Manitoba CFS changes ignore First Nations demands for jurisdiction say chiefs

first_imgManitoba Families Minister Heather Stefanson announced block funding for CFS on Feb. 11.Editor’s note: A previous version of this story stated an AMC spokesperson said the organization wants to see the Manitoba-specific legislation tabled after the broader federal bill is introduced. It was in fact a Dec. 2018 AFN resolution that stated this.Justin BrakeAPTN NewsFirst Nation leaders in Manitoba say the provincial government’s announced child welfare reform this week ignores efforts by Indigenous communities that are trying to regain jurisdiction over their own children.On Wednesday the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs (AMC) issued a statement criticizing Monday’s announcement by the province that it will move to block funding for child welfare in April of this year.“Provincially-designed and imposed decisions continually miss the mark in reforming what’s known as the Manitoba humanitarian crisis of child welfare,” said Acting AMC Grand Chief Glenn Hudson of Peguis First Nation.On Monday Manitoba Families Minister Heather Stefanson said block funding for Child and Family Services (CFS) will fund the province’s four CFS authorities up front “to improve outcomes for children and families, not by the size of their caseloads or the length of a child’s stay in care.”The province, which has the highest rates among provinces and territories of Indigenous children in state care, had come under fire for operating a child welfare system in which agencies were funded based on the number of cases.Under that model, First Nation leaders and other critics have argued, agencies are incentivized to have children in care while also lacking resources to support families and prevent child apprehension.Manitoba was also criticized for forcing CFS agencies to turn over federal funding they received through the Children’s Special Allowance. The province previously argued those federal funds were a duplication of its existing investments into CFS.That practice will end with the block funding, Stefanson said Monday.“We want to give agencies the freedom to devote more money to prevention, early intervention, community and kinship involvement, and other positive supports,” the minister said, adding “the new model helps reduce their administrative burdens and improves autonomy and accountability.”But, potentially days away from the Trudeau government’s promised child welfare legislation, Manitoba chiefs aren’t pleased with the province’s move.“The province of Manitoba continues to ignore the longstanding position and resolutions of the AMC Chiefs-in-Assembly that seeks to reassert First Nations’ jurisdiction and approach to our children and families,” Hudson said in Wednesday’s statement, adding the province did not consult with First Nation leadership on the decision.The AMC has been fighting 30 years for First Nations jurisdiction over their own child and family matters.Presently, more than 11,000 children in Manitoba are in care. Ninety per cent are Indigenous.It’s 2014 “Bringing Our Children Home” report recommended, among other things, transitioning to a First Nations CFS system and a model of care focused on prevention.A subsequent 2017 report titled “Keewaywin: Our Way Home” determined that Manitoba’s CFS system “is simply an extension of cultural genocide practices found in the residential school system and 60s Scoop.”It put forth a First Nations-led plan for CFS reforms and options for implementing Jordan’s Principle.Keewaywin’s first recommendation was to “restore First Nation jurisdiction of children.”“First Nations never conceded jurisdiction of our children,” the report reads. “This was taken from us through years of purposeful, adversarial and invasive government Indigenous child welfare policies.“First Nations must lead child-welfare reform with reform options informed, mandated, designed and implemented by First Nations and First Nation leadership and citizens.”In December 2017 AMC signed a memorandum of understanding with Canada to address the province’s child welfare crisis.Former Indigenous Services minister Jane Philpott said the MOU was “an important step forward,” and that the parties were “focusing on improvements that First Nations in Manitoba want to see in the child welfare system.”AMC Grand Chief Arlen Dumas said at the time that “grassroots citizens insist we take back jurisdiction of our children and enhance First Nation capacity in all areas to address the Child and Family Services crisis in Manitoba.” The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs and Canada signed an MOU on child welfare in December 2017. AMC photo.Last year talks began between the AMC and federal government for First Nations in Manitoba to have their own federal child welfare legislation.The AMC consulted with community members, its women’s council, and then began drafting its vision for federal legislation it hopes Canada will table in the House of Commons.The Bringing Our Children Home Act was taken to ceremony and feast, and later reviewed by the AMC Women’s and Elder’s Councils.It was officially adopted in an AMC resolution last October.In December it was supported by the AFN at its special chiefs assembly in Ottawa.Last week AFN Regional Chief Kevin Hart told APTN News that Manitoba is among the provinces said to be resisting the Trudeau government’s impending child welfare bill.A number of sources have also come forward to say the latest draft bill doesn’t include the transfer of full jurisdiction over child welfare from the provinces to First Nations, which some leaders have said they were told was “doable” by Philpott.Current Indigenous Services Minister Seamus O’Regan, and Trudeau himself, have indicated the feds are considering First Nations’ concerns and working to table the legislation soon.With only 12 weeks remaining on Parliament’s sitting schedule before the fall election, there’s already a significant chance any newly tabled legislation won’t make it through the legislative process in time.A resolution passed at December’s AFN assembly in Ottawa calls for Canada and Manitoba First Nations to “jointly draft a mutually agreeable draft Bill” of the Bringing Our Children Home Act “for Canada to introduce in the House of Commons in the very near future, after the federal enabling legislation has been passed.”Last September, the Manitoba government produced its own review of the CFS system.A report for the province’s Legislative Review Committee concluded that those who participated in consultations and information gathering processes “generally agreed that the existing CFS legislation, standards and regulations need to be fundamentally reformed, to develop a system that better supports and provides greater control and influence to families and communities.”A spokesperson for Manitoba Families told APTN Wednesday that the funding changes announced this week “build on Manitoba’s commitment to reform the child welfare system as outlined in the [report].”The report does not discuss Treaty Rights, nor does it recommend returning to First Nations jurisdiction over their children.It’s against this backdrop the AMC says Manitoba’s funding model change fails to account for what First Nations themselves say their children and families need.First Nation leadership “is working on reviving our inherent laws on families,” Swan Lake First Nation Chief Francine Meeches, who chairs the AMC Women’s Council, said Wednesday’s AMC statement.“Sadly, with the Province of Manitoba’s announcement, they continue to ignore us.”The AMC maintains that “the funding dollars for children in care should go straight to the First Nations so they may apply their own First Nations family laws to help keep our children with our families and within our Nations,” said Hudson.jbrake@aptn.ca@justinbrakenewslast_img read more

