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Cuts to flu season surge funding will make hallway medicine worse

Posted on 10 October 2018 by admin

QUEEN’S PARK — Overcrowded hospitals across the province are being asked to handle this year’s flu surge with fewer resources than last year, and the Ford government continues to signal that deep cuts are coming to Ontario’s health care system.

This week, the Ford government announced flu surge funding that falls $10 million short of funding from the previous year, despite increased pressure on hospitals across the province.

During question period on Thursday, Official Opposition Leader Andrea Horwath said that the shortfall – and Ford’s total lack of action on creating new permanent beds – is threatening to make things even worse at hospitals that were already struggling badly under Kathleen Wynne.

“For patients worried about whether a hospital bed will be there when they need it, this government’s approach to health care is concerning,” said Horwath. “Warning hospitals that lean financial times are coming is a warning that says ‘get ready for even more cuts.’”

Last year’s flu-season funding from Kathleen Wynne’s Liberals in October 2017 was $100 million. It was far too little, and only provided temporary beds. Now the Ford Tories are promising $10 million less, and trying to make it sound like a good thing.

“You can’t invest less in 2018 and expect things to be better for patients than they were in 2017,” said Horwath.

Today, asked about long-term solutions at Queen’s Park, the health minister talked about further cuts instead of more help for hospitals and patients.

“We’ve got to look under every stone and find out where we can find those savings,” said Christine Elliott of the health care system, echoing earlier warnings from Finance Minister Vic Fedeli that Ontarians will be asked to “make sacrifices” when it comes to public spending.

“‘Modernization,’ ‘transformation,’ and ‘efficiencies’ are the same words that the Liberal government used to cut our hospitals and our health care system,” said Horwath.

“People remember what happened the last time Conservatives controlled hospitals in Ontario. 6,000 nurses were fired as the Conservative premier compared them to outdated hula hoops. 28 hospitals were shuttered all over the province, closing 7,000 hospital beds. Ontarians deserve better. We have to do better.”

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Here’s the real reason behind Sonam Kapoor Ahuja’s break from Twitter

Posted on 10 October 2018 by admin

Sonam Kapoor Ahuja is one of our most vocal and outspoken celebrities. She’s someone who never shies from calling a spade a spade. She has many a time made use of her social media account to take a stand against wrongdoings. However, social media also comes with its fair share of negativity.

It seems that Sonam has decided to take a little break from it. She announced the same with a tweet which read, “I’m going off twitter for a while. It’s just too negative. Peace and love to all !”

The tweet doesn’t really come as a surprise as celebrities are constantly scrutinised for every action in the digital world. Recently, All India Bakchod, a popular YouTube channel issued a statement on Twitter, in which they apologised for not taking stern action against their former employee and comedian Utsav Chakraborty’s inappropriate tweets to several women, who came out on the social media platform. Sonam encouraged AIB’s initial statement on the issue where the group confessed that by lending a safe working environment to Chakraborty, they had shielded him from facing consequences. She applauded the tweet, which she later deleted. Sonam’s stance was not taken well by many on the platform. Her post regarding traffic in Mumbai garnered negative comments on Twitter as well. We hope that the negativity ends and social media becomes a healthier place to voice opinions.

 

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Shilpa Shetty OPENS UP about rumours of her relationship with Salman Khan

Posted on 10 October 2018 by admin

Shilpa Shetty and Salman Khan were once seen in as many as three to four films. Phir Milenge, Garv: Pride and Honour, Auzaar and Shaadi Karke Phas Gaya Yaar were some of them. Keeping in mind the constant presence of the couple on screen, this had fueled up relationship rumours between the two. Now, years later, Shilpa, who is now happily married to Raj Kundra, decided to speak up about her relationship with Salman Khan.

Firstly, Shilpa Shetty Kundra shunned the rumours about the two of them dating. While she did agree that she shares a great camaraderie with the superstar off screen, the actress maintained that they are good friends in real life. Recalling moments from their friendship, the actress stated that he has been one of her most trusted friends and have gone out for dinner and has hung around with him for quite some time.

However, she was also quick to add that she wouldn’t call any of it a date. On the other hand, Shilpa Shetty also spoke about the unique friendship that Salman Khan shared with her late father. She spoke about how Salman would visit her place at midnight and considering that she was fast asleep at that time, he would spend his time with her father, sharing a drink or two with him.

Reminiscing about the sad day when she had lost her father, Shilpa Shetty stated that Salman had visited her residence that day. And the first thing he did was to walk to the bar and put his head down there and cry.

