Steven Sabados is back and in good company

first_imgThe new format doesn’t stray that far from the original daytime format of Steven and Chris, which aired from 2008 to 2015 and was cancelled after Hyndman’s death.That show was groundbreaking as the first on TV to showcase a same-sex married couple hosting a talk show. This time, it takes three people to replace the famously exuberant Hyndman, whose energy always played well off Sabados’ sense of restraint. Joining Sabados is comic and fashion expert Jessi Cruickshank, lifestyle expert Andrea Bain and chef Shahir Massoud. You can sense the love for Steven Sabados as he walks into the CBC studio set in downtown Toronto.Audience members shout “Welcome back!” and “We miss you!” He mouths a series of thank yous before the cameras start rolling on his new CBC show The Goods, which premieres Monday.It has been a tumultuous year for Sabados since the death of his onscreen and off-screen partner, Chris Hyndman. Advertisement Advertisement Hyndman was found dead near the couple’s Toronto condo. No foul play was suspected and Hyndman’s mother believes he may have fallen off his balcony while sleepwalking. The death rocked the CBC family as well as a loyal following of fans.“It’s been very emotional at the beginning doing this again, but it’s been nice to see friendly faces and people I’ve known, and it’s been really great being back,” says Sabados in an interview after the taping. “It’s really awesome to come together with my new family.” Facebookcenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Bell Media Mourns the Death of LongTime Production Partner Guy OSullivan

first_imgAbout Bell MediaBell Media creates content and builds brands that entertain, inform, engage, and inspire audiences through the platforms of their choice. Bell Media is Canada’s leading content creation company with premier assets in television, radio, out-of-home advertising, and digital media. Bell Media owns 30 local television stations led by CTV, Canada’s highest-rated television network; 30 specialty channels, including TSN and RDS, Canada’s most-watched specialty channels in English and French; and four pay TV services, including The Movie Network and Super Écran. Bell Media is also Canada’s largest radio broadcaster, with 215 music channels including 105 licensed radio stations in 54 markets across the country, all part of the iHeartRadio brand and streaming service. Bell Media owns Astral Out of Home with a network of more than 30,000 advertising faces in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, Québec, and Nova Scotia. Bell Media also operates more than 200 websites; delivers TV Everywhere with its CraveTV and GO video streaming services; operates multi-channel network Much Digital Studios; produces live theatrical shows via its partnership with Iconic Entertainment Studios; and owns Dome Productions Inc., a multi-platform production company. Bell Media is part of BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. For more on Bell Media, please visit www.bellmedia.ca. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook TORONTO (April 10, 2017) – Bell Media extends its deepest condolences to the family, friends, and colleagues of Guy O’Sullivan, President and Founder of Proper Television. O’Sullivan was a friend and valued partner to Bell Media as the Executive Producer of many hit original Canadian series for CTV and Discovery.“Guy’s passing is a tragic loss to Canada’s production community, and everyone here at Bell Media,” said Randy Lennox, President, Bell Media. “Guy was an incredibly bright, charming, generous, and well-loved friend to all who knew and worked with him. In addition to his work on CTV’s MASTERCHEF CANADA projects, he helmed many of Discovery’s success stories for the last dozen years – more than half of the network’s history – developing personal friendships along the way. His work has made an indelible impact, and he will be dearly missed.”Led by O’Sullivan, Proper Television is responsible for many of Bell Media’s original Canadian hit programs for the last several years, including current series MASTERCHEF CANADA for CTV and CANADA’S WORST DRIVER, LAST STOP GARAGE, TOUGHER THAN IT LOOKS?, and VEGAS RAT RODS for Discovery. Past projects for CTV include format original specials MASTERCHEF CANADA: A HOLIDAY SPECIAL and MASTERCHEF CANADA: ALL-STAR FAMILY EDITION, and for Discovery: BLOOD, SWEAT & TOOLS, CANADA’S WORST HANDYMAN, DON’T DRIVE HERE, INVENTIONS THAT SHOOK THE WORLD, JUNK RAIDERS, LAST CAR STANDING, PRANK SCIENCE, and THE REAL SUPERHUMANS. Advertisement Advertisement Twitter Login/Register With:last_img read more

