A new incentive program and additional seats at Dalhousie University will help ensure Nova Scotia has the nurse practitioners it needs. The Nurse Practitioner Education Incentive will cover the salaries of up to 10 registered nurses while they attend Dalhousie University’s two-year Master of Nursing nurse practitioner program full-time. In return, recipients will commit to work in one of several designated communities for five years. “Our top priority is improving access to primary health care and that includes nurse practitioners,” said Health and Wellness Minister Randy Delorey. “Supporting registered nurses to become nurse practitioners will fill a growing workforce need and improve access to collaborative health care.” An expression of interest will be issued to those accepted to Dalhousie’s nurse practitioner program, family all-ages stream. Recipients will be selected based on whether they live in or are affiliated with one of the designated communities and are willing to relocate. “Nurse practitioners offer untapped potential in clinics, hospitals and long-term care facilities – particularly in underserved communities. Educating more nurse practitioners, and allowing them to work to their full scope of practice, will go a long way in improving access to care,” says Nova Scotia Nurses’ Union president Janet Hazelton. “Maintaining their salary while in school allows the nurse to study full-time and return to the system sooner than if they were unpaid and studying part-time.” The eligible geographic areas are: Town of Digby, plus 50 kilometre radius of surrounding area Town of Shelburne, plus 50 kilometre radius of surrounding area Cumberland County Pictou County Cape Breton Regional Municipality Inverness County Victoria County Town of Sheet Harbour, plus 50 kilometre radius of surrounding area “I think it’s fantastic the importance and benefit of nurse practitioners and how they contribute to the health and wellness of all Nova Scotians is being recognized,” says Cape Breton registered nurse Chris Browner. “This type of forward thinking will improve access to health care and promote wellness in all areas of the province, including those that may have limited access to primary health-care services.” An arrangement with Cape Breton University will allow students to complete some program requirements locally, minimizing the need to travel to Halifax. “Educating more nurse practitioners will have a positive impact on the primary health-care landscape of the province,” said Dr. Gail Tomblin Murphy, director School of Nursing and Assistant Dean Research Dal Faculty of Health. “We are thrilled to be part of this solution with our partners in government, Nova Scotia Health Authority and Cape Breton University.” Government is also funding an additional 25 seats in Dalhousie’s nurse practitioner program. Fifteen seats will be added this academic year and 10 will be added in 2019-20. The total four-year investment is $1.6 million. “Recruitment has become a challenge in several communities, and this incentive will make a difference in our ability to attract and retain nurse practitioners,” said Carmelle d’Entremont, vice president of People and Organizational Development, Nova Scotia Health Authority. “Nurse practitioners, working with family physicians and other collaborative family practice team members, are enhancing access to comprehensive care for Nova Scotians.” Government will invest $1.4 million in the Nurse Practitioner Education Incentive over two years. These initiatives are part of Nova Scotia’s Nursing Strategy, designed to ensure Nova Scotia has the right number, mix and distribution of nurses now and in the future.
