Police north of Toronto charge 59yearold man with historical sex offences

first_imgThe Canadian Press PORT COLBORNE, Ont. — York Regional Police in Ontario have charged a 59-year-old man with historical sex offences allegedly involving two children.Police say Richard Rose of Port Colborne, Ont., was arrested Dec. 14 and charged with four counts each of sexual assault and sexual interference.He’s due to appear in court on Jan. 18.Police say the investigation began earlier this month when an adult came forward about an alleged incident that occurred when he was a young child.Officers from York region, just north of Toronto, subsequently took over the investigation of additional incidents that allegedly occurred in Port Colborne in 2017 and had been reported to Niagara police.Police say the accused “had access to children in multiple areas of his life.” They say from 1991 to 2015 he lived in Markham, Ont., where he worked as a pastor and managed a hockey team.In a news release, police say a daycare operated out of his family home.Police say the accused also has ties to Nova Scotia, Montreal and Rimbey, Alta., southwest of Edmonton.Investigators said they have released an image of the accused in an effort to ensure there are no other alleged victims.last_img read more

JUST FOR LAUGHS ANNOUNCES THE RECIPIENTS OF THE 2019 JUST FOR LAUGHS

first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Chris Redd to present the award of Rising Comedy Star of the Year to Amanda SealesJason Mantzoukas to present the award of Comedy Writers of the Year to Nick Kroll, Andrew Goldberg, Mark Levin & Jennifer Flackett for “Big Mouth”Montréal – Just For Laughs, in association with Loto-Québec, is thrilled to announce the 2019 recipients of the Just For Laughs Awards, putting the spotlight on some of today’s most influential comedic voices. The 12th edition of the highly-anticipated show is set to take place on Friday, July 26, 2019 at 3:00pm in the Grand Salon Opera at the DoubleTree by Hilton Montreal.This year’s recipients are Kevin Hart (Generation Award), Jim Jefferies (Stand-up Comedian of the Year), Hasan Minhaj (Breakout Comedy Star of the Year), Amanda Seales (Rising Comedy Star of the Year), Nick Kroll, Andrew Goldberg, Mark Levin and Jennifer Flackett for Netflix’ Big Mouth (Comedy Writers of the Year).The 2019 Just For Laughs Awards Show will be hosted by none other than JFL-veteran and fan-favourite, Alonzo Bodden. Introduced to the world on NBC’s Last Comic Standing, Alonzo Bodden was runner up on season 2 and came back to win it all on Last Comic Standing Season 3’s The Best of the Best. Bodden released his second stand-up comedy special in 2016, Historically Incorrect and can be seen in a number of TV’s top comedy shows including ABC’s Fresh Off the Boat and Showtime’s Californication.Generation Award: Kevin HartStand-up comedian, actor, and producer, Kevin Hart shot to fame after his first appearance at the Montreal Just For Laughs Festival, making a name for himself as one of the foremost comedians, entertainers, authors, and businessmen in the industry today. With an extensive list of film credits to his name, he has not only lent his voice to The Secret Life of Pets 2 and Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie, but has also appeared in The Upside, Central Intelligence, Ride Along 2, Get Hard, to name but a few. In 2019 Hart wrapped up his highly successful, global live standup comedy tour, The Irresponsible Tour, which is now available to stream on Netflix. Kevin is currently in production working on his new film Fatherhood, based on the best-selling book “Two Kisses for Maddy,” which he both produced and stars in. You can also catch Kevin in the upcoming film Jumanji: The Next Level alongside Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Danny DeVito, Karen Gillian, and Awkwafina, set to hit theatres at the end of this year. The Generation Award is reserved for recognizing unparalleled contributions to the world of comedy by artists whose work paves the way for a new generation of comedians. Kevin’s impact on the comedy industry, as a stand-up comedian, actor, producer continues to demonstrate why he is one of the most relevant and influential artists of our generation.Presenter to be announced shortly.Stand-Up Comedian of the Year: Jim JefferiesAustralian stand-up comedian, political commentator, actor and writer, Jim Jefferies is most widely recognized as the creator and star of FX’s Legit, and host of Comedy Central’s hit late-night comedy series, The Jim Jefferies Show. Named one of the top 5 touring comedians in the world, Jefferies has three critically-acclaimed Netflix specials under his belt, including his most recent hour This is Me Now.This award will be presented to Jim Jefferies by the unbelievably witty, Jimmy Carr, whose established comedy career spans a decade and a half. As the first UK-based comedian to record a special for Netflix, Carr’s additional television credits include 20 seasons as host of the panel show 8 Out Of 10 Cats, 16 seasons of spin-off 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown and 10 years presenting Channel 4’s Big Fat Quiz Of The Year. He has also hosted three seasons of Roast Battle on Comedy Central.Breakout Comedy Star of the Year: Hasan MinhajComedian, writer, producer, actor, political commentator and television host, Hasan Minhaj rose to fame after starring on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Trevor Noah. He was selected as a  New Face in 2014 by JFL, then went on to make his mark on the comedy industry after he delivered a smash speech at the 2017 White House Correspondents Dinner. This past year, Minhaj has absolutely exploded on the comedy scene, hosting his own talk show, Netflix’s Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj.This award will be presented to Hasan Minhaj by comedic powerhouse and lauded political commentator, Trevor Noah. The South-African born comedian is celebrated around the world for his insightful and authentic take on politics and current events, often sharing incisive social and political commentary as host on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show.Rising Comedy Star of the Year: Amanda SealesComedian, actress, writer and producer, Amanda Seales is a former MTV VJ with a master’s in African American studies from Columbia University. She is a series regular on HBO’s Insecure, has guest starred on ABC’s black-ish, and has performed stand up on NBC’s Late Night with Seth Meyers. She has written, produced and starred in two seasons of her scripted comedy, Get Your Life, that went viral after articulately and passionately confronting Caitlyn Jenner on issues of race and equality in America, during a live-streamed dinner, hosted by Katy Perry, on YouTube. Catch her this summer as the host of NBC’s new recording-breaking competition show, Bring The Funny.This award will be presented to Amanda Seales by NBC’s Saturday Night Live star Chris Redd. The Emmy-award winning comic was selected as a New Face in 2015 by JFL. He now can be seen in several comedy films including The House opposite Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler, and A Futile and Stupid Gesture starring Will Forte.  Redd starred in the cult-classic TV show, Wet Hot American Summer and in 2017, was featured on Comedy Central Stand-Up Presents and Netflix’s Love.Comedy Writers of the Year:Netflix’ Big Mouth is the edgy adult animated comedy series that is based off creators Nick Kroll and Andrew Goldberg’s real-life friendship, and the glorious nightmare that is teenage puberty. Heading into its third season, Big Mouth features the voices of comedy superstars including Nick Kroll, John Mulaney, Jenny Slate, and Fred Armisen, written by Nick Kroll, Andrew Goldberg, Mark Levin and Jennifer Flackett.This award will be presented to the writers of Netflix’s Big Mouth by actor Jason Mantzoukas. With countless acting credits to his name, including The House, The Dictator, How To Be Single, Sleeping With Other People, Neighbours, and the latest John Wick 3, Mantzoukas is best known for his roles on FXX’s The League, Netflix’s Big Mouth, NBC’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine and The Good Place. Mantzoukas co-wrote Adult Swim’s Mr. Neighbor’s House and Universal’s Ride Along starring Kevin Hart and Ice Cube.Just For Laughs ComedyPRO takes place July 24 – 27, 2019at the DoubleTree by Hilton. Industry passes are now on sale at https://comedypro.hahaha.com/pass-info/Limited tickets are now on sale. Use this link to get your tickets now Advertisement The Generation Award to be presented to Kevin HartJimmy Carr to present the award of Stand-up Comedian of the Year to Jim JefferiesTrevor Noah to present the award of Breakout Comedy Star of the Year to Hasan Minhaj Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

