IncrEDIBLE Stew and Apples Too

first_imgSelect Nova Scotia invites the public to a winter, local food celebration showcasing some great, fresh Nova Scotia products on Wednesday, Feb. 24. The menu will feature beef stew, compliments of The Wooden Monkey, various varieties of Annapolis Valley apples, compliments of Nova Scotia Fruit Growers Association, and Graves apple juice, compliments of Great Valley Juices. The event will be emceed by Bill Carr. Stop by during the lunch break for a taste of local stew and apples, too! The eat local in winter event takes place from noon to 2 p.m. at Grand Parade, Halifax. For more information about IncrEDIBLE February and Select Nova Scotia, go to www.selectnovascotia.ca.last_img read more

Western Sahara Guterres Urges All Parties to Engage in UN Discussion

Rabat – The UN chief called on the four parties to the Western Sahara conflict to engage in a “good faith, without preconditions and in a constructive spirit  in the discussions,” which will take place in Geneva on Wednesday and Thursday at the request of his Personal Envoy Horst Kohler.Guterres’ deputy spokesman, Farhan Haq said in a press briefing on December 4 that the UN chief “reiterates his steadfast support to his Personal Envoy and his efforts to relaunch the negotiations process in line with Security Council resolution 2440 of 31 October 2018.”Like Resolution 2440, Guterres addressed a clear message to all parties to the conflict to show their commitment to the UN-led political process. The secretary-general’s message also placed all parties invite for Geneva’s talk on equal footing, including Algeria. Read Also: Bourita: ‘We Are Not Going to Geneva for Negotiations’Morocco, Mauritania, and members of the Polisario Front will also take part in the UN discussion.Guterres’ statement supports the decision of the UN Security Council Resolution 2440, which called on Algeria to “work constructively” along with the other parties and Kohler to ensure a successful political process to find an agreed and mutually acceptable solution to the Western Sahara conflict.Adopted on October 31, the resolution has for the first time included Algeria as a neighboring country to the conflict.The resolution also breaks Algeria’s precondition of being an observer. Prior to Kohler’s invitation for talks, Morocco has been clear that it cannot accept to sit in at the roundtable only with the Polisario Front as the separatist group is not a legitimate representative of the Sahrawis living in the Tindouf camps. For Morocco, future negotiations with Polisario will beimpossible if Algeria does not accept its responsibility and role in the conflict.Morocco’s diplomacy also stressed that the Western Sahara conflict should be solved between Algeria and Morocco, as the eastern neighbor arms, and hosts Sahrawis in Tindouf.Morocco’s delegation is led by Morocco’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Nasser Bourita. read more

Duke Arizona And Michigan State Are Biggest Tourney Gainers

Pretty much every team that survives its first two games and advances to the Sweet 16 has the right to be pleased with its performance. But four men’s teams — Duke, Arizona, Michigan State and Gonzaga — should be especially giddy. Their odds of winning the championship have improved the most so far.In the table below, I’ve compared the 16 surviving teams in two ways: First, by the change in their power rating in the FiveThirtyEight forecast since before the tournament began, and second, by the change in their probability of winning the tournament.Teams’ power ratings can change for two reasons. Our model updates the power ratings at the end of each game based on how a team performs relative to its expectations. A team that wins by an especially wide margin, or that wins as an underdog, will see the largest gains. By contrast, a team’s power rating may decline if it wins by a smaller-than-expected margin.We’re also continually updating the model with new data on player injuries. Two injury situations are the most critical so far: North Carolina’s Kennedy Meeks’ Sweet 16 status is uncertain after he hurt his knee in the Tar Heels’ Saturday win against Arkansas. And Wisconsin point guard Traevon Jackson has yet to play despite hopes that he might have returned.Apart from the changes in its power rating, a team’s chances of winning the tournament can change because its draw becomes harder or easier. Michigan State’s probability has improved not just because they beat Virginia, for instance, but also because the No. 1 seed in the East region, Villanova, was ousted by North Carolina State.Here’s a quick look at the teams with the largest shift in their probability:Duke’s championship probability has roughly doubled to 11.9 percent from 5.7 percent. The Blue Devils won their first two games easily, and they were helped by losses elsewhere in the bracket, especially to Iowa State, their one-time potential opponent in the Elite Eight.Arizona’s chances have improved to 14.5 percent from 9.5 percent. The Wildcats have also been helped by an upset: Instead of facing No. 3 seed Baylor in their Sweet 16 game, they’ll get Xavier. It helps, too, that Wisconsin, Arizona’s potential Elite Eight opponent, has not looked as strong as the model had them originally.Almost everything has gone Michigan State’s way: The Spartans beat the No. 2 seed in their region, Virginia, and got a lot of credit for it in the model. But the No. 1 seed in the East, Villanova, was eliminated too. The Spartans are now the favorite to reach the Final Four from the East and have some chance to go further than that — they were underseeded to begin with, and will stay reasonably close to home for the rest of the tournament with the remaining games in Syracuse and Indianapolis. (Plus, there’s Tom Izzo’s amazing run of postseason success, although the model doesn’t give them any extra credit for that.)Gonzaga won easily on Sunday against an Iowa team that looked excellent in its opening game. Its path has also gotten easier because of the elimination of Iowa State, a team they could have played in Sweet 16. Instead, they’re 75 percent favorites to win their grudge match against UCLA.By contrast, Wisconsin and North Carolina’s probabilities have declined slightly, partly because of their injury issues and partly because Arizona looms large in the West regional, which will be played in Los Angeles. Wisconsin also played a closer game against Oregon than the model expected.Still, Wisconsin retains the fourth-best overall chance to win the tournament, after Kentucky, Arizona and Duke. And even if the Badgers don’t win the tournament, their chances of winning an NCAA spelling bee are up after they learned all about stenography this weekend. What’s a 10-letter word for “in the hunt?”Check out FiveThirtyEight’s March Madness predictions. read more

