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first_imgLooking for some game tips? Then the ‘Touchdown Zone’ is for you! Join us each month as we look at different Touch Football skills and tips to help you improve your game. This month, we look at the ‘Dynamic Rollball’ – To view other skills and tips, please visit the TFA YouTube channel ( or click on the links below: The Wrap – Half-time tips – Exit patterns – Stay tuned to the TFA website and YouTube channel for upcoming editions of the ‘Touchdown Zone’. Related LinksTouchdown Zonelast_img

Top Grad Transfer QB Announces New Destination

first_imgA general view of Vanderbilt's football field.NASHVILLE, TN – SEPTEMBER 17: A general view of the game between the Vanderbilt Commodores and the Ole Miss Rebels at Vanderbilt Stadium on September 17, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)Ball State grad transfer quarterback Riley Neal will take his talents to the SEC for his final season. Neal announced tonight he will be transferring to Vanderbilt.247Sports’ Steve Wiltfong first reported news of Neal’s decision. Louisville was also in pursuit of the MAC standout.Neal will look to replace Vandy four-year starter Kyle Shurmur, who is graduating.“They obviously were in the market for a quarterback, I was looking for a school that needed a quarterback,” Neal told Wiltfong. “I went there and visited with their staff and saw everything and it was a good fit.“They have a lot of guys returning. Their team has some good players that have a year left. Their quarterback situation, you’re not going to go anywhere where they’re going to tell you it’s a lock but they don’t have a ton of guys on their roster and they’re graduating their starter.”Injuries limited Neal to three games in 2017 and nine games this year. He completed 194 of 335 passes for 1,917 yards, 11 touchdowns and four interceptions in 2018.For his career at Ball State, Neal completed 60 percent of his passes, throwing for 7,393 yards, 46 touchdowns and 25 interceptions.Ball State finished the 2018 season with a 4-8 record.last_img read more

The Field For The National Title Game Monday Appears To Have Major Issues

first_imga general view of the chiefs-49ers gameSANTA CLARA, CA – OCTOBER 05: A general view during the Kansas City Chiefs game against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi’s Stadium on October 5, 2014 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)This Monday, Alabama and Clemson will meet with a national title on the line for the third time in four years. It looks like the field the two teams will be playing on could be a factor in the outcome.This year’s contest will take place at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California. The field for the contest appears to have major issues – and it was on display on Monday night.Oregon and Michigan State played a 7-6 game that featured players slipping all over the field. One reporter – Matt Prehm of 247 Sports – snapped a photo of what the turf looks like.A few weeks back, Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll had some harsh words about the field. Here’s what he told The Mercury News:“It wasn’t great. There were guys slipping all over the place and you could see guys in pass protection, you could see guys on field goal protection sticking their cleats in the ground and it was moving. It’s the same on both sides of the ball, though. They’re subject to the same turf that we are, so there’s no reason to complain about it,” said Carroll, complaining about it.It’ll be interesting to see how the field condition affects the game plans for both teams. It’s unclear which team it favors.The national championship will be played here at Levi Stadium in 7 days. It has chunks of mixed, uneven grass like this all over. Plus, ton of spots filled with green sand to cover smaller holes— Matt Prehm (@MattPrehm) January 1, 20191Q | The grass sniper at Levi’s Stadium took its first victim, dropping an MSU player short of the first down. Spartans forced to punt #GoDucks #Pac12FB #RedBoxBowl— Ryan Kostecka (@Ryan_Kostecka) December 31, 2018Levi’s.Stadium.Is bad.This yard should not get any prime neutral-site events after 2019.— Matt Zemek (@MattZemek) December 31, 2018Tickets for the game, as we noted earlier, are a bit cheaper this year because of the location.The national title game will take place this coming Monday night.last_img read more

Hundreds gather to mourn BC fire chief killed in flooding creek

first_imgCACHE CREEK, B.C. – Hundreds gathered at a memorial in British Columbia’s Interior to honour a fire chief swept away in a swollen creek last month.Clayton Cassidy went missing on May 5 while checking the water levels of Cache Creek and after an exhaustive search, his body was found by Ashcroft fire officials three weeks later.Firefighters from across B.C. and hundreds of others jammed Cache Creek Park arena to take part in the memorial service Saturday.There wasn’t a dry eye in the house when his three sons rose to speak.Ken Cassidy said the loss of their father was unfair and sudden, and saying goodbye is impossible, while Kevin Cassidy said he wished there was a bigger word than thank you for the people who spent weeks looking for their father.Clayton Cassidy’s widow Rose was presented with his helmet and the family received a rolling salute from firefighters lining the streets as they left.His son Derek Cassidy said he hoped others, especially firefighters, learn from the tragedy, and take caution in risky situations.“Never go at it alone, especially if you think there’s a type of risk involved. Having someone with you can save your life,” he said.Clayton Cassidy was highly respected in the community and received a Medal of Good Citizenship from the provincial government for helping residents recover from floods in 2015.Cache Creek Mayor John Ranata has previously said his death is a tragedy that will live with the community for years to come.(CHNL)last_img read more


