GL briefs Uganda on developments

08 Oct 2019

The delegation had the Sri Lankan Ambassador to Uganda based in Nairobi, T. Raueenthiran and Velupillai Kananathan, the Imperial Group of Companies chief executive officer, among other officials. External Affairs Minister G.L Peiris has briefed Uganda on the post war developments in Sri Lanka, the Uganda government said in a statement.G.L met Uganda Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi in Kampala yesterday and discussed the war and trade ties between both countries. Mbabazi noted that in the past Uganda depended wholly on external funding for infrastructural projects but this was not sustainable.  He explained that “the government can now support a wide range of development initiatives due to increased revenue collections.”The Prime Minister underscored peace as the foundation for every development effort.He saluted Sri Lanka for defeating the Tamil Tigers, an opposition rebel group that had fought to dislodge the elected government there for a long time. The Premier hailed diplomatic ties that date far back in 1972 and attributed the low trade between the two countries to exports in generally similar commodities which do not attract high demand from either country. “We have faced some turbulence in our political life because our instability began in 1966 when the Constitution was overthrown, up to 2005 but Ugandans are happy now that this is past and we are focusing on industrialization,” Mbabazi said.The meeting was also attended by the Minister of Information and National Guidance, Mary Karooro Okurut, among others. Prof. Peiris said terrorism was hurting his country but that was being tamed and was confident that the country “is now stable” and developing her tourism potential. He decried foreign domination, thanking Uganda for support to his government, headed by President Mahinda Rajapaksa.Peiris said about 65% of his country’s energy requirements come from hydro-electric power and called for increased harnessing of the natural resource to benefit especially the women in rural areas. read more

The delegation had the Sri Lankan Ambassador to Uganda based in Nairobi, T. Raueenthiran and Velupillai Kananathan, the Imperial Group of Companies chief executive officer, among other officials. External Affairs Minister G.L Peiris has briefed Uganda on the post war developments in Sri Lanka, the Uganda government said in a statement.G.L met Uganda Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi in Kampala yesterday and discussed the war and trade ties between both countries. Mbabazi noted that in the past Uganda depended wholly on external funding for infrastructural projects but this was not sustainable.  He explained that “the government can now support a wide range of development initiatives due to increased revenue collections.”The Prime Minister underscored peace as the foundation for every development effort.He saluted Sri Lanka for defeating the Tamil Tigers, an opposition rebel group that had fought to dislodge the elected government there for a long time. The Premier hailed diplomatic ties that date far back in 1972 and attributed the low trade between the two countries to exports in generally similar commodities which do not attract high demand from either country. “We have faced some turbulence in our political life because our instability began in 1966 when the Constitution was overthrown, up to 2005 but Ugandans are happy now that this is past and we are focusing on industrialization,” Mbabazi said.The meeting was also attended by the Minister of Information and National Guidance, Mary Karooro Okurut, among others. Prof. Peiris said terrorism was hurting his country but that was being tamed and was confident that the country “is now stable” and developing her tourism potential. He decried foreign domination, thanking Uganda for support to his government, headed by President Mahinda Rajapaksa.Peiris said about 65% of his country’s energy requirements come from hydro-electric power and called for increased harnessing of the natural resource to benefit especially the women in rural areas. read more

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UAE to extend labour rights awareness to Sri Lanka

08 Oct 2019

Last week, the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA), Dubai, issued a booklet titled; “A Guide Book for Foreign Workers” to be distributed among 100,000 expatriates this year alone before covering “at least a million of them in the near future,” according to the GDRFA senior official.“It [the guidebook] will be in the hands of every worker in Dubai as part of a new plan to enhance their living experience in the country and avoid falling into troubles,” said the Deputy Director General of the GDRFA-Dubai and Chairman of the Permanent Committee of Labour Affairs in Dubai (PCLA), Major-General Obaid Muhair Bin Surour. Colombo was represented by one of the leading suppliers of manpower to the UAE. Last year, the Dubai Police released statistics of their followers on social media with Colombo registering huge traffic. The MoHRE minister said the Lankan MoU stipulates “mutual activities and programmes, including awareness programmes, to be carried out to inform the contractual parties of their rights and obligations towards each other.”The Sri Lankan minister said the MoU “underscores the keenness of both countries on developing cooperation to ensure transparency between the contractual parties at all stages.”The memo stipulates that a standard job offer and employment contract will be submitted by the employer to guide the workers to review the descriptions of jobs available on the ministry’s system. Under the agreement, only recruitment agencies registered at the ministry are able to offer recruitment and employment applications for domestic workers that have been submitted by employers.The recruitment agencies are tasked with sending the job offer to the employee in their home country and listing the obligations of the labour contract. The contract will be signed by the employer and employee upon the arrival of the latter to the country. (Colombo Gazette) Al Hamli said the MoU is “meant to regulate the activities of recruitment agencies working in both countries to ensure that Sir Lankan workers are recruited in line with the principles of transparency and respect for law.” As the country marches on with the guidance of prospective domestic workers and labourers, the UAE Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MoHRE) has announced extension of awareness programmes to Sri Lanka following a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) the Ministry entered with Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Foreign Employment, Gulf Today reported.The MoU paves the way for a “new stage of cooperation between both countries to ensure a balanced and effective management of the contractual work cycle in line with the laws and regulations applicable in the UAE,” said MoHRE Minister Nasser Bin Thani Al Hamli. He was flanked by his counterpart, Thalatha Athukorala. In case of dispute between the employer and worker, a complaint shall be submitted to the competent department in the MOHRE, which seeks to settle the dispute within a specific period of time or to refer the dispute to the concerned courts. read more

Last week, the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA), Dubai, issued a booklet titled; “A Guide Book for Foreign Workers” to be distributed among 100,000 expatriates this year alone before covering “at least a million of them in the near future,” according to the GDRFA senior official.“It [the guidebook] will be in the hands of every worker in Dubai as part of a new plan to enhance their living experience in the country and avoid falling into troubles,” said the Deputy Director General of the GDRFA-Dubai and Chairman of the Permanent Committee of Labour Affairs in Dubai (PCLA), Major-General Obaid Muhair Bin Surour. Colombo was represented by one of the leading suppliers of manpower to the UAE. Last year, the Dubai Police released statistics of their followers on social media with Colombo registering huge traffic. The MoHRE minister said the Lankan MoU stipulates “mutual activities and programmes, including awareness programmes, to be carried out to inform the contractual parties of their rights and obligations towards each other.”The Sri Lankan minister said the MoU “underscores the keenness of both countries on developing cooperation to ensure transparency between the contractual parties at all stages.”The memo stipulates that a standard job offer and employment contract will be submitted by the employer to guide the workers to review the descriptions of jobs available on the ministry’s system. Under the agreement, only recruitment agencies registered at the ministry are able to offer recruitment and employment applications for domestic workers that have been submitted by employers.The recruitment agencies are tasked with sending the job offer to the employee in their home country and listing the obligations of the labour contract. The contract will be signed by the employer and employee upon the arrival of the latter to the country. (Colombo Gazette) Al Hamli said the MoU is “meant to regulate the activities of recruitment agencies working in both countries to ensure that Sir Lankan workers are recruited in line with the principles of transparency and respect for law.” As the country marches on with the guidance of prospective domestic workers and labourers, the UAE Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MoHRE) has announced extension of awareness programmes to Sri Lanka following a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) the Ministry entered with Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Foreign Employment, Gulf Today reported.The MoU paves the way for a “new stage of cooperation between both countries to ensure a balanced and effective management of the contractual work cycle in line with the laws and regulations applicable in the UAE,” said MoHRE Minister Nasser Bin Thani Al Hamli. He was flanked by his counterpart, Thalatha Athukorala. In case of dispute between the employer and worker, a complaint shall be submitted to the competent department in the MOHRE, which seeks to settle the dispute within a specific period of time or to refer the dispute to the concerned courts. read more

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UNICEF helps Namibia combat first deadly polio outbreak in 10 years

06 Oct 2019

With polio infecting 34 people in Namibia within a two-week period after a 10-year absence, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is seeking urgent funding for a mass vaccination campaign to immunize the entire population of some 1.8 million in the southern African country against the often paralyzing and sometimes fatal disease. “We’re helping the Government gear up for door-to-door vaccination along with outreach to the far, far corners of the country, as well as fixed-site vaccinations in the cities and towns,” UNICEF country representative Khin-Sandi Lwin said, noting that 5 million vaccine doses were needed to fight the outbreak, which has so far killed seven people.“Going from 1 case to 34 cases within a two-week period, it’s quite alarming. Because it’s a population-wide issue, the whole entire population of the country needs to be immunized. It’s a small population in a very vast country so we have to go out to every small community that’s spread out throughout the country,” she added.Some 1,500 teams of vaccinators and 1,800 vehicles will be required to carry out this massive exercise. Experience in outbreak response has shown that quick and repeated vaccination campaigns reaching the target population are highly effective. With such intervention, most outbreaks are stopped within 6 to 12 months. Three of the 34 suspect cases of sudden paralysis are under investigation; 3 have been positively identified as polio. The majority of these cases involve people over 20 years of age, which is highly unusual. The poliovirus is more likely to cause paralysis in adults than in children, and also leads more often to death. Data gathered so far suggests that the affected adults had not been immunized, or were under-immunized. Since the virus mostly affects young children, vaccination campaigns typically target those under the age of five rather than a country’s entire population. The origin of the outbreak has not yet been determined. But according to the UN World Health Organization (WHO), the virus may have come from neighbouring Angola, which reported its most recent case in November. As long as the virus circulates anywhere, all countries face a risk of importation.Namibia has a functioning routine immunization programme and meets international standards of surveillance for acute flaccid paralysis, a possible sign of polio. “UNICEF has to support the Government very quickly but our funding is very limited, so the first thing on the agenda is to raise the funds for the vaccines and for a major logistical operation,” Ms. Lwin said. Worldwide incidence of the disease has been cut by 99 per cent since 1988 thanks to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative spearheaded by national governments, Rotary International, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), WHO and UNICEF, with a coalition that includes non-governmental organizations (NGOs), corporations, foundations and development banks.But the initiative faces a funding gap of $85 million for this year and a further $400 million for 2007 and 2008. read more

With polio infecting 34 people in Namibia within a two-week period after a 10-year absence, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is seeking urgent funding for a mass vaccination campaign to immunize the entire population of some 1.8 million in the southern African country against the often paralyzing and sometimes fatal disease. “We’re helping the Government gear up for door-to-door vaccination along with outreach to the far, far corners of the country, as well as fixed-site vaccinations in the cities and towns,” UNICEF country representative Khin-Sandi Lwin said, noting that 5 million vaccine doses were needed to fight the outbreak, which has so far killed seven people.“Going from 1 case to 34 cases within a two-week period, it’s quite alarming. Because it’s a population-wide issue, the whole entire population of the country needs to be immunized. It’s a small population in a very vast country so we have to go out to every small community that’s spread out throughout the country,” she added.Some 1,500 teams of vaccinators and 1,800 vehicles will be required to carry out this massive exercise. Experience in outbreak response has shown that quick and repeated vaccination campaigns reaching the target population are highly effective. With such intervention, most outbreaks are stopped within 6 to 12 months. Three of the 34 suspect cases of sudden paralysis are under investigation; 3 have been positively identified as polio. The majority of these cases involve people over 20 years of age, which is highly unusual. The poliovirus is more likely to cause paralysis in adults than in children, and also leads more often to death. Data gathered so far suggests that the affected adults had not been immunized, or were under-immunized. Since the virus mostly affects young children, vaccination campaigns typically target those under the age of five rather than a country’s entire population. The origin of the outbreak has not yet been determined. But according to the UN World Health Organization (WHO), the virus may have come from neighbouring Angola, which reported its most recent case in November. As long as the virus circulates anywhere, all countries face a risk of importation.Namibia has a functioning routine immunization programme and meets international standards of surveillance for acute flaccid paralysis, a possible sign of polio. “UNICEF has to support the Government very quickly but our funding is very limited, so the first thing on the agenda is to raise the funds for the vaccines and for a major logistical operation,” Ms. Lwin said. Worldwide incidence of the disease has been cut by 99 per cent since 1988 thanks to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative spearheaded by national governments, Rotary International, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), WHO and UNICEF, with a coalition that includes non-governmental organizations (NGOs), corporations, foundations and development banks.But the initiative faces a funding gap of $85 million for this year and a further $400 million for 2007 and 2008. read more

