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Latest: Fulham 1 Liverpool 0

first_imgKolo Toure’s ninth-minute own goal gifted Fulham the lead at Craven Cottage.Rene Meulensteen’s side, bottom of the Premier League but buoyed by Sunday’s draw at Manchester United, had Liverpool on the back foot straightaway and Simon Mignolet saved Ryan Tunnicliffe’s low shot in the opening minute.The Whites kept up the early pressure and Toure had to react quickly to prevent Darren Bent getting to Kieran Richardson’s left-wing cross.But the next time Richardson crossed from the left Toure contrived to slice the ball into his own net from close range.And on-loan Tottenham midfielder Lewis Holtby almost doubled the lead with a 20-yard effort that fizzed just wide.Two mis-cued attempts by Luis Suarez is all Liverpool have managed to muster so far.The striker chipped straight into the arms of keeper Maarten Stekelenburg and then sliced high and wide from an acute angleFulham: Stekelenburg; Riether, Heitinga, Burn, Riise; Tunnicliffe, Sidwell, Kvist, Richardson; Holtby; Bent. Subs: Stockdale, Hangeland, Kasami, Kačaniklić, Duff, Cole, Parker.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Manual Developed to Tackle Gender-Based Violence

first_imgAs part of Government’s efforts to eliminate gender-based violence in Jamaica, the Bureau of Women’s Affairs (BWA) has developed a training manual to equip individuals with the required knowledge to adequately tackle the issue.The document, ‘Gender, Youth and Violence’, seeks to train participants in conflict management techniques, and support the development of advocacy skills.Minister with responsibility for Information, Senator the Hon. Sandrea Falconer, said the manual also aims to help increase understanding of the principles of gender equality; develop gender-sensitivity among young males and females; build mutually respectful relationships; and foster a gender-safe environment.“As a Government, we are committed to the elimination of gender-based violence and to enhancing a gender-sensitive environment that will contribute to both the lessening of gender-based violence as well as achieve an overall reduction in the incidence of violence perpetrated by our youth,” she said.Ms. Falconer, who was addressing a Next GENDERation Initiative forum on June 5 at the Terra Nova Hotel in St. Andrew, noted that the Government’s commitment to this cause is “solidly reflected” through plans to advance the National Policy for Gender Equality and adopt the National Strategic Action Plan to Eliminate Gender-based Violence.She noted that the National Strategic Action Plan, which has already been discussed at three national stakeholder consultations, provides a comprehensive multi-sectoral framework for tackling gender-based violence.“It focuses on prevention, response, support, children and vulnerable groups, coordination, monitoring and evaluation,” she informed.Further, as part of this strategic plan, a special committee on violence against women, which was established by the Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, last year, has put forward recommendations to address gender-based violence in the country.These include public education, institutional strengthening, shelter services, and the promotion of sustainable livelihoods.The Next GENDERation Initiative is a partnership between the Ministries of Youth and Culture and Education; the BWA; the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ); the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB); and the World Bank.It aims to raise awareness and promote discussion among youth, grassroots organisations and the government on youth violence using a gender perspective.Contact: Alecia Smith-Edwardslast_img read more

