Downton Abbey film ties up lots of loose ends Robert JamesCollier

first_imgLondon: Robert James-Collier says the upcoming “Downton Abbey” film will put an end to all the questions that have lingered around the series for long. The actor, who reprises his role Thomas Barrow from the acclaimed period drama series for its big screen adaptation, said he is happy the movie finally saw the light of day. “Yeah, but with shows like ‘Sex and the City’ and ‘The Inbetweeners’ having successful films, there was precedence there. Also Read – Rihanna to release 500-page ‘visual’ autobiography “‘Downton’ is an established brand now, so for me it was a bit of a no-brainer to do a film. And I’m glad they did. It ties up a lot of loose ends and I think there was a demand for it,” James-Collier told Metro. The trailer of the film dropped romantic hints for his character and the actor said he is pleased to see Thomas go on an “adventure”. “He’s sort of a film within a film. Mr Carson is brought back to help when the royal family visit the abbey and Thomas sees it as a slight of his abilities so he stands himself down for the duration of their visit and goes off and has an adventure. “So it was strange because I was back with everyone for parts of it but for big parts I was on my own filming up in Bradford. It was like I was doing a Thomas Barrow special, which I think everyone wants to see!” he said. “Downton Abbey”, the film, will be released on September 13 in the UK.last_img read more

New UN satellite survey of forests charts extent of global deforestation

30 November 2011The rate of global deforestation, mainly the conversion of tropical forests to agricultural land, averaged 14.5 million hectares a year between 1990 and 2005, according to a satellite-based survey released today by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The rate of global deforestation, mainly the conversion of tropical forests to agricultural land, averaged 14.5 million hectares a year between 1990 and 2005, according to a satellite-based survey released today by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).The findings of the global remote sensing survey show that the world’s total forest area in 2005 was 3.69 billion hectares, or 30 per cent of the global land area.Worldwide, the net loss of forest area between 1990 and 2005 was not as great as previously believed, since gains in forest areas are larger than previously estimated, according to the survey.The net loss – when losses of forest cover are partially offset by afforestation or natural expansion – totalled 72.9 million hectares, or 32 percent less than the previous figure of 107.4 million hectares. In other words, the planet lost an average of 4.9 million hectares of forest per year, or nearly 10 hectares of forest per minute over the 15-year period.The new data also show that the net loss of forests accelerated, increasing from 4.1 million hectares per year between 1990 and 2000 to 6.4 million hectares between 2000 and 2005.The figures are based on the most comprehensive use yet of high-resolution satellite data to provide a sample of forests worldwide. They differ from previous findings of the FAO Global Forest Resources Assessment last year, which were based on a compilation of country reports that used a wide variety of sources.“Deforestation is depriving millions of people of forest goods and services that are crucial to food security, economic well-being and environmental health,” said Eduardo Rojas-Briales, the FAO Assistant Director-General for Forestry.“The new, satellite-based figures give us a more consistent, global picture, over time, of the world’s forests. Together with the broad range of information supplied by the country reports, they offer decision-makers at every level more accurate information, and underscore the need for countries and organizations to urgently address and halt the loss of valuable forest ecosystems,” he added.Between 1990 and 2005, the loss of forests was highest in the tropics, where just under half of the world’s forests are located. Net losses in this region averaged 6.9 million hectares per year.The highest rate of conversion of forest land use to other, unspecified, land uses for both periods was in South America, followed by Africa. Asia was the only region to show net gains in forest land-use area in both periods.Deforestation occurred in all regions, including Asia, but the extensive planting that has been reported by several countries in Asia – mainly China – exceeded the forest areas that were lost. read more

Blood pressure drugs could be given to half the adult population under

first_imgNice said it was considering the same evidence, alongside other trials, such as one by Oxford University which found similar benefits. The watchdog said it will publish its new advice next year. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) is considering evidence which has led the US to change its advice, making millions more patients eligible for daily drugs to cut their heart attack risk. Currently,… The recommendations follow trials which found that aggressively lowering the targets for blood pressure could reduce death risks among over 50s by almost one quarter. Half of the adult population would be put on blood pressure drugs under new proposals being considered by NHS watchdogs.last_img