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Fancy tickets to a live Colm ORegan talk in a Temple Bar

21 Sep 2019

first_img Wednesday 20 Mar 2019, 8:13 AM Image: Penguin Books There are strange sightings of people who aren’t local driving 4x4s with a yellow reg, a man bun requesting kefir in the restaurant and a quad bike at a funeral. Short URL 15 Comments Image: Penguin Books https://jrnl.ie/4539670 By TheJournal.ie team 14,091 Views Source: Penguin BooksIf you’d like tickets for the event in The Gutter Bookshop, we’re giving a few away. All you need to do is send us an email at competitions@thejournal.ie to nab a ticket or two.Colm O’Regan’s new book is out tomorrow, 14 March, and is priced at €14.99. Mar 13th 2019, 8:46 PM Fancy tickets to a live Colm O’Regan talk in a Temple Bar bookshop? Comedian Colm O’Regan will be at The Gutter Bookshop next Monday to talk about his new book – and we have tickets for it. Updated Mar 20th 2019, 8:13 AM COMEDIAN AND COLUMNIST Colm O’Regan is probably best known for his amusing musings on RTÉ Radio 1’s Drivetime, and work on the BBC’s In The Balance and Talking Business. The author of three best-selling books, including Irish Mammies and Bolloxology, will be at The Gutter Bookshop, Temple Bar at 6.30pm Monday 25 March to talk about his new book: Ann Devine: Ready for her Close Up.His latest book tells the story of mother Ann who, described as a “riddle, wrapped up in a fleece, inside a Skoda Octavia”, joins the Kilsudgeon Tidy Towns Committee.“Yet all is not neat and tidy in Kilsudgeon,” so goes the description. Share2 Tweet Email1 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

first_img Wednesday 20 Mar 2019, 8:13 AM Image: Penguin Books There are strange sightings of people who aren’t local driving 4x4s with a yellow reg, a man bun requesting kefir in the restaurant and a quad bike at a funeral. Short URL 15 Comments Image: Penguin Books https://jrnl.ie/4539670 By TheJournal.ie team 14,091 Views Source: Penguin BooksIf you’d like tickets for the event in The Gutter Bookshop, we’re giving a few away. All you need to do is send us an email at competitions@thejournal.ie to nab a ticket or two.Colm O’Regan’s new book is out tomorrow, 14 March, and is priced at €14.99. Mar 13th 2019, 8:46 PM Fancy tickets to a live Colm O’Regan talk in a Temple Bar bookshop? Comedian Colm O’Regan will be at The Gutter Bookshop next Monday to talk about his new book – and we have tickets for it. Updated Mar 20th 2019, 8:13 AM COMEDIAN AND COLUMNIST Colm O’Regan is probably best known for his amusing musings on RTÉ Radio 1’s Drivetime, and work on the BBC’s In The Balance and Talking Business. The author of three best-selling books, including Irish Mammies and Bolloxology, will be at The Gutter Bookshop, Temple Bar at 6.30pm Monday 25 March to talk about his new book: Ann Devine: Ready for her Close Up.His latest book tells the story of mother Ann who, described as a “riddle, wrapped up in a fleece, inside a Skoda Octavia”, joins the Kilsudgeon Tidy Towns Committee.“Yet all is not neat and tidy in Kilsudgeon,” so goes the description. Share2 Tweet Email1 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Smith Nephew to pay 22 million to settle Greek bribery case

21 Sep 2019

first_imgThe US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the US Ministry of Justice alleged the British company bribed Greek doctors for almost ten years to buy its products. Smith & Nephew said it had reported evidence of improper payments by a distributor in Greece whose contract had been terminated in 2008. Smith & Nephew was fined to pay more than $22 million. The SEC claimed Smith & Nephew and its subsidiaries used a distributor to create a slush fund to make illicit payments to Government employed doctors. The scheme involved making payments to three shell companies in the UK. The funds were used to pay bribes to the Greek doctors in return for buying its orthopaedic products which included hip replacement.A SEC complaint filed in Washington said it appeared company subsidiaries were paying for marketing services but none was performed. Kara Novaco Brockmeyer, head of the SEC’s foreign corrupt practices unit said: “Smith & Nephew’s subsidiaries chose a path of corruption rather than fair and honest competition.” The SEC maintained the company had ignored numerous “red flags” of bribery payments from employees. Smith & Nephew had agreed to pay the fines without admitting or denying the allegations said the SEC. The company has made provisions to cover the fines and appoint an independent monitor to review a compliance programme. Additionally the British drugs giants GlaxoSmithKline and AstraZeneca have both revealed that they are under investigation for suspected breaches of the Act, and last year the US firm Johnson & Johnson paid $70m to settle claims that it paid doctors in Greece, Romania and Poland in return for them agreeing to use its surgical implants in hospital procedures. Source: WSJ Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

first_imgThe US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the US Ministry of Justice alleged the British company bribed Greek doctors for almost ten years to buy its products. Smith & Nephew said it had reported evidence of improper payments by a distributor in Greece whose contract had been terminated in 2008. Smith & Nephew was fined to pay more than $22 million. The SEC claimed Smith & Nephew and its subsidiaries used a distributor to create a slush fund to make illicit payments to Government employed doctors. The scheme involved making payments to three shell companies in the UK. The funds were used to pay bribes to the Greek doctors in return for buying its orthopaedic products which included hip replacement.A SEC complaint filed in Washington said it appeared company subsidiaries were paying for marketing services but none was performed. Kara Novaco Brockmeyer, head of the SEC’s foreign corrupt practices unit said: “Smith & Nephew’s subsidiaries chose a path of corruption rather than fair and honest competition.” The SEC maintained the company had ignored numerous “red flags” of bribery payments from employees. Smith & Nephew had agreed to pay the fines without admitting or denying the allegations said the SEC. The company has made provisions to cover the fines and appoint an independent monitor to review a compliance programme. Additionally the British drugs giants GlaxoSmithKline and AstraZeneca have both revealed that they are under investigation for suspected breaches of the Act, and last year the US firm Johnson & Johnson paid $70m to settle claims that it paid doctors in Greece, Romania and Poland in return for them agreeing to use its surgical implants in hospital procedures. Source: WSJ Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Dead Rising 4 Coming to a PlayStation 4 Near You on December

20 Sep 2019

first_img Hands-On: ‘Stranded Sails’ Is a Relaxing Farm Sim AdventureHere’s an Hour of Incomprehensible ‘Death Stranding’ Gameplay Stay on target When it originally launched late last year, Dead Rising 4 was released as a console exclusive for the Xbox One. That exclusivity deal is set to expire this December, which means Capcom’s zombie-slaying title (that’s not Resident Evil) will soon be available to PlayStation 4 owners. The newly christened Dead Rising 4: Frank’s Big Package features the same core game everyone remembers but bundled with a host of new features and add-ons.Dead Rising 4: Frank’s Big Package is set to have all of the post-launch difficulty settings and upcoming updates. It will have a new mode called “Capcom Heroes,” where protagonist Frank West can don various costumes inspired by Capcom characters. Each costume comes with its own special moves specific to each character. Expect all of the costumes and weapons from the Stocking Stuffer Holiday Pack, Frank Rising, and Ultra Dead Rising 4 Mini Golf to be available at launch. Bonus content such as the Street Fighter Outfit Pack, My Bloody Valentine Pack, Candy Cane Crossbow, Slicecycle, Sir-Ice-A-Lot, Ugly Winter Sweater, and X-Fists will be available as well.Dead Rising 4: Frank’s Big Package will only set PS4 owners back $50. Even though they had to wait a year, getting the full game with all of its content for less than it cost back in 2016 isn’t a bad deal. Those who did buy Dead Rising 4 when it originally came out on Xbox One, Steam, and Windows 10 will get the “Capcom Heroes” mode as a free update. This means that, come December, Dead Rising fans across all platforms (save the Switch) will be on equal footing. Everyone wins!Capcom promises additional updates on Dead Rising 4: Frank’s Big Package in the months leading to its release. Will we get news about how the game will be enhanced for the PlayStation 4 Pro and Xbox One X? Stay tuned to find out.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

first_img Hands-On: ‘Stranded Sails’ Is a Relaxing Farm Sim AdventureHere’s an Hour of Incomprehensible ‘Death Stranding’ Gameplay Stay on target When it originally launched late last year, Dead Rising 4 was released as a console exclusive for the Xbox One. That exclusivity deal is set to expire this December, which means Capcom’s zombie-slaying title (that’s not Resident Evil) will soon be available to PlayStation 4 owners. The newly christened Dead Rising 4: Frank’s Big Package features the same core game everyone remembers but bundled with a host of new features and add-ons.Dead Rising 4: Frank’s Big Package is set to have all of the post-launch difficulty settings and upcoming updates. It will have a new mode called “Capcom Heroes,” where protagonist Frank West can don various costumes inspired by Capcom characters. Each costume comes with its own special moves specific to each character. Expect all of the costumes and weapons from the Stocking Stuffer Holiday Pack, Frank Rising, and Ultra Dead Rising 4 Mini Golf to be available at launch. Bonus content such as the Street Fighter Outfit Pack, My Bloody Valentine Pack, Candy Cane Crossbow, Slicecycle, Sir-Ice-A-Lot, Ugly Winter Sweater, and X-Fists will be available as well.Dead Rising 4: Frank’s Big Package will only set PS4 owners back $50. Even though they had to wait a year, getting the full game with all of its content for less than it cost back in 2016 isn’t a bad deal. Those who did buy Dead Rising 4 when it originally came out on Xbox One, Steam, and Windows 10 will get the “Capcom Heroes” mode as a free update. This means that, come December, Dead Rising fans across all platforms (save the Switch) will be on equal footing. Everyone wins!Capcom promises additional updates on Dead Rising 4: Frank’s Big Package in the months leading to its release. Will we get news about how the game will be enhanced for the PlayStation 4 Pro and Xbox One X? Stay tuned to find out.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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Nintendo Labo Toys Wed Like to Build

