Islamabad: There is no change in Pakistan’s nuclear policy, the Foreign Office has said, hours after Prime Minister Imran Khan vowed that his country will never ever start a war with India, amid escalating tensions between the nuclear powers over the Kashmir issue. Addressing a gathering of the Sikh community at the Governor’s House in Lahore on Monday evening, Khan said both India and Pakistan are nuclear-armed countries and if tension escalates, the world will face danger. “There will be no first from our side ever,” he said, without explaining further. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USHowever, Khan has been repeatedly threatening the possibility of a nuclear war with India over Kashmir after his efforts to internationalise the matter failed to gain any traction. Khan also said conflict create more problems than resolving them. “I want to tell India that war is not a solution to any problem. The winner in war is also a loser. War gives birth to host of other issues,” he said. However, Pakistan Foreign Office said Khan’s comments were being taken out of context and did not represent a change in Islamabad’s nuclear policy. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls”Prime Minister’s comments on Pakistan’s approach towards conflict between two nuclear armed states are being taken out of context,” Foreign Office spokesperson Mohammad Faisal said in a late night tweet on Monday. “While conflict should not take place between two nuclear states, there’s no change in Pakistan’s nuclear policy,” he said. In August, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh had said that India may see a major shift in its nuclear weapons doctrine by doing away with a ‘no first use policy’ in the future. “Till today, our nuclear policy is ‘No First Use’. What happens in future depends on the circumstances,” he had said at an event in Rajasthan’s Pokhran, the site of India’s nuclear tests in 1998. Tensions between India and Pakistan spiked after India abrogated provisions of Article 370 of the Constitution to revoke Jammu and Kashmir’s special status and bifurcated it into two union territories. India has categorically told the international community that the scrapping of Article 370 was an internal matter and also advised Pakistan to accept the reality.
BEAUCEVILLE, Que. — Public Security Minister Genevieve Guilbault says Quebec’s Beauce region has so far been the hardest hit by the spring flooding affecting many parts of the province.Guilbault told reporters today about 230 buildings are flooded in the town of Beauceville, located 90 kilometres south of Quebec City. Thirty-six people have had to leave their homes and six roads have been affected by the rising waters of the Chaudiere River.Thomas Blanchet, a spokesman for the Public Security Department, said the water rose quickly today around downtown Beauceville after an ice jam broke free early this morning.Andre Cantin with Environment Canada says up to 80 millimetres of rain are expected to fall in the Quebec City region between Thursday and Saturday, which could aggravate flooding in towns across the area.Cantin adds temperatures are expected to remain above freezing across much of southern Quebec over the next few days, causing snow to melt and increasing the risk of flooding.He says authorities should also be monitoring the water levels of the Ottawa River close to the Montreal area, as up to 50 millimetres of rain are expected to fall in that region by the weekend.The Canadian Press
UNICEF UK Ambassadors and High Profile Supporters Rita Ora, Sir Chris Hoy, Martin Bell and Emma Willis led this week’s fantastical turn out for Unicef UK’s ‘Twisted Tales’ Halloween Ball raising £435,054 to support Unicef’s life-saving work for children in danger around the world.The bold and the beautiful descended on London’s Banqueting House for a Halloween experience like no other, with an interactive “twisted tales” themed champagne reception, a Beauty and the Feast dinner, and stellar performances from BRIT-award-winning Neneh Cherry and Unicef UK supporter Rita Ora.Dinner guests heard from Unicef UK Ambassador Sir Chris Hoy about the vital work made possible by generous donations to Unicef, and guests pledged their support at a money-can’t-buy auction – with lots including a starring role in David Walliams’ new book, an exclusive visit to the set of The Crown with Unicef UK supporter Olivia Colman, and a velodrome cycling experience with Sir Chris Hoy.Guests at the prestigious event also included Cel Spellman, Emma and Matt Willis, Ade Adepitan, Zeinab Badawi, and Lord Sebastian Coe.Guest performer and Unicef UK supporter Rita Ora said: “It is such an honour to be here on behalf of Unicef UK tonight and I am so proud to be able to give my time to such an incredible evening. It’s not often you get to perform at an event which really will make such a huge difference, and as a supporter of the charity or many years I know the money raised this evening really will help those children around the world most in need. It’s been such a fun evening performing for everyone, and it was so incredible to see how many people gave so generously.”Unicef UK Executive Director, Mike Penrose said, “I’m absolutely thrilled at the huge amount raised from this evening’s Halloween Ball. The money raised tonight will enable Unicef to deliver results for every child – especially those in the greatest need and in the hardest to reach areas. There has never been a more vital time for your support, and we are incredibly grateful to everyone who attended and gave so generously this evening.”The money raised at Unicef UK’s Halloween Ball will help Unicef, the world’s leading children’s organisation, support children in danger around the world. Since 2013, Unicef UK’s annual Halloween Ball has raised more than £4 million to support Unicef’s work.
