By Eden RichardsMen’s T LeagueThe South Queensland Sharks may not be able to fit all their trophies onto the plane home as they claimed another title â€“ defeating the Central Queensland Bulls (A) in a thriller. A Central Queensland fightback just fell short as the Sharks (A) claimed an 8-7 victory. The Bulls trailed 5-2 at halftime but five touchdowns in the second half from Central Queensland levelled the scores at 7-7. It was not enough, with doubles from Marcus Holm, Kingston Lamberg and Tyler Ward guiding the Sharks to another win. SOUTH QUEENSLAND SHARKS (A) 8 (Marcus Holm 2, Kingston Lamberg 2, Tyler Ward 2, Coen Fielding, James Sharp touchdowns) def. CENTRAL QUEENSLAND BULLS (A) 7 (Daniel Gill, Harrison Griffin, Connor Harvey, Brandon Hegarty, Jack Leonard, Jacob Vanzanden, Alex Western touchdowns).Referees: Smith, Calahria, Schwerdt.Men’s 40’sThe Hunter Western Hornets defeated the Brisbane City Cobras 7-4 in a comfortable win. A 5-5 draw between the two teams in the regular season pointed to the final being a thriller but this was not the case.The Hornets were quick to assert themselves on the game and take control â€“ leading 4-3 at the break. They then turned on the defence in the second half as they continually denied the Cobras any scoring chances. A double from Calvin Mitchell cemented the victory in what was a complete 40-minute performance from the Hornets. HUNTER WESTERN HORNETS 7 (Calvin Mitchell 2, Ifthcah Ahmad, Patrick Doyle, Wayne Gleeson, Matthew Stanton, Dean Wilbow touchdowns) def. BRISBANE CITY COBRAS 4 (Adrian Lam, Gerard O’Keefe, Steele Tallon, Ben Warren touchdowns).Referees: McNamara, Frost, Taylor. Women’s T LeagueVictoria have caused a huge upset in the Women’s T League Grand Final by defeating the Hunter Western Hornets in a last minute thriller. Victoria crossed the line in the dying seconds to clinch a dramatic 7-6 victory in front of a packed Coffs Harbour crowd. The Hornets had not lost a Women’s T League match since 2014 but that streak is now broken. Victoria trailed 4-3 at halftime and fought back courageously to take the title in the final 30 seconds of the game. VICTORIA 7 (Annie Buntine 2, Rachel Davine, Tamia De Araujo, Isabel Kahan, Lachsley Parton, Eliza West touchdowns) def. HUNTER WESTERN HORNETS 6 (Victoria Aoake, Pihuka Duff, Natasha Hall, Rachel Jeffs, Charmayne Nathan, Aalyah Paki touchdowns).Referees: Saldern, Littlefield, Maruta. Men’s 50’sThe South Queensland Sharks continued their dominance in this year’s NTL by claiming another title.The Sharks dismantled the Sunshine Coast Pineapples 8-1 in what was a dominant display.The game was all but over at halftime as the Sharks stretched out to a 5-1 lead.Peter Sheppard and captain Steven Green scored doubles. Michael Boyd put on a performance of a lifetime to finish with a great hat trick. SOUTH QUEENSLAND SHARKS 8 (Michael Boyd 3, Steven Green 2, Peter Sheppard 2, Brett Allen touchdowns) def. SUNSHINE COAST PINEAPPLES 1 (Stuart MacArthur touchdowns).Referees: McKee, Muller, Murray. Senior MixedThe Senior Mixed competition came down to the wire as the South Queensland Sharks (A) defeated the Southern Suns 11-10. Defence went out the window in what was a free-flowing encounter.It was close throughout with the Sharks hitting a 6-5 lead at the interval. James Harrington ran a riot â€“ scoring four tries in what was a clinical performance that sealed the win for the Sharks. South Queensland have well and truly asserted themselves as the dominant region for touch football in Australia with a very successful 2016 NTL campaign. SOUTH QUEENSLAND SHARKS (A) 11 (James Harrington 4, Kylie Bellingham, Jasmine Best, Riki Best, Helen Bower, Daniel Brown, Scott Mulligan, Stefan Te Amo touchdowns) def. SOUTHERN SUNS 10 (Krystal Ward 3, Brad Elbourne 2, Tim Robinson 2, Hayley McDonald, Darren Reynoldson, Karen Short touchdowns).Referees: Searston, O’Donohue, Connolly. Women’s 40’sThe 2016 NTL has been one to savour for the North Queensland Tropical Cyclones as they added another title to their list. The Tropical Cyclones defeated the South West Queensland Swans 5-3 in a topsy-turvy match.The game looked over at half time as the Tropical Cyclones hit a 4-1 lead. The Swans didn’t give up however, scoring two of their own in the second half to give the Tropical Cyclones a real scare.Vicki Dodd crossed for a double for the Swans as she tried her best to guide her team to victory but it wasn’t enough.It was a great team performance for the North Queensland team with five different players crossing the line. NORTH QUEENSLAND TROPICAL CYCLONES 5 (Robyn Campbell, Kelly Condon, Teresa Chaillon, Lee Nolan, Paulina Raitilave touchdowns) def. SOUTH WEST QUEENSLAND SWANS 3 (Vickie Dodd 2, Kaye Broadfoot touchdowns).Referees: Garner, Quinn and Sullivan. Men’s 55The North Queensland Tropical Cyclones have gone back to back in the Men’s 55’s division. They defeated the Sydney Mets 5-1 in a one-sided affair.It was a team effort by the Tropical Cyclones with the highlight being Allan Jenkins crucial double touchdown effort. At halftime the game was locked tightly at 2-1 but the Tropical Cyclones hit another gear in the second half as they crossed the line three times to seal victory. NORTH QUEENSLAND TROPICAL CYCLONES 5 (Allan Jenkins 2, Ray Downes, Tony Phillips, Graham Telfer) def. SYDNEY METS 1 (Mick Pearsall touchdowns).Referees: Kidd, Myers, Walters.Men’s 30’sThe South Queensland Sharks made it three titles for the day with a resounding 11-6 victory over the Sydney Scorpions. It is now three Men’s 30’s titles in a row for the Sharks as they assert their dominance onto the competition. The Scorpions were the victims of an attacking master class as the Sharks led 6-3 at half time. A hat trick to Willie Bishop was the only highlight for the Scorpions.Troy Nichols of the Sharks cancelled out Bishop’s efforts as he scored a hat trick of his own and led his team to victory. SOUTH QUEENSLAND SHARKS 11 (Troy Nichols 3, Leon Skinner 2, Robert Brehaut, Remus Anthony Gentles, Brag Griffin, James O’Neill, Darren Robson, Ty Russell) def. SYDNEY SCORPIONS 6 (Willie Bishop 3, Paul MacPherson, Jason Scharenguivel, Adrian Vallelonga touchdowns).Referees: Blechynden, Pearson, J.Taylor. Men’s 45’s The South Queensland Sharks have added a second title to their 2016 NTL campaign with a 7-5 win over the Sydney Scorpions. The Sharks dished out revenge for last year’s 8-4 loss to the Scorpions to make it an even sweeter victory. A 5-2 first half lead laid the platform for the win as the Sharks came out ready to play. Andrew Willett starred for the Sharks â€“ scoring a grand final hat trick. A double from Scorpion Brandon Grant McDonald wasn’t enough to see his side home. SOUTH QUEENSLAND SHARKS 7 (Andrew Willett 3, Ian Jordan, Bruce McDonald, Scott Notley, Brent Saddler touchdowns) def. SYDNEY SCORPIONS 5 (Brandon Grant McDonald 2, Jeffrey Cheung, Scott Collins, Alex Ferro touchdowns).Referees: Chan, Couper and EdmondsonWomen’s 27’sThe South Queensland Sharks have defeated the Sydney Rebels in the Women’s 27’s grand final.The top two teams at the end of regular fixtures put on a tight contest with the Sharks scoring a late touchdown in the first half to lead 2-1 at the break. The game began to open up in the second half and that benefited the Sharks team greatly. The girls from South Queensland put their foot down to run out 5-3 winners in what is their first title in the division. SOUTH QUEENSLAND SHARKS 5 (Tamara Duggan, Krystel Joyce, Shilo Monland, Katie Shaw, Rachelle Waetford touchdowns) def. SYDNEY REBELS 3 (Brienna Anderson, Alexandra Mecham, Kelly Stewart touchdowns).Referees: Marsh, R. Ward and Leung.Women’s 35’sThe Hunter Western Hornets are champions of the Women’s 35’s after defeating last year’s champions, the Sunshine Coast Pineapples, 4-1 in a hard fought defensive encounter. Runners-up in 2013, three touchdowns from Janine Law sealed the Hornets their first title in the 35’s competition. 