This Fire Tower-Inspired Vacation Home Has Us Dreaming of Warmer Days

first_img Deep Sleep: The World’s Most Incredible Underwater Hotel Rooms The Best Coffee-Infused Beers to Flip All the Switches Thailand’s WARchitect Design Studio is Elevating Home Design The ultimate dream is getting to build a vacation home at the place you spent your childhood summers. For the clients of architectural firm Lake Flato, they got that chance. Except for one small problem: The site they wanted to build on was impossibly steep. It seemed their dream vacation home would never happen. But then inspiration struck in the form of traditional fire watch towers and Blue Lake Retreat was born.The home was designed to rise vertically, providing spectacular views of the lake from every floor and every room. Along with the unique shape, the architects also decided to work from the top down, situating the family room on the upper level to provide a 180-degree view of the natural surroundings. The bedrooms (four in total) are tucked into the first two floors, providing a bit of protection and privacy from the hillside, while balconies still give guests the opportunity to take in views of the lake.One of the most intriguing parts of Blue Lake Retreat is the stairs. Located on the exterior — with that fire tower feel — the only way to access different parts of the home is to go outside. Red cedar cladding makes the black steel staircase pop. Visually this turns the staircase into an artistic focal point, while also giving guests a deeper connection to nature and the outdoors. At the base of the home, the concrete foundation which anchors the building into the hillside creates a cozy, protected outdoor lounge space.Inside, the home is decked out in simplistic Scandinavian style. Keeping finishes and furnishings basic allows the lake to be the star of the show. White walls, white oak flooring, and walls of windows keep the interior spaces feeling light and airy, while outdoor spaces and cantilevered decks provide plenty of places to relax outside.That is of course, if summer ever decides to show up.And, if Blue Lake Retreat is a little too warm weather-focused for your style (who are you?), check out this cliffside retreat in Quebec. Editors’ Recommendations center_img We all know that winter didn’t get the memo that spring is finally here (a rare April snow storm even caused the Cubs to postpone their home opener). The best we can do as we wish for summer to get here is spend these chilly days longingly gazing at vacation homes, like this sleek lakeside retreat in Texas. All 21 Six Flags Parks in the U.S., Ranked The Best Campgrounds Near Major U.S. Cities last_img read more

How to Ride a Horse Like a Proper Gentleman

first_img Is Calisthenics Right For You? A Guide to Bodyweight Workouts How to Smoke Meat: Everything You Need to Know How to Change a Light Fixture Without Getting Shocked A Beginner’s Guide to Road Biking Possessing basic horse-riding skills means you can travel where vehicles can’t while holding your own in high society. It’s also a killer man-skill and exhilarating as hell.English-style horseback riding. Emir Memedovski/Getty ImagesRowan Tweddle, senior equestrian coach at The Equestrian School at Gleneagles, describes it as “the ultimate experience of mindfulness … On the back of a horse, you are in communication with a half-ton of power that can carry you at speeds of up to 25 mph and jump over a meter off the ground, yet will rest its head in your arms on the ground.”Below, Tweddle breaks down the basics of horseback riding for gentlemen. The Gleneagles Hotel in Scotland where Tweddle teaches is a five-star luxury hotel with three championship golf courses, an award-winning spa, and the only restaurant in Scotland to hold two Michelin stars. So yeah, you’re learning from the best.English Riding vs. Western RidingYes, there is a difference between Western riding and English riding, aka doing it like a gent. English Riding is actually harder (sorry, Eastwood).Western-style horseback riding. Southerlycourse/Getty Images“Western trail riding is a more passive experience with a chair-like saddle and horn arrangement that hold the rider firmly in place,” says Tweddle. “Typically, Western trail ride horses follow each other in a line with little input from their rider. English-style riding requires more balance and skill as the saddle is very much flatter and there is no horn to hold. The rider needs to guide the horse with the legs, body, and hands.”“English-style riding requires more balance and skill … The rider needs to guide the horse with the legs, body, and hands.”How to Pick the Right HorseFor first-time riders, Tweddle suggests picking a horse that, for all purposes, is chill. “Temperament is of paramount importance; the horse should be calm and non-reactive to unintentional signals that the first-time rider may give. The horse should also be an appropriate size and build for the rider’s weight, as a rough guide a rider should be no more than 10 percent to 15 percent of the horse’s body weight.”How to Saddle UpHave someone help position the horse with its left-hand side at a mounting block or a step that is at least two feet high.Take up the reins in the left hand and place the left foot in the stirrup iron, with the right hand holding the front of the saddle.Stand up on the left stirrup, swing the right leg up over the back of the saddle, and lower gently onto the saddle.Both feet should be put into the stirrup irons. The helper may adjust the stirrup leathers so your leg has an angle at the back of the knee of slightly more than 90 degrees and check the girth is secure.Sit straight up with your seat in the deepest part of the saddle. The stirrup irons should be on the ball of your feet, in line with the knee, and with the heel slightly lower than the toe. The reins are held one in each hand with the thumbs on top pointing forwards and the smallest finger behind the reins. There should be gentle contact on the reins through to the bit which is in the horse’s mouth.How to SteerTo go forward: Squeeze the horse with the calves.To slow down: Tighten the muscles of the seat and thighs while gently applying a little pressure down the reins.To steer: Turn your head and body in the direction you wish to go so the horse can feel the weight change on the saddle. Then, press the horse’s side with the leg you wish the horse to move away from, and at the same time open the reins away from the horse’s neck in the direction of travel. For example: left leg presses and right rein opens to turn right.Loop Images/Chris Reeve/Getty ImagesHow to CommunicateRiding is “two-way communication between a predator and a prey animal,” Tweddle explains. “Learn to listen to your horse and ask; don’t bully. Remember, the horse will find it easiest to carry you and so can respond better to your signals if you sit up, engage your core, and be careful not to make contradictory signals.”Riding is “two-way communication between a predator and a prey animal,” Tweddle explains. “Learn to listen to your horse and ask.”What to WearTweedle suggests, “Sturdy shoes or boots with a smooth sole (cleated soles can become caught in stirrup irons) and a protective helmet that conforms to current standards. Long trousers are preferable over shorts, and the rest of the outfit can be selected merely to suit weather conditions.”Protecting Your Nether RegionsYou may be thinking, “How long should I ride before needing to protect my guys?”According to Tweddle, gentlemen do not need any special protection apart from “a snug pair of elasticated underpants, a smooth-striding horse, and a sympathetic instructor.” This combination “will ensure there is no threat to unborn generations.”However, he also says general muscle aches will occur after horse riding as it would with any new sport. “These will dissipate as the rider attains fitness,” Tweddle assures. How to Play Pool Like You Know What You’re Doing Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

