terminated on July 1, weeks before Equifax discovered the hack on July 29.Jack said the CAA has been trying since the first reports of the Equifax breach surfaced to determine if it affects any of its approximately 10,000 members who signed up for the program. It is also writing to Canada’s privacy commissioner to express concern and ask that they push Equifax to provide more information to Canadians.“We value our members’ privacy. Our contract with Equifax explicitly said customer data would be governed by Canada’s privacy law, PIPEDA,” Jack said.“We chose them as a partner because of their then high reputation. CAA did not handle or retain any of the information provided to Equifax.”Equifax Canada did not respond to requests Thursday from The Canadian Press.The development comes as Canadians who are worried they might be victims of the Equifax Inc. voice concern they are being treated as an afterthought in the wake of one of the largest online data breaches in history.Equifax Inc. said last Thursday that a security breach occurred over the summer that compromised the private information of up to 143 million Americans, along with a undisclosed number of Canadians.But the company has not provided further details, including how many Canadians may have been exposed.The company has provided consumers in the U.S. with a website that shows whether they are at risk of identity theft and is allowing them to monitor their files for free for one year.But the online database does not provide Canadians with accurate information because it is based on U.S. social security numbers. The Equifax Canada website says it costs $19.95 per month for the monitoring service.Toronto lawyer Frances Macklin said she is frustrated that Canadians are more in the dark than U.S. consumers and questioned why there isn’t a dedicated portal for consumers north of the border.“We’re equally affected. Just because I don’t have a social security number, I don’t get access to information,” said the partner at Gowlings law firm. “I’m completely bewildered by that.”Communications expert Warren Weeks believes Equifax could not have handled this issue in a worse way.“We’re talking about the gateway to all of your financial information in your life,” said Weeks, owner of communications firm Weeks Media Group.“And Canadians, in specific, don’t know if they’ve been targeted or not or they’ve been impacted or not? I think in 2017, that’s unacceptable.”However, he added, it’s common for a Canadian subsidiary to be told to keep tight-lipped by its U.S. parent when issues arise.Equifax may also be under more regulatory pressure in the U.S. than in Canada, said Tamir Israel, a staff lawyer with the Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic in Ottawa.The U.S. has federal regulations in place that govern credit reporting companies such as Equifax, which outline both proper business practices and identity theft, Israel said.“If they don’t deal with this issue appropriately, [that law] is likely to get expanded to address whatever shortcomings they had.”In Canada, credit reporting agencies are regulated by individual provinces and territories, he added.“Because of that mismatch, it falls through the cracks a little.”last_img read more

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Reno gives preliminary approval for downtown strip clubs

RENO, Nev. — Reno officials have given preliminary approval to allow strip clubs to remain in the city’s downtown.The Reno City Council voted Wednesday on a series of regulations on adult businesses, approving a number of operating restrictions but rejecting proposed bans on alcohol and digital signs.The council will vote again on the regulations on May 8. The regulations will become law if the council approves them again.The council approved restrictions prohibiting private booths or lounges for private dances in the clubs.They also voted to increase the minimum age requirement of dancers from 18 to 21 and to require performers and employees to obtain work cards.The Associated Press read more

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Trial for Sukhvinder Rai starts today

The trial began today for Sukhvinder Rai, the man who crashed his truck into the Skyway Bridge back in July 2014.He is facing six charges, that include, impaired driving over .80, dangerous driving, mischief, and endangering life.The first witness testified was driving behind Rai and saw the crash.The trial is expected to last until the end of the month.Sean Leathong is covering the trail and will have a full report on the Evening News at 6.

