Independent Report on Midwifery in Nova Scotia Released

first_imgAn independent report on midwifery released today, Aug. 10, will help ensure Nova Scotia mothers and their families get the best possible maternity care. Four leading Canadian experts in midwifery and maternity care assessed the introduction of regulated midwives into the Nova Scotia health system to date. “For any mother, giving birth is one of the most important events in her life. For some mothers, the choice of health-care provider is equally important,” said Health and Wellness Minister Maureen MacDonald. “Earlier this year, I requested the independent assessment of midwifery in Nova Scotia and the models used at the three sites that offer care from midwives. “Now that I have received the report, our department will carefully review the recommendations. I am committed to midwifery and want to ensure it is operating sustainably in the three district health authorities in which it is currently provided.” Regulated midwifery was introduced in Nova Scotia in 2009. Publicly funded midwifery services are now available at the IWK Health Centre in Halifax, South Shore District Health Authority and Guysborough Strait Antigonish Health Authority. As part of their assessment, the experts visited the three sites and met with more than 40 health-care professionals involved in maternity care, including midwives, nurses, family doctors, obstetricians, and medical staff at district health authorities and the IWK. The report is available at www.gov.ns.ca/dhw .last_img read more

Bihar cabinet expansion Eight JDU leaders take oath as ministers in Nitish

first_imgBihar: Eight JDU leaders took oath as ministers in Nitish Kumar’s government as part of cabinet expansion Sunday. Those who took oath as ministers today include Ashok Choudhary, Shyam Rajak, L Prasad, Beema Bharti, Ram Sevak Singh, Sanjay Jha, Neeraj Kumar and Narendra Narayan Yadav. Ahead of the expansion, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar had met Governor Lalji Tandon earlier in the day and handed over the names of leaders who would take oath as the council of ministers in the Bihar government. Also Read – Dussehra with a ‘green’ twist The JD(U) on Thursday decided to not be a part of Narendra Modi’s new cabinet, saying it would not accept the BJP’s offer of only one ministerial berth. “They (BJP) wanted only one person from JD(U) in the cabinet, so it would have been just symbolic participation. We informed them that we do not need it (Cabinet berth),” Kumar had said. The JD(U) chief, who later attended Modi’s swearing-in ceremony, said, “It is not a big issue. We are fully in the NDA and not upset at all. We are working together. There is no confusion.” In the recently concluded Lok Sabha elections, JD(U) won 16 seats in Bihar, while BJP bagged 17.Despite being a part of the NDA, the party was also not part of the last central government. The BJP, however, is sharing power in the Bihar government with its leader Sushil Kumar Modi.(With inputs from DNA)last_img read more

Traders look to fiscal cliff negotiations holiday retail sales for direction

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Traders will likely be in a wait-and-see frame of mind this week as they look to some kind of progress from American politicians towards a vital budget compromise that would pull the economy away from a so-called fiscal cliff.They will also be anxious to see how American retailers fared over the weekend as the holiday retail season got into gear, and the first indication of how the Canadian financial sector performed over the last quarter.North American stock markets racked up solid gains last week on optimism that American lawmakers can put aside steep ideological differences and come together on a compromise to avoid steep spending cuts and tax increases which would be triggered by the first of the year.Traders were also encouraged by millions of Americans flocking to shopping malls Thursday night and Friday to scoop up bargains.The TSX gained 2.82 per cent after falling 2.6 per cent the previous week while the Dow industrials were up 3.34 per cent after losing almost two per cent.Also supporting markets was a sharp runup in Research In Motion shares (TSX:RIM)(NASDAQ:RIMM). The stock surged $2.38 or 25.8 per cent to 11.61 during the week, with gains concentrated last Thursday after a National Bank Financial analyst upped his share price target. That move came amid rising optimism about RIM’s new BlackBerry 10 operating system, which will be unveiled at a Jan. 30 event along with its new line of smartphones. It’s viewed as a make or break product launch for Research In Motion.Negotiations over avoiding the fiscal cliff will likely dominate market sentiment since failure to avoid those tax hikes and spending cuts would represent such a shock to the economy that it would likely go back into recession.“The markets gave a pass last week because of the (Thanksgiving) holiday and because President Obama was overseas,” said Colin Cieszynski, market analyst at CMC Markets Canada.“Now, they’re going to want to see them getting back to work and see signs they are actually working towards a deal and they can get something done by the end of the year. The posturing had better not last long, the markets are going to be right on them I think.”Markets had tumbled in the seven sessions after the Nov. 6 election as the results of the contest left the political status quo largely intact, raising worries that Republicans and Democrats wouldn’t be willing to compromise. But sentiment took a positive turn as the initial meetings between the two sides Nov. 16 showed politicians in a more conciliatory mood.Meanwhile, Royal Bank (TSX:RY) kicks off a string of earnings by the big Canadian banks. It’s reporting on Thursday.Analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters expect Royal to turn in $1.26 per share of adjusted earnings on $7.4 billion of revenue for the three months ended Oct. 31.Generally, analysts don’t have huge expectations for this quarter amid a slowing Canadian economy and, more particularly, a cooling off of the real estate market, which would impact the money banks make from mortgages.“On the mortgage side you could start to see a bit of a slowdown, even if it doesn’t show up in the numbers people will be looking to see if there are any comments on it for going forward,” said Cieszynski.“Some of the earnings may get trimmed a bit as we go forward.”And he doesn’t expect the banks to dole out any extra money to shareholders since the big five Canadian banks raised their dividends last quarter.The rest of the big banks report next week.Also capturing traders’ attention will be the launch of public trading of Canada’s oldest company, Hudson’s Bay Co. (TSX:HBC) Monday on the Toronto Stock Exchange.Its return to the public stock market values the retail company at $17 a share, or about $2 billion in total. HBC says it plans to sell a total 21 million shares — about one-fifth of the company’s stock — raising about $365 million through an initial public offering.An IPO is a rare and risky move during this volatile time for stock markets, so eyes will be watching to see whether traders believe the company is worth the $17 per share it is asking.In early trading last week, on a so-called “if and when issued basis,” HBC shares ended the week at $16.85 per share.On the economic front, the major event of the week is the September reading on gross domestic product. Statistics Canada is expected to report the economy grew by 0.1 per cent during the month. Such a reading would translate into the economy growing by 0.9 per cent at an annual rate during the third quarter.“A sharp deterioration in net exports, slicing more than two (percentage) points from growth, and emerging weakness in housing are expected to weigh on GDP,” said BMO Capital Markets senior economist Benjamin Reitzes.In the U.S., investors will look to October durable goods, the S&P/Case-Shiller home price index and the Conference Board’s latest take on consumer confidence on Tuesday. by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 25, 2012 8:00 am MDT Traders look to fiscal cliff negotiations, holiday retail sales for direction read more