14 10 19

first_imgDennis Ward APTN National NewsA Cree Nation in Saskatchewan is in shock following the shooting death of a young on a farm.Colten Boushie was killed Thursday.A man has been charged with murder, but many questions remain.Additional interviews in this story courtesy of the Saskatoon Star Phoenix.dward@aptn.calast_img

12 10 19

Miami – Following the dismissal of Liverpool manager, Brendan Rodgers, on Sunday, the British press announced two possible replacements to coach the Premier League club: German Jürgen Klopp and Italian Carlo Ancelotti.Liverpool owners sacked Brendan Rodgers following a series of bad performances. His last game was at Goodison Park on Sunday, where Liverpool faced Everton (1-1). A match in which the ‘Reds’ did not shine.During his time at Liverpool, the Irishman was unable to take the team any higher than a 52% victory rate. Amidst speculation of the media and several possible names in the running for the British club’s bench, Sky Sports commentators and former Liverpool players gave their opinions on former Borussia Dortmund manager Klopp and former Real Madrid boss Ancelotti.Jamie Carragher, former ‘Reds’ defender said: “If I were the one who had to decide, I’d choose Klopp before Ancelotti. Coaching Liverpool is not easy nowadays. Ancelotti is a great coach, but he tends to go to clubs where winning titles is a must.”“Liverpool needs someone with energy, someone who can lead the team where it deserves. No need to talk about titles, but to come back and finish the season among the top four. I think Jürgen Klopp is the right man,” insisted the sports pundit.Meanwhile, according to former ‘Reds’ captain Scottish Graeme Souness, the Italian coach would be a better match for the club.“If you analyze it logically, the last three jobs Ancelotti had were at Chelsea, PSG and Real Madrid. In these teams you can sign the best players in the world, you have more economic power than any other,” emphasized Souness.The Scot disagreed with Klopp being tipped as Rodgers replacement because he said: “At Dortmund, Klopp lost his best players at the end of every season and he worked with young footballers. I think he [Ancelotti] fits better in today’s Liverpool.” read more

12 10 19

Madrid – The Moroccan-Spanish counterterrorism cooperation represents a “model to follow,” said on Tuesday Spanish secretary of state for foreign affairs Ignacio Ibanez.Spain appreciates cooperation ties with Morocco in terms of counterterrorism, this cooperation is a model to follow, the Spanish official said in an interview with the International Observatory for Terrorism Studies (OIET).He added that counterterrorism cooperation between the two countries does not face difficulties marking such cooperation in the European zone. He underlined that Spain is striving to promote cooperation between Brussels and Rabat.With MAP read more

3 10 19

Queen outlines UK government agenda in scaled-down speech LONDON – Queen Elizabeth II outlined the government’s legislative program in a speech to Parliament on Wednesday after the prime minister slimmed down her plans and promised “humility” in negotiating Britain’s exit from the European Union following a disastrous election that cost the ruling Conservative Party its majority.The 91-year-old monarch carried on with her royal duties at the ceremonial opening of the new Parliament despite the announcement that her husband, Prince Philip, had been hospitalized. Buckingham Palace said Philip, 96, has been hospitalized as a precaution for treatment of an infection.His rare absence from the State Opening of Parliament added to the solemnity of an occasion cherished by the British people and replete with tradition. While the queen reads the Queen’s Speech to lawmakers, it is written by the prime minister and her staff and offers a broad brush of goals for the future.The nine-minute speech reflected May’s weakened position — a loss of stature that has emboldened those within her own party who want a “softer” Brexit which makes a less-sharp break with the EU.Eight of 27 bills outlined in the speech deal with the complex process of Brexit. May omitted several policies touted in the Conservative election campaign, including plans to change funding for the care of older people, which opponents dubbed the “dementia tax.” Also missing was ending free school lunches and limiting winter fuel payments to low-income elderly.Nor was there a mention of President Donald Trump’s a state visit. May’s invitation, extended with days of Trump taking office, had been sharply criticized by all parties.May’s Downing Street office said nothing had changed: an invitation had been extended and accepted. It was not mentioned in the speech was because no date had been set, May’s office said.Tempted a big lead over the opposition Labour party in opinion polls, May had called the snap election expecting an overwhelming victory that would silence dissenters and give her a mandate to push ahead with plans to leave the European Customs Union and drastically limit immigration as Britain leaves the EU. Instead, she lost seats and still hasn’t secured a deal with another party to insure Parliament will back the government’s agenda.“The election result was not the one I hoped for, but this government will respond with humility and resolve to the message the electorate sent,” May said in a statement. “We will work hard every day to gain the trust and confidence of the British people, making their priorities our priorities.”Signalling the importance of Brexit negotiations with the EU, set to continue until the spring of 2019, the speech set out the government’s program for two years, rather than one.The prime minister, who had campaigned with the slogan “Brexit means Brexit,” softened her tone in comments released ahead of the speech.“First, we need to get Brexit right,” she said. “That means getting a deal which delivers the result of last year’s referendum and does so in a way that commands maximum public support.”Even before news of Prince Philip’s illness, the government had announced that the speech would be delivered with less pageantry than normal a result of the timing of the snap election. For instance, the queen arrived at Parliament in a car, rather than a horse-drawn carriage, and delivered the speech in everyday dress, instead of the traditional royal robes.The primary issue was scheduling. The state opening took place only days after another huge annual event, Trooping the Color, a celebration of the queen’s birthday. Both ceremonies take weeks of preparation and planning, and it was deemed too difficult to prepare for two such events so close together. by Danica Kirka, The Associated Press Posted Jun 21, 2017 3:17 am MDT Last Updated Jun 21, 2017 at 8:33 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II delivers the Queen’s Speech during the State Opening of Parliament in the Houses of Parliament in London on June 21, 2017. Queen Elizabeth II will formally open parliament and announce the British government’s legislative programme on Wednesday, two days later than planned. The state opening, a ceremony full of pomp in which the monarch reads out the Queen’s Speech detailing the government’s programme for the coming year, was due to take place on June 19, but was delayed after Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May’s Conservative party lost their majority in the House of Commons in the June 8 election. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Carl Court (Photo credit should read CARL COURT/AFP/Getty Images) read more