App connects Instagram influencers with restaurants offering freebies for posts

first_imgAs Jiten Grover prepared to open his first Dipped Donuts storefront in Toronto, he knew the power social media stars possess to boost the profile of a business in the food industry.When Grover opened the doors to the doughnut shop earlier this summer, a self-proclaimed local foodie posted a photo and rave review after trying the new spot. A prominent local blog reposted her snap and nearly 3,000 people proceeded to like it.It’s impossible to say how much sales the publicity generated, but Grover’s convinced there’s a positive correlation. Several people came into the eatery and said they’d seen the Instagram post, he said.“Our Instagram just blew up,” Grover said. “Influencers do have a big role, at least a significant impact, on a person’s business.”Instagram stars can deem an eatery trendy and send their hefty following through its doors simply by posting a photo of a menu item, and the makers of a new app want to monetize the influencer-restaurant relationship.Food creates amazing content and people are driven to it, said Armin Faraji, co-founder of the Node app, which launched about a month ago.The app aims to connect micro-influencers with restaurants in the province.Instagram users with a public account and more than 1,500 followers can sign up to redeem so-called nodes, essentially free food or drinks from restaurants in exchange for a post.Businesses pay a $100 monthly subscription fee and can create as many nodes as they wish. Companies can specify how many followers influencers should have, as well as suggest several hashtags to use in the caption.About 200 influencers and some 20 businesses are on the platform now, and about 50 are in the pipeline, Faraji said. The team is adding a maximum of five new establishments to the platform each week. So far, all the eateries are in Ontario, though the app may expand across Canada in the future.Grover decided to try Node to capitalize on the power of influencer posts to boost foot traffic and sales. He offered a half-dozen doughnuts and, at the time of writing, eight influencers had claimed and redeemed the offer.Pastry shop Bobette & Belle also recently used the service and at least two influencers came into the shop to receive their feature dozen macarons.It signed up for a year-long subscription, said Anne Cerutti, an administrative assistant at the bakery, and the system is already providing some relief in terms of time spent creating social media content for its nearly 40,000 Instagram followers.The influencers who redeemed the offer photographed the colourful French delicacy with professional equipment rather than just a smartphone, she said. Bobette & Belle then had access to high-quality images it could repost on its account rather than using staff time to stage shoots.“We found that’s just paying off already in terms of time,” said Cerutti.The app also makes sponsorship easier for those who may lack the high follower counts to receive payment for promotional posts.Natalia Corredor and her fiance co-manage the Wooedbyfoodblog Instagram account.The couple claimed two Node offers so far, she said, and finds the app gives them motivation to keep exploring the city’s food scene and sharing with their nearly 1,800 followers.Joshua Lowe used to reach out to restaurants individually on social media to seek out partnerships for his Instagram account, To.masticator, before joining the Node platform.The app allows him to visit these places when it works for him, he said, and saves him time he once spent trying to arrange such freebies himself.Despite the advantages of streamlining the relationship, the businesses still expressed some doubts about the platform.Dipped Donuts owner Grover anticipates he’ll launch another Node offer in the future, but isn’t certain whether he’ll use the app regularly or intermittently after the trial period.Cerutti said Bobette & Belle is planning its second offer, but said if the app gets a lot of traction, it may be helpful to limit the number of people who can redeem an offer so the business isn’t on the hook for too many free products.Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter.last_img read more

Aetna deal begins to pay off for CVS

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS swung back to a profit in the second quarter and easily beat expectations thanks in part to its acquisition of the health insurer Aetna.The drugstore on Wednesday reported profits of $1.94 billion, or $1.49 per share. Earnings, adjusted for one-time items, were $1.89 per share, which was 19 cents better than expected, according to a survey by Zacks Investment Research.Its revenue of $63.43 billion also topped expectations of $62.61 billion.For the full year, Wall Street expects earnings of $6.84 per share.CVS Health Corp. reaffirmed in June its forecast for per-share earnings between $6.75 and $6.90._____Portions of this story were generated by Automated Insights (http://automatedinsights.com/ap) using data from Zacks Investment Research. Access a Zacks stock report on CVS at https://www.zacks.com/ap/CVSThe Associated Press read more