Transport Ministry Looking at Infrastructure for Disabled Road Users

first_imgThe Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing, through the National Road Safety Unit, is looking at putting in proper road infrastructure to ensure the safety of disabled persons.The measure is in keeping with the ministry’s commitment to provide safe and reliable services for all road users. The Papine area of St. Andrew, which houses a number of institutions that serve the disabled community, will be targeted for improvement.“We are looking to ensure that the traffic environment is safe for persons. So one of the things we are looking at, is to put in the necessary infrastructure to ensure that the disabled community in Papine is able to have a disabled-friendly environment,” said Director of the Road Safety Unit in the Ministry, Kenute Hare.Mr. Hare was speaking during a recent interview on the Jamaica Information Service’s (JIS) Issues and Answers programme.Meanwhile, he noted that efforts are being made to have the new Road Traffic Act in place this year.The amended Act will ensure that road safety issues are addressed according to 21st century requirements. It will, among other things, deal with the use of mobile phones while driving, and also cover the use of in-car devices such as DVD players.Once the new Act is passed, driving schools and instructors will be required to be certified by the Island Traffic Authority and adhere to an approved curriculum, which will address issues such as defensive driving.The country recorded a total of 258 road fatalities for 2012, some 49 less than the previous year, and for the first time in over a decade, achieved its ‘Below 300’ target.last_img read more

Event Celebrates Nova Scotia Filmmakers

first_img Film and television fans will have the opportunity to see some ofthe province’s best work on Saturday, Nov. 1 and Sunday, Nov. 2as the Atlantic Film Festival partners with the Nova Scotia FilmDevelopment Corporation for A Celebration of Nova ScotiaFilmmakers. The two-day film festival, programmed and sponsored by the filmdevelopment corporation, will screen several Nova Scotia produceddocumentaries, television series and feature films including thedocumentaries The Shag Harbour UFO Incident, Tough Guys, SoulSearching for the Blues, and Cecil’s Journey. Television series to be screened include The Classical Now (whichwill be airing on Bravo), highlights from the mini-series Storiesfrom the Sea (to air on Discovery Channel), an episode from TheChef at Large series aired on the Food Network, and an episodefrom the third season of Teletoon’s animated series Olliver’sAdventures. Also screening is the episode that Showcase networkviewers chose as the funniest of the Trailer Park Boys series.The feature film New Waterford Girl rounds out the schedule. “The Atlantic Film Festival has been introducing a number ofactivities, such as alFresco filmFesto and ViewFinders:International Film Festival for Youth, to extend its activitybeyond the nine-day event in September and is pleased to partnerwith the Nova Scotia Film Development Corporation to showcasesome of Nova Scotia’s compelling and entertaining film andtelevision,” said Gregor Ash, executive director of the AtlanticFilm Festival. The Atlantic Film Festival is one of the premier Canadian filmfestivals of the year, with an international reputation thatattracts filmmakers from across the country and around the world.Every September, an ever-increasing number of film fans andindustry delegates converge onto Halifax to experience thefestival, which features an entertaining and aspiring collectionof short and feature-length films from Canada and beyond. “We are pleased to partner with the Atlantic Film Festival toshowcase locally-grown film and television productions,” said AnnMacKenzie, chief executive officer of the film developmentcorporation. “The film development corporation invests in manyhigh quality Nova Scotia films and television shows and it isexciting to be able to showcase some of these projects to a homeaudience. Not only will the audience have the opportunity to viewsome of Nova Scotia’s best, they will also have the chance tospeak with the filmmakers about their experience making theseproductions.” The Nova Scotia Film Development Corporation is a provincialCrown corporation reporting to the Minister of EconomicDevelopment. The corporation provides a range of programs andservices to build the capacity and competitiveness of theprovince’s film, television and new media industries. The screenings will take place on Nov. 1 and Nov. 2 at the EmpireTheatre in Bayers Lake Business Park. Screenings will run from 6p.m. to 8 p.m. and from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. on both evenings. Checklocal listings for exact screening schedule. Admission is free. Tickets are available at the offices of theNova Scotia Film Development Corporation and the Atlantic FilmFestival. N.S. FILM DEVELOPMENT CORP.–Event Celebrates Nova ScotiaFilmmakerslast_img read more

7 killed after ship sinks off Chinas coast

first_imgBeijing: At least seven people were killed and two others remained missing after a ship sank off the coast of China’s Shandong Province, local maritime rescue authorities said on Saturday. The accident happened around 5:55 p.m. on Friday, when the ship from the north Hebei Province rocked by gale and sank near the port of the city of Rizhao. So far seven victims were found, and the rescue team are still searching for the missing ones, state-run Xinhua news agency reported. The wind speed was up to 50 meters per second on the water when the accident happened, authorities said.last_img

Seven stories in the news for Thursday June 1

first_imgSeven stories in the news for Thursday, June 1———WETTLAUFER EXPECTED TO PLEAD GUILTY TODAYA former Ontario nurse accused of killing eight seniors in her care is expected to plead guilty to first-degree murder at a court appearance today. Elizabeth Wettlaufer faces a total of 14 charges, including eight of first-degree murder, four of attempted murder and two of aggravated assault. Police have alleged her crimes involved the use of certain drugs and took place over the last decade in three Ontario long-term care facilities and a private home.———BACKLOG THREATENS SEX TOURISM CRACKDOWNInternal government notes warn that a file-processing backlog at the RCMP could significantly limit the effectiveness of new measures to track Canadians who travel abroad to sexually abuse children. Amendments that took effect Dec. 1 authorize the Mounties to share information about high-risk child sex offenders with the Canada Border Services Agency, but police must first assess thousands of files in the national sex offender registry to determine which ones fall into the high-risk category. Public Safety notes obtained under the Access to Information Act say it’s a task that’s far from done.———AIR POLLUTION COSTS CANADA BILLIONSA new research report says air pollution cost Canadian families an estimated $36 billion in 2015 due to premature death and illness. The report is a compilation of scientific data on all aspects of pollution, from smog to oil spills and fertilizer use. It is being released today by the International Institute for Sustainable Development.———PARENTS URGED TO LIMIT SCREEN TIME FOR YOUNG KIDSThe Canadian Paediatric Society has released its first stand-alone recommendations for how much time children aged five and under should spend in front of a screen. The society is standing by its past statement that kids younger than two years old should completely avoid screen time, and recommending those between two and five should have no more than an hour of screen time per day.———SOFTWOOD AID PACKAGE EXPECTED TODAYNatural Resources Minister Jim Carr is set to unveil about $1 billion in financial supports for softwood lumber producers and their employees. Cabinet discussed the options for a package May 9, but the federal government wanted more input from the provinces via the special working group Carr established in February. A government source confirms Carr will unveil the details today in Ottawa, along with Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland.———VERDICT TODAY IN ONTARIO MALL COLLAPSE CASEA discredited former engineer who signed off on the health of a northern Ontario mall just weeks before it collapsed in June 2012 finds out today if he bears any criminal responsibility for the two women who died in the disaster. Robert Wood of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., has pleaded not guilty to two counts of criminal negligence causing death and a third count of criminal negligence causing bodily harm. The maximum sentence for criminal negligence causing death is life in prison.———STARBUCKS LAUNCHES ALCOHOL MENU IN VANCOUVERStarbucks Canada will begin serving beer and wine today in Vancouver, a year after launching its bar menu at a few locations in Toronto and Ottawa. It’s part of a push by the coffee giant to attract more customers in the late afternoon and evening, rather than just be a stopover for a morning coffee. The company says customers at its newly opened store in Vancouver’s Mount Pleasant neighbourhood will be able to choose from six types of wine, two brands of beer and a cider.———ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY:— The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls wraps up its first community hearings in Whitehorse.— The Bank of Canada holds events across the country to mark the entry into circulation of the Canada 150 commemorative $10 bank note— Mayors from 22 of Canada’s biggest cities gather in Ottawa.— Derek Hurrell appears in court in Saskatoon on a charge of uttering online threats against Prime Minister Justin Trudeau— Statistics Canada releases figures on changes in parents’ participation in domestic tasks and care for children from 1986 to 2015.— Heritage Minister Melanie Joly unveils Canada Day celebrations in Ottawa.— A provincial byelection is held in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., for a seat left empty when former Liberal cabinet minister David Orazietti stepped down on Dec. 31.— Grammy- and Juno Award-winning singer k.d. lang helps announce details in Calgary of a musical instrument lending library program in celebration of Canada 150.last_img read more