2 10 19

The new report, Essential Nutrition Actions: mainstreaming nutrition throughout the life course, stresses the role of primary health care as the foundation of universal health coverage.In order to achieve coverage for all, “nutrition should be positioned as one of the cornerstones of essential health packages”, Dr. Naoko Yamamoto, Assistant Director-General at WHO said, echoing the report’s key message.“We also need better food environments which allow all people to consume healthy diets,” he added.In addition to helping countries achieve health care for all, stepping up nutrition actions could help boost economies, “with every $1 spent by donors on basic nutrition programmes, returning $16 to the local economy”, WHO said in a statement.Meanwhile obesity levels continue to rise, jumping from 4.8 to 5.9 percent, for children between 1990 and 2018; an increase of nine million. When adults are accounted for, 13 per cent of the world’s population are considered obese, with numbers rising in nearly every country and region.Health issues stemming from poor nourishment have seen improvements in some respects, with a global decline in stunting, for example, between 1990 and 2018 from 39.2 to 21.9 per cent, in children under-five.Intervention means health packages “need to contain robust nutrition components but countries will need to decide which interventions best support their national health policies, strategies and plans,” said the UN health agency.,The guide aims to address the “double burden” of treating people who are underweight and overweight, and provide countries with a roadmap for better interventions.On 23 September, alongside the Secretary General’s Climate Action Summit, a high-level meeting is set to take place on the topic of Universal Health Coverage (UHC),In the lead-up to the General Assembly high-level week, WHO and partners will publish the latest version of the Global Monitoring Report on UHC, following global leaders’ 2015 pledge to achieving health for all by 2030 as part of the Sustainable Development Goals.,Some key report findings:  Approximately 45 per cent of mortality in children under-five is linked to malnutrition. Breastfeeding with complimentary feeding, could reduce mortality among the under-fives by 19 per cent. Limiting salt intake to the recommended level of less than five grams daily, could prevent 1.7 million deaths per year alone. read more

24 09 19

first_imgInnovations in iron ore (different approaches to mine development and new technologies) is one of the key articles in IM’s September issue (currently at the printer). Hot news, too late to include, is the potential of the new integrated Oakajee port and rail infrastructure project to be maximised through a new governance framework, proposed by OPR Chief Executive Officer Chris Eves at the Mid-West Resources Forum in Geraldton today.  Eves said bottlenecks and scheduling issues at other Australian export terminals, such as Dalrymple Bay in Queensland, highlighted the need for co-ordinated management of all parts of the mid-west transport supply chain. “The performance of the supply chain – the interaction of mining, rail and port operations – will be a major factor in maximising the value of extraction and sale of export iron ore from the region, of creating efficiencies as well as creating new value – and we believe our integrated solution provides the best opportunity to bring all elements together to deliver that,” Eves said. “Coordination and cooperation are driving principles of our port and rail project.“We plan to put together a Mid-West Logistics Association, comprising all iron ore producers and infrastructure service providers, to plan and manage the co-ordination of delivery of product from mine to customers.” Eves said the Mid-West Logistics Association could also provide a forum for long-term planning for any expansion of infrastructure and monitoring of the efficiency and value of the supply chain. “Oakajee has been more than a decade in the making. Now that we’ve moving forward with this important project, we want to make sure we deliver the best outcome for the industry and the region as a whole.” Eves said once the State Government declared the rail route, OPR would move ahead with the development of its rail network to deliver a timely transport route for local miners. “Our commitment to certainty and timeliness are aligned with the commercial imperatives of our customers and we look forward to delivering an integrated, coordinated transport solution to unlock the value of the mid-west.”Eves said the Association would also be a forum for consultation and coordination. “Our focus now is to finalise the project parameters and the rail route with the State Government later this year, as well as engaging local stakeholders and potential clients for the earliest possible start-up of the new integrated transport solution.”last_img read more

22 09 19

first_img“It is tough and I have said this before, when you are trying to change a culture, a mind-set,” he said. “Although, Kildare have fantastic footballers and a fantastic football tradition, results will prove otherwise with regards to inter-county structure.“Apart from two years, they have not competed for an All-Ireland since 1928 and they have only two Leinster titles in the last 40/50 years. You are fighting against that but you have a group of players who are well capable of doing that. I am hoping that I will be part of that but it may not be but they are going to do it soon enough.“Even in terms of preparing a team, it is no coincidence that over the last 20 or 30 years that it is the bigger counties that are the ones that come to the forefront. They have the bigger pick, they have more money and you are not allowed to mention those things because that is the nature of sport. You look at last weekend showed that with Wigan and Man City, you always have a chance and that is what keeps us all coming back.”Kerry, Waterford and Tipperary ring changes before Munster MFC semi-finalsBanner boss Micko says it’ll be a Cork v Kerry battle in Munster final KILDARE FOOTBALL BOSS Kieran McGeeney says he never seriously considered walking away from the job after last year’s All-Ireland SFC disappointment.The Armagh icon takes charge of the Lilywhites with a Leinster title again the benchmark this season.“I suppose my own personality is that I don’t tend to walk away from things,” McGeeney told reporters this week when asked about his feeling’s in the wake of the championship defeat to Cork in the last eight. “I think Kildare have reached a level of consistency now that they never had.“We’ve struggled in some of the big games and that could be down to me, you do look at these things. But the players wanted me back and I said ‘fair enough’. So I just went and had a look at different things, decided to change a few things about. We were able to do that in terms of the players. I’d been watching a lot of these players coming through over the last couple of years and I was keen to give them a chance and it’s worked out to date.”And the former All-Ireland winning skipper with the Orchard says a provincial crown is the target but he reckons it’ll take a major effort.last_img read more