A Tribe Called Red readies for European tour

first_imgAPTN National NewsA Tribe Called Red continues to make waves.The group’s unique blend of pow wow and electronic music, which they’’e dubbed pow wow step, is packing clubs across the country.The group is recently finishing up a successful week in Montreal where they played a sold-out show.The trio took some time out of their hectic schedule to talk to APTN about their success on the eve of their first European tour.last_img

Florida discovery has people rethinking how long humans have been around Turtle

first_imgTom Fennario APTN National NewsThe debate over how long people have inhabited North America just got a whole lot more interesting.A recent discovery in Florida shows that people likely inhabited the area almost 1,500 years earlier than first thought.The discovery also raises another important question about how people came to inhabit Turtle Island in the first place.tfennario@aptn.calast_img

Auto supplier Denso 1B investment in Tennessee plant

first_imgNASHVILLE, Tenn. – Automotive supplier Denso announced plans Friday to invest $1 billion and create more than 1,000 new jobs in its main Tennessee facility to meet growing demand for electric vehicle parts.The investment is aimed at making the Maryville plant the Japanese company’s primary manufacturer in North American for electrification and safety systems, the company said.“This is an investment in the future of Denso, and also the future of transportation,” Kenichiro Ito, the chairman of Denso North America, said in a statement. “We are seeing dramatic shifts in the role of transportation in society, and this investment will help position us to meet those changing demands.”The company plans to expand several production lines to produce advanced components for hybrid and electric vehicles. The products are designed to improve fuel efficiency and preserve electric power by recovering and recycling energy. They also will boost efficiency for the entire vehicle by anticipating road conditions through data collected inside and outside the car.The expansion in Maryville comes atop a $400 million investment that the company announced in 2015 to consolidate its warehouse operations, a move intended at the time to add 500 jobs.Denso opened the plant in Maryville in 1988 with about 100 employees. U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, then governor, has said the facility in his hometown was a sort of consolation prize after Tennessee lost out to Kentucky for a Toyota assembly plant. Today about 3,200 people work at the Maryville plant, besides another 1,400 employees at another Denso facility in nearby Athens, Tennessee.The announcement comes as Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam prepares to embark on a trade mission to Asia that will include a pitch seeking to attract a new joint Toyota and Mazda assembly plant to his Southern state.The Japanese automakers announced in August that they plan to spend $1.6 billion on the new manufacturing plant, creating up to 4,000 jobs. The companies plan to work together on advanced auto technology, such as electric vehicles, safety features and connected cars, as well as products that they could supply each other.Tennessee is home to assembly plants by Nissan, General Motors and Volkswagen, along with a slew of suppliers. The state has been prepping a sprawling site outside of Memphis in hopes of attracting another auto manufacturing plant.“We would love to get the Mazda-Toyota plant,” Haslam told reporters Thursday. “We think we have leg up in automobile manufacturing because we’re so strong in it now, and there is a sense in which there’s a real desire to locate near other suppliers.”last_img read more

Upside down Christmas tree trend going viral – but comes with a

first_imgTORONTO – For those who like to upend holiday traditions, this trend is for you: the upside down Christmas tree.This season, social media is rife with photos of inverted pines and firs that are adorning hotel lobbies, shopping centres and downtown atriums with gravity-defying drama.It’s a surefire showstopper for retailers eager to attract shoppers, but the over-the-top stunt is now making its way into some living rooms, with several retailers offering up kits for the home decorator willing to try something different.But these trendy inverted trees aren’t cheap.Most cost more than $200, although prices range from $60.99 for a modest three-foot model to $1,299.99 for a 7.5-foot pre-lit version.Calgary salon owner Dave Richards says he’s thinking about a purchase for next year, noting he already put up his Christmas tree several weeks ago, before he saw the latest trend.“I’m in the market for one at the end of this Christmas season if they go on sale — if any are left,” says Richards, who is known as DevaDave to his clients and friends.“In terms of space … it allows for more movement at the lower base of it. It’s definitely a conversation piece more than anything else and I think most people when they’re purchasing something like that it’s because they are hoping to make the corner of their home a little bit more interesting for guests and all that.“Is it weird? Hell yes. Very much so.”Richards suspects such a tree would be a good fit for his downtown hair salon, where he is a stylist and wig retailer who caters to cancer patients and people in the transgender community.But at home, he says he’s very much a traditionalist, with this year’s decor of balls, bells and angels driven by a white-and-silver theme. He also doubted his four-year-old son would approve of a non-traditional tree.“There are things that kids like (and) he wants his tree just ‘so.’ He’s fussy,” says Richards, admitting he’d otherwise consider a flashier display since he sometimes welcomes clients to his home and often entertains friends and family.A nine-foot Christmas tree hangs upside down in the hotel lobby of the Fairmont Vancouver Airport and it certainly seems to be a hit with guests and passersby, says marketing specialist Kate Francois.It’s the second year in a row they’ve flipped their centrepiece, which is festooned with mini passports, planes, suitcases and hand-painted blue and gold globes.“We’ve had a ton of interest, actually. We’ve had a few people come in just specifically for that, they weren’t even staying at the hotel but they wanted to come and photograph it,” says Francois.It’s certainly not for everyone, says interior designer Jane Lockhart, who set up an upside down tree for a commercial retail display a couple of years ago. But she adds that the trees do seem to be part of a broader trend of more radical home design, possibly fuelled by social media.After a year of disturbing headlines that at times felt like the world was warping into an alternate universe, an upside down tree might be just what some people need, adds Richards.“It’s a finger up at the establishment of making (Christmas) so commercial,” he says.But then again, many people find comfort in familiar rituals when times are tough, he muses.“There are probably hipsters who think it’s a great idea and it’s fun and funky,” he says. “But the tradition of going to the lot and buying a traditional tree …. people still want that.”last_img read more