Alevel results 2017 Boys beat girls to top grades for first time

first_imgAT MERCHANT TAYLORS CROSBY SCHOOL IN LIVERPOOL It has been falling over the decade, standing at 1.5 points in 2011, 1.4 points in 2012, 0.8 in 2013, 0.5 in 2014 and 0.4 in 2015. In 2011, 27.7 per cent of girls achieved an A* or A – compared to 26.2 per cent of boys.A sample of results for 18-year-olds in England, provided by the Joint Council for Qualifications, shows that in the new raft of 13 reformed subjects, the drop in A or A* grades for girls fell 1.1 percentage points compared to just 0.2 points for boys.  Boys are beating girls to top A-level grades for the first time in 17 years – with 26.6 per cent of boys achieving coveted A* or A grades compared to just 26.1 per cent of girls.The dramatic reversal of fortunes is thought to be fuelled by the new “tougher” A-levels, which have less coursework and no modules. Girls have outperformed boys every year since 2000.In the 13 subjects that have a reformed syllabus and course structure – devised by former education secretary Michael Gove in a bid to raise standards – the top grades of girls have drastically declined. The gender gap across all subjects, which sees boys 0.5 points ahead of girls for A* or A grades, has reversed on last year – when girls were 0.3 points ahead of boys. The figures, published by the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) also show boys have pulled further ahead at the highest grade.The statistics, for England, Wales and Northern Ireland, also show:The overall A*-E pass-rate has fallen by 0.2 percentage points to 97.9 per centThe proportion of entries awarded the highest result – A* – has risen 0.2 percentage points to 8.3 per centAmong the 13 reformed subjects only, results are down slightly compared to the equivalent subjects in 2016When comparing 18-year-old results, the proportion of A* grades for these courses is down 0.5 percentage points to 7.2 per cent, A*-A grades have dropped 0.7 percentage points to 24.3 per cent and A*-E results have fallen 0.5 percentage points to 98.1 per cent. Students celebrate their A-Level results from the King Edward VI High School for Girls in Edgbaston There was a 12.8 per cent increase in the number taking political studies, and a 1.7% rise in those taking Spanish at A-level.But there were dips in the take-up of other languages – with a 2.1 per cent drop in those doing French and a 4.7 per cent decrease in students sitting German. Meanwhile, writing in The Telegraph, Theresa May’s former chief of staff has said the “unsustainable and ultimately pointless Ponzi scheme” that higher education has become is burdening graduates with debts and must be radically reformed.Nick Timothy said many school leavers receiving their A-level results are being “forced” into expensive degrees that fund a “gravy train” for university bosses.What next? How to apply for a student loan  However, Jo Johnson, the universities minister, said university still delivered “extraordinary returns” for students and the system was meeting the Government’s core objectives, although it was always kept under review. He also told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme he had called for restraint on vice-chancellor’s pay.”The new regulator, which we’ve recently created to promote value for money in the system, the Office for Students, I’ve asked it to ensure that exceptional pay can only be justified by exceptional performance,” Mr Johnson said.  Pupils at Merchant Taylors Crosby School in Liverpool collect their resultsCredit:JAMES SPEAKMAN/Mercury Press Students celebrate their A-Level results from the King Edward VI High School for Girls in EdgbastonCredit:Aaron Chown/PA Elsewhere, entries for history – one of the most popular A-levels by number of students – fell by 8.1 per cent.Data showed a 3.3 per cent increase in entries for maths, but there was a significant drop in those sitting English. It comes as the proportion of A-level exams awarded the highest results has risen for the first time in six years, with more than one in four entries scoring at least an A grade this year, despite efforts to make them tougher.National figures show that 26.3 per cent of A-level entries scored an A* or A this summer, up 0.5 percentage points on 2016. It is the first time the A*-A pass rate has risen since 2011.The rise comes amid major changes to the qualifications, with the first grades awarded in 13 subjects that have been reformed, with a move away from coursework and modular exams throughout the course, making them more challenging for students. 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. The subjects are art and design,  biology,  business,  chemistry,  computer science,  economics,  English language,  English language and literature,  English literature,  history,  physics,  psychology and  sociology. The share of top grades is equal for boys and girls in these subjects at 24.3 per cent. This included a drop of 10.2 per cent in English language, 4.7 per cent for literature, and 11.1 per cent for the combined English language and literature subject.Overall, entries for English subjects saw a 7.2 per cent decrease. Figures showed a huge spike in the number of entries for a small range of subjects, including computing, with a 33 per cent rise in the number of A-level students sitting the exam in 2017, compared with last year. This included a 34 per cent increase in female students – 816, up from 609 in 2016.last_img read more

Velux EHF CL TOP 16 Atletico Madrid with 9 from Schaffhausen

Spanish vice-champion, BM Atletico Madrid showed class in the away match against Kadetten Schaffhausen 36:27 (15:11) and secured TOP 8 place in Europe this season. Second match in Madrid will have friendly note, after Dujshebaev’s boys made +9 in Switzerland.27 – Kadetten (11+16): Vaskevicius; Stojanovic (6), Jurca (2), Kukucka (6), Graubner (1), Straczan (3) y Vrany (4) -equipo inicial- Quadrelli (ps), Vukelic (-), Goepfert (1), Pendic (-), Schelbert (1), Bucher (1), Elezovic (1) y Tominec (1).36 – Atlético (15+21): Hombrados; Cañellas (5, 1p), Guardiola (5), Dinart (-), Roberto García (4, 1p), Jurkiewicz (-) y Alberto Entrrerríos (-) -equipo inicial- Antonio Díez (ps), Edu Fernández (-), Markussen (7), Aguinagalde (7), Davis (1), Chema (1) y Lazarov (6, 1p). ← Previous Story Kiel Express to the Velux EHF CL TOP 8! Next Story → Ivan Nincevic stays in Fuchse Berlin BM Atletico MadridKadetten Schaffhausen read more