20 Sep 2019

first_img ‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’ Was Final Mission From Late Nintendo President‘Ring Fit Adventure’ Is a Nintendo Switch Exercise RPG With Labo, Nintendo made us all jealous of today’s kids. The Nintendo Switch was already nifty enough with its ability to swap between console and handheld play. But the recently revealed Labo line of accessories and games allows the tablet and detachable controllers to become a whole range of smart cardboard toys and robots. In case you missed it, here’s what all the nerdy DIY maker STEM children will be getting their hands on this 4/20 starting at $69.The initial Labo sets include “Toy-Con” pianos, RC cars, fishing rods, houses, motorcycle handles, and an entire mech suit cobbled together from failed Wii U demo “Project Giant Robot.” But beyond these confirmed kits the trailer shows off potential Labo birds, driving pedals, arcade joysticks, and little men who collapse when they vibrate too hard. Very relatable.Since it’s literally cardboard, Nintendo could let kids make whatever they want with Labo. And the toys seem so appealing that we suspect Labo will be a big hit that continues past these first two sets. That sparked our own crazy imaginations as to what other Labo toys may be on the horizon. So these are our humble suggestions for Nintendo Labo toys we personally would like to build.A Creepy Puppet and/or Real BoySome kids play with toys with their friends. Others use toys to make up for their lack of friends. A creepy Nintendo Labo puppet could fill both needs. Put the Switch screen in its chest like a Teletubby. Maybe it uses the IR camera to scan a rough approximation of your emotions and react accordingly. And if you wish hard enough, that cardboard smart dummy might just become a real boy.WarioWare GamesThe WarioWare series is a brilliant deconstruction of minigame collections and game design itself. It’s long past time for Nintendo to bring it back and Labo might just be the perfect avenue. The overarching WarioWare plot has that greedy greasy jerk demanding players make their own games for Wario to profit off of. But with Labo, Wario can now force you to build entire new physical video game accessories and systems, all in fifteen seconds of course.Steel Battalion MechThe Steel Battalion series is infamous for its absurd control schemes. The first two games forced players to control mechs using gargantuan controllers with no less than 40 buttons and sticks. There was a windshield wiper button! Steel Battalion on Kinect went in the opposite direction and ditched the controller for a full-body motion control giant robot experience. Nintendo Labo could bridge the two, allowing you to build your own dumb complicated mech you then get to become.A Weapon to Surpass Metal GearThere are a lot of iconic elements in the Metal Gear Solid series. Solid Snake. The twist in part two. The delivery of the phrase “Metal Gear?!?” But when thinking of this classic stealth series, who doesn’t remember hiding inside a plain old cardboard box to evade foes? Metal Gear was combining cardboard and gaming long before Labo, but Labo might be the cardboard video game to finally surpass Metal Gear.Fallout TechThe post-apocalyptic world of Bethesda’s Fallout series is littered with bootleg scrap technology plucked out of the future of the 1950s. And sometimes that tech falls into the real-world like the collector’s edition wrist-mounted Pip-Boy. Paying in bottle caps and playing with cardboard are already a perfect match. Plus, Bethesda is already all in on Switch with Skyrim, Doom, and Wolfenstein ports. Complete the set with Fallout Labo.Failed Nintendo AccessoriesJust as the Nintendo Switch draws inspiration from past Nintendo systems, Nintendo Labo draws inspiration from past Nintendo accessories. Why make specific plastic guns and steering wheels and tennis rackets for Switch, like the Wii, when they could just be cardboard? In that spirit, we’d like to see past failed weird Nintendo accessories get a cardboard resurrection with Labo. Cardboard Power Glove, cardboard Virtual Boy, cardboard R.O.B., cardboard Wii U.Bitcoin MinerBitcoin! Everyone is getting in on this hot new cryptocurrency trend before it ruins all of our marriages and global economies. And it’s already affecting video games. PC enthusiasts are finding it tough to buy high-end graphics cards because Bitcoin miners keep scooping them up. So Nintendo Labo should just lean into this. Let kids build their own cardboard Bitcoin mining machine and take home (a portion of) the profits. Nothing sketchy about that.Buy it now!Super Mario OdysseyThe Legend of Zelda: Breath of the WildNintendo SwitchProtect Your Nintendo Switch With These Awesome CasesLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetlast_img read more

first_img ‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’ Was Final Mission From Late Nintendo President‘Ring Fit Adventure’ Is a Nintendo Switch Exercise RPG With Labo, Nintendo made us all jealous of today’s kids. The Nintendo Switch was already nifty enough with its ability to swap between console and handheld play. But the recently revealed Labo line of accessories and games allows the tablet and detachable controllers to become a whole range of smart cardboard toys and robots. In case you missed it, here’s what all the nerdy DIY maker STEM children will be getting their hands on this 4/20 starting at $69.The initial Labo sets include “Toy-Con” pianos, RC cars, fishing rods, houses, motorcycle handles, and an entire mech suit cobbled together from failed Wii U demo “Project Giant Robot.” But beyond these confirmed kits the trailer shows off potential Labo birds, driving pedals, arcade joysticks, and little men who collapse when they vibrate too hard. Very relatable.Since it’s literally cardboard, Nintendo could let kids make whatever they want with Labo. And the toys seem so appealing that we suspect Labo will be a big hit that continues past these first two sets. That sparked our own crazy imaginations as to what other Labo toys may be on the horizon. So these are our humble suggestions for Nintendo Labo toys we personally would like to build.A Creepy Puppet and/or Real BoySome kids play with toys with their friends. Others use toys to make up for their lack of friends. A creepy Nintendo Labo puppet could fill both needs. Put the Switch screen in its chest like a Teletubby. Maybe it uses the IR camera to scan a rough approximation of your emotions and react accordingly. And if you wish hard enough, that cardboard smart dummy might just become a real boy.WarioWare GamesThe WarioWare series is a brilliant deconstruction of minigame collections and game design itself. It’s long past time for Nintendo to bring it back and Labo might just be the perfect avenue. The overarching WarioWare plot has that greedy greasy jerk demanding players make their own games for Wario to profit off of. But with Labo, Wario can now force you to build entire new physical video game accessories and systems, all in fifteen seconds of course.Steel Battalion MechThe Steel Battalion series is infamous for its absurd control schemes. The first two games forced players to control mechs using gargantuan controllers with no less than 40 buttons and sticks. There was a windshield wiper button! Steel Battalion on Kinect went in the opposite direction and ditched the controller for a full-body motion control giant robot experience. Nintendo Labo could bridge the two, allowing you to build your own dumb complicated mech you then get to become.A Weapon to Surpass Metal GearThere are a lot of iconic elements in the Metal Gear Solid series. Solid Snake. The twist in part two. The delivery of the phrase “Metal Gear?!?” But when thinking of this classic stealth series, who doesn’t remember hiding inside a plain old cardboard box to evade foes? Metal Gear was combining cardboard and gaming long before Labo, but Labo might be the cardboard video game to finally surpass Metal Gear.Fallout TechThe post-apocalyptic world of Bethesda’s Fallout series is littered with bootleg scrap technology plucked out of the future of the 1950s. And sometimes that tech falls into the real-world like the collector’s edition wrist-mounted Pip-Boy. Paying in bottle caps and playing with cardboard are already a perfect match. Plus, Bethesda is already all in on Switch with Skyrim, Doom, and Wolfenstein ports. Complete the set with Fallout Labo.Failed Nintendo AccessoriesJust as the Nintendo Switch draws inspiration from past Nintendo systems, Nintendo Labo draws inspiration from past Nintendo accessories. Why make specific plastic guns and steering wheels and tennis rackets for Switch, like the Wii, when they could just be cardboard? In that spirit, we’d like to see past failed weird Nintendo accessories get a cardboard resurrection with Labo. Cardboard Power Glove, cardboard Virtual Boy, cardboard R.O.B., cardboard Wii U.Bitcoin MinerBitcoin! Everyone is getting in on this hot new cryptocurrency trend before it ruins all of our marriages and global economies. And it’s already affecting video games. PC enthusiasts are finding it tough to buy high-end graphics cards because Bitcoin miners keep scooping them up. So Nintendo Labo should just lean into this. Let kids build their own cardboard Bitcoin mining machine and take home (a portion of) the profits. Nothing sketchy about that.Buy it now!Super Mario OdysseyThe Legend of Zelda: Breath of the WildNintendo SwitchProtect Your Nintendo Switch With These Awesome CasesLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Nightflyers and the History of SciFi Horror

20 Sep 2019

first_img In the early days of science fiction, the genre was a pretty optimistic one. Sure, the bold adventurers might run into opposition from alien life out there in the void, but at the end of the day sci-fi was about man’s triumph over the unknown. The increasing scope of human knowledge and ingenuity would give us the tools we needed to surmount any interplanetary challenge.That didn’t last, obviously. Seminal sci-fi works like The War of the Worlds freaked us out, as Orson Welles’ radio drama whipped the populace into a panic. As soon as man actually touched the endless void, we realized it was more than a little scary. The rise of the horror genre coincided with the maturation of sci-fi, and the two have been inextricably linked for decades.Early science fiction stoked the human fear of the unknown with stories of grotesque aliens from beyond coming to our planet to conquer or kill us all. It also tapped fears of technology running out of the control of its inventors, creating monsters of various sorts from Frankenstein on forward.What makes horror such a satisfying subgenre of science fiction is the way it combines so many basic human fears into a single package. Claustrophobic? Try being in a spaceship that you literally cannot leave. Afraid of wide open spaces? Space is the original wide open space. Alien creatures can combine the visceral horror of snakes, spiders, and other beasts that trigger instinctual reactions in our primitive brains. It’s a very potent canvas to paint all sorts of stuff on.Nightflyers, now airing on SyFy, taps the pedigree of Game of Thrones creator George R. R. Martin to deliver a fresh take on some of the genre’s most time-tested tropes. The ten episode show — based on a 1980 novella that had also been made into a 1987 feature film — hits some of the sweet spots right out the gate. A small crew on a lone ship venturing into the unknown? Check. Unseen threats and mysterious life forms? You got it, buddy.If this all sounds familiar, it should — it’s note for note the same threats we saw in what might be the touchstone movie for sci-fi horror, Ridley Scott’s brilliant 1979 Alien. Based on a script by Dan O’Bannon, Alien played out like a haunted house in deep space. The crew of the Nostromo is returning to Earth in suspended animation when their onboard computer hears a distress signal and, by company policy, wakes them to investigate it. It turns out to be a parasitic life form that lays eggs in one of them. The eggs hatch in a classic gross-out and rapidly grow into a sleek, black predatory creature that stalks from the shadows and leaves just one crew member alive.Monsters hiding inside unsuspecting people is a major trope of horror, and three years later John Carpenter would touch on that theme in his The Thing. Again, it taps into very specific themes — isolation, paranoia and the fear of the unknown, as a shape-shifting creature is extricated from the Antarctic ice and proceeds to terrorize the skeleton crew of a research station.Even before those two films, though, one of the most critically acclaimed sci-fi movies of all time folded in scary elements into its surreal, wide-ranging plot. The majority of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001 deals with the evolution of human consciousness, aided by a mysterious monolith, but the sequence set aboard the Discovery One craft on its way to Jupiter is pure psychological horror. Astronauts Dave Bowman and Frank Poole have to deal with to the ship’s onboard HAL 9000 computer, which develops a kind of paradoxical sentience and tries to murder them. This theme — Man’s creations run amok — is core to a whole strain of science fiction of which Nightflyers comfortably belongs.Here’s the pitch for the show, if you haven’t tuned in yet. Earth is on its last legs (true), and the last best hope to save us all lies in the knowledge of an alien race called the Volcryn. Unfortunately, they don’t seem interested in communicating with us, so a colony ship called the Nightflyer is dispatched to meet them with a telepath onboard to facilitate non-verbal diplomacy. Needless to say, because this is horror (and a George R. R. Martin joint), things go horribly wrong pretty quick, with the crew suffering bizarre hallucinations and Thale, the psychic, held responsible. Cue paranoia, tension, and terror.In the original novella (spoilers follow here, so be warned), the malevolent force besieging the ship is captain Royd Eris’ deceased mother, herself a powerful psychic who cloned herself a son to use as a puppet plaything. Even in death, she maintains her incredible abilities, which she has imprinted on the ship’s AI, allowing her to become a literal ghost in the machine. That twist came pretty early in the TV version, at the end of the third episode, and since then the show has just amped the source material up even further.Doing horror for television is a different beast than in the relatively compact running time of a movie, and Nightflyers — which was adapted into a feature film in 1987 – knows that. The rhythm of tension and release at the core of effective scaring needs a lot of variety to pull off for eight hours, so in addition to the big scares — open space, mental manipulation, rogue AI – the show throws in an agoraphobic commanding officer, a genetically engineered crew member and more. But horror is also at its best when it’s lean, and that’s where the show strays.There’s just too much going on here — with the big twist coming less than a third of the way through, Nightflyers has to keep pushing the envelope to varying levels of effectiveness. By the eighth episode we’ve had a pregnancy, a plague, a murderous little girl, a ship of space cannibals and more, and returns are diminishing. Showrunners have said they see it being a multi-season series, which is even harder to do in horror – eventually you need to resolve that tension or else the mystery will lose potency.Nightflyers was aired on an accelerated schedule, with SyFy premiering a new episode every night for ten days and then putting them immediately up online. If you didn’t tune in, our verdict is in the middle – the show has some great aesthetics and clever character concepts, but when we compare it directly to the titans of the genre it doesn’t stack up. That said, what does? Nightflyers does boast some truly solid performances, impressive and sometimes truly shocking gore and interesting meditations on the nature of perception and reality. Unfortunately, this one doesn’t look like it’ll be a Game of Thrones-level hit, but dude has plenty of money anyways.More on Geek.com:Netflix Reveals Most Binged Shows and Movies of 2018New ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8 Teaser Will Chill You to the Bone8 Nostalgic Board Games Based on Sci-Fi Flicks Stay on target ‘Game of Thrones’ Targaryen Prequel Series Is Reportedly Coming to HBO‘Game of Thrones’ Star Kit Harington Joins Marvel’s &#… last_img read more

