Government emails contradict Liberal claims on fate of First Nation education dollars

first_imgEarlier that same day, an Aboriginal Affairs spokesperson emailed APTN a response from department bureaucrats on the First Nation education money confirming $1.2 billion still existed on the books.“The remaining funds are still available,” said spokesperson Amanda Gordon, who was in the office of former Aboriginal affairs minister Bernard Valcourt, in an Oct. 2, 2015, email.Months earlier in April during the lock-up for what would prove to be the last Harper federal budget, a federal Finance official repeatedly stated the $1.2 billion for First Nation education remained on the books in the “fiscal framework.”The $1.2 billion figure was what was left over from the $1.9 billion the Harper government tied to passage of the controversial First Nation Control of First Nation Education Act which was rejected in 2014 by First Nation chiefs.The Harper government said at the time the money would only flow if the Assembly of First Nations supported the bill.Knowing education to be a sore political spot in the relationship between First Nations and the Harper government, the Liberals jumped out early with the $2.6 billion education promise which Prime Minister Justin Trudeau unveiled on the campaign trail last August.The NDP pounced, accusing the Liberals of making a promise based on money that did not exist.A close inspection of the promise revealed the Liberals were really only committing $900 million in new money which would be added to $1.7 billion the party believed the Conservatives had set aside for education.The Liberals, it seems, made a big assumption in their promise. A large chunk of the promised money, about $500 million, came from a 4.5 per cent escalator in education funding the Conservatives also tied to passage of the ill-fated legislation on education.As the record shows, only $1.2 billion was ever set aside for First Nation education. It remains unclear why the Liberals chose to base their election education promise on money that was never there.Now it seems the Liberal government is trying to prepare the groundwork ahead of the next federal budget which may contain education funding that won’t match what was promised by the party to First Nation students on the campaign trail.APTN contacted Finance Minister Bill Morneau and Bennett’s office seeking clarification on the contradictions between the record and the statement by the Indigenous Affairs minister.A spokesperson for Finance said in an emailed statement that there was now only $241 million left in the fiscal framework.“In budget 2015 much of this provisioned allocation was removed, but not announced,” said David Barnabe, a spokesperson for the department.jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarrera Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsIndigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett’s claim the previous Conservative government spent all the money set aside for First Nation education—leaving her government in a hole when it comes to fulfilling its $2.6 billion promise on the issue—is not supported by the record.Bennett said in the House of Commons during question period Friday the previous Conservative government of Stephen Harper “removed” money set aside for First Nation education from the federal Finance department’s books.After repeatedly dodging APTN’s questions on the issue, Bennett finally admitted the money on which the Liberals based their $2.6 billion election education promise doesn’t exist.“Sadly, I can confirm that the previous government removed the promised additional funding for first nations education that it had promised,” said Bennett, responding to questions from the NDP on the issue. “I am saddened by that revelation, but we are committed to making the appropriate investments to close that gap.”However, the minister’s claim it’s the Conservative’s fault contradicts information supplied to APTN by Finance and Aboriginal Affairs (as the department was known at the time) officials in October, near the end of last year’s federal campaign.Those departments stated there was $1.2 billion set aside in the books for First Nation education, but it would be up to the next federal government to decide what to do with the money.“The funds remain in the fiscal framework. Following the federal election, the government will determine the best use of these funds,” said Stephanie Rubec, a spokesperson for the Department of Finance, in an Oct. 2, 2015, email.Click to enlarge screenshot of emailslast_img read more

Fuel theft poses first big battle for Mexican president

first_imgMEXICO CITY — Mexico’s new president has shut down some pipelines to stop fuel thieves who he says had established an illegal distribution network.The fight against thefts of $3 billion per year from government pipelines and fuel depots represents the first big domestic battle for Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who took office on Dec. 1.Lopez Obrador said Monday that some gangs had actually built warehouses over pipeline rights of way to drill illegal taps into the ducts.The pipeline shutdowns and a temporary switch to more distribution by tanker trucks has caused gasoline shortages in a handful of states.Despite the political costs of the shortages, Lopez Obrador said he will not fold, noting “let’s see who gets tired first, the fuel thieves or us.”The Associated Presslast_img read more

Fire Fighters matching donations made to help family fighting cancer

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Professional Fire Fighters will match donations up to $5,000 for 4-year-old Natalie who was diagnosed with Stage 4 Neuroblastoma.In a post on Facebook, the group said they would match up to $5,000 with a goal of raising $10,000 to help Natalie’s family with the cost of travelling to Vancouver during her treatment.  A GoFundMe campaign was also created for the family but is only halfway to the $20,000 goal.Donations made to the Professional Fire Fighters Charitable Society can receive a tax receipt.  To make a donation, contact Adam at 250-264-2857 or call the Fire Department at 250-785-4333. Several groups and residents created fundraisers for Natalie in December to also help the family.  The Professional Fire Fighters Charitable Society also made a sizeable donation at that time.The Fire Fighters also shared the following update from Natalie’s mother.“Natalie has recently started round 4 chemo, and is tolerating things quite well. Most days her energy level and appetite are back full force. She is well on her way to finishing the first part of the treatment plan which consists of 2 more rounds of chemo and a major surgery to remove her main tumour between her liver and kidney. After that point, we are moving into the second phase which is bone marrow transplants, and radiation. As a family we are doing ok with things, she misses her sisters and misses mom when I am back in FSJ with the other two girls. They haven’t seen her yet but hopefully, we can get them down there soon to visit unfortunately the cost of extra medications and living down there is proving to be a bit challenging without the weight of flights added as well. All in all, she is an incredibly strong-willed child and is starting to come back to her normal self which we are all grateful for no less! “last_img read more

