OTTAWA — Canada’s auditor general has found the three federal agencies that own most of Canada’s heritage buildings are not doing enough to preserve them, which means future generations of Canadians could lose mportant parts of the country’s history.Parks Canada, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans and National Defence collectively own 70 per cent of all federal buildings designated as heritage sites. They include lighthouses, armouries and buildings kept because important history happened in them.Auditor Michael Ferguson and his predecessor have filed numerous audits since 2013 highlighting concerns over conservation efforts for these properties, but this latest audit has found efforts to address these concerns have not kept up with needs.Some buildings have crumbling bricks, no roofs and graffiti, and some are in real danger of collapsing, the latest report says.This year’s audit found the three departments don’t even have full lists of the buildings they own, let alone ways of keeping track of the condition of heritage buildings.Meanwhile, new buildings are acquired every year and resources are not always added for conservation.The Canadian Press
Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Dozens of prominent members of the Canadian literary community have signed an open letter calling for due process for former University of British Columbia creative writing program chair Steven Galloway.Galloway was fired in June after an investigation into what the university called “serious allegations.”Signatories to the letter include Margaret Atwood, Michael Ondaatje and Madeleine Thien, as well as publishers and other literary figures. Facebook “The university’s conduct in this matter is of great concern,” the letter reads. “Justice … requires due process and fair treatment for all, which the university appears to have denied professor Galloway.”The letter asks UBC to conduct an independent investigation into its handling of the case, saying it needs to make a clear public statement about what happened and why.‘Cloud of suspicion’Galloway — a bestselling author and Giller Prize nominee — was initially suspended with pay in November 2015 while the university investigated the allegations against him. At the time, the university gave no public details about the allegations, other than that they were “serious.” LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter
OTTAWA — Internal research by the federal Finance Department says there would be economic benefits from expanding the Canada Pension Plan — and suggests this country could afford an improved plan in a strong economy.The findings in the fall 2013 document are somewhat more balanced than the bleak message presented last December, when the Harper government seized on the study’s job-loss conclusions to dismiss demands from the provinces to improve the CPP. Kevin Sorenson, the junior finance minister, said various proposals to boost CPP premiums and benefits would kill up to 70,000 jobs, citing the results of the internal study without releasing it.But a summary of the study’s contents, prepared for then-finance minister Jim Flaherty, shows the job-loss claim was based on a misleading assumption. The research also suggests Canada could absorb any negative economic impact from an improved CPP when the economy is more “robust.” The Canadian Press obtained a copy of the Dec. 13 briefing note for Flaherty under the Access to Information Act.At a meeting near Ottawa in December, Flaherty categorically rejected proposals from Ontario, P.E.I. and others to improve the CPP, saying Canada’s fragile economy could not bear the load, as higher premiums for businesses would dampen job creation. Earlier this month, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne castigated the federal government for intransigence on the issue, indicating her province will go it alone on pension reform.“In the long run, expanding the CPP would bring economic benefits,” says the briefing note. “Higher savings will lead to higher income in the future and higher consumption possibilities for seniors.”Sorenson’s public statements last December, including a widely distributed op-ed piece, said various proposals to improve the CPP would kill between 17,000 and 70,000 jobs as some businesses would be overburdened paying higher premiums for workers. However, those statements did not note that a basic assumption of the internal analysis was that expansion of the CPP would occur within a single year, whereas P.E.I., the NDP and others all proposed phase-in periods of up to 10 years to avoid any shock to the economy.A spokeswoman for Finance, Stephanie Rubec, called the one-year phase-in “a simplifying assumption adopted to compare the economic impact of various CPP expansion proposals.” A longer phase-in would mean a longer negative job impact, she said without providing numbers.The document also notes that governments would be somewhat insulated from a drop in tax revenues arising from an enriched CPP as workers and businesses received bigger tax breaks for their increase in premiums.“This reduction would be partially offset by lower pension plan and RRSP contributions, which would result in lower deductions from taxable income for individuals as some substitution from pension plan and RRSP saving to the CPP would be expected.”Rubec declined to provide the study’s detailed projections for government revenues under various CPP expansion proposals.The analysis also acknowledges that CPP improvements can be absorbed when the economy is strong, citing the phase-in of premium hikes from 1997 to 2003 that set the plan on a surer financial footing.