‘India, Pak. can help resolve Afghan conflict’

first_imgIndia should cooperate with Pakistan to ensure regional stability and to end the Afghan war, said the Ambassador of Russia on Monday. Speaking at a public event here, Nikolay Kudashev said that India-Pakistan collaboration will help in resolving the decades-old conflict in Afghanistan.“The problems of Afghanistan are impossible to resolve without taking on board every neighbouring country. Excessive pressure on certain states would just antagonise them and make numerous problems even more complicated… this logic also guides us to further develop ties with Pakistan and it is in the interest of regional stability to help Pakistanis as well as Indians effectively adjust themselves to the new forms of cooperation offered by SCO (Shanghai Cooperation Organisation) and enhance their anti-terrorism cooperation,” said Mr. Kudashev elaborating on Russia’s engagement of Pakistan.In a set of frank observations at an event organised by the Anant Aspen Centre, the envoy urged India to cooperate with Pakistan in the platforms that various multilateral bodies are providing.New-found bonhomieMoscow and Pakistan dealt with a difficult phase during the 1980s when Pakistan supported the Mujahideen fighters to counter Soviet occupation forces. However the cooperation took off in the last few years with joint counter-terror drills between two sides that India has observed with concern. The envoy clarified that Moscow does not prioritise bilateral disputes in South Asia while framing policies.“We don’t look at the region from the point of view of bilateral disputes that we are not in a position to interfere or take sides. There should be realistic and comprehensive approach to the issues of common interest,” said the envoy highlighting the need for peace between India and Pakistan.“No doubt that existing disagreements between India and Pakistan should be resolved politically and diplomatically according to the provisions of the Simla Agreement of 1972 and the 1999 Lahore Declaration,” Mr. Kudashev said.He said that Russia is open to a relationship with all sides for the sake of regional stability and the crisis in Afghanistan requires the “Afghan-led” solution.last_img read more

a month agoChelsea boss Lampard says Mount could make Liverpool clash

first_imgChelsea boss Lampard says Mount could make Liverpool clashby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Frank Lampard says Mason Mount could make their clash on Sunday against Liverpool.Mount, who has scored three goals in Chelsea’s opening five league games, was forced off early in Tuesday’s Champions League defeat to Valencia.”He’s got a chance,” Lampard said. “The image of the tackle afterwards made it look really bad, but hopefully it’s not so bad.”We’re trying to get him moving today and it’s one I’ll have to call just before the game with another 24 hours in the bank.”The good thing with Mason is his attitude is so good that he’ll give everything to get out there and play for this club, particularly in a game of this size.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Horgan Weaver look to Liberals for help in keeping BC legislature afloat

first_imgVICTORIA – The leaders of British Columbia’s New Democrats and Greens say it is not unprecedented for an Opposition member to serve as Speaker as they prepare to navigate a potentially tricky political situation in the provincial legislature.NDP Leader John Horgan and Green Leader Andrew Weaver are using former Liberal MP Peter Milliken as an example, saying he served as Speaker in the House of Commons during a minority Conservative government.“Peter Milliken, elected Speaker after five ballots under (former prime minister) Jean Chretien back in 2001, served as the Speaker through successive Conservative minority and majority governments,” Weaver said Wednesday.B.C.’s election last month did not produce a clear winner in the 87-seat legislature with Christy Clark’s Liberals winning 43 seats, the NDP 41 and the Greens three.The NDP and the Greens have a deal that would see the New Democrats form a minority government if the Liberals are defeated in the legislature.Clark said when politicians return to the house on June 22 the Liberals will put forward a member to serve as Speaker.But if her minority government is defeated, political tradition dictates a new Speaker be elected and that person normally comes from the government side of the house, which would mean electing a New Democrat to the position.In that scenario, there would be a 43-43 tie in the legislature.Horgan suggested the person who becomes Speaker next week, likely a member of Clark’s caucus, should remain in the position following the expected defeat of the Liberal government in a confidence vote later this month.“This is how I see it,” said Horgan. “The government, current, is going to put forward a Speaker. Good. That Speaker should be in place as a non-partisan for the term of the parliament.”Attorney General Andrew Wilkinson suggested it is up to the NDP and Greens to supply the Speaker if the NDP forms a minority government.“If the Greens and the NDP are purporting to be able to provide a stable government for British Columbians, then they have to do it from within their own resources,” he said.Experts have said an impasse over the Speaker could send voters back to the polls.The Speaker’s role is to enforce the rules in the legislature and he or she only votes in the event of a tie, and even then only to maintain the status quo, as per tradition.last_img read more

AllStar Cast For Alzheimers Play

first_imgUS against ALZHEIMER’S is announcing an all-star cast for the ensemble reading of the acclaimed play, “Surviving Grace”, written by Trish Vradenburg (“Designing Women”, “Family Ties” and “Kate & Allie”) on Wednesday, June 19th at a fundraising benefit at Warner Bros Studio.The play, which was successfully performed at The Union Square Theatre in New York and The Kennedy Centre, Washington, DC is inspired by Vradenburg’s Mother’s battle with the disease, and the first act will be read on stage by a stellar cast, to be announced shortly, at the Los Angeles fundraiser to fight the battle against this deadly disease. Award winning director James Burrows will supervise the reading of this black comedy.The events host committee include Ann-Margret, Seth Rogen, Diahann Carroll, Joan Collins, Peter Gallagher, Molly Sims, Elizabeth Banks, George Hamilton, Linda Gray, Michael Feinstein, Loni Anderson, Sherry Lansing, Maura Tierney, Morgan Fairchild, Stefanie Powers and Marilu Henner.This will be the first of a four city tour with fundraisers headed to San Diego, Dallas and Florida. For more information about US against ALZHEIMER’S visit the website www.SurvivingGrace.org.DATE:Wednesday, June 19thEVENT:US against ALZHEIMER’SWHERE:Stephen J Ross Theatre @ Warner Bros Studio, BurbankTIME:6.00pm— red carpet arrivals7.00pm— play reading followed by receptionSource:PR Newswirelast_img read more

Significant Digits For Monday May 11 2015

If you haven’t already, you really need to sign up for the Significant Digits newsletter — be the first to learn about the numbers behind the news.And, as always, if you see a significant digit in the wild, tweet it to me @WaltHickey. 5th-most productiveWillie Mays saw his career home run record eclipsed by beleaguered Yankee Alex Rodriguez last Thursday, but the stats still appear to show that Mays was the better ballplayer. Looking at all-time wins above replacement, Mays is in fifth place in the annals of baseball history, while A-Rod is 17th. [FiveThirtyEight] You’re reading Significant Digits, a daily digest of the telling numbers tucked inside the news. To receive this as an email newsletter, please subscribe.4 percentThat’s Alabama’s existing tax on rentals of “tangible personal property.”  The state’s department of revenue wants to extend that tax to rentals on, say, Netflix, which generally speaking is pretty intangible and impersonal. [The Washington Post] $50 billionUber is considering raising another $1.5 billion in funding, which would value the company at $50 billion, basically making it a herd of unicorns if my Silicon Valley terminology is up to date. [The New York Times] 11 percentThe new cigarette tax rate in China, up from 5 percent. About 1 million Chinese citizens die annually from smoking-related illnesses. The last time China raised the tax, the State Monopoly of Tobacco Administration — which owns the country’s cigarette manufacturer because, you know, communism — isolated actual smokers from the tax and just ate the costs. So let’s just wait and see how this goes. [Bloomberg]At least 12 arrestsPlease never change, Massachusetts: More than 100 people were involved in a brawl at Revere Beach in Massachusetts on Mother’s Day. There were at least 12 arrests after an altercation that began between two women and their friends spiraled into an all-out fight at the beach. [NECN]60 kimberlite pipesNew research suggests that the plant Pandanus candelabrum can grow the presence of kimberlite pipes, or underground columns of volcanic rock. Who cares? Well, there are about 6,000 known kimberlite pipes, and a tenth of them have diamonds in them, and about a tenth of those have enough diamonds to be worth digging up. So keep your eyes peeled for Pandanus candelabrum. I don’t really know how this works but between you and me, this weekend I’m going to check to see if there might be diamonds under the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Shh! [CNET]$86Current projection for the fare to ride California’s future bullet train from Los Angeles to San Francisco. If you follow technology at all, you probably know by now that Californians are really bad at estimating the actual value of things — be it a train ticket or a startup — so it should come as no surprise that the estimate has been as low as $50 and as high as $105. [Los Angeles Times] $1.1 million to $2.3 millionThat was the range of the value of former Chairman of the Federal Reserve Ben Bernanke’s assets back when he was running America’s favorite helicopter-based cash-distribution entity. He’s probably a little bit further in the black now that he’s consulting for Pacific Investment Management Co. and the hedge fund Citadel. [Bloomberg] $5.4 millionThat’s how much the U.S. Department of Defense paid NFL teams to honor and thank the nation’s troops from 2011 to 2014. The funds mostly came from the National Guard. [NJ.com via Scout]$11,118,775.13As of Friday, that’s how much money has been spent by the state of New Jersey on legal bills for the parties involved in the “bridgegate” scandal. About $7.8 million went to foot the legal bills of members of the governor’s office. [WNYC’s Matt Katz] read more