What to Watch For in the NBA Finals

For all the talk this season about conference imbalance in the NBA and the inequity of its playoff structure, things seemed to have worked out just fine. Measured by point differential, we’ve ended up with the best teams from the Eastern and Western Conferences in the finals, and fans everywhere get the chance to watch a rarity in pro basketball: an NBA Finals rematch.Who’s going to win? The old adage is that defense wins championships, but this matchup is all about the offenses.The San Antonio Spurs and the Miami Heat have had the two best offenses in these playoffs and, surprisingly, both have been more efficient than they were in the regular season. Their offensive systems are different, but they have the same basic goal: Create good shots. With that in mind, here are some things to watch for:Spurs movementIn April, a study by two members of the Harvard Sports Analysis Collective found that, after controlling for time of possession, the Spurs’ offense had more movement and more passing than any other offense in the league, and by a wide margin. Indeed, according to the NBA’s SportVU Player Tracking Statistics, the Spurs’ offense has featured more movement during the playoffs than the other three conference finalists.Movement Per Minute of PossessionPassing and ball movement are not perfect proxies for offensive effectiveness, but in the Spurs’ case, they are symptomatic of an offense that is working well. San Antonio doesn’t have any player as individually brilliant as Miami’s LeBron James to consistently pull good shots out of thin air, so the Spurs rely on their collaborative system. The distance traveled is of particular importance. On average, the five players on the floor for the Spurs cumulatively travel nearly 500 feet farther per minute of possession than the players for the Heat. That’s 500 extra feet of screening, rolling and cutting, searching for seams in the defense and open space on the perimeter.The Heat’s defense plays at a frenetic pace, aggressively trapping pick-and-roll ball-handlers and flying around the perimeter in a series of rotations to cover shooters. It can be devastating when done well, but the Spurs are uniquely suited to turn this aggression against the Heat.Shot selectionWhile a key indicator of the Spurs’ offensive health is the movement and passing they use to create shots, the key for the Heat is simply the location of their shots.The Heat spent most of the past two weeks burying the Pacers with 3-pointers. These outside shots buoy Miami’s offensive efficiency, but the Heat’s 3-point shooting is also a reflection of how easily James, Dwyane Wade and the Heat’s other ball-handlers get into the lane and collapse the opponent’s defense.In his NBA Finals’ preview at Grantland, Zach Lowe pointed out some of the methods the Spurs used to defend the Heat in last year’s playoffs, and how they resulted in a slew of mid-range jump shots. If we look at the breakdown of the Heat’s true shot attempts (which includes field goal attempts and trips to the free-throw line) we can see just how far last year’s pattern was from what the Heat have just done.Miami Heat Shot SelectionFor the Heat, 3-point attempts are tied to their ability to get inside the defense. James, Wade, Norris Cole and Mario Chalmers were able to get into the lane with ease against the Pacers in the Eastern Conference finals, and the result was that nearly 30 percent of Miami’s true shot attempts in that series were 3-pointers (which they made at an obscene 40.8 percent clip).In last year’s finals, however, by walling off the paint and offering up mid-range jump shots to the Heat, the Spurs were able to keep them away from the rim, off the free-throw line and inside the 3-point line. The Heat will surely have some adjustments ready this year, and we should be able to tell a lot about how they are working just by looking at the locations of their shots.LineupsThe offensive systems each team employs to create good shots revolve around lineups. The Heat would prefer to play small, arraying three and sometimes four shooters around James. The Pacers were loathe to change gears and try to match up with them, but the Spurs may be more willing. They have more depth than any of the teams the Heat have played in these playoffs, and San Antonio is much more comfortable using that depth in a variety of arrangements.A big issue in last season’s finals’ matchup was the way the Heat’s small lineups forced the Spurs to separate Tiago Splitter and Tim Duncan. The Spurs used that pairing for about 20 percent of their regular-season minutes, then just over 11 percent in the finals. But Spurs’ coach Gregg Popovich has been more aggressive this season about experimenting with different lineups.It is tricky to parse statistics for the Spurs between big and small lineups because of the big and small skill set of Boris Diaw. When he’s playing power forward for the Spurs, the “big” or “small” nature of the lineup depends on the matchups and what he’s being asked to do. But having him on the floor allows the Spurs to have their cake and eat it, too.Back to the NBA’s SportVU Player Tracking Statistics: Diaw was third on the team in touches per game, at 49.2, during the regular season. While Diaw is capable of scoring in a variety of ways, he averaged just 9.1 points per game because his role in the Spurs’ offense often called for him to be a facilitator. He averaged 38.9 passes per game; about 79 percent of his touches involved moving the ball to another player. This usually worked out well for the Spurs, as Diaw is among the best big man passers in the game. His assists created an additional 6.7 points per game for the Spurs during the regular season.In the Spurs’ Game 6 victory to close out the Oklahoma City Thunder, Diaw saw a lot of extra touches by virtue of playing some extra minutes, but it was what he did with those touches that made the difference.The Boris Diaw StoryIn Game 6, Diaw’s touches accumulated nearly 50 percent more points for the Spurs than they did during the regular season or in the series to this point. This increased output from Diaw was needed, with the Spurs struggling to hit 3-pointers and Tony Parker sitting out the second half with an ankle injury.Diaw’s ability to shift between big and small defensive assignments, and scoring and facilitating roles on offense, may allow the Spurs to sidestep a lot of the matchup land mines the Heat have waiting for them.MarginsThese teams are incredibly talented, well-coached and, ultimately, evenly matched. Each has a series of counters available for every obvious advantage the other will try to exploit. That’s why this series will be won at the margins and in the minutiae. Little things — the Spurs forcing the Heat to make one extra defensive rotation, the Heat getting the ball to a 3-point shooter instead of settling for a seemingly open jump shot around the free-throw line, and the tiny in-game matchups that shift the rotations — will be the deciding battles. read more