Here Are The Most Absurd NFL Playoff Scenarios

WeekOutcomeProbabilityCumulative Probability Miami beats Buffalo520.273042432 16Seattle loses to Dallas61%61% L.A. Chargers lose to N.Y. Jets4327.4512 To get the wild card, Chargers must win both and then pray Tennessee loses to L.A. Rams6050.4 Cincinnati beats Baltimore210.009377878 17Detroit beats Green Bay653.90156 L.A. Rams lose to Tennessee4024 Will the Lions make it? Hmm… WeekOutcomeProbabilityCumulative Probability 16Miami loses to Kansas City7676 Cowboys need a near-miracle to keep their season alive Baltimore loses to Indianapolis165.2288 Atlanta beats New Orleans4115.006 WeekOutcomeProbabilityCumul. Probability 17L.A. Chargers beat Oakland670.140783616 Seattle beats Dallas399.36 WeekOutcomeProbabilityCumulative Probability Detroit beats Cincinnati6036.6 17Buffalo loses to Miami522.28393984 Dallas beats Philadelphia270.31602636 With just two weeks of regular season left, the number of teams that can still make the playoffs — who haven’t already secured their berths — has been whittled down to 14. Out of those, five teams enter Week 16 with at least an 87 percent chance, and two teams with a chance of 3 percent or lower, according to FiveThirtyEight’s NFL predictions. But the real fun lies with those teams in the middle that do not control their own destiny over the remaining two weeks.AFCThe AFC has three teams that have already made the playoffs: New England, Pittsburgh and Jacksonville. Kansas City, which may have had the biggest roller coaster of a season of any team in the league, will join them with a single win against either Miami or Denver. Baltimore needs two wins to clinch a playoff spot but can also get in a few ways with one. Considering that they have an 84 percent chance of beating Indianapolis in Week 16 and a 79 chance of defeating Cincinnati in Week 17, let’s assume the Ravens are in. The rest of the AFC’s playoff picture is made up of three teams with at least a 15 percent chance and a couple of teams with next to no chance.Note: For the purpose of this article, we are going to ignore scenarios that involve ties. They are just too absurd, so we will spare you and ourselves. TennesseeTennessee probably shouldn’t be in this kind of mess, but after being torched for 381 passing yards by the new golden boy of the 49ers, quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, the Titans find themselves in a precarious position. Mike Mularkey’s men probably have the toughest remaining schedule of any AFC team trying to make the playoffs: In Week 16, the Titans welcome the L.A. Rams to Nissan Stadium, and they then host Jacksonville in Week 17. The easiest path for Tennessee is to beat the Rams and the Jaguars and then hope Buffalo loses to either the Patriots OR the Dolphins in Week 17. If the Titans lose to the Rams but beat the Jags and Buffalo somehow manages to win both of their games, the Titans will need one loss from the Ravens. But fear not, Titans fans: You still have options even if your team loses both games: Baltimore loses to Cincinnati210.057338911 WeekOutcomeProbabilityCumulative Probability Miami beats Kansas City248.208 Oakland beats Philadelphia182.17728 17Carolina beats Atlanta361.080432 The Dolphins need a straight flush L.A. Chargers lose to N.Y. Jets4325.8 16L.A. Rams beat Tennessee6060 Dallas beats Philadelphia270.030630247 L.A. ChargersAfter starting the season 0-4, L.A. had just a 1 percent chance of making the playoffs, according to our projections. Philip Rivers and Co. then reeled off seven wins in their next nine games to jump right in the middle of the playoff conundrum in what was perhaps the best turnaround of any team this season. That season will end if the Chargers don’t win out. Assuming they do that, however, the Chargers can still win the division if Kansas City also loses its two remaining games. But let’s imagine that Alex Smith and Kareem Hunt turn it on for at least one of those games — because we’re not in this for simplicity. The Chargers’ path to the final AFC playoff spot then gets really complicated: Oakland beats L.A. Chargers330.025029635 Tennessee can make the playoffs even if it loses both games OaklandThe disappointing 6-8 Oakland Raiders are still mathematically alive. Raiders fans, we will indulge your fantasies. But we really think you should focus on the Warriors’ chances at winning another title. Here it is: With multiple permutations still on the table entering the final couple of weeks, the end to the regular season has the potential to be a memorable one. Be sure to follow along for yourself with our simulation model and play along with our NFL prediction game to see all the different combinations for yourself.Check out our latest NFL predictions. L.A. Rams lose to San Francisco130.064831104 17Jacksonville beats Tennessee530.5250816 Kansas City beats Denver610.085878006 Buffalo beats New England160.2101248 Carolina beats Atlanta360.4987008 Miami beats Kansas City2412.096 17Seattle beats Arizona741.38528 Baltimore loses to Indianapolis160.3483648 New Orleans loses to Tampa Bay301.170468 Buffalo loses to Miami520.044656563 Miami beats Buffalo520.075847378 Baltimore loses to Indianapolis164.392192 NFCWhile a 9-7 record might be enough to make the cut in the AFC, teams in the NFC won’t be so lucky — and there are even some scenarios that a team with 10 wins doesn’t get in. The Eagles and Vikings already have their berths secured, and a single win will be enough for both the Rams and Panthers to make the playoffs. Where it becomes less certain is in the game between the Saints and Falcons: The winner will secure their berth, and the loser will need a win in Week 17 to secure theirs. But let’s assume the loser of the Atlanta and New Orleans game loses its next game – because chaos is great. This will open the door for Dallas, Detroit or Seattle to sneak into the dance.DallasDallas has largely been overrated for much of the season but has pulled off three straight wins to keep hope alive in Jerry World. The Cowboys must win their Week 16 virtual elimination game against the Seahawks, with the losers’ path ended and the winners surviving another week. Dallas must then beat Philadelphia, which will be without star quarterback Carson Wentz and may have already secured home-field advantage throughout the playoffs by then, and rely on the Lions losing to the Packers, which becomes even more unrealistic if Aaron Rodgers doesn’t play. Still, where there’s a will, there’s a way. Buffalo can still make it at 8-8 New Orleans loses to Tampa Bay300.11344536 Tennessee loses to Jacksonville530.145860342 Miami beats Kansas City246.192 Atlanta beats New Orleans4115.006 Tampa Bay beats Carolina203.0012 WeekOutcomeProbabilityCumulative Probability Indianapolis beats Baltimore161.31328 L.A. Chargers beat N.Y. Jets5734.2 17Baltimore beats Cincinnati790.275208192 SeattleSunday’s demolition at the hands of the Rams, coupled with Monday’s victory by the Falcons over the Bucs, left the Seahawks with a very simple to-do list to make the playoffs: They must win both of their remaining games, against Dallas and Arizona, and then pray that Atlanta loses again and Detroit slips up against either Cincinnati or Green Bay. All eyes will be on what Russell Wilson has left in him and whether his MVP-caliber season will go to waste. Assuming they do win their two games, here’s the longest shot we found: 16L.A. Rams beat Tennessee6060 17Baltimore loses to Cincinnati211.098048 16Detroit beats Cincinnati60%60% L.A. Chargers lose to N.Y. Jets4332.68 Indianapolis beats Baltimore160.99072 Tampa Bay beats Carolina201.872 …and the Raiders need a royal flush BuffaloLike Tennessee, Buffalo is in decent shape if it wins its remaining two games. With a 10-6 record, there would be a couple of ways to get in, but the most likely would involve a Titans loss to the Rams in Week 16. The bad news there, however, is that the Bills in Week 16 face the Patriots, against whom they’re just 5-30 since 2000 and have just a 16 percent chance of beating on Sunday. If they fall to the Pats, the Bills still have a decent chance as long as they beat the Dolphins in Week 17. The strange thing about how all of this works out is that, presuming Buffalo does beat Miami, a win for the Titans over the Rams in Week 16 would actually benefit the Bills, and then a Jacksonville victory over Tennessee in Week 17 would secure Buffalo’s spot in the postseason. (That’s because the NFL’s tie-breaking criteria is different depending on which team the Bills are being compared with.)However, even if the Bills lose both games, they aren’t dead. Buffalo can end its 17-year playoff drought at 8-8 — which would be a very Bills move. But they would need a lot of help: Detroit loses to Green Bay350.3781512 Miami loses to Kansas City7663.84 DetroitAtlanta’s win over Tampa Bay on Monday made Detroit’s seemingly tough task all the more unlikely. The Lions’ playoff chances currently stand at just 14 percent, and they must win both of their remaining games against Cincinnati and Green Bay to have any chance. They’ll also need Atlanta to lose to Carolina and the winner of the Seattle-Dallas clash to lose its next game. Again, assuming the Lions do win both of their remaining two, here’s the weirdest path we found for them to make the cut: 16Buffalo loses to New England8484 MiamiWith eight losses, Jay Cutler and the Dolphins have no business being in the playoffs this year, but yes, it’s still in the realm of possibility. Here’s how it could happen: Detroit beats Cincinnati6036.6 L.A. Rams lose to Tennessee406.0024 16Buffalo loses to New England84%84% Russell Wilson can’t do everything WeekOutcomeProbabilityCumulative Probability 16Dallas beats Seattle61%61% WeekOutcomeProbabilityCumulative Probability read more