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FROM THE FIELD New sensors protect vulnerable Malawians against deadly lightning

In tropical countries like Malawi, people who work outdoors are particularly susceptible to lightning strikes. (November 2018) by UNDP MalawiThere are more deaths from lightning in developing countries, especially in tropical electrical storm-prone regions, largely because more people work outdoors and fewer buildings are protected against strikes.  In Malawi, UNDP has been working with government agencies to install eight lightning detection sensors across the southern African country which can warn people – particularly those who could be in danger like farmers and fishing communities – that a storm is on the way. Read more here. read more

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Ohio State hockey interim coach named

Ohio State has named Steve Rohlik as the interim coach of its men’s hockey team, according to a press release. Rohlik, who served as the Buckeyes’ associate head coach for three seasons, will replace former coach Mark Osiecki, who was let go by the program Monday. Rohlik said he doesn’t know why Osiecki was fired. “It has been a difficult couple days for everybody. I’m just focusing on my role of getting the players to finish up the semester in the way they need to do and that’s what my focus is on right now,” Rohlik said in an interview with The Lantern Tuesday afternoon. Rohlik joined OSU’s staff in 2010 after spending 10 years as an assistant coach at Minnesota Duluth. While he was on staff, the team advanced to two NCAA tournaments from 2001-2010, including a Frozen Four appearance in 2004 and the 2009 WCHA playoff title. Rohlik also served as an assistant coach for three seasons at Nebraska-Omaha from 1998-2000. Prior to that, he spent 1991 on the Wisconsin coaching staff. Like his predecessor, Rohlik is a Minnesota native and graduated from Wisconsin. He was a two-time captain for the Badgers hockey team, which won a national championship his senior year. Rohlik said he doesn’t know what his salary will be yet. “There’s been nothing like that right now at all,” Rohlik said. “Like I said, I’m just focusing on what my role is right now.” As of Tuesday afternoon, a description of the men’s hockey head coaching position was still available on OSU’s career website. The position’s description had not changed upon the announcement of Rohlik being named interim head coach. read more

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HERO CPL Playoff tickets on sale CEO says games in Guyana

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCPL idols departing cricket knowledge before tournament gets underwayJuly 26, 2018In “latest news”Hero CPL signs historic deal to have playoff games in GuyanaJuly 4, 2018In “Sports”CPL 2018: Fastest 50 award to be sponsored by eZoneJuly 23, 2018In “latest news” Tickets for the Playoffs of the Biggest Party in Sport are now on sale online and at the local box office and will be sold on a first come first served basis, according to a release from CPLT20.The Hero CPL Playoffs will be at Providence Stadium in Guyana for the first time and sellout crowds are expected so fans are encouraged to buy early to avoid disappointment.Last year there were four Hero CPL games in Guyana, this year there are five group games and the two vital Playoff matches in Providence as Hero CPL brings more superb sport to the cricket loving public of Guyana.Fans can expect an even bigger party in 2018 with Hero CPL planning to make these the must attend events in Guyana this summer. The Playoffs are a hugely important part of the Hero CPL season as we find out who will be taking part in the final of the fast growing T20 tournament.The matches will take place on Tuesday 11 September and Wednesday 12 September as the six team Franchise tournament approaches its dramatic conclusion. This is the ticket that everyone in Guyana wants and these matches are just reward to the Guyanese public for their wonderful support of Hero CPL over the yearsFans wanting to buy tickets for these fixtures can do so at www.cplt20.com and at the ticket office which is located at 238 Camp and Quamina Streets, Georgetown. Tickets are also on sale at Lot 19 Princess Elizabeth Road, Queenstown, New Amsterdam and at Imam Bacchus and Sons General Store at Affiance Essequibo Coast. Fans are  encouraged to buy soon as the tickets are expected to sell out very fast.Speaking about the release of tickets for the Playoff games Damien O’Donohoe, CEO of Hero CPL, said: “The support that we have over the years from the Guyanese government and the Guyanese public has been outstanding. The games in Guyana have an atmosphere like nowhere else on earth. This is the biggest sports event of the year and I urge fans to get their tickets early and not be left disappointed. There was so many fans who missed the home games as the tickets sold out so fast. We also have a few surprises up our sleeve for the Playoffs… so make sure to follow us on www.cplt20.com” read more

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SENSATION Norwegian machines fight for the medal

