Province Working to Update Audit Appeal Process for Doctors

first_imgNova Scotia is updating its audit and appeal process for physician billing. The Department of Health and Wellness and Doctors Nova Scotia have chosen a consultant to review the process. During this review, a committee of government and medical experts will work to resolve billing issues, such as the recent radiologists billing issue. “We need to have a robust and well-planned audit and appeal process,” said Health and Wellness Minister Leo Glavine. “It must reflect the complexity of today’s health care delivery, ensure fairness and protect taxpayer dollars.” “At the end of the day, physicians just want confidence in the billing and audit systems in place so they can trust they are being treated fairly and paid for the services they provide,” said Dr. Mike Fleming, Doctors Nova Scotia president. “With a solid system in place, we can focus our energy on where it matters most — caring for our patients. We are pleased to see Minister Glavine share this same desire.” The consultant is expected to be done within a few months and the new process should be in place later this year. The physician billing manual is also being updated. “I’d like to thank Doctors Nova Scotia for their partnership and everyone who is working hard to complete this important work,” said Mr. Glavine. Doctors Nova Scotia is paying consultant John Carter $54,000.last_img read more

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Woman 42 charged after infant found dead in Innisfil Ont

first_imgINNISFIL, Ont. – A 42-year-old woman is facing charges after the body of an infant boy was found in Innisfil, Ont.Police say they made the discovery after a doctor’s office received a call Wednesday from a woman claiming to have given birth out of hospital without medical assistance.They say officers went to check in on her and found the baby, who they believe died on July 30.An autopsy is planned to determine the cause of death.Police say the woman is charged with neglecting to obtain assistance in childbirth and concealing the body of a child.She was due to appear in court Thursday.last_img read more

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Butcher said sorry after alleged killing deceased officer says on video

first_imgHALIFAX – A blood-caked Nicholas Butcher told an officer he was “sorry” minutes after he informed a 911 dispatcher he had killed his girlfriend and tried to kill himself, the law school graduate’s second-degree murder trial heard Thursday.The 14-member Nova Scotia Supreme Court jury watched a video statement from Sgt. Matthew MacGillivray, who arrested the 35-year-old man at Kristin Johnston’s Halifax-area home on March 26, 2016.The Halifax police officer died of cancer in November 2017, and gave the sworn statement on Sept. 5, 2017, knowing he likely wouldn’t be alive to testify at Butcher’s trial.On the video, MacGillivray said Butcher was covered in dry, caked-on blood when he emerged from the home shirtless and wearing pyjama pants, and that he was tasked with remaining with him on the porch.He said he was trying to maintain a dialogue with Butcher, who was missing his right hand and had injuries on his neck, so that he didn’t fall unconscious.MacGillivray said Butcher kept repeating “I’m sorry. I’m so sorry … I want to call my mother”He said that day was “hard to forget.”“This is one of the most bizarre calls I’ve ever been on for a number of reasons,” said MacGillivray, wearing a plaid shirt and Oakley glasses.Halifax police Det. Alexander MacAdam was the officer who conducted the interview with MacGillivray, and took the stand Thursday as the video was played.MacGillivray told MacAdam he briefly recited Butcher’s rights to him on the porch from memory, because he was holding a C8 carbine and was watching the suspect, so he could not retrieve his card with the full rights and cautions.He later travelled with Butcher in the ambulance to the hospital, and read him his rights verbatim at that time. Butcher said he understood, and wanted a lawyer, he said.MacGillivray said when they arrived at the hospital, he stood outside the operating room.“I remember seeing the hand in a steel tray,” he said.He had no further involvement in the case after that.Police officers have testified they found the body of the Montreal-born yoga instructor in the master bedroom of her Purcells Cove home on a blood-soaked bed, next to a steak knife.They testified that a mitre saw and an amputated hand were found nearby.The Crown has said the medical examiner will testify the 32-year-old woman had 10 wounds on her neck, and that her death was caused by sharp force.Butcher has pleaded not guilty.Later, Halifax police Det. Const. Randy Wood took the stand and went through hundreds of photos of the crime scene. The photos showed Johnston’s body and “red” hand impressions on the bed.The photos also showed a mitre saw plugged into the wall.As well, the jury was shown exhibits that were seized from the bedroom, including a green lighter, a single razor blade, a package of razor blades and a knife.Media were also permitted to access certain trial exhibits Thursday, including audio of the 911 call Butcher made the morning of Johnston’s death, the video of MacGillivray’s video statement and crime scene photos.The trial resumes Monday.Follow (at)AlyThomson on Twitter.last_img read more