Man successfully sues Brewdog for £1000 after being told beer was only

Thomas Bower was awarded £1,000 in damages Thomas Bower was awarded £1,000 in damages A drinker won a discrimination case against a popular brewery after he was stopped from buying its women-only beer.Brewdog last year offered discounts on a “pink” craft ale to anyone identifying as female at its bars, as part of a campaign to highlight the gender pay gap.However, the “satirical” initiative backfired when a male customer at a branch in Cardiff decided to launch legal action after being told he could not order the drink.Thomas Bower, 27, said he “felt forced to identify as a female” to convince bar staff to serve him the £4 Pink IPA rather than the £5 Punk IPA in March 2018.The software engineer complained to Brewdog but was told his treatment did not amount to discrimination – prompting him to sue the brewery in a small claims court.He was awarded £1,000 after a judge agreed he had been unfairly treated because of his gender. District Judge Marshall Phillips, sitting at the Civil Justice Centre in Cardiff, said in his judgment: “It is clear that in this case the claimant has been directly discriminated against by the defendant because of his sex.”The fact that by identifying as female he was still able to purchase a Pink IPA, makes no difference. “I accept what Dr Bower says, namely that identifying as female was the only way he could purchase a Pink IPA at a cost of £4.”Brewdog argued it had not discriminated against Dr Bower because he had identified as female and was allowed to purchase the drink.Dr Bower, who represented himself in court, said he did not want to profit from the case and donated his money to charity.He said: “After taking into account my costs, I donated equal amounts of this award to the Young Women’s Trust, which aims to help women negotiate for better pay, and the Campaign Against Living Miserably, which runs a male suicide prevention line, among other things.”Brewdog did not reply to a request for comment. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Komatsu equips D375A8 mining dozer with intelligent Machine Control

first_imgKomatsu has released the first mining dozer to incorporate its fully-integrated intelligent Machine Control (iMC) system, which delivers proven productivity, efficiency and cost-saving benefits, according to the company.The 72.9-t D375Ai-8 ‘intelligent’ dozer is powered by a US EPA Tier 4 Final emission certified Komatsu SAA6D170E-7 diesel engine rated at 455 kW in forward gears, and 558 kW in reverse. This provides more reversing power for higher productivity, Komatsu says.According to Michael Hall, Komatsu Australia’s Mining Product Manager, the iMC version of the dozer can carry out both bulk and final trim dozing in fully-automatic mode from start to finish, delivering final grade performance and accuracy.This may be Komatsu’s first mining machine fitted with iMC, but the concept has been successfully used on the company’s smaller and mid-sized dozers across Australia and New Zealand over the past three years, Hall explained.“The concept has been shown to significantly increase productivity and efficiency – up to twice as productive as dozers fitted with ‘bolt-on’ third-party machine control systems, according to Australian users and operators – while reducing the cost of each metre of material moved,” he said.“This will deliver major benefits to mining operations across the board, whether in bulk overburden moving, chasing thin or narrow seams, for mine infrastructure works, for stockpile management, or in rehabilitation projects.”He added: “Komatsu’s iMC is another step on the path to fully-autonomous dozer operation.”This technology also offers significant safety benefits in stockpile applications with a remote control-ready option available, according to Hall.Integrated machine controlThe D375Ai-8 intelligent dozer incorporates, as standard, a factory-installed fully integrated Global Navigation Satellite System machine control system.Hall said: “Because the machine control system is fully integrated, it eliminates the need for coiled cables between machine and blade; the operator or service technicians don’t have to climb up on the machine to remove and replace antennas or masts, and there’s no requirement for daily connections and recalibrations.“As well, an enhanced sensor package combined with an intelligent logic system provides for high accuracy in a fully-integrated system without the need for traditional blade-mounted sensors – which can be subject to damage, theft or vandalism.”Komatsu’s iMC system automatically controls blade elevation and tilt according to target design data, using common industry standard design data software and systems, Komatsu said.“With these machines, not only can the automatic machine control features be used for final grading but also for bulk dozing – a capability which is unique to Komatsu intelligent dozers,” Hall said.“Loading of the blade at the start of the cut is controlled via set parameters; during the pass, if the load on the blade increases, automatic blade control manages the load and minimises shoe slip, ensuring effective dozing at all times.“Then, when the material level approaches the target design surface, the machine reverts to fine blade control for close final grading,” he said.Highly experienced dozer operators have reported that, with this technology, they can be more productive than they have ever been before – placing material faster and with more accuracy than any existing dozer/machine control combination, Hall said.Dozing progress can be checked using the integrated, as-built, mapping display, which collects surface data by continuously measuring actual elevations as the machine operates. This data is also communicated back to the planning software to enabling monitoring of material movement by planning and management personnel.Komatsu’s intelligent dozer technology is also readily integrated with its SMARTCONSTRUCTION offering, which combines drone-based survey and site management systems and cloud-based information offerings to design, plan, construct and manage mining, quarrying and construction operations, the company said.“When Komatsu released our first intelligent dozer, the 20 t D61EXi/PXi-23 construction dozer in 2014, the technology was described as fully scalable to other machines in our dozer range,” Hall said.“We proved this with the release of three additional iMC dozers in 2016, and now we’ve extended the technology to our mining-sized D375Ai-8.”The D375A-8 launchpadThe new D375Ai-8 is based on the recently released D375A-8 (pictured), which features a combination of a fuel-efficient low-emission engine, increased reversing power and enhanced chassis and track frame durability to deliver significantly lower operating costs per metre of material moved, according to Komatsu.It is powered by a Komatsu SAA6D170E-7, Tier 4-compliant diesel engine that reduces emissions compared with previous generation engines and cuts fuel consumption through a heavy-duty exhaust gas recirculation system, a hydraulically-driven radiator cooling fan and Komatsu auto idle stop.Production efficiency is enhanced through a 20% increase in engine power when in reverse, reducing cycle time in downhill dozing applications. Hall said: “Compared with our previous generation D375A-6, production in downhill dozing is increased by 18%.”Other features of the new dozer include Komatsu’s automatic transmission with lock-up torque converter for reduced fuel consumption and greater powertrain efficiency, automatic gearshift transmission, improved ride and operator comfort levels, better visibility to the blade and ripper, and maintainability enhancements.Hall said: “The D375A-8 was a significant advance in dozer technology in terms of improved performance, productivity, operator comfort and ease of maintenance.“Our new D375Ai-8 intelligent dozer takes that technology to the next level through its integration of machine control and its benefits to all types of dozing operation.”last_img read more