Study finds Vancouverarea laundry microplastics are filtering into ocean

first_imgVANCOUVER – Microplastics from Metro Vancouver’s laundered clothes are ending up in water treatment plants and filtering into the ocean, says a study published in the science journal Marine Pollution Bulletin.The study by the ocean-protection group Ocean Wise and the Metro Vancouver regional district found that while up to 99 per cent of the particles were filtered out, a significant amount still made it into the ocean.The study, believed to be the first of its kind in Canada, found Vancouver-area treatment plants remove about 1.8 trillion plastic particles in waste water each year, but 30 billion particles are still released into the ocean.Peter Ross, the study’s principal investigator and vice-president of research at Ocean Wise, said many of the microplastics are in the form of fibres from polyester and rayon clothing.“Both those numbers are high and really point to the need for us to track these particles back to their sources more coherently,” he said in an interview on Thursday.“But that doesn’t give us an excuse to ignore the evidence that we have thus far. The evidence is that a large number of microplastic particles are heading into waste-water treatment plants in Vancouver.“Most of those, 71 per cent are fibres, 29 per cent are other things like polystyrene beads or microbeads from toothpaste and facial scrubs or little fragments of mystery particles.”Ross said microplastics are also coming from light industry, small business and other sources. He pointed out one study in Europe that found tire wear from vehicles was producing tiny beads of plastic that were going into the ocean.Other research has shown that microplastics in the ocean are being mistaken for food by zooplankton and fish, which raises concerns about the impact on their health, he said.The consequences for animal life are unclear, but the microplastics being ingested “underscores the potential for serious impacts at the bottom of the food chain,” the study concludes.Consumers can play a role in their purchases and by using cold water, less soap and washing clothes less often.“Be smart shoppers. Consider the material that one is buying and look at alternatives,” Ross said.Ross said Ocean Wise isn’t suggesting that people stop buying synthetic clothing, but it does want consumers to be more conscious about what they’re buying and where it’s coming from.“We can all step up and basically devise ways to reduce our release of, or shedding of, fibres into the waste-water stream.”last_img read more

Aimia shares nose dive for a second day after Nectar sale prompts

first_imgMONTREAL – The parent company of loyalty card Aeroplan faced another brutal day on the Toronto Stock Market as its shares plummeted Friday after rating agency DBRS warned about a possible downgrade on the sale of its Nectar business at a substantial loss.Shares of Aimia Inc. fell nearly 17 per cent to $2.31 in Friday trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange after losing 25 per cent on Thursday.Aimia sold Nectar to British retailer Sainsbury, which was a founding partner of the program in 2002, for $105 million. Net proceeds are expected to be just $34 million. The Montreal-based company purchased Nectar in 2007 for about $755 million.It is the largest part of Aimia’s international coalitions segment, generating a quarter of the company’s gross billings and 29 per cent of its adjusted EBITDA.Aimia says the sale of Nectar will allow it to focus on Aeroplan, its largest and most profitable business, and simplify its operations. It has suspended the quarterly dividend and shed hundreds of jobs.The company has been working to prepare for the end of its agreement with Air Canada.The airline served notice last year that it does not plan to renew its 30-plus year partnership when the current contract ends in 2020.DBRS Ltd. says the Nectar transaction weakens Aimia’s business risk profile because of the impact on its size and geographic diversification even though its total debt will be more manageable from using proceeds to repay $100 million of debt.“DBRS will continue to monitor Aimia’s customer engagement, reward redemptions and the competitive environment on a quarter-by-quarter basis,” it said in a news release.“Should mileage accumulation decrease and/or redemptions accelerate more than DBRS’ expectations, in the absence of new partnerships, divestitures and/or capital raises, a downgrade could result.”Adam Shine of National Bank Financial said the sale isn’t a surprise considering that Aimia has been selling assets outside of Canada and Nectar’s contract with Sainsbury was up for renewal next year.“The latter having increasing negotiating power, the price obtained was remarkably low,” he wrote in a report.Neil Linsdell of Industrial Alliance Securities says Aimia’s future value is dependent on repositioning the Aeroplan program after losing its preferred relationship with Air Canada.“The program will have the ability to survive, but likely on a smaller scale than it exists today,” he wrote, noting that it has to find a way to retain the interest of its five million members.Follow @RossMarowits on Twitter.Companies in this story: (TSX:AIM, TSX:AC)last_img read more

Fonseka seeks registration of political party

Former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka has sought the registration of the new political party headed by him.Fonseka visited the elections department today and discussed the registering of the Democratic Party. Fonseka joined the Sri Lanka Army in 1970 and saw extensive action throughout the 26 year civil war, culminating in a term as Commander of the Army from 6 December 2005 – 15 July 2009.As commander, he oversaw the final phase of the war, which resulted in the total defeat of the militant LTTE. He also survived an assassination attempt when an LTTE suicide bomber attacked his motorcade in April 2006. Following the end of the war Fonseka was promoted to a four star rank in the Sri Lanka Army, becoming the first serving officer to hold a four star rank. He has been described as Sri Lanka’s most successful army commander.A few months after the defeat of the LTTE, Fonseka was appointed Chief of Defence Staff by President Mahinda Rajapaksa. While his new post was of a higher rank, Fonseka saw the move as an attempt to sideline him. Amid rumours of his desire to enter politics, he subsequently retired from the post on 16 November 2009. On 29 November 2009, Fonseka formally announced his candidature in the 2010 Sri Lankan Presidential Election. His candidacy was endorsed by the main opposition parties, and Fonseka became the main opposition candidate challenging President Rajapaksa. He campaigned under the sign of a swan. Report by Indika Sri Aravinda Fonseka contested the 2010 Presidential elections under Democratic National Alliance but lost to the race to President Mahinda Rajapaksa.As Commander of the Army, Fonseksa played an integral role in ending the 26 year Sri Lankan Civil War in 2009, defeating the LTTE. He later had a public falling out with President Mahinda Rajapaksa, and unsuccessfully challenged Rajapaksa in the 2010 presidential election. Fonseka said that he had issued an open invitation for any political party members to join his new party. Following his election defeat, Fonseka was arrested on 8 February 2010, and the government announced he will be court-martialed for committing “military offences.” He was found guilty of corrupt military supply deals and sentenced to three years in prison. After serving more than 2 years in prison, Fonseka was released on 21 May 2012. (Colombo Gazette) Democratic National Alliance MP Jayantha Kettagoda will function as the General Secretary of the party. read more

