EDMONTON – Alberta’s political landscape faces a potentially seismic shift this weekend as two right-of-centre parties vote on whether to join forces to try to defeat Premier Rachel Notley’s NDP government.The Progressive Conservatives led by Jason Kenney and Brian Jean’s Opposition Wildrose will wrap up voting on a proposal to merge as the new United Conservative Party.A merger has been kicked around in various forms for a decade, but caught fire a year ago when Kenney launched his successful bid for the Tory leadership.“It is the culmination of a year of incredibly hard work, ” Kenney, a cabinet minister under former prime minister Stephen Harper, said Friday in an interview.“When we started this unity effort, a lot of people were understandably skeptical that the whole plan seemed perhaps unlikely and complicated.“But it’s come down to a very clear choice: do we unite free enterprisers into one big party that can ensure the defeat of the NDP? Or do we continue with pointless division that could lead to their re-election?”More than 50,000 Tories and about 40,000 in the Wildrose have signed up to vote.Wildrose members will vote online, by phone, or in person at an event in Red Deer on Saturday. PC members have been casting ballots electronically since Thursday.Results for both are to be announced in the late afternoon or early evening Saturday. The Tories require a simple majority to approve unification, while the Wildrose needs at least 75 per cent.Kenney and Jean, both former Conservative MPs, have been criss-crossing the province in recent weeks to explain details of the tentative unity agreement and to drum up support for a merger.Jean says he’s confident Wildrose members will meet the 75 per cent threshold.“I’m very optimistic,” he said Thursday at a unity rally outside an Edmonton school.“There are some people that are still not convinced, but I continue to go across (Alberta) and try to sell the message of unity, because I think it’s in the best interest of Albertans.“Once I have an opportunity to answer those tough questions, usually people come along and say, ‘Yeah, that makes a lot of sense.’”There have been pockets of resistance on both sides amid concerns the new party would move far to the right on social issues and open a spot for other parties to grab centrist voters.Former PC president Katherine O’Neill left the party after Kenney’s leadership win in March and now runs Alberta Together, a political action committee looking to attract progressive conservative voters, perhaps through the Alberta Party.If both sides approve the deal, it will spell the end of the Progressive Conservative brand that governed Alberta for almost 44 years. That run ended when Notley’s NDP won a majority in the 2015 election.A yes vote would launch a leadership race that already has three participants. Jean and Kenney have said they’ll run, and Calgary lawyer Doug Schweitzer is already campaigning. Wildrose finance critic Derek Fildebrandt has said he is also considering it.As per the unity agreement, joint committees would be struck to get the machinery of a new party in place with constituency associations and candidates. The goal is to be ready for the next election set for the spring of 2019.Uncertainty remains over what happens if one side fails to ratify.Kenney has talked about a possible Plan B including some form of co-operation, such as the two sides not running against each other in certain constituencies.Jean said he’s thought about a fallback plan, but he’ll deal with it when and if the time comes.“What I’m doing right now is focusing on unity and concentrating all my efforts there,” said Jean.“And I believe ultimately we’ll get a yes vote on Saturday.”
By Easwaran Rutnam Web based businesses operating from Sri Lanka took a major hit following the recent social media blackout. The Government imposed a temporary ban on access to popular social media websites and platforms following the communal clashes in Kandy.The temporary ban was lifted in stages last week, with the restrictions imposed on Viber first removed followed by WhatsApp and Facebook. He said the ban on Facebook prevented these businesses from marketing their products. “So many would have had massive drops in their income which many use to live off and to pay school fees, etc.,” he said.He also said that EPFS is a Facebook based charity organization and raises Rs. 500,000 per month for 25 small and local charities.“Some of the charities we support include Adopt a Dog Sri Lanka, Boys Industrial Home, Child Action Lanka, Dogstar Foundation, The IDE School, Ma Sevanna Home, Mighty Step Academy of Dance, Navodaya Special Children’s Foundation, Prema Sevana Elders Home, Prithipura Communities, Kandy Childrens Project, socialservice.lk, The Voice Foundation and many others. The ban reduced what we can give them next month,” he said. However, during the one week ban, some popular web-based businesses suffered.The EPFS Community, a popular Facebook page which has nearly 60,000 members, was among those who suffered from the social media blackout.Michael Moonesinghe, Founder of The EPFS Community, told The Sunday Leader that several small and home based businesses use The EPFS Community Facebook page to market their goods and services. Several small businesses operating on Facebook and well as others who depend on traffic via Facebook suffered financially, The Sunday Leader newspaper reported. Pre-Loved Items for Sale, another Facebook page through which products are sold, also took a hit.The administrators said that the site sells over 50 listed items a day and suffered when the ban on Facebook access was enforced.Carol Rodrigo, who runs The Party Patrol on Facebook, said that she lost a lot of business as a result of the Facebook ban.She said that her business operates from home via Facebook where items are given on rent for parties.Meanwhile, Suvin Wagaarachchi, Convener of the National Moment of WeB Journalists in Sri Lanka, said that the Government’s efforts in restricting access to social media was an attempt to control optional journalism.“We, the National Movement of Web Journalist of Sri Lanka, with severe contempt disagree with the decision of the unity Government of Sri Lanka to restrict access to all social media in Sri Lanka. The particular decision is quite contrary to the best options that would have been taken by the Government of Sri Lanka to control the growing issue of communal violence in the country,” Wagaarachchi said.He said that the ideal solution that should have been taken was to identify the racist individuals that fuel communal violence in society and take legal action against them.The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) had told the Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (TRC) on Thursday to ensure freedom of expression is protected in future.In a letter to Austin Fernando, Secretary to the President and Chairman of the Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (TRC), the Chairperson of the HRCSL Dr. Deepika Udagama said that HRCSL had received several complaints from the public regarding the restrictions on social media even after the violence in the Kandy District had been brought under control.Udagama said the Commission recognizes the critical necessity to protect freedom of expression and the right to information as guaranteed by the Constitution of Sri Lanka and Sri Lanka’s international human rights obligations.“ln doing so, we recognize the need to strike the necessary balance between those rights and maintenance of public order and the protection of the rights of all.”“While we are encouraged by media reports that TRC has taken steps to Iift the restriction on social media as quickly as possible, we also wish to point out that any future policy regarding the regulation of social media to deal with hate speech must strike that necessary balance so that freedom of expression and the right to information are restricted only within the legal limits permitted by the Constitution and Sri Lanka’s international human rights obligations in the larger public interest,” Udagama said.Udagama also reiterated the urgent need to take legal action against those who are using social media to propagate communal hatred and incite sectarian violence under applicable laws, in particular under the ICCPR Act No. 56 of 2007.The Government had said on Wednesday that it had taken steps to restrict access to social media tools temporarily during the last few days, in order to curtail the attempts to spread communal violence across the country, misusing the social media in a manner detrimental to the national harmony.“In a context where the impact that could be made by social media to expeditiously increase violent actions based on racism and religious extremism has been internationally proven, Sri Lanka was able to control the rapid spread of violence by temporarily imposing restriction on social media as an action to ensure the national and public safety of Sri Lanka,” a Government statement said.However, the President had stressed on the importance of a guided mechanism to prevent the attempts to disturb the livelihoods of people through spreading ethnic-hatred and racism and damaging the image of an individual through false allegations. (Colombo Gazette)