On the other hand, coming to her friendship with Salman, she went on to describe the superstar as a humble, loving and a grounded human being. The actress made no qualms in asserting how she respects the actor.

As for the work front, Shilpa Shetty is continuing with her fitness love and has recently started hosting a show on blind dating, Hear Me Love Me.

 

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Urvashi Rautela gets trolled after she apologized over the Gigi Hadid post

Posted on 03 October 2018 by admin

Well, we all know what ensued during the past week, when our former beauty queen Urvashi Rautela ended up getting trolled massively for a major error on social media. A post of the actress where she was rumoured to be dating Ahaan Shetty had irked her and she shared a note along with one of the reports that mentioned about their alleged relationship. However, it wasn’t the media post that got trolled but what Urvashi Rautela had shared on her Instagram.

Urvashi Rautela had shared a post wherein she apparently shunned media reports for spreading rumours about her alleged affair. But her post resulted in a field day for netizens and social media lovers. Reason? Her post was the exact replica of the ones Gigi Hadid shared a couple of months ago. Gigi Hadid had slammed an Instagram page which was trolling her relationship with Zayn Malik. On the other hand, Urvashi Rautela ended up doing the copy paste job which didn’t go down well with Instagram audiences. They ended up lashing out at the actress for copying Gigi Hadid. Responding to that, Urvashi used the same platform to share her apology. She shared an Instagram story saying, “I’d like to apologise on behalf of my content writer/litterateur/biographer (due to his super hectic schedule) as he had no idea about @gigihadid. I feel terrible for this mistake.”

However, the said recent Instagram story too seems to have backfired badly for the Hate Story IV actress. It seems that the Instagramers are still laughing over Urvashi having her own biographer for her social media! We wonder what the actress has to say on that.

Coming to the work front, Urvashi Rautela is yet to announce her next project after Hate Story IV.

 

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“No one from Bollywood is SUPPORTING Tanushree Dutta, they are just showing sympathy” says Rakhi Sawant

Posted on 03 October 2018 by admin

Earlier this week, Tanushree Dutta shook the industry when she alleged that veteran actor Nana Patekar harassed her during a shoot. Following her revelations, a few from the industry took to Twitter to show their solidarity and express their disdain regarding such acts. However, Rakhi Sawant, who has been unleashing a slew of videos on social media proclaiming her love for Mike Tyson, recently held a press conference wherein she called Tanushree a blatant liar. If that wasn’t enough, Rakhi also stated that no one from Bollywood was supporting Tanushree, instead they were just showing their contempt for such matter.

Explaining her view Rakhi first questioned how such an incident can happen when on sets amid hundreds of people. Later talking about Bollywood celebrities supporting Dutta she added, “No Bollywood celebrity is supporting Tanushree Dutta. They are simply showing their sympathy. They have not seen what happened since this is a 10 year old story. So what they have done is remained neutral, they showed their sympathy that such a thing happened, because if they don’t, then you the media would say, ‘See this person doesn’t care about what happens’. This is why all they said was that it was sad that such a thing happened, if it did happen. They are not saying this because it is Tanushree Dutta. They would have said it had it been for anyone.”

Further talking about the same, Rakhi went on to add, “Nowhere have they (the Bollywood celebrities) said that Nana Patekar was wrong, or what he did was wrong. Now they cannot say that because he (Nana) did nothing wrong. And if he (Nana) wanted to do something like this he would have done the same with me, or for that matter so many other actresses he has worked with. Why would he single out Tanushree? In my opinion Tanushree did not want to do that particular track, she wanted to take drugs and get high. Even today I will tell the US immigration to check her (Tanushree) bags and see what all you will find. Check her blood and see how many drugs you will find”.

Moving on from the song sequence, Rakhi next spoke about Tanushree Dutta attacking people like Akshay Kumar and Farah Khan for working with Nana Patekar. “She isn’t worthy of being part of this industry, she keeps asking why are people still working with Nana Patekar, why? Are you jealous that all of them are getting work and now you…You has abused drugs so much that you have bloated up, you have destroyed so many homes in America and then you come here? Are you such a ‘Sati Savitri’? Because the whole Indian community in America knows what you are and what you do there, how you steal, how you take drugs, and live in other peoples’ houses.”