Ruling is further evidence of NCAA tightening stranglehold on college athletes

If “Tattoogate” has truly resulted in any inking, it’s colored Ohio State’s student-athletes black and blue — by the NCAA. The NCAA’s ruling has put OSU’s hopes for a strong run next season into jeopardy. It not only forces five impact players to sit out the first five games of the season — including non-conference games at home against Colorado and on the road against Miami (Fla.) — but also has seemingly put the early nails in the coffin for  quarterback Terrelle Pryor’s Heisman campaign next season. In fact, the ruling suddenly has diminished Pryor’s prospects for even returning to the gridiron his senior season. Despite all that, the bigger issue involved here is the NCAA hammering its soulless, iron fist. In what’s now being called “Tattoogate,” five OSU football players — Pryor, Daniel “Boom” Herron, Mike Adams, DeVier Posey and Solomon Thomas — must sit the first five games of the 2010–11 football season and repay between $1,000 and $2,500 to charity. All because they sold their personal belongings and traded autographs for tattoos. None of these players was taking payouts from agents, receiving free Hummers or partying on private yachts with rappers. Instead, Pryor sold his things to help out his mother, Pryor’s high school coach Ray Reitz told ESPN. The reality of life is that sometimes people need to sell their things to get by, even if they’re cherished. We don’t know what sentimental value these players placed on the rings, awards and jerseys they sold, but if these players truly were in financial need, is it really appropriate for the NCAA to punish them so harshly? Few people actually want to sell their wedding ring, but sometimes it’s necessary to help make ends meet. Buckeye fans might feel a little stung that Pryor sold a Big Ten championship ring and his Gold Pants, but if Pryor truly was trying to help out his family, can we really be that upset with him? And is trading a tattoo for an autograph really so bad? It’s not like these players were trading tattoos for an all-expense-paid vacation to a party at the Playboy Mansion. Erik Kuselias of ESPN’s “Mike & Mike in the Morning” makes a good point: These athletes can receive hundreds of dollars in free merchandise for playing in the Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl, but trading an autograph for a tattoo is worthy of a five-game suspension? Great logic, NCAA. Great logic. Let’s not forget the NCAA’s inconsistency, either. Earlier this year, the NCAA ruled that Auburn quarterback Cam Newton was eligible to play, despite reports that his father was shopping him around to universities for six-figure payouts. However, according to the NCAA, an investigation is still ongoing. The NCAA also took several years to reach a verdict in the Reggie Bush case at USC, where Bush received $300,000 in illegal benefits. Bush played at USC from 2003-05, and it wasn’t until June 2010 that the NCAA placed the program on four years probation, forced them to vacate victories and stripped them of scholarships. Being angry with these players for making a mistake might not be the best way to direct our aggression. Instead, we should be more upset with the NCAA for its ridiculous stranglehold on the lives of student-athletes. We should also push the OSU athletic department to educate student-athletes more thoroughly on rules violations. Athletic director Gene Smith even admitted Thursday in a statement that OSU didn’t do a sufficient job educating its student-athletes about these types of violations. And remember that report in The Lantern saying that OSU has an allocation of about $500,000 set aside to help student-athletes in financial need? Perhaps OSU should do a better job of letting these players know they aren’t going to be totally hung out to dry if their wallets are running on empty. It’s not known for sure what the intentions of the players were yet or what the money was spent on, but if the players truly had only good intentions, the NCAA’s ruling is just another case of the NCAA exploiting its embarrassing and illogical stranglehold on each and every move student-athletes make. read more

Ohio State earns bid to Orange Bowl set to play Clemson

Coach Urban Meyer and the football team wait to enter the stadium. OSU lost to Michigan State, 34-24, at the Big Ten Championship at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis Dec. 7. Credit: Ritika Shah / Asst. photo editorThe Ohio State Buckeyes are headed to the Sunshine State.One day after getting their dreams of playing for a BCS National Championship dashed by No. 4 Michigan State in the Big Ten Championship game, OSU is set to travel to Miami, Fla., to take on the No. 12 Clemson Tigers (10-2, 7-1) in the Discover Orange Bowl Jan. 3, 2014 after earning an at-large bid.“On behalf of our players, staff and The Ohio State University, we are honored to accept the invitation to play in the Discover Orange Bowl,” OSU coach Urban Meyer said Sunday evening on the Orange Bowl teleconference. “We look forward to representing Ohio State down in south Florida.”The Buckeyes (12-1, 8-1) dropped to No. 7 in the BCS Standings after falling to the Spartans, 34-24, Saturday. With a win, OSU likely would have had a chance to face off against No. 1 Florida State in Pasadena, Calif., but instead are scheduled to play in another BCS bowl against an ACC opponent.Meyer said he did not meet with the team Sunday, and that he does not think the team will have any problems getting up to play Clemson after missing out on a chance to play for the national title.“We had a good conversation after the game last night,” Meyer said. “They’re heartbroken, but they’re also competitors and I think the fact that they’re playing in a BCS Bowl against Clemson, that’s going to wake you up real fast … There’s not doubt in my mind that we’ll be excited to go play in this bowl game.”It is the ninth time OSU has been selected to play in a BCS bowl, tied for the all-time ever with Oklahoma, according to a press release.The Tigers and Buckeyes have only met one other time, in the 1978 Gator Bowl, a memorable affair that cost former OSU coach Woody Hayes his job.Trailing 17-15 with just over two minutes remaining, OSU quarterback Art Schlichter was intercepted by Clemson’s Charlie Bauman to all but end the game. Following the play, Hayes punched Bauman through the face mask after he got up on the OSU sideline.Hayes was fired by OSU the next day.The 2013 version of the Tigers, who lost in their regular season finale Nov. 30 to then-No. 10 South Carolina 31-17, sport a high-powered offense, ranked 12th in the country with 502.9 yards per game. Led by senior quarterback Tajh Boyd, the Tigers are tied for 11th in the country in scoring at 40.2 points per game.OSU junior linebacker Ryan Shazier, who is from Pompano Beach, Fla., said it will be nice to play the final game of the season in his home state.“It will be really cool to be able to play Clemson in Florida in the Orange Bowl game … in front of my family and friends,” Shazier said in an OSU press release. “It will be nice to be able to play the last game of the season in my home state. It will mean a lot.”Buckeye senior left tackle Jack Mewhort said he has not yet turned his thoughts to the bowl game, but said he is going to enjoy getting the opportunity to play in a BCS bowl in his final game at OSU.“I think it means a lot for us to go back and play in a BCS bowl game,” Mewhort said in the release. “To get a win in a big time bowl and at the same time show some resiliency would be a great way to go out. I couldn’t ask at this point for anything more than to play in a BCS bowl game, and getting to go to battle with these guys I’ve been fortunate to play with for the last four or five years will be great.”Kickoff between the Buckeyes and Tigers is set for 8:30 p.m. at Sun Life Stadium. read more

Deschamps Tactical changes were key to France win

first_imgFrance boss Didier Deschamps said that the tactical changes he made in the first-half had a key impact on his forwards in their 2-1 win over GermanyLes Bleus bounced back from Toni Kroos’ 14th-minute penalty to claim all three points in their Nations League clash with Germany after a brace from Antoine Griezmann in the second-half.It’s France’s 11th win in their last 15 matches and one more against the Netherlands at Rotterdam next month will secure them the top spot in Group A1.Speaking after the win at Paris, Deschamps praised the reaction of his players following a difficult opening 45 minutes and reflected on the changes he made during the game.“There was a reaction and we upped the intensity and tempo. The Germans played with real intensity in the first half,” said Deschamps on the UEFA website.“I modified my tactics after 25-30 minutes and found a better balance that gave more freedom to my forwards, especially Kylian (Mbappe) and Antoine (Griezmann) on the wings.Top 5 Bundesliga players to watch during the weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Bundesliga’s Top 5 players to watch next weekend.The German…“It’s a good thing in terms of our aim of finishing top of the group, but we were up against a very good German side today.”France lead Group A1 with seven points from three games.#FRAALL 🇫🇷 2-1 🇩🇪 #NationsLeagueLe fait/homme du match, c’est _________. pic.twitter.com/ciFUWazno6— UEFA Nations League (@EURO2020) October 16, 2018last_img read more

