HK chief warns of economic fall rules out concessions

first_imgHong Kong: Hong Kong’s leader Carrie Lam warned Friday that two months of pro-democracy demonstrations were causing economic chaos in the city but ruled out making concessions to “silence the violent protesters.” The embattled leader abruptly announced a press conference after meeting business leaders as demonstrators rallied at the airport, with the protest movement entering its third month. Lam, whose support for a bill to allow extradition to mainland China sparked the crisis, warned that the economic impact of the unrest threatened to be worse than the 2003 SARS outbreak in the financial hub. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US”The downturn this time came very quickly. Someone described it as coming like a tsunami,” Lam said. “Compared to the economic downturn caused by SARS that we handled previously, which caused an economic storm, the situation this time is more severe.” “In other words, the economic recovery will take a very long time,” she added. While Lam is a figure of hatred for many pro-democracy activists, her comments echo worried statements from the private sector and the tourism industry in particular. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsHong Kong carrier Cathay Pacific has warned bookings are down, travel agencies have reported drops of up to 50 percent in group tour bookings and the tourism board reported double-digit declines in visitor arrivals in the second half of July. Protesters have continued to stage almost daily rallies despite increasingly violent confrontations with police that have prompted several countries to issue Hong Kong travel warnings for their citizens. On Friday, thousands of pro-democracy protesters staged a sit-in at the airport to bring their message to arriving visitors. Lam has suspended the bill that sparked the crisis, but has not yet responded to protester calls to withdraw it altogether, and she has brushed aside demands for an enquiry into police brutality. She ruled out meeting the demands of protesters, which also include a call for the direct election of the city’s chief executive, currently chosen by Beijing. “As far as political solution is concerned, I don’t think we should just sort of make concessions in order to silence the violent protesters,” she said.last_img read more

Recorded Books Unveils Revolutionary New RBdigital App

first_imgAdvertisement LANDOVER, Md., June 22, 2017 — Recorded Books, an RBmedia company, today announced the launch of RBdigital™ — bringing together libraries’ top-circulating digital media into a single mobile app. The functionality in both OneClickdigital™ and Zinio™ for Libraries — two leading library lending apps currently in use by thousands of libraries around the world — is now seamlessly merged into the new RBdigital app.“We’re proud to be the first to make audiobooks, magazines, and eBooks available in one location on mobile devices,” says Tom MacIsaac, Chief Executive Officer of RBmedia. “This new unified app provides the best mobile experience in the industry. With RBdigital, library patrons will find it easier than ever before to discover and access their favorite content on their smartphones and tablets.”The all-new RBdigital app delivers:Exclusive audiobooks — only RBdigital delivers access to the Recorded Books proprietary catalog, including thousands of premium audiobooks as well as a broad array of other spoken audio content.The largest collection of digital magazines — including complete, downloadable, full-color digital editions (many with interactive features).Best-selling and award-winning eBooks by top authors.An extensive list of new features — including easier navigation, enhanced search, in-app previews, and easier checkouts and renewals. Login/Register With: Advertisement “The RBdigital app enables us to offer a great collection to our patrons. They will appreciate the one-stop experience of checking out and reading items in the same app,” says Melody Dworak, Collections Librarian, Iowa City Public Library.To make it as easy as possible for libraries to adopt the new app, Recorded Books also offers live training webinars to get new users up to speed, as well as free technical support for patrons and library staff.AvailabilityRBdigital will be generally available on June 27. Mobile apps are available for iOS®, Android™, and Kindle Fire™. Get a sneak peek of the new RBdigital app at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, June 22-27.  Libraries can stop by the Recorded Books Booth #4029 to give the app a try and sign up for a 30-day free trial of any RBdigital service.About Recorded BooksRecorded Books, an RBmedia company, is the largest independent publisher of unabridged audiobooks in the world, with a catalog of more than 30,000 exclusive titles narrated by award-winning actors. Beyond the highest-quality audiobooks, Recorded Books also delivers eBooks, eMagazines, movies, learning programs, and much more to consumers and to the retail, professional, school, library, and infotainment markets. The company’s RBdigital platform provides a vast array of digital content to millions of consumers worldwide.About RBmediaRBmedia is a global leader in spoken audio content and digital media distribution technology that reaches millions of consumers – at home, in the car, and wherever their mobile devices take them. RBmedia produces exclusive titles and delivers the finest digital content – including audiobooks, educational courses, entertainment titles, and much more. Headquartered in Landover, Maryland, RBmedia comprises an ever-expanding group of the best brands in spoken audio content and digital media distribution technology. Find out more at Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Netflix named The Associated Press Entertainer of the Year

first_imgNEW YORK — Netflix has been named Entertainer of the Year by The Associated Press.The streaming service started 2018 with almost 118 million subscribers and went on to win its first feature-film Oscar. It briefly surpassed Disney as the most valuable U.S. media company and lured the likes of superstar show runners Shonda Rhimes and Ryan Murphy, not to mention Barack and Michelle Obama.Netflix’s chief content officer Ted Sarandos says the company is ‘humbled’ by the honour.Netflix topped other candidates including Donald Glover, Ariana Grande, Bradley Cooper and Michelle Obama, among others.___For more on the biggest moments of 2018, visit: Kennedy, The Associated Presslast_img