first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Trish Rainone (Photo by Youssef Abdelmalek of Ymaphoto) Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebookcenter_img .1. WHAT WAS YOUR JOURNEY TO BECOMING AN ACTOR? WHERE DID IT BEGIN?At my elementary school in Sault Ste. Marie, theatre and monthly performances were a big part of our curriculum. I was, however, very shy. In Grade Six, I auditioned for the lead in the play ‘Cinderella Wears Combat Boots’ and landed the role. I remember being so excited, and then backing out the next day due to stage freight. I had so much fear! Highschool drama class cured that fear of speaking in front of others. I tried a few other jobs after graduating University and College where I studied Psychology and Autism and Behavioural Sciences. I was exhausted and trying to decide what to do with my life and told my mom I wanted to be an actor and writer. I was twenty something and asked her if it was too late to start over! It seems so silly now that I thought it was “too late.” She said, “It’s only too late to start over if you’re dead.” That was the best advice she could have given me.2. WHAT PROJECT ARE YOU MOST PROUD OF AND WHY?I’m excited about all of the recent screenings and awards for a film I was at actor in called ‘One Night Stand‘ starring Matthew Sauvé. I played a character, Ellen, in the film and when I was nominated in Italy for an award, I had to go. I really just wanted to try authentic Italian pizza! The city was beautiful. I am also particularly focused on my writing. I am very passionate about my writing. I make a point to write every single day and aspire to have a career in screenwriting. I am so proud of ‘My Roommate’s an Escort,’ because of all the sweat and tears (no blood, thankfully) that went into it. Katie and I worked our butts off from the day we started conceiving and writing that show. From raising money (which we did thanks to so many generous and supportive people through our Indiegogo Campaign) to having investors help us out- it was just such a journey. We learned a lot about business. We learned a lot about marketing and writing and producing. We went to a lot of meetings. Developed it into a show and then back into a web-series. It’s been quite the journey and it’s going to continue. We gave gained the funding for Season Two and couldn’t be happier. We get to shoot in my hometown of Sault Ste. Marie and hire the local actors and crew. I’m so grateful for this. I’m excited to bring my work back home to the Sault and to get the community involved.3. WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR ASPIRING ACTORS?If you love doing it just do it and work hard at it. Know that there’s no set path and it’s kind of a “choose your own adventure” kind of field to be in but go to the conferences and ask mentors for advice. Take advice, but always trust your own gut. Keep going and try and find a balance in your life. Having other interests is important. Always remind yourself of how far you’ve come. Look at your 13 year old self or even your self two years ago. Do it because you love sharing stories and try to remind yourself of why you’re doing it. . Focus on you. Be you. There’s no other you!Trish Rainone (Photo by Anthony Fascione)4. WHAT ADVICE CAN YOU GIVE ASPIRING ACTORS FOR PREPARING FOR AN AUDITION? Prepare! Put in the time. Tell your agent if you’re really sick. I made the mistake of doing a big audition while really sick last January and could barely even say my own name! Don’t beat yourself up if you do bomb it. Reflect and learn from your “mishaps.” They are not the end of the world.Advice for writers would be the same advice that was given to me: “Write!”5. WHICH ACTING TEACHER/COACH/SCHOOL PLAYED THE BIGGEST ROLE IN YOUR CAREER?)So many have played a role. I’ve studied with coaches privately, I’ve done classes, I’ve learned a TON from doing so many self-taped auditions. I will say that my Grandma Sutherland (who passed away 2 years ago) was the funniest lady I know and I’m becoming more confident with who I am lately and letting my funny show. She’s responsible for that. She taught me comedy without realizing she was teaching me.Trish Rainone (Photo by Verveine Studios)6. DO YOU FEEL IT IS NECESSARY FOR PERFORMERS TO PROMOTE THEMSELVES IN ORDER TO ADVANCE THEIR CAREERS? (E.G. USING SOCIAL MEDIA)Social Media can be a useful tool for actors and filmmakers to promote and spread their work. I’ve had people reach out to me from all over the world saying they have seen different projects I’ve been involved in. Sometimes we forget people are watching. It’s nice to know that our stories can be shared past a campfire and across the world.7. WHAT IS THE HARDEST ROLE/CHARACTER YOU’VE EVER PLAYED?That’s tough. I haven’t played a Lawyer or a Medical professional. I feel like that would be a challenge with all the jargon. I did a little role in a film as a Border Guard. I was really happy to get the part, as in the script the guard was described as an “Older male.” Sometimes the smaller roles with a few lines are more challenging than the principal or leading roles. I hadn’t done anything where I had this “no-nonsense” kind of demeanor. So I was a little intimidated to act…intimidating. Comedy comes the easiest to me. I do want to do an action film. I joined a boxing gym. I’d love do more Sci-Fi. As a writer, comedy comes the easiest to me and thrillers and dramas are more challenging.Trish Rainone on the Red Carpet (Photo by Conrad Senn)8. IF YOU COULD TURN BACK TIME AND APPEAR IN ANY FILM MADE IN THE PAST 20 YEARS, WHICH FILM AND CHARACTER WOULD YOU CHOOSE … AND WHY?I would be Garth in ‘Wayne’s World.’ I love that movie. But I wouldn’t want to take that away from Dana Carvey, so I’ll let him keep it. I’ll refrain from entering the time machine.9. WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE THE CANADIAN FILM/TV INDUSTRY CAN DO DIFFERENTLY IN ORDER TO GROW?This is a hard one. I think steps are always being taken. I hear a lot about new studios opening up. I know government grants help and I am so grateful for those and hope those continue.10. WE ALL HAVE MENTORS. THESE ARE THE PEOPLE WHO GIVE US THE HOPE, INSPIRATION, AND THE DRIVE TO KEEP GOING. IN THE INDUSTRY, WHO ARE THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN YOUR MENTORS AND WHY?I was excited to get to work with Brad Turner on ‘V-Wars.’ I was obsessed with ’24’, which is one of the many other TV shows he also has Directed. It took over my whole world when it was on. Being a TV actor for me at that time was a pipedream. I didn’t know I’d one day work with him or the others. ACTRA’s President David Sparrow plays my father, “Daddy” in ‘My Roommate’s an Escort’ and he’s a fantastic mentor and human being.TRISH IS REPRESENTED BY: Patrick Yang at Oldfield ManagementFOLLOW TRISH ON SOCIAL MEDIA:FACEBOOK: ‘MY ROOMMATE’S AN ESCORT’ ON SOCIAL MEDIAWEBSITE: Advertisement Trish Rainone is an actress, writer, producer & comedian. She was born in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada. With dreams of working in television from a young age, she attended Carleton University’s Film program at 18 years old. Trish landed her first audition for the campy, low-budget horror flick, ‘Black Forest’ in 2012. Trish co-created and stars (as Heather) in the critically acclaimed Webseries, ‘My Roommate’s an Escort,’ which has garnered over one million views across platforms, lead her to being featured on ‘e-Talk: CTV’, ‘CP: 24’, a raving review in the ‘Globe & Mail’ (John Doyle: April 2017), and festivals world-wide.We love this talented and versatile woman and would like you to MEET TRISH RAINONE: Twitterlast_img read more