Steven Gerrard delighted with Allan McGregors second spell at Rangers

first_imgRangers manager might not have personally identified McGregor prior to his emergence as manager but he is happy to have endorsed the deal as McGregor has saved the club severally over the past five months.The Rangers shot-stopper was brilliant on Thursday in the Club’s Europa League tie against Villarreal on a night when his defence was shaky. McGregor twice denied Villareal’s Karl Toko Ekambi in one-to-one situations to secure a vital point for Rangers.Gerrard was quoted on Daily Mail: ”I can’t believe we got Allan for free. I think it was a stroke of genius from Mark Allen,”‘You need to take age and everything into consideration now but if you could knock a decade off Allan, he would be worth a hell of a lot of money.”Steven Gerrard, Michael OwenOwen reveals why Liverpool didn’t offer Gerrard a new contract Manuel R. Medina – September 6, 2019 According to Owen, the Reds wanted to sell Gerrard two years before he left the club and that’s why they didn’t offer him a contract renewal.“He could comfortably be part of most teams. To achieve in the biggest games in any league, you need a top goalie. That is the foundation you build on.””When I decided to take over, that’s an area I was keen to add to. Speaking to our recruitment team, when I knew McGregor was available and keen to come back – desperate to come back – it was a no-brainer for me.”On their upcoming fixtures, Gerrard continued:“When we came back from the international break, we saw this period right up to the Celtic game as a really tough period. But it is full of exciting games, games the players should enjoy and look forward to playing in.”‘The next two fixtures are big for us, six important points, but we need to focus on Hearts first. It would be nice to sit top after the weekend but we have to earn the right. You get nothing this early for it.”last_img read more

Mourinho doesnt know when United can win title

first_imgManchester United manager Jose Mourinho admits he doesn’t know when they can challenge for the title again and may rely on their rivals getting hit by FFP rules.Despite spending £360m since becoming Manchester United manager in 2016, Mourinho still believes his team is far from winning the Premier League trophy.Current Premier League champions Manchester City are now under investigation after leaked documents last month showed that the club had circumvented the Financial Fair Play rules by inflating their sponsorship income.“I don’t know,” Mourinho told Sky Sports after he asked when United will challenge for the title again.norwich city, manchester city, premier leagueReport: City are stunned by Norwich George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Manchester City was stunned by Norwich City in todays Premier League clash.Much has been made in recent days of the potential impact of Aymeric…“It depends also the way of our evolution but also the evolution of others, the ones that are above us.“If they keep going in the same direction and if their ambition, investment, everything, continues that’s one thing.“Another thing is if they stop or if Financial Fair Play makes them stop. Then we can close the gap a little bit better.”last_img read more

Rise Against Announce Raucous Summer 2018 Tour With AFI

first_imgNews Tim McIlrath & Co. are set to bring some fire and fury to a concert venue near youTim McPhateGRAMMYs Mar 26, 2018 – 11:37 am The summer 2018 touring season just added a few decibels in the form of Rise Against’s full-scale assault of North America.  With AFI and Anti-Flag in tow, the Chicago hardcore collective will hit arenas and ampitheaters beginning July 27 in Montreal. Dubbed the Mourning in Amerika tour, the run will crisscross cities such as New York, Philadelphia, Minneapolis, Chicago, Dallas, Salt Lake City, and Seattle, before wrapping Sept. 30 in Irvine, Calif.Rise Against — vocalist/guitarist Tim McIlrath, lead guitarist Zach Blair, bassist Joe Principe. and drummer Brandon Barnes — will be promoting their recent politically minded release, 2017’s Wolves, which hit No. 9 on the Billboard 200 chart. Rise Against Announce Raucous Summer 2018 Tour With AFI Rise Against Rise Up With Summer Tour rise-against-announce-raucous-summer-2018-tour-afi Twitter center_img Email Facebook “We’re playing three new songs [live] — ‘Wolves,’ ‘Welcome To The Breakdown’ and ‘The Violence,'” McIlrath told GRAMMY.com contributor Steve Baltin last summer. “And they’re actually going over super well. The crowd has immediately taken to these songs more than they ever have in the past. I think it’s partly because I hope they’re good songs and partly because we just personally love them. And when a band is personally excited to play something that shows onstage.”AFI will be representing their self-titled 2017 album, which hit No. 5 on the Billboard 200, marking their highest charting position since 2016’s chart-topping Decemberunderground. Pittsburgh’s Anti-Flag also released an album in 2017, American Fall.Check out the tour’s full itinerary and get your tickets starting March 30.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read morelast_img read more

Flashback Friday Ileana DCruz flaunts her curves in this steamy bikini photo

first_imgIleana.PR HandoutIleana D’Cruz has been away from Bollywood for quite a while now and has been in the news mostly for her relationship with her long-time photographer boyfriend Andrew Kneebone. She was last seen in Anees Bazmee’s Mubarakan and had made a comeback in Telugu film industry with Amar Akbar Anthony after a gap of six years. She is quite active on Instagram and often gives a glimpse into her life through her posts. And now Ileana has treated her 10 millions followers with a steamy throwback bikini picture which will surely take your breath away.In the throwback picture, Ileana can be seen oozing hotness while posing on a cruise ship. Flaunting her curvaceous figure in a white bikini, the actress looked no less than a goddess with her confident gaze into the camera lens.Ileana will now be seen in Anees Bazmee’s upcoming flick Pagalpanti which also stars John Abraham in lead role. The film is currently been shot in London and as the title suggests, the movie will be an out-and-out comedy.The release date will be set eventually.last_img read more

