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Dementia and Alzheimers Care and treatment become easier and more effective if the disease is diagnosed at an early stage. However, quite often, the early symptoms such as memory loss, personality change, cognition problems, etc. go unnoticed as people mistake them as signs of ageing. It is important not to ignore these early warning signs and seek medical assistance as soon as possible.

Why is early diagnosis important?

If dementia is diagnosed at an early stage, it helps planning and preparing for the future in an appropriate way. It includes gathering knowledge and understanding of available treatments. It also helps in making financial arrangements and other preparations for seeking care at a Dementia and Alzheimers Care Facility at a later stage as the disease progresses.

Symptoms of dementia can be caused by several conditions, many of which are treatable and reversible. So, an early diagnosis can help identify and treat the cause before it worsens. Also, most of the available treatments for dementia work best if started early on at the onset of the disease. Early intervention can stop further decline.

Who should you consult for diagnosis of dementia?

The moment you find some behavioural changes in yourself or your relative, and suspect it could be dementia then the first person you should consult is a general practitioner. If he feels that the symptoms actually indicate dementia, he may refer you to a specialist such as a psychiatrist, neurologist, or neuropsychologist, who will examine you, and if found eligible, refer you for subsidized Dementia and Alzheimers Care.

Aged care assessment teams comprising of doctors, nurses and occupational therapists are also available at various hospitals and aged care nursing homes. They assess the needs of elderly, approve their eligibility for certain Government funding and packages, and make recommendations on the level of aged care nursing that they require. Aged care assessment teams help the elderly get the right kind of Dementia and Alzheimers Care.

Conclusion

The moment you suspect that an aged relative is showing some behavioural or cognitive changes that point towards dementia, you must take them to a professional for a complete evaluation. Early diagnosis may help better management of the disease. In case, professionals confirm that your aged relative has dementia, you are left with two choices, either you take care of them personally, or leave them under the care of professionals at a Dementia and Alzheimers Care Facility.

Kankinya is the provider of best Dementia and Alzheimers Care in Canberra. The state of the art Dementia sufferers care facility is not only the best care provider, but is also the safest facility in ACT. So, you can trust us for all your aged care nursing and Dementia and Alzheimers Care needs.

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About Kankinya Agecare

Our homecare facility in Canberra has been architecturally designed and constructed to ensure that our residents, consisting mostly of those suffering from varying degrees of Alzheimers or Dementia, are able to wander freely around the facility. Of all the aged care nursing facilities in Canberra, we are the only recognised and designated facility specialising in advanced dementia management.

Kankinya offers a safe and caring environment to its residents and caters to the needs of a wide range of elderly residents. While our location is convenient to most aspects of Canberra life, but sometimes convenience is not all that you need. We always ask our prospective families as to what exactly they require for their parent or partner and the usual answer is, We want them to be happy and safe and this is the motto that guides us at our aged care facility in Canberra.

We are proud of the fact that we are the providers of best Dementia care in Canberra. Besides being the leaders in aged care and dementia management, we also take pride in being the safest facility in ACT. We comply with all the Nursing Home safety standards to ensure the safety of our residents. We have a 9C Fire Safety Compliance which includes state of the art fire detection systems and sprinklers throughout. We understand that elderly have a right to a good quality of life and freedom, and we have designed our facilities keeping this in mind. Unlike all other Aged care facilities in Canberra, we do not have our residents locked away in so called secure areas that are hidden from the general public. Our residents enjoy highest degree of freedom within the safety of our facility, which provides a highest possible quality of life to our reside.

To know more please visit us at: www.kankinya.com.au/

About the Author: Kankinya is a residential aged care facility for dementia & alzheimers patients with 80 beds in Canberra, Australia. Our respite care nursing home in ACT for elderly people also provides aged care assessment service. Registered nursing staff are available for 24 hours. Kankinya offers both permanent resident placement and short term respite care with safe and best environment meeting all 44 of 44 standards. Residents have access to allied health professionals i.e. gerontologist, physiotherapist, podiatrist, dietician, speech pathologist, dentist and others.To know more please visit us at:

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Gay Talese on the state of journalism, Iraq and his life

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Saturday, October 27, 2007

Gay Talese wants to go to Iraq. “It so happens there is someone that’s working on such a thing right now for me,” the 75-year-old legendary journalist and author told David Shankbone. “Even if I was on Al-Jazeera with a gun to my head, I wouldn’t be pleading with those bastards! I’d say, ‘Go ahead. Make my day.'”

