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BJP lived up to its electoral promise not constitutional promise says Owaisi

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first_imgNew Delhi: A day after Union Home Minister Amit Shah diluted the special status to Jammu and Kashmir guaranteed under Article 370 of the Constitution without scrapping the provision, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led NDA government moved the Jammu & Kashmir Reorganisation Bill, 2019, in Lok Sabha. The Bill to bifurcate the state into two Union Territories — Jammu and Kashmir with a legislature similar to Delhi or Puducherry, and Ladakh without one like Chandigarh, was passed with a two-thirds majority in Rajya Sabha. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details In Lok Sabha, besides the bifurcation Bill, the Jammu and Kashmir Reservation (Second Amendment) Bill, 2019 will also be considered for passing. Other bills include the Chit Funds (Amendment) Bill, 2019 and the DNA Technology (Use and Application) Regulation Bill, 2019. While in Rajya Sabha, the Consumer Protection Bill, 2019 and the Public Premises (Eviction of Unauthorised Occupants) Amendment Bill, 2019, are scheduled to be taken up for consideration.(With inputs from Indian Express)last_img read more

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The Monday news briefing An ataglance survey of some top stories

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first_imgHighlights from the news file for Monday, May 15———INDEFINITE IMMIGRATION DETENTION UNDER FIRE: Canada’s immigration regime allows for indefinite and arbitrary detention and is therefore unconstitutional, Federal Court heard Monday. What’s needed is robust process and a legal limit on how long foreigners can be held when speedy deportation is unlikely to happen, court was told by lawyers for a Jamaican man who spent five years in custody. At issue are provisions in Canada’s immigration law that allow foreigners facing deportation to be detained — frequently under maximum security conditions — when the government considers them a flight risk, a danger to the public, or cannot confirm their identity. The case being heard was launched by Alvin Brown, a mentally ill father of six who was deported to Jamaica last September. He had spent five years in detention as a danger to the public based on prior criminal convictions, mostly drug and weapons offences. Canada could not deport him until Jamaica issued a travel document. While detention reviews must by law take place every 30 days, Brown’s lawyers told Judge Simon Fothergill that the process is stacked against detainees, and the reviews all too frequently amount to a rubber stamp.———WATCHDOG SAYS BULLYING, HARASSMENT THRIVE IN RCMP: Bullying and harassment remain serious problems within the RCMP and only major changes to the way the police force is run will make a difference, says a national watchdog. In a report Monday, the Civilian Review and Complaints Commission for the RCMP said the force lacks both the will and the capacity to address the challenges that afflict its workplaces. The commission urged the government to usher in civilian governance or oversight for the paramilitary-style police force. The RCMP introduced new harassment policies and processes in 2014 aimed at promptly dealing with workplace conflict before it escalates. The latest report, however, said the vast majority of complaints under the new policies involved allegations that managers abused their authority. These included accusations of abusive language, such as “you’re dirt,” “people here don’t like you” and “nobody wants to work with you.” Others complained of being berated in public, punitive transfers or having leave arbitrarily denied.———LIBERALS TO SUPPORT BILL ON JUDICIAL TRAINING: The Liberal government is throwing its support behind a proposed Conservative bill that would require anyone hoping to become a judge in Canada to first undergo comprehensive training in sexual assault law. Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould said the government is satisfied with minor changes the Commons status of women committee made to the legislation, first introduced by interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose. Bill C-337 would also change the Criminal Code to require either recorded or written decisions in sexual assault cases, and would require the Canadian Judicial Council to report on continuing education courses on sexual assault law. The proposed legislation also has the support of one of the women at the centre of last year’s high-profile trial of Jian Ghomeshi. In an interview with The Canadian Press, Linda Redgrave said judges need to better understand the impact that trauma can have on the memory and behaviour of someone who has experienced sexual assault. Redgrave, whose identity was protected by a publication ban before she asked for it to be lifted, was among those who accused the former CBC personality of sexual assault before his dramatic and controversial acquittal in March 2016.———HOME SALES COOL LAST MONTH AFTER RECORD MARCH: Home sales cooled in April after setting a record the previous month as the pace of transactions in the Greater Toronto Area slowed, the Canadian Real Estate Association said Monday. There was a 1.7 per cent decrease in sales over the MLS system last month compared with March, said the association, which represents more than 100,000 real estate brokers, agents and salespeople in the country. In nearly two-thirds of all local markets across Canada, sales fell. The decline was led by a 6.7 per cent drop in the Greater Toronto Area, where concerns have grown about housing affordability. Last month, the Ontario government announced more than a dozen measures in an effort to stabilize the market and ease worries about a bubble, including a 15 per cent tax on foreign homebuyers. Sales picked up in Greater Vancouver and the nearby Fraser Valley region, with Vancouver gaining 15.6 per cent compared with March and the Fraser Valley increasing 18.3 per cent. Nationwide, sales were down 7.5 per cent over the last year. The actual average price for a home sold last month was $559,317, up 10.4 per cent from a year ago, boosted by the Greater Vancouver and Greater Toronto markets. The aggregate composite MLS home price index rose 19.8 per cent.———INQUIRY IN ‘SERIOUS TROUBLE,’ ADVOCATES SAY: More than 30 advocates, indigenous leaders and family members have published an open letter to the chief commissioner of the inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women, suggesting the process is in serious trouble. The group says it is aware the commission has a difficult challenge, but it suggests immediate action must be taken to mitigate damage and shift the current approach of the inquiry. The process, designed to cost $53.8 million and take two years, is led by Marion Buller, the first female First Nations judge in British Columbia, and has four other commissioners. Signatories of the letter say the time frame for the inquiry is “clearly too short.” They say the commissioners should formally request an extension from the federal government now. A spokesperson for Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett says the minister is confident the commission has the appropriate resources and time to conduct its work. The inquiry has yet to respond to the letter.———SASKATCHEWAN GOVERNMENT HIT BY CYBERATTACK: The Saskatchewan government says it has been hit with a cyber attack, but it’s not sure whether it’s related to the malware that has sought to extort money from companies, government agencies and other organizations around the world in recent days. The province said Monday its network was flooded with traffic on the weekend that caused a two-hour outage on the Saskatchewan.ca website and other system-related issues. Richard Murray, deputy minister of Central Services, described it as a “denial-of-service attack.” Malware dubbed WannaCry for the WannaCrypt software used to execute it has affected an estimated 300,000 machines in 150 countries since Friday. The most common way to spread it is by sending download links by email. It works by seizing control of a computer and making its files inaccessible to users. Victims are told they must pay large sums of money to get their files back. Murray said the Saskatchewan government has not received a ransom demand so far.———FAMILIES WHO HID SNOWDEN WANT CANADA’S HELP: The families who sheltered U.S. fugitive Edward Snowden in Hong Kong need to be brought to Canada immediately while the country processes their asylum claims, their lawyers said Monday. Hong Kong-based attorney Robert Tibbo said Canada needs to take this “exceptional” step and allow the seven people to enter the country after the Hong Kong government rejected their asylum applications last Friday. The seven people — four adults and their three children — allegedly helped hide Snowden when the fugitive was in the region in 2013 after he leaked documents revealing extensive U.S. government surveillance. They were put in contact with Snowden because they share Tibbo as a lawyer. Speaking from Hong Kong through a video conference, surrounded by the seven refugee applicants, Tibbo told reporters they have two weeks to appeal the decision or risk deportation to their countries of origin, Sri Lanka and the Philippines, where they fear for their safety. “The solution is Canada,” he said, adding the country is one of a handful of jurisdictions that permit a review of refugee applications from people who haven’t been screened by the United Nations.———QUEBEC TO CHANGE RULES FOR FLOOD COMPENSATION: New rules governing compensation for flood victims could come by the end of the week, Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard said Monday. The government’s current financial aid program isn’t inadequate, but could be improved, the premier told reporters in Montreal. Thousands of Quebecers will likely be seeking help after record April rainfall caused extensive flooding across the province. Some weary residents, briefed by government officials, have complained the program doesn’t meet the needs of those affected. Couillard has said the maximum amount that can be given to flood victims will likely be increased. Couillard said about $2 million has been doled out to help cover living expenses and advances for needed repair work. In many flood-stricken areas across the province, there has been a slow but steady shift towards cleaning up as water levels have continued to recede. In other areas, water levels remain high but are expected to drop in the coming days. More than 4,550 homes were still flooded as of Sunday night in 121 different cities and towns across the province and roughly 3,900 people have been evacuated.———DISMANTLE NATIONAL ENERGY BOARD, PANEL SAYS: A panel advising the government on how to overhaul the National Energy Board says the regulator should be dismantled and replaced with two new agencies that would operate within a more coherent national energy policy. After months of public hearings and talking to stakeholders, the panel says the National Energy Board has been given an impossible task: regulating the growth of the industry and marrying its growth with the government’s economic and climate-change goals. The panel recommends the government create a new national strategy that incorporates Ottawa’s policy vision on energy, the environment, and the economy. And it says before the energy regulator ever gets its hands on the file, the government should take up to a year to itself consider whether any new projects of national consequence align with that vision, including significant and meaningful consultation with indigenous communities. That can include looking at economic benefits to the country, indigenous rights and a climate test for emissions both upstream and downstream of the proposed project.———ONTARIO TOWN PARTNERS WITH UBER FOR TRANSIT: An Ontario town daunted by the cost of building a traditional public transit system has turned to a popular ride-hailing company for a solution. The town of Innisfil, Ont., is subsidizing the cost of rides for its residents with Uber Canada, offering flat rates to travel to certain public hubs and offering a discount for travel anywhere else within the community. Some American cities have struck similar partnerships with Uber in the past, but the company said the arrangement in Innisfil, effective Monday, marks the first time a Canadian municipality has enlisted Uber to fill a public transit void. Innisfil Deputy Mayor Lynn Dollin said the town has set aside $100,000 for the first phase of the project, which is currently projected to last about six months. That money, she said, will be used to subsidize the cost of Uber rides booked through the company’s smartphone app and online platform. Innisfil residents will be left to pay just $3 for a ride to and from the area surrounding the town’s recreational complex and town hall, while lifts to and from regional GO Transit bus stops will cost $5.———last_img read more