first_img In the early days of science fiction, the genre was a pretty optimistic one. Sure, the bold adventurers might run into opposition from alien life out there in the void, but at the end of the day sci-fi was about man’s triumph over the unknown. The increasing scope of human knowledge and ingenuity would give us the tools we needed to surmount any interplanetary challenge.That didn’t last, obviously. Seminal sci-fi works like The War of the Worlds freaked us out, as Orson Welles’ radio drama whipped the populace into a panic. As soon as man actually touched the endless void, we realized it was more than a little scary. The rise of the horror genre coincided with the maturation of sci-fi, and the two have been inextricably linked for decades.Early science fiction stoked the human fear of the unknown with stories of grotesque aliens from beyond coming to our planet to conquer or kill us all. It also tapped fears of technology running out of the control of its inventors, creating monsters of various sorts from Frankenstein on forward.What makes horror such a satisfying subgenre of science fiction is the way it combines so many basic human fears into a single package. Claustrophobic? Try being in a spaceship that you literally cannot leave. Afraid of wide open spaces? Space is the original wide open space. Alien creatures can combine the visceral horror of snakes, spiders, and other beasts that trigger instinctual reactions in our primitive brains. It’s a very potent canvas to paint all sorts of stuff on.Nightflyers, now airing on SyFy, taps the pedigree of Game of Thrones creator George R. R. Martin to deliver a fresh take on some of the genre’s most time-tested tropes. The ten episode show — based on a 1980 novella that had also been made into a 1987 feature film — hits some of the sweet spots right out the gate. A small crew on a lone ship venturing into the unknown? Check. Unseen threats and mysterious life forms? You got it, buddy.If this all sounds familiar, it should — it’s note for note the same threats we saw in what might be the touchstone movie for sci-fi horror, Ridley Scott’s brilliant 1979 Alien. Based on a script by Dan O’Bannon, Alien played out like a haunted house in deep space. The crew of the Nostromo is returning to Earth in suspended animation when their onboard computer hears a distress signal and, by company policy, wakes them to investigate it. It turns out to be a parasitic life form that lays eggs in one of them. The eggs hatch in a classic gross-out and rapidly grow into a sleek, black predatory creature that stalks from the shadows and leaves just one crew member alive.Monsters hiding inside unsuspecting people is a major trope of horror, and three years later John Carpenter would touch on that theme in his The Thing. Again, it taps into very specific themes — isolation, paranoia and the fear of the unknown, as a shape-shifting creature is extricated from the Antarctic ice and proceeds to terrorize the skeleton crew of a research station.Even before those two films, though, one of the most critically acclaimed sci-fi movies of all time folded in scary elements into its surreal, wide-ranging plot. The majority of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001 deals with the evolution of human consciousness, aided by a mysterious monolith, but the sequence set aboard the Discovery One craft on its way to Jupiter is pure psychological horror. Astronauts Dave Bowman and Frank Poole have to deal with to the ship’s onboard HAL 9000 computer, which develops a kind of paradoxical sentience and tries to murder them. This theme — Man’s creations run amok — is core to a whole strain of science fiction of which Nightflyers comfortably belongs.Here’s the pitch for the show, if you haven’t tuned in yet. Earth is on its last legs (true), and the last best hope to save us all lies in the knowledge of an alien race called the Volcryn. Unfortunately, they don’t seem interested in communicating with us, so a colony ship called the Nightflyer is dispatched to meet them with a telepath onboard to facilitate non-verbal diplomacy. Needless to say, because this is horror (and a George R. R. Martin joint), things go horribly wrong pretty quick, with the crew suffering bizarre hallucinations and Thale, the psychic, held responsible. Cue paranoia, tension, and terror.In the original novella (spoilers follow here, so be warned), the malevolent force besieging the ship is captain Royd Eris’ deceased mother, herself a powerful psychic who cloned herself a son to use as a puppet plaything. Even in death, she maintains her incredible abilities, which she has imprinted on the ship’s AI, allowing her to become a literal ghost in the machine. That twist came pretty early in the TV version, at the end of the third episode, and since then the show has just amped the source material up even further.Doing horror for television is a different beast than in the relatively compact running time of a movie, and Nightflyers — which was adapted into a feature film in 1987 – knows that. The rhythm of tension and release at the core of effective scaring needs a lot of variety to pull off for eight hours, so in addition to the big scares — open space, mental manipulation, rogue AI – the show throws in an agoraphobic commanding officer, a genetically engineered crew member and more. But horror is also at its best when it’s lean, and that’s where the show strays.There’s just too much going on here — with the big twist coming less than a third of the way through, Nightflyers has to keep pushing the envelope to varying levels of effectiveness. By the eighth episode we’ve had a pregnancy, a plague, a murderous little girl, a ship of space cannibals and more, and returns are diminishing. Showrunners have said they see it being a multi-season series, which is even harder to do in horror – eventually you need to resolve that tension or else the mystery will lose potency.Nightflyers was aired on an accelerated schedule, with SyFy premiering a new episode every night for ten days and then putting them immediately up online. If you didn’t tune in, our verdict is in the middle – the show has some great aesthetics and clever character concepts, but when we compare it directly to the titans of the genre it doesn’t stack up. That said, what does? Nightflyers does boast some truly solid performances, impressive and sometimes truly shocking gore and interesting meditations on the nature of perception and reality. Unfortunately, this one doesn’t look like it’ll be a Game of Thrones-level hit, but dude has plenty of money anyways.More on Geek.com:Netflix Reveals Most Binged Shows and Movies of 2018New ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8 Teaser Will Chill You to the Bone8 Nostalgic Board Games Based on Sci-Fi Flicks Stay on target ‘Game of Thrones’ Targaryen Prequel Series Is Reportedly Coming to HBO‘Game of Thrones’ Star Kit Harington Joins Marvel’s &#… last_img read more

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Harry Maguire looking forward to facing Man Utd

18 Sep 2019

first_imgLeicester City defender Harry Maguire can’t wait to get started against Manchester United in Friday’s season-openerThe 25-year-old had been strongly linked with a move to Old Trafford all summer following his impressive displays for England at the World Cup that saw the national side reach the last four of the competition for the first time since 1990.While Maguire was believed to have been keen on moving to United this summer, a move failed to materialise with Leicester boss Claude Puel even mocking the media about it afterwards.But the Maguire has put the setback behind him and is now looking forward to facing the Red Devils for the 2018/19 Premier League opener on Friday night.“Can’t wait for the season tomorrow,” he wrote on social media last night.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding ar Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…Maguire incidentally scored a late equaliser for Leicester the last time the two sides met in December 2017.Can’t wait for the season to start tomorrow. ⚽️?? #lcfc— Harry Maguire (@HarryMaguire93) August 9, 2018last_img read more

first_imgLeicester City defender Harry Maguire can’t wait to get started against Manchester United in Friday’s season-openerThe 25-year-old had been strongly linked with a move to Old Trafford all summer following his impressive displays for England at the World Cup that saw the national side reach the last four of the competition for the first time since 1990.While Maguire was believed to have been keen on moving to United this summer, a move failed to materialise with Leicester boss Claude Puel even mocking the media about it afterwards.But the Maguire has put the setback behind him and is now looking forward to facing the Red Devils for the 2018/19 Premier League opener on Friday night.“Can’t wait for the season tomorrow,” he wrote on social media last night.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding ar Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…Maguire incidentally scored a late equaliser for Leicester the last time the two sides met in December 2017.Can’t wait for the season to start tomorrow. ⚽️?? #lcfc— Harry Maguire (@HarryMaguire93) August 9, 2018last_img read more

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Breast Cancer is Two Times Higher in the Caribbean Compared to the

17 Sep 2019

first_img Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppPort of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago,  December 16, 2016 –  In a recent study, researchers from CARPHA and the US CDC found that the rates of death from cervical cancer, breast, prostate and colon cancer are 2-9 times higher in the Caribbean compared to the United States. Only lung cancer was higher in the USA.The study also reported that prostate cancer, a common cause of death among Caribbean men, accounted for 18%-47% of cancer deaths, while lung cancer accounted for 5%-24% and was the second highest cause of cancer deaths among males.   Breast cancer, the main cause of cancer death among females accounted for 14%-30% of cancer deaths; and are up to two times higher compared to the USA.“The large number of deaths from these types of cancers is very alarming since they are mostly preventable. Breast cancer can be detected early and treated successfully.  Cervical cancer is perhaps the most preventable through education, vaccination against the human papilloma virus (HPV), screening, early detection and treatment,” said Dr. James Hospedales, Executive Director, Caribbean Public Health Agency.Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the Caribbean, according to the study, published today in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR).   This is the first time that information on cancer mortality for the English and Dutch-speaking Caribbean is published in a prestigious peer review journal.In some of its key findings, the study highlights prostate cancer as the leading cause of death among men of African descent from the Caribbean as well as in the United States and Africa.   The researchers found that for both men and women, colon and rectum cancers are the third most common cause of cancer death in the Caribbean.The leading causes of cancer deaths in the Caribbean can be reduced through prevention, screening, early detection, and effective treatment for cervical, breast and colorectal cancers.“Research has shown that adopting healthy lifestyle choices can contribute to the reduction of cancer cases and as a consequence deaths and costs from the disease in our Region”, said Dr Hospedales.   Prevention measures include avoiding use of tobacco, limiting alcohol use, eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, keeping a healthy weight, and being physically active.CARPHA is committed to working with key partners to reduce the burden of cancer in the Region.   The Agency is collaborating with CDC, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) and other global partners to develop and implement the IARC Regional Cancer Registry Hub for the Caribbean.   The Cancer Registry Hub, which will provide essential technical support to strengthen cancer registration for improving cancer prevention and control in Member States, will be launched in 2017. The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo Related Items:#magneticmedianews #MagneticMediaNewscenter_img ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meetinglast_img read more

first_img Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppPort of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago,  December 16, 2016 –  In a recent study, researchers from CARPHA and the US CDC found that the rates of death from cervical cancer, breast, prostate and colon cancer are 2-9 times higher in the Caribbean compared to the United States. Only lung cancer was higher in the USA.The study also reported that prostate cancer, a common cause of death among Caribbean men, accounted for 18%-47% of cancer deaths, while lung cancer accounted for 5%-24% and was the second highest cause of cancer deaths among males.   Breast cancer, the main cause of cancer death among females accounted for 14%-30% of cancer deaths; and are up to two times higher compared to the USA.“The large number of deaths from these types of cancers is very alarming since they are mostly preventable. Breast cancer can be detected early and treated successfully.  Cervical cancer is perhaps the most preventable through education, vaccination against the human papilloma virus (HPV), screening, early detection and treatment,” said Dr. James Hospedales, Executive Director, Caribbean Public Health Agency.Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the Caribbean, according to the study, published today in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR).   This is the first time that information on cancer mortality for the English and Dutch-speaking Caribbean is published in a prestigious peer review journal.In some of its key findings, the study highlights prostate cancer as the leading cause of death among men of African descent from the Caribbean as well as in the United States and Africa.   The researchers found that for both men and women, colon and rectum cancers are the third most common cause of cancer death in the Caribbean.The leading causes of cancer deaths in the Caribbean can be reduced through prevention, screening, early detection, and effective treatment for cervical, breast and colorectal cancers.“Research has shown that adopting healthy lifestyle choices can contribute to the reduction of cancer cases and as a consequence deaths and costs from the disease in our Region”, said Dr Hospedales.   Prevention measures include avoiding use of tobacco, limiting alcohol use, eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, keeping a healthy weight, and being physically active.CARPHA is committed to working with key partners to reduce the burden of cancer in the Region.   The Agency is collaborating with CDC, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) and other global partners to develop and implement the IARC Regional Cancer Registry Hub for the Caribbean.   The Cancer Registry Hub, which will provide essential technical support to strengthen cancer registration for improving cancer prevention and control in Member States, will be launched in 2017. The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo Related Items:#magneticmedianews #MagneticMediaNewscenter_img ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meetinglast_img read more

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Alaska News Nightly Monday Feb 27 2017