CONCORD, N.H. — Erica cried when she realized her ex-husband’s ongoing financial abuse meant she’d have to defer going back to school for a year. But her tears lasted just 45 seconds before she pulled herself together and refocused.“I picked myself back up and said, ‘OK, this is where we’re at right now,’” she said.The mother of three was one of nearly 1,200 participants last year in an economic empowerment program offered by the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence. The combination of counselling, a matched-savings program and other support has boosted not only her bank account, but her self-esteem and ability to bounce back from setbacks.“There’s so much embarrassment and shame and frustration and the feeling that this person is just putting you in a tiny box. So when someone connects and is saying, ‘Not only I’m going to help you, I’m going to help you thrive in the world,’ that literally changes the outlook of anyone,” said Erica, who spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because her agreement with the crisis centre requires her to keep confidential the services she is receiving.Studies suggest nearly all domestic violence cases involve financial abuse, which can include restricting a partner’s spending, blocking access to bank accounts, racking up debt in the partner’s name and other controlling behaviours.It’s often a key barrier to leaving an abusive relationship and an obstacle to achieving independence afterward. That has led to efforts across the country to look beyond immediate safety needs of victims to the skills they need for long-term economic security.“What’s so dangerous about financial abuse, and what isn’t as visible to people, is that for someone who is being financially abused, their resources and access is completely cut off,” said Marie Linebaugh, the coalition’s program director. “It makes it more challenging for survivors to leave, and once they leave, it’s harder for them to maintain that independence and not go back.”In contrast to other programs that are limited to cities or counties, New Hampshire’s program is statewide and includes specially trained AmeriCorps workers who help participants with financial safety plans and budgets and support them as the rebuild their credit and save money.Thanks to a partnership with Bank of New Hampshire, those who open savings accounts see their savings matched dollar for dollar. For additional safety, bank statements are sent to the coalition’s office instead of homes.Funding for the matched savings programs comes from the Allstate Foundation, which also provides the curriculum for the financial literacy classes and has invested more than $60 million to help more than 1.3 million survivors nationwide since 2005.Linebaugh acknowledges that some parts of the curriculum — tips on saving for retirement or buying a house — don’t fit participants who are struggling to scrape together one month’s rent and a security deposit.So the AmeriCorps workers are encouraged to tailor their support and meet survivors where they’re at. If someone says, “Budgets scare me; I don’t even want to talk about it,” the response might be, “Let’s not call it a budget. Let’s call it wants versus needs. Let’s bring it down a little,” Linebaugh said.Of the 1,176 survivors who participated in at least one component of the project, just under 100 participated in the matched savings program. That included a woman who had carefully saved money anticipating she’d need to pay rent when her abuser went to jail, only to learn from her landlord that she was about to be evicted because the rent hadn’t been paid in months.“That was news to her,” Linebaugh said. “With the money she had saved up, we enrolled her in the matched savings program, and she worked out a deal with the landlord. If we hadn’t had that program in place, she very well could have lost her housing.”Lindsay Cota-Robles, director of marketing for Bank of New Hampshire, said it was an easy decision to partner with the coalition. With branches spread throughout the state, participants don’t have to travel far, she said.“Convenience plays a role,” she said. “We want to help the coalition make it as easy as possible for people to get back up on their own feet and become financially stable.”Erica, who divorced several years ago, said her ex-husband had full control of their finances but did a poor job managing money and prevented her from working.While she always has been good at budgeting, she said, she found other parts of the curriculum invaluable, including brainstorming sessions with other women.She continues to face problems with alimony and child support but recently launched StrongHer, a fitness program that combines trauma-informed CrossFit classes with self-defence instruction.The program emphasizes safety and resiliency, two things she knows something about.“I have my goals and a plan,” she said. “There are so many positive things coming down the pike that I look at this and say, ‘I’m just no longer willing to be controlled by his financial stuff.’”Holly Ramer, The Associated Press
“Every individual should have equal access to freedom of movement,” said the Executive Director of the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), Michel Sidibé. “Restrictions on entry, stay and residence for people living with HIV are discriminatory and a violation of human rights,” he added. The Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) are speaking out ahead of World AIDS Day, which is observed globally on 1 December. They represent nearly two million employees in industries from banking to mining, travel to technology, according to a news release issued by UNAIDS and GBCHealth, which comprises companies addressing global health challenges.Travel and other restrictions remain in 45 countries, and threaten people with HIV with such penalties as deportation, detention or denial of entry into the country in question.Calling HIV restrictions “bad for business,” Chip Bergh, President and CEO of Levi Strauss & Co., said, “Global business leaders are coming together to make sure we end these unreasonable restrictions.”Most restrictions were imposed by governments in the 1980s, when less was known about HIV transmission, and treatment did not exist. Since then, much has been learned about how to effectively prevent, manage and treat HIV, the news release noted. “It’s time to send HIV travel restrictions packing,” said Kenneth Cole, CEO of Kenneth Cole Productions. “Using our collective might, I believe we can use our influence to eliminate these discriminatory practices.”Mark Bertolini, Chairman, CEO and President of Aetna, reflected that sentiment by adding: “Travel restrictions on individuals with HIV are unnecessary and hinder the ability for individuals and companies to operate in a truly global workforce.”Other major companies whose CEOs have joined the appeal include Johnson & Johnson, The Coca-Cola Company, Pfizer, Heineken, Merck, the National Basketball Association, Kenya Airways and Thomson Reuters.While restrictions affecting HIV carriers vary from country to country, they can also include denial of work visas, disallowing short-term stays for business trips or conferences, and blocking longer-term stays, such as residence-for-work relocations and study-abroad programmes, according to UNAIDS. The United States lifted its 22-year HIV travel ban in 2010, while other countries that have removed restrictions include Armenia, China, Fiji, Moldova, Namibia and Ukraine. “These countries include major hubs for international business,” noted the agency. Ending discrimination against HIV carriers is part of the “Getting to Zero” theme for World AIDS Days from 2011 to 2015. The day was launched in 1988, and was the first ever global health day.