Home brand products show fatigue

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Major retailers are making fewer investments in the development of private-label products compared with the recent past.The price war that has raged in the last few years both among retail merchants and between retailers and suppliers in a bid to retain their market shares during a period of an ever-decreasing demand due to the crisis has resulted in a reduction to the cost of popular brand products, mainly through an increase in offers.For their part, retailers are trying to increase their profit margins by nudging the prices of their own-label products, leading to a drop in the difference in prices between well-known brands and private-label products.A different policy is being pursued by small and medium-sized supermarket chains. Having less negotiating leverage by definition in their transactions with suppliers and being unable to secure better deals on popular brands, they are increasing investments in the growth of own-label products as a means of tackling the competition.However, despite the drop in households’ disposable incomes and the doubling of the market share of private-label products in Greece in recent years, their performance still lags compared with other European countries, while their penetration in Greek households is showing signs of fatigue. Data from the IRI research institute showed that the market share of private-label products reached 15.4 per cent last year, growing by just 0.6 percentage points from 2013. Their volume share actually remained unchanged year-on-year at 20.8 per cent. The total turnover of private-label products in 2014 is estimated at 500 million euros.Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

Studio Ghiblis New Handmade Clothing Is Too Cute For Words

first_img Studio Ghibli merchandise is always hot, no matter what kind of item it is. You could sell Studio Ghibli-branded toilet paper, and someone would wait in line for months to be able to pick some of it up. People are insane over Studio Ghibli. And it’s understandable, of course. Ghibli films are touching and amazing movies, so it makes sense to want to buy lots of awesome merchandise based on them.Studio Ghibli knows all this, or seems to, and is delivering on more merchandise for anyone who just can’t get enough of it, with a new series of eco-friendly options that make sense as nods to both the popular movies the studio has pushed out and its other accomplishments.The new line is called Studio Ghibli no Anofuku, which works out to mean, roughly, “Those Clothes by Studio Ghibli.” It’s the product of a collaboration between Japanese clothing brands Anrealage and keisuke kanda. The line released on September 15, and there’s a special video clip that was made specifically to celebrate the announcement. Anofuku Inc. created an animation with Totoro and the Cat Bus sauntering across several different kinds of sweaters.It’s a very short video, less than a minute, but the amount of work that went into putting the clip together is staggering. There were over 200 sweaters used to make it happen, each with its own amount of embroidery to make the poses for each frame of animation. Regular animation is difficult enough as it is already without throwing what are essentially anime cells into the mix woven into the fabric of each sweater.The sweaters use natural fabrics from used clothing that’s meant to reduce environmental waste and pollution, all in a bid to help save natural resources. In addition to a cute Ghibli scene, there’s a blue label on the inside of each garment with a picture of Totoro! Most of the clothing looks like it’s meant for kids to wear, and it’s pretty pricey, up to nearly $300 for a sweater. You can find shirts, sweaters, and coats for adults too though, and they run from 8,000 yen to 40,000 yen apiece.The line is going to be available at Tsutaya bookstores in Nakemeguro throughout October 5 or at Daikanyama until Halloween, but a lot of the clothing has already been sold out. If you’re in the neighborhood and you can jump on one of the items, definitely make sure you do so if you’re a Totoro fan or part of the Ghibli faithful in general! Stay on targetcenter_img AdamTots Presents: Kiki’s Dealer ServiceMay’s Garden House Restaurant is The First Licensed Totoro Restaurant last_img read more

It Feels Awesome NASAs Christina Koch to Set New ISS Record

first_imgStay on target NASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This WeekendScientists Discover Possible Interstellar Visitor As if being an astronaut aboard the International Space Station weren’t cool enough, NASA’s Christina Koch will become the agency’s second explorer to spend nearly a year inside the orbiting laboratory.NASA this week announced a record-setting flight for Koch, who arrived at the ISS in March, and is now scheduled to remain in orbit until February 2020.Her extended 328-day mission comes in just shy of the longest single spaceflight by a NASA astronaut—an achievement set by Scott Kelly during his one-year stint in 2015-16.Koch will, however, eclipse the 288 days former rocketeer Peggy Whitson spent in space from 2016-17.“It feels awesome,” Koch said in a video interview with NASA public affairs specialist Brandi Dean.center_img One month down. Ten to go. Today the possibility has become reality: My mission is planned to be extended through a third Expedition onboard @Space_Station! Privileged to contribute my best every single day of it. pic.twitter.com/b9RhhNHZzt— Christina H Koch (@Astro_Christina) April 17, 2019“I have known that this was a possibility for a long time and it’s truly a dream come true to know that I can continue to work on the program that I valued so highly my whole life,” she continued. “To be able to contribute to that—to give my best every day to that—for as long as possible is a true honor and a dream come true.”NASA astronaut Andrew Morgan, set to leave Earth on July 20, will also enjoy an extended stay aboard the ISS.These protracted missions, according to the federal agency, will help scientists gather additional data about the effects of long-duration human spaceflight beyond the normal six-month expedition.The space program has spent 50 years collecting data on astronaut health and performance, most recently from Whitson and Kelly, who, along with his retired-astronaut brother Mark Kelly, is also part of a NASA twins study, published recently in the journal Science.“NASA is looking to build on what we have learned with additional astronauts in space for more than 250 days,” according to Jennifer Fogarty, chief scientist of the Human Research Program at NASA’s Johnson Space Center. “Christina’s extended mission will provide additional data for NASA’s Human Research Program and continue to support future missions to the Moon and Mars.”NASA astronauts Jessica Meir (left) and Andrew Morgan (right) (via NASA)Koch’s fellow Expedition 59 crewmembers Anne McClain of NASA, David Saint-Jacques of the Canadian Space Agency, and Oleg Kononenko of Roscosmos will return to Earth in June.She and fellow NASA pilot Nick Hague, as well as cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin, will remain aboard the space station to begin Expedition 60.A month later, NASA’s Andrew Morgan, European Space Agency astronaut Luca Parmitano, and Roscosmos’ Alexander Skvortsov are scheduled to join the mission, returning the ISS’s crew to six.Parmitano and Skvortsov will return in February 2020 with Koch, leaving Morgan behind for his extended stay.In late September, NASA astronaut Jessica Meir will take her first flight with cosmonaut Oleg Skripochka and United Arab Emirates’ Hazzaa Ali Almansoori, a Roscmosos spaceflight participant who will return with Hague and Ovchinin in October.Morgan, Meir, and Skripochka are scheduled to touch down in spring 2020.More on Geek.com:NASA Experiment Might Be ‘Alive’ After Beresheet Moon Lander CrashFirst All-Female Spacewalk Aborted Due to Ill-Fitting SuitNASA Boss Says First Person on Mars Will ‘Likely Be a Woman’last_img read more