IMF Praises Moroccos Sound Economic Fundamentals

Rabat – “Sound economic fundamentals and strong policy implementation have helped stabilize the economy, in spite of the headwinds it has faced”, IMF team leader for Morocco, Jean-François Dauphin, said here Monday. “After a bumper crop in 2013, agriculture output has come down and is expected to bring down GDP growth in 2014 to around 3 percent, despite a recent pick-up of non-agricultural activity,” Dauphin  said at a press conference to present the findings by an International Monetary Fund (IMF) staff team, who visited Morocco during November 5-17, 2014, to conduct discussions with the Moroccan authorities on the 2014 Article IV consultation, as well as on the first review of economic performance under the Precautionary and Liquidity Line (PLL).As regards other economic indicators, he noted that inflation remains low, the external current account deficit is narrowing and should reach about 6 percent of GDP, and international reserves have also improved. “This performance reflects in part the rise in exports from newly developed industries as well as lower capital good and energy imports, the latter mainly because of the recent fall in oil prices,” he pointed out.He praised the progress made over the last decade in reducing poverty, but underlined that “more needs to be done to increase employment, reduce inequalities, and improve education and access to basic infrastructure”.In this context, he said that it is important that the authorities continue the reforms undertaken to stabilize the economy, strengthen competitiveness, and build the foundation for stronger and more inclusive growth. According to the IMF, Morocco’s economy is expected to grow 4.5 percent in 2015, as non-agricultural sectors continue to improve and the agriculture sector returns to a normal trend. read more

Truck sales help boost November auto sales to record level DesRosiers

Truck sales help boost November auto sales to record level: DesRosiers by The Canadian Press Posted Dec 2, 2014 10:36 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Canadian drivers looking for a new truck help push auto sales up 3.6 per cent in November to set a record for the month, according to DesRosiers Automotive Consultants.Meanwhile, DesRosiers noted that sales through the first 11 months of the year were just shy of the total sold in all of last year.“It is a rare occurrence to be just 24,901 units short of last year’s overall total in November but here we are,” the firm said in a note to clients.DesRosiers said Tuesday that light vehicle sales in Canada reached 138,694 last month, up from 133,860 in the same month last year.The increase came as light truck sales increased 10.2 per cent to 84,826 compared with 76,949 in November 2013. Car sales slipped 5.3 per cent to 53,868 from 56,911 a year ago.Sales for the year to date totalled 1,718,211, up 5.4 per cent from 1,630,076 a year ago.Chrysler Canada claimed the top spot among the automakers with 20,922 vehicles sold last month, up from 19,206 in November 2013 as a gain in truck sales outpaced a drop in car sales.Truck sales at the automaker totalled 18,961 for the month, up 17.4 per cent from 16,153 a year ago, while the company’s car sales amounted to 1,961 vehicles, down 35.8 per cent from 3,053 in November last year.“With a broad portfolio of competitive and desirable vehicles . . . (we) continue to gain momentum in the market as evidenced by our streak of five full years of monthly sales growth,” said David Buckingham, Chrysler Canada’s chief operating officer.Meanwhile, Ford sales totalled 20,067, putting it second place for the month, up two per cent from 19,668 a year ago.Ford truck sales were up 9.3 per cent at 16,341 compared with 14,951 a year ago, while car sales fell 21 per cent to 3,726 from 4,717.“The much-anticipated all-new 2015 F-150 is beginning to hit showrooms and set a new standard for trucks,” Ford Canada president and chief executive Dianne Craig said in a statement.GM said its November sales in Canada were up 10.2 per cent from a year ago at 19,264 compared with 17,482 in November 2013.The increase came as GM truck sales rose 8.8 per cent to 13,458 from 12,368, while car sales gained 13.5 per cent to total 5,806, up from 5,114 a year ago.Total GM Canada sales for the year to date totalled 230,553, up six per cent from 217,908 for the same period last year.The market share held by the three automakers was 43.3 per cent last month, up from 42 per cent a year ago.Toyota topped the import automakers as it sold 13,367 vehicles last month, down from 13,952 a year ago. Meanwhile, the Japanese automaker’s Lexus nameplate reported its sales improved 5.4 per cent to 1,402 compared with 1,330 a year ago. Scion sales dropped to 194 from 310.According to DesRosiers, Honda sold 12,736 vehicles last month, up 3.9 per cent from 12,258 a year ago, while Hyundai sold 10,061 compared with 10,001 in November 2013. read more