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Film Exposing Polisario Abuse Wins Grand Prize at Laayoune Film Festival

Rabat – A documentary titled “Vie Cotoyant la Mort” (Life rubbing shoulders with death) won a prize on Sunday, December 23, at the closing ceremony of Laayoune’s fourth Festival of Sahrawi-Hassani Culture, History and Environment.The 90-minute film by Moroccan director Lahcen Majid follows the story of six Moroccans, five men and one woman, who recounted the suffering they experienced at the hands of Polisario separatists in the Tindouf camps in the Algerian desert, and how they managed to escape.The documentary is based on testimonies from the six former detainees who say they were constantly afraid and tortured. Giving voice to Tindouf abuse Another film in the festival, titled “Bienvenue en enfer,” (Welcome to hell) by filmmaker Farid Regragui explores the dark struggles of Sahrawi and Moroccan detainees in the 1970s and 1980s.The Sahrawi population in the Tindouf camps were reportedly forced to perform hard labor and deprived of basic human rights. Failing to escape the Polisario in Tindouf because of Algeria’s preventing them from returning, the Sahrawi population has been living in misery for decades. The pain of the detainees also touches their families. Some Sahrawis have reported that their family members went missing or were “abducted.”Read Also: Khat Echahid: Polisario Not Legitimate Representative of the SahrawisThe two films sought to expose Polisario’s abuses to the international community, to depict the victims’ suffering, and to “make their voices heard.”Omar Khammar, the president of the Association of Moroccan Critics, said that although filming in the Sahara is not conducive to creating a great movie, a good filmmaker is “a cultured one.” Khammar invites “young artists who strive to make films about the culture and history of the Sahara to start small” and watch short films first about the Sahara. The festival was organized by the Moroccan Cinema Center (CCM) in partnership with the prefecture of the Laayoune-Sakia El Hamra region and the audio-visual and cinema center in Laayoune in Morocco’s southern provinces.Read Also: Geneva Talks Resemble Failed Manhasset Negotiations, Ignore Plight of Sahrawis in Tindouf CampsOf 15 participating films, seven made it to the finals, including the grand prize winner.Other featured screenings were: “Tales of Water and Sand” by Ali Tahiri, “Handicrafts in Morocco” by Kouider Bennani, “Echoes of the Sahara” by Rachid Kasmi, “The Pleasure of the World is in its Misery” by Malika Maalainine, and “The Prehistoric Sahara Man” by Rachid Zaki. read more

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Canopy Rivers takes 184 per cent stake in High Beauty for US25

TORONTO — Canopy Rivers Inc., the venture capital arm of Canopy Growth Corp., has acquired an 18.4 per cent stake in High Beauty Inc. for US$2.5 million.Canopy Rivers works collaboratively with Canopy Growth to identify investment opportunities in the cannabis sector.High Beauty founder Melissa Jochim says the partnership will help the company focus its energy on the creation of a new product line using cannabis-derived extracts.High Beauty makes beauty products using cannabis sativa seed extracts, which are legal and free of psychoactive substances.High Beauty has a distribution partnership with retailer Sephora. Companies in this story: (TSXV:RIV, TSX:WEED) The Canadian Press read more

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Bosnian Serb war crimes suspect refuses to enter plea at UN tribunal

3 June 2011Serbian war crimes suspect Ratko Mladic today appeared before the United Nations tribunal trying those responsible for the worst crimes committed during the Balkan conflicts of the 1990s but did not enter a plea on what he called the “monstrous” charges levelled against him. It was the first appearance before the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) for Mr. Mladic, the war-time leader of the Bosnian Serb forces, who was arrested in Serbia on 26 May, after evading capture for 16 years. He was transferred to the seat of the tribunal at The Hague in the Netherlands on Tuesday. Mr. Mladic faces numerous charges, including genocide, extermination, murder and inflicting terror on civilians, particularly in connection with the massacre of up to 8,000 Muslim men and boys in Bosnia and Herzegovina in the supposedly “safe haven” of Srebrenica in July 1995 in one of the most notorious events of the Balkan wars.“The objective was the permanent removal of Bosnian Muslims and Bosnian Croats from Bosnian Serb-claimed territory in Bosnia and Herzegovina through crimes charged in the indictment,” Judge Alphons Orie stated as he summarized the 37-page indictment against Mr. Mladic.When asked if he was ready to enter a plea, Mr. Mladic replied that he wanted more time to consider “these obnoxious charges,” adding that he would need more than a month given “these monstrous words” in the indictment. The judge ordered Mr. Mladic to remain in custody at the UN detention unit until his next scheduled appearance at the tribunal on 4 July. read more