GILLAM, Man. — The deputy mayor of a northern Manitoba community at the centre of a massive manhunt says it will be a long time before things return to normal.John McDonald says there were a lot of questions but not a lot of answers for people in Gillam during a town meeting last night, after RCMP announced they believed they had found the bodies of two murder suspects from British Columbia.Autopsies are being performed in Winnipeg today to confirm the remains located near the Nelson River are of 19-year-old Kam McLeod and 18-year-old Bryer Schmegelsky.The men were suspects in the killings of a Vancouver man and an American woman and her Australian boyfriend travelling in northern B.C.McDonald says people may never know whether the fugitives had planned to come to the dense and unforgiving landscape of northern Manitoba, or if they just took a wrong turn.He adds that it will be a long time before people in the town feel fully relaxed and their quiet lives return.The Canadian Press
New York – Salah Abdeslam, the Belgian-born terrorist who has been on the run since he allegedly gunned down civilians during the Paris attacks of November 13, was known as a “rent boy” who visited gay bars, flirted with gay men, used drugs, and drank alcohol.The bartender of a gay club in Brussels that Salah was allegedly seen at, told the Sunday Times that he was a regular of the gay scene in Brussels.“We had him down as a ‘rent boy’, he was always hanging out with that kind of crowd,” the bartender at Saint Jacques quarter revealed. Salah’s other terrorist brother, Ibrahim, who blew himself up at the terrace of the Comptoire Voltaire café during the Paris carnage, used to manage a bar in Molenbeek, Brussels, according to Karim, a friend of the Abdeslam brothers.The bar, which was allegedly used as a den for drug trafficking, was closed down a week before the Paris massacre.“Brahim [Ibrahim] and Salah spent most of their days smoking hashish and playing on PlayStation in the bar,” Karim said.The 26-year-old alleged member of so-called Islamic State (ISIS) has become “Europe’s most wanted man”.Salah’s third brother, Mohamed urged his fugitive brother to turn himself in to the authorities, during a televised interview on Sunday.“That way he can give us the answers we seek, our family and the families of the victims. We would rather see Salah in prison than in the cemetery,” Mohamed who claims not to know his brother’s whereabouts said.According to the rules of the terrorist group (ISIS), homosexuals and adulterers are punished by death, being thrown off buildings or crucified, while those who use alcohol or drugs are heavily beaten.A new photo of Salah has been provided by the authorities who claim he could be using a disguise, consisting of a new name, a wig and glasses.Authorities have said Salah rented the black Volkswagen Polo used during the Paris attacks at the Bataclan concert hall, which claimed the lives of 89 innocent people.Shortly after the attacks, Abdeslam was stopped by the police in his vehicle at the Brussels border, where he was let go and allowed entrance into Belgium after checking his ID.
8 July 2010The United Nations today welcomed the priority programmes laid out by the Afghan Government in such areas as governance, development, and peace and security ahead of a major international conference to be held in the country later this month. The Government presented 23 national priority programmes at the 14th Joint Coordination & Monitoring Board (JCMB) meeting held in the capital, Kabul, which brought together senior Afghan ministers and representatives of the international community. “These programmes are evidence of the transition to Afghan responsibility and leadership,” said the Secretary-General’s Special Representative in Afghanistan, Staffan de Mistura.The JCMB, which is co-chaired by the Afghan Government and the UN, oversees implementation of the Afghanistan Compact – a five-year development blueprint launched in January 2006 by the country and its international partners.The Government and the UN will also be co-chairing the Kabul Conference – the first major international gathering inside Afghanistan – on 20 July.“Afghan priorities for the Afghan people” will be the focus of the Kabul Conference, Afghanistan’s Minister of Finance, Omar Zakhilwal, told participants at today’s meeting, which discussed issues related to economic development; governance; security, peace and reconciliation; and regional cooperation. The 20 July gathering, which Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and foreign ministers and top officials from over 70 countries will be attending, follows the London Conference held in January, during which the Government and its international partners jointly endorsed a strategy of transition to greater Afghan responsibility for the affairs of the country.Mr. de Mistura, in his briefing to the Security Council last week, said the main objective of the Kabul conference is to foster confidence in a “public contract between the Afghan Government and the Afghan people” and promote the delivery of social and economic improvements. The international community, he added, will not be expected to bring new funds to the meeting – which is not a pledging conference – but to re-align the resources which they have already allocated for Afghanistan with the country’s own priorities. “It will give an opportunity for the international community to support Afghan-led priorities including fighting corruption, building up self-reliant Afghan national security forces, and undertaking reconciliation and reintegration activities to reach out to opposition and to encourage combatants to lay down their arms,” a joint news release issued by the UN and the Government stated.
26 July 2011The United Nations refugee agency today condemned Sudan’s deportation of Eritrean asylum-seekers on Monday, saying it was concerned with the increased frequency of such incidents and said they violated both international and Sudanese law. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said two asylum-seekers jumped off a truck carrying them to the border with Eritrea. One was killed and the other seriously injured. Four other asylum-seekers were deported at the same time.“UNHCR strongly condemns the recent deportation of Eritrean asylum-seekers by Sudan,” the agency said in a statement released in Geneva today. “The asylum-seekers had been convicted on charges of illegal entry to Sudan under national immigration laws. They had at no time been provided with access to asylum procedures. Such deportations of asylum-seekers without having their claims reviewed by the competent authorities amount to refoulement and constitute a serious violation of the 1951 Refugee Convention as well as the 1974 Sudanese Asylum Act,” UNHCR said. According to the agency, since May this year Sudan has deported at least 30 asylum-seekers and refugees to Eritrea, “where UNHCR believes they are likely to face persecution.”“UNHCR is deeply concerned over the recent increase in deportations of Eritrean asylum-seekers and refugees from Sudan,” it said. “The UN refugee agency has consistently reminded Sudan of its obligations under international and Sudanese law.”“UNHCR urges the Sudanese Government to stop the ongoing deportations and to provide all asylum-seekers currently in detention with immediate access to asylum procedures,” it said.