Wagner blames red card for Huddersfields loss

first_imgHuddersfield Town manager David Wagner insists the red card picked up by Christopher Schindler played a significant role in his team’s loss to Burnley.The Terriers hosted fellow strugglers Burnley at the John Smith Stadium on Wednesday night looking for their first Premier League victory in 10 games.Steve Mounie gave the home side the lead just past the half-hour mark with his first league goal of the season, but Sean Dyche’s men leveled just before the break from a Chris Wood strike.Things went from bad to worse for Huddersfield when Schindler was giving his marching orders four minutes before halftime, leaving Wagner’s men to play the entire second half with 10 men.Ashley Barnes 74th minute goal ensured Burnley took home all three points leaving Huddersfield rooted to the bottom of the league table.Danny CowleyCowley explains why he changed his mind about Huddersfield Manuel R. Medina – September 9, 2019 Last week Danny Cowley rejected the chance to coach Huddersfield Town in the English Championship, but today he accepted saying it was a good opportunity.“The commitment, effort and attitude which the players have shown was absolute”, Wagner said, according to Sky Sports.“They fought but unfortunately playing more than one half [with 10 men] is very difficult to deal with.”“We took the lead and scored our first goal from a striker. I have seen a lot of good things today but obviously we weren’t able to keep the tempo and speed as high as when we played 11 v 11.”last_img read more

Rosati Conscious and Doing Well

first_img RitzCarlton sets up signs for 12-storey on Grace Bay Local Atty says Govt going against public consultation; says NO to taller resort plan Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 18 Dec 2014 – And Jaliyliah Rosati is conscious and doing well thanks to prayers and good thoughts and capable doctors. Rosati, who is very well known for her work with animals through the TCSPCA was in a coma in Doctor’s Hospital after being knocked down on Friday November 28th in the Grace Bay area of Provo. Jaliyliah suffered serious head trauma and was airlifted to Nassau, where she was put into intensive care. Rosati is called a ‘national treasure’ by friends on Facebook; and it seems she will be around to say thank for that outpouring of love and support. Maskanoo to take over Grace Bay strip Boxing Day Saturday Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:grace bay, head trauma, Jaliyliah Rosati, tcspcalast_img read more

POLICE LOG for January 19 Driver Going 75 MPH On Shawsheen Shoplifting

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights from the Wilmington Police Log for Saturday, January 19, 2019:A 2-vehicle crash took place on Lowell Street, near the 93 North on-ramp. One of the vehicle’s occupants was injured and transported to Lahey Clinic. (9:25am)Billerica Police reported a black Tesla traveling down 129 into Wilmington going approximately 75 MPH, just passing Shawsheen School. Police located the vehicle and spoke with the driver, making him aware of the complaint and reminding him of his driver expectations. (2:28pm)Target’s Security Manager reported a female party was recorded on camera shoplifting last night. (4:40pm)A caller reported four pick-up trucks doing donuts in the Market Basket parking lot. Trucks were gone by the time police arrived. (11:03pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for August 12: 2 Drivers Issued Summonses; Drone FoundIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 18: 2 Vehicles With Same License Plate; Statue Missing From Wildwood CemeteryIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 24: Motorcycle Crash; Package Stolen; Speeding on Shawsheen Ave.In “Police Log”last_img read more

Subaru stops two Japanese factories to address powersteering defect

first_img 45 Photos 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 0 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Subaru Subaru: Stay up-to-date on everything Subaru.Subaru STI S209: Finally, Japanese forbidden fruit comes to the US. Subaru has discovered a defect in the power-steering systems of some of its Japanese-built vehicles, and has shut down the plants briefly as it investigates the root cause.On Wednesday Subaru announced that it had idled two plants in Japan’s Gunma prefecture on Jan. 16 when it discovered a defect that may disable a vehicle’s power steering and illuminate a warning lamp. According to the automaker’s press release, it hopes to have the plant up and running again on Jan. 28.The two plants comprise a majority of Subaru’s global manufacturing, including some models destined for the US. A Subaru spokesperson said approximately 10,000 examples of the Crosstrek and Forester might be affected, but the final number may be smaller.Enlarge ImageSubaru’s Japanese plants represent an overwhelming majority of its global sales, and the company isn’t sure how the shutdown will affect its bottom line in the short term. Yoshikazu Tsuno/AFP/Getty Images The spokesperson also stressed that no affected units have reached dealers or consumers, so there won’t be a need for a recall in the US. Any vehicles en route to retailers will receive a permanent fix before going on sale. This problem does not affect Subaru vehicles built in the US at its Indiana facility.In its press release, Subaru said it’s still working to determine the cause. A loss of power steering can make turning the wheel more difficult, especially at idle. Subaru Japan recommends that Japanese owners who experience this fault should stop driving and contact a dealer. In addition to affecting the Forester and Crosstrek (called the XV) in Japan, the problem also affects the Japanese-market Impreza.Subaru suffered a scandal in Japan in 2017 when it copped to decades of “flawed” vehicle inspections. Both Subaru and Nissan admitted to using unauthorized employees in quality-control jobs, in violation of Japanese regulations. Both automakers recalled vehicles for additional inspections following their admissions. More From Roadshow Roadshow’s long-term 2019 Subaru Ascent is a big, comfy family-hauler 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Post a comment Car Industry Crossovers Subaru Tags Share your voicelast_img read more