In TT Bandit 15 slain cop wounded

(Trinidad Guardian) Three days after PC Richard Babwah was killed during a shootout with bandits, another officer was shot under similar circumstances in Marabella.PC Anand RamYesterday, however, PC Anand Ram, who is attached to the Gasparillo Police Station, was hailed a hero after he and his colleagues risked their lives to save a woman whose home had been invaded earlier by three bandits.Ram was shot in the abdomen during a gunfight after he confronted one of the alleged bandits who was trying to escape. Suspect Isaac Simmons, who is just 15, was also shot dead by Ram during the incident.According to police reports, around 4 pm three armed bandits broke into the home of a bank manager along Moze Drive, Gopaul Lands. They kept the woman under guard as they went through the house.However, neighbours reportedly contacted police after seeing something suspicious. Police later responded and caught the bandits running away from the house. The officers approached the bandits and there was an exchange of gunfire. Ram was taken to the San Fernando General Hospital where he underwent emergency surgery and was awaiting a CT scan up to press time. Colleagues said Ram was wearing a bullet proof vest but the bullet entered an area of his body which was not protected by armour.Simmons, who lived in the nearby ‘train line’ community, died at the scene. Investigators said he was known to them, as he recently spent two days in custody in connection with a robbery.Supt Rohan Pardasie, ASP Ali Mohammed, Insp Don Gajadhar, Sgt Dale Ramroop, Cpl Barry Bachus and PC Roger Moses responded and the other two suspects were later held.An eyewitness said when police responded to the robbery, the suspects attempted to run away from the house. Simmons ran onto Fahey Avenue and tried to hide in the bushes of an empty lot. On realising the officers had followed him, he tried to sneak out but stumbled and fell. As the officers drew closer, he began shooting wildly and injured Ram. Other officers returned fire and Simmons was killed. One of the suspects was held at the house. The eyewitness said the young boys living along the old train line were responsible for several of the the crimes in the area, including three robberies in one week against a resident.Speaking to the T&T Guardian at the scene yesterday, Simmons’ grandmother, Merlene Rock, said she had a premonition that he would be killed and warned him. However, she said he still persisted in wrongdoing. Rock said Simmons’ problems with crime started recently, when he left his mother’s home in Tarodale Gardens, Ste Madeleine and went to live in the old train line community.“I spoke to him just Monday when he came from school. He met me at the junction as I was going to buy paint by the hardware, so I took him with me,” Rock said.“I told him that this is the best thing he is doing: Going to school so he could work hard for what he wants. I do talk to all my grandchildren. Police told me to talk to him because his name was calling. They came and told me that he would get killed if he continued. I dreamt that he got killed and I told him. I felt a pain in my gut knowing that you’re talking to them right through and they are not listening.”It was only on Monday that Babwah was killed by one of two bandits who tried to rob a Chinese restaurant in Arouca. Babwah wounded one of the bandits during a shoot-out in the restaurant, but all three suspects were subsequently apprehended. His funeral is today in Arouca. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedIn T&T: Bandit slain as prison guards foil robberyJuly 12, 2018In “latest news”T&T bandit killed after cornered by residents, copsDecember 29, 2017In “latest news”Update: Dead bandits identifiedMay 31, 2019In “Crime” read more

Google Chromekey may be a 35 HDMI stick PC

first_imgGoogle may be working on an inexpensive HDMI stick PC of its very own called the Chromekey. It’s going to be quite a bit different than Dell’s Project Ophelia or the innumerable Android sticks you may have read about.There’s some debate about what kind of software the Chromekey will ship with. If the name is accurate, you’d expect Google to go with Chrome OS. Then again, Google has an OS that’s built specifically the kinds of displays that feature HDMI ports — Google TV. Android’s a pretty good fit on those screens, too.But Chrome OS might make the most sense if Google’s intent here is to capture a chunk of the desktop computing market. An inexpensive Chrome OS stick that offers decent performance could be an excellent fit for schools and shared computers (like those in hotels and libraries). It’d even fit the bill for homes where web surfing is pretty much the only computing that’s going on.Droid Life has received other information, however. Their source says that the Chromekey will act as a sort of wireless receiver and will work in conjunction with Google’s apps on existing (and future) devices. You may, for example, be able to queue up a YouTube playlist on your phone and beam it to the Chromekey for big screen viewing.If that’s the case, the Chromekey sounds like it could be this year’s Nexus Q. Chinese OEMs have already proven that HDMI sticks like this can handle a full OS, and Dell’s got big plans for Project Ophelia. Would it really make sense for Google to to ship something with such limited functionality?The specs leaked to Droid Life aren’t exactly top-notch: a single core ARM Cortex-A9 processor, 512MB of RAM, 2GB of internal storage, and 802.11 b/g/n WiFi. If that’s the reality, the Chromekey wouldn’t run Chrome OS well enough and the mirroring functionality might be the best it can manage. And for the suggested $35 price, maybe that’s all you should expect.But then why call it the Chromekey at all? Chrometops and Chromebooks all come with Chrome OS. Would Google risk diluting the brand by shipping a stick that can’t handle onboard Chrome (and not merely Chrome streamed from something else)?And why would Google go so low-end? For around $90 you can purchase a quad-core HDMI stick PC with 2GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage. That’s enough to deliver a pretty decent Chrome OS experience, and that’s individual unit pricing. In volume, Google could offer up a similar stick for even less.With the ability to run native-like apps (thanks to Native Client) and full Netflix support, it’s hard to imagine a $79 pocketable Chrome OS computer not being a decent seller. It’d certainly sell better than a $35 mirroring device.last_img read more