BJPs Pragya gets EC notice for Ram temple remark

first_imgBhopal: The Election Commission has issued another show-cause notice to BJP’s Bhopal Lok Sabha candidate and Malegaon blast accused Pragya Singh Thakur for her remark that she was proud of her participation in demolition of the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya. Thakur made the controversial remark while speaking to a television channel. After getting the EC show-cause notice, Thakur said she stood by her remark and that the notice would be replied to in accordance with the law. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details In the notice issued by the Bhopal District Election Officer and Collector Sudam Khade Saturday night, a clarification has been sought over Thakur’s remark. An EC official Sunday said Thakur has to reply to the notice in one day. In her television interaction, Thakur had said, “Ram Mandir hum banayenge aur bhavya banayenge, hum todne gaye the dhancha, maine chadhkar toda tha dhancha, iss par mujhe bhayankar garv hai. Mujhe Ishwar ne shakti di thi humne desh ka kalank mitaya hai (A grand Ram temple will be built. I had gone to demolish the structure and had climbed atop it to break the structure. I am tremendously proud of it. God gave me strength to wipe off a blot on this country).” Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday The EC notice stated that it was a violation of chapter 4 of the model code of conduct, which pertains to maintenance of harmony between castes, communities, religious, linguistic groups. Reacting to the notice, Thakur told reporters on Sunday, “…I am not backtracking. The structure was demolished and a grand temple would be constructed. Nobody can stop me from constructing a grand temple.” In reply to another question, she said, “What disputed structure? We will construct grand Ram temple, will reconstruct it.” Earlier, the EC had on Saturday issued a show-cause notice to Thakur over her remark about Hemant Karkare, the Maharashtra ATS chief who was killed in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack. Addressing BJP workers here on Thursday night, Thakur had claimed that Karkare died during the attack as she had “cursed” him for torturing her when he probed the blast case as chief of the Anti-Terrorism Squad.last_img read more

The Latest Cyprus seeks EU support against Turkey drilling

SIBIU, Romania — The Latest on the European Union summit in Romania (all times local):12:30 p.m.Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades is seeking support from other European Union leaders at an informal summit in Romania against Turkey’s bid to drill for hydrocarbons in waters where the Mediterranean island nation has exclusive economic rights.Cypriot government spokesman Prodromos Prodromou said Anastasiades raised the issue during a Thursday meeting of the European People’s Party ahead of the summit, informing leaders about “Turkey’s blatant and unprecedented violations” of Cyprus’ exclusive economic zone.Prodromou said Anastasiades’ EPP counterparts “condemn the Turkish intervention (and) call on Turkey to abandon these illegal activities.”Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said he would also bring up the matter, which was “a European issue and not just a Cypriot one,” adding that “international law cannot be violated.”Turkey says its actions adhere to international law.___9 a.m.Even at a summit of unity, European Union leaders will always find something to disagree about.The 27 EU nations, minus Britain, will be plotting a united way ahead in the wake of Brexit negotiations which have preoccupied the bloc for the past two years.Britain is still nominally a member, but Prime Minister Theresa May is staying in London seeking a belated breakthrough to get the Brexit deal through the U.K. Parliament.In the Romanian president’s hometown of Sibiu, the other EU leaders will be seeking to start dealing with the five-yearly rite of attributing top jobs, now that European Council President Donald Tusk and European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker are leaving later this year. It promises to be a mighty tussle.The Associated Press read more