Does the new iPads name set the stage for the iPad mini

first_imgAs yesterday’s iPad event approached, we wondered what could happen that would surprise us. The day came and went, and it turns out that the biggest surprise had to do with the tablet’s name. No iPad 3, no iPad HD, not even iPad 2S. Instead Apple gave us “the new iPad.”The initial reaction was confusion, followed by speculation as to why Apple made this change. Many people went on to surmise that the next iPhone will get the same treatment, and Apple will refer to it as “the new iPhone.” The Wall Street Journal even got an answer when it asked Phil Schiller what the reason was for the name change. His reply? “We don’t want to be predictable.”That’s fine and dandy, but an Apple exec is never going to give you a 100% straight answer to a question that may relate to unreleased products. Though simplification is always in Apple’s interest, I think that this may be related to an impending expansion of the iPad line.I’m talking about the iPad mini. You’ve heard the rumors; there seems to be at least one a week. The logic is that Apple wants to cut the Kindle Fire (and similar devices, like the Nook Tablet) out of the equation by offering a smaller/cheaper iPad. Supply chain “leaks” have appeared to support this hypothesis.The name change, then, would be a way of simplifying things once the iPad mini hits. If yesterday’s new device had been called the iPad 3, then we would have had the iPad 3 and iPad mini sitting side-by-side. That’s fine, but what happens when the second iPad mini hits the market? iPad 4 and iPad mini 2? It starts to get confusing, complicated, and convoluted: everything that Apple avoids like the plague.This also reflects what was happening last decade with the iPod. When Apple added the iPod mini, iPod shuffle, iPod nano, and iPod touch, there were no numbers or suffixes that were specific to each year’s update… and Apple did pretty well with that.This is hardly proof of an iPad mini. The iPad 2 is still around at a lower price point, so Apple now has a “budget tablet” on the market. Plus, as Schiller said, Apple likes to be unpredictable. If we could see their every move ahead of time, we’d probably lose interest. But I think that, despite the rumors, analyst predictions, and supply chain evidence — the plain “iPad” name is the best indicator we have that there will be an iPad mini this year.last_img read more

Simone Inzaghi gutted with Lazios display

first_imgSimone Inzaghi admitted he was livid with the performance of Lazio players in what he described as the worst half he has ever experienced at the club.Sergio Pellissier opened the scoring at the Stadio Bentegodi before Ciro Immobile grabbed the equaliser that sealed a point for Lazio leaving them in fifth place.“We could not have done worse than the first half. I told the lads that we had completely the wrong attitude, had to take responsibility and it was the worst first half I’d seen in my three years in this job,” Inzaghi told Football Italia.SS Lazio v AS Roma - TIM CupMatch Preview: SS Lazio vs AS Roma Boro Tanchev – August 31, 2019 Lazio will host Roma to the Olimpico Stadium in the first Derby della Capitale of the 2019-20 Serie A campaign.“I wanted to replace all 11 players at half-time, but seeing as I couldn’t, I had to ask them to put in a different performance. I take my share of the responsibility too, but I expected more from my team.“At the end of the 90 minutes, perhaps we deserved more from the game and three draws in a row is starting to become a concern. For the first time this season, we are not in the top four.”last_img read more

PubTalk showcase aimed at startups

first_imgWhat: Clark County PubTalk. “Mythbusters: Raising Startup Capital.”When: 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday.Where: Fort Vancouver Artillery Barracks, 600 E. Hatheway Road, Vancouver.Cost: $30 online or at door; preregistration is encouraged.Information: Southwest Washington Workforce Development CouncilMembers of Clark County’s small but energetic cadre of entrepreneurial startups will be feasting next week on two big networking and educational events timed to coincide with the week’s designation as Global Entrepreneur Week.The first of those events, on Tuesday, is Clark County PubTalk, the popular bimonthly gathering for those engaged in local small businesses and startups. That event is from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Artillery Barracks building, 600 East Hatheway Road, on the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. Lead sponsors are the Columbia River Economic Development Council and the Southwest Washington Workforce Development Council.The following evening, up to 150 technology company leaders and entrepreneurs will participate in a “Digital Innovation Showcase” in a downtown building that’s aimed at becoming a launching pad for startups. That event, at the Gravitate Design Studio in downtown Vancouver, is also sponsored by CREDC and is by invitation only.The PubTalk will be the last of this calendar year, and sponsors are hoping to ramp up energy on a common topic of startup financing with an energetic audience participation format. The event is titled “Mythbusters: Raising Startup Capital.” CREDC sent out a mass email asking entrepreneurs to offer their top five common myths about obtaining startup financing to help shape the evening’s presentation. Scott Sandler, fund manager for the Oregon Angel Fund in Portland since 2012, will be emcee responsible for sorting those comments into facts or myths.“It’s a fairly standard piece of content that we try to get in front of entrepreneurs with,” said Sandler. “We’re trying not to make it such a dry discussion. Common questions, Sandler said, include how to develop a funding strategy, the differences between venture capital and angel investment funding, and how to recognize when your company is ready to go after startup funding. Sandler will be joined by Jim Houston of the Portland Seed Fund.last_img read more

Man fatally shot in North MiamiDade 2 schools nearby locked down

first_imgNORTH MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – A man has been fatally shot in North Miami-Dade.Miami-Dade Police and Fire Rescue crews responded to the scene on the 400 block of Northwest 152nd Street, just after 12:30 p.m., Tuesday.The residence, blocked off with crime scene tape, is located near Biscayne Gardens Elementary school. That school and Thomas Jefferson Middle School are on lockdown as a result of the shooting.7SkyForce HD flew over the scene where police and fire rescue crews could be seen near a body covered with a yellow tarp on the street.The shooting is currently under investigation.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Petrol Price Hike In India Rates Before And After Hike