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WatchCanada announces 867M in softwood aid in wake of US lumber tax

OTTAWA — Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr is announcing $867 million in financial supports to help lumber producers and employees weather the impact of punishing new U.S. tariffs on Canadian softwood exports.The package announced today includes loans and loan guarantees to help cushion the blow for forestry companies and to help them exploring new markets and innovations.The help includes $260 million to help diversify the market base for Canadian lumber products, allow the indigenous forestry sector to explore new initiatives and extend work-sharing agreement limits to minimize layoffs.“Our government recognizes the importance of finding new markets for our forest products,” Carr said Thursday in Ottawa, flanked by Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland and International Trade Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne.“By diversifying into a variety of markets, we will be less vulnerable to actions from any one market and today we stand with softwood companies, their employees and their communities to support good jobs to create new opportunities and ensure sustainable prosperity for generations to come.”The money also includes measures to support workers who want to upgrade their skills and transition to a different industry. Cabinet discussed the options for a package last month, but the federal government wanted more input from the provinces via the special working group Carr established in February.On April 28, the U.S. Department of Commerce slapped countervailing import duties as high as 24 per cent on Canadian softwood, arguing Canada unfairly subsidizes its industry by keeping the price of logging artificially low.Carr’s statement described the package as defending Canada’s interests against those duties, which he described as an “unfair and unwarranted” trade action.“A negotiated settlement is not only possible, but in the best interests of both countries.”The government has been careful to characterize the money as a support package, not a bailout, in order to avoid running further afoul of protectionist forces in the United States.“Any action has the potential of carrying trade risks; we believe we have been prudent,” Carr said.“We believe that this group of measures across the sector … is an appropriate response that is one we think will stand the test of scrutiny.”The federal government developed a “strong, collaborative relationship” with the provinces on the file, he added. “We are speaking with one voice.”Carr has repeatedly called the American allegations baseless, saying the U.S. has lost repeatedly when challenged by Canada before the World Trade Organization or under the North American Free Trade Agreement.A negotiated settlement on softwood expired in 2015, triggering the latest round of tariffs. Canada and the U.S. continue to try to reach another negotiated settlement.Freeland was asked Thursday about the chances that a new softwood agreement could be part of a new NAFTA, but she refused to answer what she described as a hypothetical question.On Wednesday, the Conference Board of Canada released a report saying Canadian softwood producers would pay $1.7 billion in duties a year and cut 2,200 jobs and $700 million in U.S. exports over the next two years before the dispute is settled.On June 9, the U.S. Department of Commerce is set to decide an anti-dumping claim against Canadian softwood producers, and is expected to add as much as another 10 per cent tariff on top of the countervailing duties.Canada can’t file an appeal of the tariffs until early next year because the final determinations from the U.S. government on the softwood issue won’t be made until late fall.It took Canada four years to reach a negotiated settlement the last time, and 15,000 workers lost their jobs in the first year alone. Canadian producers paid about $5 billion in duties then, 80 per cent of which had to be returned to them as part of the negotiated settlement.This time around, a low Canadian dollar and high market demand for softwood is helping to cushion the blow.The aid package will include a push to get Canadian companies to do more of the value-added work on softwood in Canada. That means instead of exporting raw logs, Canadian companies use the logs to make doors and window frames, furniture and countertops.But to hear Carr tell it, Canada is far from finished on plotting the way forward.“Our work is not done; This is the beginning, not the end,” he said.“We will continue to work with our counterparts to ensure we are responding to new pressures on the industry, and we will consider additional measures, including additional loans and loan guarantees to address changing market conditions.” read more

