New UK rules over rape victims’ digital data spark criticism

first_imgLondon: Police are asking rape and sexual assault victims for access to their digital devices under new guidelines published on Monday that prompted criticism from women’s rights campaigners in Britain. Officers now present victims with consent forms to view messages, photographs, emails and social media accounts, with police warning that prosecutions may not go ahead without the permissions. The change follows a disclosure scandal in the legal system which saw a series of rape and sexual assault cases collapse in recent years after crucial evidence emerged at the last minute. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportAssistant commissioner Nick Ephgrave, of the National Police Chiefs’ Council, said the new “informed consent” forms would be used “proportionately and consistently”. He added police were working with victim groups and others to ensure the approach had “the necessary balance”. “We would never want victims to feel that they can’t report crimes because of ‘intrusion’ in their data,” Ephgrave said in a statement. But women’s advocates as well as privacy campaigners have hit out at the consent forms as overly intrusive and argue they could deter people from reporting crimes. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protests”We seem to be going back to the bad old days when victims of rape are being treated as suspects,” said Harriet Wistrich, director of the Centre for Women’s Justice. The organisation said it was preparing a legal challenge to the policy alongside privacy advocates Big Brother Watch, which has dubbed the measures “digital strip searches”. Prime Minister Theresa May’s spokesman said Monday that the issue was “complex” and police would conduct impact assessments on the forms. “While disclosure is an important component of the criminal justice system… the police have acknowledged that the use of personal data in criminal investigations is a source of anxiety,” he said. “We want victims to have the confidence to come forward.” The forms are part of a wholesale review of disclosure processes within the legal system in England and Wales.last_img

Two suspects arrested over shooting in Nallur

Two suspects were arrested over the shooting incident in Nallur in Jaffna, the Police said today.A policeman who was injured during the shooting incident targeting a prominent judge in Jaffna yesterday, succumbed to his injuries in hospital. High Court judge N. Illancheliyan was shot at by gunmen in Nallur, Jaffna while he was in his vehicle. The judge involved in the murder case of Sivaloganathan Vithya was shot at in Jaffna last evening. The judge was unhurt but a policeman who was giving security to the judge was injured.The High Court judge is part of a trial-at-bar hearing the case on the rape and murder of the school girl. (Colombo Gazette)

OPP help with attempted murder probe

An attempted murder investigation has been launched into a Jan. 12 shooting that sent a man to hospital with head injuries.The Haldimand OPP major crime unit, under the direction of Det. Insp. Randy Gaynor, is helping Six Nations police with the investigation, the OPP announced Wednesday.The investigation began when Six Nations police were called at about 4:15 a.m.. on Jan. 12 and told a 22-year-old man who had been dropped off at a Sixth Line Road home was bleeding and was being driven to hospital.Police later stopped a vehicle carrying the man, who appeared to have slash wounds to his head. He was conscious but appeared intoxicated and confused, Six Nations police said in a Jan. 14 news release.The man was taken by ambulance to Hamilton General Hospital, where he regained consciousness and was listed in stable condition.Doctors determined the man had been shot in the head, police said.At that time, investigators believed the victim had been involved in an altercation outside of Brando’s Bar in Brantford.OPP Const. Ed Sanchuk said the man had been seen in multiple locations in the Brantford prior to the incident.“We believe someone knows something that could help our investigation and we’re hoping that they’ll come forward.”Anyone with information is asked to call Six Nations police at 519-445-2811 or OPP at 1-888-310-1122.To remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

CoucheTard fielding calls for European deals after Statoil acquisition

by News Staff Posted Jun 21, 2012 6:18 pm MDT MONTREAL – Alimentation Couche-Tard says the $2.7-billion acquisition of Statoil Fuel & Retail’s hasn’t satiated the company’s appetite for growth, either in North America or in Europe where big oil brands are looking to sell their retail operations.Chief executive Alain Bouchard said Norwegian-based Statoil Retail had been restricted from doing business with other oil companies while it was tied to majority owner Statoil. But with that bond broken, Couche-Tard has been receiving calls from players who didn’t even know it’s name before.“Now, with this big start in Europe, everybody notices who we are and we got calls,” Bouchard said during a news conference Thursday from Oslo.The Quebec-based retailer has taken control of Scandinavia’s leading fuel and convenience store chain, which has 2,300 outlets and operations in central and eastern Europe.Couche-Tard said 94.1 per cent of Statoil Fuel & Retail shareholders have tendered to its offer. It has also bought an additional 2.7 per cent stake in the market, raising its ownership to 96.7 per cent.The remaining shares will be added over the next couple of months, but SFR will be incorporated into Couche-Tard’s results in the next quarter.Bouchard said Statoil Fuel & Retail will consider adding new markets outside of its base. The company has previously expressed an interest in Germany.He added that Couche-Tard’s (TSX:ATD.B) entry into Europe would not reduce the pace of acquisitions in North America.Acquisitions can take six to 12 months to finalize, so the company will use the time to reduce its leverage while maintaining its investment grade credit rating, said chief financial officer Raymond Pare.“We will manage (leverage) as we did when we did the Circle K acquisition when we did execute a deleveraging plan right after the acquisition in order to regain the flexibility that we need in order to face opportunities.”Statoil Fuel & Retail CEO Jacob Schram called the acquisition another milestone in the company’s long history.“We are looking forward to further develop the business that we are proud of and do that together with our new 100 per cent owner that will support us in growing the European base,” Schram said.Although Statoil Fuel & Retail is the market leader in Sweden and Norway, Schram said there is room for expansion in Denmark and Poland where it has just five per cent market share.The European market is in a restructuring phase as big oil companies consider selling their retail operations.“The market in general in the areas where we are operating is absolutely exciting moving forward,” Schram told analysts and journalists.Economic problems in Europe are a concern, but Statoil is geographically diversified to withstand regional problems, much like Couche-Tard is in North America, Bouchard added.Analyst Michael Van Aelst of TD Securities raised his share price target to $60, up 11 per cent or $6, on the addition of Statoil to Couche-Tard’s operations.“We see the potential for this to occur again, though possibly not to similar peaks as investors’ comfort with Europe is believed to be even less than what was the case with the U.S. a decade ago,” he wrote in a research note.Still, Van Aelst said the shares could be volatile over the next few year as disappointing results from Europe, even if temporary, will likely lead to some questioning the company’s strategy.That’s what happened when Circle K’s initial results were disappointing because of lower fuel margins.“But few are questioning management’s ability to add value in the U.S. any longer,” he added.On the Toronto Stock Exchange, Couche-Tard shares closed down 42 cents at C$44.83 on Thursday. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Couche-Tard fielding calls for European deals after Statoil acquisition