3-1 at the break – the Hornets shut out any chance of a Pineapples comeback in the second half. The Pineapples couldnâ€™t put it together in attack, with Ann-Marie Duncan scoring their only touchdown. HUNTER WESTERN HORNETS 4 (Janine Law 3, Amanda Hollis touchdowns) def. SUNSHINE COAST PINEAPPLES 1 (Ann-Marie Duncan touchdowns).Referees: Miller, Weier and Kent.Related LinksNTL Grand Finals
GAINESVILLE, FL – OCTOBER 11: A helmet of the Florida Gators is on the sidelines against the LSU Tigers at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on October 11, 2008 in Gainesville, Florida. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)If the Florida Gators plan to knock off Georgia in the SEC East, then they’ll need as many of their top recruits to contribute as possible. Unfortunately, one of the Gators’ best recruits heading into this season appears to be leaving before getting a chance to play.According to The Athletic’s Will Sammon, Florida is releasing four-star wide receiver Arjei Henderson from his national letter of intent. Per the report, Henderson didn’t get academically eligible at Florida in time.247Sports rated Henderson as the No. 140 overall recruit in the country. He was the No. 23 wide receiver in the nation, and the No. 22 prospect from the state of Texas.Henderson initially committed to Oklahoma before decommitting and joining Florida earlier this year. Arjei Henderson will be released from his NLI, source says.wide receiver who signed with Florida didn’t get eligible.— Will Sammon (@WillSammon) August 16, 2019Losing Henderson is yet another big blow to Florida this summer. According to Saturday Down South, six of Florida’s 25 signees have left the program or failed to report.Last year the Gators went 10-3, winning the Peach Bowl and finishing with the No. 7 ranking in the AP. It was their highest postseason ranking since 2009.But the Georgia Bulldogs largely remain the team to beat in the SEC East. The more players that Florida fails to keep, the harder it will be to dislodge their rivals from the top of the mountain.
Hyderabad Can’t get better than this: Alzarri Joseph after record 6 for 12 on IPL debutIPL 2019: Alzarri Joseph was elated with a dream start after his haul of 6 for 12 helped Mumbai Indians to a 40-run win over in-form Sunrisers Hyderabad on Saturday. Joseph, playing his 1st IPL match, recorded the best ever bowling figure in the tournament’s history Mumbai beat Hyderabad by 40 runs vs (20.0) Hyderabad HYD 96 Referee: Javagal Srinath (IND) Umpires: Nitin Menon (IND), Anil Dandekar (IND) and Marais Erasmus (SA) – Mumbai MUM (17.4) 136/7 Match Ended Rajarshi Gupta HyderabadApril 7, 2019UPDATED: April 7, 2019 00:34 IST IPL 2019, SRH vs MI: Alzarri Joseph picked up six wickets to help Mumbai Indians clinch a 40-run win ( Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSAlzarri Joseph was named man-of-the-match for his haul of 6 for 12 vs Sunrisers HyderabadJoseph recorded the best ever bowling figure in IPL history as MI scripted a 40-run win over SRHAlzarri Joseph was making his IPL debut. He picked up 6 wickets in 3.4 oversAlzarri Joseph was pleased as punch after he recorded the best bowling figure in the history of the Indian Premier League as Mumbai Indians defended 136 against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Saturday. Joseph picked up 6 for 12 off 3.4 overs to break an 11-year record held by Sohail Tanvir. | Match Report | Highlights |On May 4, 2018, Sohail Tanvir had taken 6 for 14 for Rajasthan Royals against Chenani Super Kings. Adam Zampa had taken 6 for 19 for Rising Pune Supergiant also against SRH on May 10, 2016. Overall, Alzarri Joseph’s 6-wicket haul was only the third time a bowler had taken 6 wickets in an innings in the IPL.The icing on the cake for Mumbai Indians was that Alzarri Joseph was making his debut. He had never played in the IPL before and Lasith Malinga’s absence meant MI decided to go in with the 22-year-old Alzarri Joseph. He has 24 wickets in 16 ODIs and 25 wickets in 9 Tests for the West Indies.On Saturday, Alzarri Joseph was on fire as he ripped apart the SRH batting line-up. He dismissed David Warner off his first delivery in the IPL and was even on a hat-trick when he removed Deepak Hooda and Rashid Khan off succcessive deliveries.Joseph closed the match with the wickets of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Siddharth Kaul to finish with record-breaking figures. Not surprisingly, Alzarri Joseph was an easy choice for man-of-the-match award.”It’s a dream start.. can’t get better than this. I just wanted to bowl to the plans,” Joseph told the broadcasters in the post-match presentation ceremony. “When they said I was playing, I decided to keep it simple and back myself.advertisementAlzarri Joseph now has the best figures on @IPL debut – 6/12 #OneFamily #CricketMeriJaan #MumbaiIndians #SRHvMI pic.twitter.com/BY8yMQdDh3Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) April 6, 2019″When I got my first wicket, I had a muted celebration since I was focused on the game that we had to win. The boys are really playing well, lot of hard work, so all we need to do is go to the park and show them what we can do,” he said.Also Read | Dhoni, Harbhajan, du Plessis star as CSK overcome KXIP challenge at ChepaukAlso Read | MS Dhoni after CSK upstage KXIP: Had to get Universe Boss Chris Gayle out earlyAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Alzarri JosephFollow Mumbai IndiansFollow Sunrisers HyderabadFollow IPL 2019Follow SRH vs MI commentary Super Over view more view less (17.4) 136/7 Match Ended Indian Premier League, 2019 Indian Premier League, 2019 Time: (GMT) | 20:00 (Local Time) (20.0) advertisement Series Status: Player Of The Match: Alzarri Joseph Scorecard Indian Premier League, 2019, Match 19 graphs No data available! 96 Toss: HYD elected to field Mumbai