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UK regulator seeks to force Ryanair on strike compensation

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first_imgLONDON — Britain’s airline regulator is seeking to force Ryanair to pay compensation for flights that were cancelled or delayed by a series of worker strikes after Europe’s biggest discount carrier said it wasn’t required to pay thousands of claims under European Union rules.The Civil Aviation Authority says it has begun enforcement action against Ryanair after the airline ignored the regulator’s ruling that the strikes were not “extraordinary circumstances” as defined by EU rules. Airlines aren’t obliged to pay compensation for delays caused by extraordinary events such as bad weather.The regulator also says Wednesday that Ryanair has terminated its agreement with an arbitration service hired to settle disputes over compensation. As a result, anyone who has filed a claim will have to wait until the enforcement action is completed.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Tesla’s top lawyer leaves after only 2 months on the job

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Tesla’s top lawyer is leaving the company after only two months on the job.Tesla said in a prepared statement Wednesday that General Counsel Dane Butswinkas (But-SWIN-kiss) will return to a legal practice in Washington, D.C. He’ll continue to work for Tesla as outside counsel. No reason for the departure was given.He’ll be replaced by Jonathan Chang, an eight-year company veteran who had been vice-president of legal.Butswinkas says he has tremendous confidence in Chang and the management team.He is the latest in a long line of top executives to depart the Palo Alto, California, electric car and solar panel company.Last month Tesla Inc. announced that Chief Financial Officer Deepak Ahuja would retire, his second attempt at doing so.The Associated Press

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Niagara Police investigation leads to crack cocaine seizure