Lightning struck the historic Sigiriya rock this evening damaging part of it, officials said.A lightning bolt had struck the lion’s paw of the rock and a part of it was damaged. There were no reports of injuries to anyone following the incident. (Pic by Kanchana Kumara)
Rolf Helmrich, a German national, was abducted late yesterday morning about 45 kilometres north of Kismaayo in the Lower Juba region in Somalia’s south.Maxwell Gaylard, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator and Designated Official for UN Security in Somalia, issued a statement deploring Mr. Helmrich’s abduction.”The UN mandate is to support the Somali people in their development and peace-building efforts and our staff need to be safe in order to carry out their duties,” Mr. Gaylard said.Yesterday the UN began communicating with the region’s de facto authorities in a bid to secure Mr. Helmrich’s release.
by Sam Hananel, The Associated Press Posted Jun 30, 2014 8:09 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Supreme Court says public sector union of home care workers can’t force nonmembers to pay fees WASHINGTON – WASHINGTON (AP) â€? The Supreme Court dealt a blow to public sector unions Monday, ruling that thousands of home health care workers in Illinois cannot be required to pay fees that help cover a union’s costs of collective bargaining.In a 5-4 split along ideological lines, the justices said the practice violates the First Amendment rights of nonmembers who disagree with the positions that unions take.The ruling is a setback for labour unions that have bolstered their ranks and their bank accounts in Illinois and other states by signing up hundreds of thousands of in-home care workers. It could lead to an exodus of members who will have little incentive to pay dues if nonmembers don’t have to share the burden of union costs.But the narrow ruling was limited to “partial-public employees” and stopped short of overturning decades of practice that has generally allowed public sector unions of teachers, firefighters and other government workers to pass through their representation costs to nonmembers.Writing for the court, Justice Samuel Alito said home care workers “are different from full-fledged public employees” because they work primarily for their disabled or elderly customers and do not have most of the rights and benefits of state employees. The ruling does not affect private sector workers.The case involves about 26,000 Illinois workers who provide home care for disabled people and are paid with Medicaid funds administered by the state. In 2003, the state passed a measure deeming the workers state employees eligible for collective bargaining.A majority of the workers then selected the Service Employees International Union to negotiate with the state to increase wages, improve health benefits and set up training programs. Those workers who chose not to join the union had to pay proportional “fair share” fees to cover collective bargaining and other administration costs.A group of workers led by Pamela Harris â€? a home health aide who cares for her disabled son at home â€? filed a lawsuit arguing the fees violate the First Amendment. Backed by the National Right to Work Legal Defence Foundation, the workers said it wasn’t fair to make someone pay fees to a group that takes positions the fee-payer disagrees with.The workers argue they are not different from typical government employees because they work in people’s homes, not on government property, and are not supervised by other state employees. And they say the union is not merely seeking higher wages, but making a political push for expansion of Medicaid payments.Alito agreed, saying “it is impossible to argue that the level of Medicaid funding (or, for that matter, state spending for employee benefits in general) is not a matter of great public concern.”The workers had urged the justices to go even farther and overturn a 1977 Supreme Court decision which held that public employees who choose not to join a union can still be required to pay representation fees, as long as those fees don’t go toward political purposes.Alito said the court was not overturning that case, Abood v. Detroit Board of Education, which is confined “to full-fledged state employees.” But he said that extending Abood to include “partial-public employees, quasi-public employees, or simply private employees would invite problems.”About half of the states require these fair-share fees.Justice Elena Kagan wrote the dissent for the four liberal justices. Kagan said the majority’s decision to leave the older case in place is “cause for satisfaction, though hardly applause.”Kagan agreed with the state’s arguments that home care workers should be treated the same as other public workers because Illinois sets their salaries, resolves disputes over pay, conducts performance reviews and enforces the terms of employment contracts.“Our decisions have long afforded government entities broad latitude to manage their workforces, even when that affects speech they could not regulate in other contexts,” Kagan said.Harris issued a statement through the National Right to Work Foundation praising the decision.“Families in Illinois can relax knowing their homes are safe from being a union workplace and there will be no third party intruding into the care we provide our disabled sons and daughters,” Harris said.A federal district court and the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals had rejected her lawsuit, citing the high court’s precedent.The Supreme Court’s limited ruling means public unions avoided a potentially devastating blow that could have meant a major drop in public employee membership ranks.Mary Kay Henry, president of the SEIU, said her union would work with Illinois officials to create a new model for “working together to create good jobs and improve the quality of care that we deliver to seniors and the disabled.”Henry said it was not clear how the decision would affect home care union models in other states, where the union represents 400,000 caregivers.White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the ruling would make it harder for home care workers “to get a fair shake in exchange for their hard work” and make it tougher for states and cities “to ensure the elderly and Americans with disabilities get the care they need and deserve.”At least nine other states have allowed home care workers to join unions: California, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Oregon, Vermont and Washington.