Over 248,000 NHF Cardholders Accessed Benefits in 2017

first_imgStory Highlights More than 248,000 Jamaicans accessed benefits using their National Health Fund (NHF) cards at participating pharmacies across the island in 2017. “Arising from these claims, NHF spent just over $4.3 billion in subsidy payment for NHF cardholders, which is slightly more than the $4.1 billion paid out in 2016,” he informed. Meanwhile, there was a five per cent increase in the number of persons enrolling for the Jamaica Drugs for the Elderly Programme (JADEP) with 11,499 persons over the age of 60 years signing up compared to 10, 937 in 2016. More than 248,000 Jamaicans accessed benefits using their National Health Fund (NHF) cards at participating pharmacies across the island in 2017.Chief Executive Officer at the NHF, Everton Anderson, said that approximately 4.11 million claims were submitted in comparison to 4.10 million by over 239,000 individuals in 2016.“Arising from these claims, NHF spent just over $4.3 billion in subsidy payment for NHF cardholders, which is slightly more than the $4.1 billion paid out in 2016,” he informed.Patients with hypertension had the highest number of claims with 19,913; arthritis, 12, 999; vascular disease, 12,778; and high cholesterol with 12,405 claims.Meanwhile, there was a five per cent increase in the number of persons enrolling for the Jamaica Drugs for the Elderly Programme (JADEP) with 11,499 persons over the age of 60 years signing up compared to 10, 937 in 2016.Overall, NHF enrolment increased by three per cent, moving to 29, 472, up from 28, 557 in 2016.During the year, there were several adjustments to the NHF and JADEP Drug Lists with changes in drug limits, label names and the addition of new Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (APIs), among others.Mr. Anderson said the Fund is committed to increasing access to quality pharmaceuticals for Jamaicans and “will continue to provide support to reduce the burden of health care costs, especially as we focus on improving the delivery of pharmacy services in the public sector in 2018.”During 2017, NHF continued the takeover of public sector pharmacies and at year- end facilities in all but four parishes were under NHF management.“The full transfer of the public sector pharmacy services is expected be completed in 2018 and NHF has planned new initiatives to improve service and waiting time for public patients,” said Mr. Anderson.This includes the expansion of the Public-Private Sector Pharmacy Partner Programme under which public patients can access approved medication at selected private pharmacies for a fee of $200.During the pilot of the programme in 2017, approximately 55,000 prescriptions were filled for public patients in 17 private pharmacies located in Kingston and St. Andrew, May Pen and Montego Bay.Meanwhile, the NHF continued offering screening tests islandwide through the hosting of community health days and at sponsored events.A total of 76 NHF community health days were conducted during the year in which 51,274 screening tests were done. An additional 45,879 screenings were conducted at various sponsored health fairs during the year.last_img read more

Wildfire fight moves closer to Alberta border

first_imgTamara Pimentel APTN National NewsWildfires continue to burn across British Columbia and 43 000 people in the province remain displaced.One of the fires in BC is now just kilometers away from Alberta and crews have been working to stop the blaze from crossing the border.tpimentel@aptn.calast_img

Investors hear 3 words they fear inverted yield curve

first_imgNEW YORK — One of the most reliable warning signals for a recession just got a bit brighter.The signal is called the “yield curve,” and it shows how the bond market is feeling about the U.S. economy’s long-term prospects. On Tuesday the yield curve signalled caution and, along with worries about global trade and interest rates, it helped send the stock market to one of its worst days of the year.WHAT IS IT?The yield curve measures how much more in interest investors get for owning a long-term Treasury bond than a short-term one. When the economy is healthy and investors are forecasting good times ahead, they generally demand higher yields for Treasurys that mature a decade or more into the future than those maturing in a year or two. That’s in part because investors expect the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates in the future as the economy and inflation power higher.But when investors are worried that growth will fall off sharply, perhaps as a result of the Federal Reserve pushing short-term rates higher, they’re willing to accept less in interest for a Treasury maturing far in the future.When yields for short-term Treasurys fall below yields for long-term ones, market watchers call it an “inverted yield curve,” and Wall Street starts getting more nervous.WHAT JUST HAPPENED?The yield on the five-year Treasury dropped below the two-year and three-year Treasury yields on Monday. By Tuesday afternoon, the five-year yield was at 2.78 per cent, 0.01 percentage points lower than a two-year Treasury and 0.02 points lower than a three-year Treasury.It’s the first time any part of the yield curve has inverted since 2007, before the start of the Great Recession.SHOULD I PANIC?No, at least not yet. Most economists are forecasting the U.S. economy will continue to grow in 2019, though at a slower pace than this year. The job market is strong, and consumer confidence is still high.Market watchers also say they won’t get worried until a more important part of the yield curve flips. They pay much more attention to the spread between two-year and 10-year Treasury yields. An inversion of this part of the yield curve has preceded each of the last nine recessions dating back to 1955. It was still positive on Tuesday at 0.12 percentage points.Of course, that’s still “pretty doggone tight,” said Randy Frederick, vice-president of trading and derivatives at Charles Schwab. A year ago, the cushion was at 0.62 percentage points.The Cleveland Fed, meanwhile, has focused on the difference in yields between three-month Treasurys and 10-year Treasurys. An inversion in that part of the curve has preceded each of the last seven recessions. But it also has not inverted, and a 10-year Treasury yields 0.50 percentage points more than a three-month Treasury bill.Even if the more important parts of the yield curve flip to inversion, that doesn’t mean a recession will happen the next day. It has sometimes taken more than a year for a recession to occur after the yield curve inverts.There have also been false positives in the past, where the yield curve has inverted but no recession has followed, such as in 1966.___AP Business Writer Alex Veiga contributed to this report.Stan Choe, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Dawson Creek woman among four caught driving stolen vehicle