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Niagara Regional Police have seized $2,700 in cocaine from a home on Northwood Drive in St. Catharines.They had been investigating in conjunction with the Guns, Gangs and Grows Unit and the Opioid Unit.A search warrant was executed on Tuesday, January 22 at 4 p.m. Three people were arrested.Arrested and charged were 19 year old Toronto resident Rubens Kanate, 57 year old St. Catharines resident Simone Caroselli and a 16 year old young offender. They were charged with Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking and Proceeds of Property Obtained by Crime. A search of the home revealed crack cocaine and powdered cocaine, as well as money believed to be the proceeds of drug sales. The residence in question was located directly across the street from a public school. Police surveillance showed the drug sales were active during school hours.All three men were held pending a bail hearing set for January 23, 2019. read more

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No obligation to the public opioid distributor tells lawyer

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WASHINGTON — An executive at one of the nation’s largest drug distribution companies said in a legal proceeding that the business does not have an obligation to the public when it comes to shipping prescription opioid painkillers.That’s one of the exchanges contained in thousands of pages of court documents made public this week in lawsuits between two county governments in Ohio and a group of drugmakers and distributors over the toll exacted by opioids, which have been blamed for more than 400,000 deaths in the U.S. since 2000. Data shows shipments of the drugs increased even as overdoses mounted.In a deposition this year, Cardinal Health associate general counsel Jennifer Norris said the company has no obligation to the public but has “an obligation to perform its duties in accordance with the law, the statute, regulation and guidance.”Meghan Hoyer And Geoff Mulvihill, The Associated Press read more

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Settlement over rights to British agent James Bond movies hints at evil

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AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Settlement over rights to British agent James Bond movies hints at evil Blofeld’s return LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Could Blofeld be back?The archvillain from the James Bond films — who’s often seen stroking a white cat — might be making a return to the big screen following a settlement announced Friday between studio MGM, production company Danjaq and the estate of Kevin McClory.McClory was a co-writer of the 1965 movie “Thunderball” with Bond book writer Ian Fleming but was embroiled in a legal dispute over the movie rights for over 50 years.On Friday, the three parties announced that Danjaq and MGM had acquired all of the rights and interests relating to James Bond from the McClory estate and family.Terms weren’t disclosed.The McClory family’s law firm said McClory created the iconic character, Ernst Stavro Blofeld and the global terrorist organization he headed, SPECTRE (Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion), which were not part of the original novels.William Kane, a lawyer who represented the McClory estate, said in a statement that the settlement “will benefit James Bond film fans throughout the world.”The legal dispute dates back to 1959, six years after the publication of Fleming’s first Bond book, “Casino Royale.” The estate claims that McClory then proposed to Fleming that they set a James Bond movie in the Bahamas, which later became “Thunderball.” Fleming allegedly took the script and wrote the novel “Thunderball” without giving McClory credit.Following a legal tussle, McClory was able to produce “Thunderball” in 1965 and put out the 1983 film “Never Say Never Again,” which brought back Sean Connery as Agent 007.That year, a competing film, “Octopussy,” starring Roger Moore as 007, was released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Danjaq, the production company now run by the family of late producer Albert R. Broccoli.For years, “Never Say Never Again” has been left out of the Bond canon. The movie is not listed on the official James Bond 007 website, and was not included in last year’s “Bond 50” box set of discs celebrating 50 years of James Bond, dubbed “The Complete 22 Film Collection.” MGM lists 2012’s “Skyfall” as the 23rd James Bond film.The settlement may change that.The 24th movie in the series, with Sam Mendes returning as director, is set for release in late 2015. by Ryan Nakashima, The Associated Press Posted Nov 15, 2013 4:20 pm MDT read more

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Brexit Could Drastically Change English Soccer

