first_imgAlaska is all about icy wilderness, fjords, and mountain peaks that almost touch the sky is undoubtedly mother nature’s most blessed revelation. This icy region used to be and still is the benchmark for nature explorers, mountaineers, and glacial climbers. However, with the passage of time and stupendous human excellence in science and technology has meant that today we have been able to tame even the extreme icy contours of this rather secluded frozen zone. Also Read – Oman – Beauty with an addressAlaska is boundless and today it is not just through an adventure that you can explore this frozen wilderness, you have the option to unravel the mysterious side of Alaska luxuriously, if not opulently, viz-a-viz a cruise liner. Choosing to opt for a luxury cruise along Alaska’s coastline is like having a date with nature itself. Mountains and glaciers aside, Alaska has an incredible native culture and visitors are mesmerized by the regions rich art and cultural heritage like totem carving, rituals like the blanket toss, harmonious music and festivals that are mind-blowing. Also Read – CANADA: A traveller’s delightIn Alaska, the government has a unique way of identifying the Natives and it is based on regions – Iñupiaq & St. Lawrence Island Yupik, Athabascan, Yup’ik & Cup’ik, Unangax̂ and Sugpiaq (Alutiiq), and Eyak, Haida, Tsimshian, and Tlingit. First-time visitors to Alaska are amazed by the distinct Russian heritage that Alaska offers. Russian traders, particularly those dealing with Fur, have since late 1700, considered Alaska as a trading basem due largely to the region’s immensely rich natural resources. At Three Saints Bay, which is located strategically on Kodiak Island, Grigory Shelikhov set up the first permanent outpost which was further consolidated by Catherine the Great ten years later who set up an Orthodox mission here. Way back in 1799, the Aleksandr Baranov managed Russian-American Company was granted a trade license and an authority to run a government. Since then, until Alaska was taken over by the United States, there was a thin dividing line between the church and the state. Orthodox Christianity is the major uniting force of Alaska Natives and places like Sitka, Juneau, Kenai and the Aleutian Islands are dotted with elegant churches and are renowned for their distinctive art. Norwegian Cruise Line, one of the world’s most trusted cruise company, with a glittering 51-year-old historical background, have over the past decades, not just revolutionised the cruise holiday segment but have also brought in many innovations like – redefining onboard entertainment, doing away with old concepts like adhering to set dining times and dress code etc. From a purely military-style cruise experience, the Norwegian Cruise Line’s biggest contribution to contemporary cruising phenomenon has been the introduction of a truly “Resort Style” cruise experience, which is high on recreation and so, today when you step onboard a Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) operated ship, a whole new world of cruising opens up – bewildering array of luxurious accommodation/private spaces, private pool, variety of fine dining options and high octane entertainment. Norwegian Bliss has many first’s to her credit – the first custom-built cruise ship for Alaska cruises, the first Norwegian ship to debut sailing from Seattle (USA) to name just a few. Weekly seven-day cruises to Alaska, will feature destinations like Ketchikan, Juneau and Skagway, Alaska, along with Victoria, British Columbia, which will kind of take cruising in Alaska to an incredible height, which is what the Industry watchers are predicting. The catchy watchword that promotes Norwegian Bliss couldn’t be more appropriate – “Journey to where the wild things are”. And wild indeed is Alaska. From dog sledding to whale watching and awesome glacial views to dolphin watching, your voyage to Alaska promises to be stupendous in terms of the visitor experience – all custom-built for discovering the Last Frontier. The Race Track, in particular, is simply out of the world stuff, which is all of two levels and invites the adrenalin pumping spirit in you to truly test your driving dexterity. The Norwegian Bliss is the very epitome of all things luxurious and classy. The Mandara Spa for instance with it’s signature Thermal Suite is just too tempting to let go, while the Snow Room can chill you out no end. The Observation Lounges have been custom built and designed for guests to truly soak in the spectacular Alaskan landscape. Yes, I am talking of the 180 – degree views on board the Bliss, which no other cruise line till date have been able to afford. This high tech and luxurious zone come with interactive screens that magnify the natural wonders of Alaska’s frozen wilderness and with a full-service bar, you can enjoy surreal Alaskan sunsets with the tipple of your choice. When it comes to on-sea entertainment, you can rest assured of the award-winning Casino on board the Bliss, irrespective of your gaming skills. Countless slot machines are so well arranged that the invitation seems too good to resist. For those who prefer exclusivity, the Bliss has earmarked hideaway spaces – The Haven, which simply oozes sophistication – impeccably appointed units that come with round the clock butler and concierge service. And the best part is its proximity to the ship’s sun deck. The Haven rooms are inclusive of private balconies, shower bays, and all affording breathtaking sea views. There are enough options to choose from – Balcony Staterooms, Mini Suite Staterooms, Ocean view staterooms and studio lounges. The Bliss’ studios feature virtual windows that perhaps for the first time in the history of cruise liners, offers accommodations tailor-made for the solo cruise traveller and comes with exclusive key-card access to the studio lounge. When it comes to food & dining, can the Bliss be far behind? The best fine dining possibilities are open for today’s discerning world traveller. The Haven Restaurant, for instance, offers signature dishes prepared by award-winning chefs. For the seafood connoisseurs, the impeccably designed Ocean Blue is the ultimate in seafood delicacies and don’t be surprised to find the fresh Alaskan Salmon on your menu. All of Ocean Blue’s sea fishes are locally sourced and quality wise they are 10 out of 10. And Oh! for those Choco-freaks, the Coco’s on board the Bliss is the perfect place to sit back and savor the heavenly treats on offer ranging from an outstanding array of Pralines, Coffees and Crepes. The Bienvenido Los Lobos, on the other hand, is a first-rate Mexican specialty restaurant renowned for its handcrafted margaritas and tequilas. The trademark feature of Los Lobos is on innovative flavour mishmash. There is also the Margaritaville at Sea, with its standout piece – the Cheeseburger in Paradise. This a la carte dining venue draws inspiration from the lyrics of Jimmy Buffett. For Fusion-food, hop into the Food Republic, the Bliss’ onboard global culinary hub that serves anything from Japanese Sushi to Peruvian Ceviche. At the Food Republic, you can embark on a gastronomic world tour on board.last_img read more

