first_imgHALIFAX – Nova Scotia’s electoral map could be dramatically altered under a list of new proposals aimed at ensuring effective representation for black and Acadian voters.The five draft proposals from the province’s electoral boundaries commission are now up for discussion during provincewide public hearings that started this week.The first proposal calls for restoring four so-called extraordinary electoral districts: the predominantly black riding of Preston and the largely Acadian ridings of Clare, Argyle and Richmond.They were eliminated in 2012 when the province’s former NDP government decided there were too few voters in each district, which prompted the Acadian community to launch a successful court challenge.The commission also says the Acadian community of Cheticamp in western Cape Breton should either become a separate, extraordinary district or be merged with Richmond, which is in southeastern Cape Breton.If the latter proposal is adopted, the merger would create a unusual non-contiguous riding, which means the district would represent Acadians from separate geographic areas.Marie-Claude Rioux, executive director of the Acadian Federation of Nova Scotia, welcomed the return of the three original extraordinary districts.“Obviously, this is what we want,” she said. “We are determined to get those ridings back … and to add Cheticamp to that group. It should have its own riding as well.”However, Rioux said her group is strongly opposed to making Cheticamp part of a non-contiguous district.She said grafting one, well-defined Acadian community onto another would be a mistake because the Acadians in Cheticamp don’t have enough in common with those in Richmond. She said the same is true with Clare and Argyle in western Nova Scotia.Rioux said Acadian communities were purposely scattered across the province to ensure they wouldn’t pose a threat to their British rulers. The result was the creation of small but fiercely independent communities that have developed their own distinct cultures and dialects.The Acadian communities of Clare and Argyle used to have a joint school board, but it failed because “the people from Clare are totally different from the people from Argyle,” Rioux said.“Furthermore, nowhere in Canada do you have non-contiguous ridings.”The commission is also seeking input about the possible addition of members-at-large, whose role in the legislature would be to represent either Acadian or African Nova Scotian communities that are found across the province.“We have Acadian populations that are not in the current group of (extraordinary districts),” said Colin Dodds, the commission’s chairman.“And if you take the African Nova Scotian population, they’re dispersed all over the place … The idea is to have a single seat that everyone who is African Nova Scotian could vote for — and also for the Acadian population.”Again, Rioux said that idea was a non-starter for the Acadian community.She said Nova Scotia’s Mi’kmaq community has long had the opportunity, under provincial law, to vote for a member at large, but the idea hasn’t drawn much support.“They never used it,” she said. “Again, Mi’kmaq from mainland Nova Scotia are completely different than those from Cape Breton. How would you select the one person to represent the Mi’kmaq people. It’s the same problem for Acadians or African Nova Scotians.”The commission’s final proposal calls for creation of two additional ridings in the Halifax area — Bedford and Cole Harbour — to account for the growing populations in those two bedroom communities.If Cheticamp were to be designated as an extraordinary district, the commission’s proposals would add five seats in the provincial legislature, bringing the total to 56.The commission is slated to deliver an interim report on Nov. 30 and a final report on April 1, 2019.So far, public consultations have been scheduled until Sept. 22.Dodds stressed that the final report could look quite different from these initial proposals.He said the commission has a mandate to draft a minimum of two redrawn electoral boundary maps, including one that has no more than 51 districts, which is the current total in the house of assembly.last_img read more

The Security Council today extended the mandate of an expert group monitoring the arms flow to Somalia.In a unanimously-adopted resolution, the Council called on the four-member group to “continue to investigate any means of transport, routes, seaports, airports and other facilities used in connections with arms embargo violations.”The expert group was created by a 2003 resolution to analyze the movement of weapons to and through the war-torn nation, which has not had a functioning government in nearly two decades.In today’s resolution, the Council condemned “flows of weapons and ammunition supplies to and through Somalia in violation of the arms embargo as a serious threat to peace and stability in Somalia.”Earlier this week, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reported that some 7,000 people fled the Somali capital Mogadishu after a recent round of fighting that killed a significant number of civilians and reportedly wounded 200 people, including women and children.Violence drove approximately 700,000 people from Mogadishu last year alone. 29 April 2008The Security Council today extended the mandate of an expert group monitoring the arms flow to Somalia. read more

Parking Services is gearing up for the parking permit sales season.Parking rates will be increasing for 2016-17 in order to pay for significant maintenance work required on campus roads and parking lots. Some lots have deteriorated to the point of being beyond repaving, requiring major reconstruction to address ruts and depressions where water ponds and cannot drain. Refurbishing lots will make them safer for users, as they will be regraded to reduce standing water and the formation ice. They will also have improved walkways and connections to sidewalks.Rates for general parking permits will increase by $5 to $8 per month and reserved parking permits will increase by $10 to $12 per month.  Daily rates will increase by one dollar and hourly rates will remain unchanged.Faculty and staff online only permit sales begin Tuesday, June 21 at 10 a.m. ( services).  In-office sales will begin Tuesday, July 5 at 10 a.m.  Some permits have a special order process and are not available online.  Please contact Parking Services at 905-688-5550 x 4309 or if you do not see your desired permit.Student permit sales, both online and in-office, will start July 5 at 10 a.m.For details on rates, or for order and payment options, please visit read more

first_imgOperation Cosmas was set up in May to prevent, deter and investigate violent crime after a series of aggravated burglaries and carjackings across Victoria. Over the last three months, police have saturated parts of Melbourne with additional resources, resulting in officers making 130 arrests since the operation commenced. “Operation Cosmas demonstrates the critical work being done by our crimefighters to keep people safe and to address the concerns many Victorians have about crime in our communities,” Premier Daniel Andrews stated.“Since May, this operation has been instrumental in arresting the ringleaders of violent crime in our community – and it’s having a major impact on community safety.” Many of the ringleaders of violent crime are on remand and facing serious charges, which is why police continue to deploy units from the Operational Response Unit into high-volume crime areas, as well as utilising the dog squad and Air-Wing unit for surveillance – while day and night patrols are being conducted at high-risk locations.Meanwhile, the $596 million Public Safety Package announced in the Victorian Budget 2016/17 will fund an extra 406 sworn police officers, mobile technology and other specialist equipment. Of the new officers funded, 300 frontline police will be deployed across Victoria, including in Melbourne’s growth corridors, to respond to local crime issues and the increased demand for police. An additional 30 members will be recruited to the Anti-Gangs Division as part of the package. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