Few reporters will ever reach the stature of Talese. His 1966 profile of Frank Sinatra, Frank Sinatra Has a Cold, was not only cited by The Economist as the greatest profile of Sinatra ever written, but is considered the greatest of any celebrity profile ever written. In the 70th anniversary issue of Esquire in October 2003, the editors declared the piece the “Best Story Esquire Ever Published.”

Talese helped create and define a new style of literary reporting called New Journalism. Talese himself told National Public Radio he rejects this label (“The term new journalism became very fashionable on college campuses in the 1970s and some of its practitioners tended to be a little loose with the facts. And that’s where I wanted to part company.”)

He is not bothered by the Bancrofts selling The Wall Street Journal—”It’s not like we should lament the passing of some noble dynasty!”—to Rupert Murdoch, but he is bothered by how the press supported and sold the Iraq War to the American people. “The press in Washington got us into this war as much as the people that are controlling it,” said Talese. “They took information that was second-hand information, and they went along with it.” He wants to see the Washington press corp disbanded and sent around the country to get back in touch with the people it covers; that the press should not be so focused on–and in bed with–the federal government.

Augusten Burroughs once said that writers are experience junkies, and Talese fits the bill. Talese–who has been married to Nan Talese (she edited James Frey‘s Million Little Piece) for fifty years–can be found at baseball games in Cuba or the gay bars of Beijing, wanting to see humanity in all its experience.

Below is Wikinews reporter David Shankbone’s interview with Gay Talese.

Contents

  • 1 On Gay Talese
  • 2 On a higher power and how he’d like to die
  • 3 On the media and Iraq
  • 4 On the Iraq War
  • 5 State of Journalism
  • 6 On travel to Cuba
  • 7 On Chinese gay bars
  • 8 On the literary canon
  • 9 Sources

Wikinews interviews India’s first female Paralympic medalist Deepa Malik

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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Wikinews on Sunday interviewed Deepa Malik, India’s first female Paralympic medalist, who won the silver medal in the Women’s Shot Put F53 event finals, at the 2016 Summer Paralympics being held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Malik lost the gold medal to Bahrain’s Fatema Nedham, who had the best throw 4.76 metres, setting a new regional record in paralympic women’s shot put.

Arriving in Rio, Malik had initial trouble due to the airline losing her luggage; it didn’t all arrive until three days later: clothes, opening ceremony outfit and equipment including competition belts.

In early August there was a possibly that Malik might lose her spot on the Indian team going to Rio, with fellow female para athlete Karam Jyoti challenging Malik’s selection and the Sport’s Authority of Indian’s selection process at the High Court of Delhi. The high court ruled against the plaintiff.

Both of these events occurred against the wider backdrop of the Paralympic Committee of India being suspended by the International Paralympic Committee. The Sports Authority of India took final authority over the Paralympic Committee of India for sending a team to Rio, with agreement from the International Paralympic Committee; this arrangement allowed India to compete under their own flag at the 2016 Summer Paralympics.

((Wikinews)) Congratulations on your result.

Deepa Malik: Thank you so much.

((WN)) Even though you are currently waiting in terms of the end result of the protest.

DM: Absolutely, but I’m happy with my performance, I’m happy that I could improve and I could prove myself, there were a lot of questions back home on my selection and on my hard work. My single-minded focus that I had put into this journey of being a Paralympian. Well, I am just so anxious about the results.

((WN)) So how much did the court case and KLM losing your luggage impact on your preparations and your result today?

DM: Yes, but I’m happy that my husband was my coach here, and, so, I had huge moral support in terms of keeping my mind and everything in peace. Most of the equipment was available in the gym, we had to alter the training a bit like the throw days couldn’t happen, so we instead exercised. No, I think that is what sports teaches you, you can’t live on excuses, I never lived on excuses.

((WN)) You work around things.

DM: Yes, that’s what we do, that’s what a sportsman is suppose to do, rise again, and then fall and rise, and run, and I did exactly that.

((WN)) What message should other Indian women take away from your participation and result in Rio?