Kotak Mahindra Bank beats SBI to become Indias 2nd most valuable lender

first_imgKotak Mahindra Bank pips SBIReuters filePrivate lender Kotak Mahindra Bank Monday surpassed country’s largest lender State Bank of India (SBI) to become India’s second most valuable bank for the first time.HDFC Bank Ltd is country’s most valuable bank with a market capitalization of Rs 5.04 trillion.Shares of the Kotak Mahindra Bank managed by billionaire Uday Kotak surged 1.8 percent to a record high of Rs 1170.05 Monday. The market capitalization of Kotak Mahindra Bank was Rs 2.23 trillion, while SBI’s market value was Rs 2.22 trillion Monday.At the starting of 2018, SBI’s market value was 44 percent more than that of Kotak Mahindra Bank. Since then, shares of SBI have declined nearly 19 percent due to the posting of loss in December quarter and bad loan problems faced by state-run banks, while that of Kotak Mahindra Bank have risen 16 percent.After a $2 billion fraud allegedly committed by Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi was detected at the Punjab National Bank’s Mumbai branch, public sector banks in the country have been hobbled by bad loans and rising defaults across the corporate sector and have cut back on big-ticket lending.Since then many banks reported exposure to financial scams and CBI booked various public sector officials and top management staffs.ICICI Bank, Axis Bank, IndusInd Bank, YES Bank, Bandhan Bank, Punjab National Bank are in the top 10 positions according to market capitalization.last_img read more

Zeremenko Joins Softball Staff

first_imgZeremenko joins the Cardinals following a stellar playing career at Pittsburgh during which she helped the Panthers to the 2018 ACC Coastal Division title and a pair of runner-up finishes in the conference championship. The two-time National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) all-Mid-Atlantic Region selection and all-ACC honoree played for the Panthers from 2015 through 2018 and left her name etched in the Pitt record book, owning the career mark for home runs (46) and standing tied for second with 127 RBIs. University of Louisville head softball coach Holly Aprile has announced that Giorgiana Zeremenko will join her staff as a volunteer assistant coach. Following the completion of her collegiate career, Zeremenko became the first softball player in Pitt history to be drafted to play professionally when she was selected by the E1 Pro Ballers as the 19th overall pick in the inaugural American Softball Association (ASBA) draft. She went on to earn 2018 All-ASBA first-team honors after posting a .303 batting average and leading the E1 Pro Ballers with nine home runs, 26 RBIs and 20 runs. The Canonsburg, Pa.,native graduated from Pittsburgh in 2018 with a degree in exercise science and was an all-ACC academic team member her senior year.   As a senior, Zeremenko played an integral role in Pitt’s first ACC Coastal Division championship, pacing the squad with a .340 batting average, 50 hits, 15 home runs and was second on the team with 29 RBIs. She finished her career with all-ACC and all-Mid-Atlantic Region first team honors.  Print Friendly Versioncenter_img The catcher had a breakout season in 2016 when she belted out a program-record 17 home runs while leading the team with a .392 batting average, and setting single-season marks for on-base percentage (.487) and slugging percentage (.888). Following the season, she picked up the first of her NFCA All-Mid-Atlantic Region honors as a second team selection. “We are absolutely thrilled to have Giorgiana Zeremenko join our staff,” said Aprile. “The value of adding someone of G’s individual and athletic caliber to our staff, who also understands the values and purpose behind everything that we do is immeasurable.  She has an incredible passion for the game and I know that she will establish a great rapport with our student-athletes.  We can’t wait for her to get to the ‘Ville and get started.” Story Links “I’m super excited to work under this amazing staff and learn from them on the other side of the lines,” said Zeremenko. “I’m thankful for the opportunity to start my coaching career at a top-tier university like the University of Louisville. It’s a great college town and the environment is electric and I can’t wait to get down there and get started.”last_img read more

Researchers conduct first direct measurement of gravitys curvature

first_img , arXiv Journal information: Physical Review Letters Over many years, scientists have developed more sophisticated ways to measure gravity, one of the latest is to use atom interferometry—it enables distance measurement with very high precision and works by exploiting the quantum-mechanical wavelike nature of atoms. Up till now researchers have been able to measure the changes in gravity as altitude increases, for heights as little as a few feet, creating a gradient. In this new research the team has found a way to measure the change in gravity that is produced by a large mass. This change in the gradient is known as gravity’s curvature.To directly measure the change in a gradient, the team used measurements made at three different heights. Measuring gravity at two locations close to one another can give the gradient as the measured difference of the two divided by the distance between them. Measuring gravity at three locations allows for calculating the rate of change, or curvature—an idea for an experiment to carry out this measurement was first proposed back in 2002. The experiment conducted by the team in Italy is based on that proposal.To allow for measuring gravity at three locations all at the same time, the team created three plumes of ultracold atoms at three different heights inside of a one meter pipe. The top half of the piper was surrounded by tungsten alloy weights to cause an increase in variation of the gravitational field. The atoms were irradiated with pulses from a laser to cause them to separate the plumes into two parts, one that absorbed photons and a second that was left in a ground state. The additional momentum caused the atoms in the first group to fall a different distance over a measured time period, which led to a difference in quantum wave cycles that elapsed between the two. The team then added two more wave pulses to cause the two groups to recombine, which allowed them to interfere. Measuring the interference allowed for calculating the variations in gravitational acceleration and curvature, which turned out to be 1.4×10 −5 s −2 m −1, as predicted.The team believes their method should prove useful for geologic and mapping work as well as improving the measurement of G. Explore further Citation: Researchers conduct first direct measurement of gravity’s curvature (2015, January 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-01-gravity-curvature.html More information: Measurement of the Gravity-Field Curvature by Atom Interferometry, Phys. Rev. Lett. 114, 013001 – Published 5 January 2015. dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.114.013001 . On Arxiv: arxiv.org/abs/1501.01500ABSTRACTWe present the first direct measurement of the gravity-field curvature based on three conjugated atom interferometers. Three atomic clouds launched in the vertical direction are simultaneously interrogated by the same atom interferometry sequence and used to probe the gravity field at three equally spaced positions. The vertical component of the gravity-field curvature generated by nearby source masses is measured from the difference between adjacent gravity gradient values. Curvature measurements are of interest in geodesy studies and for the validation of gravitational models of the surrounding environment. The possibility of using such a scheme for a new determination of the Newtonian constant of gravity is also discussed. (a) Scheme of the experiment. (b) Gravitational acceleration along the symmetry axis (az) produced by the source masses and the Earth’s gravity gradient. Credit: Phys. Rev. Lett. 114, 013001 This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2015 Phys.org Researchers propose method for measuring gravitational impact on antimatter (Phys.org)—A team of researchers working in Italy has successfully conducted an experiment to directly measure gravity’s curvature for the first time. In their paper published in the journal Physical Review Letters, the team describes their work and note that what they have accomplished could lead to an improvement in G, the Newtonian constant of gravity.last_img read more