The world community must do more, and do better, to tackle the global drug problem, senior United Nations officials stressed today in Vienna, kicking off a two-day review of efforts to address a scourge that poses a serious threat to human life and undermines development.“The cultivation, manufacture, trafficking and consumption of illicit drugs continue to pose a major threat to the health of people everywhere; and to the stability and sustainable development of a number of countries and entire regions,” Yury Fedotov, Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), said at the opening of the review.“It is my hope that this high-level debate will help you to find common ground and come up with a powerful message that will enable us to strengthen our cooperation, and to address the world drug problem in a balanced, humane and effective way, based on the international conventions.”The High-Level Review of the implementation of Political Declaration and Plan of Action adopted by the Commission in 2009 to counter the world drug problem brings together over 1,500 representatives of Member States, civil society organisations and the media. The Plan of Action has three focuses: demand reduction, supply reduction, and countering money-laundering and promoting judicial cooperation to enhance international cooperation.Mr. Fedotov noted that there have been successes in implementing the plan: the global cocaine market has shrunk; the delivery of treatment has improved; and international cooperation has been strengthened.“And yet there have been serious setbacks,” he added. Among these is the increase in opium poppy cultivation, which reached record levels in Afghanistan last year; an expanding illicit market for synthetic stimulants; and an “alarming” increase in new psychoactive substances.“We have learned that sustainable success requires a balanced, cooperative, comprehensive and integrated approach, addressing both supply and demand,” the Executive Director said. A balanced approach relies on evidence-based responses, with an emphasis on public health, he added.Also, any public health response should also consider alternatives to penalization and incarceration of people with drug use disorders, as well as measures focusing on prevention, treatment, and social rehabilitation and integration, he maintained. In his remarks to the opening, UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson said the response of the UN family to the drug problem is firmly rooted in the fundamental principles of the three international drug control conventions, namely the protection of the health and welfare of humankind as well as the promotion and protection of human rights through the rule of law.“Globally, however, the implementation of the international drug control conventions has been uneven and incomplete,” he stated. “We can all do better, individually as nations and collectively through international cooperation.”The three international drug control conventions are the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs of 1961, the Convention on Psychotropic Substances of 1971 and the UN Convention against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances of 1988.“The three Conventions are the legal basis for our work. But let us remember that Member States also can take action on the basis of these Conventions to promote public health, prevention, treatment and economic and social progress,” Mr. Eliasson said.The two-day review also marks the start of the 57th session of the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs, which will run through 21 March and discuss issues such as regional efforts to reduce the supply of illegal drugs, implementation of the international drug control treaties and the challenges posed by new psychoactive substances.The review also marks a milestone on the road towards the special session to be convened in 2016 by the UN General Assembly on the world drug problem.