DM: This is going to be the first female medal that India would have ever won in Paralympics and as it is I’m working aggressively towards transforming this entire concept of empowerment for the women, especially the women in disabilities in my country. So I’m really happy that this medal give my voice more value, more strength, and I’ll be able to impact even more, though on the ninth of September the Prime Minister’s jury has awarded me with the award of Women Transforming India, I’m so happy that within three days of getting that award, I have added another feather to it and proved that yes this journey of ability beyond disability. And not just disability, this is a universal message that if women put their minds to their dreams they can balance it; age, gender, disability, is all a state of mind. If you put your passion and hard work, you can get it, and in the Indian scenario were they say infrastructure is a challenge, women participation that are taboo, religiously and psychologically, disabilities taken as a curse, dependability[?] increases because of lack of infrastructure, well, time to get rid of the excuses. We have to start erasing the excuses and believe your own self and that’s the message I’m carrying with all the activities that I do whether it is car rallying, motorbiking or swimming across a river, every record or every unique activity that I’ve undertaken and just below paralysis has been aimed at changing the stereotypical image of a women and also a women in disability. ?

((WN)) Will you and your daughter both be trying to represent India at the 2020 Games in Tokyo?

DM: I’m very sure about myself, but my daughter, though, she’s a Paralympian, yes, which again was considered a huge taboo in my society that oh my god both the mother and the daughter both have a physical disability, what is going to happen to these two, but we did good and she is working as a youth council representative in the Commonwealth countries, for the Paralympics specially, and her work though her foundation called Wheeling Happiness has earned her the young leader award from the Queen of England, so I guess her focus is now shifting to more on community service and empowering others and not just herself. And she is leaving on first of October to Loughborough to do her PhD doctorate programme in disability sports psychology, I’m very sure Loughborough is going to give her a huge amount of sports [inaudible] but how much time she going to decide to devote to sports and studies is her decision entirely. That’s her dream, her journey. 

((WN)) How helpful was the Sports Authority of India in preparing and supporting your Rio ambitions??

DM: I think 100 per cent, because the biggest challenge we have back home is a customised training, or the infrastructure for that matter, so we were given the ability and the funds to train the way we wanted to train, and the funds were huge which were given to us, out accommodation, food, diet, physical therapist, psychologist, trainer, gym, everything was paid for, and customised, you want it and they give it. So I guess this was easy financially this time, because every expenses was taken care of, my husband could also take a sabbatical from his job and join my journey, and having him twenty-four seven and coaching me because he himself is an athlete, and have the best diet and counselling. I think it’s worked wonders, so I give shout out and a huge applaud.

((WN)) How important was it for you to have a carer in Rio?

DM: Yes, again we really have to appreciate the sports authority of India and also Paralympic Committee of India, which is going to start to function post-Rio in India. They were very very quick, they were very very adamant in giving the wheelchair people escorts. And I need help twenty four seven, I’m just below paralysed so it was really huge, emotionally, mentally, psychically training-wise, every way I think the situation was perfect.

((WN)) Thank you for your time.

DM: Thank you.

Republican leaders in US want more tax relief in economic stimulus

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Monday, January 26, 2009

As the newly inaugurated Barack Obama administration continues to push for a US$825 billion stimulus package to aid the struggling United States economy, some Republican legislators say they will not vote for such a plan without the inclusion of more tax cuts and less “unnecessary” spending.

Arizona Senator John McCain, Obama’s general election opponent and a leading voice within the Republican Party, says he would not vote for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan as it currently stands. Appearing on Fox News Sunday yesterday, McCain echoed his campaign platform in saying, “We need to make tax cuts permanent, and we need to make a commitment that there’ll be no new taxes.”

McCain and other Republicans say they are unhappy with the bill introduced in the House of Representatives, which combines roughly $550 billion in domestic spending with $275 billion in tax cuts. McCain believes not enough Republican proposals have been integrated into the plan, which he fears will result in the plan becoming “just another spending project” rather than a job creator.

“Republicans have not been brought in, to the degree that we should be in, to these negotiations and discussions. So far, as far as I can tell, no Republican proposal has been incorporated,” McCain said. “We’re losing sight of what the stimulus is all about, and that is job creation.”

The Arizona senator is known for his bipartisan efforts in Washington, D.C., but he defined his role in the new Senate as the “loyal opposition”, which does not mean “that I or my party will be a rubber stamp” for Obama, he said.