Greek consumers brace for more price hikes

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The prices of food items such as bread and meat in Greece are set to rise in the next few weeks due to the increase in the global prices of raw materials such as wheat and sugar as well as the continuous shifts in value-added tax rates.Among the factors pushing prices higher, despite the recession in the economy and the drop in demand, is the increase in the cost of electricity and fuel.Despite last week’s strong statement by Deputy Minister of Regional Development and Competitiveness Dinos Rovlias that the price of bread would not rise, its hike seems inevitable.Andreas Christou, president of the Athens Bakers’ Association, said that the price of flour per 50-kilo bag is about 25-26 euros today, up from less than 20 euros a year ago. He added that the repeated hikes in VAT and the cost of fuel have rendered price increases essential.“It is hard to go ahead with an increase in the price of bread when we see consumer incomes shrinking and the number of unemployed growing. But on the other hand we have absorbed so many VAT hikes and increases in the price of flour that we are now exhausted. It is no coincidence that in the 2009-10 period some 50 bakeries closed down in Athens, while in the past they would change hands,” Christou said.According to data compiled by the International Grains Council (IGC), the export price of wheat in Rouen, France, came to $347 per ton on January 14, up from $334/ton on January 7 and $181/ton a year earlier.The increase in the price of grain will have a domino effect on the price of animal food, which in turn will see prices rise for dairy products. There are also worries about the international price of sugar.The latest data released by the Hellenic Statistical Authority (ELSTAT), concerning December 2010, showed the price of meat posting a 1.5 percent increase from a year earlier, diary products and eggs gaining 1.6 percent, vegetables climbing by 8.8 percent, fresh fish by 5.2 percent and sweets getting more expensive by 3.6 percent on an annual basis, in the face of the recession.The consumer price index for food grew 1.9 percent in Greece annually last month, according to Eurostat, against a 1.8 percent rise in the eurozone.Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