Ban discusses fair development financing with UN Special Advocate

23 September 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon held talks today with a series of senior national officials on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), a day after the United Nations wrapped up a three-day summit measuring the progress towards the eight targets for overcoming various social and economic ills. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon held talks today with a series of senior national officials on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), a day after the United Nations wrapped up a three-day summit measuring the progress towards the eight targets for overcoming various social and economic ills.Mr. Ban met Princess Maxima of the Netherlands, his Special Advocate for Inclusive Financing for Development, and they discussed the equitable distribution of resources to accelerate the achievement of the MDGs.Princess Maxima also presented the Secretary-General with the annual report of her work as the Special Advocate, according to information released by a spokesperson for Mr. Ban.The UN chief noted that the action plan contained in the outcome document adopted at the end of the UN summit this week specified the need to promote inclusive financing, which, he said, had a clear impact on the world’s poorest people.The Secretary-General also met Dutch Prime Minister Jan Pieter Balkenende and their talks centred on the MDG summit as well.The summit outcome document expressed concern that progress has fallen far short of what is needed to for the achievement of the MDGs, but voiced confidence that with renewed global commitment the targets to slash hunger, poverty, disease and a host of other social ills can still be achieved by 2015.Mr. Ban and Mr. Balkenende also discussed the start of direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, the situation in Sudan, the Netherlands’ engagement in Afghanistan, and the work of the Group of 20 finance ministers and central bank governors established to bring together key industrialized and developing economies.In addition Mr. Ban had discussions with Sheikh Salman bin Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince of Bahrain.The Secretary-General commended Bahrain’s efforts on disaster risk reduction. Their conversation also touched on the MDG summit and expectations for the forthcoming climate change conference in Mexico.Mr. Ban also met with the Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, Emir of Qatar for a discussion on the situation in Sudan during which the Secretary-General thanked the Emir for Qatar’s continued efforts to bring peace to Darfur through the Doha process.They touched on the situation in Yemen, where Qatar has been actively involved in seeking a solution to the conflict there, and reviewed the humanitarian situation in Gaza. read more

Facing tariff threat from Canada US takes step toward repeal of disputed

WASHINGTON – Facing the threat of punitive tariffs from Canada, the U.S. Congress took a first step Wednesday in backing away from a continental trade war.Lawmakers voted to repeal a disputed meat-labelling law that has prompted threats of tariffs from Canada against a range of U.S. products including wine, chocolate and frozen orange juice.That first step was the easy part: a repeal measure sailed through the U.S. House of Representatives with almost 70 per cent of the votes cast, including a crushing majority of Republicans and one-third of Democrats. It now faces what could be a more difficult test in the Senate.The tally exceeded the hopes expressed earlier in the day by Canada’s ambassador.Addressing an economic conference at the Canadian embassy, Gary Doer encouraged diplomats inside the room to get up and leave if it meant twisting a few more arms on Capitol Hill.“I’d like to thank all of you for lobbying on our behalf,” Gary Doer told the group, which was attending a conference on labour mobility hosted by the Canadian American Business Council.“If there’s anybody (in Congress) wavering, please call them. Leave this meeting! Pick up the phone.”Doer said he wanted to see the measure pass the House with 250 votes — which would represent a healthy majority, with support from both U.S. political parties.It wound up getting 300 votes.That kind of bipartisanship would come in handy in the Senate, where a tougher fight is expected and where most bills require a 60-per-cent supermajority for adoption.At issue are the U.S.’s mandatory country-of-origin labels for meat, which require grocery stickers explaining where livestock was born, raised and slaughtered.Labelling defenders say consumers deserve to know where their meat comes from. Opponents say it’s simple protectionism, complicating imports without any food-safety or inspection benefits.Since the World Trade Organization has sided with Canada and Mexico against the labelling, Canada has asked the WTO to approve US$3 billion in retaliatory tariffs and Mexico is expected to follow suit.Tariffs could be imposed within a few months.A California Democrat urged immediate action, to avoid a threatened 100 per cent tariff on wine from his state: “Canada will have to pay double for a bottle of good California wine,” Jim Costa said during the debate before the vote.“If consumers in Canada see their price double, I suspect they’re going to buy their wine elsewhere.”Several Democrats pushed back.Instead of repealing the label law entirely, some want to create a watered-down version like a new North American label. One Democrat said there was time to work out a compromise — he called Canada’s $3-billion tariff demand over the top, given that American meat imports have actually gone up the last few years, and said it could be resisted at the WTO.Another Democrat called it abnormal that meat might be sold without country-of-origin labels, when they’re required on other products like clothes, phones, even umbrellas.Maine’s Chellie Pingree said parents want to know if they’re feeding their family chicken from the U.S., or from China: “I doubt there is a single consumer in America who says, ‘I want to know less about the food I’m eating.’”She accused industry lobbyists of using the WTO findings as an excuse to achieve their own desired goal: gutting consumer-protection measures.But the repeal-measure’s main sponsor interjected. Michael Conaway, a Texas Republican, noted that there currently are no imports of Chinese chicken in the U.S.He said that if food safety was a real issue, restaurants would also have to label their meat — but they don’t.That’s because the labelling law has nothing to do with food safety and inspection standards will go on with or without it, Conaway said.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. The previous version said the measure passed by 297 votes instead of 300 Facing tariff threat from Canada, U.S. takes step toward repeal of disputed law by Alexander Panetta, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 11, 2015 6:20 am MDT Last Updated Jun 11, 2015 at 7:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Fraser Institute spending not oil to blame for Alberta budget woes