Facebooks untapped potential Instagram video and other services

SAN FRANCISCO – If you’re starting to notice more ads on Instagram, it’s all part of Facebook’s plan.Facebook, the world’s largest social network, has steadily built its advertising business to become the world’s second-largest digital ad platform after Google. Now it’s looking at ways to make more money from video ads and from newer services like Instagram, the mobile photo-sharing app that it bought for $1 billion in 2012.Instagram recently announced it has over 400 million monthly users, surpassing the 300 million who use the rival social networking site Twitter. While Facebook has been introducing Instagram ads slowly — to avoid irritating users by overloading them with commercial messages — the company said in September that it would allow more kinds of ads, including longer video spots, on the photo-sharing service.With those new formats, Instagram could produce more than $250 million in revenue for the current quarter, Evercore ISI analyst Ken Sena estimates. Businesses will spend about $600 million on Instagram ads this year — and nearly $1.5 billion in 2016, according to research firm eMarketer.“When we talk to advertisers and ad agencies, they’re very interested in Instagram,” said eMarketer analyst Debra Aho Williamson.One reason: In recent years, there’s been a debate over whether teens and young adults are forsaking Facebook in favour of newer, trendier online services. But Williamson said young adults are “very visually focused and pretty heavy users of Instagram.”Facebook doesn’t disclose how much of its revenue comes from Instagram. The company beat Wall Street estimates on Wednesday by reporting third-quarter net income of $891 million, on revenue of $4.5 billion. Profit was up 11 per cent, while revenue grew 40 per cent from the same period a year earlier.More than 1.55 billion people now visit Facebook at least once a month, up 14 per cent from a year ago. Daily users increased by 17 per cent, to 1.1 billion. As in previous quarters, Facebook said a majority of users are visiting Facebook on mobile devices, and mobile ads contributed 78 per cent of the company’s ad revenue.Those results drove Facebook’s stock up more than 3.5 per cent in late trading, after shares closed Wednesday at $103.94.Facebook has seen continued growth in revenue and users over the last three years, but the company is growing more slowly as it gets bigger. That’s led it to consider new ways of showing advertising.Facebook is also increasingly introducing new ways for its users to share and watch video on the social network, positioning itself against Google’s popular YouTube service. CEO Mark Zuckerberg told analysts Wednesday that Facebook users are now watching more than 8 billion video clips a day on the site, up from 4 billion in April. (Facebook counts any clip played for at least 3 seconds as a “view.”)Analysts say Facebook has huge, untapped potential in both video and its growing stable of apps and services, many of which operate separately from the main social network. That includes Instagram, the WhatsApp messaging app and Oculus VR, which makes virtual reality gear.More than 800 million people are now using WhatsApp, the messaging app Facebook bought for $19 billion in 2014, and another 700 million people use the Messenger service that Facebook developed internally.While the company hasn’t spelled out plans to make money from those apps, chief financial officer David Wehner told analysts Wednesday that he’s confident “there are going to be opportunities” in the future.Zuckerberg also cautioned that it will take time for virtual reality technology to gain wide adoption. But chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg stressed Instagram’s more immediate potential during the company’s quarterly earnings call.For advertisers, she boasted, Facebook and Instagram are the “two most important mobile platforms out there.” Instagram offers advertisers the same targeting and measurement capabilities they can get with ads on Facebook, she added.Facebook still handles less advertising than Google, its biggest rival, but its share of global spending on digital ads is growing, according to eMarketer. The firm estimates Facebook’s share will be 9.6 per cent this year, up from 8 per cent last year, while Google’s will drop from 32 per cent last year to 30.4 per cent this year.Experts caution that Facebook must be careful as it introduces new kinds of advertising, so it doesn’t overwhelm or annoy users. The company worked closely with advertisers to make sure the first ads on Instagram “met a high bar” for esthetics and creativity, Williamson said. Still, she said she’s recently seen “a couple of duds.”Sandberg acknowledged that concern, telling analysts the company is monitoring the quality of ads closely. by Brandon Bailey, The Associated Press Posted Nov 5, 2015 7:11 am MDT Last Updated Nov 5, 2015 at 8:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Facebook’s untapped potential: Instagram, video and other services FILE – In this March 25, 2015, file photo, Mark Zuckerberg talks about the Messenger app during the Facebook F8 Developer Conference in San Francisco. Facebook reports quarterly financial results on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)