March home sales slow in Metro Vancouver but prices stay high real

first_imgVANCOUVER – Metro Vancouver home sales over the first quarter of this year were the lowest in five years, but statistics from the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver show prices remain high.The board says home sales across the region in March tumbled 29.7 per cent compared with March 2017 and are 23 per cent below the 10-year March sales average.Just over 2,500 homes changed hands last month, a drop of more than 1,000 compared with a year ago, although the board notes the March 2018 sales climbed 14 per cent compared with February.Listings of detached, attached and apartment properties also fell year-over-year, skidding 6.6 per cent in March compared with March 2017, marking the region’s lowest total of first-quarter new listings since 2013.Real estate board data shows the number of sales compared to the number of active listings soared to 61.6 per cent for condominiums in March, while the rate was 39.9 per cent for townhomes, far above the 20 per cent rate the board says tends to push prices upward.The composite benchmark price for all residential properties in Metro Vancouver is $1,084,000, a 16.1 per cent increase over March 2017 and a 1.1 per cent increase since February of this year.Phil Moore, real estate board president, says even with lower sales, prices will remain high as long as the selection of properties is slim.“Last month was the quietest March for new home listings since 2009 and the total inventory, particularly in the condo and townhome segments, of homes for sale remains well below historical norms,” he says in a news release.“High prices, new tax announcements, rising interest rates, and stricter mortgage requirements are among the factors affecting home buyer and seller activity today,” Moore adds.The benchmark price for detached properties was $1,608,500 last month, up 7.4 per cent from March 2017 and up less than half a per cent over February 2018, as sales-to-active listings nudged the mark where to board says downward pressure on prices could occur.But with sales outstripping supply for condos and townhomes, the real estate board says the benchmark price for a condo was $693,500 in March, a 26.2 per cent leap from March 2017 and a 1.6 per cent bump compared with February 2018.Benchmark prices for townhomes across Metro Vancouver reached $835,300 last month, a two per cent increase over February and a hike of 17.7 per cent from March 2017.last_img read more

Statistics Canada says trade deficit hit record 41 billion in March

first_imgOTTAWA – Record high imports helped push Canada’s trade deficit to a record for March as it grew to $4.1 billion, Statistics Canada said Thursday.However, despite the shortfall, economists noted that exports also rose, though not as quickly.“Today’s trade release was expected to be a ho-hum affair, but a surge in two-way trade completely changed that story,” CIBC economist Royce Mendes wrote in a report.“Canada’s deficit now stands at a record level on the back of what appears to be strengthening domestic demand.”Canadian imports climbed six per cent to $51.7 billion in March due to the motor vehicles and parts sector as well as consumer goods.Imports of motor vehicles and parts rose 8.3 per cent to $10.3 billion, the strongest increase since 2011, while consumer goods climbed 7.7 per cent to a record $11.0 billion.Meanwhile, exports increased 3.7 per cent to $47.6 billion, boosted by the aircraft and other transportation equipment and parts sector as well as farm, fishing and intermediate food products and energy products.Exports of aircraft and other transportation equipment and parts rose 24.3 per cent in March to $2.3 billion, while farm, fishing and intermediate food products increased 14.7 per cent to $2.8 billion.Exports excluding energy products rose 3.6 per cent.In volume terms, imports rose 5.3 per cent and exports grew three per cent.Regionally, Canada’s trade surplus with the United States narrowed for the fifth consecutive month to $1.7 billion in March compared with $2.3 billion in February.Imports from the U.S. rose 3.1 per cent in March due in large part to higher imports of passenger cars and light trucks, while exports to the U.S. rose 1.2 per cent, led primarily by higher exports of crude oil.Canada’s trade deficit with countries other than the United States increased to $5.8 billion in March from $5.2 billion in February.last_img read more

EU proposes to ban plastic straws stirs and cotton buds

first_imgBRUSSELS – The European Union has proposed banning plastic products like cotton buds, straws, stirs and balloon sticks when alternatives are easily available in an attempt to reduce litter spoiling beaches and ocean beds.The European Commission said its proposal would seek to cut marine litter in half for the ten most prominent items and avoid environmental damage estimated at over $250 billion over the next dozen years.EU Vice-President Frans Timmermans said that utensils would not be banned completely, but steps would be taken to have them made out of sustainable materials when possible.“You can still organize a pick-nick, drink a cocktail and clean your ears just like before,” Timmermans said.He also made new proposals to ensure that it is the polluter that pays.The proposal will be assessed by the EU parliament and member states but Timmermans hopes to see results before May 2019.And unlike so many EU proposals that are immediately criticized by consumer and environmental groups as too little too late, the reaction was largely positive on Monday.“The only way to stop plastics pouring into our oceans is to turn off the flow at its source: production,” said Lasse Gustavsson, the European executive director of the environmental group Oceana, as he lauded the initiative.European Green Party lawmaker Monica Frassoni also welcomed the initiative and added that “the scale of the problem means that we cannot rely on individual European countries to take action and must instead find a Europe-wide response.”The European Parliament has said that plastics production is now 20 times higher than in 1960s. The EU has also been spurred into action by China’s decision to no longer import part of the bloc’s waste.last_img read more

AP Explains Nissans exchair spending Christmas in custody

first_imgTOKYO — Nissan Motor Co. former chairman Carlos Ghosn, charged with financial improprieties and detained in Tokyo for more than a month, has also been accused of a breach of trust that caused a multi-million-dollar financial loss for Nissan.Speculation that he could leave on bail surged on Thursday after a court rejected prosecutors’ request for extended detention. The fresh allegation dashes his hope for a quick release, forcing him to spend Christmas at Tokyo’s main detention centre. A look at what is going on and what could happen next:Q: WHAT IS THE NEW ALLEGATION?A: Prosecutors on Friday accused Ghosn of a breach of trust causing Nissan a financial loss of more than 1.8 billion yen ($16 million). The allegations represent a third potential charge in Ghosn’s case. Prosecutors say Ghosn allegedly manipulated a contract to shift a loss from a private investment during the Lehman crisis onto Nissan’s books. He also allegedly had Nissan transfer $14.7 million to another company owned by someone who helped him in that manipulation in a breach of the company’s trust, prosecutors say. The latest allegation does not affect Greg Kelly, another Nissan board member charged with underreporting Ghosn’s income by about 5 billion yen ($44 million) in 2011-2015.Q: HOW MUCH LONGER WILL HE BE IN FOR?A: Adding an allegation to an existing case is called “saitaiho” in Japanese, or to re-arrest, even when a suspect is already in custody. Japanese police and prosecutors routinely add new allegations to lengthen a defendant’s time behind bars, since each allegation may add up to 20 days. The tactic is criticized from inside and outside Japan as “hostage justice.” Friday’s new allegation would allow prosecutors two days before seeking a likely court approval of extending Ghosn’s detention up to 20 more days, meaning he would have to stay in the Tokyo Detention House until Jan. 11, way past Christmas and New Year holidays, most likely without turkey or pumpkin pie. But his right-hand man, Kelly, may be released as early as Christmas, with a request for bail filed Friday by Kelly’s lawyer pending court approval.Q: WHAT ARE CHARGES HE ALREADY FACES?A: So far, Ghosn and Kelly are charged with underreporting Ghosn’s pay by about 5 billion yen ($44 million), in violation of the Financial Instruments and Exchange Act. They also face a second allegation of underreporting another 4 billion yen ($36 million) for 2016-2018, for which their first 10-day detention expired on Thursday. Prosecutors have been criticized for separating the same allegations into two parts as a tactic to double their detention time.Q: HOW COMMON ARE LONG DETENTIONS IN JAPAN?A: Ghosn’s more than a month in detention is still short compared to some past high-profile cases. Critics say defendants who refuse to admit to the allegations tend to be detained longer. In 2002, parliamentarian Muneo Suzuki was detained for 437 days over bribery charges before he was released on bail. In 2009, a senior health ministry bureaucrat, Atsuko Muraki, was detained for 164 days in alleged violation of postal services law. She was later acquitted. In 2006, an internet startup maverick Takafumi Horie, charged with fraudulent accounting, was detained for 95 days.___Follow Mari Yamaguchi on Twitter at https://www.twitter.com/mariyamaguchiMari Yamaguchi, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Fraser Basin Council to help Peace Region Municipalities with Climate Change

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fraser Basin Council announced Friday it would work with six municipalities in Northeast British Columbia to strengthen their resilience to the effects of a changing climate through the recently formed Northeast Climate Risk Network.The network’s participating communities include the City of Fort St. John, City of Dawson Creek, District of Tumbler Ridge, District of Chetwynd, Village of Pouce Coupe and Northern Rockies Regional Municipality.The Fraser Basin Council was chosen by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) to help these communities prepare for a changing climate, understand the associated risks and vulnerabilities, and increase public awareness. The project will develop a regional climate projections report for Northeast BC and will develop community-based vulnerability assessments according to individual community context and needs. Through the Northeast Climate Risk Network, local leaders will help each other work on innovative approaches and solutions to common challenges and explore ways to integrate climate adaptation into new or existing plans and systems.“BC’s municipalities are on the front lines,” said Fraser Basin Council Executive Director David Marshall. “They want to understand the impacts of a changing climate, such as more extreme weather events, drought and flood, and to manage in a way that minimizes disruption and increases community resilience.”last_img read more

City awards tender for 5 million water recovery facility

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Fort St. John City Council has awarded the tender to build Phase 2 of a water recovery facility to a local firm.At Monday’s meeting, councillors voted in favour of awarding the tender for the project to Fort St. John-based Knappett Industries Ltd. for the price of $5,037,664. Knappett’s bid was the second-lowest of the five submitted, however, city staff said that the  $4,186,000 bid from WL Construction had a major error and had to be rejected. Furthermore, the City’s General Manager of Integrated Services Victor Shopland said that even if the error hadn’t been made, WL’s submission would have been higher than Knappett’s. Including engineering work, the project will total $5,577,664.00, which is $1,922,336.00 under the city’s $7.5 million budget. In his report, Shopland said that there is still roughly $2,000,000 left in construction costs for the first phase of the project, 1, which had a tendered start date in 2017 and a completion date in 2018. He said that Phase 2 has a completion date some time in 2019.last_img read more

Friday is Pay it Forward Day in the Energetic City

first_imgThis year is the tenth anniversary for “Pay it Forward” Day, and LaBoucaine doesn’t expect the city to stop spreading random acts of kindness any time soon.“I think we’ll definitely continue with Pay it Forward Day. A lot of the people we support and the staff enjoy getting out in the community and returning the favor as well as doing those random acts of kindness.”The Lido Theatre and members of the Fort St. John Fire Department will be paying it forward by hosting a community barbecue Friday afternoon. The barbecue is free to the public and will feature a bouncy castle as well as movies inside the theatre. The two groups will also be fundraising for the Fort St. John Firefighters Charitable Society at the event. The barbecue will take place from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.Photo by the Lido Theatre.On Friday night the Lido will also host a by donation concert featuring Mark Kroos. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. while the show isn’t until 8:00 p.m.Photo by the Lido Theatre. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St John Association for Community Living is going to be celebrating “Pay It Forward Day” in the Energetic City this Friday.The Association for Community Living started “Pay It Forward” Day in 2009 so that all Fort St. John residents could perform their own random acts of kindness in the community.“We just want to create a ripple effect and encourage other people to participate in Pay it Forward.” Said the Executive Director for the Association for Community Living, Renee LaBoucaine. “It does put a smile on your face when someone does a good deed for you. Were hoping to continue the momentum, whether its as simple as saying “hi”, holding the door, or paying for someones coffee, whatever that act is that carries the momentum and moves it forward.”last_img read more

Grande Prairie RCMP execute search warrant finding large quantity of illegal items

first_imgGrande Prairie RCMP would like to thank the public for their assistance.If you wish to report a drug house in your neighbourhood,  please call the confidential tip line at 780-830-7444. If need to report a crime, please call the Grande Prairie RCMP at 780-830-5701 or call your local police detachment. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at www.P3Tips.com or by using the “P3 Tips” app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store. GRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – On January 8, 2019, Grande Prairie RCMP executed a search warrant on an apartment on the west side of the city after receiving information from the public about a possible drug house.RCMP searched the apartment and located approximately $600,000 worth of illegal drugs. Canadian currency and firearms were also located during the search. The following items were seized as a result of the investigation;Approximately 4 kilograms of Crystal MethamphetamineApproximately 2.2 kilograms of CocaineApproximately 200 grams of heroineApproximately 5500 Oxycodone tabletsApproximately 950 Fentanyl tablets$93,880.00 in Canadian currency2 hand gunsThe investigation is ongoing and no further details are available at this time.last_img read more

MercedesBenz launches AMG C 43 4MATIC Coup in India priced at Rs

first_imgNew Delhi: German luxury carmaker Mercedes-Benz Thursday launched its AMG C 43 4MATIC Coup with price starting at Rs 75 lakh (ex-showroom India). The two-door Coup is powered by a 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine, producing 287kW of power and 520 Nm of torque, which accelerates the vehicle from standstill to 100 km/h in a mere 4.7 seconds, Mercedes-Benz India said. This is the second product introduction by the company after the launch of V Class in January out of the total 10 new products planned for the year. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in Sep Commenting on the launch, Mercedes-Benz India MD & CEO Martin Schwenk said the company has been very successful with its AMG product strategy in India, which comprises a wide array of performance cars under the 43, 45, 63 and the GT ranges. “The response to the AMG 43 range has been amazing since its debut with the AMG GLE 43, and today we give further fillip to the line-up with the AMG C 43 Coup ,” he added. With the launch of this latest AMG, Mercedes-Benz India now has over 15 AMG performance cars in its portfolio. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to Customs This is the first time that Mercedes-AMG C 43 4MATIC Coup is being launched in India. Schwenk further said: “In 2019, Mercedes-Benz completes 25 years in India and this milestone will be marked with a product and service offensive… ” He said the strategy for Mercedes-AMG is to expand the performance segment by introducing “high pedigree products with sensual design, which is sure to lure customers and fans of the brand in India”. On the outlook for the year, Schwenk said, “2019 is going to be an exciting year for us, where we aim to create new firsts, in customer satisfaction and overall ownership experience.last_img read more