The 9 at 9 Saturday

first_imgEvery morning TheJournal.ie brings you the nine stories you need to know a little before 9am.1.#ADMISSIONS: The HSE has doubled the number of admissions officers for mental health patients. However, the number of admissions has decreased.2.#CORK: Two men arrested in connection with a pair of alleged sexual assaults in Cork have been released without charge.3.#FUNERALS: The funerals of Gerry Conlon, wrongly accused of an IRA bombing in London, and 13-year-old Ricky Osagie, who drowned after jumping in to a pond to save another teenager, will both take place today.4.#BRAY: A 21-year-old man accused of the killing of a woman in Bray remains in Garda custody this morning. A number of papers this morning report that the man is the son of the woman.5.#UKRAINE: The new leader of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko has extended the country’s tenuous truce with pro-Russian rebels. The news comes a day after Ukraine moved closer to the EU.6.#WATER: The government is to cut the free water allowance for children, the Irish Independent reports. The allowance was set to be 104 litres, but the paper reports that it may now be less.7.#RIP: Soul legend Bobby Womack, who had hits with Across 110th Street and Woman’s Gotta Have It, has died aged 70. He influenced stars from Marvin Gaye to Damon Albarn.8.#PRIDE: Today marks the Dublin Pride March, a celebration of the LGBTQ community in the capital. Over 40,000 people are expected to march from the Garden of Remembrance to Merrion Square this afternoon.9.#MY LOVELY HORSE: Ireland’s desperation to win the Eurovision Song Contest was taken to the Oireachtas this week. A petition to get the Father Ted song My Lovely Horse entered into the competition was considered this week, but not for long.last_img read more

New Cork bridge could be named after Mary Elmes the Irish Oskar

first_img 12,852 Views PLANS ARE UNDERWAY to have a new bridge in Cork city named after Mary Elmes, who is known as the ‘Irish Oskar Schindler’.Fianna Fáil Councillor Kenneth O’Flynn proposed the idea at a Cork City Council meeting earlier this month.When it was announced in September of last year that the pedestrian bridge would be constructed between Merchant’s Quay and Patrick’s Quay, the Evening Echo said that politicians believed it should be named in honour of a Cork woman.This week, O’Flynn told TheJournal.ie that councillors will have agreement on the issue in the next number of weeks, and he is confident that the proposal to name the bridge after Mary Elmes will go to public consultation.“It was extremely popular and well supported and I think people see the importance of Mary Elmes as an international figure as well as a national figure, and her contribution to the Holocaust survivors,” he said.He added: “We only have one other bridge in Cork named after a woman – Nano Nagle Bridge.”He said that Elmes was born on Winthrop Street, which is just off Patrick St. She died at the age of 93 in Perpignan in France.Elmes is credited with saving the lives of at least 200 Jewish children during the time of the Holocaust. Having studied at Trinity College Dublin, she became involved in refugee work during the Spanish Civil War. Source: Gill BooksA documentary about her life, which is narrated by Winona Ryder, has been made by Irishman Andrew Gallimore. Author Clodagh Finn has also written a book about Mary Elme’s life, called A Time To Risk It All.Yad Vashem, which is the World Holocaust Remembrance Center, has named Mary Elmes one of the ‘righteous among the nations’. It said:Elmes joined forces with the Jewish OSE organization and especially with Dr. Joseph Weill and Andrée Salomon, who were active in the rescue of Jews. Until mid-August 1942 children could be legally released from the camps, but on August 11 deportations of Jews from the camp of Rivesaltes began, first to Drancy near Paris, and from there to Auschwitz. From that time until the camp closed on 25 November 1942, the authorities no longer released children from the camp. Elmes was fully aware of the meaning of the deportations. Short URL Share75 Tweet Email4 http://jrnl.ie/3874791 Wednesday 28 Feb 2018, 6:05 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlecenter_img 30 Comments New Cork bridge could be named after Mary Elmes, the ‘Irish Oskar Schindler’ It is hoped construction will begin on the bridge by the end of this year or beginning of 2019. Lois Gunden (an American Mennonite who was recognized as Righteous Among the Nations in 2012 for rescuing children in the same region) wrote in her journal: “Mary informed me about the return of Polish and German Jews to Poland where death and starvation awaits them”. Braving the danger, Elmes and her Jewish colleagues smuggled children out of the camp and brought them to safe places.It is anticipated that construction will begin on the new bridge at the end of 2018 or beginning of 2019, and O’Flynn said he “would be very hopeful” that the bridge will end up being named after Mary Elmes.“People have been getting to know the story nationally and internationally.“It would be a fitting tribute to one of Cork’s daughters.”Read: Poland seeking to pass laws making it illegal say it was complicit in Holocaust> Feb 28th 2018, 6:06 AM By Aoife Barrylast_img read more