“If such an increase is implemented at a time of robust economic growth, as was the case during the late 1990s … the impact would be outweighed by the underlying strength of the economy,” it concludes.Canada’s economic growth in 2013 was an anemic 1.7%, compared with the average 3.8% in the 1997-2003 period, though the final three years — 2001-2003 — saw growth averaging just 2%.Asked whether the internal study was shared with the provinces, Rubec did not answer directly.“Federal, provincial and territorial ministers of finance have, since 2010, held a number of discussions on a possible expansion of the CPP,” she said in an email. “There has been an ongoing exchange of information related to potential CPP expansion options — including with respect to short- and long-term economic impacts — in the context of these discussions.”Sorenson, meanwhile, has reiterated the government’s opposition to expanding CPP in the current economic climate.“With the economic recovery still fragile, we don’t believe now is the time to increase costs on workers and employers, actions that would reduce wages, stunt job creation and deter business investment,” he said in a statement last week to The Canadian Press.The Harper government has preferred tax-free savings accounts and pooled registered pension plans, both voluntary savings vehicles created by the Conservatives, rather than mandated CPP improvements.Melissa Lantsman, spokeswoman for newly appointed Finance Minister Joe Oliver, said Oliver’s position on CPP expansion is the same as that of Flaherty and Sorenson. The CPP, established in 1965, currently provides retirement benefits to contributing workers up to a maximum of about $12,500 annually.Maximum yearly premiums of about $4,700 are split half-and-half with employers; the self-employed pay the full amount.
Photo: David RitchieA Hamilton police cruiser was stolen in the lower central city early Saturday morning and a man has been arrested and charged.It happened just after 4 a.m., Saturday morning while police were investigating another incident with an “uncooperative and agitated” man around King William Street and Mary Street.Police said during the incident the man got into a marked police cruiser and took off.Officers were able to track and locate the car through GPS without a pursuit.“With the assistance of the Six Nations Police Service and the Ontario Provincial Police, the male subject was arrested a short time later,” police said in a press release. “The police cruiser was recovered in Oshwekan. There were no injuries as a result of the incident.”Police said the man, who has not been identified, will appear in court Saturday on several charges including theft and possession over $5000, dangerous driving and possession of a controlled substance.
TOLEDO, Ohio — The Latest on Ohio’s financial rescue of nuclear plants (all times local):2:40 p.m.Ohio has become the latest state to hand out a billion-dollar financial rescue for its nuclear power plants.Republican Gov. Mike DeWine quickly signed the plan Tuesday hours after lawmakers approved giving $150 million a year to the plants near Cleveland and Toledo.The legislation will tack a new fee onto every electricity bill in Ohio while scaling back requirements that utilities generate more power from wind and solar.FirstEnergy Solutions had been warning the plants would close within two years unless the government steps in and helps.Many of the nation’s nuclear plants are struggling to compete with cheaper energy sources.New York, New Jersey and Illinois are among states that have given out big bailouts to stop the power plants from closing.___1 p.m.Lawmakers in the Ohio House have approved a roughly $1 billion financial rescue for the state’s two nuclear power plants.The package that critics are calling a bailout will give $150 million a year to the plants near Cleveland and Toledo.The legislation approved Tuesday will tack a new fee onto every electricity bill in Ohio. It also scales back requirements that utilities generate more power from wind and solar.Gov. Mike DeWine said last week he intends to sign it into law.FirstEnergy Solutions has told lawmakers the plants are too costly to operate and will close within two years unless the government steps in and helps.Opponents led by the natural gas industry have vowed to ask voters to overturn the legislation in a statewide referendum next year.The Associated Press
MONTREAL — Bombardier Inc. is facing a possible ban from World Bank-financed projects after it received a show-cause letter related to a rail equipment deal plagued by corruption allegations.The letter is the latest development in an ongoing investigation into a roughly $340-million contract awarded to a Bombardier-led consortium in 2013 to supply signalling equipment for a 500-kilometre section of a rail corridor connecting Asia and Europe via Azerbaijan.A show-cause letter, which came from the bank’s Integrity Vice Presidency, typically requires a company or individual to make their case as to why disciplinary action should not be taken after alleged wrongdoing. Bombardier to merge aviation units, sell Belfast, Morocco businesses in corporate shakeup Bombardier to scrap its executive compensation plan on regulator’s recommendation Bombardier’s woes appeared to be behind it. Then shareholders were dealt another gut-punch Bombardier says it disagrees with the allegations in the letter, which include accusations the company engaged in delaying practices or obstructive behaviour regarding the audit. A spokesman for the Montreal-based company says the conclusions represent preliminary findings rather than formal accusations.The World Bank says it takes allegations of fraud and corruption seriously, but declined to comment on the ongoing probe.In one of the country’s biggest corruption cases to date, Sweden appealed in 2017 the acquittal of a Russian employee in Bombardier’s Swedish branch for aggravated bribery involving an Azerbaijan Railway Authority employee. The train maker says in its latest annual information form that an appeal trial is expected next year.