The Warriors Klay Thompson Only Needs 079 Seconds To Beat You

PLAYERTEAMTOTAL Eric GordonHouston Rockets183 The Warriors’ offense already has a cheat code of sorts because of how thin they spread defenses with their shooting, but they also get a ton of mileage out of the threat Thompson poses aside from his 22 points per game. Thompson’s star teammates find far more openings when playing alongside him because defenders know they can’t step too far away from the lethal shooter. That gives the two former MVPs on the roster true single coverage as opposed to double-teams. Curry and Durant each took advantage and shot nearly 50 and 57 percent from the field, respectively, when playing together alongside Thompson, per NBA Wowy. Watch here as the Clippers lose track of Durant while trying desperately to account for each member of the Warriors’ three leading scorers. The threat of Thompson’s jumper helps create an easy bucket underneath.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/klaykdsteph.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Unsurprisingly, Curry and Durant’s field-goal percentage numbers fell to 46 percent and 50 percent, respectively, in their almost 400 minutes without Thompson.In turn, the other Warriors are engaging in near-perpetual motion to help spring Thompson free. Many of his jumpers stem from the Warriors’ unusual network of screens and picks — with the stars often setting improvisational back screens for role players and guards springing free big men. Still, Golden State works hardest to get Thompson open: He had a whopping 516 separate plays in which they brought him off a screen — a figure that led the NBA by a country mile. For context, Thompson got more shot attempts following a screen than 20 different teams in 2016-17, according to Synergy Sports.His role this past season was a far cry from what it was just four seasons ago, before Steve Kerr took over as coach, when the young Warriors utilized a much different style of offense. Back then, their attack was heavily rooted in stagnant 1-on-1 plays as opposed to the free-flowing system they currently run to perfection. In the course of one year, Golden State went from being dead-last in the NBA with 246.6 passes thrown per game in 2013-14 to seventh in the league with 315.9 passes per night in 2014-15 under Kerr.Under former coach Mark Jackson, Thompson got a steady diet of entry passes on the block and finished the 2013-14 season with an eye-popping 130 post-ups — the fifth-highest total among NBA guards that year, according to Synergy Sports. As jarring as that number sounds, consider this: Thompson has only posted up 137 times total in the three seasons since then.“I knew I wanted to install plenty of movement, and it just so happened that Klay turned himself into Reggie Miller and Rip Hamilton,” Kerr told me this week, citing two of the more elite shooters off screens in modern times. “To me, Klay’s the best guy in the league now at moving without the ball. It just comes natural to him, and it made him a natural fit with our offense.”One of Thompson’s best skills is his ability to score in bunches without possessing the ball all that much. These outbursts have become his trademark since his heroic 41-point, 11 3-pointer performance two seasons ago when the defending champion Warriors were on the cusp of postseason elimination in Oklahoma City. Among those averaging 20 points per game last season, Thompson tied with Brook Lopez for the league lead in lowest time of possession per game, at just 1.6 minutes, while the Warriors guard averaged the highest points-per-touch average. “This is a gunslinger that’s spitting out the ball before anyone can even get to him,” said Fraser, the Warriors assistant.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/klaydefendedbykd.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Thompson told me that he’s made it a point since the age of 15 — when he attended a shooting camp and watched renowned shooting instructor Dave Hopla drill dozens of jumpers — to unload the ball faster.“[Hopla] said, ‘It doesn’t matter where your feet are as long as your shoulders are squared,’ ” Thompson said. “That’s really resonated with me ever since I was a kid. So now, every time I just try to get a good shot off and make sure my shoulders are square toward the rim, even if my feet are in an awkward place. If I’ve got a good base, and I can get some lift, that’s all I need.”Thompson’s uncanny ability to find the basket while barely able to see it — he tested this notion by taking, and making, triples in a Sports Science lab with the lights turned off — simply confirmed what many already knew about him: He can make the sorts of shots others wouldn’t even dream of taking.Asked about having a teammate of that stature, Durant smiled. “That’s the great part about it. I don’t have to play against that no more,” he said. “You can’t relax for a split second, or he’s gonna get a shot off.”Check out our latest NBA predictions. Thompson connected on 131 of 302 attempts within that release window, for a mark of 43.4%. For context, the leaguewide average percentage on all 3-pointers was 35.8%.Source: STATS SportVu C.J. MilesIndiana Pacers192 Trevor ArizaHouston Rockets152 OAKLAND, Calif. — Humans need oxygen, plants need sunlight, and NBA shooters need space to breathe. A cushion from a defender allows a player to do his job successfully: It gives him time to turn and face the basket, bend his knees to develop rhythm and square his feet.Then there’s Klay Thompson, who often does none of these things yet still hits threes at a better-than-40-percent clip and strikes fear in just about every NBA defense. “You ever had someone walk right up on you and talk a few inches away from your face?” asked Warriors assistant Bruce Fraser. “That’s Klay. It’s like he doesn’t mind not having space when he shoots.”Any number of things would correctly explain why the Warriors, who open their season tonight, are on the cusp of becoming a dynasty. Two-time MVP Stephen Curry is a game-breaking playmaker capable of bringing defenses to their knees in a way we’ve never seen. Pair his skill set with that of Kevin Durant, and you have a legitimate title contender. None of that even speaks to the defensive presence and edge Golden State often gets from Draymond Green.Yet Thompson’s quick-trigger attempts from deep might be the best barometer of success for the Warriors. Golden State won 95 percent of its games last season (going 43-2) when the swingman hit at least 40 percent of his shots from 3-point range, but the Warriors won just 69 percent (23-10) when Thompson connected on less than 40 percent.Guarding the 6-foot-7 Thompson is like a formal job interview: If you merely show up on time, rather than getting there a little early, it often means you’ve arrived too late. And God forbid you actually show up a little late — you might as well turn around and go home. Part of this is because Thompson is such a talented, pure shooter, but it’s also because he gets the ball out of his hands faster than any player in the NBA and can connect on his jumpers without having to dip his knees to generate a rhythm.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/klayquicktrigger1.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/klayquicktrigger2.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.While Houston coach Mike D’Antoni has his Seven Seconds or Less strategy, Thompson has established his own version of hot potato this past season, in which he launched a total of 302 catch-and-shoot triples within 0.79 seconds of touching the ball, according to an analysis run by STATS SportVu at FiveThirtyEight’s request. The next-closest player, C.J. Miles, had just 192. What’s more, Thompson hits the quick-trigger triples at nearly the same clip, 43.4 percent,1131 of 302 as when he takes his time and composes himself. When told of these numbers, Thompson put it best: “Sheesh.” Tobias HarrisDetroit Pistons184 Stephen CurryGolden State Warriors180 Kristaps PorzingisNew York Knicks163 Channing FryeCleveland Cavaliers182 Nicolas BatumCharlotte Hornets160 Klay Thompson is the fastest sharpshooter, East or West3-pointers attempted within 0.79 seconds of catching the ball, 2016-17 Klay ThompsonGolden State Warriors302 Tony SnellMilwaukee Bucks157 read more

EDUCATION MINISTER SAYS SCHOOL ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY UNDER REVIEW

first_img Ministry of Education introduces pilot program Education Minister tours schools this week Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Education Minister touts new ICT platform for Public Schools Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 12 Dec 2014 – The Education Minister gave a year in review during her Ministerial statement during the House debate this morning; among the updates though was information on the ‘zero tolerance’ policy which is to govern response to disorderly behavior by students at the Government schools. Hon Akierra Missick said the proposed legislation is currently being vetted by local attorneys and will in January go to the general public for consultation. Recommended for you Related Items:akierra missick, zero tolerance policylast_img read more