Greek Australian and team recognised for helping young drug addicts

first_imgGeorge Hatzimanolis and his team of Youth and Family Services workers were recognised for their hard work in helping young people and their families cope with and get rehabilitation in their drug and alcohol, and mental health issues. The Youth and Family Services team from Odyssey House Victoria – of which Mr Hatzimanolis is the manager – where awarded the Excellence in Services to Young People for their work on the Building Resilience in Community Schools project as part of Drug Action Week. The Odyssey House Project Building Resilience in Community Schools places an experienced worker in community schools to provide at risk young people, their families and social workers with professional non-judgemental support and information regarding alcohol and drug use. Community schools are an alternative education setting for young people who do not fit into traditional mainstream schooling. “These are kids who are – what we consider – high risk and [in most cases] it’s their last chance to remain engaged in education,” explains Mr Hatzimanolis. The program was awarded for its ability to recognise the need to implement alcohol and drug treatment services in community schools. “Odyssey House has been funded to place a clinician into these schools to work with these young people,” Mr Hatzimanolis tells Neos Kosmos. “We work with 56 per cent of the students of these community schools, and we are currently working with three community schools around Melbourne. “53 per cent of these students attend counselling weekly, out of the 53 per cent, six per cent of our clients are homeless yet still attend school, so we’re talking the really high risk young people.” For the past 10 to 15 years, Mr Hatzimanolis has noticed a significant difference in young people battling their addiction with drug and alcohol issues. He says as in the past, people would come into the centre with an addiction to one drug – say alcohol, marijuana or heroin – and they had the skill and knowledge to help, nowadays he is noticing a rise in poly-users; young people who take a high volume of a variety of drugs. He says this is posing a challenge for the counsellors who are noticing a rise in mental health issues because of this. Mr Hatzimanolis tells Neos Kosmos that another challenge can affect children of ethnic communities, explaining he finds it difficult to get people involved in the programs who have a Greek background. “They like to deal with it themselves,” he says of loved ones with a Greek background who have family members battling an addiction. “The problem with a lot of these young people is that their parents are struggling with their own issues as well so we try to link them into specialist services for them as well.” Mr Hatzimanolis adds that the Greek community tend to send the person with the drug or alcohol issue back to Greece with the impressions that they “come back fine” without a drug and alcohol problem. “What they don’t realise is that drug and alcohol doesn’t discriminate; drug and alcohol are everywhere. “When you are a drug user you will find that drug it doesn’t matter which country you are in, so what they do is send them back to Greece to their uncles, aunties, grandmothers and grandfathers but they tend to find themselves back in the city and they tend to continue their drug use and this doesn’t work. They need to be linked into a specialist service like ours. Odyssey House is one of the largest drug and alcohol misuse organisations in Victoria. It provides a comprehensive range of community-based treatment and support services to address alcohol and other drug problems, along with any associated mental health, vocational, health, relationship and family issues. Participation in these programs is voluntary and people wanting help can self refer. If you are dealing with a loved one with a drug and alcohol issue, Mr Hatzimanolis says: “make a phone call and get some advice and to get agencies in the region that they are able to link their son or daughter or loved one into and it’s about them looking after themselves. “We can’t force people to attend counselling sessions, a lot of time we find it’s just about us giving support and advice to their parents and that advice is looking after themselves and how to deal with a young person living with an addiction.” For more information on Odyssey House visit www.odysseyhouse.com.au Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Revenue guidance could be lowered again this fiscal says Infosys shares rise

first_imgInfosys shares jumped 0.38 percent on Friday in response to the IT software services exporter saying revenue guidance could be lowered for a second time this fiscal over persisting risks, like Brexit.At an investors’ conference organised by JP Morgan recently, Infosys CEO Vishal Sikka said, “I can tell you that the second quarter will be better. But we are seeing some risks that could lead to a downward revision of the guidance because the environment has worsened as we have gone into the quarter.”The company lowered its guidance earlier in July while announcing its first quarter results, leading to its share price plunging almost 10 percent.The Bengaluru-based company had lowered guidance to 10.5 to 12 percent in constant currency terms from 11.5 to 13.5 percent in July.The Inofsys stock was trading at Rs. 1,045.35 at around 9:36 a.m. on Friday, up 0.38 percent from its previous close on the Bombay Stock Exchange.Last month, the Bengaluru-based IT software services exporter said in a statement that RBS had scrapped a project to spin off and list Williams & Glyn (W&G) as a separate entity. Infosys, along with IBM, had won a project in September 2013 to develop computer systems for W&G for an estimated Rs. 2,500 crore.Infosys had deployed about 3,000 people on the project as the technology partner.The company recorded a 4.47 percent decline in consolidated net profit sequentially for the quarter ended June 30, 2016 even as profits rose by 13.4 percent on a YoY basis. In revenues, Bengaluru-based Infosys registered a growth of 1.4 percent sequentially and 16.9 percent YoY for the June 30, 2016 quarter.last_img read more

Canada concerned over Myanmar situation

first_imgRohingya refugees who arrived from Myanmar last night by boat, walk on a bamboo bridge of Shah Porir Dwip as they move to a refugee camp, in Teknaf, Bangladesh, 7 October, 2017. Photo: ReutersCanada has said they are deeply concerned by the plight of the Rohingya and other ethnic minorities in Myanmar.”The killings and other gross violations of human rights are part of a widespread attack against the Rohingya. These are crimes against humanity-and the responsibility for ending this ethnic cleansing falls squarely on Myanmar’s military leadership and its civilian government,” said a statement on Saturday.Chrystia Freeland, minister of foreign affairs, and Marie-Claude Bibeau, minister of international development and La Francophonie issued the statement on the critical situation in Myanmar:”Once again, we urge authorities to set the conditions for the safe and voluntary return of Rohingya refugees and other ethnic minorities to their rightful homes, in dignity, where they should live free from persecution and enjoy full equality under the law,” the statement reads.Over the last month, Minister Freeland has spoken to her counterparts from numerous countries regarding the need to work together to exert pressure on the regime to end the violence in Myanmar’s northern Rakhine state.”A week ago, the minister also spoke with Myanmar’s commander-in-chief, senior general Min Aung Hlaing, to emphasise Canadians’ concern for human rights violations against the Rohingya population and to encourage an end to the violence.”On 2 October, Canada’s ambassador to Myanmar participated in a visit to northern Rakhine for diplomats and representatives of UN agencies.This must be the first step in granting urgently needed access to all parts of northern Rakhine for foreign officials, humanitarian and UN agencies, as well as the international press.Minister Bibeau has approved$12.25million in humanitarian assistance funding to trusted partners in Myanmar and Bangladesh to date in 2017 to meet the needs of the most vulnerable, including the Rohingya women and youth. But the international community, including Canada, must do more.”Canada implores the military and civilian authorities in Myanmar to end the violence, to allow the full, safe and unimpeded delivery of humanitarian assistance, and to implement the recommendations of the Kofi Annan-chaired Advisory Commission on Rakhine state. We continue to stand ready to support all efforts to build a democratic, inclusive, diverse and stable society in Myanmar,” said the statement.last_img read more

