Schumacher was hospitalised with severe head injuries after his December 29 ski accidentFormula One great Michael Schumacher who left a French hospital on Monday, six months after a skiing accident, is now able to respond to the sound of his wife’s voice, said a report in Germany’s Bild newspaper.After having spent months in coma ever since his skiing accident on the slope at the Meribel ski resort in the French Alps on December 29, Schumacher left the hospital in Grenoble “to continue his long phase of rehabilitation,” manager Sabine Kehm said in a statement on Monday. However, she gave no further details on Schumacher’s condition.According to details which have now emerged, the F1 legend has lost considerable weight, more than 44 lbs, and weighs just 55 kg now. But even when Schumacher was in coma, doctors had begun physical therapy to keep his body flexible and his muscles active.Schumacher was also said to be able to breathe without assistance for unspecified periods. According to Bild report, he is no longer dependent on life-sustaining machines. He cannot talk yet, but what’s most encouraging is the fact that he responds to the voices around him, particularly his wife, Corinna.”The voice of Corinna has a much stronger effect on him than the voices of other people,” Bild wrote.Schumacher, his wife and their two children live in Switzerland. He had met with an accident while on a family vacation as he was skiing with his 14-year-old son in December. The accidentThe 45-year-old German driver was hospitalised with severe head injuries after his December 29 ski accident, which split his helmet as he crashed into rocks on the slope at the Meribel ski resort in the French Alps.advertisementMichael Schumacher retired from F1 racing in 2012 after an unmatched seven world titlesDoctors in Grenoble put him into a coma to rest his brain and decrease swelling, and they operated to remove blood clots, but some were too deeply embedded.Little information has been released on Schumacher’s condition over recent months. Monday’s statement was the first substantial update since Kehm said in early April that Schumacher “shows moments of consciousness and awakening.” The legacySchumacher earned universal acclaim for his uncommon and sometimes ruthless driving talent, which led to a record 91 race wins. He retired from F1 racing in 2012 after an unmatched seven world titles: two with Benetton in 1994 and 1995, and five consecutive championships with Ferrari from 2000 to 2004. The German came back to the sport with Mercedes in 2010, securing only one podium before retiring for a second time at the end of 2012.
Margao, Mar 6 (PTI) Sunil Chhetri struck twice as Bengaluru FC rallied to hold Sporting Clube de Goa to a 2-2 draw in an 11th round I-League match at Nehru Stadium here today. The draw put Bengaluru FC on level with Mohun Bagan with 22 points at the top but remains on second place on account of inferior goal difference. Sporting, who were leading 2-1 at half time through goals from Marcus Mascarenhas(18th) and Odafe Okalie (38th), were reduced to 10 men at the stroke of first half after a sudden a rush of blood by defender Loveday led to his second yellow card and eventual dismissal for a dangerous foul on Udanta Singh. Earlier, he got his first yellow card for brining down Johnson inside the box and Sporting conceded a penalty from which Chettri scored. Sporting, who registered their second successive draw, remained on fourth place with 14 points from 11 matches. Sporting showed their intent to hold their forte and attack on the counter and they had an early chance in the eight minute when Marcus Mascarenhas cross from the right saw Seriton Fernandes taking a shot from inside the box but it was saved on the goal-line by defender Rino Anto. Bengaluru conceded a soft goal against the run of play following a defensive lapse as Lalchuanmawia tried to backpass the ball to his keeper Ralte but Marcus Mascarenhas charged at the ball. Ralte tried to clear the ball to safety but in his haste he shot straight to Marcus and the ball went into the net in the 18th minute. Odafe, who was quiet for most part of the first half, then increased the lead in the 40th minute. Mahmoud Al Amna relayed the ball to Glan Martins who, in turn, squared the ball to Okalie and the wily striker dodged past a rival player and from the top of the box took a shot that found the far corner of the net. The visitors retaliated and four minutes later earned a penalty after defender Loveday brought down Johnson inside the box and referee pointed to the penalty spot. Chhetri made no mistake from the spot, beating keeper Arindam Bhattacharya to his right. Loveday then got his second yellow card for a dangerous foul on Kumam Udanta Singh and Sporting had to play the entire second half with ten men. Bengaluru tried to take the advantage of the numerical superiority and Chhetri once again scored in the 67th minute to restore parity. PTI MCS PDS PDSadvertisement
