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New Brunswick health officials confirm 9th case of measles in province

first_imgFREDERICTON — Health officials in New Brunswick have confirmed another case of measles — bringing the total to nine in the Saint John area — and some officials predict the number could go higher.Dr. Jennifer Russell, the province’s chief medical officer, says the latest case is linked to a previous infection at Kennebecasis Valley High School.On Friday, public health officials issued a directive that staff and students at the high school must receive a measles booster shot if they want to continue working and studying at the school.As of Monday, more than 950 students and staff had been given the vaccine, and it was still available to the final few people who had not received it.District school officials have cancelled a number of planned out-of-province class trips at two other schools in the district as a result of the measles outbreak.“In light of the long incubation period of the measles virus, and the understanding that more cases of measles could possibly be confirmed in the coming days, it was decided not to take an unnecessary risk,” district communications director Jessica Hanlon wrote in an email.“Our greatest concern would be that a student could start to present symptoms while travelling, away from home and their regular health care provider, and in extended, close proximity to their classmates.”Early symptoms of the virus may include fever, cough or tiny white spots in the mouth.Within three to seven days, a red rash will appear, first on the face and then spreading to the body, arms and legs.Dr. Serge Melanson, an emergency physician in Moncton and president of the New Brunswick Medical Society, said he’s not surprised by the number of cases. He believes the total could rise.“Given the infectiousness and ease of spread of this particular virus, it’s not all that surprising that we’re up to nine. And that’s despite public health and the regional health authorities doing an exceptionally good job getting out a lot of information to folks on what to do and how to contain it and to urge people to vaccinate,” he said Tuesday.“It has a very long incubation period, which means people can feel relatively well for a good week or two weeks before they display symptoms, which means they have a lot of opportunity to transmit it to other folks,” Melanson said.  Education Minister Dominic Cardy has said he’s not ruling out mandatory immunization for teachers and school staff in the province. Russell has been asked if she thinks that’s necessary but said that during an outbreak is not the time for that debate.On Friday, legislators in neighbouring Maine signed into law a bill that eliminates religious and philosophical exemptions for vaccinations in the state. Maine has one of the highest rates of non-medical vaccine exemptions in the United States.Melanson said he isn’t prepared to push for the same action in New Brunswick.“I’ll leave those policy debates to those drafting those laws, but I will say there’s little scientific doubt that the easiest, safest and best way to prevent the spread of these communicable diseases is by vaccination,” he said.“What the medical field can do better, I think, is attempting to debunk some of the messages that are out there in the community, on social media and other platforms that are promoting vaccination hesitancy.”The measles virus is transmitted through the air or by direct contact with an infected person. Measles can be more severe in adults and infants and can lead to complications.Kevin Bissett, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Jason Biggs Loves SeaWorld So Much

first_imgIt’s got sex, nudity, and violence, and it’s available to stream this week — but it’s not season two of Orange Is the New Black. Instead, it’s series star Jason Biggs’ brand-new PETA video, which reveals what might happen if Biggs ever sat down to shoot a SeaWorld commercial.Video: Jason Biggs Loves SeaWorld So Much! He Just Loves It!The video starts off mildly enough as Biggs tries his hardest to film a commercial for the despised amusement park, but it becomes apparent that he simply can’t stomach the party line as he starts to ad-lib: “Maybe [visitors will] get lucky — see one of the trainers get their legs ripped off.” A few dozen takes later, Biggs storms off the “SeaWorld” set and heads to a PETA set, where a drastic wardrobe change and a kiddie pool give viewers an eyeful of what orcas experience in SeaWorld’s tiny tanks.The new dad has been speaking out against SeaWorld on Twitter ever since he saw the hit documentary Blackfish, which reveals how SeaWorld tears baby orcas away from their mothers and ships them from park to park in order to sell tickets to see “baby Shamu” — something that has Biggs especially livid. The American Pie star also takes issue with the way that orcas — including Tilikum, the subject of Blackfish who has killed three human beings — have their sperm collected and used to impregnate their own daughters and sisters.Biggs is part of a growing list of celebrities — including Tommy Lee, Bob Barker, Eli Roth, Cloris Leachman, No Doubt’s Tony Kanal, Joan Jett, Alec Baldwin, and Kathy Najimy — who have teamed up with PETA to speak out against SeaWorld’s cruelty to marine mammals.For more information, please visit PETA.org or SeaWorldOfHurt.com.Source:PETAlast_img read more