SANTÉ–Nomination des membres du Comité consultatif sur la stratégie de santé mentale Frank Beazley, Halifax, chef de police, Police régionale d’Halifax Simon Brooks, Ph.D., Bridgewater, chef du service de psychiatrie, Régie régionale de la santé South Shore Andy Cox, Halifax, porte-parole en santé mentale, IWK Health Centre Paul d’Entremont, Pubnico-Ouest, comté de Yarmouth, membre fondateur et directeur général de Réseau Santé Nouvelle-Écosse Daphne Hutt-MacLeod, Eskasoni, Cap-Breton, directrice des services de santé mentale d’Eskasoni Jessica Inkpen, une jeune femme d’Halifax qui a lutté contre l’anorexie pendant bien des années Lana MacLean, Halifax, une clinicienne en service social qui travaille beaucoup avec la communauté afro-néo-écossaise Cecilia McRae, Merigomish, comté de Pictou, présidente de la Schizophrenia Society of Nova Scotia Patti Melanson, Halifax, coordonnatrice du North End Clinic’s Mobile Outreach Street Health Program Paige Moorhouse, Ph.D., Halifax, chercheuse principale pour plusieurs subventions provinciales et nationales sur la santé mentale des personnes âgées Kathleen Thompson, Halifax, mère d’une jeune femme qui lutte contre un trouble de l’alimentation Catherine Thurston, Tidnish Bridge, comté de Cumberland, ancienne directrice des services de santé mentale de la Régie régionale de la santé Cumberland D’autres renseignements biographiques sur les membres du comité sont disponibles à l’adresse gov.ns.ca/health/mhs/mental-health-strategy.asp. Les gens qui éprouvent des difficultés liées à la santé mentale et aux dépendances franchiront un pas de plus dans l’obtention des soins dont ils ont besoin, et ce partout dans la province. Des experts en santé, des chercheurs, des cliniciens en santé mentale et des gens qui vivent avec la maladie mentale ou en subissent les effets figurent parmi les 12 membres nommés aujourd’hui, 29 septembre, pour siéger au Comité consultatif sur la stratégie de santé mentale de la Nouvelle-Écosse. Ils se joindront aux coprésidents Michael Ungar et Joyce McDonald dont la nomination a été annoncée en juin. « Ce groupe de gens d’horizons variés apporte une mine d’expérience professionnelle, clinique et personnelle qui permettra de créer une stratégie de santé mentale pour la Nouvelle-Écosse, précise la ministre de la Santé, Maureen MacDonald. Son travail nous aidera à vous assurer de meilleurs soins de santé, à vous et à votre famille. » La stratégie de santé mentale a été annoncée en mars lors du discours du Trône et elle aidera le gouvernement à remplir son engagement qui consiste à réorganiser les services de santé mentale et ceux de prévention et de traitement des dépendances à l’échelle de la province. Le comité consultatif élaborera une processus de consultation et formulera des recommandations en vue de la préparation de la stratégie de santé mentale. Mme MacDonald a aussi annoncé que la Fondation pour la recherche en santé de la Nouvelle-Écosse travaillera de près avec le comité consultatif à l’élaboration de la stratégie. Elle réunira de la documentation pertinente et appuiera une consultation approfondie pour garantir l’élaboration informée de la stratégie. « Étant donné son expérience et sa méthodologie dans le domaine scientifique, la fondation est en bonne position pour aider le comité consultatif à faire en sorte que la stratégie repose sur les meilleures connaissances à l’heure actuelle », de dire Mme MacDonald. « Nous sommes heureux de pouvoir contribuer à l’élaboration de la stratégie au moyen de nos connaissances et de notre expérience, a indiqué Krista Connell, présidente-directrice générale de la Fondation pour la recherche en santé de la Nouvelle-Écosse. Réunir notre approche en consultation et notre expérience dans la collecte des meilleures connaissances dans le domaine aidera le comité consultatif à préparer une stratégie qui répond aux besoins des Néo-Écossais. » La fondation fournira également un soutien administratif et technique, elle offrira des services de gestion de projet et elle aidera à superviser l’élaboration de la stratégie. Le comité consultatif doit rencontrer Mme MacDonald et la fondation en octobre pour examiner le mandat et préparer un calendrier de rencontres. Mme MacDonald prévoit recevoir les recommandations du comité consultatif d’ici à l’été prochain. Les membres du comité consultatif sont :
Authorities mixed up the identities of one of the deceased and one of the survivors in the Humboldt Broncos crash, Saskatchewan’s Ministry of Justice said Monday.The parents of Parker Tobin thought the badly injured person in the hospital was their son, when it fact it was not, it was Xavier Labelle.“Imagine, the mom and the dad and the brother, they don’t know that they’re not looking at their own boy…”Ron MacLean of Hockey Night in Canada talks about being in the hospital room with the misidentified boy.Listen to the audio below.Audio Playerhttps://toronto.citynews.ca/wp-content/blogs.dir/sites/10/2018/04/09/mistakenidentity.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Earlier Monday, Drew Wilby with the Saskatchewan Ministry of Justice described the confusion in trying to figure out who was whom.“A lot of these boys looked alike. They had the blonde hair that was supportive of their team for their playoff run, they’re very similar builds, they’ve all very similar ages and they’re all athletic of course.”Here’s a transcript of what Ron MacLean said:I just have to tell you the story in the ICU yesterday. Don and I were visiting with what we thought was Parker Tobin’s family. So you know the story now—Parker Tobin, the goaltender from Stony Plain, Alberta, we thought had survived. In fact it was Xavier Labelle.But as we looked at who we thought was Parker Tobin, the mom—so imagine, the mom and dad and the brother, they don’t know that they’re not looking at their own boy, that he’s so severely cut and hurt that they actually think it’s possibly their boy.And I can remember her, this is Parker, the mom, saying, “He’s beginning to look more like our boy.”Can you imagine? And it wasn’t, of course, their boy.And the dad saying, “When Parker was a child he had chicken pox, and there was this one scar on his forehead, and thankfully this seven inch gash will make that immaterial.” And all these horrible, in retrospect…I even stood over his body, and I was talking to the child and saying, “It’s Ron and Don, we want to do a Coach’s Corner bedside for you tonight, everything’s going to be okay.”And when I was saying that, the boy began to rise up a little bit and the nurse quickly put him back down. Because this boy, who we now know was Xavier Labelle, in addition to these horrific cuts, he had a vertebrate broken, he had a rib broken, he had a hip broken, he had a lacerated liver. All of the children were mangled beyond a miracle, really.And then last night, Father David Tumback of Cathedral of the Holy Family phoned me and said, “Ron, I’m doing the funeral for Xavier Labelle later this week, would you mind jotting down a few words that I can present to the children. It’s up to you Ron if you think you could do it.” And I said, “Well, I’ll give it a shot David, but you see if it’s appropriate.”And so then I phoned Marc Chartier who had been the coach of Xavier Labelle with the Contacts in Saskatoon, a great midget triple-A team that went to the Telus Cup down in Quispamsis, New Brunswick, and I said tell me about Xavier.And he said, “Oh God, Ron, just the most beautiful human alive, he plays piano, speaks both languages, sharp as a tack. His father Paul’s a bit of a cut up at the Telus Cup, he would dress up in clown suits and bang a drum.”They were having a party tonight at Marc Chartier, the coach’s house, to honour the late Xavier Labelle.Well now they know Labelle’s alive. He’s got all those injuries, but can you imagine the joy in that one scene.And then the frickin’ devastation that I feel for the Tobin family.