Former United footballer says Solskjaer is the favorite for the job

first_imgAccording to Andrew Cole, who played for Manchester United from 1995 to 2001, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is the best person to continue coaching the Red Devils.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took the Manchester United managing job after Jose Mourinho was sacked from the Red Devils in the English Premier League.And for former United footballer Andrew Cole, the Norwegian is the best candidate for the job.Cole played in the Red Devils from 1995 to 2001, and he knows the English Premier League very well.“I look at Ole and I see that he is a student of the game,” Cole said to Sky Sports.“He was prepared to take in a lot of information and break it down and do what he thought was right with it.”Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“Looking at him, he is always speaking about Sir Alex [Ferguson] and what he takes from him and what he is trying to do with the players,” he added.“If this continues and Manchester United beat PSG and win midweek against Burnley then I don’t think you can look any further.”“That’s what the manager used to do with us. He was always talking to us to get the best from us. You can see Ole does that because after every game he is on the pitch with the players. A lot of the modern-day managers are doing that,” Cole commented.“Everyone wants to get the best from the players so you have to put your arm around them and show them that they are important to you.”“How do you keep your job? You have to win matches. If he continues to do that then nobody can turn around and say you shouldn’t get the job because he hasn’t done X, Y, and Z,” the former footballer continued.“I think he is the big favorite to get the job now. They will assess the situation in the summer but I am sure fans will be delighted if he gets the job.”last_img read more

MARINE FORECAST FOR THE BAHAMAS AND TCI 13TH JANUARY 2015

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppWARNINGS: MARINERS AND BEACHGOERS SHOULD CONTINUE TO EXERCISE CAUTION FOR DANGEROUS RIP CURRENTS AND ROUGH SURF CONDITIONS DUE TO MODERATE TO LARGE EASTERLY SWELLSGENEERAL SITUATION: A RIDGE OF HIGH PRESSURE ACROSS THE AREA SHIFTS EASTWARDS AS A MID/UPPER LEVEL SHORTWAVE TROUGH OVER ESTERN GULF O F MEXICO CONTINUES TO MAKE STEADY EASTWARD PROGRESS WITH PLENTY OF DEEP MOISTURE PRODUCING CLUSTERS OF SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS AHEAD OF A WEAK COLD FRONT OVER NORTHERN FLORIDANORTHWEST BAHAMASSMALL CRAFT SHOULD BE ALERT FOR GUSTY WINDS AND HIGHER SEAS IN OR NEAR SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMSWINDS: SOUTHEAST TO SOUTH AT 10 TO 15 KNOTS BECOMING LIGHT AND VARIABLE BY AFTERNOON OVER OPEN WATERSSEAS: 2 TO 4 FEET SUBSIDING LESS THAN 3 FEET BY AFTERNOON OVER THE OCEANSWELLS: MODERATE TO LARGE EATERLY SWELLSWEATHER: SCATTERED SHOWERS AND THE CHANCE OF ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS THROUGH TONIGHTCENTRAL BAHAMASSMALL CRAFT CAUTION REMAINS IN EFFECTWINDS: EAST TO SOUTHEAST AT 15 TO 20 KNOTS BECOMING SOUTHEAST TO SOUTH AT 10 TO 15 KNOTS LATE OVER OPEN WATERSSEAS: 4 TO 6 FEET SUBSIDING 2 TO 4 FEET LATER OVER THE OCEANSWELLS: MODERATE TO LARGE EASTERLYWEATHER: ISOLATED SHOWERS AND THE CHANCE OF ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS THROUGH TONIGHTSOUTHEAST BAHAMAS AND TURKS AND CAICOSSMALL CRAFT CAUTION REMAINS IN EFFECTWINDS: EAST TO SOUTHEAST AT 15 TO 20 KNOTS OVER OPEN WATERSSEAS: 4 TO 6 FEET OVER THE OCEANSWELLS: MODERATE TO LARGE EASTERLY SWELLSWEATHER: CHANCE OF A FEW PASSING SHOWERS TODAYEXTENDED FORECAST: A WEAK COLD FRONT IS STILL EXPECTED TO CROSS THROUGH THE AREA AND DISSIPATE THROUGH WEDNESDAY WHILE ANOTHER COLD FRONT WILL APPROACH THE NORTHWEST BAHAMAS BY THURSDAY NIGHT THROUGH FRIDAYFORECAST FOR WEDNESDAYSMALL CRAFT SHOULD BE ALERT FOR GUSTY WINDS AND HIGHER SEAS IN OR NEAR SHOWERSWINDS: VARIABLE AT 10 KNOTS OR LESS IN THE NORTHWEST AND CENTRAL BAHAMAS AND EAST TO SOUTHEAST AT 10 TO 15 KNOTS IN THE SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS AND TURKS AND CAICOS OVER OPEN WATERSSEAS: 3 FEET OR LESS IN THE NORTHWEST AND CENTRAL BAHAMAS AND 2 TO 4 FEET IN THE SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS AND TURKS AND CAICOS OVER THE OCEANSWELLS: MODERATE TO LARGE EASTERLY SWELLLSWEATHER: THE CHANCE OF A FEW PASSING SHOWERSFORECAST FOR THURSDAYSMALL CRAFT SHOULD BE ALERT FOR GUSTY WINDS AND HIGHER SEAS IN OR NEAR SHOWERSWINDS: NORTHEAST TO EAST AT 10 KNOTS OR LESS OVER THE NORTHWEST AND CENTRAL BAHAMAS AND VARIABLE AT 10 KNOTS OR LESSS IN THE SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS AND TURKS AND CAICOS OVER OPEN WATERSSEAS: 3 FEET OR LESS OVER THE OCEANSWELLS: MODERATE TO LARGE EASTERLY SWELLSWEATHER: CHANCE OF A FEW PASSING SHOWERS Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Marine Forecast 18th August 2015 Recommended for you Bahamas Marine Forecast – 10th August 2015 Related Items:bahamas weather, turks and caicos weather Noon Bahamas Marine Forecastlast_img read more

Mother of bullied teen files wrongful death lawsuit against KingChavez Academy and

first_img Posted: May 16, 2018 May 16, 2018 Mother of bullied teen files wrongful death lawsuit against King-Chavez Academy and SDUSD Sasha Foo, Sasha Foo center_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — The mother of a 14-year-old San Diego high school student who committed suicide has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against his school and the San Diego Unified School District.The complaint filed this week says King-Chavez Academy where German Guzman was a ninth grader failed to stop the bullying that led to his suicide last November.His mother, Zulema Guzman said her son, a straight “A” student at the charter school was taunted and bullied by other students who thought he was gay. The name-calling and harassment took place at school and online, over social media.According to the legal complaint, the administration at King-Chavez Academy did nothing to intervene, even though they knew German Guzman was being bullied. His mother said German would begin crying in class and would be taken to another classroom to calm down and seek comfort. Her son also began seeing the school psychiatrist.However, the family’s attorney, Michael Carillo said there was no investigation to determine who the bullies were or how the harassment could have been prevented. To this day, Zulema Guzman said no administrator at the King-Chavez Academy has called or contacted her to express their condolences.In a statement issued through a public relations firm, the school said, “We strongly disagree with the statements made in this court filing. However, due to privacy concerns and out of respect for the family, we are unable to discuss the matter or provide additional details at this time.”The San Diego Unified School District which was also named as a defendant declined a request for an interview, saying it does not comment on pending litigation and that the charter school is not operated by the school district. Updated: 8:25 PM Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

ASA Supports Creation of Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Ag Affairs

first_imgIn a letter this week to House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas (R-Okla.) and Ranking Member Collin Peterson (D-Minn.), the American Soybean Association (ASA) joined groups from multiple agricultural sectors in encouraging the inclusion of a provision in the Chairman’s Mark of the upcoming farm bill that would establish an Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).”[T]he trade organizational structure at USDA has remained unchanged since it was last reorganized in 1978,” stated the groups in the letter. “Over this period, the value and nature of U.S. agriculture exports has changed dramatically. In 1978, U.S. agriculture exports totaled $29 billion whereas in 2011 they reached $136 billion. In 1978, grains and oilseeds amounted to 60 percent of all U.S. agriculture exports while meat and poultry accounted for 3 percent and produce 6 percent. Now grains and oilseeds account for 36 percent of all agriculture exports while meat and poultry constitute 15 percent and produce 13 percent. Meanwhile, over the last 30 years the challenges that U.S. agriculture faces in global markets have increased and markedly changed from primarily tariff barriers to phytosanitary and other non-tariff trade barriers.”Also in the letter, ASA and its colleagues highlighted the coordination and streamlined cooperation within USDA that the new post would offer.”An Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs will provide a singular focus on trade and foster more effective coordination of transparent, rules-based trade policies in other USDA agencies,” continued the groups. “Such a position will bring unified high level representation to key trade negotiations with senior, foreign officials and within the Executive Branch. It will also allow future Administrations to recruit an Under Secretary who has extensive experience in international trade negotiation and policy issues. Furthermore, the creation of this Under Secretary position would help streamline management, create greater efficiencies and enhance emphasis in the Office of the Under Secretary responsible for key domestic programs.”ASA represents all U.S. soybean farmers on domestic and international issues of importance to the soybean industry. ASA’s advocacy efforts are made possible through the voluntary membership in ASA by more than 21,000 farmers in 31 states where soybeans are grown.###For more information contact:Patrick Delaney, ASA Communications Director, 202-969-7040, pdelaney@soy.orglast_img read more

Rodale Continues Reorganization With SeniorLevel Cuts

first_imgRodale is ending 2015 with little holiday cheer.  Included in the layoffs are group publisher, Chris Lambiase, senior vice president, Brian O’Connell, vice president of operations, Alex Klapwald and senior vice president, Anne Alexander. The elimination of these roles and others, were made in order to reorganize the company’s structure so each brand has it’s own managing director, as well as editorial director, Mike Lafavore, overseeing each brand’s top editor.  Back in October, many were surprised by president Scott Schulman’s seemingly abrupt departure; a move that put chairwoman, Maria Rodale, back into the day-to-day driver’s seat. Not long after, in November the company announced it was shutting down its content marketing division, Rodale Grow. The decision reportedly cost at least six staffers their jobs, and left some clients scrambling to find a new partner. A month later, it announced it would no longer continue to publish Running Times, a brand it had owned since 2007. That decision folded some of the magazine’s assets into its larger sister brand, Runner’s World, and left an undisclosed number of staffers unemployed.  Now, the company has confirmed with Folio: sister site min that it has made more staff cuts. A company spokesperson tells min the following: “The new management structure is designed to pave the way for a more responsive and focused future for Rodale.”last_img read more