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WatchIf Im going to wear a computer on my face it needs

For starters, the Focals need to be made-to-measure and precisely fitted, so customers have to go into a little pod with an array of cameras that create a 3D model of your head. This is so that a laser beam mounted on the arm of the glasses can beam an image at a specific spot on the glass, so it’s reflected back to your eye.James McLeod gets instructions on how to use the Focals. What would make you want to wear a computer on your face?This is, fundamentally, the question that hangs over Focals, a set of smart glasses made by Waterloo, Ont.-based startup North Inc.I don’t have an answer to that question, but I can tell you what would make you hate the computer on your face, after trying a pair of Focals for a couple of weeks.I was just sitting down at my desk one day after grabbing a coffee from the McDonald’s in the Postmedia building, when the notification popped into my field of view, in glowing rainbow letters projected mere centimetres from my eyeball.“Try the Bacon and Cheese Third Pounder!!!!!”Tech reporter James McLeod found a few glitches with Focals. Financial Post Financial Post This wasn’t an ad.From what I can tell, it appears to be a review that somebody wrote in 2013 for that particular McDonald’s location, and by some convoluted quirk of technology, six years later, it wound up as a notification on the lens of my smart glasses.This sort of thing happened to me a few times while I was testing my Focals — random notifications shot out of a class 1 laser, reflected off the lens of the glasses and into my eyeballs.A major selling point of these glasses was supposed to be the idea that they dispense with digital clutter and allow users to leave their phone in their pocket more. Canada’s navy is developing an AI voice assistant for warships, but don’t worry: It won’t control the weapons Inside Shopify’s vision of an e-commerce system to rival Amazon Payments and social media are converging, but Jack Dorsey is playing it cool “We believe that there’s a different path, one where we can get the benefits technology provides without being pulled away from what’s in front of you; spending less time staring at screens, and more time out in the world,” North founder Stephen Lake wrote in a blog post when the company launched the Focals product last fall.Since then, there are hints that it’s been rough going for the company.After initially pricing the glasses at a base price of $1,299, they slashed that in mid-February to $799. Prescription lenses still cost extra.Also in February, the company laid off about 150 workers according to a report by The Verge.Lots of companies are trying to put a computer screen right in front of your eyes these days: Microsoft Corp.’s Hololens and the Magic Leap augmented reality headset come to mind, as examples of augmented reality gear.Google LLC tried something similar back in 2013, but the product was a flop.The Focals are going a different way, offering a stylish pair of glasses that just happens to also have a computer inside it. But they have an uphill battle ahead of them if they’re going to be a success.It’s also annoying to have to wear a ring on your finger with a little joystick-button thingy to control the glasses If the fit is off by even a few millimetres, the laser seemingly won’t line up right, and this was a problem for me, because the headphones I wear while I’m commuting squeezed against the arms of the glasses and slightly changed the fit, so the display was blurry or I just couldn’t see it at all.It’s also annoying to have to wear a ring on your finger with a little joystick-button thingy to control the glasses.There’s also the simple fact that I don’t need glasses. My eyesight is fine, so the only reason to wear slightly heavy, bulky glasses is for the sake of the display on the lens.I also have complaints about the Focals software, which can be a little bit janky, even setting aside the random invocations to buy a bacon cheeseburger. There’s no app store, so for now you’re stuck with the functionality that North has loaded onto the glasses, or new features that it builds out later.You can send and receive text messages, and check your calendar. You can check sports scores. The glasses work with Amazon Alexa. You can use a locations function to order an Uber or get turn-by-turn directions if you’re walking somewhere. (For the love of god, don’t use these things while driving.)You can check your email, although I could only get the glasses to play nicely with my personal Gmail account. The glasses can also be used to control Spotify playback, which was extremely useful when I wanted to skip ahead a track, or pause playback just with a quick gesture of my thumb on the control ring.I spoke to North’s Lake about my experience, and he told me that the product is nowhere near perfect yet, and they’re relying on feedback from the earliest adopters to improve.“The analogy is like, think of the early days of computing with the Apple I or the Apple II or the Macintosh. We’re at that generation of this category. This isn’t the 25th generation iMac with Retina display yet,” he said.“This is the absolute first generation new product, and it’s definitely early.”But North will need to walk such a delicate line — building useful features without overwhelming the user — that it made me wonder if this whole effort is a dead end.It’s been 12 years since Steve Jobs unveiled the first iPhone, ushering in an era where everyone has a computer in their pocket. Now that smartphones are ubiquitous, it feels like companies are casting about, trying to find the next place to put a computer.Apple Inc. is now also selling us a computer for your wrist in the Apple Watch.Google and Inc. are trying to put computers in your fridge, your microwave, your clock, the locks on your doors and your light bulbs, and you control it all using a smart speaker with Alexa or Google Assistant.North is trying to put a computer on your face, just a few centimetres from your eyes.After my Focals trial, I started imagining what I’d need to be convinced to wear a computer on my face, if it wasn’t my job.If the laser display was more forgiving.If I had to wear glasses anyway.If they didn’t cost too much.If the features worked with all the digital services I use already, but also the software was designed to be tastefully unobtrusive.If they were perfect in every way, maybe, just maybe, I could imagine wearing a computer on my face. 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United Nations mission in Kosovo to issue antiterrorism regulation