Brock’s Department of Residences is answering the call for more on-campus upper-year living space.On-campus residences are the predominant choice for first-year Brock students, but many say they would like to stay on campus in the subsequent years. To fill that request, the Department of Residences is launching Brock Suites, which will see the expansion of on-campus upper-year living space.“When we surveyed students about their residence experience, upper-year students like to have a little more freedom, like to pay month to month, and like to live with other upper-year and grad students. But they also would like more opportunities to remain in residence on campus, allowing them to enhance their student experience,” said Jamie Fleming, Director of Residences, “This is an opportunity to provide the students what they want.”Brock opened Gateway Suites at the corner of Sir Isaac Brock Way and John MacDonnell Street last September, and the 86-bed building is completely full this year.Starting for the 2017-18 academic year students in their second year and higher will be able to live in other nearby residences. In fact, students can extend their academic year contract to the Spring/Summer months at a reduced rate beginning this summer.“We’re going to expand those offerings into Quarry View. We have the opportunity to provide significantly more space for upper-year students and grad students if the demand is there, and we think it is,” says Fleming, “We are also featuring “all-in” billing, which means no additional monthly costs for wireless internet, utilities, cable, and parking.”Quarry View residences have four bedrooms in each unit and students will be able to select who they would like to share a unit with.“If they don’t have a full suite, that’s fine, we’ll put them with others, but what they’ll know is that they’ll be assigned to live with other upper-year students,” Fleming says.Full pricing details are available on the Brock Suites website, but living expenses are paid monthly for the upper-year students, and the cost, which starts at a 12-month average of $695 per month for those signing both the academic year contract and the extended Spring/Summer contract, includes rent, utilities, internet, cable, laundry and a Brock parking pass.Brock University’s Gateway Suites with a rendering of a Brock Suites sign.
Velocity is still certainly at play in these nastier breaking balls: Increased velocity generally leads to an increase in spin rate. (The average curveball spin rate this year is 2,536 rpms, up from 2,315 rpms in 2015). More spin (specifically, transverse spin) creates more of the phenomenon known as Magnus Effect, which plays a key role in determining a pitch’s movement.But velocity hasn’t surged as dramatically as pitch movement has in recent seasons. And it isn’t just that fresh faces with killer breaking balls have replaced older, craftier pitchers: 86 pitchers who threw at least 50 curves in 2017 and 2019 averaged an increase of 1.4 inches of greater vertical break, according to a FiveThirtyEight analysis. Something else must be at work.One possibility is that new methods of training, and new technologies, are playing a role in creating better breaking balls. For example, when Cleveland Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer revamped his slider in the 2017-18 offseason, he wanted a pitch with zero inches of vertical movement and an elite level of horizontal movement. At Driveline Baseball, a data-based training center, he used new pitch-tracking technology, allowing for improved feedback of the pitch-in-progress. Specifically, he wanted to create a certain spin axis, which determines the direction the ball moves, while spin rate determines how much the pitch can move. Breaking balls typically have greater whiff rates than fastballs, and breaking balls are being thrown more frequently.On sliders, pitchers are often looking for more horizontal break — and less vertical movement — than on a curveball. They’re getting both this season: Major League Baseball seems to be on an unstoppable pathway to more and more strikeouts. After a record share of plate appearances ended in a strikeout last season (22.3 percent), this season is winding up to set another record: If the to-date strikeout rate of 23 percent holds or increases over the season, it would mark the 12th straight year of a record set for strikeout rate.Fastball velocity is often cited as the source of the strikeout surge, along with hitters willing to trade contact for power. The constantly increasing fastball velocities of recent years are such a concern that MLB is partnering with the independent Atlantic League next year to move the mound back by 2 feet — to 62 feet, 6 inches from home plate. Still, there may be another culprit behind all of the K’s: Breaking balls have never moved more. According to a FiveThirtyEight analysis of PITCHf/x and Statcast data at Baseball Prospectus, sliders and curveballs this season are darting away from bats at their greatest levels in the pitch-tracking era (since 2008). White Sox left-handed reliever Aaron Bummer became yet another pitcher to look into designing a pitch this winter. In a Driveline-like facility called Dynamic Velocity in Omaha, Nebraska, he created a cut fastball to better combat right-handed hitters. After righties hit .338 against him last year, they are batting .095 this season. Bummer has allowed only one earned run in his first 11⅓ innings this season. His cutter and fastball rank among the best in the game.“It’s actual proof that your ball is moving, not someone sitting behind you and saying, ‘Oh, yeah, that’s a great pitch. That looks really good,’” Bummer said of the tech-aided pitch development. “You have instant feedback that tells you, ‘Did that pitch do what it’s supposed to do?’ To me that was a huge deal. The belief behind it.”While the effort to create better pitches began with curious (and/or motivated) players going outside the game to independent facilities, teams are hiring more and more outsiders to pitch-design roles within their organizations. Over the offseason, the San Francisco Giants hired former Driveline pitch-design guru Matt Daniels, and the Philadelphia Phillies hired another design specialist in Eric Jagers. The industry is so interested in pitch design that the Edgertronic SC1, the most common high-speed camera, is selling more quickly than Sanstreak can produce it. This year, the Edgetronic and Rapsodo devices were seen in spring training bullpen mounds all over Arizona and Florida. The Orioles held “mandatory group spin axis seminars” this spring.Pitchers’ pitches will likely keep getting better, moving faster and with more movement. There is seemingly no end to the increasing frequency of strikeouts. While the home run surge has masked other areas of offensive decline, technology and training is giving pitchers a new edge.Check out our latest MLB predictions. Detroit Tigers starter Matt Boyd, who also designed a slider at Driveline, has quietly become one of the top pitchers in baseball. His slider ranks as the game’s seventh best since 2018, in terms of runs saved compared to the major league average per pitch type. “I’ve worked on it at Driveline a ton in recent years,” Boyd told FanGraphs. “At Driveline, we were on the Rapsodo [pitch-tracking tech] and the Edgertronic [high-speed camera] a lot. … Again, we were working that thing, working that thing.” The technology allowed him to monitor the spin rate and spin axis of the pitch. High-speed cameras showed him how his grip was imparting spin on the ball. The work paid off: In 2017, Bauer saw just 2.83 inches of horizontal movement on his slider, which ranked him 131st in baseball. But this season, he’s up to 11.1 inches, putting him third.