TORONTO – The Toronto stock market closed slightly higher amid a mixed showing for corporate earnings reports and U.S. economic data.The S&P/TSX composite index gained 12.2 points to 14,664.07. The Canadian dollar was down 0.01 of a cent at 91.23 cents US.U.S. indexes were mainly weak as data showed that the number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits rose last week to the highest level since February. That was unwelcome news a day before the U.S. government releases its non-farm payrolls report for April.Other data showed that U.S. manufacturing grew at a faster pace in April than in March as exports picked up and factories accelerated hiring.The Dow Jones industrials was down 21.97 points at 16,558.87, the Nasdaq gained 12.89 points to 4,127.45 and the S&P 500 index slipped 0.27 of a point to 1,883.68. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted May 1, 2014 6:27 am MDT TSX little changed amid heavy slate of corporate earnings, economic data
Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt will speak about the importance of digital advancesCredit:Neil Hall /PA And a central NHS website will allow every person in the country to register with a GP, make appointments, order prescriptions and download their own medical record.The same site will host new league tables which allow the public to track performance of their local health services online – starting today with ratings for services for diabetes, dementia and learning disabilities.Every part of the country will receive ratings on a four-point scale from best to worst.Later this year, cancer and maternity services will undergo the same assessment, published online. The health service is under unprecedented pressure, and all parts of the country are drawing up plans to close or merge some services. Sharp rises in 999 callouts and casualty attendances mean Accident & Emergency waiting targets have been repeatedly missed, while waiting times for GPs have grown longer.Health officials say that improving help for minor ailments – and tackling problems swiftly is key to lifting pressure on acute services.A study by University of Manchester today shows that areas which extended access to GPs at evenings and weekends saw a 26 per cent fall in A&E visits for minor injuries. However, the research found that the cost savings made were just one quarter of the funds ploughed into such services.The new plans announced today will also see 12 NHS trusts awarded up to £10m each to train other organisations in improving their use of technology. However, the schemes have been beset by blunders. On Tuesday, NHS Digital – the body now in charge of record sharing – said it had mistakenly published business plans detailing its timetable to achieve the changes.The plans said that a new consent model to allow patients to decide how their records are used would be published by March, Health Service Journal reported. NHS Digital said the document was out of date, and had been published in error.The body said its plans would not be completed until it received recommendations from a National Data Guardian, who held a recent public consultation on how best to maintain patients’ rights. The plans are supposed to reduce pressure on the NHSCredit:Alamy All NHS patients will be offered diagnosis by smartphone in a bid to modernise the offer to the public, and lift pressures on ailing services, Jeremy Hunt will say today.Unveiling a series of pledges to allow the public to access healthcare online, the Health Secretary will say the health service must “embrace the age of the smartphone”.Under the plans, the 111 service will offer a new service allowing patients to key in their symptoms on their smartphone, and receive instant advice, or a callback from clinical advisers, by the end of next year. We live in the age of the smartphone, and we want the NHS to reflect thatJeremy Hunt Speaking at a conference in Manchester, Mr Hunt will say digital advances are key to ensuring the health service improves, while meeting the needs of today’s patients, and coping with future demand.“We live in the age of the smartphone, and we want the NHS to reflect that. Our new plans will make it easier for patients to get medical support and information they need, and should encourage more of us to use the growing range of online NHS services available,” he will say.Three quarters of people access the internet using smartphones, yet just two per cent of the population has had contact with health services using digital technology, figures show.Mr Hunt will say NHS needs to transform to build “smartphone ready” services. And the health service will launch a “library” of apps and wearable devices, approved by the NHS, in a bid to ensure that the public and health staff make better use of products which can monitor and improve health. However, the NHS has a poor record on technology. Under Labour, the costs of a national IT programme spiralled to more than £12bn before it was axed.And earlier this year, controversial plans to create a central database of medical records were shelved amid concern that patients had not been properly informed about their rights to opt out. Health officials are now working on new plans to improve sharing of medical records, while ensuring proper processes are followed to protect patients’ rights.