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Over the past 20 years, the EU has expanded, bringing more countries into the “freedom of movement” area. The proportion of U.K. and Irish players in the EPL has continued to decrease: Last season, they accounted for only 41 percent of all EPL players. Players from the rest of the EU accounted for 41 percent, while non-EU players accounted for 18 percent.From the inaugural 1992-93 EPL season to the end of last season, a total of 1,022 players have transferred to an EPL club from an EU club outside of the U.K. and Ireland and played at least one league match for that club. This includes players who played nationally for countries outside the EU but also possessed EU passports (such as André Ayew, who was born in France but plays for Ghana). Of the 1,022 players, we judge that only 431 — or 42 percent — would have qualified for a work permit under the current rules when they first arrived in England. Had they not held an EU passport, the remaining 591 players would not have been permitted to play professional soccer in the U.K.6This analysis used data taken from TransferLeague.co.uk, 11v11.com, transfermarkt.co.uk, futbol24.com, Wikipedia, www.parliament.uk and the Transfer Price Index of Tomkins & Riley.What would be the consequences if, from next season onward, incoming players from the rest of the EU were subject to the same immigration requirements that currently apply only to non-EU players? In the early 1990s, a quota system was enforced for foreign players in English soccer that limited teams to fielding a maximum of three “foreigners” in domestic league and cup matches. A foreign player was defined as someone who held neither a U.K. nor an Irish passport. There was no distinction between players from Belgium and Brazil, even though Belgians had held the right to live and work in the U.K. for several years. Thirteen percent of the players that featured in the 1994-95 season were classified as foreign.In December 1995, after the so-called Bosman ruling, the quota was rescinded, instantly removing all restrictions on fielding players from the rest of the EU.5A new kind of quota would be instituted in 2010, when the EPL introduced a homegrown players rule. This rule requires that at least eight of the 25 players on a Premier League squad were registered with a club in England or Wales for a period of at least 36 months (or three seasons) prior to their 21 birthday. Clubs were still required to obtain work permits for non-EU players — a significant obstruction — but because of freedom of movement, the demand for soccer players with EU passports grew enormously. Cultural barriers aside, there were now no differences between recruiting a player from the Netherlands and one from Newcastle. 21-3060 National team’s FIFA rankingMin. share of matches played in past 24 months As debate has intensified over the plan for the United Kingdom to leave the European Union, industries across Britain are preparing for a post-Brexit world. Along with the agriculture, automotive, pharmaceutical and financial services fields, there’s another prosperous British business that could feel the brunt of Brexit: the English Premier League.From March 29 onward, all foreign soccer players — regardless of their origin — could require a work permit to sign for a club in the U.K. This would have enormous consequences for English clubs and the future of the English Premier League.By separating from the EU, the U.K. will aim to end “freedom of movement of people” between the U.K. and EU — one of the four freedoms of the EU’s single market.1The others are freedom of goods, services and capital. For many years, freedom of movement has bestowed on citizens of the European Union (or the wider European Economic Area)2The European Economic Area refers to the countries in which freedom of movement of people (and goods, services and capital) applies. It includes all 28 members of the European Union plus Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein. Switzerland is not a member of the EU or EEA but is a part of the EU’s single market. the right to travel, reside and work in any member state. Because of this, a baker from Nice can open a shop in Manchester, a bond trader from Frankfurt can join a bank in London, and, yes, soccer players from continental Europe can freely transfer to the English league. If the player holds an EU passport, there are no restrictions: From an employment perspective, he is treated the same as a U.K. national.Freedom of movement has had a seismic impact on the demographics of the league — all of which could change with Brexit. Prime Minister Theresa May has stated that freedom of movement will end when the U.K. leaves the EU, but she has yet to announce the new immigration rules that will replace it. Although EPL clubs will not immediately be required to obtain work permits for their players who aren’t British or Irish (citizens of the Republic of Ireland are likely to retain the rights to live and work in the U.K. post-Brexit), new arrivals from the EU3Along with the EEA and Switzerland. could become subject to the rules that currently apply only to non-EU players. Essentially, all players not eligible for a U.K. (or Irish) passport would have to obtain a work permit.To investigate the potential impact on English soccer, we took a look at the characteristics of European players who have played in the EPL over the past 26 years. What proportion of them would have qualified for a work permit? By answering this question, we can gain an insight into what might happen to the EPL in the future. The figure above shows two future scenarios. The first is the status quo, in which EU passport holders can continue to play in the U.K. without work permits (or any other bureaucratic hurdles). The second explores the end of freedom of movement to the U.K. In this scenario, EU players are subject to the same immigration requirements as players from the rest of the world beginning with the 2019-20 season. That is, they require a work permit and must meet the relevant criteria.In both cases, we assume that the total number of players in the EPL remains constant, as does the inflow and outflow of players from the rest of the world. In the status quo scenario, we assume that the inflow of players from Europe remains at its recent historical average; in the end of freedom of movement scenario, we assume that it drops to 42 percent of the recent average.In the status quo scenario, the percentage of U.K. and Irish players remains close to its present value, gradually declining over the next decade. The proportion of players from the EU increases slightly, eventually exceeding U.K. and Irish players, while those from the rest of the world remains relatively constant.The end of freedom of movement scenario paints a very different picture. The proportion of EU players declines substantially — from 41 percent last season to 20 percent by 2028-29 — while the proportion of British and Irish players increases from 41 percent to 64 percent over the same period. By the end of the next decade, the EPL would begin to resemble its constitution at the end of the 1990s: Nearly two-thirds of all players would be British or Irish.A large drop in the number of EU/EEA players does not necessarily imply a substantial reduction in terms of the quality of players. The money and allure of the Premier League would still entice elite players to come to play in England, at least for a while. The wealthiest clubs would continue to attract the biggest stars; the rest, on the other hand, would be forced to focus more on the domestic market. Teams often scout for potential in soccer leagues across Europe, but many of those players would no longer be allowed to make the leap. Champions League places would move even further beyond the horizons of most clubs, and “near miracles” such as Leicester’s fairytale league win — on the strength of the star turn from Riyad Mahrez,7Despite choosing to play for the Algerian national team, Mahrez was born in France and is a French citizen. who was acquired from Le Havre in France’s second tier — would become even less likely.On the other hand, some will argue that a drop in foreign recruitment would be a positive thing if it affords greater opportunities to British players. While the situation would be unchanged in terms of top-end recruitment at the elite clubs, even they would be forced to review their recruitment of young players from abroad. Homegrown players might have more of a chance of making it at the highest level.There is no doubt that the Premier League has benefited enormously from freedom of movement, with the rapid influx of foreign players helping to drive the league’s huge international popularity. But freedom of movement was also a crucial factor in the opposition to continued U.K. membership in the EU. It could well be that one effect of Brexit would be to diminish, perhaps sharply, the number of highly talented European footballers in the Premier League — which could have huge consequences for the future of the sport. ​Check out our latest soccer predictions. 1-1030% Before we can assess who might be affected, we first need to look at how the system of work permits works in English soccer. To obtain a permit, a foreign player must secure a Governing Body Endorsement from The Football Association (the governing body of English soccer). Each season, the FA publishes guidelines to help clubs determine whether transfer targets would qualify for an endorsement. Players age 21 and younger may meet the senior match threshold in just 12 months.Source: The Football Association Share of senior competitive international matches required to qualify for an English soccer work permit endorsement There are effectively two paths by which a player can qualify. To automatically qualify, a player must have participated in a minimum share of his national team’s senior competitive matches in the preceding two years.4This is reduced to 12 months if the player is 21 years old or younger. The minimum percentage is determined by the FIFA world ranking of that nation.If a player doesn’t qualify automatically, he can appeal. The appeals process is a points-based system that boils down to this: If the transfer fee is above the average amount paid by EPL clubs the previous year, and the club is willing to make him one of its higher earners, the appeals board can recommend that a permit should be approved. 31-5075 11-2045 read more

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Passchendaele virtual reality view could keep the horrors of the First World