OSU quarterbacks, redshirt sophomore J.T. Barrett (16) and redshirt junior Cardale Jones (12), and redshirt senior H-back Braxton Miller (1) participate in pregame warmups before OSU played Rutgers on Oct. 24 in Piscataway, New Jersey. OSU won, 49-7. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorComing off a bye week, No. 3 Ohio State is set to get back in action against the visiting Minnesota Golden Gophers (4-4, 1-3) on Saturday. Here are five things The Lantern’s sports editors Ryan Cooper and Kevin Stankiewicz will be on the lookout for when the Buckeyes and Golden Gophers square off at 8 p.m. at Ohio Stadium.Will Cardale Jones take advantage?The entire college football universe will have its eyes fixated on OSU’s quarterback Cardale Jones on Saturday night. The redshirt junior is back in the starting role he occupied for the Buckeyes’ first seven games following a one-week hiatus after being benched for redshirt sophomore J.T. Barrett.But Barrett is suspended after being cited for operating a motor vehicle while being impaired on Halloween morning, so Jones, whose performance so far in 2015 has been more unpredictable than Ohio’s weather, has the reins to OSU’s offense for at least one more time.OSU coach Urban Meyer — who said a little tinkering with the offensive gameplan now that Jones is back at the helm has occurred — has reiterated his confidence in the Cleveland native all week long. Jones’ teammates have done so as well.However, the type of performance from Jones that emerges under the lights at Ohio Stadium against Minnesota remains to be seen. The last time Jones, who still boasts an unblemished 10-0 mark as OSU’s starter, played in primetime at the ‘Shoe, against Penn State, he was benched in the third quarter for Barrett, ultimately losing his job after Barrett played well.Jones’ season has not been a complete struggle — he threw for a career-high 291 yards against Maryland — but now, facing off against an inspired Minnesota team coming off a narrow loss against Michigan and the Golden Gophers’ No. 16 pass defense, he will have his hands full.The added fluidity that exists with Barrett in the lineup is noticeable, but for OSU to fend off Minnesota on Saturday, Jones will need to do his best replication of it.Braxton playing quarterbackMeyer said earlier in the week that redshirt senior quarterback-turned-H-back Braxton Miller will back up Jones on Saturday. The depth chart confirmed as much, as Miller was listed as the starter at H-back as well as the backup signal-caller.It will be interesting to see if the two-time Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year gets to relive his former days calling plays for any stretch of time.While Miller has lined up behind center in every game this season, it has been in running packages. The only throw Miller has attempted this season was a pitch only about a foot in front of him.Miller has said that this arm strength is back following last year’s shoulder surgery, and senior left tackle Taylor Decker said the same on Monday. If a game exists for Miller to showcase his abilities to throw the ball downfield, it could be Saturday’s.It is also possible that Meyer continues to only use Miller’s legs, but in an increased role, which brings up…Red zone efficiencyIn the seven games that Jones started before Barrett retook the job, one of his main shortcomings was his struggle to lead the offense in the red zone.In OSU’s sixth game, Meyer made the decision to use a two-quarterback system in which Barrett came off the bench to take over the offense near the 20-yard line.Meyer said Barrett’s skill set better suits the offense inside the red zone than Jones’ because of Barrett’s running ability. He said Jones’ 6-foot-5, 250-pound frame made it harder to find space to operate on the shrunken field.With Barrett sidelined for the game, it is very possible that it is Miller leading the offense in the red zone.Redshirt senior H-back Braxton Miller (1) carries the ball during a game against Maryland on Oct. 10 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won 49-28.Credit: Samantha Hollingshead / Photo EditorMeyer said on Monday that the coaches were “having those conversations now” about the possibility of using Miller in short-field situations, but no decision had been made at the time.If the ability to scramble is as important in Meyer’s red zone sets as he has said, it would make sense for the speedy Miller to take over with Jones watching from the sideline.Can Jack Willoughby be trusted?For the first time this season, redshirt senior kicker Jack Willoughby was listed as the sole starter on the depth chart. Up until this point, the transfer from Duke had an “or” behind his name, essentially listing him as the co-starter with sophomore Sean Nuernberger.Meyer said earlier in the year the player who kicked better during the week in practice would be the guy getting the nod come gameday. But with the depth charts being announced early in the week on Tuesday, the decision to drop the “or” this week must mean that Meyer has seen enough out of Willoughby to mint him the sole starter. Despite Meyer’s move, Willoughby has been far from a sure-fire kicker this season. The former kickoff specialist for Duke has not missed an extra point through eight games (41-of-41) but it’s on field goals that the redshirt senior has been struggling. Willoughby has split the uprights on seven of his 10 attempts for a .700 clip, which ranks in the bottom half of the country. All three of his misses have come from at least 40 yards out. But last season, Nuernberger wasn’t much better, converting on just 13 of his 20 attempts.Fortunately for the Buckeyes, they often find themselves getting into the end zone, which takes a little emphasis off the placekicker. But as the season progresses and the meat of the schedule arrives, it will be interesting to watch Willoughby’s success rate on field goals, namely those outside of chipshot range.If OSU would ever need a game-winning field goal, could it trust Willoughby knock it through?Can Webb rescue the depleted secondary?OSU’s secondary is in the cream of the crop nationally, sitting at No. 2 in the country behind San Jose State, allowing just 149 per game. The injury bug, however, has infiltrated the unit as of late. Two safeties — junior Cam Burrows and sophomore Erick Smith — are now lost for the season. But seemingly on cue, one of the secondary’s key contributors will be back in action on Saturday against Minnesota. Meyer announced on Tuesday that sophomore cornerback Damon Webb is back practicing with the team after a six-game absence for a foggy reason. Following fall camp, Webb was the team’s starting nickel corner and played well in the role against Virginia Tech and Hawaii, registering eight tackles. The defensive backfield was able to make due without the Detroit native during the six games he was out due to the play from Burrows and Smith. But now with the said duo sidelined, Webb should slide back into his old role, helping the secondary’s smothering season continue. Webb might not get that many snaps against the Golden Gophers because Meyer will probably want the 5-foot-11 sophomore to ease his way back into the flow of things, but also because Minnesota’s passing attack is nothing to write home about. Nevertheless, Webb will prove to be a boost for Meyer’s Buckeyes over course of the final four regular-season games.
Better hand-eye coordination could lead to improved grades at school, study findsCredit:Jamie Garbutt/Digital Vision Those who performed best at the “steering task” in particular were on average nine months ahead of classmates who struggled.However, while interceptive timing skills tended to be linked to ability in maths, it did not influence reading and writing development.Mark Mon-Williams, professor of cognitive psychology at the University of Leeds, said: “The results show that eye-to-hand co-ordination and interceptive timing are robust predictors of how well young children will perform at school.“The current thinking among psychologists is that the neural circuitry used to build up a child’s understanding of their external environment, the way they orientate themselves spatially and understand their world is also used to process numbers and more abstract thinking.“It also raises the question: should schools be identifying those children who are seen as clumsy or not so well coordinated and giving them extra support?”The study, published in the peer-review journal Psychological Science, was conducted at Lilycroft Primary School in Bradford, West Yorkshire, which has remodelled its reception, indoor and outdoor areas to include a space where children can develop motor skills and coordination. 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. Clumsy children who struggle to catch a ball are less likely to perform well in reading, writing and maths exams, a study has found.The research raises the possibility that schools could provide extra support to children who lack hand-eye coordination, psychologists said.More than 300 children aged between four and 11 took part in various computer tasks for the study, led by researchers at the University of Leeds.Their co-ordination and interceptive timing was tested by their ability to interact with a moving object. Tasks designed to measure eye-to-hand coordination involved steering, taking aim and tracking objects on a computer screen.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––In one task, the children had to hit a moving object with an on-screen bat, which researchers said tapped into a fundamental cognitive ability – how the brain predicts the movement of objects through time and space.Those with better hand-eye coodination tended to have higher academic attainment, the study found.