Houston Commercial Real Estate Market Slower But Not Sluggish

first_img Florian MartinHouston’s retail and industrial real estate markets are doing well, while office is slow to recover from the oil downturn.Many sectors of Houston’s real estate market have been affected by the oil downturn – some more than others.The office market, for example, has suffered as a declining workforce has left many Houston offices empty.But retail and industrial properties have been doing well, said Robert Kramp, director of research at CBRE’s Texas and Oklahoma region.“We have seen something of a pullback on that but it’s a natural pullback coming off of a peak,” he said. “And that peak was driven primarily through population gains in 2014 and 2015 into 2016.”The office market, meanwhile, will be the slowest to come back, Kramp said.The oil downturn – and simultaneous petrochemical boom – have also led to a geographical shift in commercial and residential real estate.“We’re now seeing pockets like east Houston, Baytown, Pasadena, League City that are neck-and-neck with the residential growth in west Houston,” he said. “About 2.5 percent.”  Kramp expects the eastside growth to continue, as evidenced by long-term investments in the area. Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X 00:00 /01:03 Sharelast_img read more

Cheyenne Jackson bares all for racy gay sex scenes in new movie

first_imgCheyenne Jackson has decided to get nude once again, and this time he’s singing while he’s doing it. Cheyenne Jackson bares all in Hello Again The 30 Rock star appears in new indie musical Hello Again, based on the hit off-Broadway play.Playing Robert (also known as The Writer), he has relationships with many of the other characters.Cheyenne Jackson bares all for sex scenes in movie musicalThe plot sees ’10 lost souls are followed through 10 periods in New York City history, falling in an out of relationships with each other’.In one scene, Jackson gets intimate with another man.Directed by Tom Hustafson and written by Cory Krueckeberg, the film also stars Audra McDonald.Other actors include Martha Plimpton, T R Knight, and Rumer Willis.Recently, while promoting Hello Again, Jackson admitted he has his own experiences of sexual harassment in the entertainment industry. ‘I I have felt like a piece of meat so much,’ he told  SiriusXM Progress.‘And part of it, you start to think, like, maybe it’s – because the first couple of parts I did are so based sexually on how I look ― and is it my fault?‘And maybe like I’m putting that out there that I’m like this hunky thing.’He further opened up about personal experiences and observations about Hollywood.One time when he played Elvis on Broadway he faced particularly forward fans.‘I remember playing Elvis on Broadway and then afterwards, at the stage door, women like, fully putting their hands down my pants,’ he said. ‘And grabbing my leg and grabbing my butt. It’s like, “Because you’re playing Elvis I’m allowed to touch you and grab you however I want.”‘Within the industry, he commented he hasn’t ‘felt personally victimized’. However, he also said he’s glad ‘this lid has blown up, because things are changing’.Hello Again is now available to rent on YouTube and on Google Play.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . GAYSTARNEWS-center_img eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Meet the cute actor playing Xavier Dolan’s bf in It: Chapter Two (and here’s the man he’s married to in real life)Cheyenne Jackson takes on new role playing Disney villain HadesFounding Fathers and leaders who were LGBT-friendly, in honour of LGBT History MonthRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/cheyenne-jackson-bares-racy-gay-sex-scenes-new-movie-musical/last_img read more

Cancun driver dies in horrific twotaxi crash

first_imgThe horrific accident happened along the Cancun-Mérida highway just before the entrance to Leona Vicario. Reports show the two hit with incredible impact, spinning both vehicles off the highway and into the brush. Police say the driver of the Cancun radio taxi, William E.C., was pronounced on scene while the male driver of the Leona Vicario taxi, who has not been identified, was seriously injured and rushed to hospital. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window) Cancun, Q.R. — A radio taxi driver from the Andrés Quintana Roo union died after he was reportedly crashed into by another taxi from Leona Vicario.center_img Photo: El Heroico Cuerpo de Bomberos de Cancúnlast_img read more