09 Sep 2019

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprnListen nowLawmakers ideas on budget range from OCS to cutsAndrew Kitchenman, KTOO – JuneauDifferences between lawmakers are emerging on how deeply to cut the state budget. For example, the House Finance Committee discussed the billion dollars the state spends on the Department of Health and Social Services, and recommended $21 million dollars in cuts from last year’s budget.Fairbanks police officer won’t be charged for fatal summer shootingRobert Hannon, KUAC – FairbanksA Fairbanks police officer will not be charged for fatally shooting a man last summer. On Friday, Fairbanks Police Chief Eric Jewkes announced the findings of an Alaska Office of Special Prosecutions investigation of the downtown shooting. The report said Sgt. Gregory Foster took reasonable actions.Officials readying for Eielson F-35s to spur housing crunchAssociated PressOfficials are preparing for a possible housing crunch in 2020 that is expected to coincide with an influx of service members from the two new F-35 squadrons coming to Eielson Air Force Base.Juneau to review new affordable housing projectAssociated PressJuneau officials are considering adding new housing. The city’s Planning Commission is set to review a plan to construct dozens of affordable homes to help meet the demand for single-family housing in the city.Ask the Energy Desk: Are plastic bag bans better for the environment?Elizabeth Jenkins, Alaska’s Energy Desk – JuneauBans on plastic grocery bags have been cropping up across Alaska’s remote communities. Cordova’s ban went into effect last year. But so far, the larger cities in the state have yet to adopt one.State to hold meetings on evaluation process for controversial water protectionsEmily Files, KHNS – HainesFour Alaska communities from Haines to Bristol Bay have applied for high-level water body protections. The Outstanding National Resource Water, also known as Tier 3, nominations have been in limbo for a few years. That’s because the state is still figuring out what evaluation process to use. A series of public meetings in March aim to gather input on that question.Tribe’s Herring Committee drafts proposals to protect subsistenceEmily Russell, KCAW – SitkaThe Sitka Tribe of Alaska wants to see more protection for subsistence harvesters when herring season begins next month. The Tribe’s Herring Committee is recommending a pair of proposals to reserve more areas for subsistence and to cut the commercial harvest by half.Students work to reduce ocean trash, one spork at a timeShahla Farzan, KBBI – HomerA new educational program is working to stop marine debris before it starts. Students from schools across the Kenai Peninsula have partnered with the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies to cut down on their consumption of single-use plastics.‘I Am Inuit’ goes from Instagram to Anchorage MuseumZachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageWho lives in the Arctic? And what are their stories? Those are questions posed by a new photography exhibit more than a year in the making. The “I Am Inuit” show is a body of images from artist Brian Adams that premiered last week at the Anchorage Museum. The project has built an audience online for much longer.last_img read more

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprnListen nowLawmakers ideas on budget range from OCS to cutsAndrew Kitchenman, KTOO – JuneauDifferences between lawmakers are emerging on how deeply to cut the state budget. For example, the House Finance Committee discussed the billion dollars the state spends on the Department of Health and Social Services, and recommended $21 million dollars in cuts from last year’s budget.Fairbanks police officer won’t be charged for fatal summer shootingRobert Hannon, KUAC – FairbanksA Fairbanks police officer will not be charged for fatally shooting a man last summer. On Friday, Fairbanks Police Chief Eric Jewkes announced the findings of an Alaska Office of Special Prosecutions investigation of the downtown shooting. The report said Sgt. Gregory Foster took reasonable actions.Officials readying for Eielson F-35s to spur housing crunchAssociated PressOfficials are preparing for a possible housing crunch in 2020 that is expected to coincide with an influx of service members from the two new F-35 squadrons coming to Eielson Air Force Base.Juneau to review new affordable housing projectAssociated PressJuneau officials are considering adding new housing. The city’s Planning Commission is set to review a plan to construct dozens of affordable homes to help meet the demand for single-family housing in the city.Ask the Energy Desk: Are plastic bag bans better for the environment?Elizabeth Jenkins, Alaska’s Energy Desk – JuneauBans on plastic grocery bags have been cropping up across Alaska’s remote communities. Cordova’s ban went into effect last year. But so far, the larger cities in the state have yet to adopt one.State to hold meetings on evaluation process for controversial water protectionsEmily Files, KHNS – HainesFour Alaska communities from Haines to Bristol Bay have applied for high-level water body protections. The Outstanding National Resource Water, also known as Tier 3, nominations have been in limbo for a few years. That’s because the state is still figuring out what evaluation process to use. A series of public meetings in March aim to gather input on that question.Tribe’s Herring Committee drafts proposals to protect subsistenceEmily Russell, KCAW – SitkaThe Sitka Tribe of Alaska wants to see more protection for subsistence harvesters when herring season begins next month. The Tribe’s Herring Committee is recommending a pair of proposals to reserve more areas for subsistence and to cut the commercial harvest by half.Students work to reduce ocean trash, one spork at a timeShahla Farzan, KBBI – HomerA new educational program is working to stop marine debris before it starts. Students from schools across the Kenai Peninsula have partnered with the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies to cut down on their consumption of single-use plastics.‘I Am Inuit’ goes from Instagram to Anchorage MuseumZachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageWho lives in the Arctic? And what are their stories? Those are questions posed by a new photography exhibit more than a year in the making. The “I Am Inuit” show is a body of images from artist Brian Adams that premiered last week at the Anchorage Museum. The project has built an audience online for much longer.last_img read more

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Remembering our friend Native media pioneer John Active

09 Sep 2019

first_imgJohn Active of Bethel (Photo courtesy of KYUK – Bethel)It’s a sad day at KYUK and public radio stations statewide. Our friend, Yup’ik storyteller, culture bearer, translator and longtime KYUK radio and TV host John “Aqumgaciq” Active died this Monday morning at age 69. John is irreplaceable. His broadcasting career at KYUK began in the early 1970s, and he is celebrated as a pioneer in Native media.Listen nowOver the decades, John produced a range of programs to entertain the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta and spread his deep knowledge and love of the Yup’ik language and culture.John helped produce the television show “Waves of Wisdom,” where he traveled with the late Alexie Isaac around the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta recording the oral histories of elders. John produced “Tales of the Tundra,” a TV show to stand your hair on end with Yup’ik ghost stories and tales of the paranormal. He also hosted a Thursday morning radio Yup’ik language talk show, Ketvarrlluku, where listeners across the Y-K Delta called in to discuss the topics of the day.Teachers invited John into their classrooms to tell traditional stories. When John was telling a story, time slowed down and no one could look away. More invitations came from farther away. He traveled as far as Boston and Hawaii, sharing his knowledge and always telling his stories. But he loved being in the Y-K Delta the best. Hawaii, he would say, shaking his head, was “too hot,” and in Boston, he’d say making a face, “they ate bugs,” referring to lobsters.John frequently appeared on PBS and NPR. Anthropologists Ann Fienup-Riordan and Marie Mead turned to him as they documented the Yup’ik culture in their long canon of books on the region. For decades, John’s unique gentle voice has guided visitors through the Anchorage museum.John was a master of the Yup’ik language and its various dialects, a skill he attributes to his grandmother. He was one of the first people to translate the KYUK English language newscast into Yup’ik. Holding the English news copy in his hands, he’d read the words with his eyes in English while simultaneously translating aloud into Yup’ik. He would also live translate between Yup’ik and English and vice versa during events. It’s a skill shared by only about a dozen people in the region, and his quality was matched by far less.John loved to cook and to share what he made. Multiple times a week he’d take over the KYUK kitchen and keep the staff and visitors well-fed with subsistence foods like beaver, goose, moose, and salmon. It was common to find fish in the sink, an entire beaver under the table or a whole goose in the station refrigerator. People shared these foods with John, and he shared them with everyone else. He loved sprinkling his dishes with dried, green parsley and leaving a note above the food, saying it was marijuana. John found humor in many things.John was always joking, always making us laugh, and laughing at his own jokes with us. For staff hired from outside Alaska he served as our cultural guide, ready to explain Yup’ik concepts and patiently pronouncing the same Yup’ik words again and again to train our ears and throats before we went on air.In late March, after experiencing a series of strokes, John announced his retirement. He’d made this announcement before and always returned, but we held a potluck anyway. Before we ate, John stood up to address the room, filled with friends and KYUK staff and board members.“Everything that I do today, try to make people laugh, make them comfortable, is I’m trying to pass on what the elders taught to me by my actions, what I learned from them,” John said.John did so much at KYUK, and we are still working to chronicle his decades of stories, shows, and contributions. You will still hear John’s voice on our airwaves daily, announcing the “Yup’ik Word of the Week.” He started the radio segment, just another contribution in a long legacy, and we will continue it.John’s family issued a statement saying, “John Active left to be with our Lord at 12:55 a.m. Monday morning, June 4. Funeral arrangements are pending.”Quyana, John.last_img read more

first_imgJohn Active of Bethel (Photo courtesy of KYUK – Bethel)It’s a sad day at KYUK and public radio stations statewide. Our friend, Yup’ik storyteller, culture bearer, translator and longtime KYUK radio and TV host John “Aqumgaciq” Active died this Monday morning at age 69. John is irreplaceable. His broadcasting career at KYUK began in the early 1970s, and he is celebrated as a pioneer in Native media.Listen nowOver the decades, John produced a range of programs to entertain the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta and spread his deep knowledge and love of the Yup’ik language and culture.John helped produce the television show “Waves of Wisdom,” where he traveled with the late Alexie Isaac around the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta recording the oral histories of elders. John produced “Tales of the Tundra,” a TV show to stand your hair on end with Yup’ik ghost stories and tales of the paranormal. He also hosted a Thursday morning radio Yup’ik language talk show, Ketvarrlluku, where listeners across the Y-K Delta called in to discuss the topics of the day.Teachers invited John into their classrooms to tell traditional stories. When John was telling a story, time slowed down and no one could look away. More invitations came from farther away. He traveled as far as Boston and Hawaii, sharing his knowledge and always telling his stories. But he loved being in the Y-K Delta the best. Hawaii, he would say, shaking his head, was “too hot,” and in Boston, he’d say making a face, “they ate bugs,” referring to lobsters.John frequently appeared on PBS and NPR. Anthropologists Ann Fienup-Riordan and Marie Mead turned to him as they documented the Yup’ik culture in their long canon of books on the region. For decades, John’s unique gentle voice has guided visitors through the Anchorage museum.John was a master of the Yup’ik language and its various dialects, a skill he attributes to his grandmother. He was one of the first people to translate the KYUK English language newscast into Yup’ik. Holding the English news copy in his hands, he’d read the words with his eyes in English while simultaneously translating aloud into Yup’ik. He would also live translate between Yup’ik and English and vice versa during events. It’s a skill shared by only about a dozen people in the region, and his quality was matched by far less.John loved to cook and to share what he made. Multiple times a week he’d take over the KYUK kitchen and keep the staff and visitors well-fed with subsistence foods like beaver, goose, moose, and salmon. It was common to find fish in the sink, an entire beaver under the table or a whole goose in the station refrigerator. People shared these foods with John, and he shared them with everyone else. He loved sprinkling his dishes with dried, green parsley and leaving a note above the food, saying it was marijuana. John found humor in many things.John was always joking, always making us laugh, and laughing at his own jokes with us. For staff hired from outside Alaska he served as our cultural guide, ready to explain Yup’ik concepts and patiently pronouncing the same Yup’ik words again and again to train our ears and throats before we went on air.In late March, after experiencing a series of strokes, John announced his retirement. He’d made this announcement before and always returned, but we held a potluck anyway. Before we ate, John stood up to address the room, filled with friends and KYUK staff and board members.“Everything that I do today, try to make people laugh, make them comfortable, is I’m trying to pass on what the elders taught to me by my actions, what I learned from them,” John said.John did so much at KYUK, and we are still working to chronicle his decades of stories, shows, and contributions. You will still hear John’s voice on our airwaves daily, announcing the “Yup’ik Word of the Week.” He started the radio segment, just another contribution in a long legacy, and we will continue it.John’s family issued a statement saying, “John Active left to be with our Lord at 12:55 a.m. Monday morning, June 4. Funeral arrangements are pending.”Quyana, John.last_img read more