American Humane Association, the organization that helped found America’s original “Compassion Movement” in the 1870s, is pleased to announce that entrepreneur, music artist, fashion designer, and media icon Paris Hilton is participating in a special fundraising campaign to benefit the country’s first national humane organization.Ms. Hilton has partnered with the charitable fundraising platform Prizeo, giving donors and interested parties an opportunity to win a chance to meet her on the set of a magazine photo shoot.Recently, Ms. Hilton was honored with American Humane Association’s prestigious National Humanitarian Medal at a gala in Palm Beach, Florida for her charitable work and advocacy in making the world a better place for both children and animals. Now, Ms. Hilton will join forces with the only charitable organization to work for both the protection of children and animals to raise funds needed to help the organization continue its nearly century-and-a-half mission of promoting the human-animal bond, an inextricable link between people, pets, and the world we share.Prizeo enables celebrities and influencers to fundraise for their favorite causes through the offering of money-can’t-buy prize experiences and rewards to their fans and the general public. It has worked with notables such as Will Ferrell, Samuel L. Jackson, One Direction, Kobe Bryant, Andrew Garfield, Lady Gaga, Ed Sheeran, and many, many more to help elevate their chosen cause’s fundraising goal and awareness to new heights.“I am very happy to be involved with American Humane Association and I am excited to offer my fans this special opportunity to meet me on set of my next magazine photo shoot,” said Ms. Hilton. “I feel privileged to be associated with such an amazing organization and I look forward to continuing to work with American Humane Association, and ultimately making a difference in the lives of children and animals all over the world. I encourage people everywhere to support this Prizeo campaign. Everyone can make a difference.”“I couldn’t ask for a bigger supporter leading up to the 2014 American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards than Paris Hilton, who we proudly call a National Humanitarian Medal recipient,” added Dr. Robin Ganzert, American Humane Association’s President and CEO. “We know that Ms. Hilton’s fans will all be clamoring at the chance to meet her at her upcoming photo shoot, and they will be happy to know that their gifts will go to support such a wonderful cause.”To learn more about Paris Hilton’s Prizeo campaign benefitting American Humane Association, please visit www.prizeo.com/paris, where visitors will find a special message from Ms. Hilton and more information about this exciting campaign.And anyone can help join the Compassion Movement just by visiting www.behumane.org and taking the pledge to help animals and/or becoming a member of America’s first national humane organization.
In celebration of The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle campaign, GRAMMY-winning, multi-Platinum rock band Blues Traveler released their take on the Christmas hymn, “Go Tell It on the Mountain,” with 100% of net proceeds from every download of the song benefitting The Salvation Army.“Music is an important part of The Salvation Army’s history, so there is no better way for us to celebrate the season than through song,” explains Lt. Col. Ron Busroe, national community relations and development secretary for The Salvation Army. “To have an iconic group like Blues Traveler do something so selfless in the name of our organization is very inspiring to us and we are incredibly grateful.”“After learning all the ways The Salvation Army helps people in need, we wanted to help too,” commented lead vocalist John Popper. “Their impact on feeding and sheltering people who need it most is undeniable, and we are grateful.”Blues Traveler’s rendition of “Go Tell It on the Mountain” is now available for purchase through bluestraveler.com, via the iTunes store and on Amazon.During the holiday season, over 3 million families rely on The Salvation Army to provide a warm meal on Christmas Day or toys for their children. Donating to the Red Kettles also allows the Army to serve more than 25 million people a year by providing over 10 million nights of shelter and 57 million meals a year, along with substance abuse recovery programs, after-school programs and emergency shelter for children and families in need.In addition to purchasing “Go Tell It on the Mountain,” supporters can contribute to the Red Kettle campaign at one of the more than 25,000 red kettles set up at storefronts nationwide; or they can share their #RedKettleReason and give back online at RedKettleReason.org; or via the Army’s text-to-give program, by texting the word “KETTLES” to 51555, they can give an amount of their choice to the Red Kettle Campaign. Donors can also volunteer their time through a number of opportunities from ringing a bell to sorting toys to serving food. Information about these opportunities is available at SalvationArmyUSA.org.This holiday season marks the 126th Red Kettle campaign since the program’s humble beginnings in San Francisco, 1891. The Red Kettle campaign has grown into one of the most recognizable and important charitable campaigns in the United States, providing toys for kids, coats for the homeless and food for the hungry, along with countless social service programs year-round.
Physical supply samples, including for safety equipment, are on hand. Image: John Walton Real-world, touch-and-feel CMF in natural light streaming into the hangar is a PaxEx plus. Image: John Walton Inside a heritage pre-WWI hangar at Airbus’ German factory headquarters now sits the extended and rebranded Airspace Customer Definition Centre, a high-tech hub for airlines, suppliers and Airbus to conceptualize, refine, test and customize their cabins. The A320 and A330 are joining the previous site for the A350 XWB, resulting in the addition of the “Airspace” cabin brand to the centre.“It’s really building on the success of the A350 Customer Definition Centre,” senior vice president for marketing and customer affairs François Caudron told Runway Girl Network in an interview at the event. “That has really demonstrated that customers love it — they really get inspired, it helps them making the right decisions, and therefore when we ramped up on the A320 and A330 we needed to offer a consistent experience.”