first_img Twitter Facebook Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img Artists like Jenny Ritter, a musician, illustrator and choir director, struggle to find affordable studio space to rent in Vancouver and face having to leave the city. (Jenny Ritter Music/Facebook) Artists are one group hit particularly hard by Vancouver’s affordability crisis, losing studio space and homes as real estate prices soar, and many are left wondering if there is still room for artists in the city.The Red Gate Arts Society, one of the city’s best-known alternative arts organizations, has joined the list of those looking for a new home.Low Tide Properties, Lululemon founder Chip Wilson’s company, owns the building on East Hastings and has asked Red Gate to move out by the end of May. Login/Register With: Red Gate’s original lease expired two years ago and they’ve been paying month-by-month since.Studio space rents have skyrocketed since the group was last looking for a space six years ago.“It’s tough out there right now, it’s really hard to remain optimistic,” said Ana Rose Carrico, a director with Red Gate.last_img read more

EDMONTON — A long-awaited study on the health of aboriginals in Alberta’s oil sands region is being questioned before it’s even begun over concerns about how it would deal with cancer rates.The chief and council for the Mikisew Cree have told Alberta Health that they won’t take part in a long-promised, government-funded survey that would assess the health of people living in Fort Chipewyan and Fort McKay.They felt it would be too much control by Alberta or Canada“They felt it would be too much control by Alberta or Canada, that at the end of the day we would not be satisfied,” said spokesman George Poitras.Poitras said the Mikisew wanted assurances the study would focus on community concerns over cancer rates, which many believe are elevated because of the presence of environmental toxins from the oil sands.They also wanted a baseline health study, as well as promises local people would be involved and that the community would own the data.The band council didn’t get the assurances they needed, Poitras said.“It is absolutely an issue of trust.”The three-year, $1.2-million study will still go ahead, said Howard May of Alberta Health.“The University of Calgary is planning to conduct the community health assessment, and has applied for a grant,” he said in an email.“Subject to the grant application being finalized, the research team will work with the participating community members to develop the approach — and will lead this work. The assessment will be informed by the health priorities identified by the community.”The Athabasca Chipewyan, the Nunee Health Authority and the Fort McKay Metis remain committed to the study.Mikisew wants to focus more on the cancer side of things, which isn’t the focus of this studyThe project is different from what Mikisew wanted, said John Rigney, director of special projects for the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation.“Mikisew wants to focus more on the cancer side of things, which isn’t the focus of this study,” he said.He said the project will take a broad look at health concerns in the two communities, from mental health to drinking water.“There’s a perception among us that there’s an awful lot of cancer,” he said. “We want to get to the root of that, but there’s also other things we want to get to the root of.”Illnesses like arthritis and diabetes — which afflicts 10 per cent of Rigney’s band — are also pressing concerns, he said.The Alberta government has been promising a health study since Gene Zwozdesky, as provincial health minister, visited Fort Chipewyan in 2009.Previous efforts to initiate a study have collapsed over disagreements about what it should study and who should run it.Both Poitras and Rigney said the government’s latest proposal came to them last summer out of the blue.“It’s frustrating at this end because the province comes to the community and says, ’We’ll do the health study for you if you guys will sign this letter of intent,”’ Rigney said. “But that means everybody has to follow (the province’s) agenda and that’s where the disagreement starts.”The issue of community health in the oil sands area is one of the main points repeatedly brought up by critics of the industry both in Canada and abroad.The Alberta Cancer Board has found elevated rates of some types of cancer in Fort McKay and Fort Chipewyan. But the Royal Society of Canada found no evidence that specifically linked those rates to oil sands contaminants.Poitras said the Mikisew will probably fund its own study.That might work out fine, Rigney said.“I don’t see those studies conflicting. I don’t see it as a bad thing.” read more

