Toronto storm Canada’s second billion-dollar natural disaster of 2013

Related news In the U.S., it notes that three stretches of severe weather also impacted the U.S. in July, which caused combined economic and insured losses that are expected to reach hundreds of millions of dollars. “With the calendar turning into August, the focus in the United States begins to shift from tornadoes to hurricanes as we begin to enter the peak of the Atlantic Hurricane season,” notes Steve Jakubowski, president of Impact Forecasting. “The U.S. remains in a record stretch without a major hurricane landfall (Category 3+), though recent history with Superstorm Sandy (2012), Hurricane Irene (2011) and Hurricane Ike (2008) shows that storms with weaker intensities can still cause catastrophic damage,” he adds. “Historical averages suggest that the U.S. is overdue for a major hurricane landfall, and we’ll watch to see what the rest of the 2013 season brings.” The report also notes that China suffered three stretches of severe rainfall in July, which killed more than 225 people and caused economic losses in excess of US$1.0 billion; an earthquake there killed at least 95 people, injured 2,840 others, damaged or destroyed 80,000 homes, and caused total economic losses of US$3.25 billion; and, three tropical cyclones affected Asia causing almost US$900 million in economic damages. New Brunswick law aims to change insurance coverage in cases of domestic violence James Langton Tories, Liberals promise help with green renovations Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Weather hitting P&C insurers: Fitch Keywords Property and casualty insurance Share this article and your comments with peers on social media The rainstorm that caused extensive flooding in Toronto last month resulted in Canada’s second economic loss of more than $1 billion this year, says a new report. According to Chicago-based Impact Forecasting, the catastrophe modeling division of reinsurance broker Aon plc, the record rainfall in Toronto resulted in the second billion-dollar natural disaster of 2013. The flooding in the Calgary area earlier in the year was the first big loss event. It says that total economic losses from the Toronto storm are estimated to approach $1.5 billion, with roughly half of that cost being covered by insurance ($750 million). read more

Continue reading

Let Non-Doctors Participate in Assisted Suicide?

first_img Photo credit: © Kwangmoo — stock.adobe.com.When selling the legalization of assisted suicide, activists always promise that strict guidelines will protect against abuse. After legalization, these protections are rebranded as “obstacles” or “barriers” that prevent patients from getting what they want. As soon as activists think they can get away with it, the law is loosened. Richard Doerflinger — who recently retired from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and has been one of the world’s foremost experts on assisted-suicide laws and proposals for more than 40 years — explains the potential consequences in testimony opposing the bill: The mental-health providers who would be allowed to clear patients thought to have a mental issue for death would also be loosened so that he or she need not be a licensed psychiatrist or psychologist: In other words, a patient who receives a lethal prescription might have only known the prescriber and the consulting provider for a very short time, both of whom only saw the patient — either in person or the consulting by Zoom — for the purpose of ending life. “Attending (physician) qualified medical provider” means the physician, physician assistant . . . or advanced registered nurse practitioner who has primary responsibility for the care of the patient and treatment of the patient’s terminal disease . . . [Emphasis added.] Recommended Under state law, a Psychological evaluation can be done by a person with no qualifications. State law defines a “mental health counselor” to include any individual who counsels members of the public, for money. If the attending medical provider is an MD, nurse practitioners and physician assistants can also be the second opinion “consulting” medical professional, who can even be employed by the attending physician. If the attending provider is not an MD, the second opinion would have to be an MD Origin of Life: Brian Miller Distills a Debate Between Dave Farina and James Tour Add in this fact. Sometimes, these consultations are done virtually over Zoom or Skype! Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share That process is unfolding in Washington State, where a new bill would let non-doctors be part of the assisted suicide bureaucratic process. From HB 1141: “Counseling” means one or more consultations as necessary between a state licensed psychiatrist (or), psychologist, independent clinical social worker, advanced social worker, mental health counselor, or psychiatric advanced registered nurse practitioner and a patient for the purpose of determining that the patient is competent and not suffering from a psychiatric or psychological disorder or depression causing impaired judgment. The Potential Consequences Medicine Let Non-Doctors Participate in Assisted Suicide?Wesley J. SmithJanuary 24, 2021, 6:48 PM Wesley J. SmithChair and Senior Fellow, Center on Human ExceptionalismWesley J. Smith is Chair and Senior Fellow at the Discovery Institute’s Center on Human Exceptionalism. Wesley is a contributor to National Review and is the author of 14 books, in recent years focusing on human dignity, liberty, and equality. Wesley has been recognized as one of America’s premier public intellectuals on bioethics by National Journal and has been honored by the Human Life Foundation as a “Great Defender of Life” for his work against suicide and euthanasia. Wesley’s most recent book is Culture of Death: The Age of “Do Harm” Medicine, a warning about the dangers to patients of the modern bioethics movement.Follow WesleyProfileTwitterFacebook Share Bottom line. Once assisted suicide or legalization is legalized, whatever “protective guidelines” are put in the law to protect against abuse will erode over time. It isn’t a matter of if, but when. A Physician Describes How Behe Changed His MindLife’s Origin — A “Mystery” Made AccessibleCodes Are Not Products of PhysicsIxnay on the Ambriancay PlosionexhayDesign Triangulation: My Thanksgiving Gift to All Understand What This Means Congratulations to Science Magazine for an Honest Portrayal of Darwin’s Descent of Man The waiting period has also been reduced in some cases from six months to three days or waived entirely if one doctor and one non-doctor say the patient may die sooner! Doerflinger explains: Tagsactivistsassisted suicidecounselingdcotorsinfallibilitylegalizationnurse practitionerpatientsphysician assistantphysiciansprotective guidelinespsychiatristpsychologistRichard DoerflingerSkypeterminal diseaseUnited States Conference of Catholic BishopsWashington StateZoom,Trending Neither the attending nor consulting provider would actually have to be the patient’s long-term doctor. For example, if a patient’s own doctor refuses to lethally prescribe, a patient can ask an assisted-suicide-advocacy group to refer to an ideologically predisposed provider to become “attending,” who can, in turn, refer to the a consulting provider known to support assisted suicide. Cross-posted at The Corner and the Humanize blog, published by Discovery Institute’s Center on Human Exceptionalism. Neither a Psychiatrist or a Psychologist That’s the point with assisted suicide/euthanasia: Make death as easy to obtain as possible for as many people that the cultural circumstances of a given society will allow. Jane Goodall Meets the God Hypothesis “A Summary of the Evidence for Intelligent Design”: The Study Guide Our Debt to the Scientific Atheists Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share They will never be proved wrong if their prognosis immediately qualifies the patient for lethal drugs, and the law requires them to list the underlying condition as cause of death. Instant infallibility! Oral and written requests can be simultaneous, turning the health facility almost into a drive-through suicide clinic.last_img read more

Continue reading

New Ambulances for Plus Sized Patients in Tenn.

first_imgNASHVILLE, Tenn. (News Channel 5) — “Standard equipment just can’t accommodate patients over 300 pounds,” said Randy Maner, the Training Manager for First Call Ambulance Service.last_img

Continue reading