Gov’t Expanding Reduced Waiting Time Initiative in Health Facilities

Health Minister, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, says the Reduced Waiting Time Initiative that was implemented last year in 15 health facilities islandwide, will be expanded during the 2018/19 fiscal year, after recording positive results in those institutions.Speaking in the 2018/19 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on Tuesday (June 5), Dr. Tufton said the Government remains committed to reducing the waiting period for patients accessing services at health institutions islandwide.“Our Reduced Waiting Time Initiative was successfully implemented in seven hospitals and eight health centres in year one. The extended hours in the eight health centres (in particular) have resulted in a 41 per cent increase in visits, with about 20 per cent of overall visits during the extended hours,” he noted.The Minister advised that the initiative will be expanded to four additional hospitals and four health centres, moving the total to 23.Meanwhile, Dr. Tufton said the Compassionate Care Programme, which was launched during the 2017/18 fiscal year, has also been a success.“The Victoria Jubilee Hospital Outpatient Antenatal Clinic was upgraded and is now fully refurbished with sectionalised assessment booths to allow for privacy while patients are being assessed and counselled,” he indicated.Dr. Tufton also pointed out that the environment “now promotes positive health behaviour through the various health messages”.“We have also developed the Compassionate Care and Volunteer Policy to provide guidelines to institutionalise the volunteerism programme in the public healthcare system,” he further stated. “Our Reduced Waiting Time Initiative was successfully implemented in seven hospitals and eight health centres in year one. The extended hours in the eight health centres (in particular) have resulted in a 41 per cent increase in visits, with about 20 per cent of overall visits during the extended hours,” he noted. Speaking in the 2018/19 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on Tuesday (June 5), Dr. Tufton said the Government remains committed to reducing the waiting period for patients accessing services at health institutions islandwide. Story Highlights Health Minister, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, says the Reduced Waiting Time Initiative that was implemented last year in 15 health facilities islandwide, will be expanded during the 2018/19 fiscal year, after recording positive results in those institutions. read more

Payroll Rebate Approved

first_imgNova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI) has approved a business development incentive in the form of a payroll rebate for professional services firm Ernst and Young LLP (EY Canada). EY Canada is member of the global EY organization, a leading provider of professional and consulting services. EY has the potential to create up to a maximum of 150 jobs with the opening in Halifax of its first Canadian-based Global Centre of Excellence for Robotic Process Automation Service. Based on the maximum growth forecast of the five-year payroll rebate agreement, NSBI estimates the company would spend $34,650,000 in salaries. It is also estimated the new employees would contribute provincial tax revenues of $4,065,000 through their income and consumption taxes. As a result, EY would earn a rebate of up to $2,488,500 over five years. The company would be eligible for a smaller rebate if it creates fewer than 150 new jobs. Information on NSBI transactions can be found at Information on EY can be found at -30- payroll rebates are designed in a way that the tax revenue generated for the province by the new jobs in Nova Scotia is always more than the amount of the rebate payroll rebates are only paid after a business has generated actual payroll for the Nova Scotia economy for every dollar a company spends on the new jobs it receives between five and 10 cents back when a company submits an annual rebate claim, it must send NSBI audited information that confirms the number of jobs it created that year payroll rebates are paid through the Strategic Investment Fundcenter_img Quick facts:last_img read more

UP govt ready for CBI probe into accident involving Unnao rape victim

first_imgUnnao/ Lucknow: The Uttar Pradesh government Monday said it was ready to conduct a CBI probe into the road accident in which the Unnao rape survivor and her lawyer received grievous injuries, with the mother of the 19 year old victim charging the incident was a conspiracy to wipe out her family. A car in which the woman, her family and lawyer were travelling was hit by an overspeeding truck in Rae Bareli on Sunday, killing two members and leaving her and the advocate critically injured Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details The incident found its echo in Parliament with SP member Ram Gopal Yadav Monday alleging an attempt was made to “kill” the rape victim. Yadav said the security personnel provided to her was not with the victim at the time of the accident and registration plate of the truck involved was covered with grease. BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar is an accused in the rape case and he was arrested on April 13 last year. The Uttar Pradesh government is ready for a CBI probe into the accident of the Unnao rape victim, who had accused a BJP legislator of rape, if a request is made, Director General of Police O P Singh said. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday “The truck was over-speeding and it was raining also. Prima facie, appears to be an accident, but a detailed unbiased probe is on in the matter,” Singh told reporters in Lucknow. “The state government is ready for recommending a CBI probe into the Sunday’s mishap in Rae Bareli if the victim’s mother or any relative makes any request in this regard,” Singh said. The mother of the victim, speaking to reporters in Unnao, alleged: “It was not an accident but a conspiracy to eliminate all of us.” Tagging a media report on the accident, Congress leader, Rahul Gandhi tweeted:” “Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao. A new special education bulletin for Indian women. Don’t ask questions if a BJP MLA is accused of having raped you.” While, Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra described the incident as shocking, SP chief Akhilesh Yadav sought a CBI probe. Meanwhile, the Delhi Commission For Women chief Swati Maliwal met the Unnao rape survivor at a Lucknow hospital and said she should be airlifted to Delhi for better treatment as she is “critical”. in a tweet, BSP supremo Mayawati said: “Her (the rape victim’s) maternal and paternal aunts were killed and she herself and her advocate are seriously injured. The Supreme Court need to take cognizance of the matter and ensure strict action.” Unnao Superintendent of Police MP Verma said that one gunner and two women constables have been assigned round-the-clock duty for the safety of the survivor and her family, but they were not present at the time of the accident. “An inquiry has been ordered to look into the reasons as to why the security personnel were not present with her and action will be taken after getting a report,” Verma said. A police team that rushed to the spot in Rae Bareli after the accident found that the truck’s registration plate scrubbed and painted black, but they could retrieve the registration number UP 71 AT 8300, a police official said. The truck has a Fatehpur district registration plate, Lucknow Zone ADG Rajeev Krishna said. When asked if the registration plate was tampered with, Krishna said it will be sent for forensic checks to ascertain the facts. Teams from Lucknow have reached Rae Bareli for investigation.last_img read more

Aecon Group receives approval to rejoin Gordie Howe bridge consortium

first_imgTORONTO – Aecon Group Inc. says it has received approval to rejoin the group selected as the preferred proponent to build and operate the Gordie Howe International Bridge.Aecon’s request to rejoin its partners as part of the Bridging North America team was approved following a review by the Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority, the Crown corporation responsible for the project.The consortium, which also includes ACS Infrastructure Canada Inc., Dragados Canada Inc. and Fluor Canada, was selected as the preferred proponent for the project in July.Aecon was initially part of the group but pulled out in May as it was undergoing a federal review about a proposed takeover by a Chinese state-owned company that was ultimately blocked by the Canadian government.Before the takeover by China Communications Construction Company was rejected, the federal government had reportedly decided that Aecon couldn’t work on the bridge for security reasons and opposition from the U.S. administration.The group’s plan for the bridge calls for a six-lane, 2.5-kilometre cable-stayed design. The cost, design details and expected construction schedule are expected to be announced once the contract has been awarded and signed in September.Companies in this story: (TSX:ARE)last_img read more

Kyodo: Ghosn loses appeal to contact wife while out on bail

TOKYO — A Japanese court has rejected an appeal from the lawyers of Nissan former Chairman Carlos Ghosn over bail conditions that forbid him to freely contact his wife.The Kyodo News service reported Thursday the Tokyo District Court rejected the appeal filed earlier in the day. The report could not be immediately confirmed.Deputy Chief Prosecutor Shin Kukimoto said Thursday limiting contact with Carole Ghosn was “an absolute necessity” because of risks of tampering with evidence. He also expressed outrage over Ghosn’s release.Ghosn was arrested in November on allegations of financial misconduct. He was released in March on 1 billion yen ($9 million) bail, but re-arrested April 4. He was released April 25 on 500 million yen ($4.5 million) bail.Ghosn says he is innocent.The Associated Press read more

Seven Lankans detained in Mauritius after being smuggled abroad

Gunathilaka said that steps are now being taken to deport the seven Sri Lankans back to Sri Lanka. However he said the Sri Lankans were instead arrested on the basis that they did not have valid documents to enter the country. A group of Sri Lankans have been detained in Mauritius after they were duped by human smugglers.Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner to Seychelles, Tikiri Herath Gunathilaka said that the Sri Lankans had paid huge sums of money and travelled to Mauritius expecting employment. The Sri Lankan mission in the Seychelles overlooks Mauritius.Gunathilaka said that at a time when steps are being taken to obtain the visa-on-arrival facility for Sri Lankans to visit Seychelles, those attempts may face hurdles when Sri Lankans attempt to enter Seychelles or Mauritius illegally. read more

Canfor investor vows to vote against Pattison proposal to take company private

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on Sept. 18, 2019.Companies in this article: (TSX:CFP)The Canadian Press VANCOUVER — An investment management company that controls about 4.8 per cent of the shares of Canfor Corp. says it will vote against the proposal by a Jim Pattison Group company to take the lumber company private.Letko, Brosseau & Associates Inc. charges in a news release the offer by Great Pacific Capital Corp. is “opportunistic and significantly undervalues the company.”The $16 per share bid to buy the 49 per cent of Canfor that Great Pacific doesn’t already own represented an 81.8 per cent premium to the prior closing price when made in August.But the investment manager says that premium was based on a share price that had fallen to a level not seen since 2010 and the offer is about half what the shares were fetching a year ago.Letko, Brosseau, which manages about $26 billion in assets, says the offer values Canfor at about 4.2 times 2018 adjusted earnings, which is “unjustifiably low.”Shares in Canfor rose more than 70 per cent the day after the offer was made to close at $15.26 on the Toronto Stock Exchange. On Wednesday, they closed at $15.34.“To protect the value of our investment, we intend to vote against the proposed going private transaction,” the release states. read more

Haitian death toll from tropical storm climbs past 1300 UN mission

The death toll continues to climb as humanitarian agencies reach towns and villages in Haiti’s north that were previously cut off because of the flooding and landslides that followed the tropical storm.Most of the known casualty toll so far comes from Gonaïves, Haiti’s third largest city, where as much as 80 per cent of the city was inundated immediately after the storm passed.But the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said that in the town of Ennery more than 100 people have been killed and 150 houses have been destroyed.OCHA reported that shelter materials, beds, sheets, tools and fuel are urgently needed to help repair homes and other buildings across the battered north. The risk of water-borne diseases is also said to be high.MINUSTAH troops have been used to protect aid agencies in the distribution of food and water purification tablets because of the threat of looting, while in some cases the troops have been doing the distribution themselves.In other humanitarian developments:The World Health Organization (WHO) has handed out enough basic medicines, food and household materials to last 10,000 people for three months, while many non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are delivering clean water by tanker truck.The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is spending $400,000 to provide emergency supplies of seeds, fertilizer and tools to help farmers resume work as soon as is practical, part of a brace of projects around the world to help communities recover in the wake of natural disasters.UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Executive Director Carol Bellamy will visit Gonaïves on Wednesday to inspect relief efforts. read more

IAEA Board to hold special meeting on Iran on 2 February

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) today announced that its Board of Governors will hold a special meeting on Iran on 2 February in Vienna.The meeting was requested by France, Germany and the United Kingdom – the so-called “EU-3” – in a letter today to the Chair of the Board to discuss the implementation of IAEA Safeguards in Iran and related Board resolutions.The move comes a week after Tehran broke the IAEA seals on equipment used to produce enriched uranium, ending their suspension of those activities. Iran contends that it is only conducting research and development for peaceful purposes, but other countries, including the United States, suspect a clandestine effort to produce nuclear arms.Last September, the Board of Governors found that Iran’s breaches of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) were within the competence of the Security Council, which can impose sanctions, but did not refer the matter to the 15-member body.Earlier this week, IAEA Director-General Mohamed ElBaradei told Newsweek magazine that after three years of intensive work, the Agency cannot verify that Iran’s nuclear ambitions are entirely peaceful.“If they have the nuclear material and they have a parallel weaponization programme along the way, they are really not very far – a few months – from a weapon,” he said. read more

Iraq UN hotline set up to reach out to displaced Iraqis scattered

“More than 3.2 million Iraqis have been internally displaced since the beginning of 2014 and we are simply not able to reach everyone due to the sheer size of the crisis,” Bruno Geddo, the representative for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Iraq, said a joint announcement released today in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad.“People continue to be on the move and many more are being displaced as we speak,” said Mr. Geddo. “While the call centre will help identify and respond to the most urgent needs of the displaced, it will also ensure that up-to-date information is available to them, so that they can access the assistance and services they require.”“This is particularly important for displaced people living outside formal camps and settlements, who may otherwise not be easy to reach to help them meet their needs and harness their resources,” he said.According to UNHCR, the conflict in Iraq has resulted in a displacement crisis of an unprecedented scale with more than 3.2 million people have been forced into displacement since January 2014 alone. “People are scattered in over 3,000 locations across the country,” the agency said. The hotline is designed so that those forced to leave their homes because of the fighting, as well as affected communities, will be able to seek information about humanitarian aid, request assistance, and provide confidential feedback on the humanitarian agencies’ services and outreach activities.Jane Pearce, UN World Food Programme (WFP) Director for Iraq, said “first and foremost, the call centre serves as a quick and easy way for IDPs [internally displaced persons] to find out about how the humanitarian community can help.”“But more importantly, it offers us a chance to connect to, and better understand, the people we serve,” Ms. Pearce said.Following a successful pilot in July 2015 in Erbil Governorate, the information centre is now operational across Iraq and can be reached via any Iraqi mobile phone by dialling 6999.The UN Office for Project Services (UNOPS), an operational arm of the United Nations, supporting implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world, established and operates the information centre through the financial contributions of UNHCR, WFP, and the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. read more

Vegan mother forced to vaccinate children in High Court ruling

first_img 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. Two young boys will receive routine vaccinations, in spite of their mother’s wishes, after the High Court ruled that it would not be in the children’s best wishes to keep them from being vaccinated.The mother had told the court she objected to vaccinations because they were not vegan, and that her children’s bodies “are as free of toxins as I can possibly make them.” The boys’ father, who had applied for a court order so his sons could receive vaccinations, described the mother as “obsessive, over-protective and narrow in her views.”Moreover, he said, she had “a suspicion of conventional medicinal methods” and was “even suspicious about the administration of something like Calpol.” The mother, defending her stance at the Court of Protection in Lincoln, said: “Both children are thriving and have strong immune systems which definitely helps in protecting them from diseases.”No vaccine is vegan. No doctor will criticise the actions of a vaccine or he or she will be afraid of losing their job.”It is not natural to be injected with metal elements and as a vegan it goes against my beliefs for my children to be injected with something that is grown on animal cells or something that has been tested on animals.”However, the court ruled against the mother, and both boys will now receive vaccinations against diseases including measles, meningitis, polio and diphtheria. Judge Mark Rogers told the hearing he had “serious concerns as to [the mother’s] ability to look objectively and even-handedly” at the issue.”I am truly sorry that the mother will regard the decision as wrong,” he added. “but my objective duty is clear.” Lincoln County Court Lincoln County Courtlast_img read more

Poll Do you think Eamon Gilmore should step down as Labour leader

first_imgBELEAGURED LABOUR PARTY leader Eamon Gilmore is coming under criticism today – both inside and outside his party – following the party’s dismal showing in the local elections.With half of the seats filled, Labour is lagging behind the main parties with just 7.5 per cent of the vote.What do you think: Should Eamon Gilmore step down as Labour leader? Yes, he should step down nowNot right now, but he should go before the next electionNo, he should stayVote Yes, he should step down now (5160) No, he should stay (1051)center_img Poll Results: Not right now, but he should go before the next election (864)last_img read more

Fatal Alabama tornado 7 members of one family and four children among

first_imgFatal Alabama tornado: 7 members of one family and four children among victims The four children who died in the tornado were aged 6, 8, 9 and 10. Share16 Tweet Email2 Image: SIPA USA/PA Images Mar 5th 2019, 10:52 PM Tuesday 5 Mar 2019, 10:52 PM THE NAMES OF the 23 people killed in the deadliest US tornado in nearly six years were released by the coroner today, revealing that one extended family lost seven members.Among the victims were four children, including 6-year-old Armando Hernandez Jr, who was torn from his father’s arms; and 10-year-old Taylor Thornton, who was visiting a friend’s home when the twister struck.Jimmy Lee Jones, 89, perished along with his wife of six decades, Mary Louise, and one of their sons.“Just keep those families in your prayers,” Lee County Coroner Bill Harris said, two days after the disaster. Meanwhile, the search for victims in and around the devastated rural community of Beauregard continues; seven or eight people are still missing.“We’ve got piles of rubble that we are searching just to make sure,” said Opelika Fire Chief Byron Prather Jr. “We don’t think we’ll find nobody there, but we don’t want to leave any stone unturned.”About the victims Dozens of volunteers help sort donated supplies for those affected by the tornado. Source: ccompton@ajc.comAJ had taken shelter in a closet with his father and older brother when the tornado hit, said Jack Crisp, the boy’s uncle. The punishing winds tore the family’s home apart, Crisp said, and pulled both boys from their father’s arms.“He had them squeezed tight, and he said when it came through, it just took them,” Crisp said. “It just demolished the house and took them.”The boy’s father and brother both survived.Jackie Jones said she and her siblings rushed to her parents’ house after the storm passed and nobody answered the phone. “They usually answer on the first ring,” she said.The siblings found the home reduced to its foundation. One of their two brothers who lived at the house survived and was taken to a hospital. But Jimmy Lee and Mary Louise Jones, married for more than 60 years, had died along with their 53-year-old son Emmanuel.The body of David Wayne Dean, aged 53, was found by his son in a neighbour’s yard after the twister demolished his mobile home. “He was gone before we got to him,” said his sobbing widow, Carol Dean, who was at work at Walmart when the storm hit. 2 Comments center_img By Associated Press Short URL 13,175 Views My life is gone. He was the reason I lived, the reason that I got up.About the tornado Source: AP/PA ImagesIt was the deadliest tornado to hit the US since May 2013, when an EF5 twister killed 24 people in Moore, Oklahoma.The tornado brought winds estimated at 170 mph and carved a path nine-tenths of a mile wide in Alabama, scraping up the earth in a phenomenon known as “ground rowing,” the National Weather Service said.It traveled a remarkable 70 miles or so through Alabama and Georgia, where it caused more damage. Ninety people were injured in the Beauregard area, authorities said.President Donald Trump said he will visit Alabama on Friday to see the damage. “It’s been a tragic situation, but a lot of good work is being done,” he said at the White House.Many of the people living in the area are senior citizens who moved to the country after retiring from textile mills or an old magnetic-tape manufacturing plant that closed years ago, it was reported.Government teams surveying storm damage confirmed that at least 20 tornadoes struck on Sunday in Alabama, Florida, Georgia and South Carolina. Image: SIPA USA/PA Images Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Marketing Solutions Provider Madison Logic Buys B2B Ad Platform BBN

first_img The transaction gives Madison Logic, known for its demand generation and data services, the ability to offer “top of funnel,” or display, advertising options for B2B marketers. And by acquiring BBN, Madison Logic doesn’t just add to its service offerings. The company now has direct access to 1,600 publisher brands to pitch its lead-gen services to. On top of that, the deal brings the company closer to agencies and trading desks doing programmatic buys with BBN. “Everyone is getting into everyone else’s business,” says Madison Logic CEO Tom O’Regan. “And even though they all need to generate sales, what’s still important is repositioning, generating awareness and differentiating their products.” In a gap-closing deal, marketing solutions firm Madison Logic has acquired B2B media advertising platform BBN. “Of course, we’ll work with brands and agencies directly, but we did see an opportunity to work with larger trading desks that are working with BBN,” O’Regan says. “The revenue is not just from direct sources, but from programmatic and trading desk relationships.” In other words, as important as audience segmentation and lead-gen has become, marketers still need to make buyers aware of their products in the first place. “The same customers who were using us for demand generation were not using us for top-of-the-funnel awareness,” adds O’Regan.center_img O’Regan declined to offer sale terms, but says the deal is projected to almost double the company’s revenue in 2015. Marrying data to lead nurturing and generation, along with branding opportunities, is a valuable position to be in. LinkedIn bought marketing technology and lead-gen platform Bizo for $175 million in July 2014. That deal lets LinkedIn more closely target and measure B2B marketing campaigns across its network. Ironically, all four of those companies have since divested their B2B media assets, but the ad network has since grown to include a who’s who of 1,600 publisher brand URLs reaching a global audience of 120 million, says O’Regan. Cue BBN, a digital ad platform launched in 2008 with just four publishers: Cygnus Business Media, Nielsen Business Media, Reed Business Information and McGraw-Hill.last_img read more

Tamil movies on May 1 holiday Watch hit films on Sun TV

first_imgA collage of the Tamil movies which will be aired on 1 May, 2019.PR HandoutHolidays are big occasion for Tamil TV channels as they try to bring out their best content in their bid to increase their TRP numbers. Every channel plans their content in advance and air hit films to boosts their revenues.Like Pongal and Puthandu, 1 May too has become an important date for the TV channels as the people will be in the mood to watch movies on a World Labour Day holiday. Like every year, leading channels are set to screen big films and here we are giving you the complete list of films that will be telecast on Thala Ajith’s birthday.Movies on Sun TVJayam Ravi’s science fiction Tik Tik Tik at 12.30 pm. Thalapathy Vijay’s revenge drama Theri will be telecast at 3.30 pm.  Ajith and Nayanthara’s Viswasam will be aired at 6.30 pm.Movies on Jaya TVAjith and Nayanthara’s action thriller Arrambam will be telecast at 9.30 am. Ajith and Shruti Haasan’s Vedalam will be aired at 4.30 pm on Jaya TV. Ajith, Anushka and Trisha’s Yennai Arindhaal will be aired at 8 pm on Jaya TV.Other Channels Horror comedy Hello Naan Pei Pesuren will be aired at 10.30 am on KTV. Karthik Thangavel-directorial Adanga Maru, which stars Jayam Ravi, will be telecast at 2.30 pm on Vijay TV. Ajith’s Ji will be aired on J Movies at 7 am and 4 pm. His Anjaneya will be telecast at 7 pm.last_img read more

Dance India Dance 7 premiere episode highlights Kareena makes grand entry cheers

first_imgKareena Kapoor Khan with her Dance India Dance 7 co-judges Bosco Martis and Raftaar.Bosco Martis/InstagramDance India Dance – Battle Of The Champions Season 7 premiered on Saturday, June 22, in a grand note. The season’s major attraction is Bollywood actress Kareena Kapoor Khan, who is making her debut in the small screen with the show.Kareena looked stunning in a yellow outfit as she danced with her co-judges and choreographer Bosco Martis and rapper Raftaar. The episode also saw veteran actor Mithun Chakraborty as the Grand Master of the season and encouraging the contestants.Dance India Dance 7 has 18 contestants competing for the coveted trophy. The episode began with Kareena making an entry in style, dancing on a medley of her hit songs. The actress surely does know how to make her presence felt. She not only shook a leg with almost all the contestants right after their performances but also brought in a lot of positivity, enthusiasm, excitement and warmth to the show.Bebo performed on songs like Lungi Dance from Chennai Express and Mauja Hi Mauja from her film, Jab We Met.The Veere Di Wedding actress was seen cheering and encouraging the contestants. When a couple performed a slow romantic dance number, Kareena said that even she and her husband, Saif Ali Khan wouldn’t be able to pull it off with such grace.It was reported earlier that the remuneration per episode for Kareena was touted to be one of the highest in the field and the actress would be the highest paid actress to judge a reality show if the deal was sealed. Kareena Kapoor KhanInstagramlast_img read more

The Vegan Trainer to step up his presence in fitness marketplace

first_imgTay SweatPR HandoutTay Sweat has worked with more than 4,000 clients and helped them in losing weight, keeping fit and living a healthier lifestyle through The Vegan Trainer. He is now step up his presence in fitness marketplace.The Nashville native who holds a variety of certifications ranging from being NASM Certified in personal training/CPT, Holistic Nutrition, as well as serving as a weight loss specialist, iridology/science of reading the body, and corrective exercise specialist is one of the most sought-after fitness experts in the field.Tay Sweat said, “I love helping new, as well as my steady clientele find the way to lose the weight they want to shed and show them how to keep it off once they do. Expanding my fitness plan and training more people about a positive, healthy lifestyle is an exciting next chapter for me and them!”Tay Sweat was initially not aware about healthy lifestyles since he was an overweight teenager who had no clue about how carbs, fats and proteins were not the greatest diet. Instead, he said he was eating simply for survival.With his bad eating habits came diabetes, heart disease, hypertension and bad skin discoloration, as well as eczema when he was 15 years old. Knowing his life needed a change, Sweat started to study health and nutrition. When he was 21, Sweat decided to follow a plant-based vegan diet and over the years he has been teaching others how to follow a vegan diet for a better life like the one found. Within 3 years of research, he was able to drop 120 pounds by healthy eating and fasting.That’s when Tay Sweat decided to take his newly found knowledge and became a health professional. He also participated in a mentorship and guidance from a few well-known Eastern doctors. They helped him achieve multiple certifications and degrees he now possesses.Sweat now serves clients around the world from Australia, Japan, the UK, Canada and across the United States, and has a collective of more than 100,000 pounds of lost.The Vegan Trainer said, he is looking forward to training others and leading them on the path to a healthier lifestyle where they not only feel but also look terrific, as he expands his presence in the fitness industry.The Vegan Trainer has over 115,000 followers on Instagram, 50,000 on Facebook, 10,000 on YouTube, and till date has worked with more than 4,000 clients. For those who are serious about losing weight, keeping fit and living a healthier lifestyle, The Vegan Trainer is stepping up his presence in the fitness marketplace even more.last_img read more

Inside Microsofts Mixer NYC Game Streaming Studio

first_imgStay on target Twitch Streams Porn on Ninja’s Old AccountMicrosoft Releases Retro Windows App as ‘Stranger Things’ Tie-In Here in New York City, Microsoft has a very Apple-esque physical retail store where you can buy everything from Surface tablets to Xbox One games. And it’s a lovely shopping experience. But if you have the clearance to go up a few floors you’ll find something else entirely: a dazzling broadcast studio for delivering eSports tournament coverage on the level of a cable news operation.For a little over a year Microsoft has been running its own Twitch-style video game streaming platform called Mixer (formerly known as Beam). And a few months ago the tech giant opened the Mixer NYC Studio at the Flagship Microsoft Store to show what they think the best possible professional video game streaming should look like. Having now been inside the studio, I can say that vision is pretty on the money.AdChoices广告The shift in aesthetics alone makes going from the store below to the studio above feel like entering an unreal new world. The store is a mellow shopping experience while the studio feels like going on a TV party game show. Although the space is relatively small, it feels larger than life with its enthusiastic live audience clapping in front of massive monitors. Behind them, hosts and commentators like Jess Brohard prepare to explain to folks watching from home just what the heck they are looking at. Off screen there’s a giant inflatable Xbox controller called “Mr. Floaty”.Mister Floatie is Proud!— ZuneGirl (@Zune_Girl) September 10, 2017Then there are the stars themselves. Tonight’s tournament saw some of the world’s best Gears of War 4 players competing to earn pro points that would aid their rankings in later tournaments. Teams cycled on and off of the stage, playing on their gaming PCs and sitting on their gaming chairs. The podiums in front of them connected to personal cameras giving us great looks at the gamut of emotions the players felt during a match. Meanwhile, the walls behind them pulsed with colors related to that game. At a previous Hearthstone tournament, the lights replicated a fire.I watched the tournament both as part of the audience (including a moment where the camera cut live to my face) as well as in the quieter green room where we could hear the action outside but watch it in a way closer to the folks at home. Comparing those two experiences, it was impressive how skilled the team of editors and directors in the control room, which I later toured, were at translating the live experience online. Knowing what players or audience members to cut to, how to set up hosts interacting with users in the online chat, making sure everything is lit right over the course of hours, quickly turning live footage into promos. It was professional in a way that’s still odd to see for covering people playing video games for money, even if that’s really the new norm now.As for the tournament itself, while I’m no huge Gears of War 4 fan, it was pretty easy to get caught up in hype in this environment. The game’s space-controlling Escalation multiplayer mode features numerous rapid matches with raising respawn stakes that can lead to brutal upsets if one player can pull off multiple kills at once.In the green room I talked with one of the competitors FatalStryke, a member of the competitive Gears scene since the franchise launched over a decade ago, and picked his brain a bit about the scene. I learned that making your weapons a different color is only for aesthetics, the game is still chock full of movement exploits, and that controller players use claw grips to combat the speed of mouse and keyboard PC players. And although FatalStryke’s team ultimately came in second, having even that added knowledge and human connection made me and my Doritos that much more invested in the finals.Beyond providing an environment for journalists like me to get excited about competitive games they don’t really care about, the Mixer Studio also helps the folks that come to compete in it. Along with veterans, some teams featured local New York teenage newcomers using this as an opportunity to break into the tough scene. The winning team was called Bronx Zoo for crying out loud. Even if the winnings aren’t on the same level, the studio replicates much of the experience of competing in a big tournament, so it can help kids get used to the pressure and media training. Plus, it’s just nice to have your supporters cheering for you in real life as you virtually shoot folks for money and not for avoiding boredom on a couch like the rest of us.Of course Microsoft would host a Gears of War 4 tournament in its own store, but it surprised me to learn some of the other games Mixer Studio holds community events for. Alongside shooters like PlayersUnknown’s Battlegrounds and Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege or sports game launches with athlete special guests, the casual (but still plenty competitive) cooking game Overcooked also got highlighted.Meanwhile, I learned about plans to create some kind of tournament around upcoming cartoon shoot ‘em up Cuphead. Since the game is so brutally difficulty, perhaps the prize will go to whoever can just survive. And it’s pretty much a given the space will do something for the launch of the Xbox One X this November.It’s no secret that in terms of pure sales numbers Microsoft is losing the console wars to Sony. But numbers aren’t everything, and it’s been fascinating to witness Microsoft’s circumvention strategy of focusing its still sizeable gaming presence more on pleasing the fans they already have more than ever. This means giving them more powerful boxes, letting them play more on PC as well as against players on other consoles, making the most of limited exclusives, and celebrating their competitive communities.The professional celebration of community on display at the Mixer NYC Studio certainly can’t be cheap, but Microsoft has nothing if not money to burn. And if my entertaining time at this impressive live streaming tournament was any indication, Mixer Studio is a fantastic fan-friendly way for a video game company to burn money. Now I just need another excuse to go back.View as: One Page Slides1/91. In their flagship New York City retail store, Microsoft hosts the Mixer video game streaming studio.2. The professional space broadcasts gaming tournaments with almost cable television quality.3. Hosts help the folks watching at home understand what’s going on.4. Contestants compete on gaming PCs while sitting in gaming chairs.5. The studio features a small but excited live studio audience.6. Special events include sports game launches featuring real athletes.7. For folks looking to break into eSports, the studio replicates the high-stakes environmnet of bigger tournaments. 8. Pros and locals alike come to compete in games like Gears of War 4, PUBG, and even Overcooked.9. The Mixer Studio is designed to promote Microsoft’s new Mixer video game live streaming platform.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Million Dollar Memo enters final round

first_img20 companies from up to 11 countries could see themselves spending up to AU$1 million in Australia’s sunshine state’s incentive experiences after making it through to the final round of Tourism Queensland’s MICE campaign.Delivering the good news earlier this week, Minister for Tourism Jan Jaratt said the Million Dollar Memo campaign has already generated up to $12 million worth of publicity for Queensland to the world and reached an audience of up to five million people.The Minister said even though the final group will experience the AU$1 million incentive, shortlisted companies have undertaken “creative promotional activity”.”These promotional activities have in effect been fantastic mini-campaigns for Queensland and the overall aim to promote Queensland as a leading incentive travel destination is certainly being achieved,” Ms Jaratt explained.The finalists range from small and larger businesses and include companies from Taiwan, Indonesia, Australia, China, Germany, Korea, India, UK, US and New Zealand.  Moving on to the next round, Tourism Queensland chief executive Anthony Hayes explained that the finalists will work off previous methods used to promote Queensland’s message including social media and cinema ads.He said the final 20 will participate in an Incentive Challenge Event from 24 August this year, which will be used to showcase key incentive experiences, destination and products to a global audience. “The eight day Incentive Challenge Event will involve the 20 finalists travelling to amazing locations on the Gold Coast, the Sunshine Coast, the Whitsundays and Tropical North Queensland,” he highlighted.”We envisage that the finalists will be accompanied by a domestic and international media contingent who will cover the event and broadcast images of our amazing Queensland destinations and incentive experiences around the world.” After eight days of trekking around the state, the winning company will be announced on 31 August this year. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more

Most British holidaymakers are intending to spend

first_imgMost British holidaymakers are intending to spend the same amount on their holiday this year as they did in 2008, a new survey has revealed.The poll, conducted by YouGov on behalf of Carnival UK, showed that 78 percent of British travellers were not planning on spending less money during this year’s trip.Almost a third said they were intending to spend more, indicating that the recession will not affect the amount of money people in Britain spend on their main holiday.David Dingle, Carnival UK’s chief executive officer, said: “The findings from YouGov have confirmed for us that there are still plenty of holidaymakers out there planning a holiday for 2009 despite the current economic situation.”Asked what they would be willing to give up in order to fund their two-week trip, holidaymakers said that pet food and savings were the only things that were more financially important.It was also revealed that travellers missed their own bed more than friends, family or pets while on holiday.A recent survey conducted by Visa and the Pacific Asia Travel Association revealed that British travellers were less likely to alter their holiday plans because of concerns about the economy. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedMore Brits prepared to splash out while on holiday this yearOver a third of British holidaymakers travelling on flights abroad this summer intend to spend more money on their break.Scots are most likely to have large holiday budgets, survey revealsScots are most likely to have large holiday budgets, survey revealsMore Brits plan to stay with friends and family during their overseas holidayAlmost a third of Brits are intending to stay with friends and family during their holiday abroad.last_img read more