TORONTO — Doctors across Canada who support Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s proposed tax reforms say they want their voices to be heard above the din of criticism from colleagues and medical societies.To make their point, they have been putting signatures on a letter they plan to send to Morneau this week.“We were really fed up with the narrative that our colleagues were putting forth and that our medical associations were putting forth as the only opinion out there,” said Dr. Sarah Giles. “We’ll probably have friends never talk to us again. People are ridiculously emotional about this.”Among other things, Morneau wants to stop allowing some tax-saving mechanisms through incorporation that physicians say are essential given that they have no access to benefits other employees enjoy. Angry medical associations say doctors will leave Canada for the U.S., and female physicians will be disproportionately hurt.The president of the Canadian Medical Association said in a recent statement that a delegation had told Morneau that doctors rely on the measures now in place for working capital needed for expanding their practices and, among other things, to deal with “unanticipated costs, sick or parental leave, staff turnover, and other business requirements.”Signatories to the open letter, a copy of which was obtained by The Canadian Press, see it much differently. They argue that scrapping the current system will promote tax fairness and give the government more money to spend on health care.“We need adequate tax revenues to fund social programs such as affordable housing, pharmacare, social assistance, legal aid, and the health-care system itself,” the letter states. “These programs directly impact the health of our patients, and we believe it is important for us to contribute to their sustainability through an adequate tax base.”Giles, who does stints working with remote Indigenous communities and abroad with Doctors without Borders, said diverting dollars from doctors toward improved care would benefit her money-strapped patients far more than it would harm physicians.“There’s a lot of catastrophising,” she said of those upset at Morneau’s plans. “Why are they hanging their hats on this issue? It feels very self-serving.”Why the rich should revolt — and it’s not for the reasons they thinkA charitable proposal amid the small business tax uproarCanadian Medical Association data suggest a large majority of physicians are incorporated. That means they can access various measures to reduce their taxes despite earning significantly more on average — upwards of $225,000 annually before taxes — than other Canadians.“These benefits are advantageous mostly to certain incorporated doctors,” the letter states. “It also seems unfair that these benefits are not available to Canadians with similar incomes who cannot incorporate.”The physicians do say in their letter the proposed changes should come with a transition plan for those affected and as part of a “comprehensive review” of tax policy.Rita McCracken, a family doctor in Vancouver who said she was bombarded with advice on incorporating to save taxes even when she was in medical school, expressed disappointment at what she considers reactionary physician organizations who should be pushing for improvements to the health-care system. Any suggestion the proposed measures are “anti-feminist” is misguided, she said.McCracken contacted colleagues with the aim of expressing a fact-based alternative view, leading to the letter to Morneau.“It just seemed to us there was some motivation from very high earners who wanted to continue to be able to pay less tax,” McCracken said. “(But) people who make more money should pay more taxes.”Lesley Barron, an incorporated general surgeon in Georgetown, Ont., said she supports the proposals even though her family’s bottom line will take a hit. Morneau’s approach will help make the tax system more fair, she said.“I don’t believe it makes sense for physicians to fund retirement, benefits, and maternity leave through these tax loopholes,” Barron said.Another letter signatory, Ritika Goel, a family doctor with an inner city practice in Toronto, said the din of criticism from many doctors makes it important an alternative perspective be heard. The current system isn’t the way to address issues Morneau critics are raising, she said. Goel, who is currently on leave to look after her baby, says maternity benefits are in fact available to doctors in Ontario.“Beyond that, I’m in an income position that has allowed me to have savings to take maternity leave,” she said.