Stem cell patch allows wordblind patients to read again

first_imgDouglas Waters, Prof Lydon da Cruz, Freda Waters, and Odysseas GeorgiadisCredit:Matt Thackray  Embryonic stem cells have the ability to become any cell in the body in the right environment Douglas Waters who can read again after becoming the first person in the world to have a stem cell eye patch implanted  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. Embryonic stem cells have the ability to become any cell in the body in the right environment Douglas Waters, Prof Lydon da Cruz, Freda Waters, and Odysseas Georgiadis “They represent another step forward in materializing our hopes of clinical implementation of  human embryonic stem cell based treatment of age-related macular degeneration in the not so distant future.”The trial results were published in the journal Nature Biotechnology. Experts said the treatment offered ‘real hope’ to people suffering from AMD.Professor Lyndon da Cruz, consultant ophthalmologist at Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust said: “The patients who received the treatment had very severe AMD, and their improved vision will go some way to enhance their quality of life.“We recognise that this is a small group of patients, but we hope that what we have learned from this study will benefit many more in the future.“The results suggest that this new therapeutic approach is safe and provides good visual outcomes.”The patch was grown on a thin plastic scaffold from human embryonic stem cells. Rather than replacing the damaged light-sensitive cells themselves, the sheet comprises of a single layer of retinal pigment epithelium, a specialist tissue which provides support for the light cells, keeping them healthy and promoting regeneration.Previously stem cells have been used to help AMD sufferers, but it is the first time a patch has been grown and transplanted. In a two hour operation, specialists inserted the patch under the retina of each patient, who were then monitored for a year. Both went from not being able to read at all, to reading up to 80 words-a-minute using normal reading glasses.Douglas Waters, 86, from Croydon, London, was one of two people who had received the treatment at Moorfields Eye Hospital. He developed severe wet AMD in July 2015 and received the treatment three months later in his right eye. Scans show new darker cells growing around hte patch after a year Credit:UCL/Moorfields Eye Hospital Dr Dusko Ilic, Reader in Stem Cell Science, King’s College London  added: “Even though still in the experimental stage, encouraging results from the da Cruz team are reducing further safety concerns with the human embryonic stem cell based therapies. Douglas Waters who can read again after becoming the first person in the world to have a stem cell eye patch implanted Credit:Matt Thackray Scans show new darker cells growing around hte patch after a year  It is the first time an engineered piece of tissue has been successfully used to treat people with sudden severe sight loss. The new therapy will need to go through larger trials and then be passed by regulators, but researchers believe it could be available in eye clinics in as little as five years. Two patients suffering the most common form of sight loss in Britain can read again after a groundbreaking stem cell patch was transplanted into their eyes.An 86-year-old man, and a woman in her 60s, had both been diagnosed with wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a condition which causes loss of central vision.AMD affects more than 600,000 people in Britain and occurs when the specialised light-sensitive cells at the very centre of the retina – a region called the macular – become damaged.  Currently the only treatments available are injections into the eye, or laser surgery, which both slow the growth of blood vessels which harm the macular. However they only partially restores sight and do not work for everyone.Now scientists at University College London (UCL) and Moorfields Eye Hospital in London have shown sight can be restored using a patch of stem-cells which replenishes the damaged area. “I was struggling to see things clearly, even when up-close,” he said. “After the surgery my eyesight improved to the point where I can now read the newspaper and help my wife out with the gardening.“It’s brilliant what the team have done and I feel so lucky to have been given my sight back.” Professor Pete Coffey from the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology said: “This study represents real progress in regenerative medicine and opens the door on new treatment options for people with age-related macular degeneration. “We hope this will lead to an affordable ‘off-the-shelf’ therapy that could be made available to NHS patients within the next five years.”Commenting on the research Dr Carmel Toomes, Associate Professor, Leeds Institutes of Molecular Medicine, said: These results give the many patients out there who suffer from AMD and other retinal degenerations real hope that stem cells replacement therapy may be a reality in the near future.“While this is only a very early clinical trial, the results are positive and show that the technology is moving along in the right direction.”last_img

A team like Munster coming in for me I was a bit

first_img Share17 Tweet Email1 ‘A team like Munster coming in for me, I was a bit star-struck really’ Welsh-born James McCarthy was recruited by the Munster academy of the start of the season and has made a big impression already for Ireland U20s. 13 Comments By Ryan Bailey Sunday 18 Feb 2018, 7:15 AM Feb 18th 2018, 7:16 AM Short URL IN A QUIET corner of Buccaneers RFC, James McCarthy catches his breath. Takes it all in. His neck is a little sore, the after-effects of being hit by Bundee Aki. But he says he’ll be fine for next week. Just a bang. It’ll take more than that for him to miss Wales. James McCarthy has scored three tries during this year’s U20 Six Nations. Source: Laszlo Geczo/INPHOTall and lean, McCarthy is of athletic build. You can see why he’s a winger. Speed and quick feet are two of his biggest strengths. Just ask France or Italy. He was a decent footballer, too. But rugby is now his priority. That’s why he’s here, away from family and friends.McCarthy has only just turned 19. He looks it. Limerick is now his home, and has been for the last six months. It has been difficult to settle in at times but he has no regrets. His team-mates — both at Munster and Ireland — have helped the process. He knows it was the right move.Less than a year ago, McCarthy received a call. He had only recently scored a brace of tries for Wales U18 Schools against Ireland in what was to be his last appearance for the country of his birth. The IRFU wanted him and a place in the Munster academy was on offer.“I’d never think in a million years they’d be interested in me but I couldn’t really say no,” he tells The42. “A team like Munster coming in for me, I was a bit star-struck really.”McCarthy was highly-rated within the Welsh system. He was their rising star and a member of the Newport Gwent Dragons academy. But when Munster came calling, it was an opportunity too good to turn down. His father is Irish and although he was born and raised in Newport, strong connections with the province have always remained on both sides of the family.A trip over to Limerick confirmed this was what McCarthy wanted. Munster’s high performance base was like nothing he had seen back in Wales and the opportunity to combine rugby and academic studies next door in University of Limerick appealed to both player and parents.“I decided to go for it.”Wales’ loss, Ireland’s gain.Whirlwind is one way of describing what followed. He doesn’t really know how to sum it up, and who could blame him. He hasn’t really thought about it either; how far he has come, or just where he has come from to get to this point. But here he is, fully immersed in the Irish system and rapidly becoming one of the stars of the U20s side. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHOMcCarthy has just taken it all in his stride. A Six Nations debut ended with the disappointment of defeat but that campaign opener in Bordeaux wasn’t without its positives. His try-scoring performance was one, and he followed it up against Italy at Donnybrook.“It’s been good,” he smiles. “The Six Nations is a good learning curve for me especially because I’ve been able to score a few tries. As a team we’ve got a lot we can improve on but, yeah, it’s been good.”McCarthy was man of the match in the round two win over Italy, thanks in part to his first-half double which set Noel McNamara’s side on their way to a first championship victory of 2018. The second of which was an eye-catching chip, chase and finish in the far corner.It appeared the teenager had overcooked his kick but showed his speed off the mark to make up the ground to take advantage of a fortunate bounce. The leaping finish required athleticism and bravery, and got people talking.“It is a bit weird seeing all the stuff on social media about my performance,” McCarthy admits.“So it’s all a new world for me but I just have to keep my head down and get on with it.”He’s done a pretty good job so far, and certainly is now highly-regarded by Munster, who were extremely keen to bring McCarthy to the club through the IRFU’s Exiles pathway. It seems he’s made a big impression in a short space of time.McCarthy has trained with Johann van Graan’s senior squad in UL regularly and has had discussions with Felix Jones to identify areas of his game where he can improve and work on with the academy coaches.“When I was first asked to train with the seniors, I was nervous. But then just kept telling myself to do the basics right and it’s fine then. Keith Earls has been helping me out, and I’ve doing one on ones with Andrew Conway and Ronan O’Mahony. They’ve been helping me a lot.” Source: Bryan Keane/INPHOA product of Caerleon Comprehensive and Newport High School Old Boys, McCarthy gained a rich rugby education through the Welsh underage system but only took the sport up at the age of 12. Football had occupied his formative years, and at one stage he was even part of the Bristol Rovers academy.“I wasn’t too bad,” he says.It was on a rugby pitch where he truly excelled though. An invite to attend a club session from one of his teachers because he was a ‘quick footballer’ was ultimately the start of this remarkable journey to where he is now, training opposite Joe Schmidt’s Ireland in front of 3,000 fans at Dubarry Park.“Since that day my teacher stuck me on the wing, I’ve loved it.”As a young Welsh winger, Shane Williams was someone McCarthy naturally looked up to and, more recently, Scarlets winger Liam Williams has provided the inspiration.“I just love how he plays. Just get your hands on the ball and run.”Simple.But like all players of that ilk, McCarthy is having to work hard in the gym. He’s been told to bulk up and is drinking a post-session protein shake as we chat. He has put on weight since arriving in Ireland but there is some way to go. He noticed that against Bundee earlier.“It’s a big step-up and I’m still getting used to it. Back in Wales I would have only done one or two days in the gym where here it’s every day and so professional. It’s hard but I can see the benefits already.”His rugby is coming along, too. Training with the senior squads accelerates that development process — see Jordan Larmour’s rise — but McCarthy knows it’s on the U20s stage where he can really stand out. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHOHe’ll need to get his head right for Friday, though. It’ll be different. It’ll be difficult. He shared the same dressing room with those guys as recently as last April, four of them were in the same club in Newport and another was in McCarthy’s class in school. He would have been in that Welsh team coming to Donnybrook this week had he not been courted by the IRFU’s head of international talent ID, Joe Lydon.“It’ll be good I’m sure, but I’m more focused on my team and us winning. They were all really supportive of my move. They’re all still my friends.”They’re all chasing different dreams now. Schmidt is on the far side of the room briefing print media. The conversation revolves around Wales. That’s where McCarthy wants to get to. Suddenly, it doesn’t feel a million miles away.“It’s always in the back of your mind,” he adds. “It’s hard not to think about playing for Ireland, but obviously just take one step at a time and that’s with the U20s.“If I can shine in this and work hard back with Munster, then who knows what will happen.”McCarthy knows better than anyone that unexpected opportunities can lie around the corner. It just comes down to seizing the right one.The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! 36,133 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article ‘It’s really positive for their development’: Cullen and Lowe praise Leinster’s young gunsLansdowne back to winning ways and Garryowen power past UCD Follow us: the42.ielast_img