first_imgDes milliers d’oeufs et de bébés tortues écrasés par des bulldozersDes milliers d’oeufs et des bébés de tortues luth ont été écrasés cette semaine par des engins de chantier sur l’île de Trinité. Ironie du sort : le chantier avait pour but de détourner l’embouchure d’une rivière qui risquait de détruire un hôtel dont les habitants venaient justement observer les fameuses tortues.20.000 oeufs et nouveaux-nés de tortues viennent d’être écrasés par des bulldozers sur l’île de Trinité dans la république de Trinité-et-Tobago, au large du Vénézuela. Ce lieu abrite la plus dense communauté de tortues luth (Dermochelys coriacea), les plus grandes tortues marines existantes. Celles-ci peuvent atteindre 2 mètres de long, une tonne et vivre jusqu’à 100 ans. Elles sont en voie de disparition notamment car, bien qu’elles puissent pondre jusqu’à 85 œufs d’une seule traite, à peine 1% des petits survivent jusqu’à l’âge adulte. Lors de ce massacre, les ouvriers, dirigés par le ministère des Travaux publics, étaient en train de rediriger la Grand Riviere. Cette rivière menaçait en effet les fondations de l’hôtel “Mount Plaisir Estate” où des touristes du monde entier logent pour regarder les énormes tortues luth pondre leurs oeufs. C’est en tentant d’élever une digue de sable, que les ouvriers ont malencontreusement écrasé les oeufs en cours d’éclosion. Pour les autorités de l’île : “Seulement quelques centaines de petits ont été perdus.” Les travaux devaient être menés à terme, parce que le détournement du fleuve risquait “de causer plus d’érosion et de pertes de nids sur le côté occidental de la plage”.Un chantier disproportionné et une procédure non respectée Pourtant, Marc de Verteuil, membre de l’association Papa Bois Conservation, a déploré une mobilisation de moyens logistiques disproportionnée par rapport à la taille de la plage et de la vulnérabilité de sa biodiversité. Selon lui, la procédure n’aurait de plus pas été respectée et l’équipe des Travaux publics responsable du massacre aurait cédé à une forme de panique.Piero Guerrini, l’hôtelier italien qui a fait pression sur le gouvernement de Trinité pendant des mois pour rediriger la Grand Riviere était également choqué et désemparé par le résultat final. Il explique : “Pour une raison incompréhensible, les ouvriers se sont mis à creuser à l’autre bout de la plage, en empiétant largement sur les zones de nidification. Tout cela aurait pu être évité, si une étude sérieuse préalable avait été mise en œuvre par la ville de Trinité. Cela a été fait n’importe comment, sans aucune réflexion ni bon sens, c’est une véritable catastrophe.” Guerrini a confirmé que son hôtel était plein de touristes venus observer de près la naissance des nouveau-nés à la sortie de leurs nids, ainsi que leurs difficiles parcours sur la plage pour atteindre les eaux profondes où ils sont à l’abri des prédateurs. A la place, ils ont assisté a un véritable massacre aux bulldozers qui, d’après l’hôtelier, va laisser “beaucoup de mauvaises images dans l’esprit des gens”.”C’était un chaos ignoble” Sherwin Reyz, un membre de la Grand Riviere Environmental Organisation, estime que des dizaines de milliers d’oeufs ont été écrasés par les engins de chantier, mais aussi consommés par des vautours et des chiens errants descendus sur la plage pour manger les restes laissés par l’opération du ministère des Travaux publics. Reyz, qui a aidé à sauver des centaines de bébés tortues, raconte : “[Les prédateurs] ont fait un excellent repas. J’étais presque en larmes. C’était un chaos ignoble.”À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Les tortues luth retournent pondre leurs oeufs sur la plage où elles sont elles-mêmes nées. Mais le sol de nidification de la Grand Riviere est si populaire que les femelles tortues en train de déterrer leurs oeufs déterrent parfois accidentellement ceux des autres, pas encore éclos. Pour Marydele Donnelly, chef de la politique internationale de la Sea Turtle Conservancy, basée en Floride : “Les pertes évitables de milliers d’oeufs et de nouveaux-nés sont toujours une source de préoccupation mais cet évènement-ci va changer le cours de la conservation des tortues luth dans les Caraïbes.” En effet, alors que l’abattage des tortues de mer est interdit dans le pays depuis 1966, les efforts de conservation consentis depuis près de 50 ans pour préserver l’espèce, eux, viennent d’être en grande partie anéantis.Le 12 juillet 2012 à 09:06 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_img LONGVIEW — The Woodland police chief says no charges will be filed against a school principal who gave her prescription inhaler to a student having an asthma attack.Chief Phillip Crochet says Woodland Middle School Principal Cari Thomson may have acted illegally by sharing a prescription medication, but it may have saved the boy’s life.The Daily News reports the father of the seventh-grader is sure Thomson was trying to help his son last month, but he worried her inhaler was too strong for him.Thomson is on leave while the district investigates other complaints brought by teachers and parents. Cari Thomson, Woodland Middle School principallast_img read more

first_imgNORTH LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are searching for a shoplifter who stuffed products down his pants at a convenience store.Surveillance video showed a man casually walking around the 7-Eleven store near 81st Street and West McNab Road when he started to grab items and put them in his pants.At one point, he stopped to grab a drink from the refrigerator, drank it, then grabbed other things as he walked out with his stolen stash.According to officials, the robbery happened in North Lauderdale 10 days ago.If you recognize him, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