21 09 19

first_imgThen I can say thank you to them honestly and humbly and recognise that the remarkable journey that Martin McGuinness went on has not only saved lives, but has also made the lives of countless people better in Northern Ireland because of the partnership government that we worked in and put together. I think it’s incredibly important to say that, and it’s important that I say it.Martin McGuinness retired from politics yesterday evening due to health reasons. He will not stand for Sinn Féin in the snap election due to take place on 2 March.‘A huge figure’This morning former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern likewise paid a glowing tribute to McGuinness, who he had dealt with intensely during the Northern Irish peace process negotiations of the mid-to-late 1990s.Speaking to Cathal Mac Coille on RTE’s Morning Ireland, Ahern said McGuinness was a “huge figure in moving from the Troubles to what is now a very peaceful time in Northern Ireland”.“No doubt he was a hard man, if 10% of the stories are true, but as a negotiator, he believed in his cause, but he was also courteous, you could have some fun with him,” he said.He was a person you could talk to on very many fronts. I hope to do that again, I hope he makes a full recovery, he’s a very good personality.The former Taoiseach described McGuinness as a man “with loads of interests”.“His big hobby is fly fishing which surprised many people and particularly the British government,” he said.When discussing Ian Paisley Jr’s tribute, Ahern said “Ian Paisley genuinely believed he (McGuinness) was a good person who had moved his position from where he was, and that’s a great tribute to Martin”.Once we had agreed on the Good Friday Agreement, and then the St Andrews Agreement, there was no-one more passionate in seeing it through. As far as he was concerned once you had agreed, then you had agreed.Read: Who do Sinn Féin have lined up to fill Martin McGuinness’ shoes?Read: Three killed and 20 more injured after car drives into pedestrians in Melbourne Short URL 83 Comments 48,739 Views The second thing I want to say is ‘thank you’, and I think it’s important to reflect on the fact that we would not be where we are in Northern Ireland in terms of having stability, peace and the opportunity to rebuild our country if it hadn’t have been for the work that he put in, especially with my father, at the beginning of this long journey.Paisley Jr, who currently occupies his father’s former seat at the UK Parliament in Westminster, has in his time been one of the most stridently outspoken of unionists, making his conciliatory comments all the more remarkable.His statement reflects the remarkable turnaround in relations between his father and McGuinness, who became renowned for the closeness of their relationship when acting as First Minister and Deputy First Minister between 2007 and 2008, a situation that could barely have been comprehended during the darkest days of Northern Ireland’s ‘Troubles’.In commending McGuinness, he suggested that some of the spirit of co-operation demonstrated by Paisley’s father  and the Sinn Féin politician 10 years ago would be quite welcome in Northern Ireland today.“Perhaps if we got back to some of that foundation work of building a proper relationship and recognising what partnership actually means we can get out of the mess that we are currently in,” he said.I do not believe it is necessary for Ian Paisley, or any unionist, to qualify every comment with the fact that (a) I’m a Protestant so I think something different to the Catholic beside me, and (b) I’m a unionist and a loyalist so I think something different to the nationalist and the republican sitting beside me, can we please get over that. https://jrnl.ie/3195631 Share1934 Tweet Email3 Everyone else out there has gotten over it. I think the sooner we do that, then me saying thank you to someone I am diametrically opposed to (will be fine). Jan 20th 2017, 9:30 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Martin McGuinness receives heartfelt tributes from Bertie Ahern and… Ian Paisley Jr The former First Minister’s son said that by his cooperative actions with the DUP McGuinness had doubtless “saved lives” and “made countless lives better”. Friday 20 Jan 2017, 9:30 AM By Cianan Brennan Ian Paisley Jr Source: Screengrab/BBCUpdated 9.30amRETIRING DEPUTY FIRST Minister of Northern Ireland Martin McGuinness has received a heartfelt tribute from something of an unlikely source – Ian Paisley Jr.Speaking on BBC’s The View, the DUP MP for North Antrim said he wanted to “wish Martin McGuinness well in his retirement”.“I hope he has time to enjoy his retirement with his wife and family.”last_img read more

20 09 19

first_img Easily Assign Tasks With Google AssistantGoogle Defends Letting Humans Listen to Virtual Assistant Queries The BBC has launched its first original interactive audio drama for smart speakers.“The Inspection Chamber” takes Amazon Alexa and Google Home owners on a sci-fi comedy adventure, in the vein of Douglas Adams and Franz Kafka.First teased in September, the project is now available to Alexa users; visit Taster, home of new ideas from the BBC, to dive into the reciprocative tale, where you’ll meet a computer named Dave.Your answers do influence the plot, which has multiple possible endings, as reported by CNET. So it’s worth taking a few trips through “The Inspection Chamber,” offering varied responses each time, to see where the story leads you.“We’re calling it ‘conversational radio’ until we come up with something better,” producer Henry Cooke said in a statement.Like the Choose Your Own Adventure books of your (Would you like to go down the stairs or through the door?), this interactive experience requires listeners to help craft the narrative. But this time there’s no frantic page flipping or self-doubt.“In this pilot, you’re actively playing a part in the story, using your own voice,” the BBC said in a September announcement. “We wanted to make it feel like you’re having a genuine, direct interaction with the other characters in the piece.”Which it accomplished in collaboration with production partner Rosina Sound. Together, Rosina Sound and BBC R&D built a complex, long-running story using two proprietary tools—a graphical story editor and a story server.“We know that people like listening to non-interactive radio on these devices. … We also know that people like interacting with a story,” Cooke said. “What we don’t know is if these two things come together in the kinds of contexts in which people use voice devices.”Initially compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Home, the story engine may eventually reach other smart devices, like Microsoft and Harman/Kardon’s Invoke speaker or Apple’s HomePod.“As far as we know, there aren’t many people developing cross-platform voice experiences in this way,” the Beeb said.“As a first attempt at a decent interactive audio piece for voice devices … I think it’s pretty good,” Cooke added. “And hopefully paves the way for more experiments.” Stay on targetcenter_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