When nations work together hope prevails and collective solutions can be found

“Over the past 100 years, the desire to settle conflicts peacefully on the basis of common rules has been converted into a universal system of institutions in the political, economic, social and environmental spheres,” said the UN chief. “The horror of those great global conflicts cannot be forgotten… But horror must never prevail over hope,” he stated in his opening remarks for the Forum. “It was that same hope that gave rise to the development of multilateralism in the twentieth century,” referring to the creation of the League of Nations in 1919, and the United Nations following the Second World War in 1945.This Paris Peace Forum, the first of its kind, is an initiative of the French Government led by President Emmanuel Macron. Held from 11 November to 13 November in the French capital, and labelled “a global forum for governance projects,” it gathers dozens of world leaders and representatives of international organisations, for a series of roundtables to discuss and reaffirm common commitment to tackle the great challenges of the world today. ‘Grounds for fear’Referencing an analysis of the first global conflict’s causes by historian Christopher Clark, who stated in his book The Sleepwalkers that war broke out because world leaders of the time were “blind” and “locked into distorted perceptions of their enemies,” the UN Secretary-General noted “many parallels” between the world in the first half of the 20th century and today. He said this is “giving us grounds to fear that an unpredictable chain of events could ensue”.     For example, the 2008 financial crisis, similar to the crisis of 1929 – although contained and reversed thanks to “an unprecedented arsenal of budgetary and monetary instruments” – has led to a “destabilization of the middle classes,” and “people’s indignation at the treason of the elites”.Another example of similarity cited by the UN chief was the rise of totalitarianism in the 1930s. “We are not in the same situation,” he acknowledged, “but what we are seeing today is the polarization of political life and of society itself, which is leading to a dangerous erosion of fundamental rights and freedoms, democratic principles and the rule of law”. A weakening of the democratic spirit of compromise and an indifference to collective rules are twin poisons for multilateralism – UN Secretary General Guterres“A weakening of the democratic spirit of compromise and an indifference to collective rules are twin poisons for multilateralism,” he added, citing a divided UN Security Council over the Syrian conflict, increasing “trade confrontrations,” and the “crisis of confidence” faced by the European Union as prime examples.’Undeniable results’Explaining that international cooperation – or “multilateralism” – has become a “necessity”, he stated that nations working together has “yielded undeniable results,” including: a reduction in child mortality and extreme poverty over the last few decades; major battles won against public health threats such as smallpox, polio, and AIDS; and several successful conflict prevention and peacebuilding efforts.“More than a million men and women from 125 countries have served in peacekeeping missions over the last 70 years to prevent the spread of crises, protect civilians and support political processes,” Mr. Guterres noted, adding that such deployments are “cost-effective”.Citing figures from the US Government Accountability Office, he said that a national peacekeeping operation in the Central African Republic, for example, would have cost the United States ten times more than the UN’s mission, MINUSCA.   “The multilateral framework has also shown itself to be indispensable in resolving nuclear proliferation crises,” the UN chief added, referring to the Security Council’s unity in dealing with the Iranian and North Korean situations, which enabled negotiated solutions both in 2015 and in 2018. Great challenges aheadOne key issue for which multilateral efforts are particularly crucial, the Secretary-General stressed, is climate change. As the world is gearing up for the Climate Change Conference in Poland (COP 24) this December, the UN Secretary-General warned of the urgency of taking action. “Climate change is moving faster than we are,” he regretted. “Arctic sea ice is shrinking, desertification is spreading and coral bleaching is widespread,” he said, referring to the latest findings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which “exceed even the most pessimistic forecasts”.Citing demography and migration as the second great challenge of our time, Mr. Guterres called world leaders to “come to [their] senses.”“In a context of climate change, inequalities and conflict, migration will remain an enduring phenomenon,” he stated. “Without international cooperation, and if we retreat behind our national borders, we will sacrifice our collective values, and we will perpetuate the tragedy of migrants being exploited by the worst traffickers”.Finally, as “the digital transformation is turning our economies and societies upside down,” the UN chief identified technology as the third big world challenge ahead. He cited artificial intelligence redefining the job market and the nature of work itself, the spread of cybercrime, and the gap between innovation and our legal frameworks. Multipolarity is not the solution“Our world at present seems chaotic, but it is moving towards multidimensional multipolarity,” explained Mr. Guterres, who stressed that “it would be wrong to regard this multipolarity, in and of itself, as the solution”.“Without the multilateral system and respect for international rules, we risk a return solely to power relations, reward-sanction mechanisms and a cycle of frozen conflicts,” he said. “That is why I will not sit back and watch an assault on multilateralism just when it is most needed”.The Secretary-General acknowledged that a multilateral commitment is difficult for political leaders to explain to their constituents, because “people often see what it dictates, not what it maintains”.To tackle this, he called “for States to renew their citizens’ compacts,” and said “we need an inclusive multilateralism that is closely related to civil society and the business community,” looking to solve inequalities through the 2030 development agenda and its landmark UN Sustainable Development Goals.“My mission is simple: to be more effective in order to better serve the people for whom we are a necessity and a hope,” the UN Secretary-General explained. Towards an ‘exemplary’ UN systemFor the UN to be effective, Mr. Guterres emphasized that geographical diversity and gender equality are key. Noting that the organization achieved gender parity in leadership positions one year after he took office, the UN chief pledged to continue to “tirelessly pursue steps towards modernization,” and common solutions in the three key challenges he cited. The Secretary-General ended his statement by calling on Member States to engage in the advancement of key upcoming processes, including: the imminent COP 24 and next year’s Climate Change Summit; the December Marrakech meeting to realize the Global Compact for Migration agreed upon earlier this year; and the UNESCO Internet Governance Forum starting on Monday. “The multilateralism that is now part of our daily life is at risk of disintegrating just when it is most needed,” he concluded. “Its legacy has been invaluable: an impulse by which devastation gave way to membership of a shared humanity”.Among the participants of the Forum was the President of the UN General Assembly, María Fernanda Espinosa, who in one of the roundtables presented her vision for the UN’s most democratic body, including the D.A.R.E. programme, which she presented when she took office in September. Other prominent participants on the first day of the Peace Forum included Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, India’s Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu, Sweden’s Prime Minister Stefan Löfven, International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde, and the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki. Although the United States of America played a central role in World War I, President Donald Trump declined the invitation. read more