first_img 1 E3 2019: The weirdest stuff from the show floor E3 2019 Tags Why 2020 could be the best year for video games reading • Cyberpunk 2077 delivers with Keanu Reeves and its next-gen open-world vision Share your voice Jul 26 • Doom Eternal: QuakeCon ‘Year of Doom’ keynote shows more ‘Battlemode’ action E3 2019 Aug 19 • Borderlands 3: FL4K, new endgame content and everything else we know Aug 3 • E3 journalists see their personal info exposed by security flaw 23 Photoscenter_img Comment After sitting through an extended gameplay demo at E3 2019 it’s become incredibly clear that Reeves’ role in Cyberpunk 2077 (as Johnny Silverhand) is no mere cameo. He’s more like a perennial companion, implanted in your brain in this cyberpunk future. Think Navi, from Ocarina of Time, minus the “HEY LISTEN.” Keanu exists to guide you through missions, provide advice and presumably run tutorials. His performance is also… good?Part of the credit has to go to CD Projekt Red’s writing team. CD Projekt Red As a medium obsessed with technology and improved visual fidelity, video game writing is often an afterthought. It’s understandable. The act of video game creation is sort of like trying to build a plane whilst actually plummeting to your death at 122 mph. Sometimes good writing gets lost in the mix.But that’s not the case with CD Projekt Red.CD Projekt Red’s last major release, The Witcher 3, was something of a unicorn: a tremendously huge open-world game with incredible visual fidelity, that was somehow also rich with detail. And yeah, it also featured great writing for both its central quest and side missions. Cyberpunk 2077 seems to be blessed with the same level of craft in all aspects of its creation — and then some. The best part? The world itself. It’s insane.Cyberpunk 2077 is a game that feels like an old-fashioned generational leap. It’s been awhile. Remember when jumps from console to console heralded a complete rewiring of what was possible? Cyberpunk 2077 seems built in that same spirit. Aug 28 • Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order trailer, gameplay footage and everything we know In Cyberpunk 2077, Keanu Reeves is everywhere. Literally. Because he’s inside your head. CD Projekt Red Last year Cyberpunk 2077 dominated E3 with a debut trailer (featuring an absolute bop of a song) that perfectly encapsulated the entire aesthetic CD Projekt Red was trying to project with its upcoming dystopian video game nightmare.This year Cyberpunk 2077 came armed with Keanu Reeves.And of course the crowd went wild. The internet went wild also. He’ll play a major part in Cyberpunk 2077, but Reeves is also at the eye of a perfect storm of online conditions. He played himself in a perfect, Twitter-friendly performance in a new Netflix movie and got memed hard as a result. Then he came onstage at E3 and screamed “you’re breathtaking” to an enraptured audience in perhaps the only truly wholesome celebrity appearance in E3 history. It went about as viral as E3 can get. • The sheer density of the world, sprawling in scope, is almost shocking. Cyberpunk 2077 feels large but is also precisely designed, steeped in considered lore. Almost as if the stories being told were seamlessly tied to the game world, like they should be.It reminded me of the jump from Grand Theft Auto III to Grand Theft Auto IV, a leap that felt gargantuan back in the day. Instead of being an empty playground where the player is the impetus for all action, Cyberpunk 2077 makes its protagonist feel like a bit player in a broader universe. A disturbingly huge number of NPCs stroll past, you interact and scan the environment. Conversations occur in multiple languages. It’s overwhelming to the point where I question the ambition at work here: Is this game possible? Can it live up to the promise of these demos? Time will tell.The only concern? The combat itself. Large-scale open-world RPGs typically struggle with moment-to-moment combat — the Fallout series, Grand Theft Auto and, yes, even The Witcher 3 are good examples of that fact. Cyberpunk seems leaps ahead of those games but, less than a year from its release in April 2020, gunplay did feel a little unpolished. It’s a complaint I’ve heard from a few people lucky enough to check out this year’s E3 demo. Cyberpunk 2077 is no Doom Eternal, but it still feels eons away from, say, Fallout 4. And when you add the ability to hack enemies and the environment during combat situations, I’m confident Cyberpunk 2077 will provide unique, rewarding avenues for players to experiment. If CD Projekt Red pulls this off, Cyberpunk 2077 could be legendary. But celebrity performances in video games haven’t gone well traditionally. Game writing is traditionally bad — extremely bad. Celebrity acting performances are often phoned in. In the case of Kiefer Sutherland and Metal Gear Solid 5, his limited performance meant that the main character, Snake, barely spoke at all.Thankfully this doesn’t seem to be the case with Cyberpunk 2077. In Cyberpunk 2077, Reeves is everywhere. Literally.Because he’s inside your head. 40 Photos See All Culture Gaminglast_img read more

first_imgAlaskans have a front row seat to climate change, and Alaska’s Energy Desk is telling the stories of our changing state in a new podcast called The Big Thaw. On the next Talk of Alaska- the stories behind the podcast. Join us for a conversation with Energy Desk journalists about what they learned reporting on climate change in our state.LISTEN HEREHOST: Annie FeidtGUESTS:Elizabeth Harball – Alaska’s Energy Desk reporterJennifer Pemberton – Alaska’s Energy Desk editorLiz Ruskin – Alaska Public Media Washington D.C. correspondent Call 550-8422 (Anchorage) or 1-800-478-8255 (statewide) during the live broadcastPost your comment before, during or after the live broadcast (comments may be read on air).Send email to (comments may be read on air)LIVE Broadcast: Tuesday, August 28, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. on APRN stations statewide.SUBSCRIBE: Get Talk of Alaska updates automatically by email, RSS or podcast.last_img read more

