first_img Investors seek signs of rate hike from Fed – New York Report whatsapp Sunday 23 August 2015 10:52 pm Tags: NULL Share Show Comments ▼ ALL EYES will be on Jackson Hole, Wyoming, this week, as the Federal Reserve begins its annual meeting. Investors will be looking for any signs that the central bank is increasingly worried about global issues or whether it is going ahead with what had been a widely-expected interest rate hike in September.The Fed has said its decision to raise rates will depend on data such as an improving jobs market and housing market. Should the Fed signal that it plans to raise rates, investor sentiment towards the United States and emerging markets may further diverge.Minutes released last Wednesday of the Fed’s most recent meeting revealed its officials were concerned about “recent decreases in oil prices and the possibility of adverse spillovers from slower economic growth in China”, a detail which helped spark the selling.At the same time, North Korea put its troops on war footing Friday after South Korea rejected an ultimatum to halt anti-Pyongyang broadcasts. The prospect of war, or signs of more global worries, could further dampen US stocks in the week ahead.Gina Martin Adams, equity strategist at Wells Fargo, estimates the S&P 500 will reach 2,222 over the next 12 months, an 11 per cent gain from the 1,997 the index reached last Friday, after commodity prices bottom and earnings improve.“The direction of the market is ultimately higher,” she said. Express KCS Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe WrapThe Truth About Bottled Water – Get the Facts on Drinking Bottled WaterGayot’Drake & Josh’ Star Drake Bell Arrested in Ohio on Attempted ChildThe WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe Wrap’Black Widow’ First Reactions: ‘This Is Like the MCU’s Bond Movie’The WrapWatch President Biden Do Battle With a Cicada: ‘It Got Me’ (Video)The Wrap’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe Wrap whatsapplast_img read more

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first_img Betsie Bay in Frankfort, Mich., on the shore of Lake Michigan. Mackenna Kelly for STAT Privacy Policy BENZONIA, Mich. — Tucked away on the northern shore of Lake Michigan, the residents of Benzie County spent the final days of winter and the early weeks of spring confident they were safe, but agitated about what was coming.Like other lightly populated U.S. counties, this hard-to-reach vacation destination found itself largely isolated from the Covid-19 pandemic that tore through metropolises and then smaller cities and towns earlier this year. Now, as Michigan reopens, residents here fear they could find themselves on the frontlines.Benzie, a one-stoplight county at the end of the road, is suddenly a microcosm of the frustration and resignation that seems to be encompassing the entire country as businesses start to reopen.advertisement After retractions of two Covid-19 papers, scientists ask what went wrong Another reason for the low number of Covid-19 cases is the extensive public health and medical infrastructure that swung into action in March. Leaders of the two-county Benzie-Leelanau District Health Department convened regular meetings with county authorities, emergency medical crews, the local hospital, the regional Munson Medical Center in Traverse City, school administrators, and Northwest Michigan Health Services, which operates a medical and dental clinic in Benzonia. The primary topics were communications and coordination to establish safety measures for residents and employees, response to the governor’s executive orders, acquisition of personal protective equipment, conducting testing, and making results known to the public.“We were ready,” said Michelle Klein, the Benzie-Leelanau District Health Department’s director of personal health. “We’ve been preparing for a biological outbreak since 9/11. The background infrastructure had already been created. We’ve done many training exercises over the years.”The two-county health district traced the contacts associated with the handful of infections in its jurisdiction and confirmed that no other cases developed. Contact tracing will occur with any new cases, said Klein.And testing has been fairly extensive across the region. Northwest Michigan Health Services tested 700 people in its Traverse City office. There were 11 positive results that resulted in 14-day quarantines, said Gwen Williams, the agency’s chief of development. Munson Healthcare, owner and manager of nine hospitals in Northern Michigan, reports that of the 5,740 patients it tested, 303 people were positive.The county’s four long-term care and assisted living facilities responded quickly to protect residents. Paul Oliver Memorial Hospital shut down its long-term care facility to visitors on March 11; 12 days later they closed off visitation in the hospital.“We’ve evaluated nearly every practice, from visitors entering the building, to the way we clean our facility,” said Mark Langlois, Paul Oliver’s medical director of long-term care. “It’s been a challenging few months with a lot of hard work. But we have been successful in keeping Covid-19 out of our facility.”The Paul Oliver Memorial Hospital in Frankfort, Mich. Mackenna Kelly for STATThe professional medical and health response to the virus also was assisted by projects developed spontaneously in the county’s private sector. Josh Stoltz, director of Grow Benzie, a nonprofit community center, organized a group to sew face masks. He worked with Benzie Bus, the county’s transit agency, to distribute 1,500 masks around the county and region during the pandemic’s first six weeks.Aubrey Ann Parker, co-owner and editor of the Betsie Current, a local newspaper, worked with three colleagues to prepare and publish the Benzie County Resource Guide, an 18-page directory of public and private agencies, professionals, and services for people who either needed help or wanted to help in the early spring. She distributed the directory online and in 6,000 printed copies. “Everyone was sharing stuff on social media — different resources that people could use. It was all getting buried,” she said. “We wanted to put all that information in one place and have it categorized and up to date to make it easy to find what you were looking for.”Parker and Soltz said they will revive both projects if there is demand.The largest Covid-19 outbreak to date in northern Michigan occurred in much larger Grand Traverse County, 20 miles east, where 35 cases were confirmed and five people died. But the 12 newest infections, a 52% increase, were reported after Memorial Day, according to the county health department. On June 6 Benzie County confirmed its fifth case, the first since mid-April. Those details, attracting headlines and attention from regional radio, television, and Facebook pages, stirred anxiety.“Everyone is concerned,” said Mitch Deisch, Benzie County administrator. “This is not anything like we’ve seen before. We have family. We have friends. We also have an obligation to provide services to 17,500 residents. And we take that obligation seriously.”Within the county leadership, though, a schism developed over the definition of obligation and service. On April 15 — the same day the first Covid case was reported — Benzie County Sheriff Ted Schendel issued a formal notice that shocked many residents. Schendel announced that he’d allied himself with three other sheriffs in neighboring counties to voice opposition to Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s executive orders shuttering operations in the state.“As a result,” he added, “we will not have strict enforcement of these orders.” “Not too much to worry about,” said Shaun Johnson, a retired teacher raised here, describing the only four cases Benzie has seen so far. “People wore masks. People were pretty comfortable.Support STAT: If you value our coronavirus coverage, please consider making a one-time contribution to support our journalism. “Now,” he added, “stores are reopening. They hire more younger people. Customers are showing up without masks.”advertisement About the Author Reprints Related: Newsletters Sign up for Morning Rounds Your daily dose of news in health and medicine. Please enter a valid email address. A scenic region of thick forests, clean lakes, and tiny villages, Benzie County lies 80 miles from the closest thruway and 220 miles northwest of Detroit. Its scenery and remote rural character form the alluring foundation of a sizable summer tourist economy that starts every May.The county’s health and medical professionals predict that the number of Covid-19 infections will rise. How much? Nobody can project because the summer population is transient. More than 1,000 second-home owners are arriving from southern Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, and elsewhere across the country. Tens of thousands more will spend a few days, a few weeks, and leave. Various studies have found that during a typical July day, more than 30,000 people reside in the county and thousands more are day visitors.“We do not yet know what impact the gradual reopening of the state’s economies will have on cases,” said Kristi Johnson, chief nursing officer at Paul Oliver Memorial Hospital, a unit of Munson Healthcare in Frankfort, the county’s largest town. “Until then, we are staying the course and continue to be diligent in our hand hygiene, social distancing, and other safety measures.”If cases mount, the hospital and health agencies insist they are prepared. Business owners, too, are taking precautions.Gina Viviano, a Stormcloud employee, changes out her gloves at Stormcloud Brewery in Frankfort. Customers are required to wear a mask until being seated at a table due to Covid-19. Mackenna Kelly for STATStormcloud, a popular brewpub in Frankfort, prepared a 20-page plan for opening a week after Memorial Day that included requiring the 50 employees, many of them students, to wear masks and gloves. “We heard from three sets of parents who wanted to know what the plan was for keeping their people safe,” said co-owner Rick Schmitt. “We have a plan. And we want to make sure we don’t slip.”Employees nervously returned to work. “Honestly, I have been living very, very carefully,” said Mary Pitcher, one of 341 residents of Beulah, the county seat, who works in a restaurant in Frankfort. “I’m going to have to go back to work. My customers aren’t wearing a mask. I’m in front of their face. I’m right there. The world is starting up again. I have to participate whether I’m comfortable or not.”The county’s seclusion, say health authorities, is one reason for the low number of Covid-19 cases. So far.It is also clear that social distancing — the Benzie way of life in winter — and business closures were factors in keeping infections low. Consider that during the 1918 flu pandemic, when the county population was half what it is today, deaths from all causes, including the flu, reached 23 in December 1918, according to historic records. That was more than double the number of deaths in a typical month at that time. HealthPostcard from the edge: A rural getaway, protected from Covid-19, fears it may be swallowed into the pandemic Leave this field empty if you’re human: A self-described “constitutional” officer, the notice coincided with “Operation Gridlock,” held that same day, when supporters of President Trump blocked streets in Lansing, the Michigan state capital, to oppose Whitmer’s orders that kept businesses closed, which were seen as a violation of their rights.Schendel embraced that view. “Allowing those without paychecks back to work is imperative to the economic success and well-being of our community,” he said. “Each of us took an oath to uphold and defend the Michigan Constitution, as well as the U.S. Constitution, and to ensure that your God-given rights are not violated. We believe that we are the last line of defense in protecting your civil liberties.”The sheriff’s notice floored some senior county officials, who declined to comment on it for this article. It also rattled many residents.“It was a political stunt,” said Timothy Young, a resident of Honor, Mich., and founder of Food For Thought, a specialty food company there. “At a time like this we should be coming together as a community. We look to law enforcement to be a glue for our society at times of crisis. It was unbecoming for law enforcement officers.”Most significantly, the sheriff’s attack on the governor’s safeguards was a rebuke to the elaborate safety measures, many recommended by the governor, that his own department was taking to protect its officers, staff members, people they arrested, and inmates in the county jail.In an interview, Undersheriff Kyle Rosa explained that since mid-March officers wore gloves, goggles, and face masks as needed during their patrols.Arrest practices were altered to reduce the number of people incarcerated. Intoxicated people, and only those who were dangerous to themselves or others, were arrested. Following arrest, they were monitored for fever and asked screening questions, like where they had recently traveled.With court oversight, several inmates in the county’s 49-bed jail were freed to make space to quarantine new inmates for 14 days. The average number of people incarcerated fell to 11 a day, down from 25 before the pandemic. The department halted visits from families.Seven inmates agreed to voluntary Covid-19 tests. None was positive. And until Memorial Day, the department closed its lobby. “We have services available for the public. Fingerprints for jobs and concealed pistol permits,” Rosa said. “You can’t do somebody’s prints without being in their space. We felt that would be a harm.”In the weeks before the sheriff’s provocative notice, and continuing through May and June, Benzie residents patiently observed guidelines and protective measures issued by local and state health authorities. They wore masks and kept safe distance in public spaces — grocery and convenience stores and post offices at first. Restaurants and stores, bars and churches after closure measures were lifted.Residents and business owners say they are committed to convincing summer residents to do the same. By Keith Schneider June 15, 2020 Reprints Keith Schneider [email protected] Tags Coronaviruslast_img read more

first_imgHome We Are Laois Leaving Cert Series: The young man from Portlaoise CBS preparing for the… We Are Laois Leaving Cert Series: The young man from Portlaoise CBS preparing for the big exams By LaoisToday Reporter – 14th April 2018 Facebook Twitter Pinterest Council Laois County Council team up with top chef for online demonstration on tips for reducing food waste Previous articleRemember the Game: A Portlaoise last-gasp try clinches 2003 Town’s Cup final spotNext articlePotholes, the Dubs and forgotten Laois – it’s our Tweets of the Week LaoisToday Reporter He took time out of his busy schedule to speak about his experience so far throughout the Leaving Cert as a student in Portlaoise CBS and his hopes and plans after school.As the Leaving Cert approaches, how are you feeling?I’m feeling a little bit nervous. I don’t think it would be normal if I wasn’t nervous for the Leaving Cert.What exam are you most nervous for? To tell the truth mainly higher-level Irish as there is a lot of material to be learned.What has been your favourite subject?I quite like biology as it deals with the stuff that occurs in our bodies and ecosystems on a daily basis.What do you hope to do after the Leaving Cert?I hope to do a Bachelor’s Degree in journalism in Dublin Institute of Technology.How many points are you aiming for? I need 367 points for the course so I’d be looking for about 375 points if all goes well.What has been the toughest part about Leaving Cert?I found the mocks were tough as it gave me an indication of where you are in terms of each subject. I can’t forget the 20 Sraith Pictures needed to be known for the Irish Oral Examination.Have you found the year stressful?Not to the date but when it hits May that’s when it’s sweaty palm time and that’s when I’ll start to feel the heat.Are you sad to see your school days coming to an end?In a way I’ll miss it. Like having the craic with the lads but I’m glad they’re over so that I can go out into the world with the hopes of obtaining a well-paid job.What subjects do you need for your college course?I need to obtain a minimum of 60% in higher level English or H4.If you don’t get your first choice, what course would you like to do? Media and Public Relations in the Carlow Institute of Technology.Is this a career you have always wanted to pursue?Yes. I have always had a very strong interest in journalism, mainly sports journalism.What teacher has played the biggest influence to you, and why?To be honest I’d say every teacher has played their role in trying to get the best grades from me and each and every student.What has been the most helpful study tip you have found useful?I find that if you can try get rid of all distractions it makes studying a lot easier. For the orals, I recorded myself talking in order to get the material into my head and I found it was a great help.What is your typical study routine?Usually, I come home from school and get my dinner. I then proceed to doing my homework from about 6 to half 7, that time varies depending on the amount of homework I get.From the time I complete my homework, I do about 2 hours of study. I usually study by writing short notes or practicing exam questions.Have you any unusual study habits?To be honest , I don’t really have any but from time I’d eat a pot noodle or drink a cup of tea while studying.If you are a student also studying for Leaving Cert, or know of anyone who is. Be sure to get in touch with us here in LaoisToday to feature on our weekly Leaving Cert Series. SEE ALSO –  This is what I’m studying: Raheen student talks about her college life in UCD WhatsApp Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squad Leaving Cert – the two words sure to send shivers down anyone’s spine.It can be one of the most stressful and anxious time for any student.But there are so many students in Laois currently in the one boat. Twitter Laois County Council create ‘bigger and better’ disability parking spaces to replace ones occupied for outdoor dining Community TAGSGavin CooperLeaving CertLeaving Cert SeriesPortlaoise CBS Facebook Rugby So here at LaoisToday we decided to meet with students currently getting ready for what will be the biggest exams they have ever taken.Kicking off our series this week is 17-year-old Gavin Cooper from Portlaoise. WhatsApplast_img read more

first_imgNews North Waits for Something New Facebook Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR SHARE AvatarPark Seong Guk There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak center_img North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with China News In expectation of a more succession-friendly government being elected, North Korea will not push for relation improvements with the present Lee Myung Bak administration, analysts say. Scott Snyder, conservative expert on Korean peninsula issues from Council on Foreign Relations (CRF), predicted in a report on January 21st, “this year, inter-Korean relations will be focused on the shift consequent of the presidential election”. In fact, North Korea recently announced that, during this new Kim Jong Eun era, they will not deal with the current Lee administration. Snyder further said that “North Korea applies tough measures to South Korea and at the same time resumes direct talks with the US and Japan” and “this is intended to come between South Korea and the U.S.’s relationship.” This analysis is derived from North Korea’s recent behavior, trying for a third round of North Korean-US diplomatic talks and hopes of making better the abductees issue with Japan. The U.S. and North Korea, while discussing denuclearization as well as the US food assistance, is weighing out the pros and cons of resuming the Six-Party Talks.Snyder made positive remarks regarding the recent South Korea-U.S.-Japan consultation, “We agreed that there is still hope in resuming talks” and predicted, of North Korea’s recent behavior, “resumption of the Six-Party Talks will not be an easy one”.Regarding the demands of the U.S, to North Korea, to follow up a third round of U.S.-North Korea talks and resume Six-Party Talks he explained, “In 2010 the US disclosed via Doctor Siegfried Hacker that North Korea should suspend the Uranium Enrichment Program in Yongbyeon, while postponing the nuclear missile tests and stabilizing North-South relations.” By Park Seong Guk – 2012.01.25 6:12pm News News last_img read more

first_imgHorn speaker for public relations sign symbol, vintage color - sun with blue sky 123RF IE Staff “We are excited to bring these customers on board and help them secure a better financial future,” said Sarah Levy, Betterment’s CEO, in a release. “This was an excellent opportunity for us to grow our customer base, and we’ll continue to be aggressive in opportunities that accelerate our business goals.”The accounts will be transitioned to Betterment by June 2021.“As we shift our focus to our Canadian business for the time being, finding a partner for our U.S. business that shared our commitment to putting clients first was our top priority,” said Michael Katchen, co-founder and CEO of Wealthsimple, in a release. “It’s been a privilege to serve our U.S. clients, and we’re confident that their investments will continue to be in good hands with Betterment.”Wealthsimple first entered the U.S. market in 2017. The robo-advisor also has a U.K. division.This is not the first time Wealthsimple has carved off one its divisions. The tech company sold its advisory business, Wealthsimple for Advisors, to Toronto-based Purpose Advisor Solutions in early 2020. Empire Life partners with digital platform to offer employee benefits to small biz Related news U.S. businesses may have to report crypto assets to IRS Desjardins buys Montreal boutique firm Hexavest Toronto-based Wealthsimple Inc. has sold its U.S. book of business to New York-based Betterment Holdings Inc.The sale, announced on Thursday, will involve transferring all of Wealthsimple’s U.S. clients and accounts to Betterment, a digital wealth management company. The deal doesn’t include any of Wealthsimple’s technology, operations or employees. Keywords Fintech,  Technology,  Robo-advisors,  Mergers and acquisitionsCompanies Wealthsimple Inc. Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

first_imgCommunity sport scores with $150 million Centre Of Excellence Fund The Centre of Excellence Fund is a key sporting initiative of the Budget, aimed at improving talent pathways and community engagement for sporting codes.NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet said the Fund would give the construction industry a boost and foster community participation in sporting codes at a grassroots level as well as supporting the professional development of local athletes.“The Centre of Excellence Fund will provide communities across the State with the ability to fund and build modern sporting facilities supporting thousands of additional construction jobs and helping to recharge our economy as we bounce back from the pandemic,” Mr Perrottet said.“The two-year Centre of Excellence Fund is a key initiative of our State-wide sports infrastructure plan which is creating a sports facility construction boom across NSW.”NSW Minister for Sport Natalie Ward said the fund would help sporting codes develop community centres that will include integrated high-performance training and administration facilities to assist talent identification and development opportunities.“While improving talent development pathways is a key component, each Centre of Excellence will include multi-purpose facilities, enabling sports to expand community programs and bridge the gap between elite sport and the general community,” Mrs Ward said.“The NSW Government is absolutely committed to breaking down barriers in women’s sport and all Centres of Excellence will feature dedicated female programs and facilities to improve pathways for women and girls.Funding will be made available through a competitive grants process, which will require a co-contribution and applicants will need to demonstrate improved community participation outcomes. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:athletes, Australia, community, community engagement, construction industry, Economy, Government, industry, infrastructure, jobs, Minister, NSW, nswpol, outcomes, pandemic, professional development, sports, Wardlast_img read more

first_imgCreated with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 Defining the limits of “stoned driving” are proving to be difficult indeed. Trending in Canada RELATED Darren Calabrese / National Post We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. RELATED TAGSLorraine Complains/ExplainsNews On October 17, 2018, the sky will fall down. In Canada.That’s according to the anti-pot legalization crew, anyway. They are predicting that chaos – in the form of some ground-up bud rolled into a small cigarette – will be unleashed on our roadways. A recent Stats Can survey reveals nearly 16 per cent of Canadians have consumed some form of cannabis in the past three months. Guess what? Lots of Canadians smoke weed, and the sky is still intact.Dr. Andrea Furlan, an associate doctor of medicine at the University of Toronto and a Toronto Rehab Foundation scientist, isn’t panicking. Dr. Furlan has done extensive work with opioids and medical marijuana, and her work with Toronto Rehab allows for as close to real-world experimentation as you can get: the iDAPT DriverLab is one of the best driving simulators in the world. COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS advertisement Furlan’s patients that she prescribes medical marijuana for would necessarily have the presence of the drug register in their systems, though it is unlikely it would be at impaired levels. She still tells them not to drive for four hours after their last toke, and warns them their charts indicate that warning in case they think she’ll back them up for abusing the drug in the event of a collision.The StatsCan study revealing that 16 per cent of Canadians had used cannabis didn’t surprise her, but the fact that one in seven of those users had gotten behind the wheel within two hours of using, did. “We have to bring science to this discussion, especially with younger drivers. They think that because they’re more relaxed, they’re better drivers when they smoke or ingest cannabis. Younger drivers tend to think that because it’s legal, it’s safe.” Your pot-addled brain may mean you drive slower and leave more distance ahead of you, but it also distorts your perception of time and space; your response time is bad, though your judgment is not impaired – you know you’re impaired. Alcohol is the flipside of the coin: it impairs your judgment, so you do not believe you are impaired. Furlan’s warning about the popularity of combining the use of the two drugs is where communities (citizens, police, legal) will have to find a way to recognise impairment, not just levels of presence. center_img The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever Motor Mouth: Hysteria over ‘high driving’ is all half-bakedShe’s quick to note that pot isn’t alcohol, and both users and the legal system will have some growing pains if they try to use one template for the other. “Alcohol and cannabis affect different parts of the brain. Those who consume alcohol and get behind the wheel are more likely to take greater risks, to be aggressive. Cannabis slows you down. We see people driving more slowly and leaving greater distances between themselves and other drivers,” she explains.Sounds almost like a good thing, given the number of tailgaters, no?No. According to Furlan, “when these drugs are used socially, we tend to see people using them together. Because they work on different parts of the brain, differently, there can be impairment even if both “legal” levels for alcohol and cannabis are within accepted levels.”This will be the tricky road that police and the courts will be navigating. A cop I spoke to about the subject chose his words carefully, reminding me that police are looking for impairment, of that individual driver’s inability to safely and legally operate a vehicle. We will still be seeing roadside sobriety tests – standing on one leg, walking and turning, finding your nose with your finger – though Canada is also set to roll out the saliva test kits they tested last year. A spit test will show signs of the Big Six most commonly abused drugs: cannabis, amphetamines, methamphetamines, cocaine, opiates and benzodiazepines.If you’ve ever been drunk, you know how long until it clears your system. I’ve seen Ride Checks operating at 7am around holidays, officers knowing there are still drivers with a high enough blood alcohol level to zing the machine. Dr. Furlan’s research points to another wrinkle in the testing for, and preventing abuse of, pot. “Cannabis has many strains, and many medical indications. It can be smoked or ingested, and its stored in the body in adipose tissue. Whereas establishing 0.08 [blood-alcohol limit] as impaired for alcohol consumption is fairly straightforward, there are many factors that complicate a similar measure for cannabis.”Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Police officers stop motorists during a RIDE program spot-check on Lake Shore Blvd. in Toronto, Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012. Trending Videos Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” Dr. Furlan and her colleagues will continue to do work with the iDAPT DriverLab, where they can test firsthand the impact of the many uses of cannabis for pain management as well as recreational use. She prioritizes her message thusly:Just because cannabis is legal, like alcohol, its sale and use will be controlled and monitored for a reason. Because so many people combine the two substances, they should be aware that while technically registering within ‘safe’ legal zones on both products, they can still be, and be found to be, impaired. An officer is considered an expert witness in a court of law. Those consuming cannabis for medical purposes should heed their doctor’s direction on safety regarding driving, though are unlikely to be considered impaired under normal circumstances – just like other pharmaceutical drugs. Testing of bodily fluids for detection of cannabis is not as straightforward as testing for blood alcohol concentration. Do not drive for at least four hours after your last toke, or for twelve hours after you’ve ingested edibles. If you’re loopy or tired, don’t drive at all. See More Videos PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? 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first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Published: March 9, 2020 New research highlights the importance of learning from interactions with local banks and developing a credit history at a young age. Associate Professor of Finance Tony Cookson shares on The Conversation. Read the Article The Conversation on CUBTCategories:The ConversationNews Headlineslast_img

first_imgHome T-Mobile defends job cuts following Sprint deal Related T-Mobile US reiterated plans to add 5,000 new jobs by May 2021 as it began laying off redundant employees two-and-a-half months after closing its merger with Sprint.The operator did not say how many workers were impacted by the move, but TechCrunch reported a series of calls between executives took place on 15 June, with nearly 400 staff ditched during one of these alone.T-Mobile confirmed jobs were going, arguing in a statement the move was “essential” for it to “remain a fast-moving and competitive growth company” and would result in “additional career opportunities for many”.The operator noted a campaign began in May to hire 5,000 new staff “in multiple departments” over the following 12 months, highlighting retail, customer care, enterprise, network and engineering as focus areas.It added some redundant employees were asked to consider a career change within the company and said it would help others find new positions elsewhere.The move appears to bear out a warning by the Communication Workers of America union regarding job losses stemming from the merger, which it previously reckoned at up to 30,000.In May, multiple news outlets reported the operator planned to end franchise agreements with up to 2,000 dealer-owned retail outlets operating under its Metro by T-Mobile prepaid brand, impacting an estimated 6,000 staff. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Back Author AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 17 JUN 2020 job cutsT-Mobile US Amazon reels in MGM Tags T-Mobile US chief predicts market rebound Diana is Mobile World Live’s US Editor, reporting on infrastructure and spectrum rollouts, regulatory issues, and other carrier news from the US market. Diana came to GSMA from her former role as Editor of Wireless Week and CED Magazine, digital-only… Read more Diana Goovaerts Deutsche Telekom, SoftBank tipped for T-Mobile trade Previous ArticleHTC enters 5G handset frayNext ArticleT-Mobile readies replacement CFO last_img read more