GAA gate receipts up 12 annual revenue tops €100m but crowds are

first_img Image: Ryan Byrne/INPHO GAA gate receipts up 12%, annual revenue tops €100m – but crowds are down The All-Ireland football final replay provided a boost for GAA coffers. Short URL 13,576 Views 56 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Feb 1st 2017, 12:58 PM By Fintan O’Toolecenter_img The Dublin-Mayo replay was a major financial boost for the GAA in 2016. GATE RECEIPTS IN the GAA increased by 12% in 2016, despite attendances decreasing for the All-Ireland senior series games by 5%.The GAA took in €30.1m in gate receipts in 2016, a jump from the €26.7m they raked in twelve months previously.That gate receipt figure contributed to the GAA’s revenue topping €100m. Last year’s Beyonce and Bruce Springsteen concerts at Croke Park helped provide a windfall of over €4m for the association through stadium hire.GAA income amounted to €100,986,508 last year with a net surplus of €3,109,549 after expenses.The breakdown of the revenue last year was as follows:Gate receipts – €30,110,910Box, premium & catering – €27,718,207Sponsorship & media – €19,717,759Insurance premiums – €10,680,674Stadium hire – €4,317,624Other income – €8,441,334The GAA’s Central Council distributed €13.4m to counties in 2016, an increase from €12.5m in 2015.This figure has steadily risen year on year since 2011 when €10.9m was distributed. A packed house at Croke Park for the 2016 All-Ireland football final replay. Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHOFootball Final ReplayA major contributory factor to the improved gate receipts was last year’s All-Ireland football replay between Dublin and Mayo – the first time the Sam Maguire showpiece game was replayed since 2000.Ticket prices were cut for that game but not by as much as the hurling final replays between 2012 and 2014. Stand tickets were reduced from €80 to €60 and terrace tickets were cut from €40 to €30.AttendancesThere was a 5% drop in attendances, with about 40,000 less spectators attending All-Ireland championship games.Football attendances were down by 7% last year but the All-Ireland final replay resulted in an increase in gate receipts of 15%.Hurling championship attendances dropped by 1% with receipts increased by 2%. That was a result of the All-Ireland hurling semi-final replay between Kilkenny and Waterford, which was worth €1m. The replay clash of Kilkenny-Waterford last August was an epic encounter. Source: Donall Farmer/INPHOThere was also a notable increase in hurling league gate receipts, due to the replay between Clare and Waterford.Championship AttendancesAll-Ireland senior hurling2016 – 269,745 (-1%) – 12 games2015 – 272,996 – 11 gamesAll-Ireland senior football2016 – 516,767 (-7%) – 33 games2015 – 553,076 – 32 gamesGate Receipts Football championship2016 – €14.8m (+15%)2015 – €12.8m Hurling championship2016 – €8.3m (+2%)2015 – €8.1mFootball league2016 – €2.8m (+11%)2015 – €2.5mHurling league2016 – €1.9m (+33%)2015 – €1.4mOther Competitions2016 – €1.4m (+44%)2015 – €1mThe42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Follow us: The Dublin-Mayo replay was a major financial boost for the GAA in 2016. Image: Ryan Byrne/INPHO Wednesday 1 Feb 2017, 12:58 PM 9 players with big points to prove in the Allianz Football League Share Tweet Email last_img read more

The challenges of integrating migrant children in Irelands care

first_img Apr 2nd 2017, 8:15 AM By Gráinne Ní Aodha You wouldn’t believe the number of people who’ve said to me ‘I didn’t know I could put my name forward’.The myths around fostering and children in care is probably the most challenging.You don’t have to be in a relationship, and you don’t have to be a parent, for example. Another is that is the distinction between foster care and adoption: foster care involves taking a child in (short term or long term), but Tusla remain the legal guardians of the child. In cases of adoption, the ‘adopters’ become long term guardians.Source: NCPIn cases where foster care is needed, it can happen voluntarily (when a parent or family asks Tusla for help) or through a court order, based on the best interests of the child.“We’re talking about families in a moment of crisis,” Daniela says. “Families who need huge levels of support, and we’re here to support them and help work out what’s not working.”The NCP provides unique services for migrant families – they can become more aware of what parenting in Ireland is, can get support, and help ease the relationship between parents and social workers.That means something as simple as explaining the childcare services process to the birth parents, or communicating more clearly.“They don’t always understand what professionals are putting in place and there to do,” says Daniela. “Once we explain to the families, that’s all for the better of the family. They’re more likely to engage.”On the NCP website they have, in very simple English, explained what constitutes as child abuse, why they would be concerned about emotional abuse in a family. They also distribute the information to schools, churches, mosques, and other social centres.The information can be a culture shock for the families – they find out the way they grew up is not how children should be raised. Daniela says that Ireland isn’t far from that stage either: 16 Comments 8,206 Views The challenges of integrating migrant children in Ireland’s care There are many challenges around mental health and cultural identity in particular. Image: Nicolas Aguilera Share24 Tweet Email2 Sunday 2 Apr 2017, 8:15 AM Irish families sometimes realise something similar. In previous generations parents supervised their children less, the older sibling cared for younger siblings, and they’d walk to school and back. Parenting has changed a lot in recent years, but it’s still a big struggle for migrant parents.“The standard in Ireland is putting children first, that’s there and that’s good. What’s lacking definitely is the resources and facilities to put a good framework in place.”Read: The first 40 minors coming to Ireland from the Calais migrant camp will be teenage boysRead: ‘Parents protect children – but they deserve to know and understand what’s happening in the world’ There are fantastic services just around the corner that can do what aunties and uncles might do. Just sometimes people don’t know they’re there.The challengesWhen placing a child in the care of a foster family, the first priority is to place them with an extended family member, or find a foster family that’s a cultural match.This is particularly important for teenagers, who as well as needing support in integrating in a new family and schedule, need their cultural and identity acknowledged also. Source: NCP“The one thing is there aren’t a lot of migrant foster families, and not a lot of diversity with religion,” Daniela says. Tusla are to campaign to recruit more migrants as foster families.Overall, however, the number of applications to become a foster family/parent is on the rise.Myths Image: Nicolas Aguilera OF THE 6,300 children in Ireland’s care system, each cases poses a unique mix of complex emotions, personalities and perspectives on what family life should be.But when you mix families from different cultures in there as well, doubled with traumatic experiences of a family fleeing from war, that makes child care all-the-more challenging.This week, Tusla have teamed up with the New Communities Partnership (NCP) in order to help people from different ethnic backgrounds mix with the foster family they could be placed with.“There are a lot of challenges in the area of child protection,” says Daniela Jurj, National Coordinator of NCP Migrant Family Support Service.At the heart of that difficulty is defining what parenting is, and what it means in Ireland, specifically.“Nothing is meant to be easy. Everything is a challenge, especially for families facing extremely difficult situations. We get involved when things get really difficult.” Source: NCPThe Child Care Law Reporting Project conducted by Dr Carol Coulter, shows that there are high numbers of migrant children in care, and within that, a high number of children are from West Africa.Parental mental health is another common factor.“We were shocked to discover the number of parents with cognitive difficulties or mental health made up a huge proportion of cases,” Daniela says. They’re concentrating now on helping families gain awareness and access to supports that could be around the corner from them. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URLlast_img read more