Cricketers suspected of corruption could be forced to hand over their mobile phones under new plans to curb match-fixing, head of the game’s anti-corruption unit has said.The Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) of the International Cricket Council (ICC) can currently request information from players, including phone records, while cricketers also have to hand over their phones to officials before each day’s play. (CSA charges Alviro Petersen under its anti-corruption code)The ACU does not have access to players’ new medium of communications, including Whatsapp and Snapchat.”As the world changes and as people use different means of communicating with each other through social media – Whatsapp, Snapchat, all of these things – we have to keep ahead of these things,” Ronnie Flanagan, the head of the ACU, told reporters.”One extension (of ACU powers) we might seek is that, instead of just asking for a player’s billing records, might we actually, like tennis, seek the ability to take the devices and download them to see what communications had been made upon them.”For that, the ACU would need approval of the ICC board.Former South Africa test player Alviro Petersen was recently charged with contriving to fix domestic Twenty20 matches last year and was provisionally suspended from all cricket activities by Cricket South Africa.The case of Petersen, who played 36 Tests between 2010 and 2015, underlines the menace of match-fixing in cricket.”I think there is no ground for complacency whatsoever,” Flanagan said. “These corruptors have demonstrated ingenuity and demonstrated determination to keep trying to get at players and match officials who are bound by our code of conduct. advertisement
Renesas Electronics announced three programmable power management ICs (PMICs) that offer the highest power efficiency and smallest footprint for application processors in smartphones and tablets: the ISL91302B, ISL91301A, and ISL91301B PMICs. The PMICs also deliver power to artificial intelligence (AI) processors, FPGAs, and industrial microprocessors (MPUs), and they are ideal for powering the supply rails in SSDs, optical transceivers, and a wide range of consumer, industrial and networking devices. The ISL91302B dual/single output, multiphase PMIC provides up to 20A of output current and 94 percent peak efficiency in a 70mm² solution size that is more than 40 percent smaller than competitive PMICs.In addition to the ISL91302B, Renesas’ ISL91301A triple output PMIC and ISL91301B quad output PMIC both deliver up to 16A of output power with 94 percent peak efficiency. The new programmable PMICs leverage Renesas’ R5 Modulation Technology to provide fast single-cycle transient response, digitally tuned compensation, and ultra-high 6 megahertz (MHz) (max) switching frequency during load transients. These features make it easier for power supply designers to design boards with 2 x 2mm, 1mm low profile inductors, small capacitors, and only a few passive components.Renesas PMICs also do not require external compensation components or external dividers to set operating conditions. Each PMIC dynamically changes the number of active phases for optimum efficiency at all output currents. Their low quiescent current, superior light load efficiency, regulation accuracy, and fast dynamic response significantly extend battery life for today’s feature-rich, power hungry devices.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous Particle: production-ready LTE cellular solution for future proofing IoTNext Advantech: realize wireless network and device management with EIS-D210
India women cricketers Harmanpreet Kaur and Smriti Mandhana have long been the pillars of the Indian team. While Smriti is currently the No.1 ODI cricketer in the world, T20I captain Kaur’s attacking batting style has made her a household name in the country. Kaur’s fiery batting has made many believe that she is a fearless cricketer. Though according to Mandhana it’s not true.The duo recently appeared on the online chat show ‘What the Duck’ where they shared a number of stories related to the team and their teammates. When the host asked Kaur whether she was afraid of anything at all, a smiling Mandhana jumped in and said that her senior was afraid of ‘ghosts’. She also added that when she tried to scare Kaur, she ‘punished’ her junior by forcing her to share the room with her.”We were playing the World Cup in England. Harry (Harmanpreet) Di is most afraid of ghosts. I myself am a bit in the same league but her fear is on an extreme level. So, I am always itching to scare her. So one day I told her all the ghost stories which were related to the hotel we were staying in. I had heard about a number of ghost-related incidents with our teammates. So I told her everything and she had to listen to all of it because she was undergoing treatment. But later she punished me by forcing me to sleep with her during the night,” said a laughing Mandhana.advertisement”We all had single rooms and the hotel itself felt quite eerie. 3 of us were sleeping in one room but I didn’t let them sleep all night because I myself couldn’t,” explained Kaur.The discussion prompted the host to ask whether there was a ghost at the hotel in reality. Though Smriti and Harmanpreet agreed that they didn’t personally have any such experience, some of their fellow teammates did claim to have encountered ghosts during their stay at the hotel.”We didn’t see any ghost but 2-3 of our teammates said that they felt its presence. For example, Sushma Verma kept saying that the ghost had kept her captive for an hour and didn’t let go. And she actually cried for an hour (Sushma Verma). So who knows, there might have been something,” concluded Mandhana.Also Read | I’ve tried to copy Smriti Mandhana since she used to wear glasses: Riyan ParagAlso Read | Hockey India in awe of Jemimah Rodrigues’ dribbling skills Also Read | USA women’s cricket team creates history by sealing twin berths in global qualifiers
CBS.Nick Saban sure knows how to make people mad online, particularly Auburn fans.If you follow college football, you know that Alabama – Tennessee is one of the biggest rivalries in the game. You also know that the Iron Bowl, when the Crimson Tide and Auburn battle every year, is also a massive rivalry game, perhaps a bigger one in the minds of many. Nick Saban, however, gave us an inside secret about the rivalries on Thursday night.Saban joined “Hey, Coach!” which is a weekly radio show in Tuscaloosa, Ala. and made quite the statement: The Tennessee game, not the Auburn game, is bigger for Alabama’s players.Nick Saban said the Tennessee game is the biggest game to the players. Said that’s no disrespect to the Iron Bowl.— Aaron Suttles (@AaronSuttles) September 30, 2016This is obviously a bit surprising, considering the fact that the Iron Bowl of course features in-state rivals. The Crimson Tide and the Tigers have met 80 times with Alabama controlling the all-time record 44-35-1.Tennessee and Bama however have met 98 times total dating back to the 1901 season. The Crimson Tide also hold the most wins in that series with a 52-38-7 mark against the Vols.Alabama and Tennessee square off on the third Saturday in October on October 15.
The Best Men’s Chukka Boots for 2019 What to wear on a first date right now is arguably a very pressing question since Valentine’s Day is on the horizon, after all. But there’s never a bad time to reexamine what you’re wearing on a date. Heck, even landing a face-to-face date means you cut through the digital noise out there, so you might as well dress stylishly for the occasion. Make no mistake though, a date night can take on a life of its own, especially if you subscribe to the idea that one date can really become … two (dinner at one spot, drinks at another). So, we’re offering up two ideas when it comes to what to wear on a first date: Casual and dressy, each with its own merits. Good luck out there. The Casual EnsembleTravisMathew Matchmaker Jacket – $175You’re getting soft flannel fabric, plus the casual and rugged appeal of both a shirt and a jacket in this winter-ready piece. A more unique option than a standard winter puffer jacket, and one that you easily drape over your date’s shoulders if need be (people still do that, right?). This is a fail-safe top layer when it comes to what to wear on a first date.Shop NowTaylor Stitch California Shirt in Everyday Chambray – $118As reliably solid and timeless as can be, this crisp chambray shirt is a stone-cold classic from Taylor Stitch. No matter where you go or what you do, we think this stylish chambray shirt is going to impress your date, no questions asked.Shop NowProof Rover Pants – $98The Proof Rover Pants pull out all the stops when it comes to versatile (yet casual) date night style. With the look and feel of denim or classic canvas work pants, these are polished yet laid back. That sounds to us like the perfect pair of pants to wear on a first date.Shop NowBeckett Simonon Morgen Sneakers – $149While you could reach for a pair of classic leather or suede chukka boots, we think vintage-inspired sneakers are a neat change of pace, especially if you live in a more temperate climate. Think classy and sharp, without overdoing it.Shop NowV76 by Vaughn Styling Cream – $20Reach for a styling cream that nourishes and gives some structure to your ‘do. And leave the ball cap at home, even on a casual date night.Shop NowFilson Mackinaw Field Watch – $400There’s a solid chance Filson makes the bag you carry every single day — turn to this heritage brand for a reliable, rugged field watch that stands out quite nicely on, say, a more laidback brewpub outing.Shop NowDuke Cannon Solid Cologne – $25A new addition to your grooming routine, Duke Cannon’s Solid Cologne is an everyday essential that’s going to pleasantly upgrade your entire casual ensemble. The Land scent is at once subtle and classic. It’s exactly the right aura to project on a night out. Shop NowThe Dressy EnsembleIndochino Hemsworth Navy Suit – $369Does dressing up these days always have to mean reaching for a suit? Not necessarily, depending on where you’re going. But if you need to suit up, you might as well put on a well-fitted, classically designed navy suit that’s a heck of a steal in terms of price.Shop NowInstitchu Bedarra White Shirt – $89If you’re saving money on your suit, you should splurge on your shirt. After all, the right white dress shirt can work day after day, week after week, in situations where you don’t even need a suit. And the crisp, classic Bedarra White Shirt from Institchu exudes refinement and taste, plus versatility.Shop NowThe Tie Bar Burgundy Wool Knit Tie – $25Nod toward winter with a rich burgundy knit tie in a seasonally ready fabric like wool. While most knit ties feature a square, this tipped tie is just a little more dashing.Shop NowJack Mason Aviator Watch – $495Versatility is also key when it comes to your watch. The Jack Mason Aviator Watch, in both its black dial and white dial iterations, is equal parts rugged and refined. As they say, a watch is arguably one of the things to catch your date’s eye, so make yours a great one.Shop NowPantherella Cashmere Socks – $72These socks are loved by menswear aficionados and global jet setters alike for their durability, style, and comfort. They’ll prove just as effective on your date night.Shop NowRhodes Dean Boots – $220Shoes are every bit as critical as the rest of your outfit, especially when navigating slippery winter streets. The Rhodes Dean Boots deliver excellent traction, plus sleek, date-ready style. Shop NowIf you’re a planner and are just looking at this article to prep for a potential first date, but haven’t actually gotten one yet, here are a few useful tips on how to ask a lady out. Editors’ Recommendations Helpful Wine Terminology So You Sound Like You Know What You’re Talking About How to Shave With a Straight Razor The Ultimate Pillow Guide: The 6 Best Pillows for All Sleepers 16 Best Action Movies on Netflix Right Now
A tuition support program for students with special needs has been expanded. “Providing a fourth year of coverage will allow students to remain in their current programs while we complete our review,” Education Minister Karen Casey said. Ms. Casey announced earlier this year that the tuition support program will have an internal review. The report is expected next June. Students with special needs receive special programs in their local schools. The tuition support program, however, provides eligible students with assistance while they attend a designated private special education school. This year, each eligible student will receive $6,600 to help pay for tuition at the three approved schools, Landmark East in Wolfville and Churchill Academy and Bridgeway Academy in Dartmouth. Some families with lower incomes receive additional support. Students and families go through an application and approval process each year. In the 2007-08 school year, about 125 students were enrolled in the program. There were about 30 students who received third-year funding and may be eligible for a fourth year. The estimated cost of extending the program is $220,000. The total cost will be $1.2 million. Students with attention deficit disorder, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, autism spectrum disorder or learning disabilities may be eligible for tuition support.
OTTAWA – Statistics Canada says wholesale sales fell 1.2 per cent to $62.0 billion in September.The agency says the drop came as five of seven subsectors fell, led by the personal and household goods and the food, beverage and tobacco subsectors.The personal and household goods subsector fell 4.8 per cent to $8.6 billion in its first move lower since November 2016.Sales in the food, beverage and tobacco subsector fell 2.2 per cent to $11.7 billion.Meanwhile, the building material and supplies subsector climbed 2.6 per cent to $8.9 billion, while the motor vehicle and parts subsector increased 1.4 per cent to $12.0 billion.Wholesale sales fell 1.1 per cent in volume terms.
Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Friday hit out at the Congress for doubting the bravery of security forces, saying those who advocate “monarchy in our democratic set-up” have been “exposed” by one of the family loyalists. “Congress’ royal dynast family which advocates monarchy in our democratic set-up has been exposed by one of the family loyalists who happen to be Congress President’s conscious keeper,” he said in a series of tweets attacking Congress President Rahul Gandhi’s chief advisor Sam Pitroda. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details “The family enterprise had doubts about the bravery and valor of our armed forces when they were in power, but today New India stand with its soldiers to defeat forces of terror,” he said. Yogi was referring to Pitroda’s remarks, after the February 14 terrorist bombing in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama on a CRPF convoy in which 40 troopers were killed, that such incidents “happen all the time” and that the previous UPA government could also have sent planes across the border after the 2008 Mumbai terror attack, but “that is not the right approach” to deal with the world. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday His remarks came soon after Prime Minister Narendra Modi accused the opposition of insulting the defence forces and of being the “natural habitat of terror apologists and questioners” of the country’s armed forces. Earlier in the day, the Prime Minister said in a tweet: “Loyal courtier of Congress’ royal dynasty admits what the nation already knew — Congress was unwilling to respond to forces of terror. This is a New India — we will answer terrorists in a language they understand and with interest.”
Rabat – In 2016, more than a third of Morocco’s exports to Africa were directed to the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), making it the main African regional economic community destination of Moroccan exports.The imbriglio on Morocco’s membership into the ECOWAS is not clearing up anytime soon. While the 52nd Summit of the ECOWAS heald earlier this month was supposed to bring more light to the matter, the sudden postponement of the Moroccan file came as a surprise for many.Several local and international media presented diplomatic and political issues as the reason behind the delay of Morocco’s membership verdict, however, the answer could simply lay in numbers. While a preliminary version of the study conducted by the ECOWAS on the implications of Morocco’s integration was leaked before the latest corrections and re-readings, the study revealed the latest figures on trade between Morocco and the countries of the region.In 2016, 37.3 percent of Moroccan exports to Africa were directed to ECOWAS, which made the latter the main African regional economic community destination for Moroccan exports.Over the 2014-2016 period, more than 60 percent of Morocco’s exports to ECOWAS consisted of manufactured products, including fertilizers, building materials, paper, cardboard, machinery, equipment transport, drugs, metal packaging, metal structures and shoes.The other third consisted of food products, especially fish and wheat flour. At the country level, Côte d’Ivoire alone absorbs around one fourth of Morocco’s total exports to ECOWAS. Senegal came in second with 15.1 percent, followed by Nigeria with 11.7 percent.To a lesser extent Mali, Guinea, Ghana, but also Burkina Faso, Benin and Togo were also important destinations for Moroccan exports within the community.Yes, but …While the impact study produced is generally in the favor of Morocco, the kingdom’s membership to this common market of 350 million consumers must be done gradually.As Morocco is less economically protectionist than the member countries of ECOWAS, access to this market will be more difficult, especially for agricultural and industrial products. In most ECOWAS countries, the average customs fees exceeds 20 percent. However, this figure hides a great disparity between these two sectors.Goods such as pharmaceuticals exported by Morocco to the West-African community are exempted from customs duties, while other exports such as fertilizers, construction materials, machinery and transport equipment are subject to relatively low to moderate taxes at less than 10 percent. It is therefore not surprising that these products constitute the bulk of Moroccan exports to ECOWAS.On the other hand, products such as textiles, clothing, tobacco, sugar, meat, vegetables, soap and cocoa are among the most protected by tariffs between 20 and 35 percent. This is the result of the common external tariff (CET) in effect since 2016 within the ECOWAS.This mechanism comprises five categories: “basic social goods, including essential medicine” which are exempted from customs duties, “essential goods, raw materials and specific inputs” which are taxed at 5 percent, “inputs and intermediate products” which are taxed at 10 percent, “final consumer goods” taxed at 20 percent and “specific goods for economic development” taxed at 35 percent.These products, which are currently strongly protected by the ECOWAS, are certainly those on which Morocco hopes to gain export positions. “However, it would be useful to examine the impact that duty-free exports of Moroccan products could have on the import revenues of the countries of the community,” states the impact study presented at the last summit of the regional organization.Admittedly, ECOWAS already enjoys relatively good access to the Moroccan market, but there are still several products that are extremely protected by the kingdom. These include clothing and accessories, shoes, leather, vegetables, tobacco, dairy products, beverages and spirits, which are taxed by a minimum of 25 percent duty. This finding suggests that the expected gains for ECOWAS will be small.However, a closer look at the expanded organization in Morocco shows that it would gain diversification to export a wide range of high value-added products. Especially since this dynamic will be carried by two countries: Morocco and Nigeria, two economic growth powers that can pull the African market to prosperity.
The UN Organization Mission in the DRC (MONUC) said that the arrival of the two Vice-Presidents, designated by the Congolese Movement for the Liberation of Congo (MLC) and the Congolese Rally for Democracy (RCD), marks a historic step in the DRC peace process.MONUC chief William Swing welcomed the development as positive and reiterated to all parties that the Mission will support every effort and initiative in favour of a successful transition leading to free, transparent and democratic elections. Mr. Swing also assured them of the support of the entire international community.
Addressing the UN Security Council on Thursday, he commended in particular the adoption on 3 August of a roadmap for the 2020 elections that brought the various political leaders to a consensus. The Special Envoy commended President Pierre Nkurunziza for his recent commitment to leave office in 2020 and for pledging his “full support” for whoever emerges from the voting process, as the new president.The current crisis in Burundi began in April 2015, when President Nkurunziza began his campaign for a disputed third-term in office, triggering protests and a failed coup attempt.In his briefing, Mr. Kafando noted the improvement of the security situation since the 17 May national referendum on the new constitution which saw nearly three-quarters of voters registering their approval, or 73 per cent.“Since the constitutional referendum, apart from some objections by the opposition, the situation has remained calm,” he said, all the while encouraging the government to “remain vigilant”.Regarding the humanitarian situation caused by the onset of the crisis three years ago, the Special Envoy commended the efforts made by Burundi, Tanzania and the UN refugee agency (UNHCR), to enable the voluntary return of some 35,000 Burundian refugees since September last year.“These efforts must be sustained, respecting the principles of voluntary returns and guaranteeing the dignified reintegration of the returning refugees in their host communities,” he stated.He concluded his briefing calling on the authorities to finalise their agreement with the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) so that that his own office in Bujumbura, the capital of Burundi, could “operate in the best conditions”.
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Students from Brock University’s Goodman School of Business are partnering with Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) to provide a tax return service to the Niagara community.Anyone with a modest income and simple tax situation is eligible for the service, which starts on campus next week.The tax clinic will be held March 13-15 and 20-22 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Computer Commons Training Room in Scotiabank Hall.The last client timeslot for each day is 3:30 p.m.The service is being offered through the CRA’s Community Volunteer Income Tax Program.Students working the tax clinic have been fully trained by the CRA and will benefit from the relevant job experience the opportunity offers.The clinic is free of charge and operates on a first-come, first-served basis.Full eligibility requirements are listed on the CRA website.
She said: “Our overstretched NHS is crying out for solutions and this one is bang on target.”Too often, elderly patients were put on extra drugs, without being taken off existing medication, leaving many taking dangerous combinations, she said.“Medicines get added to prescriptions over time to treat different problems and before you know it residents are on a cocktail of drugs which interact badly, make them ill and lead to unnecessary hospital admissions,” she said.New figures from NHS Digital show the number of prescriptions issued for antidepressants continues to rise, with a doubling from 33.8 million in 2007 to 67.5 million prescriptions last yearMeanwhile, the number of prescriptions for opiate-based painkillers rose by 78 per cent from 13.4 million to 23.8 million prescriptions over the same period, while prescriptions for statins rose by 53 per cent, from 47.4 million to 72.6 million.Last month a new study found deaths from addictive painkillers have almost doubled in a decade as trends in Britain follow “alarming” US patterns.The study led by University College London Hospital found a sharp rise in prescribing of opioid drugs, despite repeated warnings that the drugs should not be given for long periods because of their addictive qualities.It came after ministers ordered a landmark review of prescription drug addiction, amid concern over the rising number of people becoming hooked on painkillers, anti-anxiety drugs and antidepressants in midlife and old age. Show more They are concerned that vulnerable people are being left for years on a cocktail of drugs, leaving them heavily sedated or exposed to dangerous side-effects which are risking lives and fuelling hospital admissions.The average care home resident takes seven drugs, with medication for dementia, high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes among those commonly taken.But some of the drugs interact with each other, while others, such as opiate-based painkillers and sleeping pills, can become addictive or cause major health problems. One in ten pensioners over the age of 75 is on at least 10 different drugs, NHS prescribing data shows, with statins, sleeping pills and opiates among the most common medications.Health officials are to fund 240 pharmacists and pharmacy technicians to go into care homes across the country, working with GPs, starting by assessing the medication of around 180,000 patients. Pharmacists are to carry out checks on every care home in the country amid fears that thousands of elderly people are being subjected to the ‘chemical cosh’.Simon Stevens, the head of the NHS, will today order the deployment of hundreds of pharmacists to review medication being routinely doled out.The chief executive raised fears that a generation of pensioners has become increasingly doped up on a cocktail of drugs, causing more harm than it solves, fuelling record hospital admissions.He spoke as new figures show the number of prescriptions issued for painkillers and anti-depressants have almost doubled in a decade, with 91 million issued last year.Mr Stevens told The Telegraph: “There’s increasing evidence that our parents and their friends – a whole generation of people in their 70s, 80s and 90s – are being overmedicated in care homes, with bad results.“Let’s face it – the policy of ‘a pill for every ill’ is often causing frail older people more health problems than it’s solving,” he added, as he outlined a new national policy to review the medicines issued to residents of care homes across England. Pilot NHS schemes in six areas of the country found such checks could reduce hospital admissions by up to a fifth and ambulance call outs by a third.One scheme found that every 12 reviews resulted in one less patient ending up being readmitted to hospital, after being discharged to a care home.Sandra Gidley, chairman of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, welcomed the schemes, which will be rolled out across the country. 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. A whole generation of people in their 70s, 80s and 90s are being overmedicated in care homes, with bad resultsSimon Stevens
FLSmidth has been selected to supply key process technologies for two greenfield gold mines being built by Canadian companies, one in West Africa, B2 Gold’s Fekola, and one in Canada, Pretivm’s Brucejack.For the Fekola gold mine in Mali, FLSmidth has been selected to supply the key milling, separation and gold refining technologies as well as commissioning and start up-services.Initial construction activities at Fekola began in February 2015 led by core team members of B2 Gold’s Otjikoto (its gold mine in Namibia) construction team. Early works included the assessment of construction equipment needs, purchasing and mobilisation of required equipment and materials, hiring of local contractors and mobilisation of key personnel. Early works construction included:Improving the existing access road between Kenieba and the site (complete)Construction of a new site access road (complete)Construction of an on-site airstrip designed to allow personnel to fly directly in and out of the siteCommencement of construction of the camp pad and commencement of excavations within the mill footprintExcavation and stockpiling of sand and gravel from the local river for construction purposes.Highlights of the optimised Fekola feasibility study:Open pit gold mine with an initial production life of mine (LOM) of 12.5 years based on probable mineral reservesAverage gold production for years one through seven of 350,000 oz/y at a $418/oz operating cash costAverage LOM gold production of 276,000 oz/y at an operating cash cost of $552/ozPpen pit Probable Mineral Reserves of 49.2 Mt at a grade of 2.35 g/t Au gold at a stripping ratio of 4.5:1Average LOM gold recovery of 92.8% resulting in a total of 3.45 Moz produced over the 12.5 yearsEstimated pre-production capital cost of $395 million plus $67 million for fleet and generator costs which are expected to be lease financed. This does not include approximately $30 million of early work completed by the end of June 2015Cumulative LOM net cash flow pre-tax of $1.66 billion at an assumed gold price of $1,300/ozNPV pre-tax of $1.01 billion at a 5% discount rate generating a pre-tax IRR of 35%Plant and supporting infrastructure built to a design throughput of 4 Mt/y with a 25% design factor which allows for future throughput expansion with minimal additional capital outlayStart of production is expected in the fourth quarter of 2017.The Fekola project is located within the Kayes Region, in southwest Mali, on the western border of Mali with Senegal. It lies about 210 km south of Kayes and about 40 km south of the city of Kéniéba.The other gold mine, Pretivm Resources’ Brucejack (shown in the picture), is being built in northern British Columbia, Canada. FLSmidth’s scope of supply is similar to the Fekola mine with the addition of Knelson gravity concentrators to capture the gold present in Brucejack’s orebody by means of gravity separation.The project is part of a largely unexplored land package of over 103,000 ha located some 65 km north of Stewart in northwest British Columbia. The Valley of the Kings is the focus, comprised of high-grade visible gold stringers within a lower grade gold quartz stockwork system. A feasibility study completed in June 2014 outlined Proven and Probable Mineral Reserves in the Valley of the Kings of 6.9 Moz of gold (13.6 Mt grading 15.7 g/t Au).It is to be an underground mine with an operating rate of 2,700 t/d using long-hole stoping and cemented paste backfill. Stopes will be mined using a combination of longitudinal and transverse mining, depending on zone width and orientation. Cemented paste tailings will be prepared in a paste plant located on surface near the mill and then pumped underground for distribution to the stopes.Other highlights of the June 2014 Brucejack feasibility study (using base case $1,100/oz gold, $17/oz silver and exchange rate of 0.92 US$/C$) include:Base case pre-tax NPV (5% discount) of $2.25 billionMine life of 18 years producing an estimated 7.3 Moz of goldAverage annual production of 504,000 oz of gold over the first eight years and 404,000 oz of gold over the LPMBase case pre-tax IRR of 34.7%, with payback estimated at 2.7 yearsEstimated project capital cost, including contingencies, of $746.9 millionAverage operating costs of C$163.05/t milled over mine life.“Our customers are interested in new highly efficient process technologies with low environmental impact. Our global footprint is also an advantage for gold miners where projects like Fekola – with owners in the Americas, mines in Africa and engineering houses in Australia – are the norm rather than the exception,” says Group Executive Vice President of the Minerals Division in FLSmidth, Manfred Schaffer. www.b2gold.com; www.pretivm.com
Starting this week, you may get a bit of a shock when you go to pay for goods in stores across 40 of the US states. That’s because it’s now possible for retailers to pass on the credit card processing fee, or interchange fee, they pay on every transaction to their bank.This surcharge can be anywhere from 1.5% to 4%, and it’s how companies like Visa and MasterCard make a good chunk of their money. But now, due to a ruling by a US District court, merchants can pass that charge on at the point of sale if they so wish, leaving consumers to pick up the unexpected extra charge.There are a few exceptions to this rule. The surcharge can’t be applied in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, New York, Oklahoma, or Texas. It also won’t apply to anyone using an American Express card regardless of where you are in the US. And the surcharge is limited to credit cards, so you can pay with a debit card or cash to avoid it.What remains unclear is how many retailers will actually choose to ask consumers to pay the surcharge. It’s expected the big name retailers won’t, but smaller companies are more inclined to, simply because of how big the charges can be. The surcharge also extends online, so make sure to check the total before clicking the pay button for an online transaction.Discovering whether a retailer has decided to pass on the processing fee to you should be easy. Notices must be posted informing consumers to expect the additional cost when they pay. So you’ll probably see these displayed on counters in stores, or placed as a note in your basket for an online store.While nobody likes paying extra, at least you can dodge the charge simply by choosing not to pay with a credit card. In fact, if enough people decide to do this it should make the credit card companies sweat a bit and maybe think about reducing their processing fees.via ABC News