“We have a consistent offering,” Caudron explained. “Airspace cabins are being deployed on the A330 and A320. It’s about consistency in the ways of working and experience throughout the definition. The A330 was a no-brainer, because they work side-by-side with the A350. The A320, what really pushes it is the success of the A321, and the A321LR in particular. We’re going to be seeing a lot more of those flying transatlantic routes, which means the A321 is coming into widebody territory, so you need to rethink your cabin offering.”Four and a half square kilometres of space over two floors includes 3D visualization rooms, VR cabin spaces, real-world mockups with seats from a half-dozen linefit and retrofit manufacturers, materials and finish spaces, digital mockups, and floor projection systems for all three aircraft types. With a focus on collaborative working, breakout areas, technology and interactivity, the space is impressive, with media including Runway Girl Network escorted through mockup after mockup, digital room after digital room on an hours-long tour.Widescreen 3D rooms really pop once you have the glasses on. Image: John WaltonHighlights from a modern #PaxEx perspective include CATIA-based digital cabin CGI systems in 2D, 3D and VR, which can be loaded with a variety of inputs from sub-suppliers including seats, lavatories, galleys and other monuments, and tested for changes immediately: swap out seat X for seat Y and see how that changes the cabin, for example.Real-world mockups, too, are crucial to the experience, with multiple sets of frames for each aircraft family. Impressively, the Airbus A320 version includes the rear door sections of its highest-density 188-seater LOPA, where the rear two seats stick out somewhat towards the Space-Flex lavatories mounted in the rear bulkhead.With the max-pax layout mockup, airlines absolutely know what they’re getting and what they’re offering passengers. Image: John WaltonThe Airbus staffer demonstrating the products was very clear on the purpose of this mockup: it is to ensure that airlines going for a max-pax configuration know precisely what they’re purchasing.Notable also by its presence was a mockup of the pre-Airspace A320 fuselage but with the new XL bins that are available now for order. Here, too, airlines can see exactly what’s on offer and discuss human dynamics: will flight attendants with body size profiles in their region be able to reach the bins, for example?A mockup of the current A320 cabin with the new XL bins brings the option home to customers. Image: John WaltonAirbus will run multiple airlines through the new centre at the same time, with centre staffers suggesting between 2-3 customers per week for a total duration of perhaps 2-3 weeks for an A350.In addition, Airbus will also continue to seek feedback and strategic guidance from the airlines at the ACDC, says François Caudron. “We run four times a year the Customer Experience Teams: those are places where we actually ask customers to explore concepts, to validate some of them. We get them to help us understand their expectations. We capture their needs, we capture their wishes. That helps us setting the market trends for the coming years.”For airlines, making more Airbus aircraft behave like each other is a big win. “When you develop a common cabin control device like the CIDS at the front where you control the cabin, lighting, air conditioning and temperature, you want to put it across the board because then it generates some savings for the airline in terms of training of their crew, interoperability, deploying them from one aircraft to another,” Caudron explained to RGN.“Commonality is not only in the cockpit,” Caudron said. “It also works in the cabin.”Scale projection of cabin layout options can help visualise both the cabin and problems within it. Image: John WaltonImage Gallery: Using digital certification for early checks on cabin configurations saves time and rework. 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Inmarsat, the world leader in global mobile satellite communications, today announced that its Indian telecommunications partner, BSNL, has received an In-Flight and Maritime Connectivity (IFMC) license from the Government of India’s Department of Telecommunications.The issuing of the license marks a major step for Inmarsat’s services in the Indian connectivity market. BSNL is now approved to offer IFMC services, which will include Inmarsat’s Global Xpress (Ka-band) and SwiftBroadband and FleetBroadband (L-band) services, to Indian airlines operating within and outside India, as well as foreign airlines transiting through Indian airspace, and shipping companies operating within Indian waters.Inmarsat and BSNL are expected to commence services later this year once the ground infrastructure and associated approvals are in place.Inmarsat owns and operates the award-winning GX Aviation service, which enables passengers to browse the internet, stream videos, check social media and much more during their flights, with connectivity comparable to mobile broadband services on the ground. It is the world’s first and only global, high-speed inflight internet service, delivered through a single, wholly-owned and operated network of high-throughput satellites.GX Aviation is already being used by world leading airlines, such as Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines, Lufthansa and Air New Zealand. BNSL and Inmarsat’s GX Aviation Value Added Resellers (VARs) will be able to offer the world-leading inflight Wi-Fi experience to domestic customers in India. The license will also benefit foreign airlines transiting through in Indian airspace and flying to and from Indian airport hubs.In the maritime sector, Inmarsat operates its award-winning (Ka-band) Fleet Xpress service with unlimited FleetBroadband (L-Band) back-up, which is now installed on over 6,000 vessels and has emerged as the market-leading pathway to digitalisation in the shipping industry and is helping world-leading shipowners and managers deliver improved vessel and fleet efficiency, boost profitability and enhance seafarer wellbeing.Shri Anupam Shrivastava, Chairman and Managing Director of BSNL said: “BSNL and Inmarsat have worked together closely for decades and this announcement further strengthens our relationship, expanding our partnership from GSPS to GX services. This an exciting step, particularly for India’s fast-growing aviation sector. Soon airlines and their passengers will be able to reap the benefits of world-leading, seamless, high-speed connectivity.”Gautam Sharma, Managing Director of Inmarsat India, said: “This issuing of this license is a key milestone in bringing reliable, high-speed connectivity services to India’s maritime and aviation industries and customers. India is one of the fastest-growing markets in the world for air travel, with annual passenger numbers consistently increasing. The provision of Inmarsat’s next-generation GX Aviation service and Fleet Xpress will be a game-changer for both Indian and foreign airlines operating in the region and for shipping companies operating in Indian waters.”About Inmarsat Inmarsat is the world leader in global, mobile satellite communications. It owns and operates the world’s best global portfolio of satellite networks, specifically designed for customer mobility, and holds a multi-layered, global spectrum portfolio, covering L-band, Ka-band and S-band, enabling unparalleled breadth and diversity in the solutions it provides. Inmarsat’s long established global distribution network includes not only the world’s leading channel partners but also its own strong direct retail capabilities, enabling end to end customer service assurance. The company has an unrivalled track record of operating the world’s most reliable global mobile satellite networks, sustaining business and mission critical safety & operational applications for 40 years. It is also a major driving force behind technological innovation in mobile satellite communications, sustaining its leadership through a substantial investment and a powerful network of technology and manufacturing partners. Inmarsat operates across a diversified portfolio of sectors with the financial resources to fund its business strategy and holds leading positions in the Maritime, Government and Aviation satcoms markets, operating consistently as a trusted, responsive and high quality partner to its customers across the globe.