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first_imgThe 83-year-old told the Telegraph :“It was a little bit misty and a little bit out of focus, but I could see the hedgerows and the star shells.”“I could have been there, lying in a field.”Mr Hunt, who reached the rank of warrant officer and served in Cyprus, Germany and Hong Kong, said it was crucial to teach the younger generation about the horrors of the First World War. Chelsea Pensioners try out the virtual reality displays of PasschendaeleCredit:Eddie Mulholland Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The displays can be seen on standard gaming headsetsCredit: Eddie Mulholland for The Telegraph The Battle of Passchendaele is one of the most notorious in the First World WarCredit: Science History Images / Alamy Stock Photo The Royal British Legion to launch Battle of Passchendaele virtual reality content with Dan Snow. To commemorate the WWI battle, the RBL has partnered with historian Dan Snow to create a series of virtual reality videos, from the experiences of those on the front line to nurses battling to treat the flood of casualties Mr Snow, who helped create the content, said: “We have got a big experiment on our hands here. Every other war that we have fought as humans has drifted into obscurity as eye witnesses have passed away. Chelsea pensioners try out the virtual reality displays of Passchendaele The Battle of Passchendaele is one of the most notorious in the First World War He said: “They know so little about history these days, let alone the First and Second World Wars.”The legion also has 1,000 cardboard headsets on offer that can be fitted with mobile phones to create makeshift virtual reality sets. The virtual reality displays can be downloaded from the legion’s website. The six films aimed at a younger generation unlikely to read military history, show the battle, trenches and participants in full 360 degree view and can be downloaded onto standard video game headsets.Historians have used archive photographs, film and testimony to recreate the battle that caused 325,000 Allied and 260,000 German casualties.The films even allow the viewer an indication of what it was like to go over the top. Virtual reality technology means the First World War could be the first conflict to be kept fresh in the public consciousness, the historian Dan Snow has suggested, as the Royal British Legion launched a high-tech immersive view of Passchendaele.Advances in technology could revolutionise military history and keep alive the immediacy of the trenches and Western Front for generations to come.The television presenter and historian spoke as the legion unveiled six virtual reality experiences taking the viewer back to Passchendaele to mark the centenary of one of the most notorious battles of the war. “With the First World War, we have got the chance of doing something different. We can keep it fresh.“It will be interesting to see whether my kids find the First World War as distant as I find the Battle of Agincourt, or will the immediacy of it be maintained because we have got this technology.“It’s about taking the images and giving it the full treatment of 2017, which is immersive which is a whole step above sitting on your bottom watching television.”“These sets have primarily been used by gamers so far, but I think history has the most to gain from these.”Bill Hunt, a Chelsea Pensioner who spent 25 years in the Royal Horse Guards, on Tuesday became one of the first members of the public to try out the new films.last_img read more

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Teens fatal stabbing at Soesdyke…CPG member further detained

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Dead teenager, Ricardo SinghSeveral days after 15-year-old Ricardo Singh of Diamond, East Bank Demerara was fatally stabbed at Soesdyke, East Bank Demerara, a member of the Community Policing Group who was arrested in connection with the murder remains in custody.Based on reports received, the 72-hour detention period had elapsed but the police would have granted the necessary approval to further detain the young Rural Constable (RC). Guyana Times further understands that the teen’s friend who was also taken into custody was released as police continue their investigations.Information reaching the Guyana Times revealed on the night of the fatal stabbing, the Rural Constable was reportedly seen using excessive force on the now dead teen after he resisted arrest. Initially, the Guyana Times was told that the young man had an altercation with another young man at a wedding in Soesdyke, EBD resulting in the police being summoned.It is unclear whether the young man was wounded during the scuffle at the wedding house or during his arrest by the Rural Constable who is now in police custody. While information remains sketchy, the parents of the dead teen claimed that they are allowing the police to wrap up their investigation.When contacted, ‘A’ Division Commander, Leslie James confirmed that investigations into the teen’s murder are continuing while noting that before charges are instituted, the police have to make sure that the matter was properly investigated.The teenager who is also referred to as “Cardo”, of Lot 63 Avenue A & B, Diamond New Housing Scheme, EBD, was stabbed several times, including once to his abdomen.It was reported that the former Diamond Secondary School student and his friends left their respective homes on Sunday last with the intention of “taking a lime” at the Linden-Soesdyke Highway Junction but instead went to the wedding house, which was close-by.However, while there, a gang of men allegedly attempted to relieve one of the teen’s friends of his gold chain and cash, resulting in the now dead teen intervening. His friend whom he was helping reportedly ran away leaving Singh behind.The young man, who would have been celebrating his 16th birthday on Thursday last was subsequently found in a nearby trench with his intestines protruding. He was picked up and taken to the Diamond hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.On the other hand, it was reported that the young man was misbehaving at the wedding and the Police were called in to intervene. However, at the time, members of the Community Policing Group (CPG) were patrolling the area and as such, they reportedly arrested the young man. He was placed in the back of the motor vehicle and as it took off for the Timehri Police Station, he reportedly jumped out but instead of stopping to check on the young man, the vehicle sped away.The young man was later found close to a trench by public spirited citizens who in turn contacted the police. The young man was reportedly dead when he was found. He is expected to be cremated on Sunday. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedUPDATE: Victim in Soesdyke fatal stabbing identified as teenagerJuly 9, 2018In “Crime”Mother cries for justice almost 1 year after son’s deathMay 13, 2019In “Crime”Rural Constable charged with teen’s murder remandedOctober 15, 2018In “Court” read more

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Poll When should the Christmas decorations go up

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first_imgDUBLIN SWITCHED ON its lights last night, while Cork and Belfast are gearing up for their first official Christmas celebrations tonight and tomorrow.However, many people believe it is too early to start thinking about Santa, reindeer and trees – sure Americans haven’t even bought their Thanksgiving turkeys yet.What happens in your household? What’s the correct thing to do? In today’s poll, we ask: When should the Christmas decorations go up? On/just after the 8 December (5071) Poll Results: Christmas week (4240) Bah humbug (894)center_img Anytime in November1 DecemberOn/just after the 8 DecemberChristmas weekBah humbugVote Anytime in November (305) 1 December (1709)last_img

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Soybean Growers from 11 States to Lead ASAs WISHH Program in 201617