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The most urgent needs are food, health support and education, the Senior Humanitarian Coordinator in the CAR, Claire Bourgeois, said in a press release today, after visiting the Vakaga province this past weekend with representatives of the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, agencies and partners to assess the needs of people there. “I met people who had to flee to this remote area from their homes in Bangui and are terrified to go back,” Ms. Bourgeois said.“It is imperative to secure access for convoys delivering aid supplies from Bangui and to increase protection programmes. Otherwise, we risk further deterioration of the humanitarian situation in the region,” she warned.Vakaga province has suffered from years of instability, violence and chronic insecurity, while its geographical remoteness and poor infrastructure have cut it off from the rest of the country. The current closure of the Chadian border is having a major negative impact on food and other supplies for communities in the area, the humanitarian coordinator said.Noting that she was impressed by the “spirit and resilience of the community,” Ms. Bourgeois said that during her visit, authorities and communities repeatedly drew her attention to the need to start the school year in the entire province.“It is unacceptable to hear that classes at the primary school will not start in the new school built and routine immunization cannot be conducted because the much-needed fridge is not in place due to road insecurity and the regular chain supply of vaccines is on standstill,” Ms. Bourgeois stressed.She also noted that it is imperative to secure access for convoys delivering aid supplies from Bangui and to increase protection programmes, such as those dealing with gender-based violence and the safeguarding of children from recruitment by armed groups. “Alternatively, we risk further deterioration of the humanitarian situation in the region,” she said.In all, nearly 1 million people have been displaced and 2.5 million are in need of immediate assistance in CAR, Ms. Bourgeois said. One fifth of Central Africans have fled their homes for refuge in sites for internally displaced people, with host families, and in neighbouring countries.Thousands of people are estimated to have been killed in CAR as a result of a conflict that erupted when mainly Muslim Séléka rebels launched attacks in December 2012. The violence has since taken on increasingly sectarian overtones.
The average cost of moving home has reached £31,000 in some parts of Britain as homeowners see an increase of up to 14 per cent in the last year, a report has found. Rising house prices are said to have driven the spike, pushing up estate agency, stamp duty and conveyancing fees.In London, home movers can expect to pay £4,732 more than a year ago, with the average cost of moving now £31,416.The rise is mostly due to London prices having increased by 14.5 per cent over the last year, compared with an increase of 8.5 per cent across the UK generally.The average home mover in London pays more than £15,000 in stamp duty and £11,000 in estate agency fees, the Lloyds Bank report found.Elsewhere in the UK, costs have increased by around £870, taking the average moving price to nearly £11,000.Mike Songer, mortgage director at Lloyds Bank, said: “The cost of stepping up the housing ladder has continued to rise sharply over the past year.”This trend is especially marked for buyers in London and the South East with the combination of both higher property prices and more rapid increase in prices in recent years resulting in significantly higher moving costs in these parts of the country.”Moving costs across the country – up nine per cent in the last year – have also increased faster than earnings over the last decade, by 25 per cent versus a 17 per cent hike in full-time earnings, the report found. Cost of moving across the UK LondonAverage moving cost: £31,416Up 18% in the last year – £4,732South EastAverage moving cost: £20,210Up 20 % in the last year – £3,382West MidlandsAverage moving cost: £9,814Up four per cent in the last year – £412East AngliaAverage moving cost: £10,973Up ten per cent in the last year – £999North EastAverage moving cost: £7,133Up nine per cent in the last year – £604ScotlandAverage moving cost: £6,947Up two per cent in the last year – £125WalesAverage moving cost: £7,563Up 0 per cent in the last year 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.
Earlier this week we mentioned that AT&T and Verizon were waiving international long-distance fees to Japan in the wake of the disasters there last week, and Comcast reached out to us to let us know that Xfinity Voice and Business subscribers are also able to place free calls to Japan. The goal is to allow Xfinity Voice users to be able to get in touch with family, friends, and loved ones in Japan without worrying about accruing massive long-distance charges. Comcast says that subscribers will be able to call Japan for free through April 10, 2011. Customers who have already placed calls to Japan using their Xfinity Voice accounts will be reimbursed for calls back-dated to March 11th, the day the earthquake struck. The fee waivers apply to both mobile phones and landlines.