34th Aahar concludes at Pragati Maidan

first_imgAfter drawing over 43,000 business visitors and delegates from India and abroad, the 34th edition of Aahar- a specialised International Food and Hospitality event of India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO) and apex industry bodies, concluded on a successful note at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi. Almost all 560 participants from India and abroad expressed their satisfaction over the business response, tie-ups, networking and joint ventures in the fair. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfSantosh Kumar Sarangi, Joint Secretary and Pravin Bonigala, Joint Secretary, Department of Commerce, Government of India and Deepak Kumar, IAS, Executive Director, ITPO jointly presented the Awards for Excellence in display in different categories. These include F&B Equipment, Food, and Processed Food, Hospitality and Décor Solution and Foreign sector. Present on the occasion were V K Macker, President, Food and Hospitality Support Association of India (FHSAI), J K Khurana, President, Hotel and Restaurant Equipment Manufacturers Association of India (HOTREMAI), Dr Girish Gupta, President, Food Industries Welfare Association (FIWA) and senior representatives from APEDA. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveAPEDA participated with around 60 constituents and was commended with the gold medal. In Foreign sector, the gold medal was conferred to the Commercial office of Peru in India, the Embassy of Republic of Indonesia bagged the silver medal while, Solomon Trade, Russia won the bronze medal. Special commendations were conferred to Olives from Spain and Harada Tea Sales, Japan. In the category of Food and Processed Food, Davar’s (Tropolite Foods Pvt Ltd) bagged the gold medal, Cremica Food Industries Ltd won the silver medal and Damyaa P J Foods Pvt Ltd was honoured with the bronze medal, while English Oven was presented the commendation certificate. Reforms Design, Envogue Furnishings India Pvt Ltd (Obsessions) and Soft Sensations Pvt Ltd bagged the gold, silver and the bronze medals respectively in hospitality and décor solution sector. S R Luxury (Hotel Amenities) was honoured with the commendation certificate. Complimenting the award winners, Deepak Kumar, IAS, Executive Director, ITPO expressed his satisfaction over an enhanced number of business visitors and delegates from India and abroad. Foreign business visitors were from Korea, Kenya, UK, USA, Brazil etc. In her welcome address, Hema Maity, General Manager, ITPO acknowledged the continued support of all the associates as well as different media verticals for the grand success of the event. She informed that the next edition of the fair in 2020 would be organised with enhanced size (around 60,000 sq meters) as there would be the availability of new IECC halls. The exclusive Chefs competitions, demonstration of culinary arts and the seminars organised during the currency of the fair added to the productivities of the event and were widely appreciated, she added. In her ‘Vote of Thanks’, Deepa Sharma, Senior Manager, ITPO announced the dates for the next Aahar 2020, which is March 3 – 7, 2020. Aahar 2019 was organised by ITPO with the active support of the Ministry of Food Processing Industries, APEDA, ARCHII, HOTREMAI, FHSAI, FIFI, FIWA, and AIFPA.last_img read more

Smoking passenger detained

first_imgThe man, understood to be a German national, was tied and bound by airline staff after he allegedly became violent and aggressive on flight EK432 from Singapore, the Courier Mail reported. The Australian Federal Police are now handling the matter, with the man due to appear before Brisbane Magistrates Court. Source = ETB News: P.T. A photograph of the incident, taken by another passenger, depicts a man restrained in a seat with his legs and arms seemingly bound. A passenger has been detained by Australian authorities after attempting to smoke several times on-board an Emirates flight to Brisbane.last_img

Rep Iden local fire department officials testify in support of first responder

first_img Categories: Iden News,News State Rep. Brandt Iden was joined by local fire department officials in testifying for the first responder protection bills before the House Law and Justice Committee today.Iden, of Oshtemo Township, is the sponsor for one of the three bills under consideration, which will make it a felony, punishable by up to two years of incarceration, for anyone who targets or intimidates a member of the police and fire department and emergency medical service personnel.“We are seeing increased incidents in Michigan and across the country where first responders are being attacked while in the course of performing their duties or simply for wearing the uniform,” said Iden. “These are individuals put their lives on the line for us. We need to show these men and women that the state of Michigan has their back.”Joining Iden before the committee were Mark Barnes, fire chief for the Charter Township of Oshtemo, and Jed Wild of the Covert Township Fire Department.“The folks that do these acts, I don’t think they’re going to read (state law) because they’re just going to act,” said Barnes. “What we hope and pray will happen will be getting the perpetrators of these kind of actions off the streets to allow us to do our jobs safely.”Wild, the lead training officer for Covert Township, spoke to the committee on the dangers for personnel responding to a mass shooting incident where secondary devices may be set to specifically harm first responders indiscriminately.“That is not the specific emphasis of this legislation, but this happens across our country,” Wild said. “Evil will reside in our communities year and year out, but we’re going to continue to do our job. We appreciate and recognize you are trying to protect us.”The House Bills 4585, sponsored by state Rep. Jeff Yaroch, of Richmond; HB 4590, sponsored by state Rep. Klint Kesto; and 4591, sponsored by Iden, remain under consideration of the committee. 26Sep Rep. Iden, local fire department officials testify in support of first responder protection billslast_img read more

Russian service provider MTS has acquired 100 of

first_imgRussian service provider MTS has acquired 100% of the capital of Tatarstan cable TV leader TVT.MTS acquired TVT, which provides cable TV, broadband internet and telephony services to 15 cities across the republic, for approximately US$163 million (€117 million) excluding net debt of about US$17 million.TVT has about 500,000 subscribers, with a 71% share of the TV market in Kazan, the capital, and a 55% share in Naberezhnye Chelny, Tatarstan’s second city. The company has a 13% share of the broadband market in Kazan, 19.5% in Naberezhnye Chelny and 18.55 in Nizhnekamsk, in southern Tatarstan.last_img

Karen Bradley UK culture secretary Karen Bradley h

first_imgKaren BradleyUK culture secretary Karen Bradley has said she is “minded” to refer 21st Century Fox’s full takeover of Sky to regulator Ofcom on public interest grounds.In a statement published Friday, Bradley said that said that she would make her final decision in the week beginning March 13 about whether to issue a European Intervention Notice.If issued, this would trigger an assessment by Ofcom and a Competition and Markets Authority report that would both be reviewed by Bradley.“I have, today, written to the parties to inform them that I am ‘minded to’ issue a European Intervention Notice on the basis that I have concerns that there may be public interest considerations – as set out in the Enterprise Act 2002 – that are relevant to this proposed merger that warrant further investigation,” said Bradley.“To be clear – I have not taken a final decision on intervention at this stage. In line with the guidance that applies to my quasi-judicial role I am inviting written representations from the parties and will aim to come to a final decision on whether to intervene in the merger within ten working days of today’s notification.”Speaking at the Deloitte Enders Media & Telecoms 2017 and Beyond conference in London last week, 21 Century Fox CEO James Murdoch claimed that the company’s consolidation of Sky will provide a major boost for creative industries in the UK, Germany and Italy.“We’re confident the enhanced scale and capabilities of the combined company will be a powerful driver of the creative industry’s vibrancy in Britain, plus in Italy, and in Germany, and in the global market, and a provider of better experiences for customers everywhere,” he said.“To do this at scale, which this combination enables, ensures that the Sky business can continue to compete within a competitive set that now includes some of the largest companies in the world, but none of whom have the local depth of investment and commitment to the UK and to Europe.”However, the plan remains controversial, with a group of UK cross-party politicians last month calling for Ofcom to launch a review into 21st Century Fox CEO James Murdoch’s suitability to hold a UK broadcasting licence.Ofcom carried out a test of whether Sky should hold a broadcast licence in 2011 at the height of the phone-hacking scandal. While Sky was cleared, the regulator criticised Murdoch – though it fell short of stating that he was not a fit and proper person to hold a broadcast licence.21st Century Fox agreed in December to pay £11.7 billion for the 61% it does not already own of Sky. The terms of the takeover a deal that will value the pay TV operator at £18.5 billion (€22 billion).last_img read more