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first_imgWISHH Program Committee Members, front row from left: George Goblish (MN); Treasurer Stan Born (IL); Secretary E.L. Reed (MO); Vice Chair Levi Huffman (Ind); President Daryl Cates (IL); and Jim Wilson (MIi). Back row from left: Tim Bardole (IA); U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) Ex-officio Member Marypat Corbett; Roberta Simpson-Dolbeare (IL); Kurt Maurath (Kan); Jeff Lynn (IL); USB Ex-officio Member Keith Kemp (OH); and WISHH Executive Director Jim Hershey. Not shown: Ryan Cahoon (NC); Steve Reinhard (OH); Dawn Scheier (SD); and Art Wosick (ND).American Soybean Association (ASA) President Richard Wilkins confirmed 15 soybean growers from 11 states to serve as ASA’s World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (WISHH) program committee in 2016-17. Officers are: Chairman Daryl Cates (IL), Vice Chair Levi Huffman (IN); Treasurer Stan Born (IL); and Secretary E.L. Reed (MO).New WISHH Committee members include: Tim Bardole (IA); Roberta Simpson-Dolbeare (IL); Kurt Maurath (KS); and Dawn Scheier (SD). Returning members include the officer team as well as: Ryan Cahoon (N.C.); George Goblish (MN.); Jeff Lynn (IL); Steve Reinhard (OH); Jim Wilson (MI) and Art Wosick (ND). Keith Kemp (OH) serves as an ex-officio member representing the United Soybean Board (USB), along with U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) Marketing Director Marypat Corbett.ASA and WISHH praise the leadership of outgoing Chairman Lucas Heinen (KS) and Treasurer Monica McCranie (SD), as well as members Gary Berg (IL); Dean Coleman (IA); and John Heisdorffer (IA).“We commend these soybean growers who lead WISHH’s important work that builds long-term international markets for U.S. soy by leveraging U.S. farmer investments with U.S. Department of Agriculture and other programs,” Wilkins said. “WISHH has a winning strategy that benefits both U.S. soybean growers and WISHH’s developing country partners, who make their nations more food secure by adding U.S. soy protein to their livestock feed rations and diverse human foods.”In the early 2000s, forward-thinking U.S. soybean leaders in multiples states launched WISHH as a way to create trade with developing countries, where a growing middle class would have the buying power to purchase protein foods and feeds. WISHH is focused on creating markets for soy where the need exists but the business does not. A recent example of this occurred in Pakistan, where WISHH helped create an aquaculture market that is contributing to demand for soy-based feed.WISHH and the USSEC pave complementary trade routes that grow U.S. soy markets. In 2015, WISHH transitioned its Bangladesh operations to USSEC. That country’s annual U.S. soy purchases exceed $250 million. Due to demand for soy protein taking off in Pakistan, WISHH will continue to transition market development programs in that country to USSEC after Oct. 1, 2016.According to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and other economic analysis, developing countries dominate world demand growth for agricultural products. USDA projects developing countries’ demand for agricultural products will increase faster than their production. As a result, these countries will account for 92 percent of the total increase in world oilseed and meat imports in 2013-22.WISHH is a trade-development organization. Since U.S. soybean farmers founded WISHH in 2000, it has worked in 24 countries to develop long-term markets for U.S. soybean farmers while fueling economic growth and value chain development. The WISHH program is managed from ASA’s world headquarters in St. Louis. For more information, click here.last_img read more

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STATE REP RACE Massachusetts Nurses Association Endorses Mark Kratman

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first_imgTEWKSBURY, MA — The Massachusetts Nurses Association (MNA) recently endorsed State Representative candidate Mark Kratman (D-Tewksbury) for the 19th Middlesex District seat.Kratman previously announced endorsements the Massachusetts Teachers Association, Building Wreckers Local 1421, SEIU Local 509, and the Tewksbury Fire Fighters Union. Kratman also has the endorsements of Tewksbury’s State Senator Barbara L’Italien and Lowell’s State Representative Dave Nangle as well as Tewksbury Town Moderator Jayne Miller and the entire Tewksbury Planning Board.Kratman, an administrator with the Massachusetts Highway Department, is currently serving his fourth year on the Tewksbury Board of Selectmen, having been elected to his second term this past April. He serves as Chair of the Town’s Economic Development Committee.Kratman is also a member of the Tewksbury Patriotic Activities Committee (Vice Chair), the Board of Directors for the Wilmington-Tewksbury Chamber of Commerce, the Tewksbury Knights of Columbus, the Tewksbury Lions Club, and the Tewksbury-Wilmington Elks.About The Massachusetts Nurses AssociationFounded in 1903, the Massachusetts Nurses Association is the largest union of registered nurses in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Its 23,000 members advance the nursing profession by fostering high standards of nursing practice, promoting the economic and general welfare of nurses in the workplace, projecting a positive and realistic view of nursing, and by lobbying the Legislature and regulatory agencies on health care issues affecting nurses and the public.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTATE REP RACE: Massachusetts AFL-CIO Endorses Mark KratmanIn “Government”STATE REP RACE: Teamsters Local Union 25 Endorses Mark KratmanIn “Government”STATE REP RACE: Massachusetts Teachers Association Endorses Mark KratmanIn “Government”last_img read more

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Nine new ministers take oath for Modi cabinet

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first_imgNine new ministers with president Ram Nath Kovind and prime minister Narendra Modi after taking oath at Rasthrapati Bhavan on Sunday. Photo taken from official Facebook of Indian presidentNine new ministers have taken oath for the Modi government.The ministers took oath on Sunday during a swearing in ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan in which nine new ministers were inducted and four ministers of state were elevated to the cabinet.The three ministers who took oath in English were commerce and industry minister Nirmala Sitharaman, former diplomat Hardeep Singh Puri and former bureaucrat Alphons Kannanthanam.Sitharaman has been promoted to the cabinet while Puri and Kannanthanam became ministers of state.Petroleum and natural gas minister Dharmendra Pradhan, power minister Piyush Goyal and minority affairs minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, the three others who became cabinet ministers, took their oath in Hindi.Others who took oath in Hindi were Shiv Pratap Shukla, Ashwini Choubey, Virendra Kumar, Anant Kumar Hegde, R.K. Singh, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat and Satya Pal Singh, all of whom became ministers of state.last_img read more