New mariculture initiative to help boost shellfish farming

first_imgAlaska shellfish farmers hope a new state mariculture initiative will help boost their businesses. But they warn it’s not an easy industry to expand.Download AudioThe state began allowing Alaskans to farm shellfish almost 30 years ago.The resulting farms raise scallops, mussels and several species of clams. In recent years, oysters have gotten more attention.The state lists about 50 shellfish farmers, though not all are active. Most are in southern Southeast Alaska or Kachemak Bay, near Homer.“I think the market in Alaska has not been fully saturated, said Margo Reveil, president of the Jakolof Bay Oyster Co. “So I think there’s plenty of room here.”Reveil is also board president of the Alaska Shellfish Growers Association. She says a lot of sales are within the state. But growers are looking farther away.“I think that some farmers are similar to salmon fishermen, finding that direct sales and online sales can bring a premium that makes your farm viable,” Reveil said.The Walker-Mallott administration sees growth potential too.The governor signed an administrative order in February setting up the Alaska Mariculture Task Force. It’s charged with making recommendations for a long-term plan to advance the state’s mariculture – or ocean farming – industry. Which, by the way, does NOT include fish.Barbara Blake, special assistant to the lieutenant governor, says the task force will play an important role in industry growth. She notes other shellfish-farming states have that in common.“No state has been successful without first coming to the governor’s office and having the governor lead an initiative that would bring all those resources together, pull all of those who are interested or who are already developing in that world to one table to help develop a framework that would be statewide, individual or even region-wide,” Blake said.The idea came from Julie Decker, executive director of the Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation.She says the panel will learn from experienced farmers and outside industry experts.“And we think that we can apply mariculture in Alaska in a way that Alaskans want it to be applied and do something that’s really positive that’s good for our communities, the environment and the economy as well,” Decker said.Not that there aren’t significant barriers to the business.Reveil starts with Alaska’s water temperature.“It takes three to seven years depending on your location and what size oyster to grow to size, so there’s a long lag time between changes and what farmers see out in the water and actually in their businesses,” said Reveil.Another barrier is the availability of brood stock. Competition and environmental conditions have led to shortages of shellfish larvae.Oyster seed can be purchased from out of state. Decker says that’s not the case for other farmed species.“If you want to grow geoducks, if you want to grow king crab, if you want to grow rock scallops (or) sea cucumbers, production of that seed must occur inside the state,” Decker said.In-state supplies have improved, but more may be needed to support industry growth.Then there’s the problem of finding people with the situation and resources to do the job.The Sealaska regional Native corporation’s Haa Aaní division has a mariculture program that helped start oyster farms in several Southeast locations.But the division’s Shawn Blumenshine says it’s difficult to find people who can keep them going.“The farmers we’ve been working with over the past number of years have, for different reasons, decided to quit farming more or less,” said Blumenshine.Haa Aaní provided loans and expertise. But Blumenshine says the farmers had a hard time making ends meet while they waited for their crop.“There’s a lot of cash investment up front and it takes a while before it starts paying off,” Blumenshine said. “And it makes it tougher for the farmers who have families and responsibilities to … survive in that interim while they’re cultivating the oyster and getting it ready for market.”Decker says there’s a new crop that could help build the industry. It’s seaweed and kelp, which are in demand for food and beauty products.“It’s a very short turnover, six to nine months,” said Decker. “So you have more of a cash flow involved for farmers, instead of waiting three, four to 10 years or so for a crop, depending on the species.”Reveil says it’s worth trying.“We, actually, on our farm are experimenting with it right now,” Reveil said. “I think there’s some potential there. There’s a lot to be worked out on the processing side and the shipping side.The new Mariculture Task Force will involve shellfish farmers, industry associations, the university and state officials. The cost of its work will come out of existing agency budgets, so it will require no new appropriations.Officials are in the process of choosing its 11 members. Their recommendations are due within about two years.last_img read more

December car sales Honda Cars posts 14 decline

first_imgHonda Cars India Ltd (HCIL) registered a second straight month of decline in December in domestic car sales, with the company selling 12,379 units last month, down 14% from 14,428 units sold in December 2014.Honda City and Honda Amaza were the top-selling models of HCIL, followed by Honda Jazz. The company exported 364 cars during the month.In November 2015, HCIL sold 14,712 cars, 3.61% less than the 15,263 cars sold in November 2014.Sales for the April-December 2015 period were up 10% at 1,44,474 cars, from 1,31,133 in the corresponding period in 2014, the company said in a statement.Other car-makers had reported mixed results in December domestic car sales.Renault India sold 10,292 cars in India during December 2015, 160% more than the 3,956 units than the company sold in December 2014.Maruti Suzuki and Hyundai Motor had reported a growth of 13.5% and 28.8% respectively, while sales of Toyota Kirloskar Motor and Tata Motors declined by 11% and 33% respectively.Industry body Society of Indian Automobile Manufactures (Siam) is expected to release the industry-wide data for the automobile sector by next week.In November 2015, car sales had gone up for the the 13th straight month to 1,73,111 units, up 10.39% from November 2014,  according to Siam.last_img read more

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first_img News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… 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 Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more News | 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 Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:33Loaded: 2.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:33 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. 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. 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 News | September 10, 2013 Sony Medical Introduces HVO-500MD and HVO550MD HD Ultrasound Medical Recorders Showcasing at RSNA 2013 as works-in-progress, coming spring 2014 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 September 10, 2013 — At RSNA 2013, Sony will be showing a works-in-progress medical recorder, the HVO-500MD (without DVD optical drive) and the HVO-550MD (with DVD optical drive). These models are designed specifically for medical recording. Ultrasound technologists and physicians will benefit from the high-quality high-definition (HD) recordings, delivering extremely clear and detailed images of virtually any ultrasound exam or ultrasound system. Features include MPEG-4 video recording, as well as a new compact, slim design with USB and network recording capability.For more information: www.sony.com/radiology FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Videos | Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President … read more 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 | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 05, 2019 Digital Health Devices Used at Point of Care May Improve Diagnostic Certainty A West Virginia-based rural medical outreach event showcased the use of point-of-care technology in an ambulatory… read more last_img read more