by The Canadian Press Posted Oct 8, 2015 2:00 am MDT Last Updated Oct 8, 2015 at 4:01 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Fraser Institute: spending, not oil, to blame for Alberta budget woes CALGARY – A new report from the Fraser Institute claims plunging oil prices are not the main culprit behind Alberta’s budget woes.Rather, the right-leaning think-tank says it’s a decade of program spending growth that’s to blame.It says that between the 2004-2005 and 2014-2015 fiscal years, provincial program spending ballooned by 98.3 per cent.But if spending has simply kept pace with inflation plus population growth, Alberta would be looking at a $4.4-billion surplus, it says.Instead, the province is on track to post a record deficit of at least $5.9-billion when it announces its budget on Oct. 27.The institute says Alberta’s new left-wing NDP government doesn’t deserve much of the blame, since the bulk of the spending growth accumulated under successive Progressive Conservative premiers.“While Alberta’s new provincial government is not at fault for most of the problems documented in this paper, it is nonetheless responsible for solving them,” the report said.“It is therefore concerning that the new government has already taken actions that will see spending increase further and thereby increase the already daunting projected budget deficit it inherited.”Meanwhile, the report said that even if the province had increased spending in tandem with the rate of economic growth over the decade, Alberta would have posted a $1.9-billion surplus.And its faults the province for failing to balance its books in recent years when oil prices were around US$90 a barrel — roughly twice the current price level.“Successive Alberta governments failed to restrain spending growth during the good times and now that the boom has ended the province is mired in red ink,” said report co-author Charles Lammam. read more

Valeant under scrutiny for doubling price of assisted suicide drug sold in

Valeant under scrutiny for doubling price of assisted suicide drug sold in U.S. MONTREAL – Valeant Pharmaceuticals, accused by U.S. politicians of price-gouging, is facing criticism from assisted-dying advocates across North America for doubling the price of a drug commonly used to hasten death soon after California legalized doctor-assisted suicide.The barbituate, Seconal or secobarbital, isn’t available in Canada, but one Canadian proponent of assisted suicide was harshly critical of the embattled Quebec-based company in a recent interview.“It’s greed, what else would it be?” said Maureen Taylor, the widow of Ontario microbiologist Donald Low, known for his work on SARS.Valeant jacked up the price a year ago after purchasing a portfolio of drugs from Marathon Pharmaceuticals. The medication, developed in the 1930s as a sleeping pill, is mainly used for short-term insomnia, epilepsy and pre-operative anesthesia.Once in the Valeant stable, the price jumped to US$3,000 per 100 capsules, double what it was selling for prior to the company’s acquisition. In 2009, those 100 capsules cost less than US$200.A full prescription of the pills, diluted in liquid, is needed to cause death.The company said it doesn’t promote the drug and has sold only about 1,000 prescriptions in the past year. It expects to receive less than US$3 million in sales in 2016.Other drugs included in the February 2015 Marathon acquisition were Isuprel and Nitropress, two life-saving heart drugs whose prices were tripled or increased six-fold. Valeant was called to defend its pricing strategy during testimony last month before a U.S. congressional committee investigating exorbitant price increases by several industry players.“Valeant sets prices for drugs based on a number of factors, including the cost of the development or acquisition of a drug, the availability of substitutes or generics, and the benefits it offers versus alternative treatments that might be more costly,” the company said in a statement.The price increase went largely unnoticed until a National Public Radio report earlier this week highlighted the anger of U.S. families of patients that’s spread north of the border.Dr. David Grube, an Oregon physician who prescribes the drug, called it “unconscionable” that the price is so high when it costs just US$50 in Denmark. While some insurance companies may cover the increased price, it may be a barrier for others, he told NPR.Taylor said her husband, who died in 2013 after suffering from brain cancer, wanted to use the drug to take his own life but couldn’t acquire any and didn’t want to put her in danger of criminal penalty by importing it from the U.S.“It’s a very quick, painless way to go. You just sort of fall asleep and drift off,” she said of the drug, which is administered orally.Taylor said Canadians should have the same right as Americans in Washington state, Oregon and Vermont to access medications that would allow them to take their own life at home, without tubes and the help of doctors.Weak demand has prevented manufacturers from making a cheaper, generic version of the drug that went off-patent in the 1990s. Taylor hopes California and Canada’s moves to legalize assisted suicide will spur change.Dr. Ellen Wiebe, who helped a Calgary woman with ALS earlier this month to hasten her death, said the orally administered drugs secobarbital and Pentobarbital should be available in Canada at a reasonable cost.“We have good drugs for the IV but we don’t have good drugs for the oral,” she said from Vancouver.Wiebe said secobarbital used to be the sleeping pill of choice 40 years ago and is the “go-to option” for assisted suicide in the U.S.Pentobarbital, a concentrated liquid that costs $23,000 a dose, is increasingly hard to come by in the United States because some states still administer the death penalty. Many big European drug-makers will not export it to the U.S. because they oppose its use in executions.Last year, the Supreme Court of Canada struck down laws that bar doctors from helping someone die, but put the ruling on hold for one year.In February, the court granted the federal government a four-month extension, but said the terminally ill could ask the courts for an exemption to the ban during that period.A terminally ill elderly man died last week in Ontario after winning the right to a doctor-assisted death.So far, two other patients — someone in Manitoba and a woman in Alberta who died in British Columbia — have also won such court approval, and another case is pending in Ontario.Quebec put in place its assisted-death regime in December. by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 25, 2016 10:28 am MDT Last Updated Mar 25, 2016 at 11:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Gather around a hot stage this holiday season