This project is around maintaining peoples health

first_imgThis project is around maintaining people’s health and well-being through the arts  and support for this programme has been secured through the lead partner Arts Council of Northern Ireland under their Arts and Older Peoples Programme which is jointed funded by Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Dept. of Culture, Arts and Leisure, Public Health Agency and the Baring Foundation.The Mayor added that Council hopes the finale will be fun for them and their families will enjoy seeing their dad or grandfather perform on a professional stage for the first time.Having got the music making bug we hope their involvement will encouragement them to keep on playing long after the projects completion.As part of this project there are  traditional craft workshops for men too as part of this programme of activities for Arts & Older People programme delivered by Derry City and Strabane District Council and entitled ‘Arts for the Third Age’.For further information on the project contact Jean Smyth Arts Development officer at the Alley Theatre or tickets for the Music to your Ears can be booked through the Alley Theatre Box office 02871384444.MUSIC TO YOUR EARS SUCCESS IN DERRY AND STRABANE was last modified: April 11th, 2016 by John2John2 Tags: MAYOR ELISHA MCCALLIONMUSIC TO YOUR EARS SUCCESS IN DERRY AND STRABANETHE ALLEY THEATRE This project targets the male population is the second phase of the our Arts for the Third Age projects held in Derry City and Strabane District and this music part we have called Music to your Ears.Welcoming the initiative the Mayor, Cllr Elisha McCallion says it all about encouraging men to engage in the arts regardless of their previous experience.“We were unsure who we would attract or what skills they might have. With two very capable and well known musicians facilitating  the workshops, they quickly developed a format that’s worked, splitting them into small groups to develop their skills from total beginners to intermediate guitar players mixed with keyboards and accordions- indeed an eclectic mix to encourage!“Although the main part of the workshop time has been used practicing their playing skills, the men have been introduced to other music styles through visiting musician s demonstrations and developed their song writing skills.” ShareTweet The Alley TheatreIF you have been around Derry on a Tuesday afternoon in Pilot’s Rows over the last nine weeks you couldn’t help but notice the large number of men roving about with guitars or accordion cases. Indeed in Strabane’s town centre similar sights were happening on a Tuesday morning.This has been a men only developmental music project offering an opportunity for the individuals to hone their music skills on a variety of instruments during the classes.So 30y local men have brought in musical instruments to learn under the tutorship of professional musicians Mickey Joe Harte, Terry McCafferty and Keiran Gallen.Many of the guys were engaging in the arts for the first time and this was to be their first forte in to the world of performance.Although some folks were total beginners, for others it was about developing their confidence and learning to accompany fellow musicians.Their only entry requirement was that they wanted to be a part of the project and they were willing to try their best while enjoying a little escapism!The goal they are working towards is a finale performance for their friends and families in the Alley Theatre on Tuesday evening 19th April at 7.30 pm so it is practice, practice and more practice!last_img read more