14 09 19

first_imgThe new Dwell.com will let users annotate content with information about sourcing, products and designers. Though user-generated content is at the heart of the new project, O’Connor Abrams says that Dwell editors will keep a curatorial hand, making sure that the website reflects the community drawn in by the modern tastes of the magazine. Structural changes began in 2013, when the San Francisco and New York-based magazine started taking on independent investors. Prior to that, Dwell was funded by creator Lara Deam and a family partnership. One such investor is Dave Morin, a former Facebook employee and co-founder of the social network Path, who joined the project in 2015. The company credits Morin with providing both financial and intellectual capital to the project. “We want them to use this as a great destination for their brand. The advertising and sponsorship piece comes from our ability to amplify all of that content and their messaging,” O’Connor Abrams tells Folio:. A forward-thinking company in an ever-changing industry, Dwell is trying something new. The 15-year-old brand, known for its thick paper stock and sophisticated display of aspirational housing design, will launch its new website on August 3. But don’t expect a digital magazine.  Not only is Dwell investing in new technology, it’s investing in talent. The company has also expanded staffing. Dwell currently has 63 employees. Around one-third of them are engineers and product people, and most of that third started in the last year. The New York-based editorial, marketing and creative teams will maintain a dual role, working on both the print magazine and the new website. “It’s not about having a machine or algorithm that helps you discover new products. We’ve been focusing on giving the editorial team really great tools. And while we’re engineers and we believe in algorithms as well, we believe that those two should work together,” Gaza says. The print magazine will also undergo a redesign to become what O’Connor Abrams calls “a very meaningful companion to everybody on this platform.” “Having access to somebody like Dave has made all the difference in the world,” O’Connor Abrams says. Since the site has only been in public beta since June, it’s too early to say how much of the Dwell audience will sign up, but O’Connor Abrams expects to have 1 million users by next year. The current Dwell.com receives 1.2 million unique views monthly. The print edition has a distribution of 325,000, and, according to O’Connor Abrams, 1.1 million readers with pass along.center_img With Gaza came four more engineers whom he worked with on other projects. Today, he has a dedicated staff of 20. Though he’s been at Dwell for a year, Gaza says a full six months of that was committed to project planning and hiring. Just as there’s money in tech, good tech comes at a price. O’Connor Abrams says the project will cost Dwell millions of dollars, though the final number is to be determined. Bobby Gaza joined Dwell as chief technology officer in summer 2015. Previously, Gaza was SVP of engineering at Beats Music, a music streaming service that was acquired by Apple in 2014. Before that, he worked at Thismoment and Yahoo. “We know with the Dwell community that they are eager to connect with each other, to learn and share ideas and inspirations…to interact meaningfully with trade professionals,” O’Connor Abrams says. “And that had not been done. Certainly it had not been done in the world of design.” “You really have to start strong,” Gaza tells Folio:. “There’s so much to do, and so much engineering work, that you have to be lockstep with each other. I see a lot of technical talent but really it’s about the people and if you can sit and work together for 16 hours a day.” The website itself resembles existing social media channels — especially Pinterest — an ode to how far away from the digital magazine Dwell has ventured. Dwell.com will soon be a dedicated “collaborative platform” — an interactive and social space where readers, design professionals and brands all post stories, photos and annotations. A more “democratic” version of Dwell, says Michela O’Connor Abrams, president of Dwell. “This wasn’t trying to come up with a better widget or a better CMS, which is what most media companies had done,” O’Connor Abrams tells Folio:. “It was fundamentally changing the structure of the business and making this new technology platform the foundation of the future of the company.” While launching a new tech platform is always ambitious, Gaza says that Dwell has the advantage of its strong editorial and curatorial voice, as well as an existing audience. The new Dwell.com will also be free of banner-ads. While much of the site’s content will be branded, brands can sign up and post for free. Dwell will sell engagement through promotions and endorsements, but brands are expected to curate and tend to their own presence on the site. A premium membership will be available for small to mid-sized brands that can’t devote personnel to such campaigns.last_img read more

10 09 19

first_img Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Tags What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Read the Rylo camera preview Tech Industry 7 $999 Read DJI Osmo Action preview See it The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Best Buy Sarah Tew/CNET Boost Mobile Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR See It HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Amazon Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Read the AirPods review Chris Monroe/CNET Rylo Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. $210 at Best Buy Turo $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express $999 Read Google Home Hub review Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) $520 at HP See at Turo JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Commentscenter_img $155 at Google Express $299 at Amazon Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. See at Amazon Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Sprint Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg quietly bought a $59 million estate in Lake Tahoe, according to a report. James Martin Mark Zuckerberg takes his privacy very seriously. The Facebook CEO quietly purchased real estate worth $59 million in Lake Tahoe, California, according to a Thursday report by The Wall Street Journal. He reportedly used a limited-liability company named Golden Range, a wealth manager and nondisclosure agreements to purchase two adjacent homes on the West Shore of Lake Tahoe. The agreements required real-estate agents to keep Zuckerberg’s identity secret and called for online listing pictures of the houses to be taken down, according to the report.Zuckerberg also has properties in San Francisco, Palo Alto and the Hawaiian island of Kauai. The tech billionaire reportedly purchased his first Lake Tahoe property in December for $22 million, and the second for $37 million in January. The lengths Zuckerberg went to keep the deal private come as Facebook grapples with issues around user privacy. The company has been reeling from the Cambridge Analytica scandal, in which data from as many as 87 million Facebook users was improperly shared with the political consultancy.Zuckerberg’s personal representative declined to comment. First published May 2 at 3:41 p.m. PT.Update, 4:37 p.m.: Adds that Zuckerberg’s personal representative declined to comment. Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Share your voice Angela Lang/CNET CNET may get a commission from retail offers. $999 2 See It $999 $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Facebook,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Sarah Tew/CNET See It Sarah Tew/CNET Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. $6 at Tidal $59 at eBay Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Tags Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Sarah Tew/CNET Comments Share your voice Apple iPhone XS Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. $60 at Best Buy The Cheapskate TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50)last_img read more