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first_img News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more Image courtesy of Imago Systems 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 Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. December 20, 2013 — Seno Medical Instruments Inc., the company pioneering opto-acoustic imaging as a tool to improve the process of diagnosing breast cancer, announced preliminary information from a feasibility study of its Imagio breast imaging device. Results from the feasibility study suggest that information from Imagio, beyond that available from traditional breast ultrasound, may be helpful in assisting physicians in their decisions whether to recommend biopsies for women with suspicious breast masses. The data were presented at the Radiological Society of America Annual Meeting (RSNA 2013). Imagio combines an imaging technology based on light-in and sound-out called “opto-acoustics” with traditional ultrasound. The opto-acoustic images provide a unique blood map in and around suspicious breast masses. Unlike other imaging modalities, Imagio doesn’t expose patients to potentially harmful ionizing radiation (X-rays) or injectable contrast agents. “Given these early results, I believe that opto-acoustics could potentially spare some BI-RADS 4a cases and some BI-RADS 4b cases from needing to undergo biopsies,” said Kenneth Kist, M.D., associate professor of Radiology, University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, and study investigator. “This could represent a significant advance in the diagnostic path for breast cancer and I look forward to seeing the results of the ongoing U.S. Pivotal Study.” The BI-RADS classification is used by radiologists to predict the probability of malignancy of a breast mass based on imaging results. A BI-RADS 3 mass only carries up to a 2 percent chance of being cancerous. Patients with masses in the BI-RADS 3 category can safely wait to see if the mass changes or grows. A BI-RADS 4a mass is considered to have more than a 2 percent but less than or equal to 10 percent chance of being cancerous, and a BI-RADS 4b mass is considered to carry from greater than 10 percent to less than or equal to 50 percent risk of malignancy. Patients whose masses are deemed BI-RADS 4a or higher will almost always undergo a core needle or surgical biopsy. For this study (Abstract LL-BRS-WE5B), five blinded readers independently assessed Imagio images from 73 patients with 74 breast masses. All of the masses were biopsied to provide a gold-standard comparator. Readers were blinded to the subjects’ medical history, biopsy report, histology report, clinical records and follow-up. All 34 detected cancer masses remained at their original BI-RADS classification. In the 40 remaining benign masses, downgrades to BI-RADS 3 were achieved in 12 of 22 original BI-RADS 4a diagnoses as a result of opto-acoustics. Three of 13 BI-RADS 4b masses were downgraded to BI-RADS 3. Each year in the United States, 1.7 million women undergo core needle or surgical breast biopsies after a suspicious mass is found through breast imaging or self-exams. However, up to four out of five of these biopsies reveal benign pathology. A separate electronic exhibit (Abstract LL-BRE2487) providing an overview of opto-acoustic technology was also displayed throughout the meeting. “These early results underscore the potential of opto-acoustic imaging technology which we believe represents a significant step forward in cancer diagnosis,” said Thomas Stavros, M.D., FACR, FSRU, FRANZCR, medical director, Seno Medical Instruments. “This feasibility study shows that Imagio has potential to lead to better outcomes for women and fewer biopsies. We are working diligently with 16 leading breast imaging centers across the U.S. to complete our Imagio Pivotal Study that will form the basis of our Premarket Approval Application with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.”For more information: www.senomedical.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more News | Colonoscopy Systems | August 06, 2019 Rise in Early Onset Colorectal Cancer Not Aligned With Screening Trends A new study finds that trends in colonoscopy rates did not fully align with the increase in colorectal cancer (CRC) in… read more News | December 20, 2013 New Data Show Seno Medical Instruments’ Imagio May Help Reduce Negative Biopsies for Breast Cancer Related Content News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 07, 2019 Contrast Use in First Transthoracic Echocardiogram for Heart Failure Reduces Repeat Testing Heart failure is the fourth most common cause for all admission to U.S. hospitals, and it is the most common reason for… read more News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more News | 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 morelast_img read more

Celebrate 60 years of Busch Gardens Tampa Bay with Canadian Resident deal

first_img Share Celebrate 60 years of Busch Gardens Tampa Bay with Canadian Resident deal Posted by Travelweek Group TAMPA BAY — Canadians visiting Busch Gardens Tampa Bay – set to kick off its 60th anniversary celebration on March 1 – can now take advantage of a Canadian Resident offer.The Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Canadian Resident single day deal is priced at US$74.99 plus tax. The discounted price offers savings worth up to $30.The ticket offer is available for purchase through April 30, 2019 and valid for a one-day visit to Busch Gardens Tampa Bay and is valid for one year from date of purchase. The e-Ticket must be purchased prior to arrival and payment must be made in U.S. dollars (tax will be added at end of purchase). Proof of Canadian residency is required.Clients can also choose to save with new dining offers, with Busch Gardens Tampa 1-Day Visit with All Day Dining priced at $104.99 plus tax.Plus, new two-park offers are valid for a total of two visits at any of the following parks: SeaWorld Orlando, Aquatica Orlando, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay and Adventure Island Tampa Bay at $99.99 plus tax.Canadian residents can get Any 2-Parks with All Day Dining (two visits at choice of SeaWorld Orlando, Busch Gardens Tampa, Aquatica, Adventure Island) for $139.99 plus tax.More news:  CIE Tours launches first-ever River Cruise CollectionThe second visit must be redeemed within six months of the first visit and the ticket offer is available for purchase now through April 30, 2019, and valid for one year from date of purchase. The discount is not available at the park. Proof of Canadian residency is again required.Originally opening on March 31, 1959, Busch Gardens has come a long way from the simple brewery tour and bird garden it once was to feature a world-class zoo, seasonal events and an impressive rollercoaster collection, including the latest addition, Tigris, opening this spring.The park recently celebrated the completion of Tigris’ track, which will launch guests forward and backward during the ride, reaching speeds of over 95 kilometres per hour. There’s even a heartline roll at Tigris’s top height of 150 feet for a truly unique view of Busch Gardens.Beyond Tigris, the park is offering more experiences for guests to enjoy this spring as a part of the 60th anniversary celebration.At the 60th Anniversary Celebration Kickoff on March 1, guests can take in the ‘Women Rock’ performance from the Florida Orchestra, a tribute to the women who changed rock ‘n’ roll forever, ending in a dazzling fireworks display. The field opens at 5:30 p.m. for the 7 p.m. concert and 8:30 p.m. fireworks presentation.More news:  Direct Travel names Smith as Senior VP, Leisure Marketing, North AmericaAlso starting March 1, park guests will be able to engage in the all-new Pin Trading program at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, with over 150 collectible pins.Beginning March 16, the fifth annual Food & Wine Festival features a world-class concert lineup and also highlights the park’s history with an anniversary-themed culinary cabin, featuring flavours inspired by treats and snacks once featured at Busch Gardens.2019 is still the #YearofBeer for all adult park guests. With a nostalgic nod to the park’s roots, guests age 21 and older can get two free beer samples each day of 2019 at Serengeti Outlook Pub and Restaurant and Garden Gate Café. Valid identification is required for age verification.Agents can book through VAX at: seaworldparks.com/travelagents.center_img Friday, February 15, 2019 Tags: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, Offers << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Tourism and Events Queensland welcomes new chairperson

