Improvements

Sask. NDP promises improvements to long-term care homes

The Saskatchewan NDP has committed to strengthening standards in the province’s long term care homes. 

NDP candidate for Saskatoon Fairview Vicki Mowat said at an event Tuesday that the COVID-19 pandemic has been a stark reminder of the importance of adequate staffing in long term care homes. 

“We’ve seen the impacts that cuts and underfunding of long term care have had in other places across Canada,” she said. “Cuts to dignified care for seniors are a bad idea at the best of times. Right now, they’re downright dangerous.”

Mowat said the NDP is looking to bring back standards of minimum hours of care per resident that were cut in 2011 and replaced by program guidelines for special care homes in 2013. 

“This would help ensure each resident has the time they need with health-care workers to stay safe, to be healthy and to live a dignified life,” Mowat said. “It would also relieve the pressure on workers, increase staffing in facilities and ensure caregivers have the time they need to do their job safely.”

Saskatoon resident Brenda Cromwell said this policy would have helped her family when her father, who had dementia and required a high level of care, lived in a care home. 

“The care workers who cared for my father did the best they could but sometimes, basic care needs were not met in a timely manner because the facilities were chronically understaffed,” Cromwell said.

“Eventually, my brother left his job and between the two of us, we were with my dad an average of 14 hours a day, working two shifts of seven hours each, seven days a week. We did this to supplement my father’s care.”

Cromwell said she saw how understaffing problems impacted long term care home residents, families and staff.

“I saw seniors trapped

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Line painting planned for next year as part of Oakmont’s pedestrian safety improvements

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An Oakmont pedestrian safety project, inspired by a traffic study and a borough Girl Scout, is planned for next year.

Borough officials earmarked $40,000 in the 2021 budget for line painting for crosswalks along Allegheny River Boulevard and Allegheny Avenue.

It is unclear how much painting could be done with that amount of money.

The decision to improve the crosswalks was done after reviewing a traffic study by Wooster and Associates of Pittsburgh and a report from resident Audrey Myers, a ninth-grader at Riverview High School.

“I think she inspired us to move forward on it, and she has given us a wonderful tool to work with,” Councilwoman Nancy Ride said. “We’re able to use it rather than doing our research with our own staff, and we thank her.”

Audrey examined about 120 intersections this past spring and noted the quality of the crosswalks and whether there were sidewalk ramps. Audrey also took photos of all of the intersections.

She submitted her data to the borough in March. Officials put that data into an interactive dashboard for Oakmont’s geographic information systems a few months later.

According to Audrey’s report, 53 of the intersections examined had crosswalks while 61 only had sidewalk ramps.

Out of those crosswalks, seven were listed in good condition, 20 in fair condition, 21 were poor and three earned mixed reviews.

Myers is a member of Girl Scout Troop 52359 in Oakmont and Boy Scout Troop 9143 in Monroeville.

Her efforts will go toward her Girl Scouts Silver Award.

The traffic study was released a few months ago. It included an analysis of traffic along Allegheny Avenue, Third Street and Cedar Way from Hulton

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More than $1.5M in federal funds to go to improvements at parks on Oahu, Kauai and Maui

  • STAR-ADVERTISER / 2015
                                Beachgoers enjoyed Waimanalo Beach Park on Oahu. Hawaii is set to receive more than $1.5 million in federal funding to support improvements to city and state parks on Oahu, Kauai and Maui, according to U.S. Sen. Mazie K. Hirono.

    STAR-ADVERTISER / 2015

    Beachgoers enjoyed Waimanalo Beach Park on Oahu. Hawaii is set to receive more than $1.5 million in federal funding to support improvements to city and state parks on Oahu, Kauai and Maui, according to U.S. Sen. Mazie K. Hirono.

Hawaii is set to receive more than $1.5 million in federal funding to support improvements to city and state parks on Oahu, Kauai and Maui, according to U.S. Sen. Mazie K. Hirono.