Rio20 Hollande et Poutine confirment leur présence

first_imgRio+20 : Hollande et Poutine confirment leur présenceMercredi, François Hollande, le nouveau président français et Vladimir Poutine, tout juste investi en Russie ont annoncé à la présidente brésilienne Dilma Rousseff qu’ils seraient bien présents au sommet Rio+20 qui se tiendra au mois de juin prochain.La date se rapproche de plus en plus pour le sommet Rio+20. Cette conférence des Nations Unies qui aura pour thème phare le développement durable, se tiendra au Brésil du 20 au 22 juin prochain, soit 20 ans après le sommet de Rio de 1992. Tandis que les conversations autour du sommet ont débuté depuis plusieurs mois déjà, les chefs d’Etat commencent à confirmer leur présence.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Mercredi, ce sont ainsi le président français élu François Hollande ainsi que Vladimir Poutine, son homologue russe, qui ont annoncé qu’ils seront tous deux bien présents au Sommet Rio+20. Selon la présidence brésilienne Dilma Rousseff, François Hollande l’a informé de sa décision lorsqu’elle l’a appelé dimanche pour le féliciter de son élection. La présidente brésilienne a aussi appelé Vladimir Poutine, le félicitant pour son investiture lundi. “Poutine a accepté l’invitation et a confirmé sa participation à Rio+20”, est-il ainsi écrit dans le communiqué de la présidence relayé par l’AFP.A l’inverse, la chancelière allemande Angela Merkel et le Premier ministre britannique David Cameron ont confirmé leur absence à cette réunion internationale, dont l’objectif est de trouver un consensus sur la question d’instaurer une nouvelle économie pour la planète. Une problématique dans laquelle l’Allemagne et le Royaume-Uni jouent pourtant, comme d’autres pays, un rôle clé. Pour sa part, le président des Etats-Unis Barack Obama n’a pas encore confirmé sa présence. Mais des analystes et des ONG pronostiquent plutôt une absence, étant donné que le sommet se déroulera en pleine période de campagne électorale. En outre, le Parlement européen a indiqué que le déplacement d’une délégation de 11 élus à Rio avait été annulé pour dénoncer les prix exorbitants pratiqués par les hôtels sur place.Le 10 mai 2012 à 14:44 • Maxime Lambertlast_img

Heres Everything Coming to Netflix in March 2019

first_img Here’s Everything Coming to Amazon Prime Video in March 2019Here’s Everything Coming to Hulu in March 2019 Stay on target We’re still crying over the cancellation of Marvel live-action series Jessica Jones and The Punisher, but at least Netflix is making up for it with a slate of binge-worthy movies and TV shows for March 2019. If you want kick-ass, high-flying action, it’s a good time to revisit Ang Lee’s epic Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (available to stream starting March 1), which features a pre-Crazy Rich Asians Michelle Yeoh.One Netflix Original to watch is The Highwaymen (available to stream starting March 29), starring Woody Harrelson and Kevin Costner as a pair of former Texas Rangers searching for the infamous Bonnie and Clyde. Also look for the raunchy animation anthology series Love Death & Robots (available on March 15) from directors David Fincher (The Social Network) and Tim Miller (Deadpool).Here’s everything coming to Netflix in March 2019.March 1A Clockwork OrangeApollo 13Budapest (France) Netflix FilmCricket Fever: Mumbai Indians Netflix OriginalCrouching Tiger, Hidden DragonDisney’s Saving Mr. BanksEmmaJunebugLarva Island (Season 2) Netflix OriginalLosers Netflix OriginalMusic and LyricsNick and Norah’s Infinite PlaylistNorthern Rescue Netflix OriginalRiver’s Edge (Japan) Netflix FilmStuart LittleSweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet StreetThe Boy Who Harnessed the Wind Netflix FilmThe Hurt LockerThe NotebookTysonWet Hot American SummerWinter’s BoneYour Son (Spain) Netflix FilmMarch 2Romance is a Bonus Book (Korea) Netflix OriginalMarch 3Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj (Volume 2) Netflix OriginalMarch 5Disney’s Christopher RobinMarch 6Secret City: Under the Eagle (Season 2) Netflix OriginalMarch 7DoubtThe Order Netflix OriginalMarch 8After Life Netflix OriginalBangkok Love Stories: Innocence Netflix OriginalBlue Jasmine Formula 1: Drive to Survive Netflix OriginalHunter X Hunter (Seasons 1-3)Immortals Netflix OriginalJuanita Netflix FilmLady J (France) Netflix FilmShadow Netflix OriginalSpy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams The Jane Austen Book ClubWalk. Ride. Rodeo. Netflix FilmMarch 12Jimmy Carr: The Best of Ultimate Gold Greatest Hits Netflix OriginalTerrace House: Opening New Doors (Part 6) Netflix OriginalMarch 13Triple Frontier Netflix FilmMarch 15A Separation Arrested Development (Season 5 B) Netflix OriginalBurn Out (France) Netflix FilmDry Martina (Argentina) Netflix FilmGirl (Belgium) Netflix FilmIf I Hadn’t Met You Netflix OriginalKung Fu Hustle Las muñecas de la mafia (Season 2) Netflix OriginalLove, Death & Robots Netflix OriginalPaskal (Malaysia)  Netflix FilmQueer Eye (Season 3) Netflix OriginalRobozuna (Season 2) Netflix OriginalThe Lives of OthersTurn Up Charlie Netflix OriginalYooHoo to the Rescue Netflix OriginalMarch 16Green Door Netflix OriginalMarch 19Amy Schumer Growing Netflix OriginalMarch 21Antoine Griezmann: The Making of a Legend Netflix OriginalMarch 22Carlo & Malik Netflix OriginalCharlie’s Colorforms City Netflix OriginalDelhi Crime Netflix OriginalHistoria de un crimen: Colosio  Netflix OriginalMirage (Spain) Netflix FilmMost Beautiful Thing Netflix OriginalReMastered: The Miami Showband Massacre  Netflix OriginalSelling Sunset Netflix OriginalThe Dirt Netflix FilmMarch 26Nate Bargatze: The Tennessee Kid Netflix OriginalMarch 28Ainori Love Wagon: Asian Journey (Season 2) Netflix OriginalMarch 2915 August (India) Netflix FilmBayoneta (Mexico) Netflix FilmOsmosis Netflix OriginalSanta Clarita Diet (Season 3) Netflix OriginalThe Highwaymen Netflix FilmThe Legend of Cocaine Island Netflix OriginalTraitors Netflix OriginalTucker and Dale vs. EvilMarch 30How to Get Away with Murder (Season 5)March 31El sabor de las margaritas Netflix OriginalThe Burial of KojoTrailer Park Boys: The Animated Series Netflix OriginalMore on’s Everything Coming to Hulu in March 2019Netflix Renews ‘Haunting of Hill House’ as Anthology SeriesNetflix Cancels Marvel’s ‘Jessica Jones’ and ‘The Punisher’last_img

Scientists Discover Perfectly Preserved Dinosaur Skin in Korea

first_img Study: T-Rexes Had Built-In ‘Air Conditioners’ in Their HeadsWatch: Hilarious T-Rex Race on Horse Track Goes Viral In what is being called a rare find, paleontologists discovered small dinosaur tracks with “perfect” skin traces in South Korea.In a paper published in the journal Scientific Reports, researchers described the dinosaur skin, which came from the tracks of the smallest known theropod, the Minisauripus, as “exquisitely-preserved.”“These are the first tracks ever found where perfect skin impressions cover the entire surface of every track,” Martin Lockley, co-author of the paper and Professor Emeritus of Geology at University of Colorado Denver, said in news release.The footprints are only an inch long, and the scientists were able to find perfectly preserved skin traces on them. This was the 10th discovery of a site with Minisauripus tracks and the first to show skin traces.The tracks, found during large-scale excavations in Jinju City, located in the South Gyeongsang province of South Korea, were actually nearly lost.Kyung-Soo Kim of Chinju National University of Education, who led predevelopment paleontological survey and rescue, was able to stop the excavation when he spotted the first track on a broken slab. With the help of his team, he found four more tracks with perfect skin traces.The dinosaur skin was so well-preserved, thanks to mud.“The tracks were made on a very thin layer of fine mud,” Lockley said, “rather like a coat of fresh paint only a millimeter thick.” When the blackbird-sized dinosaur stepped on this firm, sticky surface, the skin texture of the foot was reproduced perfectly, without slipping or sliding.Evidence shows that, just before the tracks were made, there had been a rain shower leaving water-drop impressions. In one place, the dinosaur had stepped on a fresh rain drop mark, proving rain came first, and the dinosaur step came second. All this delicate evidence was preserved by being gently covered with more fine mud.Details of skin traces from dinosaur tracks. (Photo Credit: Kyung Soo Kim / Scientific Reports)According to the researchers, the texture of the dinosaur skin is the grade of a medium sandpaper, but with the tiny scale traces in perfect arrays, like a well-woven fabric. Each little scale trace is only a third- or a half-millimeter in diameter.The paper reports the skin pattern as similar to examples from much larger, carnivorous theropod dinosaur tracks, in which scales are much larger but never preserved across the whole footprint.The more distantly-related giant brontosaurs had scales that left traces 2-3 centimeters in diameter, the size of a quarter. So the delicate, perfectly-preserved Minisauripus skin texture is like a shrunken version of the skin of a much larger relative, with no shrinkage of the skin traces.“This is the ultimate secret of skin care,” Lockley said.More on Report World’s Largest T.rexMammals Developed Arms Before Dinosaurs ExistedNew Dinosaur Species With Spiny Backbone Discovered in Patagonia Stay on targetlast_img

Morning Press White supremacy Value Village Problem house First Citizen Coach resigns

first_imgAre you ready for today’s rain? Check out our complete local forecast.Here are several of the stories that drew our readers’ attention this week.White supremacy bares its ugly heartWhen Larnell Bruce learned about what happened to his son, he had a surreal moment in which he thought he was hearing about an event from the 1960s.Police told him that a white supremacist got behind the wheel of a vehicle and intentionally ran over and killed his son and namesake. Larnell Bruce Jr. was just 19 years old.“I felt like what happened to my son is no less than modern-day lynching,” the 51-year-old Vancouver man said. “I’ve never felt hate on this kind of level in my entire life.”Read the complete story.Value Village to close doors Nov. 12Thrift store Value Village is closing its Vancouver location after property owner Dick Hannah Dealership declined to renew the company’s lease when it expires at the end of the year. The store will become a Dodge Ram truck dealership and is aiming for a February opening.“We knew about it a little while ago,” said store manager Steve Calderon. “The lease actually went through next year, but apparently there was an option to terminate early and the landlord opted to take advantage of that.”last_img

Wenger My heart beat much quicker than I expected

first_imgArsene Wenger admitted that Arsenal’s second leg against CSKA Moscow in their Europa League clash proved to be a very nervy encounter with two late goals saving them from a tricky endThe Gunners arrived for their second leg of the quarter-finals against CSKA with a comfortable 4-1 lead from the first leg last week. But after a sloppy start in Moscow, the hosts were deservedly in the lead with both Fedor Chalov and Kirill Nababkin taking advantage of Petr Cech’s mistakes to spark fears of a possible comeback.However it was not to be with Danny Welbeck giving Arsenal a crucial away goal in the 75th minute, in what was their first shot on target. Aaron Ramsey then added a second to seal a 2-2 draw and, critically, a 6-3 aggregate win for Wenger’s side.After the match, Wenger conceded that it proved to be a rather nervous experience for him with the Frenchman crediting the first leg result for the victory.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“You could see when you have a big difference after the first game it is difficult to turn up with the same urgency than if the difference is very small and that played a part in the first half,” said the Frenchman, according to Sky Sports.“I felt in the two games they played well, especially tonight they made my heart beat much quicker than I expected it to be.“We played against a good team. I knew that after the first game and they showed that again tonight, they gave us many problems.”Joining Arsenal are Atletico Madrid, RB Salzburg and Marseille, for Friday’s draw for the semi-finals of the Europa League.last_img

Indians make more product searches on Amazon than Flipkart Report

first_imgAmazon boxes are seen stacked for delivery.ReutersFor Amazon and Flipkart, the competition is not just restricted to the e-commerce world.India’s two major online retailers are also vying for customers’ attention to build on their brand-base and user popularity.Billionaire Jeff Bezos-led Amazon made for 46.02 percent of mobile searches in India in the e-commerce category on the mCent browser app during July-December 2017, according to a report by free internet provider Jana.Meanwhile, rival Flipkart was able to gather 20.90 percent of searches in the corresponding period.Other smaller rivals such as eBay accounted for 9.91 percent of the searches, Snapdeal was at 7.87 percent and Shopclues at 6.77 percent.The research analyzed popular search terms across various categories and brands within the mCent browser app.Amazon’s annual subscription service, Prime, was a major reason why users were opting for Amazon over Flipkart over the past year, as the company saw a 1.5-time growth over its closest rival between April and September 2017, a report by Forrester Research said last year.The Seattle-based company witnessed the highest number of Prime subscriptions in India in the first year of launch than in any other country.The current eligible selection for Prime in India stands at over 25 million items, including Prime Video, but the company is planning to increase the items to lure more shoppers.Amazon’s Prime service, where users get free one or two-day shipping on various items, has gained a lot of traction because of a quicker delivery option compared to others. “Our data shows Amazon’s marketplace is the first choice among Indian consumers, where searches outpace nearest competitor Flipkart 2x and best popular sites like eBay and Snapdeal by a healthy margin,” Nathan Eagle, CEO and founder of Jana, said in a release dated February 5.Top shopping categories among Indian shoppers overall included laptops, cameras, tablets and smartphones, the report said.Jana’s report showed that Apple was a dominant brand when it came to search terms. The iPhone 8 led the pack with nearly one in five searches, followed by the iPhone X.last_img

Hulu Adds The CW to Live TV Lineup in Eight Cities

first_img Popular on Variety The additions come after Hulu announced the carriage pact with the CW, owned by CBS and Warner Bros., last August.As of the end of 2017, Hulu had more than 17 million subscribers for its subscription on-demand and live TV packages (but didn’t break out how many were specifically for the skinny-bundle live TV package vs. SVOD-only service).Hulu’s live TV bundle now includes more than 50 broadcast and cable networks including ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, ESPN, CNN, Fox News, TBS, TNT and Disney Channel (with Showtime, HBO and Cinemax available for additional fees). Missing from the lineup are channels from AMC Networks, Viacom, Starz, and Discovery Communications. The Hulu live TV service includes full access to the SVOD library, including originals like “The Handmaid’s Tale,” “The Looming Tower,” and “The Path.” Fans of the CW’s primetime favorites like “Arrow,” “The Flash,” “Supergirl,” and “Riverdale” can now watch the network live on Hulu’s streaming TV service — but only in a handful of markets, which for now do not include New York or L.A.Subscribers of Hulu’s $40-per-month live service have had access to on-demand programming from the CW Network since last September. Starting Thursday, the CW’s live linear stream will be available to Hulu live TV subscribers in the following eight cities: Philadelphia, San Francisco, Atlanta, Tampa, Detroit, Seattle, Sacramento and Pittsburgh.Hulu said it will continue to roll out The CW’s linear channel to additional cities soon. Customers can check the lineup in their area by entering their ZIP Code on Hulu’s website (at this link).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

Researchers devise a new way to plot circadian clock

first_img Citation: Researchers devise a new way to plot circadian clock (2012, August 29) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Explore further Manipulating plants’ circadian clock may make all-season crops possible © 2012 (—Everyone has an internal clock, that mysterious process which controls sleeping and hunger patterns, but now researchers are finding out that because the internal clock also controls metabolism, it would be helpful to be able to easily chart out a person’s personal rhythm because it appears many drugs work better or worse at certain stages of their cycle. Until now, charting out a person’s clock has involved taking blood samples every twenty minutes or so over a twenty four hour period and measuring melatonin levels. Now new research by a team in Japan has found what appears to be an easier way. They measure, as they describe in their paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, certain metabolites using just two blood samples over a 12 hour period to prduce an accurate clock. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. The team based their research on an idea by botanist Carolus Linnaeus, who suggested that a bio or flower clock could be made by observing the opening and closing times of different types of flowers and planting them amongst one another. A person could theoretically use the flowers to discern the correct time by noting which were open.Instead of flowers opening and closing, the researchers focused on metabolite (substances that take part in metabolism) levels which tend to rise and fall throughout the day. To find out which ones could be used to chart a circadian clock, the researchers enlisted six volunteers to live in a controlled environment for two weeks where their metabolites could be closely monitored. In so doing they identified several metabolites they believed would allow for plotting out a person’s circadian clock with just a few samples taken.To test their idea, they next took just two blood samples from three different male volunteers over a thirty six hour period, and found that in measuring the metabolites they had singled out previously, that they were able to chart out their internal clocks as accurately as could be done using the melatonin level test.Of course tests with much larger groups of subjects will have to be undertaken before the metabolite method of plotting a person’s circadian clock can be proven to be useful, but this study does suggest that there are better and easier ways to get it done with the hope that one day, it will become a routine part of a patient’s health care, leading to better results when taking medications and perhaps a better night’s sleep. More information: Human blood metabolite timetable indicates internal body time, PNAS, Published online before print August 27, 2012, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1207768109AbstractA convenient way to estimate internal body time (BT) is essential for chronotherapy and time-restricted feeding, both of which use body-time information to maximize potency and minimize toxicity during drug administration and feeding, respectively. Previously, we proposed a molecular timetable based on circadian-oscillating substances in multiple mouse organs or blood to estimate internal body time from samples taken at only a few time points. Here we applied this molecular-timetable concept to estimate and evaluate internal body time in humans. We constructed a 1.5-d reference timetable of oscillating metabolites in human blood samples with 2-h sampling frequency while simultaneously controlling for the confounding effects of activity level, light, temperature, sleep, and food intake. By using this metabolite timetable as a reference, we accurately determined internal body time within 3 h from just two anti-phase blood samples. Our minimally invasive, molecular-timetable method with human blood enables highly optimized and personalized medicine.last_img

Study finds sighted babies of blind mothers find other ways to bond

first_img Journal information: Proceedings of the Royal Society B People staring into one another’s eyes is a well known form of communication, and has no doubt been observed between babies and mothers throughout human history. It’s a demonstrated means of bonding—babies that go without, such as those in an orphanage have been found to lack communication and social skills. But what happens when the mother is blind? Without eye-locking, do such babies develop any differently than babies with sighted mothers? That’s what the team members on this new effort sought to discover.To find out, they enlisted the assistance of five babies and their blind mothers. Each of the babies was tested for their communication skills at ages 6-10, 12-15 and 24-47 months. Babies were observed with their mothers and while watching videos of other women communicating—their eye movements were also tracked using face scanning technology. In all of the tests, the five babies were found to have communication skills comparable to babies born to sighted women, and even in some instances, appeared to have gained some advantages, such as better visual memory retention and quicker response times to changing images. It’s all due, the researchers speculate, to both the way the blind mother’s interact with their babies in non-visual ways, and the innate plasticity of the human brain.Interestingly, the babies tested appeared to also have developed separate communication skills for different people—when communicating with their blind mothers, for example, they used more verbal sounds than they did when trying to communicate with other people, such as their sighted father. The researchers compare this kind of adaption to babies that grow up in bilingual homes. Such babies gain a cognitive boost and as a result oftentimes become better communicators. ( —A unique study carried out by researchers from the U.K., Australia and Canada has revealed that babies born to blind mothers don’t appear to suffer degraded communication skills compared to babies born to sighted mothers. In their paper published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, the researchers found that not only did the babies of blind mothers perform as well as did babies born to sighted mother’s on standard communication tests, but appeared to develop some advantages as well. © 2013 Citation: Study finds sighted babies of blind mothers find other ways to bond (2013, April 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.center_img More information: The importance of the eyes: communication skills in infants of blind parents, Published 10 April 2013 doi: 10.1098/rspb.2013.0436AbstractThe effects of selectively different experience of eye contact and gaze behaviour on the early development of five sighted infants of blind parents were investigated. Infants were assessed longitudinally at 6–10, 12–15 and 24–47 months. Face scanning and gaze following were assessed using eye tracking. In addition, established measures of autistic-like behaviours and standardized tests of cognitive, motor and linguistic development, as well as observations of naturalistic parent–child interaction were collected. These data were compared with those obtained from a larger group of sighted infants of sighted parents. Infants with blind parents did not show an overall decrease in eye contact or gaze following when they observed sighted adults on video or in live interactions, nor did they show any autistic-like behaviours. However, they directed their own eye gaze somewhat less frequently towards their blind mothers and also showed improved performance in visual memory and attention at younger ages. Being reared with significantly reduced experience of eye contact and gaze behaviour does not preclude sighted infants from developing typical gaze processing and other social-communication skills. Indeed, the need to switch between different types of communication strategy may actually enhance other skills during development.Press release © The Babylab, Birkbeck, University of London Explore further It’s true – babies do direct their motherslast_img

RamSoft Partners With Gamel to Enhance Patient Care in Peruvian Market

first_img News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more Feature | Information Technology | July 31, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr How Smart Devices Can Improve Efficiency Innovation is trending toward improved efficiency — but not at the expense of patient safety, according to… read more The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. News | Electronic Medical Records (EMR) | August 01, 2019 DrChrono Teams With DeepScribe to Automate Medical Note Taking in EHR DrChrono Inc. and DeepScribe announced a partnership so medical practices using DrChrono EHR can use artificial… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 08, 2019 Half of Hospital Decision Makers Plan to Invest in AI by 2021 August 8, 2019 — A recent study conducted by Olive AI explores how hospital leaders are responding to the imperative read more News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more Related Content Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more Videos | Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President … read more Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:33Loaded: 2.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:33 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. News | PACS | June 23, 2017 RamSoft Partners With Gamel to Enhance Patient Care in Peruvian Market Gamel will now provide RamSoft’s PowerServer RIS/PACS and Gateway Viewer Mini PACS to Peruvian clients June 23, 2017 — RamSoft announced a new partnership with Peru-based medical imaging equipment provider, Gamel. With RamSoft’s PowerServer RIS/PACS (radiology information system/picture archiving and communication system) and Gateway Viewer Mini PACS, Gamel’s clients will benefit from improved service accuracy, increased patient turnaround times and optimal patient care. “We truly believe in RamSoft products; we think they can empower the medical Peruvian field and contribute in many technological ways to make a better workflow where the Peruvian people receive the treatments and ideal diagnostics they deserve,” said Gabriela Mera, Gamel’s import department manager.Gamel selected RamSoft for their flexible front and backend RIS and PACS software as an opportunity to improve patient care in Peru, and to save their clients’ valuable money and time.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Radiology Business | August 01, 2019 Philips Completes Acquisition of Carestream Health’s HCIS Business … read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more last_img

Carnival Corp has its eye on Dubai with new cruise terminal deal

first_img Posted by DUBAI — Carnival Corporation has signed a strategic partnership to develop the Dubai Cruise Terminal, in an effort to grow maritime tourism in the region and transform Dubai into a major regional maritime tourism hub. Set to open in October 2020, the terminal will serve as the main hub for cruise tourism in Dubai and will become Carnival Corporation’s primary hub for its homeporting and transit operations in the region. The cruise company says Dubai is set to become central to Carnival Corporation’s operations in the region.Dubai-based holding company Meraas and Carnival Corporation signed the strategic agreement at a ceremony with His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum in attendance, who approved the terminal as the main hub for cruise tourism in Dubai. Under the agreement, signed by Carnival Corporation CEO Arnold Donald and His Excellency Abdulla Al Habbai, Group Chairman of Meraas, the deal will see  the companies collaborate across several strategic areas including port development, terminal management and new cruise development opportunities at Dubai Harbour and the broader region.‘Dubai Tourism Vision 2020’ aims to attract 20 million visitors a year to the emirate.“We have a long history in Dubai with our world-leading cruise brands,” says Carnival Corp. CEO Donald. “We are excited to be part of this important venture that will drive new tourism opportunities for Dubai and the region through cruising.”Dubai Harbour will be home to two cruise terminal buildings, spanning a total of 30,000 square metres, joined by a single quay of about one kilometre, capable of accommodating up to three cruise ships concurrently, including Carnival Corporation’s newest and most advanced cruise ships, as well as up to 13,200 passengers at a time. In anticipation of an upsurge in cruises Meraas has planned for the addition of two more terminal buildings that will increase capacity to six cruise ships at the same time. Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Carnival Corporation, Dubaicenter_img Carnival Corp. has its eye on Dubai with new cruise terminal deal Share Tuesday, May 15, 2018 last_img

Where to watch the Super Bowl in Costa Rica

first_imgWill the New England Patriots or the Philadelphia Eagles win? Will candidates Carlos Alvarado, Fabricio Alvarado, Antonio Álvarez, Juan Diego Castro or Rodolfo Piza take the presidency in Costa Rica? There are a couple of major clashes going on this Sunday.While it will be a busy day around the country as voters head to the polls, NFL fans shouldn’t despair: there are a number of places to tune in to Super Bowl LII. The New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles kick off at 5:30 p.m. We’ve compiled a list of prominent sports bars in the country that plan on showing the big game. If you notice we’re missing a venue, email us or leave it in the comments and we’ll update the story.Winners may be crowned in both events between 9 and 10 p.m. (unless the election goes to a second round, which is likely).We’ve included links to the Facebook page or website of each sports bar. Many of these locations have their own game day food and drinks special. Fortunately, most of the country is not enforcing the once-traditional Election Day dry law. However, Hooters in Cartago and San Pedro – where the dry law is in effect – have the saddest Super Bowl special: buy 20 wings and get a free pitcher of…soda. Oh.Remember: Vote first. Then watch football.Places to watch Super Bowl LII (Kickoff: 5:30 p.m.)CENTRAL VALLEYAlajuelaHooters Plaza Mango, 2519-9099FacebookCartagoHooters, 2573-3880FacebookDowntown San JoséChubbs Bar: 2222-0835, personal reservation with ₡1,000FacebookEscazúChubbs BarFacebookHooters, Plaza Itskatzú, 2588-2340Hooligans, Multiplaza 2201-8261Facebook Hooligans, Trejos Montealegre, 2289-0908FacebookTGIF, 2228-8443FacebookChichi’s, 2661-1281 Santa AnaFacebookHerediaHooters, Plaza Bratsi, 2237-9957Hooligans, Paseo de las Flores, 2262-5757Facebook C lounge Cariari, 2239-7415FacebookChichi’s, 2661-1281FacebookHard Rock Cafe San José, 2239-2828FacebookLa SabanaMac’s American Bar: 2231-3145MoraviaHooligans, Lincoln Plaza, 2519-9506Facebook Hooters, 4036-3742Pinares, CurridabatHooters, 2271-1183Chichi’s, 2661-1281FacebookOrosiPuente Negro Bar, 2533-2269FacebookSan PedroHooters, 2234-0317OUTSIDE THE CENTRAL VALLEYTalamanca, LimónThe Point Beachfront Sport Bar & Grill, 2756-8491FacebookDominicalBar Jolly Roger, 8706-8438FacebookJacóBar Claritas, 2643-2615WebsiteLos Amigos, 2643-2961FacebookChichi’s, 2661-1281FacebookManuel AntonioBillfish Sports Bar & Lounge, 2777 0411Playas del CocoCoconutz Sports Bar & Grill, 2670-1982FacebookTamarindoBest Western Tamarindo Vista Vista Villas – Crazy Monkey Bar, 2653-0114FacebookSharky’s, 2653-4705WebsiteClub Mar Vista, 8648-1728WebsiteLos Sueños Marina Village Hook up Los Sueños, 2630-4000Facebook Facebook Comments Related posts:American Colony to host 56th annual U.S. Independence Day picnic on Sunday PHOTOS: A glimpse of the Tamarindo Art Wave Festival What to do in Costa Rica: concerts, culture and love around the country Quilt exhibition scheduled for this weekend in Pérez Zeledónlast_img

AAAT TXA form partnership

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: M.H AAA Tourism (AAAT) and Tourism Exchange Australia (TXA) have formed an alliance aimed at increasing the availability of live real-time Australian tourism product, the organisations announced in a joint statement. “We’re delighted to be working with TXA as the open booking exchange technology will allow us to offer tourism businesses who advertise with us a greater range of distribution options,” AAAT chief executive Peter Blackwell said. “By teaming up with TXA we’ll also be able to offer our consumers access to book a huge range of Australian products live and in real time.”The initiative will see the AAAT booking engine connected to TXA as both a supplier of inventory to the booking exchange and as a distributor of the products already connected to TXA, with suppliers to be sold live through the AAAT distribution network, which includes RACV, RACQ, RAA, RAC and RACT. Shane Crockett, chief executive of V3, joint providers of TXA with the Australian Tourism Data Warehouse (ATDW), said the alliance would further emphasise “TXA’s position as a unique and genuinely neutral exchange”.    “AAAT is one of Australia’s key tourism organisations and this alliance continues the explosion of opportunities for industry suppliers and distributors delivered by TXA,” Mr Crockett said. “Suppliers can display and sell products to the combined network and Distributors can present their customers with an incredible range of Australian product.”Calling AAAT a “very important player in Australian tourism”, ATDW chief executive Liz Ward said she was looking forward to the collaborative marketing initiatives the partnership would yield. “We are convinced they will provide another invaluable, TXA driven contribution to all Australian tourism suppliers and to the Government tourism organisations utilizing the TXA technology to support their digital marketing initiatives,” Ms Ward said. Aussie tourism will benefit from the new alliancelast_img