Six teenagers and three adults face a total of 111 charges after police seized two machine pistols and 88 rounds of ammunition from a home in Toronto. Police say the charges include careless storage of a firearm and possession of a restricted firearm with ammunition. One of the teenagers arrested was a 12-year-old girl. The names of those under 18 cannot be released under the provisions of the Youth Criminal Justice Act but their ages range from 12-17. Nicole Brand, 24, and Abdullahi Hassan, 18, of Toronto are both facing numerous charges. read more

Alberta hopes to grow low-carbon economy with U.K. agreement: energy minister CALGARY – The Alberta government has signed an agreement with the United Kingdom that focuses on creating jobs and working together on low-carbon technology.Energy Minister Margaret McCuaig-Boyd says the two governments plan to bring together industry, innovators and other stakeholders.The aim is to increase renewable energies, promote energy efficiency and reduce harmful emissions.Howard Drake, British high commissioner to Canada, says the U.K. wants to help Alberta meet its environmental challenges.He says, in return, his country will take advantage of Alberta’s regulatory and performance standards in areas such as shale gas development.Neither McCuaig-Boyd nor Drake could specify what kinds of jobs could grow out of the agreement.“As we look together on possibilities … hopefully there will be areas of interest together where there’s investment or collaboration and that will turn into jobs,” McCuaig-Boyd said Tuesday. by The Canadian Press Posted Mar 15, 2016 10:02 am MDT Last Updated Mar 15, 2016 at 11:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Zach Farmer’s No. 34 is written on the mound at Bill Davis Stadium after his passing on Aug. 4, 2015. Credit: Ryan Cooper / Sports EditorStay strong, don’t give up and keep fighting.Those are the words Zach Farmer lived by throughout his battle with cancer; and although the former Ohio State pitcher may have lost his battle with acute myeloid leukemia, he is still inspiring his teammates and coaches to live their lives to the fullest.OSU baseball coach Greg Beals said that Farmer’s legacy will live on well past his 21 years of life.“We learned a lot from Zach and his positive outlook, just that attitude that he was going to make it all good, was absolutely one of his strongest characteristics, no doubt,” Beals said Tuesday afternoon. Farmer passed away earlier that morning.OSU held a memorial service in honor of Farmer’s life at Bill Davis Stadium, where Farmer’s No. 34 was added to the pitcher’s mound in tribute. Beals said he knows Farmer will be watching over his former team.“We’re certainly going to have a guardian angel,” Beals said. “He’ll be there for our pitchers and our whole team. Today, I just felt it was proper to put his number on the mound. We’re going to light this stadium up tonight and keep the lights on tonight, so he can look down on us.”Beals said that Farmer’s fight has brought the team closer, reminding them to hold every day precious.“We talk about brotherhood,” Beals said. “It’s not an opportunity we’re certainly looking for, but it does present an opportunity for that brotherhood to strengthen and grow and that’s what Zach would want, no doubt about it. Not for it to benefit us as a team, but to benefit each of us as individuals, to take advantage of our opportunities, not to take things for granted, that life is precious and we need to attack every day like Zach did.”Adam Niemeyer, a rising redshirt sophomore pitcher for the Buckeyes, said he and his teammates are supporting each other through this tough time.“We’re all just there for each other, helping each other through it, talking to each other and just really praying for Zach’s family because that’s the most important thing right now,” Niemeyer said.Niemeyer said the last time he saw Farmer was when a group of players visited Farmer at his family’s home last week in Piketon, Ohio.“We just hung out with him,” Niemeyer said. ”It was actually during the Hall of Fame induction ceremony when Randy Johnson gave him a shout out. It was pretty cool to be there with him watching that stuff all happen, and we just hung out like it was a normal day — it was a good day.”Then-freshman pitcher Zach Farmer throws a pitch against Toledo on April 2, 2014. Farmer passed away on Tuesday from a second bout of leukemia.Credit: Lantern file photoFarmer was considered a professional prospect before arriving to OSU, but Niemeyer said his attitude didn’t give off the slightest bit of arrogance.“Zach was a great kid,” Niemeyer said. “Great teammate, very unselfish person. He was a very touted recruit out of high school, had the opportunity to get drafted out of high school, but just knowing Zach, you never would’ve known that just from talking to him. He was a very humble kid, good kid, a great teammate, and we’re going to miss him.”In Farmer’s one season at OSU, he compiled a 6-4 record with a 3.28 ERA before being diagnosed with leukemia. Farmer fought hard and initially thought he had beaten the illness — announcing he was cancer free just a couple of months after the diagnosis — but his victory was short-lived as the cancer returned after his body rejected the bone-marrow transplant — a condition known as graft-versus-host disease.Farmer opted to go through a second chemotherapy treatment — which was not compatible with the treatment for GVHD — to try to fight off the cancer, but it was too late, as his lungs began to fail him.Before he passed, Farmer married his girlfriend of four years, Kelsie Mays, who took his last name after marriage. They had their reception in the gymnasium of Farmer’s former school —  Piketon High School — on July 19, just days after he learned of his fatal diagnosis.His former teammate Niemeyer said Farmer’s life and death will provide extra motivation for the Buckeyes this upcoming season.“It’s definitely going to be something to play for, it’s always going to be on our minds,” Niemeyer said. “You can never really take anything for granted. It really puts things into perspective, and it will give us something to play for this spring.”Was privileged to know the person behind the pitcher. Gone too soon but his inspiration & love will live on.God bless the Farmer family #RIP— Nick Sergakis (@SurgieeBaby) August 4, 2015Lost a brother today. I will never forget how Zach Farmer inspired me and so many others with his battle. Rest easy Farm Boy #ZF11— Pat Porter (@Pat_Porter3) August 4, 2015 read more

…says “better yuh chuck in yuh gloves than beat around the bush”Lakeraj FredricksAlmost one year after being sentenced to 65 years in prison for the brutal execution of his brother-in-law, Clifton Bonus, on June 3, 2011, Lakeraj Fredricks was on Monday given an additional 22 years to his sentence for the unlawful killing of another relative.Fredricks, a father of two was handed his additional prison term by Justice Sandhill Kissoon at the Demerara High Court.The accused admitted to murdering Vernon Romaldo- a relative of his.He had reportedly stabbed the man to his chest at Land of Canaan, East Bank Demerara during a late night drinking spree on June 10, 2011, resulting in his [Romaldo’s] death one day later.In pleading to the lesser count of manslaughter, Fredericks told the court that three of them were all drinking rum that he bought.He apologised to Romaldo’s relatives saying that he wasn’t in his right frame of mind.Further, as he begged for mercy, the 38-year-old man said that ‘a man who confesses his sins shall gain forgiveness.’However, Justice Kissoon told the court that Frederick’s actions were premeditated, given that both killings stemmed from disputes over his marijuana cultivation.After receiving his sentence, and while being led away in shackles, the now baptised Fredricks said that he had expected leniency.“When a man confess to whatsoever he do, you know, he supposed to be given lil leniency but better yuh chuck in yuh gloves than beat around the bush…” he told reporters.Further, Fredricks said that he will continue on his road to turn his life around, while indicating that he will stop using marijuana.“Well I will be going to Church, living a life in prison and ah glad God find me in prison and ah gon live my life good in prison because I already live seven years there and I don’t have a problem…I gon do as best as I could with my life from this time hay because time is catching up in life and I have to do the right thing,” he said.Fredricks was initially charged with shooting his brother-in-law twice to the head with a .32 calibre pistol at a marijuana field at Old England Backdam, Linden.At that time, a 16-year-old accomplice was also charged for allegedly assisting the convicted murderer in burying Bonus’ body. However, the teen was released after a no-case submission was upheld in the Magistrate’s Court. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related read more

GECOM PRO Yollanda Warde speaking with the media earlier todayAs voting in Guyana’s Local Government Elections continues this afternoon (Monday), Public Relations Officer of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), Yolanda Warde, has said that the law is very clear in relation to any attempts by anyone to prevent persons from exercising their democratic right to vote for a party or candidate of their choice.The PRO was in fact responding to questions being posed by members of the media regarding allegations that persons attempted to disrupt polling in at least two areas – Sophia and Whim – this morning.“If that is the case, it is a situation that would have to be managed very closely. We have Police Officers on site and I hope that Returning Officers in the respective areas were informed. The law clearly states the amount of feet and yards where the polls have to be held uninterrupted,” Warde said.The PRO has since promised to look into the claims and to provide an update soon.The voting process across the country so far has been described as generally smooth with some persons experiencing minor difficulties in casting their vote.There are 1,676 polling stations across the country and polls are expected to close at 18:00h. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGECOM will deliver when called upon, PRO assuresDecember 27, 2018In “latest news”House-to-House registration delayedMay 30, 2019In “latest news”GECOM’s statutory meeting today cancelledJune 25, 2019In “latest news” read more

first_imgA FIVE-MONTH TREND in property prices increasing was confirmed this week, with Dublin continuing to outpace other areas of the country.The substantial increases in some areas over the last 12 months have led to talk of “yet another bubble” emerging, with internet forums awash with sentiment such as “Not again!” and “Will we never learn?”. To me, this is largely misplaced, mistaking a house price boom for a house price bubble. Let me explain.Firstly, I should state that, unlike “recession” which is taken to mean two consecutive quarters of negative growth, there is no agreement among economists on what exactly constitutes a bubble, in house prices or in other assets, but the general rule is that prices have to detach from “fundamentals”.For example, the Congressional Budget Office defines an asset bubble as an economic development where the price of an asset class “rises to a level that appears to be unsustainable and well above the assets’ value as determined by economic fundamentals”. Charles Kindleberger wrote the book on bubbles and his take on it is that, almost always, credit is at the heart of bubbles: it’s hard for prices to detach from fundamentals if people only have their current income to squander. If you give them access to their future income also, through credit, that’s when prices can really detach.Price booms vs price bubblesIn that vein, I think it would be useful for commentators to distinguish between price bubbles and price booms, even if that distinction may be less clear in real life than in theory. Stop any friendly economist and they will tell you that the price is just the outcome of the interaction between supply and demand. If supply falls, or if demand rises, this will push prices up.We are familiar with house price booms in Ireland: between 1995 and 2001, significant growth in house prices – even adjusting for inflation – was the result of a number of factors (fundamentals). These include demographics (how many people per household on average), household income and the supply of housing.House price growth between 2001 and 2007 was, in contrast, a bubble, driven by banks over-extending themselves (lending relative to deposits) and over-extending borrowers (higher loan-to-value). Every increase in incomes that happened in that period was offset by an increase in the supply of housing. House prices rose because banks went from lending out 80 per cent of their deposits to lending 180 per cent (by borrowing themselves from abroad).Easy credit and expectationsSomewhere in the middle of this split between boom and bubble is what’s known as “user cost”, basically how interest rates compare to people’s expectations about house prices. Expectations are clearly central to bubbles as no-one will pay €400,000 for a 1-bed apartment unless they expect it will be worth at least as much in the future – so we can say that expectations are a necessary precondition.However, while I may expect that this apartment will be worth at least €400,000 in ten years, unless I can turn my desires into effective demand, that’s not enough. And that’s where credit comes in. So, when we are talking about prices being a multiple of average incomes, expectations are necessary but not sufficient to bring about a bubble.What do we see in the Irish market at the moment? We certainly do not see easy credit: fewer than 2,000 mortgages are given out to first-time buyers each quarter at the moment, one fifth of the number given out in 2005 and 2006. But whereas now is too few, then was almost certainly too many.What is the right level? Well, there are about 7,500 births to first-time mothers per quarter, which gives us an idea of how many households are being formed. Allowing for households that never buy (and for the moment excluding households that never have kids), this means a healthy market would see perhaps 6,000 mortgages being issued each quarter to first-time buyers. What we have is – still – a housing market starved of fresh credit, not stuffed with it.Dublin has no oversupply from the bubbleThis suggests that what we are witnessing is being driven more by fundamentals than by credit. For simplicity, if we think of house prices as demand divided by supply, it is clear that rising prices may be nothing to do with too much demand and may instead be driven by too little supply.This helps explain why it is Dublin, and not the rest of the country, that is seeing rising prices at the moment: Dublin has no oversupply from the bubble. This is being compounded by negative equity preventing trader-upper type moves, creating a crunch in a market where there is, at best, moderate demand.The limitation to a neat split between house price booms driven by fundamentals and house price bubbles driven by credit is market momentum. Rising prices now may generate rising prices in the future because rising prices now affect people’s expectations. But the point made above still remains: unless those expectations can tap in to credit, they will not translate into a rise in demand.The “Dublin differential”Does this mean there is nothing to worry about? Absolutely not! The graph above shows the ratio of prices for a four-bed semi-d in South County Dublin to one in Mayo, and the same ratio for a one-bed apartment. The “Dublin differential”, which was steady from 2006 to 2009 and falling until early 2012 has increased dramatically since then. For a one-bedroom apartment, it has doubled (from 120 per cent to 240 per cent).Rising prices may be good for those who already own their homes but for those looking to buy, affordability of property in the capital is paramount. When prices rise because of a bubble, you can prick the bubble by restricting the supply of credit, but this is invariably messy (UK: take note!).When prices rise because of a boom, what is needed to moderate prices is simply an increase in supply. What we need to understand now is why there is so little construction happening in Dublin, when the city clearly needs it.Ronan Lyons is Assistant Professor in Economics at Trinity College Dublin and author of the quarterly Reports on the Irish property market. You can read more articles on his blog, where the original version of this piece first appeared.last_img read more

WWE Cruiserweight Championship match added to Extreme Rules on July 14

first_img Now Playing Up Next Seth Rollins Another championship match has been added to the Extreme Rules PPV taking place on July 14 from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.Tony Nese will attempt to recapture the WWE Cruiserweight Championship from the new champion Drew Gulak at the event. Nese won the opportunity by defeating Akira Tozawa last night on 205 Live in a #1 Contender’s Match.Here is the updated card for Extreme Rules:Winners Take All Mixed Tag Team MatchWWE Universal Champion Seth Rollins (c) and RAW Women’s Champion Becky Lynch (c) vs. Baron Corbin and Lacey EvansWWE ChampionshipKofi Kingston (c) vs. Samoa JoeRoman Reigns and The Undertaker vs. Shane McMahon and Drew McIntyreSmackdown Women’s ChampionshipBayley (c) vs. Alexa BlissWWE Cruiserweight ChampionshipDrew Gulak (c) vs. Tony NeseRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Lists The Shields Top 10 WinsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:05Loaded: 100.00%0:05Remaining Time -0:25 FullscreenUp NextThis 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.Replay the list First match announced for WWE NXT’s debut on the USA Network in two weeks Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Shawn Michaels Ronda Rousey Videos Articles Facebook Videos Articles WhatsApp Madison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman Reigns WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Winscenter_img Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Are Becky Lynch And Seth Rollins Dating? Mike Tedesco RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR New stipulation added to Roman Reigns vs. Erick Rowan this Sunday at Clash of Champions Twitter Pinterest Vince McMahon Sends Supportive Message To Roman Reigns WrestleMania Could Be Biggest Ever WWE United States Championship match added to Clash of Champions this Sunday in Charlotte Google+last_img read more

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first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, April 20, 2017 – Nassau – The long awaited debut of the Baha Mar Resort is finally here, with the Resort being opened on April 21.  The resort is ready to be open, in part. The Grand Hyatt, which is the largest of the three hotels at the resort, will be opened this Friday with 1,800 rooms. The other two hotels, SLS and Rosewood are scheduled to open later this year.Along with accommodation, the casino, the golf course, seven of eleven swimming pools, a part of the sea and a handful of luxury retailers and restaurants will be open on April 21. The rest of the amenities are scheduled to be introduced over the next year.Story by: Sheri-kae McLeod#MagneticMediaNews#bahamarready Related Items:#bahamarready, #magneticmedianewslast_img read more

first_imgCamas Parks and Recreation will host a dedication of improvements at the Camas Community Center, 1718 S.E. Seventh Ave., on Oct. 6.The free event will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. at the community center and will celebrate the completion of a new entry ramp and a new audio-visual system, said Nan Henriksen, of the Friends of the Camas Community Center.The evening includes a short movie, a bingo game, playroom activities and crafts for children. Free hot dogs, chips and drinks will be served.For more information about the event, contact Krista Bashaw at 360-834-5307 or; or Nana Henricksen at 360-834-3146.last_img read more

first_imgAs smoke from Eastern Washington wildfires carries smoke west, 911 centers in Southwest Washington have been slammed with false fire reports.Winds are moving smoke from Eastern Washington through the Columbia Gorge and Cascade Mountains into Western Washington, according to a Washington State Department of Natural Resources bulletin. People are calling to report smoke, thinking it’s from a new, active fire. Over the next couple of days, there will be a buildup of smoke in the air from the Eastern Washington wildfires, the bulletin said. Although residents don’t need to report the presence of smoke in the air, they’re asked to call 911 or 800-562-6010 if they see columns of smoke.last_img read more

first_imgCadaver dogs and trained searchers from Cowlitz and Clark counties have discovered a skull and clothing that may belong to a Kelso man missing since 2010.According to the Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office, the remains may be those of Sam Stefonek, 29, who was reported missing in the Mount Brynion area northeast of Kelso in August 2010. He had quarreled with a girlfriend prior to his disappearance. Only his phone and a few items of clothing were ever found.The area had been searched a half-dozen times since the man disappeared, but searchers determined to give it another try Saturday. More than 40 people and two trained dogs worked the scene, finding the skull and a partially buried article of clothing, about a mile from where Stefonek was last seen.The skull, which did not bear any sign of trauma, will be analyzed by the Cowlitz County Medical Examiner to see if it is Stefonek’s.Searchers on the scene over the weekend included Washougal-based Silver Star Search and Rescue, Clark County Search and Rescue and the Lower Columbia Amateur Radio Members. Cadaver dogs were handled by Wade Boyd and Sharon Ward.last_img read more

first_imgLocal angleThe only facility in Clark County to land on the list of the top air polluters is Clark Public Utilities’ River Road Generating Plant. The combined-cycle combustion turbine, installed in 1997, burns 42 million cubic feet of natural gas per day to generate 248 megawatts of electricity. That is enough to serve about half of the public utility district’s load. The River Road plant has received all of the necessary permits to discharge its air emissions.According to the utility, air pollution is reduced by a selective catalytic reduction system for control of nitrogen oxides that result from burning natural gas. Carbon monoxide emissions are controlled by using combustion controls and an oxidation catalyst.The utility operates the River Road plant based on the demand for electricity and the cost of electricity available to be purchased from other suppliers.SEATTLE — Washington state’s major industrial sources released about 6 million more metric tons of greenhouse gases in 2013, a 30 percent jump from the previous year, according to the latest data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The state’s only coal burning power plant in Centralia topped the list, emitting 7.5 million metric tons of carbon dioxide and other gases blamed for global warming. Emissions from the plant spiked up about 82 percent from 2012, after experiencing a big drop the previous year.last_img read more

first_imgIBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/0:59Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:58?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles 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. COPY LINKAD Loading … Close OnePlus Launcher is one of the cleanest user interfaces on Android that strikes the perfect balance between stock and custom ROM. By keeping the UI minimal, OnePlus offers a host of features and customisations to its smartphone users without having to install third-party ROMs. Now, OnePlus Launcher is getting a new time-saving feature for its users.OnePlus Launcher v3.3.2 introduces Parking Location Service to its Shelf, a dedicated spot for all your shortcuts such as contacts, recent apps and other information in the form of cards. By adding the useful parking feature to the Shelf, users will have quick access to it, which trumps the complexity with which users had to access a similar feature using Google Maps.OnePlus’ Parking Location Service works by remembering your parking spot using GPS location, which means there are limitations to the extent of its functionality. While one can easily mark the parking location on the map outdoors with GPS accessibility, don’t expect it to work underground or indoors where it’s hard to get GPS signal. OnePlus 6TIBTimes India/Sami KhanBut you’re not completely out of a solution. The Parking Location Service, which likely uses Google’s Maps API, allows users to take a picture of the parking area to memorise the location. Using pillar markings or other landmarks in the image will help you locate your car easily in the massive parking of a mall, which has multiple entries and exit points to the parking lot.According to XDA Developers, the feature appears to work only on OnePlus smartphones running Android 9 Pie, which means owners of OnePlus 6T/6 and OnePlus 5T/5 can access Parking Location Service simply by swiping right on the home screen to access Shelf. Shown here are the screenshots of OxygenOS 5.1.11 UI on OnePlus 6IBTimes India/Sami KhanEligible OnePlus smartphone users can get the latest version of OnePlus Launcher from Google Play Store or sideload it from APKMirror.OnePlus Launcher v3.3.2 also gets other UI improvements alongside improved algorithm for searching apps, the report noted. Which is your favourite OnePlus feature? Let us know in the comments below.center_img OnePlus 6T Thunder Purple Review: Fashionable and classylast_img read more

first_img Register Now » February 17, 2014 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. When it comes to security, Google is trying something a little different. The search giant has acquired SlickLogin, a young security startup that authenticates user identities using — get this — high frequency sounds. The technology could serve as a replacement to traditional passwords or function as the second step in a two-factor authentication process.The exact terms of the deal haven’t been disclosed but reports say the acquisition cost Google several million dollars.SlickLogin’s three-member Tel Aviv, Israel-based startup was founded less than a year ago and officially launched its technology in September.Websites that support SlickLogin’s technology will play a unique, almost silent tone that can be read by an app on the user’s smartphone. To confirm your identity, the app analyzes the signal and then confirms your authenticity to the server the site is hosted on.Related: Why You Should Skip the Password and Try These Things InsteadThe ultrasonic tone is different each time a user logs in, eliminating the ability to “steal” someone else’s auditory signature.The idea is to improve the login experience. This new technology could eliminate the hassles of remembering multiple passwords and waiting for text messages with single-use PINs. Simply type in your password and your speakers and phone do the rest.This is Google’s fifth Israeli acquisition. The company established a development center there in 2006 with offices in Haifa and Tel Aviv. Other acquisitions in Israel include iRow, Waze, LabPixies and Quicksee.Related: Swallow This ‘Password’ Pill to Unlock Your Digital Deviceslast_img read more

Increasing Breast Density Significantly Impacts Breast Cancer Screening Performance

first_img Image courtesy of Imago Systems February 17, 2017 — In the first large-scale study of its kind, Dutch researchers demonstrated a strong linear relationship between decreased screening performance and volumetric breast density. Involving more than 110,000 mammograms from the Dutch Breast Screening Program (Foundation of Population Screening Mid-West), the study showed that increasing volumetric breast density, automatically measured by Volpara Density software, impacts mammography performance measures, such as sensitivity and the rates of recall, false positives and interval cancers.The study, “Volumetric breast density affects performance of digital screening mammography,” was recently published in Breast Cancer Research and Treatment and was carried out in the EU-funded ASSURE project. The results suggest that, since fully automated measurements of breast density have much higher reproducibility than visual assessment, this automatic method could help with implementing density-based supplemental screening.In the study, Carla van Gils, M.D., Ph.D., and a team of researchers from the Netherlands examined screening performance in the Dutch Screening Program using a consecutive series of 111,898 digital mammograms from 53,239 women (age 50–75 years). Volumetric breast density was automatically assessed using VolparaDensity software, which automatically generates an objective measurement of volumetric breast density.”There have been several studies that have demonstrated the impact of breast density on the sensitivity of mammography, including a recent study published in the American Journal of Roentgenology that showed a strong linear relationship between volumetric breast density and sensitivity. However, this is the first large-scale study to also demonstrate a strong relationship between volumetric density and other screening performance measures like recall rate, false positives or interval cancers,” said van Gils.  “With the high reproducibility of the automatic VolparaDensity software, this could help with evaluating risk and better inform clinical decisions about adjunctive screening options based on women’s specific density and other risk factors.”The study included 667 screen-detected and 234 interval cancers. Of all the tumors, 84.3 percent were invasive cancers. Mammographic sensitivity was 85.7 percent, 77.6 percent, 69.5 percent and 61 percent across VDG categories 1-4, respectively. Increasing breast density showed a strong linear relationship to all screening performance measures, except positive predictive value. The rates for recalls, false positives, and total and interval breast cancers in higher breast density categories were greater than those in lower density categories. Results demonstrated that a woman was nearly seven times more likely (4.4/1000 examinations versus 0.7/1000) to have an interval cancer if her breasts were extremely dense (VDG4) versus very fatty (VDG1) and approximately twice as likely (23.8/1000 examinations versus 11.2/1000) to have a false-positive if they were extremely dense (VDG4) versus very fatty (VDG1).According to van Gils, another interesting finding is the relationship between cancer type (in situ or invasive), breast density and detection mode (screen-detected or interval). When only invasive breast cancer was taken into account, the difference in sensitivity between the density categories was even more pronounced.”This indicates that the detection of invasive breast cancers in screening is hampered to a larger extent than the detection of in situ breast cancers. A possible explanation for this is that the visibility of microcalcifications is not hampered as much in dense tissue as the visibility of invasive breast cancers,” added van Gils. “Studying this relationship further could be very important as we further develop our understanding of the effectiveness of screening.”For more information:, J.O.P., Holland, K., Veldhuis, W.B., Mann, R.M., et al. “Volumetric breast density affects performance of digital screening mammography,” Breast Cancer Research and Treatment. Published online Dec. 23, 2016. DOI: 10.1007/s10549-016-4090-7 FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Related Content Technology | Breast Biopsy Systems | July 24, 2019 Fujifilm Releases Tomosynthesis Biopsy Option for Aspire Cristalle Mammography System Fujifilm Medical Systems U.S.A. 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News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more News | Breast Density | February 17, 2017 Increasing Breast Density Significantly Impacts Breast Cancer Screening Performance Study of more than 110,000 mammograms shows strong linear relationship between automated volumetric breast density and recall rates, false positives and interval cancer rates Technology | Artificial Intelligence | July 18, 2019 Paragon Biosciences Launches Qlarity Imaging to Advance FDA-cleared AI Breast Cancer Diagnosis System Paragon Biosciences LLC announced the launch of its seventh portfolio company, Qlarity Imaging LLC, which was founded… read more 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 Feature | Artificial Intelligence | July 19, 2019 | Michal Chorev AI Models Predict Breast Cancer With Radiologist-level Accuracy Breast cancer is the global leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women, and the most commonly diagnosed cancer… read more 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. 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Image courtesy of Business Wire. read more Technology | Mammography Reporting Software | July 25, 2019 Hologic Partners With MagView to Develop Unifi EQUIP Solution Hologic announced a partnership with mammography information solutions provider MagView to develop Unifi EQUIP, an… read more IBM collected a dataset of 52,936 images from 13,234 women who underwent at least one mammogram between 2013 and 2017, and who had health records for at least one year prior to the mammogram. The algorithm was trained on 9,611 mammograms. Image courtesy of Radiology.last_img read more

Meghan Markle has a cool trick to avoid getting sick on a

first_imgMeghan Markle has a cool trick to avoid getting sick on a plane Share Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Airplane Sicknesscenter_img Tuesday, October 2, 2018 TORONTO — No one likes getting sick, much less a real-life princess. But what’s a girl to do when on a germ-ridden airplane?Turns out, Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, has a neat little trick to ward off illness while flying. In her now-defunct lifestyle blog, ‘The Tig’, Meghan wrote back in 2016 about a valuable travel tip given to her from a dear friend: put a little Neosporin on a cotton swab and coat the inside of your nostrils with it.But the best part? Her friend got the tip from none other than Oscar-winning actor Leonardo DiCaprio.Celebrities – they’re just like us! They get sick on airplanes and are suckers for home remedies, too!Meghan wrote: “Not only does it create a barrier for germs, it also lubricates the skin in the nose. That’s important because when the skin cracks, germs can come running in, so the coating of the Neosporin doubly protects you.”And although she couldn’t say whether DiCaprio actually does this, Meghan confirmed that she does. “It’s a great tip. Try it!”More news:  Virgin Voyages de-activates Quebec accounts at FirstMates agent portalSo if you never catch a bug again while on a flight, you know who to thank: a real-life princess. Posted bylast_img read more

Rains pound Costa Rica but dont believe rumors of a hurricane CNE

first_imgRelated posts:Strong winds to hit Costa Rica again Thursday Costa Rica’s southern Pacific hit by heavy rains, flooding Hurricane Otto weakens to category 1, moves to the Pacific Water and Sewer Institute announces rationing plan for up to four months Facebook Comments The National Emergency Commission (CNE) on Monday issued a yellow alert for much of the country, citing heavy rains and soil saturation.Costa Ricans should expect rains to persist throughout the week as the Intertropical Convergence Zone remains active over the country, generating “very unstable conditions,” according to the National Meteorological Institute (IMN). CNE issued green and yellow alerts throughout much of Costa Rica on May 27, 2019. (Via CNE)IMN discredited social-media posts which purported a hurricane would make landfall in Costa Rica on Thursday.“Please DO NOT BELIEVE messages, news or videos in relation to which a hurricane or typhoon will affect the country this week, since it is information that does not correspond to the current situation or to our geographical region,” IMN said on its Facebook page.CNE reminded the public to follow official channels for accurate, up-to-date information. You can follow them on Facebook here.The IMN’s latest weather warning, published Tuesday morning, warns drivers to take caution when driving Route 2 by Cerro de la Muerte due to reduced visibility, Route 27 due to rainfall, and Route 32 due to the risk of landslides.IMN issued the following instructions to the general public:Take caution in areas vulnerable to flooding due to sewer saturation or due to increased flow in rivers and streams.Take caution in regions prone to landslides because soil saturation will continue.Shelter in a safe place in case of thunderstorms or strong gusts of wind near storm clouds. Be alert for possible falling branches and power lines.last_img read more