Source: The Telegraph/YouTube(The video has no sound)THE COSTA CONCORDIA has been shipwrecked off Tuscan coast ever since it sank in January 2012 leaving 32 people dead.In that time it’s been partly lifted off the seabed but Tuscan police have now released a video filmed by divers as they squeeze through the underwater corridors and quarters of the 290m long cruise ship.The Costa Concordia is scheduled to be re-floated later this month before it is towed 280km to Genoa where it will be scrapped.Read: Dublin man among four arrested on suspicion of stealing from Costa Concordia >Read: ‘A perfect operation’: Costa Concordia pulled upright off Italian coast overnight [PICS] >
Image: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie https://jrnl.ie/4798820 Source: PA Images I support the Prime Minister in getting a deal and not leaving without a deal. But I have not seen enough work into actually trying to get a deal. When earlier in the week I asked No 10 for a summary of what the planning was actually getting a deal, I was sent a one-page summary. There is not enough work into actually getting a deal, which is not what the prime minister signed up to try to do.UK cabinet minister Amber Rudd became the latest in a string of resignations from the Conservative party. Source: ShutterstockThe concerns I have seen on this are coming from adults with physical and/or sensory disabilities who are capable of making their own decisions. These people have told me of feeling that there has been an unreasonable effort to control them, and when they have not complied, some people have apparently been threatened that use of equipment or support hours will either be reduced or withdrawn.Leigh Gath, the Confidential Recipient for Vulnerable Persons, criticised the HSE in the watchdog’s fourth annual report. Source: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ieWhat we’re going to do is to continue acting on the basis of the legislation as it was passed in 2005. Our basis gives a very clear and legal underpinning of what it is that we’re doing.Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection Regina Doherty said the government will continue processing Public Services Card information, in defiance of a ruling by the Data Protection Commissioner. No Comments Share Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie Sep 8th 2019, 6:30 PM By Nicky Ryan Sunday 8 Sep 2019, 6:30 PM Short URL Source: ShutterstockI personally have two physician friends who have committed suicide in their 30s. That has a huge impact, [medical workers] have a higher rate of suicide, we have a higher rate of depression, we have a higher rate of marital breakdown.Dr Gabrielle Colleran, a paediatric radiologist at Temple Street and Holles Street hospitals in Dublin, said the stress hospital consultants face can take a “huge personal toll” on doctors. Source: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ieOne [resident] told me she approached [protesters] to ask them to be quiet and she was met with abuse. She also said that the protest has gone on until after 10pm which is after the cut off point. The residents can’t even open their windows in this heat due to the noise, and it’s keeping kids awake. I have also been contacted by taxi drivers as there is disruption to the rank there.Green Party councillor Claire Byrne on complaints received over protests headed by Gemma O’Doherty outside Google’s offices in Dublin. Source: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ieThe Iveagh Markets is one of the most significant buildings ever constructed in Dublin and a central part of the Guinness Legacy that has enriched the lives of Dubliners and visitors alike. It is of the highest level of urgency that the future of this important building is secured.A report by Howley Hayes into the Iveagh Markets in Dublin’s Liberties, which has fallen into a state of severe disrepair. Source: Patrick Bolger/INPHOWhen you’re living in an area, you don’t realise how tough it is. I was growing up in the ’70s and ’80s. They were tough times generally for the country with lack of work. In areas like Ballymun, it was a lot more difficult. There were situations where if you were from Ballymun, you could be turned away from an interview, let alone a job.Bohs legend Tony O’Connor (left) looked back on his League of Ireland career. 11,119 Views ‘It is of the highest level of urgency that the future of this important building is secured’: The week in quotes Here’s what was said and who said what this week.
Jim Miller.Jim Miller of Belden, Neb., is the grand prize winner of the ASA Quarterly Recruiter Challenge. Miller recruited 14 members to support ASA’s grassroots advocacy efforts and strengthen soybean farmers’ voice in Washington, D.C. Miller will receive iPad Mini.Miller was one of 14 recruiters who recruited 10 or more members during the April 1 through June 30 quarter. All total during this period the eligible recruiters recruited or renewed more than 211 soybean growers to join ASA.The ASA Quarterly Recruiter Challenges continues. Recruiters who sign up 10 or more members between July 1 and September 30 will be eligible for a Sony Flip UltraHD video camera.The ASA Recruiter Quarterly Challenge will not replace the annual top recruiter contest. ASA will continue to recognize overall recruiter excellence in each of the three state association levels. An ASA recruiter can only win one quarterly contest in a fiscal year.
.Seven employees of a French mineral and water drilling firm and a local official were killed early Thursday when gunmen attacked their site in southeastern Niger, the company said.”A group of terrorists attacked the building where a team of Foraco drillers and technicians were resting in the village of Toumour, in southeastern Niger,” the company said in a statement.”The assailants opened fire on the sleeping personnel and killed eight people,” it said, adding that five others were wounded, two seriously.The victims, all Nigerien, were drilling two water wells to supply a camp for displaced people at a refugee camp at Toumour, near the borders with Chad and Nigeria.Foraco, based near the southern French city of Marseille, said the site had been chosen in conjunction with the Niger armed forces escort protecting the workers.The company did not identify the attackers, but Toumour was the site of a fierce firefight in September 2016 between the military and Boko Haram jihadists which left 38 of the insurgents dead.”We know that Boko Haram is active in the region but for now we’ve had no claim of responsibility, neither official or unofficial,” Thierry Merle, Foraco’s vice president in charge of Europe and the Middle East, told AFP.”We’ve been operating in Niger for 20 years, and at this site since a month ago,” Merle said.”We hadn’t received any threat in particular,” he added, and the company had not previously suffered similar attacks.Boko Haram fighters have carried out a series of attacks in northeast Nigeria in recent days, the latest in a nine-year insurgency in the country which has driven 1.8 million people from their homes.
Just in time for National Minority Health Month, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention researchers are reporting “promising strategies” for reducing racial and ethnic health disparities in several areas. Evidence-based interventions at the local and national levels that address disparate behaviors, access to healthcare, and the social determinants of health are showing favorable signs toward reducing inequalities in HIV infection rates, immunization coverage, motor vehicle injuries and deaths, and smoking, according to a new report by the CDC’s Office of Minority Health and Health Equity. “Reducing and eliminating health disparities is central to achieving the highest level of health for all people,” said CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden in a statement. “We can close the gap when it comes to health disparities if we monitor the problem effectively and ensure that there is equal access to all proven interventions.” The report highlighted several health interventions that have proven effective or have shown promise in reducing health disparities. The Vaccines for Children (VFC) Program, the largest legally mandated program managed by CDC, provides vaccines at no cost to eligible children who might otherwise not be inoculated because of an inability to pay. Since the program was introduced, racial/ethnic disparities in childhood immunization coverage for measles-mumps-rubella and poliovirus vaccines have disappeared and disparities in immunization rates for the recommended four doses of diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccines have been reduced. Many Men, Many Voices (3MV), an HIV/STD (sexually transmitted disease) prevention intervention developed by and for Black men who have sex with men (MSM), has yielded decreased rates of HIV infection and increased access to preventive services and treatment among MSM of color. The program uses small group sessions to increase knowledge and change attitudes and behaviors related to HIV/STD risk among Black MSM, the most vulnerable group to infection. A randomized clinical trial demonstrated that 3MV reduced participants’ high-risk sexual activity and increased rates of HIV testing. The program has been implemented in 37 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico and has been adapted to serve other MSM of color. Kali Lindsey, deputy director of public policy at amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, lauded the 3MV program, saying it works because it provides contextualized, science-based information that allows men to make better choices. The only shortcoming of the intervention, however, is thin dissemination because of the time commitment required and the cost of maintaining the program. “The best solution is to embed these useful lessons into other interventions that are already established in communities,” he said. “It is incumbent on us to mainstream [3MV] and make it available to all communities at risk so it has a broader impact.” Evidence-based interventions are also producing progress in reducing disparities in vehicular accidents and deaths. For American Indians/Alaska Natives, rates of vehicular deaths are two to four times higher than for other races/ethnicities. Evidence-based road safety interventions were implemented among four tribes, resulting in increased use of seat belts and child safety seats, increased enforcement of alcohol-impaired driving laws, and decreased motor vehicle crashes involving injuries or deaths. Effective communication—through billboards, radio and television media campaigns, and school and community education programs—was a major component of these successful public health programs. “These interventions demonstrate progress toward health equity,” said Leandris C. Liburd, CDC associate director for Minority Health and Health Equity, in a statement. “They show the elimination of health disparities as an achievable goal and encourage further implementation of evidence-based initiatives and interventions addressing health disparities and inequities.”