According the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), the new Regulation on the Prohibition of Terrorism and Related Offences will be the third part of a package designed to combat terrorism and armed violence in Kosovo and to prevent its export outside the territory. Under the regulation, any person who commits an act of terrorism could face a prison sentence of between 10 and 40 years. In addition, anyone who dispatches or transfers armed groups, equipment, explosives, arms, ammunition and other material for terrorism purposes inside or outside Kosovo could face a 10 to 15 year prison sentence. Collecting funds or recruiting people for terrorist purposes, and providing or receiving training in carrying out terrorist acts could result in up to 15 years in prison, UNMIK said. The regulation also covers such offences as preparing an act of terrorism; attempting, inciting or aiding others to do so; and participating in a terrorist organizations. read more

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Brocks luckiest student revealed

Third-year accounting student Sean Pereira thought he was meeting with the Brock University Students’ Union to talk about promoting his accounting club Wednesday.What he didn’t realize was the meeting was actually the surprise announcement that Pereira had been selected as the winner of the first-ever Brock’s Luckiest Student contest.The contest, run in conjunction with the national Student Life Network, received more than 1,200 entries from Brock students.As the grand prize winner, Pereira won a $1,000 tuition credit, a Brock Box laptop package, a $250 Campus Store gift certificate, a $100 Isaac’s gift certificate, a GoPro camera, an instant camera and Netflix gift certificates. read more

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How To Fix The Extra Point

For several years, NFL higher-ups have been a bit sour on the extra point. It slows down the game; kickers make them so often that they’re not really exciting, or even tense; and even if one is missed, it’s less “OMG, did you see that?” and more “WTF, kickers are terrible!”In preseason games, the NFL has experimented with narrowing the goal posts and/or moving back the spot of the kick on attempts. It is rumored to be considering eliminating the extra-point option entirely.That’s one way to encourage two-point conversions. But it’s not as exciting as the idea that the Indianapolis Colts are offering. This week, the Colts caused some buzz by making a crazy-sounding suggestion to the NFL’s competition committee: If a team converted its two-point attempt, it would get a shot at an additional point by attempting a 50-yard field goal.Considering that kickers now make 50-yard attempts about two-thirds of the time, this essentially means that successful two-point tries would be worth 2.66 points. That would clearly affect coaches’ strategy after a touchdown — or at least it should. Currently, a team needs to be able to convert a two-point attempt 50 percent of the time to make it a better option (barring tactical reasons) than an extra point. But in the Colts’ extra-extra-point scenario, a team would only have to convert its two-point attempt from scrimmage about 38 percent of the time.In 2014, teams made 48 percent of their attempts, which is just about in line with how they’ve done for the past decade. So under the proposed change, going for two would probably be right in most circumstances. (That’s a small sample size, though. It’s unclear exactly how good teams really are at converting two-point attempts because they are taken so rarely and teams don’t take them with equal frequency.)Even if the Colts’ rule came to be — and that’s a very unlikely prospect — the coaches wouldn’t necessarily catch on even though the math would be in their favor. Many coaches still kick field goals on fourth and goal from the 1, and that is generally a much worse mistake.But suppose for a second that the strategy did catch on. It would likely have a big ripple effect. Having a kicker who can convert from 50 yards consistently would become a lot more valuable. Also, knowing that teams could come back from nine points down on a single possession might make coaches play more aggressively in a number of different situations.The competition committee has already rejected the idea, meaning that it’s unlikely to be adopted any time soon. (It will still be offered up to the owners next week, but without the committee’s endorsement.) But that leaves room for my alternative: How about any time that a team converts a 2-pointer, it can either take the two points or take one point and try again? Then no lead would be safe. read more

