<> on July 29, 2013 in San Francisco, California. VIDEO: Hackers stole information for more than five million credit and debit cards used at retail chains Saks Fifth Avenue, Saks Off 5th and Lord & Taylor stores. The Hudson’s Bay Company, which owns the retail outlets, would not comment on which exact stores were affected by a data breach. According to The Canadian Press, cybersecurity firm Gemini Advisory LLC has identified three Canadian stores where customer credit card date may have been stolen as the Saks outlets at Sherway Gardens in Toronto, Bramalea Town Centre in Brampton and the Pickering Town Centre.
Nova Scotia signed an agreement today, Oct. 8, allowing provinces, territories and the federal government to share public health information to help prevent or limit illness. The Multi-lateral Information Sharing Agreement sets out what information can be shared and how it will be used. “This agreement strengthens public health across the country by formalizing existing relationships for sharing information,” said Health and Wellness Minister Leo Glavine. “For Nova Scotians, this means we’ll be better positioned to receive advance warning of public health threats that might be occurring in other parts of the country.” The agreement has already been signed by British Columbia, Nunavut, Northwest Territories, and the Public Health Agency of Canada. Other provinces are working towards signing as well. The agreement helps Canada meet its obligations under the International Health Regulations, such as reporting notifiable diseases and events which might constitute a public health emergency to other countries.
David Warner’s return to cricket is going on the right track following his involvement in the ball-tampering scandal in March.He made a comeback on the field in club cricket before travelling to Canada for a T20 league.Warner is serving a one-year ban from international and domestic cricket handed by Cricket Australia following the shocking incident in South Africa earlier this year.He, along with skipper Steve Smith and Cameron Bancroft, was slapped with a substantial ban by the home cricket board.Warner was signed up by Winnipeg Hawks for the Global T20 Canada and he has now been elevated to lead the side after captain Dwayne Bravo was sidelined for the rest of the tournament due to an injury. Smith is also playing in the same tournament for Toronto Nationals.”I’m sure he’s going to be a good leader when it comes to captaincy,” Winnipeg Hawks coach Waqar Younis told News Corp.”(Warner) is a leader. He’s a team man. I’ve seen him in IPL and I’ve seen him as a leader. He’s up there, he’s upfront and he likes to give whatever his knowledge is, he’s always there,” he added.Warner led Sunrisers Hyderabad to Indian Premier League glory in 2016 and also has an overwhelming win-loss record as Australia skipper in the limited-overs formats. He has lost just one out 12 games (3 ODIs and 9 T20Is) as Australia captain.He was made Australia’s T20I captain earlier this year but following his involvement in the ball-tampering saga, “Warner will not be considered for team leadership positions in the future,” according to Cricket Australia.advertisementWarner had emerged as the chief conspirator in hatching a plan to artificially alter the condition of the ball during the third Test against South Africa in Cape Town in March.Warner and Smith were handed one-year bans while Bancroft was suspended for 9 months.The two Aussie stars were also barred from playing in the IPL 2018. Smith was named captain of Rajasthan Royals while Warner was to lead SRH but were eventually barred from the 2018 season.While Smith has managed to score a fifty in three matches for Toronto Nationals so far, Warner is yet to make a mark as he has struggled with scores of 1,4,1 from his three outings for the Hawks.
Written by: Lakshmi Mahadevan, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Extension Specialist – Special Populations, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.Why plan for transition?One day, very soon your child with disabilities will reach the age of 14 – this is when schools may consider transition planning. Transition planning helps prepare young people for their futures. It helps them to develop skills they need to go on to life after high school. It builds skills for activities of daily living, working, recreation, independence, adult decision-making and retirement (PACER Center, n.d.) . By the age of 16, the individualized education program (IEP), developed under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), must address transition services requirements and is updated thereafter. The IEP must include:appropriate measurable postsecondary goals based upon age-appropriate transition assessments related to training, education, employment, independent living skills and retirement,the transition services (including courses of study) needed to assist the student with a disability in reaching those goals).How can parents help plan for transition through 0 to 16 years?1. Consider responses to the following questions:What does your child want to do with his or her life?What are his or her dreams, aspirations, or goals?What long-term outcomes do we want to see from the transition process?2. Discuss with him or her their career profile and potential employment trajectory.3. Teach your child self-advocacy skills – (Tips for helping your high-schooler to learn to self-advocate) .4. Encourage your child to participate in their IEP meetings.5. Help your child state their needs and desires at the meetings.6. Consider what accommodations and modifications are appropriate for your child both at school and at the post-secondary level (employment or higher education).7. Find employment opportunities and help your child volunteer, intern or work study.8. Refer to ‘Empowering Parents to Become Effective Advocates,” to learn more about how to advocate for your child through the special education/transition journey.How can parents help plan for transition through 16 through high school graduation?1. Help your child complete graduation requirements (based on IEP goals).2. Work with school’s transition specialist and Career and Technical Education teachers to study the local labor market.3. Seek and apply for employment positions or higher education placements that match your child’s transition goals.How can parents help plan for transition their child’s adulthood through their retirement?1. Set a realistic budget that can help support your child as he or she transitions into adulthood. Consider setting aside money in bonds or checking accounts– which by the age of 18 years, can be transferred into either a tax-advantaged 529 ABLE (Achieving a Better Life Experience Act) account or a special needs trust. ABLE accounts are set up in a child’s name and allow contributions of up to $14,000 per year to cover expenses like education, housing, health care, prevention and wellness (Refer: Able Account or Special Needs Trust: How to Decide? ) Note: Adults with disabilities are only eligible for Supplemental Security Income or Medicaid if their total assets do not exceed $2,000.2. Be flexible in considering your future scenarios. While it is highly likely that your child will have the education, life skills and maturity to live independently or in a group setting, it is also possible that he or she may not. Take a long view of the future and consider when you or your partner may retire from the workforce, or if both parents stay in the workforce and hire someone to provide additional in-home support services for the adult son or daughter with disabilities.3. Plan smartly and as early as possible. Consider guardianship for your child under the age of 18, establish medical directives and power of attorney. Finally, prepare in conjunction with a special needs lawyer a will. Remember raising a child with a disability could add higher cost and stressors into financial planning – planning for contingencies can help offset these factors. Develop a lifetime care plan – one which details the specifics of long-term care that your child might need.4. Document your vision. Create a “Letter of Intent” and write down your instructions to communicate information about your child as well as your vision of the future.5. Share with family members or potential caregivers your lifetime care plan and letter of intent.6. Consider the following when planning for independent living skills (Refer to 6 Independent Living Skills Kids Need Before Moving Away from Home):Does he or she have any special employment, housing, social and recreational interests?What types of housing accommodations do you anticipate for your adult son or daughter?Will he or she require any special transportation accommodations?The journey of creating a lifetime of continuous care for your son or daughter with a disability is daunting. But it would be less overwhelming if you start early, plan smart and are well-organized. Use the above resources and the checklist provided to get started.Retirement Planning Checklist