In his first weekly address since being sworn in, President Obama explained the stimulus plan in further detail, calling it a plan to “immediately jumpstart job creation as well as long-term economic growth.” He outlined several of the bill’s priorities, including the creation or salvation of up to four million jobs, as well as sweeping investments in health care, education, energy and infrastructure.

Among these investments are a new electricity grid with more than 3,000 miles of transmission lines, the weatherization of 2.5 million homes, health insurance protection for more than 8 million Americans, a renovation of over 10,000 schools, a project to repair thousands of miles of roadways, and an expansion of broadband Internet access.

Obama also laid out the rationale behind the stimulus, saying that “unprecedented action” is necessary in order to prevent further economic distress. “Our economy could fall $1 trillion short of its full capacity, which translates into more than $12,000 in lost income for a family of four,” Obama said. “In short, if we do not act boldly and swiftly, a bad situation could become dramatically worse.”

The president addressed the skepticism surrounding the stimulus package, pledging to “root out waste, inefficiency, and unnecessary spending”, while holding the government accountable for its actions. “We won’t just throw money at our problems,” Obama said. “We’ll invest in what works.”

Still, Republicans such as House Minority Leader John Boehner are skeptical of the plan’s effectiveness in rebuilding the economy. “I think a lot of Republicans will vote no because it’s a lot of wasteful Washington spending”, he commented on Meet the Press, repeating McCain’s call for less federal spending and more tax cuts.

Examples of “wasteful” spending cited by Republicans include millions of coupons to aid in the digital television transition, $200 million for new sod on the National Mall, and $360 million to fight sexually transmitted diseases, which includes funding for contraceptives. House Republicans have claimed it will take 10 years before the economy feels the effect of a stimulus, and that the combined spending of the stimulus and the financial bailouts of last year will leave future generations with over $2 trillion of debt.

In response to the stimulus plan being pushed through Congress, Boehner and Republican Whip Eric Cantor presented Obama with an alternative stimulus plan on Friday, one that relies exclusively on income and business tax cuts. “Our plan offers fast-acting tax relief, not slow-moving and wasteful government spending,” Boehner said. The counterproposal includes an income tax reduction that would save families an estimated $3,200 a year.

Despite this opposition, the stimulus bill is expected to pass through Congress by mid-February, as the Republican minority does not have enough votes to stop its approval. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell expressed a general support of the plan at a White House meeting with Obama and other congressional leaders. “I do think we’ll be able to meet the president’s deadline of getting the package to him by mid-February,” McConnell said. The bill is expected to go before Congress for a vote on Monday, February 2.

Obama’s top economic adviser Lawrence Summers defended the stimulus plan while on Meet the Press. He said the bill was intended to balance the long-term initiatives mentioned above with the tax cuts desired by Republicans. He also said Obama was committed to spending three quarters of the stimulus money within 18 months.

Occidental Grand Xcaret Cancun Offers First Club Experience For Guests}

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Occidental Grand Xcaret Cancun Offers First Club Experience for Guests

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Susan Crown

Mexicos Occidental Grand Xcaret has opened the First Club which offers upgraded services and privileges to its Club members.

The resort offers all inclusive Cancun holidays for travellers and is situated within stunning surroundings made up of a private white sand beach and the tropical landscapes of the adjacent eco-archaeological Xcaret Park.

Although the resort is part of the Occidental Vacation Club, a division of Occidental Hotels and Resorts with exclusive features and facilities for its members only, the Cancun hotel is also open to the public for luxury holidays in Cancun.

But now, enhancing the experience for exclusive members, First Club members will be greeted by a dedicated concierge and throughout the duration of their luxury Cancun holidays they will be able to enjoy a number of special privileges such as a members-only barbecue, private pool, beach and Jacuzzi, private members lounge, and upscale room amenities.

The President of Occidental Vacation Club, Luis Namnum, explained: The specially appointed suites are equipped with every conceivable comfort and luxury you could imagine, including snorkelling gear or fishing rods. The members-only Lounge is available for a gourmet breakfast, premium bar, or just a classy hangout joint with good music so nothing interferes with members beach-sleeping.

He added: First Club members have access to a private Jacuzzi pool with butler services just in case they have an emergency need for a Pia Colada!

Occidental Grand Xcaret is situated in Cancun, on the pristine coastline of the Caribbean Sea and the resort features winding river channels, free-form swimming pools and a pristine beach. Guests can choose from 11 international gourmet restaurants and 10 bars, as well as a wide range of activities such as snorkelling, scuba diving, archery, mini-golf, tennis, volleyball, dance lessons, yoga and much more.

This region is a hotspot for travellers with its tropical climate, beautiful sweeping white sand beaches, azure waters and coral reefs, archaeological sites and ruins, and wide selection of luxury Cancun hotels.

During holidays to Cancun, tourists can scuba dive beneath the ocean surface to the underwater art museum in the National Marine Park of Cancun, go on boat trips in the Nichupte Lagoon, explore the historic sites of Chichen Itza and El Rey, visit the Xcaret Eco-archaeological Park, or relax on unspoiled beaches.

Taking the VIP experience to a new level, the Occidental Grand Xcaret in Cancun has recently added new special features for exclusive First Club members. Providing

all inclusive Cancun holidays

against the lush beauty of the eco-archeological Xcaret Park and an unspoiled stretch of beach, the resort is a favourite for travellers seeking luxury holidays in unsurpassable surroundings.

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England beat India in one-day cricket series opener

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Tuesday, August 21, 2007

England have beaten India by 104 runs in the first One-Day International of the Indian tour of England at the Rose Bowl, Hampshire, England.

England’s batsmen started quietly, reaching 43-1 in the eleventh over when Matt Prior was caught off Zaheer Khan’s bowling. Alastair Cook and Ian Bell shared a 178-run partnership, with Cook reaching his maiden one-day century before being bowled by Yuvraj Singh. Soon afterwards, Bell reached his first one-day century, and finished the innings on 126 not out. Kevin Pietersen added 33 runs off 25 balls and England finished their 50 overs with a score of 288-2.

In response, the Indian batsmen struggled. Sourav Ganguly was run out by Monty Panesar early in the innings. Soon afterwards James Anderson claimed his 100th ODI wicket when Gautam Gambhir was caught behind to leave India on 19-2. Anderson then took two wickets in one over when Sachin Tendulkar was caught by Ravi Bopara at mid-wicket and Yuvraj Singh was caught by Cook for a duck.

Rahul Dravid and Mahendra Singh Dhoni steadied the India innings with a partnership of 68 runs, but Dhoni was caught behind off Andrew Flintoff, who returned to the England side after a period of injury. Rahul Dravid scored 46 before being dismissed by Dimitri Mascarenhas, taking his first one-day wicket. Dinesh Karthik scored 44 not out and Zaheer Khan hit 20, including two sixes, but India were bowled out for 184, far short of the 289 run target. James Anderson was the pick of the England bowlers, taking 4-23.

England lead the seven-match series 1-0. The second ODI will take place at the County Ground, Bristol, on 24 August. Earlier in the month, India won a three-match Test series 1-0.

Toss: India won, and chose to field first.

England innings
Player Status Runs Balls 4s 6s Strike rate
A N Cook b Singh 102 126 8 0 80.95
M J Prior c Dravid b Khan 19 31 0 1 61.29
I R Bell not out 126 118 10 1 106.77
K P Pietersen not out 33 25 3 0 132.00
Extras (lb 4; w 4) 8
Total (2 Wickets; 50 overs) 288 21 2

Fall of wickets: 1-43 (Prior, 10.5 ov), 2-221 (Cook, 41.4 ov)

Did not bat: P D Collingwood, A Flintoff, R S Bopara, A D Mascarenhas, S C J Broad, J M Anderson, M S Panesar