Norway are at the Men’s EHF EURO 2016 semi-final for the first time in the handball history of this Scandinavian country! Amazing success is achieved against the Olympic, World and European champions – France 29:24 (12:11). Scandi guys were lead by fantastic shooter, lefthander Kent Robin Tonnesen, who netted six goals, together with Kent Bjornsen, fantastic Sander Sagosen, etc. Only “Expert” who was on the level necessary to challenge fantastic rivals, has been Daniel Narcisse with seven goals.France still have chances to play for the medals despite defeat. If Croatia beat Poland between five and nine goals difference, France will play in the semis. Croats must beat host team with 10 (if they score 34 goals) or more to grab the last train for the final weekend.Belarus beat Macedonia 30:29 in the battle for the fifth place in the Group.STATISTICSSTANDINGS:Norway 7Poland 6France 6Croatia 4Belarus 2Macedonia 1 ← Previous Story Qatari powerhouse El Jaish and Antonio Gerona together until 2017! Next Story → AFTER 8 YEARS: Germany beat Denmark for the place in semi-final! read more

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All noncompliant organisations receiving HSE funding to appear before PAC

first_imgTHE CHAIRMAN OF the Public Accounts Committee has said that any organisation in receipt of Section 38 HSE funding which is not compliant with government policies on public pay will be called to an Oireachtas hearing in the new year.John McGuinness told TheJournal.ie that the committee decided at its meeting yesterday to set out a time early next year for representatives to appear.“It is an urgent matter,” he said. “It needs to be done as soon as possible. But we also need to figure out the scope of the work that needs to be done.”A new report is due next week on how many agencies are not compliant with government policies on public pay.In September, 24 organisations returned a status of non-compliance to the HSE but there have already been doubts cast over the 12 which said they were compliant.Yesterday, Simon Harris called on the St Vincent’s Healthcare Group to answer “serious questions” about its corporate governance and pension funding.“The HSE audit into Section 38 bodies revealed that St Vincent’s had declared itself compliant, however, a letter sent by St Vincent’s to the HSE outlined that not all staff at the organisation were in line with health sector pay policy,” explained the Wicklow TD.He said he discovered a number of issues “which need to be urgently addressed” when examining the group’s 2011 accounts.More: St Vincent’s Healthcare Group called on to explain financesRead: Fundraising ‘down 40 per cent’ as top-up controversy continueslast_img read more

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PAC will be discussing the CRC today but who is going to

first_imgCregan ReportA report published last month by former interim administrator John Cregan said that the CRC set up its charitable arm for the sole purpose of receiving as much money as possible from the HSE.At the time, Hamilton denied this was the case and said the report “exonerates CRC of wrongdoing allegations”.Cregan will be in attendance today, as will Laverne McGuinness, HSE Chief Operations Officer, and Pat Healy, HSE National Director of Social Care.McGuinness told TheJournal.ie: “We have our work in the main done with the former board members and the ones that are not turning up have legitimate reasons.”If there are still questions remaining [after today’s meeting] we can call on Mr Nugent and Mr Martin and Mr Kiely to re-attend.He added that it was now “more important to talk to the HSE in relation to their failure to monitor, over many years, the section 38 and 39 grants”.“We know what happened. Tomorrow we’ll be focusing on the Cregan report and what can be done in the future.”HSEIn a statement released yesterday evening, McGuinness added that the HSE had many lessons to learn from the report.There are clearly lessons for the HSE in terms of its oversight of all voluntary bodies, and in this respect the committee will be keen to assess how its procedures can be enhanced. The Cregan Report highlights the deficiencies in the HSE funding model, which did not directly link costs and the specified outputs and prices.He said it should be noted that the report underlined that the CRC was “on the whole a well-run body with the exception of a number of governance issues, served by an excellent staff”. “The committee are keen that, with a new CRC board in place, these legacy issues are dealt with comprehensively to allow the institution to move on from this controversy and continue its valuable work for those clients it has served so well.”The meeting, which can be watched here, will commence at 1oam in Committee Room 1. Additional reporting: Hugh O’ConnellRelated: Ex-CRC chief “extremely ill”, unable to answer questions about €742k pay-offBackground: The report into the CRC says it only set up its side charity to get more money from the HSERead: Former CRC chief rejects that any fundraised money was kept secret A NUMBER OF former board members from the Central Remedial Clinic who were invited to attend a meeting with the Public Accounts Committee today will be absent.PAC Chair John McGuinness confirmed that former CRC Chair Jim Nugent would not be in attendance, nor will former executives David Martin and Brian Conlan.The three last appeared before PAC in December and January, when there were numerous revelations about salaries and pay-offs at the clinic.Nugent and Martin will not be attending as they are in the UK and Italy respectively.Earlier this week, Conlan’s solicitors questioned him being called as a witness and whether or not it was under the remit of the committee to investigate how taxpayers’ money and public donations were used to top-up executive salaries at the charity.McGuinness said that today’s meeting will “give us the opportunity to tease out some of those issues”.Former chair Hamilton Goulding will attend, as will his successor Kieran Timmins and current CEO Stephanie Manahan.Paul Kiely, former Chief Executive, is not attending due to ill health. The HSE revealed in January that Kiely was paid a total retirement package of €742,025.All members of the board of governors at the clinic resigned at the request of the HSE last December, following a controversy over the use of charitable funds to top up salaries in excess of Department of Health pay scales.PAC’s members are also currently trying to compel former Rehab Group executives Frank Flannery and Angela Kerins to appear before them to discuss similar issues surrounding salaries and top-up payments.last_img read more