News | Radiology Business | August 27, 2015 BC Technical Acquires Atlas Medical Technologies to Expand Imaging Service Leading non-OEM medical imaging solutions provider closes its second acquisition of 2015, further strengthening its diagnostic imaging service and support and capabilities BC Technical, a non-OEM provider of medical imaging solutions, has acquired Atlas Medical Technologies. This strategic acquisition allows BC Technical to add valuable diagnostic imaging service resources and knowledge. Feature | Advanced Visualization | July 02, 2019 | By Jeff Zagoudis Augmented Reality Versus 3-D Printing for Radiology Three-dimensional (3-D) printing and… read more Videos | Computed Tomography (CT) | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: New Advances in CT Imaging Technology Cynthia McColl… read more News | Radiology Imaging | July 22, 2019 AHRA and Canon Medical Systems Support the 12th Annual Putting Patients First Program For the past twelve years, Canon Medical Systems USA, Inc. has partnered with read more Arthur Agatston explains the history of CT calcium scoring Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 9:54Loaded: 1.67%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -9:54 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Image courtesy of Fujifilm Medical Systems Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: The History of CT Calcium Scoring Arthur Agatston, M.D., clinical pro read more Feature | Radiology Imaging | July 29, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Imaging Market in U.S. Could Rise In Coming Years The coming years may be good for the medical imaging community in the United States. But they will not be easy. read more Body language expert Traci Brown spoke at the AHRA 2019 meeting on how to identify when a person is not being honest by their body language. She said medical imaging department administrators can use this knowledge to help in hiring decisions and managing staff. A 3-D printed model (left) and a model constructed in augmented reality (right), both of a kidney with a tumor. In both models, the kidney is clear; the tumor is visible in purple on the AR model and in white on the 3-D printed model. Photo courtesy of Nicole Wake, Ph.D. Feature | Radiology Business | July 23, 2019 | Greg Freiherr Liars in Radiology Beware! Can you tell when someone is lying? read more The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July. “The acquisition of Atlas Medical Technologies brings a great addition to the BC Technical family,” said Mark Alvarez, president and CEO of BC Technical. “Atlas provides a wealth of expertise and experience to our team, which helps support our ongoing vision of being the only true OEM alternative. Additionally, we couldn’t be more excited that Ron Brewer and Skip Watkins have agreed to join the BC Technical team in leadership capacities.”With an exceptional combination of highly technical and quality minded engineers, Atlas Medical Technologies, based out of Rancho Cucamonga, CA and St. Petersburg, FL, has become a leading provider of CT and MR refurbished and pre-owned systems, service and turn-key projects.”We are extremely excited to be joining the BC Technical team,” Skip Watkins, CEO of Atlas, stated. “Over the past few years we have grown significantly and are convinced the future is bright as the need for quality, cost effective service support expands. As Atlas Medical Technologies of Florida, LLC joins the BC Technical team, we believe we will not only enhance the scope of support provided to our customers but we will also ensure that quality and cost effective service support is extended to our existing and future customers.” Ron Brewer, co-founder of Atlas, went on to explain, “Atlas Medical Technologies of Florida, LLC. was established to provide exceptional customer service and the highest quality maintenance on a broad range of medical CT Scanners. Our reputation as a solid service provider is reflected by the long-term relationships we have enjoyed with many of our clients over the last 13 years. Today we are passing the baton to a company that places the same value on excellence and long-term relationships. We are excited to be joining the BC Technical team and to continue to enhance the service that our customers have enjoyed. I am confident that the Atlas motto “Service that speaks for itself,” will live on with this new relationship! It has been an honor to serve our customers for these many years and I look forward to continuing to serve with BC Technical.”The acquisition of Atlas Medical Technologies helps solidify BC Technicals position as the leading nationwide, independent service, systems and parts provider for CT, MR, NM, PET and PET/CT, and the only viable alternative to the OEM.For more information: www.bctechnical.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Video Player is loading.Sudhen Desai explains how deep learning might assist pediatric imagingPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 8:21Loaded: 1.95%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -8:21 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Feature | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 19, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr DR Advances Promote Imaging of Whole Spine Recent advances in… read more Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more Demand for ultrasound scans at U.S. outpatient centers could grow by double digits over the next five years, according to a speaker at AHRA 2019. A variety of factors, however, could cause projections for this and other modalities to change. 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Comments Share Oh, really? Where are they hiding? Since that day, Williams has not lost a Grand Slam match, winning 27 in a row — on the hard courts of the U.S. Open and Australian Open, then the red clay of the French Open, and now the grass of Wimbledon — heading into Saturday’s final against 21-year-old Garbine Muguruza of Spain.It will be the No. 1-seeded Williams’ 25th career Grand Slam title match — she is 20-4 in the others — and the 20th-seeded Muguruza’s first.At the Grand Slam tournament that immediately preceded Wimbledon in 2014, the French Open, Williams lost even sooner, 6-2, 6-2 in the second round, her most lopsided defeat in 318 career matches at majors. The opponent that day just so happened to be Muguruza, a big hitter who talks about the importance of putting on a “poker face” during matches.“It was an eye-opening loss for me. Some losses you’re angry about, and some losses you learn from. That loss, I think I learned the most from in a long time,” Williams said. “I got so much better after that loss. I was able to improve a lot. I worked on things. I didn’t see the results straightaway. But months later, I started seeing the results, more and more.” Serena Williams of the United States returns a shot to Maria Sharapova of Russia, during the women’s singles semifinal match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Thursday July 9, 2015. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin) Top Stories Her coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, gave a glowing scouting report on Muguruza.“She has the perfect game for grass. She serves well, she hits quite flat, takes the ball early, is aggressive,” he said. “It’s her first Grand Slam final, so we’ll see how, emotionally, she deals with it.”Muguruza is aware that, even if she knows she can beat Williams because she has, Saturday’s task will be tough.“Everything always depends on her — it’s Serena,” said Muguruza, who has defeated top-10 players Caroline Wozniacki and Angelique Kerber, along with 2015 French Open semifinalist Timea Bacsinszky and 2012 Wimbledon runner-up Agnieszka Radwanska on her road to the final. “It’s a match I need to go into with a cool head.”