Who are Indias Top Ten highest paid executives SLIDESHOW

first_imgAditya PuriMD, HDFC Bank32.8 Navin AgarwalChairman, Vedanta15.1 D.B. GuptaChairman, Lupin37.6 Sunil MittalChairman, Bharti Airtel27.2 Pawan MunjalCMD & CEO, Hero MotoCorp43.9 Rajiv BajajMD, Bajaj Auto20.5 With Infosys filing its annual report for 2015-2016, its executive pay package information is out in the open. Vishal Sikka, the CEO and MD of the Bengaluru-based IT services exporter, took home a salary package of Rs. 48.73 crore in 2015-16. His basic salary was Rs. 5.96 crore, while variable pay, inclusive of bonus, retirals and others, amounted to Rs. 42.77 crore, according to the disclosures in the annual report. The variable pay component included Rs. 14 crore for the financial year 2014-15.Sikka will get about a 50 percent hike in remuneration for 2016-2017. The company approved a compensation of $11 million (about Rs. 74 crore) in February this year.Yet, his compensation will be less when compared to that of Francisco D’Souza, CEO of Cognizant Technology Solutions, who took home $12 million in 2015, the Economic Times reported. It would be interesting here to know India’s top 10 highest paid CEOs in 2014-15 as reported by the Business Standard. (Their earnings for 2015-16 will be available when the companies file their annual reports for the year).   NameNameCompanyCompanySalary (Rs. Crore)Salary (Rs. Crore)NameC.P. GurnaniCompanyMD & CEO, Tech MahindraSalary (Rs. Crore)165.6NamePawan MunjalCompanyCMD & CEO, Hero MotoCorpSalary (Rs. Crore)43.9NameD.B. GuptaCompanyChairman, LupinSalary (Rs. Crore)37.6NameAditya PuriCompanyMD, HDFC BankSalary (Rs. Crore)32.8NameSunil MittalCompanyChairman, Bharti AirtelSalary (Rs. Crore)27.2NameN. ChandrasekeranCompanyCEO & MD, TCSSalary (Rs. Crore)21.3NameRajiv BajajCompanyMD, Bajaj AutoSalary (Rs. Crore)20.5NameK.M. BirlaCompanyChairman & Non-executive director, UltraTechSalary (Rs. Crore)19NameY.C. DeveshwarCompanyChairman & Wholetime Director, ITCSalary (Rs. Crore)15.3NameNavin AgarwalCompanyChairman, VedantaSalary (Rs. Crore)15.1center_img K.M. BirlaChairman & Non-executive director, UltraTech19 Y.C. DeveshwarChairman & Wholetime Director, ITC15.3 C.P. GurnaniMD & CEO, Tech Mahindra165.6 N. ChandrasekeranCEO & MD, TCS21.3 NameCompanySalary (Rs. Crore)last_img read more

Minister embarrassed over court order regarding FFs

first_imgAKM Mozammel HuqLiberation war affairs minister AKM Mozammel Huq on Monday said he feels embarrased after a court had asked him to include people, who were four year olds during the 1971 war, in the list of freedom fighters.The minister was speaking at the parliament in reply to a question from opposition member Kazi Firoz Rashid.”The court has asked me to pay them arrears of 23 years as well. How can we name four year olds as freedom fighters?” he asked.Mozammel said many non-freedom fighters are getting FF allowances and the ministry is facing problem due to misinterpretation of the law.If the court passes an order after looking into the cases the problem could be addressed, he observed.Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chowdhury advised the ministry to present the matter before the court through lawyers.Replying to another question in the parliament, the minister said a list of freedom fighters will be published on the ministry’s website within the next three days.If any freedom fighter is excluded from the list, s/he should file an application to the ministry, who will then look into the case.last_img read more

Ramaphosa elected South Africa president

first_imgActing president of South Africa Cyril Ramaphosa arrives at the parliament, in Cape Town, South Africa, 15 February, 2018. Photo: ReutersSouth African lawmakers on Thursday selected Cyril Ramaphosa as the country’s new president after scandal-tainted Jacob Zuma resigned under pressure from his own ANC ruling party.Ramaphosa was chosen without a vote after being the only candidate nominated, chief justice Mogoeng Mogoeng told assembled lawmakers at a special sitting of the parliament in Cape Town.The announcement brought loud cheers from ANC lawmakers, with Ramaphosa due to address the parliament later during proceedings.Zuma resigned on Wednesday as the ANC finally turned against him after a nine-year reign dominated by corruption scandals, economic slowdown and plummeting electoral popularity.Zuma railed against the ANC for “recalling” him from office and — when he at first refused to resign — then threatening to oust him via a parliament no-confidence vote.In an earlier TV interview on Wednesday, Zuma said he had received “very unfair” treatment from the party that he joined in 1959 and in which he had fought for decades against apartheid white-minority rule.Zuma had been in a power struggle with Ramaphosa, his deputy president.Zuma’s hold over the ANC was broken in December when his chosen successor — his former wife Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma — narrowly lost to Ramaphosa in a vote to become the new party leader.last_img read more

Traditional tastes

first_imgThere are many restaurants to please the Punjabi palette in the Capital, but then there are also classics. Nestled in the post Chanakyapuri locale, we took time to check out Garam Masala, a part of the Forte Grand complex. The complex has the restrobar Garam Masala, a kebab and grill lounge Pepper and a banquet hall as well. The enclosed space is also perfect for out-door parties if the weather is right. But in the terrible Delhi humidity and heat, the AC interiors worked best. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Garam Masala can be described as the perfect family restaurant, it has very comfortable seating arrangements that provide the right amount of comfort and privacy. If you want to take your family out for a nice meal, this is it!Serving a great variety of Indian dishes, the restaurant also holds its own with some Chinese options. The kebabs are a must try, we suggest the chicken tikkas which were quite perfect. If you want something else as well – the dry chilli chicken is what you can pick. They also have a great fish tandoori. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixOf the Indian breads the Lal Mirch Parantha was very well made and it went perfectly with the dal makhni. The parantha is a must try, it is light, flaky and not as spicy as it looks. We have always been a little partial about restaurants that make their dals well and Garam Masala is definitely one of the places that do.What you definitely must not miss are the desserts. Garam Masala dishes out some great Indian deserts like the ever-favourite gulab jamun, rasmalai and the moong ka halwa. After a scrumptious Indian meal, nothing goes better than a nice cold piece of rasmalai. The place also has a very well stocked bar so pick your poison with the meal. A meal for two comes to about Rs 1200 (without taxes and alcohol). Great location, great food and some very comfortable time out – head over.last_img read more

Spring beckons

first_imgFor the month of January, the Rustic Grills at 1911 offers  exotic fare of grilled specialties peppered with finest of ingredients that capture your senses in an elegant and historic of 1911, this New Year. The offer is on from 15 January till 13 February.  The winter collection at The Spice Route offers a sumptuous, warm and delectable for winters, the healthy and all time famous collection menu by Chef  Veena Arora offers electic mix of recipes from the South-East Asian kitchen of The Spice Route. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’For the month of February, San Gimignano, La Baguette and 1991 brings you the Valentine special from . This valentine’s day surprise your loved one with sinful desserts at La Baguette or set a romantic culinary journey with the ‘Unique Dining Experience’ created with intricately structured canopies exclusively at San Gimignano lawns and 1911 lawns. March brings you the Aromas of Bengal at Daniell’s Tavern from March 10 – 25. Satiate your love for Bengali cuisine as the Executive Chef Vishal Atreya brings you palate, inspires gourmet from Kolkata, the culinary capital of Bengal. From Daab Chingri to Shukto and Illish Maach Bhape, the spices, the flavours and the aroma will delight you in each bite. Also quench your thirst for smashing cocktails paired with cognac and spruced up with chocholate at 1911 bar and Patial Peg.last_img read more