Sudan resolving humanitarian crisis requires funding peace pact says UN official

30 May 2010Funding in Southern Sudan and a peace agreement in Darfur are key ingredients for resolving the humanitarian crisis in the two regions, a senior United Nations official said today, wrapping up a four-day visit to Sudan. The UN and its aid partners have appealed for $1.9 billion for this year for the country, making it the largest humanitarian operation in the world. Food insecurity and rising malnutrition caused by poor rains and crop failures, along with higher food prices, are among the factors which have led to a new humanitarian crisis in Southern Sudan, said Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs John Holmes. As many as 1.5 million people in the region face severe food insecurity, while tribal violence has so far claimed 700 lives and uprooted 90,000 people. Continued attacks by the notorious Ugandan rebel group known as the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) has also contributed to insecurity, displacement and deaths. “All this adds up to a very worrying situation against the background of high poverty and poor human development indicators in a number of areas, as well as the political uncertainties ahead of the 2011 referendum,” Mr. Holmes said. Southern Sudan will vote on independence early next year as part of the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement that ended two decades of civil war with the northern-based national Government. Just over one quarter of the $531 million requested for humanitarian assistance for Southern Sudan has been received so far, Mr. Holmes noted, with efforts to pre-position essential stocks before the rainy season hindered by transport and logistical constraints. He welcomed the $35 million contribution made by the Government of Southern Sudan to tackle food insecurity. On Darfur, the official said that little has changed since his last visit to the war-ravaged region last year, shortly after Khartoum expelled over a dozen aid agencies following the issuance of an arrest warrant for Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir for war crimes and crimes against humanity by the International Criminal Court (ICC).While major gaps in response have been filled, quality and capacity remain below previous levels in some areas, according to the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). Bureaucratic impediments and insecurity are impeding the ability to help those in need, as exemplified by recent fighting between the Government and rebels, inter-tribal conflict and the unresolved abduction of a staff member from the United States working for a non-governmental organization (NGO). Seven years of war between military forces and rebel groups in Darfur have killed some 300,000 people and driven 2.7 million more from their homes. “We desperately need to see a proper ceasefire in Darfur and a definitive political settlement, so we can move away from a focus on humanitarian aid and towards the recovery, reconstruction and development the region so badly requires,” Mr. Holmes said. “In the meantime, we will continue to work as closely as we can with the Government to address the problems and to make sure as fully as we can that humanitarian needs are met.” The official’s visit to Sudan, his fifth since 2007, took him to Southern Sudan and Darfur, wrapping up today in Khartoum, where he met with Government, UN and NGO representatives. read more

Leading cement brands reach settlement over trademark dispute

Both parties mutually agreed to a settlement, thus the Defendant, Ruhunuwas able to continue to retain their trade name “Mitsuki”, putting any allegations of trademark infringement to rest. However, in order to ensure no confusion would arise again, the Defendant, in the settlement, declared that they would no longer use the aforementioned green and red horizontal logo getup in their packaging/ trade dress. Nevertheless, the Defendant would continue to distribute the remaining stock of cements with the aforesaid logo within a given time period.Cases such as this are evidence that a growing number of businesses in Sri Lanka are becoming more active in protecting their intellectual property rights. Nevertheless, it is important to note when there is a likelihood of confusion between trademarks a number of factors need to be considered. This includes the type of goods and services, customer base, purchasing channels, packing/ trade dress and so on, and not just the noticeable similarity of the trade names. Thus, the Plaintiff said that the Defendant’s brand name “Mitsuki Cement” was confusingly similar to the Plaintiff’s own brand “Mitsui Cement” along with the prominent green and red horizontal lines and blue lettering, which were in both brand logos.The Plaintiff, who was represented by Eraj De Silva, instructed by Anusha M. Fernando, declared that the aforesaid stylized presentation and trade name had come to be used exclusively by the Plaintiff for which they have gained a market reputation. And stated that the Defendants were “attempting to piggyback on and usurp the goodwill of the Plaintiff’s products.” The Plaintiff argued on the basis that the defendant’s trade name was contrary to honest practices and that it can cause confusion and mislead the public with respect to the plaintiff’s activities. And thus, sought an action of an interim injunction to stop the Defendant from trading under their brand name “Mituski”, as well as demanding a recovery sum for losses and damages suffered.The Defendant’s Counsel was led by Manoj Bandara with Hasitha Gamage, instructed by Sudath Perera Associates. It was argued that the intellectual property right of the trade name “Mitsui” belongs to Mitusi& Co Ltd of Japan, which the Plaintiff had allegedly been using without the authority of Mitsui & Co Ltd. It was also questioned whether the Plaintiff actually had any intellectual property rights in Sri Lanka in respect of the “Mitsui” trade name, since they were not seen to be registered as a licensee of any “Mitsui” trademark.Further in regard to the confusion of the two similar names, it was stated that, since the Plaintiff was abandoning the brand “Mitsui” and changing to “Nippon”, therefore “Mitsui” and “Mitsuki” would not be seen in the market at the same time. The Defendant’s Company, Ruhunu Lanka Cement, is part of distribution conglomerate, Hansagiri Group of Companies and is the sole agent in Sri Lanka for DG Cement Industries (Pakistan). It distributes under cement brands such as Ruhunu Cement, Maha Cement, DG Cement and Mitsuki. Two leading cement brands in Sri Lanka have reached a settlement over a trademark dispute.Tokyo Cement Company (Lanka) PLC agreed to a settlement over a suit filed against Ruhunu Lanka Cement (Pvt) Ltd in the Commercial High Court of the Western Province. Tokyo Cement, one of the largest manufacturers and suppliers of cement in Sri Lanka, alleged infringement with regard to the similar trade names of the brands that the two companies distributed under. The Plaintiff’s Company, Tokyo Cement, distributes under various brands including Tokyo Super, Mitsui and Nippon. The Company stated that it was in joint venture with Japan’s Mitsui Mining Co Ltd (now Nippon Coke and Engineering Company Ltd), and used its brand name Mitsui and Nippon in its distribution brands. The dispute came to an end as it became increasingly evident that the Defendant’s brand had established its own goodwill under “Mitsuki” with its own distributors and customers in the market. read more