first_imgSen. Lisa Murkowski and U.S. Forest Service Chief Vicki Christiansen visited Naukati July 6 on Prince of Wales Island where the forest service completed a land swap with the Alaska Mental Health Trust. (Photo courtesy of Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee) With additional reporting from KFSK’s Joe Viechnicki in Petersburg. Sen. Lisa Murkowski recently hosted the U.S. Forest Service’s top official in a flying visit to Tongass National Forest. The delegation kept a low profile during its visit to Southeast Alaska. “It is a challenge and I’d be glad to work with you more even come up to Alaska that we can roll up our sleeves and really look at this,” Christiansen replied. Murkowski — who chairs the powerful Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee — acted on this opening. That would be Viking Lumber Mill on Prince of Wales Island which employees a few dozen people. “And they’re struggling to get enough wood to keep going,” said Frank Roppel, a veteran figure in Southeast Alaska’s logging industry who sat in on the meeting. The octogenarian was a top Alaska Pulp Corporation executive. In its day, the company was a top regional employer, operating a sawmill in Wrangell and a pulp mill Sitka from the 1950s until the 90s. “I would hope that Chief Christensen comes back during the public comments and the public meetings to actually hear from Alaskans,” Cannon said, “and travel to places beyond Ketchikan and Wrangell and go to Juneau go to Sitka and hear from larger swath of Southeast Alaskans.” “I welcome you up to this state any time summer, winter, spring fall,” she said. “We were encouraged that there’s some interest and willingness to try and help the industry,” he said. The delegation also visited Naukati on Prince of Wales Island where the Forest Service completed a landswap with the Alaska Mental Health Trust. None of the meetings were publicized in advance. The visit was only announced nearly a week later in a July 12 press release. Roppel told CoastAlaska that the forest service chief asked good questions and was receptive to concerns over timber supplies for commercial logging. Commercial logging didn’t come up in those discussions, he said. Back in a mid-May budget hearing, Murkowski quizzed Forest Service Chief Vicki Christiansen. She wanted to know why recent timber sales in Tongass National Forest had no takers. The exclusive gathering in Wrangell included about 10 business people and civic leaders and discussed the Trump administration’s controversial effort at crafting an exemption from the 2001 Roadless rule that would allow logging in more undeveloped parts of the Tongass. “We prefer that there is no change the forest plan and I think most of the tribes are going that way,” said Ronald Leighton, president of the Organized Tribe of Kasaan on Prince of Wales Island. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, left, and Sen. Lisa Murkowski, right, talk with Kirk Dahlstrom at the Viking Lumber mill in Klawock in 2018. (Photo by Leila Kheiry/KRBD)center_img And what was the Forest Service doing about it? “We’re really sorry that Lisa Murkowski and chief Christiansen missed the Turnout for the Tongass Rally on June 22 in Juneau where 150 Alaskans turned out in support of the national roadless rule,” said Dan Cannon, Tongass Forest program manager for Southeast Alaska Conservation Council, an environmental group. Christiansen chose summer. She spent July 6 and 7 in Wrangell, Ketchikan and Prince Wales Island as part of a flying visit with Alaska’s senior senator. The trip was almost exactly a year after Sen. Murkowski brought Agriculture Secretary Sonny Purdue to tour the Viking Lumber mill on Prince of Wales Island. That visit had the usual fanfare with media in tow.This time around, the Forest Service chief opted to keep a low profile in Alaska. But why? Past public hearings and written comments have been overwhelmingly supportive of keeping the roadless protections for approximately 9.2 million acres in place. She declined further comment. There was a Saturday visit to Staney Creek where the delegation met with the local branch of The Nature Conservancy which has partnered with the agency to undertake watershed restoration. At a Saturday morning meeting in Wrangell, the delegation heard from the timber industry and its boosters. But at a roundtable of tribal leaders in Ketchikan the delegation heard a different perspective. “There was discussion about making sure that we’re able to keep the one remaining mill in Southeast, operational,” Wrangell Borough Manager Lisa Von Bargen told CoastAlaska on Friday. “We talked about past work and collaboration between the Nature Conservancy in the Forest Service,” said Michael Kampnich, the nonprofit’s field representative on Prince of Wales Island. The Forest Service is expected to hold public hearings to a draft environmental impact statement for an Alaska-specific Roadless Rule later this year. “When we did our longhouse we were having trouble finding quality cultural logs for that,” he said. “So, in fact, we had to buy from Sealaska.” Tonya Parish, a spokeswoman for the Senate committee that organized the trip, said in a statement that current protocol is to almost never give advance notice of visiting high-ranking officials and that the itinerary didn’t allow for public meetings or media interviews. “This was a relationship building visit with Senator Murkowski in the State of Alaska,” Babete Anderson, a spokeswoman for the Forest Service in Washington, D.C. said in a statement in response to questions from CoastAlaska. But if it had been, the delegation would likely have gotten an earful from opponents to old growth logging in the Tongass. He says he used the audience with the Forest Service delegation to press for preferential access to old growth red cedar for traditional carvers.last_img read more

first_imgThe Indian Government’s initiative to transfer cash subsidy on cooking gas directly to the consumer has become the world’s largest direct benefit transfer with a record 2.5 crore households receiving about ₹550 enabling them to buy cooking gas at market rates.The scheme rolled out on 15 November — affecting 54 districts — has become a success, with the nation-wide roll out set for 1 January 2015. ReutersOil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said that the direct benefit transfer on LPG (DBTL) has overtaken such programmes in China and Brazil. He also revealed that he had personally reviewed the rollout in almost 42 districts, with another 10 to be completed by the end of the year.”In 54 districts, 75 per cent of the population is now covered by DBTL,” he told Press Trust of India.  “Out of such a large number of users joining the scheme, we received only 3,000 complaints, 80 per cent of which have been addressed within 7 days.”Oil ministry officials and senior executives from the oil marketing companies have adopted a district each and oversee the successful roll out of the scheme, which sees consumers receiving the funds in their bank accounts connected to their LPG connection.On joining the scheme, the oil marketing companies credit customer accounts in advance cash subsidy basis to enable them to purchase LPG refills at market price.On taking delivery, the customer would see the next credit coming into the bank account for the next refill.The current rate of a LPG refill is at ₹752 for a 14.2 kilogram canister. However, the subsidised price is ₹417, with the remainder constituting the subsidy.last_img read more

first_imgGold prices continued to hover around five-and-a-half-year low on Friday, heading for a seventh consecutive weekly loss, the longest losing streak since 1999. The yellow metal traded at around Rs 24,800 per 10gm in the domestic market.The precipitous fall in gold prices is expected to continue, with the yellow metal likely to test the Rs 20,000 levels over the next 6 to 12 months. Here are the key reasons behind gold price slide:Looming US Central Bank Interest Rate Hike in SeptemberA key factor responsible for the recent slide in gold prices is the impending interest rate hike by the US Federal Reserve. The recent improvement in the US economic data has further strengthened expectations over the rate hike by the central bank as early as September. Gold prices are projected to see a free fall in such a scenario as the rate hike will make the US dollar more attractive.Appreciating US Dollar As gold prices are quoted in dollars, any appreciation in the US currency will result in lower metal prices. The dollar has been strengthening for the past two years amid growing expectations on the US central bank rate hike. So, a strong dollar has weighed on the gold prices. A rate hike by any central bank in the world is always positive for the local currency. Fading Safe-haven Appeal of Gold Gold is considered as a safe haven investment whenever there is turbulence in the global financial markets. But, during the crisis in Greece last month, gold prices did not gain much, raising concerns that the metal is losing its safe haven status. Also, a crash in Chinese stock markets did not move the gold prices higher, although it severely impacted other asset markets. Slowing Gold Demand in China Gold prices are also pressurised by lower demand in the world’s second largest gold consumer, China. A massive rally in Chinese stock market, up over 150% in the past one year, is one of the main reasons for the slowing demand for gold in the country. Besides, slowing economic activity in China has dampened the demand.   Subdued Global Inflation Investors buy gold as a hedge against inflation. But, due to an absence of higher inflation in major economies like the US, Europe, and Japan, investors are staying away from buying gold. Large scale monetary easing announced by the central banks in the Eurozone and Japan has also failed to push the inflation in those regions.last_img read more