By Gráinne Ní Aodha Share161 Tweet Email A MAN IN his 30s has died after a road traffic collision involving three cars on the N2 Dublin to Derry Road.The incident occurred between Monaghan Town and Emyvale at 12.20pm today.The two female occupants of the second vehicle were seriously injured and brought to Cavan General Hospital.The male occupant of the third vehicle was unharmed. The road is currently closed and diversions are in place.Gardaí are appealing for anyone with any information to contact them at Monaghan Garda Station 04777200, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.Read: Man found with explosives on bus in Dublin is jailed for 7 yearsRead: Retired garda given €90k in damages after being attacked on duty Feb 7th 2017, 4:04 PM 23,036 Views 8 Comments http://jrnl.ie/3227502 Short URL Three-car collision on N2 kills driver and seriously injures two others Gardaí are appealing for information. Tuesday 7 Feb 2017, 4:04 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Nissos, a ’boutique’ beer produced in the heart of the Aegean Sea on the island of Tinos, is making its debut in Australia. Considering its award-winning journey within only 15 months of the production of its first bottle, this Greek craft beer coming to our shores is set to deliver a new refreshing experience for all those who appreciate a good beer. At a time when businesses in Greece were shutting down the one after the other, four aspirational people – Alexandros Kouris, the well-known in Greece travel journalist Maya Tsokli, and Elina and Kostis Dalas – decided to set the foundation stone of their microbrewery Nissos. “It has been created from scratch as a greenfield project, privately financed. Nevertheless, in a very short space of time, Nissos the beer achieved a high level of brand awareness and recognition among consumers and professionals alike as a great tasting premium craft beer from the Cyclades,” says Alexandros Kouris, who is currently visiting Australia in an effort to maximise the prospects of his premium product in the Australian market. “In Greece and within only a few months of commercial operation, our brand has managed to establish a strong presence in leading restaurants throughout the Cyclades, as well as at trendy venues in Athens, Thessaloniki and elsewhere in Greece. Nissos has also become a popular choice among travellers on ferries operating between Greece and Italy and those connecting the Aegean Islands,” he says as he describes how his ‘island’ beer sails in Greece. “Our brand name, Nissos (‘island’ in Greek), is written in Greek and communicates our differentiated positioning. The name is further highlighted by the illustrated logo of the sun, which adds an element of energy, optimism and heritage, while the quality label is suitably representative of the product’s merits,” Mr Kouris, a career marketing guru adds.In reality, though, it is not effective marketing that gave Nissos wings in the Greek market. It is its impeccable quality.Only last week Nissos beer was awarded the silver medal at European Beer Star 2014, one of the world’s greatest beer competitions, in the category Bohemian Pilsners. Never before has it been so difficult to achieve such a result, because the competition was tough this last year. In total, 1,613 beers from 42 countries including NZ and Australia were entered. An important element contributing to the prestige of the prize is the set of criteria according to which the 105-person-jury, consisting of master brewers, beer sommeliers and recognised beer experts, makes its decisions in a blind tasting. Colour, aroma, taste, aroma profile and the general impression are examined – the exact same process the consumer would use to evaluate a beer. And this is not the first award Nissos has received.“This comes in less than two months after the recognition of the Nissos microbrewery as National Champion 2014/15 for the European Business Awards. It is one of the most prestigious business excellence competition in Europe, with more than 27,000 participations, and we feel quite vindicated, since many saw our business decision back then as a totally crazy one,” he says. Nissos beer is already being served in some Greek restaurants in Melbourne, and with distributor Ilios Imports of Melbourne on board, is soon set to make its way to many more. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Have you ever wanted a super sweet phone that looked like a Transformer? Finding your current phone is just a little too dull for your tastes? You’ll need to go ahead and contribute a Makuake crowdfunding campaign that has a special Transformers-branded phone in its sights, from Takara Tomy and Japan’s au mobile phone company.The company is interested in creating a unique line of phones that can actually transform into Transformers! Unfortunately, that doesn’t mean you can see them do it autonomously, but you can change them yourself. The funding project started on February 1 and has already made over $8,868 of its goal, which is about 1,000,000 yen. It’s still got 55 days remaining on its goal, and it’s already funded. That’s ridiculous!The only problem is, and I hate to burst your bubble, these aren’t exactly phones. The “au x Transformers” items are Bluetooth devices that can pair with your iOS and Android phones that will light up when they receive signals from your phones. So it sure is cool and all, but they can’t make calls or anything like that. I suppose it would be too difficult to actually make a phone that could transform, but it sure would be cool.The Infobar, as it’s called, will be available in the Infobar Optimus Prime version, Infobar Megatron, and Infobar Bumblebee varieties. Each comes with its own stand and a special cell phone that can fit in the Transformers’ normal hands.The campaign is still accepting pledges, so if this is something you want to see, feel free to donate if you’re able to. The devices won’t be shipping until the end of September, so you’ve got plenty of time. It’s still a very stylish and decidedly awesome product even if it can’t really make calls. Hasbro’s Unicron SDCC Transformer Toy Almost as Big as Orson WellesWhy ‘Transformers’ Still Resonates, 35 Years Later Stay on target
MIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – From the sand and skies, to the sights and sounds on Ocean Drive, large crowds of visitors flocked to South Beach on Sunday to enjoy Memorial Day weekend to the fullest.Beachgoers gazed in awe as U.S. Air Force jets and helicopters soared above them as part of the Miami Air and Sea Show.The emphasis on Sunday was on “air.” The Associated Press reported that organizers suspended the sea portion of the show due to heavy rainfall and rough waters.Among the aircraft that delighted spectators were B-2 stealth bombers and an F-35 stealth fighterBut the action didn’t stop there. On the ground, a concert and interactive demonstrations also took place.The powerful display of American military might is designed to pay tribute to the armed forces and first responders who put their lives on the line on a daily basis.Longtime attendee Alex Alvarez said the spectacle gives him a visceral thrill. “Oh, it’s been great. I’ve been going since I was 6 years old,” he said. “I’ve gone to Opa-locka. Then I went when the Air and Sea Show was in Fort Lauderdale. And the noise — I love the noise. I just love the jets.” Back on Ocean Drive, visitors enjoyed a break from the rain, as they partied over the holiday weekend.Police are out in force — in uniform and undercover — to make sure everyone stays safe.Traffic remained at a crawl heading on and off the beach; Drivers heading there this weekend are advised to expect plenty of slowdowns.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Dan Cohen AUTHOR The Senate Armed Services Committee, including its six subcommittees and the full committee, will mark up the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill next week.The Airland panel will mark up its portion of the annual policy bill next Monday, followed by the other five subcommittees on May 12. The Readiness and Management Support Subcommittee will be one of three panels that day to conduct its markup in an open session.The full committee will mark up the legislation behind closed doors beginning May 13 and plans to finish its business by the end of the week.The House Armed Services Committee finished its markup of the authorization bill last Thursday; that measure now is expected to go to the House floor later this month.On Monday, John McCain (R-Ariz.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, indicated his committee would follow the lead of the House and introduce a hybrid retirement system allowing troops who serve less than 20 years to earn benefits through a 401(k)-type plan. The change was one of the reforms recommended by the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission earlier this year.“Eighty-five percent of the people who join the military never get anything out of it, as far as retirement is concerned. Now 85 percent will,” McCain said, reported the Hill.