A stringed affair

first_imgCarnatic music is considered as one of the main sub genres of Indian Classical Music. The main focus of Carnatic Music is on the vocal part where the music is composed in the way where they can be sung and when rendered through instruments, they are meant to be performed in the singing style. In order to enthral the Carnatic Music lovers, Carnatic Violin Concert by R Sridhar, disciple of Gurus V S K Chakrapani and presently Akhila Krishnan will be held today at the CD Deshmukh auditorium, India International Centre in the national Capital. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The artist will present a musical homage to past violin maestros – Lalgudi Jayaraman, T K JayaramaIyer and others. Accompanying artists are N Padmanabhan (mridangam); and J Vignesh (kanjira).Sridhar is an accomplished violinist from Delhi who from a very early age displayed immense potential. With able guidance from his gurus, V S K Chakrapani and presently from Akhila Krishnan, Sridhar has carved a niche for himself in the field of Carnatic music.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixAn engineer by profession who is passionate about Carnatic music, Sridhar is interested in collaborating with other systems of music to achieve a musical communion.In recognition of his contribution to Carantic music, Sridhar received the title of Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam Asthana Vidwan by H H Jayendra Saraswathi Swamigal in 2012; Natya Tarang Yuva Puraskar by Natraj Music and Dance Academy, Visakhapatnam 2013; the title of National Sangeet Mani conferred by the Utkal Yuva Sanskrutik Sangh, Orissa 2012; Yuva Ratna by Hindustan Arts and Music Society, Suta Nuti Parishad, Kolkata among others.Apart from performances, Sridhar is actively engaged in training and imparting his art to a younger generation of musicians many of whom have gone on to win prestigious scholarships. Sridhar has released two audio CDs titled ‘Rare Ragas and Rare Kirthis’ and ‘Bhakti’.last_img read more

Another hurricane Nicole heads towards Bermuda

first_img MIAMI — Hurricane Nicole is heading toward Bermuda as a Category 2 storm.Nicole’s maximum sustained winds increased early Wednesday to near 155 kph. The U.S. National Hurricane Center says some strengthening is possible and Nicole could be near major hurricane strength later in the day.The storm is centred about 535 kilometres south-southwest of Bermuda, where a hurricane warning is in effect, and is moving north-northwest near 11 kph.UPDATE:Bermuda’s government dispatched crews to clear roads and engineers to inspect infrastructure as the British territory moved to recovery quickly from Hurricane Nicole, which battered the island as a Category 3 storm.SHurricane Nicole snapped trees, peeled off roofs and flooded homes as it roared across the island on Thursday. The storm also damaged boats that broke away from their moorings and knocked out power to more than 27,000 customers who live on the island, which has sturdy infrastructure and is accustomed to heavy weather.More news:  Help Princess Cruises break the world record for largest vow renewal at seaNicole has strengthened to a Category 4 storm late Wednesday as it approached Bermuda but lost steam overnight. Wednesday, October 12, 2016 Tags: Bermuda Another hurricane: Nicole heads towards Bermuda Sharecenter_img Posted by The Canadian Press << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Related Spain is tops among British holidaymaker

first_img RelatedSpain ‘is tops’ among British holidaymakers this springSpain ‘is tops’ among British holidaymakers this springMore gap year students fly to South AfricaStudents are most likely to fly to South Africa on their gap year, according to new research from the Year Out GroupMost people have a ‘huge emotional high” on their summer breakTwo thirds of people experience a “huge emotional high” during their summer holiday More people are booking flights to Africa, with Tanzania and southern African countries proving the most popular destinations, new findings have revealed.Independent tour operator Somak Holidays has reported a 12.3 percent rise of year-on-year bookings to Tanzania and a six percent rise to southern Africa. The Zanzibar archipelago, 15 miles off the east African coast, has seen the biggest increase in foreign visitors.It is thought that the figures represent a wider trend of more Brits flying to African destinations, with the exchange rate in certain countries being touted as the main reason for increased passenger numbers.Commenting on the findings, Somak chief executive Ash Sofat said: “Africa represents real value at the moment, particularly in South Africa, where the rand has gone from 11.5 to 16.36 to the pound since January.”The findings come after some African travel agents said this week that fewer people would choose to fly to the continent because of the global economic crisis.Get the new Skyscanner Widget for your website or blog! ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

DVR technology company TiVo is acquiring TRA an a

first_imgDVR technology company TiVo is acquiring TRA, an advertising software company.TRA’s platform includes a database that links information from households about what viewers watch with what they buy. TRA matches television exposures from 1.5 million TV homes with specific purchase transactions.TiVo said the acquisition will give it insights that will offer the TV advertising industry internet-level measurement and accountability in the television analytics business. The unit will be known as TiVo Research and Analytics (TRA).Tom Rogers, CEO and president of TiVo said, “TV has long been the best medium for advertisers to influence what consumers buy. TRA has proven its platform can determine the effectiveness of TV advertising by connecting the exposure of ads to actual purchases, helping advertisers identify the right audience and get the most out of their ad dollars. TRA has driven a substantial client list of advertisers, agencies and networks with this proposition. With this new level of unique audience insights and analytics, TiVo will be able to provide insights nobody else has in an industry increasingly seeking alternative ways to measure audience behavior accurately while increasing efficiencies in media spending.”last_img read more