first_imgOld Price (Rs) Delhi65.6773.18 Old Price (Rs)Old Price (Rs)New Price (Rs)New Price (Rs)City DelhiOld Price (Rs)65.67New Price (Rs)73.18City JaipurOld Price (Rs)68.76New Price (Rs)76.26City City KolkataOld Price (Rs)70.03New Price (Rs)77.69City Bangalore73.5181.01 City MumbaiOld Price (Rs)70.66New Price (Rs)78.16City The Indian Government announced Wednesday the single largest hike in petrol prices by Rs. 7.50 per liter (including tax). The hike price came into effect from midnight and has led to a nationwide protest with the common man, the government’s allies and the opposition fuming over the issue.The price will stand at an additional Rs 6.28 per litre and local sales tax or VAT at 1.22 will round up the hike to Rs 7.50 per litre. The actual hike in prices will differ in each state, depending on the sales tax or VAT applicable in a particular state.  Below is the list of city-wise comparison of price hike:City GoaOld Price (Rs)55New Price (Rs)62.5City Pune70.7678.97 HyderabadOld Price (Rs)73.94New Price (Rs)81.44 Hyderabad73.9481.44 Mumbai70.6678.16center_img PuneOld Price (Rs)70.76New Price (Rs)78.97City BhopalOld Price (Rs)70.06New Price (Rs)77.56City BangaloreOld Price (Rs)73.51New Price (Rs)81.01City Goa5562.5 Ahmedabad7077.5 BhubaneswarOld Price (Rs)65.53New Price (Rs)73.02City Chennai69.5577.23 AhmedabadOld Price (Rs)70New Price (Rs)77.5City ChennaiOld Price (Rs)69.55New Price (Rs)77.23City Jaipur68.7676.26 Bhubaneswar65.5373.02 Bhopal70.0677.56 Kolkata70.0377.69 New Price (Rs)last_img read more

Intern physicians assault RU teacher

first_imgA group of intern physicians allegedly assaulted a teacher of Rajshahi University (RU) at Rajshahi Medical College Hospital (RMCH) on Wednesday night.The victim is named as professor Zahir Raihan, a teacher of RU law department.He said he had an altercation with a female internee around 11pm over a collision between them when he went to visit a patient at the hospital.At one stage, a group of internees took him to a room and assaulted him physically, he alleged.Meanwhile, students of the RU law department staged demonstrations on the campus on Thursday morning protesting at the incident.last_img

GCC polls rigging was not protested for strategic reason BNP

first_imgMirza AbbasBNP senior leader Mirza Abbas on Saturday said their party did not put up any resistance against the ruling party’s various irregularities in Gazipur and Khulna polls due to a strategic reason, reports UNB.”The ruling party won the Gazipur and Khulna polls through rigging. The leaders and activists of BNP were driven out from their areas with arrest, threats and intimidation after the announcement of the election schedule,” he said.Speaking at a discussion, he further said, “BNP didn’t create any resistance due to a strategic reason. But we’ll come up with the resistance in the future.”Jatiyatabadi Help Cell arranged the programme at Dhaka Reporters’ Unity. Six families of those subjected to enforced disappearance, killing and repression by ruling party and law enforcers were provided with financial assistance at the programme.Abbas, a BNP standing committee member, said he does not disagree with his party colleagues that their party needs to go to polls. “But I think it’s more crucial to free our chairperson Khaleda Zia than joining the polls.”He also feared that the national election will be held in the same style of Khulna and Gazipur if it is held without the participation of Khaleda Zia. “No one will be able to resist BNP’s victory if we can join it freeing Khaleda Zia.”The BNP leader said they have got information that the government is making a list of BNP leaders to suppress them. “This list will turn futile in the face of BNP’s movement.”last_img read more