When Sony announced the PlayStation 4, the company made waves by declining to show the physical unit itself. Logically, it seemed like no one should care that much — it would probably be black, roughly box-shaped, and contain a fan or three — but there was global outrage among gamers. People wanted to put on their industrial designer hats and talk about the console they would inevitably be spending their money on in a few short months.Gamer gripes aside, no one buys a console for design. And yet Xbox design lead Carl Ledbetter said in a recent official blog post, that the Xbox brand has always had something to say with its physicality, far more-so than Sony’s big black box.The original Xbox (the console formerly known as the Xbox 1) was a chunky green-emblazoned monster that emphasized a distinctly North American aesthetic. It featured an annoying plastic nubbin on top that did an admirable job of toppling any equipment you might have presumptuously tried to stack atop it. The Xbox 360 took this design philosophy even further, adopting the infamous concave shape of an “inhale.” Again, the box was designed to be difficult to incorporate into any sane stack of AV machinery — the 360’s only saving grace in this respect was that the PlayStation 3 was even more annoyingly sloped on top.The new Xbox controllerSince the concept of the Xbox One is far wider-reaching than the 360’s, it makes sense that Microsoft would finally design an Xbox that plays nicely with the rest of your home entertainment setup. This is supposed to be the center of your digital world, from watching television to browsing the web to buying and playing games. This goal is evident in every facet of the Xbox One’s construction. Microsoft has spoken about the new design language that’s led them to a “consistent, efficient, and simple form.” Aswe learned last month, this basically translates to rectangle.The edges of the new Xbox feature a fairly extreme bezel, probably so it can call out the look of a home theater hub without actually being mistaken for one. The front of the unit is divided equally between a matte and gloss finish, a decision that looks distinctive and actually quite pleasing. The top features a similar design, though mirrored, and a slatted vent in place of a solid matte finish. This decision was supposedly to remind gamers of the tiles found in Windows 8 and its mobile counterpart.Actually, the words “matte” and “gloss” are a bit too conventional for the Xbox One, which incorporates a new liquid black, supposedly the “blackest black creatable.” This was evidently in response to all the gamers who could not focus on Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 with an off-white console right there. Now Microsoft’s console will melt into the background, allowing your flitting mosquito brain to consume its media in peace.Xbox One will feature a power brick like the 360.By far the most relevant design features of the XBox One lie outside of the core box itself: the new Kinect and the new controller. Both feature the same liquid black finish as the console itself, and will benefit from it far more. The buttons on the controller really do seem to stand out brilliantly, and Kinect is impressively free of visual noise in the promotional shots.Microsoft’s new controller is wisely kept quite similar to the 360’s beloved Controller S, with very minor adjustments to shape and button placement. The thumbsticks have a new convex shape, which is sure to provoke all sorts of unwarranted emotion from gamers, but seem otherwise unchanged. The most necessary change is an all-new D-pad, presumably one that works this time, and Microsoft has even contracted a digital barista to give each of the face buttons a “triple shot” of colored resin.All joking aside, this is clearly the product of an extreme amount of love and attention, even if some of it does seem frivolous. It’s a slick looking box, and if the enthusiasm of the design team is any measure, the Xbox One will be a seriously polished piece of hardware — in every possible sense of the term.The most important thing? It’s flat on top. The ball’s in your court now, Sony; I dare you to make me balance boxes ever again!