Social Media for Association Magazines QA with Tony Lee

first_img Folio: What are the various content options at SHRM? Not every type of content works well on Facebook. You want to select content that is very shareable, that people are very interested in — more of a social content that they’ll share with other folks. We also use the idea of snack-able content, meaning smaller pieces that are easily digestible, which tend to do really well on Facebook. For association media groups, an effective social media strategy can have a tremendous impact on both editorial and membership-acquisition strategies. One way to find out which social network and content style works best for members is to A/B test different posts ad infinitum. Alternately, one could trade secrets with association media peers at the Folio: Association Media Summit on March 28 in Washington, D.C. Lee: We have 289,000 members and for those folks we create a lot of different content. The most recognizable is HR Magazine, which is a printed glossy that goes to all members 10 times a year. And we have that has news and features. We probably publish seven or eight new articles every business day. In addition to that, we have HR Daily, which is a newsletter which goes out to 425,000 readers every day, with all new content every day. In addition to that, we have a half a dozen other newsletters that are weekly. It’s open, so anyone can sign up. Folio: What is one of your most successful posts? Folio: Do you have a unified social media team or multiple teams throughout the organization? The key on Facebook is that we measure usage by day and time. Some of the surprises are that we get more feedback when we’re posting on Saturday afternoon than Tuesday morning. Facebook has less traditional use so it’s nights and weekends and early mornings when things really take off. People are using it outside of the office more. We’ve seen research that says that more and more companies are blocking Facebook use. Folio: What role do you see your publications as having in the greater association? That did extremely well on Facebook. It was taking something that was important and interesting, and making it fun for people to see where they rank compared to those guys. We had a lot of views and a lot of comments. We have a very interactive crowd who are really into social media, so it’s rare for us to put something on social media and not get a lot of feedback and comments. Social media is a tool. It’s just another way to communicate. So those two things are true whether we’re doing it through social media or we’re doing it at one of our conferences. Those things are always important and drive our mission.center_img Lee: We did story on the guy who’s been nominated to be secretary of labor. He’s pretty controversial and there’s been a lot of questions about whether he’s qualified to do the job. So we actually did an article looking at the employee benefits that his companies provide to their employees, as well as what Trump’s companies provide to their employees. It was a pretty interesting article period, but we used Facebook to say, “Compare the benefits that you provide at your company to the benefits that the new secretary of labor [nominee] provides and that our new president provides.” Lee: The vast majority are on Facebook. The majority of the traffic we get back and the play we get and the shares and everything else is on Facebook significantly more than other sites. Lee: Number 1, to serve our member, and Number 2, to advance the HR profession — that’s our mission statement. Speaking on the session “Social Media Strategies that Increase Engagement and Drive Membership” is Tony Lee, VP of Editorial at the Society for Human Resource Management. We checked in with Lee to find out what social looks like at SHRM, which platforms are the biggest hit with his members, and how an association can turn current events into shareable content.  See the full program here, and register now for this can’t-miss association media event. Lee: We have multiple. We have one person in the organization who is responsible for social media association-wide, and who sets strategy and roles up their sleeves and gets involved. But the editorial team also does a great deal of social media ourselves. Different people within the organization have different needs. Social media is not one-size-fits-all, it has to be used strategically. If we publish an article about pending overtime rules, we’ll treat that different on social media than if we have a Nextchat with the author of one of our books.  Folio: What is SHRM’s social media strategy. Where are your association members?last_img read more

Inked Brands InfluencerCommerce Firm Banks 6 Million From Archer Gray and Other

first_imgInked Brands, which provides tools and services for digital influencers to launch ecommerce businesses, closed $6 million in Series A funding from investors including VC and media-production firm Archer Gray and Jim Fielding, 20th Century Fox’s president of consumer products and innovation.Other investors in Inked Brands, founded in 2007 and based in Bowling Green, Ky., include BIP Capital, Bertelsmann’s BDMI and Halogen Ventures.Inked Brands handles web development, product development, marketing, fulfillment and customer service on behalf of influencer partners to sell merchandise online. The company’s portfolio includes U.S. Olympic gymnast and YouTube creator Shawn Johnson’s FYT Life; YouTuber-actress Meghan Rienks’ martie; and designer-entrepreneur Mica May’s MayBox. Inked Brands has about 50 employees. With the funding, Fox’s Fielding and Amy Nauiokas, Archer Gray’s founder and chair, have joined Inked Brands’ board. In addition, Archer Gray partner Vinay Singh will serve as a board observer.April Foster, founder and CEO of Inked Brands (pictured above), said in announcing the funding that “Archer Gray intrinsically understands the great potential that lies at the intersection of content and commerce.”Nauiokas commented, “Much like Inked Brands, Archer Gray is committed to supporting content creators which makes our relationship a natural fit. Additionally, I am passionate about promoting female-led businesses and look forward to advising April on her company’s growth and exciting future.”Nauiokas production projects include Marielle Heller’s upcoming “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” starring Melissa McCarthy and previously released films Mike Mills’ “20th Century Women,” “The Diary of a Teenage Girl” and “The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete.” On the venture-financing side, Archer Gray’s current portfolio includes Battlefy, Emoticast, Epic Magazine, Littlstar and ShareGrid.Fielding, a 30-year veteran of the entertainment industry, currently oversees 20th Century Fox’s licensing and merchandising. He previously was DreamWorks Animation’s global head of consumer products and retail development and also served as CEO of Claire’s Stores and president of Disney Stores Worldwide. Popular on Variety center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