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Labor to benefit from the Liberal Party leadership crisis

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram To say that this has been a heated week in Australian politics would be an understatement. So far, the Liberal Party leadership crisis has seen Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s tenure coming to an end, effectively putting the federal government on shaky ground. In days to come, Australians will witness the chain reaction of this unprecedented turn of events, which will most definitely move the election date much closer than what had been originally planned.Given that the challenge of the PM’s leadership was justified by the Coalition’s continuously poor performance in the polls, Neos Kosmos turned to Independent Poll Analyst Andrew Catsaras, for his insight on Turnbull’s performance and the chances that the Coalition has under a new leadership. But even for a polling expert, it is hard to make sense of the current political situation and goings-on in the Liberal party.“There is no polling basis for this, at all,” he says, explaining that it is not important how many weeks a party is behind, but the magnitude of the difference.“When Malcolm Turnbull challenged Tony Abbott, back in 2015, the Coalition was consistently well behind by 10 points in the two-party-preferred vote, so he did have an argument, because they were heading for a big defeat,” he says.“When Turnbull was elected as leader he got a huge surge in popularity for the Liberal party and was heading for a comfrotable victory, but the problem for him was that he didn’t deliver as a Prime Minister; people expected him to be a centrist PM, as opposed to a conservative. He didn’t deliver that, and this is why he nearly lost the election, it was a very close vote.“Since that time, the polls have gone in Labor’s favour, however in the last few months the polls had improved for the Coalition, to the point where they are only a couple of points behind, about 51 to 49 per cent, which is much much closer to what Tony Abbott had achieved, and they were in a position where they could become competitive in the next six months or so.”LABOR WINNER OF LIBERAL LEADERSHIP CHALLENGEAnother rationale presented as a reason for leadership change points to the recent byelection and the marginal seats of Queensland that would be key to which party will win the election. Despite Labor’s good performance in the by-election, the party still needs to pick up six or eight seats in the state, with slim chances. The only time that Labor managed to perform well in Queensland was under Kevin Rudd, who is a Queenslander.Part of the reasoning behind Peter Dutton’s challenging the leadership is that the Coalition would have an advantage in this crucial state. Mr Catsaras is not ready to accept this viewpoint.“There is no evidence at all, in polling information, to say that Peter Dutton would perform better than Turnbull,” he says, pointing out that this notion is based on the fact that the former Home Affairs Minister is a Queenslander.“This is only an opinion, but I would suspect that even if he did pick up support in Queensland – which is debatable – he would lose more than that in the other states, because he’s just not a particularly popular or well-liked person.”But what about the PM-designate, Scott Morrison, who emerged victorious from the leadership spill and will now lead the Coalition into the election? Mr Catsaras doesn’t think that he can make much difference to Turnbull.“Julie Bishop might have had better chances, because she’s a woman and has a better profile, but my view is that had Malcolm Turnbull stayed, the chances of Labor winning would not have been as great as they are now, after all this turmoil,” he says, pointing to the negative effect this spill will have on the voters, who are always weary of party politics and backstabbing.At this stage, it doesn’t matter who the Liberal party leader is, because fewer voters will support the Coalition for a number of reasons, Mr Catsaras estimates.