.@realDonaldTrump maintains that Aleppo has fallen in presidential #debate https://t.co/uCQgv9X6U9— ABC News (@abcnews) October 20, 2016 Trump on whether he will accept election results: “I will look at it at the time. I’m not looking at anything now.” https://t.co/hSrLM40cd0— ABC News (@ABC) October 20, 2016 Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. “You’re the puppet” #DebateNight pic.twitter.com/XW3Ic2W9rN— CBS News (@CBSNews) October 20, 2016 Mark Ralston/APRepublican presidential nominee Donald Trump debates Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton during the third presidential debate at UNLV in Las Vegas, on Wednesday.The final presidential debate was fast-moving with candidates clashing. Trump made waves early with a racially loaded sentence on immigration. “We have some bad hombres here,” he said. “And we’re going to get them out.” Trump defended Russia’s Putin and Syria’s Assad and suggested he may not accept the results of the election. Much like the first debate, Clinton was on the offense, attacking Trump on his treatment of women and his temperament. She contrasted their records: While she was in the Situation Room getting bin Laden, Trump, she said, was on Celebrity Apprentice. Here are the six must-watch moments:Donald Trump on deportation policy: “We have some bad hombres here – and we’re going to get them out.” #Debates https://t.co/xOkDiFOegfHouston Public Media’s Coverage of Election 2016— ABC News (@ABC) October 20, 2016 Share
When a parent or caregiver gets onto Child Protective Services’ radar and drug or alcohol use is involved, the agency doesn’t always remove the child from the home right way — unless there’s an immediate danger to the health or safety of the child. It’s usually the last option, Smith said, and caseworkers first try to connect families to substance abuse services in the area and pay for their parenting classes, drug testing and assessments for needed services.But she said trying to help families means overcoming challenges, from finding transportation for families to making sure there are enough contracted providers and community groups in their area offering services. For example, Smith said getting families help in Austin, with its plethora of providers, is much easier than in Bastrop or Milam counties where there’s not as much access. She said that’s a challenge in many rural areas in the state.One way the agency tries to help with access is through human services technicians, who drive families who need services to their destination and also help with field drug tests and family supervisions. The agency has 715 of these workers, with 148 alone working with Family Based Safety Services.McShane said her group often can’t start helping parents until they can address their basic needs and addiction. She said families they work with are usually living in poverty or living paycheck to paycheck and can’t think about strategies for improving their parenting skills if they have an eviction notice on their door, the electricity is turned off or there’s no food in the fridge.“There’s nothing about child abuse and neglect that is cut and dry and black and white and simple,” McShane said. “There’s so many things going on at the same time, all of these risk factors you got to try and address and it’s not an easy job for CPS or our program … there’s just so much and it’s all just so complicated.” As the clinical director for the Parent Aide Program under Family Compass, a nonprofit helping provide in-home services for families in Dallas, she and other caseworkers get involved when parents have been referred to them by the state’s Child Protective Services. And those parents often can’t see how drug use impacts their parenting, she said.“A lot of clients say, ‘What’s the big deal? It’s just marijuana,’ and we tell them, you can’t be as responsible, especially to your baby, you can’t respond to your baby, if you’re stoned out of your mind,’” McShane said.The number of Texas children dying from abuse and neglect decreased by 22.5 percent in fiscal year 2017, but half of the deaths occurred under caregivers using drugs or alcohol, according to a Texas Department of Family and Protective Services report released earlier this month. A similar report last year also found that half of the 222 children who died were being watched by a parent or caregiver under the influence of drugs or alcohol.The number of deaths related to alcohol and drugs is bringing access to substance abuse services for families under DFPS’ watch to the forefront.The 2017 report said marijuana was the most-used substance connected to child abuse and neglect deaths, followed by alcohol, cocaine and methamphetamine — and sometimes a combination of substances. The top causes of deaths were unsafe sleeping — such as a parent accidentally rolling over on their child — physical abuse like blunt force trauma and vehicle-related deaths such as a child left in a hot car or an unsupervised child being struck by a vehicle.Dimple Patel, associate director of public policy at TexProtects, an organization focused on child welfare policy, said every case is a “different and unique situation” and that sometimes parents