By the Numbers Facebook Likes Tinder Swipes Uber Rides and More Infographic

first_img 1 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global August 13, 2015 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.center_img Facebook users “like” more than 4.1 million posts every minute of every day. That means they like almost 250 million posts every hour.Tinder users swipe more than 590,000 times every minute of every day. That means they swipe past more than 35 million potential lovers every hour.Uber users take almost 700 rides every minute of every day. That means they’re taking more than 40,000 rides every hour.That’s a lot of Facebook liking, Tinder swiping and Uber ride-hailing. It’s kind of mind-boggling if you stop to think about it for, say, a minute. All of that activity means that a lot of data is being created. Each like, swipe and ride represents the creation of data that lives on the Internet.For a deeper look into how much data is created every minute, have a look at the infographic embedded below compiled by Domo, a cloud-based business management platform.Click to Enlarge+ Related: How to Use Your Endless Stream of Big Data as an Asset Register Now »last_img read more

Great day on the links for YellowBird with money raised for Turks

first_img Posted by Share Monday, May 27, 2019 TORONTO — The travel industry came out in full force to support The YellowBird Foundation on Friday at the annual YellowBird Charity Golf Classic held at Glen Abbey in Oakville, sponsored by WestJet and WestJet Vacations.The event was to raise funds for a school in the Turks and Caicos, the Ianthe Pratt Primary School, which was one of many schools severely damaged during the 2017 hurricane season. Two years later they are still struggling to rebuild and The YellowBird Foundation and Sandals Foundation are raising money to help rebuild 5 different sections of the school, benefitting 560 children ages 5 – 11.“The weather cooperated and it has been another successful day raising money for a very worthy cause,” says Devin Kinasz, Publisher, Travelweek. “We all love travelling around the world, but very few of the destinations enjoy the standards of living we do in Canada, so it is important to give back and help when we can.”More news:  Consolidation in the cruise industry as PONANT set to acquire Paul Gauguin CruisesThe WestJet and WestJet Vacations team was on hand to lend support including Jane Clementino, Director of Agency Sales, and Tim Croyle, Vice President and General Manager of WestJet Vacations. WestJet’s newly appointed Vice President of Sales, Chuck Crowder, encouraged the golfers to “remember why we are here and that’s to support children and education in the Caribbean.”The golf tournament on Friday was a fun day on the links, followed by a lunch with a silent and live auction.Since its inception in 2005, The YellowBird Foundation has donated nearly $500,000 to educational initiatives in the Caribbean and Latin America, largely from money raised at this annual golf tournament.“It is a fun day, but more importantly we raise money for a great cause and help children get the education they deserve,” says Kinasz. “I hope the projects we support will give children the opportunity to grow and understand there are people in the world who want to see them succeed.”More news:  Transat calls Groupe Mach’s latest offer “highly abusive, coercive and misleading”The YellowBird Foundation and WestJet thank all the participants and look forward to welcoming everyone again next year. Travelweek Group center_img Great day on the links for YellowBird with money raised for Turks & Caicos school Tags: Charity, Glen Abbey, Golf, Travelweek, Turks and Caicos, WestJet, WestJet Vacations, Yellowbird Foundation << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Abu Dhabi sees growth in hotel guests following recordbreaking year

first_imgFollowing a record-breaking year for hotel guests in Abu Dhabi, the emirate has recorded impressive growth in the first couple of months of 2017, seeing a 5.5% rise in hotel guests.According to figures from Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi), 749,650 hotel guests have checked into the emirate’s 170 hotels and hotel apartments in January and February – an increase of more than 40,000 guests over the corresponding period last year.More than 4.4 million hotel guests were recorded in the emirate over the course of 2016, which was an eight percent increase over 2015. Statistics across guest nights, the average length of stay and revenues also offered strong results, with 12,031,628 guest nights recorded.H.E. Saif Saeed Ghobash, Director General, TCA Abu Dhabi, said, “The first two months of this year has seen our key overseas markets continue to perform well, and we remain committed to expanding our outstanding tourism and cultural assets. With our year-round programme of events, we plan to gain further growth across the tourism sector and achieve our target of reaching 4.9 million hotel guests throughout the course of this year.”January 2017 saw particularly strong figures, with an eight percent increase year-on-year in guest arrivals with the top five visitor source markets – the UAE, India, UK, China and Saudi Arabia – continuing to post impressive figures. Al Dhafra Region (formerly known as the Western Region), and Al Ain Region (formerly known as the Eastern Region) continued to post significant length of stay.February 2017 witnessed a four percent rise in guest arrivals in comparison to February 2016, and an increase of 3% in hotel guest nights with the leading international source markets, China, India, UK and USA. Revenue per available room also rose by nine percent while the average room rate rose 10% to AED 451.TCA Abu Dhabi will be spearheading numerous delegations to international travel trade events throughout the year to bolster visitor and guest arrivals. Already this year the Authority has led a delegation of the emirate’s leading hotels, attractions, destination management companies and tour operators to ITB Berlin in Germany, with trips to China and Saudi Arabia also taking place imminently.last_img read more

Rep Wakeman to host local office hours

first_img Categories: Wakeman News 08Feb Rep. Wakeman to host local office hours State Rep. Rodney Wakeman of Saginaw Township will host district office hours on Friday, Feb. 15 and Monday, Feb. 18 to meet with local residents of the 94th District.“As your voice in Lansing, I want to hear from you,” Rep. Wakeman said. “I am determined to remain accessible and accountable, and this is a great way to discuss your thoughts and questions on state government. I hope you will join me.”Office hours are scheduled for the following times and locations:Friday, Feb. 15 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Wickson Library, 359 S. Franklin St. in Frankenmuth; andMonday, Feb. 18 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Zauel Memorial Library, 3100 N. Center Road in Saginaw.No appointment is necessary. Residents unable to attend may contact Rep. Wakeman’s office by calling (517) 373-0837 or by email at RodneyWakeman@house.mi.gov.last_img read more