“A lot of them will go over to Labor,” he says; “whether they go over to Labor as a first preference, or as a second or third preference, it doesn’t matter – Labor’s two-party-preference numbers will improve, they will win, and they will win with a pretty good majority, because of this turmoil. Whereas I thought they might be looking at 78 to 80 seats, now they may end up with 85 to 90 seats.”LEADERSHIP CRISIS ALL ACROSS THE SPECTRUMIf this week of political turmoil proved anything, it is that there is an ongoing crisis of leadership all across the political spectrum. This is evident in the polls, where no party leader seems able to inspire voters – but maybe it also signifies the need to stop focusing on personalities and pay attention to policies.Mr Catsaras doesn’t see this happening soon.“The first point is that people do want to believe in leaders,” he says. “They want to have hope in leaders. We saw that with Kevin Rudd, we saw that with Julia Gillard, and we saw that with Malcolm Turnbull; we didn’t see it with Tony Abbott, because he doesn’t inspire any hope. Bob Hawke, back in 1983 did, Gough Whitlam did, there are leaders who people want to believe in; Obama is an excellent example, also Trudeau in Canada and Macron in France. These people do inspire hope. The difficulty is that sometimes those expectations are too high, or those people are incapable of delivering what they would like to do because of limitations. Obama couldn’t deliver nowhere near what he wanted because of the US congress, for instance; Julia Gillard inspired hope for being the first woman PM, but she was disappointing and undermined a lot by Kevin Rudd; Malcolm Turnbull hasn’t delivered, partly because he was so worried about the conservative wing of the party.“At the current situation, Bill Shorten, who’s more likely to become PM, doesn’t inspire any enthusiasm or hope for something better; that may in fact help him because the expectations from him as leader won’t be that high. He’s actually had a lot of ability and I think he’ll try to govern like Hawke, as a consensus leader. He won’t inspire hope, but that could change.”Still, this does not look very inspiring; the question is why is there such a dissonance between what voters want from their leaders and what the party system actually delivers. For Mr Catsaras, this is a systemic issue.“The type of people who should be getting into politics, who have those sorts of capabilities, aren’t getting in because it’s very hard to break through and get selected to run in seats, unless you are a creature of the parties – you have to come from the unions, or be a political staffer and work your way up through the ranks, you force your way into the Parliament,” he says.“You have to grease so many palms and do so many favours, that people who might have that sort of vision – and particularly women – are just turned off from going through that process, which attracts a certain type of person, a transactional politician, who does deals to get things done.”LEADERSHIP IN A GLOBALISED WORLD Speaking of ‘deals’, one cannot avoid bringing up US President, Donald Trump.“I’m no fan of his,” clarifies the analyst, “but from his constituency’s point of view, he does deliver. And this is what these conservatives in Australia and Europe are trying to do.“We live in a globalised world and there is a very high level of anxiety in people, who see there are no jobs in factories; they want things to go back to the 1960s and that is not going to happen. All governments in the world face this problem and that is a dangerous thing for democracy, because it leaves a vacuum.“People like Trump, crazy right-wing conservatives, fascists, they fill that vacuum; they use people’s anxiety and present people with simple solutions, they blame immigrants, imports, ‘African gangs’, whatever. That is a major issue.“A leader of the progressive side would need to understand that anxiety and convey that to the people, not give false hope, but get into people’s shoes. Whitlam, Hawke and Keating, they all did it – Rudd and Turnbull didn’t do it; that’s where the problem lies now, but it’s much more difficult now than 30 years ago. We live in a much more globalised world, and things change more quickly.“That’s why you need people in democracy to stand up. It’s like what the ancient Greeks used to say: if a man says he has no interest in politics, we don’t say that he minds his own business, we say he doesn’t have any business being here at all.“That’s a really important lesson, that democracy is a really important thing that all people should participate in, in all levels.”last_img read more