Looking to escape the troubles of her native Northern Ireland and fueled by a desire to ‘travel the world’, Liz Wood joined the UK’s Royal Air Force (RAF) at the age of 18. Now, seventeen years later, Wood has left the RAF, and reflects on a career that saw her work as a Chinook Weapons Systems Operator (Crewman) on deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan.Speaking to Runway Girl Network, Wood says she enlisted in the RAF straight after senior school. “I’d joined my older brother when he went for his entry interview for the Army. Sitting waiting for him, I picked up a magazine that had a photo of a guy hanging out of an RAF Sea King. I knew, instantly, that’s what I wanted to do.”After basic training she was posted directly onto the Chinook, her helicopter of choice. “It’s by far the best platform for a crewman. It has such a huge cabin space, with so much flexibility. Every day we put something different inside, or underneath…or both.”Today’s RAF is recognized for its diversity, but there were fewer women in combat roles during the early 2000s and fewer still among Chinook crewmen. “I was in the minority as a female. For several years I was the only female crewman at the Chinook’s Odiham base,” she recalls.The work can be physical, and Wood says: “I concentrated on doing the job to the best of my ability. If I needed help, I wasn’t afraid to ask. No one ever told me I couldn’t do something, they always showed me how to work around challenges. But then there were also things I could do more easily, like squeezing past vehicles that needed restraining inside the cabin.“Over the years the job has attracted more women, which is great to see, but the sad fact is that it would be difficult to do if you wanted children. Squadron life and deployments can be so fluid and unpredictable, forcing a few female colleagues into career changes.”The role of Chinook Weapons Systems Operator saw Wood managing the big helicopter’s cabin, and with two combat tours in Iraq and no less than ten in Afghanistan, that meant everything from loading wounded troops to moving cargo and operating the aircraft’s guns.“By far the biggest privilege was working with the MERT [medical emergency response team] crews on immediate alert during Operation Herrick in Afghanistan. Those were quite literally the best and worst of times,” she says.“You had to be on top of your game, as part of a constituted four-man crew, all relying on one another. It was so rewarding to rescue injured soldiers and return them to our base at Camp Bastion, and an honor to recover those who paid the ultimate price on the battlefield. It has shaped me as a person, given me a lot of perspective on what’s important in life. It takes a very unusual person to do the job, which is why I always looked around me for inspiration and try to be a role model for others, male or female, looking to come into the role.” Perhaps in search of a quieter life, Wood now works as a Chinook Mk 6 Simulator Instructor with UK military service provider Inzpire, preparing frontline crews fresh from Chinook operational conversion for worldwide deployment.The helicopter and its training systems have moved on in almost two decades and Wood is excited about the changes. “This new sim is so different to the system I trained on. Now it’s a fully functional cabin device, with the M134 weapons system at the front door and M60 at the ramp. We can even swap these out for a hoist, so that crews can practice the rarely-used skill of winching.”Wood is proud of her career path, and loved her job at the RAF. “I’ve always felt so lucky to have joined the RAF and been given the opportunity to do the job I dreamed of at 16; it didn’t disappoint me at any stage,” she says. In fact, Wood perhaps gave as much to the RAF as she received. She left with a Commendation for Services to the Chinook Force, an award she describes as, “the icing on the cake to an amazing career.”Related Articles:Fly Girls: Inspiring the continued fight for women’s equalitySikorsky’s Jeanette Eaton on credibility, professionalism and flying helisFlyGirls looks to shine bright light on hidden figures of WWIINever too late to follow your dreams, says AA chief pilot Kathi DurstWASP Elaine Harmon’s ashes buried at Arlington National Cemetery‘Women Soar You Soar’ camp eager to improve diversityObama signs bill reinstating Arlington burial for women WWII pilotsFifth grade USO-style girl group HOPE takes flight at B-17 tour stopTime to right the wrong and allow WASPs to be interred at ArlingtonFemale fighter pilot breaks barriers
Rabat – After his audience with Morocco’s foreign affairs ministry, the Cuban ambassador said his country is interested in “expanding and amplifying” political dialogue with Morocco.Elio Eduardo Rodriguez made his remarks on political dialogue when a journalist asked him about Cuba’s stance on the Western Sahara conflict after his meeting with the president of the House of Representatives, Lahbib El Malki, on Wednesday, August 28, in Rabat.The ambassador responded, “Even within a family, there are still differences.” The ambassador said that he discussed all subjects of common interest with Moroccan authorities.“There is great will on both sides to reinforce our political dialogue.”He added that he realized after his appointment that “there is much more in common than differences” between the two countries and that the commonalities “can give a new impetus to our relations.”Cuba has supported the Polisario Front separatist movement, which resulted in 37 years of frozen diplomatic ties with Morocco.Morocco severed ties with Cuba in 1980 when the Latin republic recognized the front.In his statement to the press today, the ambassador also showed interest in reinforcing ties in different sectors with Morocco, including the business sector.Rodriguez also conveyed an invitation from the Ministry of Economy of Cuba to participate in Havana’s International Fair in October. The official believed that the two countries could develop stronger trade relations.The ambassador then recalled his meeting with Morocco’s Foreign Affairs Minister Nasser Bourita, mentioning that the two countries re-established diplomatic ties in April 2017.In 2017, both countries decided to normalize ties, coming after the King’s private visit to Cuba in April.According to Rodriguez, citizens of both Morocco and Cuba share “historic and traditional” ties.He said that the ties between Cuba and Africa play an “important and essential role,” and said that is why “we are in this moment … a new moment of bilateral relations.”Rodriguez also described his meeting with El Malki as “excellent and friendly,” adding that Morocco is also interested in developing Morocco-Cuba relations.On Tuesday, Morocco’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed satisfaction with the new development that the ties between the two countries has reached. The statement of the ministry also added that the meeting between Bourita and Rodriguez “ reflects the common will to develop bilateral cooperation and strengthen relations of friendship and mutual respect.”
Susan Mifsud and her son Michael work on the Health and Wellness newsletter.Fourteen-year-olds were a common sight on campus this week when Brock employees participated in Take Our Kids to Work Day.More than a dozen ninth graders spent Nov. 3 seeing the work world through the eyes of a parent, relative, friend or volunteer host at Brock. They had the opportunity to experience the workplace, browse career options and learn more about the university that could one day be their alma mater.Michael Johnson, a student at Stamford Collegiate Secondary School in Niagara Falls, spent the day with his mom Susan Mifsud, a Human Resources manager who deals with learning and development, non-academic compensation and job evaluations. In the morning, he followed her to a Weight Watchers meeting, one of the new activities organized by the Health and Wellness committee on which she sits. He also proofread the Health and Wellness newsletter.Until this week, he thought human resources was a field of “hiring and firing and that’s it.” He has a better understanding of her job now, he said, even if it’s not the field for him.“I got to know what she goes through on a daily basis,” he said. “I come home and complain about homework, but sitting here with her, I see what she goes through every day.”Another observation: “She knows everyone.”Michael said he would like to go to Brock, preferably to study Chemistry, Psychology or Classics. But with his mother a long-time employee, he’s been around the campus his entire life. He even had a pivotal moment here, but he was too young to remember.“I was working on a Saturday,” Susan recalled, “and he took his first steps, right in my office.”Matthew Saint-Ivany, a 14-year-old student at E. L. Crossley Secondary School in Fonthill, spent the day with his dad Tom, Associate Vice-President of Facilities Management. In the morning, he took a tour of Brock’s underground tunnels, and throughout the day got a closer look at the Brock campus.Matthew would like to attend Brock, possibly to study Classics, and eventually become a professor. He doesn’t see a career in facilities management, he said.Tom is not offended.“I want him to do whatever’s rewarding for him and has the career and growth opportunities he’s looking for,” he said.As for what he learned about his father after a day at work with him, Matthew said, “He’s still a really great guy.”The day started with a short health and safety orientation, followed by presentations from Recruitment and Liaison Services and Career Services. There was also a lunch in Market Hall.Tom Saint-Ivany and his son Matthew check out the new International Centre.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedLinden schoolgirl died from blunt trauma to head – autopsyJune 18, 2019In “Crime”Third child succumbs at GPHCJanuary 24, 2019In “Crime”3-year-old toddler dies, parents blame GPHC, call for probeSeptember 20, 2017In “Health” The injured child in the ICU at GPHCA ten-year-old pupil of Regma Primary School of Linden is battling for life at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) after relatives claimed she was pushed down the stairs by someone.However, while this is the accusation being made by a relative, other reports suggested that she slipped and fell while running and that she was skipping when she fell.As a result of the conflicting reports, an investigation has been launched to determine what actually transpired on Monday.Due to the severity of the injuries she sustained as a result of the incident, June Alexander is presently in a coma. Angela Hamilton, mother of the child, told INews that her daughter is “brain dead”.The mother of eight said she was told by doctors at the medical institution that the injuries her daughter sustained are too severe to have been caused by a simple fall.“Right now, my daughter in a coma and she is not even responding. She just laying down there. This is like a disaster. I tripping out right now. I got to find money to go to town every day”, Hamilton, who is a security guard, told INews.The mother alleged that the teachers at the school are not forthcoming with any information as to what really transpired.Following the incident, the injured child was taken to the Linden Hospital Complex (LHC) and later transferred to the GPHC, where she has since been admitted in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).Meanwhile, the Police have been called in to investigate the incident.E Division (Linden-Kwakwani) Police Commander Linden Lord, when contacted, confirmed that an investigation was launched and that over 10 statements were taken from students and education officials.The statements all indicated that the young girl fell while running. As a result of the fall, the statements related that Alexander hit her head.According to the police report, the child was then picked up by a teacher and taken to the Linden Hospital Complex after she started to bleed from her nostrils. The Region 10 Education Department has not issued a statement on the issue.