In This Issue Fed drops considerable time ph

first_imgIn This Issue * Fed drops “considerable time” phrase. * Where were the negative prints hiding? * RBNZ moves to a neutral bias. * India to have a Current Account Surplus? And Now. Today’s A Pfennig For Your Thoughts Cheap Oil Helps India! Good Day!…  And a Tub Thumpin’ Thursday to you! I’m hoping for a Tub Thumpin’ Thursday for me here, but we’ll have to see how that goes.. I forwarded all the messages to Chris regarding Happy Birthday wishes from dear readers yesterday, I hear he was treated like a king in the office. Hmmm.  I’m never in the office when my birthday comes along, as I spend that time in Florida attending spring training games.  I have had birthday cakes made for me when I return though, so that’s always fun!  The FOMC met yesterday, talk about a letdown.  (for me that is!) And other than that, the currencies and metals markets didn’t know what to do, so everything went flat on the day With the FOMC Meeting hogging all the media and the markets attention yesterday, we might as well talk about it, Front and Center today,  but it won’t take us long! The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) made no changes to their Fed Funds rate, and removed the reference of the fed funds rate being held at a the current range for “a considerable time following the end of QE”. And they replaced it with. Talk that they (the Fed) can be patient about hiking rates, and that rates will NOT be raised in March or April. and June could be the earliest.   OK. who wants to take the bet that June passes us by, and rates don’t get hiked?  I want all the action! Because I don’t believe rates will be raised in June. But that’s 5 months away. let’s not get ahead of ourselves The reason, I say that is simply that, by the time June rolls around, the economic data is going to tell a completely different story on the economy, that the Fed sounded so upbeat about yesterday. I guess all those negative prints lately were pushed under a pile of papers so that the Fed didn’t see them.  Yeah, that’s the ticket! And my first wife was a young Elizabeth Taylor, yeah, that’s it, that’s the ticket! So, that was yesterday. (I’m sure there’s a song there, but can’t think of any right now.. HA!) Today, the currencies and metals are once again a mixed bag-o-nuts, and the euro ekes out a gain, but the Aussie dollar (A$) sees a small loss. The Chinese renminbi was weakened overnight, and Gold is down another day, booking a $7 loss as I type. The Beatles song, All You Need Is love greeted me this morning. And how apropos, eh? That’s all the currencies and metals need is Love.  Gold was receiving some love on a daily basis the first 3 weeks of this year, but Gold’s lover has left. Let’s hope Gold’s lover is feeling guilty, and comes back soon! The Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ) met overnight and while they kept their rates unchanged they did, as I told you they probably would, change their bias to neutral, from tightening. RBNZ Gov. Wheeler, said that he expects the RBNZ to keep the OCR (official cash rate) on hold for some time. And then hung the chances of any future rate hikes on the economic data. That’s the usual MO for Central Bankers. tell everyone that rate hikes depend on economic data, which could very easily be looked at differently by two different people! That way, the Central Bank gets to cherry pick what data they want to point out. I find this method to be the Chicken Hawk way of doing things. Boy! I Think I saw a Chicken Hawk! The N.Z. dollar/ kiwi wasn’t treated too kindly after Wheeler’s announcement and subsequent statement about moving his bias to neutral. Longtime readers know that I do not hold RBNZ Gov. Wheeler in high esteem, and I’m sure he doesn’t lose any sleep over this.  The euro has eked out a gain this morning, and is trading above 1.13. Yesterday, the euro was well into the 1.13 handle, and the single unit held that position until the overnight session, where Greece was the subject on most traders’ minds, and when that happens, the euro suffers. But then this morning, things changed, and the euro pushed back. I’m expecting to see the first run of consumer inflation from Germany this morning. I’m not expecting it to be good either. So, this pushing back of the euro, might soon turn to the euro getting shoved around again Well, while I was typing, Gold’s loss of $7 has turned to a loss of $16 this morning.. UGH! That’s crazy stuff folks. The conflict in Ukraine has picked up intensity, but Gold loses ground? The Greeks elect a rogue party that ran on a platform of no austerity, or leave the euro, and Gold loses ground? I hope when I grow up, I fully understand how this can be. you know sort of like when I grew up and found out that there was no.  No wait! That can’t be!  Please tell me that what the kids said at school isn’t true! Whew! I was scared to death that I might get crossed off his list, if I said I didn’t believe! Silver is in the same boat as its kissin’ cousin, Gold. I read on Google+ last night that India alone, imported 7,063 tonnes of Silver in 2014. That’s up 15% VS the previous year. And India was out of the importing metals game for a few months in 2014, which makes this result even that more impressive! But the same thing holds true here. Truckloads of physical buying going on in both Silver and Gold, but they are searching for terra firma. I shake my head in disgust, and know of no other thing I can do to change/ rectify this Speaking of the conflict in Ukraine. This fighting surprises me, in that I thought that in the dead of winter, there would not be the will to keep fighting. And just to give you proof that the fighting has intensified, the Russian ruble is getting a daily whacking once again, and has fallen to a 69 handle, with a lot of that loss coming in the past 10 days.  Two weeks ago, there was talk that Europe was ready to drop their sanctions against Russia, (trust me when I tell you that these sanctions are hurting Europe more than they are hurting Russia),  and things were looking as though we could all take our guns and tanks and go home for the winter. And then things heated up again Well.. A longtime reader sent me a note yesterday of an article written by Gary North. You know, I’ve never met Gary North, but he’s been a respected analyst and writer for longer than I’ve been writing a letter. leading up to Y2K, Gary warned everyone to be self-sufficient for he feared the worst would happen with Y2K. of course none of that bad stuff happened, and a lot of critics talked bad about Gary, calling him “scary Gary”, and they said he was so wrong about Y2K. Well, that might be, but was he wrong to bring it to everyone’s attention? To get them to think about what might happen? To be prepared? No. he wasn’t. and for that he should be hailed for bringing this Corporations’ attention so they could make the programing changes they needed to make ahead of Y2K! Well, that wasn’t the article. What the longtime readers sent me was an article where Gary talks about the renminbi not having a chance to replace the dollar as the reserve currency. Uh-Oh. Now thems fightin words!  Well, not really, I’m not a fighter, any longer, although in my younger days, I was known to participate in fisticuffs from time to time. As I recall, they usually took place at a drinking establishment!  Ok, enough about my youth!  What I wanted to point out is that there was someone saying something opposite of what I’m saying. And to be fair and balanced, I talked about it right here!  How about that? I was going to talk about the Aussie dollar (A$) and the band, Midnight Oil came on the iPod, playing their song: Beds Are Burning. Talk about great timing!  Well, yesterday, I told you about the risks that the next Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) meeting would carry, and then I made a major faux pas by saying that “the RBA meets tonight, I think”.  Well, I didn’t think clearly! The RBA meets on Mondays and I know that! I guess I was all caught up in the “risks”  and knew the RBNZ was meeting last night, and well, the sun was in my eyes, I tripped on a rock, and my glove had a hole in it!  Excuses never won a ballgame for anybody, as the old football coach used to tell us. So no excuses, I was just ahead of myself. The RBA meets next Monday. So, keep those “risks” in mind The A$ can’t find any terra firma for more than 24 hours these days. And if my fears of what the RBA might say next week come to fruition, then the A$ might find that it’s in the middle of the sea, and finding terra firma is impossible!  And in India, things just keeping looking brighter with the help of cheaper Oil. I read a report yesterday that talked about India possibly booking a Current Account Surplus if the price of Oil remained low. WOW! I didn’t think that in my remaining lifetime I would see India with a Current Account Surplus! The rupee isn’t feeling too much like celebrating this morning, but I think that has more to do with the fact that the Chinese renminbi weakened overnight. I told you the other day how the cheaper Oil was allowing PM Modi the opportunity to finally implement some of his reforms that hopefully unlock the Indian economy. So, I would tell the rupee. the same thing Charlotte told Wilbur. Chin up! The U.S. Data Cupboard is basically empty today. We get the usual Weekly Initial Jobless Claims, and that’s about it. So, from here on out, we get to hear all the rate hike campers shouting from the rooftops that the Fed is going to hike rates in June. Chuck says no way! But we might as well get ready for this onslaught of rate hike talk I’m having connection problems again this morning. it comes and goes, very spotty. I have to look into a more reliable ISP/ wireless system. Unfortunately, the ISP comes with the building, so I doubt I can be a rogue tenant and opt for a different ISP. But maybe if I whine and complain enough, the current ISP will look into the problem. think that might happen?  Yeah, right, and I’ve got a bridge to sell For What It’s Worth. Well today, I have a special treat for you. I have a couple of snippets of an article that I found on zerohedge.com  that features Ron Paul talking about the Fed and Gold. You can, and probably should read the whole article here: http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-01-28/ron-paul-gold-feds-failed-utopian-dream “Over the last 100 years the Fed has had many mandates and policy changes in its pursuit of becoming the chief central economic planner for the United States. Not only has it pursued this utopian dream of planning the US economy and financing every boondoggle conceivable in the welfare/warfare state, it has become the manipulator of the premier world reserve currency As Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke explained to me, the once profoundly successful world currency – gold – was no longer money. This meant that he believed, and the world has accepted, the fiat dollar as the most important currency of the world, and the US has the privilege and responsibility for managing it. He might even believe, along with his Fed colleagues, both past and present, that the fiat dollar will replace gold for millennia to come. I remain unconvinced At its inception the Fed got its marching orders: to become the ultimate lender of last resort to banks and business interests. And to do that it needed an “elastic” currency.  The supporters of the new central bank in 1913 were well aware that commodity money did not “stretch” enough to satisfy the politician’s appetite for welfare and war spending. A printing press and computer, along with the removal of the gold standard, would eventually provide the tools for a worldwide fiat currency. We’ve been there since 1971 and the results are not good Many modifications of policy mandates occurred between 1913 and 1971, and the Fed continues today in a desperate effort to prevent the total unwinding and collapse of a monetary system built on sand. A storm is brewing and when it hits, it will reveal the fragility of the entire world financial system.” – Ron Paul Chuck again. I always liked Ron Paul, as he was the ONLY Austrian economics trained politician in Washington D.C, but now he’s retired, UGH! Well, we all deserve to retire while we can still have fun, right? To recap. The FOMC left out the “considerable time” phrase but talked about being patient with regards to hiking rates. Chuck takes bets that the Fed won’t raise rates in June. So, have all the negative economic prints been hidden under a pile of paper at the Fed?  Gold is getting whacked this morning, but why? And Silver follows right behind. the currencies are mixed again today, the euro has eked out a gain, while the A$ is down, along with the renminbi. And things keep getting brighter in India, with the help of cheap Oil Currencies today 1/29/15. American Style: A$ .7790, kiwi .7290, C$ .7975, euro 1.1310, sterling 1.5135, Swiss  $1.0870, . European Style: rand 11.6290, krone 7.7905, SEK 8.2455, forint 276.05, zloty 3.7450, koruna 24.59, RUB 69.27, yen 118.15, sing 1.3535, HKD 7.7525, INR 61.87, China 6.1335, pesos 14.83, BRL 2.5960, Dollar Index 94.63, Oil $44.51, 10-year 1.72%, Silver $17.53, Platinum $1,245.50, Palladium $788.80, and Gold. $1,270.54 That’s it for today. Well, the NHL finally gets back to work after 9 days off, our Blues will finally play again tonight. You know I missed a birthday earlier in the week. Colleague, and friend, Suzanne Lee, celebrated a birthday on Monday. She told me the other night that her birthday was the same as my sister’s. I was confused at first as to how she would know when my sister’s birthday was, but then I remembered, I talked about it in the Pfennig!  Well, while getting caught up in the hoopla of Chris Gaffney’s birthday, and the FOMC meeting yesterday, I forgot to send along my condolences on the loss of our colleague’s father in law. Aaron Stevenson’s Wife, Diana, lost her father suddenly this past weekend. It’s always sad when you lose someone, and so my thoughts and prayers go out to the Stevensons, as they deal with this loss. On a lighter note.. Grandson Everett, wanted to know why I didn’t come home with his Mimi (Kathy) the other day. that didn’t register with him that we weren’t together. And with that, I’ll get out of your hair for today. I hope you have a Tub Thumpin’ Thursday! Chuck Butler President EverBank World Marketslast_img read more

Kelloggs issued a voluntary recall of the brands

first_imgKellogg’s issued a voluntary recall of the brand’s Honey Smacks cereal Wednesday. The cereal has been linked to a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Mbandaka, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.So far the outbreak has spanned 31 states with 73 cases of infection. There have been 24 reported hospitalizations and zero deaths.New York, California, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania are among the states to report cases of the Salmonella Mbandaka strain, with New York reporting the highest most at 7.Both the CDC and Kellogg’s are advising consumers and retailers to throw out 15.3 oz. and 23.0 oz. boxes of the Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal. Affected products have a ‘best if used by’ date on the top of the box between June 14, 2018 and June 14, 2019.Illnesses in connection with the cereal started appearing in early March, according to the CDC.Salmonella bacteria are the main cause of infection that leads to an illness called salmonellosis. Symptoms of the illness include diarrhea, vomiting, fever and abdominal cramps, and appear within 12 and 72 hours of consumption of salmonella bacteria. Drinking water and fluids is recommended, according to the FDA.Consumers are advised by the CDC to “contact a healthcare provider if you think you got sick from consuming recalled Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal.”Salmonella causes cause about 1.2 million illnesses, 23,000 hospitalizations, and 450 deaths in the United States every year, the CDC says; more than 80 percent are caused by foodborne bacteria. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