___Follow Howard Fendrich on Twitter at http://twitter.com/HowardFendrichCopyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. LONDON (AP) — Turn back the calendar more than a year, to June 28, 2014, when Serena Williams lost to Alize Cornet in the third round at Wimbledon.It was Williams’ earliest exit from the All England Club in nearly a decade. It also marked the fourth time in five Grand Slam tournaments she was beaten before the quarterfinals.Now examine what Cornet, who was seeded 25th and only once previously had been as far as the fourth round at a major, said afterward: “It might be a bit premature to talk about her decline, but when she plays someone who finds the right tactics, she looks a bit lost on the court. In my opinion, there are more and more players understanding how to play her.” On Thursday, after Williams easily eliminated 2004 champion Maria Sharapova in the semifinals 6-2, 6-4, the 33-year-old American was asked what she remembers about — and might have learned from — that setback against Cornet at the All England Club.Williams’ reply: “Um, you know, not much. I just realized that I just needed to run faster, I guess.”She paused, then smiled broadly and added: “I don’t want to talk about that.”Another topic five-time Wimbledon champion Williams has been reluctant to discuss is all that is at stake for her at the conclusion of this fortnight.If she beats Muguruza, Williams will have won her fourth consecutive Grand Slam title over two seasons, completing a self-styled Serena Slam, something she also did in 2002-03. That would also put Williams three-quarters of the way to a true Grand Slam — all four championships in a single year — which was last accomplished by Steffi Graf in 1988.When a reporter made a passing reference to such milestones after a fourth-round victory over older sister Venus on Monday, Williams rested her chin on her left hand and declared: “I no longer answer questions about Grand Slams.” Mesa family survives lightning strike to home How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Sponsored Stories Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona
Active Travel is offering a discount of A$1000 per person on a 9-day luxury train tour for independent travellers encompassing the European cities of Budapest, Vienna and Prague, if booked before 30 April 2017.Guests will travel with Abercrombie & Kent’s exclusive Concierge Rail Service, enabling them to make the most of the three eastern European cultural capitals while travelling in comfort and style. The Concierge Rail Service enables independent travellers to journey by train on their own, with Abercrombie & Kent looking after private transfers between railway stations and hotels and organising bespoke tours for guests at each destination.Along the way, guests will stay in stately hotels, including Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace and Hotel Sacher in Vienna. The tailor-made tour is available for travel until 31 November 2017, and travellers can choose their own tour dates. Qantas Frequent Flyers can earn points on the full price paid for the holiday, with one point earned for every dollar spent.The tour will begin in Budapest, with a privately guided introduction to the sophisticated city situated on both sides of the Danube River. Guests can walk the streets of the ancient royal district, visiting Matthias Church and Castle Hill – a World Heritage Site with some of the city’s most important medieval palaces and museums. The next day will be spent visiting Europe’s largest synagogue and the Budapest State Opera House.The tour continues by rail into the Austrian capital of Vienna, where guests will enjoy a walking tour featuring the Hofburg Imperial Palace and other key landmarks. Guests can choose their own adventure the following day and opt for a visit to the regal Schönbrunn Palace, or venture into the Vienna woods to the country town of Klosterneuburg, the former site of Roman fortresses, now home to an Augustinian abbey. The journey then continues into the Czech Republic, with a half-day walking tour around Prague’s Old Town and a private tour and recital at the Neoclassical Estates Theatre, where Mozart’s Don Giovanni premiered in 1787. Guests will explore the city further the following day, with a visit to Hradcany Castle – the former seat of Bohemian kings and holy Roman emperors. Australians will then return home from Prague airport.Including eight nights’ accommodation and travel on Abercrombie & Kent’s Concierge Rail Service, the tour costs from AUS$8775 per person, twinshare, including the AUS$1000 discount if booked before 30 April 2017. Travellers can choose their own tour dates up until 31 November 2017. Qantas Frequent Flyer customers can earn one point for every dollar spent on the tour booking. Return flights from Australia to Europe are extra and can be booked through Active Travel.
Go back to the enewsletterTwo new organic signature spa treatments have been introduced this season at Spa InterContinental at Natadola Bay, Fiji. Aligned with the resort’s sustainability and conservation efforts, the Lomawai Salt Glow Treatment and the Natadola Bay Honey Experience are available to guests and visitors of the InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort and Spa.The key ingredient in the Lomawai Salt Glow Treatment is the salt crystals that are traditionally made by the people of Lomawai Village. As part of our sustainability efforts, the Resort purchases salt from the village to be used in the Resorts kitchens as well as for use in the Spa.The Natadola Bay Honey Experience uses honey that is produced in-house, compliments of three queen bees and over thirty thousand working bees. The honey produced from these bees is used both in the spa and the Restaurants throughout the Resort.Natadola Beach, home to InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa“These treatments are a significant refreshing addition to our current spa offering at the InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa and I am thrilled to have been able to work with my team of therapists throughout the conceptualisation, testing and execution stages to ensure that we continue to excel and deliver guest experiences that are unique and memorable,” says Kalpana Devi, Spa Manager for Spa InterContinental at the InterContinental Fiji.“The feedback from guests has been very positive and we are delighted with the results to date. We look forward to researching and introducing more unique and organic spa treatments as part of our sustainability effort and for a more green approach to holistic spa treatments,” Devi added.Consistently recognised as one of the best spa experiences in Fiji and Oceania, Spa InterContinental is an award-winning facility that offers unparalleled service and holistic spa treatments that combine Asian, Western and traditional techniques to soothe the mind, body, and soul.Natadola Bay Honey ExperienceExperience the super healing and beauty properties of locally produced Natadola Bay honey made by the Resort’s very own beehives. Skin is nourished with elements of sugar, honey, yoghurt, milk and turmeric at different stages, which combine to rejuvenate and soothe the mind, body and soul.Lomawai Salt Glow TreatmentEnjoy the detoxifying benefits of anti-bacterial organic salt sourced from the natural salt pit project at Lomawai Village. Salt crystals are combined with rosemary to boost healing properties and detoxification. A tropical Piña colada shampoo and conditioning treatment further nourishes the scalp before guests relax into tranquil island bliss with a body massage.For more details, see fiji.intercontinental.com/spa/Go back to the enewsletter
