Antibullying speaker to give presentation to SD 60 parents this evening

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A speaker who has been giving a series of anti-bullying presentations at schools around Fort St. John this week is going to be giving a presentation for an older audience this evening.Scott Graham, who is a bestselling author and a winner of the Governor General of Canada Award, has hosted leadership and anti-bullying school assemblies at four schools in Fort St. John this week.He visited Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray School on Monday, Dr. Kearney on Tuesday, Robert Ogilvie Wednesday, and spoke at Bert Bowes earlier today. Graham, who was also one of the speakers at the 2012 TEDx Conference in Burlington, has been teaching students the skills to stand up to bullies for 25 years, having spoken in Ontario, Quebec, Newfoundland, and as far away as Scotland.Graham’s presentations allow children develop their leadership abilities and learn anti-bullying skills.Graham will also be giving his presentation to the parents of students who attend Bert Bowes and Dr. Kearney Middle Schools on Thursday evening.The presentation is taking place from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Bert Bowes School.last_img read more

Moroccan Student Becomes Worlds Third Fastest Mental Calculator

Taroudant – Abdellah Ak-Houch, a young Spanish national of Moroccan origin won third place in the worldwide mental calculus championship held on December 5-6 in New Delhi, India.The Moroccan young boy, the third fastest mental calculator in the world, competed with around 11,300 students from 56 countries, representing more than 6,000 schools worldwide, according to Spanish news agency EFE.The young student had already gained a reputation as a fast calculator in the Canary Islands where he lives with his family. According to the same source, the mental calculus genius earned the support of the autonomous government of the Canaries, which made it possible for Abdellah to travel to India.Abdellah has been practicing mental arithmetic since 2013 with excellent results. He is the current Spanish regional and national champion of the Universal Mental Arithmetic System Calculation (UCMAS).The talented Moroccan studies seventh grade at Vecindario school. According to Gran Canaria TV, Abdellah has become a brilliant student with an extraordinary memory and concentration capacity.He is able to perform 200 arithmetic processes in only eight minutes using mental calculus, a method that was born in China based on the abacus system.The ancient arithmetic method is used in 5,000 schools in 52 countries around the world, and it reportedly benefits nearly one million students worldwide.According to several Spanish media reports, the Canary Islands has been implementing mental calculus in their education system for several years.Ak-Houch is the third Canary resident to earn a winning spot in the calculus world championship.In 2011, Marta Lisson Diaz, 8, earned the fifth spot in the competition, and in 2012, Nisha obtained the third sport. read more

Former real estate millionaire Robert Campeau dies at 93

OTTAWA — Robert Campeau, the former real estate mogul who once controlled the Bloomingdale’s and Macy’s department store chains in the United States, has died at 93.An online obituary says he died in Ottawa on Monday. It did not specify a cause of death.Born near Sudbury, Ont., he started a construction company in 1953 and went on to amass a fortune in the real estate development business, with holdings in Ottawa, Toronto, California, Texas and Florida.According to the obituary, Campeau’s company was involved in a number of notable buildings including Place de Ville in Ottawa and Scotia Plaza, Harbour Castle Hotel and Waterpark Place office complex in Toronto.The company also built more than 25,000 houses in the Ottawa area.Campeau lost his empire and most of his fortune in 1990 when an $11-billion investment in the U.S.-based Allied and Federated department store chains collapsed under a mountain of junk-bond debt.Campeau spent several years in Europe after being fired by the company he founded, but returned to Ottawa in 2002.In 1997, his 28,000-square-foot chateau-style Toronto mansion sold far below asking price for $6.17 million.In his later years, Campeau is said to have devoted much of his time to philanthropy through a family foundation that bore his name.The obituary, which appears on the site for Arbor Memorial funeral homes, notes he is survived by a wife, six children and several grand-children and great-grandchildren.“Robert was an avid swimmer, skier, golfer, fisherman and hunter,” it reads. “Robert believed his good exercise regime was the key to his long and healthy life.”A funeral will be held in Ottawa on Thursday. read more

