Five things to know about the 20182019 Ontario budget

first_imgTORONTO – Ontario’s Liberal government presented its last budget before the June provincial election on Wednesday, a fiscal plan that pours billions of dollars into health care, child care and other programs while putting the province back in the red. Here are five key things about the budget:DEBT AND DEFICIT: The government is going back on its promise to balance the books for another year, and instead projects a deficit of $6.7 billion in 2018-2019. The province won’t be back in the black until 2024-25 — beyond even the next election should the Liberals form another majority in June — according to government projections. Ontario’s net debt, meanwhile, is projected to be $325 billion this year, up from $308.2 billion expected for 2017-18. Interest on debt is expected to be the fourth biggest expenditure, after health care, education, and children’s and social services.POLITICAL LANDSCAPE: The $158.5 billion budget comes as the Liberals, who’ve been in power for 15 years, face an uphill battle for re-election. The party has been lagging in the polls, dogged among other things by its decision to sell off shares of Hydro One and concerns about the rising cost of electricity. In the week leading up to the budget, the Liberals made several major spending promises, which the opposition has denounced as a ploy for votes.DENTAL CARE: The budget contains a few new programs that had not yet been announced, including one that would provide drug coverage and dental care to those who don’t have other health coverage starting in the summer of next year. The program would cost $800 million in its first two years and reimburse up to 80 per cent of eligible prescription drug and dental expenses, up to $400 for singles and $600 for couples, with an additional $50 for each child. The Liberal initiative comes as the NDP has also pledged, if they were to form government, to provide dental coverage for students, seniors and people working jobs without dental benefits by 2020.HEALTH CARE: The health-care sector is getting a major boost, with a promised $2.1 billion going to mental health services over four years and $822 million earmarked for hospital funding. The country’s largest pediatric hospital, Toronto’s SickKids hospital, will also receive $2.4 billion for its 10-year plan to rebuild its aging facility. The Liberals also say they will create 30,000 new long-term care beds over the next decade.SENIORS: The government promises to invest $1 billion over three years, starting in 2019-2020, to give households led by a senior 75 or older up to $750 to help cover the costs of maintaining a home. Seniors will also no longer have to pay deductibles or copayments to get prescription drugs under the Liberals’ expanded OHIP+ program, which would take effect in August 2019. The program is expected to save the average senior $240 a year and cost the province $575 million annually by the time it is fully operational.last_img read more

Suspect arrested in connection to fatal Skyline shooting

first_img September 6, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom Posted: September 6, 2018 Suspect arrested in connection to fatal Skyline shooting SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — A man suspected of fatally shooting a woman when she got out of a car and approached his vehicle in the Skyline neighborhood was arrested Thursday, police said.Sylvianita Widman, 27, was shot at about 5:30 p.m. Aug. 25 at South Meadowbrook Drive and Skyline Drive, San Diego police Lt. Matt Dobbs said.Widman and a passenger were in a car that stopped behind another car for a red light, Dobbs said. For reasons that remain unclear, she got out of the car and approached the vehicle stopped ahead.Witnesses reported hearing a gunshot, and Widman stumbled away before collapsing in a parking lot, Dobbs said. The second vehicle sped away northbound on Meadowbrook Drive.Lifesaving efforts were begun and Widman was taken to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead shortly before 6:30 p.m., Dobbs said.Robert Haywood Reed, 38 of San Diego, surrendered himself to police Thursday after a warrant was issued for his arrest, Dobbs said.Reed was booked into San Diego Central Jail on suspicion of murder and is schedule to be arraigned Friday morning. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Police find missing Vancouver woman

first_imgMarissa Halbin Vancouver police said Marissa Halbin was found and is safe. Police are asking to be on the lookout for a 20-year-old woman who was reported missing from her home in east Vancouver on Labor Day.Marissa Halbin was last seen in the area of Northeast 112th Avenue and Northeast 49th Street. She was wearing a black t-shirt, black stretch pants and a silver belt at the time.Halbin has some diminished mental capacity, and when she didn’t contact her family they got concerned, according to Vancouver police. Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to call 911.last_img

Research trio crack RSA encryption keys by listening to computer noise

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. ( —A trio of researchers in Israel has discovered that it is possible to crack 4096-bit RSA encryption keys using a microphone to listen to high-pitch noises generated by internal computer components. Adi Shamir (co-inventor of RSA), Daniel Genkin and Eran Tromer have published a research paper describing the technique on a Tel Aviv University server. More information: RSA Key Extraction via Low-Bandwidth Acoustic Cryptanalysis: Computers make noises, the researchers explain, far beyond the whirring of the fan. The CPU, for example, emits a high pitched noise as it operates, fluctuating depending on which operations it is performing—other components do likewise. Suspecting that they might be able to exploit this characteristic of computers, the researchers set about creating software to interpret noise data obtained using simple microphones and very little other equipment. They also focused exclusively on trying to achieve one single feat: deciphering an RSA encryption key. After much trial and effort, the researchers found it could be done without much effort.Listening and detecting the noise made by a computer as it processes a single character in an encryption key would be impossible, of course, so the researchers devised a method that causes the noise to be repeated enough times in a row to enable capture of its signal. And that can only happen if the attacker is able to send a cyphertext to the machine that is to be attacked and have it processed. The cyphertext contains code that causes looping. By listening to how the computer processes the cyphertext, the researchers can map the noises made by the computer as it crunches different characters, thereby allowing encryption keys sent by others to be cracked.What’s perhaps most frightening about this method is how easily it can be ported to various machines. The researchers found, for example, that by using a laptop and simple hardware and software they were able to crack encryption keys on a second laptop. Next, they did the same thing using a cell phone as the listening device. They suggest it could also be packaged completely in software and sent out as malware, hacking encryption keys on infected devices and sending them back to the hacker.As a side-note, the researchers also found that low-bandwidth attacks on computers are also possible by measuring the electrical potential of a computer’s chassis while the circuitry is busy doing its work. Researchers at Toshiba design quantum network for secure communications Explore further © 2013 Physical setup of a key recovery attack. A mobile phone (Samsung Note II) is placed 30 cm from a target laptop. The phone’s internal microphone points towards the laptop’s fan vents. Full key extraction is possible in this configuration and distance. Credit: Daniel Genkin et al. Citation: Research trio crack RSA encryption keys by listening to computer noise (2013, December 19) retrieved 18 August 2019 from read more

Choir singing helps to fight cancer

first_imgChoir singing can be useful in fighting against deadly diseases, reveals a study adding that the group activity can help put people in the best possible position to receive treatment, maintain remission and support cancer patients According British researchers, singing in a choir for an hour is associated with significant reduction in stress hormones — cortisol and increase in quantities of cytokines — proteins of the immune system, which can boost the body’s ability to fight serious illness. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting'”We have been building a body of evidence over the past six years to show that singing in a choir can have a range of social, emotional and psychological benefits and now we can see it has biological effects too,” said study co-author Ian Lewis from Tenovus Cancer Care in Britain. “This is the first time it’s been demonstrated that the immune system can be affected by singing. It’s really exciting and could enhance the way we support people with cancer in the future,” Lewis added in the paper published in the journal ecancermedicalscience. The findings suggested that singing activity could reduce some of this stress-induced suppression, helping to improve wellbeing and quality of life amongst patients.last_img read more