MovieBob Reviews Blair Witch 2016

first_imgThe least enthusiastic thing that I can say about Blair Witch is that it made me feel older than I’ve felt in a movie for a long time. Watching it play out as what amounts to a highly-polished tribute to the legacy of the original Blair Witch Project, I’m reminded of two things: that said original really did come out that long ago, and that what to me was just another mildly clever indie horror movie I saw in 1999 was a kind of generational touchstone to horror fans slightly younger than me and horror filmmakers who were cutting their teeth when it first blew up.To be frank, I’m in the camp that recalls The Blair Witch Project as more of a cultural phenomenon than a movie in its own right. It was a well-executed low-tech revival of the so-called “found footage” genre (forerunners include The Last Broadcast and the notorious Cannibal Holocaust) that worked well enough on its own terms. But what really gave the property “legs” was a brilliantly staged promotional blitz.It consisted of a cleverly-mounted hype campaign taking advantage of then-new Internet ubiquity that had people thinking it was “real” via a dizzying whirlwind of fake websites and half-baked mythology. It didn’t have anything to do with the film, but made obsessive fans feel like they were part of something. Then, instead of continuing to wear out its welcome, the franchise promptly pissed away the entirety of that goodwill on an ill-conceived sequel (Blair Witch II: Book of Shadows). It then took a dirt nap for almost two decades, meaning that this new “official” follow-up can arrive feeling (at least at first) like a welcome nostalgia trip than another plunge back into the well.In case you forgot, the pretext of The Blair Witch Project was that we were seeing the inexplicably-recovered last known video footage shot by three film students who disappeared while making a documentary about a supposedly haunted Maryland forest. The footage shows a strange descent into confusion and paranoia that could be taken either as video evidence of a haunting or of general madness.The hook this time around is that the younger brother of original lead character Heather, now a grown adult still haunted by her disappearance and the resulting media circus (read: the first movie coming out), has found new evidence suggesting his sister is somehow still alive in the woods. He enlists his friends to help him go looking for more answers; joined at first by a pair of impoverished locals who offer to act as guides. As you may expect, things go badly for them.It all starts off very promisingly, mostly by heavily implying right upfront that we’re seemingly not just getting the first movie all over again. It’s established that our heroes are smart and prepared rather than just another trio of snarky dipshits, they’re personally invested with a mission rather than just dicking around to make a cheesy video project. They’re going in prepared with local guides, GPS, phones, walkie-talkies, head-mounted cameras a shitload of batteries and even a goddamn aerial surveillance drone. Granted, it looks more like they raided a Best Buy camera department on Black Friday than anything else, but in terms of hardware “firepower” it’s practically an Alien to Aliens upgrade.And I’ll admit, the possibilities raised by that setup got me suitably pumped: This feels like the ideal angle for a Blair Witch sequel! Not only are you doing some meta-commentary by answering the most tiresome lingering critiques of the original (“Why didn’t they just _____!?” “I would’ve done _____ and survived!”) you’re also setting up a scenario where whatever it is in that woods that’s gonna fuck with these kids is gonna have to fuck with them in entirely different ways. You’re basically writing yourself into a corner where you can’t just make the first movie over again……but then they just sort of make the first movie again, anyway.Sure, there’s a sort of unexpected new wrinkle thrown in at the start of Act 2. And the up to date video equipment and the drone do get used to keep the visuals lively and interesting, but in terms of actual narrative the movie barrels headlong into “we’re lost and all the gear isn’t working!” territory as fast as it can. It then settles into a cover set of The Blair Witch’s Greatest Hits: Unreliable map, time-displacement, scary noises, stickmen, rockpiles, face in the camera, spooky house, stand in the corner, was-that-or-wasn’t-that-a-witch, goodnight Cleveland there will be no encore.To be certain, in that regard it’s not bad! In fact, I’d rank it up there with the original: Clever gag reel, basically works, no earthly reason to watch it twice. What overall disappointment I have is that the first act got my hopes up that this was going to expand and build on the Blair Witch “foundations” into something more interesting. But you’ve got to review the movie they set out to make and not the movie you’d rather they’d made; and it’s pretty clear that “expanding” wasn’t ever the mission here.This is basically a Blair Witch Project “fan-film,” a tribute to the legacy of a game-changing horror movie by filmmakers who’ve clearly come up in its influence. Hell, they even did their own reversed version of the original’s gimmicky hype machine: They shot this under the fake title of “The Woods” and didn’t tell anybody that it was actually Blair Witch 3 until a couple months ago to preserve the surprise.And within that context of “The Blair Witch Project, but with a budget;” it delivers. All the classic beats and iconography show up, but this time cranked up one extra step. Instead of just hearing forest noises, whole trees fall over. Instead of shaking the tents, they get yanked up into the sky. Instead of just implying possession and influence, we get some Cronenberg body-horror business. The stickmen show up, but this time we actually see what they’re FOR (and it’s pretty damn cool!) The scary house feels more expansive and scarier, we see a teeny-weeny little bit of the monster instead of no monster and there’s one standout totally new gag involving tunnels that is some seriously nerve-wracking white knuckle pure horror if you’ve got even an inkling of claustrophobia.So yeah, it’s fun. The writer/director team here is Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett who were behind the V/H/S movies, The Guest, and the excellent You’re Next. So they’ve got horror movie chops to spare and in terms of the fairly mid-level hurdle of making a Blair Witch tribute-reboot they pull it off pretty handily. I just wish it had more going on or more to say for itself than “Hey, remember The Blair Witch Project? That sure was a thing that existed, huh!?”*** (of four)last_img read more

How to get the most out of the Steam Summer Sale

first_imgValve’s Steam Summer Sale is like tax season. It causes you to reduce general spending beforehand so you can save up for games, and — just like going over the year’s past bank statements looking for write-offs — you experience a very deep level of buyer’s remorse when all is said and done because you realized you’ll likely never play the games.You can’t avoid buying the games even though you know the outcome — none of us can — but you can at least make it a little less painful in the end by following these tips.Wait until the end of the saleThe dirtiest but worst-kept secret of the Steam Summer Sale is that, generally, games go on sale more than once, and the discounts fluctuate. Your best bet to land greater discounts usually lies toward the end of the sale. If a game goes on sale during the second day, you can gamble that it will go on sale sometime later during the event; if it does, it’s usually even cheaper than the first time. This isn’t a hard-coded Steam Sale rule, but it’s more or less unsaid tradition at this point. It’s a bit of a gamble, but one that pays off if you successfully play the odds.Your wishlist is your secret weaponIf it’s too difficult to babysit the rotating deals — because you have a heavy workload at the office this week, or you’re pretending to have a life that doesn’t revolve around video games — you can make Steam do the heavy lifting. If you add the specific games you want to your wishlist, Steam will send you an email alert when a game on the list goes on sale. It’s super easy, and if you have the Steam app on your phone, you can even hop on a sale while you’re out keeping up the facade of having a life.Certain sale categories offer better discountsFlash sales, the deals toward the bottom of the page store’s sale page, tend to offer the best discounts. They refresh every eight hours, so make sure to check back often. The daily deals, the sales toward the top of the page in the featured grid of rectangles, aren’t usually as steep as the flash sales, but are still some of the best you’ll find during the event. They refresh every day at 1PM EST. It’s also good to remember that the daily deals actually last for about two days. The previous day’s deals get pushed to the bottom of the sale page, so don’t worry if you miss a day.Also, you probably already bought Don’t Starve and XCOM 42 other times over the years, so no rush. Then there’s the community deal, in which gamers vote on which sale they’d prefer. They change around once a day, so pay attention. Usually, the best discount or the biggest title wins out.Buy bundlesDuring the Steam Summer Sale, the bundles tend to offer great value assuming you want the majority of the packaged games. The bundles are usually safe to purchase whenever — you generally don’t have to wait until the end of the sale for that big discount day. However, you could always wait to see, as the bundles tend to be permanently available throughout the sale.Games are still on sale even if they aren’t featuredIf you can’t find a game you want in the flash and daily deals, simply navigate to its regular page as you normally would. There’s a good chance it’s on sale, but it likely won’t be discounted as much as the flash or daily deals. Regardless, 15% off is better than full price.As always, it’s worth noting again that you should really wait a day or two to purchase a game. If the impulse passes, then you just saved yourself throwing money at a game you likely would not have played — or ever installed in the first place — anyway. If the desire to purchase the game isn’t an impulse, then you should still try to have the resolve to wait until the last day when you might benefit from the steepest discount.last_img read more

Going back to mythology

first_imgThe 9th edition of ‘Bal Sangam’ concluded on Wednesday with full fervour where the children from Imphal, Manipur performed Raas Leela in the national Capital. Maharas attempts at recapturing the spirit of Raas Leela, the celebrated round-dance which Krishna performed with the gopis at Vrindavan. Played even now on Kartik Purnima the theme and sequence of Maha Raas are based on the Bhagavatam in which the slokas of the Bhagavata text are recited and sung.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The story goes on where Krishna, on seeing the beauty of the full moon night and remembering his promises to the Gopis, he decides to play Raas Leela with Radha and gopis by playing on his flute on the shimmering sands of the jamuna.The gopis come forth and dance with him in repute. But when pride of dancing with him enters their hearts, he vanishes; and as soon as they became humble joins them again ,duplicating himself many times, Krishna seems to be throughout the circle, yet in reality remaining one. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixTo add to the festivities, longmans, clowns, dhol drummers, tight rope walker, jugaad band performers, acrobats, jugglers, behrupiyas, magicians, kacchi-ghodi performers, kathputli exponents, and many more converged to present the cultural heritage of the country.Waman Kendre, Director, National School of Drama said, “This ‘Bal Sangam ‘is an unique effort to expose the children and young citizens to real strength of Indian folk and traditional performing arts. It is also an effort to understand the roots of our heritage and cultural treasure. Understanding of Indian value system and way of leading life only will help us mark our presence on the global platform. ‘Bal Sangam’ is about sharing, learning, teaching, enriching and gaining confidence for showing our indigenous cultural identity while facing the globe.”Also during this year’s ‘Bal Sangam’, the NSD authorities will be making special arrangements through various NGO working with underprivileged children and social organisations to reach out and invite children from the not so privileged class so as to give them the due privilege to experience and be enriched by this long awaited festival of National School of Drama for children.last_img read more

Choice Hotels reveals newest hotel set for Adelaide

first_imgChoice Hotels Australasia has announced it will introduce its first Ascend Hotel Collection property to South Australia, with the new Lester Hotel in Adelaide.The property, valued at more than AUD$50 million, is being developed by The Lester Group of Companies and managed by Lancemore Group.The premium hotel will feature over 240 rooms across 14 levels and is scheduled to open in September 2016.Choice Hotels Australasia chief executive officer Trent Fraser said the company is pleased to be working with The Lester Group of Companies and Lancemore Group to develop the newest addition to their portfolio of Australian hotels.“We expect that demand for our first Ascend Hotel Collection property in Adelaide will be high, responding to a need for more corporate and quality accommodation in the area,” Mr Fraser said.Choice Hotels’ premium hotel brand, the Ascend Hotel Collection, consists of a range of historic and boutique properties that aim to provide guests with a unique local experience.The Lester Hotel will reflect the look of luxury hotels and retail stores across the world, with the expertise of development and advisory design group, Intro, and interior design team Genesin Studio.Intro will assist in producing an innovative and premium quality development while including sustainability benefits.The boutique hotel will feature spacious conference facilities, a gymnasium, restaurant bar and marble-floored foyer.Lancemore chief executive officer said his group is looking forward to managing the Lester Hotel in Adelaide.“Lancemore has had great success in working with Choice Hotels and we are passionate about growing our white label hotel management business,” Mr Clark said.Source = ETB Travel News: Brittney Levinsonlast_img read more

Related 6 cheap spring flights to the sun for less

first_img Related6 cheap spring flights to the sun for less than £70 returnFrom Spain to Sicily, get inspired for a spring break with these six cheap flights – all with prices starting at less than £70 return.10 flights to the sun under £100Spain? Turkey? Gran Canaria? It’s not too late to book a summer sun escape! 10 flights all for less than £100 return.6 flights to the sun for less than £75Half-term? Easter? Six ideas for cheap escapes to the sun to Malta, Majorca and more, all with return flights for less than £75. Fancy a cheap city break? How about Rome? Spot of sunshine? Fancy Spain? Get inspired with our pick of six great value flights on Skyscanner – all coming in at under £50 return.1. Zadar, Croatia from £32The secret is well and truly out and now many of us are heading to Croatia for our Costa-free dose of summer sun, but Zadar on the Dalmatian coast is still not quite on the tourist radar. With flights as cheap as this, that mightn’t last for long, but you’ll still find peace and natural beauty if you go swimming or diving along the coast or hiking or rock climbing in the Velebit Mountains close by.2. Frankfurt, Germany from £34Big business is done in Frankfurt, but there’s more to this pin-striped powerhouse than skyscrapers and banking HQs. One benefit of being business-orientated is that hotels lower their prices in the holidays, so you should be able to find a bargain room for a summer city break. You better book well in advance if you fancy going to the Frankfurt Book Fair– the world’s largest – in October.3. Rome, Italy from £38Save the sightseeing: when in Rome you could live off food alone. Start your day with locals’ favourite combo of cappuccino and sugared croissant, stop in at Giolotti’s gelataria for some of the best ice cream anywhere, whatever the weather, and head over the River Tiber to Trastevere for a choice of authentic pizzerias. 4. Dublin, Ireland from £40There’s nothing wrong with spending a weekend in the pub…or several pubs. Whether you’re on a weekend-on-tour with the lads sampling the local Guinness and who knows what else; a boozy hen do doing, well, pretty much the same, or even a hand-holding romantic breaks with your dearest other half, Dublin is a go-to destination. You could both spend all weekend in the pub.5. Paris, France from £43Ok, it’s to Beauvais, not Charles de Gaulle, but if you can cope with a bus transfer through the French countryside into the centre of Paris, it’s a good deal. If you have children in tow then Disneyland may well be your Parisian destination, but there are plenty of kid-friendly attractions in Paris, like the fascinating and fun Cité des Sciences, complete with giant IMAX cinema… and dragon slide!6. Almeria, Spain from £44Spring has sprung at last, but it’s not exactly barbecue weather, so if you fancy a proper bit of sun, it is hot, hot, hot in Almería. Andalucía is the sunniest part of a sunny country and temperatures are pleasantly in the 70s just now. The region boasts many gorgeous beaches, such as Genoveses, a long sweep of sand backed by mountains.Flight prices are correct at time of going to press (29 April 2013)ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

Have you been to any of these amazing volcanoes O

first_imgHave you been to any of these amazing volcanoes? Or would you like to? Let us know below.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map 2. Krakatoa, IndonesiaAfter Vesuvius’s destruction of Pompeii, the eruption of Krakatoa in 1883 is one of the most infamous in history. Its explosion is judged to be the loudest sound ever heard, while its ash cloud blotted out the sun and caused of cancellation of many a barbecue many thousands of miles away in the UK. 3. Yellowstone Caldera, USAYellowstone Caldera is a ‘Supervolcano’, which sounds pretty scary, doesn’t it. Fortunately it has only had three superuptions in the last two million years. However, the possibility of ‘hydrothermal explosions’ led the U.S. Geological Survey to classify Yellowstone as a ‘high-threat’ system. Looks pretty cool though. 4. Piton de la Fournaise, RéunionPiton de la Fournaise is one of the world’s top five most active volcanoes, having had a major eruption four times in the last eight years. Otherwise, French-speaking Réunion is an idyllic tropical island in the Indian Ocean. French football legend Zinedine Zidane has a holiday home there, We will resist making a cheap comparison of these two hot-headed characters. 7. Shishaldin, Alaska, USASticking 10,000 feet up from Unimak Island in the Aleutians, the chain that stretches towarrds Asia from Alaska, the near-perfect snow cone of Shishaldin offers a truly awesome 6,000-foot ski descent. Not that anyone goes there. Its two-peaked wee brother in the foreground is Isanotski. 6. Mount Bromo, IndonesiaIndonesia does quite well for volcanoes, if it’s right to put it like that. Ijen, Ranjani, Semeru, Kelimutu and many more. Mount Bromo is but one in a series of peaks in East Java, sitting in the middle of the evocatively-named Sea of Sand. Bromo went bang big style in 2011. 5.Mount Fuji, JapanOne of the most famous peaks on the planet, Mount Fuji is a potent symbol of Japan. Scaling its heights is a national must-do. Although still classed as active, Fuji hasn’t erupted since 1708, so the threat of being consumed by hot magma is thankfully fairly low..center_img 8. Popocatepetl, MexicoTry saying that after a few mezcals. Looming over Mexico City (if the smog thins enough to see it), Popocatepetl provides an anxious presence. With increasing activity, including several eruptions of steam and ash just last month, it is looking odds-on for a big blow in the near future. Author: james teidemanAwesome, powerful, beautiful and extremely dangerous: lava lovers, feast your eyes and your fears on this selection of the world’s most impressive volcanic attractions.1. Soufriere Hills, MontserratThe sublime tropical island of Montserrat has a monster in its midst, the glowing lava dome of Soufriere Hills. Since blowing its top in 1995, the Hills has continued to behave badly, destroying capital, Plymouth and rendering most of the island uninhabitable. 10. Mount Etna, ItalyThis fiery Sicilian mountain boasts the title of being Europe’s most active volcano. Despiet being in a state of almost constant activity, it’s a mega tourist draw,. You can take a four-wheel drive excursion to explore Etna’s lava fields, volcanic caves and tunnels, and eruptive fissures, but don’t get too close! 9. Mt. Kilauea, HawaiiKilauea on Hawaii’s Big Island claims the title of the world’s most active volcano. Take a boat trip to see one of its most spectacular sights – red hot lava oozing into the ocean which causes the sea to boil and vaporise into white plumes of steam. RelatedVolcano Voyeurs: 10 places for lava loversSkyscanner brings you the top ten destinations for volcano voyeurs.7 of the world’s most extraordinary natural phenomena: in picturesPrepare to be amazed at these seven incredible phenomena from around the world.Bucket list: 10 most clichéd travel things to do and places to go before you dieFrom gondola rides to bungee jumping, the most clichéd travel things to do and places to go – with some amazing alternatives.last_img read more