Sonys profit dip sticks to forecast for year

TOKYO — Sony Corp. has reported a 33% drop in its fiscal first quarter profit as sales dipped in its electronics operations, including TV sets and camcorders.The Japanese electronics and entertainment company reported Tuesday that its April-June profit totalled 152 billion yen ($1.4 billion), down from 226 billion yen in the same period of the previous year.Quarterly sales inched down 1% to 1.93 trillion yen ($17.7 billion).Tokyo-based Sony, which makes Bravia digital TVs and the Aibo robotic dog, kept its profit forecast for the fiscal year through March 2020 unchanged at 500 billion yen ($4.6 billion).The Associated Press read more

Global food prices fall for fifth year in a row but economic

According to a press release released today by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), bumper harvests – or harvests that have been remarkably plentiful – as well as promising prospects for staple cereals, helped to offset pressure on tropical commodities like sugar and palm oil, whose production was adversely impacted by El Niño. The FAO’s Food Price Index measures the monthly change in international prices for five major food commodity groups: major cereals, vegetable oils, dairy, meat, and sugar. The 2016 average was 161.6 points.Throughout 2016, cereal prices declined steadily – down 39 per cent from their 2011 peak. Meanwhile, sugar rose by 34.2 per cent and vegetable oil prices saw an 11.4 per cent increase. According to Abdolreza Abbassian, an FAO senior economist, “economic uncertainties, including movements in exchange rates, are likely to influence food markets even more so this year.” FAO reported that vegetable oil prices rose by 4.2 per cent from November, in part due to low global inventory levels and tight supplies for palm oil and in the case of soy oil, due to the rising use of biodiesels in North and South America. Higher prices for butter, cheese, and whole milk powder due to restraints in the European Union and Oceania drove dairy prices up by 3.3 per cent. Both sugar and meat indexes fell, the former due to a weakening Brazilian currency and the latter because of lower costs in bovine and poultry meats. The Index was introduced in 1996 in order to help the public monitor global agricultural commodity markets. It gained prominence as an indicator of potential food security concerns for developing countries following significant price hikes in 2008.Since then, with brief exceptions, agricultural commodity prices have remained relatively high. Further information about the index, including how it is calculated and updated, is available online. read more

Mondays Daily Brief World population Desertification Day ocean protection Nigeria Yemen and