first_imgInfosys led the fall on Indian stock markets on Friday after it declared its June quarter results, with the share plunging almost 10 percent on the Bombay Stock Exchange at around 10.15 a.m. The fall was triggered by the Bengaluru-based company lowering its FY2017 revenue guidance to 10.5-12 percent from 11.5-13.5 percent earlier.The Infosys stock fell to Rs. 1,060, a loss of 9.78 percent from its Thursday close of Rs. 1,175.85 and was still trading close to the day’s low at around 10.22 a.m.The company’s June 2016 quarter consolidated net profit was $511 million on revenues of $2,501 million, translating into revenue growth of 10.9 percent on a year-on-year (YoY) basis and 12.1 percent in constant currency terms. The operating margin came at 24.1 percent. Infosys, India’s second-largest IT services exporter, had reported $2,256 million in revenues and $476 million in net profit for the corresponding quarter ended June 2015. On a sequential basis, the net profit declined 4.1 percent from $533 million in the March 2016 quarter.In rupee terms, net profit rose 13.4 percent YoY to Rs.3,436 crore while revenues grew 16.9 percent to Rs. 16,782 crore.”We had unanticipated headwinds in discretionary spending in consulting services and package implementations as well as slower project ramp-ups in large deals that we had won in earlier quarters, resulting in a lower than expected growth in Q1,” Vishal Sikka, CEO of Infosys said in a statement.The company added 34 clients during the first quarter (Q1 FY2017) of which three were in the $100 million+ category and 16 in the the $1 million+ category.#InfosysQ1FY17 USD: Revenues for Q1FY17 at $2,501 million; QoQ growth was 2.2% in reported terms and 1.7% in constant currency terms— Infosys (@Infosys) July 15, 2016 Other key statistics:Liquid assets including cash and cash equivalents and investments were $4,918 million as on June 30, 2016 as compared to $5,202 million as on March 31, 2016 and $4,750 million as on June 30, 2015.The company had 1.97 lakh employees as on June 30, 2016 after a net addition of 3,006 employees. The attrition rate was 21.8 percent on an annualised basis.The utilisation rate excluding trainees was 80.5 percent, marginally up from 80.1 percent at the end of March 2016.BFSI contributed 32.8 percent to the total revenues, down from 33.8 percent in June 2015 quarter. Manufacturing and hi-tech contributed 22.8 percent, retail & life sciences 24.8 percent.last_img read more

first_imgTransparency and accountability are at the heart of Baltimore’s move towards implementation of a police-worn body camera program. The policy recommendations developed by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s working group are crafted to ensure the use of the cameras achieved those ends, according to David Rocah, senior staff attorney at the ACLU, Maryland and a member of the working group.The recommendations, outlined in a 42-page report, were intended to address a widespread view of policies stacked against citizens where allegations of police misconduct are concerned, said Rocah in an interview with the AFRO.“What body cameras do is give us the opportunity to have a record of what happened in all of these myriad police encounters, and the opportunity, though not the guarantee, of having a discussion about what happened or what is happening based on evidence and not preconceptions, or competing narratives, or misperceptions, faulty perceptions, or outright falsehood,” said Rocah.For body cameras to achieve this end, the policy governing use must be simple, straightforward, and clear to everybody involved. “You need clear rules that are not riddled with exceptions, and details, and fine points, and so on and so forth, so that they’re easily understood and easily followed by human beings who are fallible,” said Rocah.The working group recommends that whenever an officer is exercising her police authority (any interaction where participation for the citizen is not optional), the body camera must be turned on without exception. In interactions where the citizen is free to end the encounter at any point, officers must still have the cameras on, but the citizen can request the camera be turned off.There are some areas, however, where the working group stopped short of making a full-fledged recommendation, and one of those was how to use body cameras in hospital settings, where the privacy of many could be impacted by the presence of cameras. “I think the general rules will still apply, but I think the group recognized that there needs to be some discussion with hospitals or hospital representatives so that everyone understands, up front, what the rules are,” said Rocah. “If the officer is simply walking through the hospital, they shouldn’t be recording anything because they’re not exercising their authority over anybody. But if they’re going into the hospital because there’s an active shooter situation, then the cameras will be on.”Another sensitive area is how the cameras should be used when officers are responding to sex assaults. Rocah points out that the Baltimore Police Department (BPD) has worked heavily with advocacy groups and other experts in order to reform its handlingof such responses, and the working group was wary of making a recommendation that might interfere with those new policies and procedures.“The policy, in general terms, puts the discretion I think where it belongs, in the hands of the persons [reporting a sex assault] that the officer is interviewing because, again, [the officer] is not exercising authority or control over the person,” said Rocah. “The person is free to give a statement or not give a statement, they may leave, et cetera, and so they should also be free to decide whether or not they want the camera on or off.”The working group recommended video data produced by the cameras be kept four years. Rocah said this balanced the desire of city lawyers to preserve data as long as possible with the technical and cost limitations of holding onto video for long periods of time. Four years was chosen because of what is generally a three year statute of limitations for civil complaints by citizens against the police, guaranteeing the preservation of video for the duration of that period plus something of a buffer.The working group also recommended that BPD collect statistical data on camera documented use of force, numbers of civilian complaints, and internal disciplinary convictions of officers, and similarly that the Baltimore City Law Department collect data on the number of civil suits against BPD as well as payouts to plaintiffs in camera documented incidents.“The evidence (on body cameras) seems to suggest that when officers are wearing cameras and when everyone knows that they’re wearing a camera . . . that everybody in the encounter, in general, is more likely to behave better. . . . That can end up saving the city a lot of money, but the data about all of that is limited, and there was a recognition that the full implementation of a body-worn camera program is expensive, and we should look at the effects of the cameras as they’re being introduced and make sure that they’re having the effects that we hoped for,” said Rocah.Almost all of the working group’s recommendations were unanimous, but there was some division over whether, in the case of non-routine matters (e.g., an officer involved shooting), an officer should be required to make a statement prior to reviewing her camera’s footage of an incident. The majority view of the working group was that an officer should indeed face such a requirement, a view not shared by the working group’s Fraternal Order of Police representatives.Rocah says that the majority view was informed by a concern that allowing officers to view the footage first would raise the specter of officers simply shaping their narrative to what was on the video. “I think the public would not have faith in how the videos are being used if [officers] were given that opportunity,” said Rocah.ralejandro@afro.comlast_img read more