The highs and lows of Cyprus health system – 2015 report Updated

first_imgAs various factions in Cyprus slug it out over the creation of a national health plan, the latest Euro Health Consumer Index (EHCI) place the island in 26th place out of 35 countries with a score of 595 points out of 1,000 but thinks it could actually be lower.“Cyprus is very difficult to score in the EHCI, as it does not really have a public healthcare system in the general European meaning,” said the 2015 report released on Tuesday. “As the EHCI normally does not reward a country for such services obtained by paying privately, it is possible that the score in reality should be lower,” it added.The findings, which place counties in green, orange and red zones, place Cyprus, according to the scores, bottom in some areas and top in one or two categories.But the bottom line was that in terms of ‘bang for your buck’, as the report says, Cyprus was placed 21st out of the 35 countries.The EHCI 2015 total ranking of healthcare systems shows The Netherlands holding out against the onslaught of Switzerland at 894 points out of 1,000. The Netherlands in 2015 is clinging on to the top position by breaking the 900-point barrier for the first time in the EHCI, scoring 916 points.“While by no means claiming that the EHCI 2015 results are dissertation quality, the findings should not be dismissed as random findings,” said the report.“The Index is built from the bottom up – this means that countries who are known to have quite similar healthcare systems should be expected not to end up far apart in the ranking. This is confirmed by finding the Nordic countries in a fairly tight cluster, England and Scotland clinging together as are the Czech Republic and Slovakia, Spain and Portugal, Greece and Cyprus.”One of the notable points when it comes to Greece and Cyprus, according to the report is the low number of visits per doctor in both countries. “Greece, which has by far the highest number of doctors per capita could possibly be under-reporting of visits for tax evasion reasons,” the report said.“Greece leads Europe by a wide margin in the number of doctors per capita (below), and also has the highest number of pharmacists per capita. Still the picture of Greek healthcare, painted by the patient organisation responses, does not at all indicate any sort of healthy competition to provide superior healthcare services.”One of the indicator tables outlines ‘under the table’ payments to doctors’, which places Greece firmly in the ‘red zone’ and Cyprus in the ‘orange zone’ in that patients asked: “Would they be expected to make unofficial payments?’ answered ‘Yes, frequently’.The island also scored last – after Albania – in ‘public share of healthcare costs’ at only 45 per cent as opposed to 80 per cent in Norway, and top of the red zone for 500 Caesarian births out of every 1,000. Also at any given time 25 people in every 1,000 in Cyprus are on antibiotics. In Greece it’s 35 per 1,000. In this category, Cyprus scored lowest when it came to the number of people who don’t know that antibiotics are useless for colds and flu. Only one in four were aware of this fact.In patients’ rights, Cyprus was 5th from the bottom, and 7th from the bottom in the length of time it takes to have a non-acute CT scan.  The average waiting time at an A&E was two hours but this was not as long as some other countries. In the UK waiting time was 2.5 hours and in Ireland, almost three hours.Smoking and smoking prevention also landed Cyprus in the red zone as did a lack of physical activity.When it comes to MRSA, an issue that is rarely talked about in Cyprus, it was found that 30 per cent of hospital infections here were resistant, placing Cyprus again in the red zone. Iceland came in with zero and Scandinavian countries with under 5 per cent. The UK, praised for its improvements in this area, has knocked its percentage back to under 10.On the issue of high Caesarians, the EHCI report said: “In scoring, it has been assumed that high Caesarean rates are an indication on poor prenatal support and poor baby delivery services – consequently, a high Caesarean rate has been given a red score.”“The general recommendation is that a woman should not have more than two Caesarean deliveries… this way of delivery can be medically important and should of course be available… but we suspect that Caesarean section may camouflage a lack of good information and support before delivery as well as lack of access to pain control. Even though a Caesarean is costly, there is definitely no positive correlation between national wealth and high Caesarean rates; rather the reverse,” it added.Cyprus did score quite well in terms of the number of people over 25 who suffer from high blood pressure, which was put at a reasonable 20 per cent of the population and put the island in the green zone, though in the figure was UK was 15 per cent.Another improvement seen was that cancer survival rates in Cyprus have risen from 50 per cent in 2008 to almost 60 per cent by 2013, according to the figures.In one ‘green zone’ category, Cyprus was top of the list – the indicator measuring ‘Years lost per 100.000 population 0-69, all causes of death’.The report said that Potential Years of Life Lost (PYLL), used by the WHO and OECD, take into account the age at which deaths occurs by giving greater weight to deaths at younger age and lower weight to deaths at older age.Potential Years of Life Lost are calculated from the number of deaths multiplied by a standard life expectancy at the age at which death occurs, meaning in Cyprus fewer people die at younger ages. Only nine of the 35 countries were placed in the green zone for this category. Lithuania was at the top of the ‘red zone’.The full report HEREYou May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more