India bowling
Bowler Overs Maidens Runs Wickets Econ
Z Khan 10 1 49 1 4.90
A B Agarkar 10 1 65 0 6.50
R P Singh 10 0 49 1 4.90
S C Ganguly 4 0 21 0 5.25
Piyush Chawla 7 0 42 0 6.00
S R Tendulkar 4 0 29 0 7.25
Yuvraj Singh 5 0 29 0 5.80
India innings (Target: 289 runs from 50 overs)
Player Status Runs Balls 4s 6s Strike rate
S R Tendulkar c Bopara b Anderson 17 33 1 0 51.51
S C Ganguly run out (Panesar/Prior) 2 6 0 0 33.33
G Gambhir c Prior b Anderson 3 14 0 0 21.42
R Dravid c Prior b Mascarenhas 46 72 2 1 63.88
Yuvraj Singh c Cook b Anderson 0 4 0 0 0.00
M S Dhoni c Prior b Flintoff 19 60 1 0 31.66
K D Karthik not out 44 45 4 0 97.77
A B Agarkar run out (Collingwood/Prior) 11 29 1 0 37.93
Piyush Chawla run out (Mascarenhas/Panesar) 2 10 0 0 20.00
Z Khan b Anderson 20 28 1 2 71.42
R P Singh b Panesar 0 4 0 0 0.00
Extras (lb 10; w 5; nb 5) 20
Total (all out; 50 overs) 184 10 3

Fall of wickets: 1-15 (Ganguly, 2.3 ov), 2-19 (Gambhir, 5.6 ov), 3-34 (Tendulkar, 11.1 ov), 4-34 (Yuvraj Singh, 11.5 ov), 5-102 (Dhoni, 30.3 ov), 6-105 (Dravid, 31.4 ov), 7-129 (Agarkar, 38.5 ov), 8-145 (Piyush Chawla, 42.1 ov), 9-183 (Khan, 48.3 ov), 10-184 (Singh, 49.6 ov)

England bowling
Bowler Overs Maidens Runs Wickets Econ
S C J Broad 8 1 27 0 3.37
J M Anderson 10 2 23 4 2.30
A Flintoff 7 0 12 1 1.71
A D Mascarenhas 10 1 28 1 2.80
M S Panesar 10 0 47 1 4.70
P D Collingwood 5 0 37 0 7.40

England: A N Cook, M J Prior (wkt), I R Bell, K P Pietersen, P D Collingwood (capt), A Flintoff, R S Bopara, A D Mascarenhas, S C J Broad, J M Anderson, M S Panesar

India: S R Tendulkar, S C Ganguly, G Gambhir, R Dravid (capt), Yuvraj Singh, K D Karthik, M S Dhoni (wkt), Piyush Chawla, A B Agarkar, R P Singh, Z Khan

Man of the Match: I R Bell (England)

Umpires: M R Benson and B R Doctrove (West Indies)TV Umpire: I J GouldMatch Referee: R S Mahanama (Sri Lanka)Reserve Umpire: N J Llong

The White Stripes to tour ‘Great White North’

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Saturday, April 28, 2007

Grammy Award-winning rock band The White Stripes announced on Wednesday the Canadian leg of a tour in support of their soon-to-be-released album, Icky Thump. The tour, which would be the first cross-Canada excursion for The White Stripes, will see the band play dates in all provinces and territories.

The latest tour for The White Stripes will kick off June 1 in Nürburgring, Germany and will play several dates in Europe before starting off in Canada on June 24, in Burnaby, British Columbia. Canadian dates will include stops in northern locales such as Whitehorse, Yellowknife, and Iqaluit, on Baffin Island.

The White Stripes, made up of guitarist/singer Jack White and drummer Meg White, have developed a significant worldwide following with their blend of punk and blues, guitar-oriented rock. The band had expressed interest in playing cities they had not yet visited. “Having never done a full tour of Canada, Meg and I thought it was high time to go whole hog,” said Jack White on The White Stripes website. “We want to take this tour to the far reaches of the Canadian landscape. From the ocean to the permafrost.” The band’s website referred to Canada by its nickname, the ‘Great White North’.

The White Stripes have played to thousands in large outdoor festival settings, but will have to deal with different logistics while setting up in a northern location, such as Iqaluit.

Some 500 tickets for the Iqaluit show are to be sold, with an admission fee of approximately CA$40. Mike Bozzer, the city of Iqaluit’s economic development officer, told CBC News that talks have taken place with The White Stripes’ publicist regarding equipment, technicians, security and other such details. “It’s definitely going to have some economic impact, and they’ll come back home with positive stories of the city,” said Bozzer.

The band’s ten-year anniversary will be reached at a point during the Canadian leg of the tour, which will be commemorated. “Another special moment of this tour is the show which will occur in Glace Bay, Nova Scotia on July 14th, The White Stripes’ Tenth Anniversary,” said Jack White.

Following the Canadian dates, The White Stripes will embark on a tour in the United States, which will reach some 16 states they have not yet visited during their career, among other repeat locations.