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first_imgRecommended Link Recommended Link Click here now to see how you can cash in Doug Casey: I agree with Rick. Because mining, especially in South Africa – where mines go a mile or even two miles deep – is both a high-technology and extremely capital-intensive business.Today’s South Africa isn’t generating any new technology; the money is all going into politics, not science and engineering. Nobody wants to invest in a place where property rights are ceasing to exist. As Rick emphasized, nobody is going to put any significant capital in there, and they’re not generating any domestic capital.I just don’t see how the mining industry can continue there. It’s a far cry from the 1960s when these mines were making enough money to pay, on average, 10% dividends with gold at only $35 an ounce.Nick Giambruno: You mentioned the disregard for private property rights, Doug. It appears South Africa is about to embark on a massive private property confiscation scheme. We’ve seen this before in places like Zimbabwe, Cuba, and Venezuela. It usually coincides with economic collapse and an exodus of skilled workers. Could that happen in South Africa, and what are the implications for the mining industry in particular?Doug Casey: It’s not just the countries you mentioned. The Soviet Union and pre-Deng China collapsed because of socialism. Now, as far as the economic future in South Africa, it’s going to be grim. Why should it be different from every other experiment in social engineering?South Africa’s current culture doesn’t value the mainsprings of progress, which is to say free speech, free markets, individualism, a sound currency, and a work ethic, among other things. South Africa is basically a tribal society, and their values are communal. They’ve also been infected by every stupid idea that’s come down the pipe from Europe.The black government is terminally incompetent and corrupt, and unlikely to get better. They see the mines, in particular, as cash cows to be milked to the greatest degree possible.The whole economy of Africa is based on primary production, mining, and agriculture. South Africa has some industry, but it won’t be maintained, or kept up to date. It all doesn’t bode well for the place. Register for free — From Essentially $0 To Potentially $400 Billion?This Thursday at 8 pm ET, we’re hosting a free investment summit. A former money manager, famous for predicting the renter trend, legal marijuana wave, blockchain boom, and Bitcoin bubble will go on record with his next prediction—as a new industry goes from essentially $0… to potentially $400 billion over the next few years. Forget earnings seasons, IPOs, and government bailouts. This is going to be even better. Join us Thursday evening to get the surprising story behind this watershed moment. Justin’s note: Today, we’re sharing part II of Crisis Investing chief analyst Nick Giambruno’s recent interview with resource legends Doug Casey and Rick Rule. If you missed part I, make sure to catch up here.Below, the guys take a closer look at the current crisis in South Africa, and what it could mean for platinum in the near future…Nick Giambruno: Rick, given what we’ve been discussing, do you think there’s a potential for supply disruptions soon from South Africa?Rick Rule: I think that it is in fact a probability rather than a possibility. The industry has not made sufficient sustaining-capital investments for 10 or 12 years. The industry has been required politically – sometimes with state assistance – to keep uneconomic shafts open.And you have a circumstance now where the lack of sustaining capital means that literally billions of dollars must be put in place to rehabilitate these old shafts so that they can continue to produce. At the same time, workers’ wages must increase.These two circumstances are confronting an industry that loses more than a billion dollars a year.The money has to come from somewhere, and there is nowhere for it to come from.The second circumstance that this discussion needs to include is the fact that although South Africa has abundant resources, including human resources, the government mismanagement has been so incredible.For example, while South Africa is an exporter of coal and uranium, the domestic power supplier in South Africa, Eskom, can’t pay its bills or meet demand for electricity.The mining industry in South Africa is extremely power-intensive. But Eskom is run more politically. So ironically, the part of South Africa that pays its power bills – which is the mining industry – experiences rolling brownouts. Eskom needs to invest more money – money that it doesn’t have – in power generation and distribution.This again augurs very dramatically for supply disruptions.For example, if there were an extended brownout, it could cause the pumps for water evacuations in the deep shafts to go down for very short periods of time, I’m talking about a week or so. That would cause material destruction to the ventilation and electrification of these deep shafts. My suspicion is over two or three years, that’s a probability as opposed to a possibility, too. — I Have Never Seen Trump Like THIS…Just seconds into this rant, President Trump admitted a shocking $5 trillion grudge… Now that HE is running the show… He’s taking out his fury in full force… And giving away as much as $5 trillion to hardworking Americans. Nick Giambruno: South Africa has gone through numerous episodes of turmoil. A lot of people thought it would collapse amid bloody riots in the mid-1970s, but it didn’t. Doug, what makes this time potentially different?Doug Casey: That’s the $64,000 question. Let me give you a few thoughts.In those days, the whites were relatively more numerous, but South Africa has been suffering white emigration for a couple of decades now, while the black population has doubled. The whites used to control the police and the military; that absolutely ended. The only thing the whites control is the finances of the country, and the blacks resent that. So, they’re going to lose that as well.Skilled white South Africans will continue to make the “chicken run” in accelerating numbers, if they can. I have relatives and friends in South Africa, and they’re all looking at the door. Even though the standard of living is still very high. But it’s dangerous out on the farms and becoming more dangerous. The white exodus is going to turn into a flood over the next decade.Nick Giambruno: Rick, what’s your outlook on the price of platinum going forward?Rick Rule: My track record in terms of price forecasting is almost unblemished by success. So, I’m old enough now at age 65 to sort of resist questions like that.I can only say that you wouldn’t significantly reduce platinum demand even if the price were to double or triple. One of the things that I really like about the platinum business is it takes about $120 or $130 worth of platinum to make a catalytic convertor that enables the sale of a $40,000 car. That means the cost of the platinum is irrelevant in terms of the cost of the vehicle.I love circumstances where, 1) the price of something must go up because it’s being produced at less than the cost of production and, 2) the price can go up because the utility that the commodity delivers is so spectacular relative to its unit cost. Platinum exhibits both of those characteristics.In other words, the industry pricing is unsustainable relative to the cost to produce platinum. The utility of platinum is so extraordinary in every application that it’s used for that my belief is you have a circumstance where the price can go up and must go up. So, it will go up. I’m just unwilling to tell you how high, because I don’t know.Nick Giambruno: Any final thoughts?Doug Casey: Again, I agree with Rick.I would just add, the big danger in the commodity business is a continuing collapse in commodity prices. That is the absolute longest trend in world history; it’s been going on for 10,000 years, and it’s a good thing – great cause for optimism. It used to be that a little bit of metal was extremely valuable thousands of years ago; now it’s worth almost nothing. That trend is going to accelerate with the development of both nanotech and biotech, as well as better and cheaper power sources. Extraction and processing costs are going to drop radically – at least in countries that aren’t political basket cases. All commodities are inevitably headed towards zero over the long run. Unless the whole world starts acting like today’s South Africa.But from a current income statement point of view, I realize that’s just academically interesting. Not terribly relevant to the next quarter. But it’s good to keep these thoughts in the back of your mind when you get overenthusiastic about any commodities.Rick Rule: Doug is correct. Commodity prices in real terms have been falling at about 1% compounded for a very long time. That notwithstanding, focusing on commodity-based investments has made me rich.The way that I’ve done it is by concentrating on materials that other people weren’t concentrating on where the cost of producing those materials was higher than the median selling price of the material.In other words, while over 20 or 30 years the real price of a material may fall, if you are able to buy that material over a period of time when the price has to rise in the near-term, you can do very well.But I also want to pause at a more optimistic viewpoint on Africa than Doug left you with. It’s a topic I am familiar with, because I correspond with and in fact attempt to mentor a great number of African people under the age of 40, most of them under the age of 30. And I can tell you that large, innovative, and rapidly growing companies are emerging all over the African continent that are staffed by, cater to, and financed by indigenous African people.I am much less concerned about the white flight in South Africa, looking as an example at the competency of the indigenous staff at companies like Ivanhoe Mines or Rand Gold.What I’m more concerned about is the fondness of the indigenous political classes for the worst legacies of colonialism, which are in fact government and socialism. So, while in the near term I don’t argue with Doug’s pessimism, in the five- to 10-year timeframe I personally am an unalloyed bull on Africa.Nick Giambruno: Doug and Rick, thank you for your time.Justin’s note: In the latest issue of Crisis Investing, Nick shared more details on this situation… and revealed two specific investments to take advantage of it. Subscribers can access the issue here.If you’re not a subscriber, I urge you to consider joining Nick and his readers today in what is setting up to be a big year for crisis investors. Every month, Nick tells his readers about the best money-making opportunities that no one else is talking about. For example, he recently discovered a revolutionary way to make money off gold… but not in the way you’re probably thinking.This “new gold” investment has delivered gains of 169%, 264%, and 9,001% over the past year… And there’s still massive upside ahead. You can learn more about this opportunity – and how to sign up for Crisis Investing to get all of Nick’s recommendations – by going here.Reader MailbagAre you planning on adding platinum exposure to your portfolio soon? If not, are there other metals you’d like to hear more about in 2019? Let us know right here: feedback@caseyresearch.com.Tomorrow’s the Big NightTomorrow at 8 p.m. ET, Strategic Investor editor E.B. Tucker will go on record with his next big prediction during a free investment summit. He believes we’re looking at the growth of a new market – from $0 to potentially $400 billion in a matter of years. And three well-positioned stocks are expected to take the lion’s share of profits.You don’t want to miss this. Go here to register for free…last_img read more