5 09 19

first_img(Representational Image)Creative CommonsA woman was tied to an electric pole and brutally beaten by the villagers of Kodigehalli in Ramanagara district of Karnataka, demanding her to return the money she had loaned from them on Thursday, June 13.The incident came to light after a video went viral on social media showing the villagers thrashing and abusing Rajamma, 36, after tying her to an electric pole.#WATCH A woman was tied to a pole in Kodigehalli, Bengaluru, yesterday, allegedly for not repaying a loan she took. Police have arrested 7 people in connection with the incident. #Karnataka pic.twitter.com/jpwX3Cr0Gu— ANI (@ANI) June 14, 2019According to the reports, Rajamma, hailing from Kollegal in Chamrajanagar district of the state had shifted to Kodigehalli with her daughter a few years ago. It is alleged that she had cheated the villagers of Rs 12 lakhs and was missing for a few months. The victim had allegedly taken money from the villagers to start a hotel which was not a big hit and suffered heavy losses.After the villagers started demanding their money she quickly fled the village and was hiding at Dharmasthala. The villagers, however, traced her and brought her back to Kodigehalli after which she was assaulted.However, the local police rushed to the spot after they got information about the incident and rescued Rajamma. The police have initiated an investigation over the assault and have arrested seven people in connection with the incident.last_img read more

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first_img News | Radiation Oncology | February 01, 2018 ​ITN Celebrates World Cancer Day 2018 World Cancer Day takes place annually on Feb. read more Javier Torres-Roca Explains Genomics in RadiotherapyVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 6:35Loaded: 2.47%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -6:35 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. News | Interventional Radiology | July 03, 2019 Varian Purchasing Embolic Bead Assets from Boston Scientific Varian announced it has signed an asset purchase agreement to acquire the Boston Scientific portfolio of drug-loadable… read more News | Radiation Dose Management | September 24, 2018 AngioDynamics to Acquire RadiaDyne to Expand Oncology Portfolio AngioDynamics Inc. announced an agreement to acquire RadiaDyne, a privately held medical diagnostic and device company… read more News | Ultrasound Imaging | September 12, 2016 Contrast Ultrasound Identifies Deadly Liver Cancers September 12, 2016 — Tiny microbubbles are being used to more effectively… read more News | Oncology Related Products | May 06, 2016 Study Finds Breast Cancer Adjuvant Therapy Benefits Vary Over Time May 6, 2016 — After breast cancer surger read more Videos | Radiation Oncology | November 06, 2018 VIDEO: Personalizing Radiotherapy Using Genomic Markers of Radiosensitivity Genomics can be used to assess a patient’s radiosensitivity, which can be used to increase or decrease the radiation read more Related Content Technology | Focused Ultrasound Therapy | December 21, 2018 FDA Approves Exablate Neuro for Tremor-Dominant Parkinson’s Treatment Insightec announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved an expansion of the indication of… read more News | Clinical Decision Support | October 27, 2016 New NCCN Imaging Appropriate Use Criteria Published for Eight Cancer Types October 27, 2016 — The National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) continues to build its library of appropriate use read more Feature | Cardio-oncology | May 13, 2016 | Dave Fornell Assessing Cardiotoxicity Due to Cancer Therapy Cardio-oncology is an emerging field that combines the expertise of both cardiology and oncology to assess and treat read more News | Oncology Related Products | December 19, 2016 Clinical Study to Combine Chemotherapy Drug with MR-HIFU for Recurrent Childhood Tumors December 19, 2016 — Children’s National Health System and Celsion Corp. read more Epsilon’s EchoInsight software helps analyze cardiac function by evaluating wall motion strain.  News | March 03, 2009 SpectraScience Receives FDA Clearance for Manufacturing Facility March 3, 2009 – SpectraScience Inc. said today that the FDA has given approval to manufacture its LUMA Cervical Cancer Imaging System in its San Diego facility. The LUMA Cervical Imaging System was developed to significantly improve the detection of high-grade pre-cancerous cervical abnormalities that have the potential to become invasive cancer.Almost a thousand women die every day worldwide from cervical cancer. It is estimated that pre-cancerous cervical disease goes undiagnosed in about 200,000 American women each year. The LUMA System aims to provide a safe, noninvasive and effective method, that when used as an adjunct to colposcopy, has been demonstrated to uncover at least 26 percent more high-grade precancerous disease than colposcopy alone.SpectraScience has filed for 60 patents worldwide on its WavSTAT Optical Biopsy and LUMA Cervical Cancer Imaging Systems that are used to diagnose tissue to determine within seconds if it is normal, pre-cancerous, or cancerous. The WavSTAT and LUMA systems are currently approved by the FDA for detecting pre-cancer and cancer in the colon and cervix, and an evaluation for detection of pre-cancers in the throat (“Barrett’s esophagus”) is being tested.For more information: www.spectrascience.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享last_img read more