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Uncle Ishaan Khatter can’t stop gushing over baby Zain Kapoor

Posted on 03 October 2018 by admin

Mira and Shahid Kapoor welcome their second baby on September 5th this year and announced that the family complete is complete now. Naming the baby boy Zain, the Kapoor family looked ecstatic as they were snapped leaving the hospital after his birth. While mommy and daddy Kapoor have not officially made any public appearances or statement about the new family member, a leading daily caught up with his uncle Ishaan Khatter to get an insight of the family.

Talking about Zain and how he’s changed the family, Ishaan said, “He truly is a miracle of life, and we don’t realise it until it happens to someone so close to you. This is the second time that I have become an uncle… that feeling of wonderment doesn’t change. I am extremely grateful and ‘Masha Allah’ I am very happy for my brother, his family is complete. I’m very excited to be a part of his growing up. Misha is a darling, and she’s doing fine now.”

Well, we sure loved seeing Shahid and Mira with Misha and now we can’t wait to get a glimpse of Zain with his parents and sister.

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New mortgages up 63% among Canadians aged 73-93: TransUnion

Posted on 29 September 2018 by admin

The volume of new mortgages across Canada has been slowing down in recent months, amid rising interest rates and tougher federal regulations, a new Trans Union report shows. But the country’s oldest homeowners are bucking that trend – big time.

Among Canadians aged 73 to 93, the so-called silent generation or pre-war generation, the number of mortgages issued between January and March of 2018 was up a whopping 63 per cent compared to the same period last year, TransUnion data shows. Baby boomers are also getting new mortgages, although the increase in loan originations among Canada’s 54- to 72-year-olds is a more modest 18 per cent.

That stands in stark contrast with what’s happening with the country’s first-time homebuyers and younger generations in general. Mortgage originations were down 19 per cent among millennials (ages 24-38) and 22 per cent among gen-Z (18-23).

Overall, the number of new mortgages issued between January and March was down 3.4 per cent compared to the same period last year. This follows at eight per cent drop in the last three months of 2017 compared to the last three months of 2016. (New mortgages include brand new loans, loans renewed at a different lender and refinancing.)

Older generations could be re-mortgaging or borrowing against their home equity in order to “support retirement or to financially support younger generation family members,” the TransUnion report reads.

Research shows that retirement expenses tend to skyrocket around age 80, due to health care and long-term care costs.

But the pre-war generation is also joining forces with boomers to help the younger kin.

“We hear of parents and grandparents supporting their children and grandchildren, whether it’s student loans or buying a house,” Matt Fabian, director of financial services research and consulting for TransUnion Canada, told Global News.

That said, as large as the six-fold surge in new mortgages issued to Canada’s 70-to-90-year-olds may seem, the volume of mortgages in that age group remains very small, Fabian said. (The data does not include reverse mortgages, TransUnion said.)

Still, the numbers do suggest that the stricter mortgage rules introduced on Jan. 1 of this year are having a much bigger impact on newer generations.

“The stress-testing rules are about affordability,” Fabian said. Younger mortgage applicants may be either finding out that they don’t qualify or that they can’t get the amount and loan type they want, he added.

Older Canadians who have enjoyed remarkable home-equity gains in the last few years don’t have to worry about stricter standards on things like loan-to-value ratios, Fabian said.

The data also shows significant variations across cities. While new mortgages dropped by almost 18 per cent in Toronto, they remained virtually flat in Vancouver, with growth of less than one per cent in the first three months of 2018 compared to the previous year.

But new mortgage volumes rose in Ottawa (up 8.4 per cent) and Montreal (up 5.2 per cent), where relatively low real estate prices have been attracting an influx of buyers.

More credit cards and higher balances

Canadians may be having a harder time getting a mortgage, but they aren’t giving up their credit cards.

TransUnion reported a “surge” in the number of credit cards issued in the first three months of 2018, which was up 5.6 per cent year-over-year across all age groups.

“This represents a dramatic shift compared to an approximate 10 per cent decline year-over-year from [the first quarter of] 2016 to [the first quarter of] 2017,” the report said.

The average consumer now carries a balance of $4,200, the data shows. Collectively, Canadians now owe $99 billion through their credit cards.

Total non-mortgage debt still rising, although at a slower rate

Overall, the average Canadian had almost $29,650 in debt excluding mortgages in the period between April and June, an increase of almost four per cent compared to the same three months in 2017, TransUnion said.

“This is the third consecutive quarter where the quarterly change is less than the change seen in the previous year,” the report noted.

In other words, Canadians continue to borrow more, but at least the pace at which they’re piling on debt has slowed.