Leahy hits the stage at the Centre for the Arts for two shows in December. When Leahy takes to the Centre for the Arts stage in December, it will be much like coming home.The perennial favourite performing siblings will host their Family Christmas, an homage to the holidays with some of the group’s folk hits thrown into the mix, during a sold out evening performance on Thursday, Dec. 20 and a matinee on Friday, Dec. 21.Coming back to Niagara was an easy sell for Leahy – something that just felt like being at home, where, as children, the band often sang and performed for guests, pianist Erin Leahy said.“The theatre is itself unique in the way it’s designed. No. 1, it feels as though we are all in one living room so it’s a very natural setting for us because we’re one family and grew up playing music right beside each other,” she said.This year’s shows will have a distinctly family feel for another reason. Children will be part of the program that, in addition to festive tunes and the band’s own standards, will include new music from a CD currently in the works.“We like to show what a true Christmas is to us and that involves children, and the scene will be very much like it is at home,” Leahy said.John McDermott is another performer who feels at home on the Centre for the Arts stage. This gold-and-platinum-selling artist said for over twenty years, Niagara has always offered him a warm welcome.“You don’t take loyalty lightly,” McDermott said. In return, he promises a performance different than previous years’ offerings when he takes the stage on Dec. 9. Soulful Messiah comes to Brock in time for the holidays. He’ll be bringing his band comprised of Jason Fowler (Guitar), George Koller (Bass) and Gary Craig (Drums) plus special guest and “wonderful storyteller” Michael Peter Smith, who penned one of McDermott’s favourite songs to sing “The Dutchman.”“It won’t necessarily be all Christmas. It’ll be stories… stories that relate to songs themselves,” McDermott promised.Fans will also be treated to McDermott performing selections from a new Christmas album, with pieces written between 1550 and 1800. These Polish and Welsh classics feature the piano, cello, harp and clarinet. “Some are familiar and some aren’t,” he said. That goes for some of the performers on this year’s holiday roster, too.Toronto’s Ballet Creole brings its moves and mix of Caribbean, African, blues, jazz and soul sounds in Soulful Messiah.on Friday, Dec. 7.It’s a modern and moving take on the Handel classic that has been transformed into a dynamic 70-minute performance to the R&B sounds of a Qunicy Jones-produced soundtrack, featuring the voices of Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder and Gladys Knight.“It’s based on a language of music taken from Handel’s Messiah in a really funky way. We’ve changed Handel’s Messiah into a pop, soulful expression,” said Patrick Parson, Ballet Creole’s artistic director and choreographer. “It’s kind of a curry expression of Handel’s Messiah.”It’s also one that will feature a Niagara connection. Niagara native David Cox, formerly of STOMP, will be a guest tap dancer in Soulful Messiah.Sex and the City fans may want to don their Manolo Blahniks to tap their toes when New York City’s The Klezmatics come to town Thursday, Dec. 13.The Klezmatics are sure to get your toes tapping with their Klezmer music. Famous for their lively and colourful Eastern European Jewish tunes that have earned them a Grammy Award and a spot on the popular TV series about the quartet of New York singles, The Klezmatics promise a thrilling, worldly and harmonious start to the holiday season.If you’re not familiar with the rhythms and harmonies of klezmer music, it resembles jazz in its inventiveness, folk in its deep roots and dance music in its celebratory tone.The Klezmatics are the klezmer band. The Wall Street Journal asserts that “The Klezmatics have owned klezmer and Yiddish music for the past 25 years.”Their music is timeless. So no need to worry if those designer pumps are last season.All tickets are on sale now from the Centre for the Arts Box Office or online. read more

Rainey honours former teammate The Citadel wins finale

CHARLESTON, S.C. — Quarterback Brandon Rainey, wearing a special jersey to honour a former high school teammate who died earlier in the day, ran for a touchdown and passed for another as The Citadel beat Charleston Southern 43-14 in the teams’ season finale on Thursday night.Rainey wore No. 82 in remembrance of Vanderbilt tight end Turner Cockrell, who was a high school teammate of Rainey’s at Allatoona High School in Acworth, Georgia. Cockrell died at home after battling cancer for more than a year.Thursday’s game was a makeup for a Sept. 15 contest that was postponed because of Hurricane Florence. The makeup was dependent on neither team making the FCS post-season.Rainey ran 8 yards for the game’s first score and Joe Douglas blocked a punt that Dante Smith returned 24 yards for a 14-0 first-quarter lead.Theo Goodwin blocked a Citadel punt that Darin Smalls returned for a score but the Keydets responded with a safety, a 77-yard kickoff return by Raleigh Webb, a Grant Drakeford 21-yard TD run and Rainey’s 18-yard scoring pass to Ryan McCarthy to lead 37-14 at halftime.The Citadel (5-6) outgained the Buccaneers 328-75, holding Charleston Southern (5-6) to minus-1 yards rushing. There were 231 yards of penalties..The Associated Press read more