first_imgMinister for Tourism and Major Events Kate Jones has announced Bob East as the new Chairperson of the Tourism and Events Queensland Board.Ms Jones said Mr East brought more than 20-years tourism industry experience to the Board.Mantra Group CEO and Tourism and Events Queensland Board chairperson, Bob East.“As CEO of the Mantra Group, Mr East has been responsible for strengthening the company’s brand and developing the Group into one of the leading accommodation providers and marketers in Australasia,” she said.“Mr East is well respected and highly regarded within the tourism sector. Mr East’s experience includes serving as a Board Member of the Gold Coast Tourism Corporation Limited, Tourism and Transport Forum (TTF), Tourism Accommodation Australia (TAA), Gold Coast Football Club (AFL) and is also Chair of the Tourism and Transport Forum’s Accommodation Sector Panel (TTF).”Ms Jones said she had acted on advice from TEQ Board members and industry stakeholders to reduce the size of its membership from 14 to nine.“This smaller Board, which draws on a wealth of experience from industry leaders across Queensland, will oversee high-level strategies to drive growth through investment in marketing and events, aviation access and creating jobs,” she said.“I thank the outgoing Board members for their work and dedication to Queensland tourism.”Mr East said it was a privilege to be appointed to the position and he looked forward to working with fellow Directors, the TEQ team and industry stakeholders to support growth in tourism and events in Queensland.“Queensland has a competitive advantage in the diversity of destinations and experiences on offer, natural assets like the Great Barrier Reef and our proximity to Asian growth markets,” he said.“There is a sense of optimism and confidence around the industry and we are well placed to take advantage of the opportunities ahead. Our ultimate aim is to get visitors to stay longer, spend more and come back again.”Ms Jones said the Palaszczuk Government was committed to growing Queensland’s $23 billion tourism sector and the more than 200,000 jobs it supports.“That’s why we’re investing $400 million in Queensland tourism as well as $100 million to protect the state’s iconic Great Barrier Reef,” she said.Source = Queensland Governmentlast_img read more

Canadas Walk of Fame celebrates 20 years by hopin

first_imgCanada’s Walk of Fame celebrates 20 years by hoping to inspire a new generation TORONTO — Old and new inductees to Canada’s Walk of Fame said they hope to inspire a new generation of Canadians as the organization celebrated its 20th anniversary on Saturday.Nine influential Canadians were inducted into the Walk of Fame for excellence in their respective fields, including sports, music, science, film and television.Olympic medallists Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, movie star Seth Rogen and retired astronaut Chris Hadfield were among those who received a star on the Walk of Fame in Toronto’s entertainment district.“I can’t believe this is real life. This is such a huge honour,” said Moir. “We can’t believe we have a Walk of Fame star, and we’re pretty excited about it.”Virtue said she hopes her and Moir’s 21-year partnership on the ice has inspired a new generation of Canadian athletes.“The thing with the Olympic movement and sport, in general, is that there’s always another story, another athlete coming that is even more inspiring and is giving more to the Canadian public,” said Virtue.“We’re so lucky to be a part of something bigger.”The evening began on the red carpet, where the new stars were unveiled. Rogen received a star along with his childhood best friend and writing partner Evan Goldberg. The pair grew up in Vancouver where they began writing movie scripts, including the comedy Superbad.“I’d rather be receiving this honour alone, to be honest, and not be sharing the spotlight with Evan,” Rogen joked.Goldberg and Rogen commented on their support for cannabis legalization in Canada, adding that other countries should follow suit.“It’s good and we’re super-pumped and it’s awesome that (Canada) is leading the charge,” said Goldberg.Rogen, who is known for his enthusiasm for legalization, said it’s possible he and Goldberg could enter the weed business.“We wouldn’t rule it out. We are proponents,” said Rogen.The afternoon ended with an award show, which featured performances from Canadian talent such as the Barenaked Ladies. Ed Robertson, the band’s lead singer, said the group wrote a song for Hadfield to perform during the show.“It’s very specific about the life and times of Chris Hadfield,” said Robertson.Hadfield, who retired in 2013, said he is grateful to receive a Walk of Fame star, especially when a new chapter of space exploration will begin on Monday. That’s when Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques is set to be launched to the International Space Station on a six-month mission.“I recognize that life goes in stages and people get their turn. And when you have the oars, you should be pulling as hard as you can, but then you get to a certain stage and you realize you should hand those oars off to somebody else,” said Hadfield.“I am very much looking forward to seeing (Saint-Jacques) successfully leave Earth and start his grand adventure off the planet.”This year’s inductees also include singer-songwriter Andy Kim, billionaire businessman Jimmy Pattison, actress Andrea Martin and a posthumous honour for Montreal singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen.Martin, who was born in Portland, Maine, said she got her Canadian citizenship last year so she could receive a Walk of Fame star. She said the citizenship ceremony was “moving.”“It was very impactful and humbling. It was beautiful,” she said. “This honour is for high achievement and I would say if being Canadian means I get to have this star, then I feel very lucky.”Kim and Pattison said they are honoured to be inductees for their achievements, but they said they are most thankful for being Canadian.“Canadians today, with all the turmoil in the world, are actually very well received in most places that I know of — and I travel a lot for my job,” said Pattison.“Being Canadian is a very positive thing and I’m very grateful that I was born in Canada.”Kim, who was born in Montreal to Lebanese immigrants, thanked his family for giving him the confidence to succeed.“They made me realize I could have a dream and never let it go — that’s Canada to me.”Alanna Rizza, The Canadian Press by Alanna Rizza, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 1, 2018 4:11 pm PDTcenter_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more