By the year 2050, there will be some 9.7 billion people living on Earth, says a UN population report released on Monday. However, the overall growth rate will continue to fall, and more countries will have to adapt to the consequences of an ageing population.“The World Population Prospects 2019: Highlights”, estimates that the next 30 years will see the global population add an extra 2 billion people to today’s figure of 7.7 billion, and, by the end of the century, the planet will have to sustain around 11 billion.Read our full coverage here. UN oceans treaty ‘essential’ to combat ‘unprecedented pressure’ on the world’s seas – UN chief Food continues to be taken “from the mouths of hungry little boys and little girls” in many areas of Yemen controlled by Houthi rebels, warned the head of the UN World Food Programme (WFP) on Monday, who said the agency would be forced to suspend some food assistance within days, unless agreements are finally honoured.David Beasley was briefing the Security Council on the continuing dire humanitarian situation, along with the UN relief chief, Mark Lowcock, and the UN special Envoy for Yemen, Martin Griffiths, who provided updates on the search for a political solution to end more than four years of brutal fighting between the Houthis and the Saudi-led pro-Government coalition.Find our full story here. 9.7 billion on Earth by 2050, but growth rate slowing, says new UN population report Yemeni children ‘dying right now’ due to food aid diversions, Beasley warns Security Council A newly installed solar power plant in the Gaza Strip, Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT), will reduce Nasser Hospital’s reliance on donated fuel and, by providing life-saving interventions, help build resilience. This is according to the World Health Organization (WHO).The power plant provides clean energy and is expected to save fuel, reduce CO2 emissions by 185 tons, and improve health services for an estimated 19,000 people per month.“Interruptions in energy supply have created an enormous challenge for the health sector in Gaza, putting lives of the most vulnerable patients at risk,” said Gerald Rockenschaub, WHO head for the OPT. “The solar electrification of Nasser Hospital is an important step towards ensuring more sustainable power supply to health facilities”.Chronic electricity shortages in Gaza have severely compromised basic health assistance and left the enclave reliant on backup generators to sustain critical life-saving services. Solar electricity can help decrease hospital’s dependence of on emergency generators.Listen to or download our audio News In Brief for 17 June on SoundCloud: In a video message released in advance of the World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought, marked on Monday, UN Secretary-General António Guterres warned that the world loses 24 billion tons of fertile land every year, and that the degradation in land quality is responsible for a reduction in the national domestic product of up to eight per cent every year.“Desertification, land degradation and drought are major threats affecting millions of people worldwide,” said the UN chief, “particularly women and children.” Mr. Guterres said that it is time to “urgently” change such trends, adding that protecting and restoring land can “reduce forced migration, improve food security and spur economic growth”, as well as helping to address the “global climate emergency”.Find our story here. Nigeria: UN condemns ‘horrific’ triple suicide attacks and use of children as ‘human bombs’ The UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, strongly condemned the triple suicide attacks that took place on Sunday in Konduga, Borno State, north-east Nigeria, in which three children we used to detonate explosives. In total, at least 30 people were killed and another 40 were injured. According to reports on the ground, two girls and one boy detonated the bombs at a community football viewing centre.“It is unacceptable that children should be used in this way,” said the head of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), appealing “to all those involved in this terrible conflict to protect children at all times and to keep them out of harm’s way” in line with international humanitarian law.According to the agency, this incident brings the number of children recorded as having been used as human bombs this year to five. In 2018, 48 children – including 38 girls – were used in so-called “suicide attacks”.Mr. Guterres sent his “sincere condolences to the families of the victims and to the Government and people of Nigeria” and wished “a speedy recovery to the injured,” hoping that “those responsible for these attacks will be swiftly brought to justice”. He reiterated the solidarity of the UN with the national and regional efforts against terrorism and violent extremism.Solar power plant in Gaza, ‘an important step’ The oceans are not only under “unprecedented pressure” due to climate change, but “half of all living coral has been lost in the past 150 years”, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Monday, addressing the latest gathering of nations which are party to the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.“In the past four decades, plastic pollution in the sea has increased ten-fold”, he told the meeting. A third of fish stocks are now overexploited; de-oxygenated dead zones are growing rapidly in extent and number; and ocean acidification, sea level rise and other impacts of climate change are “taking a massive toll”.Find our complete story here. 24 billion tons of fertile land lost every year, warns UN chief on World Day to Combat Desertification read more