first_imgBoth suspects were arrested and taken into custody without further incident.37-year-old Dawson Creek resident Shauna Liza Freeman has been charged with possession of stolen property over $5,000, obstructing a police officer, and failing to comply with conditions.Grande Prairie residents Claude Normand Dufresne, aged 39; Crystal Mary Kiyawsew, aged 37; and Adam Patrick Byrne, aged 34, are each charged with possession of stolen property over $5,000 and failing to comply with conditions.Kiyawsew and Byrne are each facing an additional charge of obstruction a police officer, while Byrne alone has been charged with identity fraud.All four appeared in court in Grande Prairie on September 19th. GRAND PRAIRIE, A.B. – A woman from Dawson Creek is one of four people who were arrested and charged over the weekend after they were caught driving in a stolen vehicle.At approximately midnight Sunday, Grande Prairie RCMP officers were patrolling near Rotary House when they initiated a traffic stop with a vehicle that had been reported stolen.As police attempted to arrest two men, two women fled the area on foot. Police quickly caught up with one of the women, while the other was located with the help of Police Dog Services.last_img read more

Grande Prairie RCMP currently on scene at unfolding event in the Countryside

first_imgThe RCMP can confirm that there is a lone male possibly armed and barricaded in a residence in the Countryside South neighbourhood.Traffic is currently being re-routed in the area.RCMP will issue an update when more information is available, and thank the public for their cooperation. UPDATE – The RCMP attended with Police Dog Services and the RCMP Emergency Response Team. One male was arrested without further incident. To read more CLICK HEREGRANDE PRAIRIE, AB –  RCMP are currently on scene at an unfolding event on 65 Avenue in the Countryside South neighbourhood and are advising the public to avoid the area until further notice.While the public is not believed to be in danger, RCMP are currently asking residents in the area to stay in their homes or stay away from the area.last_img read more

North Peace Cultural Centre hosts Bright Nights this weekend

first_imgFor a full schedule of events, visit npcc.bc.ca. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Bright Nights the annual arts festival is setting the stage for the 2020 Winter Games.The North Peace Cultural Society in partnership with the City of Fort St. John and community groups are gearing up for a fun-filled, family friendly weekend with the best of local art and local sport.“In all our activities, we are going to blur the line between art and sport, and revive the city’s spirit for the Winter Games by showcasing arts related to sport,” said Baptiste Marcere, Executive Director of the North Peace Cultural Centre. Thursday, June 6 at 6:30 p.m. marks the start of the festival with Art Stars, an interactive opportunity for the public to meet and hear from professional artists and performers who grew up in Fort St. John and how they made a career for themselves in the arts. “We are gathering local artists and art groups to showcase, demonstrate, and delight,” said Marcere.Art Stars FB Event Page; CLICK HEREFriday, June 7, the Cultural Centre will host a gala evening with fresh cocktails at the ready, and Vancouver Theatre Sports to entertain guests with their hilarious improv skills.Bright Nights in June Gala; CLICK HERE Saturday, June 8, the festival ends with a public art market, hands-on pottery and weaving demonstrations, live entertainment, and the 2019 World Fair.The North Peace Cultural Society shares,  this year we will host an extraordinary printmaking workshop. “The city recognized the success of the printmaking and will close the 99th avenue from the 100 St to 102 St,” said Marcere.last_img read more

Looking forward to play different characters

first_imgNew Delhi: Actor Jim Sarbh who has created a niche for himself in Bollywood by playing grey characters in films like Neerja, Raabta and Padmaavat is back with web series ‘Made In Heaven’. “There are plenty of projects in my hand right now. I am looking forward to play characters that I have not played so far. It is important for an actor to play different roles,” Jim said. The 31-year-old is currently enjoying praise for portraying Adil Khanna in web series ‘Made in Heaven’, which he says explores reality of society. “The show is like a great juxtaposition of all those that go on behind beautiful facades. It removes the curtains and make you see the reality of backstage. It shows what actually goes on in a wedding, not just looking perfect from outside. It reflects the integration of modernism and traditionalism,” said Jim. To a question whether a web series give more depth to an actor, he said: “It totally depends upon the writing. Be it films or shows or plays, it’s the content that matters the most. Good writing is the key.”last_img read more