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first_imgNews | May 28, 2015 Elekta Showcases Leksell Gamma Knife Registry at AANS Annual Meeting Cloud-based solution allows physicians to harness radiosurgery big data News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more Related Content News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more May 28, 2015 — At the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) annual meeting, May 2-6 in Washington, D.C., Elekta highlighted Leksell Gamma Knife Registry. The cloud-based solution enables clinicians to leverage the data generated by thousands of Gamma Knife radiosurgery treatments each year to advance clinical research and further optimize patient care.Currently deployed at several top academic medical centers, Leksell Gamma Knife Registry aims to:Identify global treatment patterns with Leksell Gamma Knife, and connections between treatment parameters and outcomes;Provide integrated longitudinal data that could help clinicians develop insights to better select patients, personalize the treatment paradigm, and improve quality; andAdvance collaboration in clinical research. Image courtesy of Imago Systems Leksell Gamma Knife Registry encompasses a secure HIPAA-compliant data warehouse and advanced indication specific analytics. Aggregated, de-identified data can be used for studies undertaken by the global Gamma Knife community. Interactive, self-service dashboards for visual discovery and reports are included, in addition to Leksell Gamma Knife Society statistical reports.Registry development was a joint effort between Elekta and renowned Gamma Knife centers, including the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, and veteran Gamma Knife radiosurgery practitioners — notably, Douglas Kondziolka, M.D., professor of neurosurgery and radiation oncology at New York University School of Medicine.“Our goal was to create new data sets, specific for Gamma Knife radiosurgery that are updated continuously and securely over the web,” Kondziolka says. “This will allow clinicians to obtain data queries in real time to benchmark their own data with those nationally or globally. Importantly, underlying these high-level views is a rich database with detailed treatment and follow-up data, which is ideally suited for research. Imagine basing a study on not 50 or 100 patients, but 10,000 or 50,000 patients on these ‘Big Data’ verified data sets. With that kind of powerful information, we may be able to really effect change in medicine.”Elekta supports the National SRS Brain Registry, a joint effort by the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) and AANS which seeks to define national patterns of care in radiosurgery with an eye toward improving health care outcomes, supporting informed decision making and potentially lowering the cost-of-care delivery to patients. Elekta´s Gamma Knife Registry will be utilized by participants to collect and provide data to the national effort.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read morelast_img read more

Register now for ACVs Europe Regional training sessions

first_img UPDATE: Air Canada Vacations has made a correction on the Winnipeg date training and added a number of additional training dates. The correction and additional dates have been added below.MONTREAL — Travel agents across the country are invited to attend Air Canada Vacations’ Europe Regional training sessions ahead of its 2019 Europe Collection launch.At each session, ACV’s sales team will share highlights of the product lineup along with its new programs and partnerships. Portugal Tourism, the main event sponsor, will present alongside other Europe suppliers like Avis Rent A Car, Azamara Cruises, Insight Vacations and Royal Caribbean International.“Our Europe collection continues to expand and the resulting support from our trade partners has been fantastic,” said Dana Gain, Senior Director of Sales, Groups & Partnerships at ACV. “We’re already seeing a terrific response from the trade and a lot of great feedback. Make sure you block your seat while there’s still space!”Agents can register via the following links:January 15, Formation Rive-Sud: 15, Kelowna: << Previous PostNext Post >> Share Travelweek Group January 15, Hamilton: 15, Oshawa: 16, Formation Granby: 16, Victoria: westevents@vacv.comJanuary 17, Langley: westevents@vacv.comJanuary 17, Barrie: 17, St. Catherine’s: 17, Formation Saguenay: 23, Formation QC avec AC: 25, Gatineau: 31, Halifax: 6, St. John’s: 27, Winnipeg: news:  FIVE FESTIVE FOODS TO TRY AT EUROPE’S CHRISTMAS MARKETSAir Canada Vacations is reminding travel agents that when clients book 180 days prior to departure, they save up to $1,000 per couple. When they book 120 days prior, they save up to $500 per couple, and $300 per couple when booking 90 days prior. This offer is valid on bookings made between Nov. 5, 2018 and Dec. 31, 2019, for travel from Jan. 1-Dec. 31, 2019. Register now for ACV’s Europe Regional training sessions Tags: ACV, Air Canada Vacations, Europe, Training Posted by Monday, January 14, 2019 last_img read more