A court has ruled that a disabled woman should be

first_imgA court has ruled that a disabled woman should be awarded £5,000 compensation by the government contractor Atos, after a dishonest report by one of its assessors led to her being awarded the wrong level of benefits.Vanessa Haley, from Huddersfield, told the county court in her written evidence that the assessor had tried to “impede her entitlement” to the enhanced rate of the daily living component of personal independence payment (PIP) by “falsifying” her assessment report.The assessment report also led to her being denied any PIP mobility support.She was awarded the compensation after the court upheld her claim of maladministration against Atos and her allegation that it was responsible for causing her health conditions to worsen.The news of her court victory came as the minister for disabled people gave evidence to the Commons work and pensions committee yesterday (Wednesday), as part of its inquiry into the PIP and employment and support allowance assessment processes (see separate story).Disability News Service has been investigating claims of dishonesty at the heart of the PIP assessment system for more than a year, and has heard from nearly 300 disabled people who have made such allegations.Haley was previously on the lower rate of care and mobility for disability living allowance (DLA), but the impact of her multiple health conditions had worsened since her last DLA award in 2013.The Atos assessor, a paramedic, visited the former teacher and film-maker at her home in January 2016 as part of her reassessment for PIP, which is gradually replacing working-age DLA.But she told the court that he “consistently and repeatedly ignored” her answers and evidence in his report, and misrepresented what he saw during the face-to-face assessment.One example she gave was that he described her as looking “well kempt and casually dressed”, when she had not washed her hair in 10 days and was wearing pyjamas and a dressing gown.He also said he had seen her “move her body around the sofa herself and raise her legs on and off the floor herself”, and claimed that she was able to “lay back and put her head against the sofa”.But she said she was seated when he came into the room and her legs were already up, and she only lifted them with her hands to put them on a cushion.She said: “I tried to move myself but couldn’t as I don’t have the upper body strength.“My mum offered to lift me but she’s 73 and that’s not fair to her, so I sat in a great deal of pain for the rest of the assessment.“I didn’t lay back either as my sofa doesn’t allow that, it’s a straight back.”The assessor said that because of her movements on the sofa and because she said she could drive an automatic car – which he said “suggests adequate power and movement in her limbs and joints” – she was “able to move for more than 200 meters (sic) safely and reliably”.The assessor also claimed that she had been “able to recall all of her medical details and history without prompting or referring to written notes”, when she had actually had to pass a written list of her conditions to her mother to read out for her.The county court awarded Haley £5,000 when Atos failed to offer a defence to her claim for damages.The battle to secure the correct level of PIP support has had a significant impact on her mental health, leaving her unable to leave her home.She now experiences “constant paranoia” about being misdiagnosed by GPs and other healthcare professionals. She has also begun self-harming.Haley, who has significant physical and mental health impairments, was also left so depressed by the assessment process that police had to be called to her home last year after she threatened to take her own life.As a result of the misleading and dishonest assessment, she was originally granted only the standard daily living rate of PIP, at £55 per week, instead of the enhanced rate, at £83, and was not awarded anything for mobility.She was only awarded the enhanced rate of daily living and the standard mobility rate after appealing to a tribunal, which ruled in her favour in March this year, 14 months after the PIP assessment took place.Because of the original decision, she was forced to rely on credit cards and financial help from her family, and was left severely in debt.Haley said she had only taken the court case because she was persuaded to do so by her disabled friend Bret Lowther, who was a law student.He took his own life in October, but his efforts helped secure her court victory.She said: “He and most others saw the toll that it had taken on me and how much further my health deteriorated. “I agreed to it, because he was going to deal with all the legal process and complaints to the various bodies.“I didn’t do it for the money, but Bret said that there had to be a monetary value attached to it.“I wanted and still do want this diabolical treatment of the sick and disabled to be exposed and stopped.” She said it was “exhausting constantly being worn down by the machine that is the Department for Work and Pensions and the PIP system. “It is rarely absent from my thoughts, and as a result my anxiety is through the roof.”She said she was “angry” that she and other disabled people were being “dismissed and lied about”, because “through no fault of our own we have found ourselves in unfortunate and reduced circumstances.“We are constantly being lied about, repressed and vilified. Many disabled people have become even further isolated by this system and have lost much, if not all of their care.”An Atos spokesman said: “We were made aware this week of this judgement and our initial internal investigation indicates that we did not receive the claim form at our registered office which is why no defence was filed to the claim.“Until this investigation is complete we must reserve our position.”last_img read more