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Two people arrested over Pippa Middleton iCloud hack

first_imgPolice investigating the hacking of Pippa Middleton’s iCloud account to get hold of her pictures have arrested two people and searched a house.A 36-year-old man and 34-year-old woman were arrested at 5.45am on 11 January on suspicion of conspiracy to commit fraud and possession of a false identity document with improper intent. It is then alleged that the hacker tried to sell thousands of images to a newspaper.A Met Police spokesman said: “The man and woman were taken into custody at a south London police station and have since been bailed to return to the police station on a date in mid-March.” A property in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire was searched.The arrests relate to an investigation which began last year after claims that the Duchess of Cambridge’s sister had her iCloud account hacked.center_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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Athlete breaks world record for Britains toughest race just months after giving birth

A new mother has broken the world record for Britain’s toughest race just months after giving birth, training right up until the day she had her daughter.Champion runner Jasmin Paris knocked a staggering 12 hours off the record for the Spine Race ultra-marathon, previously held by athlete Eoin Keith. She became the first woman to win the race, which was first held in 2012.Ms Paris, originally from Derbyshire, won the race and smashed the record despite having to stop at every checkpoint to express milk for her 14-month-old daughter, Rowan, who recently recovered from two back-to-back viral infections.She finished the 268-mile route along the full Pennine Way in 83 hours, 12 minutes and 23 seconds, starting on Sunday morning and finishing on Wednesday night.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––The race is frequently called “Britain’s most brutal” and extends from Derbyshire’s Peak District to the Scottish Borders. Conditions were gruelling, with 50-mile-per-hour winds and driving rain along the route, which contains almost two Mount Everest’s worth of elevation.Under half of the starters generally finish the race, with only 45 per cent of runners crossing the finish line last year. The athlete showed immense focus, sleeping for just a handful of hours during the race. Her total rest time, including eating, sleeping, dealing with kit and expressing milk, was just over seven hours.She juggled running more than 30 miles a week with writing a thesis, working as a vet and being a first-time parent. It was her first time tackling the Spine Race, but she has form for beating world records; having broken the female world record for the Bob Graham Round, a loop taking in 42 Lake District peaks, as well as the record for the Ramsay Round, a 58-mile circuit of 24 Scottish mountains.It is not unheard-of for women to win races and beat records shortly after giving birth; in 2007, Paula Radcliffe won the 2007 New York City Marathon less than a year after giving birth to her daughter, and during the 2011 Boston Marathon,  two-time Olympian Kara Goucher recorded her personal best time at the distance just seven months after her son was born. The runners faced high winds and rainCredit:Mick Kenyon/Montane Spine  She said: “Training became a juggling act with baby time, training frequently taking second place, or losing out altogether. To reconcile the two, I started to train from 5-6.30am before work, whilst my little family were cosy warm in bed, but it wasn’t easy, especially after a night of broken sleep (our offspring is not of the ‘sleep through the night’ variety).“Looking back at the end of the season I was slightly surprised, but extremely happy with what I had achieved (British Champion, and being competitive again at a world level in Skyracing at Glencoe Skyline in September).“However, maybe as a consequence of contentment, my motivation to train took a definite nose-dive. I found it harder and harder to leave my bed for the cold darkness outside, and realised that I needed a new focus. So I did something crazy, and entered a race I’d vowed I would never ever run, the Spine.”On Tuesday the runner said she was “really enjoying” herself, and crossed the finish line just after 7pm on Wednesday with a huge grin on her face. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The runners faced high winds and rain Great to be racing again. Never had such a good incentive to get to the finish…— Jasmin Paris (@JasminKParis) April 14, 2018 A spokesperson for the Spine Race told The Telegraph: “Jasmin ran the entire course. Her preparation before the course and admin during the race was impeccable. She is fast and she’s an elite athlete.” The 35-year-old small animal vet has written on her blog of the difficulties of training while having a newborn, and said she entered the race she “vowed [she] would never run” in order to get back into running. read more

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Facebooks new messaging app is Snapchat with a strange twist

first_imgPhotos and videos that don’t stick around forever allow for sharing that’s more expressive, raw and spontaneous. We can connect the same way we like to live: in the moment. We’ve enjoyed using Snapchat to send each other ephemeral messages and expect there to be a variety of apps that explore this new way of sharing.With Slingshot, we saw an opportunity to create something new and different: a space where you can share everyday moments with lots of people at once.Much like Paper, which is a reimagined version of the Facebook newsfeed, Slingshot will only be available in the US for now. Both it and Paper were designed by Facebook’s Creative Labs, a section of the company that’s dedicated to creating new apps for the company.The company previously tried to muscle in on Snapchat’s territory by releasing Poke in December 2012. Although it was the most downloaded app at the time of its release, it failed to catch on with users and was eventually removed from the App Store in May 2014.Facebook also tried to purchase Snapchat for $3 billion in November 2013, but was rejected. Source: Slingshot/YouTubeRead: Snapchat’s next feature will let users publicly share photos at events >Read: The most popular messaging service among Irish adults isn’t WhatsApp or Viber… > FACEBOOK HAS OFFICIALLY launched its Snapchat style app Slingshot in the US, more than a week after it was released prematurely on the App Store.The app, which is available on iOS and Android, will allow users to take photos and send them to their friends, and edit them by drawing or adding text. Once it’s received and viewed, the image or video will disappear within a set timeframe.The catch is you can’t view a photo or video until you send one back to the person who sent it, unlike other apps which allow you to view without responding.While there are many similarities between it and Snapchat, the team behind the app are keen to stress that Slingshot offers a different experience.last_img read more

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Lobster Season opens midAugust

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, July 26, 2016 – Lobster season will not open on the first day of August, it will open on the 15th day of August and officials issued notice Friday for restaurants and fishermen and the residents to be aware of the legal open season.DECR Director, Dr John Claydon calls the two week change a benefit to the country’s number three industry, fisheries.  “Last season the fishing community of the Turks and Caicos benefited from an increase in crawfish landings. This appears to be the result of the stock starting to rebuild…”  Crawfish Season opens August 15 and closes on March 15 2017.last_img read more

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Wilmington OBITUARIES Week of May 27 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are the obituaries published on Wilmington Apple during the week of May 27, 2018:Lived In Wilmington At Time Of Passing:NonePreviously Lived In Wilmington:Bette L. Hillard, 94Robert Arthur Park, 88Worked In/Volunteered In/Connected To Wilmington:P. John Darby, 87Glenn C. McKenzie, 56Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington OBITUARIES (Week of August 18, 2019)In “Obituaries”Wilmington OBITUARIES (Week of August 4, 2019)In “Obituaries”Wilmington OBITUARIES (Week of August 11, 2019)In “Obituaries”last_img read more

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Transat launches Early Booking Promo for fallwinter vacations

first_img Share TORONTO — It’s never too early to start planning fall and winter vacations, says Transat, which has just announced its new Early Booking Promotion.Applicable to South, Florida, Spain, Portugal, Duo and cruise packages, as well as guided tours, the promotion must be booked by June 30, 2018 for all departures between Nov. 1, 2018 and April 30, 2019.Clients who book any South package with Transat will pay a deposit of only $100 and benefit from the following:Transat’s Price Drop Guarantee, which refunds passengers the difference (up to $400 per adult and $200 per child) should the package become available at a lower price than the one paidThe option to modify their travel dates up to 21 days before departureAn upgrade to Option Plus, valued at $109, for Luxury or Distinction Collection packages$50 future travel voucherIn addition, with only a $100 deposit, cruisers and clients who book a Florida, Spain, Portugal or Duo package or guided tour will receive a $50 future travel voucher.More news:  Hotel charges Bollywood star $8.50 for two bananas and the Internet has thoughtsFor travel agents, they’ll earn extra Bonbon rewards for every booking. Agents receive $50 per room (10x rewards) on Luxury and Distinction Collection packages; $25 per room (5x rewards) on South, Florida, Spain, Portugal, cruise and Duo packages, as well as on guided tours; and $10 per passenger (10x rewards) on South, Florida, Spain and Portugal air-only bookings.Go to for more details or consult Get Connected. Travelweek Group Transat launches Early Booking Promo for fall/winter vacations Wednesday, May 2, 2018 center_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by Tags: Transatlast_img read more