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Gay porn star reveals cancer diagnosis with candid Twitter posting

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first_imgWhat is Hodgkin’s Lymphoma?Hodgkin’s Lymphoma is a cancer of the lymphatic system. This is the system of nodes and vessels that makes up part of your immune system and which helps circulate infection-fighting defense cells around your body.It typically presents as a swelling in your lymph glands, and although a less common cancer, typically affects young adults in their 20s or people over 70. Treatment is usually chemotherapy or radiotherapy. There’s a good survival rate if caught early enough. Anyone with persistently swollen glands should consult their physician for advice.The Lymphoma Research Foundation offers a wealth of further information.Cook’s message prompted hundreds of messages of support. Others who have had lymphoma have also commented and highlighted that the survival rate is high.‘As a nurse I see people recover well from this type of thing,’ said @willwlb. ‘Make sure you have a strong support system and make sure to lean on them in your times of need don’t go through this alone.’GSN has reached out to Cook for further comment.See alsoLess than half the stars on new black gay porn site Noir Male are black Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Shane Cook (Photo: Helis Studios) Gay porn star couple on life after gang bang proposal: ‘I’d love to have kids’ King Cobra actor Garrett Clayton comes out and reveals his boyfriend Shane Cook, 22, is based in Missouri in the US. He appears in films for San Diego-based porn studio, Helix.Two days ago he revealed he is currently dealing with major health challenges. He posted a photo to Twitter in which a lump is clearly visible on his upper chest.The accompanying message read: ‘Hello everyone I’m posting this picture because I’m tired of being embarrassed about something I have no control over. So about 3 or 4 months ago I was diagnosed with stage 2 Hodgkin’s lymphoma cancer and in Short am handling it very well!’Hello everyone I’m posting this picture because I’m tired of being embarrassed about something I have no control over. So about 3 or 4 months ago I was diagnosed with stage 2 Hodgkin’s lymphoma cancer and in Short am handling it very well! pic.twitter.com/5nJmICahvq— Shane Cook (@ShaneCookXXX) August 28, 2018He went on to say, ‘I’ve had some hair loss and I’ve lost muscle but I haven’t lost anything that I won’t be able to get back and some so I’m going to keep doing what I need to do for myself and look forward to filming later on!’He explained the lump visible under his skin is an implantable ‘port’.‘It’s what they use for injections so your arms don’t get scared from IV.’ GAYSTARNEWS- A gay adult entertainment star has revealed that he is currently fighting cancer. Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Celebrity Big Brother’s Andrew Brady: Homophobia is still homophobia at any ageCourtney Act won Celebrity Big Brother and fans are so happy about itCelebrity Big Brother: Courtney Act argues with housemates over Ann Widdecombe’s stance on LGBT rightsRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/shane-cook-reveals-cancer-diagnosis/last_img read more

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First Patient Treated in Online Adaptive Radiotherapy Trial With CyberKnife System

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first_img Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD April 6, 2018 — Accuray Inc. and Erasmus MC announced the first patient has been successfully treated using an online-adaptive (OA) approach together with the CyberKnife System. The patient, treated for oligometastases in the pelvic region, is part of a new clinical trial conducted at Erasmus MC, the largest university medical center in the Netherlands, evaluating OA stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) delivered by the CyberKnife platform. The trial brings the hospital one step closer to its goal of providing individual, personalized medicine.”At Erasmus MC our goal is to use innovative approaches to provide customized, effective treatments that help extend or improve the quality of life of people diagnosed with cancer, regardless of the stage of their cancer diagnosis,” said J.J. Nuyttens, M.D., Ph.D., radiation oncologist, Department of Radiation Oncology, Erasmus MC. “We initiated this trial because we want to improve local cancer control and minimize toxicities in people with pelvic or intra-abdominal oligometastases.”Oligometastastic disease occurs when cancer cells from the primary tumor travel to other parts of the body and form a small number (less than six) of lesions. The cancerous cells are in an intermediate state; they are no longer confined to their initial location nor have they spread widely throughout the body. Radiation treatment of oligometastatic disease in the pelvic or intra-abdominal area is challenging because of the close proximity of healthy organs very sensitive to radiation. From one day to the next there can be a significant variation in the position of these organs, and it can be difficult to account for the changes in their location on a daily basis.To address this issue, Accuray and Erasmus MC are partnering to develop an integrated, advanced imaging solution tailored for use with the CyberKnife System. The purpose is to enable clinicians to adapt the treatment plan to daily anatomical changes within the patient. According to Nuyttens, “this OA-SBRT strategy provided the treated patient with an optimal combination of dose to the tumor and sparing of the surrounding healthy organs.”This study is a non-randomized single arm phase II clinical trial evaluating the use of OA-SBRT for the treatment of oligometastatic disease in the pelvic or para-aortic region. In total, 53 patients will be enrolled and will be followed for three years. A prescription dose of 45 Gy will be delivered in five fractions by the CyberKnife System. The primary study objectives are to evaluate local control, survival and toxicity.For more information: www.accuray.com 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 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 | Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT) | April 06, 2018 First Patient Treated in Online Adaptive Radiotherapy Trial With CyberKnife System New clinical trial evaluates use of online-adaptive stereotactic body radiation therapy approach in the treatment of oligometastases 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 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 | 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 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 Related Content 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 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 | 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 Image courtesy of Imago Systems FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 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 The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. 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 | 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

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Recovery Chugs Along in DallasFort Worth Despite Setbacks