Rugby players rescued after breaking hotel lifts weight limit

first_imgSeven professional rugby players had to be rescued when they got stuck in a hotel lift because they broke the weight limit.The seven men from Sale Sharks included Wales’ scrum half Mike Phillips, South African prop Brian Mujati and Samoan centre Johnny Leota.The other four were flanker David Seymour, wing Paolo Odogwu, one-time Wales international Eifion Lewis-Roberts and Tongan prop Halani Aulika.But together they tipped the scales at 755kg – more than 120kg above the maximum weight limit in the lift at the Hilton hotel in Bath, Somerset. Johnny Leota was trapped too  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. As a result it got stuck half-way between the reception and the first floor and the players had to call for help.They spent an hour and a quarter trapped inside the cramped compartment while a fire crew and an engineer were called out.The players managed to prise open the lift doors and were handed bottles of water, coffee and sandwiches as temperatures rose inside.Mujati filmed the drama on his mobile phone and at one point Leota jokingly wrote ‘Tell My Wife I Love Her’ in the condensation forming on the metal interior of the lift.The players remained in high spirits and were heard laughing that their combined weight could have caused the lift to buckle.One is recorded saying: “This is nobody’s fault but our own because we’ve overloaded the thing.”The six were eventually freed around 2.50pm on Saturday October 7 – in plenty of time before their game against Bath at 7.45 evening.But the Aviva Premiership match also proved to be a big let down for the team who were soundly beaten 30-3.Avon Fire and Rescue Service said: “We received a call at 1.35pm to reports of seven people trapped in a lift between the ground and first floor.”It was the Hilton Bath city hotel on Walcot Street. We had an engineer in attendance and they were released at 2.50pm.” Johnny Leota was trapped too Credit:Stephenson/JMP/REX/Shutterstocklast_img read more

Calls for banning 3Dprinted guns leads to huge interest in 3Dprinted gun

first_imgWhat happens when the government indicates that it wants to ban something? The same thing that happens when parents tell their children not to put their hand in the cookie jar. Thus, because there have been calls to ban the 3D printing of any sort of firearm or anything that could be used in the making of a firearm, guess who the beneficiary is.DEFCAD, a website that is focused entirely on 3D-printed guns, is now raking in about 3,000 visitors every hour. The site, operated by gun activist group Defense Distributed, has generated more than 2TB worth of traffic since it launched — not bad for what is actually a super-niche site.Of course, it has garnered significantly more attention than it ever would have if top officials hadn’t turned it into a major controversial talking point, especially after the school massacre in Connecticut.Defense Distributed founder Cody Wilson was quoted saying that he receives a lot of emails from people, both in the US and abroad, in support of what the website stands for. It has become sort of a symbol of the Second Amendment. However, its purpose is obviously more than symbolism. According to Wilson, more than 250,000 files have been downloaded from the site, ranging from grenade models to bullet casings and everything in between.Most of the headlines about this niche are not so pretty, though. There is a bill in the works to ban 3D-printed gun magazines, and mainstream 3D printing companies have had to cave to social pressure — MakerBot removed all gun parts from its repertoire and Stratasys publicly seized one man’s 3D printer because he was trying to make guns.last_img read more

Inmates graduate from Anger Management Program

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, October 20, 2016 – On October 12 2016 a graduation ceremony was held at Her Majesty’s Prison (HMP), for eight (8) inmates that completed the most recent Anger Management Program.   The anger management program which began in 2007 has seen over 137 inmates graduated to date.  Each year, two cycles are conducted to train inmates in how to resolve conflicts and control their anger.The program is facilitated by Mr. Stanley Been, Substance Abuse Counselor within the Department of Mental Health and Substance Dependence.  In his address to the graduates, Mr. Been encouraged them to lose sight of their past afflictions and focus on their future, using the negativity they once bottled inside as fuel for something positive.Further remarks were received from the Hon. George Lightbourne, Minister of Home Affairs, Transportation and Communication; Mr. Raymond Grant, Deputy Superintendent of HMP; Dr. Alicia Malcolm, Director of the Department of Mental Health & Substance Dependence and Hon. Lillian Missick.The Department of Mental Health & Substance Dependence, has been allotted future calendar dates so as to assist the prison with these support services.  This program continues to represent the collaborative work that is being done to aid in the rehabilitation of prisoners within the Turks and Caicos Islands.For further information on this program, kindly contact the Drug Prevention Foundation on 347-2424 or the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Department at: 338-3613 in Grand Turk, or 338-4737 in Providenciales. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Were not charging fees for delivery bags Subway