Google and Amazon have restored their video servic

first_imgGoogle and Amazon have restored their video services to each others devices after almost a year and a half of sparring. In a statement sent out on Tuesday, Amazon announced the launch of the YouTube app for Fire TV, complete with support for Alexa. Almost simultaneously, Google issued its own statement announced support for Amazon Prime Video on its Chromecast devices. The news was officially announced in April, the apps have now launched on their respective platform. There had always been tensions between the companies, but Google made the first move by stopping Echo Show devices from accessing YouTube in September 2017.This quickly escalated with Amazon taking products from Nest (the Google-owned smart home brand) off its storefront and removing Prime Video support for Chromecast, while Google removed the native YouTube app from Fire TV. However, the companies appear to have worked out their differences, with YouTube now available on Fire TV Stick (2nd Gen), Fire TV Stick 4K, Fire TV Cube, Fire TV Stick Basic Edition, and all Fire TV Edition smart TVs, and Amazon Prime Video on Chromecast and Android TV devices. One noteworthy omission from the list is the Echo Show, which was not included in either statement, nor was it mentioned in the first announcement in April. Echo Show users are able to access YouTube through an in-built browser, but there is no native app or Alexa functionality. Google creates its own Google Home direct competitor products to the Show.last_img read more

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first_imgSponsor Advertisement By their very silence, the silver and gold mining companies are co-conspirators against all of their shareholders…us. The gold price was on the rise as soon as trading began in the Far East on their Monday morning…and was up eight bucks or so by shortly after 10:00 a.m. Hong Kong time.  From there, it more or less traded flat into the Comex open…and that point jumped another five dollars or so before trading sideways until about 10:35 a.m. in New York.At that point there was another sharp spike that took gold up to its high tick of the day…$1,736.80 spot..about ten minutes before the London close.  From that point it traded sideways once again before getting sold off a few dollars in electronic trading.Gold closed the Monday session at $1,731.90 spot…up $18.20 on the day.  Net volume was very light…around 109,000 contracts.As usual, the silver price was more ‘volatile’.  The price traded flat until just about 9:00 a.m. Hong Kong time…and at the point the price jumped almost 30 cents.From there, the price traded flat until about ten minutes before the Comex open.  Then, the silver price began to rally…and jumped up the moment that trading began in New York.  The ‘big’ rally only lasted about ten minutes…and then, like gold, traded flat until 10:35 a.m. Eastern before renewing its rally…albeit at a much slower pace.  It appeared that the high tick of the day [$33.35 spot] came around 2:15 p.m. in electronic trading…and from there got sold off a bit into the 5:15 p.m. close in New York.Silver finished the day at $33.11 spot…up 80 cents.  Net volume wasn’t overly heavy…around 34,000 contracts.The price patterns in platinum and palladium were more or less the same as gold and silver’s.The dollar index hit its 81.44 zenith on Friday morning at 11:30 in New York…and was in decline for the rest of that day.  This trend continued right into the Monday trading session.  There was a bit of a bounce at the 81.00 level around 11:30 a.m. in London, but the decline resumed at precisely 8:00 a.m. Eastern time…and three hours later, the index had fallen 27 basis points from its 8:00 a.m. peak.From that point the dollar index didn’t do a lot until 5:00 p.m. Eastern when the dollar spiked up into the New York close.  The index, which had closed on Friday at 81.20…finished the Monday session at 81.03…down only 17 basis points…but had a bit of a wild ride between those times.I suppose the co-relation between the dollar index and the precious metal prices was more apparent on Monday…but the moves in the metals themselves was out of all proportions to the tiny moves in the currency index.  Here’s the chart showing last Friday’s high…and all of Monday’s action.Not surprisingly, the gold stocks gapped up at the open…and stayed up for the entire day, closing almost on their highs.  The HUI finished up 2.68%.The silver stocks turned in a similar performance, with a lot of the junior producers doing much better than their senior brethren.  Nick Laird’s Silver Sentiment Index closed up 3.28%.(Click on image to enlarge)The CME’s Daily Delivery Report was a blank page yesterday.  There were no contracts of any metal posted for delivery on Wednesday.The GLD ETF showed a smallish withdrawal of 13,891 troy ounces, which may have been a fee payment of some kind.  And, for the third day in a row, an authorized participant withdrew about 1.5 million ounces of silver from SLV.  This time it was 1,452,093 troy ounces.  All withdrawals for the last three days have been within 50 troy ounces of the above number.  On Thursday it was 1,452,135 troy ounces…and on Friday it was 1,452,117 troy ounces.  Does it mean anything?  Beats me!There was a smallish sales report from the U.S. Mint yesterday.  They sold 1,500 ounces of gold eagles…along with 32,000 silver eagles.Over at the Comex-approved depositories on Friday, they reported receiving 623,635 troy ounces of silver…all of it went into the JPMorgan Chase depository, which now sits at 25,654,294 troy ounces.  Nothing was shipped out.  I’d sure love to know who the owners are.  Is it JPM itself, or does it belong to its customers?  The link to Friday’s activity is here.Here’s a nifty chart that Washington state reader S.A. stole from somewhere yesterday.  It shows a ‘cup and handle’ technical formation.  If you can believe T.A. in a rigged market, it may mean something…or not!(Click on image to enlarge)It was a busy weekend for stories…and I have a lot today…so I hope you can find the time to read/watch the ones of most interest to you.I would calculate JPMorgan’s concentrated short position in COMEX silver futures to now be 33,000 contracts, only 1,000 contracts below their recent peak. After removing spread positions from the new data, JPM’s silver position is 32.9% of the true net total market. This is so off the charts as to defy comprehension. Nothing else comes close to being the critical factor in silver. If we all live long enough to see any legitimate position limit regime in silver, JPMorgan’s current dominant position would not be allowed. That position is more than six times larger than the loose-as-a-goose limits proposed by the CFTC…and more than twenty times the 1,500 contract position limit proposed by thousands of public comments. – Silver Analyst Ted Butler…17 November 2012It was nice to see all the precious metals pop up in price yesterday.  I’m sure some of it was currency related but, considering the low volume, I’d guess that there may have been a bit of short covering during the Comex trading session in New York as well.  Whatever it was, we may or may not find out in Friday’s Commitment of Traders Report.The preliminary volume and open interest numbers from the CME that were posted on their website in the wee hours of this morning, indicates otherwise…and I’ll be very interested in what they show when the finals are posted later this a.m. New York time.I have nothing to add to what I’ve been saying for the last ten days or so.  Nothing would surprise me…up or down.  I’d love to be a fly on the wall at JPMorgan Chase or Scotia Moccata…as I get the impression that there are big changes going on under the surface that we have hints about…but we’re certainly not privy to.But one thing that did come as a big surprise, was how just how far the story of JPMorgan Chase and the silver price management scheme has spread world-wide.  The reach that Russia Today has is truly astounding.  GATA in gold…and Ted Butler in silver…can only get so far even with the Internet helping out.  Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert carry a very big stick…and I wouldn’t bet much on JPMorgan and Scotia Mocatta being able to keep up this price management scheme much longer with this kind of public exposure…which is getting bigger with each passing day.But when the end finally comes, it won’t be because of anything that the gold and silver mining companies did on our behalf…and the same holds true for the World Gold Council and the Silver Institute.  Any person who works, or has worked for either of these organizations, is not the slightest bit interested in finding the truth…even though they all know full well what’s going on.  By their very silence, the silver and gold mining companies are co-conspirators against all of their shareholders…us. All we can do is wait it out and be prepared emotionally for whatever happens.  The only thing I can add at this point is that price activity is going to get more volatile as the year winds down…and I shan’t hazard a guess as to which direction it might take.Very little happened in Far East trading on their Tuesday…and the same can be said for the first two hours of London trading as well. Volume is light in both metals, with very few roll-overs…and the dollar index is not doing a lot, either.As is usually the case, I would expect that things will change once New York begins trading.  If you subtract the American Thanksgiving holiday from the equation, there aren’t a lot of days for the remaining December contract holders to decide on what they’re going to do with their current positions.  And the longer they wait, the more frantic the trading activity will become as the month winds down.For that reason alone, the rest of the month could be full of surprises…and I await the 8:20 a.m. Comex open this morning with great interest.See you on Wednesday. Pelangio Exploration Inc. (PX:TSX-V; PGXPF:OTC) announced the results of seven diamond drill holes totaling 1,574 metres from its ongoing drilling program at the Pokukrom East zone on the Manfo Property in Ghana.  Highlights of the results included:·        1.19 g/t gold over 113 metres, including 9.05 g/t gold over 7 metres; ·        2.60 g/t gold over 64 metres, including 11.94 g/t gold over 10 metres; and ·        16.72 g/t gold over 4 metres.The results continued to confirm a higher grade, shallow north plunging core of Pokukrom East zone with an open plunge of 600 metres from near surface in previously reported hole SPDD-088 (7.01 g/t gold over 19 metres) to 210 metres depth in the holes reported this week.  Warren Bates, Senior Vice President Exploration, commented: “These are our best holes on the Manfo Property to date. These holes represent the north-plunging core of higher grade mineralization at Pokukrom East, now demonstrating an open plunge length of 600 metres.” Please visit our website to learn more about the project and request additional information.last_img read more