26 08 19

first_imgGaming – whether board games or games set in the virtual realm – has been a massively popular form of entertainment since time immemorial. In the pursuit of creating more sophisticated, thrilling, and intelligent games, game developers have delved into ML and AI technologies to fuel innovation in the gaming sphere. The gaming domain is the ideal experimentation bed for evolving technologies because not only do they put up complex and challenging problems for ML and AI to solve, they also pose as a ground for creativity – a meeting ground for machine learning and the art of interaction. Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence in Gaming The reliance on AI for gaming is not a recent development. In fact, it dates back to 1949, when the famous cryptographer and mathematician Claude Shannon made his musings public about how a supercomputer could be made to master Chess. Then again, in 1952, a graduate student in the UK developed an AI that could play tic-tac-toe with ultimate perfection. Source : Medium However, it isn’t just ML and AI that are progressing through experimentations on games. Game development, too, has benefited a great deal from these pioneering technologies. AI and ML have helped enhance the gaming experience on many grounds such as gaming design, the interactive quotient, as well as the inner functionalities of games. The above mentioned AI use cases focus on two primary things: one is to impart enhanced realism in virtual gaming environment and the second is to create a more naturalistic interface between the gaming environment and the players. As of now, the focus of game developers, data scientists, and ML researchers lies in two specific categories of the gaming domain – games of perfect information and games of imperfect information. In games of perfect information, a player is aware of all the aspects of the game throughout the playing session, whereas, in games of imperfect information, players are oblivious to specific aspects of the game. When it comes to games of perfect information such as Chess and Go, AI has shown various instances of overpowering human intelligence. Back in 1997, IBM’s Deep Blue successfully defeated world Chess champion, Garry Kasparov in a six-game match. In 2016, Google’s AlphaGo emerged as the victor in a Go match scoring 4-1 after defeating South Korean Go champion, Lee Sedol. One of the most advanced chess AIs developed yet, Stockfish, uses a combination of advanced heuristics and brute force to compute numeric values for each and every move in a specific position in Chess. It also effectively eliminates bad moves using the Alpha-beta pruning search algorithm. While the progress and contribution of AI and ML to the field of games of perfect information is laudable, researchers are now intrigued by games of imperfect information. Games of imperfect information offer much more challenging situations that are essentially difficult for machines to learn and master. Thus, the next evolution in the world of gaming will be to create spontaneous gaming environment using AI technology, in which developers will build only the gaming environment and its mechanics instead of creating a game with pre-programmed/scripted plots. In such a scenario, the AI will have to confront and solve spontaneous challenges with personalized scenarios generated on the spot. Games like StarCraft and StarCraft II have stirred up massive interest among game researchers and developers. In these games, the players are only partially aware of the gaming aspects and the game is largely determined not just by the AI moves and the previous state of the game, but also by the moves of other players. Since in these games you will have little knowledge about your rival’s moves, you have to take decisions on the go and your moves have to be spontaneous. The recent win of OpenAI Five over amateur human players in Dota2 is a good case in point. OpenAI Five is a team of five neural networks that leverages an advanced version of Proximal Policy Optimization and uses a separate LSTM to learn identifiable strategies. The progress of OpenAI Five shows that even without human data, reinforcement learning can facilitate long-term planning, thus, allowing us to make further progress in the games of imperfect information. Career in Game Development With ML and AI As ML and AI continue to penetrate the gaming industry, it is creating a huge demand for talented and skilled game developers who are well-versed in these technologies. Today, game development is at a place where it’s no longer necessary to build games using time-consuming manual techniques. ML and AI have made the task of game developers easier as by leveraging these technologies, they can design and build innovative gaming environment, and test them automatically. The integration of AI and ML in the gaming domain is giving birth to new job positions like Gameplay Software Engineer (AI), Gameplay Programmer (AI), and Game Security Data Scientist, to name a few. The salaries of traditional game developers is in stark contrast with that of those having AI/ML skills. While the average salary of game developers is usually around $44,000, it can scale up to and over $1,20,000 if one possesses AI/ML skills. Gameplay Engineer Average salary – $73,000 – $1,16,000 Gameplay engineers are usually part of the core game dev team and are entrusted with the responsibility of enhancing the existing gameplay systems to enrich the player experience. Companies today demand for gameplay engineers who are proficient in C/ C++ and well-versed with AI/ML technologies. Gameplay Programmer Average salary – $98,000 – $1,49,000 Gameplay programmers work in close collaboration with the production and design team to develop cutting edge features in the existing and upcoming gameplay systems. Programming skills are a must and knowledge of AI/ML technologies is an added bonus. Game Security Data Scientist Average salary – $73,000 – $1,06,000 The role of a gameplay security data scientist is to combine both security and data science approaches to detect anomalies and fraudulent behavior in games. This calls for a high degree of expertise in AI, ML, and other statistical methods. With impressive salaries and exciting job opportunities cropping up fast in the game development sphere, the industry is attracting some major talent towards it. Game developers and software developers around the world are choosing the field due to the promises of rapid career growth. If you wish to bag better and more challenging roles in the domain of game development, you should definitely try and upskill your talent and knowledge base by mastering the fields of ML and AI. Packt Publishing is the leading UK provider of Technology eBooks, Coding eBooks, Videos and Blogs; helping IT professionals to put software to work. It offers several books and videos on Game development with AI and machine learning. It’s never too late to learn new disciplines and expand your knowledge base. There are numerous online platforms that offer great artificial intelligent courses. The perk of learning from a registered online platform is that you can learn and grow at your own pace and according to your convenience. So, enroll yourself in one and spice up your career in game development! About Author: Abhinav Rai is the Data Analyst at UpGrad, an online education platform providing industry oriented programs in collaboration with world-class institutes, some of which are MICA, IIIT Bangalore, BITS and various industry leaders which include MakeMyTrip, Ola, Flipkart etc. Read Next: Best game engines for AI game development Implementing Unity game engine and assets for 2D game development [Tutorial] How to use arrays, lists, and dictionaries in Unity for 3D game developmentlast_img read more

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first_imgRelated posts:La Voz de Guanacaste marks holiday with video tribute to beloved northwestern province 17 photos from Nicoya’s annexation festival 5 things you should know before Saturday’s Annexation of the Partido de Nicoya festival Police arrest 2 US citizens on cocaine possession charges LIBERIA, Guanacaste — José Luis Villareal knows a thing or two about bulls.His grandfather raised them outside their house in Liberia, and his father became a boyero, the name for the drivers of bulls pulling traditional, colorful oxcarts that pepper Costa Rica. When his father retired, Villareal, better known in Liberia as “Güicho Pizarro,” took over the oxcart, having apprenticed the job since he was 12.Now, at 68, Pizarro has another bullish responsibility: He is the person who supplies the bulls that walk through Liberia escorted by horse-riding cowboys and sabaneros each day of the Civic Fiestas that are currently taking place in that town. This is called a tope and is a big part of the ongoing Liberia celebrations, which will continue through Sunday.The story of Liberia, the bulls, the fiesta, and Güicho are intertwined. To understand it all, we need to go back over 250 years when this part of Guanacaste was only five big haciendas, each individually owned. At the time, the area was part of Nicaragua, and people from all over the North would congregate under the big Guanacaste tree in the center of town with their cavalry: bulls and horses for trading. They met people from San José or Bagaces at the negotiating spot. In this way, the first roads to Liberia were built in what was then called El Poblado de Guanacaste. Sabaneros in traditional white shirt, khakis and soft hats join the bulls in the Liberia tope. (Courtesy of Mario Avendaño)ñThe area went through a plethora of name changes: Villa de Guanacaste five years after the province seceded from Nicaragua, Ciudad de Guanacaste later, and ultimately, Ciudad de Liberia, the provincial capital.The bulls? Yes, back to the bulls. Back in the beginning, the developing zone of commerce was surrounded by five gates leading to the haciendas, with wild bulls kept outside.“One week a year the owners of the haciendas would have this party, and all their sabaneros would come and ride the wildest bulls,” explained Mario Avedaño, a Liberia native who has spent the last three years making a documentary on the history of this tope. “The ladies made food and everyone dressed up. It was the first fiesta in Guanacaste. The whole town came to Calle Real to see the sabaneros meet the bulls.“Tope means ‘to meet,’” Avendaño said. “Now, the fiestas around the country call anything with horses a tope. But the government declared this event in Liberia to be part of our cultural heritage, meaning you can’t change it.”It’s an understatement to say that this local culture is centered around bulls and horse riding. Bull riders are rock stars, with local kids clamoring at their heels as they gather with the sabaneros and cowboys to escort Pizarro’s bulls.Avendaño noted the difference between sabaneros and cowboys. It’s in the clothes, those on the men and women, and those on the horses. You can spot the sabanero by his white shirt, khaki pants, boots and a soft hat. Their horses are well-decorated in layers starting with a fine, handcrafted leather saddle with carved designs, then another layer of suede with the tassels used to motivate the horse. This is all topped with a very detailed cover, usually quilted and decorated with horse hair and more carved designs and woven leather.Cowboys have their own costume as well: a shirt of any color (although you’ll spot a lot of plaid) tucked into jeans with a belt, cowboy boots and a traditional cowboy hat.“Cowboys sit on top on a horse chair,” said Avendaño, about what looks a lot like an abbreviated Western saddle.Güicho doesn’t ride a horse when he’s doing his job leading the bulls in the tope, a job he relishes. He was beside himself with excitement when he got the call 17 years ago from the organizers of the Fiesta Cívica, the Asociación para la Cultura de Liberia. You could say he took the bull by the horns.After all, he was eager to help the community, as he was born in Condega, one of the original neighborhoods where houses are preserved in their old, white colonial style.“I remember the real bulls when I was seven,” he said. “All my life I wanted to be part of this. I got a little scared because I thought I wouldn’t be able to do it. But after the first year, I was able to feel like an important part of the legacy. I am helping our community to preserve our identity.”Avendaño said that Pizarro is “one of the main folkloric symbols of Liberia. All generations look at him as a symbol.”These tope bulls, 10 in all, are not the bucking showstoppers that will eventually be ridden in the ring during the fiesta itself. These walking the street among the people and horses are castrated, domesticated bulls, and Pizarro has never had a problem with any strays or accidents. The bulls begin their trek promptly at 12 p.m. each day of the fiesta, and they don’t seem the least bit bothered by all the horses and their riders, nor the cheering crowds.So, how has the fiesta evolved in all the years that Güicho has been leading his charges throughout Liberia?“Well, the food, the amount of bulls ridden,” he replied. “The bulls in the ring used to be even more wild, but now they are used to people. They still use spurs on them like they did in the beginning.” (Courtesy of Mario Avendaño)Not to be one to be left out, Güicho even rode a bull into the ring once. Of course, everybody applauded him, but he didn’t like it and has never returned to that venue. Perhaps he did not like the taunting of his favorite animals. After all, kids grow up watching the bulls walk the street, and those that buck in the ring; eventually, according to Avendeño, they start teasing the bulls.Lest one think the taunts are cruel, he countered: “There are regulations so that you don’t hurt the bulls. We keep the tradition, which is not to hurt the bulls. The bulls are used to people.”This weekend, on any given day, there will be about 1,000 horses and riders in the tope. Güicho will be leading the bulls, and he said he’ll keep doing it every year until the committee stops calling or God won’t let him continue.After all, he concluded, “The bulls are like I am with my wife, but they understand me more and they don’t get mad or jealous.”For more of Güicho’s daily work as an oxcart driver, check out this fascinating feature from La Voz de Guanacaste. Güicho on the job. (Courtesy of Mario Avendaño) Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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first_imgQantas’ new low-cost subsidiary, Jetstar Japan is preparing for take-off sooner than expected, confirming it will launch services to its first base Tokyo by mid 2012.Scheduled to hit the skies on 3 July 2012, the carrier said it will commence services with an initial five major Japanese cities including Osaka, Sapporo, Fukuoka and Okinawa.Utilising its three new A320 aircraft, Jetstar Group chief executive Bruce Buchanan noted that Jetstar’s five year history in the country would give the new low-cost carrier a leg up with local travellers.“Serving the Japanese customer for the past five years with international services gives us a clear advantage in rolling out a domestic network,” Mr Buchanan said.“We’ve built up a lot of trust with Japanese consumers who know that when we say every day low fares, we mean it.”Flying-in as Japan’s first budget airline, chief executive Miyuki Suzuki said she is expecting strong customer demand once tickets go on sale at a soon-to-be announced date.“In a country that’s never had a true low fares domestic network, the ability to travel for an average of 50 per cent less will open up new places and opportunities.” Earlier this year month Jetstar’s Australian operations signed up with Tourism Queensland to launch an AU$500,000 campaign to promote the sunshine state to Australian travellers.For more information click here.   Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more