Theranos — the Silicon Valley bloodtesting startu

first_imgTheranos — the Silicon Valley blood-testing startup whose former top executives are accused of carrying out a massive, years-long fraud — is shutting down.David Taylor, who became CEO in June, said Theranos will dissolve after it attempts to pay creditors with its remaining cash. The news was first reported by The Wall Street Journal, which published the letter.The letter explains that the company “intends to enter into an assignment for the benefit of creditors.” This arrangement would allow for all of Theranos’ assets, other than its intellectual property, to be assigned to a third party in trust for the company’s creditors. The company says it has about $5 million remaining in cash.”Because the Company’s cash is not nearly sufficient to pay all of its creditors in full, there will be no distributions to shareholders,” the letter states. After the assignment process, the company intends to dissolve. The Journal reports that most of the company’s remaining employees worked their last day on Aug. 31, while Taylor and a few others have just a few more days on the payroll.Under founder and now-former CEO Elizabeth Holmes, Theranos raised more than $700 million from investors and was valued at $9 billion at its peak.Holmes had claimed that the company’s technology could run comprehensive lab tests using just a few drops of blood — a pitch that appealed to Walgreens, which partnered with Theranos to offer the blood tests in its stores.Instead, in a criminal indictment, the Justice Department says that Holmes and her then-boyfriend, former President and COO Ramesh “Sunny” Balwani, perpetrated “a multi-million dollar scheme to defraud investors, and a separate scheme to defraud doctors and patients.”They each face nine counts of wire fraud and two counts of conspiracy to commit wire fraud.”Holmes and Balwani knew that many of their representations about the analyzer were false,” the Justice Department said when the charges were announced in June. “For example, allegedly, Holmes and Balwani knew that the analyzer, in truth, had accuracy and reliability problems, performed a limited number of tests, was slower than some competing devices, and, in some respects, could not compete with existing, more conventional machines. “As NPR’s James Doubek reported in March, Holmes has already settled civil charges brought by the Securities and Exchange Commission, agreeing to pay a $500,000 penalty and to refrain from serving as a director or officer of a publicly traded company for 10 years. As part of the settlement, Holmes and Theranos did not admit or deny the allegations.Balwani continues to fight the SEC’s charges against him. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

Uber Hires Former Obama Campaign Manager to Battle the Big Taxi Cartel

first_img Next Article Uber Guest Writer Uber Hires Former Obama Campaign Manager to Battle the ‘Big Taxi Cartel’ 2 min read –shares Laura Entis August 19, 2014center_img Add to Queue Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. It’s been a tumultuous day at the executive level in the ridesharing sector today.Earlier this afternoon, news broke that Lyft COO Travis VanderZanden is leaving the company after an 18-month stint (rumor has it he clashed with the company’s founders). Not to be outdone, Uber’s CEO Travis Kalanick made a pretty significant announcement of his own, revealing that David Plouffe, President Obama’s former campaign manager and White House adviser, has been hired as the company’s new senior vice president of policy and strategy.Officially, Plouffe will oversee Uber’s global branding, communications and policy, but more succinctly, as Kalanick summed it up for Politico, he will be the transportation network’s “campaign manager.”Related: Lyft COO Exits in the Wake of Controversial NYC LaunchKalanick’s use of politically charged language to describe his company – “There’s an incumbent … the big taxi cartel … and we’re the challenger,” he told the outlet — emphasizes the important role Plouffe will play in helping Uber expand despite resistance from regulators and local governments.”Uber has been in a campaign but hasn’t been running one,” Kalanick wrote in a blog post announcing the news. “That is changing now.”In this respect, of course, both Plouffe’s extensive political experience and connections comes in handy. “We’ll be trying to change the point of view of established politicians, and there’s a lot of resistance coming from people who want to protect the status quo,” Plouffe told Politico.Plouffe, who managed both of Obama’s presidential campaigns and served as a senior adviser to the president, left the White House in January 2013.Related: Lyft and Uber Trade Barbs Over Cancelled Rides Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Register Now »last_img read more

Glassbox Distances Competitors by Patenting Its Technology for Recording Web Sessions

first_imgGlassbox Distances Competitors by Patenting Its Technology for Recording Web Sessions MTS Staff WriterMay 10, 2019, 7:50 pmMay 10, 2019 Glassbox, the leading enterprise Digital Customer Management solution provider, announced that a patent for its technology to record web sessions has been approved by the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).The patent for “Systems and Methods for Recording Web Sessions” covers a proprietary technology in Glassbox’s digital customer management platform that records both client- and server-side, providing global enterprises with an evidential 360-degree view of their website and mobile app. Server-side website session recordings significantly reduce the overhead of client-side recording and provide visibility into scenarios that cannot be captured with client-side recording, such as bot investigations, fraud attempts, scraping, and HTTP errors.Marketing Technology News: Artificial Solutions and Rücker Lypsa Team-up to Deliver Conversational AI to the Automotive IndustryGlassbox’s technology breaks the dependency between server-side recording and external devices like TAP or even the need for SPAN port. As TAP or SPAN port are not required, this technology is ideal for cloud infrastructure or when access to network devices is not an option.Glassbox’s technology enables Tealeaf customers to migrate to Glassbox Cloud without losing any visibility into their production environments.“Client-recording is important, but it is only part of the ultimate digital truth, and enterprises cannot afford to lose session replay capabilities when migrating to the cloud,” said Glassbox CTO Yaron Gueta. “We created this technology to exceed the highest standards in the industry for quality and quantity of insights available to large enterprises. We’re very proud to have received the approval for the patent and appreciate the recognition that sets our technology apart from all other providers globally.”Marketing Technology News: Uberflip Named a Contender in Content Marketing Platforms for B2B Marketers for the First Time by Independent Research FirmGlassbox is the only enterprise-grade digital customer analytics platform that allows users to capture, index, search, retrieve, replay and drive real-time machine learning-driven insights from data related to digital customer journeys. It enables online customer experience professionals to receive automatic alerts about customer struggles and technical anomalies and act upon them. Glassbox does all this whilst meeting the highest security and privacy standards.Marketing Technology News: CloudShare Launches Flexible Sales Enablement Solution to Reduce Sales Friction, Illuminate Buyer Journeys and Empower Teams with Advanced Analytics customer management platformdigital customer analyticsGlassboxGlassbox CloudMarketing TechnologyNewsUSPTO Previous ArticleHUBX, The World’s First Anonymous B2B Marketplace Platform, Surpasses $200 Million in Revenue in First Year, Hires Industry Veteran as Chief Revenue OfficerNext ArticleSales Development Report: Bots, Chat Will Be the Next Big Thing, Live Call Still Dominates and GDPR Drives Changeslast_img read more