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Une traversée inédite du pôle Nord de la Russie vers le Canada

first_imgUne traversée inédite du pôle Nord de la Russie vers le CanadaUne équipe d’explorateurs canadiens et russes s’apprête à partir de Russie pour rejoindre le Canada, par le pôle Nord. Une traversée de l’Arctique de plusieurs mois qui n’a encore jamais été effectuée.Le voyage s’annonce long pour les huit explorateurs russes et canadiens qui partiront demain d’une île de l’Arctique. Cette équipe, baptisée “Polar ring”, s’apprête à réaliser la toute première traversée du Pôle Nord qui rejoint la Russie au Canada. Soit quelque 8.000 kilomètres de territoire glacé et encore inexploré : “La Russie est allée bien plus loin que quiconque dans l’exploration arctique. Et ici encore, nous allons emprunter des routes que personne n’a jamais prises”, a expliqué aux journalistes de Moscou, Vladimir Chukov qui dirige l’équipe. Si tout se passe selon leurs plans, les explorateurs devraient atteindre le Canada fin mai et terminer leur voyage aux alentours du 22 juin. À lire aussiQuand un panda s’attaque à un bonhomme de neige au CanadaPendant ces quatre mois, ils voyageront à bord de deux véhicules aux pneus surgonflés et spécialement conçus pour rouler sur les amas de neige et les calottes glaciaires. Egalement capables de flotter, les buggy pourront aussi leur permettre de traverser des étendues moins glacées. “En raison des températures, il pourrait y avoir beaucoup d’eaux libres”, a confié à Moscou Mikhaïl Glan, l’un des scientifiques russes vivant à Vancouver. “Nous ne sommes pas certains que ce sera glacé. Fort probablement pas. Alors nous devrons conduire par détours et cela nous ralentira assurément”.L’un des principaux objectifs de cette grande expédition est de servir de test pour le système GLONASS de navigation par satellite développé par la Russie en concurrence au GPS américain. Mais la traversée devrait également permettre de démontrer la valeur des véhicules à roues dans ce type de contrées. Par ailleurs, les explorateurs souhaitent profiter de leur voyage pour observer les ours polaires et récolter des indices concernant les changement climatiques. Des résultats qu’ils communiqueront à leur retour.Le 16 février 2011 à 16:36 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Suicide bomber kills 32 in Kabul

first_imgA suicide bomber killed 32 people including women and children and wounded 41 others when he blew himself up in a Shiite mosque in Kabul on Friday, officials said.”Unfortunately this evening a suicide bomber detonated himself among the worshippers inside a mosque in Dasht-e-Barchi neighbourhood of Kabul city,” Kabul police spokesman Abdul Basir Mujahid told AFP.The interior ministry confirmed the toll of 32 dead and 41 wounded.last_img

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Trump sets up abortion obstacles barring clinic referrals