can be functioning drug users who don’t impact the safety and well-being of their kids. She also noted that parents dealing with Child Protective Services often are victims of abuse and neglect themselves and use drugs or alcohol to self-medicate or manage stress. “This is a way they might be coping with the stress of their life and there’s a lack of access to treat trauma and stress,” Patel said.She said sometimes parents can’t get help they need because they can’t take time off of work, they lack child care or transportation or they aren’t mentally ready to get help.Some families are able to get into DFPS’ Family Based Safety Services program, where caseworkers and community providers can help families with in-home services like counseling, crisis intervention and domestic violence intervention. They also get connected to contracted providers for addiction counseling.The goal is to help stabilize families and reduce the risk of more abuse or neglect. Children can continue to live at home while CPS works with their families, or they may live elsewhere temporarily until it is safe for them to return home. Families can be in the program from three to six months or sometimes longer.Currently, 10,361 Texas families are getting help through Family Based Safety Services.Christina Smith, a manager of Family Based Safety Services for DFPS in Hays, Caldwell, Bastrop, Lee and Fayette counties, said caregivers with addiction issues often haven’t hit bottom until they get a visit from Child Protective Services.Smith said caseworkers try to help caregivers find services that work for them and have a plan in place if they relapse.“We can send anybody to classes and check the box that they attended, but that doesn’t mean they’ll make the changes they need to make … it has to be a mindset for them,” Smith said. By iStock/hkeita“It’s going to be legal soon.”“Everyone we know smokes marijuana.”“I don’t smoke it around my kids.”Those are the responses Amy McShane often first hears when speaking to parents about their marijuana use or other substance abuse issues. Share
Twitter via @aintnobarbieGustavo Tijerina-SandovalA jury has convicted a 34-year-old Mexican national of capital murder in the 2014 killing of an off-duty Border Patrol agent.Gustavo Tijerina-Sandoval could face the death penalty in the killing of Javier Vega Jr., who was fatally shot during a family fishing trip in southeast Texas. Sentencing is set for Thursday afternoon.According to the Brownsville Herald , Tijerina-Sandoval was also convicted Wednesday of attempted capital murder for shooting and wounding Vega’s father.Prosecutors say the shooting happened as part of an attempted robbery, but Tijerina-Sandoval’s attorney argued that his client was acting in self-defense.A Border Patrol chiefs’ panel initially rejected Vega’s death as in the line of duty. The decision later was changed after authorities determined Vega pulled his gun trying to protect others. Share
June 3, 2018 Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Google Analytics can at first seem complicated and scary. However, once you get a few things down, you’ll be well on your way to mastering the application and growing your business.Related: 6 Easy Ways to Attract More Website TrafficAnalytics and data measuring tools are incredibly important and useful, from helping you understand your customers to increasing traffic to your website. It’s easy to get started. To set up your account, simply go to the Google Analytics login page, create a username and connect your website. Then, get familiar with the system by understanding its home page, which displays a substantial amount of information about how your site is doing.After you’ve poked around a bit, it’s time to get into the nitty gritty. Figure out where your weaknesses are by locating the lowest-performing pages through your Analytics Dashboard. One tip for helping these underperforming pages is by turning them into one page or removing them altogether. Next, you should find out the types of devices people are accessing your website with and make sure your site is set up to function on each (mobile, desktop and tablet).Related: 3 Simple Things You Can Do to Grow Your BusinessFor a more in-depth look, check out Headway Capital’s “A Small Business Guide to Google Analytics” infographic below. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals 2 min read Register Now »
No related posts. Marine conservationist Paul Watson, founder and president of the group Sea Shepherd, was released from jail Monday after the group posted a €250,000 ($310,400) bond. Watson, a 61-year-old Canadian national, will be required to remain in Germany while the government evaluates a Costa Rican extradition request – a process that could take up to three months – on charges stemming from a 2002high-seas confrontation off the Guatemalan coast.Meanwhile, Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla embarked on an official European visit Sunday that includes several stops in Germany, where she will meet with Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday. Meetings will focus on drawing more foreign investment to the tiny Central American nation, although Chinchilla also will deliver a speech at the Friedrich-Ebert Foundation in Berlin titled “Costa Rica: A democracy striving for a ‘green’ society, prosperity and innovation.”Sea Shepherd is planning a global protest to mark Chinchilla’s visit, including a large demonstration in Berlin on Wednesday. Watson is expected to attend.