Deported veteran denied entry into US at San Ysidro Port of Entry

first_img KUSI Newsroom Deported veteran denied entry into U.S. at San Ysidro Port of Entry Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: July 17, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, center_img July 17, 2019 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A deported Marine Corps veteran from Belize has been trying to become a U.S. citizen since 1995 and was recently denied entry to the United States when he asked to be let in for a scheduled citizenship interview, it was reported today.Roman Sabal, 58, came to the San Ysidro Port of Entry around 7:30 a.m. Monday with an attorney to ask for “parole” to attend his naturalization interview scheduled for shortly before noon in downtown San Diego, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported.Instead, he was turned away even though border officials have the authority to temporarily allow people into the country on parole for “humanitarian or significant public benefit” reasons, according to the newspaper.Sabal first applied to become a U.S. citizen in 1995 after serving for six years as a Marine and then several more years in the Army Reserves, the Union-Tribune reported. He has two U.S. citizen children and with a U.S. citizen woman, whom he hopes to marry one day.He initially came to the U.S. on a tourist visa and did not have permission to stay in the U.S. permanently.After seeing Marines in action during his time in the Belizean military, he came with the goal of enlisting in the Marine Corps and managed to join with a fake identity document, according to the Union-Tribune.He told the newspaper that he confessed during boot camp and was told, “Don’t worry about it. You’re a Marine now.”Years after he was honorably discharged, he decided to go back to Belize because he had developed diabetes, and his mother had offered to help him treat it with herbal remedies rather than pharmaceuticals, the newspaper reported.When he returned to the U.S., his entry triggered an immigration court case.Sabal never found out about the hearing and a judge ordered him deported in his absence, so when he returned to Belize again in 2008 for more treatment, he found himself stuck there, according to the Union-Tribune.Sabal and his attorney, Victoria Starrett, crossed onto U.S. soil on Monday and gave Customs and Border Protection officials paperwork detailing his case and his request to enter the country to attend his interview, the Union-Tribune reported.Starrett told the newspaper that CBP officials waved them to the side then eventually told them to go through Immigration and Customs and Enforcement to request parole, but those officials sent them back to Mexico.Some ICE officers work out of the port of entry, but it was not clear whether they were involved in the incident on Monday, the newspaper reported.Starrett told the newspaper that Sabal’s legal team will likely have to file a lawsuit in federal court to get him access to the citizenship process.Sabal told the newspaper on Monday that he plans to wait in Tijuana for a few days to see if the situation can be resolved quickly, but otherwise he will have to travel back to Belize and try again at a later date. Updated: 3:49 PMlast_img read more

Amtrak train leaving NW MiamiDade derails in Georgia

first_imgNORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – An Amtrak train that departed from Northwest Miami-Dade derailed in snow-covered Georgia, Wednesday night.Amtrak’s Silver Meteor Train Number 98 was heading toward New York when it arrived in Savannah but getting through the snow proved to be a challenge.Just as the train pulled into the station, two sleeper cars and a baggage car derailed.“The switch was frozen, and after like an hour of trying to defrost it, they gave up, so we passed the station,” said a passenger. “Then we were going to back up into it. Then the baggage car derailed.”All three of the cars remained upright, and none of the 311 people on board were hurt.Some passengers who were resting in the sleeper cars were transferred to other trains to continue the journey north.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

HOT OFF THE PRESS Read Wilmington Senior Centers December Newsletter

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Read the Wilmington Senior Center’s December 2018 Newsletter HERE.Highlights from the latest “Buzzell Buzz” include:Notes from Elderly Services Director Terri MarcielloDecember Social Events — Annual Holiday Party & New Years CelebrationInformation about upcoming events, including: Gingerbread House Making, Holiday Cookie Swap, Ugly Sweater Contest, Our Moment Cafe, Caregivers Support Group, 4-Part Mental Health ClassInformation about: Birthdays, Condolences, Guess Who Contest?, Get Well Wishes, Fuel Assistance ProgramThe Senior Center’s December Calendar of EventsLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email You To Our Sponsor:Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedHOT OFF THE PRESS: Read Wilmington Senior Center’s September NewsletterIn “Community”HOT OFF THE PRESS: Read Wilmington Senior Center’s August NewsletterIn “Community”HOT OFF THE PRESS: Read Wilmington Senior Center’s July NewsletterIn “Community”last_img read more

2020 Acura TLX PMC Edition goes to NSX finishing school ahead of

first_img Sedans Luxury cars Beyond the crazy-rich nano-pigment paint borrowed from the NSX, you might be wondering: What makes the 2020 Acura TLX PMC Edition so special? Starting with a conventional A-Spec all-wheel-drive model’s body-in-white, master technicians will hand assemble each example at PMC away from the regular production line, including adding all of the driveline, chassis and electrical components. In fact, so much of the assembly work on these models will take place at PMC that the facility will be its manufacturing location of origin.Each sedan then receives PMC-specific gloss-black 19-inch wheels with matching lug nuts, along with model-specific exterior finishes including a body-colored grille surround and 4-inch dual exhaust tips rendered in dark chrome. In an effort to add a bit more contrast and menace, the roof panel and door handles are finished in gloss black, as well.Enlarge ImageBadges? Apparently we do need some stinkin’ badges. Dan Howell/Acura Inside, TLX PMC Edition models are treated to black Milano leather seats incorporating black piping, red stitching and Alcantara faux-suede inserts. There’s matching red stitching on elsewhere in the cabin, along with a serialized PMC dash plaque. Uniquely, each TLX PMC Edition will be subjected to the same battery of quality-control tests as the NSX, which Acura says includes “dyno check, final paint inspection, rough-road simulation and water leak test.” Once the ink is dry on that checklist, completed models will be wrapped in a unique PMC car cover and shipped to dealers via enclosed car carrier. Each 2020 Acura TLX PMC will be hand assembled and undergo the NSX’s inspection process. Acura Interestingly, Acura has declined to make performance modifications to the TLX’s V6 drivetrain, meaning that the PMC Edition relies on the same 3.5-liter direct-injected unit and nine-speed automatic that many ordinary TLX models come equipped with. In conventional TLX guise, at least, that combination is good for 290 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque, and those same numbers will almost certainly apply here. (According to reports, Acura will exhume its Type S higher-performance model family soon, but it has yet to reveal which vehicle in its line will get the treatment first.)If around $50,000 sounds a bit rich for a TLX with special paint and trimmings, know that it’s not that far off the regular model’s pricing. While a base, front-wheel-drive TLX with Acura’s 2.4-liter I4 starts at an affordable $33,000 plus $995 for delivery, a comparable AWD A-Spec model with the optional V6 and Tech Package runs a shade over $46,000 before accessories. In other words, given the extra TLC and wicked paint job, the 2020 TLX PMC Edition may prove to be a sought-after upgrade for the brand’s faithful. As it is, the TLX is quietly outselling higher-profile sport sedans like the BMW 3 Series and Audi A4 in the US.Acura spokesman Chris Naughton confirms to Roadshow that the company won’t have any sort of special reservation or ordering process for the new model; customers can simply go to their local dealer and express their interest.2020 Acura TLX PMC EditionEnlarge ImageMaster technicians will build TLX PMC models from the body-in-white on up. Dan Howell/Acura If a sport sedan isn’t your speed, Acura is already confirming that this special-edition TLX will be followed up by a PMC Edition of the company’s popular MDX crossover SUV, and other models could be coming, too. “We designed the PMC not only to build NSX, but to give Acura the flexibility to explore handcrafted production of limited edition models. The TLX and MDX PMC Edition are the first to take advantage of this unique capability, and we intend to explore additional options,” said Jon Ikeda, Acura brand officer, in the official release.According to Acura spokesperson Chris Naughton, “The plan from the beginning was for PMC to be flexible… [to be] kind of a test bed for technology or processes… and also try new things that may not work well in a mass-production environment.” Indeed, in an interview with Roadshow, Naughton pointed to the Acura NSX GT3 as a further example of PMC’s flexibility — each race car’s body structure starts life at the plant. 2020-acura-tlx-pmc-edition-2Enlarge ImageThe TLX is just the first model to get this special PMC treatment. Acura’s MDX SUV will be next. Dan Howell/Acura In the case of the TLX PMC, Marysville Auto Plant’s paint shop simply isn’t set up to handle the car’s time- and process-intensive Valencia Red Pearl application process. Painting a normal TLX Advance or A-Spec is a one-day job, and it takes five days to fully bake the TLX PMC’s nano-pigment finish.If nothing else, these special models may serve to keep the master technicians at Acura’s Performance Manufacturing Center busy, and ensure their expensive tooling and paint shop remain active, too. Despite rave reviews, slow sales mean that NSX production volumes may not be sufficient to keep PMC humming. Last year, Acura sold just 581 examples of its six-figure gas-electric sports car. So far this year, the NSX is faring a bit better, with 67 units sold through March, a 17.9% improvement year over year. May 29 • 2020 Ford Escape: Everything there is to know 2019 Nissan Pathfinder Rock Creek Edition first drive: Its roots are showing Tags See All Share your voice Apr 19 • Check out the gory details in Honda’s IIHS crash-tested HR-V 20 Photos Acura Apr 19 • Volkswagen’s US CEO says around $25,000 would be a smart price for a small pickup Acura’s been keen to make the most of its NSX mid-engined supercar, and it’s been featuring the hybrid sports coupe in its recent print, television and digital ads alongside its more affordable offerings. The NSX’s rub-off will finally become a bit more literal at next week’s New York Auto Show, however, when the Japanese automaker unveils the 2020 Acura TLX PMC Edition seen here.Looking like a particularly vibrant TLX sedan, the Valencia Red Pearl-painted PMC Edition takes its name from the brand’s Performance Manufacturing Center in Marysville, Ohio, where final assembly of the model will be completed. (Regular TLX models are assembled at the nearby Marysville Auto Plant.) Just 360 examples of this special model we be built over six months starting this summer, with pricing estimated to be “around $50,000,” according to a statement released Thursday. reading • 2020 Acura TLX PMC Edition goes to NSX finishing school ahead of NY Auto Show More From Roadshow New York Auto Show 2019 0 Apr 19 • Acura MDX PMC Edition is a hand-assembled SUV in brilliant red paint New York Auto Show 2019 Acura • 2020 Volvo XC90 first drive: An improvement worth subscribing to 2020 Acura TLX PMC Edition rocks up ahead of NY Auto Show 2019 Nissan Maxima review: The ‘four-door sports car’ that isn’t Post a commentlast_img read more