first_img Share This! Share This! Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar,Load Comments,At Vatican summit, talk of destroyed files riles bishops’ critics By: David Crary Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration has set up new obstacles for women seeking abortions, barring taxpayer-funded family planning clinics from making abortion referrals.The new policy is certain to be challenged in court.The final rule released Friday (Feb. 22) by the Health and Human Services Department also prohibits federally funded family planning clinics from being housed in the same locations as abortion providers and requires stricter financial separation. Clinic staff will still be permitted to discuss abortion with clients.The move was decried by women’s groups and praised by religious conservatives, but it could be some time before women served by the federal family program feel the full impact.Women’s groups, organizations representing the clinics and Democrat-led states are expected to sue to block the policy from going into effect. Administration officials told abortion opponents on a call Friday that they expect legal action, according to a participant.Planned Parenthood, whose affiliates are major providers of family planning services as well as abortions, said the administration is trying to impose a “gag rule,” and the organization launched a full campaign to block it.“We’re going to fight this rule through every possible avenue,” said Emily Stewart, the organization’s vice president for policy.Planned Parenthood and other groups representing the clinics say the new requirements for physical separation of facilities would be all but impossible to fulfill. Planned Parenthood said the administration action is another attempt to drive it out of business, after efforts to deny it funding failed in Congress.Religious conservatives said the administration’s policy is a major step toward breaking down what they see as an indirect taxpayer subsidy of abortion providers.Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, called it “a major step toward the ultimate goal of ending taxpayers’ forced partnership with the abortion industry.”The regulation was published Friday on an HHS website. It’s not official until it appears in the Federal Register and the department said there could be “minor editorial changes.” A department official confirmed it was the final version.Known as Title X, the family-planning program serves about 4 million women annually through independent clinics, many operated by Planned Parenthood affiliates, which serve about 40 percent of all clients. The grant program costs taxpayers about $260 million a year.Abortion is a legal medical procedure, but federal laws prohibit the use of taxpayer funds to pay for abortions except in cases of rape, incest or to save the life of the woman.An umbrella group representing family planning clinics also decried the administration’s decision.“This rule intentionally strikes at the heart of the patient-provider relationship, inserting political ideology into a family planning visit, which will frustrate and ultimately discourage patients from seeking the health care they need,” Clare Coleman, head of the National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association, said in a statement.Although abortion remains politically divisive, the U.S. abortion rate has dropped significantly, from about 29 per 1,000 women of reproductive age in 1980 to about 15 in 2014. Better contraception, fewer unintended pregnancies and state restrictions may have played a role, according to a recent scientific report. Polls show most Americans do not want the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 ruling that legalized abortion.(Crary reported from New York.) Tagsabortion Donald Trump family planning homepage featured,You may also like Photos of the Week August 30, 2019 Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email By: Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar About the authorView All Posts Share This! Catholicism Photos of the Week Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email News Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts By: David Crary Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 David Crary By: David Crary Share This! By: Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar David Crary By: Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar News • Photos of the Week Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email last_img read more

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Researchers prove dogs are able to differentiate colors

first_img Explore further More information: Proceedings of the Royal Society B doi: 10.1098/rspb.2013.1356 For much of history, dogs have been assumed to be able to see only in black and white—their ability to differentiate between different colored objects was believed to be due to differences in brightness. In this new research, the team in Russia built on research recently conducted in the U.S. that found that dogs have two cones in their eyes suggesting they should have some ability to differentiate colors. Humans as most remember from grade school, have three cones, which allows for seeing all three primary colors. Since dogs have only two, they should be able to see some colors, but not others—blues, greens and yellows, for example, but not reds or oranges.To find out if dogs are in fact able to see colors and to distinguish between them, the team conducted a clever experiment. First they trained several dogs to respond to one of four different colored pieces of paper: light or dark yellow and light or dark blue (by putting paper pairs in front of feedboxes that contained meat.) The dogs soon learned that certain colors meant they were in for a treat.Next, using the same dogs that had been trained to respond to certain colors, the team placed pieces of paper with the color that they’d been taught to respond to in front of a feed box, along with another piece of paper that was brighter, but of a different color—a dog trained to respond to light blue for example would hopefully respond to dark blue instead of light yellow. The researchers found that a majority of the dogs went for the color identifier rather than brightness identifier most of the time, proving that they were able to distinguish color and were not relying on brightness to find their food treat.The researchers suggest their findings indicate that most animals with just two cones are likely able to differentiate between colors and thus it’s likely they respond in ways that have not been previously studied. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. A team of researchers in Russia has conducted a series of experiments that prove that dogs are able to distinguish between different colors. In their paper published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, the team describes the experiments with dogs they conducted and the results they found. © 2013 Phys.orgcenter_img Journal information: Proceedings of the Royal Society B A yellow labrador retriver dog with pink nose. Credit: Wikipedia. Citation: Researchers prove dogs are able to differentiate colors (2013, July 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-07-dogs-differentiate.html Dogs may understand human point of view, researcher findslast_img read more