Lethal plans When seniors turn to suicide in longterm care

first_imgReviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Apr 9 2019When Larry Anders moved into the Bay at Burlington nursing home in late 2017, he wasn’t supposed to be there long. At 77, the stoic Wisconsin machinist had just endured the death of his wife of 51 years and a grim new diagnosis: throat cancer, stage 4.His son and daughter expected him to stay two weeks, tops, before going home to begin chemotherapy. From the start, they were alarmed by the lack of care at the center, where, they said, staff seemed indifferent, if not incompetent — failing to check on him promptly, handing pills to a man who couldn’t swallow.Anders never mentioned suicide to his children, who camped out day and night by his bedside to monitor his care.But two days after Christmas, alone in his nursing home room, Anders killed himself. He didn’t leave a note.The act stunned his family. His daughter, Lorie Juno, 50, was so distressed that, a year later, she still refused to learn the details of her father’s death. The official cause was asphyxiation.”It’s sad he was feeling in such a desperate place in the end,” Juno said.In a nation where suicide continues to climb, claiming more than 47,000 lives in 2017, such deaths among older adults — including the 2.2 million who live in long-term care settings — are often overlooked. A six-month investigation by Kaiser Health News and PBS NewsHour finds that older Americans are quietly killing themselves in nursing homes, assisted living centers and adult care homes.If You Need HelpIf you or someone you know has talked about contemplating suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, or use the online Lifeline Crisis Chat, both available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.People 60 and older can call the Institute on Aging’s 24-hour, toll-free Friendship Line at 800-971-0016. IOA also makes ongoing outreach calls to lonely older adults.Poor documentation makes it difficult to tell exactly how often such deaths occur. But a KHN analysis of new data from the University of Michigan suggests that hundreds of suicides by older adults each year — nearly one per day — are related to long-term care. Thousands more people may be at risk in those settings, where up to a third of residents report suicidal thoughts, research shows.Each suicide results from a unique blend of factors, of course. But the fact that frail older Americans are managing to kill themselves in what are supposed to be safe, supervised havens raises questions about whether these facilities pay enough attention to risk factors like mental health, physical decline and disconnectedness — and events such as losing a spouse or leaving one’s home. More controversial is whether older adults in those settings should be able to take their lives through what some fiercely defend as “rational suicide.”Tracking suicides in long-term care is difficult. No federal regulations require reporting of such deaths and most states either don’t count — or won’t divulge — how many people end their own lives in those settings.Briana Mezuk, an associate professor of epidemiology at the University of Michigan, found in 2015 that the rate of suicide in older adults in nursing homes in Virginia was nearly the same as the rate in the general population, despite the greater supervision the facilities provide.In research they presented at the 2018 Gerontological Society of America annual meeting, Mezuk’s team looked at nearly 50,000 suicides among people 55 and older in the National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS) from 2003 to 2015 in 27 states. They found that 2.2% of those suicides were related to long-term care. The people who died were either people living in or transitioning to long-term care, or caregivers of people in those circumstances.KHN extrapolated the finding to the entire U.S., where 16,500 suicides were reported among people 55 and older in 2017, according to federal figures. That suggests that at least 364 suicides a year occur among people living in or moving to long-term care settings, or among their caregivers. The numbers are likely higher, Mezuk said, since the NVDRS data did not include such states as California and Florida, which have large populations of elders living in long-term care sites.But representatives of the long-term care industry point out that by any measure, such suicides are rare.The deaths are “horrifically tragic” when they occur, said Dr. David Gifford, of the American Health Care Association. But, he added, the facilities offer “a very supervised environment,” and settings that receive Medicare or Medicaid funding are required to assess and monitor patients for suicidal behavior.”I think the industry is pretty attuned to it and paying attention to it,” Gifford said, noting that mental health issues among older adults in general must be addressed. “I don’t see this data as pointing to a problem in the facilities.”KHN examined over 500 attempted and completed suicides in long-term care settings from 2012 to 2017 by analyzing thousands of death records, medical examiner reports, state inspections, court cases and incident reports.Even in supervised settings, records show, older people find ways to end their own lives. Many used guns, sometimes in places where firearms weren’t allowed or should have been securely stored. Others hanged themselves, jumped from windows, overdosed on pills or suffocated themselves with plastic bags. (The analysis did not examine medical aid-in-dying, a rare and restricted method by which people who are terminally ill and mentally competent can get a doctor’s prescription for lethal drugs. That is legal only in seven states and the District of Columbia.)Descriptions KHN unearthed in public records shed light on residents’ despair: Some told nursing home staff they were depressed or lonely; some felt that their families had abandoned them or that they had nothing to live for. Others said they had just lived long enough: “I am too old to still be living,” one patient told staff. In some cases, state inspectors found nursing homes to blame for failing to heed suicidal warning signs or evicting patients who tried to kill themselves.A better understanding is crucial: Experts agree that late-life suicide is an under-recognized problem that is poised to grow.By 2030, all baby boomers will be older than 65 and 1 in 5 U.S. residents will be of retirement age, according to census data. Of those who reach 65, two-thirds can expect to need some type of long-term care. And, for poorly understood reasons, that generation has had higher rates of suicide at every stage, said Dr. Yeates Conwell, director of the Office for Aging Research and Health Services at the University of Rochester.”The rise in rates in people in middle age is going to be carried with them into older adulthood,” he said.Long-term care settings could be a critical place to intervene to avert suicide — and to help people find meaning, purpose and quality of life, Mezuk argued: “There’s so much more that can be done. It would be hard for us to be doing less.”‘In A Desperate Place’In Wisconsin, Larry Anders’ children chose to speak publicly because they felt the nursing home failed their father.Anders, a taciturn Army veteran, lived a low-key retirement in Waukesha, outside of Milwaukee. He grew asparagus, watched “Wheel of Fortune” with his wife, Lorna, in matching blue recliners and played the slot machines at a Chinese restaurant.Following the November 2017 death of his wife, and his throat cancer diagnosis, he initially refused treatment, but then agreed to give it a try.Anders landed at the Bay at Burlington, 40 minutes from his home, the closest facility his Medicare Advantage plan would cover. The first day, Lorie Juno grew worried when no one came to greet her father after the ambulance crew wheeled him to his room. The room had no hand sanitizer and the sink had no hot water.In his week in the Burlington, Wis., center, Anders wrestled with anxiety and insomnia. Anders, who rarely complained, called his daughter in a panic around 2 a.m. one day, saying that he couldn’t sleep and that “they don’t know what the hell they’re doing here,” according to Juno. When she called, staff assured her that Anders had just had a “snack,” which she knew wasn’t true because he ate only through a feeding tube.His children scrambled to transfer him elsewhere, but they ran out of time. On Dec. 27, Mike Anders, 48, woke up in an armchair next to his father’s bed after spending the night. He left for his job as a machinist between 5 and 6 a.m. At 6:40 a.m., Larry Anders was found dead in his room.”I firmly believe that had he had better care, it would’ve been a different ending,” Mike Anders said.Research shows events like losing a spouse and a new cancer diagnosis put people at higher risk of suicide, but close monitoring requires resources that many facilities don’t have.Nursing homes already struggle to provide enough staffing for basic care. Assisted living centers that promote independence and autonomy can miss warning signs of suicide risk, experts warn.In the weeks before and after Anders’ death, state inspectors found a litany of problems at the facility, including staffing shortages. When inspectors found a patient lying on the floor, they couldn’t locate any staff in the unit to help.Champion Care, the New York firm that runs the Bay at Burlington and other Wisconsin nursing homes, noted that neither police nor state health officials found staff at fault in Anders’ death.Merely having a suicide on-site does not mean a nursing home broke federal rules. But in some suicides KHN reviewed, nursing homes were penalized for failing to meet requirements for federally funded facilities, such as maintaining residents’ well-being, preventing avoidable accidents and telling a patient’s doctor and family if they are at risk of harm.For example: This article was reprinted from khn.org with permission from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Kaiser Health News, an editorially independent news service, is a program of the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonpartisan health care policy research organization unaffiliated with Kaiser Permanente. Most suicide prevention funding targets young or middle-aged people, in part because those groups have so many years ahead of them. But it’s also because of ageist attitudes that suggest such investments and interventions are not as necessary for older adults, said Jerry Reed, a nationally recognized suicide expert with the nonprofit Education Development Center.”Life at 80 is just as possible as life at 18,” Reed said. “Our suicide prevention strategies need to evolve. If they don’t, we’re going to be losing people we don’t need to lose.”Even when there are clear indications of risk, there’s no consensus on the most effective way to respond. The most common responses — checking patients every 15 minutes, close observation, referring patients to psychiatric hospitals — may not be effective and may even be harmful, research shows.But intervening can make a difference, said Eleanor Feldman Barbera, a New York psychologist who works in long-term care settings.She recalled a 98-year-old woman who entered a local nursing home last year after suffering several falls. The transition from the home she shared with her elderly brother was difficult. When