first_imgNew Delhi : Fast food restaurant chain Subway on Saturday told a consumer forum here that it has stopped the practice of charging bag fees for delivery purposes. After hearing Subway’s response, New Delhi District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum President Arun Kumar Arya directed the company to pay Rs 9,000 as litigation cost to the complainant, who was charged around Rs 100 for a carry bag while placing an order from the restaurant through online food delivery platform Swiggy. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us A few months back, a Chandigarh Consumer Commission ordered a footwear company to pay Rs 9,000 fine for charging Rs 3 from a customer for a paper bag to carry the shoebox.The Delhi district consumer forum was hearing a petition filed by advocate Krishna Kumar Sharma who also cited the order of the Chandigarh consumer commission directing a footwear company to provide free carry bags to all customers who purchase articles from its shop and stop unfair trade practice of charging for carry bags Sharma requested the commission to direct Swiggy and Subway to change the policy of illicit charges, which they have been exacting from customers through coercion. Also Read – CBI carrying out surprise checks at 150 government departments Advertise With Us Sharma told the forum that one of his clients had placed an order from Subway through Swiggy and was charged around Rs 100 in the name of bag fee. But the bag received by the complainant would not cost more than Rs 3-5, he added. The advocate said Swiggy failed to give a satisfactory reply to the queries of his client and told him to contact its customer care. Swiggy, in its response through the customer care service, told the complainant the charges levied on the bag were as per their policy. The advocate said the illicit charges of Swiggy and Subway had caused the complainant loss and injury.last_img read more

Singapores Capella Hotel named TrumpKim summit venue

first_imgNorth Korean ruler Kim Jong Un and US president Donald TrumpThe much-vaunted summit between US president Donald Trump and North Korean ruler Kim Jong Un will take place on Singapore’s resort island of Sentosa, the White House said Tuesday.”The venue for the Singapore summit between @POTUS and Leader Kim Jong Un will be the Capella Hotel on Sentosa Island. We thank our great Singaporean hosts for their hospitality,” said White House press secretary Sarah Sanders.The 12 June meeting will be the first between sitting leaders of each country and will focus on denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.Sentosa is home to palm-fringed beaches, casinos, tourist sites and some of the best golf courses in Asia.It also houses the luxurious Capella Hotel, which — at a distance from centers of population — can be more easily secured.Sources familiar with the arrangements told AFP that American diplomats had picked the island resort, which is connected to the Singapore main island by a single causeway that can be easily closed off to traffic.It is also home to some of the city-state’s richest residents with waterfront villas costing up to Sg$39 million ($29 million).Singapore authorities on Tuesday marked out a part of the island surrounding the Capella hotel a special security zone on the days around the 12 June summit.According to a posting on the government gazette, weapons, flares, loud hailers, sound systems and banners will be banned in the special zone, with police allowed to conduct body searches on those entering the area.Drones are also not allowed.Set on 30 acres of lush, manicured greenery, the Capella’s 112 rooms and villas were built in restored colonial buildings that once included an officers mess for the British army.Designed by British architect Norman Foster, it has played host to A-listers like queen of pop Madonna and Lady Gaga when they stopped over in the city-state on tour.Basic rooms start at Sg$663 ($496), with the opulent three-bedroom colonial manor going for Sg$10,000 for a night’s stay.The entire hotel has been booked out in the period leading up to the summit.last_img read more

Watch Dogs gets a release date and new trailer

first_imgUbisoft unveiled its brand new IP Watch Dogs in June last year at E3. It was one of the more memorable events from the conference, and certainly made it on to my “ones to watch” list. Now, almost a year later, Ubisoft has decided to reveal the game’s release date alongside a brand new trailer.Watch Dogs is coming to PS3, Xbox 360, PC, and Wii U on November 19. The game is also coming to both the PS4 and next Xbox, and Ubisoft has also confirmed today that Watch Dogs will be a launch title for Sony’s console. Details of the next-gen Xbox launch have yet to be revealed.In addition, Ubisoft has done a deal with GameStop and comic book artist Alex Ross to allow anyone pre-ordering the game through GameStop to get the limited edition poster seen in the video below:The game is firmly based in reality with no apparent special powers available to use. Instead you can take advantage of the communications within the city, hacking into computers, relying on your smartphone, and falling back on the gun in your pocket when necessary.As a PS4 launch title it certainly helps Sony market the new console. And what will be interesting to see is who launches their console first: Sony or Microsoft? It’s pretty much guaranteed the next Xbox will have this as a launch game, too, so who’s going to have it as an exclusive for a few weeks or  months?The game certainly looks great on next-gen platforms at least, as this video of the game running on the PS4 demonstrates:last_img read more