first_imgTell us a bit about yourself. Right from childhood to eventually painting posters and now canvases.I started off as a billboard painter. Always wanted to draw, so I attached myself with local painters as an assistant so that I could earn for materials that I wanted to work with and have access to large scale surfaces so I can practice without any financial hindrances. It was in 2000 when I got admitted in National College of Arts that I started academically being introduced to art and its many facets. Miniatures held a lot of appeal to me because at the time it was easily affordable. Later the technique held so much appeal that I decided to play with it a little further. I enjoyed adding sculptural elements into my wasli, making cut outs, perforations and then playing around with images that would go in conjunction with it. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Do you believe in this high art  – low art distinction? Because according to the definitions – you have dabbled in both.For me art enjoys a very abject position in our perceptions, no one can decipher or pin point when an artist is going to make a master piece, not even the artist him/herself. It just happens. Of course how the art is being looked at, what platform it is being exposed on, who is patronizing it, all these ingredients involve to create this abjectness. If I approach this question with a personalised view I would have to say that while enjoying the position of a cinema board painter because at that time it satisfied my need to buy art materials, no one saw what I was making, but I was making art. Today I may be using the same genre images and they are being shown at various public spaces and suddenly everyone is focusing on ‘what’ and ‘why’ I am making them. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixHow difficult or easy was it to move from pop art to a newer strain of creativity? Pop art is still a very inherent part of my imagery and I guess it shall always be there, lurking in the background coming forward whenever it can because it is part of my basic training. Perceptions about art did change because before I had a very limited experience about ‘painting’ I thought I was coming to Lahore to understand how I can better my skills although I knew that I had learnt from the best because my ‘ustaad’ was the best. It was hard keeping a very open mind to what I was coming across during class. The need to excel allowed me to understand that while I was very good with my skills, the creativity part left a lot of be desired. It was then that I allowed myself to look at a certain painting in another light, the ‘isms’ that I had been introduced in the academia came forward and I realized that marrying skill with creativity can lead to much more. What would you consider your major influences?Travelling. My first visit to India and then to London was a life changing experience for me. I had never travelled abroad. The first experience of entering the boarding lounge, sitting in the aeroplane, the excitement of the take off and landing, it was just… I really have no idea how I can explain that. I feel my work is a better illustration of how breathtaking those days were for me to this date. In India no one recognized me as a foreigner, I easily gelled in, became a part of the society. I could talk in their language as well. That was an awesome experience.Is there a lot of difference in the art cultures of India and Pakistan?Not really. I think we are of the same culture at least the northern and central India and Pakistan, because geographically we were once connected. Our daily lives are same, we identify with each other and coexisted quite well for a long time. Of course, with Hindus and Sikhs still have a presence here we get to see and celebrate Diwali and other festivals. As a Pakistani artist displaying his work in India, how have you been perceived, approached and treated?Very well. It is always a pleasure to exhibit my work in India where ever and which ever city it happens to be in. My works and myself, receives a warm welcome. I have many friends who are close to my heart now in India.Do you think art can be a peace bridge? Have you ever faced any criticism that is not art related?I have never faced criticism from India regarding my practice or images. It has always been welcomed. As artists we can try to build connections and spread a more positive and softer side to our relations and we are doing that all the time. A non related art criticism I face…my appearance and how I dress. I don’t follow dress codes! For this reason I have been kicked out of many clubs. Even my marriage lunch I couldn’t attend because I wasn’t wearing the right shoes. It is a point of confusion for me because as artists we are encouraged to think and view things differently. How has the Delhi art circle treated you? Delhi art circle as always been an exciting host. The energy is so positive and the feedback and response is great. One thing I enjoy the most is the readiness of the audience to discuss and tell me what they think about my work. They don’t limit their reactions, which is very fresh. Most of the discussions are friendly heated debates and quite exhilarating. Delhi reminds me of Lahore. There is so much familiarity of spaces and places and people and yet I am a foreigner. That is what I like about the whole experience. As for a dislike- Delhi being so close to my heart because it was my first international exit as an artist, my parents being from here, it holds a lot attraction and unexplored bonds. All this pull to the beautiful city and I cant come as often and as easily as I would like to.last_img read more

first_imgeTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Design: 4/5 ★★★★It’s a little brown and beige. It feels, sometimes, like the hotel isn’t quite sure of its own design. The lobby is art deco meets pop art, which I adore, and the restaurant Steak & Lobster is sleek yet rustic. The bedrooms, however, are more muted.I’m sure there’s an argument that muted tones are better for sleep, but the multiple shades of brown in the standard rooms weren’t for me.In the deluxe suite, which I stayed in, there were big pops of red that delighted the eye. In other rooms I’ve seen, you can get aquamarine velvet crushed sofas.Service and Amenities: 5/5 ★★★★★Perfect service. Reception staff were smiling and cheery, and other guests clearly felt welcomed. The bartenders were informed and helpful with suggestions. And, even though us two were perhaps the first two at breakfast, the early morning didn’t break their positivity.The gym is small, perhaps, but well air-conditioned and the machines looked very well maintained.Check in and check out was a breeze.Breakfast: 5/5 ★★★★★Buffet with a la carte options. Great array well set-out. If you think many hotels offer a buffet service like this, this one does it a little better. The fine meats were well-cooked and there were a plethora of vegetarian options.Ranking of Radisson Blu Edwardian, Bloomsbury Street: 5/5 ★★★★★If you need a London hotel in the centre of it all with great transport links, then the Radisson Blu Edwardian, Bloomsbury Street hotel is a great choice.More info on Radisson Blu’s website.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Review: Radisson Blu Edwardian, Bloomsbury Street hotel in London Would you want to stay in the Radisson Blu Edwardian, Bloomsbury Street hotel? center_img The British Museum. The biggest theatres of London’s West End. The LGBTI bars of Soho.The Radisson Blu Edwardian, Bloomsbury Street hotel is at the centre of the most important sights in London.Sitting next to the quiet boutiques, the four star deluxe hotel feels like it’s in the middle of everything.I stayed here at this Radisson Blu hotel on Thursday 2 August, and I couldn’t have asked for a better experience.I needed a place in central London to crash before heading to St Pancras for an early morning Eurostar to Amsterdam.And it was a comfortable, easy space that I will easily recommend to friends and family who need a place to stay in the capital.Location: 4/5 ★★★★★If you’re looking for central London, welcome to the perfect place. With top spots on your doorstep, there’s enough to do in a mile radius to keep you busy for a week.The only thing it felt like it as missing was views. I stayed on the seventh floor, the quietest and ‘exclusive’ place. It looked onto a bunch of low-rise apartments. This is fine, and it was certainly quiet. I imagine if you had the space, the quiet and the location, as well as views, the price would be doubled.LGBT life: 5/5 ★★★★★LGBT nightlife is five minutes away. On a hot summer’s day my partner and I enjoyed a beer in The Yard and fled into the well-conditioned basement of Friendly Society.There are a ton of options in Soho.Room: 5/5 ★★★★★Large bathroom, big comfortable bed, and all the amenities you can ask for. I’m an insomniac and I had a perfect night’s sleep. GAYSTARNEWS- Quiiki celebrates 10 years in the LGBT business5 LGBTI-friendly hotels perfect for a city escape to StockholmPuerto Vallarta Tourism Chief: Visit to become one of us, you will be safe!Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  : read more