the woman developed a urinary tract infection, her condition worsened. Anxious and depressed, she told an aide she wanted to hurt herself with a knife. She was referred for psychological services and improved. Weeks later, after a transfer to a new unit, she was found in her room with the cord of a call bell around her neck.After a brief hospitalization, she returned to the nursing home and was surrounded by increased care: a referral to a psychiatrist, extra oversight by aides and social workers, regular calls from her brother. During weekly counseling sessions, the woman now reports she feels better. Barbera considers it a victory.”She enjoys the music. She hangs out with peers. She watches what’s going on,” Barbera said. “She’s 99 now — and she’s looking toward 100.”If you or someone you know has talked about contemplating suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, or use the online Lifeline Crisis Chat, both available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. People 60 and older can call the Institute on Aging’s 24-hour, toll-free Friendship Line at 800-971-0016. IOA also makes ongoing outreach calls to lonely older adults. Know What To DoFamilies of people living in or transitioning to long-term care receive little advice about signs of suicide risk – or ways to prevent it. Here are steps to keep your loved one safe, based on interviews with suicide prevention researchers.Know what’s normal. Depression and thoughts of suicide are not an inevitable part of aging or of living in long-term care. Consider treatment for depression if the person experiences trouble sleeping, muscle aches, headache, changes in appetite or weight, restlessness or agitation.Don’t be afraid to ask about it. Asking someone about suicidal thoughts is unlikely to cause them to act on them. Start the conversation. Ask about the facilities, the activities, the food. Ask what would help them look forward to waking up or want to be alive.If you have concerns, speak up. Let staff members know if your loved one talks about wanting to die, or about actual plans to end their lives. Work with the team collaboratively to discuss solutions.Ask about suicide protocols. Facilities should have a plan for assessing, monitoring and preventing suicide risk. What’s the protocol if someone is actively or passively suicidal? Fifteen-minute checks? Close observation? Hospitalization? What’s the readmission policy?Plan for safety. If suicide is a concern, restrict access to lethal means, including weapons, medications, chemicals, cords and plastic bags. Ensure that windows, stairwells and exits are secure.center_img Prevention needs to start long before these deaths occur, with thorough screenings upon entry to the facilities and ongoing monitoring, Conwell said. The main risk factors for senior suicide are what he calls “the four D’s”: depression, debility, access to deadly means and disconnectedness.”Pretty much all of the factors that we associate with completed suicide risk are going to be concentrated in long-term care,” Conwell said.Most seniors who choose to end their lives don’t talk about it in advance, and they often die on the first attempt, he said.’I Choose This “Shortcut”‘That was the case for the Rev. Milton P. Andrews Jr., a former Seattle pastor, who “gave no hint” he wanted to end his life six years ago at a Wesley Homes retirement center in nearby Des Moines, Wash. Neither his son, Paul Andrews, nor the staff at the center had any suspicions, they said.”My father was an infinitely deliberate person,” said Paul Andrews, 69, a retired Seattle journalist. “There’s no way once he decided his own fate that he was going to give a clue about it, since that would have defeated the whole plan.”At 90, the Methodist minister and human rights activist had a long history of making what he saw as unpopular but morally necessary decisions. He drew controversy in the pulpit in the 1950s for inviting African Americans into his Seattle sanctuary. He opposed the Vietnam War and was arrested for protesting nuclear armament. His daughter was once called a “pinko” because Andrews demanded equal time on a local radio station to rebut a conservative broadcaster.In 2013, facing a possible second bout of congestive heart failure and the decline of his beloved wife, Ruth, who had dementia, Andrews made his final decision. On Valentine’s Day, he took a handful of sleeping pills, pulled a plastic bag over his head and died.Milton Andrews wrote a goodbye note on the cover of his laptop computer in bold, black marker.”Fare-well! I am ready to die! I choose this ‘shortcut,'” it read in part. “I love you all, and do not wish a long, protracted death — with my loved ones waiting for me to die.”Christine Tremain, a spokeswoman for Wesley Homes, said Andrews’ death has been the only suicide reported in her 18 years at the center.Related StoriesIn secret, seniors discuss ‘rational suicide’Five ways to help keep senior citizens safe during summerMachine learning can be a modern approach in cognitive brain health assessment”Elder suicide is an issue that we take seriously and work to prevent through the formal and informal support systems that we have in place,” she said.At first, Paul Andrews said he was shocked, devastated and even angry about his dad’s death. Now, he just misses him.”I always feel like he was gone too soon, even though I don’t think he felt like that at all,” he said.Andrews has come to believe that elderly people should be able to decide when they’re ready to die.”I think it’s a human right,” he said. “If you go out when you’re still functioning and still have the ability to choose, that may be the best way to do it and not leave it to other people to decide.”That’s a view shared by Dena Davis, 72, a bioethics professor at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania. Suicide “could be a rational choice for anyone of any age if they feel that the benefits of their continued life are no longer worth it,” she said.”The older you get, the more of your life you’ve already lived — hopefully, enjoyed — the less of it there is to look forward to,” said Davis, who has publicly discussed her desire to end her own life rather than die of dementia, as her mother did.But Conwell, a leading geriatric psychiatrist, finds the idea of rational suicide by older Americans “really troublesome.” “We have this ageist society, and it’s awfully easy to hand over the message that they’re all doing us a favor,” he said.’So Preventable’When older adults struggle with mental illness, families often turn to long-term care to keep them safe.A jovial social worker who loved to dance, Ellen Karpas fell into a catatonic depression after losing her job at age 74 and was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Concerned that she was “dwindling away” at home, losing weight and skipping medications, her children persuaded her to move to an assisted living facility in Minneapolis in 2017.Karpas enjoyed watching the sunset from the large, fourth-story window of her room at Ebenezer Loren on Park. But she had trouble adjusting to the sterile environment, according to son Timothy Schultz, 52.“I do not want to live here for the rest of my life,” she told him.On Oct. 4, 2017, less than a month after she moved in, Karpas was unusually irritable during a visit, her daughter, Sandy Pahlen, 54, recalled. Pahlen and her husband left the room briefly. When they returned, Karpas was gone. Pahlen looked out an open window and saw her mother on the ground below.Karpas, 79, was declared dead at the scene.Schultz said he thinks the death was premeditated, because his mother took off her eyeglasses and pulled a stool next to the window. Escaping was easy: She just had to retract a screen that rolled up like a roller blind and open the window with a hand crank.Pahlen said she believes medication mismanagement — the staff’s failure to give Karpas her regular mood stabilizer pills — contributed to her suicide. But a state health department investigation found staffers were not at fault in the death. Eric Schubert, a spokesman for Fairview Health Services, which owns the facility, called Karpas’ death “very tragic” but said he could not comment further because the family has hired a lawyer. Their lawyer, Joel Smith, said the family plans to sue the facility and may pursue state legislation to make windows suicide-proof at similar places.“Where do I even begin to heal from something that is so painful, because it was so preventable?” said Raven Baker, Karpas’ 26-year-old granddaughter.Nationwide, about half of people who die by suicide had a known mental health condition, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Mental health is a significant concern in U.S. nursing homes: Nearly half of residents are diagnosed with depression, according to a 2013 CDC report.That often leads caregivers, families and patients themselves to believe that depression is inevitable, so they dismiss or ignore signs of suicide risk, said Conwell.”Older adulthood is not a time when it’s normal to feel depressed. It’s not a time when it’s normal to feel as if your life has no meaning,” he said. “If those things are coming across, that should send up a red flag.”SolutionsStill, not everyone with depression is suicidal, and some who are suicidal don’t appear depressed, said Julie Rickard, a psychologist in Wenatchee, Wash., who founded a regional suicide prevention coalition in 2012. She’s launching one of the nation’s few pilot projects to train staff and engage fellow residents to address suicides in long-term care.In the past 18 months, three suicides occurred at assisted living centers in the rural central Washington community of 50,000 people. That included Roland K. Tiedemann, 89, who jumped from the fourth-story window of a local center on Jan. 22, 2018.”He was very methodical. He had it planned out,” Rickard said. “Had the staff been trained, they would have been able to prevent it. Because none of them had been trained, they missed all the signs.”Tiedemann, known as “Dutch,” lived there with his wife, Mary, who has dementia. The couple had nearly exhausted resources to pay for their care and faced moving to a new center, said their daughter, Jane Davis, 45, of Steamboat Springs, Colo. Transitions into or out of long-term care can be a key time for suicide risk, data shows.After Tiedemann’s death, Davis moved her mother to a different facility in a nearby city.  Mary Tiedemann, whose dementia is worse, doesn’t understand that her husband died, Davis said. “At first I would tell her.  And I was telling her over and over,” she said.  “Now I just tell her he’s hiking.”At the facility where Tiedemann died, Rickard met with the residents, including many who reported thoughts of suicide.”The room was filled with people who wanted to die,” she said. “These people came to me to say: ‘Tell me why I should still live.'” An 81-year-old architect fatally shot himself while his roommate was nearby in their shared room in a Massachusetts nursing home in 2016. The facility was fined $66,705. A 95-year-old World War II pilot hanged himself in an Ohio nursing home in 2016, six months after a previous attempt in the same location. The facility was fined $42,575. An 82-year-old former aircraft mechanic, who had a history of suicidal ideation, suffocated himself with a plastic bag in a Connecticut nursing home in 2015. The facility was fined $1,020.last_img read more