2007 Canadian Tour Dates   Venue City Province/Territory
June 24   Deer Lake Park Burnaby British Columbia
June 25   Yukon Arts Centre Whitehorse Yukon
June 26   Shorty Brown Multiplex Arena Yellowknife Northwest Territories
June 27   Arctic Winter Games Arena Iqaluit Nunavut
June 29   Pengrowth Saddledome Calgary Alberta
June 30   Shaw Convention Centre Edmonton Alberta
July 1   TCU Place Saskatoon Saskatchewan
July 2   MTS Centre Winnipeg Manitoba
July 3   Community Auditorium Thunder Bay Ontario
July 5   Molson Amphitheatre Toronto Ontario
July 6   Bell Centre Montreal Quebec
July 7   John Labatt Centre London Ontario
July 8   Bluesfest Ottawa Ontario
July 10   Moncton Coliseum Moncton New Brunswick
July 11   Charlottetown Civic Centre Charlottetown PEI
July 13   Cunard Centre Halifax Nova Scotia
July 14   Savoy Theatre Glace Bay Nova Scotia
July 16   Mile One Centre St. John’s Newfoundland

The White Stripes to tour ‘Great White North’

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Saturday, April 28, 2007

Grammy Award-winning rock band The White Stripes announced on Wednesday the Canadian leg of a tour in support of their soon-to-be-released album, Icky Thump. The tour, which would be the first cross-Canada excursion for The White Stripes, will see the band play dates in all provinces and territories.

The latest tour for The White Stripes will kick off June 1 in Nürburgring, Germany and will play several dates in Europe before starting off in Canada on June 24, in Burnaby, British Columbia. Canadian dates will include stops in northern locales such as Whitehorse, Yellowknife, and Iqaluit, on Baffin Island.

The White Stripes, made up of guitarist/singer Jack White and drummer Meg White, have developed a significant worldwide following with their blend of punk and blues, guitar-oriented rock. The band had expressed interest in playing cities they had not yet visited. “Having never done a full tour of Canada, Meg and I thought it was high time to go whole hog,” said Jack White on The White Stripes website. “We want to take this tour to the far reaches of the Canadian landscape. From the ocean to the permafrost.” The band’s website referred to Canada by its nickname, the ‘Great White North’.

The White Stripes have played to thousands in large outdoor festival settings, but will have to deal with different logistics while setting up in a northern location, such as Iqaluit.

Some 500 tickets for the Iqaluit show are to be sold, with an admission fee of approximately CA$40. Mike Bozzer, the city of Iqaluit’s economic development officer, told CBC News that talks have taken place with The White Stripes’ publicist regarding equipment, technicians, security and other such details. “It’s definitely going to have some economic impact, and they’ll come back home with positive stories of the city,” said Bozzer.

The band’s ten-year anniversary will be reached at a point during the Canadian leg of the tour, which will be commemorated. “Another special moment of this tour is the show which will occur in Glace Bay, Nova Scotia on July 14th, The White Stripes’ Tenth Anniversary,” said Jack White.

Following the Canadian dates, The White Stripes will embark on a tour in the United States, which will reach some 16 states they have not yet visited during their career, among other repeat locations.

2007 Canadian Tour Dates   Venue City Province/Territory
June 24   Deer Lake Park Burnaby British Columbia
June 25   Yukon Arts Centre Whitehorse Yukon
June 26   Shorty Brown Multiplex Arena Yellowknife Northwest Territories
June 27   Arctic Winter Games Arena Iqaluit Nunavut
June 29   Pengrowth Saddledome Calgary Alberta
June 30   Shaw Convention Centre Edmonton Alberta
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Every single small business and large business faces risk on a daily basis. In some scenarios risk could possibly be permanently avoided but in other situations risk is unavoidable after a certain degree. Risk management will be the method, course of action built, employed and executed with a purpose of decreasing the risk as much as feasible. When planning and managing risk, it really is important to observe the trade off. Trade off is the steadiness you need to produce between the expense of avoiding the risk and the results from the risk being permanently avoided or minimized as much as feasible.

In some scenarios, corporations manage cutting down the risk to a precise reasonable stage mainly because it is not cost efficient to totally prevent or cut the business risk. The exception to the trade off rule is once we confront condition associated with stability, security and high environmental impact. In such a case we need to invest in decreasing the risk to zero once achievable.