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UAS accreditation renewed despite budget concerns

09 Sep 2019

first_imgThe announcement comes despite a letter earlier this month to the Alaska Legislature from commission president Sonny Ramaswamy. In it, he expressed concern that cuts to the University of Alaska’s budget could jeopardize the institutions’ accreditation in the future. In a shorter list of recommendations for improvement, the commission expressed a need for greater stability in the UAS administrative team. University of Alaska Southeast’s Juneau campus on Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016. (Photo by Quinton Chandler/KTOO) In the renewal letter, Ramaswamy commended UAS for its distance learning opportunities, the integration of its three distinct campuses and its inclusion of Alaska Native language and culture into curriculum and administration. The University of Alaska Southeast announced on Thursday its accreditation has been renewed by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. The commission visited UAS in April to complete its evaluation process, which typically happens every seven years. The University of Alaska Anchorage’s accreditation was renewed last year. And the University of Alaska Fairbanks recently began its reaccreditation process.last_img read more

first_imgThe announcement comes despite a letter earlier this month to the Alaska Legislature from commission president Sonny Ramaswamy. In it, he expressed concern that cuts to the University of Alaska’s budget could jeopardize the institutions’ accreditation in the future. In a shorter list of recommendations for improvement, the commission expressed a need for greater stability in the UAS administrative team. University of Alaska Southeast’s Juneau campus on Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016. (Photo by Quinton Chandler/KTOO) In the renewal letter, Ramaswamy commended UAS for its distance learning opportunities, the integration of its three distinct campuses and its inclusion of Alaska Native language and culture into curriculum and administration. The University of Alaska Southeast announced on Thursday its accreditation has been renewed by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. The commission visited UAS in April to complete its evaluation process, which typically happens every seven years. The University of Alaska Anchorage’s accreditation was renewed last year. And the University of Alaska Fairbanks recently began its reaccreditation process.last_img read more

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Flying without wings

31 Aug 2019

first_imgEncapsulating the flavour of Lucknow, Patangbaaz is a play which explores the aspiration and dreams of three young boys from the city who want to do the unthinkable — fly kites throughout their lives. Lucknow exudes royalty with its Nawabi culture and language but there also exists a colloquial form of this language spoken by the youth in the city, as evident in the script.Actor Factor Theatre Company presents this hour-long play Patangbaaz which is written and directed by Shashwat Srivastava from Lucknow. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Explaining the concept of this play, Shashwat says: ‘Basically the play revolves around the life of three school boys, who are around 17 to 18 years old. I have tried to capture some glimpses of Lucknow through this play. The play is inspired from my personal experiences in this city where I have grown up. It focuses on the idea of how passionate people can be about what they want in their life and to what extent they can go to to achieve it. The play highlights the conviction of these three boys who want to fly kites against all odds.’ Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixAccording to Shashwat, the play celebrates the human spirit of freedom. These young boys constantly keep making efforts, while everyone starting from their family as well the tyrant school principal is against them flying kites, but they fight this battle and finally do what they want to.’Eventually they decide to give up everything possible to pursue their passion for flying kites,’ elucidates the playwright.The three school boys — Gopal, Mohan and Govind — dream of participating in Lucknow’s coveted Gomati Kite Flying tournament. Possessing a deep passion for kite flying, they ardently follow the festival and want to participate in it. They intensely discuss the contestants in the competition — Lakhna Dacoit and Kantha Pandey — the most dreaded kites in the contest. But to find their space in the sky, they must fight the barriers which society poses on them. The play highlights their fight with the social constraints which stop them from enjoying this sport. In this combative task, they even end up stealing kites from a local vendor and are then thrashed by their school’s principal. Finally, they decide to risk everything and live their dream.DETAILAt: Studio Safdar, Shadi Khampur, New Ranjit Nagar When: 25 NovemberTimings: 7.30 pmlast_img read more

first_imgEncapsulating the flavour of Lucknow, Patangbaaz is a play which explores the aspiration and dreams of three young boys from the city who want to do the unthinkable — fly kites throughout their lives. Lucknow exudes royalty with its Nawabi culture and language but there also exists a colloquial form of this language spoken by the youth in the city, as evident in the script.Actor Factor Theatre Company presents this hour-long play Patangbaaz which is written and directed by Shashwat Srivastava from Lucknow. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Explaining the concept of this play, Shashwat says: ‘Basically the play revolves around the life of three school boys, who are around 17 to 18 years old. I have tried to capture some glimpses of Lucknow through this play. The play is inspired from my personal experiences in this city where I have grown up. It focuses on the idea of how passionate people can be about what they want in their life and to what extent they can go to to achieve it. The play highlights the conviction of these three boys who want to fly kites against all odds.’ Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixAccording to Shashwat, the play celebrates the human spirit of freedom. These young boys constantly keep making efforts, while everyone starting from their family as well the tyrant school principal is against them flying kites, but they fight this battle and finally do what they want to.’Eventually they decide to give up everything possible to pursue their passion for flying kites,’ elucidates the playwright.The three school boys — Gopal, Mohan and Govind — dream of participating in Lucknow’s coveted Gomati Kite Flying tournament. Possessing a deep passion for kite flying, they ardently follow the festival and want to participate in it. They intensely discuss the contestants in the competition — Lakhna Dacoit and Kantha Pandey — the most dreaded kites in the contest. But to find their space in the sky, they must fight the barriers which society poses on them. The play highlights their fight with the social constraints which stop them from enjoying this sport. In this combative task, they even end up stealing kites from a local vendor and are then thrashed by their school’s principal. Finally, they decide to risk everything and live their dream.DETAILAt: Studio Safdar, Shadi Khampur, New Ranjit Nagar When: 25 NovemberTimings: 7.30 pmlast_img read more

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The Charmed reboot will feature a lesbian witch in the trio

29 Aug 2019

first_imgGAYSTARNEWS- Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . The original trio. | Photo: IMDB/The WB The CW is developing a reboot of the witchy series Charmed, which originally ran from 1998 to 2006. Set in the modern-day, the new take is described as ‘a fierce, funny, feminist reboot’ centered on three women in a college town.TVLine obtained descriptions for the three new witches — and one of them is a lesbian. They also added the network is considering actors of ‘all ethnicities’.To start off, new writers Jessica O’Toole and Amy Rardin (from Jane the Virgin), did take something from the original: alliteration of names.In the original, Piper, Phoebe, Paige, and Prue were the witches. This time, they’re Macy, Mel, and Madison.Meet the witchesHere are the descriptions for the new conjurers.MACY: A witty, intense science nerd, Macy — who is in her late 20s — is a Ph.D. in quantum physics who’s moving with her boyfriend Galvin to Hilltowne, Michigan, to work in the university lab. Macy has reason to believe that she is the sister of Mel and Madison. Her power is telekinesis.MEL PRUITT: A strong-willed feminist, she feels deeply and is a bit controlling. Mel — who is in her mid 20s and a lesbian —  is the sister of Madison. In the wake of a tragic accident, the grieving Mel becomes angry, defiantly unkempt, even violent, pushing away those who might help her, including her girlfriend, Detective Soo Jin. Mel’s power is time-freezing.MADISON PRUITT: Mel’s younger sister (she’s 18-ish), an athletic (pilates, cheerleading) college student pledging a sorority, Madison is the opposite of her feminist sister with a desire to fit in. Madison is horrified to learn she is a witch. Her power is hearing people’s thoughts.Mel, the feminist of the bunch, is the lesbian. From the description, she’s dating someone named Detective Soo Jin. Likely, the network is also looking for someone to play Jin. The descriptions also list the sisters’ powers: telekineses, time-freezing, and telepathy.The reboot is shooting a pilot, but whether or not it gets a full season remains up in the air.Not everyone is a fanHowever, not everyone is excited.Original cast member Holly Marie Combs has not been quiet of her criticism of the reboot. That continued today.I have no words……. I mean I have a lot of words but at this juncture… sure…… yeah ……… We Wish Them Well ………….. https://t.co/s9mdsZUhLo— Holly Marie Combs (@H_Combs) February 7, 2018 eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us)center_img 3 sister witches hmmm all names start with M’s hmmmmm nooooooo …… …. WAIT A MINUTE ….. @JennyMcCarthy SUE THEM pic.twitter.com/TM7ItjRDpD— Holly Marie Combs (@H_Combs) February 7, 2018 You had one job @TheCW — Holly Marie Combs (@H_Combs) February 7, 2018 Charmed TV reboot will feature a lesbian characterCharmed reboot casts Melonie Diaz as lesbian witch sisterFITUR GAY (LGBT) consolidates its presence at FITUR 2018Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/charmed-reboot-lesbian-witch/ It’s official. They really have never watched it.— Holly Marie Combs (@H_Combs) February 7, 2018 Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading…last_img read more

first_imgGAYSTARNEWS- Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . The original trio. | Photo: IMDB/The WB The CW is developing a reboot of the witchy series Charmed, which originally ran from 1998 to 2006. Set in the modern-day, the new take is described as ‘a fierce, funny, feminist reboot’ centered on three women in a college town.TVLine obtained descriptions for the three new witches — and one of them is a lesbian. They also added the network is considering actors of ‘all ethnicities’.To start off, new writers Jessica O’Toole and Amy Rardin (from Jane the Virgin), did take something from the original: alliteration of names.In the original, Piper, Phoebe, Paige, and Prue were the witches. This time, they’re Macy, Mel, and Madison.Meet the witchesHere are the descriptions for the new conjurers.MACY: A witty, intense science nerd, Macy — who is in her late 20s — is a Ph.D. in quantum physics who’s moving with her boyfriend Galvin to Hilltowne, Michigan, to work in the university lab. Macy has reason to believe that she is the sister of Mel and Madison. Her power is telekinesis.MEL PRUITT: A strong-willed feminist, she feels deeply and is a bit controlling. Mel — who is in her mid 20s and a lesbian —  is the sister of Madison. In the wake of a tragic accident, the grieving Mel becomes angry, defiantly unkempt, even violent, pushing away those who might help her, including her girlfriend, Detective Soo Jin. Mel’s power is time-freezing.MADISON PRUITT: Mel’s younger sister (she’s 18-ish), an athletic (pilates, cheerleading) college student pledging a sorority, Madison is the opposite of her feminist sister with a desire to fit in. Madison is horrified to learn she is a witch. Her power is hearing people’s thoughts.Mel, the feminist of the bunch, is the lesbian. From the description, she’s dating someone named Detective Soo Jin. Likely, the network is also looking for someone to play Jin. The descriptions also list the sisters’ powers: telekineses, time-freezing, and telepathy.The reboot is shooting a pilot, but whether or not it gets a full season remains up in the air.Not everyone is a fanHowever, not everyone is excited.Original cast member Holly Marie Combs has not been quiet of her criticism of the reboot. That continued today.I have no words……. I mean I have a lot of words but at this juncture… sure…… yeah ……… We Wish Them Well ………….. https://t.co/s9mdsZUhLo— Holly Marie Combs (@H_Combs) February 7, 2018 eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us)center_img 3 sister witches hmmm all names start with M’s hmmmmm nooooooo …… …. WAIT A MINUTE ….. @JennyMcCarthy SUE THEM pic.twitter.com/TM7ItjRDpD— Holly Marie Combs (@H_Combs) February 7, 2018 You had one job @TheCW — Holly Marie Combs (@H_Combs) February 7, 2018 Charmed TV reboot will feature a lesbian characterCharmed reboot casts Melonie Diaz as lesbian witch sisterFITUR GAY (LGBT) consolidates its presence at FITUR 2018Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/charmed-reboot-lesbian-witch/ It’s official. They really have never watched it.— Holly Marie Combs (@H_Combs) February 7, 2018 Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading…last_img read more

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Two hospitalized after boat fire in Puerto Morelos

29 Aug 2019

first_imgPuerto Morelos, Q.R. — Two people have been hospitalized after receiving burns when a boat they were working on caught fire.The two workers were seriously burned after an explosion occurred on a boat in which they were working. The boat was on land in the Petempich Bay hotel area when the explosion took place.Members from the Puerto Morelos fire department and Civil Protection attended the accident at 11:00 a.m. Reports say that they two men were using a vacuum cleaner to remove liquid from the bottom of the boat that turned out to be gasoline.Two hospitalized after boat fire in Puerto MorelosThe electric system from the vacuum ignited the fuel, causing the explosion. Both workers were blown out of the boat, which then caught fire. Both men were transferred to a Cancun hospital.Witnesses commented that the smoke could be seen from the Federal Puerto Morelos-Cancun highway.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgPuerto Morelos, Q.R. — Two people have been hospitalized after receiving burns when a boat they were working on caught fire.The two workers were seriously burned after an explosion occurred on a boat in which they were working. The boat was on land in the Petempich Bay hotel area when the explosion took place.Members from the Puerto Morelos fire department and Civil Protection attended the accident at 11:00 a.m. Reports say that they two men were using a vacuum cleaner to remove liquid from the bottom of the boat that turned out to be gasoline.Two hospitalized after boat fire in Puerto MorelosThe electric system from the vacuum ignited the fuel, causing the explosion. Both workers were blown out of the boat, which then caught fire. Both men were transferred to a Cancun hospital.Witnesses commented that the smoke could be seen from the Federal Puerto Morelos-Cancun highway.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Live News traffic and weather updates for North Staffordshire South Cheshire on

28 Aug 2019

first_imgHello and welcome to StokeonTrentLive’s breaking news service bringing you all the latest updates from Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire on Tuesday, March, 5. Our team of reporters will be updating this live service with all the latest on the traffic and travel and weather updates – as well as news and entertainment through the day. We’ll be bringing you the very latest updates in our live news feed below. For the latest news and breaking news visit www.stokeontrentlive.co.uk Get all the big headlines, pictures, analysis, opinion and video on the stories that matter to you. Follow us on Twitter @SOTLive – the official Sentinel account – real news in real time. We’re also on Facebook – your must-see news, features, videos and pictures throughout Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire. Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us @SOTLive or message us on our Facebook page . And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at StokeonTrentLive . 16:59Boy taken to hospital after accident on busy Stoke-on-Trent road Emergency services are at the scene this afternoon. More here 15:42Fake police officers targeting elderly people in scam in Staffordshire townTwo women, aged 79 and 97, have been targeted in the past few days. More here.15:42Accident in Brindley FordBiddulph Road partially blocked, slow traffic due to accident at Oxford Road.Near to Select convenience store. 15:4171 sheep stolen from field near Staffordshire Moorlands/Derbyshire border The animals were taken last night. More here. 13:23Can you believe it’s #ShroveTuesday today, or did it just crepe up on you? ��Have a good one but do stay safe – https://t.co/NsGGYe2iId #PancakeDay pic.twitter.com/ARZXVuQwok— Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service (@CheshireFire) March 5, 201913:13A527 Biddulph Road coming from Brinley Ford Southbound busy but moving at A5272 High Lane roundabout. 12:15Slow traffic on A52 Werrington Road Westbound before A52 Leek Road (Lime Kiln Traffic Lights). 11:53Queuing traffic on A500 D Road Southbound around A527 Porthill Road (Porthill Bank). Travel time is eight minutes. 11:48Heavy traffic on A500 D Road Southbound around A527 Porthill Road (Porthill Bank). Travel time is five minutes. 11:36A34 Newcastle Road clear between Springfield Retail Park and A500 D Road (Hanford Interchange). 09:58Reports of accident on A527 Barracks Road near A52 Ryecroft (Jubilee roundabout). Traffic is coping well. 09:57A52 Werrington Road Westbound busy but moving before A52 Leek Road (Lime Kiln Traffic Lights). 09:57All lanes open #M6 southbound J15 #StokeonTrent & J14 #StaffordNorth— Highways England (@HighwaysWMIDS) March 5, 201909:56Queuing traffic on A520 Cheddleton Road Northbound from Basford Lane (Leekbrook) to Junction Road (Leek). In the roadworks area.Temporary traffic lights in operation. 08:43A521 Uttoxeter Road Eastbound partially blocked, queuing traffic due to accident from B5029 Grindley Lane to Stallington Road. 08:42A34 Northbound partially blocked, queueing traffic due to accident at Meaford Road. 08:41One lane closed and queuing traffic due to accident and broken down vehicle on M6 Southbound from J15 A500 D Road (Stoke-On-Trent) to J14 A34 (Stafford North).Lane one (of three) is closed. A separate breakdown has also happened a little further along the same stretch, also closing lane one (of three). 08:11 Usual congestion on A527 Biddulph Road coming from Brinley Ford Southbound at A5272 High Lane roundabout. 08:11 Usual slow traffic on Waterloo Road from Cobridge Traffic Lights towards Hanley Town centre (Vale Place). 07:59Usual congestion on B5051 Moorland Road / Ford Green Road at A5272 High Lane (Smallthorne Roundabout). 07:59Usual congestion on A5272 Chell Street at A5272 Merrick Street / B5047 Hulton Street (Providence Square). Travel time is four minutes. 07:58All lanes now open #M42 J10 #Tamworth northbound exit slip road.— Highways England (@HighwaysWMIDS) March 5, 201907:37Lane 1 is currently blocked on the #M42 J10 #Tamworth Northbound Exit Slip Road due to a broken down vehicle. #TrafficOfficers en route— Highways England (@HighwaysWMIDS) March 5, 201907:35Heavy traffic on A500 D Road Southbound around A527 Porthill Road (Porthill Bank). Travel time is four minutes. 07:35Queuing traffic on A500 D Road Southbound before M6 J15. Travel time is five minutes. 07:34Slow traffic due to accident on A5005 Lightwood Road Northbound near Fir Tree Road.Traffic officers are attending the scene.07:34A52 Werrington Road Westbound busy but moving before A52 Leek Road (Lime Kiln Traffic Lights). 07:34Heavy traffic on Brownhills Road / Davenport Street / Newcastle Street between A500 (Porthill Bank) and Tunstall. Travel time is 13 minutes. 07:34One lane closed due to broken down vehicle on A500 Southbound from B5071 (Basford) to A51 Nantwich Bypass (Cheerbrook Roundabout, Willaston). Traffic is coping well.Lane one (of two) is closed. 07:34Good morning!Welcome to our live blog!last_img read more

first_imgHello and welcome to StokeonTrentLive’s breaking news service bringing you all the latest updates from Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire on Tuesday, March, 5. Our team of reporters will be updating this live service with all the latest on the traffic and travel and weather updates – as well as news and entertainment through the day. We’ll be bringing you the very latest updates in our live news feed below. For the latest news and breaking news visit www.stokeontrentlive.co.uk Get all the big headlines, pictures, analysis, opinion and video on the stories that matter to you. Follow us on Twitter @SOTLive – the official Sentinel account – real news in real time. We’re also on Facebook – your must-see news, features, videos and pictures throughout Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire. Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us @SOTLive or message us on our Facebook page . And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at StokeonTrentLive . 16:59Boy taken to hospital after accident on busy Stoke-on-Trent road Emergency services are at the scene this afternoon. More here 15:42Fake police officers targeting elderly people in scam in Staffordshire townTwo women, aged 79 and 97, have been targeted in the past few days. More here.15:42Accident in Brindley FordBiddulph Road partially blocked, slow traffic due to accident at Oxford Road.Near to Select convenience store. 15:4171 sheep stolen from field near Staffordshire Moorlands/Derbyshire border The animals were taken last night. More here. 13:23Can you believe it’s #ShroveTuesday today, or did it just crepe up on you? ��Have a good one but do stay safe – https://t.co/NsGGYe2iId #PancakeDay pic.twitter.com/ARZXVuQwok— Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service (@CheshireFire) March 5, 201913:13A527 Biddulph Road coming from Brinley Ford Southbound busy but moving at A5272 High Lane roundabout. 12:15Slow traffic on A52 Werrington Road Westbound before A52 Leek Road (Lime Kiln Traffic Lights). 11:53Queuing traffic on A500 D Road Southbound around A527 Porthill Road (Porthill Bank). Travel time is eight minutes. 11:48Heavy traffic on A500 D Road Southbound around A527 Porthill Road (Porthill Bank). Travel time is five minutes. 11:36A34 Newcastle Road clear between Springfield Retail Park and A500 D Road (Hanford Interchange). 09:58Reports of accident on A527 Barracks Road near A52 Ryecroft (Jubilee roundabout). Traffic is coping well. 09:57A52 Werrington Road Westbound busy but moving before A52 Leek Road (Lime Kiln Traffic Lights). 09:57All lanes open #M6 southbound J15 #StokeonTrent & J14 #StaffordNorth— Highways England (@HighwaysWMIDS) March 5, 201909:56Queuing traffic on A520 Cheddleton Road Northbound from Basford Lane (Leekbrook) to Junction Road (Leek). In the roadworks area.Temporary traffic lights in operation. 08:43A521 Uttoxeter Road Eastbound partially blocked, queuing traffic due to accident from B5029 Grindley Lane to Stallington Road. 08:42A34 Northbound partially blocked, queueing traffic due to accident at Meaford Road. 08:41One lane closed and queuing traffic due to accident and broken down vehicle on M6 Southbound from J15 A500 D Road (Stoke-On-Trent) to J14 A34 (Stafford North).Lane one (of three) is closed. A separate breakdown has also happened a little further along the same stretch, also closing lane one (of three). 08:11 Usual congestion on A527 Biddulph Road coming from Brinley Ford Southbound at A5272 High Lane roundabout. 08:11 Usual slow traffic on Waterloo Road from Cobridge Traffic Lights towards Hanley Town centre (Vale Place). 07:59Usual congestion on B5051 Moorland Road / Ford Green Road at A5272 High Lane (Smallthorne Roundabout). 07:59Usual congestion on A5272 Chell Street at A5272 Merrick Street / B5047 Hulton Street (Providence Square). Travel time is four minutes. 07:58All lanes now open #M42 J10 #Tamworth northbound exit slip road.— Highways England (@HighwaysWMIDS) March 5, 201907:37Lane 1 is currently blocked on the #M42 J10 #Tamworth Northbound Exit Slip Road due to a broken down vehicle. #TrafficOfficers en route— Highways England (@HighwaysWMIDS) March 5, 201907:35Heavy traffic on A500 D Road Southbound around A527 Porthill Road (Porthill Bank). Travel time is four minutes. 07:35Queuing traffic on A500 D Road Southbound before M6 J15. Travel time is five minutes. 07:34Slow traffic due to accident on A5005 Lightwood Road Northbound near Fir Tree Road.Traffic officers are attending the scene.07:34A52 Werrington Road Westbound busy but moving before A52 Leek Road (Lime Kiln Traffic Lights). 07:34Heavy traffic on Brownhills Road / Davenport Street / Newcastle Street between A500 (Porthill Bank) and Tunstall. Travel time is 13 minutes. 07:34One lane closed due to broken down vehicle on A500 Southbound from B5071 (Basford) to A51 Nantwich Bypass (Cheerbrook Roundabout, Willaston). Traffic is coping well.Lane one (of two) is closed. 07:34Good morning!Welcome to our live blog!last_img read more

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27 Aug 2019

first_imgNews | November 07, 2011 Jury Finds Hologic Guilty of Patent Infringment News | Mammography Reporting Software | July 26, 2019 Ikonopedia Releases Automated Combined Reporting Package at AHRA Ikonopedia showcased its recently released Automated Combined Reporting package and its entire suite of structured… read more FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more Image courtesy of Imago Systems Technology | Artificial Intelligence | July 18, 2019 Paragon Biosciences Launches Qlarity Imaging to Advance FDA-cleared AI Breast Cancer Diagnosis System Paragon Biosciences LLC announced the launch of its seventh portfolio company, Qlarity Imaging LLC, which was founded… read more Related Content Feature | Artificial Intelligence | July 19, 2019 | Michal Chorev AI Models Predict Breast Cancer With Radiologist-level Accuracy Breast cancer is the global leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women, and the most commonly diagnosed cancer… read more IBM collected a dataset of 52,936 images from 13,234 women who underwent at least one mammogram between 2013 and 2017, and who had health records for at least one year prior to the mammogram. The algorithm was trained on 9,611 mammograms. Image courtesy of Radiology. News | Breast Imaging | August 02, 2019 Volpara to Distribute Screenpoint Medical’s Transpara AI Solution Volpara Solutions and ScreenPoint Medical BV signed an agreement under which Volpara will sell ScreenPoint’s Transpara… read more center_img News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more News | Ultrasound Women’s Health | July 11, 2019 FDA Clears Koios DS Breast 2.0 AI-based Software Koios Medical announced its second 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Technology | Breast Biopsy Systems | July 24, 2019 Fujifilm Releases Tomosynthesis Biopsy Option for Aspire Cristalle Mammography System Fujifilm Medical Systems U.S.A. Inc. recently expanded its breast imaging solutions with the launch of its… read more News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more Technology | Mammography Reporting Software | July 25, 2019 Hologic Partners With MagView to Develop Unifi EQUIP Solution Hologic announced a partnership with mammography information solutions provider MagView to develop Unifi EQUIP, an… read more Qlarity Imaging’s software is used to assist radiologists in the assessment and characterization of breast lesions. Imaging features are synthesized by an artificial intelligence algorithm into a single value, the QI score, which is analyzed relative to a database of reference abnormalities with known ground truth. Image courtesy of Business Wire. November 7, 2011 – A California jury recently found Hologic guilty of violating two patents in a case filed by Conceptus Inc.On May 22, 2009, Conceptus filed suit in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California alleging infringement of five Conceptus patents by the Adiana permanent contraception system. Allegations regarding all but two claims of the asserted patents were previously dismissed from the suit. A trial on the two remaining patent claims took place in October 2011 resulting in a jury verdict in favor of Conceptus.As a part of this verdict, the jury awarded Conceptus the sum of $18.8 million as damages. Any such payment would have no impact to Hologic’s results of operations or financial position since the payment, should it be paid, would be deducted from the contingent consideration otherwise due to former Adiana, Inc. shareholders.”We are obviously disappointed in this verdict. However, there remain several issues to be decided by the court which could impact the ultimate disposition of the case,” said Mark Casey, Hologic’s senior vice president and general counsel. “Upon resolution of those issues, the company will evaluate its options. In the meantime, the Company will continue to sell, market and promote the Adiana System.”Hologic is a developer, manufacturer and supplier of women’s healthcare diagnostics, medical imaging systems and surgical products.  read morelast_img read more

first_imgNews | November 07, 2011 Jury Finds Hologic Guilty of Patent Infringment News | Mammography Reporting Software | July 26, 2019 Ikonopedia Releases Automated Combined Reporting Package at AHRA Ikonopedia showcased its recently released Automated Combined Reporting package and its entire suite of structured… read more FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more Image courtesy of Imago Systems Technology | Artificial Intelligence | July 18, 2019 Paragon Biosciences Launches Qlarity Imaging to Advance FDA-cleared AI Breast Cancer Diagnosis System Paragon Biosciences LLC announced the launch of its seventh portfolio company, Qlarity Imaging LLC, which was founded… read more Related Content Feature | Artificial Intelligence | July 19, 2019 | Michal Chorev AI Models Predict Breast Cancer With Radiologist-level Accuracy Breast cancer is the global leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women, and the most commonly diagnosed cancer… read more IBM collected a dataset of 52,936 images from 13,234 women who underwent at least one mammogram between 2013 and 2017, and who had health records for at least one year prior to the mammogram. The algorithm was trained on 9,611 mammograms. Image courtesy of Radiology. News | Breast Imaging | August 02, 2019 Volpara to Distribute Screenpoint Medical’s Transpara AI Solution Volpara Solutions and ScreenPoint Medical BV signed an agreement under which Volpara will sell ScreenPoint’s Transpara… read more center_img News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more News | Ultrasound Women’s Health | July 11, 2019 FDA Clears Koios DS Breast 2.0 AI-based Software Koios Medical announced its second 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Technology | Breast Biopsy Systems | July 24, 2019 Fujifilm Releases Tomosynthesis Biopsy Option for Aspire Cristalle Mammography System Fujifilm Medical Systems U.S.A. Inc. recently expanded its breast imaging solutions with the launch of its… read more News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more Technology | Mammography Reporting Software | July 25, 2019 Hologic Partners With MagView to Develop Unifi EQUIP Solution Hologic announced a partnership with mammography information solutions provider MagView to develop Unifi EQUIP, an… read more Qlarity Imaging’s software is used to assist radiologists in the assessment and characterization of breast lesions. Imaging features are synthesized by an artificial intelligence algorithm into a single value, the QI score, which is analyzed relative to a database of reference abnormalities with known ground truth. Image courtesy of Business Wire. November 7, 2011 – A California jury recently found Hologic guilty of violating two patents in a case filed by Conceptus Inc.On May 22, 2009, Conceptus filed suit in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California alleging infringement of five Conceptus patents by the Adiana permanent contraception system. Allegations regarding all but two claims of the asserted patents were previously dismissed from the suit. A trial on the two remaining patent claims took place in October 2011 resulting in a jury verdict in favor of Conceptus.As a part of this verdict, the jury awarded Conceptus the sum of $18.8 million as damages. Any such payment would have no impact to Hologic’s results of operations or financial position since the payment, should it be paid, would be deducted from the contingent consideration otherwise due to former Adiana, Inc. shareholders.”We are obviously disappointed in this verdict. However, there remain several issues to be decided by the court which could impact the ultimate disposition of the case,” said Mark Casey, Hologic’s senior vice president and general counsel. “Upon resolution of those issues, the company will evaluate its options. In the meantime, the Company will continue to sell, market and promote the Adiana System.”Hologic is a developer, manufacturer and supplier of women’s healthcare diagnostics, medical imaging systems and surgical products.  read morelast_img read more

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Long list of inclusions with American Queen Steamboat Co sailings

19 Aug 2019

first_imgLong list of inclusions with American Queen Steamboat Co. sailings Friday, June 21, 2019 Share Tags: AQSC, River Cruise Posted bycenter_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group TORONTO — A long list of inclusions is part and parcel with an American Queen Steamboat Company sailing.The river cruise company says its all-inclusive cruises offer pre-cruise hotel night prior to embarkation; all meals, including 24-hour room service and alternative dining venues; snacks, specialty coffees, soft drinks and filtered water throughout the voyage; wine and beer with dinner; and shore excursions in each port of call.There are also daily enrichment programs and nightly Broadway-caliber entertainment. “Our Riverlorians ensure that there is a deep understanding of each location we visit through daily sessions that highlight the history of the regions we visit. Our talented band of musicians and ensemble’s performances leave nothing to dismay. And all of the day’s festivities lead into late-night, solo performances that captivate the lounges onboard.”Not only that, but AQSC’s regional cuisine finds passengers savouring dishes from pan-seared trout to gumbo to classic surf and turf – followed by dessert, of course – in a specialty or alternative dining venue.More news:  A new low for no-frills flying: easyJet assigns backless seat to passengerDuring the day, AQSC’s shore excursions team takes care of all the details for both premium experiences and included hop-on, hop-off excursions. The hop-on, hop-off program gives guests the opportunity to choose from several different attractions and shops throughout each city or town. Premium experiences showcase culture and provide stimulating affairs. Says AQSC: “We invite our guests to take advantage of the all the opportunities provided for both interactive and introspective activities and experience a new place without the anxieties of the unknown.”The company says it is proud to continue the tradition of overnight cruising on America’s rivers with its trademark level of service aboard its authentic paddlewheel riverboats.AQSC has been operating river cruises since 2012 and currently sails three vessels: American Queen, American Duchess and American Empress. Joining the fleet in 2020 will be the American Countess.AQSC sails the Mississippi, Ohio, Cumberland and Tennessee Rivers on American Queen and American Duchess. Clients can explore the Pacific Northwest on the American Empress.More news:  Honolulu authorities investigate arsons at 3 Waikiki hotels; no injuries reportedEarlier this week American Queen Steamboat Company announced its new partnership with Cruise Strategies Ltd., geared to expanding the cruise line’s presence in Canada. Cruise Strategies, led by company president and CEO Vanessa Lee, will serve as the Canadian market representatives for both AQSC and Victory Cruise Lines. AQSC completed its acquisition of VCL in early 2019.last_img read more

first_imgLong list of inclusions with American Queen Steamboat Co. sailings Friday, June 21, 2019 Share Tags: AQSC, River Cruise Posted bycenter_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group TORONTO — A long list of inclusions is part and parcel with an American Queen Steamboat Company sailing.The river cruise company says its all-inclusive cruises offer pre-cruise hotel night prior to embarkation; all meals, including 24-hour room service and alternative dining venues; snacks, specialty coffees, soft drinks and filtered water throughout the voyage; wine and beer with dinner; and shore excursions in each port of call.There are also daily enrichment programs and nightly Broadway-caliber entertainment. “Our Riverlorians ensure that there is a deep understanding of each location we visit through daily sessions that highlight the history of the regions we visit. Our talented band of musicians and ensemble’s performances leave nothing to dismay. And all of the day’s festivities lead into late-night, solo performances that captivate the lounges onboard.”Not only that, but AQSC’s regional cuisine finds passengers savouring dishes from pan-seared trout to gumbo to classic surf and turf – followed by dessert, of course – in a specialty or alternative dining venue.More news:  A new low for no-frills flying: easyJet assigns backless seat to passengerDuring the day, AQSC’s shore excursions team takes care of all the details for both premium experiences and included hop-on, hop-off excursions. The hop-on, hop-off program gives guests the opportunity to choose from several different attractions and shops throughout each city or town. Premium experiences showcase culture and provide stimulating affairs. Says AQSC: “We invite our guests to take advantage of the all the opportunities provided for both interactive and introspective activities and experience a new place without the anxieties of the unknown.”The company says it is proud to continue the tradition of overnight cruising on America’s rivers with its trademark level of service aboard its authentic paddlewheel riverboats.AQSC has been operating river cruises since 2012 and currently sails three vessels: American Queen, American Duchess and American Empress. Joining the fleet in 2020 will be the American Countess.AQSC sails the Mississippi, Ohio, Cumberland and Tennessee Rivers on American Queen and American Duchess. Clients can explore the Pacific Northwest on the American Empress.More news:  Honolulu authorities investigate arsons at 3 Waikiki hotels; no injuries reportedEarlier this week American Queen Steamboat Company announced its new partnership with Cruise Strategies Ltd., geared to expanding the cruise line’s presence in Canada. Cruise Strategies, led by company president and CEO Vanessa Lee, will serve as the Canadian market representatives for both AQSC and Victory Cruise Lines. AQSC completed its acquisition of VCL in early 2019.last_img read more

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UK Banking software glitch delays payments bills

18 Aug 2019

first_imgThe glitch has affected bail payments for court defendants, and many customers say they are worried about late payments on bills.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Top Stories 5 ways to recognize low testosteronecenter_img How men can have a healthy 2019 LONDON (AP) – A British banking group says it has almost fully cleared up a weeklong banking glitch which delayed posting credits and debits to millions of customers with its NatWest and Royal Bank of Scotland accounts.RBS Group said Tuesday it had successfully updated all but 1 percent of NatWest and RBS account balances overnight, but that has not stopped a flood of criticism over the online banking mess.Much of it was directed at the (at)NatWest Twitter account. Problem is, the owner of the account was not a bank but a 22-year-old teacher, according to British media. Comments   Share   Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Sponsored Stories last_img read more

first_imgThe glitch has affected bail payments for court defendants, and many customers say they are worried about late payments on bills.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Top Stories 5 ways to recognize low testosteronecenter_img How men can have a healthy 2019 LONDON (AP) – A British banking group says it has almost fully cleared up a weeklong banking glitch which delayed posting credits and debits to millions of customers with its NatWest and Royal Bank of Scotland accounts.RBS Group said Tuesday it had successfully updated all but 1 percent of NatWest and RBS account balances overnight, but that has not stopped a flood of criticism over the online banking mess.Much of it was directed at the (at)NatWest Twitter account. Problem is, the owner of the account was not a bank but a 22-year-old teacher, according to British media. Comments   Share   Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Sponsored Stories last_img read more

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