Antarctique : le projet d’aires marines protégées revu à la baisseJeudi, la Nouvelle-Zélande a annoncé qu’elle reverrait à la baisse son projet de création d’une vaste aire maritime protégée en Antarctique. Il semblerait que l’opposition de la Russie, soutenue par l’Ukraine, ait fait fléchir le gouvernement néo-zélandais.Les États-Unis et la Nouvelle-Zélande ont pour projet de créer une aire maritime protégée dans la mer de Ross, au sud-ouest de l’Antarctique. Une vaste zone qui s’étendrait sur plus de deux millions de kilomètres carrés. Proposée en juillet à la convention sur la conservation de la faune et de la flore marines de l’Antarctique (CCAMLR), la mise en place de cette aire marine avait été favorablement accueillie par les 24 états membres et l’Union européenne (qui constitue un 25ème membre). Toutefois, aucun accord n’avait été conclu, en raison, selon les ONG, de l’opposition de la Russie, soutenue par l’Ukraine. Aujourd’hui, la Nouvelle-Zélande a semble t-il décidé de fléchir. Jeudi, le Premier ministre néo-zélandais, John Key, a en effet estimé qu’il fallait réétudier ce projet afin d’obtenir le feu vert de l’ensemble des pays membres de la CCAMLR. “Si nous voulons que ça bouge, nous allons sans doute devoir procéder à quelques modifications, mais c’est un projet qui est en cours”, a-t-il assuré. Mais il sait bien que les choses ne seront pas simples puisqu’il a admis avoir “toujours su qu’il y aurait de l’opposition de la part de ceux qui ont des intérêts liés à la pêche dans cette région, ou qui pensent qu’ils en auront un jour”. Bien que rien ne soit encore décidé, les médias du groupe Fairfax, citant des sources diplomatiques, indiquent que la surface de l’aire marine protégée pourrait être réduite jusqu’à 40%.”Une aire qui réduit la protection de la mer de Ross”À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ? Ajouté à cela, le nouveau projet pourrait autoriser la pêche à des endroits où se trouvent des espèces protégées. En effet, les eaux de l’Océan austral autour de l’Antarctique abritent des écosystèmes exceptionnels aujourd’hui menacés par le développement de la pêche et des activités humaines. Avec de telles modifications, le nouveau projet a donc de quoi inquiéter l’Alliance pour l’océan antarctique (AOA), qui rassemble une trentaine d’ONG. Selon l’organisme “les États-Unis et la Nouvelle-Zélande cèdent beaucoup trop et se retrouvent avec une aire qui réduit sensiblement la protection de la mer de Ross”. La chose est d’autant plus regrettable que le projet que soutenait la France, l’Australie et l’Allemagne pour la création de sept aires marines protégées sur la façade est de l’Antarctique était également tombé à l’eau en juillet. La prochaine réunion de la CCAMLR aura lieu le 23 octobre prochain en Tasmanie.Le 6 septembre 2013 à 19:25 • Maxime Lambert
Vancouver – The Prevent! Coalition is hosting two free events — a documentary screening and a presentation — about adverse childhood experiences and the difference a trauma-informed approach can make.Each event is led by Jim Sporleder, the former principal of Lincoln High School in Walla Walla who turned the school around by using a trauma-informed approach.The first event is a screening of the documentary “Paper Tigers,” which takes a look into the lives of students at Lincoln High School, an alternative school that specializes in educating traumatized youth. After the film, Sporleder will lead a 30-minute discussion.• When: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 6.• Where: La Center High School commons, 725 N.E. Highland Road, La Center.The second event is a presentation by Sporleder. “Catching Kids Before They Fall: A Paradigm Shift Responsive to Trauma” touches on how traditional methods for discipline in schools have lost their impact and how a new trauma-informed approach is more successful.• When: 1 to 3 p.m. Oct. 7.• Where: Educational Services District 112 conference Center, 2500 N.E. 65th Ave., Vancouver.For more information, call Joy Lyons at 360-952-3397.
Tony Fantozzi emerged from the new Community Kitchen food pantry at Fruit Valley Village excited about cooking. “I did great,” he said, hefting two bulging plastic bags of groceries to his car. “I’m going to start cooking soon. This will come in handy.”Fantozzi said he’s been living in a tent in the vicinity of Share House for more than two years now, but he’s eager to move up in the world. “I’m 65; I don’t want to be doing this forever,” he said. But until things start looking up for Fantozzi, the Community Kitchen provides what he needs to cook on his own camping stove.One door east of the Community Kitchen is the new Lighthouse Community Credit Union, bringing financial services and savings accounts to low- and moderate-income Fruit Valley people whose modest assets are generally overlooked by traditional banks. A couple doors west is the long-standing Minit Mart that will undergo renovation and expansion soon — adding a teaching kitchen where neighbors can learn to cook healthy food, according to developer and property owner Don Rhoads.The common goal at Fruit Valley Village is lifting up the local population, according to Lighthouse board member Brett Bryant. “It’s a collaboration across a lot of different organizations … to address the root causes of hunger and poverty,” he said. “Access to food and access to services is the path to transformation.”“The (Minit Mart) store has been here since 1968,” Rhoads said. “It’s a well-traveled corner and it’s part of the fabric of the Fruit Valley community. We realized it’s a great place to develop into more than just a store. We’re trying to provide infill that really serves this community.”