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Will Pinto return to the World Cup

first_img Facebook Comments 28 photos from La Sele’s homecoming party in Costa Rica on Tuesday Related posts:PHOTOS: Costa Rica clinches World Cup 2018 berth All eyes on Russia: Costa Rica awaits World Cup draw Costa Rica to face off against Brazil, Switzerland, and Serbia at 2018 World Cup World Cup love Under the guidance of head coach Jorge Luis Pinto – famed in Costa Rica for leading La Sele to World Cup glory in 2014 – Honduras will take on Australia on Saturday in the first of two games that will determine which team snags a spot in the 2018 World Cup.If victorious, Honduras will join Mexico, Costa Rica and Panama as the CONCACAF teams headed to Russia.The playoff game will take place at the Olympic Metropolitan Stadium in San Pedro Sula, with an expected attendance of 39,000 fans. Close to 1,200 police officers will be on duty in and around the stadium, and drones will also be deployed to beef up security at the event.Fuzzy memories of Pinto? Allow us to refresh them:center_img The 11 best quotes from Jorge Luis Pinto’s explosive final press conference as Costa Rica’s head coach Honduras defeated Mexico 3-2 at the end of the classifying round to nab a place in the playoff match, while Australia defeated Syria to earn its spot.The second and definitive match will take place in Sydney on Nov. 15.“The most important thing for us is for Australia not to beat us in the midfield,” Pinto said this week. “This will be a historic game for the country, for Honduran soccer, for our players. A full stadium will motivate any player to give his all.”Costa Rica is already Russia-bound but will face the Spanish National Team on Saturday in a World Cup friendly.last_img read more

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FHFA Leaves Conforming Loan Limits Untouched

first_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Fannie Mae FHFA Freddie Mac Investors Lenders & Servicers Service Providers 2013-12-03 Ashley Harris FHFA Leaves Conforming Loan Limits Untouched in Secondary Market Conforming loan limits will remain the same according to recent guidance issued by the “”Federal Housing Finance Agency””: (FHFA). The agency “”announced””: that the 2014 maximum loan limit for mortgages acquired by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will remain at $417,000 for one-unit properties in most areas of the country. [IMAGE][COLUMN_BREAK]The Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 (HERA) establishes the maximum conforming loan limit that the GSEs are permitted to set for mortgage acquisitions. HERA also requires annual adjustments to these limits to reflect changes in the national average home price. In determining 2014 loan limits under the terms of HERA, FHFA did not change the baseline maximum conforming loan limit for the United States. The baseline limit–$417,000 for one-unit properties in the contiguous United States–was left unchanged based on historical index values for FHFA’s monthly and quarterly House Price Index (HPI). Further information on potential future changes in the maximum size of loans that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac guarantee will be forthcoming.center_img December 3, 2013 389 Views Sharelast_img read more

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Cyprus faces fine for failure to transpose EU law

first_imgCyprus could be looking at a daily fine of €7,000 if it continues to delay transposing an article of an EU directive on out-of-court settlements into national law, the House finance committee heard on Monday.MPs heard that Article 39 of the directive was the only one that had not been transposed into national law. The article should have been passed by January 2017.The article provides that member states shall ensure appropriate and effective complaints and redress procedures were established for the out-of-court settlement of consumer disputes with creditors, credit intermediaries, and appointed representatives, in relation to credit agreements, using existing bodies where appropriate.“Member States shall ensure that such procedures are applicable to creditors and credit intermediaries and cover the activities of appointed representatives.”It further states that states shall require the bodies responsible for the out-of-court settlement of consumer disputes to cooperate so that cross-border disputes concerning credit agreements can be resolved.The finance ministry urged parliament to approve a bill it had prepared before the summer break.Speaking on behalf of the Legal Service, Demetris Lysandrou said the European Commission has decided to take Cyprus to court and request a daily fine of €7,000 until the island complied.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoModernizeIf Your Home Has Old Roofing, Read ThisModernizeUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’UndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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