Nuance Introduces PowerScribe One Radiology Reporting Platform

first_imgTechnology | PACS Accessories | November 25, 2018 Nuance Introduces PowerScribe One Radiology Reporting Platform Platform delivers AI-powered workflow efficiency and accuracy to improve disease detection, diagnosis, follow-up and treatment 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 | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 06, 2019 Canon Medical Introduces Encore Orian MR Upgrade Program Canon Medical Systems USA Inc. is helping to provide low-cost patient care solutions for its customers with the launch… 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 News | Artificial Intelligence | August 08, 2019 Half of Hospital Decision Makers Plan to Invest in AI by 2021 August 8, 2019 — A recent study conducted by Olive AI explores how hospital leaders are responding to the imperative read more Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more November 25, 2018 — At the Radiological Society of North America’s (RSNA) 104th Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting, Nov. 25-30 in Chicago, Nuance Communications Inc. introduced PowerScribe One, the next generation of the company’s radiology reporting platform. Harnessing Nuance’s advanced natural language understanding capabilities and cloud technology, the PowerScribe One platform integrates access to artificial intelligence (AI)-powered  diagnostic and decision-support tools to measurably improve workflow efficiency and accuracy.Purpose-built to address inefficiencies, inconsistent recommendations and failed follow-up, PowerScribe One benefits from the latest advances in AI such as natural language understanding, image characterization, speech recognition, intelligent exchange of structured data and cloud technology. This enables radiologists to:Extract structured data continuously while dictating;Apply structured data to aid in creation of accurate, clinically appropriate and consistent diagnostic reports;Share clinically relevant structured data between systems — including electronic health records (EHRs), picture archiving and communication systems (PACS) and others — enabling care teams to improve follow-up, monitoring and outcomes;Populate reports dynamically with content from integrated systems to minimize redundancy and reduce errors;Integrate AI image characterization directly into the reporting workflow via Nuance’s AI Marketplace;Make standardized reporting initiatives easier to launch, administer, promote and adopt; andHarness the cloud to easily access and use evolving technology and innovation.“PowerScribe One transforms my dictations on-the-fly into relevant, structured findings so that it’s not just my words, but their meaning in the context of my patient’s clinical situation. Then, by incorporating the data into the decision support workflow, I can become both more effective and more efficient,” said Tarik Alkasab, M.D., Ph.D., service chief for information technology (IT)/informatics and operations at Massachusetts General Hospital. “PowerScribe One is more than a voice-enabled text report creation tool, it’s becoming an integration platform that empowers radiologists to capture, share, and take action on important patient information more quickly and easily.”PowerScribe One leverages a cloud-powered, continuously learning and context-aware language understanding platform to convert unstructured speech-to-text input into structured data. The platform also integrates access to AI algorithms within the radiologist’s normal workflow, giving radiologists powerful solutions to improve efficiency and throughput, increase diagnostic accuracy and specificity, and ensure consistent, evidence-based follow-up recommendations. The integration of structured narrative data, workflow-embedded AI, clinical guidance, assisted diagnosis, quality-checking and report automation tools elevates the accuracy, completeness and value of radiology reporting.PowerScribe One also enables enhanced sharing of concrete and actionable information with care teams and across the care pathway. It puts essential follow-up, timeframe and other information that was previously stranded within unstructured narrative report text directly into the hands of clinical users. Converting unstructured text to structured data opens a path to expanded interoperability and powers a new generation of data-driven applications.  It also complements standardization work on Common Data Elements by the American College of Radiology (ACR), American Society of Neuroradiology (ASNR), RSNA, and other governing bodies to improve information exchange and advance radiologic practice, research and performance measurement.“Imaging AI cannot be deployed in a silo – integrating the outputs of AI into the radiologist’s existing clinical workflow enables it to effectively augment the capabilities of the radiologist, while preserving as well as enhancing efficiency and quality,” said Warren B. Gefter, MD, professor of radiology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. “AI in radiology is rapidly evolving; the challenge is to make it usable and useful.”For more information: www.nuance.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Medical 3-D Printing | August 08, 2019 RSNA and ACR to Collaborate on Landmark Medical 3D Printing Registry The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) will launch a new medical… read more center_img News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more News | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 06, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Improves Heart Attack Risk Assessment When used with a common heart scan, machine learning, a type of artificial intelligence (AI), does better than… read more Technology | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Shimadzu Medical Systems USA, a subsidiary of Shimadzu Corp., announced they have received U.S. Food and Drug… read more Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more Related Content The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s.last_img read more

These are the hurricane names that will replace Harvey Irma Maria and

first_img MIAMI — After last year’s devastating hurricane season, we will never have to hear from Harvey, Irma, Maria and Nate ever again.According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the names of the four deadly hurricanes that slammed parts of the United States, Central America and the Caribbean last year are being retired.Harvey, Irma, Maria and Nate will be replaced with Harold, Idalia, Margot and Nigel. The new names will make their debut during the 2023 hurricane season.A total of 86 names have been retired from the Atlantic basin list since 1954. The names are retired if the storms were so severe that their future use would be regarded as insensitive.Harvey hit Texas on Aug. 25, 2017, killing at least 68 people. Irma caused 44 deaths and 85 indirect deaths in the Caribbean and Florida. Maria killed 31 in Dominican and 65 in Puerto Rico, while Nate’s rainfall inundated Central America and killed 45.More news:  Can you guess the one and only hotel company to rank on Indeed’s Top Workplaces in Canada list? With file from The Associated Press Share These are the hurricane names that will replace Harvey, Irma, Maria and Nate Thursday, April 12, 2018 Posted by Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Local media Burundi opposition figure shot dead in capital

first_img Comments   Share   The killing, which took place in Bujumbura’s Ngagara district, is likely to raise tensions in the Central African country that has been hit by political unrest since late last month when it was announced that President Pierre Nkurunziza would seek another term in office in elections set for June 26.The U.N. secretary-general condemned the killing and said it threatens to “entrench mistrust and trigger further violence,” according to a statement from Ban Ki-moon’s spokesman.Nkurunziza’s effort to stay in power sparked street protests that have lasted for four weeks and in which at least 20 people have been killed and 431 injured. The turmoil sparked a failed coup against the president by some senior military officers.Protesters say Nkurunziza’s bid for a third term is illegal because the constitution only allows for two five-year terms, and some protesters are vowing to stay on the streets until Nkurunziza says he will not run for re-election. Nkurunziza came to power in 2005 and won a second term in 2010. He maintains he is eligible for a third term because parliament elected him for the first term, not a direct vote.Amid the unrest, the international community has been urging Nkurunziza to delay the elections, and the U.S. has expressed disappointment over Nkurunziza’s decision to seek more time in office. 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — The leader of a Burundi opposition party was killed Saturday by unknown assailants in the nation’s capital, Bujumbura, local media reported.Zedi Feruzi of the UPD-Zigamibanga party was slain late Saturday in a drive-by shooting in which at least one of his bodyguards was also killed, Iwacu, a prominent news organization in Burundi, reported on its website.Feruzi was outside his house when a car approached and its occupants sprayed him with bullets, according to Iwacu. Top Stories Nearly 100,000 Burundians have fled to neighboring countries, citing fears over political violence, with the number expected to rise to 200,000 in six months, according to the U.N. Many of them have sought refuge in unsanitary refugee camps in Tanzania, where they also face a cholera outbreak in which more than 30 people have died in recent days. Others have fled to Congo and Rwanda.Burundi, a poor country which exports mostly coffee and depends heavily on foreign aid, experienced an ethnic-based civil war from 1993 to 2003 which killed at least 250,000 people.___This story has been corrected to show that 100,000 people have fled Burundi, not 200,000.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Sponsored Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies How men can have a healthy 2019 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologistlast_img read more

As part of American Express growing investment in

first_imgAs part of American Express’ growing investment in rewards, benefits and experiences for Australian Card Members, the global credit card company this week announced plans to open an American Express Lounge at Melbourne International Airport later this year. This will be the brand’s second airport lounge in Australia since the opening of the American Express Lounge at Sydney Airport in November 2014.Like Sydney, Melbourne’s American Express Lounge will be operated by global airport service specialists Plaza Premium Group, and will offer guests everything you can expect from a premium airline lounge: barista-made coffee, a self-service food buffet and drink station, complimentary Wi-Fi and business facilities, as well as local and international newspapers and magazines.Melbourne Tullamarine is an important transport hub for many Australian and international travellers and the new airport lounge will be a welcome travel benefit for card members. It joins the brand’s growing Global Lounge Collection, where eligible American Express card members have access to more than 1000 lounges, in 500 cities across 120 countries, with Philadelphia and Hong Kong lounges also planned to open in 2017.last_img read more