Liverpool new signing Alisson Becker is already feeling at “home” in his new surroundings after completing his first training session at the clubThe Reds announced the shock signing of Alisson for a transfer fee of £66.8m (72.5m euros), in what is a world record fee for a goalkeeper.While Alisson couldn’t make the team’s preseason tour of the United States, after having an extended summer vacation following his participation with Brazil at the World Cup, he has now trained with his new teammates for the first time on Tuesday at the club’s five-day training camp in Evian, France.“It has been a great day which I had been looking forward to,”Alisson told the club website.“I’ve had a good few resting days with my family but we all couldn’t wait to get the new season underway soon.“It’s only my first day and I feel at home already.”? @Alissonbecker ? pic.twitter.com/aK9EAcDXDC— Liverpool FC (@LFC) July 31, 2018Virgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United. Last season’s Champions League runners-up will face Torino at Anfield on August 7 in their final pre-season friendly, before they take on West Ham United in their Premier League opener just five days later.“Although these two weeks don’t seem like a long time, it’s enough for us to be ready for our first game against West Ham,” said Allison.“We’ll play two friendlies before this game and I’m sure the hard work the squad have put in so far is going to help me become a member of the squad as quickly as possible so that I am 100 percent ready for our first game to kick off the Premier League in a good way.“This initial training session has been useful for me to see what our playing style should be in the Premier League.“It’s also showed me that the team are very well adapted to it and everyone seems to be physically fit, not to say technically — they’re all great players after all.“I’m very happy to have them alongside me and to be a part of this project that Liverpool have and the great work they have been doing over recent years.“I hope I can help and bring something extra to the team.”
Budget cuts hurt, but necessary says TCI Deputy Premier in parliamentary debate on hurricane funds Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 18 Sept 2015 – Despite strong objections by the public and calls for an extension on consultations, the Immigration Bill 2015 has been passed. House of Assembly members met until 1:10am Thursday morning to discuss the divisive bill, which on Wednesday, received the green light from the PNP Government. Once again, Blue Hills MP Hon. Goldray Ewing voted against the bill, while other members of the Opposition and the Governor’s Appointed Members did not express their vote during the late night session. The Immigration Bill, along with the Turks and Caicos Islander Status bill also passed in the House this week, are the two proposals, which locals fear will enlarge the Turks and Caicos Islands franchise – unchecked – and provide too many pathways to become a TCI citizen. Citizenship can now go to a person born in the Turks and Caicos or outside of the TCI with one or both of their parents being an indigenous islander. Citizenship can also go to those born outside of the Turks and Caicos if both of their parents were settled or held PRC status in the islands at the time of their birth. It also grants TCI status to a person born outside of the Turks and Caicos with one or more of their grandparents being Turks and Caicos Islanders. It was explained that it will take roughly three months for this bill to become law. Recommended for you TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOA Minister of Works puts government buildings reconstruction post hurricanes at $8.6m Related Items:citizenship, house of assembly, immigration bill, turks and caicos islander Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
Legal and General has updated its income protection benefit offering with the launch of a two-year limited benefit plan.Available via intermediaries from June 2016, the plan is set to replace the insurer’s current five-year version.The updated plan will permit multiple claims, with each individual claim allowable for a maximum duration of two years.Adjustments have also been made to the replacement ratio used to calculate the maximum benefit based on annual earnings. Limits will now be set at 60% of the first £60,000 of gross annual income and 50% of income in excess of that figure.Steve Bryan, director, intermediary, at Legal and General, said: “Income protection can play a vital role in the event of ill health or injury by supporting an individual or family through a testing time. Protecting [employees] financially against an unfortunate occurrence such as this can make all the difference in helping [them] safeguard [themselves] or [their] family’s current lifestyle against the financial implications of being unable to work.“However, if we want to see more people benefit from these products, we need to drive value for money in the income protection space and broaden the competitive options available to consumers.“We are constantly looking at ways to make our products more appealing and more relevant to today’s customers, and we believe these updates to our income protection benefit plan keep that customer centricity as the focus; enhancing value for money providing an alternative and competitive choice in the marketplace.”