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first_imgEveryone loves a good sales incentive, and an offer to earn a $200 David Jones gift card would have had participating travel agents rubbing their hands together in anticipation.That’s the reward that was offered to CT Partners’ member travel agents who sold business class tickets over a two-month period. For TravelManagers’ Luke Vaughan, representative for Hawthorn East in Victoria, a problem with availability on a client’s preferred airline represented an opportunity to capitalise on the Finnair incentive and keep his clients happy at the same time.“I had a corporate client who was hosting an event in Europe but due to tight availability, business class fares on their preferred carrier exceeded the client’s budget”, explains Vaughan. “Because Finnair is a Oneworld member, my client was still able to travel on their preferred dates, within their budget and obtain their Qantas frequent flier points.”As an added bonus, Vaughan’s proactive and creative approach to solving his clients’ problem meant he also qualified for a total of $600 of the coveted David Jones gift cards.Michael Gazal, TravelManagers’ Executive General Manager, says he is happy to see personal travel managers reaping the benefits of TravelManagers’ shareholding and membership in CT Partners.“At TravelManagers we are fortunate to have strong relationships with all our key suppliers, and it’s great that our personal travel managers have so many fantastic opportunities to be recognised and rewarded for their ability to generate sales within these partnerships.”Luke Vaughan was TravelManagers’ most awarded personal travel manager in 2014, taking out awards for Most Improved Personal Travel Manager of the Year, Most Improved Travel Manager by State, one of the Top Ten Personal Travel Managers and receiving the Personal Travel Managers Choice Award.Vaughan attributes going the extra mile and treating every client’s travel experience as unique, as being the key to his success.“I offer a point of difference whether it be in value, expertise, service or advice to all of my clients. I always look for ways to optimise my client’s travel experiences and minimize inconvenience and love the challenge of finding cost-effective solutions to complex itineraries.”For more information or to speak to someone confidentially about TravelManagers please contact Suzanne Laister on 1800 019 599.Source = TravelManagerslast_img read more

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first_imgTurkish Kurdish national Cerkez Korkmaz, who is wanted in Germany in connection with terrorism offences, said on Monday he was never a member of the Kurdish Workers’ Party (PKK) although it would have been an honour if he could.Korkmaz, 60, took the stand on Monday during the hearing for his extradition to Germany. He told the Larnaca district court that he is not a PKK member because he did not qualify as he has a family, but it would have been an honour for him if he could have been a member of the party.He said he founded with others the Democratic Social Party after serving a long prison sentence in Turkey.Korkmaz also told court that he came in Cyprus in 2009 and was recognised as a political refugee. In 2012 he went to Germany, he said, where he was working as a volunteer in cultural Kurdish centres that were legal and registered with German authorities. The centres in question were under the umbrella of the Democratic Kurdish Society Congress Europe (KCDK-E), Korkmaz said. He has not been in Germany since 2014.He added that PPK does not have branches in Germany or in other European countries including Cyprus.Korkmaz also said that the European arrest warrant issued against him by Germany was based on information given by Turkey. If he is extradited to Germany, he said, he would be imprisoned, branded as a terrorist and would be eventually handed over to Turkey.He also said that even if he was imprisoned in Germany, no country in Europe would allow him to stay after his release as he would have been deemed a terrorist.He also wondered why he was not arrested while in Germany.“I do not want to go to Germany,” he said, adding that he was law abiding and his struggle was at political and cultural levels.Korkmaz also told court that the case against him and other Kurds living in Germany was launched after the failed coup attempt in Turkey in July 2016 when Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had asked the arrest of around 4,000 of his compatriots.The court hearing was adjourned until July 1.Korkmaz was arrested on March 21 at Larnaca airport from where he was due to travel to Athens, after it emerged during passport control that German authorities had issued a European arrest warrant and extradition request against him a few days earlier.He has been living in Cyprus for a number of years after being recognised as a political refugee, and possesses Cypriot travel documents.He is wanted in connection with terrorism offences allegedly committed between 2013 and 2015 in Germany concerning links to the PKK. 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 AboutLivestlyUndoSmart Tips DailySeniors With No Life Insurance May Get A $250,000 Policy If They Do ThisSmart Tips DailyUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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