Three incidents of fire in city none injured

first_imgKolkata: Fire broke out at three places in the city on Saturday and Sunday. None was, however, hurt in these fire incidents.According to police, on Saturday night around 11:45 pm, fire broke out inside a meter box near the emergency ward of Bangur Institute of Neurology.As the impression of recent fire incident at Calcutta Medical College is still on the minds of people, the patients got panic-stricken.The relatives of the patients were waiting eagerly thinking if there keens needed to be shifted elsewhere. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeBut nothing such happened as one fire tender quickly reached the spot and doused the flames within 15 minutes. It is assumed that the fire occurred due to some electrical disorder.Another fire incident occurred on the top floor of a six-storied building on Park Street. At around 11:30 pm on Saturday, a fire broke out at the office of a herbal product company. The fire spread to the whole office immediately.Four fire tenders were pressed in to action. While firefighters were trying to put off the fire, a portion of the building was evacuated for safety reasons. The owner of the building was also informed. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedAfter almost two hours at around 1:25 am, the fire was controlled. In this case as well, the fire brigade personnel assumed the fire might have occurred due to an electrical disorder.In another incident early on Sunday morning, a moving light goods vehicle caught fire on Belvedere Road near Alipore zoo.At around 5:05 am, the driver of the vehicle felt the heat while driving. Almost immediately he noticed smoke billowing out of the frontal part of the vehicle.He stopped the vehicle and got down without losing a second. After getting off from the vehicle, he informed the police and fire brigade.One fire tender doused the fire within half an hour. The damage and cause of fire is yet to be ascertained.last_img read more

Calcutta Medical College Hospital performs heart transplant on 38yearold patient

first_imgKolkata: The Calcutta Medical College and Hospital (CMCH) is the first government-run hospital in the state to perform a heart transplant on a 38-year-old man who had been undergoing treatment here at the hospital following severe heart-related ailments.It was learnt that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has also congratulated the hospital authorities for their achievement. Incidentally, it may be mentioned here that CMCH is the first medical college and hospital in the city obtaining the clearance from the state Health department in June this year. The state Health department officials inspected the CMCH and examined the infrastructure available to carry out such a surgery. A certificate of registration was issued to the Asia’s oldest medical college which will remain valid for five years from the date of issuance of license. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeOne Saikat Lattu (30), a resident of Pujali in South 24-Parganas, was declared brain dead at SSKM Hospital on Friday. As the family members of the victim agreed to donate his organs, the hospital authorities informed the matter to the Regional Organ and Tissue Transplant Organisation (ROTTO) which allocated the heart to the CMCH after it came to know that one patient admitted at the hospital required a heart transplant. The SSKM doctors retrieved the heart from the victim after his father, Swadesh Lattu, gave his consent for the same. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe heart was taken to the CMCH from SSKM within eight minutes through a green corridor felicitated by the city police on Saturday morning. A 12-member team of doctors was constituted at the CMCH to carry out the surgery. According to the hospital authorities, the heart was successfully transplanted on Rakhal Das (38) who had serious heart ailments for a long time. He has been kept under observation for the next 72 hours. The city has seen a spurt in organ donation in recent times due to the state government’s drive for awareness about deceased donor organ transplants. It can be said that SSKM Hospital has performed a series of liver and kidney transplants in the past two years but the CMCH has achieved a significant milestone by successfully conducting the heart transplant on Saturday.last_img read more

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US expat Ann Patton faces third murder trial in Costa Rica

first_imgAnn Patton was back in a Pérez Zeledón court Monday for her third trial in five years for the 2010 death of her husband, the wealthy U.S. financier John Felix Bender.Patton, a 44-year-old U.S. woman, moved with Bender to Costa Rica in 2000 with the aim of building an animal refuge on a sprawling estate in Florida de Barú, a remote community in southern Costa Rica.After 10 years in the remote jungle, the couple’s opulent lifestyle fell apart when Bender died from a gunshot to the neck. Patton claimed it was a suicide. She said Bender had been depressed and that she tried to pull the gun away from him before he fired.Prosecutors alleged that Patton killed her husband, who was 43 at the time.Three trials later, Patton has never wavered in proclaiming her innocence. This latest trial, she said hopefully on Monday, would finally be the one to absolve her of any wrongdoing.“I did not kill my husband,” Patton told The Tico Times.Triple jeopardyIn her first trial in 2013 Patton was acquitted, but an appellate court ordered a retrial that was held in May 2014. The 2014 trial found Patton guilty and she was sentenced to 22 years in prison. Patton served nine months in El Buen Pastor prison in Desamparados, south of San José, before an appellate court in Cartago threw out the guilty verdict in February and ordered the retrial that started Monday. There is no prohibition against double jeopardy in Costa Rican law.Fabio Oconitrillo, Patton’s lawyer, previously told The Tico Times that his legal team could prove that investigators manipulated evidence to implicate Patton as the shooter instead of her husband. Oconitrillo and Patton both have accused Judicial Investigation Police of perjuring themselves during the second trial.The Tico Times was not able to reach Oconitrillo for comment.Patton has chronic Lyme disease, a condition that has left her frail and walking with a cane. She reportedly weighed just 70 pounds at the time of Bender’s death.Besides Patton’s freedom, the custody of $7 million worth of jewels is also in question. Authorities seized the jewels, claiming that they were contraband and did not have tax records. The Florida de Barú estate is also under dispute. Patton has a lawsuit pending against her former lawyer for control of the 5,000-acre property.Upon her release in February Patton was ordered to surrender her passport and not leave the country. She has been staying with family since then.Prosecutor Edgar Ramírez told The Tico Times on Tuesday that regardless of how the trial ended he foresaw another appeal.“Neither side is going to be satisfied with the result,” Ramírez said, reflecting on the two previous appeals and the right of both sides to continue to appeal the case under Costa Rican law. “There are several outcomes that would result in another appeal.”Patton showed more sangfroid when asked how the trial would end.“I have faith that finally justice will be served,” she said. Facebook Comments Related posts:Ann Patton on her new trial: ‘It is my opportunity to finally, hopefully, get true justice’ Costa Rica court finds US expat Ann Patton not guilty in third murder trial Costa Rica appeal of Patton ‘not guilty’ verdict would have little to stand on, legal experts say CBS to air documentary questioning Costa Rica’s murder conviction of US expat Ann Benderlast_img read more