Block of ice falling from the sky almost hits London street cleaner prompting

first_imgA frozen ball of urine and excrement also smashed through a retired couple’s roof in Wiltshire after falling from a jumbo jet toilet in 2015. The ball caused £1000 worth of damage. Credit:Sky News Amir Khan, 39, was driving past when he managed to capture the dramatic moment on his dashboard security camera. “It was like the start of a disaster movie,” Mr Khan said.“It made such a loud noise like a meteorite crashing down. The street cleaner was so confused and scared.”Pavi Singh, who works in the family-owned Kew Convenience Store just metres from where the ice fell, heard the crash from inside the shop. He said: “I heard it and went outside immediately because it was a really big bang.“There were passers-by and they said it was something from the sky. I’m so glad no one was hurt or anyone was around it,” he told the Evening Standard.Kew Garden councillor Monica Horner called for the CAA to investigate the “worrying” incident.She said: “It definitely needs to be investigated, I’m shocked. This could have killed someone.” Amir Khan, 39, was driving past when he managed to capture the dramatic moment on his dashboard security camera Amir Khan, 39, was driving past when he managed to capture the dramatic moment on his dashboard security camera Ms Horner added: “This is the problem when you have planes going over a populated area and another argument to say that Heathrow is the wrong place for expansion. “It is a very worrying incident and there needs to be some explanation as to why this happened so close to people.”It comes less than five months after a block of ice left a 4ft by 3ft crater in a family’s back garden in Renfrewshire.Similarly a piece of ice fell from a flight landing at Heathrow last February, causing substantial damage to a roof in Windsor.A shop assistant in Essex was almost crushed by a lump of frozen urine which fell 33,000ft from a plane and landed at her feet in 2008.center_img Credit:Sky News Amir Khan, 39, was driving past when he managed to capture the dramatic moment on his dashboard security camera Credit:Sky News A block of ice which fell from the sky narrowly missing a pedestrian in a London suburb has led to calls for an investigation into debris falling from planes.Street cleaner Serhiy Mysehkov was working under a flight path to Heathrow when a giant piece of ice crashed beside him and almost crushed him to death.It comes after ice, frozen urine and even the body of a stowaway have plummeted onto residential areas across Britain in recent years. The latest incident has prompted calls for an investigation into the issue. However, the UK Civil Aviation Authority said that while they receive reports of around 30 ice falls every year they are “unable to investigate the potential origin”.The near miss next to Kew Gardens station, believed to have happened on Wednesday, was caught on CCTV and shows Mr Mysehkov crossing the road before the giant ice block smashes to the ground making a loud sound on the floor. In the same year a suspected stowaway plunged to his death from a plane and landed on offices in a west London high street. The man, believed to be in his 20’s, was making an 8,000 mile journey from Johannesburg, South Africa when he fell from the British Airways flight and landed on an office roof in Richmond. The man was believed to have clung on to the plane as it flew towards Heathrow.A spokesperson for the UK Civil Aviation Authority said that whilst the ice block might have come from a plane, incidents such as this can also be as a result of meteorological phenomena.The spokesperson said: “Ice falls can be as a result of meteorological phenomena, however ice falls from aircraft are considered to be rare in UK airspace.   “The CAA receives reports of around 30 ice falls every year. We are unable to investigate the potential origin of an ice fall, but do record reports of this nature.”  The UK Civil Aviation Authority added that efforts are made to minimise the risk of ice falls by performing regular maintenance to prevent leaks and take prompt corrective action if a defect is found.last_img read more

Live register figures virtually unchanged in September

first_imgIRELAND’S UNEMPLOYMENT RATE remained at 14.8 per cent in September, according to new figures from the Central Statistics Office.Seasonally adjusted live register figures show that a total of 400 people left the register – a figure the CSO deemed to be statistically insignificant.When seasonal adjustments were removed, however, the figures signing on fell by almost 27,000 people.The number of long-term claimants – those signing on for a year or more – has fallen for the first time since April.The number of under 25s signing on is down by 7,172 in the last year – marking 27 consecutive months in which the number of claimants under 25 has fallen when compared to the figure from 12 months previously.Read: 11.4 per cent: Eurozone unemployment reaches another record highlast_img

iFixit dissects the Motorola Droid 3

first_imgThe Motorola Droid 3 is the latest phone on Verizon Wireless from Motorola to carry the Droid name, and it’s the third iteration of the phone that started the Android revolution on Verizon. The phone is out now, and one unit made its way to iFixit headquarters where they promptly tore it down for us all to see.For those not familiar with the newly launched phone, the Droid 3 packs a 1GHz dual-core processor under the hood, a 4″ qHD display, 16GB of on-board storage, and an 8-megapixel camera that can record video in 1080p full HD. It’s a pretty powerful phone with a slide-out keyboard that fans of smartphones with physical keyboards will likely flock to. In fact, the only thing missing from the device is a 4G LTE radio, a fact that Motorola is taking its fair share of lumps over in the Droid 3’s reviews.AdChoices广告Verizon Wireless is trying pretty hard to get people to pick up the Droid 3: they’re offering a buy-one-get-one promotion on the phone even though it just came out. Over at iFixit though, they turned up a few interesting things. Most notably, they discovered a SIM card slot in the Droid 3, even though the 3G phone doesn’t really need one on Verizon Wireless’ network.What the addition of the SIM card actually means is anyone’s guess. It’s unlikely that the phone is secretly a global device, but it’s possible that Motorola wanted to lay the hardware foundation for a global version to be introduced later. Aside from the SIM card however, iFixit notes that the Droid 3 is built very much like the original Motorola Droid and the Droid 2 – nothing unsual or horribly surprising under the hood.iFixit didn’t need too many specific tools to get the Droid 3 apart: two Torx screwdrivers, a spudger, and some plastic opening tools, and they had the smartphone open. Still, there are no user-servicable parts in the Droid 3 except for the battery, so there’s no reason for you to do this yourself.Read more at iFixitlast_img read more