As part of its commitment to improving water quality in British Columbia’s Elk Valley region, a number of research projects are underway to prevent nitrate from entering the environment and protect water quality in the region.One source of nitrates is from explosives that interact with water during the blasting process, Teck said. “When this occurs nitrates can leach out of blastholes and enter the natural environment. To stop this from occurring plastic liners are used to prevent explosive materials from coming into contact with water,” the company said.However, in order to use plastic liners, blast holes have historically needed to be dewatered so that the liner can reach the bottom of the hole and stay there, Teck said. “For blastholes that refill with water, a new approach was required.”To tackle this problem, Teck undertook a research project to determine how plastic liners could be used in blastholes that naturally refill with water (often called dynamic blastholes). The research project was led by Teck with support from suppliers Maxam, Teck’s explosives provider, and Friesen Plastics, Teck’s liner supplier. Together, various combinations of procedures, liner types/packaging and explosive bulk truck modifications were trialed until a new system was developed.Teck explained: “The emulsion in a liner system involves using the charging hose on the explosives truck to place the plastic liner in the bottom of a dynamic blasthole. The hole is then loaded with water resistant explosive from the bottom up, both filling the liner and keeping it in place. Once complete, the end result is a lined blasthole with the explosives protected from the water.”In order for the plastic liner to be effectively placed down the blasthole, a hydraulic arm and funnel were added to the explosive bulk truck hose and the traditional borehole plastic liners had to be compressed into an accordion shape, according to Teck. The hydraulic arm allows for the hose to be placed directly over the blasthole and the funnel removes the wrinkles from the compressed plastic liner as it unfolds and is pushed to the bottom of the hole. “This ensures consistent lining of every blasthole while meeting our needs of durability and functionality,” the company said.A common problem identified during early tests was the plastic liner being pulled back up the blasthole as the hose was withdrawn.To address this, a system was developed that applies mineral oil to the bulk truck hose which acts as a lubricant allowing the hose to be withdrawn while keeping the plastic liner and blast material in the hole, Teck said.“This process has now been successfully field tested on over 400 holes and has proven to be a safe and effective design,” the company said.This new process is currently being piloted at Teck’s Fording River and Greenhills operations, but the plan is to implement across all of Teck’s steelmaking coal operations in 2019, the company said.”As a result, every blasthole in the Elk Valley that is operationally accessible will contain a liner that protects both the explosive product and the environment. This will significantly reduce nitrate at source and help to protect water quality.”
South Africa-based, mining-focused software companies MineRP and IsoMetrix have announced a formal partnership that will, they say, offer the market an unmatched advantage in integrated risk and production management.The two companies’ software products provide a combined ecosystem to facilitate real-time management of risk, hazards and critical controls, underpinned by three-dimensional spatial visualisation.Paul Marketos, Co-Founder of IsoMetrix, said the partnership with MineRP “is a huge differentiator for us in the market. Our mining customers can now spatially visualise their EHS (environmental, health and safety) risks as they relate to production, in an integrated way”.Empie Strydom, VP of Marketing at MineRP, said risk was, in the past, seen as a compliance function. “But, now we understand that risk management is a key component of a mining company’s performance and production,” he said. “The clearer – and more integrated – a view of risk the mine has, the more easily these risks can be managed and the lower its costs will be.”Marketos added: “In most mines, the EHS function operates in isolation from production. Our combined offering integrates EHS activities into production. For example, you can schedule safety inspections automatically on the back of production data that feeds directly into IsoMetrix. The MineRP Short Interval Control solutions will ensure all daily tasks across EHS and production activities are scheduled and monitored.”Focusing on resource-based economies, both companies have offices in the Americas and Australia.
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CONSUMERS IN IRELAND are more likely to change their car insurance provider than any other service, according to a report out today.The National Consumer Agency found that fully one-quarter of us told our old car insurance provider to hit the road in the last 12 months.This is compared with the 17% who switched electricity provider, and 15% who got tired of their gym membership, among others.At the other end of the scale, we appear to be most loyal (or least apt to change over) when it comes to financial services.In the last year, the report found, a mere 1-5% of Irish consumers cashed in on their credit, savings, mortgage, or credit card providers, and found a new one. Source: ConsumerHelp.ieOverall, nearly half of us (43%) switched one product or service provider, and the vast majority of those (80-90%) say it ended up saving them money.Looking around for a new health insurance provider looks to be the most lucrative, with the average monthly savings being €34.51 after making the switch.By contrast, throwing out the trash when it comes to your bin provider only saved an average of €8.66 per month. Source: ConsumerHelp.ieDespite the number of Irish consumers being proactive about getting better deals, there is still a sizeable proportion (36%) who “tend to stick” with the same companies.Those over the age of 65 are particularly unlikely to switch things up, the report found, and perhaps not surprisingly, the under-35s are more apt than any other age bracket to kick unsatisfactory companies to the kerb.The largest single group, however, is the 38% of us who generally stay with their current service providers, but do “look around” for better offers.Scroll down to read the report, conducted by Behaviour & Attitudes, in full.Read: Ryanair, Aer Lingus and Greyhound among companies pursued by consumer agency>Poll: Have you ever made an official complaint about a company?