first_img Body language expert Traci Brown spoke at the AHRA 2019 meeting on how to identify when a person is not being honest by their body language. She said medical imaging department administrators can use this knowledge to help in hiring decisions and managing staff.  Feature | Radiology Imaging | July 29, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Imaging Market in U.S. Could Rise In Coming Years The coming years may be good for the medical imaging community in the United States. But they will not be easy. read more Demand for ultrasound scans at U.S. outpatient centers could grow by double digits over the next five years, according to a speaker at AHRA 2019. A variety of factors, however, could cause projections for this and other modalities to change. Graphic courtesy of Pixabay Feature | November 23, 2011 | Jeff Zagoudis Industry Groups’ Expectations for Imaging in 2012 This article appeared as a sidebar to an article “2012: What’s Ahead” in the November/December 2011 issue. Advances in long-length digital radiography are creating opportunities for visualization during spinal surgery, as well as pre- and post-operatively. Image courtesy of Fujifilm Medical Systems A 3-D printed model (left) and a model constructed in augmented reality (right), both of a kidney with a tumor. In both models, the kidney is clear; the tumor is visible in purple on the AR model and in white on the 3-D printed model. Photo courtesy of Nicole Wake, Ph.D. Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: The History of CT Calcium Scoring Arthur Agatston, M.D., clinical pro read more Arthur Agatston explains the history of CT calcium scoring Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 9:54Loaded: 1.67%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -9:54 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Their answers focused on how their segment could be impacted in three areas: technology, government/regulatory and business/workflow. They also offered their take on the imaging industry as a whole.TechnologyWith the appearance of positron emission tomography/magnetic resonance (PET/MR) on the scene this year, the industry will have to figure out just where it fits into the imaging landscape in 2012. George Segall of the Society for Nuclear Medicine (SNM) says, “We can expect an increased focus on how to best utilize the new equipment for nuclear and molecular imaging.”Not everyone is convinced the technology will take off, however. “I don’t anticipate this will have the immediate clinical acceptance PET/CT had,” says Carlos Vasquez, president-elect of the Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA). “However, it will reintroduce MR to more oncology applications.”Vasquez and Najeeb Mohideen, M.D., of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO), agree that the dose reduction debate will continue well into the new year. Mohideen expects advances in technology and biology to help healthcare professionals determine the lowest healthy levels for their patients.ASTRO also expects the number of cancer patients to increase significantly in the future. Mohideen says members will expect to work hard to ensure manpower and capacity can meet the demand.Deb Wiggins, executive director of the National Consortium of Breast Centers (NCBC), expects a fair amount of innovation on the breast imaging frontier, specifically in the hot topic area of dense breast tissue. “Current technologies which will see commercial deployment include digital breast tomosynthesis and automated whole breast ultrasound,” she says. “Innovation will continue as well related to breast MRI, breast CT and nuclear breast imaging.”GovernmentMost of those interviewed predict a cautious, subdued political climate in the coming election year. Mohideen points out that health programs make up 23 percent of the federal budget. “In the midst of a massive effort to reduce federal government deficits, they are too large to go unnoticed or leave untouched,” he says.Vasquez notes the impending introduction of ICD-10 as another cause for concern. “If pieces of the puzzle aren’t in place by the end of the year,” he says, “organizations could find themselves at a disadvantage for meeting the Oct. 1, 2013 deadline for conversion.” (Editor’s note: On Oct. 1, 2013, the ICD-9 code sets used to report medical diagnoses and inpatient procedures will be replaced by ICD-10 code sets. To accommodate the ICD-10 code structure, the transaction standards used for electronic healthcare claims, Version 4010/4010A, must be upgraded to Version 5010 by Jan. 1, 2012. ICD-10 will affect diagnosis and inpatient procedure coding for everyone covered by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act [HIPAA].)SNM and NCBC both plan to continue advocating for legislation in their respective fields; Wiggins mentions additional proposals related to breast density, while Segall says SNM will push for domestic production of the molybdenum-99 radioisotope.Business and Other ChallengesOn the business side, everyone believes there are opportunities for change and improvement. Mohideen sums it up: “This will be a challenging year given the economic conditions, an uncertain healthcare environment and a more restrictive regulatory environment.”Vasquez believes the focus will be on improving workflow. Segall and SNM are concerned with the current classification of radiopharmaceuticals as supplies rather than drugs, and plan to keep the discussion going. Wiggins says breast centers will need to educate physicians and patients about the importance of breast density levels as practices change.Overall, the consensus seems to be that while there will certainly be challenges, the industry can still expect growth and change in the near future. Exactly what form that will take remains to be seen. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Feature | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 19, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr DR Advances Promote Imaging of Whole Spine Recent advances in… read more center_img Video Player is loading.Cynthia McCollough explains new advances in CT technologyPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 13:56Loaded: 1.17%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -13:56 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  Video Player is loading.Sudhen Desai explains how deep learning might assist pediatric imagingPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 8:21Loaded: 1.95%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -8:21 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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first_img Facebook Comments More than half of Costa Rican households have one or two dogs, but not all dog owners know how to properly care for their pets, a recent study found.The study on responsible pet ownership was released earlier this month by the nonprofit World Animal Protection.The group surveyed dog owners and asked them questions about feeding, medical care and exercise, among other data points.The study concluded that Ticos generally do a good job feeding their dogs, taking them to the vet when needed and treating them with love. But they lag in some other areas that experts say can be unhealthy and even harmful for dogs.Dogs in numbersBased on survey numbers, World Animal Protection estimates that there are 1.3 million dogs with owners in Costa Rica. Most dog owners, 45 percent, have mixed breed dogs, or zaguates, as Ticos call them.Miniature poodle, Chihuahua, American Staffordshire terrier and miniature schnauzer are favorite breeds among those who know their dog’s breed.Nearly half of those surveyed said they have a dog to keep them company and for protection. Ten percent said they have a dog strictly to provide security.The study concluded that Ticos generally have a deep affection for their dogs. Ticos scored well in feeding habits: two-thirds of owners said they give their pet dog food. Almost 20 percent said their dog eats a combination of leftovers and dog food.Melania Gamboa, manager of World Animal Protection’s veterinary programs, said the study shows that Ticos love their dogs just as much as people living in more developed countries, but may not be as thorough with their dogs’ care.For example, she said, nearly eight in 10 owners surveyed said they never collect their dog’s poop. Most dogs do their business in their owners’ backyard or garden, but 12 percent leave their mess on streets and in other public places.Besides sanitation issues, Gamboa said, not collecting your dog’s poop can cause conflicts with neighbors, which can be taken out on the dog.The survey also found that nearly 1 in 5 dog owners doesn’t walk his or her pet.Still, 65 percent said they do take their dogs for walks, while another 18 percent said they let their dogs go out by themselves.“The number of dogs that take unsupervised walks is also a clear sign of irresponsible ownership here,” Gamboa said. Dogs can get hit by cars, get into fights with another dog or get lost or stolen — especially since 72 percent of owners said their pets don’t wear ID tags.World Animal Protection also noted that the survey results in many cases reflect expected pet owner behavior rather than the owners’ actual behavior. “People know the importance of fulfilling their dogs needs but they do not know how to do it properly,” the report states.The study also found evidence of owners’ lack of knowledge in terms of how often to bathe and brush dogs, how often to deworm them and how to get rid of fleas.More than 90 percent of owners said they bathe their dog once a month, and one-third said they brush their dog’s hair once a week. According to World Animal Protection experts, the frequency of bathing depends on the size of the dog, its fur type and lifestyle. Generally speaking, small dogs need a bath every 15 days, and large breeds, once a month.Dogs’ dental health is often overlooked. Experts recommend that owners brush their dog’s teeth every day or at least once a week, and take them to a vet for a full cleaning at least once a year.Most owners said they keep their dogs during the day in their backyards or inside the house, while 12 percent of them said they keep their dogs tied up all day, usually outside.The number of dogs that remain tied up all day is greater in rural areas, especially in the northeastern part of the country and in the Caribbean region.“Keeping dogs tied causes them frustration, boredom, suffering and makes them aggressive,” the report noted.Education neededDespite Ticos’ appreciation for their dogs, the study concludes that it’s necessary to improve education about responsible ownership, including how to handle a dog’s interaction with other dogs and people.The Public Education Ministry this year introduced modifications to school science programs to include lessons on interacting with animals in a healthy environment.Gamboa believes responsible ownership should be part of a broader effort that also involves the community.“Priests in churches should host talks about animal welfare in their communities, and city mayors could ask veterinarians to give free lectures about proper pet care,” she said.World Animal Protection also recommends increasing vaccination and neutering campaigns.The organization surveyed 1,850 homes by phone between December 2015 and January 2016 and visited 150 homes of families without a registered landline. The study has a margin of error of 2.2 percent, the group reported.See a video roundup of the study’s main results (in Spanish): Related posts:President Solís signs new Animal Welfare Law New cases of animal abuse spark criticism of President Solís, lawmakers Signature collection for animal welfare bill referendum set for July Disfigured Costa Rican toucan stars in Discovery documentarylast_img read more

first_imgAssociated PressBERLIN (AP) – It looked like a Stuka, partly buried in the muck at the bottom of the Baltic Sea, but researchers now say the wreck German military divers have been recovering for the past week is a totally different _ though nearly as rare _ World War II aircraft.German Military Historical Museum spokesman Capt. Sebastian Bangert said Friday that enough of the plane has now been recovered to make clear it is not a single-engined JU87 Stuka divebomber, but a twin-engine JU88 aircraft. The two Junkers planes shared several parts _ including the engines on many models _ and from the way it sat in the seabed Bangert says it appeared to have been a JU87.But now that a wing section is up, it’s clearly the larger JU88, he said, talking from the deck of the German Navy ship being used in the recovery.Instead of looking at the partially-buried whole wing and the engine on the front of a JU87, it was clear they had been looking at the tip of a JU88 wing and the engine that once hung underneath it, he said.“It looked just like the Stuka in the underwater pictures _ everything that we had brought up had been pieces that were used in the JU87 _ so there was no reason to doubt it,” he said. “But this find is perhaps historically even more important.”Perhaps more importantly, the divers have also found human remains, including a partial skull, which they hope to be able to identify.“Right now there is someone who just knows that their grandfather or great grandfather went missing in the war, to give that person closure is our goal,” Bangert said. “And for us as a history museum, the aircraft is the only way to convey the information … the history behind it, the personnel, how did they live, what did they experience, that is what we want to tell.” Top Stories Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Comments   Share   Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements The Junkers JU87 _ known by most as the Stuka, which is short for the German word for dive bomber or “Sturzkampfflugzeug” _ is better known than the JU88, though far more of the latter were produced.The JU87 was a single-engine monoplane that carried sirens that produced a distinctive and terrifying screaming sound as it dove vertically to release its bombs or strafe targets with its machine guns.The twin-engined JU88 also served as a dive bomber, but took on multiple roles, including as a tactical bomber and a night fighter.There are only a few intact or virtually intact JU88s still in existence _ including one at the RAF Museum in London, which coincidentally has one of two complete JU87 Stukas on display.There are also several recovered wrecks of both planes.The recovery operation is wrapping up on Friday, but with more than half the plane still buried at the bottom of the Baltic, Bangert said the hope is that they will be able to return to the site at a later date to complete the job.It will eventually be displayed at the German Historical Museum’s Air Force Museum at the former Gatow airport in Berlin.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Sponsored Stories 5 ways to recognize low testosteronelast_img read more

first_imgTrafalgar are reporting more than 20 per cent growth in sales for its European Christmas itineraries, and are expecting a similar upturn with its latest 2011/12 Autumn, Winter & Spring programme.The new brochure, launched today with discounted rates and an added agents incentive to win Apple products, offers customers new tours including an English Stately Homes at Christmas as well as adding the popular At Leisure programme for the first time to the range.“The tours were built on from consumer feedback,” Trafalgar, Managing Director, Matthew Cameron-Smith said.Also new is the incorporation of Eurostar and New Year Eve transfers, and all inclusive wine to be served during the major meal each night.The brochure, launched earlier this year due to market demand, is expected to follow other packages with a shorter lead time for bookings, according to Mr Cameron-Smith.“Australians are still weighing up their options.  There’s more options for travel these days and everyone is very deal orientated.”Mr Cameron-Smith said there was a “real pick-up” on Trafalgar’s new products, which also encourage repeat passengers to diversify their selection of tours.Although the European summer programme is still the company’s most popular, Mr Cameron-Smith said the Christmas itineraries was still an integral part of the mix and offers would-be travellers savings of up to 20-30 per cent compared to other times of the year.“The winter prices are sharper, more inclusive and we are transparent with our guests on their inclusions,” he said.The USA family programme has also been successful, which Mr Cameron-Smith attributed to the strong Australian dollar and inter-generational travel options.A trend of attracting a new demographic of younger travellers has also boosted business, with Mr Cameron-Smith specifically identifying local Regional Tours as a key seller for “changing the conversation we have with guests, changing the perception of our brand in the marketplace”.Mr Cameron-Smith urged agents to continue selling 2011 summer itineraries with several tours still offering good availability.New demand for Groups has resulted in the appointment of a specialised team at Trafalgar to handle growing enquiries.For more information on Trafalgar’s 2011/12 Autumn, Winter & Spring program, visit Source = e-Travel Blackboard: D.Mlast_img read more