Nothing says I love you like a day at the beach or

first_imgValentine’s Day falls on a Friday this year, and many local tourism businesses are offering discounts on hotels, local flights, one-day tours and romantic dinners.Most discounts last throughout the weekend, but some extend for up to a month, National Tourism Chamber (CANATUR) President Isabel Vargas said.Promotions include beach and mountainous destinations, and even romantic evenings in the Central Valley.Perks for couples include discounted one-day tours, accommodations with spa treatment packages, cheaper flights with accommodation included and serenaded dinners.Among the many destinations taking part in the Valentine’s Day specials are Monteverde, Río Celeste, Guápiles, Manuel Antonio, Dominical, Playa Ballena, Cahuita and hotels and restaurants in San José.“We want to show that even during high season our sector is interested in promoting domestic tourism. We expect couples will celebrate Valentine’s weekend by traveling within our country,” Vargas said.For a full list of available promotions, visit CANATUR’s website and Facebook page. Related posts:Costa Rica’s lack of safety regulations comes into view after death of 6 tourists in January Tourism sector wants government support to boost competitiveness Costa Rica’s Tobías Bolaños International Airport to reopen nighttime service Construction of Discovery Costa Rica set to begin in 2018 Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Crown Congratulates Katerina Kouridakis as the Winner of the Crown Hot

first_imgCrown Hotels is happy to announce that Ms Katerina Kouridakis from CSL Limited is the winner of the Crown Conference Centre Summertime Competition Melbourne Cup Experience.Katerina’s Melbourne Cup Experience includes two nights’ accommodation at Crown’s award-winning hotel, Crown Metropol, with access to the executive lounge ‘28’ where she will enjoy breakfast, pre-dinner canapés and uninterrupted views of the Melbourne city skyline, valet parking and entry for her and a guest to the Crown Marquee on Melbourne Cup Day 2012.Katerina won this experience by booking her 3-day conference at Crown through Ultimate Conferencing + Events.Crown is Melbourne’s home-away-from-the-track during the Spring Racing Carnival. Jayson Heron –  Associate Director – Conference, Incentive and Group Sales (Crown), Katerina Kouridakis and Jenny Barlow – Sales Manager- Conference and Group Sales (Crown)          Katerina Kouridakis with her prize at Nobu Melbournecenter_img Source = Crown Hotelslast_img read more

by The Associated Press Posted Apr 18 2018 11

first_img by The Associated Press Posted Apr 18, 2018 11:15 am PDT Last Updated Apr 18, 2018 at 12:20 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NORRISTOWN, Pa. – Jurors at Bill Cosby’s sexual assault retrial on Wednesday heard his damaging testimony about giving a sedative to women before sex. Cosby, who was deposed in 2005 and 2006 as part of his chief accuser’s civil suit, was asked about quaaludes, a 1970s party drug that’s been banned in the U.S. since 1982.Prosecutors are using his answers to show he had a history of drugging women long before he met Andrea Constand, who accuses the comedian of knocking her out with pills and then sexually assaulting her at his home in 2004. He says he gave her a cold and allergy medicine — not quaaludes — and that their encounter was consensual.A detective read to the jury a transcript of old testimony in which Cosby answers questions from Constand’s lawyer about quaaludes. Here’s a partial transcript:Q: Why didn’t you ever take the quaaludes?A: Because I used them.Q: For what?A: The same as a person would say, “Have a drink.”Q: You gave them to other people?A: Yes.Q: Did you believe at that time that it was illegal for you to dispense those drugs?A: Yes.Q: How did (the doctor) know that you didn’t plan to use (them)?A: What was happening at that time was that, that was, quaaludes happen to be the drug that kids, young people were using to party with and there were times when I wanted to have them just in case.Q: When you got the quaaludes, was it in your mind that you were going to use these quaaludes for young women that you wanted to have sex with?A. Yes. Bill Cosby, right, arrives for his sexual assault trial at courtroom A at the Montgomery County Courthouse, Wednesday, April 18, 2018, in Norristown, Pa. (AP Photo/Corey Perrine, Pool) center_img A look at Bill Cosby’s testimony about quaaludeslast_img read more

Suspect in house scam to remain in custody

first_imgThe Paphos criminal court ruled on Monday that a 66-year-old arrested in November in connection with scamming a retired teacher over €600,000 will remain in custody until his trial is set to begin in March.The suspect was arrested on November 28 in connection with a case where a retired teacher was scammed into giving €600,000 to three men who pretended to be town planning employees.Along with the 66-year-old, a 56-year-old from Nicosia has already been sentenced to six years’ imprisonment, while police are still looking for the third person involved.The case was reported in January this year, while the offences took place between October 2016 and November 2017.The retired teacher was asked to hand over €600,000 to three men who pretended to be employees of the town planning department and told that her house would be listed and the money returned to her by the state. You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndoGundry MD Total Restore SupplementU.S. Cardiologist: It’s Like a Pressure Wash for Your InsidesGundry MD Total Restore SupplementUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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