“We are calling for a Global Day of Action on Wednesday, May 23rd. On this day the President of Costa Rica, Laura Chinchilla, will be visiting German Chancellor Merkel in Berlin. Wednesday, May 23rd is S.O.S. Day – Save Our Skipper,” the group posted on its website.Sea Shepherd urged followers around the world to protest at German embassies and consulates Wednesday morning.The conservation group also claimed that the Taiwanese mafia – which controls a large part of the global shark-fin trade – had taken out a $20,000 contract on Watson’s life for the his work combating marine poachers.“We are confident that through your participation, Germany will not carry out an extradition that would be the same as carrying out a death sentence,” the group said in a statement to supporters. “Captain Paul Watson’s enemies within the shark fin mafia are capable of reaching inside the prisons of Costa Rica. If extradited to Costa Rica, it is unlikely Captain Paul Watson would live to see the inside of a Costa Rican courthouse.”Over the weekend, the Costa Rican presidency and foreign ministries issued a joint statement seeking to justify the Costa Rican arrest warrant, issued last October, and steps the country has taken to promote local conservation.“Costa Rica’s [conservation] efforts include implementing a formula for development that is in harmony with nature, recognizing that it is written in our Constitution that every citizen has the right to a healthy and ecologically balanced environment. Costa Rica’s efforts have made it possible for the country to be one of the five most environmentally protected countries in the world,” the official statement said.“Costa Rican legislation fights head on the practice known as shark finning. … Costa Rica has undertaken, together with other countries in the region, notable administrative, judicial and political efforts to eradicate the practice. … [Costa Rica] is spearheading an effort at the Convention for International Trade of Endangered Species (CITES) to include the hammerhead shark on the list of species protected from international commercial exploitation and trafficking, a campaign carried out with the support of local nongovernmental organizations like Pretoma and MarViva. …”The statement said the arrest warrant was issued after “Mr. Watson decided to take justice into his own hands,” and that “the attempted sinking of a Costa Rican fishing boat happened because, according to [Watson], the Costa Rican boat supposedly was fishing sharks for their fins; however, that accusation has never been proven.”“On the contrary, what has been demonstrated by a video created by [Watson’s] assistants is that [Watson’s] boat rammed the Costa Rican fishing boat,” the statement said. Facebook Comments
Australia’s love affair with Japan is undiminished, according to the latest Japan National Tourism Organisation (JNTO) data. While waiting for second quarter figures, JNTO statistics for the first quarter of 2018, with increases across the board (March increased 19% from 39, 965 in 2017 to 47, 500 in 2018), indicate Japan is on track exceed half a million Australian visitors this year.Who’s visiting? In short, everyone. For Australian ski enthusiasts, Japan is highly regarded for it’s ‘Japowder’, however, this niche market is not accounting for the increase in over-all visitation, with the areas of Tokyo, Chiba, Kyoto and Osaka as the top 4 most visited by Australians (the skis area Hokkaido comes in 7th).“Those original skiers had their interest piqued on the slopes, and now have gravitated to other areas of Japan,” says Harry Sargant, Sales and Marketing Manager of InsideJapan Tours.“Behaviours have changed, instead of a ski vacation and a few days in say, Tokyo, they are doing a Japan trip, and tacking on a few days of skiing. Plus we have the gourmet, nature and culture lovers. In general, people are dispersing, going beyond the bigger hubs and discovering the magic of regional areas.” In what is often considered an unfamiliar culture, Australians have been relying heavily on word-of-mouth – 56%* said they have used offline sources, being recommendations from family and friends, to collect information for an upcoming trip. (*Source: Consumption Trend Survey for Foreigners Visiting Japan 2017, Japan Tourism Agency).Inside Japan has launched a new itinerary for clients keen to head away from the regular tourist areas, see the incredible natural beauty of the country, eat some great regional food, experience ryokans and soak in a hot spring or two. The Romantic Road self-drive trip starts in Nagano and covers the most scenic 310km of the route in 5 days, allowing multiple pauses and explorations, through Gunma (via Kusatsu Onsen and Minakami with white water rafting April – October) into Tochigi (Lake Chuzenji and Nikko), and finishing in Utsunomiya. From $4182pp Inside JapanJapanJNTO