When patients come to Dr Molly Quinn for infertil

first_imgWhen patients come to Dr. Molly Quinn for infertility treatments, they usually aren’t too interested in hearing about the possible downsides, she says. They just want to get pregnant.Still, she always discusses the risks. For example, there’s an increased likelihood of twins or triplets — which increases the chances of medical complications for both moms and babies. And stimulating the ovaries to ripen extra eggs can, in a small number of cases, cause the ovaries to rupture.Quinn, an infertility specialist and assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of California, Los Angeles, now has a new hazard to consider. According to research published this month in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, children conceived through certain infertility treatments may be at a higher risk for cardiovascular disease. Parents shouldn’t panic, the study’s authors say: The findings are preliminary, and the study cohort was fairly small. Still, they say, it means that families who used infertility treatments should be particularly vigilant about screening for high blood pressure in their children and help them avoid other cardiovascular risk factors, such as smoking, obesity and a sedentary lifestyle.”Fertility clinics should really … counsel about potential risks for their kids,” says Dr. Urs Scherrer, a visiting professor at the University of Bern in Switzerland and a senior author of the study.Scherrer and his colleagues followed the health of children conceived through assisted reproductive technology for more than a decade. ART is an umbrella term that covers a number of different types of procedures, including in vitro fertilization, in which sperm and eggs are mixed in a lab dish, and intracytoplasmic sperm injection, in which sperm are inserted directly into eggs. Today, roughly 2 percent of all births in the U.S are conceived via ART.In 2012, the same team of scientists published a major paper showing that 65 healthy kids born with the help of ART were more likely than their peers to have early signs of problematic blood vessels. The current study, comparing 54 of those original children with 43 age- and sex-matched peers, shows those early irregularities — signs of “premature vascular aging”, the scientists say — persist into adolescence and young adulthood.Kids in the study who were conceived via ART are now 16 years old, on average, but have blood vessels resembling those of middle-aged adults, the scientists found.And those differences seemed to be enough to boost the teens’ blood pressure. Everyone in the study underwent round-the-clock blood pressure monitoring for 24 hours, and the differences between a group conceived by ART and teens in the control group were significant. The ART group had markedly higher blood pressure; about 15 percent met the criteria for hypertension.The study adds to a small but growing body of research suggesting that children conceived this way may have an elevated risk of hypertension and its health complications.Scientists say they don’t yet know why that would be true, but they hypothesize that epigenetics — the interplay of environment and genes — plays a role. Something about the manipulation of the eggs and sperm in the lab might affect which genes are turned on or off as embryos develop.Medical specialists who study high blood pressure in kids called the research striking.”The fact that these kids already have abnormal vasculature is quite concerning,” says Dr. Joseph Flynn, a pediatrician who helped write the American Academy of Pediatrics’ guidelines about blood pressure management. “I think the fact that they saw these changes at an early age and that they’re still persisting into adolescence is worrisome for these kids.”Still, he says, it’s unclear what the long-term effects on their cardiovascular health will be. Conception through ART, Flynn says, may confer the same amount of risk as, say, teenage smoking or alcohol use.Quinn says she would like to see more longitudinal research that tracks long-term consequences of infertility treatments.”We need to connect these kinds of studies,” she says. Such research can be more difficult to do in the United States, she notes, because there is no unified medical record, so it’s hard to track the babies who are conceived through ART.Still, she says, it’s important for all doctors working in the infertility field to acknowledge that the techniques they use are still evolving.”We appreciate that there is quite a bit unknown about we do on a day-to-day basis,” says Quinn. “We have to be humble.”For now, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that every child over the age of 3 get a yearly blood pressure test at the doctor’s office — whether or not their parents underwent infertility treatments. Mara Gordon is a family physician in Washington, D.C., and a health and media fellow at NPR and Georgetown University School of Medicine. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