Hallgrimsson Im in the best job in the world

first_imgIceland boss Heimir Hallgrimsson has hinted that he will be continuing with his role at the national side, despite an early exit from the World CupThe Nordic nation arrived at the Rostov Arena on Tuesday knowing that only a victory would be enough to maintain their hopes of reaching the last 16 in their debut World Cup campaign.Gylfi Sigurdsson gave Iceland hope by cancelling out Milan Badelj’s stylish opener for Croatia by scoring a penalty.However, an Ivan Perisic injury-time winner ended Iceland’s campaign with Zlatko Dalic’s side topping Group D with maximum points.Since taking charge of Iceland in 2013, Hallgrimsson has led them to quarter-finals of the Euro 2016 championship and now their first ever World Cup tournament.Euro 2020Report: Euro 2020 qualifying Group H George Patchias – September 11, 2019 Euro 2020 qualifying Group H is being controlled by France and Turkey, but Iceland is still in with a shout.Reigning world champions France ran…And it appears that he might not be finished yet with the side.“I don’t want to talk about it, really. I’m so proud, not just of the players but also the staff, the training team, everyone with the FA, I’m in the best job in the world and have very good people around me,” said the 51-year-old, via Sky Sports.“This team is on a certain route, this was just one step. Now we’re at the top of the national league, which is like the Champions League of teams in Europe, and the players have earned this. Then we’ll go to the European qualifying and in the second seeding group; it’s very difficult to leave this team, not least the people who have been working with me.“We have to sit down and digest what the next step will be, both for the FA and me, but I think we can be proud of this World Cup and I think we have been praised for our performance in this tournament. There’s one half in which we should’ve done better, but you cannot always be at your best.”Iceland ends their maiden World Cup campaign with one point and a fourth-place finish in Group D.last_img read more

Commercial Enterprises Act to Help Create Small MediumSized Bahamian Businesses

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, January 19, 2018 – Nassau – The implementation of the Commercial Enterprises Act will assist Bahamians at home “and in the Diaspora abroad” in the creation, and development, of small and medium-sized businesses, Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis said Thursday.  The Act was passed in the House of Assembly on November 22, 2017 and in the Senate on December 4, 2017.Delivering the keynote address during the Opening Session of the 27th Annual Bahamas Business Outlook Seminar, Prime Minister Minnis said the Act will encourage both domestic and foreign investment in The Bahamas, while allowing for the creation of certain economic zones where deemed necessary throughout the country.The Prime Minister said the Act will help to encourage investment in The Bahamas, and places a high level of prioritization on Bahamian labour and talent.  The Act targets specialized businesses in Captive Insurance, Nanotechnology, Computer Technology, Software Design, Data Storage, Maritime Trade, Aviation Registration, Wealth Management and Manufacturing Enterprises.“We must utilize our strategic assets and comparative advantages to create more Bahamian entrepreneurs even as we seek international investors and partners from North America, Asia, Europe, South America, Africa, the Middle East, Australia and the Pacific,” Prime Minister Minnis said.“Small and medium-sized Bahamian businesses are a critical part of our economy. These businesses employ thousands of Bahamians. They are critical for economic growth.”Prime Minister Minnis said to further promote the ease of Doing Business for such enterprises, the Government of The Bahamas – after consultation with the Central Bank of The Bahamas – in the final quarter of 2017, announced the relaxation of Exchange Controls on capital transactions, namely on capital (investment) and current account (trade) transactions. The changes come into effect as of February 1, 2018.“This reform was long overdue,” Prime Minister Minnis said. By: Matt Maura (BIS) Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppcenter_img Related Items:last_img read more

No big surprises on first day of candidate filing

first_imgU.S. Sen. Patty Murray was among the dozens of incumbents and announced candidates who made it official Monday, the first day political hopefuls were allowed to file with state and local election offices for the August primary.In local races, only previously announced candidates popped up on the Clark County Election filings website. Candidates have until 5 p.m. Friday to file for election.In the 17th District, Vancouver Democrat Martin Hash will challenge Republican Paul Harris of Vancouver. Republican Brian Peck filed for the other seat.In the 49th District, incumbent Rep. Jim Moeller, D-Vancouver, filed for re-election. He will be challenged by Republican Craig Riley.In District 18, independent Jon T. Haugen of Vancouver filed for State Representative Position 1, while incumbent Rep. Ed Orcutt, R-Kalama, filed for Position 2.Sen. Jim Honeyford, R-Sunnyside, was the only one to throw his hat in for the District 15 Senator seat Monday, while Republican Rep. David Taylor of Moxee filed for the House. That district includes Skamania County and a sliver of Clark County outside Washougal.Democrat Cheryl Crist filed for Congressman Brian Baird’s vacated seat in the 3rd Congressional District.In local races, Clark County Commissioner Steve Stuart was the first and only to file for his race on Monday, and Vancouver City Councilor Bart Hansen also is the sole applicant for his spot so far.Tony Golik, a Democrat, filed for prosecuting attorney at 8:56 a.m. Longtime Republican Clark County Auditor Greg Kimsey put his name in for re-election, and County Clerk Sherry Parker, a Democrat, filed for a second term.last_img read more