Texas flooding sparks fears of chemical explosion

first_imgTrucks make their way through flood waters on a main road leading to the Arkema Inc. chemical plant that was in crisis during the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Photo: AFPNew proof of the devastation wrought by monster storm Harvey emerged Wednesday as the bodies of six family members were plucked from receding waters in Texas and flooding triggered fears of a chemical explosion near Houston.While clouds parted in America’s fourth-largest city, bringing a welcome respite after the storm turned roads into rivers, rural areas of Texas were drenched as Harvey headed eastwards with the city of Port Arthur especially hard hit.Authorities in neighboring Louisiana scrambled to safeguard their state from the impact of Harvey, whose onslaught evoked painful memories of Hurricane Katrina’s deadly strike 12 years ago—but New Orleans escaped with minimal rain.Taking advantage of a lull in the rainfall in Houston, rescuers recovered the bodies of six family members from a van which was swept away by the floods over the weekend.Manuel and Belia Saldivar and four of their great-grandchildren ranging from six to 16 years in age went missing on Sunday.“Our worst fears have been realized,” Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez told a press conference, confirming all six bodies had been found inside the van.So far, officials believe at least 33 people to have been killed in the storm, and there is little doubt the toll will rise further—although many of those unaccounted for may simply have no access to phones or power.“To those Americans who have lost loved ones, all of America is grieving with you, and our hearts are joined with yours forever,” President Donald Trump said in a speech, a day after viewing some of the damage for himself on a trip to Texas.More than 30,000 people have found refuge in shelters across the Lone Star State, from the giant Houston convention center to small churches, according to the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Brock Long.In Houston, where Mayor Sylvester Turner issued an nighttime curfew to aid search efforts and thwart potential looting, the two major airports reopened on a limited basis, signalling a slow return to normality.Turner told a news conference Wednesday night that trash pickup and metro service will resume in some areas where flood waters have receded.“It’s my hope that despite how massive this storm has been, that the city of Houston will quickly move to get back to where we were and then beyond that,” Turner said.The National Hurricane Center downgraded Harvey to a tropical depression Wednesday night, but warned that life-threatening flood conditions remain in southeast Texas and southwest Louisiana.But at least a quarter of Harris County, which includes Houston, is still under water—and the operators of an organic peroxides plant outside the city warned they were bracing for the risk of an explosion after flooding caused them to lose all power.“Right now, we have an unprecedented six feet of water at the plant,” Rich Rowe, president and chief executive of plant operator Arkema Inc, said in a statement.“We have lost critical refrigeration of the materials on site that could now explode and cause a subsequent intense fire,” he said. “The high water and lack of power leave us with no way to prevent it.”As a precaution, officials had already ordered the evacuation of an area within 1.5 miles (three km) of the plant in Crosby, northeast of Houston, and Rowe said the facility itself had been evacuated for employees’ safety.‘City underwater’Even as Houston got a first glimpse of life-after-Harvey, the city of Port Arthur was pummeled by torrential rains—making it almost impossible to reach despite the best efforts of volunteer rescuers.“Our whole city is underwater right now,” Port Arthur’s mayor, Derrick Freeman, posted on Facebook early Wednesday—assuring stranded residents that help was on the way.Justin Coleman was part of a crew of three jeeps and three boats that drove overnight from Fort Worth trying to reach Port Arthur, but were forced to turn around on their first attempt.“We’re on the radio with them right now and every 30 seconds there’s another person rescued,” the 33-year-old told AFP during a pit stop at a gas station in the nearby town of Winnie.“There’s a lot of babies and elderly that are stuck in their homes right now. They said it’s getting up to their chests,” said Coleman, who runs a construction company.So far, parts of Texas have seen more than 50 inches (1.27 meters) of rain, while in Louisiana, the top total 18 inches so far was increasing.Dodged a bulletHarvey first slammed onshore as a Category Four hurricane on Friday night before unloading on Texas.Although now downgraded to a tropical storm, Harvey made its second landfall just west of the Louisiana town of Cameron early Wednesday, packing maximum sustained winds nearing 45 miles per hour.Forecasters are predicting another five to 10 inches of rain in the region, with the downpour finally expected to stop on Thursday.For now, southwestern Louisiana is taking the hardest hit, with a levee being breached in the town of Gueydan.While New Orleans appeared to have dodged a bullet, the arrival of Harvey nevertheless served as a somber reminder, coming just one day after the 12-year anniversary of Katrina, which ravaged the vulnerable city famous for its jazz music and cuisine.“I began to pray for the people in Texas after having gone through that same experience myself as a Katrina survivor,” said Crystal Harris, who works for a bank which was taking donations for storm victims.‘Lessons learned’In Texas, the damage wrought is staggering—Enki Research put its “best estimate” at between $48 billion and $75 billion.At least one bridge had crumbled, one levee had breached and dams were at risk, while Harvey sparked the closure of several major refineries across what is a major hub of America’s oil industry.More than 4,500 people and 1,000 pets have been rescued from the storm zone by the Coast Guard, which expected to rescue an additional 1,000 people Wednesday in the Port Arthur area alone.The Coast Guard has deployed about 50 aircraft and two dozen boats, but the overall rescue effort, involving other military branches and state police, easily tops more than 100 aircraft.“We are certainly bringing lessons learned from Katrina,” Admiral Paul Thomas, who oversees Coast Guard operations in 26 states, told reporters in New Orleans—noting that several members of his team are Louisiana natives who are veterans of the 2005 disaster.last_img read more