Rural hospitals close when they dont have enough

first_imgRural hospitals close when they don’t have enough paying patients to care for, but they’re also dinged when the same patients show up over and over again. That puts outlying medical facilities in the precarious position of needing to avoid repeat customers.Charlotte Potts is the type of patient some hospitals try to avoid. She lives in Livingston, Tenn. — a town of 4,000, tucked between rolling hills of the Cumberland Plateau.”I’ve only had five heart attacks,” Potts says with a laugh. “I’ve had carotid artery surgery. Shall we go on? Just a few minor things.” She jokes that she’s “a walking stent.”The heart trouble has affected the way Potts deals with her health problems. She spends much of her day in a recliner in her apartment, tethered to a pulsing oxygen machine, and listening to the radio.Fortunately, her apartment sits within spitting distance of Livingston Regional Hospital — a 114-bed facility large enough to have a dedicated cardiac unit. But the hospital doesn’t want to see her every time her heart flutters.So last time she landed in the ER, they helped her connect with a few companies that could provide care at home.”If I’m going to have certain things going on here in my chest, I call for help, and they’re there,” Potts says of the home care team she chose.A new era in hospital managementThere were days when the hospital might have viewed a home health agency as a competitor. Not anymore.”When I started this almost 40 years ago, the mission was different,” says Tim McGill, CEO of Livingston Regional. “We wanted patients in the hospital. That was the incentive. We were paid for it. Now you’re not.”Hospitals used to run on a so-called fee-for-service model with virtually no limit to how many times they could see a patient. But, under pressure from private and government insurance programs, that model is transitioning to one in which hospitals are rewarded for safety and efficiency — which often results in a patient spending less time in the hospital.Under the Affordable Care Act, Medicare began to ding hospitals if too many patients are readmitted to any hospital within 30 days of discharge. The measure is broadly unpopular with the hospital industry, since so much falls outside a hospital’s control. Medicare has even walked back the rules for safety-net facilities, which tend to treat a sicker population.The penalty is meant to encourage hospitals to get it right the first time. In Livingston, the hospital operates on the thinnest of margins — just 0.2 percent in the most recent figures. And “readmissions” have been a drag on the bottom line.One in five patients with heart failure was back within the month. The hospital has paid the maximum penalty in some years — nearly $200,000. So leaders started asking a basic, unifying question of other providers in town, McGill says: “What can we do together so they’ll stay out of the hospital and stay healthier in their home setting? That’s where the work is.”Collaborating instead of competingThe work took the form of quarterly lunch meetings at the local library.Mary Ann Stockton, a nurse at the hospital, invites all the home health agencies as well as hospice providers and the leaders of nursing homes.At one meeting, she applauds the other providers for increasingly meeting patients inside the hospital before they’re discharged. She says it helps patients and families accept these home health workers.”We know in our area, people don’t like to have a total stranger come into their home,” she says.The group brainstorms how to generate the same kind of acceptance for hospice care, which — as one doctor in the meeting puts it — some families view as assisted suicide.And on this day, the groups spends much of its time reviewing the value of flu shots, especially for the staff in nursing homes. Stockton says elderly patients with bad lungs become a hospital emergency room’s “frequent fliers.””Flu starts off, goes into pneumonia, COPD exacerbation — and they are a revolving door in our hospital,” Stockton says. “They’re hitting that ER a couple of times a week.”Advance directives are on the agenda for next time — another way to keep people near the end of life from becoming ER regulars.Livingston’s parent company, LifePoint Health, is launching this community approach in many of its 80-or-so markets, which are primarily in the Southeast and almost all rural. LifePoint vice president Cindy Chamness helps hospitals find willing partners.”We were very frustrated for many years,” Chamness says, “because we weren’t able to impact readmissions just working on it by ourselves, as a hospital.””Are we saving ourselves right out of business?”The solution looks different from one town to another. In Lake Havasu, Ariz., paramedics now visit discharged patients to make sure they’re following doctors’ orders. The house calls also cut down on government-funded ambulance rides.It’s not just rural hospitals — all hospitals can be penalized for readmissions now. And threatening the bottom line in that way does seem to be effective. Readmissions have been falling across the board, according to the latest research.But rural hospitals, which already treat fewer patients than urban hospitals, wonder if they’ll have enough patients to survive, says Michael Topchik of the Chartis Center for Rural Health.”[A] CEO from Montana said to me, ‘The problem is, when we do the right thing, are we saving ourselves right out of business?’ ” says Michael Topchik of the Chartis Center for Rural Health.The focus on cutting readmissions — by definition — cuts overall admissions too, he notes.”So, this is the real inherent tension and challenge: Hospitals get reimbursed for doing ‘sick care,’ ” Topchik says. “But more and more they’re being asked to do population health, and really focus on ‘wellness.’ “To make up the volume, the Livingston hospital is expanding its maternity ward and general surgery offerings.There is also some immediate financial upside to reducing readmissions: Livingston Regional has cut readmissions more than any other rural hospital in Tennessee and even the nation, according to data compiled by Chartis.As a result, the hospital’s Medicare penalty in the coming year will be reduced to 0.3 percent of its reimbursements — down from the maximum of 3 percent, which was roughly $200,000 a year.That’s all because patients like Charlotte Potts now can safely stay home.”I got a real bad tightness in the chest,” Potts recalls about a recent episode. She’d questioned whether to call an ambulance. “I was very uncertain about what was going on.”But she phoned her home health agency, took a nitroglycerin pill as the agency advised, and instead of going to the ER, was able to get back to sleep. Copyright 2018 Nashville Public Radio. To see more, visit Nashville Public Radio.last_img read more

