Canada considered ditching Prince Charles from $20 bank note if Queen died

The Bank of Canada considered dispensing with tradition and removing the British monarch from its bank notes in the event of Queen Elizabeth II dying or abdicating. The issue of Queen Elizabeth’s death came up several times at the Bank of Canada between 2007 and 2015, according to documents obtained by Reuters under access-to-information laws. The longest-reigning British monarch, the Queen appears on all standard Canadian coins, as well as on the C$20 bank note. The 90-year-old Elizabeth, head of state of 16 Commonwealth countries including Canada and Australia, has reigned since 1952 and remains popular in the Northern American country. A recent visit by her grandson Prince William and his family drew enthusiastic crowds. Still, not all the British royals appear so popular. A poll by …

Clinical trial suggests occupational therapy slows Alzheimer's decline MONDAY, Nov. 21, 2016 -- Home-based occupational therapy may not slow down the physical decline that comes with Alzheimer's disease, a new clinical trial suggests. The study looked at whether home visits from occupational therapists could put the brakes on Alzheimer's patients' "functional decline." As the brain disorder progresses, it's not only memory that fades, but also day-to-day functioning. People gradually lose their ability to perform routine tasks -- such as making meals, using household items and bathing and dressing. The goal of occupational therapy is to help family caregivers manage those difficulties. Sessions might address safe bathing or helping a loved one in and out of a car, for instance. In the two-year study, the hope was that weaving occupational therapy into Alzheimer's patients' primary ...

Lack of sleep costs U.S. economy up to $411 billion a year WEDNESDAY, Nov. 30, 2016 -- Too little shut-eye can have far-reaching effects -- even financial ones, a new report says. Reduced productivity and an increased risk of death linked to lack of sleep among U.S. workers cost the nation's economy as much as $411 billion a year. That's more than 2 percent of the country's gross domestic product (GDP), the report revealed. Lack of sleep leads to the loss of about 1.2 million working days a year in the United States. Sleep deprivation-related productivity losses are caused by employees missing work or working at less than ideal levels, said the study authors from the RAND Corp., a nonprofit research organization. Compared to someone who sleeps an average of seven to nine hours a night, the risk of death is 13 ...

Toondah Harbour plan raises donations questions A controversial state government-backed proposal to build 3600 apartments over the top of protected wetlands near the North Stradbroke Island ferry departure point at Cleveland, also known as Toondah Harbour, has the potential to damage the Palaszczuk government's integrity in the lead-up to the next state election. The proposal raises questions about publicly owned assets, political donations, protection of Moreton Bay, and the use of Newman government 'Priority Development Area' legislation. Before it was elected Labor attacked the Newman/Seeney PDA law empowering the deputy premier as "an outrageous abuse and concentration of power", accusing the LNP of wanting to give away assets "to its developer mates". The latest concept plans for the Walker Group's Toondah Harbour project. Photo: Supplied The developer and primary beneficiary of ...

Health advisers call for minimum alcohol unit pricing Image copyright Science Photo Library Introducing a minimum price per unit of alcohol in England would improve the health of the heaviest drinkers, a review by Public Health England says.The report found that although alcohol consumption has dropped since 2008, those in poorer communities are more likely to suffer or die from alcohol-related disease.The coalition government rejected a minimum price for alcohol in 2013.Health ministers said they would look at the evidence carefully.The public health review says that alcohol is now more affordable and people are drinking twice as much as they did 40 years ago. More adults are non-drinkers but there are still more than 10 million people in England drinking at levels that could damage their health.What is the advice on healthy...

Police shoot and kill dog after officers attacked in Orelia A police officer shot and killed a dog in Orelia on Friday night after the animal attacked him and his partner while they were trying to arrest a man. The officers were sent to deal with a disturbance in Orelia Avenue, around 7pm and were trying to arrest a man when a dog ran from the house and attacked the officers. Police have shot dead a dog which attacked officers while they were arresting a man in Orelia. Photo: Nine News One officer was bitten on the wrist and the other on the foot and forearm. The officers used their pepper spray and Tasers on the animal but the dog continued to attack. One officer then drew his gun and shot the dog, which died as a ...

Seven schoolies arrested on Gold Coast with ecstasy tablets found Police arrested seven schoolies on the Gold Coast on Saturday night, with drug possession among the offences. The newly graduates teens were arrested on 11 offences, the majority being public nuisance and drug possession, with MDMA tablets, commonly known as ecstasy, found among the recent graduates. It follows several arrests on Friday night including one schoolie and several non-schoolies, on drug-related charges offences but police have said crowds have generally been well behaved so far.   "Generally police were pleased with the behaviour of schoolies, with only a small number of the large crowd coming to the attention of police," a Queensland Police Service statement said. Celebrations officially kicked-off on Saturday as an estimated 25,0000 school-leavers congregating around Surfers Paradise. Authorities officially opened the Wristband ...

ANALYSIS: Trump overcomes massive FRAUD and manipulation to achieve a miracle victory for ... Defying every odd, prediction, and poll that said he couldn't win, and every politician, media pundit, and wishful thinker who said he wouldn't win, it was everyday Americans from all walks of life who had the final say on November 8th at the voting booth. And their choice, much to the chagrin of the Washington, D.C. establishment and its propaganda media machine, is Donald J. Trump, the outsider businessman from Queens, New York, who on January 20, 2017, will be sworn in as the 45th President of these United States of America.This historic "Trexit" moment in America's history marks the end of a very dark era for our nation, which has been drowning in a cesspool of special interest and criminal insider corruption for many decades. It...