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first_img July 16, 2013 502 Views Share Recovery Chugs Along in Dallas-Fort Worth Despite Setbacks in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicingcenter_img The new home market in the Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) Metroplex continued to see rapid growth in the second quarter, according to a report from “”Metrostudy””:http://www.metrostudy.com/, a “”Hanley Wood””:http://www.hanleywood.com/ company.[IMAGE]””Homebuilders continued to report strong year-over-year gains in net sales during the quarter. Builders responded by starting more new homes during the second quarter than any time during the last five years,”” said David Brown, regional director of Metrostudy’s DFW office. New home starts surged 32 percent over the quarter, rising the most among houses priced above $300,000. According to Brown, homebuilders are expected to start 22,000 homes in DFW this year.While starts were up, finished new home inventory was down 20 percent during Q2. As of the end of the quarter, finished vacant inventory was down to a 20-year low, representing only a 1.7 month supply–well below the two-month supply considered to be equilibrium.With demand remaining strong and inventory down, Metrostudy reports some communities in the Metroplex have seen prices rise 10 to 20 percent or more during the first half of 2013. At the same time, however, higher interest rates are expected to slow the rate of price gains in coming quarters.””Buyer’s purchasing power has weakened somewhat in the past two months and will further erode if mortgage rates continue to rise,”” Brown said.Metrostudy also noted that new lot deliveries remained well below the starts pace during the second quarter, causing the lot supply to fall. While total lot inventory represents a 29-month supply, the most active subdivisions (which account for 75 percent of new home demand) have a restricted 15-month supply (equilibrium is considered to be in the 20- to 24-month range). Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Home Prices Housing Starts Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2013-07-16 Tory Barringerlast_img read more

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Go back to the enewsletter Australianbased eco

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >Australian-based eco operator, Majestic Whale Encounters, is offering a $300 discount per couple on one of its 2016 all-inclusive whale swim tours in Tonga and will also donate $300 of each couple’s booking to a Tongan school, if the tour is booked before 15 October 2015.The $300 donation from each couple’s booking will go towards Faleloa Public School, a local school in Tonga’s Ha’apai islands which was damaged by a cyclone last year. The donations will assist in rebuilding the school and providing local children with school supplies. The school is a 10-minute walk from the resort where Majestic Whale Encounters guests stay, meaning travellers may visit the school as part of their whale swim tour.Starting on 23 August, 2016, the 8-day tour will include 5 days of whale swims, giving guests opportunities to swim, snorkel and spot humpback whales in their natural environment. Every year from July to October, the whales migrate to the tropical northern islands of Tonga to mate and give birth, offering swimmers more chances to get to know the gentle mammals. Guests will stay at Sandy Beach Resort Ha’apai where they can bush walk, fish, cycle or just relax during their two leisure days.The tour costs from AU$3941 per person twin share, including the $150 per person discount if booked before 15 October, 2015. The tour includes 7 nights’ accommodation, 5 days on the water with skipper, guide and marine scientist, all main meals, a welcome dinner and all local flights and transfers.For bookings made by 15 October 2015, Majestic Whale Encounters will donate $150 for each person to Faleloa Public School. Flights to Tonga from Australia (5 hours direct) with Virgin Australia are extra.Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img read more

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first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Ragan Clark, The Associated Press Posted Nov 15, 2018 11:24 am PDT Review: Smashing Pumpkins’ album is shiny and oh so bright This cover image released by Napalm Records shows “Shiny and Oh So Bright, Vol. 1/ No Past. No Future. No Sun,” by The Smashing Pumpkins. (Napalm Records via AP) The Smashing Pumpkins, “SHINY AND OH SO BRIGHT, VOL. 1 / LP: NO PAST. NO FUTURE. NO SUN.” (Napalm Records)It’s no question The Smashing Pumpkins has had a tumultuous past. Multiple iterations, breakups and solo careers later, three founding members of the 90’s Chicago-rooted rockers — Billy Corgan, James Iha and Jimmy Chamberlin — are back to release their first collaborative album in 18 years, “SHINY AND OH SO BRIGHT, VOL. 1 / LP: NO PAST. NO FUTURE. NO SUN.”The title of the LP is fitting, considering there’s a past the band likely wants to leave behind.The Smashing Pumpkins has teetered between dissolution and reconciliation since 1996, after the overdose death of touring keyboardist Jonathan Melvoin and the firing of Chamberlin. Members have been in flux ever since, with the current roster featuring Corgan, Iha and Chamberlin with guitarist Jeff Schroeder.Ahead of their latest tour, one founding member, bassist D’arcy Wretzky, was left in the dark. The circumstances surrounding her exclusion from the band’s reunion started a feud between Wretzky and Corgan, complete with publicized text message screenshots and name-calling.Peel away the dramatics and dysfunction that marked the launch of “SHINY AND OH SO BRIGHT” — and the Pumpkins’ past, for that matter — and you’re left with an album that stays true to the band’s classic sound with the help of legendary producer Rick Rubin.Triumphant strings and distorted vocals open the album, as “Knights of Malta” crescendos to a choir singing with the guttural Corgan singing, “We’re gonna make this happen/I’m gonna fly forever.”While the album captures the nonconforming spirit of eccentric frontman Corgan — swinging between manic, obsessive and edgy tracks like “Solara” and delicate, trance-like songs such as “With Sympathy” — overall, “SHINY AND OH SO BRIGHT” is no masterpiece. Songs build then fizzle, like “Silvery Sometimes (Ghosts),” a catchy tune lacking the chorus to be considered vintage Smashing, despite its nostalgic and distinctive Pumpkins feel.Highlights on the 8-track album include “Travels” and “With Sympathy.” The optimistic “Travels” affirms the album’s commitment to “No Past. No Future.” in a fluid reality where Corgan sings, “See love, see time/see death, see life” before unfolding into a chorus of, “It’s where I belong/but far from here or else I’m gone.” There’s an element of opacity, common to Pumpkins lyrics, but one that manages to feel pleasantly unresolved by the anthemic track. “With Sympathy” pleads, “Please stay confused/disunion has its use,” but wraps itself in a comforting, steady melody.“SHINY AND OH SO BRIGHT” brings hope that the band’s dark days are distant. Millions of Pumpkins fans certainly hope so.Ragan Clark, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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