A regulator failed to find a single nurse not fit

first_imgA regulator failed to find a single nurse “not fit to practise” despite more than 220 complaints about face-to-face disability benefit assessments carried out for government contractors, its own figures have revealed.The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) figures show it dealt with 224 complaints about the way nurses carried out personal independence payment (PIP) assessments and work capability assessments (WCAs) in 2016 and 2017.But not one of those complaints led to the regulator concluding the assessor was not fit to continue to work as a nurse.In 2016, of 88 complaints dealt with, 87 were closed in the initial “screening” process and one nurse was found to have “no case to answer”.The following year, of 136 complaints, 129 were closed in screening, four nurses were found to have no case to answer, while one led to the conclusion that the nurse’s fitness to practise was not impaired, and two complaints had not been concluded.Only two months ago, the Professional Standards Authority (PSA) said it had found widespread mishandling by NMC of complaints it had received about the way nurses had carried out PIP assessments.PSA found a string of failings, including a refusal to consider all the concerns raised by complainants.It also found that NMC relied on the findings of government PIP contractors Atos and Capita to justify closing cases about their employees, and failed to consider crucial documentary evidence, often ignoring the evidence of the person who had lodged the complaint, and failing to ask them for further information.NMC also told some complainants that the role of PIP assessor was not relevant to the nurse’s fitness to practise, unless it involved dishonesty.The new figures suggest NMC’s problems extend to complaints about nurses who have carried out WCAs on behalf of the government contractor Maximus.Disability News Service (DNS) spent months investigating allegations of dishonesty by PIP assessors in late 2016 and throughout 2017, hearing eventually from more than 250 disabled people in less than a year about how they had been unfairly deprived of their benefits.It continues to receive such reports today, more than two-and-a-half years after the investigation began.NMC released the new figures under the Freedom of Information Act to Andrew Hill, from Norfolk, who has himself lodged a complaint with the regulator about the nurse who carried out his face-to-face PIP assessment in 2017 on behalf of Capita.An appeal tribunal found the nurse had been “unreliable” and that her “incorrect and inaccurate findings” about his mental health condition contributed to him having his benefits cut.Hill has diabetes, and has had one leg amputated, and has further serious diabetes-related impairments which are “fluctuating and unreliable” and have left him with significant support needs.He had asked for a reassessment of his PIP because his health had deteriorated and he had lost his partner and carer.But the nurse’s assessment instead led to him losing his PIP enhanced rate of mobility, as well as points on his daily living component – for which he had previously been granted the standard rate.A subsequent mandatory reconsideration of its initial decision by the Department for Work and Pensions restored him to the enhanced mobility rate of PIP but left his daily living component unaffected.An appeal tribunal last July allowed his appeal and confirmed his enhanced rate of mobility as well as awarding him the enhanced rate of PIP daily living for the first time.Meanwhile, he has lodged a complaint with Capita and the NMC about the nurse who assessed him.NMC is still investigating his complaint. Capita has not yet ruled on his complaint against the nurse.Matthew McClelland (pictured), NMC’s director of fitness to practise, said: “After the PSA published its report, we acknowledged that our approach to PIP-related cases fell short of what is expected. We didn’t get things right and I am sorry for that.“Since 2018, we have taken action to address these concerns. We have reviewed our processes, improved our quality checks, and enhanced management oversight of cases.”DNS has now asked for NMC’s 2018 figures through a freedom of information request. A note from the editor:Please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please note that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS…last_img read more

The two competitions will come together when the C

first_imgThe two competitions will come together when the Coral Women’s Challenge Cup Final shares the stage with the men’s semi finals in a triple header at the University of Bolton Stadium on Saturday July 27.The men’s Coral Challenge Cup Final will be held at Wembley Stadium on Saturday August 24.“This is a really significant day both for the Challenge Cup, and for women’s Rugby League,” said Ralph Rimmer, the RFL chief executive.“The men’s Challenge Cup is one of the iconic competitions and trophies of British sport, with more than 120 years of history, and the famous Wembley final televised live to the nation and the world by the BBC.“The Women’s Challenge Cup may not have that history, but Coral’s enthusiasm for it to be part of a joint sponsorship deal confirms our determination that it is set for a really exciting future.“With Coral’s name now linked to both the men’s and women’s Challenge Cups, it’s equally exciting to be able to extend the double header for the men’s semi finals that proved such a big hit last year, and now incorporate the Coral Women’s Challenge Cup Final.“The University of Bolton Stadium proved a popular venue for the sold-out double header last summer, so we’re delighted to be going back for a triple header in 2019.“We are confident that thousands of the supporters of the teams who reach the semi finals of the men’s Coral Challenge Cup will also take the opportunity to watch the outstanding spectacle provided by our best women’s teams – and that will ensure their skills and athleticism are seen by the record audience they deserve.”Adrian Osman, the Head of Sponsorship and Events at Coral, said: “The Rugby League Challenge Cup and the final at Wembley are flagship events in British sport, and we are delighted that Coral’s name will now be associated with them in this significant deal. In addition, the opportunity to get involved with women’s sport and the development of women’s Rugby League as the first title sponsors of the Women’s Challenge Cup is hugely exciting for us – and combining the final with the semi finals of the Coral Challenge Cup should produce another great event. We’re really looking forward to seeing the two competitions unfold through the spring and summer.”Leeds Rhinos are the Women’s Challenge Cup holders, having beaten Castleford Tigers in a classic final at Warrington’s Halliwell Jones Stadium last summer.The RFL also confirmed today that the 2018 Wembley winners Catalans Dragons will defend the Coral Challenge Cup, after reaching an agreement with the French club to end recent uncertainty about their participation.They will enter the competition at the Sixth Round stage in May, having finished in the top eight of the Super League in 2018.The teams who finished in the bottom four will enter in the Fifth Round in April.The Road to Wembley begins this weekend, with 52 community clubs competing in First-Round ties from Portsmouth to Wallsend, and featuring Sunday’s meeting on the Cumbrian coast between the oldest amateur club in the country, Millom, and the Challenge Cup newcomers Red Star Belgrade – which will be streamed live on the BBC Sport online platforms.The Trans-Pennine battle between Orrell St James and Holmfirth’s Underbank Rangers will be shown live on the RFL’s Our League membership App and Website the previous day.Tickets for the triple header at the University of Bolton on Saturday July 27 go on sale today, and are available here.Tickets for the Coral Challenge Cup Final at Wembley Stadium on Saturday August 24 are available here.Coral Challenge Cup, 2019First Round Jan 26-27, Second Round Feb 9-10, Third Round March 9-10, Fourth Round March 30-31, Fifth Round April 13-14, Sixth Round May 11-12.Quarter Finals June 1-2.Semi Finals – Saturday July 27, University of Bolton Stadium (triple header, also including Coral Women’s Challenge Cup Final)Final – Saturday August 24, Wembley Stadium, 230pm.(Dates for earlier rounds of Coral Women’s Challenge Cup to be confirmed shortly)last_img read more