An international team of explorers returned last week from a grueling 700-mile dog-sled journey from the Arctic Ocean to Eagle, Alaska. They were the first to re-trace the route that legendary explorer Roald Amundsen took in 1905 after his historic transit of the Northwest Passage.Download AudioExpedition members celebrate their success upon arrival in Eagle. Front row: “the real heroes” – the dogs that pulled the three sleds over the 700-mile journey. Back row, from left: Graham Burke, Tim Oakley, Wayne Hall and Earl Rolf, who broke trail and ferried supplies to caches along the route. (Photo courtesy of inamundsensfootsteps.com)Winds were howling on Feb. 28 when the three explorers set down on Herschel Island, just off the coast of Yukon Territory about 50 miles east of the U.S.-Canada border. A breathless videographer announced their arrival after they flew in from Inuvik, Northwest Territories.“Here they are, Tim Oakley, Wayne Hall, Graham Burke, out here on Herschel Island,” they said.Oakley, Burke and Hall had already been on the trail for eight days. And after a day’s rest on the island, they set out for the return trip to Eagle on the route Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen took in 1905, after he’d navigated the Northwest Passage – the first known transit of the icy route along Canada’s northern coast. Amundsen went to Eagle because it was the closest telegraph station – and, Oakley said, he wanted to get to get the word out about his historic voyage.“He wanted to tell the world that he’d done it,” said Oakley. “So he made a 700-mile sledging journey from Herschel Island to Eagle.”Oakley was born in Canada and grew up in the U.K., and he’s a fellow with the Royal Geographical Society. He says the society supported the expedition in part as a learning opportunity for students in Alaska, Canada, Norway and the U.K., who were able to monitor his journey through a blog he posted to the project website titled “In Amundsen’s Footsteps.”“The educational program is to highlight the fragility of the Arctic regions, and climatically, what is happening up there,” Oakley said.Oakley said this wasn’t a scientific expedition, but rather a journey that might offer a snapshot of changes under way in the region. For example, he says Amundsen traveled over the frozen Yukon River when he set out in October 1905 – which might not be possible today.“Last year, the river didn’t freeze up at Eagle ’til about mid-December,” said Oakley.Oakley said the warming climate probably led to the early breakup and overflow of the Firth River in far northern Yukon Territory. The flood soaked the three mushers and their dogs on the second day of their journey, and they spent a miserable 48 hours waiting for winds to die down.“I think for all of us, the Firth was the most difficult part of the whole expedition,” Oakley said. “It was extreme.”Burke said Hall’s outdoorsman savvy helped the team survive the ordeal.“I don’t know that we would’ve gotten through without Wayne’s skills,” said Burke.Oakley said his team had been trying to maintain the same timeframe as Amundsen’s expedition. But he says they picked up the pace near the end of the journey as they were approaching Eagle.“The weather started to get warmer and warmer, and the snow conditions were starting to get difficult,” Oakley said. “And running dogs in hot weather is not particularly desirable.”Oakley and Burke said the huskies Hall raised at his home in Eagle deserve most of the credit for the successful expedition. And Oakley said they also appreciate support from others who run or race dogs.“I think the heroes of this, as Graham’s pointed out, are the dogs,” said Oakley. “They are exceptional dogs. And I think we were very lucky that we had a lot of mushers from the Yukon Quest and from the Iditarod who were following us.”Burke, who’s worked with dogs in his native New Zealand, said the team’s respect for animals shows another difference between the two expeditions.“Back in Amundsen’s day, the dogs were an expendable commodity, if you like,” Burke said.He says all 22 huskies returned home safely. And one even gained a few pounds out on the trail.
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April 23, 2019 — Non-small cell lung cancer is a common cancer for both men and women. Many people who are diagnosed with this type of cancer are not candidates for surgery due to heart disease from a history of tobacco use. For these patients who cannot have a surgery, stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) or stereotactic ablative radiotherapy (SABR) is a safe, effective and convenient treatment. Over the years, several published dose guidelines for this radiation treatment have been used by physicians. But a common dose schedule has not previously existed.In a new study published in the International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics,1 160 articles about the usage of SBRT or SABR were evaluated to determine the optimal dose to treat this cancer. The results of this study outline the recommended dose.In addition, the summary of the articles outlines best practices so that radiation oncologists can best deliver stereotactic body radiation or stereotactic ablative radiotherapy. This includes how to set the patient up for treatment, the use of imaging, the types of radiation delivery machine recommended, follow-ups with patients after treatment, and a summary of expected outcomes from the treatments.“This was a four-year project and a portion of a larger study called the Hypofractionation Treatment Effects in the Clinic or HyTEC,” said Percy Lee, M.D., the study’s first author and a member of the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center. “In the coming year when all the studies are published in the International Journal of Radiation Oncology, radiation oncologists will have a better understanding of the optimal dose required to treat a patient’s cancer from head to toe. 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