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King of Clubs

first_imgTell us a bit about the plans you have for the Delhi chapter of PangaeaI’m a firm believer that the bricks and mortar, including to a degree, design, have little do with an ultra-lounge or clubs’ success.  It’s all about the ‘Party’.  Who ever has the best party in a city,  gets all the fun people.  This is very nightclub class #101.  As for the design, we chose not to use  Pangaea’s tried and tested fully tented, African tribal theme.  Pangaea completely took New York, Miami, Spain, London, and Singapore, by storm.  In India, we are going with a highly opulent, fine art related theme, which is absolutely spectacular and I hope the uber wealthy Indians will appreciate.  Regardless of design, our philosophy and psychology that drive our brand and party will be no different than all other Pangaeas.  If something isn’t broken why fix it.Why use the name Pangaea?The super-continent of Pangaea is the ultimate primal, primitive beginning of the tectonic movement of the earth’s crust, that over millions of years shaped the continents and way of life we  know now.  I wanted to go back to the absolute roots of the world to remind me to go back to basics in developing and operating an ultra-lounge; service, drama, fantasy, escape, revelry, and ultra exclusivity.  It’s called the perfect party!What sort of clientele are we going to witness in Pangaea?Our clientele, or guests as we like to refer to them, have for 32 years always been the elite, super affluent, ridiculously famous, most fashionable and beautiful, including royal familiars and heads of state. The list of Pangaea guests of extreme fame is endless. The party crowd in Delhi is different from those across the world, what are the plans?People party, the world over, exactly the same.  The dynamics of why they go out, what they hope to find or achieve, the aspects of escape, fantasy, networking, meeting and greeting is universal.  Some countries have more highly developed nightlife scenes than others.  This is due to a vast range of pre-conditions, and a hierarchy of wants and needs.  We hope, if lucky, and with  your support, to be India’s first globally renowned club.  It all depends on whether you like, love it, or hate it.  At Pangaea, we don’t forget where our bread is buttered.last_img read more

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Storekeeper of govt hospital arrested for demanding bribe

first_imgKolkata: A staffer of a state-run hospital in the city has been arrested for allegedly demanding bribe from a patient’s family for completing the paperwork required for providing a free stent for a life saving operation, police said today.The family’s ordeal continued for three months after 23-year-old Amit Mandal was admitted to the hospital on January 25 as the requisite procedure for getting a free stent dragged on for over 90 days. The patient, who was suffering from brain aneurysm, a bulging blood vessel in the brain, died on April 27. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsPalash Dutta, the storekeeper at the Bangur Institute of Neurosciences (BIN), had allegedly demanded a bribe of Rs 3 lakh from Mandals family for completing the paperwork required for getting a sanction for the stent, costing Rs 7 lakh. A stent is given free to patients being treated in government hospitals in the state. But if the device costs more than Rs 4 lakh, the file has to be forwarded to the ‘Swastha Bhavan’ for its clearance.The accused was arrested late Saturday night after Mandals father had lodged a complaint with the hospital and the police on April 27, a senior officer of Kolkata Police said.As per the fathers complaint, Dutta had not forwarded the papers to the Swastha Bhavan. The father also said in his complaint that Dutta had abused and assaulted the patients mother when she had visited his chamber at the BIN.last_img read more

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Kolkata Police bans entry exit of 20wheel trucks to unclog traffic

first_imgKolkata: Kolkata Police prohibited the entry and exit of goods vehicles with a minimum of 20 wheels to ensure smooth commute for motorists in its jurisdiction, according to a notification issued on Monday.”The commissioner of Kolkata Police has ordered that all goods vehicles having 20 wheels or more are prohibited from entering into or existing from the entire Kolkata Police jurisdiction to evade traffic congestion and ensure smooth, nuisance-free plying,” read the notification. This order had already come into force from Sunday. The restriction will continue until further notice, said the notification. Violators will be “punished as per the existing law”. However, truck operators and transporters are not happy with the decision.(With inputs from Indian Express)last_img read more

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Ally Exploring Options to Cut Remaining Mortgage Business

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