The Ghost in the Shell Trailer is Here and We Still Have

first_imgStay on target There’s A New Ghost in the Shell Series ComingMovieBob Reviews: GHOST IN THE SHELL (2017) After releasing five excruciatingly small teasers, Paramount has finally released the first full-length trailer for Ghost in the Shell.We get a good sense of what the story will be like from the trailer and it stays close to the one in the manga, written by Mamoru Oshii. “The Major,” a cyborg, runs Section 9, an intelligence organization that fights cyber-criminals. According to the official synopsis, the group “is faced with an enemy whose singular goal is to wipe out Hanka Robotic’s advancements in cyber technology.”There are a few departures from the source material. For one, “The Major” doesn’t seem to know who she is. In the manga and film, she is aware of her past and how she became a cyborg, and it adds something to the core of the narrative, which concerns humanity’s relationship with machines and the Major’s own questions about the state of her being (hence the title, which is a play on “the ghost in the machine”).We also still don’t have answers as to why Scarlett Johansson was cast as the lead. She’s referred to here as “The Major” instead of Major Motoko Kusanagi as a way to get around any controversies surrounding whitewashing, but any practical reasons for not casting a Japanese actress are still unclear (besides the racism we’ve seen countless times in Hollywood, especially when it comes to actors of Asian descent). Producer Steven Paul told Buzzfeed that the plan was to create a more international story, but three other prominent characters have been replaced with white actors.It doesn’t also help that in the trailer, most of the people who are gunned down or beaten up are played by Asian actors. Most of the characters with dialogue are played by white actors.In a world where the voices of people of color are silenced all the time, it would’ve been worth it to see a Japanese story starring and being told by Japanese actors.Things we can say in the trailer’s favor: it looks beautiful. It aesthetically stays very close to the 1995 anime film, including some scenes that look like they’ve been redone shot-for-shot. It has a lot in common with Blade Runner regarding design (and incidentally, Westworld, although that might not have been on purpose). It’s imagery that works, especially when we’re talking about a futuristic Tokyo that relies heavily on technology.The film is set to hit theaters on March 31, 2017.last_img read more

New Study Backs Molecular Breast Imaging for Diagnosis of Invasive Lobular Carcinoma

first_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 Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. 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 News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more July 17, 2015 – Molecular breast imaging (MBI/BSGI) has been proven to be a highly sensitive imaging technique for the diagnosis of invasive lobular carcinoma (ILC), a position supported by a recent publication in the Journal of the American Medical Association Surgery. Physicians at the Legacy Cancer Institute in Portland, Oregon, reported a sensitivity of 88.9 percent for MBI/BSGI in diagnosing ILC, a difficult-to-diagnose breast cancer.This study was a retrospective review of a prospectively maintained imaging registry at the institution in the course of six years. The analysis was conducted with almost 700 patients who underwent the BSGI procedure, which to date makes it the largest pool of data on molecular imaging of ILCs. The results show that BSGI has a slightly higher sensitivity for the detection of ILCs than for the detection of invasive ductal carcinomas (IDCs), while the specificities for both diseases are comparable. BSGI was also reported to detect additional cancers in patients with ILC. BSGI was found to have advantages over magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), as it is easier to interpret, better tolerated by patients and much less costly. The group of physicians concluded that BSGI has high sensitivity and specificity and is an excellent adjunctive imaging tool for patients with newly diagnosed ILCs.The MBI for the study was conducted using a Dilon molecular imaging system, a high-resolution, small field-of-view gamma camera, optimized to perform MBI. With MBI, the patient receives a pharmaceutical tracing agent that is absorbed by all the cells in the body. Due to their increased rate of metabolic activity, cancerous cells in the breast absorb a greater amount of the tracing agent than the normal surrounding tissue and generally appear as “hot spots” on the MBI image.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more News | PET-CT | August 15, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Installation of uExplorer Total-body PET/CT United Imaging announced that its uExplorer total-body positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) system… read more Image courtesy of Imago Systems News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more News | Molecular Imaging | July 17, 2015 New Study Backs Molecular Breast Imaging for Diagnosis of Invasive Lobular Carcinoma Researchers in Oregon report 88.9 percent sensitivity with Dilon Molecular Imaging System News | Colonoscopy Systems | August 06, 2019 Rise in Early Onset Colorectal Cancer Not Aligned With Screening Trends A new study finds that trends in colonoscopy rates did not fully align with the increase in colorectal cancer (CRC) in… read more Related Content News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 07, 2019 Contrast Use in First Transthoracic Echocardiogram for Heart Failure Reduces Repeat Testing Heart failure is the fourth most common cause for all admission to U.S. hospitals, and it is the most common reason for… read more 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 last_img read more

Remembering Patrick Doherty beloved industry veteran

first_img Travelweek Group Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> Thursday, April 6, 2017 Remembering Patrick Doherty, beloved industry veteran Share TORONTO — When referring to the dates on his tombstone, with the date of his birth on one end followed by a final date on the other, Patrick Joseph Doherty said what mattered most of all was “the dash between those years.”Wise words from the larger-than-life travel industry veteran who passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, on March 27 at The Villages Regional Hospital near Ocala, Florida.Known by friends and colleagues as the “Redman”, Doherty was born in 1940 in Dublin, Ireland where he eventually worked as a young man in local shipping yards. Guided by his entrepreneurial spirit, he immigrated to Canada in 1968 and co-founded Alltour Marketing Support Services Ltd., the distribution partner of the Canadian travel industry. In the last quarter of his illustrious career, he joined Baxter Publishing where he established a multitude of partnerships that lasted well into his retirement.In his obituary, Doherty’s family spoke of his love of life, golf, travel and piano bars, and said no one was too insignificant for him to reach out with a friendly smile and say, “My pleasure to meet you!” He loved people of all ethnic backgrounds, ages, professions and interests.More news:  Help Princess Cruises break the world record for largest vow renewal at seaDoherty was a husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, mentor, friend and business partner. He is pre-deceased by his wife of 40 years, Catherine (Dolly), and is survived by his sister, Mary O’Sullivan, and brother, Harry Doherty in Dublin, daughters Elizabeth, Martina and Sarah, sons-in-law Peter and Tony, grandchildren Nicole, Patrick, Celene, Reilly, Aidan, Ryan, Caleb and Gabriel, and great-grandchild Connor.A visitation will be held on April 9 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. and 7:00-9:00 p.m. at Glendale Memorial Gardens, 1810 Albion Road, Etobicoke, Ont. Funeral mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. on April 10 at Saint Peter’s Church, 100 Bainbridge Avenue, Vaughan, Ont. Cremation has already taken place. Arrangements in care of Glendale Memorial Gardens (416) 697-1803.In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.last_img read more