leave VAT as it is? (124) Introduce a single rate with a rebate for low-incomes? (247) reduce the standard rate to 22 per cent? (633) Poll Results: leave VAT as it is?reduce the standard rate to 22 per cent?Increase reduced rates?Introduce a single rate with a rebate for low-incomes?VoteThe floor is yours. Let us know what you think in the comments… Read: There are just 66 days until the next Budget so let’s talk about how much we should cutRead: “Less cutbacks, less tax increases” needed for Budget 2015 — Noonan Increase reduced rates? (168) THERE ARE 59 days to the Budget with much debate still to take place between now and 14 October on what the government should spend and cutback on. But in the second in a series of articles Dr Daragh McGreal, an economic advisor to the independent TD Stephen Donnelly, drills down into the issue of Value Added Tax, which most of us know as VAT, and whether there is scope for cuts or changes to the way it is levied… ANYONE WHO HAS watched Only Fools and Horses remembers ‘no income tax, no VAT’ from the jingle.The boys belonged to a grey area of the economy outside the prying eyes of Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs and were loved for their wheeler dealing. But when you’re not dealing with the Del Boys of this world, VAT is unavoidable.In Ireland, consumers pay VAT on most goods and services, apart from food and some other exceptions, and its purpose is to raise revenue. At the height of the boom in 2007, we took in €14.5bn through VAT, but this had fallen to €9.7bn by 2011. The recession had hit our wallets and we hadn’t started spending again.Because of the big budget deficit, the government needed to raise revenue and to show the Troika that Ireland was serious about its deficit. So in early 2012 it changed the standard VAT rate from 21 per cent to 23 per cent.This change made the rate one of the highest in the world and was the tenth rate change since 2000. As consumers, we face fluctuating rates more often than consumers in any other EU state. This makes consumption more dependent on government decisions and out of the hands of the consumer.Increasing and decreasing rates can lead to greater or less tax intake, but it is a fine balancing act. Increased revenue can accrue if consumers really need the goods or are prepared to pay more.When the rate changed in 2012, VAT intake increased from €9.7bn to €10.2bn because people were more prepared to buy the goods than they were put off by the increase in VAT by 2 per cent.Economists call this inelastic demand.But who is most affected by inelastic demand?TASC says that 98 per cent of the taxes paid by the poorest are taken up by taxes such as VAT and excise duties. This is in spite of in-built structures aimed at protecting lower income groups: no VAT is paid on food, as people need to eat; no VAT is paid on children’s clothes, as children need to be clothed; and no VAT is paid on medicines, as people need to be cured.These goods are ‘zero-rated’ to lighten the load for the less well off. But as the ESRI says that the most recent change to the VAT rate increased spending by the poorest by 1 per cent and by the richest by 0.4 per cent, the system is still weighted in favour of the well-off.VAT in Ireland is also unusual because of the high number of reduced rates or exemptions. This sets us apart from other EU states. VAT on hairdressing services is charged at 9 per cent, VAT on works of art is charged at 13.5 per cent, and VAT on the supply of greyhounds is charged at 4.8 per cent. This makes the system haphazard and unpredictable.So how could the Government make VAT fairer and clearer?The first option could be to reduce the rate again. TASC says the rate could fall to 22 per cent this year, at a cost of €350m, and to 21 per cent in 2016. This would bring Ireland more in line with other EU countries and would ease the financial strain on poorer people.On the other hand, it would cost the state money at a time when it needs to save, and it wouldn’t address the holes in the system.The second option could be to increase some of the reduced rates to the standard rate. This would mean more money for the state and could be done progressively. With this stability, the standard rate could be reduced in time.Alternatively, the state could apply a uniform rate to all goods and service and provide a tax rebate to low income households. VAT would be the same on all products but the poorest would be able to reclaim a portion of the amount they pay.This would be progressive and would make the system more coherent. But such a system would require greater administration and would need time to be implemented, neither of which solves the immediate budget deficit.Over the past decade, VAT has accounted for about 30 per cent of total tax intake, despite the messiness of the system and the frequency with which our governments have tinkered with rates. The system could be made more stable.Dr Daragh Mc Greal is an economist and human rights consultant currently working with Stephen Donnelly TD on Budget 2015 and other policies.Poll: What would you be in favour of the Government doing? Do we…
EACH WEEK, WE highlight five apps that are worth downloading for your smartphone and tablet. There are a lot of apps released on a daily basis, but not all of them are worth paying attention to.This week includes a way to remember notes from the day before, a neon-visual shoot ‘em up and a way to help other people.TapPathFor: AndroidCost: €0.69- Tapping links on mobile tends to be a somewhat slow process. Sometimes you will want to open the native app it’s linking to, other times you will want to view it on a browser.- TapPath allows you to choose what app a link should open based on the number of taps you give. Which apps open up depends on your settings.- For example, if you tapped it once, you open the link in a browser, two taps could open up Pocket while triple tap could open up share options- A warning though, you will have to adjust the tap delay first before you get it the way you want. If you’re not opening the right service, that’s probably what’s causing it.- If you’ve tried out other apps like LinkBubble, but didn’t find it to your liking, this could be what you’re looking for. Source: Chris Lacy/YouTubeKindlyFor: iOSCost: Free- Before we talk about this app, we should mention that this is not an app designed to replace therapy or is a crisis helpline. The app states that as soon as you boot it up so if your problems are serious, it’s better to avail of these services instead of an app.- The idea behind Kindly is to create a network that’s compassionate and allows users to talk about what’s bothering them for a few minutes.- Signing up is pretty quick and once you’ve chosen your topics, you can chat anonymously.- Chats are one-on-on last for 15 minutes and if you want them to last longer, you can send a friend request to them.- If you’re able to spare a few minutes and help a stranger out, do. A little help goes a long way. Source: KindlySuper CrossfighterFor: iOS, Android, Windows PhoneCost: €1.79 (€1.48 Android)- So this is a strange one. A game that was released on Xbox 360 has been re-launched with a slightly different name.- Anyway, Super Crossfighter is retro gaming personified. Neon visuals, shoot-em-up gameplay and a “easy to learn, hard to master” arcade game makes it addictive.- You have the option of different control formats, you could go for the traditional virtual buttons but the option to use slider or tilt controls is there too. You’ll likely stick to the virtual controls to be honest.- The game is packed with content, and the action is frantic. The somewhat 3D camera view tilting can throw you off when you’re not used to it, but it adds to the overall feel.- A game that you will be playing long after you’ve finished the main campaign. Source: radiangames/YouTubeOneStartFor: Windows PhoneCost: Free (€0.99 for Pro version)- Windows Phone 8.1 brings a number of improvements to the table, in both functionality and style, but one of the nicer ones is the ability to use transparent tiles and custom backgrounds.- OneStart taps into this by providing a wide variety of Start Screen background options for you to try out.- The basic versions allow you to change colours and pictures and provides you with a few edit features to play around with too.- The Pro version, on the other hand, gives you access to additional patterns and options to play around with.- If your own photos aren’t doing the job, or other similar apps aren’t doing the job, there’s a lot to like with OneStart. Source: OneStart/Windows PhoneJotFor: iOSCost: Free- Many of us write notes down, where we keep them is another story entirely. Some use traditional pen and paper, others use services like Evernote, but it’s likely these notes are soon forgotten about.- Jot uses email to remind you but instead of sending them one at a time, it emails all of your notes to you the next morning for reminding.- No matter how many notes you write in a day, all of them will be grouped together in the one email the next day.- Obviously, its usefulness depends on how often you check your email. If you check it every day, then it’s perfect for remembering random thoughts.- Useful if you’re looking for an alternative way of reminding yourself about tasks or ideas. Source: Jot/App StoreRead: 5 apps worth downloading this week – 9 Aug >Read: These Windows Phone features will prevent anyone from looking through your phone >
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram American rapper, songwriter and television personality, Cardi B has just released her new song ‘Press’ in which she refers to Greek NBA basketball player Giannis Antetokounmpo.In her lyrics, Cardi B, is heard singing “I’m a freak like Greek (Like Greek)” making a clear reference to the Milwaukee Bucks Star, who is known all around the world by the nickname “Greek freak”.Admired for his athleticism and his personal story the 24-year-old, is making Greeks across the globe proud with his incredible talent, ball-handling abilities and impeccable character.Born in Athens, the nearly 7ft-tall athlete, whose parents migrated to Greece from Laos, Nigeria, was given the nickname ‘Greek freak’ because he is Greek and he is doing things on the basketball court that people have never seen before.Despite his success, Antetonkoumpo never forgets the country that raised him and talks about Greece with love, nostalgia and fondness.