 

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Shilpa Shetty faces racism in Sydney, shares the incident in an angry post

Posted on 29 September 2018 by admin

Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty’s latest Instagram post has got a lot of attention and if we may say so, it’s for all the right reasons. The actress who was travelling from Sydney to Melbourne was mistreated because of her skin colour. It’s not the first time that one has heard Indians facing racism in Australia, this time around Shilpa made sure to voice it out and share the incident everyone. It all started when the actress was checking in at the Sydney airport and a ground staff misbehaved with her. It all didn’t end there as the actress later had to face racism as well. In her Instagram post, Shilpa called out the airline brand and pointed out the bad behaviour of its stuff.

Shilpa wrote, “Subject: #Quantas airways @qantas

This should get your attention!

Travelling from Sydney to Melbourne and at the check in counter met a grumpy #Mel( that’s her name)who decided it was “OK” to speak curtly to “US” ( Brown people!!) travelling together ,I was flying business and had 2 bags (my allowance)and she insisted and decided my half empty Duffel bag was oversized( to check in!!) So she sent us to check it in at the other counter dealing with “Oversized luggage” ..there a Polite lady(yes this one was) said ..”this ISN’T an oversized bag, pls check this in manually if u can at another counter” ( all this happening while the counter is going to shut in 5 mins) As the manual check in wasn’t going thru for 5 mins( we tried) I went upto #Mel and requested her to put the bag thru as her colleague said it wasn’t an oversized bag.. She refused again.. Just being adamant especially when I told her this is causing a lot of inconvenience .. We had no time to waste so we ran to the oversized baggage counter and requested her to put the bag through which she did after I told her that #Rude #Mel had issues !!!…. to which another colleague joined in an reiterated my duffle wasn’t oversized and could’ve easily been checked in.

Back in 2007, when Shilpa was doing celebrity reality show, Big Brother, that time too actress faced racist remarks but she left everyone shut after winning the show. More power to you, Shilpa!

 

 

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Malaika Arora says she’s calmer post her divorce with Arbaaz Khan

Posted on 29 September 2018 by admin

Malaika Arora is truly the hottest B-town mommy. The actress has fans going gaga over her bod and she sure can give anyone run for their money. Mother to 15 year old son, Arhaan Khan, Malaika seldom does any kind of media interaction or comes to these talk shows. For a change this time around, Malaika was present on a chat show where she opened up about her life post-divorce with actor Arbaaz Khan. Malaika and Arbaaz were married to each other for good 19 years after which they ended their relationship in 2017.

Even though, the two of them have never really spoken about their new life earlier, it’s pretty evident that Arbaaz has moved on quite well. Malaika, on the other hand, spoke about how her life has changed after divorce. She admits being ‘all over the place’ earlier but now she feels at peace.

When asked about her coping mechanisms in life, Malaika said, “I’m calmer, more at ease and at peace with my surroundings. I think I was just all over the place. Now, I feel far calmer.”

Malaika also shared how it was a tough time for her when she was having her divorce with Arbaaz. She added, “There were these thoughts that went through my head. I think anyone would feel the same… What would happen? How would life pan out? Whether emotionally or professionally… The good thing is, I didn’t let anything get to me. I didn’t get hyper. I just let time take its course.”

Meanwhile, Arbaaz Khan is rumoured to be dating Georgia Andriani.

 

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Katrina Kaif stuns as Suraiyya in her first look from Thugs of Hindostan

Posted on 29 September 2018 by admin

Thugs of Hindostan is without a doubt one of the most awaited films to release this year. The film promises to be visual treat for the audience thanks to the star studded cast of the film along with stunning visual effects. Interestingly, in the film, we will also see Amitabh Bachchan and Aamir Khan, two stalwarts of the Indian film industry sharing screen space for the very first time.

The makers of the film have planned an interesting marketing strategy in which they reveal characters from the film though motion posters. Today, they released Katrina Kaif’s first look from the film.

Katrina will play the role of an outrageously beautiful performer called Suraiyya in the film. Her beauty is said to make men go weak in their knees and a dancer so great that people throng to catch a glimpse of her moves.

Previously, the makers released the motions posters of Amitabh Bachchan, Fatima Sana Shaikh and British actor Lloyd Owen, who is tentatively playing the antagonist in the film.

Directed by Vijay Krishna Acharya, Thugs of Hindostan is said to be based on Philip Meadows Taylor’s 1839 novel, Confessions of a Thug. The film releases November.

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