Kim Dotcom in court as US appeals evidence ruling

first_img Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Top Stories Comments   Share   Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Top holiday drink recipescenter_img Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Sponsored Stories WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) – Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom is back in court as the United States appeals against releasing millions of emails in its case against him.The founder of the file-sharing website watched Thursday from the public benches of New Zealand’s appeals court. U.S. authorities accuse Dotcom of racketeering and money laundering by facilitating massive copyright piracy on his website. They are seeking his extradition. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Dotcom’s legal team won an earlier ruling in which a lower court concluded the U.S. needed to release a wide range of its evidence. Appealing the ruling, the U.S. argued it should be compelled to disclose only limited evidence because the extradition hearing doesn’t amount to a full trial. The US says its evidence includes millions of emails.The court will likely rule in the coming weeks.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)last_img read more

South Africa Tourism partners to launch joint WaterWise Tourism global marketing campaign

first_imgCape Town and the Western Cape – Africa’s leading tourist region – is building a more sustainable tourism destination, as it develops numerous responses to its severe drought. The joint response from the government, citizens, and the tourism industry is emerging as best practice for sustainable water management and promoting “water-wise tourism” in the face of climate change. Over the past three years, citizens, industry and the tourism sector have dramatically cut consumption of water by almost 60%. This is a world-beating performance that has not yet been matched by any other major city globally. In addition, new sources of water are being added. The new water programme by the City of Cape Town includes three additional, sustainable sources of water, namely: groundwater abstraction from underground aquifers, temporary desalination and re-claimed / re-used water. It already supplies 12% of Cape Town’s daily usage, and this will increase to more than 45% within a year, at current consumption patterns. These steps will secure the sustainability of the region’s economy, its communities and natural resources, and employment. They will also help build a more resilient destination. International tourists, who only make up only 1% of the population of the city at any one time, contribute to a multi-billion-dollar sector that supports over 300,000 direct and indirect jobs in the Western Cape. Furthermore, the growth of tourism can support the creation of thousands of new jobs in the Cape in the coming years, but long term benefits would depend on the industry embracing the kinds of sustainable practices that have been adopted by many Cape Town and Western Cape tourism businesses. It is for this reason that the tourism industry has taken a leadership role in working with the local communities and government to deliver more sustainable business practices. This approach by the industry has ensured that we have remained open for business and open for tourism. These efforts have been recognised by UNWTO Secretary-General, Zurab Pololikashvilli who has said: “We recognise the huge efforts that South Africa, especially the Cape Town local authorities, are undertaking in addressing the water situation and the inclusive approach that has been taken throughout the campaign in raising awareness for the end users and tourists in becoming more responsible.” In order to ensure that the message goes out to the world that Cape Town and the Western Cape are open for business – and welcomes both international and domestic visitors to enjoy our unparalleled natural beauty – industry partners and tourism organisations will embark on a joint global marketing campaign. The campaign – which will be the first time many partners have contributed in terms of funding and resources – will be driven mainly by digital media and partners’ existing marketing channels. It will focus on engaging with potential visitors in our main source markets such as Europe, USA, Asia and South Africa. The campaign is set to launch in August 2018.last_img read more

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