In the age of econsultations

first_imgWith time, medical treatment pattern has seen drastic changes. Medical education has moved from Gurukul to modern medical colleges and hospitals. The present-day medical student does not have to roam about in forests in search of herbs, shrubs or animals to find medicines. Methods of treatment have undergone a sea of changes. There have been changes in the relationship between doctors and patients. Even though personal examination of the patient remains key to reaching a diagnosis, investigations give tremendous information into the pathology of illness and in managing the treatment. With newer gadgets, particularly the telephone and the internet, communication methods have changed as well. Many patients contact the doctor on the telephone for advice. This is not a foolproof method to approach the patient because one is not able to directly examine the patient. The doctor has to depend on what the patient tells. At times the patient may tell the symptoms which he/she thinks are important. But for the doctor, these symptoms may not be of much value. On a telephone, the doctor has limited questions which are important to clinch the diagnosis. Many times, a patient may panic for something which in actual practice is not so serious. The doctor is not able to physically examine. He/she can neither palpate nor auscultate. He is not able to see actual signs which the patient is developing. Therefore, the chances of being misled and error are high. In this context, it is important to refer to the decision of the Bombay High Court in 2018 where the Hon’ble Court indicted the Gynaecologist couple Dr. Deepa and Dr. Sanjeev Pawaskar of gross negligence. The couple had conducted a caesarean operation in Ratnagiri in February 2018. They discharged the patient after two days in normal condition. After that, both of them went to a conference. The next day the lady developed some problem. She was brought to their hospital where the staff tried to manage her through telephonic consultation with the doctors. As she became sick, she was referred to some other institution. But she could not be saved. The court felt that this amounts to culpable homicide as the doctors tried to treat the patient without examination which the court felt is gross negligence. Sometimes the patients cannot visit the doctor they trust because of many reasons. It could be distance, cost of travel, cost of consultation, waiting time at the clinic, busy schedule of the patient. So they seek primary advice from the doctor telephonically who is generally well-known to them and has attended them in the past. After discharge, the patients may have some questions to ask for clarification in the treatment. The doctors in such circumstances cannot refuse to attend to the patients call. Whereas it is obligatory to obey the court order, it is difficult to abolish telephonic consultations completely in a day to day practice. In a study, Josip Car, PhD student in patient-doctor partnership and Aziz Sheikh, NHS/PPP national primary care postdoctoral fellow, published in the British Medical Journal in 2003, concluded that ‘Public satisfaction with telephone consultations is high, and patients increasingly wish to have this option. Speed, improved access, convenience to patients, and possible cost savings are the principal advantages of consultations by telephone’. Telephones are used for accessing a broad spectrum of health care, ranging from delivery of routine and emergency care to obtaining repeat prescriptions and results of laboratory investigations and facilitating health promotional interventions. Interventions range from a simple transfer of information to education and, in many cases, complex management decisions. However, they suggested a careful approach to a telephone consultation. Speak directly with the person who has a problem. Take a detailed and structured history. Request the caller to repeat the advice given (several times throughout the consultation). Ask if the person has any outstanding questions or concerns. Advise about follow up and when to contact a doctor (for example, worsening symptoms despite treatment, symptoms failing to improve within a week, onset of new symptoms). The practice of telemedicine is the latest in modern medical practice with ultra-modern technology. This is distance management. One does not see the patient directly here. There may be a visual conversation but one cannot palpate or auscultate or peep into the ear canal or view the retina personally. No doubt there is no alternative to a personal examination of the patient and that continues to be the practice. Telephonic consultation is not the first visit consultation. It is more during follow up or convalescence period that the patients seek medical advice on the telephone. However, in addition to obligations to law, it is important for all medical professionals to be careful when giving a telephonic opinion to avoid mismanagement. After all, our ultimate aim is to cure the person. (Dr. Arun Mitra is Vice President, Indian Doctors for Peace and Development. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

Office space worth 35 billion eligible to be listed under REIT

first_imgNew Delhi: India currently has USD 35 billion worth of office spaces that are eligible to be listed under the Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT), according to property consultant JLL India. REIT is an investment tool that owns and operates rent-yielding real estate assets. It allows individual investors to make investment in this platform and earn income. The successful listing of India’s first REIT floated by Embassy Office Parks heralds the institutionalisation of real estate assets and indicates enhanced maturity and professionalism in the real estate market, Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalJLL India Chief Executive Officer and Country Head Ramesh Nair said. “Growing knowledge of REITs will ensure acceptability and gradual increase of interest from retail investors. We expect to see other asset classes like retail, warehousing and hospitality also offering REITable assets in the times to come,” he said. According to JLL’s latest report titled India REITs – Heralding a new era in real estate investments released today, Indian commercial real estate market is estimated to provide 294 million sq ft of REITable space from the existing office stock. “These REITable assets would be valued at USD 35 billion”.last_img read more

Kareena Kapoor joins Irrfans Angrezi Medium

first_imgMumbai: Actor Kareena Kapoor Khan is set to play a cop in Irrfan Khan-starrer “Angrezi Medium”. Producer Dinesh Vijan confirmed the news and said the actor will be a “great addition to the franchise”. “‘Angrezi Medium’ is a very special film, and I’m excited that she’s going to be a part of it. We wanted to introduce this character who would be taken forward in the franchisees to come, and she’s perfect for it,” Vijan said in a statement. “Here she plays a cop, a role she’s actually never done before. We will be shooting in London this June and it will be great to be back on set with her,” he added. The film, directed by Homi Adajania, went on floors recently and also stars Radhika Madan and Deepak Dobriyal, among others.last_img read more