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Business managers make tough decisions to a volume of risk and they examine the risk involved, the potential impact and construct guidelines and techniques to control risk. Risk management requires from decision makers to make tough selections and check out a number of potential options and business results to be able to make the proper decision.

How do we plan and deal with risk management? Is there a approach for risk management? To help keep things simple here is a easy still beneficial approach to manage risk and develop highly effective risk management program. Very first, we have to factor in a range of business situations and acknowledge the risk involved in those conditions. Second, we seek to assess and compare the risk and its likelihood and of course the probable threat and impact on the business in case things go unsuitable. Once we assess the risk of different alternate options we need to conduct a what if analysis where we try to find the suitable trade off involving risk minimization and willingness to take the risk as part of the business. Now we’ve got all the information necessary for us to make good decision concerning what choice we’re going after. As soon as we make the decision its the time to construct a risk management plan. The risk management plan will integrate all the reactive and proactive processes, methods and system we ought to include in our business as a way to conduct risk management. Instruments, education and learning, capabilities and the proper people are essential for any risk management procedure.

As a summary, risk management is really a business activity or business system organized around business strategy with a goal of controlling the business risk to a selected acceptable risk level. Risk is involved in each business organization and each business function for instance finance, production, quality management, sales, and many others. Though in many circumstances it can be impossible to fully define the risk as well as its possible influence we are able to absolutely create a risk assessment and management approach and processes to cope with the risk to a particular acceptable degree.

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Fears grow about U.S. dollar stability

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Thursday, September 20, 2007

The U.S. economy and its currency as an instrument of world trade has suffered a series of major setbacks in recent months. Some analysts say that the Federal Reserve‘s September 18th dramatic rate cut to 4.75% from 5.25% may be a case of “too little, too late”, or that it was excessive and dooms the dollar.

Today, Saudi officials declined to cut interest rates in lockstep with the US Federal Reserve for the first time in decades. According to Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, International Business Editor for The Daily Telegraph, “it’s a signal that the oil-rich Gulf kingdom is preparing to break the dollar currency peg in a move that risks setting off a stampede out of the dollar across the Middle East.”

Hans Redeker, the Currency Chief at BNP Paribas, also stated today that Saudi Arabia’s move to not adjust their own interest rates in sync with the Fed’s cuts is a very dangerous situation for the US dollar. Redeker points out that “Saudi Arabia has $800bn (£400bn) in their future generation fund, and the entire region has $3,500bn under management. They face an inflationary threat and do not want to import an interest rate policy set for the recessionary conditions in the United States.”

Saudi central bank officials said that “appropriate measures” would be taken to stop the large capital inflows into the country. The Federal Reserve’s half-point rate cut has already caused a plunge in the world dollar index to a fifteen-year low, reaching the weakest level ever against the Euro at just under $1.40.

The Fed hopes that by making it cheaper to borrow, people will start spending and investing more. However, some analysts fear the cut will worsen inflation, making it harder to get personal loans, and further decrease confidence in the dollar around the world. There are already signs that global investors have started rejecting U.S. Treasury securities, and recent U.S. government data on foreign holdings show a decline in purchases of US securities from $97bn to just $19bn in July.

In response to Ben Bernanke‘s statements today about a potential mortgage and housing market crisis, CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer said, “If adjustable mortgage rates go up, people may not be able to afford their mortgage payments.” Former Federal Reserve chief Alan Greenspan said earlier this week that housing prices may fall by “double digits” as the subprime crisis bites harder, prompting households to cut back sharply on spending.

Jim Rogers, the economic commentator and former partner of George Soros, stated, “If Ben Bernanke starts running those printing presses even faster than he’s already doing, we are going to have a serious recession. The dollar’s going to collapse, the bond market’s going to collapse. There’s going to be a lot of problems.”

In recent months, the U.S. dollar has taken several other significant hits including Kuwait’s decision in May to also break its dollar peg, and threats by China to interfere with the U.S. economy, calling it their nation’s “nuclear option”. According to public sources, the Chinese government has begun a concerted campaign of economic threats against the United States, hinting that it may liquidate its vast holding of US treasuries if Washington imposes trade sanctions that seek to force a Yuan revaluation.