The funding comes from the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

On Oahu, a total of $653,036 has been awarded to the City and County of Honolulu to update playgrounds and make other renovations at Geiger Community Park, Lanakila District Park, Aina Koa Neighborhood Park and Waimanalo Beach Park.

On Kauai, a total of $500,000 has been awarded to the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources to make improvements to walkways, parking areas, and other facilities at Fort Elizabeth State Historical Park, and on Maui, another $500,000 for additional accessibility routes and restroom upgrades at Makena State Park.

“Hawaii has benefited from more than $260 million in funds from the Land and Water Conservation Fund over the last five decades,” said Hirono, a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, in a news release. “We know how vital our outdoor spaces have been during this pandemic. Funding these projects across our state will keep these parks well maintained so they can continue to be enjoyed.”

In June, Hirono voted to pass the Great American Outdoors Act, bipartisan legislation to address the National Park Service deferred maintenance backlog, and permanently and fully fund the LWCF.

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Board Games Market Will Showcase Negative Impact During 2020-2024 | Rapid Improvements in Gameplay to Boost Market Growth | Technavio

LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Technavio has been monitoring the global board games market size and it is poised to grow by USD 5.81 billion during 2020-2024. However, the market is expected to decelerate at a CAGR of over 15% during the forecast period. The report offers an up-to-date analysis regarding the current market scenario, latest trends and drivers, and the overall market environment.

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The market is fragmented, and the degree of fragmentation will decelerate during the forecast period. Asmodee Holding, Clementoni Spa, CMON Ltd., Goliath Games LLC, Hasbro Inc., Mattel Inc., Monte Cook Games LLC, PD-Verlag, Ravensburger AG, and Thames & Kosmos are some of the major market participants. To make the most of the opportunities, market vendors should focus more on the growth prospects in the fast-growing segments, while maintaining their positions in the slow-growing segments.

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Rapid improvements in gameplay has been instrumental in driving the growth of the market.

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Board Games Market 2020-2024: Segmentation

Board Games Market is segmented as below:

  • Product
    • Tabletop
    • Card And Dice
    • Role-playing
  • Distribution Channel
  • Geographic Landscape
    • APAC
    • Europe
    • MEA
    • North America
    • South America
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Global Electric Bicycles Market 2020-2028: Research and Development Activities to Center around Battery Improvements in Coming Years

DUBLIN, Oct. 13, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The “Global Electric Bicycles Market Size, Market Share, Application Analysis, Regional Outlook, Growth Trends, Key Players, Competitive Strategies and Forecasts, 2020 To 2028” report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com’s offering.

The electric bicycles market expected to be growing at a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7.2% from 2020 to 2028 and reach US$ 28.51 Bn in 2028.

COVID-19 crisis and an increasing need to maintain social distance have promoted the use of ecological means of transportation, such as the electrical bicycle.

In the last couple of decades, the popularity of e-bicycles has grown manifold and there were around 210 million such bicycles used daily in 2016. China holds a major share of the overall market and the trend is expected to continue in the years to come. One of the most prominent factors aiding the adoption of e-bicycles can be attributed to rising concern among people towards environmental preservation. The use of e-bicycles greatly reduces ecological footprints, air contamination, and carbon emissions. The fact that these bicycles are not very expensive, further aids its adoption among people.

Current Trends in the Electric Bicycle Market

With the e-bicycle market booming, people are becoming more and more demanding as per the features and looks are concerned. As per recent trends, e-bicycles are becoming lighter and better looking. Lighter weight bicycles are made up of light materials such as carbon or aluminum. Moreover, in order to give an attractive appearance, the manufacturers are integrating the battery into the frame. In the following years, additional batteries are expected to become a common trend in order to extend the range of the e-bicycle. A Germany based company, Haibike, already has a model with the same concept.

In the following years, a growing number of urban and suburban

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