GL regrets Tutus statement

Since the end of the conflict, the Government has implemented several housing reconstruction programmes through which 60,000 houses have been rehabilitated and 10,000 are currently being constructed in the North and East. These efforts are being augmented by bilateral donor assistance in constructing additional 50,000 houses. In addition, families whose houses were fully damaged were financially assisted to rebuild. Further, the Government has put in place massive infrastructure and economic development programmes, in the former theatre of conflict, with a total allocation of USD 700 million. As a part of livelihood support, a self employment loan scheme has been initiated for the people in the North and East. Already thousands of beneficiaries have been apportioned USD 318 million. Additionally, beneficiaries were provided Enterprise Development Services (EDS) including assistance for the self employed. These measures have culminated in a 22% economic growth in the North, while the country’s GDP grew at 8% in 2011. While the offer of support by The Elders is noted, I wish to reiterate that the best assistance that representations of the international community could afford Sri Lanka in its reconciliation process at this juncture is to provide the required time and space to the Government in implementing the LLRC recommendations. While appreciating the interest of The Elders Foundation in the post-conflict development in my country, as stated in your letter to His Excellency Mahinda Rajapaksa, President of Sri Lanka on 17th February 2012, it is regretted that you thought it necessary to address the Members of the Human Rights Council, urging intervention in Sri Lanka, a matter that requires deeper study and understanding of the related facts. Therefore, I wish to take this opportunity to elaborate on the progress made by the Government of Sri Lanka relating to resettlement, rehabilitation, reconstruction and reconciliation with a view to bringing sustainable peace in the country, with the end of the separatist, terrorist conflict in May 2009. From the 11,993 ex-combatants of the terrorist group, around 750 remain under detention and also in the Protective Accommodation and Rehabilitation Centres (PARC). In relation to the detainees, appropriate investigations have begun in order to institute legal action. Further, all 595 child soldiers of the terrorist group were rehabilitated under a UNICEF-assisted programme, and reintegrated with their families within a year. In respect of the recommendations of the Report of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission, the Government has already taken necessary courses of action. The Report offers detailed observations and recommendations on International Humanitarian Law issues relating to the final phase of the conflict. It also states that protection of the lives of civilians was a key factor in the formulation of military strategy and accepts that the deliberate targeting of civilians formed no part of this policy. However, it clearly accepts that if there is evidence of transgression by individuals this aspect should be further examined. This would inter alia include the establishment of a mechanism for gathering and assessing factual evidence relating to the episodes indicated, buttressed by a strong investigative arm. The outcome of this process will determine whether there is a basis for criminal proceedings to be  initiated.  In this respect, the local legal institutions are in the process of studying the relevant material contained in the Report. The Government has further on its own accord already carried out a series of measures that included conducting of a comprehensive census in the Northern Province to facilitate firm and verifiable conclusions important for establishing accountability. The Government of Sri Lanka has assiduously continued to engage with the international community on the developments in Sri Lanka and brief them adequately. The recently launched National Human Rights Action Plan submitted to the Parliament contains a clear roadmap and timelines for implementation. Aspects of this Plan has relevance to some of the LLRC recommendations. Undoubtedly, national reconciliation is one of the priority aims of the Government of Sri Lanka at this juncture and this includes political and constitutional initiatives to address the root causes and provide restorative justice to those affected. In keeping with Sri Lanka’s uninterrupted democratic tradition, with the Parliament at the helm of governance representing the people, a Parliamentary Select Committee has been established to achieve a national consensus for constitutional changes necessary for the sustainability of the political process. In parallel, the Government is also conducting bilateral discussions with Tamil political parties on a structured basis. The Trilingual Policy introduced by the Government remains a cornerstone in building bridges among the communities and consolidating a sense of national unity. Already more than 1500 Tamil speaking police officers have been recruited to the North and East. As a means of enhancing their effectiveness, units of the Attorney-General’s Department will also be established in provinces to provide procedural guidance to the police. Full letter: External Affairs Minister G.L Peiris has written to South African Archbishop and human rights activist Desmond Tutu expressing regret over his statement on Sri Lanka.The Minister said that the best assistance that representations of the international community could afford Sri Lanka in its reconciliation process at this juncture is to provide the required time and space to the Government in implementing the LLRC recommendations. Sri Lanka, having ended a 30 year long scourge of terrorism, has now the opportunity to derive the fullest benefit from its natural strengths. In this context, the Government has taken several incremental steps to restore normalcy and rebuild the lives of those who have been affected by the conflict. These steps include the resettlement of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), initiating infrastructure development projects in the former theatre of conflict, rehabilitation of ex-combatants, and embarking on a process of reconciliation including restorative justice, political and constitutional initiatives. You would no doubt agree, that it is the Government of Sri Lanka which is best placed in evolving a home-grown solution acceptable to all the citizens of the country. Therefore, internationalizing a domestic issue by any initiative through the HRC at this point of time would only lead to derailing the ongoing reconciliation process that has been put in place by the Government. As we look around the conflicts unfolding globally and the prescriptions meted out by a part of the international community, it is clear that external interventions without the consent of the country concerned do not achieve the envisaged sustainable peace but continue to exacerbate the situation. Within the last two and half years, of the 290,000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), 6569 remain to be resettled, an effort which has been commended internationally. The Government has already spent USD 360 million for the resettlement programme. These remaining IDPs will be resettled once the demining process is complete. De-mining of conflict affected areas has been done at a pace comparable anywhere in the world. The Government has at present demined 1,412 square kilometers out of the 2,046 square kilometers contaminated with landmines. More than 42,000 Antipersonnel and 227 Antitank Mines and more than 15,000 items of Unexploded Ordnance have been recovered from these areas. Yours sincerely, In order to deal with the complex issue of lands, the Government has already begun a process to draft a Prescription (Special Provisions) Act, which once enacted, would favourably consider claims for immovable property including land of displaced or disadvantaged persons. Further in recognition of the importance in dismantling of High Security Zones to resettlement, the process was initiated prior to the Commission’s Report, which therefore recognized that the area had diminished significantly. By the end of the conflict in 2009, the High Security Zones (HSZ) accounted for 4098.36 Hectares and at present, 2582.45 Hectares remain. The Government will closely monitor and expedite continuing progress in this regard.  In accordance with established practice of post-conflict demobilization, the Government has institutionalized a process through a Parliamentary Consultative Committee, to continuously record specific details on the number of weapons ceased and raids conducted to bring about a total end to the possession of unauthorized weapons. Prof. G. L .Peiris read more

Varadkar very confident Ireland will bid for Rugby World Cup

first_imgMINISTER FOR TRANSPORT, Tourism & Sport Leo Varadkar says he is “very, very confident that Ireland will make a bid” to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup.Speaking at the IRB World Rugby Conference in Dublin this afternoon, Varadkar said, “It’s something that will involve the IRFU, the government here in the Republic and also the Northern Ireland Executive” but stressed his belief that Ireland will be putting in a formal bid.The Minister asserted that this country has the infrastructure to host the Rugby World Cup and admitted that the tournament would be “the biggest thing Ireland could do” in terms of international tournaments. The Olympics and FIFA World Cup would be out of our reach, Varadkar said, but hosting RWC2023 is feasible. It would engender enormous national pride. Rugby in Ireland has always been a unifying force. The IRFU wasn’t partitioned when the country split and rugby has always been supported by people who are Catholic and people who are Protestants and people who are neither of these.“Even during difficult times, the Troubles, rugby was a unifying force. One thing I remember very much was when rugby was played for the very first time in Croke Park, the main national GAA stadium. They have already expressed their support for a bid.“We had the first time England played Ireland in Croke Park [in 2007] and people were worried about what would happen, but the national anthem [England’s] was applauded. I think the World Cup would be a symbol of how far we have come.”A study by consultant firm Deloitte has raised hopes that a bid is realistic, after claiming that it would be viable to have a cross-border bid and that it could result in a €800 million boost to Ireland’s economy. Varadkar is sure that Ireland has the infrastructure to host the tournament.“I’m in a very fortunate department in that sense with Transport, Tourism and Sport. I think you need all three of those aspects. We definitely have the transport with the airports and the roads. We definitely have the tourist infrastructure. A lot of hotels were built during the boom, so we have plenty of accommodation. Seriously, we’re very keen to fill those up in September/October time.We have great tourist attractions too. On the stadia, we’re there or thereabouts. We couldn’t do it without the GAA, so the fact that they’ve expressed their support is great. Some stadiums would need investment, and some of that investment is underway. There would be more investment required, particularly in media facilities.”If Ireland is to successfully bid, Varadkar feels there can be a genuine legacy left by the Rugby World Cup.“I’m by no means taking anything for granted, but the legacy would be in bringing the country together. This year in Ireland was the year of The Gathering and it really got people coming together. We had something similar with the Special Olympics a number of years ago.”‘No need for wholesale changes despite Ireland’s upsetting performance’ – ByrneWallabies gunning for three wins on the trot, declares two-try Hooperlast_img read more

HP enterprise switches shipped with malware on flash cards

first_imgAccording to a new security bulletin from HP, some of their ProCurve 5400zl switches may have shipped with malware-laden compact flash cards. While HP does state that inserting one of the infected cards into a computer could compromise the system, they don’t offer many other details — like whether or not the malware can self-propogate while the card is sitting in a switch.They also didn’t specify which malware was found on the cards, and it’s not yet known how the cards became infected in the first place. Not all 5400zl switches are affected, however, just the specific serial numbers listed on HP’s website, all of which were sold starting in May of 2011.Two resolves are being offered. For administrators who don’t mind a little downtime, HP will ship a replacement management module and deal with the malware removal. The switches can also purge the unwanted contents of the cards themselves via a script that can be run after establishing a console session. The second option, HP says, should have no impact on network operation and it also avoids the potential threat posed by inserting the card into a PC to attempt malware removal.This isn’t the first time a big-name company has discovered that products they’ve shipped had been used as malware mules. Dell had a similar issue in 2010, when the Spybot worm was found hiding out on replacement motherboards. Like these ProCurve switches, digital cameras, MP3 players, and mobile phones from companies including Olympus and Samsung have shipped in the past few years with infected memory cards.More at Security Weeklast_img read more

Gattuso defends Higuain He feels a lot of pressure

first_imgAC Milan coach Gennaro Gattuso hopes Gonzalo Higuain will remain calm following his sending off against Juventus on SundayThe 30-year-old striker has enjoyed a good start to life on loan at Milan from Juventus with seven goals in 13 games.However, Higuain was unable to prevent Milan from losing to his parent club at the San Siro and was dismissed after having a penalty saved.The Argentine was handed a second yellow card after shouting in the match official’s face.But Gattuso believes that Higuain’s angry outburst came about due to putting too much pressure on himself.Mario BalotelliCorini tells Balotelli to “raise his game” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 According to the Brescia coach, Mario Balotelli “needs to raise his game if he wants to face Juventus” as his team is set to host Bologna.“At this moment he feels a lot of pressure, my words from yesterday’s press conference were not by chance,” Gattuso told Milan TV on the club website.“Right now, he feels a huge weight on him and it shows. He must remain calm, he should apologise and assume his responsibilities.“He has to put aside his nervousness, he is the most important player we have and he has to make the difference. He has to be clear-headed.”Mario Mandzukic and Cristiano Ronaldo were the goalscorers for Juventus, who remain unbeaten after 12 Serie A games.last_img read more

Bob Sully Sullivan Lots of jobs but not enough homes

first_img Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News Tags: Sully Sullivan FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom Bob ‘Sully’ Sullivan – Lots of jobs but not enough homes 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Radio talk show host Bob ‘Sully‘ Sullivan says California has the jobs but not enough homes.Sully said the California’s economy is adding jobs far faster than our current housing inventory. Also companies are struggling to recruit or promote from within as people turn down offers to come to California.The median home price in California in 2018 was $570,010, according to the California Association of Realtors, more than double the nationwide figure but for San Diego it is $590,500. KUSI Newsroom, Posted: March 20, 2019 March 20, 2019last_img read more

Class 10 student murdered in Mahbubnagar

first_imgA Class 10 student brutally murdered in Jadcherla of Mahbubnagar district on Wednesday. The victim befriended one Naveen on social networking site Facebook and the duo exchanged their mobile numbers. She is also learned to have met the boy two times. However, on Wednesday, the girl went missing from her home following her parents lodged a complaint with the police after failing to trace her. She was found dead by the police on Thursday morning at Shankaraipalli of Jadcherla mandal. Her body was sent to a local hospital for post-mortem. The police launched a hunt to nab the accused.last_img

Examining The Emotional Aftermath Of Harvey

first_img Share Michael Stravato for The Texas TribuneEvacuees flee flooding in a boat with a nearly submerged Houston sign behind them, on Aug, 29, 2017.We’ve all been amped up, on edge for a week — even if you don’t have any flooding in your home, and even if you’re able to get to and from work.Even if you feel like you’ve escaped Harvey’s wrath largely unscathed, all of Greater Houston is feeling the effects of Harvey — not just physically, but emotionally. The strain is really being felt by those who have been flooded out and by first responders, emergency workers, law enforcement, fire, and other officials and volunteers working around the clock to provide rescue and relief.To discuss the impact of that emotional strain, we talk with Dr. Jana Tran, staff psychologist with the Houston Fire Department.last_img read more

Natya Shastra to come alive

first_imgThe rich cultural heritage of India is visually soothing and enriching to the dance and music connoisseurs, who come from all across the world to catch a glimpse. Different dance forms that have originated from various parts of the country and have been practiced accordingly, can only be witnessed at once, under one roof when a festival organises for a perfect blend of classical dance forms for enthusiasts.To make the enthusiasts come together for two days of excitement, Pracheen Kala Kendra is organising its 5th quarterly Baithak programme under the series ‘Legends of Tomorrow’ in the national Capital.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The festival which will be held on April 15 and 16 at Triveni Kala Sangam will feature well known talented artists of the country such as Dr Samira Koser (Kathak); Ankita Kaushik and Himanshu Srivastava (Bharatnatyam Jugalbandi); Vasu Krishna Maharaj and Vaibhav Krishna Maharaj (Kathak Duo) and Meenu Thakur & troupe (Kuchipudi Dance).With a view to create more awakening about salient features of the Indian classical dances of various forms, the Kendra has ventured to organise a two-day feast of classical dances at Triveni Kala Sangam studded with young artists. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixPracheen Kala Kendra is one of the organisations engaged in the promotion of classical musical and dance in the region. With the kind patronage of the public, the Kendra has emerged as an institute of multidimensional excellence. With an aim to promote and nourish the young talented artists, the Kendra is working hard towards its goal. Pracheen Kala Kendra having its headquarters in Chandigarh, enormous sister set-ups in Mohali and Kolkata, besides liaison offices at Ludhiana and Bhubaneswar, and newly setup regional office at New Delhi, is one of the premier organisations dedicated to the promotion, preservation and dissemination of Indian classical art and culture. Established in 1956, it is the only organisation of its kind which was founded by the artists, run by the artists and which is working for the promotion of artists. It is a pioneer and professionally equipped examining and affiliating institution of national importance with a network of more than 3500 training and examination centres functioning as its affiliates all over the country and abroad including USA, Canada, United Kingdom, Mauritius, Singapore, Dubai, South Africa, Bangladesh, Nepal, Kuwait, etc.  The student strength of 2.6 lakh makes it the largest organisation of its kind in the field of arts education. The certificates and diplomas awarded by the Kendra in the subjects of Indian Classical music (vocal and instrumental), classical dances and fine arts (painting) are not only recognised by various Education Boards, Universities and state governments for employment purposes as teachers/lecturers in schools/colleges but the same are treated as equivalent to degrees under their respective jurisdictions. WHEN: April 15-16WHERE: Triveni Kala SangamTIME: 6:30 pmlast_img read more

Falcon fulltext history search for Chrome

first_imgFalcon: full-text history search for Chrome by Martin Brinkmann on September 13, 2016 in Google Chrome – 16 commentsFalcon is a brand new browser extension for Google Chrome that adds full-text history search capabilities to the web browser.Chrome by default matches titles or urls to what you type in its address bar, and displays what it considers the best matches for your query as suggestions.Falcon changes the default behavior by adding an option to Chrome that matches text found on web pages you visited in the past as well.The extension adds its own keyword search to Chrome which you need to use it you want to use its text-search capabilities.Basically, what you do is type f and then hit the Tab-key to launch the search interface. From there, it is just about entering the query you want results for.Falcon: full-text history search for ChromeThe extension highlights matches that it found on pages with its own icon so that it is easy enough to distinguish them from other results.The main advantage of Falcon over Chrome’s default way of returning results is that it may provide you with better results.If the title or URL of a page don’t contain the keyword you entered in the address bar, it won’t be displayed by Chrome as a suggestion even if the page is full of that keyword. With Falcon, that page may be returned as well in the suggestions.You may click on the Falcon icon to load preferences and the history of pages that the extension indexed fully.The preferences allow you to blacklist certain sites from being indexed. It needs to be noted that Falcon will index all sites that is not blacklisted. You may block the indexing of all https sites by adding a new blacklist entry to Falcon’s configuration.Simply hit the add button, type https as the website, and select regex as the type. Click on save afterwards.You can verify that this works by visiting https sites afterwards and reloading the Falcon preferences page. Sites that use the https protocol should not appear in the Falcon history.The history enables you to delete entries that the extension indexed. You may also delete all entries, for instance after a browsing session.There is however no option to delete the data on exit or after a certain time period. All data is stored locally and not remotely.Falcon is not the first extension to add full-text search capabilities to Chrome. We reviewed All Seeing Eye for Chrome back in 2014 which added the same capability to Chrome’s history page.Closing WordsDepending on how you use Google Chrome, Falcon may be quite the useful extension. If you happen to run into issues finding sites that you visited in the past using Chrome’s own suggestions system, you may want to give Falcon a try to improve that.While you have to tap on f and then tab to use Falcon, it should not be much of an issue after a while.Summary12345 Author Rating5 based on 3 votes Software Name FalconSoftware Category BrowserLanding Page https://github.com/lengstrom/falcon Advertisementlast_img read more

Royal Caribbean targets Millennials with multibillion dollar initiatives

first_imgRoyal Caribbean targets Millennials with multibillion dollar initiatives Share MIAMI — Royal Caribbean is investing billions of dollars into new ships, new onboard experiences and a new global private island collection that includes a US$200 million transformation of CocoCay in The Bahamas.As part of the initiative Royal Caribbean has launched its new Perfect Day Island Collection, a series of what the cruise line says are “unrivaled and exclusive” private island destinations around the world.The first in the collection, Perfect Day at CocoCay, is a US$200 million transformation of the cruise line’s private island in The Bahamas.Royal Caribbean ships departing from New York, Maryland and Florida will call at Perfect Day at CocoCay.The island transformation will roll out in phases beginning September 2018 with the completion of a new pier, and by spring 2019 the majority of the island’s experiences will be open. Coco Beach Club, the final phase, is set to open November 2019. Highlights include:Thrill Waterpark, featuring two water towers with 13 slides – the most slides found in any waterpark in the Caribbean – and including the 135-foot-tall Daredevil’s Peak, the tallest waterslide in North America. The waterpark will also feature the Caribbean’s largest wave pool and a kid-friendly obstacle course pool.Oasis Lagoon, the Caribbean’s largest freshwater pool, with a swim-up bar and in-pool loungers.A 1,600-foot zip line that crisscrosses the island at up to 50 feet high and features the only water landing in the Caribbean.A helium balloon, known as Up, Up and Away, floats up to 450 feet above the ground providing for the highest vantage point in The Bahamas.Two specially designed beaches – Chill Island for the ultimate beach escape, complete with crystal-clear tropical waters and white powder-like sand – and plentiful cabanas and daybeds for relaxation; and the action-packed South Beach with volleyball, beachside basketball, soccer, paddle boarding, glass-bottom kayaking and zorbing in an inflatable zorb ball.The exclusive Coco Beach Club, will offer an upscale island experience that will feature the first overwater cabanas in The Bahamas.More news:  Kory Sterling is TL Network Canada’s new Sales Manager CanadaAdditional Perfect Day Island Collection destinations in Asia, Australia and the Caribbean will be announced at a later date.“It’s true that our ships are technological and engineering marvels in their own right and offer a multitude of unexpected experiences; but our destinations are an equally important part of the cruise vacation,” says Michael Bayley, President and CEO, Royal Caribbean International.“We are introducing the Perfect Day Island Collection to deliver the most memorable vacation for adventure seekers on land and on board our ships. Once completed Perfect Day at CocoCay will be the ultimate family destination in the Caribbean.”Adding to recently announced digital innovations, including frictionless check-in, stateroom technology and a new mobile app, the cruise line has committed $900 million to reimagining its fleet through a new modernization effort called Royal Amplified.Spanning 10 ships in four years, the program will introduce specialized pool spaces, experiential dining and nightlife concepts, and first-of-its-kind attractions like Sky Pad, a VR bungee trampoline experience.More news:  CIE Tours launches first-ever River Cruise CollectionRoyal Caribbean is also answering the call for shorter vacations – especially in demand from Millennials – by boosting its short Caribbean getaways lineup.In summer 2018 Mariner of the Seas will undergo a $90 million modernization adding Sky Pad and a glow-in-the-dark laser tag experience; The Bamboo Room, a retro lounge with tiki-chic décor; and the Playmakers Sports Bar & Arcade. Mariner will sail 3- and 4-night cruises from Miami.Sister ship Navigator of the Seas will follow in 2019, and receive an even more extensive modernization before joining Mariner of the Seas to offer short sailings.In 2019 both ships will call extensively on Perfect Day at CocoCay.Royal Caribbean’s newest ship, Symphony of the Seas is set to debut this spring. Royal Caribbean’s other new ships on the horizon including the Quantum Ultra Class Spectrum of the Seas, an evolution of the Quantum Class of ships set to debut in 2019; a second Quantum Ultra Class ship in 2020, a fifth Oasis Class ship in 2021 and a new class known as Icon, with ships delivered in 2022 and 2024. << Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group center_img Posted by Thursday, March 15, 2018 Tags: Millennial Travel, Royal Caribbean Internationallast_img read more

EU task force seeks mental exams drug tests for pilots

first_img Top Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies “Key players in aviation and medical science worked closely together within the task force,” Patrick Ky, EASA’s executive director, said in a statement. “This report is the result of a thorough analysis with practical recommendations, so that such a tragic event does not happen again.”The group’s recommendations, published by the EU, include ensuring the presence of “two persons in the cockpit at all times.” The panel also said airline pilots should have to undergo psychological evaluation before they are allowed to enter service, and that their employers should institute random testing for drug and alcohol use.Airlines should also create “support systems” to help pilots who need it, the task force said.The panel also called for a “robust program” to oversee medical personnel responsible for the physical and mental health of airline crews, and the creation of a Europe-wide depository of “aeromedical data”– a recommendation that may clash with long-standing traditions of medical confidentiality.The task force’s proposals will now be reviewed by the EU’s executive Commission. If changes in EU legislation are needed, the European Aviation Safety Agency will be asked to submit specific proposals for updating existing EU-wide safety regulations. Comments   Share   Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Men’s health affects baby’s health too Sponsored Stories “EASA is ready to take the next necessary steps, applying the lessons learned,” Ky said.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall BRUSSELS (AP) — A European Union task force on Friday recommended pre-employment psychological evaluations and random drug and alcohol testing for pilots to prevent a repeat of the Germanwings disaster.The panel, led by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), was formed in response to the March 24 crash of a German airliner in France that killed all 150 people onboard.Experts say the plane’s co-pilot, Andreas Lubitz, who reportedly had a history of mental illness, deliberately flew the jet into a mountain after locking the pilot out of the cockpit. 4 must play golf courses in Arizonalast_img read more

Carnival kicks off in Lucerne

first_imgCarnival kicks off in Lucerne! Carnival kicks off in Lucerne!The next carnival in Lucerne (“Fasnacht”) will begin in a few days on 4 February and ends on 9 February. The festivities will not only be in the city of Lucerne, but in the entire region surrounding Lake Lucerne. Visitors to the region will see strange characters in masks and costumes parade along the narrow streets along to music performed by groups of carnival musicians (“Guggenmusigen”) blowing their instruments. This is how the people of Lucerne dance away the spirits of winter, a fun tradition that begun in the 1950s.The origins of the Lucerne Carnival, the celebration of which practically rules the town for a few days, are marked by the figure of Fritschi, an elderly man with his wife known as the Fritschene, and the Fritschikind, or Fritschi’s child.Carnival kicks off in Lucerne!There are three highlights to the Luzern Carnival:1. The Fritschi Parade, which starts from the Hotel Luzernerhof at 14:00 on 4 February, the day known locally as “Schmutziger Donnerstag” (“Dirty Thursday”).2. The Wey Parade, which starts from the Hotel Luzernerhof at 14:00 on 8 February, the day known locally as “Güdismontag“ (“Fat Monday”).  3. 9 February (Shrove Tuesday) is the day of the Monstercorso Parade, which starts from the Bahnhofstrasse at 19:30. Agents should note that the best way for their clients to see and experience this carnival, be it this year or next year, is with a Snow Card. With an all-inclusive Snow Card package, travellers can take advantage of a wide range of benefits in the historical city of Lucerne as well as many winter sport areas in the immediate vicinity around the Lake Lucerne Region.They can conveniently acquaint themselves with the slopes in one of 14 selected winter sports areas; indulge in some of the country’s culinary delights; shop; attend musical performances; and enjoy discounted winter packages at selected hotels. The Snow Card package starts at AUD249.00 per person in a double room and is valid until 31 March 2016.For more information on the Lucerne Carnival or Switzerland, agents and travellers can visit www.myswitzerland.com.  Switzerland Tourismdiscover more here Source = Switzerland Tourismlast_img read more

JOHANNESBURG – Hugh Masekela the legendary South

first_img JOHANNESBURG – Hugh Masekela, the legendary South African jazz musician and anti-apartheid activist, has died after a decade-long fight with cancer. He was 78.Often called the “Father of South African jazz,” Masekela died in Johannesburg after what his family said Tuesday was a “protracted and courageous battle with prostate cancer.”Masekela was a rare artist who succeeded in fusing politics with his music, making his songs and performances compelling and timeless.Trumpeter, singer and composer Masekela, affectionately known locally as “Bra Hugh,” started playing the horn at 14. He quickly became an integral part of the 1950s jazz scene in Johannesburg as a member of the band the Jazz Epistles and a member of the orchestra in the groundbreaking jazz opera “King Kong.”In the 1960s he went into exile in the United Kingdom and the United States, using his music to spread awareness about South Africa’s oppressive system of white-minority rule. He scored an international No. 1 hit in 1968 with “Grazing In The Grass.”Masekela spent time in both New York and Los Angeles, performing at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival with some of the era’s most iconic musicians, including Janis Joplin, Otis Redding and Jimi Hendrix. He collaborated with many musicians including Herb Alpert and was married to South African singer and activist Miriam Makeba for two years.In the 1980s, Masekela appeared with Paul Simon and several other South African musicians as part of the “Graceland” album tour.Many of his compositions were about the struggle for majority rule and full democratic rights in South Africa. Masekela’s catchy upbeat 1987 song “Bring Him Back Home” calling for Nelson Mandela’s release from prison became an international anthem for the anti-apartheid movement.Masekela returned to South Africa in 1990 after Mandela was freed and the African National Congress party was unbanned. He released more than 40 albums, and toured in South Africa and internationally until late last year.Sal Masekela, Masekela’s son who is also a musician, wrote in a statement that it was “difficult to comprehend that this moment is real,” recalling his father’s performances in New York when he would “steal the hearts and souls of innocents with a musical storytelling all his own.”“My biggest obsession is to show Africans and the world who the people of Africa really are,” Hugh Masekela is quoted as saying on his official website.In October last year, Masekela issued a statement that he had been fighting prostate cancer since 2008 and would have to cancel his professional commitments to focus on his health. He said he started treatment after doctors found a “small ‘speck’” on his bladder, and had surgery in March 2016 after the cancer spread.Masekela also said he felt an “imbalance” and had an eye problem after a fall in April in Morocco in which he sprained his shoulder. He said another tumour was then discovered and he had surgery.“I’m in a good space, as I battle this stealthy disease, and I urge all men to have regular tests to check your own condition,” his statement said, asking the media for privacy.Masekela supported many charities and was a director of the Lunchbox Fund, a non-profit organization to provide daily meals to students in Soweto township.Condolences from fans poured out Tuesday on social media paying tribute to the influential musician’s career.“A baobob tree has fallen,” Nathi Mthethwa, South Africa’s minister for arts and culture, wrote on Twitter. “The nation has lost a one of a kind musician . We can safely say Bra Hugh was one of the great architects of Afro-Jazz and he uplifted the soul of our nation through his timeless music.”South African President Jacob Zuma expressed his condolences, saying Masekela “kept the torch of freedom alive globally, fighting apartheid through his music and mobilizing international support … His contribution to the struggle for liberation will never be forgotten.”U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres “recognizes the historical role that he played during the fight against apartheid and the fight for freedom and human rights after the fall of apartheid,” U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said. “He was a global cultural icon that will be missed by people all over the world.”Masekela inspired generations of musicians in jazz and beyond and collaborated in recent years with South African house music DJ Black Coffee, who tweeted Tuesday: “I have no words.”Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta paid tribute to Masekela in a series of tweets that showed a picture of the two walking together. Kenyatta wrote of Masekela: “His music then was the music of a free Africa: full of anger at injustice; confident that one day these injustices would be overcome.”___Edith M. Lederer contributed to this report from the United Nations. South African jazz musician Hugh Masekela dies at 78 FILE – In this March 2012 file photo, South African jazz musician Hugh Masekela performs during the Observance for Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey in central London. A family statement issued on Twitter Tuesday Jan. 23, 2018, says South African jazz musician and anti-apartheid activist Hugh Masekela, 78, passed away in Johannesburg after a lengthy battle against prostate cancer. (Leon Neal/Pool Photo via AP, File) center_img by Krista Mahr, The Associated Press Posted Jan 23, 2018 12:49 am PDT Last Updated Jan 23, 2018 at 4:20 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

Video shows care home resident was left on floor for hours

first_imgA 27-year-old Sri Lankan woman, working as a carer in a Limassol nursing home and arrested over the strangulation of one of its residents, was remanded on Thursday for eight days.The shocking incident has put the spotlight on the levels of care in nursing homes and the quality of the checks carried out by the social welfare department.The 27-year-old is being investigated, along with the home’s director and her daughter, over the manslaughter through negligence on Tuesday of 70-year-old Andreas Kyriacou, after she was seen on the nursing home’s surveillance camera footage trying to pull Kyriacou up by his shirt collar and inadvertently strangling him.The camera footage revealed that, prior to his death Kyriacou, who had mobility problems, had been left on the floor for some two hours without help from anyone.The police investigator told Limassol court that the footage showed the 27-year-old at around 1am on Tuesday helping Kyriacou go to the toilet. She then reportedly left him there and an hour and a half later, the 70-year-old is seen crawling out of the toilet half naked, and at 4am he is seen on the floor trying to pull himself up.At that time, the 27-year-old returned and unsuccessfully tried to pick him by pulling him from his shirt collar. She then left and returned 50 minutes later when she tried again to pick him up by the shirt. At that point, she was seen calling someone for help.Police told court that the man died of asphyxiation caused by his weight and the pressure exerted on his neck.The 27-year-old reportedly claimed that she had repeatedly tried to help Kyriacou get up and eventually succeeded and helped him onto a couch where he usually slept. She said that at some point she saw his face turn red and rushed to fetch another carer on duty who administered oxygen.The investigator told court that after midnight when all this begun, the 27-year-old informed no one at the nursing home that Kyriacou had been ill.Early on Thursday, police also arrested the 69-year-old mother of the 40-year-old woman, arrested on Wednesday, who runs the company that owns the nursing home. The 69-year-old is the director of the nursing home. Both women are being investigated for illegally employing the orderly, while the employee is also being investigated for working and living in Cyprus illegally.Both women were released on 5,000 euro bail later on Thursday. They had to hand in their travel documents and report regularly to a police station. Their trial has been set for January 29.The 69-year-old reportedly denied employing the 27-year-old. She claimed the 27-year-old was there to watch over only one of the nursing home’s tenants.But the 27-year-old said that she was working at the nursing home twice a week, doing the night shift and replacing another carer on her days off.The case has brought to the fore the issue of living conditions in nursing homes.The social welfare services said on Thursday that the nursing home was licensed and that until this week they were not aware of any problems there.Senior official at the social welfare services, Irini Papatheodorou, told state broadcaster CyBC that they would re-assess the nursing home following the incident. She added that one of their officials is on site to secure all necessary information.Papatheodorou said that state social workers regularly check nursing homes, but admitted that owners take advantage of the fact that no regular checks are carried out at night.“We have found several irregularities during the night hours from owners and we report them,” Papatheodorou. But she added that staff shortages meant checks are not as regular as they would like.The case prompted the Cyprus Third Age Observatory to call on the government to immediately take strict measures against those who “play with the lives” of the elderly.“The protection of the elderly from any form of abuse and maltreatment is not effective nor adequate,” the non-governmental organisation said.The group called on state services to investigate whether any routine checks had been carried out on the nursing home prior to the incident.“When was the last time a check was carried out by the competent services in that nursing home? What was in the report of the officer? Have there been certified carers in this nursing home? Does it meet the criteria to operate as a business? Have there been any older complaints about this nursing home? If so, how were they treated?” they asked.Answers to these questions would reveal whether nursing homes checks are effective, the group said. If not, they said, a change of policy is necessary.“We ask the government and the competent ministry to carry out regular checks in all institutions in the country without warning and to apply the relevant legislation rigorously. If some nursing homes have to stop operating, then they should stop operating,” they said.They also urged the public to choose the nursing home for elderly relatives very carefully and report cases of abuse in nursing homes.Ombudswoman Maria Stylianou Lottide announced on Thursday that her office had launched an island-wide investigation into state and private establishments. The probe, which began three months ago is to be completed within a month. The aim is to reach safe results to issue guiding lines. She said that her office had received only one report in 2015 concerning lack of proper care in a nursing home.Suspicions were raised over the nature of Kyriacou’s death after a post mortem by state pathologist Nicolas Charalambous suggested that the man had been strangled.The nursing home had initially told police that Kyriacou had complained at 5:30am on Tuesday that he had not been feeling well and was taken back to his bed as he had mobility issues and had been using a zimmer frame to help him move around. A short while later he was found dead. His death was initially confirmed by a private doctor.Charalambous said that during the post mortem, he had found some minor marks on the throat that could have been missed because the victim had a long beard. The pathologist also found injuries inside the throat and blood vessels that had burst. 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