MINNEAPOLIS – Thousands of Prince fans are asking federal authorities to open a grand jury investigation into his death.The petition to the U.S. Attorney’s Office has been signed by more than 6,000 people. One of the petition’s organizers, Nicole Welage, says more answers are needed about the rock star’s accidental fentanyl overdose in 2016. Welage tells the Star Tribune that the person who supplied the drug must be held accountable.Federal, state and county investigators spent nearly two years looking into Prince’s death , but were unable to trace the source of the drug that killed him .Prosecutors have said there is no credible evidence that will lead to federal criminal charges. The U.S. Attorney’s Office has declined to comment on the petition. Thousands of fans request grand jury probe of Prince’s death by The Associated Press Posted Sep 19, 2018 5:50 am PDT Last Updated Sep 19, 2018 at 1:00 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this Feb. 4, 2007, file photo, Prince performs during the halftime show at the Super Bowl XLI football game at Dolphin Stadium in Miami. Thousands of Prince fans have signed a petition asking federal authorities to open a grand jury investigation into his 2016 death. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara, File)
Former first lady Michelle Obama signs copies of her new book “Becoming” and greets fans as she kicks off a national book tour at Seminary Co-op Bookstore in Chicago, Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018. (Ashlee Rezin/Chicago Sun-Times via AP) by Michael Tarm, The Associated Press Posted Nov 13, 2018 10:55 pm PDT Michelle Obama begins arena tour in talk with Oprah AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CHICAGO — Michelle Obama began her 12-stop book tour Tuesday by sitting with Oprah Winfrey before an audience at the home arena of the Chicago Bulls, speaking on everything from piano lessons and washing socks to crying on a plane the day her family moved out of the White House and President Donald Trump moved in.The crowd of 14,000 roared as the former first lady stepped onto a stage at the sold-out United Center event, which felt part talk show, part political rally and part rock concert, complete with $35 Michele Obama T-shirts emblazoned with her face and the title of her just-released memoir, “Becoming.” Family pictures of Barack Obama and their children flashed on a screen over her shoulder as she spoke.During the more than 90-minute conversation under Bulls’ NBA championship banners in Obama’s home city, she never directly criticized Trump. Crying on the plane leaving Washington on Inauguration Day 2017, she explained, had nothing to do with Trump.“When I got on the plane, I sobbed for 30 minutes,” she said. “I think it was just the release of eight years trying to do everything perfectly.”Obama turned to her husband, who had just become a former president. “I said to Barack, ‘That was so hard, what we just did. That was so hard.” She said she didn’t mention that episode in her book.She didn’t criticize Trump directly at the event despite direct criticism of him in her book.She writes in “Becoming” that Trump’s “loud and reckless innuendos” about her husband’s birth certificate stirred people up and put “my family’s safety at risk.” And for this,” she adds, “I’d never forgive him.”Trump responded last week, saying Michelle Obama “got paid a lot of money” to write that book and they always expect a little controversy.” The current president said that he’d never forgive his predecessor for making the country “very unsafe.”When Winfrey, who selected “Becoming” for her influential book club , introduced Obama she referred to the divisive political climate, also without directly naming Trump.“So many people are feeling uneasy… afraid of the impending darkness,” Winfrey told the audience. “But you all being here tonight is a testament to the light.”“Becoming” describes Obama’s upbringing on Chicago’s South Side and her transition to college at Princeton University. As she does in her book, she recounted Tuesday being raised in a family that struggled economically — but with parents who encouraged her to be successful.When she was a child, she said her dad would complain to her mother that she wasn’t teaching her children how to wash socks, because he had had so few socks growing up that he had to wash them and dry them on a radiator himself.“My mom said, ‘I’m not teaching them how to wash their socks. I’m going to teach them to go to college, so they can buy a washing machine,’” Obama said Tuesday.She also talked about learning how to play the piano on a rickety one and her surprise at seeing her first piano that was in good condition.“You mean there are perfect pianos out there?” she recalled thinking. “I didn’t even know about it.”The memoir, officially released Tuesday, is already a bestseller. It topped Amazon.com’s bestseller list throughout the weekend.The tour that started in Chicago moves on to Los Angles, Washington, Detroit, Paris and London, and other U.S. cities. It ends next month in New York City.Tens of thousands of people purchased tickets to Obama’s United Center appearance — paying from just under $30 to hundreds or even thousands of dollars for VIP packages. No tickets are available online for some stops.Although some fans have complained about the high cost, 10 per cent of tickets costs are being donated to local charities, schools and community groups.___AP Writer Jeff Karoub in Detroit also contributed.___Follow Michael Tarm on Twitter at https://twitter.com/mtarmMichael Tarm, The Associated Press
Airport passenger numbers in January and February increased by 7.6 per cent compared to the same period last year, while a record number of almost 11 million passengers were handled by the island’s two airports last year.According to a new report by anna.aero (Airline Network News and Analysis) aviation experts, Cyprus’ aviation industry is showing strong signs of growth despite the adverse market conditions, such as the recent collapse of a number of airlines, including Cobalt, Germania Airlines, and Air Berlin.Compared to 2017, Larnaca and Paphos airports handled 10.94 million passengers last year, a 6.7 per cent increase. When compared to the number of passengers processed in 2013, Larnaca airport saw an increase of 66 per cent, and Paphos of 32 per cent.In 2018, however, Paphos airport growth rate was far higher than Larnaca airport, with a 14 per cent increase in passenger numbers compared to 2017, while Larnaca saw just a 4.4 per cent increase, given the collapse of Cobalt.Since 2013, when the two airports returned to year-on-year growth, the average yearly growth rate for both Larnaca and Paphos combined is 9.4 per cent.According to the report, the consistent growth patterns of the airports indicate the potential for Cyprus to become a year-round destination rather than a seasonal one.During the cold months of 2018 (January-March and November-December), both airports saw a growth of almost 11 per cent compared to the corresponding months of the year before, reducing the island’s seasonality profile.With the strong growth rates that marked the first two months of 2019, and given the additional seat capacity provided by Ryanair this winter, the report speculates that the seasonality of Cyprus as a destination will decrease even further.Ryanair is set to become the island’s leading carrier this summer, up from fourth last summer, the report showed, as it is expected to increase its seat capacity by 22 per cent, while also introducing new routes to Mykonos and Kiev Boryspil.Wizz Air will also be jumping to fourth place from eighth, through an increase of 39 per cent in capacity due to the expected introduction of flights from Larnaca to Debrecen and Krakow later this year.Beyond low-cost airlines, Cyprus Airways is also expected to mark a 61 per cent growth in seat capacity this summer compared to the summer of 2018. Growth in seat capacity is also expected for British Airways (4.5 per cent), Aeroflot (4.3 per cent), S7 Airlines (5.2 per cent) and Lufthansa (1.9 per cent).Three new airlines will also be added to Cyprus’ aviation market this summer: the Ukrainian carrier SkyUp Airlines which will link Larnaca with Kiev Zhuliany and Khariv; Kuwait Airlines will operate twice-weekly from Larnaca airport as of June; and SWISS will be launching a seasonal service connecting Larnaca with Geneva in July.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoYahoo SearchYou’ve Never Seen Luxury Like This On A Cruise Ship. Search Luxury Mediterranean CruisesYahoo SearchUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboola