This year marks the 50th session of the Committee and is also important for the wider space community as being the 50th anniversary of the launch of the first artificial satellite, as well as marking 40 years since the entry into force of the Outer Space Treaty.The Vienna meeting of the Legal Subcommittee of COPUOS also examined aspects of capacity building in space law, during which leading experts gave presentations, and noted the positive effect of a recent letter by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon encouraging participation in the outer space treaties.The Subcommittee, like COPUOS, is composed of 67 Member States, while inter-governmental and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), such as the Association of Space Explorers and the Planetary Society, have permanent observer status with COPUOS.The Committee was set up by the General Assembly in 1959 to review the scope of international cooperation in the peaceful uses of outer space, to devise programmes in this field to be undertaken under UN auspices, and to deal with related matters.The Vienna-based UN Office for Outer Space Affairs (OOSA) implements the decisions of the General Assembly and of COPUOS and its two Subcommittees, the Scientific and Technical Subcommittee and the Legal Subcommittee. 5 April 2007Registering satellites and other objects launched into outer space, along with the status of the five United Nations treaties covering outer space, were among the main issues discussed during a 11-day meeting in Vienna under the auspices of the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS) that ended today.
(Stock photo)With just 15 weeks until Christmas, the city of Hamilton has begun its search for three perfect trees to spruce up the holiday celebrations this year. The city is putting out a call to residents to consider donating a large Spruce tree that is at least 40 feet tall. The tree must be in the front yard, accessible from the street and clear of overhead wires. Officials say the trees will be cut and transported at no cost to the owners.The selected trees will be on display at Gore Park, City Hall and Memorial Square in Dundas. If you have a large tree that you think could be the perfect centerpiece for the city’s holiday celebrations, call 905-546-2424, ext. 4392.
OSU redshirt sophomore wide receiver Parris Campbell (21) scores a touchdown during the second half of the Buckeyes game against Rutgers on Oct. 1. The Buckeyes won 58-0. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorOn Saturday, Ohio State’s football team will showcase what’s to come in the fall with the annual spring game. At 12:30 p.m. at Ohio Stadium, the Buckeyes take the field for the first time since the team’s disappointing finish to last season in the Fiesta Bowl. “(Defensive coordinator) Greg Schiano is looking for certain things. (Offensive coordinator) Kevin Wilson is looking for certain things,” said OSU coach Urban Meyer. “What I’m looking for is energy, enthusiasm.” Here are five storylines to watch heading into the spring game on Saturday.Wilson casts away old offensive lookAfter Clemson shut out OSU 31-0 in the 2016 Fiesta Bowl, Meyer hinted at changes on the offense.“I’m going to take a hard look at some things when we get back,” Meyer said.Within two weeks, OSU hired former Indiana head coach Kevin Wilson and Ryan Day as co-offensive coordinators to replace co-offensive coordinators Tim Beck and Ed Warinner, who took jobs as offensive coordinator at Texas and offensive line coach at Minnesota, respectively. Wilson is also the tight ends coach while Day is the acting quarterbacks coach.On Saturday, the Buckeyes will unveil a Wilson-led offense, with a potentially increased pace of play.“He likes to go fast. We know that, but we want to be under control when we’re going fast,” said redshirt junior wide receiver Terry McLaurin.The question remains if OSU’s success with the deep ball can resurrect with Wilson at the helm.Redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett burst onto the scene as a redshirt freshman, averaging nine yards per passing attempt. But last year, with two seasons of starting experience under his belt, he averaged just 6.7 yards per attempt. Last season, former OSU wide receiver Noah Brown was expected to be a deep threat. However, after a four-touchdown showing against Oklahoma in the third game of the year, he pulled in just two touchdowns over the next 10 games.With Wilson calling plays and Day coaching Barrett, Saturday’s game will be the first opportunity to show improvement in finding windows down the field.Wide receivers unproven, againWithout a stud wide receiver leading the wideouts last year, OSU faltered in the passing game often. The team struggled last season, posting only 1,445 total receiving yards and hauling in just 16 touchdowns.On top of limited production, OSU must now replace its three leading receivers from last season.Taking over will be wideouts McLaurin, redshirt sophomore K.J. Hill, sophomore Binjimen Victor and redshirt junior H-back Parris Campbell, among others.Wide receivers coach Zach Smith is excited to see how his group will look during the spring game and get a preview of what it will be like to play in a game-day atmosphere.“Saturday’s the day where you see if they can go out on the field, no coaches on the field, with 100,000 people and go make the same play that they made in practice,” Smith said.Next man up in the secondaryThe Buckeyes will not only be losing impact players in their receiving corps, but their secondary as well, following the departure of safety Malik Hooker and cornerbacks Marshon Lattimore and Gareon Conley.There is only one returning starting safety on the Buckeyes — senior Damon Webb — but cornerbacks coach Kerry Coombs said he will have to compete with some of the other guys like sophomore Jordan Fuller and senior Erick Smith, and they all might rotate playing time.“When you have a talented team, the more guys you can play, keep fresh, keep healthy and get experience, the better you are going to be defensively,” Coombs said. “So, I would say there is no reason those three kids (Webb, Smith, Fuller) couldn’t do the same thing in the backend.”As for the cornerback position, Coombs said there are six or even seven players who might rotate in the cycle. Younger guys such as freshmen Jeffrey Okudah, Shaun Wade and Marcus Williamson have impressed early despite their inexperience.“The new guys (Okudah, Wade, Williamson) are really playing well, as is (sophomore) Rodjay Burns,” Coombs said. “So, this group of kids — from a pecking order standpoint, if we lined up today — I would expect that six of them would play, maybe seven, during the course of the game. They’re that talented and we’re going to keep fresh guys out there.”Five D-linemen packagesThe defensive line was a focal point for success in 2016, and the team might opt to capitalize on all the returning talent by utilizing a five-man front in the upcoming season.Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year redshirt senior Tyquan Lewis, redshirt junior Sam Hubbard, senior Jalyn Holmes and sophomore Nick Bosa all return to the line for the Buckeyes in 2017, as will redshirt sophomore defensive tackle Dre’Mont Jones.“We have five premier — in my mind, five — four defensive ends and Dre’Mont Jones,” Meyer said. “You know, I would like to see all five on the field at one time.”The team might also have Hubbard play a bit of linebacker in the upcoming season, and the fourth-year lineman said he’s ready to give that position a shot if he believes it will help the team.“I think coach (Larry) Johnson and coach Schiano want to get the best guys out on the field, and if that means me standing up a little bit to get another Dre’Mont or four (defensive) ends on the field, or me out in space, it’s just what they decide,” Hubbard said. “So we’re just playing around with a bunch of different combinations right now.”Right side offensive lineFor the second year in a row, OSU’s returning right guard will shift even further inside to take over at center. On Saturday, Barrett will take snaps from redshirt senior center Billy Price, OSU’s third starting center in as many years. Former OSU center Pat Elflein, a first-team All-American and the 2016 Rimington Award winner, debuted as the starting center at the 2016 OSU spring game after transitioning to the position from right guard.“I think Billy’s going to do exactly what I did and win all the accolades post-season and do all that,” Elflein said at the NFL combine.Sliding into Price’s former starting right guard spot will be one of a triumvirate of guards — junior Demetrius Knox, redshirt sophomore Matt Burrell or redshirt junior Malcolm Pridgeon.Knox, who has been working with the starting unit, missed the Student Appreciation Day practice on April 8 due to academic issues. In his place with the first team was Burrell, who has been praised by Meyer, Jones and Price.Whoever lines up as starting right guard between entrenched starters Price and junior right tackle Isaiah Prince will have the first opportunity to establish himself and build chemistry with the duo in front of tens of thousands of fans.
In the end it took a woman with a terrifying nickname and a secret notebook to end the curse of the penalty shoot-out.With the score 3-3 at the end of normal time in the Olympic women’s hockey final, a dreaded shoot out beckoned. One last hurdle before the team could claim a deserved gold.After years of failure at international level, up stepped goalkeeper Maddie Hinch to show that players from these islands can hold their nerve.A daunting sight in her pads and mask, the Team GB goalkeeper – known as ‘Mad Dog’ for her reckless bravery – blocked all four Dutch penalties.Meanwhile, Helen Richardson-Walsh capitalised on a foul by the Dutch keeper to score a penalty stroke, before Hollie Webb found the net, unleashing wild celebrations.It was one of the most rapturously received of Team GB’s many medals of the Rio 2016 games, forcing the postponement of BBC’s News at Ten and propelling the relatively niche sport on to the front pages.Behind the victory lay a team of women whose steel and determination has captured the imagination of viewers at home.The BBC said around 9 million people watched the final and Great Britain Hockey hopes the team’s success will lead to a surge in people wanting to take part in the sport.Alex Danson, Team GB’s striker, said: “That’s something the organisation feels – and us as athletes feel – so strongly about. We came here to do a job and if the by-product of that is people back home want to pick up a stick then please get to your clubs.” 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. There was passion aplenty, exemplified by Georgia Twigg, the 25-year-old trainee lawyer who collapsed during Wednesday’s semi-final after being hit in the face by the ball, only to go back on the pitch after receiving stitches.Kate Richardson-Walsh, the team captain, also knows all about the sport’s potential risks. During Team GB’s first match of the 2012 Games against Japan her jaw was fractured by a blow from a stick. Following surgery she returned, just three games later, wearing a protective mask.As well as bravery there had also been intense hours of preparation. Before the final Hinch, who studied sport and exercise science at Loughborough University, taped notes on to her water bottle with prompts for how she wanted to play the game. Maddie Hinch of Great Britain against Laurien Leurink of Netherlands during the Women’s Hockey final at the Rio 2016 OlympicsCredit:Fernando Soutello/Soutello/AGIF/REX/Shutterstock She also compiled a notebook outlining the Dutch player’s penalty-taking techniques. “The notebook is purely for the shoot-out,” she told The Telegraph after the match. “In there I have the players that I think will step up and for each of those players I have a plan of what I will do against them.“Under pressure players tend to resort to what they know best, so I come up with a plan and that gives me confidence. I definitely think that plays a mental game against them, because if I was them, I would be wondering what was in the book about me.”But, the 27-year-old from Pulborough, West Sussex, admitted that, despite her preparation, there had been nerves at the prospect of facing the Dutch. After all, the Netherlands are the world’s No 1 team, have won gold at the last two Olympics and are the reigning world champions. “Any hockey goalkeepers who say they have never closed their eyes and thought, ‘Please don’t hit me’, are lying,” said Hinch. Her start in goal was down to a PE teacher. “I was apparently incredibly dramatic playing rounders, diving everywhere for the ball, and Miss Lambert told me ‘we must get you in goal at hockey next term’,” she said. “I had never even really heard of hockey, I’d never seen it or played it. I think as a new kid they nominated me because no-one else wanted to put the pads on.“At first I didn’t enjoy it at all, I didn’t understand what could be enjoyable about it, putting on 15kg of smelly kit and rolling the ball out to other people all the time. But I found out that there are days when you are treated like a hero when you have a good game, and now I love it.” Team GB Women’s Hockey TeamCredit:Pip for Investec Hinch said she has been stunned by the reaction of the British public to the team’s triumph. “My brother texted me to say ‘you’re trending on Twitter’. He didn’t mention anything about the gold medal – that came later,” she said.“I’ve heard the viewing figures on TV were huge and that’s exactly what we do this for, so people will watch the sport. We were completely unaware of how much people were starting to pay attention to us.” The goalkeeper had almost given up hope of Olympic glory after failing to be picked in 2012.“I had my heart set on being reserve keeper at London 2012, but I missed out on that and that was a big knock to me, I just thought ‘will I ever get to play?’,” she said. Maddie Hinch’s water bottle, with added match notes Shona Mccallin and Maddie Hinch of Team GB celebrate victory after beating the Netherlands in the Rio 2016 Games Women’s Hockey finalCredit:Fernando Soutello/Soutello/AGIF/REX/Shutterstock Britain did not even qualify in women’s hockey for Athens 2004, so low had the fortunes of the sport fallen. But after a bronze in London, funding for hockey went up and led to a 25 per cent increase in women taking part.More are now surely set to follow where Hinch and her team-mates led the way.And that nickname? “I’ve been told that I’m a little bit nuts, but I think I’m one of the more sane people out there,” said Mad Dog. For Kate and Helen Richardson-Walsh history was made in more ways than one. The pair became the first same-sex couple to ever win gold at the Olympics and the first married couple to win gold for Britain since Cyril and Dorothy Wright in the sailing in 1920.”To win an Olympic medal is special,” said Kate. “To win an Olympic medal with your wife there next to you, taking a penalty in the pressure moments is so special. We will cherish this for the rest of our lives.”Helen added: “It’s difficult to put into words what this means. Seventeen years ago, when I started my career, we were so far off this. It has taken so much hard work and it means absolutely everything.”The couple married in 2013, with the entire squad from the 2012 Games invited to the reception. Helen said recently: “Nobody had a problem with it before but it just wasn’t an open talking point. Now if you’ve got a boyfriend, girlfriend or are married it’s a non-issue. It’s not a taboo, it’s just part and parcel of who we are and it’s special. It makes me proud of my sport.”Next season they will be playing club hockey in Holland, where the game is the country’s second most popular sport after football, and Kate, now 36, confirmed that Friday night’s final would be her last international appearance.”I will retire as a reigning European champion with England and an Olympic champion with Great Britain,” she said. Several of her team-mates also faced obstacles on the way to glory.Defender Crista Cullen came out of retirement to play in Brazil. The 30-year-old had already returned to Kenya, her childhood home, where she obtained a pilot’s licence and set up a wildlife conservation business.But – having won bronze at London 2012 – she was persuaded to have one last attempt at gold in Rio.“To fight for an Olympic medal is what gets us up every morning, let alone to be in a gold medal match,” she said. Danson was initially turned away from England hockey trials because of her poor fitness levels.Undaunted she knuckled down and returned with a fitness rating higher than that required by the Royal Marines and went on to become the joint top scorer at London 2012.
Last year, the then universities minister Jo Johnson urged vice-Chancellors to tackle grade inflation Credit: Christopher Furlong Universities are ignoring students’ lowest module scores, a report has found, as it warns that the practise could lead to grade inflation.Dozens of institutions use the “discounting” mechanism to leave out the courses in which undergraduates got the poorest results when calculating a student’s final degree classification, according to a survey of universities.A report was conducted by Universities UK, the vice-Chancellor membership body, and Guild HE, a group for leaders of higher education institutions, following concern that institutions were seeking to boost results by manipulating their degree algorithm.It found that there is widespread variation in how universities calculate the degree classifications, including how much weight is given to modules in different years of study – known as the degree algorithm.“This project was undertaken because of concerns that design decisions on degree algorithms were being systematically used to inflate the proportion of first or upper second-class degrees awarded by an institution,” the report said. “If only the worst, outlying marks are omitted, it is possible that this would lead to grade inflation,” the report said.David Allen, a lecturer at the University of the West of England’s Bristol Business School, said “If you have university which is discounting [the worst grades] this must be inflating the grades. It didn’t take much to scratch the surface to see that this is pretty dire. It is an unfair system”.Mr Allen, who has researched the effects of varying degree algorithms, found that an institution could have double the proportion of first-class degree holders than another university with an identical set of student grades.Last year, the then universities minister Jo Johnson urged vice-Chancellors to tackle grade inflation which he said is “ripping” through universities. The problem risks creating a “dangerous impression of slipping standards”, he said.The proportion of students leaving university with top honours has reached record levels in the last five years, data released earlier this year shows.More than 104,000 students – or one in four – graduated with a top degree classification last year, a five-fold increase on the number graduating with a First in 1999. While it found “limited evidence” to suggest this is the case, the report concluded that there must be more accountable governance in place to oversee the issue of degree algorithms.It said that while the “discounting” mechanism is intended to “recognise consistent performance by omitting outliers” from the final degree classification, this is rarely how it is used in practise.
Manchester Arena bomber Salman Abedi terrorist attach “might have been averted” if two pieces of intelligence had been interpreted differently by MI5Credit: Facebook Suspected British jihadis will be monitored more closely and convicted terrorists given longer prison sentences as part of a package of new counter-terrorism measures to be unveiled.Technology companies will also be called on to do more to tackle extremist content posted online, while new powers will be introduced to fast track terror suspects to jail before they have finalised any plans for an attack.Sajid Javid, the Home Secretary, is also expected to announce a new approach to targeting the growing threat of right wing extremism, illustrating how potential sources of terrorism have become increasingly diverse. His keynote speech follows a review of the UK’s counter-terrorism strategy, known as Contest, and coincides with the anniversary of the London Bridge and Borough Market attack.Meanwhile, the family of James McMullan who was killed in that attack, have told The Sunday Telegraph how they have been barred from fitting a bronze plaque at the spot where he was murdered.The Home Office yesterday warned that Britain faces a severe threat from Islamist terrorism for at least another two years.MI5 and counter terrorism police are currently running more than 500 live operations involving roughly 3,000 “subjects of interest” at any one time.However, more than 20,000 people who have previously been investigated and categorised as a “closed subject of interest” could still pose a threat. Salman Abedi was categorised as one such individual at the time of his attack at the Manchester Arena last year which resulted in 22 people being killed and hundreds injured.A report by David Anderson QC into four of the five attacks of 2017 concluded that the Manchester arena attack “might have been averted” if two pieces of intelligence about Abedi had been interpreted differently by MI5.The new security measures to be unveiled are expected to focus on the importance of trying to spot those like Abedi who may have become radicalised again.An extra 1,000 security services staff will also be recruited to collect and analyse data as well as keep suspects under better surveillance.MI5 will also be expected to share information about suspected extremists more widely with other organisations, including local councils and neighbourhood policing units.Extra resources will be provided for areas such as Birmingham, Bradford and Manchester to help monitor Muslim extremists. Mr Javid, who will attend a memorial service to mark the anniversary of the London Bridge attack, said: “The Government is absolutely committed to doing everything possible to tackle the terrorist threat. It is my first priority every day in this job.“We are working with the police, intelligence and security agencies, the private and public sector and international partners to make sure we have the best plans in place.”Ahead of the commemorative events which will also include a minute’s silence to remember the eight people murdered, the Prime Minister Theresa May said that the capital’s resolve against terrorism has never been stronger.“My message to those who seek to target our way of life or try to divide us is clear – our resolve to stand firm and overcome this threat together has never been stronger,” she said.Security agencies and police have foiled 12 Islamist and four extreme right-wing plots since March last year. 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. Sajid Javid, Home Secretary, is to make a key announcement on counter terrorism measuresCredit:David Rose/The Telegraph
Bill Bryson has said the people of Britain need to “stop tearing their country down”, and that expats like him help remind the people who live here how great the country is.The Anglo-American writer made the comments ahead of joining a group of seven US expats, who are walking the 569-mile “Bryson Line”. They are trekking from Cape Wrath to Bognor Regis, in order to raise £100,000 for British charities, including the Campaign to Protect Rural England and Great Ormond Street Hospital for Sick Children.This walk is based on his book, The Road to Little Dribbling, in which the author works out the longest distance one can walk through Britain in a straight line. The expats have re-created this, sticking to it as closely as possible using public footpaths.Mr Bryson told The Telegraph: “They’re just trying to demonstrate that there are a lot of people like us who live in Britain voluntarily…people spend a lot of time tearing Britain down and taking it for granted but it’s actually a brilliant place.“It’s one of the great benefits of immigrants who remind us there are a lot of good reasons to be pleased with wherever you are.” Bill Bryson the author photographed with American ex-pat Kate HedgesCredit: Heathcliff O’Malley Although he is not joining the group for the entire 30-mile walk, Mr Bryson is very enthusiastic about the project, for which he has called himself a “benign cheerleader.” The author, who became a British citizen in 2015, is very enthusiastic about Britain’s countryside and thinks we should be getting out and walking in it more.He explained: “All of us could do with a lot more exercise and fresh air, what I’ve been telling people for 40 years is you have an incredibly beautiful country here, so use it and value it. We live in a very expensive time but you don’t have to pay anyone to enjoy our beautiful landscapes. “The National Parks system here is really wonderful. You have so many miles of public footpaths in Britain. In a little country it’s an incredible number. On the whole you already are doing a really good job.”Mr Bryson also revealed he is thinking about updating and re-releasing perhaps his most famous book, A Short History Of Nearly Everything, which explores the histories and current status of science.He said: “The book could certainly do with being updated. A lot has happened in 15 years. One of the things I would like to do is revise it and bring it up to date. It’s just a question of getting some of the figures up to the present.” The Bryson Line walkers begin their journey on Saturday June 9th and finish on July 8th 2018. 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.
Monday 5 Dec 2016, 7:08 AM New Zealand prime minister shocks nation with sudden resignation Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull sent John Key a short message: “Say it ain’t so, bro.” Short URL Dec 5th 2016, 7:08 AM 23,679 Views 18 Comments http://jrnl.ie/3119734 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article New Zealand Prime Minister John Key Image: Manish Swarup/AP Photo New Zealand Prime Minister John Key Image: Manish Swarup/AP Photo By Associated Press Source: The Top Story/YouTubeKey was a successful currency trader before turning to politics. He was elected to the nation’s parliament in 2002 and enjoyed a quick rise, becoming leader of his center-right opposition party in 2006. He won his first general election and became prime minister in 2008.He won subsequent elections in 2011 and 2014 and retained unusually high popularity ratings. His party was a clear favorite to win the most votes at next year’s election, at least until his announcement today.Key said that steering the country of 4.7 million through the economic crisis of 2008 and on to improved fortunes was a proud accomplishment.“Very few countries are in the financial position we are in,” Key said. “We’re strong, we’re in surplus, we’re growing, we’re creating jobs, we’re doing well.”New Zealand is enjoying relatively robust annual GDP growth of over 3 percent and the unemployment rate has fallen below 5 percent, thanks in part to growth in tourism and construction.Key also talked about the importance of standing beside the people of Christchurch after an earthquake in 2011 killed 185 people.“Simply put, it has, for me, been the most remarkable, satisfying and exciting time of my life,” he said. “But despite the amazing career I have had in politics, I have never seen myself as a career politician.”He said the role came with costs.“For my wife Bronagh, there have been many nights and weekends spent alone,” he said. “My daughter Stephie and my son Max have transitioned from teenagers to young adults while coping with an extraordinary level of intrusion and pressure because of their father’s job.”He said he wasn’t sure what life after politics would bring, other than he would probably take up positions on a couple of company boards and accept international speaking engagements.He said he would remain on as a member of parliament long enough that he wouldn’t force a special election ahead of next year’s general election.“All I can say is that I gave it everything I had,” he said. “I left nothing in the tank.”Read: ‘I made sure my wife and 2-year-old were safe’: All Black stars turn thoughts to home after earthquakeRead: Up to 100,000 landslides in New Zealand as rescuers airlift stranded tourists NEW ZEALAND’S POPULAR Prime Minister John Key stunned the nation today when he announced, in a breaking voice, he was resigning after eight years as leader.Key had been widely expected to contest his fourth general election next year. But he said he wanted to ensure he didn’t make the mistake that some other world leaders have done, and instead wanted to leave while he was on top of his game.Speaking in a shaking voice, Key said he had made personal sacrifices for the job and the role had taken a toll on his family.Key said his National Party caucus would meet 12 December to decide on a new party leader and prime minister, and that he expected to formally submit his resignation to the Governor-General that same day.He said he would back his deputy Bill English to take over. English said he would likely decide in the next day or two if he would seek the role.The New Zealand dollar fell by nearly 1 percent on the news and was trading at $0.71 U.S.Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said he’d sent Key a short message: “Say it ain’t so, bro.”“John Key is one of the most outstanding national leaders in the world today,” Turnbull told reporters. “He has done an extraordinary job for New Zealand. He is somebody that all of us, right around the world, leaders in countries large and small, draw inspiration from.”New Zealand’s opposition leader Andrew Little said the decision had taken everybody by surprise.“He is entitled to be recognised for what he has done for New Zealand,” Little said. “He’s been there through some pretty difficult times.” Share77 Tweet Email1
A left-wing moderate has won the presidential election in Turkish-occupied northern Cyprus, in a move that many see as a major breakthrough in the stalled reunification talks.Mustafa Akinci, the 67-year-old former mayor of the Turkish half of Nicosia, was returned last weekend by a large majority, gaining more than 60 per cent of the vote compared to less than 40 per cent for the outgoing conservative Dervis Eroglu.During his election campaign, Akinci promised to do his utmost to end four decades of division on the island. Commentators have declared the result a significant boost for the chances of moving the stalled UN-brokered negotiations forward.Dr Michalis Michael, deputy director for the Centre of Dialogue and senior research fellow at La Trobe University, told Neos Kosmos that Akinci’s elevation to being the leader and chief negotiator for the Turkish Cypriots offers the best hope for resolving ‘the Cyprus problem’.“Without a doubt, Akinci is one of the most pro-solution and pro-reconciliation politicians in Cyprus, and with his Greek Cypriot counterpart, Nicos Anastasiades, there appears to be a real synergy – a meeting of minds – at least at a leadership level, to break the deadlock,” said Dr Michael.“While a solution may not exclusively depend on personalities alone – as we witnessed during the Christofias-Talat period – Akinci’s election constitutes a strong sign from the Turkish Cypriots to reach out to the Greek Cypriots and forge together a common destiny within the EU, and away from their dependency on Ankara. “For all those who truly wish to see a re-unified, prosperous and peaceful Cyprus, including here in Australia, now is the time to lend their support and contribute in a positive way to the reinvigorated peace process.”On the eve of the election Mr Akinci described UN negotiations – planned to start again next month – as holding “a possibility for all sides to win”.Cypriot president Nicos Anastasiades congratulated Akinci on the result and called him personally last Sunday. In a statement to the media, government spokesman Nicos Christodoulides said:“The Republic of Cyprus welcomes the choice of Mustafa Akinci as the leader of the Turkish Cypriot community, a man who through his public discourse and declarations, has referred to the need for reunification of the country.”Meanwhile the Anastasiades government will be looking for immediate gestures of goodwill to back up Akinci’s words. The Republic of Cyprus has made long-standing requests for Varosha, a resort town in the north (under the control of the Turkish army since 1974) to be opened up. In return for Varosha, the government has said it would allow direct flights into the north and open up Famagusta port to international traffic. Such actions would reduce the global isolation Turkish Cypriots have felt since their 1991 unilateral proclamation of independence.Increasing colonisation of the island’s north by Anatolians has prompted complaints by the 120,000-strong Turkish Cypriot community, particularly over perceived ‘Islamisation’ under the governing AKP party in Turkey.With 35,000 Turkish troops in northern Cyprus, moderates in the community have also voiced grievances about militarisation. They will look to Akinci to make real his vow that both communities “must heal our wounds together”. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Le Pérou déclenche l’alerte après la mort de dauphins et de pélicansLe gouvernement péruvien a décidé de lancer une “alerte sanitaire” suite à la découverte de centaines de dauphins et de pélicans morts sur les côtes du pays. Si plusieurs hypothèses ont été évoquées, l’origine de la mort des animaux reste inconnue. Le drapeau rouge a été hissé sur les plages du Pérou. Une mesure qui fait suite à l’hécatombe que connait le pays depuis le début de l’année. En effet, entre janvier et avril, près de 900 dauphins se sont échoués morts sur le littoral nord, selon les chiffres officiels. Plus sérieux encore, en moins de deux semaines, ce sont plus de 1.500 pélicans qui ont été retrouvés inertes sur près de 200 kilomètres de côtes à Piura, à la frontière avec l’Équateur, et Lambayeque, à 790 kilomètres au nord de Lima, si l’on en croit les chiffres du ministère de l’Agriculture.Vivement inquiété par ces morts mystérieuses, le ministère de la Santé péruvien a décidé de déclencher l'”alerte sanitaire exhortant “la population à s’abstenir de se rendre sur les plages dans la région de Lima et du littoral au nord du pays jusqu’à ce que soient connues les causes de la mort” des animaux. De même, il est désormais fortement déconseillé de consommer du poisson cru dans tout le pays. Si de nombreuses analyses ont été réalisées, les scientifiques n’ont donc pour l’heure pas réussi à identifier la cause de ces morts. Une absence de verdict vivement critiquée.”C’est incroyable que l’Institut de la mer (qui dépend du ministère de la Pêche) ne se prononce pas sur la mort massive de pélicans et de dauphins”, s’est indigné lundi Carlos Bocanegra, un biologiste réputé de l’Université de Trujillo cité par l’AFP. “Je pense qu’on essaie de sauver certains intérêts”, accuse-t-il, faisant allusion au puissant lobby des industriels de la pêche, un secteur prédominant de l’économie péruvienne. En effet, au cours des derniers mois, le gouvernement a évoqué une possible contamination des dauphins par un virus. Exploration pétrolière, virus ou pêche excessive ? Néanmoins, il a écarté l’hypothèse d’un dommage collatéral de la pêche au filet ou d’une éventuelle contamination des eaux. “Quand nous saurons avec exactitude les causes scientifiques de ce qui provoque la mort (des dauphins et des pélicans) nous lèverons l’alerte”, a ainsi déclaré lundi le responsable de l’environnement au ministère de la Santé Bernardo Ausejo, estimant encore le délai “à cinq ou dix jours”. Du côté de l’Organisation scientifique pour la conservation des animaux aquatiques (Orca), on a en revanche une idée bien précise de la cause de ces morts. Selon l’ONG, celles-ci seraient dues aux activités d’exploration des compagnies pétrolières dans la zone produisent des bruits affectant les cétacés victimes d’un “impact acoustique”. Pour sa part, le directeur de l’ONG Mundo Azul, le biologiste allemand Stefan Austermühle, penche plutôt pour une origine virale. Il indique ainsi à l’AFP que la mort massive des pélicans et des dauphins “représente un risque pour la santé humaine en raison de la possible mutation d’un virus”.Les changements climatiques mis en cause ?À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Dans un éditorial du quotidien El Comercio, l’ancien ministre de la santé Uriel Garcia évoque quant à lui “la pêche excessive” de certaines espèces en particulier l’anchois, dont se nourrissent les pélicans, qui en viendraient alors à mourir de faim et pas de maladie. Autre hypothèse : un expert en météorologie, Abraham Levy, estime que le réchauffement des eaux du Pacifique pouvant être lié au phénomène de El Nino pourrait expliquer les récents phénomènes. “Le réchauffement de la mer altère la chaîne alimentaire, qui est complexe et qui commence par le plancton pour se terminer avec les oiseaux marins d’un côté et les mammifères marins de l’autre”, explique t-il à l’AFP. Le Pérou reste donc en état d’alerte en attendant que l’une ou plusieurs de ses hypothèses ne soient validées.Le 9 mai 2012 à 09:37 • Maxime Lambert
Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl has revealed his frustrations after his team surrendered a two goal lead in their FA Cup replay loss to Derby county.Stuart Armstrong and Nathan Redmond gave the Saints the lead 25 minutes into the second half, but Harry Wilson and Martyn Waghorn on target in the final 15 minutes of the game to force extra-time and penalties, during which Southampton lost 5-3.“It’s a nightmare I think because we had again a big chance to be in the next round and gave it away. If you have two times a chance to win and don’t do it then you don’t deserve to be in the next round so congratulations to Derby County. We have to concentrate on the Premier League now,” Hasenhüttl said, according to the club’s official website.Match Preview: Southampton vs Manchester United Boro Tanchev – August 30, 2019 Southampton and Manchester United will open the Matchday 3 in the Premier League tomorrow afternoon at 13:30 (CET).“We didn’t have a good first-half but we made the right decisions at half-time and change the system and the shape. It was much better in the second-half as we had more chances and more pressure in front.”“After the 2-0, we were maybe thinking about what happened in Derby and then at 2-1 you could feel that the guys were a little bit nervous and they got the second goal. It was too easy.”“In extra-time there were three great chances for us, also for Derby too but both teams were struggling and in the shootouts it’s always about luck but they deserved it more because they fought back twice.”
Posted: September 28, 2018 KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Former KUSI entertainment reporter Fred Saxon has passed away KUSI Newsroom, September 28, 2018 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Once again– we have some very sad news about a former member of the KUSI family.Long time entertainment reporter Fred Saxon has passed away at the age of 76.Before coming to San Diego and KUSI– Fred was the first entertainment reporter for CNN.From 1991-2000 Fred Saxon was seen daily on KUSI-TV in San Diego, first on the “KUSI News at Ten”, then on the “KUSI Morning News”, the top-rated local morning television program.As entertainment anchor he interviewed celebrities, reviewed movies, and reported on Hollywood and the local arts community.Over the years– he interviewed big names like Harrison Ford– Morgan Freeman and Joan Rivers.Along with being a well-respected movie critic– he was also an accomplished musician and music producer.For those who knew him– he was simply a good and decent person.
Few magazine brands have experienced more explosive growth in video over the past year than InStyle. Under the direction of special projects director Ruthie Friedlander and editor-in-chief Laura Brown, the fashion and celeb-focused title nearly quadrupled the number of unique video viewers on its own channels over the course of 2017—according to the latest brand audience report released by the MPA—and garnered an additional 215 million video views across Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube during the same period.“Video is the most dynamic way to show off our content,” special projects director Ruthie Friedlander tells Folio:. “It really enables us to tell a story with voice.” This year’s crop of videos, published on InStyle’s own channels as well as its social media accounts on January 7, the night of the Golden Globes, garnered just under 107 million views over the first 48 hours, including 35 million on InStyle‘s owned-and-operated channels alone. Better yet—the full rollout was sponsored by personal care brand EyeLove.“We’ve worked hard to create series that we know our audience will continue to respond to,” adds Friedlander. “We also have continued to invest our efforts into service-related videos—how to’s, explainers—which we know our audience loves.”Folio: sat down with Friedlander to learn more about InStyle’s digital strategy and what she’s learned from the brand’s success in video.Ruthie FriedlanderFolio: Which particular formats and subjects have you found perform particularly well on different channels? Ruthie Friedlander: Instagram videos featuring celebrities have been huge for us—the Golden Globes Elevator Booth is our greatest original content success. Our video series “Dirty Laundry” with [editor-in-chief] Laura Brown, airing on PeopleTV (in which our EIC talks to celebrities about the stories behind their clothes in a laundromat) has also proven incredibly successful. We’ve found that both Laura and InStyle translate nicely to longer form videos on OTT. Folio: What metrics or KPI’s are you tracking on various channels? Friedlander: There are so many ways to evaluate whether a video did well. On social, the engagement is of the utmost importance. On YouTube, views. We also care a lot about the length of time the video stays relevant for. We want to make sure our videos last beyond their one-time success hit. Folio: Regarding those Golden Globes elevator videos, what from your perspective made them such a resounding success this year and last year? Friedlander: There are so many logistical things that made our booth successful this year and last. Having a tight team, a great director, a rockstar social media manager…the behind the scenes crew was key. I think what made our videos stand out was the speed at which we got them out. We had multiple editors on site, which enabled us to give talent their videos within in minutes of shooting. But more importantly, the celebs have fun doing it. It wasn’t awkward, forced, or overly designed. It was a moment for people to let loose and show off their personality. Folio: What makes them particularly well suited to InStyle’s voice and identity? Friedlander: The videos have the perfect mix of A-list celeb and epic humor, which is exactly what InStyle is: celebrities with strong, powerful voices. It also helped that we did them last year, and people remembered them and came back looking for them. Fans were begging us in the comments to post the videos of certain celebrities.Folio: When you’re going back to something that has worked for you in the past, what are some of the ways you keep things new and fresh? Friedlander: We think of it as a great thing that the talent knew what they were going to be participating in. In fact, we had lots of celebs tell us that they had been thinking about what they’d be doing this year because they loved it so much last year. But we don’t want it to get stale. So this year, we had Kelly Wearstler design the booth. Next year? Perhaps we do a different designer, throw in some props, give it a theme. The opportunities are endless. Folio: Are sponsor integrations like these something you see as an opportunity for InStyle going forward? Friedlander: Of course! We love working with partners on projects like this. Folio: When you think about looking ahead, what are some of the ways magazine brands can innovate in video beyond just adapting existing articles? Friedlander: Making dynamic [content] starts at the ideation process. Don’t get too caught up in making sure it hits a certain number. Make sure you and your team are obsessed with the idea. Friedlander, who joined InStyle as site director in 2016, says the brand’s 15-member digital team (four of which are devoted to social media) now integrates a video component into every single post on InStyle‘s website, and works closely with a centralized video team at Time Inc. (now Meredith Corp.) to apply their expertise in the medium to the brand’s editorial content.One of the team’s more recent projects included reprising 2017’s wildly popular Golden Globes “elevator vignettes”—a series of five-to-ten-second videos featuring various celebrities purportedly on their way up to the award show’s official InStyle after-party.
Stay on target Trade In Your Nintendo Switch For a Better Battery (With a Catch)Controller Patent Teases SNES Games on Switch We now know more about the Nintendo Switch than we did a few days ago. Nintendo gave a presentation about its new system, and the day after Jordan Minor and I actually got hands on the system at a preview event in New York (you can read his account here and my own preview on PCMag.com). It looks like a promising game system you can use as both a home console and a handheld, and we’re both pretty excited.Which is why we’re going to pick apart exactly how Nintendo is screwing up. Because hoo boy, they are working hard at reminding us just how good they are at dropping the ball. It’s like Nintendo has a quota of stupid choices it has to make for every success it gets.The System Looks NeatI know this won’t stave off fanboys defending or gloating about every one of Nintendo’s mistakes, but I still have to try: The Nintendo Switch itself is a really interesting concept that, as a platform, looks like it could be a big success. More importantly, after trying it out, I’m personally excited about getting it in my hands for a longer period of time next month. It’s a great idea that Nintendo seems to be nailing in many ways.Subscription BallsThat said, Nintendo pulled one of the most colossally arrogant Nintendo moves I’ve ever seen with its announcement of a paid online service. Seriously, the balls on this company. Making the Nintendo Switch Online Service a paid subscription to play games online and have any communication with other players? After Nintendo lagged behind the rest of the video game industry literally a decade in providing any sort of online service. That takes balls so big Lemmy Koopa could throw them at you during a boss fight.The idea that an online service requires a subscription to play online is nothing new. Xbox Live has been doing it since 2002. PlayStation Network started requiring a subscription for online multiplayer with the launch of the PlayStation 4. The problem is that Nintendo has done absolutely nothing to earn that subscription fee yet. And, from the promises it’s been making, it really isn’t trying to.Nintendo has historically offered the clunkiest, most convoluted online gaming experience in the industry. The Wii U gave us some great online games like Super Mario Maker and Splatoon, but even in them, basic features like custom matchmaking and user searches have been poorly implemented or even simply not present at launch. Now Nintendo is promising an “Online Lobby and Voice Chat app” to go with “Online gameplay,” and for that, it’s going to ask for a monthly or yearly fee.To be fair, online multiplayer will be free for Switch users until the fall, after which they can decide if the online service is worth it. Of course, all of the extra features like voice chat and online lobbies will either not be available or heavily limited until the fall, so it’s a pretty huge wash. You can play online for free with the same features you had for free on the Wii U, just without Miiverse. For a few months.World’s Most Useless Voice ChatThen there’s the promise for voice chat. Or rather, a voice chat app for smart devices. That’s where “pretty ballsy” becomes “incredibly stupid.” The Switch itself won’t have a voice chat app? At all? We’ll have to use our smartphone or tablet?Okay, a show of hands: How many of you can already get in touch with your friends and communicate using your voice with your phone or tablet? Everyone? Seriously, all of you? Wow, it’s like smartphones are designed with voice chat and contact lists as two of their primary functions. Thanks, focus group in my head.Nintendo is going to demand a paid subscription fee for the ability to use voice chat on devices that already have dozens of widely used, free voice chat services available. Instead of making it an integrated feature on the Switch itself, which fundamentally is a tablet!Classic Game Rental (Singular)Well, at least Nintendo gives you a classic game every month for the service. And now “incredibly stupid” becomes “infuriatingly arrogant.” The subscription offers a single NES or SNES game a month. And after that month, the game is taken away and replaced. It isn’t added to your library as part of the service, like Xbox Live Gold and PS Plus do with multiple games a month. It’s one game a minimum of 19 years old.But it’ll get online play added to it. Which would be impressive if emulators haven’t offered the same thing for decades. And, of course, voice chat only through your smartphone or tablet if you want to play it online, anyway.Nintendo had a big success with the NES Classic, and now instead of running with that success it’s tripping over itself and falling flat on its face harder than ever with classic games. This is a company with a library of hundreds of video games that millions of gamers genuinely love. It could make a killing offering that library as a subscription service. It could make a killing offering only one percent of that library as a subscription service. Instead, subscribers get one rental game a month.And Nintendo hasn’t actually said anything about the Virtual Console or the ability to play those classic games on the Switch beside the single monthly game. And if you’ll recall the Wii, Wii U, and 3DS Virtual Consoles, Nintendo has historically eked out at most only a few games a week over the lifetime of those systems. Even now you can’t get all of the best NES, SNES, and N64 games on the Wii U and 3DS.Nintendo Disrespects Us AllAll of this shows that Nintendo clearly doesn’t respect its longest, most dedicated fans. Instead of rewarding gamers who have stuck with Nintendo for decades and given it hundreds and thousands of dollars each in their lifetimes, Nintendo is holding games and gameplay hostage, with plans to force out every last cent it can get.Considering every single one of those games total can be downloaded in five minutes, stored on a $5 memory card, and played on a $40 tablet, it’s a pretty arrogant move. Yes, emulation is illegal. No, it isn’t going to be stopped, and Nintendo isn’t doing itself or its fans any service by continuing to drip-feed roms to gamers at $5-10 a pop or lending one out every month.Nintendo has six weeks until the launch of the Switch, and after that six months until it starts charging for its online service. And that’s how long the company has to pull its head out of its ass and start respecting and pleasing its customers with modern features that justify a paid subscription instead of milking their nostalgia by droplets.And while I’m fantasizing, it would be great if Nintendo stopped being unreasonable, automated, knee-jerk schmucks when it comes to streamers and Let’s Players who share gameplay of their games. Because Nintendo still continues to make the most garbage moves against its most dedicated fans with content ID and copyright claims on YouTube. And if the Capture button on the left JoyCon gave you any hope, know that it only takes screenshots, not video.You can preorder the Nintendo Switch here.Want to learn more? Here’s everything you need to know about the Nintendo Switch.
Describing ISIS and al Qaeda as serious security challenges for India, Director of Intelligence Bureau Asif Ibrahim on Sunday said the Indian diaspora has become increasingly vulnerable to elements having allegiance to terror groups.Addressing a conference of DGPs and IGPs, Ibrahim said al Qaeda and ISIS pose serious security challenges for the country if they were not dealt with on priority.“The rapid territorial gain and the influence of caliphate on one hand glamorises the image of the group (ISIS), while on the other it enhances its capability,” he said at the conference attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Rajnath Singh and several Chief Ministers. Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJIThe Director of the IB said vulnerable groups and fringe elements from over 80 countries have gone to the region (Iraq-Syria) to participate in the conflict.Ibrahim said a splinter group of the Indian Mujahideen operating in the Af-Pak region has announced its support to the ISIS and to bolster its flagging image, al Qaeda has announced the formation of its Indian sub continent wing specifically targeting India.“We have deliberated the serious issue yesterday and felt that the threat is likely to accentuate as the situation unfolds further in future. Indian diaspora has become increasingly vulnerable in the days to come,” he said. Also Read – Health remains key challenge in India’s development: KovindIbrahim said there is also an imminent danger of Indian youths moving to the conflict zone, emerging as a role model and stressed that such developments, may directly or indirectly, pose a threat to India.“The threat potential is accentuated with some lower rung elements returning from conflict zone,” he said.A youth from Mumbai suburb Kalyan, Arif Majeed, who until now was believed to have been killed while fighting for militant group ISIS in Syria, was arrested on Friday hours after he landed in the metropolis.In May this year, four youths from Kalyan – Shaheen Tanki, Fahad Shaikh and Aman Tandel, besides Arif – had left India to visit holy places in the West Asia, but they disappeared thereafter and since then were suspected to have joined the Sunni extremist group.
Cancun, Q.R. — The state government has launched an international tender for the construction of the Nichupté Lagoon bridge in the Cancun Hotel Zone.The bridge has been in talks for nearly three years with funding being the reason for the continual setback, however, according to the government, the project has been put to tender.With an approximate investment of 4 billion peso, the state government is moving forward to build the 7.4 kilometer bridge over the Nichupté Lagoon. The bridge would join with Colosio Boulevard and the Boulevard Kukulkán and integrate with Kabah.The lagoon bridge has always been intended to relieve the high levels of daily congestion between the Cancun Hotel Zone and the city mainland, however, with the constant stalls, other options have been purposed, none of which have been implemented.According to Mexico Projects Hub, the lagoon bridge project has been launched on a public website for international tender. The project says “it is in the studies stage to determine the participation of the public and private sectors” and that “the main source of payment are the tolls charged for the use of the bridge.”In March, ferry company Ultramar said they were going to begin offering service across the Nichupté lagoon, however that too, never came to light.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)
News | June 15, 2008 Georgia Medical Centers Select NovaRad’s PACS, RIS June 16, 2008 – Four Georgia medical facilities have selected NovaRad as their RIS and PACS technology provider, including: – Augusta Back spine center in Augusta (NovaPACS)- Bleckley Memorial Hospital in Cochran (NovaRIS and NovaPACS)- Dorminy Medical Center in Fitzgerald (NovaRIS No and NovaPACS)- Washington County Regional Medical Center in Sandersville (NovaPACS)NovaPACS is NovaRad’s complete, enterprise-level PACS offering fast image retrieval, full-feature viewer with intuitive interface, and seven-year on-site archive with off site emergency back up. NovaRIS is NovaRad’s Web-based, open standards RIS that generates reports, analyzes exams, measures profitability and facilitates paperless management of patient records. For more information: www.novapacs.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | July 02, 2019 Konica Minolta Healthcare Partners With DiA Imaging Analysis for AI-based Cardiac Ultrasound Analysis DiA Imaging Analysis has partnered with Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas Inc. to expand analysis capabilities of… 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 News | PACS | June 26, 2019 Mini-PACS Solution for Image Management and Workflow Optimization ImageGrid Mini is a feature-rich, reliable and cost-effective image management and workflow optimization solution, pr read more Technology | Enterprise Imaging | July 05, 2019 Hyland Healthcare Adds ImageNext Imaging Workflow Optimizer to Enterprise Imaging Suite Hyland Healthcare is launching ImageNext, a vendor-neutral imaging workflow optimizer that combines intelligent imaging… read more Feature | Information Technology | June 27, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Smart Algorithm Extracts Data from Radiology Reports Radiology reports may contain information essential to figuring out a patient’s condition. read more Related Content 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 News | Enterprise Imaging | July 29, 2019 Philips Announces 10-year Enterprise Informatics Agreement With Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire de Nancy Philips and Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire (CHRU) de Nancy, a leading academic hospital in the Grand Est… read more News | Enterprise Imaging | June 27, 2019 Ambra Health Announces Integration With Box Ambra Health announced an integration with Box to enable the sharing of medical imaging directly from within Box’s… read more News | PACS | July 02, 2019 Laurel Bridge and 3M M*Modal Partner to Improve DICOM Structured Reporting July 2, 2019 — Laurel Bridge Software announced an expanded relationship with 3M M*Modal, a provider of clinical docu 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
Travelweek Group Posted by TORONTO — After three flat years hotel prices were up 2% globally in 2017.The two-point rise in the global index to 116 is the closest the Hotel Price Index (HPI) has been to the 2007 peak of 118.Every regional index, except for North America, grew in 2017, signaling strong growth in the travel industry. Before this there was seven years of continued growth in the North American index since its low point of 96 in 2009, says Hotels.com, which oversees the HPI.The HPI was set at 100 in 2004, its inaugural year. Using the index format Hotels.com can highlight year-over-year variations in actual prices paid per night by travellers without foreign exchange fluctuations distorting the picture.“The slight increase in average accommodation prices globally combined with numerous markets having record visitor growth signals a strong travel economy and a growing desire from consumers to experience the world. Cultural events have inspired travel more than ever before as we aspire not to just stand by and observe the action, but to instead actually be part of it,” said Hotels.com President Johan Svanstrom.More news: Flights cancelled as British Airways hit by computer problemCanadian travellers paid more for accommodation in over 60% of their Top 50 international destinations in 2017, according to HPI data.Meanwhile price drops drove Canadian visitors to the U.S. Despite a decline in overall number of foreign visitors to the U.S. in 2017, the U.S. remained the most popular outbound region for Canadians, who crossed the border in greater numbers, with New York keeping its spot as the #1 international destination.The HPI shows that the U.S. had some major price drops across the country in notoriously expensive cities.Average prices paid per night by Canadian travellers in the most popular U.S. destinations in 2017 compared with 2016European travel destinations fluctuated in price and popularity. Places like Portugal, Spain and Greece saw an increase in prices paid on accommodation overall as tourism hit record numbers. The HPI indicates a 10% rise in prices in Lisbon and Santorini, and a 7% increase in Barcelona.More news: Sunwing to further boost Mazatlán service with new flights from OttawaIn Asia, a strengthening dollar against the Japanese yen meant that Tokyo recorded the highest fall in average price, dropping 7% compared to 2016.In South America, the Colombian city of Medellín made the top 200 for the first time, while Bogota cracked the top 100 most popular international destinations with a 40-spot gain. Prices in Bogota now average $107 a night in 2017.Average prices paid per night by Canadian travellers in select international destinations in 2017 compared with 2016Here at home, Canada 150 celebrations created a record tourism boom. HPI data shows that while the country overall saw an average increase of only 2%, most major destinations were up even more. Toronto and Montreal, also celebrating its 375th birthday, were both up 8%.The highest average increases were Mont Tremblant and Banff, where, together with Vancouver, overnight stays averaged over $200 a night. Niagara Falls was up 4%.Average prices paid per night by Canadian travellers in selected Canadian destinations in 2017 compared with 2016 HPI has the latest hotel rates in U.S., Canadian and European cities << Previous PostNext Post >> Tuesday, March 20, 2018 Share Tags: Trend Watch
The world’s tallest performing water spectacular – The Dubai Fountain – has been officially launched in Dubai, UAE. An awe-inspiring choreography of lights, music and water dance as 22,000 gallons of water are jetted 500 feet (150 metres), into the air, creating an amazing spectacle for guests of the 63-storey The Address, Downtown Burj Dubai, the luxury five star hotel which directly overlook the Fountain.Set on the 30-acre BurjDubaiLake, the fountain is 900 ft (275 metres) long and has five circles of varying sizes and two central arcs. It has been designed by California-based WET, the creators of the Fountains of Bellagio in Las Vegas.Over 6,600 WET Superlights – the most advanced incandescent large fountain lights available today – and 25 colour projectors create a visual spectrum of over 1,000 abstract attractions. The beam of light shining upward from the fountain can be seen from over 20 miles away, and will be visible from space making it the brightest spot in the Middle East, and quite possibly in the entire world.The Dubai Fountain performs daily, with the show repertoire including Sama Dubai; Baba Yetu, an award-winning song in Swahili and the signature piece of world-renowned Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli, Con te partiro (Time to Say Goodbye).The Address Downtown Burj Dubai offers magnificent views of The Dubai Fountain, with guests enjoying the spectacle from their rooms and hotel restaurants. The Dubai Fountain is set to be a visitor attraction unparalleled in the region. It is just one of the exciting offerings in Downtown Burj Dubai – the mega-project of Emaar Properties which also encompasses Burj Dubai, the world’s tallest tower and The Dubai Mall, the world’s largest shopping and entertainment destination.www.theaddress.com
Forty-seven-year-old Kyriacos Hadjisavvas is in critical condition in the Nicosia general hospital after being shot in the early hours of Sunday outside an Ayia Napa apartment building.Police, who are investigating a case of attempted murder, found Hadjisavvas wounded by gun shots in the parking lot of the building.According to the Famagusta police spokesman, Andreas Constantinou, Hadjisavvas was believed to have been shot in the head.Media reports said that footage from surveillance cameras, showed that he was shot while exiting his car, at around 3.45am. He was found by officers more than an hour later, at 5am.He was taken to the Famagusta hospital but due to the severity of his condition, he was later transferred to the Nicosia general hospital. His condition is considered extremely critical.The 47-year-old is reportedly unemployed but used to be the owner of an Ayia Napa cabaret.Investigators are focusing on older cases in which Hadjisavvas was involved, relating to the nightlife of Ayia Napa. There was speculation someone might have wanted to silence him.There was another attempt against Hadjisavvas’ life in 2008, when he was shot by a man on a motorcycle while he was sitting outside a restaurant on Nissi Avenue in Ayia Napa. Following that attempt, Hadjisavvas spent several months in the hospital. After that incident he reportedly moved to Paphos but returned to Ayia Napa recently.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndoYahoo SearchThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Research Best Compact SUV CarYahoo SearchUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboola